Trivia / Noob

  • Acting for Two:
  • Actor Allusion: Generally speaking, anyone who was in one of Fabien Fournier's previous creations (e.g. around half the cast) had something carry on from their previous character(s). The elements from Lost Levels tend to be the most obvious due to Noob being its Spiritual Successor.
    • Jibédix and Rubis are played by the Reflets d'Acide creator and his girlfriend. In French "Jibédix" sounds just like "JB-10" and Rubis's background is managing a guild named Trichelieu on a game called "RDA online".
  • Actor-Shared Background: All the cast had to spend at least some time in the south of France (where all Noob guild players live) to know the series creator in the first place and quite a few of them are actual gamers.
  • Cast as a Mask: An inversion of the trope can occur when whatching Lost Levels after watching Noob. Heimdäl's mask is an allusion to a character his actor was playing in that series, and that character was actually wearing a mask in-game to conceal his identity as someone already seen in real-life parts of the story. If you recognize the actor of even his name in the credits the first time he appears, the identity of the masked man that appears later is obvious.
  • Creator Couple:
    • Anne-Laure Jarnet, Fabien Fournier's wife as of July 2013 and Gaea's actress, is credited as co-scenarist.
    • Philippe Cardona and Florence Torta the comic's illustrator and colorist, work and live together.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy:
    • Gologotha's so far webseries-only mage reroll was mostly an excuse to put her actress in more baggy outfit.
    • Saphir got a mild case before Rubis got introduced. The episode that had her use a Gaea look-alike avatar in-game had a few shots of Elena behind the computer, but only her face was shown.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • The actor playing Sparadrap is one of the non-gamers of the cast, making him geunineley ignorant of the subject.
    • Meuhmeuh is an accidental case. The actor has trouble keeping balance in the shoes he wears for the costume, but the character is somewhat of a Keet. The result is that only about half of the onscreen clumsiness is faked.
  • Older Than They Think: The audience first assumed that the series was inspired from .hack. It was actually based on an older web series by Fabien Fournier, Lost Levels. However, an homage was done to this legend in Season 2 premiere : the first appearance of Kevin (the player behind Sparadrap) is in a wheelchair, (and with a Stephen Hawking voice) just like Subaru. It turns out that Kevin was just playing with his grandma's chair.
    • In addition to Lost Levels, Noob shares elements of an audio spoof of World of Warcraft. Some characters existed as early as that spoof, but the noob was the tank, named Fungliboss. Most Noob characters are however meant to be an Expy of their Lost Levels version.
    • Syrial, a movie made around the same time as later episodes of Lost Levels, had early apperances quite a few elements used in the novels, especially the second one. Some of the characters ended up in the webseries, such as Pironess and Tabris. The general idea of Centralis first appeared in that movie also.
  • The Pete Best: In Season 2's two last episodes, team Amaras' female nuker had a different style, was played by another actor, and was never named. The Roxana described in the character sheet was only set in stone in the second novel, which takes place between Seasons 2 and 3.
  • Real-Life Relative: In general, the cast is a group of Fabien Fournier's friends who bought in their own acquaitances, who themselves knew other people. When cut down to couples and siblings, you still have :
    • Johanna Fournier (Ivy) and "Gabrielle Jolivet"/Anne-Laure Jarnet (Gaea) are respectively Fabien Forunier's (Fantöm) sister and wife (as of July 2013). Matthieu Zecchini (Ystos) and Pierre Zecchini are Fabien Fournier's brothers also.
    • Lionel Tagliavini (Master Zen) is Amandine Tagliavini's (Golgotha) brother and Frédéric Zolfanelli (Sparadrap) is her husband. Golgotha's mage actually existed because of Amandine Tagliavini's pregnancy, so she would have a more adapted costume.
    • Julien Guellerin (Omega Zell) and Amandine Train (Saphir) are married and seem to have at least two children.
    • "Gabrielle Jolivet"'s grandfather played One-Scene Wonder "Papy PK" (Grandpa PK).
    • Serwan Melk (Meuhmeuh) and Carmen N'Guyen (Pironess) are a couple as well.
  • Talking to Himself: A meta-case happens in the third novel, where Gaea and Saly Asigar briefly exchange a few words. As of Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions, the two characters are played by the same actress.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: A couple of actor pairs playing family members look like each other enough to get mixed up by some people when they are not in costume: Sparadrap/Abraham (son and father) and Saphir/Rubis (sisters).
  • Similarly Named Works:
    • The Noob, a MMORPG-centered webcomic.
    • Not exactly the trope, but there is a light novel adapted into anime in October 2013 that is named Log Horizon.
  • Stage Name : The "Gabrielle Jolivet" seen in Season 3 credits is actually Anne-Laure Jarnet. The name Gabrielle Jolivet was also used for the actress's Facebook page at a time.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Broad Strokes relationship between the media usually takes care of this trope, but Heimdäl and Arthéon's intended past as best friends escaped that safety net. The two have only interacted twice so far in all three media taken together, and always in circumstances where any random player who did the same thing as Arthéon would have gotten similar response/support from Heimdäl. The only remanents are Arthéon's mentionned past as a Justice guild strategist and their shared practice of roleplay that is blurred out by the fact that the whole Justice guild main roster is made of roleplaying fans.
    • According to the Season 5 making-of, the hidden father-son connection between two certain characters was a husband-wife relationship in the early drafts of the story.
  • The Wiki Rule: It's under construction, but it exists. (in French)
  • 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 (likely foreshadowing in retrospect) 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.
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