An alternate universe series created by Tropers/{{emeriin}} (although other authors enjoy playing in it and the KinkMeme has contributed considerably), this universe sees the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses and ChannelAwesome team as owners, employees and patrons of a seedy club in an even seedier world.

The timeline can be found [[http://emeriin.livejournal.com/112329.html here]] and the masterlist can be found [[http://emeriin.livejournal.com/75055.html#cutid2 here]].

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!!Tropes in the ''[=HookerVerse=]'' series include:
* AesopAmnesia: While Critic is in the hospital, Harvey tried ''really'' hard to make him understand that he doesn't have to act like the world is against him. Between then and the club is foggy, but we're to assume he didn't take that to heart.
* AlternateUniverse: Because there's no Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses site in this world (or WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment or WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob etc.), the Nerd has to have a rivalry with WebVideo/TheIrateGamer.
* AnachronicOrder: For example, origin stories for the Chick, Marz and Critic were done ''way'' after we had got to know all their issues in the present. Luckily, the timeline and masterlist helps things from getting too confusing.
* ArcWords: Pretending, hiding and unreliable perceptions of people are all big themes here.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In "The Real Green Thing Will Come", Harvey asks Critic if he has a death wish. He can't answer, but we all know the answer is [[DeathSeeker yes]].
* AuthorAppeal: Fem!dom, curvy women with long hair, public sex and high-heeled boots.
* BadBoss: Played straight with Goggles's boss, a sexist bastard who gets MarzGurl into prostituting herself. It's hinted that he would have done the same thing to Goggles if she had turned up to defend her job instead.
* BadDreams: A common theme. And understandable, given the circumstances.
* BedlamHouse: Averted with the hospital Critic and Penny goes to. It's a nice place that wants to help. (We're sure that not ''all'' the patients are stubborn jackasses though.)
* BelligerenSexualTension: Michaud and Chick are quite possibly one of the most messed up examples. Both have admitted to utterly despising the other. When confronted with the possibility of being in love with one another, both work very hard to change the subject.
* BeYourself: Subverted. Snob tells Critic he doesn't want him to act like a stepford bimbo but when it looks like this is the message, he tells him to put on a different act because hookers acting normally makes them look like freaks. Lampshaded by the Critic himself.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. All of the hookers get bruises and wounds that stay for a while, and Angry Joe gets a half-Chelsea grin.
* BiTheWay: The majority of the characters, whether they like it or not.
* BlackComedy: For all the verse's "GrimDark" reputation, there's plenty of this around.
%% BreakTheCutie
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: In "These Boots Are Made For...", the Critic asks 'you' what you want him to do. After two fairly normal examples (oral and bending over), he mentions getting a swirly and then giving oral. Ew.
* TheCityNarrows: The only time police are mentioned is when Critic panics about how he can't go out in his work clothes because he'll get arrested.
* CloudCuckooLander: Chester A. Bum is in fine form, calling Marz "smurf girl".
* ContrivedCoincidence: Yes, everyone lives in Chicago and meets each other eventually. Just go with it.
* ConvenientlyCommonKink: Averted. Not all the customers are into the soft stuff, and Mary has one who was into watersports. Not that this is a ''bad'' thing, she was just squicked out.
* CoolOldGuy: Harvey helps (or tries to) Penny and Critic get out of their self-pity.
* CrapsackWorld: Everyone is a few notches down on how beaten up their lives are.
* CruelToBeKind: The Chick's punishment of Penny. She could have easily got Michaud to throw her out but she stuck with a whipping. As we all know, though, That Other Girl doesn't take this well.
* ADayInTheLimelight: rachelleneveu's ''the stars have all faded here'' looks at the AU through Stacey's eyes.
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* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone from TGWTG still has this quality, and the [[=OCs=]] have their moments too.
* DisgustingPublicToilet: There hasn't been a nice one yet, even in the club.
* DisposableSexWorker: Deconstructed. The outside world wouldn't care if any of them got hurt or killed, but we would. Hammered home with TheReveal of what Ask That Guy and Sage do for a living.
** Played straight with Shelly, one of the workers at the club before the main cast came in. All we know of her is that she killed herself with coke and vodka when she got a positive pregnancy test.
* DoubleStandard: (in-verse) The girls get at least some form of protection while they're in the club, while Benzaie, Y, and especially Linkara and Critic are pretty much ignored.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale and DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Both averted. That Other Girl raping, torturing and generally mindfucking the Critic and the Chick (and Penny too) is her being a monster, not an AbusivelySexyWoman.
* DrugsAreBad: They're the cause of most of Linkara's problems.
%% DysfunctionJunction
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Cherry Lipgloss was the first fic in the verse and you'll notice it was a lot lighter, with dark bits creeping through the shiny pretty instead of the other way round.
** In the second fic, "Taking What You Deserve", Mechakara came into the verse and tortured Linkara. That's not in canon anymore because robots and world-hopping would kinda clash with the down-to-earth, "gritty" feel.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [=LordKat=] will smuggle in weapons, drugs and alcohol for Sage, but he will ''not'' take part in the sex trafficking.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Wouldn't be a Hooker AU without it.
* EverythingsCuterWithKittens: Chester gives Mary a kitten he got out of his coat pocket.
* EverybodySmokes: It's usually a way to calm themselves down.
* FanDisservice: While the first fic's description of Critic's outfit of make-up, thigh-high boots, corset and mini-skirt (along with the tie, hat and jacket) was EatingTheEyeCandy, later fics give the impression that he's supposed to look seriously trashy.
** Not just the Critic's clothes. It's kinda hard to enjoy the pretty boys and girls when you learn that they often go without food for a long time due to lack of money.
** Before Linkara and Spoony have anonymous sex, much detail is given to the diseased, dirty surroundings before we get to any good stuff.
* FatBastard: Mr. Scholl is described as a "fat, tall man wearing one of those shirts with the loosened tie you always saw fat, sweaty business men wear".
* FanService: The original point of this AU. It's somewhat expanded beyond that, now.
* {{Futureshadowing}}: "even when we are nothing left" is filled to the brim with this.
--> ''He was even used to some of them looking at him as if just by doing so, he'd act like a complete whore for them.''
--> ''and then his thoughts moved to the big brother that left. The brat in him hoped he was dead. The little brother hoped he was happy.''
--> ''The other man pouted. "Not yet... but there's a heirachy and I bet the boss is a total pussy. You'll be a trophy wife in no time."''
--> ''He had to laugh at Ask That Guy's twisted brand of optimism. "And I get to have lots of sex to help you out? You better make this worth my while."''
--> ''Ask That Guy petted him on the head while taking out a mouth-wateringly big amount of cash from his pocket. "You really are going to be good at this."''
* GetOut: Goggles to Marz when she disappoints her for the last time, said in a TranquilFury way.
* GreenEyedMonster: Ask That Guy hates Chick for taking his only constant away from him, Paw resents Benzaie for getting most of Donna's attention, Michaud can't stand Critic because Chick actually cares about him, Joe treats Mary like a doll others can only play with sometimes and Critic hates practically anyone who Chick and Linkara get close to.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: The key word for this verse is "complicated".
* HappilyEverAfter: Benzaie gets to go home with Suede, has no problems in doing so and his worries that his boyfriend will think any less of him are unfounded. Even though Donna has a breakdown after he leaves, it still counts.
%% HeroicBSOD: More and more as time goes on...
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ellis and Michaud. And you should know by now that it's not exactly a positive example.
** Lucy and Stacey are best friends and they've had no romantic feelings towards each other... yet.
* HisStoryRepeatsItself: Very often. Two examples that stand out are Chick seeing her past relationship with Nella in Critic/Ask That Guy and Critic taking a suicidal Penny to the same hospital he was at when he was DrivenToSuicide.
* HypocrisyNod: Marz is more than aware of her still-remaining drug problems and how she comes down hard on Linkara for his.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: [[TeamMom Liz]] gives this warning to Joe about Mary.
* InnocentInaccurate: Chester, occasionally. He's blissfully unaware of what all the "nice people" do for a living.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mr. Scholl and the Distressed Watcher.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Most notably the Nostalgia Chick (who genuinely cares for the Critic and has great affection for Film Brain), MarzGurl (who [[spoiler: rescued Linkara and took him in, as well as taking him out for his birthday]]) and Michaud (who not only likes children but also may or may not [[spoiler: be in love with Chick]]).
* LampshadeHanging: "Make Yourself The Hero" takes the usual Linkara/Insano hero/villain dynamic and twists it into something both depressing and funny.
* LighterAndSofter: The KinkMeme spawned a spin-off of this verse that made the Secret Treehouse hookers and the TGWTG people customers. For now, it's fun, lovingly self-indulgent, cracky relief that serves as like an antidote to the original that can at times get so heavy. ([[TropesAreNotBad They are of course both awesome.]])
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Most of the titles are lines from poetry.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: It's more or less a given that every character from ThatGuyWithTheGlasses exists in this universe somewhere, and the only reason they haven't appeared yet is because nobody has yet thought of a way to include them.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Thus far we have had: At an airport, in a bathroom (twice), behind a dumpster, on a stage, in an office, in a car, in an alley...while in all probability sex does take place on beds in this universe, the majority of on-screen sex seems to take place anywhere but.
* TheMasochismTango: The Chick/Nella relationship. Both were bitchy, both were horrid to each other [[note]] Yes, Chick is the victim in this instance but it's clear she didn't make anything easier[[/note]] and Nella leaving was a cruel blessing.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Averted. Although the main author clearly loves fem!dom, the girls go through just as much horror, danger and humiliation as the boys do.
* MindScrew: The whole That Other Girl/Penny/Critic/Chick mess.
* MoralityPet: Chester gives the club-people someone to look after.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Both MarzGurl and FilmBrain have killed people, both by accident, and both have felt utterly horrid afterward.]]
* NeverMyFault: Critic is slightly ''too'' into painting himself as the victim.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When Critic is at the hospital and "doing well", Ask That Guy visits, they have an argument about money and [[DrivenToSuicide bad things happen]].
* NoNameGiven: Done intentionally for the hookers when it's from a customer's POV. ''They don't care enough to ask''.
* OnlySaneMan: [=JewWario=], Cinema Snob and Harvey Finevoice seem to be the only conveyors of consistent sense in this world. Harvey tries to remind his patients that acting they're the victim isn't doing them any favors and the other two are in the character sheet.
* PlatonicProstitution: Chick and Film Brain, while she's still in that job.
* {{Original Character}}s: [[BrokenBird Penny]] and [[MagnificentBitch That Other Girl]] (expies from another fanfic), [[LovableAlphaBitch Donna]], [[CuteBookworm Stacey]], [[DefrostingIceQueen Mary]], [[TeamMom Liz]] and [[TheLadette Lucy]].
** There are also a few original characters that help move the plot along by being one-note assholes.
* OutOfGenreExperience: For emeriin's birthday, a Humor/Fluff fic called 'Eye of the Storm' was written where Michaud is absolutely adorable through and through.
* RedLightDistrict: The pitiful version.
* RescueRomance: Both Chick/Critic and MarzGurl[=/=]Linkara start out this way, albeit in an incredibly cynical fashion.
* RevengeByProxy: Whenever Ask That Guy gets in trouble, Critic is the one who suffers.
* SanitySlippage: If one of your patients panic about "being thrown away" when it's time to leave, you might wanna keep him around for longer.
* SexForServices: It's implied this is how Linkara got started. But replace services for drugs.
* SlasherSmile: The person that holds a knife to the Chick and assaults her has one of these.
* {{Streetwalker}}: Linkara and Critic are at the very bottom of the club's power chain, and could be kicked out at any point. Which is partly the reason why Marz and Chick are looking after them, respectively. They know what it's like to be on street corners.
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* {{Twincest}}: Critic/Ask That Guy are the horribly fucked up, self-destructive kind, naturally.
* TheWindyCity: Poor Chicago gets picked on quite a lot.
* WhatTheHellHero: Film Brain ''eviscerates'' Nella for leaving the Chick alone and depressed.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: MarzGurl whores herself out to save her girlfriend's job and doesn't tell her.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Spoony ends up here when he meets Linkara for the first time.

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