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Roleplay: The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness
aka: The Insane Quest
You know what? I don't want to think up a deep, well-thought out RP. I'm going insane and just winging it. So why don't you join me, for this should be fun, cause I can just see the billions of places this could go.
Game Master Lightning Snow

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 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.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Hoar serves as this for most of the male characters except Hades.
  • Abnormal Ammo: Eddie's Gun Gun is a gun that fires...guns.
    • He's also used Mortal as ammunition on at least one occasion.
    • "Penguins! Load the Hippo Cannon!"
  • The Ace: Appropriately enough, his name actually is "Ace".
  • Action Girl: Luna, Nico, Rose, Nightglide, Sarah, Lori...pretty much any female character other than Hoar.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: One of Lori's jobs.
  • Aerith and Bob: We have characters with normal names, such as Eddie, Jack, Sarah, etc. As well as characters on the more unusual side of the spectrum, such as Frost, Luna, Hoar, and so on.
  • Affably Evil: Eca and Nie.
  • Affectionate Parody: Roughly 97% of the plot is a pastiche of common Japanese Media Tropes.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Washington's specialty.
  • All There in the Manual: The wiki provides us with Eddie and Mortal's full names and most of the characters' backstories.
  • Always Save the Girl: In Chapter V, Washington leaves an immobilized Eddie in order to rescue Nico. To be fair, he did send Spoony Bard to help Eddie before he left.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Washington is an orange penguin.
  • 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.
  • Anti-Climax: The ending of chapters IV and V
  • 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".
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Shigeru Miyamoto- this RP portrays him as a Reality Warper and borderline God-Mode Sue, but he never shows up when he would be most useful.
  • Back from the Dead: The entire cast after being killed and sent to Hell in Chapter 4.
  • Badass Adorable: Pika.
  • Badass Boast: Ace has engaged in his fair share of these.
  • Badass Grandpa: Ein and Rustynuts both have their moments.
  • Badass in Distress: Travis Touchdown in Chapter III.
  • Badass Normal: Eddie used to be one of these before he gained a Superpowered Evil Side. Since then, this role has been filled by Sarah.
  • Badass Princess: Luna has shown to be one.
  • 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.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Jefferson, a miniature polar bear.
  • The Bechdel Test: It passes.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Possibly the case with Eddie and Sarah.
  • 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.
  • BFG: Lori's weapon of choice.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Washington...just...Washington.
  • Big Bad: Segami
    • Big Bad Ensemble: Nintendoki and Mark Pincus appear to be just as antagonistic as Segami, if not more so.
  • Big Good: Shigeru Miyamoto, who frequently shows up to help the heroes. Nintendoki might fill this role, except he mostly just sits around and ignores most pleas for help from his servants
    • 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.
    • Played straight with Link in Luna's flashback.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Segami is shown as being pure evil, but Nintendoki isn't such a nice guy either.
  • Bi the Way: Not outright stated, but implied with Nico.
  • Blessed with Suck: Sir Rustynuts is so weak that he actually saps the strength of anyone who touches him.
  • Blob Monster: Mortal
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Eca.
  • Blown Across the Room: Lori does this, with her BFG to Chesire during the boss battle in Chapter V.
  • Break the Cutie: Since Pikachus are usually cute and cuddly little critters, this is possibly what happened to Pika after serving in the military.
  • Bounty Hunter: One of Lori's aforementioned jobs.
  • A Boy and His X: A penguin and his slug, a loony doctor and his hand-puppet, a fox and her robot, a Cyborg and her bird-dragon, a Blob Monster and his sentient ball of cotton... * Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sometimes giving it such a thorough pulverizing that it borderlines on No Fourth Wall.
  • Breakout Character: Luna, who was only supposed to have a semi-important role in Chapter I, went on to become one of the most important characters in the story.
  • British Accent: Washington has one, eh wot.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Jefferson, the Evil Twin of Washington.
    • Not to mention the fact that Ein temporarily becomes diagnosed with "Brooklyn Rage Syndrome", which causes him to become violently angry for no reason.
  • The Brute: Eidde Nehoc
  • Butt Monkey: Lupez.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Zepul is the most notorious example, but Frost has done it on a few occasions as well. Mortal also did it once, with the "MORTAL ULTRA FIGHTING BOMBER!"
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Washington's only attempted to confess his feelings for Nico once, and the result was simply him becoming hopelessly flustered before deciding to change the subject.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Lupez.
  • Catch Phrase: Luna's "fuh-uck!" among others.
  • Cats Are Mean: Zepul
  • Celibate Hero: Sir Rustynuts is 382 years old and still a virgin.
  • Character Development: Quite a bit, considering the quest was originally designed to ignore characterization and other more "serious" elements in favor of comedy.
  • Chew Bubblegum: Mortal uses this line near the end of Chapter V. Luna, misunderstanding the figure of speech, proceeds to offer Mortal a stick of gum.
  • The Chew Toy: All the characters at some points, but mostly Eddie.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Miyamoto.
    • Also Ein. Despite being a Dirty Old Man who collects nude pictures of women as a hobby, he turns down Granny's advances due to being in a committed relationship with Wendy Oldbag.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Some of Lori's jobs.
  • City of Adventure: Metro-Paramus city. Although in some parts, it's a Dystopia.
  • City Noir: Metro-Paramus city is an example. With a good amount of Cyber Punk and Dystopia.
  • 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.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Kotick's true form is a weak little Gollum-like creature.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Mortal plays it straight. Sendiel goes Up to Eleven.
    • Frost also shows signs of this, although it's more likely that he's just Obfuscating Stupidity.
    • Though being the God of Random, it's obvious the guy is gonna be more than a little insane.
  • Collectible Card Game: Rhadamanthus claims he's made one.
  • Combat Medic: Dr. Ein Kelpforest.
  • 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!)
  • Cool Ship: The S.S. Appa, which was created by fusing Appa the Flying Bison with Lupez's pirate ship.
  • 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...
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: This can pretty much apply to the entire cast.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Lori and Nico.
  • Cyborg: It's stated that Nightglide was originally a human.
  • Dark Action Girl: Sola, Ember, Shi, and Nie.
  • Darker and Edgier: An example of this Trope used properly.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Miyamoto's apparently been going steady with Rosie for quite some time.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Frost acts as the main character for most of Chapter V, and Chapter VI shines the spotlight on Washington.
    • Snow has also shown interest in giving opportunities for the other PCs to each have their own Chapters as well.* Deadpan Snarker: Eddie.
  • Death by Origin Story: Jack's mother, Nico's pack, Luna's mother, Perracious
  • 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.
  • Depower: Frost.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Sola.
  • Determinator: Sarah.
    • 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.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Rose.
  • Dirty Old Man: Ein, natch.
  • 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.
  • The Drag-Along: Eddie.
  • The Dragon: Sola Soulhawk
  • Drop the Hammer: Mortal and Omni.
    • Except Mortal uses a mallet. And he will tell you that. Many times.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Inverted with Orlando, since being high gives him the ability to see into the future.
  • Duel Boss: Ember challenges Frost one-on-one during their second meeting.
  • Dystopia: Metro-Paramus city. But being this town was based on Blade Runner and Robocop, and probably Watchmen. It was sorta obvious.
  • Elemental Powers: Parodied. Alongside the characters who have ice (see above) and fire (see below) powers, Luna and Sola control the "elements" of gum and salsa, respectively.
  • Empathic Weapon: Chompy, Ein's sentient hand-puppet.
  • Enemy Mine: Smoosh briefly makes a deal with Hades in order to escape from Hell. Subverted when the plan backfires and then Double Subverted when Hades eventually does help them escape.
  • Enemy Within: Eddie and Edmund.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Subverted. even though Hades is an insufferable Jerk Ass, compared to Kotick he is the lesser of two evils, and even teams up with Smoosh at one point.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Washington and Frost's penguin servants.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Luna Ravenheart.
  • Cute Kitten: Subverted with Zepul.
  • Evil Redheads: Sola.
  • Expy Sarah Belfry is a gender-flipped Simon Belmont from Castlevania.
  • Fantastic Racism: While not a prominent theme in the story, many of the anthropomorphic animal characters seem to regard the word "furry" as a sort of racial slur.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink
  • 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.
    • And let's not Forget the Lollipop Lords.
  • Fastball Special: Eddie shooting Mortal out of the Gun Gun at Zepul.
  • Faux Horrific / Cool and Unusual Punishment: After locking the heroes in his basement, Hades proceeds to torture them by...forcing them to watch a nonstop High School Musical marathon. That fiend!
  • Fiery Redhead: Sola and Nico, pun intended for the latter.
    • Lori has red hair too, but also a little white hair.
  • Five Something Man Band:
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: In Chapter IV.
    • Subverted for the ninth circle of Hell, which is freezing cold.
  • Fire-Forged Friends
  • Flying Brick: Edmund. The "flying" part could be justified, as he does have wings...
  • Foreshadowing: Washington's hatred of sharks. See Fridge Brilliance below.
  • Four Is Death: Guess what happens in Chapter IV? Everyone dies.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Luna...most of the time.
  • Funny Animal: Lupez, a talking dog who is also a Pirate.
  • Furry Confusion: It happens a lot.
  • Fur Against Fang: Eddie's Evil Twin, Eidde, is a werewolf.
  • Gamer Chick: Lori, Luna, and Rose.
  • Genre-Busting:Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Action/ Shōnen/Comedy-Toilet Humor/Horror/Romance. All warped up in one mess of a Random RP, named Insane Quest.
  • Genre Savvy: After a while, the members of Smoosh begin to catch on as to how things work in their universe.
    Eddie: Oh, come on. What are the chances of something bad happening at Washington's family reunion?
    Eddie and Sarah: * Aside Glance*
  • 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.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Angry Sun in Chapter III, Killer Tennis Balls in Chapter IV and Ramen Monsters in Chapter V.
  • The Glomp: Luna does thie to Nico after rescuing her from Bobby Kotick
  • Glorious Mother Russia: Averted. While Lori is apparently Russian, she displays none of the stereotypes unless she is under the influence of accent-inducing tea, which causes her to say "comrade" a few times.
  • God in Human Form: Frost was originally a divine being until Nintendoki tricked him into giving up most of his powers after he joined Smoosh.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Nintendoki is so lazy that he had to hire a bunch of mortals just to collect some souvenirs for him.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: The goggles on Jack's helmet, which are actually a Memento MacGuffin from his late mother.
  • Go Karting with Bowser: During the RP's 1-year anniversary celebration, all of the characters, including the villains, all attended a (non-canon) party together. Yes, even Sola.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Smoosh's main goal is to collect all the items on Nintendoki's wish list.
  • Green Thumb: Rose
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Used by Sarah in the fight against the Cheshire Cat.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Mortal uses his own blob-body as a weapon. Mostly for trapping and absorbing things.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Sir Rustynuts.
  • Guile Hero: Eddie.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Lori has a fair share of these from time to time.
  • Hammer Space: Frost's secondary power. Washington also allegedly has an entire mansion full of ninja babes inside his top hat.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Hades...possibly.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Lupez.
  • She Knows Too Much: Nintendoki warns Luna not to stick her nose in where it doesn't belong when she starts asking questions about the original Smoosh.
    • When Sarah begins trying to investigate the same subject, Nintendoki shows up in person making vague threats in an attempt to discourage her.
  • Hello, Nurse! / Hospital Hottie: Dr. Nie Algaewood.
  • Heroic BSOD: Eddie, after Sola kills Nico. this causes Eddie to change into Edmund for the first time, but then he ends up dying himself immediately afterwards.
  • Hero Killer: Sola.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Both Nintendoki and Segami have a tendancy to keep their true motives a secret.
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: The Cheshire Cat does this after being defeated by Smoosh.
  • Hive Mind: It's been shown that if Mortal splits apart, any piece of him has conscience. And the Cotton Ball monster's cotton balls apparently all act on their own.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: Jack.
  • Homage: A lot in this RP to list.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Kotick does this to Nico.
  • 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.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Ein's reaction to meeting Carlos for the first time.
    "What a weirdo." said the psychotic surgeon with pink hair and a puppet that resembled dentures.
  • An Ice Person: Frost and Omni.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Washington's main weapon is the Bazookachainsaw, which is exactly what it sounds like. Eddie also has a weapon known as the "Gun Gun", which is essentially a gun that fires smaller guns as projectiles.
    • To counter Eddie's Gun Gun, Eidde has a weapon called the "Sword Sword" a Katana with several smaller Katanas attatched to it. Also, Jefferson has a swiss army knife that can be used as a boomerang.
    • 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.
  • Intoxication Ensues: In Chapter 4, Ace encounters a marijuana-themed Care Bear who claims to have obtained naked pictures of Luna via the internet. Enraged, Ace burns the bear and his stash of weed to ashes, creating a cloud of pot smoke that ends up intoxicating the rest of the characters.
  • 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).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lupez, and possibly Sarah.
  • Kill 'em All
  • Killed Off for Real: Ember, possibly Kotick and Hoar.
  • Kitsune: Nico is essentially one of these, minus the multiple tails and trickster personality.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In the earlier chapters, Smoosh's enemies consisted of giant octopi, Candy Pirates, and angry hamsters. Then along came Sola...
  • Large Ham: Nintendoki.
    • Also Mortal, apparently. According to his page quote at least.
    • 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.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Humans and all sorts of creatures and animals live in the universe of 69 worlds.
  • Licking the Blade: Sola does this after killing Nico.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Lovable Coward: Eddie.
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: Ein. Lupez fails to meet the "Loveable" requirement.
  • 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.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Sola's not really Luna's Evil Twin. She's actually her biological cousin.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: At one point, Smoosh has to escort and epileptic smiley face through a maze of exploding duct tape. What.
  • Making a Splash: Frost, since his ice-manipulation abilities also extend to control over water.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Although the story mainly focuses on original characters, there is also an abundance of characters from existing media as well, such as Travis Touchdown and Captain Jack Sparrow. Other characters are merely inspired from other works, such as Jack the Chameleon (Sonic the Hedgehog / Advance Wars), Omni Bro (Super Mario Bros.) and Pika ({{Pokťmon}}).
  • Mega Manning: Chompy can copy the powers of other people and weapons by licking them.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Jack's goggles.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: After a long hiatus, Ace finally returns...as a cyborg ninja.
  • 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.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Orlando.
  • Ninja: Wyu, Zel of the White Leaves, and Master Meowmellow Zepul.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Ace (a cyborg ninja-swordsman...thing) and Rose (a ninja pirate, natch).
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Lampshaded by Jack the Chameleon, who has a full head of hair under his helmet.
  • Noodle Implements: Frost seems to like using these.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Frost during the earlier chapters.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Inverted- Ember, the Queen of Order, is a villain, while Frost, the King of Random, is a hero.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Wyu.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Eddie.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Eidde (No that is not a typo).
  • Overly-Long Gag: "It's over ninety percent!"
    • What?! Ninety percent?!
    • Ninety percent!
    • NINETY PERCENT!!!
    • IT'S OVER NINETY PERCENT!
    • NINETY PERCENT! NINETY PERCENT! NINETY PERCENT! NINETY PERCENT!
    • IT'S OVER NINETY PERCEEEEEEEEEEENT!!!!!!
    • What?! Ninety percent?!
    • Ninety percent?
  • Overly Long Name: Baron Washington Wafflesworth Jr., Sr., Jr., MXVII.
  • Pet the Dog: The original Smoosh members are probably the only people in the multiverse whom Nintendoki treats with a shred of respect.
  • Petting Zoo People: Nico.
  • Pirate: Captain Wafflemallow Lupez.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Jack and Lori, although it has been implied that the former might have a crush on the latter.
  • Playing with Fire: Ace, Omni and Nico. On Doosh's side, there's also Ember. Also Mortal after absorbing fire.
  • Pocket Dimension: The Infinite Trophy Case, a world created by Frost while he still had divine powers, is implied to be one of these.
  • Portal Network: The Interdimensional Highways.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Edmund's "Here kitty kitty kitty..." It Makes Sense in Context, as the opponent he was fighting was the Cheshire Cat from Pandora Hearts.
  • Psychic Powers: Orlando and Sendiel.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Doosh, lead by Segami and Sola, the Evil Twins of Nintendoki and Luna, respectively.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to the fact that the participants can't always be around to play, characters have been known to disappear from time to time, but return later.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Washington.
  • 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.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Zel.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ace and Frost, and to a lesser extent, Nintendoki and Segami.
  • Reference Overdosed: Oh yes.
  • Revenge: Nico has a vendetta against Doosh for killing the other members of her pack.
  • Robo Cam: Ben and Nightglide have these.
  • Robot Buddy: Ben, Lori's Servbot companion.
  • 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.
  • Rule of Cool
  • Rule of Funny
  • Satan: Turns out he is actually Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision.
  • Schedule Slip: Happens from time to time. Whenever this occurs, you can expect a lot of Lampshade Hanging and Rage Against the Author from the cast.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Colin assists Jack with money with his troops.
  • 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.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Many of the members of Doosh, due to them being Evil Twins / Evil Counterparts of the other characters, such as Eca (Ace), Eidde (Eddie), Nie (Ein) and Latrom (Mortal).
  • 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.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Spoony Bard.
  • Shared Universe: With TV Tropes The Adventure, Smile For The Camera, and The Death Series...Though there may be some debate whether this is official or not.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Pika. Subverted with Jack, who seems to have a War Is Glorious -type attitide.
  • Shipper on Deck: Despite his own romantic involvement with Luna, Ace occasionally suspects her and Nico are a couple. Eddie argues this, as he is convinced that Nico is in love with Washington.
  • Shock and Awe: Zel and Pika.
  • Shout-Out: The RP frequently features Shout Outs to things such as No More Heroes, Advance Wars, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, and even TV Tropes itself.
    • Besides those there, it's countless. It has it's own page.
  • Show Some Leg: Hoar, who is literally a female Awesome Smiley attatched to a pair of feminine legs.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: As the name implies, the Insane Quest started off as being 100% silly, but as time went on it began to establish more of a balance.
  • The Smart Guy: Eddie Cohen views himself as this.
  • The Spartan Way: Parodied. When Rustynuts was telling his war story.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad: Doosh. The original Smoosh will probably be revealed to be one of these as well.
  • 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...
  • Start of Darkness: Luna's flashback hints at the possibility of one for Sola.
  • 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 
  • Straight Gay: Eca.
  • Superhero Trophy Shelf: Frost's Infinite Trophy Case. Possibly justified, as he is a god...
  • Super Mode/One-Winged Angel: Nico can transfom into a giant pyrokinetic fox. This usually makes her the primary source of transportation when the S.S. Appa isn't around.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Edmund acts as this for Eddie.
  • Surreal Humor: In case the previous tropes haven't made it obvious enough.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Bobby Kotick. "Would you care for a spot of totally non-poisoned tea, while you're here?"
  • The Stoner: Orlando Greaves.
    • Not to mention Mari
  • Swiss Army Appendage: All four of Nightglide's limbs are capable of transforming into weapons.
  • 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.
  • Threatening Shark: Irving
  • To Hell and Back
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Nico and Luna, respectively.
  • 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.
  • Trope Overdosed
  • True Companions: Not at first, but after a while, it seems our heroes have become close friends.
  • Tsundere: Nico and Sarah are type A. Lori is type B.
  • TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary: Considering many of the participants are also Tropers, this was inevitable.
  • ‹berwald: Forksylvania.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Don't make Nico angry. You won't like her when she's angry.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Bobby Kotick after he is defeated.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Lori's BFG.
  • 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.
    • Travis Touchdown was going to become a permanent member of Smoosh.
    • Zepul was going to be a member of Doosh, rather than being an independant villain.
    • Also, Mortal was originally going to be a Jerk Ass human.
  • Whip It Good: Sarah's Weapon of Choice, much to Lupez's enjoyment.
  • Whip Sword: Rose.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Luna gets mad at Lightning Snow for supposedly making her a Flat Character.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Not an exact example of this trope, but Lori apparently had experience in at least 21 different jobs before joining Smoosh.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jack fears spiders, Lori fears scorpions.
  • The Wiki Rule
  • Wild Mass Guessing: Have fun!
  • The Wonderland: The Infinite Trophy Case.
  • The Worf Effect: Nico is especially prone to this, suffering from the Worf Effect at the hands of three different enemies so far.
  • Word of God: Snow's Q&A section of the wiki is designed to provide this for the players.
  • 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".
  • X Meets Y: Snow has described the story's balance between humorous and dramatic as "Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo meets Pandora Hearts".
    • Personally, This Troper would describe it as "Kingdom Hearts meets Charlie The Unicorn".
    • This Troper thinks it's EarthBound's quirkiness mixed in with, the seriousness of Bleach of some sorts.
    • The "Kingdom Hearts meets Charlie the Unicorn" comment has now become something of a Fandom Nod, seeing as it is now quoted on the RP's front page.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Nintendoki and Segami are censored because their appearances are TOO EPIC FOR MERE MORTALS TO COMPREHEND!!!
    • Up until Chapter VI, that is.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Luna.
    • Dr. Ein has pink hair.
  • Your Vampires Suck: Eddie was originally created to serve as the anti-Edward.

     The new and rebooted one. 
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.)


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