View Full Version : What are your favourite small moments?

2007-02-04, 05:07 PM
What differentiates the great from the good is the little things. And for me, the latest comic, 409, provides a perfect example. It was a good strip with interesting dialogue and the plot moving forward. But it was the last two panels that made me smile and remember what makes me read this, my only webcomic. The Giant found a way for Belkar to vent his feelings towards Miko without activating his Mark of Justice in such a Belkar way.

But what about you? What are your favourite small moments? Just one or two panels, or a throw away line of dialogue that lifts this comic above the rest of the good?


2007-02-04, 05:11 PM
I really enjoyed belkar hanging from the gallows being swung against the back of the bandit sorceress. I dont remember exactly anymore what he said, but what he said was fun.

2007-02-04, 05:18 PM
I was particularly fond of V's "I intentionally mispelled Explosive so they wouldn't trigger..." and Belkar's "But you didn't mispell Explos- BOOM!" exchange :P

2007-02-04, 05:20 PM
Roy's usual combat banter degrading his opponents.

The big battle scene; Xykon: "...Also Magic Missile"

Demon roaches playing with Xykon's crown.

Elan sneaking back into the tent with flowers and chocolate.

Haley: "Feminine products."

Belkar stabbing the dead goblin in the head.

Thog cutting down Harry Potter.

Thog's pants turning purple.

And so on and so forth...

2007-02-04, 05:23 PM
Anything with Thor in it

2007-02-04, 05:42 PM
Oh and Durkon ordering the bandits to guard the camp from the trees. I really loved that one

2007-02-04, 05:46 PM
Elan asking "Wanna make out?"

2007-02-04, 11:00 PM
Durkon getting the bandits to bring him a gold-plated 'dwarf-sized' mug of ale. And not even being embarassed about having it after his speech. That was teh icing on the cake

2007-02-04, 11:05 PM
Oh, where to begin...
V in the cave with the magical darkness is my personal favorite.

2007-02-04, 11:31 PM
I've got Six Words:
Evan's Spiked Tentacles of Forced Intrusion

2007-02-04, 11:44 PM
My favorite small moment wasn't any specific comic but rather when I realized that men have square bodies and women have rounded pill like bodies. It was all I could notice for weeks.

2007-02-05, 12:05 AM
Vaarsuvius as a lizard: "Strike him down young Greenhilt, and take your place by my side!"

Vaarsuvius: "I prepared Explosive Runes this morning" (the first time)

Redcloak: "Hey, thank guy was your supreme leader, right?"
Hobgoblin: "...Yes. Yes, he was."

2007-02-05, 01:32 AM
"He was a good father!"

"But he was a better fashion accessory!"


Jewel Thief
2007-02-05, 01:56 AM
Most recently, Belkar and Mr. Scruffy's silent exchange.

2007-02-05, 02:50 AM
The mocha latte freedom fighter in #350 for sheer randomness.

2007-02-05, 11:38 AM
V's rant about Power Word taking up six pages of his spellbook :P

2007-02-05, 01:51 PM
Belkar vs. kobold (both times). Especially what he did with the head.

2007-02-05, 01:55 PM
It starts with "s" and ends with "litting their throats".

2007-02-05, 02:02 PM
My potential favorite is if the little kick that Belkar delivers at the end of the most recent strip kills Miko. Something so small could still be considered "lethal damage" :)

2007-02-05, 04:23 PM
The demon roaches. Whenever they appear.

Awesome Girl
2007-02-05, 08:07 PM
A really good one is panel #6 of comic 80 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0080.html). Roy's frown and Elan's smile just make it hilarious. I also like when Elan is trying to convince V to join the first church of banjo (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0081.html). I love it when Belkar pushes V into the owlbear (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0322.html).

2007-02-05, 08:14 PM
The concession stand snacks having an epic battle back 301...

"We have become like unto tiny refreshing GODS!"
Is their any awkward silence that line can't fix?

2007-02-05, 08:19 PM
The Princess Bride's Refrences and Belkar's "Beast with two backs"

2007-02-05, 08:29 PM
Panel 6 of #376 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0376.html).

I bust up laughing every time I see it.

2007-02-05, 08:59 PM
"Well, you could defeat the current supream lea-"
"Done." Slay Living

2007-02-05, 11:08 PM
Back when V was a lizard and Belkar lift the tail up.... http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0177.html

2007-02-05, 11:21 PM
:xykon: Minions, minions, Lord Xykon has it all under control.

:mitd: Ooooooooo, picture-in-picture!

:xykon: We can also watch it in Spanish.

:belkar: Oye, creo, que me falle de notar algo!

2007-02-05, 11:49 PM
:belkar: There may be hope for you!
:roy: Your approval fills me with shame.

:redcloak: Change of plans. Send fifteeen - no - twenty warriors up the path on, uh, scouting duty. Tell them to shout if they don't find anything.

:haley: Exactly when did you become the ultimate authority on me? If you took everythink you don't know about me and put it together, it would have a -16 size penalty to AC.
:roy: Well you never shown intrest in helping others before...
:haley: News flash, Roy: Every quest we've been on has been all about YOU! "I want to beat Xycon, I want the starmetal. I want to bump uglies with the paladin."
:miko: The proper term is "smite evil" not "bump uglies".

:roy: Hey there, nice feat! That allowed you to be utterly ineffective twice in one round.! Congrats all around! ANd seriously, what's with the hat, man? Geez.
To be fair, I always love it when roy smack talks.

-Shadow Dancer- Screw this! I'm not getting rubbed out by magic-weilding hookers!
-Dwarf Assasin- Must be some obscure prestiege class...

:roy: I just want you, personally to know:If it weren't for teh threat to the entire world, I would tell you to shove your "blood oath" against Xycon right up your wrinkled, incorporeal ass.

And my favourite of ALL time...
:vaarsuvius: I would just like to point out that my ghost will be both angry and vengeful, and will retain all my spellcasting powers.

2007-02-05, 11:59 PM
The last page of #156 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0156.html)

2007-02-06, 12:03 AM
For me? Definitely the one with the Test of the Mind. Haley was awesome in that one. Of course, that's the only one that readily springs to mind...

2007-02-06, 12:10 AM
"Love is an Epic-Level challenge."

2007-02-06, 12:11 AM
"Love is an Epic-Level challenge."

I always thought that was an understatement.

2007-02-06, 12:17 AM
183 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0183.html)
V:"Vomit. Now.
And aim for the halfling."

Also everything involving demon roaches.

Thog's Puppy
2007-02-06, 09:00 AM
Probably the dramatic ending to the trial when miko and belkar smash through the window and the banjo moments

2007-02-06, 09:07 AM

Last panel. Polite Undead.

2007-02-06, 09:49 AM
I look at a "small moment" to be a throwaway line (either single panel joke or as an aside while someone else is the main focus).

For the Single panel jokes:
-"Pointy-eared, Purple-haired, ambiguously-gendered pain in my ass"
-Belkar's sad and pathetic stabbing of all the goblins that the enlarged Durkon just smooshed.

And for comedic asides:
-Elan in the first panel of #182, while under the dragon's foot. "Gonna wake up any second now"
-"Also: Magic Missile"
-Anything involving the demon-roaches
-The celestial roach (I'll let you figure out episode). "I don't like where this is going".
-The interplay between Miko and Roy while discussing why the OotS has all the loot. "Sanitarium?" "No, though if I knew of one that would take them, I'd consider it."

Tornek the Unhygenic
2007-02-06, 01:48 PM
:nale: "Hey! A confirmed gender! He really is an evil opposite! Now get away from my woman, Ear" That's my all time FAVORITE line!

2007-02-06, 02:09 PM
Many of my favourite small moments involve the Belkster...

203: In reaction to Miko's charges of, Haley and Vaarsuvius look supremely guilty and make very suspicious denials. Belkar? Bland and innocent, 'never did anything wrong'.

251: Last panel, everyone in chains... the facial expressions and the amount of battering needed to subdue them really fits the characters (Roy took quite a lot, Belkar needed to be totally knocked out). Nice attention to detail.

2007-02-06, 03:11 PM
http://http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0107.html (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0107.html)

It's all your fault. Stupid d4 Hit Dice.

Ok, my not existing patience with this hex crap has run out.
Belkar is king of "small moments" :smallsmile:

But V is also great.


2007-02-06, 03:49 PM
Fruit Pie the Sorcerer (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0091.html)

2007-02-06, 03:52 PM
Fruit Pie the Sorcerer (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0091.html)

Yes, this is great too:smallbiggrin:

2007-02-07, 02:21 AM
What about:


Panel 6 - Ninja!

Wippit Guud
2007-02-07, 02:31 AM
:mitd: - Aw man, I lost twice. I suck.

2007-02-07, 02:49 AM
FireStorm! (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0359.html)

I loved the cut to the heros sitting back and chillin'.

"Relax, old chum"


2007-02-07, 09:01 AM
Much more than just a panel, but it's really small in the grand scheme of things:


Particularly the bottom two rows of the first one.

Seeing Elan bypass people's emotional barriers always makes me smile.

2007-02-07, 11:15 AM
Oh man! I can't beleive I forgot about this one! (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0134.html)

Panel 9: "Don't worry, we all got away."

2007-02-07, 12:10 PM
My two favorites have already been cited: Haley in the Test of the Mind (particularly the one exchange "You crazy bitch, you shot me!!" "No she didn't, and I completely expected that!!") and Roy's "your approval fills me with shame."

"Stop oppressing my culture, you ethnocentric bitch!!"

"Eat obscure alchemical metal, fiend-skank!"


-wink- "Evasion!" (hehehe I use that at the gaming table)

"You call it the Trouser Titan?"

treasure-type O was incredibly funny

"Cooon-cen-tra-tion time, come on!!"

the doiley

"Let me guess, her tonsils are evil and you were smiting them with your tongue?"

"Woot! I am the most badass halfling EVER! In your face, Elija Woods!"

"Mommy, what's happening?" (in case you don't remember, that's a kid being eaten by Surtur while Thor is granting Durkon's spells)

"That was great. That trap was totally worth the 10,000 gp. Heh heh."

The section where they discovered the black dragon was a young adult, and Roy's reply: "I dream of the day when I will learn to stop asking questions to which I will regret learning the answer."

"I think I just had an evilgasm."

"Sacrificing minions: is there anything it CAN'T solve?" ("I have a really good feeling about this.")

"Hey, look. I just regenerated a finger. Guess which one."

"I can't help but notice that your sense of team spirit is inversely proportionate to your number of functioning appendages, sir." "Cute. Did you actually grow a spine there, Redcloak?" "Perhaps I just got hit with a pice of yours when you exploded, sir."

"Hooray for hexes!" "Wow, you know, it's great to see you being such a good sport about this!"

wow, there were more off the top of my head than I thought there would be!! I could keep going, but I'll leave some for someone else.

2007-02-07, 12:27 PM
"Thog not get reference." is something that struck me as funny.

2007-02-07, 12:54 PM
:redcloak: It will revolutionise the industry.

2007-02-07, 12:56 PM
I've got Six Words:
Evan's Spiked Tentacles of Forced Intrusion

Yeah. It still makes me wince. And laugh.

2007-02-07, 12:56 PM
"Love is an Epic-Level challenge."

I like that one too.

2007-02-07, 01:16 PM

:elan: Dragons! Color-coded for YOUR convenience!

is one of the most awesome moments, I think :smallsmile:

2007-02-07, 02:33 PM
Dungeon Real Estate

:xykon: Hey, look, I just regenerated a finger. Guess which one. :redcloak:

2007-02-07, 06:44 PM

"You've Seem to have made a mistake right here"

"Oh man! Whats the mistake?"

"I'm Choatic"

2007-02-07, 10:06 PM
Ritz crackers.

2007-02-07, 10:52 PM
My favorite small moment just has to be V's Star Wars reference. (Give in to your anger, young Greenhilt! Strike him down and take your place by my side!)

2007-02-07, 11:40 PM
oh, and the first "not nale, not-nale" bit.

Awesome Girl
2007-02-08, 07:34 PM
:belkar: Ugh! What the hell is this? That god**** stupid dragon! What is this? Corn?? What kind of dragon eats corn?

2007-02-08, 08:04 PM
Man, OotS had these kind of great small moments right from the start! Here are some of the best from the first bakers' dozen:

* "C'mon, c'mon, Daddy needs some new skill points!" [WAA!] [Waa!] [wawawawa!] "Ooooo...weapon shrinkage." "Tee hee, it's so tiny!" "DAMN IT!" [PING!] "Ooh! Skill points!" "DAMN IT!"

* "I think I just failed a spot check."

* "Hi, Haley. Look, I found all these free swords. They were in my spleen."

* "No! Crap!" "You have selected 'Colon Tumor.'"

* "But... But you're holding the bottle!"

* "Your spell put the goblins to sleep!" "But... but... I did not CAST my spell yet!"

* "Coup de grace! Coup de grace!"

* "Hey, why wasn't Belkar affec..." "Best not to dwell on it."

* "Up!" "Down!" "Up!" "Down!" "Aha! A new spell level!" "L-E-V-E-L" "Huh?" "I spelled 'level'." "But you're a fighter, you can't learn spell levels."

* "My newest bard spell: Summon Plot Exposition!"