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Mall Fight is a Forum Game
originally from GameFAQs
, then The Escapist
, then on its own forum
and then on The Escapist
The main location of the game is an endless mall which contains everything you could ever imagine. Yes, even that. That too. Yes, but you'd have to look for that one for a while.
The goal is to kill everyone
you see with improvised weapons
, customized weapons and the such. Due to the many things one can do in the Mall, it is not a rarity that various matters of plot appear, and there has been way enough for Mall Fight to have its own continuity.
In fact, Mall Fight has been less about actual fighting
than it is overcomplicated plots and sometimes very soapy drama.
It's filled from head to toe in plot holes
, hanging plots/subplots
, call backs
, shout outs
. The "main" threads have ended, but there is currently a "spin-off" on the Website and The Escapist (There are at least 15 threads up to now if you count the two Mall Fights on the JR-Network
and the thread(s?) on GameFAQs
) and has a video game in the works which is likely never to come out
. Mall Fight 9 is in production with a lot of Retcon
of the Early Installment Weirdness
Mall Fight threads
Mall Fight contains examples of
- Abhorrent Admirer: Diamond to Waffles, but its not because he thinks she ugly, its because she made him kill his parents.
- He overlooks it in Mall Fight 7.
- Salt for just about anyone. Most of this stems from no one being interested rather than looks.
- Aborted Arc: This can happen when one writer sets up a plot point, but another writers do away with it because they dislike the element, or because they have a better idea.
- Tox planned for a lot of stuff back in Mall Fight 2 and 3, but couldn't execute it due to time restraints and the other Fighters.
- Waffles' real writer eventually stopped trying to make large storylines in Mall Fight 6 due to them never going well.
- Abnormal Ammo: Goes right in hand with improvised weaponry.
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The Mall's sewer system.
- Anyone Can Die: Though the Fighters are mostly exempt due to the Respawn Matrix, many NPCs have died over the course of Mall Fight's history.
- Arc Number: 6 and 114.
- Artifact Title: That could be argued due to tendencies from the Fighters to go to locations other than the Mall or do things other than fights.
- Ascended Extra: Fighters who, when first appearing, are unimportant, but then become more prominent later on. Diablo fills this bill, only appearing on Mall Fight 3 as a random drunk ranting about the lack of VODKA but then becoming a recurring villain in 4 and on.
- Aerith and Bob: Tox, Waffles, Ran, Salt, Miniman, Paddy and Knife next to... Connor.
- Alternate Universe: Knife's Mall Fight.
- Ran's Mall Fight, happening after Mall Fight 3 in an alternate reality where the entire universe blew up.
- Applied Phlebotinum: By the truck load.
- Artifact of Doom: The Swords of the Grand House.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Randomness is their specialty.
- Anyone Can Die: And they have.
- Art Shift: The writing quality, compared to Mall Fight 2, has greatly increased.
- Author Appeal: The Mall Fighter Writers have been known to sneak whatever they like into their posts.
- Author Avatar: Zigzagged. Tox and the gang are avatars of Real Tox and the gang, but those are Author Avatars of the really real writers.
- The Bechdel Test: Barely passes.
- Benevolent Respawn: You always respawn exactly where there are weapons.
- Berserk Button: Zaffran will go off if you ship him with Ice and Justin gets pissed if you dare call him Beaver. The two push each others buttons continuously.
- Bilingual Bonus: Due to Google Translate's accessibility, hundreds of messages on the threads are in different languages.
- Bizarrchitecture: Word of Tox says that the Mall is infinite but with an edge. By that, he means that there is a central area and an edge while everything in-between is somehow infinite, which means that you could only reach the edge of the Mall through by-passing the infinite middle part.
- The same goes for the sub-basements. You can only reach the bottom through unconventional means or plot convenience.
- Bland-Name Product: Averted, the Mall Fight Writers' favourite drinks are real, such as Vernors or Yoohoo.
- Blue and Orange Morality: The Fighters don't considered as morally anything. They just follow whatever interests them.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Invoked by Nega Waffles.
"First question, what the hell?! Second question, what the fuck?! Third and final, what the helling fuck?"
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Chances are they'll destroy the bricks too.
- There's even a Fifth Wall, which prevents a universe from collapsing unto itself. Already two of those have been broken.
- Brick Joke: David the Mexican hooker from Connor's Wasteland video will pop up randomly.
- Canada, Eh?: Tox is French Canadian, and the Mall is located in Canada ever since Mall Fight 2.
- Canon Discontinuity: According to just about everyone, only Mall Fight 1, 2, certain parts of 3, Knife's threads, certain parts of 7, 8 and Ran's thread happened.
- Character Development: Done surprisingly well.
- Changing of the Guard: By Mall Fight 3 none of the Players from Mall Fight 1 are around anymore, except as The Cameo or as an NPC under another player's control.
- Coincidence Magnet: Real examples apply, such as Waffles claiming to have accidentally stolen from Mirai Nikki in his writing.
- The city of Tox (which definitely came before the actual Tox) turning out to be a real place in Corsica. Even more coincidentally, Corsica is a French island; Tox and his Writer are French. The city came first, too.
- Cool Gate: The moongates in Mall Fight 2 and 7.
- Cool Starship: The Sky Fortress, a fortress that can fly and go into space.
- Continuity Reboot: Often talked about, but never actually done.
- Ran's thread is the closest to applying that trope, as only the Mall Fights up to 3 have happened in that continuity.
- Cross Over: There have been multiple cross-overs in Mall Fight, but most notable are the Daleks playing an important role in the story and The Auditor which comes from the Madness Combat series.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Nega Tox killing the Anti-Monitor by snapping his fingers and then doing the same to Tox without taking a step in Mall Fight 4.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Waffles having murdered his family when he was a kid.
- Venbak and Futox also apply.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Nega City was full of black buildings and has crashing lightning but its population is completely normal.
- Darker and Edgier: Ever since there began having an overarching continuity, Mall Fight has often dipped into that.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Stab? Shot? Ran over? No worries!
- Hell, even Salt's Heroic Sacrifice ended up with her just coming back at the start of Mall Fight 8.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Balance between Chaos, Order... And Balance."
- Determinator: The Mall Fighters will never give up. Ever.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Tox' counterparts (like Xot, Futox, Venbak, etc) were at first almost identical to him in personality but became different characters in their own rights.
- Dungeon Punk: One of the hundreds of ways you can define the Mall as.
- Easy Amnesia: Andrew, John, Futox, Venbak, Xot and others all had coincidental cases of forgetting huge parts of their past.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first Mall Fight is really weird, because it has does not have a single character listed here.
- The Family That Slays Together: The Bacon Family and Arnold Layne's family.
- Filler: Pops up just about everywhere, but most infamously used in Mall Fight 7, with Salt's romantic subplot being probably the only reason the thread had more than 400 pages.
- Five-Bad Band: While there hasn't been a complete example of that Trope in Mall Fight yet, there are some villains that would fit in, should they ever all come together.
- Big Bad: Nega Tox in Mall Fight 3 and the Dark Forceuser in Mall Fight 2.
- The Dragon: Sister in Mall Fight 2.
- Evil Genius: Xot in Mall Fight 2's finale.
- Xot now is mostly the professional science expert for the Mall Fighters when he doesn't turn rogue.
- The Brute: The Auditor/Mango.
- Dark Chick: Sister/Nega Saber.
- Five-Man Band: The positions vary a hell of a lot from time to time.
- Fictional Document: The Mall Fight Magazine.
- Gambit Pileup: In Mall Fight 4.5, between Nega Tox and Toxter.
- Gambit Roulette: Nega Tox planned everything, even him being possessed by Toxter back in Mall Fight 4.5.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Everything that the Mall Fighters and the NPCs create will go this way, including T.U.R.O.K and Mango.
- Great Big Book of Everything: The files from the multiple security rooms have been known for making the plot advance more than once.
- There's even an entire different Hammer Space dedicated to the files.
- Guardian of the Multiverse: Taken to an extreme with nearly an entire mythology:
- The Gods: Godhead Fridge, Adrien Brody and Professor Brian Cox.
- The Higher Powers: Martin, Backroom Six and Alexander the Great/Ultimate. They are all dead, though.
- The old Mall Fighters (Claymorez, Aitruis, etc.)
- The Mall Fighters themselves. A large number of their enemies want to take over the Mall to help take over/destroy the Omniverse.
- Hammer Space: There's a reason why a Mall Fighter can carry 2 shotguns, 6 chainsaws, 2 swiss army knifes, 1 minigun, 591 copies of the Mall Fight Magazine, 692571 scrolls...
- Lampshaded after Tox and Waffles defeated an army of Dutch people and obtained an unquantifiable number of mattresses.
- Hearing Voices: Diablo hears Nega Ninja Medic in his head. How the Nega is doing this exactly, is unknown, but telepathy is unlikely, considering that the voice started showing up after Diablo was sent to the future.
- For a while in Mall Fight 2, Tox had the spirits of Xot, Futox, Female Sam G, Code Monkey, Martin and Jim inside his body, and had to constantly hear their voices until he summoned them out.
- Waffles has stated there are at least five people in his head.
- Heel-Face Turn: Played straight with Diablo and subverted with Nega Tox.
- Heroic Spirit: Most of the Mall Fighters have this at some point.
- Home Base: Mall Fight Offices. Connor and Diablo both had their own personal version they call a lair, but Connor's is just a IT department with a bed, while Diablo's was a more traditional Supervillain Lair (When they don't get destroyed).
- Iconic Item: Most of the Fighters have one.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Subverted. Diablo's Mooks at the end of MF 4.5 have deadly accuracy.
- Improvised Weapon: Improvised weaponry used to be the main point of Mall Fight, and sometimes still is.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Dark Forceuser, first for being an Anticlimax Boss in Mall Fight 2 and failing to kill the Mall Fighters in Mall Fight 3 with fucking aircraft carriers.
- Insistent Terminology: The Fighters are protagonists, and certainly not heroes.
- It's not a universe, it's an omniverse.
- Kill 'em All: When it became clear that Mall Fight 8 wouldn't work, Connor and Tox' Writers decided to destroy the entire omniverse.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Although there are already quite a lot of characters who have been at least partly developped, Martin implied onced that there is an infinity of counterparts of just about everyone.
- Even said counterparts have counterparts who have counterparts who have counterparts who have counterparts who have counterparts who have counterparts who have counterparts who have counterparts who have counterparts who have counterparts who have counterparts, etc.
- Lost Forever: Mall Fight 5: House of (M)all.
- Also supposedly lost are the original Mall Fight threads on GameFAQs.
- Lost Superweapon: The Mall has a billion or so in it's vaults.
- Lovecraft Lite: Dark things lurk beneath the Mall...
- Long Runner: 5 Years isn't too shabby for a forum game about people beating the shit out of eachother.
- Multinational Team: The fighters include among their ranks African-American Waffles, Americans Connor, Ran and Salt, Australian Knife, French Canadian Tox, Brits Sigma, Joe and Tommy, etc.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Diablo tried to blow up the Moon to kill the other Mall Fighters, but hit Nega Tox instead.
- Non-Lethal K.O.: Even thought characters die a lot, they either respawn or reappear in Hell.
- Yes, in Mall Fight, dying and going to Hell is considered non-lethal.
- Non Sequitur: Mall Fight 7 especially, which yielded very odd imagery; for example, an operational computer in the middle of a cornfield running a non-existent version of Windows.
- Novelization: Tox and Waffles' Writers attempted to make a novel out of Mall Fight, but it never got off the ground.
- Partially straight, as Tox' Writer is making a novel based in Mall Fight's universe, but not directly about the threads.
- N-Word Privileges: Subverted by the Token Minority Waffles, but played straight with Black Soul.
- Noir Episode: The first 'segment' of Mall Fight Generations (or at least, it tried to be).
- Old Hero, New Pals: Knife, having first appeared on page 6 of Mall Fight 2, is the 'oldest' that still posts regularly.
- Overly Long Name: The Timothy Bartholomew Gonzales Lloyd Martin Olive Kenneth Blair Herman family.
- Plot Hole: Mall Fight is filled with fucktons of them (due to most of the story going on being purely improvised), but the biggest one is Martin and Backroom Six going back in time in Mall Fight 2 to "help" the Mall Fighters defeat Sister even thought Sister was still defeated in the future before they went back in time.
- This results in just about fucking up the entire time-line.
- An ironic follow-up of this plot hole is Futox asking Martin why he went back in time to defeat Sister even thought she was defeated anyways, even though he was never told that Sister would be defeated even without Martin and Backroom Six' intervention.
- The most ironic thing is that Martin and Backroom Six did absolutely nothing when the Mall Fighters started fighting Sister.
- Portal Network: The Hypercube System is basically that, in which you can go anywhere in the various universes and timelines by using the Cubes as a tele-transportation system.
- Plot Parallel: Often used by the Mall Fight Writers to give a meaning to things that happened long ago but don't make sense.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Inverted by Waffles.
Dalek: YOU REALIZE IF YOU FAIL, WE WILL EXTERMINATE YOU.
Waffles: That's an odd thing to say to someone about to kill himself.
- Purposefully Overpowered: Just about every villain, legendary item or spell refers to that notion.
- Tox' former signature weapon, Epsilon, is not only a jab at that trope, but also the overuse of katanas.
- Private Eye Monologue: Knife and Ran in Mall Fight: Generations' noir sequence.
- Reactor Boss: Tox' Writer is especially fond of those.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: By the time Martin was introduced, the notion of levels was completely distorted into oblivion up to the point where the Mall Fighters' levels were so high they stopped giving a shit about it. So, more often than not, the levels get reverted back to 1. It didn't help that Tox accidentally raised the level cap to 1,000,000.
- Ironically, the level system is supposed to be a joke.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tox(Blue)/Salt(Red), Waffles(Blue)/Tox(Red).
- Retraux: More often than not, the writers do things that reminisce to old PC text adventure games such as Zork.
- The Rival: Tox and Xandus.
- RPG Elements: Sometimes, the Mall Fighters level up or gain some kind of skill, and at some other point, they completely forget about it.
- Taken to an extreme when Waffles imagined everything was a Turn-based RPG.
- In fact, any Mall Fight after 7 has made use of RPG elements.
- Running Gag: Several.
- Tox yelling "CHEESE IT!" and Ren casting down molten cheese everywhere.
- Tox and Waffles forgetting about everything and start commenting on whatever room they're in.
- Waffles drinking coffee and immediately spitting it out.
- Someone building a fort.
- Except for Diablo, whose forts always blow up.
- Misnaming Venbak (or was it Vacuum?).
- "Do you like karaoke?"
- Shout Out: Due to the Mall containing everything in existence, this is bound to happen a lot.
- Spin-Off: Subverted, much to Tox's displeasure. He tried to start a prequel centering around the Sixth Wall and Sixth Remnants Army, but due to lack of interest, it went nowhere.
- On the more succesful side, the spin-off, Earthventure, is very sucessful.
- Talking Animal: The Mall Fighters can talk to animals (Salamanders and Nakadiles, for example) and vice versa.
- The Only One: The Mall Fighters are, in the end, almost the only people in the Mall to begin with.
- Partly subverted, due to the implication of other people living millions of miles away from the main area of the Mall.
- The Power of Friendship: Bro bumps are powerful enough to constantly destroy the planet Molxa, inhabited by cheeseburger spiders.
- The Power of Rock: More prevalently in MF 2, where Ran used a Gibson Super 400 (it had many abilities, including creating a black hole), and in MF 7, where John caused all sorts of mayhem by using a Red Special.
- Two-Fisted Tales: Because the writers have just as big a liking for that sort of thing as the next guy.
- Unreliable Narrator: Caused by the fact that there is no real GM to Mall Fight, more often than not, 2 Writers will start arguing over what actually happens.
- Waxing Lyrical: Just another form of the many shout-outs.
- Walking the Earth: In Knife's case, Walking the Multiverse; in Tox' case at the end of Mall Fight 7, Walking the Mall.
- The Earthventure is literally that, with the remaining Fighters walking around the Earth.
- Word Of God: The Mall Fighters started and have been adding to this page, so most of what's said by them here can be taken as canon.
- Also refered to as Word Of Tox ever since Tox and his Writer became important parts of the continuity.
- X Meets Y: Dead Rising meets Battle Royale meets absolutely everything else that has ever existed, on crack.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: In the Mall's Hell, time passes much quicker than on the surface.
Would you like to exit Mall Fight?