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    The Battery Bunch 
The Battery Bunch is a 2015 band-fic based on the HHS drum line (and marching band by extension). The series revolves around the suburban exploits of Sean McSteweister's eight adopted teenagers: Jeffrey, Nathan, Dallas, Emily, Branden, Lewis, Tanner, and Essence. As it's name suggests, it draws inspiration from The Brady Bunch and other family values shows, and derives most of its humor from inside jokes, ironic sincerity, and Affectionate Parody.

The sections of the band are portrayed as parallel households, such as Le Front Ensemberu, who live under Sean's brother Tyler in a trailer in the boondocks, or the Donathan household, who live across the street from the Battery Bunch under guidance of Sean's long-time friend John Tyler Donathan. These households occasionally steal an episode or two, but the central coming-of-age arcs come from under the McSteweister roof.

The Battery Bunch provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adorkable: Jeffrey, Dalton, Chloe, Emma, and Delaney.
  • The Alcoholic: "Drunkle" Tyler. Usually Played for Laughs, but viewed at from a dramatic angle in "Laissez-faire Parenting," which implies his inability to properly provide for his kids leads to his alcoholism.
  • The Alleged Car: Le Front Ensemberu drives around in a dune buggy.
  • All Love Is Unrequited
    • Said word for word by Jeffrey when referring to his unnamed Love Interest.
    • Applies to Tanner's Precocious Crush on the group's one-time babysitter Bailey.
  • Black Comedy: Very prominent in parody-heavy episodes implied to feature drugs, gangs, and hitmen, as well as episodes describing the poor living conditions of Le Front Ensemberu.
  • Big Brother Bully: Nathan affectionately bullies his younger siblings, save for Tanner whom he genuinely dislikes.
  • Big Eater: Branden, Peyton, and Nathan.
  • Big "NO!": Done by Jeffrey in "The Battery Bunch (Part 2)" when he realizes Dallas is going to try to talk the brown-haired girl into talking to him.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • "Turf War": Dalton falls in love, but in the end she has to leave and he doesn't know if he'll ever see her again.
    • "The Battery Bash (Part 2)": Chloe and Dalton are reunited and everybody has a great time at the party except for Jeffrey, who speaks to his Love Interest for the first time only to have her give him a nonsensical response and never be seen again.
    • "The Fridge System": Ethan spends the entire episode trying to prove his worth only to have his father overshadow him in the end by his accomplishment. However, he does learn that allowing his father gratification for his own frequently unmentioned successes is more important than his own pride.
    • "Goodbye to Brendan": Brendan is leaving to pursue a career on Saturday Night Live, but Thomas stops trying to contact CPS and decided to take the good of his family with the bad of their living conditions.
  • Breather Episode:
    • After five emotionally draining episodes in season one, "Time to Say Goodbye" is written like this. Despite being Dallas and Nathan's farewell episode, it was written with a purposely much lighter and enjoyable tone than previous episodes to maintain the theme of family happiness.
    • "Tanner Runs Away" takes place between "The Battery Bash" and the aforementioned five episode strain of drama. It features Nathan and Lewis trying to sell lemonade while being chastised by a neighborhood bully.
    • Of the five episode strain (starting with "All the World's a Stage" and ending with "Goodbye to Brendan"), "Goodbye to Brendan" also features less drama than the previous episodes, all of which had a heavy impact on the canon.
  • Bumbling Dad: Sean is too much of a Reasonable Authority Figure to fit this role, and though Tyler is closer, he's more of a Deconstruction. Their lifelong friend JT, however, fits pretty well.
  • Butt Monkey: Tanner. Even if he just gets a cameo, you'd better believe it's an abusive one.
  • Catchphrase: Branden makes these up for himself often. His most notable one is calling himself "that guy you know, Brando."
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: It's implied that Sean accidentally walks in on Tanner masturbating in "Emily hits Lewis."
    Tanner: Ever heard of knocking?
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The first three episodes are basic wacky hi-jinks and Affectionate Parody, while "Laissez-faire Parenting" is the first Deconstructed look at the show's parodiable nature, impling that the reason Tyler drinks is because he feels unable to properly provide for his kids. Succeeding episodes are more likely to venture into emotional territory.
    • Cerebus Rollercoaster: "Laissez-faire Parenting" isn't the only episode to be primarily drama, as episodes like "Dallas's Secret" and "He's Coming Back" quite clearly display. These episodes, however, are pretty well spread out over the first season, with Breather Episodes purposely placed inbetween. Even in the case of the Breather Episodes, they can range from light-hearted all the way through to Sudden Downer Endings.
  • Christmas Episode
    • "A Very Battery Christmas," featuring the Battery Bunch learning to respect each other's beliefs (about Santa).
    • "Wreck the Halls (A Front Ensemberu Story)," featuring Le Front Ensemberu arguing over what to do with a stash of Christmas money.
    • "Waving Johnson Saves Boxing Day," featuring Molly tracking down a Christmas toy for her mentally challenged brother
  • Comically Missing the Point: When a big sum of money is left for Le Front Ensemberu in "Wreck the Halls," Thomas tries explaining that it wouldn't be fair for some people to take a portion of the money by alluding it to a giant pancake.
    Rocky: Thomas is right! We should use all the money to just buy one giant pancake!
  • Cranky Neighbor: Old Man Leffingwell, whom the kids refer to as "old man" despite him only being in his forties.
  • Creator Career Self Deprecation: Played for Drama when Jeffrey begins writing stories about his family in "All the World's a Stage" exactly like the narrator does about his friends in real life. Interestingly, this is Played for Laughs fourteen episodes prior when Chloe is described as doing the same thing.
    Chloe liked to take interesting moments from the lives of her family and jot them down for future romanticization. This lead to tons of stories featuring caricatures of the people she spent a majority of her time with getting wound up in wacky exploits. Pretty geeky, right?
  • A Day in the Limelight
    • The Donathan kids occasionally get their own episodes. "The Fridge System" and "Waving Johnson Saves Boxing Day" feature Ethan and Molly as their respective protagonists.
    • "Goodbye to Brendan," as its name suggests, is dedicated to Brendan.
    • After spending the whole first season as the member of Le Front Ensemberu with the least focus, Jacob arguably takes primary focus in "Some Other Beginning's End," which marks a major turning point for the series as a whole.
  • Disappeared Dad: Uncle Tyler fulfills this trope in "Some Other Beginning's End" when he leaves his kids to fend for themselves in order to deal with some messy gang business without their involvement.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • The moral of "A Very Battery Christmas" is that it's important to respect each other's beliefs. Of course, this is accomplished through debate over Santa Claus.
    • The reveal in "He's Coming Back (Part 2)." Dallas has been involved in the illegal sugar trade.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bailey, the Battery Bunch's one-time babysitter.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first episodes relied much more on Affectionate Parody than the later episodes, and thus used more direct Black Comedy and Lampshade Hanging. Similarly, the early episodes clearly stated their morals at the end, while the later episodes deal more with character-based drama and more mature themes.
  • Gainax Ending: "The Battery Bash (Part 2)" ends with the girl Jeffrey had been pursuing telling him "he's not ready" when he tries talking to her, followed by her absence in all subsequent stories. It's also implied that Sawyer can hold intelligent conversation with Jeffrey's dog, BT.
  • Genre Savvy: Branden behaves more like a cliched sitcom character than any of the other characters.
  • Heroes Love D Ogs: Jeffrey, Sean, and Bailey.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: There are plenty of close relationships that exist within the families, but the two most notable examples outside of family boundaries are JT and Tyler, and Lewis and Ethan.
  • Hidden Depths
    • The episode "Everything is Not What it Seems" reveals that the Battery Bunch's neighbor Old Man Leffingwell used to be a Vegas composer and swinger back in the day, and has an entire room in his house filled with accolades.
    • Sawyer, the mentally challenged Donathan son, is implied to be aware of the judgement the world puts on him, as evidenced by his poem on the fridge. If "The Battery Bash (Part 2)" is anything to go by, he's hiding something.
  • Idiot Plot: "Like Tyler, Like Son" revolves around Tyler and Dallas thinking they might be father and son, despite the fact that Tyler is only eight years older than Dallas. The conclusion seems to be aware of its ridiculousness.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: "The Fridge System" displays Ethan trying to prove he's special by getting something of his pinned on the fridge.
  • Informed Judaism: Tanner is constantly called a Jew by his siblings. Even the narrator uses "jewed" as a substitute for basic words like "said" or "yelled."
    • Ambiguously Jewish: Whether or not Tanner is a Jew, however, remains open to debate. He never explicitly states that he is one, though he uses common Jewish expressions such as "oi vey," and has a Jewish board game in his and Nathan's closet.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Lewis tells Hannah in "The Battery Bunch (Part 2)" that he wants to go "all the way" with her after Tanner tells him that "going all the way" means kissing on the lips.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Seth certainly qualifies after he disappears at the end of "Tanner Runs Away" without any retribution. Four episodes later, however, the Battery Bunch inadvertently wastes his time and makes him look like a complete idiot, so he does get what he had coming to him.
    • The guys come across this way in "Guys' Day Out," specifically Nathan. After continuously undermining the girls of the household, Emily borrows their GameCube without permission. When Nathan finds out, he takes it back despite Emily's efforts to stop him.
  • Large Ham: Nathan.
  • The Leader: Dalton is this to Le Front Ensemberu
    Peyton: Why should Dalton get the special privalege?
    Jacob: Because he's basically the leader of this family.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Eight Battery Bunch members (excluding Sean), eleven Front Ensemberu members (excluding Tyler), and nine Donathan kids (excluding JTD), not including the many recurring characters outside the respected families.
  • Lovable Jock: Nathan and Lewis.
  • Mall Santa: Nathan slips one of these a twenty to make Tanner think he's been naughty.
  • Origins Episode: "Dallas' Secret" reveals a good portion of Dallas' past, while "The Baby Bunch" focuses on the entire group's time at the orphanage.
  • Out of Focus
    • The eight members of the Battery Bunch are essentially the main crew, but Jeffrey, Dallas, Nathan, Tanner, and Lewis seem to be the only consistently prominent characters. Branden serves primarily as a side character, having only one major story so far ("What We Do With Our Mouths," the fifth episode nonetheless). In the case of Essence, one could hardly consider any role she's had thus far to be major.
    • Sean is more prominent in the earlier episodes, as they deal more with family situations and morals instead of character driven drama. This is even lampshaded in "Goodbye to Brendan."
      "Amen!" Sean called out, as he hadn't been getting his word in much in these latest episodes.
    • Emily's case is not as bad, though it's been done deliberately after the poor reaction to her role in "Guys' Day Out."
  • Parental Neglect: Deconstructed in "Laissez-faire Parenting" in which Tyler's treatment of his kids is initially Played for Laughs before it's implied his inability to properly provide for them has led him to alcoholism. Interestingly enough, it seems to be used as a source of Black Comedy in subsequent episodes.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Seems to be Branden's primary role.
  • Precocious Crush: Tanner tries hitting on the family's one-time babysitter throughout "Laissez-faire Parenting."
  • Product Placement: Played for Laughs in "Emily Hits Lewis." Characters tediously specify that they're eating Marco's pizza (with the restricted rights symbol after each specification), and the narrator even dedicates a paragraph to describing the authenticity of the Marco's pizza business.
  • Put on a Bus: Dallas leaves when he reveals to his family his double life with Victor and their plans to move to Mexico with his biological father. Nathan leaves when his band signs a contract with Marshall Records after playing at Brendan's farewell party; Brendan leaves after his Saturday Night Live audition tape was accepted.
  • The Quiet One: Joey, the bassist for We Slayin', says "yeah" twice in his only appearance, and doesn't speak at all in his second.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his absence in several episodes due to his unspecified job, Sean rightfully intervenes in his children's shenanigans when they get out of hand. "Responsibility" even showed that he'll leave work when one of them gets hurt.
  • Running Gag: No one ever plays Guitar Hero with Tanner.
  • Santa's Existence Clause: Nathan and Dallas spend "A Very Battery Christmas" arguing with each other over whether Santa Claus exists until Sean convinces them to respect each other's beliefs. Immediately after this, a Santa Claus who Sean thinks is actually Tyler in a costume bursts through the door, only for Tyler to reveal he's in the bathroom. Sean runs the unidentified Santa off and alerts the neighbors that there may be a prowler on the loose.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Jeffrey is the sensitive guy to Dallas's manly man. Nathan is also commonly displayed as the manly man to Lewis and Tanner's sensitive guy.
  • Sequel Episode: "Dallas' Secret" ends with Dallas being admitted to the Red Hot Orphanage, which is where "The Baby Bunch" begins.
  • Status Quo Is God: Subverted. There is a distinct norm established within the household, but characters seem to retain the lessons they learn at the end of each episode more often than not. Downright averted at the end of the first season when Nathan and Dallas leave, and Maggie, Caleb, and Le Front Ensemberu all move in with the Battery Bunch. This, however, leads to a new Status Quo.
  • Team Pet: BT to the Battery Bunch and Fluffy to Le Front Ensemberu.
  • Thematic Theme Tune: There's one given in the first episode in keeping with the Affectionate Parody to The Brady Bunch.
  • Token Minority: Essence is the only African American main character.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Emily and Essence respectively, though it would be more accurate to say authoritative girl and girly girl.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lewis spends the entirety of "Emily Hits Lewis" blackmailing his sister into doing whatever he wants. It's even Lampshaded near the end.
    Jeffrey: You know, you're being kind of a jerk.
    Lewis: You're right.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tyler makes hot-dogs and Branden eats them. Every time.
  • True Companions: Both the Battery Bunch and Le Front Ensemberu. The Donathan kids are implied to be less of this than the two aforementioned groups.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Emily and Essence are the only girls in the Battery Bunch. Simialrly, Savannah and Molly are the only girls in the Donathan household.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Dallas's Secret," as it's name suggests, reveals the truth behind why Dallas regularly goes into town for extended periods of time. He's taking care of the baby he rescued as a street kid, who's basically become his little brother.
    • The previous episode, "Emily Hits Lewis," has Nathan stowing away in Dallas's jeep and discovering Victor for himself.
    • "The Battery Bash," certainly qualifies as this, especially part 2. Jeffrey talks to the brown-haired girl for the first time, who gives him a response he doesn't understand, leaves, and is never seen again afterwords. On top of that, Sawyer and BT might hold the occasional conversation.
    • "All the World's a Stage" features Jeffrey coping with the existential crisis of an inability to control the rapidly changing world around him. It's one of the most mature themes tackled by the show to date.
    • The entirety of "He's Coming Back." Dallas's entire family finds out he's been taking care of Victor and has been involved in illegal activities (albeit the illegal sugar trade). By the episode's end, it's also been revealed that Dallas has had plans to move to Mexico for months.
    • "Goodbye to Brendan" features Nathan and his band signing a record label, signifying his exit from the show. It also ends with Tyler being threatened by a Cabel Clan member.
    • "I Love Jew" ends with Sean bringing in Maggie and Caleb, two new members of the family. As if that wasn't enough, Le Front Ensemberu shows up with their entire trailer.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: You wouldn't guess that Thomas is one of the youngest members of Le Front Ensemberu by the way he uses smart analogies and an extensive vocabulary.

    The Battery Bunch YMMV 
  • Anvilicious: Some episodes come across this way intentionally, others that try taking themselves more seriously are still not immune.
    • "A Very Battery Christmas" features the message that other people's beliefs should be respected. It features Dallas and Nathan fighting for the bulk of the episode, and besides the gift exchanges between characters at the end, its the only plot.
    • Despite "All the World's a Stage" being one of the most mature episodes to date, the presence of the central problem being the only concern of the episode makes it come across slightly this way.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • "Emily Hits Lewis," which was the episode directly following the controversial "Guys' Day Out," was written to rectify Emily's character and make it known that she's respected in the house for her genuine leadership skills. The feminist attitude she'd also displayed in the previous episode was written off as a phase.
    • Le Front Ensemberu moving in with the Battery Bunch in the season one finale rectifies the complaints that they don't get enough focus.
  • Base Breaker: Branden is either an enjoyable, Genre Savvy addition to the cast, or an unnecessary, one-dimensional annoyance. His status as what seems to be a permanent background character, however, tones down the prominence of the issue.
  • Broken Base:
    • "Laissez-faire Parenting" is the first major example of this trope. It turns up the drama significantly over the first few episodes, and whether or not it was portrayed effectively is a common grounds for disagreement. It was successful enough, however, for later episodes that focused on drama to be some of the more critically acclaimed episodes of the first season.
      • Also upon its release there was some disappointment that Le Front Ensemberu was not more prominent, though this died down when entire episodes were dedicated to them later on.
    • "Guys' Day Out" received the most polarized reaction of any episode to date. While praise is given to the episode's particular grasp on character driven humor, the central theme comes across sloppily in the end regarding a group's ability to have fun regardless of gender. The guys come across as a bunch of Karma Houdinis, while Emily, who'd been working the entire episode to have a female variation of their fun (which was already a Base Breaker in and of itself), ends up with a less than happy conclusion.
    • Tyler leaving Le Front Ensemberu in "Some Other Beginning's End" is given too little context to be done cleanly. Some believe it to be noble that Tyler would leave his kids and apparently spend the last of his money on stocking up for them beforehand in order to keep them from getting involved in hid gang business, while others believe the whole thing was poorly thought out and sloppily executed.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • After stealing the spotlight in the very first episode, Uncle Tyler has been a fan favorite.
    • Among Le Front Ensemberu, Thomas has garnered a sizable fanbase, though he became more of a Base Breaker as his CPS pursuit and constant complaints about Tyler began to take more prominence.
    • Bailey was popular after her first appearance, and though she was supposed to become a regular recurring character, she only received one more episode.
    • Sawyer is used rather sparingly, as the author does not want to overuse his distinct appeal.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Waving Johnson Saves Boxing Day" teaches that blackmail is okay and can get you what you want.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Before the brown-haired girl was given much focus, common speculation was that she was Molly, despite Molly already being named and established as an acquaintance of the Battery Bunch. This is even given a small nod in "The Battery Bash (Part 2)."
  • Growing the Beard: The first three episodes were primarily comedic antics, while "Laissez-faire Parenting" Deconstructed Le Front Ensemberu and gave some less than family friendly characterization to Tyler. After that, Le Front Ensemberu began appearing more often ("Turf War" and "Le Front Ensemberu Hits Town" are two of the most popular episodes of the first season) and the Donathan kids started receiving some focus, too.
    • "Dallas' Secret" deepened Dallas's characterization and began setting up more drama for future episodes.
    • "The Battery Bash," served as the first two-part episodes, developing characters around the board and providing drama while still maintaining the series' brand of humor.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sure, Tanner may be a petty pathological liar, but the guy's family gives him so little empathy that it's hard not to feel bad for him. Anytime he's featured prominently in an episode, it's almost always guaranteed to end poorly for him, and it's even worse whenever he's not even a central character and he receives physical harm in just a small cameo. Despite what "Tanner Runs Away" suggests it's about by its title, the primary conflict is Nathan and Lewis running their lemonade stand. When Tanner comes back at the end, he has to convince his family that he ran away because none of them even noticed.
  • Jossed: The brown-haired girl is not Molly.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Steven the pizza delivery guy.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Episodes that revolve around Le Front Ensemberu generally tend to be the most popular.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Bailey's debut was acclaimed due to the way her snarky attitude mingled with Tanner's Precocious Crush on her. She was only ever featured again twenty-two episodes later, in which she was written off the show.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • Emily, one of the only two female members of the Battery Bunch household, is constantly having to overcome gender stereotypes to prove her worth. In "Turf War," it can be waved of somewhat as Truth in Television. In "Guys' Day Out," however, it's less excusable.
    • Essence, the only main ethnic character, is given considerably less screen time than the rest of her siblings.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jeffrey is this nonstop. He's very emotional, and bad things are quite prone to happening to him. He runs over a dog in "BT Comes Home" and spends the rest of the episode distraught. When he finally works up the courage to talk to the girl he has a crush on, she gives him a response he doesn't understand and never shows up again. After going through an existential crisis in "All the World's a Stage," his two oldest brothers reveal they're leaving the household to start their own lives. He can't seem to catch a break.
    • Tyler. He bit off more than he could chew when taking in eleven kids and resorted to alcoholism to hide his feelings of insufficiency.

    The Battery Bunch Trivia 
  • Troubled Production: Episodes in the latter half of the first season take much longer to release than the first half. Due to The Battery Bunch being based on real life, blame can be partially attributed to positions in the HHS drum line and front ensemble still being up in the air. This also delays the release of season two, as the author wants to start of the second season with a decently established new Status Quo.
    • After the real life drum line was set, Maggie had to miss almost an entire week due to health problems with her knee. The following weeks were spent questioning whether or not she'd be cut from the drum line due to how behind she'd fallen. The hiatus leading up to the season finale eventually became so ridiculous that the author continued writing even with the possibility that Maggie would be cut.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • "Goodbye to Brendan" was originally written as a birthday episode for Hannah in which Tyler received a large sum of money (similar to "Wreck the Halls") and threw her a big party featuring Nathan's band, which she would've hated. It was rewritten to give Brendan a proper sendoff.
    • The final version of "Time to Say Goodbye" features a completely different story than the first draft. Originally the family went to a national park and raced down a path in the rain while spending family time together, and the end was much more emotional and personal to the author. It was rewritten to better maintain the spirit of The Battery Bunch, making the published version more humorous.
    • Bailey was originally intended to serve as the family's frequent babysitter, but the author just never got around to transposing another episode in which she could be prominent.
    • "He's Coming Back" was originally written with Jeffrey in the jeep with his siblings.

    Dalton: The Man, The Myth, The Horror 
  • The Ace: Jeffrey is literally a physical embodiment of all the things good about the band. Therefore, he's portrayed as constantly being on top of things. That is until Chaz defeats him in "The Showdown," which puts emphasis on the theme of Balance Between Good and Evil.
  • Action Survivor: The few people who survive the war without being brought to life certainly qualify. Three of these are Hannah, Peyton, and Logan, the last of the three having a badass cyborg arm as a battle souvenir.
    • Thomas may also count, considering he never died, but also taking into account his sub-diety powers.
  • Actual Pacifist: Brendan is very opposed to any kind of physical violence, and even gets broken up about verbal conflicts.
    • Delaney is also implied to be one of these, as she sits out the war to read a C.S. Lewis novel. It's nowhere near the levels of Brendan, though.
  • Affably Evil: John Tyler is supposedly Satan, but he has a likable and goofy personality when he's not accepting sacrifices or possessing people's bodies.
  • All Just a Dream: Chapter 20, "The (Alternate) Ending," portrays the entire story as a bad dream by Jeffrey, who awakes in the Battery Bunch household shaken up, and is calmed back to sleep by his father, Sean.
  • All-Loving Hero: What sets Jeffrey above the rest of the band kids (aside from his acquired evolutionary super-human abilities) is that he actually has hope in Dalton (although he still won't make direct contact with him).
  • Ambiguously Gay: Brendan. Dallas also has a moment in "The Epilogue," when he feels Dalton's newly formed biceps.
    • It's also mentioned in "The Pit" that the titular Pit was the only non-gay bar Dallas knew.
  • Badass: Tons. Jeffrey, Sawyer, Thomas, etc.
    • Action Dad: Sean, implied to be a father figure to the drum line, leads an army of the udnead out of purgatory and back onto the battlefield. The dad aspect becomes literal in "The (Alternate) Ending," in which Sean is their literal father.
    • Badass Driver: Essence is a valuable asset to the percussion section when performing her band truck drive-bys. Unfortunately, she'd taken down by Sawyer.
    • Badass Normal: Thomas beheads Nathan with nothing but expert swordsmanship. It's later revealed, however, that he's actually...
    • Took a Level in Badass: Dalton demonstrates his evolution of character in "The Music."
  • The Bad Guy Wins: "The Showdown" has Chaz kill Jeffrey by firing a pink rocket at him.
    • Similarly, "The War Part 2" has Chaz snap Dallas' neck.
    • "The (Alternate) Ending" displays Chaz striking down Tyler's van with Dalton on board as he wreaks havoc on the band. However, this eventually turns into All Just a Dream.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Jeffrey and Chaz represent what's good and what's bad about the band expressed in powerful physical forms. By the end, both of these physical forms are destroyed, but the two live on as conflicting concepts.
  • Big Bad: Chaz.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Both Jeffrey and Dalton get one of these moments in "The Showdown" and "The Music," respectively. However, Dalton's is the only one that works.
  • Big Good: Jeffrey seems to fit this role pretty well.
  • Big "NO!": Several throughout the story.
    • Tristen does this when Mikey dies in "The War Part 2."
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Hannah does this when Logan asks her where Madelaine is.
    Hannah: She didn't want to be in the story.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tyler, who is implied to be high a majority of the time and occasionally trips on acid, is surprisingly successful at training Dalton how to play vibraphone.
  • Butt Monkey: Tanner dies throughout the story three times. First, he's killed in battle by John Tyler in Nathan's body. Second, Bailey fires a gun into the crowd of recently deceased band kids in purgatory, shooting him in the nose and causing him to bleed out. And for the third and final time, he's killed in hell when a rogue sound wave coming from the epic fight between Jeffrey and Chaz hits him and he is essentially vaporized.
    • Ethan also qualifies. During the war, he's hit repeatedly on the head by Tori and Madison's trumpets, to the point where his head begins to bleed. Later in purgatory, it's revealed that Savannah got so annoyed by him that she just strangled him to death.
    • Dalton himself is the epitome of this trope. It was bad enough that characters openly state that they don't have any hope in him to his face, but the narrator himself even admits to exaggerating his grotesque characteristics.
  • The Cameo: Steven gets one at the end of "The Cage."
  • Catchphrase: Lewis has a habit of saying "Classic whoever" after somebody does something.
  • The Chick: Brendan is undoubtedly the heart of the group, though most people ignore him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Molly.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The story is noticeably mild of too much foul language— that is until Savannah shows up.
  • Cool Car: Jeffrey's 2012 Nissan Versa, which he conjures out of midair, can travel through dimensions unfathomable to human minds. On the fathomable side, it can also transform into a giant tank with enormous fire power.
  • The Dark Side: Chaz has become a sub-deity that lives through the immoral aspects of the band. Contrast with Jeffrey, who lives through the good times and personal confidence of the individual band members.
  • Demonic Possession: John Tyler inhabits Nathan's decapitated corpse to kill Tenner with. He also takes control of Dalton's body for about ten seconds before leaving out of disgust.
  • The Dragon: Sawyer serves this role to Chaz.
  • Driven to Suicide: This is done in "The Chaos" by Emily upon seeing Sean in control of the drum line once again.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first chapter in particular has nothing to do with the rest of the story and is never mentioned afterwards (save for Dallas' dad's cameo in purgatory later).The story doesn't really find its footing until around "The Sacrifice". Sean even lampshades his own character's inconsistency later on.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Dalton in "The Epilogue," gets a lot of attention from the guys in the group. See Ambiguously Gay above.
  • Evil Gloating: Chaz does this in "The Music" after Thomas reveals to the band that Chaz had defeated Jeffrey in battle.
  • Evil Is Cool: Sawyer. He has a flamethrower saxophone for crying out loud!
  • Goal-Oriented Evolution: Sub-deities like Jeffrey and Chaz evolved into what they are from normal people who displayed inhuman skill on their respective instruments.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Done by Nathan once Sean regains control of the band's will in Purgatory. Sawyer is also mentioned to have one in "The Epilogue," and is even counseling Mikey and Tristen's relationship.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Implied to be one of the reasons Dalton joined the band to begin with.
  • Imaginary Friend: Branden, as a possible subliminal coping mechanism for spending three years away from human interaction (except for possibly Steven), invented one named Robert.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Sawyer has a saxophone that can spit fire.
  • Inspiration Nod: The story is often accused of borrowing many elements from Star Wars. The entire exchange between Jeffrey and Chaz in "The Trailer" focusing on Chaz trying to convince Jeffrey to join him was directly influenced by Emperor Palpatine's attempt at doing the same to Luke Skywalker. At one point, Chaz even asks if Jeffrey would join him if he was his father.
  • Jerkass: Almost every other character applies. Nathan, Emily, Matt, Hannah, etc. Especially towards Dalton.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Happens to Sawyer during his moment of redemption. Creates a Mood Whiplash, as Branden did it completely on accident, and doesn't even notice afterwards.
  • Killed Off for Real: A majority of the band is killed in battle, including the entire guard. All of these people come back, however— except for Tanner, who dies three times, and doesn't come back by the end.
    • Jeffrey and Chaz, in their physical forms, don't come back once they've been obliterated. It is stated, however, that they live on in the essence of the band in its good and bad forms.
  • The Lancer: Lewis likely fits this role for the percussion. Matt could be considered this for the brass, with Sawyer being The Leader.
  • The Leader: Due to the percussion's disrespect toward Nathan, Dallas essentially becomes their leader after the revolution.
  • The Lifestream: Sub-deities like Jeffrey and Chaz exist through this outside of their physical forms, through the good vibes and the immoralities of the band, respectively.
  • Made of Explodium: The band truck, after crashing into the press box and knocking it over, explodes.
  • Moment Killer: Branden accidentally in "The Redemption." See Mood Whiplash below.
  • Mood Whiplash: Happens in "The Redemption," when Sawyer is experiencing a meaningful moment of redemption, only for Branden to accidentally kill him by dropping the barrel of the tank on top of him mid-Heel Realization.
  • Multiple Endings: "The Fallout" is the true end of the story, while "The Epilogue" takes place a week later and simply answers some questions as to where the band members ended up. The last written chapter, "The Alternate Ending," serves as an alternate conclusion to the events of "The Music." See All Just a Dream above.
  • Nice Guy: Despite the fact that every other character has Jerkass tendencies, Jeffrey and Sean fall into this category. Tyler and Dallas may also qualify, though the latter's non-violent solution of ejecting Dalton from the band may or may not have stemmed from genuine kindness.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: L, who's supposedly in charge of running Band Heaven, gives Chaz the keys to the trailer. This leads to the defeat of Jeffrey in his physical form, and almost the downfall of the entire band.
  • No Inside Voice: Savannah.
  • Oh Crap!: Jeffrey has one of these moments right before his physical form is wrecked by Chaz's pink rocket.
  • Out of Focus: Branden. The reveal that he was the person inside the cage is given a lot of build up, but after "The Cage," his character is not put to much use, save for accidentally killing Sawyer in "The Redemption," which happened at a point where almost all the violence had been resolved anyway.
    • Aside from being The Hero of the story, Dalton sits out large gaps in the story, such as missing the events of the war in chapters four and five, and disappearing after chapter eleven to train with Tyler, only to come back six chapters later once Jeffrey's arc has concluded.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Chaz may be small, but he kills Dallas with his bare hands, and later defeats Jeffrey and Thomas in instrument-to-instrument combat.
  • The Power of Rock: A common theme expressed by Tyler is how the music is what actually holds the band together. This makes sense, considering that there's no music being played by the band throughout a majority of the story, where the band members are fighting each other. It's not until Dalton returns to play "Mad World" in "The Music" that the band members unify and finally defeat Chaz.
  • Power Trio: Jeffrey, Branden, and Dalton.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Chaz does this when telling the band to stop harmonizing with Dalton in "The Music":
    Chaz: You're tearing me apart! Stop it! Right! NOW!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dalton gives a minor one to the band when he decides to leave for Cap City after saving them all from Chaz.
    Dalton: I shouldn't have to save all your asses just so you'll finally tolerate my presence.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Played with in "The Redemption," where Sawyer begins undergoing a Heel–Face Turn, but is accidentally killed by Branden crawling out of the tank mid-moral realization.
  • Satanic Archetype: John Tyler fits this role. He's never outright called a devil or a demon, but he must be summoned in odd ways to appear, is appeased by animal or human sacrifices, and has a pretty prominent role in the affairs of Band Hell.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Sean says this word for word when L threatens to stick him with bailey's old desk job.
  • The Smart Guy: Thomas. He constructed a bionic arm, for starters.
  • The Stoner: Tyler.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Branden is technically one of these, though it's given very little focus once he returns to the band.
    • Like a Fish Takes to Water: Though it's given little focus, Branden seems relatively unfazed by how much things have changed while he's been gone, giving particularly little commentary on all the conflict.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Jeffrey uses one of these in "The Showdown" when Chaz uses a drum solo against him.
    Jeffrey: Puffy solo, bitch!
  • Token Minority: Essence.
  • Ultimate Life Form: Jeffrey, Chaz, and Thomas are depicted as sub-deities who can manipulate physics and take physical forms as they please. The three of them got this way by demonstrating inhuman talent on their instruments. The end of "The Epilogue" also implies that Dalton has become one of these.
  • Unflinching Walk: Sawyer pulls one of these off right after crashing Essence's band truck into the press box and blowing it up.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In "The Cage," the narrator openly admits to describing Dalton as more grotesque than he actually is. Even after specifying certain details, such as the fact that he does not sweat butter, the story goes on to blatantly ignore them later on, when he's described as sweating butter again.
  • Where Are They Now: "The Epilogue" kind of serves as one of these. Dalton has gone away to Cap City, and has become much more tolerable and attractive by doing so. Nathan has made a complete Heel–Face Turn and is hanging out with the drum line again, and Thomas took over Tanner's spot on the drum line after Tanner didn't come back. Sawyer also made a Heel–Face Turn and became a relationship counselor for Mikey and Tristen. Bailey returned to the position as drum major, while Seth left the band to start an all-male military band and likely ended up directing parking at McDonald's, which may not even be a real job.
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