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A Play By Post Game on Nintendo Nsider2 Forums created by user Lightning Snow. The Insane Quest Of Unfathomable Randomness (Now referred to as simply The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness) takes place in the Universe of 69 Worlds, a surreal, crossover-prone parallel universe where literally anything can happen. And it does. Quite often.The story begins when Nintendoki, an all-powerful but incredibly lazy god, decides to assemble a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits (collectively known as "Smoosh") to travel accross the Universe in search of a number of items on the deity's personal wish list. By the third chapter, things take a turn for the dramatic, as the members of Smoosh become self-appointed protectors of the Universe, unravel ancient conspiracies and do battle with Doosh, a team of Psycho Rangers led by the evil god Segami.As you may have guessed, it is highly Troperiffic.It can be found here and the official Wiki can be found here. It also has an entire Shout-Out page here.Since the older one died off. Snow deiced to reboot the RP again called the Insane Quest 2. It can be found here.
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The old RP
The IQoUR contains examples of the following tropes:
Aborted Arc: Hades mentioned in Chapter IV that the only way to escape Hell was to go to the courthouse and hope that a god was willing to help your case. Since that chapter was the subject of a lot of Arc Fatigue, Snow decided to cut the chapter short and just have Hades simply teleport them back to the world of the living.
Written Actors: For the one-year anniversary of the RP, all of the characters who had appeared so far (and that's a lot) attended a party hosted by Snow to celebrate. The whole thing was declared to be non-canon, however.
Animesque: Snow has stated that he intends to make the story of the game similar to that of a Shōnen anime.
Animorphism: Washington became a penguin as the result of an accident while practising Alchemy.
The Walffleworths and Andre and Rios.
Angst Nuke: Segami's temper has been known to trigger atomic explosions.
Arc Words: Nightmare Princess, Nightmare Princess...show mercy to thy country's men...Nightmare Princess, Nightmare Princess...return to the Gate as the clock strikes Ten...
Artifact Title: Acknowledged by Snow after the RP began to become less and less of a Random Events Plot. As a result, the "Unfathomable Randomness" was eventually dropped from the title and the RP is now simply known as "The Insane Quest".
A Wizard Did It: Parodied. Anything that does not make sense is explained as being the result of "HAX".
Batman Gambit: Eddie pulls a few of these from time to time, with varying results.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Mortal originally didn't say "Did someone order a LARGE HAM?" in the game itself, with the line only appearing as a quote for his page on the wiki. Afterwards, to avoid any confusion, Mortal decides to blurt out the line for no other reason than so he can go on record and claim that he said it.
Berserk Button: For such a classy and sophisticated gent, there sure are a lot of triggers that can make Washington temporarily revert into an Ax-Crazy maniac. Sharks, injuring/kidnapping Nico, touching his flippers, etc.
Eddie is also prone to going berserk when any harm befalls his teammates, which usually serves as the cue for Edmund to show up.
The Lollipop Lords are also implied to be a Big Good of sorts.
Big Damn Heroes: Painfully subverted at the end of Chapter 3. After an inspiring Misfit Mobilization Moment, Smoosh storms Doosh's camp in an attempt to rescue Luna. They find Sola waiting there for them, and [[spoiler: she proceeds to kill every last one of them, including Luna.
Clingy Costume: Rustynuts's armor. He's had it on for so long that it's literally rusted to his body.
Clingy Macguffin: One of the items on Nintendoki's list are the socks of Princess Luna Ravenheart, which cannot be removed due to a curse, a la The Wizard of Oz. The only way the curse can be undone is to collect the rest of the items on the list, prompting Luna to join Smoosh since the alternative would be to cut her feet off.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Inverted and then subverted in Chapter V: while Ember duels with Frost, the Cheshire Cat decides to take on the other nine members of Smoosh present at once. It's clear that he would have won, too, had it not been for him being temporarily distracted by Ember's defeat, allowing his opponents to gain the upper hand.
Cool Hat: While Zel's hat is pretty cool, it can't beat Washington's top hat (it has a mansion full of ninja babes inside!)
Crapsack World: Sir Rustynuts's kingdom, once a rather nice place to live, quickly began to go down the drain after the King made a few poor choices. Land there now sells for $-20/acre (They pay YOU to take it).
Lori's home in Metro-Paramus city is another example, with a dose of Cyber Punk thrown in for good measure.
Crossover Cosmology: Played with- Hades mentions that he ruled the Underworld back in the days of Ancient Greece, but by the time Christianity had become popular, ownership of the Underwolrd was transferred to Satan, who named it Hell, and the rest is history. Then there's the gods from the story's Fantasy Pantheon...
Defeat Means Friendship: after Nintendoki defeats ANIHILATES a giant Cotton Ball Monster in Chapter V, one of the cotton balls that made up the creature's body remains alive afterwards and befriends Mortal.
Rustynuts would also qualify. Sure, he seems pretty lazy and indifferent at first, until you realize that he was able to bring himself back from the dead through nothing but sheer Heroic Spirit, and he is so physically old that at this point his willpower is the only thing holding his body together.
Distaff Counterpart: some of the Doosh members serve as this to Smoosh, such as Ember (Frost), Shi the Iguana (Jack the Chameleon), and Dr. Nie Algaewood (Dr. Ein Kelpforest)
Distressed Damsel: Luna suffers from this Trope a lot, although Nico has been the damsel on at least one occasion.
Doomed Hometown: Santa Destroy is almost entirely demolished by Doosh over the course of Chapter III, starting with the detonation of the motel where Travis lives. Needless to say, the assassin is less than pleased.
Dumb Muscle: Eidde, to the point where he can't even speak in a complete sentance.
Fantasy Pantheon: Along with pre-existing figures from religion and mythology, there's also Nintendoki, Segami, Sonyami (seeing a pattern here?) and the Four Overlords, two of which being Frost and Rose.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: While there is no real "radar" to speak of, Nsider's censorship of some stronger swear words prompted Snow to find ways to bypass this rule (ie: writing "fuck" as "phuck", etc.) until the moderators caught on and made a rule against that too.
The Ghost: Latrom, Mortal's Doosh counterpart, currently.
Highly-Visible Ninja: Master Zepul and his band of Drunken Ninjas. To clarify, their definition of "stealth" is steering their giant flying dojo in front of their opponents and delivering a volley of insults before attacking.
I Have Many Names: Nintendoki, aka Master of the Dimension of Q, 2nd Best D-League Yu-Gi-Oh player, Queen of the Male Girls, Conqueror of Klondike, Fuhrer of the Fourth Reich, Co-Founder of Playguy, and Dealer of the Purple Cards.
I Know Your True Name: Frost seems determined to keep his real name a secret from the other members of Smoosh, with Rose being the only other person who knows it. From conversations between Frost and Rose and other works by the creator of those characters, it is implied that Frost's real name is Mark.
Both Ace and Eca have been known to use sex toys as weapons.
Incoming Ham: Mortal uses this as his page quote on the wiki.
In Name Only: Chapter 3: No More Heroes. Other than taking place in Santa Destroy and featuring a cameo by Travis Touchdown, the chapter had almost nothing to do with the video game series. Travis Lampshades this at the end of the chapter with an angry rant:
Travis: Wait, what?! That's it for this chapter? Where the hell are all the No More Heroes references?! Shinobu, Death Metal? Snow told me he would have Sylvia in this chapter! And Suda 51! And masturbation! This chapter felt totally rushed! This was NO MORE HEROES!! Where's MORE NO MORE HEROES?! You totally screwed me Snow! WHAT THE FU—-* cue explosion*
Word of God states that a future chapter will return the heroes to Santa Destroy and will contain many more references to the actual games.
Currently, Latrom. He was described in the "Doosh Preview" in chapter III, though.
Insistent Terminology: When Hades takes over Hell from Kotick, he tells people that he's changing its name back to "The Underworld".
Also, Mortal's weapon is not a hammer. It's a mallet.
Interspecies Romance: Washington is a penguin. He has a crush on Nico, who is a humanoid with the ears and tail of a fox.
Also, if Jack and Lori ever get together, it would result in a relationship between a chameleon and a fox, respectively.
Mortal is a blob. He has a crush on Luna, a human.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Mortal initially kept his feelings for Luna a secret, believing that she would be better off with Ace. However, seeing how Mortal has become increasingly annoyed with Ace recently, he might be willing to change his mind...
Jerkass Gods: Nintendoki couldn't care less about the well-being of his servants as long as they manage to find the things on his list. As for Segami, he's pretty much a God of Evil.
And then there's Hades...
Hell, the only god who isn't a Jerk Ass in this story is Frost, who's actually one of the nicest members of Smoosh.
However, Frost recently was a Jerkass to a pair of penguins (who had to put bandages on each other).
Don't forget Carlos, the Magical Pencil MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGICAL PEEEEEEEEEEEEENCIL!
Kansas City Shuffle: Ein suspects that Ember sabotaging the Zero Divide may have just been a setup to keep Smoosh distracted for a while.
Knight Templar: A few offhand lines from some of the members of Doosh seem to imply that they oppose the heroes for being assosiated with the "evil" god Nintendoki, while completely ignoring the fact that the atrocities they've committed in the name of Segami (wiping out most of Santa Destroy and killing off the Firefoxes, for example) vastly outweigh any actions performed by Smoosh.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Nightglide. Possibly justified, as she has a computerized brain and her memory files were corrupted by a virus, making for a more plausible version of this trope (well, relatively speaking).
Last Name Basis: Lupez. So far, Luna is the only one who refers to him by his first name, Wafflemallow.
Last of Her Kind: Nico might be the last of the Firefoxes after he pack was killed by Doosh.
Lethal Joke Character: Mortal started as a useless character who made jokes, but is getting more badass as the story moves along.
Love Dodecahedron: At the beginning of the story, it was clear that Ace and Luna had feelings for each other. When Ace was Put on a Bus, Eddie began showing some romantic feelings towards Luna. Now Ace is back, and Eddie's Tsundere ex-girlfiend recently joined Smoosh. How any of this is going to work out is anyone's guess.
Mission Control: Nintendoki stays in contact with Smoosh via his patented communication device, the "Nintendoki DS" (Later upgraded to the Nintendoki 3DS).
Mr. Seahorse: According to Mortal, his species (being giant, amoeba-like blobs) are able to reproduce asexually, although they still apparently have male and female genders and get married.
To justify this, it's possible that Mortal's species can only reproduce when they are in love with someone, like Kif's species in Futurama.
Morality Chain: Edmund has outright stated that the only thing stopping him from becoming Chaotic Evil is the fact that he's forced to share a body with Eddie, and if he were to do anything truly heinous, Eddie would complain about it to the point of driving Edmund insane (or more insane than usual, at least).
More Dakka: Jack can summon entire armies at will.
Not So Different: Both Nintendoki and Segami are shown as being completely amoral deities who will do whatever it takes to get what they want and don't care who gets hurt in the process. The only thing that really sets them apart is the morality of their servants: Most of the members of Smoosh are generally more heroic than their master and have been known to show either reluctance or out outright defiance to some of his more outrageous demands, while all of the members of Doosh are just as twisted as Segami and are never unwilling to do his dirty work.
Also, if Luna's flashback is any indication, the original Smoosh were much more obedient to their master and therefore much more ruthless.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: In the beginning, Smoosh consisted of a sword-wielding crusader, a cowardly vampire, a pervertred elderly doctor and a former god, and it only got weirder from there.
So lets see what we have right now: A Cyborg-Ninja fire wielder, a Blob Monster with a living ball of cotton, a old guy who is a master surgeon with a hand puppet, a vampire, the vampire's ex-girlfriend who is a vampire SLAYER, a orange penguin, a old knight who saps energy, a former god, a chameleon who summons units from Advance Wars, a fox with a Servbot, and a robot. wat
Rebel Prince: According to the wiki, Mortal is actually the prince of an entire planet of Blob Monsters like him, and ran away to join Smoosh because he felt he was being tied down by his overprotective father.
Robot Girl: Subverted with Nightglide, in that instead of being designed to look outstandingly beutiful, she appears to be designed to be intimidating instead.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: While Luna and Mortal are no slouches when it comes being an asset to their team, this trope is taken even further by Luna's mother, the Queen, who was shown to be willing to step onto the battlefield herself in order to defend her homeworld. Unfortunately, this proved to be her downfall, as she was killed in a duel with one of the Original Smoosh members.
The Scrappy: In-universe, there's Random WTF, an enigmatic little creature that shows up at random times in an attempt to become part of the story. This usually results in Snow himself appearing to forcibly remove the little pest from his RP.
Serious Business: Video game companies. The games themselves are still little more than a recreation activity, but the companies that produce them are depicted as massive, magically-enhanced empires at constant war with each other.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Deconstructed with Eddie and Sarah, who used to date despite the fact that Eddie is a vampire and Sarah is a vampire slayer. They ended up breaking up when they decided they were incompatible, but you never know...
Stealth Pun: In Chapter VI, Smoosh is discussing how they should tell Yvette that she's an item on Nintendoki's List. Washington, a penguin, suggests finding her first, then making it up as they go.note In other words, the bird is suggesting they wing it.
Swiss Army Weapon: Chompy has a vast arsenal of abilities that continues to grow thanks to his Mega Manning ability. Miyamoto's Wiimote also qualifies.
Take That: Activision gets bashed several times over the course of Chapter 4, especially in the end when we find out that the devil is actually Bobby Kotick
There Is Another: Or, to be more precise, There Was Another. Luna's flashback seems to imply that Nintendoki was the leader of another team known as "Smoosh" long before the story's main characters signed up. What happened to those original members is currently unknown.
Took a Level in Badass: Eddie, who was arguably the least badass character in the cast during the earlier chapters, managed to uprade his status to Badass Bookworm during Chapter 3. (And of course, the addition of Edmund might have helped a little...)
Mortal has gone from a Man Child with no intelligence whatsoever to a tough guy who is the prince of his planet and is a helpful member to Smoosh.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Hades wasn't exactly a nice guy to begin with, but in the Insane Quest he manages to be an even bigger Jerk Ass than he was in the Disney Movie.
This is an even bigger Mind Screw when you realize that he's technically one of the good guys.
Transplant The character Lori was originally part of a different Play-by-Post Game entitled "Ultra Knuckles: Extra Shiny RP Edition" before it became an Orphaned Series. The same goes for Carlos, who originally deuted in a PBP called Project Gold.
Trigger Happy: Both Jack and Lori are this when they are handling weapons, sometimes.
Weaksauce Weakness: Mortal's species is unable to escape if captured by a fishing net or any other type of net with multiple holes in it. The ensuing Fridge Logic about how he could easily ooze through said holes to escape is obviously Played for Laughs.
This is to justify the face Mortal would be near-invincible if he could just ooze through everything.
Wham Episode: Chapter III. Not only did this chapter mark the first appearance of Doosh, the first recurring antagonists to appear in the story, but it also marked the story's transition from "crazy random humor" to "crazy random humor with a dark storyline and lots of characterDevelopment".
Word of God has stated that we're in for an even bigger Wham Episode once Chapter VII rolls around.
What Could Have Been: A few aspects of the story went through some revision before being implemented by Snow, sometimes at the last minute. For example:
Nintendoki was originally not going to be an actual god, but just a delusioned individual who thought of himself as a god.
Lupez was going to be a human, rather than a talking dog.
Worthy Opponent: Edmund, of all people, compliments the Cheshire Cat's use of dirty tactics in the fight against him, even going as far as calling his strategy of using Luna as a hostage "pretty damn impressive".
Call Back: Some of the characters call back to the characters from the original Quest (Aaron still has Eddie's Edmund personality, Falcon is a revamp of the original Falcon and Mortal is a big part of his backstory, ect.)