The name of the tabletop game (if it belongs in the "Other" folder).
The meme. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme, if necessary.[[/labelnote]] Explanation Like this.
Further mutations and successor memes, if any.
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Dungeons And Dragons
Rolling TwentiesExplanation Shorthand for performing an incredible feat, often against seemingly impossible odds, it has gone beyond Dungeons and Dragons and become part of purified gaming lore.
I'm attacking the darkness!Explanation A brilliant and absurdly popular parody of all the You Can Panic Now rhetoric directed towards D&D and roleplaying games in general, the entire video became a meme, with this line the most popular.
I Roll to Disbelieve!Explanation If the target of an illusion spell has a reason to think that the spell's effects are illusory and can pass a saving throw against the illusion the effect is negated, or at least weakened. In sufficiently dire straits many adventurers would try really, really hard not to believe in the dragon that was currently ripping him apart, just on the off chance that it wasn't real.
Eberron: Loli-pope! Explanation The head of the major church in Eberron is about ten years old.
WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT? Explanation The Reaction of getting hit by the said Immovable Rod.
Lightning Warrior was a class someone created on the WoTC forums as a joke. It has a wizard's spells and a warrior's fighting ability and asked if it was underpowered because it didn't have a familiar (an ability that is actually considered a disadvantage to use, since if the weak pathetic animal that grants you meaningless bonuses dies, you lose a giant chunk of XP) and is unable to specialize (a more legitimate weakness, but generalist Wizards are still Game Breaker class). The class is now a running gag when recommending a class, with notes that it "sacrifices power for flavor".
"Katanasare underpowered in D20" Explanation A complaint about Katanas and d20, and the attempt to remedy this "problem", became infamous for its truly staggering amounts of bad research.
IRON HEART SUUUURGE!Explanation This power, from the Tome of Battle, allowed the user to remove any negative effect. Since the term "negative effect" wasn't well defined, it was reasoned that one could Iron Heart Surge out of pregnancy, or wounds. Additionally, instead of becoming immune to the effect itself, the cause of the effect is ended, so if you are in a desert or are a race somehow impaired by the sun, you can end its heat/light. Ironically, the ability can't be used as Heroic Willpower as intended, as any these situations, such as Charm or Hold Person, prevent you from moving freely.
Durr *CLANG* Explanation In 4th edition, Rogues can get a power during which they run past enemies, and if those enemies would make opportunity attacks, they instead target themselves. The only explanation some people could come up with was that they spontaneously developed insanity. Thus, "Durr... *CLANK*"
I AM THE MOON. (he is the moon...) Explanation When telling lies in D&D, subjects receive an increasing bonus to their attempt to see through the lie based on how utterly nonsensical the lie is. D&D 3e has a spell called Glibness which gives huge bonuses to Bluff checks that outstrip the bonus the target gets for disbelieving even the most ridiculous lies, to the point where you can say something like "The sky is green" or, yes, "I am the Moon come down to check on the tides" and be believed. You can also have your friends come along and back you up to get a further bonus on your roll. ("He is the Moon.")
Cats vs. Commoners. Explanation Both are almost One Hit Point Wonder, so it's "who scores a few hits first". Thus, even in D&D1/AD&D a commoner beats a cat only if allowed some good use of size advantage, like overrun attack not requiring charge (PO:C&T). In D&D3, a small dextrous cat is better both at hitting and dodging and have 3-attack claw/claw/bite routine, so cats win.
Oh no! It's CoDZilla. Explanation In response to the accusation that 3.5 psionics was broken and that core was balanced, one person made a rather sarcastic response pointing out just how broken the core classes of Cleric and Druid are. CoD refers to Cleric or Druid
Is the Exaltation of the Dragons, or from the Dragons? Explanation Peleps Deled, a fundamentalist Immaculate Monk, is so set in his understanding of the Immaculate Texts that he killed a fellow monk over this issue.
Footnote Although the disagreement is specifically played up as ridiculous in text, it's actually a big deal. What they're arguing over is whether the Exaltation is granted "from" the dragons — that is, whether the sacred Elemental Dragons specifically bless each and every individual Dragon-Blooded with their power, meaning that the Terrestrial Exalted are all uniquely chosen and bear the favor of divine beings — or whether it's merely "of" the dragons, a power that the Elemental Dragons created and released into the world to be used by the descendants of its bearers however they choose. Canonically the latter is true, but this is a huge problem for most of the traditional Immaculate doctrine, which derives its authority from implying that the former is true. So from Deled's perspective, asserting that it was just an Exaltation of the dragons was undermining both the core underpinning of his faith and the theological justification for his authority — it was a big deal.
Chejop Kejak looks a bit like Sean Connery.
2E MASK OF WINTERS IS ILLITERATE LOLOLOL Explanation There's an error in the 2e corebook stats for the Mask; he doesn't have a Lore score, which denotes total illiteracy. Naturally, being one of the setting's great Chessmasters, he actually DOES have a very high Lore score.
The Gods are World of Warcraft addicts. Explanation One of the explanations for why the gods haven't done anything to clean up Creation is that they're all addicted to the Games of Divinity.
The city of Gem is always doomed. ALWAYS. Explanation When First Edition "soft metaplot" materials came out, a lot of them had Gem being targeted by the Deathlords/the Locust Crusade/the Fair Folk/whomever.
In Soviet Autochthonia, Exalted serve you!!Explanation The extradimensional realm of Autochthonia is basically a Soviet state that actually works, and its Alchemical Exalted serve to defend its people and enact their will rather than ruling above them as glorious god-kings.
Magma Kraken. It's the answer to everything. Explanation A thread on RPG.net on how Magma Kraken is your one-stop Sorcery spell.
Chicanery-No. Explanation A hypothetical keyword, created by Robert "The Demented One" Vance, which authorises Storytellers to respond to someone using the Charmin an abusive manner by punching them in the face.
Meerkat Steals the Spotlight Prana. Explanation A supposed Lunar charm that forces all discussion to be about the Lunar Exalted. A reference to the tendency of threads on the Exalted forum to suddenly become about Lunars.
Sidereal'd (/Getimian'd/Night'd/etc.) Explanation "Ninja'd", using Exalted's ninja-equivalents.
Magic The Gathering
Needs more Goyf. Explanation A response to proposed decks; Tarmogoyf is a cheap creature that can quickly become very large and is profitably playable in a huge variety of decks. Variations include -4 jank, + 4 Goyf.
Really, almost every Standard environment has a card like this. When Tarmogoyf rotated out, it became Needs more Blossom. Explanation Bitterblossom, heavily played when Morningtide was in Standard. In the past, it's been Clamp, Jitte, Manticore...
On a similar topic, "Tarmogoyf is the best Blue creature in the history of Magic." Explanation While Tarmogoyf is a Green card, some of its most prominent early tournament usage was in primarily Blue decks that just splashed Green for Tarmogoyf. Because Green had a history of being terrible, while Blue is the most powerful color, the joke was that Tarmogoyf was a Blue card in disguise.
"Ach! Hans, run!" Explanation Lhurgoyf's flavor text, one of the most famous in the game.
"Protection from [X]" and/or "Circle of Protection: [X]" (as in, "Protection From Editors" or "Circle of Protection: Tropers"). Explanation "Protection from X" is an ability that makes it very difficult to affect the object in question with anything that has quality X, while the Circles of Protection were enchantments that could prevent damage from cards with the relevant quality.
Uncle Istvan, anyone? Whenever someone talks about bringing back old creature types, Uncle Istvans will inevitably come up. Sometimes still after the Grand Creature Type Update errata'd him out of having his own type.
Brushwagg has achieved similar popularity, with the extra benefit of actually retaining its ridiculous creature type.
...But how's it play against faeries?Explanation Faeries was a dominant deck during the Standard Metagames which included the Lorwyn block.
It dies to removal! Explanation Used sarcastically to downplay powerful creatures, even though a jank common creature would be killed just as dead as an expensive bomb and would have much less utility in the meantime. Originally applied to Baneslayer Angel which spent some time costing upwards of fifty dollars and died to a ten-cent Doom Blade, but has since branched out to other expensive, game-winning creatures.
"Dies to Doom Blade" / "Dies to Murder" are more specific variants popular in the comments on Gatherer, the official Wot C card listing site.
"No, no, I'm randomizing my deck now, so it's perfectly legal..."
"SO WHY DID YOU MANA WEAVE?" Explanation "Mana weaving" is distributing your lands evenly throughout your deck before playing, which negates the possibility of mana screw. Doing it is either uselessly time-consuming or an unfair advantage depending on the thoroughness of the ensuing shuffling. A comic was made to this effect.
After Nicol Bolas turned out to be the villain in two consecutive sets, there are a number of players who assume everything is his fault now. This has even been referenced on an official Wizards column.
In the third, it's a minor variation: The Phyrexians do control Mirrodin, but they don't have a planeswalker.
Also stated as "BOLAS ALWAYS WINS!"
I know a great combo: Humility and Opalescence. Explanation Humility is an enchantment that turns all creatures into 1/1s and removes their game text. While merely a bystander in this case of fail, Opalescence is an enchantment that turns all other enchantments into creatures. Get them together, and you've got Humility removing its own ability, but then there's no need to, so it doesn't, but now it has to, but now there's no need to, but now it has to... This is one combination of cards required one of the longest and most complicated rules explainations in the Oracle database, which invokes incredibly obscure and specific rules that were essentially invented just to resolve this one interaction; see here.
"Rosewater confirms X!" Explanation Mark Rosewater, the face of the game, often teases information about future sets. Some fans use this as a joke to say that everything he says is a spoiler.
In the grimdark future of the grimdark grimdark, there is only grimdark. Explanation A parody of the overly dark and over the top nature of the Warhammer 40000 setting, a variation on the most common Tag Line of "In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war."
In the Space Marine future of the Space marine, there is only Space Marine. Explanation A variation of the above after considering the fact that, in the 5th edition, almost half of the playable "factions" are Space Marines.
"HERESY!"*BLAM*Explanation A response used to note extreme dislike or possible Canon Defilement, or at least disagreeing with somebody, best used with a picture of a Commissar for full effect.
"DRIVE ME CLOSER! I WANT TO HIT THEM WITH MY SWORD!"Explanation Named for a picture◊ of a sword-wielding commissar riding a Leman Russ battle tank. Used either mockingly or affectionately. Oh, and it'sofficial!
The Imperial Guard: fighting alien monsters with flashlights and t-shirts. Explanation Lasguns and Flak Armour are by far the weakest weapons and armour in the setting (which still makes them horrible powerful though), the joke being that Imperial Guard equipment is no better than a t-shirt or a flashlight. Can be used as a good or a bad thing.
Standard issue adamantium balls. Explanation Being the Badass Normals of the setting, along with a t-shirt and flashlight every member of the Imperial Guard is issued with a pair of these. Even the women? Especiallythewomen.
Za Warudo!Explanation Whenever anyone uses Warptime. It really should be ZA WARUPU!!
"I DO COCAAAAAIIINEE!" Explanation The fan-created Catch Phrase of Doomrider, a daemon prince of Slaanesh. May be combined with Metalocalypse.
"DOOMRIDER! NA! NA! NA!"
DA RED WUNS GO FASTA!Explanation Due to the Orks' psychic power, when an Ork thinks that a red trukk should go faster, it will. Used to summarise Orky "logic" and the belief in the propa' Orky way things should work.
VanceMotherfuckingStubbs, who "lost" 100 Baneblades and still won the Kaurava campaign. Explanation Yet anotherSoulstorm example, this time referencing how the Imperial Guard Commander, Vance Stubbs, made his stronghold into a factory for Baneblade superheavy tanks (note that Baneblades are incredibly rare and hard to make; normally only two forge worlds are known to produce them, and one is Mars, the biggest of all; this makes the plot somewhat bogus). Stubbs's problem is that a shipment of 100 Baneblades was sent to various regiments outside the system right before the battle that could have made good use of them. The meme mutated into Stubbs losing Baneblades left and right.
WE CAPTURED IT FOR KAY-OSS! Explanation More Chaos Narm, this time from a Chaos cultist.
BLOODY MAGPIES!Explanation A reference to the joke that the Blood Ravens loot corpses and steal relics from other chapters (itself a fan "explanation" for all the gear available in Dawn Of War II), comparing them to the magpie bird. In fanon, this culminates with the theft of Bjorn the Fell-Handed
Squad Broken! Explanation A truly horrible fanfic, both in terms of Canon Defilement and actual writing, that guarantees a little rage. Popular with trolls.
OMNOMNOMNOM!!!Explanation Unlike every other faction, Tyranids don't have any Catchphrases, so they were given one.
Squats should be brought ba...Explanation Games Workshop discourages anyone that mentions the Squats. Mutated into them sending assassins anytime they are mentioned. Somewhat less relevant with the releas of 6th Edition, which did bring back the Squats.
"I move and shoot." Explanation Mocking the "tactics" of the Necrons.
OH COME ON.
So there I was, editing TV Tropes articles, when I hear this weird noise, like a distant rumbling sound. Glancing around the room, I deduced it was coming from behind my monitor. I stood up, walked around my desk to get a better view, when suddenly a frakking Baneblade roars out from behind the monitor, crushed my chair, and gunned down my entire Tau army on a nearby shelf. How the hell can a 300 ton tank sneak into my room? Must have taken some kind of tactical geni- CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEED! Explanation With the 5th Edition Imperial Guard Codex, Usarkar E. Creed's special rule "Tactical Genius" allows the army containing Creed to make a scout or outflank move with one unit of their choice before the game, even Baneblades and Humongous Mecha. The meme inflates this rule to the point that Creed is a Magnificent Bastard or Mary Tzu who can hide said overpowered superweapons behind a lamppost or outhose without anyone ever seeing them. The story has many variations, all ending with some poor schmuck lamenting Creed's tactical genius and releasing a Skyward Scream.
The Tyranid Swarmlord is able to outmaneuver none other than Marneus Calgar of the Ultramarines, with an instinctive cunning that borders on tactical gen-SCREEEEEEEEED!Explanation A Tyranid version of the above.
So, these Tzeentch cultists were about to perform the ritual sacrifice that would allow a demon prince to enter the world and plunge this planet screaming into the void. But then, a Baneblade emerged from the shadow cast by the main altar and began blowing holes in the walls, while Space Marines began emerging from behind the ornamental candelabra. And when the high priest tried to complete the sacrifice before the Space Marines could stop him, he discovered that a 100 foot tall battle cathedral had been hidden behind him without him realizing. How is this possi- CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!
Failbaddon the Despoiler is an incompetent fuckwit. Explanation The fans' reaction to the fact that, despite being touted as the Imperium's greatest threat, Abaddon has launched 13 attacks against the Imperium of Man in the last 10,000 years of the game, without one lasting victory because of defeat under Creed's tactical genius and in the end of every attack he flees back into the Eye of Terror.
Abaddon has no arms. Explanation From a photograph of an Abaddon model with no arms (due to how hard they are to glue in place on a metal model), an extension of the "Abaddon is useless" meme i.e. "Failbaddon the Armless". Speculated to have been removed by either Eldrad or Creed.
TANKRED Explanation A Black Templar Dreadnought from the comic Damnation Crusade, TANKRED only fights for bitches and booze. His endurance is legendary.
It was then that Hive Fleet Kraken recognized that its true spiritual liege was not the almighty Hive Mind, nor the Hive Tyrants that lorded over them, but Roboute Guilleman, Primarch of the Ultramarines. Explanation The 5th Edition Space Marine Codex states that most, if not all Space Marines consider the Primach of the Ultramarines to be their spiritual liege. The joke extends Guilleman's influence to even enemies of the Imperium.
Everyone is Alpharius. Explanation A reference to the Primarch of the Alpha Legion, a Magnificent Bastard and a master of disguise.
I'M ALPHARIUS!Explanation A reference to the fact that all members of the Alpha Legion refer to themselves as Alpharius to protect their primarch. It helps that they all look the same.
No such Legion exists. Explanation Because Games Workshop releases such little information on the Alpha Legion, such as the fate of their Primarch, their current command structure, their reasons for defecting to Horus, or if they even really betrayed the Imperium, fans respond that the Alpha Legion is simply a myth.
"FOR THE GREATER [insert]!" Explanation An exploitable version of the Tau'sCatch Phrase, "For the Greater Good!".
CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORT Explanation Reached memetic status on DakkaDakka, originating in this thread where the poster seemed to have just copy-pasted the model's title from Forge World's website. Thanks to the rest of the posters in the thread also typing its name in ALL CAPS, the tank rapidly became a Memetic Badass.
PRAETOR ARMOURED ASSAULT LAUNCHERSExplanation To a lesser degree, this also reached memetic status, originating in the same thread.
Drive my CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORT closer, I want to hit them with my sword! Explanation A meme that occured when someone combined the CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORT meme with the "DRIVE ME CLOSER! I WANT TO HIT THEM WITH MY SWORD!" meme. Link◊ to the meme.
Cultist-chan.Explanation One person drew an adorable picture of a female Chaos cultist feeding an Ugly Cute Chaos Spawn. Her popularity quickly exploded, her strangely endearing speech patterns (due to a mouth full of irregular, jagged teeth) and endless persistence causing her to become beloved by the majority of /tg/, featuring in numerous subsequent drawings and stories, including from her creator.
Lolicron.Explanation Similar to Cultist-chan above if not as popular.
Ultra Smurfs.Explanation Used by Ultramarines haters throughout the fandom due to the utter sueishness of the Ultramarines as of the most recent codex and because their colour pattern is blue and white, while the higher ups often incorporate red.
Chaos Champions have one of two outcomes in life. They may either ascend as a Daemon Prince, to rule unholy armies and worlds for eternity, or to become a Chaos Spawn, a mutated beast that...no, wait, I GHRHADIOSJNSLKDMAPKF! Explanation Used whenever someone mentions a Chaos Spawn, one of the most useless units among Chaos Space Marine armies, causes a person to devolve into a Chaos Spawn.
The PDF tried to respond but were killed to a man. Explanation A meme lampooning the incompetence of the Planetary Defence Force in most of 40k fiction.
Tomb Kings IN SPESS!Explanation Highlights some similarities between the Necrons and Tomb Kings factions (both are Egypt-inspired skeletons that can go back up when killed). This meme predates the 5th Edition Necron codex, but got a new youth from it as more similarities were added. For the spelling, see SPESS MEHREENS above.
You scored all the points but the Galactic Partidges won the battle. Explanation A fan-made chapter of Space Marines found on /tg/ who steal victories out from under other armies. Meant to parody both the Blood Ravens (known in memes as chronic thieves of relics rather than victories, bird-based name) and the penchant for Games Workshop to have Space Marines show up and be credited with saving the day in canon, regardless of how well other Imperial forces are fighting at the time.
The 1st Membranes will kill you with mindbullets. Explanation An army of Imperial Guardsmen generated using the tables in the still-in-beta 40k RPG Only War used to represent /tg/ in the setting when the Angry Marines aren't around. Known for the hilariously canon defiling concept (generated by the dice completely fairly, but still absurd) of an entire guard regiment made up of unstable, weak-willed psykers.
Doombreed is GENGHIS MOTHERFUCKING KHAN and is on fire! Explanation Largely attributed to a particularly amusing 1d4chan article, the article repeatedly posits that Doombreed is Genghis Motherfucking Khan and has a fact list that rapidly devolves into everything about him and everything he owns being on fire. The meme portrays Doombreed as a (literally) flaming badass and destroyer of all who oppose him along with much identifying the Mongols with Khorne.
Remove X, replace with Skinks. Explanation The 6th Edition lizardmen army book was all about fielding as much skinks as one could
Remove Skinks, replace with Skinks
DOOMWHEELS! Explanation A Skaven unit that is, even by the developer's admission, a giant hamster wheel with lightning guns.
Malekith: ageless, undisputed witch-king of Naggaroth. Supreme commander over the Dark Elven hordes. Still lives with his mom.
SAN check. Explanation In Call of Cthulhu, if you are exposed to anything particularly disturbing or otherworldly you have to make a "sanity check" and lose sanity points (abbreviated SAN) on a failure.
REALISTIC! Explanation Byron Hall, creator of FATAL, likes to claim his game is more "realistic" than others. This cry comes up when you run into something mired in blatantCritical Research Failure.
BELL CURVE!! Explanation Byron's explanation for the oft-laughable number of dice you have to roll for some things (4d100/2, later changed to 10d100/5).
It's Cloaca Time! Explanation Spawned on the TV Tropes liveblog of the FATAL corebook: It states that if an orifice is penetrated by an item too large for its circumference, there's a risk of it tearing open, and if it's the vagina or anus...
RANDY GAY OGRES! Explanation Another from the liveblog, it's #85 on the Random Magical Events list (though in fairness, this one (at least, in the revised edition) doesn't specify what one has come to expect from that work (i.e., rape) happening: it suggests more that they mate while ignoring everything around).
The most historically accurate game ever! Explanation A claim by Byron Hall concerning his game.
"Experience an accumulation of gas in their rectum." Explanation The terms the manual used to describe a magical effect that makes a character fart
"-4STR"Explanation Some unknown source suggested giving all female characters a -4 penalty to strength (STR) at creation with no equivalent bonus. FATAL is sometimes credited for creating this, but they merely made similar "feature" (and it's based on hundreds rather than twenties).
Trenchcoat and katana.Explanation The stereotypical old World of Darkness character was an angsty badass who dual-wielded katanas and wore a trenchcoat to conceal them with. This was encouraged by the game mechanics, as katanas were just better and could only be concealed by a trenchcoat.
Lyran scouting party◊ Explanation While exaggerated for the sake of humor, the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces do seem to have an inordinate fondness for deploying many, many assault 'Mechs - the so-called "Lyran Wall of Steel". Also extends to some fans jokingly referring to lower-end assault 'Mechs such as the Zeus as "ultralight" designs.
TRUCK◊ STRONG!◊ Explanation Originates from /tg/. Someone proposed using an army of machinegun-equipped trucks, and while it was quickly pointed out that a lance of Firestarters would eat such a force alive, the idea of some petty Periphery warlord or the like trying to loot and plunder with a swarm of guntrucks amused the thread participants enough to spawn a minor meme.
Murder Hobos, a.k.a. Captain Teflon Psychos Explanation Many players, veteran and new, will often make their characters have minimal backstory or goals, either through laziness or fear that the GM will go out of their way to screw the player over. The result is a homeless person with no family or friends who only kills and goes through dungeons for the sake of it, being at best sociopathic.
White Wolf has an official term for these guys: "Lone Wolves".
Aberrant: Divis Mal has arms?!Explanation In the official forum, someone posted a post, expressing horror, along the lines of Divis Mal is gay?! This was particularly hilarious because the game's Have You Tried Not Being a Monster? symbolism between Divis Mal's sexuality and his superpowered aberrant nature had always been a massive part of his character, right from the moment he was introduced. Someone else created a thread making fun of this, expressing shock and horror that Divis Mal had arms, supported by some of the art that didn't show them. Since then, treating the fact that Divis Mal has arms as a huge, controversial thing has been a running gag among the fanbase.
New World of Darkness: Demon: the [X] Explanation After Mage The Awakening, White Wolf would usually tease or hint at the title of their next nWOD game, then eventually reveal the full title. When they got to Demon, both the writers and fans had fun coming up with various possibilities for the full title, ranging from the serious to the silly, whenever they talked about it. Some such solutions are Demon: the Spearmint, Demon: the Frutang, and Demon: the Cleanrinse.
Robo Rally: "BE THE SALMON!", when a player attempts to move in the opposite direction to a conveyor belt.