Roleplay / WALL-E Forum Role Play

The WALL•E forum Role Play was a roleplay hosted on the now defunct WALL•E forum. The plot picks up where WALL•E left off; the Colony is being run, various minor adventures occur, and some new characters crop up. The role-play is remarkable for its cohesiveness; over more then a hundred different topics, various characters will remark on past events with very clear reference, and the past and future of many characters are intertwined to a remarkable degree.


This Role-play provides examples of:

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  • I Am Spartacus: Cri, who insisted that she was also part of the BIS when InGriD's covert was blown up, demanding that if her comrade was arrested or banished from the Colony so would she. Actually, not only she wasn't a BIS agent but she had only found out that InGRiD was one like, minutes before.
    Vanessa ...Cristina, I'm afraid you're not fooling me. I appreciate that you might be helping to protect Petra- InGRiD - but-
    Cri: But what? Do I need to go fetch my BIS badge to prove that—
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Possibly Buddy during the course of his alliance with White Enterprises. He had his own agenda, though.
    • And definitely Adam Mood.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Clark, often and to every robot, cyborg or human ladies who stays still long enough for him to kiss her hand.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: KATANA, when she was too late to save Life from being thrown in the Sun, and then thought she herself might have accidentally killed Bell.
    • Later, in Beware The Weeping Angel, she thought the Angels had killed Yuri and, once more, she hadn't been there to help.
  • Imagined Innuendo: Clark thinks that all female robots can't take their eyes off him.
  • Improbable Age:
    • Cri was about seventeen when she first joined the Ground Dweller's Army.
    • And if that seems an improbable age to become a rebel fighter, just think that most other GDA members had begun rebelling against the enslavement of robots when they were only eight.
    • Catherine was (biologically, at least, due to being in suspended animation for 700 years) in her mid-teens when she became captain of the entire fleet of Ecoships
  • Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Adaptoid programming is as complex, flexible, and adaptive as their chassis, to better accommodate the different forms they can take and allow them to determine what form would fit the current need. As a result, self-awareness—with sentience following close behind—is more a matter of "when?" than of "if?"
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: In Ghertivel's case, self-isolation, since he's as antisocial as they come and considers himself way too superior to those mediocre-minded simpletons to live among them. He has his projects and experiments to work on, for science's sake! Common mortals just complain about everything. And say a lot of nonsense. And don't really understand anything that you tell them anyway.
  • Invisibility Cloak: All InGRiD units can turn completely invisible (Silence, InGRiD, Ming...)
  • I Owe You My Life: Cri was rescued from the Chamoix SOS by the Blueshift's crew, nearly at the cost of their own lives. She told them that if she ever got the chance to return the favor, she'd do so. Later, when Buddy's virus was unleashed on Blacklight Military and threatened to kill all of its robots, she wished she had never said such a thing, because the implication of her words (which she hadn't considered then) were that the crew's life would be at stake too.
    • Also, Zorro, who was captured to give Cri, Houdini and Spectrum time to escape. It was because of his and the Blueshift's lives being held at stake that she actually did something very stupid in Caught In The Web.
    • Craig Flagstarr joined the GDA out of gratitude after they rescued him from the Forthright's labs. Little did he know that his "rescuers" were led by none other than his daughter Ariana.
    • Paul, the VN-GO, also joined Blacklight's Military out of gratitude for saving his life.
      • But remembers nothing of it after having been killed by the virus, and later reprogrammed by ARGO.
    • Terenzio would have been killed by a Weeping Angel had it not been for Eumi. In the process, she lost an arm, for which both he and his brother Domenico feel responsible.
    • Somewhat subverted with Soulless, who owed her life to Blacklight's Military, but joined them because they had a common enemy rather than out of gratitude, since she didn't care about her life so terribly much at that point.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: A variation was when BRIDGET found out that she was really Blacklight's creation all along. Upon being rescued and returning to the Axiom, she pleaded Auto to turn her off and possibly scrap her, because she feared that she might be actually dangerous for him. Although they were both in denial of their feelings at the time, it was her love for him that made her so desperate.Auto eventually refused, but BRIDGET had had it personal against Blacklight ever since.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A variation was played with Soulless, who'd rather let Zorro live on the Forthright rather than bring herself to kill him, even though he was her enemy and no longer the K-9 she had fallen in love with.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: When Catherine encounters Adam during her search for Korinna in Unmasked, she pins him to the wall with her Arm Cannon and demands that he tell her where Korinna is being held. How well this works is Zig-Zagged. note 
  • Jet Pack: When not in a shuttle, Soulless and Marina both move on foot and need jetpacks to be able to fly.
  • Just a Machine: The entirety of the propaganda of White Enterprises. A few non-White people think so too.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Esteban, the shabby leader of the Undersite, speaks in a thickly Portoguese-accented English.
  • K-I-S-S-I-N-G in a Tree: Melody and Houdini, Rainbow and Spectrum, and in JFF, Marina and Blacklight, BRIDGET and Auto... the list is long.
  • Knight Templar: Blacklight is fighting for robot freedom by any means necessary. Including reprogramming robots who have "succumbed" to human propaganda.
  • Kuudere: Blondi, the K-9.
  • Lampshade Hanging: During Return, Aryl is revealed to be Oakhurst's sister. A similar reveal was done with Domenico and Terenzio during Anniversaries, an earlier RP. Aldrasio, having been there, is not surprised by the reveal, further backed up by Charlie.
  • Laser Blade: Laser swords- and laser katanas- are used most notably by Bella, Captain Cooper, JAXA and KATANA.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: From Platform One (After seeing Jersey slice through a shuttle like butter):
    Macky: It's like something out of some gawky teenager's role play.
  • Left-Fielder: Inferno Optic and her bizarre dialogue. It's implied this is purposeful on her part.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: EVE has a plasma gun and is not afraid to use it. Captain McCrea is a force to be reckoned with when his ship, his passengers, his robots or Earth are held at stake.
    • Just because HAN-D doesn't like fighting doesn't mean she can't.
  • Light Is Not Good: White Enterprises appears to be a happy, healthy civilization, although it thinks robots are appliances. Then you go downstairs and find the city-wide experimentation chambers...
    • Invoked by Inferno Optic:
      Cri: Please, if there's anything you know that could help throw some light on this matter...
      Inferno: Poor Cristina. Are you sure you want my light?
    • JAXA is silvery and shiny, but don't let his white armor fool ya.
  • The Little Detecto: Ghertivel has created a scanning beam that detects the specifications of robot hardware.
  • Little Miss Badass: Mekkano was saving robots at the age of eight. Given White Enterprises, that's saying a heck of a lot.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are over three hundred characters. Oh my.
  • Long Distance Relationship: KATANA and CAESAR. She lives on Earth, he's stuck on the bridge of a starship orbiting in the galaxy.
  • Love at First Sight: Blackflame and Alpha, litterally.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Sweet music, for A.R.G.O.
    • For the insane A.R.G.O, too.
  • Love Triangle: Soulless and Zorro loved each other. Very much so. Then Zorro was captured by White Enterprises, reset, and assigned to work with another K-9, Blondi, who later fell for him. She also hopes that he never realizes and reciprocate, since she knows that developing feelings or a personality would put him in danger on the Forthright. So it's a rather messed-up love triangle between those three..
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Blacklight revealing to BRIDGET that he had been responsible for the upgrade of SCUBA units into BRIDGET units to begin with, and thus, therefore, her own creator.
  • The Mad Hatter: Inferno Optic, Netcop of the Bong, not only chose to be insane, but sabotaged half the bridge on her starship which consequently caused major problems in the repair ward. This directly lead to the truly insane robots wandering the ship, and from there the insanity spread rapidly. Let me reiterate: She directly caused the insanity of the entire ship.
  • Mad Scientist: Ghertivel believes the only concrete way to get rid once and definitely of the trash problem is to cause a massive explosion in the solar system that will literally bring it back to factory new setting (read: just as it looked like after the Big Bang), so as to give humans another 2100 years to do what they please with the planet before it has to be reset again. And again. And again at will. God's complex, anyone?
    • Also, Vida Moretti, who was heavily inspired by GLaDOS, does horrible, sick experiments for no reason other than For Science!.
  • Magic from Technology: Adrian roman exploits a Stable Time Loop to give a Pompeii dwelling version of himself twenty-second century technology, alongside a few recorded hints. His past self successfully grasps the principles and manages to upgrade himself into a robotic body, continuing to work on his technological prowess for over two millennia. By the "current" time, he's able to run circles around the resident Evil Genius simply because of his head start.
  • Make Up or Break Up: A variation of this was played with KATANA and CAESAR. When CAESAR refused to acknowledge Blacklight's authority, and failed to protect Bell due to his not being upgraded with an AAWF form (and thusly stuck on the Quasar's bridge), KATANA decided that he was really a ronin and dumped him. However, they can't live without each other, and settle on contacting each other in secret when their respective crews are away and/or asleep, so that KATANA can still see her sweetheart without dishonoring herself to the eyes of her crew (who couldn't really care less). And all this because of her insane samurai logic.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Arguably Inferno, although her target is not lonely, brooding, or unemotional.]
  • Manipulative Bastard: Gregory Saxon.
    • Mr. Pax.
    • Azog was trying to make Katana and Bell, and maybe perhaps Yuri kill themselves.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Mr. Pax and Gregor Eisenhorn.
  • Meaningful Name: Life. He dies, and is later brought back from the dead.
    • Queen of Blades: the possible reincarnation of the Quorl's primogenitor.
  • Medieval Stasis: Certain areas of technology haven't advanced very far in 700 years. Partially justified; a lot of communities are severely out of touch with the rest of humanity, BnL built and perfected technologies which literally last for centuries and work fine, and a lot of the technology is actually sentient and would object to being replaced and/or modified.
  • Medium Awareness: Inferno, possibly. The entire "Not Serious" subforum also counts.
  • Mental Picture Projector: a trope often played whenever a robot's memories must be shown or taken in examination.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Clark. The mutiny of the Blacklight? He has fought there. Wars? He was the hero of Space Wars, baby! Hell? Been there, done that in Lord Of The Bots. Too bad that he actually resigned from military service (before even embarking on the ship to which he had been assigned) to become a famous actor.
  • The Milky Way Is the Only Way: Mostly played straight, though the Cirranians are said to be from Andromeda.
  • The Mole: All InGRiD (Intelligence Gathering Robotic Droid) units are this.
    • Also, the humans Adam De Spair and his girlfriend Laurie Antrax are spies of White Enterprises Intelligence, and moles the Resistance (Adam) and the Ground Dweller's Army (Laurie).
    • Mollie does this to the Quasar for the Pandora Society. [[supersecretspoiler: Dom Cobb would approve.]]
  • Mook–Face Turn: Cri to the turrets. That's right, Portal turrets. Instead of trying to get past them, she tried to make friends with them, and even brought one home with her. Hadn't it been for the G-Men, she would have probably talked Gordon Freeman into helping her get all of them out.
  • Morality Chain: Mother Nature for Brad; Despite his temper, he is much calmer when she's around. Make him mad when she's not around, however.....
  • Morality Pet: Catherine for Korinna
    • Pan and Persephone to a lesser extent; Less than five minutes of knowing they exist and less than a minute of talking to them are enough to convince Korinna once and for all that sentient robots are not to be feared.
  • More Than Meets the Eye: Captain McCrea may seem just a quiet country man. His passengers and his friends know better
  • Morphic Resonance: No matter what form an adaptoid takes, it maintains it's color scheme.
  • Most Writers Are Male: A rare female version; for a while, Treehugger 0123 created only female OCsnote  In fact, the only reason she made the Ecoship Prime's BRIDGET male was to finally avert this.
  • The Mourning After:
    • Soulless, who still mourns Zorro.
    • Also, the death of his beloved Coral made Marlin overprotective of their little son, Nemo.
    • Non-Romantic variant: In the first part of Unmasked, the news that Korinna had been captured doesn't sit well with Catherine at all.
  • The Munchausen: CAESAR, Autopilot of the Quasar. Woe betide the eardrums of anyone who asks him a question about his military accomplishments.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
  • My Ship Hates Me: For some reason, the Ecoship Prime's thrusters decided that the perfect time to stop working was during White's attack on earth
  • Mysterious Informant: Stavro Carter became one for Vantage, after his Heel Realization.
  • Nanomachines: This trope is Buddy Forthright's forte (SPAWN-E, Reaper...)
    • Ghertivel, on the other hand, think that complex wiring requires physical space the way complex programming requires disk space, and that Buddy's obsession with nanobots is partially the cause of his repeated failures (the other being, of course, that he's a mediocre minded incompetent.)
  • Nice Guy: Stefan Faraday, xenobiologist and second in command of the Destrious.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Catherine's initial reaction to White Enterprises attacking Earth in White Storm was to round up her crew and try and have the Ecoship Prime take off and hyperjump away. The ship failed to launch and she ended up getting turned into a killer cyborg and barely escaped getting the mind control implant. See Spanner in the Works below for how that ended for White Enterprises.
  • No Water Proofing In The Future: not all robots are known to be waterproof. For example, K-9 units are vulnerable to water.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Inferno ''might'' qualify...
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Catherine winds up on both ends of this trope at separate points.
    • She's on the receiving end in "Hundreds of these Anniversaries"; when Mc Crea's commemoration speech includes an in memoriam to those lost in the past, and he glances at the spot among the captains where she'd be standing and chokes up, she(hiding behind her CATH-E helmet so no-one knows who she is yet) realizes that they actually think her to be dead, rather than in stasis like she'd assumed.
    • She instigates this trope in the prologue of "Unmasked"; Shortly before "Korinna" is set to be captured so she can spill the beans on an upcoming GDA meeting to WEIA, Catherine visits her and gives her a trinket designed after the Twin Jet Nebula as a belated Christmas gift. When Korinna asks why she felt the need to do this, Catherine talks about how she joined the GDA because she was tired of feeling so isolated, and only snapped out of it enough to do so because Korinna came to visit her. Bonus points for the fact that Catherine joining the GDA was the last thing Korinna wanted because she still planned on bringing it down and didn't want who she saw as an innocent child to be caught further in the crossfire, as well as the fact that this comes after they started calling each other sisters(and Catherine keeps referring to her as "sis" throughout the conversation).
  • Official Couple: The Colony would never have been founded was it not for WALL•E and EVE's love.
    • The RPs are full of this. Blacklight+Marina, Spectrum+Rainbow, BRIDGET+AUTO, Brad+Mother Nature, TRON+Tempestnote 
  • Older Than They Look: The humans lifespan has increased in 700 years. But all those 700 years the Riptide crew spent in suspended animation.
  • One-Gender Race: Subverted with BRIDGET units, which were likely supposed to be female-only (complete with a male-only counterpart—AND-I units—that so far plays it straight), then treehugger0123 came up with Brad.
  • One Steve Limit: Played straight most of the time. Averted with the name Kelvin, which belongs to both a K-9 unit and a human.
  • Only in It for the Money: Played with. Terenzio agreed to be sent on Earth as a spy because he had recognized his brother Domenico in the list of wanted criminals (not that he told White or Saxon that), but also because they were paying him to go.
    • He made the mistake to let Domenico know, though.
      Terenzio: Listen here, I get to visit you all, celebrate this anniversary-thing, spend two weeks on Earth, return home to tell the comante that you and the robottone aren't planning anything, and Dom, think, they're even PAYING me for it!
      Domenico: Are you saying... are you saying that you return home for the first time in 700 years AND YOU ALSO WANT TO BE PAID FOR THAT?!!!
  • Only One Name: Some robots who choose names for themselves. Others give themselves surnames too.
    • Also Erik, who's surname hasn't been revealed. Subverted in that he will give a surname when asked, though he gives a different answer everytime.
  • Opposites Attract: For all their differences, EVE and WALL•E are perfectly matched, completing each other to perfection.
  • Orphaned Series: Now that the forum is down, the RPs aren't continuing anytime soon. Though it may ultimately be subverted if any of the users that got the archives from WALL-E Dragon manage to upload everything elsewhere.
  • Outlaw Couple: Played with with Adam and Laurie, who are villains for the Colony, but as far as White Enterprises is concerned, are on the side of law. Then gets turned on it's head after Laurie embraces the "Korinna" she acted as during her covert and became an Official Couple with fellow GDA member Bruce, making them this trope in WE's eyes but not the Colony's.
  • Overprotective Dad: Somewhat played with. Marlin isn't so much worried as to who Nemo hangs around with, but that talking with just about anyone who has been in space might get ideas in his head to leave the safety of the Colony. Because space is evil,and already claimed the life of Nemo's mom.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The MATTs were an attempt at this, but the prototype decided he didn't want to hurt people, so the rest of them were made without personalities.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: Played when an experiment on a new instant transport went wrong, sending WALL•E, EVE, Vanessa and several other members of the Colony (and not just of the Colony) straight into the past for not one but three times (respectively in 2100, in the childhood of a Riptide member, and at the time of the volcano day in ancient Pompeii).
    • It's implied Adrian Roman had a hand in all three of these instances, though.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Any CATH-Es that have their mind control implants disabled. (Or, in some rare cases, that are rescued before the chip is implanted.)
  • Phrase Catcher: 'Go to Hell, Optic!' for Inferno.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: A variation of this was played when White Enterprises tried to capture several robots from Earth. Not only it got the Riptide, Nexus and Heiku on a warpath to retrieve them - the robots themselves proved to be rather "turbulent" prisoners, going as far as to release all other experiments from Vida's lab. Not to mention even Ghertivel's A.R.G.O was unleashed against the mainframe. And Blacklight's Military also came to aid. So yeah... attacking Earth, in hind sight, was a very bad idea.
  • The Plan: We have a Mad Scientist, a Knight Templar robot, a Corrupt Corporate Executive, and a madbot who wants everybody to be insane, amongst others. Of course we're going to have a few!
    • Let's list them here, ya'll.
    • Azog's kidnapping in Taken assumes that the ship crews will follow. Unfortunately, this means going to a place where they can't call for backup. And, even if they don't follow, he can torture Bell as much as he pleases.
    • Also by Azog, his blackmail is to either have Bell killed or force her to come back to him (also meaning they can no longer help her since the colony must agree to it). Either way Bell is not going to have a grand old time soon.
    • Terenzio is doing one against WE, he pretends to spy for them, but is actually spying ON them. And if he gets found out, he'll just move to Earth permanently.
    • Argo when battling an intruder. If he isn't winning the fight itself, he will just let the network collapse, killing him and his opponent. But he has backups so he still survives.
  • Planet of Hats: Humanity's hat is indomitable determination.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Domenico and his brother Terenzio. One a soldier, the other's a shuttle racer with a thing for clandestine gambles.
  • Powered Armor: We got Shielders, but a more interesting variation is the armor that GDA members wear; it's usually based off an actual robot.
  • The Power of Friendship: An example of this is the Chicago Colony itself.
    • And most of the ships crew, really.
  • Power Trio. Brad (id), Catherine (ego), and Mother Nature (superego).
  • Puny Earthlings: Played with. Humans are, physically, one of the smallest and weakest sentient species. However, their inventiveness, adaptability and sheer determination more than make up for it.

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  • Ray Gun: Pretty much every ranged weapon is a version of this.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: An in-universe example with the Reshyla show, an amazingly popular anime produced by White Enterprises and therefore entirely propaganda.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Aryl is six-thousand years old
    • Adrian is really three-thousand years old
  • Rescue Romance:
    • In Life and Bell's backstory, Life went comatose after saving Bell from a collapsing building. Needless to say, something started that day.
    • What happened with Terenzio may also apply, though it is yet to be seen if this will hold out.
    • If Unmasked had ever gotten off the ground, this was planned to happen between Catherine and Carsten, though one-sided at first.
  • Reverse Mole: Very slightly played with by Terenzio, who lets White Enterprises believe he's working for them, while in fact he's been on the Colony's side from day one.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Most robots develop personalities, and many modify themselves to become even more human.
  • Ronin: Used gratuitously as an insult by KATANA toward all those that she did not feel were following the Way of the Warrior or had turned against their Daimyos, thusly disgracing themselves.
    • Then again, JAXA sort of embodies the belief of the disgraced samurai without a master who has become a bandit, so KATANA was on to something about him...
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Paul, the VN-GO, was originally meant to be one. However, Cri 86 didn't have the heart to leave him dead, so she chickened out and had the insane ARGO attempt to reprogram him. It only worked partially, as in that he's now an amnesiac artist who doesn't remember a thing about his past, his old personality (barely developing, but still...) and the reasons that brought him on the Hurricane.
    • Amusingly, the insane ARGO himself was thought for a long time to have been a Sacrificial Lamb by the rest of Blacklight's Military. Internet and Blacklight, though, wanted to believe.
  • Samurai: KATANA, the Japanese Autopilot.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: An in-universe example. People who hear about Ghertivel's Project Pangea instantly know he's completely insane, because anyone with a sense of scale knows it's impossible.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: A mysterious entity that came out of the first experimental hyperspace portals was sealed on the almost legendary starship Infinite.
    • Also Blacklight, who was trapped as a processor for a few months.
  • Self-Deprecation: Everybody keeps telling Cri (the user) that she's awesome, but she won't believe it!
  • Serial Romeo: Terenzio might apply. He flirted with Sybille, Eumi, and tried to flirt with at least Hortencia and Cri (and probably had some girlfriends on the Forthright too). But although he's somewhat wary of committing himself to just one woman, one gets the feeling that if the girls reciprocated his interest (and so far only Eumi does) he would actually care for each of them. Polyamorous? No, just a Serial Romeo.
  • Shape Shifter: Adaptoids (such as HAN-D) are designed to adapt to different directives by modifying their structure into different forms.
    • The P'tol Contructs occasionally use this ability, since they are a mass of nano bots.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: If you breach HAN-D's force field and damage her bad enough (not that hard; a big enough dent in her chassis will do it), she won't be able to shapeshift again until she's repaired. Woe be unto you if you do this while she's in a form that can still fight back, however.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Subverted by Terenzio, who always dresses in the most casual and informal way (even when talking with the CEO), and still makes women swoon.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Played with Houdini and Melody, who constantly teased Rainbow and Spectrum on their crush for each other, to the point that Rainbow and Spectrum eventually decided to give them a taste of their own medicine. Hilarity Ensues, all the time.
  • Shoot the Dog: Cri asked Icarus White to revive Life, promising that in return White Enterprises could exploit the technology and/or scientific finds behind the resuscitation for their advantage, even though she knew that would nullify many of Blacklight's military triumphs and tip the balance of the war in favor of White Enterprises. Cue My God, What Have I Done?.
    • Thankfully the machine uses too much power (in fact during testing it drained most of the ship of power) for it to be used regularly.
    • Kirra'hie's decisions concerning the Queen of Blades/ Maddi.
  • Shout-Out: Many examples here.
    • SCUBA's most frequent lines ("Bubbles! My bubbles!" which he screams for no apparent reason, and "Robots aren't meant to live in a box, it does things to them") come respectively from Bubbles and Gill in "Finding Nemo".
      • And the song "Just keep cleaning, cleaning, cleaning..." that he hums to himself whilst working is also a pun on Dory's more famous "Just keep swimming" in the same film.
    • Buddy's full name (Buddy P. N. Forthright), as well as his color scheme (orange-red hair, blue eyes, fair skin) is a shout out to Buddy Pine aka Syndrome, from "The Incredibles".
    • One of Sybille's ancestors on her father's side owned a bistro in France, which she claims is where she takes her love for cooking for. Though she never mentions a name, long-time Pixar fans will recognize her ancestor as Alfredo Linguini from Ratatouille which, in turn, would make her a descendant of Auguste Gusteau as well.
      • And Remy's name and his being pet and assistant to a French cook is where the shout out to Ratatouille is most obvious.
    • Domenico being the son of an Italian florist, and his appearance, are also a nudge to a certain more skinny explosive expert in "Atlantis"
    • Leonard Ghertivel is an Affectionate Parody to Leonard Vertighel in the comic series PKNA
      • So are both A.R.G.O to the Ducklair Tower's informatic protocol of the same name and to the AIs Uno and Due.
      • And ARGO's deactivation code (used so far only in JFF), "Sublog Syntex Vat Exec Ext Ctr Reset @@@ Exec X Dir: EDKey Exec CII A.R.G.O. # RD EHMET/ERASE! RUN!" is the same that Everett Ducklair used to deactivate Due, the A.I on which the insane ARGO is based.
      • Again from PKNA are Adam De Spair/Victor Doom and Laurie Antrax/Korinna Doom/Nebula. Adam gets his name and looks from the New Zealand hacker Adam Mood, whose last name is also an anagram of his last name as "Victor Doom". His last name of De Spair was inspired by Belgravian terrorist Oberon De Spair in the same series, as was the Tyrannic, the ship Adam was born in (named after the submarine Tyrannic). Laurie's name comes from that of soap actress Laurie Bricks, her false alias of Korinna from Korinna Ducklair, her codename of Nebula from ufologist Nebula Faraday, and her last name Antrax from that of corrupt businessman Roover Antrax.
    • And, of course, Pretty Todd is a living PR-T-shaped shout out to Sweeney Todd.
    • As for HARLEY and QUIN, their being identical twins and prankster is an obvious reference to Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Their names come from both the Italian mask Arlecchino and Agatha Christie's detective Harley Quin.
    • Conversely, JAXA was named after the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
    • Icarus White was based on Nikolei Drevin from Alex Rider.
    • SAMU-L is a parody of Swindle from Transformers, and Wasp is based off of Waspinator from the same series.
    • The concept and name of the Ground Dwellers Army (or GDA) is also a shout out to Dumbledore's Army in the Harry Potter books.
    • Firenze the modified ED-I also has his name from Harry Potter - after an outcast Centaur.
    • Most of FREDD-E's starships are named after ships from Doctor Who novels or episodes.
    • The markings of Zorro, Soulless, Blondie and Kevin are based on those of the wolves Alexander, Dulia, Maki and Sandah from the anime Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli.
    • Buzz the CLEAN unit, from the Lightyear line, with his green and purple coloring is a shoutout to Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.
    • Also, Lt. Ellen Weaver is based on Ellen Ripley from Alien.
    • And, of course, there's Anton the EGO unit.
    • Brad the male BRIDGET is a shout out to Francis the male ladybug, complete with at least one instance of being mistaken for a girl.
    • Also, Terenzio is a shout out to the kind of character that italian actor Terence Hill played in many movies in his younger years.
    • Clark Fairbanks and Marilyn Hayworth, the greatest robot movie stars of their age, are shout outs to many movie stars, including, but not limited to Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Rodolfo Valentino, Mary Pickford, Elizabeth Taylor... there are many.
    • Paul the VN-GO was named after Paul Gauguin.
    • Wallaby and his unit number(42) are a shout out to Finding Nemo(P. Sherman 42 Wallaby way Sidney).
    • Catherine Juniper's last name(and that of her precursor, Rachel Juniper) came from the fifth generation's Pokémon professor.
  • Shown Their Work: In part because of the forum "Science of WALL•E" section, in part because of the participant's enthusiasm, and in part due to sheer boredom, the plot is cohesive and accurate in many details.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Victor for the Destrious, although he's not been found out to be really a spy. And possibly Korinna for the GDA. However...
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: Played with. White is dressed to the nines and talking and behaving like the picture perfect politician, Terenzio is in jeans and rolled-up shirtsleeves and puts his feet on desks. Need this troper say that Hilarity Ensued?
  • Smarter Than You Look: Buddy seems a pretty ridiculous threat, right? What could you aspect from a painfully obese man strapped in a hovechair and unable even to walk properly? What can he do? Actually, his brain has come up with two computer viruses one more deadly than the other, two virus spreaders who should have been at his orders (admittedly, that part did not work so well) and several engineering enhancement to the weapons of White Enterprises.
  • Spanner in the Works: Catherine, with a bit of Hoist by His Own Petard as she's only such because White Enterprises turned her into a CATH-E. Korinna didn't give much of a second thought to CATH-E's and other shady secrets of the corporation until she met Catherine after the latter was rescued, as she was the first one Korinna met that was fresh out of the conversion chambers, and she saw the initial effects for the first time. Even then, she might have been more or less "Out of sight, out of mind" had she stuck with her initial refusal to join the GDA, but was only willing and able to join because Korinna visited her, snapped her out of her long-standing Heroic B.S.O.D. and gave Catherine her comlink number so she could call her if she ever needed someone else to talk to again. (Instead, she called Korinna and asked her to hand the phone to Mekkano.note ) Fast forward to Unmasked. Not only is her guilt over dooming Catherine(and Bruce, but even their relationship might not have developed as much as it did had Catherine not managed to unlock her heart of gold) what solidifies Korinna's Heel–Face Turn, but Catherine and her crew end up being instrumental in rescuing the captured GDA members. With that one choice to join, she saved the entire GDA.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": A variation with the Our Armoured Lady. The Our is part of the name, and its soldiers get noticeably annoyed when the Our is dropped.
  • Spy Satellites: Ghertivel controls a lot of these, allowing him to know what goes on not just on Earth, but in the space as well.
  • The Starscream: Blacklight was once this to Captain Magnus (until he killed him), and now JAXA is quickly becoming this for him.
    • Similarly, Scorpius White was this for Shelby Forthright, and now his descendant (Icarus White) has one in the form of Buddy Forthright.
  • Straw Feminist: Hortencia epitomizes this trope, very much so.
  • Super Senses: One of Craig's eyes was replaced by an artificial optic which, among the other things, allows him to see in the dark.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Reversed with Ghertivel who, after a failed attempt for his life at Blacklight's hand, programmed the security of his lab so that no unauthorized guest can break in. If they get to break in anyway it's because they are walking straight into a trap and are not guaranteed to come out with their life, if at all.
  • Team Pet: Wallaby the K-9 is this for the above Power Trio
  • Tears of Remorse: Cri, at the Anniversary Celebration, after Sergey had given Blacklight back his old wheel body, and Blacklight had shot it to bits to truly leave the past behind them. Having just made a Deal with the Devil herself, it just struck her that the Colonists really were better people, even though in the past she had sometimes judged them too harshly.
  • Techno Babble: Ghertivel learned to technobabble before he learned to speak, some believe.
    • Others say that he learned to technobabble, but never to speak plainly.
    • FREDD-E (one of the creators) is extremely fond of technobabble. Icaron Accelerator, anyone?
    • Don't get Exeter started.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Male BRIDGETs have rectangular eyes while females have slanted eyes. Males also have thicker limbs, but this is harder for the untrained eye to notice.
  • Thank the Maker: Some robots sometimes speak about the "designer" or "creator" as a god-like being. Robots a little more in the know about their creators don't do this.
  • That Man Is Dead: An interesting case as the one saying it(or rather, implying it) isn't referring to themselves; When Catherine is interrogating Adam in Unmasked, Adam continues to call Korinna "Laurie"(her original name—Korinna was a covert name). Catherine's responses include her emphasizing Korinna's name, as if trying to tell him she's not Laurie anymore.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: The name is Professor Ghertivel. Not Leo, not Ghertivel, not Ghertie. P-r-o-f-e-s-s-o-r G-h-e-r-t-i-v-e-l (or even just Professor will do), for common mortals. Most of them are too dumb to understand this, if you ask him.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Played straight when Azog kidnapped Bell and stole Life's arm, driving KATANA to shed her Tranquil Fury and embrace a personal warpath against him.
  • This Means War!:
  • Tranquil Fury: Ghertivel, most of the times.
    • Also, Ming * is* this trope.
    • Mother Nature is this on the rare occasion she gets mad
  • Translator Microbes: Kinda inverted. Characters of different ancestry than English will sometimes express themselves in their original language; Sybille will greet people in French, Domenico (and sometimes Cri) will swear in Italian, Sergey sometimes exclaims Russian interjections (as well as swearwords), Hortencia speaks strict Spanish when angry, and KATANA and JAXA - just to name two - adress pretty much everyone with Japanese honorifics.
    • Played straight with the "telepathic translator field" used to speak with alien races.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: A variation is the insane A.R.G.O. His programming was split and scattered in various computers because too complex to be contained in just one machine. And some parts of himself he has not been able to track. Certain protocols he does not remember. Neither does he know where his creator and his twin live, much to his scorn.
  • True Companions: EVE sees her fellow EVE probes as her sisters, and is loyal to them beyond words. SCUBA, seeing Diver as his only surviving brother, is determined-well determined-to talk him out of his foolish idea to live in a box (read: submarine), of all places.
    • Variation: Pilot and Lily (Both AIs created by Sergey) see Sergey as a father figure.
    • SCUBA also considers WALL•E and FREDD-E his cousins, since they were both part of Operation Cleanup, and Sergey Dementiev as his Daddy.
    • Not to mention the Riptide crew. And most other starship crews.
    • The Chamoix might qualify. Then again...
    • The RPers themselves fall under this.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Played straight with the Blacklight army and the GDA, but averted in the colony, where robots are viewed as equals.
    • SPAWN-E and Nick also turned against Buddy, and therefore ended up in his black list.
    • the Lady's Shield turned om White Enterprises due to the P'tol.
    • And of course the insane A.R.G.O.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Buddy got out of an alternate reality experiment due to the combined efforts of robots and humans from the Colony. How did he thank them? By threatening to call White Enterprises all along,and ultimately pouring even more effort in the creation of weapons for his very own alignment.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: During the 2nd anniversary RP, Brad is mistaken for a female by Paul the VN-GO. Hilarity Ensues. Bonus points for Brad's unit type actually being called BRIDGETnote .
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Blacklight wants to save robotkind from slavery, and he'll stop at nothing to achieve it. Even if it means killing every human in existence.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Auto and BRIDGET, for a long time. And all along they were falling for each other.
    • Also, Blondi probably qualifies.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Cri's rallying cry.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Somewhat played with. Although Paul the VN-GO is an artist and not a warrior, he lives on the Hurricane - you'd think he had been through more than one dangerous battle, right? But as of Anniversaries, his number one bane that he'd run away screaming if he ever ran into in a dark alleyway is nothing more dangerous than Brad the BRIDGET. Considering that he has done an Unsettling Gender Reveal once, he has his reasons.
    • In a similar vein, after Catherine ambushed him and grilled him at gunpoint about Korinna's whereabouts in Unmasked, Adam is left terrified of CATH-Es.
    • After an encounter with Inferno cost her her voice, Korinna is left thoroughly intimidated of robots, particularly sentient ones. Since she works with a resistance group that's fighting for sentient robots and has several of them among their ranks, this is a problem.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Sergey thinks they won't. Inferno thinks they already have.
  • With Friends Like These...: Inverted with Ghertivel and the late Scorpius White. They pretended to work well together and have the highest esteem of each other. Actually, they were trying to backstab each other all along.
  • World Half Full: Given the incredibly powerful White Enterprises, the powerful Pandora Society, plus a whole lot of space-dwelling monstrosities, you would expect the role play to be completely depressing... except that there are many, many factions working to better the galaxy, and there are plenty of happy fun places!
  • Yandere: Inferno and Sergey are married, and anybody who denies it to Inferno's face is liable to get cut. Up to and including Sergey himself.
  • You Are Not Alone: The Undersite people will stick their necks out of each other whenever one of them has troubles.
    • Ironically, the "You Are Not Alone" line was delivered to Vladimir in the first (fanfic) installation in which the characters originally appeared, before they were brought over into the Roleplay.
    • A huge part of Catherine's Character Development after her transformation is her learning this, since she felt very out-of-place and isolated in her new form that she saw as a "limbo" between humans and robots.


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