"The dreams of those who've fallen... The hopes of those who'll follow... Those two sets of dreams weave together into a double helix..."
Journey Through The Multiverse is an RPG created by Psyga315, based off an old RPG he had played on Henshin Justice Unlimited.The story is about a group of people who have been wrapped in a widespread war between The Empire and the Red Pirates, a group of people who wish to discover the secrets of "The Power", the source of every kind of magic and power imaginable. With the powers and technology they gained from the aftermath of one such battle, they soon begin to embark on a Journey Through The Multiverse.However, the journey is not easy, as The Empire soon builds their forces up to attack the group, and soon, many people come out of the woodwork to partake in this war, from the insane Pantheon of the Demented, to the Hot-Blooded Dai-Gurren Brigade, all the way to the Red Pirates rising from the ashes. All while under the watchful eye of three mysterious godlike figures known only as the Monitors. Soon, many people change sides at the drop of a hat, and it's pretty clear that War Is Hell, even in the wide Multiverse.Sign-ups can be found here. The RPG is located here, and you can talk about it here. Due to one reason or another, the RPG had moved sites, and the final arcs, now under the title: JTTM: Beyond Beyond The Impossible could be reached here. A reboot in the lines of Rebuild of Evangelion is available, though it won't interfere with the original. Another reboot has also began signups on the TV Tropes roleplay forums, this time taking more influence from Kamen Rider Decade's Super Sentai equivalent, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.A character sheet is available. As is a recap page.
This RPG contains the following tropes
Abnormal Ammo: In S1, Tachi wields the Magun, a device that fires "soil charges", that summon monsters depending on the soil charges used.
Adaptational Villainy: Several members of Dai-Shocker were actually good people where they came from, with the obvious examples being Linkara, Lilly, and Ankh. Subverted for those three, since the first two Heel-Face Turn soon after Tsukasa's Moral Event Horizon, while Ash is revealed to be the other Ankh, and it turned out the real one's core is inside Ash all along. Subverted for STTGL, who's hinted to be Anti-Spiral.
Apologetic Attacker: Jenny, before she stabs Michael in the chest so she can get away and not risk anyone when her Soul Gem shatters.
Applied Phlebotinum: Power Shards, Sonic Screwdrivers, Multiversal Starships, you name it, it's probably in there somewhere.
Artifact of Doom: Majora's Mask, The One Ring, Onyx Blade... Note that they all are in the hands of the same team of psychopaths until Envy stole the mask and the ring.
Awful Truth: Tsukasa withholds the way to make the red stones from Kios, because they're made out of souls. He tells him eventually, however. Subverted however, as it turns out its simply Red Water, and that the reason why Tsukasa told Kios otherwise was to make him more obedient.
Bradley for FMA's world, though he was hired by Tsukasa in that case.
Subverted for the World of Phantoms. While Puddinghead was exposed as being the one who started the whole mess of having the contests be a way to sacrifice people to the angry ghost inside the chest, not to mention creating that ghost in the first place, he didn't get directly taken on and was only called out by one of the Imperium's lesser members.
Nightmare Moon and the Daleks in the Doctor Who/My Little Pony arc.
Empress Alicia/Azula and Glinda the Good Witch in the Avatar/Oz arc.
Zant in the Zelda Arc. The Kappas and the Zodiarts on the other hand don't count due to them allied with Tsukasa.
Moloch in Buffy's world.
Daguva has been the Big Bad for the RPM World arc.
Subverted for Lord Vyce in Linkara's World. He was one half of a boss battle with Jake Sully, and both were hired by Daishuryou anyways, much like Bradley.
In the one-off RPG, ">Rufio: Make Him Pay", it seems Barbossa is our Big Bad for the World of Hook.
Big Bad Ensemble: The RPG has three Big Bads. The Daishuryou, who was the initial Big Bad set on multiversal domination. Master Majora, originally a human under the command of Tsukasa, now promoted himself to several levels of Big Bad by absorbing the Homunculi and acting on his own. And finally, The Guardian of the Multiverse, who not only is a Bigger Bad, but was a Big Bad before, who is set on destroying the entire multiverse.
The World of Phantoms seems to be this, with a competition and little-to-no involvement with Dai-Shocker save for Kios hunting down a Homunculi. This gets subverted rather quickly, resulting in two of the Imperium members being kidnapped.
Invoked with the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is also a Halloween Episode. The arc takes place right after a well justified reason why they're celebrating (they assume the Daishuryou is dead). It's played with, however. While there's two devastating events going on in two different worlds, the main focus is still on Buffy's World.
Call Back: The next-to-last two worlds are the first worlds the heroes went to, now with higher stakes.
Cerebus Syndrome: The basic premise is that teenagers are hopping across the multiverse, going on an adventure while thwarting the plans of Dai-Shocker... This becomes darker when Dai-Shocker started stepping up their game, all the while some of the people begin to make Face Heel Turns.
Cool Bike: Expected since there are Kamen Riders, But so far only a few got them: Mutsuki and Shintaro Goto have theirs first in the form of the Side Basshar and Ride Vendor respectively, then Kuuga obtained TryChaser 2000.
Cool Train: Gaoh-Liner is a luxury train with black marble flooring themed after a crocodile that travels through time and different worlds and is piloted by a motorcycle. Oh, and it can link up with any door to use as an exit.
Crapsack World: Animal Crossing's world became this. Especially with Kappas and Gaia Memories ruling the world.
Deadly Upgrade: The Power Shards can actually drive someone to different degrees of insanity depending on certain circumstances, such as who it was extracted from. And their evil counterpart, the Star Shards, which isn't exactly deadly to the user of the shard (though it's still pretty deadly to the mind) but to the extractee, who basically dies after being extracted.
Cut Short: Seems to be the fate of Journey Through The Multiverse and a lot of its associated stuff for now due to an abundance of disagreements between former players, changed focuses and characters, etc., as well as a decision to do a Time Skip to Season 2 without any clear resolution for Season 1.
So far, the only person who has joined Dai-Shocker without doing this is Mutsuki. A much later exceptions were Etna and David, and then the latter promptly got one from the former, along with aforementioned Mutsuki.
The new Watcher, Homulilly, got herself in a deal with the Guardian, wishing for Madoka's protection. Her wish, like all wishes in the Madokaverse, backfire badly, as this apparently translated to: "Make her immortal, unable to contract, and have her traveling the multiverse to be his little toy". Needless to say, when Homulilly found out, she wasn't too happy.
Demonization: Tsukasa blames the Red Pirates for a battle in Amestris that he started.
Detect Evil: Mutsuki's animal-like Orphnoch instincts allow him to mostly accurately determine a person's nature, Ironic considering he's very much evil himself.
Disturbed Doves: When Mutsuki rides his newly acquired motorcycle, he rides towards Mami, scaring off a flock of pigeons.
Dope Slap: Jenny does this to herself after getting defeatist over her chances of walking again.
Downer Ending: Madoka's World ended in a heap of depression. The only person to get a semblance of a good ending is (ironically) Sayaka. This gets subverted however as it goes for an Everyone Lives ending despite the downer. Mami is saved by the Philosopher and returns to her life, now as an Orphnoch. Kyouko and Sayaka got along nicely, with Sayaka earning Kyousuke after defeating Hitomi, and while things ended badly for that timeline's Homura, she still got her wish to save Madoka. The only person who suffers greatly in retrospect is Madoka herself, who now is immortal.
Dramatic Irony: During their stay in Madoka's world, Nicholas tells the Watcher that they've saved Mami. What he doesn't know is that as he was saying this, Mami was killed by Mutsuki.
The Daishuryou has a reaction to Lewis' betrayal similar to Tsukasa's reaction to Kaito's betrayal in the final episode of Kamen Rider Decade.
Evil Counterpart: Non-human example: The Star Shards are exactly like the Power Shards... except they turn the extractee's soul into surplus energy for the injector to use and grant several powers to boot.
Evil Is One Big Happy Family: In Dai-Shocker, there's Kios the father, Lilly the mother, Nanabey the daughter, and August the son, all acting as a happy family. This gets cruelly subverted by both Envy and Tsukasa, who ruin that relationship hard.
Even with Kios completely gone, Lilly still believes in saving him, and August still loves his dear father, even going as far as to threaten someone that is using his form:
August:...You know what?...I really don't care what's actually happening here. You're wearing his face and using his voice...and I'm having a lot of trouble controlling myself. Five seconds. Run or die.
Though Nanabey on the other hand decided to up and quit, finding herself in the care of Etna and Flonne.
Expendable Alternate Universe: Most of the time, there is a complete disregard for alternate universes and how they would be effected by certain changes from nearly everyone, even the Guardian of the Multiverse himself, as he considered destroying one world to rid of a bunch of trouble makers. This, however, is touched up upon by Nicholas when they have Kazuma defeated and wonder what to do with him given he's practically immortal, as he expresses concerns to Blade's World and the contextual consequences if he's been sealed or otherwise killed.
Fix Fic: Attempted in Madoka's world. It didn't end well, though it was subverted to a degree, as everyone but Madoka, Homura, and Hitomi earned a happy ending.
Foreshadowing: When Anny, a succubus, leaves the bar and the Brotherhood comments on her, Nicholas says he had the weirdest boner. When they become the costumes, Nicholas gets possessed not by the actual Yami Yugi, but his Abridged counterpart. For those not getting the reference, the line "I have the weirdest boner right now." was a running gag for the 55th episode of the Abridged series.
Forged by the Gods: The Master Sword was forged by the Gods, with the goal to kill Demise. Somehow, Falkon ended up with it.
The Gods Must Be Lazy: There are three Monitors and an entire multiverse being torn apart by a war. Only one of them is doing something about it while the two others have their own agendas. This is especially noticeable in Madoka's World. Though halfway through, it's pretty clear that the one person is willing to do whatever it takes, and another person is simply allowing humans to declare war because of how "meddling saved the world before".
Going Commando: August takes it further during the rescue of Viktor, and only wears a trenchcoat.
Golden Ending: It's rare for a world to actually end on a happy note, so this comes up. One world that has a memorable one is Avatar's Arc, Where even if Azula is now the Avatar, her love for Fate and Ozu caused her to make a Heel-Face Turn and become a Big Good, and even make the world a peaceful place, in which even Tsukasa wishes for there to be no battles there. It gets subverted, however, with a whole bunch of whams and a meeting.
Heroic Vow: Viktor is a pacifist, and will not allow Imperium members to kill or hurt people, if he has a say in it.
Hijacked by Ganon: Three Ganons, no less! The first Ganon is the Great Leader of Daishocker, reduced to a Core Medal by Ash and placed inside Tsukasa. The second Ganon becomes Majora, who hijacks Envy and the amalgam of the six other Homunculi, and finally, the ultimate Big Bad is the Anti-Spiral King, who had been posing as Guardian of the Multiverse.
Home Base: the Ha'tak and Gaoh-Liner are this for the Imperium, The Gojyu Drill for the Dai-Gurren Brigade, and finally, The World That Never Was for Dai-Shocker.
In-Series Nickname: Falkon goes by Falkon, and most people don't even know that his name is actually Falkonerie. He prefers to keep it that way.
Viktor is sometimes referred to as "the Captain", while Kios is often called "subhuman", "conman", or "homunculus", especially by August.
Instant Armor: Asssorted Kamen Riders from both Dai-Shocker and the Imperium can do this.
Karma Houdini: Subverted for Puddinghead. While the Imperium doesn't really do anything to him due to having bigger fish to fry, Nicholas calls him out, the Ghostbusters and Danny Phantom chase him across town, and The Watcher downright murders him for what he committed.
Knight Templar: The Blue Spirit is willing to do whatever it takes to keep "balance" in the multiverse, like destroying travelers she views as "imbalances".
La Résistance: Subverted. The Red Pirates weren't formed to rebel against Dai-Shocker, but rather to research on things. They just wound up fighting Dai-Shocker because they saw the pirates as a threat.
Legion Of Evil: Dai-Shocker tried to do this after Madoka's World, but it crumbled apart so fast as three of its members died after one trip to Hibiki's World.
Little Bit Beastly: Meowrin, Chirin, Daring Do, Akakabuto, and Nanabey are this, the latter four being due to Spiral Energy.
Lizard Folk: Kios is transformed into this by Mary, and Envy does the same thing to several actors soon after he stole Majora's Mask.
Making a Splash: Sam wields Katara's shard, allowing her to wield water as a weapon.
McGuffin: The Power Shards, which allow whoever it's injected into to inherit special powers from whoever its extracted from, and their Deadly Upgrade, the Star Shards, which gives the holder more powers and a huge amount of bonus energy to spend at the expense of the extractee's life.
There is also "The Power", the original power source that every other source is based off, which the Red Pirates had sacrificed their lives in order to find out. It's actually Spiral Energy.
Mêlée à Trois: A majority of the RPG's conflict is this. A large battle between the Imperium note Our good guys, Dai-Shocker note Our bad guys, and the Dai-Gurren Brigade note a bunch of neutrals who follow The Monitors. This is actually highlighted the most in Madoka's World, in which The Brigade is trying to summon Walpurgisnacht, Dai-Shocker is trying to control it, and the Imperium trying to stop them from doing either. There's also the Pantheon Of The Demented and The Monitors, but it seems they have no side to take, the former mostly because they're against everyone. Later on, it gets confusing, with the Checkmate Four forming note Villains who want Tsukasa gone and the Red Pirates returning note Heroes who see everyone as a threat. Subverted by the end of the Avatar Arc, as they make it pretty clear that everyone is in an Enemy Mine situation against Envy, Tsukasa, and the Guardian.
Mid-Season Upgrade: Several characters gain new powers and abilities in the middle of the run, such as Viktor gaining Sakura's powers, John obtaining several Core Medals, Nicholas bonding with Ultraman Zero (and then later getting Rider's shard), Jenny switching out Sayaka's shard for Fate's Shard, Oleg getting Eternal's Lost Driver, etc.
Next Sunday A.D.: The story for the RPG began on May 25th of 2012, a good four months after the RPG actually began. Though this was to accommodate for a piece of information that one of the characters used that wasn't available to them if it was set during the date as it began. When the character left, there's been debates regarding of changing it.
Inverted in the final stage of the RPG. Daishuryou and Madoka attack the Earth on December 21st, 2012, which was around four weeks before the RPG actually got to that point.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Incubators years of harvesting magical girls to stop the heat death had the unfortunate side effect of not only pushing the world towards Spiral Nemesis, but also having all that emotional energy build up and recreate the Anti-Spiral.
Non-Serial Movie: The one-off RPG ">Rufio: Make Him Pay", which is the Brotherhood in the movie Hook. It doesn't even try to show where it takes place in continuity, as people from different points in continuity and even a few new characters pop in.
Oh Crap: When Falkon finds himself face to face with Mary, this occurs.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Falkon introduces himself as Falkon, and prefers to not give his full name to people. Later joined by Flanker.
Orifice Invasion: Majora's Mask "bonds" with it's hosts by sending tentacles from an unknown source inside the mask into the mouth, nose, and ears of it's host, granting them higher reality warping power and granting it a stronger hold on their mind.
The Password Is Always Swordfish: Luffy's Ha'tak security password is the name of his brother, Ace. Justified as it's more of a password for in case something happens to Luffy rather than to prevent any intruders from taking over.
Portmanteau: Mary's nickname for Nanabey, Crabbit, is a combination of Cat and Rabbit.
Power Creep, Power Seep: Kamen Rider Decade's powers are upgraded, and thus he is able to use the powers of not only the nine other riders, but also the three riders after him. Not only that, he is able to use these powers outside of his suit.
Meanwhile, the Gokaigers seem to have the blunt end of the stick, with their Ranger Keys not actually allowing them to don the Ranger Suits, but rather are lite versions of the Power Shards, granting temporary power. This also seems true for other Sentai teams, as the Shinkengers don't transform and instead use their Weapon of Choice outside of their suit, save for Takeru, who did happen to be in suit when fighting Ash. However, this gets subverted by Akared, who gives the Gokaigers their Transformation Trinkets and allows them to transform.
Speaking of Ash, Ankh too gets an upgrade. He has nearly every Core Medal, and can make more Core Medals by putting a cell medal in someone's head. Yes, the same method Greeeds use to make Yummies is now the method used to make Core Medals.
Power Crystal: Nicholas' Color Timer acts as both this and as a life support machine.
Powered Armor: Tsukasa, Lilly, Lewis, Mutsuki, Eiji, and Falkon all have at least one suit of powered armor.
Rainbow Speak: Several characters speak in Rainbow Speak. Lampshaded.
Jenny:(to Viktor) Your hair seems to be changing colour.
Michael:And you're speaking in pink— I mean, in a different manner.
Jenny:Can you see something the rest of us can't? Because last time I checked voices didn't have colours.
And after that, Jenny starts speaking in blue. She later starts speaking in gold after being implanted with Fate's Star Shard, although the voice in her head that's still actually her stays blue.
John's speech changes based on the medal used for his helmet and Oleg's depending on what Memory he uses for transformation.
Most egregious case is the Majora, who changes colours every couple words.
When people tap into Spiral Power, they speak in teal text.
Redemption Demotion: The entire Dai-Gurren Brigade get severely punished for becoming good guys by getting their dosage of Spiral Energy cut off. Subverted however since Gai and Daring Do had gained enough willpower to make their own Spiral Energy, though played very straight for Chirin and Akakabuto, though on their own terms (Chirin wanted to die anyways, and Akakabuto rampaged as a Zodiarts and had to be taken down). Meanwhile, Deus gets this by getting his Spiral Energy cut off, and thus as a limited amount of time to live.
Secret Test of Character: Envy's quest for power has been revealed to be this by The Guardian. Had the Brotherhood and Dai-Shocker got into an Enemy Mine situation and defeated Envy, they would have succeeded, but Daishuryou's alliance with Father and going back on his word had the consequence of the test to fail, and so as a consequence, The Guardian sends Madoka, in Zearth, to go destroy the Brotherhood's home world.
There's a ton of Gurren Lagann quotes, most of them reworded to fit a new context. It even gets lampshades by Oleg as he makes a Drinking Game out of it. Not to mention that there's a character who is entirely influenced by Gurren Lagann and even follows around a Gurren Lagann character.
During the Breaking the Fourth Wall Discussion above, August questions whether the Fourth Wall is actually being broken and comes to the conclusion that Tropers playing characters as the Tropers that play them as they discuss tropes is just counts as a terrible Inception reference.
Every time the Imperium goes to a new world, a songnote An orchestral rendition of Don't Say Lazy plays that is eerily similar to a song played in Kamen Rider Decade that uses almost the same context for the song. Not to mention that they are shown a pretty picture about that world, just like in Decade. This stopped as soon as other ways of going to worlds were found. The song played in Kamen Rider Decade does indeed play, but to a rather shocking moment.
During the fight with Mutsuki, Michael thinks how the other crew members can help him in the battle... until he gets to Philosopher, the Doctor impersonator, whom he think should just ubercharge someone.
Nicholas' Big Damn Heroes Moment for Mami is him rebounding off the ropes, tackling Kios headfirst, and smashing him through a door, all while shouting "Muscle Millennium", a move which has something similar in the execution.
The Sonic Rainboom scene is pretty reminiscent of Kittan's death scene, complete with the "This drill is my soul!" line and the very same song playing in the background.
When Azula finally takes over Alicia, she transferred the prisioners (Zuko and Toph) to her room and proceeded to torture each and every one of her prisioners to the tune of "I Can't Decide", similar to what a certain Master did.
Stable Time Loop: Even though Philosopher changed the past, the present is still the same. However, the changed future branched out to another world.
Super Mode: Ten and Gig, Mary, Mutsuki, Kios, and many other characters have these.
Supernatural Martial Arts: Sam and Alicia were given shards with the power of Water Bending and Fire Bending respectively, both of which are forms of martial arts used to control the elements.
Super Power Lottery: The Shards are these. Injecting yourself with one may give you a cool power, like Playing with Fire, or a power that by itself sound laughable, like turning into stone. Dai-Shocker actually manages to cheat the lottery by having mutagens that mutate the shards to grant more properties, or by creating Star Shards, which takes all the qualities of the extractee.
Super Speed: Sarah has this thanks to Tsukasa's mutagen.
Swiss Cheese Security: various characters have been transported directly into the Ha'tak without raising any alarms, and yet Mutsuki managed to trip the alarms by banging on the outside of the ship with a briefcase.
Gai:Oh... Right... That. The Drill is trying to make an era of peace... But... I don't think what he's doing... I don't think it's right. But... if it's to ensure peace... then... I have to stand behind him. John:Do you know how many times someone has done something evil 'In the name of peace', Gai? The Drill... No, Gurren Lagann is using you. It wants everything either dead or mindless. Ask yourself... would a hero accept that, or would they punch on through? Me? I'm going to clean up your boss's mess before everyone I care about ends up a placid vegetable. Oleg:Really, Gai? What you have there is not burning heart. That's nothing. You and your robot master are pathetic caricatures of true Gurren-dan.
Town Contest Episode: When the heroes arrive at The World of Phantoms, a town contest was just beginning which involved the capturing (or killing) of ghosts.
When talking pages? Page 100. Roy Mustangdies, Deus Ex Machina appears, Viktor is taken hostage, George's mind is shattered when his jobs try to integrate with his mind, and Dai-Shocker develop a ray gun that takes powerful versions of the Power Shards... at the cost of the extractee's life.
And when talking worlds? Madoka's World, though mostly after the H. N. Elly fight. Mutsuki sires Mami into an Orphnoch form just as she becomes a Witch, Nanabey is turned into a human by Gai after he shows her Spiral Energy first hand, and Hitomi comes back from the dead... as an Orphnoch. Not to mention that the Seer told Homura about the fact that the Imperium and other people came from another world and convinced Hitomi to become a yandere. Then it gets worse during the WPN incident. How? Tsukasa brings EVA 01 into the mess, and it goes berserk, absorbing WPN and effectively becoming a fusion of a Witch and an Angel. And while it got dispatched pretty easily, what happens next becomes more shocking. The Watcher is revealed to be Post-Cosmic Retcon Homura, Deus takes away her powers and banishes her to another realm, and Nicholas dies. Then another Homura witches out. It all turns out to be Deus' plan, and he takes her to the Guardian, who is Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Not only that, but Gai takes Madoka under his wing, as she joins the Dai-Gurren Brigade.
While the Imperium, Dai-Gurren, and Pantheon were enjoying a good old Beach Episode, Dai-Shocker began to splinter off after one of them finds that their leader has killed Lilly. Who did they splinter off into? The Checkmate Four. As if that wasn't enough, Marvelous comes back. Soon, Envy's reign has caused Tsukasa/Daishuyro to reconsider his decision to make him a God, and a powerful Enemy Mine situation had to be created. Also, Ahim comes to the group and tells them all about the Legend Xros Wars, which may destroy the entire Multiverse. Where did she get this from? Akared. From the other Gokaiger world. And then after that's done, Tsukasa still makes a deal with Father. Not only that, but the Guardian then takes Madoka and makes her a human version of KriemhildGretchen
Linkara's World had a big wham episode from the get go with a pretty high number of deaths (Suzaku, Wataru, Lewis' Sister in a backstory, Nolan, Lord Vyce, Ash (though it's complicated) and Dunbar/Ichigo. Lewis almost died, but was saved by Roy.)
And in a single post, there's a massive wham in the form of Both Daishuryou and Madoka attacking Earth/The World of Lilim on December 21st, 2012! This is so whammy that it's played like a damn cliffhanger, complete with To Be Continued and an ending song!
Page 348 has two wham lines, the first is revealing the master plan of the Dai-Gurrens, ("Is it cause the Spiral Nemesis, crushing all known universes together into a single point, eradicating all life as we know it?") and the other being a Something Only They Would Say moment ("Sunshine, Sunshine, Ladybug Awake, Clap your hooves and do a little shake!")
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Or rather, what measure is a fictional human. This gets discussed in Madoka's World between The Watcher and Nicholas, with the Watcher confused as to why Nicholas wished to change the ending of the show, even though it's the true ending.