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?"These games hosted at the Giant In The Playground forums are part Mega Crossover, part MS Ting. 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.
— Yes, that sums it up pretty nicely.
- I can't help the way I am!
- Avatar I (Thread)
- Eragon I (Thread)
- Eragon II (Thread)
- Fantasy I/Eragon IV (Thread)
- Twilight I (Thread)
- Twilight II (Thread)
- Twilight III (Thread)
- Twilight IV (Thread 1, Thread 2)
- Twilight V/Eragon III (Thread)
- Twilight VI (Thread)
- Twilight VII (Thread 1, Thread 2, Thread 3)
- Twilight VIII (Thread)
- Vampyr Assasin (Thread)
These games provide examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: New characters and events will be added in the Fan Fic transcriptions.
- Canon Welding: Taken to increasing lengths in the later games.
- Continuity Creep
- Deadly Distant Finale / Hand Wave: By Word of GM, all characters in abandoned games were eaten by Heartless after play stopped.
- Deconstruction Crossover
- 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.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink
- Hate Fic / Revenge Fic
- Mary-Sue Hunter
- Mega Crossover
- Power Creep, Power Seep: Characters frequently get "upgraded" due to having access to powers from other worlds (eg. Alexander Anderson becoming The Spectre). The canon characters are prone to this in particular, to present a greater challenge.
- Public Domain Artifact: At one point there have been at least four different versions of Excalibur in existence at a time.
- Running Gag: Deadpool showing up at random to insult whoever is playing him.
- Summon Bigger Fish: The Game Masters tend to pull this whenever a PC becomes too powerful. Alucard and Sylar are popular for this.
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The game has shifted more towards this over time.
Twilight IThe 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, AlucardThe Dresden Files: Harry Blackstone Copperfield DresdenSolomon Kane: Solomon KaneVan Helsing: Gabriel Van HelsingHellboy: Anung Un RamaArtemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, ButlerNightside: John TaylorThe Dark Tower: Roland of GileadArmy of Darkness: Ash J Williams
- Angel: FaithBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles, Watcher CouncilHellboy: Beings of the spirit worldHellsing: The MajorThe Saga of Darren Shan: Mr. Tiny
- 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 IIThe 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
- American Gods: Mr. WednesdayDC Universe: Scarecrow, JokerDoctor Who: Seventh and Tenth Doctor, AceKiller7: Smith SyndicateWatchmen: Rorshach
- DC Universe: Poison Ivy, Jason Blood/Demon Etrigan, Gentleman Ghost, The Penguin, Batman, Robin (Tim Drake), Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Nightwing, Huntress, Black Canary, Harley Quin, Spoiler.Doctor Who: DaleksNeon Genesis Evangelion: Adam the First Angel
- 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 IIIWithin 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-800Big Trouble in Little China: Egg Shen, WangNightside: WalkerMarvel Universe: DeadpoolPredator: A PredatorHellraiser: 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.
Characters: Eragon I
- 300: Leonidas and the 300 SpartansDiscworld: Lu-Tze the SweeperDragonlance: Raistlin Majere, Lord SothThe Elric Saga: Elric of MelniboneMarvel Universe: Black KnightSlayers: Lina Inverse, Gourry Gabriev, Xellos
- The Elric Saga: Arioch
- Apocalypse How: At the end of the game Raistlin makes fire rain down on the world with an epic spell, killing everyone in Alagaesia. Because he had no further use for the realm.
- Black and Gray Morality: The "heroes" of Inheritance Cycle are corrupt or foolish... but King Galbatorix is an Eldritch Abomination.
- Bullying A Dragon Spooker: Gotta feel sorry for that Shade...
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Raistlin, again.
- Demonic Possession: Raistlin spends much of the game possessing the body of Arya. Xellos finds this highly amusing.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: After Lu-Tze agrees to train Leonidas's men. "Soon we shall have kung-fu Genre Savvy Spartans! No force on Earth can stop that!"
- Shout-Out: Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings, no shortage.
- 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.
- Unholy Matrimony: Lord Soth and Nasuada, at the end.
Avatar IAfter 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 shipFirefly: The crew of the SerenityHalo: A squadron of Spartan-IIsJohn Carter of Mars: John CarterMegas XLR: Coop, Kiva and JamieStar Wars: YodaMetroid: Samus AranNeon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley-Sohyru and Misato KatsuragiWarhammer 40,000: A squadron of Space Marines (smaller than the Spartan group and with no vehicles)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Gendo Ikari
- Badass Army
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: John Carter cares not for the progress of science!
- Dead Fic: Abandoned due to severe power imbalance and Avatar "not being that bad, really"
- Humongous Mecha: The Evas and Megas.
- Powered Armor: Half the cast have access to it.
- Shout-Out: The Space Marines apparently come from the future of Shinji And Warhammer 40 K.
- Smug Super: The Space Marines to the Spartans.
Twilight IV: No More Heroes!noteBasin 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 HawksmoorDeath Note: Light YagamiThe Dresden Files: Nicodemus, SanyaFate/stay night: Archer (Alexander Anderson's Servant)Hellsing: Alexander AndersonHeroes: SylarKill Bill: The Deadly Viper Assasination SquadNo More Heroes: Travis TouchdownReaper: SamThere Will Be Brawl: KirbyTsukihime: Kohaku & Hisui (abandoned)
- Anti-Hero: The main theme of this game.
- Artifact of Doom: Too many to count.
- Bad Ass: Many, many characters.
- Composite Organisation: Iscariot and the Executors are one and the same, with Alexander Anderson as a member of the Burial Agency. Alucard is a member of The 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors. Nicodemus claims to have founded Iscariot, implying that he is Michael Roa Valdamjong... somehow. Or maybe he's lying.
- Dance Party Ending
- 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...
- Fate Worse Than Death: Averted. The fate is death. Just long, drawn out, messy death.
- 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.
- MacGuffin: The boxes of Orden
- 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 INSPACE: 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.
- Shout-Out: Too many to list. The Game Master loves these.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Nrvnqsr was finally killed by a large-scale airstrike of Hellfire missiles and napalm.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue
- 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 CollideEdward 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 SmedryAvatar: The Last Airbender: AzulaDevil May Cry: DanteDiscworld: Sam VimesFullmetal Alchemist: GreedMagna Carta: CalintzJustice League Unlimited: The QuestionOld Kingdom: SabrielPlanetary: Elijah SnowReal Life: Thedore Rosevelt (zombie)Resident Evil 4: KrausserKekkaishi: Gen ShishioKiller7: Smith SyndicateKingdom Hearts: King MickeyRurouni Kenshin: Seta SojiroShadow of the Colossus: The DorminStar Ocean: Fayt LiengodThe Wheel of Time: Moiraine SedaiWarhammer 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 RequiemThe 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 MajorMarvel Universe: Captain America, Magneto, Red SkullMary Poppins: Mary PoppinsMetroid: Samus AranPrototype: Alex MercerThe Legend of Zelda: GanondorfThere Will Be Brawl: GanondorfYu-Gi-Oh: Yugi Moto (Season 0 version), Bakura
- And a Diet Coke: Overlaps with Crosses the Line Twice when Spider Jerusalem attempts to order his usual diet in a 21st Century supermarket. He insists that his Diet Cokes have actual cocaine in them.
- Apocalypse How: Which way do the Nazi's decide to end the world? All of them. At once.
- Author Tract: The Major will make grand speeches and sweeping declarations while around him the world burns, even moreso then in the origonal manga. And it is awesome.
- Dragon with an Agenda: So Edward invited them to work for him. Yeah, that was going to happen.
- Enemy Mine: Red Skull is so horrified by The Major that he asks Captain America for help. Subverted as this is just the bait to get him into a trap.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: I'm sure the Nazis will be happy to lend us their considerable resources and help us take over the world. I am likewise sure that they will follow our instructions, despite being offered no real incentive to do so.
- For the Evulz: It would almost be easier to list the characters who do have real, human motivations then the ones that don't.
- Ghostapo: 666 Super zombies, one thousand vampires and no shortage of other toys to play with, these Nazis are occult as you could wish. Except when they aren't.
- Hijacked By Hitler: Honestly, Edward Cullen, unpleasant though he is, was never going to compete with honest to gods Nazis in terms of sheer evil. Particularly these Nazis.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Rasputin believes that come the Ogdru Jahad, a paradise will be created out of the ruins of creation. The Major rather hopes that won't happen, and he'll drag the universe into oblivion with him.
- Putting on the Reich: Ganon joins the Nazi Party, along with Mercer. Ganon is starting to have second thoughts, however, when he realizes just what he's getting into.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Oh yes. If this game is anything to go by, it looks like the Nazis were much more advanced in 1945 then the the human race can ever reasonably expect to be.
- Villain Team-Up: Rasputin, The Major, Red Skull and Deathshead are all working together. Justified as they are all, well, Nazis.
Twilight VII: The Dog Bites Back/The Gathering Storm/The Dark Tower
Characters: Twilight VII
- Animorphs: The AnimorphsCastlevania: DraculaDeath Note: Light YagamiDragon Ball Z: PiccoloThe Dresden Files: Harry Dresden, SanyaThe Elric Saga: Elric of MelniboneEvil Dead: AshFate/Zero: BerserkerFinal Fantasy: GilgameshForgotten Realms: Quenthel BaenreGetter Robo: Ryouma Nagare, Hayato, Musashi, BenkeiGodzilla: GodzillaHellsing: Alexander AndersonKingdom Hearts: King Mickey MouseMarvel Universe: Thanos, MorbiusMegas XLR: CoopMistborn: VinNeon Genesis Evangelion: Asuka Langley SohryuNightside: John TaylorMighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Lord Zedd and Rita RepulsaSolomon Kane: Solomon KaneStar Ocean: Fayt LiengodStar Wars: Yoda, KreiaStreet Fighter: AkumaSupernatural: AzazelTengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Kamina, SimonThe Sandman: DeathTouhou: Flandre Scarlet, Yukari YakumoWarhammer 40,000: Jaghatai KhanXenosaga: KOS-MOS
- 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.
- Badass: Almost all of the characters.
- But ESPECIALLY Roland Deschain.
- Big Damn Heroes: Mephisto attempts to coerce Spiderman into a deal, only to be stopped by the arrival of Green Arrow. Doubles as a Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?, and yes he did. With a Boxing Glove Arrow
- Another example was Dante and Blade arriving and seeing off Flagg when he was in the process of giving a Denarian to Baby Nicodemus
- Blackest Night: Part of the storyline of these comics is incorporated, with Black Lanterns arising to attack The Multiverse. Among other things, King Mickey Mouse and Kamina become Blue Lanterns, while Light Yagami becomes a Yellow Lantern.
- Break Them by Talking: Several. A few even work.
- Hannibal himself shows them all how it's done, reducing a Green Lantern to the point that he couldn't use his powers then maiming him, just by talking.
- Canon Welding: Many examples
- Heartless are a manifestation of the same force as Black Lanterns, which is opposed by Getter Rays.
- Abraham van Hellsing used Soulfire to split Vlad Tepes into two entities, Hellsing!Alucard being his human side and Castlevania!Dracula being his demon side.
- Alucard is also the great-grandfather of Remilia and Flandre Scarlet, by Seras. It involved time travel and copious amounts of alcohol.
- As if things weren't confusing enough, the incarnation of Vlad Tepes prior to being split was summoned as a Servant, meaning that there are at least three Draculas running around (and one fake Dracula).
- Kekkaishi are descended from Yukari Yakumo.
- Combat Pragmatist: Everybody seems to be one, fighting dirty and doing whatever it takes to win, including ganging up and kicking them when they are down. Even people you'd never expect it from.
- Composite Character: Most are in some form or another
- The Crimson King is Father. Ironically, at the start of the game Naoki and Minato put him on the path to discovering and taking the over The Dark Tower.
- The Ryoma Nagare in this game is the sum of all possible versions of Ryoma Nagare. At least one of these was the father of an alternate version of Asuka.
- Zexion is based on his characterization in Ansem Retort, meaning he's essentially an enormous Tool. Confusingly, Axel is not.
- Every Anthropomorphic Personification of Death is the same character. On occasion this means Dracula can be seen in the company of a perky goth girl.
- And Thanos is in love with her.
- Travis Touchdown has somehow become Kamen Rider Kuuga.
- Odin Skyfather is revealed to have been one of the most important Gods from the The Third world, all of whom were wiped out except Thor, and Wednesday is just a memory maintained by belief who wants to be a god again.
- Continuity Cavalcade: Every character to appear in a previous game has at least made a cameo. Getting close to Continuity Porn, as plots from completed games are picked up here as well.
- Cool Versus Awesome
- 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.
- Dwindling Party
- The End... Or Is It??: Odin and Darkseid are Dead, but in the God business it's not the death that matters, but the opportunity for resurrection, and Wednesday orchestrated his own to unite with the rest of himself and become Odin Skyfather again, which seems to have succeeded. And in the last post, Randall Flagg wakes up in a random beach in a random world, and gets back to work.
- Enfant Terrible / Humanoid Abomination: Mary Jane and Peter Parker have their daughter after all. It's the reborn God Emperorof Mankind. No wonder Mephisto was scared.
- Though in all fairness, he's (she's?) not hostile. Just obscenely powerful.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Nicodemus is left at the end of time, alone in the void with no company and no way of creating anything. He can't even kill himself. All the more horrible as it is arguably an Ironic Hell.
- Even Dream can't quite compete with God, but he curses Scott Pilgrim to never sleep again after being questioned.
- Fictional Holiday: "Doomsday is the main holiday in Latveria. It is celebrated whenever Doom feels like celebrating."
- Gambit Roulette: Flagg's plan. Though it wasn't a plan, so much as going with the flow.
- Odin knew everything. Your scheme? He was on to it from the start. Your accomplices? He was the one who let your letters get to them. That time you stubbed your toe? He was watching!
- Though what he actually pulled off was a Thanatos Gambit, letting the Green Lanterns kill him the propper way so as to reform as he who he was. Still well played, however.
- Godzilla Threshold: Pretty much the point of the game. Things are so bad, anything is a viable strategy. Some of the things that are come up with in response to this...
- Harry Dresden becoming Winter Knight, taking up Lacsiel's coin for real this time and animating the corpse of Evangelion Unit-02 as a zombie.
- Morbius reanimated the the formerly zombied Unit-02 as a Frankstein monster powered by Hellboy's stone fist and Excalibur to fight Cthulu and Godzilla.
- And win. Turns out the King of Monsters was the least of their problems.
- In fact, Darkseid getting the Anti-Life Equation was a subplot. A minor subplot.
- Almost everything the Getter Empire and John Taylor's team do.
- Apointing Alexander Anderson from Manga/Hellsing, The Spectre and Rorschach from Watchmenand The Doctor from The Authority.
- Giving Jigsaw the Millenium Ring and later King Mickey Mouse's keyblade.
- The Endless summoning the Saint of Killers to take care of the Crimson King and giving Michael Carpender another magical weapon to take care of the Saint.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Ash takes a bullet for Michael that allows him to finally kill The Saint. Deadboy takes one for Taylor, and Roland shoots out the Saint's eye that messes up his perception and allows both these gambits to work. And Dante cutting out his own Heart to stop the Judge living again.
- Hero Killer: Saint of Killers mows people down like it's the easiest thing in the world. Nicodemus is a close second, because he has to work harder.
- Humongous Mecha: Eva-02, Black Getter, Gurren and Megas.
- Kudzu Plot
- 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.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Make My Monster Grow: Parodied. Lord Zedd attempts to turn Zim into a giant to fight Godzilla, but due to Bizarre Alien Biology he only grows by about a foot. This is still sufficient to make Zim king of all Irkens.
- More Than Mind Control: Nicodemus doesn't need such imprecise things to control Molly.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: Some of the combinations that arise defy belief.
- Noodle Incident: Ryoma mentions a night he went out drinking with an incarnation of Gendo Ikari whose wife never died. He doesn't say exactly what happened, but it apparently resulted in a UN sanction making it illegal for them to be within a certain distance of each other.
- The Older Immortal: The Kurgan to Nicodemus. Played with, as Nicodemus is a man of wealth and taste, the Kurgan is a primitive brute.
- Omniscient Morality Licence: Many characters seem to believe they have one.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Nicodemus gets back up from having Mournblade driven through both his lungs, and eat his soul.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Most of the characters are arguably doing as much damage as the Cullens.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: Akuma immediately has his "true power" unlocked, allowing him to "stand up to Dragon Ball Z characters".
- The Power of Rock: Ironheade use Apokolips, Megas and Getter Rays as a giant amplifier to make everyone in the universe "listen to their song" and counter the effects of the Anti-Life Equation. In response, Darkseid and his minions start performing a heavy metal version of the equation, leading to a rock battle for the fate of the universe.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner : 'You Have Forgotten The Face Of Your Father.'
- Protagonist-Centered Morality
- 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.
- Voice Actor Jokes: Kamina is resurrected as... GoseiKnight.
- 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 BarbarianDiscworld: Cohen the BarbarianDragonlance: Lord Soth, Tasslehoff BurfootFinal Fantasy X: AuronThe Legend of Zelda: LinkThe Lord of the Rings: Gimli, LegolasSoul Calibur: ZasamalSpice and Wolf: Craft Lawrence, HoloSuikoden IV: Lazlo
- Source: Name of character
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Played totally straight. Everybody in charge is the strongest individual in their faction, without exception.
- Gambit Pileup: With all the behind the scenes plotting going on this is almost guarented.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Warrior in Jet and Gold. He doesn't even have a scent.
- Revive Kills Zombie: Or brings Deathknights back to life.
Vampyr AssasinA 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: DogwelderNextwave: The CaptainRural Reign: James ConnorOriginal Characters: Mecha Priest, Johhny Python
- Anticlimax Boss
- Cool Shades
- Cool vs. Awesome
- Everything's Deader with Zombies
- Family Relationship Switcheroo
- Guns Akimbo / The Gunslinger
- Holy Hand Grenade
- The Internet Is for Porn
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
- Power of Rock
- Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?
- Rule of Cool
- Summon Magic
- Too Dumb to Live
- You Fail Logic Forever
Twilight VIII: Future ImperfectThe 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: TetsuoBatman Beyond: Terry McGinnisBen 10: Kevin LevinDeus Ex: Icarus, JC Denton.hack//G.U. Games: HaseoGenerator Rex: Rex, Agent Six, Bobo HahaGhost in the Shell: Major Motoko KusanagiGirl Genius: Klaus Wulfenbach, Gilgamesh WulfenbachHalf-Life: Gordon FreemanKamen Rider Decade: Tsukasa KadoyaMetal Wolf Chaos: Michael WilsonMy Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Twilight SparkleSilent Hill: ChristabellaSkylark Series: Richard SeatonSnow Crash: Y.T.Supernatural: AzazelSystem Shock: SHODANTransmetropolitan: Spider Jerusalem
- DC Universe: Bruce Wayne, Damian Wayne, Conmissioner Barbara Gordon, Oracle (the Virtual Ghost of Oracle from Sanity's Requiem)
- Anarchy Is Chaos: Averted most completely, then ends up getting played straight regardless due to circumstances raising the stakes.
- Author Filibuster : Comes up a few times. Horribly subverted in one case. Horribly.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Doctor Doom, Baron Klaus Wulfen Bach, Empress Blackstaff, MICHAEL WILSON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!, Red King Arianna and Prime Minister Lelouch Vi Blackstaff disagree on many things, this is not one of them.
- Bad Future: The Entire point.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: He even threatens to blow himself up a couple of times, and steals a plane.
- Composite Character / Canon Welding: As usual many examples.
- The White Council was destroyed at the end of The Dark Tower, leading Molly Carpender after Harry Dresden and Ebenezer McCoy's death takes up the Blackstaff, Winter Mantle and Lasciel's Denarian. With this power she reunites the remnants of the White Council as the Holy Britannian Empire. From there she took the other Denarian Coins and used them with tech from the ruins of Angel Grove to created the demonic Sentai team the Fallen Rangers as elite guard.
- C.C. was Spider Jerusalam's first wife as well as the Summer Lady as Geass is now a minor form of Sidhe Knighthood.
- Metal Wolf was made by Sparks under the supervision of Wulfenbach.
- 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).
- Cyber Punk: More of the point.
- Dissonant Serenity: Averted by the Sparks.
- 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 / What If?: 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.
- Happiness in Slavery: V feels that the human race is this.
- Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Molly did this to V. Which is what he wanted, as he didn't have a way of getting to those things on his own.
- Magitek: The rest of the point.
- No Endor Holocaust: Very averted. Almost painfully.
- 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.
- Schizo Tech: Most of the stuff the Sparks come up with.
- Shown Their Work: V's quotes. And there are many.
- 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.
- Wild Mass Guessing: Who is V?
- Apparently, he's Victor Von Doom. Probably.
Twilight IX: Of Wolf and ManBy 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 DynamiteDarkstalkers: Baby Bonnie HoodDoctor Who: Donna NobleGhostbusters: The GhostbustersG.I. Joe: Destro and The BaronesseHack Slash: Cassie HackJohn Dies at the End: John ChesseNeon Genesis Evangelion Gakuen Datenroku: Shinji IkariScream: Sydney PrescottTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder (80s version)X Blades: Ayumi
- DC Universe: DeathstrokeDoctor Who: The MasterHighlander: Lots of ImmortalsMarvel Universe: DeadpoolNeon Genesis Evangelion: Gendo Ikari, Rei Ayanami, Karou Nagisa, Asuka SohryuReal Life: Barack ObamaTransformers: 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. RiddickCowboy Bebop: Spike SpeigelThe Dispossessed: Shevek''Dune: Paul AtredisFlash Gordan: Flash GordanFoundation: Hober Mallow''Firefly: Mal RenyoldsOutlaw Star: Gene StarwindPower Rangers S.P.D.: Anubis "Doggie" Cruger, Bridge Carson and Kat ManxRatchett And Clank: Ratchett and ClankStar Trek: The Original Series: Captain James Tiberius KirkStar Trek: The Next Generation: Captain Jean Luc PicardStar Wars: Han Solo
- The Federation: The Trope Namer but merged with the trope namer of it's opposite number The Empire and The Alliance. They have more than their fair share of corruption but ultimately do make the galaxy a safe place for member worlds.
- Recycled INSPACE: As the title suggests.
- Space Pirate: Quite a few of them running around.
- Space Police: The SPD is a law enforcment devision of Star Fleet.