Practice Makes Perfect
Order of the Stick comic
Comic no. 103
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.

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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.
MitD: Sweet!

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

MitD: Terrifying?
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?
MitD: What?
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?

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