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* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: Potato's first event had the two only NPCs previously met both biting the dust in [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown different]], [[NoBodyLeftBehind horrific]] [[LiterallyShatteredLives ways]].

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* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: Potato's first event had the two only NPCs [=NPCs=] previously met both biting the dust in [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown different]], [[NoBodyLeftBehind horrific]] [[LiterallyShatteredLives ways]].


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* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Both played straight and inverted. Unit 13 was certainly bad news, but the Thirteen Treasures are treated as anything but unlucky.



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* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: Very frequently occurs. Usually it's an EnergyWeapon created from the person's magic.
* SuccessionCrisis: The elf supercolony Camelot may have this [[spoiler:if Gwen tries to retake the throne.]] But that's really unlikely since she's totally uninterested.
* StatOVision: Schillertech's eyepieces are ''very'' advanced technology, and more complex robotic companion models (reserved for Ian and his associates) often come with various statistics in the corner recording the user's vitals.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Upon regaining memories in the reincarnation AU.

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* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: Very frequently occurs. Usually it's an EnergyWeapon created from the person's magic.
* SuccessionCrisis: The elf supercolony Camelot may have this [[spoiler:if Gwen tries
Magicks can create weapons out of Blade or other offensive spells, usually customized to retake the throne.]] But that's really unlikely since she's totally uninterested.
* StatOVision: Schillertech's eyepieces are ''very'' advanced technology, and more complex robotic companion models (reserved for Ian and his associates) often come with various statistics in the corner recording the user's vitals.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Upon regaining memories in the reincarnation AU.
their liking.



* SummonToHand: The Summon spell. It doesn't work on channelers, unfortunately.
* SuperCellReception: Invoked intentionally by anyone using the underground, student-created cell network that connects certain cellphones together.
** Icarus has a connection of his own with [[spoiler:Iapyx.]]
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: See RandomlyGifted above.
* SuperEmpowering: Merlin allowed Naomi and Ariadne to channel his power through the Oak, enabling them to use interelement magic on a massive scale and put out the fires in the school and the town.
* SuperMode: Marinna and Naomi's siren forms.
* SuperWeaponAverageJoe: The Merchant's glove. He was only able to use it once. Just once.
* SuperWindowJump: End and Muna pull a traditional one while escaping Cati at Naomi's house.
* SupportingLeader: End and Shanta, together, are this for Janus House, if only because their current house rep is... nowhere to be found.
** Yvonne, when she was house rep, had Icarus has backup.
* SweetTooth: Bambi, Ziza and Camille sure like strawberry ice cream.
** Merchant is also fond of strawberries.
* {{Synchronization}}: Muna and Shanta were bonded by Muna's curse for a couple of months, and shared the pain inflicted when Muna's curse was triggered.
* TacticalWithdrawal: Naomi, Muna, End, and Nina run as Vivian unleashes a black wave of magic... good thing they did too, since it was an instadeath spell, apparently.
* TakenForGranite: Fade.
* TaughtByExperience: The way the Headmaster runs his school shows he believes in this trope.
* TechnicolorEyes:
** Elves. Their eyes can range from yellow to orange to brown to green. Just about the only color eyes they can't have, in fact, is blue.
** InvertedTrope: No species that attends Merlin should be able to have ''red'' eyes, to make anyone hexed stand out quite a bit.
* {{Teleportation}}: Merlinverse has been shown to have teleport circles, which teleport to a specific spot. So far, no other method of getting around has been shown.
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Shanta to Muna at the moment, with End caught in the middle, though it's more like "keep him away from me because I don't want to see him".
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Strawberry trio. Ziza is the seductress, Camille the wife, and Bambi the child.
* TemptingFate: Yes, good idea Naomi. Insult and try to immobilize the clearly crazy girl that ''already said she would be hostile if she met resistance.'' [[DidntThinkThisThrough Good idea.]]
** Why the food group keeps running into the alleys when they've already been threatened with bodily harm by the gang there is anyone's guess.
* TensionCuttingLaughter: Naomi starts laughing after the rain begins to fall.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: With the sheer amount of trauma going on at the Academy, you'd think that the Headmaster would have employed one of these by now. One character had is ''arms blown off'' in his first year.
** Somewhat averted now that Asphodel is on the scene, but whether she makes things worse or better is up to opinion.
** Actually, there don't seem to be any therapists around the world in general, with the amount of emotional issues everyone has.
* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou: End with pretty much all his victims.
** Shanta about Daksha.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: When Ari realized she was in a love triangle between Aerykah and Naomi, she went for... Charlotte.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Both inverted ''and'' played straight. The Blood Pact unit dispatched to the school is Unit Thirteen, but Merlin's Thirteen Treasures are anything ''but'' put in a negative light.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: What most students probably think before running headlong into the day's adventure.
** The Magic Mirror story in particular became this.
* ThoseTwoGirls: Ari and Naomi.
** Bambi and Amanda. (Though Amanda's not really a girl.)
** Puddin and Finch.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Muna and End, Ian and Icarus, and Gage and Din. (Even though Din isn't exactly a guy.)
* TimeSkip: Happens at the end of every plot - the world speeds up a little and a new generation of students attends Merlin.
* TownGirls: Strawberry trio - Ziza is the Femme, Bambi the Butch and Camille the Neither.
* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: The whole point of the school.
* {{Transfictionality}}: Don't think about Rose's storybook too much; you'll get a headache.
* TranslatorMicrobes: The only reason the students can understand each other is because of a massive sphere of influence over most of the forest, Justus, and the Academy known as the language debarrier. It translates others' languages into the hearer's native tongue, with the exception of nonhuman languages.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Happens frequently with dimensional rips. Often, the only way out is to complete the story of the rip.
* TrueCompanions: The elf trio. It would take physical force to separate them at this point.
** A-Team as well.
* TrueSight: Sight, with a capital S. It's simply defined as the ability to see the world as it is. Magicks are [[spoiler:almost]] always born with it. It's been known to manifest in mundanes as well, such as the Merchant and the Mechanic, but the ability among those without magic capacity is extremely rare.
* ATrueStoryInMyUniverse: Rose's book.
* TruthSerum: One of the Council's punishments. It was administered to Naomi in a NoodleIncident when she broke into their office, which was how her siren secret was exposed.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Subverted; there's lots of teachers, it's just that only a couple of them are prominent.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: The Council's taking over and things are never going to be the same.
* UnderwaterRuins: There are several of these along Wales' coastline that Naomi claims are the leftovers of siren society. It's one of the main reasons she keeps coming to Wales.
* UndisclosedFunds: Several characters have access to a lot of money with no real explanation.
** Nina in particular. ''Nobody knows where her money comes from.''
* UnstoppableMailman: Though they've more or less fallen out of style at this point, owls are still the most reliable way to get a message or mail to someone, regardless of where they are in the world.
* UpperClassTwit: Naomi's brother, Jasper.
* UrbanFantasy
* UtilityMagic: Much of the magic learned in Charms is this.
** This is also how many of the healing spells are described - they replace a lot of modern machinery.
* VillainEpisode: Any of the peeks into the various villain bases qualify as this.
* VillainousFriendship: The whole of Unit 53.
* ViolenceIsDisturbing: VIVIAN. VIVIAN I DON'T THINK YOU HAD TO PUT YOUR HAND THROUGH HER CHEST. OR YOUR FOOT. ''VIVIAN.''
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ian and Icarus.
** Rowan and Potato.
** Zach and Priss.
* WeatherManipulation: Possible with interelement magic - it requires a wind and waterwielder.
* WeirdnessCensor: Glamour.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Seriously, why does everything weird happen ''here?''
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Most likely the thoughts of ''every student'' before something major fucks up.
* WizardingSchool
* WordsDoNotMakeTheMagic: It's not necessary to actually utter the spell's name to cast it - some people do, and some people don't.
** Averted in the case of Egyptian magic.
* WorldBuilding: The most fascinating thing about Merlin is it's not just one person's creation. Other people add onto the world, little by little, and it makes it that much more interesting and richer.
* WorldLimitedToThePlot: Defied. Many character events are actually trips out into the real world, usually via a teleport circle or, in some cases, an airplane.
* WorldOfBadass: There are a LOT of badasses everywhere you look.
* WorldTree: Invoked by Merlin's Oak; it is a massive oak emanating a huge amount of magical power that affects any and all magicks nearby.
* WritingAroundTheTrademark: [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Five Nights at Frank's]], featuring Frank the Bear, Ronnie the Rabbit, Chuck the Duck, and Doxxy the Pirate.
** And, infamously, Merky Mouse Clubhouse.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Several characters need a speech about this. The elf trio is especially guilty of needing to be assured about this again and again.
* YouAreNumberSix: In ''The Pet Project,'' a supplementary story to the third plot, characters were assigned a number and a letter rather than names. The survivors of the ordeal were L6, [=Sh4=], [=Sc8=], T7, and B2.
* YouCantFightFate: A common theme, with a more positive spin. Merlin is able to see those who have a greater fate upon them than others, and brings them to the Academy so they have a better chance of emotionally and physically surviving their coming ordeals.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: The elf trio, in different ways.
** Muna has been exiled from his home tribe.
** [[EverybodysDeadDave All of End's former friends are dead.]]
** Shanta is avoiding both her mother and Priya.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Samos and Gil.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: It's pretty obvious to anyone with eyes that Vivian doesn't have very long to live in her current state.
* YourMagicsNoGoodHere: In the Duat, traditional magic simply doesn't work.
* YourWorstNightmare: The magic mirror the maid showed the kids the first time around showed them the worst aspects of themselves.[[/folder]]

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* SummonToHand: The Summon spell. It doesn't work on channelers, unfortunately.
* SuperCellReception: Invoked intentionally by anyone using
spell can summon just about anything to the underground, student-created cell network that connects certain cellphones together.
** Icarus has a connection of his own with [[spoiler:Iapyx.]]
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: See RandomlyGifted above.
caster's hand--other than their channeler.
* SuperEmpowering: Merlin allowed Naomi and Ariadne to channel allows students--only present students, mind you--to tap into his power through and perform incredible feats. He doesn't, however, trust adults and rarely allows even the Oak, enabling them faculty to use interelement magic on a massive scale and put out the fires in the school and the town.
do this.
* SuperMode: Marinna and Naomi's siren forms.
forms give them a power boost.
* SuperWeaponAverageJoe: The Merchant's glove. He was only able to use it once. Just once.
* SuperWindowJump: End and Muna pull
Simon has a traditional one while escaping Cati at Naomi's house.
* SupportingLeader: End and Shanta, together, are this
pair of gloves that emit blasts of power. However, for Janus House, if only because their current house rep is... nowhere to be found.
** Yvonne, when she was house rep, had Icarus has backup.
* SweetTooth: Bambi, Ziza and Camille sure like strawberry ice cream.
** Merchant is also fond of strawberries.
* {{Synchronization}}: Muna and Shanta were bonded by Muna's curse for a couple of months, and shared the pain inflicted when Muna's curse was triggered.
* TacticalWithdrawal: Naomi, Muna, End, and Nina run as Vivian unleashes a black wave of magic... good thing they did too, since
him, at least, it was an instadeath spell, apparently.
a one-time use.
* TakenForGranite: Fade.
Fade is a marble-like, stony substance that essentially turns people into living statues if allowed to spread.
* TaughtByExperience: The way the Headmaster runs his school shows he believes in this trope.
* TechnicolorEyes:
** Elves. Their
TechnicolorEyes: Elves' eyes can range from be just about any color of the rainbow, with the sole exception of blue (and red, which is a color unavailable to the big three in general.) Their actual eye color often varies depending on their ethnicity; for example, desert elves often have yellow to and orange to brown to green. Just about the only color eyes they can't have, in fact, is blue.
** InvertedTrope: No species that attends Merlin should be able to have ''red''
eyes, to make anyone hexed stand out quite a bit.
while forest elves will usually favor purple and green.
* {{Teleportation}}: Merlinverse has been shown to have The most popular way of getting around InUniverse is teleport circles, which are a pair of magic circles that teleport to a specific spot. So far, no other method of getting around has been shown.
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Shanta
Warp tiles are also shown as an alternative to Muna at the moment, with End caught in the middle, elevators, though it's more like "keep him away from me because I don't want to see him".
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Strawberry trio. Ziza is the seductress, Camille the wife,
they work differently and Bambi the child.
* TemptingFate: Yes, good idea Naomi. Insult and try to immobilize the clearly crazy girl that ''already said she would be hostile if she met resistance.'' [[DidntThinkThisThrough Good idea.]]
** Why the food group keeps running into the alleys when they've already been threatened with bodily harm by the gang there is anyone's guess.
aren't as popular.
* TensionCuttingLaughter: Naomi starts laughing After the rain began falling after the rain begins Black Dragon attack, Naomi began to fall.
laugh.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: With the sheer amount of trauma going on at the Academy, you'd think that the Headmaster would have employed one of these by now. One character had is ''arms blown off'' in his first year.
** Somewhat averted now that Asphodel is on the scene, but whether she makes things worse or better is up to opinion.
** Actually, there don't seem to be any therapists around the world in general, with the amount of emotional issues everyone has.
* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou: End with pretty much all his victims.
** Shanta about Daksha.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: When Ari realized she was in a love triangle between Aerykah and Naomi, she went for... Charlotte.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Both inverted ''and'' played straight. The Blood Pact unit dispatched to the school is Unit Thirteen, but Merlin's Thirteen Treasures are anything ''but'' put in a negative light.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: What most students probably think before running headlong into the day's adventure.
** The Magic Mirror story in particular became this.
* ThoseTwoGirls: Ari and Naomi.
** Bambi and Amanda. (Though Amanda's not
You'd really a girl.)
** Puddin and Finch.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Muna and End, Ian and Icarus, and Gage and Din. (Even though Din isn't exactly a guy.)
think the Academy would employ one by now...
* TimeSkip: Happens Occurs at the end of every plot - arc--the first one was two years, but the world speeds up new norm is a little and four-year time skip to fill the school with a brand new generation of students attends Merlin.
* TownGirls: Strawberry trio - Ziza is the Femme, Bambi the Butch and Camille the Neither.
each time.
* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: The whole point of the school.
* {{Transfictionality}}: Don't think about Rose's storybook too much; you'll get
Academy's goal is to refine and train each student's magical power, and they do this by offering as broad a headache.
curriculum as possible.
* TranslatorMicrobes: The only reason the students can understand each other is because of Academy boasts a massive powerful sphere of influence over most of the forest, Justus, and the Academy known as the language debarrier. It translates others' languages into debarrier, which covers the hearer's entire tri-town area. The debarrier allows people to hear others in their native tongue, language, albeit with the accent of the speaker. The only exception of is nonhuman languages.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Happens frequently Unfortunately, this can sometimes be the case with dimensional rips. Often, the only way out is It's usually difficult to escape unless you complete the a story of the rip.
or a puzzle.
* TrueCompanions: The elf trio. It would take physical force to separate them at this point.
** A-Team as well.
Friend groups often become inseparable after the joined trauma of simply attending the Academy.
* TrueSight: Sight, with a capital S. It's simply defined as S, is the ability to see the world as it truly is. Magicks are [[spoiler:almost]] always born with it. It's been known to manifest in mundanes as well, such as In the Merchant and case of the Mechanic, but inversion, Blindness is the ability among those without inability to see magic capacity is extremely rare.
* ATrueStoryInMyUniverse: Rose's book.
altogether. Instead of seeing the world as it is, Blind people see instead what they consider "normal"--a horse instead of a unicorn, butterflies instead of fairies, etc.
* TruthSerum: One of Veritaserum, ripped straight from Harry Potter, is a potion that forces the Council's punishments. It was administered drinker to Naomi in a NoodleIncident when she broke into tell the truth. From their office, which was how her siren secret was exposed.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Subverted; there's lots of teachers, it's just that only a couple of them are prominent.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: The Council's taking over and things are never going to be the same.
perspective, anyway.
* UnderwaterRuins: There are several of these along Wales' coastline that coastline. Naomi claims they are the leftovers of a siren society. It's one of the main reasons she keeps coming to Wales.
society, but those are completely unfounded.
* UndisclosedFunds: Several characters have access to a lot of characters, notably students, spend money with no real explanation.
** Nina in particular. ''Nobody knows where her money comes from.''
* UnstoppableMailman: Though they've more or less fallen out of style at this point, owls are still the most reliable way to get a message or mail to someone, regardless
without any explanation of where they are in the world.
* UpperClassTwit: Naomi's brother, Jasper.
* UrbanFantasy
* UtilityMagic: Much of the magic learned in Charms is this.
** This is also how many of the healing spells are described - they replace a lot of modern machinery.
* VillainEpisode: Any of the peeks into the various villain bases qualify as this.
* VillainousFriendship: The whole of Unit 53.
* ViolenceIsDisturbing: VIVIAN. VIVIAN I DON'T THINK YOU HAD TO PUT YOUR HAND THROUGH HER CHEST. OR YOUR FOOT. ''VIVIAN.''
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ian and Icarus.
** Rowan and Potato.
** Zach and Priss.
* WeatherManipulation: Possible with interelement magic -
it requires a wind and waterwielder.
* WeirdnessCensor: Glamour.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Seriously, why does everything weird happen ''here?''
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Most likely the thoughts of ''every student'' before something major fucks up.
* WizardingSchool
* WordsDoNotMakeTheMagic: It's not necessary to actually utter the spell's name to cast it - some people do, and some people don't.
comes from.
** Averted in the case of Egyptian Harta, in that he has no money and no way to get any.
* UrbanFantasy: The roleplay's genre.
* WeatherManipulation: It's possible to cause this on a smaller scale with interelement
magic.
** Using Merlin's Oak as a magic amplifier makes it possible to ''really'' change the weather.
* WeirdnessCensor: Glamour is a type of magic that can hide the true appearance of things, even from those with Sight.
* WeirdnessMagnet: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Merlin's Oak is an ''extremely'' powerful magical hotspot, and that people are going to be looking for ways to exploit it if possible.
* WizardingSchool: Naturally.
* WorldBuilding: The most fascinating thing about Merlin is it's the sum of multiple people's efforts, not just one person's creation. Other people add onto one. As such, the world, little by little, worldbuilding is a communal effort, and the world gradually becomes richer as it makes it that much more interesting and richer.
grows older.
* WorldLimitedToThePlot: Defied. Many character Character events are actually often trips out into the real world, world locations, usually via a teleport circle or, in some cases, or an airplane.
* WorldOfBadass: There are a LOT of badasses everywhere you look.
* WorldTree: Invoked by Merlin's Oak; it is it's a massive oak emanating that emanates a huge HUGE amount of magical power that affects any power. Any and all magicks nearby.
in its radius get a power boost.
* WritingAroundTheTrademark: [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Merky Mouse Clubhouse, and of course, Five Nights at Frank's]], Frank's, featuring Frank the Bear, Ronnie the Rabbit, Chuck the Duck, and Doxxy the Pirate.
** And, infamously, Merky Mouse Clubhouse.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Several characters need a speech about this. The elf trio is especially guilty of needing to be assured about this again and again.
* YouAreNumberSix: In ''The Pet Project,'' Project'', a supplementary story prologue to the third plot, Arc III, featured many characters that were assigned a number numbers and a letter letters rather than names. The survivors of the ordeal were L6, [=Sh4=], [=Sc8=], T7, L6 (Sage), [=Sh4=] (Labron), [=Sc8=] (Jun), T7 (Saidi), and B2.
B2 (Paz). Characters that didn't survive included L4 (Catherine) and L2 (Hani).
* YouCantFightFate: A common theme, with a more positive spin. Merlin is able to see those who have a greater fate upon them than others, and brings calls for them to attend the Academy so they have a better chance of emotionally and physically surviving their coming ordeals.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: The elf trio, in different ways.
** Muna has been exiled from his home tribe.
** [[EverybodysDeadDave All of End's former friends are dead.]]
** Shanta is avoiding both her mother and Priya.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Samos and Gil.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: It's pretty obvious to anyone with eyes that Vivian doesn't have very long to live in her current state.
* YourMagicsNoGoodHere: In the Duat, traditional magic simply doesn't work.
* YourWorstNightmare: The magic mirror the maid showed the kids the first time
incoming trials. Having so many people around showed them going through the worst aspects of themselves.same thing is also a helpful support system.[[/folder]]


* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Ezrael has a tendency to run when he thinks the situation's out of his control.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Gold Dragon offers a sort of trial to test if someone is worthy of receiving one of its treasures.
* SeeTheInvisible: Keen Eye is a spell that reveals what ordinary vision cannot.
* SeenItAll: By third and fourth year, students are often fairly used to the strange goings on at the school.
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: For a roleplay that takes place at a school, there are rarely any classroom [=RPs=].
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Professor Morioka.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: A common theme among students between first and second semester. Students that are cheerful first semester will often be jaded and more cynical second.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Elves can communicate with animals through their heightened empathy, but it works a little differently than direct contact. Rather, using their empathy, elves are able to discern an animal's feelings, and, through experience, can interpret their thoughts through that.
* SpeechCentricWork: The majority of the roleplay takes place in a live chat, so most of the roleplaying itself is dialogue based.
* SoapWithinAShow: ''The Number of Days''.
* SolarAndLunar: Sol and Luna, the two building blocks of the world.
* SomeKindOfForceField: The spells Improbability and Turtle function as smaller shields. Sphere of Influence can act as a force field on a larger scale, depending on the rules of the sphere.
* SoulJar: Magic lamps are these, and are usually used to capture genies. They can be used for other types of spirits as well.



* SetTheWorldOnFire: Justus and the dorms were reduced to a sea of flames in no time flat.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The Merchant ignored the universe's rules and used a special magic glove to save the elf trio from Vivian. Unfortunately, the incident cost him his left hand. (Fortunately, he had Marianne, who hooked him up with a sick arm.)
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Ezrael bolted once he realized the situation was beyond his control.
* SecretKeeper: Several people or groups.
** Gil, Cas, and Ian agree to keep quiet about [[spoiler:Icarus's abusive brother per Icarus's request.]]
** Naomi confesses about her fishy nature to Muna and End first.
** Shanta tells first End, then Muna and Nina the story [[spoiler:of when she was raped and her best friend banished.]]
** End and Shanta know the entire tale of [[spoiler:how Muna got cursed eight years previous.]] In addition, [[spoiler:Shanta has an even clearer picture since Bijan told her his story as well.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Gold Dragon's trial seems to be this.
* SeeTheInvisible: Keen Eye is a spell that can reveal what ordinary vision can't.
* SeenItAll: Nothing really surprises the upperclassmen anymore. Ever. At all.
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: There are rarely any [=RPs=] that take plays during actual classes.
* SlapSlapKiss: Mari yelled at Merchant before revealing she liked him and kissed him. Merchant got really confused.
* SleepCute: Ian fell asleep on Yvonne. Yvonne didn't mind at all.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Professor Morioka.
** And Potato.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The views of kids at Merlin range from being idealistic to being downright cynical, depending on experience.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Ian and Nina. Ari wore fake glasses to invoke this.
** Rowan wears glasses, but they look stupid.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Elves can communicate with animals through their heightened empathy, but it works a little differently than direct contact. Rather, using their empathy, elves are able to discern an animal's feelings, and, through experience, can interpret their thoughts through that.
* SpeechCentricWork: The majority of the roleplay takes place in a live chat, so most of the roleplaying itself is dialogue based.
* SpikesOfDoom: Sylvia and Naomi run into these while exploring the Ruins.
* SoapWithinAShow: ''The Number of Days''.
* SolarAndLunar: Sol and Luna.
* SomeKindOfForceField: The spells Improbability, Turtle, and Sphere of Influence work like this.
** Also, Merchant's dragon scale generates a small field that protects his cart.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: When Shanta finds soap in Merchant's bag, Merchant is only able to prove it's actually him by naming Muna's percentage of the profits.
* SoulJar: Specially chanted magic lamps are these. They usually store genies, but can be used for... other types of spirits.
** A genie lamp is used to hold Shashi's soul. After the genie is released, of course. The dire consequences of this are unknown at the moment.


* PhlebtoniumBattery: The sun and moon act as different types of chargers for charmed objects.

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* PhlebtoniumBattery: PhlebotinumBattery: The sun and moon act as different types of chargers for charmed objects.


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* PensieveFlashback: Watching the memories stored in Muna's crystal required the use of water, as End and Shanta found out.
* PhlebotinumBattery: The sun and moon act as chargers for charmed objects.
* PocketDimension: There's a ton scattered all over campus. The most well-known are the fairy tale dimension in Janus Dorms, which changes to a different story every time someone enters it, and the Care Bear dimension, which is made up of unspeakable horrors.
* PointyEars: Elves.
* PoisonAndCureGambit: Unit 53's EvilPlan consists of this: either the Council signs off the law that would legalize their past, present, and future actions, or everyone in the Academy, Justus, and the surrounding areas will die slow and painful deaths.
* PoliceAreUseless: Either useless or corrupt.
** Subverted only once, when Shanta calls a police officer to chase off the Merchant. Yes, he comes with, but no, he doesn't really do anything.
** Entirely averted with the Secret Organization.
* PoorCommunicationKills: If Shanta had explained her parting words to Muna just a ''little'' bit better...
** Naomi also has a serious problem with hiding important things from Ari. It's probably one of the reasons the latter broke up with the former.
* PortTown: Town Across is a rich port town across the river, and is the ideal stop for those with a little more cash to spend.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Divinity is a spell that grants the caster wings.
** Shanta specifically has a magic feather that grants her wings, and therefore mobility when it's less convenient to ride Shashi.
* PowerGlows: Magic tends to glow when being cast.
* PowerIncontinence: Marianne and Valentina have a mutation that makes their magic incredibly potent. While Valentina's control is fine, Marianne has more trouble keeping herself in check, especially when her emotions run rampant.

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* PensieveFlashback: Watching the memories stored in Muna's crystal required necklace, as well as Aster's specialty magic, permits the use of water, as End and Shanta found out.
user to view memories held in objects.
* PhlebotinumBattery: PhlebtoniumBattery: The sun and moon act as different types of chargers for charmed objects.
* PocketDimension: There's a ton ''lot'' scattered all over campus. around the Justus area, with rips in space-time being caused by the Oak's monstrous power. The most well-known are the fairy tale dimension in Janus Dorms, which changes to a different story every time someone enters it, Dorms and the Care Bear dimension, which is made up dimension of unspeakable horrors.
** Pocket dimensions also exist in different capacities, such as magic mirrors being doors to very small ones.
* PointyEars: Elves.
Elves and any magick with elf blood often keep pointed tips in their ears. Dwarves, by contrast, have boxier, squarer ears.
* PoisonAndCureGambit: Unit 53's EvilPlan consists of this: either the Council signs off the law that would legalize their past, present, and future actions, or involved infecting nearly everyone in the Academy, Justus, and Justus area with a magic-consuming curse. They tried to bargain the surrounding areas will die slow and painful deaths.
antidote for a legalization law, but failed.
* PoliceAreUseless: Either useless or corrupt.
** Subverted only once, when Shanta calls a police officer to chase off the Merchant. Yes, he comes with, but no, he doesn't really do anything.
** Entirely averted
Averted with the Secret Organization.
Organization. For once, the adults actually do something.
* PoorCommunicationKills: If Shanta had explained her parting words to Muna There are plenty of conflicts and plots that could be easily solved if people would just a ''little'' bit better...
** Naomi also has a serious problem with hiding important things from Ari. It's probably one of the reasons the latter broke up with the former.
''talk.''
* PortTown: Town Across is a rich port town across the river, and is river. It's the ideal stop place for those anyone with a little more some cash to spend.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Divinity is a spell that grants the caster wings.
**
wings. Shanta specifically also has a magic feather that grants gives her wings, and therefore mobility when it's less convenient which she prefers to ride Shashi.
use to get around instead of her magic carpet.
* PowerGlows: Magic tends to Casters will usually glow when being cast.
casting magic.
* PowerIncontinence: Marianne and Valentina both have a mutation that makes their magic incredibly potent. While Valentina's control is fine, extremely potent and difficult to control. Marianne has much more trouble keeping herself her magic in check, especially when her emotions run rampant.



** Some charmed objects can be charged with the sun.
* PowerStrainBlackout: Ari and Cas both passed out from overuse of their magic in the final battle of the Vivian Arc.
** Marianne passed out the day the Black Dragon attacked [[BigDamnHeroes protecting the Merchant.]]
** Ziza, after casting ''ma'at'' to cancel out Apophis's ''isfet,'' promptly fainted as her soul was dragged back to the Duat. (Good thing Jack was around.)
* PowerTrio: The elf trio - both the LandSeaSky variety and FighterMageThief variety.
** Shanta is the sky and the fighter, with her adventurous spirit and aggressive swordplay tactics. She also stood in as a second land, but this facade has broken down since her HeroicBSOD.
** End is the land and the mage, as he is the most stable of the three and relies the most on magic. Since Shanta has stepped down from being the land, he has stepped up to support the other two.
** Muna is the sea and the thief, for being most unpredictable and most morally ambiguous. His role hasn't changed since, but since he's officially started to work for the Merchant he has embraced the thief title more.
* ProtectiveCharm: Improbability is anyone's go-to for defense.
** Carrmin's sphere of influence also counts as this, as it keeps out the worst of the forest's beasts as well as Unit Thirteen.
* PsychologicalTormentZone: Maker's maze, which had Magnus's rescue team hallucinating that they were seeing their loved ones cry out for help.
* PutOnABus: Characters frequently disappear for long periods of time when other characters run by the player take priority in terms of plot arcs.
** The genie from first plot was released and hasn't been seen since.
** Ezrael has made a single appearance since first plot, and James and Andrew's screentime was cut down significantly.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Melanie, Andrew, and James functioned as this in the forest at the final battle.
* RacistGrandpa: Merlin is described as the Racist Grandpa Tree OOC.
* RailRoading: Frequently invoked by the narrator of a particular event to keep things on track.
* RandomlyGifted: ''Sort of'' how magic powers are. Magic itself is passed down from a gene that is both dominant and recessive, and manifests itself in whichever way it chooses in a newborn child. This leads to both mundanes from magicks and magicks from mundanes. In most cases, though, if at least one of the parents is a magick, the child will likely be the same.
* RazorWind: Windwielders.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Icarus delivered a sharp one to Ian the night he dropped his facade.
* {{Reincarnation}}: There's an entire AU revolving around it.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Pigolem and Cinnamon.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Does the Council need to be reformed? Yes. Would bringing forbidden magic back into practice help? ''No.''
* RingOfPower: The Ring of Second Life in the DS game.
* RobotBuddy: Socket, of course.
* RPGMechanicsVerse: To be completely honest... yeah. The class and element system are the most blatantly obvious.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: There's a mass of underground ruins in the Catacombs that has yet to be expanded upon or explained. They're just... there.
* RulingFamilyMassacre: [[spoiler:Gwen's entire blood family was slaughtered. She was only spared because [[HeavySleeper she slept through it.]]]]
* SaveTheVillain: Marianne saved Lara's life, and in return Lara managed to get back to full power for the first time in a long time. She returned and rebelled against Ezrael.
* SavedByCanon: Daksha, Tara, Hestia, Faust, Nola, Ida, and pretty much anyone who's dead InUniverse is saved by the reincarnation AU.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Ian and Yvonne.
* SayMyName: End!
** Muna...
* TheScapegoat: The Council made the Headmaster one as an excuse to arrest him and move in on the school.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: The Elfslayer was ''really fucking good'' at finding elves that were in isolated parts of town.
* TheScream: Shanta let out a loud shriek of terror while unpacking the Merchant's groceries, and when the others came to find out what was wrong, she lifted, with trembling fingers... ''soap.''
* SealedGoodInACan: Merlin's Oak is the man himself transformed.

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* PowerStrainBlackout:
** Some charmed objects can be charged with the sun.
* PowerStrainBlackout:
Ari and Cas both passed out from due to overuse of their magic in during the final battle of the Vivian Arc.
** Marianne passed out the day after the Black Dragon attacked [[BigDamnHeroes protecting the Merchant.Simon.]]
** Ziza, Ziza passed out after casting ''ma'at'' to cancel canceling out Apophis's ''isfet,'' promptly fainted as her soul was dragged back to the Duat. (Good thing Jack was around.)
* PowerTrio: The elf trio - both the LandSeaSky variety and FighterMageThief variety.
** Shanta is the sky and the fighter,
cataclysmic-level spell with a purifying spell of her adventurous spirit and aggressive swordplay tactics. She also stood in as a second land, but this facade has broken down since her HeroicBSOD.
own.
** End is Sage passed out after literally making the land and the mage, as he is the most stable of the three and relies the most on magic. Since Shanta has stepped down from being the land, he has stepped up to support the other two.
** Muna is the sea and the thief, for being most unpredictable and most morally ambiguous. His role hasn't changed since, but since he's officially started to work for the Merchant he has embraced the thief title more.
rain stop.
* ProtectiveCharm: Improbability is and Turtle are anyone's go-to for defense.
** Carrmin's sphere of influence also counts as this, as it keeps out the worst of the forest's beasts as well as Unit Thirteen.
* PsychologicalTormentZone: Maker's maze, which had Magnus's rescue team hallucinating that they were seeing their loved ones cry out for help.
* PutOnABus: Characters frequently disappear for long periods of time when other characters run by the player take priority in terms of plot arcs.
** The genie from first plot was released and hasn't been seen since.
** Ezrael has made a single appearance since first plot, and James and Andrew's screentime was cut down significantly.
defensive magic.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Melanie, Andrew, and James functioned as this in the forest at the final battle.
* RacistGrandpa: Merlin is described as the Racist Grandpa Tree OOC.
* RailRoading: Frequently invoked by the narrator of a particular event to keep things on track.
* RandomlyGifted: ''Sort of'' how magic powers are. Magic itself is passed down from a gene that is both dominant and recessive, and manifests itself in whichever way it chooses in a newborn child. This leads to both mundanes from magicks and magicks from mundanes. In most cases, though, if at least one
Every antagonistic Unit of the parents is Blood Pact, except together they make a magick, the child will likely be the same.
quirky boss squad.
* RazorWind: Windwielders.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Icarus delivered a sharp one to Ian the night he dropped his facade.
* {{Reincarnation}}: There's an entire AU revolving around it.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Pigolem
RidiculouslyCuteCritter:
** Pigolem, Bambi's pig that's actually [[ItMakesSenseInContext her brother.]]
** Cinnamon, first Sylvia
and Cinnamon.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Does the Council need to be reformed? Yes. Would bringing forbidden magic back into practice help? ''No.''
* RingOfPower: The Ring of Second Life in the DS game.
then Cabbage's tiny demon.
** Moby, Raid's owl.
* RobotBuddy: Socket, of course.
* RPGMechanicsVerse: To be completely honest... yeah. The class
Ian's personal robot that he built and element system are the most blatantly obvious.
programmed himself. Although he's mentioned making it commercially available, so far he hasn't started plans for it.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: There's a mass of underground ruins in the Catacombs that has have yet to be expanded upon or explained. They're just... there.
* RulingFamilyMassacre: [[spoiler:Gwen's entire blood The Niveres, the ruling family of Camelot, was slaughtered. She slaughtered by a Council agent. Gwen was only spared mainly because she was a baby and [[HeavySleeper she slept through it.]]]]
]]
* SaveTheVillain: Marianne saved Lara's life, and in return Lara managed to get finally came back to into her full power for the first time in a long time. She returned and rebelled against Ezrael.
* SavedByCanon: Daksha, Tara, Hestia, Faust, Nola, Ida, and pretty much anyone who's dead InUniverse is ** Marianne also unwittingly saved by Sage, the reincarnation AU.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Ian and Yvonne.
* SayMyName: End!
** Muna...
* TheScapegoat: The Council made
Leader of Unit Seventeen. Fortunately, they turned out to be the Headmaster one as an excuse to arrest him and move in on the school.
good guys.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: The Elfslayer was ''really fucking good'' terrifyingly good at finding and killing elves that were in isolated parts of town.
* TheScream: Shanta let out a loud shriek of terror while unpacking ** Jack the Merchant's groceries, and when Ripper can track Irene through the others came to find out what was wrong, she lifted, with trembling fingers... ''soap.''
scent of her blood.
* SealedGoodInACan: Merlin's Oak is the man himself transformed.transformed. While he can't move, he still has limited power over his surroundings, and seems to be growing stronger as he's beginning to reach out and communicate to living people.
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* MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality: Gradually, it's revealed that most things in the world are controlled by some sort of magickal power. The Deities, the threads of fate, the mundanes...
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: The elf trio, though it's mostly Muna and End.
* {{Masquerade}}: The mundane world, for the most part, doesn't realize the magick world exists.
* MediumAwareness: The characters sometimes lean on the fourth wall, wondering if they're just the figment of some cruel god's imagination.
* MembershipToken: If you spot someone in town with a pentagram pin, odds are they're a magick at work and the store has a hidden side.
* MindProbe: Mental healers do this as a matter of course. Those who specialize further into hexmasters, like Rigel and Slater, can manipulate the mind to their heart's content.
* MindScrew: Maker's maze.
* MirrorUniverse: The mirror hanging in Tomas Dorms leads to another... well, let's just say "interesting" dimension.
* MishmashMuseum: The magick museum in England doesn't really seem to have a set theme.
* MixedAncestry: Half-elves, half-dwarves, and dwelves.
* MobWar: Erupts among the gangs, and is... well, ended rather abruptly by Kane. But that's okay, because neither side really wanted to fight anymore.
* MockSurpriseReaction: What?? This group of friends showed up in this one area at the same time?? What a coincidence!
** The elf trio doesn't even other with the fake reaction anymore.
* MoodWhiplash: Very common. Often, [=RPs=] will have something serious going on with one group while something goofy happens with another.
* {{Mooks}}: The various thugs and criminals that hide out in Justus.
* {{Muggles}}: Mundanes.
* MushroomSamba: Maker's maze, which made Magnus's rescue party hallucinate rather horribly.
* MythologyGag: Gert's manly bakery.
** Just the various GEIOW references in general that are sprinkled around.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Yvonne REALLY panics when she accidentally triggers Ian's hex. Gil stands in the background and assures her that it's not as bad as it seems.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes N to Z]]* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Blood Pact certainly doesn't have a friendly ring to it.

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* MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality: Gradually, it's revealed that most Most things in the world universe are controlled by magical beings to some sort degree. Specifically, the creation of magickal power. The the world involved the Deities, a race of superbeings that protect and are protected by various domains of the threads of fate, the mundanes...
planet.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: The elf trio, though it's mostly Muna and End.
Characters that get mortally injured will often try to write it off as no big deal.
-->Lyn@Fate > guess who got SHOT in the STOMACH ✌️
-->Lyn@Fate > hint: it was me
-->Lyn@Fate > its ok I lived
* {{Masquerade}}: {{Masquerade}} The mundane world, for the most part, doesn't realize the magick world exists.
exists. Exceptions are few and far between.
* MediumAwareness: The Occasionally characters sometimes lean on the fourth wall, wondering if they're just the figment of some cruel god's imagination.
will display awareness that they only exist within a textual medium.
-->'''Cole:''' I don't know what a gang is.
-->'''Cole:''' Suddenly I can't read.
-->'''Bonnie:''' We're speaking to you.
-->'''Cole:''' We are communicating over a text based medium and thus Suddenly I Can't Read.
* MembershipToken: If you spot someone in town Workers around the cities with a pentagram pin, odds pin are they're a magick at work and magicks in disguise that can lead one to the hidden side of the store has or offer a hidden side.
* MindProbe: Mental healers do this as a matter of course. Those who specialize further into hexmasters, like Rigel and Slater, can manipulate the mind to their heart's content.
* MindScrew: Maker's maze.
* MirrorUniverse: The mirror hanging in Tomas Dorms leads to another... well, let's just say "interesting" dimension.
* MishmashMuseum: The magick museum in England doesn't really seem to have a set theme.
* MixedAncestry: Half-elves, half-dwarves, and dwelves.
* MobWar: Erupts among the gangs, and is... well, ended rather abruptly by Kane. But that's okay, because neither side really wanted to fight anymore.
* MockSurpriseReaction: What?? This group of friends showed up in this one area at the same time?? What a coincidence!
** The elf trio doesn't even other with the fake reaction anymore.
* MoodWhiplash: Very common. Often, [=RPs=] will have something serious going on with one group while something goofy happens with another.
* {{Mooks}}: The various thugs and criminals that hide out in Justus.
secret menu.
* {{Muggles}}: Mundanes.
* MushroomSamba: Maker's maze, which made Magnus's rescue party hallucinate rather horribly.
Mundanes. They lack magic and (usually) Sight, and are more or less unaware of the magical side of the city.
* MythologyGag: Gert's manly bakery.
** Just
Gert, a character from a prior roleplay that happens to live in the various area.
** Also Lily and Sharrika, along with a few hidden
GEIOW references in general that are sprinkled around.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Yvonne REALLY panics when she accidentally triggers Ian's hex. Gil stands in
around the background and assures her that it's not as bad as it seems.world.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes N to Z]]* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Z]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
**
The Blood Pact certainly doesn't have a friendly ring to it.Pact.



* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Invoked on occasion when a character utters a miscellaneous swear. Some rather touchy subjects are also casually explained in a sort of "X explained Y to Z" fashion. Bonus points if it's an elf explaining something to another elf in Elven.
* NatureSpirit: Elves are essentially a very high form of nature spirit. However, exactly how they came to be hasn't yet been revealed because Kira's lazy as hell when it comes to writing the lore for that.
* NearDeathExperience: You would be hard-pressed to find a character that ''didn't'' have one at this point. Some near-death experiences have been involved with taint, guns, blades, cave-ins, a particularly irate family member, a monster of unspeakable horror, electricity, and closets.
* NecessaryDrawback: Taint and fade are necessary to the world's balance - if they didn't exist, the world would get completely thrown out of balance.

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* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Invoked on occasion when a character utters a miscellaneous swear. Some rather touchy subjects are also casually explained in a sort of "X explained Y to Z" fashion. Bonus points if it's an elf explaining something to another elf in Elven.
** The Leira (though this one is debatable).
* NatureSpirit: Elves are essentially a very high form refined type of nature spirit. However, exactly how they came to be hasn't yet spirit, created from a touch of luna and molded by the First Elf.
** Dryads and naiads have also
been revealed because Kira's lazy as hell when it comes to writing the lore for that.
featured in character plots.
* NearDeathExperience: You would You'd be hard-pressed to find a character that ''didn't'' have one ''hasn't'' had a near-death experience at this point. Some near-death Near-death experiences have been involved with can be and are not limited to taint, guns, blades, cave-ins, a particularly irate family member, a monster members, monsters of unspeakable horror, electricity, closets, and closets.
* NecessaryDrawback: Taint and fade are necessary to the world's balance - if they didn't exist, the world would get completely thrown out of balance.
hot ice women.



* NonHumanSidekick: Several characters have companions, usually of the animal variety but not always. Some examples include Ashes the phoenix, Baldwin the zombie dog, Socket the robot, and Goldenrod the "cat".
* NoManShouldHaveThisPower: There's a ''reason'' they're called the forbidden arts.
* NoodleIncident: Something occurred during one Valentine's day involving bees, pestilence, and chocolate, and none of the older years are talking.

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* NonHumanSidekick: Several Many characters will have companions, companions that are usually of the animal variety animals but not always. Some examples include Ashes the phoenix, Baldwin the zombie dog, Socket the robot, dogs, phoenixes, robots, fairies, cats that aren't actually cats, and Goldenrod the "cat".
*
zombies.
%%
NoManShouldHaveThisPower: There's a ''reason'' they're called the forbidden arts.
for later
* NoodleIncident: Something occurred during A few things occur behind the scenes that no one Valentine's day involving bees, pestilence, and chocolate, and none of the older years are talking.talks about except in passing.



* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: ...where do we begin? Several characters have survived ordeals that would kill the ordinary man. Gage got blown apart, Ian survived a collapsing building, End was swallowed by more taint than Vivian and... well, Vivian didn't survive.
* NoSuchAgency: What's the Secret Organization? Don't be silly, they don't exist! (Here's a card to sign up by the way.)
* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: Used intentionally by the CEE to make it easier for them to shut down the school.
* OddFriendship: Elvira and Finley, Ty and Jack, [[DidntSeeThatComing Rowan and Potato]]... there are a lot.
* OddlyCommonRarity: Mundanes that can See are stated to be ''very'' rare. Justified in-universe, though - Merlin's Oak is naturally a WeirdnessMagnet, so those with Sight tend to be drawn to the area.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Lara, Ezrael, and Carrmin.
** Also End.

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* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: ...where do we begin? Several characters have survived ordeals that would kill the ordinary man. Gage got blown apart, Ian survived a collapsing building, End was swallowed by more taint than Vivian and... well, Vivian didn't survive.
* NoSuchAgency: What's the Secret Organization? Don't be silly, they don't exist! (Here's a card to sign up by the way.)
* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: Used intentionally by the CEE to make it easier for them to shut down the school.
* OddFriendship: Elvira and Finley, Ty and Jack, [[DidntSeeThatComing Rowan and Potato]]... there are a lot.
What Secret Organization?
* OddlyCommonRarity: Mundanes that can See are stated to be ''very'' rare. extremely rare, yet many pop up all over the place. Justified in-universe, though - Merlin's in-universe--Merlin's Oak is naturally a WeirdnessMagnet, so those with Sight tend to be drawn to the area.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Lara, Ezrael, Elves' aging slows way the hell down by about their twenties, but special mention goes to End, whose body was in a stasis-like state for over a century, and Carrmin.
Carrmin, who is fused with a Deity and is permanently twelve.
** Also End.Ezrael is ''very'' old--and yet he looks to be in his twenties. Demons age funny that way.



* OneHitKill: Vivian's most powerful attack, the Death Pulse, kills any living thing in its path. ''Run.''
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: L6, L4 and L2.
* OnlyOneName: So many characters. So very many.
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Only students and faculty at the Academy have a chance of borrowing Merlin's power. Everyone else is shit outta luck.
* OpenSecret: Given the nature of the school, if there's a student with a secret, ''everyone'' is going to find out about it in time.
* OperationGameOfDoom: Naomi, Ari, End and Muna visited Naomi's house to retrieve both Naomi's mom and a family heirloom of a sort, a tiara in her father's office. End and Muna's end of the stick (the tiara) ended up being a lot like this.
* TheOrder: The Trimagick Order, to be precise, also known as the government regulating the magick world.
* OrganicTechnology: Golems and homunculi.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Demons are the residents of Lucifer's dimension, are extremely tough, and don't use magic like humans do. Most of them are able to alter their physical form to some degree, though there are a few that specialize in this.

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* OneHitKill: Vivian's most powerful attack, the Death Pulse, kills Pulse killed any living thing in its path. ''Run.''
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: L6, L4 and L2.
* OnlyOneName: So many characters. So very many.
her path without distinction.
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Only current students and faculty at the Academy Academy, regardless of how bad the situation is, have a any chance of at borrowing Merlin's power. Everyone else is shit outta out of luck.
* OpenSecret: Given the nature of the school, if there's a student with a secret, ''everyone'' is going to find out about it in time.
* OperationGameOfDoom: Naomi, Ari, End and Muna visited Naomi's house to retrieve both Naomi's mom and a family heirloom of a sort, a tiara in her father's office. End and Muna's end of the stick (the tiara) ended up being a lot like this.
* TheOrder: The Trimagick Order, to be precise, also known as the government regulating the magick world.
* OrganicTechnology: Golems and homunculi.
homunculi are essentially organic robots, though homunculi are closer to humans.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Demons are the residents of make up Lucifer's dimension, are extremely tough, subjects, and don't use magic like humans do. Most of them are able to alter come in various types, though all can shift their physical form appearance to some degree, though there degree. Others are noncorporeal, others still can build up a few huge amount of power, and some can cause illusions that specialize in this.leave very real and deadly wounds.



* OutOfTheFryingPan: Gwen and the rest of Useless escaped from Bedivere, only to run into Galahad. And then they escaped ''Galahad'' only to run into ''Percival.''


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* IntimateHealing: The spell Defibrillate may be the fastest way to wake someone up, but considering [[KissOfLife the method,]] many people would prefer just to wait for the target to wake up.
* IShallTauntYou: Cati tried to pull this on Naomi when she broke into her house for the second time. Naomi delivered a physical ShutUpHannibal with her fist.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Adventures can regularly make zero sense at all when casually mentioned, which can often lead to a FlatWhat.
* JackassGenie: An ambiguously gendered genie is currently flying around because [[ItMakesSenseInContext it was freed to make room in its lamp for a carpet soul.]] Right, ''that'' won't have consequences later.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: The mindscape is the inside of one's mind, with every little thing symbolizing some portion of their past or personality.
* KidsAreCruel:
** Ian was bullied frequently to varying degrees, from getting tripped at lunch to being choked in a locker.
** Icarus was a ''huge'' shit as a child, as was Gil.
** Seth had no issue throwing his sister into the side of a building, but then again, he was possessed by Apophis at the time.
** Alex claims he killed someone. [[spoiler:Teo found out this isn't the case; the truth is much more complicated.]]
** Oliver Played Kayla, turning her into a puppet without free will.
** Llyr and her sisters, Barreli and Eele, were forced into this trope via Anenome.
* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: If something is mentioned, it's best to pay attention to it during an event. No detail is too small. A great example: [[ItMakesSenseInContext the cockroaches that were actually tiny electronic bugs.]]
* LayeredWorld: The Duat is another plane of existence layered onto the physical plane. Likewise, the Domain of the Dead exists in the same sort of "space" as the physical plane, enabling Lucifer to step foot on Earth and still stay within his bounds according to Deity rules.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Characters will occasionally make mention of the "gods" (read: players) controlling them, or will otherwise poke fun at the fact that they exist wholly in a text medium.
* LightIsGood: Sol, one of the building blocks of the world, exists in its purest form as a solid block of light. Without it, the world would dissolve into chaos and have no order.
* LightIsNotGood: Fade is a substance that forms when one gives themselves more power than the universe can bear. It's white, related to sol, and comes off as white marble.
* LikeBrotherAndSister:
** Icarus and Scarlett.
** Shanta and Muna.
** Quentin and Madeline.
* LimitedSocialCircle: Most characters only interact with their friend group, year, or house, and few others.
** Averted in Arc III, somewhat; characters have been reaching out beyond their usual friend groups, which are more fluid and loose.
* LittleBitBeastly: Deities are all mixed with some animal to some degree. Eryl, for example, is a dear. Karyan is a unicorn, Marinel is an angler fish, and so on.
* LivingLabyrinth: Catacomb is a giant, and the Catacombs themselves are his insides. Yuck.
* LivingProp: Most of the teachers, ninety percent of the time.
* LivingShadow:
** Perdix, a Shade.
** Zilli, a shadow demon.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: For fuck's sake, we've probably broken 400 by now.
* {{Lunacy}}: Luna is a chaotic form of energy that promotes change and fluidity. Moonlight can also be used to charge some magical objects, such as Rowan's glasses.
* MagicMirror:
** Faust hid a Reflection in a mirror.
** Ronna was trapped inside a mirror for about a century before she was released.
* {{Magitek}}: The magick world has been improving its magitech in leaps and bounds, with Schillertech taking the lead in the technological age.
** Jun's channeler is a small microchip implanted in the base of her skull. It essentially turns her brain into a computer; she can use it to connect to any other tech in the area.



* IntimateHealing: Defibrillation might be the fastest way to wake someone up, but it's in no way preferred due to [[KissOfLife the method.]]
* IntoxicationEnsues: On Muna's birthday, the elf trio visited the Merchant. Merchant gave them a bottle of booze and they took it back to Janus Dorms. Shenanigans ensued.
* IronWoobie: There are plenty, but special mention goes to Gage (who got his arms blown off) and Ian (who took a building to the face).
** Shanta's leg was snapped by Vivian and she still kept it together enough to redirect lightning.
** ''What the fuck Loren.''
* IShallTauntYou: Cati tries to pull this on Naomi the second time she breaks into her own house. Naomi delivers a physical ShutUpHannibal with her fist.
** Orion frequently taunts Merchant, trying to convince him that Marianne doesn't actually love him. Merchant won't have any of it.
** Priya gloated to Muna, End, Pari and Ara about her victory over Shanta.
* ItsAllMyFault: So many characters will twist events to make it their fault it's ridiculous.
** Special mention goes to the elf trio, all three of whom managed to make ''the same event'' their fault in some way. (End's for not stepping up, Muna's for having to be rescued, and Shanta's for not doing what she was told in the first place.)
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Adventures are frequently summed up in a sentence or two that usually leads to a FlatWhat.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Shanta wants to go to Daksha's village alone to avoid risking getting caught by the traders. And, of course, she wants to be alone.
* IWroteOurStory: Rose's book exists in the first place because Rose preserved the princess and her sisters in the book.
* JackassGenie: There's now an ambiguously-gendered genie flying around somewhere since it was freed. Right, ''that's'' not going to have serious repercussions later.
* JoinOrDie: According to Vivian, this might have been the students' eventual choice if Unit Thirteen is successful with taking the school.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Icarus, Yvonne and Scarlett took a trip to Ian's mindscape.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Kesi literally did this to Rowan. [[CurbStompBattle After he punched him.]]
* KidsAreCruel: Ian was bullied frequently and with varying degrees, from simply getting tripped at lunch to being shoved into a locker and sprayed with Axe until he passed out.
** Icarus was ''quite'' a little shit as a child.
** So was Gil.
*** There ''is'' a reason they're called the "A" Team...
** Seth clearly has no trouble throwing his sister into the side of a building.
* LampshadeHanging: Characters will frequently lampshade the ridiculousness of their own situations or backstories, to the point that they're almost LeaningOnTheFourthWall.
* LanguageOfMagic: Ziza speaks ancient Egyptian for those types of spells.
* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Character plots, with particular attention on Sana's.
* LayeredWorld: According to the Egypt kids, the Duat is another plane of existence layered onto the material one.
* LetsSplitUpGang: The elf trio often falls on this strategy when trying to worm their way out of tight situations.
** Gil, Ian and Scarlett also did this in Toronto. It didn't end well for Ian.
** This also tends to be the first strategy used when it comes to searching areas for clues.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Literally A-Team's plan to defeat Iapyx: Let Naomi and Cas at him until he gets tired. It worked, but it almost didn't.
* LightFeminineDarkFeminine: Yvonne and Scarlett, respectively.
* LightIsGood: Sol. Without it, the world would dissolve into chaos.
* LightIsNotGood: Fade.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Merchant and Marianne fight this way frequently.
** So do Finley and Elvira.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Icarus and Scarlett are a good example.
** So are Shanta and Muna.
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: The entire world.
* LimitedSocialCircle: Most characters only interact with those in their friend group, year, or house, and few others.
* LimitedWardrobe: Played very straight. Most characters only wear a single set of clothes and little else, unless an event has people making alternate outfits.
->'''Kesi''': I'm not quite sure why we need overnight bags, though... Even if we did stay the night, [[LampshadeHanging we wear more or less the same thing every day anyway...]]
* LittleBitBeastly: Deities all seem to be some varying form of furry. Eryl, for example, has horns.
* LivingLabyrinth: The Catacombs is a living, breathing structure, with a heart and a will.
* LivingProp: Most of the teachers, let's be honest here.
* LivingShadow: Perdix.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are over 330 named characters from past and present, including side characters, shopkeepers, students, antagonists, agents...
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Can happen very quickly since adventures tend to move quickly.
** Icarus fears this from happening to him.
* LoadingScreen: The DS game has this between stages.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Muna, Iapyx, Samos, Gil pre-haircut...
* LoveTriangle: One was deflated in Naomi's first year between her, Ari and Aerykah.
** Gloriously averted with the strawberry trio.
* LuminescentBlush: Characters do this frequently when embarrassed.
* {{Lunacy}}: Luna.
** Also, moonlight is used to charge some charmed objects. Like Rowan's glasses.
* MagicMirror: One hangs in Tomas that leads to another dimension.
** Also, mirrorstones.
** Also also, the mirror that Faust hid a Reflection in.
* MagicalDefibrillator: One of the spells healers can learn is called Defibrillator, which awakens unconscious people in an... [[KissOfLife interesting way.]]
* MagicalGirl: One of the classes in the DS game. Extremely overpowered, but you sure look gaudy.
* {{Magitek}}: The magic world is on its way to integrating magic with technology.
** Socket is a massive leap forward in this field, hence why Ian's project was hijacked by the Council.


* TheKingdom: Camelot, an elf supercolony that's hugely influential on the elven world, is pretty much this. It even had a royal family until about a decade and a half ago. Then the royal family was slaughtered except for Gwen.


* InLoveWithTheMark: Marianne was supposed to arrest the Merchant for illegal smuggling and several other charges. Instead, she fell in love with him and ended up becoming his fiance six years later. Good going.
* InstantRunes: Egyptian magic creates these in the process of casting.
** Magic circles can also count, if the tamer is skilled enough.
* IntergenerationalFriendship:
** Carrmin and Cabbage.
** Muna and Simon.
** Sage and Hermes.
** Gert and her employees.



* InLoveWithTheMark: Marianne was ''supposed'' to arrest Merchant for illegal smuggling and several other charges. That, very obviously, did not happen.
* InsistentTerminology: Unit 13 insists on referring to each other by their positions, not their names. None of the other units seems to stick by this policy.
* InstantRunes: The Egyptian spells that Ziza, Seth, and Jack cast.
** And, for experienced tamers, magic circles.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Carrmin and Cabbage.
** Also, Merchant and Muna.
* InterspeciesRomance: With elves, dwarves, humans, and half-breeds of each running around, it's bound to happen.


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* GrayingMorality: Several characters are forced to face moral complications as their plots and the main plot progress.
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Great Magick War, which takes place centuries earlier.
* GuiltComplex: There's so many characters that suffer from this that it would be faster to list characters that ''don't''.
* GuineaPigFamily: [[spoiler:Adel and Monika Wood use their children as guinea pigs for their magic-related experiments, resulting in some of them becoming magic-impotent..]]
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Inverted with Marianne and Merchant. Merchant's specialty is firing off his fingers from his ArtificialLimb like bullets, while Mari's preferred method is to simply smash her way through everything.

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* GrayingMorality: Several characters are forced to face moral complications as Characters with black-and-white views often do not last long, or they change their plots tune and the main plot progress.
gradually become more jaded.
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Great Magick War, War between the humans, elves, and dwarves, which takes took place centuries earlier.
* GuiltComplex: There's so many characters that suffer from this that it would be faster to list characters that ''don't''.
previous.
* GuineaPigFamily: [[spoiler:Adel The Woods are the best example, with Adel and Monika Wood use using their own children as guinea pigs for their magic-related experiments, resulting in some of them becoming magic-impotent..]]
experiment fodder. [[spoiler:The Delrayes]] are another.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Inverted with Marianne Simon and Merchant. Merchant's Marianne. Simon's specialty is firing off his fingers from his ArtificialLimb like bullets, while Mari's preferred method is bullets or throwing magic back at anyone that shoots it at him. Mari, on the other hand, prefers to simply smash her way through everything.things like a buxom Incredible Hulk.



* {{Hammerspace}}: Nina's backpack. Is there anything that's not in there? Probably not.



* HarmfulToTouch: Taint can spread very easily, so it's a very bad idea to touch it or you'll get tainted as well.
* HealingHands: A healer's primary ability is casting Aura through their hands to heal the injured.
* HealingSpring: The Fairy Spring and the Fairy Pool in Nimue's Forest and the Catacombs, respectively.
* HeroicBSOD: Most characters fall into one of these at some point. It usually takes their entire friend group to pull them out of it.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: [[DefiedTrope The Other Kids have aggressively defied this trope.]]
* HiddenElfVillage: Most elven communities, and indeed several magick communities, are hidden out of sight from mundanes via spheres of influence or illusion magic. Shanta's village is one such place.
* HighSchoolDance: The Academy throws two parties a year - the Halloween Party and the Holiday Ball.
* HistoricalInJoke: The London Fire of 1666? Black Dragon. Good thing it's dead now.
* HitMeDammit: Inverted; Shanta asked Darius to give her a reason to punch him because she couldn't do it with a clean conscience. She ended up letting him off easy because there were too many people at fault for the events of the past.
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Icarus's grandparents send sweaters to people they hate. All of Icarus's friends received one custom made.
* HumansAreLeaders: The majority of the Council is made of humans. No wonder all their decisions are questionable.
* HyperventilationBag: Kesi got handed one of these. He popped it.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Lara says this when Averill asks if this is all a huge ploy to kill all the students. Needless to say, she's not happy about being accused.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: Where does the school ''get'' all their food anyway?
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Zig-zagged. Elves' aging slows down greatly, but they are by no means immortal.
* ImportantHaircut: Characters will get these for various reasons. Shanta as an act of rebellion, Ari out of necessity, and Gil while transitioning are three examples of many.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Mages tend to fall back on this trope as their class enables them to channel through just about anything they pick up.
* InevitableWaterfall: The massive saltfall in the Catacombs.
* TheInfiltration: Most units' MO is to sneak one of their own into the school and attack from the inside.
* InformedAbility: Can occur with characters simply not having the place to show off their skills or due to the player. Both are understandable.

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* HarmfulToTouch: Taint Taint, which can spread very easily, so it's a very bad idea to touch it or you'll get tainted as well.
* HealingHands: A healer's primary ability is casting Aura
easily through their hands physical touch, even from person to heal the injured.
person.
* HealingSpring: The Fairy Spring and the Fairy Pool Pool, located respectively in Nimue's Forest and the Catacombs, respectively.
* HeroicBSOD: Most characters fall into one of these at some point. It usually takes their entire friend group
are homes to pull them out of it.
fairies that are willing to let you use the water to heal so long as you ask first.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: [[DefiedTrope The Other Kids have Nobody aggressively defied defies this trope like the Other Kids aggressively defies this trope.]]
* HiddenElfVillage: Most Many, many elven communities, communities and indeed several other magick communities, communities are hidden out of sight away from mundanes via spheres of influence or other illusion magic. A few examples include Shanta's village is one such place.
and Camelot, Gwen's hometown.
* HighSchoolDance: The Academy throws two parties a year - the year--the Halloween Party and the Holiday Ball.
Ball. Shit tends to go down at them.
* HistoricalInJoke: The London Fire of 1666? Yeah, that was the Black Dragon. Good thing it's dead now.
* HitMeDammit: Inverted; Shanta asked Darius to give her a reason to punch him because she couldn't do it with a clean conscience. She ended up letting him off easy because there were too many people at fault for the events of the past.
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Icarus's grandparents send sweaters to people they hate. All of Icarus's friends received one custom made.
* HumansAreLeaders: The majority of the Council is made up of humans. No wonder all most of their decisions are questionable.
* HyperventilationBag: Kesi got handed one of these. He popped it.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Lara says this when Averill asks if this is all a huge ploy to kill all the students. Needless to say, she's not happy about being accused.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: Where does the school ''get'' get all their food anyway?
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Zig-zagged. Elves' aging slows down greatly, greatly around twenty years old, but they are by no means immortal.
* ImportantHaircut: Characters will get these often chop off their hair for various reasons. Shanta cut hers as an act of rebellion, Ari out of necessity, and Gil cut his while transitioning are three examples of many.
transitioning.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Mages tend to fall back on are pretty much made up of this trope trope, as their class enables them to they can channel through just about anything they pick up.
* InevitableWaterfall: The massive saltfall in the Catacombs.
up or put their hand on. This can be just about anything, from pearls to nail polish to eyeshadow to a wall of solid rock.
* TheInfiltration: Most units' MO The Infiltrator on any unit is to sneak one of their own into the school spy of the unit, slipping in and attack from assimilating to whatever they must. In some cases, it's a school. In others, it's the inside.
Secret Organization.
* InformedAbility: Can occur with Some characters may have traits that may never get revealed, due to simply not having the place to show off their the skills or due to the player. Both scenarios are understandable.understandable.
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The first arc, the Vivian Arc, in-story began September 2014 and ended June 2016. The second arc, the Magickless Arc, in-story began June 2016 and will end summer 2017. The third arc, yet to be named, begins in-story summer 2020.

The new forum is located [[http://academyofmerlin.freeforums.net/ here,]] but it isn't fully set up yet.

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The first arc, the Vivian Arc, in-story began September 2014 and ended June 2016. The second arc, the Magickless Arc, in-story began June 2016 and will end summer 2017. The third arc, yet to be named, begins the Demon Arc, began in-story summer 2020.

The new forum is located [[http://academyofmerlin.freeforums.net/ here,]] but it isn't fully set up yet.
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* FateWorseThanDeath: Getting banished to the Duat. Unless you have a lifeline, returning to your body is nearly impossible. And the deeper you are, the harder it is to get back. (And of course, after functioning without a soul for a while, the body tends to die...)
* FascistsBedTime: The CEE instated a strict curfew, which nobody paid attention to.
* FictionFiveHundred: Several families, including the Lockwoods, the Gilioses, and the Lethbridges.
* FierySalamander: The Black Dragon, which set fire to all of Justus and about half the school.
* FingerForcedSmile: Scarlett often did this to people or herself, either in an attempt to cheer them up or to pretend she's smiling.
* FireForgedFriends: The elf trio, A-Team, and Foodles in particular have been through enough shit together that their bonds of friendship will never be severed.
* FishOutOfWater: Several characters are greatly out of their element at the start of the year. They tend to grow out of this trope as they settle into campus life.
* FishPeople: Sirens appear to be anthropomorphic fish, if Naomi's siren form is anything to go by.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Getting Being banished to the Duat. Unless you have a lifeline, Duat means returning to your body is nearly virtually impossible. And the The deeper you are, the harder it is to get back. (And of course, after functioning without a soul for soul, a while, the body tends to die...doesn't last very long...)
* FascistsBedTime: FantasyPantheon: The CEE instated Deities, a strict curfew, which nobody paid attention to.
race of superbeings that protect and are protected by the various Domains in the world.
* FictionFiveHundred: Several families, including the Lockwoods, the Gilioses, Lethbridges, Delafontaines, Bishops, and the Lethbridges.
* FierySalamander: The Black Dragon, which set fire to all of Justus and about half the school.
Bajoras'.
* FingerForcedSmile: Scarlett often did this Scarlett's only option to people or herself, either in an attempt to cheer them up or to pretend she's smiling.
* FireForgedFriends: The elf trio, A-Team,
make herself physically smile. It was quite sad and Foodles in particular have been through enough shit together that their bonds of friendship will never be severed.
* FishOutOfWater: Several characters are greatly out of their element
cute at the start of the year. They tend to grow out of this trope as they settle into campus life.
same time.
* FishPeople: Sirens appear to be anthropomorphic fish, if Naomi's siren form is anything to go by.Sirens, mermaids, and naiads all live in the ocean, though naiads and sirens are the fishiest of the three.



* ForcedToWatch: Public punishments were a required watch during the CEE era.
* ForcefulKiss: Icarus pulls this twice, though he's disgusted both times.
** Ian is forced into it in the Cinderella dimension, though he apologized profusely after.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Vivian shares her name with the sorceress Vivienne, who trapped Merlin in the Oak in the first place.
** Additionally, the forest she's caught in is known as Nimue's Forest - Nimue being another name for the sorceress.
* FormulaicMagic: Hexes are formulaic in nature and consist of a number of clauses, which can result in loopholes if the hexmaster is inexperienced.
* ForWantOfANail: Many events in character backstories and the main plot itself occur because of a small instance that snowballs out of control.
** Ziza's ''entire plot'' would not have occurred had she locked a door.
** The Vivian Arc would not have taken place if Vivian had happened to be literally anywhere else during the Ekaterina event.
* FreudianTrio: The elf trio. Shanta is the id, who acts immediately and on instinct. End is the ego, who takes time and deliberates on what to do next. Muna is in between, being both unpredictable but also considers his actions.
* FunctionalMagic: Magic is considered a practical solution to many daily problems, and most magicks are accustomed to using it with daily life.
* GambitPileup: Arc III. Unit One wants to destroy the Oak, Unit Seventeen wants to run away, Sage wants to recover their memory, Serafina wants to escape with Unit Seventeen...
* GameBreakingBug: Apparently, being infected with taint counts as being corrupted data.
* GameChanger: The general rules of the world are that anyone that attempts certain kinds of magic will end up getting tainted for their trouble and die. However, Brands completely circumvent this rule, making them an extremely useful tool for the Blood Pact.
* TheGamePlaysYou: Textbook example. Players are broken down into data and sent into the game.
** Ian made an upgrade to it: as long as the DS is connected to his computer, someone on the outside can monitor events on the inside.
* GhostlyGoals: Renee's goal was simply to guide Chione.
* {{GMPC}}: [[spoiler:Bethany.]]
* GlowingEyes: A healer's eyes will glint as they cast Diagnose.
* GoodIsNotNice: The Council is hardly better than the Pact; in fact, in some ways they're even ''worse.''
* GoodParents: Nuit and Seb, Ziza's parents.
** Also, of course, Zoya and Barad.
** Lance and Arthur.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Divinity wings tend to reflect the owner's personality. Some are batlike, some are feathery, some are bloody, etc.
* TheGogglesDoNothing: Ian has a pair of goggles on his head that he doesn't seem to use for anything other than looking like a complete nerd.
* GotMeDoingIt: Well, you're not wrong.
** Hn.
** *puffs cheeks out in displeasure*
* GracefulInTheirElement: Most characters work well in a certain situation when they're awkward otherwise.

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* ForcedToWatch: Public punishments were a required watch during the CEE era.
era, such as Naomi's infamous outing and subsequent expulsion.
* ForcefulKiss: Icarus pulls this twice, though he's disgusted both times.
{{Foreshadowing}}:
** Ian is forced into it in the Cinderella dimension, though he apologized profusely after.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
Vivian shares shared her name with the sorceress Vivienne, Vivienne (albeit a different spelling), who trapped transformed Merlin in into the Oak in the first place.
** Additionally, the forest she's caught in is known Musoke never had any head accessories to act as Nimue's Forest - Nimue being another name for the sorceress.
horns, foreshadowing their mortal status.
* FormulaicMagic: Hexes are formulaic in nature Designing magitech and consist of a number of clauses, which can result in loopholes if writing the hexmaster is inexperienced.
* ForWantOfANail: Many events in character backstories and
code for it involves quiet a bit of clever know-how. Ian invented a language called mathemagicks to streamline the main plot itself occur because of a small instance that snowballs out of control.
** Ziza's ''entire plot'' would not have occurred had she locked a door.
** The Vivian Arc would not have taken place if Vivian had happened to be literally anywhere else during the Ekaterina event.
* FreudianTrio: The elf trio. Shanta is the id, who acts immediately and on instinct. End is the ego, who takes time and deliberates on what to do next. Muna is in between, being both unpredictable but also considers his actions.
* FunctionalMagic: Magic is considered a practical solution to many daily problems, and most magicks are accustomed to using it with daily life.
coding process.
* GambitPileup: Arc III. III is ''rife'' with this. Unit One wants to destroy the Oak, Unit Seventeen wants to run away, Sage wants to recover their memory, escape from the Pact and avoid Serafina, Serafina wants to escape with Unit Seventeen...
* GameBreakingBug: Apparently, being infected with taint counts as being corrupted data.
the Pact and help Seventeen, and nobody really knows what the Leira still wants...
* GameChanger: The According to the general rules of the world are that anyone that attempts certain kinds of magic will end up getting world, if you use taint-inducing magic, you get tainted for their trouble and will die. However, Brands completely circumvent are a workaround to this rule, making tainting an object instead of the caster, which makes them an extremely useful tool for to the Blood Pact.
* TheGamePlaysYou: Textbook example. Players are broken down into data and sent into the game.
** Ian made an upgrade to it: as long as the DS is connected to his computer, someone on the outside can monitor events on the inside.
* GhostlyGoals: Renee's goal was simply to guide Chione.
*
{{GMPC}}: [[spoiler:Bethany.]]
Bethany, a fictional personality created by the captain to sneak a villain in under the guise of a new player.
* GlowingEyes: A healer's eyes will glint with their magic color as they cast Diagnose.
* GoodIsNotNice: The Though the Council is hardly undoubtedly against the Pact and is dedicated to its destruction, their methods of going about it aren't much better than the Pact; in fact, in some ways they're even ''worse.''
Pact's.
* GoodParents: GoodParents:
**
Nuit and Seb, Ziza's parents.
** Also, of course, Zoya and Barad.
Barad, Muna's parents.
** Lance and Arthur.
Arthur, Gwen's parents.
** Kane and Fred, Seren's parents.
** Aubrey, Basil, and Fell, Irene [[spoiler:and Madeline]]'s parents.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Divinity wings tend to reflect the owner's personality. personality or life experiences. Some are batlike, some are feathery, some are bloody, etc.
* TheGogglesDoNothing: Ian
etc. Marianne infamously has a pair of goggles on his head that he doesn't seem to use for anything other than looking like a complete nerd.
* GotMeDoingIt: Well, you're not wrong.
** Hn.
** *puffs cheeks out in displeasure*
* GracefulInTheirElement: Most characters work well in a certain situation when they're awkward otherwise.
black dragon wings.
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* TheCorruption: Taint and fade corrupt one's body when you try to tip the balance of power in the world a little too much in one direction or the other.
* CosmicBalance: A central theme in Merlin. Everything is about keeping the world in balance in one way or another. That's why taint and fade exist - to punish those that upset that balance.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Janus's motto, basically. If you need an insane plan that just might work put together in a short amount of time, look no further than the green house with the wolf.
* CrazyPrepared: Unit 53 already had a sphere in place for the drop with Merchant.
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
** Ezrael is largely responsible for how Vivian turned out.
** Daedalus created his own worst enemy with Iapyx.
* TheCrocIsTicking: If you hear humming, Vivian's probably nearby.
* CorruptedData: In the game, Vivian, Muna, and Shanta's data was all oddly corrupted. This wasn't such a big deal until Shanta took a near-fatal hit from the giant mech in the clock level and the game nearly deleted her data. Muna averted her death by giving her the Ring of Second Life.
* CulturePolice: The Council heavily censored individuality during their stay at the Academy.
* CurbStompBattle: Naomi's first fight against Cati. It didn't go well.
** Ziza is frequently the victim of one of these against Seth.
** Merchant can't really hold a candle to Orion.
** Leah completely destroys the ''entire faculty of the Academy.'' The Headmaster included.
* CustomUniform: Students can customize their uniform to their hearts' content, so long as they follow a few guidelines.
* CuteKitten: Mist, Smoke, and the cat that hangs around Tomas Commons. Gage is unable to resist such creatures.
** Hmm, the second Tomas cat, counts as well.
* DancesAndBalls: The Academy holds two parties that involve dancing - the Halloween Party and the Holiday Ball. Things frequently go wrong at both.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Spells that are taint or fade-inducing are outlawed - they may be powerful, but the taint and fade that forms is (usually) irreversible.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: So many students have this it's practically a requirement to get into Merlin.
* DarkIsEvil: Taint is a dark, dusty substance that spreads through contact and eats away at its victim's body until there's nothing left but dust.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Luna. Without it, the world would be unable to progress beyond much more than a simple structure.
* DarkSecret: Almost every student - no, almost every ''character'' - has a skeleton or five in the closet. Secrets range from [[spoiler:being a literal mask]] to [[spoiler:turning half-fish]] to [[spoiler:really, really liking mustard]] to [[spoiler:straight up murder.]]
* DeathTrap: Potato's first consisted of a series of these.
** Magnus's event was much more blatant about it.
* DemiHuman: Elves and dwarves, along with any other partial fae that might get onto the Academy's roster.
* {{Determinator}}: Many, many characters will turn into one of these if the situation is dire. Egg will never stop if her friends are in danger, End will taint himself without a second thought, Loren will not give up if Mari's given an order, and there is little on this planet that will stop Naomi from fulfilling her goal some way or another.

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* TheCorruption: Taint and fade corrupt one's body in different ways when you try to tip the balance of power in the world a little too much in one direction or the other.
* CosmicBalance: A central theme in Merlin. Everything is about keeping the theme. The world must be kept in balance in one way or another. That's why another, and when that balance is shifted too much, taint and fade exist - come into play to punish those that upset that balance.
set the balance back.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: "A stupid plan that's ridiculous but it might do the trick" might as well be Janus's motto, basically. If you need an insane plan that just might work put together in a short amount of time, look no further than the green house with the wolf.
motto.
* CrazyPrepared: Unit 53 already had a sphere in place thought ahead for several parts of their plans, staying ahead of the drop with Merchant.
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
game until nearly the end.
** On the flipside, Unit 17 has about two dozen backup plans to their other dozen backup plans.
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
Ezrael is largely responsible for how Vivian turned out.
** Daedalus
does this ''twice'' with two different people. In the first arc, he whispered in Vivian's ear until she snapped. In the third arc, he ''literally'' created his own worst enemy with Iapyx.
Ahellia from himself, only for her to end up acting not quite how he expected.
* TheCrocIsTicking: If you hear humming, Vivian's probably nearby.
* CorruptedData: In the game, Vivian, Muna, and Shanta's data
Vivian was all oddly corrupted. This wasn't such a big deal until Shanta took a near-fatal hit from the giant mech in the clock level and the game nearly deleted her data. Muna averted her death often preceded by giving her the Ring of Second Life.
* CulturePolice: The Council heavily censored individuality during their stay at the Academy.
* CurbStompBattle: Naomi's first fight against Cati. It didn't go well.
** Ziza is frequently the victim of one of these against Seth.
** Merchant can't really hold a candle to Orion.
** Leah completely destroys the ''entire faculty of the Academy.'' The Headmaster included.
lighthearted humming.
* CustomUniform: Students So long as students follow a few regulations, they can customize their uniform to their hearts' content, so long as much as they follow a few guidelines.
please.
* CuteKitten: Mist, Smoke, and the Tomas is home to two; Hmm, a cat that hangs moved in a few years ago, and a white cat that's been around Tomas Commons. Gage is unable to resist such creatures.
** Hmm, the second Tomas cat, counts
as well.
long as anyone can remember.
* DancesAndBalls: The Academy holds two parties that involve dancing - a year: the Halloween Party and the Holiday Ball. Things frequently go These parties are usually heavily dreaded, since something ''always'' goes wrong at both.
during them.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Spells that are induce taint or fade-inducing are outlawed - they may be powerful, but the taint and fade that forms is (usually) irreversible.
are outlawed, since they're extremely dangerous and likely fatal to the caster.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: So many students have this it's practically It's almost a requirement to get into Merlin.
enter the school--literally.
* DarkIsEvil: Taint is a dark, black, dusty substance that spreads through on contact and eats away at its victim's one's body until there's nothing left but dust.
it's all that's left.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Luna. Without Luna is a chaotic, ever-changing substance, but without it, the world would be unable to progress beyond much little more than a simple structure.
* DarkSecret: Almost Just about every student - no, has something--no, almost every ''character'' - has a skeleton or five in the closet. ''character.'' Secrets range from [[spoiler:being a literal mask]] to [[spoiler:turning half-fish]] half fish]] to [[spoiler:really, really liking mustard]] [[spoiler:actual murder]] to [[spoiler:straight up murder.[[spoiler:accidentally stealing a magical hotspot that was the only thing keeping a couple very angry gods at bay.]]
* DeathTrap: Potato's first consisted of a series of these.
** Magnus's event was much more blatant about it.
* DemiHuman: Elves and dwarves, along with any other partial fae that might get manage onto the Academy's roster.
* {{Determinator}}: Many, many characters will turn into one of these if the situation is dire. Egg will never stop if her friends are in danger, End will taint himself without a second thought, Loren will not give up if Mari's given an order,
roster and there is little on this planet that will stop Naomi from fulfilling her goal some way or another.any combinations in between.



* DisasterDominoes: The Vivian Arc was a small mistake that snowballed into a bigger mistake, that snowballed into an even bigger mistake, that snowballed into an even ''bigger'' mistake...
* DoAnythingRobot: Socket, Ian's robot, is an incredibly versatile machine that can connect to his phone, display 3D projections, channel magic, pick up small objects, record video feed, talk...
* TheDragonsComeBack: The Black Dragon was released by Unit 13 and very quickly lay waste to the Academy and Justus before the Secret Organization stepped in to put a stop to it.
* DwindlingParty: Axel's rescue party was whittled down rapidly as first Luce was killed, then Affe, then Plate.
* DysfunctionJunction: Yes, let's have almost every character have mental illness to some degree and put them all together. And then try to kill them. [[SarcasmMode That's going to work out really well.]]
* EasilyForgiven: Shanta and End forgave Muna pretty dang quick after he ignored them for weeks.
** Inverted with Marianne; she easily forgives.
* EdibleThemeNaming: Most of food group has different foods for names; namely, Cabbage, Potato, and Egg.
* ElementalPowers: The Aspects are these, obviously. They are as follows:

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* DisasterDominoes: The Vivian Arc I was a small mistake that snowballed into led to a bigger mistake, that snowballed into which led to an even bigger big mistake, that which snowballed into an even ''bigger'' mistake...
* DoAnythingRobot: Socket, Ian's personal robot, is Socket. It's an incredibly versatile machine robot that can do just about anything: connect to his phone, display 3D projections, channel magic, pick up small objects, record video feed, video, talk...
* TheDragonsComeBack: Well, dragon. The Black Dragon was released by Unit 13 and very quickly lay 13, laid waste to the Academy and Justus before Justus, and then flew off to wreak more havoc until the Secret Organization stepped in to put a stop to it.
* DwindlingParty: Axel's rescue party was whittled down rapidly as first Luce was killed, then Affe, then Plate.
* DysfunctionJunction: Yes, let's have almost every character have mental illness to some degree and put them all together. And then try to kill them. [[SarcasmMode That's going to work out really well.]]
took it out.
* EasilyForgiven: Shanta and End forgave Muna pretty dang quick after he ignored them for weeks.
** Inverted with Marianne; she
Inverted; Marianne easily forgives.
forgives people.
* EdibleThemeNaming: Most of Food Group is either named after food group has different foods for names; namely, or associated with one. There's Cabbage, Potato, Egg, Rowan (a tomato), and Egg.
Kesi (a green bean).
* ElementalPowers: The Aspects are these, obviously.that can be wielding by magicks. They are as follows:



* ElementalPunch: Mystics can pull this off. A lot of them do.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Several characters are unwilling to talk about their problems and will go to lengths to deny them, even when they're blatantly obvious to everyone else.
* EmergencyBroadcast: During the Black Dragon Incident, the Headmaster used the magic field to send out an emergency message to all the students.
** Gisa used the same trick to send a message to the whole of the campus when Unit 53 invaded.
* {{Emoticon}}: Scarlett may as well use these, and in fact does when played. (A rarity these days though.)
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: Rose's storybook.
* EnemyDetectingRadar: Ian's robot, Socket, can be programmed to recognize specific magical signatures.
* EnergyAbsorption: A possibility with healers, though it takes a long time to really master. Also happens to be Iapyx's specialty.
** Simon's arm is capable of absorbing any magic thrown at him and, when it's taken enough, throw it back in a condensed ball form.
* EnergyWeapon: Most of the offensive-type spells take the form of whatever weapon they're supposed to be mimicking. The exact weapon varies depending on the caster.
* EquivalentExchange: The main theme of the world, and what keeps the order of the universe. Everything has a price, and those that try to get a little too much are going to pay the price.
** Camille's village is centered around this theme, intertwining it with death.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Merchant.
** And the flower boss, and the mechanic.
** Merchant is now the exception to the rule - he's dropped the title and is once more going as Simon.
* EveryoneIsGay: Magic canonically makes you gay, so there's no such thing as a blatantly straight character. At least, not for long.
* EvilIsBurningHot: The Black Dragon set ''all of Justus on fire.'' And the dorms. And the Practice Fields.
* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: Each Blood Pact Unit is comprised of six members, all specializing in something different, and together they're supposed to make a good team. Units eat together, sleep together, and work together, so they often fall ino this trope.
** Unit 13 behaved very much like a family, albeit a mildly dysfunctional one.
** Unit 53, not so much.
* EvilSmellsBad: Taint has a very distinctive scent of something nasty and malicious.
* TheExitIsThatWay: Marianne pulls this ''twice,'' first opening a door to the men's bathroom and then the janitor's closet while trying to find the right office.

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* ElementalPunch: Mystics can pull this off. A lot of them do.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Several characters are unwilling to talk about their problems and will go to lengths to deny them, even when they're blatantly obvious to everyone else.
* EmergencyBroadcast: During the Black Dragon Incident, the Headmaster used the magic field to send out an emergency message to all the students.
** Gisa used the same trick to send a message to the whole of the campus when Unit 53 invaded.
* {{Emoticon}}: Scarlett may as well use these, and in fact does when played. (A rarity these days though.)
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: Rose's storybook.
* EnemyDetectingRadar: Ian's robot, Socket, can be programmed to recognize specific magical signatures.
* EnergyAbsorption: A possibility with healers, Healers can suck away energy, though it takes it's a long time difficult skill to really master. Also happens to be Iapyx's specialty.
master.
** Simon's arm is also capable of absorbing any a certain amount of magic thrown at him, and lets him and, when it's taken enough, throw it back in as a condensed ball form.
of power.
* EnergyWeapon: Most of the offensive-type Several offensive spells take the form of whatever weapon they're it's supposed to be mimicking. The exact weapon varies depending on the caster.
* EquivalentExchange: The main theme of the world, and what keeps the order of the universe. Everything has a price, and those that try to get a little too much are going to pay the price.
** Camille's village is centered around this theme, intertwining it with death.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Merchant.
** And
Merchant, the flower boss, and Mechanic, the mechanic.
** Merchant is now the exception to the rule - he's dropped the title and is once more going as Simon.
Flower Shop Boss...
* EveryoneIsGay: Magic canonically literally makes you gay, so there's gay. There's no such thing as a blatantly straight character. At least, character, or if there is, not for long.
* EvilIsBurningHot: The Black Dragon set ''all of Justus on fire.'' And the dorms. And the Practice Fields.
* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: Each Blood Pact Unit is comprised of six members, all specializing in something different, and together they're supposed to make a good team. Units eat together, sleep together, and work together, so they often fall ino this trope.
** Unit 13 behaved very much like a family, albeit a mildly dysfunctional one.
** Unit 53, not so much.
Greens.
* EvilSmellsBad: Taint has a very distinctive scent of something nasty maliciousness and malicious.
* TheExitIsThatWay: Marianne pulls this ''twice,'' first opening a door to the men's bathroom and then the janitor's closet while trying to find the right office.
death.



* ExtremeOmnivore: '''Ratroaches.''' They can eat literally anything.
* FaceDoodling: Shanta has scribbled on Muna's face before.
* TheFairFolk: Humanoid races that mix with the main three faces, collectively called "fae". They are, essentially, a minority to the minorities.
* FamilyOfChoice: A-Team and Elf Trio has simply adopted each other as their family.
** Shanta and End, in a more amusing example, have been more or less adopted by Muna's family. They ''do'' call Zoya and Barad "Mom" and "Dad".
* FantasticFireworks: Justus holds a festival on New Year's and sets off fireworks then.

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* ExtremeOmnivore: '''Ratroaches.''' They can eat Ratroaches will literally anything.
anything. Including other ratroaches and objects generally not considered consumable.
* FaceDoodling: Shanta has scribbled on Muna's face before.
* TheFairFolk: Humanoid races that mix with the main three faces, collectively called "fae". They are, essentially, a minority to the minorities.
TheFairFolk
* FamilyOfChoice: A-Team and Elf Trio has Several friend groups end up simply adopted adopting each other as family, as they're more preferable than their family.
actual families.
** Shanta and End, in a more In an amusing example, Shanta and End have been more or less adopted by Muna's family. They ''do'' family, to the point that they call Zoya and Barad "Mom" Mom and "Dad".
Dad. Even Simon has been adopted somewhat; Houri and Melissa call him Uncle.
* FantasticFireworks: Justus holds a festival on Justus' New Year's and sets off festival ends with a fireworks then.show that is truly something to behold.
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* BattleInTheRain: Arc III's Holiday Ball takes place during a rainstorm. Said rainstorm actually ended up weaponized by Sage to use against Ezrael.



* BeneathTheEarth: The Catacombs, a living system of stone and dirt tunnels, that runs underneath the campus, the forest, and the town.
* BerserkButton: Most characters have one or the other, but the most common is their friends or family being threatened or injured.
* BigEntrance: There are plenty of examples, but the one that takes the cake is Yvonne arriving in the aftermath of the Black Dragon aboard a giant flying chicken.
* BigFancyCastle: The Academy's main building, where all the classes take place, is a massive, six-story castle with a high tower containing the Headmaster's Office at the very top.
* BigGood: Merlin, and as a lesser example, the Headmaster.
* BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything: Unit 53's big plan was their bomb that would affect living creatures, but nothing else.
%% * BlackAndGrayMorality: lolololol
* BlackMarket: Simon originally ran one out of his cart, but after he quit the illegal life Yorick took over.
* BoardingSchool: The Academy has on-campus housing, and students come from all over the world to attend.
* BodyHorror: ''So'' many examples. Magic only expands on the kind of body horror that can take place.
** It's possible to lose a limb to fade, like Simon, Fin, Della and Nell.
** Guts' leg got crushed in a mining accident.
** Egon has the literal mouth of a monster, which he covers up with a mask.
** Magnus, a homunculus, is capable of losing limbs and later sewing them back on, though.
* BodySnatcher: Perdix could possess Icarus temporarily.
* BookcasePassage: A bookshelf in the library swings open to reveal a staircase that leads down to the Catacombs.
* BooksThatBite: A few of the books in the library have a bit of an appetite.
* BuildingOfAdventure: It's entirely possible to have a death-defying adventure without ever leaving the campus.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: Cards are required to call out a phrase in order to use the power of their Card. The phrase is up to the Card, since it requires some kind of verbal trigger but it isn't always super specific.
* CallingYourAttacks: Egyptian magic needs to be written down and verbalized to activate it. It can lead to some very badass battle cries.
* TheCameo: Gert, Lily, Carrmin, Sharyn, and Sharrika are all cameos of previous characters from another magical school roleplay.
* CastHerd: Characters tend to group up into groups of five or six and earn nicknames that often reflect the whole group.
* CastOfSnowflakes: It's practically a ''canonical'' requirement to have something special or something heavy on your shoulders to attend Merlin.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Characters will often change after the first few times being played as the players get a feel for them, but some also lose some traits from one semester to the next.
* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: Potato's first event had the two only NPCs previously met both biting the dust in [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown different]], [[NoBodyLeftBehind horrific]] [[LiterallyShatteredLives ways]].
* ChillyReception: Pepito made a nasty first impression on the Other Kids, and his reputation hasn't improved very much with them.
* CirclesOfHell: The Nine Circles make up the Domain of the Dead, ruled by Lucifer. Each Circle punishes souls for a different sin.
* CityOfAdventure: Justus, with plenty happening every day, both magic and mundane.
* CityWithNoName: Town Over, the town next to Justus, and Town Across, the town across the river accessible by ferry.
* ClassRepresentative: Each house has a house representative, responsible for attending meetings concerning each house's necessities and planning certain activities. They're something like a prefect and an RA rolled up into one.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Ari was subjected to this by Iapyx, and Simon by Leah.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Each character has a specific color that they're associated with, and often has a color scheme they tend to dress in to go with it.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: Interelementwielding, a complicated technique that involves two or more magicks combining their elements to create something new. Combing elements can result in almost anything from glass to lava.
* CommonTongue: There are very few communication difficulties at Merlin due to the Headmaster's language debarrier. Characters interpret any speech as their own language, so while there may be a few mishaps with grammar and the like everything is more or less understandable.
* ConLang: Ian created a new computer language to translate magic into computer data, which included developing a math system to work within it.
* ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts: Zig-zagged with elf empathy. Elves can communicate with animals based off their empathy, yes, but it isn't exact thoughts and they can only get a general idea of what the animal is feeling. It takes practice to speak with them effectively.



* BeneathTheEarth: The Catacombs are a large system of stone and dirt tunnels underneath the campus and the forest.
* BerserkButton: Most characters don't take injury to their friends and loved ones very well.
* TheBet: Rowan and Kesi dated for a week because of something like this.
* BetterAsFriends: Naomi and Ari have come to this. Neither side is upset about it, however.
* BigBad: Depending on your viewpoint, either the Council or the Blood Pact is this.
* BigDamnKiss:
** Ari gave Naomi one before throwing her in the ocean.
** Merchant and Simon shared a lovely one in an alley.
* BigDamnHeroes: People just ''love'' rushing in at the last second to save the day. Specific examples include Bambi, Ziza, Muna, and Gil.
* BigEntrance:
** Ashes ''exploded'' into this world. Literally. The egg exploded. Icarus thought Ashes died.
** Nobody can forget how Yvonne came into the school - flying towards the wreckage left by the Black Dragon atop a giant chicken.
* BigFancyCastle: The castle itself, though some buildings, like the dorms, are separate.
* BigGood: Headmaster Soulstone and/or Merlin's Oak.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Gage and Din, respectively.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Amirmoez familiy, for one, and the Lockwoods for another.
* BigSisterInstinct: Ari needs to make sure all the girls can properly defend themselves before she leaves for good.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Muna and Scarlett both can speak, but often choose not to. Muna doesn't because his vocal chords are very weak, and Scarlett doesn't because it's simply not her preferred method of communication.
* BirthdayEpisode: Occurs whenever there's a birthday to celebrate.
* BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything: Unit 53's EvilPlan turned out to be bombing the Oak and sending a poison mist through the area, affecting just about every magick character's ability to use magic.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Blood Pact is completely black, while the Council is only a few shades lighter. Neither is a good option to take.
* BlackComedy: The more depressed/suicidal characters have a tendency to use this. Muna is particularly guilty.
* BlackMarket:
** Simon ran one out of his cart.
** Yorick, the antique shop owner, has since taken over that aspect of Justus.
* BoardingSchool: Students are sorted into four houses and live in dorm buildings in the commons area.
* BodyHorror: A lot of it is brushed over, but there's plenty of this around the campus.
** Ari got her eye poked out with a pencil.
** End basically removed people's faces. Entirely. (Apparently they grow back.)
** Apophis forced Seth to rip out an eye each from Jack and Ziza.
** Leah ripped Simon's fucking arm off.
* BodySnatcher:
** Perdix possessed Iapyx and is now going by the name of Talos.
** Apophis also counts.
* BookcasePassage: There's an entrance to the Catacombs if you can find the right bookcase.
* BooksThatBite: Be careful in the library. Some of the books in the creatures section are a little more... animalistic than others.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Apartment and Cottage descriptions take a moment to talk directly to the player.
* BridalCarry:
** Shanta and Potato frequently carry people like this.
** Simon carried Marianne out in this fashion when the Black Dragon attacked.
* BuildingOfAdventure: It's entirely possible to have a death-defying adventure without ever leaving the campus.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: If Kayla is any indication, Cards are bound to call out a certain phrase in order to activate their power.
* CallingYourAttacks:
** Shanta for example utters it in Elven.
** Ziza, Seth, and Jack, on the other hand, have a separate set of spells that require verbal initiation.
* TheCameo: Gert, Carrmin, and Sharyn all came directly from a previous roleplay about a magic school.
* CastFullOfGay: There is not a single character in the entire Merlinverse that is straight.
* CastHerd: Characters tend to group together and stay together, earning nicknames to refer to the whole group. Examples include Ice Cream Team, Foodles, Swim Team, and Elf Trio. (Plus Nina.)
* CastOfSnowflakes: Everyone's carrying around ''something'' on their shoulders.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Both played straight and averted. Unless your phone is connected to a special network set up by some of the older students, expect your cell signal and your wifi signal to be blocked by the magic field Merlin's Oak puts out.
* ChainedHeat: Thanks to a shit buy from Magnus, Ice Cream Team ended up being chained together for a bit. At least it was good for bonding.
* CharacterDevelopment: Every character slowly evolves and becomes a better person. Bonus points to End for marking his character development by getting an entirely new body.
* CharacterTic: Everyone has something that they do when they're nervous, or when they're lying.
** Icarus shakes when he's lying.
** Shanta touches her arm when she's nervous.
** Muna taps the table when something is annoying him.
** End's tic (pausing at the end of sentences) ''disappears'' when he's angry or more confident. This actually has unnerved several characters to the point that they actually prefer soft, slow End.
** Ian touches his forearms when he's particularly upset.
** Gwen scratches at her ears an awful lot.
* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies:
** The bad ending AU.
** Also, the final Black Dragon event, with three characters biting the dust.
** Potato's first event had two characters and one piece of dishware bite the bullet.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Several characters have certain aspects of their personality changed or erased altogether as players figure out how to play them.
* ChillyReception: Pepito immediately upon meeting the Other Kids doesn't receive the warmest welcome. In fact, once hearing Madeline's opinion of him, they treated him rather harshly.
* CirclesOfHell: All part of a single dimension ruled by Lucifer.
* CityOfAdventure: Justus, Town Over, and Town Across.
* CityWithNoName: The Town Over, which is the town next to Justus, and the Town Across, the town across the Dock that's accessible by ferry.
* ClassAndLevelSystem: The classes that are taken at Merlin. In a student's second year, they choose one of four paths, and in their third one of two.
* ClearMyName: The Headmaster left a message hoping students would venture into the forest to clear his name after being accused of assisting the Pact in breaking into the school.
* ClassRepresentative: House representatives. They're in charge of their house's needs, makes sure they follow the rules, and are their house's voice in times of crisis.
* ClusterFBomb: Yvonne got off a good one towards Darren.
* ColdBloodedTorture:
** Iapyx subjected Ari to this for days and Icarus for ''years.''
** Simon was held and tortured for several weeks by Unit 53, culminating in getting his artificial arm ripped off.
* ColorCodedCharacters:
** Most characters have a color or two they're associated with. These colors are used for their speech and thoughts in the forums.
** Houses are also associated with specific colors. Lucian is red, Ekaterina is gold, Janus is green, and Tomas is blue.
* CombinationAttack: Cas and Naomi pulled this off during the fight with Vivian, enveloping her with water and pumping it full of Cas's plasma. (Naomi got caught in the crossfire, but that had been unavoidable.)
* CombinedEnergyAttack: Interlement cooperation.
* CommonTongue: The debarrier functions to invoke this.
* ConLang: Ian made up an entire math language to work with magical calculations.
* ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts: Zig-zagged with elf empathy. Elves can communicate with animals based off their empathy, yes, but it isn't exact thoughts and they can only get a general idea of what the animal is feeling. It takes practice to speak with them effectively.
* CooldownHug:
** Ian outright refuses one of these when Socket was smashed.
** Marianne tackles Merchant in one of these when she thought he got shot.
** Tomas in general. Seriously, these kids are so huggy it's ridiculous.
* CoolMask: End, before he regained his original body.


* AnotherDimension: There are several dimension rips scattered around the area, though most of them lead to one PocketDimension and little else. A few are more prominent, though, including the Nine Circles of Hell and the Duat.

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* AnotherDimension: There are several multiple known dimensions, but one that comes up repeatedly is the Nine Circles, better known as the Domain of the Dead. It's from this dimension rips scattered around the area, though most of them lead to one PocketDimension and little else. A few are more prominent, though, including the Nine Circles of Hell and the Duat.that demons come from.



* AnyoneCanDie: No holds barred. Side characters have died, main characters have died... the only thing stopping some characters from dying is simply because it's not their time yet, or someone needs them alive for a little longer.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Several have been found, mostly in the custody of the Secret Organization.
** Mari and Simon have retrieved a HandOfGlory, a gristly artifact made from the hand of a thief while the thief still lives.
** End's shell, a memento from Della, is an ArtifactOfDoom for sirens.
** Simon collected a number of these for a customer that turned out to be Unit 53, who in turned used them to create a bomb.
* ArtificialOutdoorsDisplay: Tends to be a staple for balls. Halloween has a thunderstorm and fake bats, while Christmas has fake snow drifting down from the ceiling.
* ApocalypticLog: [[spoiler:Vivian's letters to Violet]] can read this way.
* AudienceParticipation: Rose's storybook inserts the readers into the story and lets them finish it. If they don't finish properly, Rose can reset the story, but only once per tale.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Several of these. Endymion, Icarus, Thetis, Mirabelle...
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Ekaterina in general specializes in this - many students are very good at noticing small things off the bat, and piece together information from that.
* BabysittingEpisode: There are chicken nuggets that can revert the consumer into a child. End has been the victim more than once.
* BackFromTheDead: Perdix, and [[spoiler:Chang]]. Also Ian. Multiple times. Nobody's even surprised anymore.
* BadFuture: The "everyone dies" AU.
* TheBadGuysWin:
** Leah may have been chased from the campus, but she still got her hands on the taint.
** Simon was successfully abducted by Unit 53, and all the backup that he brought along didn't do him any good.
%% * BadassCrew: Marianne's Secret Organization squad.
* BadassFamily: Literally everyone in Ziza's family is involved in magick archaeology in some way.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: The entire premise of the world. While there are fantastical things one can do with magic, if one oversteps the balance of the world they'll get punished, which is why taint [[spoiler:and fade]] exist in the first place.
* BanOnMagic: Certain magic causes the caster to contract taint or fade, and for those reasons those spells are forbidden. It doesn't stop the Blood Pact, though.
* BastardBoyfriend:
** ''Faust.''
** Orion also counts, but on a slightly lesser scale.
* BatterUp: Janus keeps a bat in their house for... unknown purposes.
* BattleCouple:
** Yin and Deux.
** Simon and Mari, sometimes.
* BattleDiscretionShot: The events that caused Lara to lose her eye are never actually explored in-guild, though it can be found in [[http://www.gaiaonline.com/journal/?mode=view&post_id=34614895&u=28022325 Jenn's journal]] as some drabble.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: Iapyx attempts to this to Icarus. [[spoiler:It backfires once Naomi and Cas throw one last desperate attack.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: No holds barred. Side Zig-zagged for the most part. Students in general have PlotArmor as they're considered the "main" characters, with a few rare exceptions being Vivian (who became a villain and was an NPC in the first place) and Scarlett (who died from garnering too much power and there was also another character by the same player in that friend group). Sideplot characters have died, main characters have died... and more minor characters, on the only thing stopping some characters from dying is simply because it's not their time yet, or someone needs them alive for a little longer.
other hand, are more likely to be killed in bad situations.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Several have been found, mostly Several, most in the custody of the Secret Organization.
Organization. Such artifacts include:
** Mari and Simon have retrieved a A HandOfGlory, retrieved by Marianne and Simon on a gristly artifact made from the hand of mission to expose a thief while the thief still lives.
black market dealer.
** Della's Conch, a magical shell that once belonged to End's shell, a memento from Della, is friend Della (though it's more considered an ArtifactOfDoom for sirens.
sirens, according to Naomi).
** A number of unnamed artifacts Simon collected a number of these for a customer that turned out to be Unit 53, who in turned Arc II, which ended up being used them to create a construct an AntiMagic bomb.
* ArtificialOutdoorsDisplay: Tends to be a staple for balls. Halloween has a thunderstorm and fake bats, while Christmas has fake snow drifting down from ** Apophis' Scroll, which contained the ceiling.
* ApocalypticLog: [[spoiler:Vivian's letters to Violet]] can read this way.
* AudienceParticipation: Rose's storybook inserts the readers into the story and lets them finish it. If they don't finish properly, Rose can reset the story, but only once per tale.
soul of a powerful magick named Apophis.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Several of these. Endymion, Icarus, Thetis, Mirabelle...
characters. Magnus Ironvein, Rowan Lockwood, Icarus Domitor...
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Ekaterina Ekaterinas in general specializes in this - many students are very good at noticing small things off the bat, and piece together piecing information together from that.
* BabysittingEpisode: There are chicken nuggets that can revert the consumer into a child. End has been the victim more than once.
there. It's one of their greatest strengths.
* BackFromTheDead: Perdix, and [[spoiler:Chang]]. Also Ian. Multiple times. Nobody's even surprised anymore.
* BadFuture: The "everyone dies" AU.
* TheBadGuysWin:
** Leah may have been chased from the campus, but she still got her hands
Chang, Bambi's brother, whose soul lives on the taint.
** Simon was successfully abducted by Unit 53, and all the backup that he brought along didn't do him any good.
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in a pig golem.
* BadassCrew: Marianne's Psqwad, a small group of Secret Organization squad.
* BadassFamily: Literally everyone in Ziza's family is involved in magick archaeology in some way.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: The entire premise of
members hailing from the world. While there French branch. They are fantastical things one can do an incredibly formidable force when working together.
** Unit Seventeen has their teamwork down to a T,
with magic, if one oversteps the individual strengths and weaknesses that balance of the world they'll get punished, which is why taint [[spoiler:and fade]] exist in the first place.
* BanOnMagic: Certain magic causes the caster to contract taint or fade,
each other and for those reasons those spells are forbidden. It doesn't stop the Blood Pact, though.
leave few holes in their defense.
* BastardBoyfriend:
** ''Faust.''
** Orion also counts, but on
BastardBoyfriend: Faust, End's boyfriend from a slightly lesser scale.
hundred years ago, and Orion, Mari's ex from her high school days.
* BatterUp: Janus keeps a bat in their house for... unknown purposes.
* BattleCouple:
** Yin and Deux.
** Simon and Mari, sometimes.
* BattleDiscretionShot: The events that caused Lara to lose her eye are never actually explored in-guild, though it can be found
house. Just in [[http://www.gaiaonline.com/journal/?mode=view&post_id=34614895&u=28022325 Jenn's journal]] as some drabble.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: Iapyx attempts to this to Icarus. [[spoiler:It backfires once Naomi and Cas throw one last desperate attack.]]
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