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Currently in its eighth year of operation (est. October 2007), ''[[http://www.freedomplaybypost.com/index.php Freedom City Play-By-Post]]'' is the largest and most active ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' play-by-post setting on the Internet. Taking place in ''M&M'''s default ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting, in the present day, the [[GameTropes game]] has become a massive SharedUniverse, involving [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters dozens of active players]] and over a hundred {{Player Character}}s. Most of the staff are fans of both superhero comics and TVTropes, which means they welcome characters who draw from the common tropes and themes of [[ComicBookTropes comic books]].

That said, the staff has little patience for {{Troll}}s or {{Mary Sue}}s, and they prefer to avoid certain [[UnfortunateImplications problematic tropes]]. Please do not submit bloodthirsty [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Iron Age]] vigilantes, or female characters with {{Stripperiffic}} costumes and RapeAsBackstory. The feel of your {{Player Character}}s should fall somewhere between [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], and [[UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age]]. They should basically be 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 into the [[{{Franchise/DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]], then they'll probably fit in here, too.

Many of the tropes in this game can be found on the pages for the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' role-playing game, or the ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting for that game. This page is intended for tropes unique to ''FCPBP'' and its active [[Characters/FreedomCityPlayByPost characters]].

'''TROPES AND ENTRIES FOR INACTIVE CHARACTERS ARE SUBJECT TO DELETION WITHOUT NOTICE.'''
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!!This play-by-post setting provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: The {{superhero}} genre is brimming with this trope, and ''FCPBP'' is no exception.
* AllThereInTheManual: ''Green Ronin'' has published over a dozen supplements with information about the ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting, and most of the active players have read all of them.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent / CaptainErsatz / {{Expy}}: Most [[PlayerCharacter [=PCs=]]], intentionally or not. See the individual listings in the [[Characters/FreedomCityPlayByPost Characters]] section for details.
* AncientEgypt: Several [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] have origin stories which begin here.
* 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 and Lambkos]].
* 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?"
* TheAssimilator: The Communion, a player-created {{Expy}} of the ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' version of {{ComicBook/Galactus}}. The Collective is a HiveMind which uses mass MindRape and UnwillingRoboticization to transform entire planets into AppliedPhlebotinum.
* 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''.
* BadassNormal: ''FCPBP'' has surprisingly few of these active at any one time. [[TrickArrow Arrowhawk]] has been the most enduring so far. {{Badass Abnormal}}s tend to be more popular.
* BatFamilyCrossover: The most common type of crossover story arc at ''FCPBP'', given the sheer size of the site, and how difficult it is to coordinate a major story arc with dozens and dozens of players contributing.
* BewareTheSuperman: {{Averted|Trope}}. Except for the [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Iron Age]] in the '80s and early '90s, ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' has always loved its [[SuperHero superheroes]].
** The "Terminus Babies" (see {{Mutants}}, below) are about as close as the setting comes to this trope, and they're not even official ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' canon.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Often {{Subverted|Trope}}, much to the annoyance of older heroes with [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks stricter moral codes]]. ''FCPBP'' stories aren't explicit, but they are, at times, "for mature readers."
* TheBoxingEpisode / LetsYouAndHimFight: "Fisticuffs," and the sequel, "Fisticuffs 2: This Time, It's Not Fisticuffs 1."
* CanonImmigrant: Several characters played at ''FCPBP'' were created for and/or played in other games over the years, especially the signature character of the site's former owner, Doktor Archeville.
* TheCape: The local {{Expy}} of {{Superman}}, [[TheParagon The Centurion]], has been dead since the 1993 [[CrisisCrossover Terminus Invasion]]. He [[AvertedTrope hasn't]] gotten [[BackFromTheDead better]], and WordOfGod says he never will.
* CatchPhrase: The players who often meet in the chatroom and/or [[InAndOutOfCharacter in-character]] make up a lot of these, including "Stab-Punch!" and "KISS HIM/HER, YOU FOOL!"
* CardboardPrison: [[VillainProtagonist PC Villains]] were banned in part to [[AvertedTrope avert]] this trope.
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* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. The Moderators have already blocked [[PedoHunt several attempts]] to play [[NauseaFuel hyper-sexualized adolescent female characters]]. The Moderators have been neither amused nor impressed. Nothing brings out the banhammer like trying to submit a [[PlayerCharacter PC]] whose primary purpose is the player's own sexual titillation.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: ''FCPBP'' players periodically discuss which real-life actors they would cast as their character, and some even use real-life headshots for their "out-of-costume" character pictures.
* ComicBookLimbo / DemotedToExtra: The fate of characters whose players wander off.
* ComicBookTime: Played straight for the individual stories as a matter of necessity, given the play-by-post format, but {{Averted|Trope}} for the overall SharedUniverse timeline, which moves forward in real time.
* CrapsackWorld: {{Averted|Trope}} on Earth-Prime. The main universe of the ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting is an optimistic place, where most people are basically good, and most people love their [[SuperHero superheroes]]. Other dimensions, like ''[[StupidJetpackHitler Erde]]'' and the [[DeathWorld Terminus]], on the other hand...
* 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 TabletopGame/FreedomCity were red...
** The [[EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion third]] Grue [[AlienInvasion Invasion]], when they finally activated their [[PlayingWithSyringes experimental bio-weapon]], [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Atlas]]]]. (OhCrap.)
** The "Halloween Special," where the fight between Hades and Baron Samedi spilled over into massive waves of undead and cultists flocking to ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity''.
** "[=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 [[ComicBook/{{Galactus}} the Gorgon]] showed up in orbit, threatening to encase the Earth in gray goo due to the taint of the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast 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 [[{{ComicBook/Brainiac}} Curator]]'s androids turned out to have replaced several heroes and caused brief chaos throughout the city with the help of the [[KillerRobot Foundry]]'s robots, followed by the rescue of those replaced.
* DysfunctionJunction: ''FCPBP'' has no shortage of emotional problems among the cast. (Or the players, for that matter.)
* EgomaniacHunter: [[CombatPragmatist Orion]], the premiere [[NonPlayerCharacter 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).
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Players who stick around over the long haul gain not only in-game bonuses, like power-ups or extra character slots, but also nifty titles like "Gold Status."
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Superheroes work hard, play hard, live fast, and die young. 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 "Young Imperials," who are are the Evil Counterparts to [[KidHero Young Freedom]].
* {{Fiction 500}}: Several [=PCs=] rank among their number.
* FictionalCountry: Players have created a few.
** "[[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny New Freedom]]," a [[BewareTheSuperman metahuman dictatorship]] on the coast of [[MysteriousAntarctica Antarctica]].
** [[{{Qurac}} Socotra]], a [[XMeetsY mashup]] of [[{{Ruritania}} Latveria]] and [[ViceCity Madripoor]] off the coast of {{UsefulNotes/Yemen}}. The resident PresidentEvil is Typhoon, a [[MakingASplash hydrokinetic]], PoweredArmor wearing {{Expy}}/[[XMeetsY mashup]] of Doctor Doom and ComicBook/{{Magneto}}.
* 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]].
* FireForgedFriends: Many [=PCs=] bond this way, in times of danger and havoc, leading to deep appreciations of each other.
* FiveManBand: Most teams fall into this dynamic.
** On Young Freedom, Edge was TheHero, Blue Fox was TheLancer, Midnight was TheSmartGuy, Wander was TheBigGuy, and Cobalt Templar was TheHeart.
* GenderBender: Doc Otaku once tested a Gender Reversal Ray on Avenger, Dark Star, Doktor Archeville, Geckoman, and Wesley Knight. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensued]].
** [[IncrediblyLamePun Earth-XX]] is an entire (player-created) AlternateUniverse of gender-swapped characters.
* {{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 "Game Master" 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/topic/6823-fc-pbp-house-rules-as-of-2015-9-8/ has them]]. They are constantly evolving. The Moderators are generally reasonable people, receptive to player input and willing to change.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The site's chatroom degenerates into this with embarrassing regularity.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: [[LegacyCharacter Bee-Keeper II]], before he TookALevelInBadass and became a LethalJokeCharacter.
* KidHero: The [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld students]] of the [[SuperheroSchool Claremont]] [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Academy]], especially the members of the resident {{Super Team}}s, the Next-Gen, the Alterniteens, and Young Freedom.
* LegacyCharacter: ''FCPBP'' has a lot of them.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are usually over a hundred active [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] at any given point in time.
* LongRunners: ''FCPBP'' has been online since October of 2007.
* MrFanservice: At one point, the majority of the male [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Claremont Academy]] students had world-class [[TheSixStats Charisma]] scores. That crew ran the gamut, from TallDarkAndHandsome, to [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrous and chaste]], to [[SillyLoveSongs free-spirited and artistic]], to endlessly cheerful.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Surprisingly rare. It's usually the men who are {{pretty boy}}s, especially at the [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Claremont Academy]].
* MusicalEpisode: ''FCPBP'' had one!
* {{Mutants}}: The "Terminus Babies" concept created by Kit on the official ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' forum has been adopted into ''FCPBP'' canon as the MassSuperEmpoweringEvent for several [[PlayerCharacter PC]] heroes.
* NotWearingTights: The Moderators specifically want to avoid this trope. This is a game about "superheroes," not "people with powers."
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The Moderators also want to avoid this trope. {{Player Character}}s should fit better into the [[{{Franchise/DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]] than they would into ''{{Series/Heroes}}''.
* PlayEveryDay: This certainly isn't required, but it does help. Hitting 100 [[InAndOutOfCharacter in-character]] forum posts inside of one calendar month would gain a character the maximum possible ExperiencePoints for that month, and pulling it off once will get the player into the "[[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous 100 Club]]." This 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 under 6 months. But most players are not so prolific.
* PsychoRangers: The Spectrum Knights are a player-created [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]] villain group, a more politically-focused {{Expy}} of the [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Red Lantern Corps]] whose [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Revolution Will Not Be Civilized]].
* RandomNumberGod: ''FCPBP'' uses [[http://orokos.com/roll/ Orokos]] to resolve and keep track of die rolls.
* {{Retcon}}: Usually {{Averted|Trope}}. Once a character is submitted and approved, they are a part of the ''FCPBP'' canon from that day forward. Exceptions are sometimes made, most often when a player is permanently banned from the site for bad behavior. In one case, a very active and well-liked player wanted to play a LegacyCharacter whose SuperHeroOrigin story would have been incompatible with the story established by a former player who had wandered off before making any significant impact on the site canon. In this specific case, the Moderators chose to retcon the previous player's character out of existence to make way for the new version.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Several of the players at ''FCPBP'' are real-life parents who gladly share pictures of their adorable offspring.
* 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]].
* 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.
** [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Wail]] was named after Creator/KeithDavid and Creator/PhilLaMarr, the voices of [[{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}} Goliath]] and [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited Green Lantern John Stewart]] (respectively).
* ShowWithinAShow: Husband-&-wife duo Fast-Forward and Hologram host ''Supercrime!'', an {{Expy}} of ''{{Series/MythBusters}}'' that airs on the Creator/DiscoveryChannel. In one episode, the duo (and some accompanying heroes) went on a trip to [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs 65 Million BCE]] to explore dinosaur-related superhero stories.
* {{Space Cop}}s:
** The Star Knights are a canon ''Roleplay/FreedomCity'' {{Expy}} of the ComicBook/GreenLantern Corps]].
** The Praetorians are a player-created group. They're basically what happens when the [[{{Comicbook/Nova}} Nova Corps]] wakes up to find out that they SleptThroughTheApocalypse of Xandar, and they respond by [[ReTool retooling]] themselves into the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.
* SpaceOpera: The setting has expanded to incorporate adventures [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]. Roughly 1/3 of the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] aren't active on Earth at all.
* SuperheroGods: There are several among the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]].
* SuperheroesWearCapes / SuperheroesWearTights: Depends very much on the character concept. Some fit, some don't.
* SuperheroSchool: Freedom City has two:
** Canonically, there is the Claremont Academy, an {{Expy}} of the [[Comicbook/XMen Xavier Institute]]. It is an ElaborateUniversityHigh, a BoardingSchool for [[KidHero teenage supers]]. (It is also usually the most active part of the setting.)
** There is also the player-created Nicholson School, an {{Expy}} of {{Comicbook/PS238}}, for younger supers. It is not primarily a BoardingSchool, but it does offer housing for those students who need it.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Several [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] inherited their powers.
* {{Super Team}}s: The setting has several already, and the players have formed more.
** The Freedom League (ComicBook/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}, [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]): A primarily [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]] team, although a few [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] are members.
** The Interceptors (ComicBook/NewWarriors, [[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]): This team has suffered several complete overhauls of its roster, with Jack of All Blades being the only constant member and the only remaining founder.
** The Liberty League (ComicBook/InfinityInc): The heirs to [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden]] Age [[LegacyCharacter legacies]], and some characters who were actually there for the Golden Age. The team itself is an heir to the legacy of [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica the original Liberty League]], a canonical NPC team active during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
** [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld Young Freedom]] ([[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]], ComicBook/XMen): A team of [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Claremont Academy]] students (see SuperheroSchool, above). Most of the [[KidHero teenage]] PC heroes belong to this team at some point. As old students graduate and new ones enroll, the roster changes regularly. It is a counterpoint to the [[InAndOutOfCharacter NPC]] KidHero teams, the Next-Gen and the Alterniteens.
* 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 are awarded based on number of in-character posts made in a month, not by the length of individual posts, most players avoid full-blown [[WallOfText walls of text]].
* TeamMom: Electra, the site's co-owner, is a RealLife example.
* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: {{Averted|Trope}} whenever possible, though hampered by the typical gender ratios of the RPG and superhero fandoms.
** 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.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Jack of All Blades died. He [[BackFromTheDead got better]]! Lately, though, he's NotHimself...Oh no! He CameBackWrong! [[TheCorruption Corrupted]] by {{Hellfire}}! ([[StatusQuoIsGod He got better from that, too]].)
* ThouShaltNotKill: Mostly played straight, but see WhatMeasureIsANonHuman, below.
* TrueCompanions: Most of the {{Super Team}}s formed by the players.
** [[KidHero Young Freedom]], to the point where ThePowerOfFriendship was able to stop [[AntiAntiChrist Hellion]] (under [[OurDemonsAreDifferent his father]]'s influence) from destroying the city.
* TVTropesAsAGatewayDrug: At this point, half the player base and at least one of the Moderators have found the site through TV Tropes.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence Robots]], [[TheUndead undead]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], [[EldritchAbomination cosmic horrors]], and the like are explicit exceptions to this game's [[ThouShaltNotKill policy against killing]].
* WhatTheHellHero: The Moderators would prefer that any player think twice before writing their character as taking an action which would invoke this trope. '''[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Please do not list specific examples here]].'''
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: {{Averted|Trope}}. The location of Freedom City is officially left open in the books, but WordOfGod from the developer places it somewhere near Atlantic City, [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]], and ''FCPBP'' adopted that location as canon.
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: [[VillainProtagonist PC Villains]] were banned because [[WhosLaughingNow too many threads]] descended into [[UnusualEuphemism orgies]] of [[TakeYourTime weeks]]-long [[AxCrazy PvP]] and [[CompensatingForSomething weapon measuring contests]], which in turn transformed character creation and advancement across the site into a [[{{Metagame}} metagaming]] [[BiggerStick arms]] [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours race]].
* WideOpenSandbox: Freedom is a [[CityOfAdventure big city]], in an even bigger [[TheVerse multiverse]].
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