Book Titles –
'Start of Darkness' is a reference to 'Heart of Darkness'.
'On the Origin of PCs' is a reference to 'On the Origin of Species'.
'Dungeon Crawling Fools' is not a reference to anything, according to Rich (reference needed).
'No Cure for Paladin Blues' is a reference to the song '(No Cure for the) Summertime Blues', originally by Eddie Cochran, but also covered by The Who (among others).
'War and XPs' is a reference to 'War and Peace'.
'Don't Split the Party' is a reference to ...
Stop Opressing Gag –
Get it off me gag –
http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0041.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0520.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0805.html
Lawyers gag -
Dimmers gag –
http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0751.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0821.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0046.html
WWTD - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0170.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0073.html,
Reference - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_would_Jesus_do%3F
Window Break Gag –
Kato’s window break - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0589.html
Throne room window break - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0284.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0447.html
The gates make a distinctive noise and explosion -
and the party recognizes it -
Dragon Toy - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0600.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0463.html,
Hobgoblins and Gouda - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0463.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0705.html, 514, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0474.html
Lime Green Boots Gag - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0608.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0003.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0573.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0675.html,
Flumphs bad things happen to them gag -
http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0055.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0074.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0120.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0210.html
Mail call gag -
http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0259.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0121.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0033.html.
Bag of Tricks gag -
Order of the Stick Universe –
All the gods in the comic are color-coded for your convenience. The Northern gods have a yellow aura. The Southern gods have a blue aura. In the crayon drawings, the Western gods have a red aura and the now-extinct Greek pantheon of the Eastern gods had a green aura.
Northern Gods: Thor, Loki, Surtur, Hel
Every Dweomer matches their respective caster’s eyes.
Every sending spell in the comic is exactly 25 words.
When a spellcaster is casting a spell at someone else, there's only one layer of colored aura, around the caster and the subject. But when a spellcaster is casting a spell on him/herself, the aura is double-layered - which make sense, as s/he is both caster and subject.
When magic casters get pissed they seem to automatically have magic in hand, like a reflex making of a fist.
Goblins and Hobgoblins have 3 lines for feet instead of one like humans.
Paladins with a light blue belt have a dark blue cloak, and paladins with a dark blue belt have a light blue cloak.
DStP clarifies that Lee is yellow (devil), Nero purple (daemon), and Cedrik orange (demon)
Sir Francois was Elan’s travelling companion before he joined the Order of the Stick. We find this out in the On the Origins of the PC’s book, though he makes several appearances within the main story –
Hints as to Malack being a Vampire –
Celia's and Roy's moms both want grandchildren.
Sabine likes mixed drinks with tiny umbrellas - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0252.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0385.html
The three LG Kobolds are called Yikyik, Yokyok, Yukyuk, and the last makes fun of the name YakYak.
Belkar playing with Mr. Scruffy - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0379.html, 405,
Belkar has hair on his head AND his feet.
Belkar cooking reference - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0098.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0261.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0692.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0279.html
Belkar asks Durkon to make him blind because of something Elan's doing.
Belkar asks Durkon to make him deaf because of something Elan's doing.
Belkar loves helping people - 682 , 685, 687
Belkar & Unleashing the Fury -
Durkon acts as Kazumi's doctor while she's pregnant -
Durkon's tree gag -
Elan thinks not wearing clothes equals Invisibility:
Elan making illusion of enemy's female equivelent:
Elan's singing gag:
Haley shows interest in Elan before the reveal in –
All of Haley’s personalities have a stray hair.
Haley's sap – 750
Roy architecture references –
Roy heavy metal references - Roy has apparently flipped through heavy metal albums before.
Sabine - Devil or Demon?
V always has grapefruit for breakfast at inns -
V’s family threat plot point was built up over a long period of time - 233, 338, 385.
V refers to Miko as that paladin, because she refers to V as Elf.
V's Gender Ambiguity -
V's Explosive Runes -
V's Forgetting Familiar Trope -
Linear Guild Opposites –
OotS counterpart Dungeon of Dorukan Cliffport/Azure City Empire of Blood Girard's Pyramid Elan Nale Nale Nale Nale Haley Starshine Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine Roy Greenhilt Thog Thog Thog Tarquin Belkar Bitterleaf Yikyik Yokyok Yukyuk Kilkil Mr Scruffy N/a N/a Sir Scraggly N/a Vaarsuvius Zz'dtri Pompey Zz'dtri Zz'dtri Blackwing N/a N/a Qarr Qarr Durkon Thundershield Hilgya Firehelm Leeky Windstaff N/a Malack
First appearance: http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0043.html
Nale: Elan’s twin brother’s name is Nale, which is Elan spelled backwards.
Sabine: Chaotic Evil Female Succubus, whose alignment is opposite to Haley's Chaotic Good. In a relationship with Nale, similar to how Haley is in a relationship with Elan.
Thog: Chaotic Evil Male Half-Orc Barbarian, strong like Roy, but opposite in Intelligence to Roy.
Zz'dtri: Zz’dtri’s tendancy to not speak is directly opposite of Vaarsuvius, is generally particularly verbose. Z's aura is green while V's is purple.
Pompey: Pompey’s belt color is also the color of V's cape, his cape runes are the color of V's clasp, and his clasp is the color of V's robes.
Leeky Windstaff: Leeky is wearing robes that match Durkon’s skin tone, and Leeky’s skin tone matches the color of Durkon’s beard. His beard, hair, and cape also match Durkon’s armor color, and their amulet pendants match the other’s chain.
Annotation Project Work:
SpoilerCliffport scenes have a change in sky color when Durkon uses control weather, and then fade back to blue over time. http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0352.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0357.html, http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0364.html.
What I just noticed:
In 1020, Blackwing can identify the spell on the scroll despite having no idea what he is doing.
In 3.5e, Familiars can use their Sorcerer's/Wizard's/Etc. skill ranks.
Title Project Work:Spoiler
2 Reference to "being picked last" for sports teams in primary school.
3 See Spot Spot
A play on "See Spot run", a common phrase from the **** and Jane reading books. A series of reading primers for American children tell stolries about the children **** and Jane, and a dog named Spot. They are full of easy to read sentences such as "See Spot play with the ball."
6 The Cleric is 'In'
A parody of the Peanuts comic strip. The character Lucy pretends to be a dolctor, and gives advice to Charlie Brown. She sits by a sign saying "The Doctor is IN"
9 I am Curious, Elan
A reference to the films I Am Curious (Yellow) and I Am Curious (Blue)
20 Arcanolypse Now
A reference to the film Apocalyse Now combined with the word arcane. The movie's dialog includeds "I love the smell of napalm in the morning... smells like victory" and "The horror, the horror" which are referenced in the strip.
24 Do You Hear What I Hear?
28 Just Like on Three's Company
Three's Company was an American sitcom. Much of the humour derived from comic misunderstandings, and double entendres.
35 Rogues Gone Wild!
Parody of the Girls Gone Wild series.
36 Building a Better PC Trap
References the saying "to build a better mousetrap"
39 Date with Destiny
A date with Destiny is a phrase usually referring to an inescapable fate. Here it refers to Eugene arranging a romantic encounter (a date) while giving a prophesy (destiny)
40 The Gods Must be Busy
References The Gods Must Be Crazy
43 What's Behind Door #2?
References a gameshow hosted by Monty Hall, where the contestant was offered a choice of three doors. Behind one door was the star prize, a new car, while the other two concealed a goat.
38 The comic's title refers to Attacks of Opportunity, which allows a person to make a free melee attack on certain conditions
59 The Shot Heard Round the Dungeon
The phrase Shot heard round the world is used to describe several different historical events.
85 The Elder Puppet
Reference to the "elder gods" in the works of H.P. Lovecraft
95 Dead Men Tell Tales
The usual phrase is dead men tell no tales referring to killing a witness in order to silence him.
120 The End of the Beginning
The title is taken from a speech by Winston Churchill. "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
The same speech also contains the phrase "blood, tears. toil, and sweat" which shall be referenced in a later book.
Strip 131: Money Makes the World Go Round
The title comes from a song in the show Cabaret.
Strip 144: Pop Goes the Weasel
The title comes from an an English nursery rhyme of obscure origin and meaning.
Strip 145: Mr(s). Wizard Explains It All
Mr Wizard (the late Don Herbert) was the presenter of a series of educational TV shows that introduced children to science. The use of Mr(s) in the title obscures V's gender. It also provides an early hint that V is married
164 Here He Comes, To Save the Day!
The title references the Mighty Mouse theme song.
Strip 171: The Prisoner Dilemma
The title references Prisoner's dilemma, a famous logical puzzle and paradox.
Strip 181: Cursing the Darkness
The title references a popular saying "It is better to light a little candle than to curse the darkness"
Strip 183: Spit and/or swallow
The title references .... something that is against the rules of the forum to discuss. And it isn't politics.
strip 192 Everything Sits Better on a Ritz
The title references a TV advert for Ritz Crackers.
Strips with Matching Titles (or close enough):
This implies that perhaps some of the strip titles that match are intentional, but ultimately Rich chalks it up to forgetfulness.
924 Resource Management *
433 Resource Management *
879 Running on Empty
168 Running on Empty
877 The Bright Side
333 The Bright Side
842 All in the Family
681 All in the Family
832 Loose Ends
72 Loose Ends
720 Breakfast of Champions
401 Breakfast of Champions
590 Role Reversal
146 Role Reversal
406 A Moment of Truth
285 A Moment of Truth
600 –Headed Down, 897 – Headed Downtown
Strip 431: My Three Xykons
Strip 632: My Three Fiends
Strip 463: Shattered
Strip 636: Shattered, Shattered