->''"I detest these events."''
->[[Franchise/AceAttorney Manfred von Karma]], speaking the first line of the game.

[[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/profile Here.]] In the words of the profile, "a plot-heavy {{steampunk}} multifandom AU game" that ran from 2008 to 2011.

InAWorld where a FloatingContinent is divided between the military state of Ivona and its wilder, pirate-overrun counterpart Vohemar, technological progress is moving at an exciting pace. On the eve of Ivonian Unification Day, the flagship of the Ivonian Navy is in the capital for a parade, a famed small Vohemaro pirate ship prepares for a raid in a smaller city in its own nation, and a beautiful theatre ship is staging a play to attract Ivonian nobles while non-actor crew members sneak into their audience's empty mansions to steal from the rich and give to the poor. The three {{Cast Herd}}s establish themselves and live their lives in a conflict with one another mirroring the uneasy peace held between Ivona and Vohemar, with smaller periphery nations caught in the middle.

Then? CerebusSyndrome strikes in the form of a NebulousEvilOrganization called Denouement. Its goal? To use espionage, terrorism, and anything it can to turn that uneasy peace into all-out war. Two ships are added as the story goes on -- one a dark, mysterious enemy of the evil organization, one a proud band of mercenaries -- and, when an entire village on the hard-hit borderlands known as the Badlands is killed, a revolutionary named [[OriginalGeneration Joseph]] [[{{NPC}} Falls]] rises to try and lead the Badlands into becoming its own official nation. He makes himself an enemy of expansionist Ivonians, who begin to pin further attacks on him, culminating in an official blame when the Ivonian President is murdered [[NiceJobBreakingItHero by one of the five player ships, misled to think that they were protecting him]].

After a TimeSkip, [[BreakingTheFellowship the five player ships are all decommissioned for one reason or another]], and their crews scatter, most of them flocking to three new ships: a fancy experimental peace offering from Ivona that travels around promoting cultural understanding (''supposedly''), a group of heroes for hire led by a mysterious piece of sentient magitech, and a small band of smugglers led by a bitter ex-revolutionary. And if you think the political situation has calmed down, well...

Many of these story elements are ported directly from represented or formerly represented canons, others invented wholecloth by the mod team. Either way, the players were kept [[WhamEpisode on their toes]] and highly entertained.
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!! This game provides examples of:

* AbandonedHospital: There's one in Antrim.
* AbortedArc: Averted; even when plot-important characters drop, the things they left behind can sometimes still have an effect on the plot. In one case, the dropped character was even [=NPCed=] later on.
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Joshua's running away from his problems confused Ness enough to awkwardly accept a love confession from Hana. Temporarily. Both realized that it ''really'' wasn't a smart idea and just added to their own massive heap of problems.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade / CleanCut / ImplausibleFencingPowers: Justified in several cases, as many of the swordsmen in the game are also [[MagicKnight magically inclined]].
* AChatWithSatan: The EvilCounterpart variety especially.
* AcceptableBreaksFromCanon: The ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' cast, disillusioned with the way the canon was going, decided to make the characters grow in a different direction towards maturity, keep the female characters competent and important, and allow the BigBad to remain an interesting character rather than the [[InvincibleVillain Boring Invincible Villain]] he became.
** CharacterRerailment
* AccidentalMarriage: [[AllThereInTheManual A discussion in chat]] confirmed that there is at least one old-fashioned town in the Badlands that considers tucking a flower behind one's partner's ear on Amicus to be an unbreakable engagement ritual.
* AcePilot: Gearship Motors Plane Races, anyone?
* ActionDressRip: Every other ActionGirl in the game has done it at some point.
* ACupAngst: [[YesPrecure5 Mimino Kurumi]]. In her canon, it was a feature of the art style and never brought up. Here, it's been mentioned enough that she's developed a complex, especially in memes and non-canon games.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Really inevitable for a lot of characters, though the opposite happens just as often for characters from grimdark canons.
* AdultsAreUseless: Consciously averted here.
* AdultFear: The hiatus, where all five ships were decommissioned, is an uncomfortable reminder of the feat that you can lose your job and your home at any time without warning when it's not even your fault.
* AdventureFriendlyWorld
* AdventureTowns
* AerithAndBob: A given from its panfandom nature. It happens with the [=NPCs=] as well, though the majority fall on the realistic side.
* AllNationsAreSuperpowers: Averted with Erealia, Kropmork and Nahk.
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: The military ships especially had these contrasts all over the place.
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Played with -- the Badlands don't have too many cacti, but they do have [[FinalFantasy cactuars]].
* AllergicToRoutine: [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Gintoki]], often to the aggravation of his crew.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Given that the ships serve as the home bases of the crew, this has happened a significant number of times.
* AlreadyMetEveryone: With the amount of relatives, childhood friends, and former shipmates in the game (and new relations forged all the time), it often turns out like this.
* AlternateUniverse: It's an AU, yes, but it also has ''tons'' of different [=AUs=] of itself. Some of the most prominent include an AfterTheEnd CrapsackWorld (which got its ''own'' AU community cutting ties with the original game), a ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''-based AU, and numerous [[ForWantOfANail "what ifs"]] for various characters.
** AffectionateParody: Dirty Licere, of Dirty Vegas. You knew it was affectionate because of the amount of TST players, former and current, over at DV at the time.
*** GenderFlip: Yuri Licere. It's what it sounds like.
** AnimatedActors: Backstageverse.
** BizarroUniverse: Mirrorverse.
** DarkFic: Apocoverse.
** {{WAFF}}: Shoujoverse.
** ZombieApocalypse: The variations upon Zombieverse.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Inverted, actually, since most of the promiscuous characters are straight and a lot of the gay characters border on SingleTargetSexuality.
* AloofBigBrother: [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red]] has this covered. Poor [[VideoGame/EarthBound Ness]].
* AlreadyDoneForYou: Hey, ''Serenity'', you only have to save one guy. The ''Convoy'' did the rest already! [[spoiler:Well... most of it.]]
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Ichigo was late to the snake battle because Watanuki got lured away and knocked out for his blood.
* AmbiguousInnocence: "You're supposed to count?" For those who missed the scene, that was a response from a kid with NoSocialSkills to a question of ''how many people she had killed.''
* AmnesiacLover: Roxas and Neku hadn't actually gotten together when Neku forgot him -- they hadn't even admitted their feelings to themselves, and they didn't for a ''very long time'' -- but it still counts to an extent. [[spoiler:Roxas does realize and admit his feelings to Neku at the end of the game, though, and although Neku is still mostly lost, he's decided to stick with Roxas still. So who knows...]]
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: A number of animals, most prominently Fobbie the cat, simply seem to enjoy trolling the characters -- especially Joshua, who, to be fair, deserves it. A stronger example is An-nin, though it's justified, since the deciding factor lies with Bu-ling and not him -- she talks to monkeys and can therefore communicate on his level. And Chi doesn't even ''count''.
* AnyoneCanDie: Especially in the finale. At one point, a number of muns felt the need to announce that they were ''not'' killing off any of their characters, just to make sure everyone knew.
* ApocalypseHow: We've had threatened and carried-out Class 0, Apocoverse covers Class 1, and it's hinted that anything from Class 1 to Class 5 is the BigBad's ultimate goal here.
** [[spoiler:Oops... it's Class 6.]]
* ApocalypseMaiden: ''Multiple''. (Although few of them are female, and most of them [[ScrewDestiny don't want to]] end the world anyway.)
* ArmCannon: Rikku offered to build one for Edgeworth [[spoiler:after he lost his real arm]]. He was not amused.
* AscendedMeme: von Karma was frequently compared to a dinosaur [=OOCly=]. Then Sam Linnfer [[CrowningMomentOfFunny used an illusion to make him look like one.]]
** "Go to bed" was invoked repeatedly when Kurumi posted to the network drunk.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: Generally averted, as Lunasa plots tend to be less action-packed; the Lunasa bombing plot ''subverted'' what might have become a Vicky-4423 grudgematch by downing all three ships without a fight, the Gearship Motors Plane Races were generally peaceful aside from the Luppi-Ichigo-Watanuki subplot, and the Hanami festival's fighting tournament was friendly and nonlethal. Long Night plots, however, which run around the time of IRL Christmas, usually ''are'' battle-oriented.
* TheAtoner: '''[[{{Gundam00}} Nena freakin' Trinity.]]''' That's what happens when you're made to actually face what you did at a point in the story earlier than "too late to do anything but kill you off for retribution".
* AtTheOperaTonight: The ''Winding Way'' put on plays geared towards a high-class audience to facilitate their [[JustLikeRobinHood side business]], with the exception of the street fair. When [[LawfulGood L]] became captain and forbade any more stealing, the ''Way'' started to widen their audience.
* AuthorAppeal: You can tell which mods are running a plot by more than which ships are involved.
--> '''Fae:''' ...of ''course'' it'd be (Jormungandr). Mademoiselle Norse Mythos is a mod.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Sheila de Argentine. Of course, it's a pseudonym, and her real name's [[FailOSuckyname Jane Baker]].
* AWizardDidIt: The justification for the Candy Mountain plot, verbatim.
* AxCrazy: Some of the characters are chaos and madness incarnate, ''literally,'' much to the constant dismay of other characters. It makes you wonder who was responsible for hiring these guys.
* BadassCrew: There's always one ship that gets nicknamed The {{Shonen}} Ship because it's a magnet for shonen heroes and other badasses. Of course, don't underestimate those other ships, either...
* BadassFamily: What, you want to count the examples? We'd be here all day.
* BadassNormal: Magic, magitech and exceptional demihumans are often the ones dominating the combat in this game, but there's also a number of more shounen-inclined, non-magic-using humans who don't need any of that to kick ass.
* BadGuyBar: Whenever one shows up, expect a BarBrawl to happen. A glorious one.
* BadPowersBadPeople: Traditionally "monstrous" or "dangerous" demihumans get more discrimination than those who are closer to human or appear more harmless, in a vague analogue to [[ButNotTooBlack colourism]].
* BalanceOfPower: The bad guys' objective is to send it out of whack to start a war.
* BandOfBrothels: The Seamstresses' Guild, one of many elements of the setting ported from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' because [[AuthorAppeal the initial mod team liked the series]].
* BandOfBrothers: Most crews end up turning into these eventually.
* BarrierBustingBlow: Milk and Jean do this to a boulder during the Tulgim cave-in.
* TheBarnum: Low Key, naturally, and he enjoys every minute of it.
* BathtubBonding: Bound to happen more than once per trip to the Licere hot springs.
* BattleCouple: Many of the pairings. Those that have only one actiony participant tend to have them train the other to defend themselves, if not be completely awesome in doing so.
* BawdySong: Some of the performers in Mamma's burlesque show sang these onstage.
* BearHug: Isshin knows no restraint.
* BeardOfEvil: Joseph Falls, maybe. Depending on your point of view.
* BecomingTheMask: A decent percentage of the characters pretend to be something they're not, and some get immersed enough that it becomes a part of them. Note that this isn't just the evil characters.
* BellyOfTheWhale: The ''4423'' being blamed for the poisoning of Doma.
* BetterLivingThroughEvil: Most of the villains who aren't lab rats got their jobs this way.
* BiblicalBadGuy: Inverted -- Sam's a good guy. One of the most helpful, in fact, due to his magic and network of information, and [[OhAndXDies the one with dibs on killing]] one of the game's major villains.
* TheBigBadShuffle: [[TheUnfought Delphine]]? [[PresidentEvil Wilsborough]]? [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Bradley]]? [[PhysicalGod Low Key]]? The only major storyline villains we knew the final confrontation ''wouldn't'' be with are Gin, Aizen, and Kefka, and only because they were dropped long ago! [[spoiler:In the end, all the loose ends were cleaned up.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: All over the place, but perhaps the best example is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo]], who spearheaded the attack to rescue the kidnapped children of the Winding Way.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Giant mechanical spiders.
* BigDamnHeroes: A late plot is ''officially named'' such.
* TheBigDamnKiss: [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/560847.html Here it is.]]
* BittersweetEnding: Reial is saved, a whole new world is discovered underneath the clouds... but countless [=NPCs=] (Hegua Lake, anybody?) as well as [=PCs=] have died ([[FateWorseThanDeath or worse]]), and you can be certain that the governments on Reial will take ''years'' at least to recuperate all the losses they have incurred.
** AndTheAdventureContinues: For some of the characters, this is what happens to them.
** BabiesEverAfter: Some others end up as this. One particular example would be [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Pip Bernadette]] and [[Manga/FairyTail Erza Scarlet]].
** DistantFinale: This is what happens after the game closes and the players talk about their characters after.
** PyrrhicVictory: The fate of some characters.
* BiTheWay: "That's why I like [[UnusualEuphemism peanut butter cups]]. Makes things easier." Best statement ever, [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Souji]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Quite a few characters. One example would be [[VideoGame/MegaMan Rock]], whose powers are tied to his immune system. Too much use of them, and it will crash and burn.
* BloodMagic: Near the end of the game, Watanuki is kidnapped for a ritual involving this due to his SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious nature.
* BondVillainStupidity: Parodied with Doc and Holly. "Instead, you're going to check ''yourself'' for weapons!"
* BornLucky: Beat. It's an actual power for him in TST-verse, despite only being alluded to in canon.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: Phoenix and Susan.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Huang Rong is basically this at heart.
* BreakingTheFellowship: The decommissioning of the five ships, scattering most of the cast between new ships.
* BreatherEpisode: After many a serious plot, the captain will announce that the crew needs a break and head off somewhere less dangerous.
* BroadStrokes: Nearly every character who appears in multiple media has their characterization taken in bits and pieces from each, and backstories are written as vague analogues to their canon counterparts.
* BrokeEpisode: The ''4423'' did this a few times, as did the ''Way'' when they threw a carnival to pay off Kurt's debt.
* BrokenBird: Some of the characters have this going on. [[RevolutionaryGirlUtena Anthy]] in particular stands as one, much like in canon.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: ''Lost'' your arm, in some cases. Or your eye.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo]], [[IKnewIt before canon did it]].
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Bradley's mun-given title is "Captain Bunny Ears".
* ButICantBePregnant: [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Anko]] had a pregnancy scare early on, though it turned out she was safe.
* TheBusCameBack: Destined to happen whenever characters are re-apped by their previous muns.
* ButtMonkey: Some of these characters have ''nothing'' go right. Ever.
** [[{{Lunar}} Leo]] deserves a special mention. During a plot with StandardStatusEffects, he managed to get inflicted with just about every one in the book. And in another plot, he was entered into a plane race only to have his plane sabotaged to the point of exploding in midair. Don't worry, though, [[{{Determinator}} he bounces back quickly]].
** And adding to that, there's also [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Hijikata Toshirou]], who has been the (very unwilling) butt of many jokes, both OOC and IC.
** The ''entire 4423'', when it was still in the game. It got to the point where the playerbase, usually happy to torture their characters, began to request that the ship have a break for a while.
* CallBack: One of the confrontations with the satyrs to save the [[spoiler:dragon]] captives took place at Caer Estrella.
* CaptainsLog: The difference engine journal network.
* CapturedSuperentity: [[{{Pokemon}} Mew]], briefly.
* CareerVersusMan: Ichigo hesitated to ask Watanuki to join him on the ''Convoy'' because he knew Watanuki was living his dream job on the ''Amestris''. In the end, Watanuki went with him.
* CastHerd: Divided both by canon and by ship.
* CastSpeciation
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: L, when he was trying to keep Vash from leaving the ''Way''.
* TheCenterpieceSpectacular: All three Lunasa events count to some degree. (The Gearship Motors Place Race is commonly counted as the 2009 Lunasa event, despite taking place ''before'' Lunasa.)
* CerebusSyndrome: Beginning with the Kropmork assassinations.
* CharacterBlog: The journal network, naturally.
* CharacterDevelopment: This is the game where, while everyone starts as their canon selves, [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Joshua Kiryuu]] becomes a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Nena Trinity]] becomes TheAtoner, [[Manga/XxxHOLiC Watanuki Kimihiro]] ''doesn't'' spiral into a self-hating mess, and [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Hijikata Toshirou]] learns to care for other people again without the ResetButton coming into play. Guess what? It ''works''.
* ChasedByAngryNatives: Ocelot's cover story when he boarded the ''Way'' in Kagatau.
* ChefOfIron: Jean, and, to an extent, Shinjiro.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The ''Fiertia''. It, like the rest of the first set of PC ships, played its role and was written out of the story, given a one-off mention about having become a cheesy tourist trap in Kropmork. Then the ''Convoy'' was stolen, stranding its crew in Kropmork. Guess which ship they stole to chase down the thieves?
** "Considering your track records, and your obstinate mangling of the art of poetry, I would hardly shed a tear were you torn into tiny pieces by the enraged crews, but if you were captured, I would need to find a way to kill both of you before you were tortured for information." Spoken by Kefka at the beginning of 2009. [[spoiler:Carried out by Low Key at the end of 2010. Granted, not to the same NPC, but to similar effect.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Nena's technopathy. Used first as just a way for her to hack network posts, it became instrumental in tracking her down after she stole a plane and realized just what she'd done to who-knows-how-many [[ThrowawayCountry throwaway towns]], and after ''that'', she used it to track the stolen ''Convoy''.
* TheChosenMany: How Ichigo discovering the Vizards was played out.
* ChristmasEpisode: Every Lunasa features a big, plot-relevant meet-up of all the ships currently in the game. (2009 was the exception, as the meetup actually occurred ''before'' Lunasa.)
* ChristmasInJuly: Lunasa is in August, and thus, the players wish each other a merry Lunasa and play Christmas music all day [=OOCly=]... just confusing the non-TST people on their friend lists.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Quite a few, but considering [[{{Transformers}} Optimus]] is in it...
* TheCityNarrows: Don't go anywhere alone in Kropmork.
* ClearMyName: The ''4423'' after they were framed for the poisoning of Doma. ''Partially'' FramingTheGuiltyParty, since Kefka was a member of the crew when he did it, but the others had no idea it was even going on.
* {{Codename}}: If you work for the NebulousEvilOrganization, you've probably got one. They tend to be either an alias the character used in his or her canon -- [[AxisPowersHetalia Ludwig's was Germany]], for example -- or just something, usually creepy, related to the character.
* CombatMedic: Penelo acts as one when she needs to, but she's usually put solely on healer duty for the sake of convenience.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Some characters have this going on for them, but perhaps the most notable one would be [[Manga/GinTama Hijikata Toshirou]] himself, who learns to put the past behind him as he grows into something much closer to his canon self through the course of the game.
* ConflictingLoyalty: [[{{Hellsing}} Pip]], at first, was working for both [[DennouCoil Isako]] and the [[{{NPC}} Mayor of Colvus]]. When he was found out, he backstabbed the Mayor and formed a contract with Isako. This came back to bite him when he moved to the ''Fiertia'' and it came into conflict with the ''4423''. On top of that, there was his own band of mercenaries. However, after a series of events that left all three parties gone, Pip became [[TransformersGenerationOne Optimus Prime's]] loyal right hand.
* ConservationOfCompetence: Subverted. While it looks like it'll be this at first because the first active NPC enemies we see are Team Fail, it becomes obvious later that they're just the token idiots.
* ConspicuousConsumption: Caulcher's "precious cargo". He has a ''golden goose''.
* ConspiracyKitchenSink: Half of them true.
* ConspiracyRedemption: It's noted from the beginning that the Ivonian government is somewhat corrupt, and some members of the military have begun to uncover it and tried or are trying to fix it.
* ContinuityLockout: The mods avoid this by mentioning previous in-game events in mod posts: for example, every info post about Lunasa includes basic information on the holiday, and every one after the first tells new players the story of the Lunasa Bombings.
* ContinuityNod: Kaoru mentions at least three or four times that she's very hard to kill, partially because in her [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar home canon]], she just ''would not die.'' Or stay dead.
* ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping: If a character's never given presents before, expect terrible ones. Nena gave her ''best friend'' a cardboard box for Lunasa and thought it was the best gift ever.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: A dark version of this is invoked when you realize that most of the {{tykebomb}}s were orphans picked up off the street.
* CookingDuel: A few of these have happened between ships, particularly when the cooks have grudges against one another; these were dubbed "IronChef Reial". The Hanami Festival had a formal cooking competition.
* CoolAirship: Pretty much all of the game's airships qualify in some way or another. If that's not enough, there's also Boston - not to be confused with the real city - an in-game floating black market town made entirely of airships attached to each other.
* CoolMask: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Reno]], when he was talked into impersonating [[TheAce legendary pilot]] Eyeshield 21.
* CoolPlane: Some of them.
* CosmicDeadline: Though it did get pushed back when the plot wasn't moving as quickly as expected.
* CostumeCopycat: Milk becomes convinced that Utena is this for her, despite evidence to the contrary. She finally finds out otherwise after confronting Utena on Amicus.
* CostumePorn: Any time there's a ball or any other sort of special occasion, expect plenty of this, complete with reference pictures in case the text description was not detailed enough.
* TheCracker: Gin messed with Joshua's computer as part of his plan to blackmail Hijikata and ruin both their lives.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Stealing the ''[[FanNickname Firetruck]]''.
* CrossoverCosmology: "Season three" brought numerous gods and demons, not only from different pantheons but from different canons that treated such characters differently.
* CrossoverPunchline: Occasionally used with references to nonpresent canonmates.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Jean Morris, thrown into the engine.
* CrushKillDestroy: The Prime-copy that ''Serenity'' had to transport, once it woke up prematurely.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: [[OnePiece Luffy]] constantly called [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Ocelot]] by his codename rather than "Nikolai", despite ''not actually knowing'' his SecretIdentity and having come up with the "nickname" by [[SpannerInTheWorks sheer coincidence]]. Almost the same thing happened with [[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} Isaac]], except he called [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Kaoru]] "Wind Girl", not "Windy".
* CultColony: The candy cultists.
* CultureChopSuey: Although there are certain fixed aspects of the different national cultures on Reial, aspects of ''Earth'' cultures are found all over the place in a chaotic mess.
* CurbstompBattle: Grita VS ''Way'', Round One.
* CurbstompCushion: But at least they got their engine fixed by the town that had been holding them hostage there.
* CuriosityCausesConversion: Happened to [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Kaoru]], slowly. She likes beds.
* CycleOfRevenge: Between the ''Victoria II'' and the ''4423'', back when both ships were still in the game.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The manner in which [[spoiler:Sam killed Low Key]], with the unfortunate side effect of [[spoiler:driving Sam irreparably insane]].
* DareToBeBadass: A number of these were given out in the game's ending plot.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Pick a character from the list. Chances are, that character most likely has some sort of tragic backstory going on behind him or her.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The original incarnation of The Sky Tides. Cannibals were part of the crew.
* DarkestHour: Many characters had individual Darkest Hours during the hiatus -- Pip, Edgeworth, we're looking at you two. However, the start of the game's true Darkest Hour is [[spoiler:the Hegua Lake explosion, which left a number of characters without their homes, families, and friends]] -- and remember, this is just the beginning.
* TheDayOfReckoning: [[http://tidesnpc.livejournal.com/12237.html The endgame plot in its final stages.]]
* DeadlyGas / PsychoSerum: The Fiertia was hired to transport a load of Fear Gas for NPC revolutionary Joseph Falls. Fortunately, the ship had a change of mind and disposed of it instead.
* DeadSerious: Hughes, until his death was suddenly undone.
* DeathByOriginStory: Ichigo's/Utena's and Roxas' original crews, all killed in the Lunasa bombings.
* DecadeDissonance: Erealia is a land with a distinctly Medieval style, in contrast with the Victorian Steampunk that dominates the rest of the setting.
* DecapitatedArmy: Grita, who had been using varying degrees of MindControl on her minions. The former trope name, "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead", was actually referenced by name in a profile image gag immediately after this.
* DeepCoverAgent: Many of the best villains.
* DefusingTheTykebomb: The last ''Serenity'' plot before the finale.
* {{Demihuman}}: The targets of FantasticRacism, and making up a good portion of the cast.
* [[DemotedToExtra Demoted To NPC]]: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]], after being dropped, became a mod-controlled NPC due to his importance to the plot. [[spoiler:Ocelot, too, near the end.]] Other dropped characters, like [[Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn Chrome]], have had [[TheBusCameBack cameos after leaving]], though they are turned into {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s with their names no longer mentioned in case somebody else wishes to app the character.
* DesertIsland: Kagatau.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Very strongly averted. In fact, it's hard to think of ''any'' event where all (or even most) of the female enemies were given to female [=PCs=] as opponents.
* {{Determinator}}: Many characters don't have the guts to ever back down. Overlaps most frequently with those with a DarkAndTroubledPast.
* DeusExitMachina: Look how many times Ichigo was written out and sent away from his friends.
* DevilInPlainSight: Ships will hire just about ''anyone'', unless there's a really strong reason why they shouldn't or couldn't.
* DirtyCommunists: Redbeard (whose hair isn't actually red) and his followers.
* DistantDuet: Done by Ness and Joshua over the journal network.
* DistressCall: The lure that brought the ''Convoy'' to Antrim.
* TheDollEpisode: The Puppetmaster plot, imported from ''{{Trigun}}''.
* DoomedHometown: Hope you didn't live in the southwestern corner of the continent.
* DotingParent: None of them are ever appreciated.
* DoubleConsciousness: Usually on either national or racial lines.
* DraggedIntoDrag: Poor, poor Adachi.
* DramaticIrony: Read ''any'' backstory log, especially the more recent ones, or any thread by a character whose mun has let slip that they [[OhAndXDies won't make it]].
* DramaticWind: Surprising that it hasn't brought any {{Title Drop}}s.
* DualWielding: Mostly ones from canon, though a few have decided to pick it up in-game.
* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: If the resident Shounen Ship ''isn't'' in town to help others, the crew will find a local worry and fix it up anyway.
* DuetBonding: How Ness and Joshua became friends and eventually got together.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Some of the finale deaths, though a lot of the battles happened offscreen.
* DysfunctionJunction: Pick a ship. Any ship.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
--> '''Madame Red:''' I can't say nothing bad will happen, but nothing so bad that it changes the world for the worst will happen.
* EasterEgg: The profile image gags.
* ElementalPowers: Most magic-users have one or two elements that they use, and though the magic system is far from streamlined, they tend to differ a little from their use in very specialized canons.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Loki calls Lucifer "Lucy" for the sake of trolling him.
* EmpireWithADarkSecret: Many of the TykeBomb projects were financed in secret by the Ivonian government; so was the development of the poison that killed the town of Doma.
* TheEndOfTheBeginning: The start of the game can be seen as this, considering the relative peace of the world until then.
* EnemyCivilWar: Implied as the story goes on, and confirmed in the finale, when the "disagreements" balloon into full-blown anarchy.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Ari and Deanna team up after Bradley's second disappearance to run the ''Amestris'' themselves.]]
* EnemyWithout: Juushirou and Souji fight evil, monstrous, lung-eating versions of themselves in Antrim.
* EnforcedColdWar: [[FanNickname vK]] and Edgeworth are on the same ship again, after the AU equivalent of 1-4. This is awkward.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The page quotation is just the beginning.
* MrFanservice: Quite a few of the characters. The military men, in particular, are practically an Estrogen Brigade Bait Brigade.
* EthicalSlut: If a character happens to be promiscuous, don't immediately assume they're evil. You'll probably be wrong.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Ocelot was sickened by what Kefka did to Doma, despite the two of them being SiblingsInCrime.
* EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes: In a surprising fit of GenreSavvy, the NPC scientists [[http://tidesnpc.livejournal.com/11254.html?thread=55286#t55286 threaten]] ''Serenity's'' crew to get Kaoru to cooperate, even after she's already agreed. Granted, her usual deadpan honesty meant that any idiot could see that she was BecomingTheMask.
** [[http://tidesnpc.livejournal.com/12237.html?thread=72909#t72909 Later discussed]] by a pair of terrorist grunts, one of whom has family in the Badlands.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Sure seems like it sometimes.
* EveryoneIsASuper: Not ''everyone'', but you'd be hard-pressed to find characters who aren't during combat plots. (During political plots, though, the non-supers tended to shine instead.)
* EveryoneIsBi: It's a running joke [=OOCly=], although the actual game demographics, for muns or characters, don't completely reflect it.
* EveryoneIsRelated: There are too many cross-canon families to list. The [[strike:best]] [[strike:worst]] most demonstrative example would be the completely screwed-up Hijikata family: the older cousin [[PeacemakerKurogane Toshizou]], his younger cousin [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Toshirou]], and the latter's [[LongLostRelative long-lost]] [[SeparatedAtBirth twin brother]] [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Roy Mustang]].
* EveryoneIsSingle: Almost everyone, many of whom are ''pathetically'' chronically single.
* [[EverythingButTheGirl Everything But The Guy]]: Hijikata Toshirou grows as a person and gains people he actually cares about, but gives up on Edgeworth after having an awkward crush on him for years and years.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: [[Manga/PokemonSpecial Gold]] and [[Manga/TokyoMewMew Bu-ling]] have a rivalry completely based upon the fact that they both have monkey sidekicks (well, Ataro is really an Aipom, not a monkey). This led [[OneFineDay Aileru]] to believe that the entire ''Amestris'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny was cursed to slowly turn into monkeys...]]
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: An early plot.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: One of the game's mascots is a sky shark.
* EvilMeScaresMe: Everyone who has some sort of evil version of themselves has this reaction.
* ExiledFromContinuity: Non-apped canonmates, at least before apps were closed.
* ExoticEquipment: [[Franchise/AceAttorney Angel]] invented an interracial couple who had this problem in a fake letter to Dear Lorena. (One-half of the pairing was a [[{{Catgirl}} catman]], who had... oh, just go look up cat reproduction.)
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy / ImprobableWeaponUser: Most characters use their weapon of choice from canon, rather than switching to something more setting-appropriate, meaning these tropes show up often. Just to rattle off some examples, there's [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Gintoki]] with a [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter bokuto]], [[Manga/BlackButler Grell]] with a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]], [[{{Lunar}} Jean]] and [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Yukiko]] ''both'' throwing fans... and at the furthest extreme, [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Kanji]], who will use anything in reach.
** Parodied mercilessly in [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/488922.html this log]]. [[{{Lunar}} Jean]] smacks a gang leader with a [[ImprovisedWeapon backgammon board]] that she [[RageQuit just happened to be holding for some reason]]. And then the [=NPCs=] follow suit...
-->[[GunsInChurch Despite that notice at the door that clearly read "CHECK ALL WEAPONS BEFORE ENTRY"]], weapons were brandished all around the gambling parlor: [[{{Handguns}} pistols and revolvers]], [[CoolSword swords]], [[KnifeNut knives]], [[SimpleStaff three staves]], [[DropTheHammer a hammer]], [[RingsOfDeath a chakram]], [[BratsWithSlingshots a slingshot]], and [[InstrumentOfMurder a violin]]. The bartender grabbed [[GrievousBottleyHarm the heaviest bottle of wine]] and leapt straight over the counter. And one of the few people who actually came unarmed grabbed [[ChairmanOfTheBrawl that same chair that Jean had just kicked over]].
* ExpandedUniverse: In the hypothetical alternate universe where TST is a real show (inspired by [[SuperRobotWarsUnlimitedGeneration another game's]] LetsPlay posts with the same premise), the series has ''tons'' of EU. Much of the most interesting stuff is AllThereInTheManual.
* ExperimentalArcheology: The ''Way'' searching for (and finding) Candy Mountain.
* EyepatchAfterTimeskip: Averted, which is pretty surprising considering the number of people with them; either they always had one or lost the eye onscreen.
* EyepatchOfPower: Aside from the canon ones, there's also [[Franchise/AceAttorney Manfred von Karma]] as of the Lunasa bombings.
* EyeScream: Again, [[Franchise/AceAttorney Manfred von Karma]] getting shrapnel to the eye during the Lunasa bombings.
* FaceHeelTurn: If you need something to do on a rainy afternoon, make a chart comparing who left their home nation and who actually ''stayed''.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Jean Morris ([[TurbineBlender thrown into the engine]]), Hughes (death by RazorFloss, then hung from the mast)
* FanserviceWithASmile: Haruhi's proposed uniform for the Gunsmoke waitresses. She manages to get it instated in a non-canon KinkMeme story.
* FantasticRacism: Anti-demihuman prejudice, a source of angst for about half the cast.
** FantasticSlurs: They exist, though we've only really heard one or two of them.
* FearOfThunder: Canon for Rikku, and replacing Edgeworth's fear of earthquakes in a world where they don't exist.
* FedToTheBeast: [[spoiler:Anyone who's ever gone under the cloud cover on an expedition to discover what's down there.]]
* FictionalCurrency: Francs and dubloons.
* FictionalHoliday: Though most of them are of the YouMeanXmas variety, smaller, rarer, or more localized ones like the Hanami festival are completely made up by the muns.
* FightMagnet: Ichigo even lampshades it a few times, and we know how oblivious he is.
* FillerVillain: The Dread Pirate Magentabeard.
* FinalBattle: Broken up into multiple simultaneous battles to suit the needs of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
* FiveManBand: Chances are that there's one forming somewhere, if they haven't existed yet.
* FloatingContinent: The mainland of Reial and the floating islands around it.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Penelo/Beat. Reno/Anko plays this in reverse, with the injured going to her eventual love interest to ''ditch'' the infirmary whenever she gets hurt.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: And pretty much every other kind of flying animal you can think of.
* {{Flynning}}: Usually averted, though it sometimes shows up when characters are just sparring rather than trying to kill each other.
* FogOfDoom: Aside from the canon examples ported from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', there's also Antrim.
* ForcefulKiss: Linked above, Ichigo and Watanuki on the deck of the ''Amestris'' -- an example where the Forceful Kiss is initiated by both parties as a love confession at the same time.
* ForgingScene: Rarely does a scene actually taking place in the forge not turn into one of these. Unless Milk's in there. Then it's a fifty-fifty chance.
* FriendshipMoment: Often with a side of HoYay.
* ForbiddenZone: Antrim. Although it's been a part of the established setting since the beginning, it was only visited once, during the last all-ship event of the game.
* ForMassiveDamage: The ships get beat up and in need of repairs fairly regularly. Usually, the worst damage is suffered thanks to reckless members of the crew. For example, [[Manga/FairyTail Erza]] once tore off an entire deck of the Fiertia, and [[ReBoot Hexadecimal]] demolished all the cabins of the Convoy...
* FourIsDeath: Adding a fourth ship came at the same time as CerebusSyndrome hit the plot. Also, after the end of the first five ships, taking the number down to four was debated, but in the end, the mods went with [[PowerTrio three]].
* FriendToAllChildren: A notable number of characters. For example, there's [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ukitake]] and, debatably, [[PeacemakerKurogane Souji]].
* FundamentallyFunnyFruit: Durians.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Watch those [=NPCs=].
* FunWithAcronyms: The abbreviated version of the '''B'''adlands '''U'''nification '''M'''ovement happens to be BUM. And then there's the '''D'''ignified '''E'''nsemble of '''R'''eial's '''P'''roletariat - better known as DERP.
* FutureImperfect: Whatever legends exist about the time before Reial, nobody knows for sure about ''anything'' that happened, despite it only being 500 years ago. The legends and the truth turn out to be deeply related to Delphine's plot.
* [[TheGameoftheBook The Game of the RP]]: About a year after the closure of the game, one of the former players made an actual game based on the game's self proclaimed mascots, Chance the Sky Whale and Gambit the Sky Shark. It can be found [[http://www.mediafire.com/download/om9bjrjomg7ads6/TST_Operation_Chance.exe here]].
* GayBarReveal: Luffy, being Luffy, didn't even know what a gay bar was when he figured out that he was in one. Of course, he only cared that they had good meatloaf there. He proceeded to ask the journal network afterward.
* GenderBlenderName: Doc and Holly. The former is female and the latter is male.
* GhostTown: Antrim... and, nowadays, [[ThrowawayCountry Doma.]]
* GingerbreadHouse: Mars [=McKuu=], the mage creator of Candy Mountain, has a gingerbread castle.
* TheGMIsACheatingBastard: And we love you for it, mods.
* {{GMPC}}: Used to great effect, and we don't just mean the mods' actual player characters.
* GoBackToTheSource: Happens a ''lot'', whether characters are brought home by chance or take temporary leave from their ships. For example, Nena's MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment leading to her HeelFaceTurn came when she left the ''Silvana'' and came upon a town she and her brothers had destroyed.
* GodzillaThreshold: Sam VS Low Key, Ichigo VS Bradley.
* GoForTheEye: Gaara's tactic during the Jormungandr fight.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' cast, whose glasses have the same function as in canon of clearing cloudy vision caused by the Shadows, as well as fog and other weather-related problems.
* GoingToSeeTheElephant: The reason that half of the characters joined their initial ships.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Mars [=McKuu=] of Candy Mountain is either this, or he was already insane to begin with.
* GoodGuyBar: Gunsmoke, when the ''Way'' was operational.
* GotVolunteered: A perfectly acceptable and normal way to handwave characters' presence in dangerous operations.
* GrandFinale: ''Lasting three months.''
* GrandTheftMe: Optimus Prime's body is stolen in a consciousness transfer.
* GreatEscape: The crew of the Fiertia pulled one after their captain got arrested and imprisoned.
* GreenRocks / {{Unobtainium}}: Mana crystals.
* GrudgingThankYou: Does Ichigo just ''collect'' these? He gives them out on occasion, too.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Holly was a complete ''failure'' at guarding Isako, hitting pretty much every point on the list.
* HairColorDissonance: Bu-ling is a mix of her anime and manga selves, but has her manga appearance -- yellow hair and yellow eyes. However, some of her icons showcase her AdaptationDyeJob from the anime, where she has blonde hair and brown eyes while detransformed.
* HairColors: Huang Rong, coming from an area where hair and eyes are always brown or black, assumes that anyone with an [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair IRL-impossible]] hair colour is a demihuman. [[RedheadedStepchild Poor Ichigo.]]
* HalloweenEpisode: Long Night arcs don't tend to have costumes or haunted houses, but are set apart just the same. They tend to be combat plots, taking advantage of the fact that magic users have more power at this time of year.
* HandsOnApproach: Hey, Ichigo? Watanuki? [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/556954.html?thread=21680794#t21680794 This is why everybody's shipping you]]. Well, among other things.
* HaremSeeker: Rikku, Minato, and Souji in memes and SD... actually, Souji may or may not be a Harem Seeker ''in-game'', since it's hard to tell if he's joking about that.
* HarmfulToMinors: Averted. Games of sex dice and memes like the Love Potion Meme usually have the players consciously keeping characters under sixteen out of them. The age-listing rule has since locked ''muns'' under eighteen out of those same things.
* HeadInTheSandManagement: President Wilsborough sees no reason whatsoever to actually ''do'' anything about the terrorist group threatening the continent. Better to just pretend they don't exist and blame everything on his political enemies.
* HeroesGoneFishing: Nearly every plot starts out as this, and though most turn into [[BusmansHoliday Busman's Holidays]], some don't.
* HeroicBSoD: And how.
* HeroicSacrifice: Constant OOC remarks were made about Optimus Prime's tendency for these ever since the mun first announced her intention to app him. [[spoiler:These are fulfilled when he stays behind to keep Bradley busy.]]
* HeroicSecondWind: Sora when he got his Keyblade, and various other characters in their own fight scenes throughout the game.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Sara and Nena, who are said to be practically married without the actual relationship.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Not too many, but they pop out from time to time. Notable examples are:
** 'When [[strike:pigs]] rappigs fly'
** 'For [[strike:heaven's/pete's]] Erealia's sake'
** '[[strike: When the world stops]] When Reial drops from the sky'
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Long Night, being Halloween, is one of the most dangerous days of the year; just ask anyone who was around when Ichigo's hollow ran loose on the ''Way''. Oh, and also, the Lunasa bombings.
* HotSpringsEpisode: Any time a ship is headed to Licere, you know that a Hot Springs Plot is about to start.
* [[HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas How Team Fail Stole Lunasa]]... and Amicus, too, just for good measure
* HumanityEnsues: When the ''Convoy'' was [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs stolen]], [[TransformersGenerationOne Optimus Prime]] had his mind temporarily transferred to a human (or at least humanoid) body.
* IdenticalStranger: Re-apped and rebooted characters do not retcon out the existence of their predecessors. Rather, the previous version of the character is retconned to "someone else" and not mentioned by name, but still existed in the story. The strongest example, due to having been a long-running character, is [[KingdomHearts Axel]], who had two different muns playing his first incarnation and then a third who played a different Axel, forcing the first Axel to be "Reno's brother" and not specifically Axel. And ''now'' we've got a Lea...
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Ichigo/Watanuki, nearly verbatim.
* IHaveNoSon: Taking a minor character's backstory for lack of his own canon one, Hijikata Toshirou was disowned by his family.
* IKEAErotica: Joshua has apparently never tried to write ''good'' porn.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Hisoka calls out the Dark Fall science team and their guards on this.
* ImpressivePyrotechnics: Rikku's various makeshift bombs.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: Averted quite a bit, especially since the chefs can only buy food supplies when the ships are docked.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Characters and players alike love their awful puns. They make up half the usernames.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: There's a lot of fatal and not-so-fatal coughing going on.
* IneptMage: Sophie started as this.
* INever: Joshua was introduced starting up a game of this in a bar. It's reoccurred since then as a meme.
* InfallibleBabble: Particularly (and justifiably) from mod-controlled characters and newspaper columnists not named Lorena.
* InformedDeformity: Many characters who sustain appearance-altering injuries don't show it in their icons, simply because it would be a lot of work.
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: The race at Doma was just a BrokeEpisode, right? Just filler? No, no, it wasn't.
* InSeriesNickname: "Sketch-kun" for Ichigo. Thanks, Nena.
* InsaneTrollLogic: [[Manga/{{Bleach}} ISSHIN]], to everyone's grief.
* InstantSedation: Mamma drugged Isako with a sedative because she wouldn't sleep otherwise; she took ''half'' the recommended dose and still fell asleep. Man, Isako was tired.
* InterfaceSpoiler: Bradley was not removed from the crew list when he was presumed dead; he wasn't dead. Similarly, an observer might have thought that Edgeworth was being written out of the story like so many other characters who had been PutOnABus, but he remained on the active character list, too. Subverted, though, when the crew list didn't spoil that L was going to usurp Vash as Kurt's replacement.
** The mods have pulled another fast one on us: [[spoiler:Edgeworth may have remained on the list, but that didn't mean that the person we were seeing was the ''real'' Edgeworth.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: [[{{Lunar}} Leo]] and [[TokyoMewMew Bu-ling]].
* InternalizedCategorism: Susan "Racist-tan" Ivanova was a demihuman herself. Many of the players unfamiliar with her canon weren't even aware.
* InternalReveal: Inevitable, really, with anything relating to player characters and things imported from their canons -- the entire game knew the identities of every [[TheMole Mole]] long before the other characters suspected. That doesn't mean there's no suspense, though, and there are certainly still plenty of [[WhamEpisode shocks]].
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Canon examples are used, and you ''bet'' they're lampshaded, too.
-->'''Watanuki:''' You have an ''introduction speech!'' Who honestly and unironically ''actually has an introduction speech!? And why does it have to include [[SomethingAboutARose throwing around]] [[PetalPower stupid petals]] that leave blue stains everywhere when you step on them and wilt and leave a ridiculous mess!?''
-->'''Kurumi:''' Hey! [[GenreSavvy All great heroes have introduction speeches!]]
* IntoxicationEnsues: Parties and pity parties both.
* InVinoVeritas: When they all got drunk at the ''Convoy's'' party, Prime became emotional and gave a RousingSpeech to his crew over the network, Milk flitted between carelessly revealing her long-held secret worries and rambling on about skyfish, and Beat was... Beat, but worse.
* InvoluntaryGroupSplit: Beat, Greed, and Winry falling off the ''4423'' before the Lunasa bombings; Pip and Greed falling off the ''4423'' again and ending up on the ''Fiertia''; the five ships closing and the cast splitting off into three new ships.
* IronicEcho: [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/437202.html?thread=15870418#t15870418 This]] to [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/353400.html?thread=12311672#t12311672 this]], although it's cut short when [[{{Tsundere}} Rose]] realizes who she's quoting [[NeverSayThatAgain and is absolutely mortified by the prospect]].
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Jean, disagreeing with Ichigo's decision to abandon the ''Way'', cites the fact that they prevented his out-of-control hollow from killing anyone and her own painful memories as a child assassin to say that Ichigo would never have been able to allow his SuperpoweredEvilSide to kill his friends.
* ItsASmallNetAfterAll: The same people just keep finding the same network posters...
* ItsPersonal: One of two ways (the other being convenience) that the more neutral-aligned and cynical ships got into plots of the good-versus-evil variety.
* IWantGrandkids: Isshin, just a tip: you're never going to get them if this keeps up. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Although it's been suggested on and off that this is his entire plan.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Joshua becomes this after a ''lot'' of character development.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Most people didn't join their ships to fight, but you won't find many of them complaining about it when they need to help people. Unless the person's name is Joshua.
* JustFriends: Several pairings fall into this, at least at the beginning.
* JustLikeRobinHood: The ''Way'' before L became captain.
* KatanasAreJustBetter / RevolversAreJustBetter: They're most likely the two most common weapons in the game.
* KickTheDog: All over the place.
* KidAppealCharacter: ...does this need explaining, considering that the game [[TransformersGenerationOne had the]] FormerTropeNamer? Referenced outright with other examples, too -- one of [[TokyoMewMew Bu-ling's]] icon keywords calls her an "obvious kid-appeal character".
* KidFromTheFuture: A few were created by the KinkMeme.
* KilledOffForReal: There's no pop-back-to-life mechanism in this one. Averted with [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Hughes]]. The player did mean for him to be dead, but someone else picked up the character right away instead, resulting in a plot of OnlyMostlyDead and shonen life-saving.
* KinkMeme: More correctly called the Ficanon Meme, since very few pieces on it are actually porn.
* KnightOfCerebus: The introduction of the ''Silvana'' came with [[CerebusSyndrome a good chunk of plot]] also lifted from ''LastExile''.
* KnowledgeBroker: One of the most valuable types of character in the game. They're often called upon to research important characters or events.
* LargeHam: [=NPCs=] and characters alike have their fair share of this.
* LastNameBasis: Rou insists upon "Hijikata" from everyone. He grows to tolerate Chii calling him by his first name, though. She's a cat, she can do what she wants.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Inevitable, given the medium.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: A number of [=NPCs=]. The rest are {{Original Character}}s or, very rarely, developed and dropped canon characters. Once apps closed for endgame, the need for Lawyer-Friendly Cameos was erased, and canon characters with some important relation to those in play were allowed to be expanded upon. (One major exception: Delphine, the BigBad of ''LastExile'', has never been a player character, but was used instead of a CaptainErsatz from the beginning.)
* LeftHanging: Many, many plot threads have been abandoned simply due to drops.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: There was one, early in the game, though it's mostly faded from sight.
* {{Lemon}} / SlashFic: [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Joshua]] loves to {{troll}} the network with awful porn written about other characters in the game.
* LethalJokeCharacter: [[YesPrecure5 Milky Rose]] isn't a real MagicalGirlWarrior in this one; she runs off to change into her overly frilly uniform, has to hold onto her long wig in the wind, and stains the washbasins dyeing her blue rose petals. Along with her canon weakness of [[ShapeshifterModeLock being forced back into mascot form]] after draining her energy, since she doesn't transform, she also turns back into a mascot whenever she's knocked to the floor or into a wall even as Milky Rose. Despite all this ridiculousness and the {{Weaksauce Weakness}}es, she's nearly as strong as her canon counterpart -- "nearly" because she had to be nerfed.
* LetsGetDangerous: For all the comic relief characters and trolls, there is plenty of this. A good example would be one of the game's best trolls, [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Isshin]].
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Not just Watanuki and Ichigo, but Watanuki and just about everyone.
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: [[Manga/XxxHOLiC Yuuko's]], of course. It figures prominently in many characters' backstories.
* LizardFolk: NPC Li Fei Wang.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Self-explanatory. Fortunately, since they're [[CastHerd divided into three separate airship crews]], it's not as overwhelming as most games of the same size.
* LostForever: Some characters, upon dropping, deleted or screened their TST-related posts. This is a terrible and lamentable occasion for those who like to read over their old threads and logs, which is nearly everyone.
* LoveConfession: A good number of them across the game, in some form or another. [[spoiler:One of the last ones would be when Pip finally conveys to Erza his feelings to her after the near end-of-the-world.]]
* LoveDodecahedron: Isshin's impression of Ichigo's love life, which he proudly shares with the world. [[ChasteHero The]] [[ObliviousToLove reality]], [[JustFriends however]]...
* LoveObstructingParents: Hello, Isshin, how are you today?
* LoveRedeems: For years now, Joshua has been pulling out all the stops to [[DefiedTrope prevent this from happening to him]], but it seems to be happening anyway.
* MacGuffinEscortMission: Mew, the fear gas, Prince Humperdinck... it happens a lot. Subverted when the ''Convoy'' had to escort Caulcher and his priceless items to Kropmork; [[spoiler:his stuff ''wasn't'' as important as players and characters had been led to believe, and was in fact a RedHerring allowing him to creep around the ship and steal Optimus Prime's body.]]
* MadLibFantasyTitle
* MagicAIsMagicA: It's unclear whether this is averted or played straight; there are many different systems of magic and variations upon magic, but most to all of them have a lot of things in common.
* MagicByAnyOtherName: Zig-zagged -- [[VideoGame/{{MOTHER}} PSI]] (and, for that matter, [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the power of destruction]]) is established as something separate and different from magic, but in the end still works like this.
* MamaBear / PapaWolf: ''Many'' characters have their maternal or paternal instincts kick in like an adrenaline rush whenever the youngest crewmates are in danger. Grita, in particular, learned this the hard way.
* [[GoldFever Mana Crystal Fever]]: The town of Shashta.
* ManlyMenCanHunt: [[CrackFic Ichigo Kurosaki, Dinosaur Hunter!]] Inside jokes and KinkMeme requests, yes, but still related to the game even if it isn't canon.
* MarkedChange: Illya, every Long Night.
* MarthDebutedInSmashBros: This game had a very good track record of enabling fellow players into watching, playing, or reading things they'd never bothered to see before.
* Mascot: Self-proclaimed mascots, even, based on two of the game's most fond creatures: Chance the Sky Whale and Gambit the Sky Shark. They can be seen on the [[http://saltybirds.livejournal.com/8999.html Ship Tracker]] page.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Holly and Doc, respectively.
* MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover: Of course.
* MauveShirt: Various [=NPCs=] the players have grown attached to.
* MementoMacGuffin: Sara keeps her musical pendant for a great deal longer than she does in canon. For lack of an Isabella to steal it out of spite, it's instead stolen by ''Gin'' to add to his pile of dog-kicking moments -- and, unlike in canon, she does eventually get it back.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Only one female PC died, and she almost didn't.
* MillionToOneChance: Subverted awfully. There was no possible way that [[spoiler:the ''Convoy'' could have stopped the Hegua Lake explosion in time,]] but burning shounen spirit can solve everything, right? ...right?
* MissionBriefing: Captains and First Mates frequently give these to the crew to signal the start of a plot.
* MistakenForTerrorist: When the ''4423'' was framed for the poisoning of Doma, [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Beat]] was separated from his shipmates and living on the ''Way''. He was treated with suspicion by a few crewmembers because of this, although he did have someone vouching for him.
* MisterMuffykins: The Convoy was hired to help rescue a [=CEO's=] "little girl" named Lydia from a group of vampire kidnappers. It wasn't until they confronted the vampires directly that it was revealed... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Lydia is actually his little yappy dog pet]].
* MoeAnthropomorphism: The muns have created ship-tans, and the ''Way'' once put on a play about country-tans as a parody of ''AxisPowersHetalia''.
* TheMole: By necessity, every PC villain.
* MomentKiller: Arguably the best examples would be with [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Joshua]] and [[VideoGame/{{MOTHER}} Ness]], who have had this interrupt their private time multiple times. One involved Joshua getting suplexed by Ness's older brother, [[{{Pokemon}} Red]].
* MonsterSobStory: Any Villain + Antrim Plot = this. Low Key's experience especially.
* MonstrosityEqualsWeakness: ''Strongly'' averted, though the main villains are all either human or easily able to pass for such.
* MonumentalDamage: Blowing up the Ivonian House of Parliament.
* MoodWhiplash: Look at the order the events come in...
* MoralityPet: [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Hijikata Toshirou]] has collected a number of animals and animal-like characters attaching onto him without his permission. [[ChisSweetHome Chii]] is the most prominent, but he also has his own [[{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]] and, pre-hiatus, a [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss rappig]].
* MoreHeroThanThou: Mhm, it happens, and way too often at that.
* MultinationalTeam: Pretty much every ship, ''including'' the ''Vicky'' and ''4423'' due to the game's disproportionate number of expatriates.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Numerous characters, to one of the setting's nations.
* MythologyGag: Many references are made to the characters' own canons, including throwaway jokes about things that never actually happened in TST, composite backstories, and echoes of key lines and speeches.
* NamesTheSame: Can get somewhat confusing, especially with surnames and EveryoneIsRelated. [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Hijikata Toshirou]] and [[PeacemakerKurogane Hijikata Toshizou]] were related, but [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kurosaki Ichigo]] and [[YamiNoMatsuei Kurosaki Hisoka]] are not.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: Denouement, the game's BigBad group. To add to the OhCrap factor, they're run by [[LastExile Delphine Eraclea]] and tied inextricably with [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid the Philosophers]].
* NearDeathExperience: [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Yosuke]], who until now still believes that he really ''did'' die - though you really can't fault him, since he did take a knife to the heart. Good thing [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Inoue]] happened to be with him at that time....
* NeutralNoLonger: Most of the ''Way'' reacted like this when von Karma planned to destroy Isako and her crew while the ''4423'' was defenseless. The way things turned out, though, left all three ships far too busy to fight.
* NewsMonopoly: Often, every news station and newspaper is saying the exact same thing.
* NiceHat: It's a SteamPunk game with [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Jägers]]. Not having some of these would be downright criminal.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The crew of the ''Silvana's'' involvement in the death of Ivona's president.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Who brought Wang Li Fei out of hiding and beat him in a fight so ''Serenity'' could interrogate him? [[TykeBomb Kaoru]], operating on too little knowledge and too much apathy.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: You want it, ''TST'' had it, adapted for the setting, of course.
* NoDelaysForTheWicked: Subverted. Villains aboard a ship that's having trouble tend to go through that trouble as well, and if they ''caused'' it, they have to find their own way out (for example, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] framing a WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder CaptainErsatz NPC for poisoning Doma).
* NonActionSnarker: Watanuki, though he later receives basic self-defense training.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted with Anko's pregnancy scare because she was late.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Usually averted, as most injured characters are pulled out of the action and handed over to the medics. However, there have been a few instances where characters survived through pure willpower.
** And then brought to reality by one of the muns after a case of acute appendicitis which was discovered very late by the doctors. [[ActorAllusion Actor Allusions]] indeed.
* NoSocialSkills: L's CharacterDevelopment involved slowly learning them.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Characters are described occasionally as having accents from their home countries (until they've been travelling so long that the accent begins to fade), but nobody has figured out how certain accents sound and, unless the character canonically has a different accent from hir canonmates, nobody [[FunetikAksent types them out]]. During her brief stint at the game, [[YesPrecure5 Karen]] was mistaken for Ivonian due to [[LonelyRichKid her personality]] [[SlobsVersusSnobs and appearance]], to which she replied that her Erealian accent must have weakened after spending a year on the mainland.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Both the ''Silvana'' and the ''Convoy'', the ships specifically aware of and in opposition to Denouement, have had crew members like this.
* ObliviousToLove: So common it's painful.
* OCStandIn: Outright banned by the game.
* OddFriendship: Why are [[{{Gundam00}} Nena Trinity]], [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Hinamori Momo]] and [[SoukouNoStrain Sara Werec]] friends? ''Why are they not trying to kill each other?'' [[MST3KMantra Who cares?]]
* OfCorsetsSexy: Many of the women wear them, either as undergarments or as fashion statements.
* OffscreenBreakup: A few pairings that are pulled apart when one of the participants drops; most famously, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]] and [[KingdomHearts Riku]] [[TheOtherDarrin the First]].
* OhAndXDies: A few muns have let slip plans to kill off their characters in the finale.
* OhCrap: The enemy [=NPCs=] should really [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/394666.html?thread=14444458#t14444458 learn]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/430063.html?thread=15851503#t15851503 who]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/430063.html?thread=15681519#t15681519 they're]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/467146.html?thread=17205962#t17205962 up]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/554623.html?thread=21671551#t21671551 against]].
** It [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/454212.html?thread=16622404#t16622404 happens to the [=PCs=], too]].
** Sometimes [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytides/577072.html?thread=23131440#t23131440 against other PCs]].
* OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs: '''''Thank you, Joshua.'''''
* OlderThanTheyLook: A fair number of characters have been aged up from their canon ages for the game for some reason or another, usually either because they don't look their age or to avert the ubiquitous AdultsAreUseless and KidHero tropes.
* OldFriend: There can never be too many.
* OminousFog: Antrim.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: It seems like this sometimes...
* OneMarioLimit: Whenever characters not in the game who share names with characters who are get mentioned, mass confusion erupts among the muns. One of the oldest examples is Momomiya Ichigo from ''TokyoMewMew'', especially now that TST actually has a ''Toumyuu'' character (though it's Bu-ling, not Ichigo).
* OnlySaneEmployee: The few responsible adults of the ''Way''.
* OnlySaneMan: Some of the crew members, mostly when they are forced to put up with their much crazier (co-)workers.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Delphine by definition.
* OriginalCharacter: Many important [=NPCs=].
* TheOtherDarrin: Some characters keep the history and relationships despite passing to another player. [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Hughes]] is the best example.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They can turn into humans, and in their spare time, they heat up hot springs.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: The first was a President Target, the second a President Scheming.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: It's commonly joked that ''TST'' is a shounen anime, and memes tend to lampshade that such series have people bleeding half their blood and surviving. Which would explain why the game went with only one PC death until the endgame plot...
* PaletteSwap: von Karma's idea of "camouflage" is... wearing the exact same thing he usually does, only in grey.
* ParasolOfPrettiness
* PassFail: Many demihuman characters who can pass do, at least to people who don't know them.
** AmbiguouslyHuman
* PassingTheTorch: In a sense, the transition from the old ships to the new ships, with captains and crew changing accordingly.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Invoked, then double subverted with the Nahk team during the satyr plot. Angua deadpanned "flying swordfish" to the guard before attacking him. His response: "How did you know--!?"
* PatrickStewartSpeech: One of the most common sources of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome or CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
-->'''Ichigo:''' 'Couldn't find it within yourself'? Listen, Dad. If there's one thing I've learned since I left home, it's that sometimes, you've got to let people in. It isn't easy, and a lot of times, you let them in deeper than you think you want, but in the end? It's what you need, because those people are the ones who'll be there for you when it counts. I'm not telling you to spill everything to the next guy you meet. That's not what I mean. What I'm saying is... if you've got someone you can trust... then it's okay to tell them things, because if you don't, they won't be able to support you when you need them. Handling it by yourself is all well and good. It's important that you can do that. But just because you can doesn't mean you have to.
* PeaceConference: One occurred in Kropmork near the beginning of the game. Considering that these events marked CerebusSyndrome and are now referred to as "the Kropmork assassinations", you should be able to figure out the result...
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: Implied with Holly.
* PerfectHealth: Either you never get so much as a cold or you're dying from TB.
* PersonalEffectsReveal: Cruelly twisted when Gin kills Jean Morris and anonymously auctions off his stuff.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Numerous underground experiments have been trying to create them, usually from abandoned children. Sometimes, this has succeeded.
* PhysicalGod: Lots of them were brought in post-hiatus. They've been officially explained away as "not ''really'' gods, just long-lived and very powerful"... [[HandWave or something like that.]]
* PirateBooty
* PirateGirl: Isako and much of her crew.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Usually averted; many events have the ships' crews do their actual jobs. A bit ironic, given how many references the game makes to the TropeNamer.
* PityTheKidnapper: Taking Isako along with the stolen Lunasa presents may have been the dumbest thing Doc and Holly ever did.
* PlayingWithSyringes: There are a number of escaped lab rat children on the ships... as well as [[TykeBomb those let out on purpose]].
* PlotMagnet: Every ship seems to have one of these strapped to it somewhere. It doesn't matter if they were hired to deliver cargo or were just landing in town to buy supplies: before they leave port for their next destination, there ''will'' be a large plot that the crew is inevitably roped into.
** Unless, of course, they landed in [[HotSpringsEpisode Licere]].
*** January 17th, 2011: [[TemptingFate You just had to say that, didn't you?]]
* PluckyMiddie: Pick any cabin boy/girl, except perhaps [[CreepyChild Kaoru]].
* PoliticalCartoon: They've been mentioned to exist in the setting, usually making fun of von Karma.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: App regulations have always dampened the powers of anyone canonically strong enough to solo a sky whale or destroy an airship.
* PowerCrystal: Mana crystals are often used this way.
* ThePowerOfActing: Surprisingly averted. Though the ''Way'' was the first Shounen Ship, it got that way because much of its crew [[IKnowKarate just happened to know how to fight]], this having nothing to do with their main business.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PowerTrio: The original three ships and the three post-hiatus ships. It carries over to the characters, too -- look how much overlap there is between the sets!
** '''Ego:''' the ''Winding Way'', the ''Convoy''
** '''Superego:''' the ''Victoria II'', the ''Amestris''
** '''Id:''' the ''4423'', ''Serenity''
* PretextForWar: Denouement practically ''manufactures'' these. The war hasn't happened yet, but after successful operations like the Kropmork assassinations, the Lunasa bombings, and the poisoning of Doma, it seems like it's only a matter of time.
** As the ending approaches, [[http://tidesnpc.livejournal.com/9690.html it gets worse.]]
* PrimalScene: [[FanNickname Rou]] walked in on both [[FanNickname Zou]] and Angel multiple times as a child, to the point where he just got sick of it -- only to be scarred again upon seeing them ''together''.
* PsychoForHire: The unnamed substitutes for Team Fail, who actually do their job well and dream of torturing their pathetic counterparts to death.
* PurelyAestheticEra: While the overall style of the setting is Victorian-esque, the game is quite accepting of elements that wouldn't normally fit, even with the allowances typically made for steampunk. For example, the "difference engines" used for communication are essentially simplified laptops, running on technology too advanced to be handwaved as steam or clockwork. Weaponry from any period up to roughly [[WorldWarOne WWI]] is fair game. And then there's modern things that snuck their way in for comedy purposes, like the Sky Love Hotel...
* PutOnABus: Inevitable when characters in the game drop for some reason or another. A few are removed through [[BusCrash crueler methods]], but usually only for comedy... fried squid, anyone?
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Many characters, particularly Rikku, express a wish to reunite the crew of the ''Way'' throughout the course of "season three". Once he joins the ''Convoy'', Ichigo promises to do just that someday.
* RaceForYourLove: L had to go after Vash when the latter decided to abandon the ''Way'' for everyone's safety, and, as much as a pairing like this has to be accompanied by many disclaimers of ItMakesSenseInContext, it ended up turning out something like this.
* RacistGrandma: NPC Dear Lorena.
* RandomEventsPlot: At first.
* RazorFloss: The WeaponOfChoice of Diego, one of Grita's followers.
* ReallyGetsAround: If the character's not an incredibly awkward ChasteHero (or a [[DoggedNiceGuy reluctant one]]), odds are they're this.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: In agreement with the world history, characters can only be really ''five'' hundred years old or younger, but there are a few of them out there.
* RedHerring: Some plots start out like this; for example, the hunt for the Golden Fleece was a red herring and quickly left unsolved when the Grita plot took over. In a recent example, the mods encouraged a player theory that, due to one of the [=NPCs=] being named Jade, the related plot would be a WholePlotReference to ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. This was ''not'' what happened.
* RedOniBlueOni: Some of the characters have this going on between them, be it due to canon, CharacterDevelopment, developing relationships between characters in the game, or otherwise.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Considering that the third and final part of the story introduced {{Physical God}}s and wove them tightly into the plot, it's no surprise that [[spoiler:the final MacGuffin is an airship called the ''Ymir''.]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: Happens a lot due to backstories being altered to accommodate new characters.
* TheRuinsICaused: The ''Convoy'' overlooked [[spoiler:the place that the Hegua Lake area used to be]] from the air after they arrived too late.
* {{Retcon}}: NPC Grita was initially called Grita de Estrella. However, the NPC section of the wiki, written later, calls her "Grita Repulsive", playing up the {{expy}} relationship between her and [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers her PB]]. Her castle also went from "Caer Stella" to "Caer Estrella".
* ResignationsNotAccepted: ''Highly'' implied with Denouement, and made outright canon in the conversations Hiruma leaks to the world.
* RiggedContest: Used and subverted with the Gearship Motors Plane Races. As part of a convoluted plan, a good number of characters, mostly ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' villains, rigged the bets and sabotaged planes so that [[SoukouNoStrain Sara]] would win, unbeknownst to Sara herself. However, in the end, ''[[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kensei]]'' won -- in a plane that was falling apart from the aforementioned sabotage, no less -- and Sara got ninth.
* RighteousRabbit: ''Milk'' certainly seems to think this about herself, constantly going on about how she's a great hero, though she spends less and less time in her original bunny form as time goes on (as in canon).
* TheRival: Looking right at you here, [[{{Pokemon}} Green]]. Of course, there are other characters who have this going on as well.
* RomanceOnTheSet: An inordinate amount of players are in relationships with one another.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Poor Hana. He did finally end up with Haruhi, though.
* RoofHopping: How the ''4423'' and ''Way'' chased down Team Fail to save Mew while their pilots attacked from the air.
* RoyalBlood: The monarchs of Erealia have way too many children, a fact put into place for the benefit of canon royals.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: There are some in Kagatau. Subverted when the ''Convoy'' went to save Jade's friends; one ritual was taking place in the mysterious ruins... of Caer Estrella, which had been destroyed on-screen a year and a quarter prior.
* RuleOfCool: Recently, several players agreed that ship captains should be allowed to do weddings, [[ArtisticLicense even if that's not actually true in real life]], because it would mean that characters could hypothetically be married by [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]]. And that's only one of many instances where this trope has been deliberately invoked.
* RuleOfFunny: Generally, for all but the most serious of plots, you can bet that for any mission the captain is going to "randomly" assign teams based on which characters are most likely to drive each other insane.
* RunningGag: Isshin giving TheTalk to the network.
** Kurumi's ACupAngst. More to the point, other people rubbing it in.
** Edgeworth being [[ObliviousToLove completely oblivious]] to Rou's obvious crush.
** Silvana meatloaf.
** [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What happened to the vase?]]
** Imported from canon, Othar falling to certain death only to show up later completely fine. He once fell right out of a game of Truth or Dare Dice.
** The universe is conspiring against Joshua and Ness, almost to the point of CantHaveSexEver.
** In real life, the muns ''still'' wish each other a happy Lunasa (and occasionally Long Night or Amicus) when the day rolls around, even though the game ended in 2011. Much of this is to the bewilderment of people who weren't in the game.
* SalvagePirates: Magentabeard attacked the ''Way'' while they were down in the middle of the Badlands.
* SaveThePrincess: Lots of quests are like this, one involving an actual prince.
* SavingChristmas: ThoseTwoBadGuys once tried to steal the local equivalent of Valentine's Day, failed, and then tried it again with the Christmas counterpart.
* SayMyName: It took ''years'' for Hijikata to even use Edgeworth's ''last'' name, or anything besides "idiot" and other insults.
* ScarsAreForever: Pick any character. Compare the TST version and the canon version. This is the number one way that you can tell the two apart.
* SceneryGorn: If the players failed to prevent a disaster, this is what the mods punished them with in the reaction log.
** Antrim had shades of this, too, but it's ''Antrim.''
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The ''4423'' allowing Mew to escape after handing it over, and the ''Fiertia'' getting rid of the fear gas.
* SelfDeprecation: Occasionally invoked in the ''Fanwriter-tan's Anime Blog'' feature, where players' AU personae mock their own characters in the comments. Fanwriter-tan also occasionally badmouths the mun's own characters in the main article. ("Shut up, Kaoru, we all know you're evil.")
* SeriesHiatus: The mods put the entire game on hiatus for about two months. Pretty much everyone was in agreement that both mods and players alike needed the break.
* SexSells: Near the end of the game, Hiruma gets the word out about [[spoiler:the Denouement agents' conversations, which he's leaking from the Dark Fall guards' supercomputer,]] by advertising them as porn so people will look.
* ShaggyDogStory: The search for the Golden Fleece, which was set up as a decoy for the Grita plot.
* ShipperOnDeck: Literally! There are some characters who will pick up on {{UST}} between their crewmates and start shipping it as much as the players do.
* ShockValueRelationship: Joshua has attempted to convince himself and others that he's only doing this, but he really does love Ness, and he slowly comes to terms with this fact.
* ShotgunWedding: Vash tried to force one between Hana and Haruhi after he heard Illya teasing the two and took it seriously. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It was glorious.]]
* ShowgirlSkirt: Not as common as other wardrobe pieces, but Mamma did host a burlesque show once.
* ShowWithinAShow: Several, most of which are either on the radio or being performed on stage. ''[[Franchise/AceAttorney Steel Samurai]]'' was adopted into the setting early, for example, and has remained one of the most popular ever since.
* ShroudedInMyth: Milk keeps trying to be this, but she keeps coming across people who have never heard of her, which irritates her to no end. When she hears rumours she thought were about her and realizes they were actually about Utena, who ''wasn't'' consciously trying to gain fame, Milk immediately declares Utena a Milky Rose impersonator.
* SiblingTeam: Averted in many cases where there was one in canon; for example, [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Ed and Al]] were on different ships when they were in the game, and [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Kaoru]] is operating without Michiru, though they're stated to have been partners (even if Michiru is referred to only as "Bright" because of app openness rules). The reverse is true, though, too: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Reno]] and [[KingdomHearts Axel]] were twins and worked together.
** Then of course there is the inverted case of [[Manga/GinTama Hijikata]] and [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Roy]], who while work on the same ship, haven't really worked together at all (and one of them would rather keep it that way; three guesses as to who it is, and the first two don't count).
* SiblingYinYang: Ness and Red, Rou and Roy, Reno and Axel to a point.
* SignatureMove: Most of them are ported from canon.
* SignificantBirthdate: Though it isn't significant in the setting, Christmas is popular, especially for the characters who are at least partially Jesus metaphors in their canons (collectively referred to as "the Jesii").
* SissyVillain: Holly, half of [[TerribleTrio Team Fail]].
* TheSkyIsAnOcean: The basis of the game.
* SkyPirates: The game is best known for its inclusion of sky pirates as [=PCs=] and [=NPCs=], though there ''is'' a lot more to the setting than that.
* SkySurfing: Pretty much takes the place of skateboarding in-world. [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Beat]] is especially attached to his air-board, as is [[KingdomHearts Roxas]], though a few other characters have them too.
* SleepCute: Look at Ness attaching onto Joshua in his sleep and tell me that isn't adorable. Or, for that matter, Joshua attaching onto Ness.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: The game jumps this way and that across the scale, never settling into one place.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Vohemar and Ivona.
* SmallTownBoredom: Yosuke's backstory.
* SnowballFight: In August.
* SoleSurvivor: Ichigo for the ''Amadeus'', except...
** ThereIsAnother: Utena.
* SonOfAWhore: A common backstory trait for people from Kropmork. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Reno]] and [[KingdomHearts Axel]], [[OnePiece Luffy]], [[{{Persona3}} Shinjiro]]...
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The same villain organization has been around the whole time, but as their motives have slowly been revealed, their goal to create a PretextForWar has gone from "for our own amusement/because we have to" to "so we can profit from black-market weapon sales" to "so we can destroy civilization" to "so we can cause enough death and suffering to set off TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt". Of course, different individual villains want different things...
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Minato]]'s near-death experience is deliberately set up to resemble his HeroicSacrifice in his own canon. He is then punched in the face (by [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Souji]], no less) for not caring enough about his life.
* SplitPersonality: [[ReBoot Hexadecimal]], so damn much, as in canon.
* SomethingAboutARose: Denouement's symbol is a stylized red rose. On the blue side of things, there's [[YesPrecure5 Milky Rose]] and her PetalPower, played as much for comedy as for dramatic effect. [[RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]], being post-canon, is pinged by both of these (and any roses used as somebody's symbol) to the point of past trauma.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: That one plot where the Winding Way went to Candy Mountain.
* SpaceWhale: Sky Whales.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Denouement is occasionally referred to as "Denouncement", usually by people who don't know that "denouement" is [[{{Denouement}} an actual word]], and even the mod team can't agree on whether the capital of Ivona is Bellcius or Bellicus.
* SpotTheImposter: The crew of the ''Way'' had to do this during the [[{{Trigun}} Puppetmaster plot]].
* SpyVersusSpy: It's going on between Ivona and Vohemar, but it's rarely brought into play (save for Ocelot [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder doing what he does best]]).
* StealthPun: The underground market's name? Boston. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Boston Market is the name of a restaurant.[[/labelnote]]
* SteamPunk: Right in the description.
* StockUnderwear: Panties seem to exist alongside drawers in anachronistic harmony.
* StormingTheCastle: Literally with Caer Estrella.
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Developments up to and especially including [[spoiler:Hiruma's hacking the supercomputer.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: Not the most common way that things are destroyed -- that would be "crumbling apart and falling into the abyss" -- but what happened to the Ivonian Parliament fits.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Most notably, [[{{Lunar}} Jean]]. She's not a magic user in the strictest sense, but through training she's learned how to inflict StandardStatusEffects through a type of MagicDance, and how to use KiAttacks like [[KamehameHadoken Hadouken]].
* SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious: Watanuki, as in canon, and you can bet that it's a very big problem for him and everyone else around him.
* SupremeChef: The cooks usually tend towards this. When they're not, they're {{Lethal Chef}}s.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Hi, Ness. Hi, Joshua.
* SweetTooth: The Winding Way was infamous for attracting these. Between that, and the fact that [[Manga/DeathNote L]] was the captain, it's hardly any wonder why the ship took a trip to Candy Mountain...
* TakingTheBullet: Watanuki throws himself in front of Ichigo during the attack before the plane races. This becomes a major turning point in both their character arcs.
* [[TeasingCreator Teasing Mod Team]]
* TheTalk: Isshin enjoys giving it to the entire network. Taiga and Zeetha also gave it to the younger people on the ''Way'' after the network exploded with a sex survey.
* TangledFamilyTree: When EveryoneIsRelated, this is what you get...
* [[TaughtByTelevision Taught By Radio]]: Milk modelled the Milky Rose persona off ''Steel Samurai'' and related shows.
* TerribleTrio: Well, terrible ''duo'' in this case.
* ThemedHarem: It's been joked nearly since the beginning of the game that the Jesii, past and present, compose Ness' harem. Except maybe Illya, for [[{{Lolicon}} obvious reasons]].
* ThemeMusicPowerup: Assumed and sometimes actually invoked when muns link music in logs.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Or psych evaluations, for that matter. Just look at those crew lists.
* TheyWalkAmongUs
* [[ThisBedOfRoses This Bed of Rose's]]: When the ''Convoy'' was stolen, [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Mamma Gkika]] got in touch with some of her connections in Kropmork to offer the displaced places to stay... and most of those places were brothels.
* ThreeAmigos: Ichigo as the hero, Watanuki as the silly love interest, and Rikku as the sensible best friend (requiring a GenderFlip for one or two roles).
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]] recovering from her injuries, sustained during the Lunasa bombings, and discarding her leg braces.
* TheTimeOfMyths: The world before there was life on Reial. Nobody even knows if there ''was'' a world before, and in 500 years of civilization, all evidence either way has been washed away, leaving only stories.
* ToAbsentFriends: The ''Convoy'' had a variation for [[spoiler:the victims of the Hegua Lake explosion]].
* TokenEvilTeammate: ''Serenity'' has a number of them: [[{{Eyeshield21}} Hiruma]], their portion of the ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' cast, and, to a lesser extent, the actual villains hanging around.
* TokenGoodTeammate: The ''4423'', on the other hand, often had ''too many'' of these.
* TookALevelInBadass: Many characters due to CharacterDevelopment, but the most notable example would be [[{{Hellsing}} Pip Bernadette]], who started out as very much a mercenary-type to spy on the captain of the ''4423'' and ended up being the somewhat heroic (with cases of DeadpanSnarker''/''OnlySaneMan due to the crew) First Mate to [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] himself onboard the ''Convoy''.
* ToylessToyLineCharacter: In the alternate reality explored by the "Fanwriter-tan's Anime Blog" feature, Rou, despite all his screentime, has very little merchandise.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Besides all the canon ones, [[Franchise/AceAttorney Manfred von Karma]] seems to have a thing for [=BLTs=]. ''Perfect'' [=BLTs=], that is.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One of the muns wrote [[http://community.livejournal.com/theskytits/111623.html a season three trailer]] during the hiatus. It spoils the nature of [[spoiler:Bradley's eye]], which is not only a spoiler in [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the character's own canon]] but took an entire year after the trailer's writing to be brought to the front in-story.
** NeverTrustATrailer: That obviously-evil flying monster in the trailer is most likely not going to feature in the finale, though. [[spoiler:We got something else instead.]]
** MissingTrailerScene: Obviously, especially with the inclusion of a since-dropped character in endgame scenes.
* {{Troll}}: [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Joshua]], [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Isshin]], [[{{Eyeshield21}} Hiruma]], and to a lesser extent, [[{{Gundam00}} Nena]] all enjoy trolling the network.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: They're a very common log type, and some characters just seem to ''collect'' them.
* TrustPassword: Millie banks on [[spoiler:the real Edgeworth]] ''forgetting'' the thing only he would know.
* {{Tsundere}}: There are just so, so many. Also see {{Kuudere}}, {{Yandere}}, and just about all the other deres.
* TurbineBlender: Poor, poor [[{{NPC}} Jean Morris]]. [[spoiler:It's threatened again in Low Key's interrogation, but he manages to get away -- though not without [[OhCrap panicking]].]]
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: [[spoiler:Bradley and Ocelot]] do this while still remaining villains, when [[spoiler:Denouement begins to split between those who want to destroy the continent and those who just want to start another war.]]
* TwistedChristmas: The Lunasa bombings.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: Most villains have this to some degree, but if the villain in question is a player character belonging to one of the mods, it's ''guaranteed''.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Hijikata Toshirou, Adachi Tohru, and Angel Starr made a very strange version of this.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: At ''least'' a few lines per ship.
* {{Tykebomb}}: '''Half the villains'''.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Grita really had no idea she would be up against when she had her minions kidnap members of the Winding Way.
* UnderTheMistletoe: Well, in this setting, it's blackberries.
* UnflappableGuardian: Hughes was one to the ''Way'', his own personal weirdness aside.
* UnfortunateNames: [[SoukouNoStrain Ram-Dass]] will never not be funny.
* TheUnfought: Double subverted with [[spoiler:Maestro Delphine]]. With villain duty going to Low Key and Bradley during the "third season", the players didn't hear a word from or about [[spoiler:her]] the entire time, [[spoiler:up until the very last plot of the game, when many had already thought she would be forgotten. Her return and the revelation of what exactly she wanted and why brought her back in full force as an enemy.]] But then? [[spoiler:She was killed ''offscreen''. By ''nameless [=NPCs=]''. Need I mention that almost three years' worth of story had set her up as the final boss?]]
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Quite averted. When Hex trashed the ''Convoy'', many of its inhabitants either had only the clothes they were wearing at the time or had to salvage only a few pieces.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[PeacemakerKurogane Okita Souji]] is often mistaken for female. Revealing that he's a guy shocks people every time.
* UnwittingPawn: Gin had plenty, and his successors have gathered their own. Technically, the entire crew of the ''Ammy'' is composed of Bradley's.
* UnusualEuphemism: As told by one [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Seta Souji]] to explain the EveryoneIsBi situation - 'peanut butter cups'.
* UpperClassTwit: Lots of Erealian nobles and Ivonian bureaucrats and politicians are treated this way. On the other hand, a lot of them are quite competent.
* UselessBoyfriend: Consciously inverted. When a useless guy gets into a relationship, his partner usually ends up training him to fight, rather than having a competent guy be overshadowed and become useless.
* VacationEpisode: It's never plot in Licere. Except when it is.
* VanishingVillage: Candy Mountain appears like this, though a compass exists that can lead people to it wherever and whenever it happens to be. However, you can't get stuck there -- well, unless the cultists get you or something.
* VetinariJobSecurity: Whenever Vash was put in charge of the ''Way'', everything went terribly and hilariously wrong.
* ViceCity: Kropmork.
* VideoGameCaringPotential''/''VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Often, the playerbase's actions decided whether certain [=NPCs=] lived or died.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: A lot of the worldbuilding involves obscure references from ancient cultures.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Averted in some cases, especially in the case of the ''Convoy'' during the [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Sparklepire]] plot.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Watanuki and Ichigo [[LyingCreator officially]]. The muns kept [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial denying]] that the dynamic was BelligerentSexualTension in order to increase the shock of the RelationshipUpgrade.
* VulgarHumor: Hiruma ''lives'' on jokes that offend people.
* WalkingTheEarth: Some characters ended up spending the hiatus doing this.
* WaifFu: Half of the small, young (or young-looking) girls in the game are capable of punching out full-grown soldiers.
* WalkThePlank: Frequently threatened by Isako.
* WeaponOfChoice: So common that one of the ships now even has a "Weapon Master" position, and those who hold it divide their work up.
* WeddingsForEveryone: Engagements, anyway. One couple was to be married on the ship in the middle of the finale, but sadly, that did not work out.
* WelcomeEpisode: The beginning of the game and the start after the timeskip both had new characters joining up with established crews to facilitate lots of introductions.
* WeReallyDoCare: When Hanatarou and Haruhi had a fight, Haruhi nearly left the ''Way'', but for the rest of the crew catching her before the ship landed and showing her that they did care.
* WhamEpisode: Too, too many.
** The Kropmork assassinations.
** The Lunasa bombings.
** The poisoning of Doma, at least for the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI canonblind]]. To the canon-familiar players' credit, they all kept their mouths shut.
** The blaming of Joseph Falls for the President's death, which rocketed Wilsborough up past Dear Lorena to Most Hated NPC.
** The decommissioning of all five ships, though there was warning given.
** The theft of the ''Convoy''.
** Probably the most shocking: ''HOLY CRAP, ICHIWATA IS '''[[RelationshipUpgrade GAME CANON]]''' NOW!?''.
** TheReveal that [[spoiler:Edgeworth was attacked and left for dead and that any time we've seen him after he was PutOnABus was actually [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Envy]].]]
** [[spoiler:The Hegua Lake explosion actually going off.]] And after that, the endgame plot was a long series of these.
* WhamLine
** "This is an official advisory from the Bellcius Intelligence Division [BID] in regards to an individual by the name of Yoshiya Kiryuu who our records indicate has previously requested passage aboard your vessel. It is our duty to inform you that this person is currently under investigation by our department in relation to his possible involvement in several crimes in the Bellcius and Melior regions, including theft, blackmail, fraud, and murder. For the safety of your crew we request that you deny passage to this individual until the duration of our investigation is complete, and the accused is either cleared of the charges or proven guilty and tried in a court of law."
** "President Tolsade is dead. I repeat, the President is dead."
** "I've got my own agenda, and you don't fit that agenda. Joseph Falls and the Badlands, however, fit that agenda juuuuust right."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Apparently, the currently-slated ending isn't the original one, though the mods are tight-lipped on what the original ending ''was''.
** Early in the hiatus, a meme went up where players discussed who they planned to app. About half of these plans were not kept. Imagine [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]], [[{{Durarara}} Celty]], or [[ThePrincessAndTheFrog Naveen]] in TST...
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The expensive vase that the ''Way'' had to drop overboard in the Badlands. Over two years later, its mysterious fate is still brought up on occasion.
** What happened to the falling islands? (Although that's likely to have been a discarded plot thread that was going to be important after the mods changed the ending plans. That or they were [[spoiler:eaten by Jormungandr]].)
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Awesomeman Sakata, Jean and Gintoki's non-canonical KidFromTheFuture originating from a KinkMeme story, and all of his 15... 16... 30 siblings. They adopted half an orphanage somewhere along the line.
** He has a companion in Bass Bitou, who originated on Plurk but got his own KinkMeme story later on. (Bass is just a nickname, though, and Penelo put her foot down and named the rest of her children normally.)
* WhodunnitToMe: The motive behind Jean Morris' haunting of the ''Silvana''.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Lots.
* WhyDontYouMarryIt: Jokes that Ichigo is "[[CargoShip planesexual]]" have been thrown around [=OOCly=] for years. Joshua finally brought it into game canon in a failed attempt to counter-troll Isshin.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Inverted. Although she briefly associates it with her former master and quickly discards the idea before it can creep her out, Anko thinks the appearance of [[spoiler:Jormungandr]] is ''awesome''.
* WickedWitch: NPC villain Grita.
* TheWikiRule: The first one was declared an overall flop, so they introduced a new one, found [[http://theskytides.pbworks.com/ here]]. Editing is players-only.
* WillfullyWeak: Ichigo and Watanuki are given power limiter rings in the game's third year. While Watanuki wears his to keep everything that's chasing him ''away'', Ichigo uses his to seal his Hollow side.
* WindmillCrusader: The new Ivonian president chose to paint [[LastExile Alex]] as one rather than listen to him, as the truth ran counter to his political agenda. [[NoMereWindmill Of course, the players all knew the truth.]]
* WitchHunt: The town of Jinkston goes a ''little'' overboard in searching for the thief of the Golden Fleece. Subverted later when they allow the ''Way'' to leave after Grita steals the children (and various childlike adults), leaving their entire plot thread unresolved.
* WithThisRing: Okay, the rings Ichigo and Watanuki wear are meant to keep spirits away from them, but Yuuko specifically did her best to make it ''look'' like they'd gotten engaged, just to mess with them.
* WorkingWithTheEx: With Hana and Ness both doctors, the infirmary of the ''Way'' became ''very'' awkward.
* WorldInTheSky: And they don't know what's beneath the blanket of clouds.
* WouldntHurtAChild: If you're like this... good luck living.
* WrongGuyFirst: Beat and Penelo, before ending up with each other. Haine and Katsu weren't particularly "wrong", just [[RealLifeWritesThePlot written out after being dropped from the game]], but Beat and Penelo still went through the appropriate angst and moved on to the person who had been there all along.
* YouAreNumberSix: Odds are that the first name a {{tykebomb}} character can remember is a combination of letters and numbers; for example, [[{{Gundam 00}} Nena]] was 19A.
* YouCanKeepHer: [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Beat's]] plan to fake out the kidnappers of [[DennouCoil Isako]].
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Kropmork, Doma, the President's death -- and Prince Humperdinck would have likely been killed, too, considering that [[RealLifeWritesThePlot activity was floundering at the time]] and the resolution of the plot hung on ''an OOC time limit''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Besides all the blue- and silver-haired characters imported from various canons, a special mention must be made for the EnsembleDarkHorse {{NPC}} Magentabeard, a pirate whose hair was... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin yeah]].
* YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive: Count on at least one enemy saying this per plot-relevant battle-heavy event.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:That poor, poor repentant scientist.]]
* YouMeanXmas: The counterpart holidays have different customs -- decorating rocks on Christmas, for example -- and they occur at different times of the year, but they are very clearly Valentine's Day, Christmas, and Halloween.
* YoungAndInCharge: Isako.
* YouShallNotPass: In the end, [[spoiler:Optimus dies fighting Bradley so his crew can escape.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Nena and Sara have this going on in almost all their outfits, adapted for the period. One actually did wear more proper Victowardian clothing in the past and discarded it for the disguise, and the other has been forced into it in memes and fanart.

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->''"Choose a ship, declare your loyalty, and fight alongside your crew to make your dreams a reality."''