Fan Fic: The Infinite Loops

There's action that makes you pump your fist in amazement, moments that make you "aww" from their gooey happiness. Things that you shudder to think about, and can bring a tear to the eye. It's not about quick jokes and entertainment anymore: it's about evolution towards something greater. It's about learning how to create something new inside the frame work we have.

You think it's about humor and being cool. But if you wrote something stronger, to touch the heart and mind and make a reader think, then isn't that enough? Expand your horizons far enough, put your mind to it, and you can do anything.

If we all prepare ourselves, look back, look forward, and make the choices we know are right, we can create something that will stand the test of time.
Leviticus Wilkes on the Infinite Loops Misc. Thread

The Infinite Loops, also known as the Innortal-style Time Loops, are an ever-expanding genre of Time Loop fanfics.

The premise is that something has happened to Yggdrasil, the World Tree computer that contains and runs the multiverse. As a result, the various universes have been put in 'safe mode', time-looping until Yggdrasil can be repaired. Each universe's loop is maintained by the presence of an Anchor, a core person from that loop who is the first to notice their universe is looping. There is always an Anchor in a Loop.

As repairs to Yggdrasil continue, more people in each universe begin Looping as well, but are not necessarily aware participants in every Loop; only the Anchor is so blessed... or cursed. Your mileage may vary. Characters that are aware of the Loops and retain memories of their previous go-arounds are termed "Awake".

In addition, Fused Loops allow Loopers from different universes to interact. As a given, Loopers are tremendously stir-crazy due to the loops. Hilarity usually ensues.

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  • Links containing useful information are found here.
    • This spreadsheet compiles all the known Looping universes, along with their Anchors and Loopers.
    • You can add to the Multiverse with this form. Please do not add new universes, anchors or loopers without checking the Miscellaneous Loops Thread first.
    • The Infinite Loops now has its own Wiki. View it here.


The Infinite Loops provide examples of:

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     In General 
  • Aborted Arc: Given that multiple writers work on several loops at a time, this is bound to happen, though most are pretty good about finishing what they start. Most of the time this tends to happen because the arc isn't all that well received either by fellow loop writers or readers, a case of real life getting in the way, or a loop writer simply losing interest in the loops in general.
    • Of course, there are cases of loop writers genuinely forgetting they were writing an arc too.
  • Adult Fear: The admins in charge of the system explicitly render loopers unable to have children they would not have had in a normal timeline, since the child would cease to exist the moment a loop ended. The agony of losing said child left Ranma in tears.
  • Adaptational Badass: Quite a number of Loopers acquire Wrong Context Magic or tech or abilities from other Loops.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Some characters that were villainous in the baseline has mellowed out since they have started Looping.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Likewise, some characters that were heroic in the baseline have been broken by the Loops, though fortunately this is rare overall.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The typical (but by no means only) view of Sakura. While a lot of beings fear her, including her own anchor, it's typically acknowledged that when you get down to it, Sakura is just a sad girl who realized that she could toss away morality, since all of her actions ultimately amount to nothing. She has managed to recover a little bit, but she still has her relapses.
  • Alternate Reality Game: In a sense. The 'Hub' universe is suppose to be our universe, and isn't looping because it was the only universe not damaged by what supposedly caused the loops in the first place. While rarely ever brought up, there is mention that loop compliers and writers are supposedly seers who are able to see the shenanigans the characters get up to in the loops and are compelled to write about it for some reason. It's also possibly for loopers to loop into our world for a brief time, with the Admins blanking human memory once they leave and fixing any major damage they may have caused. Not many writers actually do anything with this outside of the characters talking to their original creators or taking items from the Hub loop, but it's there, technically making the loops this trope.
  • Alternate Self: "Looping Twins" usually fall into one or another. They're the same character, but from different continuities that have both started looping. Usually, this setup is used to prevent Dissassociative Loop Identity Disorder from happening, especially if the alternate continuities are are vastly different. Some notable cases are Classic and Legend Spyro, Taichi Yagami and Taichi 'Tai' Kamiya, and the Thunder Cats, which have mirror twins of nearly all their looping classic and advanced counterparts.
  • Anachronic Order: There's no guarantee that a given snippet comes after the one before it or before the ones after it.
  • Anachronism Stew: Loopers will sometimes swipe things from other loops to use later... no matter what technology base their home loop has.
  • Apocalypse How: Actions that result in Eiken Loops or extremely messed-up Loops often fall somewhere in here. In addition, the Loops themselves are a last-ditch effort by the gods that run reality to stave off the absolute highest level of this.
    • An event known as The Crash involves the highest level of destruction happening to an entire branch, that is a universe and its directly related multiversal variants, of Yggdrasil.
  • The Artifact:
    • The Gods trying to repair Yggdrasil being referred to as 'Admin's. This was because, originally, the Admins from Ah! My Goddess were the ones repairing the multiverse. As the loops continued to grow and more deities based on actual mythical deities began popping up, actual Admins from the anime started becoming rarer and rarer, to the point they almost never pop up at all.
    • The time loop itself can end up becoming this for a few loop compilations. While they usually start out following the 'screwing around with canon events' plotlines, depending on how much source material there is (and sometimes even if there is a lot to go on), the snips slowly start to go from 'messing around with canon events' to 'watching near god like characters play around and mess with each other', or 'watch them deal with odd variants', or 'watch them interact with characters not from their canon'. Of course, this is by no means a inherently bad thing. A lot of the more well known and liked snips tend to fall into those three categories.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Yggdrasil is like a computer and if loopers force it to do things that its not programed for or doesn't have the capacity to perform, the result is an error. Errors mean more work for admins and Eiken loops for loopers.
  • Black Hole Sue: In-Universe, Leah complains how no matter what she or anyone else does, "Everything seems to revolve around those two idiots (Bella and Edward) and their relationship, whether it wants to or not." It's a fact that most loopers, even from said verse, cannot stand, and it's why those two are the most wildly hated two none-loopers both in and out of universe because of it. Regardless, it doesn't stop loopers from causing them hell every chance they get, no matter how much they eat up baselines they loop into.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Apparently, before Twilight Sparkle came along, all the potential Anchors for the Terminator Loop had a tendency to go mad, die, or go mad and then die.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Inverted. Since all the characters know that the hub universe (our world) exists, references to this generally make sense In-Universe. The only true example is Deadpool, who is the only one aware of the writers working on the Infinite Loops (and he isn't even looping).
  • Broad Strokes: The general viewpoint on Innortal canon.
  • Canon Immigrant: Not only does the loops allow characters from different canons to interact, there are even a few characters from other fanfics who have gone on to become loopers too. These include:
  • Can't Take Anything With You: Unless it's soul-bonded to younote  or you put it in your subspace pocket.
  • The Chosen One: The Anchors of each universe, chosen to keep the universe stabilized.
  • Comedic Sociopath: A non-Looping Nanny Ogg cheerfully brushes off Twilight and Rarity killing an evil witch because it's not someone she or Granny Weatherwax know.
  • Continuity Drift: In universe, the loops can sometimes have certain details vary between them.
  • Continuity Snarl: Both in and out of universe, due to bizarre Variant Loops and the absurd number of authors, respetively.
  • Crapsack World: Not only are examples of these settings caught up in the loops, some realities are labeled as Quarantined either because they are filled with malicious malware and viruses, manifesting as a mind raping Eldritch Abomination to Loopers, or because there are things in their baseline which are flat out dangerous to the multiverse as a whole. Uzumaki is an example of the former and the Skaia protocol used to be an example of the latter.
    • Also the Lovecraft Mythos, albeit due to a nonstandard cause:
    Sleipnir: You do realize that the Lovecraft Mythos is basically comprised of a branch of rogue hackers and viruses? They're the 4chan of Yggdrasil!
    Twilight Sparkle: That actually explains a lot.
    • The Twilight universe isn't highly regarded by visiting Loopers. It almost drove its Anchor, Leah, to despair and madness.
  • Cross Over: Fused Loops. What, and how much, is crossed over varies.
    • Also, the premise as a whole qualifies an Ah! My Goddess crossover.
    • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: According to the background lore, backups of universes stored in the Hub (our world) cause the natives to write fiction about those universes. On a more tangible note, the Admins will occasionally dump multiple Anchors into the same loop for the lulz.
  • Crossover Punchline: A favorite tactic by a lot of loop writers, though there are a lot who make a conscious effort not to over abuse this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Looper versus nonlooper will always result in the former's favor due to the Story-Breaker Power below.
  • Darker and Edgier: And Lighter and Softer. Gets zig zagged pretty frequently. While generally light hearted, some writers will often write darker and more serious snips for several reasons, be it for character development reasons, plot reasons, or just because. Likewise, more serious in nature loop series will often have sillier snips that fall more in line with usual loops shenanigans.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone gets moments of this.
  • Death Is Cheap: Most loopers regard death as an annoyance or minor inconvenience due to the loop reset always bringing them back.
    • Rincewind, on the other hand, is so efficient at running away that he has not yet died in ANY loop... Until the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, at least. Since Death couldn't be there for Sir Terry, Rincewind goes in his place, and dies for the first time in the Loops.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Played Straight and deconstructed. Ascending to In-Universe Godhood is alright, like Goku becoming a Super Saiyan God, and quite a few loopers have become powerful enough to be considered gods in their own right. Ascending to Adminhood, however, is a bad thing. A very, very bad thing. Just ask Madoka...
  • Depending on the Writer: This can come up on occasion, particularly with more divisive characters or power levels.
    • Exactly how the mechanics of characters 'Awaking' for the first time in the loops work is a subject many authors of the loops can't seem to agree upon. The only thing set in stone is that they have to be important to the anchor in someway to start looping. Ask any of the authors about specifics though, and one will likely tell you only characters from baseline can loop, while another will say characters that originate from variants can loop, while others will say variant originated characters can only loop if soul bounded to the anchor, while others say they have to be soul bounded to an artifact that they can stuff in their subspace pocket to survive the loop transition, while others say that's impossible because subspace pockets can't hold sentient creatures, even if they're in a non-sentient object like a Pokeball... And then there are people who say pretty much the only qualification is how popular they are with the readers, and if people / the authors care about them enough to do so.
    • Of course, there's also character interpretations and such. One writer may write an arc to show that a character as some rather deep Hidden Depths... while another can write an arc shortly after that has them extremely Flanderized for the sake of comedy.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Traveling to a variation of the universe you're in isn't a problem, as it's technically part of the same Loop. Traveling to a completely different Loop on the other hand can create significant problems within Yggdrasil, especially if an Anchor spends a great deal of time during a Loop outside their Loop of origin. Once Upon a Time has been designated Read-Only because, in addition to that, no one can tell just how many Anchors are needed to stabilize the multiple tangled potential Loops it encompasses in the first place.
  • Door Stopper: As of adding this trope, the FiM loops have gone on for 105 chapters and 1,041,039 words. And that's not even counting all fics in the Infinite Loops as a whole...
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Characters can have some Loops where their ability to access their subspace pockets or out-of-loop abilities are curtailed or sealed for various reasons (such as a Loop being Read-Only). Loopers can also do this to themselves to keep things from getting too boring, such as Ranma, one of the Original Seven, going a whole Loop using only one discipline of martial arts or only one move (which, technically, qualifies for the former).
  • Dysfunction Junction: The Admins, depending on the pantheon. Just like in real life, the Olympians manage to be the worst, many of them being childish, spiteful and petty.
    • Not that some of the Loopers are much better.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Usually the result of viruses getting into a computer, unless they're native. Sometimes Loopers can replace them.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: The main reason gods that would otherwise be labeled "Evil" are allowed to loop. They may be violent, sadistic, or murderous, but in the end, they still need Yggdrasil to survive. Without it, they too would be destroyed.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Generally averted. Crashing a Loop is regarded as a Bad Thing, and even doing horrible things that'll 'reset' when a loop does is not smiled upon. In fact, having this viewpoint is a critical component of Sakura Syndrome.
  • Fate Worse Than Death:
    • The cases where Loopers end up in Eiken usually qualify as this. Except for Haruhi and those who come from the Red VS Blue Loops.
      • Ren and Stimpy was a looping world commissioned late in the game to act as a punishment when Eiken wasn't enough.
    • More seriously, ascending past a certain power level can cause a universe to cease to have ever existed.
  • Framing Device: The multiverse has crashed and now every universe is stuck in a time loop! Now watch for episodic shenanigans!
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Sometimes, Loopers will Replace other loopers... occasionally in the same Loop.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Rohan Kishibe is shaping up to be this to the Loopers. The other Loopers keep an eye on him to be sure he doesn't become another Sakura, but otherwise they would rather not be around Rohan.
    • Some formerly villainous loopers are hit with this as well, both in universe and without.
  • From Bad to Worse: Force ending a bad loop will result in an even worse loop. The loopers learned this the hard way, and force themselves to tolerate bad loops for this reason.
  • Fusion Dance: The Josuke Higashikata of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 8: Jojolion, if put into a fused loop, will have the second person that makes up him be whoever 'Josuke' is replacing.
  • The Gadfly: The plot is basically the canon characters turning into a swarm of these in order to keep themselves sane during the time loops.
  • Gender Bender: According to Twilight, this happens roughly two percent of the time.
  • Genre Roulette: Though the over all theme is slice of life episodic comedy, having multiple writers even for the same story/compilation, this can pop up frequently. Some loops can be actiony, some focusing on romantic relationships, some can be dramas, etc, etc.
  • Genre Savvy: Well, when you're stuck in a time loop you learn to see patterns....
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: It's been demonstrated that if no explanation is forthcoming, and no fused loops occur, most Loopers and Anchors tend to psychologically deteriorate. The first case of this is known to be amongst the four original Evangelion loopers who, in a bout of desperation, delibrately crashed their loop with enough violence to force an early fused loop. Since then, most worlds experience semi-regular (though still random) fused loops.
    • It's noted that some worlds tend to have a significantly lower fused/unfused ratio of loops, which only had negative effects on it's Anchor and Loopers. The Megami Tensei verse is the best and most current example.
    • Intriguingly, an inversion of this is seen with Traveling Loopers. Since they crisscross the multiverse so much, they can not often form strong emotional bonds and are left feeling isolated and alone. The best example of this is Bariss Offee, who's own code regularly results in her being far away from any other loopers.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Yes.
  • Groundhog Peggy Sue: Also yes.
  • Hammerspace: Subspace Pockets. These are the only way Loopers can carry things over between the loops. The size of a Pocket is a function of power, how recently someone began looping, and to some extent authorial choice. (For example, Ichigo early in his Loops has space for either his Shinigami badge or Kon, but not both; conversely, Ranma, one of the oldest and most powerful Loopers, collects death stars.)
  • Heel-Face Turn: Apparently a requirement for villains to start looping. So far, the only exceptions have been the villains from The Venture Bros., and that's because they treat evil more as a hobby than anything else.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even in variant loops, the basic structure and cast of a universe will remain similar. This is a Justified Trope due to the way that the multiverse repairs are run.
  • Impossible Thief: A few.
    • The Trix from Winx Club are this even without being Loopers, having devised a way to steal the Dragonfire, a power that in their canon is impossible to do so (except they did it in canon, something that everyone and everything else who tried failed to do so). Too bad there're better impossible thieves around here...
    • Lupin III and his crew. He stole the Dragonfire without magic and made it look easy, everything inside Gate of Babylon and Gilgamesh' armour (that he was wearing) while drunk (they had drunk all of Gilgamesh' wine inside Gate of Babylon before stealing the rest), a kiss from Carmen Sandiego, and what she was wearing under the trenchcoat.
    • Carmen Sandiego. In the Hitler Rants universe she stole Fegelein's antics, Hitler's ability to laugh at Fegelein, his rant for that and for stealing the other rant, the door of his office and his men's ability to chase her, while in a visit to Fate/stay night she decided to top Lupin's previous heist by stealing Gate of Babylon (not the treasures inside, the immaterial Gate of Babylon itself) and Gilgamesh' ability to care for it (then Lupin stole her a kiss and her clothes).
  • Lesser of Two Evils: While Admins always strive to make morally upright characters the anchor, sometimes they end up being forced to go with more morally ambiguous characters as the anchor, simply because they're better in comparison to most of the other possible anchor candidates at the time.
    • Pretty much the only reason Ryuk ended up anchoring the Death Note universe is because of this. Not only does being a Shinigami make him immune to Death Notes, he quite frankly doesn't give a crap about a vast majority of the people from his verse, making smaller room for MLE potential. (And considering he's one of the few people from the DN verse who isn't a raging psychopath...)
    • The Tick ended up becoming the anchor of his verse simply because he was the only viable candidate from the universe, and still ended up becoming an MLE. Let that sink in...
    • When the Grim Reaper is the only viable anchor candidate for your universe, you know there's something seriously up there. Granted, he's actually not that bad of a guy, even in comparison to more "normal" looper settings. Doesn't stop Billy and Mandy from eventually becoming loopers though. Ironically, Billy is the one who became labeled the MLE of the two due to being Lethally Stupid.
    • A less morally focused example would be the Nebulous Anchor system in general. It's only used in rare cases (the only commonly known example is with the Attack on Titan universe), and is generally considered low on the "resort to" list. It links several people together as Anchors, which can cause some severe dangers to the stability of the universe in question, but does allow for more efficient looping, and keeps options open in the event that one of the Anchor's dies in baseline.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Many Loopers run into common Variant Loops that they all agree to never mention again. Some examples include the ponies' Bureau Loops, Marvel's Marville variants, and the Pokeverse's Pokewars worlds.
  • Loophole Abuse: Grima manages to bypass the "no villain looping" rule due to Sharing a Body with Robin, who is the anchor for that universe.
    • Anti-Villain Paradox from the Yu-Gi-Oh loops seems to have managed to avert this rule
    • Due to the nature of the Transformers Loops, this rule doesn't apply to Decepticons.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Loopers generally come to this conclusion eventually. Whether they come to it because they decided to look at the bright side or because they've been driven mad varies.
  • Lockdown: The operators of Yggdrasil try to do this to universes that contain potential security risks.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A Looping Kyuubey tricked Madoka into ascending to a godlike level. This backfired spectacularly.
  • Mega Crossover: The premise gives the authors an excuse to cross over almost everything with everything else, and they use it.
  • Mood Whiplash: Due to the way the loops are structured, being episodic and having many different writers writing for it, this can pop up frequently. One loop can have the loopers wondering why they looped in as cuttlefish, while the next loop after it can be about the loopers trying to survive in a dystopia variant/fused loop.
  • Me's a Crowd: Among the many powers loopers can learn like Shadow Clones, the Misaka glitch can cause this as well, accidentally making an undetermined amount of same, awake loopers during a single loop. While it's not advised that they should get in into fights with their copies when this glitch occurs, since the duplicates end up merging back to the 'real' one once the loop ends and they get all their memories from it, naturally, for many loopers, There Can Only Be One...
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Those suffering under Dissassociative Loop Identity Disorder experience this, much to their dismay as after a while, even they aren't sure who the 'real' them is. It's caused when a looper has many different variants based on how many Alternate Continuities their loops universe has, where they have different roles and personality in almost every one of them. The most extreme cases are April 'O Neil (who has no less than ten possible 'real' hers and personalities) and Lyra Heartstrings, who has four based on common fandom interpretations of her. (Though, unlike April, she's embraced her split personalities and frequently talks to them in her mind when she has to make important decisions.
  • The Multiverse: Is on the fritz, necessitating the loops.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Averted thanks to Yggdrasil handling the storage of the eons of memories loopers accumulate.
  • Mythology Gag: Each of the Admins for each universe tends to have a job suited for their skills and talents
    • Artemis, who was among other things a goddess of wild animals, is in charge of the Jurassic Park and Prehistoric Park Loops
    • Clio, the Muse of History and Zeus's daughter, coded the Assassin's Creed loops.
    • Epona, celtic goddess of horses and fertility, is in charge of the Legend of Zelda loops and, on at least one occasion, has looped in as Epona. She's also Sleipnir's girlfriend.
    • Ganesha, god of learning and education, helms the terminally confusing, inconsistent and incomplete Attack on Titan loops.
    • Hephaestus, god of technology, is responsible for the multitude of Mega Man Loops, as well as Ratchet and Clank and Thomas the Tank Engine.
    • Hades, god of the underworld (the place where souls reside), being the admin for Soul Eater, Danny Phantom and Blue Exorcist.
    • Loki, the Norse god of trickery, is the Admin for How to Train Your Dragon.
    • Persephone, Hades's wife who is also a goddess of flowers (and daughter of the goddess of the harvest), is the admin for Trigun.
    • Janus, a god of passageways, manages the Portal Loops.
    • Thor, who had a chariot pulled by two goats, is (partially) responsible for the Goat Simulator Loops.
    • Sleipnir, who is a horse, happens to be in charge of the My Little Pony Loops.
    • Nut, a god of the heavens (i.e. space) is in charge of the Star Wars and Star Trek Loops
    • Maat, responsible for judging the deceased, manages the Ace Attorney Loops.
    • Zurvan, the one who got the Doctor Who universe Loops going, was a god of what else but time and space.
    • Masakado, local deity of Tokyo, manages the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona Loops.
  • Nerf: In-Universe, several powers or artifacts that could easily cause a loop crash have been seriously toned down by the Admins in order to keep such things from happening. Some notable examples:
    • Most things that grant wishes that can/or cause high level reality warping have been toned down to where they can't do anything that would cause a loop crash, such as the Dragonballs, Fairy Magic, or most high level Reality Warpers in general like Haruhi.
    • Death Note's have been altered to where they can't work outside of pure baseline runs or their fused loop of origin, since even non-loopers or MLE's would be able to kill even the most powerful of loopers and anchors due to it being an even bigger Story-Breaker Power than what even the most powerful of loopers can posses. (And unlike the deplorable word, Death Notes can be activated from anywhere in the universe they're currently in before the nerf was applied, are divine in nature instead of magical, making countering them difficult, can be used before the looper is even aware they're in they're in the same loop as one and could reasonably react to counter it, and allows the user to pick and choose who they want to kill. This would allow MLEs to remove any problematic loopers to their goal while keeping certain characters they need alive for whatever their goal may be.)
    • While outside loopers can gain an element from the Elements of Harmony, only the mane casts' canon elements work outside of the initial loop an outside looper gets theirs.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe, Absolute Zero seems to have one of these moments. During said loop he installed an MP3 player and spekaers in his armor, then started to ilberly play Let it Go when he felt like it. He however failed to check to see who else was Awake, so Argent Adept recorded the whole thing and uses it to annoy Absolute Zero.
  • Noodle Incident: Characters will refer to loops that happen offscreen sometimes.
    • We never see the Eiken loops, only hear them referred to, probably because Eiken is actually quite dull once the novelty of the physiological implausibilities and incessant fanservice wear off.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: This is the main reason the Star Trek Anchors never really act on their foreknowledge (to the point where visitors don't know who the Anchors are), as they'd have to explain themselves to the Department of Temporal Investigations in every Loop.
  • Off the Rails: Most loopers take great pleasure in messing up the plotlines of their various series in amusing ways. Even more when it interferes with a non-looping character's Xanatos Gambit. Shinji in particular loves messing with Gendo's scenario.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Essentially Picard's reaction on learning the Doctor's started Looping.
    • Picard is good for these, since his desire for a nice and quiet Loop is usually ruined by a visitor doing something incredibly bizarre, like Rainbow Dash going past the Enterprise at warp-speed, carrying a massive Poptart.
    • Anyone's reaction to meeting an Malevolent Looping Entity.
  • Older Than They Look: All the loopers eventually, though it's most notable with "children" loopers. Even though they're technically well beyond 'of age' it's still weird to see stuff like the Cutie Mark Crusaders drinking alcoholic beverages and doing other non-children appropriate things, especially if they don't use magic to age their bodies up beforehand.
  • Omniscient Database: Yggdrasil, as per Ah! My Goddess canon. Except right now it's on the fritz.
  • Out of Time, Out of Mind: Outside of some specific cases, be they good or bad, most loopers tend to act a lot like they did before they started looping.
  • Physical God: Most of the oldest Loopers are powerful enough to fit the trope, and are actively preventing themselves from ascending to full-on godhood. Ranma in particular is so powerful that he is able to create a subspace pocket that at the very least contains multiple solar systems, and is referred to as a universe.
  • Power Limiter: Ranma has a set, wished up from the Dragon Balls.
    • Also the original function of the Subspace Pockets, to take up increasingly larger amounts of the Looper in question's power and mental focus. The side-effect of carrying things past the Loop reset is entirely tangental, but is used as a selling point to newer Loopers.
  • Predestination Paradox: Yggdrasil has a few protections against lesser time travel messing up the Loops. Predestination Paradox Protection, via the Ouroboros Patch, means that a Loop will typically only allow time travel that's 'already happened'. Then there's the Nesting Doll Protection Law which says that you can't damage a major Loop (the Infinite Loops) while in a minor one (your typical "Groundhog Day" Loop with an exit, or 'win', condition).
  • Reading Ahead in the Script: As mentioned above, savvy loopers will exploit the Mutually Fictional nature of loops to get an overview of any world they end up in. Some loopers even keep a copy of their own script on hand to give to newcomers.
  • Reality-Breaking Paradox: Occasionally pops up, which results in the loop ending earlier than normal. Granted, it's a bit more justified due to the multiverse being on the fritz. Sometimes, loopers will actually invoke this, despite is usually resulting in punishment loops, to force resets and escape extremely unpleasant variants.
  • Recursive Fanfiction:
    • Technically, all the fics made after Innortals. Though they all have their own unique plots in between the episodic shenanigans, they're still set in the same overall Multiverse as his. (Though, exactly what and which of Innortals snips are treated as canon by the community as a whole thanks to his... err, unique brand of humor is still heavily debated to this day.)
    • Loops based around other fanfiction universes also tend to pop up pretty frequently too. Notably, even a few characters from Fanfiction universes have ended up becoming loopers too. These include Nobody Dies Rei and Nyx.
  • Ret Gone: An entire universe was destroyed at the conceptual level because of data corruption. It's implied that it's not the first to go that way...
    Sleipner: It effectively never existed. Any fused Loops you had with that universe have now never happened. Aside from the forced system–wide reset of the Loops the collapse triggered, even the divine operators of Yggdrasil have no memory of it beyond an almost completely corrupted file of the 'jumpstart' attempt with a fused Loop that ended in its destruction.
    • Madoka's universe is currently hosted within her bow (her weapon, not the one on her head), which means if she ever loses the bow it might cease to exist.
    • What happens if this happens to a Looper (at least in-universe) is explained in a Mega Man loop. It won't get rid of the Looper for good, but as Sonic explains it, getting hit with the Ultimate Annihilator (essentially a Ret Gone weapon) tends to end the Loop really fast.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Loopers who are villains in baseline tend to reform very often. It helps that they're usually fully aware of where their villainy will take them and don't want to go there, while Good Feels Good. Sakura Syndrome is the opposite of this.
  • Sanity Slippage: It's implied but not outright stated that Kaylee has Sakura Syndrome, after a dozen Loops where Serenity's technical problems keep changing, with her having no idea why it's happening. It leads her to try and overload the engines.
    • It's a given that most loopers begin to snap a little bit after enough time, as the PTSD, boredom, and in some cases loneliness begins to really add up.
  • Samurai: Johnny Bravo trained under Master Splinter and became one, and became less of a flirt in the process.
    • Not to mention Jack, who Anchors his own universe.
  • Seen It All: After enough go-rounds, most loopers will have some form of this attitude.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: All over the place. Some Loops can be incredibly dark, while others exist only for a brief joke. By and large, the Loops tend to be more serious than when Innortal wrote them.
  • Stealth Expert: Every Star Trek Looper manages to keep themselves hidden incredibly well, to the extent that only two have been discovered by other Loopers so far, Captain Kirk and Captain Picard. The reason for this is because if the Department of Temporal Investigations found out, the Trek Loopers would be buried in paperwork.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Between the accumulation of personal abilities/skills/etc., access to all sorts of tech from around the multiverse, and simple experience, veteran loopers tend to short-circuit the plotlines of any loop they enter. (Especially if they've visited the "Hub" loop and had time to digest the relevant source material.)
    • Part of the reason Death Note's were near flat out banned was because of this trope, as they managed to be a Story-Breaker Power even by looper standards!
  • Take That: While doing Take Thats towards other loops or loop settings is extremely frowned upon (unless it's considered an acceptable target by the community at large), this doesn't stop the authors from slipping in remarks about their feelings towards other things, some of which are actually aimed at things in the loops they're writing for!
    • The fact that The Conversion Bureau variants are often treated with by disdain from the FiM loopers, and the multiverse at large, can be see as a take that to it's setting.
    • While not treated as A Fate Worse Than Death territory, they're often not particularly fond of pre-gen IV MLP loops either.
    • Twilight is often treated as a Fate Worse Than Death loop but a good portion of the Multiverse, it's anchor (Leah) included!
    • Eiken loops, being used as the most common punishment loop, is in the same boat too.
    • The Star Wars loopers aren't particularly fond of the more Merchandise-Driven spin-offs of their loops, the Christmas special being a very common target.
    • And of course, a lot of authors are not above sporking common fandom plots or clichés, be them Mary Sues, Copy Cat Sues, Trapped in TV Land variants, or common Ron the Death Eater targets. Pretty much if it's a common fandom plot element, it's been parodied or picked at in the loops at some point.
  • Time Abyss: All Loopers eventually become this because the loops make them "older than Merlin"
  • Time Crash: Something happened to the multiverse, resulting in every world being put into a looping safe mode while the admins sort things out.
    • The Crash, which happens when something went horribly wrong in a fused Mega Man Loop, resulting in the total erasure of the unknown loop. It had knock-on effects through-out the other universes, even causing several new loopers to activate.
    • Another one happens later on, this time because of a human-obsessed Lyra Heartstrings, a magical portal and a poorly thought-out plan, which according to Twilight Sparkle prematurely ended at least three separate loops, and set the loops back by a few thousand years.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The loops hate this, resulting in the Doctor Who universe being Read-Only for a long time. This is because causing a Temporal Paradox while in a Loop causes it to crash, something a bit more severe than simple premature termination of a Loop.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Those suffering from Chrysalis Syndrome (AKA: First awaking after a non-baseline run where they have a different role, and thus keeping their memories from that instead of their usual baseline) go through a brief bout of this. Thankfully, it's not as bad Dissassociative Loop Identity Disorder because after the first initial loop, they have a solid baseline to get use to, but they do have a hard time accepting it depending on what their role was. (Especially if they're normally a villain, which usually results in My God, What Have I Done?.)
  • Top God: The Admins. Most branches have their in-universe gods, but the admins are the Gods that keep their branches from pooping themselves. A lot of the Admins are also implied to be far more powerful than in-universe gods, with a few even being implied to be even more powerful than some eldest loopers like the Original Seven.
  • Uniqueness Decay: A given, considering loopers can stick most things in their subspace pockets, which results in the item being duplicated when the loop resets. Everything from the Elements of Harmony, the Master Sword, to the Dragon Balls can, and likely has, many duplications of it throughout the multiverse. (Though, some of them don't retain the powers they have outside of the initial loop they got it from.)
  • Unexpected Character: Come on, would you really think that Gendo Ikari would ever loop?
  • Wham Episode: The Crash was a wham episode for every single Loop. An entire universe was wiped out, completely and utterly, damaging several other universes, and jumpstarting new Loopers in the process.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Comes up on occasion, either via variant loop setup, or loopers deliberately trying to invoke them.
  • Willfully Weak: No Looper is allowed to ascend to the same level of godhood as the admins, as it will cause the destruction of their home loop. Experienced Loopers normally use a mixture of Guile Hero, Power Limiter, Manipulative Bastard, and the tools in their subspace pockets to avert Victory Is Boring.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: This is a given. It's even explicitly stated by Twilight Sparkle:
    "Gilda, I'm an Anchor. Which means I've been awake for every single loop. Sure I've gotten powerful, but among Anchors and other long time loopers the truism is ‘with great power comes great insanity.’ I've been better than most, but even I've had moments where I slipped. You'll find this out yourself, but imagine everyone around you had a disease. They remember everything up to a certain day. After that, they can't keep a new memory past a full day. They just keep forgetting and reliving the same day, over and over again. Only you remember and grow. How long before you stopped seeing them as friends out of frustration? How many days till you stopped seeing them as people at all? How many weeks till you started meddling, manipulating them for what is 'best'? How many months till you started smashing them in frustration that they can't bucking remember anything?!"
  • World Tree: Yggdrassil itself.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Loopers are able to retain abilities between loops, which leads to Jedi using chakra or ponies with Intelligent Devices or...
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Attempts to end the loops have happened way too many times, and it's always resulted in a reset. The anchors have long since stopped caring.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Sufferers of Setsuna Syndrome can be firm believers in this, which is why they developed it in the first place. They often get rather annoyed with usual looper antics that cause their loop to go Off the Rails, believing something bad will happen if they diverge from the baseline, despite evidence to the contrary.
  • 0% Approval Rating: All MLEs (Malicious Looping Entities) and many malicious non-loopers such as Umbridge. Hence, when Gendo Ikari starts looping when it was thought he never would, he finds himself at the mercy of an entire multiverse that hates his guts. Most of the loopers have met his baseline self (due to Evangelion being one of the seven oldest looping universes), and most (if not all) of them are not happy to seem him looping.

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