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     Tropes A 
  • Absentee Actor: Rebecca Jane Walsh, Carly, Jenny and Ava Sharpe were temporarily absent for a few weeks due to the author's other commitments.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Eris's outfit includes this, despite otherwise being considerably more modest than her sister's.
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Oseru's has come to the conclusion that the only way to ensure humanity's survival is to strike first against aliens, both to prevent them from becoming a threat and to ensure humanity has access to all the resources it needs.
  • Accent Adaptation: In-universe. Qorisayane from Yoth province get accents vaguely like those of the southern United States when their language is rendered into English. For rural hunters Koyel and Layi, it gravitates toward Good Ol' Boy, while a Clanwoman like Oseru leans more towards Southern Belle.
  • Accent Slip Up:
    • Rosalind suppresses her Texas drawl for fear of people figuring out where she's from and going there to stalk her, but does so imperfectly — she tends to revert when she's not paying close attention to what she says.
    • Varla knows Black Speech, and when she gets mad, the consonant-heavy accent from it slips into her voice.
  • Accidental Kiss: Almost happened when Jann trips over Rosalind's backpack and into a Suggestive Collision with her. Their faces were one mere inch away from colliding.
  • Accidental Pervert: Simultaneous mutual moment between Jann and Rosalind. Suspecting that Rosalind is a revenant, Jann the wizard focuses an eavesdropping spell on Rosalind's heart... which is directly behind her breasts in his line of sight. Meanwhile, Rosalind scratches an itch between her breasts right as Jann is staring and assumes her action drew his attention there. They both end up blushing awkwardly.
  • Accidental Tickle Torture: Because the spaceship is currently an extension of Arilay's body, Shale fiddling with wires in Engineering accidentally tickles Arilay.
  • Actually Not a Vampire:
    • Mayatans are telepathic, nocturnal (specifically sedated by enough yellow light), mostly off-white in color, and have unusual (specifically metallic) omnivore teeth. Mequoql and Nyorla curiously sampled blood from slaughtered moufretas, creeping out witnesses in the process. Most Mayatans, including Mequoql and Nyorla, are not vampires. The twins Aynara and Arnaya are the only two Mayatan vampires.
    • Akane is exceptionally strong, fast, and durable, drinks blood from time to time, and her fair skin burns easily in sunlight. She's a kyuuketsuki, a type of Oni.
  • Affably Evil: The only immediate sign that Alice Winters is anything other than an ordinary (if curious) customer is magical items reacting to her presence.
  • Age-Gap Algebra: Arnaya (Mayatan) mentions a mathematical formula for comparing interspecies lifespan and development when she tells Amy (human) that she's too straight to date Amy and slightly too old to date any of Amy's peers.
  • Agony Beam: Oseru slams Aynara with a wave of raw pain from the Eyes and Teeth. Aynara spreads the misery through the specialized Mayatan scream designed to do just that.
  • Ahem: John Smith, Security Service gets Sarquoql's attention with a loud throat-clearing to interrupt Sarquoql's attempt to remove posters warning the populace of dangerous individuals.
  • Alice Allusion: Downplayed by Alice Winters — she had an old-fashioned dress sense, explores other worlds, and even knows Alice in Wonderland well enough that she could reference it if she had a good enough reason. But the resemblance ends there; Alice is a Corporate Samurai whose eccentricities are significantly more restrained than in previous appearances. She still can't help taking "Queen of Hearts" as a call-sign and naming her two squads "Carpenter" and "Walrus", though.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Rebecca Jane Walsh is hated in the forest by Mequoql. Zig-zagged, as she is liked, if not loved, by the others in the forest.
  • Alternate Self: Ava Sharpe is not the one you know from Arrowverse 's Legends of Tomorrow, she just happens to have the same look, but very different personality.
  • Alternative Number System: Many countries of the world of Aria utilize Base 12, which leads to Lily miscalculating a Mayatan's psychic radar range.
  • Always Identical Twins:
    • Averted in the case of the Otterbein sisters, who are fraternal twins.
    • Averted again with Mayatan fraternal twin sisters Aynara and Arnaya.
  • Ambiguous Gender: It is nigh impossible to discern Nui's gender from their appearance and voice, and they don't identify with a single gender anyway.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: While Tovor Zaa is physically male, and not androgynous, Kykzavi tradition dictates that shamans are inherently outside of Kykzavi gender roles. (For their part, they won't be offended by strangers not understanding the implications of their shaman scars.)
  • Amusing Injuries: Rosalind's Noodle Incident in the weapons shop leaves her disgruntled with superficial cuts, bruises and a sunburn.
  • Anti-Magic: The trademark (and only) power Alice and the Ace of Spades wield, a side effect of their native world's metaphysical infection. It causes quite a bit of consternation and horror, and is of limited use. The former also sells equipment with effects of this sort.
  • An Axe to Grind: Ozurr's weapon of choice is a truly massive two-headed battle axe.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Arnora's sword has been passed down for generations along a direct line of descent. It also is imbued with the souls of all its previous wielders, which can be summoned in the form of a blue glow that greatly enhances the damage dealt by the blade and the skill of the current wielder.
  • And I Must Scream: Nyorla's backstory includes ten years locked inside her own unresponsive body. She's still celebrating its end.
  • Angry Fist-Shake: Shale shakes her fist at the local who is whacking Arilay with a broom. The local doesn't notice.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Contrary to Explorer of Unknowns' assumption, Nyorla is not upset at the prospect of staying a physical child for the rest of her life because Mayatan society knows how to handle such cases with dignity.
  • Animal Eye Spy: As part of telepathically "eavesdropping" on minds, Mayatans can look through others' eyes.
    • Seenarnha uses this talent to borrow Swanwhite the dragonhorse's eyes and ears, when Swanwhite hears something beyond Seenarnha's hearing.
    • Aynara uses a bandit's Angry Guard Dog to pick up Mael's scent trail.
    • Maequoql and Arnaya telepathically look through the eyes of a flock of birds to confirm that the truck that the spaceship's telescope is looking at is indeed David's truck.
  • The Anticipator: Subverted when Nyorla guesses that the twins Aynara and Arnaya are going to mist through the air vents to get back into the kitchen that she just shooed them out of. They don't — instead they telekinetically yank away her knives while on the other side of the wall.
  • Anti-Regeneration: Because of at least one Holy Hand Grenade, the Amusing Injuries Rosalind acquires offscreen persist until she's back onscreen again and for some time after that.
  • Anti-Villain: Trine, the Filipino-Norwegian may be a very small-time Con Artist, but she's Only in It for the Money and makes a Heel–Face Turn, although she was never much of a villain anyway.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Mequoql accuses the town citizens of not caring about an artistic performer's spectacle or a missing child.
  • Are You Sure You Want to Do That?: Held at gunpoint, Murquoql responds to Wain's demand to commandeer the WFS Hummingbird thusly:
    Murquoql: Oh, I could bring you aboard my spaceship, but she's alive. And she doesn't take kindly to strangers, especially strangers that wave around things that could punch a hole in her hull. Are you sure you want to board her?
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Jen Jara hears Alexa's monstrous voice enhanced with rumbling and blushes at the rumbling undercurrent hitting just the right frequencies to resonate in her skeleton. When Syrni Sandra returns and feels Alexa's rumbling voice for herself, she's reminded of her most recent time (ahem) enjoying music with pounding bass in Space Liner.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Nui's notice on the bulletin board contains the following:
    "Relics of advanced ancient technologies! The peculiarities of demonic entities and their effect on magic! Retrieving a powerful artifact from a subterranean society! A relaxing time at the beach!"
  • Artistic License – Physics: Lampshaded when the narration gleefully admits that the dragonhorses' ability to do vertical takeoffs into flight would leave physicists calling foul. Justified by draconic flight magic.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Murquoql snarks at Farrah for asking where a lost kid was last seen, when the information could have easily been obtained by reading the notice right in front of them.
    Murquoql: The kid's last known location is posted right here, did you not read it?
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: According to Sindar, all fairies have this: an appearance that matches their domain.
    Sindar: A wood nymph might have leaves for ears. Flower fairies have petals growing out of all sorts of places. Likewise... (holds up his skeletal hands and wiggles his fingers) take a guess as to what my domain is.
  • As You Know: Arilay reminds Moquoql (for the readers' benefit) that the gas mask with the small el-kor patch is a prototype.
  • Asymmetric Dilemma: Moquoql doesn't turn an imperfect sound-muffling telekinetic bubble of air into a perfect silencing bubble, because then she'd get a telekinetic overextension headache and/or suffocate in an airtight bubble.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: When the horse group is ambushed by a pack of d'voreem, most of the herd runs away from the first few attackers.
    (Pewter runs away while Thunder fights off the d'voreem)
    Amaranth: "Come on Pew... ter... get... back... there..." (tries in vain to turn her around to join Thunder)
    (Amaranth notices the d'voreem being really noisy and realizes they might be scaring the herd away into an ambush)
    Amaranth: "Change of plans. Faster!"
  • Attack on One Is an Attack on All: Mael mind-controlling one member of the Web of Friendship causes the entire Web of Friendship to declare a personal vendetta against him.
  • Attempted Rape: Varla boasts about lethally thwarting over ten years' worth of attempts to rape her.
    Nerea [inferring from the Unprovoked Pervert Payback incident]: Some-one hurt you, did they not?
    Varla: Ha! They tried, they died, starting right as I entered puberty and continuing for ten long years after puberty finished with me.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Parthenia's mental assessments of dangerous situations she often finds herself in are curt, very detailed, and to-the-point. She even goes as far as draw flowcharts in her mind, which horrifies Iragan to no end.
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     Tropes B 
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Out of the Not Chaos Hunters (and their new companions in Web of Friendship and Lily, Bonnie, and Carol), Adam is the youngest, shortest, and the shyest of the group. As the result, the rest of the NCH are very protective of him (to be fair, they're protective to each other, but especially Adam).
  • Bad Boss: Krakka'a is openly abusive towards Zarokh, verbally and occasionally physically. Zarokh only puts up with it because he believes his god has commanded him to serve Krakka'a.
  • Bad Mood as an Excuse: Unable to help her sister get out of mind control, Nyorla displaces her frustration by slaughtering four unlucky moufretas who get too close.
  • Bald Woman: Suela; this is typical for a noblewoman from her culture.
  • Bandage Babe: Aynara, a furless Mayatan woman, invokes this trope when she covers herself head-to-toe in medical tape.
  • Bandage Mummy: Aynara invokes this trope when she covers herself head-to-toe in medical tape.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Syrni Sandra adjusts her three-cloth toga to show the marsupial pouch on her belly to Akane.
  • The Baroness: She's a bit younger than it's usual for a Rosa Klebb version of this trope, but Parthenia is ruthless, shows almost complete disregard for human life (though she tries to be smart about it) and much is given about her unatractiveness.
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Wilhelmine is strong enough to drive an icy great sword through a wall to kill the bandit on the opposite side.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Chaudhari, a corporate security goon, pretending to be a representative of the town's government. Imperfectly; it doesn't take much from Parthenia to spook him into being unrealistically trusting to avoid a fight he's scared of losing.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Justin really does not like being called a pet or a slave.
    • Glass objects send the nuckelavee into a blind rage.
    • Do not call Bonnie a "bunny girl" or a "bunny". She's a rabbit girl.
    • Varla hates being the target of flirting.
  • The Berserker: Rosalind has never entered combat in a lucid state of mind, because she's been led to believe that she can't fight at all without loosening her self-control over her Horror Hunger. Consequently, any memories she has of fighting, no matter how recent, are always a chaotic jumble of sensations saturated with whatever stressful emotion drove her to fight.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Krakka'a desperately wants to be the Big Bad of this story. Shame he's hopelessly outclassed by pretty much every other character. And as Osiris eventually reveals, he's not even the Big Bad of his own story.
  • Big Eater:
    • Ozurr is capable of putting away a large amount of food in a very short amount of time. He eats an entire loaf of bread in one bite, and later does the same to an entire steak. Justified, as he is literally a giant.
    • Nora eats enough for several people at breakfast despite looking like a small, teenage girl. Also Justified as she consumes biomass (preferably "food") to fuel her shapeshifting capabilities.
    • Arnora proves to be just as much one as Ozurr (appropriate, given that they're of a comparable size), skeletonizing an entire moufreta in a matter of minutes.
    • Soryn packs roughly ten pounds' worth of moufreta-onion stir-fry into his roughly sixty-foot-long serpentine body. Apparently mixing warm-blooded and cold-blooded DNA into the same life-form makes for a wonky metabolism.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Arilay temporarily takes the form of a pudgy Golden Retriever.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Viporises need to breathe volcanic ash on a semiregular basis.
  • Bizarre Alien Psychology: Shale has a separate brain for processing her emotions that she can temporarily disconnect from her other brain.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: Shale's antennae can pick up nearby cold spots and the distant Howling Void's melody.
  • Blackmail: Sophia attempts to make Alice let Parthenia, her priestess, and Sa'ad go by threatening to either blabber Alice's secrets out or by cursing her to not be able to use any kind of technology for the rest of her life. No, the Shattered World gods don't know what "fair play" means, why do you ask?
  • Black Eyes of Crazy:
  • Blade on a Stick: Soryn's Magic Staff can manifest a blade of Hard Light on one end.
  • Blatant Lies: During the fight between Miron and UD Justin, Nui proclaims that they have some skill with necromancy and offers to help ease the situation with his souls. And later, begins to cast a spell that looks like it has some Soul Power. After the fight, when Nyceme asks them about their skills, Nui says that their earlier proclamation was just an act. It's a well-told lie (enough to fool Nyceme), but still blatant.
  • Blinded by the Light: The equivalent of car horns on spaceships are flashing lights. A spaceship parked in a town square accidentally dazzled a few NPCs who happen to be looking directly at the spaceship when the owner unintentionally hit the button. John Smith, Security Service takes notice.
  • Blinding Bangs: When briefly pretending to be captured by Amos the bandit (instead of the other way around), Aynara takes her hair out of its ponytail to obscure where she's looking from the other bandit guards.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: The reason Rosalind was covered in gore when she got teleported into this world was because she dove into a zombie horde and punched, kicked, and stomped them until the melee drenched her from head to toe. Regrettably, there were too many zombies and she was forced to retreat without the human she was trying to rescue.
  • Blow You Away: Lily utilizes air magic to fly. Side effects include knocked off hats and stray pigeons to the face.
  • Blunt "Yes": Parthenia's understated reaction when Farrah fairly accuses her of knocking her out, kidnapping her and having the nerve to ask her to fight for Parthenia after all of this.
  • Body Horror: Leone splits her head open into a toothy maw to consume the remainder of her breakfast.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: This is how Amaranth, Felicio, and Cormack leave the thread: they are zapped out of existence without warning. Amaranth does have a reason for being zapped though: alerting the d'voreem pack to the horses' presence, as pointed out by Flashfoot.
  • Bond One-Liner: Non-lethal example. After groin attacking a lewd fisherman with her sword, Varla quips, "I'd see a rabbi now, if I were you."
  • Booby Trap:
    • The Inquisitor spelled her saddlebags to zap anyone attempting to open them. Fiddler finds out about it the hard way.
    • She also gave the same treatment to her boots, if Farrah's inner monologue is anything to go by.
  • Boring Insult: Syrni Sandra reacts to Alexa's Game Face by calling it boring, in a hare-brained and ultimately ineffective attempt to goad Alexa into a fight. Jen Jara delivers a Dope Slap to Syrni Sandra for saying it.
  • Bounty Hunter: Parthenia is on a government mission to bring pirate Sa'ad to justice. A task she feels she's overqualified for.
  • Brainwash Residue: Morpho scans Mequoql's brain and then sends her to Sick Bay for a more thorough scan, to confirm she's freed from Mael's mind-control. A mention of this type of brain scan being standard procedure implies that leftover conditioning from mind-control is an occupational hazard in their native story.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Deftly averted by Sindar when he introduces himself to Wolfe. First he says that he works with animals, then he says he also works with the dead... but he avoids mentioning that he works with dead animals (which he actually does, as he explained to Koyel, Layi, and Vrask earlier).
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: When Justin's demon approaches Nyceme and asks about her getting a new body:
    Nyceme: "Do you have any idea how many poisssonsss, pressservativesss, and hemomancccy ssspellsss I keep applying to patch [my body] up?"
  • Breath Weapon: The genetically engineered dragonhorses inherited the dragons' ability to breathe fire.
  • Bring Him to Me:
    • Mind-controlled Mequoql is under orders to bring the Not-Chaos Hunters to Mael.
    • A more benevolent example when Seenarnha sends one of her pet dragonhorses to bring back what she thinks is a hostile vampirenote  in the jungle.
      Seenarnha: Plasma, fetch.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Rosalind imagines Krakka'a wetting himself in terror while his eyeballs pop out and fall into the puddle.
  • Broomstick Quarterstaff: Poor Arilay is on the receiving end of a broom-whacking when a local mistakes her for a homunculus.
  • Bullet Dodges You: Thanks to her electromagnetic powers, Parthenia is able to stop the bullets Farrah shot at her mid-flight.
  • Bullet Time: Rosalind perceives Jann falling onto her in slow-motion. Too bad her half-finished, tangled impulses only make the ensuing Suggestive Collision worse.
  • Buried in a Pile of Corpses: Downplayed, Nyorla tries to hide from a humongous lanceros wyvern by flattening herself half-beside half-under one of four moufreta corpses that are each a little larger than herself. Pilot 0037 quickly followed suit using a different corpse.
  • Burp of Finality: Time-delayed example due to the perpetrator's table manners: after killing the moufretas that ambushed him, Soryn takes some of their meat to the Purple Fez Tavern to cook into stir-fry and burps after eating at last ten pounds' worth of it.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The Not-Chaos-Hunters have their mind-controlling arch-enemy Mael out there somewhere plotting against them right now. Due to a time travel twist, their good friend Joseph has no idea who they are. Today is shaping up to be one of the worst days of their lives. The Web of Friendship has their mind-controlling arch-enemy Sarquoql out there somewhere plotting against them right now. Morpho summarized a tale of the time Sarquoql managed to win and seal away most of the Web members' memories of each other. Recovering from that setback was just another difficult Tuesday for the Web of Friendship.
  • Butt Biter: As Guardian of the herd, one of Thunder's jobs is to motivate individual herd members to move faster by nipping them on the rump.
  • Butt Sticker: Defied by Henry A. Safon II, who scrambles out of the way of Ozurr the giant's Dramatic Sit-Down.
  • Buzzing the Deck: Krakka'a buzzes Rosalind's mustang herd.

     Tropes C 
  • Call-Back:
    • Iragan and Orain start their narration bickering about how they were Dragged Off to Hell the last time they escaped the Shattered World.
    • On seeing and recognising Amy and Maya, Sophia can't resist making a friendly jibe at Kaitlyn regarding the aftermath of the "Moonlight Picnic" in the desert and the possibility that Kaitlyn might meet up with Davey, again.
    • The 'Not-Chaos-Hunters' are so-named because that's what Teri dubbed them after a vocal argument about team names in Capital City
    • Sophia and Gwion keep calling Henry A. Safon II 'Quickdraw' after their first encounter with him in Frontier.
    • Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara entered the story with one empty stinger gland and one full stinger gland each from when they stung each other sparring in Space Liner.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water:
    • Rosalind trips over underground water pipes, leaps away from automatic flushing toilets, carefully adjusts sink faucets to release water no faster than a drip, and ended up dizzy and disoriented in a river when trying to stop a homunculus from drowning Jann.
    • During the briefing, Murquoql learns that the Fiendlord vampire who might be in the rainforest can't cross running water, and she could finish him off by exposing him to sunlight and tossing the resulting ashes into a swiftly-moving river.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Justified: The men's restroom in a tavern is no place for a polite lady like Rosalind to confess her attraction to a gentleman like Jann.
  • Can't Believe I Said That: Rosalind thoroughly embarrasses herself when she specifies that her idea of stopping herself from acting on the demonic influence was getting tied up.
    Rosalind (whimpering): Why did I say all that?
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Arilay explains to Morpho why Mequoql raising her claws to her own throat was a bluff.
    Arilay: (Mr. White Suit) Mael can't kill Mequoql yet, he still needs her. She knows more about what we're going to do to get her back than he does.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: David's truck bears the sign "Property of David Harkness — steal at your own risk" so when Arnaya finds a thief in the truck, she berates the thief with "Your 'dibs' is invalid — this is David, the rightful owner of the truck. Did you not read the sign?"
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Mequoql does not take kindly to Mael pointing out that her attempt at fundraising an expedition for a missing child didn't work.
      Mael: How unfortunate; it is a worry when a child disappears, is it not? However, I'm not sure performing arts like this will bring you any closer to your goal. I would suggest you take a more... active approach. Like actually looking for them.
      Mequoql: Gee, thanks, Captain Obvious!
    • Discussed by Syrni Sandra when pointing out why stinging a shriver to paralyze the shriver doesn't paralyze the shriver's digestive swarm.
      Syrni Sandra: At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, their digestive swarms exist independently of their circulation system...
    • Nerea points out that Lerna bit Varla. Varla, who is already singing a healing spell, rolls her eyes in exasperated Lampshade Hanging.
    • Joseph makes an obvious observation on where Arnaya's paranoia of bug bites comes from.
      Joseph: Sounds like you guys make a lot of enemies. Or maybe you've just got really bad luck with bugs.
      Arnaya: Of course we have a lot of enemies, Captain Obvious. Didn't you hear what I said about how I lost count of the necromancers? What's worse is they are far from the only kinds of enemies we face.
    • Arnaya thinks John Richman's suggestion of how to tactically use her telepathy is both obvious and belated.
      John: You can read minds, right? I, uh, am guessing you can, though I don't know if Nick and the others are that good...myself included. Anyway, this could help with communication. Maybe. Unless you have any other plans.
      Arnaya: Did it seriously take you that long to figure out telepathy's tactical usefulness and what I was already doing, Captain Obvious?
  • Carnivore Confusion: On their home moon, Viporises regularly eat the alien equivalent to quetzalcoatlus, so when Jen Jara the Viporis meets Krakka'a the quetzalcoatlus, her first impression is that he's the largest prey she's ever seen. His sapience and speech comes as a surprise to her.
  • Casting a Shadow: Rather unsurprisingly, Justin or more accurately his demon is associated with power over darkness- Allowing, among other things, the power to manifest the demon as a shadowy sword and create mindless constructs.
  • Catch and Return: Done with bullets, by Parthenia. She stops the bullets shot by Farrah mid-flight and returns them back at her, with interest.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: The gate guards point out the moufretas stalking Soryn, sound the alarm, and rush to his aid. By the time backup arrives, the guards shot two and speared one, and Soryn killed the rest and is in the act of constricting the last one in his serpentine coils.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Played with: Once Syrni Sandra picks her hiding place during a game of hide and seek, she takes a moment to deal with the consequences of forgetting to take her heat control pill. She tries to defy being interrupted by not starting A Date with Rosie Palms while awake, which would be too obvious, and instead sneaks a quick nap to start an Erotic Dream. She didn't count on Akane finding her faster than Alexa could — Akane finds Syrni Sandra still dreaming.
  • Ceiling Cling:
    • When startled by an automatic flushing toilet, Rosalind jumps high enough to cling to the ceiling. Justified as an instinctive use of her vampiric powers.
    • Aynara clings to first the ceiling of the clock tower, then the underside of the spiral staircase, as she stalks the bandit she threatened into carrying a message to either Black Morgan or Mael, whichever one is in charge of the bandits by the time she finds them.
  • Centrifugal Farce: While sparring, Morpho hoists Carol by the ankle and starts spinning her, but she gets loose and goes flying into a tree.
  • Chain Lightning: The first thing Parthenia does upon encountering Chaudhari's men is to mark every one of them with a slightly negative electric potential. Dominic, seeing the electrical and magical hazard warnings on his helmet's display, instantly realizes what does this imply.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: After blurting out her embarrassing idea, Rosalind desperately changes the subject to the unexpected lack of hostility from her confession of being a vampire.
  • Chase Scene: A hysterical local wielding a broom mistakes Arilay for a homunculus and starts chasing her around the town square.
  • Chasing a Butterfly: Mind-controlled Mequoql attempts to invoke this by making firefly lights for the Not-Chaos Hunters to chase all the way to Mael, but the Not-Chaos Hunters are too suspicious to follow the pretty lights.
  • Chastity Dagger: Varla has a chastity dagger with an ownership bond reinforcing her already considerable grip on it. The sheath for it is in Victoria's Secret Compartment. Unfortunately for those around her, she protects her chastity with too much aggression.
  • Chef of Iron: Implied for Nyorla levitating multiple knives in a synchronized swarm to skin and butcher three moufreta corpses, and then pulling the knives into a defensive formation and scolding the twins Aynara and Arnaya for sneaking up on her.
    Nyorla: Don't you know better than to sneak up on a chef wielding this many knives in the kitchen?!
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Sarquoql, mind-controlling arch-nemesis of the Web of Friendship, is first introduced as an innocuous bodyguard under the alias of Ren 4.
  • Chill of Undeath:
    • As a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, Rosalind is mesothermic. Most of her body (except for hot spots in her brain and belly) stays at air temperature unless she deliberately takes steps to warm herself up.
    • Same is true of Nyceme. However, when Kaitlyn's thermovision detects no body heat in her, she concludes that she is simply cold-blooded, due to being part snake.note 
    • Miron's lower-than-usual body temperature was a clue as to his partially undead nature.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: The Web of Friendship was founded to collect thrill seekers who wouldn't enjoy a peaceful life, but would rather fight tooth and claw to give others a peaceful life.
    • Maequoql is supposed to be giving Arilay heads-up warnings on what she picks up via Psychic Radar. Instead, she gets distracted by a stranger (Pilot 0037 Jack) getting knocked out by a wyvern, and dashes off to sick bay to retrieve a first-aid kit for him.
    • When David wonders why Varla rescued him from quicksand despite him offending her, Maequoql says it's because heroism is deeply imprinted into Varla's reflexes.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Enforced in the case of Allison, as she needed money back in her home universe. She wasn't as integral to the plot as when she first started out, so it became an Enforced Trope.
  • Classified Information: The experimental technology on-board Pilot 0037's Panzerfaust, as well as details pertaining to the Mark III Panzerfaust's computer.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: The avatar of the Eyes and Teeth, compared to Oseru herself. Lashing out with Black Magic and raw animal strength isn't as reliably lethal as a magically guided and empowered high-caliber round.
  • Clothing Damage: Soryn's shirt and the skin underneath gets shredded by biting and clawing moufretas.
  • Cold Iron:
    • This is the reason why Sindar (a fairy) insists on the barkeep at the restaurant serving his ale in a non-metal glass.
    • One of many tools in Seenarnha's cursebreaking arsenal is cold iron tongs, for handling magical items (or snakes) that shouldn't be touched with bare hands.
  • Confusion Fu: Invoked by Arilay when she tells Morpho to "do something unexpected" to rescue Mequoql from Mael's mind control.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Moquoql retrieves the false zipper she abandoned in Sick Bay several pages ago.
    • On Page 31, Nyorla teaches Pilot 0037 what a tumor is by pointing out one on a slain moufreta's tongue. On Page 40, Nyorla's sister Moquoql eats that tongue raw in front of Pilot 0037.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Invoked by the spell Varla uses to gather high amounts of heat and channel it through her own heat-tolerant body — she specifically constructs the spell to insulate the heat to her own body except for whatever she aims the heat at.
  • Cooldown Hug: Inverted twice when Amy of the Not-Chaos-Hunters went around hugging Valerie, Justin, and his demon. Valerie freezes up in terror at being abruptly hugged, even internally screaming to be let go. Justin's demon, however, was initially calm- Before breaking out into uncontrollable laughter and spasms directly because of the hug.
  • Cool Gun: Cormack wants to find a legendary musket that shoots Fantastic Fireworks and magic-infused bullets.
  • Cool Sword:
    • Justin's demon amusingly enough, who becomes a sword made of darkness bound together by flames when Justin wills it.
    • One of Lieutenant Wilhelmine's weapons that she can manifest is Zorn, an icy great sword with anti-wyvern and anti-dragon attributes.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: Horses usually flee from threats, but when they're boxed in at the bottom of a canyon and surrounded by predators, the mustang members of the herd have very little emotional problem with turning violent to fight their way out.
  • The Corruption:
    • Rosalind feels the energy that Unchained Devil Justin emits as something calling her to go Drunk on the Dark Side.
    • The Eyes and Teeth has a tendency to drive its users insane — making them more like itself.
    • Aria's Chaos element can mutate its users' minds and bodies.
  • Country Matters: Parthenia drops a c-bomb on Chaudhari. Non-verbally, of course, since that would unnecessarily escalate the situation in the Town Square.
  • Coup de Grâce: When four juvenile moufreta leap off a cliff and splat in front of the herd of mustangs, four mustangs personally ensure the moufretas' deaths by rearing up and slamming their forehooves down on the exposed neck vertebrae.
  • Covered in Gunge:
    • Rosalind gets teleported into the world while covered head-to-toe in plague zombie gore.
    • Arnora's...enthusiastic dispatching of a homunculus that attacks her causes its innards to splatter everywhere. She comments internally that she'll probably have to burn her clothes. The rest of the campsite where this happens is only spared this fate by Morpho quickly forming a barricade around them.
  • Covered in Mud: Mayatans tend to roll in mud for cheap camouflage.
    • Nyorla smears mud into her mostly off-white fur for camouflage in the Sun-Dry Sea.
    • Aynara, trying to impersonate Mequoql under mind control, uses medical tape (from the spaceship) and mud (from a disused well in Ghost Town) to obscure her spots that don't look a thing like Mequoql's spots.
  • Covered in Scars:
    • Carol has numerous scars accumulated from getting into fights most of her life.
    • Tovor Zaa's face and torso are covered in symmetrical, ritually applied scars.
    • Jann of Grimmsford was sliced open to have warding runes carved onto any and every bone that was big enough. He still has the incision scars hidden under his clothes.
  • Cower Power:
    • Faced with an imminent interrogation regarding her identity as a vampire, Rosalind hides behind Jann.
    • Spooked by the sudden pursuit of a demonic entity, Mequoql cowers next to a hastily sanctified fire hydrant gushing an improvised fountain of holy water.
    • Sindar has a tendency to do this. First he flees from UD Justin into a house plant (which he promptly kills), and then later he is spooked by Varg's presence and hides behind the window frame of Chitara's wagon.
    • Rosalind, under the mistaken impression that Nyceme exited the wagon to kill her, runs to hide behind Ozurr while screaming "Nonononononono! Don't let her get me!"
  • Crazy-Prepared: Moquoql has no particular concrete reason to pack a fire extinguisher in the fix-it kit she puts together for Pilot 0037's crashed Panzerfaust, but she packs a fire extinguisher just in case anyway, and finds out she has to use it to extinguish the flaming after-effects of a magazine detonation.
  • Cross-Melting Aura: Inni warns Murquoql about a vampire lord who can poison holy magic.
  • Cruel Mercy: Instead of killing the moufretas that tried to eat her on the spot, Murquoql lodges rocks into their noses and throats, which cripples their respiration without immediately stopping it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The albino lanceros thrashed Pilot 0037's Panzerfaust Mark III, a Spider Tank,in less than two minutes and as many attacks.
    • Parthenia quickly and without much effort incapacitates Farrah near the Notice Board.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Mequoql's mental shields didn't stand a chance against Mael's initial mind-capturing assault, but they last for just the split-second she needs to send out a Distress Call.
  • Curse Cut Short:
  • Cute Indignant Girl Stance: Valerie invokes this pose.
  • Cuteness Proximity: At first, Moquoql stared fascinated at a feathered cat-like critter, while still participating in an intelligent conversation. As Felian approached and sniffed Murquoql, she started cooing baby talk at it and giving it ear scritchies.
  • Cyberpunk:
    • "Alpha"/Sophia is a cyborg that favours classic punk rock style - green mohawk, leopard-pattern cropped hair, numerous piercings and tattoos, silver studs and chains... Comes from a Post-Cyberpunk universe.
    • Oseru's native world has only theorized about artificial thinking machines, but she's from a Portal Fantasy that connects to a cyberpunk Earth. She was absolutely horrified when she saw the other side for herself.
  • Cyborg Helmsman: Arilay the cyborg pilots the Web of Friendship Scouter Hummingbird by making it an extension of her body.

     Tropes D 
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!:
    • When Maequoql turns off the Artificial Gravity, the Mayatan sisters instinctively try to glide before consciously switching over to the rather different movement skill needed for zero-gravity maneuvers.
    • Exhausted, sleep-deprived Parthenia unintentionally removes Rosalind's note about the missing mustang herd when a gust of wind tears it off the notice board and her training kicks in, catching it.
  • Damsel in Distress: Mind-controlled by Mael and pursued by demonic Vindex, Mequoql is not having a good morning.
  • Dare to Be Badass: After the Not-Chaos-Hunters panic over news of an approaching giantess, Morpho is not amused. He accuses them of forgetting their advantages and tells them to get a grip and act like they're as dangerous as their gems and paralytic orbs make them.
  • Dark Action Girl: Parthenia the Keraunos, the ruthless government special agent, curb-stomps Farrah in their confrontation near the Notice Board.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Oseru aq'Xueral dyes her hair, naturally black, a vibrant blood red shade that's traditional among the noblewomen of her region.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Rosalind the vampire has been walking around in the sun with no ill effect. So far, the one time she got a sunburn was due to a side effect of a string of accidents in the weapons shop.
  • Deadly Gaze: One of Nyceme's abilities. Her gaze can kill if she really puts her mind to it; if she doesn't put as much mind to it, it just paralyzes the victim. Good thing the one fellow PC she uses it on is an incorporeal demon.
  • Death Is Cheap: Michelle can keep coming Back from the Dead.
  • Defence Mechanism Superpower: Rosalind the Friendly Neighborhood Vampire underestimates her usefulness in combat because she doesn't operate with her vampiric powers at full capacity unless she's not lucid.
  • Defensive "What?":
    • Nyorla mentions that she's still learning how to skin critters, Pilot 0037 gives her an incredulous look, which spurs Nyorla's defensive rant.
      Nyorla: What? Skinning for leather is a much different skill from, say, for example, harvesting skin tumors. Everyone on my planet knows how to do that. Do you know how to harvest skin tumors? How would you like it if I gawped and pointed at you for not knowing how to harvest skin tumors?
    • David takes issue with Arnaya investigating his truck without him, but she doesn't think she was "without him" because he was still in telepathic range.
      David: This running-off-without-a-word-thing is not going to work. There are a lot of toes around here to be stepped on. This is my truck, we're after my quarry, we—you and me—need an open line of communication.
      Arnaya [telepathically]: What? We do have an open line of communication. I overheard you thinking that I should investigate, so I investigated. It's not my fault that speech is slow and you decided to waste time saying what you were thinking.
  • Defiant Captive:
    • Sa'ad will not let Parthenia break his spirit despite being chained, shackled and dragged on the ground face-first. Nor will he pass an opportunity at insulting his captor or making escape attempts. It's implied he's been doing this for several days.
    • Parthenia herself demonstrates a subdued version of this when confronted by the Carpenter squad. Sure, she will cooperate, but only to a certain point, and only as long as Chaudhari's group continues keeping appearances.
    • Rather impressively, if stupidly, Sa'ad continues to tell his captors to fuck off even when being in John Smith's custody. For the record, even Parthenia and Alice were intimidated by his mere presence.
    • Under Mael's mind-control, Mequoql finds out the hard way that her mental shields are too weak to do more than dent the mind-control, so she patiently bides her time waiting for more favorable circumstances to resume Fighting from the Inside. Mequoql put up a mental fight three times before getting freed.
      • During the initial capture, Mequoql tries to resist, but instead gets a Curb Stomp Cushion.
      • When she's given the (in her opinion, suicidally stupid) order to leave her holy water sanctuary while there's still a demon present, she puts a dent in the mind-control so she can stay put and tell the demon to go away first.
      • Her vow to get the other side of the story from the Not-Chaos Hunters loosens Mael's control enough for Mequoql to call for help in breaking free the rest of the way.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit:
    • Plasma downplays this as a deliberate vulnerable positioning gambit. She's been ordered to bring a lamprey priestess back to Seenarnha, but the lamprey priestess is considering fleeing. Plasma sizes up the lamprey priestess as a predator, then rears up and deliberately falls onto her back in an attempt to get the lamprey priestess to chase her instead.
    • Varla purposefully overpowers her Neck Snap to crack her own arm bones to ensure she has more than enough force to break the vertebrae she's aiming at. She knows her healing song will undo all the consequences.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
    • When confronted with a person behaving in a childish manner, Pearl - originally from 1920s Earth - thinks that corporal punishment would be a suitable solution.
    • Oseru is a representative of the Qorisayane Empire's Moon Hawks and the Clans; both antagonistic, reactionary forces in her native work. A woman raised in a violent honor culture, she kills without hesitation or remorse, and is counter-productively obsessed with not looking "weak".
  • Delinquent Hair: Farrah combines this look with Tomboyish Ponytail.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • To those who don't understand what is actually going on, Unchained Devil Justin would seem like a straight example. In actuality it would be more of an inversion, as Justin forced his demon to fuse with him. There's also how neither personality is truly in control, and instead an artificial third persona is the one acting in their stead.
    • Iragan and Orain, incorporeal entities as they are, can "embrace the mind" of an individual whose actions they want to narrate, but they can't control their body or influence their actions in any way.
  • Determinator: Downplayed example: Most horses would have left a booby-trapped saddlebag alone after the first zap. Fiddler tried three times to get into the booby-trapped saddlebags — not because she was stupid, but because she wanted to find out if the zapping was a coincidence or a pattern.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: Angus gets nearly three paragraphs worth of backstory...before being killed and eaten in his introductory post.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?:
    • Rosalind blurts out that she had her own idea of countering the demonic influence, and embarrasses herself further when asked to elaborate on what that idea was.
    • Jen Jara reacts to Alexa's Game Face by thinking of a line of poetry and then realizing she murmured it.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • During a game of hide and seek, Alexa starts as the seeker, and Syrni Sandra (as well as a few other characters) go to hide. Syrni Sandra picks her hiding place, guesses how much time it would take for Alexa to find her, and uses that time to sneak in a quick Erotic Dream in her hiding place. Syrni Sandra didn't anticipate Akane a) forgoing hiding to investigate Syrni Sandra's hiding spot and b) arriving faster than Alexa could — so Akane finds Syrni Sandra still dreaming.
    • Soryn has plans to seduce Jenny, but he didn't expect her to get high and laughing off of her own drugged chocolates. Surprised and amused, he rolls with it, using the excuse of steadying her to slip his arm around her waist.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Mequoql did not anticipate the probability of her telepathic Rickroll prank on Carol being misinterpreted as a crush. Given that Never Gonna Give You Up is a love song, the consequence should have occurred to Mequoql before she picked that specific song to play.
  • Disapproving Look: Rosalind (Friendly Neighborhood Vampire) nearly glares at Ozurr (Secret Keeper) for his Revealing Cover-Up, but she reminds herself that it's not his fault that Nyceme and Sindar's magic either busted the secret already or is about to bust it in the next few seconds.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Offscreen in the weapons shop, Rosalind suffered through a string of accidents that spiraled out of control.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Nyorla is entirely too calm about being shot at.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Rosalind is distracted from panicking as she clings to Jann and gets a faceful of his scent at point-blank range.
    • Zelena had ambitions of finding some artifacts to take back to her homeworld, but then she ogles Soryn and decides she might as well have a quick fling with him at the same time.
  • Distress Call: When Mael puts Mequoql under mind control, her psychic shields last just long enough for her to alert the entire Web of Friendship before she succumbs.
  • Does That Sound Like Fun to You?: Arnaya's telepathy registers a "cord" leading away from the carnivorous blob and deeper into the ocean. She surmises there's a greater intelligence controlling the blob and asks Nerea if honking off that intelligence by terminating the blob sounds like fun to her.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Murquoql is a fanatic for a lot of different types of weapons. Guns, however, aren't one of those types.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Arilay deliberately phrases her description of the sudden appearance of a stranger in her ship to obliquely reference rape.
    Arilay: Excuse me, stranger who just teleported onto this spaceship. This is the pilot Arilay speaking. In case you didn't know, I am a cyborg and the WFS Hummingbird is an extension of my body. As such, it is bad manners to enter the body of a fair maiden with neither warning nor permission. I'll forgive you this time, but please try to avoid doing it again. Thank you.
  • Don't Look at Me!: Arilay doesn't want people watching when she swaps out her eyeballs. Justified, as she's accidentally grossed out witnessing strangers with that action before.
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That:
    • Nyorla scolds the twins Aynara and Arnaya for startling her while she's levitating multiple knives in a synchronized swarm in the kitchen.
      Nyorla: Don't you know better than to sneak up on a chef wielding this many knives in the kitchen?!
    • Mael teleports Sarquoql to him. Spooked by the unexpected teleport, Sarquoql panics and draws his taser, then belatedly realizes he didn't just get teleported into the Web of Friendship spaceship.
      Sarquoql: Who are you? What do you want? And how dare you spook a guy with an unexpected teleport?
    • Michelle's teleporting arrival in the Forest is too close to Mequoql, who bares her claws and teeth in a combat stance.
      Mequoql: "Watch where you teleport, I nearly tore your throat out in surprise!"
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Oseru uses a dead bandit's heart and her Lovecraftian Superpowers to get an Eldritch Abomination to intercept incoming teleports. Later, another bandit's dog comes across the heart and smells something wrong with it. Based on telepathically eavesdropping on what the dog smelled, Aynara guesses it's a bad idea to mess with the heart.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!:
    • Parthenia rather bluntly tells Brimoda to keep up the formalities when the latter expresses concern for the former's state of health.
    • Oseru reacts poorly at first to Mael's offered help, though ultimately downplayed. As a Qorisayane Clanswoman, she does not like people from outsider her Clan — even allies — treating her as weak in any way, but she realizes that Mael couldn't have fully understood the implications of his actions.
  • Dope Slap:
    • Lead Mare Flashfoot whaps the back of Amaranth's head with her muzzle after Amaranth made enough noise to cause a bunch of predators to show up.
    • Maequoql uses her telekinesis to lightly bounce a pebble off the back of Nasur's head after he accuses her of either being a hallucination or trying to toy with his hopes.
      Maequoql [via telepathy]: Excuse me sir, but that was no way to talk to the lady whose hands are on the controls of the machine holding the carnivorous blob back from entering this building.
    • Mequoql slaps the back of Morpho's head after he fails to stop inserting his foot in his mouth over the subject of the Not-Chaos-Hunters' inexperience with giants.
    • When Alexa shows off her Game Face, Syrni Sandra starts goading Alexa by calling her Game Face boring. Jen Jara shows her disapproval by aiming a slap at the back of Syrni Sandra's head and saying "Be nice!" But Syrni Sandra uses her Super Reflexes to deflect the slap.
  • Double Take:
    • In the Sun-Dry Sea, Nyorla gives a surprised second look at the coral on the boulder she uses as cover.
    • When Finn mistakenly points at Varg (a haugr) when he guesses who's the vampire, Rosalind does a double take upon realizing she's not the one being pointed at.
    • Soryn the snake man flicks out his serpentine tongue for one purpose, takes a few seconds to realize his vomeronasal organ detected drugs, and flicks his tongue out again to confirm his finding.
  • Double Tap: Standard procedure for Oseru (and Moon Hawks in general) is to put an extra round through the brains of anyone they down.
  • Dramatic Irony: Arnora trips over a set of wheel ruts, but decides not to think about it, as she needs to find Ozurr. She then sets off to where Mequoql had told her Ozurr was, unaware that the wheel ruts were left by the truck Ozurr was riding on, traveling in the other direction.
  • Dramatic Sit-Down: Once Ozurr the giant realizes he's not in Hromstgard anymore, he sits down, hard, with an audible "THUD!" He nearly squashes Henry A. Safon II who scrambles out of the way.
  • Draw Aggro:
    • When a D'voreem targets a limping Red Shirt gelding, Guardian Thunder makes a pest of himself by viciously biting the D'voreem.
    • Mind-controlled Mequoql attempts to distract Morpho from tackling Mael by smashing a rock into Morpho's eye. Morpho ignores the smashed rock.
    • Syrni Sandra taunts and teleport spams, trying to keep the shrivers' digestive swarms busy chasing her while Jen Jara tries to sneak up behind the shrivers so she can sting one. After that, they switch roles and do it again for the other shriver.
    • Jen Jara tries to get Krakka'a's attention off of Cody by getting between them and responding to Krakka'a's rudeness with more rudeness.
  • Dreadful Musician: Naiolo is not very good at the harp, mostly because he is still learning how to play the insturment.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Discussed when Mequoql accuses Morpho of being too harsh on the Not-Chaos-Hunters in his Dare to Be Badass speech.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Maequoql doesn't think it's funny for Arilay to implicitly compare a stranger unexpectedly entering her spaceship to the act of rape.

     Tropes E 
  • Ear Worm:
    • Discussed when Shale rickrolls Justin. She does so to demonstrate that a catchy tune being that much more contagious is one of the lesser downsides of telepathy in its various forms.
    • In-Universe, Mequoql gets the song "Never Split the Party" stuck in her head after the Not-Chaos Hunters assert their inseparability one too many times.
    • A staple of Mayatan mischief involves invoking this trope, telepathically playing a catchy song in someone else's mind.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Zelena had ambitions of finding some artifacts to take back to her homeworld, but got distracted by Soryn. He notices her watching him and signals that he likes the attention.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Aynara displays her vampiric strength by quickly scooping up a bandit she stunned and sprinting with him down a flight of stairs to a turning point in the staircase.
  • Electronic Eyes: Arilay the cyborg owns a wide variety of interchangeable electronic eyeballs to replace her missing organic ones.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: When Murquoql finds the Woman in Room 444 to discuss the matter of the missing child, Murquoql's nudity is noticed, but prominently not discussed.
  • Emotion Eater: Varla is from a sub-species of mermaid that can use lust to harvest magical energy, though the process requires an investment of seduction and magical energy to kickstart it. Varla's willingness to use that talent of hers has been irreversibly soured by her Dark and Troubled Past, and she prefers digesting her own rage instead.
  • Emotionless Girl: Despite her humanoid appearance, many mortal emotions just don't apply to Tecia. She was made to serve the Laws of Death, and emotions would be a hindrance to the dispassionate application of those Laws. A stand-out exception is the fanatical anger she feels against those who defy those Laws.
  • Empty Piles of Clothing: Aynara discards her coat of mud and medical tape by turning into Super Smoke when a bunch of mind-controlled bandits aim Five Rounds Rapid at her.
  • Enemy Mine: Under ordinary circumstances, Aynara would start a Mook Horror Show on Black Morgan and his bandit gang. But when hunting Mael the mind-controller, Aynara arranges for one of Black Morgan's minions to warn Black Morgan about a probable imminent usurpation.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: The horses don't understand what a teleport is, so they call the resulting flash and bang Sabertooth Lightning. Furthermore, they assume Rosalind got eaten by it when they notice she's missing.
  • Equippable Ally: Justin can, seemingly at will, cause his demon to take on the form of a sword he can wield.
  • Erotic Dream: Once Syrni Sandra picks her hiding place during a game of hide and seek, she takes a moment to deal with the consequences of forgetting to take her heat control pill by sneaking in a quick nap and dreaming. Predictably, the dream is about the sex she's craving.
  • Establishing Character Music: Varla the mermaid's introductory post comes with a link to Take a Hint as she reacts with hostility to Horny Sailors who deliberately got in her way while making lewd comments and whistles.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Sarquoql, a mind-controlling villain, pooh-poohs cuss words.
    • Soryn is a Punch-Clock Villain genetically engineered for seduction, but he draws the line at children. Whether on or off the clock, he will drop what he's doing to go make sure that even strangers' kids are safe. For example, Soryn saw a green van with a chocolate logo, thought that it looked ambiguously like a pedophile's tool, and decided to investigate.
    • Mael, another mind-controlling villain, does not use his ability to go messing with peoples' sexualities.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Sindar is not exactly well-liked compared to the rest of The Fair Folk, owing to his decay-related powers and dominion over the dead.
  • Every Scar Has a Story:
    • Jann of Grimmsford was sliced open to have warding runes carved onto any and every bone that was big enough. He still has the surgical incision scars.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Rosalind states that she's accustomed to darned near everyone trying to kill her back home.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: More like Eldritch Abomination-detecting dog: Oseru uses a dead bandit's heart and her Lovecraftian Superpowers to get an Eldritch Abomination to intercept incoming teleports. Later, another bandit's dog comes across the heart and smells something wrong with it. Based on telepathically eavesdropping on what the dog smelled, Aynara guesses it's a bad idea to mess with the heart.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!:
    • Rosalind starts optimistically thinking about how her newfound friends will help her find her missing herd of horses... until she realizes the horses would run away from Ozurr the giant. Well, fiddlesticks.
    • Varla explains that a side effect of her crystallized heart is the loss of certain specific emotions, which puts a handicap on her social skills. Hearing herself speak on that subject makes her realize she's just been rude to David, by having No Sympathy for him freaking out over her healing cantrip.
  • Exorcist Head: Justified as part of Morpho the robot's shapeshifting ability. He is oblivious to how creepy he looks whenever he twists his head further than biological capacity to see what's going on behind him.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: Justified for Mayatan aliens, who prefer to keep their gliding membranes free from the constraints of clothes.
  • Exposition Beam: Maequoql's telepathy, over the span of a few seconds, informs her four younger sisters of everything that's been going on while they were asleep.
  • Expospeak Gag:
    • Nui calls the gadget on their right arm a "solar-lunar-powered electromagic projector". In other words, a magitek gun.
    • Moquoql tries to censor the fact that there's diamond in the Spheroid Dropship hull by calling it "carbon arranged into its sturdiest molecular formation".
  • Expy:
    • Cormack is a very obvious one of Link. Boisterous elfin boy who carries a sword and shield, collects odd items, and has a Fairy Companion... sound familiar?
    • Farrah's appearance and general demeanor (the latter — as far as the her limited characterization in the original allows us to tell) is based on the Hellion from Darkest Dungeon.
    • John Smith, Security Service has a lot of common with his namesake from The Matrix trilogy.
  • Extra Eyes: Arilay can zig-zag this trope, she owns multiple pairs of Electronic Eyes and switches which ones she uses according to the situation. For example, while disguised as a pile of dirt, Arilay brings out multiple pairs of Electronic Eyes disguised as rocks to see in a lot of different directions around herself at once. When she switches to a dog disguise, she puts the previous eyeballs away and switches to a single pair built and colored appropriately.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Arilay's digestive tract was replaced with an atomic manipulator that can use even mundane poisons and radioactive materials as fuel.
  • Eye Am Watching You:
    • Ozurr and Krakka'a exchange gestures, pointing first at their own eyes and then at each other, as the truck drives off.
    • Shale's equivalent gesture, used to forestall the unspoken mischief that fellow Web members Aynara and Arnaya were planning on her, substitutes waggling her antennae (a different sensory organ) and pointing them at the twins.
  • Eye Pop: Rosalind imagines Krakka'a wetting himself in terror while his eyeballs pop out and fall into the puddle.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Mind-controlled Mequoql smashes a pointy rock into Morpho's mechanical eyeball. There's a Sickening "Crunch!"... as the force-fielded eyeball shatters the rock instead.
    • Played straight when Soryn kills most of the moufretas attacking him by shoving a blade of Hard Light through their eyes and into their brains. Before he gets the chance to summon the aforementioned blade on one end of his staff, first he pokes a moufreta in the eye with the other end of his staff, blinding that eye.

     Tropes F 
  • Face, Nod, Action: When Morpho arrives to assist Moquoql with freeing her sister from mind control, they face each other, nod simultaneously, and Moquoql moves into position to teleport Morpho down to the planet's surface.
  • Facepalm:
    • When Arilay acts like a disobedient dog begging for Cynthia and Moobly's biscuits, Shale facepalms at Arilay's antics twice.
    • Mark's reaction to Farrah's little introductory speech near the notice board that embarrasses pretty much everyone.
    • Mequoql facepalms when Nick, in a bad mood, verbally lashes out at a poor innocent hiker who did nothing to deserve it.
    • Mequoql censors Morpho dismembering a moufreta corpse with a curtain of green light, then lowers her forehead into her palm as she realizes it won't stop the sounds.
  • Face Plant: Mequoql falls face-first into the ground after her sister pinches the back of her neck.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Rosalind fails to notice the door sign and the urinals that indicate she entered the men's restroom by mistake.
    • The entire town somehow fails to notice an adult Deinosuchus walking around until he stops to talk to somebody.
    • A group of Horny Sailors fail to notice Varla's sword because they're too busy ogling her breasts.
    • Zarokh fails to feel that Saen's healing spell fixed the wound on his head until Rosalind points it out to him.
  • Failed Dramatic Exit: Wain loses his temper at the Web of Friendship and storms into the twisty turny corridors, only to sheepishly return and ask where the exit is.
  • Fainting:
    • Rosalind faints, loses her grip on the horse she was riding bareback, and falls off, which separates her from her herd of horses.
    • Parthenia finally loses consciousness when her lack of proper sleep catches up to her after the battle with the d'voreem.
  • Familiar: Valerie and Justin have this type of bond, with Justin dressed like a fanciful butler. The two of them seem capable of sensing what the other does and feeling their emotions, though Valerie is also fully capable of moderating how much information is sent via their bond. Valerie also verbally assumed Nyceme is Sindar's master, though he didn't react to her doing so.
  • Famous, Famous, Fictional: Inverted when Sarquoql in disguise lists novelists who use the ideas of game theory in their works. He lists some alien (i.e. fictional in Real Life) authors before concluding the list with Jane Austen.
  • Fantastically Indifferent:
    • Played up by Alice after the mess with Unchained Demon Justin. She's selling items to allow mundies to protect themselves from magical attack. She maintains an air of cool detachment to demonstrate experience in these matters, and by extension, that the defenses she sells are thoroughly field-tested.
      [Alice] turned up beside [Wolfe] and struck up a conversation in a casual voice — like witnessing the unholy lovechild of H.R. Giger and H.P. Lovecraft's laudanum-fueled union was an everyday occurrence for her. And from what she said, it seemed it was.
    • Upon seeing a self-proclaimed deity spontaneously create a feathery cat-like creature, Maequoql and Moquoql blink in astonishment, then glance at each other and shrug.
  • Fantastic Arousal: Viporises are living seismic detectors, with their bones and exoskeletal leg plates set up to resonate with incoming bass and infrasound. Infrasound is what alerts them to natural disasters and is not this trope, while bass resonates in a different way that can feel pleasurable, depending on exactly how sensitive the individual Viporis is. Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara are inadvertently aroused when Alexa switches from her human voice to her monstrous voice with a rumbling undercurrent in an attempt to scare Akane.
  • Fantastic Racism: In a sense. Maya, already not a fan of Valarie for calling her injuries icky, also isn't a fan of her familar, calling Justin a "slave." Neither Valarie or Justin approve.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow:
    • Maequoql stares befuddled with her eyebrows tilted at the unexpected stranger on Arilay's spaceship.
    • Mequoql briefly twiches an eyebrow up in surprise when her telepathic Rickroll prank on Carol is misinterpreted as a crush.
    • Soryn notices an invisible being leaving subtle footprints and raises an eyebrow.
    • John Smith, Security Service arches an eyebrow when he sees the mind-controlled archaeologist set off spaceship lights that dazzle a handful of his civilians.
  • Fastball Special: Carol throws Bonnie in an attempt to have the latter use a close-range healing spell on a tree-bound Mequoql. Too bad Morpho got in the way.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Mael seems like a polite man...but as Henry Bensen and the second traveler quickly find out (though already suspected), he's actually far more dangerous and sadistic.
  • Faux Flame: Mequoql and the tropical Mayatan twins copying her power are capable of using light to simulate the appearance of fire.
  • Fearless Undead:
    • Being undead has made Nyceme all too keen on rushing right into situations many mortals would fear. First she responds to an "unchained devil" summoning dangerous things by rushing right up to him and challenging him, and/or taking notes on said dangerous things. Later, when she discovers that a group she encounters contains a vampire, she insists on being the one to greet them, and is unfazed by the weapons they draw (due to, ironically, said vampire being spooked by her presence). Nyceme is even puzzled by Rosalind's reaction, since she knows herself that undead typically do not experience fear.
    • Tecia is an angel of death, not an undead, but she's a similar case. She does not feel fear in the same way a human does. She is capable of knowing, intellectually, when Fear Is the Appropriate Response, but the actual sensation is entirely alien to her.
  • Feed It with Fire: Varla knows how to use her captors' spellcasting language and her own species' spellcasting songs as Improvised Lightning Rods, which she puts to good use when Sallara's hunters start a storm and send in additional lightning trying to fry Varla.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas:
    • Defied by Rosalind. Despite her curiosity, she refuses to ask Ozurr the giant whether he eats his prey raw and bloody or discards the blood, cooks the body, and then eats it. She doesn't know whether such a question is offensive, but she assumes it is because that assumption is safer than assuming otherwise.
    • Subverted and lampshaded by Rosalind when Jann starts rolling up his sleeve to show her the scars on his arm — for a brief moment before Jann spoke, Rosalind was confused on what he was doing and nearly jumped to the conclusion that he was about to donate his blood to her, when that wasn't his intention at all. When Rosalind is (coincidentally) corrected, she notes that it's a good thing she had her hand over her mouth to stop herself from acting on the mistaken assumption.
    • Rosalind herself is on the receiving end of a straight example. Ozurr casually mentions having betrayed his own father, who has been implied (out of Rosalind's hearing) to be a real piece of work and not somebody deserving of loyalty. Unfortunately, betrayal turns out to be a massive sore spot for Rosalind.
      Ozurr (quietly to himself, after Rosalind launches into a rant and then runs off): And I'm an asshole.
  • Feel No Pain: Downplayed in Varla's case, thanks to her Training from Hell she can feel pain but she doesn't care about it.
  • Fell Asleep Standing Up: As natives of a volcanic Death World, Viporises can sleep on their feet in case of volcanic interruption. Syrni Sandra takes a nap in a bell tower while standing balanced on the large bell's support beam during a game of hide and seek.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Mequoql tries and fails to resist the initial assault that puts her under mind-control. The second time she fights is when she's ordered to leave her holy water sanctuary while there's still a demon present, she doesn't feel safe enough to do so. Instead, she puts a dent in the mind control so she can stay put and try to talk the demon into leaving. The third time, her vow to get the other side of the story from the Not-Chaos Hunters loosens Mael's control enough for Mequoql to call for help in breaking free the rest of the way.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Oseru was an elite soldier before obtaining her magical powers, and still prefers to trust in her assault rifle and sword, using her magic to enhancer her potent martial abilities.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: Nyorla is bound by an intergalactic clause, "Any civilization that had already achieved interplanetary travel or teleportation could not teach any civilization that had yet to figure either out."
  • Finger Poke of Doom:
  • Finger Wag: Parthenia gets a disapproving finger wag from John Smith, Security Service, for fighting in his town. And then he teleports her out.
  • Fish out of Water: Rosalind is seeking to defy this trope by updating her wilderness survival skills to this strange new world as fast as possible. Too bad she's still a Fish out of Water within civilization, where plumbing infrastructure causes problems for her.
  • Five Rounds Rapid: Mael orders a small group of bandits to kill Aynara. The first thing they try is pumping a volley of bullets into her, but she turns into Super Smoke.
  • Flash Step: One of the manifestations of a Viporis's Super Reflexes is the ability to go from a crouch in the middle of a corridor to standing with their backs to the wall at a speed that nearly breaks the sound barrier.
  • Flat Character: John Smith, Security Service. Lampshaded, by himself, no less:
    Parthenia: What are you?
    [...]
    John Smith: I've already told you what I am. I am John Smith, Security Service. Pleasure doing business with you.
  • Flat "What":
    • It's flat 'How', but the spirit of the trope is there. Farrah had some trouble composing a coherent response to seeing a fully grown Deinosuchus that talks.
    • Pilot 0037 has two instances of this in response to Unit 09 telling him that they're not on Aria anymore.
    • Unit 09 gives one upon finding out that Pilot 0037 does not know how to read.
    • Arnora's initial response to hearing that Hromstgard (her homeland) is nowhere to be found.
  • Flipping the Bird:
    • Farrah rather subtly shows Mark her middle finger when the latter in the same manner implied that she needs to take a bath.
    • Carol flipped off Bonnie after the latter snarked about the former's response to everything.
    • Horses don't have fingers, so their equivalent of flipping the bird is flipping their muzzle forward and up.
  • Foreboding Fleeing Flock: During the mind-control debacle, a Mayatan scream of agony spooks a bunch of locals into fleeing past the Not-Chaos Hunters, alerting them that there's something fishy going on.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: The Web of Friendship forgives Wain for pointing a gun at Murquoql, but they'll be watching him closely in case he tries a stunt like that again.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Discussed when Morpho accuses the Not-Chaos-Hunters of failing to remember their gems and paralytic orbs after news of an approaching giantess sends them into a panic.
  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: Four juvenile moufreta leap off a cliff trying to fly and intercept Iolana, forgetting that they're too young to fly. They splat.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With:
    • Arilay thinks that Valerie, Justin and Vindex are misanthropes, so she initially takes the form of a pudgy golden retriever to interact with them, before eventually getting busted and shapeshifting into her usual human simulation.
    • It is clear to anyone who's passed at least a second in his company that John Smith's appearance of a very unremarkable human is not his true form.
  • Fowl-Mouthed Parrot: In this case, a raven - the raven that followed the Mad Bastards and their companions has picked up a few "choice words" - such as 'never-fuckin'-more' - and has even 'weaponised' them: using a shout of "fuckit!" to startle someone into dropping some food.
  • Freudian Threat: Krakka'a, after his threat to eat the truck riders' organs one at a time doesn't have the desired results, announces his intention to start with Ozurr's "tes-" before he's cut off by Ozurr grabbing him by the throat.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Rosalind is a vampire who prefers pacifistic ways of getting blood. She tries to keep the fact that she's a vampire a secret, but Jann of Grimmsford figured out enough for her to confess to him. Later at brunch, she entrusted her secret to Ozurr and Varg as well.
  • From Bad to Worse: A homunculus attacks Varla. Ten seconds after a significant amount of blood is spilled, sharks show up. Fortunately, Varla is able to use the sharks to her advantage by getting them to eat the homunculus first, and then fleeing before they get the chance to eat her.
  • Funetik Aksent: Finn, Teri ('...a gnarled speech came from one, distorted and oafish but an important word came through the quagmire...' - Slysheen) and any of the "Kiwis" (Kris, Sophia, Kaitlyn, Gwion and Wolfe).
  • Furo Scene: Farrah provides one. She soaks in the 'tub, checking out the scars on her body, old and new, all while getting unpleasant flashbacks to her past.
  • Fusion Dance: By condensing his demon into a sword and impaling himself, Justin & his demon can combine together into a dark-haired form. Though rather peculiarly, their combined form's personality acts noticeably different from their individual personalities.
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     Tropes G 
  • The Gadfly: Farrah's teasing way of talking, at least according to herself. Others might say that she's simply a rude person.
  • Game Face: Rosalind alters her appearance to look scarier and more unappetizing to Krakka'a and Zarokh when they aggressively get in the way of the truck. She combines black sclerae and glowing yellow irises with undeathly almost-white gray flesh, and her skeleton becomes visible through her flesh with the black inverse of a glow.
  • Gem Heart: Varla's heart was crystallized, extracted from her chest, cloned and replaced in her backstory. Now her original amethyst-rendered heart is a personal Power Crystal, among a few other functions.
  • Getting the Boot: Parthenia is forcibly teleported out of town when John Smith, Security Service, catches her fighting in it after he told her not to.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    • Varla nearly slaps David when he panics over her healing cantrip twisting his insides.
    • Whisper, a domestic horse, panics at the sight of fire. Fiddler, second-in-command of the feral herd and already familiar with fire, bumps and shoves Whisper to the nearest source of water instead of letting Whisper run off in a stupid direction blind with panic.
  • Get It Over With: Rosalind snaps under the stress of trying and failing to hide her vampirism from everyone around Chitara's wagon.
    Rosalind [shouting]: Oh, what's the use? I can't hide it from Nyceme, let's just get it over with! I'm the vampire! If anyone has a problem with that, say it to my face!
  • Get Out!: Nyorla throws the vampiric Mayatan twins Aynara and Arnaya out of the kitchen for startling her.
    Nyorla: Argh! Get Out! Out! Out! Out! Shoo! Shoo! Begone, vultures!
  • Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter: Certain characters have had to silently tell themselves to stop thinking in the gutter.
    • After Rosalind embarrasses herself outlining her idea of Kind Restraints in case of her potential vampiric feeding frenzy, Jann is involuntarily reminded of a certain... creative lady from the less reputable parts of Brightcliff that he'd once known.
      Jann [thinking to himself]: That is clearly not the sort of thing [Rosalind is] referring to, you buffoon!
    • After Rosalind described her Game Face as "unappetizing", Jann is distracted by her choice of words...
      Jann [thinking to himself]: Good gods... keep your mind out of the gutter.
    • After seeing a tsukumogami lantern with a long tongue, Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara think of what a long tongue could do, blush, and have to haul their minds out of the gutter.
  • Gilligan Cut: Once she's informed of Sophia starting to bargain with Alice, Partenia hopes her superiors will not tell that the Technocracy is a slave-owning society. Cue Sophia doing the exact opposite of that.
  • Girl in a Box: What Unit 09 and other Computational Units actually are; cloned Silver Witches crammed into boxes to be hooked up to one of the Balamar Empire's various war machines.
  • Glad He's on Our Side: Matiu witnesses Morpho engulf and dissect a moufreta corpse with quick and brutal efficiency, and is glad that Morpho's on their side and not the enemy's.
  • Glamour Failure: John Smith has done a rather poor job of passing himself for an ordinary human. For one, his shadow sometimes points at the wrong direction.
  • Gonna Need More X: Maya presents Henry with a baseball bat ("three feet of aluminum fury"), then Mequoql remarks there's a giantess approaching. Henry asks Maya, "Uh... Got anything bigger?"
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Parthenia's pale gray gaze, full of murderous intent.
  • Good Guns, Bad Guns:
    • Averted by the Mad Bastards, who all carry Eastern Bloc AKM variants (even Pearl and Aubrey carry copies of them).
    • ZigZagged with Jane Westinghouse, antiquarian, who is armed with a Walther P38 and an M1911.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Justin, in his fused "Unchained Devil" form, has three scars diagonally across his face that are an unnatural white color.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: The biggest reason why Varla is so cavalier about snapping other peoples' necks is because she knows her healing song can reverse it with no lasting physical effects.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Invoked In-Universe when Mequoql conjures a curtain of green light to shield the butchering site from the rest of the camp.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Rosalind minces an oath when she's surprised by an automatic flushing toilet.
    Rosalind: ACK! Gol-durnit!
  • Gotta Get Your Head Together: Rosalind clutches the sides of her head while in the throes of her Heroic BSoD.
  • Greek Chorus: Iragan and Orain, while independent characters on their own right, serve only as the narrators of the Parthenia and Sa'ad's story, occasionally commenting on them
  • Green Around the Gills: Discussed when Rosalind runs off to the restroom to barf up the mutton that, as a vampire, she can no longer digest.
    Waitress: Was it just me, or did the poor dear look green around the gills to you?
  • Grey Eyes: Parthenia's pale grey. Fitting for a stoic, no-nonsense woman she is.
  • The Greys: Shale's skin is gray and her eyes are large and all-black, but she has pseudo-hair, fluffy white antennae, and (instead of humanoid legs) a gastropod.
  • Groin Attack: Varla's Establishing Character Moment has her react to a group of Horny Sailors by landing a light laceration on one of their groins with her sword.
  • Guns Are Useless: With their telepathy for pre-dodging and telekinesis for quick sabotage, Mayatans in general hold the opinion that guns are too easily countered to be worth using.

    Tropes H 
  • Had To Be Sharp: The justification for why the Ace of Spades is so preternaturally able to vanish between posts despite being theoretically normal and knows what nanites smell like. He grew up in a hunter-gatherer tribe that ekes a living in the remains of Abusive Precursor Eldritch Starships.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Rosalind worries about accidentally provoking Ozurr the giant into chopping her in half with his axe.
  • Hammerspace: Moquoql has a limited ability to tap into cartoon physics. One way she can do so is making folds and pockets in space in order to teleport small objects, but she can only transfer one small object at a time and has to wait a while before trying again, otherwise she gets telekinetic-overextension headaches.
  • Hammerspace Hair: Downplayed when Shale briefly holds a single sheet of paper in her pseudo-hair.
  • A Handful for an Eye: After crunching a rock against Morpho's eye didn't work, mind-controlled Mequoql flings mud instead, blinding Morpho much more effectively.
  • Hand Gagging: Trying to stop Mequoql from screaming out her death-witnessing-induced headache, Morpho holds out his morphing metal for Mequoql to bite down on.
  • Hands Off My Fluffy!: Cynthia and Diantha have some bad memories of dragons, so when they see the Web of Friendship's dragonhorses, they defensively draw their weapons, exciting the dragonhorses. While Blackthorn's rider holds the dragonhorses back, Arilay gets in the way and points out the saddles to Cynthia and Diantha.
  • Hanlon's Razor: Moquoql and Nyorla are easily Enraged by Idiocy, especially the kind of idiocy described in the corollary to Hanlon's Razor known as Grey's Law: Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice. So when they hear that Pilot 0037 was never taught to read and yet his superior officers expected him to read a user manual, Moquoql and Nyorla become outraged at how Pilot 0037 was set up for failure.
  • Hard Head: Downplayed for realism. Compared to horse skulls, genetically engineered dragonhorses have thicker and slightly domed foreheads. It reduces the risk of self-inflicted brain damage from head-butting, but the risk isn't completely eliminated.
  • Harping on About Harpies : Chitara and Naiolo's species is known as 'harpid'. They are flightless and can be male or female.
  • Healing Factor: Rosalind's regeneration recovers from the weapons shop incident Just in Time for a confrontation with Krakka'a and Zarokh.
  • Held Gaze: Rosalind nearly loses herself in Jann's yellow eyes.
  • Hellish Horse:
    • The nuckelavee, full stop. A grotesque, skinless fusion of horse and rider who hates humanity with a passion.
    • If horses could be Uncanny Valley Girls, then Iolana has definitely taken a form of one. A smaller-than-average unnaturally yellow horse with nonsensical body language who smiles like a human, showing More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
  • Hell Is That Noise: A Mayatan scream of agony consists of their double set of vocal cords resonating in binaural beats coupled with instinctively sending out an Emotion Bomb of fear.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: When Chitara's wagon approaches the group containing Rosalind, Jann, Varg, Ozurr, and Zarokh, it is Nyceme who decides to (peacefully) interact with them first. She does so because she knows Rosalind is a vampire, so sending someone who doesn't have living blood to talk with her seems like a safe bet, just in case the vampire is hostile. Unfortunately, Rosalind mistakes Nyceme's "then obviousssly thisss isss a job for me" as a statement of intent to kill her.
  • Heroic BSoD: Seeing a giant was scary enough, but when Rosalind first sensed Jann the wizard's magic, she was convinced that she was about to die.
  • Heroic Willpower: When demonic energy radiates from a fight and starts affecting Rosalind, instead of going Drunk on the Dark Side, she claps one hand over her mouth and uses the other hand to anchor herself to a banister.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Sorta. When setting out on her bike with Aubrey and Finn, Pearl reminisces about touring Europe with her friend 'Marjorie' and wonders what she would make of this new adventure.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara figure out how to teleport in, hit a shriver, and teleport out again to stay one step ahead of the shriver's digestive swarms.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Defied by Moquoql, who wises up and puts on a gas mask so she doesn't fall victim to her own chloroform packets.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Pilot 0037 starts flashing back to being surrounded by cloaked figures all wielding painsticks and striking him. Nyorla's telepathic interruption consists of curling her simulated body around his and manipulating the mindscape so that as each painstick strikes her, it rebounds with enough force to strike its wielder.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: There is the dismissive saying "c'est la vie" (meaning "that's life"). When Nyceme, a lich, uses that saying while speaking to Pearl, it's "c'est la non-vie" ("that's unlife").
  • Holy Burns Evil:
    • Arilay's aborted plan to "deal with" Unchained Demon Justin included sanctifying a fire hydrant and aiming the resulting holy water at him. Arilay doesn't go through with it, as her plan is interrupted by Valerie regaining control and forcing Unchained Demon Justin to defuse.
    • Spooked by Vindex, Mequoql hastily sanctifies a fire hydrant and makes an improvised fountain of holy water as a shield. Vindex warns that he'd go berserk with pain if he tried to reach into it.
    • Holy magic is one of the few hard counters to Chaos magic on Aria.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Rosalind mentions holy hand grenades as one of the Noodle Implements that prevented her Amusing Injuries from healing right off the bat and contributed to her getting banned from the weapons shop.
  • Horny Sailors: Varla the mermaid's presence at the harbor causes a randy group of fishermen to make lewd comments and whistles.
  • Hover Board: Shale has a hoverboard that is powered by wing-shaped solar panels. She doesn't use it often, preferring to keep her gastropod muscles fit, but makes an exception to avoid delaying Valerie any further than already happened and also because a mind-controller is on the loose.
  • How Many Fingers?: Parthenia flashes a light in Farrah's eyes to check if she has serious brain damage after getting knocked out. By herself, no less.
  • How Much Did You Hear?: First Rosalind embarrasses herself, then desperately changes the subject to ask why Jann hasn't tried to kill her like most of everyone else who found out she was a vampire. Ozurr and Varg show up, prompting Rosalind to ask how much of that they heard.
  • Human Furniture Is a Pain in the Tail: A seat in a very bumpy truck is not comfortable for Bonnie's bunny tail.
  • Humanoid Abomination: John Smith the "walking contradiction", as Orain describes him.
  • Humanshifting:
    • Rebecca Jane Walsh is capable of changing her face and gender-bending, apparently in response to otherwise-fatal injuries.
    • Soryn is genetically engineered for shapeshifting seduction, but his shapeshifting is limited — he can't alter his serpentine length or become anything other than a snake man.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: Discussed and averted when Murquoql mentions portals to the sun. Amelia is eager at the thought of hurling the Fiendlord into the sun, but Murquoql clarifies that's not what the portals are for. The portals are too sealed-up to throw anybody through, they just make super-sunlight flashlights.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Parthenia's quite perceptive for supposedly an exhausted sleep-deprived person. She keeps in mind not only the position and the relative strength of her opposition, but her surroundings and her place in the society she's visiting, which can affect the outcome of the confrontation. Constantly registers the events going on around her with no direct relation to her. Still, her awareness is not superhuman: Ace of Spades was able to sneak up on her without much effort.
  • Hypnotic Eyes:
    • Mael's power (in actuality it's the gem that's powering him) is to look at someone in the eye and brainwash them into obeying his command. He nearly succeeds with Henry Bensen, until the second traveler quickly intervenes and throws him off.
    • Likewise, Sarquoql the Mayatan's mind-control telepathic specialty is dependant on eye contact to be initiated. The eye contact limit is considered a disability by Mayatan standards of telepathic performance.

     Tropes I 
  • I Am Not a Gun: Varla resents her captors turning her into a living sex weapon.
  • I Am Not My Father: The reason Ozurr decides to investigate Rosalind's sudden appearance is because abandoning someone in the middle of nowhere to die sounds like something his father would do, and he refuses to be like him.
  • I Can Explain: After getting caught in the act of trying and failing to capture Mael, Moquoql dashes off leaving Morpho behind to explain everything.
    Morpho: Okay, I can explain everything. [pointing to mind-controlled Mequoql] AFTER we free her.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On:
    • Varla didn't intend to turn Lerna on when she was trying to accumulate seductive bonuses for hacking into Mael's mind-control of John Richman.
    • Alexa tries to scare Akane by enhancing her voice with a rumbling growl. The rumble accidentally arouses Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara, who are Viporises and thus are (ahem) sensitive to bass.
  • I Don't Think That's Such a Good Idea: Rosalind is very reluctant to handle a weapon.
  • I Gave My Word: Mael gave Mequoql a story about the Not-Chaos Hunters being runaway teens. Mequoql privately made a vow to get the other side of the story from the Not-Chaos Hunters, but then she was put under mind-control and ordered to bring them to Mael. This vow prompts her a couple of times to start Fighting from the Inside.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Soryn's default greeting includes attempting to kiss the hands of the ladies he meets.
    • Defied by Caroline, who yanks her hand out of Soryn's grasp.
    • Defied by Michelle, who uses downward pressure on Soryn's hand to turn the attempt into just a handshake.
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: When Thunder gets his hoof stuck in between two logs, the accident alone initiates the usual equine paranoia about Sabertooth logsnote . When Fiddler sniffs his trapped hoof, she smells sawdust and non-equine flesh, which strikes her as odd, no mundane Sabertooth log would smell like that, so the log might be even more Sabertooth. Sure enough, one of the logs was replaced by a homunculus, which tries and fails to Kill and Replace Thunder. As the herd escapes across the river, Thunder and Fiddler triumphantly note that the log was indeed Sabertooth as they suspected.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • Overwhelmed by the sight of teleporting people, a genetically engineered snake man wizard, and hovering robots asking who's got a spaceship blocking a hyperlane, Caroline becomes unsure of whether or not she's in the Simulacra and wanders into the Purple Fez Tavern for a drink.
    • Mael the mind-controller is used to being the bigger fish to the Not-Chaos-Hunters. When Sarquoql's description of the Web of Friendship paints enough of a picture of the Web being the bigger fish to Mael, Mael orders his mind-controlled minion to pour him a rosé.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Downplayed when Akane finds Syrni Sandra's hiding spot — Syrni Sandra was already starting to wake up from the (ahem) climax of her Erotic Dream, sensing Akane's presence causes Syrni Sandra to wake up faster.
  • If I Had a Nickel: If Varla had a clam for every time she heard "I meant it as a compliment," she could open her own clam chowder restaurant.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...:
    • Arnaya corrects Nerea's misconception that she's completely immortal by saying that if Varla wanted Arnaya dead, Varla would have run her sword through Arnaya's heart instead of stunning it with a Finger Poke of Doom.
    • Arnaya doesn't need Nerea's hydrokinetic help terminating the carnivorous blob. Arnaya could make the spaceship's Tractor Beam either drop the blob to splatter on rocks or lift it out of the atmosphere until it bursts, but she has a reason to refrain (aside from the Web of Friendship's Thou Shalt Not Kill policy).
  • If Only You Knew: David gratefully calls Varla a jewel, with no way of knowing her heart got crystallized and replaced. She has the crystal hidden within her hair.
  • I'm Not Doing That Again:
    • Three times, Fiddler attempted to open the Inquisitor's saddlebags. Three times, she was thwarted with an electric shock. After the third time, she gives up and nurses her sore muzzle.
    • After what happened the last time, Ira and Ora smother any attempts at freeing them from where they are before Murquoql even thinks of doing it.
  • I'm Okay!:
    • Mequoql is knocked out of a tree and falls onto the fresh corpse of a moufreta that broke its neck falling out of the same tree. Fortunately, she was able to twist midair, slow her fall with her gliding membranes, and land flat on her back.
      Mequoql: I'm okay! Well, mostly okay.
    • Arnaya does a silent version of this trope when she waits to dispell the transparency on her chest until everyone has gotten a chance to see for themselves that her heart is beating again after Varla's Finger Poke of Doom temporarily stopped it.
    • Jen Jara nearly gets a degloving injury (or worse) from a shriver's digestive swarm. After teleporting into the spaceship's decontamination shower and frantically rinsing off her abraded skin, she reports with relief, "I'm fine."
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: In one smooth motion, Varla draws her sword, leaves a shallow cut on a lewd fisherman's groin, and sheaths her sword again.
  • Ignoring by Singing: Discussed when Aynara the telepath states "You think loudly enough to where I'd have to do the equivalent of sticking my fingers in my ears and yelling 'la la la la la'."
  • Imagine Spot: Rosalind imagines Krakka'a wetting himself in terror while his eyeballs pop out and fall into the puddle.
  • Imminent Danger Clue: Varla notices what seems to be an octopus charging at her for no good reason, she's instantly suspicious. It turns out to be a homunculus trying to Kill and Replace her.
  • Immortality Hurts: Just because Arnaya can survive Commotio Cordis and restart her heart doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap:
    • Varla picks Arnaya's heart to stop because she knows Arnaya can restart it as long as it's intact.
    • Nerea isn't aghast at Varla breaking Lerna's neck because Lerna is immortal.
  • Impairment Shot: While nauseated and running to the bathroom to throw up, Rosalind's vision is described as blurred, with black fog dancing at the edges.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Seenarnha muses that Lectri the dragonhorse's aim with her Breath Weapon is terrible enough to probably set the rainforest on fire, but this has yet to be demonstrated.
  • Implausible Deniability: If anyone asks, Soryn plans to claim that he just slipped his arm around Jenny's waist to help steady her after she ate her own drugged chocolate, but it's pretty obvious from his shameless flirting that that's not the only reason he's doing so.
  • Implied Death Threat: In his anger at the fact that his thrall (John) was freed too soon before at least one of the Web Of Friendship was dead or the NCH captured, he tells Varla, under no uncertain terms, that if she wants to see tomorrow, she'll have to sleep with one eye opened.
  • Improvised Lightning Rod: Varla uses the magic she was born with and the magic she learned in tandem to sap energy from lightning bolts and mark targets for them to hit.
  • Incoming!:
    • After a loitering helicopter-sized jellyfish gives away Nyorla and Pilot 0037's location to the Lanceros wyvern, Nyorla is alerted via spaceship satellite image and relays the warning to Pilot 0037.
      Nyorla: Wyvern incoming, hide!
    • Moquoql deadpans "Incoming" right before Aynara barrels through Sick Bay on her way to the transporter room.
    • Aynara leaves Haydn and Wilhelmina behind at the scene of the ruckus that she deliberately caused while entering Ghost Town, but at least she telepathically warns them about the bandits she baited into closing in on the ruckus's location.
  • Inconvenient Itch: Horses have a limited capacity to scratch their own itches, so they usually buddy up and scratch each other's itches.
  • Indifferent Beauty: Varla is aware that her baseline appearance synergizes well with the seductive things she can do with her magic, but her attitude zig-zags this trope. She's sworn off taking advantage of it... unless she's hacking someone else's mind control.
  • In Harm's Way: Parthenia has a minor existential crisis once she's temporarily relieved of her position.
    Parthenia (thinking): [Perishing in the wilderness while looking for her horse is] better than living even a moment without a purpose.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Maequoql giggles at the word "burgled".
  • Inhuman Emotion: Sleutrienn brains are physically organized to not let emotions affect the rest of their bodies without filtering them through conscious decisions first. Sleutrienns can even physically disconnect the secondary brain that lets them feel emotions.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Mayatan aliens have no need for clothes. Mayatans can hide their naughty bits behind skin folds, clothes interfere with their gliding membranes, and most Mayatans have some type of fur that covers their bodies. In order to disguise their fur and extra skin as clothes and thus dodge around other cultures' nudity taboo, the Mayatans attach false zippers to their fronts.
  • Instant Soprano: One of the Horny Sailors Screams Like a Little Girl in the wake of Varla's sword leaving a shallow cut on his groin.
  • Insult to Rocks:
    Carol: Moufretas are dumb as bricks...
    Bonnie: That would be insulting the bricks.
  • ...In That Order:
    • The mustangs plan to get Krakka'a off their tails while he's distracted by first getting far enough away to get out of sight, then changing directions.
    • As an engineer, Moquoql knows that linking a bio-nenro sapper, a bio-to-generic nenro converter, and a nenro battery in any order but that will only lead to failure.
  • Insufferable Genius: Sophia will not pass an opportunity to let you know that she's The Omniscient goddess of Knowledge. Obnoxiously so.
  • Intrinsic Vow: When Mael first told Mequoql about the Not-Chaos Hunters and fed her a story about them being runaway teens, Mequoql silently vowed to get the other side of the story from the Not-Chaos Hunters. Then Mael mind-controlled Mequoql and ordered her to bring them to him. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts and some much-needed help, Mequoql finally busts free of Mael's mind-control orders so she can try to fulfill her vow.
  • Ironic Echo: Smith greets Alice Winters using the exact same phrasing her goon, Chaudhari's used when he was apprehending Parthenia on Alice's orders. Sadly (or thankfully), the irony is lost on her.
  • Is That a Threat?: Murquoql is met with unexpected hostility from a crashed stranger.
    Wain: Listen to me carefully. I'm packing heat. So if you try anything, you're gonna wish you hadn't. If you have any way off this planet, you'll bring it to me so that I get outta here. Do I make myself perfectly clear?
    Murquoql [raising her hands in surrender]: Whoa, buddy, it should be obvious I'm already trying to help. Are you threatening me?
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing:
    • Seems to be what Justin's demon calls people who he even assumes were going to lethally harm Valerie.
    • Parthenia asks "What are you?" from John Smith, Security Service at the end of her interrogation. Smith points out that "what" is used for inanimate objects, slightly scolds the Inquisitor for it, and immediately uses it himself when answering what he is.
    • Approximately how Oseru speaks of Aynara; she deeply mistrusts non-human entities after a run of unpleasant encounters with such, and uses the pronouns and verb conjugations Qorisayane uses for animals when speaking of them.
  • It Is Not Your Time: Nao Ranay Nokt Mayatans have a talent and duty to undo premature deaths for individuals scheduled by the Celestial Bureaucracy to die in a specific time and place.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY":
    • Cormack's last name is pronounced tih-NOO-il-uh, not TIN-yoo-wile, as he will have you know.
    • The hotel clerk mishears 'Ó Brádaigh' as 'O'Grady' and assumes Anglicised spelling of the name. Wolfe delights in correcting him. The clerk then lampshades the spelling of Wolfe's name (in which the 'E' is silent).
  • It's a Long Story: Murquoql doesn't mention the concepts of the Fourth Wall and narrators because they would take too long to explain when there's a missing kid to find.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: Arnaya tries to telekinetically steal bullets from one of Mael's mind-control victims while his attention is focused on asking Varla where the Not-Chaos-Hunters are.
  • I Warned You:
    • Rosalind tried to warn her traveling companion that she doesn't do well around weapons, but one Disaster Dominoes Noodle Incident later, she ends up banned from the weapons shop and saddled with Amusing Injuries.
      Rosalind [Suddenly SHOUTING!]: Varg, I warned ya that weapons and I don't mix!
    • Wain insists on boarding a potentially hostile spaceship. When he gets trapped behind a force field, Murquoql sighs...
      Murquoql: Buddy, I tried to warn you this would happen if you threatened your way on board.
    • A bug bites Adam on board the Web of Friendship's spaceship, drawing Arnaya's suspicion because a) bugs don't survive long on board the spaceship due to the cleaning nanobots and b) too many of the Web's previous experiences with bug bites involved necromancers weaponizing them with zombie germs. Adam and his friends dismiss Arnaya's concerns. A few minutes later, Arnaya notices Adam's thoughts are shielded from her telepathy and the shields are way beyond human capacity, so she telepathically reports this to his friends, ending her alert with "I warned you that bug did something fishy to him!"

     Tropes J-K 
  • Jaw Drop:
    • Ozurr's reaction to seeing Justin's Unchained Devil summon giant pillars of shadow, flame, and random appendages. He doesn't realize he's doing it until the steak he's eating falls out of his mouth.
    • Maequoql stares befuddled with her jaw hanging open at the unexpected stranger on Arilay's spaceship.
  • Jerkass: Sa'ad is consistently verbally abusive towards his peers. It's sort of understandable when the abuse is aimed at Parthenia, who's often mistreating her prisoner (though not all mistreatment is unprovoked), but when he hurls insults at Chaudhari and his group, who are attempting to free him? Not so much.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Parthenia notes to herself that while Sa'ad's remark about how the situation was unfolding at the Town Square served only to taunt Chaudhari, it was also strikingly accurate: the SWAT team leader was too cooperative for the amount of information she presented to him, and she remained suspicious of him as a result of this remark.
    • Henry A. Safon II cusses Ozurr out for nearly accidentally sitting on him. Poor Ozurr was overwhelmed with realizing he was a long way from home and didn't quite deserve all those cuss words, but then again, Ozurr is a giant among comparatively small people and he could have seriously hurt Henry.
  • The Jinx: Sa'ad's curse manifests itself this way. According to Parthenia, it's nonlethal, its range is about thirty feet, it makes no more than three accidents per day, one less accident each time Sa'ad hurts himself deliberately.
  • Just Keep Driving: Just before Rosalind exits the moving truck to return to the roof, she preemptively tells Varg that the stunt is not worth stopping the truck for.
  • Just Take the Poster:
    • Parthenia catches Rosalind's note about her missing mustang herd mid-flight when a gust of wind tears it off and has no intention of putting it back on the board.
    • When Sarquoql tries to remove specific posters that warn the public of dangerous individuals, John Smith, Security Service stops him and hands him copies instead.
  • Karmic Trickster: Aynara and Arnaya eavesdrop on Wain lying that he has experience with breaking curses. Between their instinctive urge to challenge cursebreakers and their concern that such a lie would endanger Murquoql's life, the twins decide to curse Wain's pants with an illusion of fire.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down:
    • The "battle" between Parthenia and Farrah near the Notice Board ends with the former knocking out the latter with a punch. After Farrah was already incapacitated by Parthenia's electric attack.
    • Defied by Moquoql, who signals the spaceship to teleport her away before mind-controlled Mequoql can repeat the telekinetic Pressure Point pinch that incapacitated Moquoql.
  • Kill and Replace: Homunculi standard procedure is to destroy whatever they imitate. They prefer to imitate humanoids, but they will take any living species they can in a pinch, and if all else fails, they will destroy and imitate an inanimate object.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Defied: A deadly mirage attempts to rip apart Syrni Sandra in mid-sentence when she walks into it, but her Super Reflexes enable her to teleport out Just in Time, losing nothing more than a chunk of chitin from her exoskeletal leg. Her talking is still interrupted.
  • Killing Intent:
    • Nyorla's Psychic Radar alerts her to Pilot 0037's intent to shoot her a split second before he reaches for his gun.
    • Both Chaudhari and Farrah notice Parthenia's lack of concern for human life in their respective confrontations.
  • Kinda Busy Here: Arilay can't split her attention between a conversation on board her spaceship and keeping her eye on a demon.
  • Kind Restraints: Discussed by Rosalind, who mentions that the protective amulet Jann gave her was a better idea than tying her up to stop her from acting on the demonic influence.
  • Kiss of Life: Discussed when Varla accuses David of fetishizing rescue breaths.
  • Klatchian Coffee:
    • An exasperated local teenager name-drops Klatchian coffee, implying that an overdose of it is responsible for the teen's mother making a spectacle of herself (via screaming and chasing and broom-whacking Arilay).
      Teen: Mooom! Did you drink twelve cups of Klatchian Coffee again?
    • Under its pleasantly floral scent and taste, Suela's High Yothic tea is powerful stuff.
  • Knife Nut: Implied for Nyorla levitating multiple knives in a synchronized swarm to skin and butcher three moufreta corpses, and then pulling the knives into a defensive formation and scolding the twins Aynara and Arnaya for sneaking up on her.
    Nyorla: Don't you know better than to sneak up on a chef wielding this many knives in the kitchen?!
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • Stripped of her powers, taken by surprise by the Ace of Spades and facing her imminent death, Parthenia decides that it's not worth to be bullheaded about letting Alice's men interrogate Sa'ad if it means she'll live to fight another day.
    • Alice, for her part, has a theoretical plan to immunize herself to the wrath of a god, and possibly even send said god to join the rest of Qorias's dead gods... but swallows her pride and agrees to Sophia's terms rather than gamble on mere theory.
  • Kubrick Stare: Nyorla keeps her head lowered and glares as she slaughters four moufretas.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard:
    • Soryn's first fight with a group of moufreta highlights the use of his serpentine coils alongside his Magic Staff with a blade of Hard Light.
    • As per her culture's traditions, Oseru started learning martial arts about as soon as she could walk. Learning magic didn't make her forget it.

     Tropes L 
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When Murquoql figures out the connection between Wain claiming to have experience with curses and the immediate illusion of fire on his pants, she sarcastically quips "Very funny" at the instigators of the illusion.
  • Late to the Punchline: It takes Parthenia pretty long time to realize Farrah was making fun of her with her "Nice footwear" comment. To be fair, the Inquisitor couldn't think straight due to her Sleep Deprivation.
  • Laughing Mad: In the wake of a tense confrontation with Krakka'a, Rosalind can't control her Tension-Cutting Laughter which is described as sounding slightly unhinged.
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Varg suggests splitting the group of four, sending Jann and Rosalind to get food at The Purple Fez Tavern while Varg and Ozurr go elsewhere to sell a D'voreem carcass.
  • Let's Get Out of Here:
    • Rosalind wants to get out of the men's restroom.
      Rosalind: Okay, I'm ready to get outta here, but I don't want nosy nellies and gabby gossips seein' me exit the wrong restroom, so we gotta plan a stealthy exit.
    • Once Syrni Sandra is satisfied that the shrivers are hostile, she thinks "Let's scram" over the comm line.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Rosalind does not want to speak of the time she threw up in the men's restroom.
  • Light 'em Up:
  • Limp and Livid: When Nyorla stands up to slaughter some moufretas, she doesn't straighten up completely because she's taking out her frustrations at being stuck where she can't help her big sister get out of mind control.
  • Living Crashpad:
    • Inverted with a dead crashpad, Mequoql falls out of a tree and lands on the fresh corpse of a moufreta that just broke its neck falling out of the same tree.
    • Played straight when Nasur falls down a trapdoor and yanks an unconscious Joseph along with him. Joseph lands on top of Nasur.
    • A moufreta bites a horse's hind leg, the horse rears and accidentally falls over backwards onto the moufreta.
  • Living MacGuffin: Sa'ad has at least two independent parties wanting to get a hold of him. Or, more precisely, of the information he possesses. His abrasively toxic personality and the nature of his curse makes it hard for anyone to deal with (or even just approach) him willingly.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: A large cast exists, but there's also a One-Shot Character or two.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Web of Friendship has a "Thou Shalt Not Kill" policy. The Web members also have a habit of getting a guest to "do the honors" when they feel that someone (e.g. a fiendish vampire) needs to be killed.
  • Losing Your Head: The D'voreem that attacked Amaranth is puzzled by why she can't do anything more than move her eyes and panics as she succumbs to oxygen deprivation while her body lies some distance away.
  • Loves Me Not: Iolana is introduced this way - sitting on top of a stone pillar, plucking a daisy's petals away. Since she's a spirit of Chaos, the usual binary choice guessing game quickly degrades into something else entirely.
  • Low Clearance: A large bell in a Necropolis church's bell tower swings low enough to where it would have hit Syrni Sandra's head if she hadn't ducked.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: Varla's ownership bond with her sword and Chastity Dagger prevents them from accidentally falling out of their sheaths, and reinforces her already strong grip when she unsheaths them.
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     Tropes M 
  • Madness Mantra:
    • Rosalind has a brief one in the throes of her Heroic BSoD
      Rosalind: I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die...
    • A broom-wielding local who saw Arilay shapeshifting mistakes her for a homunculus and starts chasing and pummeling Arilay while screaming,
      Hysterical Local: Homunculus! Homunculus! Homunculus! Homunculus!
    • Bodyguard Ren 4 is shocked by Aynara's sudden but polite interest in the archaeologist he's guarding. When Aynara leaves with a sample of the archaeologist's blood, the bodyguard mutters "Why, why, why, why, why?" This makes more sense once it's revealed that he's actually Sarquoql (Aynara's arch-nemesis) in disguise, and he didn't expect his foes to be here.
  • Magical Barefooter: Iolana the shapeshifting High Spirit of Chaos does not wear shoes (or any other kind of footwear) in her default form.
  • Magical Eye Streamers: Using her xenophobic captors' spellcasting language temporarily turns Varla's sclerae black with equally black tendrils of fog streaming out at the corners.
  • Magic by Any Other Name: The energy that Miss Desperado's characters call "nenro"note  performs the same narrative role as magic in a universe that's primarily a Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink and secondarily a Fantasy Kitchen Sink.
  • Magic Knight: Parthenia seems to be quite the powerful lightning mage, and is physically strong enough to drag on a chain a grown, not exactly frail man across the ground with her one arm "without visible effort".
  • Magic Staff: Soryn has an ironwood staff topped with an obsidian tetrahedron held in place with a slightly fancy silver mesh. His first spell use in the world is manifesting a blade of Hard Light on the obsidian focus to deal with a moufreta ambush. Since then he's also cast a spell to refrigerate chocolate.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Parthenia's primary powers. Electromagnetism, to be precise.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Varla cracks her own arm bones in a Deliberate Injury Gambit and barely acknowledges the pain. She has healing spells, but only takes partial advantage of them despite multiple opportunities to get the healing over with.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: When four juvenile moufreta leap off a cliff and splat in front of the herd of mustangs, four mustangs personally ensure the moufretas' deaths by rearing up and slamming their forehooves down on the exposed neck vertebrae.
  • Make Them Rot: One of Sindar's abilities, first demonstrated when he makes a piece of paper on the bulletin board shrivel up and disintegrate. He also explains to Layi, Koyel, and Vrask that he helps corpses decompose; perhaps this is how he does it.
  • Make Way for the Princess: Equine hierarchy is indicated by who yields ground to whom. The Guardian stallion and Lead Mare can walk through the herd and have everyone else get out of their way.
  • Making a Splash: Abyssal Empress Nerea has a plethora of water spells at her disposal, as befitting of a merfolk. This comes in handy when fishing an anthropomorphic otter out of quicksand.
  • Mama Bear: Arilay does not take kindly to Wain pointing a gun at her crew member. She isolates him on the teleporter pad with a force field and doesn't let him out until he apologizes.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: At least when it comes to the way they behave themselves and their personal hygiene. Farrah is the loud, brash, rude and The Pig Pen to Mark's polite, cultured and well-groomed (as far as his current condition would allow). Being rather heavily armed is what they have in common.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • The Not-Chaos-Hunters panic over news of an approaching giantess. Morpho is not amused.
    • Invoked by Aynara when she starts telepathically drawing sentry bandits' attention to a building on fire as a distraction from Arilay's planned entry to the Ghost Town. The sentries notice the fire and promptly sound the fire alarm.
  • Matter Replicator: Arilay's digestive tract was replaced with an atomic manipulator.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Morpho is a sentient almost-robot whose brain was constructed using Mayatan soul-compatible technology. The process of getting a soul into the mechanism has not been explained in the thread due to irrelevance, but rest assured it's innocuous.
  • Menacing Stroll: Snarling, Limp and Livid with a Kubrick Stare, Nyorla moves no faster than a walk as she goes up to each psychic strangled moufreta so she can bleed them out.
  • The Men in Black:
    • The Ace of Spades styles himself after this. Simple suit, shows up and vanishes as he pleases, utterly ruthless. The only aesthetic difference from the model is his unusual hairdo, a holdover from his previous lifestyle.
    • This might as well be Parthenia's official title. In a way it is, since she's an Inquisitor, a ruthless government agent whose top priority is to keep her State's secrets safe. She's also clad in black armor.
    • And, ultimately, the Hub Town's Guardian Entity takes form of a one.
  • Metaphorically True: Krakka'a tells Akane that a group of humanoids tried to kill him just because he was in their way. What he neglects to mention is that he was only in their way because he put himself there so he could threaten to kill them if they didn't turn around and leave, and that their "attempts to kill him" were intimidation displays intended to convince him to back off, which could have killed him had they followed through.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: Invoked by Jann of Grimmsford. Suspecting that Rosalind is some kind of revenant, he preemptively reassures her that her secret probably isn't as big a cause for concern as she thinks it is, before confronting her with the evidence. When Rosalind confesses that she's a vampire, Jann immediately reminds himself not to panic.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Under Mael's mind-control, Mequoql's eyes turn silver to match his.
  • Mind-Control Music: Felicio's specialty. When threatened by some d'voreem, he plays/sings a song that compels them to have a dance party instead.
  • Mind over Manners: Murquoql explains why, despite being a telepath, she doesn't know what the missing kid looks like.
    Murquoql: I don't even know if the kid is a 'he' yet, and it would be rude to grab the information from the mother's mind without introducing myself in person first.
  • Missing Man Formation: Three dragonhorses fly with the third trailing further behind the first two, to represent that they'd failed to find a missing kid before the missing kid was killed by a deadly mirage.
  • Missing Steps Plan: Rook's plan to save Pewter from a D'voreem is as follows:
    • Step 1: Roar a challenge to the D'voreem
    • Step 2: ???note 
    • Step 3: Pewter regards Rook as a heronote 
  • Mistaken for Dog: Inverted. Arilay disguises herself as a dog, but a local who saw her shapeshifting mistakes her for a homunculus.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Downplayed when Soryn sees a green van with a chocolate logo. Instead of immediately jumping to the conclusion that it's a pedophile's tool, he recognizes that the bad first impression is merely an ambiguous possibility.
  • Mixed Ethnicity: Trine is Norwegian and of Filipino descent.
  • The Modest Orgasm: Justified because Syrni Sandra is asleep, thus her movements and vocalizations are shut off — the only audible clue that she's having an Erotic Dream is her erratic breathing patterns.
  • Moment Killer: Rosalind and Jann were about to share an innocent cuddle when suddenly two enormous predators big enough to eat Rosalind's missing horses pass by the truck.
  • Mood Whiplash: First a tense stand-off, with Krakka'a and Zarokh on one side and Ozurr, Varg, Jann, and Rosalind on the other, ends with Krakka'a swearing We Will Meet Again. Rosalind doesn't take the threat of revenge seriously, and gets tangled in a Suggestive Collision with Jann while getting back in the truck. The mood set by that collision is, in turn, abruptly replaced with Rosalind feeling guilty for her part in how and when it happened, as well as leaving Ozurr the only one on lookout.
  • Morphic Resonance: Iolana has few limitations on her shapeshifting ability, but any form she changes into must contain a small round sapphire.
  • Morton's Fork: Aynara and Arnaya whip up an excuse to mess with Wain from afar. He's claimed to have experience breaking curses. If he had been telling the truth, then Aynara and Arnaya would have interpreted that as a challenge. But since he lied, Aynara and Arnaya are engaging in Karmic Trickster behavior to make sure that lie doesn't endanger Murquoql's life.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Arilay, leader of the Web of Friendship, has all the protective instincts of a Mama Bear when her crew is threatened.
  • Motor Mouth:
    • Nui likes to be very wordy in their speech, so they speak quickly to make up for it.
    • Nyorla rapidly summarizes the hazards of hiking to town from the Sun-Dry Sea.
      Nyorla: Are we two kids just gonna walk all the way through the wyvern-infested desert, across a bridge that might or might not be properly maintained and spans a long drop into a narrow channel of ocean, and then through some sort of wasteland with questionable water and who knows what kind of weird and hostile creatures until we finally find a concrete trench that'll take us close to town but still be tiring to clamber out of?
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • Krakka'a stops to harass a truck full of what he thinks are puny mammals. He gets a haugr with a gun, a wizard with lightning bolts, a giant with an axe, and (not readily apparent) a vampire with tactile surface-anchoring powers all aiming at his face and telling him to let them pass in peace.
    • He does it again later when he grabs Akane by the neck and tries to threaten her, not realizing that Akane is a super-strong Oni capable of suplexing a creature five times her size.
  • Mundane Solution: Mequoql's psychic glimpse of death is about to drive her into screaming an emotion bomb of mortal terror, which nobody wants to hear. Morpho, a shapeshifting robot, uses Hand Gagging on Mequoql. Too bad Bonnie was thrown right where he stood to do so.
  • Mushroom Man: Sindar is one - his hair is even described as being the gills of a mushroom cap on his head. Even his clothing is made of mushroom parts.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: Defied by the D'voreem who perceive the strange sensations and urges caused by Felicio's Mind-Control Music as a threat and flee rather than risk falling under its power. It at least has the desired result of stopping the attack.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: Rosalind's vampiric perception of bloodflow make her acutely aware of Jann's arousal in the wake of a Suggestive Collision with him.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Murquoql, and Aynara copying Murquoql's weapon analysis power, suffer from the problem of instantly forgetting part or all of the readout of anything that has too much potential use as a weapon and thus produces too much data.
    • Murquoql scans Tecia sa Valdela, but by the time Murquoql learns that Tecia sa Valdela is planning Van Helsing Hate Crimes against Aynara and Arnaya, Murquoql forgot that Tecia sa Valdela can break technology and relearns it the hard way.
    • Aynara wonders why multiple factions are scrambling to claim the HeDGe, which is at the time in the hands of Black Morgan's bandit gang, so she tries scanning it with Murquoql's copied power. Its function of granting godlike powers produced way too much data, Aynara's hair stands on end in alarm, and all that's left once the avalanche of data leaks out as fast as it crashed in is that there must be a good reason why the scan left Aynara's hair still tingling from standing on end.

     Tropes N 
  • Neck Snap:
    • How Krakka'a kills Angus McRedshirt.
    • Soryn seizes a moufreta by its neck with his tail, lifts the moufreta up and whiplashes it.
    • When Mael drugs Lerna with nightmare hallucinogen, Lerna lashes out and bites Varla's arm. In turn, this triggers Varla's anti-vampire reflex. Hopped up on too much adrenaline, Varla aims an overpowered blow at Lerna's neck, breaking Lerna's vertebrae and cracking Varla's arm bones. Varla knows her healing song can reverse it with no lasting physical effects.
    • When four juvenile moufreta leap off a cliff and splat in front of the herd of mustangs, four mustangs personally ensure the moufretas' deaths by rearing up and slamming their forehooves down on the exposed neck vertebrae.
  • Nerves of Steel:
  • Nested Ownership: Discussed by Valerie.
    Valerie: [Vindex] isn't my familiar, though, Justin is. I guess you could consider Vindex to be my Justin's familiar?
  • Never Grew Up: Nyorla has not gone through puberty despite being old enough to do so.
  • Never Split The Party:
    • Sticking together in a herd governs the horses' way of life.
    • Subverted when Rosalind thinks about objecting to Varg's suggestion to split the party, but then Rosalind reminds herself she's not among horses anymore and agrees to the idea.
    • The members of the Not-Chaos Hunters do not split away from each other.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Bonnie has twice assisted in allowing Mael to get away from being apprehended. The first time she mistook the robot Morpho for a potentially dangerous metal slime, the second time was by accident when she landed on Mael and Moquoql.
  • The Nicknamer:
    • Farrah rarely addresses the people by their given name. So far, Mark is 'Fingers' and Murquoql is 'Murkle'. She needs to get more creative once she meets the other Mayatan siblings.
    • Carol has shades of this, as she calls Lily 'Lils', and Bonnie 'Bunny'.
  • No Dead Body Poops: Averted The headless body of a D'voreem loses the contents of its bowels as the muscles relax.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: Alice's response to the HeDGe, which would theoretically grant omnipotence. Downplayed — it's not a moral objection, she's just confident in her organization's status and considers removing a wildcard that might be a trap safer than trusting it.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Nyorla casually but quickly twists sideways to present a narrower target when Pilot 0037 tries (and fails) to shoot her.
  • Non-Humans Lack Attributes: Downplayed for the nonhumans who can hide their naughty bits in body cavities — the attributes are there, just concealed by default.
    • Mayatans, regardless of whether they have fur or not, can fold their elastic skin over their naughty bits.
    • Soryn has a reptilian genital sheath. He's glad his genetic engineers kept that feature on him, so he doesn't have to worry about getting arrested for flashing after suffering Clothing Damage.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Dominic Chaudhari thinks Parthenia is this:
    Narration: ...Dominic, taking the measure of her, recognized she was no fool. She'd not make the same mistake twice. If anything, she was more likely to escalate the second round in response — even if she went to stun the first time, she'd stop fucking around and try to kill them the second. ... She had no fear of going lethal.
  • No Social Skills: Tecia sa Valdela is used to dealing with dead souls heading to judgment — who, in her world, are generally in a state closer to a waking dream than the awareness the living take for granted — and the Bureaucracy of the Dead, where rank and knowledge of the Laws are the only thing needed to get ahead. This leaves her blunt and prone to needless Spock Speak.
  • No Such Thing as Alien Pop Culture: Aliens from the Jewel Galaxy are hinted to have pop culture, averting this trope.
    • Nyorla sings a Mayatan playground song about tasty recipes for organ meats.
    • Sarquoql lists three alien novelists (Lynn Derra, Zirconi, and Sharnetu) alongside the human novelist Jane Austen when trying to give examples of who understands game theory in the way his archenemies understand it.
  • Non-Verbal Miscommunication: Rabbits, hares and skvaders drum their hind foot on the ground to alert others of their kind to predators. When a skvader hanging out on a domesticated horse's back tries to warn the horse about incoming moufreta, his drumming on the horse's rump is initially mistaken for a signal to move forward.
  • Noodle Incident: Arilay's backstory of how she lost body parts and became a cyborg is one big unexplained incident.
  • No One Could Survive That!: The horses assume that Rosalind got eaten by Sabertooth Lightning once they notice she's missing from the herd. They're Entertainingly Wrong.
  • No-Sell:
    • Morpho gets a rock launched at his eye. Not only does the rock shatter against the force-fielded mechanical eyeball, it doesn't even distract him like it was supposed to.
    • Alice tries shielding the devices she carries on her from Sophia's reach using Anti-Magic field when the latter contacted her at the hotel. Considering Technology is Sophia's main domain of power (Iragan even explicitly states that Sophia is Technology), it goes as well as you'd expect.
  • Nose Shove: Murquoql shoves pea-sized rocks up some moufretas' noses to drive them off.
  • No Time to Explain:
    • Morpho has no time to explain himself to Bonnie while (A.) Lily is aiming a gun at him and (B.) Mael is making a getaway with mind-controlled Mequoql. Morpho retreats to the spaceship via teleport to continue the pursuit.
    • When Syrni Sandra is trying to stop Jen Jara from blundering into the same deadly mirage that she'd just blundered into and teleported out of, Syrni Sandra forgoes saying what happened to her in favor of commanding Jen Jara to move away from where it happened. Only once Jen Jara has backed away and returned to Syrni Sandra's side does Syrni Sandra show Jen Jara the wound left by the deadly mirage trying to vivisect her.
  • No Warping Zone: Discussed when Gar May says that the orbiting Web of Friendship Scouter Hummingbird spaceship is in the way of a hyper-lane, leading Murquoql and Arilay to wonder what in the name of sanity is a hyper-lane doing so close to orbital traffic. Moquoql further asks "Aren't there minimum safe distances designated in the traffic laws?" before Gar May says that she was mostly joking.
  • Not in Front of the Kid: Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara try to hide the signs that they are in heat from Cody, who is a child, because they don't want to run afoul of the Stranger Danger taboo that would probably get them in trouble if they tried to explain to Cody what being in heat means and why that would make them act oddly.
  • Not in Kansas Anymore: This realization tends to afflict characters who didn't make their way to the Adventure world on purpose.
    • In the aftermath of waking up from a barely-remembered teleport, Rosalind figured out just from the strange landscape and the position of the sun that she was a long way from home. After a few conversations with Varg, Jann and Ozurr about different worlds, she's concluded that she's been teleported out of her version of Earth altogether.
    • When Ozurr sees harpies behaving in ways they don't do in his world, he realizes he's not in Hromstgard anymore.
    • Henry suspects he and Joseph aren't in Washington anymore. He gets a confirmation of that suspicion from an alien who arrived via spaceship.
    • Nui often finds themself reminding themself of this when they encounter physical and cultural differences from their home planet—like the stronger-than-used-to sunlight and (relative) lack of cultural taboos against necromancy.
  • Not So Stoic: Nui acts much like The Spock on the outside, exhibiting a logical thought process and not expressing much emotion. However, a session of touch telepathy with Shale reveals some profound panic and fear lurking beneath the surface. It also briefly shows itself when James indirectly mentions Justin's prior outburst; something in what he says prompts Nui to come to Valerie's defense and present an uncharacteristically emotional argument about it.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Arnora Bluesword's Dynamic Entry screaming "DIE!" was not directed at the scared Not-Chaos Hunters, she was screaming at the homunculus that tried to Kill and Replace her.
  • Not with the Safety on, You Won't: Mayatans can telekinetically invoke this trope, which contributes a lot to their attitude of Guns Are Useless.
  • Now You Tell Me:
    • Varla doesn't mention her healing cantrip until after David's aches and pains complicate an improvised bath.
    • Pilot 0037 and Unit 09 don't mention Unit 09's user manual until after Moquoql the Mayatan engineer is already up to her elbows in trying to fix Unit 09.
    • Rebecca only tells Mequoql that the purported possession preventative was made by a homeopathist, and thus it is useless, after she said the recipe was important and caused Mequoql to yell at her for not fetching the recipe.

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  • Oblivious to Hints: Morpho doesn't realize Mequoql is trying to hint that he should shut up until she dope slaps him.
  • Odd Name Out: A series of Mayatan siblings are named (from oldest to youngest): Sarquoql, Maequoql, Mequoql, Moquoql, Murquoql... and Nyorla.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: As natives of a volcanic Death World, Viporises have opportunistic sleep patterns. They can sleep standing up with their eyes open almost anywhere.
  • Off with His Head!: Amaranth does this to a d'voreem that chases after her and her horse, lopping its head clean off with her scythe.
  • Offhand Backhand: Syrni Sandra casually deflects Jen Jara's Dope Slap with a blur of movement, barely even turning to look.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: The Ace of Spades had a tendency to vanish in between posts and appear with a greeting rather than a narrated entrance.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Mark Tanzer, near the Notice Board, when he and Parthenia recognize each other.
    • Farrah, in the same scene as the above, when she realizes Parthenia is Immune to Bullets.
    • And Farrah again, in the forest, once Parthenia reveals who she is. Meaning that Farrah was shooting at a government agent.
    • Sarquoql thinks his identity is safely hidden in his spacesuit... until John Smith, Security Service calls him by name. Sarquoql is alarmed.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Arilay, a shapeshifting cyborg trying to minimize her Uncanny Valley appearance, swaps one of her normal-looking mechanical eyeballs for one that can echolocate in Mark Tanzer's smoke bomb. When the smoke dissipates, she realizes her eyes are now mismatched and awkwardly covers the new eyeball with one nanobot pseudo-flesh hand, nervously grinning and hoping no one notices her mismatched eyes.
  • Oh My Gods!:
    • Iragan's "Merciful Ether" used as a stand-in for "Merciful God", since the Shattered World he's from doesn't have a concept of Abrahamic God.
    • Bonnie has "For the love of Odessa", Odessa being one of the many deities of Aria.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!:
    • When a Bolt of Divine Retribution teleports Amaranth, Felicio and Pewter away, the remaining horses run away from Sabertooth Lightning for the second time, thinking "Not again! Not again!"
    • Horny Sailors are closing in on Varla the mermaid in her introductory post, she rolls her eyes and name-drops this trope before reacting explosively.
    • Aynara already telepathically witnessed Haydn set one building on fire in a fight with bandits, so when he gets the idea to explode the Ghost Town's city hall in another fight with bandits, Aynara skedaddles out of city hall, dismayed that Haydn would go for the overkill option again.
  • Older Than She Looks: Nyorla has not gone through puberty despite being old enough to do so.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • There are two Sophias: one is part of a group from a future version of Earth, accompanying the Mad Bastards; one is a knowledge incarnate.
    • There are two Henrys: Henry A. Safon II and Henry Bensen.
  • Only One Name:
    • Farrah. Just Farrah.
    • Nui's "full name" is Sarenuika... which is still just one name.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know the collective exhaustion of the mustang herd is more profound than the previous incidents when Fiddler is too tired to be curious.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot:
    • Rosalind accidentally calls Jann and his magic scary. She immediately apologizes.
    • Ozurr's first question after Rosalind says she can't fight without loosening control on her vampiric instincts was not phrased as well as he wanted.
      Narration: She didn't seem to be lying...but if his encounters with the Fae had taught him anything, it was that just because someone wasn't lying, that didn't mean what they were saying was true. The trick was to bring it up in a tactful way.
      Ozurr: At the risk of sounding patronizing, have you... tried?
      Narration: Or, he could take his foot and shove it firmly into his mouth.
    • Chitara does this when going on one of her usual rants about the threat witches pose to society during the wagon trip. The catch is that there are two witches standing right next to her. One of them was even one of her customers, which is ironic because her wares were meant to defend against witches.
    • Morpho is vocally incredulous that the Not-Chaos-Hunters would freak out over what they've been through.
  • Operation: [Blank]:
    • During her short-lived communication with Mael, Varla mentally assigns her idea the name Operation Discredit Sarquoql In Case He Shows Up.
    • When outraged by the malicious and/or idiodic setup of how Pilot 0037 was never taught to read and yet his superior officers expected him to read a user manual, Moquoql mentions how she thinks Pilot 0037's Crapsack World is begging for Operation Grey Hanlon.
  • Orbital Bombardment: (Discussed?) Maequoql, up in Arilay's spaceship, reasons that as long as nobody drives any wyverns towards town, she won't have to open fire on the wyverns.
  • Our Angels Are Different: In her natural form, Tecia sa Valdela is an unnaturally tall, pale, and slender humanoid with wings formed from intermingled light and shadow with a Nightmare Face to boot. Being thoroughly Lawful Neutral, she covers both Dark Is Not Evil and Light Is Not Good.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: So far, three types of wyvern have shown up in the thread: the raptorial juvenile moufreta, who have a tendency to drop like flies; the unknown stinger-tailed wyvern slain by the Sun Dried Sea trio; and the rather large one-horned lanceros, who ripped a steampunk spider mech a new one.
    • Discussed by Cormack and Lily, with the latter stating that wyverns are very much different from dragons.
  • Our Fairies Are Different:
    • This trope comes up during the discussion between Sindar, Layi, Koyel, and Vrask. Layi and Koyel have trouble distinguishing a fairy from a spirit, as where they are from they are more or less the same thing. So they're confused when Sindar, a clearly corporeal being, describes himself as a fairy. Sindar himself explains that fairies in his world represent an aspect of nature with powers to match that aspect.
    • It resurfaces when Sindar converses with Chitara en route to the necropolis. Both agree that fairies are nature spirits, but in Sindar's world, they take on physical characteristics of their "domain", something Chitara has never heard of. Chitara's fairies are also more tricky and malevolent and are perceived as threats.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Nyceme seems like a pretty classic example - performed a ritual of some sort to become one, and transferred her soul to her scepter. While her body is more or less intact, it appears to be deteriorating (while not outright rotting, due to measures she takes to prevent that), which Wolfe even mistakes for mere aging.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Different universes have different rules for the interactions of Anti-Magic and souls — if souls are even known and quantified — that cause some people to react very negatively to the former, fearing, with some justification, being rendered The Soulless by it.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Nearly causes some drama between Rosalind and Ozurr. In Rosalind's universe, vampirism is caused by a virus, which means anyone can become one. In Ozurr's, it's caused by a soul being corrupted, which means only the truly, unrepentantly evil can become one. Fortunately, she's able to explain the difference before he does something stupid.
    • This subject is brought up when Chitara's wagon approaches Rosalind's group. The vampires Sindar and Nyceme are used to don't have souls at all, and so the two are surprised and intrigued by Rosalind having one. As well as not being harmed by sunlight. Nyceme even compares her to the "true vampires" brought up in an earlier discussion with Vindex.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Discussed by Jean when she asks for clarification as to what Ulf meant by "part-time werewolf".
    Jean: A werewolf, eh? What do you mean by that, exactly? There are many that go by that name, you know.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: First Rosalind hears normal chattering inside Chitara's wagon but doesn't hear the words clearly enough to know what they're saying. Then she hears whispering that sounds conspiratorial to her ears, again without hearing the words clearly. Then what she does hear clearly is Nyceme saying, "Then obviousssly thisss isss a job for me," and then the scary-looking snake lady exits the wagon. Given Rosalind's previous experience with surviving Van Helsing Hate Crimes, she concludes it's happening again and panics. But Nyceme just wants to have a friendly chat about undeathly magic.
  • Out of the Frying Pan:
    • Sarquoql arrived at this planet in disguise to get away from the swarm of bounty hunters chasing him, only to find out that the Web of Friendship is swarming all over the planet.
    • Discussed when Arnaya infers that there's a greater intelligence controlling the blob. She surmises terminating the blob would honk off that intelligence and calls the hypothetical situation a pan-to-fire jump.
  • Outside Ride: Rosalind uses her vampiric anchoring powers to hang on to the roof of the truck for a talk with Ozurr.

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  • Pain-Powered Leap: Invoked by Thunder when Stomper and Wheezer didn't jump quite high enough to make it out of The Scar. Thunder nipped Stomper on the rump, causing Stomper to squeal and successfully jump out of The Scar. Meanwhile, Wheezer scrambled up the slope before Thunder got the chance to nip his rump too.
  • Painting the Medium:
    • ALL OF OSIRIS' DIALOGUE IS RENDERED LIKE THIS, WITHOUT QUOTATION MARKS.
    • Varla knows Black Speech. When she gets mad enough for its consonant-heavy accent to leak into her voice, the first stage of intensity is represented by the text turning purple, the next stage of intensity bolds the consonants of emphasized words, and the third stage of intensity bolds the consonants of all her words.
  • Paint It Black: Justin's hair turns black when he fuses with his demon, though there's also bit of a Skunk Stripe.
  • Pass the Popcorn:
    • When Red Alert is sounded over Mequoql getting mind-controlled, Explorer of Unknowns appears on the planet's surface with a bucket of popcorn to watch the chaos.
    • Sarquoql, playing the role of bodyguard, acts aggressive towards Mael to add authenticity to his alias. The archaeologist opens up a bag of star-nuts to snack on while watching her bodyguard bristle at her hitchhiking guest.
    Archaeologist: Dude, I'm a le-uuuhhh... I mean, welcome aboard.
    Sarquoql: Hands off, buster.
    Mael: I'm not going to steal her away from you...
    Sarquoql: Good.
    Mael: ...but you may have already lost, my friend.
    Sarquoql: And what is that supposed to mean?
    [Archaeologist snacks on star-nuts]
  • Personality Powers: Lightning is deadly most of the time, practically impossible to block or dodge and can deal enormous collateral damage. A fitting weapon for a pragmatic, ruthless government agent with zero concern for human life, such as Parthenia.
  • Persona Non Grata: Whatever happened in the weapons shop drove the owner to ban Rosalind from the store.
  • Perverted Drooling: Downplayed while Arnaya watched Varla free Nick's mind-controlled uncle. Arnaya drooled only a few drops which the breeze from the sea quickly dried, and lust was one of two reasons she was drooling. The other reason was Arnaya's bloodthirst.
  • Perverted Sniffing: The young stallion Rook tries to sniff under the tail of the visiting mare Pewter.
  • The Philosopher: Suela and Tovol spend their time arguing about philosophy. Downplayed; they're both relatively young (mid-twenties) and self-taught, and while Suela will become a famous thinker and philosopher eventually, at this point in her life she's only reached the basic implications of her thought experiments.
  • Pie in the Face: Discussed when Morpho the Mechanical Lifeform compares the act of electrocuting him to the act of throwing a pie in someone's face. Electricity is robot food, after all...
  • Pinch Me: Thinking that she might be dreaming or in the Simulacra, Caroline looks twice at the bulletin board to see if an advertisement changed while she was looking away. Then she presses the pointy end of a nail against herself. Soryn notices and points out that he and at least one other person has felt pain in dreams before, so one of her dream tests is faulty.
  • Pivotal Wake-up: As the last move after an Unnecessary Combat Roll and other athletics that get her from point A to point B on dry land, Varla the mermaid demonstrates the strength of her core muscles by going from flat on her back to upright without using her arms.
  • Plague Zombie: Rosalind's warning indicates the kind of zombies that covered her in gore prior to her arrival.
    Rosalind: I just need some decontamination, this gunk is loaded with zombie germs, dangerous to humans.
  • Playground Song: Mayatans have a playground song about creative recipes for various organs. Nyorla sings it while preparing moufreta corpses for lunch, knives dissecting them in time with the beat.
  • Playing with Fire: Lieutenant Brandt's magical forte; he is very enthusiastic about lighting things on fire.
  • Please Get Off Me: Played straight and then immediately twisted. Varla is on the receiving end of an unexpected hug from Lerna. At first she puts up with it and politely asks Lerna to get off, but the instant Nerea uses the word "molesting" to describe the hug, Varla's Berserk Button is pressed, so she reiterates the request as a roared command while drawing her Chastity Dagger and violently lashing out at Lerna.
  • Point That Somewhere Else: When held at gunpoint, Murquoql scoffs and name-drops the trope while telekinetically pushing the gun's muzzle down.
  • Poke in the Third Eye:
    • Farrah attempts to do it the most mundane way imaginable: invite Murquoql to read her mind then make fun of her weight mentally. needless to say, the Mayatan is left unimpressed.
    • John Smith (Security Service) tolerates passive Mayatan telepathy that only registers his presence, but if they switch to active probing, he gives them a headache along with the simple words, "I am John Smith, Security Service."
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Nora, Leone and James have no idea what a 'smurf' is, so Gwion's joke falls somewhat flat, forcing the latter to explain.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Wolfe straddles this and Cultured Badass. Teri also qualifies. The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, Lewis Carroll, Monty Python and much more; neither can seem to resist peppering their dialogue with poems, quotes and cultural references.
  • Potty Dance: Arilay fakes a canine potty dance as an excuse to go outside and see what Mequoql (who has just succumbed to mind control) is up to.
  • Powder Gag: Invoked and exploited as a firefighting technique — Moquoql summons a drop pod pumping itself full of carbon dioxide and nanobots. When it zooms over to dump its contents onto the Panzerfaust on fire, the nanobots billow like a ludicrous amount of dust until they collide with and reinforce Moquoql's telekinetic fire-smothering barriers.
  • Power Copying:
    • Nui does this during the fight between Justin and Miron. When Justin conjures a wall of black fire in front of him, Nui runs to the side of the wall, absorbs some of its power into their shield, and then shoots that energy out of their arm gadget to create a similar wall on Justin's other side.
    • Arnaya was able to copy Mequoql's telekinetic light-generating specialty because Arnaya had previously consumed some of Mequoql's blood in their backstory.
  • Power Crystal: What The Not-Chaos-Hunters use for travel and to power up their weapons (specifically Moonstones). It's also what Mael uses to brainwash his victims (specifically Amethyst).
  • The Power of Blood: Aynara and Arnaya, tropical Mayatan twins, can copy other Mayatans' telepathic or telekinetic specialties after sampling their blood.
  • The Power of the Sun: The Web of Friendship has very carefully developed flashlights that use portals to the sun instead of lightbulbs.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The Inquisitor refuses to start a fight with Dominic's men at the town square on the grounds that bystanders could be hurt. Not because hurting innocent civilians is wrong, but because doing so would result in "Political shitstorm" for the State she represents. Not to mention that Sa'ad, her prisoner, could escape in the ensuing chaos.
  • The Pratfall: Morpho's entrance on the planet below has him falling four feet from the air onto his metal posterior before deforming into a comically squashed heap.
    Morpho [deadpan]: Error, category pratfall. How embarrassing.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Morpho moved to Mael mere minutes after Mael mind-controlled Mequoql, feigning friendliness. Upon seeing Mael's immediate suspicion, Morpho has one last thing to say before dropping the act:
    Morpho [about to tackle Mael]: I am a friend, and I am here to give you a hug.
  • Predator Turned Protector: Rosalind, a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, earned the trust of a herd of mustang horses and integrated herself as their protector. Too bad she got separated from them upon arrival into the Adventure world.
  • Prehensile Hair: One of Leone's powers, and the reason her hair's so so ridiculously long to begin with.
  • Pressure Point: If you pinch the back of a Mayatan's neck hard enough, the Mayatan will collapse in agony, temporarily unable to move or use psychic powers.
  • Pretend to Be Brainwashed: Aynara copies Mequoql's memories and Light 'em Up power, then covers herself in medical tape to Hand Wave her lack of fur, for the purpose of pretending to be Mequoql under Mael's mind-control.
  • Pride: While Parthenia tries to radiate an aura of superiority and some of her remarks hint at her high opinion of herself, her thoughts reveal that she's quite aware of this trait of hers, recognizes it as a flaw and does her best not to let it cloud her judgement. Exemplified by this piece of inner monologue as she goes through the possible scenarios when faced with the option of complying with Chaudhari's demands:
    [My] feelings hurt. Can live with that.
  • Primal Stance: While Arnaya the Mayatan vampire twin supervises Varla's attempt to free a guy from mind-control, she perches on top of a boulder in a predator's ready-to-pounce crouch.
  • Projectile Kiss: Varla can't seduce Arnaya directly due to Incompatible Orientation on both endsnote , but Varla can activate Arnaya's memory of Soryn's seduction and make it into a hallucination. Varla aims the spell at Arnaya by blowing a kiss.
  • Prompting Nudge: Aynara is impatient to get to Black Morgan. As soon as the bandit patrol delaying her is gone, she bares her claws and pokes her hostages into moving faster.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance:
    • Maequoql, a Mayatan long-range telepath, is introduced while meditating with her fingertips on her temples.
    • Later her younger sister Mequoql tries to use her Light 'em Up powers to create a massless mirror. Since she hasn't practiced it before, she theatrically places her fingers to her forehead as a convenient social signal that she wouldn't appreciate people disrupting her concentration.
  • Psychic Glimpse of Death: Mayatans who witness death can't block out dying thoughts. The experience gives them a headache, which worsens if they themselves were the ones who caused the death. Nyorla temporarily cripples herself with pain by killing four moufretas in a row.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Discussed. Maequoql expects a nosebleed as the least of the possible symptoms she could get from scanning the mind of an Eldritch Abomination. She uses her lack of nosebleed as proof that the grotesque meat-puppet Justin summoned is not an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Psychic Radar: All Mayatans have a psychic radar. Maequoql is a long-range specialist Mayatan whose range extends to cover an entire planet from a position in geosynchronous orbit.
  • Psychic Strangle: Mayatans use telekinetic nooses with emphasis on squeezing certain anatomy parts depending on what they want to accomplish — one variation squeezes the windpipe, another variation squeezes the carotid artery and jugular vein, and a third variety reserved for threatening sentient beings squeezes muscles uncomfortably close to the windpipe and major blood vessels.
    • Nyorla telekinetically seizes four moufretas by their necks and squeezes their windpipes until they can't vocalize. The strangling isn't what finishes them off, Nyorla uses her claws to puncture major blood vessels in their necks and bleed them out.
    • Aynara uses a downplayed nonlethal telekinetic pressure on a bandit's neck muscles when threatening him into carrying a message to Black Morgan or Mael, whichever one is in charge of the bandits by the time she finds them.
    • Later, to knock out a bunch of mind-controlled bandits shooting Five Rounds Rapid at her, Aynara uses telekinesis to squeeze their carotid arteries, putting a sleeper hold on them. She has to constantly monitor and adjust the pressure she's using to keep them unconscious instead of killing them, so she drinks them into hypovolemic shock one by one to free up her telekinesis.
  • Psychological Projection: In the aftermath of driving off a homunculus, while Rosalind is still reining in her Horror Hunger, Varg makes a reference to alcoholic drinks and Rosalind scolds herself out of making the mistake of thinking Varg was referring to blood.
    Varg: Pretty decent job by all of you. Drinks are on me tonight. Well, all our supplies are already paid for, but you get the idea...
    Rosalind [aloud]: Aw gee, thanks, I'm glad I could help.
    Rosalind [thinking to herself]: Varg was clearly referring to alcohol drinks, you numbskull!
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Ava Sharpe is technically this due to her job as an investigator, although she isn't actually villainous in terms of motivation.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When Lerna is bitten and drugged by an enemy's mechanical spider, Varla barks an order, "Tourniquet! On her tail! NOW!"
  • Punny Name: Amelia Blackwood, the Woman in Room 444, has a mother named Inni who has the power to grant wishes. Inni is also a DJ at a karaoke bar. DJ Inni, in other words.
  • Puny Earthlings: Aynara the Mayatan vampire dismissively refers to the bandits in the Ghost Town as squishy humans.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes:
    • Rosalind briefly flashes a puppy-dog pout at Jann in an attempt to encourage his silence just before asking Ozurr and Varg how much they heard of her embarrassing herself.
    • Arilay shamelessly exploits her golden retriever disguise while begging for one of Cynthia and Moobly's biscuits.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Soryn interrupts the two moufretas biting his shirt and skin by bashing their heads together.

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  • Quicksand Sucks: A crisis on the Wasteland coastline — a large creature emerges from the sand and leaves a mud pit behind where it was lying. Poor David falls in and sinks all the way up to his snout, so Varla, Lerna and Nerea rush over to get him out, leading to a Rescue Introduction.
  • Quizzical Tilt: Maequoql stares befuddled with her head tilted at the unexpected stranger (Explorer of Unknowns) appearing on Arilay's spaceship.
  • Rags to Riches: Alice Winters — Dragon-in-Chief of an N.G.O. Superpower — says that genetically, she's just "standard-issue Midwestern white trash" when explaining that a DNA sample won't reveal anything about her Anti-Magic Enlightenment Superpowers.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After dealing with Vindex, then finding out Not Chaos Hunters's worst enemy had somehow arrived to hunt them down, THEN running into Moufretas, and finally Eris vanishing without a trace within seconds of meeting them, Nick snaps and rants about the whole day. He also decides to rant at Jackson, also being sick of his constant attacks on him for the past three threads.
  • Rapid-Fire Name Guessing: In the Forest, Farrah has trouble remembering Mad Bastards' name. Which she learned mere seconds ago.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Rosalind, under the mistaken impression that Nyceme exited the wagon to kill her, runs to hide behind Ozurr while screaming "Nonononononono! Don't let her get me!"
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: If dark purple hair counts as close enough for the aesthetic, then Varla the mermaid's ivory skin drawing attention to her Amazonian Beauty muscles complete the qualification.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: Downplayed. When Fiddler first gets her nose zapped by the booby trap on Whisper's saddlebags, she squeals in surprise and pain, startling Whisper who also squeals. Fortunately, Fiddler doesn't start a squealing cycle past that.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Mequoql flies an unrealistic bird simulacrum towards a wild raven. They don't become instant friends. The raven is initially spooked by the simulacrum, so the raven flies a short distance away, watches the specter closely, and starts planning potential escape routes.
      Narration: Well, Mequoql had just creeped out the raven. What did she expect would happen, anyway? She wasn't an animal trainer.
    • Soryn's shirt and the skin underneath gets shredded by biting and clawing moufretas, making a realistic consequence to go along with Clothing Damage.
    • A Rearing Horse too panicked to control himself loses his balance and falls.
    • Floors don't have face wells like massage tables do. When Akane offers to massage Syrni Sandra's back, Syrni Sandra can't get comfortable lying face-down on the floor.
  • Rearing Horse: Startled and in pain, Angel the gelding reacts to a moufreta biting his hind leg by rearing. Reality Ensues when he loses his balance and falls over backwards.
  • Rebel Relaxation: Murquoql props her back and one foot against the edge of the bulletin board.
  • Red Alert: Mequoql's last-ditch distress call before succumbing to mind control triggers a klaxon on the WFS Hummingbird. The Web of Friendship members on board jump to their feet and make themselves useful — Maequoql locks her psychic radar on the perpetrator to track him while Moquoql grabs a bag of tools and runs for the transporter room.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Black-haired Parthenia is clad in black leather armor with red hooded coat over it. While it's too early to call her outright Evil yet, she's shown enough of her character not to be unambiguously Good.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: Varla is offended at David flirting at her while she's rescuing him from quicksand, and hints that she could have quit the rescue if it weren't for Nerea and Lerna witnessing and joining in the rescue.
  • Religious Vampire:
    • Holy Is Not Safe for the Terror Hero Mayatan vampire twins, but they ignore the aches to pray anyway.
    • Rosalind got her faith from spending her formative years in North America's Bible Belt, she hasn't let go of her faith despite becoming a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire. It shows when she overhears Ozurr and Varg discussing their worlds' deities and her first knee-jerk thought is that she's surrounded by heathens.
  • Rescue Introduction: Varla introduces herself to Lerna and Nerea while they team up to free David, who is up to his ears in quicksand. As soon as David is out of the quicksand, the ladies introduce themselves to him.
  • Restraining Bolt:
    • Cynthia's eyepatch and gauntlet serve as these, to mask and control her Silver Witch magic.
    • Unit 09 had arctic calibreum components embedded in joints to prevent her from regrowing her limbs and to make her more manageable for the Balamar Empire.
  • Retcon: Done twice, due to real life issues affecting the plot. But in a case of Tropes Are Not Bad and Tropes Are Tools, it was justified.
  • Revealing Cover-Up:
    • Rosalind is trying to keep her identity as a vampire a secret. Ozurr is one of her Secret Keepers, but when Finn mistakenly points at Varg (a haugr) when he guesses who's the vampire, Ozurr bursts out laughing and says he can't explain what's so funny. Rosalind realizes she can't shush her Secret Keepers without drawing more attention to the fact that there's a reason for shushing them.
    • Arilay tries to hide her echolocating eyeball behind her hand, but between her conspicuous hand position and nervous grin, it's clear she's hiding her eye.
    • Reverse Psychology: After establishing that he hates Krakka'a and has no desire to help him, Osiris tricks him into walking into a trap by telling him to go the other way.
  • A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: Orain, when describing Farrah's appearance:
    ...her tanned skin is smudged with dirt wrapped around obscene tattoos over the afterthoughts of yesterday's fight...
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Nora attepts this by shapeshifting into a cuttlefish. It works on Cynthia, not so much on Leone.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • Upon hearing that Justin has been Valerie's familiar for ten years, Wolfe concludes she must be older than she looks. Whilst correct, Justin being Valerie's familiar doesn't really guarantee anything.
    • Ozurr thinks Rosalind can't digest raw mutton because it's raw. Really, Rosalind can't digest raw mutton because it's too solid for her vampiric stomach to handle, and cooked mutton would have been worse.
  • Riddle for the Ages: The results of the Anti-Magic Alice and the Ace of Spades use is pretty well explained, it's a mobile magical dead zone that is generated by intense mental training. Why it works, and how its interacts with the soul of the user (especially given there's no proof souls exist in their native universe at all beyond being metaphors for consciousness and the self) are questions that will never get answered.
  • Road Apples: When tracking down missing horses, it's reasonable to look for hoofprints and manure. Manure has already been left behind at the beach where the smaller river meets the sea and along the riverbanks leading up to the forest.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: The sight of a homunculus trying to drown Jann in a river drives Rosalind into a berserk hissing biting stomping frenzy. Despite her issues with running water, she stays put in the river to try and pull Jann out of the homunculus's grip. Ozurr gets in on the action too, roaring and swinging his axe to chop off the homunculus's grasping tentacle.
  • Rule of Three:
    • It took three electric shocks from a Booby Trap for Fiddler to cease her attempts to open the Inquisitor's saddlebags.
    • The skvader explores three different caves for the herd of mustang horses to hide from Krakka'a in before picking the shallowest one with the widest entrance. He goes in and out of that cave three times before the most curious horse, Fiddler, accompanies him inside. Fiddler goes in and out of the cave three times before Lead Mare Flashfoot decides it's safe enough for the entire herd to go inside. In real life, horses shun caves and it takes multiple months of patient training to get a horse willing to enter a cave, but the story of overcoming that reluctance was compressed to move the plot along without tedium.

     Tropes S 
  • Scar Survey:
    • Invoked by Jann of Grimmsford, who rolls up his sleeve to show Rosalind where he was cut open to have warding runes carved onto his bones.
    • Farrah provides a self-inflicted Rare Female Example, checking herself out for new scars while soaking in the bathtub.
  • Schmuck Bait: Arilay offers Wain three choices to get off her orbiting spaceship: the teleporter pad, the escape pods, and the airlock. Wain wisely does not choose the airlock.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: One of the Horny Sailors is reduced to screaming in soprano after Varla's Groin Attack on him.
  • Screw the Rules, They Broke Them First!: Void Maidens are supposed to be the astronauts/ambassadors of the Viporis species. But when Krakka'a aggressively calls Jen Jara an insect, she disregards her diplomatic training and calls him oversized talking prey.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • The herd of horses take off into the distance, spooked by the flash and bang of the teleport, which they call Sabertooth Lightning.
    • When Justin and the demon fuse, the "Not-Chaos-Hunters" promptly decide to get out of dodge.
    • Similarly, Chitara decides to skip town after witnessing the worst that Justin can offer.
    • Iragan's general reaction after witnessing Parthenia's thought patterns.
    • Zarokh is initially willing to stick around and let the Not-Chaos-Hunters lead him to the Coast of Chills. Then, Cormack suddenly vanishes in a bolt of lightning, at which point Zarokh decides vague directions are sufficient and high-tails it out of there.
    • Mark immediately tries to flee when Parthenia recognizes him.
    • After Haydn's Unwanted Rescue, his nuclear spell is the Last Straw sending Aynara fleeing without telling him what's going on.
    • Rebecca Jane Walsh will do this, but it's justified as she has another crisis to solve.
  • Second Face Smoke: In Rosalind's backstory, back when she was still human, a suitor blew a smoke ring at her face. She didn't react well, coughing hard enough to vomit on his shoes. To her everlasting relief, her reaction was correctly interpreted as a rejection.
  • Security Cling:
    • Rosalind hides behind Jann and clings to his arm to gather the courage she needs to confess to Varg and Ozurr that she's a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire.
    • Rosalind clings to Jann as a nervous reflex when sizing up Chitara's wagon and concluding the group might turn hostile if they were to find out that she's a vampire.
  • Seen It All:
    • A demon picks a fight outside the hotel, and summons pillars of random body parts. A waitress on the other side of town square sighs...
      Waitress: Third time this week. Some people just have no manners.
    • Mayatans come from a galaxy rich in supernatural happenings, so the powers of a self-proclaimed deity are not entirely astonishing to them.
      Moquoql: We come from a galaxy rich in supernatural happenings, you can surprise and impress us, but we usually won't stay flabbergasted for long.
  • Selective Gravity: Maequoql turns off the Artificial Gravity in a vast majority of the Web of Friendship spaceship. Niches with potted plants keep pockets of artificial gravity on, as floating clumps of soil everywhere would not be fun.
  • Self-Duplication: John Smith, Security Service can appear in multiple places at once.
  • Semantic Superpower: Murquoql's psychic specialty is weapon analysis. With enough creativity, anything can be used as an Improvised Weapon.
  • Seriously Scruffy: The more Mequoql's plans to hide her trail from Mael in the forest get interrupted, the more her ponytail frazzles from stress.
  • Shadow Walker: Inni warns Murquoql about a vampire lord who can warp from shadow to shadow.
  • Shameful Strip: Implied by Parthenia's inner monologue that this happened to Sa'ad once she caught him. Orain offers pragmatic reasons for that. Iragan tells her to keep them for herself.
    Parthenia (thinking): Go on, Sa'ad ... Tell him you're a slave. For me. I know there are no spots on your person that could prove such claim.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: The Otterbein twins have two for the price of one; they inherited their human mother's heterochromia, and inherited their miri mother's snowflake-shaped iris in one eye.
  • Share the Male Pain: Varla just has to lacerate one lewd fisherman's groin to get all the Horny Sailors shielding their own groins.
  • Shapeshifting
    • Arilay's external nanobots cover her life-support suit to provide a normal-looking appearance. So far, Arilay has disguised herself as a pile of dirt and a pudgy golden retriever.
    • Nora has this as her ability, which she has demonstrated turning her arm into a tentacle and back again, and fully changing into a cutesy pink cuttlefish.
    • Ava Sharpe can do this, of a sort, via Holographic Disguise means, but hers is limited to a selection of pre-configured disguises.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Once Justin, Valerie's "slave", fuses with his demon and starts fighting Miron, Nyceme calls him "one hell of a butler".
    • The Web of Friendship's shadow-avoidance protocols are called Vashta Nerada Protocols.
    • Alice and Wolfe independently think to compare the former's Anti-Magic training to the training of Mentats.
    • After Moquoql passes Maequoql an item via a Hammerspace pocket into Victoria's Secret Compartment, their telepathic conversation is similar to another conversation between Eddie and Roger Rabbit.
      Maequoql: Couldn't you have done that some other way?
      Moquoql: Not while tapping into cartoon physics. Any other way wouldn't have been nearly as funny.
    • Upon realizing it couldn't see, Unit 09 utilized one the Dalek's stock phrases:
      Unit 09: My vision is impaired! I cannot see!
    • The full epithet of Zarokh's patron god, Sobek, contains the phrase "He Who Is In the Water."
    • Explaining what "Abigail protocols" are, a Western Amalgamated agent name-drops "exterminatus".
    • After being startled by a statue of a weeping angel, Krakka'a chides himself for being frightened of statuary, and sarcastically asks himself if he thinks it's going to start moving when he's not looking.
    • Arnaya says that one of the disadvantages of fighting mind-controlled strangers instead of fighting mind-controlled friends and family is that when all is said and done, strangers might try to sue you over rescues they don't like, which is what happened in The Incredibles.
    • Regarding her assumption that Aliens are Bastards, Oseru says humanity and any alien they encounter will be "two apex predators in a dark forest, doing all we can to survive." (She's never read the Remembrance of Earth's Past herself, but understands game theory well enough, and shares enough of Liu's priors, to come to approximately the same conclusions.)
    • After Krakka'a falls for Osiris' Reverse Psychology and walks off towards a trap, Osiris deadpans Stop. Don't. Come back.
    • Upon seeing Alexa's Game Face, Jen Jara murmurs a couple of lines from The Tyger
    Jen Jara: What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?
  • Shrug Take: Upon seeing a self-proclaimed deity spontaneously create a feathery cat-like creature, Maequoql and Moquoql blink in astonishment, then glance at each other and shrug.
  • Shutting Up Now:
    • Maequoql ends her telepathic conversation with Arilay upon being told that her idea to distract the Ace of Spades with a hallucination sounded like something her evil brother Sarquoql would do.
    • After Mequoql dope slaps Morpho, he finally realizes he's been sticking his foot in his mouth and shuts up.
  • Sickening "Crunch!":
    • The crunch of a high-speed projectile rock isn't sickening in and of itself, but in the context of smashing into a mechanical eyeball...
    • When Jamie is spooked by Sindar's presence and falls, she sounds one of these when her wing is broken. There are similar crunches when she gets back up.
    • Morpho is oblivious to how creepy he sounds when he's snapping moufreta bones in the process of butchering a corpse.
  • Silent Snarker: Maya is deaf and mute and speaks through ASL. She's also the biggest smart ass in the NCH group and almost everything she signs is a snarky comment. If not that, she expresses her dissaproval through her face.
  • A Simple Plan: Jann's plan to get Rosalind out of the men's room without anybody seeing her is: he exits first, waits until the coast is clear, then signals her. Simple, right? What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Fate is tempted, but the plan goes smoothly enough.
  • Sinister Scraping Sound: Morpho is oblivious to how creepy he sounds when he's using his morphing metal to scrape flesh off a moufreta's bones.
  • Sinister Scythe:
    • Amaranth wields one; it goes well with her Grim Reaper disguise when out on the road.
    • Inanna carries a particularly nasty looking one that's bigger than she is.
    • Akane's weapon of choice is the Japanese variant of the sickle, the kama. One that also happens to be a tsukumogami. That can fly.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Almost every other word coming from Sa'ad's mouth is a profanity of some sort. When it isn't, it's a setup for a string of obscenities.
  • Skewed Priorities: Discussed In-Universe when Aynara expresses incredulity at Haydn and Wilhelmine launching an extermination mission against bandits when there's a mind-controller and an Eldritch Abomination on the loose.
    Aynara [telepathically]: Bandits? There's a mind-controller and an Eldritch Abomination on the loose here and you're going after those squishy human bandits who rely on their useless guns too much?
  • Slasher Smile: After hearing Mael's voice over a confiscated earpiece, Varla gets a nasty grin as she thinks of how to discredit Sarquoql in Mael's eyes.
  • The Sleepless: Rosalind hasn't needed any sleep in years. She hasn't elaborated why, but it probably has something to do with her vampirism.
  • Sleeps with Both Eyes Open:
    • Mayatans have transparent eyelids to play with this trope — they sleep with their eyes technically closed, but they can still see almost as well as if their eyes were open.
    • As natives of a volcanic Death World, Viporises have opportunistic sleep patterns. Closing their eyes to sleep is beneficial but optional, as they still blink in their sleep.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Wain Fallwen thinks he's an excellent bounty hunter. In reality, he's mediocre at best.
  • Smells Sexy: Rosalind is distracted from panicking when she clings to Jann and gets a faceful of his scent at point-blank range.
  • Smoke Out: Mark Tanzer exits the thread by deploying a smoke bomb and vanishing.
  • Smug Snake: Krakka'a. Let's see...openly abusive to his subordinates? Check. Disdain to the point of anger towards those who are weaker than him? Check. Visibly terrified by those who are stronger than him? Check.
  • Snake People: Saen is a living lamia, Nyceme is an undead lamia lich, and Soryn is a genetically engineered snake man who can't properly be called a lamia because none of his DNA is from that species — instead he was reverse-engineered to look like one via LEGO Genetics from multiple other species.
  • Sneeze Cut:
    • Moquoql mentions Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara, who at the time of posting were in a different character development thread, and then they simultaneously sneeze.
      Moquoql (in the Adventure thread): Huh, so that's where Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara chased each other to.
      Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara (in the Space Liner thread): Achoo!
    • Both It Came From The Sea and Unit 09 sneeze (or make strange noises in Unit 09's case) after being mentioned in Bonnie's fate tempting rant of strange things to encounter.
    • Rosalind hopes aloud that either the mustangs were smart enough to repurpose helicopter evasion techniques to evade Krakka'a or Krakka'a didn't bump into them. Miles away, hiding in the Ridge after an encounter with Krakka'a, Lead Mare Flashfoot wakes up with a sneeze from a pre-night-sneaking nap.
    • Moquoql in the Sun-Dry Sea wishes aloud for Seenarnha or Kynn Derra's presence to help her extinguish the flaming wreckage of the Panzerfaust. In the Rainforest, Seenarnha sneezes.
  • Sniff Sniff Nom: Mequoql and Nyorla got the idea to sample blood from slaughtered moufretas and guess at whether or not vampires would like that blood.
  • So Much for Stealth:
    • Name-dropped by Arilay when the Ace of Spades correctly identifies the sand in her disguise as nanobots.
    • Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara spy on a couple of shrivers. After witnessing their egregious violence against a jellyfish, Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara try to sneak away, only for Syrni Sandra to crunch a patch of gravel under her foot.
      Syrni Sandra: Oops.
      Jen Jara: Busted.
    • Arnaya tries to muffle the noises made by the truck reclamation group, but thanks to Nasur leaving Arnaya's telekinetic bubble, a thief (not the same thief they were after) notices them anyway.
  • Something Else Also Rises: In the wake of a Suggestive Collision with Jann landing on top of Rosalind, her fangs involuntarily extend in counterpart to his involuntary reaction.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Parthenia's mental assessment of the situation she found herself in in the Town Square devolves into this.
  • Source Music: The arrival of a fleet of motorcycles to the sound of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries.
  • Southern Belle: Rosalind is a polite Friendly Neighborhood Vampire with a fluctuating Texas drawl. Her thoughts sometimes take note of Miss Manners, Emily Post, or simply that something is or isn't ladylike.
  • Space Elves: Nui is a literal Space Elf - has the ears and everything. Or at least looks like one. Their race is quite familiar and adept with magic, and are also a Proud Scholar Race.
  • Spaceship Girl: Arilay the cyborg remotely pilotes the WFS Hummingbird and feels it as part of her body.
  • Spanner in the Works: Twice, Bonnie ruined the Web of Friendship's plans to capture Mael. First Bonnie mistook Morpho for a slime and cast an adrenaline surge on Mael. Later, Bonnie fell on top of Moquoql, knocking the chloroform rag off of Mael's face.
    Morpho [first incident]: Do you mind? I'm trying to apprehend a mind-controller here! Now look what you've done!
    Moquoql [second incident]: Get off me you spanner he's gonna get away!
  • Spare a Messenger: By driving off moufretas instead of killing them, Murquoql recognizes the (slight) possibility that they'll warn other moufretas not to mess with Mayatans.
  • The Speechless: Shale has no vocal cords.
  • Speed Sex: Justified for Viporises, who on their Death World home moon need to hurry up and conceive before volcanic interruption. Syrni Sandra exploits that feature of her species to sneak in a quick nap and erotic dream while hiding during a game of hide and seek.
  • Spell Book: Nyceme has one, with many different kinds of pages haphazardly arranged in what better resembles a binder.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Parthenia the Keraunos.
  • Spider-Sense: Nyorla's Psychic Radar lets her know exactly where Pilot 0037 aims his gun, even as his aim is thrown off by slipping in the mud.
  • Spikes of Doom: When Nyceme tosses her scepter, it lands upright and forms a protective cage made of poisonous, life-draining spikes. It even exudes an aura that makes this doom-inducing property obvious to those who are near it.
  • Spit Out a Shoe: A few minutes after eating Angus, Krakka'a coughs up a shoe.
  • Squashed Flat:
    • Rosalind worries about accidentally provoking Ozurr the giant into squashing her flat.
    • Defied by Henry A. Safon II, who scrambles out of the way of Ozurr the giant's Dramatic Sit-Down.
    • One of the moufreta corpses ends up being crushed underfoot by the landing albino lanceros.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Half-woman-half-snake Nyceme speaks this way, complete with forked tongue flicking out. Saen also does it as a parody of this stereotype. It even applies to the latter's writing!
  • Stage Whisper: Arilay initially addresses the Ace of Spades in a harsh whisper.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: Plasma the dragonhorse grabs the lamprey priestess by the upper arms, but the lamprey priestess keeps fighting.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye:
    • The Ace of Spades had a tendency to vanish in between posts and appear with a greeting rather than a narrated entrance.
    • Aynara and Arnaya are capable of sneaking off of Arilay's spaceship even when she's got security cameras all over the interior.
  • Stealth Insult: Farrah makes fun of Parthenia upon seeing her combat boots, saying "Nice footwear, there. Pity your kids will get bullied for them" - a reference for the famous "Your mother wears combat boots" insult.
  • Stealth Pun: Aynara and Arnaya's retribution for Wain lying is putting an illusion of fire on his pants...
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: The name Sarenuika means "death needle". Not only does Nui have some skill with necromancy, but they spell they almost use fire at UD Justin has an incantation with "needle of death" right in it.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: While under Mael's mind control, Mequoql baits Morpho to stop wrestling Mael and chase her instead by bringing her claws up to her own throat. It works because she doesn't communicate any demands, leading Morpho to assume that she was suiciding with no ifs ands or buts.
  • Stranger Danger: Discussed by Syrni Sandra, who remarks that she's still adjusting to other species' cultures being possessive over who is allowed to parent which kids. She still doesn't quite understand that taboo, but she knows just enough to not want to run afoul of it, which is why a) she didn't hug Cody when she wanted to and b) she hid the signs that she was in heat from Cody to avoid giving him The Talk.
  • Stress Vomit:
    • Downplayed. Rosalind would have eventually barfed up the mutton that, as a vampire, she can no longer digest, but the stress of almost blurting out her secret is the Last Straw for Rosalind's stomach.
    • Downplayed again when, ill-timed with the nauseating after-effects of using the Not-Chaos-Hunters' Make a Wish gems for the first time, Mequoql hears the bad news that her sister is in the metaphorical crosshairs of a psychopomp. She projectile-vomits raw moufreta liver.
  • Stripperific:
    • Inanna's choice of outfit.
    • Akane's as well. The bulk of her outfit is essentially two three-inch wide strips of leather.
    • Varla the mermaid wears only a sports bra, two metal arm bands, and a sword belt. And she wonders why she gets catcalled.
  • Stripping Snag: Soryn loses his shirt in a moufreta ambush when they shred and pull it off trying to damage the skin underneath.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Rosalind starts her vague summary of the Noodle Incident by briefly yelling at Varg over the noise of the truck.
    Jann: You and Varg seemed in a bit of a hurry when we left...
    Rosalind: Ah, yes, well... [Suddenly SHOUTING!] Varg, I warned ya that weapons and I don't mix!
  • Suggestive Collision: When getting into the truck, Rosalind is already seated. Jann tries to scoot by her and trips over her backpack. She tries to catch him as he falls onto her. Their chests touch, their faces are an inch away from an Accidental Kiss, her hands end up on his ribcage, and his hands end up on her shoulders instead of the backrest behind her. And then Rosalind tries and fails to roll Jann off of her, causing one of his hands to slip down from her shoulder...
  • Summon to Hand:
    • Moquoql telekinetically summons a grab bag to her hand when Red Alert starts.
    • Murquoql telekinetically summons a fire extinguisher to her hand before realizing the flames on Wain's pants are fake.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes
  • Super Reflexes: The Viporises Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara have accelerated reflexes.
    • Syrni Sandra reacts Just in Time to teleport out of a deadly mirage that would have otherwise ripped her apart in mid-sentence.
    • Jen Jara attempts to Dope Slap Syrni Sandra at mundane speed, but from their perspective, the slap is a Painfully Slow Projectile, making it easy for Syrni Sandra to deflect.
    • In the time it takes for Akane to prepare to teleport behind Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara, they Flash Step to put their backs against the wall.
  • Super Smoke: Nyorla knows Aynara and Arnaya can turn into mist and transport themselves through the spaceship's air vents, but this ability has yet to be demonstrated.
  • Suplex Finisher: Akane's opening move when Krakka'a decided to become hostile towards her.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: A bandit patrol encountering Aynara and her three bandit hostages assume the captivity goes the other way around and that Black Morgan will soon have his way with her. Aynara telepathically threatens the hostages to play along with the misunderstanding until the patrol leaves.
  • Surprise Jump: When startled by an automatic flushing toilet, Rosalind jumps high enough to cling to the ceiling. Justified as an instinctive use of her vampiric powers.
  • Survival Mantra: Rosalind has to tell herself what not to do in a Suggestive Collision and repeat it a few times to keep herself from doing it.
    Rosalind [thinking]: Don't panic don't bite don't kiss don't panic don't bite don't kiss don't panic don't bite don't kiss...

     Tropes T 
  • Tactical Withdrawal:
    • Moquoql, overwhelmed with a Pressure Point attack, signals the spaceship to teleport her up and out of telekinetic range before her mind-controlled sister can repeat the pinch.
    • Morpho uses the spaceship's teleporter to retreat and keep pursuing Mael, instead of sticking around where Lily might shoot his head.
    • Black Morgan the bandit leader hears a rumornote  of someone with silver eyes coming to usurp his position in the gang. Between that, the fatalities of his underlings, and the rampant property damage (so far one building is on fire and City Hall got exploded) beginning in Ghost Town, Black Morgan decides to evacuate his gang out of Ghost Town.
  • Tailfin Walking: Averted for Varla the mermaid's "standing" posture. She lays her fins flat on the ground, coils her tail once and puts her weight on the coil.
  • Take Me to Your Leader: Said by Parthenia with more professional phrasing than it's usual for this trope to Dominic.
  • Taking the Fight Outside: Exaggerated: After Parthenia attacks and knocks out Farrah in the middle of town square, John Smith shakes a disapproving finger at Parthenia and teleports them both out of town.
  • The Talk:
    • Played with. Valerie doesn't ask Arilay to explain generally where babies come from, Valerie wants to know how Arilay specifically can make a baby while being part machine. Arilay obligingly explains how she can work around her missing uterus if she wanted to make a baby.
    • Defied by Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara (Void Maiden Viporises), who are acutely aware that they are strangers to Cody (who is a human child) and not on their home world, thus the Stranger Danger taboo is in place, so it wouldn't be appropriate to explain to him about Viporis reproduction and why they're acting odd, so they do their best to hide the signs that they are in heat in order to avoid awkward questions.
  • Tap on the Head:
    • Parthenia knocks Farrah out with a punch to the jaw in the fight near the Notice Board. In a touch of realism, she checks if she inflicted any serious damage afterwards.
    • Discussed and defied by the Void Maiden Viporises. Syrni Sandra suggests kicking the shrivers in the head hard enough to knock them out. Jen Jara vetoes it and suggests chloroform instead.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Under mind-control, Mequoql telekinetically pinches the back of her sister's neck. A few minutes after recovering, her sister returns the favor.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: Juvenile moufreta tastes like bland, off-texture chicken.
  • Taught by Experience: In her backstory, Arilay found out the hard way (in the Fair Folk realms) that just because her digestive tract was replaced with an atomic manipulator does not mean she's immune to cursed food.
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: Arilay's clothes are just more of the same nanobots simulating her external flesh.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Farrah and Parthenia are forced to work together to survive in the forest they were expelled to after their fight near the Notice Board.
  • Teleportation Rescue: Nyorla and Pilot 0037 hide from the lanceros. When the spaceship's tractor beam fails to scare away the lanceros, the lanceros nearly steps on Nyorla and Pilot 0037. So the spaceship's teleporter pad summons the children and their possessions on board.
  • Teleport Spam: Syrni Sandra and Jen Jara rapidly teleport in zig-zags to evade the shrivers' digestive swarms.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Nyceme thinks that Miron is doing this when he dismisses the possibility of there being undead in the necropolis.
    • Ozurr the Frost Giant kept thinking that hoofbeats meant a nuckelavee was nearby. One washed up on the Coast of Chills not long after.
    • Maequoql muses that as long as nobody drives any wyverns towards town, the WFS Hummingbird won't have to unleash an Orbital Bombardment on the wyverns.
  • Tension-Cutting Laughter: In the wake of a tense confrontation with Krakka'a, Rosalind's post-adrenaline crash catches up with her and she starts uncontrollably giggling at Toilet Humor that she otherwise wouldn't have approved of as a Proper Lady.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: When Rosalind tries to get out of a Suggestive Collision with Jann, she makes it worse by accidentally causing one of his hands to slip down from her shoulder.
  • That's Gotta Hurt:
    • After Wain Fallwen crash-lands his little one-person spaceship next to the hotel, Arilay and Murquoql pipe up with commentary.
      Arilay: Ooh, that left a dent.
      Murquoql: Yowch, that didn't look like fun. Do you need a doctor?
    • Soryn winces in sympathy when witnessing a car crash into the Purple Fez Tavern.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: There is an artifact in the Ghost Town that Alice would like destroyed. She arranges for an entire artillery battery to do the deed from Mount Bifrons, intending for them to just turn the place into a crater field and sort through the rubble after. The man actually in charge of the battery, Aaruselijair, is fortunately more restrained.
  • They Just Dont Get It: Morpho the shapeshifting robot doesn't understand how his actions (e.g. twisting his head too far or dismembering a moufreta corpse in under a minute) can spook witnessing strangers or acquaintances.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Arilay wonders out loud how much of The Talk Valerie already understands.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • When Rosalind sees Ozurr and Varg staring expectantly at her, she knows she's about to get interrogated about her identity as a vampire. In Rosalind's backstory, previous interrogations on that subject didn't end well for her.
    • The Not-Chaos Hunters realized they fled town without camping gear.
      Amy: This is gonna suck, isn't it?
    • Said by the Nuckelavee when confronted by a group of cats sent by the Fairy Queen.
    • Parthenia's reaction when John Smith teleports her away from the city after her battle with Farrah.
    • Moquoql is telepathically sharing Unit 09's pain as she removes anti-magic plates from Unit 09's shoulders and hips. When Moquoql gets to the hips, she realizes she can't take her weight off of where the shared pain will manifest.
    • Arilay's spaceship sensors are glitching from Mael's spinel-gem-based stealth. Arilay thinks that either Slenderman exists in this reality or someone/something else is tampering with the sensors from afar. Neither scenario is going to be pleasant.
  • This is No Time to Panic:
    • Arilay's poster warns the populace of bored vampiric Mayatan prankster twins on the loose, but also emphasizes they're generally friendly and the best course of action is to try not to panic.
    • The Not-Chaos Hunters panic when Mequoql reports that a giantess (Arnora Bluesword) is heading towards the campsite. Morpho yells at them to get a grip and name-drops this trope, then he and Mequoql keep calling for calm as Arnora bursts in in an alarming fashion while fighting a homunculus.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Discussed by the Web of Friendship. The organization and their archnemesis Sarquoql adhere to nonlethal tactics, but Morpho points out that they can't assume Mael holds that standard.
  • Thought-Controlled Power: The gems the NCH uses to power their weapons and travel. It's also used for healing, start fires, or, to their own surpise, transform people (in Joesph's case, lizard to a human). Unfortunately, first time usage involves sickness, dehydration, and passing out. Only for the first time use.
  • Threatening Mediator: When Sallara gets jumpy over Lerna's appearance, Varla levels her sword between them both and demands a full explanation before a fight breaks out, threatening to side against whoever attacks first.
  • Threatening Shark: A bunch of sharks show up really fast after Varla spills enough of the homunculus's blood. Fortunately, Varla is able to use the sharks to her advantage by getting them to eat the homunculus first, and then fleeing before they get the chance to eat her.
  • Three... Two... One...:
    • Nyorla guesses Aynara and Arnaya's return to the kitchen and tries to count down to it, but that's not what they did.
    • In response to the Panzerfaust being on fire, Moquoql summons an escape pod pumping itself full of carbon dioxide and nanobots. Once she sees it's close enough, she holds her breath and counts down the last three seconds to a Powder Gag.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: One half of a Morton's Fork that Aynara and Arnaya use as an excuse to mess with Wain from afar. He's claimed to have experience breaking curses. If he had been telling the truth, then Aynara and Arnaya would have interpreted that as a challenge.
  • Time Travel: Both versions of Michelle have this ability, although whether it is the same sort of ability as Doctor Who is not made clear.
  • Tim Taylor Technology: Maequoql's increasing power to the tractor beam is justified as operating within designed parameters. Maequoql's first use of the tractor beam used a fraction of the power it was designed to work with, so when she needed a stronger beam the second time, she used a larger fraction of power.
  • Tongue Trauma: When Mequoql gets tired of keeping a D'voreem pack out of the campsite, she telekinetically drags them by their tongues into the campsite.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Discussed when Varla accuses David of having no sense of self preservation. The accusation was prompted by him flirting at her with the risk of offending her into quitting his rescue from quicksand.
      David: Never in my life have I known the kiss of a guardian angel.
      Varla: Why you—! Have you no sense of self-preservation, saying such brazen things while trapped with no defense against offended slapping? I am far from angelic, and you're lucky there are witnesses. Don't make me regret this [rescue].
    • Four juvenile moufreta leap off a cliff trying to fly and intercept Iolana, forgetting that they're too young to fly. They splat.
  • Too Fast to Stop: The drop pod summoned for firefighting arrives too fast to snap into hover position over the Panzerfaust, so it dumps its firefighting contents midflight and lithobrakes once it's past the Panzerfaust.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Rosalind's backstory, which she mentions in a bitter rant, has her undergo this. After altruistically rescuing people from zombies only to be backstabbed when they find out that she is a vampire, Rosalind is understandably wary about letting people know.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Michelle has this as an effect of her Time Travel Dimensional Traveler powers.
  • Touch of Death: Sindar has this, which could overlap with Walking Wasteland because it's involuntary. First demonstrated when he becomes frightened of the fiery pillars Justin summons during his duel with Miron and goes to hide in a house plant in the hotel lobby... only to kill it in two seconds. It's also why he refuses to shake hands when introducing himself, but has no problem touching Nyceme, who is undead.
  • Touch Telepathy: Shale's telepathic capabilities are strictly limited to skin-to-skin contact. This is a product of Sleutrienn biology and psychology, namely a nervous system which is just a little bit eldritch. Not even Maequoql, whose Psychic Radar covers the entire planet, can read Shale's mind or send Shale telepathic messages.
  • Translation Convention: Normally implicit, but the occasional translation note is provided for Oseru, when nuances of something she'd be saying in Qorisayane doesn't quite match up to the English.
  • Translation: "Yes": The Viporis interjection "Kat-chi-atz!" translates to "That's Gotta Hurt, that Could Have Been Messy, you're Unluckily Lucky!"
  • Tranquil Fury: Parthenia spends the entirety of her fight with Farrah and Mark (the latter being the first person she met in the thread she actively wants to kill) calmly and efficiently brutalizing her opposition, without raising her voice even once. The only giveaway of the volcanic rage seething underneath her calm exterior is the curt and intense "You..." she gives to Mark Tanzer at the start of the fight.
  • Trauma Button: When Ozurr mentions betraying his father, Rosalind is reminded of all the times she's been betrayed by those she rescued from zombies. This kicks off Rosalind's bitter rant.
  • Trigger Happy: The first thing Pilot 0037 does upon waking up to see a stranger standing over him is to shoot at the stranger.
  • Troubled Fetal Position
    • When Rosalind is sitting on the sand describing how she hates being left with uncertain memories in the wake of fighting berserk, she curls up and clutches her legs to her chest.
    • Pilot 0037 enters one when the WFS Hummingbird's interior reminds him of a restricted area he accidentally wandered into when he became a pilot.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Curator Brimoda temporarily relieves Parthenia of her position in order to not overexert her after an exhausting mission. Parthenia does not take it well.
  • Twisted-Knee Collapse: In the throes of her Heroic BSoD, Rosalind's legs give out from under her and collapse into an awkward W shape.
  • Twitchy Eye: A side effect of Mael battering down Mequoql's mental shields is Mequoql's eye twitching for the duration of the assault. Her eye twitches again when she remembers her vow.
  • Two out of Three Ain't Bad: Varla pessimistically predicts that her reflexive breaking of Lerna's neck will horrify the witnesses. When Sallara is aghast and Nerea isn't, Varla muses that one out of two is better than usual.

     Tropes U 
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Joseph comes off as one to those he meets. The Not Chaos Hunters have met Joseph before, Mayatans have pretty much seen it all, and Lizard Folk are native to Aria.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Upon seeing a bandit and his attack dog attacking Aynara, Haydn explodes the dog and threatens the bandit, and things spiral out of control from there. Aynara is aggravated — her plan to deplete the bandit's bullets, capture him and intimidate him into delivering a message to Black Morgan was derailed and now she has to start over with a different Mook.
  • Use Your Head: Plasma the dragonhorse rams her forehead into the lamprey priestess's head in an attempt to get the lamprey priestess to stop chewing her leg.
  • Uterine Replicator: Arilay mentions an artificial womb as one of two ways she could grow a baby despite missing her biological uterus. The other way is to have a surrogate mother volunteer.

     Tropes V 
  • Vague Age: Arilay, a cyborg in a life-support can, has yet to reveal her age. So far the only clues are...
    • Arilay has mentioned her childhood in the past tense.
    • Valerie asked how Arilay could make a baby while being part machine, and Arilay mentioned that she has functioning ovaries while explaining.
  • Vain Sorceress: Nyceme is one. As a lich, her body is on the constant verge of rotting, so she's scrambling to find ways to preserve her body better. When she first spots Saen, another lamia (albeit a living one), she is envious of her body.
  • Vampires Are Rich: Inverted for Rosalind. Between her nomadic lifestyle, the Zombie Apocalypse back at her home, and the unexpected teleport into a world where she doesn't know the local currency, she has to resort to barter.
  • Vampire Vords: Parodied when Arnaya pranks Amy by pretending she's about to exsanguinate her. The witnesses are not amused.
    Arnaya: Ahaha, I vant to suck your blood! Just kidding!
    Marie: It wasn't funny.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes:
    • Rosalind's bitter rant reveals that in her backstory, she's survived multiple back-stabs both literal and metaphorical, all of which happened soon after each time she revealed herself as a vampire, leaving her paranoid that history is about to repeat itself.
    • Always a threat when Tecia is around; she instinctively loathes the undead, and will seek to send their souls to their rightful place in the Land of the Dead on sight.
  • Vein-o-Vision: As a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, Rosalind is prone to seeing people's blood vessels when she's emotionally compromised.
  • Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Genetically engineered dragonhorses have four legs and two wings.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Defied when Carol dodges Morpho's attempt to yank her up into the tree he was in.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment:
    • Invoked by Moquoql, who passed a fake zipper to her sister Maequoql by folding it into Hammerspace and making the opening for it in between Maequoql's breasts.
    • Later, Murquoql stores rolled-up papers in between her breasts, holding them in place with the skin flap stretched over her chest. She notes the arrangement is slightly uncomfortable.
    • Varla the mermaid has a Chastity Dagger sheathed and hidden in her sports bra.
  • Victory Through Intimidation:
    • After Krakka'a aggressively got in the way of a truck, the four riders decide to counter-intimidate: Ozurr reveals his full height and battleaxe; Jann summons a thundercloud and makes lightning zap the ground in front of Krakka'a; Varg draws her gun; and Rosalind reveals her vampiric Game Face and hisses. Krakka'a begrudgingly gets out of their way, but swears vengeance.
    • Parthenia's confrontation with the Western Amalgamated goons is a mutually escalating version of this. It ends in a draw, when both sides' superiors (Sophia the Incarnation of Knowledge and Alice Winters, respectively) come to a consensus.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Judging from what's been shown, 'Best Buds' may be stretching it, but Mark and Farrah's dynamic is this. The latter's more blunt and the former's more sophisticated in their snarking.
  • Voice for the Voiceless:
    • Upon seeing Shale having trouble communicating with a lich, Arilay steps in with a radio keyed to Shale's microchip.
    • Because Maya is deaf AND mute, Amy is pretty much her translator, as she's the only one in the group who can understand ASL.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Iolana is able to change her form at will.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In-Universe, when Joseph has to puke, he runs away from witnesses and into the bushes.

     Tropes W-X 
  • Wake-Up Fighting: Exaggerated with Parthenia, if Farrah is to be believed. She kicked, and tried to claw Farrah's thoat out while in deep sleep after spending about a week awake when the latter was trying to put her up on a horse. Farrah's words have some grain of truth to them: when Jean tried to wake the Inquisitor up, the latter reflexively grabbed her by the arm.
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: The first thing Farrah sees waking up after the fight at the notice board is the sky partially covered with the tops of the trees. She realizes that's not the place she was knocked out at only after Parthenia points out that to her.
  • Walking Armory: In addition to her magic, Oseru carries a large assault rifle, a sword, three hidden knives, a hold-out pistol, and plenty of ammo for both firearms. Moon Hawks never rely on just one tool.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: There's a poster on the bulletin board that reads: WANTED! Dead or Alive! Black Morgan, a bandit, robber and murderer! Armed and dangerous! Last seen near the Ghost Town with his band! Bring him or the proof of his demise to the City Hall for the reward.
  • Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: Usually, Rosalind has more than enough self-control to ignore her Horror Hunger. But demonic energy radiating from a nearby battle forcibly reminds Rosalind of this and tempts her to unleash her wild side.
  • Watch Where You're Going!: Whisper, the domesticated horse who met a herd of mustangs, misinterprets the skvader's warning drumming foot on his rump as a signal to move forward, and as a result he nearly collides with one of the mustangs in the herd he joined.
  • Weakened by the Light:
    • During the briefing, Murquoql learns that the Fiendlord vampire who might be in the rainforest would turn into ashes if exposed to sunlight, but in order to finish him off, the ashes need to be tossed into a river.
    • Due to having rather fair skin, Akane sunburns rather easily.
  • Weapon Stomp: While sparring with Carol, Morpho separates her from her halberd and steps on it, not wanting her to use it so soon after she was flung against a tree trunk.
  • We Need a Distraction:
    • As part of the rescue plan to free Mequoql from Mael's mind control, Morpho was sent to distract Mael long enough for Moquoql to set up an ambush. Morpho's first attempt at a distraction? The Pratfall entrance.
    • Arilay guesses there's bandits watching all possible entrances into the Ghost Town, so she asks Arnaya, who's already inside, to distract the sentries long enough for Arilay, Shale and company to get inside. Arnaya decides to use her telepathy to nudge the sentries' attention to a burning building that Haydn set on fire earlier.
  • We Will Meet Again: After Krakka'a picks the wrong truck to stop, he begrudgingly gets out of the way while swearing vengeance.
    Krakka'a: But this isn't over. You'll find I'm not one to just let insults go unanswered.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • In-Universe, Rosalind thinks it's not very smart for a snake lady to poke and annoy a giant gator. For context, Saen is trying to cast a touch-based healing spell on Zarokh, a deinosuchus, but she didn't explain herself and he took offense to being touched by a stranger.
    • Lampshaded by Nyorla when she gets startled while levitating multiple knives in a synchronized swarm.
      Nyorla: Don't you know better than to sneak up on a chef wielding this many knives in the kitchen?!
    • In-Universe, Mequoql thinks it's not very smart for someone with no parachute or innate means of fall controlnote  to use an easily-yanked-away magic gemstone to teleport two kilometers up off the ground.
  • What Does This Button Do?: Defied by Moquoql — she asks Unit 09 what would happen if she uninstalled anti-magic plates and listens to the answer before taking them off of Unit 09.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Bandits in the Ghost Town who encounter the Web of Friendship survive and often get names, thanks to the Web's Thou Shalt Not Kill policy. Those who pose an even potential inconvenience to Oseru and Mael, or Wilhelmine and Haydn, are either butchered or mind controlled.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Varla implies that she could have aborted David's rescue from quicksand out of offense at his flirting if it weren't for Nerea and Lerna witnessing and joining in the rescue.
    Varla: I am far from angelic, and you're lucky there are witnesses. Don't make me regret this [rescue].
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? :
    • Naiolo does not like crows or ravens at all. In contrast, his travelling companion, Chiatara, loves them.
    • Krakka'a is terrified of humans. Not that he would ever admit it.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Aynara is searching for Mael using a bandit's sniper rifle. Why doesn't the Terror Hero just shoot the mind-controlling villain? She can't just shoot him because of three Watsonian reasons: the Web of Friendship's "Thou Shalt Not Kill" policy, the Psychic Glimpse of Death headache she would get from doing so, and the uncertain possibility that deaths in the Ghost Town might alert or fuel some Eldritch Abomination. The Doylist reason is the usual "because then the story would be much shorter".
  • Why Isn't It Attacking?: Rosalind is puzzled by Nyceme's lack of hostility.
  • Will-o'-the-Wisp: Mequoql was inspired by will-o-wisps when she attempted to lure the Not-Chaos Hunters to Mael using dancing firefly lights. Later, after that tactic fails, Mequoql implicitly blames her lights on will-o-wisps, which is not a plausible thing to insinuate while standing in a town's shopping district.
  • Wolf Whistle:
    • Varla the mermaid's presence at the harbor causes a randy group of fishermen to make lewd comments and whistles.
    • Sarquoql's interest in Soryn is more tactical than carnal, but he knows the best way to get Soryn's attention is by flirting, so Sarquoql uses a telepathic hallucination of a flirty whistle on Soryn in an attempt to arrange a meeting. It doesn't work, because Soryn can't tell for certain where that particular whistle is coming from.
  • Wooden Stake:
    • The Fiendlord vampire who might be in the rainforest can No-Sell wooden stakes.
    • Rosalind has a pair of scars — one on her chest and one on her back — connected through her body from where a wooden stake narrowly missed her heart.
  • Word Schmord: Varla scoffs at the threat of a water elemental ("Elemental schmelemental"), convinced that the geological amount of heat she's magically gathered is enough to flash-boil it with the summoners inside.
    Varla: If you dare to send that tidal wave with intent to hurt us, I will return the sentiment and make it boil with deadly heat akin to geysers!
    [the "tidal wave" reveals itself to be a water elemental]
    Sallara: An elemental. T-That's an elemental! A big one.
    Varla: Elemental schmelemental, my warning still applies to it.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The too-numerous-to-name Attempted Rape perpetrators in Varla's backstory qualify — Varla started lethally thwarting attempts to rape her simultaneously with her puberty starting.
  • Would Not Shoot a Civilian: While she won't actively shoot per se, but Parthenia doesn't mind innocent bystanders being hurt in her potential fight at the Town Square.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • Sa'ad attempts it after getting a particularly strong electric shock from Parthenia. It doesn't work. The second time, anyway.
    • Pewter employs this during the d'voreem attack. When she and Amaranth break away from the herd, a d'voreem chases after them. Amaranth has Pewter feign exhaustion so that the d'voreem can gain on them and get within striking distance of her scythe.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Certain dragonhorses (the ones with scales instead of fur) can set themselves on fire when they're not carrying cargo or passengers.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Nui points out that magic in Alice's world may be this, rationalizing that a sentient cosmic force of some sort hijacked magic, appearing to give it a malevolent will of its own. After pointing out that in their world (and implying Cynthia's as well), magic is a neutral force that can be bent to one's will. Alice realizes it too, when she notices that her antimagic field does not quite obliterate magic here as it does back home.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The Web of Friendship is pretty close to The Federation from Star Trek, and the Adventure as a whole is pretty optimistic about the potential for interspecies diplomacy and cooperation, villains included. Oseru, however, has only encountered cyberpunk Transhuman Treachery, murderous AIs, and the mad remnants of Abusive Precursors in her native work, so her operating assumption is that Aliens are Bastards.
  • Wrong Insult Offence: Mequoql cracks a joke using this trope as its base.
    Carol: I'd say cat got your tongue, but you're not exactly a cat...
    Mequoql: [pretending to be snooty] If you're going to be racist, at least do it right and call me a sugar glider. [giggles] Just kidding!
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Soryn bought a bargain-bin map, took a wrong turn, got lost, and somehow wound up in the Adventure world.
  • Wronski Feint: Arilay gets rid of the hysterical broom-wielder chasing her by causing the crazy local to smack into the restaurant wall.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Soryn didn't expect Jenny to get high and laughing off of drugged chocolates, but he quickly figures out how to roll with it in his plan to seduce her. He uses the excuse of steadying her to slip his arm around her waist.
  • Xenofiction: Story arcs written from the viewpoint of...
    • a herd of mustangs mysteriously transported into the setting and separated from their humanoid friend and protector,
    • a Terra Novan Common Raven (descended from Terran Common Ravens) that followed a group of humans it associates with easy meals to the location,
    • and a fuckin' Nuckelavee!
    • and now a pack of D'voreem...
    • a murder of crows

     Tropes Y-Z 
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Discussed and Deconstructed in Cormack and Nyceme's opening post at the Solstice Cafe:
    "They say that the grandest adventures start with a random group of outcasts forming in a tavern. But who goes to a tavern at 9 in the morning anymore? What is this, some cliched medieval fantasy setting?"
  • You Answered Your Own Question: Henry wonders how to return gems with Make a Wish power. Mequoql points out that Henry could wish the gems back to their owners.
  • You Are What You Hate: Alice Winters has had issues with the police in her youth, and reacts negatively to John Smith as a result. The Law Enforcement, Inc. she commands is at least as bad as the worst sort of police force, but they're her people, so she's fine with whatever they do.
  • You Can See That, Right?: In response to witnessing two vehicles appear out of nowhere, Carol says to Lily, "Okay... I did not eat the mushrooms. I take it you can see those weird trucks, too, Lils."
  • You Do NOT Want to Know:
    • Rosalind cautions Ozurr and Varg that they do not want to know what happened after Rosalind ran to the restrooms, especially not at the brunch table.
    • Arilay cautions Valerie, Cynthia and Moobly that they do not want to know what kinds of germs and cleaning residues got all over the biscuits Cynthia dropped on the floor.
    • This is Leone's standard response to anyone inquiring about where her powers came from.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Parthenia utters "You..." to Mark Tanzer with barely contained fury when they bump into each other near the Notice Board.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: When Mael needs a freaking drink, Sarquoql (who regards alcohol as a weapon) is verbally incredulous that Mael would drink his own weapon.
  • You Just Ruined the Shot: In an attempt to get the Ace of Spades to leave her alone, Arilay bluffs that she's a xenobiologist doing a research film that just got interrupted by the Ace of Spades. Really she's just hiding and spying until she's sure its safe for her crew members to join her on the surface of the planet.
  • Your Head Asplode: Downplayed - Thunder's defensive kick cracks the skull of an attacking D'voreem and kills it outright but without excessive gore.
  • Your Little Dismissive Diminutive: Sophia's speech patterns is peppered with those.
  • Your Mom: Layi yells the classic Qorisayane curse, "piss on your mother's grave!", to annoy and distract the wyvern.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Murquoql arranges her dragonhorses Blackthorn, Zip and Zing to stand in Sarquoql and Tecia sa Valdela's way with their wings spread, as she makes it clear she won't let them assassinate her friends Aynara and Arnaya.
  • "You!" Squared: Bonnie and Morpho's second encounter consisted of pointing at each other and shouting "You again!"
  • You Watch Too Much X: Mael counter-accuses Explorer of Unknowns of watching too many movies after she accuses him of mind-controlling Mequoql for perverted reasons.
  • You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: Murquoql doesn't mention the Fourth Wall or narrators because it would make her sound like a cloudcuckoolander.
  • You Won't Like How I Taste: Rosalind takes nonverbal steps to look unappetizing to Krakka'a and Zarokh by using undeathly pale gray skin and showing off her skeleton in the black inverse of a glow as part of her Game Face.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Rosalind's homeland has succumbed to a nasty zombie outbreak.
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