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''Stationery Voyagers'' is an allegorical, [[{{Melodrama}} melodramatic]] dry {{Pastiche}} ScienceFiction serial SpaceOpera book (and hopefully, also eventually [[AnimatedAdaptation TV]]) series in development by Dozerfleet Productions (the makers of ''CiemWebcomicSeries''.)

A team of [[AnimateInanimateObject anthropomorphic writing utensils]] is assembled to embark on diplomatic recon missions. Their goal: to prevent [[TheEmpire widespread imperialism]] in their star system. Only problem is, they find themselves accidental heroes destined to battle an [[OmnicidalManiac even bigger scheme]] by [[AncientConspiracy an ancient evil]] which threatens the [[{{Hell}} eternal damnation]] of their entire universe. [[ResignedToTheCall But it's not like they had any good alternatives]].

Floating around the Internet since 2009, two minisodes have been published online: "The Wages of Cheating Death" and "Ties That Confide." The latter became the inspiration behind a wedding slideshow video dubbed "Ties That Confide: Reception Wishes." Most episodes are not yet published, due to its creator keeping them on a hard drive until they are ready for publication in large volume book format as "seasons."

The Voyagers' universe involves a very philosophy-laden deity named [[MessianicArchetype Minshus]], who due to the paradoxes of love, [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill is forced by his own nature to allow its opposites a chance to come into form on their own, if only temporarily]]. Due to this, a third of his [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Apthalans]] rebel and get their own universe. Outer Reality is defined as three universes, two that are perfect spheres that represent Heaven and Hell, while the third is shaped like an inverted onion and dubbed "Physicalia, the Great Testing Ground."

Several events [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute similar to]] their [[Literature/TheBible Genesis]] counterparts happen, but instead of a Tower of Babel, there's a battle amongst tribes against the dreaded [[NietzscheWannabe Drisalian Cult]]. One tribe stays behind to populate [[AllPlanetsAreEarthlike Mantith]] as [[HumansAreSpecial mankind]]. The defeated members of Drisalius' cult are transformed into the hideous, bobcat-like Drismabons, and exiled to the dark world of [[{{Mordor}} Drizad]]. The tribes that ran away from the very beginning and tried to flee the battle are turned into [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Mosquatlons]] and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Aviatets]] as punishment, and live in underground labyrinths and caves. The tribes that joined in on the fight once but then lost their courage and fled later had all become known for the creation of various writing utensils. They were thus exiled to the worlds of Statios, Markerterion, Whixtitout, and Neothode and transformed into creatures resembling writing tools, complete with a complex biology designed to work within those parameters and a sort of [[PsychicPowers limited telekinesis]] called "phantomitics" that help them compensate [[InvisibleAnatomy for lacking arms and legs]].

Fast forward thousands of years later, and things are a mess. Pirates under the leadership of Astrabolo are running amok, and trying to destroy everything from democracy to the institution of marriage and then some. {{FlatEarthAtheist}}s in the very 70's-cultured Mantith are desperately trying to silence their Creationist critics before a tip can occur in the balance of cultural power. Under the influence of a [[MagnificentBastard mysterious Bedouin]], Emperor Alhox of Markerterion has been convinced that the only solution to fighting Astrabolo is to pool resources by annexing all the other planets into [[TheEmpire his empire]]. Leading the charge in this is his [[EvilChancellor Supreme General]], Bluque.

The nation of Stato on the world of Statios won't stand for losing its sovereignty, and decides that creating its own sort of United Nations that involves a planetary scale is a better solution than being annexed to Markerterion, so they send a diplomatic recon team to argue the case to worlds where communication has not occurred until recently after a several-thousand-year hiatus. As the new astronaut team is about to discover though, they have more enemies than they thought possible.

Though many of its episodes remain in DevelopmentHell, it has already developed a reputation amongst reviewers for having a high HSQ, and for often slamming head-first into {{Narm}} with its RefugeInAudacity and heavy-handed philosophy.

The series is told in the course of four "seasons," which are [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming named]] ''Vocations'', ''Repercussions'', ''Surfaces'', and ''Reconciliations'', respectively.

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AnachronismStew / SchizoTech / DecadeDissonance: All the planets have differing rates of technological advancement and evolution.
** Mantith looks like TheSeventies. The Mosquatlons look like [[WorldWarII the 40s]]. Their Aviatet [[FurAgainstFang rivals]] look like TheRoaringTwenties.
** Drizad goes back and forth between communes that look like TheDungAges and palaces that look like ArabianNightsDays and spaceports that have TheNewTens all over them. The cities are underground, beneath the commune farms. And they resemble {{Mordor}}.
** Markerterion is California meets Kalamazoo meets Spain in TheNewTens.
** Likewise, other than having some necessary {{Magitek}} and other advanced alien technology, Statios is [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2006]]. The nation of Stato, at least. Nations with weaker economies have even more outdated dispositions.
*** Port Metaball can't decide if it's Salt Lake City, LA, Tuscon, or [[{{Qurac}} the heart of Afghanistan]].
** Whixtitout can't decide if it's MedievalJapan, TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, TheNewTens, or a planet-sized HiddenElfVillage (albeit, NeutralNoLonger.)
** Neothode is a giant unholy matrimony of [[CityNoir Cities Noir]] with EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture space technology and [[DungeonPunk black magic-wielding Pirates and Wizards]]. Somehow, even with some SteamPunk in a few scenes, the setting avoids being RaygunGothic. And ''yet'', there's an enclave of TheMiddleAges square in the middle of it all!
* AnAssKickingChristmas: Back to back episodes! [[KungFuJesus Dragonball Light Show Baby Jesus]], Action Mary, and Joseph the Philosopher feature in the first one, while second one features BadassSanta.
** "Selective Generosity" is about Bishop Niklo [=DiMyral=] forging a temporary truce with some [[ArabianNightsDays Muhmmaldian horsemen]] to hunt down and beat up sex traffickers, who abducted three women from an impoverished old man because they knew there was no way [[HowDidYouGetIt he came up with that gold for their dowries on his own]].
** "Essentials of Nativity" is about Maria [=DiNazalenth=] being protected by a Mikloche Warrior bodyguard when a Drismabon travels to Mantith [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct to keep Minshus from being born]]. Think ''Film/TheNativityStory'' [[XMeetsY meets]] Manga/DragonBall Z.
*** Joe/Joseph being a BadAss PapaWolf in ''The Nativity Story'' is parodied and subverted in this, as he is constantly [[MindOverMatter getting thrown around]] whenever he tries to fight supreme evil beings. First, Ruktarusk does this to him when Joe tries to stop Ruktarusk from killing Maria. Then, when Ruktarusk is fully distracted by Thestor, [[spoiler: the Devil himself]] throws Joe against a wall to tempt the young mother. Of course, it doesn't work. Joe is even a bit of a ButtMonkey for good angels, as Gabon's way of setting him straight when he considers deserting his bride-to-be is to show him visions of a BadFuture, in a very MindRape-y type way that looks like [[Series/{{Heroes}} Tim Kring]] meets Creator/CharlesDickens. ([[BadNewsIrrelevantNews Before telling him that he needn't be afraid of Gabon himself]]!)
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Callously averted, if not outright defied. The MoralGuardians are shown to be [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism horribly ineffectual]] at protecting the public from rabid straw liberals. Because of this chaos, Antia is rendered utterly useless most of the time. And when the Drismabons attack, Antia is just as dependent on Stationery technology as everyone else on Mantith to fight back. The [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent president]] is so inept, that even ''God'' is convinced to give the Voyagers to another country: [[{{Ruritania}} Bulgadia]]. And that country proves to be ''only slightly'' better at protecting the Voyagers' diplomatic safety.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Varikton's Mosquatlon Army. They worshiped Hiltner's tactics, and sought to create Mosquatlon supremacy [[{{Ghostapo}} by blocking out the sun, muellexically]]! And this is [[StupidJetpackHitler in spite most of their culture still being stuck in the 1940's]]!
* AntiVillain: Alhox.
* ArcNumber: 86 (for ideals), 64 (for realism) and 22 (for shortcoming and goals.) [[CaptainObvious 22, of course, being the difference between 86 and 64.]]
** Pextel is mechanized at the age of 22.
** He ends up piloting a ship that can travel at a top speed of Mach 86. The next-fastest ships around can at best go only at Mach 64.
** Mitchell and Eliot, while fleeing for their lives, end up on board Flight #864. In a hurry to flee, but going only so fast. [[spoiler:([[CiemWebcomicSeries They're not the only ones]] to escape danger on that flight number.)]]
* AxCrazy: (Arguably) the entire series [[EverythingTryingToKillYou and everything in it]] is a perfect textbook study in the SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics. So many characters could count as this, that it's difficult to remember [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters them all]]. (See CloudCuckooLand below.)
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Plays with this quite a bit.
** Pextel wanted to be an astronaut. He [[UnwillingRoboticisation became a robot]] astronaut, but had to fight evil ''against his job description''. He also wanted to have an intelligent discussion with his father. [[spoiler: And Huli dies shortly thereafter.]] He wanted his mother to believe in him. [[DefiedTrope Too bad]]! She [[FantasticRacism doesn't trust]] Mechies.
** Rhodney wanted to live a life that didn't feel wasted. He ends up in a relationship that feels like a ShaggyDogStory anyway.
** Marlack wanted to settle a score with the Yehtzig pirate who raped his sister. He nearly gets himself killed trying.
** Pinkella wanted her family to come to their senses and start behaving themselves again. [[spoiler: They died defying her wishes, [[ShootTheShaggyDog to no benefit of theirs]].]]
** Neone wanted to save her father from Pentacko. [[EvilLaugh Ha ha ha]] [[ShootTheShaggyDog ha ha!!!...]]
** Consto wanted a shot at [[AGodAmI becoming a god]]. Too bad those Definition Essentials got in the way...all he can hope for is to become [[TheStarscream Preamble]]...who in the end, never really does completely break free from his servitude to [[TheAntichrist Astrabolo]].
* BizarreAlienBiology: What else do you expect from living pens and markers??? Surprisingly, they behave almost the same as if they were still human.
* BizarreAlienReproduction: Subverted. The way they have sex is very similar to human reproduction, although they require different positions and derive less pleasure from it than we do. They are, however, more sensitive to sex-enhancement drugs, which put them in a trance easier. This is partly why the Yehtzig Pirate League can weaponize sex against targeted cultures so easily. That, and the fact that while much of Statonian culture tries to avert it, their government's [[VirginityMakesYouStupid official policy]] on sexual politics is...less than impressive.
* BrokenMasquerade: When Oobalid [[Film/{{Underworld}} is chained and interrogated by Varikton]] about why the Aviatets are now attacking humans in plain view ahead of waiting for Varikton's scheduled blocking out of the Inktacto star, Oobalid has this much to say:
-> '''Oobalid''': "After [[AliensAndMonsters those...pesky..Stationery Voyagers]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero showed up]]...[[DespairEventHorizon we just didn't care anymore]]!"
* CosmicPlaything: Pretty much everyone. Due to the nature of Volition Dilemma and the other Definition Essentials, even God has to play by rules that sometimes produce situations he'd consider less than ideal. But those [[AGodAmI thinking they can do a better job]] soon find out just what a bitch the universe can be, and what it takes for God to keep it in line. And as God always works as TheChessmaster to produce the most ideal possible outcome within the confines of his own rules, the pawns discover that TheEvilsOfFreeWill do not grant them the absolute control they hoped would result.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive / TheCallHasBadReception: Everyone, but especially Pextel, who gets pretty roughed up by the Call without any warning or provocation. He becomes [[ResignedToTheCall resigned to it]] when he [[UnwillingRoboticisation awakes as a robot]] and decides refusing the Call would be a waste of time.
** Pextel wasn't so much delivered the Call by TheHerald as he was pretty much kidnapped and metaphorically raped by said herald. Who, only afterwards, decided to let one of his underlings explain what the hell was happening.
* CastFromHitPoints: [[OurElvesAreBetter Whiteouts]] may learn Mikloche, which gives them incredible powers no other Stationery race has. Downside: the more they use it, the more [[PowerIncontinence unstable]] it becomes. And the more it [[PowerDegeneration wears on their]] [[HeroicRROD well-being]], until it [[SuperpowerMeltdown turns them into bombs]]. Granted, they have to abuse the power an ''awful lot'' before they become a WalkingWasteland; but traveling to Mantith and being physically/magickally abused tends to accelerate the side effects. The Jaldanian leaders in ''Extreme Passions'' get [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomped]] in public by [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Levio, Gabon, Maurice, and Filforth]]; when the leaders [[TooDumbToLive had Thestor whipped]] for his [[PalsWithJesus mere association with Minshus]]. They [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds almost blew up their own city]] in the process; and the town [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough couldn't believe their ears]]. Most Whiteouts [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique never bother to learn Mikloche]]. They fear they'll end up like Syuthan, becoming a [[ActionBomb Glowmatti]]. Liquidon [[LampshadeHanging realizes]] this is happening to him in ''Night of the Whiteout.'' [[LoveMartyr It doesn't stop Cindy from being romantically attracted to him]].
* CityNoir: Nabijab City plays this one completely straight. Thanks to Astrabolo, most of the rest of Neothode is [[CrapsackWorld not that different]].
* CloudCuckooLand: All the worlds view each other this way to an extent. Ironically, the fanatical politics and religious wars between a tiny minority of non-compromised church intellectuals and an entire world of paranoid anti-theists that makes up the human world of Mantith ends up fitting this ''better'' than worlds that are run by Pens and Markers trying to battle sex-crazed terrorist-pirates. Almost all parts of Inktacto have a few too many RedShirt characters to truly qualify any of them as a WorldOfBadass.
* CompositeCharacter: Zigzagged, especially with the ShoutOutThemeNaming and [[ParodyNames parody characters]]. Examples are under Trivia.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: The Dark Wanderer, analogous to Beelzebub as depicted in ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress''. He is the Giver of Sorcery and Lord over Contracted Wizards. Thankfully, he is only seldom a threat to the Inktacto system. Part of this is because, like his master the [[{{Satan}} Vile Chameleon]], he is bound to [[{{Hell}} Depositalium]] such that he can only normally operate [[AWizardDidIt by proxy]]. And his proxies have to get past the universe's [[AntiMagic firewall]], which is maintained by Levio the Nullfier. Mezelwradd and Lorkush [[SubvertedTrope are just]] the Chameleon's disguises, used to create Consto's religion and the Yehtzig cult, respectively.
* DiplomaticImpunity: Callously averted on Mantith, as the Antian president shows little to no interest in actually keeping his promises to keep the Voyagers safe. Sure, the government funds them and helps them find jobs, but they're on their own for protection. They are regularly harassed, threatened, and abducted. By governments and CivilianVillain types alike. The Antian government primarily abuses them as publicity stunts as well, even considering revoking the little immunity they have, just to appease gay special privileges groups who are out for their [[BizarreAlienBiology ink]].
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: The ''angels'', of all things, have to give this warning. Their targets seem to have a [[TooDumbToLive chronic defiance disorder]].
* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: Averted with Maria [=DiNazalenth=] in "Essentials of Nativity." Literature/TheBible has its explanation of how this trope is averted expanded on in a way that [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes it fit the story's universe]].
** Instead of Mary/Maria simply waking up one day pregnant, [[NegativeSpaceWedgie the Muellex]] stops time save for one isolated locale, and a Chasm Tube opens up where the Trimalus strikes her like a bolt of lightning. [[LightningCanDoAnything A "divinospermato" instantly forms]], and with the aid of no other sperm cells, is able to fertilize an egg the same way sperm fertilizes an egg during artificial insemination.
** Actually makes her explanation for what happened ''[[UpToEleven even more]]'' of a CassandraTruth to her parents, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation until]] [[BrokenMasquerade an alien crashes into the neighborhood and starts teleporting everywhere]].
*** And some Teachers of the Law [[FlatEarthAtheist aren't even sold after]] ''[[FlatEarthAtheist that]]'' [[FlatEarthAtheist happens]]!
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Played around with. Mitchell and Eliot's car pretty much ''is'' a Pinto. But when their cabin is attacked by arsonist-assassins, it's one of the few things that ''doesn't'' [[MadeOfExplodium catch fire]]!
* EveryoneIsRelated: Heavily subverted. Other than a few marriages resulting later on, almost nobody is blood-related ([[BizarreAlienBiology or for that matter, Ink-related]]) to anyone else (important)! Yet, while blood relations are severely lacking among major cast members, everyone is "connected" in more abstract ways.
** Pextel and Consto are [[{{Foil}} foils]] of each other: both of them had fathers whose minds were destroyed by [[spoiler: Vornsid's disease]]. Neither one of them had a healthy relationship with their mothers. Yet, one becomes captain of a [[TrueCompanions band of accidental heroes]]. The other [[FreudianExcuse becomes evil]].
** Pextel is also the one-time boyfriend of Pinkella Goldsen, who is related to the owners of a Bubblegum Factory that is being taken over by the Voyagers' sworn enemy Astrabolo; who lives on the same planet as future Voyager Neone. And Neone's family ([[{{Muggles}} while none of them are relevant for more than a few episodes]] is pretty screwed up. Things are made worse when Liquidon, who killed Astrabolo's brother, joins the Voyagers' team.
** While it's inevitable that Mitchell Lomken and Co. will meet up with the Voyagers, it takes 2-1/2 seasons or so for this to happen.
** The villains are "related" to each other not by blood, but by the [[GambitPileup multiple layers of complexity with which they try to manipulate each other]]. And the Voyagers are [[UnwittingPawn at the mercy]] of everyone else's schemes for the longest time.
** [[{{Jesus}} Minshus]] (MessianicArchetype,) Richard Ribando (a BadassPreacher) and Clandish Consto (a JackTheRipoff SerialKiller) all have their fates linked to each other's [[MindScrew by some long-dead ancient guy's dream about a zebra]]!
** Played a little more straight in the ''Final Hope'' timeline: Philidrio and Verdegal used to date each other. Molly is the grandaughter of Liquimo, Liquidon's twin brother. Verdegal is the granddaughter of Monigo Lanchez, who helped two of the original Voyagers escape from prison.
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: Voyagers (good), Skidders (good, but anti-heroic), the Xylien Society at large (sketchy), and Imperial Markerterion (bad), against the Paltaki Organization (bad), the Crooked Rainbow (evil), la-Qualda (evil), the YPL (evil), the Drismabons (evil), and Varikton's army (evil).
* GenocideBackfire: Because of this series, it could just as easily be called the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Dandelion Of Doom]]. Literally any time the Dandelion Effect is invoked, it is a reference to this. Not limited to just attacks [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod on babies]]. Is even [[SpaceWhaleAesop compared]] to the ButterflyOfDoom, [[{{Anvilicious}} just to get the point across]] to any villains who might be GenreSavvy [[EvilOverlordList enough to listen]].
* GoingCosmic: Zigzagged. The series is heavy-handed from the very get-go. Becomes ''slightly'' [[InvertedTrope less philosophical]] and more action-oriented with time, though [[SubvertedTrope at the expense]] of getting [[{{Satire}} more political]].
* HauntedTechnology: [[DoAndroidsDream Librions]] are quite literally robots with [[OurSoulsAreDifferent souls]] [[GhostInTheMachine inside them]]. They interact with a cybernetic brain interface that, due to being artificial, disrupts their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-established_harmony cosmic orientation]]. Due to the way that interface works, they constantly blur the lines between a literal [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]] and a VirtualGhost. Their [[WhoWantsToLiveForever quasi-immortality]] inside their robotic selves [[AIisACrapshoot tends to be very prone]] to developing [[HeroicBSOD mental]] [[AxCrazy illness]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: See the [[Characters/StationeryVoyagers Character Sheet]] for examples.
* [[HumansAreBastards Humans Are]] [[AxeCrazy Rabid, Psychotic, Murderous]] [[StrawmanPolitical Fanatics Who Exploit]] [[ExaggeratedTrope Every Situation Possible To Advance Their Preferred Ideology]]: And if you dare disagree, beware of the SuperPersistentPredator. See CloudCuckooLand above.
* InvisibleAnatomy / PsychicPowers / MindOverMatter: Phantomitics and Phantomars (invisible arms.) [[ConversationalTroping Discussed]].
* KungFuJesus: Minshus is the only being who can authorize large-scale muellexic tampering with the space-time continuum, he helps blow up an entire planet, he had a bodyguard for a short while that was made of SupernaturalMartialArts, and when he came to raise an army of resurrected souls to lift other resurrects out of their graves and collect everyone around the world for [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Judgment Day]], the news reported it as him starting a ZombieApocalypse.
** And as an infant, he is shown using a BreathWeapon that summons [[ArchangelMichael Martarel]].
** His mother was also a BadAss. She clotheslined a JerkJock who was three times her strength successfully, hit Gabon with a 2x4 before she realized who it was, and even pulled off a successful ShutUpHannibal against the Devil himself! His stepfather tries, but is [[GivingTheSwordToANoob much less competent/lucky at doing so]].
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Imperial Markerterion sends the Red Fleet after the Voyagers ''specifically because'' they're ''most incompetent'' team. [[XanatosGambit So that, if they fail, the Voyagers can gather more useful information before being captured]]. The Teal Fleet has all the means to crush the Voyagers - but...''doesn't.'' The Blue Fleet actually ends up ''helping'' them, albeit indirectly, [[EnemyMine by being more concerned with battling Yehtzig Pirates]].
* KingArthur: Yep, he's planned to be in this one too. With [[CaptainObvious significant]] changes!
** Morgan LeFay is a random prostitute with no relation to Arthur.
** Mordred remains the BastardBastard, but is learning sorcery to TakeOverTheWorld. To fulfill his contract to the Dark Wanderer, he must completely undermine Arthur's kingdom with controversy.
** Just as a [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Mikloche Warrior]] was sent to Mantith to keep a Drismabon away from baby Minshus, another one is sent to defeat Mordred's power. He succeeds at defeating Mordred's contract and robbing him of his dark powers forever; but ultimately fails to save Gwen's reputation.
** Guinevere is 17 at the time she is accused of sleeping with Lancelot, and Lancelot is 19. [[MayDecemberRomance Arthur is 35]], and fairly aloof.
** Rather than romancing the queen, Lancelot just wanted to ask her a question. Then, Mordred attacks them and uses telekinesis to rip their clothes off while they're pinned to a wall. The Mikloche warrior fails to stop him from tossing the queen's clothes out a window, completing the frameup, but [[DefiedTrope does stop him]] from [[AliensMadeThemDoIt detonating a canister of Eros gas]]. Mordred is forced to settle for making Lancelot and Guinevere's story a CassandraTruth, as [[BigDamnHeroes the ninja Whiteout he battles]], who [[ChandlersLaw bursts from the ceiling]] and [[AllJapaneseSwordsAreKatanas tries to slice him]] [[GodModeSue keeps getting in his way]].
* LeeroyJenkins: Katrina borders on this a few times when battling la-Qualda. Ironically, Stella-Marie Jenkins is easily frightened and more cowardly, [[ForgotICouldFly in spite being immortal]]. Although, Stella-Marie ''does'' still [[ChildrenAreInnocent have the mind of a 7-year-old]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Really, what'd you expect?
* MateOrDie:
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Lamdock poisons the Voyagers in the hopes that he can invoke DeathBySex after transforming them into their human selves. Liquidon, who is not-yet paired with anyone, [[DefiedTrope desperately tries to clear the air of Eros gas so his teammates cannot be ambushed]] while in a [[AliensMadeThemDoIt Mantithian wizard-induced trance]].
** And Subverted: [[spoiler: Neone Washingtip]] knew she had to fulfill Pentacko's orders; but if only she'd known: [[spoiler: Consto]] wasn't even interested in sex! So even if she ''did'' get to get it on with him, he'd've killed her anyway.
** As well as deconstructed and justified. See the [[Characters/StationeryVoyagers Character Sheet]] section on Neone Delft for an example.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Lila Kilomes, whose name is [[{{Parody}} a play]] on [[Film/{{Underworld}} Sophia Myles]]. She is a harmless CloudCuckooLander who is [[MarySue loved even by her enemies]].
* MonsterMash[=/=][[FurAgainstFang Feather Against]] [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/dozerfleet/images/8/8b/Night-of-the-Whiteout.jpg Proboscis]]: ''Film/{{Underworld}}'''s take on this is [[AffectionateParody parodied]] quite a bit in ''Reconciliations'', where the conflict was started over a charity organization being destroyed by a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Mosquatlon]] tyrant who didn't want the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Aviatets]]' economic problems resolved ''through any means at all.'' (Cue [[AliensAndMonsters alien]] [[DeusExMachina intervention]], [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot just for]] [[RuleOfCool awesome]], when said tyrant's desire to rule over surface humans and their economies leads him to want to [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds block out the sun]]. ''[[AWizardDidIt Muellex]][[AppliedPhlebotinum ically]]''.)
** Liquidon's quest to protect Alaina from a deviant Mosquatlon during the ''Surfaces'' arc is meant to combine this with a parody of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. In fact, that episode is even titled "[[PaperThinDisguise Crepuscular]]."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: What Liquidon is convinced he's done to start the Imperial War of Markerterion. In reality, it would've happened with or without him [[spoiler: killing Astriliad]]. But by doing that, he convinced Astrabolo to switch from a campaign of [[TakeOverTheWorld conquest]] to a plan of [[DepopulationBomb viral genocide]].
* NoDelaysForTheWicked: One way of knowing that the [[TheEmpire Royal Military of Markerterion]] in ''Stationery Voyagers'' isn't ''[[ButNotTooEvil too evil]]'' is that they actually [[SurroundedByIdiots DO have to worry about mass incompetence in their ranks]], including several Idiot Balls being held rather tightly. While not themselves entirely immune to the IdiotBall, most of Astrabolo's [[{{Pirate}} Yehtzig Pirate League]] plays this trope much more straight. And if they DO fail to accomplish something the easy way...[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill they seem to always have a rocket launcher handy]] to compensate.
* NoughtiesDramaSeries: This series wishes it could have been one.
* NotWearingTights: The Voyagers only ''look'' like they're wearing something along the lines of "tights" to Mantithians. To everyone else, their suits appear to be just spy-geared forms of regular civilian clothing. Then again, how ''else'' do you dress six-foot-tall talking Up-Pens, but...like...[[ShapedLikeItself large pens]]?
* OrderVersusChaos / YouCantFightFate versus ScrewDestiny: The Web of Destiny is built around the idea that fate is the [[MindScrew logical fallout of everyone exerting will at once]], and some wills being stronger than others, leading to [[FateAndProphecyTropes inevitable consequences]].
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: And how. They are VERY different from their common portrayals in most church art.
** They don't have wings, they don't dress in robes, and they only assume human form to a degree that is needed to avoid [[BrownNote overwhelming any given Mortal's fragile mind]]. They are very much GoodIsNotNice.
** They look like [[http://dozerfleet.wikia.com/wiki/File:Gab%C3%B3nToShepherds.jpg this]] when interacting with humans, and like [[http://dozerfleet.wikia.com/wiki/File:Dolondri.jpg this]] without helmets.
** They have strobe eyes and lightning hair.
** Only [[{{Shinigami}} Ferrymen]] carry swords. The others prefer to use [[PureEnergy energy blasts]] from their hands. They come in several classes, but only five of these classes are ever relevant:
*** Nullifiers (Power Negation, especially against Wizards,)
*** Ferrymen (Teleportation, Angels of Death,)
*** Communicadrim (power bestowal, preventing confusion, keeping DNA from disintegrating,)
*** Guardians (keep you from dying in car accidents,) and
*** Defenders of Natural Order (Keep humanity from growing too tolerant of things like incest and bestiality, along with encouraging environmental responsibility.)
** Most of the time, they dress in very modern-looking armor, complete with helmets that make them look like FacelessMooks. Don't EVER [[TemptingFate push your luck]] with them! [[GoodIsNotNice It doesn't]] [[JerkassGods end well]]. And that's not even getting into the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent evil ones]]...
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
** Our Aliens Are Different: Stationeries.
** OurElvesAreBetter: Whiteouts.
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: Mosquatlons.
** OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Aviatets. They're were''birds''!
* PinocchioSyndrome: Subverted. Mechies, while they may dread the cosmic dissonance of being [[SoulJar possessed robots]], realize that only Minshus (or an extremely powerful angel/demon) can change them back into truly living things; and learn to content themselves with their (un)life.
** Pextel and Ribando would like to be living again, but learn to be content with their new forms.
** Consto, upon becoming Cybomec, proves to be quite happy to become a Mechie. He [[AGodAmI believes it will serve his greater purpose of becoming a god down the road]].
** Stella-Marie is unable to comprehend the implications of being a Mechie, since she was mechanized as a child and still thinks like one.
* ThePlague: Buliod's disease plays this role in ''Stationery Voyagers''. Although it doesn't ''kill'', it ''does'' [[PopulationControl cause infertility]]. Especially when Astrabolo wants to unleash this STD on schoolchildren - and then hijack Sex Ed to - [[DeathBySex you can probably guess what he'll make them do next]].
* PlausibleDeniability: Averted without explanation for most of the worlds of Inktacto. [[HandWave Then again]], Inktacto ''is'' [[AllThereInTheManual part of the Grapharino Galaxy]], and Grapharino's Physicalia is an [[AlternateUniverse allegorical universe]] not unlike [[LordOfTheRings Middle-earth's]] (or even {{Narnia}}. Only difference, really, is more ScienceFiction-oriented plot elements and way fewer HighFantasy ones. So AlternateHistory helps cover some tracks.
** Subverted in-universe on Neothode, as the population is so used to being bullied by [[ReligionOfEvil Astrabolo's cult]] that they are too far beyond the DespairEventHorizon [[ApatheticCitizens to care about]] whether the weirdness in their environment [[TheMasquerade is covered up or not]].
** Inverted in-universe on Mantith: The Bindaf 3000's landing on Mantith was actually ''expected'', with [[StrawmanPolitical Strawmen Political]] from every ideological camp [[HumansAreBastards trying to exploit the situation to their cause]]. It was the ''Voyagers'' who were caught off guard! Even for those causes the Voyagers ''agreed with'', their insistence on wanting to stay on task rubbed many the wrong way.
* PowerNullifier: [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Levio the Nullifier]], who functions as both this and AntiMagic. Wizards are reduced from casting spells with impunity to any number of side effects: casting spells with [[CallItKarma karmic backfire]], [[CastFromHitPoints casting from hit points]], or the humiliation of a specific spell simply not working.
** If it were not [[BecauseDestinySaysSo necessary for Mechanical Pencils to exist to fulfill certain prophesies]], then Levio would be allowed to block the process of [[UnwillingRoboticisation Artificial Reincarnation]] as well.
** Whiteouts that travel to Mantith by their own means may be able to remain as Stationery beings, but attempting to use Mikloche beyond [[PowerLevels Shell 8]] may lead to [[CastFromHitPoints casting from hit points]]. Likewise, if a Whiteout ''is'' messed with by a wizard, the chances of them needing to cast from hit points increases exponentially. Whiteouts who travel to Mantith by supernatural means (e.g., [[TheGrimReaper Maurice the Ferryman]]) slowly become human. They ''can'' use Mikloche once human, but again, only if they cast from hit points.
*** Other Stationery beings who travel to Mantith by supernatural means simply become gradually human, except for Mechanical Pencils. Those who travel by technology remain Stationeries, but become gradually more susceptible to catching human diseases.
** Likewise, [[{{Magitek}} muellexic techonlogy]] has allowed for [[PsychicPowers phantomars]] to be disabled on Stationeries with the aid of certain devices, effectively serving as a sort of replacement for handcuffs in a world of creatures that don't have hands.
* RasputinianDeath: Nikolai in season 3 meets with one. To have him die as simply as his ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' counterpart [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill would seem too mundane for this series]].
** Flown to high altitude very quickly, frozen, suffocated, exposed to sunlight, blasted with a shockwave of PureEnergy, sent falling to his doom, charred, and finally [[spoiler: sucked into a jet engine]].
-->"[[BondOneLiner Plan F wins]]."
* RescueArc: Many episodes in Season Three count as their own, with a different [[MonsterOfTheWeek Fanatic Of The Week]] responsible for ''someone'' being in trouble.
* ResignedToTheCall: Seemingly half the cast. In Pextel's particular predicament, he is now a [[VirtualGhost ghost]] [[SoulJar trapped inside a cartridge]] [[BrainUploading that is inserted into]] a six-foot-tall robot that is shaped like a mechanical pencil. While this does make him a slave of his new "creators," the [[AncientConspiracy Xyliens]], at least they're a ([[BlackAndGrayMorality mostly]]) benign group of [[TheMenInBlack Men In Black]] types. He doesn't particularly like being owned by them, but he [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor at least gets his wish]] to be an astronaut, even if he is [[FateWorseThanDeath trapped in a faux-immortal state]] [[CursedWithAwesome without the benefit of a true nervous system]]. On the same token, his "life" would be rather useless if he continued to defy the call - the [[Film/BladeRunner Xylien Edge Skidder Division]] would simply come after him and [[SealedEvilInACan put his S-chip in a freezer]].
** Pinkella is resigned to the call for similar reasons, so is Erasaxo. Liquidon is ''sort of'' resigned, as he's an [[AtonementDetective Atonement Scientist/Medic/Diplomat]]. Other Voyagers joined because they were either DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife or to show their [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer original circles]] how wrong they are.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Part of season three's schtick is to satirize RealLife political and cultural events [[AnachronismStew across several decades of American history]] by showing how they [[SpaceWhaleAesop could have been even messier]] [[AlternateHistory if they nearly all happened at once and while alien diplomats were involved]]. (See the Trivia page.)
* RoboticPsychopath: Clandish "Cybomec" Consto, partially subverted in that he was already a borderline-personality psychopath ''before'' he was mechanized.
* RuleOfDrama: One reason everyone's [[WorldOfHam so emotionally unstable]].
* SealedEvilInACan: Subverted. The Lakeith Pit contains the Muellex inside. While not evil in and of itself, the first sin of mankind is not caring whether or not the Muellex is released, which [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything leads to the logical opening]] of that giant [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers concrete dumpster]]...
** SealedEvilInADuel: [[spoiler: Emperor Alhox]] is [[TheChosenOne actually destined]] to fulfill this role against Melchar, which is also why he is the only one capable of beating Melchar in open combat. ([[OurAngelsAreDifferent Levio]] is actually [[LoweredMonsterDifficulty required to hold back]] his power negation if anyone else attempts to fight Melchar, allowing for a rare DiabolusExMachina protection clause to exist.)
*** Also averted: Maurice can leave the Haragad Cavity whenever he wants, but is required to release Preamble from it temporarily near the end of time. ([[spoiler: [[GoryDiscretionShot Same cannot be said]] of the Yehtzig trooper who was trapped in the cavity with Preamble...]])
* SerialKiller: [[http://dozerfleetwiki2.wiki-site.com/index.php/Cybomec_%28Consto%29 Clandish Consto]] toys around with the idea of making a career out of being a SerialKiller. Then, he decides to become a full-blown terrorist instead. (With plans to become [[AGodAmI a god]].)
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Think the story [[CerebusSyndrome can't get any darker]]? By the ''Final Hope'' timeline, [[spoiler: Astrabolo]] [[HumanPopsicle has returned]]. The PTG (UN substitute) has now become the PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny, with [[spoiler: Astrabolo]] as TheCaligula. [[spoiler: The original Voyagers]] are dead. All the characters we loved are dead or sent into hibernation/muellexic freeze. If [[spoiler: Astrabolo]] gets [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough desperate enough]], he may release [[OmnicidalManiac Melchar]] ([[SealedEvilInADuel and Alhox]]) from the Muellex. [[spoiler: Port Metaball]] is a nuclear wasteland. Our new heroes are a black dude whose family was killed in a fire, a girl who [[VideoGameLives has unlimited lives]] if she remains a technical virgin, a monk, a chaplain/mechanic, a [[SpoiledSweet rich girl]] with a RapeAsDrama [[BreakTheCutie motif]], and the grandniece of our favorite WalkingWasteland. They must stop the old evil from assembling a DeathRay that can wipe out an entire city at a time, by finding the hidden blueprints first. Meanwhile, signs point to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ShoutOutThemeNaming: The Xylien Society contains {{Shout Out}}s to a LOT of pop-cultural depictions of [[TheMenInBlack Men In Black]] types. While Film/MenInBlack (weird technology, wearing black, and liking to keep secrets from surface {{Muggles}}) and Film/BladeRunner ("retiring" rogue Mechies) are pretty egregiously referenced, Series/{{Heroes}} tops the list. A lot of references to The Company [[DontExplainTheJoke can be found throughout]]. The Trivia page has more examples.
* SixthRanger: Neone, a subversion in that she was always meant to be part of the original team, but got delayed by reason of being on another planet.
** [[MagneticHero Then]] there was Liquidon, who didn't fight the team but instead needed their help to [[ClearMyName get his name cleared]] as he was mistaken for a terrorist.
** Viola also pulls it off.
** Perhaps the most egregious example is Cybomec, subverted in that it was only ''a'' Cybomec [[spoiler: the one possessed by Richard Ribando]] that joins, not ''the'' Clandish "Cybomec" Consto that nearly killed everyone. [[spoiler: He becomes Preamble instead.]]
** [[ButtMonkey Erasaxo]], while technically number six, was part of the original team. His reclusive nature and small size tend to make him [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg an afterthought]] to others though. Made worse in that he's ordered by the Xylien Society not to leave the ship very often.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This series tries its hardest to be neutral, but leans slightly cynical. Most of the [[GambitPileup Gambit Pileups]] are the result of some characters being too GenreBlind to realize that HanlonsRazor applies to them [[PlotInducedStupidity just as much]] [[IdiotPlot as it does to everyone else]]. [[BlackAndGrayMorality Then again, they do have soul-crushing evil and malice to deal with as well]].
* SoulJar: "S-chips" (soul-containing, microchip-moduled cartridges) are a type of SoulJar. Drisalian status of an S-chip's ghost prior to death determines whether or not [[PsychicPowers phantomitics]] are possible, which determines which type of Librion body is appropriate. (Androidal Librion bodies for humans, Mechanical Pencil Librions for Stationeries.)
** Note: Most Whiteouts are acceptable in a Mechie body. [[UpToEleven Hyper]]-[[SupernaturalMartialArts Mikloched]] ones, however, are better off merely sent into the stratosphere [[SuperpowerMeltdown to explode]].
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Quite a few examples under the Trivia page.
* StrawHypocrite: A judge in Braldon bans Oceanoe from visiting the country, based solely on the fact that he was a victimized by the Crooked Rainbow in their intolerance of the Voyagers' Minshan beliefs. Yet, the judge allows several of the exact same Crooked Rainbow members who victimized Oceanoe into Braldon for an all-expenses paid, taxpayer-funded (without taxpayer consent) trip, to spread propaganda for their lifestyle, in the name of "tolerance."
** [[GaiasVengeance And is]] [[WhenTreesAttack eaten by a tree for it]]. After being slaughtered by it [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice rather brutally]]. Do NOT [[TemptingFate get Filforth mad]]! Observe [[http://dozerfleet.wikia.com/wiki/File:ChoiceAfterAll.jpg here]]. (Look closely. Those are ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill charred skeletons]]''.)
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Usually averted, at least for women. Just as long as you don't cross paths with [[SerialKiller Clandish]] "[[PsychoElectro Cybomec]]" [[AGodAmI Consto]]. Granted, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the Mosquatlon heroine]] Cindy [[spoiler: turning into a bomb]] to save Liquidon; and then [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice blowing herself up]]]] to defeat Varikton's monster is probably about the worst example. [[spoiler: Susani Malone]]'s death might count as this as well. [[spoiler: Hidicky Delft]]'s death is a ''very straight'' (albeit, gender-flipped) version of this.
* TakeThat: LOTS of them, ranging from [[{{Satire}} American political examples]] to the occasional DeconstructiveParody of various films/shows. See the Trivia page for examples.
* TeamRocketWins: Nonpriel actually manages to capture Rhodney and Liquidon in one episode. They get loose when trying to save their captors from burning up on reentry into Markerterion's atmosphere after Nonpriel [[TooDumbToLive revives Consto]].
** He also starts out as successful in teaming up with Lamdock to capture nearly ''all'' the Voyagers. But overlooking [[BadassPreacher Richard Ribando]] proved to be the necessary component to reversing that situation.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Played straight with the angels. Most of them see no point in manifesting as a woman, especially since few cultures in human history respected the words and voice of a woman. One notable exception is [[MeaningfulName Critiqamas]], who rarely makes an appearance since she is an [[UpToEleven even bigger]] WalkingWasteland than Liquidon. She shows up in a minisode explaining why more angels don't manifest as women, and turns her captors' apartment into Chernobyl Lite. She also makes an appearance in "Bittersweet This Bargain," since the Crooked Rainbow begin to get smart after the events in "Choice After All" and start wearing flame retardant to thwart off Filforth's attacks.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Crepes!
* {{Unobtanium}}: Nobody on Mantith knows how to manufacture lead-balzhite. [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Nor do they think]] to actually employ the Voyagers' supply of it to practical application as an energy source, in spite it being at least as reliable as uranium but producing far less dangerous waste.
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: [[http://dozerfleet.wikia.com/wiki/Cybomec_(Consto) Clandish Consto]] sought revenge on a girl who got him expelled from grade school YEARS ago, murdered every teacher that ever verbally abused him that was still living, poisoned his own landlord, murdered his landlord's wife, joined an invading enemy army, and hijacked an entire space center. And all in his own hometown! He then proceeds to threaten the world of that army he initially joined, and eventually becomes such a threat to the universe, that the Angel of Death [[PlaceBeyondTime traps him in the Haragad Cavity]] until the end of time so he can't learn sorcery. [[SubvertedTrope So much for]] [[JokerImmunity the "I'm back" celebration]]!
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