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One of the largest Proboards in existence, the NTWF—short for "Neopian Times Writers' Forum"—is a place in which one discusses Neopets, writes and reviews, abandons their sanity at the door, gloats and rants, debates matters of Serious Business, forms 'bloidal family trees, chats and clicks some clickables, and hugs a white weewoo.

For a bit of a historical backstory: the forum was created in early October 2002 by Shidi, who later relinquished the role of head admin to Patjade.

While a Neopets fansite, that's but one section of the forum as a whole. Other parts include The Editor's Mark, for discussion of writing in general; Artist's Alley for artistry; General for off-topic, talk of Real Life, all that; Games and Interactive, having the Discussions and Debates boards and the forever insane 'bloids. The members are much of a big, happy family, with plenty of Crowning Moments of Heartwarming, awesome and funny. NaNoWriMo is a huge event here, leaving the other areas dead the whole month of November.

Another noteworthy event of the forums are the Guild Wars play-by-post roleplays (no, not that one), where members create their own characters (often based on their real life selves) and collectively write a Troperiffic fantasy story based around seven guilds: Pirates, Ninjas, Mages, Knights, Mercenaries, Spacefleet, and Steam Punk.

There's also a subpage for the NTWF Mafia roleplay, in which members were assigned different roles (under the category of Mafia or townspeople) and created characters within the roleplay.

Don't forget to check out the YMMV!

     NTWF as a whole 

     The Guild Wars Roleplays 

     The Icy Taco 

  • Action Girl: Where do we begin? Kay Faraday, Ruby Burns, Andrea Bluestone, and Himi are notable examples, but there are many others.
  • All There in the Manual: Reading the Taco alone would only give you part of the picture. Many of the characters' backstories and other information are found in scrapbooks, Dramatis Personae threads, mini-arcs, and in diary threads.
  • Anti-Hero and Anti-Villain: Morality in the Tacoverse is fairly complicated. Very few villains do anything simply for the evulz, and many heroes are much more neutral than they are truly heroic.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Averted. If magic is the explanation for something, it almost always falls into Magic A Is Magic A territory- except where Rule Of Funny or Rule Of Cool come into play. Which, to be fair, is quite often.
  • Author Appeal: Used shamelessly, on a meta level.
  • Ax-Crazy: Jakie can fit this trope, as can Doctor Lylin and most Brainwashed and Crazy characters. In addition most of Bettyming's historicalbots have displayed these qualities- they aren't exactly crazy, but their reactions when faced with someone they really don't like do not exactly vouch for their mental stability.
  • Badass: It would honestly be easier to name the characters who /aren't/ this trope.
    • Badass Adorable: Glinc, Guella, Maggie, Lucas, Ness, Shadow, Jupiter.... The list goes on.
  • Berserk Button: Many characters have one. It's generally not too hard to figure out what sets a character off, and it's a very, /very/ bad idea to do so.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Starla, as well as basically anybody whose friends have been threatened. See Berserk Button.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Writer powers tend to make things go in this direction since they can break internal logic. Rule Of Funny and Rule Of Cool can cause similar effects. (The smallest moon has been exploded something like five times now.)
  • Big Bad: Each individual Taco-related story arc has one.
    • Turnabout Inn had Revenge
    • The Mirror Arc had several
    • The Price Of Justice had The Three
    • Ace Attorney Investigations had Yew and Shikoba
    • The Big Bad of the Icy Taco Stories arc was King Escritor
    • Turnabout Kin had The Three
    • Crumbled Taco's was Tion, though as that arc is not over, it's unlikely she will be the arc's actual Big Bad.
    • Icy Taco Ace Attorney's is Lucius Wayne
  • Big Damn Heroes: Happens very often. A classic example exists in Turnabout Tiger, where AJ!Nick and Evilworth rush in to help Furio Tigre in court. (It Makes Sense in Context). Also in Turnabout Inn, where Lee falls onto Manfred von Karma.(That makes sense in context, too.)
  • Bishōnen: Piers, Amiti, and Alex, and how. Lemurians in general seem prone to this.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Turnabout Inn. Also the Mirror Arc, to the point where the 'sweet' part is questionable. Also discussed (and played straight) in Crumbled Taco.
  • Blatant Lies: Show up fairly frequently, often coupled with Suspiciously Specific Denial. Usually, though not always, Played For Laughs.
  • Body Horror: Can happen as a result of Bettyming's SCIENCE. It usually wears off.
  • Brainwashed: Evilworth, for a long time. Also revealed to be the reason the NPC Army was attacking in Crumbled Taco
  • Break the Cutie: Has happened several times, notably to Lizzie, Iris, and Kay.
  • Buffy Speak: Certain Tacoers use this a lot, especially the children.
  • Butt Monkey: Doctor Lupe tends to be this.
  • Call to Adventure: For any character not born in NTWF, their arrival tends to be this. Many of them are simply characters being summoned by writers and not knowing why until they find them, but there are other, more plottish cases as well. Due to the nature of the NTWF, almost all cases are literal calls or direct teleports, as well.
    • Fon calling people during Ice Mage's Icy Taco Story 2 and 3
    • Gray setting Xue on the path to finding Caelestis in Xue Blanche: Ace Attorney
  • Canon: It exists. It's tangled up at times, but it's there.
  • Catchphrase: Many characters and writers have these.
    • Doc has “I need a drink”
    • Stalinbot has “GLORIOUS MOUSTACHE”
    • Bettyming has “I can see you” (previously “GO TO SLEEP”)
    • Franziska and Manfred both have variations on the word “fool”
    • Kay has “The Great Thief Yatagarasu”
    • In general most characters from other media retain their catchphrases from that franchise.
  • Character Check: In Kindleflare, PFA tried to explain the titular character's drastic drift in personality over the years. It only kind of worked.
  • Characterization Marches On: The Character Waiting Room is an attempt to avert this by letting writers get to know their characters better. It's still inevitable, especially if you keep track of the Waiting Room and figure out who's who.
  • Chekhov's Gun: There are a lot of them, some of them coming up in entirely different stories and some of them not yet fired.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Jinzo, Mike, and Miles Hatchett. In the case of the former, it's unsure how much of this is obfuscation. In the case of the latter, it's almost certainly entirely an act. Mike is probably the Taco's straightest example.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Writers and Genre Savvy characters tend to be prone to this.
  • Crapsack World: The Bad Future in Crumbled Taco.
  • Damsel in Distress: Happened once to Lizzie. More often, however, this is played with.
  • Darker and Edgier: The mini-arcs and stories, in comparison to the regular Taco. Also the Hard Taco, in comparison to the Soft Taco.
  • Deader than Dead: Comes up a lot, due to how many spirit characters there are.
  • Deal with the Devil: Anybody that joins the Ring Of Darkness.
  • Deadpan Snarker: There are A LOT.
  • Deconstruction: The Taco as a whole tends to deconstruct its own No Fourth Wall nature, and each story tends to deconstruct different aspects of the Taco. (The main two examples being: Ice Mage's Icy Taco Story 3 deconstructs I Just Write the Thing, and Crumbled Taco deconstructs Author Powers and Mooks.)
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Foolishly foolish fools.
  • Determinator: Andrea Bluestone, Up To Eleven.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Franziska von Karma.
  • Doppelgänger: Several.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Jakie has one as a character. The NPC army from Crumbled Taco also controlled one, though it's now deceased. It had a baby, who is a friendly version of this trope.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Almost happened in Crumbled Taco. Actually happened, albeit temporarily, in The Darker Side Of The Mirror 2.
  • Epileptic Trees: With all the plot threads hanging at any given time, these are inevitable.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Frequently, anti-heroes and villains team up to defeat greater evils in the Taco.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Some of the stories and mini-arcs, such as Apollo in the Icy Taco and The Taco Express.
  • Fan Nickname: Manfred von Kitten for Manfred von Karma when he was transformed into a kitten. Technically the Icy Taco was a fan nickname as well (for the IC chat thread) but it became Ascended Fanon within a few months.
  • Fighting a Shadow: This is essentially the system fights against Writers run on, since it's explicitly stated they're not truly from the NTWF world. Escritor could come back any time he wanted, he just has no interest in doing so.
  • Fourth Wall: There is none; it was Deconstructed.
  • Freudian Excuse: Almost all Taco villains have one. There are very few exceptions (The Three being the only ones who jump to mind.)
  • From Bad to Worse: Crumbled Taco. The heroes reach the final villain, realize he's being controlled by a Personification, prepare to fight an already very strong foe... and then Sgt. Guy turns on them.
  • Genki Girl: Guella, Cheryl and Trucy.
  • Genre Savvy: Jinzo especially, but there are a lot.
  • Hand Wave: Writer Powers used to be this until stories fleshed them out and explained them more.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Many.
  • Heroic BSOD: A lot of characters have undergone these, usually as a result of a villain's actions, but sometimes not.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Used a lot. According to Glinc, the puns Icon used as weapons were these.
  • Ironic Hell: At the end of Icy Taco Ace Attorneys, Lucius Wayne is trapped in his own prison.
  • Jerkass: Alex can be one of these.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Several.
  • Just Between You and Me: Lucius Wayne at the end of Icy Taco Ace Attorneys.
  • Living Relic: Several characters are hundreds of years old. (Or older!)
  • Riddle for the Ages: Some things, like Hobo's real name or whether or not he really is a hobo.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: From Icy Taco Ace Attorneys, Lucius Wayne's spirit cage was specifically designed to trap spirits for a very, very long time. Only he has the power to open the doors... which ultimately backfires on him when he himself gets trapped in it.
  • There Are No Therapists: Though several characters could really benefit from it.
  • Trapped In Villainy: Implied to be the case for the Duplicates in Icy Taco Ace Attorneys.

     NTWF Medieval Roleplay 
  • Actual Pacifist: Ambrose, due to all the horrific things he has seen in his visions, always tries to find another way to resolve conflicts without making people suffer.
  • Adorkable: Arthur, who has been described as the Shadow's "puppy" in that he is entirely useless to them but adorable in his earnest desire for approval.
    • Also Aldrich, who gets so frequently flustered by the shenanigans with his statues, but admits he really does care for them and doesn't regret accidentally bringing them to life. D'awww.
    • Sieg fits as well, given his eternally sunny disposition coupled with his penchant for embarrassing himself- something he is fully aware of, and sheepishly attributes to being an "ignorant country-boy in the big city."
  • Agony Beam: Frederick's torture of Kirin involves this.
  • The Alcoholic: The Drunk, Corinne Bywater.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: It doesn't matter who you are or what you did, the Vigilante is sending you to jail for it. Subverted however by bail being different for different crimes, with lesser crimes costing less and greater crimes costing more.
  • Almost Kiss: During Xavier and Elin's conversation at the festival, they wind up standing VERY close together... before pulling apart and parting ways.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Ambrose again, who despite of, or because of, the horrors he has seen in the future, believes in making those in the present suffer as little as possible.
  • The Archmage: One of the roles.
  • Arranged Marriage: Destiney's marriage to the suitor of the house that wins the game
  • Bail Equals Freedom: Necessary due to game mechanics.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Alain towards Ambrose. Becomes particularly apparent when Ambrose is targeted by the Thief and again when Duval insults Ambrose.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Lief and Kirin get one in Round Nine, finally resolving the sexual tension that had been building between them since round three.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Laurie gets knocked out and this results in a dream sequence which is...weird to say the least.
    • Happens again with several random Jade NPCs in round nine, who appear out of nowhere to do a rendition of "Be Our Guest," then leave again. No one notices them or reacts.
  • Bishounen: Several.
  • Blessed with Suck: Ambrose gets visions of the future but he cannot control when they come or what he sees, resulting in them severely limiting his life.
  • Blue Blood: The noble houses.
  • Brainless Beauty: Princess Destiney.
  • Captive Date: Laurie ties Garrick to a bed, puts a spider on his mouth to keep him from screaming, and then proceeds to massage him and feed him treats.
  • Cainand Abel: Karma and Aura.
  • Chained to a Bed: Laurie does this to Garrick at one point.
  • Charm Person: Frederick, a trained mage, uses glamours to recruit spies for his racket and generally mess with people's heads.
  • Child Mage: Jeniver Jade.
  • Clark Kenting: Orrin Ironbeard did this to hide his role as the Knight.
    • Also Alain, when he disguised himself as a peasant.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Kelcey Kidde definately counts as one, with his penchant for falling in love with random girls and acting out that love in... weird ways. Rosalie Dylas might also count, given that her idea of a "sales pitch" is a touch literal. Watch out for flying keys!
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Morgaine occasionally does this for Rosalie.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Frederick was horrifically tortured by Lord Melvin when he was young, which left him covered in scars and missing an arm. He now tortures people for information, including torturing Kirin after spying on him for days.
  • Continuity Nod: There are several references to events that happen in the distant future, namely the Mafia roleplays.
  • Cool Key: Some of Rosalie Dylas' keys are pretty nifty, especially the ornate ones.
  • Cool Old Guy: Ambrose and Alain Stallion, a pair of brothers in their 50s.
  • Creepy Child: Princess Karma.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Wooism, the equivalent of Christianity in Kyth, which is worship of the Lord 'Woo, a bird creature which is really the Weewoo.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Alain, once the plot starts to focus on him over Ambrose. Granted, he does trip up a bit by making himself too obvious while trying to infiltrate the Shadows. But he rebounds fairly quickly, and proves to not only be intelligent and crafty, but also to possess something of a sixth sense for plot tokens.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Princess Karma
  • Dream Sequence: Several of them. Some meaningful, some just for the 'shipping.
  • Drinking On Duty: Gareth is framed as having been doing this by Davorin. Poor guy can't get anyone to believe he's innocent.
  • Emotionally Tongue Tied: Xavier tends to get this way in emotionally charged situations.
  • Enemy Mine: Members from House Jade, House Stallion and the Shadows all come together to defend Xavier from his former Courdonian master.
  • Enfant Terrible: Princess Karma.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: The entire family of House Ascension is nothing but young princesses.
  • Expy: Jeniver Jade is based off of one of PFA's original characters, Larissa Jeniver.
    • Standorf and Waller also count, being expies of Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets.
  • Family Theme Naming: House Ascension.
  • Flowery Elizabethan English: Lord Joffery Jade uses this in his first post.
  • Fourth Wall Observer: Standorf and Waller
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The Inventor role.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Aldrich tries to bring to life a statue of a beautiful woman he created and it works. Unfortunately, she does not love him back and leaves. Except he forgets to stop the incantation, resulting in ALL of his statues coming to life and running amuck.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Sieg Braham, Morgaine's elf/human hybrid son.
  • Hated Hometown: Xavier is not fond of Courdon.
  • Held Gaze: Xavier and Elin when they each start to realize their feelings for the other.
  • Heroic Albino: Albinistic Ilaria Braide wants to be a heroine. Unlike most examples of this trope, she is neither magical nor intentionally creepy. She does not let the nearsightedness or photo-sensitivity that comes with albinism get in the way of (trying)to save the day.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: The true heir.
  • Idle Rich: Garrick Stallion.
  • Identity Amnesia: Happens to Kelcey Kiddie after he inadvertently insults Ruth by being a clingy wierdo (and calling her a giantess) and she whacks him on the head.
    • Also, the role the Amnesiac.
  • Inept Mage: Jeniver Jade.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Rosalie is in her late teens, while Morgaine is forty-seven. They butt heads a lot, but really do care about each other. Xavier, who is hardly twenty, and Ambrose, a man in his fifties, form a heartwarming friendship over the course of the roleplay. Ilaria, in her mid teens, also befriends Aldrich while bodyguarding him, who is over two decades older than her.
  • Interspecies Romance: In Morgaine's backstory, she (a human) was married to an elf.
  • The Jailer: The Vigilante.
  • King Incognito: Alain attempts this to infiltrate the Shadows. It doesn't pan out for him, so he resorts to more direct methods. He also does this regularly in Bern, a trait inherited from his father.
  • King on His Deathbed: The plot kickstarts with King Starmey's death, summoning the Houses who seek the throne.
  • La Résistance: The Shadows
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Kirin, Frederick, and Garrick. Frederick and Kirin have mid-back length hair, Garrick's is shoulder length.
  • Love at First Sight: Parodied with Destiney and Kelcey.
    • Or any pretty girl Kelcey sees and falls in love with.
  • Magic Versus Science: House Jade, the magic House, is rivals with House Stallion, the technology House.
  • Mama Bear: Morgaine, who goes ballistic on Kelcey (passing as a foreign prince) when he gets too flirtatious with Rosalie.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: Takes place in a general Medieval Europe setting but with magical elements.
  • Medieval Morons: Surprisingly averted, in part thanks to Politically Correct History.
  • Memetic Mutation: As per any good NTWF roleplay. Such as:
    • Ilsa's broken furniture.
    • Panda!Everett.
  • Middle Ages: It's called 'Medieval', what do you expect?
  • Mind Rape: Part of what Frederick does to Kirin to interrogate him.
  • Mistaken Identity: When Kelcey is disguised as Prince Joram of Courdon, several bounty hunters kidnap him, believing him to be the real Prince Joram, who was missing. This leads to the biggest Wham Episode of the entire roleplay.
  • Nice Hat: Kirin's gold lion hat.
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Orrin, the half-dwarf, half-four armed gorilla creature.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When Kaldora, Jeniver, and Lucinda open a closet door during the feast, they see Ilaria giggling on Kirin's lap and draw the conclusion something scandalous had happened.In actuality, they both had just fallen in and had the door shut on them.
  • Only Sane Man: Aines.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Aura, the sweet, loving twin, and Karma, the borderline sociopath.
  • Politically Correct History: Many things which would have been seen as unacceptable in the real Middle Ages are presented as okay and acceptable. Of course, since this is a Medieval European Fantasy instead of actual history, nobody really minds.
  • Professional Killer: Davorin Silverkin, the Assassin.
  • Pygmalion Plot: Deconstructed with Aldrich; he brings his statue to life but she does not love him back and leaves.
  • Royal Brat: Queen Destiney and Princess Karma.
  • Running Gag: Ilsa's inn being mutilated. Twice by Jeniver's rogue magic, once by demongoat, and once by a rather messy fight between Davorin and several assassin NPCs.
    • The entire point of Demongoat's existence is as a running gag.
  • Seers: One of the roles. Also, Ambrose Stallion gets visions of the future.
  • Serenade Your Lover: Joffery Jade's plan for courting Destiney.
  • Serial Romeo: Kelcey, who falls in love with girls on a whim all while believing that his current beloved is the one.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: A few of the nobles seem to be this.
  • Siblings in Crime: Briar Kidde and Laurie Kidde, who are both members of the Shadows.
  • Slave Brand: Xavier has one, being an escaped slave. He takes great pains to hide it.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The kingdom of Courdon to the south uses slaves and most of its subjects who are not slaves are portrayed in a particularly negative light.
  • Stepford Smiler: Sieg is Type A; his cheerful, sunny disposition is largely at attempt on is part to hide a massive Guilt Complex, and make the people around him happy. He sees it as a sort of atonement for failing to save his father's life, and being unable to pull Morgaine out of her depression following Belial's death.
  • Talking Animal: Aines, advisor to House Ascension, is a raven.
  • Talk to the Fist: Elin does this to Duval when he tries to take back Xavier.
  • Time Travel: Tony gets a ride back in his car, a la Back to the Future.
  • The Patriarch: Everett Jade and Alain Stallion, the heads of House Jade and House Stallion respectively.
  • The Woobie: Xavier.
  • Through His Stomach: Laurie does this with Rosalie a lot, most egregiously at the Feast where she kept sending the keymaker special treats throughout the meal.
  • Trapped in the Past: Tony Rayne was just minding his own business in Cleaveland, Ohio, when a bored wizard named Steve Magerage decided to transport him 700 years into the past.
  • Truth Serum: Used on Elin by the Jades. Technically a truth spell but nevertheless fits the trope.
  • Twice Shy: Kirin and Lief were both too polite and socially awkward to do more then exchange polite conversation with each other despite the painfully obvious sexual tension. It ended up taking Kirin being tortured and left in an alleyway unconscious- where Lief found and healed him- for them to get over their shyness with each other.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Garrick Stallion
  • Weak-Willed: It is established that Xavier is hopelessly easy to manipulate with magic.
  • Wham Episode: Round 9 where it turns out that Kelcey has been executed in Courdon due to him being mistaken for a spy. Now Courdon is on the war path with Kyth and King Malik and his entourage are coming.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Everett had a habit of being this, at least in the early rounds. It was once remarked that he was in Game of Thrones while everyone else was in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Cerebus Syndrome in the later rounds eased this up a bit.
  • Yandere: Laurie towards Garrick...or anybody she considers her 'territory'.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Forsooth!
    • Generally averted by the roleplay. Most of the english is regular modern english.
  • You Are Not Alone: When Xavier's former master, Lord Duval, finds him and decides to take him back, the friends he had made from all three factions come to rally around him and defend him from Duval.
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