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Ironically, Black Mage has a fixation on the character White Mage, and perpetually uses increasingly cheesy and inappropriate pick-up lines to “open her heart.” 8-Bit Theater was a webcomic that began in 2001, around the same time as Final Fantasy 10, and ended in 2010. It was a loose retelling/parody the story of the original Final Fantasy using sprites from the game.

Quite possibly one of the longest ever is set up as a throwaway gag in the first few panels of the 10th strip only to come back almost 9 years and 1,200 strips later. 8-Bit Theater was Brian Clevinger’s first experience writing a comic. His experience, as well as exposure through the comic, allowed him to write more comics, including Atomic Robo as well as writing for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. White Mage was assigned by her order to protect fate and to help the Light Warriors save the world. She discreetly follows the Light Warriors around the world for a lengthy portion of the comic to achieve this goal. Sort of a space fleet RTS thing, which is a genre I love, but then every game turns into a complete disaster.

There, they discover the King has been poisoned, apparently by the same person who stole Matoya’s crystal, and Thief is the prince of Elfland. The Light Warriors retrieve the antidote and Matoya’s crystal from the dark elf Drizz’l, who is shortly thereafter recruited by Garland and Bikke. Upon his recovery, the Elf King sends the Light Warriors to save Elfland by retrieving the Earth Orb from two undead beings, Vilbert von Vampire and his father Lich, the Fiend of Earth.

Once the plotline of his father was resolved, he continued stealing because he could. Being a prince, he has command of a group of law-ninja which help him enforce the various binding contracts he has over the team. He is also the copyright holder of “Super Ultra Fine Print”, an extremely tiny font which he adds to every contract in which he is held responsible for something, to opt out of (mostly by adding the word “not”). In general, the art in the comic is taken from the game Final Fantasy, particularly the characters and most of the foreground scenery.

Also Brian doesn’t have access to magic and, by extension, the best thing about magic. 8-Bit Theater was originally intended to parody a variety of classic 8-bit video games. The popularity of the Final Fantasy comic convinced Clevinger to abandon this idea, although 8-Bit Theater does make occasional references to other video games as well as pop culture phenomena such as comic book superheroes, TV shows and movies. For example, there are parodies of superheroes, such as Arachna-Dude or The Sulk. 8-Bit Theater’s humor is based on exaggerated RPG stereotypes and includes a range of comedic devices, such as droll humor, running gags, wordplay, and slapstick. A significant portion of the humor is character driven often the comic creates reader anticipation for dramatic moments which fail to come.

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