The Guild is an online Vlog Series-style sitcom created by Felicia Day of Dr. Horrible fame (and credited by Joss Whedon as an inspiration) after a two year addiction to World of Warcraft. Each 3-8 minute episode centers on "The Knights of Good", an online guild in an unnamed MMORPG similar to WOW.
Recognitions include winning the 2007 Youtube Video Award and the 2008 Yahoo Video award. You can keep up with the series at its official website, watchtheguild.com. A music video called "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar" was released to promote the third season. This song is the Trope Namer for Date My Avatar. The episodes come out on Tuesdays on watchtheguild.com, Xbox Live, Zune, and MSN video. Without trying to top it, they went Bollywood to promote the fourth season, as seen here. It took the top #3 spot in the US iTunes chart and the #1 in the UK on the day of its release.
Currently spinning off into a Dark Horse Comics series.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Zaboo, but it has nothing to do with looks and everything to do with his lack of emotional maturity and over-the-top stalkery behavior. Although, as of the end of Season 4, he's beginning to look less abhorrent...
- Abusive Parents: Clara, of the neglectful variety; Zaboo's mother of the psychological variety.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Wiggly takes down Kwan with spells so unoptimal he hadn't thought to defend against them. Lampshaded when Wiggly says "Sheer idiocy is my gaming specialty".
- Actor Allusion: In 3.5 Application'd, Zaboo can be seen wearing a Legend of Neil shirt. The Legend of Neil is another web series, created by Zaboo's actor, Sandeep Parikh. There are at least two Dr. Horrible references: Riley calling Zaboo "Bad Horse," and Codex putting up her fists while referring to "hammers." Also, Codex owns a frozen yogurt maker; in the musical, froyo was an important symbol for Penny and Billy's relationship.
- A Darker Me: Online, Bladezz is an obnoxious Troll who likes to make perverted comments and act like he's cool and edgy. In person, he lives with his parents, can't drive, and gets beat up by his little sister. Though, in a departure from the stereotype you'd expect, he's young and attractive (in a pretty, Hanson-esque way), so much that his mother made him do some embarrassing modeling photos to pay for college. Also Valkyrie, an Axis member, who tries to act uber-tough in an online chat with the Knights of Good only to be interrupted by his boss. Valkyrie tries to defuse his boss's suspicions he was internet surfing, which quickly degenerates into a conversation about how a client's damask came back coral instead of lavender as she'd requested.
- To be fair, Bladezz isn't the stereotypical "30-year-old living in his parents' basement" gamer, he lives with his parents because he's in high school and is under-aged.
- Alliterative Name: Vork's real name, Herman Holden. Also, Wade Wei.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted/Subverted. Season four is all about Codex trying to deal with her one night stand with Fawkes. Despite her misgivings about Fawkes, Codex decides to pursue a relationship with him to save face from the Guild thinking she's a slut. Since Fawkes isn't interested in actually dating her, he goes along with pretending to date her for the fun and chaos. But when he realizes he really does like Codex she rejects him for treating her poorly, and Codex discovers she has a crush on Dogged Nice Guy Zaboo.
- Almost Kiss: The second season premiere.
- "Zero... latency..."
- Also appears in one of the gag reels, between Codex and Riley.
- Also; non-canonically, a second one between Zaboo and Codex in the 'Game On' music video. It was even lampshaded in the lyrics.
- Anarchist Wannabe: The Axis of Anarchy seem to be like this. However, their acts of "anarchy" generally amount to little more than petty pranks, and in real life those whose jobs have been identified are a police officer, a substitute teacher and an interior decorator. Their leader Fawkes also repeatedly quotes various philosophers in a context which suggests that he doesn't understand what their actual philosophies were.
- Strongest example of this is quoting Nietzsche, who was actually quite negative towards the concept of anarchy.
- Angry Black Man: Bruiser
- Anti-Poopsocking: Vork is known to pee in jars as not to leave his seat.
- Ascended Meme: the Game On! music video features Vork flipping his coat off and on like in "Kaaluri Vaanil", accompanied by "buffalaxed" Hindi lyrics.
- Bare Your Midriff: Both Codex and Tinkerballa in character and Felicia and Amy in "Game On".
- Bastard Girlfriend: Zaboo's girlfriend in the third season.
- Bedmate Reveal: The Season 3 finale: Codex and...Fawkes?!
- Beneath the Mask: Zaboo's Master Chiefs are revealed at the end to be really hot chicks.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever presume that you're Fawkes' equal. Bruiser seems to share this: when Bladezz claims to be his equal, he responds "Your dick could fit in my ear canal!" And back in Episode 10, Codex decides that the Guild should take on Zaboo's mom on the grounds that "she called me homely."
- And don't ever call Tink a Taint behind her back. Calling her a Taint to her face seems to be okay though.
- Vork also has a few, including not tampering with his network connection ("BLAAAADDEEEEZZZ!!") and not reconfiguring his hotkeys.
- Big No: Zaboo at the end of Wit's End, Clara at the end of the Season 2 pilot.
- Black Comedy Rape: Riley on Zaboo, though it's more of a case of dubious consent. He's clearly not into her kinks, but he allows her to do it anyway. It actually works.
- Bland-Name Product: Parodied. The MMO they all play is called "The Game". The signs at the convention even call it The Game.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Clara, Tink and Codex.
- Bodyguard Babes: It is revealed at the end of season 5 that Zaboo's twin Master Chief thugs were actually women.
- Brain Bleach: Tink, when Bladezz jokingly suggests he's going to release a sex tape.
- Break the Haughty: What happens to Tinkerballa at the end of Season 2, and to Bladezz in Season 3 courtesy of the Axis of Anarchy.
- Call Back: In season 2, Codex threatens to hang herself with an Ethernet cord to stop her therapist from hanging up on her. Zaboo actually attempted this method in season 1.
- The Cameo: dozens in Season 5
- The Cast Showoff: Felicia's fond of writing actors' talents into the script. Bladezz is a talented card dealer because actor Vincent knows sleight-of-hand card tricks, Codex plays the violin as does Felicia Day, Tink plays basketball, and Amy Okuda shows off her dancing skills in the music videos. Also stuntman Wade Wei was played by an actual stuntman who did his own stuntwork.
- Character Blog: Codex's video blog serves as a framing device for each episode. Additionally, Vork has a Twitter. It's hilarious.
- Character Development: Zaboo's determination to "level up" as a person has actually resulted in some of this.
- Other characters including Codex, Fawkes and even Zaboo's mother go through lesser degrees of development over the series.
- Cliff Hanger: The end of season 3. Did not see that one coming.
- Cluster F-Bomb: The Axis seems real fond of this, especially Bruiser and Fawkes.
- As is Jeff Lewis, the actor who plays Vork. He seems to cuss in every other outtake in the gag reels.
- Code Name: All the characters seem to prefer their online aliases, at least with each other. Tinkerballa doesn't even give her real name when asked. It takes until Season 5 for her name to be revealed, it's April Lu.
- Continuity Nod: A minor one, but the picture of Codex Zaboo photoshopped in Series 1 decorates his laptop in subsequent series and in the Game On music video.
- Cringe Comedy: Most of the funnies come from the incredibly rude, inappropriate, or shocking things that the guildies say.
- Curse Cut Short: Ending of season one.
- Date My Avatar: The song "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?" is the Trope Namer.
- Deadpan Snarker: Vork becomes this when paired up with Zaboo.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: Bruiser is a giant musclebound Angry Black Man. In the game, he's the Axis of Anarchy's healer.
- Defeat Means Drinks: After his defeat, Fawkes tells Codex "You. Me. Drinks. 8 pm. Renata's. I'll see you there."
- Department of Redundancy Department: Vork falls into this on occasions. Zaboo does as well in Season 4, Episode 10:
Zaboo: Welcome to the Festival Under the Sea Festival!
- Disproportionate Retribution: Vork rigidly follows guild rules to give an orb that changes the avatar's hair color to Tink over Clara. Clara in turn begins a reign of destruction which nearly destroys the guild.
- Season 3 revolves around this happening to Bladezz. Over a feud that began from a video game, the Axis of Anarchy digs up his Old Shame as a model, plants weapons in his locker at school, and has someone sleep with his mom. It was bad enough that it reached the point where he was going to run away from home.
- Dojikko: Codex
- Downer Ending: Season 2 finale.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Wade "Stunt guy" "Guns" Wei happens to be both an in-universe and out-of-universe example. In-universe, despite being a self-obsessed jerk, he manages to come off looking awesome to the Guildies because he's also a real-life Badass. After beating the crap out of Zaboo and publicly humiliating Codex (Zaboo's love interest), all Zaboo can say is "he's nice" because the guy did motion capture for his favorite game, and was an extra in a B-movie he loved. Then Clara, Codex's friend, makes out with Wade! Out-of-universe, his "leather pants" status has caused a few fans to think he should end up with Codex, despite how nonchalantly he comments that "she's not worth it" with a wink and a smile. And, in the spirit of equal opportunity, Riley. Her relationship with Zaboo is at best disturbing, and at worst downright twisted; she's violent, manipulative, and scarily controlling - all three neatly illustrated by her knocking Zaboo out, gagging him with tape, and chaining him up in the wardrobe because he forgot to make her breakfast. On the other hand, she's hot. Tall! I meant Tall!
- Dramatic Wind: Lampshaded by Codex at the end of episode 7 of season 4 after Fawkes kisses her.
Is there a breeze in here?
- Dysfunction Junction
- Mr. Fanservice: Bladezz and Zaboo in "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar". Also, Wade, period.
- Even Beggars Won't Choose It: A homeless person tries Vork's "found object stew" and rejects it in disgust.
- Expy: The in-show sci-fi series Time Rings, with the main character known only as "the Professor", featuring former co-star Madeline as "Charity", herself a loose Expy of (and dead ringer for) Sarah Jane Smith.
- Extreme Omnivore: Vork: Found Object Stew. That is all.
- Also, the "breakfast" he finds in season 5, made up of the discards of other people at the hotel.
- And yet he won't eat tofu.
- Also, the "breakfast" he finds in season 5, made up of the discards of other people at the hotel.
- Face Heel Turn: Tink, in season three.
- Failed Attempt At Drama: Zaboo's exit in 3.9 "Wit's End".
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Tink asks a drunk Codex to pretend to kiss her to obscure her face from her sisters at the Con.
Tink: I said 'pretend to kiss me' you perv!
- Five-Bad Band: In season three, the Knights of Good meet a rival guild, the Axis of Anarchy, composed of what seems to be a Five Bad Token Band.
- Foe Yay: An In-Universe example. At first it seems that Riley is just hostile toward Codex...then in Noobtastic she rather blatantly makes a pass at her ("your skin is so soft" ** brushes hair away from neck as she massages her shoulders** ), and apparently has misplaced anger about Codex "rejecting" her, when it should "go the other way around". Didn't See That Coming. And then in Coping and Stuff, Zaboo tells Codex that Riley wants to have a three-way with her and Zaboo. If that isn't Foe Yay, who knows what is. There is also some very unwilling Foe Yay with Zaboo and Vork when they first start living together. Zaboo spends a lot of his time showing off his body and exercising, trying to get Vork to play "manly" sports with him (like wrestling) and changes around Vork's keyboard settings to what he thought were better ones. Vork's interactions with Zaboo are the only times he acts halfway normal (i.e. he gets really annoyed with him). And then there is the fact that Zaboo tried to get in the shower with Vork... Then In episode 8 of season 3, Codex gets into a private chat with the Axis of Anarchy leader to try to convince them to cease tormenting Bladezz. Fawkes insinuates that she wanted a private chat for a different reason and is in denial about her attraction to him.
- Foreign Queasine: Tink's adoptive parents keep trying to give her tastes of her own culture by making disgusting fusion food. Teriyaki candy canes, anyone?
- Freudian Excuse: Zaboo. Oh Shiva! Zaboo!
- Fridge Horror: Clara's air-headed neglect of her children becomes this when you read about parents who have actually let their children die while gaming .
- Friends with Benefits: Riley and Wade.
- Funny Background Event: Where to begin?
- During the drama between Tink and Bladezz, Vork can be seen in the background stealing everything on the snack table including an entire sheetcake.
- In "Newbtastic", when the Guild members are gaming, behind Zaboo you can see Riley, in the distance, doing pull-ups.
- In "The Return", Zaboo's game "Sir Loopalot" makes noises corresponding to the dialogue.
- The cleaning lady walking in during Codex' vlog post.
My vagina was practically in my hand! (Beat) Can we have some more towels, please?
- Geek: Pretty much the entire cast.
- Gamer Chick: Riley fits this trope best but also Tink, Clara, Codex and Venom.
- GIRL: Valkyrie is an example with quite a bit of lampshading and some Camp Gay aspects.
- Also discussed in the Dark Horse Comic. Thirteen percent'd!
- Geeky Turn On: Only a true geek could that excited about a T1 line.
- Girl-On-Girl Is Hot: Bladezz reaction to Codex and Tink's Fake-Out Make-Out.
- Also Zaboo's reaction to Riley and Venom in the season 3 finale. "Subscribed!"
- Good Cop, Bad Cop: Season 3 episode 9, Codex and Zaboo's interrogation of Valkyrie takes on this aspect when Zaboo starts venting some of his repressed anger and Codex admits that he's starting to scare her.
- Greek Chorus: Sir Loopalot
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Tink.
- Heroic BSOD: Bearing down fast in Season 3 Episode 11, and described in the Captain's Log of Season 3 Episode 12.
- Hollywood Nerd: Averted. A lot of the main cast is attractive, but they have serious psychological problems that, while exaggerated and Played for Laughs, have some basis in reality. It's not hard to see how Codex can't get a date despite looking like she does because of her Extreme Doormat tendencies and massive insecurity. The utter lack of a Beautiful All Along reveal is notable as well.
- How Many All of Them: Vork claims to speak every language.
- I Banged Your Mom: This trope is repeated verbatim when Resident Scary Black Man Cop of the Axis of Anarchy bangs Bladezz's Mom as part of the attacks on the guild.
- Played with, as it turns out he actually liked her, and is dating her at the start of Season 4.
- I Call Him "Mister Happy": Mr. Wiggly. "They won't know that's my name for it... unless I hold open the mic like that." Actually referenced as early as season 1 in an outtake: Zaboo mentions his penis's name, and Clara mentions that her husband's has a name as well.
- I Can Change My Beloved: In season 1, Zaboo tries to pull this on Codex. (When it doesn't work out he instead tries to change himself, but that's a different story.)
- Idiosyncratic Wipes: Season 3 episode 7 has a Batman homage using the head of "Finn Smulders".
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Zaboo weakly suggests this trope might apply when he challenges Wade Wei to a fight, only to find out that Wade is a professional stuntman. Vork immediately shoots him down, pointing out that Zaboo's game character is a Squishy Wizard, and so his game experience doesn't apply to the real world, where casting spells is impossible.
- Incredibly Lame Pun:
- Informed Ability: Sort of played with. The game they all play is the driving force of the series, and has complete control over everyone's life. But we never actually SEE the game, at least, not before the climax of Series 4, only their reactions.
- Innocent Cohabitation: Zaboo set himself up at Codex's place. Of course, he didn't intend for the innocent part, but Codex insists.
- Interrogation by Vandalism: Zaboo and Codex interrogate one of the Axis of Anarchy by holding him down and gradually deleting his Rainbow Pimp Gear.
- Ironic Echo: Between Codex and Fawkes. "I make good brownies?"
- Jerkass: Tinkerballa. Also Bladezz, though with him it could be considered more of a Jerkass Facade to cover up his insecurities. Then there's the entire Axis of Anarchy, but Fawkes especially.
- Jerkass Facade: Season 4 leaves it open that Fawkes might be this.
- Just Friends: Codex claims that her relationship with Zaboo is of this nature.
- In season 4, Zaboo tries to act accordingly. Since this is Zaboo, he takes it way too far.
- By the end of season 4, Zaboo appears to have grown slightly more natural about this. Perhaps coincidentally, Codex is terrified to find she finds him actually attractive now.
- In season 5, Codex tries to confess to him, only for him to play the Just Friends card
- In season 4, Zaboo tries to act accordingly. Since this is Zaboo, he takes it way too far.
- Kick the Dog: The Axis' campaign of terror on Bladezz, who after all is just a high school kid. Made worse by the fact that Venom is a teacher and Bruiser is a cop, people who are supposed to stop this sort of thing.
- Ladykiller in Love: Fawkes's feelings for Codex.
- Leet Lingo: Constantly.
- Liz Lemon Job: Codex in Season 3, rather unsuccessfully.
- Loan Shark: Vork becomes one in Season 4.
- Make-Out Kids: Zaboo and Riley at the beginning of Season 3.
- Man Hug: Averted in the season three finale when Bladezz and Bruiser make up.
Bruiser: "In your fucking dreams."
- Man in a Kilt: Fawkes.
Clara: Um, who says you're number one? And be honest, are you naked under there?
- Masochism Tango: Riley and Zaboo
- Meaningful Background Event: Due to the quick cuts at the end of Season 1, Episode 7, it's easy to miss Zaboo tying a noose out of an Ethernet cable behind Codex.
- Meaningful Name: Fawkes. In more ways than one, as of Season 5.
- Memetic Mutation: In-Universe, Bladezz tries to exploit his popularity as an internet meme.
- Metaphorgotten: Codex isn't quite Michael Scott, but she sure manages to pull a good number of these...
- Missing Mom: Clara manages this despite still being (technically) a member of her family and a 'stay at home mom'.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Vork was pretty much asking for this when he stopped by an elementary school in his van. Later, when Vork says that if the Knights of Good lose and are disbanded he'll go back to playing Chinese Checkers with the neighborhood kids, Codex shoots him a WTF look
- Momma's Boy: Zaboo. However, the tenth episode involves him and the Guild forcing his mother out of his life. Mostly.
- Most Gamers Are Male: Subverted by the fact that guild is evenly split between men and women. Felicia Day has said she did this on purpose to prove a point that there are more girl gamers out there than guys think there are.
- Moving the Goalposts: From Vork's point of view, anyway--Codex tells Vork he can help himself to anything in her kitchen, but then decides that doesn't include her frozen yogurt maker.
- Ms. Fanservice: Codex and Tinkerballa in "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar".
- Codex all the time. Due to her being played by Felicia Day
- My Beloved Smother: Zaboo's mom.
- National Stereotypes: Mocked with Kwan, a Korean professional gamer with a gigantic StarCraft poster on his wall.
- Next Thing They Knew: The season 3 finale.
- Noodle Incident: Vork doesn't think of himself as a bad man... well, there was that night he spent at a Hitler Youth Camp by accident...
- No Periods, Period: Averted; early in Season 2 Zaboo chalks up Codex's annoyance with him to the fact that she must be ovulating. Then he whips out a miniature calender to prove it. Which, of course, only increases Codex's annoyance.
Codex: You laminated my cycle?
- Not So Different: Tink to Codex about flirting with guys to get what you want from them.
- Omniglot: Vork is surprisingly able to speak Korean and Hindi. When Zaboo asks how many languages he speaks, he replies "All of them". (Though season 3 shows that he can apparently only speak Spanish haltingly and with the aid of a phrasebook.)
- Oblivious to Love: Zaboo in Season 5.
- One of Us: Felicia Day definitely knows what she's writing about. Even people who don't play games but spend a lot of time online will recognize the character types.
- And do we even need to talk about Wil Wheaton and his massive geekitude?
- Online Alias: Everyone.
- Only Sane Man: Codex or Bladezz, depending on the situation.
- Also, Vork is the only one who stands up to Cheesybeard's cheese gouging.
- Pet the Dog: Bladezz is prone to this, he had a Big Damn Heroes moment in season 1 and seemed to be genuinely trying to bond with the guys in season 2.
- Tink seems to have a tiny, tiny soft spot for Codex, such as when she defends her from Zaboo's mom with "Lay off our healer, she's squishy". She also tried to help Codex land a man in season 2, and even though she claimed it was for her own amusement, she did cancel a date and put a lot of effort into it. Also, her Heel Face Turn at the end of Season 3.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: Vork to Codex, Played for Laughs since she's actually "decent" at the time.
- Post Modernism - the song Do you wanna date my avatar
- Portmanteau Couple Name: Zaboo makes one for Codex and Fawkes:
"I'm in support. Put me on team Codex/Fawkes. Team Cawkes! I'm thinking about making T-shirts."
- Power Walk: Parodied in the Season 2 episode "Socializing Sucks." Likewise in Season 3, episode 10.
- Product Placement: Season 4, Bing Video.
- Promoted Fangirl: In-universe example with Codex, judging from the last scene of the season 5 finale.
- Psycho Rangers: The Axis of Anarchy.
- Punch Clock Villain: While most of the Axis of Anarchy happily take their villainous personas outside the game with them as they torture the Knights of Good, a few of them are implied to be not so bad outside their feud. Valkyrie in particular seems harmless, and the Scary Black Man "Bruiser"'s demeanor completely changes into a soft-spoken nice guy as soon as the conflict is resolved.
- Revenge: Clara's campaign to kill Vork while playing another character, Bladezz deleting Tink's.
- Refuge in Audacity: Riley knocks out Zaboo and ties him up in the closet for not making her breakfast. However, she tied him up using twisty ties and a pink feather boa.
- Right in Front of Me Though technically he was right behind her Codex's conversation counts as this when while she is playing a demo of a new expansion for The Game. Codex complains to a staffer who tries to talk to her, complaining about how the the new mechanics have Nerfed her player class and how all the new things in the update suck. Turns out that's the creator and he is so upset by this that he decides to sell the rights to another company.
- The Rival: How Codex seems to view Riley, although Riley mostly just ignores her...or so she seems to until "Newbtastic".
- Running Gag: Vork knocking over trash cans whenever he starts driving in Season 3.
- Culminating with his arrival at the convention, and the attendant destruction.
- Samus Is a Girl: The Master Chiefs.
- Serious Business: How all the characters, especially Vork, treat the guild.
Vork: I have my policies. Thirty seconds! I mean this is...you know...this is...serious...guys.
- Sex Sells: Tink dresses as Slave Leia and Sailor Moon to sell her T-Shirts.
- Plus Tink and Clara's earlier attempts to raise guildhall money via special "chat sessions".
- Shaped Like Itself: One scene in season 5 has Tink cosplaying in a mascot outfit... of herself.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Genderflipp'd with Codex and Zaboo.
- Ship Tease: "Game On" is a big one for the Codex/Zaboo ship.
- Followed by Ship Sinking in season 5
- Shout-Out: In season three, episode four:
Codex: Without the two hammers (holds up her fists) of the guild, Tink and Vork there... (Looking at her hands) What are these?
Riley: You left the stable? Bad Horse!
Codex: I just looked at my wrist, and I'm not wearing a watch. So dumb.
- Shower of Angst: Vork soon after discovering Clara's betrayal. So soon that he doesn't even have time to go to his own shower. Or take off his suit.
- Six-Student Clique: Gender variant
- The Head: Codex
- The Muscle: Bladezz
- The Quirk: Zaboo
- The Pretty One: Tink
- The Smart One: Vork
- The Wild One: Clara
- Or Vork as The Head and Codex as The Smart One, if you prefer.
- Spinoff Babies: See for yourself.
- Stalker with a Crush: Zaboo, Zaboo, Zaboo. He tracked down where Codex lived, Photoshopped himself with her DMV photo, and found her house's floor plan, among many other things.
- Still the Leader: Vork, after abdicating his leadership.
- Social Services Does Not Exist: Stay-at-home mom Clara generally ignores her children, didn't even notice when her babysitter quit, and at one point hands them off to Tinkerballa who locks them in a pet carrier. Nobody apart from Codex seems particularly horrified by any of this.
- Also: "Tomorrow, mommy's going to teach you to use the microwave." And "Oh, um, I guess they've been feeding themselves....I guess?" And...honestly, the stuff she does goes above and beyond criminally negligent and into the starkly hilarious.
- Spit Take: In Season 5, Bladezz's reaction to Codex and Tink kissing.
- Stealth Hi Bye: Vork pulls this on Codex in the episode "Blow Out". Not only did he appear after a split second cut away, he was suddenly at Codex's apartment a minute after talking to her from his home across town.
- Straw Loser: They all would be if there was anyone cool to compare them to, but they kind of work this way for each other. Zaboo and Vork are so completely off their rockers it makes the rest of the guild look saner. Tink and Bladezz are so mean it makes the others look nicer. Meanwhile, Codex looks pretty good in comparison, and it's less obvious that Clara is an insane Jerkass. Also, the Knights of Good work as this somewhat in relation to the Axis of Anarchy. Kwan makes millions by gaming, Bruiser, Venom and Valkyrie all have jobs, and the Axis still has a higher ranking than the Knights, who, with the exception of Tink and Bladezz (who have school), don't have anything else going on in their lives, and play the game full time.
- Starting to change as of Season Five, Vork finds a romantic interest, Codex gets a job, Tink's family appears, Zaboo shows a LOT of emotional maturity, and Bladezz develops a fandom. Clara, however, is still insane.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- Also Valkyrie
Codex: Artemis? You play two girl characters?
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: When the Knights of Good try to replace Tink.
- The Alleged Car: Vork's campervan.
- The Don: In season 5 Zaboo's seat saving scheme gives him a lot of power at the convention and by episode 7 he is seen stroking a toy cat while Neil Gaiman is asking him for a favour. Later he is seen having his goons beat up Kevin Sorbo in order to get front row seats at his panel.
- There Are No Therapists: Codex's therapist dumps her. And later, blocks her calls. Considering just how relentlessly Codex resists any attempt to make her face the world and deal with her problems, it's hard to blame her therapist for Knowing When To Fold'Em. Therapists need to protect their own sanity too, after all.
- Three Minutes of Writhing: "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar", though it's pretty obviously a parody of this type of thing. That doesn't stop it from being really freaking hot. Felicia Day does a cute, awkward little smile in the very last second of the video that suggests she wasn't quite comfortable with being Ms. Fanservice.
- Twofer Token Minority: Several.
- Understatement: Vork about Zaboo's obsession with Codex:
"I don't know if you're aware of this, but he has a slight...fixation."
- Unnecessary Combat Roll: Zaboo at Valkyrie's workplace.
- Unperson At the end of season 2 Bladezz deletes Tinks character Tinkerballa, removing permanently from existence her gold, reputation and "two years of [her] life". She even phrases it as "I don't exist anymore"
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Near the end of season 4, Fawkes, who has spent the entire season telling Codex he doesn't do "dating" approaches Codex for a second chance. She (rightfully) doesn't give him one. Time will tell if this goes anywhere or if its just a bit of Ironic Justice.
- Given that he shows up in Season 5 trying to join the Knights of Good, it is possible the shoe is on the other foot
- May also occur in season 4 with Zaboo and Codex. Although Zaboo's attempted romance with Riley was a transparent ploy to get over his unrequited feelings for Codex and his Just Friends gambit was overloaded with sexual tension on his part he seems to have finally (mostly) gotten over by the end of season 4, noting how he doesn't feel good that Codex and Fawkes aren't dating but merely bad for her (though this could be I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy). Afterward, he helps (quixotically) tries to help her gambit to keep her job at Cheesy Beard's, gets Codex a new computer after her season long attempt to fix her old one, and stands up to his mother while simultaneously giving her a chance to turn over a new leaf. All of these raise him substantially on Codex's newly derived "litmus test" for boyfriends, much to Codex's anxiety and Zaboo's seeming obliviousness.
- As of Season 5, this is officially the case between Codex and Zaboo.
- Verbal Tic'd
- What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?: The end of the season 2 pilot has Clara's children messing up her computer cords set to Ominous Latin Chanting in slow-motion, while Zaboo seduces Codex with the EPICALLY-worded promise of buying her a faster internet connection.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Unless you count sleeping with Fawkes Codex is the only member of the Knights of Good who hasn't done something morally reprehensible over the course of the series.
- She was pretty eager to keep Zaboo and stunt guy fighting to give her a sense of self-worth. Zaboo did start it, and it ended up biting her in the ass almost immediately, but it was still pretty iffy considering how badly Zaboo could have gotten hurt.
- Will They or Won't They?: Codex and Zaboo.
- Fawkes and Codex of all people seem headed in this direction.
- Codex eventually has her fill of Fawkes, and now is discovering she's got a crush on Zaboo
- You Got Guts: Wade Wei praises Zaboo for this after Zaboo challenges him to a fight and holds himself respectably well considering Wade is a professional stuntman and Zaboo is probably the loosest possible definition of 'in shape'.
- You Need to Get Laid: The female guildies spend season 2 trying to help Codex get laid. In season 3 it first appears that Zaboo getting laid might actually have helped him become more sane, at least in his interactions with Codex. Then Riley starts becoming more than he can handle, and he gets crazy and angry.