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[[caption-width-right:250:[-[[{{Room101}} Let's just say it's]] [[LazyTown not been Vexen's day.]]-] ]]
Once upon a time, in [[KingdomHearts The World That Never Was]], at [[BrickJoke an indeterminate time of day]], Xaldin, Vexen, and Lexaeus encountered a monster that was destroying the Organization by taking their... [[UnusualEuphemism you know]]. Immune thanks to them being "ugly" (a [[BigBad teenage fanbrat]] is in control and clearly doesn't realize that Lexaeus is [[AuthorAppeal MANLY]]), these three nobodies embark on a world-hopping journey to save their comrades, battling the gutless and [[ShoutOut countless pop culture references,]] in an attempt to restore logic, sanity and good humor to the fanfiction universe, all while protecting their groins [[GroinAttack from assault]] by the Semes. Who are kind of like TheHeartless, but instead of hearts, are disembodied, um... you know.

Yes, really.

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2903858/1/Those_Lacking_Spines Those Lacking Spines]]'' is a ''KingdomHearts'' fanfiction written by Gexegee of [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1020616/Organization_VI Organization VI]]. As a MetaFic, it parodies just about every aspect of bad fanfiction. Xaldin, Vexen, and Lexaeus race through {{alternate universe}}s, and encounter a wide variety of FanficTropes, including {{Slash Fic}}s, {{High School AU}}s, {{Self Insert Fic}}s, {{Song Fic}}s, {{Cross Over}}s, {{Crack Fic}}s, {{Wangst}}, and CanonDefilement, while keeping the plot of [[TheVirus Gutless]] changing the remaining members of Organization XIII into [[{{Seme}} shadows]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything of]] [[{{Uke}} themselves]]. Along the way, it viciously lampoons several other franchises, lovingly mocking everything under the sun in a brilliant, hilarious (and sometimes long-winded) romp through fanfiction itself.

A 4th anniversary DramaticReading of the fanfic [[http://ggosity.dreamwidth.org/2418.html has been started]] by the author.

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!!''ThoseLackingSpines'' contains examples of:

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' reference.
* AnimateInanimateObject: Xaldin's sideburns.
* ApatheticTeacher: Ms. Larxene. She spends almost all of her screen time flirting with the class' parents, or explaining to the class why they will never amount to anything.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The heroes have landed on the City of OC, subverted the MarySue's intimidation power, easily destroyed Marly-dono's prospective army, and are about to storm his lair. "Agh! And they're throwing their unconscious bodies into my beautiful rosebushes! THOSE WERE RAISED BY HAND, YOU BASTARDS!"
** "Organization XIII was not a nice group of sort-of-kind-of-former people. They toyed with minds, they twisted relationships, they used lives as tools, they manipulated innocents, they spread chaos, they captured hearts, they lengthened the lines at the DMV and they commanded Heartless."
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Parodied; a lot of characters have vaguely Japanese-sounding gibberish for last names.
* AttackPatternAlpha: “Let’s attempt Maneuver 35, shall we?”
* [[AuthorFilibuster Author]]''/''CharacterFilibuster: Forgivable on the basis of being [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]].
* AuthorAvatar: Not just Gexegee, but the rest of the writers of Organization VI as well.
** Gexegee does deserve special mention, though. She appeared on the GSS Existentialist completely randomly, shouted from the ship's bedroom for Xaldin to bring in the whipped cream, and then [[SelfDeprecation got thrown out into space]].
* BadassBoast: Jeffiroth's, though [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Xaldin and Lexaeus.
* BallroomBlitz: Aku-chan interrupts Destiny Sanctuary Peak High School Academy Grammar School's Spring Fling Formal Prom Hop to create Gutless out of the student characters. The protagonists interrupt his plan right back.
* BerserkButton: As Vexen clearly enunciates, “'''Nobodies. Do ''not''. Have. ''Hearts''.'''”
** Zexy-poo does ''NOT'' listen to Savage Garden!
*** The first is HilariousInHindsight, as according to the later installments in the games, Nobodies do actually have hearts; Xemnas was lying and manipulating them to believe otherwise in order to create Kingdom Hearts.
* BigBad: The Grand Master Fangirl.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Xaldin, Vexen and Lexaeus are rescued from the Mary-Sue Gutless by the revived Larxene.]]
* BigNo: Happens fairly often. Riku does this, not once but ''three'' times in the HighSchoolAU chapter.
* BigRedButton: The button to the [[spoiler: BETA]].
** Xuxastell also pushes on, thinking it would make her the first Nobody with a heart in Chapter 5. [[spoiler:It turns her back into Larxene instead.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: As a type of Gutless.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The floating second darkest tower in Vacillating Heights has a basement... despite the lack of earth to house such a basement.
* BlandNameProduct: Mostly averted by giving the actual names of products, but one chapter has a computer with a '[[{{Microsoft}} Macrohard Exceed]]' program.
* BoldInflation: Doubled, with Jeffiroth ('''[[RunningGag JEFFIROTH]]'''). "He was so {{Badass}} his [[GenreSavvy font was bolded]]."
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Parodied with the Gutless' name. Vexen "was going to call them the Nutless, but Disney put their foot down. Some nonsense about not scaring the children and lawsuits, something about [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid a VHS]] [[FreudWasRight cover]] or something."
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "The Saïx we recruited is stoic, collected, and mildly psychopathic with a sadistic twist."
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Too many times to count.
* BrickJoke: The time of day in The World That Never Was, Jeffiroth's choir, pages of blank verse.
* BrownNote: [[{{Squick}} "I can't see. I cannot see. My retinas have committed suicide."]]
* CampGay: Marly-dono and almost all of the Ukes.
* CerebusSyndrome: The first ten chapters poked fun at all of the clichés and themes in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fandom while having what is little more than an ExcusePlot; the next two ramp up the seriousness of the plot (if there was any to start with) while keeping numerous pieces of snark.
* ChekhovsGag: The time of day in The World That Never Was.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Paris Hilton's new single
** Fishy crackers
** Xaldin's sideburns
** "A betta." (Beta)
* ClicheStorm: A good portion of the worlds in Fandom Hearts the protagonists visit invokes [[invoked]] the extremes of fanfiction genres for humor.
* CliffHanger: The end of chapter eight has one, and various events in the following chapter lampshade [[ShaggyDogStory the pointlessness]] of these expectedly dramatic buildups.
* CloudCuckooLander: Demy-kins, who fittingly rules over the CrackFic half of Vacillating Heights.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: Prominent from the author trying to explain a Nobody's lack of existence/non-existence.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Vexen is tortured by [[spoiler:listening to the LazyTown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lqfQi7146U cake song]].]] Originally they tried ''It's a Small World After All'', but one of the RequiredSecondaryPowers of a "Part-Disney" character includes an immunity to Disney songs.
** It may also qualify as a MindRape for Vexen.
* CouldntFindAPen: The inscription of the second-darkest tower and the extremities of the Pyramid Head expy in Vacillating Heights is actually written [[InvertedTrope not in red nail polish, but in magic marker]].
* CrackFic: Vacillation Heights changes between this during the day and DarkFic at night.
* CreatorCameo: All of Organization VI appear in some fashion, but Gexegee (the actual writer) deserves special mention. She wrote herself in as calling for Xaldin from the bedroom, asking him to bring more whipped cream, and [[SelfDeprecation then being thrown out into space.]]
* CurseCutShort: “Oh shi-”, despite the prevalence of non-cut curses.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: To a video of a ''bee'' pollinating a ''flower''. It's Marly-dono, people.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lexaeus takes this role, despite the fact that Vexen is one in canon. Then again, this fic isn't known for its adherence to canon...
* DeathIsDramatic: Zexy-poo asks for a dramatic death. He doesn't get to complete his speech before he is turned into a purple blob of you-know.
* DeconstructionFic: It's hard to wonder what this fic ''doesn't'' deconstruct.
* ADegreeInUseless: Ms. Larxene has a doctorate in philosophy, but learned too late that all it qualified her for was teaching language arts at [[HighSchoolAU Destiny Sanctuary Peak High School Academy Grammar School.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment- Coupled with PurpleProse, descriptions of {{Copycat Sue}}s describe colors as cornsilk yellow platinum amber blonde and sapphire cobalt aquamarine cornflower silk lily midnight blue.
* DesignatedVillain: [[invoked]] In Inept Crossings, Lexaeus meets {{Inuyasha}}, who is baffled as to why Lexaeus doesn't want to antagonize him, and in fact, orders him to do under the fear of Inept Crossing's ruling Semes.
* DeusExMachina: The DEM engines.
** And later, [[spoiler:the BETA]].
*** To explain: Roxas and Xaldin were rescued by [[spoiler:the EliteBeatAgents]].
* TheDragon: Mansex.
* DramaticWind: Lampshaded in the text, describing it as improbably slow-falling and dramatic.
* {{Duck}}: Inverted, as The Llama Song reference ends one verse with the animal, though when applied to the giant, shapeshifting llama-thing the protagonists encounter, Vexen exclaims "duck" to warn of the giant blade that is just about to swing over their heads.
* EEqualsMCHammer: Vexen scribbles on a chalkboard in this manner to explain his two theories of how Xaldin and Roxas remained safe after the ResetButton.
* EmoTeen: Zexy-poo.
* FakeBrit: Brought up in-universe in a discussion on Xaldin's English and Vexen's Japanese voice actors. The main trio go off figuring that arguing about their voice actors is silly.
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Xaldin and Lexaeus both attempt to provide dramatic exposition once. The other two members of the trio are not impressed.
* FanArt: Yes, FanArt of FanFic. There are [[http://lynxgriffin.deviantart.com/gallery/244526 fan comics]], [[http://oriana132.deviantart.com/art/Those-Lacking-Spines-169486886 a fan book cover]], and [[http://jaubrey.deviantart.com/art/The-cake-is-NOT-a-lie-sadly-136960641 a fan cosplay]] ShoutOut to ''Those Lacking Spines''.
* FauxlosophicNarration
* GratuitousJapanese: Pence's lines, which deviates into GratuitousSpanish.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler:The weakness of a Seme]].
* HandWave: Many events that would seem otherwise illogical or unbuilt are subjected to this, or ignored for the purpose of plot.
** Well, it is a fanfic, snarking about the sheer stupidity of other fanfics. [[MST3KMantra Just go with it.]]
* HeartbreakAndIceCream: Zexy-poo comforts himself by eating Ben & Jerry's ice cream after an exaggeratedly melodramatic fit toward Demy-kins.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:The Semes, at the end.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Xaldin]] performs this (instead of previously severing the Gutless-infected part of his body) as a result of [[spoiler: activating the BETA]].
* HighSchoolAU: Parodied, along with everything else.
* HilarityEnsues: Frequently (mostly to Vexen's chagrin).
* HypocrisyNod
* HypocriticalHumor
* IBrokeANail: Marly-dono, when he slams his fingers on a keyboard, exclaims this.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: By the end of the fic, Xaldin asks for “Vodka. Top-shelf. Straight. On the rocks.”
* IfIHadANickel: Lexaeus laments over the idea that fanfic writers get the idea that he can’t [[ThirdPersonPerson talk in first person]], muttering about a dime for each instance.
* ImpactSilhouette: [[spoiler: Mansex]] escapes the blast of the combusting [[spoiler: Yaoi Cannon]] through one of these.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Jeffiroth gets a seven-foot-long katana. As per usual, this is lampshaded.
-->Unfortunately, a seven-foot katana, while cool-looking and certainly intimidating, is just not all that practical for a battle. Jeffiroth was able to attack with it, mostly by spinning around in a circle with his arms stretched out and hoping it would nick Xaldin, Vexen or Lexaeus enough to make them give up their unceasing barrage of wind, ice, earth and stabbity-type attacks.
** It's even impractical for self-use.
-->Unfortunately, a seven-foot long katana, while badass and certainly intimidating, is just not all that practical for seppuku. What followed was a ten minute display of Jeffiroth trying in vain to impale himself on a sword that was taller than he was, in full view of his choir and Nobuo Uematsu.
* IncessantChorus: Speaking of Jeffiroth, his chorus sings "Jeffiroth!" every time someone says his name. It even continues many chapters later.
* InMediasRes: Chapter 10 starts this way, goes back, and ends the chapter at the same time where it originally started.
* InsistentTerminology: Xaldin has ''braids'', not dreadlocks. Do you know what you have to do to your hair to get dreadlocks?
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight at Castle Midnight Moonraven [=McGee=]. Then again, it usually was.
* JapaneseHonorifics: Most of the semes get one.
* TheJoyOfX: Final Bossing For Fun and Profit
** Also, "Toadying For the Final Boss For Fun and Profit"
* [[InteractiveNarrator Interactive]]/LemonyNarrator
* LittleProfessorDialog: Lampshaded by Lexaeus on [[spoiler: the Grand Master Fangirl]]’s speech.
* LargeHam: Zexy-poo has quite a few moments out of the Semes, who overall act like this during the twelfth chapter.
* TheLongList: In Inept Crossings... [[note]]After what seemed like hours upon hours of encountering CareBears, more whiny and hapless teenagers than Destiny Whatever High School could ever hope to house, [[{{Pokemon}} obnoxious children wielding electric rats]] and [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh card games]] and [[{{Beyblade}} fighting tops]] and [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} digital electric rats]] and [[DannyPhantom phantasmal powers]] and [[CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers magical planet powers]] and dinosaur fairies and [[Manga/DeathNote magic sketchbooks]] and any number of silly things, DeanKoontz novels, [[TheMusical Broadway musicals]], [[CookingShow television gourmet chefs]], television lawyer shows, [[RealityTV reality shows]], Series/CSIMiami, fast food advertisement personalities, [[Series/{{Teletubbies}} terrifying crack monsters with televisions in their stomachs]], terrifying crack monsters with beady eyes and no mouths and hypnotic brainwashing dances, pop singers, boy bands, pop singers who solved mysteries, boy bands who solved mysteries, rappers, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs rappers who solved mysteries about pop singers and boy bands]], and LindsayLohan, Vexen collapsed from exhaustion in the middle of nowhere, praying to any merciful deity of the Nobodies or any kind of merciful deity at all for the sweet deliverance of sudden death.[[/note]]
* LowerDeckEpisode: The point of having Xaldin, Vexen, and Lexaeus be the protagonists is because they are obscure enough by fanfiction writers to be ignored by the Gutless.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Rather, the fangirl behind the seme.]]
* MorphWeapon: Out of all things, Demykins’s razor-sharp ukulele.
* MostCommonCardGame: In the first chapter, Demyx finds himself losing to Luxord at Go Fish.
* NeverSayDie: Xaldin actually states himself that "the Organization never says die!"
** Which makes it even more hilarious when Larxene appears and (literally) ''does'' say "die" just seconds later.
* NominalImportance: Francesca, who out of all the Moo Gutless, survived.
* NotInTheFace: Marly-Dono asks this of Larxene and the main trio after they corner him. She reassures him that it won't be in the face.
* TheNothingAfterDeath: Present as a WhiteVoidRoom, unlike the CessationOfExistence as the Nobodies think.
* OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs: Let's say it's the motif.
* OminousFloatingCastle
* OminousLatinChanting: Jeffiroth's 100-piece orchestra includes this in its music, followed by an echoed “'''''JEFFIROTH'''''!”
* OneWingedAngel: Jeffiroth, in his second form, turns into a seven-winged one [[ClippedWingAngel (though he's easily beaten)]].
** Interestingly, the original OneWingedAngel, Sephiroth, had seven wings.
* OnlySaneMan: Xaldin, Vexen and Lexaeus all qualify.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Gexegee points out this trope as being all too prevalent in fanfiction.
* OriginalCharacter
* {{Otaku}}: As a type of Gutless.
** [[FanDumb And they rip each other apart while arguing over]] [[SpellMyNameWithAnS character name spellings.]]
* OverlyLongFightingAnimation: As part of Jeffiroth's second form transformation.
* OverlyLongName: '''''x-x-''M'''''arley-'''''dono''''' '''C'''r'''I'''m'''S'''o'''N'''f'''L'''o'''W'''e'''R''-x-x'''''. (sic)
* ParodySue: [[OverlyLongName Sakura-Rose Sunblossom Orange Juice Annie-Marie McFate]]
** Also Xuxastell, who [[spoiler: was created by putting Larxene in a machine that sueifies everyone and everything.]]
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The password in the factory isn't simple, but it is stupid (as described in-universe), being a list of all of the Semes.
* PerverseSexualLust: Gexegee for Xaldin, in her brief appearance in one chapter.
* PimpDuds: Homie X Luxory wears them.
* PlayingTheHeartStrings: Coupled with SorryILeftTheBGMOn.
* PlotHole: The story seems to span the length of a day (or at least, some short period of time), yet one of the Semes says that he and [[spoiler: the Grand Master Fangirl]] had been conspiring for months to spread the Gutless to the canon world.
* PowerGivesYouWings: The remaining energies of the [[spoiler: Yaoi Cannon]], when the BigBad unlocks them for Mansex, gives him wings among... other garish outfit changes.
** And Jeffiroth. While it is true that he went through a machine that turns him into a MarySue and that made him look like Sephiroth, he still got a one wing resembling Sephiroth's when he first came out. When he ascends to his second form, he gets six more one wings. Don't ask us how this is possible.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: Inverted with Jeffiroth: Hair Makes Your Power Grow. And when one attacks said hair...
* PrecisionFStrike: Vexen executes one in chapter 12.
* PrepareToDie: Against Xuxastell:
-->“Nevertheless,” Lexaeus still had his fierce gaze locked on the imposter Nobody as he pulled his tomahawk up out of the ground. “Larxene is our comrade-in-arms and we will not stand for what you have done to her. In the name of the real Organization XIII—prepare to die.”
* PungeonMaster: Demykins, with highlights such as [[Music/JohnLennon 'give peas a chance']], [[Film/LiveAndLetDie 'liver let die']], and bringing up a betta (beta).
* ReferenceOverdosed: It is impossible to list all of them.
* RelaxOVision: Double-subverted. Right when the protagonists are about to [[GroinAttack test their theories]] on Xiggy-kun, the narrator announces to switch to a description of kittens, but since she has no kittens, she switches the plot to the second line in-waiting.
* RiddleMeThis
* RuleOfFunny
* RunningGag:
** Vexen's phobia of [[spoiler:cake]].
** “Did you just go there?”/“I rather think I did.”
** Xaldin was wrong.
** The little known facts about Demyx the pizza boy.
** Xaldin's sideburns.
** The time of day in The World That Never Was at the beginning of the fic. It becomes a BrickJoke by the end, though.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
-->[Vexen said], “Don’t be so worried, gentlemen. We can utilize a Gelatinous Confectionary Transportation Vehicle.”
-->“You mean a gummi ship,” Lexaeus nudged him in the elbow.
* SevenMinuteLull: In Destiny Sanctuary Peak High School Academy Grammar School, Riku accidentally flubs and reveals his bet with Sora after a song finishes in a party. {{Melodrama}} ensues.
* ShaggyDogStory
* ShoutOut:
** Direct references:
*** Vexen is described as resembling Galadriel from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''.
*** Characters are described as having clothing from Hot Topic, wearing Axe body spray, and the like.
*** The author figures that the song at the end of the High School AU world's Spring Fling Formal Prom Hop is "Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C.
*** The narrator suggests that Sakura-Rose has a great deal of knowledge on Creator/OrlandoBloom's acting career.
*** HumphreyBogart [[SarcasmMode certainly pales]] to Jeffx in romance.
*** ''LazyTown'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''LagunaBeach'', ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', ''Manga/InuYasha'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''Series/MacGyver'' are all mentioned in passing.
*** The choices of movies mentioned in The World That Never Was are ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', ''Film/MoulinRouge'', and ''Franchise/EvilDead 2''.
*** Music(ians) referenced are Music/{{Queen}}, [[Music/TheBeatles Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds]], Music/JanisJoplin, Music/WithinTemptation's "Angels", Gerard Way, and Savage Garden.
*** Demykins's new outfit is described as ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''-era DavidBowie-like.
** Indirect references:
*** In the first chapter, Zexion [[WaxingLyrical Waxes Lyrical]] from Music/MyChemicalRomance's "Helena".
*** In the HighSchoolAU world, ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', of all things, gets a shout out: Sora's ridiculous last name in Chapter 2 is "Wanahakaruugi".
*** Later in Destiny Sanctuary Peak High School Academy Grammar School, ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' is referenced with Xiggy-kun's apartment room being right next to Henry Townshend's.
*** Pence blabbers Music/{{Styx}}'s "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto" among other musical references.
*** Even later in the High School AU world is a reference to the Music/BlackEyedPeas's song "My Humps".
*** In the suburbs of the City of OC, Xaldin, Vexen and Lexaeus meet in a [[Series/SanfordAndSon Sanford & Son's]] Hardware and Biology Supplies Ltd store.
*** Jeffiroth references ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' and ''Breakin' Two'' (ElectricBoogaloo), as well as being one big parallel to ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]]''.
*** The dramatic reading sticks an aptly dramatic sample of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''[='=]s music in for Jeffiroth's orchestra, better known from the meme "dramatic prairie dog."
*** Inept Crossings is chock-full of these, as it is a world of crossovers. ''Anime/{{Inuyasha}}'', numerous references to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', a Disney canon (''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''), ''WesternAnimation/Bonkers'', ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', ''Literature/HarryPotter'', etc.
*** Demykins makes offhand mentions to ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' and ''Series/ILoveLucy'' among the randomness he mentions.
*** Vexen's torture sequence is one very long ShoutOut to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUwYFT5B_QA this YTMND.]]
*** The unseen world of "Voreland" is most likely a reference to [[http://snakesonasora.livejournal.com/2619.html#cutid1 this MST]] a Sora/Riku vore fanfic.
*** Vacillating Heights's description mentions the [[MonkeysOnATypewriter Infinite Monkey Theorem]], [[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds]], [[VideoGame/SilentHill2 Pyramid Head]], [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Cheese]], [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas The Llama Song]], CelineDion (and ''Film/{{Titanic}}'').
*** Some of the chapter names are shout outs to Music/AvrilLavigne, Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/BobDylan, Music/TheBeatles, Music/LinkinPark, Music/{{Queen}}, and Music/ElvisPresley.
*** [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Festivus]] was mentioned in chapter 12 as the event [[LethalChef Zexion]] cooked dinner for.
*** Zexy-poo parodies [[Creator/ChrisCrocker LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE]] once.
*** The final 'movie' at the end of the story is dubbed "[[Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos Axel and Larxene’s Funniest Home Videos]]".
*** The numerous '[[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo sequel lists]]' reference ''[[Series/BreakingBad Breakin' Bad]]'', ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', and ''Main/MarvelZombies''.
*** Demykin exclaims, "ManIFeelLikeAWoman" (original phrase from Music/ShaniaTwain) after being regenerated.
* ShutUpHannibal: Several times.
-->[Sakura-Rose:]“You’ll never defeat me, you hideous beast, because I represent all that is pure and good and light in the world, and YOU are an evil creature with no heart and I have a heart and it holds nothing but love for ALL LIVING THINGS! And you’ll never be able to scare me, either! My will is as strong as stone!”
-->“Really?” Lexaeus asked lamely, and with the slightest movement of his hand, Sakura-Rose was crushed to death beneath two tons of {{irony}} and a gigantic summoned slab of rock.
** Also twice with Jeffiroth: the first time with a 'get on with it' and the second by snapping his Badass Locks off.
* SignificantAnagram: Xuxastell, which, as Xaldin quickly figures out, unscrambles to "[[DracoInLeatherPants Axel]] [[RelationshipSue Slut]]," or "Axel Lust," if you insist.
* {{Slept Through the Apocalypse}}: Roxas, though not out of pure chance.
* SolveTheSoupCans
-->[[LampshadeHanging “Of course, this object is not going to be anywhere nearby. Oh no. It’s going to be locked up on the complete other end of the tower, behind six other locked doors, also sealed by ridiculously complicated keys and puzzles. Maybe even pieces of keys and puzzles, which we will have to run off and fetch in the most ludicrous of places before we can even think about getting out of here.”]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Invoked to get a horde of {{Otaku}} Gutless to tear each other apart over whether to use Aeris or Aerith (or Vincent[=/=][[GratuitousJapanese Binsento]]).
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: Sssssecks ssssspeakssss thissss way.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The Riku from Destiny Sanctuary Peak High School Academy Grammar School [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday totally isn't gay or anything.]]
* TakeThat
* TemptingFate: Quite often on behalf of the protagonists, and lampshaded all the time.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Quite a few of Mansex’s lines give this effect to the protagonists.
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler: After suffering through the cake running gag for the majority of the fic, Vexen gets to kick back and relax in a comfortable lounge in Chapter 10 instead of having to fight hordes of Bishonen Gutless like Xaldin and Lexaeus.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Jeffiroth.
* TimeBomb
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler: “Nine Organization members, ''whole and lacking spines'', shouted in unison.”]]
** Also (kinda) in chapter 10:
-->It was unfortunate for the Grand Master Fangirl that this sickly little idea was not any ordinary idea—it was a being that ''lacked'' a brain, a heart, a ''spine'' and most importantly, it lacked… you know.
* ToMakeALongStoryShort: Twelve chapters too late.
** Averted slightly in Chapter 1. Gexegee, when describing where they found Vexen, uses the phrase, "To make a long story short''er''" instead.
* ToTheBatNoun: Marly-Dono exclaims "TO THE EXPERIMENTAL CHAMBER!" to Xuxastell.
* TradeSnark: [[PurpleProse Overly Detailed Purple Description Mode]]™
* TransparentCloset: Riku.
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot
* TrollFic: Originally intended to be one, but completely subverted after.
* UnusualEuphemism: "...you know" isn't very unusual, but its absolute pervasiveness throughout the fic makes it stand out.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: They have a checklist of tropes that fall under this category:
-->"Let's go through the checklist," Xaldin suggested, one eyebrow raised high over the other as he examined their surroundings quizzically. "Dark skies?"
-->"Check," Lexaeus nodded.
-->"Foreboding, overly complicated architecture and/or some kind of ruins?"
-->"Indeed," Vexen confirmed.
-->"Epic-sounding technopop and/or metal music in the background?"
-->"Yep."
-->"Cryptic clues and references to the end of things, and/or excessively pretentious area names?"
-->"We have stepped into the Haven of Wasted Epiphanies," Vexen announced, reading from a convenient nearby sign. "Up ahead is the Village of Twisted Thoughts and the Subdivision of Broken Endings. Triple check."
-->"Yes. I thought so," Xaldin sighed. "This is a Final World if ever I saw one."
* VideogameSettings: As the exposition describes, the barricade Lexaeus and Vexen form in front of the darkest tower makes the building resemble an IcePalace.
* ViewerFriendlyInterface
* {{Wackyland}}: The day half of Vacillating Heights is described this by name.
* WallOfBlather: Jeffiroth's poetry rants in [[http://lynxgriffin.deviantart.com/art/Those-Lacking-Spines-pg-5-36099284 this]] comic.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Vexen is terrified of [[spoiler:cake]] after being tortured with the [[spoiler:''LazyTown'' cake song]].
* WordSaladHumor: [=DemykinsOMGWTFBBQVCR's=] dialogue, when he's not spouting {{Shout Out}}s.
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