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New World of Darkness
- Came Back Wrong: Alex, after returning from the Hedge.
- Candle Cove
- Church Militant: Sister Mary Michael's order apparently involves combat training.
- Crowd Song: Common amongst the players. So far there have been performances of "Don't Stop Believing" and TLC's "No Scrubs".
- Jerkass: Connor's handler, Teresa/Natalie. Whenever he calls her, she makes sure to passive-aggressively remind him that she has more important things to be doing. Granted, he did tell her to "enjoy [her] passionless night of passion with [her] androgynous husband", but you'd think she'd get over it.
- Overt Operative: Connor will never live down the time he gave someone his business card.
"Hi, I'm Connor with Project Valkyrie. If you have a Project Valkyrie-related disturbance you'd like to talk to me, Connor, agent of Project Valkyrie—"
"DON'T ASK ME, DON'T— WAIT, NEVER MIND, WAIT, SCRATCH THAT, HOW DO I DELETE THIS, HOW DO I DELETE THIS!?"
- Sword Cane: Sister Mary Michael's (non-supernatural) weapon of choice (it also serves as an actual cane). At one point she uses it to deal 8 damage to a guy's junk.
- The Slender Man Mythos
- Time Skip: The Slender Man campaign takes place 5/6 years after the Candle Cove one.
- Wacky Cravings: Once Alex comes back from the Hedge, he starts craving animal carcases.
- Bait-and-Switch Comparison: Thad in the Cthulhu Invictus episode, hamming it up for all it's worth and managing to make everything hilariously dirty. When discussing a chariot team:
Mmm, yes, some fine beasts on that team — and the horses are good too!
- Casting Gag: Ish. In a Mind Screw-y twist, Drew's next character in Cthulhu Dark: Revelations turns out to be...
Drew: Local writer and game runner Ross Payton!
Caleb: Nice. What's your motivation in life?
Drew: Getting published!
- Continuity Nod: Caleb loves to throw a reference or two to a previous game into a new one: referencing "Bryson Springs" both in "Lover In the Ice" and his Eclipse Phase campaign, for instance.
- Creepy Child: In "Bryson Springs". "She's singing a song about puppets!"
- Creepy Monotone: Tom employs this quite often (just listen to his centurion character in Cthulhu Invictus).
- Corpsing: Caleb really can't help but corpse over the player shenanigans in Revelations.
- Deadpan Snarker: Just about everyone has their moments.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Unintentionally in Cthulhu Invictus.
Jason: "Illegal matches are illegal"?
Ross: I know, yeah, thanks. Ross can't talk. Yay.
- Eldritch Location: The hotel in "The Night Clerk".
- Many of Ross' oneshots deal with the idea of Carcosa as a surreal prison space. There's little continuity between any two, but it's a fair bet a Ross Call of Cthulhu oneshot will have players trapped in weird cities or non-Euclidian complexes.
- Epunymous Title: The book titles Tom and Ross made up.
- Five-Man Band:
- Gladiator Games: Tom's character, a centurion, participates in an underground match.
- The Great Depression: Caleb's No Security horror scenarios are set in this period.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: 18th Century Prussian Peasants
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: The denouement of Cthulhu Dark: Revelations. Be Careful What You Wish For.
- Homage: Ross runs two (to Lone Survivor and Hotline Miami), Aaron runs one (to The Secret of NIMH). Caleb has run a Wild Mad Guessing version of The Great Gatsby directly lifted from brilliant navelgazing by students in a high school English class he taught.
- In addition, Ross seems to really like The King in Yellow, writing at least three scenarios based on it.
- I Call It "Vera": Dave's character's tommy gun, Lucille.
- Intrepid Reporter: "Sheldon Baykah, ace reportah." "Talk exactly like that, Ross, please."
- Kill It with Fire: Aaron's defence against a Scary Scarecrow. It (ahem) backfires when the orange grove around him burns up.
Aaron: I start backing away from it —
- This is usually part of an even more extreme kill it attempt on the near-indestructible antagonists in Ross' Night's Black Agents campaign.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tom's and Ross's characters mercilessly beat a rapist to a pulp.
- Literal Genie: When Yog-Sothoth answers a priest's wishes to live in a time of biblical truth and Ross's wish for things to "go back to the way they were yesterday".
- Murderous Mannequin / Perverse Puppet: Artists' marionettes in "Bryson Springs". (As illustrated by Ean Moody here◊ and here◊.)
- Out of the Inferno: Aaron's character, against all odds. See Kill It with Fire above.
- Out with a Bang: How many of the victims in "Lover in the Ice" died.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: "Why is your toga off?" "Why isn't yours?"
- Police Brutality: The cop in "Bryson Springs" gets his comeuppance.
- Porn Stash: Made horrifying to the point of inducing SAN loss in "Lover In the Ice". See Room Full of Crazy below.
- Better Angels: No Soul Left Behind features an especially exciting version. A man capable of making copies of himself with a demonic Xerox machine travels with VHS tapes of a dozen copies of himself getting it on. Some might consider the fact that this is used to ruin his reputation and life problematic. But it's explicit in the text that the guy is also a horrible murderer, so it can also be interpreted as a comment on the hypocrisy of conservative media culture.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Plenty of them.
Gang member (NPC): Hey, nice car. Let us borrow it.
Aaron's character: I'd like to, but there's a problem with the bloodstains. PUNCH (Knocks the punk out.)
- In "Lover In the Ice" Jason gets an epic one-liner when fighting an old woman with an alien entity's appendage covered with serrated bone protruding out of her mouth.
Jason: I go, "Granny... what big teeth you have."
Caleb (over players' uproarious laughter): I'll say you kill her outright with that. You kill her with wit.
Thad: That was not rapier wit. That was fully automatic wit.
- Room Full of Crazy: In Caleb's "Lover In the Ice". As the crew enters a suspect's house...
- Running Gag:
- Shout-Out: Saying "a lot" would be an understatement. See also Epunymous Title above.
- Shown Their Work: The amount of research Caleb did for "Revelations" is pretty dang impressive.
- Averted in the use of chloroform to solve every problem. Rendering people usefully unconscious without killing them is basically a superpower, and it's not clear whether the troupe's constant use of completely unmeasured amounts of chloroform to sedate people instantly is a running joke, an acceptable break from reality or a failure to do the research.
- Although as of games published in 2014, probably as a result of this particular troper's mumbling in the comments, Caleb has started calling for medicine checks on chloroforming. Both times, the subject has died.
- The Stoic: Often Tom, usually combined with Heroic Comedic Sociopath, Creepy Monotone, and Made of Iron.
- Took a Level in Badass: Aaron is generally regarded as having done this. See also Pre-Asskicking One-Liner above.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: "Though the lure is alien, offensive to his eyes, the fish sees food, and bites, and dies a death beyond his imagining."
- Your Mom: "Your face is stupid." "Your mom's face is stupid." "Ooh, snap."