Tropers / Gordon Schumway
Okay, so this isn't my real name.
That said, I'm comfortable saying that I'm Canadian, male, in my late twenties, a fan of Spider-Man
, Dungeons and Dragons
, and superheroes
and Swords and Sorcery
in general. I'm also a huge fan of Sleepwalker
, to the point that I created the page for that character and added just about all the references to the character on this wiki. I write a lot of my own material for Greyhawk and the Marvel Universe
, much of which freely ignores canon and continuity I don't like and replaces it with things I prefer.
Aside from that, I've made lots of miscellaneous edits at different points, far too many for me to even recall, although I always did so anonymously.
Tropes I love include:
- Alternate Universe Fic: Let's face it, a lot of modern Marvel continuity blows chunks. I prefer to make my own stuff up.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: I combine this with C-List Fodder to take lame supervillains and make them over into deadly fighters that would make The Punisher think twice about fighting them.
- Author Appeal: Many of my protagonists are half me in one way or another, and I also toss in lots of little in-jokes and Shout Outs in my fiction that most people wouldn't get. It's also the reason why my female heroes, or the female love interests of my male heroes, are all experienced in jazz, tap or ballet dancing.
- C-List Fodder Or rather, bringing the fodder up to the same level as the "name" heroes and villains. When Jack O' Lantern can stand on the same level as the Green Goblin, and when Sleepwalker is on the same level as The Punisher, I'm a happy man.
- Complete Monster: Sometimes you just need your villain to be a total psychopath.
- Fantasy Gun Control: Because guns and medieval fantasy just don't mix.
- Medieval Stasis: Man will never learn to fly without magic, and he'll never develop gunpowder or the internal combustion engine...and I happen to like it that way, thank you very much.
- Five Races: Because it's just not a D&D fantasy setting without the dwarves, elves, gnomes and halflings. None of this eladrin, tiefling or dragonborn shit for me...
- Henpecked Husband: Yeah, I know it's a Double Standard, but I just think it's funny.
- Rogues Gallery: Coming up with the rogues gallery is always the most fun part of starting a superhero fanfiction series.
Tropes I hate include:
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: No, we don't. The American obsession with cheerleaders gets tiresome after a while.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: So just because I don't immediately want to get into the pants of every attractive girl I meet, there's somehow something seriously wrong with me?
- Everyone Is Gay, Het Is Ew, Ho Yay, and Slash Fic all rolled into one. I fail to see how heterosexual relationships are a bad thing in anime or anywhere else. What I find really amusing/pathetic are the people who claim that yaoi is an act of political liberation or resistance.
- God Is Evil: Another thing that's really amusing/pathetic is that people like Richard Dawkins have become the very thing they hate, overzealous missionaries who see it as their duty to bring "enlightenment" to the unwashed masses by preaching to them and seeking to convert them to atheism, and to actively crusade against religion. Well, that and the fact that most God Is Evil fiction tends to be just as Anvilicious as the Left Behind series. So Yeah. I have nothing against atheism or atheists in general, I'd just prefer to take an "I won't preach to you, and you won't preach to me" approach.
- Kafka Comedy: This typically doesn't make me laugh. All it does is make me view the victim of this trope as The Woobie and make me hate the characters who hate the victim through no fault of his or her own.
- Not Wearing Tights: How can you call yourself a superhero if you don't have a Cape, a codename, and a Rogues Gallery?
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Seeing men be the only ones to actually get hit in a fight or be the victims of physical comedy pisses me off. Not to mention that if I were a woman I'd probably be insulted at the Unfortunate Implications that women always needed protection or that we couldn't otherwise be trusted to stick up for ourselves.