The ''Insane Cafe'' is a tetralogy of [[PlayByPostGame play-by-post]] [=RPs=] on the [[http://s7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/ Gang of Five]] forum.

Each of the [=RPs=] is linked only to the previous one by name and by characters.

Each of the [=RPs=] is an arc that is part of an overarching story. This story chronicles the fight against the power mad mage named Chong. The first two arcs took place in a location known as the Insane Café. The first chronicles how Stripetail (squirrel mage) and Nick (character played by the admin of the same name) led a rebellion to wrest control of the café from Chong and eventually have him arrested. The second arc is a lighter arc about how the characters deal with an infestation of creatures known as Shurlups. This arc ends with the cafe being blown up, finally ending the Shurlup infestation. The third arc starts off as a light vacation in a hotel called the Inglorious Hotel, located in the coastal town of Surf Point. This vacation is interrupted when Chong escapes from prison and allies with a group of rogue soldiers known as Dragonstorm. They then attack Surf Point and the surrounding regions intending to enslave/kill everyone there. After months of intense fighting, Stripetail and his forces defeat Chong's army, strip Chong of his powers and imprison him. The fourth arc details Chong's escape from a prison planet and his quest for revenge against those who defeated him.

[[AC: Tropes Common to the Series]]

* AmusingInjuries - Trixie [[MadeOfExplodium takes a bite out of a sandwhich, which promptly explodes in her face]], yet, she does not get hurt by the explosion and is instead, [[AshFace covered in soot]] because of it.
* AnimalTalk - Pikachu, Eevee and Vaporeon can speak clear English and can communicate with humans.
* AuthorAppeal - It is '''''very''''' obvious that the [=RPer=] Serris ''loves'' guns and military hardware. And apparently likes ''extremely'' lax gun control regulations... To the point that someone with proper ID can buy ''a crate of grenades''.
* BackFromTheDead - Hailey, whom had been killed off in the ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' 'verse, is revived to help out the villains against her will.
* {{Badass}} - almost every single character.
** BadassBookworm - [[Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers Dr. James Zanasiu, Zachary, Dr. Kerzach]] and [[TwilightValley Mr. Bigmouth]].
** BadassNormal - There are many non-magical characters in the RP and they are more than capable of holding their own against magical threats.
* BadassBandolier - In Insane Cafe 2 and its sequel, bandoliers are worn by Mr. Bigmouth, Deimos and Rime. Interestingly, Mr. Bigmouth also uses a ''much less'' badass but equally useful messenger bag in Insane Cafe 3. Also, Deimos and Rime use assorted pockets in their armored vests to carry stuff.
* BerserkButton - It is generally not a good idea to hurt Trixie in front of Twilight, let alone threaten to kill her.
* BigBad - Chong
** Mertavius in the fourth RP
* BlackBestFriend - Jackson
* BottomlessMagazines - Averted.
* BrainBleach - [[spoiler: [[ScoobyDoo Dixie Doo]] and [[SpyroTheDragon Cynder]] lesbian sex]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall - Taranis from the third RP has a habit of doing this.
** Naturally Pinkie Pie in the 4th [=RP=]. The first instance she shows this is that she says that she only knows to head to Ghastly Gorge, despite not hearing that the others were heading there, is because the plot of the [=RP=] requires it. Though this just ends up confusing Fluttershy as well.
*** She seems to be rather fond of doing it herself, to the point in heading from the ''Spire of Winter'' to Ponyville, by ''changing the scene herself''.
* BulletproofHumanShield - Ghost in the 3rd RP uses a soldier as a human shield to absorb gunfire before using said soldier as a human projectile.
* ButNotTooForeign - Hans, Werner and Franz from Insane Cafe 3 are explicitly stated to be Austrian. But aside from their location and their accent, they are pretty much the same as the rest of the cast.
* CainAndAbel - Myra and Roze where Myra has been trying to stop her sister, Roze, from causing chaos, anarchy, death and destruction.
* CasualDangerDialogue - Hailey and Aimee end up having a rather pleasent conversation while fighting each other in the 4th [=RP=], which involves Hailey telling Aimee about her [[IndyPloy plan]].
* CerebusSyndrome - The first RP was nonsensical and {{narm}}y. The second RP got a bit darker. The third RP got ''very'' dark. Hilarious moments still occur in each though.
* CheshireCatGrin - Vinyl Scratch pulls one off when talking to Spike.
* ClusterFBomb - [[TwilightValley Deimos]] has an ''extremely'' foul mouth.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint - After Pinkie Pie makes an off-handed comment about the fanfic Cupcakes, she then decides that rainbow flavoured cupcakes would be delicious.
* CoolStarship - The ''Phoenix'' is a massive starship that has a shopping mall and cafe inside.
** The ''Spire Of Winter'' in the fourth RP.
* CrackFic - What else can it be called? Just look at some of the characters: [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Wataru]], [[Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers Dr. Zanasiu]], [[ScoobyDoo Scooby Doo]], [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Guilemon]], [[{{Pokemon}} Eevee]] and [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Nani]]. There is no other term for it.
* CrazyPrepared - Pinkie Pie apparantly has many settings on her Party Cannon for all sorts of situations, inlcuding a "Save Fluttershy" setting.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome - Quite a bit spread out through the [=RPs=]
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome - No actual music in the [=RPs=] but there are several moments in them that ''demand'' epic music to be played.
* CurbStompBattle - Hailey takes on the Wonderbolts while she assaults Canterlot and easily takes them down without really even trying.
** Renamon's introduction scene in Insane Cafe 4 features one, with the digimon easily defeating one of the Duke's owls ''while in freefall''.
* DamageSpongeBoss - The mechanical dragon in the 3rd RP, it took many bombs and attacks and what have you for it to be finally destroyed.
* DescriptionCut - In the 4th [=RP=], Aimee wonders if Hailey is doing fine since being told about her plan. Cut to Hailey trying to survive against [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] of all people.
* DoesNotLikeShoes - Pandora doesn't wear shoes, she only wears a shirt and a pair of shorts and that's it.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs - Deimos (''Utahraptor''), Rime (''Troodon''), Mr. Bigmouth (''Saurolophus'') debut in the second RP. Ms. Swimmer (''Saurolophus'') debuts in the third RP. The [[LandBeforeTime Great Valley]] also makes an appearance in the third RP.
** The fourth RP features Vertigo from the underrated fighting game 'Primal Rage', which was this trope in spades.
* EpicFail - Derpy starts jumping up and down on a rather hard floor that would be extremely difficlt to break without weighing quite a bit. She creates a hole in said floor and falls through it. Her exclamation though, sells it.
--> '''Derpy:''' Whoa! That was awesome!
* FirstKiss - Pandora recieves one from Mimi, granted, Pandora had no idea on what a kiss even was and thought that kissing someone was just lame.
-->'''Pandora''': Still sounds rather pointless if you ask me, talking seems better
* FiveRoundsRapid - Averted. In Insane Cafe 3, the characters use everything from magic to small arms to Molotov cocktails to anti-tank rockets when fighting a demon. And [[spoiler:it works]].
* GeniusBruiser - ''Insane Cafe 2: Rise of the Shurlups'' and ''Insane Cafe 3: The Curse of the Haunted Hotel'' feature [[Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers Zachary Johnson]], an anthropomorphic Clydesdale who is very well versed in biology and is shown to be capable of tearing doors out of the wall with his bare hands.
** [[TwilightValley Mr. Bigmouth]] could count. He is a rather large and strong ''Saurolophus'' who is pretty handy with a gun but he is also very knowledgeable about herbs.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal - Essential water grants a very potent {{healing factor}}. Consequently, Ceela, Ms. Swimmer and Mr. Bigmouth tend to be a bit reckless in combat.
** Odysseus as well. He has a near total disregard for his personal safety as he cannot die. So far, he has been stabbed in the heart, shot in the head ''multiple times'' and other such injuries.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress - Pinkie Pie being her usual self, jumps off one of the living planes towards the chariot pulling the other ponies along towards Canterlot, but falls short, yet, gravity hasn't taken effect as Flttershy in turn, pulls her into the chariot.
* {{Hammerspace}} - It's apparantly where Pinkie Pie keeps her Party Cannon. Lampshaded by Riley:
-->'''Riley:''' Um, where did you put that?
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' My hammerspace arsenal, duh
* HoYay - [[Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers Dr. Zanasiu]] X [[TwilightValley Rime]]
** LesYay - [[ScoobyDoo Dixie Doo]] X [[SpyroTheDragon Cynder]], [[Anime/MonsterRancher Tigress]] X [[ScoobyDoo Dixie Doo]], [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Kari]] X Destiny
* HeroStoleMyBike - Ghost ends up stealing a Spider Tank in the 3rd RP and uses it to destroy three other attacking Spider Tanks.
* ImprovisedWeapon - Occurs a ''lot''.
** Insane Cafe 3 - [[TheLandBeforeTime Strut]] using a crowbar then a shovel to subdue a super powered Human who had tried to pick a fight with the entire hotel.
** Insane Cafe 3 - [[TwilightValley Rime]] using a machete to protect [[SpyroTheDragon Spyro]]
** Insane Cafe 3 - [[Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers Zachary]] using a fire ax to take down a magically summoned knight.
** Insane Cafe 3 - [[ChefOfIron Haresh]] using a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]] to knock out an enemy mage.
*** Also him throwing lawn darts, rubble and furniture at the mages from the 2nd floor during a massive battle.
** Insane Cafe 3 - [[TwilightValley Ms. Swimmer]] throwing furniture and rubble (also from the 2nd floor) at the mages during the same massive battle.
*** Also her killing two mages with a toilet and a radiator, also thrown from the 2nd floor.
*** And her CrowningMomentOfAwesome, fighting off and killing six assassins sent after her. In the bathroom with a baby changing station, a stall door, a metal paper towel dispenser and an end table.
** Insane Cafe 3 - Franz, Werner and Hans fighting off some summoned creatures using a piece of rebar, a pickax and a fire ax.
** {{Molotov Cocktail}}s are used in Insane Cafe 2 and Insane Cafe 3.
** Insane Cafe - Nick and the rest of the heroes fight off Chong's ''plastic fork'' army with chair legs.
** Insane Cafe 3 - Ghost uses a grenade as a simple projectile to kill an attacking soldier in the midst of taking out four soldiers on his own.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons - [[SpyroTheDragon Spyro and Cynder]] debut in the second RP. Tarrax and Sara debut in the third RP.
* LadyDrunk - Sort of. Pikachu starts to drink some punch and soon gets drunk and passes out after some time.
* LethalHarmlessPowers - Nani exploits pepper spray's flammability to set fire to a group of mages.
* LightningBruiser - ''Zenyatta''-class hovertanks can go from 0-60 in thirty seconds and can reach seventy miles per hour. These vehicles weigh about ninety tons, carry heavy armor and a powerful [[FrickingLaserBeams laser cannon]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - Not surprising since there is no limit to the amount of characters that can be controlled by one player.
* LoveTriangle - There seems to be one going on between the Cutie Mark Crusaders of all characters. Sweetie Belle likes Apple Bloom, while Apple Bloom in turn likes Scootaloo. Too bad that Scootaloo hasn't really shown any feelings towards neither Sweetie Belle nor Apple Bloom.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot - Appears in the second and third [=RPs=]. Dinosaurs with guns, dinosaur archers, a stick fighting ''Saurolophus'' and much, much more!
* NoNameGiven - Jackson in the 4th [=RP=]. So far, his first name has not been revealed.
* NoodleIncident - The Insane Cafe 3 has [[TwilightValley Mr.Bigmouth]] mention "The Gravel Pass" incident. It is never fully explained but it is heavily implied to be a ''friendly fire incident'' in the Great Valley.
** In the 4th [=RP=] there is the whole [[LesYay kiss ordeal that apparantly Scootaloo had given Apple Bloom]] once before by accident.
--> '''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Scootaloo]]:''' [[AccidentalKiss That was an accident!]]
--> '''Apple Bloom:''' Sure it was
* OffScreenMomentOfAwesome - Aimee decides to have a [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering 3 way duel]] against Pinkie Pie and Gummy. The duel isn't shown, just the results. Turns out that Gummy wins.
--> '''Aimee:''' [[FlatWhat I lost...to an aligator...the aligator...won the duel...]]
--> '''Pinkie Pie:''' I know! Didn't I tell you that Gummy was a master duelist?
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname - The ten ''Team Fortress'' mercenaries ([[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 the famous nine]] plus "Nurse", the Combat Medic from ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'')
* PostModernMagik - the series has this in ''spades''. Some of the more insane and [[RuleOfCool cool]] highlights.
** Insane Cafe 2 - Strut briefly uses Remington 870 shotgun that had been enchanted to fires bolts of green fire (no BottomlessMagazines though).
** Insane Cafe 3 - Dr. Kerzach wields an enchanted switchblade.
** Insane Cafe 3 - Chong uses enchanted mustard gas (enchanted for extra lethality).
** Insane Cafe 3 - Chong makes golems are made out of scrap metal and given heavy weapons (like [[MagneticWeapons railguns]], autocannons, missile launchers, etc.).
** Insane Cafe 3 - Roze uses a crate filled with spare parts for an armored vehicle to make a mechanical dragon.
** Insane Cafe 1 - Chong animates the cafe's supply of plastic forks to attack the heroes.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis - A light version of it happens.
--> '''Zoe''': Let...him...go...
* SandInMyEyes - Trixie was ''not'' crying, she just had something in her eyes.
* SanitySlippage - This happens to Vinyl Scratch after believing that she is unable to get together a good piece of music, so she in turn, enlists Spike's help to go and steal some music from Octavia instead.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere - As Chong's downed ship is being attacked, Trixie who was asked to help out, instead, just takes off instead of helping to defend the downed ship.
--> '''Trixie:''' Trixie didn't sign up for this
* SealedEvilInACan - This happens to Roze in the third RP, Pandora traps her in her box.
* SentientVehicle - Living vehicles start to appear in the later arc of the third roleplay.
* ShoutOut - Pandora and the box she had summoned fourth once so far, is based off the same mythological figure, Pandora, and the box she was left to guard, Pandora's Box, however, she also has the element of being created as well, much like the VideoGame/GodOfWar version.
** In the third RP, Zachary says "into the gates of hell" and Deimos replies "we move forward unto dawn" when [[spoiler:Chong's forces are preparing to occupy Surf Point]]. Zachary's line references the lyrics of ''Primo Victoria'' by Sabaton and Deimos's quote references [[Franchise/{{Halo}} UNSC]] starship ''Forward Unto Dawn''.
** In the 4th [=RP=], Pinkie Pie makes an off-handed comment about [[{{FanFic/Cupcakes}} a certain fanfic]] that she had apparantly read online.
* StealthHiBye - Pinkie Pie pulls this on Aimee just before their duel. Aimee has no clue as to how Pinkie Pie even did that either.
* TheCameo - Being on the pony planet in the 4th [=RP=], there have been a few cameos from the ponies around including Spitfire, Lyra, Granny Smith and Big Macintosh.
* SufferTheSlings - The Great Valley dinosaurs in the third RP also use slings...to launch explosively charged rocks.
* ThirdPersonPerson - Trixie returns again and is seen speaking like this.
* WalkingShirtlessScene - Drake who appears in the 3rd RP wears no shirt. Justified since his wings get in the way of him wearing a shirt.
* WatchOutForThatTree - Pinkie Pie gets knocked off a dune buggy thanks to a low branch.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes - Trixie seems to have developed a fear of Ursa Minors in her appearence in the 4th [=RP=].
* WhyWontYouDie - Queen Chrysalis seems to get annoyed at Trixie's stubborness, which causes her to spout the following line of dialogue:
-->'''Queen Chrysalis:''' How many times must I have you killed before you stay dead?
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