World War X: The War To End All Wars
is a series of forum roleplays on the Tv Tropes Forum
. It is, essentially, an Alternate History
version of World War 2
set in a Magitek
It began with the thread ITT: We are the Soviet Technocrats VS. The Nazi Occult Empire
, which was Exactly What It Says on the Tin
. Later on, a spin-off, We Are The Elven and Freemason Allies VS. The Roman Axis
, chronicling the attempted allied invasion of Gibraltar, which is held by the New Roman Empire.
The Pacific Theatre is now open
: We Are The Japanese Spirit Warriors VS. The Raygun Gothic Allies
. In addition, the African Theatre has just begun: We Are The Allies, Axis, And Resistance, All Hunting The Ark
, which is just that—a three-way battle between the Colonial British forces, the Nazi Occult Empire, and the African Resistance & Empancipation Movement, all of them searching for the Ark of the Covenant in order to win this crazy war.
There is now a fifth front
in Central and South America: WE ARE THE JOINT AMERICAN-AZTEC FORCES VS THE ARGENTINE-NAZI HORDE
There's also Nazi Occultists
, Soviet Mad Scientists
, Fey Royal Marines
, Freemasons, a Magical Native American
special forces team, insane noblemen
, captive eldritch abominations
, warring gods, and Monkeys.
As a result of this, it has a character sheet. SEE THE PERSONAS OF HEROES AND VILLAINS IN STARK BLACK AND WHITE!
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Not to be confused with a hypothetical World War 10.
World War X provides examples of the following tropes:
Tropes for all universes:
Tropes for Soviet Technocrats vs the Nazi Occult Empire:
- All Myths Are True: Given how many of the Greco-Roman, Basque, Norse, Slavic, Japanese, and Aztec Pantheons have shown up, as well as Angels, it's a safe bet that this is in effect.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Various Robots and Gods.
- Author Avatar: Certain characters, especially in SVN, such as Commissars Chabal and Flanker.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: At this point Loki/Samael/Hecate.
- Big Damn Heroes: Several succeeded and attempted instances occur throughout both theatres.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A few characters have fallen victim to this, usually because their player left the thread.
- Cool Versus Awesome: It's pretty much the whole point.
- Crossover Cosmology: Slavic gods, Norse gods, Roman gods, angels, and more.
- Dark Action Girl: Hecate.
- Kill Sat: The Romans have these in the form of the Hand Of Jupiter and the Wrath Of Apollo.
- Also, the Mir space station is one in this universe.
- Manipulative Bastard: Loki.
- No Indoor Voice: Most gods speak in booming voices. CZERNOBOG IN PARTICULAR.
- Physical God: The only gods mentioned so far who aren't one of these are the Abrahamic God and Huracan, the Mayan wind god.
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Teleporters and Transporters: The Soviets, Freemasons, Romans and Commonwealth forces can all do this in various different ways.
- The Fair Folk: They appear on both sides of the war, and can be most terrifying when pressed.
- The Magic Versus Technology War: Started out this way, but has since developed as such that each side has some of each.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Played straight, subverted, and zig-zagged. Sometimes they are the hams of film, other times they are as coldly and hatefully evil as they were perceived in Real Life. Sometimes, they are just soldiers trying to get through a completely mad war. Depends on the character, and on which theatre they're on.
- World of Ham: But of course.
Tropes for Elven and Freemason allies vs the Roman Axis:
- An Ice Person:Rusalka
- An Aesir And A Gentlehorse: Sleipnir.
- The Berserker: Koschei
- Breath Weapon: Sleipnir. Whether gouts of searing flame jetting from his nostrils or bolts of lightning shoting out of his mouth, one can't deny that this is the horse's favourite battle tactic.
- The Brigadier(Formerly Colonel Badass): Brigadier Aleksandr.
- Click Hello: One of the Commissars has a disturbing tendency to interrupt complainers and possible morale-breakers with a very audible gun cocking.
- Clock Punk: The French Resistance
- Colony Drop: The ''Wrath Of Apollo'' get thrown at Erzengel.
- Commissars: Chabal and Flanker.
- Cool Versus Awesome: Wotan vs the Black God.
- Demonic Possession: Eavle is able to do this, first possessing Rusalka, then Sleipnir and a veritable legion of zombified Sonderkommandos. It has the potential to backfire spectacularly, however, as Chabal proved when he shot the possessed Sleipnir in the eye.
- Enemy Mine: Wotan and Czernobog must team up to kill Niddhogg, then the Nazis and Soviets to kill Eavle.
- Epic Flail: Rusalka's primary weapon.
- Ghostapo: Possessed tanks, summoning rituals, and daemon-powered air dreadnoughts, a smooth blending with Stupid Jetpack Hitler.
- Giant Flyer: Erzengel.
- Hive Mind: Sirus, who is also, bizarrely enough, a Mind Hive.
- Hot-Blooded: Most characters with a name are this, but in particular is the water fairy Rusalka, whose primary offensive abilities revolve around cold and ice.
- Humongous Mecha: The Leninator, Erzengel.
- Mad Scientist
- Mook Maker: The Ophanim have a weird version of this, being able to release dozens of Virtues which aren't much smaller than themselves.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Wotan delivers one of these to Samyaza, after learning just who was powering Erzengel.
- Our Angels Are Different: Samyaza rocks it Old Testament style. As do all of the other angels. Phanuel, for example, has six wings, metallic blue skin, has permanently closed eyes, no lower body, and a wheel covered in eyes where his waist would be. It gets weirder from there.
- The Ophanim are even weirder. They are completely made up of wheels covered in eyes, can shoot flaming swords out of said eyes, and serves as a Clown Car for the smaller Virtues (which are androgynous crystalline Winged Humanoids).
- Papa Wolf: Wotan. Mess with his progeny and he will grind you into dust.
- Phlebotinum Breakdown: Samyaza seems to be showing the first sign of it.
- The Stoic: Koschei
- Sadly Mythtaken: Wotan gets lightning powers, Czernobog gets fire, ice and necromancy...
- Sizeshifter: Sleipnir is all over this trope.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Sleipnir responds to the Ressurected Eavle's rant about Rusalka by jumping into the air and biting his leg off.
- Soviet Super Science
- Starfish Aliens: Sirus, a sapient, mutagenic liquid that apparently controls a small portion of the universe beyond Earth.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler
- Taking You with Me: Eavle seems to be attempting this with his activation of the horrifically powerful Erzengel.
- Tank Goodness: The Soviet's bread-and-butter vehicle, on scales as huge as a naval destroyer, as seen with the landship Marx.
- Thanatos Gambit: See Taking You with Me.
- Tragic Monster: Erzengle/Balder.
- Villainous Rescue: The Nazis seem to be rather good at this, particularly when it comes to air power.
- You Have Failed Me: * BLAM*
Tropes for Japanese Spirit Warriors VS. The Raygun Gothic Allies:
- Accidental Misnaming: A lot of people get Octavian's name wrong.
- Ace Pilot: the Reapers.
- An Axe to Grind: The Axemen, a regiment seen briefly at the start, which then succumbed to Brother Chuck when the player behind them swapped sides.
- More recently, Paul Bunyan himself, in all his jumberjack glory, has been summoned to Gibraltar.
- And This Is for...: Octavian dedicates his missile strike on the Wendigo to Vigilo Atticus, who the Wendigo killed.
- Mars does this in the battle with Mari. Who is the attack for? Mars' sword, Harry.
- Badass Family: The Basque pantheon.
- The Blackwatch were, apparently, Fade's brothers, so he fits here.
- Badass Normal: used (at first) by the Blackwatch, subverted by the Royal Marine squad under the command of Sergeant Lewis Rotham (who currently seem to be horribly outclassed by the gods waging war around them). They are, however, slowly recovering.
- Bar Brawl: Having Heracles and Hercules drunk and bored is a bad idea (even though the WDM started it).
- Bash Brothers: Hercules and Heracles appear to be shaping up to be this...
- Colossus Climb: Heracles subverts this by climbing up the Throne of Vulcan, with a little assistance... By which I mean strapping himself into a missile and firing himself up there.
- Eye Scream: Cyclopes get shot or stabbed in the eyes a lot.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Fade has all his clothes burned away during a fight with Octavian, and spend the rest of the fight like this.
- Handicapped Badass: Octavian loses an arm to the Wendigo, and due to the nature of the wound, won't be able to regrow it with nanites for a long time.
- Humongous Mecha: The Throne of Vulcan, Talos.
- I Owe You My Life: The entire cyclopes race towards Octavian and his Century, who saved them from a life of slavery at the hands of the Greek Gods.
- Knight Templar: Centurion Octavian.
- I Call It "Vera": Mars has a sword called Harry, of all things.
- Also Brontes' railgun is called Sophia.
- Infernal Retaliation: Don't try to set Fade on fire. You wouldn't like the results.
- Leet Lingo: Mars occasionally does this, for some reason.
- Magical Native American: Fade and the Blackwatch.
- Magma Man: The Sons of Vulcan.
- Making a Splash: Neptune.
- Mama Bear: The Basque goddess Mari, towards the rest of her pantheon.
- Maniac Monkeys: The Romans initially use battle-trained Barbary Macaques in Gibraltar.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Scylla is an unholy melding of tentacles and dog heads that can eat a battleship in two bites.
- Nanomachines: The Romans make heavy use of nanites, both for healing grievous injuries and disassembling enemies.
- Not So Stoic: Fade, when his men die horribly at the hands of Octavian.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Lewis Rotham and his men, although they seem to be gradually recovering.
- Playing with Fire: Mostly Fade, but also, at one point, Octavian.
- Samus is a Girl: turns out that the Wendigo is a woman, and Fade's older sister.
- Those Two Guys: Hercules and Heracles seem to be taking a break from fighting and commenting on the battle, mostly involving potshots at the other's pantheon.
- Wendigo: It is summoned as a distraction by the Blackwatch. It can teleport, grows as it eats people, and is The Virus.
- Why Won't You Die?: the Wendigo's ability to return from seemingly certain defeat ellicits this reaction from Octavian.
- Your Mom: Several of these get thrown about by Heracles and Hercules.
Tropes for The Allies, Axis, And Resistance, All Hunting The Ark:
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier: The Sky Fortress Seiryuu for the Japanese, the HMAAS Triumph for the Allies.
- Alien Geometries: The Aberration is a living, biological example.
- Animal Mecha: The Sea Titan Genbu is a titanic sea turtle mecha.
- Badass Santa: The Australians brought in Father Christmas to aid in the invasion of the Phillipines.
- Baleful Polymorph: The Bunyip turns a large number of Japanese soldiers into black swans.
- Combat Pragmatist: The Bushman has no qualms about running or using less honourable tactics against the things he fight. It's already saved his life at least once, and he's killed several of Shinshiro's personal guards and crippled a pair of warmechs using dishonourable tactics.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: How Shinshiro's cherry blossom attack works.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Aberration.
- Establishing Character Moment: when we first see Shinshiro, he is drinking tea in his command center when two subordinates burst in, bearing important information concerning the battle. He then calmly beheads the man who interrupted his tea, explains why he did so to the second man, gives said man a chance to avoid making the same mistake, then invites him to have some tea and explain the situation.
- Humans Through Alien Eyes: The Aberration sees us all as something just as horrific as we see it, and believed we were all out to torture and kill it, resulting in it's homicidal rampage.
- Humongous Mecha: Liberty Prime and the turtle-shaped Sea Titan Genbu.
- Invincible Minor Minion: The Defender mech, piloted by a Psycho for Hire.
- Kill It with Water: Susa-no-O's specialty.
- Land Down Under: The Bushman and his associates (barring Father Christmas), are all Australian.
- Magical Aborigine: The Old Man.
- Military Mashup Machine: The craft of Starbird Flight are submersible jet fighters. Their mothership is an aircraft carrier-submarine.
- Mini-Mecha: The Warmechs under Naito's supervision.
- Nuke 'em: Liberty Prime hurls mini-nukes around. One of them kills Shinshiro.
- Samurai: Shinshiro Kenji (or Kenji Shinshiro, if you want to go by the Western order)
- Shout-Out: Hey, it's the TF2 guys!
- Speech Impediment: Yugure has a very bad stutter.
- Sssssnake Talk: The Bunyip.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Yugure kills Liberty Prime in this manner. Notably, this was at a range of at least a mile, and the sword went ''through'' Liberty Prime, impaling the main power core, and Liberty Prime is a Humongous Mecha.
- Youkai: Shinshiro employs Oni as bodyguards, and he's got other, weirder examples patrolling the forests.
Tropes for Joint Aztec-American Forces Vs. The Argentine-Nazi Horde:
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Professor Hendricks and, more recently, Dr. Joanne Lockner.
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier: The HMA Canterbury.
- Animal Mecha: G.O.R., Yaw Nwosu's sapient robotic silverback gorilla; serves as the Resistance leader's primary mode of transportation, bodyguard and pet.
- Black and Grey Morality
- Booby Trap: Jacob Rosen's tomb is absolutely filled with the things.
- Catch Phrase: DEATH TO ALL WHO OPPOSE for the Iron Warrior.
- Cool Boat: The HMS Implacable, the British batlleship most of the British forces in Zanzibar fight from.
- Deal with the Devil: the Resistance members are presently bartering with Baron Samedi for the exact location of the Ark, and while the Baron sure as hell isn't evil, being the God of Resurrection and all, he certainly isn't nice.
- Elite Mooks: The Nazi commandoes.
- Hollywood Voodoo: possibly averted, given the number of Lwa that have appeared and the implication that Nwosu and possibly Pierre are practitioners of the Voudou faith.
- King Kong: No really. Unleashed by the Nazis, though they weren't able to deploy it properly, so now it's attacking everything in sight.
- La Résistance: The AREM.
- Making a Splash: The British onboard the Implacable appear to be able to manipulate water by singing Rule Britannia.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Nazis again, sorta.
- Tank Goodness: The Nazis have one called the Iron Warrior, a Baneblade-sized monstrosity that is possessed by some manner of daemon.
- Blob Monster: El Chupacabra.
- Body Horror: The Technological Ascendancy Battalion.
- Dem Bones: El Coronel's Mexican battalion, who are all brightly-painted Day Of The Dead-style skeletons.
- Mayincatec: Appears to be averting this, as some of the players put in the research to get all of the facts straight regarding the Aztec Pantheon.
- Human Sacrifice: It's the Aztecs, for crying out loud. In this particular case, someone needs to die to summon the Pantheon into their Physical God form, except for Xiuhcoatl, who comes as a bonus package for summoning Huitzilopochtli.
- Shown Their Work: All of the dogfight- and aircraft-related terms used by Thunderchief, and to a lesser extent the Mudbugs.
- Transforming Mecha: The Colossi Prototypes, which can transform from an aircraft into a mecha and back again.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Jaguar Warriors can transform into, well Jaguars.