Roleplay: Lynching ITP

"The Animorphs are circling above the confusing events down below. Piccolo and Batman are hovering, as Asuka fights Godzilla and the Khan fights Akuma."

"Ok, so, need to ask... Just what, the hell, IS THIS. It is overflowing with awesome, is this an rp that is, essentially, one massive battle royale (with some rp segments) between all the forces of awesome that this world has ever and never seen?"
— Yes, that sums it up pretty nicely.

These games hosted at the Giant In The Playground forums are part Mega Crossover, part MSTing. For one reason or another, a random assortment of characters from fiction have appeared in the world of a series considered to be poorly written (traditionally Twilight or Inheritance Cycle), frequently with some motivation to kill its main characters. The game ends when all main characters of the work are dead. Sounds like a Hate Fic, except that interactions between Player Characters can make up a significant portion of the plot, to the point where the series being "lynched" is little more than a backdrop.

Over time, the "kill all Mary Sues" aspects have softened, to the point where some players will attempt to defend the canon characters, and some may be left alive at the end of the game. A game has even been run for The Lord of the Rings (which the players generally hold in high esteem).

Originally each game took place in a separate continuity, with no interaction between them. Unless you're Deadpool.
  • I can't help the way I am!
Although as of game Twilight III there has been something of a Continuity Creep leading to the games becoming part of a multiverse.

The first game is currently being transcribed into a Fan Fic, which can be read here.

    Thread Index 

These games provide examples of:

Twilight I

The game that started it all. Modern day monster hunters from all walks of life descend upon Forks and Volterra in order to combat the Cullen Coven of vampires and their allies. Just what is Edward planning on doing with that old Transelvanian Castle and when all the hunters have backed him into a corner?

    Characters: Twilight I 
Hellsing: Alexander Anderson, Alucard
The Dresden Files: Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden
Solomon Kane: Solomon Kane
Van Helsing: Gabriel Van Helsing
Hellboy: Anung Un Rama
Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Butler
Nightside: John Taylor
The Dark Tower: Roland of Gilead
Army of Darkness: Ash J Williams

Angel: Faith
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles, Watcher Council
Hellboy: Beings of the spirit world
Hellsing: The Major

  • All Your Powers Combined: Edward's final plan involves him acquiring Taylor's gift, Hellboy's stone hand, and Alucard's accumulated souls
  • Oh Crap!: Verging on the most triumphant example, when Edward steals Hellboy's hand. Cut to the spirit world, where the just about everyone starts roaring with confusion and anger as their plans collapse.

Twilight II

The floodgates of crossover madness are opened as the endless battle against the Cullens comes to Gotham City. Instrumentality, the emotional spectrum, fallout from the time war and old Gods seeking to reclaim their long lost thrones ensue as the city falls apart in the chaos.

    Characters: Twilight II 
  • Assimilation Plot: Edward's big plan.
  • The Chessmaster: Too many. Wednesday, Edward, The Seventh Doctor. This leads to...

  • Gambit Pileup: Mr Wednesday had a convoluted plan to steal Edward's popularity and become a god again. Scarecrow wants to backstab him and bathe the city in fear, which Wednesday was counting on because it would make them all kill each other, powering him further, which Edward is also counting on because it would power his ritual Meanwhile, two incarnations of The Doctor have plans of their own, and The Joker bursts in at exactly the wrong moment...
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Adam the First Angel, which was being kept in the Batcave.

Twilight III

Within London England hides another city called The Nightside. A place where every dream and every nightmare can become a reality. Alice's visions of the previous two worlds lead to them seeking power within this lost world of less than pleasent wonder and magic, unfortunately power comes at a price.

    Characters: Twilight III 
Terminator: T-800
Nightside: Walker
Hero: Broken Sword (Using a Disgaea based ressurection)
Marvel Universe: Deadpool
Predator: A Predator
Hellraiser: Pinhead

  • Brain Washed And Crazy: Edward does this to some of the PCs from the first game. It doesn't last.
  • No Fourth Wall: The first appearance of Deadpool who would later become a reoccuring NPC.

Eragon I

    Characters: Eragon I 
300: Leonidas and the 300 Spartans
Discworld: Lu-Tze the Sweeper
Dragonlance: Raistlin Majere, Lord Soth
The Elric Saga: Elric of Melnibone
Marvel Universe: Black Knight
Slayers: Lina Inverse, Gourry Gabriev, Xellos


Avatar I

After the movie ends the marines are leaving Pandora when some new human players step up to the plate. Can they fare any better than their predicessors or will they fall to the mighty beasts of the Na'vi?

    Characters: Avatar I 
Animorphs: Visser 3 and the crew of a Blade ship
Firefly: The crew of the Serenity
Halo: A squadron of Spartan-IIs
John Carter of Mars: John Carter
Megas XLR: Coop, Kiva and Jamie
Star Wars: Yoda
Metroid: Samus Aran
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley-Sohyru and Misato Katsuragi
Warhammer 40,000: A squadron of Space Marines (smaller than the Spartan group and with no vehicles)


Twilight IV: No More Heroes!note 

Basin City, the worst of the worst that the multiverse has to offer is the new home to the Cullens. There were no heroes here (until Sanya showed up near the end) only varying shades of monsters, who would notice a few more? Unfortunately this time it isn't Edward making the insane plans to save their asses it is Carlilse and he has a few tricks up his sleave including those not of this world.

    Characters: Twilight IV 
The Authority: Midnighter, Jenny Sparks, Jack Hawksmoor
Death Note: Light Yagami
The Dresden Files: Nicodemus, Sanya
Fate/stay night: Archer (Alexander Anderson's Servant)
Hellsing: Alexander Anderson
Heroes: Sylar
Kill Bill: The Deadly Viper Assasination Squad
No More Heroes: Travis Touchdown
Reaper: Sam
Tsukihime: Kohaku & Hisui (abandoned)

Death Note: Misa Amane
Sword of Truth: Richard Rahl
Tsukihime: Nrvnqsr Chaos

Twilight V/Eragon III: When Worlds Collide

Edward in his never ending quest not to be horribly slaughtered comes into possesion of a Keyblade and forms an alliance with another desperate keyblade weilder Eragon Brassom and Organization XIII. Conspiracies abound and mysteries that span infinite Earths seek to destroy the players before they learn the truth much less come out victorious.

    Characters: Twilight V/Eragon III 
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians: Alcatraz Smedry
Discworld: Sam Vimes
Magna Carta: Calintz
Old Kingdom: Sabriel
Planetary: Elijah Snow
Real Life: Thedore Rosevelt (zombie)
Resident Evil 4: Krausser
Kekkaishi: Gen Shishio
Killer7: Smith Syndicate
Kingdom Hearts: King Mickey
Rurouni Kenshin: Seta Sojiro
Star Ocean: Fayt Liengod
The Wheel of Time: Moiraine Sedai
Warhammer Fantasy: Kallad Stormwatch

  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Blade and Mickey Mouse have promised they will do this at some point. May not occur due to Blade becoming a Nobody.
  • Crisis Crossover: Combines both traditional settings into one game.
  • Darker and Edgier: We made Sin City into a site of hope and fixed the world, giving hardline antiheroes a real shot at redemption, and we made 'Our ship runs on Happy Faces' Kingdom Hearts into a war without end against a terrible enemy that the forces of light are slowly losing, and the heroes are slowly losing faith and giving up, one by one. A Crapsack World and how!
  • A God I Am: Wednesday, though he gets a pass as to actually being one. Raistlin can't back it up quite so much up against Wednesday, but the rest of the time gets by.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Wednesday. Just Wednesday.
  • Mythology Gag: The villainous faction is composed of characters from previous games.
  • No Fourth Wall: Deadpool remembers the events of previous games he was in.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Every character from a previous game was gassed by Odin in a truly spectacular Kick the Dog Moment.

Twilight VI: Sanity's Requiem

The Cullens barely seem to be a threat in the face of the impending apocalypse, unstopable returning Nazi Armies and their demonic allies, new Robin killing serial killer on the loose in Gotham and the spreading Biomass in New York. What is their involvement in this strange series of events?

    Characters: Twilight VI 
Hellsing: The Major
Marvel Universe: Captain America, Magneto, Red Skull
Mary Poppins: Mary Poppins
Metroid: Samus Aran
[PROTOTYPE]: Alex Mercer
Yu-Gi-Oh: Yugi Moto (Season 0 version), Bakura

Marvel Universe: The Avengers
DC Universe: The Justice League

Twilight VII: The Dog Bites Back/The Gathering Storm/The Dark Tower

    Characters: Twilight VII 
Animorphs: The Animorphs
Castlevania: Dracula
DC Universe: Darkseid, Bruce Wayne-32(Green Lantern Batman), Shade
Death Note: Light Yagami
Dragon Ball Z: Piccolo
The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden, Sanya
The Elric Saga: Elric of Melnibone
Fate/Zero: Berserker
Final Fantasy: Gilgamesh
Forgotten Realms: Quenthel Baenre
Getter Robo: Ryouma Nagare, Hayato, Musashi, Benkei
Godzilla: Godzilla
Hellsing: Alexander Anderson
Kingdom Hearts: King Mickey Mouse
Marvel Universe: Thanos, Morbius
Megas XLR: Coop
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Asuka Langley Sohryu
Nightside: John Taylor
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa
R-Type: R-99 (piloted by The Stig)
Solomon Kane: Solomon Kane
Star Ocean: Fayt Liengod
Star Wars: Yoda, Kreia
Supernatural: Azazel
Touhou: Flandre Scarlet, Yukari Yakumo
Warhammer 40,000: Jaghatai Khan
Xenosaga: KOS-MOS

Death Note: Misa Amane
Hellsing: Alucard
And many more...
  • Cosmic Retcon: Explicately one of the powers of the Crimson King, to the point where his minions keep on coming back to life after he alters what happens.
  • Crisis Crossover: Half the characters are drawn from previous games, and retain the abilities they picked up there (such as Light Yagami becoming a Denarian and a member of The Authority).
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: A few characters have them. They are used in short order. I mean, things can't get any worse, right?
  • Depending on the Writer: Some returning characters are played by different players who handle them differently than they were in their previous games.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: We learn that the Cullens attacking countless worlds was all orchestrated by one being creating them for the purpose of seeking power and destabilizing the universe. We learn it was all a huge gambit to tear apart reality at it's fundamental point and watch all creation, all possible worlds burn around it. We learn of a Eldritch Abomination specifically birthed to bring this about, and arranged to be in the position where it can end all reality. And the man behind it all? Charlie Swann, a man of many handles, partner, who prefers to be called Randall Flagg. Yeah, Mind Screw.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Played bizarrely straight with Elric, who gets furious at people for interrupting his fair and honorable duels. Then proceeds to beat Nicodemus in that manner.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: Averted. So Spiderman and Green Arrow decide to take matters into their own hands and rescue their girlfriends, using the potion used in Romeo and Juliet. It worked.

Fantasy I (Eragon IV)

    Characters: Fantasy I 
Conan the Barbarian: Conan the Barbarian
Discworld: Cohen the Barbarian
Dragonlance: Lord Soth, Tasslehoff Burfoot
The Lord of the Rings: Gimli, Legolas
Soul Calibur: Zasamal
Spice and Wolf: Craft Lawrence, Holo

Source: Name of character

Vampyr Assasin

A Gaiden Game started when the DM for Twilight VII was away for a week. Instead of trying to be serious and dramatic the game was designed for pure silly fun. The secret Government Organization BUCKLER has drugged and kidnapped a group of unlikely heroes and dropped them on the Vampyr Castle-Mech that is actively destroying Australia.

    Characters: Vampyr Assasin 
DC Universe: Dogwelder
Nextwave: The Captain
Rural Reign: James Connor
Original Characters: Mecha Priest, Johhny Python


Twilight VIII: Future Imperfect

The White Council fell during the Tower War, and in it's stead Molly Carpender took up the Blackstaff and rose to power. Uniting the Knights of the Cross, the remnants of the White Council and conquering most of the world she brought forth a new age of magic and science. The Age of the Britannian Empire. Of course her reign is tainted by the emerging superpowers of other magical nations and the increase in technology elevating the common man to the same level as the average wizard. What could she be planning with that little burnt book with a picture of pale hands clasping an apple and what will the world do to stop her?

    Characters: Twilight VIII 
AKIRA: Tetsuo
Batman Beyond: Terry McGinnis
Ben 10: Kevin Levin
Deus Ex: Icarus, JC Denton
Generator Rex: Rex, Agent Six, Bobo Haha
Ghost in the Shell: Major Motoko Kusanagi
Girl Genius: Klaus Wulfenbach, Gilgamesh Wulfenbach
Half-Life: Gordon Freeman
Kamen Rider Decade: Tsukasa Kadoya
Metal Wolf Chaos: Michael Wilson
Silent Hill: Christabella
Skylark Series: Richard Seaton
Supernatural: Azazel
System Shock: SHODAN
Transmetropolitan: Spider Jerusalem

Code Geass: The Entire cast some of which are subjected to Canon Welding.
DC Universe: Bruce Wayne, Damian Wayne, Conmissioner Barbara Gordon, Oracle (the Virtual Ghost of Oracle from Sanity's Requiem)
Dresden Files: Empress Blackstaff (Molly Carpender), Susan Rodriguez, Martin, Carlos Ramirez, Fallen Rangers (Denarians), Sidhe Courts, Red King Arianna

Twilight IX: Of Wolf and Man

By far the strangest game in the Lynching-verse. This game took three DMs with three very different visions and levels of knowledge of the various source material to come together into one outstanding train wreck of a game. With the rotating themes of Badass Normal folks caught in a conspiracy, Sequels and I dunno whatever the Hell you want, let's end this game and move on already this game was surely a sight to be seen but will never be mentioned again.

    Characters: Twilight IX 
Black Dynamite: Black Dynamite
Darkstalkers: Baby Bonnie Hood
Doctor Who: Donna Noble
Ghostbusters: The Ghostbusters
G.I. Joe: Destro and The Baronesse
Hack/Slash: Cassie Hack
Scream: Sydney Prescott
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder (80s version)
X Blades: Ayumi

DC Universe: Deathstroke
Doctor Who: The Master
Highlander: Lots of Immortals
Marvel Universe: Deadpool
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Gendo Ikari, Rei Ayanami, Karou Nagisa, Asuka Sohryu
Real Life: Barack Obama
Transformers: The Fallen

  • Badass Normal: Every PC.
    • For strange and somewhat contradictory definitions of Badass and Normal.
  • The Hunter: Baby Bonnie Hood, Cassie Hack and John Chesse all have this to a certain degree when facing monsters.
  • Logic Bomb: John uses a... interesting variation of this.
  • Mole in Charge: Nick Fury, Ultimates version, has apparently put a large portion of this together to cover up his more-then-shady dealings with the Cullens.
  • Odd Friendship: Daredevil's a blind lawyer brought up in Hells Kitchen, with a strong sense of morality and a string of psychotic and dead girlfriends! Green Arrow's a billionaire playboy from a destroyed world who dresses up like Robin Hood and shoots arrows! They Fight Crime!
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: It's mentioned All There in the Manual that Richard Rahl was sent to the world of 1984, where he is being made to accept a consesus reality.
  • Shout-Out: Samuel L. Jackson has a Lightsaber. A purple lightsaber.
    • Not to mention rode in on a motorcycle, shirtless, while firing two guns.
  • Too Soon: Due to lead time between planning and play the fact that Japan has been reduced to inhabitable rubble by natural disasters in this game seems a bit insensetive so soon after the Tsunami and Earthquake.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Destro is a firm believer. And Nick Fury seems to share his passion.

Twilight X IN SPACE! The Final Frontier

    Characters: Twilight X 
The Chronicles of Riddick: Richard B. Riddick
Cowboy Bebop: Spike Speigel
''Dune: Paul Atredis
Flash Gordan: Flash Gordan
Foundation: Hober Mallow
''Firefly: Mal Renyolds
Outlaw Star: Gene Starwind
Power Rangers S.P.D.: Anubis "Doggie" Cruger, Bridge Carson and Kat Manx
Ratchett And Clank: Ratchett and Clank
Star Trek: The Original Series: Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Captain Jean Luc Picard
Star Wars: Han Solo