Kong: third level I designed. As with Brothers, the level accomplishes the same feat by using the original Donkey Kong game as a basis this time around, turning out to be a lot more Nintendo Hard than Brothers in the process. Requires either excellent timing or a fairly blatant amount of luck. Currently online and approved by the staff.
ShyTower: fourth level. Originally supposed to be a totem made out of Shy Guys, the concept was ultimately scrapped when I found out Shy Guys can't stand on one another because if one falls on the other, the result is a Goomba Stomp between the two. So I scrapped the epic battle idea entirely and simply created a tower for the Mooks instead, with purple blocks being the only thing keeping them from harming the two Minis. The same purple blocks must be used to create a stairway to the top of the titular tower, without ever getting hit by the Shy Guys that get inevitably freed in the process. Requires even more timing than Kong but may turn out to be incredibly tedious once players get the hang of it... although actual fatigue resulting from boredom is also a key element. Currently online and approved by the staff.
PipeTrap: fifth level and first key level, where a key-wielding Mini-Mario has to save the others, trapped in a prison surrounded by a pipe - hence the title. That One Level, just like the others. Currently online and approved by the staff.
ShyGhoul: sixth level, with the level design based on the flying ghost Shy Guy enemies. While simpler than other levels, it requires the player to follow the Minimarios constantly. There's also one last Minimario next to the final door, but purposefully placed in the worst way possible. Currently online and approved by the staff; it's also the first level that has been rated, with a 4/5 rating as of early May 2012.
BothWays: seventh level, based on the magnet levels, the exit can be reached either by going left or right, hence the level's name. Currently online and approved by the staff, with a 4/5 rating as of early May 2012.
HardMaze: eighth level, with a lot of content crammed into the smallest a level can get in the game. It lacks any enemies, just eight Mini-Marios on red girders, with purple blocks that can be either removed or filled at will, and ladders. Don't let this fool you: given the time limit rule that forces Minimarios to get out of the level all in a row, this level easily becomes the most sadistically designed level of mine. Good luck if you find and download it. Currently online and approved by the staff, with a 4/5 rating as of early May 2012.
KongRise: ninth level. A pretty basic one, as the Minimario at the bottom is only required to make it to the exit alongside the other two in the stage; however, it needs a lot of timing. Currently online and approved by the staff, with a 4/5 rating as of early May 2012.
KongJail: tenth level, and the second with a key-wielding Minimario. While not as small as the aforementioned HardMaze, this one has a lot of risky elements, such a red Shy Ghoul, a Kong that can throw you on spikes, and the need of timing as required in a level with a locked door. Currently online and approved by the staff, but this time with a 5/5 rating as of early May 2012.
DropDown: mostly made for the hell of it. As small as HardMaze, it's just an excuse for giving the newly-unlocked Mini-Peach and Mini-Toad a try. Basically, a Mario opens the yellow gate-thing the others are standing on, resulting in a very quick non-stop barrage of woo-hoos from the toys entering the door. Currently online, not yet approved.
Rescuers: based on both the underground and castle levels of the first Super Mario Bros., this one is the Spiritual Successor to my previous level "Brothers". Here, Mario and Toad must rescue Peach. Not yet uploaded.
Italian-speaking folks may also have seen "Alex*Sora*89" on the Italian Forumcommunity fora, or on the Italian Playstation Blog (where I usually rant about the status of the European PlayStation Store.
I also have a Berserk Button about this very site, but it's a relatively minor one - that is, the various obnoxious changes made recently to TV Tropes. Most of them (read: the disabling of strikeouts and YMMV tropes getting their own ghetto separate tab are the worst ones to me) are summed up in this page. Now, it's not like I "loathe" those changes, but I hope you may understand me if I don't quite rejoice for them.
A real one occurred in early February 2011: this article about the Dissidia: Final Fantasy sequel (prequel at that) alludes to "a fan question". Said question was asked on the European Playstation Blog by an user, "Alex PSN 89", that is, none other than me. Somehow, indirectly, I managed to get famous.
Give Geeks a Chance: once again, me and Faith. Bear in mind that it means the female gender first gave me a chance when I was almost nineteen and not only I was still a virgin, but also I still had to receive my first kiss. Go figure.
Hilarious in Hindsight: as part of my Self-Deprecation, when a friend of mine posted as her personal message on MSN Messenger a quote by Sappho about love and the fact there's for everyone, I quite lost it. However, the next day, I met Faith for the second time, and, well...
Mythology Gag: like Fairy Red always chooses the fire-element starters in her Pokémon games, my choice is always the water-element starter. However, starting with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, all my water-type starters have been named "Number One" (and spelled exactly like that, without the quotation marks). There's a deeper reason behind that: my (initial) party in Ruby And Sapphire had all of its members named after the main cast of the Alan Ford comics; however, said Theme Naming was eventually dropped as soon as I caught more powerful pogeys, legendaries and whatnot, so in later games I only use "Number One" as a kind of Legacy Character and as the only nod to that theme naming, in that both the water starters and Numero Uno from the comics are both founding members.
Fanon Discontinuity Nod: I don't quite acknowledge the Hoenn region as a legitimate part of the Pokémon world otherwise.
Not A Troll, Just Stupid: because of my admitted nostalgia for Tv Tropes as it was back in its Golden Age (read: when strikeouts were allowed, and Fetish Fuel and Troper Tales weren't loathed yet), some tropers see my behavior on the wiki as trolling. It isn't.
The Scarecrow looks like a Sackboy wielding a giant syringe. The Sackboy look is just because You Cannot Grasp the True Form due to the syringe's needle constantly dripping Scarecrow's "fear drug" (or "illusory serum") and therefore giving bystanders that kind of hallucinations.
Surprisingly Good English: if there's one thing I may boast about, that's this. English itself was the only subject where my grades have rarely been below eight out of ten, at least. Then again, would any other troper ever have guessed I was Italian if I didn't say so?
Take That: aside from my own snarking, there's a lot of other sources of snarks that I'm fond of. One of those is Cracked summing up my defense of Nintendo and games that rely more on overall quality than just graphics, as seen here. Suck it, grim 'n' gritty game industry.
Vitriolic Best Buds: aside from bullies who were more than willing to state that "me and Alex are pals, really!" in front of teachers or parents right after either arguing with me or outright beating me up, I also have actual friends behaving like that. Vittorio (Victor) is a good example of this, and some of you may even know him by his internet moniker, "Baboy" (especially when it comes to Track Mania).
The Woobie: if you consider my past at school, sometimes you may want to hug me. Then, either if you're a dude or a chick, you'll ask yourself why you're hugging such a Gonk.
You Are Grounded: deconstructed. Once, during the 2006-2007 school year, my grades were pretty low. So, despite I got grounded every now and then before, my mom came out with the ultimate punishment: forbidding me to access any consoles, regardless of my grades going up, until the end of that year, and threatening to sell them if I happened to be failed. Too bad this resulted only in further dismotivation and, when I - inevitably - had to repeat that school year, I Got Better thanks to my consoles not being actually sold and to not getting grounded again (the 2007-2008 year was just about as difficult as the previous one, the big difference was that I wasn't grounded). This was enough to make my mother realise (but not admit) she made a mistake, and as a result I never got grounded again. She was almost about to be at it again for the last year, so I got around the problem by stopping showing my parents any grades of mine and by choosing to carry the rest of that year on my own shoulders. If my diploma is anything to go by, it worked.
Welcome to Troper Talk! It's like a chalkboard where you can write - by editing - whatever the hell you want, and maybe I might even answer. note Just remember that, if you're going for harsh criticism, this is the right page, or at least it would have if it didn't join the Permanent Red Link Club. Give it a try!
Alexlayer: Hi, Alex Sora. This is about your neglected edits in the Dissidia Articles later. I thought I'd try to talk with you about the reasons. You see, it's not that your oppinions aren't valid. In fact, I can perfectly see where most of your complains come from. Thing is, when you go and put them around the main article or the character page, well... you're just being too negative about it, mostly in ways people won't relate to, let alone agree. To put an example, when you mentioned Tifa being The Wesley, you made it sound like she could have been blamed if the game would have not been made. Not to mention, that which you pointed out may go with the "Author's favorite character" of The Wesley, but not with its other half, that is that fans usually hate this character, while Tifa isn't widely hated (I know some do, like with EVERYONE in the Final Fantasy series, but she's hardly a prominent example). See what I mean? It comes off like you just want to rant and complain, not actually contribute to the article.
Alex Sora 89: no problem, bro. I'm more than open to being corrected whenever I do anything wrong. The only thing that kinda pisses me is that the "put YMMV tropes into separate pages" is actually pretty darn confusing, given the sheer number of subjective tropes (not that sheer, but still hard to remember). And since everything is relative, we could even argue whether a character is Lawful Good or whatever. The subtle trope differences are a bit too subtle at times, remembering them is even harder and tropes tend to overlap pretty much all the time. Do you think you can put up with my long learning times about this? I apologise in advance for everything... and until I get used to how tropes actually work, I'll be happy if you just undo my edits if they are wrong.
Thing is, my advice is that anytime you think of adding a Trope that it's gonna come off as a rant, you should really take it to the YMMV page. If there's a reason for the trope, nobody will delete it. But even then, I think you should try to be more tactful. Think about it, okay?
Mr Death: To add to this, I'd just say to think twice about edits you're about to make if you're putting in "adding a wallbangery detail" in the edit reasons or something similar. And if you're not sure, just check the page of the trope you're looking to add. If it's not allowed on a main page, it says so right on the top.
Kerrah: Could you please stop editing main-and-character-namespace articles to "add Wall bangery details"? When you're using a YMMV trope to define what you want said, you can be pretty sure that your message is YMMV material.
Alex Sora 89: not really. Don't get me wrong - I'm trying not to put subjective tropes in Main articles, but I can't really promise to do the same with Character pages, given that characters are not immune to YMMV tropes, which can also apply to them. Besides, there aren't any YMMV pages for Character articles yet, so as of now the situation isn't likely to change.
Mr Death: Wall Bangers don't go on character or YMMV pages either. YMMV's for characters go on the work's YMMV page. By now you've gotta be seeing the pattern that nearly every time you "add a wall bangery detail" it has to be fixed by someone else. Rule of thumb, if you're posting mainly because you're pissed off about something, maybe you just shouldn't post.
FairyRed: Hey there~ 8D Dropping a random hello on your page! You've done a lot of great work, haven't you?
Alex Sora 89: Oh, hey! Sorry if I moved your quote from here to the quotes tab, but it started to take an awful lot of space here. Anyway, yeah. Just look at the Nightmare Fuel cleanup thread linked above and see for yourself. Anyway, I still have to give you my sincerest congratulation for your post on the forum when we were struggling to save the Stock Phrases: it takes balls to post a comment like that. Lately (early 2012, that is) I've started dealing with some of the site's most controversial changes like we tropers are supposed to, and I must say it isn't as bad as I'd have imagined it. I hope you feel more or less the same, because I do my best to be as nice as I can towards tropers and mods alike.
BlakeDiamond: Heyoo! Thank you for "humbly bowing down" before my WMG for Black 2/White 2. That took me a while to put together, and I had to fight a couple people to keep it pure. It's unfortunate that it wont happen, but I appreciate the support ^_^
Alex Sora 89: No need to thank me. I don't quite recall exactly which one it was, but if your theory was the one I'm thinking of, then duh, no wonder I bowed down to it. That theory is made of awesome.
Blake Diamond: My WMG was the "Travel to all 5 regions and battle everyone" one. I forgot to mention that there would be an expanded Badge holder for the Trainer Card, and ribbons for beating each League, the Sevii Islands, and Mt. Silver. Would make it more interesting, showing who your team was in each League. But alas, all my effort is for naught. Oh well!!! ^_^
Telcontar: Good morning/afternoon/evening/youshouldbeinbed! I noticed that in a recent IP thread, you described yourself as the "resident annoying troper". Jes' so's ye ken, you're not; you do a lot of good stuff on the wiki and it's fun to have you around in the forums. :D