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->''"Look around. Look at your classmates. How many of them do you truly know? How many would you trust with your life?"''
-->--'''Danya''', '''[[http://s10.zetaboards.com/SOTF_V2/topic/7283101/1/ V4 Prologue]]'''
->''"You see now what friendship is worth. This is the reality of our game. It's one thing to let a buddy copy your math homework, but quite another to trust him with your life." ''
-->--'''Danya''', '''[[http://s10.zetaboards.com/SOTF_V2/topic/7589204/1/ V6 Prologue]]'''


''Survival of the Fittest'' is a roleplaying board based on ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', which began in June 2005.

The premise is simple: a class of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent high-school students]] are abducted on the way to their end-of-year trip, fitted with [[ExplosiveLeash collars]], given randomly distributed weapons and are dropped onto [[DesertedIsland an unknown island]] to fight their former peers until [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne one remains alive]]. What ensues is drama, action, comedy, and most important, tragedy all rolled into a single [=RP=]. Gradually, over each "season", more and more secrets are revealed behind [[BigBad Danya]] and the terrorist organization which has managed to keep this twisted act running for over ten years.

The roleplay is geared primarily towards intermediate-advanced level writers. [=SOTF=] ''is'' open for anyone to join - although there is a member approval process in place, as well as a rigorous character acceptance system.

Version 6 is entering its final stretch, and planning for Version 7 has opened.

SOTF can be found [[http://s10.zetaboards.com/SOTF_V2/index/ here]]. [[TheWikiRule The wiki]] can be found [[http://sotf.wikia.com/wiki/Survival_of_the_Fittest_Wiki here]].

As of March 2010, [=SOTF=] also has a [[http://s1.zetaboards.com/SOTF_Mini/index/ spin off site]], known as [[Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittestMini [=SOTF=] Mini]], geared towards faster games and newer writers, as well as being the site for 'official' larger-scale AlternateUniverse [=RPs=]. SOTF-TV 2 has concluded, and character registrations for Second Chances Version 2 have opened.

For reference, those [=RPing=] characters are called 'handlers' on the board, so if you see [=SotF=] examples using the word, this is what is meant by it.

If you [[IThoughtItMeant thought this page was about]] the slogan used to summarise the theory of evolution and later appropriated by people who consider themselves fit, you're looking for TheSocialDarwinist.


!!This roleplay provides examples of the following:

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[[folder:General]]
* AbandonedHospital: Every island used in the five seasons have had an abandoned clinic, usually small buildings. The location name on the forum is usually some variation of "AbandonedHospital". v6 takes it to another level by including an abandoned asylum so large it is split into multiple sections.
* AbortedArc: Considering the [[AnyoneCanDie nature]] of the game, it's to be expected that a lot of storylines will be left hanging or unfinished.
* AbusiveParents: This occurs very often, although most of the more obvious examples can be found within the first two games. For some, such as Mariavel Varella, this is a defining part of their {{backstory}}.
* AllThereInTheManual: A lot of extra information about the students, including their background and even appearance, is included in their profiles.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: One of the locations in v4 is an abandoned fairground, with a ferris wheel and carousel, and a HallOfMirrors nearby. V5 also introduces a ''second'' one; [[http://s10.zetaboards.com/SOTF_V2/topic/7451822/1/#new the images used to represent it]] are of the infamous Pripyat amusement park.
* AntiHero: Many, the most notable being Bryan Calvert, Hawley Faust, [[spoiler:and as of V3, Adam Dodd.]]
* AntiVillain: Just as many. Bobby Jacks and Aaron Hughes are examples of this trope:
** For Bobby, whilst he does play the game, he is constantly plagued by his guilty conscience, being painfully aware of everything he is doing.
** Aaron Hughes, on the other hand, is a plain ManipulativeBastard, given the perfect opportunity to kill Nick Reid, a known killer, but leaves him alive [[BatmanGambit to kill one of his former friends and use his death to turn him into a martyr. And just so he can eliminate the competition.]]
* AnyoneCanDie
* ArtEvolution: Newer readers are regularly amazed when they see the writing... er, ''quality''... back in V1, considering where the game is now.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The [[CoDragons Big Four]] are the most dangerous of the terrorists, and [[spoiler:Tracen]] Danya himself is a military veteran.
* BigBad: Victor Danya, head of the terrorist group behind SOTF. [[spoiler:At least until v4's Day Ten...]]
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: In each version there is always a church of some kind on the island.
* BreakTheCutie[=/=][[BreakTheHaughty Haughty]]: This happens ''a lot...'' Though given the nature of the story and the game, is that really so surprising?
* BulletProofVest: Subverted for the most part - in SOTF, these tend to be treated very realistically. However, this is also played straight in the case of Shannon [=McLocke=], who takes a close range shotgun blast to the chest and gets up with barely a scratch.
* ChekhovsSkill: This sometimes happens with the profiles of the characters, and is in fact the entire point of the "Advantages/Disadvantages" section of character profiles.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mitch Gunther, Anna Kateridge, Cisco Vasquez, Lily Ainsworth, Maria Graham, and Annaliese Hanson are definitely this. There's also Henry Spencer and Irene Djezari in V6.
** Mitch:
-->'''Mitch:''' Dog eat dog. Dogs don't eat dogs, they eat birds and cats and Kibblebits if they have a family. Those words are silly. But I would have gotten that right if that silly glasses boy hadn't answered before me. Yes, I would have gotten it right.
** Anna:
-->'''Anna:''' Oh dear... I regret to say this, but I feel as though I'm in the uncanny valley right now... oh my, did that inside joke come out alright? I hope I did...
** Cisco:
-->'''Cisco:''' Are...are you going to kill me?
-->'''George Leidman:''' What? No, no. Not at all! Why would I?
-->'''Cisco:''' Oh...that's...a bit disappointing.
** Lily:
-->'''Lily:''' Blimey! I love watching the figure skaters twirl on the ice, they look so nice. Did you know that the figure skating dates back to prehistoric times? The first actual account of it was written by a monk in cantebury...
** Maria:
-->'''Maria:''' ''(thinking)'' [[MediumAwareness I wonder what happened? I'll have to ask him about it later...what, why am I still thinking in blue?]] Oh, there we go.
** Annaliese:
-->'''Annaliese:''' Ray, there’s a zombie in our yard.
* ClusterFBomb: Adam Dodd in V1, Dorian Sanders in V3 and Kris Hartmann in V4, the lattermost in three different languages. Jimmy Brennan, on the other hand, should get points for sheer ''density''.
* CoDragons: Steven Wilson, Jim Greynolds, Melvin Carter and Sonia Ngyuen, collectively known as the Big Four. [[spoiler:As of Day 8 in v4, it's more like the Big ''Three''.]]
* DesertedIsland: The main stage of ''Survival of the Fittest''.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Players or villains who are killed off either before the halfway mark or before the story really kicks into high gear fall into this category - Jacob Starr in v1, Blood Boy in v3, Clio Gabriella in v4, Theodore Fletcher in V5, Nancy Kyle, Alvaro Vacanti, and Isabel Ramirez in V6, and Cristo Ruiz in SOTF: Evolution.
* DownerEnding: All the versions by default - when the game has only one survivor, there's going to be precious little to smile about.
* ExplosiveLeash: Following the story of ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', collars are fitted to every character. They go off if they are in a dangerzone, if attempts are made to remove them, if the character attempts to escape, if they piss off [[BigBad Danya]]...
* {{Expy}}: Some of the characters are blatant clones of either past SOTF characters (such as Gabriel Theobaldt for Garry Dodd) or characters from Battle Royale (such as Mariavel Varela for Mitsuko Souma).
* {{Flashback}}s: Loads of them.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Take an entire senior class of normal high school students, trap them in a last man standing fight to the death with (supposedly) no chance of escape, and see how many psychos and mass murderers you get.
* GenreBusting: In many ways; on one hand, like the [[Literature/BattleRoyale inspiration]], it is pretty difficult to define what kind of genre it is. On the other, with so many different writing styles across so many characters in one place, the final product of Survival of the Fittest is downright impossible to define as a single genre.
* {{Handguns}}: A common weapon.
* HeroicSacrifice: ''Handlers'' can do this, using their 'Hero Card' to have their own character killed off in order to save someone else's.
** It can easily stray into SenselessSacrifice territory however if the character who is saved then goes and dies soon after, e.g. through inactivity or being rolled again right away.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The concept of player-killers is based in this. They're targeting people who are playing the game, but in doing so are becoming players themselves.
** The scope of their player targeting can help this along, too. Sure, that girl who killed 6 people probably deserves it, but how do they know that guy who killed 1 didn't do it in self-defense?
* HiddenAgendaVillain: After more than a decade, the AT's motivations and overall agenda are still unknown both in and out of character.
* HighSchool: Since the involved characters are high school students, the pregames for V2 on (as V1 had none), as well as spinoff seasons The Program, SOTF-TV and Second Chances, took place in the schools the characters attended and the cities they lived in.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Due to [[BigBad Danya]]'s rather sick sense of humour, bobble-head dolls and plastic hammers have been known to come into play as assigned weapons.
* KilledOffForReal: Subverted in the case of the v3 escapees and Burton Harris (the ''first'' time each of them were 'killed', that is). As of V4, [[spoiler:BigBad Victor Danya]]. And as of V6, [[spoiler:much of vigilante group STAR's members, including their leader Zach Valentino.]]
* KillEmAll: The whole point of the game, being based on ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', is to force the involved students to kill each other off until there is only one survivor.
* KillTheCutie: Hey! Is there a character you like in ''Survival of the Fittest''? It's almost definite they won't make it to the end, thanks to the [[KillEmAll premise]].
* LaResistance: STAR, a militia comprised of escapees of past SOTF incarnations, who are dedicated to rescuing victims of the game and destroying the group behind it, the Arthro Taskforce. In V4, [[spoiler:they [[StormingTheCastle launched an assault on the AT's headquarters]] and rescued 29 students from the island, causing heavy casualties among the AT and killing Danya himself]]. While they were absent in V5, the V6 prologue shows that they know about the newest abductions, and seem to be planning some kind of intervention. [[spoiler:It's not going so well for them this time around, though.]]
* LampshadeHanging: Has proven to be quite common. For example:
-->'''Melina Frost''': Go on then... show him why we're called the Poison Angles [sic].
-->'''Jeff Marontate''': Poison Angles, huh? Oh, I'll give you a whole new set of angles in a minute, my darling.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Each game has over one hundred students, and one of the test runs had two hundred, as did v3. V4 had ''276'' characters altogether. These character counts aren't including the terrorists themselves, adults, or side characters who don't make it into the games.
* MadeOfExplodium: [[EveryCarIsAPinto Cars]] and [[YourHeadAsplode heads]] (the collars, so [[JustifiedTrope justified]]) are included in ''Survival of the Fittest''. In the case of the exploding car, (in particular one in v1 with Jeremy Torres at the wheel) this causes an entire ''building'' to go up in a huge fireball too.
* TheMole: Steven Wilson, aka. Principal Wilson, for Bathurst in v2, [[spoiler:Sparky, aka Brynn Lovell]] for the terrorists in v4. Possibly [[spoiler:Lucas Grossi for STAR in V6,]] but that plot is still ongoing.
* MutualKill: Kiyoko Asakawa vs. Cassandra Roivas in v1, Sera Wingfield vs. Gail Smith in v2, Jaclyn Kusche vs. Charlotte Cave and Alex White vs. Jimmy Brennan in v4, Cody and Eliza Patton in V5, [[spoiler: Hansel Williams and Zubin Wadia in V5's endgame]], and Will [=McKinley=] vs. Alex Tarquin in V6.
* OutWithABang: Happens to a few characters in V1 and in V2. As Mr. Danya put it during his announcement of Matt Drew's death at the hands of [[FemmeFatale Sera Wingfeld]]:
-->'''Danya:''' "Let's just say that Sera Wingfield took him to heaven before she sent him to hell. Hey, she was good to the man."
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Subverted to hell in many, many instances. Sydney Morvran, winner of V0 (the final 'test run') is the most prominent example of this. He ends up being the sole survivor of his first game by using his best friend as a human shield after all the rest of his friends started attacking one another in a paranoid fit. Then Syd was put into the next game as punishment for not killing anybody.
* RareGuns: The SPAS-12, Auto-Mag, Desert Eagle, and even the two-of-a-kind full-auto Pancor Jackhammer, all make multiple appearances.
* {{Realism}}: The ultimate direction SOTF has been trying to take from the latter half of V3 on, to encourage more realistic characters be submitted as opposed to the MarySues and serial killers of old versions. This is where WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief also has to come in, where the setting itself is concerned.
* SinisterSurveillance: The cameras all around the Island, along with the collars track everything the students are doing.
* WebOriginal: The RP is based on Koshun Takami's Literature/BattleRoyale, but it has entirely original characters and a very different setting and plot; it started out being set in the Literature/BattleRoyale universe, but was eventually retconned into an original world.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Some of the players do qualify, either because the stress of the game got to them, some kind of FreudianExcuse, or both.
* YourHeadAsplode: Collar detonation. Stay in a danger zone too long, try to remove the collar, suffer an unfortunate impact (though from post-V4 on, the collars are no longer as impact-sensitive), get used as an example by Danya to try to scare off [=SADD=] or Liz Polanski...[[/folder]]

[[folder:Version 1]]
* ABoyAndHisX: Cody Jenson, the villain of V1, has this with him and his motorcyle, [[{{ICallItVera}} Loretta]]. However, instead of starting him down the path to manhood, it starts him down the [[AxCrazy path to insanity]].
* AerithAndBob: The main American high school from this version had students with regular names such as Andrew, Cleo, Duncan and Mallory. It also had students named Venka, Shoar, Umi, Rais and Nevera.
* AttemptedRape: Johnny Lamika ambushes and tries to rape Adam Dodd. However, before things can get too far, Adam manages to bring out his taser and fend Lamika off, before proceeding to beat him to death.
* CarFu: [[spoiler:Stevan Hyde]] is run over by [[spoiler:Lucinda Garnett]]. Repeatedly.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Jeremy Torres can't pass by anyone who needs help, even if it inconveniences him in the process.
* ConsummateLiar: Cody Jenson (at least pre-psychotic) was a devilish liar, stringing along Adam Dodd for quite some considerable time before the latter even started to get suspicious. (Jenson pretended he was another kid, leading to Adam talking to him about how much he wanted to kill... well, him). When he finds out later who Jenson really is, Adam is needless to say, not pleased.
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: The day of the school trip (when the abductions took place) is that of Jacob Starr's sixteenth birthday.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Happens to [[spoiler:Amber Phillips]]; a helicopter that's shot down crashes on top of her.
* DualWielding: Done briefly, where after the machete-wielding Andrew Klock is wounded with a corkscrew in his fight with Cole Hudson he pulls it out of himself and attacks Cole with both weapons, eventually lodging the corkscrew in an artery.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Survival of the Fittest'' started out... oddly, to say the least. Many handlers are surprised when they read all the way back to version 1, which was more lenient about realism and good writing than the current version. This results in seeing character concepts that wouldn't work nowadays but made it through in a previous version, or seeing deaths that would be laughed off if you tried them now.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Poor, poor Callum Hadley gets ''fishhooks in both of his eyes'', courtesy of Johnny Lamika.]]
* TheGenericGuy: Ken Mendel is described in his profile as a completely average and uninteresting person with nothing outstanding about him at all.
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Cillian Crowe is more or less completely under control of a malevolent alter ego he calls "Haddy" which forces him to kill people and overall act like an extremely dangerous psychopath.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Jayne Brown gets assigned a bottle of vodka, and Jason Andrews later kills her by breaking it over her head, then [[MadeOfPlasticine stabbing the edge through the back of her skull]].
* GunsAkimbo: Two examples came from v1, during the same gun battle. Peri Barclay wielded two revolvers, but this proved completely ineffective as he failed to hit anyone. Jacob Starr later did the same with his gun and one that an ally dropped, but he alternated fire between the two guns and it wasn't really to hit anyone as much as it was to force Peri and his ally Steven to keep their heads down, covering the other group's retreat.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Both Eljiah Rice and Elsie Darroch are killed by bisection at the hands of Adam Dodd and Cody Jenson respectively.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Adam Dodd in turns into one of these for a good while during his tenure on the v1 island. His obsession with getting revenge on Cody Jenson leads him to mow down a good six or seven of his fellow students, despite his supposedly heroic motives. In something of a subversion however, he lives to come to realise his actions have been misguided and returns to a more conventional AntiHero mold.
* HearingVoices: Turns out to be the case with Callum Hadley, who suffered from schizophrenia and constantly heard voices coming from a non-existent girl named "Beth".
* HeroicBSOD: Adam Dodd, after the deaths of Madeleine Shirohara and Amanda Jones and a few other characters.
* IronicNurseryTune: Cillian Crowe singing 'happy birthday' to himself, while not exactly a nursery rhyme, embodies this trope perfectly. That is, if you consider that he was currently thinking about ''killing'' the person he was talking to at the time - insisting on showing him his 'present' (a meat cleaver).
* IsThisThingStillOn: Terrorists [=McLocke=], Kaige and Rice accidentally activate the PA system in their headquarters, treating the students to a charming rendition of a SlashFic (involving two ''of'' the students) they found on the web. [[BadBoss Danya]] is not pleased, particularly when they go from reading the fic to insulting him and the entire organisation.
* MadeOfIron: While there were other examples, Jacob Starr was a notable enough offender that the SOTF community's term for this trope - the Jacob Treatment - was named after him.
* Heather Pendergast also deserves credit for getting shot multiple times very early on, yet still managing to survive for a long time afterward.
* ManBitesMan: Cody Jenson kills [[spoiler:Madelaine Shirohara]] by ripping out her throat with his teeth.
* MyGreatestFailure: Adam Dodd doesn't only have one of these, but two. The first of these is allowing himself to become separated from the other members of his group - among them his girlfriend and other close buddies of his. [[spoiler:They all proceed to be killed, and in one case, raped]]. Adam, of course, blames himself for this. His second stems from an incident where his (mentally unstable) brother attacked him. Adam regrets throughout version 1 his failure to forgive his older brother [[spoiler:until one of the very last scenes of the V1 endgame]].
* MyNaymeIs: Gabrielle Minase, where a normally female name has been given to a male student. There's also Cillian Crowe (pronounced kill-yan, not sill-yan), Peri Barclay, Stevan Hyde, Cyndi Pullman and Angharad Davies (pronounced ann-harrud)
* NakedFirstImpression: Marie Zaid walks in on a showering Adam Dodd. It's... awkward.
* OffWithHisHead: Happens a few times, a notable example being when [[spoiler:Naoji Hideyoshi gets ''decapitated when somebody kicks a door closed on his neck''.]] [[MadeOfPlasticine Yeesh]]...
* ParasolOfPrettiness: Clemence Ceillet de Rousseau owned one such parasol. She quickly abandons it, though, considering "''She had no time to bother with petty things''".
* PsychopathicManChild: Cillian Crowe, who does the bidding of his evil imaginary friend while maintaining the demeanor of a five-year-old.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Adam Dodd swears vengeance against Cody Jensen after Cody's definitive crossing of the MoralEventHorizon, [[spoiler: raping and murdering his friend Madelaine Shirohara and accidentally killing his love interest, Amanda Jones, in the middle of trying to kill Sidney Crosby]]. After drifting for a while in a HeroicBSOD, Adam takes down everyone who tries to kill him one by one, and when Adam and Cody finally face off, Adam fulfills his vow of vengeance by putting a sword through Cody and then carving the word "rapist" into his chest.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Cillian Crowe and Daphne Rudko both murdered their own parents, though Cillian was confined to an insane asylum due to his actions while Daphne got off scot free.
* ShootTheDog: Adam Dodd was forced to euthanise his friend Marcus Roddy, as he had fallen into a coma. Most of the rest of his group didn't agree with the action, but Adam pointed out that had they left him catatonic, somebody else would have just come along and done the same, or he would have just been eaten by animals or some equally gruesome fate.
* StoutStrength: Ian Hargrave, though relegated to an InformedAbility because he never gets to use it.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: This occurs with the death of [[spoiler:Adam Dodd's girlfriend, Amanda Jones,]] at the hands of Cody Jenson. Arguably, it was overshadowed by the simultaneous death (and rape) of [[spoiler: Madelaine Shirohara]].
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Sydney Morvran, the winner of Version 0 (the prequel to Version 1), is put into the following game as punishment for not actively killing anyone. He becomes one of the first fatalities.
* TenPacesAndTurn: Happens in the climax. Interestingly, [[spoiler:''both'' combatants cheat, but because of a slope Dodd failed to take into account, it's moot either way.]]
* TongueTrauma: One of [[PsychopathicManchild Cillian Crowe's]] kills in ''Survival of the Fittest'' v1 has him rip out a guy's tongue, and then slice open his skull.
* TurbineBlender: A variant. [[spoiler:Ken Mendel]] tried to swim away from the island, but winds up being shot by the patrol boats and then sucked into the propellers. While he's still alive as well.
* TwangHello: The duel between Jacob Starr and David Jackson starts with Jacob throwing his knife at David, only for it to miss and hit the tree David was standing in front of.
* WhatTheHellHero: Adam Dodd receives a horrified reaction from his friends after he shoots a comatose member of his group in the head. Needless to say, just about everybody there called him out on it.
** Not to mention that during the final two, the other finalist Jack O'Connor brutally called him out on all of his murders throughout the game.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Barry Coleson High School was not given a canonical location (Ithaca, New York) until several years after v1 ended.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Version 2]]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: A sanitary sewer like this appears on the island used for version 2, spanning the entire island ''underground'', but from the vague descriptions it's implied that people can only just barely move across the walkways on the sides, and that otherwise it's fairly cramped.
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Garry Dodd's shattered leg is fully healed after a shock from his juiced-up taser-equipped cane. Simply put, there is no way this would actually work.
* BigDamnHeroes: A notable example is that of Seth Mattlock rescuing Bryan Calvert and Tori Johnson from a player - pulling it off in the true spirit of the trope: just in the nick of time. Amusingly, this is because he ''waited'' before pulling off the save, although he was, admittedly, trying to get the best possible shot on the bad guy. [[spoiler:It also turns into an unintentional HeroicSacrifice.]]
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Deliah Dollop]] gets killed by [[spoiler:her twin sister Debrah]]
* CarFu: Subverted with Andrew Ponikarovsky: he nearly runs over Penelope Withers after getting hold of a car, but manages to swerve out of the way in time. [[spoiler:He crashes the car and is killed himself]].
* CreepyChild: Brandon Cuthbert, a 12 year old genius who skipped a few grades and is in highschool. Before getting sent to the island, he had a fascination with dissecting woodland creatures. And while on the island, he killed at least 3 different characters, including slicing one open after suffocating him to unconsciousness with an X-Box controller.
* CueTheSun: The last night of version two doesn't end until [[spoiler:Bryan Calvert]] has finally won and is being airlifted off the island. Only then does the sun finally start to rise, as if confirming that [[spoiler:his]] fight for survival is over.
* DrivenToSuicide: Right near the very end, [[spoiler:Ricky Callahan]] kills himself after [[spoiler:Whitney Acosta]], who he'd been trying to protect throughout the entire game, is killed.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Lavender Heart]] gives one to [[spoiler:Mariavel Varella]].
* EvilTeacher: Steven Wilson, the principal of Bathurst High School, is actually one of Danya's terrorists and is responsible for abducting his ''own'' students. According to [[AllThereInTheManual the wiki]], he'd been sent to infiltrate Bathurst as a scout the whole time, so as to choose a class for abduction; "Steven Wilson" isn't even his real name, although it seems to be what he answers to among the terrorists, as his actual name is [[ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument redacted]] in his file.
* FlatWhat: Danya, in [[http://sotf.wikia.com/wiki/Caitlin_Evans Caitlin Evans's post-game evaluation]].
* FourIsDeath: The "Big Four", who [[CoDragons answer only to Danya]], debut in this version. They are Steven Wilson, Melvin Carter, Sonia Nguyen, and Jim Greynolds and are responsible for the high school students' abductions.
* HellHotel: One of these cropped up in this version. It became one of the bloodiest places in the game - no fewer than ''fifteen'' students met their ends somewhere within it. Escapades taking places there included (and were not limited to): murder, castration, evisceration and ''necrophilia''.
* ILoveTheDead: Sam Sorenson.
* ImAHumanitarian: Shae Arnav thought it would be a good idea to cut up and eat one of the corpses. [[spoiler: Bryan Calvert thought otherwise and killed him]].
* KillTheOnesYouLove: Bryan Calvert has to MercyKill his best friend, Seth Mattlock, en route to to fighting Mariavel Varella, a former friend turned psycho.
* LaserSight: One of the guns had a laser sight, though it went unused.
* LudicrousGibs: [[spoiler:Caitlin Evans]] spontaneously explodes due to a violent chemical reaction inside her stomach.
* MurderByMistake: Bryan Calvert shoots at who he believes to be principal murderess Mariavel Varella. He shoots and kills [[spoiler:Whitney Acosta]] by mistake instead.
* MyNaymeIs: Andi Ayala, Derrin Istoli and Greggory Archer.
* NiceGuy: Huy Tran was nothing but polite and kind, especially with Anna Dibendetti. He even felt deeply guilty about killing an obviously deranged classmate who was actively attacking him.
* NoEnding: V2 ends with [[spoiler: Bryan Calvert receiving a HannibalLecture by [[BigBad Danya]]. Bryan attacks Danya,]] and... well, nothing. As of v5, people ''still'' don't know what happened after that. There was supposed to be a part two, but at this rate we'll never know other than [[BigBad Danya]] and [[TheDragon Wilson]] got out of the situation alive. A final end may or may not be upcoming, however. Much later, it is stated by [[spoiler:Tracen]] Danya that [[spoiler:Calvert]] survived and went home to live a quiet life.
* StreetUrchin: Cathalie Meguro and Mitch Gunther, though they lived in an orphanage instead of on the streets.
* TeenGenius: Brandon Cuthbert, who is in the 11th grade at the age of ''12''.
* WretchedHive: The students' hometown of Denton, New Jersey. Criminal gangs are everywhere in the city, which is practically run by the most powerful of them instead of by the Mayor himself. Like any other gangs, they've divided the city up between themselves, and they maintain a tense peace between them, as the bloodshed brought by a gang war is bad for business. Even then, though, shootouts and gang brawls are common, while anyone who sticks their nose in the wrong place turns up dead. This is considered highly unusual in SOTF's world, though, and no other city that has been seen is quite as bad as Denton. This came about as an attempt to justify all the gang members in Pregame, and the city apparently disintegrated into full-scale warfare after v2.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Version 3]]
* AirVentPassageway: Used to escape a dead-end by John Sheppard, Vera Lang and Kyrie Joseph, as killer Harry Tsai was hot on their heels and it was the only way out of the building they had run inside.
* AlasPoorYorick: Alice takes the severed head of Guy Rapide and starts talking to it as if Guy were still alive. She then stuffs the head in her daypack.
* AloofAlly: Dominica Shapiro's part in [[FiveManBand SADD]] was very much one of these, although she was slowly becoming more and more of a part of the team.
* AngryBlackMan: Troy [=McCann=] tends to drop into this from time to time. Notably, he ''intentionally'' made himself out this way in order to be more like the rap stars he idolizes.
* ApologeticAttacker: Bobby Jacks apologizes to Ivan Roeghmills before cutting his throat.
* {{Asexuality}}: Bobby Jacks has been clearly shown to hold absolutely no attraction to anybody. Even when he suspects a fellow classmate has a crush on him his reaction can be summed up as 'Hm. Interesting'
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Adonis Zorba.
* TheBadGuyWins:[[spoiler:J. R. Rizzolo]] is the winner of V3.
* BeeAfraid: Katherine Blanco dies after a severe allergic reaction from a bee sting. [[BigBad Mr. Danya]] is less than sympathetic.
-->'''Danya''': Sometimes, kiddos, you don't have to wait around for the competition to kill you. Some of you are so imperfect that Mother Nature decides to do it herself.
* BecomingTheMask: this happened to Dominica Shapiro, who initially joined the group SADD on the off chance their plan would work, with the intent on a double cross if not, but gradually became more and more part of the group properly.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Dacey Ashcroft is described as being very ambiguous in gender - especially since she is very tall for a girl and in general, just doesn't act 'girly'. That she deliberately perpetrates this charade doesn't help matters for the confused.
* BigManOnCampus: Arguably Steve Digaetano, probably the most popular guy at Southridge. He isn't perhaps a {{Jerkass}} of the highest order, but he certainly has his moments.
* BornUnlucky: Karl Van Buren, a ''Survival of the Fittest'' v3 character, seems to have this problem, as he's notorious for having extremely bad luck. Some of the things noted in his backstory include, in no particular order, almost drowning, the plane he was on sucking in two people, an ax falling down and hurting people while he was reading about an ax murder, and a transvestite commiting suicide and landing on his car, among other things. He doesn't last very long in-game, having had his neck snapped by Gabriel Theobaldt. He even gets posthumous bad luck, as Victor Kurchatov comes across his corpse and... [[{{Squick}} you don't want to know]].
* CallingCard: [[AxCrazy Blood Boy]] does this at one point: carving a smiley face into one of his victims. (Blood Boy wore a smiley face mask).
* CasualtyInTheRing: Part of Bobby Jacks' backstory is that he accidentally killed an opponent in a boxing match.
* CuteMute: Dawn Beckworth. Mute and most certainly cute. Although not particularly supernatural.
* DepravedBisexual: Melina Frost. She lead the [[AmazonBrigade all woman]] group named the Poison Angels in an attempt to kill all the men on the island. She was about as AxCrazy as it got.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Carson Baye was a particularly unpopular character in V3 due to his habit of referencing anime, then immediately explaining the references. Although, there were a number of other (mostly [[InAndOutOfCharacter out of character]]) reasons for this too.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Mods are often forced to do this to inactive characters. A massive wave of inactivity in V3 forced the admins to (allegedly) kill off a large number of characters off screen en masse, including major characters such as Neil Sinclair, Julie Mikan, Darnell Butler, and even Adam Dodd.
** As it turned out, the thirteenth announcement revealed that [[spoiler: Danya had been an UnreliableNarrator in his announcements - certain characters who, according to the official record, died offscreen were actually alive and attempting escape. The inactivity was faked, and those characters had been actively being posted with the entire time, just hidden from view]].
* DualityMotif: Dominica Shapiro , who was dual in nature (displaying both a thoroughly villainous and surprisingly heroic side), has mismatched eyes.
* DyingCurse: Anna Vaan to Lenny Priestly:
-->'''Anna:''' My mother's dead, and so's my sister, just like yours is gonna be at the end of this god damn GAME!
* {{Expy}}" Melina Frost and Gabriel Theobaldt are extremely similar to v2 characters Mariavel Varella and Garry Dodd, respectively.
* ExtremityExtremist: Bobby Jacks almost invariably resorts to his fists in combat. He is, however, a boxer, so that isn't a huge surprise. He doesn't seem to have many compunctions about using his head either. It's mostly a case of sticking to what he's good at. (In fact, the one time he tried to kick somebody he immediately got his ass kicked).
* FamousNamedForeigner: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adonis Adonis]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorba_the_Greek Zorba]].
* GeniusBruiser: professional boxer Bobby Jacks stands at 190-1 cm and weighs in at 93 kg. He's also shown to be very intelligent, capable of trickery, fighting very tactically, and being able to quote Creator/WilliamShakespeare (relevantly) purely from memory.
* GeniusDitz: Keiji Tanaka is firmly established to be an utter moron within moments of his entry into V3. However, he has an almost unparalleled skill handling a sword (due to years of practice), to the point where he comes close to defeating an axe-wielding opponent with a broken sabre whilst [[spoiler: bleeding to death.]]
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Alice Jones for most of the game carries around a plush rabbit, and is mentioned as having a collection of stuffed animals back home. Later on, she starts to hallucinate said rabbit talking to her, and eventually replaces it with [[spoiler:Guy Rapide's head]]
* HateSink: Adam Reeves was specifically designed to be as repulsive and unlikable as possible.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Happens with Julie Mikan. She undergoes a FaceHeelTurn at the very start whilst deciding to play, killing Owen Fontaine gives her a HeelFaceTurn and a HeroicBSOD, before a few days later, she once again decides to play, becoming a 'heel' for the second time.
* HesBack: A villainous variation occurs with Julie Mikan. After killing a fellow classmate she goes into a HeroicBSOD, before somewhat reforming. However, a couple of days later, Julie finally breaks down due to the heat and sleep deprivation, signifying a return for her villainous self.
* HitMeDammit: In a more lethal instance, Wade Wilson of tells Edward Sullivan to shoot him. Edward, seeking vengeance against Wade for killing a girl he had a crush on, is all too happy to oblige.
* HonorBeforeReason: Neil Sinclair fits this trope to the letter. The primary example of such behaviour is trusting Dominica Sharpiro by offering her a place in his Pro escape group, despite knowing, for ''certain'' that she [[spoiler:earlier killed another group member]] who became separated from the others.
* HopeSpot: Laeil Burbank is tortured by Riz, who cuts her eye out and leaves her to bleed out in a burning hanger, only for her to be rescued and patched up. At which point she dies of a heart attack due to massive blood loss. Also counts as a RealLife HopeSpot, as she wasn't rolled until immediately after she was patched up.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Bobby Jacks, was carrying about his person and in a smallish daypack at one point, the following: An English Claymore, an Armalon Carbine, a SIG Sauer, a scalpel, a syringe (and the pot of insulin that came with it), a pipewrench, ammo for the carbine (implied to be a lot), supplies five or six time the normal amount, an extensive medical kit, and a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking lock of hair]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Bobby Jacks's justification of becoming a player in v3: he wanted to survive by any means necessary.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Bobby Jacks. He quickly comes to the realisation that he's one of the bad guys, but immediately after he decides that he's gone too far to try and repent. He even supplements this with a quote from Theatre/{{Macbeth}} (the ''exact'' same one which Macbeth himself uses in this selfsame situation).
* IronicEcho: in a scene that's an homage to [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]], Blood Boy says "Why so serious?" as part of his intimidating speech to Matthew Wittany. [[spoiler:He then attacks Matt, viciously beating him with his gun, as well as killing Matt's friend, Corbin. The tides eventually turn, though, and Matt gets out his own gun and shoots Blood Boy with it. What does he say while shooting? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Why so serious?"]]]]
* IShallTauntYou: Happens on two separate occasions with the same characters: Tyson Neills and Bobby Jacks. The first time around, Tyson taunts Bobby in an attempt to provoke a fight with Troy [=McCann=] (to raise his 'street credit'). The second time is on the island itself, in an attempt to make him lose his cool and do something stupid. [[spoiler: It backfires, Bobby ''does'' lose his temper, but in the midst of his rage ''kills'' Tyson.]]
* InstantDeathBullet: Usually averted, but played straight in the v3 Endgame when [[spoiler:Rizzolo shoots Lulu in the gut, and she falls dead instantly.]]
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Lenny Priestly will do ''anything'' to make sure his twin sister Elizabeth is safe. Literally anything, as he kills people for this reason. Though possibly a subversion, as it has been implied that he used her as an excuse to kill, especially since he went AxCrazy and stopped being an AntiVillain.
* LockedInAFreezer: Alex Steele gets locked in the freezer by Guy Rapide. He tries to escape by [[ShootOutTheLock shooting the lock out]], but instead has a bullet ricochet into his chest.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: Sean O'Cann has a 'word' with God. Over the course of V3 up to that point, his best friend, cousin, and boyfriend had all been killed, as well as it being very likely he would go the same way.
* MetaGuy: Quincy Archer is the resident MetaGuy, writing a blog about the fake SOTF and the tropes it shows, and then commenting through out the stories on the actions of the various villains and heroes. [[spoiler: He commits suicide, but if he hadn't, one of his [[KarmicDeath personal favorite villains]], JR Rizzolo, would have left him to burn.]]
* MoralityChain: Elizabeth Priestly is this to twin brother Lenny. When she's not around him, he acts even ''more'' of a complete bastard to get her back/find her. [[spoiler:The only thing that really changes once she dies is that he has no excuse for his kills now.]]
* MotiveRant: Melina Frost does this before attacking Dacey Ashcroft and Herman Johnson. Ironically, [[{{Bifauxnen}} Dacey]] [[SweetPollyOliver isn't a guy]].
--> '''Melina:''' You know? I never really liked men. Do you know why? It's because they always WANT something. Did you know that? Well, obviously you do. Men constantly WANT. They want to hold you, touch you, kiss you. They want to make you THEIRS. But? I never really liked that you know. That's why, instead of letting them TAKE whatever they want? I decided to WANT and TAKE from them first!
* MushroomSamba: James Brown accidentally ends up with acid pills when he wakes up, under the impression that they were aspirin.
* MyNaymeIs: Ivye Dewley and Khrysta Lawrence.
* NearRapeExperience: J.R. Rizzolo's torture of Laeil Burbank ALMOST starts out with a rape scene, but then Riz decides it'd be a better idea to [[EyeScream cut out her eye instead]]. This was due to Riz' writer planning a rape scene, but deciding at the last minute that he wasn't up for it.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Subverted when Ric Chee and Bobby Jacks fight with GoodOldFisticuffs. When Bobby realises that, conversely to his expectations, he is getting beaten down mercilessly (by a guy with no combat expertise whatsoever) he pulls out a scalpel and [[spoiler: immediately fatally stabs Ric.]]
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: Adam Reeves attempts to justify his rape of Maxie Dasai by asserting that her body's arousal meant that she was into it. It's left ambiguous, but strongly implied that he brought her to orgasm (Reeves himself certainly thought so). He is the only one that thought it was okay.
* OffhandBackhand: Bobby Jacks pulls off the firearm based version with Andy [=McCann=]. Bobby hears the latter cry out behind him and shoots him in the head with a pistol without even turning around.
* PaperCutting: Maxie Dasai gets hit in the face [[AnnoyingArrows by an arrow]] and comes away with a minor wound across her cheek, somehow managing to avoid any serious harm.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: WellIntentionedExtremist Lenny Priestly kills [[spoiler:Viki Valentine]] and runs off into the woods, leaving Gabe [=McCallum=] and Steve Digaetano to mourn her. Next time they meet, Gabe shoots down [[spoiler:Lenny's sister, Elizabeth Priestly]] in a fit of rage, despite Steve's best efforts.
* PoisonedWeapons: Blood Boy's assigned weapons were an Ida (an African sword) and a vial of poison meant to be applied to the blade.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Simon Wood mistakes Darnell Butler for a player of the game (not altogether unreasonable, as he is holding a bloodied sword) and attacks to [[HeroicSacrifice buy his girlfriend time to escape]]. Before Darnell can get the chance to explain, he has [[spoiler:accidentally killed Simon.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Used spectacularly. Yes, while most characters [[ClusterFBomb swear like sailors]], cute, {{Meganekko}}, sugary sweet Louise "Lulu" Altaire manages to pull this off. When she meets Lenny for the third time, after he has just killed her friends the previous times, this time she's prepared. She's killed people, she has a gun and isn't afraid to use it.
-->'''Lulu''': See this thing, Lenny? Now you take your fucking hands off your handgun or I'll blow a hole through your head.
* PsychoLesbian: Lyn "Laeil" Burbank of ''Survival of the Fittest'''s third version. After confessing her love to a female friend, she gets bullied by her classmates for being a "dyke". Once she gets on the island, she kills her cousin (who was one of her major bullies) by [[GroinAttack stabbing him in the groin repeatedly]]. Afterwards, she decides that she was going to die anyways, and that she was going to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge get revenge on everyone who ever bullied her]]. [[spoiler: The last thing she sees before she dies is a hallucination of forementioned female friend forgiving her.]]
* QuicksandSucks: Shows up in v3.
* RevengeByProxy: Lenny Priestly kills Gabe [=McCallum's=] love interest Viki Valentine. Later on, Gabe gets his revenge on Lenny by [[spoiler:shooting dead his twin sister Elizabeth, who'd had nothing to do with the death]].
* RopeBridge: There's a rope bridge over a ravine, but subverts the collapsing part by having it be about as durable as you'd expect from a bridge on a military base. Gabe [=McCallum=] [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this while crossing it and wondering if it'll fall, reminding himself that the military wouldn't risk men and equipment by making a bridge that wasn't sturdy.
* SadClown: Sean O'Cann, to which the page quote applies almost perfectly. Prior to the point in the game (Day 3) that he found out his best friend, boy friend, and cousin died (three different people, before anyone says anything) he still cracked a joke every now and then. Afterward though, Sean begins making all sorts of remarks, not all of which are in the best taste, and sometimes are [[DudeNotFunny just plain offensive.]]
* SatelliteCharacter: Elizabeth Priestly, who plays the satellite to her twin brother, Lenny. Most of what she does consists of following Lenny around and angsting about his psychotic behavior.
* SedgwickSpeech: Josh Goodman.
--> '''Goodman:''' [[http://z10.invisionfree.com/SOTF_V2/index.php?showtopic=2042 "It's ove-"]]
** Kathleen Martin too.
---> '''Kathleen''': "Oh Adam, there's no way you could shoot me with that gun. You see, people like you aren't fit for these kinds of situations. Sure, you're basically a big load of muscle with more than enough attitude to compensate, but compared to people like me, you're nothing. Ultimately, it's the smart, the beautiful, and the well-prepared that are going to make it far in this game, and when it comes to you-"
* ShellShockedVeteran: Adam Dodd, [[spoiler:the only survivor of version one]].
* StalkerWithACrush: An odd variation (a non-villain example), from ''Survival of the Fittest'' is Matthew Wittany, V3's resident {{Woobie}}. A fan of photography, he carried around an album filled with pictures of boys he found attractive. Anderson Walker, the subject of most of these pictures, was not best pleased when he discovered this. Neither was his boyfriend, Sean O'Cann.
* SweetPollyOliver: HugeSchoolgirl Dacey "Dawson" Ashcroft pretends to be a guy due to the negative attention she received in her previous school, feeling it easier to get through highschool if everyone believes her to be a man. Luckily, she doesn't look all that feminine, and unlike some of the other female Southridge students lacks large breasts.
* TheFatalist: Adam Reeves in Survival of the Fittest. Also a Social Darwinist.
* TheLoad: Cara Scholte. Maxie Dasai has to literally pull Cara around for a good half a day and was prevented from fleeing from a dangerous encounter with Adam Reeves in concern for her companion's well-being. Sure, Cara was catatonic at the time, [[RapeAsDrama but given the outcome of the fight...]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: In a fight between [[PsychoLesbian Laeil Burbank]] and [[EvilRedheads Melina Frost]], Madison Conner suddenly appears and attacks Laeil to keep her from killing Melina before she can. Laeil also swears to be the only one to kill Melina, as well as kill anyone who tries to beat her to it. [[spoiler: She fails on both accounts as Melina and her killer [[MutualKill kill each other]]. [[VillainousBreakdown She doesn't take it well.]]]]
* TheStoic: Bobby Jacks very much embodied this trope, at least in pregrame. During version 3, he has, however, shown emotion a couple of times. On the other hand, most of these occurrences happened either when he was alone or internally - so other characters wouldn't be privy to the same knowledge as readers. The three occasions where Bobby shows real emotion are [[JustifiedTrope justified]] however. Once because he had just been shot, the other two times because his BerserkButton was pushed.
* TheUnFavourite: Lyn "Laeil" Burbank. While actually a niece rather than a daughter, her uncle and aunt still give her the same unfavorite treatment, treating her like something that just has to be tolerated, while lavishing all their attention on her JerkJock cousin, Anthony, who regularily makes her life hell. Once she's on the island, though, it isn't long before she gets [[CainAndAbel bloody revenge]] on him.
* TheUnpronounceable: Vilhjalmur Sigurbjornsson. Though his first name is often shortened down to [[SomeCallMeTim Will]], his last name still causes problems for Danya.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Implied to have happened between Guy Rapide and Kallie Majors
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Maxie Dasai does this with a gun.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: During the big stand-off between SADD and Bobby Jacks, Arty Williams stumbled onto the scene with a password-locked cell phone, upon which he tossed SADD the cell phone (telling them the password,) telling them it might be their ticket to getting off the island before running off to get himself killed in a (failed) attempt to save Ivan Roeghmills from a hostage situation. SADD decides to honor his noble sacrifice by never mentioning him or the phone ever again.
* WhileRomeBurns: A particularly notable version occurs, where Carson Baye plays on his DS while a gunfight is starting around him.
* WhipItGood: Brendan Bredard is assigned a bullwhip as a weapon, which he later uses to strangle Luis Chezinski to death.
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler:Riz]] refers to [[spoiler:Eddie Sullivan]] as this at the end of v3.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: [[spoiler:JR Rizzolo]] manages to return home after (ostensibly) being the SoleSurvivor, only to find that [[spoiler:his family has disowned him and completely moved out]].[[/folder]]

[[folder:Version 4]]
* AccidentalMurder: A couple of deaths have occured this way; [[spoiler:Jackson Ockley]] (shot by [[spoiler:Ilario Fiametta]] with a lipstick gun) and [[spoiler:Jake Crimson]] (pushed over by [[spoiler:Garry Villette]] and cracking his head on a cinderblock), [[spoiler:[[GentleGiant Craig Hoyle]]]] (shot by [[spoiler:Nik Kronwall]]), [[spoiler:Mia Kuiper]] (impaled on a tree branch by [[spoiler:Bridget Connolly]]), and [[spoiler: Steven Hunt]] (shot by [[spoiler:Brendan Wallace]] in the leg and bled out).
* AdamAndOrEve: Eve Walker-Luther and Eva Lancaster.
* AfraidOfBlood: Liam "Brook" Brooks and Rena Peters suffers from this. Sadly, they're also on a deserted island and forced to kill their classmates...[[spoiler: although after the girl he loves dies, [[AxeCrazy Liam's not the least bit scared of it anymore...]]]]
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Maria "[[LampshadeHanging Animal]]" Graham, certified CloudCuckoolander, plays the drums for Blank Nation.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Rosa Fiametta's attraction to JJ Sturn, despite the fact he's pretty much a {{Jerkass}} (whilst they're dating, at least). This backfires on her in a major way.
* AxeCrazy: [[spoiler: Jimmy Brennan, Liam "Brook" Brooks, and Cisco Vasquez.]]
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The fight between Maria Graham and Maxwell Lombardi takes place inside a burning bunker.
** Part of the endgame takes place inside a burning house, although no-one actually dies inside it.
* BearTrap: [[ShrinkingViolet Lucy Ashmore's]] designated weapon in is one of these.
* BearsAreBadNews: There is a common joke among handlers that inactive characters are killed and eaten by an "Inactivity Bear". Also, in her first post, version 4 character Maria Graham has a dream where she was actually "Robo-Bear 5000", which was, of course, a robotic bear disguised as a student and was going to avenge its kidnapping.
** Of course, when Version 4's [[spoiler: Megan Nelson]] was [[AscendedFanon due to die]]...
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted in the case of Celeste Beaumont. After days of wandering the swamps, she looks ''horrible.''
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: STAR, who took Danya hostage and boating a portion of the students out, who all manage to make it back to America.]]
** On a smaller scale, Joe Rios interrupts a shootout between Aston Bennett and [[spoiler: Quincy Jones]] by sneaking up on [[spoiler: Quincy]], kneecapping him with a borrowed pistol, and '''clocking him in the jaw with his own gun.'''
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Fiametta triplets. One (Rosa) is pretty much the poster girl for LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces, and has been known to hit on AnythingThatMoves, another (Frankie) regularly uses drugs, and the last, and the one male out of the three (Ilario), not only is heavily pressured by his father, but has to look after the other two in spite of actually being the ''youngest'' (albeit by a matter of minutes), and is somewhat neurotic as a result. Add to that mix a clueless stepmother with no emotional connection to the children whatsoever and a father who only really cares about his son, showing it by... insisting that he ''must'' perform well at school and more or less ignoring his daughters, and you get this trope.
* BiTheWay: There's a lot more fluid sexuality in the class of v4 this time around. Mainly, compared to v2's 1 bisexual, v3's 1 bisexual, there are heaps more bisexual students than thought possible. Peter Siu, Brendan Wallace, Madelyn Prowers, Felicia Carmichael, Örn "Dutchy" Ayers, Charlene Norris, Megan Nelson, [[WordOfGay Dawne Jiang, Anna Chase]], Colin Falcone, Hayley Kelly, Rosa Fiametta, William Hearst... to say this is an overabundant trope says the least about its prevalence.
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Sure, a ''lot'' of the students die, but unlike previous versions many of the students were rescued and made it back to America, [[BigBad Danya]] is seemingly dead, and the terrorists have been dealt an almost crippling blow.]]
** [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding: For a fair portion of the escapees.]]
* [[spoiler:BlackDudeDiesFirst:]] [[spoiler:Melvin Carter]] is the first of the terrorist leaders to die.
* BlindWithoutEm: Craig Hoyle and Marco Stonecastle both suffer from terrible vision. Marco loses his glasses during a scuffle with [[spoiler:[[EvilBrit Maxwell Lombardi]]]], his sight becomes blurred and he can no longer fight back. Needless to say, it doesn't end well for him...
* BookEnds: Both Allen Birkman and Brendan Wallace in their final threads [[spoiler:before they're rescued]] remark that they're standing in the same place where they first woke up on the island.
** When she first wakes up, Tiffany Baker discards her gun into a puddle in the swamp. Some time later she returns to the exact same area and fishes out the gun. [[spoiler:She then gets shot and killed by Jason Harris, who thinks she's trying to attack with said gun]].
* BringMyBrownPants: The very first thing that Jimmy Brennan does once he wakes up on the island is... wet himself. Then he starts crying and running around screaming throughout the forest, eventually shouting out that "Craig Hoyle will rape you and wear your skin as a coat!"
** Tabi Gweneth similarly wets herself (and passes out) soon after waking up on the island...notably, she still doesn't realize that she is in fact on Survival of the Fittest. Possibly a natural reaction to being threatened with an umbrella, but it still makes you wonder about her every-day life.
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Staffan Kronwall]] kills his brother [[spoiler:Nik]].
* CanonImmigrant: Yelizaveta 'Bounce' Volkova started off as a character in the 'In-Universe Chat' (a chatroom where [=SOTF=] members could [=RP=] being members of the show's audience). After some time, she was brought into the version four pregame as a fully-fledged character.
* TheCasanova: Dustin Royal. Also may come off as a HandsomeLech.
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler:Sarah Atwell]] goes mad and cruelly tortures [[spoiler:Eve Walker-Luther.]] While filming it.
* CompanionCube: Jake Crimson and his cinderblock.
* CrashIntoHello: Reiko Ishida and Sarah Xu meet this way.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Lucy Ashmore has her moments, such as spilling school supplies all over the place when opening her pencil case, or accidentally pouring water on someone's leg. However, this is more out of [[ShrinkingViolet nervousness]], due to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer being picked on]].
* DarknessVonGothickname: Meredith Hemmings, or as she prefers to be called, Pandora Black. According to her it's her "soul name".
* DeadPersonConversation: Albert Lions comes across the body of his friend [[spoiler:Augustus [=MacDougal=]]], and then right away he sees his ghost.[[spoiler:Augustus]] follows Albert around, the pair conversing like normal ([[spoiler:Dougal]] even has to remind Albert that only he can see him). Whether [[spoiler:Dougal]]'s ghost is real or just a figment of Albert's imagination is unknown.
** Later, Simon Telamon falls asleep, after which he manages to remove his collar, only to engage in conversation with his girlfriend [[spoiler:Clio Gabriella, who had died two days previously]]. She herself reveals that the entire thing is a [[TalkingInYourDreams dream]].
** Janet Claymont also has a dream conversation with [[spoiler:her dead boyfriend, Chadd Crossen,]] after she [[DrivenToSuicide almost tries to kill herself by drinking chlorine]] where he snaps her out of it.
* DeathByFallingOver: Happens a fair bit. [[spoiler:Edward Belmont]] hits his head on a rock after being whacked with a stick by [[spoiler:Rachel Gettys]]. [[spoiler:Jake Crimson]] suffers a slow death, having struck his head on a cinderblock when pushed over by [[spoiler:Garry Villette]], and [[spoiler:Timothy Skula]] dies when he hits his head on a rock after being shot by [[spoiler:Ilario Fiametta]].
** The unusual number of "Death by falling over and hitting your head on a rock" deaths (both in v4 and v3) have led to a few humorous EpilepticTrees.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: "Pre-Game" for v4 existed to establish character relationships, romances, etc, and took up about '''''eighteen months''''' before anything remotely game-related happened.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Happens to [[spoiler:Maxwell Lombardi]] when he falls backwards over a sheer drop after being shot repeatedly by [[spoiler:Raidon Naoko]].
* DramaticDrop: Reiko Ishida does something like this with a piece of bread she had been eating when she finds out that [[AngstySurvivingTwin her twin sister Reika has been killed]]. This quickly reached MemeticMutation.
* DrivenToSuicide: Dawne Jiang, Violetta Lindsberg, Hermione Miller, Brock Mason, Lily Ainsworth, Sofia Martelli and Courtney Bradley all kill themselves over the course of the game. Simon Fletcher, Jackie Maxwell, Hilary Strand, Nick Reid, and Tyler Franklin also commit suicide, but through having someone else kill them. [[spoiler: Harun Kemal]] also does this in post-game, but several decades after the game ends.
** [[spoiler: In a game finishing move, Ilario Fiametta]].
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Tiffany Baker]] admits her feelings for [[spoiler:Peter Siu]] as she's dying. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Liam Brooks]] had feelings for her as well, so for him it was a Dying Declaration of ''Unrequited'' Love, [[spoiler:and partly what causes him to go down the AxeCrazy route]].
* EvilBrit: Maxwell Lombardi fast became one of these after killing [[spoiler:Augustus [=MacDougal=], Harold Fisher]] and [[spoiler:Vera Osborne]]. At the time of his death, he had more than quadrupled his body count. Without provocation.
* EvilCripple: Jackie Broughten in a nutshell, who had a permanently damaged leg from getting hit by a car. Her first action on the island? Slicing [[spoiler:Maria Santiago]]'s throat open with a saw. And that's not even going into her HearingVoices...
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: [[spoiler:Jimmy Brennan]] got revenge on school bully [[spoiler:Phillip Ward]] by beating him to death with a piece of driftwood, and continued to pummel his head in long after he'd died.
* EyeScream: There's [[spoiler:Charlotte Cave]]'s eye being sliced apart with a cat claw wielded by [[spoiler:Phillip Ward]], then [[spoiler:Rekka Saionji]] having his popped by [[spoiler:R.J. Lowe's]] elbow and penetrated again by [[TeethFlying his molar]], then [[spoiler:Vivien Morin]] being stabbed in the eye with a pencil courtesy of [[spoiler:Liam Brooks]]. [[spoiler:Nick Reid]] thrust a sword hilt right into [[spoiler:William Sear]]'s eye, and then later on was a victim himself, being stabbed there by [[spoiler:Maf Tuigamala]].
* FacePalm: Aileen Borden seems to do this pretty often. To be fair, it fits her [[DeadpanSnarker normal personality]].
* FaceYourFears: Allen Birkman, an aquaphobe, does this [[spoiler:during the rescue attempt by STAR]]. When [[spoiler:Andrea Raymer]] is badly injured and lying face-down in the water, he jumps in to pull [[spoiler:her]] to safety.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: when [[spoiler: Eve Walker-Luther]] is about to be killed by [[spoiler:Sarah Atwell]]:
---> [[spoiler: '''Eve Walker-Luther:''']] ''"Come on! I deserve better than this! Kill me properly!"''
* {{Fanservice}}: Invoked by Andrea Raymer when Danya begins randomly detonating students' collars in retaliation to Liz Polanksi.
---> '''Andrea:''' ''"And uh, Danya, if you want to see more crazy shirtless Andrea, don't blow my collar!"''
* FlareGun: [[spoiler:Maria Graham]] recieved a flare gun as an assigned weapon. Later, she shot somebody with it, and while it ends up bouncing off his chest, it ricocheted into the girl next to him and got caught in her shirt, [[KillItWithFire burning a hole right through her before igniting and vaporizing her torso, and then burning down everything in a 20 yard radius.]]
* FrenchJerk: Alice Boucher is an example of this {{trope}}: one of her biggest regrets about being in America is that she doesn't know any insults in English. Due to CharacterDevelopment after being put on the island (as well as a change in writer), she grows out of this '''''very''''' quickly though.
* GenkiGirl: Maria Graham, who's an odd mix of GenkiGirl, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and StepfordSmiler.
* GenreSavvy: Bounce had been a massive fan of the series prior to her own involvement in it and as such references things like ThePowerOfFriendship never working in [=SOTF=] and the fact that, as an unfit, unpopular nerd, there's no point in her making plans because people like her never stand a chance.
* {{Gorn}}: Averted for the most part, as v4 has been focused more on realism rather than gore and horror. However, the death of [[spoiler:Francine Moreau]] was a very... over the top depiction of death by flare gun. To put it simply, liquefied, charred, vaporized, and immolated.
* {{Griefer}}: Alex White holds the equivalent of a temper tantrum when he finds out [[spoiler: rescue boats have arrived, and because he's been playing and killed about four people, he's not allowed to be rescued. He decides he's going to blow up the boats just so no one can get off if he can't. Thankfully, [[BigDamnHeroes Andrea Raymer]] puts a stop to that.]]
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler: Raidon Naoko gets stabby on [[AssholeVictim Maxwell Lombardi]]'s crotch whilst taking him down.]]
* GunTwirling: Harold Fisher tries this before killing [[{{Jerkass}} Maxwell Lombardi]]. [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace Naturally]], he drops the gun, which Maxwell puts to much better use.
** Joe Rios does it too out of sheer boredom, with much more success.
* HatesBeingTouched: Isabel Guerra seems to have problems with this. Flashbacks show her recoiling from touch and she screams and falls into a bush after brushing hands with Dave Morrison. It even has been shown to extend to other people being intimate, such as her pretty much having a panic attack when trapped in the restroom with Rosa Fiametta and Felicia Carmichael making out during prom.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Zach Jamis hates everyone and everything in the world as much as the next thing he hates...except for his best friend [[TheWoobie Sammy Franklin]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jacob Charles and Ben Powell, or as they're more affectionately known, "BROMIES!".
* HighSchoolDance: The lead up to and eventual event of the HighSchoolDance in v4 is ultimately what takes up most of [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters Pre-Game]].
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Janet Claymont and Chadd Crossen. Turns out it was somewhat one sided though, as Chadd spent his dying moments forgiving Janet for cheating on him, whilst Janet spent hers regretting that she couldn't think of something more worthwhile than him.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Raina Morales is the standout example at 6'6".
* HumanShield: Occurs early on, where Gracie Wainright attempts to rob Anna Chase (who is [[BlindWithoutEm not wearing her glasses]]) and Kitty Gittschall. After being threatened by Kitty and hit by Kyle Portman, Gracie is just distracted enough for Anna to attempt to run away. However, she is quickly caught and held by the hair by Gracie, taking her hostage in an attempt to hold off Kitty and Kyle, so she can rob Anna in peace.
* ICallItVera: Appears often. Hayley Kelly actually calls her gun Vera.
* InformedLoner: Brendan Wallace is introduced as a somewhat cynical [[LandDownUnder Australian]] NewTransferStudent with social anxiety. However, by the end of [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters pre-game]] he is a member of an activist club, previously had a SecretRelationship with one character, is currently in a relationship with another, has a ManicPixieDreamGirl best friend, and is a tech guy for a band. However, this can be justified by CharacterDevelopment / CharacterizationMarchesOn very easily.
* IronicNickname: Meredith Hemmings is occasionally referred to as "Merry". [[EmoTeen She isn't]].
* InstantFanClub: Reiko Ishida got one of these due to her success in ice skating, often referred to as her "entourage". Bit of a subversion, though, as, unlike most characters that have found themselves in this trope, she's actually quite close friends with them.
* ImStandingRightHere: Happens constantly between Isabel Guerra and Dave Morrison, mostly involving racist remarks towards Isabel:
--->'''Dave''': "Listen, me and the Help, we're pretty fucking tired to be honest."
--->'''Isabel''': "I can hear you still."
* InstrumentOfMurder: Isabel Guerra making a shiv out of a trumpet and broken piece of glass. [[ICallItVera It's called Partario]].
* IWantMyMommy: [[SchoolNewspaperNewshound Amber Whimsy]] cries for her mummy whilst bleeding to death after being shot in the stomach by [[AxCrazy Kris Hartmann]].
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: As of Day 10, apparently Danya.]]
* LandDownUnder: Three Australian students, Jason Harris, Brendan Wallace, and Ben Powell, attended Bayview.
* LesbianJock: Reiko Ishida, of ''Survival of the Fittest'', is a rare example of one of these that does ice skating. Despite the fact that, as noted above, it tends to be seen as "girly", she is masculine enough (and, well, the obvious) to count as being played straight.
** From the same version is Charlotte Cave, [[GoodOldFisticuffs a more traditional example]].
** Another possible example is Alice Blake. She belongs both to a fencing and gymnastics club, though her involvement in gymnastics is more of an InformedAbility considering it hasn't really been mentioned outside her profile.
* LittleDeadRidingHood: Carol Burke is usually seen wearing a red hoodie. Said character is a WideEyedIdealist in a KillEmAll type story. This trope has actually been [[WordOfGod confirmed by her handler]].
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Rosa Fiametta. She managed to wise up a bit, but that just made future searches for Mr/Miss Right even worse.
* LoveFreak: Örn "Dutchy" Ayers. At one point, he makes a speech to the [[SinisterSurveillance cameras]] that he and his friends will prevail over Danya and the game due to ThePowerOfFriendship, saying that friendship will always win over evil. Worth noting, though, is during this speech he is showing the camera (which is broadcasting to live television) the island's map, in an attempt to help any rescuers find where they are. He's also portrayed a lot more sympathetically than most.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Omar Burton]] quickly swings this way, deciding to kill the rest of the students so that his love [[spoiler:Sierra Manning]] can get off the island alive. [[spoiler: Naturally, he puts a target on himself very quickly and Julian Avery takes great pleasure in taking him out.]]
* MadnessMantra: Kris Hartmann has, with variation, "Voice. Jump. Spin. Squeeze. Bang. Dead." She never actually says it, but it comes up in her thoughts frequently, starting from her AccidentalMurder of [[spoiler: Reika Ishida]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Ladies and gentlemen, Aaron Hughes. This is a guy who, instead of killing an attacker, lets his ally get killed by said attacker, and goes back to his other allies portraying the poor victim as dying in a HeroicSacrifice in an attempt to encourage them to get revenge on the murderer. Yikes.
* MeaningfulRename: Spoofed with Meredith Hemmings, who, after identifying herself as a "goth" (she isn't; she's just a poser who is acting out what she thinks goths act like) renames herself "Pandora Black" and repeatedly insists that it's her soul name whenever anyone questions it. Jake Crimson also renamed himself from "Gomez", apparently after his parents' divorce (that, and RuleOfCool). Remy Kim is another character who has gone through this, originally having the last name "Trembley" before his parents separated and having it changed to his mother's maiden name sometime after. This serves to symbolize [[SiblingYinYang just how different he is from his sister]], Josée Trembley.
* MilesGloriosus: Jimmy Brennan is built almost entirely on this trope, pissing his pants and losing his shit in one thread, and bragging about all the ass he's already kicked in the next.
* MyNaymeIs: Chadd Crossen, Neill Robertson, Remi Pierce, Micheal Raynor and Ema Ryan, the last of which gets lampshaded.
--> '''Ema:''' I'm Ema, Ema Ryan. Sounds like the normal but only one 'm'. My parents were hipsters, I guess.
* NiceGuy: It happens. For example, [[SacrificialLamb Reika Ishida]], in contrast to her [[PsychoLesbian sister]]. One of her defining traits was that she was nice and friendly, always trying to help out. However, true to the stereotype, she literally gets killed within almost two minutes once she gets to the island. Danya in the following announcement then called her "the less interesting of the Ishida sisters" for this reason.
* NightmareFetishist: Anna Chase. She is a complete and utter aversion of GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies. She seems particularly fond of psychological horror and slasher movies, and can be described as a bit obsessed over them at times. It has been shown that on a couple of occasions, if something reminds her of a horror movie she could easily have a "Cool!" type reaction, though not always. Occasionally, this, combined with her normal [[CloudCuckoolander personality]], sides into NightmareFuelStationAttendant tendencies, as you might expect.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:Luke Templeton]] talks [[spoiler:Clio Gabriella]] out of commiting suicide and generally helps her out. How does she repay him? By shooting him in the chest and head.
* NothingIsScarier: [[spoiler:Rose Codreanu]]'s death. She goes to sleep in a danger zone during the announcements but before it's announced as one, and has a calm, happy, introspective dream... with a constant beeping increasing in frequency throughout. Then, in the middle of a sentence, it cuts off with the notice that she's deceased. Very much a break from the usual {{Gorn}} deaths.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Clio Gabriella]] knocks [[spoiler:Garry Villette]] off a cliff and watches him plunge into the water below. She doesn't bother checking to see if he surfaces again and believes him to be dead (more than likely because she's exhausted, him almost having killed her). He survives the fall though, and [[spoiler:Clio]] is furious when she finds that out.
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Maxwell Lombardi]] traps [[spoiler:Maria Graham]] in a burning building, only for her smash open a window and get out after he's left. He's not happy to find that her name isn't on the morning announcements.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Jimmy Brennan, who started out as a MilesGloriosus type who ran around the forest screaming and [[BringMyBrownPants pissing his pants]] in the first thread he appeared in, and bragging about being a badass in the next. For the most part, his antics are fun in a CrossesTheLineTwice sort of way, up until he [[spoiler:beats resident JerkJock Philip Ward to death with a branch]].
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: PlayedForLaughs / RuleOfFunny with [[spoiler:Richard Han]]'s death. He falls off a mountain, and screams as he falls... only for him to enter another thread as he falls, apparently screaming the entire time and only stopping when he hits the ground and dies. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It's actually pretty funny as hell]].
* ObfuscatingInsanity: When she first appears on the island, Liz Polanski's first actions are to make herself appear as AxCrazy as possible to ward off potential attackers. How does she do this? By, among other things, smearing her face with make-up and severing the head off one of her classmates' corpse and [[AlasPoorYorick carrying it around for a while]]. It works, for the most part. Except on [[CloudCuckoolander Milo Taylor.]] HilarityEnsues.
* OffscreenBreakup: [[LonersAreFreaks Jonathan Jarocki]] and [[PerkyGoth Anna Chase]] broke up before they got on the bus, as revealed in their respective opening posts, mainly due to the fact that [[StrangledByTheRedString the pairing was almost unanimously hated among the writers]]. In universe, it's implied that ''[[YourCheatingHeart something]]'' went on between Chase and Dawne Jiang [[KissingUnderTheInfluence during a drunken evening]], leading to the former breaking up with him out of guilt. [[spoiler:This leads to major SurvivorGuilt from her when ''both'' Dawne's and Jon's deaths are announced, on the same day no less.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Hayley Kelly]] is particularly keen on this method early on, decapitating [[spoiler:Steve Barnes]] and [[spoiler:James Mulzet]] with a sword. Some collar explosions are also powerful enough to rip a person's head off.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Reiko Ishida is 4'9, which has been noted to technically make her a midget. However, she was an athlete before the island, and eventually racks up a high kill count.
* PleaseWakeUp: This is [[spoiler:Albert Lions']] reaction to finding [[spoiler:Augustus "Dougal" [=MacDougal's=]]] corpse.
--->[[spoiler:'''Albert''']]: DUDE! CUT IT OUT NOW! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis WAKE! THE HELL! UP!]]
* PointlessBandAid: Örn "Dutchy" Ayers is mentioned as wearing a Band-Aid over the bridge of his nose. [[WordOfGod His profile confirms]] that this is more of a personality quirk/casual accessory than the result of an injury.
* RapunzelHair: Bridget Connolly, who is well-known for having knee-length red hair, though usually tied back. This was until she cut it while on the island, after hearing about [[spoiler: the death of her best friend, Raina Morales.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Rosa Fiametta is an excellent example, and even comes complete with AnythingThatMoves tendencies. This has been explained as emotional issues, partly due to seeing herself as TheUnfavorite among her siblings.
** Clio Gabriella; the character's creator explained it was also because of abandonment issues; she was once tricked into believing she was in love, and ever since, she has been purposely sabotaging her relationships or picking the worst possible boyfriends to hook up with in order to stop herself from being hurt again.
* RefugeInAudacity: The only thing keeping Milo Taylor from being ventilated by any of the assorted known killers he's antagonized. Particularly obvious in the case of Jackie Broughten, who ignores him because he's clearly mentally retarded.
* RupturedAppendix: [[spoiler: R.J. Lowe]] succumbs to this after several days of escalating symptoms. [[spoiler: Helen Wilson]] suffers a similar fate, only [[spoiler:she manages to [[{{Squick}} perform an appendectomy on herself just before it gets worse.]] Unfortunately, she dies of blood loss [[HopeSpot right before she makes it to the escape boats.]]]]
* SanitySlippage: Aston Bennett, after her only remaining friend is killed, starts to lose it a little, as evident by [[PaintingTheMedium the text.]]
* SelfSacrificeScheme: [[spoiler:Ethan Kent]] manages this by rigging up a power system that would activate the island's only computer, but upon realising he could do it, he also realised that doing so would alert Danya. What he does is [[spoiler: insult Feo Smith, his only travelling companion, into leaving him, writes down the instructions on how to turn on the computer, and smashes all the cameras in the location, thus provoking Danya into blowing his collar. It ultimately pays off - a group of students manages to follow the instructions and broadcasts the location of the island, which in combination with Liz Polanski's own attempts to screw with Danya, [[BigDamnHeroes allows for STAR to rescue a good number of the students.]]]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Alice Blake. Before V4 started, she was in a car accident that killed her parents, as well as leaving her scarred. From that point on, she’s more or less [[TheStoic the quiet type]] around everyone except her few close friends.
* ShoutOut: Damn near everything Micheal Raynor says is a reference to some video game or movie. One character near the start even explodes at him because of the constant shout outs.
* ShrinkingViolet: Gloria Benson. She's always whispering, stuttering, ''and'' blushing when she speaks. Even when she talks to her friends, she's painfully shy/quiet, and keeps apologizing for what she says. Lucy Ashmore, also from v4, qualifies as well. She's just as shy, due to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer bullying]]. Not to mention sometimes this slides into CuteClumsyGirl territory as well, due to her nervousness.
* SiblingRivalry: Remy Kim and Josee Trembley, who both see themselves as TheUnfavorite to their mother, and have been known to attempt to "regain" her love from the other twin.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Jimmy Brennan is a mixture of this and MilesGloriosus. He's [[BlatantLies definitely]] the most badass, [[RatedMForManly manly]], and awesome character on the island who can kick ANY ass!
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Charlene Norris's first thoughts upon realizing she is on SOTF is that "people like her, the popular girls with bodies to die for, were rape targets".
* SpockSpeak: 'Bounce' speaks with excessive formality, which is possibly because English wasn't her parents' first language, although intelligence plays a part.
* StormingTheCastle: [[spoiler:STAR assaults the terrorist headquarters and actually captures Danya, as part of a rescue attempt. This almost cripples the terrorists once Danya dies.]]
* SwordCane: Jeremy Franco was given this as his assigned weapon, and provides the page quote.
* SwordFight: The first SOTF swordfight happens in this version, between Nick Reid and Maf Tuigamala.
* TeenGenius: Peter [=McCue=] and Jason Clarke, who are seniors at the age of 16.
* TenderTears: Örn "Dutchy" Ayers frequently cries when he reads about the plight of the less-fortunate countries.
* TheAtoner: JJ Sturn, although he wasn't quite as extreme as many examples listed here: He was a [[JerkJock giant asshole]] especially [[TheCasanova towards women]], although he did have his own share of [[KickTheDog more unpleasant actions]].
* TheDogBitesBack: Dorian Pello, having been manipulated into working for and constantly abused by Danya [[spoiler:is the one who finally shoots and presumably kills him during Day 10]].
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: [[TheCasanova Dustin Royal]] suffers this embarrassment when attempting to have sex with Maria Graham. Comedic, but also a relief, given he was taking advantage of Maria's highly distressed state at the time to make a move on her.
* ThemeTwinNaming: The Ishida twins, Reiko and Reika.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Reiko Ishida is [[YouAreNumberSix Female Student no. 13]]. She's also a PsychoLesbian and multi-murderer.
* TooDumbToLive: Along with the students who refuse to defend themselves from deranged killers on principle, we have Remi Pierce, who [[spoiler:tried to cut off his own collar]]. Seems a reasonable reaction...until you look at the thought process behind that:
--->''He lifted it up to his collar, he knew he was told not to mess with them, but if he was going to survive and win, he would need the damn thing off, let him travel through the danger zones.''
* TooKinkyToTorture: A non-sexual variant, where Rein Bumgarner is well-known for enjoying pain, enjoying the adrenaline rush that it gives him. As a result, he actually attempts dangerous stunts partly for this reason.
* UnreliableNarrator: In the profile for Clio Gabriella, it explains several parts of her personality, yet her actions in the game contradict this. Reason? Clio spent nearly all of her teenage life lying to her parents, her therapist, and nearly everyone she knew so that she could put on a demeanor of a normal, well-adjusted teenage girl, when secretly she was a basket case very close to breaking point.
* UseYourHead: The death of [[spoiler:David Anderson]] via a well-placed headbutt to the face, breaking his nose and sending bits of bone into his brain.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Pre-game has a bizarre example, where a character puts around ''6 to 8 jello shots'' down her bra. Needless to say, this reached MemeticMutation very quickly.
* VisibleSilence: Ivan Kuznetsov is quite fond of these.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Carol Burke, Allen Birkman, and Sierra Manning of all suffer from aquaphobia, while Liam "Brook" Brooks and Rena Peters suffer from hemophobia.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: It's very egregious this version: Violet Druce has purple hair, Maria [[AllDrummersAreAnimals "Animal"]] Graham has blue streaks in her hair, her friend Cassidy Wakemore dyed her hair completely blue, as has Stacy Hart. Katelyn Wescott and Cisco Vasquez both have green hair, Violetta Lindsberg has red, yellow and brown streaks, Dawne Jiang has "christmas" hair, red green and white, and Fiona Sparki has red, green and the aformentioned blue.
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[[folder: Version 5]]
* AccidentalPun: The thread "We're Above It" takes place in the peak clearing, the island's highest location.
* AfraidOfBlood: Joe Carrasco, who also wants to be a doctor.
* AlliterativeName: V5 gives us the notable example of Aileen Aurora Abdallah. [[WordOfGod Her handler]] stated that being an alliteration was the major point of her name.
* AndYourRewardIsEdible: A darker variation occurs as of v5, in which the winner of the daily Best Kill Award receives food along with a weapon from the terrorists.
* AwesomeButImpractical: A good number of the assigned weapons including Garrett Cobbler's twelve-foot long punt gun.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Summer Simms, Travis Webster.]]
** CuteAndPsycho: [[spoiler:Mirabella Strong]] seems to be going in this direction after witnessing her boyfriend kill and then be murdered himself.
* BastardBoyfriend: [[RichBitch Maximilian Sawyer]] is definitely one to Zoe Leverett. Even more so when he [[spoiler:murders two of his ex-girlfriends and four other innocents.]]
* BattleOfWits: [[spoiler:Joachim Lovelace]] and [[spoiler:Rosemary Michaels]] engage in a riddle contest to determine who gets the prize when they tie for BKA.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. The girls in V5 have taken their share of punishment so far.
** This turns out to be the BerserkButton for Amaranta Montalvo, who beats [[spoiler:Ray Gilbert]] to death after he cuts her face.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: How [[spoiler:Brandon Baxter]] chooses to go out, killing himself by setting off grenades instead of letting his collar detonate.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Maddie Wilcox]] commits suicide after being mortally wounded.
* {{BFG}}: Several of the weapons in this version, such as a twelve foot long punt gun and the Stinger, which is basically a [=WW2=] fighter plane's machine gun with a rifle stock attached.
* BoomHeadshot: How [[spoiler:Jason Meyers]] is dispatched, at the hands of Joe Carrasco. Also a MercyKill.
* BullyHunter: Alex Ripley [[InUniverseNickname is canonically referred to such by other characters]]. While in pre-game it's mostly played straight, in v5 proper this trait becomes a DeconstructedTrope; trying something like this on Hansel Williams [[spoiler:after he kills Daniel Whitten]] only nets her a shot in the ankle. By the time Day 3 rolls around she develops certain player-hunter tendencies and attacks Kam So'oialo after suspecting she ''might'' kill someone. [[spoiler: This gets both her and Carlon Wheeler, who had been traveling with her, shot to death.]]
* CainAndAbel: Eliza and Cody Patton to an extent. Both have a small body count, but Eliza chooses to actively play while Cody decides to put a stop to her. [[spoiler:They end up killing each other.]]
* ClosetGeek: Miranda Millers tries to play up her AlphaBitch tendencies, but has a hidden love of anime and video games. The trait mentioned down in ICallItVera came about after a moment of CharacterDevelopment in which after being directly responsible for the death of one person and indirectly for another she realized that she didn't have to worry about her social image anymore.
* CombatPragmatist: Katarina Konipaski's style is to keep it as efficient and strategic as possible, utilizing ambushes and attacking unarmed classmates. Maximilian Sawyer employed a similarly ruthless style in his fights, such as throwing an exploding cigar at somebody who held him at gunpoint so as to distract them, or allowing someone who was punching him to break their hand on his skull before [[ManBitesMan biting a chunk of their nose off]]. [[spoiler:Harry Hanley]] eventually turned it around on him, [[spoiler:blinding him with a floodlight and then having someone shoot him with a shotgun]].
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Natali Greer]] dies of brain damage a few days after falling and hitting her head. Something similar happens to [[spoiler:Yukiko Sakurai]].
* DoesntLikeGuns: Matt Masters is utterly terrified of guns. Naturally, he's assigned a gun.
* DramaticIrony: Michael Mitchellson is deaf, and cannot hear the announcements. He spends most of the game looking for a friend who was killed on the first day, which the readers are aware of but he isn't.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Dave Russell]] opted out of the game and jumped off a cliff in his first and last post. [[spoiler:Yasmin Carrol]] also hangs herself after realizing just how alone she is. [[spoiler:Brianna Battaglia]] kills herself by overdose. [[spoiler:Gwen O'Connor]] jumps from the same cliff Dave did after watching her friend die.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Paulo Abbate to Becca Everett's butt.
* EpicFail: Gavin Hunter and his allies try to remove their collars... [[TooDumbToLive by shooting them off.]]
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Hansel Williams, a student who immigrated to UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} from Texas. He has somewhat of a more {{Fundamentalist}} view.
-->'''Conclusion''': Wow. Just wow. [[LampshadeHanging Is the cowboy here for real?]] I like a good ol' Duke VHS as much as the next moderate western movie enthusiast, but I feel bad if parents are actually raising their kids on nothing but. Kinda reminds me why this organization exists. Whoops, I'm rambling... aaaaaanywho, I'm pretty sure John Wayne didn't have a gun like THIS. Ride 'em, cowboy. - Dennis Lourvey
* FoodFight: One occurs in pregame, as Gray Emerson's attempt to distract from a fist fight breaking out.
* GenreSavvy: A large part of the reason why Miranda Millers [[FaceHeelTurn heel-turns]] almost immediately is because she recognizes that, because of [[AlphaBitch her reputation at school]], she is more likely to be [[AssholeVictim picked off by potential killers]].
* GentleGiant: Matt Masters qualifies, being a huge wrestler that volunteers at a shelter for abuse victims.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Jesse Jennings]]
** DiesWideOpen
* GroinAttack: Amaranta Montalvo kicks Zubin Wadia in the balls when he interrupts her while she is bathing.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:Adonis Alba]]
* HugeSchoolgirl: Gabriella Parker, at 6'2".
* ICallItVera: Miranda Millers names her war spear "Kyoko" after a character from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Joey Caputo also has his [[KukrisAreKool kukri knife]], [[PunnyName Kiki]]. Katarina Konipaski jokingly calls her scythe "Steve".
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Summer Simms wants to be loved and is terrified of her friends abandoning her, to the point where she eventually [[IfICantHaveYou tries to force them]] to stay with her.
* ImAHumanitarian: Summer Simms, after killing [[spoiler:Naomi Bell]], does this in hopes of gaining favor from the terrorists.
* ImportantHaircut: Miranda Millers cuts all her hair off after killing [[spoiler:Kaitlyn Williamson]] and deciding to play the game more seriously.
** Summer Simms also does the same, resultant of her increasing mental decay after [[spoiler: an attempted rape at the hands of Brandon Baxter, and her subsequent killing of Naomi Bell.]]
* ImpromptuTracheotomy: How Travis Webster kills [[spoiler:Matt Masters.]]
* JerkJock: Seems to be somewhat trendy this particular version; Cody Patton and Adonis Alba are two such examples. However...
** LovableJock: ...There are also some examples on the flip side, such as Owen Kay and Michael Whaley.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Daniel Whitten]] meets his demise this way.
** [[spoiler:Lana Torres]] death is a variant, as she is killed mid-thought.
* LeeroyJenkins: Tyler Lucas spends a lot of time charging wildly at his classmates, including known killers.
** BloodKnight: The reason why, per WordOfGod.
* ManBitesMan: How do you win a fight against an enraged member of the wrestling team trying to beat your head into paste? If you're Maximilian Sawyer you [[spoiler:''bite the tip of his nose off'']].
* ManipulativeBastard: Paris Ardennes, who tricks [[spoiler:Katy Warren]] into attacking him so that his traveling companion will kill her.
* MeanwhileScene: V5 was the debut of the RP's "Meanwhile" section, meant for stories and [=RPed=] threads taking place in the world off the island.
* NiceHat: Both Theodore Fletcher and Hansel Williams sport these. Not anymore in Theodore's case, as he discards it after killing [[spoiler:Gabriella Parker]].
* OverlordJr: [[spoiler:Victor Danya's successor, Tracen Danya.]]
* PerkyGoth: Gwen O'Connor is an example.
* PunchClockVillain: Hansel Williams, who essentially just wants to go home. But for that to happen, [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne everyone else has to die]], so he [[MurderIsTheBestSolution responds accordingly.]]
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Claire Monaghan and Joseph Chaplin both sport a pair of these.
* {{Revenge}}: Mara Montalvo decides to personally hunt down [[spoiler: Stacy Ramsey, after Stacy killed Miranda and Kat in a fight who happened to be Mara's two best friends.]] Mara ends her search a few days later [[spoiler: by shooting Stacy in the head.]]
** Michael Mitchellson and Joe Carrasco teamed up to attempt revenge on Hansel Williams, [[spoiler:who had killed Michael's best friend, Daniel Whitten, and Joe's friend and crush, Marcus Leung. Unlike with Mara, this results in both their deaths.]]
* RussianRoulette: A variation occurs between Ami Flynn and Joachim Lovelace, where they take turns passing a gun with one bullet back and forth and aiming it at each other. [[spoiler:Joachim loses.]]
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Takeshi Yoshikawa wears a school uniform just for aesthetic purposes.
* ShrinkingViolet: Rachael Langdon. She's so timid and unsure that she just tries to distract someone who is trying to kill her ally rather than shooting them herself.
* TakeThatKiss: [[spoiler:Amaranta Montalvo]] gives one to [[spoiler:terrorist Cecily Lacoste]] when the latter insults [[spoiler:her]] after coming to retrieve [[spoiler:her]] from the island.
* TalkLikeAPirate: Sean Mulcahy, a sailing enthusiast and fan of classical pirates, does this. It eventually [[BecomingTheMask becomes a coping mechanism]].
* TestosteronePoisoning: Paulo Abbate cultivates this kind of persona, projecting himself as an alpha male and picking fights. [[spoiler:It ends up getting him killed.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[{{Jerkass}} Alex King]] announcing her escape plan out loud to the terrorists right as she was about to do it, just so she could gloat about winning. [[YourHeadAsplode The result is predictable.]]
* {{Troll}}: This happens in the third announcement. Right before kills are announced, Shamino tells the students that since no one killed the previous day that the collars are to be detonated as a joke. While this is an in-universe TakeThat towards an idea certain students had, it's still plenty cruel. It's also revealed in the same post that he's the one responsible whenever a character wakes up in a particularly strange position on the island.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Abby Soto, a newly-introduced member of the Taskforce, just wants to provide for her siblings in the aftermath of her parents' death. She does this by designing the explosive collars that the kidnapped students are forced to wear.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: At one point, Matt Masters busts out a half-nelson slam on Travis Webster in a fight.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Less prevalent than in V4, but still fairly popular, with at least two characters actually having dyed their hair blue.
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[[folder:Version 6]]
* AbandonedHospital: While present in every version, V6 is notable in that the entire island is largely built around an abandoned mental asylum, complete with rooms of old, long outdated equipment such as a lobotomy lab.
* AccidentalMurder: The cause of [[spoiler:Mia Rose's]] death; [[spoiler:Kaitlyn Greene]] tranquilized her with the intent to knock her out and rob her, but inadvertently killed her with an overdose.
* AffectionateParody: To a degree, Jerry Fury is this to SOTF's less-than-realistic older versions.
* AlasPoorYorick: In more of a FoeYay example, Dorothy Shelley cuts off [[spoiler:Isabel Ramirez's]] head after killing them and carries it around for a day or so. She even uses it as an ImprovisedWeapon.
* AliensInCardiff: Let's face it, Kingman, AZ is the last place you'd expect a terrorist group to kidnap teenagers ''en masse'' and force them to kill each other after previous students were abducted from places like the UsefulNotes/TwinCities or UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}. Might or might not be [[InvokedTrope exactly why Cochise was targeted to begin with]].
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: A frequent occurrence this version. There's Alessio Rigano's feelings for Vanessa Stone, Hazel Jung for [[IncompatibleOrientation Min-jae Parker]], Johnny [=McKay=] for Raina Rose, Brendan Harte for Alba Reyes (and for Maxim Kehlenbrink, in pregame), Serena Waters for Jeremy Frasier, and Caleb Diamond for Kimiko Kao, just to name a few. See LoveDodecahedron below.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: As of the second announcement, [[spoiler:the terrorists have located STAR's headquarters and launched an assault on it, personally led by [[CoDragons Big Four]] member Steven Wilson]].
* AlphaBitch: Isabel Ramirez is one for the senior class. Jasmine King is somewhat of this for the junior class.
* TheAntiNihilist: Penelope Fitzgerald holds very nihilistic views when it comes to the world and everything in it. Nonetheless, she is an AllLovingHero. Asha Sur is the same way, acknowledging that most of the students have about a week to live at the longest and trying to get them to enjoy the time they have left.
* AutoErotica: During the main game, Hazel Jung and Min-jae Parker sleep together in the back of a truck in the vehicle depot. During pregame, Nadia Riva and Roderick Kanuho hook up in Roderick's car out in the desert. The former scene is on screen, the latter off.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Jerry Fury.
* AxCrazy: Nancy Kyle. Bonus points for using an actual ax. Isabel Ramirez as well.
* BatterUp: Junko Kurosawa was assigned a baseball bat. She introduces it to Darius Van Dyke's knees.
* BigFun: Rene Wolfe, a girl on the larger side who aspires to be a comedienne.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Nadia Riva is a plus-sized model back home.
* BloodKnight: Junko Kurosawa was an adrenaline junkie prior to the game. It's heavily implied [[WordOfGod (and confirmed)]] that being in danger and fighting people in SOTF gives her a pretty good buzz for this reason. [[spoiler:Her aggressive nature gets her killed when she mistakes a friend's belief that LivingIsMoreThanSurviving as just plain giving up, causing her to go berserk and forcing him to shoot her.]]
* {{Boom Headshot}}: What happens to Darius van Dyke.
* BrickJoke: Way back in pregame, Fiyori Senay stole Darius Van Dyke's Nintendo DS. Seven days into the game, she realizes that she never returned it [[spoiler:when she finds his dead body]] and addresses the cameras to ask her mom to return it to Darius's family.
* BringMyBrownPants: Caedyn Miller wakes up on the island to find that she has soiled herself.
* BullyHunter: Ben Fields, though he soon realizes that his usual approach doesn't translate well to the island.
* CarFu: [[spoiler: Serena Waters]] kills [[spoiler: Jerry Fury]] by plowing into them with a jeep.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Isabel Ramirez mutilates a few of her victims while killing them. She finds she rather enjoys doing it.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Tessa Cole believes that SOTF is a FalseFlagOperation by the US Government to encourage compliance and military support. This version of Kingman, Arizona, also has a notable population of preppers, including several students' families.
* ContinuityNod: Highland Beach, the city the version three kids called home, is stated to host a branch of Meyer, Goldtooth and Kanuho, the law firm run by Roderick Kanuho's father.
* DealWithTheDevil: Lily Caldwell partners up with player Isabel Ramirez at Isabel's behest. Isabel wants to frame Lily as her MoralityPet so that people watching won't think of her as badly for her kills, while Lily goes along with it so Isabel won't kill her and in hopes of getting an opportunity to kill Isabel herself.
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Bernadette Thomas]] fatally hits her head after being shoved during an argument with a friend.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:Steve Dobson]] while Isabel Ramirez is killing him.
--> "Unoriginal." - [[spoiler:Steve's]] last words as Isabel threatens to torture him.
* DespairEventHorizon: Mia Rose after being rejected by her friend because she and Candice Banks have guns. This leads to her splitting with Candice and [[spoiler: her death at the hands of Kaitlyn Greene.]]
* DesecratingTheDead: Caedyn Miller steals most of [[spoiler:Jane Madison's]] clothes to replace her own ruined ones, leaving only [[spoiler:Jane's]] bra. Possibly a deliberate humiliation on top of pragmatism, as Caedyn and [[spoiler:Jane]] hated each other.
** Will [=McKinley=] ends up walking around with his girlfriend's corpse in his arms for a day and a half for fear of this.[[spoiler: He abandons this after talking with Nadia Riva and realizing he's doing more harm than good to her memory.]]
** Both [[spoiler:Isabel Ramirez]] and [[spoiler:Alessio Rigano]] end up decapitated after death by people who helped to kill them.
* DragQueen: Noah Whitley is one back in Kingman, performing as a character named [[PunnyName Pina Bucket]].
* DramaticIrony: Brendan Harte kills one of the boys who bullied him when he finds a pair of them threatening to kill a girl. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, that girl was three-time killer Nancy Kyle. Brendan doesn't find out her real identity until much later and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone doesn't take it well]].]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted with [[spoiler:Jennifer Su, who has decided against killing herself when she is startled and falls from the bridge she was standing on anyway.]] Played straight with [[spoiler:Abby Floyd after she witnesses the death of her best friend, Wayne Cox becoming ashamed of his actions over the course of the game and for Jasmine King, who does it to spite her killer. Tara Behzad also decides to simultaneously burn and blow herself up after an episode where she harms herself while attempting to remove her collar.]]
** Meanwhile establishes that several family members of past and current kidnapped students have ended their lives or plan to do so as a result of losing their loved ones[[spoiler:, including the fathers of Henry Spencer, Maria Cucinotta, and V5's Maddie Wilcox.]]
* EnemyRisingBehind: Michael Crowe invokes this trope to surprise and warn the man he's stalking and intending to kill, [[spoiler: Alex Tarquin for being a prior murderer and having mutilated Michael earlier.]]
* EvilGloating: Killer [[spoiler: Isabel Ramirez's]] specialty. [[MotiveRant She loves to explain herself to those she takes down in detail, blaming others for their own deaths without second thought.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Astrid Tate wears an eyepatch over her right eye ever since an injury in grade school damaged it.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Sandy Bricks]] gets a screwdriver through the eye in his fight with [[spoiler:Nancy Kyle.]] A similar thing happens to [[spoiler:Astrid Tate]] during an ambush, which is particularly cruel as they already have only one good eye. Jonathan Gulley gets his eye shot out in a confrontation, though the injury is not fatal.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler: Coleen Reagen after an encounter with Alessio Rigano results in her travel partner Arthur Bernstein dying, decides to roll back her hair into a ponytail, fully showing her face and the burn scar she's had since she was a toddler.]]
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: [[spoiler: Isabel's last fight with a group of people who all bear grudges against her for her actions up to that point.]]
** [[spoiler: Matt Moradi ends his fight with Serena Waters by beating her to death with his bare hands.]]
* FailureHero: Brendan Harte, for his almost unquestionable good intentions and pleasant demeanor, lacks the control and intelligence to be an effective or reliable hero to his friends. [[spoiler: He in fact kills two of them due to misunderstandings and rash decisions.]]
* ForeignCussWord: Jasmine Reed has a habit of swearing in Japanese, despite not being so, because most people can't understand what she's saying.
* FormerlyFat: Nadia Riva was fairly heavyset as a child, and while she's still curvy she's slimmed down to a more healthy weight through diet and exercise.
* GarageBand: Cochise High gives us Peyote Coyote, which specializes in stoner rock.
* GoOutWithASmile: After getting shot, [[spoiler:Junko Kurosawa]] spends her last seconds smiling and giving her killer a thumbs-up. [[spoiler:The experience gave her an extreme rush of endorphins and adrenaline, making her incredibly giddy as she bleeds out.]]
** [[spoiler:Brendan Harte]] also. It's implied he's just relieved the ordeal is over.
* {{Goth}}: Min-jae Parker and Nadia Riva are examples.
** PerkyGoth: Henry Spencer and Asha Sur. Penelope Fitzgerald is a perky scenester.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Jane Madison has a bottle of expensive whisky for her weapon. [[spoiler:It eventually gets used (though not by Jane) to messily kill Bridgette Sommerfeld.]]
** [[spoiler:Jasmine King]] gets an unlit Molotov cocktail to the face for her troubles, right before she [[spoiler:[[BetterToDieThanBeKilled offs herself to spite]] Sandy Bricks, her attacker.]]
* GroinAttack: Michael Crowe jabs Will [=McKinley=] in the crotch with a shock knife.
* HairTriggerTemper: Min-jae Parker, Jane Madison, Jasmine King, and Tyler Yazzie are all known by their classmates for having explosive tempers. Roderick Kanuho has such a reputation to some extent as well. [[spoiler:It comes back to bite all of them. Min-jae ends up murdering someone in a fit of rage, while Jane's refusal to back down from a confrontation gets her shot. Jasmine tried to force Sanford Bricks to be her ally against his own wishes, and he in turn attacked her. Ty ends up breaking Conrad Harrod's arm after the latter attacked Ty's friend, earning him the ire of Conrad's girlfriend and his wrestling teammate, Clarice Halwood.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Maria Cucinotta and Jane Madison are both examples. Jane even receives a bottle of whiskey as her weapon, amusingly enough.
* HatesBeingTouched: Vanessa Stone, though she's plenty outgoing otherwise.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Maxim Kehlenbrink, to the point that he often seems to dislike even people he considers friends.
* HearingVoices: Somewhat ambiguous; Jasmine Reed begins conversing with her childhood imaginary friend in order to deal with the stress of the situation, though it's unclear if Jasmine is actually hearing things or just using it as a cover for her darker thoughts. [[spoiler:As of Day 4, she's begun to have visual hallucinations as well.]]
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler: Caleb Diamond]], motivated to an ActOfTrueLove, elects to provoke [[spoiler: Kimiko Kao]] and let her kill him so she can have his supplies and a chance at winning more by BKA.
** [[spoiler:Jennifer Wallace]] tries the DrawAggro variant when she and her group encounter Nancy Kyle, one of the game's major killers. While she doesn't survive, everyone else is able to escape safely.
* HeroicWannabe: Michael Crowe sees himself as a player hunter out to stop the killers from doing whatever they want. From many others perspective Michael's seen as a loudmouth bully who's attitude rubs many people the wrong way, leading to confrontations and [[spoiler: the death of his partner Jeremiah Larkin.]]
* TheHyena: Fiyori Senay does tend to laugh a lot, and in places where it's not quite appropriate.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Alessio Rigano mentally calls Amanda Tan a psycho for pulling a gun to defend herself in a confrontation, when he himself had killed four people unprovoked at that point.
* ICallItVera: Noah Whitley named his sawblade slinger [[Creator/AlaskaThunderfuck Sawlaska Thunderfuck 5000]]. Irene Djezari also named her shotgun [[Music/HollywoodUndead Johnny Three]].
* IllGirl:
** Blair Moore has cystic fibrosis, a lung condition which makes it unlikely that she will live past middle age under normal circumstances. She [[{{LampshadeHanging}} lampshades]] the irony of her life potentially being cut even shorter.
** Emma Luz has narcolepsy with cataplexy. As the game goes on, it's clear that stress from the game has impacted her physical (and likely mental) health. Aside from the [[{{Sleepyhead}} most famous symptom]], she also experiences {{Hallucinations}} and [[BitsOfMeKeepPassingOut cataplectic episodes]].
** Bernadette Thomas suffers from endometriosis, a condition involving misplaced menstrual tissue which causes her severe pain. Unfortunately, yes, she does has a flare-up in the game that leaves her out of commission for a while.
* ImprobableHairstyle : Michael "Flock of Seagulls" Crowe.
* TheInsomniac: Raina Rose, Bradley Floyd, Caleb Diamond and Rea Adams.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Conrad Harrod applied to Cambridge University and got an interview with them, although he had yet to receive a reply when the game happened. Alvaro Vacanti has applied to Harvard. One of the schools offering scholarships to Roderick Kanuho is Stanford University, also his father's alma mater.
* JapaneseHonorifics: Nancy Kyle uses these regularly, as does Jasmine Reed.
* JerkAss: Caedyn Miller and Bradley Floyd are thought of as such, enough so that several of their classmates assume from the start they'll play the game. Will [=McKinley=] also has a reputation for such.
* JerkassFacade: Alex Tarquin decides to deliberately paint himself as a villain as a way to cope with his fear and anxiety from the game, [[spoiler:and his AccidentalMurder of Rea Adams]].
* KnifeNut: Maria Cucinotta refers to the knife sets she owns for her cooking hobby fondly and credits them with teaching her bladework and maintenance, her father also corroborates their importance to her in his Meanwhile thread.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: This is part of Hazel Jung's backstory, but she has been trying to change her actions where relationships are concerned after an incident of [[SlutShaming Slut Shaming]] by people she considers friends. Unfortunately, her latest romantic endeavor is a case of IncompatibleOrientation.
* LovableJock: Cristo Morales, although some think his people-watching and anxiety are creepy instead of endearing.
* LoveDodecahedron: Oh yes. There's even a [[http://s10.zetaboards.com/SOTF_V2/single/?p=9208793&t=7560402 chart]] this time.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Alessio Rigano tried to confess his love and want to protect Vanessa Stone to her but failed. The loss of self-esteem and anger from the rejection he perceived grew out of control until he [[spoiler: killed Vanessa's best friend, Cameron Herrig, and that was just for starters.]]
* ManOnFire: Tara Behzad sets her arm on fire as part of a personal test after hearing the first announcement. [[spoiler:Coleen Reagan]] and [[spoiler:Alessio Rigano]] stumble through a campfire during a brawl and are both burned during the fight.
* MedicalHorror: Certainly implied with parts of the setting, such as the lobotomy lab in the basement.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Blair Moore]] kills [[spoiler: Rene Wolfe]] after the latter falls into a coma.
* MessageInABottle: Suggested by Darius Van Dyke as a way to get help for the abducted students. Junko Kurosawa [[BerserkButton hates this idea]].
* MoralityChain: Alba Reyes considers that she could be this for Brendan Harte and stays with him to ensure he doesn't do anything reckless.
* MurderByInaction: Lily Caldwell comes across her cousin Tina Luz in a fight with Isabel Ramirez. Initially intending to help, she remembers that there can only be one winner and does nothing as [[spoiler:Tina becomes the first murder victim.]]
* UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans: Three characters in version 6 are fully or partially Navajo, and [[TheRez the Navajo reservation]] is only a few hours eastward of Kingman, Arizona, where the V6 high school is located. Clarice Halwood and Tyler Yazzie are in the game proper, while Roderick Kanuho is set to be a character in the game's "memories of the past" and "meanwhile" sections.
** The Luz family (Emma, Sabrina, Lily, Eliza and Tina in the main game plus Crisanto and Haley in Pregame/Meanwhile) are all partially Native American, specifically Mojave, from their grandmother Avee.
** The fictional Cochise High School is named after an Apache chief.
* NervousWreck: Alvaro Vacanti is very much unable to weather the mental stress of the dangers of the island. [[spoiler: His fear makes him accidentally kill a friend, Barry Banks, and he ultimately reaches the point of a FreakOut where he decides he needs to kill more simply because he's afraid now that others know he's a killer.]]
* NiceGuy: Barry Banks is described as one. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Alvaro Vacanti shows to him how niceness can be an issue in SOTF.]] Same goes for Harold Porter. Both boys also fall into GentleGiant territory.
** [[spoiler: Brendan Harte is also seen as one, but is considered a pushover because of it. thus it surprises everyone when he kills Jeremiah Larkin to save Nancy Kyle's life.]]
* OccidentalOtaku: Cochise High School has a sizable anime club, several members of which end up on the island.
* ThePigPen: Bart Cappotelli is a variation. Although he isn't particularly slovenly, he has a medical condition that causes him to exude constant, strong body odor.
* PluckyComicRelief: Rene Wolfe intentionally tries to play this role in order to cope with the island. She has difficulty keeping it up as the time goes on, though.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:Alvaro Vacanti]] winds up killing [[spoiler:Barry Banks]] when he mistakes [[spoiler:Barry's]] concern for aggression.
* RasputinianDeath:
** [[spoiler:Isabel Ramirez]] gets stabbed, tased, shot, and mutilated by a group of people out for revenge, until she begs for mercy. [[PayEvilUntoEvil To be fair, it wasn't like she didn't deserve it.]]
** [[spoiler:Jonathan Gulley]] gets shot, then thrown off the bell tower, then stabbed with a machete, ''then'' hit with a pistol butt and tased. He only dies when he falls into knee-high water and drowns, unable to get out due to his injuries.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Penelope Fitzgerald's attempt to stop her friend Astrid Tate from killing others is mostly a takedown of her 'it doesn't matter if I kill as long as I survive' mentality and philosophy.
* ReformedButRejected: After Alessio Rigano mortally injures [[spoiler:Kiziah Saraki]], one of her final requests is that Alessio join her group's cause of encouraging pacifism. Alessio, not wanting to kill anymore, actually agrees. However, it causes in-fighting among the rest of the group once they find out about it. This leads to the group splitting, thus denying [[spoiler:Kiziah's]] last wishes.
* RelationshipRevolvingDoor: Raina Rose is in an on-and-off relationship with Crisanto Luz. They went "on" again shortly before the game started.
* SanitySlippage: Nancy Kyle undergoes this pretty fast. Alvaro Vacanti does as well, but not nearly to the same extent.
* {{Sadist}}: Isabel Ramirez started out as an AlphaBitch, before realizing that ColdBloodedTorture gives her even more of a thrill than bullying.
* ScarsAreForever: Coleen Reagan has a large burn scar covering half her face, stemming from an accident with boiling water as a child. She has a bit of a complex about it.
* SelectiveObliviousness: For the first day or so, Aiden Slattery, Irene Djezari and Henry Spencer spend it in denial of what's happening around them. Alice Baker forces Aiden to realise what's going on while Henry and Irene both slowly break down on their own, unable to keep up the delusion.
* ShoutOut: Nancy Kyle's profile conclusion references the {{When They Cry}} series, due to the fact that she is an otaku and was assigned a hatchet. [[spoiler: Guess how quickly Nancy goes literally {{Ax Crazy}}.]]
** Meanwhile thread title [[http://s10.zetaboards.com/SOTF_V2/topic/9002984/1/ Carry the Fire]] is a Creator/CormacMcCarthy reference, those being the ArcWords of ''Literature/TheRoad''. [[spoiler:It's also a pun, because the thread is about a candlelight vigil.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Best friends Bryony Adams and Alice Baker both fall into this category, as does Coleen Reagan. Cristo Morales and Bart Cappotelli are male examples. Serena Waters is one when she's not with her friends.
* TheSpeechless: Kimiko Kao, who has been completely mute since an accident shortly after birth.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Darius Van Dyke acts generally self-centered and pompous, putting down both strangers and allies with insults and baseless assumptions. Jerry Fury is pretty much a textbook example of this too.
* SmallTownBoredom: Several characters felt this way about Kingman - a city of nearly 30,000 people, but still a rather small, obscure place in the middle of the Mojave Desert - before the game.
* SportsHeroBackstory: Cochise High School's baseball team won the state championship in 2014, one year before v6 proper, with star pitcher Crisanto Luz having been part of the team for that accomplishment. Roderick Kanuho is also a state champion wrestler and Olympic hopeful.
* StepfordSmiler: Alba Reyes is this at times, generally smiling and acting cheery to calm those around her, with varying success.
* StressVomit: Many students have vomited at the beginning of this game. A notable example is Blair Moore, who vomited after [[spoiler:witnessing the death of Jennifer Su.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Alba Reyes]] pulls this on both [[spoiler: Kimiko Kao and Min-jae Parker]] with a land mine. She succeeds in regards to the former.
* TalkingToThemself: Benjamin Lichter in this version, though it's ambiguous if it's really another personality or an aspect of himself he can't admit he has.
* TheTeetotaler: Clarice Halwood, Michael Crowe and Nancy Kyle, who claims that "idols don't do drugs".
* ThirdPersonPerson: Nancy Kyle refers to herself as Nancy-chan when she speaks to the cameras.
* TinySchoolboy: Nate Turner at 4'6", due to a pituitary gland disorder. This puts him as the shortest boy in any version of SOTF.
* TogetherInDeath: Occurs several times this version.
** After [[spoiler:Jeremiah Larkin]] is stabbed dead, Michael Crowe places his body next to [[spoiler:Scarlett [=McAfee=], a girl he had feelings for.]]
** In a [[spoiler:familial]] variant, [[spoiler:Clarice Halwood commits suicide, with only the body of her step-sister, Scout Pfeiffer, as company. Because Clarice destroys a camera doing so, not even the terrorists see it.]]
** Similarly, this turns out to be the ultimate fate of [[spoiler:Emma and Sabrina Luz. Emma is shot dead over a misunderstanding caused by her own paranoia, while trying to transport her sister's dead body. Afterwards, the covered bodies are placed inside the Art Therapy room with their names marked on the wall, along with others in the area.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: Boris Petrikov, a terrorist introduced in V6, qualifies. He's been established as more of a PunchClockVillain who only works for the Artho Taskforce to help with his family's financial issues. In addition, while most profile and wiki comments have the terrorists either poke fun at the kids or express interest in them killing others, Boris' generally have him say something positive about them. He's still a terrorist who sends children to their deaths, [[AffablyEvil but at least he's nice about it]].
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Bradley Floyd]] encounters [[spoiler:Kimiko Kao]], a known murderer who has previous bad blood with him. What does he do? Go out of his way to piss her off when she's leaving. [[spoiler:She immediately turns around and kills him for it.]]
** [[spoiler: Bradley's cousin Darius Van Dyke]] gets in a similar situation when he [[spoiler:tries to steal from Will [=McKinley=], and then taunts him for the loss of his girlfriend, even when being threatened at gunpoint.]]
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Gender inverted with both Will [=McKinley=] and Jonathan Gulley, who set out for revenge after their respective significant others are killed (both towards the same killer, no less).
* WebVideo: Several students in this game have an in-universe web series. Noah Whitley hosts a scripted comedy series, while Maria Cucinotta hosts a cooking series. Caedyn Miller and Jasper Bustamante are also Vloggers. Vincenzo/a Gatti is also a relatively popular video game streamer.
* WideEyedIdealist: Penelope Fitzgerald is an optimistic ActualPacifist with a [[AfraidOfBlood blood phobia]], who tends to sees the best in others and tries to keep them on the right path.
* YankTheDogsChain: Vigilante organization STAR features in the V6 prologue and are mobilizing for a rescue attempt, as shown during the first announcement. [[spoiler:They end up on a different island full of decoys, possibly due to a {{Mole}} in their midst, leading directly to the organization being wiped out by the AT.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Raina Rose and Nancy Kyle both have blue hair. Blair Moore also has multicolored hair.
* YouSeeImDying: Blaire Moore brings up mid-conversation that, because of her [[IllGirl living with cystic fibrosis]], [[YourDaysAreNumbered that her days were numbered to begin with]]. It's a surprise for Rene Wolfe and Noah Whitley, the people she's talking to.
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