A letter of obvious origin arrives in the mailboxes of many characters around the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magicmultiverse. It invites them to join a competition simply titled 'Vocational Death Cruise' and watches as the contestants arrive, each expecting a different outcome. Vocational Death Cruise is a large-scale Ask Blog competition that challenges artists from around the tumblrverse to compete for a prize by drawing comics that meet a specific criteria by a deadline.The story thus far can be found starting here.This is a Collaborative Webcomic involving hundreds of authors. Character tropes should to the Ask A Pony page. Interaction tropes are fine. Character Tropes specific to the challenge with no basis in the actual character may also go here especially when considering Krampus as a villain is unique to the VDC and nowhere else
All Just a Dream: After Stoner Spike (somehow) dies from not smoking any weed for four days, he wakes up back in his bed at Twilight's house, his experiences on the cruise a dream. Time will tell if this is how future deaths will be handled.
Break the Cutie: Happens to all three of the Cutie Mark Crusaders from the 'Ask the Cutie Mark Crusaders' blog. Sweetie ends up losing all her fur and breaks down crying, Scootaloo accidentally hurts Applebloom and is guilt-ridden, and Applebloom is traumatized by the same event. They manage to recover though.
In general, it varies from blog to blog rather the events of the Death Cruise are All Just a Dream, an Alternate Continuity from their blog, or actually canon to the blog (which normally requires they actually survive the Death Cruise). Even the survivors vary on which it is.
Chekhov's Gun: In the Day 6 collab between Askmat2, Askthosesillystickmen, and Sirlintalot, there is a rock in the background. In a move of Fridge Brilliance the mod of Ask-thecrusaders made this rock guide the way of the cruaders' group in day 7.
Comical Overreacting: Inkie Pie's reaction to Slendermane. Yes, that Eyeless Face and that evil looking magic can be terrifying, but it's hard to take it seriously when she's spouting out lines like "IT'S HORRIBLE!! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!" and "IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL FOR IT TO BE ALIVE!!!"
Continuity Snarl: Since very few of the authors actually communicate, the players may find themselves overwriting continuity from the other contestants. This happens so frequently, the Moderators created a section to count against it.
Crisis Crossover: Of various tumblr blogs, which results in some of the same problems.
Deader than Dead: After Teen Applebloom left the competition and was apparently killed inexplicably (which is the presumed fate of all eliminated or dropped out contestants unless someone else whom's party they were in continued using them), the blog was subsequently shut down. The blog has since been restarted...
Enemy Without: In an earlier entry, Twilight Sparkle exorcised herself of the Windigo spirit inside her. It was then been revealed that Diablo took the spirit when it was released from Twilight's body and brainwashed it, and it took on the form of Werelight Shine. Diablo makes it face Twilight. When things got bad, Twilight had no choice but to remerge with her Windigo Spirit.
Evil Counterpart: "The Krampus", sometimes "Evil Santalestia" in the VDC, is an actual mythological creature who works alongside Santa, as an evil analog: When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner.
This however is slightly averted due to the fact Normal Santalestia was evil, and that both of them are Satan, at least in the belief system that spawned the characters.
Executive Meddling: Santalestia, aka Chemii-San, the one who started the VDC was banned from judging his own contest.
Face Your Fears: Twilight's team has to face them in order to get to Diablo. Mr. Turnip's fear is Cultural Translation, Twilight's is Werelight herself, and we don't even know what Lazy Pwny's fear is.
Fan Sequel: A mega-man based fangame barely under production Based on the death of discord whooves is being made called "Mega Man VS VOC".
Final Boss: Day 7 pretty much amounts to this, with each group facing off with one. The Cutie Mark Crusader's party faces Slendermane, Werelight's faces Diablo, and Vanilla Flash's faces the Oblivion Machine.
Laser-Guided Karma: At one point, the Cutie Mark Crusaders got affected with Poison Joke. During the earthquake, Werelight Shine came and rescued them, promising to give them the cure to Poison Joke. But, as the Crusaders were close to figuring out who Werelight really is, Werelight instantly denied having a cure and ran away. Only to run into Poison Joke herself.
Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Slendermare, who wasn't keeping ponies souls captive out of malicious intent, but because he was lonely. Sweetie Belle manages to calm him down by realizing this.
Omnicidal Maniac: The Oblivion Machine, the Final Boss for Vanilla Flash's party. Apparently, the Oblivion Machines were meant to destroy worlds when they became redundant, but this specific one decided not to wait and to wipe out all universes by triggering every Oblivion Machine at once. It's creators sealed its power away so it couldn't and its entire goal was to break free. Thankfully, Vanilla Flash's party defeat it.
One of Us: The event organizer, Chemii/Santalestia is an regular on the tvtropes forum and this article's creator.
Some of the contestants and other VDC staff have edited this very page, with at least one of them becoming a proper troper as a result.
Potty Failure: While stuck on the ski lift, Sweetie Belle wets herself. Scootaloo comments on it after they get off.
Ivan In spite of captions claiming he's not from the Game Overthinker, makes a non-canon cameo in Askmat2's Day 7 posts and serves as a sterptypical "helper fairy" character and also makes references to Omochao
What the Hell, Hero?: The Cutie Mark Crusaders from AskTheCutieMarkCrusaders get one from the ghosts of DrizzleDrips and Hawk. DrizzleDrips gives one to Scootaloo for refusing to help her in the door challenge and Hawk to Applebloom for leaving him alone with the vines, resulting in their deaths. As for the other two ghosts, Neon's death was in no way their fault, he just finds Sweetie Belle annoying and Octavia doesn't really care and is willing to let them go.
Wing Ace makes a snarky remark when Vanilla is supposedly killed by the Oblivion Machine and is promptly scolded by Blight. Word of God said he could have easily suffered a worse fate, leading to a small disagreement between the group's mods
Womb Level: Twilight, Lazy Pwny, and Mr. Turnip end up inside Big Boss Bozo at some point.