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Website: Neopian Times Writers Forum
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, 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.
  • 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. ( 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.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Writers and Genre Savvy characters tend to be prone to this.
  • Crapsack World: The Bad Future in CT.
  • 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.
  • 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: IT 3 deconstructs I Just Write The Thing, and CT deconstructs Author Powers and Mooks.)
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Foolishly foolish fools.
  • Determinator: Andrea Bluestone, Up To Eleven.
  • Doppelgänger: Several.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Jakie has one as a character. The NPC army 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.
  • Jerkass: Alex can be one of these.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Several.

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