Roleplay / World War X

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 II set in a Magitek universe.

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!

If any of this interests you, see our Sign-ups sheet.

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:

Tropes for Elven and Freemason allies vs the Roman Axis:

  • 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.
  • L33t L1ng0: 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 Japanese Spirit Warriors VS. The Raygun Gothic Allies:

Tropes for The Allies, Axis, And Resistance, All Hunting The Ark:

Tropes for Joint Aztec-American Forces Vs. The Argentine-Nazi Horde:

  • 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.