Welcome to the Buildingverse
! This article is about the Weekly Web Comic
(normally updated on Mondays) that started all in 2007: Roommates
and the fans
. (Can be found here
. And there are some "official" collected editions: Collection 1, Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, Kings War Collector's Edition
It's mainly about Goblin King Jareth
, The Phantom Erik
, (ex-)Commodore James Norrington
and (ex-)Inspector Javert
, who all live together in the same apartment building. Also along for the ride (occasionally) are Crowley, Aziraphale
and the romantic interests Christine
and many MANY
more as they try to survive each other
, life outside
of their normal existence
and general weirdness
This building, this town and possibly this whole world is a special place. Sure it looks quite normal on the surface (urban Present Day
setting) but how sane can it be if Gandalf
at the local university
? All fiction exist as movies / books / etc. and as real places / past
for the characters? And there isn't much of
a fourth wall
There are also Fan Translation
projects for this comic:
This page has Your Mileage Might Vary
, Wild Mass Guessing
, Shout Out
, and Fridge Logic
entries as well as Character Sheets
, Recap of the arcs
and subpages for Scary
, Really Funny
, and Tear Jerking
Also for a more intuitive explanation of the series you could check The 5th Anniversary Video
If you were looking for the unrelated dating sim with the same name that's over here
Tropes used in Roommates
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Character, interaction and relationship tropes
Sufficiently analyzed and advanced tropes
. And the people doing it.
- 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).
: I rather believe the magical community holds less significance with the messy organics of relations, given that in almost any given system, half of them are shape-shifters
, or otherwise unusual conceptions
. Certainly, some of them are... more carnally inclined than others (*coughJadisandDarkness
*), but this, at least, should help explain how and why various members of the magical community refer to each other as "aunt", "cousin", and so forth
- Capital Letters Are Magic: King, Queen, Power, Conclave, etc..
- Cast From Hitpoints: Really strong magic takes a toll on the casters lifeforce, which mostly manifests as fatigue, but other things could happen too like involuntarily turning into your harmless animal form.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: This is how Heaven and Hell seem to operate in the 'verse. Azira and Crowley basically work as phone operators for it.
- Crossover Cosmology: All stories exist as fiction and as real past for the charactersnote , myths and legends are stories too, if we make the connection: They also really exist... for someone somewhere. And can drop by to visit. Example when Jareth hosted The Wild Hunt both Odin, the Elkönig and King Arthur attended.
- The Dark Arts: Blood Magic, Casting a Shadow, Gag Necromancy etc. But, as Dark Is Not Evil is very much the rule in the 'verse, while not evil but these type of powers seem to require more control and experience than most. (The Erlkönig's magic is almost exclusively this type, but when Jareth tries it almost always backfires spectacularly... but it could be just his insane amount of karmic fail.)
- Dream Land: The Lotus-Eater Machine example of Such Stuff... and Limbo. It's not know yet how these relate to the Magical Lands (at least Oz is this in some versions of the story and also the Underground isn't above this interpretation) or the general Transfictionality of the series.
- 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.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Several of magical people have a thing for sparkles. Jareth is the worst offender for the great annoyance of his roommate(s), but also the Erlkönig has this even if he isn't as bad as his son (but he can outsparkle him if he wants to), Jadis' ice theme is probably also sparkly and who knows who else.
- Expressive Ears: Several of the magical people. Including Jareth, "Odile" and Misto (well, he is a cat).
- The Fair Folk: To organize what we know about the fae:
- Functional Magic: Magic exists. There are magical beings of every shape and form with assorted powers and "human" wizards. As for it's rules:
- Seems like the rules of magic depend on the original story the magic user comes from. So the most widespread ideas probably work for most but each and every one of them will have his/her own quirks.
- Theoretically you can do anything with magic, but different things are easier or harder depending on:
- the users talents/inherited abilities (Jareth can heal, but it's not his forte at all),
- source of power (mostly Inherent Gift & willpower, but contract wizardry is probably also possible as Sarah's certain powers border on it.)
- and even what the story wants (if the effect fits in the narrative it will probably be easier to achieve with less side-effects... except if the tale decides that it needs more dramatic tension).
- So yes, in the end we get back to the fact that as anything else in this world magic also seems to run on Belief/Will and Story bound by the characters' Canon.
- There wasn't much interaction between the magic users till this point, but they would probably perceive each other's powers as Wrong Context Magic.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: If a high-tech or Schizo Tech character has eyewear that will probably do something unusual, most likely have Augmented Reality features or act as personal Holographic Terminals.
- 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.
- Holographic Terminal: Several high-tech and Schizo Tech characters, like: Tony Stark; Aziraphale and Crowley.
- Instant Cosplay Surprise: Almost always happens when Jareth uses his instant clothes ability on the others.
- Instant Runes: Jareth's time magic has them. Also the Shadow!Main-Cast sometimes.
- Interspecies Romance: Invoked by The Fair Folk according to Jareth. Further proof: His dad flirts with James' mother and The Queen of the Night lampshaded some of the dangers of this practice. These also tend to be Mayfly December Romances.
- Magical Land: The Underground, Oz, Narnia etc.. At the end of the Oz arc Jareth gives a bit of exposition about the rules of his magic effectively lampshading that Magical Lands are well... magic.
- Master of Illusion: Many of the fae. Like:
- 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.
- Der Erlkönig uses it too to disguise himself and keep the unsuspecting Mrs. Norrington that way. He is powerful enough with this and Dream Weaver to pull of a full-blown Lotus-Eater Machine for almost the whole comic.
- 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 travels everywhere 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.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Conclave of the magical people.
- Our Angels Are Different: As seen here this verse has some pretty old-school angels (and ex-angels).
- 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.
- Our Souls Are Different: If we extrapolate from James' "adventure":
- At least Humans/Mortals (even the fictional ones, like most of the cast) have souls that are stealable and probably also sellable.
- 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.
- Power Floats: Gravity is a suggestion not a law, for many of The Fair Folk and the Witch Species. Like "Odile", The Queen of the Night and Jareth (who in his own admission would be Gravity Master or even outright Reality Warper in his own Magical Land).
- Power Glows: Mostly the power of the Fae (Glowing Eyes of Doom, Battle Auras, Power Crystals, the Erlkönig's crown even has an star on it, etc.) but this seems to be more of a deliberate act of invoking the Rule of Cool and less something inherent in their magic (so yes. If it doesn't glow that doesn't mean it's not dangerous). Large Ham seems to be in their job description.
- Reality-Writing Book:
- Type 1: All fiction is this for the characters from it despite also being fiction for almost everybody else. The characters' canonical fate is literally written (filmed etc.).
- Type 2: Also Glinda's book of records automatically records everything about everything and everybody... if it's canon. So it gives almost no advantage over living in the 'verse.
- 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.
- Supernatural Elite: The magical people tend to organize themselves into more-or-less feudal courts where the leaders tend to be the most powerful of them. Also the courts' "Deadly Decadent"-ness, central themes and the connected Magical Land (if any) seem to be somehow connected to their rulers. It's said that magical Kings and Queens are exalted by blood. Which can mean two things:
- Tangled Family Tree: It has been established that in the continuity of the comic, pretty much the entire magical community 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.
- The Trickster: The resident one is Jareth but his whole family has shades of this.
- Truce Zone: The main cast's apartment is used like this by several powerful supernatural beings, not that they asked. This probably also extends to the building (and maybe even the 'verse).
- Video Phone: Erik apparently keeps in touch with his internet friends through voice/video chat (Word of Ashe that he tends to shut off the camera though).
- Witch Species: Basically any Half-Human Hybrid or Heinz Hybrid produced by the Interspecies Romance practiced by The Fair Folk who is too human to qualify as The Fair Folk is this. So here, any magical talent implies that the character has such relatives. They also tend to look Ambiguously Human.
- A Wizard Did It: By the fans of this comic this is called A Fae Did It!note ... they are right most of the time... Even more so because magic seems to run on patterns, story and trope in the verse!
- Words Can Break My Bones: A prevalent trope about the magicusers. Like the power of The Monologue (see Talking the Monster to Death) or knowing the Right Words can grant you access to Jareth's power and force him to do what you want (only Sarah won the right to do so, but it will work for others too). Sometimes even things he can't do under normal circumstances.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: According to Javert and some poetic flavor text in Such Stuff... injuries suffered in fae magic created Dream Lands are this way.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Sweet sustained sonatas, British Boyfriends Are Better etc..
- 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.
- All There in the Manual: This series is Mind Screwy but less so if you read the author comments and journal (Such Stuff... explicitly had a FAQ entry). Also the comment section of the pages contains useful clarifications sometimes. (Ashe's Tumbler account is shaping up too.)
- Art Evolution: The early pages had a "chibi" style that gradually evolved into a more realistic (but still animesque) one. Compare this to this and then this.
- Art Shift: The more serious the mood the more realistic the art gets (but remains animesque) just to become Super-Deformed when something silly happens.
- Backto Back Badasses: This imagery is pretty standard part of the battle illustrations.
- Bright Is Not Good: From the color illustrations The Fair Folk like bright colors a lot. For example: See the trope picture? The blond guy in the bright red-yellow clothing is the Monster Roommate.
- The Cameo: Lots. See Character Sheets for a list.
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: A VERY large portion of the cast are Pretty Boys even if the series also has strong women who get panel time.
- Casual Danger Dialog: Several characters, many times. James and House in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Also "Odile" a lot.
- Censor Box: For swearing and threats, nudity, violence and occasionally not even for the readers!
- Clucking Funny: This is a Labyrinth fanfic (amongst others) so random black chickens appear naturally (they are a lot rarer and less important than for example in Girls Next Door).
- 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.
- Filler Strips: Rare, because Ashe tends to keep 4-10 pages (1-2 months worth) of Strip Buffer, but exist.
- 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 dot exclamation 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.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Ashe's way to draw women tends to look like this a lot.
- In Which a Trope Is Described: Each page is given two different summaries in this format in the author's notes.
- Looming Silhouette of Rage: A textbook example.
- Manga Effects: Being Animesque, this is pretty much a given, but for example:
- 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.
- Modesty Towel: Erik here, James here. This comic has a lot of Fanservice.
- Mood Whiplash: This series is a Cerebus Rollercoaster but you can be sure that this works on a smaller scale too.
- Odd Name Out: The main cast. Javert, James, Jareth and Erik.
- Once Upon a Time: Several times.
- 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.
- Only Six Faces / Cast of Snowflakes: In the early pages Only Six Faces was pretty much the case, but it got subverted by Art Evolution later evolving into a Cast of Snowflakes (despite the general Pretty Boy tendencies)... at least in the case of the male cast members. The female ones on the other hand are still harder to distinguish (especially the ones with long, dark hair). Maybe a side effect of the rather strict definition of female beauty our culture has.
- Painting the Medium: Different characters' speech is written in different fonts, and various kinds of speech bubbles are used depending on the character's mood.
- Patron Saint: The local Extranormal Institute is named after St. Jude. Also Javert tells James to "Go St. George on" the dragon here.
- Personal Raincloud: James here.
- Pun-Based Title: Again, with subtitles, actually... Ashe gave us: (pages 184-185) Challenge-Accepted and (pages 187-188) Reflexes-Checked.
- The Rant: The Artist comments. These are the most common place for Word of God information. Always contains credits for all the characters on a given page and also tend to give a lot of additional information about the story, characters, Ashe's life, or rarely just poetic flavor text. See also In Which a Trope Is Described.
- Rebus Bubble: 1+1 = ><> ; Legolas = Will Turner (Here.)
- Shout-Out: So many it has a subpage and nobody even dares to catalog all the ones to canon.
- Silence Is Golden: We get several pages without any text mostly for dramatic effect. (There are also some with the bare minimum like the Love Confession example earlier.)
- Speed Echoes: Legolas can climb trees FAST!
- Splash of Color: Not counting covers and specials: Cristine's ''garment'' piece in the washing machine and its effect. The splatter in Mystery. When Javert met Valjean again. The ''green'' fairy. The full color page for Jareth's confession. The colored panel for James' speech. If a page/panel has any color it's there for a reason.
- 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.
- Tropes For Dummies: The in world equivalent is "Wiki's _____ for Beginners" for example "Wiki's Astronomy for Beginners".
- Unsound Effect: Dropping! Yeah. This is the very first page. It still happens.
- Visible Silence: ...
- Webcomic Print Collection: Well, not print just downloadable pdf, and for free because such a Massive Multiplayer Crossover work is a legal nightmare, but there are/will be official collected editions.
- 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.
- Windows of the Soul: There are a lot of eye closeups in the comic to show emotion or more (there can be story in someone's eyes, and as literally as text).
- Windows to the Soul: The less human or older a character is the more inhuman their normal eyes get. Example: Monochromatic Eyes indicate pure blooded Fair Folk.
- Wingding Eyes: "Circles around pupils and nothing else" a lot. "Spirals" sometimes.
- Wingdinglish: The language of the magical people is represented by English written in runes. The Erlkönig spoke this way in his first real appearance (Word of Ashe that he never bothered learning any other languages), but Odin and Jareth speak it too (Jareth mostly just for cursing). See also: Translation Convention.
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.
- Canon Welding: OK. Fanon Welding but still. In this world there is a continuity between The Hobbit the The Erl-King and Labyrinth (The Dresden Files is also connected).
- Celebrity Paradox: Completely averted. The characters mostly avoid it by not going to places with high enough muggle population or by abusing The Nth Doctor shapeshifting powers.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Probably not the characters, more the readership / fandom / YOU before the monitor / US, our love and dedication keeps fiction alive, or we could say this world takes the You Cannot Kill An Idea trope VERY literally, and to quote:
- This would also neatly explain the phenomenon of Fanservice in general.
- Also a "Clap if you believe" reader poll here to combat Disbelief.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Pretty much standard. Characters will be modelled after actors who played them, or a mix of those people, or change into them, occasionally willingly.
- 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.
- Fanservice: shirtless scenes, shower scenes, PrettyBoys, Ho Yay, beach episodes, the list goes on and on. And the cast knows this from the very beginning. One of the main powers of the world.
- Fan Vid: See the Buildingverse page for a list.
- Finagle's Law: As named by Pika: The Fail Field. There it's more aligned with the Rule of Funny but here "the perversity of nature" is good friends with the Rule of Drama too ... but still has something against the Rule of Cool and the Rule of Romantic for that matter.
- Light Is Not Good: Just think about the fact that the most "light" character is Jadis.
- 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.)
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: All fiction seem to have a back door leading to the Buildingverse (and back). Taken together with the Recursive Reality of the series and the Clap Your Hands If You Believe rule... and this will even border on the idea of The World as Myth. Yes, Rule 50 is pretty much in effect too.
- 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.
- Morality Kitchen Sink: Well, technically there are forces of good and evil but those are generally A) too busy stalling eachother. B) Not allowed to (dirctly)interfere with the free will of people. So most conflict stems from not so polar opposite moralities. From the Blue And Orange of the fair ones to almost every other imaginable morality spectrum.
- Nobody Can Die: At least nobody who isn't verse-native (if they have a story even they can be only Canonically Dead, but this means moving out of the comic) or Deader Than Dead.
- No Fourth Wall: Most, if not all, of the characters are aware that they are fictional characters, many even see the Fourth Wall effects. This is lampshaded frequently. Word of Ashe that the series has a fourth wall made of sugar-glass so it's less dangerous to break it... And what can we say about a verse where the "get viewer sympathy" is a perfectly valid advice?
- The Nth Doctor: When a different adaptation of the source material becomes more well known, or just the author feels like screwing with the cast, Author Powers / Fan-Fantasy and Actor Allusion changes the appearance of the characters, for their great dismay. Like Javert's and Valjean's here. It's generally not permanent, though, as they are Composite Characters and by definition encompass all their portrayals but according to this they are be able to switch between their canonical versions at will too.
- Postmodernism: Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Meta Fic with Medium Awareness bordering on No Fourth Wall where All Stories Are Real and also Fiction not to mention Recursive running on Clap Your Hands If You Believe (and to get that Pandering to the Base and general Fanservice) and the Theory of Narrative Causality with an Author Avatar and enough lampshades to make hard to see the sun where you are encouraged to think Everybody Is Jesus in Purgatory. Are you dizzy yet?
- 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 be pretty. Poor Morgan.
- Recursive Reality: Mostly the more Mind Screwy Transfictionality kind. The characters come from stories that where real for them but are fictional in the world of the comic (so all the responsible people too. James already placed Orlando Bloom as his problem with Legolas), that is fictional in ours, and they know this. This isn't even accounting for all the Dream Within A Dream Worlds The Fair Folk can create from the inside or the possibility for things being Mutually Fictional. And don't let us get started on the word of Pika that it's possible to read the comic in the comic. Is there a true reality? Does the chain of fictionality ever end? We don't know. You reading this could be fictional in some other world/story too.
- Schrödinger's Butterfly: See the Fridge page for elaboration but in a nutshell: Dreams within dreams, fiction within fiction ... and almost No Fourth Wall. What is real anyway?
- Sentient Cosmic Force: The Theory of Narrative Causality and Fanservicenote are referred to as such by Jareth and/or narration. Because they are basically the in-universe representation of Author Powers and Clap Your Hands If You Believe (of the fandom) respectively this may be very very literally true too.
- Sorting Algorithm of Deadness: To recap. This world runs mostly on the Theory of Narrative Causality (Story), and mostly the fans' Clap Your Hands If You Believe (belief) and generally has a Nobody Can Die rule The Fair Folk could still steal your soul, though. So you can be:
- "Alive": Even if the tale calls it differently. Which means you have both a narrative life and audience sympathy, by definition as long you have both you can't die.
- "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.
- "Deader Than Dead":
- "Death by Origin Story": Your death is required for someone else's backstory characterization. Technically this is just being "Canonically Dead", but your options are so severely limited where you don't have a narrative compulsion to stay dead that you effectively are. See the Tear Jerker page
- "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. This is why Mrs. Norrington is a widow.
- Spin-Off: Has many. Just check out the fan group or the franchise page. This comic has a family tree of Recursive Fanfiction rivaling the magical people's.
- 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).
- Theory of Narrative Causality: Played with, discussed, lampshaded, etc. for comedy and tragedy. Also seems to function as Wild Magic so borders on Semi-Sentient Cosmic Force.
- They Walk Among Us: Well, there isn't a Masquerade and at least in the Unnamed University Town Muggles are probably the rarest species. But some of the inhabitants (mostly older supernatural beings) still insist on keeping a Secret Identity, even if it actually doesn't fool anybodynote ... but sometimes it doesnote
- Troperiffic: Is there any Metafiction trope this series doesn't use?note And half the Tropes of Legend with characters from half the Cult Classic list and some from even actual classics sprinkled in. Not to mention anything even remotely related to Mind Screw or Crossover or Fanservice.
- The Verse: Roommates and its Spin Offs are the Buildingverse.
- Watsonian Versus Doylist: This comic is so meta that many times the Watsonian explanations are in-universe wrong. Or maybe the Doylist explanations are actually Watsonian just on a different level of recurson.
- 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.
- Women Are Wiser: A bit. As the Catch Phrases of the main cast and their respective female counterparts state: "Girls are scary" - "Boys are silly". The girls tend to have the outsider perspective on whatever antics are going on so it's easier for them to play the Only Sane Woman (if not them, this task falls to Jamie), and also tend to be underestimated because of the guys old-school notions (like Females Are More Innocent).
- World Of Retired Badass: With some Retired Monster's and their ilk for good measure. So don't let the Fantastic Comedy exterior fool you almost all characters are badass in some way, it's just that their story ended... and also for their (mis)fortune The Fail Field is not generous with the cool allowance, but almost everybody can pull a Let's Get Dangerous if needed.
- 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"