Due to a rich and active fandom, Worm has a vast number of memes associated with it. Both as part of the story, and as part of the story discussion.
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"It must be lunchtime..." (bad things always happen around noon)
"Fucking Tinkers." Skitter does not approve of Tinkers and their cheating shenanigans.
Doctor Yamada is a reverse eldritch horror. Exposure to her gives sanity points.
Doctor Yamada has never triggered, because she possesses perfect mental equilibrium. If she did, the Shard would immediately give up on influencing her.
Doctor Yamada is not impressed.
Doctor Yamada could make Jack settle down and become a barber.
The supermassive blackhole at the center of the Milky Way is not a collapsed star. It’s Doctor Yamada's metaphorical balls.
The real reason the PRT rotates therapists is because prolonged exposure to Doctor Yamada can cause people to untrigger.
Genoscythe the Eyeraper, a joke suggestion for a new villain that would painfully transform people into weapons and armor used to kill their own family members. He was meant as someone Skitter could face that was overly dark to match the apparent tone of the series, with the author once jokingly teasing an interlude from his point of view. According to Word of God, he didn't survive the final fight of the serial.
F*ing Contessa.explanation Contessa's ability to see the "Path to Victory" has led to many perceiving or writing her as little more than a plot device to get things going in a certain direction. It's more nuanced than that, but between Never Live It Down and Sturgeon's Law...
BEEEEEEES! - Skitter's battle cry according to the fandom.
Browbeat who? explanation Browbeat is a hero who shows up briefly and then quickly gets forgotten about by Wildbow. Fans have extended it to mock-forgetting about who he is and saying that he has a secondary Stranger power that makes this happen.
There are no telepaths in Worm.explanation Since the Worm setting tries to operate on real-world physics plus interdimensional shenanigans, it goes out of its way to avoid treating Thought as an ontologically fundamental magical force. There is no Psychic Energy for powers to manipulate. However, there are in fact many characters who have powers that read from or write to the contents of someone or something's brain, hence the irony of stating there are no telepaths when half the main characters have telepathic abilities.
There are no healing powers in Worm. explanation Since the Worm setting tries to operate on real-world physics plus interdimensional shenanigans, it goes out of its way to avoid treating Health as an ontologically fundamental magical force. There is no Life Energy for powers to manipulate. However, there are in fact many characters who have powers that can treat injuries or other afflictions, hence the irony of stating there are no healing powers when a prominent character has healing abilities.
Also, due to their prevalence, the Skitter facts deserve their own sub-folder.
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A supervillain once looked at Skitter funny. She cut out his eyes.
Skitter started her villain career as an undercover hero. She was so skilled that when the villains she’d set out to betray found out, they decided to offer her her position back.
Unlike Clockblocker, time doesn’t stop for Skitter. Instead, it waits for her permission before moving.
Skitter once had smoke inhalation, blindness, some messed up ribs, and was covered in puke. Or as she called it “A minor inconvenience”.
One time, Skitter fought a Dragon. She killed it by breathing fire on it.
Skitter doesn’t run from danger. Danger runs from her, gets tripped up, and has its crotch melted off by spiderbites.
Someone once thought of using grenades on Skitter. He thought twice. (16.11)
It’s been proven that the universe you survive in is the universe you don’t try to bomb Skitter.
Skitter threw a grenade and killed 50 people, then it exploded.
Actually, Skitter does have eyes on the back of her head. And on the wall. And around the corner. And on your head…
Normal rodeo is for wusses. Skitter rodeo-rides Endbringers. While stabbing them with a halberd.
If you can see her, she can grievously maim or kill you. If you can’t see her, she can grievously maim or kill you, while calmly drinking tea.
If you can’t see Skitter, she can still see you. If you can see Skitter, you’re about to get dogpiled by a swarm of bugs that weigh more than you do.
Nightmares don’t make Skitter whimper in her sleep. Skitter makes nightmares whimper. (14.11)
Chthulhu horrors find that even the thought of Skitter makes them crazy. And they get creeped out when something that even looks like Skitter is nearby. (18.z)
There is no Santa Claus. But Skitter sees you when you’re sleeping, she knows when you’re awake, she knows when you’ve been bad or good so be good or suffer unimaginable pain. (20.1)
Skitter does not get dehydrated. She ties dehydration in knots and embarrasses him in front of everyone, instead.
Skitter once decided to distract a tidal wave. She succeeded. (8.4)
Do not bring a knife to a Skitter fight.
“The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth.” Skitter made it her boyfriend.
Schools in Brockton Bay don’t have fire alarms. They have Skitter alarms.
Skitter can count everything that dances on the head of a pin. She put them there.
Skitter’s lunch begins with violence, followed by terror, and ends with the takeover of a city. If she’s already taken over the city, then lunch ends with free barbecue. If she likes you.
Skitter decided to try teenage rebellion once. The city is now under the control of herself and six other teenagers.
Skitter mentioned she was bored once. The universe threw three different S-class threats at her city, and all three regretted it. The first was driven off, the second reduced to a third of their numbers, and the last was entirely obliterated. The universe appears to be deliberating its next move.
Skitter was complaining about some mild aches and pains when a hero with the ability to absorb injuries tried to heal her. He started screaming moments later.
Skitter logic-bombed an advanced AI that was explicitly immune to logic bombs.
Eldritch abominations find one Skitter to be more of a threat than the Triumvirate combined.
Lunchbreaks are the times when the world stops what it’s doing to get as far away from Skitter as possible.
There are only Four Horseman of the Apocalypse because Skitter rides a giant beetle.
Superheroes who talk to Skitter commonly suffer from mental breakdowns because they aren’t as good a person as the super villain who gouged out a man’s eyes.
Jack Slash is so terrifying that few heroes and villains can bear to look him in the eye. He ran away from Skitter.
Skitter once made an Endbringer cry.
In Brockton Bay, arachnophobia is no longer a recognized medical condition. Instead there are several new conditions for people who are not yet deathly afraid of bugs.
In Brockton Bay, there is a supervillain whose super powered guessing was so powerful, it's mistaken for mind reading. She goes to Skitter for advice.
Skitter once chopped a pseudo-Endbringer in half just by looking at it.
Skitter can win a land war in Asia.
When Skitter makes out with a guy, she cures mental illness. When Skitter makes out with other girls, she cures the plague. (14.11)
Skitter mentioned once that she’d like to visit Australia. Hero-capes worldwide collectively went “NOPE,” and preemptively evacuated… never to return.
People have tried to kill Skitter with fire. Multiple times. Apparently it’s not the only way to be sure.
Skitter scares the bejeezus out of people who can literally hold the power of the sun in their hands.
In 2013, Skynet became aware of its own existence. Then it saw what Skitter did to Dragon. That’s how it learned about fear.
Skitter doesn’t get shipped with just one person. She mindfucks everybody.
Skitter doesn’t know the meaning of the words “give up”. No, literally. She lobotomized herself rather than do it.
Cockroaches can survive a few weeks with their heads chopped off. Humans can maybe survive 30 seconds. Skitter can survive her upper body being chopped off long enough for revenge.
Superman died once. Skitter refuses to, because that’s too much of a vacation.
The day Skitter invaded your dimension and mind controlled your most powerful heroes to face the rough equivalent of a god was the most frightening day you ever knew. To Skitter, it was lunchtime.
Skitter takes the term “personal harem” to a whole new level.
Skitter out-multitasks a strong AGI.
Skitter considers the guy who subsumed an entire (alright, a diminished) world within minutes to be useless in her scheme. (30.4)
Skitter out-queen-bitches the Queen Bitch of the Faerie. (30.4)
Skitter became an Eldritch Abomination, reaching into countless worlds to invade the minds of others, WITHOUT reading the Necronomicon.
Skitter doesn’t die if she’s been killed.
When Skitter needed Brain Surgery the Surgeon needed a gun and two headshots. (30.7)
Most of the alternate Earths discovered via the portals had no signs of life on them, because Skitter got there first.
Death once had a near-Skitter experience.
When Skitter gets surgery, the anesthesia has to be applied to the doctors.
When Skitter talks, the most powerful beings on Earth stop to listen.
Contrary to popular opinion, Skitter does not enjoy killing people. Contrary to your current opinion, this makes her more scary, not less.
Skitter can set ants on fire with a regular piece of glass. At night. Then she can send those bugs up your nose.
Dragon, Armsmaster, and several other heroes once cornered Skitter in her school out of costume. Skitter let them off with a warning.
Leviathan had to take out a restraining order against Skitter.
Skitter can kick your ass with butterflies.
When Skitter doesn't like your singing you shut up and apologise. Even if you're the Simurgh. (28.6)
The Simurgh once took a special interest and started following one of the Undersiders. Skitter was disappointed it wasn't her. (28.6)
Skitter had a third trigger event.
Skitter can never die. Heaven doesn't want her and Hell is afraid she'll take over.
Skitter has a deep and abiding respect for human life... unless it gets in her way.
Skitter just wants everyone to work together. Through Mind Rape if necessary.
When Skitter is bullied she comes back stronger. When Skitter bullies, a god dies.
The S in "S-Class" stands for Skitter.
Skitter stared into the abyss. The abyss blinked.
Skitter has never gotten a cold. She once had a concussion, but the city never recovered.
When Skitter makes pretty costumes for her friends, her friends are afraid to NOT wear them.
Skitter didn’t need to tell the PRT that Echidna was a Class-S threat. Anything that faces Skitter willingly is automatically classified either Class-S or [assumed deceased].
On Earth-Bet, Kick Ass is a documentary about Skitter. After winning Best Picture in the Please Don’t Hurt Us category, it is now used as a litmus test to gauge the mental fortitude of Special Forces applicants.
Skitter can make snow angels in asphalt.
Skitter went blind once. Nobody else noticed and she forgot it happened.
Skitter was never blinded. Light just had a panic attack when it realized who it had fucked with.
Skitter is the reason villains don’t pay taxes. She mails in a picture of her costumed self, and the IRS mails back an apology.
When Skitter hit puberty, puberty needed a visit from Panacea.