Comics: Once Upon a Trope

Time to Go Home


A child protagonist sits on a mushroom throne in elaborate overly large garb and a huge scepter. A wise sage stands before the throne, pointing to a portal through which the child’s bedroom is visible.

Sage: Now that you have saved the kingdom, the mystic gateway has opened one last time. We must bid you farewell as you return to your own land.

Child: But this is my land now! And it’s awesome. I’m gonna stay and rule.

Sage, frowning: No, child, it’s time for you to use your new found wisdom and bravery to overcome the fearsome foes of school and family life.

Child: I won’t need to if I don’t go back.

Sage, looking desperate: Think of your parents. They’ll miss you.

Child: Oh. You’re right. I need to go home.

Dorky parents appear at the portal entrance with suitcases.

Dad: Wow, looks cozy over there! Hope there’s enough mush-room for us?

Child: Yay!

Sage: *Sob*



  1. Jeppsson

    I mean, this is what happened in the sequel books in the Wizard of Oz series. Dorothy’s aunt and uncle come with her to live in Oz instead of crappy Kansas.

  2. Erynus

    It was probably someone trying to cling to a throne what put the kingdom in danger in the first place.
    Seems that they need a new Chosen One.

    • Julia

      The latest Chosen One, here to supplant the previous Chosen One.

  3. Bellis

    I’d want to stay a mushroom monarch too!

  4. CJ

    Ngl, but why don’t they do this? The hero should rule the kingdom they saved, it’d make sense, if the current monarch is too weak and needs a military might to rule. This is exactly what happened in Rome, the governors were too weak to hold any true power and thus employed the Roman soldiers, then the soldiers rebelled because they’re actually smart and took over.

    • Erynus

      Well, no.
      You can’t allow a country to be ruled by military force alone, or you will have a Dictatorship. Monarchy was invented to give “the next guy in line” a way to stay in power without civil wars or (too many) uprises. As societies evolved, they realized that military power have to be independent from political power (as well as judicial power) to have a somewhat working civilization.
      Also we must remember that a great general don’t make for a great ruler unless he rules their country like an army. There are plenty of examples of generals becoming rulers and rulers acting as general, with various degrees of success.
      For example King Francis I of France was defeated and captured by the Spanish because he ordered his cannons to shoot and then sending his own cavalry to cross the lie of fire.

      As for Rome (i think you are referring to the Roman Empire, though the most succesful time of the Roman Empire was when it was a Republic) the problem came when the absolute control of an army rest in their commander hands, and only there. A roman commander was given permission to raise an army for a given campaing, and all the expenses were handled by the commander. In return, soldiers were way more loyal to the commander that paid for their equipment, food and training that to some old politician that (in theory) gave the orders from Rome.
      That was the reason why armies were forbidden to enter the City, and why Caesar began a civil war when he crossed the Rubicon river (that was, in fact, the beginning of the Empire).
      To set the dates straight Caesar’s civil war and following assassination was in 44 b.C, the end of the Roman Empire was in 476 when it was cut in half and survived as Byzantine Empire until 1453. Both “ends” had more to do with a weak army than a weak ruler.
      Personal power means nothing when you need to rule more than a fistful of subjects.

    • Alverant

      Erynus’s tldr version:
      Liberating a kingdom has a different skill set than ruling a kingdom.

  5. LeeEsq

    Dealing with the life of somebody from our world who gets sent to fantasy land to save the day but has to return to regular earth, permanently, would be a real fascinating story. How does one return to a normal developed world life after getting exposed to fantastical adventures?

    • Cay Reet

      According to ‘newish’ adaptions of stories like Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland ‘not at all.’

    • Bryan

      Not a book, but the RPG “When the Dark is Gone” is based around the concept of a young adult support group gathering together to lend emotional support to fantasy land protagonists that are super bummed out about not being able to go back.

  6. LeeEsq

    People still use suit cases without wheels?

    • Lucy

      To be fair, to doesn’t look like a wheelie case would help much in the mushroom jungle.

    • Raillery

      It’s an obsolescent device revived as a personal fashion statement, like having a phone that’s over five years old.

  7. Ken Hughes

    Where do you think the last Evil Overlord came from?

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