MSF High's forum game (which can be found here) has been going on for many years, enough that it's begun to gain quite a few tropes unique to it, with many characters. As such, it's necessary to go over them, but having them on the main page would be a bit non-intuitive. This is a page for them.Note that the forum IRC channels now have their own page, available here.
Aborted Arc: Any time a GM quits, or a character with significant plot lines leaves.
Abusive Parents: Destiny's mom wanted to possess her daughter to avoid growing old and dieing, she killed destiny's father to do this followed by being killed herself along with Destiny.
All There in the Manual: Besides the same issues with MSF High proper, many characters have extensive backgrounds written up, or plotted up, that simply have not been publicly released. In addition, a few times, private roleplays have been used to save time on certain actions between NPCS...and these roleplays have not been released.
And then there's how Michelle got turned into a catgirl...
Alternate Continuity: The IRC channels are another place to role-play with one's characters, and things often go in a completely different direction than on the forum itself. Certain notable examples: Jax has the memory of his old life back, Robin is a Legion, Karn is actually a nice guy, and don't get us started on Demona...
And Call Him George: Mentioned by the Sphinx who finds Adrian cute, who quotes dialogue from the Looney Tunes version.
The Librarian also got the border of this, but it was instead represented by Shatner speech.
There was also one incident where a player was talking with Mitch, and his internet connection failed. It didn't return until several minutes later, at which time he proceeded to let loose with several pages worth of this. His furious typing actually damaged the keyboard. Mitch found it to be epic.
Artificial Limbs: Fable was given an artificial arm by Yosah on her first day. Israfel has a false arm since Seram keeps his real one.
Ascended Fanboy: Matoi Nanashi, a massive fan of Super Sentai and Kamen Rider is shaping up to be this. He even has gained a pair of boots that allow him to perform a Rider Kick (though none of his attempts at using it on someone have succeeded so far).
Ascended Meme: Firewood was originally an insult, used by Kirso to refer to the ironically non-flammable Legion. Mitchell, amused by it, had it incorporated as an official racial slur. (And, like all racial slurs, mostly inaccurate).
Attack Drone: Orchid uses these primarily. Beamspam as well, a mecha kitsune with 9 tail funnels.
Author Appeal: given the nature of the game, pretty easy to invoke...
Grave seems to have a thing for mecha and amazon brigades, for example...
Awesome, yet Impractical: Lily loves this. Her weapon of choice is a pair of daggers made from two of her own bones! Simply drawing them (out of her wrists, no less) hurts her.
Awesome Yet Practical: Lily has tired of this, and worked in a minor healing spell to negate the hit point loss.
Badass Bookworm: Jon, sort of. He's not quite badass yet, but he's studying to be a mage... And he has the bookworm part down pat (he has a bookshelf which spans an entire wall of his dorm room).
Badass Normal: Gavin. Unable to cast magic, can't swim, and while many others use various fantasy weapons(or ARE one), he just has an old, beat-up shotgun.
Beam Spam: A recent opponent at the arena for Orchid and Seishan was a kitsune mecha with tails that doubled as funnels. Also doubles as Fun with Acronyms as her name spells Beamspam... Beam. Experimental. Armored. Mecha. Special. Particle. Assult. Model.
Berserk Button: Fortunately, Mitchell (as an obvious example) keeps this strictly to real life, never letting it interfere with his duties as a GM. (Mainly, it's people who try to start RPs over IM while he's working on MSF High, though he often simply logs off and cools down. He has gone into Angrish before, however.)
Ironically, this troper (Grave) has Berserk Button that is primarily when people spontaneously sign off, or 'hide' offline. He knows they're there, so he perceives it as being blatently ignored by them.... However he usually keeps anger to himself. Being a particularly non-confrontational person.
NEVER refer to Sentai as Power Rangers to Matoi.
Do not hug Dracon. He doesn't need a hug. He needs you to stay far away.
Former NPC/Arena operator Grift despised ANY form of transformation. At all. Period.
BFS: Sam wields one of these. A large claymore to be specific. So does Mercurius.
Blatant Lies: The only way Israfel is able to, due to using Social as his dump-stat. Also, the Bad Liar disadvantage can cause this.
Blood Knight: Yosah, Dracon, and Karn fall into this trope very well. They really don't need any reason to throw themselves at whatever unlucky opponent comes around. Dracon tries to rationalize this with honor, but mostly he just wants to fight.
Boring Yet Practical: Drake prefers this. How does he fight? With his fists. How does he keep his hair? Short. How does he dress? Simply.
Bribing Your Way to Victory: Reward Points may be seen this way, as they allow characters to take certain advantages, and unlock specialized races and facets (classes). The easiest way to get them? Donating money to Wraith.
Partially averted, however, as one can also get Reward Points by creating fanworks.
Brick Joke: Mitchell LOVES these. For instance, he introduced an NPC, who appeared to be motivated solely by the promise of cake. (Having played too much Portal) a couple of YEARS later the NPC reappeared...holding a cake. This was planned from the start.
Bright Slap: Michelle did this to Zero once, followed by a speech about how Zero had the worst elements of boys and girls. Namely being overly prideful and overly emotional.
During a Non-canon Halloween rp, Matoi brightslaped someone to introduce who he was dressed as, Bright Noa
Characterization Marches On: Israfel, especially, has changed in character since his first post, and his last one. This isn't true Character Development, though he's had quite a bit of that, as it's just the 'I've always been like this' thing. Especially after he shifted to PC, he became much more Stoic, and more of a Straight Man.
Continuity Reboot: In 2014, the G Ms realized that the current gameplay system was hopelessly unbalanced and broken beyond repair. Thus, the entire RP was rebooted, and the rules redone to match the revised version of the ruleset for the tabletop RPG. Many old characters have been re-statted for the new system, but many players have elected to simply make new characters instead. See also Time Skip.
Cuddle Bug: Mitchell. Michelle, sometimes. Jess Necano, definitely, tied in with the above trope. Also, Lily, the amnesiac mini-succubus.
Cursed with Awesome: Jax's player, Adam (often called Jax or Man Behind A Different Curtain), is a Insomniac and will often goes days if not weeks awake, unable to sleep. This has given him a LOT of time to develop often praised writing skill, but he doesn't have much to do at night, and is often left bored and alone, looking up at the ceiling of his room.
Cuteness Proximity: Apostate caused this reaction in the soulless undead known as Rich, while Adrian caused this in a Sphinx. Demona has this reaction to almost everything.
Defector from Decadence: (combined with Heel Face Turn) Casey's 'parents' are frequently mentioned as supervillians. Casey is looking forward to becoming a Super heroine and beating them and their allies down.
Depraved Bisexual: Played with and Averted. Seram is, like a certain character from Dragon Age, both depraved and bisexual. However, there's not a real relation, and she retains her bisexuality after her Heel-Face Turn. Michelle, meanwhile, completely averts it.
Drop the Hammer: Ilushia weilds one of these. More recently Danny has taken up wielding one.
Really, a little bit of insanity is practically required for the characters here.
As Mitchell once put it: "You're talking about a school where you get to meet a catgirl maidslave, an evil pet catgirl who eats plant-people, a vampire who fights werewolves, a pacifist angel-girl, a evil demon-chick who used to be a nun, an angel who wants to kill demons by becoming a demon-lord, a farmboy soldier who's dating a Legion Queen, a Legion Queen who used to be a foxgirl, the first Legion EVER, multiple animated suits of armor/giant battlemechs, a Chibi possessed by a spirit of murder, an Eldritch Abomination trapped in the form of a cute girl with no face, a Lizard-man who tends to explode, and a bisexual catgirl with partial amnesia and a lust for Anime....And I didn't touch the staff!
Any characters who are not insane, will quickly have that corrected. Also: " So we now have a cowering divine, a nonStealthy stealthing Kitsune, an imposing knight, a sighing robot and confused divine, add two questionable stable legion girls. Shake well:"
Evil Twin: Michelle has one, she's a hermit who lives out in the forest. She typically covers herself in bandages though, making it difficult to tell.
Expansion Pack Past: Israfel and Seram definitely qualify, along with Rei. Less common now, but the backgrounds for a few chars were pretty light. Thus, any information came across as this.
Jax's story is slowly unfolding, starting with a movie about a girl...
Almost inevitable as characters, who are (ostensibly) full-fledged people enter the game with a few paragraphs describing the character and his or her past.
Also, in a few cases of cases (Daniel/Danielle, Zade), the character's homeworld is so heavily fleshed out that the character almost seems to be the backdrop to the homeworld, rather than the other way around.
Attention everyone! She's here, she's nice, she's friendly...she's a rotten kind of cute, give it up, for the ZOMBIE ENJO KOSAI. Inspired by the song Zombie Prostitute, by Voltaire.
Nurse Ottoshanti is an expy of Shantotto from FFXI.
Neko was inspired by her player's cat, with a little bit of Gir (Invader Zim) thrown in.
Apostate is very explicitly an expy of Durandal from Marathon.
Aresu has become an Expy of Keiri.
Shiron is an expy of the character Steffan Tommas from the game One Must Fall: 2097.
Sony and his world is a obvious Expy of Skies of Arcadia and he specificly is a combination of Vyse and Gilder.
Smash is an expy of none other than Thunk. if a Distaff Counterpart. Also a Flanderization of general Orc traits. In fact, she's played as if she is mentally retarded.
Roe is a shoutout of Doc Roe, to some degree. Her insanity and Hair-Trigger Temper have kind of clouded this.Also a shoutout to Tank Dempsey due said temper.
Nika is both a Shoutout (See below) and Expy of Nikolai Belinski. Again, obvious.
Face-Heel Turn: The biggest example would be Gestell, due to his split personality issues, being revealed as the villain of one arc. It's not The Mole, as he had shifted away from hanging out with the players, and did not sabatoge their efforts using this.
Fantastic Racism: Legion get this, a lot. GAN get this sometimes, and the AP tend to have this against everyone. Arachnae, a never-used race, were Legion who were racist against Legion.
Farm Boy: Sam has this in his orgin combined with soldier.
Fearless Undead: Leanne the Chibi Vampire. Apparently, undeath keeps the worst of her [[illgirl health issues]] at bay, the reason being that it means her most of her flawed organs don't need to work at all.
The Fettered: Israfel, due to his code of honor. This is on purpose, to make up for an attempt to become the Ubermensch.
Five-Man Band: Most groups of Students could be organized into these based on who they hang out with usually.
Follow the Leader: The player cnaltman62 has had a long-standing habit of placing health bars for his characters in his signature, using the character "█" in different colors. After the Continuity Reboot, other players have begun to pick up this habit as well.
Free-Range Children: Neko. So, very much. Played perfectly straight, too, without any playing with the trope whatsoever.
Game Master: Curent GM's include Mitchel as head GM, with Kain Telsa, Mal, Ilushia, Grave and Neimad as supporting GM's. Xiao and Yosah are on backup duty. Past GM's include Kiana, Prophet, Kuda, Pep and Spiral.
Prophet recently returned, however.
Genius Ditz: Fable has extensive medical knowledge and is an adequate herbologist, but she can have her duh moments, if her attempt to cure Kain of his fear of toasters is a sign...
Roe and Nika are two Legion examples of this, Nika more then Roe.
Hand Wave: One character, seldom used, is the Grim Mod, who exists solely to handwave continuity errors. For instance, when the restrooms were retconned as having a forcefield, the Grim Mod posted, and patched those force fields.
Happiness in Slavery: Jess's 'model line' was an attempt to invoke this trope. Didn't work quite well. Also examined, in her origin story.
Has Two Mommies: Destiny has her old abusive mom and her newly adoptive mom, Seram. Also May, since her mothers were a legion and a succubus and she was created by an artificial insemination by a genetic sample from before her legion mother was converted.
Neko has Michelle and used to have Mira (Michelle's ex girlfriend.) However sadly Mira's player doesn't play very much any more. So unless Michelle finds another girlfriend, she's likely to be a single parent.
Hates Being Touched: Dracon has a tenancy to react violently to any more physical contact than a short handshake.
Heel-Face Turn: Has occurred to a couple of characters. Most prominent would be Seram and Israfel, too villainous NPCs who were shifted to PCs. The current HeadGm, Mitchell, is of the opinion that everyone who goes to MSF High should be redeemable. Thus, his villain's arcs tend to end with them being redeemed.
Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Seram skirts this trope, as she is currently heroic, but was actually designed as a mild sociopath, or at least without empathy.
Karma Houdini: A few villains and absolute horrors have found their way into the student registry, though presumably there's something heroic hoising them up.
Yami committed genocide because his girlfriend broke up with him.
When Apostate's player was asked to codify the specific acts that were a part of her Start of Darkness, the number of acts that would be considered either war crimes or crimes against humanity reached a total count of 23,284. This doesn't include the "lesser felonies" and other acts that would be considered "normal acts of war".
Killer Gamemaster: Malhavoc. This GM grew up playing and running such wondrous titles as Dark Heresy, The World Of Darkness, and Call Of Cthulhu. Shoving him into a happy and merry game like this usually ends in tears abound, and large amounts of viscera splattered all over the walls... he's getting better though.
Prophet has shades of this, if past arena fights are any indication.
Knight Templar: Israfel would like to say that he's very sorry for his early behavior.
Large Ham: Large Ham's are unable to keep from physically displaying their emotions more obviously than is realistic. Sometimes funny, always goofy and never far from a pun. Hrothulf is a Large Ham more often than not (Have you seen him? He's HUGE!).
Leanne's design was inspired by Flandre Scarlet from Touhou. She also has a spell involving danmaku as well.
Love Freak: Arella. Full stop. Working on becoming a Messianic Archetype. Interestingly, her player does not read this wiki, and did not realize what she did. Arella does avert the ineffective and hypocritical parts, however.
It's to the extent that certain members of the forum have taken to referring to this trope as simply "The Arella."
Casey even has a disadavantage honor bound: Love freak....
MacGyvering: On the first field trip, Uratino was able to convert a shielding device into a rail-gun.
Marshmallow Hell: Jax is a frequent victim of this trope, not that others are particularly immune, he just has the high score.
Martial Pacifist: Zade avoids fights like a pacifist. It's more because he doesn't like the risk than because he doesn't believe in killing.
The Matchmaker: Casey often tries to be this, though she has yet to pair a couple. (She's not above taking credit for couples that do get together naturally though.)
Meet Cute: Jess is a Runner (technically an Informed Ability, as she has yet to actually do any Running), and deliberately tries to invoke this. Subverted, however, since her two main love interests (Henry and Robin) were not met in this manner.
Norp once tried to discuss garbage rights with Althea. In the words of the police chief himself. "I once had an...incident with Althea. I still have nightmares. What she can do with a whip violates the laws of physics. And human decency. Never will I discuss garbage rights with her again."
And like all good Noodle incidents, nobody knows what really happened, even Mitchell.
We now some new ones: one involving Michelle and a fairground carousel, and one that has been referred to as simply "the Catpocalypse."
One-Man Army: Oliver tried to be this in his backstory. Needless to say, he succumbed to an explosive.
One of Us: Many of the GMs, and a few of the characters.
One Steve Limit: Mostly played-straight, but it comes close to being averted, with similarly-named characters Drake and Dracon (both of whom are dragons), Dragon (who is not actually a dragon), and Darius Drake (who is also not a dragon).
One True Threesome: Jess has successfully invoked this trope, although subverted as all is not happy in said threesome; Henry, one corner of the triangle, in particular wants to get Robin, the remaining corner, out of the picture.
One-Winged Angel: Israfel became one of these for a brief period of time, when he revealed his original goal of becoming Lucifer.
Poirot Speak: Simone, so very much. Averts Just a Stupid Accent, however. Simone can, and does, speak fluent real-french. What makes this hilarious is that she does this in off-topic conversations!
Power Trio: Andrew had a mental version of this earler on, with the other two personalities even being called the ID and super ego. ID was a legion girl, where as super ego was a gruff military Sargent. Zero had something similar, with her super ego being Zero tolerance, a psychopathic madman, and zero empathy, who was the ID. Later crab grass was added in, after her time in the legion. She eventually got rid of them all.
Promoted Fanboy: Some of the mods, at the least Danny and Mitchell, qualify.
Reality Ensues: Does happen on occasion, such as Zen's freakout upon realizing that his family must think he's dead.
Reclusive Artist: In the the early days Wraith used to play quite a bit on the forums. Now days this is less so, as Wraith is usually busy with other projects, although he can be found in other fora.
Rules Lawyer: Neimad (Uratino's player) is sometimes referred to as "The Official Rules Lawyer." Basically, he's the guy you go to when you want to test a new race/class/spell or other rules change. This is specifically why he was brought on as a GM.
Running Gag: All of Stitch's apothecary items are "Rigorously tested". As in they were all tested ONCE.
Take Our Word for It: Many examples, often involving a character's backstory. Where justified, this is justified by the loss of prior identity. PCs are assumed to have lost some amount of memory and capability when they transfer to MSF High.
Time Skip: The Continuity Reboot was handled as one of these. While the exact period of time is undefined, it is estimated to be around ten years. Returning characters have been "reincarnated," returned to the school with their capabilities reset, to do it again. Reasons vary depending on the character, and many of them have had their memories wiped (the biggest exception is Neko, who grew up during the Time Skip and is now an actual student at the school).
Token Evil Teammate: Yosah, Vaedan, and Henry can all fulfill this. Seram, interestingly, has never really qualified.
Tournament Arc: One is currently under progress, as an alternative to the field trip. Ren won, in an Anticlimax. The fight between him and Dejan may have been a Climax fight, however, and was directly responsible for rules changes.
Israfel wanted to be this, to an extent, but came closer to Nietzsche Wannabe. He considered the Angelic Protectorate the "Last Men", and had a plan similar to The Betrayer of Planescape Torment. Unintentionally, as the creator had not played Planescape at that time.
Weapon of Choice : From buster swords to a plain old spoon, Msf High offers a wide variety of weaponry to its students. In fact one of the first things an unarmed student is asked to do is purchase weapons and armor, and between Crazy Hobos, Malicious AIs, and Gym they're gonna need it.
Dracon wields two swords. Why? because it is awesome and represents his mastery over slashy things. Sub trope Cool Sword and Dual Wielding.
Roe's Rifle. Doubles as a Shoutout; Pack-a-Punched M1 Garand, now with a Gearsof War Lancer bayonet, ala Mitch.
Webcomic Time: An hour in game usually equates anywhere between a week and a month real-time.
What Happened to the Mouse??: Any player who stops posting. Averted with a few of the early banned players, where an explanation was given, and with Sam and Rei, who were given a send-off. Most of the banned players are undergoing an apprenticeship, and Sam and Rei were teleported out of MSF High, apparently back to Rei's homeworld.