"I think that a sign of being a really impressive writer is being able to pull off the same trick twice, yet the second time still gets everybody off guard." —Hank Hill.
"WEEELCOME to Ay-Are-Bee-Oh-Aych! Or as I like to call it, Arboh! Now, I know what the name may look like, but it's not going to be nothing but anime characters. What I'm interested in doing is summing a wide number of mediums, collecting them all and watching them rap battle eachother in rap battle contests, as the true spirit of the original granddad badboy, Epic Rap Battles of History! Now, unlike Epic, you may find some of my choises to be a bit more... questionable..." —Bart's pre-episode one introductory video.note The dialect here is copied directly from how the subtitles portray it, hence the need to sound out ARBOH's letters.
What happens when you get older (shall we say, "historical") anime characters and have them face off in rap contests?
You actually don't get Anime Rap Battles of History. Instead, a more accurate question to which "you get Anime Rap Battles of History" is the answer would be, "What happens when you set up several battles in Adobe Flash, all but one of which are woman vs woman battles dedicated to be filled to the brim with fanservice?" Yet while this does describe the product of BartSimpsonLovesTaTas (that name should give an indication as to what you're up against), it's only scratching the surface.
What makes ARBOH so memetic compared to the other immitations of Epic Rap Battles OF History is that the videos themselves, and to a lesser extent the matchups, are completely bizarre and both look and feel like they were made on a ton of drugs. And as a bonus, it manages to avoid common pitfalls seen in other immitators, like resorting to cheap-style insults or sacrificing flow in favor for a rhyme. So one of the results of this is Lois Griffin eventually getting into a Humoungous Mecha and threatening to blow up a D-list character from her own series all the while giving a rather catchy tune, and because of that it's not too difficult to see where the attention came from. However, a great deal of the entertainment comes from either the parts that come off as Narm or from the sheer overkill of Fanservice, meaning that there are very little people who watch it unironically and for the rap.This also doesn't exist (as far as I know; I do recal seeing an ERB imitation that has something to do with anime in its title, but believe me it's likely not going to be like this) and it's just some way I'd like to get a trope list out.
Mona Lisa's background has a vauge oil painting look to it.
Dracula (himself, not his background) looks like a pencil sketch character, compared to almost everyone else who looks like more "typical" flash animations.
Episode 9 was supposed to be done in 3D, but it wasn't.
Unlike every other rapper, Peggy Hill is really Bart dressing as her in addition to adding a ton of makeup to make her look ugly. She's done in live action.
The Artifact: It's a little ambiguous with how much time passed between it and the previous rap battles (though Samus's appearance in Peach Vs Daisy implies that it does indeed take a while between raps), but in Peggy Hill Vs Eve, all of the Clothing Damage done to characters still applies to them in their appearance on Eve's side. Lois even still has some dust from the mech explosion, but much less than before. Despite the fact that three out of four of them involved (Feliecia's fur taking a while to grow back possibly being an exception, but that depends on how much time happens between battles) could have had more than enough time to get re-dressed.
Sort of, you'd be surprised at how many people didn't think to check that Dotty Campbell is actually a canon Family Guy character and just thought she was an OC Bart made up. And as a result, Dotty may be more well-known (on the internet at least) from her appearance here than on the actual show.
Some of the viewers of the series did not know who Felicia was before seeing Cortana Vs Felicia. Some of those same viewers still don't know who she is. They're too busy at the fact that she raps sort-of topless in the second half, with much lighter Scenery Censoring than Dotty had in her match, to give a crap about her actual character.
BSLTT admitted that while he watches a bit of American Dad!, the only episode of Family Guy he has ever seen was "From Method to Madness" — he thought the Campbells were major characters, and that episode, their introduction, was the pilot.
He has obviously never seen any incarnation of Dracula.
Crack Fic: Unlike the original ERB, there is some semblance of an actual story going on. The character's actions are also much more dynamic. As a result, the battles can get pretty damn abstract, especially because of the sheer odd matchups.
Deliberatly Monochrome: Dracula is animated in an absolute black-outline-white-fill-in style. Confusingly, his background is in color.
Early-Bird Cameo: The ending of episode 9 gives away four contstants for season 2 before the actual season 1 finale is even out.
The series made a pretty sudden change at Cleopatra Vs Monroe 2. The reasoning for this was because of a lengthy hiatus during which BSLTT had some time to rethink the series.
Dracula Vs Edward is confirmed by Word of God to be the only battle to feature male contestants, outside of cameos. (No, there aren't any male cameos outside of a brief appearance from Peter Griffin and the Once per Episode cameo of Dracula.) It is also the only battle to have permanent deaths, as Bart confirmed that none of the rappers were Killed Off for Real in Peggy's nuking in the finale.
The first four battles all had a clear-defined "loser" and did not have "Who won? You decide!" Because... well... something bad happened to the "loser." Also, the first two battles lacked the "Who's next?" previews at the end that will show later battles.
The series used to go out of its way to censor bare asses. It doesn't anymore as of episode 5.
Gainax Ending: "Peggy Hill Vs Eve." It starts out like the previous nine battles, and even has the same average legnth. Eve gives her verse. Then Peggy gives her's. Eve is later supported by the entire previous rapping group for her second verse, and they all rapid-fire at Peggy. Peggy, in retaliation, decides to nuke everybody. A ghostly image of her appears laughing over the mushroom cloud explosion, and she laughs about killing everyone who had rapped before, and that's her second verse. Then the camera zooms out. It's now set in the author's area, in live-action. He just says "Season two may or may not happen, baby!" Then it cuts to a giant screen of nine televisions arranged in a 3x3 order displaying every episode except this one (think Resputin Vs Stalin's ending), with all of the previous rappers (except Edward, Bella, and Peggy) replicating Dracula's signature dance. Bart continues flying around in the background, saying the same comment about season two earlier, but remade into a Stupid Statement Dance Mix. Episode ends. The confusing part is that the television sequence was supposed to be an indicator that they all survived the nuke, but it looks more like some really abstract credit sequence.
Gonk: Peggy, who is really just the author dressing as her.
Growing the Beard: Peach Vs Daisy has a notable spike upwards in quality compared to the earlier instalments... only for Felicia Vs Cortana to drop it right back down. To quote a Youtube commentor:
"This is shocking. After a neatly done, catchy tune that finally portrays Samus as more than a walking pair of breasts and is full of actually researched references to Nintendo history, we get a badly voiced, obviously fanservice driven battle of cat puns and gun jokes."
Killed Off for Real: Word of God confirmed that Edward and Bella are really dead in-universe and will not be coming back, not even through cameos or in an afterlife/undead state. He also states that the other rappers were not killed in Peggy's nuke, but did not state how they survived or, if they didn't, how they get a They Killed Kenny Again treatment while Edward and Bella are dead for good. After all, a gunshot isn't as a strong as a nuke.
Limited Animation: Dracula is done with this, in contrast to the very dynamic motions of the other characters. (Even his own opponents for the episode, so you can't pin this on Art Evolution.) To add insult to injury, he's the only black-and-white character, which would probably give the impression that making him move would be easier.
NEXT TIME: Cortana stares into your soul!Explanation The preview for episode nine consisted entirely of a 3D Cortana flying through a black space and eventually staring right into the camera. It comes so much out of nowhere that it borders on a Gainax Ending on its own, if not for the fact that it's supposed to be a preview.
The title lied to me.Explanation "Anime Rap Battles of History." Sailor Moon and Sexy Jutsu are the only anime-debuting characters so far, not counting cameoes. The phrase itself is a very commonly made comment.
THAT'S NOT EVEN FUCKING EARTH.Explanation Cleopatra Vs Monroe 2 has a globe at one point that vaguely resembles Earth, except with like 10-20 extra continents/islands added. And the color representing land wildly varies from orange to teal (green as the average) in a pretty inconsistent pattern.
ARBOH is going furry!Explanation The announcement of the eleventh battle/season two opening. None of the other battlers were exactly furries before, but this is set to be Rouge the Bat Vs Krystal from Star Fox.And that's probably why there's such a long break.Explanation Season two has been in Development Hell for a while now. Some think it's because Bart worries that this will cause backdraft.
ADOBE FLASH.Explanation Dracula's movements (see Limited Animation), which out of everyone seems to be the poorest Flash work. This phrase, written on a gif of Dracula tilting his head back and forth, is often used as a reaction image for less-than-spectacular animation. This probably makes this the only meme to go outside of the ARBOH "fan"dom.
Mind Screw: Eve Vs Peggy implies that there are ''three' Samuses; the two we see in the Samus Vs Samus battle, and a third "all power suit except for the head" one that briefly appeared in Peach Vs Daisy. The latter of which originally shedded the suit for the Justin Bailey suit, but here she uses a weird hybrid of the two outfits.
Mind Screwdriver: The maker's comments reveal a few details about the final episode of the first season.
Edward and Bella were designed to be unlikable rappers who did poorly that, thanks to their Butt Monkey status on the internet a while ago, you were supposed to be rooting for them to lose. However, Dracula's character is dripping with Unfortunate Implications, very stale rapping, eye roll-worthy lines, and... well, see The Scrappy. So, it got so bad that people admit that Edward and Bella were genuinely the better rappers, and getting past the amount of denial required to do that is very impressive. Plus, Bart's attempt at doing Edward could be described as Springtime for Hitler — you wouldn't know that he was trying to make him bad unless you actually read the Word of God on it.
Dislikers of first-person shooters were clearly rooting for Felicia over Cortana.
Narm: The preview for Cortana Vs Felicia at the end of episode 8. It shows a badly done 3D animation of Cortana floating through black space, the camera rotating and then focusing on her eyes as they open up and turn out to be red and flashing. It's intended to be badass, but it looks like a Mind Screw or something from a cheep Mockbuster.
Once per Episode: Every battle has a quick appearance of an animated image of Dracula doing his "Mario & Luigi"-esque dance from the first battle:
Dracula Vs Edward: It originated here. Slides quickly across the screen halfway through Dracula's second verse.
Wonder Woman Vs Sailor Moon: After WW fires her lazer beams, Drac rises from the bottom of the screen briefly just when the lazers are at the bottom of the screen before the perspective changes.
Samus Duel: When Zero Suit is breakdancing. Drac flies in from the side and gets "kicked" away.
Dotty Vs Lois: One of the more obvious ones. When Lois, Marge, and Francine are in their mecha and aiming it at Dotty and the perspective is shot from behind her, the gif appears to censor her butt.
Cleopatra Vs Marilyn Monroe 2: In the scene where Monroe is running around the world, the image appears at the area appearantly representing Europe. It's hard to tell for sure, since the image of Earth has about ten extra contenints added.
Sexy Jutsu Vs Mona Lisa: One of the paintings when Lisa is walking through her "gallery." Easy to notice, he's the only animated painting.
Mai Vs Chun: The only time it doesn't appear within the battle itself, but the introduction. He appears on the exclamation point at the "BEGIN!"
Peach Vs Daisy: When Rosalina is demonstraighting how she owns the cosmos and shows how large it is by making an expanding galaxy take over the background (the big bang?), Dracula appears near the begining of this background sequence as part of the expanding space mass, and flies towards the corner really quick.
Peggy Hill Vs Eve: While there are no known appearances of the dance in the actual battle (in spite of/probably because he himself will show up, yet doesn't do the dance), he appears doing the dance in the television sequence at the very end, with the other rappers (except Peggy, Edward, and Bella) follow.
Dracula, for being even crueler than many rappers in the series by actually shooting not one, but two characters whose only crimes are showing up in a book some people didn't like. The perverts also hate him for censoring Dotty's butt once. Peggy Vs Eve may have finally made up for that second one, since it's Dotty's first appearance after the butt-ban had been lifted. And his cameoes in the other battles can be seen as very distracting some times. Oh, and he has incredibly stiff and limited animation, and this probably isn't just because "it was the first episode" — his reappearance on the season one finale is also very riggy.
Cleopatra Vs Monroe is the only battle so far to feature real world figures. The trailer for season 1's finale implied that season 2 will feature more.
The Samus duel is less of a battle actually featuring Samus or even a real past vs present conflict, and more or less someone arguing with themself over fashion set to music. JB Samus's reapearance in Peach Vs Daisy could be seen as an apology for not previously giving Metroid proper representation.
There Are No Children: In a way. Word of God confirms that, as following the first episode the series is supposed to be very fanservice-themed, underaged rappers are highly unlikely. And if there are (likely from popular request), they will not be given the usual fanservice treatment.
Dracula seems to be gearing towards being a Mexican stereotype at the beginning of the battle. Fortunately, this doesn't carry past his first two lines.
Peggy's comments to Eve seem like regular trash talk out of context, except that this dipiction of Eve is black. Then again, considering that Bart clearly doesn't like Peggy Hill, maybe the racist undertones are intentional?
Dracula Vs Edward Cullen and Bella Swan: Dracula has re-risen from the dead! (And he's Mexican.) Hearing about the infamy of Twilight, he decided to go out against its protagonist to settle the debate over which form of vampires are better. Eventually he gets fed up with the battle and decides to shoot him.
Wonder Woman Vs Sailor Moon: Some time prior to the battle, they had formed some crossover organization. This is just a dispute between them over issues of how they fight, which eventually gets... dangerous.
Samus Vs Samus: Samus cannot decide what to wear under her power suit, an internal conflict that manifests itself as a Journey to the Center of the Mind in the form of this rap battle. Both of the Samuses we "see" are just two trains of thought arguing with eachother; we don't actually see Samus in person until Peach Vs Daisy.
Possibly jossed as of "Peggy Hill Vs Eve."
Dotty Vs Lois: Starts out as an ordinary dispute about nudism. Then Lois undergoes some serious anger issues from Dotty's Tranquil Fury. And then others get involved.
Cleopatra Vs Marilyn Monroe 2: ???
Sexy Jutsu Vs Mona Lisa: Thanks to a mishap, Naruto has found himself stranded in the "real" world! And he hates their form of art. So he rants a little to a replica of Mona Lisa at a museum, but unbeknowest to him the picture is really magic and pulls him into another alternate dimension, where he has to rap with his knowedge of art in order to go back to his world. He uses the sexy jutsu because the battle is judged by a crowd and he wants as much audience points as possible.
Mai Shiranui Vs Chun-li: ???
Peach Vs Daisy Vs Samus Vs Zelda Vs Rosalina:
Felicia Vs Cortana: Haloid probably had something to do with this.
Peggy Hill Vs Eve: Peggy thinks she's better than the first woman ever made, and goes back in time to prove it. Unfortunately, her time machine left a portal open for many others to follow in her path, if not outright popping up in multiple points in spacetime if these other theories are true.
Krystal Vs Rouge: Krystal's on a mission to stop a theif from stealing the Master Emerald, which was also used to power up the machine used to revive everyone from the nuke in the last episode, then they presumably get into a... musical argument.
Bart Simpson Loves Ta Tas says that Dracula simply used a "vampire shield" to protect everyone from the blast, and Master Chief himself came in to both guard everyone and repair the structural damage the nuke did to the Earth. He also says that seasons two plus will have stories in their rap battles. Then again, this same claim mentions the season one finale as a "story" (saying that every battle from Peggy Vs Eve onward will have one) and that didn't explain why they're rapping, so it's anyone's guess.
For starters, all of the potential guesses for Cortana's opponent before episode nine came out:
Nicole Watterson (of course, this was also a joke...)
Morrigan Aensland. He already used Felicia and Peach Vs Daisy shows that this series has no problems using different characters from the same original franchise (hell, Samus Vs Samus shows that he has no problems using the same character).
For a series primarly centered around video games, anything related to Pokemon in any way is long overdue.
The reason why season two is taking so long despite season one's really good schedule (hiatus between episodes 4 and 5 aside) is because it's going to be genuinely good. If not better than ERB itself
Although if this was true, it would leave a bad mark for the fans in it ironically.
Peggy Hill's dipiction is actually a sign of things to come
All of the future episodes will have both of their rappers played by Bart himself, dressing as them. Every. Single. One. Even reappearances of older characters.
One of the first Monsters of the Act Act is a strange Xenomorph-looking thing that formed after a freak accident that combined a troll-cold and a human-cold and mutated them both together. It's not bad by itself, but it does stalk around the meteor a lot, and it gives a new look on Incurable Cough of Death.
The depictions of the dreamselves in general are incredibly freaky. Highly powerful, can manipulate and transform almost anything, really easy way to lead into Body Horror, can have near omnipresent watch... also combined with how the only way the heroes can really "destroy" them is by killing eachother and corpsmooching, plus none of the heroes at their state want to do that. Oh, and as the story progresses as each character unlocks the "ability" to split their real and dream selves, the dreamselves get less cooperative and become harder for their real counterparts to control. Finally add to that behavior eerily reminisent of tricksters at one point and suddenly Duplicate Meulin is looking pretty harmless.
Dream bubble cores, AKA the bubbles-within-bubbles. Unlike the "outside" portions, whose projections are primarly memory based, cores project complete Mind Screws representing the bearer's deep subconcious. While nobody has made it there in-person yet (due to physical limits; because of the speed of the meteor and the comparatively small size of the cores, they would only pass through for a few seconds), any sleeper's dream projections are occasionally subject to being physically warped.
Rose: There is a reason why the legions of ghosts all agree to build sizable if unstable "planets" around the centers of these bubbles. Rose: Some things are best kept buried.
There's the point where the cast basically goes into Gamzee's subconcious (actually just what he projects onto dream bubbles), which is exactly as pleasant as it sounds.
Speaking of subconciouses, Nepeta's isn't exactly Land of Catpuns and Shipping either. (Well, it often is Land of Little Cubes and Tea, as the bubbles usually create memory-based environments first and only don't do that because of dream self-related mucking around when accessing them.) You know those "exciting tales of the hunt" painted on her walls? She dreams of them too. And it's not pretty. Then there's the huge, messy piles of meat she's first seen eating.
Just about everything related to freeing the Hat Goddess. In Sweet Jade and Hella John, she's just this weird Nepeta-angel-sprite looking thing that basically lets herself become Rip's slave, and the whole thing is really handled in the same cruddy manner that the rest of the story is. This story? Well, let's get to the freeing. It involves a stealth mission going to the core of the dream bubble that the offshoot Nepetas, Meulins, Disciples, and Huntresses have saved up as their "base," climbing up an unsettling tower with a theme the author associated it to that sounds like extremely ominous chanting, Nothing Is Scarier abound in said tower (Word of God said this page was ripped from one of the buildings in Grand Theft Auto), the entire process the cast goes through to actually summon her seems like they're summoning Satan or Cthulhu, and to top it all off, she is not friendly to them at first until she sees Meulin trying to defend the rest of the crowd. Oh, about her appearance here... she doesn't "blend" Nepeta and Meulin like the sprites or the SJAHJ Hat Goddess does with their respective trolls, but instead looks like a more freakish hybrid of them, instead of Fog Feet she has legs that move in an odd way, her wings keep the butterfly shape (supposedly representing a "fully realized" troll) but she can make them show images in the reflections, and she now actually lives up to her name by bearing a giant touque that casts shadow over her lower two eyes and usually hides only half of the upper two.
"Smokedrifle Tower." Thought being home alone with naked women would be fun? Nope. Not if there's killer animate-innanimate objects around.
[[spoiler:It crosses into Nightmare Retardant when it's revealed that they're powered by fear, and that by being fearless towards them, they're weak at best and completely unable to activate at worst.
The Smith household in general, considering how they live in the middle of nowhere and the quickest way into the main city (which borders them with mountains) is an hour away. That, and they decided to live right near a paranormal spot for research purposes, with mind-screwing terror being right there in their backyards.
While SBIG usually gives shows that originally played this straight states that change each (unrelated) story, or in Homestuck's case, sometimes uniting them in a "neutral state" that isn't Washinton, New York, or (with one exception) Texas, where in Britain the Hellsing-based part of the Crconikals verse takes place is a complete mystery. It might be in London, or the fake-author simply thinks that London is the name of the country and not the captial, but that's left unknown.
This is eventually lampshaded in a pseudo-crossover between Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals and Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals ("psuedo" as the two take place in the same universe and is an example of Another Side, Another Story) at chapter 20 for the latter, where Carl brags about how much smarter the English is compared to Americans. Carl and Hecksing knows about the Rainbow Crew's hometown of Chicago, but no member of the Crew can pin-point where from the U.K. they're from. (The ones who should know, like Rose or Aranea, simply didn't care enough to research them.)
The Trope Namer has so far been in: New York (Crconikals), Ohio (Simpsons Meets Brandy and Mr. Whiskers), or North Takona (MUGEN, which is described as a "state that's in the borders of every other state," Springfield's own location being somewhere around what's actually the west coast).
OT32 Shenanigans (usually) takes place in Unodrant, Nebraska, their house somewhere on a hill very close to a city. Nothing else is known other than that.
Where they hell Zekitunakwa, Ezekiel's house, and Compass City/its surrounding areas (the latter of which being within walking distance of Ezekiel's house, and the former being around seven hours worth of traveling through various means's distance) were left vague outside of "what's still Canada in our world." Things are complicated in that CC's northern border of all things is an ocean for some reason, and one that contains a tropical island. Eventually, Fan just said that it takes place on a fictional "giant jut-out" of land that turns a part of the ocean into a sea, although this may or may not break the promise of it taking place in what's Canada in the real world. Canada here, by the way, pretty much covers everything on Earth that isn't China.
This is averted with Wawanakwa, which takes place in Muskoka as with its canon counterpart, and Aogikanaka, which takes place somewhere in our-world's southwest Mexico. Campsites Around the World will avert this more if its preview is any indication, by having Ezekiel specify where each campsite is located. The fact that the whole world is cleanly established to be pretty different from our's by including Elemental Powers for most of the population helps.
THE BEST FAMILY plays this straight in that its city has been nameless and stateless up until now. The author said he hasn't actually given much thought about it, and hasn't decided a location yet, but will eventually. Which makes sense considering that its geography is weird. While a normal urban setting for the most part, its school system also apparantly encompasses the suburbs that the main family lives in and extends all the way out into a pretty deserted, open prairie that links into the ocean that the Smith family lives in.
The first chapter involves Tyler and Stacy trying to see how far they can go from it after a blackout, and it takes a while before they leave the city itself (although they were admitedly traveling on foot). So either the population is small or the city is fucking huge in every way. Considering that this is very widgety, it's not unreasonable that the latter is what's happening.
At the very least, the Smith household's location either limits it to a state in the west coast, or that the states work differently and extend really far. Again, considering the story, the second option isn't as unplausable as it sounds.
The beginning of 360 Degree Duck may have lampshaded this. While the two taking place in the same world is denied by both the author and how the two stories have clearly different mythos, blatant expies of Tyler and Stacy appear as cameoes, with the former being Duck's old roommate. Before leaving, Stacy remarks that it's going to be a "long drive," and Duck scratches his head at this for a reason that isn't that clear.
Soap: Completely new, fantasy world. Nothing to see here. To be more serious, to the north of the central city is a set of plains and some forests. Past that is the Twin Mountains: One snowy, one firey and volcanic, the former being where Sool lived at first and the latter being where the Soup General's base is. Somewhere around is a desert, probably between the mountains and forests. Probably.
THE BEST FAMILY: The Fuller-Eristov house takes place in a very small suburbian section of an otherwise mostly-urban city that is currently not named, but will be in the future. The city is shaped like a street sign, vaguely, in that there's this big section connected to a very long, but narrower, portion to the east that extends all the way to the ocean. But we'll get to that. For now, not counting the eastern stretch, the Fuller-Eristov house is somewhere around the southeast. Within walking distance of that and in the urban area is both the middle and high schools closer to the center (the main characters are planned to have three sons right now: Two of them will go to middle or high school, while the third picks the other one, but I haven't decided which yet), and the mall to the south. All three of them are huge. To the far north of the household is a castle, which also marks the border near the city's end. Now, for the stretch. Like when going from Compass City to Zekitunakwa (or rather, from that city in between them), there's a set of mountains, followed by long plains filled with cows. Except that the size of the cow pastures and the size of the mountain range is swapped, on average. An hour's drive down this lonely road later, and you're at the Smith household. Well, it's really a mansion, with a long area linking it to the heavily-guarded site of Smokedrifle Tower to the south/back end of it. A beach/ocean is within walking distance of that (or rather, seeing distance; it might take around... let's say ten minutes? worth of walking to actually get there, but it's a short drive the rest of the way), and out there, visible from the beach, is an ocean research lab. Finally for now, with all their studies on the paranormal they managed to buy their own method of transportation: A subway line of sorts that specifically only links their house to the schools, yet this still takes an hour. (It's also used by the citygoers as a way to get to the beach.)
360 Degree Duck: Takes place in an urban city in Kansas. Near the center is Starpoke, and that's all I have. Hell's located in the Earth's mantle, but everything's like, scattered around. Including all of the 360's meeting areas/juristictions, and the "central" location where the royal-births are performed. That's all I have for now, there'll be a lot more later.
A Slash of Mortality: Humanity was formed somewhere around what would be northern Russia in our world. That's where the mountain is located. Everything else is pretty self-explanatory. Oh yes, and Joe is Joseph from King of the Hill... nevermind, only kind of. But ascended to godhood.
Ant Infestation: No idea, no care.
Dream Like an Alternian [Part 1 and 2]
Super Crazy Happy Fun Time in the Medium
Anyone You Can do, I Can do Better
Broadway? (Hell no, Baby)
Bridge Ovver Troubled Wwaters [sic]
Getting Out of Bed
The Crew Dies
Birth of Fear
Texas, but not Houston
Finally back Home
"damn man why do us look like shit? usually in fanarts genderswaps look sexy as all hell but we... don't."
A Trope List
"My life changes a lot."
—Duck, summing up the series in five words.
This Story is Sexist! is the third work of original web fiction by Great Pikmin Fan, following Soap and THE BEST FAMILY and preceeding a lot more.
Duck Prince is more commonly known by everyone outside of the pararazi group as Darren Detonation, a justice-abiding Badass Normal who uses only five things to save... anywhere he feels needed: His self-genetic modifications making him highly regenerative and able to take superhuman damage, his small plasma gun that can fire quite a few forms of energy in quite a few ways, his gear (including boots with tiny jets that can keep him from falling too fast; a way to justify him not taking fall damage), his mechanized bike (he insists that it deserves seperate listing from the rest of the gear), and his "wind-style" kung fu. Among his threats, master of dark arts Witchita may not be his strongest or most dangerous, but she is certainly his most reoccuring, to the extent that they even dub eachother rivals.
Unfortunately, under that, his fighting life — which was entirely by his choice — doesn't exactly pay. He does get enough money to stay alive through a secondary job, but he still has to live in the really cheap Starpoke Apartment (named for its building being several stories tall; though it in itself is hardly a Star Scraper) in the dead center of his fictional Kansas hometown [Can't think of a name yet], and with a roommate for rent. Problem is, at the beginning of the story, said roommate finally moves out, finding a way to start a house with his fiancee. So Duck sets up a "trial" of sorts to see who will live with him, only six people of which signing up for it thanks to Starpoke's rumors of being haunted and Duck not revealing his identity in the ad. And of those six, a woman who would seem completely insuspicious if not for her bright red skin (which everyone ignores; then again, seeing what the world is like, this is reasonable) who calls herself Jennifer is the one to pass. For weeks, this works out fine, until she reveals to the public at a restaurant that she's really a demon by the name of Red who was sent out with five co-workers so they could combine their powers to make a portal to the story's Physical Hell that can work with their boss, Anti Angel.note This is because Red and co and some of the few demons who have the experience to make portals (they're older than their boss by about a century), except alone their portals have a transporting limit, and simply digging straight up takes too much effort since Hell takes place somewhere deep within the Earth's mantle and full of bedrock The six of them were all just taking a "vacation" before Anti Angel would give them more jobs to do in the living world, but unknowest to them he was just giving them a chance to enjoy it at its current state before he tries to demolish it and take it over, so that he can rule over a chunk of the planet of his own.
Emphasis on "tries." Always having taken the moral highground, his workers object pretty sternly. Duck helps too, and Witchita gets involved just to make things worse. The rest of the first chapter happens and ends with Red and the rest of the co-workers of her assigned to the specific job of soul mantaining — all 359 of them — finding themselves jobless since they just sort of killed their own boss. Despite the fact that these are all women who come from each of Hell's "big" 360 nations and their direct families, that they should be wealthy and their blood ties is pretty much why Anti Angel would only hire them, they still don't really care for life in the underworld and would rather stay on the surface after either seeing it in their vacation or hearing about it from one of the six who did. Throw in some very light peer pressure, and they all decide to move into the Starpoke Apartment, filling many of its rooms (Duck being the only one forced to share a room — still with Red) and bringing its buisiness up from the brink of extinction.
Despite what the summary may lead you to believe, this is actually an attempt at a written web sit com. And in spite of that fact and the title/arguably premise, it's practically Avoid the Dreaded G Rating in terms of content, having extremely little swearing and (thanks to a preference in avoiding gore) almost no violence, skirting the line between K+ and T on the fiction ratings. A comic, titled This Comic is Sexist (the abbreviation of which, by the way, is supposed to be pronounced like "T-kiss," to give it a difference from TSiS/T-sis), has been planned, stated to have several "additional" arcs, and reading this to understand the original story will not be required (visa-versa, on the other hand, is another story, thanks to the written story's avoidance of Status Quo Is God). Several concept drawings have already been released.
This is notable for, out of all his web fiction, being the closest one to a story that makes sense until the Blue Sun series blew that out of the water a year later (being grounded purely on pseudo-Sci Fi rules of reality and having zero actual magic despite tossing out Applied Phlebotinum left and right).
Absentee Actor: Especially after the first season, the number of chapters Witchita, many of the major demons, or even Red or Duck doesn't appear is surprisingly high by the standards of "chapter counts where main characters do not appear". This is in part thanks to the way the side-demons get development: On the occasion, there's a chapter where a squad of about three to six of them are out on a mission, major members may or may not being at least one of the components. Working by themselves and with no help from other squads, this forces A Day in the Limelight on them.
All Myths Are True: To a degree. While there are a lot of various mixes of supernatural people and creatures, it's almost always twisted around a bit. Upon arrival to Hell, Red outright tells Duck that all religions made up in the human race is wrong, and that the actual way the afterlife works is... well... fairly mundane.
Arc Number: 12. This is Pikmin Fan's twelfth overall "serious" worknote Onionstuck and Roottangled are counted as one, with the former being his "prototype" for the latter as it only lasted fourteen actual pages followed by five "just because they were partially complete", there are twelve main demons (and they were the only demons who got their "info card" introductions on the first chapter), Duck's birthday is December 12th, he was twelve when he engineered himself, the demon's birthdays are a different day each year for each of them, with Leap Day, 12/12, and the two days both before and after the latter being left out, its the third story on fictionpress and thanks to splitting up Soap's pilot the chronologic fourth chapter — 3x4 = 12 — and so far for now the portal to hell opened after the twelfth different character introduced spoke their first line. Also, Chartreuse — the demon with "120" as her worker number (Note to self lolololol no I changed what the numbers go by) — seems to be getting an increasing number of importance as the story goes on, though other worker numbers related to 12 haven't really came up yet.
The only time the story mildly covers sexism is in the Anti Angel fight in the pilot. After that, it doesn't really make much sense. The author points this out:
Pikmin Fan: You see, this is a complete list of all of the symbolic metaphors the story has to offer when it comes to gender roles in media. Anti Angel represents overall just kind of bad sexist crap. That's really it. End of story.
It should be noted that back when this was just a random game idea that probably wouldn't have been made, the then-called This Game is Sexist would have had its title make a lot more sense. Since Duck was going to be far more kicked in Testosterone Poisoning, and the twelve demons would have just been labeled "babes" before revealing themselves as demons and they were distressed damsels. Now that the demons aren't captive and have bigger plot roles, Duck is more-or-less "male, season 1-Luanne Platter mixed with adult Finn the Human," (GPF's word), Witchita is more than just an overarching Big Bad, and Anti Angel is a far nicer boss than he was in the game idea (namely, he does not force the demons into fire to power him up), the title doesn't make as much sense.
According to Pikmin Fan, this is intended to be read by a slightly older crowd, at least those who know about the various typical media elements that TSiS averts and mocks. The result? A Running Gag of people calling Lou an asshole, Icesky's general language, and an f-bomb from Anti Angel are the only clear elements that push this into a T rating (note that these are all villains or, in Lou's case, a character just not meant to be likable), in addition to a very few elements tossed in later like Duck having questionable dreams about the demons in a subplot to one chapter or... a while after that, Duck and the demons all needing to sleep together naked. Neither of which are particularly fanservicey at all, and it's hardly noticable since Witchita's nudity is Played for Laughs and Summer's is played for the Full-Frontal Assault factor and Fan Disservice.
He also says that he tries to keep his major projects within the general "T" scope — nothing "big" is rated higher (this isn't because of the ratings by themselves, but again the author's preference when it comes to excess violence and the like outside of badfics), and only one thing so far has been rated lower: the whole Crackcest Decathalon. And even then, it's at K+ and still uses T for its Archive of Our Own mirrors.
Bleep Dammit: The A-plot of the chapter "Nudity" comments on this, as well as overreliance on Getting Crap Past the Radar. The jist is, a giant sculpure of a penis is found burried in Italy, and it's determined to date back in the Renaissance era. It was thought to be sculpted as ways of Getting Crap Past the Radar by its time, hidden for the fact that it's literally a giant penis, and in TSIS's present it quickly became a subject of a lot of debate. Here's where the trope comes in: It was eventually decided to be a work of art, and it was acceptable to show it or drawn replicas of it on television. Guess what the majority of adult sitcoms did.Once the protagonists get involved in this, they find that the sculpure was actually made by the villain of the week in the 1900s. It's not considered classical art anymore, many episodes are banned, a few fines are tossed out, and the subplot ultimately comments on the entire It's Not Porn, It's Art idea, yet at the same time the overly strict censorship of nudity.
Book Ends: The first and last chapters of season one have a Fusion battle.
Brick Joke: Towards the beginning, Duck's old roommate (just about to move out) mentions that he thinks the apartment is haunted by a ghost. At the end of the first chapter, Red (now that Duck knows about her supernatural origins) goes into the bathroom, reaches into a mirror, pulls out a punk teenage ghost, and orders him to stop haunting houses.
Cast of Snowflakes: If the concept art is any indication, this is what the comic is going for.
Pikmin Fan: You know, it's kind of a simplistic art style. So there's really no excuse to have everyone look alike.
Characterization Marches On: Admitted to be a consequence of trying to introduce fourteen recurring characters in one comparatively short and simple chapter. Duck and Green seemed a lot more stoic through the entire chapter, Witchita didn't really have her smugness apparant until the second half,
Color-Coded Characters: Most of the characters have a color to them, usually based on their appearance. Duck has his blonde hair color (originally planned to be his tan skin color), Witchita is purple (originally planned to be the same as her blonde hair), Anti Angel's is a very, very dark gray (sometimes black, but not always), Frank the Gray and Frank the White are obvious, the Mech Bike's is pale blue (jet fires), Hydra's is maroon, and the demons are also obvious.
Cerebus Syndrome: Word of God denied this ever happening to a servere degree in this story if it goes as planned, and even made an entire chapter parodying both bad uses of it and the common "this series didn't exist in the way you see it and everything fantastic was just in this guy's head"-type guesses.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Pikmin Fan goes through his way to avert this, on both the heroes and villain's sides. The baddies usually not being just as strong against 361 people as they are against 1 is part of the reason why Duck and the demons can just plow through most of the things that they face on a regular basis, and they often take advantage of this by splitting up into several groups. However, there are occasionally enemies that can take them on, or armies which are each made of people elite enough to take a certain character on in an even match.
Darker and Edgier: Downplayed. While it's definitely lighthearted and shares the whole "massive verse with several kinds of magic and mythical races" gig as the author's previous two original stories (and even some of his fan fiction, like Everburn, Real Story, or most of the SBIG installments), it's a little more serious and character-driven than THE BEST FAMILY. And a tad more "realistic" as well, the people's low standards for pop culture nonwithstanding.
Devil but No God: The TSiS-verse seems to contain no divine creator being, just afterlives divided into factions of "good" or "evil" (and even that depends on the individual planet). In addition to that, there is still yet to really be any appearances of anything from Heaven, while demons who used to work at Hell make up a lot of the main cast. As of the latest update, the only real signs of anything Heaven-related is Anti Angel's name and Summer claiming to be an angel at first. Except the former's just another demon (if a stronger one) who thought the name was cool and the latter is actually a witch.
Pikmin Fan was kind of forced to do this seeing how the story would go, but the first chapter is pretty different when compared to the rest of the series. Duck and Witchita are the only non-360 characters to get "card introductions" (he thought about doing this with every villain, but it might get exhausting to read and lean more towards telling instead of showing, plus many of them are new by TSIS's time and thus don't have government records on their powers and thus, no cards), and to show a contrast between the overworld and Hell, they're formatted a bit differently from the demons'. Each of Duck's default tools also got cards, to prevent anything he does from appearing to come out of nowhere. It aknowledged its title a little more in the form of an antagonist who is actually kind of a nod to cliches that happen to female characters (having capturing powers, etc). The villain of the chapter also dies, something that still happens yet is incredibly rare.
It's been said by the author that the story is roughly divided into "seasons" (or "arcs"; he's not certain) made up of six chapters each, with their own major villain, related antagonists, and a number of Lone Wolf Bosses so that the plot to defeat said main villain doesn't feel like it's dragging on too long. With the six-chapter dividor in mind, the differences between the first season and everything after are very clear. The townspeople oddly get almost no focus despite how more of the plotlines are about the town itself, they also act more like clueless idiots when something comes along while they become more reasonable and realistic in season two, Duck and Witchita's conflict is put on a higher degree than it usually is (mostly due to Witchita being the central Big Bad of the season; something else fitted under the trope since it means her minions like Hydra and Guns got more focus as real threats), and the town-centric plots/subplots seemed more like cleaner-South Park-esque moments where something seemingly just silly turned out to have the Villain of the Week behind it in a contrast to the more "adventure to a distant place" plot about half of the chapters have. Duck and the demons do not separate into squads onscreen that often, and when they do, the Rotating Protagonist trope doesn't come into play. (In fact, the only time we actually focus on more than one group that's off on a mission is, appropriately, the season finale, and even then they unite because it turns out that the "individual" threats are really related.) This was supposedly done to give the main twelve a lot of focus, and have some "central characters" to get used to before having chapter after chapter that feels like tossing on Remember the New Guy at the beginning. Also, recurring villains like Summer or Icesky or Sandstone do not enter the story until chapters four and five onward, and most of them were just one-shots since there wasn't originally any plan to bring them back. Meaning that Witchita felt like the only recurring villain, and since the season also had a serious lack on expanding the witch race, it made the work feel a lot smaller back then and with a less developed world. It used meta-related humor and gave take thats at other works of fiction more often. All-in-all, it was a much simpler and more straightforeward sit-com/adventure, and lived up to how it considered itself "a knockoff of Adventure Time but not to the point where you could call it fan fiction", before the humor and the storylines were actually more intermixed and the idea of developing the more minor demons by way of putting them off into squads and forcing him to make up new characters to drive these plots was put into action. And before he decided to expand on the more fantastic elements of the world, emphasizing the development of demon/alien/witch/etc cultures and having a bigger emphasis on villains that are about as strong as the demons themselves.
Speaking of the villains being as strong as the demons themselves, that does not happen in the first season much if at all. (Villains as strong as Duck however are a different story.) Rather, many of the antagonist could be one-shotted by them if given the chance, they just use strategy to hide themselves. While Duck's first opponent who manages to completely best him and nearly screw him over, Anti Angel, was on the very first chapter, it took until Seecon's introduction before the 360 had their ownWake-Up Call Boss. (Although the season one finale came close: Witchita, Summer, and Sandstone combining their materials into a giant not-quite-mecha, but as Fusion the demons eventually gutted it out and attacked their weak point.)
The demon race can master over pretty much any form of matter or energy, yet their "base" move is something called "raw plasma". Basically, the same kind of generic energy stuff that Duck's plasma gun shoots by default, and it's just about fire. All of the 360 have specialized in studying a different kind of "expanding element" that they use on occasion, which often (at least when it comes to the primary/secondary group) matches up with their color, like Blue for water and Red for... a different kind of fire. But they're generally all some kind of dynamic element, which is what makes Icesky (ice) such a contrast with them all.
Not powers per-say, but speaking of the plasma gun, it can not only shoot out raw plasma, but electricity (which is real plasma, going by the scientific term) and super heated air. All of these at different charge levels and in different ways. This is said to be because the gun's power source is a crystal made from an as-of-yet unknown demon.
Non-demonic characters too. Witchita... seems to use darkness, and purple fires a lot; and there's Summer with her plants, Standstone's rock, etc.
The introduction makes it clear on what Duck is like. How he values the well-being of everyone on Earth more than his own economical life. And in a way, this is done with attacks, since everything Duck uses by the beginning of the story (the plasma gun, the air boots, Mechbike, and wind-style) is used and elaborated upon during his first on-screen battle with Witchita.
Green and Blue are quick to establish themselves as well. Word of God says that, when it comes to characterizing the demons and things like what order to start with, he generally likes going by colors, from primary to secondary to tertiary, etc. Red already had a lot more screentime prior to the restaurant scene, and was in fact the only demon who was introduced beforehand.
Everything Trying to Kill You: Jesus is this ever-present. Some of the enemies Duck and the demons face include aliens, evil plants (including at least one entire evil forest), a strange not-ghost haunting an abandoned carnival, the reactor of a giant comet-spaceship created from carving out and alterning a colossal pearl someone spat out after swallowing a grain of sand (It Makes Sense in Context), a giant building-like mecha that's powered by lies, an evil website, and a character based on an image the author saw on Tumblr once.
In the first chapter, Red never exactly lies about being a demon. She even drops several hints at it on purpose, which could be made for other contexts.
Expy: Unusually, some of the characters are based on Pikmin Fan's portrayals of other characters in his fan works. See the character sheet for specific examples.
First Episode Spoiler: You'd have to practically lie about this to give a summary that's both accurate and doesn't give away: the fact that Jennifer is a demon by the name of Red (but to be fair this is said outright on her first appearance, just that Duck doesn't know that); she was on a mission to make a portal for Anti Angel; and AA dies with Red and her 359 co-workers deciding to have a life in the living world. You could just describe the villains after the pilot as well as the Duck-Witchita conflict, but that still has the issues of being misleading.
Foil: Duck and Witchita are practically opposites. Duck is a poor but optimistic hero who believes in giving everything for the benefit of the innocent, and at times enjoys a good analysis that looks deep into life. Witchita is a rich but cynic villain who wants to pit herself at the center of the criminal world, trying to Worf everyone she comes across, and even knows that this will cause problems with other people (mainly regarding war, political or underground) but doesn't care much about it since said problems happen all the time anyway. Even in appearances, Duck is a pretty buff guy with at least heavy pants while Witchita is a slim, naked woman.
Hate Sink: None of the villains are really intended to be liked that much. Neutral characters have the very unusual, erratic and quickly angered Lou, and it's confirmed that others will appear.
Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: One of the bigger problems with Duck. In spite of battling monsters weekly at the absolute least, he's stuck with a lacking job living in an apartment with barely enough to make a living. This gets to the point where he's horrified at the thought of losing a roommate in the beginning.
Duck is the only major male character. And the major heroic character slot is attempted to be evenly divided between him and 12 female demons (it's also divided into a fourteenth piece in the form of Witchita but we'll get to that), who are also with 348 other female demons.
The villains are a little more divided. Out of the recurring ones, there's Witchita (female and the only villain said to be a major/main character), Summer (F), Icesky (F), Sandstone (F), [There's gonna be a lot more just wait a little.]
Jerkass: Many of the characters, particularly the villains. As with Expy, please see the character sheet for individual and specific examples.
Lighter and Softer: Look under everything mentioned under Darker and Edgier. Now, it's lighter than everything mentioned there except for THE BEST FAMILY itself. Soap is pretty cynical by Pikmin Fan's standards (although this was an Intended Audience Reaction), Everburn is about a class-0 apocalypse and how its main character Bobby still somehow can't take that seriously enough, Real Story involves a very complicated conspiracy where threats to kill and/or destroy chunks of the Earth are pretty common and some characters do die later, and SBIG counts as a whole if you consider Black Comedy to be dark, thanks to its stories being populated by Decoy Protagonists and having a pretty firm Anyone Can Die policy. Compared to that, this is just a guy and some friendly demons fighting the Villain of the Week.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Thanks to the way the demon group works, the cast is expanding pretty quickly. As of now, about 30 of them have received some focus and characterization, out of 360 of them total. (But Pikmin Fan confesses that it's unlikely they'll all get a lot of characterization.) Them aside, there's Duck, Witchita, countless monsters of the week (or not, since many of the villains are recurring), the townspeople, etc. to thicken it out a little.
Duck's "trials" to see who would be his roommate (IE the best person who could defend themselves from an oncoming attack, since as seen with Witchita in the introduction people can and will attack his room directly) mirror the final six challenge in Total Zeksmit Plains. Fitting as there are six people who signed up for it. There's a paintball-themed part, followed by a course with mud and tires, then something with a fan (in this case, combatting the breeze), then a match taking place in a cage, and finally, something on a bridge.
The demons, Duck, and later on additional parties linking up their dreams to an electronic system and entering that. Unsurprising considering Pikmin Fan's like for Dream Walking. This can also be a convenient way to have a chapter seem Bizarro while still technically making sense within its rules, as the viruses often personify themselves and the good guys in some other form, which is not far off from an alternate reality. So far, there's been [...]
Fusion is planned to make an appearance each season, with the exception of the first, where she appears twice. Once in the first chapter, for the last segment of the battle with Anti Angel, and once at the end of the season, against the combined... not-mecha formed from Summer's trees, Sandstone's brick, and Witchita's iron. The "planned" is for worries that, even with an average of only once every six chapters, she might get repetitive.
Blue's reaction to her "redesign" in the anime-esque computer-made verse. "What the hell happened to my tits!" Shortly followed by "My vision's fucked too!" The latter is explained that all demons have extrordinarly good eyesight thanks to their shape-shifting, so being near-sighted was unheard of back then. The former was waved by Word of God in that breasts are Serious Business in Hell.
There's also that point where a secondary character giving a speech with stage fright blares out "COCKSUCKERS!" because he was trying to remember something, then took that out of context and said the first word that came to his head.
Prop Recycling/What Could Have Been: This story in general has a pretty... complicated history. Not as complicated and drastic as the Blue Sun Chronicals, but still pretty complicated.
For starters, the author was imagining it as a game before liking the idea enough to turn it into something that can actually be published in the near future, yet back then there were only planned to be twelve "demons." Quotes used because they would turn out to be parts that will fuse together to become the hypothetical game's Final Boss. There was also a side-project Onionstuck, a fan fiction that would have been about Pikmin playing Sburb, which was canned for a few reasons. Then a new idea with the concept Roottangled rose, but with a whopping 360 technicolor humans (inspired by this image) playing Sburb, but then he combined that with the old game idea... just to make a new game idea. The 12 "components" were made into demons who wouldn't reveal as such until the end, whereupon they are joined with the rest of their company to unwillingly help the new idea for the final boss, Anti Angel (the old idea was a dragon-like hybrid of Patty and Selma, called "Selmatty," for some reason), to kill him. Some planned personalities from Onionstuck/Roottangledwere put on some of the other demons (though it wasn't a 1:1 character transplant. The red one, for example, is far more calm than her Pikmin/plant-person color match), and this was eventually made into a written story while RT eventually got split out anyway just to fill the void of his "sixth" work. And now, only six demons are in the living world disguising as humans and summoning Anti Angel.
Reality Ensues: Almost all the time, mostly earlier onto the story. Such as the flashback to Red/Yellow/Green/Cyan/Blue/Magenta first making it to Earth — it seems impressive to most of them, until they realize that, since nothing on the surface really knew about Hell and it isn't considered an established nation/collection of nations, there's no exchange rate, and so they have to start out broke unless they want to make counterfiet money. Despite that, at least Red managed to make a better living than Duck.
Rotating Protagonist: To both give themselves an actual challenge and to cover more ground, Duck and the 360 will often split into smaller groups to tackle their monsters of the week. But usually these groups will be covered in the same chapter, so there is a bit of perspective switching going on.
Rule of Three: Witchita has not been arrested yet and as such has a few traits of her that haven't been officially recorded. However, her Threat Information Card still gives them. How?
(For Height) (Data taken from the time Duck Prince slammed her against a measuring wall in battle.) (For Weight) (Data taken from the time Duck Prince kicked her on a scale in battle.) (For Blood Type) (Data taken from blood drawn from a battle with Duck Prince.)
It's implied that Duck did this on purpose, for trying to get as much recorded as possible for the benefit of the authorities.
When describing what it's like working for Hell and dealing with ghosts: "Well, there's a lot of biting and scratching." And "It's like dealing with a bunch of stuck-up babies."
Red saying "I don't have to [X], I'm just doing it so that I can have more of an excuse to talk to you" when talking to a non-demon character while walking/driving/in one case, showering, since demons can use their powers to bypass all of these and more. Usually by methods involving turning into fire. They just like being in their humanoid forms.
Satan. "Please. Don't make my job any harder than it is." And variations.
Ship Sinking: Author's notes have sunk Duck/Witchita near the end of the first arc, saying that it's near-impossible for that to happen in the main story since he was sick of male-female conflicts being a front for relationship developing. (And because Witchita is a serious threat to both society and Duck's life; her undergoing a Heel-Face Turn must be gradual, which kind of is where the story seems to be leaning.) Pikmin Fan even thought about making them turn out to be related, and while knowing him that might not mean sinking a pairing to this date he hasn't jossed the idea either. Despite the fact that humans and witches appear to be completely different races. He also discouraged Duck/any demon, or making a character to be his love interest. Although any spinoff-related media might have this as fair game.
Spiritual Successor: This is one to Dave's Hangover, a Homestuck fan fic. It has been described by the author as "this, except everything's on a smaller scale, which is odd because I got the idea of that after I came up with TSIS." While they ultimately have different tonesnote TSIS is a lot more "realistic" in terms of the actions done, avoids Amusing Injuries and quick recoveries, and doesn't have an overarching mystery like Hangover's "what did Dave do over the three days." and Hangover plays Status Quo Is God straighter (bar the main plot about getting back to Houston, oddly), the themes are there: One powered human and a bunch of more skilled humanoid women go on adventures against Monsters of the Week, with a few certain recurring allies and enemies.
Status Quo Is God: Averted, and Pikmin Fan actually avoided playing this straight to such an extent that he made it a requirement that every chapter should have some kind of lasting change to happen. It could be something small, or much larger.
Lou's ads. The only one shown so far is done with very cheap effects (like rewinding a video of him accidentally driving a motorcycle backwards through a window so it looks like he's crashing through the window to get in; despite the glass magically healing itself and his following backwards speak implying otherwise), tries to make it look like he's using other people when his "guests" are clearly just him with a black bar over their eyes for "protection," he actually insults himself, and he's usually eating a hamburger in several cases even when it's not appropriate. Or when he's talking.
Any Show Within a Show or other-work-of-fiction within a show is almost garunteed to be this. One of the latest movies coming out is a Darker and Edgier re-imagining of the Three Little Pigs of all things, there's a novel that consists of some guy shouting at buildings yet it's hailed as a modern-generation classic by what is thankfully a Vocal Minority as it's "a comment on society"note The worst part about this one is that the book was based on the author actually yelling at big-corp buildings, and then there's the sitcom Meta, which takes Better than a Bare Bulb to outright obnoxious levels.
Take That: This is actually a given, since a lot of this story is based on avoiding and critiquing a lot of media pitfalls or other trends Fan doesn't like.
Fan has made is very clear that he does not like, or even hates, overly dependant female characters. Especially if they act younger than they should. Anti Angel was partly made as a jab at these.
And on the flip side, Icesky was originally intended to be a mockery of abusive Tsunderes, attempting to portray one as an antagonist.
At the beginning of the second chapter, Blue goes into a comic book store. Everyone around her stares at her nervously. She asks, "Is a girl going in here really that rare?" Duck is quick to answer that it's because she's A DEMON that they're freaking out (this scene takes place right before the "publically announce" speech and is in fact the basis of it), and someone tags on "The Big Bang Theory may be scientifically accurate, but that's about it."
"THE DARKERS AND EDGIERS" is one gigantic take that at badly done Cerebus Syndrome, people who insists that their favorite works of fiction must have a dark reboot, or really just cerebus syndrome and being overtly cynical in general. It also pretty much confirms that this will take itself about as seriously as it did in the pilot.note Which is to say, it will remain lighthearted sprinkled out, and while the villains themselves are taken seriously, it's overall handled in a very Monster of the Week-ish fashion. With some mild overreaching arcs that give the story enough of a sense of advancement.
Technicolor Fire: All over the place. You cannot take three steps in the TSiS verse without being ignited by it. Well, actually, you can, but the point is it's everwhere. The demon's flames/energy each match their own color, Witchita uses purple fires a lot, Duck's mech-bike has blue jet fires, Fusion has rainbow fires, Clear has transperant flames....
Witchita was, partly, also a way to see if people would defend her bad actions because she was attractive, as while the story is clearly trying for something with her, it by far does not sugercoat any of her actions.
Violet's concept was admitted to be more trolling. He said that he wanted one of the 360 to be specifically designed with 50s-stereotypical "woman" interests like cooking and cleaning, mainly to see if anyone would complain even though it's been established before her introduction that the entire female cast isn't like that. Though the fact that she actually has a pretty powerful battle moveset (same goes with everyone else really) based on such things helps.
As the story goes on, Pikmin Fan has been getting more and more secretive about future details. He originally said that anyone who was Duck or represented a color modelnote the 360 for RGB, Seecon and his minions for CMYK, the Cattites for RYB, and the three witches and a potential "white"-themed character for GPOT (the "T" standing for "tint") won't be dying in the near future, although there's a small chance that other characters could. Now, he gives vague answers, one of which hinted at killing of Tyler from THE BEST FAMILY. (He said something that ended with "Oh no, poor Tyler's down, we hardly knew ye!" The thing is, a character with the same name — because he was a cameo of the same guy — appeared at the beginning of TSIS's first chapter, as Duck's former roommate. To those only familiar with this, it would seem like he's joking about offing a cameo character who actually hasn't been seen since that first apperanace, but being a TBF reader offers the possibility that he'll kill off the male lead of his previous original web fiction, or both, or even neither as thoughts.)
Up to Eleven: Hell is this in-universe. It's said to up the scale in a lot of things; having hundreds of people filling the roles that, in a spot on Earth, would likely only be filled with about ten or twenty, since those tasks in turn require a large number of individuals. This might even get a nod in how the 360, who have similar yet stronger and more abilities than Duck and kind of act as his foils, come in... well, 360, while Duck himself is just one person. Thanks to being in large numbers, they're really good at crowd-related things, like methods at avoiding the bystander effect.
Icesky was going to be created on her debut chapter, and only be a very young person (who still looked like she was in her twenties, and was generally made with the education of someone in that range. Let's just say demons would have been even weirder and leave it at that) who had gotten the wrong idea about heroism and villainy. But this raised a few Unfortunate Implications, and she was changed to be a century-old dickwad.
Sandstone was originally going to just be a giant living brick that's made out of smaller living bricks. Also, back then, there was still the idea for a new model of colornote not that new; it's just Green, Purple, and Orange, like a subtractive counterpart to Red, Yellow, and Blue (which in itself is pretty much Magenta, Yellow, and Cyan), with a few oddities as to how mixing color works in order to make it seem more unique that Witchita and Summer, the witches back then, were supposed to fall under, which is coded by their magic rather than their skin. (They have the new GPO, while the 360 follows RGB, the Cattites follow RYB, and Seecon follows CMYK. Let's not get into individual color concepts that contrast with the 360 like Anti Angel's black or Frank the White's white.) This was to raise speculation of an "orange witch" that completes the trio. However, to kill two birds with one stone pun unintended, Sandstone's personality and the identity of the orange witch was taken care of by virture of her being that witch and instead of getting seperate chapters as originally planned she was introduced simultaneously with Summer. Yet this still raises potential for someone else — considering that there's also black/key in the CMY color model, which Seecon himself follows under while his minions are on the chromatics, it raises potential for a white (keeping in line with how this model is an inverse of RYB; so they key would be white, not black) witch.
World of Badass: Just about every character who isn't a background extra (and even so, they have their exceptions) is a badass.
A Character Sheet
Main Characters — Not Demons
Duck "Darren Detonation" Prince
Badass in Distress: In the pilot, where he's trapped by an attack from Anti Angel that builds forts specific to the attacked person's limits.
Camp Straight: Zig-zags in and out, as a point from the author that interests traditionally seen as belonging to the opposite sex does not automatically mean for a different sexuality.
Great Pikmin Fan: A guy who's openly into both poker and poetry! In almost every television program ever that would be impossible, regardless of what that character is!
His initial design is based loosely on Duke Nukem, and his name and alter ego are from said character's name as well. That's where the similarities end though.
Played even straighter appearance-wise with Dave Strider — concept art reveals that he somewhat looks like an older, grittier Dave Strider around his 20s and with a lot more muscle, to the point where it even looks like his Dave's Hangover incarnation would become Duck in a few years.
Chaste Hero: He really, really comes off as this, in part because of Word of God being very hesitant to write any actual romance in the story in fear that it might either overtake the plot or just come across as forced. (Especially if it's with one of the villains, like Witchita.) While the demons spend most of the story being very modest, he takes no note at all when they're not, and later on in the Capsule miniarc they tell him that they all have to sleep naked together in order for them to keep him warm after a virus shuts down most of Capsule's power. He just shrugs and says "okay." The fact that he often tends to focus on humanity (and... demonanity... alienanity... every humanoid race, pretty much)'s safety and potential future and pits it in such a high priority, and that his biggest annoyance is a nude woman might help.
Friend to All Children: He treats kids very highly on his scale of respect; believing in being the start of the next generation and ultimately holding great potential when they grow up. Of course, various other characters (and the author) kind of dissagree on him, thinking that kids are usually idiots.
King Incognito: When making a flier for a new roommate, he leaves out the fact that he is, in fact, hero Darren Detonation, because he thinks that otherwise he would get too many people swarming at him and thus requiring a much longer process.
It's stated that Witchita frequently (though not by this as an explicit purpose) flashes him in their fights, because her hair does, in fact, obey the laws of physics unless she's specifically manipulating it ala Hair Armor, so no perma "glued to the body" Godiva Hair for her. But this doesn't phaze him the least; seeing her naked does not make him hesitate trying to defeat her. Although he later confesses that he does find her looks attractive. He's just trying to shove that behind him.
Duck is probably the laziest OC I have ever written. And that's saying a lot! I made a Homestuck fantroll that took Karkat's body, recolored the pants, and just tossed a ton of John and Jade traits, ending it with souless eyes. Granted, it was for a badfic and I did regret the character even by badfic standards, but the bar was still set. Pretty low. And he limboed below it. For starters, he was named after a typo I made while searching Duke Nukem. His original idea was to be in a minimalistic first person shooter thing where all you do is run up to a goal point and the game is over, and back then he was an extremely masculine character. But, after finally transplanting him here, he lost much of being OTT masculine. Yet the name still stuck. Even though he's not much like Duke Nukem at all.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: He always believes in arresting first. And yes, he averts What Measure Is a Non-Human?, What Measure Is a Mook?, andWhat Measure Is a Non-Cute? by trying this with Sandstone (who appeared to be a living giant brick, and this was back when he thought this was the case), nonlethaly stunning any Mook he sees, and by still refusing to kill Summer (while she does have one human look, there's another where she looks like she's fused with some roots and vines and the like) respectively.
Token Human: He's the only human main character, genetically engineered or otherwise. Other humans do appear, but they so far have not gotten as much screentime as the other aliens, witches, or demons.
Would Hit a Girl: Look one character entry below. That's his main rival. They fight. A lot. And that aside, he treats characters equally — trying to ration with them until/unless he sees them comitting a crime or gets reliable sources of it.
A somewhat cynical witch who believes that exploiting tragety and violence is the biggest key to personal gain and success, and enjoys contributing to making the world a dog-eat-dog one. She runs several illegal superweapon-building labs, where she develops all of said weapons for trade. This gives her remarkable profit, and thanks to her above-average witch skills, she has proven to be a difficult target to hit. Because of this, she is Duck's most reoccuring threat, and his personal annoyance.
Dark Is Evil: She has purple as a commonly associated color. Word of God says that this choice was because he liked the idea of an "anethesis" to characters themed around a full spectrum of bright colors to not be black or gray, but instead a dark value of one of them, and cited the fourth Mario and Luigi game of all things as inspiration for that. (With the Dream and Dark Stones.) While Witchita mainly provides purple, she has also done things which involve breaking into another full spectrum of her own, if using dark colors.
Establishing Character Moment: Before her "card introduction", she's first seen attacking Duck in his own apartment room just after Tyler moves out, saying that he owes her a battle after she destroyed one of her labs.
She comes across as one to the author's portrayals of Vriska Serket as an inneffectual villain, which is more of an expy than a Captain Ersatz since the only trait they have in common is how much they fail and their RPG-Bowser treatment. Which is not exactly something applied to canon Vriska. Except that Witchita is a lot more successful than Vriska ever was in any of his Homestuck fanworks that were not disturbing coma dreams, having a larger-than-moon-sized base and being able to nab several Artifacts of Doom on her own. It says a lot when a naked witch is better than you at something.
Admited to be unintentional, but a nude blonde woman whose theme color is mostly based on her hair, eyes, and on occasion skin? With a lot of high, often telekinetic powers? And even some mild self-copying? Well, aside from how Witchita's self-copying is a lot more toned down, she seems to be an awful lot like the Curse Woman from Sweet Jade And Hella John. Of course, their personalities are very different, as CW is far more serious.
Full-Frontal Assault: Technically. She's naked, but thanks to how ridiculously long her hair is and how it goes everywhere over her in large heaps, she has just about everything except her feet (only sometimes), hands, neck and head completely covered. Because of how unrevealing it is, she's one of the few characters who manages to be naked yet still invert Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains (depending on what heroes you count).
Go Karting with Bowser: Happens with Duck all the time. It gets to the point where they even briefly play the Trope Namer together, possibly lampshading just how bad of a rival she is.
Godiva Hair: Takes this trope to its logical extreme, in that her hair is long and thick enough to completely go over her body aside from her face, neck, very upper chest, lower legs, and at times arms. It actually looks something more like a large, blonde shell than hair.
Remove the last three letters of her name. Bingo, that's what she is.
An unintentional and less obvious example (she was actually named after a city in Texas mentioned in King of the Hill) is how her name is spelled similarly and homophonic to Wichita, Kansas. This takes place in Kansas. (Well, sort of, Duck's apartment is there, but he and the 360 move around very often) Wichita is the largest city, something that is kind of appropriate to her personality.
Our Witches Are Different: The witch race in general has been integrated with society for millennia now (similar to the elemental classes from Total Zeksmit), and look remarkably human. In fact, the only known differences between witches and humans is that they can naturally create magic and, for some reason, the two cannot inter-breed. Witches as a whole are generally implied to have more laid-back atittudes on nudity, although Witchita herself is considered an extremist.
Playing Both Sides: She just sells weapons to whoever's buying, not giving a damn about what side it's from. And manages to make a pretty nice profit out of that.
Spell My Name with an "S": Witchita, not Wichita. Yes, the protagonist's house may be centered in Kansas, and Wichita is the name of a real city (and, appropriately, the largest city), but the first part of her name is still spelled like the mythological magic user.
All There in the Manual: An aversion; they have specific employee numbers based on what "degree" their color would fit in the "360 colors" image on Wikipedia, with "000" (actually 360, but let's keep it a little simpler) being red, 060 being yellow, etc, and this is done (even long after they quit the job that gave them designations) to avoid having to look up concept art to see exactly which hue they fall under. Since, to give an example, the difference between fuchsia and magenta is pretty subjective. And then there's the ones whose colors are not named after real colors.
Amazing Technicolor Population: While the series does have races with technicolor skin themselves, the demons are noted for having a much wider variety in colors than just about anything else, instead of the usually-monotonous colors the aliens/supernatural beings have.
Color-Coded Characters and Colorful Theme Naming: It's said to be tradition to name those who came from high-ranking families after colors when there is no "living" person with that name, in a way to try to enforce a One Mario Limit in their system. It's also a part of their very specific "degree birth" ceremony that they were all born in — all of the royal families somehow time their egg-making so that they'll all hatch one day away from eachother. (Something that is supposedly remarkably easier to do for demons.)
To expand on this, they make up all hues (going by the 360-system, not the 256-system; this was a coincidence) but at the same middle value and in full saturation, with Duck being "lightness" (his representing color is a pale yellow) and Witchita being "darkness" (her's as a dark purple). This is visible in the "yin-yang" doodle Fan made, which is technically the first TSIS-related art he did even if it doesn't involve any of the characters.
Divergent Character Evolution: According to the author, this is the plan for about half of the story. To split them up in terms of characterization.
Early-Bird Cameo: Their debut was technically/chronologically chapter 22 of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, and in Everburna major plot point near the end was that the universe was only one in what was then 360, and each of what in this story is a demon acts as a patron guide to it. The former can be said for Anti Angel; however, he does not appear in any form or even get a mention in Everburn.
In-Series Nickname: Some characters and even Pikmin Fan himself refer to them all as "the 360," or other similar names, to differentiate them with the entire rest of the demon race.
Our Demons Are Different: They can come in any color imaginable, they have an odd language system that names pretty individual hues, tieing to that their eyesight is apparantly better than human's at deciphering the difference between colors, they can shape shift or turn themselves into fire, they can have mastery of any number of "elements" (really just specific forms of matter), and finally they are born in eggs and start their life looking like dragon-looking things. The shapes of their tails and wings do not have to be consistent either, though their shape-shifting might play a role in that. And they can fuse with eachother.
Really 700 Years Old: Pikmin Fan confirms that all of the 360 look somewhere in the range of their 20s to 30s (he only gives this range to joss the idea of any of them being Token Mini-Moes), but they're all just about as old as the United States of America. In fact, they're even older than Anti Angel by about a century.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: To the extent that them all being part of royalty in Hell's 360 wealthiest families is almost a facet of backstory, especially since they're more concerned with protecting Earth.
Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Many of the 360, especially Red, usually wear unremarkable, casual outfits. Anti Angel, on the other hand, wears nothing but a loincloth that only covers... well, what you would expect. And then there's the two witches introduced so far, Witchita and Summer, who each have their unique variation on Full-Frontal Assault.
Superpower Lottery: At least the 360 can shoot fire (or other fire-like/plasm-like stuff, but it's generally like fire), shapeshift, turn into flames, all merge into Fusion, fly, spawn 4-dimensional portals to at least Hell and back (although this is implied to require at least 6 of them), manipulate ghosts, take chunks of their energy and turn it into self-replenishing objects (think faux-chaos emeralds), and do several physical feats.
The first demon Duck meets (out of this group, that is. But based on his reaction to her reveal, she seems to be the first demon he saw period), only by then she was under the guise of a human named Jennifer who was looking for a place to stay. Being one of seven people who signed up for being Duck's new roommate. Passing his tests, she decides to hang out with him. And mostly drives him crazy.
Jack of All Stats: When it comes to combat, she's a pretty neutral character by demon standards. She fits this moreso than Duck, who at least has the gimmick of being an engineered human instead of a demon like the rest of them are.
The Lad-ette: Barely took any care to tidy almost anything up. Barely. She also has an extremely lax atittude by Action Girl standards.
The form taken when all of them combine.
All Your Colors Combined: Her skin and hair bears a pattern that moves around between the colors composing her. As said in Shout-Out below, this is based on the appearance of the Onions in Pikmin 3.
Fusion Dance: A given. It's nothing really flashy (by their standards), they just turn into their flame mode and all pile by eachother, and then un-fireitize into... this result.
Gentle Giant: As the hive-mind of demons who are, individually, pretty peaceful, it's a given that their fused result comes off as this.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Downplayed, but would you really want to be on the bad side of someone or something named Fusion? Especially after knowing that Fusion is giant? It's a little ominous compared to Red, Azure, etc, which are only colors.
Nightmare Fuel: invokedThe individuals invoke this with her appearance, thanks to being shape-shifters. Because they actually do not like fusing together, and if they need to they don't want it for long (after all, controlling one body with 360 people at once is not easy or convenient, as Blue lampshades all the time), they want to try to scare off the enemy from trying to fight her. So, the result is a hulking giant with death glaring eyes, two saber-like teeth, and (usually) a heavy red outfit decked with (fake) bones, spikes, and generally anything you would expect from an actual monster from Hell.
Pikmin Fan flat-out admits that the way she changes colors was taken wholesale from the way the "Master Onion" works in Pikmin 3.
During their first fusion, Blue briefly un-fuses part of herself to give the suggestion to everyone to consider an anarchy or democracy system similar to Twitch Plays Pokémon, except for obvious reasons the anarchy option is more of a "any ideas, we'll take them first-come-first-serve, then clean the slate and make for new ideas if the old ones are irrelevant" than "just do the next suggestion we get, in a huge list."
The giant battles from the Mario & Luigi series and, to a lesser extent, Opal from Steven Universe also play parts in this concept. This gets a nod in that Fusion briefly uses a hammer in one fight and a bow in another, both of which made out of her Technicolor Fire.
Prop Recycling: This concept also appeared in Sweet Jade and Hella John. And Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals. And OT32 Shenanigans...
The ex-boss of the story's primary group of demons, he runs many "soul judgement" sectors of Hell. One such segment, with more elite jobs and tasks, specifically has only the 360 working there, as they are all from the "360 royal clans."
Captain Ersatz: His overall concept is admitted to be based loosely off Buga the Knut in Conker's Bad Fur Day. His cameo appearance in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals makes this much, much more obvious.
Damsel in Distress: He invokes this in that one of his more dangerous attacks is to construct fort-towers out of magic. He doesn't even need that against the demons, as thanks to their different forms he can force them to turn into fire and capture them in his septer.
Death by Origin Story: A rare villainous example. His death is part of the 360's story in the pilot and how they move to Earth and try to start lives there. Now that he's gone, the author admits, there is pretty much no reason to bring him back other than Rule of Cool.
Large and in Charge: Absorbing the power of other demons makes him stronger, and he grows slightly bigger for each one. One or even ten doesn't really make a difference, but over three and a half hundred of them does. However...
Politically Incorrect Villain: While the story never gets preachy with it (one of the smaller reasons being that he is only alive for the first chapter, and only makes any appearance halfway through) or anything related to actual sexism, he is a definite play on this. He traps people, and at one point in battle he twists Spring around in a clear mock of the Boobs-and-Butt Pose. (Except that her upper half is done around in a 180. Thankfully, as she can turn into fire and back, she gets better.)
Stripperiffic: It might be because of his short appearance, but he is never seen wearing anything more than a small loincloth.
Wake-Up Call Boss: Duck describes him as the first villain that basically screwed him over. While he had effortlessly went through other bad guys before, Anti Angel manages to successfully capture him, and he's reliant on Red to break into the self-crafted fort and free him. (Though Anti Angel's ability to confine people in forts specifically built after the person captured probably helped with that.) Mind you, this guy is only the first on-screen major villain faced; the following tend to take no less strategy to take down.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Granted, his spirit is still around and revival is a bit possible, but still, he's pretty much gone for good. He's also currently the only demon to die during the events of the story, pretty much revealing that demons CAN be killed.
The result of an experiment about a century ago where Red took off some energy from herself and gave it new life. Eventually, the result (who actually was originally named Jennifer — Red named her alternate persona after that) found a way to "reverse" the form of energy she was made out of, turning her into a being of pale azure "anti-heat" around the time she was twenty. Her debut chapter, which takes place on her hundreth birthday, is when she finally goes from Hell to Earth to check out on what her older sister was doing for the past few months. She soon comes to the thought that she would rather start an uprising and attack the human race, simply thanks to a few bad thoughts of them and some agressive behavior of her.
For the Evulz: She reasonates that she can take over a local park and turn it into her own personal winter area just because she's powerful enough and wants to, ignoring that there is highly likely to be some legal issue with it.
An Ice Person: Notably appears to be the only demon with powers relevant to ice. Pikmin Fan says that she was designed with an element that faces a big contrast to the others: None of the 360 proper seem to use ice, and in fact they all have powers related to more unique forms of matter or very dynamic elements (yes, even earth/solid-related powers are treated as dynamic), while her's is themed around limitations/lack of energy, and it's a modified version fo water, an already existing elemental assigned to Blue. The idea was to make her be some sort of universal contrast to the entire brigade, and to reflect Pikmin 2/3's use of water as an element while all snow/ice gets is a few stages. note And an enemy in the latter game that shoots non-lethal snowballs at you.
Light Is Not Good: Her associated color is actually lighter/paler than the 360's spectrum, but she is far from a hero.
Prop Recycling: The concept of having the red demon have an azure-ish "counterpart" who is themed around coldness while the red demon is themed around fire specifically and the other demons are themed on flame-like materials dates to Everburn. Going further and by their colors (although since there are already several good azure-themed characters, Icesky's shade was paled up), to the Hank-Rip rivalry, even if Rip Van Winkle isn't exactly snow themed while Hank Hill is fire-themed.
Shadow Archetype: To Red specifically. (Especially since she was kind-of made from her.) To the other demon's she mostly just an opposing counterpart.
(This is outdated. See What Could Have Been under the trope list for what she actually is.)
A strange colossal block of... sandstone, which is actually made of thousands of smaller (about brick-sized) blocks of standstone. It is not known if this thing is even sentient.
Mythology Gag: It's like the Noah battle from chapter 14 of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, except the sand itself is the villain. Heck, this thing even makes its first appearance as a pyramid in a desert, before revealing its "true" form.
A very weird woman found in the woods. Initially appearing wounded, she was just tricking Duck and some of the demons to follow her orders and gather a series of keys. In truth, she is a witch (who specializes in plant-related magic) that tries to attack them. Any connections with Witchita are currently unknown, and it should be noted that they have yet to appear in the same chapter.
Full-Frontal Assault: She confirms that this is actually standard for witches. Unlike Witchita, who only technically fights in the nude yet hides most of herself in a complete cocoon of hair, she goes out in nothing but a small and loose sleeping dress.
Vapor Wear: After revealing herself as a witch, she makes it obvious to anyone with eyesight that she doesn't have anything under her dress. Although seeing as she soon grows tree branches and the like around her, this is definitely played for Fan Disservice.
A very strange and very powerful photographer who claims that he wants to merge a planet of his eventual creation with Earth. Sadly, said planet does not appear to be friendly or even helpful in any way, and the fact that he's openly hostile to the heroes makes him even less trustworthy.
Color-Coded Characters: Black, which technically makes him the first — but not last — character with a redundant color association, unless you simply chose him to actually be the one themed with black while Anti Angel is just a dark gray (which fits with their "elements"; AA uses fire, which is normally light, while the dye Seecon has is pretty dark).
Meaningful Name: A very not-so-subtle corruption of "second," or "secondary."
Stealth Pun: His main method of transportation is a key. You know, in printing, the black color (out of the CMYK structure he's the one who fits black), is considered the key which adds detail to an image.
Wake-Up Call Boss: Basically, he is to the 360 what Anti Angel was to Duck. As the first villain of the second season and the point where the Early Installment Weirdness comes to a definite end, he shows both the heroes and the readers that this won't have the demons just simply finding the villain of the week and overpowering them.
The Jinx Fool
An incredibly bizarre being that haunts around the remains of the Laughing Mad Carnival, appearing near people to blast them with lazers should they remain in one spot for too long.
Expy: You're never gonna guess this. It comes from a little concept about the original Pikmin that the author came up with when he was younger. About an invincible jester-ghost that would show up outside of the landing site on the thirtieth day in the Forest of Hope, lazer-blasting anything that got near it. Something similar goes for a "Dark Posy" idea that actually went into one of his fanworks instead, based on something he saw in a dream that he thought was an Easter Egg for a long time before seeing that neither the Cutting Room Floor nor the Pikmin Wiki made any mention of it at all.
Our Ghosts Are Different: Except it's not really a ghost at all. For those wondering, it's considered a hay-wire being of energy that kind of formed from several busted machines.
Frank the White
Frank the Gray
A motorcycle "expert" who helps people who are desperate enough to need him. He makes a buisness out of this, which is still standing because thanks to TSiS's monster-infested world, people are often desperate enough to need him.
Jerkass: A running gag is the rest of the cast getting fed up with his pretty irrational behavior and telling people off.
Mistaken for Gay: By the ads of the site she visits. The reason why is because Witchita has been sneaking onto his computer to go on online dating sites — and, of course, notes that she's seeking men. His attempt to correct this went down horribly.
Actually a pretty nice guy.
In the Flesh Spinoff-exclusive Characters
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Actually, it's a bit more deep than that. You see, the guy who makes these usually has a few themes in them, and elements that support them. Fire — you know, the whole pride and expansion and firce fighting spirit, motion and energy and that's associated to Red more than the others since, out of the 360, she's the one who mainly specializes in fire even compared to the rest. Addition — growing in number and quality, and that was kind of tossed to Green with her plant skills. And duality. Blue's mainly-studied element (element major?), water, does not really fit this, but the author has a good habit of putting blue-themed things with yellow-themed things, and Blue's good pals with Yellow. And so not only do Seecon's elements invert these things, but they also invert them in a manner specific to their complementary color. Cyan = opposite of red = stillness = opposite of motion = "ice" barriers that shield the flames. Magenta = opposite of green = subtraction = opposite of addition = life-draining energy or otherwise deadly substances. Yellow = opposite of blue = incompleteness = opposite of duality I guess = the force that's used in his yellow energies is mainly used to rip things apart. Also, he does not have a pure blue energy. This would have worked a little better if there wasn't also a Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow on the 360's side, but eh.
The Guy's Alliance. It's formed by Owen (who shows one chapter after to have seriously taken a level in badass), and Trent and Tyler get in on it too in an attempt to undo their breakups, and... Owen's kicked off first. Duncan takes over and throws Geoff into the mix, only for the rest of the four guys to be the first people voted off in the entire game. To make things even worse, what kick starts these eliminations was Ezekiel playing the tourists like a fiddle, and not anything related to their relationships with their exes (in an attempt to avoid Ron the Death Eater when it comes to them, Duncan being the only clear exception). The notion of having some of the girls still have exes in the game would be a major shake-up to the already unstable harem subplot, but they're out before the harem even kicks off.
Alejandro and Justin's Big Bad Duumvirate role, thanks to the pacing and chapter limitations, only really has an effect for two chapters (Geoff's elimination was entirely caused by Ezekiel and his alliance, and the last two pre-Aftermath chapters were all about Justin and then Al having their plans backfire on them. They only held a hand in kicking off Noah and DJ). Contrast Owen/Duncan's alliance, which lasted a full five if you combine both of their roles as leadersnote Otherwise, Owen's dynasty was only for two, while Duncan's was for three. Four counting Geoff by himself, and five if the Aftermath in between is added.; Cody, who had the entirety of the space between the second and third Aftermaths; Gwen, who also got every chapter between Aftermaths, except it's actually six instead of five since the Aftermath was pushed back thanks to none of the eliminated contestants showing up at the time; and Ezekiel, who's been the overarching villain for the entire damn story since chapter 2. Compared to everybody else, the "pretty boys" were just filler villains, especially since unlike Cody and Ezekiel (Gwen is another story at least), they had very little developing them as antagonists and were mostly comic relief until their "arc" came into play.
Cody's little plans of tricking people around. Not only is he nowhere near as villainous compared to the other antagonists of their arcs (to the point where he's an arguable Designated Villain in this story), not only does his hints come into play sooner than Ezekiel himself does or even Owen, but his feats completely dwarf Ezekiel's in terms of impressiveness (such as having all 12 female contestants on his side at one point) and he's the only "villain" who was legitimately hinted at acting as a third party to the Harold/Beth/Bridgette/Courtney/Gwen/Heather/Izzy/Leshawna/Lindsay Vs Ezekiel conflict, if not being the one guy to succeed Ezekiel and take over as the Big Bad from the merge onward. By "Sweeden Sour," he's the only one left who isn't part of said group of ten involved in said conflict, a massive three-sided eleven-person showdown starts, Ezekiel is left floating on some driftwood making it unlikly that he'll worf him, and... He get distracted by Lindsay's boobs, ends up frozen, and his teammates let Team Fire win and Chris come in second so that they can vote Cody off.
Fanservice: There is notably a crapload more fanservice than there was in the original series, which wouldn't be noted otherwise aside from the fact that this is also by the author of several ordinarly tame fan fics. (Including Total Zeksmit, which originally actually tried at deliberately shoving in too much fanservice, but after its Retool/retcon into its current form, ridded that.) In addition to Lindsay's Once per Episode gag of permanantly losing some article of clothing, wardrobe malfunctions, Clothing Damage (deliberate or accidental), or even out-and-out ending up naked happens almost all the time, usually to Team Fire (including Harold) but the other three of the main eight girls and/or Katie and Sadie have had their share too. Oh, and the finale has the return of the caveman-era costumes for even the eliminated contestants and the last bit of it has all nine of the protagonists (including Harold) ending up naked after an explosion wipes out their clothes — but only their clothes, noted since canon usually has character's hair take the first bit of destruction. While the narrative insists that it's all done in the name of slapstick, Pikmin Fan confesses that he is, in fact, trying to pander with it to see what kind of results he gets.
There are some elimination-wise, even though in the first elimination in-universe Executive Meddling prevents anybody from officially coming back. None of the eliminations after the third Aftermath are done in a "final" sense, as every tourist somehow gets back on the plane. Lindsay gets caught, Izzy tries to cling on, Courtney (voted off alongside Izzy) tries to stop her from sticking back in the game, Beth and Heather are taken in by Izzy to help with her plans, and Chris is unaware of this until Leshawna is voted off, which leads to events where they end up rejoining with the still active competetors. Throughout all of this, there is a brief subplot of the eliminated contestants thinking up ways to leave the jet without Chris noticing, but thanks to the locations they land in, it's not considered a good idea.
The finale pulls three in pretty quick succession. The front half of the Jumbo Jet, containing all nine heroes in it, explodes. But they turn out to be okay. We cut to Gwen and Harold, and... Gwen notices that Harold's heart stopped, the second example. But it turns out that this occasionally happens to them, and they go on seeking the rest of their group. When they finally come across Lindsay, her heart is stopped, the third example. And she is apparantly actually dead until a loose cable shocks her with electricity and brings her back to life. Of course, by the time the last one comes through, it's Played for Laughs.
Mythology Gag: In the finale, each of the main nine contestants is scattered through Wawanakwa after part of the plane explodes. While Harold lands along with Gwen (hinting that her ending is the "canon" one out of the eight), everyone else is in some area or surrounding that ties to an elemental class from Total Zeksmit, even though Izzy is the only one confirmed to have the class she's associated with. They even go in rainbow order starting from Gwen. To wit:
Gwen — Plant: She crashes in an extremely thick grove of bushes.
Heather — Animal: Found lodged in a beaver dam, a Call Back to something that happened in the canon first season special.
Bridgette — Water: Found floating on a chunk of the jet in the middle of a lake.
Courtney — Toxin: She was in one of several puddles of strange, colorful liquid that apparantly extinguished the fires. An animal was just about to spit poison in her mouth, and she decides to wash up in case any of the liquid might end up killing her if left untreated.
Beth — Air: Somehow, she ended up dangling from a rope that was held on a hill in the middle of a clearing, the rope tied around her ankle and leaving her out in... well, the high air.
Izzy — Fire: Launched in the biggest fireball, which blew up and burned a small portion of the woods, which still had a few fires going around when everyone found her.
Leshawna — Earth: Landed in a large pile of dirt out in a dry, plantless section of the island with huge boulders all around.
Lindsay — Electricity: Crashes in a strange radio tower that seemed to be part of an unusued challenge, and ends up tangled in wires. One of which ends up shocking her, which actually revives her since her heart stopped in the crash.
A Slash of Mortality is something about naked women and... there's at least vigintillions of them, since they can't die and they seem to stop aging around their twenties and there's just this one guy who should be really lucky but doesn't act like it. Oh, and something about aliens? Terraforming adventures? Debates?
Total Zeksmit's roster — and the story in general — has a ton of nudity in it. There's Lindsay in the whole span between the chapter she gets kicked off on and the second Aftermath of the first season, that topless contestant, the seasonal naked and cavewomen challenges... wait, it has Justin and Geoff in it? And what's this about a Courtney-Beth-Lindsay friendship? How come Eva, Beth, and Sadie aren't dumped off first like they usually are? You mean there's an actual plot that we're supposed to be paying attention to?
Worse: It has Ezekiel in it?
Spinoff/prequel Extreme Musical Drama High School has an expy of that naked Cat Girl from Darkstalkers or... something like that. Yeah, and— wait. What? She's voted off first?
The history of TZ is absolutely absurd. There were plans about Ezekiel genetically creating the contestants from scratch long before the game began, a battle against a Parody Sue who injected herself with Side Story-exclusive Applied Phlebotinum that turned her into a being of darkness for the season three special (this character, by the way, eventually became Amethyst), and— oh, the contest was slightly more focused on fanservice and was even named after the fact. Guess which of these stood out more. Hell, the author pointed out that TZ stopped getting reviews after he renamed it, since the last review for quite a while was back when it had its old name.
Any In the Flesh story. Which is ironic since they were designed to use nudity for comedy purposes at the most and in natural contexts at least, none of it intending to be sexual. No, not even the female nudity.
Total Drama Race ends with a nudifier wiping out the clothes of everyone on the planet, and this very wiki gave Pikmin Fan the idea to go that farnote He looked up the Playing With page and stuck with whatever was under "exaggerated". "The witch's spell causes the clothes of every person in the world to come off". He considered topping this, but with a lack of any definitive major alien characters this was kind of hard to do. This is more known than the actual racing. Or, in other words, the plot of the story.
This Story is Sexist:
Anytime the 360 gets naked, even though (or probably because) this doesn't happen that often. Like when they all have to sleep with Duck (not in that way) so that their heat can keep him from... uh... oh right, they were at risk of freezing to death. Because they were... in a... spaceship? And the spaceship stopped keeping them warm because...
The main character's rival is a Hot Witch who runs/flies around completely naked, with nothing but her huge mass of hair covering her. Even though it ironically covers more than even casual clothes would to a person (because of how it goes over her — more like a shell than the typical Godiva Hair — her figure isn't normally visible, just her limbs, head, and upper neck), just this fact combined with how it's stated right after she's revealed to be nude under that that, no, she does not use magic or anything like that to keep herself from being exposed, and she has been exposed in combat before. Theiss Titillation Theory plays a big part in this. Her other traits like the fact that she heads a massive superweapon creation lab, has metal/darkness-related powers, etc, are overshadowed by this.
Summer, another witch, has playing Full-Frontal Assault far straighter than Witchita as one of her more notable traits. Of course, this is more like Best Known for the Fan Disservice, as shortly after exposing herself as a witch (and exposing herself generally — around the same time she generates strong gusts from her power, which reveal that she's wearing nothing underneath her dress and it stays messy and undone so that something's always showing after that), she appears to merge herself with trees and becomes some plant monster... thing.
Speaking of ITF mentioned above, there's one of this too, except it's in the form of a spinoff webcomic. Even with the somewhat simplistic art style and, again, non-sexual intent, the fact that this was drawn completely uncensored (and that it also paved the way to extra uncensored versions of canon moments) gave it a lot more attention than needed. You could probably nix the strange ninja-like character who serves as the main antagonist and make it more about their shenanigans at a nude resort, it doesn't matter.
Homestuck Rewrite was the first time he actually tried to invoke this (no, nothing else both above this entry on this list and before its publishing were actually trying this specific trope, and as a matter of fact he'd prefer more comments on the plot of Total Zeksmit than its fanservice elements). Although the fact that it's an alteration of Homestuck from the ground up complete with its own different direction for the story — something that is very rare in this fandom thanks to Stable Time Loops discouraging For Want of a Nail fics (and many people believing that those loops make such a concept impossible as they were always destined to happen) — overshadowed it.
It should be noted that most of his original web stories have at least one Shameless Fanservice Girl. THE BEST FAMILY and just about everything with its characters being used has Stacy, who has an incredibly open free love atittude and even encourages her husband to go let both of them open relationships with other people. The same fic debuted another group of characters who sometimes have their own spotlight, the Hollywood-nudist Smith family. (Although Emily technically debuted in Sweet Jade and Hella John as the Curse Woman.) TSIS has aformentioned Witchita. ASOM has aformentioned... the entire human race, although they're more of Innocent Fanservice Girls (and one guy) because the only one with clothes is their world's God and he doesn't try to enforce anything. Blue Sun, while they are descent most of the time, has almost its entire humanoid alien race, also skirting the line with Innocent Fanservice Girl since they know about other cultures with nudity taboos (the Northerners and the Shadows), who only stay dressed because they prefer practicality above all. The exceptions so far seem to be Soap, as its only major characters of note are four pre-teens and a man with a bowl of soup for a head; and Ant Infestation, which is just supposed to be an intentionally shitty B-movie-esque story.
April Fools' Day: While he has been averted this before, there was one occasion where he announced a number of phony stories (one for each fandom he's kind of-writing in) that served as a Take That at shark-jumpers or to poke at ideas he just doesn't like, in addition to giving out a few "changes" that were generally supposed to be seen as negative. An archive of this list can be found [[ here]], but in brief, there's:
A King of the Hill murder mystery where the cast starts getting killed off one by one, called Kill of the Hill.
A Total Drama fan competition with a gimmick in that every challenge is where the contestants have to do their best reenaction of a scene from another work of media, called Total Drama Pop Culture References.
A Homestuck fluff fic about Karkat saving Christmas after finding out that he's on the naughty list. It's named... well, Karkat Saves Christmas.
There's a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic that he did not even bother coming up with any for/elaborating about. He just said, "eh, all I need to do is take one of my usual concepts but make it about ponies instead and suddenly I'm getting hundreds of reviews".
A conclusion to the Crconikals universe that's supposed to Deconstruct it and take it more seriously than Rainbow.
Regarding existing fan works, Everburn would enter a Tournament Arc that comprises its entire sixth act, 496 would have Ezekiel making a crossover for a reason that was supposedly explained in the episode where it happened (and thus provide extra "comedy" by annoying he meteor riders with his arrogance), Total Zeksmit would be the only competition he focuses on anymore while everything else is discontinued until further notice, there's a "leak" about Real Story having an ending "Kind of a ripoff of that NGE", and that all of SBIG is on indefinite hiatus save for a "new project", which seems to be basically just another generic My Immortal clone.
He also announced that This Story is Sexist! will be getting Retooled into porn hosted offsite, and "implied" that he will start writing Rule 34.
And he snuck in a legit announcement of Global! The Stobes that Glow Like Chernobyl, but seeing as its premise doesn't make sense even if you're familiar with him and makes less sense if you're not, it came across as being another April Fool's Day joke about Crack Fics/plots that he wouldn't do.
SBIGlets has two so far that are weird even by its standards. Dexter Vs the Elementals, which starts out being Exactly What It Says on the Tin before Peter Griffin and the SCP Foundation come in, and No Longer Alone, which starts out as the author lampshading and ending the trend of Homestuck being the only work he subjects gender bending to before suddenly Princess Bubblegum and Prince Gumball reveal themselves as the Big Bads, and then a lot more crossover happens and things get weird. The climax involves Dipper and Mabel Pines, who are dating, digging up the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann that they hid underground (something that should be impossible seeing its size) and trying to use it to take over the world, and Mario comes out of nowhere to rap against Finn thanks to hearing the word "galaxy".
Steven the Secrets Guy might come close to giving them a run for their money. While the other Big Bads bar those above BEs make some bit of sense in an Insane Troll Logic sort of way (Zelda fic 5word = Dark Link; Yume Nikki crossover Dream House = Uboa; [Bleh I need another example]), this is a Steven Universe story about Bobby Hill being the villain. Except not. He's actually possessed by a purple Pikachu lookalike who acts like a Tumblr-grade Social Justice Warrior (note that this is the only time Pikmin Fan has explicitely mocked the crowd (when it comes to Kankri Vantas he usually tones down the behavior), although Zelda Smithy comes very close. In both cases, they're ultimately idiots who if anything make the movement they claim to be a part of look bad), sounds like Lrr, and has a name made to sound like "Largeock the Hard".
Dave's Hangover has chapter 10, "Shark Week", which was reportedly written this way because it was the last chapter before Dave and the trolls meetup with the humans and finally make it to landnote Which is even more significant because it carries a pretty big shift in its style from chapter 11 onward. Since they're now at land, the isolation elements in over half of the sea chapters can't be done anymore. Also, Holo-Dave is effectively written out of the story from here on out, and Robo-Aradia is "killed" off, so there goes two recurring characters and Pikmin Fan wanted to go Crack with it and do something shitty on purpose. While, in the end, they do end up hitting shore and that part's plot relevant and sane, the rest... really isn't. The ship makes it to an oil rig offshore from Santa Monica in a reference to a plot point of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals which was in turn based on Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. And speaking of HHC, this chapter heavily draws cues from it, except that reading HHC might not really clear that much up since sharks and the oil rig is where the similarities end. The workers on the rig suddenly turn out to be evil, sentient, air-breathing sharks who try to open fire at everyone, but end up being distracted when Nepeta stabs a random rat and uses its blood to draw their attention. The cast spends most of the chapter contemplating on eating the sharks, Vriska puts Dave into life-threatening situations repeatedly because he "doesn't know the proper meaning" of their outfits, the lead shark performs an experiment on himself that turns him into a hydra, and the human's B-plot involves Roxy getting bitten by a venomous squirrel. Once Dave and the trolls finally beat said lead shark/hydra, they crash right next to their ship (their battle ended with them mounting him and flying up in the air), after which Dave casually says "Well, our ride's right there. How convenient." And they all hop on and drive the remaining few miles to shore as if nothing happened.
The first is in the form of its fourth chapter. "Return of Censorbot!" And just like DH's tenth, this one is reliant on reading one of Pikmin Fan's earlier stories to make some connections (in this case, either chapter 10 of Total Zeksmit Plains or chapter 22 of HHC, though both is prefered) since it involves an element from said other fic that would otherwise make no sense in this context. The fic inexplicably dials up on Fanservice for no real reason (and dials back down on the next chapter), Jean randomly decides to start raising a plant; Roxy suddenly becomes aware of her Dave's Hangover counterpart and tries to avoid squirrels only to wind up in a secret underground society of them where she's their god; the main villain for the chapter is, as the title implies, "Censorbot", which unlike its TZ incarnation (it just wrecks things) or its HHC incarnation (it shoots a strange black substance on things that basically just works like paint that's hard to wash off) fires out floating "censor bars"; said villain is defeated by distracting it with a Fellas at the Freakin' FCC ripoff while Calliope sneaks up behind and hits it with a coconut (even though an earlier chapter outright says that the place they're stranded in doesn't have any); and it turns out that Censorbot is piloted by an expy of HUC's bastardization of Alucard wearing nothing but boxer shorts and his iconic "hat and glasses that make him look stupid", who says that he's only doing this because it's "American" before flying off never to be seen again. And he flies off using his ass as a rocket, which isn't impossible in this world thanks to the "three energies" system, but it's certainly impractical when one can channel their blue energy into something else. Naturally, this chapter is never mentioned again.
To a lesser extent, chapter 8 (and no, this does not mean that every fourth chapter is going to be bizarro: 8 only has itself placed up here because... well, see the spoiler at the end of this entry), "Cheesecakestuck." Once again, this upturns the fanservice, probably as a future send-off, since the very next chapter kills off eight of the major characters from the beginning of the story and they stay dead for a long time.
The Hill King has several. Thanks to how overly Crack it is even by Pikmin Fan's standards, technically all chapters could be contenders, but some stick out:
"Showtime", the very third chapter. It's much like "The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer", except with King of the Hill characters and made to be more surreal. The entire chapter is focused on the Hills trying to watch the premiere of a Homestuck adaptation that Bobby somehow came up with (in an AU where he is, in fact, its creator) and got greenlit. While this does pave the way for the B-plot in "Naveyed", and the show eventually leads to Calliope's Back Story, it seems a little left-field.
"Dance Off". Hank rapping with and dancing-off against some extraterrestrial criminal druglords. Yep, drug-making aliens.
Third chapters fitting under this may be a Once a Season thing here, as the third chapter of season two counts too. It's basically a parody of a Hot Springs Episode... where the only people in the Hot Springs are Hank, Dale, Bill, Buck, Cotton, and Carl. What makes this bizarro is that there are several sections where characters do things they normally wouldn't, re-creating a ton of fanservice tropes/cliches and, since it's unattractive King of the Hill men doing these, putting them under a Fan Disservice light.
OT32 Shenanigans is already a weird story with Negative Continuity, but it still manages to have some chapters stick out.
In general, any chapter that doesn't follow by the AU set up in the prologue. If they're not established to live in a comfortable Nebraskan house set up on a hill a distance away from the city, Caliborn and Hank don't live near them, etc., then expect it to be an unusual one.
"31 Reasons Why Death is More Shocking than it Seems" is similar to "THE DARKERS AND EDGIERS" from This Story is Sexist in that it's a dig at badly done Cerebus Syndrome for works where it really doesn't belong. Except that was about an in-universe work whose author is second to Witchita in being the Villain of the Week. This... isn't. The plot is about Jane, of all people (supposedly Pikmin Fan noticed that fanworks tend to kill off girl characters for drama/sad value more often out of what he's seen), getting inflicted with a terminal poison that will kill her in one month. There's a brief moment where it's "supposed" to be sad, then... it cuts to Jane trying to make and deal crystal meth. However, the meth she makes forms into a Humongous Mecha called the "Methathon" thanks to a serious error in Jane's part, it arbitratly kills everyone in the OT32 except for Dave (hence the title; 31 of them die) by skewering them and rotating them above a fire in a comical fashion, and Dave angsts about it before he releases that in order to defeat it by himself, he needs to summon a bunch of meth addicts to eat it to death. The whole thing is even more sudden and weird than the story's par, especially as Pikmin Fan actually killed off Nepeta and Meulin. This may seem like contradicting with the Simpsons-code, but in this verse, they're human, and the gene that the code is tied to exists for while they're trolls.
"7 Reasons Why Factories are More Adventurous than they Seem" is another dig, in a similar vein to "Death is More Shocking" above. Except of fan fiction in general. The plot involves the '32 going to a fireworks factory with an Original Character named Clide who suffers from both Remember the New Guy and eventual Chuck Cunningham Syndrome at the same time. Which makes him a Big Lipped Alligator Character. Unlike the Simpsons episode with Poochie, they actually do make it to the factory... after a forth of the chapter is spent with them pointlessly having to stop because one of their car's tire flattened, dragging this scene on with recycling jokes from Homestuck canon and various attempts at fixing this tire failing. After they get there, the villains turn out to be an army of Gamzee expies led by a man with a horse-head mask who is a very blatant expy of Courtney from Total Drama. A humanized Problem Sleuth comes out of nowhere just to die, Dave once again angsts over almost everything, the story grinds to a halt to focus on Clide's misadventures once before he's suddenly Killed Off for Real by a mook pushing him in a vat of acid, there's an Overly Long Gag mocking the overuse of "Enter name" jokes when naming the firworks that are produced, the writing's quality/diction/word use takes a sudden plummet in the last quarter, and the B-plot is that the '32 doesn't like how John and Jade have been only having sex with eachother and are usually too busy to be with anyone else (keep in mind that, despite being a Happily Married polygamous group, their sex life has never been mentioned to this point), so even in the middle of combat they have nothing better to do than try to seduce one of them. To top it all off, it's the only chapter with an Everybody Laughs Ending after Vriska makes a goddawful pun. Supposedly this was a mockery of They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot thanks to horrendously bad pacing and unneeded human and sexual content getting in the way, as well as an OC shoe-horn, but that still doesn't stop it from being screwed up. Nor does that make copying something from a Show Within a Show a "perfecly good plot".
Despite being officially considered as one of the "big three" projects along with Total Zeksmit and 496, and both of those so far doing a good job in averting this trope (the fact that the first is kind of grounded in reality and the second being character-driven enough so that a bizarro chapter would seem like an inconvenience), Everburn has one in its aptly numbered chapter 33. Simply called either ";33" in the actual heading or "Chapter Thirty-three" in the chapter selection, it should be noted that the 33rd chapter overall in both Total Zeksmit's competition continuitynote 20 of Island. 13 chapters of Plains plus twentieth chapter of Island = 33. and the 33rd pairing in 496 were both full-blown Wham Episodes. This... takes a plot from chapter 4 of Hecksing: The Dawn by having the Survivors look through a computer system for information on the villain. Like HTD, they meet Shrek, except he's a lot more rational than his SBIG counterpart and revealed to be something of a sentient virus. (Even the viruses found in 360 Degree Duck are not exactly sentient, they just have some really good AI.) That wills himself to the path of goodness and makes a Heroic Sacrifice when he shuts down the whole program to save the survivors from dying in real life when they die in the program. It ends with Bobby tearfully looking up into the sky, standing on the edge of a cliff, saying "Shrek is love. Shrek... is life," which is also a common phrase used as a meme. It is also unique for being the closest Everburn has to filler so far. At the very least, it was posted at the same time as chapters 32 and 34, sandwiching it between two legitimate parts of the story so as to not have a long wait just for a pointless joke episode. And Fan warned about this; calling the update "twofold chapter posting, even though I really got three out! Why am I only counting two of them? Well, hopefully you can find out as you read" in 32's opening notes.
Just when the Fox Crew might start making sense to you, chapter 6 comes along. The 'Crew spends most of their time dicking around in the desert, the enemy HRG is led by a muscle-pumped man who repeatedly chants "Dorodorodorodoro!" and eventually turns into a hydra ala Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the Panty Sword from the Hill King makes a return here and also meets its end when Dale has to consume the "panty" part to strengthen the "sword" part (translation: Dale eats Hank's underwear near the end, and that's pivotal to beating said hydra-guy) or something. This is the only chapter where nothing definitely plot-relevant happens, and Bill is nearly killed in a soccer match against the Monster of the Week. Supposedly this was a parody of Naruto's infamous long stretch of filler that bridged part 1 to Shippuden and the quality of some of the episodes/arcs therin, but still.
This might be a final attempt at lightening the mood before half of the Fox Crew (six of the minor members, Bill, and Hank) dies, similar to "Cheesecakestuck:" since things only get darker prior to said spoiler-event even though it doesn't happen immediately after the bizarro. After that event, it may get lighter, but half of the eponymous organization is gone by that point, obviously meaning that there can't be comedic sketches with them anymore.
Alternate Universe: Desert City is the first full example in any of the author's works, discounting the scratch and alternate timelines in Homestuck-related works.
Arc Symbol: The five-pointed star is now commonly seen inverted (or at least, with a definite point going down) as the "upright" position in the Desertverse. Sven's specifically is also dark blue.
Bittersweet Ending: Okay, so Steven didn't exactly completely turn Desert City around and save the alternate planet (it's still dry, oceanless and everything), but at least he got the ball rolling. While the Desert-Gems still need to be in hiding, many of the inhabitants — notably Bonnie, who was their best Gem killer — have lightened up to them as a whole and a movemet has begun to at least start resembling some of Beach City.
Book Ends: The story begins and ends at the Beach City library.
Midway is a part is Steven enters Big Donut, and after a conversation, walks away from Phil muttering "He's the same as ours." Towards the end, Sven walks away from Beach City's Big Donut muttering "He's the same as ours," likely referring to Lars.
Amethyst is subject to much more slapstick and injury than in Carl Stevens Universe, though half of it is originally played seriously. She's the first one shown getting hit by an anti-Gem weapon, she's bombarted by Desert City after arriving later than the other Gems, and she falls into sand pits more than once.
Like CSU, Pearl is constantly put out of her comfort zone. Her counterpart's laid back atittude also drives her crazy.
Steven wanting all eight of the Crystal Gems to be together. It becomes this after he breaks down, confessing that he hated seeing that the Desertverse was not initially what he expected when he saw an alternate version of himself. He thought it would be a more epic environment with even more Gems, many of his questions answered, and even the possibility that his seemingly-Ace alternate self had a girlfriend. But all of these were crushed, and he thought that the best he could hope for even when more parallel universes are taken into consideration is just more alternate versions of Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, and himself.
Onyx bumping into Pearl in the former's introduction. Because this happened, Pearl lost the emergency teleporter (which mind you is the size and shape of a marble), but by the time she realizes it they've been gone from the temple for a long time and Bonnie had broke in and stole it. If that one little bump didn't happen, the story would have likely been a lot shorter than it is.
Cross-story example. Those numerous Connies in Steven's dream? They appear again in Steven's mindscape worlds in ...I Thought Those Were the Ingredients, this time pretty well contained into a painting at first. The real Connie has control over them, (Sort of. They act based on what Steven thinks of her at the time, then later it's that and how Steven himself would feel. Controlling which method hasn't been mastered yet.) and uses them as an army and her token "Steven supplied weapon." The other members of the Intervention Group get more... original weapons.
Continuity Snarl: Confirmed by the closing AN to take place in a completely seperate timeline from Carl Stevens Universe. Given how that half-takes place in the Crconikals verse, this is somewhat understandable. Though in spite of this, the same closing AN also talks about counterparts to people in other fandoms the author wrote.
Crapsack World: Desert City and the parallel universe it's in. It's in the middle of a deserted wasteland because entire oceans seem to have dried up for some reason, Sven's comments to Phil and Katie imply that it's one of the rare surviving complete cities on the planet (though Canada seems to have several), most of the money is being spent on production of weapons that serve almost no point, and everyone's lives are messy and miserable. Pearl hates the place; she's the only one of the Beachverse characters who actively wants to leave, and once everyone is reunited with Amethyst that's the first thing she tries to do.
Darker and Edgier: Compared to both canon and the author's previous work in that fandom, Carl Stevens Universe. Or hell, compared to everything else he wrote before, with the possible exception of Sweet Jade and Hella John. Word of God says that the direct sequel to this will definitely be Lighter and Softer.
Decoy Protagonist: Similar to the author's following Steven Universe story ...I Thought Those Were the Ingredients, it seems like it's going to focus on the Crystal Gems and their counterparts at the beginning. Just like how ITTWTI was really about the Intervention Group, this is more about Steven, Sven, Sven's dad, and Bonnie (and maybe Connie too but she doesn't appear at all until near the end), and the Desert-Gems simply give the overall plot about lacking an easy way to return to Beach City rolling. It's not until the story afterIngredients (which is also this one's direct sequel) that the focus is finally brought to the Gems again.
Disc One Final Boss: It's not difficult to think that the gem bat will be the main villain of the story, standing in as a Monster of the Week. It's killed by Sven early on, and the actual story is less about fighting any kind of monster and more about clearing the names of the alternate Crystal Gems.
Disney Acid Sequence: Steven's dream isn't too unusual, but the language used to describe it is... rather surreal.
Divergence Fic: Sort of. While this was always planned to take place after "the latest episode at the time it comes out," everything from then is where things get different. Since, as of the ending, the Gems have a permanent portal from one world to another, it would be pretty hard to explain why Desert City would never come up again in canon. Especially since there is a planned direct sequel that also involves the Desertverse.
Gaia's Vengeance: While Desert City's Crystal Gems are still supposed to protect everything else, they target humans as revenge for all the environmental damage they've caused, with the earlier lines thinking that this is an appropriate way to deal with them. As one could guess, the Gems from the Beachverse just rolled with it and protect them anyway.
From what was shown, Lars's counterpart seems to be exactly like his original self.
Unlike many (but not all) of the Crystal Gems, Turquoise, Peridot, and Onyx went against their "fate" of destroying humanity, showing how even when they have an opposing job, they're still good to the race at heart.
Going by individual chapters (as the closing notes confirm that this will be a thing in at least Total Zeksmit and 496 Reasons, both stories beginning before this), this is the first of the author's serious works to directly use the blue/yellow duality theme, and not have minor references to it ala Lapis and Saffron. In this case, the colors represent the Beachverse and the Desertverse respectively, and specifically the colors of the devices that can be used to instantly warp back to the Beach-Gem Temple or the Desert- one.
Steven's dream sequence having numerous Connies is a nod to John and Jade's (and, while it wasn't shown, Jane and Jake's) dreams having clones of eachother in Sweet Jade and Hella John. Except there, the dream Johns/Jades don't actually do anything to Jade/John. They don't seem to talk, either. But the author said he did plan on having them talk when someone going into their dreams directly tries to talk to them, only all they can say is the dreamer's embarassing secrets.
Original Character: Naturally, Desert City is full of them, all of which who come into play are counterparts of existing characters. It wouldn't make much sense if the city doesn't have any new characters.
Overly Long Gag: Thankfully both of these are kept to a paragraph, but the length of the paragraph makes them count.
Steven's Motor Mouth recapping of everything that happened in the story, including his dream.
"AAAAARRROGANNNNT!NOOOOOO!" And he keeps saying things like that.
Plot Coupon: The emergency one-way warping devices to either instance of the Gem's temple, as one of the B-plots of the story was about using their magic to create a portal linking the worlds. Bonnie stealing the one for Beach City leads to the events of pretty much the entire second half.
Precision F-Strike: Seems to be a trend continuing from Carl Stevens Universe, only to an even bigger extent: it takes an F-bomb from Connie to break up Bonnie and Sven's fight. "You're both acting like fucking animals!"
Punctuated Pounding: In the final confrontation, Sven does this at one point while whacking Bonnie with his shield:
For the first half, Steven being dissapointed that all eight Crystal Gems are never together. Before they meet their counterparts, Amethyst is separated and knocked out, and just before she wakes up Steven leaves to make a "celebritory cake." During this time span, Pearl uses the one-way teleporter to the Desertverse temple in search for her own teleporter, and so on. When they're all finally completely together and awake, Steven lampshades it.
Pearl recapping the events of the story to everybody, and getting more impatient as there are more people she needs to explain to.
Sequel Hook: Not only does The Stinger contain a few to Carl Stevens Universe, but the story itself has some. Garnet and Turquoise's dialogue at the end implies that the original bat from the beginning may have a Beach City counterpart that's still active and might lead to any number of things including portals to a third world. And there's Pearl planning to do something about the bizarre Love Triangle with Bonnie, Steven, and Connie — arguably a square if Sven is thrown into the mix, but it seems unlikely that he'll be taken seriously right now seeing as at least Bonnie openly rejected him, and the end has Ronaldo bringing up an issue that was an elephant in the room: Just why do the Desert-Gems have abilities even their own counterparts weren't aware of? And could they possibly be part vampires? If so, why?
Ship Sinking: The ending completely kills the idea of Sven and Bonnie having anything resembling a relationship anytime soon, and it endangers that of Steven and Connie for this timeline. That is, if Sven's word earlier in the story can be taken with a grain of salt.
The entire story was based on Lorule, which is odd because Lorule itself has no deserts. The Arc Symbol star is even vertially inverted, (Harder to tell if the original star was rotated in a way, but still there.) and one of the main antagonists is the counterpart to the main character's arguable love interest.
The gem bat was inspired by the Vehemoth Phosbat in Pikmin 3. The author intends on making references to every boss from at least that game at least once.
The Stinger: Pikmin Fan tradition. In this case, it seems to pick up from where Carl Stevens Universe ended, with at least a whopping three Sequel Hooks for that story. (Amethyst finding out how to control Pikmin, Greg and Pearl encountering Hellsing before they leave and getting cryptically warned by Rip, and Garnet pondering how Steven will fare with his new planning skills and hinting that Carl might have gotten himself eliminated deliberately out of guilt.)
Suddenly Voiced: Technically Onion, thanks to his counterpart actually speaking. This catches Steven off guard first.
Thirsty Desert: Pretty much all of what was shown of the Desertverse is like this.
Minor one, but towards the beginning, Steven thinks that Desert City is actually the future.
Sven: ...The year "here" is 2014. Does that help?
Steven asking Sven about Connie's counterpart. After Stunned Silence and a fit of laughter, he says this:
Sven: Wow! You like that crazy girl?
And the reveal of the nail that makes the two worlds so different from one another. An excerpt from the conversation:
Bonnie: Don't you see? It isn't obvious enough? Here, the Crystal Gems aren't magic protectors. We thought we needed those, but it turned out we didn't. We worked, and became our own protectors. We watched eachother's backs, and if you think about it, it makes sense. It's safer to have several people looking for eachother than one over everybody else. Steven:So what does that mean? Are your Crystal Gems lazy? Sven isn't! Bonnie:They're not lazy, they used to do their job really well. Everything around Desert City was where that went. Desert City is when we kind of got better at fighting back. Steven:And what's their job? Bonnie:To destroy humanity.
I Thought Those Were the Ingredients / Maybe General Intervention Group Shit?
Artifact Title: The Intervention Group is named after such because, in addition to/after taking their self-defense Training from Hell to protect themselves against Jared and Hugreen, Steven also thinks that they can help Amethyst and Pearl get over their addictions, and thus stage an intervention. By the time the story's over, this purpose is no longer needed. Yet there are confirmed to be sequels where they keep this name.
Jared and Hugreen are already pretty big, but they can grow to truly ridiculous size. It's a good thing that they only reach the really absurd sizes in their Pocket Dimension.
Many of the Connie clones can also come in large sizes. It helps that, since they're kind of sort of created by Connie herself, they can literally be as big (and on the contrary, as small) as she imagines them to be. The Intervention Group also uses bigger clones to fight against a giant stone defense mechanism, some weird Giant Ship Thing From Nowhere at the bottom of the ocean, and Jared and Hugreen themselves in the final phrase of the fight, all in a way similar to the giant battles from the later two Mario and Luigi games. (The former two fights are after the real Connie is nearly killed by said mechas and the last one is a more voluntary activation.)
Pikmin Fan says that the second giant battle is foreshadowing a potential matchup between Giant Connie and Bonnie, who would take control of something (likely Dan's house) and remodel it into a mech.
Garnet takes advantage of the side effect from the gem cigarettes to take control of giant vines that wrapped themselves around Pearl and Amethyst. They already grow huge to begin with, but then she uses them to syphoon off of Jared and Hugreen's star to make them larger and stronger and the red/green pair's star to be smaller.
Big Damn Heroes: The final battle. Garnet comes in just at a point where the Intervention Group would have likely been melted by their "star" plasma.
Brick Joke: After forming the Intervention Group (but before the name is established), Steven says that they should work up an "awesome team pose." Nobody agrees with him. By the final battle, they do get into a Team Shot with their weapons, except — ironically — Steven, who of all people is doubtful at first.
In the first chapter, on the IG's way to the island, Steven's attempt at a motivational speech includes "Think big!" When the island's mecha awakes, guess what part of it Connie thinks about, which gives her the idea to summon a giant?
Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Weapons that came from the Mindscape seem to have their more fantastical elements powered by sheer force of will or thought. In other words, it's not too different from Gurren Lagann's power-by-Hot Bloodedness
Crack Fic: Well, if you don't mind the spoilers, read the sentence under Hoist by His Own Petard. That actually makes sense in context. That should tell you everything about this story. And read through Mind Screw for a spoiler-less example on how weird this is.
Decoy Protagonist: If briefly. The story starts out and the summary implies that it's going to mostly be about the Gem's hijinks around Pearl and Amethyst smoking. But the focus is placed much more on the Intervention Group and the other Beach City residents. But mostly the IG, as they go through four different missions to get cool swords and later try to fight Jared and Hugreen.
Peedee, almost literally and by accident at first. Steven was fine with having only four members of his group — in fact, it was faux-foreshadowed a bit earlier (one of his five swords being destroyed by Greenlit, Greenlit only having four disciples) — but he got his ankle caught in a rope that was just hanging out from the boat used to get to a distant island, and was pulled along with him. But after this, the trope is played a bit straighter since he wants to go back to Beach City, but Steven eventually (sort of) coaxed him into staying on the mission.
The rest of the Intervention Group to a lesser extent.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Jared and Hugreen are killed thanks to Garnet taking the energy out of the giant purple star that they made, and using it to power up her dark... vine... things she got from Pearl and Amethyst's gem cigarettes.
Lighter and Softer: Overall, this compared to Desert City, but there are a few moments such as the Stone Guardian nearly killing everybody and the moments where the dream world gets pretty hostile that push it into territory rivaling DC's.
The entire story itself. The first chapter throws about six or seven different plotlines at once. First it's about the Gems being stranded without working teleporters, then meanwhile in Beach City there's these giants, and while making a defense group Steven gets caught up in a strange group of a swordfighter and her trainees, the latter goes with them to an island for an excersize but suddenly Steven generates a Mindscape and gets captured in it, meanwhile Pearl and Amethyst start smoking while Garnet is distracted by a battle only she can take on, oh yes and Onion is hitching a ride along too and the disciples know but don't care and the Beach City residents don't know. This does all come together in the second half, but early on the story seems like it was written by someone with ADHD.
The Mindscapes — which, by the way, are based on a collage of the Intervention Group's thoughts, although they're usually divided by an "intersection" — are really weird.
The number of Desert City references is enough to drown in. the "Everytime you knock" quote, the entire concept of the Connie portrait, most of what Dreamy Greg says, Pearl and Amethyst start acting like their counterparts once the addiction starts, Rose's dialogue bears a resemblance to her counterpart's...
On the first giant battle, Dave— er, Crimson Crow, says that he's familiar with giants. He's the only one of the four who has ever been a giant in a way in GPF's works, in the form his giant dreamself clone from Sweet Jade And Hella John (who later became Bigass Daveove). Even if it would make more sense for Jade/Golden Wolf to be the "tutorial person" instead. (Witch of Space size powers and being a fellow Meganekko to Connie.)
Nothing Is Scarrier: During the run through what is basically this story's version of Dream's Deep, one by one the members of the Intervention Group go missing until it's just down to Steven. As the mind world is often reshaped as the person who "dreamed" it up keeps thinking and altering it, Steven's worries about this cause it to transform. While it was already not very a friendly location to begin with, the routes start to become more tunnel-like and labrynthian, the outlines of the other Gems stop appearing, yet the crashes that they were associated with are still there and more frequent, and the graffiti stops projecting Steven's thoughts (as with the floating words from Dream's Deep) and instead reads several warnings ("<- turn back this way", "3 2 1", "They're behind you", "GET OUT", etc), getting more expressive art styles too. All the while, Steven is completely alone. No enemies. No conjures. Nothing. The closest thing he gets is, again, that unseen monster that's apparantly wrecking the place, but that thing alone counts for this trope until it is eventually revealed.
Oh, Crap: A lot of things get this reaction from the IG. Notably, during their first visit to the mind world, they open a giant steel door only to find a big mish-mash of everything Steven has fought on-screen in the show to be behind it.
Precision F-Strike: There are exactly two swears in the entire story. The first is in the first chapter, where Lapis Lazuli Laugher says "Well, we're fucked!" after the defender mecha is summoned. The second is in the last chapter, Pearl's reaction to the larger-than-galaxy Quartz Drill Break: "Steven did this? Holy shit!"
Serial Escallation: Holy crap, does this throw scale out the window in the final battle. Down to a reference to the trope's original namer, which also takes Steven's finishing move from the giant fights to its logical conclusion.
Pearl: The lesson learned here is to never use drugs. Amethyst:Um, if we never smoked, then those vines wouldn't have been there for Garnet to use and stop the giant butt demons. Pearl: Yes... well... I'm sure Garnet could have found another way... Garnet: Nope. My entire plan relied on you two falling to your urges. Pearl: But, it was to teach us the valuable lession! Right?
Eventually they settle on the message of "Never mess with Garnet."
Took a Level in Badass: The Intervention Group. They start out reacting in just about the same way any reasonable person would react to beings like Jared and Hugreen. Later on, they go on missions organized by Greenlit's disciples, and start getting weapons, learn more dynamic moves, and use Steven's inner powers to their advantage.
Connie takes note. The clones of her start out as her mind-based world's way of trying to keep her company and getting her hopes up, and when they're not mimmicking her or following her orders, they're usually trying to cheer her on. In her "part" in the final battle? (Which is the last part before Garnet steps in?) They're no longer convincing her. They're no longer convincing the group. They're instead quick to follow her orders, and they briefly cheer Steven out of his short period of doubt, saying things like "Don't give up!" "I believe in you!" and "Steven's the best! Remember?" Connie herself goes from summoning giant clones out of desperation to summoning them out of sheer Hot Bloodedness, which for some reason results in a much bigger clone.
(Dreamy) Rose, since she doesn't appear until the last two chapters of the story and plays an imesurably huge role in the final battle. Then there's the whole guess that she's Sophisticated as Hell and usually talks in some really heavy slang.
Greenlit's disciples, if for the sole reason that them being heavily implied to be Crystal Gems is by long and by far the biggest Sequel Hook the story has. Interestingly, Greenlit herself isn't that bad of an offender, only showing up twice and having a straightforeward role both times.
Wham Shot: Golden Wolf showing Steven a jade on her wrists, heavily implying if not outright confirming that she's a Crystal Gem. Seeing as her co-disciples are technicolor too, they all might be ones as well.
What Could Have Been: Much like Carl Stevens Universe and Desert City, this was also originally planned to be a one-shot, before the author realized that having each member of the Intervention Group slowly take levels in badass and get their weapons would be next-to impossible without making a chapter ungodly long. So he came up with seperate missions taught by Greenlit's disciples (originally Connie's sword was the only one gotten on a training mission; the rest would be picked up anywhere or given to them), and had the first four chapters dedicated to giving each member of the IG A Day in the Limelight before having a few more that continue their arc (and the B-plot of Pearl and Amethyst's addictions), then a showdown with Jared and Hugreen.
Your Mind Makes It Real?: The dream world is mildly altered by the person/people its thoughts were based on, while said people are inside of it. This leads to everything going to shit when Connie worries that something bad is going to happen in a section that's mostly her's (the bad things only happen because she's afraid that's what'll happen), and Steven's depths becoming more sinister as he becomes increasingly isolated. And while the graffiti warns him about something, nothing actually attacks him for this portion.
Giant clones of Connie originating from a strange painting in her dreamworld have been used in battle in a few points in the story. The problem is, the first two of them were against generic machines, and the last was against the story's Big Bads. The obvious thought of Giant Connie vs Opal (obviously either possessed or an evil knockoff therof, or something) never happens. The fact that the size of the clones used in the matches is usually bigger than Opal might be one factor, and another issue is that it will make the Intervention Group look even more like the Spotlight-Stealing Squad to the Crystal Gems, overshadowing them by way of saying "their giant is better than their's."
Similarly, and this one is what the plot actually did gear next to, was a giant battle against Mind/Spirit-Rose. Not only would it be a nod to the Zeekeeper fight (complete with dimensional rifts if she can do what Lion can), but it's more plausable in that Rose actually does briefly mistake the IG for tresspassers of Steven's mind, and it would be interesting to see if his projection of his mom can take down his crush's army of projections of herself. But Steven breaks them up before it can happen.
Although the Only Thing These have in Common is that they're fics of Steven Universe and written by me....
Early Installment Weirdness: Compare Carl Stevens Universe with all three following stories, but in Pikmin Fan's defense that was the only one written and completed before the winter hiatus ended. Meaning that he really only had seven episodes to work with back then.
CSU is the only story primarly about the Gems fighting something on their own. Although they're not "fighting" so much as "trying to best in paintball." DC has the Gem's Desertite counterparts, ITTWTI has the Intervention Group, and its ITF installment not only marks the return of the Desertites, yet involves Steven recruiting another group and the jungle tour guide. Although the last one does return center spotlight to the Gems again, since the screentime in the second story was more on Steven, Sven, Bonnie, and to a lesser degree Dan, while the third was almost entirely centric on the Intervention Group itself. (Lars, Sadie, Connie, Peedee, and... Steven again.)
The Once Per Story gag of Steven randomly asking the Gems a disturbing question (IE "If your clothes shapeshift when you shift, but mine didn't, does that mean you are all naked?") doesn't happen.
The side characters. Again, owning to the fact that there were only seven episodes total. It's weird to have them as more-or-less glorified cameoes (including Steven's dad), especially since two stories later — this story being implied to be CSU's direct sequel — is one mostly devoted to them.
Rose being Totally RadicalandJive Turkey to painful levels was not a thing, at least in the removed scene. Likely because that was not the real Rose and instead an illusion by Zorin (who probably knew nothing about her even though Alucard is said to have taken her on in a fight before), she speaks... "normally," while her counterpart has this trait implied with her, and the spiritual image of her dormant in Steven's subconcious is where the gag properly started.
Amethyst was not really Amethyst. Seras's elimination was entirely her idea, which involved individually inviting almost every person in town (which, as Ingredients lampshades with Steven calling a group composed entirely of Onion, the Cool Kids, and Kiki a "huge mob," doesn't seem to be that much) to a stadium. It just doesn't seem like something she would do. The inviting part, not the stadium part.
Steven does not have a dream foreshadowing the next chronologic story. (This by itself is weird, since only one story is a confirmed direct sequel and then there's an unrelated one in between.) Desert City has him getting swarmed by Connie clones, and Ingredients has him briefly bringing up a dream where the Gems were all naked. The latter was disguised as yet another King of the Hill reference.
It should be noted that CSU was eventually redone. Except, instead of correcting the EIW, it mostly just fancied up the paintball match so that it was a lot more flashy and actually utilized the skills of the Gems and Hellsing.
Status Quo Is God: Aside from Carl Stevens Universe and one little SBIGlet, which are stand-alone stories, all of them so far can be classed as either part of Desert City's continuity or I Thought Those Were the Ingredient's continuity, and none of them appear to make too much of a change from the ending of the respective story that started this. It doesn't matter if there's a gigantic jungle grown right next to (and even infesting into) Beach City or if Connie is given a makeover that apparantly looks like something straight out of the Uncanny Valley and gives half of the people who see it heart attacks (Pikmin Fan lacks the artistic tallent and effort to try drawing it up, but he says "picture something out of Spongebob" and left it at that), everything will be back to normal by the story's end. ITTWTI's continuity plays it straighter, since there is less character development. (GPF says that this is thanks to Desert leading to always having a duplicate of the cast no matter how many characters are added in Steven Universe, and thus several slates to develop and work on, while the Intervention Group pretty much all realized their potential for badass by that story's end and so they don't have that much room for any further development. You don't exactly go very far from larger-than-galaxy drills.)
Crank Out a Shawshank or a Green Mile
Gumball Vs Conker
Alucard(?) Vs Steven
Edd Vs Eddy (Vs Ed)
Felicia Vs Dale
Ezekiel Vs Nepeta (Vs Carrie, Lee (Kanker), Rip, and Mr. Whiskers)
Jade Vs Connie
Eve Vs Duck
Dave Vs Harold
Naruto Vs Bobby
Wild Card! Since I haven't decided an actual ending battle, I'll just do more run-throughs with all contestants in a name-out-of-hat sort of way! Pick two out and have them engage in the made-up filler rap battle!
So I went on Random.org and ran it 1-9 and decided to pawn off a rough draft of that particular rap battle. It is very unlikely that the final battle will use any of these lines.
This was the Result. It probably won't make any sense out of context, especially since it's likely that neither of their fan fics have been out by the time you stumble onto this
EPIC RAP BATTLES OF GPF HISTORY! JADE HARLEY! VS! CONNIE! BEGIN! Dammit. Literally any other option would have been easier than this. Even the wildcard. I decided to do my way of picking it out (randomize from 1 to 23, take whatever number result and run down the above list counting each character until you reach that number) and got Harold Vs Dale. That would have been interesting.
Connie: This is an intervention to break your habit, Of trying to stop you from being with the rabbit. This is supposed to be a battle of sidekicks, but I stick out. I learned so much from my dreams, while you stay on your route. That's more of a circle. It's like reading the same story. [...Hm...]
I Don't Know What Went Wrong Here...
Mewtwo: You think you're the meanest, but you look like a penis...note Silvermania's Vegeta Vs Mewtwo video. Or you could just look up "Vegeta Vs Mewtwo Rap" for the clip by itself.