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Currently in its eigth year of operation (est. October 2007), ''[[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/index.php Freedom City Play-By-Post]]'' is the largest and most active ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' play-by-post setting on the Internet. Taking place in ''M&M'''s default ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting, in the present day, the [[GameTropes game]] has become a massive SharedUniverse, involving [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters dozens of active players]] and over a hundred {{Player Character}}s. Most of the staff are fans of both superhero comics and TVTropes, which means they welcome characters who draw from the common tropes and themes of [[ComicBookTropes comic books]].

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Currently in its eigth eighth year of operation (est. October 2007), ''[[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/index.php Freedom City Play-By-Post]]'' is the largest and most active ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' play-by-post setting on the Internet. Taking place in ''M&M'''s default ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting, in the present day, the [[GameTropes game]] has become a massive SharedUniverse, involving [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters dozens of active players]] and over a hundred {{Player Character}}s. Most of the staff are fans of both superhero comics and TVTropes, which means they welcome characters who draw from the common tropes and themes of [[ComicBookTropes comic books]].




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!!This play-by-post setting provides examples of:



* {{Musical Episode}}: ''FCPBP'' had one!
* {{Mutants}}: The "Terminus Babies" concept created by Kit on the official ''[[{{TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds}} Mutants & Masterminds]]'' forum has been adopted into ''FCPBP'' canon as the {{Mass Super Empowering Event}} for several [[{{Player Character}} PC]] heroes.
* {{Mythology}} ([[Myth/CelticMythology Celtic]], [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian]], [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greco-Roman]], [[Myth/NorseMythology Nordic]], [[{{Voudoun}} Voodoo]], etc.): Many [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] are inspired by these myths. For some, these myths are their direct origin stories and family histories.
* {{Not Wearing Tights}}: The Moderators specifically want to avoid this trope. This is a game about "superheroes," not "people with powers."
* {{The Pirates Who Dont Do Anything}}: The Moderators also want to avoid this trope. {{Player Character}}s should fit better into the [[{{Franchise/DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]] than they would into ''[[{{Series/Heroes}} Heroes]]''.
* {{Play Every Day}}: This certainly isn't required, but it does help. Hitting 100 [[{{In And Out Of Character}} in-character]] forum posts inside of one calendar month would gain a character the maximum possible {{Experience Points}} for that month, and pulling it off once will get the player into the "[[{{Elites Are More Glamorous}} 100 Club]]." This would require an average of 3-4 posts per day. Such a posting rate would also allow the player to start earning Veteran Rewards in under 6 months. But most players are not so prolific.
* {{Psycho Rangers}}: The Spectrum Knights are a player-created [[{{Non Player Character}} NPC]] villain group, a more politically-focused {{Expy}} of the [[{{Characters/GLRedLanternCorps}} Red Lantern Corps]] whose [[{{The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized}} Revolution Will Not Be Civilized]].
* {{Random Number God}}: ''FCPBP'' uses [[http://orokos.com/roll/ Orokos]] to resolve and keep track of die rolls.
* {{Retcon}}: Usually [[{{Averted Trope}} averted]]. Once a character is submitted and approved, they are a part of the ''FCPBP'' canon from that day forward. Exceptions are sometimes made, most often when a player is permanently banned from the site for bad behavior. In one case, a very active and well-liked player wanted to play a {{Legacy Character}} whose {{Super Hero Origin}} story would have been incompatible with the story established by a former player who had wandered off before making any significant impact on the site canon. In this specific case, the Moderators chose to retcon the previous player's character out of existence to make way for the new version.
* {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}: Several of the players at ''FCPBP'' are real-life parents who gladly share pictures of their adorable offspring.
* {{Rule Of Cool}}: ''FCPBP'' lives by this rule...
** {{Screw The Rules I Have Plot}}: ...and this one.
* {{Shared Universe}}: The premise of the entire game. All story threads take place within the same [[{{The Verse}} 'Verse]], unless [[{{Elseworld}} otherwise indicated]].
* {{Shout Out}}: Chris Kenzie (Geckoman) and Liz Lawlett (Spellbound) are deliberate references to another character whose mythos loves {{Alliterative Name}}s. (Pay attention to the initials...) His origin story also involves a rocket crashing into a field, and he wears a large yellow letter on his costume.
** [[{{Bald Black Leader Guy}} Wail]] was named after [[{{Creator/KeithDavid}} Keith David]] and [[{{Creator/PhilLaMarr}} Phil LaMarr]], the voices of [[{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}} Goliath]] and [[{{WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited}} Green Lantern John Stewart]] (respectively).
* {{Show Within A Show}}: Husband-&-wife duo Fast-Forward and Hologram host ''Supercrime!'', an {{Expy}} of ''[[{{Series/MythBusters}} MythBusters]]'' that airs on the [[{{Creator/Discovery Channel}} Discovery Channel]]. In one episode, the duo (and some accompanying heroes) went on a trip to [[{{EVERYTHINGS BETTER WITH DINOSAURS}} 65 Million BCE]] to explore dinosaur-related superhero stories.

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* {{Musical Episode}}: MusicalEpisode: ''FCPBP'' had one!
* {{Mutants}}: The "Terminus Babies" concept created by Kit on the official ''[[{{TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds}} Mutants & Masterminds]]'' ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' forum has been adopted into ''FCPBP'' canon as the {{Mass Super Empowering Event}} MassSuperEmpoweringEvent for several [[{{Player Character}} PC]] heroes.
* {{Mythology}} ([[Myth/CelticMythology Celtic]], [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian]], [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greco-Roman]], [[Myth/NorseMythology Nordic]], [[{{Voudoun}} Voodoo]], etc.): Many
[[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] are inspired by these myths. For some, these myths are their direct origin stories and family histories.
PC]] heroes.
* {{Not Wearing Tights}}: NotWearingTights: The Moderators specifically want to avoid this trope. This is a game about "superheroes," not "people with powers."
* {{The Pirates Who Dont Do Anything}}: ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The Moderators also want to avoid this trope. {{Player Character}}s should fit better into the [[{{Franchise/DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]] than they would into ''[[{{Series/Heroes}} Heroes]]''.
''{{Series/Heroes}}''.
* {{Play Every Day}}: PlayEveryDay: This certainly isn't required, but it does help. Hitting 100 [[{{In And Out Of Character}} [[InAndOutOfCharacter in-character]] forum posts inside of one calendar month would gain a character the maximum possible {{Experience Points}} ExperiencePoints for that month, and pulling it off once will get the player into the "[[{{Elites Are More Glamorous}} "[[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous 100 Club]]." This would require an average of 3-4 posts per day. Such a posting rate would also allow the player to start earning Veteran Rewards in under 6 months. But most players are not so prolific.
* {{Psycho Rangers}}: PsychoRangers: The Spectrum Knights are a player-created [[{{Non Player Character}} [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]] villain group, a more politically-focused {{Expy}} of the [[{{Characters/GLRedLanternCorps}} [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Red Lantern Corps]] whose [[{{The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized}} [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Revolution Will Not Be Civilized]].
* {{Random Number God}}: RandomNumberGod: ''FCPBP'' uses [[http://orokos.com/roll/ Orokos]] to resolve and keep track of die rolls.
* {{Retcon}}: Usually [[{{Averted Trope}} averted]].{{Averted|Trope}}. Once a character is submitted and approved, they are a part of the ''FCPBP'' canon from that day forward. Exceptions are sometimes made, most often when a player is permanently banned from the site for bad behavior. In one case, a very active and well-liked player wanted to play a {{Legacy Character}} LegacyCharacter whose {{Super Hero Origin}} SuperHeroOrigin story would have been incompatible with the story established by a former player who had wandered off before making any significant impact on the site canon. In this specific case, the Moderators chose to retcon the previous player's character out of existence to make way for the new version.
* {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}: RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Several of the players at ''FCPBP'' are real-life parents who gladly share pictures of their adorable offspring.
* {{Rule Of Cool}}: RuleOfCool: ''FCPBP'' lives by this rule...
** {{Screw The Rules I Have Plot}}: ...ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot: ...and this one.
* {{Shared Universe}}: SharedUniverse: The premise of the entire game. All story threads take place within the same [[{{The Verse}} [[TheVerse 'Verse]], unless [[{{Elseworld}} otherwise indicated]].
* {{Shout Out}}: ShoutOut: Chris Kenzie (Geckoman) and Liz Lawlett (Spellbound) are deliberate references to another character whose mythos loves {{Alliterative Name}}s. (Pay attention to the initials...) His origin story also involves a rocket crashing into a field, and he wears a large yellow letter on his costume.
** [[{{Bald Black Leader Guy}} [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Wail]] was named after [[{{Creator/KeithDavid}} Keith David]] Creator/KeithDavid and [[{{Creator/PhilLaMarr}} Phil LaMarr]], Creator/PhilLaMarr, the voices of [[{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}} Goliath]] and [[{{WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited}} [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited Green Lantern John Stewart]] (respectively).
* {{Show Within A Show}}: ShowWithinAShow: Husband-&-wife duo Fast-Forward and Hologram host ''Supercrime!'', an {{Expy}} of ''[[{{Series/MythBusters}} MythBusters]]'' ''{{Series/MythBusters}}'' that airs on the [[{{Creator/Discovery Channel}} Discovery Channel]]. Creator/DiscoveryChannel. In one episode, the duo (and some accompanying heroes) went on a trip to [[{{EVERYTHINGS BETTER WITH DINOSAURS}} [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs 65 Million BCE]] to explore dinosaur-related superhero stories.



** The Star Knights are a canon ''[[{{Roleplay/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' {{Expy}} of the [[{{ComicBook/GreenLantern}} Green Lantern Corps]].
** The Praetorians are a player-created group. They're basically what happens when the [[{{Comicbook/Nova}} Nova Corps]] wakes up to find out that they {{Slept Through The Apocalypse}} of Xandar, and they respond by [[{{Re Tool}} retooling]] themselves into the [[{{ComicBook/LegionOfSuper-Heroes}} Legion of Super-Heroes]].
* {{Space Opera}}: The setting has expanded to incorporate adventures [[{{Recycled In Space}} IN SPACE]]. Roughly 1/3 of the [[{{Player Character}} [=PCs=]]] aren't active on Earth at all.
* [[{{Super Hero Gods}} Superhero Gods]]: There are several among the [[{{Player Character}} [=PCs=]]].
* {{Superheroes Wear Capes}} / {{Superheroes Wear Tights}}: Depends very much on the character concept. Some fit, some don't.
* {{Superhero School}}: Freedom City has two:
** Canonically, there is the Claremont Academy, an {{Expy}} of the [[{{Comicbook/XMen}} Xavier Institute]]. It is an {{Elaborate University High}}, a {{Boarding School}} for [[{{Kid Hero}} teenage supers]]. (It is also usually the most active part of the setting.)
** There is also the player-created Nicholson School, an {{Expy}} of [[{{Comicbook/PS238}} PS238]], for younger supers. It is not primarily a {{Boarding School}}, but it does offer housing for those students who need it.
* {{Superpowerful Genetics}}: Several [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] inherited their powers.

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** The Star Knights are a canon ''[[{{Roleplay/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' ''Roleplay/FreedomCity'' {{Expy}} of the [[{{ComicBook/GreenLantern}} Green Lantern ComicBook/GreenLantern Corps]].
** The Praetorians are a player-created group. They're basically what happens when the [[{{Comicbook/Nova}} Nova Corps]] wakes up to find out that they {{Slept Through The Apocalypse}} SleptThroughTheApocalypse of Xandar, and they respond by [[{{Re Tool}} [[ReTool retooling]] themselves into the [[{{ComicBook/LegionOfSuper-Heroes}} Legion ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes]].
Super-Heroes}}.
* {{Space Opera}}: SpaceOpera: The setting has expanded to incorporate adventures [[{{Recycled In Space}} [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]. Roughly 1/3 of the [[{{Player Character}} [=PCs=]]] [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] aren't active on Earth at all.
* [[{{Super Hero Gods}} Superhero Gods]]: SuperheroGods: There are several among the [[{{Player Character}} [=PCs=]]].
[[PlayerCharacter PCs]].
* {{Superheroes Wear Capes}} SuperheroesWearCapes / {{Superheroes Wear Tights}}: SuperheroesWearTights: Depends very much on the character concept. Some fit, some don't.
* {{Superhero School}}: SuperheroSchool: Freedom City has two:
** Canonically, there is the Claremont Academy, an {{Expy}} of the [[{{Comicbook/XMen}} [[Comicbook/XMen Xavier Institute]]. It is an {{Elaborate University High}}, ElaborateUniversityHigh, a {{Boarding School}} BoardingSchool for [[{{Kid Hero}} [[KidHero teenage supers]]. (It is also usually the most active part of the setting.)
** There is also the player-created Nicholson School, an {{Expy}} of [[{{Comicbook/PS238}} PS238]], {{Comicbook/PS238}}, for younger supers. It is not primarily a {{Boarding School}}, BoardingSchool, but it does offer housing for those students who need it.
* {{Superpowerful Genetics}}: SuperpowerfulGenetics: Several [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] PCs]] inherited their powers.



** The Freedom League ([[{{ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica}} Justice League]], [[{{ComicBook/TheAvengers}} Avengers]]): A primarily [[{{Non Player Character}} NPC]] team, although a few [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] are members.
** The Interceptors ([[{{ComicBook/NewWarriors}} New Warriors]], [[{{ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders}} Outsiders]]): This team has suffered several complete overhauls of its roster, with Jack of All Blades being the only constant member and the only remaining founder.
** The Liberty League ([[{{ComicBook/InfinityInc}} Infinity Inc.]]): The heirs to [[{{UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks}} Golden]] Age [[{{Legacy Character}} legacies]], and some characters who were actually there for the Golden Age. The team itself is an heir to the legacy of [[{{ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica}} the original Liberty League]], a canonical NPC team active during [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarII}} World War 2]].
** [[{{Wake Up Go To School Save The World}} Young Freedom]] ([[{{ComicBook/TeenTitans}} Titans]], [[{{ComicBook/XMen}} X-Men]]): A team of [[{{Elaborate University High}} Claremont Academy]] students (see {{Superhero School}}, above). Most of the [[{{Kid Hero}} teenage]] PC heroes belong to this team at some point. As old students graduate and new ones enroll, the roster changes regularly. It is a counterpoint to the [[{{In And Out Of Character}} NPC]] {{Kid Hero}} teams, the Next-Gen and the Alterniteens.
* {{Talking Is A Free Action}}: Especially in a play-by-post game. There are no other players sitting around the table to interrupt each other, so everyone gets a chance to [[{{Large Ham}} ham it up]]. However, since {{Experience Points}} are awarded based on number of in-character posts made in a month, not by the length of individual posts, most players avoid full-blown [[{{Wall Of Text}} walls of text]].
* {{Team Mom}}: Electra, the site's co-owner, is a {{Real Life}} example.
* {{There Are No Girls On The Internet}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]] whenever possible, though hampered by the typical gender ratios of the RPG and superhero fandoms.
** {{Cross Player}}: Despite the large gender gap among players, the gender ratio among characters is more or less even.
** {{GIRL}}: This being {{The Internet}}, there have been a few players who were (and possibly a few that still are) doing this.
* {{This Is Your Brain On Evil}}: Jack of All Blades died. He [[{{Back From The Dead}} got better]]! Lately, though, he's {{Not Himself}}...Oh no! He {{Came Back Wrong}}! [[{{The Corruption}} Corrupted]] by {{Hellfire}}! ([[{{Status Quo Is God}} He got better from that, too]].)
* {{Thou Shalt Not Kill}}: Mostly played straight, but see {{What Measure Is A Non Human}}, below.
* {{True Companions}}: Most of the {{Super Team}}s formed by the players.
** [[{{Kid Hero}} Young Freedom]], to the point where {{The Power Of Friendship}} was able to stop [[{{Anti Anti Christ}} Hellion]] (under [[{{Our Demons Are Different}} his father]]'s influence) from destroying the city.
* {{TV Tropes As A Gateway Drug}}: At this point, half the player base and at least one of the Moderators have found the site through TV Tropes.
* {{What Measure Is A Non Human}}: [[{{Sliding Scale Of Robot Intelligence}} Robots]], [[{{The Undead}} undead]], [[{{Our Demons Are Different}} demons]], [[{{Eldritch Abomination}} cosmic horrors]], and the like are explicit exceptions to this game's [[{{Thou Shalt Not Kill}} policy against killing]].
* {{What The Hell Hero}}: The Moderators would prefer that any player think twice before writing their character as taking an action which would invoke this trope. '''[[{{Rule Of Cautious Editing Judgement}} Please do not list specific examples here]].'''
* {{Where The Hell Is Springfield}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]]. The location of Freedom City is officially left open in the books, but {{Word Of God}} from the developer places it somewhere near Atlantic City, [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]], and ''FCPBP'' adopted that location as canon.
* {{Why We Cant Have Nice Things}}: [[{{Villain Protagonist}} PC Villains]] were banned because [[{{Whos Laughing Now}} too many threads]] descended into [[{{Unusual Euphemism}} orgies]] of [[{{Take Your Time}} weeks]]-long [[{{Ax Crazy}} PvP]] and [[{{Compensating For Something}} weapon measuring contests]], which in turn transformed character creation and advancement across the site into a [[{{Metagame}} metagaming]] [[{{Bigger Stick}} arms]] [[{{My Kung Fu Is Stronger Than Yours}} race]].
* {{Wide Open Sandbox}}: Freedom is a [[{{City Of Adventure}} big city]], in an even bigger [[{{The Verse}} multiverse]].

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** The Freedom League ([[{{ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica}} Justice League]], [[{{ComicBook/TheAvengers}} (ComicBook/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}, [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]): A primarily [[{{Non Player Character}} [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]] team, although a few [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] PCs]] are members.
** The Interceptors ([[{{ComicBook/NewWarriors}} New Warriors]], [[{{ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders}} (ComicBook/NewWarriors, [[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]): This team has suffered several complete overhauls of its roster, with Jack of All Blades being the only constant member and the only remaining founder.
** The Liberty League ([[{{ComicBook/InfinityInc}} Infinity Inc.]]): (ComicBook/InfinityInc): The heirs to [[{{UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks}} [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden]] Age [[{{Legacy Character}} [[LegacyCharacter legacies]], and some characters who were actually there for the Golden Age. The team itself is an heir to the legacy of [[{{ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica}} [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica the original Liberty League]], a canonical NPC team active during [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarII}} World War 2]].
UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
** [[{{Wake Up Go To School Save The World}} [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld Young Freedom]] ([[{{ComicBook/TeenTitans}} ([[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]], [[{{ComicBook/XMen}} X-Men]]): ComicBook/XMen): A team of [[{{Elaborate University High}} [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Claremont Academy]] students (see {{Superhero School}}, SuperheroSchool, above). Most of the [[{{Kid Hero}} [[KidHero teenage]] PC heroes belong to this team at some point. As old students graduate and new ones enroll, the roster changes regularly. It is a counterpoint to the [[{{In And Out Of Character}} [[InAndOutOfCharacter NPC]] {{Kid Hero}} KidHero teams, the Next-Gen and the Alterniteens.
* {{Talking Is A Free Action}}: TalkingIsAFreeAction: Especially in a play-by-post game. There are no other players sitting around the table to interrupt each other, so everyone gets a chance to [[{{Large Ham}} [[LargeHam ham it up]]. However, since {{Experience Points}} ExperiencePoints are awarded based on number of in-character posts made in a month, not by the length of individual posts, most players avoid full-blown [[{{Wall Of Text}} [[WallOfText walls of text]].
* {{Team Mom}}: TeamMom: Electra, the site's co-owner, is a {{Real Life}} RealLife example.
* {{There Are No Girls On The Internet}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]] ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: {{Averted|Trope}} whenever possible, though hampered by the typical gender ratios of the RPG and superhero fandoms.
** {{Cross Player}}: CrossPlayer: Despite the large gender gap among players, the gender ratio among characters is more or less even.
** {{GIRL}}: This being {{The Internet}}, TheInternet, there have been a few players who were (and possibly a few that still are) doing this.
* {{This Is Your Brain On Evil}}: ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Jack of All Blades died. He [[{{Back From The Dead}} [[BackFromTheDead got better]]! Lately, though, he's {{Not Himself}}...NotHimself...Oh no! He {{Came Back Wrong}}! [[{{The Corruption}} CameBackWrong! [[TheCorruption Corrupted]] by {{Hellfire}}! ([[{{Status Quo Is God}} ([[StatusQuoIsGod He got better from that, too]].)
* {{Thou Shalt Not Kill}}: ThouShaltNotKill: Mostly played straight, but see {{What Measure Is A Non Human}}, WhatMeasureIsANonHuman, below.
* {{True Companions}}: TrueCompanions: Most of the {{Super Team}}s formed by the players.
** [[{{Kid Hero}} [[KidHero Young Freedom]], to the point where {{The Power Of Friendship}} ThePowerOfFriendship was able to stop [[{{Anti Anti Christ}} [[AntiAntiChrist Hellion]] (under [[{{Our Demons Are Different}} [[OurDemonsAreDifferent his father]]'s influence) from destroying the city.
* {{TV Tropes As A Gateway Drug}}: TVTropesAsAGatewayDrug: At this point, half the player base and at least one of the Moderators have found the site through TV Tropes.
* {{What Measure Is A Non Human}}: [[{{Sliding Scale Of Robot Intelligence}} WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence Robots]], [[{{The Undead}} [[TheUndead undead]], [[{{Our Demons Are Different}} [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], [[{{Eldritch Abomination}} [[EldritchAbomination cosmic horrors]], and the like are explicit exceptions to this game's [[{{Thou Shalt Not Kill}} [[ThouShaltNotKill policy against killing]].
* {{What The Hell Hero}}: WhatTheHellHero: The Moderators would prefer that any player think twice before writing their character as taking an action which would invoke this trope. '''[[{{Rule Of Cautious Editing Judgement}} '''[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Please do not list specific examples here]].'''
* {{Where The Hell Is Springfield}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]]. WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: {{Averted|Trope}}. The location of Freedom City is officially left open in the books, but {{Word Of God}} WordOfGod from the developer places it somewhere near Atlantic City, [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]], and ''FCPBP'' adopted that location as canon.
* {{Why We Cant Have Nice Things}}: [[{{Villain Protagonist}} WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: [[VillainProtagonist PC Villains]] were banned because [[{{Whos Laughing Now}} [[WhosLaughingNow too many threads]] descended into [[{{Unusual Euphemism}} [[UnusualEuphemism orgies]] of [[{{Take Your Time}} [[TakeYourTime weeks]]-long [[{{Ax Crazy}} [[AxCrazy PvP]] and [[{{Compensating For Something}} [[CompensatingForSomething weapon measuring contests]], which in turn transformed character creation and advancement across the site into a [[{{Metagame}} metagaming]] [[{{Bigger Stick}} [[BiggerStick arms]] [[{{My Kung Fu Is Stronger Than Yours}} [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours race]].
* {{Wide Open Sandbox}}: WideOpenSandbox: Freedom is a [[{{City Of Adventure}} [[CityOfAdventure big city]], in an even bigger [[{{The Verse}} multiverse]].
[[TheVerse multiverse]].
15th May '16 10:12:04 AM nombretomado
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Currently in its eigth year of operation (est. October 2007), ''[[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/index.php Freedom City Play-By-Post]]'' is the largest and most active ''[[{{TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds}} Mutants & Masterminds]]'' play-by-post setting on the Internet. Taking place in ''M&M'''s default ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' setting, in the present day, the [[{{Game Tropes}} game]] has become a massive {{Shared Universe}}, involving [[{{Loads And Loads Of Characters}} dozens of active players]] and over a hundred {{Player Character}}s. Most of the staff are fans of both superhero comics and {{TV Tropes}}, which means they welcome characters who draw from the common tropes and themes of [[{{Comic Book Tropes}} comic books]].

That said, the staff has little patience for {{Troll}}s or {{Mary Sue}}s, and they prefer to avoid certain [[{{Unfortunate Implications}} problematic tropes]]. Please do not submit bloodthirsty [[{{UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks}} Iron Age]] vigilantes, or female characters with {{Stripperiffic}} costumes and {{Rape As Backstory}}. The feel of your {{Player Character}}s should fall somewhere between [[{{UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks}} Silver Age]], [[{{UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks}} Bronze Age]], and [[{{UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks}} Modern Age]]. They should basically be the [[{{WhiteAndGrayMorality}} Good Guys]], and their concepts should pass tests like "Would people buy a comic book about this character?" and "Why would anyone talk to this character?" If your character would fit into the [[{{Franchise/DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]], then they'll probably fit in here, too.

Many of the tropes in this game can be found on the pages for the ''[[{{TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds}} Mutants & Masterminds]]'' role-playing game, or the ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' setting for that game. This page is intended for tropes unique to ''FCPBP'' and its active [[{{Characters/FreedomCityPlayByPost}} characters]].

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Currently in its eigth year of operation (est. October 2007), ''[[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/index.php Freedom City Play-By-Post]]'' is the largest and most active ''[[{{TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds}} Mutants & Masterminds]]'' ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' play-by-post setting on the Internet. Taking place in ''M&M'''s default ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting, in the present day, the [[{{Game Tropes}} [[GameTropes game]] has become a massive {{Shared Universe}}, SharedUniverse, involving [[{{Loads And Loads Of Characters}} [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters dozens of active players]] and over a hundred {{Player Character}}s. Most of the staff are fans of both superhero comics and {{TV Tropes}}, TVTropes, which means they welcome characters who draw from the common tropes and themes of [[{{Comic Book Tropes}} [[ComicBookTropes comic books]].

That said, the staff has little patience for {{Troll}}s or {{Mary Sue}}s, and they prefer to avoid certain [[{{Unfortunate Implications}} [[UnfortunateImplications problematic tropes]]. Please do not submit bloodthirsty [[{{UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks}} [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Iron Age]] vigilantes, or female characters with {{Stripperiffic}} costumes and {{Rape As Backstory}}. RapeAsBackstory. The feel of your {{Player Character}}s should fall somewhere between [[{{UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks}} [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], [[{{UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks}} [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], and [[{{UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks}} [[UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age]]. They should basically be the [[{{WhiteAndGrayMorality}} [[WhiteAndGrayMorality Good Guys]], and their concepts should pass tests like "Would people buy a comic book about this character?" and "Why would anyone talk to this character?" If your character would fit into the [[{{Franchise/DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]], then they'll probably fit in here, too.

Many of the tropes in this game can be found on the pages for the ''[[{{TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds}} Mutants & Masterminds]]'' ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' role-playing game, or the ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting for that game. This page is intended for tropes unique to ''FCPBP'' and its active [[{{Characters/FreedomCityPlayByPost}} [[Characters/FreedomCityPlayByPost characters]].



* {{Action Girl}}: The [[{{Super Hero}} superhero]] genre is brimming with this trope, and ''FCPBP'' is no exception.
* {{All There In The Manual}}: ''Green Ronin'' has published over a dozen supplements with information about the ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' setting, and most of the active players have read all of them.
* {{Alternate Company Equivalent}} / {{Captain Ersatz}} / {{Expy}}: Most [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]], intentionally or not. See the individual listings in the [[{{Characters/FreedomCityPlayByPost}} Characters]] section for details.
* {{Ancient Egypt}}: Several [[{{Player Character}} [=PCs=]]] have origin stories which begin here.
* {{Animal Superheroes}}: [[{{Alternate Universe}} Ani-Earth]]'s [[{{Anthropomorphic Shift}} Infurceptors]] visited Earth-Prime in pursuit of the Factor Fur. They included [[{{Hurricane Of Puns}} Avengemouse, Calico Angel, Feline, Foalcrum, Jackalope of All Blades, Jestnut and Lambkos]].
* {{Anthology Comic}}: What the site would be, if it were an actual comic imprint. The Moderators encourage players to run their characters as if they were the protagonists of a monthly superhero comic book. One of the first questions in the auditing process for a new [[{{Player Character}} PC]] is "Why would someone buy a comic about them?"
* {{The Assimilator}}: The Communion, a player-created {{Expy}} of the ''[[{{ComicBook/UltimateMarvel}} Ultimate Marvel]]'' version of [[{{ComicBook/Galactus}} Galactus]]. The Collective is a {{Hive Mind}} which uses mass {{Mind Rape}} and {{Unwilling Roboticization}} to transform entire planets into {{Applied Phlebotinum}}.
* {{Ax Crazy}}: Generally [[{{Averted Trope}} averted]]. [[{{Villain Protagonist}} PC Villains]] were banned in part because the Moderators grew weary of explaining to some players the difference between a {{Super Villain}} and the [[{{Kill Em All}} protagonist]] of ''[[{{VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto}} Grand Theft Auto]]''.
* {{Badass Normal}}: ''FCPBP'' has surprisingly few of these active at any one time. [[{{Trick Arrow}} Arrowhawk]] has been the most enduring so far. {{Badass Abnormal}}s tend to be more popular.
* [[{{Bat Family Crossover}} Bat-Family Crossover]]: The most common type of crossover story arc at ''FCPBP'', given the sheer size of the site, and how difficult it is to coordinate a major story arc with dozens and dozens of players contributing.
* {{Beware The Superman}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]]. Except for the [[{{UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks}} Iron Age]] in the '80s and early '90s, ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' has always loved its [[{{Super Hero}} superheroes]].
** The "Terminus Babies" (see {{Mutants}}, below) are about as close as the setting comes to this trope, and they're not even official ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' canon.
* [[{{Black And White Morality}} Black-&-White Morality]]: Often [[{{Subverted Trope}} subverted]], much to the annoyance of older heroes with [[{{UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks}} stricter moral codes]]. ''FCPBP'' stories aren't explicit, but they are, at times, "for mature readers."
* {{The Boxing Episode}} / {{Lets You And Him Fight}}: "Fisticuffs," and the sequel, "Fisticuffs 2: This Time, It's Not Fisticuffs 1."
* [[{{UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks}} Bronze Age]] / [[{{UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks}} Modern Age]]: The general tone ''FCPBP'' strives for.
* {{Canon Immigrant}}: Several characters played at ''FCPBP'' were created for and/or played in other games over the years, especially the signature character of the site's former owner, Doktor Archeville.
* {{The Cape}}: The local {{Expy}} of {{Superman}}, [[{{The Paragon}} The Centurion]], has been dead since the 1993 [[{{Crisis Crossover}} Terminus Invasion]]. He [[{{Averted Trope}} hasn't]] gotten [[{{Back From The Dead}} better]], and [[{{Word Of God}} Word of God]] says he never will.
* {{Catch Phrase}}: The players who often meet in the chatroom and/or [[{{In And Out Of Character}} in-character]] make up a lot of these, including "Stab-Punch!" and "KISS HIM/HER, YOU FOOL!"
* {{Cardboard Prison}}: [[{{Villain Protagonist}} PC Villains]] were banned in part to [[{{Averted Trope}} avert]] this trope.
* {{Cast Full Of Writers}}
* {{Catholic School Girls Rule}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]]. The Moderators have already blocked [[{{Pedo Hunt}} several attempts]] to play [[{{Nausea Fuel}} hyper-sexualized adolescent female characters]]. The Moderators have been neither amused nor impressed. Nothing brings out the banhammer like trying to submit a [[{{Player Character}} PC]] whose primary purpose is the player's own sexual titillation.
* {{Comic Book Fantasy Casting}}: ''FCPBP'' players periodically discuss which real-life actors they would cast as their character, and some even use real-life headshots for their "out-of-costume" character pictures.
* {{Comic Book Limbo}} / {{Demoted To Extra}}: The fate of characters whose players wander off.
* {{Comic Book Time}}: Played straight for the individual stories as a matter of necessity, given the play-by-post format, but [[{{Averted Trope}} averted]] for the overall {{Shared Universe}} timeline, which moves forward in real time.
* {{Comic Book Tropes}}: In a game inspired by comic books, these are not only common, but encouraged.
* {{Crapsack World}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]] on Earth-Prime. The main universe of the ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' setting is an optimistic place, where most people are basically good, and most people love their [[{{Super Hero}} superheroes]]. Other dimensions, like ''[[{{Stupid Jetpack Hitler}} Erde]]'' and the [[{{Death World}} Terminus]], on the other hand...
* {{Crisis Crossover}}: The demonic invasion, when [[{{Noble Demon}} Hellion]]'s father came with a [[{{The Legions Of Hell}} demonic host]] to bring him home. It wasn't technically a {{Red Skies Crossover}}, but the skies above {{Freedom City}} were red...
** The [[{{Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion}} third]] Grue [[{{Alien Invasion}} Invasion]], when they finally activated their [[{{Playing With Syringes}} experimental bio-weapon]], [[spoiler:[[{{ComicBook/IncredibleHulk}} Atlas]]]]. ({{Oh Crap}}.)
** The "Halloween Special," where the fight between Hades and Baron Samedi spilled over into massive waves of undead and cultists flocking to ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]''.
** "[=ArchEvil=]" had Doctor Archeville's [[{{Superpowered Evil Side}} Super-Powered Evil Side]] finally take over and unleash a number of magical and scientific monstrosities in the name of "reshaping" the world.
** Then there was the time [[ComicBook/{{Galactus}} the Gorgon]] showed up in orbit, threatening to encase the Earth in gray goo due to the taint of the [[{{Names To Run Away From Really Fast}} Terminus]].
** The "Hot Zone," where the city came under quarantine after a villain released an airborne mutagen that resulted in most of the city developing superpowers... [[{{Power Incontinence}} control not guaranteed]].
** The Day of Wrath, where [[{{ComicBook/Brainiac}} Curator]]'s androids turned out to have replaced several heroes and caused brief chaos throughout the city with the help of the [[{{Killer Robot}} Foundry]]'s robots, followed by the rescue of those replaced.
* {{Dysfunction Junction}}: ''FCPBP'' has no shortage of emotional problems among the cast. (Or the players, for that matter.)
* {{Egomaniac Hunter}}: [[{{Combat Pragmatist}} Orion]], the premiere [[{{Non Player Character}} NPC]] example of the setting, came closer to killing [[{{Implausible Fencing Powers}} Jack of All Blades]] than any villain Jack had faced before (even villains several {{Power Levels}} higher). However, the fight did not end well for Orion (see the {{Crowning Moment Of Awesome}} tab).
* {{Elites Are More Glamorous}}: Players who stick around over the long haul gain not only in-game bonuses, like power-ups or extra character slots, but also nifty titles like "Gold Status."
* {{Everybody Has Lots Of Sex}}: Superheroes work hard, play hard, live fast, and die young. But the staff requires that it be kept off-screen and PG-13.
* {{Evil Counterpart}}: The world of Anti-Earth, where everyone who is good on Earth-Prime is evil. It includes the "Young Imperials," who are are the Evil Counterparts to [[{{Kid Hero}} Young Freedom]].

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* {{Action Girl}}: ActionGirl: The [[{{Super Hero}} superhero]] {{superhero}} genre is brimming with this trope, and ''FCPBP'' is no exception.
* {{All There In The Manual}}: AllThereInTheManual: ''Green Ronin'' has published over a dozen supplements with information about the ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting, and most of the active players have read all of them.
* {{Alternate Company Equivalent}} AlternateCompanyEquivalent / {{Captain Ersatz}} CaptainErsatz / {{Expy}}: Most [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]], intentionally or not. See the individual listings in the [[{{Characters/FreedomCityPlayByPost}} [[Characters/FreedomCityPlayByPost Characters]] section for details.
* {{Ancient Egypt}}: AncientEgypt: Several [[{{Player Character}} [=PCs=]]] [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] have origin stories which begin here.
* {{Animal Superheroes}}: [[{{Alternate Universe}} AnimalSuperheroes: [[AlternateUniverse Ani-Earth]]'s [[{{Anthropomorphic Shift}} [[AnthropomorphicShift Infurceptors]] visited Earth-Prime in pursuit of the Factor Fur. They included [[{{Hurricane Of Puns}} [[HurricaneOfPuns Avengemouse, Calico Angel, Feline, Foalcrum, Jackalope of All Blades, Jestnut and Lambkos]].
* {{Anthology Comic}}: AnthologyComic: What the site would be, if it were an actual comic imprint. The Moderators encourage players to run their characters as if they were the protagonists of a monthly superhero comic book. One of the first questions in the auditing process for a new [[{{Player Character}} [[PlayerCharacter PC]] is "Why would someone buy a comic about them?"
* {{The Assimilator}}: TheAssimilator: The Communion, a player-created {{Expy}} of the ''[[{{ComicBook/UltimateMarvel}} Ultimate Marvel]]'' ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' version of [[{{ComicBook/Galactus}} Galactus]]. {{ComicBook/Galactus}}. The Collective is a {{Hive Mind}} HiveMind which uses mass {{Mind Rape}} MindRape and {{Unwilling Roboticization}} UnwillingRoboticization to transform entire planets into {{Applied Phlebotinum}}.
AppliedPhlebotinum.
* {{Ax Crazy}}: AxCrazy: Generally [[{{Averted Trope}} [[AvertedTrope averted]]. [[{{Villain Protagonist}} [[VillainProtagonist PC Villains]] were banned in part because the Moderators grew weary of explaining to some players the difference between a {{Super Villain}} SuperVillain and the [[{{Kill Em All}} [[KillEmAll protagonist]] of ''[[{{VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto}} Grand Theft Auto]]''.
''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''.
* {{Badass Normal}}: BadassNormal: ''FCPBP'' has surprisingly few of these active at any one time. [[{{Trick Arrow}} [[TrickArrow Arrowhawk]] has been the most enduring so far. {{Badass Abnormal}}s tend to be more popular.
* [[{{Bat Family Crossover}} Bat-Family Crossover]]: BatFamilyCrossover: The most common type of crossover story arc at ''FCPBP'', given the sheer size of the site, and how difficult it is to coordinate a major story arc with dozens and dozens of players contributing.
* {{Beware The Superman}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]]. BewareTheSuperman: {{Averted|Trope}}. Except for the [[{{UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks}} [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Iron Age]] in the '80s and early '90s, ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' has always loved its [[{{Super Hero}} [[SuperHero superheroes]].
** The "Terminus Babies" (see {{Mutants}}, below) are about as close as the setting comes to this trope, and they're not even official ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' canon.
* [[{{Black And White Morality}} Black-&-White Morality]]: BlackAndWhiteMorality: Often [[{{Subverted Trope}} subverted]], {{Subverted|Trope}}, much to the annoyance of older heroes with [[{{UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks}} [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks stricter moral codes]]. ''FCPBP'' stories aren't explicit, but they are, at times, "for mature readers."
* {{The Boxing Episode}} TheBoxingEpisode / {{Lets You And Him Fight}}: LetsYouAndHimFight: "Fisticuffs," and the sequel, "Fisticuffs 2: This Time, It's Not Fisticuffs 1."
* [[{{UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks}} Bronze Age]] / [[{{UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks}} Modern Age]]: The general tone ''FCPBP'' strives for.
* {{Canon Immigrant}}:
CanonImmigrant: Several characters played at ''FCPBP'' were created for and/or played in other games over the years, especially the signature character of the site's former owner, Doktor Archeville.
* {{The Cape}}: TheCape: The local {{Expy}} of {{Superman}}, [[{{The Paragon}} [[TheParagon The Centurion]], has been dead since the 1993 [[{{Crisis Crossover}} [[CrisisCrossover Terminus Invasion]]. He [[{{Averted Trope}} [[AvertedTrope hasn't]] gotten [[{{Back From The Dead}} [[BackFromTheDead better]], and [[{{Word Of God}} Word of God]] WordOfGod says he never will.
* {{Catch Phrase}}: CatchPhrase: The players who often meet in the chatroom and/or [[{{In And Out Of Character}} [[InAndOutOfCharacter in-character]] make up a lot of these, including "Stab-Punch!" and "KISS HIM/HER, YOU FOOL!"
* {{Cardboard Prison}}: [[{{Villain Protagonist}} CardboardPrison: [[VillainProtagonist PC Villains]] were banned in part to [[{{Averted Trope}} [[AvertedTrope avert]] this trope.
%%* CastFullOfWriters
* {{Cast Full Of Writers}}
* {{Catholic School Girls Rule}}: [[{{Averted Trope}}
CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. The Moderators have already blocked [[{{Pedo Hunt}} [[PedoHunt several attempts]] to play [[{{Nausea Fuel}} [[NauseaFuel hyper-sexualized adolescent female characters]]. The Moderators have been neither amused nor impressed. Nothing brings out the banhammer like trying to submit a [[{{Player Character}} [[PlayerCharacter PC]] whose primary purpose is the player's own sexual titillation.
* {{Comic Book Fantasy Casting}}: ComicBookFantasyCasting: ''FCPBP'' players periodically discuss which real-life actors they would cast as their character, and some even use real-life headshots for their "out-of-costume" character pictures.
* {{Comic Book Limbo}} ComicBookLimbo / {{Demoted To Extra}}: DemotedToExtra: The fate of characters whose players wander off.
* {{Comic Book Time}}: ComicBookTime: Played straight for the individual stories as a matter of necessity, given the play-by-post format, but [[{{Averted Trope}} averted]] {{Averted|Trope}} for the overall {{Shared Universe}} SharedUniverse timeline, which moves forward in real time.
* {{Comic Book Tropes}}: In a game inspired by comic books, these are not only common, but encouraged.
* {{Crapsack World}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]]
CrapsackWorld: {{Averted|Trope}} on Earth-Prime. The main universe of the ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting is an optimistic place, where most people are basically good, and most people love their [[{{Super Hero}} [[SuperHero superheroes]]. Other dimensions, like ''[[{{Stupid Jetpack Hitler}} ''[[StupidJetpackHitler Erde]]'' and the [[{{Death World}} [[DeathWorld Terminus]], on the other hand...
* {{Crisis Crossover}}: CrisisCrossover: The demonic invasion, when [[{{Noble Demon}} [[NobleDemon Hellion]]'s father came with a [[{{The Legions Of Hell}} [[TheLegionsOfHell demonic host]] to bring him home. It wasn't technically a {{Red Skies Crossover}}, RedSkiesCrossover, but the skies above {{Freedom City}} TabletopGame/FreedomCity were red...
** The [[{{Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion}} [[EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion third]] Grue [[{{Alien Invasion}} [[AlienInvasion Invasion]], when they finally activated their [[{{Playing With Syringes}} [[PlayingWithSyringes experimental bio-weapon]], [[spoiler:[[{{ComicBook/IncredibleHulk}} [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Atlas]]]]. ({{Oh Crap}}.(OhCrap.)
** The "Halloween Special," where the fight between Hades and Baron Samedi spilled over into massive waves of undead and cultists flocking to ''[[{{TabletopGame/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]''.
''TabletopGame/FreedomCity''.
** "[=ArchEvil=]" had Doctor Archeville's [[{{Superpowered Evil Side}} Super-Powered Evil Side]] SuperpoweredEvilSide finally take over and unleash a number of magical and scientific monstrosities in the name of "reshaping" the world.
** Then there was the time [[ComicBook/{{Galactus}} the Gorgon]] showed up in orbit, threatening to encase the Earth in gray goo due to the taint of the [[{{Names To Run Away From Really Fast}} [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Terminus]].
** The "Hot Zone," where the city came under quarantine after a villain released an airborne mutagen that resulted in most of the city developing superpowers... [[{{Power Incontinence}} [[PowerIncontinence control not guaranteed]].
** The Day of Wrath, where [[{{ComicBook/Brainiac}} Curator]]'s androids turned out to have replaced several heroes and caused brief chaos throughout the city with the help of the [[{{Killer Robot}} [[KillerRobot Foundry]]'s robots, followed by the rescue of those replaced.
* {{Dysfunction Junction}}: DysfunctionJunction: ''FCPBP'' has no shortage of emotional problems among the cast. (Or the players, for that matter.)
* {{Egomaniac Hunter}}: [[{{Combat Pragmatist}} EgomaniacHunter: [[CombatPragmatist Orion]], the premiere [[{{Non Player Character}} [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]] example of the setting, came closer to killing [[{{Implausible Fencing Powers}} [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Jack of All Blades]] than any villain Jack had faced before (even villains several {{Power Levels}} PowerLevels higher). However, the fight did not end well for Orion (see the {{Crowning Moment Of Awesome}} CrowningMomentOfAwesome tab).
* {{Elites Are More Glamorous}}: ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Players who stick around over the long haul gain not only in-game bonuses, like power-ups or extra character slots, but also nifty titles like "Gold Status."
* {{Everybody Has Lots Of Sex}}: EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Superheroes work hard, play hard, live fast, and die young. But the staff requires that it be kept off-screen and PG-13.
* {{Evil Counterpart}}: EvilCounterpart: The world of Anti-Earth, where everyone who is good on Earth-Prime is evil. It includes the "Young Imperials," who are are the Evil Counterparts to [[{{Kid Hero}} [[KidHero Young Freedom]].



* {{Fictional Country}}: Players have created a few.
** "[[{{Peoples Republic Of Tyranny}} New Freedom]]," a [[{{Beware The Superman}} metahuman dictatorship]] on the coast of [[{{Mysterious Antarctica}} Antarctica]].
** [[{{Qurac}} Socotra]], a [[{{X Meets Y}} mashup]] of [[{{Ruritania}} Latveria]] and [[{{Vice City}} Madripoor]] off the coast of [[{{UsefulNotes/Yemen}} Yemen]]. The resident {{President Evil}} is Typhoon, a [[{{Making A Splash}} hydrokinetic]], {{Powered Armor}} wearing {{Expy}}/[[{{X Meets Y}} mashup]] of Doctor Doom and {{Magneto}}.
* {{Fifth Week Event}}: Several times a year, the Moderators announce "Vignettes" - short stories about a certain topic or in a certain style. Players can write the Vignettes about their characters for extra [[{{Experience Points}} power points]].
* {{Fire Forged Friends}}: Many [=PCs=] bond this way, in times of danger and havoc, leading to deep appreciations of each other.
* {{Five Man Band}}: Most teams fall into this dynamic.
** On Young Freedom, Edge was {{The Hero}}, Blue Fox was {{The Lancer}}, Midnight was {{The Smart Guy}}, Wander was {{The Big Guy}}, and Cobalt Templar was {{The Heart}}.
* {{Gender Bender}}: Doc Otaku once tested a Gender Reversal Ray on Avenger, Dark Star, Doktor Archeville, Geckoman, and Wesley Knight. [[{{Hilarity Ensues}} Hilarity Ensued]].
** [[{{Incredibly Lame Pun}} Earth-XX]] is an entire (player-created) {{Alternate Universe}} of gender-swapped characters.
* {{GMPC}}: Technically, Any [[PlayerCharacter PC]] has the potential to become this for any given story thread. Players are allowed to [[{{Game Master}} GM]] their own threads, so the lines between "Player" and "Game Master" blur at ''FCPBP''. The overall atmosphere of the game is less "competitive" and more "cooperative." However, the Moderators have the final authority over any use of, or change to, any characters or locations from the canon setting.
* {{House Rules}}: ''FCPBP'' [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/topic/6823-fc-pbp-house-rules-as-of-2015-9-8/ has them]]. They are constantly evolving. The Moderators are generally reasonable people, receptive to player input and willing to change.
* {{Hurricane Of Puns}}: The site's chatroom degenerates into this with embarrassing regularity.
* {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}: [[{{Legacy Character}} Bee-Keeper II]], before he {{Took A Level In Badass}} and became a {{Lethal Joke Character}}.
* {{Kid Hero}}: The [[{{Wake Up Go To School Save The World}} students]] of the [[{{Superhero School}} Claremont]] [[{{Elaborate University High}} Academy]], especially the members of the resident {{Super Team}}s, the Next-Gen, the Alterniteens, and Young Freedom.
* {{Legacy Character}}: ''FCPBP'' has a lot of them.
* {{Loads And Loads Of Characters}}: There are usually over a hundred active [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] at any given point in time.
* {{Long Runners}}: ''FCPBP'' has been online since October of 2007.
* [[{{Mr Fanservice}} Mister Fanservice]]: At one point, the majority of the male [[{{Elaborate University High}} Claremont Academy]] students had world-class [[{{The Six Stats}} Charisma]] scores. That crew ran the gamut, from {{Tall Dark And Handsome}}, to [[{{Knight In Shining Armor}} chivalrous and chaste]], to [[{{Silly Love Songs}} free-spirited and artistic]], to endlessly cheerful.
* {{Most Common Superpower}}: Surprisingly rare. It's usually the men who are {{pretty boy}}s, especially at the [[{{Elaborate University High}} Claremont Academy]].

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* {{Fictional Country}}: FictionalCountry: Players have created a few.
** "[[{{Peoples Republic Of Tyranny}} "[[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny New Freedom]]," a [[{{Beware The Superman}} [[BewareTheSuperman metahuman dictatorship]] on the coast of [[{{Mysterious Antarctica}} [[MysteriousAntarctica Antarctica]].
** [[{{Qurac}} Socotra]], a [[{{X Meets Y}} [[XMeetsY mashup]] of [[{{Ruritania}} Latveria]] and [[{{Vice City}} [[ViceCity Madripoor]] off the coast of [[{{UsefulNotes/Yemen}} Yemen]]. {{UsefulNotes/Yemen}}. The resident {{President Evil}} PresidentEvil is Typhoon, a [[{{Making A Splash}} [[MakingASplash hydrokinetic]], {{Powered Armor}} PoweredArmor wearing {{Expy}}/[[{{X Meets Y}} {{Expy}}/[[XMeetsY mashup]] of Doctor Doom and {{Magneto}}.
ComicBook/{{Magneto}}.
* {{Fifth Week Event}}: FifthWeekEvent: Several times a year, the Moderators announce "Vignettes" - short stories about a certain topic or in a certain style. Players can write the Vignettes about their characters for extra [[{{Experience Points}} [[ExperiencePoints power points]].
* {{Fire Forged Friends}}: FireForgedFriends: Many [=PCs=] bond this way, in times of danger and havoc, leading to deep appreciations of each other.
* {{Five Man Band}}: FiveManBand: Most teams fall into this dynamic.
** On Young Freedom, Edge was {{The Hero}}, TheHero, Blue Fox was {{The Lancer}}, TheLancer, Midnight was {{The Smart Guy}}, TheSmartGuy, Wander was {{The Big Guy}}, TheBigGuy, and Cobalt Templar was {{The Heart}}.
TheHeart.
* {{Gender Bender}}: GenderBender: Doc Otaku once tested a Gender Reversal Ray on Avenger, Dark Star, Doktor Archeville, Geckoman, and Wesley Knight. [[{{Hilarity Ensues}} [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensued]].
** [[{{Incredibly Lame Pun}} [[IncrediblyLamePun Earth-XX]] is an entire (player-created) {{Alternate Universe}} AlternateUniverse of gender-swapped characters.
* {{GMPC}}: Technically, Any [[PlayerCharacter PC]] has the potential to become this for any given story thread. Players are allowed to [[{{Game Master}} [[GameMaster GM]] their own threads, so the lines between "Player" and "Game Master" blur at ''FCPBP''. The overall atmosphere of the game is less "competitive" and more "cooperative." However, the Moderators have the final authority over any use of, or change to, any characters or locations from the canon setting.
* {{House Rules}}: HouseRules: ''FCPBP'' [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/topic/6823-fc-pbp-house-rules-as-of-2015-9-8/ has them]]. They are constantly evolving. The Moderators are generally reasonable people, receptive to player input and willing to change.
* {{Hurricane Of Puns}}: HurricaneOfPuns: The site's chatroom degenerates into this with embarrassing regularity.
* {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}: [[{{Legacy Character}} IneffectualSympatheticVillain: [[LegacyCharacter Bee-Keeper II]], before he {{Took A Level In Badass}} TookALevelInBadass and became a {{Lethal Joke Character}}.
LethalJokeCharacter.
* {{Kid Hero}}: KidHero: The [[{{Wake Up Go To School Save The World}} [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld students]] of the [[{{Superhero School}} [[SuperheroSchool Claremont]] [[{{Elaborate University High}} [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Academy]], especially the members of the resident {{Super Team}}s, the Next-Gen, the Alterniteens, and Young Freedom.
* {{Legacy Character}}: LegacyCharacter: ''FCPBP'' has a lot of them.
* {{Loads And Loads Of Characters}}: LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are usually over a hundred active [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] PCs]] at any given point in time.
* {{Long Runners}}: LongRunners: ''FCPBP'' has been online since October of 2007.
* [[{{Mr Fanservice}} Mister Fanservice]]: MrFanservice: At one point, the majority of the male [[{{Elaborate University High}} [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Claremont Academy]] students had world-class [[{{The Six Stats}} [[TheSixStats Charisma]] scores. That crew ran the gamut, from {{Tall Dark And Handsome}}, TallDarkAndHandsome, to [[{{Knight In Shining Armor}} [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrous and chaste]], to [[{{Silly Love Songs}} [[SillyLoveSongs free-spirited and artistic]], to endlessly cheerful.
* {{Most Common Superpower}}: MostCommonSuperpower: Surprisingly rare. It's usually the men who are {{pretty boy}}s, especially at the [[{{Elaborate University High}} [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Claremont Academy]].
24th Jan '16 10:41:29 PM Adannor
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28th Dec '15 3:06:55 PM Anddrix
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** [[{{Qurac}} Socotra]], a [[{{X Meets Y}} mashup]] of [[{{Ruritania}} Latveria]] and [[{{Vice City}} Madripoor]] off the coast of [[{{UsefulNotes/Yemen}} Yemen]]. The resident {{President Evil}} is Typhoon, a [[{{Making A Splash}} hydrokinetic]], {{Powered Armor}} wearing {{Expy}}/[[{{X Meets Y}} mashup]] of {{Doctor Doom}} and {{Magneto}}.

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** [[{{Qurac}} Socotra]], a [[{{X Meets Y}} mashup]] of [[{{Ruritania}} Latveria]] and [[{{Vice City}} Madripoor]] off the coast of [[{{UsefulNotes/Yemen}} Yemen]]. The resident {{President Evil}} is Typhoon, a [[{{Making A Splash}} hydrokinetic]], {{Powered Armor}} wearing {{Expy}}/[[{{X Meets Y}} mashup]] of {{Doctor Doom}} Doctor Doom and {{Magneto}}.
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* {{Psycho Rangers}}: The Spectrum Knights are a player-created [[{{Non Player Character}} NPC]] villain group, a more politically-focused {{Expy}} of the [[{{Characters/GLRedLanternCorps}} Red Lantern Corps]] whose [[{{The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized}} Revolution Will Not Be Civilized]].


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* {{Space Cop}}s:
** The Star Knights are a canon ''[[{{Roleplay/FreedomCity}} Freedom City]]'' {{Expy}} of the [[{{ComicBook/GreenLantern}} Green Lantern Corps]].
** The Praetorians are a player-created group. They're basically what happens when the [[{{Comicbook/Nova}} Nova Corps]] wakes up to find out that they {{Slept Through The Apocalypse}} of Xandar, and they respond by [[{{Re Tool}} retooling]] themselves into the [[{{ComicBook/LegionOfSuper-Heroes}} Legion of Super-Heroes]].
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* {{Space Opera}}: The setting has expanded to incorporate adventures [[{{Recycled In Space}} IN SPACE]]. Roughly 1/3 of the [[{{Player Character}} [=PCs=]]] aren't active on Earth at all.
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* {{Wide Open Sandbox}}: Freedom is a [[{{City Of Adventure}} big city]], and an even bigger [[{{The Verse}} multiverse]].

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* {{Wide Open Sandbox}}: Freedom is a [[{{City Of Adventure}} big city]], and in an even bigger [[{{The Verse}} multiverse]].
11th Nov '15 10:53:29 PM SHAENTheBrain
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* {{Play Every Day}}: This certainly isn't required, but it does help. Hitting 100 [[{{In And Out Of Character}} in-character]] forum posts inside of one calendar month would gain a character the maximum possible {{Experience Points}} for that month, and pulling it off once will get the player into the "[[{{Elites Are More Glamorous}} 100 Club]]. This would require an average of 3-4 posts per day. Such a posting rate would also allow the player to start earning Veteran Rewards in under 6 months. But most players are not so prolific.

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* {{Play Every Day}}: This certainly isn't required, but it does help. Hitting 100 [[{{In And Out Of Character}} in-character]] forum posts inside of one calendar month would gain a character the maximum possible {{Experience Points}} for that month, and pulling it off once will get the player into the "[[{{Elites Are More Glamorous}} 100 Club]]. " This would require an average of 3-4 posts per day. Such a posting rate would also allow the player to start earning Veteran Rewards in under 6 months. But most players are not so prolific.
11th Nov '15 10:52:10 PM SHAENTheBrain
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* {{Super Team}}: The setting has several already, and the players have formed more.

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* {{Super Team}}: Team}}s: The setting has several already, and the players have formed more.



** The Liberty League ([[{{ComicBook/InfinityInc}} Infinity Inc.]]: The heirs to [[{{UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks}} Golden]] Age [[{{Legacy Character}} legacies]], and some characters who were actually there for the Golden Age. The team itself is an heir to the legacy of [[{{{{ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica}} the original Liberty League]], a canonical NPC team active during [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarII}} World War 2]].

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** The Liberty League ([[{{ComicBook/InfinityInc}} Infinity Inc.]]: ]]): The heirs to [[{{UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks}} Golden]] Age [[{{Legacy Character}} legacies]], and some characters who were actually there for the Golden Age. The team itself is an heir to the legacy of [[{{{{ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica}} [[{{ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica}} the original Liberty League]], a canonical NPC team active during [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarII}} World War 2]].
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