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This Troper's Real Life
. The show has the following bizaare layout:
- The Pilot Movie, a ten-minute Lost Episode originally broadcasted during the graveyard shift. Portrayed the characters who would later become The Lancer, The Smart Guy, and The Hero, doing a video-project on A Wizard Of Earthsea, with a brief appearance by the boy who would later be The Big Guy. Very low-quality in several as it was supposed to have been scripted and filmed by the characters themselves (a sort of mockumentary within a mockumentary), but it had a few clever moments that showed the humor and personality of this premise well.
- The first season, taking place almost entirely at the main characters' school during the seventh grade, and revolving around the slow forming of a Five-Man Band (or, one might argue, a Five-Token Band) as well as several invocations of The Rival. An exception was the true Pilot of the show, taking place at a party immediately before the school year's start. This was the episode where The Hero decided she was in love with The Lancer, therefore being a bizaare form of Everyone Meets Everyone.
- The second season took place during the eighth grade; now that the Five-Man Band had been firmly established, there was more explanation of relationships and expansion of minor characters. The Smart Guy and The Chick became a Beta Couple; this was the subject of much confusion and use of Shipper on Deck, and most notably created a Will They or Won't They? situation during which The Hero became convinced that successful matchmaking would win her The Lancer's love. This was also the season where the Butt Monkey, who was really in-universe The Scrappy, as well as the Affirmative Action Girl had their personalities developed. This created a secondary Four-Temperament Ensemble among the four main female characters; note the use of cast herd below.
- There was then a series of OVAs, released irregularly and still ongoing. This marked an Art Shift; while the show as a whole was Live-Action TV, this was done anime-style, because it was about The Hero's Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with an Otaku Genki Girl Satellite Character, who in later installments transitioned to a more angsty Petanko Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette type.
- Technically, the show was cancelled after the second season. However, it lives on: As the characters are now high school age, The Hero, The Lancer, and The Chick have entered a high-school show that is an Expy of Degrassi. In this series, they are mere extras, but in a fan webcomic centered around the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' club, the hero has had the good luck to become a primary character.
This show employs the Cast Herd
, as it is justified
in the fact that often characters live far away from each other and have limited opportunities to interact. The Cast Herds
are, roughly, as follows:
- The Five-Man Band:
- Three Plus Two is used in two different ways: The Hero, The Lancer, and The Smart Guy resolve to a Power Trio in certain episodes, as Id, Superego, and Ego respectively. However, there is also a second "Plus Two", that had previously a sort of status as Those Two Guys. These are:
- The aforementioned Four-Temperament Ensemble is an occassional way in which the four girls are split up: Affirmative Action Girl, The Hero, The Scrappy, and The Chick are respectively sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and phlegmatic. Oddly enough, they completely avoid fitting the Four Girl Ensemble.
- A Dysfunctional Family, consisting of Bumbling Dad, The Unfavorite Bratty Half-Pint [who became an angsty Anti-Hero by the third season], a sociopathic Mama Bear, and The Hero who here plays the roles of Daddy's Girl and Bratty Teenage Daughter.
- The High School characters. At this point the hero is a freshman, hanging out with a large science fiction and fantasy writers' club consisting mostly of juniors.
- All Love Is Unrequited (a rule for a very long time, but the hero's luck is slowly beginning to change)
- Berserk Button
- Beta Couple: With the exception of the OVA,
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The Hero and The Lancer sometimes fall into this; in the post-summer portions of the OVA, so do The Hero and Genki Girl.
- Foreshadowing: Usually, there is at least one very obvious moment for each Romance Arc.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Normally, the show is very explicit about the (usually lesbian) homosexual relationships depicted upon it. On certain networks, however, this content was considered inappropriate. The creators had way too much fun with the ensuing Dub Text, entire scenes being refilmed to be about "intense jealousy" of a Shallow Female Love Interest's good looks, dating of others, etc.
- High School Dance: Well, duh.
- Large Ham
- Les Yay: It just gets more and more blatant as it goes along.
- Love Makes You Crazy (so very, very crazy)
- Nerds, Geeks
- No Bisexuals: Averted
- One Head Taller: The Hero starts out preferring love interests who are not One Head Taller. When she moves on to accepting ones who are, it is played much like the maturation from the class S relationship to real relationships with men. Discussed when she gets with a boy who is exactly One Head Taller.
- Rule of Three: Official Couple is "third time's the charm".
- School Play: At least once a season.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Almost every couple falls into this at some point.
- Status Quo Is God: The first two seasons averted it with relationships but played it straight with characters; later material is the other way around.
- There Are No Therapists: Oddly enough, inverted; The Hero attends several therapists of several kinds, but none of them resolve her problems and she decides to just continue being an oddball.
- Tsundere: Many characters are like this. Type A is commonest, but The Lancer can be argued as a Type B.
Tropes appearing in the first two seasons:
The OVAs contain examples of:
The third season contains examples of:
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Because the series' protagonist is, between much use of Ensemble Darkhorse and A Day in the Limelight, the roles that each character actually belongs in are rather variable: Wrong Guy First, The Paolo, or even Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist; Kid Hero, Magical Girlfriend, Clingy Jealous Girl Yandere; Tsundere, Anti-Hero, Pair the Spares; these and more could be argued depending on who the protagonist is.
- First Kiss
- Gratuitous Japanese: Between two characters who study Japanese and a third who uses Fangirl Japanese, this is inevitable.
- Lampshade Hanging: Dear god.
One of these days, we need to get meta about being meta all the time.
- I Am Not Shazam: When someone cosplays as Suzumiya Haruhi, the nature of her Sailor Fuku forces her to declare "I AM NOT SAILOR MOON!" at several points.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Dear god.
- Matchmaker Crush: The Hero eventually gets one on the Bokukko. She tries to get over it, but the sheer amount of Fanservice that the other girl doles out makes it hard...
- Meta Guy: The Hero and the Deadpan Snarker are practically a meta-couple.
- Meta Fiction: Played with beyond belief. The characters jokingly come to conclusions about the Designated Hero of their parent show, its relationship to Degrassi, The Rival within said show, their status as a fanmade webcomic, and The Hero's status as protagonist of this comic is justified because she's an outsider protagonist, making it easier to execute Everyone Meets Everyone. However, nobody genuinely believes they're fictional characters. Metafiction Demanded This Index, pretty much.
- An odd combination of Conversational Troping and Lampshade Hanging occurs in a lengthy conversation between two characters, in which they discuss the gratuitious use of Beat Panels, the update schedule, and just how meta webcomics have or have not gotten lately. All of this is framed within the discussion of if they were a webcomic, much to readers' frustration. They come, much to their disappointment, to the conclusion that webcomics have not yet gotten meta about their excessively metafictional nature.
- Mind Game Ship: Any pairing involving the Bokukko ultimately falls into this; invoked by her.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "That nice girl who didn't go to homecoming with me", often shortened to "that nice girl from homecoming", aka our beloved Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette, is alluded to almost exclusively by that name in this media. In addition our unfortunate Wholesome Crossdresser is nicknamed and very rarely referred to by his more mundane real name.
- OT3: The Hero is convinced that she, Onee-sama, and Bokukko make a good example of this. They aren't so sure.
- Secret Relationship: The Hero and Deadpan Snarker, in the "flimsy" subtype. Ultimately The Not Secret. A more serious type takes place between Bokukko and Wholesome Crossdresser, although whether it qualifies as a relationship is up for debate.
- Shipper on Deck: Several. The Ship War is arguably almost as intense in-show as in the fandom.
- Shipping Goggles: About half of the characters wear them.
- Ship Tease: The Bokukko happily doles this out. "I'm not stripping. Not even for you."
- Ship-to-Ship Combat: Not only in the fandom, but in the show itself. Just think about that for a minute.
- Slice-of-Life Webcomics
- Snow Means Love (invoked, discussed)
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I did not just hear my dad say 'Annoying Younger Sibling, get up here and clean up your damn room.'"
- Ted Baxter: Used quite a couple times.
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