If their leader wasn't watching them, the two people in the front would be fighting and the guy on the upper left would be running after the cute critter he just saw.
"I'm pretty glad a total nobody came by and sent a request to the GMs. Because between you who are scared of GMs, Gaea making a lot of dough on my back while I'm dancing, and Sparadrap that doesn't even know the functionality exists, I could have stayed dancing for a while!"
Noob is a French Web Original (that happens to also be aired on television) where most of the action happens inside a MMORPG, Horizon 1.0. The episode realases went from late 2008 to early 2014. It's a series about newbs and noobs that gave birth to the Noob franchise. It was created by Fabien Fournier, who is both director and scriptwriter. In France, it gets broadcasted on the "Nolife" channel some time before being available on the official site. It's been the top French webseries in terms of audience since 2009.After being seduced by a TV ad, MMORPG veteran "Gaea" buys the game and creates her character. She's now dumped into an unfamiliar land (a "newb" when it comes to this game) and soon discovers the game is very newb-unfriendly now that most players have reached high levels. Fortunately, there is a guild to help newbs ease into the game; unfortunately, there is a Noob in it. The rest of the guild doesn't fare much better with the presence of a self-centered misogynist, a former high level player who never got over the banishment of his old character because of Real Money Trade and Gaea herself being a greedy Dirty Coward.Noob has also been made into a comic and novels written by Fabien Fournier. While the comic is mostly short stories within an alternative continuity, the novels happen between the webserie's seasons. Each media is however meant to be independant. A sequel is in preparation in the form of three movies financed by a very sucessful crowfunding campaign.This series has a character sheet.
The Noob webseries provides examples of the following tropes:
All There in the Manual: Paying enough attention to the webseries is usually enough to follow the important parts of the plot. However, the books, the comic, the official forum, and sometimes the actor's Facebook pages are needed to understand Horizon's inner workings, know to which class some characters belong and be filled in on the main character's back story. However, this is so frequent that sometimes something only make sense to those who got their hands on the print media, who end up having to explain it to everyone else.
Almighty Janitor: Despite being among the lowest ranking players, Gaea has quite a lot of power over anyone she can blackmail. Being on Tenshirock's good side permitted her to have the most powerful person she's blackmailed be the game's creator. Actually justified since the bad reputation she gets from her behaviour keeps her ranking down.
Arson, Murder, and Admiration: When it turns out Amaras has a tax on all Coalition guilds, Gaea wants to say something bad about it... but ends up admitting she thinks having a whole faction collecting credits for him is a great idea. The "Arson, Murder" part comes from her being on the paying side of that tax after a Face Heel Turn that put her in charge of Gaea worshipper's guild.
As You Know: Sparadrap's goldfish memory is the most used for that and "your brother" and "my brother" have been used to mention him and a certain other player in front of people for whom their respective Online Alias would have meant the same thing. It also seems to be the reason Tenshirock and Ash are mentionned as "Tenshirock the hacker" and "Ash the Chinese (gold) farmer" in conversations between people who perfectly know who they are.
Audience Surrogate: Gaea initially, then Sparadrap who pretty much doubles as The Watson. Gaea can also be seen as the surrogate for people already familiar with MMORPG while Sparadrap is the one for people that haven't played them before watching the series.
Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Tenshirock until Centralis then neogicians turn out to exist and are later shown. He and Ivy still qualify after that, given that the appearance of other neogicians or people wearing non-medieval clothes has so far been restricted to the books and the comic. Tabris joins the select club in Season 4.
Berserk Button: Sparadrap has three of these: Do not insult his grandmother. Do not hurt his friends. DO NOT KILL HIS PETS.
The short-term consequences of Season 3's revelation for Fantöm are treated that way. Humorus dialogue is notably based on the fact he had to move back in with his parents and his lack of reaction (due to a bout of depression) when the Noob guild visits him and tries to give him a pep talk. The audience however gets reminded of how bad the situation is at the same time ; the scene that has Ystos and Omega Zell cry over Fantöm's absence is made even more funny by Gaea's remark, but also shows how much of a toll the situation took on the Empire's morale.
Right in the middle of the dire consequences of the Wham Episode, Omega Zell gets a call from a real life friend who asks him to replace him in the filming of a video game testing show. As he needs an assistant but can't ask his colleagues, he pays Gaea to come with him. The tested game happens to be Horizon 2.0 and the tester is a newb to MMORPGs.
Also episode 7 of Season 4, that is mostly about Ystos spending time with what's left of the Noob guild as his assassin character.
Brick Joke: Part of Episode 7 of Season 5 had to be filmed during summer, which the crew usually avoids due to cicada noises in their usual locations (for which Fabien Fournier apologized in the Facebook video comments). The noise was basically ignored by characters during the non-tournament scenes, until The Stinger that has Gaea ask Tenshirock if he can do something about it. He reveals that the noise is actually part of one of his latest plans, mere minutes after brushing off Gaea's remarks about them being stupid.
Butt Monkey: Omega Zell tends to be the victim in gags involving someone getting hurt or humiliated.
The incident from the page quote got a couple in Season 1.
After discovering that Gaea somehow got Fantöm to help her level up in Season 2, Omega Zell ends ups speculating out loud about what means of pressure she could be having on him, including taking his cat hostage. The cat in question is seen in Season 3.
In the Season 3 episode that has Ystos be a Guest Star Party Member to the Noob guild, Omega Zell sets up an add-on that lets the group know who's dealing the most damage among other things to impress him. In Season 4, he mentions using it while going through the Dungeon of Chaos as part of Fantöm's team.
Season 5 has Gaëa desperately needing to contact Tenshirock, who remains unresponsive. Out of options, she gives a try to the Call On Me system that he seemed to have with both her and Ash in Season 2.
Upon noticing that Omega Zell is not involved in Justice's preparations for Fantöm's battle at all, she makes fun of him by asking him if he had been asked do the inventory of the guild's storeroom, which is seen happening in Season 4 Episode 7.
While trying to recruit a replacement for Arthéon in Season 3, Gaea alternately claimed to know Fantöm, to be Judge Dead's daughter, to be working with Tenshirock and to be Ash's cousin. The guy she tried to recruit decided to step away from her as he hates liars. Reading this page alone is enough to know that the claims about Fantöm and Tenshirock are actually true.
Nazetrîme didn't believe Omega Zell had gotten into Justice when he told her upon runnning into her by chance.
The Cavalry: Heimdäl, Saphir and Ystos in Season 3 finale.
Fantöm has a Noob box set on his DVD shelf in Season 3 and a Noob poster (on which Omega Zell is quite visible) behind his chair in Season 4. The paradox actually gets averted when it comes to him and his teammates since their real life faces are well-known in-universe.
Omega Zell's ring tone is his own character song.
In a strange combination of the two previous, an piece of the "Roxor" clip showing the band is seen between an ad for Horizon 2.0 on Feminine TV and an cereal ad starring Ystos when Arthéon is browsing channels in Season 3 premiere.
Cerebus Syndrome: Season 1 is an episodic Affectionate Parody about the worst guild of Horizon 1.0 struggling to do the easiest parts of the game. Season 2 has the return of Master Zen who's ready to kidnap Arthéon (the player, not the avatar) to get his leader place back and the appearance of the hacked staff in the hand of Sparadrap is taken quite seriously, while showing how united the guild really is when it comes down to it. In Season 3, one of the well-established facts of the series gets torn down to pieces while the Empire gets close to disappearing. By the end of Season 4, the series has acquired a psychological drama edge. Season 5 finale had a recurring sympathetic Non-Player Character die (almost) onscreen.
Chekhov's Boomerang: Sparadrap's staff. It was an oridinary Chekhov's Gun near the end of Season 1, became its own plot tread in Season 2 at the end of which it got Brought Down to Normal. Come the end of Season 4 where Tenshirock decides to reactivate the plan that made the staff overpowered and some of the abilities it was shown to have in Season 2 reappear.
Chekhov's Gunman: Fantöm (from episode 1 perspective), Master Zen and the younger brother Sparadrap mentionned having in Season 1. Castörga in Season 3.
The Chosen Zero/The Chosen Many: Tenshirock seems to be invoking the negative aspect of the first trope when he decides to give Noobs overpowered items. Season 2 follows mostly the story around the hacked staff Tenshirock gave to Sparadrap, but The Stinger of the episode introducing Couette (who started out as Sparadrap's Distaff Counterpart) shows she got a hacked item also.
Clingy MacGuffin: Sparadrap's hacked staff in Season 2. It survives his avatar being banned and recreated, then a location that is supposed to permanently erase a random equipped item belonging any player that enters it. He actually never gets rid of it, it just gets Brought Down to Normal at some point.
Coconut Superpowers: Magic is depicted by CGI that is made by a single person, making quite a lot of it "shooting balls of light and producing force fields" style with animated 3D objects from time to time. As a consequence, all magic users seems to have a similar arsenal, with the class-specific stuff only seldom seen if at all. The books and comics are hence the best way to see the full range of the character's talents.
Combat Medic: Bound to happen in the MMORPG setting. On the Empire's side, Ystos fits the bill best, both because he's actually the best of the game and the two other Empire healers introduced are part of the Noob guild. Only one healer has been introduced in the two other factions.
Comically Missing the Point: During Omega Zell's brief time in charge of the guild in Season 4, the girls started suspecting that he wanted to kick everyone else out (though it turned out he couldn't). Sparadrap was sure his position was safe because Omega Zell had given him an important job : finding talented a male healer and recruiting him.
A Season 1 episode has Sparadrap and Fantöm both get caught in a immobliziation spell that Dark Avenger had meant only for Sparadrap. While Sparadrap tries to find a counterspell, Fantöm is angry and decides to outright kill Dark Avenger with a very powerful attack. Sparadrap mistakes a randomly selected spell of his to be the cause.
At some point in Season 2, a high-level dragon was killed mid-flight while Sparadrap was close, leading Omega Zell to assume the hacked staff was acting up before Fantöm (again) turned out to be the dragonslayer.
Cross Playing: Omega Zell gave it a try at some point. He also runs into the male avatar of a female player while looking for a replacement for Arthéon and suspected Golgotha of doing it at some point because her personnality is too far away from what he expects from a woman.
Damager, Healer, Tank: The dynamic of Arthéon (tank), Omega Zell (damage) and Sparadrap (healer). Gaea refers to these concepts by name in a season 1 episode where the players' characters are swapped.
Deep-Immersion Gaming: Exaggerated by being the default situation. The only exceptions to having player and avatar played by the same actor are a brief case of Cross Playing (Omega Zell ranting about the presence of girls in MMORPG to what turns out to be a female player's male avatar) and of course Sparadrap's "second personnality" that is actually a takeover by the player usually behind another avatar.
At some point, Gaea is alone with a male player and the fact he's about to ask her for money is heavily implied. Gaea picks up on it and panics.
Gaea:"Don't get any closer! Especially if you want what I think you want!".
If this were a physical sports story, Fantöm would have been getting performance enhancement drugs slipped into his drinking water by Donteuil.
Double Play: Fabien Fournier seems to love the idea. It seems to be quite easy to do on Horizon, with the only constraint being having two computers if you want to play with both of your characters at the same time. The different cases in order of appearance are :
Omega Zell once thought that he would get help from high level players more easily with a female avatar. His trouble imitating a female voice correctly is hinted to be the reason it failed. The avatar is still the first to show up when he opens his account in Season 2 and got transferred to his sister who got interested in the game by the end of Season 3.
Recurring Extra T-Man first shows up during an interview to join the Justice guild, during which Saphir notices he also has a Coalition character on his resume. After she refuses his application, he only appears as his Coalition character.
For a short while, Ystos controlled both Sparadrap and his own character at the same time.
Gaea also has a an archer character since Season 3. It becomes her main Empire character after her summoner ends up in the Coalition.
When Arthéon becomes less available because of boarding school enrollment, Sparadrap gets a warrior character meant to replace him in case the guild can't find a new tank.
Nazetrîme has both a berserker in the Empire and a cartomancer in the Order.
Golgotha creates a mage to get a break from enemy players that were persecuting her usual character near the end of Season 3. She takes time to adjust due to the fact that she's usually a warrior.
Ystos creates and assassin and enrolls it in the Noob guild to get a little time away from high-level pressure in Season 4.
Saphir's dialogue hints she has characters other than her main one, but the only one seen is the one she modified to look just like Gaea, which has a 90% chance of being a summoner.
Dragon with an Agenda: Ash is considered to be Tenshirock's Dragon, but only an old friendship and the fact that Ash's customers frequently never come back after getting their avatar banned by Game Masters (hence being quite useful to Tenshirock) seem to be the only things keeping them from being in direct conflict. Ash has shown hints of getting fed up with Tenshirock's attitude (notably not helping him get better merchandise under the pretext that he may end up with stuff that would make people enjoy the game even more) and he will loose lots of customers if Teshirock reaches his goal.
Dream Sequence: Gaea and Sparadrap both got one, while Omega Zell got a couple.
Ensemble Cast: While the first episode made it look like Gaea was going to be the protagonist, Omega Zell, Sparadrap and Arthéon are given equal importance. Each of the four actors plaing the core members of the guild actually refuses to be called "the main actor".
Escalating Punchline: Season 2 has Arthéon briefly consider replacing Sparadrap as a way to not have to deal with the hacked staff and hence looking for a new healer behind his back. The episode ends with Ystos walking past the group and Omega Zell making fun of him under the assumption he's a low-level player. Arthéon then informs Omega Zell that the "kid" he just made fun of is part of Justice guild. And part of Fantöm's team. And the game's best healer.
Escort Mission: The Noob guild joins Golgotha on one in Season 2. The personnality of the charges is inverted compared to the standard, having them be so smart they get arrogant about it and criticize their guard's slow progression. Golgotha's solution to that was cutting off her earphones and not reading the discussion board, as she had gotten so pissed off that she killed the charges herself several times.
Face Doodling: Sparadrap practicing his calligraphy on Fantöm's face while he's away from his keyboard.
Finale Credits: The Season 2 second-to-last episode, Season 3 finale and Season 4 finale had a song so far not used in the webseries play over the credits with behind-the-scenes photos instead of the usual credit background. Season 5 finale had them scroll over an early piece of possible concept art to a piece of music that had actually started playing at the end of the episode.
Flanderization: For everyone. Gaea 's Greed was mentioned only in episode 15 for the first time (and foreshadowed in episodes 8 and 10), and it has been taken Up to Eleven several times since then. Sparadrap also became dumber and nicer compared to his early version.
The text from the TV ad in Episode 1 featuring Fantöm includes "Cheated?", as an emphasis on him being The Ace.
The little that got revealed about Sparadrap's younger brother in Season 1 pointed towards him having his own character on Horizon. Said character's identity still comes as a surprise.
The first time we see Sparadrap's brother's avatar, he's seen going AFK to send someone an e-mail, just like Sparadrap did little time after being introduced.
Sparadrap's attempts to recruit anything that stands on two legs had him consider recruiting Fantöm into the guild a full season before the plot twist that made the idea no longer completely silly happend.
In the same vein, Sparadrap has been considering levels as low as 2 to be "almost level 100". Him randomly reminding Couette that they are "almost level 100" in Season 4 premiere can be mistaken for the Running Gag by then. A few episodes later, someone in the guild actually reaches level 100 and happens to be Couette.
The fact he ends up being the replacement Guild Master in Season 4 and the official one in Season 5 also gives a new meaning to his "Do you want to join my guild?" Catch Phrase.
One of the many gags about Sparadrap's pet collection has him refusing to wear a set of fur items because smourbiffs were killed to make it and Gaea getting him to do so by mentionning their death would have been useless otherwise. A phrase about smourbiffs not getting a useless death reappears later, in much sadder circumstances.
Despite Nazetrîme's tenure in the Noob guild being quite brief, the audience got a good look at her cursor and hence the exact spelling of her name during that time.
The advertizement for Horizon 2.0. in Season 3 premiere depicted a duel between Amaras and Fantöm getting interrupted by an Order player. This is exactly what Spectre did in the same Season's finale.
A Season 5 scene has Fantöm worry about paying back the investments others have made into making his victory against Spectre and Amaras easier, only for Heimdäl to basically tell him "Winning the duel will make paying people back easier". Fantöm seems to consider this False Reassurance due to not having won yet, being aware that the means of paying people back won't automatically come if he does win and possibly the fact that he was planning to use all that help to have Amaras win instead.
Go Karting with Bowser: Tenshirock likes forcing Omega Zell to dance, Gaea likes making embarrassing videos of Omega Zell, common enjoyment ensues. In Season 3, Gaea and Teshirock are even seen playing rock-paper-scissors. Borders with Friendly Enemies when Tenshirock briefly joins the Noob guild at the tavern a couple of times and helps Gaea get her banned avatar back by means he could have used to hit Horizon quite hard.
He Knows Too Much: Played for Laughs. At some point, Meuhmeuh tried to kill Spärädräp after thinking he reavealed a secret about Gaea, while Ivy tried to tell him that Everybody Knew Already. In addition, the nature of the setting means killing someone to keep them from sharing a piece of information is virtually useless.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Some of the text in the Horizon 1.0 ad featuring Fantöm from the first episode pretty much told the viewer the secret that got revealed in the Wham Episode.
Near the end of Season 5, Sparadrap managed to hit Roxana with his staff while it was in hacked mode. When the attack made Roxana's avatar disappear, Ivy pointed out that given the staff's state, it may have very well actually gotten erased. One of the very last scenes proves Ivy wrong.
Downplayed later in the same episode. Dark Avenger confronts Sparadrap about his non-existent Obfuscating Stupidity and literally asks him "Do you understand the problem I have with you ?". Sparadrap first answers "No", then the light bulb seems to go on as he claims to have understood what Dark Avenger is telling him. Bad news, he only went as far as figuring out that Dark Avenger wants a duel with him. Good news, this is good enough for Dark Avenger in his completly wrong understanding of Sparadrap.
Gaea can summon a random player from her faction after reaching level 100. T-Man was clearly in the middle of a battle of his own when he got called (that's to be expected with the random part).
Later, she could have blissfully avoided the final battle altogether if Meuhmeuh hadn't suddenly gotten worried about her and decided the best way to make sure she was alright was to teleport her in the middle of the battlefield.
The Inner Reveal: The audience knew that a certain player was Sparadrap's younger brother a few episodes before any of the members of the Noob guild knew about it.
Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Poor, poor Omega Zell. The incident mentionned in the top of page quote is hinted to have been the first of a long series. The videos of him in Tenshirock-induced dances are stated to be posted on Gaea's blog and be one of her convoluted sources of revenue thanks to the ads. In addition, Season 3's Wham Episode relies on that trope being exploited and played for drama.
Insult Friendly Fire: In the Season 2 battlefield episode, Sparadrap acts completely silly in front of the Coalition side pre-battle. When Arthéon comes to get him, he excuses his behaviour by saying "it's genetic". Sparadrap has a younger and much smarter brother who had been seen to be present among the Empire participants earlier in the episode.
Involuntary Dance: The incident mentionned in the top of page quote. Tenshirock loves doing it to avatars as a way of bothering players and Omega Zell is frequent victim.
"I Want" Song: ''Roxor'' is the theme tune for Omega Zell, sung by the band Mokotz who also sang the opening . That group's main singer is Master Zen.
"Just Joking" Justification: Omega Zell questions Sparadrap's intelligence out loud on a regular basis. Sparadrap's brother is one of the people Omega Zell is trying to suck up to. It's almost suprising it only happened once onscreen.
Last Chance Hit Point: The opponents of the Gaea Vs Omega Zell duel got each other to that point before the decisive move happened.
Some pieces of official art show characters that are first introduced as Empire players with Order cursors. The identity of both spoils Season 3 events.
Listening to or reading recent interviews with the crew may make you find out about a certain Justice guild member that will end up joining the Noob guild after an account resetting and of a well-known character leaving Horizon in Season 4 a little too early. With Season 4 finished, Gaea's Face Heel Turn and the Noob guild's disbanding are spoken of freely also.
Any recent depictions of Sparadrap will tell anyone who hasn't gone beyond Season 2 that the hacked staff is here to stay.
A piece of official art managed to pull a double one. First, it showed four characters wearing announced new outfits and was released before an episode in which an enemy wearing an outfit identical to the one that would be Omega Zell's new one showed up. Second, it also happens to be the first photo montage showing Gaea with a red cursor.
Level-Locked Loot: Some clothes have been shown and stated to not be wearable before the character reaches level 100. It's shown by having them being stuck in the middle of putting the item of clothing on.
Meaningful Name: "Kevin" is an insult meant for younger gamers that sometimes takes the same meaning as "Noob" when the (at least mental) age part of the term no longer applies in one's mind. Before that, it was and still is a very frequent masculine name. With such a fact existing in France, it would have been hard to name Sparadrap something else.
His last name is French for "the pope". That makes his full name a not-so-remote synonym of "the n00b priest".
Mistaken for Badass: Dark Avenger's sole presence seems to make Sparadrap's luck literally spike. The main consequence is that Dark Avenger is convinced that Sparadrap is displaying Obfuscating Stupidity while everyone else (except Précieux) just sees him as the n00b he is. Gets even worse given that Sparadrap "beats" Dark Avenger mainly when the two are alone. If there are witnesses, they either arrive too late or are Sparadrap's very surprised guildmates, who have no good reason to go tell Dark Avenger's Guild Master and colleagues that he really did get defeated by accident. The trope gets deconstructed by the end of Season 4, as Sparadrap never picks up on what is happening while both Amaras and Roxana get fustrated by the situation.
Mood Whiplash: Season 3 finale has several ones in a row : The tearjerking death of Sparadrap's pets is followed by Gaea calling team Amaras monsters and swearing to make them pay what they did... because she was planning to steal them and sell them off at the auction house for what would have been quite a fortune. Omega Zell is barely done expressing his bewilderment to her reaction when Sparadrap starts going berserk because of what just happened. Just as team Amaras strikes back, team Fantöm has a The Cavalry moment. The next scene happens in the Lepape household where Ystos is borrowing a microphone from a still shaken Sparadrap whom he needs to reassure, leading to another tear jerker, followed by a more optimist scene.
Musical Spoiler: One got accidentally created by replacing the two first season's "borrowed" soundtrack by the original music used from Season 3 onwards. A tune that is basically Master Zen's Leitmotif was originally heard for the the very first time during a Season 3 scene that had the character sneaking in a certain place dressed in a way meant to conceal its identity. However, the new versions of Seasons 1 and 2 now have the Leitmotif play for the character's early appearances, which makes the soundtrack give away the identity of the disguised individual from Season 3 to new viewers.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:In Season 2 finale, team Fantöm and part of the Noob guild (temporarily) had to deal with team Amaras without Fantöm because Omega Zell's attempt to help using Sparadrap's hacked staff had lead to Fantöm's avatar being erased.
Ninja Looting: Gaea has been seen doing it a couple of times onscreen and has probably done it many more times offscreen or too discretely for it to be noticed. Relic Hunter guild also once plans to do it by kill stealing from the Noob guild and succeeds. In Season 2 finale, Gaea also comes up with "Ninja Healing" that consists of getting out of her hiding place to intercept healing spells Ystos meant for other players (that were actually doing something useful), then taking cover again.
Non-Combat EXP: Both exploring and quests have been shown to grant experience points. A semi-running gag is to have Sparadrap try to level up on exploration alone despite a gain heavily implied to be quite minimal compared to quests and winning battles, making the fact that discovering a new place made him gain the experience needed to reach level 100 quite appropriate.
No, You Hang Up First: Arthéon and Kary manage to have the MMORPG variant with "log off" replacing "hang up.".
Oblivious Younger Sibling: Sparadrap was convinced that his younger brother didn't know how to play Horizon and was reluctant to be taught by him for all of Season 1 and the first part of Season 2. Some of this went on after his first encounter with his brother's character during which he recognized his voice, but dismissed it as a "good imitation".
Exaggerated given that a whole year passed between the ban of Level100!Arthéon, who knew the character played by Sparadrap's brother, and the creation of the current Arthéon according to the books and comic. In Season 1, Omega Zell indicates that Sparadrap has been only playing for a few months.
Oblivious To Hints: The message was neither meant for him nor to be cryptic, but Omega Zell got a quite bad case during the first in-game conversation between Sparadrap and his brother, that happenened in front of him. After getting a demonstration of the younger brother's talent at the game (via control of Sparadrap's avatar) a few episodes earlier, he manages to not do the math when Horizon's best healer gives hints towards being Sparadrap's brother that people that had missed the character's introduction would have picked up.
The situation got inverted when Sparadrap ran into Master Zen a few episodes earlier, where he didn't recognize him until the words "monitor" and "jail" got pronounced.
One Dialogue, Two Conversations: After running into Roxana that he now hates due to a Tear Jerker worhty event, Sparadrap runs into Ivy who just had a direct clash with Gaea's extreme selfishness. Sparadrap mentions a few very nasty things he wants to see happen to Roxana, only calling her by female pronouns. Ivy replies it's the minimum she deserves, actually speaking of Gaea.
And Ivy is the Only Sane Woman. She may even be saner than Arthéon given that she foresaw exactly what would happen with Gaea in charge of guild. For comparision, the events of the Wham Episode were necessary for Arthéon to become immune to Gaea's Puppy-Dog Eyes.
The Password Is Always Swordfish: Sparadrap's is "Flan", the French word for his favorite dessert ; the very episode revealing it has him ask his brother to remind him what it is That's the guy who was complaining about his brother "messing up his character settings" in Season 1.
Perpetual Poverty: Both Gaea in real life and the Noob guild. Gaea has a few money making/saving schemes, but all benefits go into Horizon subscription and all the manga-related stuff in her room. The Noob guild is broke in part because of Gaea constantly weaseling her way out of contributing and the only one noticing also being the one who always has a bad word towards her anyway. In addition, the few game credits they have is split between Sparadrap buying useless things and Golgotha deciding she wants to be paid right when the fact that she frequently tags along on her own may actually be useful.
Stated to be how Gaea caught up with, and even took a slight lead on the rest of the guild despite starting to play a long time after them. The only one ever seen is Fantöm during the blackmailing that eventually got her avatar banned in Season 2. Two others appear in the comic.
Fantöm was relying on the possibility to get back to level 100, but lack of Empire players at the time made it impossible, making joining the Noob guild the next realistic option.
Player Killing: What Dark Avenger is best known for though it completely disappears by the time Season 4 rolls in. A dedicated guild turns out to exist in the Coalition later on.
Plot Tailored to the Party: While completing the second floor of Galamadriabuyak tower meant for level 20 players, the Noob guild has to face a task in which the party's tank has to take control of a level 100 avatar to fight zombies, which loose hit points if they are hit with a healing spell. Gee, too bad Arthéon never played a level 100 character before and Sparadrap never casts healing spells on enemies.
Or at least gets you strangled by Heimdäl. A Season 2 scene entirely relies on that trope. Some time after it turns out that Gaea somehow got Fantöm to help her level up. Later, the rest of the latter's team interrupts the Noob guild in the middle of a quest. Omega Zell somehow interprets Heimdäl's "We're looking for a member of your guild. It's about Fantöm" as "We're looking for an understudy for Fantöm and we completely forgot about the bad impression Omega Zell gave Saphir last Season". Omega Zell says he's the person they're looking for and it's only in the middle of strangling him that Heimdäl says "Actually, we're looking for the person who has been blackmailing Fantöm". After Sparadrap asked what the strangling was about. Fantöm could have simply given the right Online Alias or Heimdäl been more explicit.
In Season 3, Gaea didn't think much of coming home to a broken in appartement door because she assumed it was Golgotha who had forgotten her keys since nothing had been stolen ; she seems to have never asked or called Golgotha to make sure it was actually her.
Psycho for Hire: Golgotha is a concrete example of zig-zagging the trope. Her attitude towards the Noob guild each time she joins is a sliding scale between "You'll have to pay me if you want my help and even Gaea won't be able to change my mind" (money first side) and "I like playing with you guys. It'll be free as long as I get to kill something." (basically the exaggerated version of the trope). She's so close to the latter during most of Season 2 that she appears next to the regular guild members in both opening and ending clips, while she's cut out of Season 3's ending and treated like other secondary characters in its opening.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Noob guild. Arthéon landed in the guild after getting his account reset, both Gaea and Omega Zell view it as crutch until they have a high enough level to go elsewhere and Sparadrap is the scapegoat for the guild's slow progress, despite Teeth Clenched Team Work being an important factor as well. The series summary gives a good taste of their personalities.
Reality Warper: Tenshirock's hacking makes him one to a certain extent.
After giving noobs super-powered equipment in Season 2, an early Season 3 episode made it look like Tenshirock's plan for the upcoming season was going consist of having people face their real-life problems in-game, notably by imitating their voices and having their avatars blurt out their personnal problems to whoever they happened to be talking to. The season's true plotline started and altered his plans before he got to do any more of it.
Kary being an Order player and maybe too perfect for Arthéon while Relic Hunter guild was suddenly nowhere to be seen compared to the previous season. Even Casanova Wannabe Valentin didn't recognize her name.
Reluctant Gift: Omega Zell ends up having to hand his tournament victory money to Gaea because Justice has nothing else to pay for her services. And he has to do it with a smile on his face per Gaea's request.
Remember the New Guy: Couette and Ivy joined the Noob guild during the time that passed between two episodes. While Couette had appeared three times previously, Ivy seems to have materialized out of thin air. Despite that, at least Arthéon seems to know her well enough to mention she doesn't show up often ; Ivy ironically ends up showing up onscreen more frequently than Couette.
Arthéon actually recruited them into the guild in the second book, that introduced Ivy. They just didn't show up for the three first episodes of Season 3, that takes place some time after it.
The first is Omega Zell while meeting Saphir for the first time. Arthéon tells him that she's one of Justice guild's founders and his sexist mind can only manage to wrap around it when he decides she must be sleeping with whoever is in charge of admissions in the guild. Guess who turns out to be taking care of admissions mere seconds later.
The second time, Sparadrap is facing his younger brother's character for the first time. He recognizes his voice, but is quick to start a "but you can't be him" speech including his conviction that his brother doesn't know how to play.
Rule of Perception: Earasing Tenshirock's avatar is treated as akin to unabling him to do anything to the game and his actions seem to be limited to places and players that aren't too far away from his avatar.
Running Gagged: Happened to the encounters between Dark Avenger and Sparadrap that had the latter win by sheer luck by having Dark Avenger quit the game because he got tired of it happening.
Saved for the Sequel: The first-cycle conclusions of Gaea and Omega Zell's storylines were saved for the early part of the first movie so they could benefit from its higher budget.
Second Episode Introduction: Due to early episode being less than five minutes long, Gaea and Fantöm are the only characters to appear in episode 1 at all. It took the second for introducing Sparadrap and Arthéon and the third for Omega Zell.
Straight : Everyone takes the game seriously sometimes to the extent of having Skewed Priorities. Perpatually broke Gaea payed extra to get Horizon 2.0 in advance and Arthéon frequently fakes being sick just so he can play all day. Omega Zell makes reaching his mouse a priority when he gets a possible hospital-level injury in real life while doing a dungeon. Also, despite real life scenes being more and more present, not a single person not playing Horizon has been shown on screen (that gets a little relaxed in the books and comic).
Deconstructed and Reconstructed : The game's top guild, Justice, only takes people who have no jobs and no ongoing relationships. However, the Justice guild's top four get revenue from their position : all four show up at conventions, play in advertisements and do publicity press shots, while Fantöm is basically paid to play the game and Saphir takes care of commercializing their number one image.
The whole guild is a professional acording to supplementary material, which may explain Saphir's drastic criteria.
Desconstructed only : Arthéon is sent to boarding school by his mother in Season 3. In Season 4, he's out but still spends much less time in front of the computer (at least not enough to manage both the guild and his in-game girlfriend).
Zig Zagged : Gaea, Sparadrap and Fantöm's libraries are shown to be filled with manga, DVDs and other games. Ystos is seen playing with a Game Boy and reading a comic.
Defied : Sparadrap just sees MMORPG as a way to have fun and has trouble seeing why everyone else is taking Horizon so seriously.
Sickeningly Sweethearts: Arthéon and Kary. Good thing the plot line is present in part to justify Arthéon's reduced screentime.
Couette is part of the Noob guild by the time she becomes a regular character, but doesn't log on very often. In Season 3, Sparadrap can't swich to his warrior reroll unless she's present to do the healing.
Ystos has a second character that has been officially enrolled in the Noob guild.
Arthéon: "Because of [Tenshirock] some players committed suicide, or, worse, some quitted playing Horizon ."
Sleepy Head: Ivy. Season 4 even makes her one of the few examples with actual narcolepsy.
Soundtrack Dissonance: Omega Zell leaving the guild in Season 4, that Sparadrap considers to be the worse thing that happened since Arthéon stopped caring for the guild at the time, is shown happening while Couette is playing joyful music and dancing to celebrate becoming the first member of the guild to reach level 100.
Spell My Name with an S: Happens a lot among fans only following the webseries, despite the fact that cursors keep the name of anyone that matters from getting any worse than a Freeze-Frame Bonus. Kary is a big victim of it, with mispelling going up to "Carrie" and anything in between existing. Other common mistakes are "Istos" and "Gaia". The only somewhat official case is Nazetrîme's accents : it was spelled Nazetrimé on the official site when it still gave direct links to actor Facebook pages but Nazetrîme in the books due to the name being an anagram of "Maître Zen".
Actually seen on newly created avatars : Female summoner (Gaea), male priest (Sparadrap's second avatar / early episodes of Season 1), male elementalist (Fantöm's second avatar), male archer (Grobin des Doigts), male mage (Master Zen in Season 3), male assassin (Assassin!Ystos / Ystös).
Avatars that aren't brand new but may be still wearing it : Female archer (Archer!Gaea / Gaëa), male warrior (Warrior!Sparadrap / Spärädräp) and female mage (Mage!Golgotha).
The Stinger: Quite frequent as of Season 2, with content that can range from an extra gag to something plot relevant such as Arthéon getting kindnapped in Season 2, him logging on form his boarding school in Season 3 or Sparadrap being put in charge of the guild in Season 4.
Talking with Signs: Précieux has no microphone in working order, so he uses the text chat function instead: This is materialized by him writing on a small whiteboard.
Terrible Interviewees Montage: Averted with Saphir. Even when she's implied to have done a long string of interviews, they are hinted to not have done well due to her high standards rather than the applicants being lousy. At best, Omega Zell may have qualified as a terrible interviewee.Twice.
Three Lines Some Waiting: Mostly due to the progression of some storylines being entirely reliant on the availability of one or two actors. When the person is busy enough, a given story line can go on hold between the moment it gets established to exist and the moment it's needed to make the overall story progress.
Time Skip: Different lengths are implied between seasons by the gap in levels between the end of a given one and the begenning of the next. The events in the first novel can account for the one between Seasons 1 and 2 (two extra levels for Sparadrap, slightly more for Gaea who's been joining pick-up groups), while the gap is of about 20 levels between Season 2 finale and Season 3. Season 4 indicates that Fantöm's departure guild happened after they reached level 90 (the maximum they could have been while rasing their cap to 100) and he's already gone at the time of the prologue. The one between Seasons 4 and 5 seems to be quite short.
Took a Level in Badass: Gaea and Omega Zell in Season 4 after reching level 100. Gaea gets around dropping her Dirty Coward side to fight seriously while Omega Zell gets a few perks after joining Justice.
Understatement: When Gaea asks Sparadrap why Master Zen stopped playing, Sparadrap responds that he did "something silly". Omega Zell is quick to reveal that the "something silly" was managing to annoy Master Zen enough for him to throw his computer monitor out the window.
Video Game Caring Potential: Sparadrap cares about his pets enough to go berserk when they get killed in front of him and goes an extra mile by trying be friendly to enemies whose sole purpose is to be killed by players. This is also the reason for which the name of the Player Killer guild should really be Player, Mount and Pet Killer guild. Being a Guild Master can be part of it also.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: Golgotha would rather wait for a enemy that she has just beaten to repop than go get the reward for killing it and the PK guild's activities are of course all about that trope.
Villain Decay: Even knowing Sparadrap always beats him by sheer luck, it eventually gets hard to believe that Dark Avenger was supposed to be one of the most dangerous player killers around at some point. The encounters between the two actually loose their Running Gag status in Season 4 when they lead to Dark Avenger to getting kicked out of the player killer guild and quitting the game.
He's shown to be quite capable when context lets him fight someone else then Sparadrap, but it only made the decay slower.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Golgotha with everyone, to the extent that there is quite a lot of overlap in the way she talks to the people she likes and people she hates.
Wedding Smashers: Omega Zell and Gaea ended their duel at Arthéon and Kary's wedding. An interesting variant is that at least one of them apparently didn't notice the wedding part, but only that they were getting an audience full of people that know them.
Weirdness Coupon: When it came to the Wham Episode, Omega Zell basically Slept Through the Apocalypse, but could tell something was on Arthéon's mind when he ran into him the next morning. When trying to guess what had happened, Omega Zell only started to worry after finding out the issue wasn't one of the usual Sparadrap-induced incidents, Gaea robbing the guild bank or Arthéon being at risk of getting his avatar deleted.
Episode 7 (out of 18) from Season 3. The damage eventually gets mostly repaired, but it takes the rest of the season.
Up to three quarters of Season 4 episodes can qualify, making it a Wham Season. It started with the Season 3 issue partially resolved and the status quo seemingly coming back, but ended with Arthéon's mind snapping, Omega Zell in Justice and apparently there to stay, Gaea in the Coalition and Noob guild disbanded. Each of these situations required two or three consecutive status quo changes..
Wham Shot: In Season 4, Omega Zell attacking a Order player that seemed to be present by chance only to have an long-unseen Arthéon block his sword (yes, the Order player was Kary).
What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?: Just look at Master Zen's backstory. He names his guild "Noob", ends up having an actual Noob in it, said Noob ends up pissing him off to the point that the infamous Appliance Defenestration happens ; this is especially strange given that Master Zen later comes up with a much better name for his new guild. Gaea even lampshades the lousy name choice the first time she hears it. To top it off, thanks to You Are in Command Now happening three times in about as many episodes during Season 4, Sparadrap is in charge of the guild by the end of episode 5.
Whole Plot Reference: Season 2's plot is basically The Lord of the Rings: an unexpected and weak character (Frodo / Sparadrap) gets a cursed item (the One Ring / the hacked staff) and has to travel to a hostile area at the end of the world to get rid of it. One member of his party betrays him to steal the item and use it himself (Boromir / Omega Zell).
Want to show how difficult the new bosses in Horizon 1.1 are ? Have one of them beat Fantöm's team.
Ystos worked as that for a radom Order player who quickly turned out to be Spectre (who hadn't even unlocked his new character's legendary class yet).
Yet Another Christmas Carol: In the Season 1 Christmas special, Dark Avenger accepts a quest that consists of going through his equivalent of the "three ghosts" part of the story. After that, he decides to let Sparadrap sing him a piece of "We wish you a merry Christmas" without trying to kill him, but starts Player Killing again at 00:01 on December 26th.
You ALL Share My Story: The context started out with a One Degree of Separation pocket that included the Noob guild and team Fantöm, making it quite easy for the two groups to run into each other and by extension their respective acquaintances. The first meeting between team Amaras and the Noob guild occurs from them discreetely following team Fantöm during one of their quests, while other Coalition players become recurring opponents of the Noob guild. Also, two out of the six known Order players are people some of the characters knew before the faction even appeared in the game.
You Didn't Ask: Thanks to that trope, it took four episodes to find out that getting a new avatar didn't get Sparadrap rid of the hacked staff. Justified as Ystos had taken him under his wing during that time and he knew it would be bad if someone outside the guild found out about it.
You Look Familiar: Both played straight because of the limited pool of actors and averted by the fact that some of the extra roles involve a costume hiding their face.
The Yet Another Christmas Carol episode in Season 1 takes the cake : the three ghosts are the first appearances of the actors playing Pironess (past), Golgotha (present) and Decklan (future). The vision given by the ghost of Christmas past shows Ash chatting with another Coalition player named Tenshirock and an Empire player named Battos, both played by the same actor as the character with the same name that would become recurrent.
The actor playing Spectre was a regular extra before taking on his current role.
You Will Be Spared: In Season 3, Tenshirock mentions that he doesn't intend to erase the accounts of six players : Ash (famerchinois.com representative and his Dragon with an Agenda), Arthéon, Gaea (that he is actively helping not getting kicked out of Horizon at the time), Omega Zell, Sparadrap and Golgotha. The reason given is that they indirectly serve his cause with all the disasters they cause.