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"Like a {{Saturday Morning Cartoon}} 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 ''[[{{Mutants And Masterminds}} Mutants & Masterminds]]'' play-by-post setting on the Internet. Taking place in ''M&M'''s default ''{{Freedom City}}'' setting in the present day, the [[{{Game Tropes}} game]] has become a massive shared universe involving dozens of active players. Most of the staff are fans of both superhero comics and {{TV Tropes}}, which means they expect characters to draw from the common tropes and themes of [[{{Comic Book Tropes}} comic books]].

That said, the staff has little patience for {{Troll}}s or {{Mary Sue}}s, and they prefer to avoid certain [[{{Unfortunate Implications}} problematic tropes]]. Please do not submit bloodthirsty [[{{Dark Age}} Iron Age]] vigilantes, or female characters wearing {{Stripperific}} costumes with {{Rape As Backstory}}. Player Characters should falls somewhere between SilverAge, BronzeAge, and ModernAge in feel, basically the [[WhiteAndGrayMorality Good Guys]], and their 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, then they'll probably fit in here.

Many of the tropes in the game can be found on the pages for the ''[[{{Mutants And Masterminds}} Mutants & Masterminds]]'' game, or the ''{{Freedom City}}'' setting for that game. This page is intended for tropes unique to ''FCPBP'' and its active characters. '''Tropes and entries for inactive characters are subject to deletion without notice.'''
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[[folder: A-C]]
* {{Ace Pilot}}: [[{{Cyborg}} Victory]], before his accident. He still has the mindset.
** Geckoman flies a {{Cool Airship}}.
* {{Action Girl}}: The [[{{Super Hero}} superhero]] genre is brimming with this trope, and ''FCPBP'' is no exception.
* {{Alien Abduction}}: Cavalier's backstory, which put him in the Large Magellanic Cloud for close to six years before he made his way back to Earth.
* [[{{All American Face}} All-American Face]]: [[{{Cyborg}} Victory]].
* {{Alliterative Name}}: Erik Espadas ([[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of All Blades]]), and his sister-sidekick Ellie Espadas ([[{{Dr Jerk}} Jill O'Cure]]).
** Chris Kenzie (Geckoman) and Liz Lawlett (Spellbound). See [[{{Shout Out}} Shout-Out]], below.
** Subito Sondo (Heraldo).
* {{Alternate Company Equivalent}} / {{Captain Ersatz}} / {{Expy}}: Most [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]], intentionally or not. See the "Expys" folder on the Character Sheet.
* {{Ancient Egypt}}: The Scarab's origin story [[{{Reincarnation}} begins]] here.
* {{And I Must Scream}}: This trope basically sums up [[{{Our Zombies Are Different}} Dead Head]]'s entire existence. But [[{{Angst What Angst}} he's cool with it]].
* [[{{Animal Themed Superbeing}} Animal-Themed Superbeing]]: [[{{Exactly What It Says On The Tin}} Geckoman]] wears a green jumpsuit, and has most of the powers of his namesake.
** Arrowhawk can't fly, but he is [[{{Rain Of Arrows}} death from above]].
** Crimson Tiger.
* {{Animal Superheroes}}: [[{{Alternate Universe}} Ani-Earth]]'s [[{{Anthropomorphic Shift}} Infurceptors]] visited Earth-Prime in pursuit of the Factor Fur. They included [[{{Hurricane Of Puns}} Avengemouse, Calico Angel, Feline, Foalcrum, Jackalope of All Blades, Jestnut and Lambkos]].
* {{The Atoner}}: [[{{Redeeming Replacement}} Doktor Archeville]] is actively opposed to just about everything his [[{{Stupid Jetpack Hitler}} Nazi]] {{Mad Scientist}} grandfather ever did...[[spoiler: and [[{{Split Personality Takeover}} the things he's done himself]]]].
* {{Badass Beard}}: [[{{Badass Grandpa}} Wail]] has one.
* {{Badass Boast}}: When Doktor Archeville first introduced [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]] to the [[{{Batman And The Outsiders}} Interceptors]], she basically announced over the loudspeaker "I HEAR YOU ARE AWESOME. I AM AWESOME TOO. [[{{They Fight Crime}} LET'S FIGHT EVIL]]!"
* {{Badass Bookworm}}: Doktor Archeville doesn't look very formidable, but he already used his [[{{Super Intelligence}} Super-Intelligence]] to figure out [[{{Awesome By Analysis}} how to take you apart]] before the fight even began.
** Graft is both a medical researcher and a doctor, so he definitely qualifies.
* {{Badass Family}}: The Martels, a line of [[{{Fiction 500}} super-rich]] [[{{Psychic Powers}} psychics]]. The current generation includes Sage.
** Thrude's family are the [[{{Physical God}} gods and heroes]] of {{Norse Mythology}}. Her dad is '''[[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thor]]'''.
* {{Badass Grandpa}}: [[{{Badass Normal}} 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.
** [[{{Make Me Wanna Shout}} Wail]] is in his late 50s, having been an active superhero off and on since [[{{Bronze Age}} the 1970s]].
** Solar Sentinel is over a century old [[{{Older Than They Look}} and doesn't look a day over 35]].
* {{Badass Longcoat}}: [[{{Hot Witch}} Equinox]]. [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of All Blades]]. And [[{{The Professor}} Doktor Archeville]] wears a badass ''lab''coat.
* {{Badass Normal}}: ''FCPBP'' has surprisingly few of these active at any one time. [[{{Trick Arrow}} Arrowhawk]] has been the most enduring so far.
** [[{{Improbable Weapon User}} King of Suits]] is a the rare {{Badass Normal}} who's also a {{Nice Guy}}.
** [[{{Science Hero}} Catalyst]]. [[{{Action Girl}} Crimson Tiger]].
* {{Badass Princess}} / {{Warrior Prince}}: [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]], Princess of [[{{Norse Mythology}} Asgard]].
* [[{{Bald Of Awesome}} Bald of Awesome]]: [[{{The Juggernaut}} Cannonade]] is a SHARP.
** [[{{Make Me Wanna Shout}} Wail]]. Back in the {{Bronze Age}}, he was the {{Bald Black Leader Guy}} for [[{{We Help The Helpless}} 1-800-JUSTICE]], a ''[[{{Luke Cage Hero For Hire}} Heroes For Hire]]'' {{Expy}}.
* [[{{Bat Family Crossover}} Bat-Family Crossover]]: The most common type of crossover story arc at ''FCPBP'', 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.
* {{Battle Couple}}: ''FCPBP'' has had a lot of these.
** [[{{Unwilling Roboticisation}} Harrier]] + [[{{The Cape}} Miss Americana]]
** [[{{Gadgeteer Genius}} Dragonfly]] + [[{{Dr Jerk}} Jill O'Cure]]
** [[{{The Cowl}} Midnight]] + [[{{Action Girl}} Wander]]
** [[{{Psychic Powers}} Sage]] + [[{{Fair Folk}} Changeling]]
* {{Beta Couple}}: [[{{Crazy Awesome}} Geckoman]] and [[{{Dating Catwoman}} Spellbound]] turned into this for the [[{{Dysfunction Junction}} Claremont Academy]].
* {{The Berserker}}: [[{{Action Girl}} Wander]] has {{Tranquil Fury}}. [[{{Our Zombies Are Different}} Dead Head]] is [[{{Zombie Apocalypse}} her]] {{Berserk Button}} personified.
* {{Beware The Superman}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} Averted]]. Except for the [[{{Dark Age}} Iron Age]] in the '80s and early '90s, {{Freedom City}} has always loved its [[{{Super Hero}} superheroes]].
** The "Terminus Babies" (see {{Mutants}}, below) are about as close as the setting comes to this trope, and they're not even official ''{{Freedom City}}'' canon.
* {{Bi The Way}}: [[{{Necromancer}} Nick Cimitiere]]. [[{{Master Of Illusion}} Changeling]]. [[{{Reincarnation}} The Scarab]].
* {{Bilingual Bonus}}: [[{{Plant Person}} Fleur de Joie]].
** Half of [[{{Gadgeteer Genius}} Doktor Archeville]]'s character sheet.
** Etain thinks in Latin and gives things Latin names.
* [[{{Black And White Morality}} Black-&-White Morality]]: Often [[{{Subverted Trope}} subverted]], much to the annoyance of older heroes with [[{{Silver Age}} stricter moral codes]]. ''FCPBP'' stories aren't explicit, but they are, at times, "for mature readers."
* {{Boisterous Bruiser}}: [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]].
* {{The Boxing Episode}} / {{Lets You And Him Fight}}: "Fisticuffs," and the sequel, "Fisticuffs 2: This Time, It's Not Fisticuffs 1."
* {{Brain Critical Mass}}: Basically how The Scarab got her {{Psychic Powers}}.
* {{Broken Bird}} / [[{{Troubled But Cute}} Troubled, But Cute]]: [[{{Action Girl}} Wander]].
* {{Bronze Age}} / {{Modern Age}}: The general tone ''FCPBP'' strives for.
* {{Calling The Old Man Out}}: [[{{Papa Wolf}} Killing her fiancé]], fighting for {{Those Wacky Nazis}} (and getting the entire ''[[{{Norse Mythology}} Aesir]]'' pantheon exiled from Earth in the process)...Thrude has more than one bone to pick with [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} her father]].
* [[{{Cant Have Sex Ever}} Can't Have Sex Ever]]: [[{{Our Zombies Are Different}} Dead Head]]. Unlike other [[{{The Undead}} undead]], such as [[spoiler:[[{{Vampires Are Sex Gods}} Comrade Frost]]]], [[{{The Loins Sleep Tonight}} nothing of his body works]]. Made even more sad by the fact that [[{{A Man Is Not A Virgin}} he was still a virgin]] when he died. [[{{Space Alien}} Farsider]] [[{{Our Vampires Are Different}} vampire]] Red Moon is in a similar situation.
* {{The Cape}}: Miss Americana.
** Fulcrum is trying to live up to the legacy of [[{{Superman}} The Centurion]], whose cape she wears.
** [[{{Exactly What It Says On The Tin}} Supercape]].
** {{Superman}}: The local {{Expy}}, [[{{The Paragon}} The Centurion]], has been dead since the [[{{Crisis Crossover}} Terminus Invasion]] of 1993. He [[{{Averted Trope}} hasn't]] gotten [[{{Back From The Dead}} better]], and [[{{Word Of God}} Word of God]] says he never will.
* {{Catch Phrase}}: The players who often meet in the chatroom and/or [[{{In And Out Of Character}} in-character]] make up a lot of these, including "Stab-Punch" and "KISS HIM/HER, YOU FOOL!"
* {{Chest Insignia}}: Alternately played straight or [[{{Averted Trope}} averted]], depending on the character.
** [[{{Trick Arrow}} Arrowhawk]]'s chest is emblazoned with a stylized logo of a [[{{Animal Themed Superbeings}} white hawk]] in flight.
** [[{{Something Person}} Geckoman]] has a [[{{Brought To You By The Letter S}} bright yellow "G"]] on his chest.
** [[{{Geometric Magic}} Crow]] has an emblem of a bird in flight on his chest. Three guesses what kind...
** King of Suits has a white [[{{Card Games}} card suit insignia]] on the chest of his armor.
** The Scarab wears [[{{Exactly What It Says On The Tin}} her namesake]] on her chest.
* {{Chivalrous Pervert}} / {{Good Bad Girl}}: [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of All Blades]].
* {{Civvie Spandex}}: Alternately played straight or [[{{Averted Trope}} averted]], depending on the character.
** [[{{Coat Hat Mask}} Coat/Hat/Mask]]: [[{{The Cowl}} Midnight II]] inherited his costume from his namesake, notably including a very {{Nice Hat}}.
*** [[{{Swashbuckler}} Jack of All Blades]] favours a Coat/Wig/Mask combo.
** [[{{Necromancer}} Nick Cimitiere]] wears [[{{Dark Is Not Evil}} black]] [[{{Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly}} rockabilly]]-style clothes, a [[{{Hell Bent For Leather}} leather jacket]], and [[{{White Mask Of Doom}} white face makeup]].
** The only thing that keeps [[{{Super Soldier}} Cannonade]] from looking like a standard issue [[{{Bald Of Evil}} skinhead]] is a steel [[{{Ancient Greece}} Trojan-style]] helmet.
** [[{{Science Hero}} Catalyst]] wears a bright yellow fitted {{Hazmat Suit}} as a costume. It looks like a standard hazmat suit aside from the goggles, and she has used it to pose as a faceless chemical worker.
* {{Combat Medic}}: [[{{Sidekick}} Jill O'Cure]] has both [[{{Healing Hands}} healing powers]] and a devastating "[[{{Poisonous Person}} 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]].
* {{Cool Horse}}: [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]]'s weapon ''[[{{Named Weapons}} Hridgandr]]'' lets her create a [[{{Flight}} flying]] horse, made out of [[{{Power Of The Storm}} fog and lightning]].
* 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).
* 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.
* {{The Cowl}}: [[{{Sandman Mystery Theatre}} Midnight]]. Crow.
** Arrowhawk dresses and acts more like [[{{Franchise/Batman}} Batman]] than {{Green Arrow}}.
* {{Crapsack World}}: [[{{Averted Trope}} 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 their [[{{Super Hero}} superheroes]]. Other dimensions, like ''[[{{Stupid Jetpack Hitler}} Erde]]'' and the [[{{Names To Run Away From Really Fast}} Terminus]], on the other hand...
* [[{{Crazy Prepared}} Crazy-Prepared]]: If you can think of it, then either [[{{The Cowl}} Midnight]] has it in his {{Utility Belt}}, or he can build it from the contents thereof.
** Arrowhawk's arsenal of [[{{Trick Arrow}} trick arrows]] includes fire extinguisher arrows.
** [[{{Gadgeteer Genius}} Doktor Archeville]]'s "[[{{Series/DoctorWho}} electromagnetic screwdriver]]" was designed to be "the perfect tool." There isn't much he can't do with it.
** Crow has a [[{{Geometric Magic}} rune]] for everything. EVERYTHING.
** Anything Catalyst doesn't have, she can probably make in her [[{{Cool Car}} van]].
* {{Create Your Own Villain}}: Geckoman stole his [[{{Cool Airship}} airship]], gadgets, and [[{{Super Serum}} powers]] from [[{{Magic From Technology}} Spellbound]]. Then [[{{Dating Catwoman}} they met in their civilian identities]]...
* {{Crisis Crossover}}: The demonic invasion, when [[{{Noble Demon}} Hellion]]'s father came with a [[{{The Legions Of Hell}} demonic host]] to bring him home. It wasn't technically a {{Red Skies Crossover}}, but the skies above {{Freedom City}} were red...
** The [[{{Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion}} third]] Grue [[{{Alien Invasion}} Invasion]], when they finally activated their [[{{Playing With Syringes}} experimental bio-weapon]], [[spoiler:[[{{ComicBook/IncredibleHulk}} Atlas]]]]. ({{Oh Crap}}.)
** 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 [[{{Superpowered Evil Side}} Super-Powered Evil Side]] 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 [[{{Names To Run Away From Really Fast}} 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... [[{{Power Incontinence}} control not guaranteed]].
** The Day of Wrath, where Curator (the setting's [[{{ComicBook/Brainiac}} Brainiac]] {{Expy}}) androids turned out to have replaced several heroes and caused brief chaos throughout the city with the help of the [[{{Killer Robot}} Foundry]]'s robots, followed by the rescue of those replaced.
* {{Curves In All The Right Places}}: 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]].
** The Scarab has maintained an on-again/off-again relationship with [[{{Classy Cat Burglar}} Bombshell]], across [[{{Reincarnation}} multiple lifetimes]].
* 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. [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]].
* DoesntLikeGuns: Most superheroes, but explicitly [[TrickArrow Arrowhawk]] and [[SwordFight Jack of all Blades]].
** [[ImprobableAimingSkills Arrowhawk]] turned this UpToEleven by blowing up a supervillain's armory, 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.)
* 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.]]
* 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 the CrowningMomentOfAwesome tab).
* 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.
** "The Scarab's Lair" is a secret underground [[{{Pyramid Power}} pyramid]].
* EmoTeen: [[IronWoobie Wander]] grabs this trope by the neck and holds its head underwater until the bubbles stop.
* 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 the staff requires that it be kept 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.
** The Scarab's mask covers her entire face, and her costume leaves no skin exposed.
* TheFettered: [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods Fusion]] has a husband, a kid, and a career.
* {{Fiction 500}}: Several [=PCs=], including [[GadgeteerGenius Doktor Archeville]] and [[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.
** The Scarab's original and previous [[{{Reincarnation}} incarnations]] were both male, but her current incarnation is female.
* GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath: Dead Head.
* GreaseMonkey: [[BadassBiker Midnight]] has a natural aptitude for working with engines of all types.
* GrayEyes: [[HotWitch Equinox]].
* [[{{Hair Of Gold Heart Of Gold}} Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold]]: Thrude inherited hair of gold from her mother, [[{{Norse Mythology}} Sif]], but she [[{{Averted Trope}} averts this trope]], having more of a {{Fiery Redhead}} temperment.
* 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]].
** [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]] comes from [[{{Norse Mythology}} a family]] where this is business-as-usual.
* 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: Plenty. Bee-Keeper II, Cannonade, Crimson Tiger, Fulcrum, Gaian Knight, and Midnight II.
** RedeemingReplacement: [[StupidJetpackHitler Doktor Archeville]]. Bee-Keeper III.
** {{Reincarnation}}: The Scarab II.
* 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.
[[/folder]]
[[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: [[{{Badass Grandpa}} Wail]].
* MasterOfDisguise: Any of the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Voluntary Shapeshifters]] listed below.
* MeaningfulRename: [[PsychicPowers Sage]] to La Renarde Bleu.
* MightyGlacier: Wail.
* [[{{MrFanservice}} Mister Fanservice]]: 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'''.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Surprisingly rare. It's usually the men who are the {{pretty boy}}s, especially at the [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Claremont Academy]].
* MusicalEpisode: ''FCPBP'' [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2020 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.
** The Scarab's {{Psychic Powers}} prevent her from getting a good night's sleep. She keeps herself going with a constant stream of caffeine and painkillers.
* {{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 rarely endears 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]].
* {{Norse Mythology}}: Thrude's family history.
* 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 not quite 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.
** Graft is a doctor and medical researcher, so while he's versatile within his field, he's useless in other scientists.
* {{Organic Technology}}: Graft's {{Powered Armor}} is basically a meat-suit.
* 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.
** AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Changeling's civilian wear is always large layered [[GorgeousPeriodDress dresses from the late 18th century]].
** [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]] wears the same furs and linens she did thousands of years ago. [[{{Superheroes Wear Tights}} Coincidentally, they're dyed in bright colors that make them resemble a modern superhero costume.]]
* 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]] in the event of any of these characters pulling a FaceHeelTurn.
* {{Physical God}}: [[{{Norse Mythology}} Thrude]].
* 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 usually teeters on the brink between this and a MadScientist. Once, he took a flying leap off the {{Mad Scientist}} cliff, but he got better.
* {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}: [[{{Boisterous Bruiser}} Thrude]], befitting her status as a [[{{Norse Mythology}} Norse goddess]] (specifically, the daughter of [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thor]].
* {{Psychic Nosebleed}}: The Scarab suffers from these.
* PubertySuperpower: Sage's PsychicPowers first manifested when she was 14, during a gymnastics competition.
** Heraldo was granted his FlyingBrick powers at 16.
[[/folder]]
[[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.
* {{Royals Who Actually Do Something}}: The ''[[{{Norse Mythology}} Aesir]]'', especially their youngest scion [[{{Physical God}} Thrude]], [[{{Everythings Better With Princesses}} princess]] of Asgard. Horrifically [[{{Subverted Trope}} subverted]] by her father, [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thor]], who "did something" by fighting for {{Those Wacky Nazis}}.
* ScienceHero: Doktor Archeville, Miss Americana, Dragonfly, 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 grey 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 instead of playing it straight.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: [[EvilCounterpart The Blank]].
* SpicyLatina: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by Jill O'Cure, who is more [[TheSnarkKnight sardonic]] than "spicy."
** The Scarab's [[{{Reincarnation}} current incarnation]] is a [[{{Averted Trope}} non-spicy]] Latina.
* {{Squishy Wizard}}: The Scarab is a [[{{Psychic Powers}} psionic]] variant.
* StatuesqueStunner: Female [=PCs=] at ''FCPBP'' tend toward the petite more often than not. At 8 feet tall, Fulcrum is a notable exception.
** [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]] plays this trope straight, standing at 6 feet tall.
* 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.
* [[{{Super Hero Gods}} Superhero Gods]]: [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]].
* 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]], [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]], 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.
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[[folder: T-Z]]
* TeenGenius: [[GadgeteerGenius Dragonfly]].
* 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 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]].
** Midnight has a variety of modular gadgets stored in both his belt and jacket, which he can combine to make [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands just about anything]].
* [[{{Unskilled But Strong}} Unskilled, But Strong]]: [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]].
* {{Unwilling Roboticisation}}: As a former [[{{Names To Run Away From Really Fast}} Omegadrone]], this is Harrier's origin story.
* {{Valkyries}}: Thrude was one.
* ViolentGlaswegian: [[BadassNormal Arrowhawk]] (although he's technically from Aberdeen).
* WeCanRebuildHim: [[{{Cyborg}} Victory]] was rebuilt by AEGIS (''{{Freedom City}}'''s {{Expy}} of [[{{ComicBook/SHIELD}} SHIELD]]) after a flight accident.
* [[{{Weak But Skilled}} Weak, But Skilled]]: [[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.
* 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 more effective]], or give the 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 against 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]].
* 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]]!)
** When [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]] has a problem that "hammer" won't solve, her other options are "axe," and "use more hammer."
* 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: Red Moon, Scholar, 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: Dragonfly. Malice. Bee-Keeper III. Graft is just a guy without his suit of [[{{Organic Technology}} 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 got better.
** 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 [[{{Implausible Fencing Powers}} 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 is one of the fastest things in the air
* FlyingBrick: Fulcrum. Victory emphasizes the "Flying" half of this trope. Solar Sentinel mixes this with FlyingFirepower.
** [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]] can only fly with the aid of ''[[{{Named Weapons}} Hridgandr]]'', but as a {{Physical God}}, she's a brick regardless.
* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne / MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Jack of all Blades. His EnergyAbsorption power includes detection.
** [[{{Seers}} The Scarab]]'s "significance sense" "tingles" so hard it literally keeps her up at night.
* 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.
* 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]]. [[{{Physical God}} Thrude]]. 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]].
** BornAgainImmortality: The Scarab's {{reincarnation}}.
* 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.
* {{Invisibility}}:
** {{Invisibility Cloak}}: [[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.
** {{Perception Filter}}: The Scarab can use her {{Psychic Powers}} to create one.
* MadeOfIron: The [[{{Mutants And Masterminds}} 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]].
* {{Power Of The Storm}}: [[{{ComicBook/TheMightyThor}} Thrude]], or anyone else [[{{Only The Chosen May Wield}} able]] to wield ''[[{{Named Weapons}} Hridgandr]]''.
* PsychicPowers:
** PsychicBlockDefense: One of Midnight's powers. Psychics have a hard time even perceiving him, let alone affecting him.
** Sage can [[{{Agony Beam}} attack a foe's mind directly]], inflicting pain and even [[YourMindMakesItReal psychosomatic injury]]. She has [[{{Mind Over Matter}} Telekinesis]] as well as {{Telepathy}}. She can focus pure telekinetic energy into {{Laser Blade}}s. She is also a "[[{{Surveillance As The Plot Demands}} psychic bloodhound]]," capable of finding the location of anyone on Earth.
** The Scarab has pretty much all of them. She experiences [[{{Seers}} precognitive and postcognitive]] visions. Her {{Telepathy}} makes her a {{Living Lie Detector}}, and allows her to [[{{Mind Probe}} read]] and [[{{Mind Control}} control]] minds, [[{{Seeing Through Anothers Eyes}} See Through Another's Eyes]], inflict [[{{Laser Guided Amnesia}} Laser-Guided Amnesia]], implant {{Fake Memories}}, and even [[{{Agony Beam}} attack a foe's mind directly]], inflicting [[{{Your Mind Makes It Real}} psychosomatic injury]]. Her [[{{My Significance Sense Is Tingling}} significance sense]] basically lets her [[{{I See Dead People}} see dead people]] as a side-effect. She also has [[{{Mind Over Matter}} Telekinesis]], which, among other things, allows her to [[{{Flight}} fly]].
* {{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 [[{{Organic Technology}} his suit]] that he needs. It looks [[BodyHorror freaky]].
* 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).
** EverythingSensor: Doktor Archeville's [[AppliedPhlebotinum electromagnetic screwdriver]] and [[{{Cyborg}} Victory's body]] are both equipped with these. Graft sees in all directions, and well outside the visible spectrum.
** ISeeDeadPeople: Dead Head and Nick Cimitiere, on account of being {{Necromancer}}s. The Scarab, on account of her {{Psychic Powers}}.
** TheNoseKnows: [[{{Animal Themed Superbeing}} Geckoman]]. Graft.
** SpiderSense: Most [[PsychicPowers psionic heroes]], such as Sage and The Scarab, 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: [[{{Animal Themed Superbeing}} Geckoman]]. Graft.
* WhiteMagic: [[HotWitch Equinox]].
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[[folder:Weapon Of Choice]]
* AbnormalAmmo: [[{{The Gunslinger}} Catalyst]] uses perfecty normal paintball guns. Her real weapons are the cartridges, packed with chemical-filled paintballs of [[{{Science Hero}} her own design]].
* CoolSword: [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Jack of all Blades]] can create a variety of {{Flaming Sword}}s and {{Laser Blade}}s by manipulating the {{Pure Energy}} he [[{{Energy Absorption}} absorbs]].
* {{Impossibly Cool Weapon}}: [[{{Norse Mythology}} Thrude]]'s weapon, ''[[{{Named Weapons}} Hridgandr]]'', was forged from the finest {{Unobtanium}} by the {{Ultimate Blacksmith}} of the ''[[{{Our Dwarves Are All The Same}} dvergur]]''. It only [[{{Empathic Weapon}} allows]] "the [[{{Only The Chosen May Wield}} worthy]]" to wield (or even lift) it. It can transform back and forth between either a [[{{An Axe To Grind}} battle axe]] or a [[{{Drop The Hammer}} warhammer]]. The haft can extend and retract, allowing it to become a sort of [[{{Blade On A Stick}} polearm]]. It can also [[{{Kill It With Ice}} freeze]] and [[{{Shock And Awe}} electrocute]] her foes.
* 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.
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[[folder: Out-Of-Character Tropes]]
* AllThereInTheManual: ''Green Ronin'' has published over a dozen supplements with information about the ''{{Freedom City}}'' 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 [[{{Averted Trope}} 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 Trope}} Averted]], '''hard'''. [[PedoHunt Several blocked attempts]] have been made to play [[NauseaFuel hyper-sexualized adolescent female characters]]. The Moderators have been neither amused nor impressed. Nothing brings out the banhammer faster or harder than trying to submit a [[{{Player Character}} PC]] whose primary purpose is the player's sexual titillation.
* 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.
* ComicBookTropes: In a game inspired by comic books, these are not only common, but encouraged.
* 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: ''FCPBP'' [[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/forum-4/announcement-2-fc-pbps-house-rules-and-newbie-guide/ 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]], and character creation and advancement as a whole turned into a [[{{Metagame}} metagaming]] [[BiggerStick arms]] [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours race]].
* WideOpenSandbox: Freedom is a [[CityOfAdventure big city]], and an even bigger [[TheVerse multiverse]].
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