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Franchise: Neopets
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 (five with premium) 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.


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Neopets provides examples of:

  • Adam Powell 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.
    • It was taken to the extreme when the Coincidence Daily occurred, with many junk items that would normally be worth 1 NP on the shop wizard suddenly jumped to more than 10K, simply due to hyper-inflators.
  • 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. Grundos and Alien Aishas have a tendency to be Aeriths.
  • Affably Evil:
  • 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.
    • This even spirals into Fridge Horror in their Premium service; One of the big bonuses to a membership is being able to adopt a fifth Neopet. Cancel that membership, and you going to have to give up said pet. This isn't made any easier considering that about-to-be-abandoned pets express their new horror and despair in no-uncertain terms. Luckily, pets abandoned this way are unable to be adopted by anyone else for 70 days, allowing you time to renew premium or transfer them to side account before you lose them.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Aristotle A. Avinroo, and his sister Abigail Avinroo.
    • On the Yooyuball field, Gordo Gunnels of Team Brightvale (previously Roo Island) and Minae Mitora of Team Terror Mountain.
  • Alpha Bitch: The Faerie and Fire Cybunnies in the Neopedia article for the Cybunny Beauty Contest.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Each species has at least a dozen or two, from basic colors to stuff like "Baby", "Pirate", "Darigan" (Obviously Evil), "Mutant" (Body Horror), "Royal" (with both "prince" and "princess" varieties), and "8-Bit". But not "Jelly"; that's just silly.
  • All Witches Have Cats: Sophie and her one-eyed "Meowclops" petpet.
  • Ambiguously Human: The Tiki Tack Man and the Mummy, who both look human but have their faces covered at all times.
  • 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.
  • Ancient Grome: Altador.
  • And I Must Scream: When a Petpetpet dies in the Habitarium, it turns into a diamond with a face on it (these you collect to gain Experience Points, thus levels and bonus Neopoints).
  • Antagonist in Mourning: A 2010 Advent Calendar animation implies a heroic variant, with MAGAX mourning Hubrid Nox after his death in The Faerie's Ruin.
  • Anthropomorphic Food:
    • 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.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift:
    • It used to be that most Neopets were simply 'pets' and their human owners were there. See also Was Once a Man...
    • 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 : 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. It also applies for unique shops, such as the smuggler's cove (which can happen upon 1 refresh, but lasts way shorter), the almost abandoned attic (after 10 items), and the money tree. (again, after 10 items)
  • 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.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Loads.
    • 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.
  • Badass: Any hero or villain that isn't a Faerie.
  • Badass Adorable:
  • 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. TNT has confirmed this is because they want the site to feel like an escape.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Taken to an extreme with Ghostkerchiefs, which are ghost(-like?) Petpets that haunt pockets.
  • Begone Bribe: There's a random event where a rendingly mewling Mutant Kadoatie appears and "you pay its owner 5000 Neopoints to take it away."
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, Dr. Sloth's is being compared to a Neopet or being mistaken for one.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Frank Sloth, although he hasn't been doing a whole lot lately. He was upgraded to Sealed Evil in a Can in 2008.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: "Remember, the Soup Faerie knows how much is in your Bank AND your Shop Till"
  • Bigger on the Inside: Houses in the Habitarium appear no larger than the Petpetpets themselves, but can hold up to seven Petpetpets when upgraded to the highest level.
  • Big Good: Queen Fyora and the faeries in general (barring the occasional Obviously Evil one) are considered this, complete with 100% Adoration Rating.
    • 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  which translates to "It's Lawyerbot!".
  • The Blank: The original design for the faeries.
  • Blatant Lies: Many of the Gross Foods have descriptions that label them as delicious or "fun", when in reality your Neopet will find them anything but.
  • Body Horror: Two Neopets colors, Mutant and Transparent, give your pet this effect. Mutants have your pet turn into a monstrous version of itself, often missing or gaining body parts, while Transparent makes them essentially a living X-ray.
  • Body to Jewel:
  • Brain Food: You can make any pet eat items such as Brain Stew and Brain Kebab, although they'd presumably have to be Zombie to enjoy it.
  • Brainy Baby: Neopet + Baby Paint Brush + lots of books = this trope. In fact, at the time of this writing, a baby Korbat is at the top of the list for having read the most books in Neopia.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: The description of the Potato-Stuffed Turkey is "The only thing better than turkey and potatoes is turkey stuffed with potatoes!"
  • Brick Joke: Editorial 540.
  • British English: Despite being hosted in the US, the site generally uses British spellings and words such as "colour", "armour", "courgette" and "aubergine" rather than "color", "armor", "zucchini" and "eggplant". This is because the site's founder was Welsh.
  • Caption Contest
  • Carnivore Confusion: Neopets eat each other as well as Petpets, apparently — Neopians can purchase Blumaroo steaks, 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...
    • Beef, pork, chicken, and fish products exist on the site, despite the existence of Neopets based on cows, pigs, and fish (Kaus, Moehogs, and Koi) and a Petpet, the Wibreth, that looks like a chicken. Lampshaded by the description of the Beef Jerky.
    A tasty piece of dried... oh... oh dear.
  • 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.
  • Circus of Fear: The Deserted Fairground.
  • 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.
  • Crapsaccharine World: When you get right down to it, Neopia's a pretty depressing place to live, what with the countless wars, attempted genocides, and multiple fates worse than death, the only reason none of the inhabitants have lost hope is that they have enough Badass Knights In Shining Armor/Lovable Rogues/Noble Demons to deal with them.
  • Creepy Doll: Malevolent Sentient Poogle Plushies, as well as Malevolent Sentient Plushie Poogles.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Darigan Citadel, after making peace with Meridell.
    • Darigan's Altador Cup team as well. They're not the mean, aggressive team as their looks suggest; they're just a bunch of jokesters.
    • Delina the Crafting Faerie. This is a typical Dark Faerie. This is Delina. In addition, there's some confirmation by staff that Dark Faeries aren't necessarily all evil, though they tend to lean towards more tricky leanings.
    • Paint your pet Ghost, Halloween, Darigan, Mutant, Zombie, or Wraith. Now notice that they're just as friendly as most pets when you interact with them.
  • Dem Bones:
    • Captain Dread, the Pirate Kiko.
    • As well as several types of Petpets.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Meta example. TNT are infamous for being VERY trigger happy with their freeze ray gun, so be very careful what you do or say, especially on the Neoboards, and always remember that Big Brother Is Watching. It could mean the difference between you losing or keeping all those precious Neopets of yours...
  • 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).
  • Double Weapon: A four-bladed axe.
  • Dung Fu: Battle Dung, and its variations.
  • Dyson Sphere: Once you realize it, this item.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Pretty much the entire site has gone through this, having transformed from a website for college students to something... more family oriented, much to long-time fans dismay.
    • 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 more characters who were not explicitly Neopets or faeries, some of which were humans or real animals. 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. Now, users are not even allowed to casually mention that their pets have any romantic connections.
    • In terms of the more 'adult' sense, pets used to be able to drink wine and beer, and some of the older pages use the word "hell", which is no longer allowed on the site. Examples include the original Maraqua plot and Dr. Sloth's Gallery of Evil entry.
    • The Caption Contest has also gone through this. Early winners frequently had spelling and grammar errors, and generally were more surreal in tone. Pets that no longer exist can still be seen in some of them. Compare page 20 to anything else that exists in the site.
  • Ear Notch: Kougras all have these.
  • Ears as Hair: The Usuls appear to have scrunchies holding up their ears, though Hannah from the games "Pirate Caves", "Ice Caves", and "Kreludor Caves" is depicted with human hair on her head.
  • Easter Egg: Some games have these. Appearances from the Phantom Orange Shirt Guy are the most common.
  • Eat That: A lot of Spooky Food, and, oddly, some Gourmet Foods. Brain Kebab, Dung Slushie, Edible Tar Pizza... not to mention Gross Food. Scab Cake, anyone?
  • Emergency Weapon: A pet with no battledome items will use his or her fists, regardless of whether or not they actually have any.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: Including pets, Petpets, Faeries, staff members, food, paint brushes, and even piles of dung.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Amira, Princess Vysha, Princess Lunara, her younger sister Princess Terrana... there's also a paint brush for it.
  • Everything's Better With Sparkles: When a Petpetpet dies in the Habitarium, it will give off white sparkles and rise up in a flash of light before turning into a gem.
  • Everything's Funkier with Disco: Disco pets.
  • Evil Knockoff: The Sloth Clones.
  • Expressive Ears: Pre-Customization, an Aisha's ears would droop if it was sad or had been injured.
  • Extra Eyes: A lot of Mutant Neopets and Mutant Petpets have those, if they don't have Multiple Head Case. Or both.
  • Extreme Omnivore:
    • Skeiths and Grarrls, which can eat any item.
    • 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. Except food with the same number of letters as their name.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Aishas and Chias.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Punchbag Sid has one, and is the most powerful 1-player challenger outside of plots.
  • 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.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The Black Knight's death was actually quite painful for him.
  • The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles:
    • Prof. Milton Clodbottle's Astounding Habitarium
    • Super Happy Icy Fun Snow Shop
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Lost Desert = Ancient Egypt; Altador = Ancient Greece/Rome; Shenkuu = Far East. Tyrannia probably counts as Pangaea, too. Meridell = Medieval England, with Brightvale being Renaissance-era. Mystery Island = Polynesia, what with the secret ninja school, moai, volcano, and tiki torches, not to mention the leis and grass skirts present by default on multiple Island-painted pets. Neovia = Victorian England. There is also a camp there whose residents are referred to as "gypsies".
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Faeries, Dinosaurs, Dragons, Mummies, Ghosts, Griffons, Aliens, and Robots, just to name a few. Sometimes more than one of these things at the same time.
  • 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. There is even a game called "Fetch!"
  • Fictional Sport: Two - Gormball and Altador Cup's Yooyuball, the latter based on the little-known jai alai but played more like traditional soccer.
  • Fishing for Sole: Boots and cans in the ruins in Maraqua.
  • Fishing Minigame: See above.
  • Follow the Leader: Many games are essentially Flash versions of pre-existing games. Sometimes overlaps with Serial Numbers Filed Off.
  • Foreign-Looking Font: Used for most of the Shenkuu games.
  • Four-Legged Insect:
    • The Habitarium Petpetpets play with this a bit — Mootixes have four legs, Larnikins and Pinchits have six, pests have eight.
    • Buzzes possess two "hind" legs and two arms.
    • Averted with Rukis, which are drawn with two arms but use four legs to walk upright like a human (how exactly is another matter).
  • Funny Animal: The site is built on this. And with 54 species to choose from, too!
  • Fun with Autocensors: Often crosses with Take That. For instance, the filter rendered it impossible to say "Twilight" or "Stephenie Meyer" without them being turned into My Little Pony or Krusty the Clown.
    • Just saying "Edward" - no, not "Edward Cullen", just "Edward" - got turned into Roxton Colchester III (a main character in more than one of the plots and very different from Mr. Cullen).
    • And Taylor Lautner became the infamous Nick Neopia from an old prank.
    • Heck, anything Twilight related was blocked out, though only during the new movie releases. Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, main character names... it was all censored.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • Three of the older pets, before they were converted into the Bruce (penguin), Mynci (monkey), and Kau (cow), were humans. Which meant that if someone owned one, they were a human with a human for a pet.
    • Moehogs were said have been originally bred as livestock, even though TNT has confirmed that all Neopets are sapient beings.
    • Although there are two Neopet species based on frogs, a pet reluctant to go to the lab might say "What if I turn into a frog?" This applies even if the pet in question is one of the aforementioned species. Non-anthro frogs also exist in some food items.
  • Furry Reminder:
    • A Pteri (a bird Neopet) fed any "worm" food item will instantly become bloated and have all their health restored.
    • The old "angry" pose for a pre-customization Aisha depicted it crouching low to the ground with its tail raised, its back arched and the fur on its spine sticking up, much like a real cat.
    • One food item is a jar of fish food specially made for Flotsams (amusingly, Flotsams are dolphins).
    • Moehogs like to play in the mud.
    • The game Nimmo's Pond has the player control the eponymous Nimmo riding on a lily pad to shoot other lily pads. Flycatcher is played similarly with a Quiggle and a swarm of flies.
    • Cybunnies' love for carrots is seen often, including in this image and the item Cybunny Carrot Stew.
    • The old game Kau Korral involved controlling a Gelert to herd Kaus into a barn. Also ties into Furry Confusion and Early-Installment Weirdness.
    • The description for the Acorn Jam Sandwich is "A nutritious and delicious healthy sandwich filling that Hannah just adores". What species is Hannah? An Usul.
    • In their first design, Korbats hung upside down with their wings folded.
    • Buzzes are capable of making honey if the item Buzz Honey is anything to go by, although they look more like dragonflies than honeybees.
    • Some real Neopets plushies come with codes that can be redeemed for rare items. Among those is the food item Electric Lupe Treats, which come in a dog bowl. Yum?
    • The pre-customization "angry" pose for the Mutant Mynci had it pounding its chest.
    • The Spotted Paint Brush turns most Neopets yellow with black spots. However, a few of them (namely, the Gelert, Kau, Koi, Lupe and Tuskanniny) instead receive coloring similar to real-life animals. Have a look!
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • 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.
    • There's also the fact that Neopets in plots and those who are NPCs are very different than in the game: they don't have owners, they appear to age, and have families.
    • The site gives each pet their own webpage that you can edit. Each species has their own default page, and as a result it becomes... interesting when some pages presume a gender or other detail about the pet, even if it's not the case. A notable example is the one for Usuls, which will flat out warn you at one point not to take the Usul Transmogrification Potion and expresses disgust at the results, which becomes humorous if the Usul in question is Mutant.
  • Gasshole: Invoked by the description for the item Beany Burpers.
    These little beans are delicious, dont eat too many though as they give you wind :)
  • Gender Bender:
    • 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 gigantic amount of Yooyuball players involved in the Altador Cupnote , many characters have had their genders switched between years due to continuity slipups, including Antola Maeir (Shenkuu, female to male), Minae Mitora (Terror Mountain, male to female), Meela Kitah (Kiko Lake, female to male), Valtonous Rea (Faerieland, male to female), and Ilsa Ellits (Meridell, female to male).
  • 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 on fare as romance, death, and violence.
    • The description for the Steam Horn is "Play a bit of music that is a bit steamy with this instrument!"
    • Though it was deleted about an hour after the update, the Kiko Day News had "I put on my Robe and Wizard Hat!"
    • 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.
    • In the game TNT Staff Smasher, the various staff members say things after being hit. One of the possible soundbytes you can hear is "Fucking ow!"
  • Giant Eye Of Doom: The Mark of Ta-Kutep is the outline of an eye symbol that appears in a pointless random event causing 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.
  • The Good King: King Altador.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Rarely done in-universe, but is pretty much necessary for the Neoboards due to the strict filters. Saying "hell" can occasionally get you a warning.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Avatars. Also a particularly tricky Self-Imposed Challenge.
    • Impossible too for most new users, as some of the avatars were plot rewards and thus unattainable. In several plots, there were avatars reserved for players who were on a certain side, of which you could only choose one.
  • 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.
  • Harmless Freezing: Being frozen itself is harmless, but not what it allows. Freezing the opponent is considered an essential mechanic in upper-level Battledome play; they're the only way Combos are possible.
  • 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.
  • Historical In-Joke: More of a literal version of this trope, but the Royal Boy Tuskaninny looks just like Henry VIII.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful:
    • One of the minor villains, Vira, was cursed into ugliness.
    • The Faeries as a whole are very vain creatures.
    • One of the worst parts of being a Grey Faerie is that they lose their beauty.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The Grey Faerie after losing her special powers.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends:
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Foods that are supposedly made out of Neopets can be fed to Neopets of the same species with no ill effects. Mynci meat on a stick, Meerca in a pie, Blumaroo tails in a salad...yum.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Pretty much anyone who even enters the Battledome, as well as the NPCs within it.
  • 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.
  • Interface Screw: The Chia Flour and Kacheek Flour battledome items had only use — to be a dick. They permanently transformed another user's neopet into a Yellow Chia or Blue Kacheek, respectively. They were one-use and are retired now, luckily, but unfortunately, there are still horror stories popping up of especially dedicated Griefers with millions of neopoints to burn... Say goodbye to your unconverted plushie draik.
  • An Interior Designer Is You: Neohomes.
  • 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.
  • Jump Scare: How the Lair of the Beast ends if you keep clicking. Nightmare Fuel, indeed.
  • Just Add Water: The cooking pot.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini: The Gelert Assassin.
  • Killer Rabbit:
  • Kobayashi Mario: Many of the Flash games.
  • 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".
  • Land of Faerie: Faerieland.
  • Laughably Evil: Most villains are this, especially in Defenders of Neopia. Plot villains, however...
  • Lethal Chef: Bonju, at least to Hoban.
  • Lethal Joke Item: The occasional high-level item is pretty silly. For example, the greatest reward for one of the story arcs is a hat. It's a weapon. And it's decent.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Moltara Caves.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: A category for the third annual Neopies has this for a name.
  • Level Ate: The Key Quest "Sweet" boards, made up of various candy, chocolate, cookies, and caramel. But an entire world made out of gelatin? That's just crazy talk.
  • 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 Good: The sun motif of the kingdom of Altador.
  • 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.
    • Neopets and Petpets painted Plushie, as well as the Malevolent Sentient Poogle Plushie.
  • Long Runners: As of November 2013, the site has been running for 14+ years.
  • Lost Forever:
    • Several avatars were plot prizes or only available from sponsor promotions, and are thus retired, preventing newer accounts from ever acquiring 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.
    • The team actively tries to avert this with flash games, with (almost) all retired games being still playable in the Game Graveyard. With sponsor games, though, which made up a large part of the site's history for a lot of players, they didn't have a choice in the matter.
    • The Glass and Unicorn paintbrush colors, the pets who had them automatically turned into Tyrannian and... red, respectively. Formerly the same case with the Stone paintbrush color until it was brought back as "Relic". The "Ice" color also resembles the old Glass pets.
  • The Lost Woods: The Haunted Woods. Don't go there.
  • Lost World: The Lost Isle, though many Neopian lands were unknown until "discovered" through a plot.
  • Madden Curse: Known as the "Cursed Cup", every team that has won the Altador Cup has proceeded to take a nosedive in the following year's tournament.
  • Mad Scientist: The Lab Ray Scorchio and Dr Sloth. 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.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: Meridell and Brightvale.
  • 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.
  • Mordor: The Darigan Citadel.
  • Multiple Head Case: The Bearog, a Spooky Petpet bear/dog cross with three heads (although when painted mutant it loses the other two). A Mutant Hissi also grows an extra head.
  • My Little Panzer: Take one look in the Darigan Citadel toy shop. Among the treasures there: a Jeng- er... Block Stack Game with acid oozing out, a lawn sprinkler that turns the water into purple goo, a water balloon filled with thorns, and a purple and green checkerboard.
  • Nerf: Rarely ever happens, but when it does, it really screws with you.
  • Nerf Arm: This game's Infinity+1 Sword equipment tends toward the bizarre- while there are plain old magic swords available, you are better off wielding a pharaoh's burial mask, a Killer Yoyo, an evil rubber duckie, or the Carrotblade.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted, except for one instance in a Neopedia article about Hannah's confrontation with the pirate Bloodhook.
    Bloodhook: Hello, Hannah dear. What are you doing here?
    Hannah: Hello, Uncle Bloodhook. You know what I'm here for.
    Bloodhook: The Mermaid's Tear. That little bauble is mine.
    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 Cartoon Fish: Yes, and no. While non-anthro fish exist as food, users can have fish-like Neopets (Koi) and Petpets (Pepito, Noak, etc).
  • 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.
  • No Name Given: The aforementioned Zafara Double Agent. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), she may even be among the most popular characters.
  • 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, plushie, Darigan, 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."
  • Noodle Incident: The site has several, and fans of the site often try to explain them in the Neopian Times. Some of the more infamous examples include the incident that caused the Deserted Fairground to be deserted (though TNT did write a Neopedia article about it), how Jhudora and Illusen became rivals in the first place, and what caused so many people to believe that a world made out of jelly could possibly exist.
  • No Sell: The Thyora's Tear, Thick Smoke Bomb, and Downsize Power Plus are the only items in the game that can block all damage dealt by the opponent.
  • The Notable Numeral: Before they started changing team members like the rest, Team Tyrannia was known as The Forsaken Five.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: The Darigan Citadel. Yes, the Dariganites all have Spikes of Villainy and they made their presence known by attacking Meridell, but the Meridellians stole their Orb from them and caused their Obviously Evil appearance in the first place.
    • Granted, Darigan did go Ax-Crazy after getting the orb back. Of course, when he came Back from the Dead, he saved Meridell from Kass.
  • Rentazilla: Maraqua is protected by a giant monster named "Chiazilla".
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Baby Neopets pretty much exist to make users go "d'awwwwwwwww".
  • Offstage Villainy: Some of the most feared villains have never been shown doing anything evil.
    • Justified for Jhudora. Her entire schtick is that she gets to run around scot-free because no-one has ever caught her doing anything bad.
  • One-Gender Race: Faeries, as confirmed in this editorial.
  • Overly-Long Gag:
    • Members giving TNT food (mostly cookies) in the editorial of the Neopian Times.
    • The Wheel of Monotony. Some users report that it after 24 hours it is still spinning. Most give up by then.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The "Happiness Faerie" (Dr. Sloth). Amusingly, the site staff appears to fall for it.
  • Perpetual Storm: The Lutari Island was previously a bonus area awarded to those who subscribed to the Neopets Mobile service and was the sole habitat of the exclusive Lutari species. Ever since the service shut down in 2009, though, attempting to visit the island would greet you with a brutal and constant maelstrom. Things don't look good for the inhabitants, either, as they remain the rarest species on the site and cannot be transferred to other users.
    "Between the whirlpools, water spouts and lightning it has been advised that no Neopets are allowed to visit its shores. Even the sea life seems to be staying away..."
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Several female Royal pets, especially in the old pre-Customization poses.
  • Pirate: Krawk Island
  • Player Generated Economy: And how!
    • 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.
  • Pointless Bandaid: All Kikos have these.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Skarl and Hagan, the rulers of Meridell and Brightvale, respectively.
  • Polka Dot Paint: Some of the Rainbow Pool paintbrushes. Well, they're magic paintbrushes.
  • Power Creep: Many of the outstanding, multimillion-neopoint battledome items back in the day have been far outclassed by items that can be picked up for only a few hundred neopoints nowadays. How bad is it? Well, take the Crystal Boomerang, one of the original Hidden Tower weapons — 9.6 million neopoints when it was available and now that it's retired, even higher. It dealt 3-4 icons of damage, had a 5% chance of stealing an enemy's weapon, and had a small chance of breaking. Now, fast-forward. The Purple Sticky Hand, available commonly for less than a fraction of a fraction of the boomerang's original cost, has a 50% chance of stealing. The Ridiculously Heavy Battle Hammer, which was given out for free and can be gotten for less than pocket change now, does 9 icons of damage consistently and never breaks.
  • Power Equals Rarity: So, so much. Getting less prevalent now due to the Power Creep mentioned above, however.
  • Prehistoria: Tyrannia
  • 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.
  • Random Event: "Something has happened!"
  • 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! Before that, Hannah and the Ice Caves was Hannah and the Pirate Caves IN TERROR MOUNTAIN!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most Acaras' eyes assume a reddish tone when they're angry. Ghost Neopets have this by default.
  • Retractable Appendages: In at least one fun image, Cybunnies can apparently retract their heads into their body.
  • 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… Editorial 527 claims that aside from the last two, Neopia is set in a "pre-industrial period".
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Actively encouraged by the team, from collectibles to galleries to high-level battledome fights.
  • Serious Business:
    • Avatar collecting.
    • Painted/labbed/unconverted pets, especially Neopets in colors that can fetch 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?
    • Draiks or Krawks, which both cost unholy amounts of Neopoints up the wazoo to get, no matter what method you use.
    • Lending of items or Neopets, especially ones required to get an avatar. Running off with someone's prized 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?
    • Kadoatie feeding. Are unbuyables worth it? Should you stop feeding after 75 Kads?note  What's the fastest way to feed? How many times do you need to refresh? Do you need to use the Kads board?
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Loads.
  • 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.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Terror Mountain.
  • Single Specimen Species: Several characters seem to be this, such as the Money Tree, the Brain Tree, the Esophagor, Dr. Sloth, the Tiki Tack Man, the Snowager... Mr. Chipper was also this until the Lutari species was made available.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Sssidney
  • Star-Spangled Spandex: The Space Faerie
  • Steam Punk: Moltara City.
  • Super Happy Fun Trope: The Super Happy Icy Fun Snow Shop in Terror Mountain.
  • 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 in Altador Cup VI 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.
  • Toothy Bird: When a Pteri or Lenny is angered, they have visible teeth that they clench.
  • Totally Radical:
    • Neopetz.
    • Also, the "Extreme Potato Counter" game.
    • In the early days of the site, the Kacheek's predecessor, the Badeek. Like the modern incarnation, but it had Cool Shades.
  • Tournament Arc: The annual Altador Cup.
  • Tournament Play: With a battle system almost as complicated as Pokémon's, there is of course a large subculture of professional battledome fighters.
  • Training Dummy: Punchbag Bob. Who just happens to be alive. He sure screams a lot.
  • Troperiffic: Being a Fantasy Kitchen Sink planet with two sci-fi-based worlds orbiting around it AND dozens of stories both major in the plots, and minor in the Neopedia, site games and events, AND users that submit art AND fiction to the site does that.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Grarrls, one of the few species to be designed as "Badass" rather than "cute", though they seemed to have adopted a rather cheesy smile after the pet conversion.
  • Überwald: Neovia.
  • Unpredictable Results: The lab ray. It can alter a pets' stats; or change its color, its species, battle stats, or even its gender.
    • The Petpet Lab Ray can change your Neopets's Petpet's, into all of the above (except gender), but can also turn the Petpet into a Pile of Soot, an item, or make it disappear altogether.
  • Vapor Ware: Neoschools.
  • 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.
  • Waddling Head: JubJubs and Chias — the latter were one of the most prominently-featured neopets in the earliest days of the site because they were so easy to draw.
  • Wales: The founder was of Welsh descent and quite proud of it. As such, St David's day is sometimes an in-game event.
  • Was Once A Human:
    • Edna the Witch was previously a human with green skin and a long nose, resembling the Wicked Witch of the West. Her transformation into a Neopet was explained as the result of her falling into her cauldron.
    • Dr_Death replaced a human woman named "Mrs. Worley" in January 2001.
    • 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.
  • Weird American/Welsh Site: Although the plots tend to be a bit more serious, the site itself has a LOT of weirdness. And that's why we love it.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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. 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?
  • What Were They Selling Again?: USUKI.
  • 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  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.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Brynn, but she doesn't get to finish it.
  • Anti-Villain: The Sway are described as a Type III in their Neopedia entry, their primary goal being keeping peace in Neopia at the cost of free will of others.
  • Ascended Meme: The Helpful Zafara Digger from the Obelisk War that was mercilessly lampooned and pasted over many images was made into a wearable plot prize for users to do the same to their pets.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: King Skarl, Lord Darigan, Lord Kass, Kanrik, King Kelpbeard, Captain Scarblade, Mayor Thumburt... both in the plots themselves and as Battledome challengers.
  • Badass Grandpa / Old Master: The Ogrin Master in the Faeries' Ruin plot is quite elderly, but extremely wise and quite capable of defeating the wraiths with his bare hands.
  • Badass Longcoat: Hanso wears one in the Faeries' Ruin plot.
  • Batman Gambit: In the Faeries' Ruin plot, Hanso's false betrayal to Xandra. He even drags his conflict with Brynn into it as a fake motivator.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Brynn and Hanso. And Hoban and Linae.
  • Beneath the Mask: Xandra in the "Faeries' Ruin" plot initially appears helpful, nerdy, and innocent with anger issues. She even wears glasses to heighten the effect (pictured here). However, she is revealed to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist with a completely "Machiavellian" and egomaniacal personality. She even makes Faerieland crash!
  • Big Bad: Besides Dr. Sloth, plots also have their own Big Bads: the Monoceraptor, Captain Dread, Lord Kass, Galem Darkhand, Captain Scarblade, Razul, Mr. Krawley, and Xandra.
  • Big Good: Again, plots often have their own Big Goods, such as Jeran and Lord Darigan 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 Bird Dark Magical Girl who, while being cynical and unwilling to help at first, ultimately helped save Maraqua with said powers.
    • 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.
    • Lord Darigan eventually becomes this after his defeat in the first Meridell plot as well, later becoming a Reformed, but Rejected Noble Demon. As does the rest of the Citadel.
  • Deal with the Devil: In the second Meridell plot, Big Bad Lord Kass makes a deal with a group of mysterious entities called The Three in exchange for his power. It ends just as badly as you'd expect.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Tomos. And pretty much every other guy in Neopets' plots. Pretty much justified, considering how they usually avert the topic of love… that doesn't stop the shippers, though.
  • The Dragon:
  • The Dreaded: Captain Scarblade is said to be this in his Neopedia article.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Jazan. "Jazan's Guyliner" was even a plot prize in the Faerie's Ruin.
  • Expy: The Robot Yurble from the Return of Dr. Sloth plot, an expy of the recurring Orange Yurble.
  • Face Palm: Brynn does this in the first comic of The Faerie's Ruin.
  • Fake Defector: Hanso.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence / Family-Unfriendly Death: Hellooooo, Ski Lodge Murder Mystery! (Then again, it was from when the site was intended more for college students...)
  • For the Evulz: Usually averted; 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.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Xandra loses hers when things go bad and she reveals herself as the villain. Lampshaded by Hanso when he's taunting her, saying she might be able to aim better if she put them back on. And then again when they're offered as a prize, where the item description says that Xandra and the villain can't be the same person because one wears glasses and the other doesn't.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The site event "The Coincidence" acted as an item sink for a large number of worthless items. Players were required to turn in up to fifteen "junk" items to an NPC to recieve a prize, removing them from the site's economy in the process. Within two days, savvy users had bought up thousands of these items and begun to sell them for up to 100,000 times their original worth.
  • Good All Along: The Darigan Citadel in the Champions of Meridell plot, although TNT doesn't seem to think so.
  • Guide Dang It: Some of the steps in the site plots fall into this territory, including:
    • The "Breaking the Code" step from "The Return of Doctor Sloth" - a confusing codebreaker puzzle that fansites were forbidden from posting the solutions to.
    • The entire Altador Plot, which requires players to (amongst other things) Pixel Hunt on complicated maps, map constellations in the night sky, purchase dummy items from shops and do things in very specific orders. 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Hanso.
  • His Name Really Is Barkeep: The Resistance scout from the Return of Dr. Sloth plot turns out to be named Scout.
  • 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.
  • "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": Brynn asks Hanso how he knew that Fyora would be able to reverse his petrification. He answers that he didn't; it was a "lucky break."
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Some of the characters in the plots fit this trope perfectly.
  • 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.
    • Captain Dread, Captain Scarblade and Mr. Krawley all got away after their respective plots.
  • Killed Off for Real: Lord Kass, possibly Galem Darkhand, Razul, King Coltzan, Hubrid Nox...
  • Knights and Knaves: The Two-Headed Hissi in the "Tale of Woe" plot. The solution? Poke one of the heads with a stick.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Corbin from the "Neovian Spooky Food Eating Contest" plot, to the point that several users actually formed a fan club for his chin on the neoboards.
  • Loveable Rogue: Hanso
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: Rife in The Faeries' Ruin arc.
    Jazan: What now, Altador? More star-gazing?
  • Never Say "Die": Averted.
  • 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.
    • Implied with Hannah and Kanrik.
  • 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.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Xandra, who becomes a Well-Intentioned Extremist, with emphasis on extreme.
  • Recurring Extra: The Angry Orange Yurble.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Lord Darigan is a textbook example of this. Despite being an Obviously Evil Bat out of Hell, he was in fact a Well-Intentioned Extremist who was trying to take back what rightfully belonged to his people from Meridell and their Jerk Ass ruler, King Skarl. However, even though his side won, their land wasn't restored, and he underwent a Face-Heel Turn out of nowhere. Then, when he returned, he defeated Lord Kass and saved Meridell. You'd think he'd be in the Gallery of Heroes now, right? Nope! He's STILL in the Gallery Of Evil and considered a villain, while Skarl is in the Gallery of Heroes despite being the guy who's at fault for all of that!
  • 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.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • In the Faeries' Ruin plot, both King Altador and King Jazan actively got involved in investigating who turned the faeries to stone.
    • 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."
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Darkest Faerie; Sloth in the Space Faerie's token. Xandra.
  • 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, which also represent the fears of their leaders. 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…
  • Shipped in Shackles: How the Chia Police prepare to send The Ski Lodge Killer to prison.
  • Ship Sinking: A surprising number of people shipped Tomos and Nabile together, before, all of a sudden, Nabile decided she wanted to marry Jazan. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gorix does this when he finally meets Dr. Sloth. Subsequently lampshaded.
    Sloth: How dare you interrupt my "Resistance Is Futile" speech!
  • Smooch of Victory: Brynn gives Hanso one on the cheek in Chapter 17 of The Faerie's Ruin.
  • 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.
  • Terrible Trio: This can be seen with the Dark Faerie Sisters and The Drenched. However the normal command structure of this trope seems to be subverted.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Used for comedic effect with the Angry Orange Yurble.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: Probably unintentional, but "unlucky" doesn't even begin to describe Chapter 13, the Wham Episode of The Faerie's Ruin. From the hero's perspective, at least; to the users (and the site), it's a Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
  • This Was His True Form: In the Battle for Meridell plot, Lisha unmasks the seemingly-beautiful Court Dancer with a magic spell, revealing her to be a hideously ugly Darigan Aisha.
  • Those Two Guys: The Draik and Skeith guards from The Faeries' Ruin.
  • Too Much Information: In the "Voyage of the Cyodrake's Gaze" plot, the "interrogator" (you?) cuts off Linae just as she was about to explain what she and Anshu were discussing about.
    Linae: Anshu and I were discussing how awful the food's been lately. That anchovy casserole did a number on my—
    You: Whoa! More than enough information. Moving on…
  • Too Soon: In-Universe. Lampshaded with a wearable trinket — Faerieland in flames crashing to earth — whose description is "Too soon?"
  • Vampiric Draining: The creepy glowing purple wraiths in The Faeries' Ruin plot drain the Life Energy of their captives.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Lord Kass, The Bringer of Night, Captain Scarblade, Emperor Razul, Alexander Krawley… Most plot villains are this, unless they're Dr. Sloth or Lord Darigan.
  • 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. He is even in the Gallery of Heroes, which lampshades its own entry.
  • 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).
  • We Can Rule Together: The Faeries' Ruin plot villain Xandra, almost word for word.
  • 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).
  • Wham Episode: The Faerie's Ruin, Chapters 13 and 16.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Where did Hoban go after the Cyodrake's Gaze plot was finished?
    • As well as Captain Dread and his crew, who never appeared after the destruction of Old Maraqua.
  • 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.
  • You're Insane!: Hanso to the Big Bad.
    I see it now...you are completely out of your mind.

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