Hello! Hmmm . . . what should I put here? Well, I'm a human female, that's a good start. I'm a college student, in the US. I'm a nerd. Ummm . . . I thought it would be fun to list the tropes used in the D&D campaign I'm playing, so here goes.
Tropes Used in the Ongoing Knights of Genedren D&D Campaign
- Aerith and Bob: To give one example, in a recent adventure, the five people in the adventuring party were named Alanya, Satoron, Nya, Tatewaki, and Morgan. In general, important characters will have High Fantasy names, while oneshot or throwaway characters will sometimes have strangely mundane names, or names made from random Japanese syllables. However, characters frequently make unexpected shifts in importance, so an inexplicable mishmash is inevitably the result.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Nevik, Commander of Fury Division and leader of the Negolan forces in Heltara/the Material Plane may have been a Complete Monster, but there was still something a bit sad about her death.
- Always Chaotic Evil: The Negola, a race of demons, are this to an extreme: they are instantly killed by their god if they perform Good acts. Averted with orcs, however, who have thus far been more often good than evil.
- Awesome McCoolname: For some reason, the higher-ups on Genedren tend to have names like Dawnstrider, Windwalker, and Lightspear.
- Battle Couple: Satoron and Alanya.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Definitely the way to describe the relationship between Gloria and Garret. Until he dies, of course.
- Casanova Wannabe: Garret.
- Cat Girl: Nya, naturally. While her claws and fangs are scary, her ears are described as cute, clashing with almost everything else about her character.
- Character Development: In addition to Vendaron's Heel-Face Turn described below, Nya also underwent significant Character Development, going from a Broken Bird who was Only in It for the Money to a more harmlessly snarky Knight in Sour Armor, with a brief stint as a Tsundere along the way.
- Cheerful Child: Aria.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Nya, so very much.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Gloria to Garret, just before he dies.
- Fantastic Arousal: Nya seems to enjoy her ears being rubbed a bit more than one would expect.
- Five-Man Band: Averted (it feels so good to say that). The protagonists have several times been organized into a group of five, but it would be a stretch to fit them into the five roles. On the other hand . . .
- Five-Bad Band: The group of bandits called "Boku's Gang" fit into this pattern. In fact, if I remember correctly, they were specifically created according to this trope.
- Floating Continent: The city of Genedren, although it's no secret to the people living below.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Satoron and Alanya.
- Half-Human Hybrid: They exist, but are sterile.
- Heel-Face Turn: Vendaron, who was introduced as a Complete Monster, but later acquired Angel as a Morality Pet, and seems to be turning into a genuine ally through a combination of Enemy Mine and The Power of Love.
- Heinz Hybrid: Nya, whose ancestry has a repeated pattern of couples being brought together by the shared experience of being hybrids.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him versus The Farmer And The Viper: The most common Idealism vs. Cynicism Moral Dilemma. Expect Alanya to balk at killing and Satoron to point out the long-term consequences of keeping villains alive.
- Ki Attacks: This is more or less how magic works.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Both Alanya and Satoron fit this archetype to some extent, but Alanya more so, as she has a more purely idealistic outlook.
- Mama Bear: Jessica, to the rest of the former Silicia prostitutes.
- Mauve Shirt: The members of the Order of Greydawn were created specifically with this role in mind. Some survived, some didn't.
- Moral Event Horizon / Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: In one of Nevik's earliest appearances in the story, she rapes a Knight named Rosanna. This serves to quickly put her on the other side of the Moral Event Horizon.
- Morality Pet: Angel, to Vendaron.
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Morgan, who is half-elf, half-orc.
- Overly Long Name: Dragons tend to have these.
- Player Punch: Many, but particularly the death of Garret. Up until that point, Satoron and Alanya had saved him numerous times, expending great effort to do so.
- Plot Detour / Off the Rails: When the protagonists visited the city of Silicia, they were intended to kill the frost worm and go home. When the DM offhandedly had a prostitute approach Satoron, he decided to find out her life story, rescue her from a life of prostitution, rescue seven others from lives of prostitution, have the brothel shut down, help the girls (and one guy) settle down in a nearby town, and then go kill the frost worm.
- Power Glows: Sort of, when it comes to the Tae'elon. Their bodies constantly give off light (giving them an abysmal racial penalty to Hide checks, by the way), but more so when they're emotional.
- Punctuation Shaker: Despite attempts to avert this, the DM felt that the apostrophe in "Tae'elon" was necessary to make the pronunciation clear.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Nya. Although she's not evil, her red eyes mark her as part-demon.
- Sapient Ship: Spectre 1, which is run by the spirit of a hero from a former age.
- Sword and Sorcerer: Satoron and Alanya.
. . . and many more.