Our Writer Trademarks:
edited 21st Oct '10 5:19:13 PM by QQQQQ
- Grey and Grey Morality
- At least 1 Psycho for Hire or Blood Knight
- War Is Hell / War Is Glorious
edited 21st Oct '10 2:04:38 PM by Morgulion
edited 21st Oct '10 2:14:35 PM by AsTheAnointed
- Deadpan Snarker - there's always at least one.
- Dysfunction Junction - because you can't have enough mad people!
- Evilly Affable
- Love Triangle - features one Bastard Boyfriend (but portrayed as a total Jerkass by me, and portrayed as sexy by the narrator...), one that looks like one at first glance, and one girl (who'll always go away with the former and end up dead or abused).
edited 22nd Oct '10 6:51:27 AM by FashionistState
- Grey and Grey Morality/Grey and Black Morality (Let's just say I find black and white very unfulfilling)
- Blood Knight/Heroic Sociopath/Psycho for Hire (MANY of them)
- World of Badass/World of Ham (UNDOUBTEDLY! *PUNCH*)
- Eldritch Abomination
- Nietzsche Wannabe
edited 21st Oct '10 2:55:13 PM by KSPAM
- Eye Scream and people losing limbs: my biggest fear has always been losing an eye or limb in an extremely painful way
- Grey Morality and it's offshoots: Most of the time, it makes things more interesting.
- Jerkasses: They're fun to write.
- Slackers: Again, I have fun writing them, plus they're a good source of character devlopment
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: Personal experience.
- What are normally Mooks or Red Shirts being given the spotlight. What Measure Is a Mook?, in short.
- A slightly obsessive amount of research done and implemented badly.
- Protagonist who is a genuinely nice guy, and generally is actually the least superpowered of the bunch.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Cosmic Horror
- Korean or Eastern European Mythology
- Xanatos Roulette
- Screw You, Elves!
- Arm injuries and losing use of your arms.
- Everyone wearing combat boots (I just like drawing them!)
- Married couples, families, and small children: common in real life, rare in fiction.
- HSQ in everything. Sometimes it gets quite high.
- The Rule of Cool.
- Massive Drama Bomb moments throughout a work both fully tugging Like You Would Really Do It and actually calling the bluff.
- A distinct lack of Always Chaotic Evil characters and their associated tropes like Card-Carrying Villain.
- Widely diverse casts. (And not token gestures either!)
- A heavy dose (though this is more styling) of both Consistency and Continuity.
- Protagonist who is secretly the villian.
- Lots of puzzles.
edited 21st Oct '10 10:04:35 PM by storyyeller
- The hero is usually a pretty nice guy
- Comical Explosions
- DistressedDamsels and DistressedDudes
- References to Classic Rock (in fact, I'm planning an entire story arc based on a Black Sabbath song)
- The word "crap" comes up a lot, usually with the words "holy" or "Oh" preceding it.
- Girls in glasses.
edited 21st Oct '10 11:29:02 PM by DrFurball
edited 21st Oct '10 11:50:21 PM by ArgeusthePaladin
- Grey and Grey Morality
- Dysfunction Junction
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: antagonist that may not even be that extreme.
- Downer Ending or Bittersweet Ending: Unintentional. I have no problems with a happy endings, but my stories never develop to have one.
- It Got Worse: It always does, many times during each story.
- The Hero is always a good guy. He may be very grey, but still ultimately a good person.
- There are generaly many more male than female characters, though the female characters are not any less important. This is probably because the default state of my newly thought characters is male, since I am one.
edited 22nd Oct '10 12:00:27 AM by Dealan
- Fantastic transhumanism
- Body horror
- Freely used gorn
- Cast with extremely varied physical appearances
- One of the main cast being a sub
- Eye scream, to troll someone I know who has a phobia of it—a running gag between us.
- Varied fetish fuel, often for things I'm not even interested in myself
- Gilligan Cut
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog elements; at least one subplot just crashes and never comes back up, sometimes the main plot.
- Mostly cynical about characters' capabilities in overcoming their personal weaknesses. May play into the above.
- Cat metaphors
- The number 41
- Lots of dealing with varied kinds of love/sex/relationships/shipping
- A tsundere
- Me knowing a lot more about the setting and people than the readers ever need to, and teasing them with it.
- Rule of Aesthetically Pleasing
edited 22nd Oct '10 3:30:22 AM by SPACETRAVEL
- Scenery Porn and Description Porn *
- Twist Ending *
- Black and White Morality >>> Grey and Grey Morality / Grey and Black Morality *
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same *
edited 22nd Oct '10 6:51:58 AM by EldritchBlueRose
- Big Screwed-Up Family or Dysfunctional Family - obviously this depends on size. Very rarely are these families the nice/loving/fun kinds of dysfucntional.
- Creepy Twins - All the time. In fact, most of my works have creepy twins from the aforementioned families in them.
- Bittersweet Ending or Earn Your Happy Ending - I actually really dislike downer endings, but I do enjoy abusing my characters to the extreme.
- Crapsack World - a lot. Often includes Big Brother Is Watching, however, in the case of a screwed up family this will usually be lampshaded by older brothers/older twins.
- Mind Rape - obviously, my boring suburban life has lead to interesting results.
edited 22nd Oct '10 1:13:29 PM by Morven