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11:33:45 AM Aug 1st 2014
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This needs to be re-written:

  • Can't Argue with Elves: Hilariously subverted. The elves are immortal, wise, good at EVERYTHING and generally peaceful, but also arrogant as all get out and often absolutely batshit insane, especially when it comes to sexual matters (it is considered fairly rational elven behavior for a young elf to castrate the lover of a rival just to spite them, for example). They resent the weariness of their too-perfect lives and usually end up killing themselves. The major half-elf character in the story hates her heritage and everything to do with it.
    • It should be noted with Steff that she views herself as being an ugly talentless clod who looks about as much like a real woman (she's trans) as Sailor Bubba does, while Mack and her friends all see her as impossible graceful and artistically talented and it takes Mack and several other characters a long time to actually figure out that Steff isn't biologically female. This is explicitly stated to be caused by Steff being raised by elves, by whose standards she IS a clumsy talentless drag queen.
    • It should also be noted that most elves we see in the series are in the elven equivalent to their twenties, which are noted as being abnormally sociopathic in their dealings with pretty much everyone.
    • The main character Mackenzie Blaise has this viewpoint about some of her friends (notably Dee and Amaranth), seeing them as being inherently purer because of their species (dark elf and nymph, in this case), although that probably has something to do with how Mack thinks of herself as being inherently corrupted because of her half-demon heritage (which has some support in the story). Whether or not the reader is supposed to feel that any one race is supposed to be inherently better than others is hard to tell—we certainly see faults with all of them as the story goes on.
    • Merfolk in the MUniverse feel themselves to be inherently superior to all land species, although they don't really advertise this. However, as Mack discovers, it is rather hard to argue with them about this belief, as they on principle dismiss arguments from prey. To them, any land creature in water is food and no longer has a right to be considered a sentient being.
09:21:08 AM Jul 8th 2014
Moving these here to be redefined/moved to a new trope:

  • Rape Is Love:
    • Puddy, frequently. Groping Mack in public in less-than-gentle ways is just the start.
    • Hazel.
    • Leda plays into this, though it's more a "rape as compliment" thing.

04:52:40 PM Dec 4th 2013
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I'm namespacing the Main/ links and doing some crosswicking while I'm at it. Anything that I'm not certain whether it fits or not, is a Zero-Context Example, or seems poorly written will be posted here.

  • Affably Evil — (this): "Few people mistake a noble dragon for a nice one more than once."
  • Apologizes a Lot — Dee is anything but a Dojikko, but she apologizes at the drop of a cowl.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism — Jamie from More Tales Of MU has a habit of dismissing as ludicrous rumors that readers of the main story know to be true.
  • Artistic License Economics — Delvers" (adventurers) have one of the highest tax-liabilities in the Imperium, but delving gear is tax-deductible. This encourages delvers to keep most of their wealth in the form of high-end magic items rather than simply flooding the economy with excess gold.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo — Mackenzie lets Amaranth write "Nymph's Toy" on her forehead in magical marker (like permanent marker, apparently, except that you can't wash it off or get rid of it by anything but magic (or, presumably, self-mutilation). Naturally, this happens right before they head out to the college town for the first time; Mackenzie very quickly goes from acting naturally about it (because she forgot it was there) to being mortified once she realizes why everyone is staring at her.
  • Fantastic Aesop — While prejudices exist against most non-human species in a manner clearly resembling real racism, a few of those discriminated against are literal man-eaters by dietary preference or culture. (Though nobody dares to discriminate against dragons on this basis.)
  • Fantastic Arousal — For Shirelings, it's strongly implied to be the feet.
  • Fatal Family Photo — Steff lampshades this in chapter 495 when Mack mentions that she prefers the stories of individuals in history to the stories of big battles, in reference to the games of Stone Soldiers Steff, Ian, Shiel, and Dee are playing.
    So give the little people names and make sure you have one of them tell the others about his girl back home just before you move them into arbalest range,[...]
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble — Mack (melancholic), Amaranth (sanguine), Steff (choleric), and Two (phlegmatic). Ian and Dee are both strong candidates for leukine.
  • Freudian Excuse: Steff.
    Don't you think I've earned a chance to be the one at the top of the shitheap for a while? Three more years and then nobody's going to fuck with me, ever again.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation — Mackenzie abhors violence, to the point that she'd rather die or get raped than risk hurting her attacker. Her compassion, empathy, and acceptance are borderline Messianic. She abjectly refuses to believe she is anything but irredeemably evil.
    • Well yeah, you get a lot of that drilled into your head when your father is a demon and your caretaker is a demon hunter. Not to mention that she has more Berserk Buttons than Bruce Banner.
  • Jerkass Gods — Lord Khersis once smote a confused little girl who was praying to him for guidance just because she was half-demon. And he's one of the nicer deities.
  • Immortality Bisexuality — Elves commonly use homosexuality as a form of birth control.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause — Elves are true immortals in terms of lifespan, and generally quite sexually potent as part of their being better than everybody. They keep their birth rate low by doing things that don't produce children.
  • Informed Ability — Amaranth seems to border on having Informed Flaws. Word of God is that if the author had wanted to write a Mary Sue, it would have been Amaranth without the flaws. The problem is that while Amaranth's perspective on some matters is clearly skewed, her actual effect on the storyline is always extremely positive.
    • Indeed, even her informed flaws are that she's not quite perfect. She's not quite as genius-level smart as she thinks she is, she's not quite perfectly adjusted, and she's not quite as sensitive and empathetic as someone perfect would be. Saying Amaranth has flaws is like saying that an M&M is less chocolatey than a Hershey's Kiss.
  • Mind Over Manners — Played straight with the telepathic priestess Dee. Subverted with "delicate blossom" Violet, who was raised by hippies and has no sense of boundaries.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil — A politicized kobold gets to put the case against "delving and discovery" (i.e. dungeon raiding) in Tales Of MU. Magisterius University does, of course, have a big D&D faculty.
  • Wacky College
  • Wrong Context Magic — The story runs on this, where the laws of magic will change if they detect someone trying to figure them out. In-universe, science is a heavily discredited pseudo-, uh, science, much like people who believe in All-Natural Snake Oil in the real world. How, then, does the heavy use of Magitek work, in-universe? Carefully. Examining a complex spell too closely can break it. Since the local equivalent of television works in a way that no one believes should work, people are afraid to look too deeply into why for fear that it suddenly won't.
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