The Mad Scientist Wars is an ongoing Fanfic story, set in the same universe as the webcomic Narbonic. It also added Girl Genius into the canon some time ago, and with the recent character originating from Discworld is becoming the strict Universe equivalent of a Massive Multiplayer Crossover. That is, the canon may involve several different Universes, including original characters' backgrounds, but no characters from any of these works except Jane Narbon's parents have yet to actually appear.It started as a series of increasingly silly comments on the comments sections in the Narbonic Director's Commentary, before moving to its own forum, where it has—pardon the pun—mutated into a sprawling, ongoing work.So far, the plot has been divided into "Chapters"—each one, after the end of the very beginning's more chaotic start, run by a different player, who assumes the role of 'GM' for the duration. At 16+ chapters and over two full year of dedicated play, the game has currently spanned 275+ pages of posts. (Luckily, a condensed Plot Summary is in the works for new players.)The story canbea little silly, and tropes—both played straight and subverted—are considered rules of the very universe...Despite the silliness, a lot of effort goes into it. Character development has occurred over time, loads of extra material and backstory has been worked out—even a full explanation of the combined time line from two different canons being used.Due to Loads and Loads of Characters once you hit the Secondaries, we recommend you visit the forum's 'Character Dossiers'. But following is a truncated list of the main characters—notably, each original main character is played by a separate forum goer. SoItBegins - Ariel Andrew K. O-P P. R. Tinker - his Son, Fredric Z. Tinker -Commander Primary Xerox Jane Narbon David Toboz Thaddeus Atrius Guy (AKA That Guy) Wallace Caine (AKA Wallycaine) - Lagos, his henchman/pet ChicGeek -Jess, aka 'The Chimera' Dr. Amino, w/ Ingrid Claire -Jennifer Revel Cogson Hawkwolf -Miss Clay Demothesis -Dr. Kinestro Herr Doktor -Herr Greg In general, the plots are issue based- a threat arrives, and the characters have to deal with it over the course of the chapter. Some characters are strict Heroes, some... not so much, so it;s hard to say who will be doing what any given chapter.
Badass Bookworm Most members of the Tinker family fit this trope— they tend to be bespectacled, lab-coat wearing geeks who can kick your ass six ways to Sunday, save the world, and do it with science. Dr. Andrew Tinker is probably the definitive example- he's an English Professor.
Badass Longcoat Subverted by most of the cast by said coats being Lab Coats, but played straight by the Viktor Twins, Fredric and Hawkwolf.
The Clan: The Heterodynes and the Viktor-Tinkers are of note. As are the Umbras. The Toboz's and the Narbons avert this somewhat.
Cloning Blues (Subverted— so far, the only clones have been those of SoItBegins, and there the clone is always a perfect copy, used as recovery after some sort of fatal accident. The clones never go angsty— they just pick where the old copy of SoItBegins left off.) EDIT: As of Bluelight... never mind.
Daddy's Girl (Although for Chic, this is a major step up for her.)
Dark Is Not Evil (Go figure. 'The Saya Demon', aka Sayasuke, is a good example of this, as he is a off-putting, scarred demonic being who turns out to be inherently noble. Andrew, also is best described as 'A Hero who Acts like a Villain'- in his style, not in deeds.
The Dark Side (Subverted— the Mads tend to take being evil as just a fact of life.
Evil Twin Actually, Evil Twins of a pair of twins. Who actiually came first by several years. Long story. Cloning was involved.
A more straight example of this is The Nega Verse, a universe of Opposite Alignment Clones. Has a suprisingly genial relationship with the Main Verse, and several 'Nega' characters have become favored Secondary characters.
Fluffy the Terrible, literally. In the form of a cute flying,talking, *Vorpal Bunny named 'Fredric', formerly nicknamed... well, guess. He later eats a magic artifact, and can assume human form. However, he keeps the Bunny ears...
Foe Yay There are several Hero/Villain pairs, many of them parents of the cast. Eric and Katty, Io and Viktor, and Dr. Goodbody and Dr.Omega are all examples. As are Xerox and Jess...
Has Two Mommies (a male example. The Tinker Twins adopted Desius when he was ten. And more recently have Had Eta Tinker with their (ex) rival, Dr.Mallory. Justified in that he was *going* to clone them for a vengance plan, included his own Dna as aprt of it, but couldnt go through with it. So... Three Daddies.
Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter (By now, generally subverted across the board. It's implied that the whole Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter thing is misinformation spread by the Mads, to make it tough on the heroes (and fun for the daughters.))
Malevolent Architecture: Q, who has three settings, the lowest being "hard" and the highest "Indiana Jones". Castle Heterodyne is also this, though we hardly get to see it in action. EDIT - As of the latest chapter, you get all the deathtrap goodness you could ask for.
Rewriting Reality (Andrew Tinker's most powerful skill, as his knowledge of Literature allows him to re-write reality around him— with some limits. Technically also makes him a Reality Warper, as he may be able to do this without writing.
Unspoken Plan Guarantee (See Unreliable Narrator, just above. What you hear about future plans in the Wars may not be much, and it's not necessarily true. It's only when everything unfolds that you can be sure.)