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* AmazingTechnicolorWorld: Due to everything being colored by clearance[[labelnote:*]] Attempts by unauthorized personnel to alter the color of anything in Alpha Complex are treason.[[/labelnote]].

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* AmazingTechnicolorWorld: Due to everything being colored by clearance[[labelnote:*]] clearance.[[labelnote:*]] Attempts by unauthorized personnel to alter the color of anything in Alpha Complex are treason.[[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* AppealToForce: Troubleshooters can even acquire nuclear ''hand grenades'', which work as this trope would suggest... until they carry out their threat. Have YOU tried [[OutrunTheFireball outrunning a megaton nuclear explosion]]?

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* AppealToForce: Troubleshooters can even acquire nuclear ''hand grenades'', which work as this trope would suggest... until they carry out their threat. Have YOU ''you'' tried [[OutrunTheFireball outrunning a megaton nuclear explosion]]?



* AutoDoc: Alpha Complex has the [=DocBots,=] tireless robotic medical personnel intended to see to all the clones' problems. They can inject any needed drug, analyze biochemical samples, and perform surgery. The largest ones can act as intensive care wards. Predictably, they are about as reliable as most Alpha Complex robots at best and [[AIIsACrapshoot stark raving insane]] at worst.

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* AutoDoc: Alpha Complex has the [=DocBots,=] tireless robotic medical personnel intended to see to all the clones' problems. They can inject any needed drug, analyze biochemical samples, and perform surgery. The largest ones can act as intensive care wards. Predictably, they are about as reliable useful as most Alpha Complex robots at best and [[AIIsACrapshoot stark raving insane]] at worst.



* BackStab: If player-characters aren't gleefully doing this to their Troubleshooter "teammates", it's only because they're openly blasting each other with zapguns and grenades[[labelnote:*]] Helpful notice: Should you inadvertently kill an innocent citizen in your efforts to destroy mutants and traitors, contact your nearest Vulture Squadron! These trained professionals will supply you with special high-velocity grief counseling services! Confess your crime today and win a two-foot head start. [[/labelnote]].

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* BackStab: If player-characters aren't gleefully doing this to their Troubleshooter "teammates", it's only because they're openly blasting each other with zapguns and grenades[[labelnote:*]] grenades.[[labelnote:*]] Helpful notice: Should you inadvertently kill an innocent citizen in your efforts to destroy mutants and traitors, contact your nearest Vulture Squadron! These trained professionals will supply you with special high-velocity grief counseling services! Confess your crime today and win a two-foot head start. [[/labelnote]].start.[[/labelnote]]



* BeleagueredBureaucrat / CorruptBureaucrat / ObstructiveBureaucrat: And it's entirely possible that you'll encounter them all sitting behind the same desk[[labelnote:*]]This is a figure of speech! [[CaptainObvious Anyone you encounter who actually has three heads is a mutant]] and must be shot. [[/labelnote]].

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat / CorruptBureaucrat / ObstructiveBureaucrat: BeleagueredBureaucrat[=/=]CorruptBureaucrat[=/=]ObstructiveBureaucrat: And it's entirely possible that you'll encounter them all sitting behind the same desk[[labelnote:*]]This desk.[[labelnote:*]]This is a figure of speech! [[CaptainObvious Anyone you encounter who actually has three heads is a mutant]] and must be shot. [[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



** Avoid being a Communist. Friend Computer will allow mutants to register their powers, and may even be lenient on traitors[[labelnote:*]] For instance, a confessed traitor may be allowed to assist Research and Design with a ''very special'' project[[/labelnote]]. But if you are a Commie (or made to look like one), you '''will''' be terminated.

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** Avoid being a Communist. Friend Computer will allow mutants to register their powers, and may even be lenient on traitors[[labelnote:*]] traitors.[[labelnote:*]] For instance, a confessed traitor may be allowed to assist Research and Design with a ''very special'' project[[/labelnote]]. project.[[/labelnote]] But if you are a Commie (or made to look like one), you '''will''' be terminated.



* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: The players are assigned their missions by the all-seeing Friend Computer[[labelnote:*]] Express your appreciation for this special honor rigorously! HappinessIsMandatory! [[/labelnote]].
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Played with; while pretty much every square centimeter of Alpha Complex is bugged, scanned and wired, whether or not Friend Computer, a High Programmer, [=IntSec,=] or anyone else is actually paying attention at any given time is another matter[[labelnote:*]]Most of the Computer's attention is focused on the bathrooms. This knowledge is clearance Ultraviolet, so it is treasonous to demonstrate this knowledge in-game.[[/labelnote]].

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* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: The players are assigned their missions by the all-seeing Friend Computer[[labelnote:*]] Computer.[[labelnote:*]] Express your appreciation for this special honor rigorously! HappinessIsMandatory! [[/labelnote]].
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* BigBrotherIsWatching: Played with; while pretty much every square centimeter of Alpha Complex is bugged, scanned and wired, whether or not Friend Computer, a High Programmer, [=IntSec,=] or anyone else is actually paying attention ''paying attention'' at any given time is another matter[[labelnote:*]]Most matter.[[labelnote:*]]Most of the Computer's attention is focused on the bathrooms. This knowledge is clearance Ultraviolet, so it is treasonous to demonstrate this knowledge in-game.[[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* BlackMarket: Or Infrared Market. Sadly, seeking an infrared market supplier is often the only way to get equipment that might actually ''help'' you in your mission[[labelnote:*]] Possession of infrared market goods is treason.[[/labelnote]]: your legally-acquired gear tends to be a combination of whatever the Requisition department had a surplus of that day (say, 500 cases of styrofoam cups) and anything the Research and Design boys are keen to see tested on live subjects.

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* BlackMarket: Or Infrared Market. Sadly, seeking an infrared market supplier is often the only way to get equipment that might actually ''help'' you in your mission[[labelnote:*]] mission.[[labelnote:*]] Possession of infrared market goods is treason.[[/labelnote]]: your [[/labelnote]] Your legally-acquired gear tends to be a combination of whatever the Requisition department had a surplus of that day (say, 500 cases of styrofoam cups) and anything the Research and Design boys are keen to see tested on live subjects.



* BottomlessMagazines: Played with. Laser barrels are rated for six shots. You ''can'' go over the limit, but the chance of explosion ''starts'' at 5% per shot, and going over the limit just keeps bumping it up. The manual actively encourages game masters to pretend to roll some dice, then have the weapon explode.

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* BottomlessMagazines: Played with. Laser barrels are rated for six shots. You ''can'' go over the limit, but the chance of explosion ''starts'' at 5% per shot, and going over the limit just keeps bumping it up. The manual actively encourages game masters to pretend to roll some dice, then have the weapon explode.explode regardless of the result.



* CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker: Often the method by which Troubleshooters are [[BlatantLies flawlessly and precisely]] assigned their missions[[labelnote:*]]Failing to appear punctually at the briefing will result in demotion![[/labelnote]].

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* CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker: Often the method by which Troubleshooters are [[BlatantLies flawlessly and precisely]] assigned their missions[[labelnote:*]]Failing missions.[[labelnote:*]]Failing to appear punctually at the briefing will result in demotion![[/labelnote]].demotion![[/labelnote]]



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: While there is technically some sort of mission the [=PC=]s are trying to finish, the real point of the game is to gleefully accept your true role as "backstabbing lying weasel" and come up with ever-more humorous and creative ways to ''sabotage'' that mission[[labelnote:*]] Sabotaging a mission is treason. Failure to punish treason is also treason.[[/labelnote]] and screw over your teammates.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: While there is technically some sort of mission the [=PC=]s are trying to finish, the real point of the game is to gleefully accept your true role as "backstabbing lying weasel" and come up with ever-more humorous and creative ways to ''sabotage'' that mission[[labelnote:*]] mission and screw over your teammates.[[labelnote:*]] Sabotaging a mission is treason. Failure to punish treason is also treason.[[/labelnote]] and screw over your teammates.[[/labelnote]]



* ColorCodedPatrician: ... as is the color of any person's attire.

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* ColorCodedPatrician: ... as is the color of any person's attire.



* ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument: It's not at all uncommon for the Troubleshooters to receive documents with parts [CENSORED BECAUSE OF SECURITY REASONS], [THIS INFORMATION IS NOT AVAILABLE AT YOUR CLEARANCE]], and the like.

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* ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument: It's not at all uncommon for the Troubleshooters to receive documents with parts [CENSORED BECAUSE OF SECURITY REASONS], [THIS INFORMATION IS NOT AVAILABLE AT YOUR CLEARANCE]], CLEARANCE], and the like.



* CrushKillDestroy: A common mission is to stop berserk robots. Hardcore robot members of Corpore Metal often state this as their goal[[labelnote:*]] Please note: Robots are a valuable resource! Destroying a particularly obstructive, obsessive or homicidally insane robot ''will'' be discussed at length during your mission debriefing! [[/labelnote]].

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* CrushKillDestroy: A common mission is to stop berserk robots. Hardcore robot members of Corpore Metal often state this as their goal[[labelnote:*]] goal. [[labelnote:*]] Please note: Robots are a valuable resource! Destroying a particularly obstructive, obsessive or homicidally insane robot ''will'' be discussed at length during your mission debriefing! [[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: A common strategy to stay out of trouble following the inevitable failure of the latest Troubleshooter mission[[labelnote:*]] Friend Computer notes with concern that the Mission Recorder is the first to die in 92% of missions! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Please monitor the safety of your Mission Recorder and his highly incriminating records with more care.]] [[/labelnote]]

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* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: A common strategy to stay out of trouble following the inevitable failure of the latest Troubleshooter mission[[labelnote:*]] mission. [[labelnote:*]] Friend Computer notes with concern that the Mission Recorder is the first to die in 92% of missions! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Please monitor the safety of your Mission Recorder and his highly incriminating records with more care.]] [[/labelnote]]



* DirtyCommunists: Commies are one of the Computer's chief fears, given the Cold War theme of the game. Players are expected to shoot anyone they suspect is a Commie. Of course, false accusations of Communism are treason. But shoot him anyway. Evidence can always be fabricated[[labelnote:*]] Fabrication of evidence is treason.[[/labelnote]]!

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* DirtyCommunists: Commies are one of the Computer's chief fears, given the Cold War theme of the game. Players are expected to shoot anyone they suspect is a Commie. Of course, false accusations of Communism are treason. But shoot him anyway. Evidence can always be fabricated[[labelnote:*]] fabricated! [[labelnote:*]] Fabrication of evidence is treason.[[/labelnote]]![[/labelnote]]



* DisasterDominoes: A common result in many games. Odds are slim you'll manage to hide that you're a mutant-traitor, out everyone else as one, complete your mission, avoid the innumerable ways to be executed as a traitor and ''[[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou survive everything else]]'' for long - and trying to keep this many balls in the air only increases the odds of a sudden, catastrophic, hilarious collapse.

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* DisasterDominoes: A common result in many games. Odds are slim you'll manage to hide that you're a mutant-traitor, out everyone else as one, complete your mission, avoid the innumerable ways to be executed as a traitor and ''[[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou survive everything else]]'' for long - -- and trying to keep this many balls in the air only increases the odds of a sudden, catastrophic, hilarious collapse.



* DoubleAgent: Characters are Troubleshooters for the Computer, and usually double agents for one of many secret societies[[labelnote:*]] To prevent yourself from accidentally vaporizing a 'traitor' whose true loyalty is to Friend Computer, you may consult Friend Computer for a full list of undercover agents! Please note that this information is not available at your Clearance Level. [[/labelnote]].

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* DoubleAgent: Characters are Troubleshooters for the Computer, and usually double agents for one of many secret societies[[labelnote:*]] societies.[[labelnote:*]] To prevent yourself from accidentally vaporizing a 'traitor' whose true loyalty is to Friend Computer, you may consult Friend Computer for a full list of undercover agents! Please note that this information is not available at your Clearance Level. [[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* EmotionControl: One potential mutation[[labelnote:*]] Interfering with the emotions of a citizen of higher clearance is treason, but then, being a mutant is treason to begin with.[[/labelnote]]. The mutant in question may or may not be immune to their own effect.

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* EmotionControl: One potential mutation[[labelnote:*]] mutation.[[labelnote:*]] Interfering with the emotions of a citizen of higher clearance is treason, but then, being a mutant is treason to begin with.[[/labelnote]]. already treason.[[/labelnote]] The mutant in question may or may not be immune to their own effect.



* EvilElevator: One of the many ways in which Alpha Complex can wipe out a few clones[[labelnote:*]] I'm sorry, Citizen: the emergency staircase is a restricted area at your clearance level! [[/labelnote]].

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* EvilElevator: One of the many ways in which Alpha Complex can wipe out a few clones[[labelnote:*]] clones.[[labelnote:*]] I'm sorry, Citizen: the emergency staircase is a restricted area at your clearance level! [[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* FakeAristocrat: Forging yourself a higher security clearance qualifies[[labelnote:*]] If you are even ''considering'' this course of action, please report to the nearest Psych facility for lengthy and excruciating psychological readjustment. Thank you for your cooperation! [[/labelnote]].

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* FakeAristocrat: Forging yourself a higher security clearance qualifies[[labelnote:*]] qualifies.[[labelnote:*]] If you are even ''considering'' this course of action, please report to the nearest Psych facility for lengthy and excruciating psychological readjustment. Thank you for your cooperation! [[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* FlockOfWolves: Alpha Complex in general. The Computer has everyone out hunting mutants and secret society members, but it seems that everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. At least one secret society (the Wobblies) originated when a group of Troubleshooters sent to investigate them failed to find any, and [[TakeAThirdOption created the group themselves]] rather than return empty-handed.

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* FlockOfWolves: Alpha Complex in general. The Computer has everyone out hunting mutants and secret society members, but it seems that everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. At least one secret society (the Wobblies) originated when a group several groups of Troubleshooters (one after another) sent to investigate them failed to find any, were executed, and the last group got wise and [[TakeAThirdOption created the group themselves]] rather than return empty-handed.



* ForbiddenFruit: The Computer hates Communists, so some fed-up citizens took up the name, despite having only the vaguest idea what "Communism" actually is[[labelnote:*]] Communism is treason; all other information on this subject is unavailable at your clearance level! [[/labelnote]].

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* ForbiddenFruit: The Computer hates Communists, so some fed-up citizens took up the name, despite having only the vaguest idea what "Communism" actually is[[labelnote:*]] ''is.''[[labelnote:*]] Communism is treason; all other information on this subject is unavailable at your clearance level! [[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* FutureFoodIsArtificial: At lower clearances, anyway[[labelnote:*]] 'Natural' foods were not made to the same stringent nutrition and flavor standards as the synthetic food provided by your friend, the Computer.[[/labelnote]].

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* FutureFoodIsArtificial: At lower clearances, anyway[[labelnote:*]] anyway.[[labelnote:*]] 'Natural' foods were not made to the same stringent nutrition and flavor standards as the synthetic food provided by your friend, the Computer.[[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* GambitPileup: Players are always scheming against each other, causing each mission to result in this[[labelnote:*]] Interfering with a Computer-assigned mission is treason.[[/labelnote]].

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* GambitPileup: Players are always scheming against each other, causing each mission to result in this[[labelnote:*]] everybody's schemes tripping over everybody else's schemes.[[labelnote:*]] Interfering with a Computer-assigned mission is treason.[[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* GeniusLoci: The whole city is technically this.

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* GeniusLoci: The whole city is technically this.embodies and is controlled by Friend Computer.



* GoneHorriblyWrong: Just about everything. Missions range from flat-out impossible (or at least expected to be) to "okay, they ''could'' succeed by doing X and Y and Z, but given their motives, are they really going to?".

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Just about everything. Missions range from flat-out impossible (or at least expected to be) to "okay, they ''could'' succeed by doing X and Y and Z, but given their motives, are they really going to?".to?"



* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: The Transdimensional Collapsatron, which allows travel between dimensions in several adventures[[labelnote:*]] Unauthorized interdimensional travel is treason. Also, there is no such thing as the Transdimensional Collapsatron: the Transdimensional Collapsatron cannot allow you to travel to other dimensions: and spreading rumors about non-existent objects is treason.[[/labelnote]].

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* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: The Transdimensional Collapsatron, which allows travel between dimensions in several adventures[[labelnote:*]] adventures.[[labelnote:*]] Unauthorized interdimensional travel is treason. Also, there is no such thing as the Transdimensional Collapsatron: the Transdimensional Collapsatron cannot allow you to travel to other dimensions: and spreading rumors about non-existent objects is treason.[[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



** Perhaps the most insidious tool in the ''Paranoia'' GM's arsenal ever produced was the infamous "Debriefing Questionnaire" that came as a hand-out with the pre-written adventure "Me and My Warbot, Mark IV". The questionnaire is clearly marked "Failure to Answer Each Question Accurately and Completely is Treason." It also contains questions like, "Do you believe that the greatest threat to life in Alpha Complex are the Traitorous Commies? (Y/N). If yes, why do you believe Friend Computer is failing at protecting the Citizens from the Commies? If no, why do you believe that Friend Computer is lying to the Citizens about the Commie Mutant threat?" Another question reads simply, '''<THIS QUESTION REDACTED FOR ANY PERSONNEL BELOW ULTRAVIOLET CLEARANCE>''' Remember, you have to answer ''all'' questions accurately and completely, including that one. In a word, this questionnaire is instant PC-boning on a single sheet of paper.
* KindaBusyHere: It is ill advised to tell your superiors this, although they will probably call you at highly problematic moments. Especially Friend Computer.

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** Perhaps the most insidious tool in the ''Paranoia'' GM's arsenal ever produced was the infamous "Debriefing Questionnaire" that came as a hand-out with the pre-written adventure "Me and My Warbot, Mark IV". The questionnaire is clearly marked "Failure to Answer Each Question Accurately and Completely is Treason." It also contains questions like, "Do you believe that the greatest threat to life in Alpha Complex are the Traitorous Commies? (Y/N). If yes, why do you believe Friend Computer is failing at protecting the Citizens from the Commies? If no, why do you believe that Friend Computer is lying to the Citizens about the Commie Mutant threat?" Another question reads simply, '''<THIS QUESTION REDACTED FOR ANY PERSONNEL BELOW ULTRAVIOLET CLEARANCE>''' Remember, you have to answer ''all'' questions accurately and completely, including that one. In a word, this questionnaire is instant PC-boning on a single sheet of paper.
paper, and the answers yours [=PCs=] come up can be worth a laugh or two.
* KindaBusyHere: It is ill advised ill-advised to tell your superiors this, such, although they will probably call you at highly problematic moments. Especially Friend Computer.



* LightIsNotGood: Ultraviolet clearance, the highest possible rank, is represented by the color white. Ultraviolet citizens have advanced to the top in a meritocracy that honors ruthlessness, paranoia and double-crossing - and at their security level, they're practically above the law.
* LiteralMetaphor: In the adventure ''Orcbusters'' (a parody of DungeonsAndDragons), there is a wandering monster table - it's the table where the monsters sit around playing poker with each other when it's not their turn to wander...

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* LightIsNotGood: Ultraviolet clearance, the highest possible rank, is represented by the color white. Ultraviolet citizens have advanced to the top in a meritocracy that honors ruthlessness, paranoia and double-crossing - -- and at their security level, they're practically above the law.
* LiteralMetaphor: In the adventure ''Orcbusters'' (a parody of DungeonsAndDragons), there is a wandering monster table - -- it's the table where the monsters sit around playing poker with each other when it's not their turn to wander...



* MachineWorship: Corpore Metal thinks that robots and cyborgs should rule, while the FCCCP (First Church of Christ Computer Programmer) not-quite-secret society worships Alpha Complex's current ruler, The Computer, as an aspect of God[[labelnote:*]] Belief in God is not actually treason itself; however, it is almost impossible to explain the concept of God to Friend Computer without making one or more treasonous statements.[[/labelnote]].

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* MachineWorship: Corpore Metal thinks that robots and cyborgs should rule, while the FCCCP (First Church of Christ Computer Programmer) not-quite-secret society worships Alpha Complex's current ruler, The Computer, as an aspect of God[[labelnote:*]] God.[[labelnote:*]] Belief in God is not actually treason itself; however, it is almost impossible to explain the concept of God to Friend Computer without making one or more treasonous statements.[[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* MalevolentArchitecture: Alpha Complex is one enormous deathtrap.
* ManInWhite: A man (or [[WomanInWhite woman]]) in white, in the context of ''Paranoia'', would be an Ultraviolet-clearance citizen and thus an exceedingly powerful and dangerous individual[[labelnote:*]] Disobeying your friend, the Computer, is treason. Disobeying a citizen of Ultraviolet clearance is treason. If you feel that instructions you have received from those sources are in conflict, you are clearly in danger of committing treason. Please report to your nearest Reeducation Center for mental readjustment.[[/labelnote]].

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* MalevolentArchitecture: Alpha Complex is one enormous deathtrap.
deathtrap composed out of smaller deathtraps.
* ManInWhite: A man (or [[WomanInWhite woman]]) in white, in the context of ''Paranoia'', would be an Ultraviolet-clearance citizen and thus an exceedingly powerful and dangerous individual[[labelnote:*]] individual.[[labelnote:*]] Disobeying your friend, the Computer, is treason. Disobeying a citizen of Ultraviolet clearance is treason. If you feel that instructions you have received from those sources are in conflict, you are clearly in danger of committing treason. Please report to your nearest Reeducation Center for mental readjustment.[[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]



* MortonsFork: You're gonna get speared on it on just about every mission. For example: In one adventure, the Troubleshooters are tasked with preventing anyone from entering a hangar and interfering with, touching, or moving the warbot stored there. Enter a group of four Ultraviolet clearance Citizens, who promptly order the PC to clear out of the hangar because they (the Ultraviolets) have been using it as their exercise space and are late for their workout, and oh, by the way, get that silly warbot out of the way too. And do it now, Mister. Remember, failure to obey orders from a lawful authority is treason!

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* MortonsFork: You're gonna get speared on it on just about every mission. For example: In example, in one adventure, the Troubleshooters are tasked with preventing anyone from entering a hangar and interfering with, touching, or moving the warbot stored there. Enter a group of four Ultraviolet clearance Citizens, who promptly order the PC to clear out of the hangar because they (the Ultraviolets) have been using it as their exercise space and are late for their workout, workout -- and oh, by the way, get that silly warbot out of the way too. And do it now, Mister. Remember, failure to obey orders from a lawful authority is treason!



* NeverSplitTheParty: Subverted. Splitting the party is just as deadly as it is in any other game, but since your fellow adventurers are probably plotting to kill you anyway, getting the hell away from them can't be all bad. Besides, splitting up means a chance to meet privately with another character (for whatever reason.)

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* NeverSplitTheParty: Subverted. Splitting the party is just as deadly as it is in any other game, but since your fellow adventurers are probably plotting to kill you anyway, getting the hell away from them can't be all bad. Besides, splitting up means a chance to meet privately with another character (for whatever reason.)reason).



* NoSexAllowed: Everyone's a clone for a reason. Still, humans are humans, and exceptions do exist (particularly for High Programmers, and anyone who lives Outdoors long enough for the hormone suppressants to wear off)[[labelnote:*]] The Outdoors are a rumor: spreading rumors is treason. The food that you receive from Friend Computer does not contain hormone suppressants. Hormone suppressants are a rumor spread by Commies. Spreading rumors is treason.[[/labelnote]]

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* NoSexAllowed: Everyone's a clone for a reason. Still, humans are humans, and exceptions do exist (particularly for High Programmers, and anyone who lives Outdoors long enough for the hormone suppressants to wear off)[[labelnote:*]] off).[[labelnote:*]] The Outdoors are a rumor: spreading rumors is treason. The food that you receive from Friend Computer does not contain hormone suppressants. Hormone suppressants are a rumor spread by Commies. Spreading rumors is treason.[[/labelnote]]



* NotThisOneThatOne: At least one official mission includes a spiffy pile of equipment that looks like it might ''actually work and be useful''... and is promptly assigned to some other team, after which a much less spiffy pile of equipment is rolled out and assigned to the [[PlayerCharacter [=PC=]s]][[labelnote:*]] Please note that efforts to acquire another team's assigned supplies - such as switching shipping labels, bribing Supply Department personnel, disguising yourself as another team, and/or lying in wait to ambush another team - are all [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing highly effective and useful]] kinds of treason![[/labelnote]].

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* NotThisOneThatOne: At least one official mission includes a spiffy pile of equipment that looks like it might ''actually work and be useful''... and is promptly assigned to some other team, after which a much less spiffy pile of equipment is rolled out and assigned to the [[PlayerCharacter [=PC=]s]][[labelnote:*]] [=PC=]s]].[[labelnote:*]] Please note that efforts to acquire another team's assigned supplies - such as switching shipping labels, bribing Supply Department personnel, disguising yourself as another team, and/or lying in wait to ambush another team - are all [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing highly effective and useful]] kinds of treason![[/labelnote]].treason![[/labelnote]]



* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The High Programmers. Also [[spoiler: The Illuminati. If they exist.]]
* OneHitKill: Many weapons, but especially the Plasma Cannon. By now you've already guessed that the Plasma Cannon has major drawbacks.

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* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The High Programmers. Also [[spoiler: The Illuminati. If they exist.]]
exist]].
* OneHitKill: Many weapons, but especially the Plasma Cannon. By now you've already guessed that the Plasma Cannon has major major, flesh-disintegrating drawbacks.



* TheOutsideWorld: PlayedForLaughs. All citizens are born in the underground Alpha Complex, which can lead to hilarity ensuing when troubleshooters are asked to go outside and face its hideous dangers... like squirrels[[labelnote:*]] Which is to say that the hideous dangers of the Outside may include squirrels, not that the Troubleshooters must face the hideous dangers of the Outside by scuttling along phone lines, burying nuts or the like [[/labelnote]].

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* TheOutsideWorld: PlayedForLaughs. All citizens are born in the underground Alpha Complex, which can lead to hilarity ensuing when troubleshooters are asked to go outside and face its hideous dangers... like squirrels[[labelnote:*]] squirrels.[[labelnote:*]] Which is to say that the hideous dangers of the Outside may include squirrels, not that the Troubleshooters must face the hideous dangers of the Outside by scuttling along phone lines, burying nuts or the like [[/labelnote]]. like.[[/labelnote]]



* PlayingWithFire: Usually detrimental, by which we mean fatal.

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* PlayingWithFire: Usually detrimental, by which we mean fatal.fatal, by which we mean hilarious.



** At the start of the mission, Mandatory Bonus Duties (Happiness Officer, Equipment Guy, Communications and Recording Officer, Hygiene Officer, Loyalty Officer, and Team Leader) are handed out. They are assigned in order based on scoring on a test that is designed to find the most competent individual from those not yet saddled with a Duty. [[spoiler: Handing out Team Leader ''last'' means that it invariably goes to a player who didn't make the cut for any other position... well, they need the practice, right?]]

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** At the start of the mission, Mandatory Bonus Duties (Happiness Officer, Equipment Guy, Communications and Recording Officer, Hygiene Officer, Loyalty Officer, and Team Leader) are handed out. They are assigned in order based on scoring on a test that is designed to find the most competent individual from those not yet saddled with a Duty. [[spoiler: Handing out Team Leader ''last'' means that it invariably goes to a player who didn't make the cut for any other position... well, position. Well, they need the practice, right?]]



* PropagandaMachine: The Computer has a nearly literal one of these, running twenty-four hours a day. (Or however many hours there are in a day this week..)
* ProperlyParanoid: An alert citizen is a happy citizen! HappinessIsMandatory! The skill High Alert / Focused Paranoia / Scam Radar isn't about asking ''if'' there's a threat -- there are loads of them all the time -- but ''which one'' is most immediately relevant.

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* PropagandaMachine: The Computer has a nearly literal one of these, running twenty-four hours a day. (Or however many hours there are in a day this week..week.)
* ProperlyParanoid: An alert citizen is a happy citizen! HappinessIsMandatory! The skill High Alert / Focused Paranoia / Scam Alert[=/=]Focused Paranoia[=/=]Scam Radar isn't about asking ''if'' there's a threat -- there are loads dozens of them threats everywhere at all the time times -- but ''which one'' is most immediately relevant.



* RefugeInAudacity: The Chutzpah stat is summarized as "the quality of a man who [[SelfMadeOrphan kills both his parents and then pleads for mercy because he's an orphan]]"[[note]] Not that Alpha Complex citizens even have parents, but you get the idea[[/note]]. Any old line of guff may be accepted by The Computer at face value if it's being flaky that day, and/or you appeal properly to its emotional simulation software.

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* RefugeInAudacity: The Chutzpah stat is summarized as "the quality of a man who [[SelfMadeOrphan kills both his parents and then pleads for mercy because he's an orphan]]"[[note]] Not orphan]]."[[note]]Not that Alpha Complex citizens even have parents, but you get the idea[[/note]]. idea.[[/note]] Any old line of guff may be accepted by The Computer at face value if it's being flaky that day, day and/or you appeal properly to its emotional simulation software.



* SuicideMission: Most missions taken by players are assumed to be suicide missions. The reason that it's "most" is twofold; one, sometimes there's really a benign, easily-completed mission, which [[ParanoiaGambit will leave the players scared and on-edge for the entire mission,]] [[NothingIsScarier waiting for the other shoe to drop]], and second, it's even more fun for the GM when he can give the players an idiot-proof mission and watch the players ''discover'' a way to screw it up anyway.

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* SuicideMission: Most missions taken by players are assumed to be suicide missions. The reason that it's "most" is twofold; one, sometimes there's really a benign, easily-completed mission, which [[ParanoiaGambit will leave the players scared and on-edge for the entire mission,]] [[NothingIsScarier waiting for the other shoe to drop]], and second, it's even more fun for the GM when he can give the players an idiot-proof mission and watch the players ''discover'' a way to screw it up anyway.up.



* {{Technopath}}: The Machine Empathy mutation[[labelnote:*]] If you suspect that you or a fellow clone possess Machine Empathy, please report to [=IntSec=] immediately. Immediate and sincere cooperation in this matter will help your friend, the Computer, contain the terrible scourge of Machine Empathy![[/labelnote]].

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* {{Technopath}}: The Machine Empathy mutation[[labelnote:*]] mutation.[[labelnote:*]] If you suspect that you or a fellow clone possess Machine Empathy, please report to [=IntSec=] immediately. Immediate and sincere cooperation in this matter will help your friend, the Computer, contain the terrible scourge of Machine Empathy![[/labelnote]].Empathy![[/labelnote]]



* UnPaused: In the adventure "Me and My Shadow Mark IV" from the ''Acute Paranoia'' supplement. Markie (the Mark IV warbot) is talking to the [=PC=]s when a piece falls off of him, sending him into a catatonic state. [[spoiler:(It's a barometer. It just messed with his superiority complex.)]] When the piece is re-attached, Markie continues talking right where he left off. If they call him on it, he makes up a story about cosmic rays or something. [[TooDumbToLive If they keep pushing the issue]], [[BerserkButton he blows them away]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with a tacnuke]].

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* UnPaused: In the adventure "Me and My Shadow Mark IV" from the ''Acute Paranoia'' supplement. Markie (the Mark IV warbot) is talking to the [=PC=]s when a piece falls off of him, sending him into a catatonic state. [[spoiler:(It's [[spoiler:It's a barometer. It just messed with his superiority complex.)]] ]] When the piece is re-attached, Markie continues talking right where he left off. If they call him on it, he makes up a story about cosmic rays or something. [[TooDumbToLive If they keep pushing the issue]], [[BerserkButton he blows them away]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with a tacnuke]].



* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: A Troubleshooter's job is to find Trouble and Shoot it.[[labelnote:*]] Killing Citizens is punishable by death, unless of course they turn out to have been mutants or traitors all along. Please present your evidence and/or vaguely plausible pretext at the debriefing. [[/labelnote]]

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* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: A Troubleshooter's job is to find Trouble the trouble and Shoot shoot it.[[labelnote:*]] Killing Citizens is punishable by death, unless of course they turn out to have been mutants or traitors all along. Please present your evidence and/or vaguely plausible pretext at the debriefing. [[/labelnote]]



* YouDidntAsk: One mission instructs the GM to mention that there's [[spoiler:"a bot", those exact words and no others,]] in the briefing room. If the [=PC=]s think to ask, ''then'' they're told that it's [[spoiler:the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Vampire Bot Mark 666]]]]. Otherwise, they don't find out until it actually does something.
** Then again, asking usually just gets you "Sorry, that information is not available at your security clearance" anyway.

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* YouDidntAsk: Of course, asking usually just gets you "Sorry, that information is not available at your security clearance," but players failing to request elaboration is still one of many ways to screw them. One mission instructs the GM to mention that there's [[spoiler:"a bot", those exact words and no others,]] in the briefing room. If the [=PC=]s think to ask, ''then'' they're told that it's [[spoiler:the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Vampire Bot Mark 666]]]]. Otherwise, they don't find out until it actually does something.
** Then again, asking usually just gets you "Sorry, that information is not available at your security clearance" anyway.
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23rd Nov '16 10:03:15 AM Chrispang
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* AlternativeCalendar: Starting from The Computer's assumption of autocratic power; however, The Computer subsequently declared that the year shall always be numbered 214.

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* AlternativeCalendar: Starting from The Computer's assumption of autocratic power; however, The Computer subsequently declared that the year shall always be numbered 214. [[labelnote:WARNING]]All suggestions that Friend Computer is autocratic are treason. TheComputerIsYourFriend. Treason is punishable by [[DisproportionateRetribution death, summary execution, or termination]].[[/labelnote]]
21st Nov '16 8:58:33 AM LBHills
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: If you feel that your natural happiness at being a friend of Friend Computer is not adequate, simply seek assistance from your Morale Officer, who will issue you large quantities of happiness-inducing drugs. He may also issue you large quantities of happiness-inducing drugs whether you want them or not, but remember: HappinessIsMandatory!

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* CrapsaccharineWorld: If you feel that your natural happiness at being a friend of Friend Computer is not adequate, simply seek assistance from your Morale Officer, who will issue you large quantities of happiness-inducing drugs. He may also issue you large quantities of happiness-inducing drugs whether even if you want them or not, did not seek his assistance, but remember: HappinessIsMandatory!
16th Nov '16 6:19:47 PM Grobi
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* Players, in theory, had [[InAndOutOfCharacter no knowledge]] of the rules, so anyone {{metagam|e}}ing ("I get plus one for being behind cover") could be executed for it. (If they ''did'' look, they should simply factor the rules into their schemes without admitting they know, because it's NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught[[note]]The assumption that GM will follow the rules, however, is probably not one players should make.)[[/note]]

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* Players, in theory, had [[InAndOutOfCharacter no knowledge]] of the rules, so anyone {{metagam|e}}ing ("I get plus one for being behind cover") could be executed for it. (If they ''did'' look, they should simply factor the rules into their schemes without admitting they know, because it's NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught[[note]]The NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught.[[note]]The assumption that GM will follow the rules, however, is probably not one players should make.)[[/note]]
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8th Nov '16 10:49:11 PM FordPrefect
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* ParanoiaGambit: Naturally. Friend Gamemaster is encouraged to occasionally roll dice for no particular reason and smirk, or pass a note to a PC that just says "Act like this note says something important".

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* ParanoiaGambit: Naturally. Friend Gamemaster is encouraged to occasionally roll dice for no particular reason and smirk, or pass a note to a PC that just says "Act like this note says something important".important" (or better yet "Roll _____ and let me know the result", as it keeps them in the dark too).
* TheParanoiac: The Computer. While many threats against Alpha Complex are [[ProperlyParanoid real]], It's just as likely to misinterpret some random bit of evidence and send a Troubleshooter team off on a wild goose chase.
4th Nov '16 5:19:25 PM TheSaintOfAllTropers
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[[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Already bonkers]], following decades of successive subversion and reprogramming by various conflicting groups (High Programmers, Secret Societies, [[MultipleChoicePast aliens from Pluto and/or Dimension 2Q4B]]), [[TheComputerIsYourFriend "Friend Computer"]] has [[GoneHorriblyWrong only gotten]] more [[WitchHunt paranoid]], [[LogicBomb schizophrenic]], and [[DissonantSerenity insane.]] Neverthless, it still [[FascistButInefficient rules]] [[CrapsackWorld Alpha Complex]] with an [[BigBrotherIsWatching iron fist]], its [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian society]] organized in a [[FantasticCasteSystem hierarchy of "security clearances"]] based on the [[RainbowMotif electromagnetic spectrum]] (specifically Isaac Newton's version), from lowly Infrared worker drones, through {{Red|Shirt}} [[CannonFodder grunts]] and Yellow [[BadBoss managers]], all the way [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority up the rainbow]] to the [[PurpleIsPowerful Violet]] [[OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap and]] [[LightIsNotGood Ultraviolet]] [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas elite]]. [[note]] Rumors of the existence of Gamma clearance are treason. Report all rumors. Repetition of rumors is treason.[[/note]]

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[[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Already bonkers]], bonkers]],[[note]]Referring to Friend Computer as insane is treason[[/note]] following decades of successive subversion and reprogramming by various conflicting groups (High Programmers, Secret Societies, [[MultipleChoicePast aliens from Pluto and/or Dimension 2Q4B]]), [[TheComputerIsYourFriend "Friend Computer"]] has [[GoneHorriblyWrong only gotten]] more [[WitchHunt paranoid]], [[LogicBomb schizophrenic]], and [[DissonantSerenity insane.]] Neverthless, it still [[FascistButInefficient rules]] [[CrapsackWorld Alpha Complex]] with [[note]]Alpha Complex is [[{{Fallout}} a pretty decent place to live]], and referring to it as otherwise is treason [[/note]]with an [[BigBrotherIsWatching iron fist]], its [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian society]] organized in a [[FantasticCasteSystem hierarchy of "security clearances"]] based on the [[RainbowMotif electromagnetic spectrum]] (specifically Isaac Newton's version), from lowly Infrared worker drones, through {{Red|Shirt}} [[CannonFodder grunts]] and Yellow [[BadBoss managers]], all the way [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority up the rainbow]] to the [[PurpleIsPowerful Violet]] [[OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap and]] [[LightIsNotGood Ultraviolet]] [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas elite]]. [[note]] Rumors of the existence of Gamma clearance are treason. Report all rumors. Repetition of rumors is treason.[[/note]]
22nd Oct '16 6:02:41 PM Doc_Loki
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* LiteralMetaphor: In the adventure ''Orcbusters'' (a parody of DungeonsAndDragons), there is a wandering monster table - it's the table where the monsters sit around playing poker with each other when it's not their turn to wander...
2nd Oct '16 4:03:45 PM RazorSmile
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* OnlyFleshIsSafe:
** One type of gas shell available for the cone rifle is Corrosion Gas. It destroys all metal in the area of effect (such as armor and the bodies of robots). It has no effect on living creatures.
** A Gauss Gun sends out a powerful electromagnetic charge that has a devastating effect on electronics (including robots and computers). It doesn't affect organic beings.
3rd Aug '16 9:44:44 AM ThatBitterTase
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* PromotedToScapegoat: Giving someone a fancy title that you can fob all the blame onto is a time-tested way of avoiding execution.
31st Jul '16 12:16:17 AM FordPrefect
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* FlockOfWolves: Alpha Complex in general. The Computer has everyone out hunting mutants and secret society members, but it seems that everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. At least one secret society (the Wobblies) originated when a group of Troubleshooters sent to investigate them failed to find any and created the group themselves rather than return empty-handed.

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* FlockOfWolves: Alpha Complex in general. The Computer has everyone out hunting mutants and secret society members, but it seems that everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. At least one secret society (the Wobblies) originated when a group of Troubleshooters sent to investigate them failed to find any any, and [[TakeAThirdOption created the group themselves themselves]] rather than return empty-handed.
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