About how much Canon Defilement you can expect in this one? For one, Aperture facility is underground (and its height underground is actually bigger than this building's height), then "The Stupidest Sequel of All Time" is written in the same font as Sburb land names, then there's the IV, which is purely meaning nothing.
And now.Portal: The 4th Millennium franchise.Made by a person taken straight from the former Soviet Unionnote Technically, work on Portal: The 4th Millennium franchise started (2008 December) after the Soviet Union's dissolution (1991 December) and the "earliest point" of the franchise (1910 April) occurs before the Bolshevik take-over of Russian Empire (1918 November)., Aperture ScienceBusiness Magnet, Portal: The 4th Millennium franchise isn't really popular, it just tends to get on top of Google searches a lot.Its entire story can't be explained with one work set in it, and stacking works one upon another makes it worse, to the point of being more confusing than Homestuck, the queen of convoluted plots itself. Let's say all you need to know is that there is one Marty Stu, Aperture Science Business Magnet, that is essentially a Self Insert who went forward in time and became the leader of Aperture Science, and there is another Sue, Ms. Johnson-Rattmann "interdimensionalPortaller", that is originally Chell from Portal 1 who, along with heavy characterization, received Sue powers and rose to power rivaling the first Stu's, and there are also canons they mangle horribly while fighting for power.Links:
2011: Not as elaborate, but the Soviet Union is returning and Portal: The 4th Millennium Wiki is a Soviet republic.
2012: There was a huge buildup that preceded this April Fools' Day by providing pictures of Vriska over the news, but on the day itself, the author went to play in a Minecraft Invader Zim server, because Minecraft is the TV show about Steve? trying to take over the Earth and Herobrine trying to stop him and Invader Zim is the video game where Dib landed on Zim's planet and forgot he was supposed to kill Zim.
Artifact Title: Originally a story of a new far-future Aperture leader, it has taken on two other fandoms, Homestuck and Invader Zim, and most of its plot revolves around the 20th, 21st and 22nd centuries.
Artificial Brilliance: 0ver5e3r was built to be better than GLaDOS in every way, and even scores an additional point in the Aperture Intelligence scale.
This trope also includes the "lightbugs" from Thinking with Diversity Vents work, which do something you wouldn't expect from an amateur mapper: normally, they go around until you complete a test chamber (which is just a button leading to "the outside"), but once you hop onto them, they will go away from a test chamber.
Bigger Is Better: In general. Portal: The 4th Millennium franchise doesn't play with human sized toys, no, everything must be at least kilometer in scale.
Massive Multiplayer Crossover: If you write fan fiction for or make a mod for Portal, there is an approximate chance of 10% that the Business Magnet will include it in his ever-expanding franchise.
If the fan fiction or mod becomes (in)famous, the chance raises to 100%.
If the plot for the fan fiction or mod changes, said work is discredited from the franchise, yet the things "borrowed" from it remain.
If you actually frown upon that, it gets to an edit war lasting a goddamn year.
Missing Episode: For a franchise that has colossal amounts of content that was released, expect even more colossal amounts of content that was cut.
For example, Portal: Prelude Convention AU No. 1, described above.
Even worse, a Portal: Prelude Convention AU No. 2 was announced, and is described in Portal: The 4th Millennium Wiki, but also never saw the light of the day.
Another notable example is: The Business Magnet mentioned that Portal 2 Episode Two: The Stupidest Sequel of All Time Part Two is an alchemization result of Portal 2: The Stupidest Sequel of All Time and never-released concept art for the said fan fiction.
And unless the concept art is miniature / pixel art, the result can't be only one fifth of Portal 2: The Stupidest Sequel of All Time.
No Export for You: There is a work, named Lena Bestselerovna: The Real Fail, about the life in the Aperture Science Golden Age, which was never translated from Lithuanian.
Rage Against the Author: The latter half of Portal 2: The Stupidest Sequel of All Time and all the works onwards will almost always feature the creators with a hostile relationship towards the Business Magnet, even when it doesn't make any sense.
interdimensionalPortaller: You see how almost all the characters he is writing about are against him?
irenicPie: but if the character that wins against him is written BY him, doesnt that mean he's not actually that bad at all?
Ragnarok-Proofing / Modern Stasis: You'd expect a society in an unclear state after 1000 years after a major catastrophe to be completely different, but Black Mesa? Still here. GLaDOS? Just stuff her into a human and everything's fine. Modern-day countries? Just with funny names, but still here. Most of the main cast? Through one or another way, still here. Is this the 3000s or still the 2000s?!
You have to look for ridiculous future skyline to identify between 2000s and 3000s: the Combine Citadels and their derivative buildings are scattered around the world in 3000s.
Rasputinian Death: Exaggerated, in the means that the characters use the equivalent of plot devices to kill each other and survive. May also be an example of Schrödinger's Cast.
Empress Contine, for one, has an indestructible server network telling her how she is going to die in alternate timelines, so that she can avoid it and continue living.
Combine that with the fact that she aspires to take over the world and... well... this universe is doomed.
Though, that still doesn't explain how she manages to die in the alternate timelines, where the server network is still working.
Portal: The 4th Millennium franchise itself is also updating, and seemingly faster than Skepkitty can MST (which results in Andrew Hussie-like speeds as Skepkitty MSTed 6 chapters of ITS MY LIFE! in one day).
Even though it was halted in place by Ms. Johnson-Rattmann "interdimensionalPortaller" in May 2012?
No it wasn't!!
Rule of Symbolism: Most of things occurring in the franchise are either symbolism or references.
Like the number 22 and the 22nd (or, as it would be said in Lithuanian, XXII) century.
This page in fact originally listed 22 tropes.
Though, the number increased.
Show Within a Show Type 4: Portal 2: The Stupidest Sequel of All Time exists inside itself.
Originally, Portal 2: The Stupidest Sequel of All Time was a one block ficlet, and hence did not feature any numbering.
The second take was preceded with "I wrote the next part."
Once on deviantART, the parts were given proper cardinal names: Parts One, Two, Three and Four.
When Chell and Doug part their ways, Part Five was separated to Parts 5c and 5d. (The system was later expanded to include "w" (Wheatley), "co" (Contine Overseer) and "a" (the Business Magnet).)
Prologues, epilogues and specials are not numbered, though they still suffer from the letters and the first one was still designated as "Part 8,5".
Portal 2 Episode Two: The Stupidest Sequel of All Time Part Two, being a direct sequel, continued the numbering with Part 21c.
Or, these are CHAPTERS and the fan fictions are PARTS, which makes MUCH MORE SENSE.
Portal: Prelude Convention uses an entirely different system. The first ficlet is named "The Original Convention" and subsequent additions are named "AUs No. 1, 2" and so on. (That is to say, if they were ever released.)
Later the name "Portal: Prelude Convention AU No. #" is more like an In Joke rather than a serious separate chapter.
OFU Portal: The 4th Millennium Edition, when it's not being an OFU, lists the names of characters appearing in each chapter. Mainly because there are twenty characters whose points of view we are dealing with and not two.
Unusual Euphemism: Portal 2: The Stupidest Webcomic of All Time seemingly has a new way of insulting people, taking obscure words (or actually mashups of words) to insult, such as "driving-on-rails", "Pascal-programmers" and "the worst thing since the guy who banned sliced bread".
WeirdFourth WallShit: To correctly understand how fourth wall works in Portal: The 4th Millennium franchise, this analogy may help.
1. First consider that for a fan fiction to be "published" and "existent" you need two separate programs: a text editor (be it as simple as Notepad or as complex as MS Office Word) and a publisher (usually third-party, see Notable Fanfiction Archives for a list.)