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''[[http://www.neopets.com/ Neopets]]'' started out with a website created by [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Welshman]] Adam Powell, launched in 1999. In short, it's ''the'' virtual pet site. The basic idea is you are a Neopian -- i.e., an owner -- with a limit of four Neopets (five with premium) per account. Owners can take care of their pets by feeding them and playing with them, but there are a number of things they can do -- buy and sell items, play games, discuss on the Neoboards, explore Neopia, train and battle with their Neopets, and design a webpage. Some Neopians strive to become rich, others use it as a place to post Neopets fanwork, and still others use it to win contests.

Neopets has a lot of fiction: encyclopedia articles, short stories, a rich world, comics, game premises, and ongoing {{Story Arc}}s (known as "plots") which crop up every so often. And, if in need of inspiration, The Neopets Team lets talented users post Neopets-related articles, novellas and comic strips.

The site has since evolved into a franchise -- video games have been released, a now-discontinued TradingCardGame was made, as well as {{Nickelodeon}} shorts and a breakfast cereal. Neopets also provides a simple, efficient way of advertising -- sponsor games. These games give easy Neopoints, so they're played by a lot of Neopians every day, which provides some good advertising. It's also rather successful with merchandise; [=McDonald's=] and Burger King even had Neopets plushies as part of their kids' meals some years ago.

Special mention goes to the ''NeoQuest'' series of [=RPGs=], which have so many tropes they all have their own page. The Website/NeopianTimesWritersForum (NTWF for short) also has its own page, just be careful of the insanity. Lastly, a GaidenGame to the main Neopets site, ''PetpetPark'', [[PetpetPark also has a page]].

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!!''{{Neopets}}'' provides examples of:

* [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts Adam Powell Hates Your Guts]]: You better hope and pray you make a ton of Neopoints in case your pet ever comes down with a disease (which can happen due to a ''random event''); the cures, depending on the disease, range from 1,000 to over 300,000 NP. Blame the undercutters taking advantage of the random diseases given via Qasalan Expellibox (a game where you can earn Neocash without paying money, hence its popularity) for this. Same thing goes for taking advantage of the demand for items needed for avatars.
** Alternatively, you could just go to the Healing Springs every half hour until your pet's healed for free. This can take quite some time, though…
*** There's also overriding that sickness with another sickness that has a cheaper medicine, usually by feeding your pet some Poisonous Jelly.
** Has been eased a bit with the release of Key Quest, a game which awards high-demand items like Neggs and Codestones as prizes.
*** And you can sometimes win Codestones too in the Battledome Beta.
** It was taken to the extreme when the Coincidence Daily occurred, with many junk items that would normally be worth 1 NP on the shop wizard suddenly jumped to more than 10K, simply due to hyper-inflators.
* AdiposeRex: King Skarl, King Hagan, and King Kelpbeard all exude this trope, and this tends to be [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by villains.
* AerithAndBob: Character names range from normal names like Lucy, Jake, and Rosie to names like Meerouladen and Prytariel. Grundos and Alien Aishas have a tendency to be Aeriths.
** The pets themselves, although this is because more common names [[JustifiedTrope can only be used once without adding unsightly numbers or underscores.]]
* AffablyEvil:
** Dr. Sloth, the first major villain in site history, is very affable despite his plans for world domination! It really sets him apart from Lord Kass and the like.
** Hubrid Nox, mainly due to him [[PiratesWhoDontDoAnything never really doing anything evil]] and being a [[ClicheStorm stereotypical villain]] PlayedForLaughs, much like [[RatchetAndClank Dr. Nefarious]].
* AllegedlyFreeGame: Neocash, the site's biggest BaseBreaker. To some Neopet owners, it's a waste of money and a prime example of extortion. To others, their closets are absolutely ''stuffed'' with clothes.
** This even spirals into FridgeHorror in their Premium service; One of the big bonuses to a membership is being able to adopt a fifth Neopet. Cancel that membership, and you going to have to give up ''said pet''. This isn't made any easier considering that about-to-be-abandoned pets [[GuiltBasedGaming express their new horror and despair in no-uncertain terms]]. Luckily, pets abandoned this way are unable to be adopted by anyone else for 70 days, allowing you time to renew premium or transfer them to side account before you lose them.
* AlliterativeName:
** Aristotle A. Avinroo, and his sister Abigail Avinroo.
** On the Yooyuball field, Gordo Gunnels of Team Brightvale (previously Roo Island) and Minae Mitora of Team Terror Mountain.
* AlphaBitch: The Faerie and Fire Cybunnies in the Neopedia article for the Cybunny Beauty Contest.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Each species has at ''least'' a dozen or two, from basic colors to stuff like "Baby", "Pirate", "Darigan" (ObviouslyEvil), "Mutant" (BodyHorror), "Royal" (with both "prince" and "princess" varieties), and "[[{{Retraux}} 8-Bit]]". But not "[[LevelAte Jelly]]"; [[RunningGag that's just silly]].
* AllWitchesHaveCats: Sophie and her one-eyed "Meowclops" petpet.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Tiki Tack Man and the Mummy, who both look human but have their faces covered at all times.
* AmbiguousSyntax: The Magic Wand item has this in its description: "This magic wand doesnt do anything... unless you point it at your Neopet, in which case it will vanish in a puff of purple smoke!" 'It' refers to the wand, not the Neopet.
* AncientGrome: Altador.
* AndIMustScream: When a Petpetpet dies in the Habitarium, it turns into a diamond with a face on it (these you collect to gain ExperiencePoints, thus levels and bonus Neopoints).
* AntagonistInMourning: A 2010 Advent Calendar animation implies a heroic variant, with [[spoiler:MAGAX]] mourning [[spoiler:Hubrid Nox after his death in The Faerie's Ruin]].
* AnthropomorphicFood:
** Some of the more bizarre colors available for Neopets/Petpets/Habitarium Petpetpets can make them these, such as Jelly, Custard, Biscuit, Mallow (only for Grundos), Ice (pre-customization, a Bruce painted Ice would be drawn to resemble a popsicle) and Chocolate, as well as the various fruits and vegetables that one can turn their Chia into via Lab Ray or Magical Chia Pop. Lampshaded by Jellyneo's Neopian Museum, on the Chia: "Who ordered the fruit salad?"
** Three Petpets, the Jinjah (a gingerbread man), the Blobbikins (a blob of jelly), and the now-retired Sugar Rush (a can of soda) also fall under this category.
* AnthropomorphicShift:
** It used to be that most Neopets were simply 'pets' and their human owners ''were'' there. See also WasOnceAMan...
** There's also the peculiar case of Captain Threelegs. He was originally an Eyrie (a griffon Neopet) that looked just like the kind a player can own, except for the fact that he had a pegleg replacing one of his forelegs. An art update made him an anthropomorphic Eyrie that still had his pegleg... serving as his right hand. Not to mention he's also still called captain "three"legs.
* AntiPoopSocking: Restock Banning. Keep refreshing the main shops for hours on end in the hopes of nabbing that rare item, and you'll find that no items at all are shown in any shop for the rest of the day. It also applies for unique shops, such as the smuggler's cove (which can happen upon 1 refresh, but lasts way shorter), the almost abandoned attic (after 10 items), and the money tree. (again, after 10 items)
* ArtEvolution: The cast of Neopets has come a long way from the first gradient-shaded pets, many of which have gone through multiple revamps since the site's introduction. Some of the pets looked ''very'' odd back then.
** The most striking (and funniest) revamp was done to the Bruces: currently a race of penguins, they were originally photographs of BruceForsyth!
** Some of Neopets' newest art, particularly in the recent plots and events, now incorporate gradients done the ''right'' way. The results are amazing, especially in the Faeries' Ruin comics.
* ArtificialStupidity: Loads.
** Master Vex, the host of Cellblock, has apparently "Never lost a game". However, he can be defeated in [[http://www.neopets.com/~yousunkmybattleship nine moves]], ''nearly every time''.
** The Altador Cup--specifically, Yooyuball. The only real challenge is figuring out the quickest path to the goal, weaving through the opposing team, then shooting. Once you've got that sorted, it's just a matter of tedious repetition.
*** Partly fixed with the keyboard version. Now the opposing team is even more frustrating.
* AscendedGlitch: Certain glitches in Yooyuball, particularly the ones who give a superfast ball or the one which has all of the players facing backwards. The Neopets Team liked them so much, they kept them in.
* AscendedMeme:
** Neopian Times writers launched an intentional campaign to make it possible to paint Weewoos white. They did this by including images and mentions of White Weewoos in their Neopian Times submissions. Now, not only do White Weewoos exist, but they're the official mascot of the Neopian Times.
** Mr. Coconut, a meme from the Editorial section of the Neopian Times that started when they featured a random entry for a Caption Contest, got his own shopkeeper and mask. The Fance Top from the same meme is now a wearable.
** At the beginning of The Faerie's Ruin plot, a group of players made a tongue-in-cheek campaign to demand that The Neopets Team rescue the pie that turned to stone along with the faeries. When the prize shop for the plot opened, one of the prizes was a stone pie with the description "Poor pie... still stone. Mmm... crunchy."
** During the event in which Krawk Island disappeared, players took an image of the event's main character (a Krawk named Gavril McGill) and edited in various images into his hands. Later in the year, during the Haunted Faire's "Masks of Dread" event, for completing each quest the day it was released, you received a bonus prize - a book entitled "Book of Awesome" with the cover showing Gavril holding the book. The item description: "What won't Gavril hold up next?"
** During the Obelisk War, it was common to edit the image of the Zafara Digger, who was pointing out the Mysterious Dig Site, to point at just about anything. After the war? His likeness is now a wearable item, here to point at your pets for all time.
* AwesomeButImpractical: A lot of the Battledome items look and sound cool, but are weaker than a stick swung by a two-year-old.
* {{Badass}}: Any hero or villain that isn't a Faerie.
* BadassAdorable:
** Pretty much every plot character, really.
** Almost any Neopet with high Battledome stats.
*** …as [[KillerRabbit demonstrated]] in the [[http://www.neopets.com/dome/trailer.phtml old battledome trailer]].
* BaguetteBeatdown: In the game "Whack-A-Kass" (eventually changed to ''"[[YouWannaGetSued Kass Basher]]"''), one can use a baguette like a bat. You can upgrade to a sick and a spiked bat after whacking Kass far enough, though.
* BanOnPolitics: You can get in trouble for discussing politics or religion on the Neoboards. TNT has confirmed this is because they want the site to feel like an escape.
* BedsheetGhost: Taken to an extreme with Ghostkerchiefs, which are ghost(-like?) Petpets that haunt pockets.
** OurGhostsAreDifferent: Nothing is particularly consistent about them.
* BegoneBribe: There's a random event where a rendingly mewling Mutant Kadoatie appears and "you pay its owner 5000 Neopoints to take it away."
* BerserkButton: Apparently, Dr. Sloth's is being compared to a Neopet or being mistaken for one.
* BigBad: Dr. Frank Sloth, although he hasn't been doing a whole lot lately. He was upgraded to SealedEvilInACan in 2008.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: "Remember, the Soup Faerie knows how much is in your Bank AND your Shop Till"
* BiggerOnTheInside: Houses in the Habitarium appear no larger than the Petpetpets themselves, but can hold up to ''seven'' Petpetpets when upgraded to the highest level.
* BigGood: Queen Fyora and the faeries in general (barring the occasional ObviouslyEvil one) are considered this, complete with HundredPercentAdorationRating.
** Maybe not HundredPercentAdorationRating. At least two pets hate the Faeries, so there may be more out there like them in the future.
* BigNo: One of your pet's possible responses to having the Lab Ray aimed at them is "Noooooooo!"
* BinaryBitsAndBytes: To demonstrate a Lawyerbot Costume Pack, Neopets used a binary description [[note]]010010010111010000100111011100110010000001001100011000010111011101111001011001010111001001100010011011110111010000100001[[/note]] which translates to "It's Lawyerbot!".
* TheBlank: The original design for the faeries.
* BlatantLies: Many of the Gross Foods have descriptions that label them as delicious or "fun", when in reality your Neopet will find them anything but.
* BodyHorror: Two Neopets colors, Mutant and Transparent, give your pet this effect. Mutants have your pet turn into a monstrous version of itself, often missing or gaining body parts, while Transparent makes them essentially a living X-ray.
* BodyToJewel:
** [[http://battlepedia.thedailyneopets.com/index.php/weapon/viewweap/2318/ Thyoras Tear]].
** Petpetpets in the Habitarium turn into gems upon death, whether they've lived for one week or [[SmashMook decided to cross your soldiers by wrecking your buildings.]]
* BrainFood: You can make any pet eat items such as Brain Stew and Brain Kebab, although they'd presumably have to be Zombie to enjoy it.
* BrainyBaby: Neopet + Baby Paint Brush + lots of books = this trope. In fact, at the time of this writing, a baby Korbat is at the top of the list for having read the most books in Neopia.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: The description of the Potato-Stuffed Turkey is "The only thing better than turkey and potatoes is turkey stuffed with potatoes!"
* BrickJoke: [[http://www.neopets.com/ntimes/index.phtml?section=editorial&issue=540 Editorial 540]].
* BritishEnglish: Despite being hosted in the US, the site generally uses British spellings and words such as "colour", "armour", "courgette" and "aubergine" rather than "color", "armor", "zucchini" and "eggplant". This is because the site's founder was Welsh.
* CaptionContest
* CarnivoreConfusion: Neopets eat each other as well as Petpets, apparently -- Neopians can purchase Blumaroo steaks, Elephante trunks, Snorkle snouts?
** Chias have a longstanding rivalry with Lupes due to the latter's tendency to eat them. This does not take into account the factor that Chias tend to be prized for their unique food-like colorations to begin with.
** Draik eggs are considered gourmet food. Yum...
** Beef and pork products exist on the site, despite there being Neopets based on cows and pigs (Kaus and Moehogs respectively).
* CartoonCreature: The majority of Neopet species are based on already-existing animals, but a few do qualify such as the Kacheek, Chia, Zafara, and Kiko.
* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: Neo Adventures allow users to make their own. There was formerly a spotlight competition centered on these.
* CircusOfFear: The Deserted Fairground.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Inevitable with the release of the lava-themed world of Moltara. Roxton and Cog can fly just a few feet over a magma without any ill effects, and none of the Neopets fixing the machine spitting a large plume of magma inside a cavern ringed with a magma river feel anything.
** Justified somewhat with Scorchios, dragon-like Neopets which prefer high temperatures.
* CosmeticAward: The various competitions on the site, as well as getting top scores in most games, reward you with spiffy trophies for your profile.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: When you get right down to it, Neopia's a pretty depressing place to live, what with the countless wars, attempted genocides, and multiple [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than death]], the only reason none of the inhabitants have lost hope is that they have enough {{Badass}} [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]]/{{Lovable Rogue}}s/{{Noble Demon}}s to deal with them.
* CreepyDoll: Malevolent Sentient Poogle Plushies, as well as Malevolent Sentient Plushie Poogles.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Darigan Citadel, after making peace with Meridell.
** Darigan's Altador Cup team as well. They're not the mean, aggressive team as their looks suggest; they're just [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/de6cba346691fd13d6073e9532b059c5/tumblr_mn0jrjJsL91r5eis4o1_1280.png a bunch of jokesters.]]
** Delina the Crafting Faerie. [[http://images.neopets.com/faerieland/quests/quests/dark-faerie-2-2.jpg This]] is a typical Dark Faerie. [[http://images.neopets.com/faerieland/quests/quests/crafting-faerie-1-1.jpg This]] is Delina. In addition, there's some confirmation by staff that Dark Faeries aren't necessarily all evil, though they tend to lean towards more [[TricksterArchetype tricky leanings]].
** Paint your pet Ghost, Halloween, Darigan, Mutant, Zombie, or Wraith. Now notice that they're just as friendly as most pets when you interact with them.
* DemBones:
** Captain Dread, the Pirate Kiko.
** As well as several types of Petpets.
* DifficultyByAcceleration: Some minigames have the game speed up as the game continues. Either the game is faster, things come sooner, or time limits are reduced.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: The Lever of Doom that steals your neopoints. Then there is the Evil Toy of DOOM, Ice Lolly of Doom, Immense Rubber Axe of Doom, and Nimmo of Doom (a book).
* DoubleWeapon: A four-bladed axe.
* DungFu: Battle Dung, and its variations.
* DysonSphere: [[GeniusBonus Once you realize it]], [[http://items.jellyneo.net/?go=item&showitem=18922 this item]].
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Pretty much the entire site has gone through this, having transformed from a website for college students to something... [[LighterAndSofter more family oriented]], much to long-time fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks dismay]].
** In a more explicit sense, the Altador Cup has gone through this. The first installment of the 'Cup was very different than the event organized today. Yooyuball was the only game, and there were no other games to back it up. The game itself was played from a top-down perspective, more primitive than today's isometric version, and it was also much slower. Perhaps the most important changes were in the way the tournament was played: it was done knockout-style, which every team was eliminated after a game, and you could join another team immediately after the first team you joined up with was eliminated. There were also other differences, such as injuries to several of the teams (which probably wouldn't be able to be done with today's version of YYB), differences in trophies, and how points were given out. Most of these oddities were changed before Altador Cup II, but it wasn't until the 3rd cup where things began to look like they do today.
** The site used to have more characters who were not explicitly Neopets or faeries, some of which were humans or real animals. ''Three'' Neopets were humans (two were based on celebrities, and one on Adam's friend from college).
** At one time, there were plans to allow pets to get married or even ''[[http://www.neopets.com/nt/week23/editorialmain.phtml blood brothers]]''. Now, users are not even allowed to casually mention that their pets have any romantic connections.
** In terms of the more 'adult' sense, pets used to be able to drink wine and beer, and some of the older pages use the word "hell", which is no longer allowed on the site. Examples include the original Maraqua plot and Dr. Sloth's Gallery of Evil entry.
** The Caption Contest has also gone through this. Early winners frequently had spelling and grammar errors, and generally were more surreal in tone. Pets that no longer exist can still be seen in some of them. Compare [[http://www.neopets.com/games/caption/caption_archive.phtml?place=20 page 20]] to anything else that exists in the site.
* EarNotch: Kougras all have these.
* EarsAsHair: The Usuls appear to have scrunchies holding up their ears, though Hannah from the games "Pirate Caves", "Ice Caves", and "Kreludor Caves" is depicted with human hair on her head.
* EasterEgg: Some games have these. Appearances from the Phantom Orange Shirt Guy are the most common.
* EatThat: A lot of Spooky Food, and, oddly, some Gourmet Foods. Brain Kebab, Dung Slushie, Edible Tar Pizza... not to mention Gross Food. Scab Cake, anyone?
* EmergencyWeapon: A pet with no battledome items will use his or her fists, [[InvisibleAnatomy regardless of whether or not they actually have any]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: Including pets, Petpets, Faeries, staff members, food, paint brushes, and even ''piles of dung''.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Amira, Princess Vysha, Princess Lunara, her younger sister Princess Terrana... there's also a paint brush for it.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: When a Petpetpet dies in the Habitarium, it will give off white sparkles and rise up in a flash of light before turning into a gem.
* EverythingsFunkierWithDisco: Disco pets.
* EvilKnockoff: The Sloth Clones.
* ExpressiveEars: Pre-Customization, an Aisha's ears would droop if it was sad or had been injured.
* ExtraEyes: A lot of Mutant Neopets and Mutant Petpets have those, if they don't have MultipleHeadCase. Or both.
* ExtremeOmnivore:
** Skeiths and Grarrls, which can eat any item.
** Likewise, there's the Turmaculus, an overgrown Petpet that eats Petpets.
** ''Any'' Neopet can count when you take the wide variety of available foods into consideration -- they will eat nearly anything you give them, from chocolate coins to fish food to exotic fruit to gruel soup to whole loaves of bread. Except food with the same number of letters as their name.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Aishas and Chias.
* EyepatchOfPower: Punchbag Sid has one, and is the most powerful 1-player challenger outside of plots.
* TheFairFolk: The Faeries sometimes act like this, as evidenced by Eithne, Ilere, The Drenched, and the Dark Faeries.
* FairyInABottle: There are six types of bottled faeries that, once freed, will grant a pet a blessing or two depending on their type which can be spent on the Battledomes for abilities. According the the back story, they are put in the bottles by a faerie-hating Lupe named Balthazar.
* FairySexy: Neopets is surprisingly full of fanservice.
* FakeDifficulty: Training your Neopet for the Battledome makes EV (Effort Value) training in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' look like a cakewalk. While your Neopets do gain experience with each battle, the experience doesn't boost said pets' stats at all. To boost your pets stats, you need to take them to a training school (there are three) which asks for Codestones (not that easy to get ahold of depending on which stone they ask for) or Dubloons (somewhat easier to acquire). However many Codestones they ask of you will only contribute to the boosting of one stat per training session as well. On top of that, ElementalRockPaperScissors doesn't come into play at all. So you can't arm you Neopet with any fire-based weapons in hopes of improving your chances against, say, the Snowager.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The Black Knight's death was actually quite painful for him.
* TheFantasticTropeOfWonderousTitles:
** Prof. Milton Clodbottle's Astounding Habitarium
** Super Happy Icy Fun Snow Shop
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Lost Desert = AncientEgypt; Altador = [[AncientGrome Ancient Greece/Rome]]; Shenkuu = FarEast. Tyrannia probably counts as [[{{Prehistoria}} Pangaea]], too. Meridell = Medieval England, with Brightvale being Renaissance-era. Mystery Island = Polynesia, what with the secret ninja school, moai, volcano, and tiki torches, not to mention the leis and grass skirts present by default on multiple Island-painted pets. Neovia = Victorian England. There is also a camp there whose residents are referred to as "gypsies".
* FantasyKitchenSink: [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Faeries]], [[StockDinosaurs Dinosaurs]], [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]], [[{{Mummy}} Mummies]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghosts]], [[OurGryphonsAreDifferent Griffons]], [[LittleGreenMen Aliens]], and Robots, just to name a few. Sometimes [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot more than one of these things at the same time]].
* FeatherFingers: Lennies and Pteris. It's hard to tell what Hissi wings are made of, but they could also qualify.
* FetchQuest: Every single quest in the game, ranging from the Kitchen Quest, Edna's Quest, and of course the Faerie Quests, are all about getting some items in exchange for monetary, item, or RareCandy rewards. There is even a game called "Fetch!"
* FictionalSport: Two - Gormball and Altador Cup's Yooyuball, the latter based on the little-known jai alai but played more like traditional soccer.
* FishingForSole: Boots and cans in the ruins in Maraqua.
* FishingMinigame: See above.
* FollowTheLeader: Many games are essentially Flash versions of pre-existing games. Sometimes overlaps with SerialNumbersFiledOff.
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** Meerca Chase is ''{{VideoGame/Snake}}'' with a Meerca.
** Korbats Lab is ''{{VideoGame/Breakout}}'' in a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin lab with Korbats]].
* ForeignLookingFont: Used for most of the Shenkuu games.
* FourLeggedInsect:
** The Habitarium Petpetpets play with this a bit -- Mootixes have four legs, Larnikins and Pinchits have six, pests have eight.
** Buzzes possess two "hind" legs and two arms.
** Averted with Rukis, which are drawn with two arms but use four legs to walk upright like a human (how exactly is another matter).
* FunnyAnimal: The site is ''built'' on this. And with 54 species to choose from, too!
* FunWithAutocensors: Often crosses with TakeThat. For instance, the filter rendered it impossible to say "''Literature/{{Twilight}}''" or "StephenieMeyer" without them being turned into MyLittlePony or [[TheSimpsons Krusty the Clown]].
** Just saying "Edward" - no, not "Edward Cullen", just "Edward" - got turned into Roxton Colchester III (a main character in more than one of the plots and ''very'' different from Mr. Cullen).
** And Taylor Lautner became the infamous [[TotallyRadical Nick Neopia]] from [[http://www.neopets.com/index_fake.phtml an old prank]].
** Heck, anything Twilight related was blocked out, though only during the new movie releases. Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, main character names... it was all censored.
* FurryConfusion:
** Three of the older pets, before they were converted into the Bruce (penguin), Mynci (monkey), and Kau (cow), were ''humans.'' [[DontExplainTheJoke Which meant that if someone owned one, they were a human with a human for a pet.]]
** Moehogs were said have been originally bred as livestock, even though TNT has confirmed that all Neopets are sapient beings.
** Although there are two Neopet species based on frogs, a pet reluctant to go to the lab might say "What if I turn into a frog?" This applies even if the pet in question is one of the aforementioned species. Non-anthro frogs also exist in some food items.
* FurryReminder:
** A Pteri (a bird Neopet) fed any "worm" food item will instantly become bloated and have all their health restored.
** The old "angry" pose for a pre-customization Aisha depicted it crouching low to the ground with its tail raised, its back arched and the fur on its spine sticking up, much like a real cat.
** One food item is a jar of fish food specially made for Flotsams (amusingly, Flotsams are ''dolphins'').
** Moehogs like to play in the mud.
** The game ''Nimmo's Pond'' has the player control the eponymous Nimmo riding on a lily pad to shoot other lily pads. ''Flycatcher'' is played similarly with a Quiggle and a swarm of flies.
** Cybunnies' love for carrots is seen often, including in [[http://www.neopets.com/petinfo.phtml?type=Cybunny&r=19 this image]] and the item Cybunny Carrot Stew.
** The old game ''Kau Korral'' involved controlling a Gelert to herd Kaus into a barn. Also ties into FurryConfusion and EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.
** The description for the Acorn Jam Sandwich is "A nutritious and delicious healthy sandwich filling that Hannah just adores". What species is Hannah? An [[EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels Usul.]]
** The original design of the Korbat had it hanging upside down with its wings folded.
** Buzzes are capable of making honey if the item Buzz Honey is anything to go by, although they look more like dragonflies than honeybees.
** Some IRL Neopets plushies come with codes that can be redeemed for rare items. Among those is the food item Electric Lupe Treats, which come in a dog bowl. Yum?
** The pre-customization "angry" pose for the Mutant Mynci had it [[GorillaChestPound pounding its chest]].
* GameplayAndStorySegregation:
** The description for the Ugga-Ugga disease claims that your pet will only be able to make Ugga noises if it comes down with it. However, a pet infected with the disease will still give the normal automated responses ("Thanks, you're the best owner ever!" "How many books are in Neopia? I want to read them all!") when interacted with.
** The Altador Cup commentators may remark before or after a game of Yooyuball that player X on team Y did poorly or was responsible for screwing up the game, when in reality they were the one trying the hardest. Conversely, player X may also be praised for leading their team to victory when in fact it was player Y who scored the most goals or performed all the saves.
** There's also the fact that Neopets in plots and those who are [=NPC=]s are very different than in the game: they don't have owners, they appear to age, and have families.
** The site gives each pet their own webpage that you can edit. Each species has their own default page, and as a result it becomes... interesting when some pages presume a gender or other detail about the pet, even if it's not the case. A notable example is the one for Usuls, which will ''flat out'' warn you at one point not to take the Usul Transmogrification Potion and expresses disgust at the results, which becomes humorous if the Usul in question is Mutant.
* {{Gasshole}}: Invoked by the description for the item Beany Burpers.
-->''These little beans are delicious, dont eat too many though as they give you wind :)''
* GenderBender:
** The Lab Ray has a chance of changing your Neopet's gender when it is used. However, if all you want to change about your Neopet is its gender, a sip of Strange Potion will do the trick.
** Due to the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters gigantic amount of Yooyuball players]] involved in the Altador Cup[[note]]5 players per team x 18 teams = 90 active players at any given time, and counting retired players raises the number even higher[[/note]], many characters have had their genders switched between years due to continuity slipups, including Antola Maeir (Shenkuu, female to male), Minae Mitora (Terror Mountain, male to female), Meela Kitah (Kiko Lake, female to male), Valtonous Rea (Faerieland, male to female), and Ilsa Ellits (Meridell, female to male).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Lengthy discussions have been held on what is and is not suitable for publication in the Neopian Times, especially regarding the more obscure rules. Nevertheless, some writers manage to push the limits on fare as romance, death, and violence.
** The description for the Steam Horn is "Play a bit of music that is a bit steamy with this instrument!"
** Though it was deleted about an hour after the update, the [[http://www.neopets.com/nf.phtml?nf_date=2010-07-12 Kiko Day News]] had "[[BashOrg I put on my]] RobeAndWizardHat!"
** Some owners get away with having pets who are {{Wholesome Crossdresser}}s, though a few handwave it by saying they're being labbed, which sometimes has the side effect of changing their gender.
** In the ''Hannah and the Ice Caves'' plot, when Kanrik kills Galem, the panel is shown in silhouette, but the placement of Kanrik's dagger and the blood spray makes it look like he ''[[{{Gorn}} ripped Galem's heart out]]''. And keep in mind this was after the site became LighterAndSofter.
** One of the Petpetpets on the Habitarium loading page is a Mootix. Said Mootix is wearing a very cheeky look on its face and has its rear end pointed directly at the loading bar. Which is long, thin, and rounded at one end.
** In the game TNT Staff Smasher, the various staff members say things after being hit. One of the possible soundbytes you can hear is "''[[PrecisionFStrike Fucking]] ow!''"
* GiantEyeOfDoom: The Mark of Ta-Kutep is the outline of an eye symbol that appears in a pointless random event causing an InterfaceScrew, as it actually sends you back a page if you wait long enough.
* GlobalCurrencyException: You have to use Dubloons and Codestones, not Neopoints, to pay for training courses for your pets. Dubloons are also the exclusive currency of Krawk Island shops.
** They were also almost impossible to get if you didn't have gratuitous amounts of NP... until the new Anchor Management daily came along. And the Battledome Beta.
* GoodIsNotNice:
** Jazan and Ilere, among others. They're on the side of good, but they're certainly not friendly.
** Under Lord Darigan's rule, the Darigan Citadel certainly qualifies.
* TheGoodKing: King Altador.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Rarely done in-universe, but is pretty much necessary for the Neoboards due to the strict filters. Saying "hell" can occasionally get you a warning.
* GottaCatchEmAll: Avatars. Also a particularly tricky SelfImposedChallenge.
** Impossible too for most new users, as some of the avatars were plot rewards and thus unattainable. In several plots, there were avatars reserved for players who were on a certain side, of which you could only choose one.
* GuideDangIt: Some of the requirements to get high scores in certain games are pretty ridiculous. For example, to get the sub-2000 distances for high scores in ''Kass Basher'', you have to hit the plush Kass with a([[LuckBasedMission n incredibly rare]]) '''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill tree]]''' ( Even so, there's still the possibility that you could miss... ). Beyond that, to get on many of the high score tables for games, you have approach the game in very unorthodox ways, such as losing on purpose in order to rack up points (generally on games that have a fixed number of levels, like ''Wrath of the Snowager''), or taking advantage of in-game cheats that you can only learn (other than from guides, of course) by getting a lucky spin on the [[MoneySink Wheel of Knowledge]].
** Many of the secret avatars can be this, especially the ones that are gotten at random. One avatar in particular took almost 2 years to figure out the solution.
*** Said avatar, Chef Bonju, reaches insanity with the amount of requirements to get it. You have to [[spoiler: mix three particular items (out of thousands) at the Island Cooking Pot (and NOT the Cooking Pot owned by the character in the avatar himself), while having one particular secret avatar as your active avatar at the time. And did I mention it can only be obtained in the month of August? There's a reason it took so long to figure out.]]
* HarmlessFreezing: Being frozen itself is harmless, but not what it allows. Freezing the opponent is considered an essential mechanic in [[TournamentPlay upper-level Battledome play]]; they're the only way {{Combo}}s are possible.
* HealingSpring: There's one in Faerieland. The Water Faerie that supervises it, though, isn't all that too consistent with how well one's Neopets are healed, sometimes not doing so at all and instead handing over an item. You can still buy Healing Potions from her though.
* HistoricalInJoke: More of a literal version of this trope, but the [[http://pets.neopets.com/cp/snwfct4o/1/4.png Royal Boy Tuskaninny]] looks just like [[http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=henry%20viii&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi Henry VIII]].
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful:
** One of the minor villains, Vira, was cursed into ugliness.
** The Faeries as a whole are very vain creatures.
** One of the worst parts of being a Grey Faerie is that they ''lose'' their beauty.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: The Grey Faerie after losing her special powers.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends:
** The pets waiting for adoption.
** Balthazar before his FaceHeelTurn.
* ImAHumanitarian: Foods that are supposedly made out of Neopets can be fed to Neopets of the same species with no ill effects. Mynci meat on a stick, Meerca in a pie, Blumaroo tails in a salad...yum.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Pretty much anyone who even enters the Battledome, as well as the [=NPC=]s within it.
* InfiniteStockForSale: It is both played straight and averted, since most shops have a certain amount of each item for stock before it sells out, requiring restock. The general store, though, has infinite stock, but only sells the same goods. Additionally and literally, users can buy as many shares of stock as they want on the stock market, with the only limit being 1000 per day.
* InformedSpecies: Aishas are supposed to be stylized cats, but only their heads and ears bear any resemblance to a cat's. Anthropomorphic Aishas are even ''less'' catlike.
* IngestingKnowledge: It's just a way to keep prices up and intelligence stats coveted, but books mysteriously disappear when you read them to your pet.
* InterfaceScrew: The Chia Flour and Kacheek Flour battledome items had only use -- to be a dick. They permanently transformed another user's neopet into a Yellow Chia or Blue Kacheek, respectively. They were one-use and [[LostForever are retired now]], luckily, but unfortunately, there ''are'' still horror stories popping up of especially dedicated {{Griefer}}s with millions of neopoints to burn... Say goodbye to your unconverted plushie draik.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: Neohomes.
* InterspeciesRomance: ''"Skeith plus Zafara equals... Ixi??"'' It's actually rarer at times to see family members of the ''same'' species.
** Justified in that most Neopet children are HappilyAdopted. For a while Neopets seemed to be playing the line that ''all'' children were adopted. It made the [[SuddenlySuitableSuitor sudden revelation]] that Nabile was an [[GenerationXerox identical copy]] of a royal ''ancestor'' very jarring.
* JerkAss:
** Team Maraqua's Elon Hughlis, who infamously won the "Most Selfish Player" award during ACI. Despite this, he's still the Team Captain, and he has many fans in and out of Team Maraqua.
** King Skarl also counts, mainly because his Marrow Tax means that a Random Event can take your hard-earned Neopoints. He's also technically to blame for two wars between Meridell and the Citadel, as well. However, he's more of a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerkass With A Heart of Gold]] despite his flaws.
* JokeWeapon: Unfortunately, about 99% of Battledome items seem to fall into this category nowadays.
* JumpScare: [[spoiler:How the Lair of the Beast ends if you keep clicking]]. NightmareFuel, indeed.
* JustAddWater: The cooking pot.
* KarlMarxHatesYourGuts: The Hidden Tower, which is available to all users so long as their account is aged to at least four months and are able to find the hidden link in Faerie City. It's the most expensive shop in-game, but it also offers some of the nicest weapons to use in the Battledome, rare paint brushes, and collectibles such as clothing and plush toys. Just as well, you can only buy one item a day from the Tower, and the highest discount senior users can receive for one day a month is 3% off.
* KarmaHoudini: The Gelert Assassin.
* KillerRabbit:
** Poogles. They're cute, cuddly, and friendly, often randomly hopping by and saying "Hi!"... [[NightmareFuel until they open their]] [[ScaryTeeth mouths]].
** This also applies to any of the cuter pets with [[CuteBruiser high enough battledome stats]].
* KobayashiMario: Many of the Flash games.
* LabPet: Inverted. You can acquire a "lab ray" after completing a secret laboratory map. You may then zap your Neopets with the ray, causing random changes in size, gender, color and species. Neopets that are used for the sole purpose of testing the lab ray are called "lab rats".
* LandOfFaerie: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Faerieland.]]
* LaughablyEvil: Most villains are this, especially in Defenders of Neopia. [[BigBad Plot]] [[KnightOfCerebus villains, however...]]
* LethalChef: Bonju, at least to Hoban.
* LethalJokeItem: The occasional high-level item is pretty silly. For example, the greatest reward for one of the story arcs is a hat. It's a weapon. And it's decent.
** Most of the decent battle items seem to fall under this. To wit: four of the most powerful weapons on the site are [[http://battlepedia.jellyneo.net/?go=showweapon&id=91 a pea]], [[http://battlepedia.jellyneo.net/?go=showweapon&id=1407 a pea wearing a Christmas hat]], [[http://battlepedia.jellyneo.net/?go=showweapon&id=2338 a pea wearing a tiny cape]], and [[http://battlepedia.jellyneo.net/?go=showweapon&id=148 a slingshot that shoots acorns]]. And [[http://battlepedia.jellyneo.net/?go=showweapon&id=3412 grapes]].
** The "Sword of Lameness", which has a twisted blade, is as of January 2014 the most expensive item in the Hidden Tower.
* LethalLavaLand: Moltara Caves.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: A category for the third annual Neopies has this for a name.
* LevelAte: The [[BoardGame Key Quest]] "Sweet" boards, made up of various [[SweetTooth candy, chocolate, cookies, and caramel]]. But [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial an entire world made out of gelatin]]? [[RunningGag That's just crazy talk]].
* LevelEditor: A number of games. Started off with Hannah and the Pirate Caves, which actually is a very solid game, and was followed by...a poor mini golf editor. The more recent games featuring level editors haven't been much better, sadly.
* LevelGrinding: Leveling up at the Mystery Island Training School (or Cap'n Threelegs' Swashbuckling Academy or the Secret Training School) is automated, but takes several days in real time.
* LighterAndSofter: Neopets was meant for young adults when it first came around. The early plots all had gobs of [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence black comedy]]. Everything has since lost that sort of humour when the site was made kid friendly, but the old pages from old plots still float around, waiting to become NightmareFuel. Other bits that still float around are details changed in upgraded games. The Game Graveyard lets you play the old versions, where ''Carnival of Terror'' still says "cause of death" when you lose. And the game ''Spell or Starve'', from the very old Doctor Sloth plot. [[DarkerAndEdgier On the other hand]], The Faerie's Ruin has become the darkest thing in the history of the site with its WhamEpisode.
* LightIsGood: The sun motif of the kingdom of Altador.
* LightIsNotGood[=/=]MoralDissonance: Despite technically being the ones who started the whole thing by stealing from the Citadel, Meridell is viewed as the good guys by TNT and King Skarl is in the Gallery Of Heroes, while Lord Darigan is still in the Gallery of Evil despite saving them.
* LivingShadow: The Shadow Usul, the Creeping Shadows from the Tale of Woe, Edna's Shadow, the Shadow Wraiths from The Faerie's Ruin... There are a lot of them on the site.
* LivingToys:
** The evil marblemen in the game ''Attack of the Marblemen.''
** Neopets and Petpets painted Plushie, as well as the Malevolent Sentient Poogle Plushie.
* LongRunners: As of November 2013, the site has been running for 14+ years.
* LostForever:
** Several avatars were plot prizes or only available from sponsor promotions, and are thus retired, preventing newer accounts from ever acquiring them. One major example is the Advent Calendar on December each year- miss a day on it and that day's door is sealed forever.
*** Even more jarring considering that several prizes in recent years are classified as Neocash items. Most prizes can be found (cheaply) on the shop wizard, but with these, [[ScrappyMechanic the only way to get them is for another user]] [[AllegedlyFreeGame to buy a gift box for you.]]
** The team actively tries to avert this with flash games, with ([[LighterAndSofter almost]]) all retired games being still playable in the Game Graveyard. With sponsor games, though, which made up a large part of the site's history for a lot of players, [[ScrewedByTheLawyers they didn't have a choice in the matter]].
** The Glass and Unicorn paintbrush colors, the pets who had them automatically turned into Tyrannian and... red, respectively. Formerly the same case with the Stone paintbrush color until it was [[CallBack brought back]] as "Relic". The "Ice" color also resembles the old Glass pets.
* TheLostWoods: The Haunted Woods. [[DontGoInTheWoods Don't go there]].
* LostWorld: The Lost Isle, though many Neopian lands were unknown until "discovered" through a plot.
* MaddenCurse: Known as the "Cursed Cup", every team that has won the Altador Cup has proceeded to take a nosedive in the following year's tournament.
* MadScientist: The Lab Ray Scorchio and Dr Sloth. Not to mention the Lab Ray Scorchio's Petpet, a Kookith that runs the Petpet Lab Ray.
* MagicWand: Many varieties in the Battledome, but very noticeable in ''Neoquest I'', since this is the only kind of weapon that the player can wield (although it is not too surprising since just about anything that is capable of talking in this game is a mage).
* {{Mayincatec}}: What Geraptiku was before… whatever caused it to be abandoned.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: Meridell and Brightvale.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Quite a few Neopets, including Peophins (hippocampus), Eyries (griffins), Elephantes (bipedal elephants with little bird wings), and Aishas (catlike with thicker tails and an extra set of ears). And most pets painted Maraquan (scales and/or a fish tail) or Faerie (a more delicate appearance plus wings).
* MoneySink: The shops run by [=NPC=]s in Neopia as well as the Lever of Doom in the Virtupets Space Station, the Wheel of Extravagance and the "Save the Wheels" event from July to early August 2010.
** In early 2011, the game implemented a new sink: old, retired stamps are occasionally auctioned off by a dummy account, effectively removing millions of NP from the economy as well as returning near-extinct, one-use items into circulation.
* {{Mordor}}: The Darigan Citadel.
* MultipleHeadCase: The Bearog, a Spooky Petpet [[MixAndMatchCritters bear/dog cross]] with three heads (although when painted mutant it loses the other two). A Mutant Hissi also grows an extra head.
* MyLittlePanzer: Take ''one look'' in the Darigan Citadel toy shop. Among the [[SarcasmMode treasures]] there: a Jeng- er... [[BrandX Block Stack Game]] with acid oozing out, a lawn sprinkler that turns the water into purple goo, a water balloon filled with thorns, and a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking purple and green checkerboard]].
* {{Nerf}}: Rarely ever happens, but when it does, it really screws with you.
* NerfArm: This game's InfinityPlusOneSword equipment tends toward the bizarre- while there are plain old magic swords available, you are better off wielding a pharaoh's burial mask, a KillerYoyo, an [[MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate evil rubber duckie]], or the [[StockYuck Carrotblade]].
** When a game's BoringButPractical one-shot weapons are ''enchanted snowballs and muffins'', you know you [[NotInKansasAnymore aren't in Kansas anymore]].
* NeverSayDie: Averted, except for one instance in a Neopedia article about Hannah's confrontation with the pirate Bloodhook.
-->'''Bloodhook:''' Hello, Hannah dear. What are you doing here?
-->'''Hannah:''' Hello, Uncle Bloodhook. You know what I'm here for.
-->'''Bloodhook:''' [[MineralMacGuffin The Mermaid's Tear.]] That little bauble is mine.
-->'''Hannah:''' It was my grandfather's! You stole it from him, just before you...
** EnforcedTrope: "Kill", "die", et cetera. are blocked words on any text entry in-site.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A sort of meta example: Neopets was launched around the same time as the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (coming into effect in early 2000), meaning that it was one of the first major websites to have to deal with laws concerning the collection of personal information from minors. Specifically, users under 13 had to have their parents fax a signed form indicating that the child had permission to sign up and use certain futures of the site (such as NeoMail). The prompt and decisive response from the preteen would-be userbase was to simply lie about their age when creating their accounts. Fast forward to circa 2006: Neopets implements a birth date check in their login form. Now, what fake birth date did ''you'' enter on a whim some long-passed Wednesday back in 5th grade? ...Yeah, that's what I thought. Cue the anguished cries of thousands of nostalgia-seeking teenagers as they're simultaneously locked out of their childhood. Oops.
** Luckily, there is a way to get your birth date back by sending a ticket to the staff.
* NinetiesAntiHero: MAGAX. Of course, given that it's Neopets, he goes no farther than being a {{Badbutt}}. But other than that, he reeks of this trope.
* NoCartoonFish: [[ZigZaggingTrope Yes, and no.]] Non-anthro fish exist as food (and can be caught in the Underwater Fishing daily, the title of which should raise alarm bells on its own), users can have fish-like Neopets (Koi) and Petpets (Pepito, Noak, etc).
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Users are forbidden from including more than a passing mention of romance in submitted work, and for the most part official site plots avoid it as well. Which begs the question of how Habitarium Petpetpet nesters, even newborn ones, are able to lay eggs when placed in a nest without needing any, ah, ''assistance.''
** Inverted with the Lost Desert Plot. See the example for SuddenlySuitableSuitor.
** Subverted in The Faerie's Ruin Plot. [[spoiler: Brynn]] kisses [[spoiler: Hanso]], even if it's [[AnywhereButTheirLips only on the cheek]].
* NoNameGiven: The aforementioned Zafara Double Agent. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), she may even be among ''the'' [[EnsembleDarkhorse most popular characters]].
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Currently, baby pets, Maraquan pets, mutant pets, 8-bit pets, mallow Grundos and fruit/vegetable Chias have unique designs instead of being [[PaletteSwap recolors]] of standard "template" pets. Pre-Customization, Faerie, royal, plushie, Darigan, and grey pets had unique designs as well. The original Starry Korbat was a strange case, as it was drawn hanging upside down from the circle background by its tail instead of flying in midair.
* NoodleImplements: During the Perilous Catacombs step of the Spooky Food Eating Contest plot, the text from one "wrong" result from choosing how to enter a room where there's chanting includes this: "You crash the door and find the chanting was coming from a circle of cultists. They are in the middle of a secret ritual involving an ancient tome, a spork, and a lot of strawberry slushies."
* NoodleIncident: The site has several, and fans of the site often try to explain them in the Neopian Times. Some of the more infamous examples include the incident that caused the Deserted Fairground to be [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin deserted]] [[http://www.neopets.com/neopedia.phtml?neopedia_id=196 (though TNT did write a Neopedia article about it)]], how Jhudora and Illusen became rivals in the first place, and what caused so many people to believe that [[RunningGag a world made out of jelly could possibly exist]].
* NoSell: The Thyora's Tear, Thick Smoke Bomb, and Downsize Power Plus are the only items in the game that can block ''all'' damage dealt by the opponent.
* TheNotableNumeral: Before they started changing team members like the rest, Team Tyrannia was known as The Forsaken Five.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: The Darigan Citadel. Yes, the Dariganites all have SpikesOfVillainy and they made their presence known by attacking Meridell, but the Meridellians stole their Orb from them and caused their ObviouslyEvil appearance in the first place.
** Granted, Darigan did go AxCrazy after getting the orb back. Of course, when he came BackFromTheDead, he saved Meridell from Kass.
* {{Rentazilla}}: Maraqua is protected by a giant monster named "Chiazilla".
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Baby Neopets pretty much exist to make users go "d'awwwwwwwww".
* OffstageVillainy: Some of the most feared villains have never been shown doing anything evil.
** Justified for Jhudora. Her entire schtick is that she gets to run around scot-free ''because'' no-one has ever caught her doing anything bad.
* OneGenderRace: Faeries, as confirmed in [[http://www.neopets.com/ntimes/index.phtml?section=editorial&issue=488 this]] [[WordOfGod editorial]].
* OverlyLongGag:
** Members giving TNT food (mostly cookies) in the editorial of the Neopian Times.
** The Wheel of Monotony. Some users report that it after ''24 hours'' it is still spinning. Most give up by then.
* PaperThinDisguise: The "Happiness Faerie" (Dr. Sloth). Amusingly, the site staff appears to fall for it.
* PerpetualStorm: The Lutari Island was previously a bonus area awarded to those who subscribed to the Neopets Mobile service and was the sole habitat of the exclusive Lutari species. Ever since [[SerendipityWritesThePlot the service shut down in 2009]], though, attempting to visit the island would greet you with a brutal and constant maelstrom. Things [[InferredHolocaust don't look good for the inhabitants]], either, as they remain the rarest species on the site and cannot be transferred to other users.
-->''"Between the whirlpools, water spouts and lightning it has been advised that no Neopets are allowed to visit its shores. Even the sea life seems to be staying away..."''
* PimpedOutDress: Several female Royal pets, especially in the old pre-Customization poses.
* {{Pirate}}: Krawk Island
* PlayerGeneratedEconomy: And how!
** The site currency, Neopoints (NP), enters the economy mainly via games. Players are awarded with NP as they play the on-site games. Some NP enters via Random Events and "daily" activities such as talking to a discarded plushie, collecting bank interest or spinning a wheel.
** Players can keep their Neopoints safe by opening a bank account. If kept in hand, money can be lost to random events.
*** Although through random events, you can end up with a negative amount of Neopoints on hand.
** Most items enter the economy via site shops. Rare items such as paint brushes and morphing potions are only available from random events. Some items are given out via games, while some are given as prizes for players who have participated in site events such as plots or the Altador Cup.
** Players can keep their items safe by placing them in their Safety Deposit Box. The maximum number of items that can be kept in hand is 50, after which it becomes impossible to buy from user or site shops. Items can be lost to random events as well.
** Items in site shops cost from a few dozen NP to tens of thousands of NP. For the vast majority of items the supply in site shops is greatly limited however. This enables ''restocking'', where players buy high demand items from site shops and resell them at significantly higher prices. High demand items can fetch a price of hundreds of thousands, even several millions of NP.
** High demand items include most importantly one-use items such as food (especially avatar-related food), books, training currency (Codestones and Dubloons), Neggs (which are tradeable for one-time training items), and Neopet-modifying items such as Paint Brushes and Morphing Potions, and collectable items such as stamps that cannot be removed from user albums once added.
** As the flow of money into the system is virtually unlimited, the site maintainers have specifically created money sinks to keep the inflation somehow in check. Such would be the Lever of Doom and the Wishing Well, which can both give out a site avatar, but demand money in turn (and cannot be predicted), and the late site event Save the Wheels, which gave out items in turn for donations.
* PointlessBandaid: All Kikos have these.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Skarl and Hagan, the rulers of Meridell and Brightvale, respectively.
* PolkaDotPaint: Some of the Rainbow Pool paintbrushes. Well, they're ''[[AWizardDidIt magic]]'' paintbrushes.
* PowerCreep: Many of the [[InfinityPlusOneSword outstanding]], multimillion-neopoint battledome items back in the day have been far outclassed by items that can be picked up for only a few hundred neopoints nowadays. How bad is it? Well, take the [[BattleBoomerang Crystal Boomerang]], one of the original Hidden Tower weapons -- 9.6 million neopoints when it was available and now that it's retired, even higher. It dealt 3-4 icons of damage, had a 5% chance of stealing an enemy's weapon, and had a small chance of breaking. Now, fast-forward. The Purple Sticky Hand, available commonly for less than ''a fraction of a fraction'' of the boomerang's original cost, has a 50% chance of stealing. The Ridiculously Heavy Battle Hammer, which was given out ''for free'' and can be gotten for less than pocket change now, does 9 icons of damage consistently and never breaks.
* PowerEqualsRarity: So, so much. Getting less prevalent now due to the PowerCreep mentioned above, however.
* {{Prehistoria}}: Tyrannia
* PrettyInMink: Prytariel and Minae Mitora of the Terror Mountain Yooyuball team wear fur hoods and boots, although this is less for fashion purposes and more to demonstrate that they're from a SlippySlideyIceWorld.
* PrincessesRule: Princess Amira rules Sakhmet after her father (King) Coltzan was assassinated.
* PteroSoarer: Pteris, as their name implies, have shades of this; they're native to [[{{Prehistoria}} Tyrannia]], they have long tails with rudders at the tips and very smooth leathery looking wings, but other than that they're pretty much really adorable little [[AllFlyersAreBirds birds]].
* RandomEvent: "Something has happened!"
* ReadTheFinePrint: The Terms and Conditions, which have to be signed to access the site, have some... odd wording. such as "...or incorporate such materials into any form, medium, or technology (now known or hereafter developed or devised) '''[[TheSimpsons throughout the universe]]'''."
* RealMenWearPink: Male Neopets are perfectly happy playing with girls' toys such as Usuki Dolls, receiving cutesy-looking Petpets, wearing feminine articles of clothing or even being painted girly colors such as Faerie or Pink.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Hannah and the Kreludor Caves'' is ''Hannah and the Pirate Caves'' ON THE MOON! Before that, ''Hannah and the Ice Caves'' was ''Hannah and the Pirate Caves'' IN TERROR MOUNTAIN!
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Most Acaras' eyes assume a reddish tone when they're angry. Ghost Neopets have this by default.
* RetractableAppendages: In at least one fun image, Cybunnies can apparently retract their heads into their body.
* RevenueEnhancingDevices: Buying real-life merchandise can net you in-game items; Lutari Island was only accessible by signing up for Neopets Mobile.
* RubberBandAI: In Yooyuball, the more goals you score, the more aggressive the AI becomes, and after a while, the accuracy of their tackles and shoots becomes practically cheating.
* RunningGag: Denials of the existence of [[EverybodyKnewAlready the not-Secret]] Jelly World. Also, the idea that those creepily staring Meepits are plotting to take over.
** "March 3rd has been cancelled due to lack of interest."
** For a little while, the Neopian Times Editorial always ended with "mr. coconut" shouting "''GOOD NIGHT!''" After a few months of that, TNT went meta by retiring mr. coconut and starting a new gag about trying to find a suitable replacement.
* SchizoTech: All over the map - literally; it's dependent on region. There's sticks and stones in [[OneMillionBC Tyrannia]], the various {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s have the tech level you'd expect, Moltara is SteamPunk, Neopia Central is closest to real life but has nothing like computers or cars, and then there's the Virtupets Space Station and moon colony on Kreludor… [[http://www.neopets.com/ntimes/index.phtml?section=editorial&issue=527 Editorial 527]] claims that aside from the last two, Neopia is set in a "pre-industrial period".
* SelfImposedChallenge: [[InvokedTrope Actively encouraged]] by the team, from collectibles to galleries to [[TournamentPlay high-level battledome fights]].
* SeriousBusiness:
** Avatar collecting.
** Painted/labbed pets, especially Neopets in colors that can fetch up to 1,000,000 NP or more.
** Transfers and Pound surfing. Congratulations on nabbing that beautiful Faerie Peophin! Oh, wait, it was supposed to go to sirherpderp_2033 and now they're bombarding you with angry Neomails demanding you return it to them. Oops.
** Trading pets. Look, buddy, your Royal Mynci is ''not'' worth as much as my unconverted Maraquan Aisha, got it?!?
** The Altador Cup. Which teams are cheating? Which team is going to win? Which team is going to lose? Is the bracket system fair? What rank are you? What team are you? How many wins do you submit per day? Can you score with a Darigan Yooyu in less than 30 seconds?
** Certain limited edition pets. And by "certain", we mean Draiks or Krawks, which both cost unholy amounts of Neopoints up the wazoo to get, no matter which method you use (Draik egg, Krawk Petpet, even morphing potions are expensive).
** Lending of items or Neopets, especially ones required to get an avatar. Running off with someone's prized Super Attack Pea or Chokato (TCG) automatically deploys TNT's patented Freeze Ray 5000 in 3...2...
** Customization. How many NC Mall items can you pile on? How many NC Mall items can you ''buy?'' Does your pet look good enough for the Customization Spotlight? Are you even allowed to use Neopoints items?
** Kadoatie feeding. Are unbuyables worth it? Should you stop feeding after 75 Kads?[[note]]minimum required to get a highly prized avatar[[/note]] What's the fastest way to feed? How many times do you need to refresh? Do you need to use the Kads board?
* ShownTheirWork: The hierarchy of the Habitarium is set up similarly to a real beehive or ant's nest, with Petpetpets being assigned at birth to produce eggs, gather resources or fight enemy pests.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/{{Neopets}} Has its own page]].
* SiblingYinYang: Loads.
* SignificantAnagram: Eliv Thade, whose spirit haunts a castle: Evil/Vile Death/Hated. Appropriately enough, the game featuring him centers around anagrams. Also: the Sword of Skardsen/Darkness, Grimoire of Thade/Death, Amulet of Thigl/Light, and Shield of Pion Troect/Protection.
* SlaveRace: The Grundos were once this for Dr. Sloth.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Terror Mountain.
* SingleSpecimenSpecies: Several characters seem to be this, such as the Money Tree, the Brain Tree, the Esophagor, Dr. Sloth, the Tiki Tack Man, the Snowager... Mr. Chipper was also this until the Lutari species was made available.
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: Sssidney
* StarSpangledSpandex: The Space Faerie
* SteamPunk: Moltara City.
* [[SuperHappyFunTropeOfDoom Super Happy Fun Trope]]: The Super Happy Icy Fun Snow Shop in Terror Mountain.
* TakeThat:
** The description of the Pink Poogle Toy is a TakeThat to a fansite of the same name.
** The Gallery of Evil book features a shadowy creature chewing on a [[{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] if you mouse over it.
* TakenForGranite: The Relic Paint Brush turns Neopets into cracked stone sculptures, complete with bedrock stand, but not the least bit petrified that usually comes along with this trope. Before that was the long-retired Stone paint brush.
* TempleOfDoom: The Deserted Tomb in Geraptiku, although its only real booby trap is an arrow trap. If you're lucky, its free items are there for the taking. Although there is that giant, constantly voracious Ghost Hissi that's always running around in there…
* TenMinuteRetirement: Dasher Soley, a character from the Yooyuball sports tournament, kept claiming he was retiring, only to come back. Only in Altador Cup VI did he ''actually'' retire.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Sharp-eyed users can spot subtle clues that differentiate a male Neopet from a female one, such as eyelashes on a female Usul or wider eyes on a male Ruki.
* ThemeNaming: The Lost Desert Petpets are named after Egyptian deities.
* TooDumbToLive: The [[ThisLoserIsYou owner]] is implied to be this at times, especially in the Deserted Tomb of Geraptiku.
-->You've never seen so many traps in your life. Seriously. Someone must really not want you to be here. You wonder how many traps there really are, and who put them here. And, while you were thinking that and ''not'' paying attention, you set off another one. You watch as the arrows fly right at you, but luckily [[HelloInsertNameHere (your active pet)]] was paying attention and pushes you out of the way just in time.
** This is especially jarring if you do this once-a-day activity daily. Your pet saves you so many times in there that you'll [[StopHelpingMe almost wish for it to stop saving you]].
* ToothyBird: When a Pteri or Lenny is angered, they have visible teeth that they clench.
* TotallyRadical:
** '''''[[http://www.neopets.com/index_fake.phtml Neopetz]].'''''
** Also, the "Extreme Potato Counter" game.
*** TNT seems to LOVE [[LampshadeHanging spoofing]] this trope.
** In the early days of the site, the Kacheek's [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness predecessor]], the Badeek. Like the modern incarnation, but it had CoolShades.
* TournamentArc: The annual Altador Cup.
* TournamentPlay: With a battle system almost as complicated as ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'''s, there is of course a large subculture of professional battledome fighters.
* TrainingDummy: Punchbag Bob. Who just happens to be alive. [[NightmareFuel He sure screams a lot]].
* {{Troperiffic}}: Being a [[FantasyKitchenSink Fantasy Kitchen Sink planet]] with two [[{{Tomorrowland}} sci-fi]]-based worlds orbiting around it AND dozens of stories both major in the [[StoryArc plots]], and minor in [[AllThereInTheManual the Neopedia]], site games and events, AND users that submit art AND fiction to the site does that.
* TyrannosaurusRex: Grarrls, one of the few species to be designed as "{{Badass}}" rather than "cute", though they seemed to have adopted a rather cheesy smile after the pet conversion.
* {{Uberwald}}: Neovia.
* UnpredictableResults: The lab ray. It can alter a pets' stats; or change its color, its species, battle stats, or even [[GenderBender its gender]].
** The Petpet Lab Ray can change your Neopets's Petpet's, into all of the above (except gender), but can also turn the Petpet into a Pile of Soot, an item, or [[KilledOffForReal make it disappear altogether]].
* VaporWare: Neoschools.
* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: Neopets (and Petpets) painted Faerie gain a spiffy new pair of pastel-colored wings, if they didn't already have them, to go with their new look.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: You can keep your Neopet happy by feeding it periodically, giving it toys to play with, buying cool things for it, and the like. Adopting an unwanted Neopet from the Pound also falls under this category.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: On the other end of the scale, you can also starve your Neopet until it's "dying", force it to eat Gross Food, make it sick on purpose, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking make it wear embarrassing clothes.]] Or abandon it, which usually falls straight into KickTheDog territory. However, the last one can be subverted into VideoGameCaringPotential, as some users adopt pets from the pound and then abandon them ''after'' healing them back to full health or zapping them with the lab ray to give them unique colorations to ensure that they have a better chance of finding a permanent home. D'aww!
* VirtualPaperDoll: Most Neopets have been these since the Customisation feature was launched.
* WaddlingHead: [=JubJub=]s and Chias -- the latter were one of the most prominently-featured neopets in the earliest days of the site because they were so easy to draw.
* UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}: The founder was of Welsh descent and quite proud of it. As such, St David's day is sometimes an in-game event.
* [[WasOnceAMan Was Once A Human]]:
** Edna the Witch was previously a human with green skin and a long nose, resembling the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West]]. Her transformation into a Neopet was explained as the result of her falling into her cauldron.
** Dr_Death replaced a human woman named "Mrs. Worley" in January 2001.
** Thankfully averted with the Tiki Tack Man - users started noticing a pattern, and the staff had to go out of their way to allay any fears that he would be next.
--->''"No, the Tiki Man is quite safe, if he fell into the Tombola he would just be covered with little pieces of paper."''
** And, as mentioned above, the curious case of the Bruces...
* WeaksauceWeakness: Faeries are ostensibly the most powerful species in all of Neopia. They are regularly bottled by a scraggly mutant-wolf with ''no'' magical powers, sold away, freed, then caught again a few weeks later.
* [[WidgetSeries Weird American/Welsh Site]]: Although the plots tend to be a bit more [[CerebusSyndrome serious]], the site itself has a LOT of weirdness. And that's why we love it.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: The Lever of Doom is marked "Do Not Pull." It exists to steal your money. Most people who use it repeatedly know exactly what it does, but pulling it over and over is the only way to get a certain avatar.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The TearJerker ultimate fate of the Grey Faerie (whether she got her powers back or not) was never solved.
* WhatHaveIBecome: Played for laughs in the Petpet Park Mini-Plot. You come upon an adorable Cybunny with the choice of four options. [[labelnote:#]]A) Become inexplicably hostile, B) Request an autograph, C) Ask, "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?", or D) Bribe it with Neocash[[/labelnote]] Upon executing any of the options, the Cybunny would turn around to reveal itself to be half-robot. If you chose A ("become inexplicably hostile"), it pulls a mirror out of nowhere and says, "ERROR: WHAT HAVE I BECOME?"
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Subverted in the stories that circulate, where anyone can be a hero; but read the basic descriptions of the Neopets and you'll notice it's the cute, fluffy, huggable Aishas and Lupes and Boris that seem to be friendly and easygoing, and the less-cute or fluffy pets such as Skeiths or Jetsams that are… less agreeable.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Although all Neopets and Faeries are officially regarded as sentient beings, there's some confusion over where entities such as Petpets lie.
** Considering that there are games in which you play as a ''Petpetpet''?
* WhatWereTheySellingAgain: USUKI.
* WrittenInAbsence: Once Shenkuu joined the Altador Cup in 2007, there were 17 possible teams competing, so an odd team out was always written out (due to training accident or some such) in order to make a nice, neat, 16-team bracket. Now fixed in 2010, as Moltara has joined and made it an even 18 teams.
* YouMeanXmas: There is a holiday-themed land (Happy Valley) [[note]]On the base of [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Terror Mountain.]][[/note]] and an Advent Calendar in the Month of Celebrating (December), but December 25 is the "Day of Giving." Strangely, pets can still be painted "Christmas," which gives them a festive holiday look.
** The Winter Starlight Celebration.
** One Neopian holiday, Illusen Day, takes place on March 17.
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[[folder:Plot / Event Tropes]]
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!!Plots and events provide examples of:
* AbandonedHospital: The Meepit Oaks Sanitorium for the Psychologically Fragile, a part of the Tale of Woe plot where you have to find the way through a creepy hospital building.
* AlmightyJanitor: The Yurble foreman eventually ended up as this. His temper followed, but not his toenail painting habit.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Brynn]], but she [[FalseStart doesn't get to finish it]].
* AntiVillain: The Sway are described as a Type III in their Neopedia entry, their primary goal being keeping peace in Neopia at the cost of free will of others.
* AscendedMeme: The Helpful Zafara Digger from the Obelisk War that was mercilessly lampooned and pasted over many images was made into a wearable plot prize for users to do the same to their pets.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: King Skarl, Lord Darigan, Lord Kass, Kanrik, King Kelpbeard, Captain Scarblade, Mayor Thumburt... both in the plots themselves and as Battledome challengers.
* BadassGrandpa / OldMaster: The Ogrin Master in the Faeries' Ruin plot is quite elderly, but extremely wise and quite capable of defeating the wraiths with his [[BareFistedMonk bare hands]].
* BadassLongcoat: Hanso wears one in the Faeries' Ruin plot.
* BatmanGambit: In the Faeries' Ruin plot, [[spoiler:Hanso's false betrayal to Xandra. He even drags his conflict with Brynn into it as a fake motivator]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Brynn and Hanso. And Hoban and Linae.
* BeneathTheMask: [[spoiler:Xandra]] in the "Faeries' Ruin" plot initially appears helpful, [[spoiler:nerdy, and innocent with anger issues. She even wears glasses to heighten the effect ([[http://images.neopets.com/faerieland/tfr_fa61c26562/conv/2_9815d2d41a.png pictured here]])]]. However, [[spoiler:she is revealed to be a WellIntentionedExtremist with a completely [[ThePrince "Machiavellian"]] and [[AGodAmI egomaniacal personality]]. She even [[http://images.neopets.com/faerieland/crash_fede37c686.jpg makes Faerieland crash!]]]]
* BigBad: Besides Dr. Sloth, plots also have their own Big Bads: [[DinosaursAreDragons the Monoceraptor]], [[DemBones Captain Dread]], [[DragonAscendant Lord Kass]], [[TheBrute Galem Darkhand]], [[RuthlessModernPirates Captain Scarblade]], [[SorcerousOverlord Razul]], [[SnakeOilSalesman Mr. Krawley]], and [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Xandra]]]].
** In the first Meridell Plot, users argue to this day as to whether [[AdiposeRex King Skarl]] or [[NobleDemon Lord Darigan]] is this, although since Darigan's side had legitimate grievances against Meridell, [[LightIsNotGood Skarl]] is the most likely candidate. That is, until the DiabolusExMachina ended with Lord Darigan being forced into a FaceHeelTurn. Regardless, Skarl [[KarmaHoudini got away with no real retribution]].
* BigGood: Again, plots often have their own Big Goods, such as [[KnightInShiningArmor Jeran]] and [[spoiler:[[GoodAllAlong Lord]] [[DarkIsNotEvil Darigan]]]] from the [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy Meridell]] wars; The Keeper of Time from Hannah and the Ice Caves; King Kelpbeard from Curse of Maraqua; the deceased King Coltzan from [[ShiftingSandLand the Lost Desert]]; and King Altador from [[AncientGrome Altador]] and The Faeries' Ruin.
** As for the main Big Good in the faeries, [[spoiler:Xandra wonders what they did to deserve such a reputation, and has gone to extreme measures to [[BrokenPedestal break the pedestal]] for everyone else]].
* BittersweetEnding: Some plots, particularly The Tale of Woe, The Curse of Maraqua, and The Faeries' Ruin.
* ButtMonkey: You during the Spooky Food Eating Contest plot. During the Magic Melody phase, you keep falling to sleep after arranging the plants correctly (which is the intended effect). And during the Perilous Catacombs phase, whenever the group winds up with a curse, you are hit with it while Kell and Corbin are always safe.
* CassandraDidIt: Caylis from the Curse of Maraqua plot was often a victim of this, since her powers of precognition came though nightmares. Her sister Isca, who foresaw pleasant events in her dreams, benefited from this trope.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Two of them: The Darkest Faerie was turned to stone after being defeated in the PS2 game, and [[spoiler:the Faeries as a whole are restored from being turned to stone]] in the Faeries' Ruin years later. The two collide and come back in the Faeries' Ruin epilogue (about a month after the latter) when it's implied that [[spoiler:the Darkest Faerie was restored along with everyone else]].
* ColonyDrop: Intentional or otherwise— [[spoiler:Averted]] for Darigan Citadel in the "Battle for Meridell" plot, and [[spoiler:''[[OhCrap played straight]]'']] for Faerieland in the "Faeries' Ruin" plot.
** Faerieland has a history of this - The Darkest Faerie tried to drop it onto Meridell in the video game.
* CreepyTwins: The Awakened, twin Wocky girls who can apparently control the undead.
* CurbStompBattle: The Neggbreaker from the Year 14 Neggfest site event. Its Battledome difficulty rating is listed at ''one hundred thousand'', but the Ancient Negg Amulet Battledome item (created specifically for the event) allowed it to be defeated without the weilder taking a scratch.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** Special mention goes to Caylis of the Curse of Maraqua plotline. In previews for said storyline she was heavily implied to be an EvilTwin of [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Isca]] who wanted revenge for being banished due to being suspected of bringing bad luck with her powers (it went so far as to have her card in the TradingCardGame be of a "villain" alignment and an avatar suggesting Isca was "good" and Caylis was "bad"). Once the plot kicked around, however, it transpired that if anything she was a BrokenBird DarkMagicalGirl who, while being [[GrumpyBear cynical and unwilling to help at first]], ultimately helped save Maraqua with said powers.
** Jazan after his HeelFaceTurn, as he is still explicitly stated to have great knowledge of dark magic, being a former practitioner himself, but is ultimately becomes a heroic example on the site.
** Lord Darigan eventually becomes this after his defeat in the first Meridell plot as well, later becoming a ReformedButRejected NobleDemon. As does the rest of the Citadel.
* DealWithTheDevil: In the second Meridell plot, BigBad Lord Kass makes a deal with a group of mysterious entities called The Three in exchange for his power. [[VillainousBreakdown It ends]] [[KilledOffForReal just as badly as you'd expect]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Tomos. And pretty much every other guy in Neopets' plots. Pretty much justified, considering how they usually avert the topic of love… that doesn't stop the shippers, though.
* TheDragon:
** Commander Garoo, to Dr. Sloth.
** [[DragonAscendant Lord Kass]] was one of these who [[TheStarscream is hinted at being responsible for Darigan's defeat]].
* TheDreaded: Captain Scarblade is said to be this in his Neopedia article.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Jazan. "Jazan's Guyliner" was even a plot prize in the Faerie's Ruin.
* {{Expy}}: The Robot Yurble from the Return of Dr. Sloth plot, an expy of the recurring Orange Yurble.
* FacePalm: Brynn does this in the first comic of The Faerie's Ruin.
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Hanso.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence / FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Hellooooo, Ski Lodge Murder Mystery! (Then again, it ''was'' from when the site was intended more for college students...)
** They manage to sneak this into the newer plots from time to time.
** ''[[http://images.neopets.com/faerieland/crash_fede37c686.jpg THIS]]'' ('''HUGE''' spoiler, and you might [[WhamEpisode need an extra pair of underpants afterward]]) Undoubtly a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for, not only [[spoiler:Xandra]], but the entire site in general.
* ForTheEvulz: Usually averted; many plot villains have deeper motives. Razul seemed to be after {{Immortality}} and was [[ImmortalityImmorality willing to do ''anything'' to achieve it]]; Kass is driven by vengeance, [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]] and {{Greed}}; Scarblade seems to have an unknown vendetta against Maraqua; Galem is after the Heart of the Mountain due to his own Greed; The Darkest Faerie is another overly-ambitious character... Honestly, Sloth and the Bringer of Night are the only ones who count. And maybe Krawley.
** Subverted by Lord Darigan and [[spoiler:Xandra]], who actually have motives with some valid points. They are of the WellIntentionedExtremist kind.
*** Lord Darigan is a rare example of a WellIntentionedExtremist who got over his extremism and went straight into BigGood territory.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Xandra loses hers when things go bad [[spoiler:and she reveals herself as the villain]]. Lampshaded by Hanso when he's taunting her, saying she might be able to aim better if she put them back on. And then again when they're offered as a prize, where the item description says that Xandra and [[spoiler:the villain]] [[ClarkKenting can't be the same person because one wears glasses and the other doesn't]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: The site event "The Coincidence" acted as an item sink for a large number of worthless items. Players were required to turn in up to fifteen "junk" items to an NPC to recieve a prize, removing them from the site's economy in the process. Within two days, savvy users had bought up thousands of these items and begun to sell them for up to ''100,000'' times their original worth.
* GoodAllAlong: The Darigan Citadel in the Champions of Meridell plot, although [[DoubleStandard TNT doesn't]] [[MoralDissonance seem to think so]].
* GuideDangIt: Some of the steps in the site plots fall into this territory, including:
** The "Breaking the Code" step from "The Return of Doctor Sloth" - a confusing codebreaker puzzle that fansites were forbidden from posting the solutions to.
** The ''entire'' Altador Plot, which requires players to (amongst other things) PixelHunt on complicated maps, map constellations in the night sky, purchase dummy items from shops and do things in very specific orders. It's nigh-impossible to get through without a guide.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the Lost Desert Plot, Jazan was set up as the villain from the start, but does this towards the end thanks to ThePowerOfLove. He returns in the Faeries' Ruin plot on the heroic side, playing a role akin to the TokenEvilTeammate.
** Subverted with Commander Gormos in The Return of Dr. Sloth Plot. He spares the heroes' lives, but does so only out of frustration of being reduced to Dr. Sloth's errand boy. The heroes assume that Gormos really did make a HeelFaceTurn, and so later on the Grundos make a golden statue in his honor. [[BigNo Gormos doesn't react very well to it]].
** Lord Darigan is a… complicated example of this. A fitting example of DarkIsNotEvil, Lord Darigan's people lived in [[PerfectPacifistPeople peace and prosperity]] before [[LightIsNotGood Meridell]] stole the [[MacGuffin Orb]]. As a result, Lord Darigan became a NobleDemon, as did most of his people. Ultimately, the Citadel ended up winning the war due to an odd combination of EvilIsCool, TheWoobie and GoodAllAlong.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Hanso]].
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: The Resistance scout from the Return of Dr. Sloth plot turns out to be named Scout.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: There are instances of this in plots such as Battle for Meridell and Hannah and the Ice Caves, but this is most clearly seen in The Faeries' Ruin.
-->'''Hanso:''' You know, it's ironic. [[spoiler:Xandra was undone by the same artifact that started it all.]]
* HopelessBossFight: Mayor Thumburt, Razul, Oblivion, and... a lot of plot end-bosses are this. From the player's perspective, anyway - unlike most enemies, the bosses' health bars are shared among everyone in Neopia, so while a single pet has almost no chance of beating them, from the bosses' perspective they're suffering a DeathOfAThousandCuts via a ZergRush of them.
* HostileShowTakeover: A fake ending for Hannah and the Ice Caves, where the cast of the then-{{Vaporware}} Return of Dr. Sloth plot attacks out of nowhere because ''their'' plot was canceled.
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt: [[spoiler: Brynn]] asks [[spoiler: Hanso]] how he knew that [[spoiler: Fyora would be able to reverse his petrification. He answers that he didn't; it was a "lucky break."]]
* HumansAreBastards: The Haunted Woods Plot gives a Neopet equivalent of this trope, showing the local Neovians as morally-weak cowards, who only know to find a scapegoat to blame for a ''malicious'' potion's effect on their bodies and psychology. It is also the reason Sophie is determined to stay away from the town as a lone swamp witch for ''many years''. Granted, Neopets is ''supposed'' to be a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids kid-friendly website]]!
* IllGirl: Invoked. To trick Hannah into retrieving the [[MineralMacGuffin Heart of the Mountain]] for him, Kanrik makes up a story about his sister being one ("I have to get that cure, Hannah. For her sake.")
* TheIlluminati: One of the factions in the 2013 plot are the Sway who seem to be the Neopets version.
* InterfaceScrew: During the Perilous Catacobs step of the "Spooky Food Eating Contest" plot, some of the curses the game can give you are like this, ranging from changing the words to Tyranu and Evavu, whiting the text, shrink the map, put a "blinking eyes" overlay on the screen, cause a lag when processing your choice, turn the map upside down, or even make it do a [[StarFox "BARREL ROLL!"]].
* InterspeciesRomance: Very common in the plots, with the aforementioned Jazan[=/=]Nabile and Hanso[=/=]Brynn being the most explicit examples. Others include Masila and Galem (or Kanrik) from Hannah and the Ice Caves, and Edmund and Alice from Tale of Woe. There was also the wedding between a Gelert and an Usul (designed to look like Kanrik and Hannah) that Garin and Jacques interrupted.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Some of the characters in the plots fit this trope perfectly.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Skarl, who as of today is still listed in the Gallery of Heroes and rules Meridell without any question from the people in spite of being at fault in the tragic transformation of what is now the Darigan Citadel back in Champions of Meridell.
** Captain Dread, Captain Scarblade and Mr. Krawley all got away after their respective plots.
* KilledOffForReal: Lord Kass, possibly Galem Darkhand, Razul, King Coltzan, [[spoiler:Hubrid Nox]]...
* KnightsAndKnaves: The Two-Headed Hissi in the "Tale of Woe" plot. The solution? [[spoiler:Poke one of the heads with a stick]].
* LanternJawOfJustice: Corbin from the "Neovian Spooky Food Eating Contest" plot, to the point that several users actually formed a fan club for ''his chin'' on the neoboards.
* LoveableRogue: Hanso
* MagicalSociety: The Order of the Red Erisim, which is comprised of many powerful magic users scattered throughout Neopia.
* MeleeATrois: The War of the Obelisk has ''six'' different sides fighting for the Obelisk itself.
** EvilVsEvil: No faction comes off as entirely heroic or good, with all of them being motivated by the idea that the Obelisk is rightfully theirs for varying reasons. Even worse since it appears the Sway's victory (the original event-oriented one) and advantages were only temporary.
* MythologyGag: Rife in The Faeries' Ruin arc.
-->'''Jazan''': What now, Altador? More star-gazing?
* NeverSayDie: Averted.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Well done, Brynn and Hanso (plus all the players who participated in the plot). You just helped [[spoiler:Xandra crash Faerieland into Neopia]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: When Razul arrives and starts destroying Sahkmet, Jazan is initially unable to stop him. But then he presses his berserk button by harming Nabile...
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: During the catacombs phase in the Spooky Food Eating Contest plot, you can end up saving some kids from a flooding room. You are able to stop the water flow, only for a curse to hit you.
* NonMammalianHair: Anshu from the Cyodrake's Gaze plot, a [[BigCreepyCrawlies Ruki,]] has thick eyebrows and a very long mustache. Then again, Neopet biology may not work the same as IRL animals, so...justified?
* NoodleIncident: Sophie had a bad experience with the Brain Tree. Gilly asked about the incident, and was blasted for it. After visiting him, Gilly suggested asking the Esophagor, and Sophie says she had a bad experience with him as well.
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: After the others are freed from stone, they happen upon Brynn crying next to a petrified Hanso. Of all people, [[SourSupporter Jazan]] is the one who appears to be the most upset]].
* OfficialCouple: Jazan and Nabile from The Lost Desert plot, Brynn and Hanso from The Faeries' Ruin plot.
** One of the rewards for the latter plot even has a plushie supporting the pair.
** Implied with Hannah and Kanrik.
* OneWingedAngel: Mayor Thumbert in the Tale of Woe plot and Lord Darigan in the first Meridell plot.
* PixelHunt: Since we're already under the "plots" category, ONE WORD: Altador.
** More words: Having to find the tiniest spots to click on the maps, of course, but mostly? Constellation hunting with thousands of not-quites and even hints that can actually mislead you (such as giving three equidistant stars whereas the real deal has three collinear, but NOT equidistant, stars). You ''will'' need the patience of a Zen master and the eyes of a hawk. And for the annoyances of this plot, that's just for starters!
*** Luckily, there are guides and HTML programs out there to solve those problems in a breeze! Good luck finding them first, though.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: 'Brynnso' for Brynn/Hanso, later used by TNT in the name of one of the plot prizes (Brynnso Plushie Set), making it an in-universe example.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: [[spoiler:Xandra, who becomes a WellIntentionedExtremist, with emphasis on [[ColonyDrop extreme]].]]
* RecurringExtra: The Angry Orange Yurble.
* ReformedButRejected: Lord Darigan is a textbook example of this. Despite being an ObviouslyEvil BatOutOfHell, he was in fact a WellIntentionedExtremist who was trying to take back what rightfully belonged to his people from [[LightIsNotGood Meridell]] and their JerkAss ruler, [[FatIdiot King Skarl]]. However, even though [[YankTheDogsChain his side won]], their land wasn't restored, and [[DiabolusExMachina he underwent a]] FaceHeelTurn out of nowhere. Then, when he returned, he defeated [[DragonAscendant Lord Kass]] and saved Meridell. You'd think he'd be in the Gallery of Heroes now, right? Nope! He's STILL in the Gallery Of Evil and considered a villain, while Skarl is [[KarmaHoudini in the Gallery of Heroes despite being the guy who's at fault for all of that!]]
* ResetButton: Always averted, since plots introduce changes into Neopia. This is why the destruction of worlds, such as Maraqua [[spoiler:and Faerieland]], come as a shock. The area may be rebuilt afterward, but things are never quite the same.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** In the Faeries' Ruin plot, both King Altador and King Jazan actively got involved in investigating who [[TakenForGranite turned the faeries to stone]].
** In Curse of Maraqua, King Kelpbeard leads his troops into battle against Captain Scarblade's army of pirates.
* RustproofBlood: Averted/subverted with a red-splattered asylum door in the Tale of Woe plot. In the walkthrough released after the plot ended, the door was explicitly described as rusty. The associated plot prize was actually called the Rusty Asylum Cell Door, and its description reads "Repeat after me: The red stuff is RUST."
* SealedEvilInACan: The Darkest Faerie; Sloth in the Space Faerie's token. [[spoiler:Xandra.]]
* SequelHook: The epilogue of the Faerie's Ruin mentions that the Darkest Faerie [[TakenForGranite statue]] went missing in the chaos.
* SevenDeadlySins: [[spoiler:The endgame bosses for each different faction in War of the Obelisk, which also represent the fears of their leaders.]] However, this is not played completely straight; due in part to Neopets being "family-friendly", Lust is understandably excluded, but Gluttony is oddly replaced as well. [[spoiler:Though the "Death" boss that takes the place of Gluttony also has elements of Cupid as well, so you never know…]]
* ShippedInShackles: How the Chia Police prepare to send The Ski Lodge Killer to prison.
* ShipSinking: A surprising number of people shipped Tomos and Nabile together, before, all of a sudden, Nabile decided she wanted to marry Jazan. ''[[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!]]''
** Considering how [[ShipToShipCombat hardcore]] some shippers can get, some people started straight-up ParentalMarriageVeto-ing those two.
*** Razul did a [[KillTheCutie veto]] of his own.
* ShutUpHannibal: Gorix does this when he finally meets [[BigBad Dr. Sloth]]. Subsequently {{lampshaded}}.
-->'''Sloth''': How dare you interrupt my "ResistanceIsFutile" speech!
* SmoochOfVictory: [[spoiler: Brynn]] gives [[spoiler: Hanso]] one [[AnywhereButTheirLips on the cheek]] in Chapter 17 of The Faerie's Ruin.
* StabTheScorpion: Done in The Faeries' Ruin when Hanso tells Brynn that she can stay in Brightvale to fight the wraiths and die for all he cared in order to get her to follow him. She then calls after him and he turns around to see her [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks chucking her sword at him]]. Turns out she was impaling the wraith that was sneaking up behind Hanso as he was leaving.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Several plots end bittersweetly, with the objective accomplished but the more alienated or bitter characters unable to settle (back) into 'normal' life. See Sophie, Bruno, and Caylis.
* SuddenlySuitableSuitor: Near the end of the Lost Desert Plot, the [[LoveableRogue street thief]] Nabile is revealed to have royal blood. This is thanks to her resemblance to a picture of a princess, which just happens to be on the wall in the room where Jazan and Princess Amira are about to be wed. Nabile then declares her love for Jazan and they get married instead.
* TakenForGranite: The Faeries' Ruin started when the Faeries were all turned to stone during their festival. Other characters were also petrified as the plot progressed.
* TerribleTrio: This can be seen with the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Dark Faerie Sisters]] and [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent The Drenched]]. However the normal command structure of this trope seems to be subverted.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Used for comedic effect with the Angry Orange Yurble.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Probably unintentional, but "unlucky" doesn't even begin to describe Chapter 13, the WhamEpisode of The Faerie's Ruin. From the hero's perspective, at least; to the users (and the site), it's a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: In the Battle for Meridell plot, Lisha unmasks the seemingly-beautiful Court Dancer with a magic spell, revealing her to be a hideously ugly Darigan Aisha.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The Draik and Skeith guards from The Faeries' Ruin.
* TooMuchInformation: In the "Voyage of the Cyodrake's Gaze" plot, the "interrogator" (you?) cuts off Linae just as she was about to explain what she and Anshu were discussing about.
--> '''Linae:''' Anshu and I were discussing how awful the food's been lately. That anchovy casserole did a number on my—
--> '''You:''' Whoa! More than enough information. Moving on…
* TooSoon: In-Universe. Lampshaded with a wearable trinket -- [[spoiler: Faerieland in flames crashing to earth]] -- whose description is "Too soon?"
* VampiricDraining: The creepy glowing purple wraiths in The Faeries' Ruin plot drain the LifeEnergy of their captives.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: [[DragonAscendant Lord Kass]], [[GodOfEvil The Bringer of Night]], [[RuthlessModernPirates Captain Scarblade]], [[SorcerousOverlord Emperor Razul]], [[SnakeOilSalesman Alexander Krawley]]… Most plot villains are this, unless they're [[AffablyEvil Dr. Sloth]] or [[GoodAllAlong Lord]] [[NobleDemon Darigan]].
* VillainProtagonist: Garin, of the ChaoticNeutral type, though he does protect an underwater city from being destroyed by a pirate lord once again. He is a born pirate and will not give up the life of piracy and thrill. He is even in the Gallery of Heroes, which [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] its own entry.
* VisionaryVillain: [[spoiler:Xandra, who believes the Faeries don't do enough good with their power and thinks everyone else is worse off for depending on them]].
* WeaksauceWeakness: The zombies that terrorize Sakhmet in the Lost Desert Plot can be destroyed by ''heavy blunt objects.'' The only ones who are able to figure this out are some scrappy street thieves, and they get an audience with the princess in order to pass on their discovery.
** There's a bit of this as well as HoistByHisOwnPetard with the villain of the Petpet Park plot; he has been foiled multiple times in his life (including in the plot itself) by ''his insistence on using pens instead of pencils''. In fact, his frustration with this is what drove him to villainy (as opposed to driving him to, you know, just use pencils).
* WeCanRuleTogether: The Faeries' Ruin plot villain [[spoiler:Xandra]], almost word for word.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Xandra]]. Surprisingly, she actually has some valid points. We eventually find out Lord Darigan is one, as well.
** When contrasted with Meridell's [[FatIdiot excuse for a ruler]], Lord Darigan looks like a BigGood. At least he doesn't make up stupid things like a Marrow Tax.
** Most of the War of the Obelisk factions are presented as this in their Neopedia entries, wanting to take control of the Obelisk so others don't misuse it (the exceptions are the ThievesGuild, who admit they're in it for personal gain; and the Awakened, whose CreepyTwins leaders seem to have gotten the undead involved just for their amusement).
* WhamEpisode: The Faerie's Ruin, Chapters 13 and 16.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Where did Hoban go after the Cyodrake's Gaze plot was finished?
** As well as Captain Dread and his crew, who never appeared after the destruction of Old Maraqua.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: The Angry Orange Yurble -- a foreman (and later, a chef) in the Lost Desert plot, a janitor in the Altador plot and a Librarian in the Faerie's Ruin plot.
* XanatosGambit: In the Faerie's Ruin plot, [[spoiler:Xandra's second plan]]. The heroes try to get a special artifact to reverse the spell that transformed the faeries into stone. It doesn't matter if they succeed or not. Because [[spoiler:the artifact is an AmplifierArtifact and thus useless by itself]]. Even if the heroes get the artifact on time [[spoiler:Xandra will simply use the artifact to transform the heroes into stone too]].
* TheXOfY: Most plot titles use the formula "The ____ of ____" or "The _______'s ______"
* [[YouFightLikeACow You Fight Like A Kau]]: One of the steps in The Faerie's Ruin involves Hanso (you) insulting [[spoiler:Xandra]]. One of the achievements for this step even has this as the description.
* YoureInsane: Hanso to the BigBad.
-->I see it now...you are completely out of your mind.
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