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Delta could see that the ship that he was from has docked, quite calmly just like the wind whistling in his helmet. He has finally set foot on land, such a nice empty space; I wonder why it's empty though? Delta thought. he took one giant stride and put his metallic foot gently on the soft blades of grass. He wanted this to be his home, the nice outside world. But the problem was, that there was nobody around!!
-SUBJECT_DELTA's first post on the original thread.
Satan made a cheeseburger and all the LOLcats descended upon it, disappearing forever.
-Satan getting rid of the army of LOLcats who attempt to destroy the world via an invasion.
-EMily explaining the fundamentals of an matter-antimatter reactor to Eddie.
We Are Our Avatars (Escapist) is a permanently open Roleplay thread started on the Escapist by SUBJECT_DELTA, which now has multiple sequel threads, plus a spin-off thread.WAOAWAOA IIWAOA IIIWAOA IVWAOA V/DLV: You're not in Kansas anynoreWAOA VIWAOA VII: Universal ShiftWAOA VIII: Interdimensional JauntWAOA IXWAOA ArenaIn We Are Our Avatars, the players control the character in their forum avatar. Many players also bring in extra characters from that universe as support character (however they are not always from the same universe), and some play as original characters. The thread is similar to Ramthundar's Avatar Adventures, but was unconnected (except by certain characters). As many characters are from popular media, their abilities are well known or known to be non-existent.As players change avatars when a character dies, because they want to change character, or between threads or story arcs, there are Loads and Loads of Characters.There is a Recap page here, which will have summaries of previous WAOA threads, and their plots and subplots.
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Aborted Arc: There have been quite a few of these. The Kessler and Chaos arcs in WAOA2, the Demons of the Abyss arc in WAOA3, every single arc in WAOA5, the Mansion Murder Mystery, Followers of the Dragonbornnote Possibly put on an interdimensional bus and Shadar arcs in WAOA7, as well as the Ninja Attack and Restless Ghost sub-plots. The entirety of the eighth thread is also this.
Regulus and Caius have black miasma instead of blood.
The demons of the Abyss, Rex (after being turned into a demon) and Carmen have black blood.
Black has blue blood.
After going to the Hazama and spending some time there, Yukino's blood became violet.
Milly's blood is dark brown.
Milly's blood is actually just the blood of everything she's fed off of all still circulating in her system and mixing together. So since she ate some aliens at one point, it quite literally is Alien Blood.
Those infected with the Skye strain of the Logan Virus have multi-coloured blood.
Alpha Strike: Practically every fight where a single villain takes on the whole group of protagonists, this happens. But special mention go the the EXCELSUS fight in the ninth thread, where the group was assisted by a Cool Starship.
Subverted to an extreme by Jio. He's not even known to have kissed a girl in his own series.
Amnesiac Lover: This happened with Rose and Roland, and Jessica and Vanessa.
In the case of the latter, they got over it.
And I Must Scream: In the second thread, Jio was briefly trapped in a black soul gem. After escaping, he trapped Satan in the same gem with the aid of the rest of the protagonists.
In the third thread, Jio and Jin became trapped in a magic obelisk, aboard a ship that ended up floating through space.
The many souls trapped inside Philosopher's Stones are this, which the exception of the one in Envy, where they can scream.
In the seventh thread, happened to the souls soul trapped by Erica before being set free by Tophat. It briefly happened to Makoto when she was cut off from all stimuli as part of the Queen of Blades' psychological torture.
A Class 6 happened to the world of the second thread, which was hit by a bomb that released a virus, which turned every bit of organic matter to pulp. This act released vapours, which then self-ignited, burning up all the oxygen on the planet.
A Class 1 happened to the world of the third thread, where the world was largely flooded after Kefka used the continents of the world like jigsaw puzzle pieces. Add to this earlier occurences like a small scale zombie outbreak, organic matter being absorbed by a Doomsday Device, and a large percentage of the world's population having their souls stolen, and things look very bleak indeed.
A Class X-4 happened with Joe's home universe. With a single soul keeping it all together, it all fell into oblivion when that soul was taken.
Artifact of Death: The divine tome from the fourth thread turned any mortal who read it to ash.
Bitter Sweet Ending: In the third thread: Jio and Jin are sealed away in a spaceship as unsung heroes after sacrificing themselves to safe the world. Joe died after coming very closed to being saved, although what served as his soul managed to find peace.
In the sixth thread: Jessica was forbidden to avenge Ness, and although Ness came back from the dead, she remembered nothing about Jessica.
In the seventh thread: Erica was killed, although her spirit passed away happily after she watched the sun set with her surrogate daughter.
Bleached Underpants: Ever since II, the series had some rather explicit fanservice and sex scenes. It got toned down in IV, and more so in V. VI OFFICIALLY banned fanservice. VII got rid of the official ban(mostly because the thread's creator, James funs, didn't want to scare off any newcomers with the series raunchy history.) and ever since then the series had a low fanservice count.
In the third thread, the Rockbird Arc, Nu-13 and Satan's clone, Belerophon and Ikaros were fought in that order.
Also in the third thread, Ultima Weapon and Luca Blight were fought on the Floating Continent of the Kefka arc.
At the climax of the arc mentioned above, the Warring Triad were fought before Kefka himself.
After entering the tower, the Pie Lord post-climax arc in the third thread was one boss battle after another.
Likewise, in the seventh thread, in the Virus arc, the climax consisted of battling Skye's dragon and Yukino, then being transported to Skye's pocket dimension, where numerous Mini Bosses fought to get to Skye herself.
In the climax of the Desperado Incursions arc in the ninth thread, the protagonists faced Jetstream Sam, the Metal Gear EXCELCUS And Steven Armstrong, in that order.
Happened with Four and Joe in the third thread, at the hands of a "therapist" and Valanetine, respectively.
Also in the third thread, were Brazilian civilians, and Noel, under the control of Kefka's slave crowns.
In the sixth thread, it happened to Rita, Jessica, and Ness, at the hands of Loki.
Brick Joke: Early on, Robert said that Satan owed him money. Later on, he ATTACKS SATAN TO GET HIS $5 BACK!
At the start of WAOA2, Sasuke and Tophat started fighting, and created a violent rivalry. Then, Sasuke returned in WAOA3. It did not go well. Sasuke and Tophat returned again in WAOA6, and the two quickly began fighting.
Slenn (and various other players) being considering "female"
Whenever the group gets access to a flying vehicle, it almost always ends up being severely damaged at best or a total loss at worst.
Bronies: Knife is a brony, as are Severin and Trilby, and Doctor Com is a pony (who appears to be dating Fluttershy).
A notable player example is Venerated Wulfen, because his other well-known interest is Warhammer 40K, two rather different things.
Bus Crash: Fluttershy died not long after being introduced.
Nanami has this as well. The black sclera and the fact that her eyelids close sideways don't help in making the eyes any less creepy.
Cultured Badass: Preginald was a DS with a cane and top hat. And a kill-count of millions.
Similarly, Tophat had a large kill-count, and had a top hat, as its body.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Loki, Rita, Ness and Nybeth against Bryce and the re-enforcements he brought along in the sixth thread, and the Meta versus Carmen in the seventh thread. In both cases, it didn't end will for the latter.
EMily taking on six merfolk, by crushing them with their own armour (using magnetism).
Curse: Regulus inflicted one on Erica in the third thread.
Camilla can weave curses.
Erica unwittingly put a curse on the city of New York by casting the Ashes of Resurrection spell to revive Anise.
Royce Maine. He watched his whole team die, and actually caused a few of these deaths himself. Some PTSD is too be expected after something like this.
Joel, just Joel.
Knife. How does someone who has died so many times stay sane?
Doctor Com. Seems to know a little too much about everything and a thread. (Fourth Wall isn't kind to him.) The LO Lcats don't help.
Varger. Former soldier from a giant space fleet made up of different corporations known as the Conglomerate, Varger received an injury in the field that prevented him from performing in active duty. As a security guard for Asgard corporation he was the only volunteer for the V.A.R.G.E.R program to change him from human to a shape changing cyborg.
Renlen. Though no one has clue as to what he might have done. Though his brooding almost got him killed by a bunch of Ethereals, who hunt the soulless; then again, it is a misunderstanding caused by said Ethereals taking Renlen's choice of words a little too literally.
Jio lived his life devoid of friends and Satan made his life a living Hell.
Jin's parents were killed by Satan, something he originally blamed on Jio. He even spent his early life as a mercenary killing for money. And yet, he is good friends with Jio.
Dromaeus was hatched into slavery, and lived as a fugitive after killing his owner.
Ćanna's family came to grief in a vicious feud that forced her to flee.
The Darkness Gazes Back: When Greed made his way through the Nevermore, he came across a collection of glowing red eyes staring at him from the darkness.
Deadly Gas: In the sixth thread, Loki had Nybeth conjure up toxic gas, which was stored in Magitek bombs, that also amplified the area of effect. These bombs were then set off in Legaia's second largest city.
In the seventh thread, a cloud of toxic gas was released over the whole of Paris shortly after Shadar had his castle raise from the ground.
Joe. But he only can travel to dimensions that he has been to before e.g. The Dimension of Angry Chilli Peppers.
Doctor Com. Though it may be just a façade and he could actually be seeing universe through his many dimensional selves rather than actually travelling. (He is known to disappear suddenly.)
Renlen. Though he didn't display any Dimensional Hijinks in the first WAOA, he has more than made up for it in the second thread. Going so far as to threaten someone with a certain Dimensional of questionable activities and taking the same person and imprisoning them in the Zone of Silence.
They did get a free suit of armour out of it though, so...
Rugal traveled to WAOA to take over it after several attempts to control the Avatar Adventure RP.
Severin's story is similar to Rugal's, but with more muffins
Dromaeus's mysterious amulet.
This amulet was later used by both Ćanna and Erica to travel dimensions, and Tophat learned to travel dimensions from it.
Varger's ship can phase in and out of other dimensions to travel great distances or completely travel to another dimension.
Trilby has been on a dimensional journey leading him to two thread universes. note 'Rampage' may be more accurate, given his tendency to cause explosions and 'Chronic Lack of Living'.
Ness has a dimensional portal in her lab along with transporters for most of her employees.
The Homonculi learned to alchemize a means to travel between dimensions, or to pull a person from one dimension to another.
Similar to the above, Jack found a way to travel between dimensions, but it required a lot of preparation, and sacrifices.
Preginald. Though it was unknown whether he went to multiple dimensions during the first WAOA thread, it became common knowledge that most of his trips were back to his own universe.
Conel is the founder and Co of Aperture Science in this universe. he travelled through the multiverse to take over and steal that 'Apertures' funding.
Jessica gets to travel dimensions as part of her job.
A large part of the Forefront's operations revolve around dimensional travel, having an entire space station dedicated to it.
Doom Troops: The Chaos Space Marines, in the second thread.
Downer Ending: In the fourth thread: Terra lost her ability to trust people, and ended up a hermit, living in a sea cave in Mexico. Jean became severely depressed as everyone she cared about left her.
In the seventh thread: Harper collapsed under the weight of his stimpack abuse and killed himself. Lasinius was killed by the army after he killed a group of concert goers, believing they were cannibals.
Dying Moment of Awesome: The Deltas, Dromaeus (dragonborn), Mia (died but returned later), Tophat (Who was also robbed of going to the afterlife due to it's soul being captured and used as fuel.)
Preginald, possibly. He got shot in the face by Joe. Though it was a duel and Joe was getting revenge for Will, who Preginald had effectively forced Joe to kill.
Skye knew the protagonists were coming for her and that she had no hope of wining. She still decided to take them on.
Dysfunction Junction: We have mentally ill beastkin(one of which was a LITERAL mental illness), violent son of bitches with depressing backstories, and enough evil token teammates to fill the Nile river. Saying dysfunctional to describe this bunch is an under statement. Though, to be fair, this trope was downplayed in the post-WAOA III threads, slightly.
Ear Ache: Played for laughs in the sixth thread, where Black pulled on one of Yukino's ears whenever the latter did something the former didn't appreciate.
Easily Forgiven: Varger, twice! In the second thread, he attacked the protagonists without provocation, sided with the villain and proceeded to attack the protagonists two times more, then did so once more, just for the hell of it. And in the third thread, while in Fenris mode, he ate a guy alive, and killed Four's son by eviscerating him. While Four was watching. After all this, no one was so much as hostile towards him.
Eaten Alive: Regulus swallowed Laguna whole in the climax of the second thread.
Happened to the majority of the people Gluttony attacked.
Rose did this to a living scone in the Pie Lord arc, in the third thread.
Electric Torture: Azimuth and the Queen of Blades employed this against Otto and Makoto respectively.
Escape Sequence: This was the case whenever the protagonists encountered Nemesis donning her armour in the fourth thread.
Everybody Has Lotsof Sex: That's like the way you start a relationship in WAOA! You say your attracted and on your first date... Wait those don't happen... First meeting you have sex!... Bonus points if it's lesbian sex!
This tradition was done away with after the forth entry in the series. Largely, anyway.
Everyone Is Bi: Ferdinand, Joel, Matt, Vriska (technically), Gwen, Four, Mia, Charlotte, Laura, Roland and many more are all either bisexual or in homosexual relationships yet not confirmed as exclusively homosexual.
Vriska is only technically bisexual, as Trolls have no concept of sexuality. So her entire species follows this trope.
Subverted later in the threads, though there is still a hand full of Bi characters in them.
Evil Tower of Ominousness: In the third thread, Kefka made a tower from the rubble of places he had destroyed. In the seventh thread, Azimuth had very much the same thing. The former was kept standing with magic, the latter with psychic power.
Evil Versus Evil: In the seventh thread, Greed and Alice fought the Meta. A few hours later, Carmen did.
Dirty's rapist Brigade. A bunch of demons who commit rape, with tentacles. Though that scene was an accident, (It's hard to explain) it still managed to be both hilariously funny and seriously creepy. But it was retconned, and even James was pro retconning it.
Part of the 20% of non-fanservice in Rome was Four giving birth to triplet kittens.
In the seventh thread, Seras was splashed with acid which dissolved her uniform, exposing her ample bosom. What made this fandisservice is that the acid began dissolving said bosom after that.
A day later, very much the same happened, but with fire.
The Farmer and the Viper: Erica saved the Meta from his impending doom after his confrontation with commander Farsight and the Tau. She ended up severely regretting doing this.
Fearful Symmetry: In the fourth thread, when Terra and Terra-2 dueled, they matched each other move for move.
Fiery Cover Up: Greed and Roxy did this when a home owner caught them in the act of home invasion. Greed disposed of the witness while Roxy stole the things were deemed of vallue. Greed then knocked the gas pipe of the stove loose, lit a candle and left, closing the door behind him.
Jessica burned down a brothel to cover up the murder of the owner and release of all the enslaved girls. And also partially out of spite.
Ikaros and his living statues in the third thread.
Hojo summoning a variety of Elite Mooks, in the fourth thread.
The demon priestess and a flock of zombies, in the fifth thread.
Icarus and his mythril golems and flock of giant flies, in the sixth thread.
The first encounter with Seymour and a handful of zombies, in the seventh thread.
Mistral and Sundowner, who came with a flock of Mini Geckos and attack helicopters, in the ninth thread.
Friend or Foe: Friendly fire happens surprisingly little considering how, but it does occur from time to time. Mostly when ranged fighters don't hold their fire when melee fighters engage the enemy.
In the third thread, Regulus and various mooks make liberal use of the protagonists' lack of strategic formations to the point where they barely had to do anything to hurt them.
From a Single Cell: So long as their Philosopher's Stones aren't depleted of souls, Homonculi can recover from any injury, even if that injury is complete disintegration.
Adam, from the sixth thread, was also capable of this.
From Bad to Worse: In the second thread, there was a zombie outbreak, then two usages of weapons of mass destruction (one of which was set off by a protagonist.), then aliens invaded and destroyed every satellite orbiting Earth, followed the orbital bombarding of several locations, and finally... See Apocalypse How.
In the third thread, things didn't go much better. See Apocalypse How.
In the Queen of Blades plot, Alice threw Thresher in the seventh floor which caused the stealth mission to fail. Edward accidentally killed a bunch of civilians in a huge explosion along with killing the guards in the security room which the group used as hostages, in turn that led him to have a depressive fit. And worse of all, 'Sarah', the group's employer, got killed at the end by her coworker, Makoto; therefore rendering the group's effort to save her pointless.
Eve (and other constructs like her) have these, along with other internal crystals.
Get Back Here Boss: In the ninth thread, the group had to chase down Mistral across an oil refinement facility.
"Get out of Jail Free" Card: The protagonists that were involved in the hostage situation in the third arc of the seventh thread were given this by the State of Texas for stopping the zombie appocalypse a few months prior.
Government Conspiracy: Averted. In the seventh thread, at the start of the virus arc, a number of the protagonists thought the government was only enlisting the aid of the protagonists so that they could Nuke 'em along with the infected. Turns out, it wasn't so.
Balthier and Rita have pouches with near infinite capacity.
Rozalyn and Loki could store and pull items out of thin air.
Similarly, Carmen can store items in and retrieve them from a pocket dimension.
Ness can turn objects into data and store this on her PDA.
Yukino's armoured suit has compartments meant for holding kunai that are larger on the inside.
Hard Head: In the earlier thread, characters were often knocked out for extended periods of time. Especially Laguna. None ever suffered any form of brain damage, however.
Harmful to Minors: Children in the series tend to end up having less then stellar mental health. Which is unsurprising, considering the amount of carnage that tends to occur.
Ethan, the Pokemon trainer averts this trope. He seems to be doing okay other than getting turned into a werewolf and changing into a wolf at night. Which really just means that he has to hide somewhere during the night.
Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Almost completely inverted. Almost none of the characters have done this. If they did, it was probably ignored, e.g. Sara, Winona, and EMily. But not Gwen. She was a lesbian for a particular reason.
Having a Blast: The mooks infected with Skye's virus could generate explosions by punching things. The staff/gauntlet Greed acquired also facilitated this.
The Heartless: In the sixth thread, Erica had a Nightmares, an entity indirectly created by Shadar.
In the ninth thread, the Midnight Channel forces an individual to have an encounter with their Shadow, entities who embody one's darkest secrets.
Heroic BSOD: Joe suffered this after hearing a shocking reveal. Being that he in fact, didn't come to be by a ten-year old putting a lot of love in his drawing, but an AI that latched into said boy's soul.
Heroic RROD: Riou, Jowy and Erica all passed out whenever they over-used the powers of their Runes.
Averted in some threads by the heroes not having bills of any kind. Averted in others by them working as bounty hunters.
High-Altitude Battle: The battle against the Order of Sanctity in the ninth thread, where Samus and Gwen fought flying, (That is, Gwen did the flying and threw Samus at the enemy.) Shara fought on top of her ship while it was on autopilot, EMily using a gunport on Dave's ship, with support of an XCOM squad, who fought from the loading bay of their aircraft.
In the ninth thread, the merman used students as human shields when the protagonists busted in and interrupted the mermen'sritual. This just ended up angering EMily, who proceeded to crush the mermen in their own armour using magnetism.
Also in the ninth thread, done in a unusual fashion by 'the bug' with Shara. Rather then standing behind her and grabbing her, it only stood over Shara, and let its irradiated blood serve as a deterrent for a Shoot the Hostage Taker scenario. Unfortunately for it, Shara simply threw it off herself.
Later in the ninth thread, Sam - much to his dismay - was ordered to capture a downed Victoria,and ended up using her as a shield.
Especially common within the Out of Character comments.
Several characters have pointed out that they come from completely different places or different versions of the same planet or future.
Satan did this to Conall when he pointed out that Winona would have to return to her own time and universe without him, eventually.
Joe, the stickman, basically lives off this trope, even using it to fight - he tends to turn to his side, making him basically invisible.
Several characters have been shown to have two different voices, usually because there is another entity within them, which is usually symbolized by different text colors, and have switched between them. Occasionally within the same sentence. This has caused various reactions by other characters.
Several characters have been identified as Chroniclers. This basically allows them to read the very thread, giving them knowledge of things they shouldn't know normally. Though they can't read the Out of Character comments.
Lotus-Eater Machine: A paticular scene in the fifth thread had the protagonists live out their greatest desires. This would then crash and burn around them, as they were made to relive their single most worst memory.
Love Triangle: In the sixth thread, both Jessica and Lyra were in love with Ness.
Little Bit Beastly: Do you think that we'll be satisfied with CatGirls only? Yeah right! We have a crazy (but became less crazy due to Character Development) fox-bitch named Yukino, a half dog named Yumi, a squirrelgirl named Makoto, a tube-rat... err... ferret girl named Sophia, a sheep girl named Amelia, and even a dragongirl named Priscilla.
Made of Explodium: Prinnies are highly volatile and prone to exploding. This much to the amusement of Jack of Blades.
Made of Iron: A lot of the characters get thrown around, fall from the sky or otherwise beaten to hell, but tend not to die.
The Meta in VII survived an ice-spike to the face, and falling out of a tornado in a van, among other things.
Joel (from IX) was this, due to being half-elemental.
The structures the Followers of the Dragonborn had build.
Mind Screw: In the second thread, Ćanna was made to experience a mix of disturbing sounds and sensations. It was thought to be a case of Mind Rape, both in-universe, and out. But it turned out to be her relieving what it was like being born.
Misplaced Wildlife: In the seventh thread, Qual encountered a bear in the countryside, south of London. In the same thread, Roxy encountered a wolf in roughly the same area.
Mistaken for Granite: In the third thread, Ikaros fought alongside several statues that came to life.
Molotov Van: In the seventh thread, Torrin rigged a van to blow, which he drive into a small horde of zombies.
Moral Dissonance: In the first intermission of the ninth thread, the protagonists captured a grave robber and lectured him on how illegal the actions were. In the very same intermission, Seras stole a coat and weaponry off of the corpse of a bounty hunter. Furthermore, in the Desperado Incursions arc, several protagonists stole HF weaponry off of Desperado mooks, or from the World Marshall headquarters.
To further the dissonance, the grave robber didn't kill the people whose things he stole. The group did.
Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Alvarez was rather fond of preforming vivisection on those who succumbed to the Logan virus. She also showed great interest in creating Homonculi with Greed, despite knowing the costs of this.
Subverted in IX, when EMily used diplomacy to stop the merfolk, despite the others suggesting violence.
Mysterious Watcher: Prior to being found out, Sam and Elm were this. After making their escape, they later found the protagonists again, and watched them from the distance.
Narnia Time: Between the various dimensions the characters come from, time flows at a different pace. This can vary from a few days, to a several centuries.
Nebulous Evil Organisation: Forefront, a shadowy organization running extra-dimensional operations qualifies as this. At least dealing in theft and, necromancy, and using resurrected individuals for slave labour. If not persuaded otherwise by Shara in the ninth thread, abduction and blackmail would've been added to that list.
Nerf: In the early threads, the protagonists had enough firepower to level streetblocks, with the villains having enough to level cities. By the seventh thread, the protagonists had just about enough firepower to level a building or two between them while the villains might severely damage a streetblock if they tried really hard.
Nested Mouths: Xenomorphs, who appeared in the fourth and sixth threads.
No Sell: Joe is immune to attacks from blunt weapons. Varger's and Space Marine armour is immune to electrical damage and heat. Chanda, Yukino and Carmen are immune to heat and fire. Rex is immune to electrical damage. Riou, Jowy and later, Erica and Anise are immune to things affecting their souls and lifeforce, as well as diseases. Homonculi are immune to poisons and diseases. Rika is immune to some forms of magic.
Laguna lampshaded the fact that he often suffers cranial damage, but never a concussion. He reasoned he must therefore be immune to concussions.
Many mooks and bosses have been immune to something or other. Too many to list.
Not Safe for Work: There was a gay threesome at one point. And a lesbian foursome. And childbirth. And Joel's backstory.
Odd Friendship: Lasinius, a zealous, duty-bound space marine, and Harper, a space marine that was dishonourably discharge, has a drug addiction and a rather large criminal record.
Oh, Crap: Both the characters and the players had this when Regulus returned in the third thread.
One-Winged Angel: There have been a whole host of these, with Big Bads, henchmen, and even some mooks undergoing a transformation.
Varger had three of these. A robotic wolf and dragon in WAOA 2, and a reality shifting cobra in WAOA 3.
Regulus had one of these in WAOA 2.
Kefka could do this at will after fully regaining his powers.
James had this in WAOA 3, when succumbed to the T-Virus, turning into a largely skinless, quadrupedal monstrosity with a giant eye bulging from its shoulder.
Terra-2 had two of these, first transforming into a humanoid creature covered in pink fur, and later, merging with a towering doomsday machine.
Envy reveals its true form as a Eldtrich Abomination when cornered or sufficiently angered.
Seymour Blake first grew skeletal appendages, and later transformed into a winged demonic creature.
Only Mostly Dead: In the cases of Erica, Carmen and Tophat, their bodies died, but their souls were stored in a dagger and staff respectively. After their souls were plopped into a new body, they were fine.
The Only One: Especially true in the earlier threads, everyone seems incapable to minimize the damage villains cause without the protagonists helping out.
Opposites Attract: Black and Yukino became a couple, despite them having rather radically different personalities.
Original Character: Lots. In fact, there are more OCs then there are established characters.
Ouroboros: The Homonculi all have the mark somewhere on their bodies. Envy, its left outer thigh. Greed, back of the left hand. Gluttony, the tongue.
After becoming one, Salvatore had it on the palm of his right hand.
Our Princess Is In Another Castle: In the fourth thread, the protagonists were tasked with retrieving a divine tome from a thief. This went as followed: Thanatos would appear before the protagonists to reveal where the thief was hiding, the protagonists would seek out and confront the thief, whereafter the thief would flee. This process repeated itself several times.
Similarly, the first plot of the seventh thread had the protagonists seeking out Seymour, who fled twice before standing his ground.
Our Souls Are Different: There have been many characters with powers governing the soul/spirit/heart/mind. This can and has lead to some confusion.
Psycho for Hire: After being told he was expected to cause as much chaos as possible, Jack was quite happy to agree to work for the Followers of the Dragonborn.
The entirity of Desperado qualifies as this.
Plot Armor: In the early threads, characters could be assaulted by missile barrages and not recieve so much as a scratch. The amount of plot armour characters enjoyed diminished after WAOA3, and by WAOA6 it was practically gone.
Coincidently, they also developed in polar opposite ways. Yukino started out as someone who delighted in bloodshed and became more noble in fighting to protect others. Skye started as a Morality Pet for Yukino, and ended up wishing to kill Ness, spreading her virus in New York and essentially taking the entire city hostage.
Portal Slam: Connal nearly killed Tanner by having him fall through portals, then removing the portal located on a steel wall, leaving Tanner to slam headfirst into it.
Potty Emergency: When she was held prisoner by the group due to being suspected of wilfully causing a bloodbath, Rika had this. Fortunately for her, Milly let her go.
Sara Mason swore once after Kefka angered her enough with his nihilistic views.
Erica swore when confronting James, and to a lesser extend when denied vengeance for the apparent death of her friend in WAOA7.
Cloud cussed when Terra became distressed as various people kept questioning her.
Carmen generally speaks in a well-mannered way, but cussed on some occasions when sufficiently annoyed.
Properly Paranoid: In the seventh thread, the majority of the protagonists were wary of the invitation to the private island. Although not due to the reasons they suspected, they would've been better off had they not went.
In the fifth thread, the protagonists were fine with Yukino tagging along, who then was still a complete psychopath, and didn't shy away from showing it.
In the eighth thread, no one was bothered by Samus shooting a (Non hostile) mook in the crotch with a harpoon, without having any evidence he had done anything wrong.
In the beginning of the seventh thread, no one was bothered by Torrin stealing a total of four vehicles.
The ninth thread. Hoo, boy. Samus and Yorrick shot injured people captured by the mermen, calling it a Mercy Kill, although neither bothered getting the victims to the hospital, or even checking the state they were in other then a glance. Numerous people stole from dead foes. They sat idly by whilst Joel stuck his arm down Kamshin's throat and cooked his oesophagus. They also sat idly by whilst Victoria stuck a knife in a disabled mook's gullet and twisted it around, just for the hell of it. As long as the only prey on foes, the group stated they had no problem with Joanna devouring souls. And no one cared when Joel stole a car, everyone eager going along with it.
Psychic Static: In the third thread, in the battle against angel!Athena, Joe filled his mind with senseless drivel to counter-act her mind reading.
Punch a Wall: In the third thread, grace punched the hull of the Tanner after a confrontation with Athena.
In the seventh thread, the Meta punched a wall on two occasions to let off some steam.
Another gag related to the drinking game is that actually playing the drinking game would kill you in minutes.
When the setting is Earth, expect Paris to suffer extreme of complete destruction. Because no one likes this French. This was even lampsaded by Dr. Alvarez.
Dr. Alvarez: (After hearing news about Shadar's work in Paris) "Guess this place isn't the only one getting hit by stupid crap like this..." Then again, no one really cares about the French.note The italics are thoughts.
Not being too pleased a pirate crew stole everything in his estate that wasn't nailed down, Greed tracked the crew down, killed the opposition, then gave those who surrendered two options: Either one of them was to kill the rest of their crewmates and live, or every one of them would die. They chose the second option.
Sequential Boss: The Medea, Athena and Ikaros battles in the third thread. They start out in their human form, turn into something more monstrous when cornered, and go full on One-Winged Angel when pushed further.
The battle against James, also in the third thread.
The battle against Kefka, in the third thread, once again.
Schizo Tech: Most threads have this, due to being set on modern Earth, and getting people and groups from sci-fi and fantasy universes showing up.
The sixth thread had this before the group arrived, due to one country being technologically advanced, and the other being unable to use that tech. This meant mechs and people with laser rifles could go up against people with swords.
And when the group entered the scene, the sword-using Xiphatians would be marching into battle with gun-wielders and cyborgs.
The ninth thread seems to be heading this way. Desperado brought in HF blades and cybernetics, which XCOM now have. Shara and Phaesan both brought XCOM technologically advanced gear.
Senseless Sacrifice: In the climax of the second thread, Laguna drew Regulus away from a severely inured Four. Regulus responded by biting down on Laguna, breaking his spine which paralyzed him, then swallowing him hole. In the third thread, Valentine from the dimension it was trapped in, rendering the sacrifice null.
Shell-Shock Silence: In the sixth thread, Loki, Rita and Jessica had their eardrums ruptured at the start of their battle with Bryce and associates of his, when one of said associates unleashed a screech.
Reginald shouting "Pocket sand!" after reaching into his pocket and throwing sand therefrom in the eyes of a mook.
In the third thread, when on Rockbird, a brainwashed servant who saw the protagonists as heroes asked if there was anything he could do to serve them. Kefka responded with "Ahem. There is sand on my boots!"
Bar a few instances, the enmies encountered in the seventh thread posed a increasingly greater threat. First was Seymour Blake and his zombie horde, who was a city-level threat. Then came Azimuth and his followers of wizards and mystic knights, who were a state-level threat. After this came Skye and her spreading viral outbreak, who were also a state-level threat, but considdered a national threat.
Both Shadar and the Followers of the Dragonborn started as a city-level threat, but may likely have grown beyond that.
Sable. His appearances are few and far between, but if he hadn't shown up, Four wouldn't have gotten his castle, and Ashania would never have come to be. This would mean Jessica was never born, leaving Ness single. Loki wouldn't have brainwashed Jessica, and wouldn't been able to topple the majority Xiphatian royal family without her teleporting abilities, and would have had his plans foiled by Tophat and the Rookie, thus Ragnarök would never come into existence.
Bryce. Although having more appearances then the above, his were still few. Regardless, if it wasn't for him, Skye wouldn't have been born/created, thus completely avoiding the virus plot in the seventh thread. Roxy would still be alive, and Anise would've remained an orphan. The protagonists would've never been invited to the island resort, meaning Erica wouldn't have died.
Tears of Fear: In a cast comprised almost exclusively of badasses, the instances where this happens are few and far between. Every once in a blue moon, however, it does.
In the seventh thread, Rika cried in fear after a fire elemental emerged and caused a fair amount of damage.
Also in the seventh thread, during the virus arc, Roxy cried in fear. And that was the last thing she did before being killed by Greed.
There Are No Girls on the Internet: Every player is male note Bar one in IV. This was lampshaded, leading to Slenn becoming an honorary woman (simply because other players accidentally used 'she' and 'her' when talking about him).
Title Drop: In the fifth thread, the thread's subtitle "You're Not in Kansas Anymore" was said by Bryce.
As of the sixth thread, an orginisation which is called the Wheaton Altiverse Organization Association, or WAOA for short, exists.
Time-Limit Boss: The third thread featured two of these. The fight against Ikaros was a race against the clock as the DoomsdayDevice he activated kept on working towards the end of the world. Later, the battle against 'Godess' was a race against the clock as she inflicted the majority of the protagonists with a curse that would turn them into zombies.
Time Skip: Small ones were present in the seventh thread.
Beauty Queen Etna pilfered billions in goods from dead civilizations, destroyed an irreplaceable piece of Japanese history, (basically) enslaved the souls of the damned, threatened to blow up the planet on multiple occasions, and attempted to convince members of the group to kill each other for her own amusement.
Greed occasionally went of stealing sprees, extorted others, killed various people who stole from him, tried to take advantage of naive women twice, sought to distribute a dangerous virus, and ultimately agreed to murder people on someone's behalf in exchange for more power. He is not a good person.
Camilla and Vice. Which were aliases for Milly and Carmen.
Greed had made a agreement with Carmen, and later with Shadar. In both cases, it things didn't really take off.
Villains Act, Heroes React: This was the case in the early threads. Especially the third one, where the protagonists knew of highly dangerous villains walking about, yet did nothing until said villains caused some trouble.
In the fourth thread, Hojo's plans awakened the WEAPONS. Sapphire was destroyed by the group, and Emerald when it attacked Hojo's ship. The rest? They were never encountered, nor mentioned again, after their introduction.
In the seventh thread, Kara became addicted to Milly's blood. After a single mention of withdrawal symptoms, however, this wasn't mentioned again.
Also in the seventh thread, there was a ghost who pleaded the protagonists to get a message to her lover. The ghost eventually just disappeared, and the subject was never touched upon again.
Similarly, and also in the seventh thread, Otto left a message wherein he asked that his manifesto was brought to a publisher. Nothing ever came of this.
In the seventh thread once more, a group of witches came looking for Rika, (Who at that point had already left home) and fought the protagonists thinking they were lying to protect Rika. After the defeat of this group, the subject never came up again.
In the seventh thread yet again, it was stated a mysterious visitor carrying an invitation card was approaching the mansion on the private island, while the protagonists were having dinner. This mention of this individual was also the only one.
When Trees Attack: In the sixth thread, Envy faced these when setting fire to a village, which brought the wrath of the native treants upon it. note It, being Envy.
"Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: All the threads end with a seperate epilogue for every character, with possible exception if a character was too minor to be given an epilogue or if they died. The sixth thread also mentioned what had become of the various locales in a general epilogue.
With Catlike Tread: See the quote regarding stealth at the top of the page. That isn't an exageration.
Workout Fanservice: In the fifth thread, Rozalyn walking in on Royce Maine, who had worked up a sweat punching a punching bag.
Written by the Winners: [spoiler]At the end of the sixth thread, Loki banned all regional and national hollidays, and made refferencing the past prior to his taking over a serious offence.[/spoiler]
Xanatos Gambit: Regulus pulled one off in the second thread. Either the Space Marines incited Exterminatus, destroying the world, or the world would be left saturated in Warp energy, making it a breeding ground for all sorts of nastyness, and a surefire way for Regulus to increase in power.
Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: There has been quite a bit of this. For example, Regulus. At the beginning, He/she/it/whatever speaks in Ye olde English with an occasional valleygirl dialect. However, further in WAOA II, he/she/it/whatever dropped his/her/its/whatever valley-girl dialect.
In the seventh thread, the protagonists faced Seymour, who had surrounded himself with a zombie horde of over a hundred thousand strong. What ensued, was this.
In the ninth thread, the first battle of the Mann-ly Adventure had the protagonists facing dozens of Scout-bots whose tactics consisted of 'charge at the enemy and beat them down'.
In both instances, the protagonists were quick to issue a tactical withdrawal. Even the Blood Knights amongst them.
Zombie Apocalypse: WAOA loves this trope. There was a full-blown zombie outbreak practically as soon as WAOA2 started, there was a smaller zombie outbreak in Paris in WAOA3, and not one, but two zombie outbreaks in WAOA7. The first was in Dallas, brought about by necromancer, Seymour Blake, the second one was brought about by Erica in New York after casting a spell she really shouldn't have.