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A Modest Destiny is a Pixel Art Comic by Sean "Squidi" Howard. Unlike sprite webcomics, the pixel art used in AMD is created by Squidi himself. This led to some copyright issues early in the comic's run with people using his intellectual property the same way people typically use sprites ripped from games. This then-controversial event led to a lot of Hatedom directed at Squidi.

The comic is also infamous for having been canceled, then uncanceled, then canceled, then uncanceled, then canceled yet again, then uncanceled. Squidi once said he would not finish it, as he didn't like the direction it had taken, but in a recent blog entry [dead link] he claimed that he would be reviving it once again. The fourth chapter has recently concluded, and the fifth chapter is "coming one day". [dead link]

The comic consists of four arcs which follow the adventures of Maxim, a young man seeking his fame and fortune by joining a guild. Thanks in no small part to his unusual heritage, he winds up saving the world. Not only once, but twice.

The comics themselves are well executed, with good characterization, genuinely funny moments, and, in spite of a sudden shift in mood halfway through, a remarkably consistent myth arc. Tropers will probably enjoy the occasional lampshade hung on various RPG and Fantasy cliches.

Tropes used in A Modest Destiny include:


Black Knight: Gilbert's modest little destiny.


Maxim: No! It's a lie! I didn't! I couldn't! I'd remember...
Black Knight: Like you remember the other destinies you've stolen?

  • Whip Sword: The Crimason Blade has a weapon like this.
  • Whole-Episode Flashback: The entire story save for the first few pages is a flashback on the part of Maxim, telling the story to his grandkids.
  • With This Herring: When Maxim joins the Fighters' Guild, the only weapon they give him before sending him out on jobs is a hyped-up stick. He names it Lucile.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Gilbert. He wants to resurrect an evil god and rule the world, but only because a jewel, which sensed danger, turned itself into an exact replica of him, and took his soul because it was the one thing it couldn't now Gilbert doesn't feel any emotions and when he dies there will be nothing except emptiness...which is why he is raising Deo-Deo to grant him eternal life so he won't cease to exist.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Maxim in the first arc. Justified in that his hair color is the color of the jewel that he was created from. Generally averted by the main cast in that most of the hair colors are realistic, and the ones that aren't are dyed, as discussed here.
  • You Make Me Sic: This exchange between Maxim and Shadow:

Maxim: You misspelled "Dismemberment".
Shadow: Luckily, i'm better at doing it then spelling it...
Maxim: Uh oh.