A Level 1 Heading in the Nightmare Fuel Markup
I at least want to bring the world-theme cheat sheet back. But that's all.Themes:
- Not much of a theme/closest to "normal" as the game gets
- Adventure themed, mild fantasy elements, action-y
- A lot more quiet, some mild "haunted" theme (towards the end you go to a graveyard)
- Probably a nod to my whole "element" thing, with a tiny bit more emphasis on rainbow-colored environments.
- Industrial; at least around half of it is in a huge factory that has parts across the world's domain
- A "beautiful" theme; just lots of colorful scenery, flowers everywhere, usually in night settings, etc
- Sports-themed? Or just a general traditional game-themed area?
- A sort of arc about a corrupt university that spans the world's domain
- Afterlife-themed (distinct from World 3), faux-religion and myth, sort of good and evil but not that much
- Very bizarre and strange, deals with things such as "glitches" and abstractions; think of it as a sort of counter to World 1
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Be warned: This pretty much contains unmarked spoilers for the entirety of Gravity Falls. The Journals of Wisdom, Power, and Courage is the fourteenth (as well as the third-to-last) installment of the Stylistic Suck SBIG series, and the first of two Gravity Falls-centric installments. It was initially published on September 13th of 2016. The plot line itself, this time, is a bit... hard to track. The storyline, taking place between "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" (which is also "canon" here) and "Society of the Blind Eye"note This was around the timeframe Fan started on the first chapter. He stuck with this time frame moves Dipper and Mabel's birthday to mid-summer, instead of the end of summer, and during the midnight of this day, the journals come to life. All of which leave the Shack's basement lab and head off to a designated "holder." By coincidence, Journal 3's "holder" is Dipper himself. And said journal is... rather impatient, getting Dipper to wake up in the middle of the night to go hunting for "keys." However, the key hunt is soon interrupted by a strange girl who highly resembles Mabel and calls herself Nzyvo, who also has a Mini-Mecha. Nzyvo is the "holder" of Journal 2, and is after the same keys Dipper is. After foiling her plans, Nzyvo enlists the help of several past canonical Monsters of the Week to try to go at Dipper and his friends. Along the way, Mabel finds a Mini Mecha of her own — none other than the Lagann itself. From there, the plot of the first half is actually largely about the bizarre shenanigans of the Mystery Shack team going key-hunting while dodging increasingly cartoonish traps set up by Nzyvo. Also, Gideon and Bill are involved as a sort of third party.
- Alternate Self: Nzyvo appears to be some sort of parallel version of Mabel, complete with her name just being Mabel's in an Atbash cipher. This is subverted — she's not a parallel counterpart, but rather a long-lost sibling.
- Crack Pairing: It's a SBIG installment. You can't really expect otherwise, it's either this or No Hugging, No Kissing:
- Stan/Summerween Trickster. Comes the hell out of nowhere in chapter 5. And yes, they do it (offscreen). In that same chapter.
- Chapter 5 also has a Rumble/.GIFfany/Soos/Melody foursome, which becomes a sort of billions-some when the second invites her other copies in on the fun.
- Death by Adaptation:
- The Pterodactyl is flat-out killed instead of left underground. Also, it's revealed just before his death that Nzyvo gave him intelligence while adding the cybernetic implants.
- The Shape Shifter also fully perishes, instead of being frozen cryogenically.
- Confusingly, this happens to Ma and Pa despite already being ghosts. Apparently, they're a special type of ghost that can only "undead-live" in a place they haunt. Once that place is destroyed, the ghosts have heart attacks (as with Death Note, heart attacks are a sort of "default death" in the Journals-verse) and... their ghosts end up raising from the ghosts and float up to the sky, where they say they will haunt Dipper and Mabel.
- Honor Before Reason: Nzyvo holds a lot more respect towards .GIFfany, Rumble, and the Trickster even though they outright betray her and end up shacking up with people from Gravity Falls while they were supposed to be on important missions, than Gideon for attempting to stay in an alliance with her, but taking off through an escape pod. Apparently trying to save your own life is worse than "taking a direct hit," surviving thanks to super powers, and going to work for the enemy because of disagreeing with that bizarre standard.
- Hot-Blooded: The story slowly transitions into this after starting off as what could best be described as a very bizarre Zelda parody. Going by specific characters, Mabel and Nzyvo take the cake with this.
- Large Ham: The Journals, in part thanks to having very little indoor voice. Nzyvo also gets very hammy during the showdown in chapter 5.
- Long Title: The story itself and every single chapter title except for the last one, which is simply called "End."
- Suddenly Voiced: Turns out that Nzyvo's cybernetic implants on the Ptyrodactyl also gave him sapience and the ability to talk. His only line comes right before he's about to die.
- Take That:
- Nzyvo's entire character is a mild one at bland Palette Swap original characters, and a slightly bigger one to poorly written, unbelievable redemption arcs/Good All Along reveals.
- Chapter 3 has one so blatant and contrived that the joke is actually about the blatancy and contrivance. When Mabel has finally assembled Shackatron Lagann and is fighting the Pterodactmech, she knocks the dinosaur into a number of billboards. First a Twilight one, then a Teen Titans Go! one, then she specifically avoids smashing his mech into a Steven Universe billboard. When she comes across a Family Guy one, she scribbles "Seasons 5+" on it before the smash. When she comes across a SpongeBob SquarePants billboard, the entire team (and the Trickster!) go into a huge debate over which seasons she should scribble on, since they have drastically different opinions on when the show entered a slump and whether or not it recovered.
- The B-plot in chapter 3 deals two: One at narmy creepypastas in general/Sonic.exe specifically, and one towards Game Theory. In the former, Nzyvo quickly decides she's fed up with .GIFfany and fires her (they get back in the end), replacing her with her younger (adopted) brother... "Creepypasta Sonic." C. Sonic cannot move to any other electronics becides the one his cartridge is inside, all he can do outside the game world is make things bleed or summon near-harmless plushies of himself, and while he is pretty powerful in his game world good luck finding anyone stupid enough to go inside. He's the only character in the entire story whom weakens Lazangann (or either —ann mecha, for that matter) when combined, instead of getting a boost from the combination. As revealed in Housestuck: The Split, he's actually a bit of a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass. And his physical form, while he has more diffculty getting one than .GIFfany or Rumble, is actually more powerful than both of them combined. As for Game Theory, when the gang encounters him Soos goes out on a far-fetched theory using very minimal evidence and tries to insist on things that have already been jossed. He closes this by stating "But wait dudes, that's just an idea. An idea about storylines!"
.GIFfany: That blue edge-ball things he knows so much about horror! There is more to horro [sic] than blood and black and 666! People say I do a better job at being scary without even trying! And for the sake of fuck, the number might be 616! Why is Great Pikmin Fan the only person who knows this?
- The first half of chapter 4, before it becomes a Whole Plot Reference to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is about Gideon trying to give Bill a physical form with a "Not clone-ish ray." All this ends up doing when fired at Bill's dream avatar is creating Not Bill, a self-described "handsome bishie..." that's batshit infatuated with Dipper to the point of capturing him. (Interestingly, when fired at humanoid characters, their Not counterparts are in the form of triangles similar to Bill's default appearance.) Fan makes no secret that he's not fond of Bill's overwhelming Draco in Leather Pants status and the frequency with which he's paired with Dipper or Mabel. Hell, (Triangle-)Bill is more pissed off when he sees what Not Bill is like than he is at the Time Baby. He also off-handedly mentions this two chapters later, directly mentioning events from canon (that technically did not happen here).
Bill: That piece of FUCKSHIT is supposed to be ME? I want you to kill that mockery as soon as humanly possible! Urgh, I never hatted before being in a dream form in the waking world!
Bill: ahhahaha, why the fuck would I even be into my sock puppet in that way anyway? If my friends Teeth and 8ball were here I'd sent them to go eat him for food.
- When the professors make their debut, their appearance here is lampshaded and compared rather unfavorably to another certain Quirky Miniboss Squad and some... highly-questioned story-based choices of a certain famous video game series.
Bubbles: Oh yeah, get used to us sister, we're totally like the Koopalings of Fan's Gravity Falls stuff. Show up in the early stuff and hopefully we're loved. Make a return after a longnote To be technical here, this is hardly any definition of "long," as this came out in between chapters of RunGif while it was still ongoing absense later and hopefully everyone's overjoyed. But then... we'll keep returning. And returning. And returning. Eventually us showing up will go from fandom-rejoycing fuel to "Argh just give us new fucking characters already! I mean Sonic also toned down on new characters but at least they were doing a shit job at it!" and a sign of being compltely unoriginal, repetetive [sic], and predictable.
.GIFfany: Unoriginal? Repetetive [also sic]? Predictable? That's exactly what I like! Maybe you girls aren't so bad after all...
Kathody: Picture things this other way: GIFFANYS EVERYWHERE! Soon, we'll replace EVERY friendly and not-friendly creature in Gravity Falls, and make an endless amount of GUT-EXPLODINGLY FUNNY jokes about us being video games!
Sandy: To keep it simple, I think we should, like, all look identical except for having about... five or six different hair colors.
.GIFfany: Ew that is taking it too far. At least have a lot of color variety...
- Word of God was that, while he has nothing against Pacifica or Dipper individually, he easily got sick of the Dipper/Pacifica "oversaturation" and calls the pairing "Kind of a sort of almost-cliche," so he had the two of them turn out to be related biologically — Pacifica was adopted by the Northwests, her birth parents were the same as Dipper and Mabel's. This is actually an important plot point, as she's Nzyvo's twin sister and the person Nzyvo spent the first half of the fan fic looking for. To rub salt into the wound, Spooky's Jump Scare M— OH LOOK IT'S BILL CIPHER? The other Gravity Falls SBIG installment, which does have a lot of ship tease moments between the two? It's a prequel to this. So all those teasing moments were between a biological brother and sister. This story, in general, isn't very kind with any Dipper ship as part of a Running Gag.
- Chapter 9, which partly takes place inside a Lotus-Eater Machinenote Think less "Bill's bubble for Mabel" and more "the Multidimensional Labyrinth from Gurren Lagann", deals one at attempted For Want of a Nail or other rewrites/remakes that spend most of the story, especially near the beginning, copying from canon to the point of stealing dialogue word-for-word, with changes coming pretty far into the story if ever. Basically, for all her feats and skills, Wendy has a really shitty imagination and tries to re-envision her way of making canon's events "better..." but just ends up throwing in a blatant selt insert Parody Sue (even in scenes she was already in) and either having no impact on the story at all or just making a large mess in general.
- Ascended Extra: Specimen 11 is the one enemy that, for all intents and purposes, gets his own chapter (chapter 4, "McDonalds").
- The Dragon: Specimen 9 is portrayed as being this to Spooky. No, not just because he's the "final test," but also in the way of him being some kind of commanded soldier under her wing.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Specimen 4 spends more time attacking in the buff thanks to losing her outfit early on (this is a nod to two of her proposed designs having her attack in the nude, if with Barbie Doll Anatomy). Specimen 13 is just as naked as she is canonically. When the two of them double-team Pacifica and the Pines, Dipper lampshades this.
- Informed Ability: Invoked and parodied with Pacifica. She is literally shoe-horned into the story (considering her parents, no, this isn't as bad as that sounds),
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Thanks to this story being a crossover between Spooky's and Gravity Falls, this means that there are at least four known "flavors" of ghosts, and could be anywhere up to twelve counting the journal's ten levels or more depending on how the specimen are counted. There's Spooky's Cute Ghost Girl, Specimen 4 being a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl, Ma and Pa Duskerton, and the Lumberjack Ghost.
- Stealth Sequel: This is actually a Stealth Prequel to Journals of Wisdom, Power, and Courage. The ending to the story outright shows Nzyvo wandering through Gravity Falls and Dipper remarking that his mid-summer birthday is coming up. And no, this isn't something like the post-closing notes preview. This fic already has one of those (to Paper John: Sticker Star), and this part happens before the closing AN... and said notes has Fan confirm that it, indeed, is within the same universe and timeline as Journals.
- Surprise Incest: Dipper and Pacifica, as they turn out to be biological siblings thanks to this taking place in the same universe as Journals of Wisdom, Power, and Courage. Mabel outright does blood tests, finds out that they're related, and immediately jumps ship from trying to matchmake them, hoping that they would lose interest themselves. Once the sixth chapter of Journals comes out, Mabel directly mentions the events of Spooky's (keeping the fact that they are related a secret through both the end of this and the first half of Journals) by saying "You know how I used to try to pair you two up but since we went to that haunted mansion I kind of suddenly stopped doing that?" when asked why she wasn't that surprised to find out that Pacifica was Nzyvo's twin. (She was still surprised, as she was certain Nzyvo was an alternate universe counterpart, not a total flesh-and-blood sister.)
Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... oh wait nevermind it's not even worth looking up for
- Artistic Licence Biology: Melody's backstory and explanation for her powers is that, while working at Meat Cute, she got bit by a radioactive rooster. Apparently the radiation made the chicken "evolve" teeth, and Melody has powers that quickly go from meat-related to anything regarding animal cells whatsoever. Like being able to grow temporary fins. Or talking to (non-sapient) animals in one case, which happens right before she acts like it's obvious that she can't talk to animals.
- Asshole Victim: Despite being a cat, it's very hard to feel sorry for Chieffster's murder considering how he spends nearly all of his screentime being an ass to Soos (and the rest of the hero squad). And this is all before they find out that Chiefsster used to work for the KKK...
- Big Bad: Tad Strange. Interestingly, this marks the first ever male Big Bad for one of Fan's Gravity Falls fanworks.
- Boring but Practical: The Big Bad operates this way, as an attempt at aiming to be the inversion of Bill's flashy chaos. They simply coat themselves with invulnerability and "a single laser that just zaps someone away." Although this is only after he loses the giant floating head-island he was riding on.
- The Cameo:
- The story very, very briefly checks up on what the Northwest twins were doing.
- Captain Obvious: Tad Strange. Both as the fifth "partner" to the hero squad, and after he reveals himself as the Big Bad.
"If you die outside of the dream, YOU DIE IN REAL LIFE!"
- Captain Obvious Reveal:
- The fact that the heroes at the beginning are Soos, .GIFfany, Melody, and Rumble. Considering how the narration flat-out describes them as looking said like people with masks on, and the writing intentionally slips up and calls them by their civilian names. The most surprising thing about this reveal is the fact that the fake-author thought it would be surprising.
- It's not as obvious as the way Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals handled Walter being a traitor, even to those unfamiliar with Hellsing, but the fic does not try to hide Tad Strange being the true Big Bad at all. Even if you're unfamiliar with how fans latched on to his name before it was confirmed that he was just a three-appearance joke character and thought of him to be some sort of relative to Bill. If you are, the fact that Chieffster's killer has a blue square tattoo is a dead giveaway, and the fact that said killer can time travel does more harm to his name than good as it's an easy way to explain how he can be in two places at once.
- Conspicuous CG: Mentioned in-universe, despite being a text-only story with no visuals. Tad Strange takes control of the Tooth-island, the latter is said in-text as being in CGI while the former is "stil [sic] 2D traditional animation." There's even an in-universe Special Effects Failure as the "camera pans on," which treats him as a two-sided Paper Mario-esque sprite. Keep in mind that this is still while he's human, before he transforms into an actual two-dimensional "awake demon."
- Patchwork Map: Gravity Falls is both part of and, in of itself, an example of this (partly natural, partly a bizarre town variation that's a patchwork of different town types). Not only is there a tundra, desert, swamp, jungle, giant cavern, and so much more all within a 10-20 minute horse ride's worth distance (let alone the time it takes to travel in the Bullcatmobile or Shackan-Lagann), but the town itself has a single street bordered by randomly tall, gitty, smoke-surrounded buildings that acts as the "bad part of town." This makes a return from Journals. Also present and making a return from its steal prequel Spooky's is the "New York side of town," a block of skyscrapers with its own train system leading to a "Downtown Gravity Falls," a metropolis that's not physically connected to the town (it's a two+ hour drive away, the train's just really fast) yet still part of its legal territory. The latter is a Self-Deprecation at the old version of Carl Steven's Universe, where Fan somehow found himelf convinced that Beach City had a large metropolis area.
- Polyamory: Directly continuing off of Journals, Soos, Melody, Rumble, and .GIFfany are in a polygamous four-way relationship. And Sickening Sweethearts at that. All four of them appear to love one-another equally, though Melody and Rumble admit that they have trouble really talking when it's just the two of them, and they consider Soos and/or .GIFfany as "glue" that helps bring them close.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: Not that most of SBIGlets isn't this (a possible Spartan Squad spinoff for Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, for one thing), but this makes it pretty clear that Fan wants to do something bigger and more serious with Soos, Melody, and the video games in the near future.
- Put on a Bus: Dipper and Mabel themselves, as this takes place after Journals of Wisdom, Power, and Courage, they are sucked into the timeline of Housestuck: The Split during this fic's events. This is actually the job Soos took to try to get extra money to speed up Ford and Nzyvo's project to save them. Pacifica and Nzyvo Northwest, two other key characters in Journals (the former moreso in the latter half, as she's absent in the first half), do get small cameos.
- Running Gag:
- Whenever someone assumes a mystery figure to be male, .GIFfany would correct them with gender-neutral variations. In all instances except one, the person actually did turn out to be male. In most cases, said mystery figure turns out to be Tad in one way or another.
- "Because this is a spinoff I'm trying to make things smaller than the original Journals." Not only is this hypocritical when you compare Housestuck Hurrcain crconikals to Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals (the former, the spinoff, being twice as long in chapter count and around ten times as long in word count), but he fails to keep this promise. The final battle is somehow even more over-the-top than the final battle in Journals.
- The fact that Gravity Falls also has a bustling metropolis area connected by train is a self-knock at the original version of Fan's Carl Stevens Universe, which made the huge mistake of assuming Beach City had a large... well, city portion. And its own huge train station.
- As is tradition with the Stylistic Suck Gravity Falls installments, Fan once again mocks how thin the premise of run:gifocalypse stretches the Willing Suspension of Disbelief, and the general stupidity of the plot in general. Such as when
- The final battle with the main antagonist takes place on top of a jumbo jet. Anyone familiar with Fan's track record of this trope should now where it's going with this — Total Drama World Tour Rewrite is like the Butt Monkey of his stories. Near the end, Soos remarks that "That was cooler than Total Drama World Tour Rewrite!" .GIFfany replies with a rather uncharacteristic "Soos. Anyone can write about a plane taking a shit and that would be a better plane-related story than Total Drama World Tour Rewrite. Compliment harder."
- Took a Level in Badass: Somehow, the gang managed to do this over the span of a few in-story hours. Their battle against the "Suicide Squad" at the beginning was an embarassment, as even when they drop into the fight one-by-one, they keep getting hit by attacks that are pretty mundane and weak by SBIG standards. In their next mission, on the same day,
"Oh. Hey. If it isn't .GIFfany. The anti-me. Whassup girl? Enjoying Haremageddon?"
- Ambiguously Brown: Professors Kathody, Searah, and Shannon. Sandy is Ambiguously Pale. Cardia is Ambiguously Orange, and teeters the line between "something that could be a natural skin color" and "flat-out techncolor skin." Rose (pink), Bubbles (red), Leona (yellow), Dian (green), Burnda and Burrda (both cyan), Sonia (blue), Wendy (purple), and Dove (gray) are outright technicolor, though. Fan's "concept sketches" show that even Rose's pink, Bubbles's red, and Leona's yellow are nowhere near realistic skin colors.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance:
- None of the copies have any sense of modesty whatsoever, and their primary motivation for dressing up is to look nice. This presents a clash
- Professor Wendy's domain, which is populated by King of the Hill fans who even take some of the more questionable things about the show to absolute heart, is and led by one. (Prof.) Wendy herself establishes this right away by embracing what Fan thinks is one of the more sexist episodes of the show, "Cheer Factor," and flat-out took the "cheerleaders should aim to pep up the football team rather than performing their own feats" idea and interpreted that as "Women should ideally just serve themselves as support for what the men do, because that's what really matters." And it goes downhill from there until she develops out of it. She has strong Wouldn't Hit a Girl standards that she attempts to force on Dipper and Soosnote None of the other copies find it any worse of an issue when they attack them, like Leona being more bothered about Dipper and Mabel vandalizing her work than Dipper trying to attack her. Nobody also notes that Soos, for all intents and purposes, threw Risen-.GIFfany into a fire in canon's events except Risen-.GIFfany herself and Professor Wendy, as the rest justify his action under self-defense. despite being physically stronger than either of them will ever be and the former being only 12 years old. Then she attempts to force the guys into a deadly, Serious Business variant of American Football... Considering how the other .GIFfany copies up to and after this point have been remarkably neutral when it comes to gender (outside of Risen-.GIFfany targetting real girls, but "that's because" it's the group Soos is attracted to), to the point where nobody bats an eye at three of the professors (Kathody, Dian, and Shannon — note that Wendy's placement in the "professor daisy chain" is right between the latter two, something Fan admits is a coincidencenote He picked the three professors at random) being in lesbian relationships with their last (or rather current, but things get complicated in "Game Over" when all the professor meet with their players in-person again) players, this comes off as very jarring.
Ironically, Professor Wendy's domain also has a high amount of traditionally "masculine" activities that her all-female copy army are in, possibly second only to Dove's outright militant forces. Her student copies include American football players, (flying) car and other vehicle mechanics, vehicle builders, robot makers, and barbecue experts. Although her logic is that she's ultimately doing this to "support" her male player, so it loops back to the "cheerleading" thing.
- Worst News Judgment Ever:
- At the end of "Game Over," much like in a gag from The Simpsons, "Sapient Physical Artificial Intelligence Beings Agreed to Sharing All Technology With Humanity" is a side-line. The top headline? "TRILLIONS OF NAKED WOMEN FALL FROM THE SKY," which more-or-less describes the exact same event.
- Immediately after the newspaper is described, the story also mentions that Dove kept local Gravity Falls newspapersnote Everywhere else in the world mostly bought the cover-story that it was a leaked government mishap; the story became impossible to cover (read: the Earth-sized fortress was revealed and within clear viewing distance, the "entrance" being closest to the Earth and directly aligned with Gravity Falls) from the first three days of the Gifocalypse (the above-mentioned paper came out on the "fourth" day, or more accurately after the Gifocalypse-"invasion" was over) while undercover and asking Toby/Bodacious T. (who didn't recognize her) if she could collect them after he was done reading them. The front-page headline for the first day (the one with the world-wide broadcast) is "Full Pitt Cola Can Found in Lake — Who Would Throw Away Such a Good Drink?" while a side topic (which was covered on the news station, as seen in chapter 1) is "Growing Band of Theives Steal Video Games; Make Cryptic Message Threatening Earth." By the second day, the Gifocalypse is moved to top-headline level news... except since there is no actual news on it, it's focused on various conspiracy theories instead, and titled "Missing Video Game Copies Signs of Cthulhu?"note Hey, at least they were right about tentacles being involved... with a side-article reading "Giant Space Craft Discovered Under Town — Possibly Extra-terrestrial in Origin," which is much more definite and interesting than the Gifocalypse at that point. On the third? "Northwest Girl Eats a Sandwich" makes the top headline (the actual article is an overly-analytical essay about the "implications" of this), "Technological Wind-Person Sells Working Flying Cars and Jetpacks in India — Also Aiming to Remove Greenhouse Gases" is on the side.
- Anvilicious: Picking which aesop has the most subelty to it is rather difficult, as they're all rather heavy-handed.
- "Don't fall into ruts and question if a 'tradition' is really harmless or just a sign of very backwards thinking" is one that's explored at least twice (Professors Cardia and Wendy), if not three times (Professor Sandy). This is also part of the greater "Don't lock yourself away from others," something nearly all professors are guilty of and they develop out of it when the gang, for lack of a better term, forces the group
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- In the original chapter 6, Professor Bubbles nabs the journals, flips through #2, and melts them after finding out that Ford never wrote anything about .GIFfany. Well, Journal 3 reveals that this is true... Ford never wrote about her. Bubbles effectively melted Soos's entry without even knowing about it. This got a nod in chapter 8's update retcon, where Soos briefly tries to mention that there is information on .GIFfany in general (or rather, the Risen One), but Bubbles refused to listen. Fast-foreward to "Game Over," where Bubbles reveals that she melted the journals in front of both Ford and .GIFfany, and the latter already knew about Soos's entry on her. Cue Ford being pissed off, while Risen goes ballistic.
- Jerkass Woobie:
- Professor Dove is an unusual case in that, aside from several comments scattered in every chapter that imply that the other professors don't really like her, we find out about her "woobie" part before the jerkass partnote This was intentional. Fan wanted a character that was "less 'here's an asshole, OH WAIT now here's how they became an asshole feel a lot more sorry for them' and more 'here's someone with a horrible story, OH WAIT they turned into an asshole because of that hrm'. Basically, she's the first ever copy of Romance Academy 7. While the others all have memories of the "deletion incident," the fic gives an in-depth look at what happened while also explaining Dove's story specifically. Just after being given sapience,
- Hell, Dove's last player. He initially seems like a jackass fratboy that toyed around with the .GIFfany copy after finding out she was sapient out of sheer boredom and threatened to kill her several times. Then he appears in person during "Game Over," and suddenly he steps into a more sympathetic side. His father was killed by a rogue, malfunctioned robot with AI when he was only thirteen, so he doesn't take very kindly to sapient technology. As he outright tells to Dove (in a very similar manner to how Dove insulted humanity), it turns out his paranoia was proven right when he found out more about what the .GIFfany army has actually done. When it's pointed out that, ultimately, he had several other negative encounters with sapient programs to the point where none of them were good, much like how none of Dove's pre-Gifocalypse encounters with humans were good, the two of them both decide that they've done some wrong things and agree to make ammends.
- Strawman Has a Point:
- Dipper is supposed to be seen as being way too cynical to the copies in Arc 1 (he spends Arc 2 gradually mellowing out to them, to the point where he's actually willing to hear Professor Dian out even when Professor Sonia immediately before attacked him). The thing is, the evidence really does stack against the .GIFfany copies. Dipper already had an experience with fighting clones of himself over a crush, and had trouble dealing with one .GIFfany. This is millions of copies of a person with a confirmed unhealthy obsession, who have made it very clear that they intend to litter the world with a rather threatening message that the army broadcasted on every electronic in the planet. Even after Rose's introduction and Dipper still thinks that she's the exception, not the rule, it's not completely unreasonable that he wouldn't greet Domain 2 with open arms even after seeing how nice the inhabitants of Domain 1 were. This isn't even mentioning the sheer number of copies that do attack the gang completely unprovoked: Kathody, Searah, Sandy (who actually considered sacrificing them), Cardia, Leona, Sonia, to an extent Wendy, Dove, and of course .GIFfany herself. That's well over half of the professors. Nor is it mentioning that this fan fic marks a big idealistic leap compared to canon (this, to simplify things, takes place shortly after "The Last Mabelcorn"), which portrayed its Monsters of the Week as ruthless and unreasonable monsters.
- Professor Cardia. Yes, going nuts, locking yourself off from everyone else, and kidnapping Mabel's pet pig with the intent to kill him to show that pig meat can also be pretty tasty, and attacking the human group with a dragon she possessed was overkill. But the way her followers directly disobeyed her orders and switched to a different kind of meat without her permission was really dickish of them, as she's the manager of their entire fast food establishment. While she ends up learning to talk things out with her followers, as she ends up agreeing with the switch simply because she can't really argue with the benefits dragon meat has over pig/chicken/cow meat, it seems more fitting that her students could have learned about talking things out instead of leaping to crazy conclusions. If even one of them had just told Cardia "Hey, we found these dragons, their meat is tastier, self-preserving, easier to cook, they're more plentiful than some of the other least concern animals, they also really heal you and help you life longer, etc" chances are Cardia would have listened, not suffered from a breakdown, and would not have been hostile to Soos and company when they met her.
- Ford is supposed to be viewed in the wrong for the way he judges Stan and refuses to even consider him as a possible ally when they're both captured and taken on the Construction Site. The fact that he considered Burnda — someone involved with .GIFfany and a person whom he only really knew about for two days (at the time he was asked this) — as being more trustworthy than him was supposed to show how much he still held the grudge (considering how this splits from canon after "Last Mabelcorn," and thus Weirdmageddon doesn't happen and they don't make amends). Considering how Stan practically falls over and starts liking .GIFfany almost blindly, even though this is after he's told in-fic that she was the one who outright sent an animatronic badger out to attack him and used more animatronics to attack his family, Stan was virtually being The Load at that point. Contrasted to Burnda, who showed a far more rebellious side than Stan ever had by that point. By the time Stan finally reconsiders that he shouldn't basically move his business towards the ultimate project she was building, it took him walking in on her making out with a Soos dummy while holding a Melody dummy over a fake pool of sharks to convince him that, you know, maybe the psycho ex-girlfriend that tried to kill out of obsession and made this whole place out of the same obsession may not be the most mentally-sound person alive. With all of this in mind, Ford seemed absolutely right to give up on trying to get Stan on his side so easily.
- Domain 1: "Don't fight for yourself at all, let my officials fight for you (it's not that big of a focus, but it's still... there)." Although they're aiming to reverse deforestation and have more vegetables for the hungry.
- Domain 2: "Have horror-themed spirit or we'll treat you like crap and throw you into our rides." Although they also manufacture a supernatural energy force that works as an amazing source of fuel.
- Domain 3: "Be idealistic or GTFO. Seriously, you can't even see this domain unless you're partly cynical and share a lot of my viewpoints on water quality." Although they are water-purifiers who aim to have clean water for everyone.
- Domain 4: "Oh hey let's try to punish and even kill people in the name of the Lightning Goddess!" Although they are also hardcore geologists trying to find ways to help with earthquakes. And pretty brilliant minds at that once you take away their herbal tea.
- Domain 5: "Stick to the menu or I'll go nuts." Although they are a food corporation that later switches to a new type of meat that does wonders to the human body.
- Domain 6: "Bullying and just being an ass to try to 'improve' character are how I roll." Although compared to the others, Bubbles is relatively harmelss, and she is really determined to produce a number of high-quality bath houses.
- Domain 7: "A place for art... and killer fruit, and a suspiciously large shitload of weapons." Although they grow super, harmless fruit as well.
- Domain 8: "Sets the stage for a musical death." Although they teeter on that and musical entertainment. Also producing beans/coffee and stuff is kind of admirable.
- Domain 9: "Went from making antedotes to making poison." Although it's mostly a sort of self-defense and a way to stop conflict, and it's not like antedotes aren't completely no longer studied.
- Domain 10: "Like and agree with King of the Hill or prepared to be treated like a horrible outcast. I have 50s-style old fashioned views, up to and including rather sexist ones." Although they are the creators of flying cars, jet packs, super trains, very fuel-efficient vehicles, and they're trying to reduce air pollution/help the O-zone layer.
- Domain 11: It was an unknowing drug factory. Although they were originally just thinking of it as a way to see and "live out" one's dreams.
- Domain 12: "Reality TV dictates everything." Although they are great temperature regulators. Could come in handy in hot or cold parts of the world...
- Domain 13: See Domain 12.
- Domain 14: It's a freaking war factory. Although... yeah, pre-epilogue I got nothing. During the epilogue, however, Dove turns around and focuses on medical stuff instead of bomb stuff.
- Domain 15: Ruled by the biggest of the yanderes, who does not want anyone to leave despite giving them the apparent options. Also basically a yandere-creating factory. Although those two teensy details aside aside, it's a pretty neat vacation paradise in concept. Just a planet-sized city with a lot of entertainment locations and things to do.
Maybe a route inspired by FourthRhyme's Papyrus on MUGEN, specifically this one hyper in particular with a portal
- Life: 1000
- Power: 3000
- Attack: 110
- Defense: 100
- Lightning Throw:
- Summon Rumble:
- Summon Soos:
- "Summon" Melody:
- Animatronic Friend:
- Summon Trickster:
- Summon Shape-Shifter:
- Animatronic Rush: (Uses 1000 power)
- Rift Steal: (Uses 1500 power) .GIFfany reveals that she has snuck into the Mystery Shack to steal the rift [[gravityfalls.wikia.com/wiki/Interdimensional_rift (this thing)]]. She attempts to merge it with herself, but drops and breaks the globe containing it, causing an X-shaped portal to appear in the stage. Every one of her regular assists (including the animatronics for some reason) can come out of this rift at intervals, as well as various other assists:
- Gnome: Specifically, Jeff. He stands in place for about a second before running off, gathering other gnomes to form the "giant gnome" combination. Rushes across the screen, dealing mild, but unblockable damage. Attacking Jeff cancels the attack.
- Gobblewonker (Real): A sprite alteration of Dipper's Gobblewonker (Robot) assist.
- Manotaur: Hits the opponent with a short range Completely Not Falcon Punch.
- Time Baby: Rare. Freezes the stage, barring .GIFfany, for three seconds. It is worth noting that this also works on her allies.
- Bill Cipher: Rare. The stage is tinted red. He proceeds to summon
- Arcade Machine: A living arcade machine robot with a constant angry face and middle finger-guns. Will fire lasers
- Ezekiel: A poorly-drawn sprite of Ezekiel appears on the stage. Deals a very weak arrow attack. Will be knocked off the stage if attacked.
- run:gifocalypse: (Uses 1500 power) .GIFfany summons a Wire (matching the hair color of that palette), which specifically summons random professor copies from Great Pikmin Fan's "AU" run:gifocalypse, about multiple copies of her aiming to take over the world. Regardless of .GIFfany's palette (except the digital one, where they are all black and white as she is), their hair color remains the game. Like Rift Steal, only one copy can be out at a time, the copies are summoned at intervals when one is de-summoned, and the Wire remains out for the rest of the round. .GIFfany can summon her regular assists and can stack this move with Rift Steal (for exceptionally long fights).
- Burrda: A copy with white hair. Her attack is similar to that of Lyn as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros., where she stays in place for a moment before zipping to the enemy's location with a powerful slash. She is coded to deal a greater amount of damage if Cheaper Edd is an opponent, supposedly representing that the attack can cut through both his defense and his greater health amount, however it deals near-lethal levels of damage if he's allied with another character of "average" health and defense. Also freezes the opponent if hit.
- Burnda: A copy with red hair.
- Sandy: A copy with orange hair.
- Kathody: A copy with yellow hair.
- Shannon: A copy with chartreuse hair.
- Rose: A copy with green hair. She sends a possessing stream of electricity into her own leaf outfit, then grows an entire tree out of it, which hits in a straight line in front of itself. While Rose remains with the tree growing out of her outfit a while after, this does no damage outside of the initial sprouting.
- Wendy: A copy with spring green hair.
- Bubbles: A copy with cyan hair.
- Sonia: A copy with azure hair.
- Searah: A copy with blue hair.
- Cardia: A copy with violet hair.
- Dian: A copy with magenta hair. Harmless unless attacked, then sends a large cloud of poison sliding across the screen. She also disappears in this poison cloud.
- Leona: A copy with rose hair.
- Dove: A copy with black hair. Tints the stage purple (if, by some extremely rare chance, she and Bill are out on the stage at the same time, Bill's red tint takes precedence)
- Like every other character by Great Pikmin Fan, .GIFfany has an anti-cheap mode against Naruto-kun, Sasuke-kun,
- All of .GIFfany's regular supernatural assists (bar the animatronics) are monsters that were recruited by Nzyvo in Fan's intentionally poorly written Journals of Wisdom, Power, and Courage. Nzyvo herself makes a brief cameo as a very rare possible assist in the Rift Steal hyper.
This is what Dipper can do
- Life: 950
- Power: 3000
- Attack: 100
- Defense: 990
SpecialsAs with Great Pikmin Fan's later .GIFfany character, most of Dipper's specials are summons.
- Summon Mabel:
- Summon Stan:
- Summon Ford:
- Summon Wendy:
- Summon Candy and Grenda:
- Summon Pacifica: She spawns a short distance in front of him and swings a golf club, dealing a strong uppercut attack.
- A DEAL'S A DEAL: (Uses no power; drains 1/2 of his remaining life) Dipper "suddenly gets amnesia of the events of 'Sock Opera'" (Fan's words) and allows Bill to possess him to give him an upper edge of the battle. From there, "Bipper" more-or-less acts as a weaker version of the Bill boss character. This move can still be used even if Bill is an opponent. This is similar to Homer Simpson's "BEER RIOT MODE."
- Raise the Dead: (Uses 1000 power) Dipper reads off a chant to raise zombies. The ground splits, and several waves of the undead rush across the stage.
FUCKING RG REFERENCE TALLY
- OFF: Hold on to your seats, this is a long one. Domain 9 is loosely based on Zone 1. The PNG(/"Domain 15") is loosely based on Zone 2. Domain 11 is strongly based on Zone 3. The Memory Banks portion is based on the Room. Cardia is similar to Japhet: Both went insane because of something the people they're looking after have done, both possess an animal that's dear to one of the main characters. (Mabel's pet peg; Judge's brother.) Shannon is like Enoch, both of them can change size, both are really friggin hard to fight, both seem like hopeless battles at first then pull a jump scare and have the "real" battle after being "weakened." Dove is like Dedan; foul-mouthed, associated with time, a kind of "body made of steel," asshole boss to followers. The "main area" of Domain 15 is a historical place similar to the Great Library of Zone 2, and in fact a library makes up a good portion of the Romance Museum. The Memory Banks has six chapters in descending order, from 5 to 0, and is a giant mind fuck. Domain 11 is manufacturing a drug, but it's basically called and affiliated with something generally not considered a drug in real life. It has horrible withdrawl effects. Domain 11 is also made of various sections traveled by monorail. The diagram showing how the mirrors work depicts ordinary humans in a manner resembling Elsen, with white coloring and a square head, while the diagrams in other domains (IE not the one with the strongest OFF inspiration) use .GIFfany's "standard" blue and red stick figures. Domain 9 manufactures four different components of poison, when the group is told about each component, the expositor tells them that they are each the "first of four" and an important component, similar to the elements of OFF. One of those components is smoke, like how OFF has smoke as an element. The smoke area is ran by a copy who named herself Daminna, a play on "Damien," the part of Zone 1 with the smoke mines. The final runner in Domain 9 calls herself Alma, directly named after the fifth and final section of Zone 1.
- King of the Hill: Professor Wendy and her followers love the show. It's directly mentioned by-name and said copies run a fanclub of it in Domain 10. I mean, I'm not really sure if it counts as references, but... the sheer blatancy of it makes me feel like placing it above everything except OFF, because with OFF it's so frequent you might as well say it's a knockoff.
- The Wonderful 101: Dove's chapter takes a huge page from Operation 008 in 101. The final battle takes a huge page from Operation 009-C. Wonder-Pink is one of .GIFfany's "cosplays" just before said final battle.
- Perfect Hair Forever: The twins heavily take their design from Brenda, and in fact they are two of the only copies (well, aside from Kathody, but Kathody's named after/based on an OC to begin with, so...) to be inspired from the character they were named after. Burrda actually acts more like her: Silent, kind of just does what someone else says (Uncle Grandfather/Burnda), uses a sword, apparently really easy to convince to go out and fight. Burnda's just her sort-of opposite. Heck, their fusion is named Blenda, just one letter off.
- The Legend of Zelda: A big thing is in the sky and going to "activate" in three days, with a big "final warning" on midnight of the third day (the Moon in Majora's Mask). Technically Sandy's "PUNISH THEM! PUNISH THEM!" thing is a self-nod to Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, which is what the Pikmin threaten to do with Jake (laser his groin off, but the Rainbow Crew step in and save him just in time),
- Super Mario: Hijacker Peachaulinsalinaisy's name is a blatant portmanteu of Peach, Pauline, Rosalina, and Daisy. She runs an area similar to the Duel of 100 from Super Paper Mario. Speaking of said game, immediately after her the gang faces Hijacker Alma, who's ability is being able to "flip" much like the dimension-flipping in said game. Towards the end the fic takes the piss on the later New-styled things such as the greater limitation on Toad designs and the repeated re-use of the Koopalings, etc, but these are more on the Take That scale.
- Undertale: Hato is inspired by Burgerpants in that they're both stuck at fast food jobs that they hate (though Hato is an asshole and kind of fucking insane). Humans are associated with upright hearts, the non-human "monsters" of note (the copies) are associated with inverted hearts, though the latter comes in several different colors. .GIFfany's Main Possession and that black void sequence leading up to it are partly inspired by the Neutral Run final boss. (Partly inspired by some of the work of her canonical designer, Paul Robertson. Also, partly inspired by the final boss of Wonderful 101, see above.) The bulk of when Undertale comes up, if anything, is more of a mock of the game rather than a complete inspiration. Mainly a lot about Dove.
- HuniePop, AKA That No-No Game Markiplier Played: This was unintentional until like minutes after I actually typed it down, but it's a retroactive reference: Leona's followers prank .GIFfany by vandalizing one of her skirts and making it a deep red. Which would make it resemble Tiffany's skirt/uniform in general. By an amazing coincidence Kyu is one of .GIFfany's "outfits" during her rapid black void flash before the final battle. Dove is called a giga-bitch... like with the phrase "mega-bitch" used to describe Audrey.
- Homestuck: Rose, Dian, and Dove got their names taken from... Rose, Dirk, and Dave respectively, with the latter two being sort-of gender bent names ("Dian" being a weird mispelling of "Diane" just to fit the four-letter theme). However, the names are all they have in common. Ron Ejjert is clearly based on John Egbert but this is by no means a respectful homage. Although Dove's online handle is tableturnGigahead — similar to Dave's turntechGodhead.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: Searah is named after Sarah, but that's where the similarities end. Like with Rose, Dave, Dirk, Kathy, and Wendy, the names are just nods to the "overly complex family tree" and were actually thought up back before I really planned to give the professors that much depth. In other words, a lot of them were kind of throwaway names for what was going to be one-off monsters. Anyway, Brenda is an exception because Burrda is more heavily based on her. See above. (Sandy, Cardia, Bubbles, Leona, Sonia, and Shannon are not particularly named after anything, and are just puns related to their elementsnote Sandy = Sand = Dirt/Earth. Bubbles = Soap makes a lot of that shit. Leonardo Da Vinci. Sonia... one letter off from "Sonic." Shannon, probably the only one that isn't completely obvious: Shine-on.)
- Misc (Too short to really give its own thing): Kathody's domain is a large love-letter to Spooky's Jumpscare Mansion, considering that it has cheap cardboard cutouts before moving on to more real horrors. The first of the 100 duelers ("Wire Untangler") has a design heavily based on Paimon from Magi: Labyrinth of Magic. The second ("Keyboard to One's Heart") is based on "Sunglasses" from the Creamsicle/Normal Girls/Other Girls meme. Victoria and Kimberly, two of the prior players (Kathody's and Shannon's, respectively), were named after the female nude NPCs in Epic Battle Fantasy (from the fourth and third game, respecitvely).
- Yandere Simulator: A minor character (as in, all she really does is call Professor Sandy an idiot) shares the name and (sort of) hair color of a minor student in Yandere.
The Spooks of Something Unrelated to the AboveAll spoilers are unmarked.
World Settings & Liberated Worlds
- In World 11, the Liberator goes to Hell. Multiple Hells. It's... not as bad as one would expect,
- World 12. For starters, since World 11 is "Universe," you're left unsure what even could be the escalating setting for the final area. Turns out it's called "Beyond." But that's not all. The place is a complete Mind Screw, set within concepts like patches between universes
- The concept of the Giant Space Cockroaches going back to the "liberated" areas and unleashing giant spiders that specifically target the Liberator may sound silly, but the way it's handled isn't. If you return to an already-cleared world, which is completely optional unless you count the return to the Lab for the final boss,
- The plot seems pretty straight-foreward if Excuse-y for the most part. Then you beat the boss of the otherwise harmless (despite being partly inspired by one of the creepiest parts of OFF) World 5, and find yourself having a random encounter (in a game where, Liberated Worlds aside, has all encounters appear on the field). You're met with this... thing that looks somewhat vaguely like an unmoving woman (again, every other enemy in the game has an idle animation, and they're often rather expressive at that) stitched together, with two extra eyes and appearing to also be stitched with cat parts. She's clearly not this game's version of a zombie — you encounter a family of them in World 3. Scan reveals that she only has one hit point, one attack point, and no defense, and attacking her causes her to instantly turn into pieces of pink cloth. This is the first encounter with Roylel. It comes the hell out of nowhere, and you're not given a proper explanation of it until World 10.
- Roylel finally reveals who — or rather, what she is — with a simple Wham Line during her second encounter in world 10. She is clothing. All clothing. Even, somehow, makeshift clothing. Cue still images of various citizens around Existence seeing their clothes suddenly grow eyes, mouths, and limbs — every type of proper garment in existence is her, and she can transform and control any one of them at will. Be thankful the game isn't real.
Liberator: Wait. You- you're... made of clothing?
Roylel: I'm not made of clothing... I AM CLOTHING!
Related to the Liberator and the Professor
- While the Professor was absolutely correct about clothing being a mind-control conspiracy in this game's world, the fact that the Liberator unquestionably follows everything he says and treats it as absolute fact in spite of how much of a blatant nut the Professor is
- Cowboy Be Bop At His Computer: Sometimes known to goof up his fact-checking, or not fact-check.
- He admits that in the original Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, he attempted to partly re-create the opening partly from memory, rather than looking up a transcript. He ended up thinking this was a good thing — he finds ripping something word-for-word from canon would become a major pet peeve of hisnote Unless it's through a short Flash Back to canon, a sort of Ironic Echo, etc. Note that run:gifocalypse does both, and near the end and he did not want to be held as a hypocrite because of it.
- Carl Stevens Universe, before its rewrite, claimed that Beach City had a large metropolis area that was, while not mentioned in-fic, "very close" to Beach City. Fan says that getting rid of that was his biggest motivation to writing the re-write. It's also one of his most-often self-mocked elements of any of his stories behind Total Drama World Tour Rewrite as a whole.
- Kamina's appearance in Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals was written before Fan actually watched Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. It... kind of shows. His first action after revealing he's the true identity of the Master Chief (just ignore this for now) is to whip a Giga Drill Break out of nowhere. It's technically true that Kamina invented the technique, but he only got one use out of it before dying and it became the signature move of Simon. He also does this mechless, and as a result doesn't even have a pre-existing drill to turn into a break. Also, he calls it Giga Drill Breaker, after an often-used misunderstanding. Notably, the SBIG series tries to pull this off intentionally (see below), but this was admitted to be a complete accident.
- Another accidental example in the otherwise-intentional HUC is that the Vampire Priest (referred to as "First Boss") ends up attacking a generic forest, rather than the village of Cheddar. Even in the "Great Typo Cleanup," this mistake was left in (as with Kamina's Giga Drill Break creating a drill out of nothing) because of "staying true to that particular fuck-up."
- SBIG does this a lot, and intentionally.
- According to Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, the Halo series was developed by Nintendo, Liquid Snake is one of three clones of Solid Snake (along with Gas Snake and Plasma Snake), Samus is Mega Man's mother,
- Hecksing: The Dawn features "The Demo Run," where Lex Luthor attacks Hecksing with his minions. Said minions? Catwoman, Mystique, and the Flash. Also, Catwoman can be defeated by having completely ordinary water splashed on her.
- Gag Censor: Normally fond of standard censor bars. He can, on occasion, be caught using these.
- After the original, webcomic version of Sweet Jade and Hella John plus the first strip of Sheldin & Lenard, Homer Simpson's naughty bits get a unique censor in the form of
- In a gag "outfit swap" image set, Bill Cipher and Stan Pine's "swap" leaves the latter wearing nothing but the former's hat, bowtie, and cane. He has a picture of Dipper and Mabel screaming to cover his junk.
|Homer Army||Hyper where a Homer Simpson clone flashes you|
- Is This the Police? Replaces "Ready, Aim, Fire." Cannot be used by a clone in Beer Riot Mode, must be a cancel. (This is another Kung Fury reference.)
- Flash of Death: Replaces "Touch of Death." A Homer Clone quickly chances to only wearing a coat, turns to face the opponent, and flashes them. If this move KO's, a soundclip of the Nostalgia Critic shouting "GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER!" from his Foodfight! review will play. Not an instant KO, though it does deal significantly more damage than "Touch of Death" at the cost of, for some reason, having much shorter range.
- Shameless Ripoff of Dink Smallwood's 40 Oz. Hyper: Replaces "Road Roller D'oh."