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From left to right: Tigtone, Helpy, Tigtone, Helpy, and Tigtone. In the bottom: Tigtone and Helpy.
[writing in journal]
Dear journal! You know me as the heroic master of questful combat! Friend to the very stakes of the world! I know me as...HYA!
[stabs page with quill]
Conviction! Adventurepreneur! THIS FACE! For I have all these things in common, and my name is... TIGTONE!
[beat]
No, journal! "Tigtone!" One word. That's Tigtone. With a "T". So sayeth... Tigtug?!
Tigtone, "My Name Is..." trailer
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Tigtone is an animated fantasy parody series created by Andrew Koehler, Benjamin Martian, and Zack Wallenfang. It's animated in a unique and uncanny-looking 2-D motion capture style in which 2-D painted characters' faces morph to follow the mouth movements and facial expressions of the actors. The result is bug-eyed madness with each step.

The show chronicles the (mis)adventures of the titular Tigtone (Nils Frykdahl), a Heroic Comedic Sociopath adventurer who brags to his journal while completing quests using unscrupulous and downright loony methods, almost always involving extreme violence. Following him is Helpy (Debi Derryberry), Tigtone's good-natured sidekick who suffers frequent gruesome injuries. But it's fine since he has regenerative abilities and can't die normally, making him the ideal companion for Tigtone. Together, the two travel around the medieval fantasy kingdom of Propecia searching for all sorts of quests to complete.

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Rather than mocking fantasy literature, Tigtone specifically mocks the video games that have sprung from the fantasy genre, complete with references to gameplay mechanics such as sidequests and zones, and with video game noises at (in)appropriate moments. A surreal parody that mocks all kinds of cliches, tropes, and other silliness, it is therefore Troperiffic.

The first installment, a short movie called "The Begun of Tigtone", was crowdfunded and released on YouTube in 2014; a series of twelve short skits called "Tigtone's Journal" was released that same year. In 2018, "Tigtone and the Pilot" was aired with 3 other prospective pilots by [adult swim]. Tigtone was picked up for a full series later that year, and began airing in January of 2019. The show is directed by Frederic Cristy and Benjamin Martian, and produced by Babyhemyth Productions in association with Titmouse, Inc. and Williams Street. Along with the first season, another set of eight short skits titled "Dear Journal" was released on Adult Swim's YouTube channel. A second season premiered on September 13, 2020, although the episode "Tigtone and Tigtone's Island" was released early on April 1, 2020.

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This animated web show and TV series provides examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel: Helpy's astounding regenerative abilities can be deactivated if someone speaks the magic words to instantly kill him. Only Tigtone knows them:
    Tigtone: Die, Helpy.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Combined with Characterization Marches On. Tigtone becomes slightly less sociopathic and immoral in the series compared to how he was portrayed in the pilot and the original 2014 short. This is so he can be put in more situations without *immediately* murdering everyone.
  • An Aesop:
    • The Demon Maze traps its victims until they can learn that killing is bad and life is sacred. However, this is Tigtone we're talking about, so he doesn't get out for a while.
    • Parodied in Tigtone and The Stakes:
    Tigtone: Thanks to you Helpy, I learned the true pain of helping others.
    Helpy: And I learned about the hero inside of me, and I didn't like it.
  • Affectionate Parody: Dark fantasy and RPG cliches, taken to the silliest of extremes. It's also a parody of tabletop roleplayers, with Tigtone being the epitome of a "murderhobo" player.
  • The Alcoholic: Everyone in the King-Queendom of Propecia drinks wine on a regular basis, even children. When sky wine pirates steal all the "wineyards", they treat it as a form of famine. It's not like they can drink anything else...
  • Always Someone Better:
    • Spoofed with Beconka's companion, Jacques, who looks like a more studly Helpy. He even spends the episode singing a song about it. Subverted when he fails to stop a villain and it turns out he doesn't have regeneration like Helpy does.
    • Command-or Mathis craves recognition but is always eclipsed by Tigtone.
  • And I Must Scream: The demon’s (somewhat karmic) fate in “Tigtone and the Demon Maze”. Forced to respawn at the beginning of it’s maze and watch as Tigtone’s and Helpy’s Rube Goldberg Device kill every being in his maze until it ends with him being forced to commit suicide, thereby restarting the whole process over again as the maze resets.
  • And That's Terrible:
    Memory Gnome: Remember, Tigtone! Fighting children is WRONG!
  • And the Adventure Continues: Enforced. Tigtone uses the Jengis to plunge Propecia into utter chaos, releasing hundreds of Eldritch Abominations and all sorts of mayhem to satisfy his and Helpy's urge to go on more high stakes adventures. From Tigtone and Helpy's point-of-view, they couldn't be any happier while virtually everyone else is royally screwed.
  • Anime Hair: Command-Or Mathis has a massive spiky hairdo straight out of a JRPG.
  • Anticlimax: Tigtone encounters the Ghost Wizard. The boss fight music begins, the wizard conjures magic fireballs to shoot at Tigtone... and they turn out to be so tiny and weak that they bounce right off of Tigtone's shield. Since the Ghost Wizard doesn’t seem to have anything better to follow up with, Tigtone declares victory.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Festus' flashback to Tigtone foiling him: Throwing him off a cliff, destroying his troll army, and staring at him while eating dinner.
  • Artifact of Power: The Gingus. Parodied, in that it's made of random garbage stuck together with slime yet still has incredible godly powers. Its components include beard trimmings, a half-eaten chicken leg, and a novelty paper crown.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Tigtone causes a huge monster to explode by ripping a small gemstone out of its forehead in episode 1.
    • And in the first episode of season 2, Tigtone defeats a monster by slicing off a fleshy object resembling a chef's hat on its head, which causes it to turn back into a human, who when wears it at a chef's hat.
    • One of the demons in the Demon Maze is "covered in weak points", much to Tigtone's excitement. The problem is they have to get out of the maze without killing anyone or anything, but this is Tigtone we're talking about, so he's too bloodthirsty to resist.
  • Axe-Crazy:
    • Tigtone prefers to solve quests by dismembering someone or something, usually Helpy.
    • The Bardsword enjoys being used to butcher people, and gleefully sings about his insatiable bloodlust. He persuades Daker to build him a body out of other weapons, so that he can go on a killing spree.
    • The aforementioned Daker is a sadistic boy who thrills in using the Bardsword to murder people.
  • The Beastmaster:
    • Tigtone has the ability to control animals, but can only do it once every five years.
    • Subverted in "Tigtone and his fellowship of...": Poachor is introduced in a way that implies he's good with animals. When he actually tries to tame a Rideoceros, however, he ineffectually calls it like a dog and the beast simply tramples him to death.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • As Tigtone and Helpy sail away from the tropical island, Helpy muses that the island is beautiful. Tigtone immediately pulls out a torch, turns the boat back towards shore, and screams "We'll see about that!". Cut to the two of them relaxing on the beach and Tigtone agreeing the island is beautiful.
    • When facing down the villainous Rainbow and Brainbone fused by a Crystal Prism, Tigtone and Helpy flashback to an elaborate Training Montage they did with the Duel Master to learn the Double Boomerang Technique. Then they decide to use the other Crystal Prism they stole from Duel Master.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Helpy is normally a nice, passive, and meek fellow. But when he's pushed too far, it's not a pretty sight.
    • In "Tigtone and his Manless Match", Jacques mercilessly mocks Helpy to tears. But when Jacques is left bleeding to death on the floor after having his arms cut off near the end, Helpy tricks him into drinking his spit, claiming that it will regenerate his limbs. It doesn't. Helpy did it just to ridicule him in his final moments.
    • In "Tigtone and the Demon Maze", Helpy brutally murders Tigtone after he keeps failing the Demon Maze and trapping them both in an And I Must Scream scenario. It's telling that Tigtone of all people was scared shitless of Helpy and begged him to stop.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Even by the standards of this series, Tigtone hanging himself in order to drag the souls of two villains back to the world of the living in order to be hung, somehow immediately resurrecting himself and the two villains when the rope bounced back was pretty out there.
    Cryptomb: NO! HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?!
    Tigtone: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
  • Big Eater: The demon Tigtone kills on his way out in "The Begun" has a stomach roomy enough to hold Tigtone, the group of warriors charging behind Tigtone (who are never seen again), and the extremely long stone hallway they're charging down that ends at the wall of the demon's stomach.
  • Big "NO!": Beefankle, when he meets his end:
    Nooo! My entire civilization! And me tooo! OH MY GOOOOOOD!
  • Big "OMG!": See "Big No".
  • Big "YES!":
    • Tigtone's reaction to getting the snake-summoning harp and remembering that he has a gnome-summoning piccolo, and also recalling that the Memory Gnome mentioned that the gnomes would even fight snakes. He says it so loudly that the camera zooms out as his "Yes!" reverberates through the massive river valley he's in.
    • Another happens when Tigtone receives his ultimate Quest from the Crystal Gods after being questless for so long.
  • Bizarro Elements: Of the 4 main elemental kings Tigtone needed to defeat, the Blood King was a little unusual and the Pain King was ''very'' unusual.
  • Black Comedy: SO MUCH.
    • The gnome and snake fight in "The Begun", where Tigtone summons opposing armies for no reason other than to watch the mayhem.
    • At a starving village, also in "The Begun", Tigtone goes on a speech about believing in facts and reason...and magic marbles, he suddenly throws a bunch of marbles into the air, and right after that he unhesitatingly kills a little girl by shooting an arrow through her head. Then her corpse is roasted on a spit and the villagers hail Tigtone as a hero for solving their hunger problem, while he humbly accepts the recognition. Had it not been for the over-the-top absurdity, this may as well have been the darkest moment in the series so far.
    Villager 1: THANK YOU, TIGTONE!
    Villager 2: Now we can all eat that little child!
  • Blasphemous Boast: He calls the Crystal Gods weak as he's using the Gingus to throw the world into chaos.
  • Blatant Lies: When the still-living severed head of a unicorn asks Tigtone how serious the damage is, Tigtone tells him he's going to be fine.
  • Blind Driving: During the Wine Crisis, The King-Queen makes Command-Or Mathis drive the battle buggy at ludicrous speed even though he's gone blind from lack of wine.
  • Blob Monster: The slime captains that Tigtone fights in the pilot episode. They are weak against magic marbles.
  • Body Horror:
    • After passing though the door at end of "Those Elemental Lords", Tigtone experiences several horrifying visions including seeing his injured right hand turn into several disturbing things.
    • The male half of King Queen is dead in season 2, so now half of her body is a rotting corpse.
    • In Tigtone and the Screaming City: Tigtone has his eyes and ears surgically switched by a blind hermit in order to give him the ability to see the sound monster. At the end of the episode Tigtone has this reversed but the result is not pretty.
    • In Tigtone and Tigtone's Island: All of Helpy's discarded body parts become sentient and grow misshapen faces and tiny limbs. Fortunately they're very happy with their new existence and worship Tigtone and Helpy as gods. The only exception is the monster made from Helpy's brain, Hurty.
  • Brain Monster: The villainous Brainbow, who is a former human whose brain and nervous system were magically separated and act independently. He has an enmity with his other half, a rainbow colored skeleton named Rainbone.
  • Brick Joke: The snakes, the gnomes, the dinosaur rhinoceros, and the lightning all come back in the finale of "The Begun", with devastating and hilarious results.
    • The lost bear prince that Tigtone mentions offhandedly in "The Freaks of Love" shows up later in a swamp, sinking in quicksand.
  • Broken Bridge: In the pilot episode, the jealous wizard Tanquebbit tries to sabotage Tigtone by destroying a bridge, and so Tigtone has to go recover the bridgesmither's tools. Subverted, naturally, in that the retrieval takes seconds due to Tigtone burning down the forest.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Once a year, when three of the six moons align, all wizards and other magic beings lose their powers and are hunted down by normal people.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tigtone is egotistical, unscrupulous, and a complete loon. Despite this he is impressively skilled in combat and adventuring, and his bizarre solutions to quests or puzzles usually work, at least technically.
  • Call-Back: The Ghost Wizard's anticlimactically puny fireballs in "The Begun" are echoed in the beginning of Season 2, when Spaceress's powers turn out to be too diminished outside her own trimension to harm Tigtone.
  • The Cameo: Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman and Rich Evans of RedLetterMedia and Bill Corbett of Mystery Science Theater 3000 voice several characters in "The Begun of Tigtone". Stoklasa and Corbett voice Beefankle the Blacksmith and the Ghost Wizard, respectively, and several background extras in a crowd shot are modeled after Bauman, Evans, and Stoklasa.
  • Captain Obvious: Ghost Wizard randomly makes incredibly obvious and pointless statements like "I am a ghost" and "I am not your father, but if I were, that would be a terrible shock."
  • Celestial Deadline: Invoked humorously after Tigtone summons a dinosaur/rhinocerous hybrid animal to ride as a steed.
    Ghost Wizard: You have the power to control animals! You may only use this power once every five years, so use it wisely!
    • The Centaurs only have one day in a century that they can breed, urging Tigtone to bring back the Fertile Male before sundown. When he fails, they compromise with a random horse Tigtone found.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Command-Or Mathis wears plate armor on his left arm, but doesn't even wear a shirt.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Almost every episode of the TV series is titled: "Tigtone and X".
  • Characterization Marches On: Later episodes in the show lessen the more unhinged behaviors of Tigtone. By the middle half of the show, it's established that he is capable of feeling empathy for others, has some standards when it comes to completing quests (such as not killing kids, something that the early 2014 pilot didn't have), and he grew to like Helpy like a genuine friend.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • When attacked by a demon in the Caves of Peganone, Tigtone takes advantage of the ability he had just used to turn the sun on and off on command.
    • When Tigtone lays his vengeance upon Beefankle and his entire civilization, he takes advantage of the magical instruments he got earlier, as well as the fact that he'll be able to control animals again in five years.
  • Chest Burster: Tigtone does this to escape the demon he's trapped in at the beginning of "The Begun of Tigtone"... while the demon wonders why the hell it can hear the heroic theme following Tigtone's charge down its oddly stone-lined stomach.
  • The Chew Toy: Tigtone gains a faithful assistant, named Helpy, who is immortal and regenerates from all damage. They suffer a lot of morbidly funny gruesome injuries.
  • invokedCliché Storm: Played for laughs, and lampshaded in the way the ghost wizard in "The Begun" says, "in a land both familiar and strange", as the parody element would be lost if Tigtone's journey wasn't through a recognizable (if absolutely absurd) standard fantasy world.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: For a given value of "hero", but being a parody of the mentality of RPG players, Tigtone will never turn down a quest regardless of who it's from, including helping his typical foe Lord Festus undo a "curse" that makes the world less ugly. He does however despise Escort Quests. The worst kind of quests.
  • City of Gold: The Screaming City is mostly made of gold and jewels, and everyone in it is ridiculously wealthy.
  • Combat Breakdown: Happens in "Tigtone and Lord Festus: Credible Threat" as Tigtone and Lord Festus get increasingly exhausted and injured as they fight through the whole episode. By the end of the episode they're so weak that they can hardly stand, and although they try to punch each other their fists are pathetically slow and feeble.
  • Companion Cube: In many of the "Tigtone's Journal" and "Dear Journal" shorts, Tigtone writes as though his journal is a sentient being he is talking to.
  • Cool Car: The King-Queen's "Battle Buggy".
  • Covered with Scars: The grizzled warrior Command-Or Mathis has stitched-up scars all over his face and body.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Practically Tigtone's mantra. No matter what, Tigtone will find the most efficient and insane plan to complete a quest. And it always works.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Amothedeus, recently resurrected and turned giant by huge amounts of magic, is defeated by a heart attack due to surprise.
  • Curse Cut Short: "Tigtone and Lord Festus: Credible Threat" ends with Helpy saying "I'm getting too old for this sh-" (episode ends).
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: The demon in the Caves of Peganone—who claims that the magic boots belong to him—delivers a series of descriptions of what he's going to do to Tigtone that falls flat at the end:
    Demon: I shall slice open your pelvis, and use the two big holes as a mask!
    [Tigtone imagines Demon using his pelvis as a mask; "Dun dun DAH!" Sting plays.]
    Demon: I will use your skull as a bowl, and scoop your brains out until you die!
    [Tigtone imagines Demon scooping his brains out; "Dun dun DAH!" Sting plays again.]
    Demon: I hope you have valued your life, puny human, for soon I shall wear it around my neck!
    [Tigtone merely looks confused; music fizzles out]
  • Cutting the Knot: When encountering puzzles Tigtone tends to solve them using brutal efficiency.
    • Instead of freeing the captive sun by following her instructions, he simply obliterates the captive sun and takes the loot she drops (only to revive her and destroy the loot).
    • When a dungeon boss forces him to do a statue pushing puzzle, he positions the statues so that they'll topple like dominoes and ultimately crush said boss.
    • When needing to hold down two pressure plates at once, he uses two halves of the same prisoner instead of each of them standing on one.
    • When trying to stop two villains at once, Helpy and Tigtone reminisce about learning an elaborate fighting technique from the Duel Master. Then they conclude they killed him and stole his artifact that does exactly what they need.
  • Death Is Cheap: In "The Cemetery of the Dead", Tigtone uses a temporary death potion to kill himself in order to enter the underworld. Later on, he hangs himself in order to drag the souls of two villains back to the living in order to be hung.
  • Dem Bones: The Necromancer has two of them as his servants. They cannot speak because they lack lungs, and so communicate by rattling their ribcages.
  • Diary: When not questing, Tigtone can be found scribbling about his adventures in his journal as a form of narration. He'll not only do this while in the middle of a generic slime-killing quest but will also write down whatever is happening to him. His female counterpart Beconka also shares this exact trait.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In "Tigtone vs. Nothing", Tigtone beats a god to death with his fists.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Tigtone, for apparently no reason other than a minor slight, destroys Beefankle the Blacksmith's entire civilization. And him too!
  • Distaff Counterpart: In "Tigtone and his Manless Match", Tigtone meets Beconka, a female adventurer who not only talks, dresses and acts like him but also has her own version of Helpy. The two work very well together, all the while trying to kill one another.
  • Double Weapon: Command-Or Mathis wields a sword with two parallel blades pointing in the same direction.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: It turns out Helpy was using Tigtone the whole time. While Tigtone was off questing, Helpy, under the orders of a rogue god literally called the Greater Good, secretly gathered artifacts to recreate a reality altering artifact named the Gingus and magically rid the world of all quests, thus putting it in no more constant danger of its own stupidity. This leaves the world's inhabitants bored out of their wits and Tigtone going insane since he's been robbed of the one thing that makes him happy.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Done to an absurd degree at the end of Murder Mystery at the Death Tournament. Tigtone is stabbed to death by Madiator only for Madiator to unmask and reveal Tigtone, then unmask Tigtone to reveal the Assassin, then unmask the Assassin to reveal another Tigtone, then the first tigtone unmasks to reveal the Grogteener.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Tigtone burns down the Eternal Forest of Omnel to find the macguffin more quickly.
  • Dwindling Party: In "Tigtone And His Fellowship Of", Tigtone is forced to take three other adventurers with him on a quest, and they all die one by one until only Tigtone is left.
  • Eat Me: Helpy intentionally feeds himself to Festroll to Kill It Through Its Stomach.
  • Emotion Eater: The cause of the plague of screaming in "Tigtone and the Screaming City" turns out to be an invisible monster that feeds on screams, and punishes anyone who stop screaming by brutaly killing them. But its favorite food is internal screaming, so Tigtone teaches the inhabitants of the city about Existential Horror, so that their inner screams will satisfy the monster.
  • Enemy Mine: Lord Festus hires Tigone to find out what is causing the clouds to rain purple stuff that turns what it touches pretty because it is ruining the look of his ugly kingdom.
  • Escort Mission: In "The Freaks of Love" Tigtone has to escort the fertile centaur back to his herd. He absolutely hates escort quests in general but at the end learns that he follows his heart and his heart seeks out quests, so on any quest his heart is escorting him.
  • Establishing Series Moment: "The Begun of Tigtone" opens on a seemingly mellow scene of Tigtone at an inn beginning his journal entry, until he gives a sudden shout of "HU-AH!" and stabs the journal with a strike of lightning. As he launches into narrating his adventure, we get the completely out-of-nowhere and funny scene of him epically charging down a corridor and bursting out of the monsters stomach. This immediately introduces the weird art style, ridiculous dialogue, and hilarious parody of fantasy, as well as showing us Tigtone's Large Ham, Cloudcuckoolander personality.
  • Et Tu, Brute?:
    • When Tigtone shows up at his blacksmith shop to lay on the hurt, Beefankle accuses Ghost Wizard:
    Beefankle: You told me there was nothing at stake!
    Tigtone: Not even the world, Ghost Wizard?
    Beefankle: You lied to me, Ghost Wizard! (Uses his magic anvil to send Ghost Wizard to the temple)
    • Tigtone ends up on the receiving end after it's revealed Helpy was secretly recreating the Gingus for the sake of the Greater Good. Then it happens again to Helpy after the Greater Good assimilates him so he can take his immortality and regeneration powers.
  • Exact Words:
    • Tigtone says Helpy can go to the dance "Over My Dead Body." Fortunately he needs to spend most of the episode under the effects of a temporary death potion.
    • When Tigtone first met Helpy he was told that he works for "the greater good". The season finale reveals he's working for an exiled god named The Greater Good.
  • Existential Horror: Tigtone teaches the residents of the Screaming City about the horrors of death and being forgotten so they learn how to scream on the inside instead of outside.
  • Exposition Fairy: The Memory Gnome, who pops up every now and then in Tigtone's thoughts to remind him of something convenient to the situation.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: The Fertile Centaur will mate with any life form no matter how dissimilar, including farm animals, insects, plants, and lava monsters.
  • Famous Last Words: When Command-or Mathis gets hit by a spell that turns him to stone, his last words are "I always thought it would be suicide."
  • Fan Disservice: The pudgy Prince Lavender as a Walking Shirtless Scene, and his tongue-kissing with Spaceress.
  • Fantastic Racism: Horned pegassi and winged unicorns hate each other and each call the other kind ugly, even though both groups are practically identical. They are all just insane. The only thing that makes them stop is Tigtone turning them all into ugly, hideous freaks using the tears of ugly creatures that live in the clouds above them.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Tigtone shows off how powerful his new enchanted sword is by killing a bandit just by lightly tapping him on the head with the pommel of the sword, causing him to shatter a moment later.
  • Flying Books: Chap-tor's minions are all this. They use sharp pages to slice and bookmarks to lash and stab.
  • Flynning:
    • Parodied in all the sword fights, in which fighters clash their swords against each other in Limited Animation 2-D space while shuffling backward and forward and providing the appropriate swashbuckling grunts and quips. The sword duels are often reminiscent of a child making two action figures "fight" by holding one in each hand and moving them around.
    • Taken to a hilarious place in "Tigtone and the Singing Blade," in which Tigtone transforms himself into a talking sword in order to defeat the Bardsword. Helpy holds sword-Tigtone in one hand and the Bardsword in the other while they strike each other of their own volition.
  • Food End: Tigtone is rewarded with a chicken dinner by King-Queen for one of his quests, kicking off a new quest to discover why the meat has no taste (a necromancer is involved).
  • Four-Element Ensemble: In the episode, Tigtone and those Elemental Kings, Tigtone meets the elemental kings of Metal, Blood, Lightning and Pain.
  • Foreshadowing: Helpy mentions he's working with Tigtone for the Greater Good. It turns out he meant it literally.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Tigtone and Beconka take a "may the best one win" attitude toward their race to get the giant's prize; they both play to win and don't go easy on each other, but they also cooperate to get through obstacles that neither could overcome alone and regard each other as worthy competition.
  • Friend or Foe: Invoked and then taken to bewildering places during the initial conversation between Tigtone and the Ghost Wizard in "The Begun".
    Tigtone: Are you friend? Or foe real??
    Ghost Wizard: The very same! ...and somewhat same! ...rolled into one! ...one...and...the same!
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Helpy's body can always put itself back together like new, even after he's been literally cut to pieces with a sword, or reduced to a skeleton due to magic. He and Tigtone often take advantage of this to solve puzzles and defeat monsters.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: At the end of Tigtone and The Stakes Tigtone uses Helpy's body to "Generate", growing huge and muscular enough to lift the entire kingdom of Propecia.
  • Guttural Growler: Tigtone's voice becomes really deep and gravelly when he gets worked up, to the point of parody. It helps that his voice actor, Nils Frykdahl, does heavy metal vocals.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Averted. Lightning dramatically strikes Tigtone's sword as he holds it aloft and the blade becomes so hot it explodes, taking Tigtone's arm with it.
  • Healing Shiv:
    • The Reverse Dagger has the power to stab the dead back to life, (and the other way round too), but it only works once per person.
    • The Necro-Lance is a stake that revives any head stuck on it. Tigtone uses this to infiltrate Prince Lavender's Castle.
  • The Hedonist: Prince Lavender never does anything useful, spending all his time with wine or prostitutes.
  • Heroic BSoD: Tigtone is traumatized in the afterlife by visions of himself murdering teenagers, and submits to being hanged for his crimes by Command-or Mathis.
    • This also happens when walking through the Essence Door. Tigtone winds up charging admission for townsfolk to give it a try.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Tigtone's flair for calling down bolts of lightning for dramatic effect, seen in the beginning, backfires when one strikes his raised sword and blows his arm off.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action:
    • The Fertile Centaur in "The Freaks of Love" manages to mate with and impregnate creatures of every sort, no matter how ridiculous the difference in size or biology. One of these was a queen bee that gave birth to a centaur/bee hybrid, which grew up shunned by her hive for being a freak of nature.
    • Spaceress's Green-Skinned Space Babe body turns out to actually be a mechanical suit piloted by the real her, a much smaller, worm-like creature. Prince Lavender is no less attracted to her after this reveal, and in fact he allows her to fuse onto his shoulder like a parasitic second head. It's unclear what kind of physical "relations" they could have as they are now, but this is a show where seemingly anything can happen.
  • Humongous Mecha: Tigtone convinces the citizens of Propecia to build one to combat the giant reanimated wizard Amothedeus. Just so he can launch himself at the wizard from a better vantage point.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The yearly Wizard Hunt has villagers gleefully hunting and murdering Wizards who are Brought Down to Normal for a day.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Chap-tor the evil book has some kind of book pun in every line he speaks.
  • Impossible Item Drop: The captive sun drops a pair of magic boots when Tigtone kills it. The boots even look like a video game power up until Tigone picks them up.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In in order to defeat the nothing in "Tigtone vs Nothing" Tigtone starts by attacking the air with his sword, which doesn't do anything. He concludes that he needs a sword that cuts nothing, so he ruins his sword to make it unable to cut anything. This works, and allows him to cut a hole to into the nothing where the villain is hiding.
  • Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: The Fertile Male Centaur is allergic to flowers, and therefore refuses to touch them. This requires Tigtone to travel around a flowerbed that is one meter thick and ten kilometers wide.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Prince Lavender has a thing for minotaur prostitutes.
    • The Fertile Male Centaur will impregnate anything that moves, from giant swamp monsters to single honeybees.
    • In Season 2 Lavender marries Spaceress, an invader from another Trimension.
  • Invisible Subtle Difference: The Winged Unicorns and Horned Pegasi, waging war over which group is the most beautiful.
  • It Amused Me: Tigtone will sometimes do irresponsible and destructive things just for the fun of it, such as when he keeps making the reanimated Amothedeus grow bigger and bigger in "Tigtone and the Wizard Hunt".
  • It's All About Me: After throwing the world into utter chaos using the Gingus so there will always be quests for him, he declares that normalcy and the gods are weak, but he is not.
  • Kill It Through Its Stomach: Helpy does this to Festroll, after being chewed up and swallowed.
  • Large Ham: Being that the animation is a parody of medieval fantasy, nearly every main character with voice-over lines is one of these. None come more large and hammy than the main character of Tigtone, however: he's bombastic and melodramatic even while writing in his journal!
  • Last of His Kind:
    • The Fertile Centaur is the only male centaur in existence. When he dies from a bee sting, the female centaurs are in danger of going extinct.
    • One of the Lore-Mastra's soup ingredients, the Last Mushroom, is indeed the last mushroom. Tigtone and Helpy mourn that mushrooms will never grow in its zone again.
    • One of the challenges in the Demon Maze is the last member of an extinct bird species that Tigtone has always wanted to kill. The bird respawns after being killed, but not her eggs, much to her distress.
  • Left the Background Music On: Tigtone charges at the wall of the demon's stomach as tense, heroic music plays on the soundtrack, and then our view alternates back and forth between Tigtone's POV in which the music is playing at full blast, and the demon's point of view as it faintly hears the music and looks around trying to figure out where it's coming from. Finally, Tigtone bursts out of its stomach with his sword, making the music heard.
  • Lilliputians: A room of the Demon Maze is filled with very small, very fragile demons that Tigtone needs to avoid crushing.
  • Living Lava: Tigtone meets one after it destroys his snow slippers. It upgrades Tigtone's claw item into a harpoon as an apology.
  • A Load of Bull: Prince Lavender doesn't have time to be tortured to death in because he would rather be at a minotaur brothel.
  • Logical Weakness: The Blood King is vulnerable to healing potions as they cause him to scab over.
  • Looks Like Orlok: The Flower Vampire, Blossomangenguro. Helpy as well, after being embraced.
  • Losing Your Head:
    • A unicorn gets decapitated without dying immediately, and is still able to speak when he is nothing but a head.
    • Tigtone spends most of Tigtone and The Stakes as a severed head on a pike, moving around using his jaw and tongue.
  • Lost Woods: The Eternal Forest of Omnel.
  • Love at First Sight: Lavender and Spaceress become infatuated with each other from their first meeting.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Defied and discussed when ghost wizard explicitly says he is not Tigtone's father, "But if I were, that would be a terrible shock!"
  • Magic Compass: Granted by Lore-Mastra to guide the heroes to soup ingredients. It points to four directions: Sorth, Nouth, Weast, and Other-Weast. It also grows larger (*much* larger) when close to an ingredient.
  • Malaproper: Tigtone will often mangle ordinary sentences by using the wrong word, seemingly at random. For example, instead of saying "what do you want with me?" to the elf in a flying tree he says "who do you want with me?"
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: In "Tigtone and the Seven-Headed Serpent of Kloom", Prince Lavender discovers evidence that his biological father is not the King, but the Queen's lover Amothedeus. How the Queen could have had such an affair without the King's knowledge is a mystery.
  • The Maze: Tigtone and the Demon Maze. Anyone who kills within the maze is sent back to the center and anything that dies is resurrected.
  • Meatgrinder Surgery: In "...and the Screaming City" Tigtone undergoes surgery in an unsterilized hut with knives as tools to amputate his ears and stitch them where his eyes are.
  • Mercy Kill: One of the challenges of the Demon Maze is a demon that had its legs broken and is literally asking for it.
  • Mind Screw: The sheer randomness of the dialogue and action often makes you wonder what the heck is going on, especially at the end.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Beconka's sidekick Jacques relentlessly teases Helpy and brags about how much better he is, but then he easily gets captured by a bad guy and is reduced to begging Helpy to save him.
  • Multiple Head Case:
    • The King Queen are conjoined twins. They somehow had a son, and consider having another child when their son is taken away to be tortured to death.
    • Lavender eventually sticks worm-form Spaceress on his shoulder, thus making them into a kind of symbiotic two-headed organism. Their resemblance to the King-Queen is amusing to note.
  • Mundane Utility: When Tigtone finds a door that shows people who pass through it horrifying visions, he decides to charge people money to use it for entertainment.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Command-or Mathis serves the ruler of Propecia loyally, even when Prince Lavender overthrows his parents and starts reigning terror on the kingdom. Fortunately, when King Queen returns he immediately turns against the Prince.
  • Never Learned to Read: In Tigtone and the Prison of Knowledge, it comes out that Helpy doens't know how to read. Tigtone and Lore Mastra attempt to give him a lesson, then tell him to go find a book to practice with. This results in him running into Chap-tor. Defeating Chap-tor involves Tigtone going back in time and preventing Helpy from learning how to read. At the end of the episode, it turns out that being unable to read somehow doesn't prevent Helpy from knowing how to write.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Memory Gnome often appears to remind Tigtone of a forgotten ability that is extremely convenient to his current situation. These include commanding animals, steering cannonballs like flying carpets, and having exactly the magic item needed to defeat a monster.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Anyone who passes through The Door in the Desert experiences Pure Unknowable Infinite Cosmic Terror. After surviving it, Tigtone decides that he should charge people to go through it like it were some carnival attraction!
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Tigtone and Helpy discover the cause of the wine famine: sky wine pirates. Later, after Tigtone has Helpy temporarily turned into a vampire, the latter turns all the pirates into sky blood pirates. This would be normally viewed as a bad thing gone worse, but since the pirates are now vampires and drink blood instead of wine, the moronic people of Propecia could care less. They still got their wine back!
  • Non-Answer: When Helpy asks how he knew they needed to capture and boil an angel for their quest, Tigtone just laughs as though it was obvious.
  • Obvious Pregnancy: Anything the Fertile Centaur sleeps with becomes this immediately, even if it happened minutes ago. Or the thing is male. Or a plant.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: While Tigtone is in the underworld, Helpy puppets Tigtone's corpse around pretending to be him and everybody is too stupid to tell.
  • Off with His Head!: In Tigtone and The Stakes. Tigtone spends most of the episode as just a head.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Beefankle is laughing along with Ghost Wizard about how they've made a fool out of Tigtone, when some seeds fall on his face. At first he can't figure out where they came from, then he remembers just who they sent on a wild goose chase involving seeds.
      Beefankle: "Seeds?"
      [Beat.]
      [Eyes shoot open in terror.]
      "SEEEEEDS!"
      [Tigtone appears, much to his and Ghost Wizard's horror.]
    • Tigtone has this moment when he's turned into a wizard...on Wizard Hunt Day!
  • One-Man Army: Both Tigtone and Helpy prove themselves to be this in Credible Threat, where they literally take on an entire army of slave trolls.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: They're horned, with 99 women to one fertile male, who can seemingly conceive with any sexually reproductive species, even males of those species. They reproduce by dissolving themselves in a lake from where the next generation soon emerges. At the end they do this with a horse and end up looking like horses with human faces and tiny arms on the end of their muzzles.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: Tigtone has a flute that can summon an army of gnomes. AND THEY WILL EVEN FIGHT SNAKES!
    • There's also the Gnome Mentor who occasionally appears in Tigtone's memory to remind him of things he's able to do.
  • The Power of the Sun: A chained up, apparently female and Genre Savvy sun makes an appearance early on in The Begun, and can apparently be killed by saying "no sun"... and revived by saying "sun". Tigtone uses this to his advantage in one of the few relatively rational moments available in the series, murdering a demon coming after him by saying "sun" right as it's above the spot the sun "died". Tigtone leaves the sun trapped despite its repeated pleadings, which would be a Kick the Dog moment but for the fact that Tigtone seemingly doesn't do it out of malice, simply leaving without paying attention to it, which is both funnier and weirder (as suits the series.)
  • The Quest: Doing the quests, all the quests, is Tigtone's goal in life.
  • Princess Classic: Anyone captured by the Princess Castle is tortured and brainwashed into becoming one.
  • Reality-Writing Book: Lore Mastra's tome records all history up until the present. Tigtone abuses this to undo Helpy ever learning to read.
  • Revive Kills Zombie:
    • The Reverse Dagger is the only thing that can destroy the undead necromancer in episode 1. Tigtone also uses the dagger to turn two skeletons back into humans, one of whom he immediately kills and the other of whom dies because his skeleton had been cut in half before he was revived.
    • The Blood King has a weakness against healing potions because they cause blood to heal into scabs.
  • Reverse the Polarity: Played for Laughs in "Tigtone and the Stakes." Helpy figures out he can reverse Spaceress's portal spell by removing her from Lavender's shoulder and sticking her to his other shoulder.
  • Ridiculously Fast Construction: The Bridgesmither rebuilds a bridge from nothing in a matter of seconds by waving his hammer around.
  • Riding into the Sunset: When Tigtone and Beconka part ways, they each get their own sunset to walk towards.
  • Rousing Speech: Inverted in Tigtone and the Screaming City. Tigtone gives a speech to the ultra-wealthy residents to give them enough Existential Horror to start screaming on the inside and survive the plague.
  • Royal Inbreeding: The King and Queen of Propecia are siblings and have a son. This is even more disturbing than usual because they are also conjoined twins. The fact that their son turned out surprisingly normal turns out to be because he was actually born from the queen cheating on the king. (How she did that without the king knowing is unexplained.)
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Tigtone and Helpy set up one of these in the demon maze to automatically kill the demons in the maze when they respawn, finishing with a chair that forces the boss of the maze to stab himself in the neck, which triggers the maze to reset.
  • Rugged Scar: Command-Or Mathis is covered with them.
  • Rules Lawyer: Tigtone is told by the Memory Gnome that fighting children is wrong. He gets around this by drinking a potion that turns him into a child as well.
  • Sadistic Choice: Played with. After killing the Greater Good, and sacrificing Helpy in the process, Tigtone is given the option of either resurrecting Helpy or fixing his broken sword. Tigtone chooses Helpy.
  • Say My Name: Tigtone is very fond of yelling his own name, either as a declaration or just as a battlecry. His counterpart Beconka also shares this habit.
    • A commercial spot for the show includes the line "He fights to declare that he's Tigtone."
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Chap-tor the evil book is locked in a cage inside Lore Mastra's library until he tricks Helpy into freeing him.
  • Shaped Like Itself: The four ingredients for Lore Mastra's soup are Spicicle Milk, The Last Mushroom, Angel Broth, and Soup.
  • Sidequest:
    • The elf tells Tigtone that he runs too slow, and advises him to get the magical artifact in the caves of Peganon before continuing on his journey. Tigtone lampshades what's going on, saying "I accept this treasureful sidequest!"
    • Exploited in the pilot, where the jealous wizard Tanquebbit sets a trap for Tigtone in the form of a sidequest because he knows Tigtone would never refuse a sidequest.
    • Subjected to Deconstructive Parody in "Tigtone and his Fellowship of" in which Tigtone's companions are attacked at night and are desperately in need of his help, but he's not there because he wandered off to take on a "sidequest".
  • Single Tear:
    • Tigtone cries one when sending his dinosaur rhinoceros away.
    • Command-Or Mathis lets one out at the fact that as the King Queen's bodyguard, he has to be in the same room as them when they're making love (however that works).
  • Shout-Out:
    • In one of the few referential moments that isn't simply a vast parody of cliches, Tigtone retrieves the magic boots from the dead sun (don't ask) with what is clearly a crank-powered Hookshot from The Legend of Zelda.
    • Beefankle's reaction when the gnomes put him into the furnace is a variation on Arnold's famous "Oh my God!" line from Troll 2.
    • When Lord Festus begins his army of trolls in the pilot, the soundtrack from God of War II plays.
  • Snake People:
    • "The Begun of Tigtone" has a giant snake that talks through a humanoid body it keeps in its mouth.
    • In "Tigtone and his Fellowship Of," Tigtone is given a sidequest by a cobra woman.
  • Soul Jar: An undead necromancer separated his brain from his body, granting immortality. He could only be destroyed by being stabbed in the brain with the Reverse Dagger.
  • Spoof Aesop: Several episodes end with Tigtone or another character saying that they learned some nonsensical lesson.
    • "Tigtone and the Prison of Knowledge" has Tigtone proudly proclaiming that sometimes it's better to be illiterate.
  • Starfish Language: Two skeletons communicate by makings sounds with their fingers on their ribcages.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Several characters speak in very bizarre sentences. Tigtone seems to do this because he is trying to be melodramatic and failing.
  • Stripperific: Parodied and lampshaded when the Ghost Wizard mentions that the serpent princess queen's outfit is, "even in her home dimension," impractical. This is particularly funny because of how many fantasy game authors pretend that the women wear little to no clothes for some supposedly "practical" reason like the need to move about or coming from a place with different weather.
  • Super Speed: The sound monster from "Tigtone and the Screaming City" can move so fast that Tigtone is completely unable to touch it, so Tigtone has to resort to other means to get it to stop killing people.
  • Taken for Granite: The fate of Command-or Mathis in Tigtone and The Stakes.
  • The Talk: Hilarious Inversion.
    Helpy: Tigtone, where does death come from?
    Tigtone: Well Helpy, when two creatures hate each other very much...
  • Talking Weapon: The Bardsword is a sword that can speak and sing. He really wants be used to cut down people. To combat him, Tigtone turns himself into a talking sword with an illegal transformation potion.
  • Title Drop: At the end of "The Begun of Tigtone":
    Cyclops: Oh hey Tigtone! What are you?
    Tigtone: I AM BEGUN!
  • Time Skip: Tigtone tells Beefankle it's too late to beg for mercy. Cut to five years later, and he's riding his dinosaur rhinoceros and playing his magical instruments while the city burns around them.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: The Pain King begs Tigtone to beat him up for his essence.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Helpy becomes much more willing to fight and be more aggressive in season 2.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: A snowman purposefully got his tongue stuck to the Spicicle so he could taste it constantly.
  • Tongue Trauma: Tigtone uses his boomerang to cut the tongue of a snowman stuck to an icicle (he assumed he was an enemy).
  • Trampled Underfoot:
    • Tigtone can't help but do this to the tiny demons in the Demon Maze, sending him back to the start for violating the "No Killing" rule.
    • Brainbow does this in the Fuzzykin Village.
  • Twincest: Propecia is ruled by a pair of conjoined twins who are married to each other.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Tigtone rants to the elf on the tree that he will "follow thee across the stars a hundred times, and back again twice as many!" This is made even more ridiculous because the elf has frankly called him "stranger", and Tigtone doesn't even know the guy's name. Unusually, Tigtone's hilariously strange, nonsensical follow-thee speech is regarded as weird by the tree elf, who asks his companion if he thinks Tigtone will be okay. Even for this series, Tigtone's speech was off.
    • There's also the army of gnomes who, when called upon with the magic piccolo, WILL EVEN FIGHT SNAKES.
    • An almost literal example is Helpy, an immortal creature with regenerative powers who doesn't lose his willingness to follow Tigtone no matter how many times he gets horribly mangled in the process. These powers are gone when the lunar alignment drains all magic from the world.
    Helpy: I can't believe you think it's okay to violate me like this.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Prince Lavender and Spaceress make themselves the new King and Queen of Propecia, and take as much enjoyment in being a couple as they do in subjugating their realm.
  • The Unreveal: Helpy always gets interrupted before he can tell anyone what his real name is.
  • Victory Is Boring: After killing the Greater Good and defeating the Nothing, thus restoring quests, Tigtone realizes how much boring life can be after killing a god. So, he decides to throw the world into chaos using the Gingus so he will never be bored again.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment:
    • While not a video game, Tigtone is heavily inspired by fantasy video games, much more so than by fantasy literature, which is more usually parodied. Thus, it's only appropriate that this trope come into play; specifically, when Tigtone uses both the snake-summoning harp and the gnome-summoning piccolo at once, causing the two armies to battle each in a gruesome, gore-soaked atrocity, killing innocent lives for no apparent reason, he is immediately punished by a giant skeletal arm dragging him into a giant snake's mouth, where he is held down on a table and gets blood vomited onto him by a skeleton while other skeletons watch and cheer. Tigtone screams like mad during all of this. Oddly, Tigtone is then immediately seen writing in his journal, detailing his own screams, with more or less perfect calm, calling into question just what the hell is wrong with Tigtone.
    • The entire Demon Maze is based on this. Killing anything in the maze, for any reason, sends the murderer back to the center of the maze. This includes suicide.
  • Villain-Beating Artifact: The Reverse Dagger is the only thing that can destroy the undead necromancer in "Tigtone And His Fellowship Of".
  • Villain Protagonist: With all the evil stuff he does, Tigtone probably would be a terrifying villain if everyone wasn't just as insane as he is. He solidifies this in "Tigtone vs. Nothing", where he steals an all-powerful artifact from the gods themselves in order to throw the world into complete and utter chaos so that there will always be quests for him to do.
  • Warrior Heaven: Tigtone and Beconka each give a piece of their souls to the Giant in exchange for enchantments. The Giant later monologues that he keeps all the souls of warriors in his many pockets, where they can joyously fight forever.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Greater Good used Helpy to secretly gather magic artifacts while questing with Tigtone so he can recreate a reality altering artifact called the Gingus and save the world from its own stupidity. This leaves its inhabitants so bored, they fall asleep and leaves Tigtone without his quester job.
  • Womb Level:
    • "The Begun" opens with Tigtone running though a stone hallway that somehow is on the inside of a huge demon that dies when he stabs his way out.
    • "His Fellowship Of" has Tigtone fighting a Giant Spider inside of a cave that turns out to actually be the nostril of a much larger monster.
    • "Manless Match" has Tigtone and Beconka fighting their way through a giant's innards in order to find his golden heart to enchant their weapons.
  • Word Salad Title: "The Begun of Tigtone". Lampshaded at the end of the episode.
  • World Gone Mad: A surreal world based on fantasy and video game logic where everybody is a Large Ham and can barely form coherent sentences. The world doesn't even have an Only Sane Man, everyone seems to be just as insane and stupid as Tigtone is. It gets worse when Tigtone uses the Gingus to throw the world into complete chaos so he will never be bored again.
  • The World Is Always Doomed: Most episodes are actually about more absurdly specific problems, but Tigtone is nevertheless obsessed with the world being at stake and seems to constantly expect it to be so. In fact, it motivates him in the rare cases where the quest itself may not. In the first season finale, Tigtone enforces this when he unleashes chaos upon the world because he had grown bored with low stakes.
  • World of Ham: See World Gone Mad above. Subtlety simply doesn't exist in this setting, even as a concept.
  • Would Harm A Child: Tigtone shoots a small child through the head with an arrow at one point, then puts her on a spit and begins cooking her. This is immediately praised by all the other villagers, who are glad to have something to eat, including the local priest. This does not seek Refuge in Audacity, it simply lives there.
    • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In The Singing Blade, upon learning that the weapons thief is a mere child Tigtone is fully ready to murder him only to be told by the Memory Gnome that fighting children is wrong. Instead, he decides to de-age himself in order to make it okay. By the end of the episode, after going through The Slow Path to recover from transforming to a child he visits a now-adult Daker and stabs him in the face.
  • Your Soul is Mine!:
    • "Tigtone And His Fellowship Of" opens with two skeletons stealing the souls from chickens to use to bring rock monsters to life. This doesn't kill the chickens but it does ruin their flavor when they are later eaten. This turns out to have been a bad idea because it makes the rock monsters act like chickens.
    • In "Tigtone and his Manless Match", the giant collects a small fraction of adventurers' souls and stores them in his pockets in exchange for enchanting their weapons: This is not really presented as evil, since he doesn't force anyone to accept his deal and the protagonists consider it a small price to pay. Tigtone and Beconka's soul fragments are put in the same pocket, where they can have fun fighting each other for all eternity.

 
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After the 99 female centaurs perform their centennial mating ceremony with a horse (which they all die from), the next generation of centaurs comes out a little...off.

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