8-Bit Theater
Episode 648
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Task Mastery
Date Published Saturday, January 14, 2006
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Red Mage or Red Mime?

Cast Appearing[]


  • Open, demolished field


  • The title is a reference to the Taskmaster, who appears in the last panel.
  • The memory sphere of Black Mage singing "A Horse with No Name" is a reference to NewsRadio, as in an episode Dave gives a tape recorder which has a recording of him singing that song.


Black Mage Thief, steal something from me.
Black Mage Well?
Thief Sorry, I already took everything of value when you were turned around a minute ago.
Thief All you had left was one of those memory spheres. Here.
Thief Uh. Can't seem to find... just had the...
Red Mage holds out the memory sphere, which activates with a "vwong."
Black Mage (On the Memory Sphere) I've been through the desert on a horse with no name
Black Mage (On the Memory Sphere) It felt good to be out of the rain
Black Mage (On the Memory Sphere) In the desert you can't remember your name
Black Mage (On the Memory Sphere) 'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain
Black Mage Turn it off!
Red Mage Sorry.
Fighter What is with you and that song, anyway?
Thief I think the larger question here is how did Red Mage get that?
Red Mage That's easy. I took it from Thief after watching him take it from Black Mage.
Thief That makes no sense.
Black Mage It does if he's got photographic reflexes.
Thief What, is he going to mime our enemies into submission now?
Red Mage Suddenly my new outfit doesn't seem up to the task.
The Taskmaster appears in the last panel, saying "Great. Watching these jerks has only taught me how to fail utterly."