Anti-Villain: A lot of what Duke Elkington does, he does for the good of Equestria.
Apocalyptic Log: Surprisingly given the setting, but also downplayed. The most exact events of what's going on are told from a little girl's diary, and so it's not explicit at all what's going on. While it's not a normal example of an apocalyptic log, since the end hasn't technically happened in them, they do tell a story of things getting worse, but, at the times Jericho arrives, the dark events aren’t over yet.
Aristocrats Are Evil: When going to meet him, Jericho discusses the trope on his way to meet the Baron of Sleepy Oaks: So, a baron, eh? Ten Equestrian Bits says that he’s evil—all barons are. It’s the rule.
And then oddly subverted by the Baron of Sleepy Oaks himself, who appears to just be another victim of the Government Conspiracy. Make no mistake, he's a cowardly, elitist jerk, but he is at least trying to do the best for his “peasants”.
"But be thou warned, he of House Sânge: I have been before challenged by gods and demons, warriors and champions, kings of ponies, titanic animals the likes of which your pea-sized brain can’t even comprehend. All have challenged me once.
"Just be now aware that you can’t cause me any real pain; I have been dealing with agony and pain for so long now that pain is practically an old friend of mine."
“One always overcompensates for disabilities. I’ve been thinking of having my entire body surgically removed. But until the day that happens, I’ll just stick to wearing awesome outfits; they make me feel cool.”
Aside from that, his coat is fireproof and is hard enough to be armor.
Bad Samaritan: Jericho suspects this of Lyra — but the idea is subverted.
From his inner monolog: Last time a girl offered you a drink, it was poisoned. That was fun, though, trying to solve your own murder. Still surprised we managed to torture the cure out of her so easily—and all we had to do was manually remove her ovaries without the use of anesthetics.
Chekhov's News: Chapter 2 has two. Oddly, the newspaper which seems most like a red herring is the one that comes up immediately in the next chapter.
Chekov's Gunmare: Lyra, and even Jericho points this out. Jericho: “Wait. Haven’t I seen you before? Earlier this night, in that inn?”
Cloudcuckoolander: Jericho is weird. Very, very weird. Trying to understand him is an exercise in Madness.
Code of Honour: Justified. The titular Jericho has a very simple one, with only two specific entries about rules he must not break. Jericho explains that they exist to keep him from becoming an irredeemable monster, since Jericho is a sociopath. The code is:
"Harm not children. Commit not rape."
However, the Code/Kodex only gets elaborated upon after Jericho accidentally breaks it when he kills a child. And then willingly kills several more children. And their parents. And ends up murdering every single member of the small town of Sleepy Oaks. Because they're trying to murder him after enervation drives them all homicidally mad, giving Jericho no choice. After breaking the Code, for the first time ever does Jericho break down and lose his sense of optimistically dark humor, becoming a Stepford Smiler as he tries to hide his sins from his companions.
Collapsing Lair: The lair of the Devil's Backbone, which the ever Genre Savvy Jericho points out would likely happen when he first sees the explosive runes.
Ten Mark say that those explosive runes only activate as the Backbone dies
Crapsaccharine World: Most of Equestria appears to actually be sweet, but there are... darker parts. It gets lampshaded.
“What the hell is going on with this country?” I sighed, shaking my head. “It all looked so sugary and nice up until an hour or so ago.”
Crystal Dragon Jesus: The story plays this trope straight, but does so in a very interesting way with the religion of the Teutschen. Word of God states that the religion is based off Christianity, but is not it. They share the sign of the cross—which the narrator calls das Kreuzzeichen—wear crosses, and even refer to their deity as “God” (or “Adonai”, an old Hebrew name meaning “Lord”).
However, the more details the story gives about the religion, the less Christian it seems. Like how they believe that Kain to be a dark hero. Or, for one interesting example:
“... the sixth tenant of the faith is ‘you shall not murder’. It does not say ‘you shall not kill’. I mean, yes, you could interchange those two things sometimes, but to murder and to kill are two different concepts. Murder is wrong. Killing is just a fact of life in this world we live in. The faith makes the distinction quite clearly. The faith teaches that there is no shame in taking somebody’s life for the right reasons.”
And their version of the sign of cross is spoken with a different phrase, which means “in the name of the Father, and of the Prophet, and of the Machine Spirit.” Or, as it is said in the fic:
“In Nomine Patris, et Prophetae, et Spiritus Machinae.”
Curb-Stomp Battle: The is the actual entire description of the first fight scene in Jericho:
I gave the guy a side-neck chop as I pivoted and let him fall past me.
"You know, if we lived in a weird gender-swapped universe, you’d be an utterly monstrous figure. You tried to rape me, Dame Cherry Berry. That’s not cool, and your insistence that girls cannot commit such vile acts is utterly horrifying to me."
“Oh, my,” she almost crooned, her eyes sparkling. “I don’t know what you said, but I liked it. A. Lot. There’s just something—” she hesitated, “—spooky about it! There’s, like, a certain throaty toughness to it, I think.”
And then immediately lampshaded: “Is it really that big of a deal?”
Eye Scream: Courtesy of an explosive rune, and described in explicit detail. And then Jericho has to cut through his optic nerve and sew his eyelid shut.
First-Person Smartass: Jericho himself is perhaps one of the quintessential examples of this trope. Whereas most narrators of this type only occasionally snark in the narrative, Jericho's narration style is literally founded upon it. Granted, Jericho resides on the part of this trope with focuses more on the entertaining stream-of-consciousnesses thoughts, which usually ends with Jericho making some truly ludicrous analogies or similes or just indulging his own dementedly hilarious thoughts. Without breaking the fourth wall, he is constantly making fun of the story he's in and the world and characters therein to the point that Jericho's narration is easily described as being like a "maliciouslydementedDouglas Adams". The fact is, the story and plot of Jericho would be a dead-baby depressing slog of angst were it not for Jericho being the narrator; with him, the story is a ludicrously amusing and optimistic romp through a terribly grimdark adventure as told by a likeable sociopath.
Hearing Voices: Possibly. It's unclear if it's his thoughts mocking him, or it if he's really just that snarky.
"And yes, I am single. Unless you count that one weird time I got turned into a girl and, because of an incredibly obscure tribal practice of that one tribe, I ended up married to the lesbian daughter of the Warchief. That was weird. I really prefer having male tools, really. When they bleed, I’m supposed to go to the hospital and I know there’s something horribly wrong. Not girls, though."
"Listen here," I bellowed without warning, "you gosh darn little pencil-pricked, own-mother-sodomizing, mouth-breathing, pen-pushing, slack-jawed, jelly-and-blue-balled, drooling aristocratic dickball, son of a filthy, rotten whore of a mare who was nevertheless well-respected in her small community!"
Government Conspiracy: Appears to be the major conflict, with the people in the town of Sleepy Oaks & its local Baron under oppression from a shadowy government organization. It's clearly a conspiracy because they love Princess Celestia, their de facto head of state and government, and hope she'll find about about the conspiracy, but still hate the local government guys.
"That, like the myth of the slutty nurse, is ultimately untrue. Trust me, when you’re a nurse, you see some pretty terrible things: lots of sickly, naked ponies covered in their own filth, so much that your whole day is basically one big turn-off."
Then, during a conversation with the Baron of Sleepy Oaks, which was going all fine and dandy:
My mind was suddenly filled with the inexplicable but terribly attractive vision of the Baron’s plantation being consumed by fire and the Baron himself running screaming from the blazing ruin with at least three hefty spears protruding from his back.
Mood Whiplash: due to the tone of the narration; the situation can be genuinely horrifying, then Jericho makes some off-the-wall observation
Naked First Impression. Exaggerated, but justified. Jericho meets every Equestrian as they are naked, since Equestrians don't usually wear clothes.
His first reaction into walking into a tavern and seeing everypony naked?
“Does this mean that the Princesses will also be naked? Oh, Father above, that’s gonna be fun. Why, hello there, so-called deities of sun and moon. No, I swear I wasn’t leering creepily at your haunches. I can’t even say I know what ‘leering’ means. Is it a type of frog?”
Overlaps with Naked People Are Funny. Jericho it still the only pony wearing pants. Hilarity continues to ensue.
Noodle Incident: Quoth one of Jericho's monologs: ‘The idea of that reminded me of the first case I’d ever worked on, where a psychotic professor at some prestigious medical school had been going around murdering girls, stuffing their dead bodies full of extra organs because “aliens told him to do it”.’
This is actually something a Call Back, sorta. It's a reference to one of Jericho's earlier lines, when he was talking about his time as a Spezialagent: “It was things like that which probably contributed a great deal to making me the psychological mess I am today.”
Once More with Clarity: When Jericho looks back at the inn, realizes that everypony is Equestria is naked, not that he stumbled into a mislabeled whorehouse
Later on in chapter 3, when he looks back on the scene with that mare at the train station, Selena, he begins to realize something was wrong with that whole thing, but isn't yet sure to what end.
Then he looks back on the letter his guardian angel gave him, quoting the line “by this time tomorrow, you will again have blood on your hooves”. That's when re realizes what the angel had meant, that he was to murder the agents of the Government Conspiracy and unravel it all.
Physical Goddess: Princess Celestia and Luna, while not expressly referenced in the show, Jericho, a foreigner, seems to think this. A monologue of his references them as “deities of sun and moon”, respectively.
Fallen Angels: According to Jericho, Princesses Celestia and Luna are actually these.
This was the mythical motherland, Equestria, where Princesses Celestia and Luna — fallen angels, as many back home said — ruled.
Sarcastic Confession: played with; although the supporting details are obviously fake, the main statements are completely accurate
“Oh, I’m that guy you’re trying to arrest. You can tell by the armor I’m wearing, the fact that I’m running away from you right now, and my outrageous accent,” I said amicably, standing still. “I most certainly don’t just work here or anything.”
“Oh, you can tell by my equicidal demeanor, incoherence, and plethora of weapons that I, in fact, am the Butcher of Songnam.”
See the Invisible: In chapter 19, when the elite Carolean solider/agent named Proud is preparing for an epic battle against the invisible mirage-pony, Jericho just scoffs at the idea and covers the invisible monster with pink paint. Jericho's very practical like that.
Tap on the Head: Amazingly played straight, lampshaded, subverted, and deconstructed—all in one chapter! First Jericho knocks a guy unconscious with a side-neck chop, has a What the Hell, Hero? moment on himself wherein he lampshades this; then when Jericho himself get a nightstick upside the head, he only gets a nasty, nasty bruise. (The deconstruction is the head injury he gets, plus having possibly hairline-fractured his shoulder in the fight.)
There are seven in all, The Sorceress, The Gun, The High Priestess, The King, The Murderer, The Liar, and lastly The Hanged Stallion, the last one seemingly representing Jericho.
However, later on, the Blue-EyedMare notes that he is not the Hanged Stallion, despite calling him by that name earlier. Using only gestures and two tarot cards, she indicates that Jericho is, in fact, The Fool.
The Butcher: Jericho gets called the Butcher of Songnam, for the very good reason of having killed so many people there
The Guards Must Be Crazy: Lampshaded when a guard just lets Jericho walk into a guarded compound when all Jericho offers in the flimsy excuse that he's a “plumber”.
You are a very trusting stallion and should be fired from your job. You didn’t even check to see if I had any identification... if Equestria even uses identification like that. Huh. I should look into that.
And then b-e-a-utifully subverted! Jericho walks up to the Baron's plantation house, tricks the guard into letting him in, then, as Jericho is walking past, the guard attacks Jericho from behind, shouting, “That’s for my sister’s black eye, you bastard!”
The Drifter: Jericho tends to just wander around. Possibly justified because he's doing seemingly because an unseen angel is telling him to do it. However, he doesn't fit any of the stoic character traits usually associated with this character archetype. He's too sarcastic.
This Loser Is You: According to Word of God, Jericho's tendency toward prolifically murderous rampages is a (very, very dark) parody of Western RPG player characters, who tend to rack up an improbable body count over the course of things.
Title Drop: Taken Up to Eleven. The name of the main character and the story are one in the same. Just look at this name for the amount of times the name Jericho is dropped.
Walking the Earth: Jericho, literally. He's walked across the entire world, and the story begins during the most recent new land he's exploring. But it's justified, sorta, by the fact that Jericho's doing it because an unseen angel is telling him to do it, and thus to fight evil. Jericho leans on this when he says, “It was my God-given duty as a Teutscher to do this, I resolved.”
Weapon for Intimidation: Subverted then lampshaded when the Baron of Sleepy Oaks brandishes a knife at Jericho, Jericho isn't intimidated in the slightest.
A bluff if ever I saw, but best not call it. I doubt this guy could so much as smack a fly, let alone murder a pony. Still,I’d rather not push him into actually having to do anything.
Wham Episode: chapters 15 and 16, the latter of which is the end of the first act. Jericho kills the entire town of Sleepy Oaks, breaking the Code by killing a child; then in the next chapter we meet the demon, the demon gets killed, and Jericho loses his horn (and an eye) in an explosion.
What the Hell, Hero?: The reaction of the little filly and her mother when Jericho, in self-defense, knocks their father out. Lampshaded by the hero himself.
Jericho: “Oh, you mean the side-neck chop? That’s just a martial arts move. I mean, yeah, if I’d done it wrong, it would have killed him via cardiac arrest, and so, in hindsight, that was highly irresponsible of me to do but... I’m not helping my case any, am I?”
Adult Fear: Luna is reduced to tears if she is so much as reminded of the possibility of being along on the moon for another millennium.
All Stallions Are Perverts: Played with. While Jericho does have occasionally dirty thoughts (as well as he'll freely discuss sex from a scientific point of view), he never expresses a desire to chase after girls, and indeed gets annoyed when girls hit on him.
All Mares Are Lustful: During Jericho's stay in Babylon, he seems to think this of the locals (Both Ishtar, who is the Queen, and Scarlet both seem to really want to sleep with him, even at the same time) . Justified in that the Babylonian whole society is built off coitus, females dominating males, and Ishtar is the goddess of fertility.
Satan himself said “I will not let Kane win this; I've spent over seventy-thousand years fighting him. He's beaten me every step of the way, but at the twilight hour we have a shot of destroying Kane or otherwise setting his plans back a further seventy-thousand years. I will be the hero in the end!”
A Stallion Is Always Eager: Played with. He actually gets rather annoyed when girls hit on him, though that's mostly because he knows they're trying to use him, and he hates it when mares think they can take advantage of him. See Coitus Ensues below.
Badass Longcoat: Invoked. Jericho wants to be cool, so he must logically dress like a cowboy, because cowboys are cool.
Later on, he gets another longcoat that he takes off a stallion he murders. Badassery aside, it's not a true longcoat, though; it's actually a pair of sleeves and a long battle-skirt-thing. Looks damn similar, though.
Luna: “You killed Jericho!” She then proceeds to absolutely curb stomp C.
Berserk Button: Luna – threaten or harm Jericho, and you've effectively pressed this button; ditto if you insult her looks.
Lampshaded by C.
“Ooh, so I've found your berserk button, eh? So, all I gots to do is threaten your-” he paused as he glanced at me “-friends and you'll break my neck? (Lampshaded!) Fuck, I might just shoot his eyes out now, just for fun.”
Note to self: never insult Luna's physical attractiveness, or you'll die.
BFG: C, in a Shout-Out to the Doom comic, “My cause is just... my will is strong...” He cocked something on his gun, manifesting the sound of the thick mechanical click. “And my gun is very, very big.”
Bishōnen: Possibly played with. Jericho possesses most of the required traits, save that his physical attractiveness is never once mentioned.
Bilingual Bonus: Earlier on, Jericho didn't bother to translate a lot of German (later on, he almost always translates). Likewise, whenever a character speaks in a language he doesn't understand, he doesn't translated for obvious reasons. Other times, his words are so vulgar that he thinks its funnier to leave its is.
“Yob tvoyu mat',” I said, my tone coy. That's Russian for fuck your mother.
Body Horror: Jericho, in one scenes, has swords growing out of his skin. It made the Author's skin crawl just thinking about it.
Bond One-Liner: After Jericho shoots Scarlet in the heart, he remarks: “Heartless? You should see the Wizard of Oz about that.”
Lampshaded by the Whore of Babylon when she openly calls him a monster for this behavior.
In the words of one comment from chapter 35, "You didn't even stop at breaking the fourth wall. You kicked it over, stomped it to pieces, and then urinated on its childhood photos."
Clothing Damage: Downplayed; possibly deconstructed. In the prologue Jericho gashed open his side, cutting his duster and causing him to bleed nearly to death. He later repaired the damage.
Chapter 29 exaggerated this, when Luna's attack completely destroys C's entire outfit. Jericho then sort of deconstructs this when he mentions the horrific scars that mutilate C, describing them as so horrible they were downright beautiful.
Coitus Ensues: Averted in chapter "40 – The Hard Goodbye", when instead of coitus Jericho attempts to kill the Whore of Babylon. It got to the point where he and she were in the same bed, and then Jericho pulled out a knife. It would have been subverted, but Jericho made it very clear he had no interest in coitus.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Chapter 33 "Girls, Girls, Girls", wherein Jericho gets into a friendly sparring match with his ex-girlfriend and proceed to maul her until she's unconscious and bleeds halfway to death. And he legitimately cannot comprehend what was so wrong about what he did.
Determined Defeatist: Jericho believes that this adventure will kill him, yet that doesn't stop him from trying to look good doing it.
C suggest that both Satan and Kane are also this
Enemy Within: Jericho wonders if Luna is this, speculating that Nightmare Moon is just the part of Luna's personality that she repressed.
Everything Sounds Sexier in French. Played straight and inverted. Equestrians see it as the language of love and fashion, while Prussians (like Jericho) see French as the vulgar tongue of hate and anger. In fact, Jericho once ranted to Rarity (who speaks French) that Prussians associated it hatred, mass murder, and warfare, much to Rarity's evident disgust,
Everything Sounds Scarier In German. The Equestrians think this about Prussian (which is more-or-less German). Jericho, however, thinks it sounds much prettier than Equestrian (which is their version of English)
Some of her mannerism are still inexplicable, even by this trope's standards. Thus, Jericho thought long and hard about it, trying to figure her out; at one point, he honestly considered whether or not Luna was legitimately retarded, which, as he put it, "was sad for a girl so pretty."
Forgets to Eat: Jericho. Word of God, this started out as the author lampshading the lack of eating scenes. And then the Author deconstructed this trope; Jericho almost dies because of this. In fact, the only way to get Jericho to remember to eat is for him to be borderline dying.
Gratuitous Prussian: Jericho often has a good bit of ponies speaking foreign languages, Prussian being the foremost aside from Equestrian. Justified when the story takes place in Prussia. Also, a bunch of the bad grammar is justified in-universe, whee Prussian had a very different path to get to where it is. C, who speaks German, points this out, finding it endlessly annoying.
Prussia: While not real-life Prussia, Jericho's homeland is still known as Prussia. Likewise, it is something of a cross between Imperial Germany, Prussia, and the United States – all mixed with copious amounts of in-universe only traits unique to this version of Prussia.
Prussian Dialects: Jericho goes out of his way to explain various bits of various Prussian accents, like his father's Berlin accent.
Hearing Voices: From Chapter 31 onwards, Jericho has the AI Lauren in his head.
Healing Potion: Deconstructed. The way they work is almost as, if not even more, dangerous than the wounds they cure. One girl even yells at him for being so careless and drinking health potions.
Chancellor Bismarck mentions that using potions for major wounds will cause the wounds to be healed with new flesh, but the new tissues would all be cancerous (at worst) or tumorous (at best!).
Hurricane of Puns: Oddly, the storm of puns is in German, and the biggest offender is the line "Ich bin Gott...los!" The 41st chapter is named after Jericho's storm of puns based on the German word "los".
From the Author's Notes: Lastly, this chapter's name, Los, is something of a pun. In Spanish 'los' is the masculine plural form of the word 'the'. In German it can mean -less (as in, the suffix, like helpsLESS), off or loose (as an adjective), or “Go!” (as a command)... Basically, Jericho was saying “go!” as well as remarking upon his loose (or, more accurately, lack thereof) morals. Though the line “Ich bin Gott...los!” can either mean “I am God. Go!”, or “I am Godless”, or even “I am free from God”, that last one possibly also meaning “I am free of morality” or “I have no morals”. Whereas the spell “Es wurde zeit...los!” can mean “It became timeless” or “It was time, go!” And finally, Jericho's remark “Ich bin los” can be interpreted to mean “I am -less” or “I am off!”, and “I am off” can further be interpreted multiples ways, either as “I'm off [to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz]” or “I'm crazy”. Basically, Jericho just made a storm of puns in only a few words. Nifty, eh?//
“Furthermore,” C said, raising an index finger to the sky, “I know Satan's also read the Evil Overlord List, thus he's functionally invincible 'cause he's also genre savvy like moi.” He took his skyward finger and jabbed it in Celestia's direction. “And I know that I'm the bad guy because the main characters and heroes are the six who bear the Elements of Harmony... I think Luna might count, too, if you want. They cannot be defeated no matter what save for us baddies being extremely, extremely, and ludicrously genre savvy. However, because Satan and I are so genre savvy, if we screw up even once, we will unequivocally die. As in dead for good. It's God's way of making sure that the good guys always win. I'm also a master of lampshades.” He snapped his fingers, causing a literal lampshade to appear at his feet. C crouched down, grabbing the lampshade and putting it on his head, then stood back up. “I still can't believe this snapping my fingers thing still works. Watch how quickly it stops working altogether.” He cleared his throat. “And now I'm lampshading lampshading by wearing a lampshade as I lampshade how I lampshade.”
He constantly gripes about every girl (especially the hot ones, like the Princesses) being naked. He's trying not to be a pervert, but it's rather hard not to stare when everypony is naked and really hot.
Name Of Kane. Kane himself, of course. And Jericho's middle name.
Jericho: “She stalked in like a tigress in Mörmease orphanage – blue hair and legs for hours. No dame her age could afford a dress like that, and the makeup she had one gave me a good idea how she got. She had bad news written on her like October of 2010. With that quiet hum of saxophones playing in my head, she must've been Femme Fatal – the kind vibe she was givin' off. And behind me, the rain was coming down like God had broken down crying, and the angels had joined in on it. When you're in a situation like mine, you can only think it metaphors.”
Luna: “Who are you talking to?"
Jericho: “She asks, her kinda voice the kind that can make 'good morning' sound like an invitation to bed. The mare cocked a brow-”
Luna: “Seriously, who are you talking to? And it's not raining.”
- This went on for some time, with Luna getting more and more annoyed.
Some notable examples are: Al Chest Breach, for Steve and Mr. Cuddlesworth. Rammstein, Eisbrecher, Oopmh and their songs are often quoted (and acknowledges as song quotes), but never once is the band named. I Am Skantarios, as Skantarios is one of Jericho's ancestors, and one chapter opens with a long quote from this.
Shown Their Work: The Author, oh so many times. He likes to make note of intriguing bits of Prussian grammar, symbology, and Old English banter.
Snark Knight: Jericho. He even once rant on a rant wherein he called himself this.
Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: The Author strives to have the German as accurate as possible, often going far out of his way to explain German grammar. At times, however, it can be silly. He also supposedly does this with Old English and Lowlands Scots.
The One Guy: Jericho, again. Lampshaded by him to no end.