Website / Fantasy Powers League

The Fantasy Powers League, or FPL for short, began life in 1999 as part of Electric Ferret, currently a site for discussion of crossover battles between entertainment media characters and writing of fiction, both Fan Fiction and Web Original Fiction alike. Electric Ferret itself started in 1997, inspired by the (now-defunct) WWWF Grudge Match, presenting crossover fight fics between pop cultural icons in commentary fic style, which led to the genesis of its own take on pop culture web battles in the form of the Comic Book Universe Battles (CBUB for short), featuring matchups written by the webmaster, the outcome of which can be determined via votes from visitors as the match stays up for a set period of time, and the outcome would be written based on the final vote count.

From the Comic Book Universe Battles, a new concept was born, as a group of CBUB regulars expressed their interest in doing similar matchups but using original characters of their own making. It was from there that the Fantasy Powers League came into existence, an interactive website where one creates their original characters and puts them in matchups against other original creations. It's Web Original Fiction, it's Play-by-Post Games... it has elements of both and at the same time it's something more. The original incarnation of the site ran from 1999 to 2009 and from simple X versus Y matchups the FPL site spawned its own in-character universe and continuity which led to much World Building and the establishment of its own Universe Bible. Then came the year 2009, where the webmaster introduced a massive site revamp for both CBUB and FPL alike, which saw an overhaul of the site interface. With the site revamp also came a Continuity Reboot of the old FPL canon. The Fantasy Powers League forums were closed in late 2013.

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    FPL Site and OOC Tropes 
  • Continuity Reboot: The revamped FPL site that debuted in 2009 takes place in a new setting, thus disregarding the previously-established continuity in favor of starting from a clean slate.
  • Doing It for the Art: The primary motivation behind most FPL members creating characters to begin with on the site, in both its classic and modern incarnations.
  • Fan Fic: Character fics set in the FPL IC continuity would be considered this. But considering that the IC continuity is an original setting, it somewhat blurs the line between Fan Fic and Web Original Fiction. Most notable include Apocalypse and War of Drekis, which have in no small ways contributed to the shaping of the site lore as we know it.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The basic premise of the FPL, both in its classic and modern incarnations.
  • Griefer: Used to be rampant under the open voting system, when one could simply rope in a bunch of friends who aren't interested in creating characters to begin with to simply vote for one's characters, which has came to be referred to within the community as the act of Vote Mongering, thus upsetting the voting dynamics of the site.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Oh hell YES. While site traffic isn't quite what is used to be compared to its heyday between 2000-2006, the sheer number of characters that have forged a lasting legacy on the site is simply breathtaking. See here and here.
  • Mythopoeia: While on one hand is that All Myths Are True in the classic FPL continuity, a large part of the site's IC lore was also built from scratch over years of participation and contribution by mulitple creators. Also applies to the modern continuity albeit to a lesser extent. All Myths Are True, yes, but Earth as it's being portrayed is generally considered to be Like Reality Unless Noted.
  • Rage Quit: If you aren't a dedicated writer aiming to improve the quality of your writing, chances are your characters are going to lose. A lot. And back when three losses meant retirement, this would also mean flooding the roster with tons of sub-par creations. Eventually, they either learn from the experts and brush up on their writing skills, or they end up rage quitting.
  • Shared Universe: Naturally, for both incarnations. The development of the site's IC lore and continuity was anything but a one-man show.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Not so much ever since the modern FPL was launched, but back in the far more populous phase of the classic FPL there were often unsuccessful creators who attribute their losing streaks to "elitist conspiracies" on the part of successful veteran creators, accusing them of Moving the Goalposts by forming their own voting cliques to dominate the kill floor. Suffice to say, most of these creators eventually Rage Quit, though a few did stay on and brush up their writing skills to become notable contenders on the kill floor.
  • The Worf Effect: Due to the majority of the voters casting their votes based on writing quality rather than judging a fight based on character powers, trying to come up with an IC justification for say, a beat cop defeating an Eldritch Abomination can sometimes come across as this. OOC-wise, there are also rare occasions where a better-written character loses to a character with a more impressive power set but with a noticeably lower quality in writing. Generally, this trope exists in the FPL under a name coined by the old guard as The Supreme Irony of Khazan.
  • World Building: As with both the classic and modern FPL, this is essentially the backbone of building the in-character continuity of the FPL universe alongside character fics.

    FPL IC Tropes - Classic FPL (1999-2009) 

    FPL IC Tropes - Modern FPL (2009-2013) 
  • Anti-Hero: There are plenty of these, particularly in the Angels of Mercy, a public team open to anyone who's a little too dirty for the Sentinels.
  • Back from the Dead: Becki Bloom: Twice
  • Badass Crew: A lot even separate from the official teams. Notably Missing Hour, the Alpha Sentinels, and the Sin Eaters
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Becki Bloom, the zombie girl is a member of the undead who fights on the side of good.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Sayang seems like she's headed that way, Parasite definitely ended up as one.
  • Eye Scream: Hansha's sad backstory
  • For Great Justice: The generalized motivation for the aptly named Sentinels of Liberty and Justice. The Sentinels represent traditional heros with high respect for justice, moral ethics, human dignity, goodness, and warm pie just like mom used to make. They can often be accurately depicted as Lawful Good, but because like any public team any creator can add to the roster, this interpretation can be rather vague
  • Flying Brick: There are a couple in canon, most notably Steel Will who causes sonic booms when he flies and shrugs off artillery shells to the torso.
  • For the Evulz: The general motivation for the Fallen. Whether it's world domination, world destruction, or just sadism for sadism's sake, the Fallen are usually the big bads behind it all.
    However this has been subverted somewhat as the Team has moved closer to being the go to for the Anti-Hero and the Knight Templar who cross the line into the Moral Event Horizon
  • Good Is Not Nice: Master Heaven doesn't care much about other people, not even his own nephews
  • Meaningful Name: Kaufmann is a German surname meaning "merchant". Kurio Kaufmann is a curio merchant.
  • Old Master: Master Heaven, very good at martial arts, not so good at raising children
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Hansha's character sheet feels like it fits better in an Anthology of short Horror stories rather than a fast paced comic universe.
  • Powered Armor: Miss March of the Alpha Sentinels
  • The Syndicate: An almost perfect description of one of the four main public teams, which is itself simply called 'The Syndicate'. While the Syndicate operates as a large connection of every organized crime group worldwide, it differs from the trope slightly in that no one is truly in charge, leaving crime to remain a free-market business.
  • World of Badass: The Khazan IC setting as a whole!