A Path to Greater Good
Name's Burk. Remember that name well; soon it'll be legendary.
A Path to Greater Good is an original Pixel Art Comic created by Guido "Neorice" Bos. The comic follows the stories of three people: Burk, a quixotic hero who has set out on a seemingly impossible quest, Noah, a young man who seems to be developing magical powers, and Tobi, an extremely unlucky young woman whose life falls apart in an instant. The three heroes have not crossed paths, but they all exist in the same world.
Tropes used in A Path to Greater Good include:
- Action Girl: Tobi
- Art Evolution: The early strips use RPG-style dialog boxes before switching to speech balloons. The character sprites have changed at least once, and the backgrounds switched from vector art to pixel art.
- Art Shift: The sprites themselves go through multiple iterations. From the first style, to a larger more detailed style to the current, more retro style (with detailed character profiles in speech bubbles.)
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Could Burk be smarter than he looks?
- Word of God says so. Burk admits to invoking the trope a few pages later, though it's unclear to what extent.
- Anime Hair: Multiple examples. Although The Emperor's stands out.
- Another Dimension
- Ax Crazy: Lacey.
- Badass: Burk
- Bandage Babe: Tobi
- Big Damn Heroes: Burk has a tendency to show up at the exact right time.
- Black Knight: Mai Aceland, ironically known as "The White-Haired Knight".
- The Blank: Three. Yes, that's his name. Well, close enough.
- Brainwashed: The Joy group
- Calling Your Attacks: "DRAGON COIL!" (According to the author: "I Always Wanted To Write That")
- "BOVINE KICK!" *kicks cow*
- Companion Cube: Mr. Acorn. The Emperor's hair is treated this way by fans.
- Crazy Enough to Work: Burk's plan to free Gang Rule Town.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Sunny's ability.
- Doomed Hometown: Tobi's village appears to be an example, though there is evidence that she was transported elsewhere instead.
- Dual-Wielding: Burk sees this ability as essential to the "Cool Guy" of his ideal party.
- Exposition Diagram: Uses type 3 while Sunny explains how he's able to bypass an attacker's magic shield.
- Eyeless Face: Apples... made of flesh. Hey, they're growing!
- Functional Magic: The rise of magic is one of the driving factors of the series.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Tobi
- Grappling Hook Pistol: Tobi had one built into some armour on her arm, though she appears to have lost it.
- Heroic Bastard: Noah, as seen in this dialogue.
- Heroic BSOD: Happens to Tobi in the desert.
- Instant Knots: Lacey can do this with some sort of rope based weapon.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Burk
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Three has these sorts of abilities, but his clothes somehow aren't damaged. Flesh golems can do this too.
- Mirror Monologue: Noah
- Only a Flesh Wound: Subverted - Tobi's wounds were actually near-fatal - she failed to realise this due to a "numbing venom".
- Our Elves Are Different: Deconstructed. A group of humans discovered Green Thumb magic, and were called "elves" as a racial slur.
- Outlaw Town: Gang Rule Town
- Razor Floss: Lacey's Weapon of Choice (along with a normal sword), although he hasn't cut anything with it yet...
- Rule of Cool: Everything Burk does.
- Rule of Funny: Everything else Burk does.
- Simultaneous Arcs
- Speech Impediment: Miss Veda's stutter.
- Stepford Smiler: The Joy group
- Strange Syntax Speaker: Lacey often pauses at odd moments.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Noah's true magical ability. Sort of.
- Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Here.
- Unsound Effect: Burkick'd!
- Violence Is the Only Option: The only way Burk can save Gang Rule Town.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: At the start of the series, Noah has the amazing magical ability... to not see his own reflection! (other people can still see it). It later develops into something more useful.
- White-Haired Pretty Boy:
MaiThe mysterious "White Knight".
- You Are Number Six: Three.