All Love Is Unrequited : Averted... most of the time. Most characters, due to being villains or side characters, don't get the girl in their own canon. In the comic they are either given girlfriends (or boyfriends), oneshot dates, or a chance with the canon love interest. But there's liberal doses of "He just never got over her..." for at least Erik.
Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: When you have a fight between Erik and Javert (French) and Commander Norrington and Jareth (British and... Um... "British"), this insult is obviously going to be used.
Commonality Connection: The main cast's first connected over their past failings and tragic stories. And tequila.
Nathan and Todd. Ax-Crazy, Knife Nuts, with medical background, family issues and daughters they would die to protect get along frighteningly well.
Composite Character: Most characters who have more than one canonical story. This is an out of canon world where all have an impact... to date poor Morgan suffers the worst effect (this is why it's repeated in her trope listing).
Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted. At least three female (and all quite old school so feminine) characters can be considered to be Lethal Chefs on some level. Also James and Jarethnote Judging from the fact that he regularly brings homemade lunch and nobody died or even complained about it yet. To be fair he could cheat can cook.
The Four Loves: The primary motivation of most characters (not Jadis' but she is the exception not the rule). Best seen in the case of Jareth because he sucks in showing it but still tries exceptionally hard.
Heir Club for Men: The Erlkönig declared his young son Jareth his heir on the first page he appeared (which was a glimpse to the past) despite having an older daughter... which also gives some heavy subtext to his later appearances. And is sort of weird as the magical community seems to be mostly equal opportunity with several women in leadership positions.
Hufflepuff House: This is the in-universe standing of the Goblin kingdom as far as the supernatural powers are concerned. Jareth successfully turns the tables on some of them in Such Stuff.... His subjects may be weaker, may be Unwanted but they always presist.
I Just Want to Be Normal: This is the motivation of all characters. They are retired, their story ended, leave them alone, they might be badasses or monsters but they just want to live their lives peacefully... and god help you if you try to stop them.
Opposites Attract: Outside the general cast of Odd Couples thing, this trope is the only reason the fandom could come up with how the Erlkönig could ever end up together with Jadis. They have some things in common like power and wickedness, but outside of these they are different like night and day, or summer and winter. As a subversion their relationship didn't last long, and at least the Erlkönig's current relationship seems to be more the Birds of a Feather kind, even if it's questionable how much he realizes this.
Painted-On Pants: Jareth, as canonically, is fond of these. The Erlkönig's fae outfits tend to include these too.
Paradox Person / Living Dream: The characters don't belong in the 'verse, even the thought of fictional characters played / written by real people existing in the same 'verse as the story they are from is mind boggling. Lampshaded by Scotty when he talked about Azira's work phone:
Scotty: Ah'm pretty sure it's breaking several laws of time+space just to be here. Then again... so am ah.
Pet the Dog: Jareth does a lot of "dog petting" for his friends (organizes rescue missions when they are stuck in the elevator, uses peer pressure to make them more socially active etc.) the problem is that he gets them into trouble almost as often... and he also sucks at being good, so he tends to destroy the good he does by shear cluelessness. Like in THIS awfully misguided attempt to be nice.
Politeness Judo: Or "Please" is a magic word too. This is a lesson Jareth just begins to learn.
Bizarre Alien Reproduction: According to this the procreation and family forming ways and habits of the Magical Community are based more on concepts, than "biology". No we don't know how they actually do it, but it probably only accidentally corresponds with what mortals would call sex or has anything to do with the apparent gender of the participants (except maybe if the being in question has a fetish for that).
Dream Weaver: Seems to be pretty standard for the Fair Folk as both Jareth and the Erlkönig can do this with high proficiency, and even Jadis and "Odile" know enough to meddle. For a non-magical variant the Inception cast in general. And if we can take Saito's word Sarah's certain powers include this too, but she isn't trained or particularly conscious about it.
Cold Iron: Seems to work... even if it isn't quite clear what that may be, but steel doesn't count that's for sure. This was established when Sarah referenced the trope as one of the reasons she doesn't believe that they managed to seriously injure Jareth with a steel sword. Her other reason was basically Media Classifications: "Nobody Can Die in our movie."
Magically-Binding Contract: You can bet on this. Textbook case: How the Erlkönig and Jareth bargained out the price of a hunt. Seems to run on Equivalent Exchange too. The Erlkönig'snote He seems to be one of the very few who know the worth of intentions and words like "Please" and "Thank you". breaking this custom is a big shock to his son and his ex alike. To continue the example how important that hunt must be to worth a magical blank check?
Pride: Oh Boy. They tend to be this sin personified.
True Name: To date Averted. But this belief could be related to that being on First Name Basis with the more powerfull ones (who fall under Red Baron) can seem like this from a less initiated point of view.
Happy Fun Ball: Each and every item by The Fair Folk ever no matter how innocent it looks. Be it a crystal or a slice of peach. The tech of Heaven and Hell is close too if it gets in the "wrong" hands, even Azira's work phone could cause considerable property damage.
Jareth casts a spell that the comic calls Glamour (actually not that trope) on Erik in the turned-into-children arc, so that he could spend an afternoon with Christine without her seeing his deformity.Awww.
Mundane Utility: Magical beings tend to do almost everything this way (even bordering With Great Power Comes Great Perks at times). Jareth magicked lunch at least once on-panel, way to show power over time and space. He also gets stuff (even small things like a handkerchief), dresses and travelseverywhere by magic routinely. Also this is "quite possibly the dumbest application of a sonic screwdriver ever". Valjean is known to use his different canon looks to get taller and reach the top shelves.
Our Goblins Are Different: Jareth holds the title of the Goblin King and his kingdom is that of the Unwanted so we are safe to assume that the goblins are literally all the creatures nobody else wants, from the most pathetic to the most dangerously unstable, and they are also Nigh Invulnerable as their very concept is indestructible.
It's also revealed that this wasn't always the case, because magical rulers are Fisher Kings. Under his predecessor the Goblins were basically Fair Folk just uglier, and under their first king little more than Always Chaotic Evil monsters.
The souls taken take the form of the preferred spell representation of the being who claimed them. So natural crystal in the Erlkönig's hand but Crystal Ball in Jareth's.
The rarer types (like "the soul of a good man") worth a lot in the eyes of magical beings interested in these type of bargains.
Soulless bodies seem to enter coma or a death like state that is reversed if the missing soul is returned. But this may be only the case for the stolen ones like those tricked by Your Mind Makes It Real death.
Looks like some memory about things that happened to/around the soul remain after awakening. (James knew that Jareth went to save his)
Personality Powers / Elemental Powers: Because writers love the trope. Like the Erlkönig the hunter and manipulator is darkness, Jareth is weird... most of his power manifests through glitter (also has some darkness, earth and air), though; Jadis the Evil Matriarch is ice, James water etc..
Post-Modern Magik: In the days of old you communicated with powerful entities through elaborate rituals, nowadays you can have their phone number.
Red Baron: It's common for the more powerful magical people to be better known by their titles, than their real names (being on First Name Basis with them means a whole lot too... Jareth isn't that close to at least his father apparently), and not dreading somebody like this is a sure sign of the Too Dumb to Live or at least the Wrong Genre Savvy. Examples: The Erlkönig, The White Witch, The Queen of the Night, the Goblin King, the Erlking's daughter. Yes. It's related to the fact that having a title means a court or something similar and Authority Equals Asskicking.
Tangled Family Tree: It has been established that in the continuity of the comic, pretty much the entire magicalcommunity of every fandom ever is related in one way or another.
Even a few non-majic characters are somehow connected through the magic family tree. Case in point, Morgan is Jareth's Aunt and Javert's mother, which makes the two of them cousins. Jareth's father Der Erlkönig currently dates James' mother, if this lasts the two will become stepbrothers.
On a more meta level: This comic has enough fanfics, Spin Offs, etc. dedicated to it to qualify as such.
Alliterative Title: More like Alliterative Subtitles actually. The pages of some (mini)arcs have these, like the Erlkönig Arc (pages 135-140) Loom, Lurk, Lee, Loss, Lethe, Legacy; or the Kid!Jareth Arc (pages 130-133) Falling, Flying, Faery Tale, Forsaken. See also: Pun-Based Title.
Costume Porn: Ever so often. Like Erik's PJs, Shadow!Sarah's Battle Ballgown, the Erlkönig's and Jareth's fae armors, most outfits on the covers and extras etc..
Credits Gag: The Rant has credits for all characters on the page and occasional oddities like I belong to me for Ashe's Author Avatar or any Goblin being credited as belonging to Jareth with their designs getting additional crediting.
Foreign-Looking Font: One of the Painting the Medium effects. Like the Erlkönig and Odin talk in a runic looking letters, Jareth can speak in it too (mostly when really really angry, so probably this is the visual representation of his accent slipping).
Gratuitous Foreign Language: Ashe tried to leave other languages alone several times, as to date (s)he failed every time. So This has the local equivalent of Once upon a time... in several languages.
Heart Symbol: Every so often, like hearts used to dotexclamation points and a heart-shaped speech bubble with another little heart off to the side. Also in-universe according to Jensen some code segments of the software on Azira's cellphone is formated into hearts.
Metafictional Device: Occasionally. Like the vine border in Such Stuff Dreams are Made On is a lot more than just a flourish indicating "dreams". (Check the Nightmare Fuel page). Also Censor Boxes seem to be actual things the characters can interact with.
One Steve Limit: Averted. This comic has two James' (Norrington and Cobb), two Deaths and seems to have two Sherlock Holmes' and Doctor Watsons and let us not even think about how many people can be addressed as "Doctor". As for similar names we have a Toby and a Tony and just the main cast has three characters named by the pretty strict "Ja*e*" naming pattern etc.
Translation Convention: Used sometimes. Like when the Erlkönig speaks to magical beings. Or expanded: When magical beings speak in the magical language and nobody else is around. See also: Wingdinglish.
Kings War Collector's Edition - Collects the 107 page Such Stuff arc with the next page from Roommates proper (108). Also has extra content, including some yet unpublished sketches and background information related to the creation of the arc.
Webcomic Time: It's a webcomic with story arcs so this isn't too surprising. Like the 30 something pages of the Dark!Jareth arc were the story of one day (posted 1 page/week) or Such Stuff... (with 3 pages/week) took 3 months to post but it chronicled the happenings of a single night.
Bittersweet Ending: Almost all the arcs with definite endings. The only thing the cast tends to win is the right to continue their life as it is now (with all its happiness, sadness, weirdness and relative freedom) and even that comes with a price.
Chekhov's Skill: The dramatic entrance techniques that James learned from Erik in Episode 68, posted in November 2008, show up again allowing James to save Sarah in Episode 176, posted in August 2011, over 32 months later.
Continuity Creep: This series began basically as one of the Gag-per-Day Webcomics before it got arc based (with longer and longer arcs) and got on with the Cerebus Rollercoaster (and exploring the consequences of it's own premise)... it didn't reached the level of an ongoing plot yet (or did it?) and sometimes still switches back to the original format.
Ensemble Cast: The main four. If you really want to find a protagonist that would be Jareth, but probably mostly because his background here has the most storytelling possibilities. (It's a good question if Ashe knew what Pandora's box of stories (s)he opened with the Magic Family Tree.)
Hope Spot: This comic is full with them. To name one longer episode: The time between the Second Vacation arc and the Dark!Jareth arc is this for Jareth despite getting several warnings from his father, Schmendrick and his own Genre Savvyness that no he didn't win.
Kudzu Plot: Happens sometimes. The most glaring were the Second Vacation Arc and the Erlkönig arc both led to the Dark!Jareth arc that still left loose ends. Also the Zombie arc, the invasion was stopped but nothing else was resolved.
National Stereotypes: Animosities played straight: The French hate the "British"note (Jareth tends to ally himself with this side), Europeans the Americans, and vice versa. Others mostly subverted (Like: the sillier characters tend to be the "British" ones).
Nature Versus Nurture: One of the questions Jareth's parents seem to disagree in. Jadis stands on the Nature side and is deeply annoyed by his ex's meddling. The Erlkönig disagrees and bets on Nurture. The comic seems to indicate that the true answer is both. See also Opposed Mentors.
Not Proven: Jareth's (and by extension his family's) involvement in any shenanigans and pranks ever can be summed up with this (except if he admits it).
Offstage Villainy: Many characters are villains, and did (or do) unspeakable evils... but never on panel, or not in this story.
Hero of Another Story: Most heroic characters do the occasional heroing offstage too. Except maybe James and Sarah.
Show Within a Show: James is a fan of Devious Gingers non-existing BBC (42) show of insane metaness and Actor Allusion (almost all of its fictional cast also provides the looks of people actually living in the building).
You Can't FightYour Story: Recurring theme of the darker stories for some years. It reached its current peak in the Dark!Jareth arc. Magic doesn't make it easier, if not outright runs on the character's story tropes. Yes. This means this series is pretty much at least Fighting Fate Is Hard high on the fate side of the Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate.
You All Meet in an Inn: Jareth and Erik definitely did (all of the proto-strips for this comic take place in a bar) and according to this also the others.
Q: To all 4 guys: How in the world did you four meet?
If we accept that the 'verse is a BIG Inn Between the Worlds then this trope fits almost everybody. (How to Gather Characters -> Geographical Conveniencenote Everybody lives in (or at least visited) the same town, works in the local Extranormal Institute, is tenant in the same apartment building with some Debut Queuenote Characters tend to be inroduced in groups of 2. As this is the default number of people being you know Roommates in the building. and Backstory Relationships sprinkled in.)
World & Meta tropes
The Bechdel Test: Considering how little interaction between the female characters is on panel it's a miracle but by the loose definition ("it's okay to mention a man or men so long as they're not the primary subject of the conversation") it passes. Like Christine and Tracy talking about university stuff or Sarah, Christine and Shilo about music. And now even have a reference here.
This would also neatly explain the phenomenon of Fanservice in general.
Also a "Clap if you believe" reader poll here to combat Disbelief.
Dark Is Not Evil: Like the Erlkönig or Jareth aren't the worse fair ones around, and Crowley also quite affable for a minion of hell.
Deconstruction: In its later arcs mercilessly deconstructs Medium Awareness. You are fictional and part of a story what do you do with this? Or more specifically how do you cope with it. All your life is just a footnote, you are not the hero (usually) so your happy ending was never an option for the first place, even your free will is questionable. Let's just say: drama ensues.
Failure Is the Only Option: The series runs on this and the characters don't mind it particularly. Every world shattering event that reached them yet would have made their life worse anyway.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Even if only Jareth, Erik, James and Javert are counted as main cast but with the regulars the number of characters inflates to over 15 people. (With everybody ... just look at the characters page.)
Meta Fic: Played with. Yes, Fictional characters have a life outside their original story BUT this doesn't make it any less real for them. Example: Maybe there is no reason to hate their enemies even here, but frogetting the past wrongs is not that easy.
Not to mention that maybe this place is out of their original continuity but NOT out of the realm of stories.
Reality Warping Is Not a Toy: A highly meta example. The cast members are fictional characters; their reality is their (canon and fanon) story. If writers, authors and other assorted storytellers mess with it, the result won't bepretty. Poor Morgan.
"Canonically Dead": So you died in your narrative you should be and are dead in it, but you also have enough fans to make you for all intents and purposes alive outside of it. Just know to avoid places which require your non-existence. Ashe playes with and lampshades this frequently ("Killed for canon" support group meetings; "Still Dead" checks; Confused undead etc.).
"Canonically Dead In-Comic": If a liked OC who had a story dies (as this comic is their canon) they must go and try to find a place outside of it to live on.
"Canonically Alive": You are alive in a story and pray for it to never end because the fans hate you. You also can't venture outside that narrative. This is the inverson of being "Canonically Dead" and is way worse for the character.
"The fandom hates YOU": Yeah. What happens when you were just "Canonically Alive" and the story ends. Bye bye, you. This is as dead as it gets in this comic. invoked This is why Mrs. Norrington is a widow.
Take That, Audience! / Self-Deprecation / Biting-the-Hand Humor: And not always played for laughs. This is a selfaware fandom work for fans by a fan. Yes, nobody thinks twice about making jokes about shipping, fans and their/our assorted antics... but the same time it doesn't shy away delivering punches against the "original" authors either (like pointing out that the resident Woobie's (originaly side character's) tragic backstory wasn't made tragic by us).
Where The Hell Is Springfield?: The unnamed (and hidden, Tony Stark used the place to test his improbable GPS) university town where the story takes place. We only know that you can watch the entire Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy on the plane from England (Mrs. N. did it), it's not in Kansas, far from any larger body of water (the duck pond is the biggest) and winter can begin pretty abruptly around it.
World of Snark: Yeah. Also. Go to the character sheets and count the Deadpan Snarker related tropes. Also the characters wellbeing is apparently measured by their ability to snark (here).
Tropes - For "Lakótársak"
Fonts: It's not hand lettered as the original because of technical difficulties (the translator lacks a tablet), but you know someone has a weird obsession with these when she chooses Uni Font as the main font for her work. She has a list here.
Lost in Translation: Some jokes and references do despite all efforts. If noticed there is a writen explanation about it in the artist comment.
Sometimes this actually happens because the comic references something that doesn't have a Hungarian edition either because of No Export for You (Wicked the musical) or just delayed release (for example A Monster in Paris).
Overly Long Name: T(ündér) Király Vilmos Rémusz úr the Erl-king's Hungarian pseudonym. It's actually shorter than it could be if the translator would go all out and incorporate Shout-Out to all possible translations.
Valley Girl: Or at least the local equivalent of the accent (Plázacica). James sometimes when showing his more feminine side. This is mostly for making replacement jokes for untranslatable ones (also adds a bit more troll to the character).