The Advance Wars Roleplay is a forum-based roleplay game based on the Nintendo Wars series but set in an Alternate Universe.In this universe, the various continents of Wars World divided and each country operates anomously. Each CO has powers which they use to gain an advantage in battle. There is a wide array of characters with various abilities, which often reflect the personalities of the character.In the Advance Wars Roleplay, there are four main powers set across the continent of Cosmo Land. They are:
Alternate Universe - First, the RP itself is set in an alternate universe to the Nintendo Wars canon. Then there's a second parallel world, where Black Hole are from. It's also implied there's countless more parallel worlds. Yay quantum theory?
Anti-Air - As well as the Anti-Air vehicles, the surface-to-air Missiles, the anti-sub/air Cruiser, some factions have additional counter-air weaponary including:
The Orange Star/Yellow Comet Frigate, a ship with a surface-to-air missile launcher
The Green Earth Hoverflak, a hovercraft armed with an anti-air vulcan, similar to the one on the Anti-Air tank.
The Yellow Comet MasakoTroopers, armed with miniguns, which make them one of the most cost-effective ways of dealing with enemy helicopters. They also fair well against Interceptors.
Orange Star's "Md. Tank of air defence", the Skysweeper.
Anyone Can Die - Maria, Don, Zephyr (but he got better until he didn't again), Lorin, Omega, Petr, Haynes, D, loads of SMART COs, Sunspot, a ridiculous number of soldiers...
Armor-Piercing Attack - Yellow Comet's Bombers, Fuzei and indirect-combat units have this to a limited degree, as Yellow Comet's "Ballistic Precision" technology allows their attacks to ignore enemy terrain defense.
Orange Star has the Tactical Submarine (also known as "Tacky Sub"), which can submerge itself to sneak into a powerful position, rise and then wreak havoc on opposing ground and naval forces.
Blue Moon has the Veles Stealth Cruiser.
Green Earth has the Peccatore Battleship (sometimes called the "Pecca"), a stronger version of the Battleship which can also target air units.
Yellow Comet has the Dreadnaught (or "Dreadie" or variations thereof), which packs even more power than the Peccatore, but can't fire on air units. It can absolutely ruin enemy Submarines, however.
SMART also got in on this, with their Frigate, a design that was stolen by Orange Star and passed onto Yellow Comet. See Anti-Air.
AB04 is certainly this for whoever owns it. It's a giant submarine used for developing bioweapons which is overseen by some unknown entity with a robot voice.
Disc One Final Boss - Reagan. Everyone was led to believe she was behind the SMART invasion, when she was actually a subordinate to an even higher ranking man: Vogel. She was something of the actual final boss of SMART, tagging with Vogel in their final stand.
Mira is essentially a cross between Penny/Lily and Olaf.
In terms of characterization, Kaitlyn is partway between River Song and Amy Pond. Her day-to-day strength and weakness are the same as those of Eagle, and her CO Powers are Hawke's with different names.
Game-Breaking Injury - The virus that prevents the usage of CO Powers could be seen as a form of this, especially since the Black Hole COs are unaffected and some have borderline Game Breaker abilities.
Gatling Good - The Yellow Comet Masako Troopers use miniguns, as do the Vulcaneers from the alternate Yellow Comet.
Geo Effects - Like in AW proper, terrain affects the movement and defensive strength of ground, sea and also hovercraft units. Different COs and technologies affect them further:
Madison gets strong attacks at sea, weak attacks on land and neutral attacks on rivers, beaches and ports.
Blue Moon's pillboxes grant 5 terrain stars to any occupant.
Green Earth's Enhanced Topography ability grants +1 terrain star on natural terrain which already has 2 or more stars (forests, wasteland, reef, rough sea, mountains).
Hover Tank - The Yellow Comet Hovertank. There are also hover artillery, hover anti-air and hover transports. May not count as they are actual hovercraft as opposed to Applied Phlebotinum applied to actual units.
MacGuffin - Nuclear weapons, or more broadly weapons of mass destruction - have never been used as weapons, but frequently as plot.
The Man Behind The Man and sometimes also women - Vogel. It was implied that Reagan was in charge of the organisation but she was merely in charge of their army while Vogel was in charge of the whole organisation. There was also Dieter Kalt (the first man behind Viola), Conway Black (the second man behind Viola and man behind Thor) and William Richmond (the man behind Dart).
Stage Names - Again, a lot. Amongst the current cast we have Izumi "Hemlock" Date and Kaede "Tremor" Ishida. Many other COs have nicknames and titles that aren't generally used by their fellow countrymen, such as Christine "The Cleaner" Armstrong.
One could argue for Suzanna Mia "Suzi" Harrison and Matthew "Matt" Jorgan who use shortened forms of their given names.
Tech Tree - In the early stages of the game, each faction was limited to a handful of units from the games and had to research the remaining ones. Even now, new units, defensive installations and effects can be researched, although this is more freeform.
Theme Naming - PanicAttack's characters (Viola and Rosabella Abandonato, Hanako Mori, Kiku Kurosawa, Suzanna Mia Harrison and Yuriko Maki) all have flower-themed names. Other characters also have plant-related names including Ken Kobayashi, Emi Hayashi and Sae Sakurazaki. Hanako was the one who noticed theflower theme first.
Shanghai Alice's character, Momoko, also has a plant-related name. Her name means "peach child". She also has the powers "Sour Rot" (after a disease that affects peaches) and "The Peaches of Wrath".
Urban Warfare - Yellow Comet have had two battles in their cities now. It's almost a tradition since there's supposedly another one planned to happen relatively soon.
Vitriolic Best Buds - Orange Star in general are like this, especially since Christine showed up. The fact that nobody's killed anyone else is miraculous at times.
War Has Never Been So Much Fun - Subverted. Even though the game is set on the same continent as Advance Wars 1, the COs never treat war as a game. The closest so far has been the war game in Yellow Comet, which takes the subversion further - Hanako outright states that rather than live ammo, bullets are replaced with paintball guns and shells with flour bombs.
Outright averted by the alternate reality. Their most recent war, with Black Hole, left their world devastated, and understandably nobody's too happy when they have to talk about it.