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17th Jun '16 9:53:37 AM Willbyr
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* PhenotypeStereotype: MUniverse elves as a general rule have long, ultra-fine and wispy hair that rarely varies far from platinum blonde, and as a result is hard to do anything with other than let it hang. Part of Glory's wanting to change her hairstyle is being tired of this.

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* PhenotypeStereotype: MUniverse MU-niverse elves as a general rule have long, ultra-fine and wispy hair that rarely varies far from platinum blonde, and as a result is hard to do anything with other than let it hang. Part of Glory's wanting to change her hairstyle is being tired of this.
17th Jun '16 9:49:44 AM Willbyr
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** The lack of parity is the point of "mixed" melee, and a reference to Dungeons and Dragons mechanics, where weapons all kind of work the same way despite obvious mismatches. Since the setting is explicitly an RPG mechanics universe, those are the rules that apply.

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** The lack of parity is the point of "mixed" melee, and a reference to Dungeons ''Dungeons and Dragons Dragons'' mechanics, where weapons all kind of work the same way despite obvious mismatches. Since the setting is explicitly an RPG mechanics universe, those are the rules that apply.



* WebcomicTime: ''Tales of MU'' has been going since June of 2007. The story is now at some point in the early part of the second year of Mackenzie's college term.
** To emphasize how strongly this trope is in play, 10 months of that time is a time-skip in a single update. Roughly three to four months of time has actually passed on-screen. It's even somewhat invoked, with some chapters focusing on things that no sane person would consider 'part of the story' just to maintain the glacial pace, like the characters walking from one doorway to another across the street complaining about lunch being sub-par.

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* WebcomicTime: ''Tales of MU'' has been going since June of 2007. The story is now at some about the halfway point in the early part of the second year of Mackenzie's college term.
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term. To emphasize how strongly this trope is in play, 10 months of that time is a time-skip in a single update. Roughly three to four months of time has actually passed on-screen. It's even somewhat invoked, with some chapters focusing on things that no sane person would consider 'part of the story' just to maintain the glacial pace, like the characters walking from one doorway to another across the street complaining about lunch being sub-par.
15th Jun '16 11:43:01 AM Willbyr
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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Revealed to have happened to both Mack and Rowan. Mack's memories of what happened to her mother and of her childhood friendship with Rowan have either been completely removed or buried; this is tied to a compulsion to only acknowledge her mother's fate with "It wasn't my fault" and to refuse further discussion. Rowan, according to Dee, has had his memories of what happened around the time that Mack's demonic side emerged "destroyed", a much messier version of the memory excision Hissy had to have when she tried to read Mack's mind in the first year.]]

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Revealed Revealed to have happened to both Mack [[spoiler:Mack and Rowan. Mack's Rowan]]. [[spoiler:Mack]]'s memories of what [[spoiler:what happened to her mother and of her childhood friendship with Rowan Rowan]] have either been completely removed or buried; this is buried, and tied to a compulsion to only acknowledge her mother's fate with "It wasn't my fault" and to refuse further discussion. Rowan, according avoid talking about the subject. According to Dee, has had his [[spoiler:Rowan]]'s memories of what [[spoiler:what happened around the time that Mack's demonic side emerged emerged]] have been "destroyed", a much messier version of the memory excision Hissy had to have when she tried to read Mack's mind in the first year.]]



* NoPeriodsPeriod: {{Averted|Trope}}; Mackenzies period is not only mentioned, but becomes a plot point. It turns out any female can overdraw magic on their period - leading to potential disaster.

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: {{Averted|Trope}}; Mackenzies Mackenzie's period is not only mentioned, but becomes a plot point. It turns out any female can overdraw magic on their period - period, leading to potential disaster.



* {{Squick}}: Elves have a deep-seated cultural aversion to genital contact. Glory even says it's [[InvokedTrope squicky]] in Y2-214 when talking about the reasons why elves avoid hetero relationships, and Steff notes in the previous chapter that any sexual hijinks that she, Mack, and Amaranth could get up to with Glory would pale (for the other elves present) in comparison to the kinkiness of eavesdropping on a human (Nicki) actually going down on Grace (an elf, and Glory's sister to boot).

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* {{Squick}}: Elves have a deep-seated cultural aversion to genital contact. Glory even says it's [[InvokedTrope squicky]] in Y2-214 when talking about the reasons why elves avoid hetero relationships, and Steff notes in the previous chapter that any sexual hijinks that she, Mack, and Amaranth could get up to with Glory would pale (for would, for the other elves present) present, pale in comparison to the kinkiness of eavesdropping on a human (Nicki) actually going down on Grace (an elf, and Glory's sister to boot).
15th Jun '16 4:37:24 AM Willbyr
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* {{Squick}}: Elves have a deep-seated cultural aversion to genital contact; Glory even says it's [[InvokedTrope squicky]] in Y2-214 when talking about the reasons why elves avoid hetero relationships.

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* {{Squick}}: Elves have a deep-seated cultural aversion to genital contact; contact. Glory even says it's [[InvokedTrope squicky]] in Y2-214 when talking about the reasons why elves avoid hetero relationships.relationships, and Steff notes in the previous chapter that any sexual hijinks that she, Mack, and Amaranth could get up to with Glory would pale (for the other elves present) in comparison to the kinkiness of eavesdropping on a human (Nicki) actually going down on Grace (an elf, and Glory's sister to boot).
15th Jun '16 4:32:26 AM Willbyr
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* {{Squick}}: Elves have a deep-seated cultural aversion to genital contact; Glory even says it's [[InvokedTrope squicky]] in Y2-214 when talking about the reasons why elves avoid hetero relationships.
15th Jun '16 4:15:19 AM Willbyr
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Chapter 496, plus a number of side stories, concluded Mack's first year at MU. The second year has reset the chapter numbering; so far, 311 chapters of the second year have been released, along with more side stories. Specific chapters will be referred to with the Y__-__ format; first blank is the year, second is the chapter number.

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Chapter 496, plus a number of side stories, concluded Mack's first year at MU. The second year has reset the chapter numbering; so far, 311 315 chapters of the second year have been released, along with more side stories. Specific chapters will be referred to with the Y__-__ format; first blank is the year, second is the chapter number.
10th Jun '16 3:32:41 PM Willbyr
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* ImAManICantHelpIt: Prevalent in Elven culture, due to [[OurElvesAreBetter increased sexual potency]]. Among the more disciplined underground variety, it seems more common among the "[[{{Transsexual}} halfkind]]" as they are not expected to show responsibility or constraint.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Mack brings [[spoiler:Nicki]] to one in Y2-264.

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* ImAManICantHelpIt: Prevalent in Elven elven culture, due to [[OurElvesAreBetter increased sexual potency]]. Among the more disciplined underground variety, it seems more common among the "[[{{Transsexual}} halfkind]]" as they are not expected to show responsibility or constraint.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: TheImmodestOrgasm:
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Mack brings [[spoiler:Nicki]] to one in Y2-264.Y2-264.
** Amaranth brings Glory to one in Y2-314, which leads to a talk between them and Steff about elven cultural hangups about sex, and to Mack wondering about how her grandmother would've reacted to everything she'd been exposed to sex-wise.



* MindRape: Trying to read an infernal being's mind is ''bad'' news for the telepath. In Y1-121, Hissy gets a full dose of Mack's mind (bad enough on its own, but Mack was blood-hungry and her demonic side was in full swing) and nearly claws her face off from the trauma. She eventually has to have the memories of the encounter scrubbed from her mind.

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* MindRape: Trying to read an infernal being's mind is ''bad'' news for the telepath. In Y1-121, Hissy gets a full dose of Mack's mind (bad enough on its own, but Mack was blood-hungry and her demonic side was in full swing) and nearly claws her face off from the trauma. She eventually has to have the memories of the encounter scrubbed from her mind.


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* MomentKiller: In Y2-313, what is shaping up to be a four-way between Amaranth, Mack, Steff, and Glory is derailed (albeit temporarily) by a discussion about a ring Hazel is wearing that is most likely cursed.
10th Jun '16 6:22:33 AM Willbyr
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* PhenotypeStereotype: MU-niverse elves as a general rule have long, ultra-fine and wispy hair that rarely varies far from platinum blonde, and as a result is hard to do anything with other than let it hang. Part of Glory's wanting to change her hairstyle is being tired of this.

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* PhenotypeStereotype: MU-niverse MUniverse elves as a general rule have long, ultra-fine and wispy hair that rarely varies far from platinum blonde, and as a result is hard to do anything with other than let it hang. Part of Glory's wanting to change her hairstyle is being tired of this.


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* PutOnABus: While several characters have faded out of the spotlight, the Leighton twins are specifically noted to not be around anymore, having apparently left MU at the start of the second year even though they signed up for classes. Steff mentions that they had complained that being at MU felt "[...] like their senior year of high school all over again."
4th Jun '16 10:39:02 AM Willbyr
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** Belinda's confrontation with Mack actually led her to some revelations about her life and how people interact with each other, and to take more classes.
3rd Jun '16 10:06:31 PM Willbyr
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* MuggingTheMonster: Two pointed instances of people trying to fight Mack in the first year:
** In Y1-113, Belinda sucker-punches Mack and tries to fight her, but a combination of Mack demonstrating her strength and applying some verbal judo causes Belinda to back down and leave.
** In Y1-121, 122, Rocky and Hissy confront Mack over the way Belinda's been acting since their fight, but at this point Mack is blood-hungry and rather demonic, and it goes very badly. Hissy is nearly driven insane when she tries to read Mack's mind, and Rocky gets a finger bitten off.


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-->'''Mack''': [''narrating''] It wasn’t that unusual for the burrow gnomes to go unnoticed. Something about them seemed to repel attention the way a raincoat repels water.
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