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: Innortal's original series of Loops can be found here. Saproneth'snote With contributions from several othersMLP Loops can be found here. Miscellaneous loops can be found here. The Ace Attorney Loops can be found here. The Digimon Loops can be found here, in addition to extra Naruto/misc loops. The Fire Emblem Awakening Loops can be found here The How to Train Your Dragon Loops are found here. The Inuyasha Loops can be found here The Mass Effect Loops are found here. The Mega Man Loops are found here. The Ōban Star-Racers Loops can be found here The Ojamajo Doremi Loops can be found here. The Sailor Moon Loops can be found here The Yu-Gi-Oh! Loops, written by various authors and hosted by Leonite, can be found here. The Zelda Loops are found here. An extended Ranma loop is here
The Infinite Loops as a whole provide examples of:
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.
There is the strong implication that this has actually happened, once, to Ranma. Certainly he's the one who describes the reasoning, and there's quite a lot of his early loops he says he can't remember for trauma-related reasons.
It did happen to him. The agony of losing said child left Ranma in tears.
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.
Continuity Drift: In universe, the loops can sometimes have certain details vary between them.
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 rapingEldritch 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.
Cross Over: Fused Loops. What, and how much, is crossed over varies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mutually Fictional: Not always the case, but often. The more forward thinking Loopers tend to collect large stashes of fiction from many different loops, so that they are as certain as possible to have an effective "guidebook" to wherever they end up next.
My Future Self and Me: The mini-me loops, where the loopers have done something so extreme in the previous loop that they break the timeline and physically survive the reset, leading to them meeting their nonlooping selves.
I Hate Past Me: The general reaction the loopers have towards their younger selves.
Noodle Incident: Characters will refer to loops that happen offscreen sometimes.
More specifically, 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.
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.
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 on her bow, which means if she ever loses the bow it might cease to exist.
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.
Timey-Wimey Ball: The loops hate this, resulting in the Doctor Who universe being Read-Only. 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.
"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?!"
Dominatrix: Sakura and Hinata, foremost, though others have been mentioned. In one loop, the latter became a borg queen and tried to force Naruto into her "collective"
Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The EVA pilots caused one while trying to end the loops. It lead to their first Fused Loop instead.
Early-Installment Weirdness: Innortal's earliest loops, although it's most noticeable in the Naruto ones. Examples include Naruto carrying Sasuke and Sakura's memories through Loop Reset by sheer weight of Chakra, surviving a Loop reset, and no mentions whatsoever of Yggrasil until Urd shows up. This can be especially jarring for readers who started with Saphroneth (and other, later authors) who use a more concrete version of the rules.
Really, in comparison, Innortal's Loops in genral. This has led to some Orwellian Retcon work by the greater community in an effort to reconcile the parts of Innortal's Loops that don't quite mesh with the current canon.
Epic Fail: Ranma and summoning. His first intended summon: a small bird. The result? Gojira. This is implied to happen every time he tries to summon something.
Another example is when Ranma, in a fit of boredom, gave Kuno a scroll containing a secret technique to try and make him more of a challenge to fight. Kuno turned out to be too arrogant to read the scroll properly, and exploded into Ludicrous Gibs when the technique backfired.
Fluffy Tamer: After replacing Naruto for a loop, Kasumi gains her own Nine Tailed Demon Fox. She reduces it to the size of a lapdog, carries it around everywhere, and placates it with tuna when it gets too bloodthirsty.
For Science!: A pastime for the loopers. Regardless of whether their experiments succeed or fail, the end result is Played for Laughs, sometimes at the expense of another character.
Good Guy Bar: Future's Past, created by Washuu and the Goddesses late in the loops and located in a multiversal nexus to help awakened loopers from different universes to gather, talk, and relax together without a Fused Loop.
Groin Attack: Shinji does this to Gendo for therapeutic reasons.
Holy Shit Quotient: In-universe, this has happened too many times, though one that stands out was a Noodle Incident which invovled introducing the All Spark to the Death Star.
Interrupted Intimacy: Invoked, Ichigo makes it look like he and Orihime are in the middle of a private moment, and attracts Rukia (who should be invisible to them) to his room. The end result is Rukia trying to deny that she is a vouyer.
It Amused Me: The reason the loopers do almost anything, for better or worse.
Jack-of-All-Stats: Ranma. He's not the best at any particular area of combat (Harry and Lina are better at magic, there are Loopers with more outright raw power) but he tends to be second- or third-best at everything. This adds up.
The Kid with the Leash: Invoked in one of Harry's loops where pretends to be possessed by a demon, with said "demon" mentioning that Harry is this.
Mad Scientist: Everyone has dabbled into this, but none moreso than Sakura, who has to date created a Borg outbreak, Jusenkyo water that can last for more than one loop, and planned something with Kamino's cloning technology.
Mind Screw: In-universe, the loopers love doing this to nonloopers for a quick laugh.
Misblamed: Naruto blamed Ranma for receiving a Jusenkyo curse that lasted several loops, when in reality the culprit was Sakura. He didn't learn otherwise until after his retribution was already in motion.
Naked People Are Funny: Naruto goes naked for a loop as part of a bet, and creates a nudist colony in Kakashi's apartment.
Dragon Ball Z Abridged as well, with Ghost Nappa haunting Ramna, and Mr. Popo appearing whenever he feels like it.
Right Behind Me: En route to Kamino, Naruto proclaims he is glad Sakura isn't coming with him and Sasuke, and begins to explain why to her before realizing that she bypassed his ship's security system.
Rule of Funny: The reason for why some things happen the way they do (i.e., Riddle's diary exploding after contact with Luna, Jason Voorhees being unable to kill Kasumi). Invoked by the loopers for the most part.
Training from Hell: Ranma tries to put Keiichi Morisato through one of these in order to let him survive sex with Belldandy. His tactics are the same as Abridged Piccolo's, complete with "DOOOOOODGE!".note It fails, and Ranma uses his Dragon balls to solve the problem instead.
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.
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.
Awesome Moment of Crowning: Often subverted. 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.
Breather Episode: The Equestria loops now function as this for every guest looper. They take this duty very seriously.
Calvinball: Discord's "Chaos"note you were expecting a different name? card/boardgame.
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.
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."
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 conventonal definition of the word, but the one as used in the Nanoha verse. Cue Toothless turning into an Intelligence Device which Hiccup uses to blast Discord with a Wave Motion Gun.
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.
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.
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...and one Princess McIntosh loop.
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, 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.
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.
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).
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: How the Griffins are shown to work, though it has certain checks built in so it isn't a perpetual brawl.
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.
“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 ofFriendship" and the result was Twilight getting into a G3.5 loop as a result.
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.
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?
Running Gag: Ever since "Simple Ways" aired, there's been one of Applejack trying various means of getting Trenderhoof to lose interest in her right off the bat. Some work better than others.
There's an older and more persistent one of 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."
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.
Status Quo Is God: On occasion, Twilight attempts to earn a different Cutie Mark than her starburst design. It never works.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Even if she and her Awake friends had to banish Celestia and Nightmare Moon to the moon Twilight some loops after 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.
Wedding Day: The multi-contributor, 2-parter published between compilations 50 and 51, covering the wedding of Spike and Rarity.
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).
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.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Loops provide examples of:
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).
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.
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.
The Zelda Loops provide examples of:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 premable 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 Eikeen 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".