The Wastes is a Fallout roleplaying site that is growing at a reasonable rate, and characters are developing, creating larger and larger trope lists. A character sheet was inevitable. Note that the changes to this list will be ongoing.
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After his exile from his home in Seattle, Black John wandered the wastes. His exploits include joining a tribe of cultists, a raider gang, killing a Texas Ranger, and quoting from his tattered copy of The Bible.Associated Tropes
Beard of Barbarism: Black John is noted as having a wild beard, accented with braids and beads
Braids of Barbarism: Black John's hair and beard are marked with braids and beads made from carved bones.
Cowboy: Although not an actual cowboy, he dresses a helluva lot like one.
The Drifter: Evading debt collectors and hitmen causes Buck to move around alot.
Good Ol' Boy: Buck is from south Alabama, evident by his thick accent.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a racist gun for hire, Buck has a family back east, which he kicks himself over for not being better to. He also has a soft spot for children thanks to his 7 year old daughter.
Retired Outlaw: Buck used to rob trade caravans earlier in his life; before being caught. Afterwards, he was sent to a labor camp for 10 years, which made him give up his criminal ways. Mosty.
Shout-Out: Buck is mainly influenced by real life Wild West heroes; chief among these are Tom Horn, Wild Bill, and Doc Holliday. He's also inspired visually by the Spaghetti Western hero Sartana, played by Gianni Garko.
Smokingis Cool: Although he rarely gets the chance to smoke, one of the only thing that can mellow him out is a drag on a cigar.
The original Tribal, born of a proud warrior people descended from Force Recon Marines and refugees from the Resource Wars (including a few Israelis). A renowned hunter in his tribe's territory, he hangs around the Bucket Town area with the other ne'er-do-wells, supplying the brute power for many scavenging runs. Tall, burly and ruthless, he's not really the type you want to get on the bad side of.Associated Tropes
Bar Brawl: Took part in clearing one out in the site's inaugural event.
Beard of Barbarism: Caleb rarely shaves or bathes. This leads to some impressive facial hair, but only makes him seem less approachable.
Fight Scene: Expect at least one severely violent fight per thread he's present in.
Finishing Stomp: His tribe teaches its warriors to end fights by crushing the victim's skull or throat with a stomping attack.
Good Old Fisticuffs: Played straight and subverted. His fighting style is based solidly in Krav Maga, Muay Boran and the LINE Combat System, and he frequently chooses the path of the Combat Pragmatist, but is quick enough to pull off the occasional flashy Superman Punch or flying knee.
Neck Snap: He's pulled this off once or twice. Probably more. He is 6' 4" and 245lbs though.
A Rancher kid, born an outcast, the only one that understood him was his father who had the same spark of genius with him. However, he had conflicted with many members of his family, the most agressive was with his brother. After a barn fire had been caused the a cool night to be a dark terror, his mother was trapped beneath the flaming debris. Eli tried to save his mother but was burnt severely, and a strange voice in the back of his head told him to save himself and doom his mother so he did. He was blamed for not saving his mother, ever more the outcast he ranaway to become a master of manipulation while trying to master his insanity.Associated Tropes:
Badass Bookworm: You think insane people don't read or educate themselves. Whenever having the free time, Eli reads books about the Old World and seeks to enlighten himself as to find things that can change people's life. For Good and For Worse, though.
Evil Is Sexy: His green eyes have such depth, his face is rather handsome and untouched unlike his torso which is morphed and melted. But hey, he is still sexy with those eyes staring straight through your soul
Insanity Equals Violence: With a annoying voice yelling at you to kill or murder or to do other vile things. You don't think he won't straight up kill you and or savagely mutilate you.
Farm Boy: He was born into a Ranching Family that hated him, but he still learned how to dissect, to butcher, and to cook somewhat.
Kill It with Fire: He hates fire, but that doesn't mean he won't burn you in some weird way of symbolism.
Choatic Neutral: He's not evil, nor is he good. He looks after anyone who can be of use to him, or anyone who can stroke his ego.
The Charmer: He does rely on his charms to make sure he stays alive by the end of his ventures in the dark world of Fallout.
A Ghoulified survivor and veteran of the Great War. Originally a nice man with marriage prospects, and a reserve police officer, he held a PhD in Mechanical Engineering obtained in his native Ireland. He would go on to legally surrender his Irish Citizenship and serve in the US Army Special Forces. He took part in several events in the setting background, including the Anchorage Liberation and attacks on Mainland China. He worked in a Power Plant when not on the front, and that was where he took shelter from the bombs. The combined radiation of the bombs and the damaged reactor mutated him into a Glowing Ghoul, the trauma of which only magnified the trauma of his time in the War - in which he committed acts tantamount to terrorism against the Chinese. Now, like many others, he walks the wastes, doing whatever he can to survive.Associated Tropes:
Badass Bookworm: He graduated with an Engineering P.Hd back in Ireland. Considering that most people can't even read in the Fallout timeline, this makes him possibly one of the most educated, if the only, PC on the site.
Becoming the Mask: While Liam is in fact the sentient, conscious entity in Jackal's head, the violent, animalistic, subconscious undercurrents of his mind tend to have control more often than not.
Chaotic Evil: Of the Animal Cunning variety. In his own mind, he's the ultimate predator, showing total disregard for life in general and is endowed with near superhuman intelligence, great physical prowess and over two centuries of survival and combat experience. He takes what he wants, when he wants, and he'll cut the throat of anyone who tries to stop him.
Cursed with Awesome: He's a Glowing Ghoul. That means that he can cook you from the inside out, but, that also means that he gives people cancer when they stand next to him for too long.
Dark and Troubled Past: Even before the Apocalypse, Jackal did some damned distasteful things in the name of his adopted homeland.
Disproportionate Retribution: All that happened was the guy coughed while he and Jackal were fishing. Jackal proceeded to beat the man senseless.
Evil Makes You Ugly: While it was technically the radiation that turned him into a peeling-skinned mutant, Jackal's Chaotic Evil is what makes him really repulsive.
Game Face: Jackal occasionally glows - eyes included - during fights.
Grumpy Old Man: Jackal has been around the block. He saw the world before the bombs fell. He knows how far things have fallen. And now he's here to bitch about it.
Hair-Trigger Temper: He'll seem quite happy one minute, then at no notice, reach across the table and slice a person's throat for having an annoying voice.
Insane Equals Violent: Played straight. In a world without antipsychotics, Jackal is blood thirsty, aggressive, ruthless and calculating.
Light Is Not Good: A painfully literal case. Jackal is a source of light, but is far and above the most twisted character on-site. The light is usually portrayed as menacing anyway, silhouetting his bones and so on.
Living Forever Is Awesome: Contrary to other Ghoul characters, Jackal is quite happy to live forever as the world goes to toss around him. Despite being a borderline nihilist, he considers himself a God Among Men for having survived radiation poisoning that should have killed him several times over.
Manly Tears: Despite what his writer thinks, Jackal sheds a whole lot of these after Ellis dies.
I said unmanly, damnit!
Murder Is the Best Solution: What's worse is, he's usually more than aware of the other, more effective, more rational solutions. Removing the problem with a generous helping of violence just relieves the stress of the situation better.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Jackal - not a terrorist or assassin in this case. A predator picking the bones of the world - a title his not-so-subconscious picked for itself when it felt he was no longer human (long story).
Neck Snap: Jackal loves severing spinal cords like this. Justified, he is a Special Forces veteran, and in pretty good shape.
Odd Friendship: Ellis Colbeck was the only character Jackal gets along with. Everyone else, he hates beyond all reason. And then Ellis died.
The Dreaded: Twisted and sadistic to the point where he even disturbed another user. Has killed at least one victim by pinning them down and delivering a fatal dose of radiation.
Violent Glaswegian : Jackal, the Irish ghoul who's former American spec-ops and has a violent temper. He killed a man just because he was having a bad day and said man annoyed him. Doesn't help that the person who writes him is a real life Violent Glaswegian.
The Kid-Appeal Character of The Wastes, Lucy is 10 years old and the leader of a now mostly dead "Revised Girlscouts of America." She is a genius (having a 10 in intelligence, higher then most characters and NPC's) She is a former slavegirl having stabbed her former owner in her escape (he was believed dead until recently) Lucy also has an enemy in the Mt Rushmore Patriots, a group of national guard remnants from North Dakota (outside the area of influence for the game's setting)Associated Tropes:
Child Prodigy: Lucy's parents were genius vault-dweller scientists and takes after them. Often this manifests into adults not believeing her much to their peril.
Competence Zone (subverted) Lucy is clearly outside the competence zone of the RP and as such her storylines come across as highly unbelievable at times. The purpose of this is (according to her player) to highlight how morally bankrupt the world in which she lives is
Deliberately Cute Child: In Lucy's case this can be a bad thing as she is wandering around with little or no supervision. With a charisma of 8 (possibly the highest in any current character) many people she encounters would love to keep her... suggesting this triggers her Berserk Button and results in their immediate death
MacGyvering: Having no melee combat skills and only a BB Gun for a weapon Lucy relies heavily on this, to a point where her player refers to her as "Lolita MacGyver"
Omnidisciplinary Scientist; Lucy has no field of study, she simply reads and knows a lot. Se changes from psychology, forensics, robotics and engineering at the drop of a hat.
Scout Out: (Semi subverted) A rare example of using the actual trademarked version of the scouts down to authentic 1950's era uniforms, the same Scout's Oath (with a few changes to reflect the wasteland's environment.
A ghoul doctor and psychopathic madman, Max was originally the son of an influential Austrian socialite, and thus, was born into great wealth. However, the years have not been kind to him, (nor he to them) and he has grown into a stagnant beast since the bombs dropped. Often prone to fits of violence and dance, he is truly an oddity in the desolate wastes.Associated Tropes:
Blood Knight: Max loves to harm, maim and kill things, not for any particular reason, as he often becomes bored or too "goody goody" on his downtime.
Eat the Dog: Max has a disturbing habit of tracking down and eating dogs in and around Bucket Town, for really no reason other than he's hungry and dogs are close enough to other edible animals.
Funetik Aksent: Max is sometimes written with an intrusive German accent, it really depends on the author's commitment beyond replacing "the" with "ze"
Gentleman Adventurer: Max somewhat fits this trope as he was once (and still believes) that he is a gentleman, and he gets in adventures!
For the Evulz: Max is not a likable person, as he often commits random acts of violence for little to no reason. He once firebombed a caravan out of sheer boredom.
Psychopathic Manchild: The defining trope for Max, he often displays acts of unprovoked violence, vulgarity, and generally annoying the hell out of others.
Shout-Out: Max is mainly a shout out to Max William's character Gunter Vogler in the TV series Bullet In The Face, right down to his erratic behavior, irrational love of violence, pre-war appearance and German accent. He also is heavily inspired by the Joker and Angel Eyes from The Good The Bad and The Ugly.
Worst Aid: Max often forgets about patients mid-surgery, botches procedures, and sometimes refuses treatment outright.
Patrick "Pariah" Graves
The black sheep of a long family line that extends to before the bombs fell, Patrick left his hometown of Chicago in search of his own destiny. Patrick is a classy and charming conman, willing to steal the food from your plate and split it with the less fortunate. Of course his sticky fingers often land him in a number of sticky situations.Associated Tropes
Call Back: While scavenging, Patrick stumbles across the same building Black John killed two people in. They're still there.
Chaotic Neutral: Patrick doesn't care about "morality", but is by no means a bad person.
Chick Magnet: Patrick has attracted a lot of female attention over the years.
Chivalrous Pervert: While Patrick wouldn't turn down a chance to get laid, he won't sleep with women who are emotionally damaged or otherwise not thinking clearly enough to make a conscious decision.
Functional Addict: Patrick is addicted to Mentats, but has not let that slow him down, much to his own surprise.
Just Like Robin Hood: Patrick prides himself on being as civil and classy as possible, even in the face of being caught. He even gives away some of his loot to people who are less fortunate.
Outlaw Couple: Despite not technically being a couple, Patrick and Kelly Capozzi certainly make a good example, complete with Belligerent Sexual Tension. Patrick himself considered having a relationship with her, although he doubts it could work in the long run.
Sharp-Dressed Man: Patrick wears as classy a suit as one can get in the wasteland, and even modified it to conceal stolen goods.
A former Blue Blood Knight (the forums equivalent to a knight in a feudal hierarchy) Stephen was born in a lap of luxury, compared to most player characters. From an early age, he was both tutored in pre-war subjects such as Math, History, and more. He was also taught how to fight and how to lead soldiers in battle, something he found that he was rather good at. Since the age of twenty, he has been fighting in near constant skirmishes with other Blue Blood Knights in the name of his lord. However, after being knocked and left the Sole Survivor of his own detachment (although allowing other troops to escape the carnage), Stephen now is forced to wander through the wastes looking for something else to attach to.
Blue Blood: Stephen was born into a family of Wasteland Aristocrats. His family also owned an entire village (albiet a small village) and had enough spare income to be able to afford tutors for Stephen when he was growing up.
Honor Before Reason: Very much so. The reason Stephen entered the campaign that set off his whole Player Character history off was because he felt that he was obliged to go, if only so then he wouldn't seem weak in front of other knights and lords.
Mook Lieutenant: Was originally one of these. Then he lost the men that he was commanding due to being forced to take a Last Stand with.
Officer and a Gentleman: Attempts to be one of these. It works, considering that he cares for his men. But, then again, he also did follow a certain order that got everybody but him enslaved or killed.
Sole Survivor: He was the only survivor of his own small group of soldiers not to be killed or dragged off into slavery.
A slightly amoral chemist descended from Vault 15's resident pharmacist; Suvarna craves a life of luxury and deference from others.
Woman in White: Suvarna channels Lawrence of Arabia with the addition of white opera gloves and a veil.
Kill It with Fire: Suvarna doesn't pretend to know how to fight, but she can make firebombs with household chemicals!
Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Telling people they're ignorant peasants can get you killed. It's perfectly fair to make them feel like ignorant peasants with a fancy Vault-descended education, and Suvarna does.
Zachary A. Sieger:
Originally from the Great Plains Wasteland. The son of a rich bighorner rancher. His parents were killed by raiders. He went on to become a successful bar fighter and then a lawbringer. He heard about the Southern Wastes and decided to bring law to the wastes. He met a crazy man that claimed to be the heir to Nuka-Cola. He also befriended a dog named Lassie.Associated Tropes:
Farm Boy: Zachary grew up on a ranch and is destined for greatness.
Dark and Troubled Past: Family troubles from the past, living through an atomic war, two hundred years walking through Hell, endless memories of better days and constantly fighting for your life will give you a Troubled Past.
Drowning My Sorrows: Played straight to a small extent. Hagan will drink if it's on hand and prefers alcohol to anything else but he will not go out of his way for it. He does drinks to forget though it rarely works.
Mangst: Hagan is most commonly thinking of his past when alone and he doesn't bother other people with it. Aside from the occasional slip when talking he keeps both his past and his feelings to himself.
To Absent Friends: Hagan does this when alone though not just to his friends, also his family and what the world used to be.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Played straight. Hagan feels very depressed and has on many occasions attempted suicide, however he cannot bring himself to do it. His inability to end his own life only serves to depress him further.
Reluctant Warrior: Played straight. Darrel experiences self-loathing, revulsion and actual physical sickness after killing humans. Animals and mutants are fair game, though.
A Ghoulified survivor of the Great War. Originally, Steven was a model citizen of the Southern United States as well as a civilian scientist holding a degree in the physical sciences. However, his company went under, and he briefly took a job selling door-to-door in his local community, where his generally stand-up nature served him well. Then there was an increased push for troops, and Steven was trained as a medic and sent to Anchorage against his will. After serving in a field hospital in Anchorage, he came home. Just in time for the nuclear holocaust, it turns out. He fled with his neighbors into the sewers, where radiation sickness and lack of food caused the people to degenerate into savages. Steven escaped, and since then has been wandering the wastes, keeping a journal of everything he does.Associated Tropes:
Badass Bookworm: Before the war, Steven ran a small company using his college education in general sciences while crusading for temperance on the side. After the war, he's had 200 years of survival experience, journals everything he does, and uses a monkey wrench to hit pressure points.
Dark and Troubled Past: Averted up until the Great War. Steven lived a fairly cozy life up until he was forced to go to Anchorage and when the Great War happened. After that, and after watching his insane neighbors tear each other apart, his life has really gone down the crapper.
Martial Arts and Crafts: Steven's medical knowledge allows him to turn an opponent's body against him via pressure points and locks.
Martial Pacifist: Steven prefers negotiation and rarely, if ever, wants to fight, but he WILL mop the floor with you if you make him.
Shout-Out: Steven's journal is a shoutout to Isherwood Williams from Earth Abides during his earlier years.
Technical Pacifist: Steven has an aversion to fighting and killing, which is why he didn't want to go to Anchorage, but he has killed before. Never lightly, of course.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Steven is frequently depressed from losing all his friends to atomic destruction, watching them tear each other apart in the sewers where he took shelter, and seeing the total dissolution of morals in the world.
Orion Keagan/Scorpio & Sam Duncan:
Badass Longcoat: Orion wears what can only best be described as a modified duster. I say "modified" as it has no riding slit in the back.
Bad Dreams: Orion's dreams are... obviously metaphorical, violent, chilling, and in short, utterly disturbing.
Chaotic Neutral: Orion once more. You almost never know what he's going to do next, but you can be damn sure that it has to do with his survival... or if he just feels like it.
Catch Phrase: Sam uses "Trust me. I'm a Doctor.", and uses it both comically and psychotically.
Combat Medic: Sam very much so. Sam can fix up anything from a small fracture to a gaping gash as well as a variety of other physical injuries. He also has the strength and ability to take on at least one enemy in hand-to-hand combat (with or without a weapon).
Darkand Troubled Past: Detatched mother, abusive father who expected more out of the both of them than was humanly possible. His father killed his mother in a particularly gruesome way as Orion watched.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Orion. Attribute III to be specific. He has no memory of largely the past several years.
Real Name as an Alias: Orion introduces himself (when forced to) as Keagan, his last name as opposed to his first name.
Scars Are Forever: Let's count the ones Orion has: Large vertical scar on the left side of his face; claw marks on his chest; multiple smaller scars scattered across his body; numerous old bullet scars. ''"We all bear scars of our past. The only difference is wheter or not we choose to hide them, or wear them openly. Each on has a different meaning. Some may mean another story to tell your friends over a drink, some may have no meaning; their stories lost with the passage of time. Then there are some who's meanings are more dark and sinister. These are the ones
Bald Black Leader Guy: Not anymore (and probably never again due to his low charisma), but Ulic used to be a highly effective leader of tribal warrior squads. Note that there is a partial subversion of this trope because everyone in the Savar tribe, not just Ulic, is black.
Both the former priest and town leader of Buckettown, the sites resident mascot town, Father Gerade was elected peacefully into Buckettown during the first site-wide event. After a few other event missions to improve Buckettown, some of which never got off the ground, two users built a small army and overthrew Gerade. However, Father Gerade is currently hiding out somewhere that the PC's don't know. An NPC that basically has a Love It or Hate It deal going on, his fans and haters are basically half and half of the sites membership.
Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Father Gerade truly a force of good for the Wasteland? Was he simply just a misguided Optimist? Or maybe he used religion as a way for him to grow in power, keeping Buckettown in his firm grasp of power?
Authority Equals Asskicking: Inverted. Father Gerade was a rather old and frail man, who only carried around a farmers handheld sychte for protection. He relied mainly on his guards to do work for him, rarely coming out of his church unless hes needed.
Preacher Man: Before becoming leader of the mayor of Bucketown, and during his reign of Buckettown, Father Gerade served the towns local spiritual leader. Or, if some membersinterpretation is to believed that Father Gerade is more like a....
Sinister Minister: Some members, including the troper/member of The Wastes that edited this section, believe that Father Gerade was running Buckettown to the ground; running the place as his own theocracy.
Sequel Hook: Como'n. He's out there somewhere in the Wastes. He's BOUND to come back, either through PC means or through a event on the site.