Comics: Once Upon a Trope

Hero Hater


Behind the bar of a tavern, a boss talks to a thin person in ragged and patched clothes.

Boss: As an extra at Story Inc, your job is simple. When the protagonist walks in, just scowl and say, “We don’t serve your kind.”

Extra: Okay, I can do that.

A gorgeous protagonist walks into the tavern, wearing shiny armor and covered in weapons.

Protagonist: Ale please.

Extra: Uh… we don’t serve your… kind?

The protagonist stands triumphantly on the heap of rubble that used to be the tavern, dead bodies around them. The extra hides nearby, terrified. 

The boss finds them and gestures to a powerful magic wielder.

Boss: Good work! Now point at that heroine and shout, “Witch! Burn her!”

P.S. Our bills are paid by our wonderful patrons. Could you chip in?



  1. Cay Reet

    I do have the feeling that this job needs new employees regularly … good one, Bunny and Chris!

    • SunlessNick

      I dunno – everyone seems to be dead except him.

  2. Int

    It’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta make the protagonist feel like an underdog (without taking away their cool powers).

  3. SunlessNick

    I’m calling it: the boss is a demon, and the point of the hero haters is to corrupt heroes into vengefully slaughtering innocent people.

  4. Semper Solus


    “See? Heroes always do this! Let’s run them out of town!”

  5. Esq

    Heroes are notoriously bad at paying their bills. That’s why dining and drinking establishments don’t serve them.

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