Rookie Mistake is a shared universe, loosely based in the world of ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy''. It can be found mostly on y!gallery, and consists of art, writing and role-playing.

There are spy agencies that don't officially exist, where everyone wears the same color and [[NiceHat fedoras are standard]]. Also, for some reason, there's a lot of [[CastFullOfGay same-gender romance]].

Find most of it [[http://yaoi.y-gallery.net/club/7064/ here]].
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!!'''Tropes in the main rookie universe:'''

* ABoyAndHisX: After Shaun the Battle-Sheep was introduced, Mac is hardly ever seen without him.
* AbusiveParents: Several characters had them.
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: James Bond tech, robots and psychics? Why not?
* AFatherToHisMen: Laz, White and Purple.
** Labrador tries to be.
* AllThereInTheManual: A lot of character and background information is told through doodles and comments instead of in-story.
* AlternateUniverse: Too many to count.
** Addressed down below in folders. Also, 64 main ones.
* AmbiguousInnocence: Some of the younger spies.
* AnimalEaredHeadband: Catnip has one.
* AnythingThatMoves
* ArtificialHuman: The Blue android Rock is one of these.
* ArtificialLimbs: Purple agency is full of these.
* AscendedExtra: Gary wasn't supposed to be more than a parody of what ''not'' to do...
** Bud and Ten when they got their own storyline.
* AuthorAppeal: Tons of it, and openly acknowledged.
* BackFromTheDead: Cipher. Poor, poor Cipher.
* BadAss: Many characters, but especially notable with the entire Purple Agency.
* BadassNormal: All the characters who aren't robots or cyborgs.
* BaldWomen: Huang He of Yellow.
* BerserkButton: Don't mess with a spy's significant other. A few others have their own.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Just because Narcissus is breaking your fingers doesn't mean he can't be polite about it.
* {{Bishonen}}: Too many to count.
* BlindingBangs: Boddy, Bee, Candy, Isaac, Audubon, and Derek.
* BoisterousBruiser
* BornUnlucky: Cipher, Cerise, probably others.
* BrokenBird: Several. Most notably, [[MeaningfulName Bird]].
* CanadaEh: The location of the Red agency, as well as the homeland of several characters.
** This trope is actually averted in that aside from the occasional hockey fan none of the agents carry any of the mentioned stereotypes. Red agency is even ahead of the curve many time since their purpose is to sell to other agencies.
** Played semi-straight with Rouge, who has stereotypes Canadians associate with Quebec.
* CanonImmigrant: Fredo, who is originally from the Necropolis 'verse.
* CantHaveSexEver: Ethan; he has a fear of it.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Several people, including Terrance who is practically a different person under the influence. There are also several folks who [[NeverGetsDrunk can really hold their booze]].
* CarpetOfVirility: Wolf has this in SPADES.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Mostly thanks to y!gallery's rules about female characters, but a lot of it is probably AuthorAppeal as well.
* CatSmile: Vogue, all the time. And sometimes others.
* CharactersAsDevice: Benny was a plot device for Watson and later Bill was a plot device for Benny. Incidentally, both Benny and Bill are [[AscendedExtra ascended extras]].
* CharacterDevelopment
* CharacterOverlap: Many of the writers have brought in characters from their original works to be spies, or as bit parts.
* ChaseFight: Used from time to time, an example of sorts is in [[http://yaoi.y-gallery.net/view/717896/ this fic]].
* CheerfulChild: Kevin is a toddler, but counts.
** Mac is a robot, but also counts.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Lucky and Earl.
* CityOfSpies: New York City is the central setting of most stories. Explicitly stated as neutral territory.
* CliffHanger: Some author's story chapters have this. Heck, some of the community straight up has [[OrphanedSeries discontinued stories]].
* ClosetKey: Lucy had no interest in men (or anyone, really) before Maroon.
** Terrance had no interest in anyone either until Blondie.
** Roan to Lag.
** Martin, like Lucy, recently discovered he ''has'' a sexuality.
* CloudCuckooLander: Cloudy, [[MeaningfulName obviously]].
* CompanionCube: Terrance and his stuffed hippos.
* ConvenientComa: Benny, Lilac, and a few others.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The agencies.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Lady in Gray once had someone deported to Mexico despite their not being Mexican or knowing a word of Spanish.
* CrashIntoHello: Boddy and Duchess.
** Kiwi and Seamus as well.
** And now Gary and Wolf.
* CrazyPrepared: Most spies to some degree.
** Ceil, notably, constantly comes up with implausible scenarios he might have to protect himself from and readies himself for them.
** Switch, if you count all the random in his pockets.
* CreepyTwins: Mary and Sue, who are very [[TwinCest close]] and named ForTheLulz.
* CuteAndPsycho: Bird was built on this trope.
* CuteBruiser: Quite a few.
* CuteMute: 22 and Fuchsia.
* CutenessProximity: Patrick and any animal.
* DangerousWorkplace
* DeadpanSnarker: Natasha/Katya/the door proves to be a master of this [[http://batneko.deviantart.com/#/d4q30ch here]].
* DependingOnTheArtist
* DisguisedInDrag: Almost everyone at some point.
* DoAndroidsDream: This is addressed in varying degrees by different characters.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Hummingbird. Also Noodle, but this is specifically Asian males she dislikes.
* DontTellMama: Benny has kept his mother in the dark about most everything he has done ever, and despite this and police having knocked on her door, [[MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal she readily believes any explanation he's willing to give]] no matter how vague...or even non-existent.
* DraggedIntoDrag: Everyone has to crossdress. Whether they like it or not.
* DreadlockRasta: Brandy has the hair, at least.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Miri, Julie, Barbie and Bambi all fill this trope. And only Bambi really appreciates it.
** Frosty as well, though in his case people usually can't tell ''which'' he is.
** Puce- Long hair, long nails with airbrushed designs, feminine build, and wardrobe that is at best androgynous.
** New character Cupcake, though that's mostly thanks to plastic surgery.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Most characters have to.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Yellows in New York.
* [[EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether Everyone Knows Lucky]]: It's uncanny really.
* EthicalSlut: Blank was one in college, and Wolf and Strawberry are now.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: This was the basis of the Blood Feud story line.
* EyepatchOfPower: Sported by a few characters; notably Seamus.
* EyesAlwaysShut Paper.
* FakingTheDead: Robin of Red faked his death to wipe his slate clean before joining the agency.
** Carmine of Red did this as a quick way to break up with her husband.
** Kiiro of Green faked his death to escape Yellow.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Blank's "dad" turns out to be his uncle, and vice versa.
* FetishFuel: Oh my god, yes.
* FieryRedhead: Blanche, Switch, Firefly. Seamus probably counts.
** Irish was a serious bitch.
* FoeYay: Most especially with the original Black and White, though they've mellowed with age.
* ForgetsToEat: Jostaberry and Cloudy.
* ForTheLulz: Any CrackPairing with Benny and another male. Also Moron's [[SpeechImpediment lisp]].
* FreudianExcuse
* FriendsWithBenefits: Some couples here and there, most notably Molotov and Gale until [[RelationshipUpgrade they weren't]].
** Mallard and Icterine until [[StrangledByTheRedString they too]] [[RelationshipUpgrade weren't]].
** Same with Bud and Ten, until Bud [[TransparentCloset pulled his head out of his ass]].
* GayGroomInAWhiteTux: Averted with Maroon and Lucy, who wore purple and blue.
** Played straight with Bud and Ten.
* GentleGiant
* GiveHerANormalLife: Benny tried to do this with Katy.
* GlasgowGrin: Glasglow, [[MeaningfulName naturally]].
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: The agencies.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: The characters are mostly nice enough, but they kill and steal for a living.
* HandsomeLech: Cas. Oh dear ''god'' Cas.
** Arguably Wolf, though he's not everyone's cup of tea.
* HappilyAdopted: Blank and Scamp, with White.
* HappilyMarried: All the characters who are, including the Lady with [[SecondLove both]] her husbands.
* HasTwoMommies: Several of the couples have (or will have) children. Played straightest with Kevin, Lester, and Film.
* HatesBeingTouched: Dove, Ceil, and Olsen.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Benny and Mulberry are some of the rare straight males.
* HearingVoices: Ceil has one voice that tells him everyone is trying to kill him.
** 24 has several voices in his head that talk to him. As do 64 and 36.
* HelloNurse: The White medic Angel is most definitely one of these.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Vodka and Henry.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Due to the [[ColourCodedArmies color coding]].
* HonoraryUncle: Mac has a whole giant adopted family, whether they know it or not.
* HumansAreWhite: Fully averted in the sci-fi 'verse.
* IdenticalGrandson: For some reason, all the Graham men have the exact same coloring, and even the [[IdiotHair cowlick]]!
* IHaveNoSon: The majority of Switch's family denies they're related to him.
** Purple legally disowned his family.
* IWantGrandkids: Owl's grandmother wants GREAT-grandkids.
* InformedJudaism: Justified, since most of the characters are non-religious and only identify as such culturally.
* InsatiableNewlyweds: Maroon and Lucy. Going mere ''days'' without it drives Lucy to throwing coffee at people.
* InstantSedation
* InterfaceWithAFamiliarFace: [[ArtificialHuman Rock]] [[spoiler: Rock's outer looks are based on that of a human agent, who was killed in the late 70's when the Berlin Wall was still up.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: This applies to both Maroon and Nero.
* LatinLover: Intentionally invoked with Cupcake.
* LegoGenetics: Anything Ethan has ever made.
* LockedInARoom: Once happened to Switch and Sonar.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: 400 plus and counting. AND COUNTING.
* LonelyRichKid: Miri and Glasglow.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Miri reeks of this trope.
* LongLostRelative: Gemini and Nothing, Seven and Lizard. Sterling, Pyrite and Stormy. Zeus and Boomer. Wraithe and Marcus. Black and Sonar. Laz and several others, although with a few he's only a ParentalSubstitute.
* LoveConfession: [[http://yaoi.y-gallery.net/view/657328/ Moron]]. Unfortunately he gets [[PlatonicLifePartners shot down every time]]. Not surprising considering his skewed view of proper LoveInterests due to ParentalIncest. So he goes ahead and confesses to [[LikeBrotherAndSister Duck]], [[ParentalSubstitute Labrador]], [[TrueCompanions Chiffon]] and [[DoesNotLikeMen Benny]].
* LovableSexManiac: Strawberry and Wolf, though not everyone in-universe likes him. Blank isn't as much of a maniac, but it ''is'' his favorite topic of conversation.
* MadeOfIron: Notably with Blank.
* MadScientist: Yes. Every agency's got at least one.
* MagicalDatabase: DB, more literal than most.
* MagicFeather: Thumper and his horseshoe pendant which he believes protects him from [[TheKlutz accidents]].
* MagicGenetics: The Graham family.
* {{Malaproper}}: Wolf, notably.
* MamaBear: Played straight with most spies turned moms.
* ManlyGay: Got a few of these.
* MasochismTango: Black and White, Owl and Taz.
* MayDecemberRomance
* MeaningfulEcho: "Families are weird," for Harry's establishing comics.
* MeaningfulName: If they aren't named after a particular shade of color, chances are it's this trope.
* MessyHair: Ceil's hair is always uncombed as part of his plan to keep himself as unattractive looking as possible.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Made by Ethan, with love.
* MixedAncestry: A few characters, though rarely a plot point.
* MotorMouth: Spunky and Catnip.
* MrSmith: Played with. White's last name is actually Smith.
** Not to mention the agents [[ThemeTwinNaming Smith and Wesson]].
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: [[AscendedExtra Periwinkle]]'s running gag.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Cloudy is like this in personality, though he was born too late.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Robot spies, cyborg spies, cyborg ninja spies...
* NoodleIncident: Something happened in Malta, but it's not all that clear. Just that the Black agency doesn't touch it if they can help it.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Scamp, whose growth is a bit stunted. All the Grahams.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: At first, but most characters get real names eventually. Averted with Seamus, Harry, Gary and probably a few others.
** Happened twice with Amy. His codename was originally Amethyst.
* OrganTheft: Martin was narrowly rescued from this.
* PapaWolf: Most spies turned dads.
* ParalyzingFearOfSexuality: Ethan, Amethyst, Martin, and Nero and Lucy pre-relationships.
* ParentalAbandonment: Azrael, Frosty, Maroon, and Duck.
* ParentalIncest: Kiwi, which lead to him being a SelfMadeOrphan. Moron until he was saved.
* ParentalNeglect: With Blank and Audubon, though this wasn't intentional with at least one parent for each of them.
* ParentalSubstitute: Labrador with Duck and Moron.
* PatronSaint: Lucy was named for St Lucy, patron saint of the blind.
** Blank carries a St Jude medallion given to him by his grandmother.
** In several universes, Maroon invokes/is associated with Mary Magdalene, patron saint of prostitutes.
* PedophilePriest: Father Johann to Lucy, and implied with other children.
* PenalColony: Red's South African base is one of these crossed with a BedlamHouse.
* PerverseSexualLust: Several characters make jokes about various fictional crushes.
* PhraseCatcher: "Good talk, Cloudy."
* PoirotSpeak: Wolf, [[spoiler:faked]].
* ProperlyParanoid: They ''are'' spies.
* PutOnABus: There is a man named Nicolas who appears and has several mentions but vanishes later and is never mentioned again.
** Two Black agents. One gets shipped off to another office branch away from the central point of most stories and another elopes to another country with his boyfriend.
** A few writers have left the club permanently.
* RaisedCatholic: Lucy, Blanche, Seamus, and Kiwi. Blank's grandmother.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Earl and Owl were both raised by their grandmother, Sonar was raised by both grandparents.
* ReassignmentBackfire: Both Black and White were "promoted" to training rookies and overseeing missions. This gave them the power and camaraderie over the younger agents they needed to kill their bosses and take over.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Played straight when new characters are introduced as having been spies for years.
* RapunzelHair: Seamus' hair grows crazy fast and so is just kept long. [[RobotGirl Amalthea]] was made that way.
* {{Retcon}}: A few times, most notably with Lilac.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Several.
** And even in a very male character dominated group, two of them are [[RobotGirl girls]].
*** One, Anne, is also a [[EmotionlessGirl deadpan]] [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudist]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[BewareTheNiceOnes Nero]] [[spoiler: after he thinks his boyfriend dies. Fortunately Blank gets better.]]
* RoboFamily: Played straight with Mac, who actively acknowledges the other androids as family members.
* {{Robosexual}}: Played straight with Bruce, Snipe and Lester.
* RuleOfCool
* RunningGag: Puce destroying cars, Blank getting hurt, Laz having kids, and probably many others.
* ScaryBlackMan: Mentioned almost word-for-word with Bruce (who isn't even black). Played straighter with Igazi, though his scariness has little to do with his race.
* SexIsEvil: Nero and Lucy both believe this, before they [[ClosetKey learn]].
* SingleTargetSexuality: Lucy, with Maroon.
* SilverFox: Purple and Amontillado fill this.
* SkunkStripe: [[MeaningfulName Skunk]] has one.
* SlapSlapKiss: A few couples have this dynamic.
* SmugSmiler: Benny.
* SonOfAWhore: Bambi and Mulberry.
* SpeechImpediment: Moron speaks with a (admittedly growing worse) lisp and Cipher speaks in a slow, stuttery FunetikAksent. Frosty also has a stutter sometimes but it is rarely emphasized.
* SplitPersonality: Triad of the Blue agency. Agent Gemini suffered this but his personalities were separated into multiple people.
* SpotOfTea: [[MeaningfulName Earl]].
* SpyCouple: A lot.
* {{SpyBot}}: Pick an android, it's likely they were built for this purpose.
* StalkerWithACrush: Tulip, Duck, Lucky, and formerly Bird.
** Tulip and Lucky even got to marry their stalkees.
** Played creepily with Frosty and Kabroi.
* StalkingIsLove: Related to the above. Several examples.
* StarbucksSkinScale: Frosty is often described as "mocha."
* StrangledByTheRedString: Most couples where one character is owned by author Essande seem to appear out of thin air.
** Ribbon and Nothing.
* StuffBlowingUp: Always a favorite, but Fuchsia, Blank, Thumper and the Blue Firebug squad stand out from the pack.
* TenLittleMurderVictims: The basis of [[http://yaoi.y-gallery.net/view/591711/ Closed Circle]].
* TheInsomniac: Josta forgets to sleep, and Walter has an actual medical condition. Garnet gets about an hour of sleep every night due to recurring nightmares. Spinel drugs himself heavily to sleep.
* TheJinx: [[MeaningfulName Jinx]]'s mission partners always get harmed in some way.
* TheKlutz: Corey, and as a child; Thumper.
* TheLancer: Lydia to Lester.
* TheQuietOne: Watson and Cipher.
* TheSpeechless: Cerise, who communicates in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charades charades]], {{Emoticon}}s, speech bubbles, and rarely sign language.
** Gopher.
* TheStoic: Badger.
* TheUnfavorite: Model's backstory.
* TheVoiceless: 22, Fuchsia, and in earlier stories Watson.
* TheWoobie: Several characters to varying degrees, but most notably Frosty.
** Lester, despite his creator originally intending him to be [[TheEeyore an Eeyore]], is one of these.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Schwarzwald mercenaries Mary and Sue when they show up in stories.
* TroubledButCute: Yes. A lot.
* WeaponizedAnimal: Shaun the Battle-Sheep. To quote Mac every time he shows Shaun to someone new: [[RunningGag He's got a cannon in his back!]].
* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: Quite a few, including the Graham family.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Miri, Azrael and Snow play this straight.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Bambi, Vivian, Switch, and Vermilion.
** The pink/blue 'verse has this as a matter of course.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Several spies have phobias, such as Switch's fear of cats and Moron's fear of the dark.
* WideEyedIdealist: Flora, Jared, and Thumper.
** Despite everything, Narcissus still manages to fall under this.
* WillNotTellALie: Benny, although he tends to omit important info.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Benny because of [[TurnOutLikeHisFather his dad]]. Thumper and Paper because [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalry isn't dead]]. And Ilya.
* XDaysSince: All the departments in the NY Red labs have an accident counter sign as a competition between themselves.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Averted. Any unusual hair colors are explicitly stated to be dyed. Except for Gary, who insists that his hair color is natural, but WordOfGod states is a weave.
* YoungerThanHeLooks: Not really, but a running gag with Purple is that his file eternally says he's 35.
** Snow fits this, with his prematurely gray hair.

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!![[AlternateUniverse Alternate Universes]]

[[folder:Necropolis]]
Basically the Superhero version of Rookie Mistake.
* AffablyEvil: The Violet Sovereign, when he was still an active villain. He's still affable, but YMMV on the "evil" part.
* AnIcePerson: Ljod, whose name literally means "ice."
* [[CatGirl Catboy]]: [[MeaningfulName Cat]].
* CityOfWeirdos: Yes.
* DatingCatwoman: Played straight with Cat and Hellhound.
* DreamWithinADream: Played straight with Taras whose power is literally dreaming of dreams.
* HomelessPigeonPerson: Oddmund; An [[ParentalIncest abused]] [[TheRunaway runaway]] who was adopted by a Katbeast.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Face Stealer.
* MegaNeko: [[http://ks-claw.livejournal.com/193769.html The Katbeasts.]] Large felines made by scientists, created to be pets for the rich people. [[spoiler: At least until they grew too big. There is also Baby the Katbeast, who was made by Ethan in the main Rookie 'verse]]
* FacelessGoons: Grey Matter has an endless supply of them. [[CanonImmigrant Fredo]] is one of them in this 'verse. Specifically they are of [[GasMaskMooks this variety]].
* NearDeathExperience: [[spoiler: When Kiyoshi had a close encounter with the Face Stealer but [[EleventhHourSuperpower then saved himself]]. Also this happens to Taras when he gets killed in a dream and he almost dies in the real world.]]
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler: Hound and the explosion that kills him.]]
* OddlySmallOrganization: Hench Co., a privately owned organization who put together monsters, potions and machines for villains with a busy schedule. The entire operation is handled by three [[MadScientist mad scientists]] who have a [[MysteriousEmployer rarely seen boss who only comes in for progress reports]].
* PubertySuperpower: Kiyoshi, granted this kicks in [[http://yaoi.y-gallery.net/view/512901/ at the]] [[EleventhHourSuperpower last possible moment]].
* SecretIdentity: Well duh.
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[[folder: Closet Dust]]
The American West. Not quite as historically inaccurate as actual westerns, but research is for losers.

* BarBrawl: All the time, but Seamus breaks it up quickly.
* CavalryOfficer: Black claims to have been one.
* ChineseLaborer
* CitySlicker
* {{Clerk}}: Jade is one.
* CluelessDeputy: Tim just does what he's told...
* GayCowboy: Yes.
* MeekTownsman: Irv might qualify.
* {{Outlaw}}: Black and his boys are this.
* PreacherMan
* {{Rancher}}: A few.
* RailroadBaron: A few have made trouble off screen.
* SaloonOwner
* ShopKeeper
* SlapSlapKiss: Explicitly White and Black's relationship here.
* TheSheriff: White.
* TheBartender: There are a few bars in the main town, but Seamus is the most common example, as well as being the SaloonOwner.
* {{Undertaker}}: [[http://yaoi.y-gallery.net/view/499573/ Rock has this job.]]
[[/folder]]

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