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.

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These games provide examples of:

  • Excuse Plot: Over time, the actual effects of the Twilight characters have become more of a catalyst for the resulting action than the cause of the main plotline.

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 
  • 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
Light Novel/Slayers: Lina Inverse, Gourry Gabriev, Xellos


  • Story-Breaker Power: Raistlin's barrier-ignoring teleportation magic let him run circles around everyone for most of the game, leading to easy teleportation being banned in later games. Not that it took.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Teirm and Dras'Leona are reduced to smouldering craters over the course of the game, in both cases the result of someone taunting Lina Inverse.

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

  • Deal with the Devil: Unusually, the devil wins every single time, cleanly and honestly. Sam gets himself run deeper and deeper and deeper into debt, for example.
  • Death Is Cheap: The Game Master even admitted he didn't want to kill anyone. V, who does stay dead (part of a Thanatos Gambit), is replaced by his successor, and everyone else finds a way to return.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: While the tone of the game was very dark, note that by its end, the majority of villainous characters were either neutralized or killed.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Nicodemus was killed, but The Devil promised him another life. And very soon afterwords, the Devil allows Sam his true love back...
  • Genius Loci: At one point, Jack Hawksmoor merges with the Archetype of The City.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Lobo shows up twice, then leaves both times after doing very little. Also, Richard initially seems to be one of these.
  • Hero Killer: Aro is introduced as one of these. Unfortunately he becomes a target of overwhelming firepower. Sanya also killed a huge number of characters.
  • Indy Ploy: In a departure from his usual use of The Plan Nicodemus is forced to rely more and more on improvisation to achieve his aims, due to a lack of available resources on his part.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: When both of them refuse to die, the PCs try to pull this on Nrvnqsr Chaos and a Blood Beast. It doesn't work.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Richard Rahl can do essentially anything.
  • No Fourth Wall: Deadpool shows up, and gets into arguments with the Game Master. Then Kirby bites him and the two bond.
  • Oh Crap!: From Sylar while fighting Nrvnqsr.
    "That's right, he had a dragon in him."
  • The Plan: V pulled off a truly spectacular one against The Authority, killing off almost the entire roster, and if not for circumstances beyond his ability to forsee, he would probably have won. Light attempted one against The Authority, and whether he succeeded or not is really a question.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Kohaku ends up taking care of a serial killer locked in the basement of a mansion, while the residents feed on her blood. Again. Strangely, she was put in this situation by players unaware of the events of Tsukihime.
  • Wicked Cultured: V, doubling as a Cultured Badass. Carlisle also gives off this vibe, particularly when he has a talk with Kirby about the nature of evil. Nicodemus counts as well.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Nicodemus attempts to invoke Not So Different to a priest by making him doubt his methods and calling him a hypocrite. The priest is named Alexander Anderson.

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.
  • 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.

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...
  • Accuse the Witness: When Dracula is put on trial by the Justice League for his crimes, Death acts as his attorney. And claims that she is Dracula's accomplice and must receive the same punishment. Naturally, there are problems with this.
  • Adaptation First: Lancer from Fate/EXTRA shows up to increase the game's Dracula quotient, despite Fate/EXTRA not being released.
  • After the End: The characters find themselves on a world that has just been ravaged by nazi's and the legions of hell, with life being reduced to a few fortresses where people only leave during the day to scavenge. It is abandoned towards the end of the game.
  • All There in the Manual: Some important revelations, expositions and explanations only occur in the OOC thread, such as explaining how attacks work, or why certain characters are acting in a certain way. For example, Green Arrow's reward for rescuing Black Canary from hell is a silver bowstring. In the OOC thread, its revealed that its unbreakable so long as his love for her remains.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Green Arrow laments that most of his trick arrows are this, particularly his nuclear warhead arrow.
  • 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.
  • Ret Gone:
    • The Crimson King uses this power a few times. It rarely sticks.
    • The opposite is also true. Magog appeared out of nowhere and was considered part of the Authority, despite there being no mention of him before.
  • Shout-Out: Many to previous games.
  • Shrouded in Myth: John Taylor attempts to weaponize this, and Stephanie Meyer has no idea what to make of him, so she tries to do everything.
  • Story Breaker Teamup:
    • Not quite "teamup", but the Animorphs end up in proximity to Godzilla...
    • Many other teamups are actually Storybreaking.
  • Super Weight:
    • Most of the characters in this game are high on the scale, if they don't outright break it.
    • Except the ones that are not. These make it up by being badass.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Lord Zedd. His senior tecnician is Jar Jar Binks. His infiltrator is Invader Zim. And his main general? Nappa. Most of his other servants are not much better, or more effective. The very fact he mannages to be a threat at all says something about his power.
  • Take That: One More Day was less then well received. It was retconned into Mephisto being afraid of their child (which was destined to kill him), and so arranging things so it was never born.
  • Terraform: Getter Emperor transforms Apokolips into a lush paradise in a matter of minutes. Apokolips. Darkseid was not pleased.
  • This Is My Boomstick: Subverted when Ash attempts this on Berserker. Who grabs the boomstick and shoots him with it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?
    • Dream provides many such moments. Of course, it's only to be expected with him.
    • As does the Stig, who blows up Chicago to make sure The Host doesn't spread, even though most of the people within aren't possessed yet.
    • Thanos of all people calls out Hayato, saying that the Getter Force is as big an abomination as anything it fights, it doesn't give a damn about anything but it's own self interest and egoism, he and his entire groups are all total hypocrite and that at least he doesn't go around telling people being made part of death is for their own good. He still ends up helping them, but it was nice to see.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Thanos went down very easily, the first time at least. When he comes back he manages to recover.
    • Wolverine later shows up for no reason but to show everyone how it's done.
    • Elric. Oh Gods Elric. Nicodemus beat him in the climactic duel, despite the fact that he doesn't even qualify as a speedbump given the sort of things the White Wolf routinely kills.
  • World of Badass: Thanks to all the settings involved, this is unavoidable.

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
SoulCalibur: 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
Marvel Universe: Doctor Doom
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

  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: He even threatens to blow himself up a couple of times, and steals a plane.
  • Composite Character: As usual many examples.
  • Crapsack World: In order to justify the psychosis of several characters, the problems with the world are highly made plain. Everyone is ruled by Toltalitarian states who only mannage to survive thanks to mutually assured destruction, and we're using resources at such a rate that in three generations there will be nothing left.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Spider Jeruselum carries around enough useless stuff to drive of real profesionals or survive anything (all the poor devils had was real guns and bullets).
  • Doomed Moral Victor: Klaus Von Wulfenbach and Richard Seaton, surprisingly. Averted by V, who says This Is Just The Begining and decides to apply it on a multiversal level now, and Lelouch, who vanishes into Nightside with Shirley and swears to kill his father.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: V has at least two, Molly has one, and Seaton has one.
  • For Want of a Nail: The versions of Dresden Files and Code Geass canon employed for this game are basically "What If Thomas was the chosen sacrfice for the Bloodline cure in Changes?" and "What if Lelouch joked about telling Euphimia to make out with Cornelia instead of killing Japanese?" respectively.
  • A God I Am: Blink and you'll miss it, but V starts quoting Jesus Christ and Sunday rather then philosophers, authors, statesmen, Winston Churchill and everyone else imaginable.
  • Oddly Small Organization: V's group of terrorists who are holding every government in the world at gunpoint consists of Spider Jeruselum (whom is more of an independent contractor) and three women, which only two of have any affect whatsoever.
  • One-Man Army: V is an inversion of this, in that he could be, but never does, prefering to work from the shadows. However, he can kill men by the dozen without effort when called apon to do so.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Becomes a major theme, with every character forced against their will to one extreme or the other.
  • The Souless: Loosing his identity and all his emotions, and thus his ego as well, and then going mad really made him far mored dangerous then he ever was before.
  • Stable Time Loop: Several characters are sent back in time to star in earlier games.
  • Twist Ending: Something of a subversion of the expected conclusion, to say the least.
  • The Unfettered: V. He'll sell his soul, torture his son, manipulate the woman he proports to love, and do whatever it takes to reach his objective, even when the entire point of reaching said objective no longer has any meaning, he won't even slow down.

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

  • 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 Nineteen Eighty-Four, 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