|“Practice Makes Perfect”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||16 September 2004|
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Team Evil prepares for the final battle, but the Monster in the Darkness can't quite fit in yet.
- Panel 1
Redcloak: OK, I want zombies to the left, goblins to the right, and miscellaneous monsters up the middle.
Monster in the Darkness: Wow, everybody is so busy all of a sudden.
Xykon: The good guys are almost here. There's a lot of last-minute preparations.
- Panel 2
Xykon: Which reminds me, we need to practice your big reveal.
MitD: Really?? I'll finally get to step out of the darkness?
Xykon: Of course! When it's dramatically appropriate, I'll cue you and you will crush the Order of the Stick.
- Panel 3
Xykon: OK, here's how I want to do it. Pretend they're over here, and you hide back over to the side.
Xykon: I'll start by saying something over-the-top, some real cliché villain stuff, then I'll gesture to you, and you leap out and say something terrifying.
- Panel 4
Xykon: Yeah, y'know, to strike fear into their hearts before you attack.
MitD: Oh. OK, I can do that.
Xykon: Good, let's try it.
- Panel 5
Xykon: You foolish mortals can never defeat the might of Xykon, not when I have the power of THIS on my side!
- Panel 6
MitD: Order of the Stick! Your broken corpses will taste delicious lightly seasoned with nutmeg!
- Panel 7
Xykon: That's...that's what you are going with?
Xykon: As your big line? As your first impression?
MitD: It's not scary enough?
- Panel 8
Xykon: It's a little less scary, a little more...domestic.
MitD: Oh. Well, I had another idea, too.
Xykon: Alright, well, it's got to be better than your first choice.
- Panel 9
Xykon: Ahem. "Not when I have the power of THIS on my side!"
MitD: Order of the Stick! I will bathe in your blood with lavender bath gel and a good loofa!
- Panel 10
Xykon: You know what? My bad. you stick with the first one.
MitD: Yeah? You really like that one?
- Panel 11
Xykon: No. I just lowered my expectations.
MitD: Maybe I could change it to parsley? Is parsley scarier than nutmeg?