BZPB is a Play By Post Role Playing Game whose sole purpose is defying sanity since its inception.The plot is amazingly complicated, but the basic premise is that a Makuta called Blackout has come up with a plan to take over everything.
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Aborted Arc: During the Bara Magna arc, it was heavily implied that the Vrai were up to something, but this was completely forgotten once the main characters descended on the planet.
Achilles' Heel: Blackout's only weakness is, in fact, his heel. It's never specified which heel, but people either know which one to hit already or just go for both.
Action Girl: Zev loves this Trope to death. Namah, Prudence, Vi, Makoto...But the Bleach transplant Yoruichi Shihouin outshines them all; coming out of a battle with Zev's ludicrously-strong Inner Hollow without so much as a scratch on her. Fighting barehanded no less!
Always Accurate Attack: When faced with missiles, a common tactic is to open portals in front of the missiles and make them come out of other portals that are so close to the enemy that it is physically impossible for them to avoid being hit.
Apocalypse How: Planetary/Physical Annihilation happens a lot here. Multiversal/Physical Annihilation was only averted because everyone forgot it should have happened after the characters broke out into the Real World.
Authority Equals Asskicking: Misaki Masaki Raregroove, Zev's mother and Empress of Jurai, is capable of such feats of strength that everyone (Who knows better) automatically dreads crossing her.
Awesome McCoolname: Zev's entire family is the Glory-Raregroove Family. Let alone being a double Shout Out to the manga RAVE, it has a surprising effect of making both of his sisters, his parents, so far as his aunt and uncle automatically sound like total Badasses. (Which they are by the way.)
Badass Decay: When they were introduced, the Elite Makuta were easily a match for the Anima, and Brawl in particular kicked both Sasuken and Asumaru around without much trouble. Their power level has dropped significantly since then.
Black Knight: Blackout uses these as his mooks. They all speak Latin for some reason (though they all seem to occasionally snap back to English)
Blood on the Debate Floor: This seems to happen every time TPK shows up to a Council meeting. The first time he started a fight with Serecio for disagreeing with him (they had the decency to take it elsewhere), and the second time the debate was interrupted by Uterio trying to arrest the Great Beings who weren't on his side.
Butt Monkey: Kakamu. He's died several times, and has been put into many circumstances that result in pain. This has happened so many times, that when he was exiled to Tatooine, this troper began to laugh.
Call Back: Within the first months of the game, a random encounter by the Energized Protodermis Entity occurs. It's finally explained four years later that Ynot dropped him there from across time.
The FRPG is full of these, with old characters that haven't been used in ages being brought back to fill out the ranks.
The Cameo: Greg Farshtey, BIONICLE lore writer, appears in the RPG in a small part once a year. This is a homage to him, as without BIONICLE, BZPB would never have existed.
Chekhov's Gun: Yeah. Remember those cute little critters that Zev and Co. befriended a while back? Neither did any of us. Turns out they're all living Mac Guffins, if Namah's Spirit of Fire is anything to go by.
Chekhov's Gunman: F-Klak. He showed up once and got Klak to briefly turn evil. He vanished for just long enough for everyone to forget about him, and then.....
Chess Motifs: Uteria, Uterio's gender-flipped Shattered Mirror counterpart, owns a chessboard, and moves the pieces in accordance with troop movements.
Chest Blaster: Both Blackout and his Shattered Mirror incarnation have these.
Chrome Champion: Kakamu became this after his consciousness was bonded to a body made of the biometal element.
Cloudcuckoo Lander: Zev and other main characters of the player of the same name tend to closely fit this.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Namah evokes this by name as the reason she didn't use the Spirit of Fire at a previous, largescale battle.
Continuity Lockout: Averted. New people tend to just jump in and get filled in on the story later on.
The Coup: TPK becomes leader of the Great Beings by forcing Angonce at gunpoint to pass the position onto him, exiling him, and calling a meeting of the Council. Once all the council members have arrived, he puts forward a deliberately inflammatory motion to check who's loyal to him, and summons troops to chase the others out. Then, just to add insult to injury, his allies pass a motion to kick the dissenters out of the Council permanently.
Crapsack World: The Dark Universe. Its wiki page says it best: "In this universe, however, there is no point to the fighting - fighting is because fighting is. As a result, war is absolute and unending."
Cryptic Conversation: David Robert Jones pulls this on Ynot. At first glance, it's barely coherent gibberish, but upon a closer look he turns out to be talking about Ynot's future death, and the future war between Blackout and F-Klak.
So far, Kakamu has been swept out to sea, had his armour destroyed after trying to absorb a giant robot, was on Bara Magna when it exploded, has been teleported into the middle of a Parasitic Fluff swarm, and sacrificed himself to destroy the head of Blackout's Humongous Mecha body. He comes back every time.
Also Akzer, who came back 4 times (unless you count a psychological apparition as a form of life), and Caiaphus (who faked his death too many times to count, and actually claimed to come back to life for the sake of the plot).
The Users were this to some of the characters, before they broke out into the Real World and found they were just nerds who merged their favourite fictional universes to create an MMORPG of epic proportions.
Averted with the Shepherd, who is not one of the users at all.
Dissonant Serenity: Following a series of defeats in a space station-hosted tournament, Zev reached an epiphany of sorts offscreen. Ever since, he has steadily become much calmer and relaxed, to the point that his goofiness is much more affable than, well... his previous states.
The aptly-named Battle of Ricochet v. Everyone. The Big Bad's old rival resurfaces and kidnaps him. Result? Almost everyone showing up to summarily beat Ricochet up. The only reason they didn't kill him was because because Blackout stopped them.
Starscream's coup against Blackout. Pretty much everyone showed up to summarily take down Starscream. Unfortunately, they were interrupted by Blackout taking down Starscream with a single kick and then blowing up the ship they were on.
End of an Age: Averted and played straight on several occasions, whether it be about a long time Veteran leaving, someone allowing a character to die, or expansion into new territory.
Engineered Public Confession: Klak and Zev pull one of these on Uterio during the Battle of Mordor, causing most of his army to turn against him.
Establishing Character Moment: Ynot has been having these lately. They typically involve many higher level threats and/or a well co-ordinated assault
Siege of Tahar'ix's Fortress
Battle of Shinobi Nui
Everything Trying to Kill You: When Blackout locked a bunch of people in a virtual reality that then turned into the contents of his computer, the VR's occupants were attacked by programs, error messages, and even words.
Evil Is Petty: Caiaphus destroyed a planet for no reason other than he could.
Evil Laugh: After killing a wannabe Starscream, Blackout pulls off what may be the longest example of this ever.
Evil Twin: 553 had an "evil twin" who showed up and acted menacing, but didn't actually do anything significant. He was decapitated by Koranis.
F-Klak turned out to be Klak's evil twin, created as a result of Project Cadmus' slightly misguided experiments with cloning.
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Possibly the most triumphant example. Blackout uses the Pandorica to effectively smash down the fourth wall, and use the resulting hole in reality as a door into the "real world", in an attempt to kill the Architect.
Final Solution: One of Blackout's goals is to completely exterminate the Vrai.
Finger Poke of Doom: My lord, done regularly, usually only for comedic effect, not intended to do damage
Heroes Prefer Swords: Ynot loves this trope to death. He can make ANY WEAPON HE CAN IMAGINE, but he sticks with a classic katana until the energy fights start.
How the Mighty Have Fallen: The Vrai. Previous owners of one of the largest empires in the universe, now very few remain alive and they're scattered across the universe because their homeworld has been made uninhabitable and then made uninhabitable again.
The Big Bad for one, and just about every side villain along the way.
Uterio's infamous quote: "These two beings instill fear into my horse." is made of this trope.
Leave No Witnesses: Blackout takes this trope Up to Eleven after sending his Rahkshi to steal a MacGuffin from one of Uterio's fortresses: he has the Rahkshi teleported into a sun, blows up the ship they used, orders the fortress bombed out of existence, sabotages the engines of the ship that bombed the fortress so that it is instantly vaporized when it tries to return to base, then kills the general who he ordered to bomb the fortress, so that no one can possibly find out that he's already preparing for another war hours after already joining one.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Each member controls an entire cast of main characters, as well as many throwaway characters that only appear for a few posts before dying or being forgotten.
Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: If not off some kind of meds, Vriska Serket definitely needs either medication or counselling. Being raised by a GIANT MOTHERFUCKING SPIDER that demanded its young ward/"zookeeper" combo-pack feed it KILLED MEMBERS OF HER OWN RACE AROUND HER OWN ADOLESCENT AGE was 'NOT' kind to Vriska's emotional state, to say the least.
Myth Arc: BZPB wasn't originally intended to have much of a plot beyond people beating the crap out of each other, but it has now evolved to the point of having a Myth Arc spanning hundreds of thousands of years leading up to the Reckoning, a war which will decide the fate of the universe.
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: We are constantly told that the Vrai were once a galactic superpower, but not even the slightest hint of this appears in-game. It's perhaps justified, since they've had their homeworld nuked twice and have waged at least one civil war since their glory days.
Blackout: Caiaphus, Caiaphus, Caiaphus. To fight you one-on-one would be to acknowledge you are worthy of such attention. You aren't. You are just an ant, whose only purpose is to be stomped on, then come back only to be stomped again. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have actual worthy opponents to destroy.
Play-Along Prisoner: After his Unicron-power fuelled rampage was cut short by Kakamu's Heroic Sacrifice, Blackout was knocked out and imprisoned by Ynot on-board the Ironclad. He sits around in his cell, not doing much, and then, while everyone is celebrating his capture, summons undead humans to attack everyone on-board and escapes in the ensuing chaos.
Blackout: You are a foolish one, Caiaphus. You always were. You have no goal other than to blow things up. You may be strong, but strength without vision is nothing. Good will always triumph over evil. Light will always triumph over darkness. That which has a reason behind it will always triumph over that which seeks only to burn. Do you understand that, or must I hammer it into that piece of sponge you call a brain? You throw about words ignorant of what they mean. What is normally termed light is in reality true darkness, and what is normally termed darkness is in reality true light. It appears nonsensical but upon further examination you will find it makes infinitely more sense than the explanations given by the fools who fight me. And you do not understand the meaning of order, either. Order is not an attribute of light or darkness. Both light and darkness can bring about order, though it will look differently depending on who brings it about. You fight for chaos. Destruction. You view these things as an end. I view them as a means to an end. The universe is like a phoenix. Though you may destroy it, it will be reborn from its ashes, stronger still. I will do what I must, so that a new, stronger universe may emerge. The destiny of the Makuta is to reign over all creation. I have realized this, but you choose to waste your time trying to burn what you could be ruling. Nature abhors a vacuum. Others refused to do what had to be done, so I stepped in to fill the void. And now I will lead Makuta-kind to its final and true destiny. Whether you like it or not.
Replacement Mooks: Averted, as every Mook is still tossed aside like ragdolls. No matter how 'upgraded' they are, they still fall down one by one.
Seers: The Time Guardians, specifically Quolas. However, he chooses to not use this ability most of the time, instead finding it more fun to live out events as they happen.
Shattered World: In BZPB, Earth suffers from a temporal dysfunction, which means that every time it is destroyed a new one pops into existence to take its place. On one of the occasions of its destruction, the entire country of Poland was blasted into space. This Poland remains out there somewhere, protected by an artificial atmosphere.
Shipper on Deck: Just about everyone in Zev's family for himself and Namah.
Small Town Boredom: Sal'e in the spin-off fic Stargazer longs to explore the stars. She soon gets her wish, but only after her entire town is kidnapped by slave merchants.
Spin-Off: A second RPG was recently launched, about F-Klak rising to power and the characters trying to stop him. They won't succeed. See also the entry on Time Skip below. Other canon BZPB spinoffs include Subnixus and Heat the Soul.
Starscream: Starscream: I've made it a point to keep multiple backup bodies in store in case this [ed: having his original body stolen by Malygos] happens. And now, all of you, bow down to Lord Starscream!
Blackout: Why should we?
Starscream: THIS IS WHY!'' *shoots Blackout* I am now the new leader of the Brotherhood of Makuta! Surrender or be destroyed.
Malygos: Well, 'Lord Starscream', I think I'll take the third option. Teleportation.
Le Chiffre's death at the hands of Blackout. Smashed into several walls, thrown away, pinned with daggers to a wall that was later blown up, crushed with high gravity, and his remains blown away with a small cyclone. Why? No reason at all.
Klak killed Akzer the first time by rolling him into a metal can using the power of gravity.
Time Abyss: All the main characters are over one hundred and fifty thousand years old now. The exception to this is Klak, who is about 80-100 years old. This is because the version of Klak originating from the main multiverse was born tens of thousands of years later than his Shattered Mirror counterpart.
Time Skip: In the main RPG, time skipped ahead by 50,000 years after the Battle of Impel Down. Much later, another RPG was created on the same site to run alongside BZPB, except it is set 100,000 years after current events. It is called the "F-RPG" but has been affectionately nicknamed "FROG" due to typos.
Timey-Wimey Ball: These people can't keep ANYTHING straight, much less which types of TIME TRAVEL are correct.
Totalitarian Utilitarian: Oh dear lord, Blackout. His goal is to end all war... by conquering the entire multiverse and ruling it with an iron fist, waging countless wars and killing billions along the way. He sees no problem with this.
Caiaphus:Does it even matter? You should instead focus on more important questions. What are you destined for? Where did you come from?
Klak: That's for me to know. His will is the best will.
Caiaphus:Are you sure you know where you came from, boy? Dear boy, do you not realize? Your antidermis had to have been begotten from somewhere or someone. Now, add that to the fact that the Norman and I have known each other for decades, and you have been....*smiles again* attracted to my presence for quite some time. Now, what does that imply?
Klak: *pauses* No...that's not true...THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!
Caiaphus:Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
*Klak wakes up, screaming and clawing on the walls. His eyes glow red in the dark*
Klak:I'M THE SON OF A MADMAN! I'M THE SON OF A MADMAN!
SM Abneris: Dun worry, dis has got nuthin' to do with any flux capacitors or nacho cheese, though ah'd be eager to hear more 'bout dat particular Noodle Incident later. Anyway, ah figured that after Ol' Kay went and got himself killed, there was nuthin' left fer me back in the SMU, so ah stole this cool wristband! *he shows SMT a wristband with several glowing dials on it* Anyway, dat wristband took me to some random jungle planet where a Great Being and a Makuta were beating da scrap outta each other with a chair! I waited 'till dey were gone and tried to teleport away again, but this damn thing was completely drained! So I had to stay on dat planet for a whole month, until ah finally found some ancient, dusty power cell and managed to get to a spaceport! Dere, I met some pirate captain called Amareta, and she offered me a job in some alliance called the Argenta Guild! I was then told to look for new recruits! I found these idiots *points to the Stormtroopers*, and now they're under mah command! I was just here on business, and I saw this cantina, so I thought "hey, maybe I'll find some recruits in here!" and here I am! Aaaaand I think you know where I'm goin' with dis, eh Trevvy?
Whip It Good: Taken Up to Eleven levels with Namah's signature Ether Tendrils, which are energy-whips, generated from each fingertip, which have properties like optional piercing/slashing and high-speed launching.
A Wizard Did It: A Scientist in this case, Vultran. Anytime something can't be explained, Vultran is the reason.
You ALL Share My Story: With fewer than 10 active players at a given time, everyone knowing everyone else intimately is inevitable. Except everyone with Zev and Shroom's story arcs, they're left alone... or Zev's and anyone's, really.
You Are Number Six: This is played with for Fourteen, since he has the name for an unknown reason. When asked about it by Raigen, he replies "You really don't want to know where I got the name, mate".