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Unstable Unicorns is a card game where the players compete in creating an army of Unicorns (speak: seven unicorns) in their stable while at the same time trying to stop each other from completing the army.

There are three types of unicorns:

  • Baby unicorns do nothing, but they cannot be destroyed or sacrificed or even be returned to the hand of the player, instead they go back into the nursery when one of those things would happen.
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  • Basic unicorns also don't have special effects, but Flavor Text instead
  • Magic unicorns do have individual effects that affect the player and their enemies.

Other card types include:

  • Upgrades: Positive effects that affect the stable they are played in.
  • Downgrades: Negative effects that affect the stable they are played in.
  • Magic: Cards that affect one or more players and are discarded after using
  • Instants: The only cards that can be played outside the player's turn to stop other players from playing a card.

     Base sets include 
  • Base set: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Control: includes cards that specialize on protective magic and deck manipulation. Kickstarter exclusive.
  • Chaos: includes cards that focus on summoning from the discard pile and destructive magic. Kickstarter exclusive.
     Expansions include: 
  • Dragons Expansion Pack: adds dragon-themed Upgrade, Downgrade, and Magic cards, along with all-new Unicorns to battle.
  • NSFW Expansion Pack: adds adult-themed cards and comes with optional drinking and stripping rules.
  • Apocalypse Pack: adds apocalypse-themed cards
  • Rainbow Sprinkles Pack: adds Tastes Like Diabetes-themed cards
  • Rainbow Apocalypse Expansion Pack: contains the Rainbow Sprinkles and Apocalypse Pack.
  • Unicorns of Legend Expansion Pack: Tee Turtle and Game Stop exclusive expansion pack available as of October 2018.
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This card game provides examples of:

  • The Ageless: The kickstarter-exclusive Eternal Youth Unicorn
  • All Girls Like Ponies: This trope is the reason the game includes so much Tastes Like Diabetes, especially the Rainbow Sprinkles Pack, but it's subverted in that it's no game for children.
  • Alpha Bitch: The Queen Bee Unicorn
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The unicorns and other creatures come in many colors, not all of them natural. RainbowMotif is especially common.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Most of the unicorns
  • Animal Facial Hair: The Classy Narwhal, the Mighty Narwhal and one of the Basic Unicorns have beards.
  • Animals Lack Attributes: Lampshaded with the Naked Narwhal, who takes off the Alluring Narwhal's starfish bikini only to expose... nothing. Tan Lines show, where the starfish were.
  • Anti-Hoarding: At the end of each player's turn, the player has to discard cards until he has no more than seven hand cards.
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  • Apocalypse How: The theme of the Apocalypse Pack
  • Appropriate Animal Attire: Discussed in this comic.
  • Ax-Crazy: Stabby the Unicorn looks like this
  • Baby Morph Episode: The Unicorn Shrinkray turns all of a players unicorns into Baby Unicorns.
  • Badass Beard: The Mighty Narwhal
  • Baleful Polymorph: The Pandamonium downgrade turns all unicorns in a player's stable into pandas, which makes them unable to win unless they get rid of the downgrade.
    • Also, the Unicorn Shrink Ray turns all unicorns of a player into Baby Unicorns.
  • Battle Aura: The Rainbow Aura
  • The Bear: The Bear Daddy Unicorn from the NSFW expansion
  • Big Eater: The Ginormous Unicorn
  • Black Comedy: The NSFW expansion mostly runs on this
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: The Ginormous Unicorn in this strip.
  • Black Knight: The Black Knight unicorn. It's a rare good example, since its effect lets the Dark Knight Unicorn take a bullet for another unicorn.
  • Blank White Eyes: One of the pandas on the Pandamonium cards, most likely out of shock of being turned into a panda.
  • Body Horror: The upside down Baby Unicorn from the NSFW expansion
  • Breath Weapon: The Dragon’s Breath magic card from the Dragons expansion
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: The Innocent Bunnicorn from the Rainbow Sprinkles expansion
  • Camp Gay: The Twinkicorn from the NSFW expansion.
  • Captain Patriotic: The Americorn
  • Cats Are Magic: The Magical Kittencorn
  • Chainsaw Good: The Chainsaw Unicorn
  • Clam Trap: The Alluring Narwhal lies in a clam seductively, implying this trope.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The card types:
    • Baby Unicorns are light blue
    • Basic Unicorns are dark blue
    • Magical Unicorns are purple
    • Magic cards are green
    • Upgrades are orange
    • Downgrades are yellow
    • Instants are red
  • Cool Horse: All of the unicorns except for the ones that are narwhals or just another animal with a unicorn horn on it.
  • Cosplay: The Dragon Cosplay Unicorn from the Dragons Expansion
  • Counterspell: The Neigh-cards
  • Crapsaccharine World: Most of the unicorns look pretty cute and the game has an overall colorful theme, but then there are serial killers (the Chainsaw Unicorn and Stabby the Unicorn) and the whole Rainbow Apocalpyse.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Some of the cards from the NSFW expansion
  • Cult: The Cult Leader Unicorn from the NSFW expansion
  • Cute Kitten: The Magical Kittencorn
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Black Knight Unicorn looks intimidating, but it is willing to take a bullet for another unicorn.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: The Single Unicorn from the NSFW expansion
  • Darker and Edgier: The NSFW expansion and to an extent the Apocalypse expansion when compared to the base set.
  • Deep South: The shotgun Baby Unicorn from the NSFW expansion looks like a stereotypical redneck.
  • Discard and Draw: Magic cards like Change of Luck or Good Deal
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Extremely Fertile Unicorn has a larger horn than most other unicorns.
  • Dog Food Diet: The unicorn on the Blatant Thievery steals a pugs food.
  • Dragon Rider: The kickstarter-exclusive "Legendary Flying Unicorn" and the Dragon Rider Unicorn from the Dragons expansion.
  • The Dragonslayer: The Dragon Slayer Unicorn from the Dragons expansion
  • Dramatic Thunder: The Dragon's Misfortune magic card shows a black dragon in a thunderstorm
  • Drinking Game: The NSFW expansion comes with optional drinking rules.
  • Drinking the Kool-Aid: The Cult Leader Unicorn from the NSFW expansion holds a pitcher of Kool Aid formed like the Kool Aid man.
  • Emoticon: One of the Basic Unicorns uses only emojis in her Flavor Text
  • Enemy Eats Your Lunch: Blatant Thievery shows a unicorn stealing a pugs food. The card allows you to steal another players card.
  • Erotic Asphyxiation: The Autoerotic Asphyxiation magic card from the NSFW expansion
  • Everything's Better with Llamas: The Llamacorn
    • This takes a disturbing turn with the Llamapocalypse card from the Apocalypse expansion
    • There's also the Cotton Candy Llamacorn from the Rainbow Sprinkles expansion
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: The Unicorn Rainbow Princess from the Rainbow Sprinkles expansion
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Many cards have rainbow designs and some of them even have rainbow in their name.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: The Glitter Tornado
    • The Glitter Unicorn from the Rainbow Sprinkles expansion
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: The Zombie Unicorn
  • Evil Smells Bad: The Zombie Unicorn is surrounded by flies.
  • Expansion Pack: Several, see above
  • Explosive Breeder: The Extremely Fertile Unicorn is able to create a Baby unicorn every turn. Its picture shows it covered in foals and having a very long horn.
  • Extrinsic Go-First Rule: Whoever is wearing the most colors is obviously the unicorniest, so they go first!
  • Eye Scream: This strip.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: The Fire and Brimestone magic card from the Apocalypse expansion
  • Flavor Text: All Basic Unicorns have them.
  • Flawed Prototype: The Not so Majestic Flying Unicorn
  • Four-Leaf Clover: The picture of Four-Leaf Clover shows such a clover on a unicorns horn.
  • Fun Size: The Tiniest Unicorn from the Rainbow Sprinkles expansion
  • Gay Option: The (female looking) Seductive Unicorn is able to seduce any unicorn. It helps that the sex of the unicorns is never stated and could only be guessed from the picture in some cases.
  • Go Seduce My Archnemesis: It's implied that this is how the Seductive Unicorn, Horny Flying Unicorn and Alluring Narwhal work.
  • The Grim Reaper: One of the Baby Unicorns has a skull face and is called death.
    • Also, the Unicorn of Death from the Apocalypse expansion
  • #HashtagForLaughs: Used in the Flavor Text of one of the Basic Unicorns.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Most of the unicorns if they are dressed at all.
  • Hellish Horse: Several, including the Zombie Unicorn, the Extremely Destructive Unicorn, the Chainsaw Unicorn, the Black Knight Unicorn and even a death themed Baby Unicorn.
    • The Apocalypse expansion adds unicorns fashioned after the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
    • The NSFW expansion has it's own share of evil unicorns, but they are of a more realistic kind of evil like a Cult Leader Unicorn or a Free Candy Unicorn that kidnaps Baby Unicorns.
  • High-Class Glass: The Classy Narwhal wears a monocle.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: The Baby Unicorns of the NSFW expansion. One holds a shotgun, one holds a grenade, one is devoured by a snake and one sits in the trash.
  • Hipster: Some of the Basic Unicorns fit this stereotype
  • Hook Hand: Shabby the Narwhal has a hook fin.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Four Unicorns of the Apocalypse is a Magic-card from the Apocalypse Pack. There are also all four Unicorns:
    • Unicorn of Death
    • Unicorn of Pestilence
    • Unicorn of War
    • Unicorn of Famine
  • Hotter and Sexier: Many cards in the NSFW expansion aim for this. Not that there is anything really "sexy" in there, but they deal with sexual themes.
  • Human Sacrifice: The Sadistic Ritual downgrade forces you to sacrifice one of your unicorns each turn.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Basic Unicorns when compared to Magical Unicorns, at least according to this comic.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: If Baby Unicorns are destroyed or sacrificed, they go back to the nursery instead of the discard pile.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The Dragon Expansion Pack only exists because of this trope
  • Instant Seduction: The Seductive Unicorn
  • Knife Nut: Stabby the Unicorn has a knife tied to his horn.
  • Lady in Red: The Seductive Unicorn
  • Light 'em Up: The Blinding Light downgrade card
  • Lighter and Softer: The Rainbow Sprinkles expansion compared to the base set and other expansions
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: The lumberjack Basic Unicorn talks like this.
    Beards are like, so hot.
  • Literal Metaphor: This page of the web comic.
  • Living Weapon: The Narwhal Torpedo
  • Manly Gay: The Bear Daddy Unicorn from the NSFW expansion
  • The Mentally Disturbed: All of the unicorns, it's even in the name of the game.
  • Mighty Lumberjack: One of the Basic Unicorns looks like a lumberjack
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The Puppycorn, the Magical Kittencorn, the Rhinocorn (sort of), the Llamacorn, the Unicorn Phoenix, the Shark With a Horn, the Mermaid Unicorn.
    • In the Dragon expansion, there are several Dragoncorns added to the game. Those are just dragons with unicorn horns.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: The Zombie Unicorn and the Shark with a Horn have blank white eyes. Also one of the pandas on the Pandamonium card, though here they might be Blank White Eyes.
  • Most Writers Are Human: Probably the reason why one of the Basic Unicorns uses human emojis in her Flavor Text
  • Muggles: The Basic Unicorns
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: The Extra Tail Upgrade
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Magical Kittencorns
  • Mundane Utility: The Ginormous Unicorn finds one for the Unicorn Phoenix's fire in roasting marshmallows.
  • My Little Phony: While there is no direct Shout-Out to My Little Pony yet, the game clearly uses this trope with its colorful unicorns and other Tastes Like Diabetes tropes.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Stabby the Unicorn
  • Noble Bird of Prey: The Majestic Flying Unicorn rides a bald eagle.
  • Non-Human Undead: The Zombie Unicorn.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Most unicorns are normal, equine unicorns. But then there are some narwhals, one Shark with a Horn, a kitten with a horn (Magical Kittencorn), a Rhinoceros with a horn (Rhinocorn) and a puppy with a horn (Puppycorn).
    • In the case of the Baby Unicorns, who all look and play the same aside from different colors, the Baby Narwhal is especially notable with a different design and different name.
    • The Dragons expansion pack adds the Dragoncorns, which are basically dragons with a unicorn horn
    • The Sugar Sprinkles expansion pack adds two nonstandard Basic Unicorns which are actually a horse with an ice cream cone on its head and a bunny with a carrot on its head.
    • It also adds the Magical Pugicorn which is just a pug with a horn taped on.
    • The NSFW expansion adds some nonstandard Baby Unicorns which are not just different colors but have some background to their pictures or hold items. One has an upside down face.
  • Not a Morning Person: Stabby the Unicorn
  • Not the Intended Use: While the Pandamonium is annoying since you cannot win while you have it in your stable, it also protects your unicorns from most other effects since they are no longer unicorns.
  • Obligatory Swearing: The Instants from the NSFW expansion. While "Neigh Motherfucker" at least has an additional effect, "Neigh Bitch" and "Hell Neigh" are identical to the standard Neigh from the base set.
  • One-Man Band: The Annoying Flying Unicorn
  • Order Versus Chaos: The kickstarter exclusive base sets are called Control and Chaos.
  • Our Angels Are Different: The Angelic Unicorn is a Winged Unicorn but doesn't count as Flying Unicorn. It's able to sacrifice itself to revive a dead unicorn.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Dragons expansion includes not only fairly typical Western Dragons but also some Dragoncorns, which are basically dragons with a single horn like a unicorn.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: The Unicorn Phoenix looks like an orange Hippogriff with a horn.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The Mermaid Unicorn is a unicorn with a fish tail. The Alluring Narwhal plays with the Sirens Are Mermaids trope
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The Zombie Unicorn is able to discard a Unicorn card from your hand and revive another uncorn from the discard pile instead.
  • Overpopulation Crisis: The Overpopulation magic card from the Apocalypse expansion
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The Innocent Bunnicorn and the Magical Pugicorn wear horns that are obviously just taped on.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: The Pandamonium downgrade turns all of a player's unicorns into pandas. You cannot win with seven pandas, only with seven unicorns.
  • Perma-Stubble: The Basic Unicorn with the lumberjack-design.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The Extremely Destructive Unicorn. It doesn't do it on purpose.
  • Petite Pride: The Naked Narwhal doesn't seem to be bothered by the fact that she has literally nothing in the way of breasts.
  • The Phoenix: The Unicorn Phoenix.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: The grenade Baby Unicorn from the NSFW expansion uses the pin of its grenade as pacifier.
  • Plague Doctor: The Unicorn of Pestilence from the Apocalypse expansion
  • Planimal: The Unicorn on the Cob
  • Polyamory: The Polyamorous Unicorn from the NSFW expansion
  • Pooping Food: Apparently, unicorns rainbow poop is edible. At least according to this comic that bears a striking resemblance to the trope image.
  • Precious Puppy: The Puppycorn
    • Also, the Magical Pugicorn from the Rainbow Sprinkles expansion
  • Precision F-Strike: The "Neigh, Motherfucker!" instant card from the NSFW expansion
  • Prestigious Player Title: The rules call you a stickler, rule-breaker or baby unicorn depending on what you choose to do when you run out of cards.
  • Pretty Butterflies: The Magical Flying Unicorn has butterfly wings.
  • Punny Name: The Unicorn on the Cob.
    • Also the game itself.
  • Rainbow Motif: A lot of cards have a Rainbow Motif
  • Rhino Rampage: The Rhinocorn is able to destroy one unicorn and then immediately ending the player's turn.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The baby unicorns, the Puppycorn and the Magical Kittencorn.
    • The Rainbow Sprinkles expansion brings even more, with the Cotton Candy Llamacorn, the Magical Pugicorn (which is Ugly Cute but still fits) and its even sparklier and more pastel colored unicorns.
  • Rule of Cute: The Rainbow Sprinkles expansion, with cards like Adorable Flying Unicorn, A Cute Attack or Innocent Bunnicorn
  • Rule of Funny: The game runs on this.
  • Rule of Seven: You have to have seven unicorns to win if there are less then 6 players. Also, your hand is limited to seven cards.
  • Sapient Cetaceans: The Narwhals
  • Seashell Bra: The Alluring Narwhal wears a starfish bra. The Naked Narwhal from the NSFW expansion takes the starfishes off.
  • Shout-Out: The Chainsaw Unicorn is one to SlasherMovies, with it's hockey mask and chainsaw horn.
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: The Alluring Narwhal is reminiscent of a mermaid, complete with starfish bra, and seems to seduce upgrade cards.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: One of the Baby Unicorns from the NSFW expansion gets eaten by a snake in its picture.
  • Something Else Also Rises: The Dirty Mind magic card from the NSFW expansion shows a unicorn with peculiar Facial Markings making its horn look like a penis.
  • Spy Cam: The Nanny Cam Downgrade is a plush unicorn with a Spy Cam for a horn.
  • Stocking Filler: The Seductive Unicorn
  • Stoners Are Funny: The Stoner Unicorn from the NSFW expansion.
  • Strip Poker: The NSFW expansion comes with optional stripping rules.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The theme of the Rainbow Apocalypse Expansion Pack which includes Tastes Like Diabetes themed cards and really dark Apocalypse themed cards
    • Specifically the Storm of Cuteness magic card combines both topics perfectly.
  • Summoning Ritual: One of the upgrade cards is called Summoning Ritual. It lets you sacrifice a unicorn in order to search the deck for another one.
  • Taking the Bullet: The effect of the Black Knight Unicorn allows this.
  • Tan Lines: Star-shaped tan lines are the only thing that shows that the Naked Narwhal has worn a starfish bikini before instead of just being a naked cartoon animal lacking attributes.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Everything in the Rainbow Sprinkles Expansion Pack, and also some cards from the base set, like the Magical Kittencorn or the Baby Unicorns.
  • Technicolor Toxin: The Unicorn Toxin has a bright green color.
  • Theme Deck: The kickstarter exclusive Control and Chaos decks
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: The "Neigh, Bitch!" instant card from the NSFW expansion
  • Three-Way Sex: The Unicorgy magic card from the NSFW expansion
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: The "Fuck, Marry, Kill" magic card from the NSFW expansion
  • Threatening Shark: The Shark With a Horn
  • Tornado Move: The Glitter Tornado
  • Turtle Power: The Dragon Turtle Unicorn from the Dragons expansion
  • Ugly Cute: The Magical Pugicorn form the Rainbow Sprinkles expansion and the upside down Baby Unicorn from the NSFW expansion.
  • Undead Child: One of the Baby Unicorn cards has a skull face.
  • Unicorns Are Sacred: Averted. Killing unicorns is no problem in this game, it's the objective. The Angelic Unicorn invokes the trope of unicorns being sacred, anyway.
  • Visual Innuendo: The long horn of the Extremely Fertile Unicorn.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Pandamonium card could also be used on oneself, but the benefits are limited.
  • Webcomics: The game has its own webcomic on its homepage.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: It's a game with a cutesy artstyle featuring colorful unicorns. But it's far from kid friendly, especially the NSFW expansion.
  • Whip It Good: The Dominatrix Whip magic card from the NSFW expansion
  • White Bunny: The Innocent Bunnicorn from the Rainbow Sprinkles expansion
  • White Stallion: The Majestic Flying Unicorn is a white horse, but it inverts the trope in that the unicorn itself is the rider, not the mount.
  • Winged Unicorn: All flying unicorns except for the Majestic Flying Unicorn. Also the Angelic Unicorn and the Unicorn Phoenix.
  • Wizard Classic: One is pictured on the Neigh, Foul Beast instant card from the Dragons expansion
  • Wizarding School: The Apprentice Unicorn from the Dragons expansion seems to be a student of a Wizarding School or a sorcerer's apprentice
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of the NSFW expansion's Baby Unicorns is eaten by a snake, another is thrown in the trash, a third one is holding a hand grenade. Also, the Free Candy Unicorn from the same expansion doesn't seem too trustworthy, either.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The Zombie Apocalypse card from the Apocalypse expansion
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