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* ExtraordinaryWorldOrdinaryProblems: This is a RunningGag with the magic system. Because there is so much obvious danger from unhinged or incompetent magic users, the first year of magic school consists almost entirely of psychological tests and for a lot of spells the hard part is getting through all of the safety training and licensing you need before anyone would willingly teach it to you. There are a few references to the magic industry being almost shattered by expensive lawsuits before they instituted these standards.


* AdventureFriendlyWorld: The setting [[spoiler: of the game]] is deliberately designed to have as many factions at cross purposes as possible.

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* AdventureFriendlyWorld: The setting [[spoiler: of [[spoiler:of the game]] is deliberately designed to have as many factions at cross purposes as possible.



** [[spoiler: Averted by Dub and the other devs. While Dub refers to himself as a god while explaining things to Jim, Slippery John and Thaddeus, it's only because it's the easiest way to explain things without confusing them.]]

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** [[spoiler: Averted [[spoiler:Averted by Dub and the other devs. While Dub refers to himself as a god while explaining things to Jim, Slippery John and Thaddeus, it's only because it's the easiest way to explain things without confusing them.]]



* AwesomeMcCoolname: Lord Brutus Dreadgrave, Baron Carnax Winchester Civious, [[spoiler: Thaddeus Praise-His-Name Godbotherer III]].
* BadassPreacher: [[spoiler: Thaddeus, as it turns out, was an immensely powerful and influential high-priest in life; and even with the loss of his arms, he's able to climb Mount. Murdercruel and come close to matching [[GodMode Barry]] in a spell-fight.]]

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Lord Brutus Dreadgrave, Baron Carnax Winchester Civious, [[spoiler: Thaddeus [[spoiler:Thaddeus Praise-His-Name Godbotherer III]].
* BadassPreacher: [[spoiler: Thaddeus, [[spoiler:Thaddeus, as it turns out, was an immensely powerful and influential high-priest in life; and even with the loss of his arms, he's able to climb Mount. Murdercruel and come close to matching [[GodMode Barry]] in a spell-fight.]]



* BigBad: [[spoiler: Simon, in his Mogworld persona as 'Lord Si-Mon'.]]

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* BigBad: [[spoiler: Simon, [[spoiler:Simon, in his Mogworld persona as 'Lord Si-Mon'.]]



* BookEnds: The book starts with Jim being killed in front on his magic school. [[spoiler: It ends with the re-incarnated Jim finding himself in the same situation, only this time he decides ScrewThisImOuttaHere and leaves.]]

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* BookEnds: The book starts with Jim being killed in front on his magic school. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It ends with the re-incarnated Jim finding himself in the same situation, only this time he decides ScrewThisImOuttaHere and leaves.]]



* {{Break The Cutie}}: [[spoiler: Meryl, two times, in fact. The first time is the realization that Jim was right about their homeland's citizens' having neither the pride nor the revolutionary fervour to rise up against their conquerors, and the second is the revelation that Jim sold out the Magic Resistance.]]

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* {{Break The Cutie}}: [[spoiler: Meryl, [[spoiler:Meryl, two times, in fact. The first time is the realization that Jim was right about their homeland's citizens' having neither the pride nor the revolutionary fervour to rise up against their conquerors, and the second is the revelation that Jim sold out the Magic Resistance.]]



* CompletelyMissingThePoint: For comic effect, a lot of reviewers review the book with the expectations of a video game, disregarding how it isn't interactive. [[spoiler: In an InUniverse example, a review of the Mogworld game closes off the book, in which the game gets 9 for innovation, 4 for gameplay and 3 for lastability, concluding with a score of [[EightPointEight 72.85%]]]].

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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: For comic effect, a lot of reviewers review the book with the expectations of a video game, disregarding how it isn't interactive. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In an InUniverse example, a review of the Mogworld game closes off the book, in which the game gets 9 for innovation, 4 for gameplay and 3 for lastability, concluding with a score of [[EightPointEight 72.85%]]]].



* CrapsackWorld: Already has shades of this following The Infusion, due to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever stagnation]]. [[spoiler: Simon trying to manipulate it just makes it way, way worse. Averted at the end when the programmers redesign the game to accommodate the [=NPC=]s and not the players.]]
* CrazyPrepared: Slippery John [[spoiler: just so happens to carry magical crampons for scaling Mount Murdercruel. Leads into his Crouching Moron moment (see below).]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: Slippery John, specifically revealed at Mount Murdercruel where Jim figures out he's only ObfuscatingStupidity to avoid getting the Syndrome.]]

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* CrapsackWorld: Already has shades of this following The Infusion, due to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever stagnation]]. [[spoiler: Simon [[spoiler:Simon trying to manipulate it just makes it way, way worse. Averted at the end when the programmers redesign the game to accommodate the [=NPC=]s and not the players.]]
* CrazyPrepared: Slippery John [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just so happens to carry magical crampons for scaling Mount Murdercruel. Leads into his Crouching Moron moment (see below).]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: Slippery [[spoiler:Slippery John, specifically revealed at Mount Murdercruel where Jim figures out he's only ObfuscatingStupidity to avoid getting the Syndrome.]]



* DarkIsNotEvil: Odd case. Baron Civious seemed to be evil in the past and possibly still is now (his continuing experiments involving vivisection, and the legion of tortured souls of the damned in his battle aura basically ''scream'' "Yes"), but at the time of the story [[spoiler: he's definitely working on the side of good by trying to get rid of the Adventurer's Guild and stop the Infusion.]]
** Earlier in the book, Lord Dreadgrave is well-regarded by both his undead minions [[spoiler: and the townsfolk he constantly raids]].

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Odd case. Baron Civious seemed to be evil in the past and possibly still is now (his continuing experiments involving vivisection, and the legion of tortured souls of the damned in his battle aura basically ''scream'' "Yes"), but at the time of the story [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's definitely working on the side of good by trying to get rid of the Adventurer's Guild and stop the Infusion.]]
** Earlier in the book, Lord Dreadgrave is well-regarded by both his undead minions [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the townsfolk he constantly raids]].



** [[spoiler: His fellow zombies join him eventually. Thaddeus decides he deserves to die for being a zombie and an abomination, Meryl actually wanted deletion for three quarters of the book but tried to hide it.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: A surprisingly dark one of the conventions of [[{{MMORPG}} MMORPGs]], and video games in general. [[spoiler: What were originally {{NPC}}s became living, sentient beings, driven mad by the painful cycle of murder and plunder. Real thinking entities unable to escape a wretched existence, without the escape of death as an option. Entire lives ruined, all for a ''game''.]]

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** [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His fellow zombies join him eventually. Thaddeus decides he deserves to die for being a zombie and an abomination, Meryl actually wanted deletion for three quarters of the book but tried to hide it.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: A surprisingly dark one of the conventions of [[{{MMORPG}} MMORPGs]], and video games in general. [[spoiler: What [[spoiler:What were originally {{NPC}}s became living, sentient beings, driven mad by the painful cycle of murder and plunder. Real thinking entities unable to escape a wretched existence, without the escape of death as an option. Entire lives ruined, all for a ''game''.]]



* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: On going over all the changes to the game since the earlier build the story takes place in, especially adding NPC permadeath instead of respawning, the reviewer in the epilogue wonders what the developers have against [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]].]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Jim, in a way. His whole motivation is to acquire a death that isn't an AndIMustScream scenario, and along the way he winds up developing some heroic tendencies. This lands him not only deletion but something better; a fresh start.]]

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* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: On [[spoiler:On going over all the changes to the game since the earlier build the story takes place in, especially adding NPC permadeath instead of respawning, the reviewer in the epilogue wonders what the developers have against [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]].]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Jim, [[spoiler:Jim, in a way. His whole motivation is to acquire a death that isn't an AndIMustScream scenario, and along the way he winds up developing some heroic tendencies. This lands him not only deletion but something better; a fresh start.]]



* ElvesVsDwarves: Averted, as Mr. Wonderful (an Elf) and Bowg (a Dwarf) are partners. [[spoiler: Then played straight when Mr. Wonderful kills Bowg to help Jim and Thaddeus get to the Nexus.]]
* [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Embarrassing Last Name]]: Jim's full name, [[spoiler: James Rufus Bottomroach]].

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* ElvesVsDwarves: Averted, as Mr. Wonderful (an Elf) and Bowg (a Dwarf) are partners. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then played straight when Mr. Wonderful kills Bowg to help Jim and Thaddeus get to the Nexus.]]
* [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Embarrassing Last Name]]: Jim's full name, [[spoiler: James [[spoiler:James Rufus Bottomroach]].



* EvilOverlord: Baron Civious is ''supposed'' be one, but he got dethroned when he refused to bend-the-knee to the policies of the Adventurer's Guild. Also [[spoiler: Si-Mon]] and [[spoiler: Jim, in the SECOND ending to the book.]]

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* EvilOverlord: Baron Civious is ''supposed'' be one, but he got dethroned when he refused to bend-the-knee to the policies of the Adventurer's Guild. Also [[spoiler: Si-Mon]] [[spoiler:Si-Mon]] and [[spoiler: Jim, [[spoiler:Jim, in the SECOND ending to the book.]]



* ExactWords/ LanguageOfMagic: The way magic works in ''Mogworld''. For example, the spell for "Fireball" is ''Arcanus Inferus Telechus''. However, you don't have to say those words immediately after each other, or even say all three if you're knocked out, and someone else says the rest for you. [[spoiler: This loophole allows Jim to discretely cast spells by saying words that ''sound'' like the spell words, disguised as normal conversation.]]
* FakeUltimateHero: Baron Civious, not necessarily because he's weak, [[spoiler: he's just weak compared to [[GameBreaker Barry]].]]

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* ExactWords/ LanguageOfMagic: The way magic works in ''Mogworld''. For example, the spell for "Fireball" is ''Arcanus Inferus Telechus''. However, you don't have to say those words immediately after each other, or even say all three if you're knocked out, and someone else says the rest for you. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This loophole allows Jim to discretely cast spells by saying words that ''sound'' like the spell words, disguised as normal conversation.]]
* FakeUltimateHero: Baron Civious, not necessarily because he's weak, [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's just weak compared to [[GameBreaker Barry]].]]



** Slippery John's role as MrExposition despite otherwise being rather useless makes more sense once Jim realizes [[spoiler: he's faking being an idiot to avoid the Syndrome.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Barry went from a barely-respected vicar [[spoiler: to TheChosenOne of an evil programmer-god.]]

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** Slippery John's role as MrExposition despite otherwise being rather useless makes more sense once Jim realizes [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's faking being an idiot to avoid the Syndrome.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Barry went from a barely-respected vicar [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to TheChosenOne of an evil programmer-god.]]



* GodMode: An InUniverse example: [[spoiler: Barry is empowered by Simon in order to work as his agent in Mogworld. His regular priest powers are upgraded to godlike levels, and he gains ludicrous amounts of health and mana to match. Baron Civious, a late-game boss [=NPC=], isn't even a challenge to him.]]

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* GodMode: An InUniverse example: [[spoiler: Barry [[spoiler:Barry is empowered by Simon in order to work as his agent in Mogworld. His regular priest powers are upgraded to godlike levels, and he gains ludicrous amounts of health and mana to match. Baron Civious, a late-game boss [=NPC=], isn't even a challenge to him.]]



* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: "The Truth" - that their entire existence happens to be a video game - has different effects depending on who hears it, with some becoming oddly placid, and others going into a murderous rage. Some like Meryl become depressed and seek death.]]

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: "The [[spoiler:"The Truth" - that their entire existence happens to be a video game - has different effects depending on who hears it, with some becoming oddly placid, and others going into a murderous rage. Some like Meryl become depressed and seek death.]]



* GuileHero: Jim leans this way sometimes. [[spoiler: Slippery John turns out to be one as well.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Mr. Wonderful, at the top of Mount Murdercruel when he sees the Nexus and Jim tells them he can end the Infusion.]] Although how much of a HeelFaceTurn this was will vary when you consider that he [[spoiler: only wants the Infusion to end so he can enjoy murdering people again.]]

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* GuileHero: Jim leans this way sometimes. [[spoiler: Slippery [[spoiler:Slippery John turns out to be one as well.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Wonderful, at the top of Mount Murdercruel when he sees the Nexus and Jim tells them he can end the Infusion.]] Although how much of a HeelFaceTurn this was will vary when you consider that he [[spoiler: only [[spoiler:only wants the Infusion to end so he can enjoy murdering people again.]]



** [[spoiler: From a narrative perspective, Barry kills the King of Lolede, as well as Baron Civious and his wife, when he invades the city. Though they'll eventually respawn, they're never seen again in the story proper.]]
* HiddenDepths: Toward the end of the book [[spoiler: Slippery John turns out to be a cunning and manipulative thief who acted like a bumbling doofus so he wouldn't be targeted by the angels, Thaddeus is revealed to have previously been an absurdly badass priest when he was alive, and Meryl turns out to be just as suicidal as Jim upon realizing her homeland had been taken over, and that her former countrymen had no urge to rise up against their conquerors.]]
** Jim lampshades this himself [[spoiler: after seeing Thaddeus dispose of two pursuers with a powerful spell. Using his toes to cast it. He realizes that since he never bothered with talking to Thaddeus or learning about him, he had no idea what kind of priest he was in life, or how strong his magic was.]]
* HolierThanThou: The religious figures who appear in the story all have varying degrees of nastiness. Thaddeus the zombified priest is a delusional prat who constantly insults his fellow zombies, an early Youth Group from a different religion (the Enlightened Church of the Earth Mother) destroys a rival church to steal its business and Barry the Vicar [[spoiler: is an unlikeable SmugSnake who starts abusing his GodMode powers the second he gets them, and gleefully tries to take over the world in the name of Si-Mon.]]
** [[spoiler: Thaddeus does redeem himself toward the end when he realizes he's just as much of an abomination as the others and stops talking down to Jim, instead offering decent spiritual advice. He also turns out to secretly be a badass around the same time, to the point that he's the only character able to briefly go [[StealthPun toe-to-toe]] with Barry.]]

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** [[spoiler: From [[spoiler:From a narrative perspective, Barry kills the King of Lolede, as well as Baron Civious and his wife, when he invades the city. Though they'll eventually respawn, they're never seen again in the story proper.]]
* HiddenDepths: Toward the end of the book [[spoiler: Slippery [[spoiler:Slippery John turns out to be a cunning and manipulative thief who acted like a bumbling doofus so he wouldn't be targeted by the angels, Thaddeus is revealed to have previously been an absurdly badass priest when he was alive, and Meryl turns out to be just as suicidal as Jim upon realizing her homeland had been taken over, and that her former countrymen had no urge to rise up against their conquerors.]]
** Jim lampshades this himself [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after seeing Thaddeus dispose of two pursuers with a powerful spell. Using his toes to cast it. He realizes that since he never bothered with talking to Thaddeus or learning about him, he had no idea what kind of priest he was in life, or how strong his magic was.]]
* HolierThanThou: The religious figures who appear in the story all have varying degrees of nastiness. Thaddeus the zombified priest is a delusional prat who constantly insults his fellow zombies, an early Youth Group from a different religion (the Enlightened Church of the Earth Mother) destroys a rival church to steal its business and Barry the Vicar [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is an unlikeable SmugSnake who starts abusing his GodMode powers the second he gets them, and gleefully tries to take over the world in the name of Si-Mon.]]
** [[spoiler: Thaddeus [[spoiler:Thaddeus does redeem himself toward the end when he realizes he's just as much of an abomination as the others and stops talking down to Jim, instead offering decent spiritual advice. He also turns out to secretly be a badass around the same time, to the point that he's the only character able to briefly go [[StealthPun toe-to-toe]] with Barry.]]



* ILoveTheDead: Slippery John's "wife" [[spoiler: Drylda.]] Although technically she's still alive, most of the other characters view her as nothing more than a corpse.
** It straddles a thin line between DudeShesLikeInAComa and ILoveTheDead, if you want to get technical. Most of the other characters don't seem to care which side [[spoiler: Drylda]] falls on - they see it as creepy and very disturbing.

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* ILoveTheDead: Slippery John's "wife" [[spoiler: Drylda.[[spoiler:Drylda.]] Although technically she's still alive, most of the other characters view her as nothing more than a corpse.
** It straddles a thin line between DudeShesLikeInAComa and ILoveTheDead, if you want to get technical. Most of the other characters don't seem to care which side [[spoiler: Drylda]] [[spoiler:Drylda]] falls on - they see it as creepy and very disturbing.



* [[spoiler: KillEmAll]]: [[spoiler: By the end of the story, everyone in Mogworld is dead, deleted or erased by the ResetButton. The programmers fortunately are able to restore everything afterwords.]]

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* [[spoiler: KillEmAll]]: [[spoiler: By [[spoiler:KillEmAll]]: [[spoiler:By the end of the story, everyone in Mogworld is dead, deleted or erased by the ResetButton. The programmers fortunately are able to restore everything afterwords.]]



* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: Barry's holy powers granted by Si-Mon.]]

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* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: Barry's [[spoiler:Barry's holy powers granted by Si-Mon.]]



* MillionMookMarch: [[spoiler: Barry's massive army in Lolede.]]
* MissionFromGod: Barry gets his from [[spoiler:Si-Mon]]. Later, Jim, Thaddeus and Slippery John get their own commanded by [[spoiler: Dub]].

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* MillionMookMarch: [[spoiler: Barry's [[spoiler:Barry's massive army in Lolede.]]
* MissionFromGod: Barry gets his from [[spoiler:Si-Mon]]. Later, Jim, Thaddeus and Slippery John get their own commanded by [[spoiler: Dub]].[[spoiler:Dub]].



* NonstandardGameOver: [[spoiler: Slippery John mentions this when he first brings up the fact that he died. This is a reference to the resurrections of the player characters in an actual MMORPG.]]

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* NonstandardGameOver: [[spoiler: Slippery [[spoiler:Slippery John mentions this when he first brings up the fact that he died. This is a reference to the resurrections of the player characters in an actual MMORPG.]]



* {{Obfuscating Stupidity}}: [[spoiler: This is how Slippery John evades being taken by the Syndrome. Probably.]]

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* {{Obfuscating Stupidity}}: [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is how Slippery John evades being taken by the Syndrome. Probably.]]



** A particularly memorable one was [[spoiler: Barry realizing Thaddeus was a particularly powerful priest in life. "Holy balls, I did my thesis on you!"]]

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** A particularly memorable one was [[spoiler: Barry [[spoiler:Barry realizing Thaddeus was a particularly powerful priest in life. "Holy balls, I did my thesis on you!"]]



** ArtificialZombie: [[spoiler: Since the whole thing takes place in a hyper-realistic video game.]]

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** ArtificialZombie: [[spoiler: Since [[spoiler:Since the whole thing takes place in a hyper-realistic video game.]]



* OvershadowedByAwesome: [[spoiler: I'm sure Baron Civious would have been more useful if he wasn't fighting someone with GameBreaker powers.]]

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* OvershadowedByAwesome: [[spoiler: I'm [[spoiler:I'm sure Baron Civious would have been more useful if he wasn't fighting someone with GameBreaker powers.]]



* PhysicalGod: Barry, [[spoiler: thanks to Simon.]]

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* PhysicalGod: Barry, [[spoiler: thanks [[spoiler:thanks to Simon.]]



* ResurrectiveImmortality: Everyone in Mogworld. Except for [[spoiler: Glitch!]]Undead, because they don't get a new body. Just their increasingly decrepit old ones. Regardless, everyone hates it.
* [[spoiler:ResetButton]]: [[spoiler: Jim introducing his corrupt code into the Nexus causes this, but not in the context of time - The Mogworld game is sent back to an extremely early pre-alpha build, embodied by a featureless, lifeless wasteland.]]
** [[spoiler: After Si'Mon is defeated (and ''Simon'' fired from Loincloth), the other programmers work to restore Mogworld properly. In honor of Jim, they go through various alternate builds for his benefit - redesigning him as a barbarian hero, followed by a powerful necromancer - before playing the trope straight and simply giving him a world where his death at St. Gordon's Magical Collage never happened.]]
* RunningBothSides: [[spoiler: Although most of the adventurers themselves are unaware of this, the vast majority of the monsters and quest villains work for the Adventurer's guild, making the entire adventuring industry a massive scam.]]

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* ResurrectiveImmortality: Everyone in Mogworld. Except for [[spoiler: Glitch!]]Undead, [[spoiler:Glitch!]]Undead, because they don't get a new body. Just their increasingly decrepit old ones. Regardless, everyone hates it.
* [[spoiler:ResetButton]]: [[spoiler: Jim [[spoiler:Jim introducing his corrupt code into the Nexus causes this, but not in the context of time - The Mogworld game is sent back to an extremely early pre-alpha build, embodied by a featureless, lifeless wasteland.]]
** [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After Si'Mon is defeated (and ''Simon'' fired from Loincloth), the other programmers work to restore Mogworld properly. In honor of Jim, they go through various alternate builds for his benefit - redesigning him as a barbarian hero, followed by a powerful necromancer - before playing the trope straight and simply giving him a world where his death at St. Gordon's Magical Collage never happened.]]
* RunningBothSides: [[spoiler: Although [[spoiler:Although most of the adventurers themselves are unaware of this, the vast majority of the monsters and quest villains work for the Adventurer's guild, making the entire adventuring industry a massive scam.]]



** Some of the people who work at [[spoiler: Loincloth Entertainment]] are named [[VideoGame/SilentHill1 Mason]], [[VideoGame/SilentHill2 Sunderland]], and [[VideoGame/SilentHill4 Townshend]].

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** Some of the people who work at [[spoiler: Loincloth [[spoiler:Loincloth Entertainment]] are named [[VideoGame/SilentHill1 Mason]], [[VideoGame/SilentHill2 Sunderland]], and [[VideoGame/SilentHill4 Townshend]].



* SmugSnake: Barry, [[spoiler: after becoming Simon's figurehead.]] Also Simon, from what we see of him.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: Jim.]]

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* SmugSnake: Barry, [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after becoming Simon's figurehead.]] Also Simon, from what we see of him.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: Jim.[[spoiler:Jim.]]



* StrawHypocrite: Averted with Thaddeus. [[spoiler: At first he absolutely hates and dismisses the other zombies for being monsters and abominations. When it finally hits him that ''he's'' a zombie just like the others, he decides that he needs to die just as much as the others and joins Jim's quest for permanent death.]]
* StupidEvil: [[spoiler: Simon was never going to keep control past when his boss comes back from vacation.]]

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* StrawHypocrite: Averted with Thaddeus. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At first he absolutely hates and dismisses the other zombies for being monsters and abominations. When it finally hits him that ''he's'' a zombie just like the others, he decides that he needs to die just as much as the others and joins Jim's quest for permanent death.]]
* StupidEvil: [[spoiler: Simon [[spoiler:Simon was never going to keep control past when his boss comes back from vacation.]]



* TheNothingAfterDeath: Played with. [[spoiler: The first time Jim dies, he gets visions of a beautiful, perfect afterlife where he's perfectly content with everything, which is abruptly ended when he's resurrected as a zombie. When he asks Dub if he could be sent back to that afterlife after he's deleted, Dub outright tells him that it was (probably) the AI equivalent of a pre-death hallucination, since the developers never programmed an afterlife, to which Jim responds, "Thank God for that." Even so, Don suggests that Jim, as a conscious being, could have a sort of an afterlife by invoking the Quantum Suicide theory.]]

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* TheNothingAfterDeath: Played with. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The first time Jim dies, he gets visions of a beautiful, perfect afterlife where he's perfectly content with everything, which is abruptly ended when he's resurrected as a zombie. When he asks Dub if he could be sent back to that afterlife after he's deleted, Dub outright tells him that it was (probably) the AI equivalent of a pre-death hallucination, since the developers never programmed an afterlife, to which Jim responds, "Thank God for that." Even so, Don suggests that Jim, as a conscious being, could have a sort of an afterlife by invoking the Quantum Suicide theory.]]



* ThoseTwoBadGuys: [[AxeCrazy Mr. Wonderful]] and [[TheComicallySerious Bowg]]. Subverted in that [[TeethClenchedTeamWork they don't actually like each other at all]] - at one point, Mr. Wonderful snaps and yells at Bowg to cut it out with the DelusionsOfEloquence because it's driving him crazy. [[spoiler: He later turns on Bowg and kills him.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Thaddeus, specifically after [[spoiler: his arms get ripped off by Barry.]]

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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: [[AxeCrazy Mr. Wonderful]] and [[TheComicallySerious Bowg]]. Subverted in that [[TeethClenchedTeamWork they don't actually like each other at all]] - at one point, Mr. Wonderful snaps and yells at Bowg to cut it out with the DelusionsOfEloquence because it's driving him crazy. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He later turns on Bowg and kills him.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Thaddeus, specifically after [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his arms get ripped off by Barry.]]



** [[spoiler: Taken to an extreme as Jim starts to get towards the end of his quest. They spot flyers for ways to commit suicide, and people who offer ways of mutilating yourself. After all, you'll only respawn if you die - so ''why not''? Jim considers it a little unsettling when he thinks about it.]]

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** [[spoiler: Taken [[spoiler:Taken to an extreme as Jim starts to get towards the end of his quest. They spot flyers for ways to commit suicide, and people who offer ways of mutilating yourself. After all, you'll only respawn if you die - so ''why not''? Jim considers it a little unsettling when he thinks about it.]]



* YesMan: The term "lickspittle" is used to describe Barry [[spoiler: by Thaddeus.]]

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* YesMan: The term "lickspittle" is used to describe Barry [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by Thaddeus.]]


* GodMode: An InUniverse example: [[spoiler: Barry is empowered by Simon in order to work as his agent in Mogworld. His regular priest powers are upgraded to godlike levels, and he gains ludicrous amounts health and mana to match. Baron Civious, a late-game boss [=NPC=], isn't even a challenge to him.]]
* GameBreakingBug: [[spoiler: Jim (and presumably Thaddeus and Meryl as well, though the story does not really use them in this regard) is this, because he's a result of the AI procedures doing something that the developers did not expect. When he interacts with control connections to the real world, only accessible in what is to him the spirit realm, he corrupts them. This ends up screwing up a player's access to his character, and later it allows Jim to reset the world after Si-Mon took it over.]].

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* GodMode: An InUniverse example: [[spoiler: Barry is empowered by Simon in order to work as his agent in Mogworld. His regular priest powers are upgraded to godlike levels, and he gains ludicrous amounts of health and mana to match. Baron Civious, a late-game boss [=NPC=], isn't even a challenge to him.]]
* GameBreakingBug: [[spoiler: Jim [[spoiler:Jim (and presumably Thaddeus and Meryl as well, though the story does not really use them in this regard) is this, because he's a result of the AI procedures doing something that the developers did not expect. When he interacts with control connections to the real world, only accessible in what is to him the spirit realm, he corrupts them. This ends up screwing up a player's access to his character, and later it allows Jim to reset the world after Si-Mon took it over.]].


* ChainmailBikini/{{Stripperiffic}}: Warriors in Mogworld of both genders favor "armor" that shows an absurd amount of skin. They have an unwritten honor code / gentleman's agreement not to actually hit any of the revealed areas. This runs into the LogicalWeakness in a scene where a bunch of adventurers get into a fight with some villagers, who promptly ignore it and massacre them.

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* ChainmailBikini/{{Stripperiffic}}: ChainmailBikini / {{Stripperiffic}}: Warriors in Mogworld of both genders favor "armor" that shows an absurd amount of skin. They have an unwritten honor code / gentleman's agreement not to actually hit any of the revealed areas. This runs into the LogicalWeakness in a scene where a bunch of adventurers get into a fight with some villagers, who promptly ignore it and massacre them.

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* ChainmailBikini/{{Stripperiffic}}: Warriors in Mogworld of both genders favor "armor" that shows an absurd amount of skin. They have an unwritten honor code / gentleman's agreement not to actually hit any of the revealed areas. This runs into the LogicalWeakness in a scene where a bunch of adventurers get into a fight with some villagers, who promptly ignore it and massacre them.


''Mogworld'' is the first published novel from CausticCritic [[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]], famous for his online VideoGame critique series ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', introducing us to the world within a popular {{fantasy}}-themed online {{MMORPG}} Mogworld (which is basically ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' in all but name). There, the {{NPC}}s go about their daily lives, unaware that some of the people among them -- thought to suffer from a strange syndrome -- are [[PlayerCharacter player characters]] controlled by beings from another universe: [[HumansAreCthulhu us]].

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''Mogworld'' from 2010 is the first published novel from CausticCritic [[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]], famous for his online VideoGame critique series ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', introducing us to the world within a popular {{fantasy}}-themed online {{MMORPG}} Mogworld (which is basically ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' in all but name). There, the {{NPC}}s go about their daily lives, unaware that some of the people among them -- thought to suffer from a strange syndrome -- are [[PlayerCharacter player characters]] controlled by beings from another universe: [[HumansAreCthulhu us]].

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** Jim's missing nose.

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** Yahtzee's talent for bizarre metaphors and similes is on full display.

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* TheMedic: Meryl, of sorts. She's the only of the group who knows how to reassemble the undead characters back together. When separated, Jim and Thaddeus get stuck with debilitating injuries and have to make due.


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* UncannyValley: Syndrome victims. TheReveal just makes it worse.

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** Slippery John's role as MrExposition despite otherwise being rather useless makes more sense once Jim realizes [[spoiler: he's faking being an idiot to avoid the Syndrome.]]

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: James is terrified of gnolls.


* XMeetsY: ''[[{{VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft}} World Of Warcraft]]'' meets ''[[{{Film/TheTrumanShow}} The Truman Show]]'' with a helping of ''[[{{Literature/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy}} The Hitch-Hiker's Guide]]''.


Not only has the flood of preorders meant that the success of the book is even more inevitable than it already has been, but it also kicked off the branch of Dark Horse Comics known as Dark Horse Books, who are also publishing books based off ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', ''Franchise/MassEffect'', and ''WebVideo/TheGuild''. As Yahtzee has said in response to a question on {{Twitter}}, ''Mogworld'' is the first book published by Dark Horse Books.

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Not only has the flood of preorders meant that the success of the book is even more inevitable than it already has been, but it also kicked off the branch of Dark Horse Comics known as Dark Horse Books, who are also publishing books based off ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', ''Franchise/MassEffect'', and ''WebVideo/TheGuild''. As Yahtzee has said in response to a question on {{Twitter}}, Website/{{Twitter}}, ''Mogworld'' is the first book published by Dark Horse Books.

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-->'''Mr. Wonderful:''' Irony goes completely over his head, doesn't it? [[SuddenlyShouting BECAUSE HE'S VERY SHORT!!]]


** Some of the people who work at [[spoiler: Loincloth Entertainment]] are named [[SilentHill1 Mason]], [[SilentHill2 Sunderland]], and [[SilentHill4 Townshend]].

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** Some of the people who work at [[spoiler: Loincloth Entertainment]] are named [[SilentHill1 [[VideoGame/SilentHill1 Mason]], [[SilentHill2 [[VideoGame/SilentHill2 Sunderland]], and [[SilentHill4 [[VideoGame/SilentHill4 Townshend]].

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