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->''Rapture’s [[TemptingFate nothing but bullshit.]] That’s just another scare tactic used by the Christians to get us to convert. It may have worked in the Dark Ages, but we’re civilized now. Now, we'' '''''[[TitleDrop OH GOD THE RAPTURE IS BURNING]]'''''
--> -- The opening lines.

Rapture is coming; it's not quite here yet, but ''it's coming.'' In the meantime, we're treated to a surrealist telling of an absurdist apocalypse in the form of daily journals kept by sixteen-year-old [[AuthorAvatar Jordan Dooling]]. While we may not have salvation yet, we ''do'' have endless zombies, ferocious creatures who seem to have been ripped straight from creepypasta, an eldritch universe bleeding its way into our own through floating "Doors," ''TheBluesBrothers'' that can create entire worlds inside your own head, politics thrown out every window possible, a being that will either control you or abuse you in ways you'll really wish weren't possible, boomboxes on legs that blast dubstep and viking metal endlessly to a dying world, a large slew of gods that can't agree on anything but want to hide it the best they can, a man-sized cockroach with Jesus Christ's head, and we ''may or may not'' have [[TheSlenderManMythos the slender man]], too.

'''''OH GOD THE RAPTURE IS BURNING''''' is an apocalyptic novel written by [[Tropers/DJay32 [=DJay32=] ]] told through an experimental stream-of-consciousness journal style. It features young Jordan as he uses this opportunity to possibly meet his online friends for the very first time all while struggling to make heads or tails of this rather ridiculous rite of salvation ''slowly'' coming into play. The story has received fairly polarizing reception: the experimental style and the unsettling events are not everyone's cup of tea, but those who trudge their way through the fire and flames seem to really enjoy the experience. The logs are primarily a story for TheFearMythos, but it's theoretically accessible to anyone.

The epic takes place from 11:59 PM on May 20th, 2011, and it finishes on the morning of October 23rd, 2011. It spans an overture, four acts, an intermission, and an epilog.

You can find the story [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/ here,]] and there's a really convenient table of contents [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/contents here.]] You can now download them in a free PDF [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/download here!]] The Rapture Logs have [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/addendum complementing art by Amelia, Cadet, darkforestwarrior, Logic, Rappu, The Visitor, and Wiratomkinder.]] There's also a [[Characters/TheRaptureLogs a character sheet.]]

There is now a sequel blog called ''Blog/TheCockroachMetamorphosis''.


->''So open up that notebook; let’s find out what Jordan wrote next.''
--> -- The intermission, "No Rest for the Rest of Us"

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!!Tropes present in the story include:

* ActionGirl: The logs generally fixate on badass women as a result of the narrator's narrow obsessive mind.
* ActionSurvivor: Could be said to be a story all about these.
* AdjectiveAnimalAlehouse: The July 24th entry mentions a San Francisco coffeeshop named "The Bold Lioness."
* AerithAndBob: Among the names of eldritch creatures, we have "Tiresias," "Salmacis," "Xanadu," "The Ecclesiarchway," and.. "Cockroach Jesus."
** In Act IV, we're given two legendary characters who prefer to go by the names of Vainamoinen and Bob.
* AlternateHistory: What the world would have succumbed to had Harold Camping's May 21st 2011 Rapture prediction actually come true.
* AnalogyBackfire: "It’s like being assfucked by a dominant female angel. In the ears. Note to self: Figure out how it’s possible to be assfucked in the ear."
* AndZoidberg: Jordan often forgets about Anna when considering important decisions. Lampshaded when Donnie gets hurt: "I need to find Fentzy and Bones. They can help. And Anna. Right. And Anna." [[spoiler:This later comes back to haunt him.]]
* AntiVillain: There are arguably no villains in the logs, only victims and assholes with rational intentions.
* ArcNumber: Eight and five, while originally strictly a Music/DreamTheater reference, wound up being one of the bindings of the whole story.
* ArcWords: '''''Rapture is coming.'''''
** ''El bufon blanco'' for the Spain trip.
** ''INDISEN.'' Jordan thinks he finds out what it is in "Rael's Exodus," but "The Battle of Dominiere" starts to turn that on its head. "Obfuscation" only distorts it more, and then "Topography Genera" lifts the wool over his eyes... only for Act IV to have him question the details again and again.
** ''Obfuscation," introduced with The Musicians in Act II, increases in significance throughout the logs.
** ''Planck level.''
** "DRAW A STAIRWAY FOR MY GOD AND ASSEMBLE ALL MY FAITH."
** The word "eldritch" comes up frequently, almost as if it has some deeper meaning.
** "What did Doctor Cloud discover in the Genera?" is a question often asked by The Neonate of Act IV.
* [[spoiler:AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Becoming supernatural or "eldritch" and what that actually means are significant motifs in the story, especially towards the end. Doctor Cloud's experiments cause him to become a reality-breaking monster called The Anathema. Rosa Syclus becomes The Harlequin by means revealed to be The Ecclesiarchway. And at some point, Bones becomes a god named Thoth. The Neonate of Act IV spend a lot of time debating what it actually means to be a 'Fear,' and an answer isn't explicitly given.]]
* AuthorAvatar: A complete author deconstruction and attempt at a reconstruction, as a matter of fact.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Nice suits show up a lot in the story, for whatever reason. Maybe people figure the end of the world is no excuse not to look sharp.
* BearsAreBadNews: The very existence of the Eldritch Bear is because of this trope: It was written into the first log as literally just a bear that was also indescribably not a bear, to make fun of this trope. Wound up being played straight as the story went on.
* BerserkButton: As dysfunctional relationships and abusive people get a focus in the story, these pop up quite a bit.
* BigBad: There are multiple villains throughout the blog and its sequel, and many appear more prominent than others in certain Acts. The main one is built up to be The Beast, who manipulates things in the background from very early days.
** Act I gives us The Harlequin for the first half, running the show.
** Act II has The Ecclesiarchway and The Musicians, though The Musicians are more of TheDragon.
** Act III revolves around the seemingly-incompetent "new Fears" of The Neonate, and the mysterious actions of The Anathema who seems to be behind their arrival.
** Act IV focuses on the "new new Fears," their odd philosophies and perspectives on things, and the reasons why they're here all of a sudden. [[spoiler: The Beast actually ''stops'' being a Big Bad here and becomes a sort of protagonist working against the Bigger Bad that is Rapture itself.]] And then The Ecclesiarchway just plain plays with the concept of the trope, as he ''wants'' to be a Big Bad.
* BigDamnHeroes: "..again, Cody’s gonna try to handle it. ..with a shotgun. Goddamn, man. [[{{Lampshading}} Big Damn Hero.]]"
* BilingualBonus: Those who know Spanish will laugh when Jordan tries to understand it but fails miserably. Most notably confusing "bufon" for a cognate for "buffoon."
** "FILS DE LA PUTE." Jordan had no idea he could swear in French.
** If you know Finnish, you'll love Act IV, which has more than its fair share of it.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Welcome to Xanadu. [[SerialEscalation It only gets worse the deeper you get.]]
* BookEnds: Act I (well, the overture) begins with Jordan chastising people who believe in superstition and ends with him lampshading his superstitions on wishing for things at 11:11 PM.
** [[spoiler:The first and last lines of the story both dismiss Rapture as "nothing but bullshit."]]
* ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his guitar controller. A boy and his journals. A boy and his fears.
* BreakTheCutie: Any character that might be considered cute is put through as many trials as it takes to turn them cynical and paranoid.
* BrickJoke:
** Jordan mentions having seven cats in his neighborhood on the first day. By the end of the day, he gets ambushed by several spidercats.
** The dog in the August 16th entry.
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext Asclepius, a talking tree, is deathly afraid of lawsuits.]] A good month later, [[spoiler:Jordan travels down a rabbit hole where Spider-Man, Batman, Alice from ''Through the Looking Glass'', and Victor Surge, one after the other, attempt to sue him for infringing on their copyrights.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The B-4000k oven in "Operation: Kelvin."
* ChekhovsGunman: [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/post/8363099202/monday-july-4th-2011 From the July 4th entry:]] "Danny, I had no idea you were secretly [[{{Lampshading}} Chekhov’s righthand gunman."]]
** Act IV: [[spoiler:Pirkle Vainamoinen sacrifices himself to the Mire of the Drowning Mermaid so the protagonists can prevent the third Beacon from being delivered and protect Salmacis. Not even a week later, when Bob Sampo is captured by Queen Louhi, Pirkle comes to the rescue, implied having killed the Drowning Mermaid... and subsequently killing Salmacis in the process.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Anna was tortured horribly by the Fears, becoming an AxeCrazy girl with a lack of restraint. And she talks about the sweet smell of blood a lot. But whether she's truly crazy or just ObfuscatingInsanity, it's hard to know.
** Act IV: Pirkle Vainamoinen often says peculiar things with little context or much in terms of explanation.
* CompanionCube: Tiger Stripes. As long as Jordan has his guitar, he refuses to let go of it and speaks to it often.
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday:
** On Fentzy's sixteenth, she was deep down a rabbit hole, fighting an eldritch boss battle of sorts.
** On Eric's sixteenth, he was driving a car away from an explosion, among other things.
* DarkActionGirl: The Harlequin, with a FreudianExcuse.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The opening logs focus almost entirely on the comedy. The logs following it are also very comedic! And then the protagonists reach Blackpool, and we're treated to a few quiet and stagnant entries with some comedy thrown in. And then comes the troper meet-up, and the story just goes downhill from there.
** The first half of the apocalypse in general is fairly lighthearted, with Jordan generally taking things in stride and cracking jokes. By the time he's had two and a half months of it, though, it seriously wears on him and the logs increase significantly in length and angst.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Jordan does this in the August 27th entry [[spoiler: inside the Calvary]], with some [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown unfortunate consequences]].
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** In the August 14th entry, Jordan hands his journal to Fentzy, and we're treated to ''her'' commentary for a few hours! And again a couple more times in Act III.
** Act IV: [[spoiler:The "Rael's Odyssey" serial is from Donnie's perspective, with a brief log by Danny.]]
* DaylightHorror: Well, ''red sky'' horror.
* DeusExMachina: In the opening log, Jordan is completely prepared for the end of the world at 11 PM. And then, at 11, his guitar controller falls from the sky. A literal gift from the gods in an otherwise-atheist tale.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: August 13th, Jordan runs into The Ecclesiarchway, controller of all the zombies, and one of the smartest and most formidable eldritch abominations the universe has ever seen. ''And they have a dance-off.''
** This is arguably one of the defining tropes of the story. At least half of the eldritch abominations depicted in the story are in, at minimum, an uneasy truce with the human protagonists with some, like Tiresias and Salmacis, in open alliance. Even those typically depicted as a real threat (the Ecclesiarchway, the Harlequin) can be quite accommodating under the right circumstances, at least to the heroes. They don't appear to be nearly so gracious to anyone other than the heroes, though.
** Act IV: [[spoiler:The Beast finally makes his menacing presence known, towering over the protagonists in ways they can't even comprehend, threatening to slaughter the whole party and regain control over the world, so naturally this leads right into... a ''Guitar Hero'' duel.]]
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: In the opening logs, Jordan's ''certain'' the world's gonna end at 6 PM. And then 6 PM comes and he remembers time zones and thinks it's gonna happen at ''11.'' And then 11 PM comes aaaand it turns out we're not even a fraction of the way done with the story.
* [[spoiler:TheDogWasTheMastermind: Cockroach Jesus and Doctor Cloud both qualify to an extent.]]
* DownTheRabbitHole: The Doors are outright referred to as "rabbit holes," though the story's hardly an "escape to a better world" plot. Unless you consider the interpretation that the entire story is a metaphor, in which case it becomes a deconstruction of this trope.
* DualWielding: Jordan's second weapons, swords [[{{Metallica}} Hammett]] and [[Music/{{Genesis}} Hackett]].
** In Act III, we meet Phil the Gunslinger, who dual wields pistols. Phil ''Collins'', that is.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** Throughout the first 'week' of logs, just about all the Fears for the first half of the story make some kind of appearance. For instance, EAT/Salmacis and her Camper are in London, and The Ecclesiarchway is spotted on the day Jordan starts heading to Spain.
** In mid-Act III, Jordan briefly meets a woman named Jessica. She comes back in Act IV. A lot.
* EasilyForgiven: Forgiveness comes up a lot in the logs. Some characters are forgiven faster than others, though whether each case is because of specific reasons or whether it's a sign of a looming character flaw is up to the reader to decide.
* EldritchLocation: Down the rabbit holes...
* EnemyMine: The only thing the Fears fear is the coming of the Rapture, which, we're told, would be just as devastating to what remains of the human race. Many are willing to work with Jordan and company in the hopes of preventing it from happening.
* TheFaceless: The Beast. Does he even ''have'' a face? Only few characters know, and one of them has been driven insane. He has never been accurately described by any character besides the aforementioned {{Cloudcuckoolander}} one, and that description was basically "He doesn't look like the slender man." Whether this was reverse psychology or ''anything'' isn't seen until Act IV, which is an act filled with all kinds of faceless imagery.
* {{Fanart}}: Inverted! DJay explicitly asked artists Cadet and Logic to be the official Rapture artists when both expressed interest in drawing art related to it. As yet, there's yet to be any actual Rapture fanart.
** Guess what? [[http://tmblr.co/ZZ7gRxHvlY_v There now exists Rapture fanart.]] In fact, there is now a good number of it.
* FanFic: One has been written by esteemed Fearblogger alliterator, titled "One Saturday in May." [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/post/14159897992/one-saturday-in-may It can be read on the official site here.]]
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Act I's White Jester arc got so much praise that a second one came in Act III.
** Act IV: [[spoiler:The Beast became such a well-liked badass character that, for the Grand Finale, [=DJay=] threw in a scene of him playing Music/DragonForce while riding The Rake as it rained blood..]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: According to The Victims: “Inevitably, all fates past the twenty-first of October would be eternally worse than death."
* TheFederation: The Rise Against Fear organization can be considered this, with sister branches in Spain and, inevitably, other countries.
* {{Filler}}: ''Inevitable.'' This story takes place over the course of ''five months,'' and ''every day'' (sans one at the start) ''is chronicled in often minute-by-minute logs''. Technically, none of it is explicitly there to fill space, as the story is just about the apocalypse and its narrator, and every log chronicles that, but.. c'mon, it shows from time to time.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** "This neighbourhood’s got at least seven cats."
** The egg sacs in [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/post/5899291890/tuesday-may-24th-2011 the entry of May 24th]] foreshadow there being four Rakes
** In Act III: The Anathema building something big foreshadows the coming of The Neonate.
** The Ecclesiarchway calls the Neonate's plan to prevent Rapture [[spoiler:"absolutely nothing."]]
** In late Act III, Jordan runs into a series of stone passageways with seven doors for the Ciphers, seven doors for the Knights, and then [[spoiler: seven doors for the Beacons.]]
* FreeRangeChildren: The protagonists' parents aren't often mentioned. Fentzy's were killed, Bones' were as well, but few other characters get explanations. It's just assumed they're all dead because it's the apocalypse.
* GilliganCut:
** [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/post/6894002990/sunday-june-19th-2011 "I’d write a lot more if]] [[TemptingFate more exciting stuff were to happen.]] …I was expecting something exciting to cut me off mid-sentence. [[LampshadeHanging Like a Gilligan cut, but..]] well, n--FUCKER THAT’S A BIG PENIS"
** Jordan's looking for a weapon. He finds a dog. "no, that'll never work." He finds the dog again. "no, that'll never work." He looks further, finds the dog again. "Jordy, stay focused, you can't kill someone with a dog." Cut to him finding Eric again. "hey, hey eric, hey I brought a dog. 8D"
* HandWave:
** How can Jordan write so damn fast? He claims to have just gotten good at it thanks to all the journal-keeping.
** How can-- "Eldritch." But what about the-- "It's eldritch, I ain't gotta explain shit."
* HopeSpot: The Seven Ciphers are how we prevent Rapture! Yes! It all makes sense now--[[FromBadToWorse right up until Tiresias tells the protagonists that it's the opposite.]]
** Grand Finale: [[spoiler:Aw yeah, The Beast and The Harlequin have united to take down Rapture for once and for-- wait, why is everyone dancing now? And then later on, when The Beast actually ''does'' appear to win the Final Battle, it turns out he's become a Puppet of the Indisen and is now going to deliver Rapture for once and for all.]]
* ICallItVera: Tiger Stripes the guitar controller, Hammett and Hackett the swords, and Aniland the other guitar controller
* IconicItem: Jordan's Tiger Stripes, trilby and purple scarf.
* IHaveManyNames: Almost every major character has at least two names. A brief and incomplete listing:
** The six (human) main characters all have their personal names and a prophetic name that the Fears use, in addition to any personal nicknames:
*** Jordan, Rael, the White Jester, [[spoiler:The X]]
*** Donnie, Victoria, the Red-Capped Dresser
*** Fentzy, Rauri, Juliet, the Misericordia
*** Anna, Camilla, the Forsaken, "the girl who never existed"
*** Eric, Bones, John, the Blind Harlequinade, [[spoiler: Thoth]]
*** Danny, Nicholas, the Architect
** The Fears go by a number of titles, as well, usually reflecting their status as both characters within the Rapture Logs story and their part of the larger Fear Mythos shared universe of which the Rapture Logs are a spin-off:
*** [[TheSlenderManMythos The slender man]] (always in lower case by convention), the Operator (from MarbleHornets), [[spoiler:The Beast, "Sanche"]]
*** The Archangel, the Ecclesiarchway, "Archie," Death, Prince of the Afterlife
*** The Wooden Girl, the Harlequin, "Mistress," [[spoiler: The Harlot]]
*** WebOriginal/TheRake, [[spoiler:The Anathema, Doctor Cloud]]
*** The Choir, the Musicians
*** The Cold Boy, the Ruin
*** The Plague Doctor, the Beacon, "Ace Man"
*** The Judge, the Eye, Judge Griezelig
*** The Convocation, the Morphs, the Thunderbirds
*** The Dying Man, the Host, [[spoiler:The Devil]]
*** The Black Dog, the Omen
*** The Nightlanders, the Victims, the shadowpeople
*** The Blind Man, Tiresias
*** EAT (Epping [=AquaTarkus=], Evolutionary Adverse Trigger), Salmacis, "Leviathan," "Cthulhu mark II," the Camper, [[spoiler:Ceesrais]]
*** The Empty City, Xanadu, Universe X, accessed via either doors or rabbit holes, [[spoiler: though it turns out The Empty City is not Xanadu at all]]
*** Jessica, [[spoiler:The Colour of Blood, Red, Tuonetar, Tuonela, The Scarlet Scare, Red Riding Robin Hood]]
* IndyPloy: "Donnie, hold on tight. [[{{Lampshading}} This is a bit of an Indy Ploy,]] but here goes."
* TheInsomniac: Fentzy has trouble sleeping. [[spoiler:Revealed to be because of The Beast.]]
* TheInternetIsForPorn: [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/post/6886485515/saturday-june-18th-2011 In the June 18th entry,]] Jordan finally gets some free time on the internet. A few minutes later, "OH HEY PORN."
* JumpCut: Jordan updates his journals sporadically, sometimes mid-excitement, sometimes before and after excitement. Gives off this effect.
* KangarooCourt: The Judge's courtrooms, where the judge is a creature you cannot look at, and the jury and prosecutor are the same entity.
* LampshadeHanging: Jordan does this so much that you can probably find a post in which he lampshades Lampshade Hanging.
* LethalJokeWeapon: Parodied in the August 16th entry when Jordan's choice of weapon turns out to be a dog. It works.
* ALoadOfBull: The freaking Minotaur appears in [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/post/6702841983/tuesday-june-7th-2011 this entry.]]
* LostWoods: In [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/post/5899253901/saturday-may-21st-2011 the May 21st entry.]]
** And different ones in [[http://blindrapture.tumblr.com/post/6702841983/tuesday-june-7th-2011 the June 7th entry.]]
* MadeOfIron: Tiger Stripes is a plastic controller, and it took months of using it as Jordan's primary weapon against even solid cars before it broke all of a sudden. [[spoiler:Though this is called into question in a serious context, it's never explained, instead left open to interpretation.]]
* MadnessMantra: '''RAPTURE RAPTURE RAPTURE RAPTURE RAPTURE RAPTURE RAPTURE RAPTURE.'''
** '''DON'T GO DOWN THE RABBIT HOLES.'''
* MagneticHero: Jordan generally, but especially when they venture to kill Zalgo.
* MarionetteMotion: The Harlequin's Puppets, most notably during the ritualistic sacrifices in Blackpool.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Considering a lot of things happen in the logs while the focus usually remains on a few things at a time, there's a lot of "blink and you'll miss it" details hidden away.
* MeaningfulName:
** Salmacis was the Greek water naiad who raped and became one with the demigod Hermaphroditus.
** Tiresias was the Greek blind prophet (who happened to live once as a man and once as a woman to settle a bet between the Gods).
** Xanadu was the Chinese city commonly associated with paradise. It was Charles Foster Kane's estate's name in ''Film/CitizenKane'', and in Rush's "Xanadu," it was the name of a fabled lost location said to bring immortality, only to trap people within for eternity.
** Dominiere is named for fake-French of "Last Domino," "domine derniere." The Last Domino is the second movement to Genesis' "Domino," and it's about vivid nightmares caused by a breakup. Much like the hallucinations of The Musicians, and the breakups happening throughout the serial.
** Salmacis and Tiresias always call Jordan "Rael." Rael was the protagonist of ''The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway,'' Genesis' surrealist prog rock opera about [[spoiler:a kid's transformation into a better person who obsesses less over romance.]]
* MeleeATrois: In Sanctuary Francisco, it was a standoff between The Ecclesiarchway, Indisen, and the protagonists in the middle. And then the Masked Massacrer showed up!
* MixAndMatchCritters: Spidercats? Cockroach Jesus? Hell, Legsteps are half-this.
* MoodWhiplash: You'd best prepare a brace for your neck if you plan on reading the story.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Another recurring trope in the story.
** The fate of the world will be determined by ''[[GuitarHero plastic guitars.]]'' This is serious business.
** Camels with jetpacks. That's all the description they really get.
* MusicalSpoiler: "Of course. If the music intensifies, there’s gonna be battles. Should have expected that. My gaming skills must be getting rusty."
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: '''''The Beast.''''' Nothing says "oh god main antagonist" like The Beast.
* TheNicknamer: Jordan comes up with names for everything. So does Tiresias, evidently, only his are more prophetic because "eldritch."
* NowYouTellMe: "“ALSO WATCH OUT FOR THE MINOTAUR”''' [[SarcasmMode Oh hey, thanks for the warning."]]
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: With alarming regularity. Any time one of the Fears needs the White Jester to do some of their dirty work, they tend to threaten one of his friends with death and/or torture.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Everything that Jordan doesn't write can be considered offscreen moments of awesome; we have six protagonists and only one of them is telling the readers what's happening. Though [[spoiler:Tiresias battling Nyarlathotep, and The Beast fighting The Musicians]] are two good examples in particular.
* OhCrap:
** In "The Battle of Dominiere," the August 1st entry, Jordan's just chillin' around, checking out the Canadian town of Dominiere, when all of a sudden a bolt of lightning zaps from the sky to the ground directly in front of him. [[spoiler:And then Anna emerges out of it, brushes the dust off her jeans, licks the blood off her crowbar, and then walks away.]] Jordan shit bricks.
** Grand Finale: [[spoiler:The Beast and The Harlequin unite to smite Rapture a new asshole with the whole world watching, only to suddenly break into song and dance as the Camper Festival crashes down onto the battlefield. The protagonists watching the fight are confused at first, but as the ramifications of what's going on sink in, they lose whatever hope they had left.]]
* OneLiner:
** "Sorry, Harly.. but this time, [[CoolShades *sunglasses*]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext you’re going Brazilian."]]
** "I guess his call's [[CSIMiami *sunglasses*]] ''just been dropped.''"
** The battle with Lerna in Act IV consists entirely of one-liners based on historical quotes, such as when Lerna takes the form of Richard Nixon: “Don’t get the impression that you arouse my anger. Only get the impression that I’m about to hit you in the face.”
* LeParkour: [[ItMakesSenseInContext When Phil Collins shoots at Jordan,]] "FUCK YOUR SHIT, I’M WALKING UP THIS WALL." He didn't know he could do that either.
* PunnyName:
** Miss [=DeNumante's=] name is a pun on "denoument."
** Pirkle Vainamoinen's first name is a pun on [[BilingualBonus "perkele."]]
* RuleOfScary: It's like a trauma congo line. But with fear! ...''and'' trauma!
* RunningGag:
** The graffiti.
** DRAW A STAIRWAY FOR MY GOD AND ASSEMBLE ALL MY FAITH.
*** [[DontExplainTheJoke You silly billy, it's "Do you still wait for your God and a symbol of your faith?"]]
** Pot Noodles.
** This sequence appears a good number of times: Jordan will end a log with something like "I don't think I'll ever get to sleep" and then begin the next one with "I slept."
** The Ecclesiarchway's name was only said once in the story. Everyone else gets his name wrong. ''Every single time.'' [[spoiler:Well, except when he murders Tiresias.]]
** Crappypasta references, in particular "And then a skeleton popped out" and "I'll be there in 3... 2... 1..." followed by kicking a door down.
** Monsters wearing "HELLO MY NAME IS insert menacing name here in lowercase" nametags.
* SelfParody: On September 30th: "The White Jester is nothing but bullshit. That’s just propaganda invented by the humanitarians to get us to convert. It may have worked in superhero comics, but this is the real world. This is where real things happen. Where the hell did this notebook even come from, anyway?"
* ShoutOut: Not even counting any of the music-related shout-outs...
** Jordan's weapon of choice, a guitar controller, is a shout-out to the guitar-wielding protagonist from {{FLCL}}.
** After asking for advice on dealing with zombies, [[Film/ZombieLand "One person even suggested the double-tap."]]
** The [[Literature/AliceInWonderland "rabbit holes."]]
** [[MarbleHornets "SEES ME AT THE TOWER"]] is written as graffiti in the May 26th entry.
** The Beacon is described as being "like Ace, from ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''."
** In naming one of the many monsters Jordan encounters, he comes up with "Gtheru. Like. [[LovecraftianMythos Cthulu]] [[XMeetsY and]] GuitarHero."
** "Or maybe {{QI}} told me the “white” was actually a lie or something."]]
** "So I guess this is a [[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} pigmask."]]
** "IT’S ''MY'' BODY, DOGSCAPE. AND IF YOU’RE TOUCHING ME IN A WAY OR PLACE THAT MAKES ''ME'' FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE,]] [[AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog THAT’S ''NO GOOD."]]''
** "GREAT [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda DODONGO]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} OF THE CONGO"]]
** Jordan's first name for The Morphs is [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} "Thunderbirds.]] [[LampshadeHanging Like the TV series."]]
** ''"It’s time to do this shit like]] [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon fucking Freeman."]]''
** One of Jordan's many exclamations: "Dear sweet [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner fhqwghads, The Cheat is to the limit."]]
** "..I’m gonna knock on the door and ask to be let in. [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid It didn’t work for Solid Snake,]] [[TemptingFate but it might work for me."]]
*** "I asked who they thought. He said [[TheJetsons “George Jetson.”"]]
** "Mistress wants to know if I’m going to [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas invite her in for some hot coffee."]]
** "What’s the “B” stand for? “Bake?” “Bovine?” [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner “Burninate?”"]]
** [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie "And then Donnie was the slender man."]]
** The oven in Act I burning temperatures at up to Four-thousand degrees Kelvin is a reference to VideoGame/{{Portal}}.
** When Jordan dons his [[CoolShades sunglasses]] during the first two examples for OneLiner, it's a reference to CSIMiami.
** The June 18th entry refers to Jordan's "thread in OTC."
** In the same entry, Jordan finds some [[TheInternetIsForPorn "slender man porn."]] He can't tell what's even going on in it; [[MarbleHornets there's too much distortion.]]
*** Shortly after, he finds out that ''MarbleHornets'' has actually continued, despite the apocalyptic conditions. "Holy shit. The first minute is just Jay grabbing a shotgun and shooting the Operator in the ''face.'' Well, the ''lack'' of face." And later, "The Operator will be back, [[Franchise/StarWars and in greater numbers."]]
** Same entry! Jordan rambles a lot about ''[[FobbiesAreBorange Loids are not Christmas.]]''
** June 19th entry, [[SuperPaperMario "Welcome to the Whoa Zone."]]
** The chef in the ''Exodus'' arc, "Zach Gusteau," is named after both JacquesCousteau and [[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} Chef Gusteau.]]
*** The doctors are [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} John Jackson and Jack Johnson.]]
** "He told me to get my guitar thing and come with him. [[SnakesOnAPlane We're going to open some fucking windows."]]
** "IF YOU COULD TALK,]] [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants YOU’D BE SAYING “MY LEG!”" Not one of his best one-liners.
** In the July 5th entry, Jordan writes in a ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'' journal.
** Same entry, Jordan describes The Harlequin as a "puppet who [[Film/TheDarkKnight just wants to watch the world burn."]]
** Same entry, "FUCK YOU AND YOUR VOLVO, I HAD THE RIGHT OF WAY" references [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/60s-spider-man#.TruduqNzq5U the 60s spider-man image macro meme.]]
** "Novelpol" from the July 6th entry is an example of [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour newspeak.]]
** The Divided Countries of America share an abbreviation with [[Fanfic/DarkChaoAdventures [=DJay's=] previous extensive writing project.]]
** The protagonists encounter a thick fog and hear things flying around them. This was one of the original suggestions for what would become EAT in TheFearMythos.
** "This book contains the secrets of the secretcity," secretcity is a puzzle-based map series for VideoGame/HalfLife1 modification ''Sven Co-op,'' and it happened to be the map series that heavily inspired a good majority of environments in the story.
** "Can you see the three circles? Look again. [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike The circles are now diamonds.]]"
** The Noga Wastelands are a reference to the Agon Wastes from MetroidPrime2.
** "I turned a corner, and all of a sudden [[WizardOfOz we're not in Kansas anymore."]]
** "Like the Bridge of Eldin, from.. what was it, ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]?'' It was in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl]],'' I know that."
** "THE SPIDERCLOUD IS CRAWLING WITH [[VideoGame/HalfLife HEADCRABS"]]
** "..oh god [[VideoGame/EarthBound Moonside]] [[FobbiesAreBorange not bawesome."]]
** "..this is vaguely reminding me of [[Fanfic/DarkChaoAdventures something I once wrote."]]
** "Let me specify, journal. And this is gonna sound crazy. It’s a GuitarHero highway."
** "And that homeless person said Eric and I looked like ''TheBluesBrothers."
** "[[DarthWiki/CandleCove and then a skeleton popped up. But the skeleton was alive, and it said. 'TO GRIND YOUR SKIN.]]'"
* ShownTheirWork: The protagonists have to walk from town to town a lot, sometimes getting to drive, and these are usually without the aid of rabbit holes to speed them on their way. [=DJay=] looked into exactly how long it would take to walk and/or drive between all these places and tried to keep things as accurate as he could.
* SixStudentClique: The main protagonists!
** The Head: Jordan.
** The Pretty One: Donnie.
** The Quirk: Danny.
** The Smart One: Fentzy.
** The Wild One: Anna.
** The Muscle: Bones.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Very early in Act II, there is a "PALE-FACED BRUNETTE HORROR MOVIE GIRL CRAWLING OUT OF THE MIRROR [[ItMakesSenseInContext THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A WINDOW]]"
* TitleDrop: Right at the start of the first day.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Introduced as a character trait of Jordan's early on, though it gets deconstructed to the point where it no longer applies.
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