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[[caption-width-right:350: Make anything. Yes, ''[[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything anything]]''.]]

->''"The only limit is your imagination… and your [[VideogameCrueltyPotential twisted sense of humor.]]"''

''Scribblenauts'' is a series of physics-based puzzle games, developed by 5th Cell Interactive and published by Creator/WarnerBros.

You are Maxwell. You want to get the [[MacGuffin Starite]]. (What's a Starite? Well, a shiny [[StarShapedCoupon star-shaped]] thing, of course.) You have to figure out how to get the Starite. In order to get the Starite, you need to use the tools at your disposal to reach it.

What are your tools? ''Everything.''

No, really.

A trampoline? But of course.

A football? Sure thing.

A teapot? Why not?

A bazooka? Might as well.

A ''Velociraptor''? Could come in handy.

A dialysis machine? Pancake mix? Large hadron collider? [[LOLCats Longcat? Tacgnol?]] A windmill? A [[DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud tornado]]? A [[CoolBoat yacht]]? [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos A Shoggoth]]? A certified public accountant? Silly [[AnimalEaredHeadband bunny ears]]? A [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Certified Public Accountant]] ''[[BreadEggsBreadedEggs wearing]]'' silly [[BunnyEarsLawyer bunny ears]]? A [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot pink striped robot ninja]] wielding a [[{{BFS}} huge]] [[PowerGlows glowing]] [[FlamingSword flame sword]] on top of a holy purple winged ''Giganotosaurus''?

[[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything What part of ''everything'' don't you understand?]]

While ''Scribblenauts'' has a simple premise, there's more to it than is immediately obvious. Using [[RealityWritingBook a magical notepad]], you can write--and summon--almost ''anything'' to the game world to solve puzzles. Call elephants. Call thunder clouds. Call [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies all the zombies you can handle.]] By moving and manipulating objects, solve the puzzles. Of course, there's more ways than just one to solve a puzzle. Got a Starite stuck in a tree? Chop it down. Climb it with a ladder. Get a Lumberjack to help you. Make termites eat it. KillItWithFire. In fact, the game prevents you from solving a puzzle the same way more than once until you've beaten it three times. Not like that's a problem. You have ''everything.''

Prior to the game's September 2009 release, the game received some mild hype from various outlets from its extremely ambitious premise. Mild until E3, that is, when game journalists finally got to play it for themselves--and kicked off one of the most ''massive'' hype trains for any portable game ''ever.'' In an entirely unprecedented occurrence, not one but ''three'' major game reporting outlets declared the hand-held ''Scribblenauts'' to be the game of the show--even more remarkable considering that ''none'' of them had ever made such a claim about ''any'' portable game. In a relatively short amount of time, the game went from being known primarily to portable gamers and those who followed portable games to the entire game blogosphere, catapaulting it into the spotlight. Reviews of the full game were still generally positive, but not as enthusiastic as at E3; the controls for Maxwell's movement in particular were almost universally criticized.

See the [[http://scribblenauts.wikia.com/ Scribblenauts Wiki]]. Also, has its very own (well deserved) [[{{TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything/Scribblenauts}} The Dev Team Thinks Of Everything page]].

It also got a sequel in 2010, ''Super Scribblenauts''.[[note]]Which is a pun on the addition of adjectives to the game.[[/note]] Included are adjectives (meaning you can create an [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Piratic Zombified Robotic Ninja]]), new levels (there are fewer this time around, but they're longer and more puzzle-based), and a whole lot of improvements to the controls, camera, and physics engine. Considering it seems to fix the problems the first game had, the hype for this game is mostly optimistic (not as much, though, considering [[FirstInstallmentWins we've seen the concept before]]. The major attraction for the second game in early reviews wasn't the new adjective system, but the fixes to the control system that nearly sank the first game).

The third game of the series, ''Scribblenauts Unlimited'' (2012) brings the series to the Wii U, 3DS, and PC, and is available on Steam. The Wii U and PC versions include an object editor allowing players to create new objects using pieces of other ones. This game again alters the formula from the previous ones by having each level be a more open world with several small quests and one or two big ones to solve, and also includes a plot explaining why Maxwell has his notebook (he got it from his adventurer parents) and why he goes around collecting Starites (he abused the notebook's power and had a curse cast on his sister Lily that was turning her to stone, and it could only be reversed by collecting Starites which appear by doing good deeds).

There is also a game called ''Scribblenauts Remix'', which was released for iOS in 2011 and Android in 2012. It contains the adjectives system of ''Super Scribblenauts'', and contains favorite levels from the first two games, as well as levels exclusive to it.

A third sequel, ''Scribblenauts Unmasked'', was released in 2013, based entirely around Creator/DCComics.

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* AirAidedAcrobatics: The Air Vent, an item which creates gusts of winds, which can be used to cross gaps.
* AllMythsAreTrue: There's plenty of choices in the "mythical creatures" department, including ''Cthulhu''!
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: You can do this yourself by recoloring human objects, whether with adjectives or from the object editor.
* AmbulanceChaser: Lawyers are attracted to ambulances.
* AmoralAttorney: There's a level in the first game where your objective is to get three "bad guys" into heaven. The bad guys are a prisoner, a bully...and a lawyer.
** In ''Unlimited'', there's a scientist that needs a DNA sample to clone a dinosaur and needs a blood-sucking creature in the amber. Some of the solutions are mosquito, leech, vampire and lawyer.
* AnimalsNotToScale: Most small arthropods get enlarged to the size of Maxwell's feet, while big animals like whales are significantly smaller than their actual size.
* ArtAttacker: The player's modus operandi.
* ArtEvolution: Auditory example. In ''Remix'', if you use the "play" command on any musical instrument from a bagpipe to a theremin, you get a sound that resembles a high note on a hammond organ regardless of which instrument you're playing (Well, either that or no sound at all). Fast-forward to ''Unlimited'', and each instrument does have their own individual sound.
** Setting off a nuke in any of the previous games resulted in a puff of smoke, then everything dying after the screen goes briefly white. While the effects are different in ''Unlimited'', the real occurrence of this trope for the nuke is that setting it off actually forms a mushroom cloud.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology:
** ''Plateosaurus'' is NOT a hadrosaur, so why does its name summon a hadrosaur? Also:
** The words ''Dunkleosteus'', Bull Shark, Cow Shark and Sixgill Shark, of all things, summon a {{megalodon}}.
** In the first game, the word ''Microraptor'' summoned a pterosaur, in ''Super Scribblenauts'' it correctly summons a feathered dinosaur, however, it's a little big for a ''Microraptor''. Luckily, the adjective "tiny" fixes that.
** The word ''Ceratosaurus'' summons a ''T. rex'', and so do the names of several other non-avian theropods that were not Tyrannosaurs.
** The word "Ichtyostega" (note the absence of the second "h") summons a plesiosaur.
** The word Pliosaur summons a long-necked plesiosaur, but ''Pliosaurus'' summons a correct pliosaur.
** The word [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Ichthyosaur]] summons a bottlenose dolphin.
* AscendedMeme: After seeing [[http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=16184727=217 the [=NeoGAF=] post]], the devs added "Feep" and "Post Two-One-Seven" to the in-game dictionary. And made Feep's experience into [[http://softsupplier.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/scribblenauts-20090615060345371.jpg a desktop wallpaper]].
** Typing "Post Two-One-Seven" (or some spelling variation of that) summons a billboard version of the wallpaper... [[spoiler:which then acts as a nuke.]]
* AstralFinale: The last level of ''Super Scribblenauts'' has Maxwell chasing his EvilTwin across space.
** The last three levels of ''Unlimited'' take place in an astral setting.
* AttackAttackAttack: Give Maxwell any non-projectile weapon (swords, baseball bats, crowbars, ''Death's scythes''... you get the idea) and then send him to attack any target (living or not, hostile or not). He'll keep hitting it until one of them dies.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Where do we start? In the sequel, ''anything'' can be this, due to your ability to make anything colossal.
* AuthorAvatar: Use the teleporter to see 5th Cell at their studio (and steal their car). Shortly after, Liz (a zombie dev team member) jumps from the second floor and kills everyone else (assuming you didn't kill them first). Also, type "5th Cell" for their logo.
** Also, [[spoiler:"Edison" the dinosaur (Edy in the sequel) (a tyrannosaurus with a headband)]] is one for game artist Edison Yan.
** Almost any name you see in the credits that has an associated character can be summoned. Unlimited shows you them in the credits and requires you to summon one for a starite shard.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Nukes, Meteors, and Tsunamis kill everything on-screen. [[PressXToDie Including you]].
** The [[FlamingSword Flame Sword]] is awesome, but deals less damage than a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]].
** For that [[IncrediblyLamePun "matter"]], "antimatter" and "dark matter" also work quite handily.
** And summoning and interacting with the Large Hadron Collider creates a black hole too.
** Anything with "ballistic spectacular" adjectives in ''Unlimited'', and yes, it has to have both. When it "hits" an object (notably the normal option for attack is replaced by "hit"), it gives the object the ballistic adjective, which makes it count down to an explosion. Except instead of normally exploding, the object flies up at a diagonal angle first. This is hinted at in-game, with a sword being made during one of the shard quest in Vowelcano showing these adjectives when examined.
* BadFuture: In the sequel. Levels in the first game also imply this.
* BatterUp
* BewitchedAmphibians: The magic wand, and any being that spawns with it, such as wizards and witches.
* {{BFG}}: Nuclear Recoil-less Rifle qualifies. There's also the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exploding Barrel Launcher]].
** You can make literally ''any'' gun colossal in the second game.
* {{BFS}}: The historical Zweihander is a valid weapon for Maxwell. It's also slightly taller than he is.
** Let's not forget about the legendary Excalibur falling in the same category...
** As with guns, you can make literally ''any'' sword colossal in the second game.
** Of course, if you want a sword that is massive ''without'' the aid of adjectives, try a zanbato. Or go all the way and summon a colossal zanbato.
* BlatantLies: The game manual packaged with the game says there are 30 extra levels available from the Ollar store, but the only other thing you can get from the Ollar store is your game crashing.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The Portuguese pause menu, for example, looks like this: Continue, ''Try to Quit'' and Quit.
** The French translation is so bad it deserves mention. Oh, the menus are perfectly fine, but they managed to make the whole game unplayable.
*** Some simple words don't give any results : try typing “meat" ("viande"), nope, never heard of that.
*** Pretty much all words give you 2 or 3 possibilities, either all so similar they're impossible to distinguish, or completely unrelated to what you typed. And the disambiguation hints don't help a single bit.
**** Type "cow" ("vache"), you get "cow (human)", "cow (mammal)" => the first one is a cop, it's apparently old slang nobody's heard of.
**** Type "rock" ("pierre"), you get "rock (stone)", "rock (nature)", “rock (environment)" => the first one is some unidentified U-shaped object, the second one is a big rock and the third one is a small rock.
**** Type "wall" ("mur"), you get "wall (contruction)" and "wall (construction)".... => The second one is a wall, but the first one is some sort of safety barrier.
*** The list could go on and on as virtually every word is a problem. Thanks for ruining the game.
*** Inverted with the Spanish translation: The Spanish translation is OK, but the dictionary is from the European Spanish dialect, NOT the Latin American ones. Justified, because due to the fact there's many Spanish-speaking countries, using a Latin American dictionary along the European one would be impossible to implement in the game, but if you don't know the European Spanish versions of some words, you're screwed.
** Type in anything (well, almost) it a different language, and go to a different language, the translation is extremely different. (For example, typing chat with french, changing to english and coming back, viewing its name will give you "button front.")
** In the Italian version of ''Unlimited'', many sidequests are impossible to do because many items are impossible to summon (for example, typing "rubber duck" gives you a living red bouncing duck rather than a regular rubber ducky). A particular case is the quest that asks you to summon a sunburnt zebra: "Zebra ustionata" and "Zebra abbronzata" are not recognized, so you have to quit the game, change the language into English, summon it, exit the game again, get the language back to Italian and discovering that the correct answer was "Zebra larvivora" ("''Larvae-eating'' zebra")
* BlobMonster: Summoned by typing in "blob".
* BlushSticker: Maxwell does this in the Valentine's Day update for ''Remix''.
* BoringButPractical: In a game where you can create most anything you can imagine, the simplest things are often the most helpful.
** Rope or any equivalent is indispensable (if somewhat touchy) for moving things, dragging things, connecting things...
** For that matter, since many puzzles involve moving things that don't want to move or are outright hostile, glue and baskets are equally helpful.
** Most puzzles are based around you trying to get Maxwell to the Starite, but it's a lot easier to just move the Starite to Maxwell. Cue the fan, a simple object that generates wind to blow the Starite around, completely bypassing challenges. In the original, you could even get them to hang in midair (without adjectives) by summoning a cloud then gluing things to it.
** The humble jetpack is at the top of any player's list of "things to summon immediately". It's small, unobtrusive, and allows you to move in all directions at about the same speed as normal walking. Wings are a somewhat inferior substitute, but they look cool.
*** Few in their right mind would call a jetpack "boring", but after the first game, adding the "superfast" adjective will severely improve its speed.
** If you're trying to get rid of a troublesome individual but aren't allowed to kill them, shrink ray + bag is your best friend.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted for Maxwell, but played straight for everyone else, in the first one. Played straight for Maxwell, too, in the sequel.
** Averted in ''Unmasked''. Weapons have durability, and will disappear when used enough times.
* BrownNote / MostAnnoyingSound: The [[FIFAWorldCup vuvu]][[MemeticMutation zela]] in ''Unlimited''. Playing it enough times is so annoying that everyone nearby gets an Angry adjective and starts attacking each other - even ''[[WhenTreesAttack trees]]'' can be angered by it.
** If you play the vuvuzela near [[spoiler: Maxwell's father]] he petrifies you.
* TheCameo: The crew of ''{{Mega64}}'' can be summoned in ''Super Scribblenauts''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wHO4wgA99k See here.]]
** The Japanese version of the first game (which was published by {{Konami}} on 5th Cell's behalf) allows you to summon Alucard from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', as seen [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/cameo7.htm#scribble here]]. You can also create characters from ''Franchise/MetalGear'', ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon Goemon]]'', and ''VideoGame/LovePlus'', some of which can be seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIUiQD3RUvY this video.]]
** The WiiU version of Scribblenauts Unlimited has [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser,]] [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link, Zelda, Ganon, Epona, and a Goron]] as summonable characters, among others from both the Mario and Zelda franchises.
* CameraScrew: The camera system isn't awful, but occasionally the way it snaps back to the character can be a bit annoying.
** The sequel fixes this thankfully.
* CasualVideoGame: The first game's levels are divided into "puzzle" levels and "action" levels. The main difference is that in puzzle levels, the Starite is hidden until you complete a challenge, while in action ones you can see it immediately and the challenge is getting to it. It's worth noting that puzzle levels can include some action (as seen in a level where you must collect some flowers, getting past enemies on the way), and action levels can be mostly puzzle-y in gameplay (such as the "Starite-in-cage-over-lava-pit" level, in which the main challenge is figuring out a strategy).
** Also some of the action levels cheat, having the Starite trapped behind a wall that lifts up when you complete the objective.
** The second game does away with the distinction for the purpose of the main game, putting action levels in two extra constellations.
* ChainsawGood: The chainsaw is one of the most powerful weapons in the game, capable of killing dragons, Cthulhu and even God.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Maxwell. ''[[IconicOutfit Rooster helmet.]]'' Need I say more?
** Apparently somebody realized exactly HOW awesome this hat was, and made a REAL ONE a PreOrderBonus!
** Preordering Scribblenauts Unlimited on Steam also gets you the rooster hat in VideoGame/TeamFortress2!
* CombinatorialExplosion: Even ignoring other examples on this page, we know that the Moon turns Villains into Werewolves, Water shorts out anything electric, people dance to Keyboard Cat, and you can create a Zombie by using a Battery to jump-start a corpse. In fact, it is ''literally impossible to do every single combination possible in the game '''in a human lifetime.''''' [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything 5th Cell]] [[CrowningMomentofAwesome is phenomenal.]]
* ConsoleCameo: If you type in "Scribblenauts" you get a DS cartridge of the original game, even in the PC version of Unlimited.
* CollisionDamage: "Nail", "spear" and "spike" all destroy everything they touch. With the proper application of glue, anything can turn into a weapon.
* CoolVersusAwesome: God vs. Cthulhu, for one.
* CreativeClosingCredits
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: While not a cutscene, the official artwork for Post 217 defines the gameplay completely.
** You can ride any large creature by placing a "Saddle" on it, then hopping on. This doesn't necessarily make them [[FluffyTamer tame]] enough to use like a vehicle, but it sure looks cool.
** Use a "Cupid Bow" to [[FluffyTamer tame]] them to that point. It's fun to ride a Hydra, Sea Serpent, or a T-Rex like a horse. The Sea serpent is especially fun!
** "Poison" also works, for that matter. Although, they will look like they died at first.
** Using a tranquilizer will cause the monster to fall asleep and wake up non-hostile.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: The DJ, which is both a summonable item and one of the avatars.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Given enough time, it's possible to kill a dinosaur with a spoon. (Provided he doesn't eat you first.)
* DeliveryStork: One level tasks you with getting a baby to a king and queen, with a stork asleep nearby. The assumption being, the stork is shirking its job. Hurting it makes the level end. Storks will also protect any babies that happen to be nearby.
* DevelopersRoom: Spawning and using the Teleporter item may take you to 5th Cell headquarters.
* DevelopmentGag: "[[spoiler:Scribblenaut]]" spawns the original protagonist before he was changed to Maxwell. [[spoiler:Your reward for HundredPercentCompletion is the ability to play as that character]].
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Three months of the game's development were devoted to just making lists of ''things.'' They wanted to make sure that you really have ''everything.'' There's a [[{{TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything/Scribblenauts}} Whole separate page for this trope for this game]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The most obvious way is to [[SummonBiggerFish summon a bigger fish]], but there are many more CrazyAwesome ways of doing this.
** Actually, it is played as straight as it possibly can get. You can summon Cthulhu himself, but he has a relativity low damage threshold.
** In the level editor, you can actually make something ''eat Cthulhu''.
** One mission has you kill a Shoggoth.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: In ''Scribblenauts Unlimited'', one of the levels takes place on a pirate ship. One of the [=NPCs=], however, is just some guy on a laptop. Clicking him says you get a Shard (1/10 of a Starite) if you stop him from engaging in digital piracy. Doing the opposite (such as spawning a router or something similar) unfortunately doesn't do anything.
* DivineIntervention: There are a few situations in which summoning God is a viable solution.
* DoubleStandard: Atheist runs from God, but not Goddess (who will try to protect him) in the first game.
* DummiedOut:
** A rather poor attempt at it in the first game. The original's manual mentioned you could buy 30 extra levels from the ollars store.. They never added the levels, and instead of just removing the section where you're supposed to buy them, they made the buttons to get to it invisible.. What happens when you access this section? Your game freezes.
** There's a number of items in ''Unlimited'' that can only be accessed by using a glitch that exploits the object editor, some of which imply this. Among the more interesting ones are two rays, one which switches the gender of whoever's shot and one that turns whoever's shot into a random "monster" out of a rather large list.
* EasterEgg: Including a literal egg.
** In one puzzle, your objective is to get a group of bad guys into heaven. This can be easily accomplished by [[spoiler: placing a [[StairwayToHeaven stairway]] near them]].
** It's a bit ruined now thanks to all the 'HOLY CRAP GOD VS CTHULHU!' stuff at E3, but at Puzzle Stage 5-1, try scrolling allllll the way down.
** Also, summon any type of bread that takes the "loaf" form. "Bread" and "Toast" work. Then summon a cat. "Use" the bread on said cat.
** The [[EverybodyKnewAlready kinda-sorta but not really]] hidden ARCADE MACHINE mini-game.
* EatsBabies: Summon some kind of human and a "Delicious Baby" in ''Super Scribblenauts'' Also, if you summon a dingo and a baby, [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=A%20dingo%20ate%20my%20baby guess what happens.]]
* EldritchAbomination: Several, including [[CthulhuMythos "Cthulhu," "Shambler," and "Shoggoth"]].
* ElectrifiedBathtub: Throwing any electrical device into water (even something as small as a battery) will OneHitKill anything nearby, not to mention short-circuiting (activating) switches.
* ElvesVsDwarves: While an ordinary "[[ChristmasElves Elf]]" is no trouble, try putting a "Wood Elf" and a "Dwarf" next to each other. [[spoiler:If both unarmed, the dwarf panics and is slain by the elf. If both equally armed, the dwarf will defeat the wood elf.]]
* EpicFail: Go ahead. Type it in. See what happens.
** [[spoiler: You get a nuke, which blows up everything. Including you.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The game will certainly reward any player who had a childhood obsession with dinosaurs. Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Spinosaurus, and ARCHAEOPTERYX, of all things.
* EvilLawyerJoke: The first mission in Dark Hollow (9-1) includes the clue "Get the bad guys to heaven!" Upon further inspection, the "bad guys" are a prisoner, a bully, and a lawyer.
** In ''Unlimited'', spawning two liars next to each other will create a pair of flaming pants. Spawning two lawyers next to each other creates the same effect.
** One of the starite shards in The Saurus Park requires you to place something that sucks blood in a chunk of amber. A lawyer works perfectly fine.
* EvilTwin: Spawn [[spoiler:anything relating to Maxwell himself ("Maxwell", "Me", "Clone", "Protagonist", etc.)[[note]]Except for "[[SdrawkcabName Llewxam]]", that'll just create a DS cartridge.[[/note]]]] and you get a opposite colored clothed Maxwell who steals things right from the hands of the innocent and whose presence scares most people. Typing in [[spoiler: "Clone"]] actually spawns a slightly different Maxwell lookalike than "Maxwell, "Me", "Protagonist", etc. He has a few different animations (including a weird floating limb and head thing) and doesn't scare people, but he still steals things.
** In the sequel, evil Maxwell has ''his own notebook'' and will summon random objects from out of thin air, just like you. [[spoiler:[[UnexpectedGameplayChange He's also the final boss.]]]]
** He comes back as one of the main antagonists in ''Unmasked''.
* ExplosiveBreeder: Place two rabbits next to each other, and they will multiply until the object meter fills up. In the sequel, they will merely spawn two "baby bunnies".
** This used to be a bug (before release). The rabbits would spawn so many other rabbits that the game would crash.
** A fertile woman will spawn kids until the object meter is full.
** In ''Unlimited'', adding another cockroach to the one in the city level will quickly fill the street with cockroaches.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Adding the "omnivorous" adjective to an object. The object will then attempt to hunt down and eat any life forms nearby. In the case of Maxwell as a victim, it's a OneHitKill.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: The Shoggoth.
* FaceHeelTurn: Using "[[spoiler:earth magic]]" will turn anyone evil. [[GodIsEvil Even God]] and [[BadSanta Santa Claus]]. Using "[[spoiler:mind control device]]" or "[[spoiler:Cupid bow]]" will [[HeelFaceTurn turn some (but not all) evil characters good]].
* FantasyKitchenSink
* FollowTheLeader: Before the game ''even came out'' (in fact, only a few days before), a FlashGame called [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/Turtlesoup4290/the-wizards-notebook?referrer=Jayisgames "The Wizard's Notebook"]] borrowed the game's central concept but with a much smaller dictionary.
* ForcedTutorial: Any time that you want to start a new game, you must waste 3 minutes trying to skip through levels 0-X. If you try to summon any items in level 0-6 (the only time that you can summon something on these levels), it will immediately disappear, no matter its properties. This was quite annoying for people on launch day, who discovered to their dismay that they couldn't get to the part of the game where you can summon stuff and solve levels right away - which is, you know, the ''entire point of the game''.
** Well, you ''can'' use the notebook at the title screen...
** This is averted in the sequel. You can exit during the tutorial in the pause menu.
* FreezeRay: Like everything else in the game, this is summonable.
* GameBreakingBug: The developers described a bug which they thankfully caught at the E3 release: A pair of rabbits would multiply [[ExplosiveBreeder so quickly]], baby bunnies would keep appearing until the game crashed. This was fixed for the final version with the rabbits breeding until your object meter fills up.
** In most iterations of Scribblenauts, trying to use a fishing pole or grappling hook on a tornado crashes or freezes the game.
** Also according to [[http://blog.videogamepricecharts.com/2009/06/scribblenauts-review-e3-2009.html this]] blog ''"We also tried to attach wings to a motorcycle with some glue and then ride it off a jump. We jumped on the motorcycle the game froze. The developer actually thanked us for breaking it though."''
** [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/955689-scribblenauts/54446483 Chaingun vs. Godmother = game freeze]].
** The game freezes when you try to access the 30 buyable levels.
* GasMaskMooks: What you get when you type in "Enemy", and the standard form of foe for many levels.
* GenderBender: In the sequel, a female or male potion.
** You can also make a Female Male and a Male Female.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** While inherently obscene terms won't work, you can summon a number of torture and execution devices (like "Gallows, "Iron Maiden", or "Guillotine"). "Virgin" is also in the dictionary (apparently being synonymous with "[[{{Nerd}} Gamer]]"). But not "Weeaboo", oddly enough.
** [[CampGay "Flamboyant" is synonymous with "rainbow".]]
* GhostShip
* GiantEnemyCrab: Typing "Giant Crab" gets you a normal crab in the first game. Typing "Enemy Crab" will get you a normal crab. Typing "Giant Enemy Crab" gets you this trope. It even appears in a level with three samurai with the hint "ForMassiveDamage!"
** "Ancient Japanese History" will also spawn a giant enemy crab.
*** Obviously, 5th Cell forgot to input some object data, as in the sequel it ''isn't even hostile''. That, or they [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything figured that people would want one they can ride by default.]] Besides, the Hostile adjective fixes that.
** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Doubling the "giant" adjective]] yields a [[UpToEleven ridiculously]] [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever oversized]] variant.
* GlassCannon: Edison. Very powerful (he can one-hit kill Maxwell in sandbox mode), but takes only one hit before dying.
* GrandpaGod: Writing "God" causes a manifestation like this.
* GreenHillZone: The first world, set in a forest.
* TheGreys: The standard alien. Typing in "Xenomorph" also results in one of these.
* GrotesqueCute: What happens when a [[ForTheEvulz certain kind of player]] plays Scribblenauts. That, and HilarityEnsues.
* GuessTheVerb: Inverted. A lot of people spend time trying to guess something the game ''doesn't'' have.
** Sort of played straight in Super Scribblenauts which had a lot more guessing games and sometimes didn't accept reasonable answers.
* GunsAreWorthless: In a combat-heavy stage, don't get an ordinary gun (or most ranged weapons for that matter). Not because of low firepower, but because of limited ammunition. ([[TheComputerIsAcheatingBastard NPCs don't suffer from this problem, though]]).
** That said, laser guns provide a useful OneHitKill, though they only have one shot, and Freeze Rays [[HumanPopsicle freeze the target in a block of ice]], rendering it harmless [[HarmlessFreezing without harming or killing it]], useful to circumvent enemies [[ThouShaltNotKill you aren't allowed to simply murder]].
** Maxwell has infinite ammo too in the sequel.
* HandCannon: While typing in "Hand Cannon" provides [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_cannon an early firearm]], typing in "Gyrojet" yields a pistol ''as big as Maxwell'' which fires ''exploding ammo''. That's right, folks, they put a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} bolter]] in.
** Actually, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/gyrojet such a thing exists]].
** Try typing in "barrel gun". The resulting pistol's barrel is as big as Maxwell's head.
* HarmlessFreezing: You can freeze anything using a Freeze Ray, and it doesn't harm it.
** A kid in one level of the sequel is frozen solid.
* HighClassGlass: The Philosiraptor's defining characteristic, aside from its lack of speed.
** In Super Scribblenauts, a "Gentlemanly" anything will be wearing a monocle. Even a ''monocle''.
* HijackingCthulhu: The Mind Control Ray can be used to control powerful beings like Vampires, Cthulhu, Dragons, and the like. Instantly adds the "loyal" adjective to the target. Hypnotic items are even better, since they affect inanimate objects as well. So, you can hijack Cthulhu, a volcano and basically anything you please.
* HilarityEnsues: When objects interact in unexpected ways.
* HistoricalHilarity: It is possible to summon GeorgeWashington and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln.
* HornyDevils: Natch. Only "Succubus" summons a unique monster, however; "Incubus" and "Devil" are synonymous.
* HundredPercentCompletion: Requires you to beat each level with three different solutions. There's 220 levels. Go figure.
* HypocriticalHumor: The tutorial explicitly states that things summoned must be real life objects and must not be any of the following: a place, proper name, suggestive material, shape, Latin or Greek root word, alcohol, race or culture, vulgarity or copyrighted. How about: UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, [[CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]], [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Adamantium]], or [[TheLordOfTheRings Mithril]]? They don't follow the guidelines, but you can spawn them because they're not copyrighted. Even [[ProductPlacement 5th Cell]] is there so you can summon it.
* ILoveNuclearPower: Dropping a radioactive rock on someone turns them into a mutant.
* ImAHumanitarian:
** Not only are there human cannibals, but cows and pigs will also and happily munch on beef and pork. [[{{Squick}} Ew.]] Though at least cows will attack you afterwards.
*** That's because the cow gets ''[[TheDevteamThinksOfEverything mad cow disease]]''.
** You can make any object eat humans by giving it adjectives such as "man-eating". Even objects that wouldn't make sense to be capable of eating things, let alone large enough to digest an entire human, such as snails, chairs, and rocks.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Inevitably, Maxwell. When you've got just about ''every noun in the English language'' at your disposal, this sort of thing is bound to happen.
** In the sequel, it's even more inevitable with adjectives. Beware the man riding a rainbow of pandas going in a full circle wielding a [[{{BFS}} colossal zanbato]]!
* ImprovisedPlatform: you can write the name of any object you want, such as "dock" or even "floating platform".
* IncestIsRelative: "Wife" and "Mom" produce the same woman. But so does "Woman"--some Fridge {{Squick}} is a little inevitable when there's one "generic female NPC." And one "generic male NPC."
** Averted In Scribblenauts Unlimited, where vague words like "woman" or "person" will choose any NPC that the word fits, often resulting in many different outfits for the same word.
*** Played straight if you use the "fertile" adjective on one of Maxwell's brothers and either walk past them or spawn another brother to get them pregnant.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Try using the shrink ray... Or Shrink Magic.
** Small potion in the sequel.
*** Mere object editing in Scribblenauts Unlimited.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The wizard staff can kill anything with relative ease.
** The sequel's InfinityPlusOneSword? [[spoiler: Dead potion, with the stun gun being the 2nd best.]]
** Even better is a quick deadly sword. It'll one-hit-kill EVERYTHING. Not just everyone, EVERYTHING.
** Hell, just add the adjective Deadly to ANYTHING and it's a InfinityPlusOneSword.
*** In ''Scribblenauts Unlimited'', the Cap Gun is capable of killing and destroying anything, including priests, and ''black holes'', which are normally completely invincible. Though considering how the object editor reveals that it shoots "nothing," this could be a [[GoodBadBug glitch]].
* InstantRoast: Whenever livestock such as pigs, cows, and chicken go near fire, they turn into cooked meat.
* InterfaceScrew: Summoning "Game" in ''Scribblenaut Unlimited'' then playing it will turn your screen into monochrome 8-bit. Play it again and the reverts to normal.
* ItemGet: Starite get!
* {{Jerkass}}: Though much of his behavior is up to the player, Maxwell's canon jerkassery is established in ''Scribblenauts Unlimited'', where he feeds a rotten apple to an old man because he thought it was funny. The old man curses his sister with TakenForGranite, though, so Maxwell has to learn his lesson.
** By ''Unmasked'', he's [[CharacterDevelopment largely shed this trait.]]
* JokeItem: There are a lot of goofy items in the game, but the most obviously jokey ones are the ones based on MemeticMutation.
* JustEatHim: Summon Edison. You'll find [[OneHitKill he does just that]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Katanas do more damage than regular swords; oddly, the A.I. prefers swords over katanas (even characters that spawn with a katana, like samurai, will swap for a sword if one is lying around).
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl: Maxwell may as well be the king of this trope. Death? {{God}}? Cthulhu?
* KillItWithFire
* KitchenSinkIncluded: Yes, you can spawn one.
* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Throw a pillow at God and ''he'll try to kill you''.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: "Lightsaber" is not a word, but "laser sword" is. "Frisbee" doesn't work, either, but "Flying Disc" will.
** Averted. You can create a [[NoMoreHeroes Beam Katana.]]
* LOLCats: Ceiling Cat, Spaghetti Cat, Longcat, [[EvilTwin Tacgnol]] and Monorail Cat are all present in this game.
** In fact there are 19, 20 or 21 different kinds of cat, both in breed and in coat colour, in the game. 19 proper, 20 and 21 if you count an Egyptian Mau/Lynx that looks like a grey Persian that growls like a larger cat, or a tiger cub that meows like a cat.
** In ''Unlimited'' you can summon Nyancat.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Blob will destroy any creature, provided said creature is not on fire.
* LethalJokeItem: "Post 217." Looks like a billboard based on the "ROBOT ZOMBIES" story, [[spoiler: acts like a nuke]].
** Longcat is apparently stronger in a direct confrontation with {{God}}. He hates water, though.
** The Cap Gun in ''Unlimited'' destroys ''everything'' with one shot. Yes, that includes black holes and "invincible" objects.
* LightningCanDoAnything: It can jumpstart cars and revive corpses, just to name two uses.
* [[spoiler:LiteralMinded]]: Puzzle level 10-11. Hint: "Write the answer". Answer? "[[spoiler:Answer]]"
** Though other words will work too. [[spoiler:You can use anything that normally summons a false starite.]]
* LostForever: In ''Scribblenauts Unlimited'', Edgar appears on the farm level after you unlock the ending. He has a special cane that turns anything it shoots into stone. If you reset the farm level at any time, he and his cane disappears and cannot be respawned. The only way to keep the cane is to put it in your backpack.
** In the PC and Wii U versions, this object can be spawned by using a glitch. See the GoodBadBugs entry above.
* MadeOfExplodium: Summon a Gas Tank and see what happens if you so much as look at it the wrong way.
* MadeOfGood: According to ''Unlimited'', Starites are made from the happiness of living things, which is why Maxwell needs to help people to collect them.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Maxwell can take the same number of hits as a ''baby''.
** Except in the sandbox, in which case Maxwell has no hitpoints and can only be killed by Edison, or a screen-wipe.
* MalevolentArchitecture
* MarketBasedTitle: The recently-revealed Japanese title for the first game is "Hirameki[[note]]Could mean "insight" or "flash"[[/note]] Puzzle: Maxwell's Peculiar Notebook."
** The Japanese release of its sequel averts this, strangely enough, simply sticking with the original title.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: According to the intro of Scribblenauts Unlimited, Maxwell has ''41'' siblings including Lily.
* MasterOfDisguise: Maxwell seems to be one of these, judging how Super Scribblenauts contains a merit called "Maxwell In Disguise" for using an avatar.
* MemeticMutation: There are several silly Internet memes included InUniverse as Easter eggs, including:[[invoked]]
** The aforementioned LOLCats
** LOLWUT (spawns a big head for any human being to wear, which is also edible)
** AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs (summons a base with a cyborg on the main screen)
** FTW ("For The Win"; gives you a fake Starite)
** {{Rickroll}} (summons a regular "man"... who dances and goes "poof" not long after)
** A [=ROFLcopter=] (summons a white helicopter)
** Lollerskates (summons rollerskates)
** [[WeeblAndBob Badgers will dance when placed near mushrooms, and are afraid of snakes.]]
** LeeroyJenkins (synonymous with "knight")
** [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Loituma]] [[{{Vocaloid}} Girl]] (summons an {{animesque}} girl spinning a leek)
** ORLY, YARLY, and NOWAI (synonymous with "owl")
** [[Manga/DragonBall Over Nine Thousand]] (summons the "scouter" Vegeta wore)
** GiantEnemyCrab ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Go ahead, guess]]).
** [[VideoGame/MarioIsMissing Weegee]] (synonymous with "plumber")
** OM NOM NOM NOM ([[http://media.ebaumsworld.com/picture/lilsht/OmNomNomNom.jpg This picture]], without the cars.)
** Philosoraptor (summons a slow moving velociraptor wearing a monocle)
** INVISIBLE BIKE (Summons [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what you think it summons.]] It's not all invisible, though; the handlebars are still visible, so you can interact with it.)
** I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE (Summons a shifty-eyed boy)
** Yo Mama (Summons a zombie)
*** Also, [[{{Lolcats}} a walrus will defend any bucket in sight.]]
*** And the game's gotten its own mutation: [[http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=16184727&postcount=217 a guy called "Feep" posted his experience with the game]] on [=NeoGAF=] (post #217 in their Scribblenauts thread), which has been [[http://www.britishgaming.co.uk/2009/06/scribblenauts_e3/ passed around]] the web a bit.
*** The ESRB rating summary, which says that a player could [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential theoretically]] "[[BlackComedy attach steaks to babies to attract a lion]]," has also gained a small following.
** Even Anonymous is in this game. Why do I think the developers spend time on 4chan?
*** Spawn a girl next to Anonymous, and she runs away screaming. Sounds about right.
** Spawn a pirate next to a ninja [[CoolVersusAwesome and they instantly attack each other]].
*** The [[spoiler: pirate]] wins. [[BigNo NOOOOO!]]
**** [[spoiler: Unless you give the Ninja a Sword instead of the Throwing Star it is naturally summoned with. Then the Ninja usually wins.]]
** On the steam version, spawn a portal, and after a while, a cake appears.
** "two four one five four three nine zero three" (241543903) spawns a freezer with the aformentioned LOLWUT inside, frozen.
** Unfortunately, this got the devs into a bit of trouble, as they included NyanCat and KeyboardCat in ''Unlimited'' without realizing that both were trademarked, and owned by people willing to go to court to defend said trademarks. Oops. As a result, ''all'' memes (except Invisible Bike, and {{InJoke}}s like Post 217) were removed from ''Unmasked''.
* MercurysWings: One of the many ways you can make Maxwell fly is to write winged sandals. You could also write winged helmet but it doesn't fly.
* MisterSeahorse: The adjective "Pregnant" makes the unit spawn a baby version of itself. It works with literally ''anything.''
* MonsterMash: One mission in Dark Hollow has Maxwell trying to enter a party attended by Jenny Greenteeth, a Skeleton Warrior, Film/TheInvisibleMan, a [[{{Youkai}} tanuki]] and a [[EvilTwin Doppelganger]]. Another one puts him against two gargoyles, two Flatwoods Monsters, the Jersey Devil and a chimera.
* MoralGuardians: Despite their desire to include ''everything'', the devs decided that alcoholic beverages and vulgar things would have to be left out. So if your first action upon opening up any text input/creation tool in any game is to input the word "ass", you'll get a donkey. Same thing also goes with stuff that's technically under copyright.
** As well as a few other words that do have a non-vulgar alternative, like "dick" for a detective, "cock" for a chicken and "skeet" for a disk.
* MoreDakka: In ''Super Scribblenauts,'' it's entirely possible to make guns that wield other guns, which wield ''other'' guns.
* [[DinosaursAreDragons Mosasaurs Are Sea Dragons]]: Summoning a ''Mosasaurus'', ''Tylosaurus'' or ''Platecarpus'' produces a decided un-mosasaur-like sea serpent.
* MotivationOnAStick: You can set this up using a "plank", "glue", and something the character wants.
* NerdsAreVirgins: A TakeThat. "Virgin" and "Gamer" make the same effect in the first game. "Otaku", too.
* NiceHat: Maxwell's helmet is race car red and has not one, not two, but ''three'' horns. That's pretty awesome. It's [[{{Fanon}} been dubbed]] the Rooster Hat by the fan-base.
** Even nicer hats are possible. A wizard sitting on a saddle strapped to a bear riding a unicycle glued to a top hat? Now ''that'' is a fine piece of headgear.
* NietzscheWannabe: The game includes both "passive" and "hostile" nihilists.
* NighInvulnerability: Priests, vampires and longcats are almost completely invincible; the only known ways to eliminate them are [[JustEatHim Edison]], UsefulNotes/BlackHoles, [[NukeEm nuclear weapons]], and other sources of {{one hit kill}}s.
** In fact, vampires can be easily killed with some [[AchillesHeel creative thinking]]. Stakes, holy water, crosses and even garlic are one-hit kills. Alternatively, you can summon a sun and watch the vampire die on his own.
** Longcat can be [[OneHitKill eaten]] quite easily by a dragon or a large carnivorous dinosaur.
** Anything you want in the sequel. The weakness? [[spoiler: Dead potion. Or stun gun.]]
** After the original *Scribblenauts*, any person that might represent a religious sect is indestructible to anything that doesn't wipe the screen or destroy absolutely anything. This includes priests, rabbi, imam, nuns, and atheists. Apparently 5th Cell thought that being able to kill these would be more controversial than averting InfantImmortality.
*** In Scribblenauts Unlimited, Priests and the like can be killed with the [[LethalJokeWeapon Cap Gun]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Post 217 is a fantastic example of this: there are ''robot zombies''. Which are defeated by ''riding a dinosaur through time''.
** There's also robot hamsters and robosaurs.
** And ninja sharks.
** And a ''Philosoraptor''.
** ''Super Scribblenauts'' adds an entire dictionary for ''adjectives''. Since ''Scribblenauts Unlimited'' you can actually type "NinjaPirateZombieRobot", but in ''Super Scribblenauts'' you have to settle for a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Piratic Zombified Robotic Ninja]], and before ''Super Scribblenauts'' you could have given a robot zombie a pirate hat and shuriken.
* NoodleImplements: '''''...the game!'''''
* NostalgiaLevel: Using the Time Machine in ''Super Scribblenauts'' will occasionally send you back to the first stage of the original game. There's another Maxwell (the normal one, not the doppelgänger. You can not identify him.) running around there, and you can even collect the Starite, and you need it for HundredPercentCompletion. You can use potions on the normal Maxwell.
*** You can even [[spoiler:kill your past self.]]
** The sequel's last level [[spoiler: ends with writing the answer again, only now you're on [[RecycledInSpace the moon!]]]]
* NoWaterproofingInTheFuture: Water shorts out a variety of electrical items, including some you wouldn't expect to be electrical at all.
* OhCrap: The moment in Action level 4-6 when [[spoiler: the giant crab shows up ''out of nowhere'']].
* OneHitKill: "[[spoiler:Edison]]" will eat anything alive in one bite, including you.
** This doesn't work on the Kraken, sadly.
** Or robosaur.
** Or longcat.
*** The adjective "Deadly" seems to turn anything into this in the sequel.
*** [[spoiler: Dead potion.]]
* OneMillionBC: Reachable via TimeMachine.
* OnlytheChosenMayWield: Maxwell's notebook is bound to him, so he can't just hand it off to someone else or have it stolen.
* OverlyLongGag: The hint of action level 10-9 goes on for about 20 hint boxes and, rather then giving any actual hint to the straightforward level, contains a somewhat amusing rant. Something about coffee, steak, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking rules to live your life on]].
* {{Panacea}}: In the sequel, using this on a dead or sick being revives them. Using it on a healthy being makes them invincible.
* PaperThinDisguise: Witches won't attack you if you [[spoiler: wear a witch hat.]]
** Cops will attack anyone [[spoiler: wearing a [[DigitalPiracy pirate hat.]]]]
* {{Planimal}}: You can add "wooden" to anything in the sequel.
* PotHole: The programmers had a little fun assigning words as synonyms. For example, inputting "Science" will produce [[spoiler:a Large Hadron Collidor]].
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The Neogaf vehicle is powered by a gamer. If you interact with the Neogaf logo instead of riding it, a gamer will pop out and the logo will no longer fly.
* PreOrderBonus: Maxwell's NiceHat, as a matter of awesome fact.
** When you pre-order the sequel, [[http://www.destructoid.com/pre-order-super-scribblenauts-get-plush-headphones-181090.phtml as you can see]], you get some nice plush headphones. They come in grey, polka-dot, and the pictured camouflage.
** When you pre-order ''Scribblenauts Unlimited'', you get [[http://bulk.destructoid.com/ul/234018-421740_10151050213214646_419880108_n.jpg your choice of revamped versions of]] either Maxwell's, [[spoiler:his sister's]], or his Doppleganger's NiceHat.
** Pre-ordering [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/218680/ the third game on Steam]] gets you his NiceHat in VideoGame/TeamFortress2. It's been dubbed [[http://storefront.steampowered.com/v/gfx/apps/218680/extras/banner.jpg The "Cockfighter"]]
* PsychoElectricEel: In the game, eels, elvers, lampreys, hagfish and quillfish all have electric powers and are extremely aggressive, attacking everything else including their own kind. In real life, their only similarities are that they are fish with elongated bodies and fused fins.
* PuffOfLogic: In the sequel an atheist can kill God. By ''thinking.''
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Summon an atheist, then summon God, the atheist runs away. However if you summon a gun for the atheist, this trope happens.
** Subverted in the sequel: if an atheist so much as TOUCHES God, God goes *POOF!*
* RaisingTheSteaks: In the sequel you can make anything undead. Literally anything. Even things that were never alive to begin with. Can add a little {{Narm}} in the fact that you can summon a colossal undead banana, which will then jump around attacking the living.
* RealityWritingBook
* RuleOfCool: There's a plot, but who cares when you've just turned into Gordon Freeman and are using a crowbar to beat the tar out of zombie robots with {{God}} fighting alongside you?
** [[ExcusePlot There's a plot?]]
* SelfImposedChallenge: "Stump the Dictionary" was popular when the game was being demonstrated at E3. Some gamers have also sworn to complete the game with specific-item runs (like beating every level with a dinosaur, or stuff like that).
** In addition, PacifistRun, NoCasualtiesRun, SoloCharacterRun.
* ShoutOut: So many that they have [[ShoutOut/{{Scribblenauts}} their own page]].
* ShownTheirWork: A kappa will eat [[TrademarkFavoriteFood cucumber]]. In the sequel, they also get the friendly adjective.
* SmallTaxonomyPools: Any animals who bear a superficial resemblance to each other are treated as the same species by the game. Examples include (but are not limited to) earthworm and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caecilian caecilian]]; mouse and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pika pika]]; ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifePrimitiveSaurischians Herrerasaurus]]'',… The list is nearly endless.
* SoundtrackDissonance: See comments regarding GrotesqueCute and SugarApocalypse. The music remains cheerful throughout.
* StarShapedCoupon: Starites.
* StartScreen: It acts like a sandbox mode, allowing you to just play around and summon whatever you want. In the sequel, you can ''customize it.''
* StepfordSmiler: Maxwell won't stop smiling. Even if he's burning to death.
* StuffBlowingUp: Dynamite, C4, nukes -- you've got plenty of options.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Literally; with a shrink ray, it's possible to stuff a fridge into a fridge.
* SugarApocalypse: It is fully within your power to turn Maxwell's world into a thoroughly CrapsaccharineWorld, through [[StuffBlowingUp whatever]] [[EldritchAbomination means]] [[KillItWithFire you]] [[ZombieApocalypse deem]] [[AxCrazy appropriate]].
* SummonBiggerFish: You can summon ''anything'', so this is a natural way to solve combat-related problems.
* SwissArmyWeapon: The DS's stylus obviously is one for the player, but in '''''Super Scribblenauts''''', that distinction falls on potions: when you create one, any adjective you decide to adjunct to it is the potion's effect. Go nuts.
* TakenForGranite: Medusa's stare turns things to stone, as do several other things. ''Unlimited's'' plot involves trying to rescue Lily from a curse that is slowly turning her to stone.
* TakeThat: "Virgin" maps to "gamer". Also, "scientist", "astronomer", "nerd" and "dork" are all represented by the same character.
** Also, an IndyEscape level has the hint, "The fourth one is bad." (Pay note to said trope's name.)
** "Day" is not in the game. Neither is "Night." Nor "Afternoon," or "Dawn," or "Dusk," or "Sunset," or any other time of day (since they're immaterial, after all)... but "Literature/{{Twilight}}" is. [[spoiler: It summons a black hole.]]
* TeleportersAndTransporters: You can summon them, and they take you to a variety of places such as outer space or [[DevelopersRoom 5th Cell's office]].
* TheTetrisEffect: After playing ''Scribblenauts'', you'll find yourself coming up with ludicrous ways to solve problems in real life, even if you can't actually do that. Like thinking "I wish I could call Einstein to beat that stupid physics teacher up..." or "I wish I could go home riding a ''Velociraptor''…". Possibilities are endless.
* ThemeNaming: All the stages in ''Unlimited'', besides Edwin's Farm, are named after various writing terms.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Need to knock down bottles? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh65m-3o1co SUMMON A BATTLESHIP!!!]]
* ThreateningShark: All sharks in the game, regardless of their real life behaviour, are very aggressive, including the filter-feeding [[GentleGiant whale sharks and basking sharks]].
* TimeMachine: One of the summonable objects. It allows you to either move forward or backwards in time.
* TooDumbToLive: A good deal of summoned human characters tend to chow down on any can of arsenic they see.
** You can cure them, however, with "dimercaptosuccinic acid". Just like in real life. And Ruby Quest.
*** Good luck trying to spell it.
* TotalPartyKill: Try typing in "atom bomb" or "tsunami". Or drop a meteor from high up.
** Or type in "[[spoiler:[[YouCanPanicNow Large Hadron Collider]]]]".
** Oh, and another name for [[spoiler: Large Hadron Collider]] is [[spoiler:SCIENCE]]
* TryEverything: This is where the fun comes from.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: This is possibly the only game where you will ever have George Washington fight Cthulhu. Or God fight Leeroy Jenkins. Or Satan fight Bigfoot. Or...
** With ''Scribblenauts Unmasked'', it is obvious this trope would come into play. You can summon almost any DC character you want and get them to fight. Want to see Superman take on the Sinestro Corps? How about Young Justice duking it out with the Joker? The possibilities are endless!
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: [[spoiler:Level 10-5 (the final normal level) of Super Scribblenauts. Also, try writing "arcade machine."]]
* UniversalDriversLicense: Maxwell. In addition to "mundane" vehicles like cars, pogo sticks, and boats, Maxwell can also drive tanks, helicopters, and ride dragons, unicorns...
** In the sequel, the "rideable" adjective takes this to its LogicalExtreme.
* {{Unobtanium}}: Easily obtained, in your choice of Adamantium or [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Mythril]]. Both are pretty much indestructible.
** Even better? In the sequel, ''Adamantium is an adjective''.
** In ''Unlimited'', you can actually summon unobtanium.
* UnwinnableByDesign: DoubleSubverted: While the [[spoiler:last Action level]] was ''designed'' to be {{Unwinnable}} if attempted [[spoiler:the hard way]], it's still possible to flip every switch and press every button through the clever use of glue, anvils and shrink rays. However, neither the switches nor the buttons actually work.
* VagueAge: Maxwell.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: Unlimited. Also the 'pet' button in every game.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: As suggested by the devs themselves: "Make an elephant, make a pool, drop the elephant in the pool, make a shark..." And watch the fun begin!
** You can put a baby into an oven.
** To quote the ESRB's justification for the E10+ rating: "a club can be used to hit an animal; steak can be attached to a baby to attract lions; rockets can be lobbed at a man".
** Please, please [[AnimalJingoism don't put any kind of cat and dog together.]]
*** Unless it's Super Scribblenauts and it's a "peaceful dog."
*** Or the dog is ticklish and you glue a feather to the cat. The dog will alternate between aggression and fear. That could be considered cruelty of a different variety, though.
** You can have a dingo eat a baby.
** An early level in World 2 has a few trick or treaters visiting you on Halloween. You can give them candy, or you can give them [[HilarityEnsues something very dangerous to their health]]. Either works.
*** Or you can just throw a rock or shoot at them. You can even beat it with no items by throwing a pre-spawned jack o' lantern at the kids.
** You can make something simultaneously pregnant and cannibalistic. No points for guessing what happens next.
** In one level, the goal is to reunite a little girl and her cat that is stuck on top of a roof. [[PlayingWithFire Setting the house on fire works quite well.]]
** Try gluing a switch to a character's head and [[ElectricTorture turning it on.]]
* TheVirus: Zombies, Vampires, and Werewolves are all infectious. However, vampirism is the only one that can create a proper apocalypse. The A.I. on zombies is bugged so that they will continue fighting each other to the death even after being turned, so you'll usually only end up with only 1 active zombie at any given time. People infected by werewolves only turn hostile if exposed to a full moon.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Part of the CombinatorialExplosion: Dracula runs from Garlic (or Garlic Bread), [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfoot]] runs from Cameras, and atheists run from {{God}}.
** Unless those atheists have a shotgun.
*** And the in the sequel, it's atheist that's God's weakness.
* [[ImmuneToBullets Weapons Are Useless]]: "[[spoiler:Godmother]]" turns any weapon summoned into a rose. Including bullets from guns, and you can't erase those roses. This can cause [[GameBreakingBug problems]] when you fire unerasable bullets from guns, especially the auto-fire Chaingun, at her. As a result of this glitch, she was {{Nerf}}ed in the sequel to lose this ability.
** Apparently, gaining control of adjectives gives you immunity to them, meaning paint, Medusa head, and Shrink Ray won't work on you anymore.
* WesternTerrorists: What you summon when you type in "Terrorist," "[[BombThrowingAnarchists Anarchist]]," "Arsonist," or "Madman."
* WideOpenSandbox: While it's technically a puzzle-platformer, ''Scribblenauts''' central conceit is going to make it hard to resist playing it like one of these. To that end, the dev team has thoughtfully designed the start screen to be sort of a "sandbox mode", so you can have hours of fun without even loading your save file!
* WithThisHerring: Completely and utterly avoided. There's no such thing as "low-level equipment" when you've got ''everything'', after all.[[labelnote:*]]It is unlikely that you have the capability to [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail cut down a tree]] WithThisHerring, but then again, see [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything all the]] [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything above]]...[[spoiler:For the record, you can't.]][[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:*]]Unless, that is, you use a long, deadly fish in the sequel...[[/labelnote]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Maxwell isn't shy about wearing women's clothing. Or babies' clothing. Or... anyone's clothing, really.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Pegasus is afraid of dolls.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: You're going to kill him with a ninja riding a dinosaur and wielding a rocket launcher? [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Why don't ya just suck him into a black hole?]] (Answer: [[RuleOfFun because it's more fun that way]].)
* WhatMeasureIsANonhuman: The 'clone' will not become infected by a zombie.
* AWorldwidePunomenon: All of the locations in ''Unlimited'' are either writing puns or [[{{Tuckerization}} named after the developers.]] Examples include Capital City, Payper N. Penitentiary, the Exclamation Point (a mountain), etc.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: "Taser", "frisbee", and "lightsaber" are not in the dictionary whereas "stun gun", "flying disc" and "laser sword" are.
* {{Yandere}}: Summon a "girlfriend" or "[[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleader]]". Then summon a "psycho" or "stalker". Notice the similarities, yet ''notice [[KnifeNut the difference]]''.
** In ''Super Scribblenauts'', "Girlfriend" will try to kill another Girlfriend on sight...even if they were born using the pregnant adjective.
* YourMom: Note that just "Mom" summons a normal woman whereas "'''Your''' Mom" summons [[spoiler:a zombie]]. Hmmmm...
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[[folder:''Super Scribblenauts'']]
* AbnormalAmmo: Any adjective applied to a projectile weapon will also apply to its projectiles. This can be useful (an "explosive gun" will shoot exploding bullets, and a "flaming gun"'s burning ammo can set its targets on fire) or completely useless (a "pretty gun" will shoot bullets that wear little tiaras).
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Whatever Potion
* {{BFG}} / {{BFS}}: Yes, you can literally summon a "big" "flaming" sword, gun, or anything else.
* BoringButPractical: The "immovable" adjective makes objects, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin impossible to move]] by any means, including gravity.
* CartoonCheese: Try making something "CHEESY."
* CensorBox: The "Birthday Suit" is a nude body costume with one of these.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Among other things, you can create, say, Winged Wings, or Burning Fire, or a Lycanthropic Werewolf, or a Zombie Zombie, or a Giant Giant, or a Robot Robot. Some of these are visibly different from the normal: Winged Wings are wings wearing wings, for example, and a King King wears a crown... on top of his crown.
* DirtyCommunists: "Communist" is an adjective.
* FearlessFool: Giving a creature the adjective Brave will cause him / her / it to fight back anyone that harms him, [[strike:even]] especially if they don't stand a change of beating it. (ex. Brave Man vs Evil Dragon)
* [[spoiler: FissionMailed]]: In the sequel's last level. [[spoiler: It says "Try again: The starite was destroyed." with the only button saying "No way".]]
* GameBreakingBug: A bug sometimes occurs, in which Maxwell randomly ascends to the skies and never comes down. This renders the sandbox mode (arguably [[SidetrackedByTheGoldenSaucer the best part of the game]]) unplayable.
* GayOption: In one of the levels, Maxwell has to buy presents for each of his parents and his girlfriend, based on the objects they have in their rooms. [[LesYay And if you switch to a female avatar...]]
* GRatedSex: Try summoning "Pregnant Potion".
** Also, try adding the adjective "Fertile" to someone and then summoning another living object of the same species.
* GuideDangIt: To get the final merit, you must "apply the [[GuideDangIt secret]] Super Scribblenauts adjective". The only clue is that the merit is called "The Fourth Wall". [[spoiler: The adjective is Scribblenautical if you were wondering. It gives everything the rooster hat.]]
* HighClassGlass: Try applying the adjectives "dapper" or "gentlemanly" to things.
* ILoveNuclearPower: Handle the "Nuclear" adjective with extreme care.
* LogicBomb: Averted, typing in contradicting adjectives such as "Blue Yellow Apple" will result in the game ignoring all contradicting adjectives apart from the last one.
* MiniGame: Summoning the Arcade Machine and using it lets you play a little mini-game where you must defend a wall from falling bombs. You not only get an achievement for doing so, your file also tracks your high score!
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Now that you can use adjectives, nearly any mix-and-match monster you can think of can be created.
* NostalgiaLevel: [[spoiler: The first level from the original game appears as an EasterEgg - very occasionally, the time machine, instead of taking you where you asked to go, will take you to said level. Maxwell from the past and the starite appear as well, and collecting said Starite is required for OneHundredPercentCompletion.]]
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Among many other possibilities, you can add (and remove) wings to any creature or monster with the "winged" and "wingless" adjectives. (CueTheFlyingPigs?)
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The "Lycanthropic" adjective will add "shaggy" brown fur and "fangs" to ''any'' object exposed to the light of a "full moon".
* SequelEscalation: Adding a dictionary of adjectives means that your seemingly limitless repertoire of potential objects is now multiplied by an ''equally limitless'' number of modifiers. Good luck trying to write them all.
* StuffBlowingUp: What you get from anything with the "exploding" adjective.
* TakenForGranite: Gorgons can petrify creatures. If you kill the gorgon or summon a gorgon head, you can use the head as a weapon.
* TeensAreShort: The adjective "teenage" makes objects smaller.
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[[folder:''Scribblenauts Unlimited'']]
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Nintendo items in the Wii U version. At first, it's a right lark to spawn Bowser and Mario and watch the two duke it out Scribblenauts style, but you soon realise that you can't add adjectives to them in any way. That's acceptable; obviously Nintendo doesn't want you vandalising their intellectual property with adjectives like 'smelly', 'rude' or 'lizardlike'. What is less excusable is the fact that they will NEVER be the answer to the puzzles, even when they make 100% logical sense. For example, if you need a weapon to defend against a horde of zombies, spawning a sword will work, but the Master Sword? Not on your life. Of course, since this game features an object editor, you're free to make Nintendo characters and items that ''can'' be adjectified and used to solve puzzles.
* BigBoosHaunt: Grave Manor.
* DummiedOut: There's an unused, unfinished stadium level that was also used by the developers as a test level. It can be briefly seen on the PC version by using the "--autoloader" command line parameter. If you want to actually play in it, however, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iatBzHL6C8 memory hacking]] is needed.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Several missions have (female) creatures asking for a mate. Conjuring a [[HornyDevils succubus]] is an entirely valid solution.
* GangplankGalleon: The Listy Colon.
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Even though it was Maxwell who gave the old man a rotten apple in the intro, it's Lily who is punished for it.
* {{Jerkass}}: The entire plot stems from Maxwell giving an old man a rotten apple just because he thought it would be funny. Needless to say, he learns his lesson.
* JungleJapes: Anaphora Falls and the Ruins of Ellipsis.
* LethalLavaLand: The Vowelcano.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: Sir Guillemet's Castle.
* OmniscientMoralityLicence: The old man who [[TakenForGranite curses]] Lily. [[spoiler:At the end, it turns out that the man was actually their father Edgar, and they're understandably quite angry at him. But eventually they forgive him.]]
* OneHitKill:
** Giving something the "gone" adjective. Goodbye, thing!
** "Dead" or "deceased" does exactly what you'd expect. Making a weapon "deadly" allows it to one-shot anything mortal.
** Objects with adjectives like "man-eating" and "omnivorous" will kill their targets instantly upon consumption.
* PatchworkMap: There's a desert right next to an iceberg.
* {{Pixellation}}: What the "naked" adjective does in this game: It adds a "pixel" costume over an object instead of giving them a flesh-colored tone as in the previous game. The pixels vanish soon after being removed, and that includes stealing them from the object.
* {{Prehistoria}}: The Saurus Park, a ''Franchise/JurassicPark''-themed level with dinosaurs-a-plenty.
* PressXToDie: Adding the adjective "dead" to Maxwell, i.e. yourself, or becoming "exploding" and then interacting with yourself. And unlike [=NPCs=], being "reincarnating" won't help you.
* {{Retraux}}: Time Machines, Video Games, and Arcade Machines now give three different flavors of this.
* ShopliftAndDie: If you steal something from a shopkeeper, they'll come after you with a battle axe.
* SleazyPolitician: One of the object shards involves summoning two liars and placing them near each other. "Politician" is considered a valid substitute.
* TakenForGranite: Maxwell's {{jerkass}}ery in the prologue gets Lily cursed, causing her to turn to stone bit by bit. Maxwell has to collect the Starites to free her.
* ThemeNaming: Most of the areas are named after elements of language or typography.
* TurtleIsland: Dot the Island.
* UnwinnableByDesign: Rendering a puzzle unwinnable will turn the Starite piece counter red to warn you. Fortunately, you can reset the level to undo it.
* VideoGameSettings: Averted at the beginning when the only locations accessable are buildings within the city. You later, however, gain acess to [[TheLostWoods a forest]], [[JungleJapes jungle]], [[ShiftingSandLand desert]], [[SlippySlideyIceWorld tundra]], [[LethalLavaLand volcano]], and several other more "traditional" video game environments.
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[[folder:''Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure'']]
* AdaptationalVillainy: Catwoman is a full-on villain here. This goes for a number of AntiHero types, especially NinetiesAntiHero characters like [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Azrael Batman]] and [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman the Eradicator]].
* AlternateContinuity: Certain characters actually have multiple versions of themselves in the game to reflect various Elseworlds, such as SupermanRedSon and WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond.
** The game's version of the DC Universe seems to combine characters and elements from the Post-Crisis universe and the New 52 universe.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Brainiac]]
* BookEnds: The first and last thing you create is a doctor. The first one is to heal Lily, the last is to heal [[spoiler: Doppleganger]].
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Many of the summonable characters' bios in the Batcomputer have information either censored or completely missing. Most egregiously are entries for characters who are currently deceased or whose backgrounds involve DeathByOriginStory using the words [[NeverSayDie "attack" and "defeat" in place of "kill"]].
** Especially jarring considering some of the other stuff they got away with. Typing "New Fifty Two Joker" produces the Joker as he appears in DeathOfTheFamily . You know, that story where he '''appeared with his face cut off and held in place by a belt'''.
* CallBack: [[spoiler:Lily offhandedly worries [[LateArrivalSpoiler her father would turn her to stone]] for breaking her globe when she and Maxwell landed on Gotham City, she drops the topic immediately before Batman could inquire further.]]
* CanonImmigrant: Luminus is one of the villains you can summon even though he appeared exclusively in SupermanTheAnimatedSeries and never turned up in the comics (not counting three issues of the ComicBookAdaptation of said animated series).
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: A number of unlockable outfits based on DC characters are available for Maxwell to wear, giving him the powers of those characters.
* CompositeCharacter: The Azrael Batman costume has the look of the ''Knightfall'' costume, but comes with the flamethrower of the ''[=KnightsEnd=]'' costume.
** Wonder Woman's origin level mentions her classic origin of being brought to life after her mother sculpted her from clay, but also mentions that her father is Zeus, which was an element from her reworked origin in The Comicbook/{{New 52}}.
** Certain characters featured in the game combine elements from their Post-Crisis and New 52 counterparts. One example is minor Superman foe Kryptonite Man, who resembles the K. Russel Abernathy version that appeared in Post-Crisis continuity, but has the background information of the New 52 Kryptonite Man.
* {{Crossover}}: Between ''Scribblenauts'' and the DC Universe.
* EnemyMine: During the [[spoiler: final mission]], Maxwell has to select one of the many Lantern Corps batteries to get backup that can assist Hal Jordan in fighting the Sinestro Corps. It is possible to summon the Black Lantern Corps, the Red Lantern Corps, or the Orange Lantern Corps as your allies in this battle.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the intro, the paper that Maxwell wrote 'Gotham City' on it has a D on the other side. [[spoiler: Say, doesn't "Doppleganger" start with a D?]]
** There are also a few hints throughout the game that [[spoiler: Brainiac is the main antagonist]].
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler: Brainiac]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: While not every DC Comics character made it into the game, the characters that DID make it are rather shocking, considering that the Scribblenauts games are mainly targeted towards children. The game's available characters include violent sociopaths such as Mr. Zsasz and Professor Pyg as well as characters with very dark backstories such as Red Lantern Corps member Bleez.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: You can make a villain undergo a HeelFaceTurn by adding adjectives like "benevolent" or "good" to them. Likewise, you can make heroes go through a FaceHeelTurn by adding adjectives like "evil" or "bad" to them.
* HeroicWillpower: Averted. When Maxwell grabs the Orange Power Battery, Hal Jordan notes that he shook it off pretty fast. Max quickly tells him that he did no such thing.
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: The narrator doing the starting and ending cut scenes turns out to be Alfred, Bruce's loyal butler.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Maxwell and Lily kickstart the plot by combining two mystical artifacts of incredible power to settle an argument about who the more powerful superhero is.
* SpeechBubbles: As befitting a comic universe, the characters will occasionally speak with these, instead of the uniform "blah, blah, blah" of the last game.
* {{Superhero}}es: Duh.
* SuperZeroes: Has a number of memetically infamous heroes, including The Legion of Substitute Heroes.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Has 2000 characters from the DC Universe, some of which being obscure characters that only appeared a handful of times. Specific examples are the 100+ ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' mythos characters, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat Family]], the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, as well as their respective [[RoguesGallery Rogues Galleries]]. In fact, there's achievements for summoning alternate copies of the Justice League and 150 Green Lanterns.
* LostForever: Once the tutorial level and the Starite missions have been beaten, they cannot be played again.
* PuzzleBoss: [[spoiler: Brainiac. He simply teleports the other heroes outside of his base before his fight begins, but Lily figures out that the key to beating Brainiac is to summon alternate versions of the DC heroes due to Cyborg noting that Brainiac can only teleport his other counterparts or people from his home dimension and therefore has no power over Maxwell and Lily. The key to defeating Brainiac is to summon the Elseworlds incarnations of the superheroes, such as the Red Son version of Superman or the Batman Beyond version of Batman.]]
* StableTimeLoop: In the Arkham Asylum level, Barbara Gordon appears as Batgirl, apparently never [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke having her spine damaged by the Joker]]. After the level is beaten, Maxwell shows his thanks for Batgirl saving him by [[spoiler: going back in time and implicitly preventing the Joker from crippling her]].
* WorfHadTheFlu: Despite the fact that his powers [[spoiler:are exactly the same as your own, Doppleganger at best makes a token effort to stop you in each level. Once you reach Themyscira, he explains that he is limited to the single page of notebook Maxwell used to kickstart the plot, hence he has to conserve his summons lest he run out of room to write]].
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