"If I create the rules, how can there be loopholes?"
Regiment is an ordinary mild-mannered high school physics teacher.
His original mission was to add examples from D.Gray-Man to this wiki wherever appropriate. Annoyingly, he could never seem to spell Applied Phlebotinum
, which was a pity, since most of his references involved Innocence
Much to his chagrin, he didn't start the D.Gray-Man
page, but he's made up for it by more than tripling
the list of tropes. To soothe his ego, he's staking his claim to have started the page through Newly-Popular Updating
He comes and goes.
This troper provides examples of:
- Actual Pacifist
- Actually A Pretty Good Idea
- Afraid of Needles
- Apologizes a Lot: Sorry about that.
- Arthur Dent
- Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: Leading to a lot of Orphaned Series.
- Author Appeal: Clever, unambiguously evil villains; female characters somewhere between Cute Bruiser and Action Girl; neat gadgets, slightly ambiguous happy endings.
- Awesomeness by Analysis
- Beware the Quiet Ones
- Bothering by the Book: Pathologically.
- British Stuffiness: Despite not being British.
- By-the-Book Cop: Despite not being a cop.
- Caffeine Bullet Time: Because...
- Can't Hold His Caffeine
- The Chessmaster: Theoretically, at least.
- Closet Geek: Tiered - he'll admit the video game and Star Trek things to pretty much anyone, but the Pokemon and LARP stuff he keeps closer to his vest.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Very, very rarely, and never in front of people.
- The Confidant
- Deadpan Snarker
- Determined Defeatist: When it comes to certain topics.
- Did Not Do the Bloody Research: Intentionally.
- Dis Continuity: Parts of his own life.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Angry him scares him.
- False Reassurance: A beloved tactic.
- The Fettered
- Five-Man Band: The Smart Guy.
- For Science!: A common justification.
- Foreign Cuss Word: Usually in French.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
- Geek: Although his ideas about Geeks and Nerds are the opposite of what TV Tropes thinks.
- Gentleman and a Scholar
- Good Is Not Dumb
- Good Name For A Rock Band: He has a list.
- Good with Numbers
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!
"Do you ever swear?"
"Not in public."
- Grammar Nazi
- Hedge Trimmer: And Purple Prose Trimmer
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Can be really, really bad at accepting praise.
- I Thought Everyone Could Do That
- Indy Ploy
- Lawful Neutral
- Minored In Sword Fighting
- Mr. Imagination
- MST3K Mantra: A favorite argument, because he doesn't take many things seriously.
- NaNoWriMo: Won in 2009, 2010, and 2011, in utter defiance of Orphaned Series.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Fond of squid and jellyfish, partly because they're creepy.
- Nice Guy: He's happier when you're happy.
- Nice Ambiguously Jewish Boy
- Old Shame: Almost everything he's ever written, enjoyed, or done more than fifteen minutes ago.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; many people he knows, including one of his best friends, share his name.
- Orphaned Series: Most projects he starts, although he tends to go back to them off and on.
- Periphery Demographic: Frequently a member of it.
- Precision F-Strike: A rarely used tactic, but one wholeheartedly embraced.
- Principles Zealot: A bit.
- Real Men Love Penguins
- Sad Clown: Not to the extreme that the trope implies, but somewhat.
- Santa Clausmas
- Serious Business: Completely averted; he doesn't think that anything's that important.
- Shout-Out: In day-to-day life, to lots of things, with peculiar emphasis on Animaniacs, The Simpsons, and webcomics.
- Shrinking Violet: A minor example, and the rare male example.
- The Smart Guy: Has a degree in physics and a vast command of general knowledge.
- The Snark Knight
- Sophisticated as Hell
- The Spock: Sometimes.
- The Stoic: Sometimes.
- "Stop Having Fun" Guys: His arch-nemeses.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When you Will Not Tell a Lie...
- Think Nothing of It
- Troperiffic: Apparently.
- Un Paused: When interrupted.
- Wicked Cultured
- Will Not Tell a Lie
- Wrong Genre Savvy: As the real world is not a fictional genre.
- Xanatos Gambit: Theoretically.
- Xanatos Speed Chess
- Yiddish as a Second Language
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry
Regiment is a massive nerd, and as such he is also part of a LARP
. Because it is very difficult for a character in this game to be Killed Off for Real
, he has played the same character for years.
Kaius Felgor provides examples of:
- Anti-Magic: Has several spells that are based on disrupting magic.
- Bilingual Bonus: His last name is a corruption of the Latin for "lightning".
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: Felgor is a disciple of the Order of Regiment, which is heavily inspired by medieval Christianity, kind of.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Felgor's costumes include a lot of black and silver, but he's a good person.
- Familiar: The actual name of a spell, of the "source of the spellcaster's magic" sort. Felgor's only affects his ability to Turn Undead and regenerate.
- From a Single Cell: Sort of. His magic can heal limbs, even his own, and he will come back from the dead unless his body is completely obliterated... but only once a day.
- Glass Cannon: About as much as is possible in the system. Felgor has some very powerful ranged attacks, but he can't wear armor and as such is about as squishy as they come.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: More or less standard for the Sorcerer school, but Felgor also has several spells from other schools.
- Lawful Good
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: He sometimes goes off on adventures with nothing but an 18" buckler.
- Magical Incantation: All of his spells. The incantation consists of a few lines from an oath to Regiment.
- Not So Stoic
- The Red Mage: Felgor can throw magic missiles and lightning bolts, can ward off enchanted creatures and create impassable barriers, can destroy enchanted objects, cast every weak spell in existence, and can create magic lights.
- Shock and Awe: As a two-path Sorcerer, he has the spell "Lightning Bolt". It's also in his name; see Bilingual Bonus above.
- Spell Book: Naturally.
- Squishy Wizard: Felgor has as many spells as a character can possibly have, but he can't wear armor or carry a decent weapon because of it.
- Vancian Magic: The LARP's magic system.
- Book Ends: Sort of. The book opens and ends with comments about Booth's gun waiting in the theatre still, and the (not its real name) (as far as we know)]] Running Gag is the last dialogue.
- Cliché Storm: The Black Wednesday movies, about a zombie hick with a chainsaw who keeps trying to kill the resident Schoolgirl Lesbians.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Ron, often.
- Expy: The city of Mason, Nevada is based on the author's recollections of Baker, California, home of the World's Tallest Thermometer, and Mercurial Enterprises bears a resemblance to the Sun-Maid factory.
- Creepy Doll: When Jerry and Ron were college roommates, Jerry got revenge for something by borrowing from a friend dozens of Aquaman action figures and placing them all around the room, staring at Ron.
- Girl on Girl Is Hot: In the Black Wednesday movies. Ron agrees. Jerry thinks it's a little out of context.
- Good Name For A Rock Band: Several.
- Hidden Depths: Ron is flighty and prone to spontaneous fandom, but he's actually very handy and a good businessman.
- Insistent Terminology: The name of the book is Booth (working title), not Booth.
- Lemony Narrator: The narrator censors profanity and editorializes a bit.
- One Degree of Separation: Tangentially; it turns out that Ron's one-night-stand is the daughter of the judge to whom they pay a parking ticket. Also, Jerry ends up marrying Ron's sister.
- Opening Monologue: The narrator gives a brief summary of the Henry Ford Museum and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
- Present Day: Well, late 2007.
- Rousing Speech: Ron attempts two. Neither really works.
- Running Gag: (not its real name) (as far as we know).
- Seinfeldian Conversation: Pretty much everything.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Explicitly described by Jerry. Also most of what happens, including the ending.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After struggling to find a cell phone charger for much of the book, it turns out that the phone is ruined after all.
- Stylistic Suck: The Black Wednesday film series.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Larry and Wendy, who the protagonists meet and befriend, and who never appear again
- Where Are They Now: The epilogue, which reveals, among other things, that Jerry marries Ron's sister, making the protagonists brothers-in-law.
A retelling of Bluebeard
, told in the style of H.P. Lovecraft
. The title will most definitely not be ''Bluebeard Cthulhu''
Unmarked spoilers follow, or else most of the tropes would be whited out.
- Closed Circle: More of a short-term example, as the trains come to Peurich very rarely.
- Cosmic Horror Story: Very much in the style of H.P. Lovecraft.
- Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: The entire plot, more or less. Richard turns out to be not Lotan, but its servant.
- Downer Ending: Sort of. Katie avoids a Fate Worse than Death by killing herself.
- Eldritch Abomination: Richard turns out to be the servant of one.
- Evil Is Sexy: Richard, although it might be Lotan's doing.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Katherine is 5'6" and Richard is probably 6'6", but he's so thin that he looks even taller.
- I Have Many Names: Lotan.
- Lovecraft Country: Peurich, an old New Hampshire town on a cape.
- The Chessmaster: Richard appears to be Katherine's ideal man to lure her closer for Lotan.
- Mythology Upgrade: Lotan was a minor monster from the same mythology as Dagon. Here he becomes an ageless Cosmic Horror.
- No Hugging, No Kissing: Averted, and the logical next step in Regiment's writing. House of Cards has no female characters to speak of. Booth is about two borderline Heterosexual Life-Partners (although one does have a one-night stand with a bank teller). Bluebeard Cthulhu is a love story.
- Not So Stoic: Richard starts emoting a lot when he's talking about Lotan.
- Purple Prose: Intentionally, in the Lovecraftian style.
- Really 700 Years Old: Richard doesn't actually have any ancestors. He's just very, very old, thanks to Lotan.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: It's Bluebeard in Innsmouth.
- The Renfield: Richard, to Lotan.
- Terms of Endangerment: Richard is the only person who calls Katherine "Katie", which becomes much less endearing when he's snapped.
- Time Abyss: Lotan, who is "ancient beyond reckoning".
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