!!YMMV Tropes:


[[folder:General Tropes]]
* AccidentalInnuendo The store Sam's Body and Parts, anyone?
** Let's not forget "Ruby's Rack", which Ruby lampshades sometimes by saying "The store is named after my clothing racks, smartass."
* BrokenBase
* {{Fanon}}: Flynn and Cordell are apparently widely believed to be gay. WordOfGod disapproves with regards to Cordell.
* MemeticMutation - Clementine. For some background, she was a user who fell for a scam. Her mother more-or-less told a journalist, who wrote of her exploit, and got her stuff back. GD laughed at her. Why? She fell for the most simple scam - ones asking for your password, which the website advises against nearly every page.
** "Dancey Dancey". Ian and Rufus dance together so much that they won the dancing contest at the '08 prom, much to Gambino's frustration-- he'd been planning to hook up with the winning lady, and was embarrassed at having been outdone by a ''cat''.
** "Twinkie Brows" stemmed from a fanart of Gino in which somebody commented that his BigOlEyebrows look like twinkies.
** "[[SamusIsAGirl Hay ur not a bishie]]", a line spoken by the fourth-wall-breaking yaoi fangirl upon discovering that Cordell is, in fact, female.
** Cresento landed on it.
** Although it's past its prime and considered an OldMeme, one memorable thread from 2005 asked "How do you get giftrape?" Of course, it was a simple typo and the original poster had meant gift ''wrap'', but that didn't stop the forum posters from running with it due to the unintentional hilarity.
*** This [[AscendedMeme came back in a hilarious way]] in ''zOMG!'', when "giftrape" became the memetic FanNickname for what happens when someone unprepared gets mobbed by Flying Giftboxes.
** Gaia is also the birthplace of the Drama Llama meme, which managed to escape the site and found widespread use throughout the rest of the English-speaking internet.
* {{Moe}}: Kanoko, Rina, Peyo, Rufus, Diedrich [[spoiler:([[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/diedrich_111.png not anymore]])]], Timmy (as a child).
* TheScrappy: A lot of characters, depending on your point of view. Sasha's too [[TheDitz dumb]]. Kanoko's too [[CreatorsPet successful]]. Rina's too [[GenkiGirl hyper]]. Louie's too [[{{Wangst}} emo]]. Devin's too [[PetHomosexual gay]]. Timmy's too [[{{Keet}} annoying]]. And Julie's a [[LivingProp living]] [[MoneyDearBoy advertisement]] [[ProductPlacement for MTV]].
** The Orion siblings (Saiph, Hatsya, Rigel and Mintaka) have been taking a lot of heat recently for marking the introduction of the inventory sparkles and animated items, which have been pretty harshly opposed, as well as putting Flynn [[PutOnABus on a bus to space]].
*** The sparkles thing is even harsher when you consider that Gaians get the option to turn the damned thing ''off'' if they want to.
** Wild Things is a Scrappy in Monthly Collectible form.
** Diedrich is quickly becoming the reason why everyone hates the yearly Easter events.
** Flynn's [[TheScrappy Scrappydom]] has become a CyclicTrope. Before, users were annoyed by her popping up with birthday reminders and the like, but the aforementioned putting her on a bus made even haters upset, and her subsequent return as a SpacePirate made people excited... but then came the economy-''destroying'' Flynn's Booty/Chest items, and now a significant portion of Gaia wants her gone all over again.
*** Her scrappydom has gotten so vicious that they have to lock her profile out of public view.
* ScrappyMechanic: The in-site dream avatar builder. They deliberately take it down for several days whenever they plan on releasing new gear, so to "avoid spoilers" (as opposed to, you know, setting the builder to not show unreleased content), meaning it's been offline significantly longer than it's been online in the time it's existed, but in the extremely rare pockets of time where it ''is'' available, it's a user-unfriendly mess. Occasionally it comes online for "tests", which seems to mean everyone piles on it for an hour or two until the thing crashes. Adding insult to injury is that this mechanic was only added sometime after Gaia took down a [[ReplacementScrappy widely-beloved unofficial dream avatar builder]] on outright hypocritical reasons. To add insult to injury, ''to this day,'' official FAQs on the website still link to tektek, the site that hosted this builder.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Peyo, mainly because of his character art update. Before his art was updated, he looked young enough to actually believe 92 was the biggest number. Now that he looks older, his dialogue is gag-inducing.
** Item-wise, there are MANY items that are just outrageously adorable. Two specifically come to mind: Gin the Kitty, which looks like a regular playful kitten; and the Kitten Star, a golden cat with his hair shaped like a star and in all sorts of ridiculously adorable poses. Too bad it's just as ridiculously rare and worth around 2 Billion gold.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Pretty much every time a new feature comes out or something is changed. Eventually, most get used to the changes... until a new one is made. Vicious cycle, no?
** Every update, no matter how small or grand, will often be met by thousands of angry users chanting TheyChangedItNowItSucks. When the developers initiated a 2% tax in the market place, it was pretty bloody for a while.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: A monthly collectible was released that had a back-mounted cross item and a floor pentagram item. Conservative players squirmed.
** And another was themed on the Four Horsemen, though there was less squirming about that.
*** Or for the Holy Gauntlets...

[[folder:Gaia Events]]
* GoodBadBug: For a while, sacrificing a teammate on the evil altar in Frontier Skies didn't actually kill your teammate, but did confer huge bonuses to health, food, and speed. Teammates that actually were dead periodically turned up as the subject of random events anyway.


[[folder:Gaia Forums]]
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[[folder:Gaia Games]]
* GoodBadBugs: It's possible to use the new Pathfinder function in Towns 2.0 to glitch into areas you're not supposed to get into, like, say, the side of a building. It's also possible to make yourself explode or be struck by lightning by deliberately triggering the spam filter, although only other people will see it happen.

[[folder:Gaia Items]]
* FridgeHorror: Keiko's Cake is a frilly item about baking and cakes, but the final pose is an "I Am" pose, wherein the avatar turns into a cake. When you sit down, that cake is on a dessert tray ''with a slice taken out of it''.
* GoodBadBugs: A few item combinations have had some... unexpected poses. Wearing two specific item poses from both Rosamund's Revenge and Shadowlegend will, for instance, leave anyone with an entirely bare chest -- even users with female avis. The devs noticed this, but evidently decided to leave it in because the few users who could afford to make such a combination would have been in an uproar if it were patched.
* LesYay: Rapid EI Sainte Ciel, tells the story of a nun and a princess. Dr. Singh's reaction to the debut of Sainte Ciel was... interesting.
** Rina asked Nicolae if he was selling Alruna's Rose during the zOMG intro comic, specifically mentioning wanting "a [[HornyDevils sexy succubus]]", and then supported [[HotAsHell Sentinel]]'s Infernal Nation during Halloween 2009. [[ContinuityNod Think about it.]]
* NightmareFuel: The King Cheep poses of the Cheepz items. ''Gahhhhh''...
** Now there's an item ''actually called'' [[http://www.gaiaonline.com/marketplace/itemdetail/54887 Nightmare Fuel]]...

[[folder:Gaia Manga / Mini comics]]
* {{Anvilicious}}: The '08 Halloween storyline closed with an Aesop of this variety.
* ArcFatigue / KudzuPlot: The ''Airship Saga'' began with the '09 Halloween event, ''Demonbusters''. It took Reapersun nearly ''eight years'' to resolve the plot, often for reasons beyond her control, and there's so many loose threads that even when it ended, a sizable amount of the fanbase felt cheated.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: "La la la, I'm a talking barrel!"
* TearJerker: "[[KilledOffForReal He's really gone this time, isn't he?]]" Oh, ''[[WellDoneSonGuy Gino]]''...

[[folder:Gaia [=NPCs=] ]]
* BadassDecay:
** Louie, and Johnny Gambino most notably.
** Also Louie's sisters.
** Gino Gambino. He went from being a masked hero (The Masque) to a ButtMonkey after he was free from his father's genetic influence. He's slowly getting better, though.
* CreatorsPet: Diedrich. A lot of users find him really annoying, and it doesn't help that Gaia seems to think he needs stuffed into every other event. It doesn't help that Diedrich is occasionally scripted to post trivia in threads at random, much to the despair of many a roleplayer and vendor. Oh, and the spamming often ends up bumping threads with serious TOS violations because the bot has no means of discretion. Oops.
* DieForOurShip: Fans of Ian or Gino tend not to be fond of Sasha. She seems to have lost all her romantic connections with both since then, but the stigma remains.
* DracoInLeatherPants: [[AxCrazy Zhivago.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Every so often, a CI character will gain widespread fan adoration. Loyal (from the Cirque du Gothique) and Principal Mills (from the Love Charm) are notable examples of this.
* HollywoodHomely: Timmy as an adult, as a TakeThat to everyone who expected him to be a conventional {{Bishounen}}.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Everybody. NPC {{Shipping}} discussions tend to turn into CrackShip contests very quickly, and people who like mainstream pairings get openly bashed for not being "creative".
* MemeticBadass: Carl, and the moth from Frontier Skies after it was established that the millions of deaths by [[TooDumbToLive chasing after moths and falling off airships]] were all caused by ''the same moth''.
** The [[AscendedMeme Death Moth]] later became a Chance Item prize.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Sentiseer, which is the coupling of [[AntiVillain The Sentinel]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} The Overseer]].
** "Flyngh", for Flynn and Singh.
** One of the more... awkward names is "Twiam", which is [[TwinThreesomeFantasy the Von Helson Twins and Liam.]]
* {{Shipping}}: Too many to name, even branching down to items. To a certain extent, this has been fueled by the storyline sometimes.
** ShipSinking: Ian, Louie, and Gino were all revealed to be siblings. Ivan and Meredith turned out to be cousins. Jaws turned down the Overseer's human form. Grand prize goes to Don Kuro, who ''broke the fourth wall'' to set the books straight on him and Devin.
--->'''Don Kuro:''' *AsideGlance, indicating doujinshi* ''This isn't canon.''
** ShipTease: Oh god where do I even start. The devs and artists are among us, and ''clearly'' read the fanthreads.

!!''zOMG!'', Gaia's MMORPG contains examples of these YMMV tropes:

* DemonicSpiders: Kokeshi dolls. While they're initially non-aggressive, woe betide if you give them any reason to gang up on you...
** The ''pink giftboxes!!!'' When they fly... you ''die.''
** Fluffs. In the first two areas, they're harmless little things, but from Zen Gardens on, if you piss off a fluff you usually start regretting it pretty quick. Bonus points go to the Mother Fluff, who sends all the fluffs surrounding her to kill you if you bother her.
** Bladed Vases and Tiny Witch Doctors. The former because it's really easy to find yourself with four or five of them ganging up on you (but a Fire Rain attack charged with full rage will wipe most of them out); and the latter because it keeps paralyzing you so, so many times each time you try to attack. And if you don't have ANY kind of ranged attack...
* GoodBadBugs: You used to be able to buff [=NPCs=]. Cue people spamming speed buffs on the Pizza Delivery Guy just to see how fast they could make him run.
* MemeticBadass: Landshark. In-game he's been pretty heavily nerfed.
* MemeticMolester: Marshall.
* MemeticMutation: '''GIFTRAPE!'''
*** [[http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/154876223/ This pic about sums it up]].
** Because the servers virtually never get cycled for maintenance, and because they take far more abuse than they should, server lag is a problem. It's often so bad that someone will almost always cry out "THE LAG MONSTER X!" in Shout after a really bad lag spike. The most popular phrases to insert are "demands a human sacrifice" and any variation on "is eating the server".
* NightmareFuel: When Gaia first released videos of the Kokeshi Doll animations, many a viewer nearly wet their pants.
** The flying gift boxes at Bass'ken Lake. Little cute pink boxes with tiny wings, but get their attention and suddenly they have MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily , giggle dementedly, and cry "FILL THE BOX!" over and over again. And they hunt in packs.
* ThatOneBoss: There have been dozens of threads made to complain about Kat's Kokeshi Doll. Even after it was nerfed.
* TierInducedScrappy: Iron Will was considered weak until the Willpower mechanic was properly implemented. Adrenaline and Knife Sharpen were disregarded as weak after they became debuffs. And the [[StopHavingFunGuys number-crunchers]] on the forums all despise Diagnose as a heal for its low efficiency and [[ShootTheMedicFirst high aggro]], though other players like it for its ease of use.
** RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Debuffs turn out to be ''really handy'' against vampires and werewolves in Deadman's Shadow, so Knife and Adrenaline are now important for every DMS crew. Diagnose's aggro-drawing properties are likewise utilized by tanking builds to distract supernatural nasties for other players to defeat.