Apparently, MarissaTheWriter thinks that if it’s “the past”, just any old person from the past can be written into the story. Next she’s going to have Julius Caesar give everyone printing presses.
Though, black and white security cameras are there even nowadays, so these existing in the nineties isn't that unlikely.
Also, a form of Anachronism Stew occurs even in the present: Green Lantern was released after ITS MY LIFE! began (but before (?) it was referenced).
And let's not mention that the events of The Hunger Games (at least 74 years after a rebellion after a series of disasters, including flooding) are only a few months away from the events of the end of ITS MY LIFE! (Britain still has a queen, London is still above sea level).
Though, by the end of ITS MY LIFE! in the future everyone from Portal Labs save for Marrissa, Wheatley, Chell Junior and "Atbod and P-Las" (and possibly Rattmann) is dead for real.
And deaths of all of them were alluded to. note Marrissa died in Chapter 12 and was resurrected in 13, Wheatley died in 7 and was brought from the past, Assirram once "aborted" Marrissa and Wheatley's baby, Atlas and P-Body are also mentioned to have an abortion and Rattmann fell into space.
THE MARRISSA GAMES tops this when GLaDOS kills most good guys, Marrissa avenges this by killing GLaDOS, Wheatley makes a spell that brings all the good guys back to life, exploding in the process, and Rugged Ralf and Fixin Feelix fix Wheatley in the epilogue.
Author Appeal - Males showcasing their genitalia, Chell's butt (to the degree its treated almost as a separate entity), tirades against drugs, beer, abortion, and rape, disturbingly comedic gorn scenes, inexplicable cameos, characters "o-mouthing" and "lolling", enemies being defeated via kicks (of the "roundhose" and jump kick variety), and characters dying violently then being ressurected in increasingly nonsensical ways are all things Marrissa can't seem to write a story without.
Back from the Dead - Several times in various means. There are two main ways to become un-dead in ITS MY LIFE!: one is that when you die, you appear in "Andord Hell" and can escape from it (this is how GLaDOS and "Gabe" Jonson came back to life) and the other is that when you eat zombie taters and "dead" you will become "zomboy" (Chell's case, she later came over to Adroid Hell and turned into her "retorded normal" self because there are no zombies in Adroid Hell.)
More weirdly played with Marrissa herself. One of her special powers is that when she eats the zombie taters and dies (or vice versa), instead of becoming a zombie, she simply becomes alive again.
People are brought back several other ways as well. GLaDOS is brought back to life accidentally when Marrissa strikes her with lightning, and Wheatley comes back by Marrissa traveling back in time to bring his past self to the present to replace the dead Wheatley. The obvious and plentiful paradoxes that would cause are completely ignored.
Also when Chell and GLaDOS fuse, she becomes known as "CHELLGADOS", most reviewers believed it to be a simple misspelling of "CHELLGLADOS" only for Marrissa to explain "I NO THAT GLADOS IS SPELLED GLADOS I CALLED HER FUSION CHELLGADOS BECOS CHELL ALREADY HAS THE LS AN IT SOUNDED MORE COOLER!"
As well as this exchange:
MarissaTheWriter: ...he named it that (refers to Scot naming his baseball bat Marrissa) as a shutout to ITS MY LIFE!
ASBusinessMagnet: This is the past. He wouldn't know about ITS MY LIFE! because it wasn't invented yet!
MarissaTheWriter: Thats why Scot dosent rember why he called his bat Marrissa!
Cluster F-Bomb - Logic dropped several of them with the introductory chapter of ITS MY LIFE!'s editing.
In Teen Fortress 2 Harry Potter characters have begun to appear, and Harry and Wheatley share an identity, as do Ron and Gale "Thunderpants".
Marrissa later claimed she wanted ITS MY LIFE! and TEEN FORTRESS 2 to take place in the same continuity as an Invader Zim fanfic Love Knows No Race.
Dead Guy Junior - All the characters have a ridiculous habit of naming people/animals/things after their dead relatives. GLaDOS, Cave Jonson, Chell Junior (a robot ball-human baby), Katty Smithereens (a koala) and Marrissa (a baseball bat) have all fell victim to this one.
Did Not Do the Bloody Research: Wheatley talks almost entirely in British swear-words. When reviews pointed out to Marrissa that these words are cusses in Britain instead of just insults like "darn" she said "(The Words) MEAN SOMETHING NOTTY? OMG!"
However when another review pointed out that technically they were insults too, she went back to using them misinterpreting that review to mean the others were untrue.
Marissa has a very weird set of morals. Shooting your sister in the head because she’s brain-damaged = fine. Leaving your zombie sister who wants to eat your flesh in android hell, where she will presumably be fine since she’s not an android = WE MUST SAVE HER?!
Also, In THE MARRISSA GAMES, Louise Bomboms 2 (a stripper) has been attacked by Marissa... for doing nothing except her job.
The evil Teen Fortes 2 was watchin the hole thing on there tv camra (but it was black an wite becos its the past so they coldnt see the nerotoksin becos it was green an not black or white so it didant show up)."
Insistent Terminology - Whenever a character is shocked they "o-mouth", even the ones who don't have mouths...
Leet Speak - The characters will regularly say "OMG" and "LOL" in regular conversation. Whenever a character laughs Marrissa says that they "lolled" or "were lolling".
Retcon - Whenever its pointed out that Marrissa got a character's name (or gender) wrong she makes up a story about how the character was originally named her misspelled name before they changed it to the canon version for some incredibly convoluted reason.
The biggest shout out in the story comes when Rattmann replaces his testicles with the Space and Adventure Cores so he can have "Balls of Steel", Marrissa explains "Thats from a game called Duke Nukum Forever its funny".
Perhaps a more subtle one in Chapter 7 of "Teen Fortress 2" where Mr. Pursell is "drawin pictures of a dog an rabbit solvin criem."
Spinoff Babies - Sort of; when Marrissa travels to the past she meets "Teen Fortress 2", the teenage versions of the characters from Team Fortress 2. She has started writing a Spin-Off about their adventures in "Portal High School" for your enjoyment.
Assirram made the first portal it was the land of dinosaurs so we fot over a big volcano but a trex eated Assirram so I was happy but Assirram explodd out of the trexs tummy gettin blood an branes every where.
Take That - Towards the MSTers. In the last chapter they get eaten by Scot's brothers and the "liter" get punched in the face.
To be specific, Principal GLaDOS is the mother of Caroline. Cave and Gabe Jonsons are twins, one evil and one good. Gabe and Caroline (turned into GLaDOS the A.I.) have two children, Marrissa "Roberts" and Chell, through artificial insemination, but the DNA is a mixup and Rattmann turns out to be Chell's biological parent. Marrissa and Wheatley (who is actually Harry Potter) marry each other and have one child, Chell Junior.
Scot's family is an entirely different story: Scot's father is a dog and mother is a human. His eight brothers are mad dogs (only one has been given a name, Wulf (deceased)), and Scot himself is a dog-human hybrid. Scot and Pyro are involved in a romantic relationship, as (unsucessfully) are Spy and Caroline.
And of courseCave cloned the good Teen/Team Fortress 2 to make evil Teen Fortress 2 and they (evil Teen Fortress 2) cloned Marrissa Roberts to make Assirram Strebor.
Timey-Wimey Ball - The later chapters feature heavy amounts of Time Travel, and Marrissa (the author) frequently gets mixed up on whether or not they're still in the past leading to some incredibly big plot holes, such as Wheatley dying, so she goes back in time to before she met Wheatley and brings him to the present only to forget its the past Wheatley so he inexplicably remembers things that in his timeline have not happened yet.
More beautifully explained with this quote: For those not getting it, this thought in the past is impossible because, since Facebook isn't "invented" yet, no one in the past would know about it.
Evil Heavy: We shold right a mean things on her facebook page!
Evil Medic: No you idot this is the past facebook isnt invented yet!
Also, Marrissa and other characters are (or just attempt to look) Genre Savvy and are very careful not to mess up the "time streem", but do anyway: if Marrissa took Wheatley from the past she couldn't have met him in the future, because he simply wouldn't have been there.
Even more weirdly, Wheatley is shown to have affection to Marrissa before even meeting her.
Title Drop - The last line of the last chapter (not counting the credits song).
As well as Chapter 5 of TEEN FORTRESS 2, "ITS HIS LIFE!"
I GOT A REVIEW SAYIN I WAS JUMPIN THE SHARK (ITS A TV WORD) AN I AM KINNA RUNNIN OUT OF IDEAS SO I THINK ONSE MARRISSA FIGHTS ASSIRRAM ILL END THE STORY BUT IT WILL BE THE MOST EPIC AN ENTENSE END YET SO MAYBE THE LAST ONE WILL BE CHAPTER 20? FIND OUT!
She also apparently knows of this article:
It [ITS MY LIFE!] even gots a TV TROOPS page so its the most famos portal faaniction every!
Word Salad Title - The credits song "Im Still Want You Gone". One reviewer commented "My brain kind of tried to process that sentence and add in letters where I thought it might be plausible you were misspelling something, but this still manes no sense."
You Keep Using That Word - Wheatley keeps saying "wank" as the author believes its simply a British insult. Leading to some hilarious Accidental Innuendo lines such as "You can bloody do it Marrissa. Wank them good!" and "Help me Marrissa this bloody bugger is trying to wank me!"
More specifically, she seems to believe it means "to beat someone up".
Also, "god save the queen" can be found in Wheatley's vocabulary, which is actually the name for the British anthem, and not used in everyday life, and much less in Portal 2 case.
Marissa laughs at GLaDOS, reminding her that she is immune to the nero …. nerdro … neuro … icky green farts.
The Unfortunate Discovery of Marissa Roberts:
Driven to Suicide: Both Space Core and Wheatley attempt to escape the story by jumping into a bottomless pit.
The Dog Bites Back: Wheatley, treated as the local Butt Monkey, after reading "time streem paradoks" almost rattles of the "This sentence is false" paradox. It is possible that he attempted this on purpose.