On the Tropes Podcasters, Explained
Almost thirty years ago, the governments of the world banded together to enact a secret plan: to study and catalogue storytelling conventions and motifs. The goal was to discover certain patterns, the so-called “tropes”. In controlling story-telling itself, these corrupt governments would control the world. And so “On The Tropes”, a term coined by project head Professor Gary Goldstein, was born.They soon realized that none of the scientists of the era possessed the massive levels of bravery and intellect required for the study. Having no other option, the government leaders turned to their only possible course of action: dark science, and even darker sorcery.
Five male children were chosen and developed in secrecy throughout their lives. Using an array of scientific, philosophical, mystical, and some say evil methods, the scientists achieved a remarkable result. The five men were gifted with powers of comprehension and wisdom heretofore unseen since the days of the Egyptian priests. Rebelling together against their dictatorial creators, the five men released storytelling from its totalitarian chains as they became the five hosts of On The Tropes:
Nick Fulton: dashing emergency physicist, playboy adventurer, and your divine host.
Kyle Fulton: his brother, gifted with creative powers unseen since a young Gene Roddenberry walked the Earth.
Mike Truax: a young captain of industry, appropriately known to the Western world as “the most critical man alive”.
Themos Politis: half mad scientist, half champion of the people, and half Adonis.
Cir L’Bert Jr.: an urban mystery-man whose steely gaze can turn even the strongest heart to pure molten gold.
After stealing the powerful cosmic technology of the On The Tropes Studios, the magnificent five escaped into the wilderness. Now, they have returned with a newfound purpose: to use the knowledge and powers they have accrued from On The Tropes to free mankind from fear and ignorance forever.