Tropers / Peabody Sam
Why, hello there. You might know me as the host of Dino Attack RPG
. I also wrote Scene 24: Johnny Thunder Blows This Taco Stand
, which won BZPower
's Caveat Scriptor Comedies Contest. I co-authored LMS
with fellow troper Primis
, and John Alexander Hitchcock
took a just-for-fun Steam chat and published it as G Man Meets The Mystery Man
. In what may be a rather cruel irony, my best-known work is also (intentionally
) one of my worst: BOB.EXE
, that trollpasta that caused SomeOrdinaryGamers
to burst out in high-pitched laughter for fifteen seconds straight. Frankly, there's not much else that's interesting about me, so move along, will you? There's nothing to see here.
... Fine, here's some tropes for you.
PeabodySam contains examples of:
- Anyone Can Die: I enjoy killing off most of my cast.
- Artist Disillusionment: A hacking incident in early 2013 destroyed the BZPower Forum Archive, and along with it the majority of five and a half years of writing Dino Attack RPG. To be frank, this incident has left me embittered, less faithful in the longevity of certain websites, but worst of all less motivated to continue writing.
- Author Avatar: Of all of my characters, Frozeen comes the closest to an Author Avatar, even being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. However, despite this, I would like to make it clear that I do not view Frozeen as an extension of myself, and while he does have some of my traits because it's easy to Write Who You Know, I see him as a separate character. On that note, nearly all of my characters carry some of his different personality traits, making them all Author Avatars to a degree... the only notable exception being Grease, who was specifically modeled as the exact type of person I hate the most.
- Author Filibuster: In my works, I sometimes tend to offer commentary on subjects I don't like.
- Based on a Dream: Occasionally, dreams are the source of my material. The greatest example would be Vakama's Secret, an entire story written around a dream I once had.
- Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Quiet Ones: Most people I know think of me as a nice, quiet person. But if you dare to push my Berserk Button...
- Berserk Button:
- Don't you dare let me catch you in the act of bullying someone.
- Some people who are exceptionally thick-headed and defying any form of logic can really drive me up a wall.
- Let it be known that I'm not a fan of The Big Bang Theory and I cannot stand Sheldon's character. So, whenever people compare me to Sheldon...
- Cerebus Syndrome: In Dino Attack RPG, I started with very idealistic characters who usually ended up in amusingly absurd situations, and by the RPG's end, my writing was far darker and much more mature and cynical in tone.
- Chewing the Scenery: Cast me in an acting role, and there won't be a single prop on stage that doesn't have my bite marks on it. Ironic, considering that I'm the opposite of this trope in real life.
- Creator In-Joke: Due to the heavy amount of Tuckerization used in Au-III Ocelli 2O7, there is a ton of In-Jokes that very few people outside the target demographic of about 20 people will understand.
- Deconstruction: In some of my works, especially Five Years Too Many, I tend to Deconstruct the Red Shirt trope.
- Defeat Means Friendship: "Defeat" might be a bit of a stretch, but I once experienced something close to this trope. There was a girl I knew, and for some petty reason that I don't even remember anymore, we did not like each other. We also went to the same martial arts class, and one night it was sparring. We were paired up for a one-on-one sparring match, and though we both sparred furiously, I held nothing back and let loose all my anger against her.note There was no "winner" or "loser" of the match, hence why I'm hesitant to say that I "defeated" her, but she was reportedly in tears after the match ended. I soon realized that all my anger was spent in the match and now I felt bad for her. So, I went up to her after class and told her that I was proud of how well she sparred against me, and that cheered her up. Since then, we've been on friendly terms with one another.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Most of my pre-2008 writing tends to be full of this.
- For Science!: This was my battle cry while running through the Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls. Twice. FOR SCIENCE!
- God Never Said That: Due to my preference of Exact Words over Lying Creator, I deliberately invoked this trope during the Adventurers' Island Story Arc in Dino Attack RPG. I always made sure that I never actually referred to Pharaoh Hotep's forbidden ruins as the Maelstrom Temple outside of the story.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: While I'm not above saying "God", "damn", or "hell", I have a self-enforced abstinence from speaking or writing any of what I call the "big four" (a**, b***, s***, and f***). There are also other words besides the "big four" that I politely refrain from using. As a result, I often use PG substitutes in speech and sometimes even use fake swears in writing fiction. Foreign Cuss Words are an exception, since words like "bloody" aren't considered so offensive on this side of the pond, but even then I try to refrain from using them often.
- Gratuitous German: For some reason, putting on an apron, safety goggles, and rubber gloves while performing laboratory experiments causes me to start speak in a faux German accent, complete with using words like "ja" or "und" in place of "yes" or "and". I'm not altogether sure why... maybe it's because everything sounds much sciencier in German?
- Gratuitous Spanish: If I say goodbye to someone, it's almost always the Spanish word "adios". Even though I barely speak Spanish. Even stranger, I do it involuntarily; I don't even think about it, I just say "adios".
- Guilty Pleasures: Hercules, Independence Day, LEGO Island 2, Jurassic World, and probably many more that I cannot think of at the moment.
- Hand Wave: As much as I like to offer a detailed explanation for everything in my writing, sometimes I just can't think of a good one and I must resort to this.
- The Ingenue: A rare gender-flipped version of this trope is how many of my friends view me. No, I'm neither woefully naive nor wholly pure, but apparently I come across as a lot more "innocent" than my peers (this probably stems from my use of Gosh Dang It to Heck!); often, they'll jokingly tell me to Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears before telling some vulgar joke.
- It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Believe it or not, I read all four Twilight books over the summer of 2009, and... I actually didn't think they were horrible. They were stupid, definitely, but much like reading Inheritance Cycle or poorly-written over-cliched fan fiction, they were enjoyably stupid, and I didn't take them seriously enough to care. However, come the autumn of 2009, and I discover - much to my horror - that Twilight actually does have a huge teenage girl demographic who seriously think it's romantically idealistic instead of laughably stupid. From that moment on, I found myself loathing the series and everything about it.
- Lampshade Hanging: Especially now that I'm addicted to TV Tropes, I have a tendency to hang lampshades on things.
- Lying Creator: I try to avoid stooping to this low, instead relying on Exact Words and God Never Said That, but every now and then, I just can't help it. Hey, remember that time where I said that post #1148 of Dino Attack: At War's End would be another thrilling episode of "Plot Armor Heroes Who Somehow Survive Everything"? That was great.
- Metaphorgotten: Nowadays, quite a bit of my more humorous writing tends to be centered around metaphors that go on and on until they lose track of their intended purpose, much like a marathon runner on a rainy, misty day which turned out to be quite cliche in terms of story setting as well as the ideal conditions for such a metaphor involving a marathon runner who cannot see where he, or maybe she, for that matter, is going and thus gets lost and ends up running into the woods, but not Into the Woods where (s)he runs the risk of killing me for narrating such a stupid self-demonstrating metaphorgotten...
- Most Writers Are Male: This is how I avert Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls.
- Old Shame: Look, if it's before 2008, I don't want to talk about it, okay? And even after 2008, I might still not want to talk about it.
- Orphaned Series: Unfortunately, this happens more often than I would like. Examples of unfinished stories include Pirates RPG, The Story of Frosam trilogy, The Search for the Mask of Light, and Five Years Too Many.
- Poe's Law: When I wrote Leaked Unreleased Darkitect Boss Battle (or simply darkitect.wmv) as a Stealth Parody of creepypastas, I was surprised by the number of LEGO Universe fans who actually believed it until they learned it was just an April Fools' Day prank. Hence, my next creepypasta parody, BOB.EXE, was deliberately written to be a lot less stealthy about being a parody... and even then, I've seen responses from readers who thought it was intended to be a serious creepypasta! This led to its sequel, Round 2, being even more blatant about its status as a parody.
- Positive Discrimination: Although I believe that male and female characters should be equal, I often find myself of running into the trap of making my female characters better than my male characters. By that, I don't mean that the female characters are written better, but rather they tend to be depicted as having fewer flaws than male characters. Which means, obviously, that the male and female characters are not equal.
- Precision F-Strike: One of my reasons for Gosh Dang It to Heck!. In my opinion, swears are meant to be strong words, and when my peers casually drop a dozen f-bombs in a sentence, those words lose their impact. I want people to know that I do not swear... so that if there's ever a time where I do drop an f-bomb, people will know it's serious business.
- Pungeon Master: My skills at improvising terrible puns have been known to punish anyone unfortunate enough to be in earshot.
- The Quiet One
- Railroading: In Dino Attack RPG, sometimes another player might do something that would cause a major deviation in the plot, forcing me to step in and keep things on the straight course.
- Reality Subtext: Hate was written in response to my experience with the worst bully I had ever met, with Ehlek standing in for myself and Kerj acting as the bully.
- Reclusive Artist: I make it a point not to make much about myself known.
- Recycled In Space:
- Recycled Script: I intend to make ground-up rewrites of Dino Attack RPG and The Story of Frosam as standalone novels that cuts all ties to their LEGO roots. Nothing official has been put forward yet, but I've got a ton of ideas.
- Rewrite: Occasionally, I go back and completely rewrite older works that I now consider to be Old Shame.
- After the end of BIONICLE and the Search for the Mask of Light! ended in 2006, I started rewriting it in 2007 as The Search for the Mask of Light. Unfortunately, Schedule Slip happened, currently leaving the rewrite as an Orphaned Series.
- Tohu's Tale was rewritten in 2008, two years after the original short story was published.
- Lost and Found and Lost Again is a rewrite of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE Season 2, Chapter 38. It was originally written as a chapter for Two Worlds, but published as a standalone story after Two Worlds became an Orphaned Series and never reached its second season.
- A rewrite of The Story of Frosam, tentatively titled The Story of Rosamu, has been in the works since 2014.
- The Dino Attack RPG Expanded Universe short story Love and War is a 2016 rewrite of the scene where Rex met Amanda, which was originally written in 2005.
- Ridiculous... ah, whatever, I'll finish writing this trope later.
- Schedule Slip: Granted, I had no real schedule to work with, but those waiting for the next chapters to Five Years Too Many or The Search for the Mask of Light may have to be very patient.
- Self-Deprecation: I would say that I'm a frequent victim of this, but that would be giving myself too much credit.
- The Smurfette Principle: Again, despite my belief that male and female characters should be equal, this is another trap I repeatedly fall into despite my best efforts.
- Among the dozens of characters I've created in Dino Attack RPG, only six are major named female characters.note
- Discounting canon BIONICLE characters such as Gali, The Story of Frosam only has one major female character, Ikaag, who is also currently the only female character in Five Years Too Many. Its sequel, Vakama's Secret, again has only one major female character, Kiria, and she spends most of the story with No Name Given. This is something that will be addressed in The Story of Rosamu, which will have more major female characters.
- Stage Name: Well, seeing as most of my online stories are published under the username "PeabodySam"...
- Stylistic Suck: BOB.EXE and BOB.EXE: Round 2. While not as pronounced as most trollpastas (which often tend to rely on over-the-top poor spelling and formatting), they feature nonsensical Idiot Plots that revolve around idiotic protagonists bumbling their way through a Cliché Storm created by an ineffective villain with a penchant for gratuitous amounts of BLOOD. As one might guess from their titles, BOB.EXE and Round 2 are scathing satires of Sonic.exe.
- Trolling Creator: Hey, that's a nice theory you've got on Ben Gunn's identity. It would be a shame if something bad happened to it...
- Tuckerization: When I'm trying to come up with a name for a new character, sometimes I name them after friends or family.
- Taken Up to Eleven in Au-III Ocelli 2O7, where every single character is named after a person I know in real life. Subverted in the online version, however, wherein I substitute most of their names with names of Dino Attack RPG characters, although their personalities remain unchanged.
- TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: It certainly ruined mine.
- TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary: Played straight.
- What If?: Provided that it doesn't get overused (looking at you, BIONICLE), I've always found What If? scenarios to be quite intriguing. For Dino Attack RPG, I wrote an alternate ending December 21, 2010 (answering the question, "What if the Darkitect got the Maelstrom Crystal?"), and I also had ideas for other What If? scenarios and alternate timelines for my works.
- Word of God: When it comes to Dino Attack RPG.
- Write Who You Know: Nearly all my characters carry some personality traits of mine, and some are closer to Author Avatars than others. And even those who are not based on myself are usually based on someone I know, such as Shannon Grimton or Grease.
- Writer's Block: Ah, the bane of my existence! I would write more, but...