Comics: Once Upon a Trope

Deus Ex Machiner


Hero and sidekick are surrounded by enemy forces. The sidekick looks scared.

Sidekick: How are we going to get out of this?

Hero holds up a large weapon that was obviously not on their person previously.

Hero: Worry not, this army is no match for my deus ex machiner!

Sidekick looks outraged.

Sidekick: Where did that weapon come from?!

Hero: Oh, this little thing? Always had it.

Sidekick: Then why didn’t you use it on that T-Rex?

Hero: We had to build character.

Sidekick: The necromancer?

Hero: Needed to break his spirit.

Sidekick: The alien invasion?

Hero: I forgot about it.

Sidekick facepalms in frustration.

Sidekick: Well… what matters is that we can use it going forward.

Hero is still proud and chipper. Sidekick glares.

Hero: Count on it!

Hero: As long there’s no atmospheric interference to keep it from firing and our enemies don’t know the counter charm that negates its effect, of course.



  1. Cay Reet

    LOL … I love this one.

  2. Jeppsson

    It’s funny because it’s true.

  3. JGrey

    She could have just said it’s single use and was waiting for the right time (and it requires materials that are very rare/difficult to acquire to build.)

  4. Slayd

    Next time they are in a pickle, she will use her deus ex machine gun.

  5. LeeEsq

    In the future, barbing is a lost art.

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