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YMMV: Noob

Alternate Character Interpretation

  • Omega Zell : Mistaken for Gay Hero-Worshipper or locked in a Transparent Closet ?
    • Corollary : Is Omega Zell/Fantöm just a Crack Pairing born from Gaea's Yaoi Fangirl mind or the only Official Couple until Kary/Arthéon appeared in Season 4?
    • Possible middle ground : Omega Zell is affected by Stupid Sexy Fantöm.
    • Word of God has stated that the "I ban any love or friendly relationship with woman so I can focus on the game" he gave Saphir was meant to establish that he's not homosexual. Nothing was said about him being bisexual or in the closet, however.
  • Kary: Oblivious to Love, Skewed Priorities or pretending all along (with or without bad intentions) ?
  • Sparadrap (and eventually others) : not taking the game seriously enough or taking the right distance from it?
  • As mentionned in the Ship Tease entry, the relationship between Omega Zell and Gaea, meant to be geunine hate later accompanied by a form of rivalry, gets interpreted as Belligerent Sexual Tension by quite a few fans.

Other Tropes

  • Alt Itis : In-Universe. All elements of the Double Play entry from the main page are actually mild cases of it. In one of the books, Arthéon is stated to have another avatar in each of the game's classes because of his background interest (but they're all guildless and stuck somewhere between levels 1 and 10 because of that), making him the only known possible case of the full-blown condition. Saphir also implied that the reroll that she modified to look like Gaea in the webseries was one among several.
  • Badass Decay: Arthéon, when he was suddenly sent from level 100 to level 1. Dark Avenger also, in parallel to his Villain Decay.
  • Better on DVD: The Schedule Slip the webseries had a handful of times during its run made it hard to follow for some fans.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: A certain scene in Season 4 finale may feel like that, especially for those who don't know who all the guest stars that were crammed into it are.
  • Broken Base: As yet another victim of Cerebus Syndrome, Noob is either a funny series that started becoming boring/complicated in Season 3 or a string of short gags that slowly mutated into something with a story.
  • Catharsis Factor: In-Universe. Implied to be what brings Golgotha into the game.
  • Canon Fodder: The story left Fantöm considering he has a debt towards every single member of the Noob guild. It has only been repayed to Omega Zell and possibly Arthéon so far. The fourth novel explictly says that Gaea's is still pending and that she has no intention of letting it go to waste.
  • Crack is Cheaper: Gaea is on scholarship, gets extra revenues from the ads on her very popular blog, sells back some of her contest prizes, is presumably sharing rent with Golgotha, has a nice collection of geeky trinkets and manga, yet remains in Perpetual Poverty.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The comic has already had a few gags Foreshadowing/calling forward to the death of Sparadrap's pets, which was a major Tear Jerker in the webseries. It's a little hard to laugh at them when you know the event in question is going to happen, especially considering that the involoved characters have a bigger place in the comic than other media. So far:
    • Gaea had a Dream Sequence in which she killed Sparadrap's pets to make a fur coat.
    • Comic 4 has gag in which Sparadrap mistakes Précieux's, discaraded "Noob bait" costume for a dead smourbiff, buries it and pretty much holds a brief one-person funeral service for it.
    • Comic 8 has no less than two. First, Roxana burned a enemy creature to which Sparadrap had given a name moments earlier. Second, a funny background event has Couette collecting flower with a big smile on her face. The foreground events cause another member of the guild to fall on some of the flowers and a later panel shows her in front of a gravestone with a flower on it. In addition, the flowers she was collecting happened to be the same color as the two smourbiffs Sparadrap had out of his bag at the time.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Very popular yet irregular : Heimdäl, Mist and Nazetrîme's real character.
    • Little more than a One-Scene Wonder : Jack Céparou, Papy PK, Mezariel.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Gaea and Omega Zell have started to stand out as one. Fans like the idea, but Fabien Fournier has stated it was not going to happen.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Fantöm and Spectre, Sparadrap and Dark Avenger to a lesser and one-sided extent.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Some of the shows on Feminine TV are treated as this in-universe.
  • Growing the Beard: Both the webseries and the comic went through a phase of being rather episodic before having the Myth Arc become visible. The "watch more before giving a bad critic" threshold seems to happen around the Mortegarde double episode (12 and 13 of Season 1).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The first mention of the Roxxor guild in the webseries is a shopkeeper mentionning that their tabards are on sale (in the for a cheaper price than normal sense). It only turns out to be the Coalition number one guild in Season 2 premiere.
    • One of Gaea's cases of Blatant Lies is claiming to be Judge Dead's daughter. In the later part of the first cylcle, he turns out to be around the same age as her, if not slightly younger.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Fantöm's downfall, his comeback as a low-level character, his enrollment in the Noob guild, proving his innocence and revealing the identity of the guilty party are all essential to the story and need to happen as close to each other as possible. As a consequence, Season 3, the first half of the third novel and the seventh comic tell very similar stories, which disappointed fans who were attracted by the promise of seeing different adventures of the Noob guild in each media. Ironically, the parts similar to Season 3 were probably crammed into no more than half a book and one comic precisely so the completely new stuff could start showing up again as fast as possible after that single exception.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Gaea and Sparadrap getting kicked out by Judge Dead in early Season 2 ? Of course they were going come back one way or another. As for Master Zen, avatar banning has become a slap on the wrist by Season 3.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: In-Universe. Sparadrap seems to be playing the game just because he thinks its non-combat pets are cute.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Gaea is treated as if she crossed it in Season 4 when after loosing her affiliation to the Empire because of failed quests and bad deeds, she asks to be invited in group composed of a couple of Gaea worshipper's guild members under the (implied) pretext of a higher probability to finish a quest by their side, then kills Sparadrap, Ivy and Golgotha, making the Coalition her new affiliation in the process. Two episodes later, Ivy stated that the act was unforgivable.
    • Another interpretation exists for that event but is Jossed in the fourth novel : Gaea really was a The Mole for the Coalition all along, and she lost her affiliation to the Empire on purpose to go back to her actual side. That interpretation stems from her affirmative answer when Gordan asks her if she's "coming home" : that could either be her dropping the mask now that her former guildmates can't hear her or her palying the masquerade that ensures the Gaea worshipper's guild's faithfulness more seriously now that she's joined them. A couple of other facts were in favor of that interpretation : Golgotha saying that her cursor would "revert to its orginal color" if she finished a quest (the change to red was probably due to her being the guest of a Coalition group) and that Gaea was never seen choosing her faction when she created her avatar.
  • MST3K Mantra: Almost obligatory when following only one media, due to their complementarity of versions relying on playing around with Adaptation Explanation Extrication and subverting What Happened to the Mouse?.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: In-Universe. Seems to be the case of anyone who isn't Arthéon, Kary or part of team Fantöm.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Some of the audience didn't get the reference to A Christmas Carol while watching episode 10 of Season 1 and mistook the death of Morgan Lavande (Omega Zell) shown by the ghost of Christmas future for canon, leading to some confusion when he appeared perfectly fine in episode 11. Some also assumed that Morgan's ultimate fate was shown in that episode. The death has been confirmed to be non-canon.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Reading the novels and likable/charismatic players may make one gain a little sympathy for the Coalition or the Order, who are pretty much villains in the webseries and comics. Siding with the protagonists will still make one do it in a literal sense.
  • The Scrappy: Kary's role in the story being little more than that of a Satellite Love Interest and oblivious Morality Chain in a series where every single secondary character besides her is Ensemble Darkhorse material.
  • Shipping Goggles: In-Universe, Gaea. To her credit, Omega Zell was watching Fantöm from behind a bush wen she first put them on.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Saphir seems to be this. There's also Spectre who considers Horizon to be a science that he's the only one to fully master.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks:
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Fabien Fournier himself admitted things happened a little fast in Season 3 and having it covered in the first half of the third book did indeed help make things more clear. However, the plotline involoving Fantöm being in the same guild as the person who blackmailed him in Season 2, an ex-colleague whose mails he wasn't answering in Season 1 and a former borderline loony fan who is now capable of speaking to him normally only got its surface scratched. For instance, his only conversations with guild members were them getting him to join, the introduction of the episode during which he was supervinsing their progressinon in a dungeon, him announcing he was going to start solo playing again once levels 91 to 100 were unlocked for the guild and him announcing he was going back to the Justice guild. The second occurrence did have Omega Zell ask Fantöm if Gaea threatened him after finding out about a plan change that seemed strange to him (but was actually Arthéon-approved), but the conversation quickly changed to Sparadrap's warrior being part of the party. There was also the group screencap in the last depicted occurrence. However, the potential the situation held still feels under-exploited, even considering that the fact it existed made Fantöm vouch for Omega Zell when he showed up on Justice guild's doorstep.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The webseries at least is got this even before it got finished. Fabien Fournier was originally planning to take a "Noob break" between Season 4 and 5 (e.g. late 2012 and most of 2013) in favor of producing and releasing Warp Zone Project and Le blog de Gaea. A mix of this trope and Hype Backlash caused the "Noob break" to only last six months and Season 5 to have six episodes by early July 2013. In addition, there's a Broken Base about which show is best.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • Gaea treating the possibility that Omega Zell could be gay for Fantöm as a legitimate tool to humiliate him. Granted that Gaea is quite the Jerkass and may be exploiting the online bigotry in which Omega Zell happens to belong to the misogynist branch, but it can easily be mistaken for sightly homophobic writing.
      • Fantöm also seems to think that a male player having a Celeb Crush on him makes that person de facto a Loony Fan. His reaction to female admirers is never shown, but it's easy to assume that some kind of Double Standard is at work.
    • The outcome of their duel can imply that Gaea's behaviour is more acceptable than Omega Zell's despite the fact that the latter was the only one of the two that could get a good lesson out of it.
    • The fact that the low-level guilds are gender-equal while the top rosters of the top guilds only have one woman each.
  • The Woobie:
    • Sparadrap, especially after the Season 3 finale.
    • Pironess in The Stinger of Season 5 Episode 9. She's trying to warn whoever will listen that the world is in great danger, but the only response she gets is Meuhmeuh making fun of the Welcome to Corneria aspect of her speech. After that, he tries to kill her for apparently ignoring him.

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