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"Like a SaturdayMorningCartoon that airs on {{HBO}}."

Currently in its seventh year of operation (est. October 2007), ''[[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/index.php Freedom City Play by Post]]'' is the largest and most active ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' play-by-post setting on the Internet. Set in M&M's default FreedomCity setting in the present day, the [[GameTropes game]] has become a massive shared universe involving dozens of active, semi-active and inactive players. It's a rigorous game, one where the [[GameMaster GMs]] and experienced players are unafraid to heckle {{Troll}}s and {{Mary Sue}}s out of existence. Most of the staff are fans of both comics and TVTropes, which means they expect characters to draw from the common tropes and themes of [[ComicBookTropes comic books]].

That said, they prefer to avoid certain comic book tropes. No {{Stripperific}} costumes, please, and no crazy [[DarkAge Iron Age]] vigilantes. Hero(ish) [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] only, sticking to somewhere between SilverAge, BronzeAge, and ModernAge in feel, though the Refs are open to good arguments about all sorts of characters. Characters should be basically the [[WhiteAndGrayMorality Good Guys]], and concepts should pass tests like, "Would people buy a comic book about this character?" and "Why would anyone talk to this character?" If your character would fit as a recurring character in a {{DCAU}} series, they'll probably fit in well here.

Many of the tropes in the game can be found on the pages for the [[MutantsAndMasterminds M&M]] game or the [[FreedomCity FC]] setting, but there are quite a few largely unique to ''FCPBP''. '''Please note that only tropes related to active characters will be listed here.'''
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[[folder: A-C]]
* AcePilot: [[{{Cyborg}} Victory]], before his accident. He still has the mindset.
** [[CoolAirship Geckoman]] has developed into one of these.
** Freedom Eagle II has a similar mindset, except minus the plane part.
* ActionGirl: The SuperHero genre is brimming with this trope, and FCPBP is no exception.
* AlienAbduction: Cavalier's backstory, which put him in the Large Magellanic Cloud for close to six years before he made his way back to Earth.
* AllAmericanFace: [[{{Cyborg}} Victory]].
* AlliterativeName: Erik Espadas (Jack of all Blades). Ellie Espadas (Jill O'Cure).
** Chris Kenzie (Geckoman) and Liz Lawlett (Spellbound). See ShoutOut below.
** Subito Sondo (Heraldo)
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent, CaptainErsatz, {{Expy}}: Most [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]], intentionally or not. (See the "Expys" folder on the Character Sheet.)
* AndIMustScream: This trope basically sums up [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head's]] entire existence. But [[AngstWhatAngst he's cool with it]].
* AnimalMotifs: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Geckoman]] wears a green jumpsuit, and has most of the powers of his namesake.
** Arrowhawk can't fly, but he is [[RainOfArrows death from above]].
** Crimson Tiger
** Freedom Eagle II has wings and is [[Eagleland pretty damn American]].
* AnimalSuperheroes: [[AlternateUniverse Ani-Earth's]] [[AnthropomorphicShift Infurceptors]] visited Earth-Prime in pursuit of the Factor Fur. They included [[HurricaneOfPuns Avengemouse, Calico Angel, Feline, Foalcrum, Jackalope of all Blades, Jestnut & Lambkos]].
* TheAtoner: [[RedeemingReplacement Doktor Archeville]] is actively opposed to just about everything his [[StupidJetpackHitler Nazi]] MadScientist grandfather ever did...[[spoiler: as well as what [[SplitPersonalityTakeover he's done himself]]]].
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Changeling's civilian wear is always large layered [[GorgeousPeriodDress dresses from the late 18th century]].
* BadassBeard: Wail has one.
* BadassBookworm: Doktor Archeville doesn't look very formidable, but he already used his SuperIntelligence to figure out [[AwesomeByAnalysis how to take you apart]] before the fight even began.
** Graft's both a medical researcher and a doctor, so he definitely qualifies.
* BadassFamily: The Martels, a line of [[{{Fiction 500}} super-rich]] [[PsychicPowers psychics]]. The current generation numbers Sage among them.
* BadassGrandpa: [[BadassNormal Arrowhawk]], in his 40s, is a borderline example. He's got a decade or two on the majority of his fellow [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]], physically if not mentally.
** [[MakeMeWannaShout Wail]] is in his late 50s, having been an active superhero off and on since [[BronzeAge the 1970s]].
** Solar Sentinel's over a century old [[OlderThanTheyLook and doesn't look a day over 35.]]
* BadassLongcoat: [[HotWitch Equinox]]. [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of all Blades]]. And [[TheProfessor Doktor Archeville]].
* BadassNormal: FCPBP had surprisingly few of these, but their ranks are steadily growing.
** [[TrickArrow Arrowhawk]], [[ImprobableWeaponUser King of Suits]] (though 'badass' isn't very accurate in [[NiceGuy his case]]), [[ScienceHero Catalyst]], [[ActionGirl Crimson Tiger]]. Freedom Eagle II is this in terms of skills and vulnerability, but equips himself with advanced gadgets to give himself greater effectiveness.
* BaldOfAwesome: [[MakeMeWannaShout Wail]]. Back in the BronzeAge, he was the BaldBlackLeaderGuy for [[WeHelpTheHelpless 1-800-JUSTICE]], a ''[[LukeCageHeroForHire Heroes For Hire]]'' {{Expy}}.
* BatFamilyCrossover: The most common type of crossover story arc, given the sheer size of the site and how difficult it is to run a major story arc with dozens and dozens of players contributing.
* BattleCouple: FCPBP has had a ''lot'' of these.
** Harrier + Miss Americana
** Dark Star + Fleur de Joie
** Dragonfly + Jill O'Cure
** Midnight + Wander
** Sage + Changeling
* BetaCouple: [[CrazyAwesome Geckoman]] and [[DatingCatwoman Spellbound]] turned into this for the [[DysfunctionJunction Claremont Academy]].
* TheBerserker: Wander has TranquilFury.
** [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]] is [[ZombieApocalypse Wander's]] BerserkButton personified.
* BewareTheSuperman: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Except for the [[DarkAge Iron Age]] in the '80s and early '90s, FreedomCity has always loved its [[NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat superheroes]].
** The "Terminus Babies" (see {{Mutants}} below) are about as close as the setting comes, and they're not even official [[FreedomCity F.C.]] canon.
* BiTheWay: [[{{Necromancer}} Nick Cimitiere]], [[{{MasterofIllusion}} Changeling]].
* BigDamnHeroes: The [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]], hopefully. The [[JusticeLeague Freedom League]] are the primary in-universe {{NPC}} hero team.
* BilingualBonus: [[PlantPerson Fleur de Joie]].
** Half of Doktor Archeville's character sheet.
** Etain thinks in Latin and names things in Latin.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Often [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], much to the annoyance of older heroes with [[SilverAge stricter moral codes]]. Our stories aren't explicit, but they are at times mature.
* TheBoxingEpisode / LetsYouAndHimFight: "Fisticuffs," and the sequel, "Fisticuffs 2: This Time, It's Not Fisticuffs 1."
* BrokenBird / TroubledButCute: Wander.
* BronzeAge / ModernAge: The general tone FCPBP strives for.
* CantHaveSexEver: [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]]. Unlike other undead, such as [[spoiler:[[VampiresAreSexGods Comrade Frost]]]], [[TheLoinsSleepTonight nothing of his body works]]. Made even more sad by the fact that [[AManIsNotAVirgin he was still a virgin]] when he died. [[OurvampiresAreDifferent Farsider vampire]] Red Moon is in a similar situation.
* TheCape: Fulcrum is trying to live up to the legacy of [[{{Superman}} The Centurion]].
** Supercape. It's even in his name.
** {{Superman}}: The local {{Expy}}, [[TheParagon The Centurion]], has been dead since the [[CrisisCrossover Terminus Invasion]] of 1993. He ''[[AvertedTrope hasn't]]'' [[BackFromTheDead gotten better]], and WordOfGod says he never will.
* CatchPhrase: The site's chatroom and threads with characters who often meet make a lot of these, including "Stabpunch." "KISS HIM/HER, YOU FOOL!"
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: Technically true for any of the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Voluntary Shapeshifters]] or [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] listed below.
* ChestInsignia: Alternately played straight or [[AvertedTrope averted]], depending on the character.
** [[TrickArrow Arrowhawk's]] chest is emblazoned with a stylized logo of a [[AnimalMotifs white hawk]] in flight.
** [[SomethingPerson Geckoman]] has a [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS bright yellow G]] across his costume.
** [[GeometricMagic Crow]] has an emblem of a bird in flight on his chest. Three guesses what kind.
** [[CaptainErsatz King of Suits]] has a white [[CardGames card suit insignia]] on his armor's chest.
** [[LegacyCharacter Freedom Eagle II]] has, appropriately, a golden eagle in flight with it's beak pointed upward.
* ChivalrousPervert / GoodBadGirl: [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of all Blades]].
* CivvieSpandex: Alternately played straight or [[AvertedTrope averted]], depending on the character.
** CoatHatMask: [[TheCowl Midnight II]] inherited his costume from his namesake, notably including a very NiceHat.
** [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of all Blades]] favours a Coat/Wig/Mask combo.
** [[{{Necromancer}} Nick Cimitiere]] wears [[DarkIsNotEvil black]] [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly rockabilly]]-style clothes, a [[HellbentForLeather leather jacket]], and [[WhiteMaskOfDoom face makeup]].
** The only thing that keeps [[SuperSoldier Cannonade]] from looking like a standard issue skinhead is a steel [[AncientGreece Trojan-style helmet]].
** [[ScienceHero Catalyst]] wears a bright yellow fitted HazmatSuit as a costume. It's Other then a pair of goggles instead, it looks like a standard hazmat suit and has been used to pose as a faceless chemical worker or someone from the city.
* CombatMedic: [[{{Sidekick}} Jill O'Cure]] has both [[HealingHands healing powers]] and a devastating [[PoisonousPerson "disease touch."]]
** Graft, while not having any healing powers per se, is a medical doctor by trade, and is capable of handling most injuries in battle.
* CombatPragmatist: Many of the {{Badass}} [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] are, out of necessity, ruthless cheating bastards, with brutally efficient "anything goes" fighting styles.
** Arrowhawk, Crow, Myrmidon and Crimson Tiger are definitely not afraid to fight dirty when they have to.
* TheCommissionerGordon: While training under [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Raven]], Geckoman forged a working relationship with Detective [[ShoutOut Giordano]] from the FCPD Homicide division. Geckoman saved his life, almost [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of his own]].
* ConfusionFu: [[CrazyAwesome Geckoman's]] preferred "fighting style."
* CoolAirship: Geckoman flies [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptychozoon The Ptychozoon]], more commonly known as "[[InSeriesNickname The Pitchoo]]."
* CoolBike: Arrowhawk rides a 1920s American Indian motorcycle, allowing him to fire while steering with his knees without the engine cutting out.
** [[LegacyCharacter Midnight II]] has the original [[SandmanMysteryTheatre Midnight's]] Night Cycle.
** Crimson Tiger's TigerCycle is a black and red machine with a custom suspension.
* [[CoolCar Cool Van]]: [[ScienceHero Catalyst]] drives a bulletproof one that has a built in workshop, chemical lab, at least five different types of paintball guns and a [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee maker]].
* CoolHouse: The interior of [[ScienceHero Doktor Archeville's]] home in Hanover has more in common with [[Series/DoctorWho the TARDIS]] or the [[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]] than it does with the typical [=McMansion=]. It's BiggerOnTheInside, with a fully-stocked MadScientistLaboratory and [[TheWarRoom command center]]. And it even has a [[RobotMaid robot]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys gorilla]] butler.
** The Brownstone: [[NewWarriors The Interceptors]] HQ.
** Caldwell Manor: [[KidHero Young Freedom's]] HQ.
** Midnight Manor: Home of [[LegacyCharacter Trevor Hunter]], A.K.A. "[[TheCowl Midnight II]]."
** [[HauntedHouse The Parkhurst Hotel]]: The HQ of several magical characters, and home to several who either have no place to go (or simply prefer magical surroundings).
** Freedom Eagle II lives in one of three exclusive penthouses on top of the world's third tallest building.
* CoolMask: Temperance usually takes this one literally; thanks to [[AnIcePerson her powers]] and her immunity to natural cold, she usually crafts Venetian Carnival-style masks out of ice.
* TheCowl: [[SandmanMysteryTheatre Midnight]]. Crow.
** Arrowhawk dresses and acts more like Franchise/{{Batman}} than GreenArrow.
* CrapsackWorld: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] on Earth-Prime. The main universe of the Freedom City setting is an optimistic place where most people are basically good and most people love superheroes. Other dimensions, like [[StupidJetpackHitler Erde]] and the Terminus, on the other hand...
* CrazyPrepared: If you can think of it, Midnight probably has it in his UtilityBelt, or can build it from the contents thereof.
** Arrowhawk's arsenal of [[TrickArrow trick arrows]] has extended to fire extinguisher arrows.
** Doktor Archeville's [[Series/DoctorWho electromagnetic screwdriver]] was designed to be "the perfect tool," and there isn't much he ''can't'' do with it.
** [[GeometricMagic Crow]] has a rune for everything. EVERYTHING.
** Anything Catalyst doesn't have, she can probably make in her [[CoolCar van]].
** Jubatus ([[FunnyAnimal cheetah-man]] speedster)'s MO is to try to anticipate ''everything'', and only improvise when that doesn't work so good.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Geckoman stole his airship, gadgets and powers from [[MagicFromTechnology Spellbound]]. Then [[DatingCatwoman they met in their civilian identities]]...
* CrisisCrossover: The demonic invasion, when [[NobleDemon Hellion's]] father came with a [[TheLegionsOfHell demonic host]] to bring him home. It wasn't technically a RedSkiesCrossover, but the skies above Freedom City ''were'' red...
** The [[EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion third]] Grue [[AlienInvasion Invasion]], when they finally activated their [[PlayingWithSyringes experimental bio-weapon]], [[spoiler:Atlas]]. (OhCrap.)
** The "Halloween Special," where the fight between Hades and Baron Samedi spilled over into massive waves of undead and cultists flocking to Freedom City.
** "[=ArchEvil=]" had Doctor Archeville's SuperpoweredEvilSide finally take over and unleash a number of magical and scientific monstrosities in the name of "reshaping" the world.
** Then there was the time [[{{Galactus}} the Gorgon]] showed up in orbit, threatening to encase the Earth in gray goo due to the taint of the Terminus.
** The "Hot Zone," where the city came under quarantine after a villain released an airborne mutagen that resulted in most of the city developing superpowers... [[PowerIncontinence control not guaranteed]].
** The Day of Wrath, where Curator(the setting's Braniac-equivalent) androids turned out to have replaced several heroes and caused brief chaos throughout the city with the help of the Foundry's robots, followed by the rescue of those replaced.
* CurvesInAllTheRightPlaces: Fleur de Joie, Spellbound.
* {{Cyborg}}: Victory
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[[folder: D-F]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Any of the characters listed under "Death By Origin Story" qualify for this trope.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Midnight II. Crow.
* DatingCatwoman: Geckoman and [[MagicFromTechnology Spellbound]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Jack of all Blades [[IShallTauntYou Shall Taunt You]], explaining in detail [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech The Reason You Suck]]. (Chances are YouFightLikeACow).
** Arrowhawk, being the premiere BadassNormal PC, tends to react this way toward the other heroes.
* DeathByOriginStory: [[YouCantGoHomeAgain Wander]] is the sole survivor of a global ZombieApocalypse in [[AlternateUniverse her home dimension]]. She's trying [[IronWoobie not to let it get her down]], though.
** Arrowhawk's vendetta against [[TheMafia organized crime]] started when they murdered his best friend in college.
** Dead Head lost all his college friends when [[YourHeadASplode his head exploded]] at a [[MillenniumBug New Year's Eve]] party. He got better. [[CameBackWrong Kinda]]. Then he tried bringing all his friends back, which ([[CameBackWrong again, kinda]]) worked. Then they all [[KillItWithFire died in a fire]].
** Nick Cimitiere's origin story began with his own NearDeathExperience involving a guided tour of the various underworlds.
* {{Deconstruction}}: [=AvengerAssembled=] ran a story called "[[ComicBook/HouseOfM House of L]]", a FifthWeekEvent wherein his [[WindsOfDestinyChange luck controller]] Mark Lucas (A.K.A. "Edge") was killed, and [[PersonOfMassDestruction his father]] Rick Lucas snapped, manifesting the same [[RealityWarper reality-bending powers]] as his son. He used them to transform [[FreedomCity the World of Freedom]] into an idealized version of the SilverAge, a world where [[ScienceMarchesOn technology marched on]], but culture never advanced past TheFifties. What could have been a simple lighthearted romp through an old man's nostalgia turned out to be terrifying as AA began to [[LampshadeHanging shine spotlights]] onto the [[UnfortunateImplications hypocritical nature]] of such an idea, and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the horrible things]] which [[WellIntentionedExtremist Rick]] had to keep doing to maintain the illusion that it was a better world. The whole story turned out to be a particularly well-executed TakeThat against the likes of Creator/GeoffJohns, Creator/DanDiDio, Creator/JoeQuesada, and all the other [[RunningTheAsylum contemporary creators]] who seem hell-bent on purging from the {{Canon}} any characters or stories which didn't exist back when they were kids (no matter how many people have to be StuffedIntoTheFridge to make it happen).
* {{Determinator}}: Arrowhawk, Jack of all Blades, Crimson Tiger.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Most superheroes, but explicitly [[TrickArrow Arrowhawk]] and [[SwordFight Jack of all Blades]].
** [[ImprobableAimingSkills Arrowhawk]] turned this UpToEleven, with [[MyGreatestFailure disastrous consequences]].
* DopeSlap: Silhouette has a tendency to do this.
* DrJerk: Jill O'Cure won't let saving someone's life get in the way of [[TrashTalk telling them they're an idiot]], or vice versa.
* DysfunctionJunction: FCPBP has no shortage of emotional problems among the cast. (Or the players, for that matter.)
* EgomaniacHunter: [[CombatPragmatist Orion]], the premiere NPC example of the setting, came closer to killing [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Jack of all Blades]] than any villain Jack had faced before (even villains several PowerLevels higher). However, the fight did not end well for Orion (see CrowningMomentOfAwesome above).
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Geckoman's Arborealair is part-underground, part-underwater and part-in a tree, due to its location on the river running through Wharton forest.
* EmoTeen: [[IronWoobie Wander]] grabs this trope by the neck and holds its head underwater until the bubbles stop.
* MrFanservice: The majority of the male Claremont students have world-class Charisma scores. They run the gamut, from TallDarkAndHandsome to [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrous and chaste]], to [[SillyLoveSongs free-spirited and artistic]], to endlessly cheerful.
** [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of all Blades]] is half-[[LatinLover Latino]], half-[[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench French]], and ''all-sexy''.
* EquivalentExchange: [[HotWitch Equinox]] has to sacrifice her magic for 24 hours to use mind-altering spells.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Superheroes work hard, play hard, live fast, and die young. There's even [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=2461 a chart to prove it]]. But keep it off-screen and PG-13.
* EvilCounterpart: The world of Anti-Earth, where everyone who is good on Earth-Prime is evil. It includes the [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2240#p43462 Young Imperials]], who are are the Evil Counterparts to [[KidHero Young Freedom]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Ghost Girl.
* TheFaceless: Midnight II wears the same mask as his predecessor. Think TheQuestion, only pitch black, with [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]].
** Silhouette's mask(and the rest of her costume) is full face cloth and completely expressionless.
* TheFettered: [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods Fusion]] has a husband, a kid, and a career.
* {{Fiction 500}}: Several [=PCs=], such as [[GadgeteerGenius Doktor Archeville]]. [[PsychicPowers Sage]].
* FireForgedFriends: Many [=PCs=] bond this way, in times of danger and havoc, leading to deep appreciations of each other.
* FiveManBand: Most teams have this in some way or another.
** Young Freedom 1.5, Edge is TheHero, Sage is TheLancer, Midnight II is TheSmartGuy, Wander is TheBigGuy, Cobalt Templar is TheHeart.
* FunWithAcronyms: One of Doktor Archeville's robots, a Helpful Electronic Robot with Thoughts [formed] Out of Light, could be known as HERTOL. However, the robot's [[BilingualBonus German designation]] is ''Nützlicher Elektronischer Roboter, mit Gedanken Aus Licht'', or NERGAL.
* FunPersonified: [[CrazyAwesome Geckoman]].
** [[CreepyAwesome Dead Head]], for [[GallowsHumor certain values]] of "fun."
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[[folder: G-I]]
* GenderBender: Doc Otaku tested a Gender Reversal Ray on Avenger, Dark Star, Doktor Archeville, Geckoman, and Wesley Knight. HilarityEnsued.
** [[IncrediblyLamePun Earth-XX]] is an entire (player-created) AlternateUniverse of gender-swapped characters.
* GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath: Dead Head.
* GreaseMonkey: [[BadassBiker Midnight]] has a natural aptitude for working with engines of all types.
* GrayEyes: [[HotWitch Equinox]].
* HeroesPreferSwords: [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of all Blades]], [[MasterofIllusion Changeling]].
** Gaian Knight technically carries a magic sword, for which he is TheChosenOne. But in a rare [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of PossessionImpliesMastery, he's not any good at wielding it, so he relies primarily upon [[HeWillRockYou his powers]].
* HerrDoctor: Herr Doktor [[LargeHam Viktor Archeville]], Genius of [[strike:Science]] [[ForScience SCIENCE!]]
* HiddenBadass:
** CrazyAwesome: [[SomethingPerson Geckoman]].
** CulturedBadass: [[TheProfessor Doktor Archeville]].
** SouthernFriedGenius: [[CreepyAwesome Dead Head]].
* HollywoodVoodoo: Somewhat [[AvertedTrope averted]]. [[{{Necromancer}} Nick Cimitiere]] doesn't ''practice'' voodoo, but he least knows enough about the religion that he feels comfortable taking the name of one of the Guede.
* HotWitch: Equinox.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Doktor Archeville + Fulcrum. He's a 5'10" GadgeteerGenius. She's an 8'2" FlyingBrick. TheyFightCrime.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Crow and Wave-Eye (see "HalfHumanHybrid" below).
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Jack of all Blades and Jill O'Cure [[VolleyingInsults exchange insults]] almost constantly, but woe to '''anyone else''' who disparages one of the siblings in the other's presence.
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful: Part of the reason Miss Americana was built.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]] is something of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. He consumes flesh to [[CannibalismSuperpower accelerate]] his HealingFactor, but he refuses to eat ''human'' flesh.
* IncrediblyLamePun: "Jack of all '''Blades'''?" '''Really?!'''
** "Dead Head," given [[OurZombiesAreDifferent his origin]].
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: [[LegacyCharacter Bee-Keeper II]], before he TookALevelInBadass.
* InnerMonologue: Doktor Archeville has one in nearly every post (on account of [[spoiler:his [[GoodAngelBadAngel disassociative identity disorder]], which has broadened to let many of his emotions have a voice]].
** Geckoman frequently narrates internally, holding conversations and even arguments with his monologue.
** Like Geckoman, [[CaptainPatriotic El Heraldo]] often holds mental debates, conversations and asides with his empowering spirit the Blue Dame.
* InsistentTerminology: [[PaperPeople Silhouette]] is a sneaky, black clad ambush oriented character, but she is not a ninja and she will explain in detail why she isn't one if called so out loud.
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[[folder: J-L]]
* KnightInSourArmor: [[BadassGrandpa Arrowhawk]].
* KidHero: The [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld students]] of the [[SuperheroSchool Claremont]] [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Academy]], especially the members of [[SuperTeam Next-Gen & Young Freedom.]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And the Irregulars.]] The others do less world-saving, but
* LargeHam: Doktor Archeville is a [[IncrediblyLamePun Large Black Forest Ham]].
* LatinLover: [[ChivalrousPervert Jack of all Blades]] is only half Latino, but the other half is [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench French]].
* LeParkour: A RunningGag had Jack of all Blades resorting to this and wishing he had a [[GrapplingHookPistol grapple]], due to how often superheroes without super-powers had to do this to get around the metropolis.
* LegacyCharacter: Bee-Keeper II, Cannonade, Crimson Tiger, Fulcrum, Gaian Knight, Ironclad II, Midnight II, and Freedom Eagle II.
** RedeemingReplacement: [[StupidJetpackHitler Doktor Archeville]], Bee-Keeper III
* LivingShadow: [[PaperPeople Silhouette's]] costume is completely black without logos so she can pass as this.
* LongRangeFighter: Catalyst is exclusively this, if you can and disarm her she is SOL.
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[[folder: M-P]]
* MacGyvering: This is [[GadgeteerGenius Doktor Archeville's]] superpower.
* MadScientist: Doktor Archeville wavers between this and TheProfessor.
* MadScientistLaboratory: Doktor Archeville has a handful of these. He eventually turned them into a MegaCorp, "[=ArcheTech=]."
* MagicVersusScience: Played straight with Doktor Archeville, who believes that all "magic" has a rational explanation (mutant powers, alien tech, or some other as-yet-unexplained "natural" phenomena, combined with "you people are gullible superstitious idiots"). [[{{Irony}} Ironic]], considering that Archeville's SuperIntelligence used to be the result of being the [[HalfHumanHybrid descendant]] of an EldritchAbomination before his cleansing and infusion with nanites.
* ManlyGay: Wail.
* MasterOfDisguise: Any of the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Voluntary Shapeshifters]] listed below.
* MeaningfulRename: [[PsychicPowers Sage]] to La Renarde Bleu.
* MightyGlacier: Wail.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Surprisingly rare. It's usually the men who are the {{pretty boy}}s, especially at the [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Claremont Academy]].
* MusicalEpisode: [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2020 FCPBP had one!]]
* MustHaveCaffeine: As his name suggests, [[TheCowl Midnight]] keeps [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveThe World unusual hours]], and drinks a lot of coffee to make up for the lack of sleep.
** [[SomethingPerson Geckoman's]] [[HealingFactor regenerative powers]] make him resistant to drugs like [[GRatedDrug caffeine.]] Thus he drinks the strongest coffee they sell in bucket-sized containers.
** [[{{Necromancer}} Nick Cimitiere]] usually works very late hours [[ISeeDeadPeople trying to help ghosts resolve their business]]. There's a reason he works at a coffee shop.
* {{Mutants}}: The "[[http://216.104.186.16/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6001&sid=5b057c77a73cf0930fe3b40cf55c8d59#p82002 Terminus Babies]]" concept created by Kit on the [[MutantsAndMasterminds Atomic Think Tank]] has been adopted into FCPBP canon. It's left it's mark on the site's canon.
* {{Necromancer}}: [[ISeeDeadPeople Nick Cimitiere]], and to a lesser extent, [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]].
* NervesOfSteel: Many [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] have immunity to fear. Much to the chagrin of other [[TheCowl characters with loads of scariness]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Freedom Eagle II is self-described as a "Mayor's son millionare CEO super-science genius ex-secret agent Golden Age Legacy superhero".
* TheNicknamer: [[WittyBanter Jack of all Blades]]. This has not endeared him to his peers.
* NobodyOver50IsGay: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with [[ManlyGay Wail]].
* NonHumanSidekick: Oliver The Super-Kitty. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that, while he is incredibly intelligent, he can't [[TalkingAnimal talk]].
** [[ActionPet Avro the manticore kitty.]] Also a [[SubvertedTrope nontalker]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of all Blades]] gives the impression of a HandsomeLech at best, and TheFool at worst. This [[{{Tricksters}} conceals]] a [[{{Determinator}} serious]] and [[HeroicSpirit committed]] personality.
** [[CrazyAwesome Geckoman]] is nowhere near as absent-minded as he acts.
** Dead Head plays up the stereotypes associated with both [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] and [[TheDeepSouth Southern accents]] to hide the fact that he's just as limber and intelligent as any living human, if not more so.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Doktor Archeville.
** [[Averted Trope Averted]] with Arrowhawk, and Catalyst, who are both scientists in their secret identities, yet, unusually for superheroes, have a realistic level of specialty in their chosen disciplines.
** Jubatus' days being [[TimeMaster 150 hours long]], he's got time to read up on ''any and every'' topic under the Sun.
** Graft is a doctor and medical researcher, so while he's versatile within his field, he's useless in other scientists.
* OutdatedOutfit: Both [[MasterOfIllusion Changeling's]] civilian and heroic wear, the former is clothing that was in style around the [[GorgeousPeriodDress late eighteen hundreds]], the later during the Reniassance.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Appropriately, [[DarkIsNotEvil Midnight II]] has black hair.
** [[MasterOfIllusion Changeling]] has dark curly hair, and is very pale(mostly because she wears very [[OutdatedOutfit covering clothing]] to protect against her weakness to [[WeaksauceWeakness iron based metals.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[GadgeteerGenius Doktor Archeville]] has an [[SpaceStation orbital HQ]]. Any guess as to how long it'd take him to repurpose the communication and sensor suites into [[KillSat an energy beam]]? ([[DontExplainTheJoke Hint: Not long.]])
** Arrowhawk is [[GenreSavvy aware]] of this trope and has [[CrazyPrepared plans in place]] to deal with the event of any characters pulling a FaceHeelTurn.
* PocketDimension: Doktor Archeville's house in Hanover is BiggerOnTheInside. As are the pockets of his labcoat.
** [[GreenThumb Fleur de Joie]] traps subdued villains in [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors a giant flower]].
* PowerGlows: [[FunctionalMagic Equinox]].
** Solar Sentinel too, especially since he glows more the more power he uses.
* TheProfessor: Doktor Archeville teeters on the brink between this and a MadScientist.
* PubertySuperpower: Sage's PsychicPowers first manifested when she was 14, during a gymnastics competition. Heraldo was granted his FlyingBrick powers at 16.
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[[folder: Q-S]]
* RapunzelHair: [[PlantPerson Fleur de Joie]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[TheCowl Midnight's]] mask is designed to intentionally invoke this trope.
** [[TrickArrow Arrowhawk]], taking inspiration from the [[LegacyCharacter original Midnight]], has a similar effect on his domino mask.
* ScienceHero: Doktor Archeville, Miss Americana, Dragonfly, Ironclad, Catalyst, Graft.
* SecretPublicIdentity: [[GadgeteerGenius Doktor Viktor Archeville]].
* ShoutOut: Chris Kenzie (Geckoman) and Liz Lawlett (Spellbound) are deliberate references to another character whose mythos loves {{Alliterative Name}}s. (Pay attention to the initials...) His origin story also involves a rocket crashing into a field, and he wears a large yellow letter on his costume.
** Doktor Archeville was indeed named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Arkeville Doctor Arkeville]], a villain from ''{{Transformers}}''.
** [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Wail]] was named after KeithDavid and [[PhilLaMarr Phil [=LaMarr=]]], the voices of [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Goliath]] and [[JusticeLeagueUnlimited Green Lantern John Stewart]] respectively.
* SiblingTeam: [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Jack of all Blades]] + [[HypocriticalHeartwarming Jill O'Cure]].
* SilverFox: [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Wail]] is a textbook example of a "[[ManlyGay Polar Bear]]." The gray streaks in his BadassBeard only add to his appeal.
* SomethingPerson: Despite this being a SuperHero game, this almost never happens.
** [[CrazyAwesome Geckoman]]!
* SpaceStation: [[BilingualBonus Archestern]], Doktor Archeville's orbiting satellite HQ.
** [[spoiler:[[BilingualBonus Nichtuberall]], Archeville's secret retreat in the Mars/Jupiter asteroid belt]].
* TheSpeechless: When Sage's PsychicPowers first manifested, during a gymnastics competition, the trauma of linking with every mind in the room rendered her permanently mute. However, her {{Telepathy}} [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] this trope rather than play it straight.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: [[EvilCounterpart The Blank]].
* SpicyLatina: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by Jill O'Cure, who is more [[TheSnarkKnight sardonic]] than "spicy."
* StatuesqueStunner: Female [=PCs=] at FCPBP tend toward the petite more often than not. At 8 feet tall, Fulcrum is a notable exception.
** Ironclad is about six feet tall, and Starlight is four inches over that. Both are very skinny, though.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Nick Cimitiere's civilian ID is Eric [=LaCroix=]... and Baron Cimitiere and Baron [=LaCroix=] are both ''ghede'', or death gods, in voudon.
* TheStoic: [[SmokeOut Midnight]] is TheQuietOne.
* StoutStrength: Wail would be a big guy even if his body wasn't five times more dense than a normal human. He weighs over a thousand pounds.
* StraightGay: Cavalier.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: Depends very much on the character concept. Some fit, some don't.
** [[FlyingBrick Fulcrum]] wears the cape of [[{{Superman}} The Centurion]] himself.
** Other cape-wearers include [[TrickArrow Arrowhawk]] and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Supercape]].
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Several [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] inherited their powers.
** [[PsychicPowers Sage]] just one of the latest heroes the [[BadassFamily Martel family]] has spawned..
** [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of all Blades]] and his sister [[CombatMedic Jill O'Cure]] are descended from a long line of [[AmplifierArtifact mystically-enhanced]] [[WitchSpecies mutants]].
** Midnight II's powers are the result of [[SandmanMysteryTheatre his grandfather's]] prolonged exposure to his [[AppliedPhlebotinum "midnight mist."]]
** [[TheJuggernaut Cannonade]] inherited his powers from [[CaptainPatriotic his grandfather]], like his father before him. Unlike his dad, however, he was the first person in the family to [[DieOrFly experience the kind of situation where he'd need powers]].
** Doktor Archeville's father, his father's father, and so on, back [[ThirteenIsUnlucky over a dozen]] generations, have all shown some degree of superhuman ability [[spoiler:and madness, thanks to their "[[EldritchAbomination heritage]]"]].
** Crow's mother, the Morrigan (also known as the Irish goddess of death) was hoping for this when she slept with his father, the famous hero Red Hand. [[SubvertedTrope It didn't work.]]
* SuperSerum: How [[TheBerserker Wander]] got her powers.
** Cannonade [[SuperpowerfulGenetics inherited]] his powers, thanks to [[SuperSoldier his grandfather's]] consumption of SuperSerum.
** [[spoiler:Geckoman]] got his powers from an accidental injection of SuperSerum.
* SuperTeam: [[FreedomCity The setting]] has several already, and the players have formed more.
** The Freedom League (JusticeLeague, [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]). A primarily NPC team, but a few [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] are members.
** The Liberty League ([[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]], The Invaders)). Made up of either the heirs to [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] legacies or characters who were actually there for the Golden Age.
** The Knights of Freedom ([[BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]). [[InAndOutOfCharacter IC]], The Knights were intended to be this sort of group - a "gray ops" team, less concerned with public relations than the [[JusticeLeague Freedom League]] and dealing with cases beneath their notice. OOC, they were an excuse for a group of players who liked each other in RealLife to play together. Unfortunately, while the team was a very effective investigative and fighting force, it was also a volatile mix of [[TheCape Capes]] and [[TheCowl Cowls]] that eventually collapsed under the weight of their own differences. However, [[FireForgedFriends the former members]] still come to each other's aid regularly.
** The Interceptors (NewWarriors, [[BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]).
** [[OccultDetective The Midnighters]] ([[{{Blade}} Nightstalkers]], Midnight Sons).
** [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld Young Freedom]] (Comicbook/Teen Titans, Comicbook/XMen). Most of the [[KidHero teenage superheroes]] belong to this team, rather than the canon [[SuperheroSchool Claremont Academy]] superteam, the Next-Gen. In fact, YF usually has the largest roster of any active super team at FCPBP.
* [[{{Swashbuckler}} The Swashbuckler]]: Jack of all Blades.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: T-Z]]
* TeenGenius: [[GadgeteerGenius Dragonfly]], [[PoweredArmor Ironclad]].
* TelescopingRobot: [[{{Cyborg}} Victory]] makes all manner of boosters and thrusters shoot out of his body when he goes "on-duty." [[ClothingDamage He'll do it right through his clothes, too.]]
* {{Thememobile}}: The original [[BadassNormal Midnight]] got around in the [[CoolCar Night Cruiser]]. His [[LegacyCharacter grandson]], [[BadassBiker Midnight II]], favors the [[CoolBike Night Cycle]]. Both are housed in [[CoolGarage Midnight Manor]].
** Crimson Tiger's TigerCycle is, like her costume, black, red and striped.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Jack of all Blades died. He [[BackFromTheDead got better]]! Lately, though, he's NotHimself... Oh no! He CameBackWrong! [[TheCorruption Corrupted]] by {{Hellfire}}! He got better from that too, though.
* ThouShaltNotKill: See WhatMeasureIsANonHuman below.
* TimeAbyss: [[PlantPerson Willow]] and [[OurElvesAreBetter her dryad sisters]] were engineered by [[{{Precursors}} The Preservers]] before behavioral modernity in ''homo sapiens'', at least 50,000 years ago.
* TrashTalk: Geckoman and Jack of all Blades. [[YouFightLikeACow So damn much.]]
* TrueCompanions: Most of the {{Super Team}}s formed by the players (see below).
** [[BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Knights of Freedom]]. Even though the team is now defunct, [[FireForgedFriends the former members]] still come to each others aid on a regular basis.
** [[KidHero Young Freedom]]. To the point where ThePowerOfFriendship was able to stop [[AntiAntiChrist Hellion]] (under [[OurDemonsAreDifferent his father's]] influence) from destroying the city.
* TykeBomb: [[WindsOfDestinyChange Edge]]. The [[BewareTheNiceOnes cheerful, happy-go-lucky]] [[TheChick emotional anchor]] of [[KidHero Young Freedom]] is also a monstrously powerful RealityWarper capable of [[NonFatalExplosions blowing up everything]] within a square mile of him if suitably pressed.
* UnderwaterBase: ''[[BilingualBonus Fjölnirskraft]]'', Doktor Archeville's massive submarine.
* UtilityBelt: Most characters at FCPBP carry one.
** Geckoman is fond of his Geckorangs, [[SmokeOut smoke pellets]], and [[GrapplingHookPistol grapple-gun]].
** Doktor Archeville has a [[BadassLongcoat Utility Labcoat]].
** Jubatus carries ''everything he needs'' in his [[UtilityBelt Vest Of Many Things]].
** Midnight has a variety of modular gadgets stored in both his belt and jacket, which he can combine to make [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands just about anything]].
* ViolentGlaswegian: [[BadassNormal Arrowhawk]] (although he's technically from Aberdeen).
* WeCanRebuildHim: [[{{Cyborg}} Victory]] was rebuilt by AEGIS (Freedom City's equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D) after a flight accident.
* WeakButSkilled: [[SuperIntelligence Doktor Archeville]]. [[CrazyAwesome Geckoman]].. Crow, if he's caught without his [[GeometricMagic runed longcoat]]. [[BadassNormal Catalyst]]. [[BadassNormal Crimson Tiger]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Crow, though he'd never admit it. In both Well Done Son Guy and Well Done Mom Guy varieties.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Mostly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], given the game's [[PointBuy inherent balance]].
** HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Edge, ThePollyanna of [[KidHero Young Freedom]], is a slightly deranged LegacyCharacter who is physically incapable of feeling despair, much to the chagrin of his DarkerAndEdgier teammates. He's also a BornLucky [[WindsOfDestinyChange probability controller]] who can make his teammates [[TookALevelInBadass much, much luckier]], or give bad guys a case of YourHeadASplode.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence Robots]], [[TheUndead undead]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], [[EldritchAbomination cosmic horrors]], and the like are explicit exceptions to the game's [[ThouShaltNotKill policy on killing]].
** [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head's]] on both sides of this. When he and Wander finally met, some heroes showed concern for him over the beating he was taking, but others did nothing, knowing that even if she did manage to 'kill' him, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal he'd eventually reanimate]].
** In brute physical terms, Jubatus is distinguishable from a normal cheetah only by (a) his oversized braincase, and (b) the extra-long, extra-slim digits on his forepaws.
* WhatTheHellHero: The Moderators would prefer that any player think twice before writing their character as taking an action which would invoke this trope. '''Please do not list specific examples here.'''
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Partially [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. WordOfGod on the site (and from developer Steve Kenson) is that [[CityOfAdventure Freedom City]] is somewhere around Atlantic City, [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]].
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Three guesses what Jack of all Blades's favorite method of problem solving is. (Hint: it's [[ImplausibleFencingPowers STABPUNCH]]!)
* WrenchWench: Liz Lawlett (Spellbound), Geckoman's [[DatingCatwoman girlfriend]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with [[BilingualBonus Fleur de Joie]]. She's a PlantPerson, and her green hair is the result of photosynthesis.
* ZombieApocalypse: It happened on [[FinalGirl Wander's]] [[DoomedHometown home world]], one that was very much like [[AlternateUniverse Earth-Prime]], until the '''dying''' started.
** Dead Head is (rightly) concerned that {{Evil Sorcerer}}s will [[PoweredByAForsakenChild try and use him]] to start one.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Our Monsters Are Different]]
* EldritchAbomination: [[OmnicidalManiac Omega]], The Unspeakable One.
** [[spoiler:Doktor Archeville]] is descended from one ([[{{Squick}} Ew]]).
* GreenThumb: Fleur de Joie.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Doktor Archeville]]]] ([[{{Squick}} Ew]]).
** [[OurGodsAreGreater Crow's]] mother is [[CelticMythology The Morrigan]]. He has some family issues.
** Temperance's dad is [[ElementalEmbodiment a water elemental]].
** The [[FishPeople triton]] Wave-Eye is the child of a human and [[UsefulNotes/AztecMythology Chalchiuhtlicue]].
* OurElvesAreBetter: Willow, a [[PlantPerson dryad]].
* OurGargoylesRock: Custos, Etain's friend and occasional ride (cause she can't fly), is a sixteen foot tall gargoyle. He is made completely out of stone, very intimidating, but also like the original intent of gargoyles a guardian against evil supernatural beings. In truth he a conciousness of the original gargoyles who can travel and inhabit the bodies of any of the local ones, he was inactive for centuries because no one ever thought or remembered to ask gargoyles [[YouNeverAsked to help with their original purpose]].
* SpaceAlien: Philotherian, Red Moon, Scholar, Starlight, Stormbreaker, Wraith.
* TheUndead:
** OurZombiesAreDifferent: Dead Head did not lose any of his intelligence, nor does he crave brains. He can animate corpses as mindless, non-hungry zombies...[[CameBackWrong usually]].
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: Red Moon is in a state between life and death due to a scientific experiment gone horribly wrong. She does need to feed on blood to move, but her body is corpse-like and lacks all sensation. Direct sunlight incinerates her, and cosmic energies are tremendously harmful.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stock Superpowers]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: [[SuperIntelligence Doktor Archeville's]] fighting style.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Most of the {{Flying Brick}}s and [[TheUndead Undead]] heroes.
* CannibalismSuperpower: [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]] can accelerate his [[HealingFactor regeneration]] by consuming animal flesh. But he refuses to eat ''human'' flesh.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman:
** PoweredArmor: Ironclad, Malice, Dragonfly, Bee-Keeper III.
** Graft is just a guy without his suit of shapeshifting armor.
* ElementalPowers
** AnIcePerson: Temperance.
** GreenThumb: [[PlantPerson Fleur de Joie]], [[OurElvesAreBetter Willow]].
*** PetalPower: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Though Fleur doesn't actually [[NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat shoot beams of flower petals at her enemies]], she does entrap them in a [[ManEatingPlant giant flower]] for easier transport.
** HeWillRockYou: Gaian Knight.
** {{Hellfire}}: Briefly Jack of all Blades, but he came back.
** MakeMeWannaShout: Wail.
** MakingASplash: Temperance.
* EnergyAbsorption: [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of all Blades]] can absorb energy and channel it into {{Laser Blade}}s and {{Flaming Sword}}s, which he is VERY good at using.
* {{Flight}}: All of the {{Flying Brick}}s, obviously.
** [[GadgeteerGenius Doktor Archeville's]] [[AppliedPhlebotinum Gravimetric Belt]] allows him to fly.
** Solar Sentinel's one of the fastest things in the air
* FlyingBrick: Fulcrum. Victory emphasizes the "Flying" half of this trope. Solar Sentinel mixes this with FlyingFirepower
* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne / MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Jack of all Blades. His EnergyAbsorption power includes detection.
* FunctionalMagic: [[HotWitch Equinox]], [[{{Necromancer}} Nick Cimitiere]], [[GeometricMagic Crow]].
** [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]] has both picked up a few rituals over the years, but they are mostly minor effects that take some time to perform.
* GadgeteerGenius: Doktor Archeville, Dragonfly, Ironclad.
* HealingHands: [[DrJerk Jill O'Cure]]. She also has the [[PoisonousPerson reverse power]].
** Solar Sentinel normally blasts enemies with energy, but he can use them for this too.
* {{Immortality}}: Several [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] and {{NPC}}s have some variation on this power.
** TheAgeless: [[OlderThanTheyLook Doktor Archeville]]. Solar Sentinel hasn't aged a day in eighty some odd years.
** FromASingleCell: [[PlantPerson Fleur de Joie]], [[SheHulk Fulcrum]], [[AnimalMotifs Geckoman]].
** ImmortalityInducer: [[PlantPerson Fleur de Joie]] (after drinking [[ClassicalMythology ambrosia]], [[CloningBlues OverShadow]].
** TheUndead: [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]], Red Moon
** LegacyImmortality: [[TheCowl Midnight]], [[BadassNormal Crimson Tiger]].
** FightingAShadow: [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Blozan, Jack-A-Knives]].
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: [[{{Flynning}} Jack of all Blades]], [[MasterSwordsman naturally]].
* ImprobableAimingSkills: [[TrickArrow Arrowhawk]].
* InASingleBound: Neither Cannonade nor Wander can [[{{Flight}} fly]], but they can both [[TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella totally jump hella high]].
* IntangibleMan: Doktor Archeville's [[AppliedPhlebotinum Gravimetric Belt]] has an intangibility setting.
* [[GadgeteerGenius Doktor Archeville's]] "[[AppliedPhlebotinum Gravimetric Belt]]" projects a [[DeflectorShields force field]], which can render him invisible and inaudible, as well as mask his scent and brainwaves.
* MadeOfIron: The system does this to most [[BadassNormal Badass Normals]].
** Arrowhawk is a good example, standing up to [[PoweredArmor Malice's]] [[MoreDakka firepower]], continuing to fight [[{{Dracula}} Lugat Vorkolaka]] after getting impaled with his sword, and surviving the blast from an exploding ammunition dump at point blank range by hunkering down in an elevator.
* MasterOfIllusion: Changeling's main ability.
* MoreThanMindControl: When he [[SuperIntelligence puts his mind to it]], Doktor Archeville can talk someone into doing pretty much whatever he wants them to.
* NighInvulnerability: Cannonade, Wail, Wander. Any of the {{Flying Brick}}s, obviously.
** [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]], due to a combination of his [[TheUndead undead]] nature and his [[GoodThingYouCanHeal "healing factor."]]
* {{Omniglot}}: Between {{Immortality}}, SuperIntelligence, and PsychicPowers, FCPBP is filled to the brim with these.
* PaperPeople: This is Silhouette's only power, used in such a way that most people think she's a LivingShadow with [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Absurbly Sharp Fingers]].
* PsychicPowers:
** AgonyBeam: Sage can attack a foe's mind directly, inflicting pain and even [[YourMindMakesItReal psychosomatic injury]].
** MindOverMatter: Sage has telekinesis as well as {{Telepathy}}. She can focus pure telekinetic energy into {{Laser Blade}}s.
** PsychicBlockDefense: One of Midnight's powers. Psychics have a hard time even perceiving him, let alone affecting him.
** SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Sage is a "psychic bloodhound," capable of finding the location of anyone on Earth.
** {{Telepathy}}: Sage.
* {{Shapeshifting}}
** BodyHorror: [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]]. But [[GoodThingYouCanHeal it's not a big deal]].
** {{Sizeshifting}}: [[GadgeteerGenius Doktor Archeville]] recently added a shrinking function to his [[AppliedPhlebotinum Gravimetric Belt]], allowing him to shrink down to atomic size.
** This is pretty much Graft's entire fighting style, adapting whichever weapon out of his suit that he needs. It does look [[BodyHorror very freaky though]].
* SherlockScan: Doktor Archeville performs these routinely, thanks to his SuperIntelligence.
* SmokeOut: Midnight II.
* SuperIntelligence: Doktor Archeville. Dragonfly,
* SuperSenses: Jack of all Blades (energy detection), Midnight, Wander (hearing), Graft (sees in all directions and well outside the visible spectrum)
** EverythingSensor: Doktor Archeville's [[AppliedPhlebotinum electromagnetic screwdriver]] and [[{{Cyborg}} Victory's body]] are both equipped with these.
** ISeeDeadPeople: Dead Head and Nick Cimitiere, on account of being {{Necromancer}}s.
** TheNoseKnows: Geckoman. Jubatus. Graft
** SpiderSense: Most [[PsychicPowers psionic heroes]], such as Sage, are ([[PsychicBlockDefense almost]]) impossible to surprise attack.
** Crimson Tiger's managed to train herself to do this.
* SuperStrength: Cannonade and Wander, as well as any of the {{Flying Brick}}s, obviously.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Most [[GadgeteerGenius super-geniuses]] (and thus, their [[SuperTeam teammates]]) in the setting have access to this [[PortalNetwork technology]]. Doktor Archeville, Young Freedom, and the Freedom League all have teleporters in their bases.
* WallCrawl: Geckoman, Graft
* WhiteMagic: [[HotWitch Equinox]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Weapon Of Choice]]
* AbnormalAmmo: [[TheGunslinger Catalyst's]] real weapon is in fact her [[ScienceHero cartridges filled with self designed chemical filled paintballs]], the paintball guns she uses are really just accessory vessels which are otherwise normal paintball guns. Also [[FunnyAnimal Jubatus]], who overwhelmingly prefers the use of duct tape over his own claws and fangs.
* CoolSword: [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Jack of all Blades]] can create a variety of {{Flaming Sword}}s and {{Laser Blade}}s by manipulating PureEnergy.
* MagicWand: [[HotWitch Equinox]] uses one.
* SimpleStaff: Wander's collapsible baton was custom-made, both to stand up to her SuperStrength, and to redirect [[TheBerserker her original fighting style]] toward less [[WhatTheHellHero brutal]] methods.
** [[TheCowl Midnight]] fights with [[DualWielding a pair]] of Escrima sticks.
** [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dead Head]] fights with [[CrazyAwesome a shovel]].
* [[SwordCane Swordbrella]]: [[MasterOfIllusion Changeling's]] weapon of choice when her glamour fails.
* TrickArrow: [[ImprobableAimingSkills Arrowhawk]], Blue Jay.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Out-Of-Character Tropes]]
* AllThereInTheManual: ''Green Ronin'' has published over a dozen supplements with information about the FreedomCity setting, and most of the active players have read ALL OF THEM.
* AnthologyComic: What the site would be, if it were an actual comic imprint. The Moderators encourage players to run their characters as if they were the protagonists of a monthly superhero comic book. One of the first questions in the auditing process for a new [[PlayerCharacter PC]] is "Why would someone buy a comic about them?"
* AxCrazy: Generally [[AvertedTrope averted]]. [[VillainProtagonist PC Villains]] were banned in part because the Moderators grew weary of explaining to some players the difference between a SuperVillain and the [[KillEmAll protagonist]] of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''.
* CanonImmigrant: Several characters played at FCPBP were created for and/or played in other games over the years, especially the site administrator's signature character, Doktor Archeville.
* CardboardPrison: [[VillainProtagonist PC Villains]] were banned in part due to the desire of the Moderators to [[AvertedTrope avert]] this trope.
* CastFullOfWriters
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: Averted. [[PedoHunt Several blocked attempts]] have been made to play [[NauseaFuel hyper-sexualized adolescent female characters]]. The Moderators have been neither amused nor impressed. DON'T DO IT.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: FCPBP players [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1256 periodically]] [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1627 discuss]] which real-life actors they would cast as their character, and some even use their headshot for their "out-of-costume" character pictures.
* ComicBookLimbo: The Archives sub-forum. Or more harshly, the X-Vault.
* ComicBookTropes: In a game inspired by comic books, these are not only common, but encouraged.
* TheDanza: Several players at FCPBP run characters whose codename and/or secret identity match their usernames - Dr_Archeville plays Doktor Archeville, Supercape plays Supercape, etc.
* DemotedToExtra: This is bound to happen to most characters. Players come and go. Interest fades and revives. RealLife gets in the way sometimes.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Players who stick with a character over the long haul gain not only in-game bonuses, like power-ups or extra character slots, but also nifty titles like "Gold Status."
* FifthWeekEvent: Several times a year, the Moderators announce "Vignettes" - short stories about a certain topic or in a certain style. Players can write the Vignettes about their characters for extra [[ExperiencePoints power points]].
* {{GMPC}}: Technically, Any [[PlayerCharacter PC]] has the potential to become this for any given story thread. Players are allowed to [[GameMaster GM]] their own threads, so the lines between "Player" and "GM" blur at FCPBP. The overall atmosphere of the game is less "competitive" and more "cooperative." However, the Moderators have the final authority over any use of, or change to, any characters or locations from the canon setting.
* HouseRules: [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4066 FCPBP has them]]. They are constantly evolving. The Moderators are generally reasonable people, receptive to player input and willing to change.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The chatroom degenerates into this with embarrassing regularity.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are usually several dozen active [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]] at any given point in time.
* LongRunners: FCPBP has been online since October of 2007.
* NotWearingTights: The Moderators specifically want to avoid this trope. This is a game about superheroes, not people-with-powers. If you don't want to play a superhero, don't join this game.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: It has also been stated by the Moderators many times that this is the sort of character they ''don't'' want to see. This is a game about ''superheroes'', not "people-with-powers." Think JusticeLeagueUnlimited, not Series/Heroes.
* PlayEveryDay: This certainly isn't required, but it does help. Hitting 100 [[InAndOutOfCharacter IC]] posts, which will gain a character the maximum [[ExperiencePoints power points]] for the month, and get the player into the [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous 100 Club]], would require an average of 3-4 posts per day. Such a posting rate would also allow the player to start earning Veteran Rewards in 6 months. But, again, players are by no means required to keep up such an insane posting rate to play at FCPBP, and most of them don't.
* RandomNumberGod: FCPBP uses [[http://invisiblecastle.com/ Invisible Castle]] to resolve and keep track of die rolls.
* {{Retcon}}: Usually [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Once a character is submitted and approved, they are a part of the FCPBP canon from that day forward.
** There has been one situation where a very active and well-liked player wanted to play a LegacyCharacter whose SuperHeroOrigin story would have been incompatible with a previous player of said legacy. Since that previous player wasn't active anymore, and had hardly played the character at all, the Moderators decided to RetCon the previous character out of existence.
*** [[DePower King of Suits]]' history underwent..[[OldShame significant]] changes over the years as his player got a clue.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Electra & [=AvengerAssembled=]'s baby. They have hundreds of pictures, which they'll happily share with their fellow players.
* RuleOfCool: FCPBP lives by this rule...
** ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot: ...and this one.
* SharedUniverse: The premise of the entire game. All story threads take place within the same [[TheVerse 'Verse]], unless [[{{Elseworld}} otherwise indicated]].
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Especially in a play-by-post game. There are no other players sitting around the table to interrupt each other, so everyone gets a chance to [[LargeHam ham it up]]. However, since [[ExperiencePoints power points]] are awarded based on number of in-character posts, not the length of individual posts, most players avoid full-blown [[WallOfText walls of text]].
* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: Men vastly outnumber women on this site, so much so that new players are generally assumed to be male unless stated otherwise.
** CrossPlayer: Despite the large gender gap among players, the gender ratio among characters is more or less even.
** {{GIRL}}: This being TheInternet, there have been a few players who were (and possibly a few that still are) doing this.
* TVTropesAsAGatewayDrug: It's gotten to the point where perhaps half the player base (and one of the Refs!) has found the site through TVTropes.
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: Despite superlative roleplaying by the players of characters like Malice and Belphegor, FCPBP ended the days of [[VillainProtagonist PC Villains]] after [[WhosLaughingNow one too many threads]] descended into [[UnusualEuphemism an orgy]] of [[TakeYourTime weeks-long]] [[AxCrazy PvP]] and [[CompensatingForSomething weapon measuring contests]].
** There was also concern that character creation and advancement as a whole was turning into a [[{{Metagame}} metagming]] [[BiggerStick arms]] [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours race]].
* WideOpenSandbox: Freedom is a [[CityOfAdventure big city]], and an even bigger [[TheVerse omniverse]].
* TheWikiRule: FCPBP has [[http://freedomplaybypost.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page a Wiki]], and players can earn bonus [[ExperiencePoints Power Points]] by contributing to it.
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