Fan Fic / Dungeon Keeper Ami

Ami's eyebrows shot up as everyone kept staring at her with bated breath. "What?" she asked into the silence, crossing her arms in front of her chest defensively.
"Aren't- Aren't you going to convince them by revealing your grotesque and horrifying true form now?" Snyder asked, a hint of disappointment quivering in his voice.
The three goblin heads peering around the door frame nodded. "Yes. Is traditional."
Ami blinked at the expectant expressions surrounding her, then closed her mouth with an audible snap. She turned her head and threw a pleading look at the Reaper, who just snickered at her predicament. "But I'm human! I really look like this!"

Dungeon Keeper Ami is a fanfiction written by Pusakuronu. It begins with Ami Mizuno being transported to the world of Dungeon Keeper, and forced to become a Keeper herself. It's better than it sounds, don't you worry. Do note that due to the nature of Anime Addventure, the story branches out at certain places. The main plot, as written by Pusakuronu, is linear; only those entries are considered here.

The crossover uses anime continuity of Sailor Moon, only applying bits from other continuities if absolutely necessary. It also acknowledges the events of the first Dungeon Keeper game.

The story proper can be divided into several main arcs that are largely self-contained, plot-wise, but which connect the larger, overarching story.

Plot summary (and spoilers) follow:

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     Arc I, the Malleus and Arachne Arc 
Comprises Ami's initial awakening and subsequent journey into the surface world, the battle with Arachne at the Capitol, and the Enlistment of Jered, Cathy, and Snyder. Concluded with Ami's victory over Malleus, her retreat to his dungeon, and Baron Leopold seizing her starter dungeon...

"Dungeon Keeper Ami" to "Some Resolutions" (about 105 thousand words)

     Arc II, the Duel Arc 
Continues with Ami's efforts to find a way back to her home dimension, unfortunately this involves meeting with the Light. While her first encounter with the Big Good of the series is rather painless, it angers the Dark Gods and sets her up for a Duel with the Horned Reaper. The Remainder of the Arc comprises her attempting to find a way around the ultimatum, which results in her recruiting Jadeite. And then her preparations for the final confrontation...

Introduces the sub-plots for Ami and Jadite's relationship, and Ami's preparations for the expedition to the Avatar Islands.

"Oh, Gods!" to "The Duel" (about 125 thousand words)

     Arc III, the Voyage Arc 
Ami recovers from her ordeal and prepares to travel to the Avatar Islands. Shorter than either of the other previous arcs; Arc III stresses the subplots and introduces many of the major power players in the Dungeon Keeper Universe. The continued happenings in the Sailor Moon universe are more important in this arc than any other, detailing the emerging Dark Kingdom civil war. The Arc reaches it's conclusion upon the discovery of an apparently inhabited island during pre-invasion recon...

"Recovering" to "Mysterious Island" (about 77 thousand words)

     Arc IV, the Avatar Islands Arc 
Ami makes contact with the last living survivors of the Avatar Island wars, a band of war-hardened Trolls and their abrasive leader, Marda. From the very beginning, it is clear that Marda is more than she appears. However, as all parties involved have bigger problems, and Marda is reluctant to share details, an uneasy alliance is begun with many questions unanswered. The arc concludes with Zarekos' defeat and Marda's revelation, her true identity is the Avatar of Light himself...

"Strange Trolls" to "Musings" (about 153 thousand words)

     Arc V, the War on Death Arc 
Following Ami's defeat of the Avatar, and subsequent title of Empress, the game has changed. Now she is not only gained a legitimate title that even the Light World recognizes, but done what was previously thought impossible, defeated the Avatar in personal combat. Needless to say, this brings all the wrong kinds of attention, and soon Ami finds a representative of the dark God Crowned Death on her doorstep. Ami is left with an ominous deadline: in a matter of days Crowned Death with execute some eight thousand innocents in a bloody ritual using the Avatar's Mantle...

"Vampire Solution" to "Catastrophic Failure (part 2)" (about 172 thousand words)

     Arc VI, the Empress Arc 

CURRENTLY ONGOING from "Expansion"

You can download all the current chapters in a single document in the following formats: ePub, AZW3 (Kindle), or slightly outdated: MS Word, FB2, PDF

You can find a python script to create a up-to-date ePub file directly from the website here. You can create the other formats from that one with Calibre.

The most recent updates can be found here

Now has its own wiki

Dungeon Keeper Ami provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Despite being, well, herself, Ami somehow manages to end up with a reputation for perversion, depravity, and raping REAPERS.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Zarekos is VERY fond of this.
    • His speech and narration also have a purplish tinge to them, apparently so that he has more opportunities to alliterate.
  • Advancing Boss of Doom / The Juggernaut: Ami faces two on Avatar Isle; first Keeper Alphel, and not much later The Avatar. The former cuts her off from any resources she could use to harm it, while the latter is just that good.
  • Adult Fear: Monteraine, a female Magician working for Morrigan. Lives in perpetual fear of failing and being turned into one of his 'compliant little dolls'.
  • A God Am I: Zarekos.
  • Affably Evil: The most notable examples are Keeper Mukrezar, Keeper Midori, and the Unraveller of Mysteries.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Alphel goes on a joyride in a dragon, in Ami's iceberg base, during the Avatar Islands Arc.
  • Anything That Moves / Extreme Omnisexual / Bestiality Is Depraved: Averted. But Ami has a hard time convincing anybody. The rumor mill insists Ami has these tendencies.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Zarekos comes back as a Ghost. Considering the guy was a Dungeon Keeper, and the souls of Dungeon Keepers go to the Realms of the Dark Gods when they are killed or their Dungeon Hearts are destroyed, him coming back after having been physically killed is an Oh Crap! moment. Of course, he was in the process of making himself a god prior to his physical death.
    • After Mercury thwarts Crowned Death's attempt to physically incarnate one of its Lesser Aspects, it prevents her from reclaiming the Mantle by sacrificing it to resurrect Keeper Mukrezar, the man who originally defeated the Avatar.
  • Badass: Baron Leopold. Marda AKA Amadeus, the Avatar, as well, despite having shades of Smug Snake.
  • Bad Boss: Keepers in general, as well as Queen Beryl. Mercury sometimes needs to remind her minions she averts this trope.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Mercury is trying to avert this, but Keeper powers are tailor-made for a villain, particularly the corrupted landscape.
  • Bald Woman: Ami, having her head shaved thanks to the Unraveler. While she's not particularly broken up about it, she's still rather annoyed and seeks to repair the damage.
    • Bald of Evil: Not intentionally, but Mercury is currently bald and is assumed to be evil by most of the world.
    • Bald of Awesome: Cathy jokes that Ami should keep the look, becoming the "envy of Keepers and cultists everywhere", because nobody else had their hair done by a dark god!
  • Berserk Button: A few characters have them.
    • The Avatar has Keepers, and Mukrezar in particular.
    • Boris has Keepers and their minions.
    • Ami has the atrocities committed by Crowned Death.
    • But by far the biggest button belongs to Crowned Death, who is positively rabid with hatred for the Dark Empress by this point.
  • Big Bad: Amusingly enough, Empress Mercury herself, at least in the eyes of the major powers in the Dungeon Keeper setting.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Keeper Wemos.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Luna, when Moon and Mars are getting thrashed by Jadeite and Mareki.
    • Tiger, for Ami when she is possessed by Crowned Death. Torian also attempts this, and though it is definitely his moment of pure Badass, he is a Butt Monkey, and thus fails.
  • Big Fancy House: The Shining Concord Empire, as part of their conditions for opening diplomatic channels with Empress Mercury, insist that she build them an embassy according to specific blueprints they provided (of a scale model of their Emperor's palace) - at her own expense. It's just a misinformed attempt to make Mercury spend more precious gold, as she can make more at any time as opposed to normal Keepers.
  • Black and White Morality: The Dungeon Keeper world works by this trope.
  • Blood Knight: The default state of Horned Reapers.
  • Body Snatcher: Keepers in general do this with their minions via possession spells.
  • Bounty Hunter: The Silver Hawks.
    • Though they have decided to stop hunting Ami and Co until a legal ruling can be made on whether or not it is acceptable to take contracts on an Empress, Keeper or not, who holds her throne by a literal divine mandate.
    • And are now back in action hunting Mukrezar, who has managed to acquire a two million gold piece bounty on his head before he's been Back from the Dead for a single day.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The Devourer's high priest is attacked by slave women whose children he had sacrificed. Upon learning this fact, he still can't identify any of the women beating him to death.
  • Butt Monkey: Torian is a strong warlock, but every time he tries to curry favor with Mercury he fails miserably. He eventually achieves fame with his undead-taming spell, but that's a more useful tool for the good guys than the bad guys.
    • Note that Torian's crowing achievement may not be a subversion: given how Crowned Death (god of undeath) is in the Warpath arc, Torian really does not want his name right next to the spell. Even Torian understood just how much trouble he was in. And then he improved the spell to affect undead in enormous numbers, only to be possessed by the gestalt mind that animates them.
    • Tzerk, the tentacle monster. It just can't seem to catch a break.
    • Lishika's teleport side-effect has caused her repeated mishaps, apparently even setting her on fire once.
  • Call Back-
    • Ami's self-destructing Dungeon Heart Chambers.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She's still a Sailor Moon character, you know.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The wizard who turned his own head invisible.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Both the Avatar and Keeper Mukrezar are mentioned in one of the earliest chapters, noting that they have been dead for decades.
  • Clothing Damage: A Running Gag, bordering on Negima! levels. Often due to a combination of magically conjured clothes meeting Anti-Magic wards. More recently, Crowned Death, The Mighty Tyrant, and The Unraveller of Mysteries teamed up, creating a curse of sorts that degrades anything in Ami's dungeon. Including clothes. Especially clothes. The only stopgap solution seems to be having everything in the dungeon decorated in aesthetics that evoke either Ami's Ice powers, or emphasize "fertility" (in contrast to the God of Death) or "fragility" (contrasting the God of Strength). In other words, for clothes and other items to not rot away, they have to be either transparent, pornographic, or barely there.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mukrezar may be an irredeemable monster who callously massacred an entire country, but he's also a pretty quirky guy who manages to be Plucky Comic Relief in his own demented way. He, among other things, has a strange obsession with using cursed gold rings as part of his plans, despite them having a previously standing track record of zero, and also claimed that he was going to bake the biggest cake in the world. He then baked that cake by throwing a huge amount of gold at an Underworld city which got too greedy and sold him all their food stocks, pushing the whole settlement to near starvation. At the same time Mukrezar was attacking the keeper who supplied their stocks. His plan the whole time was to extort them into proclaiming him lord and master of their town. That's right, he laid low an entire Underworld city, by baking a cake. Sadly the cake tasted so terrible Mukrezar couldn't stand to eat it.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: A standard keeper tactic of course. But also comes up as a challenge when one of Ami's schemes requires her to make ghosts out of undead, since the necromancy only works when the various zombies were tortured to death. One of her Dark Mistresses is actually too effective, torturing a zombie into turning and requiring Ami to order her to "torture it to death properly."
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Ami doesn't like to let her troops get killed, so she uses a small number of powerful troops, such as the reaperbots, the youma, and her golems, and the main characters play a pivotal role in the battles. Enemy keepers prefer to Zerg Rush.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Has happened several times instory so far. Instances include Jadeite vs Arachne's second dungeon, Mercury's army vs the keeper on the coastline, Zarekos vs Mercury and Jadeite, and any instance where Mercury attacks a dungeon whose owner is banished or dead (except Zarekos, who isn't really gone at all).
    • The fight against Morrigan, the muscle-bound giant Acolyte of Azzathra is notable in that it is arguably the single most one-sided fight in the entire series. Morrigan is thrashed so hard some minions are actually unable to fall back to pre-established secondline defenses.
    • On a non-keeper note, the fight with the Underworld Army as Mercury strikes at them before they strike at her, while they're still in the Underworld no less.
    • Back to curb stomping keepers, Mukrezar took out the entirety of Crowned Death's intelligent troops with a collapsible ceiling.
    • When Ami is forced to abandon her holdings on the Avatar Islands, she defeats Morrigan again. The fight is ludicrously one-sided- to the point Ami actually considers Morrigan's forces collateral. Later, when interrogating Monteraine (the only one of Morrigan's minions to survive) she actually has to think about it a moment before she remembers Morrigan from their previous encounter. He didn't make much of an impression.
  • Creepy Monotone: The Unraveller. The author even said that it sounds like GLaDOS in his mind.
  • Dark Is Evil: The creatures of the Underworld, and Keepers in particular, are rightfully feared and hated by the surface world.
  • David Versus Goliath: Many of the conflicts with her enemies are like this, often with the enemy also underestimating her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mukrezar's imp-butler.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Ami has bested in single combat a Horned Reaper (multiple times at that), the oldest known Dragon on the planet, the Avatar, and a Lesser Aspect of the Dark God Crowned Death, which Mercury defeated by eating.
    • And now she escaped from Azzaratha, Crowned Death, and The Unraveller. Despite the trap being double-layered and briefly successful in the Unraveller's case.
  • Door Stopper: Even if you just keep to the entries by Pusakuronu, you will spend hours reading through the story. And it's time well spent.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Dr. Mizuno is concerned upon hearing about Ami getting drunk at the victory party held for defeating the assortment of Keepers, but consoles herself that the ensuing hangover would have taught Ami better. On being told that there was no hangover due to the alcohol being magically created and temporary...
    "Ami, that can't be healthy!" she shouted as she leaned toward the crystal ball. "Liquid suddenly disappearing from cells that are already using it - I shudder to think what that does to a metabolism." Very sternly, she continued "Next time you want to get drunk, use a real drink! Doctor's order!"
  • Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: In the episode "Out-of-Dungeon Experiences", it is stated that the Dark Gods have a dress code for Keepers. It is even reported that those who veer from it suffer embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.
    • The tailor who told Ami this, however, might have been lying in order to get her to choose something less heroic-looking, however.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Ami's reaction to Tiger's antics. Leads to the Green-Eyed Monster reveal for why Tiger is acting that way.invoked
  • Dungeon Punk
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Wemos. Despite being a very sad Butt Monkey for Zarekos up to this point, he goes out in a fairly badass way.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Ami’s tactic against Zarekos.
  • Empire with a Dark Secret: Ami suspected the SCE of being this after learning that all major government buildings there was an Oracle Tower - a structure that closely resembles the temple Zarekos was using in his bid to become a god.
    • The Light Gods have jossed the theory that the idea that the towers are evil in their own right or that they have been used for evil purposes by the SCE, but they refuse to explain their original purpose in Mercury's hearing, for fear of giving her any ideas.
  • Elite Mook: The Death Priests have proven to be some of the most dangerous foes Mercury has encountered. At one point it is shown that at least some of them are capable of casting three spells simultaneously.
    • Ami's feral youma monster also counts. Nothing aside from the Lesser Aspect is even capable of harming it, it tunnels straight through stone, and eats magic. When it's created by accident it homes in on the enemy dungeon heart like a guided missile and devours it.
  • Elite Army: Ami's forces have fought, on average, at a four-to-one disadvantage in every engagement. They have yet to be decisively defeated.
  • Enemy Civil War: The Dark Kingdom seems to descend into this.
    • The Keepers are almost continually in this state, which is a major reason as to why the Light Side is still holding on.
    • When Crowned Death discovers that his plan worked after all, but that the Unraveller captured Ami and planned on withholding her he flies into a blind rage. The Unraveller gleefully lets him past to get at Ami... only to backstab him once he is distracted.
    “Oh. Was that something important?” The Unraveller sounded decidedly cheerful.”Please, do ignore me again. I don't mind.”
    • And once Crowned Death starts attacking The Unraveller for her betrayal, Azzathra takes advantage of this and backstabs Crowned Death as well.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: The forces of Good manage to keep reasonably well-informed on Mercury's actions, but they tend to misinterpret things, because:
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Or vice versa. The Light Gods literally can't comprehend the motives of the Dark Gods, and the minions Ami has gathered (with the exception of the Cathy-Jered-Synder trio and possibly Jadeite) seem to regard any benevolent action on her part as simply something to try and lull the forces of Good into complacency.
  • Evil Counterpart: Both Ami and Mukrezar are inventive and imaginative in their tactics, both have made innovations in magic that no-one else can understand. Their personalities are even diametrically opposed to each other - Ami is quiet and studious, Mukrezar is charismatic and goofy.
  • Evil Overlord: The Dungeon Keepers.
  • Exact Words: Defied - the Light Gods deliberately leave the terms of their agreements vague so that they may stick to their spirit rather than their letter. Amadeus himself notes at one point that technically, his agreement to not attack Mercury doesn't apply to current circumstances...
    Amadeus: "Still, attacking immediately without some kind of grace period would be bad form."
  • Foreshadowing: Pops up quite often, from early mentions of Mukrezar, the brewing Dark Kingdom Civil War, Keeper Alphel's plans for Mercury's Prototype Armor she received from Azzathra's priesthood, along with other numerous things.
    • ALL of the Dark Gods that have appeared thus far have been mentioned repeatedly before becoming plot-relevant.
  • Fisher King: Played with. The lands around a dungeon heart are corrupted with energies from the Dark Gods and generally themed on the God in question; they are influenced often, but not necessarily always, by the Keepers themselves. Played straighter with Ami's experimental heart designs which, due to the attempts to reduce corruption, created a strong manifestation of this trope as a side effect.
  • Five-Man Band -
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In a botched possession, the first Horned Reaper and Ami switch bodies. The Reaper is furious, wrestling his original body nakedly. Cue unexpected spectators watching that scene, and the unintended results...
    Random Goblin: "Go go Keeper!"
  • Friendly Enemies: Ami and The Light. They both are on the same side morally, respect each other, and have pretty good reasons to be in conflict anyway. And they're prepared to help each other as well, particularly in an Enemy Mine situation. The Light even helps Mercury escape The Unraveller for nothing, and Mercury passes all her research and data on Dungeon Hearts. Doesn't get much friendlier.
  • From Bad to Worse: Poor Ami can never catch a break. Mostly because she keeps pissing off ever-more-powerful foes. Once she starts pissing off just one deity she promptly gets multiple Gods annoyed with her. The author has said that this is largely because if she wasn't constantly in over her head she'd rapidly become unstoppable.
  • Frontline General: In the first few arcs Ami tends to be deeply involved in each battle. Later on, as she gains stronger and more reliable minions she learns to delegate more, but as one of the strongest fighters in her army she still tends to get her hands dirty.
  • Fusion Dance: Keepers have the ability to possess their minions, this gives the keeper access to skills and powers possessed by the minion in question. This gets taken one step farther with youma, whose appearance is determined in part due to their self-image. As a result, when possessed they become literal amalgams of Mercury and whatever they looked like before. Yes, that sometimes means demons and imps in sailor uniforms with makeup and everything.
    • Taken yet further by Tiger, who possessed Mercury while she was also possessed by the Dark God Crowned Death. In that case, not only did Mercury and Tiger's features blend, but Mercury's armor fused with her/them. resulting in a towering, muscled amazon with metal skin and the burning Crown of Crowned Death. Badass!
  • Gag Haircut: And how! Torian attempts to assist Ami in growing out her hair by modifying 'the Beastly Beard Booster' spell. The result... well...
    “Torian,” Ami began in a voice that had the warlock edge away from her. She turned towards him, one eyebrow that now hung down to her chin twitching. “Did you, by any chance, only expand the target region?”
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: There have been numerous comment threads on this story as to how Mercury can do this in ways that will have minimal benefit to the Dark Gods if the knowledge passes to their followers. So far, none of these suggestions have been taken up.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Played with. While infiltraiting one of Morrigan's dungeons, Monteraine is able to bluff her way through an absurd number of checkpoints- justified because she was a former minion of Morrigan, he was currently banished- and thus the minion-particular wards didn't automatically recognize her (or anyone at all), and his minions didn't hold any particular loyalty to him.
  • Genius Loci: The way dungeons, dungeon hearts, and the corruption interact with the rest of the world (especially the surface) has shades of this.
  • Ghost Pirate: Empress Mercury faces off against an Undead Navy and Zombie Octopus in her war against Crowned Death.
  • GLaDOS: Word of God has the Unraveller is an expy.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom
  • God of Evil: The Dark Gods whom the Dungeon Keepers serve. The Dark Gods counterparts, The Light, have been doing their best to try and prevent the taint of The Dark Gods from spreading any further. The Dark God of Strength and Martial Skill, Azzathra, has wished to see Mercury dead for some time for Mercury's perceived insults of all he stands for, and Mercury has declared war against the Dark God of Death and all of his followers for their actions.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Several times but the most prominent is stopping Crowned Death's High Temple. The followers of the Light were willing to work with the Dark Empress, one of the most notorious Keepers AKA Sailor Mercury, to stop it.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Ami's idea of using a Dominate Undead spell to take over an undead dungeon heart worked beautifully. Unfortunately, since the heart was undead, doing so connected her mind to Crowned Death, who really doesn't like her.
    • Similarly, modifying the Dominate Undead spell to affect thousands of undead at once was also perfectly effective. But doing so wound up partially reconstituting the spirit powering them, and having it possess the caster. Poor Torian...
  • The Good Chancellor / Standard Royal Court: Ami's advisers all fall under this to some extent. Lampshaded by Jered after Mercury becomes Empress- he thinks some royal titles are in order.
    • Cathy fills the role of Captain of the Guard.
    • Jered fills the role of Treasurer and occasionally spy.
    • Jadeite is primarily Mercury's military adviser alongside Cathy. Also something of a bodyguard.
    • Tiger is a (self titled) princess...
    • Snyder is something of an adviser on various deities, and so fills the role of court priest.
    • Earasmus used to be the Court Wizard before his death; Torian fills that role now.
  • Good Hurts Evil: Holy wards, holy spells, and temples of the Light Gods all cause instinctive fear in creatures of evil...and those tainted by dark forces, such as Ami.
  • Good Is Dumb: All over the place. The tendency in the story is for all good characters to assume the worst about any and all acts by team evil at the drop of a hat, followed shortly by being a jerkass towards those perceived as evil. And Keepers are at the top of this list. Even those directly ordered by and given hints by the Light Gods themselves still treats Ami with all the same distrust they throw at other keepers, twisting those (very real) God's words if necessary to justify their viewpoint.
    • Although Justified Trope and Fridge Logic kicks in after a while: Dungeon Keepers are Magnificent Bastard Chess Masters which just can't stay dead, with the most successful amongst their numbers being able to take insanely long lived plans and being a force of terror for generations. Add to that mix every single Evil Trope you can think of (with "depraved" and "ego-maniacs" being mild), and you can't help thinking it could be worse. (Warhammer40k -style worse?)
    • Furthermore, Evil is just as dumb as Good here - Mercury's various Underworld enemies, and even her own employees, seem unable to imagine that she might not be evil.
  • Good Running Evil
  • Good Versus Good: Whenever Ami goes up against the Light Gods or their servants. They genuinely mean well, and so does she, but the conflict remains.
  • Gossip Evolution: The tales of Mercury's deviance, the tales of Mercury beating up the various Big Bads and powerful monsters of the Underworld (usually while naked), and the growing tales of her power and cunning. She later invokes this to solve the insubordination problem.
  • Great Offscreen War: Used often throughout the fic as both backstory and foreshadowing.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: After losing her most important memories, grasping at straws trying to keep anything of her former sense of self and identity, gaining knowledge of what it's like to have friends, and then having essentially all her dreams come true, Tiger then comes to the realization that no, these aren't her memories, she has no friends, she's powerless, and the thought that all her dreams had come true is all lies. In short, Tiger is jealous of Ami, and is acting out because of that.
  • Hammerspace: The Keeper Storage ability works along these lines, and is used and abused to great effect by Keeper Mercury.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Ami loses the mantle because of a very disappointing blunder.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Inverted. Especially evident in the Avatar Island Battles and the Battle of Dreadfog Island. Zarekos uses a three-pronged assault, flanking maneuvers, and ambushes. In the Battle of Dreadfog Island, Crowned Death's forces use the sun to blind Mercury's forces and approach under cover of a diversion. Later in the same battle, Mercury uses harrassment and area-denial to rob Keeper Clairmonte of the benefits offered by a Dungeon's home turf advantage.
  • I Am Spartacus: Played straight by the Villain, in that Mukrezar's plan with the magic rings revolves around whoever is wearing them turning into copies of himself, confusing people as to where Mukrezar really is, or who is the real Mukrezar.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Traditionally, Keepers go for fear, money, sadism, and corruption. Naturally, this is one of the problems Ami faces.
  • I Want Them Alive: The Light, after realizing Ami is not pure evil.
  • Imagine Spot: Eline in 'Umbra's Report', immediately following her capture. She pictures Mercury as a towering, lecherous, naked amazon. It is hilarious.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing Ami throws at the Avatar can stop him for long.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Played straight by the fairies in the chapter "Fairy Attack," as well as by Sailor Moon herself.
  • Kill the God: Ami is at war with Crowned Death, and Azzaratha strongly dislikes her.
  • Klingon Promotion:
    • Unintentionally. After slaying the self-proclaimed Emperor Zarekos, Ami has been given the title of Empress Mercury, Ruler of the Avatar Isles by the Light Gods. The full implications of this have yet to be seen.
    • Later on, an Orc attempts this by trying to kill Cathy. Given who his employer is, there's no way this could have ended well for him.
  • Knowledge Broker: Keeper Midori.
  • The Lad-ette: Cathy.
  • Lethal Chef: Nephrite's plan of "inspiring" a young girl into cooking using cursed kitchen items to drain life energy backfires when the young girl's family makes him stay and enjoy her creations. Hilarity Ensues when he collapses in Beryl's court due to food poisoning.
    • A brief stealth crossover with Ranma ˝.
    • Mukrezar. He took a bite of his "world's biggest cake" and it tasted absolutely horrid.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Invoked, Ami rigged the ceilings above her Dungeon Hearts to collapse if she dies to prevent anybody else from taking and using them.
  • Mad Scientist: All the warlocks have shades of this, as well as Ami herself. Invoked when she gives her friends a tour of the lab, as Ami puts on a Mad Scientist act as a joke.
    • The Unraveller of Mysteries is the patron God of mad scientists.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Spells that aren't granted directly by a deity are generally devised by modifying an existing spell or studying a magical creature that can already do what the caster wants to accomplish.
  • Magitek: Mercury's decidedly modern approach to magic is shaping up to be one of her greatest advantages so far.
  • Malicious Slander: The tales of Mercury's deviance, as well as some of the earlier rumors of Mercury being weak and prone to losing her dungeons.
  • Mind-Control Device: The dungeon hearts do this to a minor degree with Keeper minions. It's used as an explanation for why Being Tortured Makes You Evil in the Dungeon Keeper setting itself, as most minions can't easily break the bonds the Dungeon Heart places on them. Jadeite also creates a mind control headband to contain Baron Liepold, and its temporarily effective,but he eventually fights it off.
    • A very mild version is created by Ami as an alternative to actual torture.
  • Mind Hug: Being a Keeper, Ami is more than a little uncomfortable in the Light Gods' temple. Nevertheless, they cure the emotional trauma she suffered from her earlier Mind Rape of Malleus.
  • Mind Rape: Ami ends up doing this to Malleus. The experience is lethal for him, traumatic for her.
    • Much later the Unraveller almost takes this trope to a rather logical extreme. To elaborate: the Unraveller intends to Mind Vivisect Ami, though it is implied that Mind Rape will also occur - specifically, 'a few adjustments and improvements'.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Tserk can wield (and reload) six crossbows simultaneously, with deadly precision.
  • Mundane Utility: Ami managed to turn her corrupted landscape into a massive windstorm that provided electricity for the dungeon, and has figured out how to take advantage of some of the other corruption effects to create hot-springs and geothermal power with the use of lava instead of wind.
    • What better way to use your new horned reaper than as a living smelter or water heater? After all fireballs are much more environmentally friendly than coal or gas.
    • Ghosts are terrifying, yet fragile; one good hit is enough to disperse them. What does Ami use? A giant fly-swatter wielded in her Keeper hand.
  • Mordor: What the lands the Keepers inhabit turn into due to the corruption of the Dungeon Heart. It has a side-effect of revealing the presence of a dungeon in the local area. The Avatar Islands are the best example. The continent had multiple Keepers warring over it, and despite their passing the land has not recovered. It most likely never will.
  • Noble Fugitive: At the conclusion of the Avatar Islands Arc.
  • Noodle Implements: The tools that Mercury appears to be using in the incident described in the Nothing Is Scarier example include a chicken. This is probably just to get people wondering what she did with it.
  • Noodle Incident: Mukrezar has had quite a few magical mishaps, which the Adviser Imp loves to bring up to embarrass him.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Due to her aversion to torture, when faced with having to discipline her minions Ami is forced to bluff. She invents a device that combines a tracking spell and a general fear trap into a selective fear charm - and then knocks the offender (and a dark mistress) unconscious. When they revived the selective terror hits them, Ami then informs them that she wiped their memories to preserve her technique. In other words, whatever she did, she can do again, and it will be just as horrifying each time. Their imaginations do the rest.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The Shining Concord Empire is stated to have one of these.
  • No Sell: The Avatar is almost untouchable in battle, and anything that might hurt him is instantly blocked by the Light Gods.
    • In fact, Ami quickly realizes that the only thing that actually slowed him down, single combat with herself and Cathy, only actually slowed him down because he was being careful not to kill them.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Tends to crop up a fair few occasions for Ami, much to her mortification.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Ami's chief warlock has this reaction after he insults the rest of the Senshi, thinking them weaker than Mercury. He realizes the depth of his error when Mercury informs him that she is the weakest of the Senshi.
    • King Albrecht's council has this reaction when they learn of details regarding how the Dark Empress defeated Crowned Death's Lesser Aspect. She ate it.
    • Camilla has this reaction when she realizes that the conditions she puts on agreeing to help Mercury constitutes making an employment contract with a Keeper, which has some bad consequences.
    • The Unraveller of Mysteries steps in to interview Ami during her escape from the realm of the Dark gods.
    • The Unraveller of Mysteries has one herself when Ami escapes from her by activating a Holy spell while deep within the Dark Gods' domain.
    Unraveller: "Oh. No. You did not just do that."
  • Omake: Started getting several, most of whom are written by fans. Which makes them Recursive Fanfiction.
  • One-Winged Angel: Played straight and subverted by most Dungeon Keepers as they can alter their forms. Hilarity Ensues when soon after the Cathy-Jered-Snyder trio learn Mercury is a Dungeon Keeper, they expect her to "reveal her true form." "But I'm human! I really look like this!"
    • Played somewhat straighter when Tiger rescued Ami after her possesion by Crowned Death. See Fusion Dance.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Referred to here: I hope I’m not expected to sit on my throne all day too as an empress, the teenager mused. I’d never get anything done.
  • Outside-Context Villain: What Ami is, at least for the public. In reality she is more of a Outside Context Hero.
  • Outside-the-Box Tactic: Basically the main source of Mercury's power.
    The Light: We will not go into further detail, because Empress Mercury has a knack for finding creative and distressing applications for things she understands.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Ami and her buddies share cookies while watching Marda test-fight her new golems.
  • Perky Female Minion: Venna fills this role. Tiger did too, until she got premoted to Mercury's inner circle.
  • Perspective Flip: Ami has to fight a team of fairies, complete with an In the Name of the Moon speech.
  • Plethora of Mistakes: Well, Crowned Death... Stealing from the Empress... How's that working out for 'ya?
  • Powered Armor: Ami's personal armor in the duel against the Horned Reaper, as well as the weaker versions being made for the rest of her employees.
  • Power Tattoo: Zarekos is mentioned to have an inverted pentacle on his forehead.
  • Pride Before a Fall: The character Torian, Empress Mercury's head researcher, has been set up for this with his desire for the Staff of Calarine which Mercury disposed of due to it being a trap.
  • Psycho for Hire: Rabixtrel, the (second) Horned Reaper.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad / Standard Evil Organization Squad: Most of the surface dwellers have this impression of Mercury's inner circle.
    • The fairies are one in opposition to Mercury.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Abbot Duval, after being assigned to serve as a liason to Mercury, is at least willing to work with Ami and consider the possibility she's on the right side after all. Having a direct line to the Light Gods helps, as does being a Living Lie Detector.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: All keepers; their eyes get brighter when feeling strong emotion, particularly anger.
  • Ring of Power: Mukrezar apparently created a number of schemes involving these during his takeover of the Avatar Isles. They are notable in the fact that almost none of them actually worked.
  • Serial Escalation: Mercury's inventive Magitek approach to the setting leads to ever more awesome ways she manages to defeat her enemies. She's just reluctant to use some of the more spectacular methods, in part because she doesn't want to give any of her enemies ideas. However, her sister Tiger has none of these inhibitions and gleefully fills Crowned Death's underwater temple fortress with a huge amount of Chlorine Trifluoride using the temple's own dungeon heart. For the uninitiated, that chemical is so reactive that it will vaporize rocks, make water explode (releasing a cloud of acids), burn asbestos and ignite glass and sand on contact. Oh, it’s byproducts are carcinogenic, too...
  • Shoot the Dog: The Light Gods are sympathetic to Ami's plight. Really, they are. Nevertheless, they are trying to capture and imprison her - since they believe that as things stand, her intended course of action threatens billions of people and would allow the Dark Gods to spread to another world.
    • The saddest thing? It seems that the Dark Gods are already half way there. Metallia is already semi-aware and the Vermin Lord has some of its minions attacking the Dark Kingdom.
  • Shout-Out
    • One of the energy harvesting plans of Nephrite involved a girl and her passion for and lack of skill in cooking. To thank him and have him partake in her skills her family strong-armed Nephrite into getting a taste of the daughter's oh so delectable food. Later he's having trouble not regurgitating it in Beryl's throne room. The way it is written makes it obvious the girl in question being Akane.
    • Also, the author has stated that the Avatar's powers were based off of the capabilities of a low-Essence Solar,
    • The Dwarves in this story are based off of the Dorfs.
    • Nero, Keeper Arachne's torturer, makes a reference to the Evil Overlord List when he sneaks by several people in the form of a snake: "Whoever had written that turning into a snake never helped was an idiot of the highest caliber."
    • Watchmen gets a quote during the Underworld Invasion.
    "You insolent- look! That, right there, is all of Keeper Mercury's strength that counts! Her best troops! We are too far from her dungeon for her to transport them back, so when the portal collapses, they'll be trapped here with us with no way to escape!"
    "I think you mean 'and then we'll be trapped here with them'," the crone contradicted.
    • A Dark Elf is mentioned once to be wearing 'a red-feathered cloak and a silly hat', this might be a reference to Final Fantasy'''s Red Mage.
    • Ami's special youma-empowered imps are described as quite similar to Doozers in appearance.
    • Cathy and Jered might be a subtle reference to Final Fantasy VI. Cathy is an Action Girl who uses swords, and is the conscience of the group prior to joining Mercury (she is the last to sign up and is the most reluctant in doing so). Jered is a Loveable Rogue, and a Kleptomaniac Hero, he encourages Cathy to join. They are, for most of the first two arcs, the only Official Couple (as Well as a Battle Couple). They are both blond. These are all traits of Celes Chere and Locke Cole.
  • Shrinking Violet: Lishika. By youma standards. Although that may be because she seems to be Beryl's beacon to the Dungeon Keeper realm.
  • Super Hero: The Avatar is this to the surface nations. That The Underworld regards him in a different light is putting it mildly.
  • Supervillain Lair: Keepers love turning their Dungeons into this, and the corruption effect certainly helps. Mercury does battle with a Keeper who turned their mountain fortress into a giant leering skull once.
  • Superweapon Surprise: Ami has the power to move items around within her territory. Her body counts as part of her territory. In short, she can move her arms fast enough to punch through a Horned Reaper.
  • Taken for Granite: Monteraine specializes in petrification, she's so good that she's stated to have taken out two Vampires this way- and Vampires have been shown to trump Reaperbots...
  • Taking You with Me: Ami to Morrigan. Since she plans to blow up her dungeon hearts anyway, she first uses the Armageddon Spell to bring Morrigan's army into the blast radius.
  • The Berserker: Boris.
  • Things That Go Bump in the Night: Parents tell their children that Mercury (and presumably other keepers) will come and eat them if they are naughty. One of the sacrifices is confused when Mercury seems offended by the thought.
  • This Is Not a Floor: Ami inverts this interestingly in the episode "Convoluted Rescue Plan, Go!" The floor is made invisible, but her opponents assume it has been destroyed. Leads to a distraction.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: What amounts to this happens during the invasion of Dreadfog Island, when Empress Mercury learns that the undead priests of the Crowned Death have plucked out the eyes of 8,000 captive innocents they intend to sacrifice — including children — so that they couldn't cause trouble. Ami is not pleased.
  • Tickle Torture: Sailor Moon does this with a Youma to see if she knows anything about Ami's location after her vanishing. Sailor Mars is embarrassed by the ordeal.
  • Too Funny to Be Evil: Mukrezar. Full Stop.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: The Dark Mistresses, of course.
    • Averted in the case of Ami's psychological torture. She largely bluffs them, and the mistress creates the impression that she did unspeakable things to them.
  • Trojan Horse: Monteraine acts as one while infiltraiting one of Morrigan's Dungeons, with Ami herself playing the Greek.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Tied in part to Mercury's reputation, and mentioned repeatedly instory regarding how the rest of the world views some of her actions, such as with her continued employment of Tserk. invoked
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The reader learns about Ami's plan to rescue Jadeite from the Light temple as it's executed.
  • Villain Ball Magnet: Being the only instance of Dark Is Not Evil among Keepers, Ami cannot convince the forces of good that she means well. With the exception of the Cathy-Jered-Snyder trio, and the mind-reading Light Gods. To the latter's credit, they have requested that the forces of good try to capture Ami alive.
  • Villain Teleportation: Justifies the Trope from the original game by requiring a body accustomed to Dark Magic to pull off without exploding.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Jadeite seems to be heading this way. At first, he's confused by Ami's feelings for him. Later, by his own empathy.
  • We Have Reserves: Most Keepers — three guesses who the main exception is.
    • Played straight by Ami in the earlier part of the story with golems. In fact she vastly overestimated how many reserves she had in her first major battle using them.
  • We Need a Distraction: Ami uses Tserk to break into a Temple of The Light, filled with Priests, Guards, and the Fairy Sisters to rescue Jadeite using nothing more than a Wand that makes things go invisible, a flask of acid, a flask of base, some flour, some marbles, and two pills that transform whoever swallows them into mice. Tserk succeeds.
  • We Will Meet Again: Tserk swears he will have his revenge against Keeper Midori. Why? Tserk had finally convinced Cathy and Mercury to let him give them a massage, and Keeper Midori's scrying ended it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Dr. Mizuno to Ami in "Family Matters," though a milder example than most.
    • Later Ami finally has a minor breakdown, blowing up in Camilla's face when she continues to say that Mercury is evil even after rescuing the civilians from Dreadfog and evacuating the Avatar Islands.
  • Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: When Empress Mercury is reviewing and accepts the plans for the embassy for the Shining Concord Empire, a terrified Camilla is so certain of her doom she invokes this trope.
  • The Wiki Rule: Here it is.
  • The Worf Effect: Ami's "fearsome" Reaperbots often serve only to illustrate how much more fearsome her current opponent is.
    • They are still more than a match for most of the stuff she is expected to encounter from your average Keeper. They mow down hoards of undead like they aren't even there. It isn't until vampires, dark angels, or real reapers show up that they are faced with something they can't handle. A serious advantage for the Reaperbots against Crowned Death is the fact that they are not alive and therefore the One-Hit Kill gaze of his Lesser Aspect can't do much more than disable them for a few seconds, if its effect on Mercury's automated deep sea probe is any indication.
  • X-Ray Vision: The stated reason most of the Underworld wears leather clothing. Whether or not this is actually the case, or just an easy excuse to sell such clothing is left up to the readers to decide.
    • Ami was nice enough to confirm it for us, For Science! only of course...
  • You Can't Go Home Again: At least, the Light Gods don't want Ami to so long as she's a Keeper, since the Dark Gods will be able to follow her there.
    • Also a problem for Jered, Cathy, Snyder and Camilla, as their accidental association with a Keeper make them untrustworthy in the eyes of most of the rest of the world.