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Recurring Joke

Some jokes in the comic have been used multiple times; here is a list of them in chronological order from their first appearance.

Many of the following, while they may have appeared as a gag, are more of a recurring element.

Running Gag

(unofficial

names)

Description Character Mentions Appearances Example Image
Vaarsuvius's Gender Vaarsuvius is ambiguously gendered. Their gender is unclear in each of their appearances.

According to The Giant, this was originally unintentional (he had thought of Vaarsuvius as having a specific gender), but when readers couldn't figure out Vaarsuvius' gender, he decided to go along with it.

Lee briefly asks what V's personal pronouns were in 637.
SheHeIt
Blackwing? Vaarsuvius always forgets about their raven familiar, Blackwing. This was parodied in Comic 674, where none of The Order recognized Blackwing, despite having seen him before (Haley even named him! However she later stated that she was "busting V's chops" in 943). From this comic onward, Blackwing became a more important character, always perched on Vaarsuvius' shoulder. 003, 154, 178, 232, 271, 440, 658, 660
OOTS0440
Up/Down a Level The OOTS (most commonly Roy and Haley) often get confused about going up a level, as in going up a "level" of stairs, and going up a level, as in getting raised a level in their character class. Roy mentions not starting up the gag again when Haley asks him when to go up a level or go down a level in 841. 12, 124
OOTS0012
Thor Thor gets the odd mention in The Order of the Stick, often appearing in cutaway panels for a gag. 007, 040, 079, 137, 150, 201, 273, 275, 353,
OOTS0040
The Lawyers Jones and Rodriguez always appear for a legal scene of any sort. 032, 050, 065, 159, 228, 230, 241, 268, 271, 272, 278, 280, 282, 284
OOTS0032
Flumphs The tentacled creatures are continuely landed on by characters in Order of the Stick. Haley mentions the Flumphs as an "easy recurring joke" in 680. 55, 74, 120, 210, 271, 292, 346, 444, 695, 805, 1090
OOTS0346
Banjo the Clown Elan's puppet god makes regular appearances. 080, 081, 085, 137, 203, 232, 271, 302, 336, 402,
OOTS0080
Explosive Runes V uses this infamous spell on their unsuspecting enemies. It was mentioned by Ian Starshine in 941.

Belkar mentions to have been a victim of it 11 times in a day in 323.

092, 173, 220, 221, 317, 318, 659, 660
OOTS0317
"Gate? What Gate?" The MitD's famous quote, also proof he is ignorant of the gates' existence, for some reason. Tsukiko says the line in 543, to which MitD replies "Hey, that's my line!" 096, 106, 196, 331
OOTS0096
"Who?" Xykon can never remember Roy's name... 110, 112, 120, 371, 430, 901

In 2011, an OOTS Christmas ornament displayed Roy and Xykon battling it out, with a caption that says, "He made his list, checked it twice, and had no idea who the guy with the sword is."

Who.
"Isn't Your Dad Dead?" Whenever Roy mentions the manifestation of his father, one of the Order of the Stick says "Isn't your dad dead?". this is said variously by Elan, Belkar, and Haley (even when she lost her voice). 60, 94, 116, 291
Notbigsurprise
Kobold-head-into-an-object Belkar has killed each of his kobold counterparts in the Linear Guild and turned their head into "something wacky". He also intends to do this to the Oracle, but is thwarted by the Oracle's preparations for his own forseen death. It was mentioned by Elan in #124, after Yikyik's demise.

Belkar says he wants to turn the Oracle's head into a litter box for Mr. Scruffy in #568.

Yikyik's skull has been turned into a "swanky new leather hat" in #63. (He refers to it as such in #69).

Belkar turns Yokyok's skull into a tortilla chip bowl in #358, as well as using his tail and other parts to make extra chunky salsa (though he later states that had no intention of actually eating the salsa).

Belkar follows through on his planned use of the Oracle's head by turning the still-living head of Yukyuk into Mr. Scruffy's litterbox in #835.

Swanky
Thor's Might Durkon's massive power-up spell. 111, 354, 453, 588

The High Priest of Hel uses Hel's Might in 1008.

OOTS0111
Durkon's Fear of Trees Durkon has an irrational fear of trees. Parodied when Leeky Windstaff is introduced. 150, 161, 162, 163, 169, 269, 344, 680, 682
OOTS0150
Belkar's lead sheet The sheet Belkar carries to 'prove his manhood.', although he actually uses it to block Miko Miyazaki's Detect Evil. He has left it behind at Azure City as of 779. Belkar references the gag when confronted with the lead sheeting around Girard's Gate. 202, 208, 228, 779
Leadsheet
Sexy Shoeless God of War Belkar announces he is this. In 476, Belkar proclaims himself a sexy shoeless god of cooking. 439, 610
OOTS0439
"Dunh dunh DUNH!" Elan says dunh dunh DUNH! To heighten dramatic tension, as if there were a soundtrack to his life. Even Roy and Tarquin has picked up on the gag. Roy mentions the gag in 490.

Nale refuses to do it and is chastised by Tarquin for it in 821.

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21, 43, 272, 591, 968
OOTS0272
Bardic Nudity Elan believes by being naked, he'd have a lower Armor Check penalty. 25, 26, 27, 302, 665
Imtheinvisibleman
"Belkar's Right." After Durkon was turned into a vampire, Roy begins to admit that Belkar is right about some things. Belkar is always weirded out by Roy's agreement with him. 896, 1000, 1026, 1027, 1030, 1080
BelkarsRight

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