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'''''[[http://www.animecubed.com/billy/ Billy vs. SNAKEMAN]]''''' is a browser-based MMORPG by [[AwesomeMcCoolname Al McMasters]] (Eleventy Billionth [=HoCage=] in game), in which you play the star of a ninja anime (read: AffectionateParody of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'').

You start as a lowly genin, dreaming of Awesome. However, as you rise up the ninja ranks, you gain new goals that take you to the Other Side with your [[Manga/{{Bleach}} reaper friends]], to the Awesome-blasted Wasteland, to the mastermind manipulations of [[Manga/DeathNote The Trade]], to the secret reaper war of [[MonochromeFactor Monochrome Academy]], to the wage-slave purgatory of [[Anime/CodeGeass Burger Ninja]], to the [[Franchise/DotHack infinite Fields]] of the multiverse as a [[Franchise/DotHack R00t]], to the breakneck delivery routes of the Pizza Witch, and to Kaiju Island on a Hero's Quest.

The game's mechanics are based on a system of ability checks, which basically work like rolling dice. Your range is the number of sides on the dice (or rather, the largest number on the die), your strength is the die's minimum roll, and your levels are the number of dice you roll. Generally, Strength is better than Levels, which are better than Range, in an approximately 3:2:1 ratio.

There are three primary stats, Genjutsu, Ninjutsu and Taijutsu, and one secondary stat, Doujutsu (the ability to see Ninja Magic) that is only used in certain areas. There are many, many tertiary abilities like Drain (for fighting [[Franchise/DotHack The Cursed Wave]]), [[SuperRobot Piloting]], and Flipping Out [[FightingGame (Glowslinging)]].

The game can be found [[http://www.animecubed.com/billy/ online]]. Please, no editing it into a referral link.

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!!''Billy vs. SNAKEMAN'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AllYourPowersCombined
** The Quest rewards "Letter of Marque" and "Knightmare Mark 86" give all the bonuses of all the items you had to give up to complete their respective quests. The Mark 86 even maintains the PlotCoupon functionality of its components (especially important, because only one of its parts actually ''does'' anything other than be a PlotCoupon).
** As well as Combo Attacks in World Kaiju, which are gigantic monsters that the entire playerbase fights all at once. Combo attacks require a certain number of players to join in and deal increasing amounts of damage to the monster.
** A case could also be made for Villages being this.
* AnachronicOrder
** Hero's Quest takes place entirely in flashback.
** [=McM=] has joked that any order-of-events based GameplayAndStorySegregation[[note]]Such as, say, anything you do between Face to Face 2 and [[RealSoonNow Reaper's Game]].[[/note]] is a flashback.
* AmbiguousGender - The player character is referred to in the second person except when an NPC is talking about you to another NPC, in which case they refer to you as a 'they'. Additionally in the options screen, you don't choose a gender but instead choose 'What kind of Ninja you are in to'.
* AntiPoopSocking
** Players have a limited amount of stamina a day to performs actions with.
** The game structure also seems to encourage and/or enforce this; some areas simply can't be run by repeating them every day, because you'll run out of a resource (most often, money) that you need to get from elsewhere.
** This has been further enhanced by the various "mega actions", which save time by multiplying the costs of an action, but multiply the rewards at least as much, usually even more (typically x10/x11).
* ArcWords: "As a reaper in a field of wheat".
** "Dead Flower".
* ArtifactTitle: Neither Billy nor SNAKEMAN have any real part in the story anymore.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny - Your character when entering the store and seeing [[Manga/{{Bleach}} MC Stripeypants]]:
--> You: Let's see, you've got to get yourself some HOLY CRAP THOSE ARE SOME STRIPEY PANTS!
* AuthorAppeal - [=McMasters=] is a stated fan of Mahjong. Players who want to unlock some of the game's most powerful allies can expect to play tens if not hundreds of [[SarcasmMode incredibly fun hands of this wonderful game]].
** Worth noting: even [=McMasters=] has his limits, and has referred to Mahjong as "the worst place to put new content".
* AwesomeButImpractical - Some bonuses that make progression through the game easier at the cost of slowing it down (The Rack, Lil' Shammy, most of the Monochrome and Pizza Witch Jutsu), while others speed up one type of grinding at the cost of other penalties. (Timmy, EDUT, [[TheWallflower Nadeshiko]] and the Jutsu she teaches).
** [[LethalJokeCharacter Lethal Joke Bonus]] - Some AwesomeButImpractical bonuses are obtained during a part of the game that either mitigates the Impractical to nothing, or exaggerates the Awesome to mandatory (most Wasteland Jutsu, The Power of Greass, Shift to Drift)
* AxCrazy - If you put Euthanasia in a team with anyone from outside her Gameplay area, she will shoot them. In the face.
* BadassGrandpa - Triple-H. He also gets a synergy bonus when teamed up with his grandson
* BeeBeeGun - The Tiny Bee weapons. Currently comes in four flavors: Tiny Bee 2.0, Tiny Bee Rifle, Tiny Beezooka, and the original, now LostForever, Tiny Bee Pistols.
* BettingMiniGame
** All the games at the Party House to a certain extent, but especially Roulette, where you can bet permanent items.
** The Festival event provides even more of these, naturally.
* BoringButPractical
** When you start out, Clone Jutsu, one of the first attacks in the game, will solve nearly everything. This includes cleaning the litter box, catching kunai, healing an injured man, putting out fires, sewing up holes in clothes, safely taking explosives, sneaking past guards...
** When you validate your email address, you get "Basic Ninja Gear." The +1 Level bonus you get to your rolls increases the success rate of your early missions dramatically, and it's a permanent upgrade that you will never lose. Yet most players never think to validate their e-mail address until after the buff has gone from extremely handy to just handy.
* BribingYourWayToVictory
** Pains were taken to limit this to speeding up [=PvE=], but it's still present in the Karma bonuses.
** The new Referral Booster takes this even further. 10-20 bucks (depending on how in-bulk you buy Karma) and you can get what would otherwise take 50 referrals or looping to Season 44.
* BrutalBonusLevel - The Impossible Mission used to be one of these, back when Monochrome was considered endgame content. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It wasn't even possible]] when it was first added to the game[[note]]It was added before Monochrome, but required that you have beaten Monochrome[[/note]]. Nowadays, the only challenging requirement is being the leader of a mid-level or higher village at the population cap.
* CallASmeerpARabbit - In-Universe example: The Kaiju that attack villages are survivors of the losing side of The War That Shattered The World. Worldkaiju are a complete GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere that are only called that because they are giant monsters like Kaiju War Forms.
* {{Cap}} - One of the main perks of looping is improving your level cap. Obtaining certain items also increases your level cap.
* CerebusSyndrome - Everything seems silly at first, right? Get into Glowslinging or the higher ranks of the Wasteland and Monochrome, and watch the humorous parts of the world start to turn very strange. And we haven't even mentioned [[spoiler:the Jungle]].
* ChekhovsArmoury - ''Any'' throwaway detail can be brought back up later in a more substantial form, from MC Stripeypants making a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to Seasons in a HeKnowsAboutTimedHits, to the ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' reference [=McM=] put in as soon as he got home from watching the movie.
** An ''extremely'' delayed one: the Ultra Badger item. It raises your Raijutsu and Kaijutsu ranges by one each, which meant nothing when it came out. [[spoiler:Several years later, these stats are used in the Pierce The Heavens part of the Hero's Quest.]]
* CommonPlaceRare
** You don't have ''pants'' until halfway through [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Monochrome]]. Admittedly, the pants ''are'' awesome.
** You also have to travel deep into the Awesome-blasted Wastelands to get T-Shirts.
* CompositeCharacter - Several allies change what character they're an {{Expy}} of as they level up, or sometimes just for certain NPC appearances.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard - Higher difficulty levels in Mahjong and Flower Wars explicitly allow the computer players to cheat. You can cheat too, if it's not a Character Battle.
* ContestWinnerCameo:
** Two allies, Proof Reader and Tempest Kitsune, were designed by winners of lots in the UsefulNotes/ChildsPlay auction.
** Some parts of the game namedrop a random winner of The Impossible Mission. (The "Monument" Wasteland Mission, The name of a particular instance of the "Playerkai" Kaiju)
** Some IM Winners are given the opportunity to trade in their Playerkai variant for a Custom Kaiju (with individual stats/drops) as special rewards - often, but not always, for contests, raffles, etc.
** And now Robert the Sage has a Customkai for winning the [=ToraCon=] Charity Auction.
** You can sponsor the game to create a custom sponsor item that any Season 3+ player can get
** There was an offer, pay 30$ to help the game creator seal a deal to distribute a Japanese TCG in the states, everyone who bought into it got some awesome bonuses and were also put into a raffle to become Custom Kaiju. Originally, there was only going to be one chosen, but the deal was so popular it made four times the original estimate. Thus, four people were chosen to become Custom Kaiju through the raffle.
* CoolOldGuy - In a game that literally runs on awesome, anyone over where ever you place the 'old' line is either this or a CoolOldLady.
* CosmeticAward - The Enough Already Trophy is earned by hitting season 111 (which takes months of grind), and gives... one point of awesome. Since it is the only trophy that gives less than five points of awesome, and all awesome costs are divisible by 10, that one point can't be spent on anything and thus serves no purpose other than ranking.
** [=BillyTV=] does give Enough Already some mechanical value if you have an odd number of 5-point trophies or exactly 9 The Elevens.
* CrutchCharacter - Flipper, the first ally you get, is invaluable to genin, but useless to anyone else. This is within a season and not the game at large though; he's actually ''more'' useful to high season genin.
* CuteMonsterGirl
** Several of the Kaiju, including [[Manga/{{Chobits}} Persocomps]], Magical Girls, [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Cardcatchers]], Vampires, [[Anime/KeyTheMetalIdol Metal Idol]], [[Manga/YoureUnderArrest Sexy Lady Cops]], Psycho Zombja Girl, and several Playerkai. Though some of the above only qualify because they are classified as Kaiju.
** Fan depictions of Noms. Emphasis on the 'cute' part.
** Also the allies Haro and Robogirl, at least until she hits level 3. The paper, being made out of paper, probably also counts.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique
** Some jutsu are like this, with the best example being the 100 damage, self-[[OnlyMostlyDead bingoing]] [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam This Hand Of Mine]].
** Another good example would be Ninja Art: Hottie Regeneration, which gives you +100 Stamina (and +1 Levels), but seals your chakra for 2 day(roll)s so that the only jutsu you can use are ones that don't need chakra.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist
** Failing missions give you a HaveANiceDeath that barely lasts a sentence (WordofGod attributes this to stunt doubles.) PlayerVersusPlayer provides a more lasting death (Bingoed), but the consequences are limited to locking you out of [=PVP=] and village support actions for a while.
*** This is explained later on. [[spoiler:When your character fails a mission and is killed, the Loop system kicks in, sending your character back through the season up to that point. The only loops your character remembers - and thus, that you see - are the ones that are successful, where you don't die and make it successfully through to a new season.]]
** Averted, when fighting phases. Failure gives you a daily stamina penalty (and locks you out of further fighting with Kaiju and Phases) until you dump 300-2000 stamina into getting better.
* DeathWorld - The Wasteland, Monochrome Academy. Also [[spoiler:The Jungle]] is later revealed to be this as well.
* DefeatMeansFriendship - There are several allies that only join you after you beat them in some way.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything - Players start with levels of 2 in the three core stats (Ninjutsu, Taijutsu, and Genjutsu). It so happens that it's possible to lose 2 levels (by acquiring the Reaper Sword). The result? One player managed to get his Ninjutsu level to 0 by picking up the sword right after looping (which resets your levels). The programmer, however, had thought of this - there is in fact an amount of AP to level from 0 to 1 (500), and even failing missions gets you some AP.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness - In Anime Versus, the game from which [=BvS=] eventually spun off, one of the quests revolves around a Naruto parody called "Billy the Snake Man".
* ElementNumberFive - Varies. In the quest ''[[MiyamotoMusashi The Five Rings]]'', the titular BigBookOfWar lists Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Void as the elements; someone crossed out void and wrote in Awesome. In the ''Elemental Mastery'' minigame in Worldkaiju, the elements are Fire, Lightning, Water, Earth, Wind, RNG, and Awesome. It's implied there are more out there.
* EmoTeen - Emosuke
* {{Expy}} - Every ally except Proof Reader and Tempest Kitsune[[note]]and arguably Olmec, as he supposedly actually ''is'' the [[LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple character he's based on]][[/note]] is an expy of at least one existing character.
* EyepatchOfPower - Legacy bloodline and the ally Billy who manages to wear another eye patch each time you upgrade him, ending up with three - and no, it's NOT explained what the third is covering up.
* FaceHeelTurn
** [[spoiler:Mr. Tea, though fans should know this already.]]
** [[spoiler:You if you decide to follow Mr. Tea and betray Strawberry]]
** [[WordOfGod The creator]] has hinted that one of your allies has been planning on doing this from the beginning. The Cave reveals [[spoiler:it's Timmy]].
* FakeDifficulty - Based around the second variety. Most of the game gives you limited chances to succeed even with perfect play and maxed stats, requiring you to hope that the game will let you win. [=SuperFAIL=] is probably the best example of this, but Flower Wars, [=R00t's=] S-Ranked keys, and Glowslinging can rapidly become this.
* FetchQuest - Including both GiveMeYourInventoryItem and TwentyBearAsses subtropes. Thankfully, all the fetches that require anything harder to get a hold on than Dark Draft or more than 100 of anything only need to be done once.
* {{Filler}} - Parodied in the Filler Episode quest, which requires you to accumulate '''2000''' successes to complete.
** The reward? Three themes that, when all turned on at once, allows you to make use of HolidayMode content without waiting for the right month to come around (does nothing for day of the month based requirements).
* FinalBoss
** The Portal of Awesome, which includes Creator/StephenColbert, [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Gary Gygax]], ShigeruMiyamoto, [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]], ChuckNorris, Creator/BillyMays, and Creator/WilliamShatner.
** The [[ArcNumber 11]]-Tailed Fox is the FinalBoss of [[Franchise/DotHack r00t]].
** The original final boss was dependent on your initial bloodline and was encountered at the end of the Jonin Exam.
* FiveManBand
** Optional, depending on which allies (up to three once you hit Chunin) and summon you select to form your team, though you are 'stuck' in the hero role.
** The Wasteland Rockers, which is Bones and the Four Sounds, who are [[{{NINJA}} ninjas]] ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot as well as]]'' [[AutobotsRockOut rockers]]: Bones (TheHero, lead singer), Flutie (TheChick, [[MeaningfulName flute]]), Tubby (TheBigGuy, drums), Sticky (TheLancer, tambourine), and The Twins (TheSmartGuy and StepfordSmiler, double-bass).
** With Pets available, your pet can take the place of your summon, allowing the summon to play the part of a SixthRanger.
* ForcedLevelGrinding - Oh so much. Glowslinging, Mahjong, Flower Wars, Pizzawitch, [=WorldKaiju=], even Speedlooping for [=R00t=] - if there's an area of content, you will have to do the earlier areas over and over again to complete it.
* FrothyMugsOfWater - The "Juice" bar.
--> You sidle up to the bar as a bounty hunter downs a glowing, whirling drink. "Yeah, the whole place is dubbed, so they sell 'juice' here. It gets the job done, though. Here, take a drink list..."
** And yes, you can get a [[DrunkOnMilk hangover]] from too much Juice consumption.
* FunWithAcronyms
** The H.A.R.O. - High-Explosive Anti-RNG Ordnance
** For that matter, the RNG itself.
* GameMod - [=BvS=] has a small but active community of Grease Monkey scripters on the official forum. Additionally, [=McM=] encourages script use as long as it doesn't violate the rules he posted.
* GimmickLevel - Mission types that have an actual name rather than just a letter-rank lock out most allies and jutsu for being off-theme, and most have further gimmicks on top of that.
* GladiatorGames - the Arena and Robo Fighto.
* GlobalCurrencyException - So many different flavors to choose from.
** The Arena: Reputation earned and used in The Arena.
** [[Franchise/DotHack r00t]] uses Core, Bits, and Errant Bits.
** [[Anime/CodeGeass PizzaWitch]] uses tips, Ryo Coins (which are not the same as Ryo), and Bingo Style
** [[VideoGame/UrbanDead Zombjas]] gives and requires 'Z Rewards'.
** MJXP in {{Mahjong}} is used to buy 'Mahjanigans' (cheats).
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Monies]] at [=BillyCon=].
** For that matter, [=BillyCon=] passes and Candyween games can only bought with RP, produced by villages.
** Village Upgrades require resources as well as large sums of Ryo.
** Lampshaded in the Count Change mission [[spoiler:With a multiverse of currency, this is much harder than it seems!]]
* GuideDangIt - Not bad enough for TryEverything to be unfeasible ([[http://bvs.wikidot.com/allies:good-boy-lvl-2 At least not in terms of the main plot lines]]), but close, at points.
** One particularly irritating one is getting Robogirl Lv. 3. When you pick her up, she's apparently a parody of Orihime from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. How are you supposed to guess she's not only usable in [[CodeGeass Pizza Witch]], where none of the other Reaper allies are, but levels up there (aside from a ''very'' mild resemblance to [[spoiler:Shirley]])? There ''is'' a hint, but nowhere you'd look for it (the TV Spoiler item in Pizza Witch's deliveries section has the description [[spoiler:"she's not a robot"]]).
* TheHeartless - The [=MikuMiku=] Douga are {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of [[spoiler:the [[PlotCouponThatDoesSomething ability to use Themes]]]], slowly being driven insane by [[spoiler:the Loop]].
* HolidayMode - With holidays as mainstream as Christmas and Halloween, and as obscure as [[DiscoveryChannel Shark Week]] and CAPSLOCK DAY.
* {{Kaiju}}
** What kind of Japan-themed parody would it be if you didn't have (frequently-bizarre) giant monsters attacking your village with some level of frequency?
** Including other players, resulting in you getting attacked by, for example, [[SweeneyTodd barbers]].
** Taken UpToEleven with World Kaiju; the entire [=BvS=] world is being attacked by kaiju made of the entire gameworlds of it's [[BlandNameProduct Bland Name]] MMO "Competition", such as [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Craftworld of War]] and [[VideoGame/MapleStory Aspen Story]].
* IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou
** [=BurgerNinja=], based around working in a ninja-themed fast food joint while actually a ninja, includes 'edible' items such as "greassy burgers". You're limited to a small number of greassy (sic) items each day, but they provide bonuses to your Dou ability. The game is very explicit that you're not very happy about having to eat this gross, greassy stuff (but you have to anyway).
** The geassy foods added with Pizza Witch tend to taste better according the flavor text, and give bigger bonuses (while still only counting as a single item's worth of greass intake).
* InfinityPlusOneElement - Two of them. RNG beats all mundane elements; Awesome beats all mundane elements and RNG.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha - Robo Fighto (complete with [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Doughman]] giving you the tutorial), the [[Anime/CodeGeass Knightmare Frame]] that [=BurgerNinja=] and [=PizzaWitch=]'s plots hinge on, and a variety of lesser references such as the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Soul of Steel]], several kaiju, and [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Robogirl]].
* InterfaceSpoiler
** Subverted to good effect. The Trophies page lists a number of possible achievements you can complete, most of which give you Awesome points you can use to buy abilities. However, newer content areas tend to also have [[EasterEgg secret trophies]] that are above-and-beyond what you can expect to obtain. Rumor has it that not even all of these have been found yet.
** The Trophy page also plays it straight, as, other than the initial set of trophies, most of the non-secret trophies have been listed since months before the area of the game they are obtained in went live.
* ItemCrafting - Three different implementations:
** The JustAddWater workshop. Used for potions and Wasteland gear.
** Shoving the ingredients into a Quest and receiving the finished product. Used for the occasional Permanent Item.
** Pizza Witch Garage crafting, basically a one click, no stamina version of the Quest method. Used for pizza and upgrading Pizza Witch gear.
* KonamiCode - Pinky3's belt, the K-Belt, has this written across it. She'll even give it to you if you finish a certain quest.
-->'''[[strike:DESTROYED]] K-BELTED!''' You dodge up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, and A (are those even directions?) and somehow survived!
* LevelGrinding - Players must reach certain levels to unlock the ability to [[NewGamePlus loop]] and ninja rank promotion quests (and, as a result, content with a Season or rank prerequisite).
* LevelUpAtIntimacy5 - ''"Lisa Lisa makes the night so much more relaxing! +40 Stamina!"''.
** MoreFriendsMoreBenefits - There's a reason a team of Lisa Lisa, Pinky, and Stalkergirl is [[FanNickname called]] the "Orgy Team."
* LuckManipulationMechanic: ''Billy Vs SNAKEMAN'' has this in a few areas.
** [=BillyCon=]'s Cosplay minigame lets you reroll once per level of Combat Sewing you have.
** High level opponents in Mahjong and Flower Wars [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard can redraw cards]] to make them more formidable. You can do the same, but doing so causes you to lose your "No Cheating" bonus, and puts you at risk of getting caught cheating.
** Once per Zombja map you can [[Film/{{Zombieland}} break Rule 17 and "Be a Hero"]], automatically giving you the best rollable result for one attack[[note]] not counting the flamethrower's special effect; that's still an honest roll[[/note]].
** "This Fist Of Mine" does the same thing with Worldkai, but with a stamina cost instead of a frequency limit.
** "Escape Jutsu" lets you reroll what [[RandomEncounters Mission you're assigned]], and "Sight Beyond Sight" forces your next Mission to be the same as your last one.
* MaleGaze - The Character Portraits for The Rack, Lil' Rack, and Hotsumoto.
* MinMaxersDelight - To some extent, the Legacy bloodline. It is by far the best bloodline choice for everything except speedlooping (where Red Eye gets a big +AP% bonus)
* MoneySink
** The Party House and Robo Fighto, in addition to numerous subtler Sinks. In fact, nearly every kind of currency (see GlobalCurrencyException has something you can spend it on faster than you can earn it, most often in exchange for stamina.
** When ryo is received from a sale in the Marketplace, it comes in the form of MP Ryo. Outside the free 5% pull every day, this can only be converted to Ryo at a 40% ratio. The conversion fee also acts as a sink.
* MoralDilemma - Fate or Destiny, Right or Anonymous, and perhaps most important of all, Pants or No Pants.
* MoreDakka - The Quest called "The Horde" involves you grabbing a minigun and unleashing ninja death upon random extras. Bonus points for giving you the minigun ([[ICallItVera called]] [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Sascha]]) afterwards.
* MultipleEndings - Some storyline quests have 2 or more versions. Some change depending on the basic bloodline you have this Season (like the mastermind behind the attack on your village in the Jonin exam or the enemy in the tower at the center of the Wasteland); others depend on a player choice (Who you turn on at the end of [[Manga/DeathNote The Trade]], or who you side with at the climax of [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Monochrome]]); still others change based on how far you got in previous Seasons (Cici doesn't give you a [[PoisonMushroom Grind Core]] if you've already used one for ItemCrafting, building the H.A.R.O. device doesn't require [[GiveMeYourInventoryItem taking apart a Polar Star]] if you've already made a H.A.R.O. before).
* MundaneMadeAwesome - So much of it. One of the best examples is Billy himself: His level is directly proportional to how many [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatches]] he's wearing.
--> Billy gets a weird look on his face... and puts on a THIRD EYEPATCH! ({{Gasp}}!)
* NewGamePlus
** Once you reach a high enough level, you can "loop into a new Season", starting over with any 'looping' powerups you've picked up along the way, and all the perks of being a higher season.
** Also, Immortal Realms are [=NGPs=] for the village leading part of the game.
* {{NINJA}}
* NoBackwardsCompatibilityInTheFuture - Averted, in RealLife no less. [=McMasters=] deliberately uses archaic code to keep [=BvS=] compatible with older browsers for people who can't upgrade their computers (playing at school or a library, for example).
-->'''[=McMasters=]:''' ''I know it isn't as pretty / low-load as many other games, but you really can play from anywhere, so it gives an equal footing to Commander T3 and Lieutenant Library.''
* NumericalHard - Once you've unlocked The Crank, you can numerically increase the difficulty of RandomEncounter style missions for more money/experience.
* ObviousRulePatch
** When the game added [=MegaMissions=], which let you do one mission for ten times the cost and eleven times the rewards, a patch had to be put in place on the Escape Jutsu, limiting you to 500 uses a day ([=MegaMission=] uses count as ten) to try and limit the abuse of the missions for farming specific hard-to-acquire items. There's been plenty of others, as well, each put in to try and prevent certain specific GameBreaker behaviors.
** The latest 'mega action', Megaarena deserves special mention as apparently [=McMasters=] figured out a way to do it with only one line of code.
** Billy's auto-win ability and Flying Thunder God Technique (auto-win any one mission a day) don't work on missions with difficulty over 100. This was added in anticipation of the then upcoming [[Anime/CodeGeass Pizza Witch]] plotline, which features the game's first use of difficulty over 100.
** The Recode, when [=McMasters=] overhauled the entire game's code from the ground up, included scores of rule patches, both obvious and subtle.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll
** [[AvertedTrope Generally averted in the game as a whole.]] However, [[NewGamePlus Looping]] requires [[LevelGrinding leveling]] one of your main three stats high enough. Taijutsu is the only stat whose higher-rank missions [[RandomDrop drop]] Stamina bonuses, making it the best stat to specialize in when speed looping, or when aiming for level cap. Even then, balancing your stats is still better until AA-ranks are unlocked.
** Although not a stat, Appetite is one of these. It can be used for extra stamina with food like [=TACOs=], potions and candy, stat bonuses from Pizza, and various other bonuses. Some of these are expensive, though.
* TheOtherDarrin - InUniverse; the cast of BillyTV is different each week, playing the same characters.
* OverlyLongGag - The CAPSLOCK DAY quest, which requires 1111 successes at 11 difficulty (second longest rolling challenge in the game) for a near-useless JokeItem. And it can only be done on October 22 (luckily, Filler Themes make this the 22nd of any month).
* ParodyNames
* PopQuiz - The quest "Chunin Exam Part 1". ''"Don't do what that [[Manga/{{Naruto}} OTHER guy]] did and just sit through the whole test - that doesn't work anymore."'' [[spoiler:Unless you're Season 4+ and make sure to punch the proctor in the junk whilst shouting "BELIEVE IT!" on the way out.]]
** The questions are subjective (or just nonsensical) to the point of defying deductive reasoning (and change each season!); but (unlike the test that [[Manga/{{Naruto}} OTHER guy]] took) you can retake as many times as you want. Unless you just get lucky on the first try. And your allies can help you cheat potentially.
** LethalJokeCharacter: Billy's actually useful ''because'' he literally never gets an answer right when cheating, but is very unlikely to get caught, allowing you to at least rule out one answer per question.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep - Inevitable, considering the abundance and variety of ShoutOut. For example, the [[VideoGame/CaveStory Polar Star]] is about six times as useful as [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Sascha]]. Also, how hard a given {{Kaiju}} monster is has '''no''' correlation with what it is. (Second weakest kaiju? [[Anime/DragonBallZ Nine]] [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale Thousands]]. Strongest (non-World) kaiju? [[Manga/YoureUnderArrest Sexy Lady Cops]].)
* PuzzleBoss
** Several quests have hardlocked ability checks where the only conceivable way to pass is to use the proper jutsu (thankfully, each usually has at least two solutions).
** The four quest ability checks with only one auto-win jutsu are all 1.) heavily hinted at through a pop culture reference (i.e. you counter the attack that goes to eleven with the [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Spinal Tap]] jutsu) and 2.) not so hard as to be ''impossible'' to beat normally (if not when you first encounter them, than a [[NewGamePlus Season]] or two later).
** Triple H lvl 2, the final Mahjong ally you get, certainly qualifies. If you ever lose a hand of Mahjong when playing him, even if it's not directly ''to'' him, you lose the battle. However, the tile order is set so you can plan out strategies that would be suicidal in any other situation. Specifically, [[spoiler:if you play with the express intent to collect Thirteen Orphans, and avoid all other moves, you are '''almost''' guaranteed to win via Rising Sun and crush him. However, Right and Left can still win off your discard, so there is a small but real chance of defeat even if you follow this strategy.]]
* RandomNumberGod - The setting's cosmic force of destruction is called The RNG, after this concept. However, this RNG stands for [[spoiler:Redheaded Ninja Girl, the identity she assumed when infiltrating ninja culture during The War That Shattered The World]]
** DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu - The RNG can be summoned as a {{Kaiju}}. Notably, it's ''very'' Cthulhu-like, being the first kaiju to require Doujutsu and constantly reporting a false/gibberish HP value such as "Four-ish / Fish".
** [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu Broke Your Arm Jumping Over Cthulhu]] - Your character's personal encounter with the RNG during [=PizzaWitch=] does not end well for you. Enjoy the automatic mission failures until you get the Special Attack Uniform!
* RelationshipValues - Friendship Points
* RuleOfCool
* SamusIsAGirl - [[spoiler:The RNG]].
* {{Sarashi}}
** Pinky Level 3.
** A mini-version (about bikini sized) is worn by Crazy Jutsu Lady.
* SelfImposedChallenge
** Beating content at the minimum Season possible. Completing R00t content used to be only possible at season 4. When an item was released that made it possible at Season 3, people started new characters just to try beating it at Season 3.
** The Crank, which jacks up both the rewards and difficulty of missions depending on the setting you choose. Additionally some rewards are only unlocked at certain levels of crank or higher.
** [[http://www.animecubed.com/billy/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=18972 "I've got a bad idea, Duck!"]]
* ShoutOut - Tons of them.
* ShowWithinAShow - Most of the gameplay takes place within an anime starring your character. The rest plays with the inner show's fourth wall.
** RecursiveCanon - Billy TV, a game about a show about the game you are playing, which is about a show.
* SideEffectsInclude - ''"[=MegaMission=] side effects may include double vision, dizziness, kunoichi obssession, and sleepcrime."''
* SomeoneHasToDie - At the end of the "Face To Face" Delivery Mission, you sacrifice yourself so your mysterious rival can succeed in your common goal (You manage to [[ResetButton loop]] before you actually die from the sacrifice, [[TakeYourTime even if you stop to sell all your non-looping items on the way]].) [[spoiler:In "Face To Face 2", the rival is you.]]
* SpeedRun
** The challenge of rushing through [[NewGamePlus Seasons]] as quickly as possible, called "Speedlooping". It has become somewhat of an art. Reaching higher ranks allows for the faster gaining of levels, but the Chunin Exam, Special Jonin Exam and Jonin Ascension quests have various requirements (total level, jutsu, allies, RXP) that can be gained alongside the levelling. High-end players can get to Sannin, grinding out at least sixty levels along the way, and then loop and do it all again several times in one day.
** With enough luck (because of TACOS' 20% chance of an appetite refund) it is theoretically possible to complete dozens of seasons in a day (in practice, the current record is six). However, as TACOS is lost every loop, this is also dependent on the player being either incredibly good at [[Manga/{{Saki}} Mahjong]], or dropping four hundred thousand ryo every season to reacquire her as an ally.
** Phase Battles, with their directly Season-derived difficulty, along with [[Anime/CodeGeass Pizza Witch]] and World Kaiju increasing incentives for high end players to stay late season for significant periods of time, have increased the need for speedlooping. Speedlooping has effectively become an area of the game in its own right.
* StalkerWithACrush - Stalkergirl
* SuperSerum - Literally: you can buy an item from the shop called a Super Serum.
* TabloidMelodrama - The Daily Fail; ''"None of the news that's fit to print!"''
* TacticalRockPaperScissors - Shows up in Glowslinging, with each attack type being effective against one other attack type and ''really'' effective against a second.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp - Encoded into the rules, no less! After completing the first season (or before that, if you get the right HolidayMode items...), you can start using theme musics - one Opening, one Battle, and one Ending. Each theme provides a different power up. [[spoiler:You can get Overworld themes eventually as well.]]
* TooManyHalves - In mid-January 2012, [=McM=] broke down what parts of [=BvS=] he was working on by percent on the forums. Someone noticed that the percent added up to 110, and the thread quickly turned to explaining [[ArcNumber where the 111st percent was]].
* TwentyBearAsses - Blatantly used in higher-level content. Want to be able to summon a [=WorldKaiju=], and stop randomly failing 1% of your missions? You're going to need to drop over 20 Kaiju Asses on the items you need, plus one of the rarest items in the game. Want the best Mahjong or Flower Wars decks? Be prepared to grind up over a thousand ash-covered tiles or cobalt dust, respectively. Luckily, these items aren't strictly required for progress in the game.
** A particularly vicious example is the item Hushed as the Wood. To create it, you need to use up a Kimono of Shadows (among other rarities). Just one small problem: the Kimono of Shadows is a Permanent Item, and the game won't let you get rid of Permanent Items unless you have a spare. So you need to get two of them. And how do you earn the Kimono of Shadows? It's the reward for beating the BonusBoss of the R00t storyline. So for this item, ''you have to beat the final enemy of R00t '''twice'''.'' If that doesn't sound so bad, bear in mind, you can fight the boss in question ''once per real-time month''. Lose and that's ''another'' month to wait. It's notable that none of the other three Furinkazan items are this much of a hassle.
* UndesirablePrize
** Ash-Covered Tiles used to be this, being the only Wasteland crafting components that couldn't double as VendorTrash[[note]]They have to be identified into one of the other types of tile before the NPC vendor will buy them, and then at half the cost of identification[[/note]]. This was fixed by making tiles necessary in large quantities in both Pizza Witch and Mahjong, to the point that 3000 each is now a fair price for them in the marketplace.
** Super Potions became one of these for a few months, after [=TACOs=] took their place as the best stamina consumable that wasn't either [[TooAwesomeToUse prohibitively hard to get]] or [[AwesomeButImpractical prohibitively impractical]]. It had to get its appetite cost cut ''and'' its stamina payoff increased in order to restore its relevance.
** Smokeblossoms are similar to Ash-Covered Tiles, in that they used to be worthless, but new content (Flower Wars) now requires 600 of them.
* UltimateGamer386 - There are 7 players that have so much in-game stuff and are so good at {{Moon Logic Puzzle}}s and MinMaxing bonuses that [=McMasters=] doesn't make new content with them in mind for fear of said content becoming impossible for anyone else.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange - Depending on how you look at it, over half the game could be argued as being one of these, but even the most conservative interpretation of the term includes Glowslinging, Mahjong, and Flower Wars.
* VersusTitle
* WarReenactors - The Robo Fighto is supposedly a reenactment of the [[{{Mecha}} Giant Robot Wars]] of the setting's distant past.
* WizardNeedsFoodBadly - One of the main challenges of [=BillyCon=] is maintaining your Sleep, Nom, and Stink levels to be able to actually do events, keep your skills active, and avoid penalties.
* YouRequireMoreVespeneGas - Gathering and [[PlayerVersusPlayer stealing]] various resources are about three quarters of making a high-end village. The fourth quarter is beating upgrades out of {{Kaiju}}.
* ZombieApocalypse - Zombjas, complete with Zettas (Special zombies) with types like [[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]].
* {{Zonk}}
** First Loser, which has the EXCELLENT 1ST-nTH PLACE PRIZE of a shiny new '''Kunai'''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As the name implies]], the goal is to come in (n+1) place.
** Ash-Covered Runes have a significant chance of turning into [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Worthless Runes]] when identified. Unknown Pizzas, Tarnished/Dusty Wheels, and Idol Trash also have Zonks in Cold Pizza, Broken Wheel, and Regular Trash.

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