Tropers / Lucymae 2

    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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