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-->''Everyone has their bad days.''
-->'''-MSPAFA description for ''Superego'''''

''Superego'' is another [[MSPaintAdventures MSPA]] Fan Adventure by [[Tropers/DrVox Jovian]], who's also the creator of ''{{Godquest}}''. Ten individuals, each designated by a [[YouAreNumberSix numeral]], a [[SigilSpam symbol]], and a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color]], are trapped in a hospital and must work together to get out. But what surprises does the building have in store for them? And what deep, dark secrets lay within their minds?

Not to be confused with TheSuperego, the former name of a trope about logical, calculating people.

* Original forum threads: [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?38766 Thread I]] [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?42548 Thread II]] [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?47986 Thread III]]
* [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275 Mirror]]
* [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bF7IsilgHLIHe3SPweA9YP2FdIlpj1ThnovpZs9oM5w/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1 Info Database]] (contains spoilers)
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!This InteractiveComic provides examples of:
* AbandonedHospital: {{Justified}}. [[spoiler:It's a virtual one.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://jovian12.tumblr.com/tagged/Superego The author's Tumblr tag for Superego]] has many doodles and tidbits that aren't in the threads.
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: Percy and Ava, respectively.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Ranging from yellow to orange to pink to blue, none of the characters have normal skin tones. [[spoiler:Or rather, they ''used'' to have normal skin tones before entering the VR hospital.]]
* AmbidextrousSprite: Occurs as instances of hairstyle flipping (noticeably with Ava and Rick).
* [[ArcNumber Arc Numbers]]: 301 and 10, not to mention [[YouAreNumberSix the numbers on the characters' hands.]]
* ArcSymbol: The circle and variations of it.
* BiggerOnTheInside
* BigShutUp: Louis delivers one to [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=319 Ava]]. It seems to have affected her.
** ...and then delivers a NoisyShutUp later.
* [[BigWhat Big,]] FlatWhat: Rick has one when Percy has to tell Louis that he (Rick) [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=273 left a bad impression]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[spoiler:For a period of time beginning on February 11, 2012, Percy's shadow had gotten its hands on the Info Database that Percy was so meticulously keeping up-to-date and pretty much trashed it. At first, it was simply a black-out of the information (which copy-pasting into a text editor could easily undo), but then his edits started getting...nightmarish.]]
* CastOfSnowflakes
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Louis' deaf ear]] allows Cherry to [[spoiler:sneak up on him and push him into the abyss.]]
** After the rendezvous at the art gallery, Juliet reveals that [[spoiler:there's a switch that could help them escape the hospital. Suddenly [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275 the title card]] for the comic makes sense.]]
* ClosedCircle
* ColorCodedCharacters: Everyone looks pretty distinct to begin with, but their colors make them almost impossible to confuse.
* ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument: The [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=400 papers]] Percy finds.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The hospital.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Juliet does this accidentally [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=382 to Sam]].
* DysfunctionJunction: Unavoidable when all the characters are based off of [[spoiler:personality disorders.]]
* EldritchLocation: The hospital, natch. Through the course of the story, it gets more insane, containing {{Bizarrchitecture}} and GravityScrew.
* ElevatorEscape: Sam employs this to get away from Percy and Ava.
* EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler:Also happens to be the ShadowArchetype.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots of it if you know where to look.
** The [[spoiler:light switch]] Juliet remembers in chapter 4 appears in her [[http://media.tumblr.com/910b346f85d3ee959199f9969efa8c37/tumblr_inline_mxkeexW0rB1qgaal7.gif fleeting]] [[http://media.tumblr.com/dd1daebd1ad03547930b584f9e65bb87/tumblr_inline_mxkegd3spx1qgaal7.gif thoughts]].
** Among the basements symbols, [[spoiler:only Louis' is dimmed]]. They also foreshadow the characters' insecurities, as detailed [[http://jovian12.tumblr.com/post/69520343258 here]].
** Louis was first seen in [[http://media.tumblr.com/80b159a1e2d3b26708b31ce90568c2e0/tumblr_inline_mxk6gyXqFF1qgaal7.gif this room]]. Notice [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monaural the symbol on the wall]]?
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The hours passed can be counted on one hand.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Ava and Juliet are sanguine; Rick and Quin are choleric; Sam and Percy are melancholic; Louis and Grey are phlegmatic; Cherry and Helen are supine.
* FreudianTrio: The first three characters introduced. Percy is the Superego (logical, perceptive), Sam the Ego (doesn't care about others and wants to get out as soon as possible), and Ava the Id (excitable, ''loves'' chatting and getting people's attention).
* GeniusLoci: The hospital appears to have elements of this. For example, [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=251 one room]] [[spoiler:traps Ava and Cherry within it]].
* GenreSavvy: Sam has clearly watched more TV than the rest of the group. One of the commands even lampshades this, referring to him as [[OneOfUs Genre Savvy man]].
* HearingVoices: Mystery flavor.
* [[spoiler:HollywoodPersonalityDisorders: Played a little more realistically than most examples though.]]
* AHouseDivided
* IncomingHam: [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=201 YOU THERE!]]
* [[spoiler:InsideAComputerSystem: The entire hospital is a VR simulation]].
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Louis invokes this, referring to Cherry as Japanese (she's Chinese).
* JigsawPuzzlePlot
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: See OntologicalMystery below.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Done between Percy and Rick, and Cherry and Ava.
* MadEye: Vivian.
* MinimalistCast
* MissingFloor: [[spoiler:Sam is surprised to discover a basement. So far, only one elevator leads to it.]]
* MobileMaze
* MonkeyMoralityPose: Briefly flashes as crossed-out ears, eyes, and mouth when [[http://mspfanventures.com/?adv=275&id=1109 Louis meets Helen.]]
* NeckLift: {{Inverted}}. [[spoiler:A shadowy hand restrains Sam onto the ground by the neck while he's in the black room with the mirrored floor.]]
* TheNineties: According to WordOfGod, the story takes place in 1995.
** TwentyMinutesIntoThePast
* NoAntagonist: Currently, the hospital itself[[spoiler:, along with the demonic voices and tentacles of darkness,]] seems to be the best candidate for one.
* OhCrap: Sam, [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=200 meet Rick]].
* OntologicalMystery: Everyone has [[YouWakeUpInARoom woken up in a room]] with [[LaserGuidedAmnesia no memory of what happened]] prior to their incarceration other than that they were leaving home for something.
* PaintingTheMedium: Everyone and their dialog is colored a different hue [[spoiler: while the demonic voices have black backgrounds in their text]]. As things get weirder, filter effects such as smudging and pixellizing are used as well.
* PlotPoweredStamina: The story stretches on well past midnight.
* PlummetPerspective: A variation occurs [[spoiler:at the end of the prologue.]]
* PortalPicture: Just don't get stuck in one.
* {{Prelap}}: In [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=158 visual form]]!
** And also a [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=669 postlap]].
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Rick lands a hell of a beatdown on Louis [[spoiler:to avenge his graduation invitation]], but the most that he suffers is a slight nosebleed. Louis then does a big right jab on the coach's face, knocking off his glasses in the process. Even [[spoiler:Rick's inner demon]] knew this right from the start.
* RotatingProtagonist: You could easily divide the story into scenes with certain characters as focus.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Rick is one of the only people of the other hospital inhabitants that Cherry seems comfortable being around and talking to due to her [[ShrinkingViolet rather shy and skittish personality]]. At one point they get separated after Cherry has a meltdown when he and Louis start fighting; she goes to search for Rick a few minutes later, only to see another woman now following him around. Feeling replaced, she runs away heartbroken and several walls come jutting up from the floor behind her to prevent them from following. In other words, ''her barriers just went back up.''
* SanitySlippage
* ShoutOut: The fact that all of the characters trapped in the hospital have numbers on their hands is very reminiscent of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''.
** WordOfGod also confirms that HouseOfLeaves is another inspiration for this work.
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: Cherry is a pretty good example of this.
* SigilSpam: Each character has a symbol, which are found all over the hospital.
* SimultaneousArcs: To lead up to the [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=133 light flicker.]] Mini [[RotatingArcs Rotating Arcs]] also occur since the cast doesn't exactly like to stick together.
* SkintoneSclerae: a good chunk of the cast.
* {{Soaperizing}}
* SoftGlass: The entire floor of the black room, as [[spoiler: Shadow Quin]] [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=471 demonstrates]]; Sam ends up on a hospital bed without so much as a scratch.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: WordOfGod says that the adventure's title is [[https://twitter.com/JovianTwelve/status/257993943080386560 one word]], not two. Thus, the fan abbreviation "SE" is not actually appropriate.
* SubliminalSeduction: During Sam's stay in the WhiteVoidRoom, censored messages start to obscure his train of thought. When highlighted, they appear to be gibberish. [[spoiler:However, if you get rid of the non-alphabetic characters, separate the letters into caps and lowercase, and reverse both strings, you will get two messages. The lowercase one reads, "run boy you should run they are going to get you you do not realize what you have done they want to kill you from the inside out they are the most terrifying things you will ever experience because they are you and only you alone can defeat them sam you better get out of here and quickly quickly," and the all-caps one reads, "I CANNOT POSSIBLY FATHOM TO TELL YOU THE FULL RAMIFICATIONS OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE HERE YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING DEMONIC AND YOU WILL REGRET IT SECONDS AFTER YOU LEAVE THIS ROOM I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE FATE YOU HAVE PUT UPON YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU WILL BE LIVING IT FOR EVERY SECOND FROM NOW ON."]]
** This happens again after Sam gets struck by lightning, although the text is in [[spoiler:Shadow Sam's]] color and it doesn't need to be highlighted. Although the capital letters don't seem to have a message, [[spoiler:the lowercase ones spell out "sam im very disappointed in you/you have been rude and disruptive and entirely unhelpful/sam theres something you should do this is your last chance/it will help you will be fixed you can live normally sign here/sam sign here sam sam sam sign here sam sam sign sam" over the course of five pages.]]
* ThemeNaming: Not including full names (as the cast is rarely called by them in-story), they're ten letters long. Even including aliases (Red Diamond) and initials (Rick L. Worth).
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Sam is reminded of [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=394 "someone"]] (with a [[CensorBox censor bar]] over the eyes no less) [[spoiler:later revealed to be his [[MissingMom mom]]]] and tries to drop the subject ASAP.
** This device becomes more common; even [[spoiler: the comically arrogant Rick]] has one.
* UnreliableNarrator: Despite being written in second person, the narration varies depending on the character in focus. Considering the characters' [[DysfunctionJunction mannerisms]]...
** Even the character's recollections vary stylistically. Compare how [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=293 Ava sees Sam]] and how [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=458 Sam sees Ava.]]
* UnsoundEffect: [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=311 EJECT]].
** [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=496 QUARTERBACK SMACK]].
* WallOfBlather: Percy and Rick are prone to these.
* WhamLine: Sam's realization after [[spoiler:getting sorted out by his Shadow]]:
-->This is...[[spoiler:virtual reality! This whole thing is virtual reality!]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Quin pulls this on Rick after he shrugs off Cherry running away from them in tears, despite the fact that they'd been trying to find her.
-->'''Quin''': Did you even notice she was crying? Did you even care? You said you were specifically ''looking'' for her!
* WhiteVoidRoom: Sam ends up [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=275&p=185 in one]]. And immediately gets assaulted by a mass of dark tentacles [[spoiler:that may or may not be his inner demon]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Several of the characters, particularly those who believe they are in control of the situation.
* XMeetsY: So far, this is shaping up to be "''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' meets ''HouseOfLeaves'' meets the ''[[ShinMegamiTensei Persona]]'' series", the last part due to the presence of [[spoiler:Shadow-like demon voices roaming the halls]].
* YouAreNumberSix: Everyone has a numeral on their left hand which designates how their personality relates to [[spoiler:one of ten personality disorders according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition. Read more about it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSM-IV_Codes#Personality_disorders_.28Axis_II.29 here]]. However, keep in mind that they don't necessarily have those disorders, and the numbers may in fact mean something deeper.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: In only a week's worth of updates, Sam, Percy, and Ava find the exit to the hospital [[spoiler:which leads to a cliff that leads to an abyss. END OF PROLOGUE]].
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