Wednesday, November 30, 2011

8-Bit Theater

Red Mage, Thief, Black Mage and Fighter

8-Bit Theater is a comedy sprite comic (a comic that uses video game sprites in the art) that parodies Final Fantasy and role-playing stereotypes. The Light Warriors (a group of misfit adventurers) try to defeat four demons based on the four elements.
The Light Warriors are the protagonists. They are based on the character classes in Final Fantasy, but are presenting as dysfunctional, incompetent, and causing more harm than help. The members are:

  • Black Mage- He is a wizard that is weak, but has incredibly destructive spells. He is comically evil to the point his conscience doesn't split his concepts of good and evil, but evil and atrociously evil. He hides his face, because it drive people who see it mad.
  • Fighter- He is a ... guess what? ... a fighter. He is specialized with swords and is extremely resilient to damage, to the point of shaking off lethal attacks. He is also extremely child-like and naive (especially towards his friends' unheroic traits), but has a heart of gold.
  • Thief- He is the Elven prince of Elfland. He is extremely skilled in stealing things, to the point of stealing intangible objects, and finding loop holes. He is extremely arrogant (especially to non-elves and his "friends", who he think of as his lackeys) and cowardly.
  • Red Mage- He claims to the last of an order of Red Mages. He is very knowledgeable, but also delusional (he thinks the world runs according to table-top RPG rules). Due to powergaming, he can use white and black magic; and bends the rules. He is the team's strategist, but his plans are complex and bizarre, often with physics foiling them.
My sources were the Wikipedia pages "8-Bit Theater" and "List of 8-Bit Theater Characters".

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