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!
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Aerith and Bob: A lot of people have names that you don't really see in real life, but then there are some who have perfectly normal names (like Dan, Jo, Carrie, etc.).
Captain Scarblade: The pirate who attacked Maraqua is made into a Cry for the Devil type villain - instead of attacking Maraqua For the Evulz, he's trying to avenge his deceased lover, Merra. She died because the people of Maraqua were too afraid of The Drenched to let him save her. He's aware he's crossed the Moral Event Horizon and regrets it - he knows he's evil, and hates himself for it.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Well, it's just one member's individual case - Fang really dislikes the Faeries on Neopets being portrayed as (mostly) the Big Goods - he likes to write them as The Fair Folk - the goodest ones view common Neopets like we would a beloved pet; the neutral ones (most of them) are vain and shallow creatures, caring mostly for their own selves; and the evil ones range from being Fantastic Racists towards "inferior" Neopets to just ruining the lives of Neopets For the Evulz.
Troll: Fang of the Dead isn't one, but, in-universe, his Hissi character Fang is one.
Our Zombies Are Different: In Guild's War 4, a mysterious woman called Miss Jensen uses magic to raise an army of zombies from the grave. These zombies include four famous warlords of days gone by, who retain their full intellectual abilities; they also include more traditional zombies who operate more mindlessly.
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.
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, and Crumbled Taco's was Tion, though as that arc is not over, it's unlikely she will be the arc's actual Big Bad.
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.)
Bishonen: 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.
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. ( Fon calling people during IT 2 and again in IT 3, Gray setting Xue on the path to finding Caelestis in XBAA) . Due to the nature of the NTWF, almost all cases are literal calls or direct teleports, as well.
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”, and 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.
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: IT 3 deconstructs I Just Write The Thing, and CT deconstructs Author Powers and Mooks.)
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.
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.