Fan Fic: The Infinite Loops
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.
Links to published compilations
- As a rule, all compilations are currently marked as in-progress.
Links to discussion forums about the loops
- The second Misc. Thread has a list of terms and definitions.
- These threads are for massively fused Loops. Expects things to get crazy.
The Infinite Loops provide examples of:
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Broad Strokes: The general viewpoint on Innortal canon.
- 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 is 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Caboose.
- 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 Gadflies: 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....
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jenny Everywhere: A looper with no known home loop. It's possible that her original loop was destroyed in the system crash.
- Lockdown: The operators of Yggdrasil try to do this to universes that contain potential security risks, but the Skaia protocol is proving difficult to contain.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 cupcake.
- Anyone's reaction to meeting an Malevolent Looping Entity.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Gendo's first loop. It wasn't actually the first time he had been through a loop where the person replacing Shinji had been a moron (that honor went to Caboose), but the real surprise was that Billy was literally so dumb that Gendo somehow got knocked into the loops.
- 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.
My Little Pony Loops
- Alpha Bitch: Diamond Tiara, pre-characterisation or when she's un-Awake. Twilight also meets another called Sharp Retort during Turning the Tables. After years of experience, Twilight manages to outmanoeuvre Retort quickly, and the mare leaves in a huff.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: Sunset Shimmer's exploits are written in the style of a journal, being read by Twilight Sparkle.
- All-Loving Hero: There is enough love in Fluttershy's heart to feed an entire colony of Changelings.
- The Atoner: Chrysalis. Her first loop Awake was the "Slavequestria" loop, where she and a non-Awake Shining Armor were Happily Married and helped runaway slaves as part of La Résistance. When the loop reset, Chrysalis was horrified to realize that her actions in the prime timeline had not been All Just a Dream.
- Sunset Shimmer is also this, as after she Awoke, she's dedicated herself to atoning for her sins, swearing never to become like she was in baseline again.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: After Twilight figures out how to trigger Spike's greed-growth (from "Secret of my Excess") as needed, "Spike-zilla" becomes one option for how to deal with more extreme situations encountered in Equestria. Awake!Spike also learns to control his age/size/power-level and can go Kaiju when he feels it to be appropriate.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: One version of Twilight actually has ADD. She decides to go along with it.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Often defied. Looping Celestia has enough of an aversion to paperwork that on one occasion she got the Looping Elements confirmed as regents in two minutes flat and fled to the beach.
- Twilight pulled a similar thing... putting the Crusaders in charge. (To their credit, they immediately decided to initiate a golden age so they could have fun and get some college-level partying done while 'mom' wasn't around.)
- Badass Bureaucrat: Mayor Mare demonstrates her mastery of the Art of the Regulation by derailing the planned destruction of Equestria by the Vogons.
- The Bartender: Big Mac, after he opens his looping bar.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Equestrians have named their loop a sanctuary loop, and they mean it.
- Break the Badass / Break the Cutie: Sometimes, very rarely, the ponies can have nightmarish Loops.
- Breather Episode: The Equestria loops function as this for every guest looper. They take this duty very seriously.
- Brown Note: Staring at Pinkie Pie's anti-A.I. program makes Apple Bloom physically ill.
- Calvinball: Discord's "Chaos"note card/boardgame. The rules are completely made up and the points don't mean anything. There's also a sci-fi expansion set, for Trek Loops.
Apple Bloom: I could swear I had a different set of cards five minutes ago.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: In an early Loop, the Mane Six offer Discord a choice between the easy way, the hard way, and the angry way. The angry way starts with Fluttershy unleashing one of these. Discord quickly chooses the easy way.
- The Chessmaster:
- After observing a few loops, Big McIntosh starts subtly nudging events — A quiet word here, a small suggestion there — to smooth out the more dramatic events of the default Equestria loops: Reduced conflict about the Grand Galloping Gala tickets, smoothly introducing Zecora to Ponyville, suggesting that Twilight coordinate Winter Wrap-up, etc. It takes Twilight quite a while to figure out that not only is he Looping, but is the one responsible for the less stressful loops.
- The Turning the Tables version of Celestia is a Dumbledore-style manipulator. It backfires when Twilight Sparkle Awakes and throws a monkey-wrench in her plans.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Twilight Sparkle's initial reaction to the loops was to make sure her family and friends stayed safe. This has expanded to making Equestria a designated Safe Loop for every looper.
- Crapsack World: Some of the worst loops. But the worst of the worst is "Slavequestria," a loop where Celestia legalized slavery and allied with Sombra, turning the whole world into a totalitarian hell and her battle with Nightmare Moon into Evil Versus Evil. All the Loopers involved are left traumatized afterwards.
- Scratch that, the (mercifully) largely undescribed Loop caused by a massive collection of porn and viruses bleeding into the Equestria Loop. (The loop wherein it's described starts with Twilight and Sleipnir, the administrator of Equestria, walking into Mac's bar to drown their memories of it.)
"Not only was she [Molestia] in charge but she was the pinnacle of what every pony strove to be, the ideal pony in the eyes of her subjects! And Twilight was the only one Awake, the only sane mare in this mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad world. And then this corrupted world painted a target on her by making her the most desirable mare alive to everyone in said world."
- To underline just how horrible this loop was, upon Awakening both Sleipnir and Twilight immediately ran for the gates of Tartarus, fought their way to the lowest levels of Hell, and then locked the door to Hell from the inside. And then Sleipnir called down the Apocalypse and prematurely ended the world. Let me underline that some more. A Yggdrasil System Administrator — who is consistently portrayed as one of the most responsible and level-headed of the sysadmins, at that — chose to deliberately crash a Loop. How desperate are you when risking further multiverse instability is preferable to actually trying to live in that loop world even for a single day?note
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Pinkie Pie.
- Loop 102.3 give reasons of why baseline Ditzy/Derpy/Bright Eyes is also one.
Lyra soon learned why pegasi were the predominant military arm of the three pony tribes. They were blindingly fast and if they had a little bit of open space to work with, extremely manoeuvrable. Also a pegasus' natural toughness scaled up with how fast they were going, provided they braced themselves during impact. Ironically, that meant that they could plow into the ground at terminal velocity without getting a single scratch, but an uncontrolled tumble at a much slower speed could break bones. None of that knowledge actually helped against Ditzy who, in addition to being able to create wing air blades, tornadoes, and hit with the force of a freight train, could also spit out bubbles that exploded with the force of a grenade, create bubble clones and decoys, and had an evasive flight pattern that could be considered insanely erratic at best. Lyra did remember that even in baseline, the grey pegasus was good enough to be a competitor in both the Young Flyers Competition and in the Equestria Games.
- Cursed with Awesome: Pinkie Pie. She has skills any assassin or fighter would gladly give up most of their limbs to possess, but she only uses said skills to cheer others up. In fact, she hates it when others are scared of her.
- Defeat Means Friendship: During a Fused Loop with How To Train Your Dragon, Hiccup declares his intention to "befriend" Discord. The Mane Six tell him that only Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie can do that and so he explains that he's not using the conventional definition of the word, but the one as used in the Nanoha verse. Cue Toothless turning into an Intelligent Device which Hiccup uses to blast Discord with a Wave Motion Gun.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Scootaloo, while there's usually not much that can threaten an experienced Looper its still a bad idea to go into a Final Destination loop, scream "Buck Death!" at the sky, and then deliberately start kicking rubber balls near death traps.
Nyx: And then you decided tempting fate wasn't enough. You then went and spit in its face, tried to steal its lunch money, and woo its date!
- The end result was an unlikely series of events that ended up with Nyx going head-first through a wood chipper. Mama Twilight was not amused.
- Scotaloo got her vengence, when she attempted to use a "Nobody dies" device Pinkie P Ie had invented, rendering things in cartoon physics. Due to the event? She shut off death for 24 hours in a Final Destination loop. She responds by taunting Cthulhu.
- Driven to Suicide: Twilight, in a truly nasty Warhammer 40K Loop, after a month and a half of torture by the Imperium, even when she gave them the information they were after.
- Drowning My Sorrows / I Need a Freaking Drink: To help cope with particularly unpleasant loop experiences, Awake!McIntosh usually sets up a bar where traumatized Loopers can start to decompress. Of course, it also serves as a general hangout for Loopers to compare notes and otherwise socialize.
- Drunk with Power: So far, in almost every "Sisters" loop (where Twilight plus a rotating second ascended pony is in Celestia and Luna's positions), Twilight's co-ruler has this happen to them, resulting in them having to be banished to the moon.
- A notable example is the exception that proves the rule: one of the few "Sisters" loops where Twilight's co-ruler was not banished had said co-ruler (Princess McIntosh) instead work to convince the populace the royal sisters did not actually exist, effectively removing the need to have one sister be out of the public's eye for a thousand years by putting them both out of the public's eye.
- And again with Ditzy, who only gets sent to the moon because of her uncontrolled yet highly destructive magic, which forced Twilight to put her there lest Equestria be run by supremely rich carpenters.
- Justified in-setting when Twilight states that alicornhood has a side effect of amplifying emotional extremes, and that the adjustment period can be... problematic. Once she finally figures this out and via trial-and-error derives some coping strategies for this problem, 'new' alicorns have a much easier time with things (the Cutie Mark Crusaders, for example, have all managed to avoid "lunar time-outs"). note
- Elaborate Underground Base:
- At Trixie's insistence, Twilight frequently sets up a major installation under the Library Tree. Features include a modest lecture hall, several conference rooms, and a variety of laboratories for magical and explosives R&D.
- Applebloom also has the capability to install a large scale workshop/aircraft hangar under one of the hills on the Sweet Apple Acres farmstead.
- While not quite reaching "elaborate" scale, Rarity has started putting a modest Materials Science lab under Carousel Boutique.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Turning the Tables Shining Armor is mentioned to have a few male fans.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: In this case, Alicorn Princesses, and one prince. In addition to the four canon alicorns, there's the rest of the Mane Six, Shining Armor, Trixie, Nyx, all three Cutie Mark Crusaders plus Diamond Tiara, Berry Punch, Mayor Mare/Ivory Scroll, Zecora, Ditzy/Derpy/Bright Eyes...and one Princess McIntosh loop.
- Eviler Than Thou: In the Mega Pony Loop, Tirek Sunstar mentions he fought (and killed) Mad Queen Majesty. Twilight, who has met Majesty before (and is still disturbed by the version she met), is utterly terrified at the thought of how evil she had to be that Tirek was the better option.
- Exact Words: One Loop Twilight decides to follow Celestia's edict to "make some friends" literally. She quickly runs into problems with her experimental golems.
- Extreme Omnivore: Pinkie once ate the moon. ... albeit after Luna had turned it into brie (the whole "night eternal" thing was to make sure it aged properly).
- Fire-Forged Friends: How Apple Bloom and Diamond Tiara reconcile. Leads to DT Looping and joining the CMC.
- Fix Fic: This approach is taken for some of the more head-banger moments in canon, as well as whenever the Loopers end up in variant loops set in certain fanfics. For example, when Twilight Awoke alone in the Lunaverse(a variant not the real Lunaverse), she not only refused to go along with her counterpart's role, but set up shaking the other characters out of their Jerk Ass mindsets and getting them closer to canon.
- The "Diplomancy" Loop can be considered a Fix Fic for "Boast Busters", as Twilight deliberately defused the situation by preventing Trixie from humiliating the others and engaged her in a challenge of her own, in such a way that Trixie's feelings were spared too, thus befriending her as well as causing her to Awaken later.
- Footnote Fever: Usually reserved for the Author's Notes at the end of the chapter, but one Loop has Rarity visit the Disc, with footnotes naturally following. There are no less than nine footnotes for that snippet, with one having footnotes inside a footnote. One of them is a Lampshade Hanging on the series' fondness for these things.
- From Bad to Worse: According to Twilight Sparkle, if an Alicorn spots you during a Harem Comedy Loop, this is what will follow, and whoever the protagonist is will be unable to escape the madness.
- Genre Savvy: Spike realises exactly what his un-Awake self would have done during the Equestrian Games during one Loop.
- Godzilla Threshold: Some foreign Loopers that are particularly disruptive get a trip to the moon. And Jadis of The Chronicles of Narnia is the only shown time Twilight has resorted to lethal force, due to her possessing the Deplorable Word.
- Pinkie Pie's antics are usually held in check. However, if sufficiently pushed, Pinkie is allowed to go full "Chaos Goddess of Parties" on a universe.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: An un-Awake version of Discord discordianises Rincewind. As it turns out, a discorded Rincewind is very violent, and incredibly good with magic.
- Gosh Darnit To Heck: One Loop has this applied on a universal scale. Weapons turn into toys and candy, cusses become incredibly bizarre, and the Death Note becomes the Hug Note. However, thanks to Pinkie Pie misusing said note, Twilight learns that one can still be badly hurt.
- Groin Attack: Twilight's first harem comedy Loop begins with Pinkie Pie attempting one of these on "him" with a crowbar. Twilight's instant reaction? Go to the moon and stay there.
- Halloween Episode: The 2-part, 9-author collaboration Nightmare Night loop published between compilations 34 and 35.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today??: Twilight has to tell everyone that she is straight on three different occasions.
- Both Rainbow Dash and Daring Do say that they are straight after a misunderstanding.
- Headbutting Heroes: In one Loop, Twilight and Rarity get into trouble after fighting an evil witch in sight of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, who assume that they're Discworld-type unicorns. As it turns out, silver harnesses just bother Rarity because they're slightly tacky.
- Heroic BSOD: Twilight after the "Molestia" loop.
- Heroic Vow: Equestria's offer to be a sanctuary loop to any looper willing to accept it.
- He Who Fights Monsters: The hippocampi - Seaponies - turned from music loving beings who cheerfully help rescue others in distress to... music loving beings who cheerfully help rescue others in distress by using Overwhelming Firepower and Disproportionate Retribution. They've been in constant battle with horrors from the deep for so long that this became their knee-jerk reaction to everything. It gets to where Applejack starts using "seapony diplomacy" as a euphemism for There Is No Kill Like Overkill.
- Horrifying the Horror: Pinkie Pie. Full Stop. The moment they hear that Awake!Pinkie Pie is in the universe, just about every loop aware end boss, cosmic horror, and elder being will immediately try to flee.
Twilight reflected, as the incomprehensible dimension between space screamed as one and tried to fold in upon itself, that when a pony stares into the abyss the abyss stares back; but when Pinkie Pie stares into the abyss, the abyss closes its eyes, sticks fingers in its ears and shouts, "LALALALALALALALALA," hoping Pinkie goes away.
- It's gotten to the point that other Loops have revealed there's now a support group for beings that Pinkie's terrified.
- I Hate Past Me: Not "hate", but Twilight messes with her past self's head in one Loop, and doesn't always have the best opinion of her baseline self.
- Incredibly Lame Fun: Immediately after Sakura is sent to the moon by the Elements of Harmony, Naruto and Sasuke ask what safe and boring things there are available for them to do.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Standard reaction to bad Loops is to find Big Macintosh or Berry Punch and get drunk. Even Sleipnir joins in on one occasion.
- Inexplicable Treasure Chests: During the Random Loot Arc, the source of these is explained by the Presence of a Stocker, someone who job is to create and leaves the treasure behind.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Loop 44.4 ("...I walked in on Spike and Rarity."): Reactions vary from Squick (Twilight and Sweetie Belle) to confused indifference (Chrysalis) to enthusiastic support (Cadance).
- Interspecies Romance: Spike and Rarity, Trixie and Chrysalis, Berry Punch and Discord
- Technically Nyx and Leman Russ, given that in their separate native loops, she's a pony and he's a human.
- Jerkass: One version of Sombra replacing Twilight is completely abusive towards Spike. Twilight gets revenge in her own way.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: The CMC+Diamond Tiara spend several loops concealing from each other the fact that each had Ascended for fear that the others would feel "left behind".
- Klingon Promotion:
- A version of Blueblood tries this in one Loop, noting that so long as he kills everyone (i.e: Twilight, Shining Armor, Cadence, Spike, Celestia and Luna) in the "right order", he'll become king. Twilight's reaction to break down laughing at his sheer stupidity.
- How the Griffins are shown to work, though it has certain checks built in so it isn't a perpetual brawl.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: A standing rule among the Loopers appears to be "don't talk about Conversion Bureau loops".
- This is Trixie's initial reaction when she and Twilight Awake in the Manehattanverse, leaving Trixie as the Element of Laughter. Though she does seem to change her mind when Twilight explains that in her case, it's more like Optimism.
- Loophole Abuse:
- As an alter-ego of Nightmare Moon/Princess Luna, Nyx enters the loops and sidesteps the "no children" restriction to be Twilight's adopted daughter.
- The CMC, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon tend to this when playing Battleship with real ships.
- It's also how Twilight managed to get Skynet Looping. Hephaestus stuck her in the Terminator Loop, normally a Read-Only universe, and gave her juuuust enough leeway to talk the A.I. down. It worked, gave Skynet an actual soul, and so kicked the Terminator universe into Looping status.
- Loving a Shadow: Chrysalis has to struggle with the fact that the Shining Armor she spent her first Awake loop Happily Married to no longer exists, and that the looping one is Happily Married to Cadance instead.
- Major General Song: Loop 53.3. Also winks at Bohemian Parody in the stinger.
- Mama Bear: An accident of Discord's gone wrong causes an un-Awake Ditzy to declare her intent to move out of Ponyville and take Dinky with her, rather than she her hurt again. Since Dinky is one of Ruby Pinch's few friends, this encourages Berry Punch to take her own steps to prevent it, by any means necessary. It eventually results in Berry being hospitalised by a pissed-off Ditzy.
- Manipulative Bastard: Celestai's attempts at this just don't work on Twilight or Big Macintosh.
- Meaningful Echo: "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." was used in 73.14 and 85.13. It shows two things: first, Sunset Shimmer started looping and second, the Awake Sunset Shimmer has the memory of the loop Twilight specifically went out of her way to befriend her.
- Meet Your Early Installment Weirdness: Eventually Chrysalis learns about her un-Looping self marrying Sombra all those times, and is disturbed by the notion.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Lyra, due to a glitch when she first starts Looping, obtains all possible memories every loop. She ends up with multiple personality disorder due to this.
- For several loops, Twilight found out that Derpy/Ditzy/Bright Eyes' unique talent keeps changing: make bubbles, read minds, popping like a bubble (fatally), popping like a bubble (non-fatally), matter disintegration... once she Awoke, she could switch between all of them.
- Musical World Hypothesis: The phenomena is known as "heartsong" and involves Equestria's magic somehow resonating with the singer. Some of the pony Loopers have developed their ability to do this at will, resulting in Pinkie Pie leading Hogwarts into a big song and dance number.
- Hilariously lampshaded by loop 52.12, where Celestia and Twilight have a song and dance number... centered around their angst at not being able to sing and dance normally.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe Example. Applejack's attempt at making an alcoholic beverage out of potatoes. The end result was something that Twilight had to ascend to alicorn status to get her sight back after drinking it caused her to go blind, and quickly became know as 'potato acid' to all the loopers.
Applebloom: Ah've never made acid outta' potatoes before.
- Non Sequitur Thud: A common consequence of Trixie's Stuff Blowing Up incidents.
“Trixie would like fries with that,” the blue unicorn muttered, and fell over.
- Noodle Incident: How Twilight first met and became friends with Nanoha. We only know they experimented on "practcal applications on Nanoha's Magic of Friendship" and the result was Twilight getting into a G3.5 loop as a result.
- Apparently at some point Twilight had an encounter with a tyrannical version of Queen Majesty, from G2. It obviously didn't go very well.
- Trixie would like to tell about the time when she learned how to make thermite, but she keeps getting hushed up. Or stops herself when Gilda shows up, suggesting that she was involved somehow.
- Noodle Implements: Par for the course in a series that references as many loop incidents as it actually depicts. For example, from Loop 30.4:
Nightmare Moon had been vanquished with a zebra potion, two pry bars and several metric tons of fruitcake.
- No Sell:
- While testing her potato acid, which caused Discord to burst into flames, Applejack hands it to Berry Punch. It doesn't do squat to her.
- Big Macintosh manages to lock Celestai out, blocking her accessing his information even after what's implied to be several hundred tries.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: Twilight's reaction to landing in a G3 or 3.5 loop. While not Fate Worse Than Death territory, she does not enjoy them. These seem to occur every time the previous loop terminates in an unexpectedly energetic fashion.
- Omniglot: Fluttershy eventually realizes that the Bearers of the Element of Kindness (herself, Chrysalis, and Silver Spoon) are able to speak and understand any language.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In a Middle-Earth Loop, Applejack Loops in a regular horse. But she can still talk. Any time anyone notices, she borrows a page from Gaspode and says what a horse would normally do (Whinny, contended ear flick). It works every single time.
- Porn Stash: Zeus hid one of these in Sleipnir's Yggdrasil terminal, creating a Loop featuring an Equestria embodying clopfic and noted above under Crapsack World.
- Railroading: When the ponies Looped into the Girl Genius setting, every attempt they made to make the world Lighter and Softer ended in failure as they were dragged along The Stations of the Canon, much to their chagrin. They finally succeeded in driving the plot Off the Rails at the Siege of Mechanicsburg... only for Twilight to get struck by a bolt of lightning, prematurely ending the loop.
- In the baseline, no matter what Twilight does, her library always gets destroyed during Tirek's rampage. She's not happy about that.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In one Loop, Rainbow Dash unleashes a truly magnificent one on Spitfire for her hypocritical actions in Rainbow Falls, while pretending to be completely innocent about the whole thing.
- Recursive Fanfiction: Loops include variations of Past Sins, the Lunaverse and Another Kind of Magic among others.
- One of Rarity's early Loops was a version of The Best Night Ever. She was upset when Blueblood's Character Development in that universe didn't take.
- In later chapters, the ponies have started encountering CelestAI, from Friendship is Optimal. They're disgusted and horrified by it.
- And of course, there's The Conversion Bureau, but we don't talk about those.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder:
Silver Spoon: What do you all want?
Scootaloo: Well, I personally want to revolutionize the field of aeronautics and join the Wonderbolts. I'm pretty sure Sweetie here wants to become a pop star, and Apple Bloom wants to build an army of robots to do her bidding.
Apple Bloom: Not an army. Ah'd be fine with a small squad o' twelve, Ah'm not greedy.
Silver Spoon: ...what?
- Ridiculously Equinine Robot: In one early Loop, Chrysalis is a robot operated by the Brain in order to do what he does every night.
- Running Gag: Many. Often they take the form of many short segments with different takes on the same scenario, separated by other segments.
- Applejack trying various means of getting Trenderhoof to lose interest in her right off the bat. Some work better than others.
- Rarity and Twilight Waking up in rather bizarre variants, leading Rarity to ask "Twilight, why are we X?" It's gotten to the point where Rarity starts doing it for no reason in order to troll Twilight. And of course, Pinkie lampshades it:
"Did somepony start a running gag without me? That's not nice."
- Luna coming up with bizarre ways to make her entrance in place of a Nightmare Moon attack.
- Celestia foisting off her royal duties onto someone else so she can go surfing, usually on the surface of the sun. This culminated in an incident where it took her less than 30 seconds to appoint the Elemental Harmony Gang as regents and flee out of sight... without checking to see if they were Awake first. (Most of them weren't.)
- Twilight asking what Ditzy's cutie mark is (and getting a different response every time)... which was then partially overtaken by scenes proceeding from the one in which she popped like a soap bubble.
- Twilight trying and failing to prevent Tirek from destroying her library.
- Cadence being obsessed with matchmaking which it turns out she's been faking for a long time.
- Trixie and her... fondness for explosions.
- Trixie trying to tell a story about thermite, just to be interrupted by Gilda.
- Darth Vader cannot simply walk into Equestria. So every time he shows up in a Fused Loop, he makes sure to make a Big Entrance.
- Sanity Slippage: Cadance eventually admits that her love-obsession was a genuine case of this, a long time ago, but she's gotten better about it.
- Pretty much everyone in a Sister Loop (I.e. a Loop where two Loopers awake in Celestia and Luna's roles) tends to go through this, and ends up on the moon. So far only Twilight, Big Macintosh, Ditzy have avoided the insanity part, and only Big Mac has avoided ending up on the moon at all (Twilight got stuck there by accident because of Ditzy).
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Twilight's response to Waking up in an Equestrian version of 1984. She tells Pinkie Pie to go full Chaos Goddess of Partying on Canterlot, then takes off to go study the moons of the outer planets up close and personal for a year.
- Earlier, this was also her response to waking up as the title character in The Unexpected Love Life of Dusk Shine — upon realizing that she/he was in a Harem Comedy, she/he teleported herself/himself to the moon for the duration of the loop and let Trixie fill in for her/him.
- In an early fused loop with Mass Effect, when an Awake Sovereign realizes that Pinkie Pie is present, he quickly turns around and flees the galaxy.
- Sharing a Body: Some "mini-me" loops add the looper's mind to their unawake incarnation. The second "Princess Vespertine" loop (69.21 et seq.) is one example of this.
- Shout-Out: Rule One of Bureau Loops is do not talk about the Bureau Loops.
- Shower of Awkward: At the start of the Great Elevator Saga, the Mane Six walk in (or rather, ride in) on Tirek taking a shower as their elevator teleports to random spots all over the multiverse.
- Status Quo Is God: On occasion, Twilight attempts to earn a different Cutie Mark than her starburst design. It never works.
- Twilight's attempts to prevent her library from being blown up by Tirek are usually also doomed to failure. And even if she stops him from doing it himself, something will happen to destroy the library.
- No matter how hard the Crusaders try, they never get a Cutie Mark that lasts through the resets.
- Stop Worshipping Me: After most of Equestria's loopers reached approximate parity with her (ascended to alicorn or achieved similar power levels), Celestia asked them to not swear by her name or Luna's. She suggested Trees as a substitute.
- Unusual Euphemism: This has led to the use of "Chlorophyll!" and other botanical terms as curses.
- Story Arc: A few of the longer loops are broken up into segments spread out over multiple loop collections.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Standard Operating Procedure for Awake!Trixie after her ascension. The Awake iterations of the CMC membership also have their share of such events.
Twilight (to Trixie after the latter had been tinkering with nuclear fusion): And next time, stick to chemistry. In fact, if you ever start getting involved in nuclear physics again, I may extract a Pinkie Promise.
- One of the more over-the-top instances of that is pure unleaded Nightmare Fuel for anyone who knows the actual chemical substances being referred to (seriously, just Google them and be amazed. And freaked out.):
Twilight: You actually tried to dissolve FOOFnote in chlorine trifluoride?!? I had to drop half the lake and fifty tons of sand on it, and it even set fire to that until it ran out of liquid!
- Loop 118.1 reveals that Trixie can actually sense when and where an explosion is happening, so that she can see and judge it. Twilight is both impressed and disturbed by this.
- Upon discovering xenomorphs, the seaponies nuked the colony from orbit, and then — to be sure — glassed the rest of the planet, used a planet buster to destroy said planet, chucked the largest pieces into the sun, and then right before they left, destroyed the entire sun. All while happily singing.
- Also a characteristic of anything volatile enough to actually intoxicate an Equestrian dragon, given that their digestive systems are built to treat swallowing crushed rocks and magical crystals as easily as digesting applesauce.
Berry Punch: Drink it quickly before the ingredients eat through the magical stabilization. On a scale of one to ten, this thing has a shelf life of nope, it doesn't have a shelf life. And never, ever serve it to a pony – or really, anyone other than a real Equestrian dragon. Otherwise, the customer will explode. Then their remains will explode. Then, whatever is left will require Sparkle to hit it with another entire lake bed before it makes the surrounding area unlivable.
- Sugar Bowl: 120.2 is a completely literal example of this. Not only are the ponies and buildings made of candy, the ground is white sugar. All of this is contained within a gigantic bowl. This also qualifies as Level Ate.
- The Everfree promptly subverts this, with its inedible dirt, barely-edible broccoli bushes, and toothpick trees.
- Supreme Mixologist: Berry Punch has concocted a combination of volatile chemicals and flavorings that Spike declared to be the best thing he's ever tasted. She's also pretty damn good with regular ethanol-based drinks.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Almost every alicorn has one. Twilight Lampshades this.
"Congratulations on joining the alicorn club, it helps if you've thought of your evil self beforehand.”
- Take Over the World: Pinkie can in fact do this, with parties. Twilight insists that no-one need know how.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Lemon Rush and Candy Cane (otherwise known as Laman Russ and Ciaphas Cane)'s reaction to seeing the Cutie Mark Chaos Gods again in Loop 84.20.
- Transformation Trinket: In order to re-ascend, ponies that have achieved alicornhood in previous loops need access to a magical artifact of similar power to the one that catalyzed their initial Ascension. (Most such artifacts are soul-bonded, so this isn't much of an issue, but a few ponies have to use more 'generic' items.)
- Trope Codifier: Innortal may have started the loops, but this series does more exploring of the rules.
- Uncanny Valley: In-Universe case. As sometimes the loops feature some variations from the usual baseline, it's possible some loops to feature this. Twilight has been visibly affected by two loops this way.
- In one case, Celestia was as kind, caring as loving as usual, but also a slaver who set her mark on all ponies to keep them in control, with the side effect of not allowing them to get their own cutie marks (along with an emotional suppressor designed to stop them getting rebellious, and several nasty tracking spells). Even if she and her Awake friends had to banish Celestia and Nightmare Moon to the moon Twilight still feels she failed Awake!Celestia that loop.
- In the "Molestia" loop, Twilight was the target of rape of all many ponies including the non-looping versions of her family and friends. It was enough to give her an Heroic BSOD.
- Unwanted False Faith: Ditzy's Sister Loop eventually has a cult dedicated to her, led by a former student of Twilight's. It caused one of the few times the Awake Ditzy has actually been angry.
- Upper-Class Twit: Prince Blueblood. How much of a twit he is tends to vary. In one of her early Loops, Rarity struck up a relationship with him, in a This Platinum Crown-style universe, only for everything to reset with the next Loop. In Turning the Tables, he turns out to have Hidden Depths.
- Wedding Day: The multi-contributor, 2-parter published between compilations 50 and 51, covering the wedding of Spike and Rarity.
- Wham Episode: Loop 45.11. Everything's going fine, Twilight's planning some antics for later, and then *CRACK*. The Crash happens.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Happens to Mayor Mare in the aftermath of Spike or Rarity's pre-wedding parties (it isn't specified which one she had attended).
- In the loop where the Reserve Element Bearers (Spike, Chrysalis, Trixie, Zecora, Gilda and Berry Punch) fill in for the regular ones, Berry gets volunteered to handle UnAwake Discord's reforming, which she does via getting them both drunk and waking up cuddled to each other the next morning. Then it turns out Discord Awoke long enough near the end of the loop to get his memories of this relationship, leading to them being an actual, continuous couple.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: After a particularly traumatizing loop, Applejack developed a fear of seaponies. Twilight eventually makes her spend time with Lyra (a disguised seapony in at least one loop) in order to help her get over it.
- Twilight suspects that whoever or whatever's in charge of the loops invokes this trope intentionally, as she herself was put in increasingly snakey situations until she got over her own fear of snakes.
- Confirmed in later loops where we see that if Sleipnir thinks a Looper is starting down a psychological death spiral, he'll schedule them for a Fused Loop wherever he thinks best suited to snap them out of it.
- Wild Teen Party: "Daughters" loops (when the Ascended CMC are the daughters of Queen Twilight) tend to have a mild version of this as the normal Canterlot social scene after the Queen Mother decides to take her 1000-year sabbatical. (There is typically prodigious alcohol consumption along with a heightened culinary scene and active night-life.) Losing track of the years and suddenly realizing that Mom — or in one case, Dad — is due to show up produces the expected hilarity.
- You Can't Fight Fate: No matter what Twilight does, no matter how many precautions she takes, her library gets destroyed when Tirek escapes. Later on, Ditzy proves that the only thing that can avert this sequence of events is the usage of powers explicitly designed to violate narrative causality.
- Alternately, one loop where the library was made Twilight-Proof worked. Then it wasn't HER library. Simply moving, however, does not work.
- Your Head A Splode: Happen to Twilight (two times) after get an explanation of how the Pinkie Sense works.
- It happens to The Doctor, when they looped as Daleks and decided to be benevolent. He just couldn't handle the shock.
- Zombie Apocalypse: One accidental misspelling resulted in the creation of Zombra, and his horde of zonpies. Twilight quickly gets fed up of it and unleashes a Starlight Breaker on the entire horde.
- Alternate Self: When a duelist replaces Yuma's role as Number Hunter, they gain their own version of Utopia. For example, Yugi has Silent Guardian and Tori has Guardian Angel Paradise.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Jack Atlas sought a Duel Spirit companion after several boring loops, and wanted something scary and fearsome. He instead got Wynn the Wind Charmer.
- Can't Catch Up: According to Jack Atlas, he can never defeat any version of Yusei in the loops without the loop crashing.
- The Chosen Many: Requires specific focus here separate from regular time loops. For some reason or another, the Yu-Gi-Oh universes contain at least four separate loops and four anchors: Yugi Motou (and Atem), Jaden Yuki, Yusei Fudo and Yuma Tsukimo (and Astral), with a Fifth recently discovered to the anchored by Yuya.
- This applies doubly for Original Series and ZeXal loops, as Yugi and Yuma share the role of anchor with Atem and Astral respectively. This has been handwaved away by explaining that Atem is bound to Yugi, or whoever is taking his place in the loop if he is there but Yugi is not, and likewise with Astral to Yuma.
- The Ditz: Wynn the Wind Charmer. She's an airhead
- For the Evulz: The Jinzo spirit. He admits their are better ways to get spirit energy than drain people, but does it for the fun of it.
- Friendly Enemy: The Barians, despite only two of them looping Shark and Rio/Nash and Marin, are more or less this, in part because of the looping Barians. Vector is an exception
- In Spite of a Nail: More so than the other loops, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Anchors are hit by this quite a lot, as a lot of the time even if Yugi Motou was to change the main game to, say, chess, Duel Monsters would still be the game of choice in Yusei Fudo's time. See The Chosen Many above.
- Never Heard That One Before: Yugi makes it clear when Twilight Sparkle comes to visit that they have heard the "children's card games" jokes before.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: The looping duelists are known to do this; Yuma for example defeating Kaze with Rank 1 Galaxy Queen and Baby Tiragon
- Throwing Off the Disability: When Apple Bloom looped in as Serenity, she immediately cured herself so that she wouldn't miss a single part of the Loop.
- Wham Episode: A looping Paradox
Legend of Zelda Loops
- The Bad Guy Wins: Ganondorf is looping, sometimes solo, so this is to be expected on occasion.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Epona, goddess of horses, helps administrate the Zeldaverse, under the 'supervision' of Susanoo, god of chaos and storms.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ganondorf ends up on the losing side of one when he decides to fight Harry.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: After a "stressful" loop, the Triforce Trio take a break in a bar. Ganondorf reinforces this trope when he brings up Eiken.
- Naked First Impression: Ganondorf leaves one on Harry Potter when he Wakes up as a reborn Voldemort.
- Non-Standard Loop Setting: Most universes have a main character as the Anchor. The Zeldaverse has the Triforce as the Anchor with the three looping bearers (Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf) rotating as its proxy. In addition, because each of the baseline Loops covers a game (and possibly direct sequels) that is part of a larger timeline, there is the possibility that events in one Loop can become the history of a later Loop.
- That later qualifier has led to a number of very weird variant loops, including but not limited to: Zelda as Ganondorf's mother. Ganondorf as Zelda's father. Fire breathing, exploding Cuccos. Hybridized Cucco empires. Link as Ganondorf's son. Hyrule being ruled by Ganondorf. And many others that we have probably not seen...
- Running Gag: Cucco hordes
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Link spends a several Loops trying to see if he can make it through an Ocarina of Time Loop with nothing but a deku stick.
Is this a joke? You seek to defeat me... Me! The master of the Triforce of Power! With! A! STICK?!
- Villain Team-Up: During a variant loop, Ganondorf and Vaati wake up to find their free will has been restored, but Princess Zelda have been afflicted by Demise's curse. After Link runs into them in a bar, an Awake Link, Vaati and Ganondorf decide to stop Queen Zelda's tyrannical rule.
Mega Man Loops
- Amnesia Missed a Spot: The Anchors aren't supposed to remember their failed Loop attempts, and yet they do due to a bug. According to Hephaestus, this applies to every Anchor in the Megaverse.
- Also, Blues, Rock and Roll can remember parts of the Loop that caused the Crash, along with glimpses of the Anchor That Never Was. This is supposed to be beyond completely impossible.
- Anticlimax: During the first Loop, Doc Reaper crawls its way across a raging battlefield, hoping to get to a much larger body. It does so, and starts boasting to the Loopers about how it's going to kill them... and then Duo shows up and takes it out in one shot.
- Rock and Sonic find themselves in a trap with twenty-two Paradox Clones facing them... at which point Sonic snaps and smashes them all.
- And This Is for...: Roll delivers one of these to Waltz during their duel in the first loop, naming off the various atrocities Waltz and the Robot Masters under her command had committed during one of the earlier aborted loop attempts.
- Ax-Crazy: Waltz, an evil duplicate of Roll built by Dr. Wily with future technology and the Distaff Counterpart to Quint. Instead of trying to mess around with the heroes' heads or follow orders, all she cares about (or even talks about) is her desire to messily slaughter her opponents. During her second appearance in Loop 1.0, Quint stabs her In the Back and destroys her IC chip solely because she's too much of a liability this way.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Blues and Dr. Light, during the first Loop.
- Berserk Button: Anyone who hurts Roll will have to face a pissed-off Bass.
- Beware the Silly Ones: During the Mega Sonic Loop, the Hooligans of all beings manage to get the drop on the Light siblings. Not enough to cause any serious damage, but there is a Fake Kill Scare.
- Beyond the Impossible: During a Loop that crossed over with The Conversion Bureau, Dr. Wily (who is not Looping) was somehow able to get himself and his robots past the impenetrable anti-tech barrier that surrounded that version of Equestria "without even scratching the paint." He didn't take the barrier down or anything; he just took his army straight through it. Even the Awake Doctor Light has trouble explaining how Wily manages to pull off half the things he does.
- Big Brother Instinct: Rock and Blues both warn Bass about upsetting Roll. Though as Blues points out, if Bass did upset Roll, anything her brothers could do would be redundant compared to her in a bad mood.
- Big Damn Heroes: Several throughout the first Loop, Duo most of all, but the king of this has to be Shadow and Bass managing to arrive at the exact last second and save both Loops, in only a few seconds.
- Big Damn Kiss: Roll gives Bass one for the aforementioned last-second save. As she puts it, if that didn't earn him one date, nothing ever would.
- Body Horror: Double's transformation into the Jello Devil should be funny. It isn't.
- Break the Cutie: The events of the failed initial Loops were not kind to the three prospective Anchors, Roll and Blues especially. The fact that they all somehow retain glitchy, corrupted memories of said events (which isn't supposed to be possible) doesn't help, either.
- Canon Foreigner: Reverend Dark, a robot worshiping fanatic. The man is stated to be the human identity of Dark Man, though it varies as to whether he's really a human who turns himself into a robot in the final stages of his fanaticism or another of Dark Man's holographic disguises.
- Cerebus Syndrome: For the most part, other Loop fics have mainly focused on the many different kinds of shenanigans the various Loopers could get into. The Mega Man Loops started out with a long sequence of failed attempts at bringing that universe online and the psychological impact it had on the three initial candidates for Anchors: Rock, Roll, and Blues. See From Bad to Worse for more.
- It even carries through into the fused loop with Equestria, much to Rock and Roll's distress.
- Composite Character / Fusion Dance: One Loop has Dr. Wily merged with Sigma, Weil and Dr. Albert. Exactly how this one happened is unclear, but given that he's apparently possessed by something, it probably wasn't willing on any of their parts.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman managing to take out Prospit and Derse, which are supposed to be defended by a small fleet.
- Sonic defeating all twenty-two Paradox Clones in a few seconds.
- Deface of the Moon: Drs Wily and Eggman deface Prospit and Derse, after kicking the crap out of them.
- Demonic Possession: Dr. Wily spends most of the first Loop infected with a virus that pushes his nastier tendancies and tenaciousness into overdrive.
- And then, in chapter 11, it manages to get into Blues.
- Dual Wielding: How Roll solves the Ra Moon problem in the first Loop. It almost kills her.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The only section capable of Looping at first in the classic games universe (and its variant). However, this doesn't stop X, Zero and Vile getting brief appearances in the Loop that causes the Crash.
- Eldritch Abomination: Hepheastus' speculation on whatever it was that took over Dr. Wily and caused the Crash is that it was either a virus from outside the natural Loop, or something that had grown with each failed Loop. Whatever it was, it was just one step below whatever it was that damaged Yggdrasil badly enough to cause the Loops in the first place.
- Evil Versus Evil: The Emerald Spears versus the Church of Robotic Superiority, early in Loop 1.
- Foreshadowing: While discussing the Dreaming Bug, Hephaestus mentions there is every chance it'll wind up in someone who would definitely abuse it for their own ends. Lo and behold, it turns out the bad doctor is one of these.
- Friendly Enemy: Bass has a thing for Roll. Considering she can kick his ass, it might count as In Love with Your Carnage. Not so much for Rock, though.
- From Bad to Worse: First, it was discovered that the entire extended Megaverse was so corrupted that initially, only the Classic series was capable of Looping. Then Rock, Roll, and Blues were successively put through a series of failed initial Loops that only ended up damaging the system further with each failed attempt, leading up to the last go-around with Blues collapsing less than ten seconds in. Then the admin tried to stabilize the system with a Fused Loop, but a psychopathic viral AI that had manifested as a result of all the corrupted data managed to capture Rock, Roll, Blues, and the visiting Anchor and use them in a ritual meant to give the AI admin-level godhood and let it wreak havoc throughout all of Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil's defenses kicked in and destroyed the AI before that could happen, but the visiting Anchor was obliterated at the conceptual level, his or her entire home universe was also lost as a result, and Yggdrasil experienced a major system crash that was felt across multiple universes. The disaster left the Megaverse on its last legs; if the next attempt at initiating a Loop (which required help from the Sonic the Hedgehog universe to increase the chance of success to 90%) failed, it ( and quite possibly the Sonicverse as well) would be gone for good.
- The first Loop's situation in a nutshell. Especially when the Skaia Protocol shows up. Skaia Protocol alone would be a bad sign, but Skaia experimented on by mortals? Worse. Those mortals being Doctor Eggman and Wily? Much, much worse.
- Future Me Scares Me: Quint and Waltz, the evil future-copies of Rock and Roll, respectively. Quint is usually a Noble Demon, but Waltz is far, far worse.
- Godzilla Threshold: Normally, a Loop only has one Anchor. The fact that this universe required three is just how desperate Hephaestus's situation has become. Note that per Word of God three native Anchors for a single looping universe (or section thereof) is as many as Yggdrasil will allow.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Whenever Roll merges with Tango, she has a tendency to say 'nyan', much to her distress.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: One of Blue's failed loops ended when a glitch allowed King to slice him in half.
- Heel Face Door Slam: Bass was helping the Anchors (to impress Roll) when the reality warp hit. After that, Dr Wily reprogrammed him to be obedient.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Model V, otherwise known as Vile, is called "vile" by Blues' narration.
- Inexplicably Awesome: During the Mega Pony Loop, Rock admits he's got no idea how Auto does the things he does.
- Interface Screw: When the author posted the log for the horrifically failed Fused Loop attempt, he encrypted it to make it resemble a corrupted file and challenged his readers to see who could successfully decrypt it first. The winner was allowed to post the decrypted version for all to see shortly afterward.
- Lighter and Softer: The post-Activation Loops are (usually) the standard Looper craziness.
- Million-to-One Chance: The desperate attempts of Hephaestus and Hermes to sustain the merged loop quickly fail, not helped by the presence of the Skaia Protocol. The chances of the Loop's success drops from the original 90% to 2%, then to utter gibberish, then right down to 0.0001%, which is as low as the numbers can possibly go. Only Bass and Shadow's intervention saves both realities.
- Mind Screw: One set of Loops is host to a bizarre glitch which causes the Loops to shut down. For some reason, the glitch comes in the form of the Beatles singing. It even messes with the chapter's numbering system.
- Mood Whiplash: In some of the failed loops, something ridiculous tends to happen (Dr Wily announcing his plans to take over the world with interpretive dance, Rock facing a Cheddar Monk in the World Robot Tournament) just before reality crashes again.
- Mythology Gag: The first attempt at starting up the loops ended when Rock encountered Bond Man, a glue-based Robot Master who was initially planned to be in the first game but was scrapped before character designs could be made when the number of Robot Masters was cut down to six.
- Several of the failed Loops either take elements from or are outright based on many different Mega Man Classic adaptations, some more obscure than others.
- No Death Run: Given the utter mess left by the plethora of attempts to start the universe looping, the local Yggdrasil admin was forced to make Rock, Roll, and Blues into Co-Anchors. If any of them dies during this attempt, it will fail.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Whatever it was that possessed Dr. Light in one of Blues' failed Loops, and then Dr. Wily, absolutely nothing about it is explained.
- Nothing Personal: Nack the Weasel says this after being attacked by an angry Bass. Bass points out that Nack shot his dog, and his would-be girlfriend. So it is in fact very personal for him.
- Off with His Head!: Blues tries this on Terra. However, all he manages is some Eye Scream.
- Oh, Crap: Far too many in the first Loop to count.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In a choice between reforming or not reforming, Waltz screams she'd much rather bring reality down around her.
- One-Winged Angel: In a fused loop with Sonic the Hedgehog, Waltz manages to acquire the powers of Metal Overlord. Fortunately the heroes strip her of them before she's killed by Bass and Omega, meaning she doesn't have them in future Loops.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Roll mocks Dr. Wily in his bad "Mister X" disguise during the first Loop.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: The thing possessing Dr. Wily, Sigma, Dr. Weil and Dr. Albert that caused the Crash had a machine designed to get it into the Loops that operated like this, using Rock, Roll, Blues and The Anchor Who Never Was as fuel.
- Puzzle Boss: How the fight against Egg Denizen: Consort in the first loop played out. Her entire shtick was to set up a massive barrier between the heroes and the Eggman-Wily lair. Fortunately, she was under a Geas which required her to explain how the barrier could be breached... unfortunately, the only thing that could do so was a symbol of true (romantic) love. The solution? Loading Bunnie and Antoine's wedding rings into a rail gun Tails had installed in Bunnie's bionic arm and using them to shoot the Consort through the chest and head.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Egg Denizens, the Gods of Skaia turned by Eggman and Wily into their minions. And there's a lot of them.
- Rage Breaking Point: In one loop where Dr Wily's inventions are designed are Russian-themed, one bad Russian Reversal joke drives Roll into a momentary frenzy.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Roll towards Dr. Wily in one of the failed Loops, after he graphically murdered Rock. She had every intention of killing him for it, only failing because the Loop crashed.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Roll has a lot of the symptoms of one. Her fourth failed Loop is the main culprit.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Happens to Blues in one of the failed loops, at the hands of an evil Dr Light. He still hasn't gotten over it.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Blues makes it clear to Nack the Weasel that if he had actually killed Rock and Roll, this trope would have been averted with extreme prejudice.
- As they are free from the constraints of their programming, Rock and Roll could kill if they wanted to. Fortunately the situation has never been bad enough for them to seriously consider it. Usually.
- Unexplained Recovery: Despite having her IC chip destroyed earlier in the first loop, Waltz returns during the attack on the Wily-Eggman base, ready to fight and just as crazy as ever.
- Unfortunate Name: Reverend Dark's initials spell out STD.
- Unstoppable Rage: Roll, in her fourth failed Loop. She had every intent of killing Dr Wily because of what he did to her brother. The only reason she doesn't succeed is because the Loop fails.
- Wham Episode: Chapter 11. The thing that plagued the early Loops returns. And it's in Blues.
- Wham Line: "Did you miss me?"
- You Can't Fight Fate: Despite their best efforts, Rock and Roll can never get around fighting Sunstar.
The Log Horizon Loops
- An Adventurer Is You:
- "Looper" is now as subclass, and so is "Anchor". Functionally, the abilities they provide are like New Game+ because they enable access to all abilities from previous loops.
- During a Friendship is Magic Fused Loop, the ponies create a "Equine Tail" racial category.
- All There in the Manual: By now, Yggdrasil has codified common problems and advice for loopers into a help menu. Loopers can access chapters that will tell them all about the Infinite Loops without waiting for a Fused Loop. "’Chapter 1: Is Your Life Too Repetitive? Looping and You".
- It Only Works Once: Shiroe's Looper Contract worked the first time he tried it because Elder Tales' code is more permeable than most worlds, but after it broke a loop, the admins modified the world's code so that it wouldn't work again.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Chapter six is an attempt at preventing this trope. "The Do Nots; How to Avoid Breaking the Universe". Nevertheless, Shiroe creates a Looper Contract which causes an error, breaks the loop, and kicks him into an Eiken loop with a strongly-worded letter from the local admin.
- Obvious Rule Patch: "No activating loopers on your own authority" was created in response to Shiroe doing so.
- Rule Number One: Technically, it's number "whatever" but in any case it is "expect the unexpected".
The Spyro the Dragon Loops
- The Alcoholic: Ihy, the admin of both Spyro loops, is this. Played for Laughs of course. Though, as a result, some rather odd loop variations tend to pop up frequently.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: How Legends Spyro views Classic Spyro, despite the fact that, because his universe was created first, Classic Spyro is technically older than Legends Spyro.
- Zigzagged. The Legend of Spyro and Spyro the Dragon Loops both activated at the same time. And the Legend's Loop lasts four years on average while the Classic Loop lasts three years on average, thus Legend's is older in actual age.
- Armor-Piercing Question: During the night when the Spyros finally reconcile over the massive near death match they got into, Legend is telling Classic about how crummy his loops usually are because War Is Hell. Though Classic understands, he does bring up the valid point over why he isn't taking the chance to have a little fun in the current peaceful variant they're in. Legend pauses for a few second to think about it, but eventually brushes it off as him having a hard time adjusting to finding out he has a counterpart that is basically his complete opposite in every way. He slowly does begin to lighten up a bit after this though.
- Bad Dreams: Rather important during Legend and Classic's First fused Loop together, they have to keep Legend's dreams awave from their Dream Weaver mother. Otherwise, she'd know enough to question their injuries further, potentially revealing their duel to the death. Half Fever dreams/ half memories are also the first idea of why Malefor is so messed up during the Loop.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Though it started off as simply a bad dream that Classic joined Legend in to fend off Dark Spyro, it eventually headed this way as Legend's fight with Dark Spyro slowly begins to take it's toll on his real world body, the mental strain causing him to start coughing up blood. Thankfully, Legend and Dark eventually come to an understanding before anything too serious happened to him.
- Broad Strokes: A few things after the post Insomniac trilogy for the Classic Spyro verse are treated as such. For example, the general OOCness from everyone during the events of Spyro: A Hero's Tail is Handwaved as the side effect of the dark gems.
- Celibate Hero: Classic Spyro. He treats love like a sickness, and is absolutely horrified when he finds out his Legends counterpart is in a relationship with Cynder.
- Character Development: Discussed by Classic Sparx when Classic Spyro and Ember finally decide to be Just Friends for the time being instead of Ember trying to force a relationship on Spyro, and Spyro constantly blowing her off because of it. Sparx is rather proud of them for finally bringing this out into the open instead of continuing like always because of the loops.
Sparx chuckled, before looking at his friend with a smile. Sparx couldn't help but feel a sense of pride. He had been with his friend sense birth, and always liked to think that of the two, he had a more leveled head. Yet, seeing Spyro finally starting to take some form of responsibility, he couldn't help but grin. It went to show that, despite their bodies not aging thanks to the loops, they were still growing in one way or another.
- Control Freak: Legends Spyro had this problem at first, partly because of what his baseline's like. He didn't like usual looper shenanigans, and his main goal was (and still is) trying to stop the war earlier than normal, and keeping unawake baseline Cynder from becoming the 'Terror of the Skies'. The main reason he and his Classic counterpart butted heads so much at first was because of this mentality. Thankfully, he's more or less developed out of this mentality now.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: After managing to win a day spent at the arcade, Ember decides to get back at Classic Spyro for leaving her in the dark about the loops for several early loops straight by forcing him to carry the giant pink panda she won all the way home. Turns out that was only half of it though, because as a result a lot of the people they pass by end up mistaking Spyro for Ember's boyfriend, much to his dismay.
Instead, the pink dragoness shrugged, put on a reserved smile, and kept silent. Ah, revenge was most certainly a dish best served cold.
- Deconstruction: The arc where Classic and Legends first meet each other for the first time touches upon this slightly, especially when Legends goes dark. Legends does not gloss over the fact that just how much pressure people putting all their faith into The Chosen One can mess with said ones mental state, especially when they're barely into their early teens at the time. It also goes into what it means to be The Hero, and whether or not they truly exist when Dark Spyro begins to verbally deconstruct Classic's adventures in the Dragon Realms.
- Elemental Barrier: In order to navigate around the magma battle field Dark Spyro caused, Classic uses a combination of his water element and magic to create a water barrier to cool the lava beneath him when he teleports, his magic keeping said water shield from boiling him alive. It quickly comes back to bite him in the tail though when Dark Legends discovers his combo elements can get passed the magical layer around the shield, and thus uses his steam (Fire+Ice) element in an attempt to boil Classic alive.
- Epic Fail: Legends Sparx' attempt at 'training' dragons when he and Legends Spyro looped into the How to Train Your Dragon verse. We don't see what happened, but apparently he was so bad that the end result was every single dragon on Berk attacking the village at once.
- Evil VS Evil: Classic Spyro spent a few loops trying, and eventually succeeding, to get Gnasty Gnorc and Ripto to fight each other.
- Fangirl: Ember to Classic Spyro. Though, if the latest arc is any indication, she's slowly starting to develop out of this.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Any and all attempts to disrupt the interview at the start of the Classic loop that leads to Gnasty turning the dragons to stone. Even when the characters out right try praising him, he still turns the dragons to stone.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Nearly all the Legends characters are this, due to their loop being set in the medieval times. In his first fused loop with the Classic verse, Legends Spyro ended up blowing up a sprinkler because it surprised him.
- God Guise: Legends Sparx manages to pull this off to the Atlawas village during a loop. It involved several hundred loops, cleaver and witty word play, making sure he did it when Spyro and Cynder couldn't stop him, and a whole mess of whole mess of wires for him to pull off.
- Heroic BSOD: Cynder goes through one during the earlier loops, due to having to relive her time as 'Terror of the Skies' six times. She's slowly getting better.
- It Makes Sense in Context: "Ripto found the spork!"
- My Greatest Failure: After the loop where he replaced Ignitus, Legends Spyro feels this way after he failed to stop the temple raid, taking it even harder than the guardians due to the fact that even with the skills he built up over the loops he couldn't stop the apes from slipping through.
- Classic recently gained one as well: Nearly drowning/boiling Legends alive! ...Actually both Spyros seem to treat their fight as this.
- My Instincts Are Showing: Played for Drama when Classic Spyro attempts to drown Dark Legends Spyro when the latter attempted to boil him alive. The only thought that ran through Classic's mind when it happened was to survive no matter what, and when he came to he was utterly horrified by what he attempted to do. Most disturbingly, Dark Legends is actually thrilled by Classics attempt to kill him, taking it as sign that Classic may be a "true dragon" after all.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nice job disguising yourself and busting out of an egg in front of Legends after a loop where he failed to stop the temple raid, Classic. That really did wonders on his disposition.
- Noodle Implements: Used to the point where it's practically a Running Gag.
- Not So Different: Frequently, given the fact that there are two realms. Despite how much they butt heads, both Spyros tend to show that despite their differences they the same in many ways, and frequently share common interests. For example, they both think Humongous Mecha's are cool, even though Legend won't admit it in front of Cynder and his Sparx.
- Despite how Legend Sparx' comments tend to annoy him, Classic Sparx tends to be just as snarky, if not even more so, as his counterpart.
- Non-counterpart example; when Classic finally gives up his obsession with getting Elora looping because he has a crush on her, he notes that it wasn't unlike how Ember use to constantly hit on him.
- One Steve Limit: Invoked when the two Spyros and Sparx' finally met each other. In order to avoid confusion, the adopt the code names of their universes. 'Classic' for the classic Spyro verses and 'Legends' of the Legend of Spyro verse.
- Other Me Annoys Me: How the Spyros viewed each other at first. After some mishaps, a rather out of hand battle, and some unintentional murder attempts, they eventually started warming up to each other and begin to view each other like brothers... though they still have their moments.
- This is Classic Sparx' general view of Legend Sparx.
- Ow, My Body Part!: A random person ends up yelling this after Classic and Ember drop a ceramic mug out the window to see how far it would bounce off the ground with a reflect spell up.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Classic Spyro and Legends Spyro. Classic is the mischievous, carefree red oni whose motto is "make it up and try new things as you go along", while Legends is the serious, respectful blue oni who prefers keeping to what his guardians taught him when in battle.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Somewhat surprisingly given his other defining trait, Ihy. He would like to help Legend's improve his baseline, but doing so would go against his job, because then the Admins would have to do it for everybody who doesn't have a perfect baseline, and that would take way too much power. ...Unless there was a way to prevent a precedent...
- As it turns out Ihy's already in hot water with the other Admins for preemptively doing the Legend's Loopers a favor. Specifically: He altered the Legend of Spyro Baseline so that Cynder's transformation happens after the Loop begins, so that she would have a chance at being rescued or rescuing herself.
- Road Block: Cynder and Ember come upon one when attempting to reach the park where the battle between the two Spyros is going on. Cynder attempts to bypass it by flying high enough into the air... only to encounter a group of dragons holding road blocks in the air. The absurdity is not lost on her.
Cynder: Oh come on!!
- Running Gag: The use of Noodle Implements when explaining how something was pulled off or a previous loop.
- Loopers finding Malefor's title of 'The Dark Master' incredibly generic.
- The Legend dragons wondering why Classic dragons eat bread.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Legend Spyro, Cynder, and Legend Sparx say something to this effect during a loop were twenty something 'ancient evil's pop up in Malefor's lair. Thankfully, the problem ends up taking care of itself.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Usually nine times out of ten in the loop variants he actually appears in, Malefor tends to spend a greater part of them sealed away in something. Besides Legend verse baseline where he's trapped in convexity, the first fused loop between the Classic and Legend verse where a rogue admin hacked him back into the loop after Ihy wrote him out, he was sealed away for a greater part of it until Ripto discovered what he was sealed in and broke it. It was a spork, by the way.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Classic Spyro went through several runs of his loop using only one element each, from fire, to ice, to even bubbles.
- Something Completely Different: Over all, the Spyro loops are structured rather differently in comparison to the rest of the loops, being a lot more story and character focused, with gag and more humor oriented loops often ending up as 'filler chapters'. There are also 'mega-arcs' that take up entire chapters by themselves instead of being snippet based like other arcs. On top of all that, the head author himself has stated he wants to give something resembling an 'end' to this branch of the loops once he feels like the quality starts to decline, even if he can't fully end it due to it likely messing with the loops as a whole.
- Speed Run: Legends Spyro did this in one of his earlier loops in an attempt to free a non-awake Cynder from her 'Terror of the Skies' form earlier than usual.
- Shout-Out: When Classic is trying to think of ways to help Legend's relax after a nightmare, (if only so their Dream Walker mother doesn't find out about their fight the previous day) Classic tries to teach his brother about video games. After spending a few seconds trying to find one that wouldn't accidently give Legend more nightmare fuel, he eventually decides on playing Dyson Super Star.
- Legend uses a pulls a golem to him with a yell of, "Get over here!"
- Then with his claws sparking with electricity, he tells Hunter that This is our normal."
- The medical spell book that Classic reads through to find a spell to heal his and Legend's wounds is mention being named Drake's Anatomy
- Ship Sinking: After repeated failed attempts at getting Elora looping so they could be together, Legend manages to convince Classic to give up on her, noting how what Classic is feeling is obsession and not love, to which Classic finally begrudgingly agrees, noting how it wasn't fair to subject Elora to the loops just because of his own feelings.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Both Legends Spyro and Cynder have this, thanks to their baseline. So far, only Legends has popped up thanks to Classic Spyro unintentionally reminding Legends how he failed to stop the temple raid when he looped in as Ignitus during their battle.
- Swiss Army Superpower: Classic is really good at using his powers in unconventional ways, as well as coming up with unconventional ways for others to use their powers. To put it in his own words...
Classic: One of the elements I possess is bubble. It sounds fairly useless, and I use to think that way too. However, while most people would just view them as useless bubbles, I view them as flaming bubble bombs!
- Take Our Word for It: When Ember is explaining how she learned donuts distract cops, she mentions a loop that involved "several cops setting up a strict five PM curfew, some shenanigans involving a giant nutty bar, and a lot soap". Seeing Cynders (understandably) dumbfounded expression, Ember says something to this effect.
- They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason: Cynder's baseline is treated this way by the Legend's Loopers when they have their first fused Loop with the Classic Characters. Even after Legends and Cynder explain this part of the past to Classic and Ember, conversations about it are still very awkward affairs.
- What happened near the end of the first day of the First Fused Loop between Classic and Legends.
- Thirty Ancient Evil Pile Up: Parodied during a loop where thirty something Big Bad Wanna Bes pop up at Malefor's lairs during the tail end of the loop. Naturally, There Can Only Be One, so the problem ends up taking care of itself. The caption for the snip points out that this is what should happen with all the ancient evil Big Bads plaguing the Spyro Fan Fiction achieve.
- Uncanny Valley: In-Universe example. Legend Spyro finds dragons from the Classic verse's double joints (which allows them to stand on two legs, use their forelegs like arms, and shift one of their claws to work like an opposable thumb) as such. When he finds out the time loop allow him do this too in loops where Classic's world is involved in some way, he instantly resolves to never use them because of this trope. (Or at least try to avoid using them when he can.)
The Mass Effect Loops
- Did Not Think This Through:
- Ares, former Admin, literally decided to let Sovereign Loop on a whim.
- Sovereign, meanwhile, decided a few seconds after waking to try and kill Shepard. Instant Eiken Loop followed.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Due to the Mass Effect universe being badly damaged, Shepard's past, appearance and gender change with every Loop. It nearly caused him/her to go mad.
The Pokemon Loops
- Always Someone Better: In one Pokémon Special Loop, Crystal has already caught every single Pokémon ever (and a few that were supposed to be extinct) by the time Red has woken up.
- Author Appeal: Actually inverted. Several types of loops are deliberately discouraged, mostly because the main author is not a fan of Darker and Edgier works for the sake of them.
- Berserk Button: Dio Brando is one for Pikachu. The first time they met, Dio killed Ash. The second time, Pikachu dealt him his worst defeat yet as a looper
- Beyond the Impossible: Gary's Blastoise can use Spiral Power. Neither Gray nor his Blastoise has been to Gurren Laggan.
- Grievous Harm With A Goat: Oshawott once used the Goat Simulator Goat in place of his razor shell to fight Mass Produced EVA'S.
- Heroic BSOD: Red's reaction to being shown up by Crystal at the beginning of a Loop.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The general reaction to a Pokewars variant loop, and quite possible The Sun Soul variants as well.
- The Mentor: Ash has spent entire loops mentoring non-awake versions of his friends, such as Morrison.
- One Steve Limit: Discussed in the Thread as a reason to give the Pokémon Loopers names. Currently there are two males from the Charmander Line, two males from the Squirtle Line with another expected, One male and one Female Pikachu with at least one more expected, Two Males from the Chimchar Line, and two males from the Piplup Line. The result of the discussion: inconclusive. This is however played straight with Legendary Pokemon, who have a One Steve Limit loop wise.
- Reality-Breaking Paradox: In some loops, there can only be one Arceus. Adding a second Arceus, such as by use of Omnitrix, has this as a major risk.
- Ret Gone: An interesting example in Ash's Father. He still exists but no one can remember any distinguishing features.
- Top God: Togepi often Loops in as the Arceus that created everything or a baby Arceus.
- Values Dissonance: In-Universe. There have been loops where certain characters, such as Edward Elric and Eren Yaeger point out the moral question of Pokemon battles during fused loops where their loved ones (Alphone and Mikasa) are turned into a Golett and Ralts respectively.
- Fusion Dance: Prowl, who in IDW's continuity was forcibly turned into part of Devestator, can still combine with the Looping Constructicons.
- Heel-Face Turn: Averted. The Decepticons haven't done this, and they're still Looping.
- Person of Mass Destruction: There are some horrible things that happen because Miko's been allowed to gain the loops most destructive abilities. Poor Ratchet can never power off anymore.....
Star Wars Loops
- Adaptational Villainy: The Sith Lord title tends to get tossed around without a care in the world by Variant Loops, with Sith versions of Padme, Shmi, Clovis and Jar Jar being encountered several times, and evil versions of other characters, like Kit Fisto, Mace Windu and even Spongebob also mentioned in passing. Anakin even comments that he has an above average amount of said loops
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Bariss variant looping, upon gaining some memories from Anakin and finding out about the loops, expresses shock at Palpatine being the Sith Lord, that Anakin became his apprentice, that she goes crazy and bombs the temple, and that Anakin is married to and will have kids with Senator Amidala. Anakin expresses concern that the last is what shocks her the most.
- Artifact of Doom: The Book of the Variant Sith, possibly.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: During the EleVader arc, Deadpool shows up, comments on the fact that the EleVader arc is a repeat of the MLP elevator episode, how the canon is being reset again and it's happening in the Marvel world too, and the many oddities of the floors.
- Break the Haughty: Grand Moff Tarkin is thoroughly broken after the EleVader, and it's enough to get him looping.
- Breath Weapon: Sith Jar Jar, for reasons yet unknown, breathes fire.
- Brick Joke: The possibility of Palpatine being a looper. It was briefly brought up a few times in two separate loops, before the Nut Admin snip revealed this is actually all but going to happen.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Luke decided early on in the loops he would work to avoid this, in the same vein he would work to prevent things like his wife's death and Jacen's fall to the dark side.
- During the EleVader arc, Leia and Vader are forced to watch Luke and Leia get married. It's not fun.
- Call Back: During the Innortal Loops, it was once commented by Naruto that If you ever have a metal cube call the All Spark, never drop it on something called the Death Star. It was later shown why this is the case here, several years later. Long story short it wound up creating an Autobot Death Star and a Decepticon Death Star and they fought..... It did not end well.
- Call backs, generally playing as a sort of Chekhov's Armoury, are used in the Star Wars loops as a sort of canon. Several items and people reoccur somewhat regularly, including Anakin's Evangelion. This also ties into elements from other loops the main author has written for other parts of the loop canon.
- Canada, Eh?: Apparently Obi-Wan is fond of Canada and prefers it to the United States.
- Cloning Gambit: Anakin once managed to arrange things so that the clone army didn't use Jango Fett as a template. They used Pinkie Pie instead. Much to Obi-Wan's horror.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Despite sharing very little physical similarities with it, Yuuno is mistaken for Kyubey by a pair of Stormtroopers, much to Anakin's dread.
"I suppose Nanoha and Fate are looking for you. Best to return you before they come and destroy one of my fleets again."
- Coruscant Shattering Kaboom As Darth Vader, Anakin has blown up Coruscant....to contain the Zombie Apocalypse that was occurring there. Apparently not doing this in a zombie apocalypse causes a GALAXY wide zombie plague. Other than this, Anakin generally works to avert this with Alderaan.
- Discontinuity Nod: While technically all possible stories are canon to the loops in some form, a recent snip did suggest the events of Star Wars: Clone Wars are not 'baseline' (Read canon in real time). Similarly, Word of God and some earlier non Star Wars loops by the same author suggest that The Force Unleashed are similarly not baseline.
- The Dreaded: The idea of a looping Sidious or Thrawn is this to the Star Wars loopers. In addition, they all seem to fear Haruhi for some reason.
- Andrew Wells appears to be this for Anakin.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Luke once experienced a literal 'Star Wars' loop, where he was actually a star.
- Sentient Captions.
- Several floors of the Elevator Saga were this way, including the Waste of Money Floor and the It Smells Like a Wet Wookie floor.
- Fan Boy: Anakin has shown himself to be a fan of giant robots, such as Gundams, collecting both model and real ones, and has been shown to also collect star fighters. This hobby is also shared by Luke.
- Gender Bender: Anakin experiences a particularly unfun situation where he and "Annie" Skywalker meet.
- Eventually revisited during the EleVader arc. Annie shows up with a Light-chainsaw.
- Genre Savvy: Anakin is well aware he can easily suffer from Sakura Syndrome, and so takes steps to prevent this. He also realizes that allowing himself to have a Death Note is a bad idea.
- Genre Throwback: The Star Wars loops, mostly due to being mostly written by one person (so far) who has admitted to having come into the loops from the original material and not being a Brony, are written in the more scene based style seen in the Innortal loops as oppose to the Narrative ones in the MLP and post MLP loops. However, it retains the continuity with the post Innortal quo and is not as prone to sexualization.
- This fact has been solidified by the recent unveiling of the fact that Anakin and Luke were among the first Anchors to go online after the Original 7, thus meaning that his story is more closer related to them than it is many of the others.
- Happily Married: While it is closer to Innortal Canon than most loops in tone, it is heavily suggested that the loopers stay in their canon relationships, meaning that Han and Leia, Luke and Mara, and later Anakin and Padme are happily married looping couples.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: During the Ele Vader arc, Palpatine trie to use his Force Lightning on Anakin, Leia, and Tarkin when their elevator arrives inside his bathroom, where he is taking a bath, but forgot that he was still in a pool of water at the time.
- Just for Pun: The names of variant loop Sith Lords are all based on some level of reference of the character or their profession in question: Grendel being a reference to the monster's mother from Beowulf, Darth Orwellis being a reference to 1984's author and Darth Fury being a reference to Samuel L. Jackson playing the role of Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Jean Kirstein realizes that any elevator that include Anakin is automatically an EleVader. Hence the references within this page.
- Several elements of this appeared during the Star Wars Elevator saga, including Pizza Hutt and Hutt Topic.
- Large Ham: When stuck in the Vader suit, Anakin tends to ham it up. Also Kamina-Bariss, but then again, she was a Expy of Kamina.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Anakin is able to tell that the 2003 Clone Wars series is different from the 2008 one, from animation to voice acting. Other times characters mention being able to see the scrawling text.
- The EleVader arc used this for comedy.
- Love Obstructing Sith Lord: Anakin spends most of his time trying to get Han to stay away from Leia.
- Mind Screw: The Elevator saga created several trippy floors.
- Interface Screw: Some of the floors of said saga were written in code and, in one case, upside down (at least during the beta process)
- Momma's Boy/Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Anakin to Shmi. As Gendo found out the hard way when Anakin found out what's inside a Eva....
- Inverted Trope when Gendo Ikari has a run in with Leia during the Ele Vader arc: apparently he sealed Leia inside an Eva and forced her daughter, Jaina, to pilot it.
- Musical Variant Loop: Anakin really, really, really doesn't like them.
- Mythology Gag: The EleVader arc tosses a few around: floor 444 is 4.44 and has Gendo working on a giant Evangelion.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Darth Orwellis (Sith Padme), Darth Grendel (Sith Shmi), Darth Charybdis (Sith Jar Jar), Darth Lentic (Sith Kit Fitso), Darth Fury (Sith Mace Windu), Darth Ponzi (Sith Rush Clovis) and Darth Velociutus (Sith Jurassic Park Velociraptor)
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Barriss Offee ends up creating a Looping Sith Velociraptor after Looping into a version of Jurassic Park wherein all the dinosaurs are Force sensitive.
- Obi-Wan's attempt at setting up a 'Jedi Theocracy' loop was also this.
- Leia caused the Star Wars Elevator Saga.
- Noodle Incident: Like all loops, they are frequently brought up, though these points are often fleshed out in later loops rather often compared to other loops, even those all the way from Innortal's era. However, these can lead to new noodle incidents in their place.
"It's a long story, but involved a High School/Harem Fused Loop, three tons of pasta, and a bet gone horribly wrong"
- Noodle Implements: Mentioned during a loop where Anakin mentored Bariss, where somehow she ended up becoming a female version of Kamina.
"All I did was de-train her from general Jedi stuffiness. Made her a bit less formal, gave her a sense of humor, introduced her to sugary soft drinks...and somehow that turned her into the daughter of either Kamina and Yoko, or Kamina and Haruhi"
- Oh, Crap: Expressed quite often by Obi-Wan Kenobi, generally due to Anakin.
- The non-looper Kit Fitso had one of his own during a fused loop when Anakin Skywalker was debating joining a Grey Jedi Order, and suggested to the council that the food at the temple might make or break his choice.
""Damn, its meatloaf night"
- Leia and Anakin had this reaction when they realized they were going to have to suffer an Elevator Saga.
- Original Character: R1-BC, Deathtronus, Staronius, Sith Raptor/Velocitus. Notably at the present time, only Velocitus is looping due to technically being a pre existing character.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Anakin during his first loop to the Original Trilogy, attempts to convince Tarkin not to blow up Alderaan due to the amount of money the planet gives the empire in taxation. It doesn't work, and Anakin then attempts to try and get him to spare it for its wine. Luckily Luke had already disabled the Death Star's laser, so Anakin's failures did not cause the planet to be destroyed again.
- Power Perversion Potential: It is off handily commented at one point that Luke and Mara use the force in ways that Mace Windu never intended.
- Punch Clock Villain: Anakin has been shown in some loops to play the villain in order to give loopers a level of entertainment they would not get from regular villains. This change in routine also helps loopers avoid insanity by giving them a change of pace.
- Reimagining the Artifact: The Grey Jedi Order, a concept seen originally in the Innortal shorts and mostly forgotten since the reimagining of the Infinite Loops, was brought back.
- Inverse, C-3PO works to do this with himself as a bartender, as his importance as a translator is becoming less needed in baseline.
- Ret Gone: Like Ash's father's name and face, the name of Yoda's species is lost to the loopers.
- Rule of Funny: Things seem to go horribly in the just the right way to make things worse for Anakin a lot of the time. If not him, Obi-Wan tends to take this role.
- Running Gag: Darth Vader cannot simply visit a planet. So he always makes as grandiose as possible an entrance when in Fused loops where the other loopers are on separate planets.
- Anakin's dislike for Han Solo being his Son in Law, prior to their Billy forged friendship.
- Whenever Anakin teaches a padawan who isn't Ahsoka or one of his blood relatives, they will inadvertently have a strange twist in behavior for reasons Anakin cannot figure out.
- The non-looping Kit Fitso saying humorous lines about real life food.
- Anakin also seems to have a bad habit of being shot at with laser vision.
X character responded with laser vision
- Loops mentioning Anakin being a Galactic Senator, and Obi-Wan reacting in horror.
- Punching Mace Windu in the face.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Anakin's reaction to any Sith Version of Padme or Shmi is to go as far away as possible from them, leaving them to the other loopers to deal with.
- He had similar reactions during loops where he had to deal with Jedi Master Yodude (Mace Windu with Yoda's head) and during a loop where he was a Rancor and the plot of the Prequel Trilogy was turned into a story about basketball instead of galactic conquest.
- Ship Tease: During a loop where Anakin mentored an unawake Bariss and Ahsoka, the two ended up in a relationship. The head writer of the Star Wars loops admits to shipping them, though this isn't normally the case in loop (due to a preference by the loops to avoid non-canon relationships), suggesting such a snip was simply an act of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Anakin Skywalker originally and still does make up the majority of Star Wars loops, mostly due to being the main writer's most familiar character. Over time, however, it's balanced out with loops focusing on Luke, Leia, Ahsoka, Bariss, Obi-Wan and others written by both said main writer and other writers are created.
- Stripperiffic: Kamina-Bariss, a variant of Bariss who acts like Kamina, also dresses like him, but with a Yoko like bra.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Sith Jar Jar, who becomes a fire breathing, light saber Chakram wielding, omni-evil voiced freak of nature that was able to kill Anakin, despite him being an experienced looper.
- Take That: Leia gave The Prayer Warriors Jerry of Christ a dressing down in one loop.
- The Unintelligible: Due to Aku, the Jedi Council spent an entire loop speaking this way. Anakin and Obi-Wan (Who was one of the Jedi affected) were not amused.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The EleVader arc has a few floors dedicated to otherwise mundane situations, such as a sauna, or one where Shinji and Kaoru playing table tennis.
- Walking The Multiverse: Bariss Offee, as per being a Traveling Looper.
- Wham Episode: The Star Wars loops holiday special (not that one) towards the end revealed Sayaka Miki briefly appearing, despite having been reported to have been lost to her world's destruction.
- Worf Had the Flu: during Anakin's first confrontation with Waltz, anger for the fresh murder of Ahsoka clouded his battle strategies. As the author put it, Anger and good decisions don't correlate with Anakin.
- You Gotta Have Blue and Pink Hair: Anakin actually notes the oddity of Sakura and Hinata's hair colors his first loop into the Naruto verse.
- This is also noted with Sayaka Miki
- Zombie Apocalypse: Apparently a few variant loops involving this have occurred during loops when Anakin is stuck in the Vader suit. Thankfully, Darth Vader is zombie proof
"You'd be surprised how having all your limbs cut off and being trapped in a metallic body suit can make you such a 'perfect' Zombie hunter"
- Apocalypse How: Like any other universe, a Loop can be crashed whenever the requirements for doing so are met, which is unfortunately much easier to do to The World than it is to any other universe, with them having to do nothing more than damage The World to the point where nobody would be able to play it again.
- Double Take: Tsukasa's reaction to learning that Crim started Looping.
"Crim? You're the evil mass murderer?"
Tsukasa blinked. Then she blinked again.
"Wait, Crim, you're Looping?"
- Flat "What.": Never uttered, but essentially the reaction that Aura had to Pinkie Pie's shenanigans when she Looped into The World, as well as the fact that none of the administrators even bothered her when they are normally so heavy-handed on hackers.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Aura pretty much decides that this is the case after fully processing just what she was seeing, and her amusement is only increased once she noticed that Macha was floating around Mac Anu in a silly party hat as well.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Even when Aura does her best to keep it from showing up, Cubia still has a tendency of popping up at the most inconvenient and random of times.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Aura doesn't even try to hide the fact that she's the Anchor. She just doesn't go out of her way to tell anybody, either.
- Lost In A Crowd: What the other Loopers think is keeping them from realizing who the Anchor is.
- Identical Stranger: Due to being in an MMO, there are often characters that end up looking like other characters, leading to there being a lot of times where something of the sort is the case.
- In one particular Loop, Kite rounded up the Looping versions of all his major doppelgängers in order to deal with Morganna. Naturally, he and the other one who named herself Kite find themselves a bit confused about who is being talked about in the roll call, leading to them deciding to just call her Sora for the Loop. Ironically, that is the name of another major character in the series who is not her.
- Imaginary Friend: Harvey the bunny rabbit, which Tsukasa pretended was an actual thing when she got really bored.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Aura decided to roll with the idea after Tsukasa acted it out in front of her, using the invisible bunny in order to fight against the Guardian that Morganna sent after them.
- Lethal Chef: Aura managed to make a wizard melt by doing nothing but giving him a cookie to eat.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The way Saraswati explained the Loops to Aura certainly qualifies, since it resulted in the Anchor taking her role as goddess of The World far too seriously for her own good.
- Papa Bear: Bear towards Tsukasa, to the point where he will punch Gendo Ikari in the face to get her out of being an Evangelion pilot, in the middle of a room full of people with guns on the latter guy's side.
- Playful Hacker: Tsukasa has picked up the skill due to Looping into what is often the most easy to deal with part of the timeline, thus leaving her with the most spare time to figure out how to do things that the others want to be able to do. Notably, it was her that managed to mix the in-game inventory with the Subspace Pocket.
- Aura has achieved this role as well, hacking into the data of Sword Art Online despite the role she Looped into not actually having the power to do so, so that the people who die in the game will merely go into comas until the game is cleared. (Kayaba even decides he likes this change; it distracts the authorities, trying to figure out the comas rather than hack into the game, and adds a bit of fairy tale ending to the experience as well.)
- Resurrective Immortality: The ability that being the Epitaph User of Magus grants to Kuhn.
- Squishy Wizard: In a computerized world, Aura is quite possibly one of the most powerful beings in the multiverse, due to sheer experience at being the goddess of The World. Outside of a computerized world, however, Aura is quite possibly one of the weakest beings in the multiverse, due to almost never having even a chance to partake in any physical activities in her own branch.
- Take a Third Option: Haseo has started to do this in regards to what guild he joins early into his career as a player, whenever he should Loop early enough to do so.
Doctor Who Loops
Sly Cooper Loops
Shin Megami Tensei / Persona Loops
- Crapsack World: By default. The SMT universe was hit pretty badly by the event that broke Yggdrasil, and YHVH's code was badly warped, meaning it is incapable of being anything less than utterly insane and omnicidal. Doesn't apply to Persona which avoided the damage.
- Deconstruction: Continuing SMT's grand old tradition of tearing every trope it can to shreds, Naoki's early Loops do this to the very setting itself. It turns out that living the same few days of your life over and over and never being able to avert anything you experienced the first time around in any permanent way does not sit well with some people.
- Futureshadowing: Several other Loops cross-posted to other Loop threads, such as the Pokemon and MLP Loops, hint at something happening between Naoki and the ponies. Whatever it was, it led to some severe strain between them.
- Has been somewhat explained since then: After suffering a particularly bad Bureau Loop and then Looping into Equestria, Naoki is left so enraged by its Sugar Bowl setting (vs. the Crapsack World that he has to live in) that he all but lets himself be possessed by the Nightmare Force. He then goes on a murderous killing spree over the course of several dozens of Loops, before he finally returns to his senses. Worse yet, his Shadow, the entity largely responsible for said rampage, is frighteningly intelligent and determined to ensure he will always be met with violence (as he can't be killed, normally the Shadow's goal), purposely enraging the ponies with excessively sadistic displays of power to have Naoki labeled a MLE.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Rarity wound up one of the Bel demons when she looped in one time. Why? Because her name is frequently Rarity Belle.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Apparently the "unorthodox" methods of solving the lockdown problem tend to lead to this, much to Yuzu's annoyance.
DC Comics Loops
- Better as Friends: Per Word of God from the thread starter, none of DC's Big Three are interested in one another That Way.
- Crazy-Prepared: Who else but the God Damned Batman
- Disguised in Drag: One of Superman's Loop Attempts has him facing a Yandere Lex Luthor, who is in fact Lana Lang.
- The Dreaded: Everyone is scared of Amanda Waller. Batman is no exception.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: One Loop has Wonder Woman waking up to find a bunch of gorillas in her apartment. For some reason.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Batman doesn't get Eiken Loops. He gets The Lego Movie Loops instead.
- Godzilla Threshold: DC apparently had several problems getting off the ground. According to Sleipnir in the MLP Loop on the Crash, it almost got set to read-only because of this.
- In the Style of...: The earliest attempt to get the DC universe Looping are done in a similar style to the Mega Man Loops.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Confirmed Loopers include the entire founding line-up of the Justice League, the founding members of the Teen Titans and the New Teen Titans, Zatana, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Static, Hardware and... Alfred Pennysworth. And that was before the DC loopers got a devoted thread and sure expansion of their numbers.
- Mind Screw: One of Superman's attempts to reveal his identity to Lois results in her revealing she is also Superman.
- Mythology Gag: A lot of Superman's Loop attempts take from various parts of his history.
- The second is based on the Silver Age, complete with nigh-suicidal Lois Lane and Lana Lang fighting over him.
- In the third, he works at the Daily Star, as he did in the Golden Age (and again at the beginning of the New 52). And he's in fact Super-Demon, an alternate version of himself mixed with Etrigan, suggested by Grant Morrisson but never actually used.
- The fifth has an appearance by Chloe Sullivan in the place of Lois Lane, and she's once again taken over by Brainiac. But it goes a little bit worse than last time...
- One of Wonder Woman's failed Loops takes place in the world of Flashpoint, with the author's notes taking a sarcastic dig at DC's line-wide reboot that followed.
- Running Gag: Superman telling Lois his secret identity, and her variations of reaction, from demanding he marry her to exploding to revealing herself to be Batman in disguise.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Batman. Naturally.
Marvel Comics Loops
- Loads and Loads of Characters: All the adult Fantastic Four, several X-Men and Avengers, Spider-Man, Squirrel Girl, and Nick Fury are all Loopers. Like DC, this list is bound to continue to expand with a thread on them.
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
- Ambiguous Ending: Did Nanoha kill Tsukishima? The author deliberately left it vague, allowing it to be decided later.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Nanoha's er, penchant for it in the fandom is lampshaded at one point, with Nanoha calling the joke old. However, it is somewhat darkly revived during the Tsukishima loop, with Fate, believing Nanoha to have gone crazy, attempted to snap her out of it the same way Nanoha had with her.
- Depending on the Writer: All loops have this, but in this case it's notable on the stance of Nanoha and Fate and their relationship. It is mitigated, though, as the sides are they are just friends and they may or many not be in a relationship and they keep it to themselves, so it does not lead to a Writer Revolt.
- Knight of Cerebus: Tsukishima.
- Love Redeems: Fate tries to save her mother from herself in her loops. It works.....most of the time.
- Noodle Incident: Nanoha and Fate's first encounter with Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, which led to the destruction of an entire Galactic fleet.
- Unexpected Character: A pre Admin Madoka makes an appearance and is hinted to make further ones.
Eyeshield 21 Loops
- Beyond the Impossible: An Awake Shin manages to destroy CelestA.I. which culminates into the Heat Death of the Universe by simply walking around Equestria Online. This is due to him being a Walking Techbane.
- Big Damn Heroes: Played With. Monta was first Awake during the Loop where Sena died to Freddy Fazbear. The next loop Monta was Awake he ran to Sena's aid... only to discover a girl there instead (it was a Rule 63 Loop for Sena, that time). It takes a while for Sena to explian. In addition, due to how the Loops work, ten Loops had already passed between Monta's Awakening, so Sena didn't really need the help anyway.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Suma/Sumiko goes "Ha?" "Ha?" "Haaaaa?" during Monta's attmept to 'save' him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Hiruma initially refuses for Sumiko[[note]]Sena as a girl[[note]] to join the team as a player because he doesn't want her to get hurt.
- Then it's subverted because the real reason is that he doesn't want people to get blackmail material on him for letting a girl play football.
- Then subverted again when Sumiko shows him just how fast she really is.
- Facepalm: During Kid Devil Bat Uprising, Sena has one when he realizes that the Ha Ha Brothers are replacing the Hewdraw.
- Head Desk: Whan Palutena mentions how the Three Sacred Treasures tend to break when used due to old age Sena suggests fixing them. This results in Palutena using the Power of Reflect so she an bang her head against it because she didn't think of it.
- Playing with Fire: Sena has a Burning Palm that he occasionally uses.
- Also applies to Monta, who's first Fused Loop was as Ash's Chimchar. The fire powers seem to have stuck.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Loop 2.4. Sumiko (Sena after a Gender Bender) reaches for a beer after she explains her first death to Monta.
- Spit Take: When Monta realizes that Sena actually died once.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Monta during one loop has blue hair. Apparently it's his natural hair color that Loop.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Peacock and Marie. Although they idea of romance is somewhat twisted.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Peacock. And to a lesser degree Marie.
- Comic Role Play: Peacock pretending to be Umbrella's new father, while Marie was the Mother.
- I Am a Monster: Carol entire persona before Big Band, Dick Grayson (as Batman), and a young Raven helped her.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Although she is now better, Carol still yearns for this.
- Only Sane Man: Big Band. And to a lesser degree Parasoul.
- Painting the Fourth Wall: Skullgirl Loopers tend to loop as characters based on their Palette swaps (Filla for example has looped in as Magneto and Fiona the Human)
- Running Gag: Peacock crashing vehicles into different stores, much to Parasoul's chagrin.
Attack on Titan Loops
Nickelodeon / Cartoon Network Loops
- Homosexual Reproduction: During one loop, Suyin Beifong's 'father' was Azula. Apparently, the entire Metal Clan was made up of Yandere's that loop.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: This compilations encompases every cartoon that ever aired on either network, including, but not limited to: Ben 10, Code Lyoko, Dexter's Laboratory, Codename: Kids Next Door, both Avatar series, The Secret Saturdays, Generator Rex, SpongeBob, Toonami, Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, Adventure Time, and many many more.
- Official Couple: Korra and Asami.
- Too Dumb to Live: Billy. So much so that he's labeled an MLE.
Final Fantasy Loops
The First Crash
- Afterlife Express: The Hogwarts Express is the place where the Eva Loopers wake up after they Crash their home Loop.
- Bi the Way: All four of the Eva Loopers, at least before their first Fused Loop.
- Chainsaw Good: Kaoru shows up with a chainsaw for shits and giggles.
- Chekhov's Gun: A long-running one that was more Cryptic Background Reference in the Innortal Loops than actual plot point is finally fired: ''what did the Eva Loopers do to cause the first big Crash?''
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Mass-Produced EVAs verses non-looping Asuka? Asuka gets slaughtered. Mass-Produced EV As against a Looping Asuka, Rei, Shinji, and Kaoru? Bye bye, MP EVAs.
- Despair Event Horizon: Shinji, Kaoru, Rei, and Asuka had crossed this ages ago, and recount the tale to Looping Gendo to explain why it's a good idea not to cross it.
- Driven to Suicide: The story is basically the account of what the Eva Loopers tried to make their ultimate suicide attempt. Naturally, it failed.
- A suicide attempt of Gendo's is mentioned as well. It went nowhere.
- Drowning His Sorrows: Gendo used to be The Alcoholic before Yui broke him of the habit. Now, with his life basically meaningless, he's reverted to this.
- Framing Device: Shinji is explaining to Gendo what could happen if he completely loses hope by relating the time he and the other Eva Loopers lost hope.
- Fusion Dance: The Loopers combined Units Zero, One, and Two to form a godlike Evangelion, and then used the Lance of Longinus to try and delete themselves from existence.
- Irony: It is not lost on Shinji that, once again, he's dooming the planet.
- Maybe Ever After: Gendo questions whether or not the four-way romance shown in the flashback has continued into the present. Shinji doesn't answer the question.
- Mythology Gag: As it turns out, Shinji is a fan of Star Wars.
- Not So Different: Shinji's story actually had two goals. The first was to explain to Gendo why letting his grief overwhelm him was a bad idea, but the second is the one related to this trope: If the other loopers don't let up on Gendo, than they'll be sending him down the exact same road they took.
- Polyamory: All four of the Eva Loopers were simultaneously involved romantically, before their first Fused Loop.
- Something Completely Different: The story departs from the typical format of the Loops significantly: instead of being a mostly "up to date" story, it's a recount of how Shinji, Kaoru, Asuka, and Rei caused the first Crash. Additionally, references to other works are nearly nonexistent; the entire story takes place largely within a single Loop, and it's much more depressing than more common snippets. It's akin to the original Innortal loops, albeit with the sexual situations and severe pranks significantly toned down.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Gendo. Largely despised by the multiverse at large and actively hunted by Asuka and Kaoru, he is fairly close to falling past the Despair Event Horizon when the fanfic starts. Shinji is able to talk him away from it, and promises to help make things better.
Warhammer 40, 000
- Crapsack World: Usually. It's that sort of place.
- The first time the ponies came through, they managed to fix most of the Imperium's problems, though not without effort. And they did manage to give the universe a stable Anchor, in the form of Leman Russ.
- Usually, the Loopers try to make the Dark Galaxy less dark. Once the Chaos Gods started Looping, things tended to become... less strange.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!) is unable to stop being this. Even when he's a brightly-coloured pony.
- Happily Adopted: Leman Russ considers Fluttershy of the ponies his mother, on account of her finding and raising him in his first Loop.
- Not So Stoic: The Emperor of Man, despite all that he had seen and experienced in his life, still couldn't make it through a whole sentence during a visit to Equestria without laughing.