To those who haven’t played the game, Dungeons and Dragons may seem like a game that people take seriously. This is an understandable assumption, especially when J&D players commit to reading detailed manuals and filling out complex character sheets before they can even sit down and start playing. However, anyone who has played Dungeons and Dragons knows that it is often a comic experience.
J&D campaigns look less like the Lord of the Rings and more like being a member of an amateur improv troupe. The gaming world doesn’t take itself too seriously either. For every greedy dragon or evil mastermind, there’s a goofy creature that would never exist in more serious fantasy works like game of thrones. Some creatures make players laugh due to their ridiculousness, while others are fun because they offer comedic potential to players and Dungeon Masters alike.
ten Vamsters stun enemies with their cuteness
Making a cute creature a deadly enemy is a common staple of comic fantasy. While the killer rabbit Monty Python and the Holy Grail is always good for a laugh, vamsters take this trope to the next level. Vamsters are tiny, pack-flying vampire hamsters bred to J&Dfrom the fifth edition of independent creator The Fluffy Folio.
The idea of a swarm of vampire hamsters is pretty funny, but the way these creatures work in the game can lead to even bigger laughs. Vamsters are so fluffy that their cuteness can charm any creature they attack, preventing their prey from mounting a defense.
9 Owls look a lot less intimidating than they look
The owl is such a staple of Dungeons and Dragons that veteran players probably consider them a normal part of the game. For new players, these giant bird-faced feathered monsters often become one of the first clues that J&D has a comic side.
As a dungeon master, it can be fun to play with Owlbears. DMs can describe hearing loud footsteps, seeing torn bushes in the large creature’s wake, only for the creature to emit a loud hoot instead of a fierce roar.
8 Intelligence Devourers Are Terrifying, Despite Their Weird Appearance
As an in-game enemy, Intellect Devourers can be quite frightening. They feed on the intelligence of other creatures and can even consume a character’s brain, taking over their body. Although they can pose a huge threat, these creatures can’t help but feel a bit silly.
A brain crawling around on all fours is an inherently fun sight, and the illustrations used in the fifth edition Monster Manual gives intellect devourers an almost canine pose. This leads some players to imagine them as little pets for more insidious creatures like mind flayers, providing the bizarre, laugh-worthy image of a squid man tickling a brain below the chin.
seven Modrons put an absurd emphasis on order
Modrons are tiny, sentient mechanical creatures that take ideas of order and hierarchy to an absurd level. They adhere to a strict hierarchical structure in their societies, obeying without question any order given to them by a superior. Ironically, Modrons cannot understand the concept of other Modrons who are above one level higher than them in rank.
This quirky company creates interesting comedic potential in a J&D country. Forcing characters to deal with frustrating and unusual NPCs can make players laugh. Additionally, the strict modron society would provide an ideal setting for players to navigate through bureaucracy and bureaucracy.
6 The gelatinous cube turns out to be more dangerous than it seems
For players who strictly watch J&D as a game, a gelatinous cube does not look funny. He’s a pretty deadly foe, adept at surprising player characters at inopportune times. However, stepping back from the gameplay and imagining the reality of a gelatinous cube, this menacing monster becomes much dumber.
These chunky Jello cubes can create fun pictures. Characters can be spooked by this unthreatening-looking blob as it slowly writhes towards them, or a tall, tough adventurer who thinks they’re all that can find themselves quickly defeated by a gelatin cube. Any encounter that plays on the dissonance between the cube’s threat and its mundane appearance has great comedic potential.
5 Flumphs remain clumsy but valuable companions
Lots of monsters in Dungeons and Dragons serve as obstacles that players must circumvent or defeat. In contrast, flumphs act as benevolent guides or companions to adventurers, always ready to do whatever it takes. From their silly sounding name to their cartoonish appearance, flumphs seem deliberately designed to win players over and make them laugh.
The Flumphs’ eye stalks mixed with their goofy broad smiles make it easy J&D the art of casting them in a silly light. Imagining one of these floating jellyfish shooting a spin up its comically large mouth to gasp or turning red to show its anger are great ways to lighten the mood and entertain players.
4 Bullywugs blindly jump into conflict
The best way to understand bullywugs is to imagine an entire society run by Scrappy Doo. These self-proclaimed swamp lords are overconfident and fight with forces beyond their power or comprehension. This often leads to negative consequences for them and anyone nearby.
Watching obnoxious or arrogant characters reap the consequences of bad decisions can be a very cathartic part of a story. Including some cocky bullywugs in a J&D can make players laugh and give them NPCs they’ll love to hate.
3 The mimics and the sheets of death choose unpretentious forms
Mimics can appear anywhere, disguised as almost anything. These deadly shapeshifters keep players on their toes and can spark a moment of humor, depending on their appearance. A great way to make an impersonator laugh is to pop them in when you least expect it.
DMs can decide how to entice their players to encounter a shapeshifting impersonator. A monster related to mimicry called Death Linen, for example, often appears in the form of pillows. The shock players will have as they lie down in a seemingly safe inn to have their heads gnawed on, can hardly be matched.
2 Spider-Horses struggles to be taken seriously
When tasked with creating a wide variety of make-up creatures, it’s understandable that not all of them become instant classics. Proof of this point, the Spider-horse has become J&Dis the creative equivalent of Garbodor, a creature that is literally a garbage can that comes to life.
Although the spider horse itself has a somewhat lazy design, DMs can get creative with how they use these creatures for comedic effect. The image of a giant spider rearing up on its hind legs and neighing can become as hilarious as it is horrifying.
1 Traveling Maulers don’t make sense
The traveling maulers look like someone who tried to create a ninja throwing star using only lion limbs. It’s a shock that these impractical creatures aren’t more popular among D&D players, given their savage design and the hilarious descriptions a DM must use to describe battling such a thing.
The idea of a starfish and lion amalgamation rolling through the halls of a dungeon brings up a hilarious image, but players are also wondering what that means for the beast itself. Is it still vertigo? How hard is it for a traveling mauler to stop exactly where he wants to be? How does he stand up if he’s flipped on his back? Answering these questions leaves plenty of room for DMs to get creative and keep their players laughing for days.
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