Essential plot twists for writers

Ape Lad sez, "Dresden Codak, a very funny webcomic, has this handy chart of '42 Essential Third-Act Twists' for writers."

42 Essential 3rd Act Twists (Thanks, Ape Lad!)


  1. I think I’m currently using at least three, and arguably four of those.

    Except I make it clear that Satan is definitely NOT autistic.

  2. Actually, this is one of the least awesome things on Dresden Codak. Check out the Dungeons and Discourse series of comics, or the shirts (“Historical Pre-Enactment Society: Because the best History is Yet to Happen”)

  3. This reminds me of Tom Gauld, who often does illustrations for The Guardian. Now he is the funniest ever.

    Be sure to check out his illustrations for Saturday Readers Letters here:

    ..and even more here:


  4. +1 to Daemon. Come to think of it, I’m actually surprised DC hasn’t been featured on BB before. I’m always amazed by the culture on display in these comics. The themes overlap some BB favorites. For example this could qualify as some sort of steampunk.

    The updates are sadly scarce, but when they come, they’re huge!

    My greatest disappointment was that there were no more “singularity evolution” t-shirts in the store when I wanted one… :(

  5. The commenters are quite right, Dresden Codak is XKCD-class material. Now that I think about it, it IS strange Boing Boing hasn’t featured it more. Probably because of the rare updates.

    Dungeons and Discourse is pure brilliance – it MUST be made real! So are Rupert and Hubert, and the Hob storyline… All of it, really. This is mind-expanding stuff, people. Go read.

  6. Oookay, that was pretty awesome. I especially loved “Dark Lord Reasonable.” His cup of tea and intent look are perfect. “Ancient Druids Lose Interest” is a great runner up, and I really hope to see a Reverse Robot Reveal some day.

    “OMG! Data is human??”

  7. Cartoonist Tom Gauld has some pretty amazing lists too. I remember one full of stick figures for Epic Tales. Actually I think all his stuff is stick figures.

  8. Cory, I personally hold you responsible for the cover of this month’s “WIRED”. Regardless, I do love you! WHile looking for private school’s for my ASD son I have also learned that autistics are essentially, ‘shit eating zombies’, of course I am paraprhasing. Keep up the good work Codak and Cory!

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