A story universe in the mind and hard drive of Lady Sylvan, Shermanstown is a Slice of Life chronicle with cutesy optimism, sarcastic humor, heartwarming friendships, futuristic technology, science, interwoven dark elements, and jet-powered scooters.
If you're an X Meets Y type of person like this troper is, it could probably be called Kyle XY meets Phineas and Ferb meets Scott Pilgrim. If you're not, it could be considered an unusual take on futuristic science fiction where the majority of the advanced technology is not important to the story. Or an attempt to make realistic fiction more unique. Or it could be a literary representation of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism. But that's all wild mass guessing, because above all, it's just a story about characters that the author loves writing about.
Main character tropes:
Neilsen "Neil" Vickers
- Abusive Parents (Not himself, but his father was definitely this. And possibly an ex-Nazi.)
- Ambiguously Gay: Maybe...
- Author Avatar
- Blue Oni
- Crazy Awesome (If you saw half the things he's modified in his basement...)
- Dark and Troubled Past (Shrug of God on the specifics.)
- Informed Loner (Rarely seen as having a long term relationship with anyone besides the two other main characters, and any exception is not a lasting character. As a teenager he was rather antisocial and bitter, but not without good reason.
- Lawful Neutral
- Nice Guy (in contrast with the often callous Kyle.)
- Promotion to Parent
- Wife Husbandry / Not Blood Siblings (Maybe, if not as above.)
- The Woobie
- Jerkass Woobie: In his younger days.
Adelle Leslie Vickers
- The Atoner: Arguably.
- Cheerful Child
- The Chick
- Cloning Blues
- Creepy Child: Sort of. At least, Kyle thinks so when he first meets her, even penning a list entitled "Top Five Things About Adelle Vickers That Creep Me Out".
- Cute Evil Chancellor Clone Girl
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Expy: Not directly, but she was inspired in large parts by quirky, somewhat troubled and guilt-ridden Vada Sultenfuss from My Girl and cheerful strange girl Leslie Burke from Bridge to Terabithia. Her middle name is a Shout-Out to the latter.
- Gamer Chick (Her new father wouldn't have raised her any other way.)
- Genki Girl
- Gosh Dang It to Heck! (Most of the slang she uses makes her sound like a kid from the '50s. Her first interaction with Kyle, who's a bit more profane, prompts a Flat "What".)
- Happily Adopted
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- Iron Woobie: She spent years at an orphanage where no one ever wanted to adopt her or even be her friend, due to her being, you know, Hitler. It WAS a house for young clones, so it wasn't a secret. And she's the sweetest, happiest character in the entire story.
- Little Miss Snarker
- Mafia Princess: What Kyle thinks she is, upon learning that Neilsen adopted her and that her biological father was "a very disagreeable man." She's really Adolf Hitler's 13-year-old clone.
- Neutral/Lawful GoodInvoked
- Nice Hat: A black pageboy cap, specifically.
- Opposite-Sex Clone
- Plucky Girl
- Red Oni
- Shout-Out: One of her diary entries towards the end: "Thoughts of a Sweet Transchromosomite from Scientific(al) Pennsylvania."
- Stepford Smiler (At times.)
- You Cloned Hitler! (Though actually a deconstruction... see Playing With.)
Kyle Robert Smalls
- Basement-Dweller (justified, as he is just out of high school but not yet applying to college. His bedroom just happens to be what could have been used as a basement.)
- Break the Haughty
- Brilliant, but Lazy
- Collector of the Strange (Well, strange things for 19-year-old guys. Namely, antique toys and large history textbooks.)
- Deadpan Snarker (and how.)
- Good Is Not Nice
- Hidden Depths
- Hikikomori (Initially.)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Snark Knight
- This Loser Is You
- Unreliable Narrator (Oddly enough, subverted.)
- Vitriolic Best Buds (He and Adelle have shades of this; he seems vaguely put off by her at first and frequently calls her a "dork" or "the weirdest kid he's ever met." It's averted for the most part, though.)
Other Characters/General Tropes:
- Black Best Friend: Alex DeVille.
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Intergenerational Friendship: All of the relationships between the three main characters fit this.
- Little Black Dress: There could be a potential argument for everything.
- Next Sunday A.D.
- Quirky Town
- Tomboy: Adelle's best friend Alex, and Adelle herself to an extent.
- Utopia: Although it's never brought up, the story is actually set in a future (or alternate reality) where world peace has been established.
- Light Is Not Good: Although the story maintains a quirky, cheerful tone 95% of the time, it's clear that absolutely everything in the world is not perfect.