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Roleplay: Tower Of Animus
Your world has been destroyed. I saved you. Let's all be happy here.

Tower of Animus is a Journal Roleplay which began on Livejournal but moved to Dreamwidth.

Somewhere, in a world not associated with any other, there's a lone Tower surrounded by fog. This Tower has no entrances and no exits; people simply wake up in a bed provided for them, and are given some of their possessions in a trunk and a couple of letters explaining the situation. (See above.) From there, they are trapped in the Tower and expected to live there, under the watchful eyes of the Tower administration; for better or for worse.


This game provides examples of:

  • A House Divided: The managers have begun to turn on each other, and are now getting the residents caught up in their antics.
    • The admins appear to be attempting to invoke this in the Tower residents as well, including things like brainwashing people at random to try to discover resistance efforts, and a rather pointed reference to Pandora in the Idealism event
  • Alien Geometries: Riki's pod in the Infighting event.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 4 across a multitude of worlds. At least, according to the administrators of the Tower.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
    • The Hitori Kakurenbo event featured living teddy bears that killed whoever they encountered.
    • Kanji Tatsumi was slowly turned into a bear during the Infighting event. Which ended with him being covered in pink fur, having no organs, his entire body being stuffed in fluff and his brain taken out.
    • Captain Cinnamon Claws has become particularly notorious among the player base.
  • Arc Number: 037
  • Bigger on the Inside: Many of the floors seem to be this.
  • Bizarrchitecture: And this.
  • Blood Brothers: AU!Jin and Minato. Jin has agreed to be his evil.
    • And now, after Jin's BSOD post-Infighting, Minato has agreed to be his good.
    • The Lancers officially became brothers.
  • Body Horror: In spades.
  • Book Ends: Jason's death in spades.
    • The first time the Labyrinth appeared, Jason killed Zelda. The second time it appeared, Zelda killed Jason
    • Zelda also killed Jason by making precise strikes at weak points, something Jason himself is famous for.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: There's quite a few examples.
  • Brotherhood of Evil: The villains have formed one of these.
  • Came Back Wrong: A large likelihood if a character dies during an event.
    • Every single soul from the universe your character originates from has been revealed to be in the Tower, too. Except they're not really themselves, anymore. Rather, they've become Psychelysis Phantoms.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Rhyth definitely qualifies as this.
  • Clingy Costume: During the Trick-or-Treat event, characters woke up dressed in various Halloween costumes that could not be taken off.
  • Colour Coded Characters: The collar colors of all the different characters (which are assigned by the mods upon acceptance into the game), though why characters get the colors they do is up for debate.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: Ganondorf set up a council where the villains can meet and be villainous.
  • Creepy Child: Zo (in ways).
    • Let's not forget good old Pharos and Lucifer of SMT/Persona fame.
    • Some of the Homestuck characters have their moments.
  • Cyborg: Jin gradually became one of these over the course of the Infighting event, thanks to Jason.
  • Dark Chick: Richtofen is that when working with the bad guys. And pretty much permanently.
  • Dark World: Parts of the tower were made into the dark world during a plot orchestrated by Ganondorf and Richtofen.
  • Deadly Game: The Labyrinth event and the Hitori Kakurenbo event, and thanks to Ruana, the Infighting event as well. Animus really likes these.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Where to begin?
  • Death Is Not Permanent: Characters typically wake up the next day after suffering a death.
  • The Determinator: So many players have lost track of how many times Tohko Amano has died, but despite this, she still insists on acting as a relationship counselor to Yukiteru Amano and Yuno Gasai, trying to scold some of the worst villains in the Tower including the Administrators, and hanging out with almost every Omnicidal Maniac in the game.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When Dark Pit put Sheba on his shoulders and tried to lance Jason, allowing Xion to run past him which successfully distracted him enough to let their entire group escape
  • Duo Tropes: Between all the interactions, there's at least one of each flavor.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Feferi was turned into one during the Infighting event. First, the Cthulu kind, then the cute plush toy kind.
    • On that note, so was Jason'sPod during Week Three.
    • T!Rei starts turning into this when her core is damaged.
  • Eldritch Location: Riki is rather fond of making the Tower seem like one of these.
  • Evil Gloating: An increasingly popular use of the network for the villains (particularly Ganondorf and Dr. Doom)
  • Faux Yay: The Daves have been in a game of Spartan Gay Chicken for a few months now, all for irony's sake. It's getting out of hand.
  • Five-Bad Band: Even our villains aren't exempt from this.
  • Floating Continent: Floors 32, 33, 34 and 35 (31 and 36 if you include the floors that border the floating island floors) inexplicably, with a stair winding around the outside.
  • Forgets to Eat: Many, many characters are guilty of this from time to time.
    • Inverted in that you actually cannot eat anything else until the first terrible tasting bowl of oatmeal is consumed.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happened under Jason, with horrible side effects.
  • Giant Space Whale From Nowhere: The Pandemic event saw it crash into the Tower from the outside.
    • It returned for a brief encore during the Rumor Has It event.
  • Glamour Failure: And how!
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Sayaka has definitely begun to take on shades of this. Not that she didn't have them canonically!
    • AU!Strega does this for a living. Minato is the most notable of them, however, as he picks the hits.
  • Heroic BSOD: Anyone who still could feel emotions during the Infighting event. Notably:
    • AU!Jin had a notable one after coming back to his senses and realizing he'd been brainwashed into operating on all the people in Jason's Pod.
    • Zelda had a pretty bad one when she saw England die, too, and the smaller America freaked out.
  • Honorary Uncle: Zett Takajo dubbed both Enoch and Lucifel as his. Given that he is a demon and they are the scribe of Heaven and an archangel respectively, the relationship is a little strange.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: There are a lot of these.
    • AU!Xion thinks Master Xehanort is a nice old man who can teach her lots of things.
    • Self-proclaimed Ally of Justice Sayaka gets along really well with the members of Strega.
    • AU!Kanaya is also in the boat of thinking Master Xehanort is a pretty cool old dude. Of course, she also thought stabbing was just Jack Noir's way of saying hello.
    • Justice Arcana Strega!Ken also thinks Xehanort is a decent person - though he's starting to be a little creeped out all the same.
    • Fem!Link thinks Kuja is a nice, considerate person with great magic ability.
    • AU!Dave, between Lelouch, Master Xehanort, and Strega...in all fairness, he's not one to care.
    • KARIYA MATOU. He's friends with Dr. Doom.
    • Labrys seems to think Monomaru is an upstanding student council member.
    • Ryoji thought that Ganondorf and his allies worked to save everyone and helped them in the Dark World Plot. It hit him back, hard.
  • Horror Hunger: The aftermath of dying and regenerating without meeting the candy quota for the day during the Trick Or Treat event.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Quite a few of these have happened during brainwashing or mass-murder player plots, or during other events.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. Kids can and do die in this game.
    • Yotsuba Koiwai during the Branch of Sin event, once she stumbled across Wretched Egg and Hagire Rinichiro.
    • Averted really, really hard with Ruana's backstory. She was among several children experimented on for their superpowers and the only survivor.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: The Labyrinth Experiment took several characters into a labyrinth where they had to kill each other until only one was left standing. And just to make everything better, each character already had a collar around their neck. (If they attempt to take it off, one wonders, does the collar explode?)
    • This is what happens when the collar is removed. Any attempts by the character to remove it are futile.
  • It's All Upstairs From Here: The Tower occasionally expands itself a few floors at a time, and always upward.
  • Joke Item: Some characters received these as randomized weapons in the Labyrinth event. France getting a megaphone is notable.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dax and Jason
  • Knight in Sour Armor: with her experience from the Facility combined with living in the Tower, Remilia has started to turn into one of these.
  • La Résistance: Dax's Army, as it's been dubbed by the muns.
    • The entirety of Jason's pod became this during the Infighting event. Their success got Jason disqualified!
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Shin Megami Tensei has a massive cast.
    • So does Kingdom Hearts.
    • Homestuck as well.
    • The Zelda cast is notable as well.
    • Recently the Fate/ characters have given the Tower a Type-Mooning big enough to put an eye out.
  • Mad Doctor: Jason is in charge of the medical needs of the Tower. He is also kind of a sociopath.
  • Mercy Kill: Some members of Jason's pod in the Infighting event (notably, AU!Minato) plan to try this, since being in Jason's pod is a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Mundane Solution - Many elements of the Ex Machina event, where the characters - and their players - tried to find many complex solutions to the puzzles, only to find out it was something rather simple they overlooked.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: This one happens often enough that listing them all may take some time:
    • The SMT/Persona cast has many, MANY characters going through this. To name a few:
      • Yu upon seeing the results of voting (which included his own vote) in the Infighting event.
      • Minami after her fragment of Death took over and she killed several people.
      • AU!Minato after his brainwashed murder rampage.
      • AU!Jin had a particularly heartbreaking moment of this at the end of the Infighting event.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Ryuunosuke asked Jason out.
  • Non-Player Character: The five 'administrators' of the tower, most of them unpleasant to deal with.
    • In a more straight-up example, there are multitudes of identity-less tower drones - people with red or clear collars who seem to lack any will of their own, that perform various tasks and busywork about the place.
  • Noodle Incident: Whale is well on its way to becoming one.
  • Ontological Mystery
  • Our Souls Are Different: Directly invoked. According to the research Dax left after his death, the soul in Animus' world seems to be defined best as the sense of self/identity, so that even characters who might not have their world's definition of a "soul" have one in the Tower
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: The Tower is Forever Event, where everyone was made to believe they had gone through a Time Skip.
  • Power Incontinence: What happened to anyone whose collar went down the color spectrum during the swap event.
    • In a slightly different flavor, it happens when around certain monsters or during certain events, as well.
    • The red-collared retrieval units and the administrators can disable all abilities, too.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Hallelujah and Richtofen are particularly notable examples of this.
  • Real Men Cook: Quite a few characters are notable for this one, particularly Hei, Shinjiro Aragaki and Minato Arisato of Persona 3 fame.
    • Subverted. Equius cooks constantly, but he is otherwise not masculine in any sense of the word.
  • Replacement Goldfish: So. Many. Replica. Characters.
  • Secret Project Refugee Family: AU!Strega, and how!
    • Many of the members of Jason's group during the Infighting event have a chance of becoming this, if they aren't already!
    • Yu Narukami pretty much adopted Luke after the Infighting event, and made it official after the Shadows player event. Asch ended up adopted later by extension.
      • And then he added Xion to this family when Reno disappeared from the tower. This was made official during the Massive Infiltration plot.
    • Team Protag/YOLO Protags/Ohana became this in Something Unexpected...
    • The "Replica Herd" is slowly becoming this. ...Very, very slowly.
    • Much of the Replica Herd and the rest of Team NOLO has basically become this as of the Massive Infiltration Plot.
    • Zero Lancer adopted ProtoLancer as his younger brother and Ryoji, Labrys, Suzaku, and Mami as his children.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ruana even came to Reno and Elena's wedding.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Dave Strider and Lancer
  • Space Whale: One that attacked the Tower and made the normally enigmatic admins crap their pants.
  • Suicide by Cop: Strega!Ken did this his second day with an event-addled Minami's 'aid', as he was just off of Shinjiro's death in his canon. He got better due to tower respawn.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Gandalf has a meltdown at THE ENTIRE TOWER after a month of questionable decisions from other characters.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Fem!Link
  • The Starscream: Ganondorf's ambition and plan is to overthrow the administrators and rule over the tower himself.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Recently, Reno, Shion and Xion have formed one of these. Tatsuya, Eikichi, and Jun were already like this before entering the tower, and the events have only reforged their bro-hood.
  • Title Drop: The Tower was finally named in-character during a conversation with Ruana as "Tower Designation Animus."
    • And then later on in that post we get an even more blatant one:
    "it's better to drown or burn to death in a fire or be skinned and roasted alive than to lose your soul in the tower of animus"
  • Token Good Teammate: Oftentimes it seems like Dax is the only manager of the Tower with any sense of common morality.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: All characters are just a little ball of light (their soul) trapped in a wireframe body full of their collar color liquid. Everything else about them is an illusion
  • The Tower: Obviously.
  • Transformation Of The Possessed: When Yggdrasil took over David during the Labyrinth event.
  • Twenty Bear Asses: If you plan on eating at the Restaurant. Just don't fail, or it will cost you An Arm and a Leg. Literally.
  • Universal Translator: It doesn't matter what language you see, speak, or hear: the Tower somehow translates it, though everything in the game is WRITTEN (mostly) in English.
  • Wedding Day: Reno and Elena's wedding was a large enough affair that Ruana and Zo came and it all went downhill quickly. When Aleph and April got married, they minimized the time between engagement and wedding, invited only a few people, and put up demons as guards so that didn't happen again.
  • Wham Episode: Something Unexpected...
    • Dax's death.
    • Divide By Zero failure aka WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THESE WIRES and Error 037.
  • What Is Going On?: Everyone.
  • With Friends Like These...: Jaderi and Gamzee started out as rather cute, friendly morons who got high and did cute, friendly things. Then the Tower happened and now they are self-declared murderbros. Would be Vitriolic Best Buds, if not for the bit where they wantonly murder each other. Suffice it to say, though, that trying to hurt one while the other is around is not a very smart thing to do.


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