Sprite Wars is an online, forum based Massive Multiplayer Crossover game with user-made and controlled factions. To say it simply, it's Daleks vs. UNSC vs. US vs. Hellghast vs. Tundran Territories vs. Imperial Guard vs. Zentradi vs. Rebels etc. in Mêlée à Trois. Add mix with several completely original factions and WMDs, and you get Sprite Wars. All this in sprite comic form.Been around for 3 (or 4, depending how you count it) years, it has grown into a rather stable group with a canon of it's own. Wars are divided into "Campaigns", depending their size and "Seasons" between breaks. When it comes to rules, there are very few, the main rule being, of course, "Don't God Mod". Otherwise, you pretty much free to do what you want with you army. Demon worshipers? Go ahead. Communist army, either Dirty Commies or Glorious Mother Russia flavor? Bring it on. Snowmen? Yeah, we had those too... Giant crabs? Tried to summon the Chaos God at one point.It is mainly a spriter group, with every other kind of artist welcome.Can be found here. Note when adding tropes: only add tropes that apply over seasons or long standing factions.This site has examples of:
Causes troubles sometimes since it's generally accepted that season 1 and 2 are canon, whereas season 3 is semi-canon. This eventually lead to a complete reboot where all canon was erased and Earth was restored to pre-war status to allow newcomers get into the game easily.
Anachronism Stew: Even ignoring the varying tech levels between factions, a lot of Earth-based factions have both hover technology, lasers, and anti-orbit cannons alongside contemporary trucks and assault rifles. Some versions of the USA are egregious in this regard.
Liberators take the cake, though. Apart from having Tau as allies they also have old bolt-action rifles... fighting alongside Humongous Mecha.
Fortunately,this has been subverted after the Liberator's got modernized.
Black and Gray Morality: Despite there being some truly good armies, the fact that everyone is ready to invade neutral countries for resources make it more "do you just take resource or do you oppress people for a kick" morality.
Captain Ersatz: Some armies are pretty much just renamed copies of well know armies. Some are direct ripoffs.
Crapsack World: Considering that the World War III has been going for who knows how many years, debris from battleships in space, and the use of nukes and several other superweapons has left large parts of Earth a barren wasteland by now.
The Cavalry; Battles usually have several of these. Whether they actually help is another thing.
Massive Multiplayer Crossover: As said before, it's the only explanation as to how Warhammer 40000, Halo, Metal Slug, Macross, Modern Warfare, Sonic, Star Fox or dozens of other well known Media names can coverage and exist in this entire miniature reality. Add a few Original Characters with expansion, conversion and utilization of these many and varied references and plots that somehow seem to mesh no matter how odd, silly, confusing, and over the top they may be.
Mega Corp: Many villainous factions start out, or are this.
No New Fashions In The Future: Played straight and subverted- although Sprite Wars is only in the near future and this should be expected, many space factions- alien /and/ human have citizens with contemporary clothes.
One-Man Army: Played straight, subverted and averted. really depends on the situation. Main philosophy appears to be "if it bleeds and ain't dead, you don't have enough dakka"
To Serve Man: Many play this trope, although the Lyvek deserve special mention; although carnivorous, Lyvek were originally not carrion creatures, until feasting on other species being an official part of their military doctrine as a scare tactic and it became second nature to their troops.
Weapon Tombstone: Not seen very often, but when they do pop up, it can really tug at your heart strings a bit.
World War III: And IV and V and... Basically, it's world war after world war with only a few months of peace between. If even that.
Would Not Shoot a Civilian: Many of the "Good" factions try and follow this. The Liberators Army make this a part of their SOP, making sure to keep civilians out of their crosshairs and hate it when the bad guys shoot civilians. Averted in season 2, when the Alliance didn't have the luxury when fighting the Corvolt Empire