From left to right: a Shoyru, Lupe, Grundo, and Aisha.
Neopets started out with a website created by Welshman Adam Powell, launched in 1999. In short, it's the virtual pet site. The basic idea is you are a Neopian — i.e., an owner — with a limit of four Neopets per account. Owners can take care of their pets by feeding them and playing with them, but there are a number of things they can do — buy and sell items, play games, discuss on the Neoboards, explore Neopia, train and battle with their Neopets, and design a webpage. Some Neopians strive to become rich, others use it as a place to post Neopets fanwork, and still others use it to win contests.Neopets has a lot of fiction: encyclopedia articles, short stories, a rich world, comics, game premises, and ongoing Story Arcs (known as "plots") which crop up every so often. And, if in need of inspiration, The Neopets Team lets talented users post Neopets-related articles, novellas and comic strips.The site has since evolved into a franchise — video games have been released, a now-discontinued Trading Card Game was made, as well as Nickelodeon shorts and a breakfast cereal. Neopets also provides a simple, efficient way of advertising — sponsor games. These games give easy Neopoints, so they're played by a lot of Neopians every day, which provides some good advertising. It's also rather successful with merchandise; McDonald's and Burger King even had Neopets plushies as part of their kids' meals some years ago.Special mention goes to the NeoQuest series of RPGs, which have so many tropes they all have their own page. The Neopian Times Writers Forum (NTWF for short) also has its own page, just be careful of the insanity. Lastly, a Gaiden Game to the main Neopets site, Petpet Park, also has a page.
Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: You better hope and pray you make a ton of Neopoints in case your pet ever comes down with a disease (which can happen due to a random event); the cures, depending on the disease, range from 1,000 to over 300,000 NP. Blame the undercutters taking advantage of the random diseases given via Qasalan Expellibox (a game where you can earn Neocash without paying money, hence its popularity) for this. Same thing goes for taking advantage of the demand for items needed for avatars.
Alternatively, you could just go to the Healing Springs every half hour until your pet's healed for free. This can take quite some time, though...
There's also overriding that sickness with another sickness that has a cheaper medicine, usually by feeding your pet some Poisonous Jelly.
Has been eased a bit with the release of Key Quest, a game which awards high-demand items like Neggs and Codestones as prizes.
And you can sometimes win Codestones too in the Battledome Beta.
Adipose Rex: King Skarl, King Hagan, and King Kelpbeard all exude this trope, and this tends to be lampshaded by villains.
Aerith and Bob: Character names range from normal names like Lucy, Jake, and Rosie to names like Meerouladen and Prytariel. Alien Aishas and Grundos have a tendency to be Aeriths.
Allegedly Free Game: Neocash, the site's biggest Base Breaker. To some Neopet owners, it's a waste of money and a prime example of extortion. To others, their closets are absolutely stuffed with clothes.
Ambiguous Syntax: The Magic Wand item has this in its description: "This magic wand doesnt do anything... unless you point it at your Neopet, in which case it will vanish in a puff of purple smoke!" 'It' refers to the wand, not the Neopet.
Some of the more bizarre colors available for Neopets/Petpets/Habitarium Petpetpets can make them these, such as Jelly, Custard, Biscuit, Mallow (only for Grundos), Ice (pre-customization, a Bruce painted Ice would be drawn to resemble a popsicle) and Chocolate, as well as the various fruits and vegetables that one can turn their Chia into via Lab Ray or Magical Chia Pop. Lampshaded by Jellyneo's Neopian Museum, on the Chia: "Who ordered the fruit salad?"
Three Petpets, the Jinjah (a gingerbread man), the Blobbikins (a blob of jelly), and the now-retired Sugar Rush (a can of soda) also fall under this category.
There's also the peculiar case of Captain Threelegs. He was originally an Eyrie (a griffon Neopet) that looked just like the kind a player can own, except for the fact that he had a pegleg replacing one of his forelegs. An art update made him an anthropomorphic Eyrie that still had his pegleg... serving as his right hand. Not to mention he's also still called captain "three"legs.
Anti-Poop Socking : Hello, Restock Banning. Keep refreshing the main shops for hours on end in the hopes of nabbing that rare item, and you'll find that no items at all are shown in any shop for the rest of the day.
Art Evolution: The cast of Neopets has come a long way from the first gradient-shaded pets, many of which have gone through multiple revamps since the site's introduction. Some of the pets looked very odd back then.
The most striking (and funniest) revamp was done to the Bruces: currently a race of penguins, they were originally photographs of Bruce Forsyth!
Some of Neopets' newest art, particularly in the recent plots and events, now incorporate gradients done the right way. The results are amazing, especially in the Faeries' Ruin comics.
Master Vex, the host of Cellblock, has apparently "Never lost a game". However, he can be defeated in nine moves, nearly every time.
The Altador Cup—specifically, Yooyuball. The only real challenge is figuring out the quickest path to the goal, weaving through the opposing team, then shooting. Once you've got that sorted, it's just a matter of tedious repetition.
Partly fixed with the keyboard version. Now the opposing team is even more frustrating.
Ascended Glitch: Certain glitches in Yooyuball, particularly the ones who give a superfast ball or the one which has all of the players facing backwards. The Neopets Team liked them so much, they kept them in.
Ascended Meme: Neopian Times writers launched an intentional campaign to make it possible to paint Weewoos white. They did this by including images and mentions of White Weewoos in their Neopian Times submissions. Now, not only do White Weewoos exist, but they're the official mascot of the Neopian Times.
Mr. Coconut, a meme from the Editorial section of the Neopian Times that started when they featured a random entry for a Caption Contest, got his own shopkeeper and mask. The Fance Top from the same meme is now a wearable.
At the beginning of The Faerie's Ruin plot, a group of players made a tongue-in-cheek campaign to demand that The Neopets Team rescue the pie that turned to stone along with the faeries. When the prize shop for the plot opened, one of the prizes was a stone pie with the description "Poor pie... still stone. Mmm... crunchy."
During the event in which Krawk Island disappeared, players took an image of the event's main character (a Krawk named Gavril Mc Gill) and edited in various images into his hands. Later in the year, during the Haunted Faire's "Masks of Dread" event, for completing each quest the day it was released, you received a bonus prize - a book entitled "Book of Awesome" with the cover showing Gavril holding the book. The item description: "What won't Gavril hold up next?"
During the Obelisk War, it was common to edit the image of the Zafara Digger, who was pointing out the Mysterious Dig Site, to point at just about anything. After the war? His likeness is now a wearable item, here to point at your pets for all time.
Awesome but Impractical: A lot of the Battledome items look and sound cool, but are weaker than a stick swung by a two-year-old.
Baguette Beatdown: In the game "Whack-A-Kass" (eventually changed to "Kass Basher"), one can use a baguette like a bat. You can upgrade to a sick and a spiked bat after whacking Kass far enough, though.
Ban On Politics: You can get in trouble for discussing politics or religion on the Neoboards.
Bedsheet Ghost: Taken to an extreme with Ghostkerchiefs, which are ghost(-like?) Petpets that haunt pockets.
Maybe not 100% Adoration Rating. At least two pets hate the Faeries, so there may be more out there like them in the future.
Big "NO!": One of your pet's possible responses to having the Lab Ray aimed at them is "Noooooooo!"
Binary Bits and Bytes: To demonstrate a Lawyerbot Costume Pack, Neopets used a binary description note 010010010111010000100111011100110010000001001100011000010111011101111001011001010111001001100010011011110111010000100001 which translates to "It's Lawyerbot!".
Carnivore Confusion: Neopets eat each other as well as Petpets, apparently — Neopians can purchase Blumaroo meat, Elephante trunks, Snorkle snouts?
Chias have a longstanding rivalry with Lupes due to the latter's tendency to eat them. This does not take into account the factor that Chias tend to be prized for their unique food-like colorations to begin with.
Draik eggs are considered gourmet food. Yum...
Cartoon Creature: The majority of Neopet species are based on already-existing animals, but a few do qualify such as the Kacheek, Chia, Zafara, and Kiko.
Choose Your Own Adventure: Neo Adventures allow users to make their own. There was formerly a spotlight competition centered on these.
Convection Schmonvection: Inevitable with the release of the lava-themed world of Moltara. Roxton and Cog can fly just a few feet over a magma without any ill effects, and none of the Neopets fixing the machine spitting a large plume of magma inside a cavern ringed with a magma river feel anything.
Justified somewhat with Scorchios, dragon-like Neopets which prefer high temperatures.
Cosmetic Award: The various competitions on the site, as well as getting top scores in most games, reward you with spiffy trophies for your profile.
Development Hell: This page lists several features that are "coming soon", including what appears to be three new plots, a new flash game, and a make-overs of preexisting games. They've been coming soon for several years.
Difficulty By Acceleration: Some minigames have the game speed up as the game continues. Either the game is faster, things come sooner, or time limits are reduced.
Doomy Dooms of Doom: The Lever of Doom that steals your neopoints. Then there is the Evil Toy of DOOM, Ice Lolly of Doom, Immense Rubber Axe of Doom, and Nimmo of Doom (a book).
In a more explicit sense, the Altador Cup has gone through this. The first installment of the 'Cup was very different than the event organized today. Yooyuball was the only game, and there were no other games to back it up. The game itself was played from a top-down perspective, more primitive than today's isometric version, and it was also much slower. Perhaps the most important changes were in the way the tournament was played: it was done knockout-style, which every team was eliminated after a game, and you could join another team immediately after the first team you joined up with was eliminated. There were also other differences, such as injuries to several of the teams (which probably wouldn't be able to be done with today's version of YYB), differences in trophies, and how points were given out. Most of these oddities were changed before Altador Cup II, but it wasn't until the 3rd cup where things began to look like they do today.
The site used to have human characters and shopkeepers, and three Neopets were humans (two were based on celebrities, and one on Adam's friend from college).
At one time, there were plans to allow pets to get married or even blood brothers.
In terms of the more 'adult' sense, pets used to be able to drink wine and beer, and the original Maraqua plot used the phrase "see you in hell".
Likewise, there's the Turmaculus, an overgrown Petpet that eats Petpets.
Any Neopet can count when you take the wide variety of available foods into consideration — they will eat nearly anything you give them, from chocolate coins to fish food to exotic fruit to gruel soup to whole loaves of bread.
The Fair Folk: The Faeries sometimes act like this, as evidenced by Eithne, Ilere, The Drenched, and the Dark Faeries.
Fairy in a Bottle: There are six types of bottled faeries that, once freed, will grant a pet a blessing or two depending on their type which can be spent on the Battledomes for abilities. According the the back story, they are put in the bottles by a faerie-hating Lupe named Balthazar.
Fairy Sexy: Neopets is surprisingly full of fanservice.
Fake Difficulty: Training your Neopet for the Battledome makes EV (Effort Value) training in Pokémon look like a cakewalk. While your Neopets do gain experience with each battle, the experience doesn't boost said pets' stats at all. To boost your pets stats, you need to take them to a training school (there are three) which asks for Codestones (not that easy to get ahold of depending on which stone they ask for) or Dubloons (somewhat easier to acquire). However many Codestones they ask of you will only contribute to the boosting of one stat per training session as well. On top of that, Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors doesn't come into play at all. So you can't arm you Neopet with any fire-based weapons in hopes of improving your chances against, say, the Snowager.
Fanwork Ban: To a point. In the Nickelodeon Kids & Family Virtual Worlds Group games terms of service (which includes Neopets, Petpet Park, Nicktropolis, and Monkey Quest), all rights to making derivative works under Fair Use are given up. However, Neopets at the least still allows people to submit original fanwork to the various contests and the Neopian Times, all of which have rules that all submissions must follow in order to be accepted.
Feather Fingers: Lennies and Pteris. It's hard to tell what Hissi wings are made of, but they could also qualify.
Fetch Quest: Every single quest in the game, ranging from the Kitchen Quest, Edna's Quest, and of course the Faerie Quests, are all about getting some items in exchange for monetary, item, or Rare Candy rewards.
Fictional Sport: Two - Gormball and Altador Cup's Yooyuball, the latter based on the little-known jai alai but played more like traditional soccer.
The description for the Ugga-Ugga disease claims that your pet will only be able to make Ugga noises if it comes down with it. However, a pet infected with the disease will still give the normal automated responses ("Thanks, you're the best owner ever!" "How many books are in Neopia? I want to read them all!") when interacted with.
The Altador Cup commentators may remark before or after a game of Yooyuball that player X on team Y did poorly or was responsible for screwing up the game, when in reality they were the one trying the hardest. Conversely, player X may also be praised for leading their team to victory when in fact it was player Y who scored the most goals or performed all the saves.
The Lab Ray has a chance of changing your Neopet's gender when it is used. However, if all you want to change about your Neopet is its gender, a sip of Strange Potion will do the trick.
Due to the massiveamount of Yooyuball players involved in the Altador Cup, many characters have changed genders between years due to continuity errors, including Antola Maeir (Shenkuu), Minae Mitora (Terror Mountain), Meela Kitah (Kiko Lake), Valtonous Rea (Faerieland), and Ilsa Ellits (Meridell).
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lengthy discussions have been held on what is and is not suitable for publication in the Neopian Times, especially regarding the more obscure rules. Nevertheless, some writers manage to push the limits even on such forbidden fare as romance, death, and violence.
It's not completely forbidden, as long as it's done tastefully and without too much dwelling on it.
Here's a canon example. The description for the Steam Horn is along the lines of Now you can play some steamy music.
Some owners get away with having pets who are Wholesome Crossdressers, though a few handwave it by saying they're being labbed, which sometimes has the side effect of changing their gender.
In the Hannah and the Ice Caves plot, when Kanrik kills Galem, the panel is shown in silhouette, but the placement of Kanrik's dagger and the blood spray makes it look like he ripped Galem's heart out. And keep in mind this was after the site became Lighter and Softer.
One of the Petpetpets on the Habitarium loading page is a Mootix. Said Mootix is wearing a very cheeky look on its face and has its rear end pointed directly at the loading bar. Which is long, thin, and rounded at one end.
Giant Eye of Doom: The Mark of Ta-Kutep is the outline of an eye symbol that appears in a pointless random event causing the user to flee in fear.
It actually causes an Interface Screw, as it actually sends you back a page if you wait long enough.
Global Currency Exception: You have to use Dubloons and Codestones, not Neopoints, to pay for training courses for your pets. Dubloons are also the exclusive currency of Krawk Island shops.
They were also almost impossible to get if you didn't have gratuitous amounts of NP... until the new Anchor Management daily came along. And the Battledome Beta.
Good Is Not Nice: Jazan and Ilere, among others. They're on the side of good, but they're certainly not friendly.
Under Lord Darigan's rule, the Darigan Citadel certainly qualifies.
Impossible too for most new users, as some of the avatars were plot rewards and thus unattainable.
Guide Dang It: Some of the requirements to get high scores in certain games are pretty ridiculous. For example, to get the sub-2000 distances for high scores in Kass Basher, you have to hit the plush Kass with a(n incredibly rare) tree ( Even so, there's still the possibility that you could miss... ). Beyond that, to get on many of the high score tables for games, you have approach the game in very unorthodox ways, such as losing on purpose in order to rack up points (generally on games that have a fixed number of levels, like Wrath of the Snowager), or taking advantage of in-game cheats that you can only learn (other than from guides, of course) by getting a lucky spin on the Wheel of Knowledge.
Many of the secret avatars can be this, especially the ones that are gotten at random. One avatar in particular took almost 2 years to figure out the solution.
Said avatar, Chef Bonju, reaches insanity with the amount of requirements to get it. You have to mix three particular items (out of thousands) at the Island Cooking Pot (and NOT the Cooking Pot owned by the character in the avatar himself), while having one particular secret avatar as your active avatar at the time. And did I mention it can only be obtained in the month of August? There's a reason it took so long to figure out.
Healing Spring: There's one in Faerieland. The Water Faerie that supervises it, though, isn't all that too consistent with how well one's Neopets are healed, sometimes not doing so at all and instead handing over an item. You can still buy Healing Potions from her though.
Infinite Stock For Sale: It is both played straight and averted, since most shops have a certain amount of each item for stock before it sells out, requiring restock. The general store, though, has infinite stock, but only sells the same goods. Additionally and literally, users can buy as many shares of stock as they want on the stock market, with the only limit being 1000 per day.
Informed Species: Aishas are supposed to be stylized cats, but only their heads and ears bear any resemblance to a cat's. Anthropomorphic Aishas are even less catlike.
Ingesting Knowledge: It's just a way to keep prices up and intelligence stats coveted, but books mysteriously disappear when you read them to your pet.
Interspecies Romance: "Skeith plus Zafara equals... Ixi??" It's actually rarer at times to see family members of the same species.
Justified in that most Neopet children are Happily Adopted. For a while Neopets seemed to be playing the line that all children were adopted. It made the sudden revelation that Nabile was an identical copy of a royal ancestor very jarring.
Jerk Ass: Team Maraqua's Elon Hughlis, who infamously won the "Most Selfish Player" award during ACI. Despite this, he's still the Team Captain, and he has many fans in and out of Team Maraqua.
King Skarl also counts, mainly because his Marrow Tax means that a Random Event can take your hard-earned Neopoints. He's also technically to blame for two wars between Meridell and the Citadel, as well. However, he's more of a Jerkass With A Heart of Gold despite his flaws.
Joke Weapon: Unfortunately, about 99% of Battledome items seem to fall into this category nowadays.
Karl Marx Hates Your Guts: The Hidden Tower, which is available to all users so long as their account is aged to at least four months and are able to find the hidden link in Faerie City. It's the most expensive shop in-game, but it also offers some of the nicest weapons to use in the Battledome, rare paint brushes, and collectibles such as clothing and plush toys. Just as well, you can only buy one item a day from the Tower, and the highest discount senior users can receive for one day a month is 3% off.
Lab Pet: Inverted. You can acquire a "lab ray" after completing a secret laboratory map. You may then zap your Neopets with the ray, causing random changes in size, gender, color and species. Neopets that are used for the sole purpose of testing the lab ray are called "lab rats".
Level Editor: A number of games. Started off with Hannah and the Pirate Caves, which actually is a very solid game, and was followed by...a poor mini golf editor. The more recent games featuring level editors haven't been much better, sadly.
Level Grinding: Leveling up at the Mystery Island Training School (or Cap'n Threelegs' Swashbuckling Academy or the Secret Training School) is automated, but takes several days in real time.
Lighter and Softer: Neopets was meant for young adults when it first came around. The early plots all had gobs of black comedy. Everything has since lost that sort of humour when the site was made kid friendly, but the old pages from old plots still float around, waiting to become Nightmare Fuel. Other bits that still float around are details changed in upgraded games. The Game Graveyard lets you play the old versions, where Carnival of Terror still says "cause of death" when you lose. And the game Spell or Starve, from the very old Doctor Sloth plot. On the other hand, The Faerie's Ruin has become the darkest thing in the history of the site with its Wham Episode.
Light Is Not Good/Moral Dissonance: Despite technically being the ones who started the whole thing by stealing from the Citadel, Meridell is viewed as the good guys by TNT and King Skarl is in the Gallery Of Heroes, while Lord Darigan is still in the Gallery of Evil despite saving them.
Living Shadow: The Shadow Usul, the Creeping Shadows from the Tale of Woe, Edna's Shadow, the Shadow Wraiths from The Faerie's Ruin... There are a lot of them on the site.
Living Toys: The evil marblemen in the game Attack of the Marblemen.
Long Runners: As of May 2013, the site has been running for 15+ years.
Lost Forever: Several avatars were plot prizes or only available from sponsor promotions, and are thus retired, preventing newer accounts from ever aquiring them. One major example is the Advent Calendar on December each year- miss a day on it and that day's door is sealed forever.
Not to mention the Lab Ray Scorchio's Petpet, a Kookith that runs the Petpet Lab Ray.
Magic Wand: Many varieties in the Battledome, but very noticeable in Neoquest I, since this is the only kind of weapon that the player can wield (although it is not too surprising since just about anything that is capable of talking in this game is a mage).
Mayincatec: What Geraptiku was before… whatever caused it to be abandoned.
Mix-and-Match Critters: Quite a few Neopets, including Peophins (hippocampus), Eyries (griffins), Elephantes (bipedal elephants with little bird wings), and Aishas (catlike with thicker tails and an extra set of ears). And most pets painted Maraquan (scales and/or a fish tail) or Faerie (a more delicate appearance plus wings).
Money Sink: The shops run by NPCs in Neopia as well as the Lever of Doom in the Virtupets Space Station, the Wheel of Extravagance and the "Save the Wheels" event from July to early August 2010.
In early 2011, the game implemented a new sink: old, retired stamps are occasionally auctioned off by a dummy account, effectively removing millions of NP from the economy as well as returning near-extinct, one-use items into circulation.
Hannah: It was my grandfather's! You stole it from him, just before you...
Enforced Trope: "Kill", "die", et cetera. are blocked words on any text entry in-site.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A sort of meta example: Neopets was launched around the same time as the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (coming into effect in early 2000), meaning that it was one of the first major websites to have to deal with laws concerning the collection of personal information from minors. Specifically, users under 13 had to have their parents fax a signed form indicating that the child had permission to sign up and use certain futures of the site (such as Neo Mail). The prompt and decisive response from the preteen would-be userbase was to simply lie about their age when creating their accounts. Fast forward to circa 2006: Neopets implements a birth date check in their login form. Now, what fake birth date did you enter on a whim some long-passed Wednesday back in 5th grade? ...Yeah, that's what I thought. Cue the anguished cries of thousands of nostalgia-seeking teenagers as they're simultaneously locked out of their childhood. Oops.
Luckily, there is a way to get your birth date back by sending a ticket to the staff.
Nineties Anti-Hero: MAGAX. Of course, given that it's Neopets, he goes no farther than being a Badbutt. But other than that, he reeks of this trope.
No Hugging, No Kissing: Users are forbidden from including more than a passing mention of romance in submitted work, and for the most part official site plots avoid it as well. Which begs the question of how Habitarium Petpetpet nesters, even newborn ones, are able to lay eggs when placed in a nest without needing any, ah, assistance.
Non-Standard Character Design: Currently, baby pets, Maraquan pets, mutant pets, 8-bit pets, mallow Grundos and fruit/vegetable Chias have unique designs instead of being recolors of standard "template" pets. Pre-Customization, Faerie, royal, and grey pets had unique designs as well. The original Starry Korbat was a strange case, as it was drawn hanging upside down from the circle background by its tail instead of flying in midair.
Noodle Implements: During the Perilous Catacombs step of the Spooky Food Eating Contest plot, the text from one "wrong" result from choosing how to enter a room where there's chanting includes this: "You crash the door and find the chanting was coming from a circle of cultists. They are in the middle of a secret ritual involving an ancient tome, a spork, and a lot of strawberry slushies."
The Other Marty: In the earliest releases, some Neopets were replaced, much like the Bruce incident. One such change was a species of dragon called the Tatsu that was inexplicably replaced with the Eyries (gryphons). The Tatsus apparently rose from an even earlier design called the Cerpull
Overly-Long Gag: Members giving TNT food (mostly cookies) in the editorial of the Neopian Times.
The Wheel of Monotony.
Paper-Thin Disguise: The "Happiness Faerie" (Dr. Sloth). Amusingly, the site staff appears to fall for it.
Pimped-Out Dress: Several female Royal pets, especially in the old pre-Customization poses.
The site currency, Neopoints (NP), enters the economy mainly via games. Players are awarded with NP as they play the on-site games. Some NP enters via Random Events and "daily" activities such as talking to a discarded plushie, collecting bank interest or spinning a wheel.
Players can keep their Neopoints safe by opening a bank account. If kept in hand, money can be lost to random events.
Although through random events, you can end up with a negative amount of Neopoints on hand.
Most items enter the economy via site shops. Rare items such as paint brushes and morphing potions are only available from random events. Some items are given out via games, while some are given as prizes for players who have participated in site events such as plots or the Altador Cup.
Players can keep their items safe by placing them in their Safety Deposit Box. The maximum number of items that can be kept in hand is 50, after which it becomes impossible to buy from user or site shops. Items can be lost to random events as well.
Items in site shops cost from a few dozen NP to tens of thousands of NP. For the vast majority of items the supply in site shops is greatly limited however. This enables restocking, where players buy high demand items from site shops and resell them at significantly higher prices. High demand items can fetch a price of hundreds of thousands, even several millions of NP.
High demand items include most importantly one-use items such as food (especially avatar-related food), books, training currency (Codestones and Dubloons), Neggs (which are tradeable for one-time training items), and Neopet-modifying items such as Paint Brushes and Morphing Potions, and collectable items such as stamps that cannot be removed from user albums once added.
As the flow of money into the system is virtually unlimited, the site maintainers have specifically created money sinks to keep the inflation somehow in check. Such would be the Lever of Doom and the Wishing Well, which can both give out a site avatar, but demand money in turn (and cannot be predicted), and the late site event Save the Wheels, which gave out items in turn for donations.
Pretty in Mink: Prytariel and Minae Mitora of the Terror Mountain Yooyuball team wear fur hoods and boots, although this is less for fashion purposes and more to demonstrate that they're from a Slippy-Slidey Ice World.
Princesses Rule: Princess Amira rules Sakhmet after her father (King) Coltzan was assassinated.
Ptero Soarer: Pteris, as their name implies, have shades of this; they're native to Tyrannia, they have long tails with rudders at the tips and very smooth leathery looking wings, but other than that they're pretty much really adorable little birds.
Read The Fine Print: The Terms and Conditions, which have to be signed to access the site, have some... odd wording. such as "...or incorporate such materials into any form, medium, or technology (now known or hereafter developed or devised) throughout the universe."
Real Men Wear Pink: Male Neopets are perfectly happy playing with girls' toys such as Usuki Dolls, receiving cutesy-looking Petpets, wearing feminine articles of clothing or even being painted girly colors such as Faerie or Pink.
Recycled IN SPACE!: Hannah and the Kreludor Caves is Hannah and the Pirate Caves ON THE MOON!
And before that, Hannah and the Ice Caves was Hannah and the Pirate Caves IN TERROR MOUNTAIN!
The Altador Cup game Slushie Slinger is Tapper IN FLASH! WITH SLUSHIES!
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most Acaras' eyes assume a reddish tone when they're angry. Ghost Neopets have this by default.
Revenue Enhancing Devices: Buying real-life merchandise can net you in-game items; Lutari Island was only accessible by signing up for Neopets Mobile.
Rubber Band A.I.: In Yooyuball, the more goals you score, the more aggressive the AI becomes, and after a while, the accuracy of their tackles and shoots becomes practically cheating.
Running Gag: Denials of the existence of the not-Secret Jelly World. Also, the idea that those creepily staring Meepits are plotting to take over.
"March 3rd has been cancelled due to lack of interest."
For a little while, the Neopian Times Editorial always ended with "mr. coconut" shouting "GOOD NIGHT!" After a few months of that, TNT went meta by retiring mr. coconut and starting a new gag about trying to find a suitable replacement.
Schizo Tech: All over the map - literally; it's dependent on region. There's sticks and stones in Tyrannia, the various Fantasy Counterpart Cultures have the tech level you'd expect, Moltara is Steam Punk, Neopia Central is closest to real life but has nothing like computers or cars, and then there's the Virtupets Space Station and moon colony on Kreludor…
Painted/labbed pets, especially Neopets in colors that can cost up to 1,000,000 NP or more.
Transfers and Pound surfing. Congratulations on nabbing that beautiful Faerie Peophin! Oh, wait, it was supposed to go to sirherpderp_2033 and now they're bombarding you with angry Neomails demanding you return it to them. Oops.
Trading pets. Look, buddy, your Royal Mynci is not worth as much as my unconverted Maraquan Aisha, got it?!?
The Altador Cup. Which teams are cheating? Which team is going to win? Which team is going to lose? Is the bracket system fair? What rank are you? What team are you? How many wins do you submit per day? Can you score with a Darigan Yooyu in less than 30 seconds?
Certain limited edition pets. And by "certain", we mean Draiks or Krawks, which both cost unholy amounts of Neopoints up the wazoo to get, no matter which method you use (Draik egg, Krawk Petpet, even morphing potions are expensive).
Lending of items or Neopets, especially ones required to get an avatar. Running off with someone's Super Attack Pea or Chokato (TCG) automatically deploys TNT's patented Freeze Ray 5000 in 3...2...
Customization. How many NC Mall items can you pile on? How many NC Mall items can you buy? Does your pet look good enough for the Customization Spotlight? Are you even allowed to use Neopoints items?
Shown Their Work: The hierarchy of the Habitarium is set up similarly to a real beehive or ant's nest, with Petpetpets being assigned at birth to produce eggs, gather resources or fight enemy pests.
Significant Anagram: Eliv Thade, whose spirit haunts a castle: Evil/Vile Death/Hated. Appropriately enough, the game featuring him centers around anagrams. Also: the Sword of Skardsen/Darkness, Grimoire of Thade/Death, Amulet of Thigl/Light, and Shield of Pion Troect/Protection.
Slave Race: The Grundos were once this for Dr. Sloth.
Sure, Why Not?: The "Rooligans" are a chatgroup for the Roo Island team during the Altador Cup. Eventually, TNT decided to use the term as an all-purpose nickname for RI fans.
Take That: The description of the Pink Poogle Toy is a Take That to a fansite of the same name.
The Gallery of Evil book features a shadowy creature chewing on a Pikachu if you mouse over it.
Taken for Granite: The Relic Paint Brush turns Neopets into cracked stone sculptures, complete with bedrock stand, but not the least bit petrified that usually comes along with this trope. Before that was the long-retired Stone paint brush.
Temple of Doom: The Deserted Tomb in Geraptiku, although its only real booby trap is an arrow trap. If you're lucky, its free items are there for the taking.
Although there is that giant, constantly voracious Ghost Hissi that's always running around in there…
10-Minute Retirement: Dasher Soley, a character from the Yooyuball sports tournament, kept claiming he was retiring, only to come back. Only recently did he actually retire.
Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Sharp-eyed users can spot subtle clues that differentiate a male Neopet from a female one, such as eyelashes on a female Usul or wider eyes on a male Ruki.
Theme Naming: The Lost Desert Petpets are named after Egyptian deities.
Too Dumb to Live: The owner is implied to be this at times, especially in the Deserted Tomb of Geraptiku.
You've never seen so many traps in your life. Seriously. Someone must really not want you to be here. You wonder how many traps there really are, and who put them here. And, while you were thinking that and not paying attention, you set off another one. You watch as the arrows fly right at you, but luckily (your active pet) was paying attention and pushes you out of the way just in time.
Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Neopets (and Petpets) painted Faerie gain a spiffy new pair of pastel-colored wings, if they didn't already have them, to go with their new look.
Video Game Caring Potential: You can keep your Neopet happy by feeding it periodically, giving it toys to play with, buying cool things for it, and the like. Adopting an unwanted Neopet from the Pound also falls under this category.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: On the other end of the scale, you can also starve your Neopet until it's "dying", force it to eat Gross Food, make it sick on purpose, or make it wear embarrassing clothes. Or abandon it, which usually falls straight into Kick the Dog territory. However, the last one can be subverted into Video Game Caring Potential, as some users adopt pets from the pound and then abandon them after healing them back to full health or zapping them with the lab ray to give them unique colorations to ensure that they have a better chance of finding a permanent home. D'aww!
Virtual Paper Doll: Most Neopets have been these since the Customisation feature was launched.
Thankfully averted with the Tiki Tack Man - users started noticing a pattern, and the staff had to go out of their way to allay any fears that he would be next.
"No, the Tiki Man is quite safe, if he fell into the Tombola he would just be covered with little pieces of paper."
And, as mentioned above, the curious case of the Bruces...
Weaksauce Weakness: Faeries are ostensibly the most powerful species in all of Neopia. They are regularly bottled by a scraggly mutant-wolf with no magical powers, sold away, freed, then caught again a few weeks later.
What Does This Button Do?: The Lever of Doom is marked "Do Not Pull." It exists to steal your money. Most people who use it repeatedly know exactly what it does, but pulling it over and over is the only way to get a certain avatar.
The Tear Jerker ultimate fate of the Grey Faerie (whether she got her powers back or not) was never solved.
What Have I Become?: Played for laughs in the Petpet Park Mini-Plot. You come upon an adorable Cybunny with the choice of four options. # A) Become inexplicably hostile, B) Request an autograph, C) Ask, "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?", or D) Bribe it with Neocash Upon executing any of the options, the Cybunny would turn around to reveal itself to be half-robot. If you chose A ("become inexplicably hostile"), it pulls a mirror out of nowhere and says, "ERROR: WHAT HAVE I BECOME?"
What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Subverted in the stories that circulate, where anyone can be a hero; but read the basic descriptions of the Neopets and you'll notice it's the cute, fluffy, huggable Aishas and Lupes and Boris that seem to be friendly and easygoing, and the less-cute or fluffy pets such as Skeiths or Jetsams that are… less agreeable.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Although all Neopets and Faeries are officially regarded as sentient beings, there's some confusion over where entities such as Petpets lie.
Considering that there are games in which you play as a Petpetpet?
Word of God: The Editorial section of the Neopian Times is used for this.
Written-In Absence: Once Shenkuu joined the Altador Cup in 2007, there were 17 possible teams competing, so an odd team out was always written out (due to training accident or some such) in order to make a nice, neat, 16-team bracket. Now fixed in 2010, as Moltara has joined and made it an even 18 teams.
You Mean Xmas: There is a holiday-themed land (Happy Valley) note On the base of Terror Mountain. and an Advent Calendar in the Month of Celebrating (December), but December 25 is the "Day of Giving." Strangely, pets can still be painted "Christmas," which gives them a festive holiday look.
The Winter Starlight Celebration.
One Neopian holiday, Illusen Day, takes place on March 17.
Plot / Event Tropes
Plots and events provide examples of:
Abandoned Hospital: The Meepit Oaks Sanitorium for the Psychologically Fragile, a part of the Tale of Woe plot where you have to find the way through a creepy hospital building.
Almighty Janitor: The Yurble foreman eventually ended up as this. His temper followed, but not his toenail painting habit.
Big Good: Again, plots often have their own Big Goods, such as Jeran and LordDarigan from the Meridell wars; The Keeper of Time from Hannah and the Ice Caves; King Kelpbeard from Curse of Maraqua; the deceased King Coltzan from the Lost Desert; and King Altador from Altador and The Faeries' Ruin.
As for the main Big Good in the faeries, Xandra wonders what they did to deserve such a reputation, and has gone to extreme measures to break the pedestal for everyone else.
Bittersweet Ending: Some plots, particularly The Tale of Woe, The Curse of Maraqua, and The Faeries' Ruin.
Butt Monkey: You during the Spooky Food Eating Contest plot. During the Magic Melody phase, you keep falling to sleep after arranging the plants correctly (which is the intended effect). And during the Perilous Catacombs phase, whenever the group winds up with a curse, you are hit with it while Kell and Corbin are always safe.
Cassandra Did It: Caylis from the Curse of Maraqua plot was often a victim of this, since her powers of precognition came though nightmares. Her sister Isca, who foresaw pleasant events in her dreams, benefited from this trope.
Chekhov's Boomerang: Two of them: The Darkest Faerie was turned to stone after being defeated in the PS2 game, and the Faeries as a whole are restored from being turned to stone in the Faeries' Ruin years later. The two collide and come back in the Faeries' Ruin epilogue (about a month after the latter) when it's implied that the Darkest Faerie was restored along with everyone else.
Colony Drop: Intentional or otherwise— Averted for Darigan Citadel in the "Battle for Meridell" plot, and played straight for Faerieland in the "Faeries' Ruin" plot.
Faerieland has a history of this - The Darkest Faerie tried to drop it onto Meridell in the video game.
Creepy Twins: The Awakened, twin Wocky girls who can apparently control the undead.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The Neggbreaker from the Year 14 Neggfest site event. Its Battledome difficulty rating is listed at one hundred thousand, but the Ancient Negg Amulet Battledome item (created specifically for the event) allowed it to be defeated without the weilder taking a scratch.
Dark Is Not Evil: Special mention goes to Caylis of the Curse of Maraqua plotline. In previews for said storyline she was heavily implied to be an Evil Twin of Isca who wanted revenge for being banished due to being suspected of bringing bad luck with her powers (it went so far as to have her card in the Trading Card Game be of a "villain" alignment and an avatar suggesting Isca was "good" and Caylis was "bad"). Once the plot kicked around, however, it transpired that if anything she was a Broken BirdDark Magical Girl who, while being cynical and unwilling to help at first, ultimately helped save Maraqua with said powers.
Also, Jazan after his Heel-Face Turn, as he is still explicitly stated to have great knowledge of dark magic, being a former practitioner himself, but is ultimately becomes a heroic example on the site.
However, many plot villains have deeper motives. Razul seemed to be after Immortality and was willing to do ''anything'' to achieve it; Kass is driven by vengeance, ambition and Greed; Scarblade seems to have an unknown vendetta against Maraqua; Galem is after the Heart of the Mountain due to his own Greed; The Darkest Faerie is another overly-ambitious character... Honestly, Sloth and the Bringer of Night are the only ones who count. And maybe Krawley.
Guide Dang It: Some of the steps in the site plots, but this definitely applied to the "Breaking the Code" step of the Dr. Sloth part.
And maybe the entire Altador Plot. It's nigh-impossible to get through without a guide.
Heel-Face Turn: In the Lost Desert Plot, Jazan was set up as the villain from the start, but does this towards the end thanks to The Power of Love. He returns in the Faeries' Ruin plot on the heroic side, playing a role akin to the Token Evil Teammate.
Subverted with Commander Gormos in The Return of Dr. Sloth Plot. He spares the heroes' lives, but does so only out of frustration of being reduced to Dr. Sloth's errand boy. The heroes assume that Gormos really did make a Heel-Face Turn, and so later on the Grundos make a golden statue in his honor. Gormos doesn't react very well to it.
Hoist by His Own Petard: There are instances of this in plots such as Battle for Meridell and Hannah and the Ice Caves, but this is most clearly seen in The Faeries' Ruin.
Hanso: You know, it's ironic. Xandra was undone by the same artifact that started it all.
Hopeless Boss Fight: Mayor Thumburt, Razul, Oblivion, and... a lot of plot end-bosses are this. From the player's perspective, anyway - unlike most enemies, the bosses' health bars are shared among everyone in Neopia, so while a single pet has almost no chance of beating them, from the bosses' perspective they're suffering a Death of a Thousand Cuts via a Zerg Rush of them.
Hostile Show Takeover: A fake ending for Hannah and the Ice Caves, where the cast of the then-Vaporware Return of Dr. Sloth plot attacks out of nowhere because their plot was canceled.
Humans Are Bastards: The Haunted Woods Plot gives a Neopet equivalent of this trope, showing the local Neovians as morally-weak cowards, who only know to find a scapegoat to blame for a malicious potion's effect on their bodies and psychology. It is also the reason Sophie is determined to stay away from the town as a lone swamp witch for many years. Granted, Neopets is supposed to be a kid-friendly website!
Ill Girl: Invoked. To trick Hannah into retrieving the Heart of the Mountain for him, Kanrik makes up a story about his sister being one ("I have to get that cure, Hannah. For her sake.")
The Illuminati: One of the factions in the 2013 plot are the Sway who seem to be the Neopets version.
Interface Screw: During the Perilous Catacobs step of the "Spooky Food Eating Contest" plot, some of the curses the game can give you are like this, ranging from changing the words to Tyranu and Evavu, whiting the text, shrink the map, put a "blinking eyes" overlay on the screen, cause a lag when processing your choice, turn the map upside down, or even make it do a "BARREL ROLL!".
Interspecies Romance: Very common in the plots, with the aforementioned Jazan/Nabile and Hanso/Brynn being the most explicit examples. Others include Masila and Galem (or Kanrik) from Hannah and the Ice Caves, and Edmund and Alice from Tale of Woe. There was also the wedding between a Gelert and an Usul (designed to look like Kanrik and Hannah) that Garin and Jacques interrupted.
Karma Houdini: Skarl, who as of today is still listed in the Gallery of Heroes and rules Meridell without any question from the people in spite of being at fault in the tragic transformation of what is now the Darigan Citadel back in Champions of Meridell.
Magical Society: The Order of the Red Erisim, which is comprised of many powerful magic users scattered throughout Neopia.
Mêlée à Trois: The War of the Obelisk has six different sides fighting for the Obelisk itself.
Evil vs. Evil: No faction comes off as entirely heroic or good, with all of them being motivated by the idea that the Obelisk is rightfully theirs for varying reasons. Even worse since it appears the Sway's victory (the original event-oriented one) and advantages were only temporary.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Well done, Brynn and Hanso (plus all the players who participated in the plot). You just helped Xandra crash Faerieland into Neopia.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Razul arrives and starts destroying Sahkmet, Jazan is initially unable to stop him. But then he presses his berserk button by harming Nabile...
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: During the catacombs phase in the Spooky Food Eating Contest plot, you can end up saving some kids from a flooding room. You are able to stop the water flow, only for a curse to hit you.
Non-Mammalian Hair: Anshu from the Cyodrake's Gaze plot, a Ruki, has thick eyebrows and a very long mustache. Then again, Neopet biology may not work the same as IRL animals, so...justified?
Noodle Incident: Sophie had a bad experience with the Brain Tree. Gilly asked about the incident, and was blasted for it. After visiting him, Gilly suggested asking the Esophagor, and Sophie says she had a bad experience with him as well.
Not So Stoic: After the others are freed from stone, they happen upon Brynn crying next to a petrified Hanso. Of all people, Jazan is the one who appears to be the most upset.
Official Couple: Jazan and Nabile from The Lost Desert plot, Brynn and Hanso from The Faeries' Ruin plot.
One of the rewards for the latter plot even has a plushie supporting the pair.
One-Winged Angel: Mayor Thumbert in the Tale of Woe plot and Lord Darigan in the first Meridell plot.
Pixel Hunt: Since we're already under the "plots" category, ONE WORD: Altador.
More words: Having to find the tiniest spots to click on the maps, of course, but mostly? Constellation hunting with thousands of not-quites and even hints that can actually mislead you (such as giving three equidistant stars whereas the real deal has three collinear, but NOT equidistant, stars). You will need the patience of a Zen master and the eyes of a hawk. And for the annoyances of this plot, that's just for starters!
Luckily, there are guides and HTML programs out there to solve those problems in a breeze! Good luck finding them first, though.
Portmanteau Couple Name: 'Brynnso' for Brynn/Hanso, later used by TNT in the name of one of the plot prizes (Brynnso Plushie Set), making it an in-universe example.
Reset Button: Always averted, since plots introduce changes into Neopia. This is why the destruction of worlds, such as Maraqua and Faerieland, come as a shock. The area may be rebuilt afterward, but things are never quite the same.
In Curse of Maraqua, King Kelpbeard leads his troops into battle against Captain Scarblade's army of pirates.
Rustproof Blood: Averted/subverted with a red-splattered asylum door in the Tale of Woe plot. In the walkthrough released after the plot ended, the door was explicitly described as rusty. The associated plot prize was actually called the Rusty Asylum Cell Door, and its description reads "Repeat after me: The red stuff is RUST."
Sequel Hook: The epilogue of the Faerie's Ruin mentions that the Darkest Faerie statue went missing in the chaos.
Seven Deadly Sins: The endgame bosses for each different faction in War of the Obelisk. However, this is not played completely straight; due in part to Neopets being "family-friendly", Lust is understandably excluded, but Gluttony is oddly replaced as well. Though the "Death" boss that takes the place of Gluttony also has elements of Cupid as well, so you never know...
Stab the Scorpion: Done in The Faeries' Ruin when Hanso tells Brynn that she can stay in Brightvale to fight the wraiths and die for all he cared in order to get her to follow him. She then calls after him and he turns around to see her chucking her sword at him. Turns out she was impaling the wraith that was sneaking up behind Hanso as he was leaving.
Stranger in a Familiar Land: Several plots end bittersweetly, with the objective accomplished but the more alienated or bitter characters unable to settle (back) into 'normal' life. See Sophie, Bruno, and Caylis.
Suddenly Suitable Suitor: Near the end of the Lost Desert Plot, the street thief Nabile is revealed to have royal blood. This is thanks to her resemblance to a picture of a princess, which just happens to be on the wall in the room where Jazan and Princess Amira are about to be wed. Nabile then declares her love for Jazan and they get married instead.
Taken for Granite: The Faeries' Ruin started when the Faeries were all turned to stone during their festival. Other characters were also petrified as the plot progressed.
Villain Protagonist: Garin, of the Chaotic Neutral type, though he does protect an underwater city from being destroyed by a pirate lord once again. He is a born pirate and will not give up the life of piracy and thrill.
Visionary Villain: Xandra, who believes the Faeries don't do enough good with their power and thinks everyone else is worse off for depending on them.
Weaksauce Weakness: The zombies that terrorize Sakhmet in the Lost Desert Plot can be destroyed by heavy blunt objects. The only ones who are able to figure this out are some scrappy street thieves, and they get an audience with the princess in order to pass on their discovery.
There's a bit of this as well as Hoist by His Own Petard with the villain of the Petpet Park plot; he has been foiled multiple times in his life (including in the plot itself) by his insistence on using pens instead of pencils. In fact, his frustration with this is what drove him to villainy (as opposed to driving him to, you know, just use pencils).
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Xandra. Surprisingly, she actually has some valid points. We eventually find out Lord Darigan is one, as well.
When contrasted with Meridell's excuse for a ruler, Lord Darigan looks like a Big Good. At least he doesn't make up stupid things like a Marrow Tax.
Most of the War of the Obelisk factions are presented as this in their Neopedia entries, wanting to take control of the Obelisk so others don't misuse it (the exceptions are the Thieves' Guild, who admit they're in it for personal gain; and the Awakened, whose Creepy Twins leaders seem to have gotten the undead involved just for their amusement).
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: The Angry Orange Yurble — a foreman (and later, a chef) in the Lost Desert plot, a janitor in the Altador plot and a Librarian in the Faerie's Ruin plot.
Xanatos Gambit: In the Faerie's Ruin plot, Xandra's second plan. The heroes try to get a special artifact to reverse the spell that transformed the faeries into stone. It doesn't matter if they succeed or not. Because the artifact is an Amplifier Artifact and thus useless by itself. Even if the heroes get the artifact on time Xandra will simply use the artifact to transform the heroes into stone too.
The X of Y: Most plot titles use the formula "The ____ of ____" or "The _______'s ______"
You Fight Like A Kau: One of the steps in The Faerie's Ruin involves Hanso (you) insulting Xandra. One of the achievements for this step even has this as the description.