Honorable Hogwarts is a play by post roleplaying game set about a year after the seventh and final Harry Potter book. It is known for its convoluted, labyrinthine and troperrific storyline (the site emphasizes writing/storytelling over roleplaying, and because at least eight tropers are featured among its regular members is rather brightly lit).This site is a follow-up to the now-defunct Hogwarts Rising, a similar site that took place during the CanonHarry Potter storyline. It continues following the non-canon characters from that site, with Jason Frost (who on the old site was set up as a Lancer for Harry) now playing the role of main character. The site has a Spin-Off, Hogwarts Futures, which follows the activities of various characters seventeen years later. Much of the plot comes from them dealing with the extended fallout of their own actions during the Honorable Hogwarts timeframe, as well as introducing several older, more manipulative antagonists and a new generation of student wizards.Because this site's storyline is much, muchDarker and Edgier than the actual Harry Potter books... some say it's Better Than Canon, and others say they need Brain Bleach after viewing it.Honorable Hogwarts can be found here, and Hogwarts Futures can be found here. There is also a PrequelFan Fic in the works, which tells what the characters on the site were doing during the timeframe of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.A character page can be found here.
This site provides examples of the following tropes:
Aborted Arc: Sometimes, when a player leaves the site for good, their characters' side storylines just get dropped entirely.
Accidental Aiming Skills: Rare non-combat version. In this thread, the Gryffindor Quidditch team's Seeker (a playing position from which goals are not usually scored) tries her hand at shooting goals and actually makes her first shot, then admits she was aiming for one of the other goal hoops.
All of the Other Reindeer: One of the few ways in which this site is similar to Canon... the evil Slytherins and wealthy Death Eaters are quite popular at first, and the protagonists are mostly social outcasts for one reason or another.
Ambiguously Jewish: The Zotermeer brothers. Their names are Jacob and Isaac, they're both rather good with money, and Jacob was once heard to say "Oy vey." But their exact religion/ethnic heritage has never been specifically stated, so they might not be Jews at all.
Anachronic Order: Because some people are online a lot and others only check in off and on, some arcs move faster than others... this means that certain areas of the plot are sometimes as much as half a year ahead of others.
Also spoken by River: "I am Kali the Goddess of Death." If you hear her say this, run.
Ascended Extra: Xanthe Chapel, Trowa Marshall, Alvin Pairis, Blair Duchess, Abrianna Madoc and Sally Carinaris were nowhere near as important to the plot as they are now when they first started out. With Character Development and more frequent logins by the people playing them, however, they've become main characters.
Asshole Victim: The only thing that's kept Jason from crossing the Moral Event Horizon is that the people he's maiming, torturing and killing usually deserve it. Also, Ando Saeki's first kill was Rita Skeeter, who definitely had it coming. Doesn't make Ando any better, but killing her was arguably a Pet the Dog moment.
The Butcher: In the PrequelFan Fic, Jason names himself "The Butcher of Hogsmeade" as part of his campaign to get innocent bystanders more afraid of him than they are of Voldemort so they won't help the Dark Lord.
Cast Herd: Many characters created to fill out a specific group usually stick around that group, easily categorizing school houses or businesses. Possible Herd Leaders include Jason, Aldous, Abel, Markov, Envy, and Sakiko.
Chivalrous Pervert: Kieran Halcyon. He might talk the talk, but he wouldn't act on most of the sexual innuendo he spouts... he's doing it for laughs. Besides, he might still have a shot with the one girl who's actually really caught his eye. Possibly.
Combat Pragmatist: Zig-Zagging Trope. Characters who you wouldn't expect to be one are, and some of the most badass characters fall closer to Honor Before Reason. Even in the same character there will be times where that character is pragmatic, and times where they aren't (even the worst fighters don't fall quite into Idiot Ball territory, though).
Continuity Lockout: A mild case. For a newcomer it can be hard to determine which order to read old threads to catch up on site backstory.
Jason: Give me one good reason why I shouldn't kill you right now, you Death Eater cunt.
Keep in mind, he said this to The Headmistress of Zephyrwit. As part of a Gambit Roulette.
Creepy Monotone: River tends to deliver prophecies and other insights in this tone of voice.
Cultural Translation: Though the bulk of the storyline does take place in England still, the American Wizarding School (and Wizarding Village) have been introduced, causing several American characters to expand the site's population. Also, especially considering that the person playing him is an American, Jason's political views — especially regarding the death penalty — could be an example of this trope (though if that's the case it wasn't intentional).
Depending on the Writer: As members leave the site, sometimes they will leave their characters in the hands of other roleplayers. This trope is most noticeable in the case of Lena Lacy, who has now been played by four different people.
Distress Ball: Not surprisingly, it's rather dangerous to be Jason's girlfriend. Therefore, Madeline Pairis has found herself holding this quite a few times (she's almost literally got a bullseye painted on her ass now that she's married him).
Dojikko: Xanthe Chapel's clumsiness was a major character trait early on, but she's since gotten better.
Just to make sure everyone gets that she's Adorkable, Jenica Sonsen will lapse into this from time to time as well.
Door Stopper: Given the length of time the site has been running, there is a lot of material to read. Some individual threads could also qualify; Count to a Billion is easily the longest OOC topic, the the Ambassadorial Ball holds the IC record.
Draco in Leather Pants: invoked The whole reason the Blair Duchess character was invented, though she's since experienced copious amounts of Character Development and become much more important to the storyline than just "Draco Malfoy's girlfriend".
Eldritch Abomination / Physical God: Planeswalkers can certainly end up this way, and certain other creatures on the site could fit this description. The Gaians (beings so far mentioned only in passing) are made of this Trope, as they give physical embodiment to entire concepts of reality.
Equippable Ally: Armamagi are witches and wizards with the ability to transform either their whole body or parts of their body into weapons. So far the only Armamagi on the site are Masher Steinbeck (mace) and Envy (scythe).
Ethical Slut: Karina Yavimaya, and to a slightly less "ethical" extent Vix Tilmitt. Cimarron Arriaga is too unethical to be this.
Sakiko Kanazawa and Cassandra Rubicon are examples of this as well, and Lucy Frost is one on the Spin-Off site. This is Author Appeal, since five of the six characters mentioned as examples are played by the same person and he's an Ethical Slut in Real Life.
Extreme Omnisexual: Cimarron Arriaga and Vix Tilmitt were both characters created with the intention of being "the female Jack Harkness". Obviously, that invokes this trope.
Good Thing You Can Heal: Werewolves are known to be capable of regenerating fairly quickly from any injury that wasn't inflicted by either another werewolf or a silver weapon (they've even grown back severed limbs, and at a faster rate than expected).
Gorn: Not something that happens all the time, but some of the death scenes do require Brain Bleach.
Hot-Blooded: Jason. Applies to a couple of other characters as well, but considering that Jason is inspired largely by Richard Rahl, he's basically made of this trope.
He has played on his hot-bloodedness as a form of Obfuscating Stupidity in order to make opponents underestimate him or mistake his true intentions, though... it's entirely possible that he's actually quite level-headed, and is faking the hot temper all the time.
Hot Scientist: Jenica Sonsen plays it straight, Sally Carinaris has many aspects but technically should be termed a "Hot Potions Babe".
Hufflepuff House: Surprisingly subverted in something Harry Potter related. All the houses have a mix of active plot plowing characters and background fringe. Other groups created for the site usually have good detail and a mix of active or static characters.
Loads and Loads of Roles: Remember how we said how that one guy has almost a hundred characters? There are very few people actually playing the 250ish character accounts. When you look at the site as a whole you start to notice when a thread is just one author playing by himself/herself.
In-universe, Jason Frost and Ando Saeki both experience this.
Out of universe, Jason's got some serious potential for it.
Considering her kill count, Aiden Braxton should probably be one as well.
A Million Is a Statistic: When Jason's kill count comes up in a conversation on the Spin-Off site, it's mentioned in vague terms (though the word "million" is thrown around) that he likely has well over a million kills, perhaps as many as two or three million.
Sally Carinaris, in traditional Genki Girl fashion.
Envy to, though to a lesser extent. It's mostly towards people with complex names, such as shortening Obderedria's name to Drea and calling Abigail Abby. She also tends to call older characters by their first name, but with a Mr. or Mrs. tacked on (ex. Miss Sakiko), a trait shared by Abigail Delgado.
Oblivious to Love: Loreley doesn't realize that when Kieran told her he loved her, he meant it in a romantic way and not a brotherly one. Loreley's cousin Raina likewise didn't catch on that Jimmy Peakes had the hots for her.
Kieran's planted a kiss on Loreley, and she still doesn't realize he has feelings for her.
Off the Rails: The site's creator probably didn't intend it to go like this, but it was set up as a collaborative storytelling effort.
Our Demons Are Different: Demons are becoming very integral to the plot as of late, and are classified by origin and mythology. See the bit on vampires below.
Our Vampires Are Different: Sort of. Effort has been made to expand Potter Verse vampirism with material from various real-world mythologies, without contradicting the letter or spirit of any established lore. As a result, several different species of vampires have been mentioned.
Put on a Bus: It'd be impossible for some players to use all of their characters at the same time (there's one guy who has almost a hundred). This is how we keep the ones who aren't necessary for a certain Arcbusty without actually having to post with them.
The Reveal: Usually done surprisingly well considering the way Sturgeon's Law applies to Fanon. In fact, examples of this trope could be used in defense of the site if anyone ever claims the writing's not good.
In one of the better-staged (and better kept under wraps before the fact) Reveals in the site's history, Aldous Conor turned out to be one of these. Keep in mind, he had been posing as not just any old Mook, but the Big Bad. And after he revealed his true allegiance, he got himself appointed Minister of Magic.
Olivier Morges has taken over the position of Reverse Mole since Aldous left the Death Eaters. He's more your classic Manipulative Bastard though, so he probably won't turn out to be as cool as Aldous.
Running Gag: A female member once mistyped "busy" as "busty" in an OOC conversation. Now, the default excuse for a prolonged absence from the site — even from male posters — is "I've been really busty lately".
Sadist Teacher: When the story first started, Aldous Conor was Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Only one student didn't hate him, and that was because she had the hots for him.
Sealed Evil in a Can: How did the Saekis deal with the Ju-On curse? They sealed Kayako in a portrait and then used an enchantment on that portrait to control the other ghosts from the curse. This led to the rumor that they had "trained ghosts for combat". Which wasn't true. The truth is much worse.
Simultaneous Arcs: Done all the time... every player has at least one character with their own thing going on, in addition to whatever the "main arc" is.
Sixth Ranger: Whenever a new member joins the site and sticks around for any suitable length of time, their primary character becomes either this or a Lancer to one of the other main characters. Examples of Sixth Rangers include Jason Frost (who eventually became the main character), Lena Lacy (still a bit of a Sixth Ranger), and Abel King (who is new enough to still be considered a Sixth Ranger but is moving more toward Lancer status).
Stay Frosty: Ray Garside has said this a couple of times, and also has it in his signature.
Stock British Phrases: Used mostly from a swear-word standpoint... "sodding" instead of "fucking", "wanker" instead of "asshole", and so on. Occasionally subverted by having a more American word crop up, though... it depends largely on who's writing the post and whether or not they remember that the bulk of the storyline takes place in England.
Strawman Political: The Brotherhood of the Light allow for a negative depiction of Christianity, and Harry's idealism is occasionally played for strawman liberal purposes (although Jason views him more as a cross between The Chick and The Load than in any specific political terms).
Tribute to Fido: The character of Lucy Frost is named after her creator's cat. As in, the cat's full name... the guy behind the character is actually named Frost in Real Life, so Frost is also the cat's surname.