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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rosie and Laurie can also never get a kiss in until Round 11.
Anachronism Stew: There are a LOT of anachronisms. Most notably the character of Tony Rayne, who is literally from the future.
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.
Anyone Can Die: Many characters who were considered important, if not the focus of the plot, such as Kelcey, Ilaria, Destiney and Malik ended up dead. Subverted, however, because unlike Mafia, no player characters died.
Ascended Extra: Many of the NPC characters fit this trope as over the course of the roleplay, many became fleshed-out characters instead of just props or background information. Special mention, however, goes to the entire kingdom of Courdon for going from a detail in Xavier's backstory to a major plot point, with conflict between it and Kyth driving a lot of the tension for the last few rounds.
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. They are the result of being "blessed" with the power of a dead deity as a way of punishment for his father's sins, since no human could control a god's power.
Break Them by Talking: Played with. Alain recognized the Guilt Complex that Sieg is suffering from based on painful personal experience. So in the span of a relatively short conversation he used his experience to almost completely break Sieg- but out of a sincere desire to help the young knight. Alain simply wanted to force him to confront his guilt instead of hiding and nurturing it. Alain also discussed this trope with Sieg, pointing out that someone else with negative intentions could do to Sieg exactly what he just did and take advantage of the knight.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Eleven O'Clock Number: The pottery in Aldrich's shop sing a rousing number in Round 12 (the round right before the story's climax) which sums up almost every major event in the roleplay up to that point. It ends on a note that perfectly captures the mood going into said climax.
Eleventh Hour Superpower: When Ambrose is hit by an enemy spell during the final battle, in triggers his time magic- which up until now has only served to plague him with uncontrollable visions of the future- in a way he never imagined possible. It completely stops time.
'Knifedude Shank' for the nameless Courdonian who attacked Morgaine in round 11.
'Puppy' for Arthur.
'Owldrich' for Aldrich AKA Galateo Owl.
Fast Forward To Reunion: After the Bloody Coronation, most of the characters who aren't native to Medieville go to their respective homes, while the natives of the city and the visitors who've decided to stay remain behind. The epilogue takes place nine months later, when most of the characters return to Medieville for the wedding of Joffery Jade and Princess Hope.
Final Battle: In round 12.5 everything goes nuts. The Courdonians are attacking, the Shadows are running through Raven's Keep trying to secure their victory, and the noble houses and unaffiliated peasants are just trying to stay alive. It gets about as chaotic as you'd expect.
Fire-Forged Friends: Leif and Sieg meet for the first time during the Bloody Coronation, and through the battle they fight side by side and take it in turn to save each other's lives. They bond over the mutual life-saving and a shared talent for mid-fight deadpan snark. Post nine month epilogue time-skip, they remain good friends and Leif even gets Sieg into Joffery's wedding.
Harsher in Hindsight: Destiney's tantrum to Aines where she threatens to throw herself out of the window and let the whole kingdom see if he does not get Kelcey to the feast. This hilarious example of overreaction becomes a lot less funny after the finale, where Destiney does fall out of a window with King Malik, to their deaths. And the whole kingdom saw.
After Kelcey gives Rosalie a scare by pretending to be a Courdonian lord while smitten with her, she tells Aines in a fit of pique that he should have Kelcey beheaded. She didn't really mean it, she was just frightened and overreacting and the entire outburst was played for laughs. Four rounds later, the King of Courdon actually beheaded Kelcey.
The Hero Sucks Song: Aines gets to witness a random bard singing an unflattering song about him. His response is hilarious and an adorable character moment for the previously uptight royal advisor.
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.
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.
Mêlée à Trois: The final battle in round 12.5 quickly devolves into this, with Loyalists (AKA nobles and unaffiliated peasants) VS Rebels (the Shadows) VS Foreign Interlopers (the Courdonians). Perhaps subverted in that the Shadows claim they are "helping" the rest of the Kythians by taking advantage of the chaos to assume power. However, the loyalists don't really see it that way or appreciate their methods.
MAGERAGE. Explanation A name that was randomly generated deemed to be Crazy Awesome. Since then it has been applied to a whole family of mages.
Ilsa's broken furniture. Explanation Ilsa's furniture gets broken a lot. See Running Gag below.
Panda!Everett. Explanation Some people had avatars resembling their characters while others...did not. Dan, the roleplayer for Lord Everett, had the avatar of a red panda, which made people joke that Everett was secretly a panda.
Ice cream man. Explanation People posting in the chat claiming to be a fake role, with ice cream man being the most common one.
Heir Smash! Explanation One of the Heir's abilities is to be ability to smash items.
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.
Mutual Kill: Ancel's and Ilaria's sword fight ends with death for both. He lands a fatal blow on her, but she runs him through with the last of her strength.
Negated Moment of Awesome: Sieg comes very close to defeating Cornelio and soundly intimidating him into leaving Rosalie alone... then Cornelio summons a gryphon to knock Sieg over a cliff and walks away.
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.
Poor Communication Kills: For the first few rounds of his recruitment, Xavier was convinced that the Jades had taken him as a slave. He never stated this to anyone in House Jade, and they never bothered to ask why he was acting so subservient and skittish. Thankfully the trope was eventually subverted when Lief finally confronted Xavier and cleared up the issue.
A lot of heartache could have been avoided if Kelcey had just explained to the bounty hunters that he wasn't really Jorum before they got to Courdon.
Averted after Kelcey's death. Aines wanted to conceal the knowledge of what had happened from Destiney, worried she would have a complete meltdown over it and leave Kyth vulnerable. But when Aines was convinced to trust Destiney with the truth, it led to a surprisng turnaround for her character and a cute little bonding moment between the two.
Smug Snake: Xavier's former master, Lord Duval, who treats everyone with equal disdain and is positivly livid when anybody treats him similarly.
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.
Summon Backup Dancers: Joffery does this in round two, calling on Magerage and several other unnamed Jades to help him in a musical battle with Garrick.
Happens again when Marson gets most if not all of the serving staff of Marson Manor to back him up in his performance of Be Our Guest.
Sweet Tooth: Kirin, who ate nothing but sweets for the whole roleplay, and Arthur, whose love of ginger candy is a running in-joke.
Swiss Cheese Security: The noble manors are very easy to break into. Lampshaded by Alain after the Shadows broke in and destroyed the Stallion gauntlet.
Sword Cane: Both Alain and Orrin's mother, Aira, have one.
Talking Is a Free Action: Happened surprisingly a lot in the final battle, where characters would be surrounded by an inexplicable plot bubble to discuss character-arc related things with none of the enemy trying to attack until they were finished with the conversation.
The Patriarch: Everett Jade and Alain Stallion, the heads of House Jade and House Stallion respectively.
The Woobie: Several, though most prominent of them all is 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.
Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Ancel, when he's actually right about the species of what he kills including Kaldora's original team.
Velvet Revolution: Almost literally. While the final battle with Courdon is intense, the Shadow victory is completely bloodless, despite them being rebels and implied to have sinister intentions. When their time comes, they reunite the true heir to the throne, Galateo Owl, with his mother, and he becomes king after the sudden death of Queen Destiney. It helps that the nobles almost completely support this change of regime.
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.