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YMMV: Draw Your Own Story
  • Acceptable Targets: Mostly real world politicians.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Thorvald states that Hacker Prime was a last-ditch attempt to reclaim the Hacker as DYOS XI's Big Bad after literally years of Villain Decay. While the sub-arc dragged the story's end out even further, his re-characterization was received warmly.
  • Continuity Lockout: A couple dozen forum pages in, and even some of the contributors find themselves lost. Particularly bad in the older stories when maintaining coherence wasn't even considered.
  • Crazy Awesome: Arguably, Thorvald. Choxorn, when appearing in CivGeneral's comics, also tends to be this.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The Gem Chamber. What's next in this parade of constant interruptions?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: courtesy of YouTube.
  • Die for Our Ship: Chris Redfield.
  • Ending Aversion
  • Fridge Brilliance: When the Hacker's avatar gives CivGeneral the Timeline-Altering MacGuffin, it feels like an Ass Pull simply to set up Alternate 2011. But the same comic in which Dr. Richtofen steals the book concludes with the cryptic suggestion that the Hacker had somehow plotted it. Given that he had recently split from Wesker, the whole thing might have been a Xanatos Gambit to eliminate his leading rivals, since in the new timeline the Sibling Empire imprisons CivGeneral and executes Wesker while he becomes a Nobel laureate. The Hacker, therefore, no doubt aware Wesker was tracking him, intended to be overpowered in the encounter, knowing Richtofen would then steal the book.
  • God-Mode Sue: Especially prevalent in the older episodes, which didn't have so many rules and regulations.
  • Growing the Beard: DYOS 10 introduced a new set of rules intended to curb the ridiculous plot twists that had plagued earlier editions, resulting in a more cohesive story that was the first to reach a satisfactory conclusion. This was also when the core contributors began taking the narrative seriously, and subsequent instalments more closely resemble a collaborative webcomic than the free-for-all it used to be.
  • Jerkass Woobie: CivGeneral
  • Magnificent Bismarck
  • Protection from Editors: CivGeneral's depression in 2010 led his fellow contributors to back off from criticism lest they drive him out of the project. The result was some of the most contrived episodes in recent memory, a fact he himself has acknowledged.
  • Recycled Script:
    • CivGeneral does this fairly regularly.
    • Stylesjl's comics in DYOS 11 are often self-conscious imitations of other posters'.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Arguably, Stylesrj from DYOS 5-9. Ironically, most threads were closed because of other forumers derailing the story just to rant against him. He finally earned a reprieve after DYOS 10.
    • CivGeneral on DYOS 12

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