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Video Game: Roblox

ROBLOX was started in 2005, by David Baszucki. Roblox is very much like LEGO In the way that it's all Built With LEGO. In ROBLOX, you have a character you design yourself made out of simplistic bricks or something. You use this character to go to places made by everybody else with a ROBLOX account and have fun. However, if you want to make your own place, you either have to master a scripting program named Lua, or use free models that the others made. Another element is the Graphical User Interface, or the GUI, which requires more scripting, yet mastering it creates cooler things. Just about anything is possible with enough scripting; Machine guns, remote-controlled cars, on-demand meteor storms, 3D Mario-style adventures, explorations of the second dimension, and much, much more.

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Roblox and its users contain examples of the following tropes:

  • Amusing Injuries: Some ragdoll places can lead to ragdolls experiencing these.
    • Ragdoll death scripts. There's even one place with water that makes your head EXPLODE.
  • Artificial Brilliance: With lots of scripting, almost player-like AI like the ones this place uses can be made.
  • Artificial Stupidity: The commonly-used AI zombies have absolutely no pathfinding AI to them. They'll just walk into barriers harmlessly. Justified if you look at the scripting - all you'll find is that the "Torso" block of most zombies is programmed to move towards the closest player.
  • Ascended Glitch: The "double/triple hat glitch" in 2008, which allowed users to wear 2 or more hats at once, eventually became a part of the game.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: One default transformer makes you a giant. There's also a place where there's the illusion of growing because the environment gets "smaller" in scale. You start out smaller than a molecule and grow to bigger than several stars combined.
  • Big Ball of Violence: Several players can gang up on one player, which creates this minus the smoke.
  • Blatant Lies: Occasionally, a place will slip onto the front page that says something along the lines of "Finish the obstacle course, and win 1,000,000 tux for real!" Did we mention people fall for it?
    • Also proven by a feature that allows users to use custom images and YouTube videos as a thumbnail preview for their game, most users use screenshots of games like Minecraft and Angry Birds to lure the other users in.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Three memberships, the ability to buy Robux, and Roblox gift cards. Mainly the three memberships, since they give a lot of (optional) benefits. A lot.
    • Allegedly Free Game: It's free to play, but the magnitude of some of the Builder's Club updates are making users believe that this is becoming more of a reality.
      • As of the 9/25 catalog update, the market minimum fee for T-shirts, Shirts, and Pants has risen from 5 tickets to 300 tickets, meaning that non-BC members will have to go a month without clothes OR spending on hats to buy one of the three items. Reminds you of any other allegedly free game?
  • Boss Rush: This once-popular game is nothing but a long string of boss battles.
  • Bottomless Pits: Every level is above one.
  • Built with LEGO: Though mentions to LEGO, or any similar brick-building videogame (excluding Minecraft now) is censored, and the devs make a point that ROBLOX is "not sponsored, authorized or endorsed by any producer of plastic building bricks".
  • Cats Are Mean: The Kittypult shoots angry and evil cats at players. If they touch a player, the cat begins to assault the player it touched in a ball of smoke.
  • Cool Hat: There's tons of them, considering that Roblox rivals Team Fortress 2 in being a glorified hat simulator.
  • Cosmetic Award: Badges, unless the user makes a script to recognize particular Badges, like in Ro-Fortress 2.
  • Cut and Paste Environments: There's most tycoons and obstacle courses that are actually relatively the same, but they represent it differently.
  • Dialogue Tree: With the new Dialog feature, these sometimes pop up, under the name "Dialog Choices".
    • You can even use Lua scripting there.
  • Die, Chair! Die!: There are places dedicated to blowing anything up.
  • Difficult but Awesome: GUIs require a lot more work and coding, but when mastered it makes the best games.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: Some guns allow you to do one. But it's awesomer if pointed at someone's head. "I love you so much" * Gunshot*
  • Epic Fail: During an Easter event, the admins created a script that would make collectible egg hats rain from the sky in every game. Unfortunately, most of the time the eggs never fell, and if they did, they were broken.
  • Eternal September: Yeah.
  • Fixed Camera
  • Floating Continent: Every basic level structure. Most levels are just a flat base on nothing, and anything that falls off the side of the level falls until they hit the area where all bricks are removed. Some levels play the trope more straight, with actual floating islands.
  • Follow the Leader: Obbys, which are usually floating masses of land normally filled with are known as Free Models. (Which are models which people release to the public which are normally slapped onto places to make a place with little effort, like Lava Bricks, Spinners, Obby Pieces and such. Though they are models that have been released to the public, so I guess there isn't much excuse not to use them. ) It's impossible to browse the front page without seeing at least one "WHO KILD SPONGBAWB OBBI" or something similar.
  • Foreshadowing: The Sword Pack hat's description hinted at the Ascended Glitch entry above.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: This gear
  • Fun with Acronyms: Most the chosen names for war clans are acronyms.
  • Game-Breaking Bug:
    • The HUD update completely removed user messages and hints in-game, which made some places potentially Unwinnable if those hints/messages contained clues or passwords. note 
    • Changes in the physics engine have broken many popular places that depend on certain physics objects. The Super Roblox Galaxy series, for example, was broken when the "RocketPropulsion" object was nerfed to be non-functional as a child of a brick controlled by a Player (namely, the torso).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Sometimes a model or two will slip by that are not for our youth.
  • GIFT: Justified, usually. It's a site aimed mainly towards kids, so most of the time they're just... y'know... being kids.
  • Guide Dang It: A few of the presents in the Christmas events were difficult to figure out before they were released.
    • By far, the worst of it had to be the Elite Gift of Hax0r in the original 2007 event, where this trope was played intentionally. First off, before the gift was even given away, you were supposed to notice this shirt on the user ROBLOX's inventory. And even if you did notice it, there was no telling you would ever get the hint that "0x5f3759df" was Carmack's number — in other words, you had to be a programmer just to figure this out. It was supposed to clue you in to message a user by the name of JohnCarmack; even if you did get this far, there was absolutely no hint you were supposed to message him, let alone even find a user in the first place. This one had the lowest amounts of awards that year, with only 174 giveaways (for comparison, the gift with the most giveaways had almost 50,000).
  • Healing Factor: Your avatar can heal damage in most cases.
    • Some places, such as Reason 2 Die, don't allow damage to be healed unless the avatar uses a health kit.
  • Hot Potato: This gear, that after being activated, can be passed onto another player. And then the player explodes.
  • Hypocrite: "All of those spam things don't work, so I created this new hack that gives you 100,000 r$ and tix!"
  • Improbable Weapon User: So, so many. One of the default weapons is a superball, and there's nothing preventing you from making a cannon that shoots teapots or ducks.
  • Interface Screw: The official Paintball Guns will splatter on your screen in red, blue, green, magenta, or orange when they hit. Also, the Agonizingly Ugly Egg of Screensplat from the Easter 2010 event displayed a large fried egg whenever you picked it up. A few scripts using fog and ambience can screw your interface, particularly with malevolent exploiters.
  • Kill It with Fire: The flame graphic. Many players have already made their own flamethrowers, and there is an official Roblox-made one. The Noir Periastron Psi can briefly bring darkness that only light from Dynamic Lighting will light up.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: When a player dies, they fall apart, allowing their limbs to be kicked around. It's even better when they're killed by a explosion, as all their parts go flying into the air.
    • Some places even have scripts that make the player's guts blast out in different directions the instant they die to expand on this trope.
  • Madness Mantra: This game has one written in blood saying "The world is the patient." Have a good night's sleep, kids!
  • More Dakka: Some weapons are this. One truely insane weapon is the Dual Vulcans. That's right, dual-wielding miniguns.
  • Never Say "Die": "Bloxxed" and "Wipeout", apparently.
    • Some places avert this, saying "Kill" and "Death" instead of "Blox" and "Wipeout".
  • Nice Hat: There's a lot of weird/nice/awesome hats. And I mean A LOT.
    • Over 1000 awesome hats! Can be taken to the extreme because you can wear three hats at once.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Try finding a comment that isn't advertising a place or one of those "do this, earn 400000 Robux" scams.
  • Press X to Die: A very common tool is the Reset tool, which kills the player so they can respawn. More recently, it's been integrated into GUI form.
  • Product Placement: Roblox has been advertising the cards that are being sold at various convenience stores for some time.
  • Ragequit: Newer players and Guests will often do this when they get killed, but it's less of a Ragequit and more of a "Oh my god, my character has fallen apart! What do I do, what do I do, what do I do?!" quit.
    • Some people announce they're quitting on the forums. No one gives half a crap.
  • Randomly Drops: All the the eggs during the egg hunt, but the Fabergé Eggs take the cake. They all are eggs-tremely rare, and the Golden Fabergé egg of Hivemind is so rare that the calculated drop chance for it is about 3 in 190 Blue Fabergé eggs. See this for a bit more detail.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Just about everyone is a humanoid robot made of plastic.
    • And bodies can take it a step further, creating Mega Man-esque Robloxians.
    • Averted when characters die and fall apart. But, some places have ragdoll scripts, which keep your character in one piece upon death.
  • Rule of Fun: Really, the entire game is based on this. Why are you in an accident prone house trying to survive over 80 different disasters? Because it's fun. Why are you falling down a flight of stairs, probably breaking all of your bones in the process? Because it's fun. Why are you using a sword to dig underground into the other team's base to capture their flag? Because it's fun. Why are you on a series of mountaintops, fighting with swords? Because it's fun. Why are you playing around in a group of planets? Because it's fun. And most important, why is Everything built with LEGO? Because it's fun.
  • Scenery Porn: Very prevalent in some levels. There are several sky boxes which play this trope very straight.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: One popular map was a space map with different planets you could visit and build things on. If the avatars were 6 feet tall, the planets would be less than a mile apart. Justified because who wants to spend hours flying through featureless space when you could be building interplanetary bridges?
  • Screwball Serum: The Witches' Brew makes your head grow and change colors.
  • Shout-Out: The 8-bit Wonder hat is pretty much a Shout Out to 8-bit Mario games.
  • Skybox: What makes the skies in the majority of games.
  • Sturgeon's Law: Inevitable in a game where 95% of the content is user-created.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Since everything is made out of bricks, explosions can reduce a destructible building into rubble.
  • Sword Fight: Some places are dedicated to it, but others may have the sword along with other weapons.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Some places take this to the extreme by making the whole level define this trope.
  • Troll: The forums are vast troll feeding grounds.
  • Toilet Humor: There is a countless amount amount of places where you can get eaten, see the insides of that person, then go into a toilet as a poop.
  • Tropes For Dummies: The hat Quantum Thermodynamics for Dummies.
  • Utility Weapon: Several, one of the most popular being the Gravity Coil.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: You can customize your avatar with a variety of hats, shirts, etc.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: And how!
  • You Have Researched Breathing: Some things that are simple and easy to do in everyday life are either impossible to do in Roblox, or need a ridiculous amount of scripting to be able to be done. Like skateboards, bicycling, or even swinging on a swing set.
  • Your Head A Splode: Early space levels have a script that, unless you are wearing an astronaut helmet, causes your head to swell up and explode.
  • X Meets Y: Team Fortress 2 meets Minecraft.

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