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"The world we see is not the first. After Lincoln discovers a mysterious dimension known as "The Original Reality", Lincoln, his sisters and several other allies must fight back against impostors of the sisters known as the "Proto-Sisters", and try to stop their enigmatic goals."
The summary in the original fanfic

"Our world wasn't the first. It was never the first. What happened in the previous world, usually doesn't do anything to the new one. But this time... the creator's mistakes have grown strong enough to affect our world. And if we do nothing about them... then only the lord and savior, will be able to save us."
The summary in the reboot

Chains of Reality is a The Loud House fanfic written by Exotos135, which was published in February 19, 2017.

Also has some side-stories for it, all with the "Chains of Reality" prefix:

  • Lincolnism, which focuses on the biker toddlers from "Hand-Me Downer" and their introduction to the "Lincolnism" group.
  • Caste Examination, which focuses on Lisa interacting with some "subjects" in order to find out more about a particular caste's powers.
  • Openings and Ending, Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Genderbended, a one-shot focusing on how the story would play out in the genderbended universe.
  • Omakes, essentially a collection of sidestories that can't exactly be fit into the main story, but are supposedly canon nevertheless.

It can be read here.

A reboot for the fanfic, titled ''Chains of Reality: Divinity Reborn", was posted on December 25th, 2017, and it can be read here.


"Chains of Reality" provides examples of:

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  • Abusive Precursors: The Proto-Sisters, and how. Let's just say them trying to kill their own descendants (In this case, their own daughters) is the least abusive thing about them.
    • Judging by certain visions Lincoln has, Proto-Lincoln wasn't much better, considering he, you know, destroyed the original reality among other things, without even a hint of remorse (which he outright says when he returns in the Proto-Lana arc).
  • Accidental Pun: Carol mishears Luan asking "Are you a Loud?" to "Are you allowed?" and after she asks the obvious question, Luan has to hold back her laughter. Curiously enough, though, Luan, the Pungeon Master she is, doesn't notice that pun until after Carol's answer.
  • Accidental Truth: Retroactively, since it's implied some of the events of the series did happen in this story, then Maggie's line of "Wow, It's about how we're all just clones" becomes quite a dark example of this trope, since not only is this true with the revelation of the original and the new reality, but it's precisely for this reason that the Proto-Sisters want to destroy the reality, besides their anger towards Lincoln.
  • Achilles' Heel: The hydra summoned during the Proto-Lana arc is basically capable of shrugging most damage done to it outside, but it can be killed on the inside. However, it being partially metallic is the least of Ronnie Anne's team's problems once they go in...
  • Action Girl: Pretty much everywhere, considering the original show's large female cast. There's the Loud sisters, obviously, and their counterparts as well, and the list just grows from there.
  • Adaptational Badass: Regardless of version, this applies to practically everyone, considering the series the fanfic is based on is a Slice of Life show. Of particular note are the Loud siblings, who went from a qroup of quirky children, to a group of quirky gods.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the reboot, characters that didn't appear until later in the fic (Maggie, Sam, the Sadie Hawkins dates, Ronnie Anne) appear as early as the introduction arc.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: Lincolnism and the Chain-Breakers (themselves implied to be a part of Lincolnism) seem to be mostly made up of these: Proto-Lola's chain breaker troops seem to be mostly Leias, Winstons, and a Lindsey, none of which look particularly threatening, Proto-Lola has Claire and Skippy as workers for her, and neither of them seem particularly dangerous at first glance either. The closest aversion is the Morticians Club members for Proto-Lucy, and even then, that's only in their transformed forms; their basic forms are weird, but not exactly frightening.
  • Adults Are Useless: Either Zig-Zagged or Played With depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, the organization is comprised almost entirely of adults, with the few non-adult members like Becky being relatively close to reaching actual adulthood, and it's their job to protect Royal Woods in case anything happens, especially with the progenitors. On the other hand, they rarely deal with the main problem at hand (And it's unlikely they'd get much done), and mostly go for dealing with the smaller threats under the shadows.
  • Adult Fear: Your children aren't just the gods of the new world, which is actually a new reality created after your supposed middle child destroyed the old one, but they're being hunted by their insane, overpowered prototypes who want nothing more than to kill them and wreck havoc in the world. Two of these children are also either possessed or otherwise controlled by their own counterparts, preventing them from moving out of the line and take care of everthing. And then, to top it all off, your job requires you to go out for a whole month, leaving these children alone to train and fend for themselves. Yeah, Mr. and Mrs. Loud aren't going to sleep well for a while.
    • Your daughter makes a deal with her eternal rival's prototype counterpart in order to make her reveal her true colors and be humbled, only for the prototype to try to kill her instead, forcing her to make another deal so she can come out alive, in exchange for being taken to her dimension for who knows how long, with you not having any idea what happened to her until the Zombie Apocalypse happens. Yeah, Mr. and Mrs. Loud? Please leave a seat free, Mr. Universe wants to join you.
    • You leave your granddaughter from another dimension in your house while you're busy, where, after being given so many hate mails, is killed by this dimension's incarnation of her father's old fire without warning in order to empower a giant skeleton that will be used to invade the heavens. Keep another seat free, Mrs. Johnson will join you soon.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Spongebob appears to Margo as a glowing yellow square during the events of the Proto-Lucy arc. Considering his home status, thugh, it's more like A Form I'm Comfortable With.
  • Afterlife Antechamber: The Dimensional Purgatory, the place Leni and Lucy visit in chapter 31, serves as the waiting space before people go to heaven or hell, both of which happen to be currently locked.
  • Afterlife Express: Chapter 31 has Leni give Lucy a whistle that allows her to summon one of this, which is driven by Great Grandma Harriet. Supposedly, the harder Lucy blows the whistle, the harder and faster the train will go...
  • After the End: The dimension Carol, Lisa, and Lily visit during one of the mini arc chapters takes place after it was overrun by cyborgs, and at least Royal Woods lays in ruin.
    • The omakes have the "Dark World" omake, showing what would've happened had Proto-Lucy not been defeated. Everybody being a zombie is the least of the world's problems.
  • The Ageless: It's quite obvious the prototype sisters have to be this, considering they're eons old. However, considering how Lola is shown looking the same as she did in a flashback to the original reality in Proto-Lola's arc, it could be assumed Lincoln and the Neo-Sisters are these as well, having been there since fall of the reality.
    • The cyborgs from the "Cyborg Overlord Dimension" are also this.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: The premise alone should give you an idea as to why.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: The Loud House Pets already were like this in the original show, but in this story, they can outright talk telepathically with each other, and are capable of communicating with Bun-Bun, as well as Lana and Lincoln later on.
  • Angels, Devils and Squid: The Neo-Sisters are commonly called angels, Proto-Lincoln, what with the sociopathic traits he's shown and complete callousness, is the closest thing the setting has to a devil, and the Proto-Sisters, being fallen angel-like entities with insane powers and a weird way of thinking, fall into the Squid.
  • An Ice Person: Ice is a type of mineral, which seems to be the overall theme of Lola's caste. Do the math.
  • Anyone Can Die: Lucy dies during the Proto-Lana arc, but comes back to life during the Proto-Lucy arc. By contrast, by the end of said arc, Lynn, Haiku, Giggles, Rocky Spokes, Liam, Hattie, and a good deal of the organization members have all kicked the bucket, with no clear indication of how to bring them back to life; Only the possibility that they could be brought back.
  • Another Dimension: For starters, there's the "original reality" that used to be the prototype version of the show, going by what's known from it anyway, and the "new reality" that was made after the original reality was basically destroyed. A "Swag Dimension" is mentioned, but how many other dimensions exist is unknown.
    • "Genderbended" confirms there's a genderbent dimension, where all the characters are the opposite gender. Consequently, however, Linka is the one learning the ropes about her divine nature, while the brothers have it figured out to an extent.
    • Chapter 28 introduces the "Cyborg Overlord Dimension," a dimension ruled by a cyborg overlord, which is one of the Louds (it's unknown who) after they went made with powers. Another dimension that isn't given much focus is the dimension that Calliope came from.
    • The chapter that features the return to Atlantis, chapter 30, also introduces another dimension, the EXE dimension. It's ruled by Lucy's counterpart there (Xucy) and simply put, the fact everything's red is the least disturbing thing about it.
  • Atlantis: Chapter 24 features this city, and reveals It's the domain of Proto-Lana.
  • Apathetic Citizens: A beauty pageant building flying off then shattering to bits, with the people inside falling to their doom? Nobody lifts a finger to help. A giant sea monstrosity coming out and attacking Aloha Beach? Only the characters in the beach (and even then, only those related to the Louds) seem to notice and try to do something about them, while everybody else else just watches. Possibly Justified in the sense that the events could only be taken out by the Loud siblings, but it's still quite baffling how almost nobody reacts to what's happening.
  • Apocalypse How: The original reality suffered either a Class X-3 (Galactic Scale) or Class X-4 (Universal Scale) at the hands of Proto-Lincoln.
  • Apocalyptic Log: During the "Lincolnism" side story, the biker trio (Ronnie/Pravuil, Cindy, and Mindy) find a log related to Cristina close to the Sanctuary of the Damned, and, despite it being ambiguous just what happened to her, the log still fits all the prerequisites, seeing as it talks about what Cristina learned post-the destruction of the original reality.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: You could consider Luan, Luna, and Lisa's early skepticism concerning the world around them to be this, the last one especially, seeing as she's once managed to create a sentient creature out of garbage (Trashy), and is also working on a giant robot, both things that would be definitely considered out of the ordinary. This is possibly justified however, if one considers that while the last two bizarre things have somewhat logical explanations (Lisa created Trashy through science, and is using a bunch of junk to create her Royal Woodroid 5000), no such explanation can be given to the whole "Gods of another world" idea.
  • A Storm Is Coming: The skies become particularly cloudy as Lori's training session with Luna and Luan (Really just Luna at the point the trio get to see it) gets quite intense. When it doesn't disappear after Lori calms down, zombies suddenly pop out of the ground.
  • Awful Truth: Sincoln eventually reveals quite a shocking one to not only Proto-Lucy, but most of the people present when he says it, including Lincoln: Proto-Lincoln is actually well and truly dead, the Lincoln that we've been following until now, as well as Sincoln, are actually both halves that were split off from him in order to try and stop himself from being corrupted; The good uncorrupted half of him became Lincoln, while the corrupted half became Sincoln.
  • Back from the Dead: Lucy implicitly does this at the end of the Proto-Lana arc, though Leni eventually tells her that she's more like stuck in a state between life and death. She eventually comes back for real during the events of the Proto-Lucy arc.
    • A straighter example comes from Calliope, who was explicitly spelled out to be dead during most of the arc, only to come back to life once she's taken out of the Gashadokuro, as she's not part of the souls who go to the afterlife afterwards.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: While more morally grey rather than evil, Stella is ultimately the one to stop Renee, who performed human sacrifices to empower the Gashadokuro, though it becomes too late for it to matter at this point, Haiku and Giggles ( Who were corrupted at the time) from making the current situation any more difficult than it already is.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: As it's sadly discovered in chapter 31, this is the fate of most people in the afterlife of the Chains dimension, since the actual afterlives, heaven and hell, were sealed by unknown hands in order to stop that plane of existence from being conquered by Proto-Lucy.
  • Battle Aura: Sometimes shown during fights, as per usual anime tropes.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Between Lincoln and Sincoln inside the former's mind, which takes them so long, they wind up missing the vast majority of the stuff happening in the new reality.
    • Half of the climax of the Proto-Lucy arc also has one of these, between Proto-Lucy and Lucy inside of Lucyfers mind.
  • Beach Episode: The original story has at least one or two chapters taking place at the beach, while the reboot seemingly has the Prototype Lana arc take place in the beach.
  • Being Evil Sucks: In this case, this applies more to the Chain Breakers and those who form Lincolnism: in the case of the former, they're practically an interdimensional clone army whose sole job is obeying a bunch of ancient, sociopathic nutcases, and for the latter, if they eat the purple bread at the initiation, their personalities are basically slowly corroded overtime and replaced with overzealous praise and admiration (and maybe lust) for Lincoln. And if they don't eat the bread? They now have to deal with the aforementioned zealots and the church's ruling minister, one of the mad nutcases mentioned before.
  • Beam-O-War: Between Proto-Lola and Lola during the climax of Proto-Lana's arc. Using Eye Beams. Lola wins.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: A peculiar passage read by Lisa from the Ars Loudia reveals this to be true of the Loud sisters, though the only counterparts she points out are Luan's (Dante Alighieri, writer of the Divine Comedy) and Lynn's (Napoleon Bonaparte and Jeanned'Arc).
  • Behemoth Battle: A brief example happens in the Proto-Lucy arc, between the Gashadokuro, the divine beast summoned by Proto-Lucy, and Lisa's Royal Woodroid 5000 replica. However, everybody's attacks against it, as well as Clyde taking out its core, Calliope, out of it weakens it enough so that Lisa can destroy it in one punch.
  • Benevolent A.I.: The computer in charge of the organization Mr. and Mrs. Loud works for, who gives the agents the mission to help protect Royal Woods, fits this trope, though in terms of morality it seems to be more a Wild Card.
  • Beauty Contest: One of these is the basis for the first major story arc after the introduction arc. Quite obviously, Lola is the main focus of said arc. It ends up being a trap set up by Proto-Lola in order to trap both her and the other sisters.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Proto-Lana gets a scorpion-like tail after she powers up against Lana. It also seems to be prehensile too, since she uses it to slap Lana at one point.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: The Prototype Sisters, though their level of prominence in the plot varies depending on what story arc you're reading.
    • Technically speaking, the Proto-Lucy arc has Proto-Lucy, Proto-Lynn, Proto-Luan, and Proto-Luna as the antagonists, but they all seem to have their own individual plans, and usually don't meddle in each other's ideas.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Lynn and Lana come to Lola's aid during her fight with her counterpart at the climax of the Proto-Lola arc.
    • Lynn does this again when she arrives in Atlantis in order to fight Proto-Lana during the climax of the Proto-Lana arc. As for the sisters fight with the hydra, see The Cavalry below.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Loud Family: The original set of Loud children were the father and mothers of pretty much an entire universe, but they were insensitive at best, outright assholes at best. And assuming the same stuff in canon happened in the new reality (Including episodes like "No Such Luck"), then they're just as messed up as their prototype counterparts. Oh, and also, those same counterparts? Want to kill their descendants to get back at Lincoln, who destroyed the original reality for some reason. It wouldn't be incorrect to say the Loud family has a couple of messed up family issues.
    • To a lesser extent (Though, every family would be of a lesser extent compared to the Louds), there's the Swagger family: The patriarch of the family, Mick Swagger, is nowhere to be seen, the only known mother (that we've seen anyway) is Maggie's Mom, who's busy in the organization, the oldest daughter, Sam, is an agressive fanatic of the Swagger, and the last two children, Maggie and Tabby, are quite clearly upset about their relation to the family, to the point Maggie said she refuses to ever associate with the family name!
  • Bittersweet Ending: Proto-Lucy's arc in the original story ends like this: Proto-Lucy is defeated, but Giggles dies, the poetry club is destroyed, and Haiku bites the dust not long afterwards.
    • The Proto-Lola arc in the reboot has a bittersweet ending too. Everybody survives the trap beauty pageant and Lola manages to achieve her angel form and drive off Proto-Lola. However, the prototype's not defeated in the end, and she leaves with Lindsey Sweetwater back to her dimension.
    • The Proto-Lucy arc once agains ends in a bittersweet way in the reboot, although it's notably more bitter than sweet this time: Proto-Lucy is stopped, the zombie apocalypse is averted, and peace returns to Royal Woods afterwards. In fact, thanks to a certain type of Divine Intervention, the other progenitors around (Proto-Lynn, Proto-Luna, and Proto-Luan) are going to take a longer time to recover before they can mess with the heroes again, giving them a breather. However, several people, including Lynn, have hit the bucket and gone to purgatory without a known way to revive them, the organization has been trashed so thoroughly it might take a while before its fully operational again, and whatever project Higgins had made that required the parents to leave for a month has been set back once again.
  • Book-Ends: A roundabout example. While not posted right at the beginning of the story, the first opening started with an image of Lincoln, Ronnie Anne, and Clyde shooting attacks at the screen before the song proper began. The last parts of Chapter 43, serving as an epilogue to the Proto-Lucy arc and ending to the first act, end in the exact same way, also revealing what attacks the trio were doing.
  • Breather Episode: Certains chapters function as this, either coming right after the big climactic finish (Chapter 6, "Calm After the Storm") or otherwise being lighter compared to previous chapters. (Chapter 17, "Bun-Bun").
  • Broken Masquerade: Shortly after the story begins, and Lincoln gets his first visions, Lori and Leni decide to come clean and tell their siblings about the original reality. Not all of them are convinced (Luna and Lisa, in particular, are skeptical), but most of them are still shaken by the reveal.
    • The Proto-Lana arc unexpectedly sorta follows this up: After the Hydra is summoned, the Sadie Hawkins dates ask Lori and Leni why the sisters refuse to do anything about it (Namely, run away to safety), and they reveal that they're still trying to process the whole "original reality" deal.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Lola literally shatters her arm in her final attack against her counterpart in the Proto-Lola arc.
    • Carol and Lincoln/ Proto-Lincoln/ Sincoln also suffer this in the next arc, the Proto-Lana arc: Lincoln tries to talk with Proto-Lana, but she triggers him into attacking her, prompting her to fight back and knock him out, bringing out Proto-Lincoln/Sincoln. He then uses the Savinoken to fight her, but they're evenly matched before Proto-Lana hits him hard enough to power him down and knock him unconscious once more. Carol fares a little better, if only because she gets a couple of hits in, but this only annoys Proto-Lana rather than do any significant damage to her, and she's left too exhausted for the remainder of the arc.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: This isn't explicitly pointed out or described, but during the creation myth, it's said that the Proto-Louds, prototype versions of Lincoln and his sisters, had to breed with each other in order to populate the world.
  • Brought Back To Normal: Lylu's black flames do this to Renee and the morticians club members after trapping them in a skull cage, upon which she and Lincoln take the chance to ask about Lincolnism.
  • Burn the Undead: Lynn tries this tactic since, as she says herself,one of the things she learned in fiction is that one of the best ways to deal with them is to burn them to a crisp. The zombie she was aiming at simply grabs the fireball and throws it back at her. And then Proto-Lynn's fireball in the next chapter very much burns them to a crisp, no reflection included.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": Sam says something along these lines while she's snapping at Luna:
    Sam: Look, Luna, I'm not saying that I know you much better than you know yourself, and I know that if you were to be heartbroken, you'd end up killing yourself... *takes a deep breath* But I know you much better than you know yourself, and I know that if you were to be heartbroken, you'd end up killing yourself.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Played straight with the neo sisters, or at least Lola, who tends to shout names like "Diamond Flash" before executing her attacks. Averted with the Proto-Sisters, who for the most part just straight up attack without saying anything.
  • Came Back Wrong: One could say this apply to all the forms of The Undead: They call come back to life, sure, but they're either mindless drone (Zombies), filled with blinding rage (Revenant), or essentially a living puppet (Dolls).
    • One could also say this is the case for the Proto-Sisters, since a couple of visions from the past show them with normal eyes, instead of the colored sclera-birthmark pupils combo they have in the present. And also, the lack of a desire to kill everyone.
  • Cataclysm Backstory: While the full story is still a mystery, the general consensus is that something happened in the original reality that convinced Lincoln, and by extension, "The Creator of Everything", to wipe-out all the prototypes-besides the prototype sisters-and start anew in a new reality. The Proto-Sisters also rebelled against Lincoln, but were unsuccessful, resulting in them being sealed.
  • The Cavalry: Some of the organization's members (Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Shrinivas, Mrs. Di Martino, and Mr. Universe) and the Sadie Hawkins dates come to the sisters' aid during their fight against the hydra. Lori even calls the former "the cavalry" as such.
  • Cerebus Retcon: That collar Ronnie Anne's Mom made her wear because she wanted to make sure she wouldn't be outside for too long? It was actually a Mind-Control Device, one intended for Lincoln's evil counterpart, and she was actually just a test subject.
    • At first, the gag where the Morticians Club members talk to Haiku about digging out a dead body, only for it to turn out to be a skeleton from the science class that was thrown away, seems to be just that, a gag. Chapter 33 eventually reveals that the reason they were digging for bodies in the first place was because they were under orders of Proto-Lucy, who needed the bodies in order to summon the Gashadokuro.
    • Maggie's line of "Wow, It's about how we're all just like clones" is practically this trope, considering how the original and the new reality works, and the fate of the protophilim.
  • The Champion: There are a set of characters simply known as the champions, who work as the enforcers of the Proto-Sisters. There's a champion for the prototype versions of Lola, Lana, Luna, Luan, Lynn, and Lucy, but so far, only two have had their civillian identity revealed: The Pink Champion ( Carlota) and the Blue Champion ( Claire).
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The Mortician's Club members, first seen in a random moment in the earlier chapters, return to play a significant role in the Proto-Lucy Arc, helping Proto-Lucy with her quest to summon the Gashadokuro.
    • Silas appears in the audience at the beginning of the fic, and he eventually plays a larger role in the Proto-Lucy Arc.
    • Winston has a minor role in the Proto-Lola Arc, and leaves hoping to find a way to get Lindsey back. He's among the Lincolnists who're made to fight Carol and Paige and protect Renee's ritual.
    • Benny's among the love interests seen in the earlier chapters. He returns in the Proto-Lucy Arc, and is revealed to be the yellow champion.
  • Children Are Innocent: Most children that aren't connected to Lincolnism have been shown to be normal kids, and even among the Lincolnists, only those who took the purple bread have shown to be unnerving: The rest seem to be just as normal as non-Lincolnists.
  • Child of Forbidden Love: Any lovechildren who doesn't have Lincoln as a parent is seen as this by the Lincolnists, and let's just say, what they have in plan for them isn't very nice...
  • Child Soldiers: The kids that make up most of Lincolnism's forces also work as soldiers, as when Carol and Paige try to ruin the Human Sacrifice, some of them try fighting them off themselves.
  • Clones Are People, Too: One could say this applies to the entire new reality, who were original born to serve as replacements for the prototypes/protophilim. While there's no knowledge of how much the neophilim differ from the protophilim, it's clear that from the few protophilim we've seen (Proto-Maggie, Proto-Ronnie Anne and the Proto-Sisters especially), the neophilim are explicitly different from their prototype counterparts.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Maggie creates one of these, titled "The Edgy Sphere of Despair," which, as the name implies, is primarily fueled by despair. Mostly her own, but the rest of the team join up soon after to make it big enough to defeat the corrupted Haiku and her familiar. While it destroys the familiar, Haiku is only momentarily knocked out unconscious.
    • Lucyfer later uses this attack Lincoln, hoping Karmic Death the despair of everyone he's ever screwed over thanks to his actions will take him down. No-Sell Lincoln simply grabs it and dilutes it, replacing it with hope.
  • Continuity Reboot: Divinity Reborn serves as one for the original fic.
  • The Corruption: There are hints, both in the main story and at least "Lincolnism," that some sort of corruption happened in a dimension-wide scale in the original reality, forcing Proto-Lincoln to destroy it completely.
    • We also get to witness what happens when a Neophilim goes through the process: Both Haiku and Giggles wind up being corrupted after Proto-Luan not only submits them to a horrible torture in her tent, but also when they go utterly furious at what's revealed to them (Giggles) or when they can't hold their own shame and regrets anymore (Haiku). Unlike with the protophilim, it seems that the neophilim get to keep their mostly human forms, but are accompanied by a giant familiar of sorts, which does most of their fighting for them.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Sam's plan to try and help with the hydra in the Proto-Lucy arc involves setting up giant speakers close enough to the beast and play a note so loud, it'll disorient it enough to let everybody pull the finishin strike. It actually does work, as well.
    • Another example comes from the Proto-Lucy arc, where Lynn's plan involves hurling herself at the sun in order to use it as a power booster to get strong enough to deal with Proto-Lucy/ Lucyfer. Like with Sam's example, it works, but with quite the drastic drawback.
  • Creation Myth: Narrated by Lori. Apparently, a being simply known as "The Maker" created the Proto-Louds and the world, then disappeared mysteriously. Proto-Lincoln and the Proto-Sisters then bred with each other in order to create people, with certain combinations resulting in the castes.
  • Creepy Child: It's not unreasonable to say every single child in Lincolnism is one of these: If they're not glamouring Lincoln or the Proto-Sisters, they're conducting mass human sacrifice to summon a divine beast. And of course, some of the Proto-Sisters resemble kids, and they're on a whole different level...
  • {{Crossover: Spongebob Squarepants Spongebob appears during the Proto-Lucy arc in order to help with the situation. He's never referred to by name, though.
  • Crystal Landscape: As shown in one of the omakes, this is the general look of Lolaspace: a dimension mostly filled with crystal, most pink in color.
  • Crystal Prison: Lola traps the whole beauty pageant in one of these during the Proto-Lola arc, once Lindsey strikes her nerves a little bit too much.
  • Cue the Sun: During the Proto-Lucy arc, once the Eternal Night brought forth by Proto-Luna's barrier is taken care of, the sunlight itself returns and things progressively start to get on the heroes' favor.
  • Cult: The "Lincolnism" movement, seen in the original, has shades of this along side Corrupt Church. Most of it's members seem utterly dedicated to serving "the lord and savior Lincoln," which seems to be tied in to the purple bread served at the initiation, regularly praying to him and most of the proto-sisters, but primarily Lincoln, and it doesn't seem to be a publicly known group besides to fellow Lincolnists.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The scuffle the sisters have against the champions near the end of the introduction arc is heavily against them, mostly because said champions have more experience fighting than them. Their scuffle with the Proto-Sisters moments later goes even worse.
    • This then gets turned on its head during the Proto-Lana arc's climax: Proto-Lana and Proto-Lola can't even get a good hit against Lala ( Lola and Lana's fusion) during their fight with her. [[spoiler: They fare even worse against the empowered Lola and Lana, resulting in their death.
  • Cyborg: The hydra from the Proto-Lana arc turns out to be this, having an external organic body, and a robotic interior.
    • There's also an entire dimension based on this concept, which is titled the "Cyborg Overlord Dimension".

  • Daylight Horror: Some of the more horrifying parts of the Proto-Lucy Arc ( Silas' brutal murder, the mass death in the organization, including the biker trio, Lincoln's monstrous breakdown) happen after the eternal night dome has been destroyed and the sun has returned to Royal Woods.
  • Deadly Force Field: Atlantis gets surrounded in one of these once Proto-Lola appears in the Proto-Lana Arc. As Lana demonstrates, anybody who tries to pass or touch the force field, without being of Lola's caste, gets slowly turned into crystal.
  • Deal with the Devil: Lindsey Sweetwater makes two deals with Proto-Lola. The first one involves giving Lola a piece of her own medicine with the trap beauty pageant, and the second involves her going to Proto-Lola's dimension in exchange for her leaving everybody alone.
    • Another one is done by Silas to Xucy in chapte 30, in order to Get her eyes so Lucy can fulfill her part of the deal. The deal goes like this: In exchange for her eyes, Xucy [[gets access to the Chain dimension]] for unknown reasons. Having little options left, Silas agrees.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: A variation. Proto-Lana herself doesn't explode after being defeated by the empowered Lana, but the core of Atlantis, which she's stuck on after said defeat, does explode, taking her out as well as blowing up Atlantis in half.
  • Defector from Decadence: Both Paige and Mabel defect from Lincolnism after the horrific events of the Proto-Lucy arc, though their reasons vary: Mabel leaves because she can't stand to be in the same religion that performed Human Sacrifice in order to empower a death god's beast, and Paige is leaving to keep the former company.
  • Dem Bones: Destroying the zombies bodies, but failing to properly get rid of them, causes them to transform into this.
    • Assuming the beast is the same as in Japanese mythology, then the Gashadokuro is also this.
  • Demonic Possession: As a desperate attempt to still win the arc, Proto-Lucy performs this with Lucy, creating Lucyfer in the process.
  • Deus ex Machina: Okay, so, Atlantis is surrounded by a shield generated by Proto-Lola to keep everybody trapped inside, and those who try to go out will get crystallized. How does the team get out of this? By an unknown, cloaked figure coming out of the skies and kicking it so hard, it shatters into a million pieces, of course! Although, considering both Paige's confidence in this happening and the proto-twins' own idea of why this happened, this might be a bit more like a subtle Divine Intervention.
    • This is also the name given to the Casteless leader, implied to be Lincoln, in "Caste Examination's" last chapter. Although, because no description of what it does is given, it's unclear what it does.
  • A pretty blatant example comes from the Proto-Lucy arc, where Spongebob suddenly appears to Margo and helps her put a stop to Proto-Luna, Proto-Lynn, and Proto-Luan until Lincoln arrives.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Proto-Lola convincing Lala to defuse back into Lola and Lana to prove her point that the twins alone wouldn't be able to defeat her and Proto-Lana. She certainly didn't expect the twins' achieving their true forms, which consequently ends in their deaths.
  • Disney Death: One such death happens in the Proto-Lana arc. The one that winds up dying ( Lucy) eventually comes back to life once the entire dust settles.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: This is a big problem with the Progenitors, both before and after corruption:
    • The "Chocolate" side-story reveals the Proto-Sisters once tasted chocolate, and wound up liking it. However, fearing that the protophilim would think they're "Easy" with these offerings, they confiscated all the chocolate available, including Proto-Lincoln's chocolate for Proto-Cristina. And when he tried to call them out on it? They (Or at least Proto-Lori) locked him in his room until he decided to apologize.
      • Consequently, Proto-Lincoln decided to curse their ensuing descendants (And retroactively, his own) in being hopelessly in love with chocolate.
    • Proto-Lola outright threatens Leia with killing her simply because she tried to speak up to her.
    • Proto-Lola also completely snapped when Lola threw a shard at her face. Granted, something like that is going to hurt, but being an ancient, seemingly immortal being, this should be very low on the list of things that should piss her off that much.
    • Proto-Lucy is summoned by Lucy and Lynn tries to get her to cooperate. She responds by sending her flying across the room, and out of the house.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Carol, Lisa, and Lily as of chapter 28, when they visit a dimension that has a cyborg thematic. Calliope could also count as this.
  • Divine Conflict: One arose between Proto-Lincoln and the Proto-Sisters in the original reality, which resulted in fight between the deities and Proto-Lincoln destorying the original reality.
  • Divine Intervention: Spongebob, the Guardian of the Multiverse, pops out of nowhere to help turn the tide of the battle, stalling just long enough to let Lincoln pull an even bigger example of this trope.
  • Domed Hometown: Royal Woods becomes this at the start of the Proto-Lucy Arc, due to Proto-Luna's Eternal Night Dome.
  • Eldritch Location: The remains of the original reality in the original version of the story. A dark, desolate collection of rubble floating in an endless abyss, with the only things there besides the rubble being specific items tied to the Proto-Sisters.
    • The reboot introduces instead "Lanaspace," an alternate dimension(?) ruled by Proto-Lana, which has blue skies with paw-shaped clouds, with platforms filled with pasture being eaten by Lana look-a-likes. There are also implications that Proto-Lola rules a similar dimension.
  • Enemy Mine: After Proto-Lucy breaks her promise with Proto-Lynn, the prototype jock, using the doll-ified Liby as a medium, helps the Loud siblings put an end to Lucyfer by binding her with Liby's strings, allowing Lori, Lynn and Lucy to deal the final blow to her.
  • Engrish: During the Proto-Lana arc, after Clyde's parents find Lisa and Lily playing around the organization, they also see Lisa speak in a manner similar to this. It's equal ways cringy and funny:
    Lisa: There's no need-o for this-o fight, Lily-Tan! We're sistas in same battoru! Assapt my proposal, cease-to and desist-to this instant-to!
    Lily: *Baby gibberish that has a Japanese tone to it*.
    Lisa: Take-u that-o back-o!
  • Epic Flail: Lala's weapon takes the form of Lola's sash wrapping itself to a boulder, then making said boulder sprout crystal spikes all around it.
  • Evasive Thread Episode: Chapter 32 features a rematch against Ronnie Anne and Clyde, the latter who only won against the former because he used the time limit to his advantage. Clyde even powers up, admitting that he probably would be no match for the girl on his base form. Eventually, Lincoln stops them just before they clash, they get a vision, Lori calls them, and they decide to see what's going on, leaving the winner unclear.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: The Bun-Buns, especially the one owned by Lincoln, who also happens to work as his confidant and servant.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: There are implications that the Proto-Sisters might be some type of zombies, mostly going on a passage from a Lincolnism book. Though, considering they're the Proto-Sisters, that's not necessarily a good thing.
  • Everyone Is Related: While not explicitly pointed out, this is played both straight and literally, as the Louds being the matriarchs of the castes, and Lincoln being the only male around to reproduce at the time, means that every single one of the characters in the "Chains" dimension are related to one another.
    • For some specific examples, Lindsey Sweetwater is related to Mr. Universe (both versions), Maggie, Tabby, and Sam are all Mick Swagger's daughters (also both versions), Penelope and Becky are Mrs. Johnson's daughter and sister respectively (the reboot), Giggles is Mrs. Di Martino's daughter (the original), etc.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Proto-Sisters versus Proto-Lincoln, in the new reality. The Proto-Sisters are genocidal maniacs bent on not only killing their own daughters, but also damage the world to make sure Proto-Lincoln pays. Proto-Lincoln, later renamed Sincoln, from what has been seen, is an egotistical, sociopathic jackass who shows no guilt over what he's done, believing that he did what he did for the greater good.
  • Extremely Short Time Span: Act 1 takes place in little under a month; A week passes between the introduction and Proto-Lola arc, the Proto-Lana arc happens a day or two afterwards, and then at least two weeks pass between the Proto-Lana and Proto-Lucy arcs. Meaning that the beauty contest fiasco, the rising of Atlantis, and the Zombie Apocalypse all happened in under a month.
  • Exact Words: Said by Proto-Lana during her own arc, when Lola's hiding behind a rock while [[spoiler: the hydra's summoning ritual is about to take place.
    Proto-Lana: No, C Laire, I'm afraid you're wrong. That's not the scent of any member of Lola's caste. *Destroys the rock with an implied energy blast* The scent belongs to Lola's own daughter.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: The basic naming convention of the chapters works like this, though sometimes the title might be split into more parts, like in chapter 22 (Battle of Goths).
  • The Exile: Lucy, in her Goddess form, performs a collective one on the inhabitants of the EXE dimension, or at least Xucy, Xynn, and Xaiku, as a punishment for not helping during the arc's fiasco.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Proto-Leia and Proto-Lizy were forced to merge into the Crystal Leviathan, then sent off on the space between Lola and Lanaspace for who knows how long, until the twins found them.
    • Even before that, the Proto-Sisters were allegedly left behind the remains of the original reality, and forced to wait for billions of years until they could invade the new reality, knowing that the person who put them through such torment was out and about.
  • Familiar: These seem to be part of The Corruption. The witch in the "Witch Hunt" omake, a corrupted member of Lucy's caste, has these in the form of puppets, and in their corrupted forms Haiku and Giggles are accompanied by two giant entities, one resembling a nurse, the other resembling a clown.
  • Female Angel, Male Demon: Both the Proto and Neo-Sisters are considered angels, standard for the latter, fallen angels for the former. As for the demon, while nothing's know about Lincoln, Sincoln fits the bill with nature alone.
  • Flight: One of the most common powers exhibited by the characters, at least in the original version of the fic. For the reboot, the only character who's shown to be able to actually fly is Lori: Everybody else either has an alternate method, like wings, or don't fly at all.
  • Flying on a Cloud: This is more or less a common power for Lori's caste: Ronnie Anne, Chandler, Becky, whenever the power is used, it usually has something to do with Lori's caste. Ronnie Anne, in fact, uses this ability to head to the park when the skies start becoming cloudy.
  • Free-Fall Fight: The few remaining chapters before the climax of the Proto-Lola arc has one of these. After her trap is discovered and Lola stabs her with a crystal right in the eye, Proto-Lola shatters the whole place and everybody starts falling down, all while Mr. and Mrs. Diaz, with Claire's help are fighting the Eidoleias, Ronnie Anne's still processing Carlota being the Pink Champion, and the introduction of Sincoln, or Proto-Lincoln.
  • From Bad to Worse: The Proto-Lucy arc seems to be an exercuse on just how bad things can get before the big guns have to be called in:
    • Zombies are popping out of the ground in Royal Woods? No problem, we'll send some of our troops there to deal with them and-What do you mean the city's been surrounded by a dome depicting an eternal night?!
    • Okay, so, some people are trapped inside the dome, but that means the zombies are trapped too, and as long as some capable fighters-What do you mean most of them are civillians who don't know how to fight?!
    • Alright, fine, we'll focus on getting the civillians out of the way, deal with the zombies, then call it a da-There's a giant skeleton entity about to be summoned in the city square, which is being powered by dead bodies?!.
    • Oh look! One of the kids actually managed to slice and dice a group of zombies! Surely that should stop them-They simply turn into skeletons after being stripped to the bone?!
    • Okay, wait! The Louds are there! Surely they will-Most of them are having trouble dealing with everything, and the strongest of them isn't even around here?!
    • Fine, as long as the dang giant skeleton doesn't come out-It was just summoned, wasn't it?
    • Finally, something goes right and the gothic kid has seemingly defeated her counterpart. Surely things can only get better from-The prototype took her over and possessed her, creating an even stronger monster?! Okay everybody, get on your knees and pray for your lives!
  • Fusion Dance: Played for Laughs during the Proto-Twins arc in the original, when Proto-Lana and Proto-Lola seemingly fuse together... only to reveal they were just joking around. And, outside of a little callback in a later chapter while training with Carol, the topic isn't brought up again.
    • The Proto-Lana arc in the reboot also has both a variation, and an example played straight: The straight example is Claire merging with Watterson (her pet dog), gaining dog-like traits from him and claws, and the variation is both Liam and Hattie both joining together and beig used as bases to summon the hydra, essentially becoming its core and heart in the process.
    • Finally, at the climax, the arc introduces not only fusion proper (though it doesn't go into too much detail into how it works), but the very first fusion of the story: Lala, the fusion of Lola and Lana.
  • A chapter after the Proto-Lana arc that revisits Atlantis introduces another type of fusion, titled Chain Fusion. It's somewhat similar to the normal fusion, only the fusion takes the form of the warden (Either the stronger member or the one who started the fusion) and it only lasts until a certain amount of time passes, or the prisoner breaks out of the fusion. Leia and Lezy use this kind of fusion against Becky and Catherine in the same chapter, but their exhaustedness proves to be their undoing.
    • Lucy and Lynn become the next pair of sisters to fuse, turning into an entity called "Lylu" in order to help Lincoln with his predicament.
  • Fire Purifies: Lynn's argument on how they could snap the morticians club and Renee out of their trance is to burn them in a way that the fire will purify them and bring them back to normal. Unlike her last assumption, it works.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: A small example in chapter 33: The skies become cloudy, and everybody presume it's because Lori's getting quite intense in her training with Luna and Luan. She eventually calms down, but the skies don't turn back to normal. This, along with Luan lampshading it, is the only real clue everybody gets that things are going to get worse, before Silas appears, kidnapping the Sadie Hawkins dates, and zombies start coming out of the ground.
  • Foreshadowing: During her fight with Luna, Proto-Luna gets the upper hand of her by calling her "Lulu," the name of her stage person from Loud Music. It makes no sense for her to know about this, since Luna never once took the persona the entire story, until chapter 43 reveals An entity claiming to be Lulu, who looks just like her to boot, is her champion.
    • One of Lynn's historical counterparts, as detailed in the Ars Loudia read by Lisa, is Jeanne d'Arc/Joan of Arc, who met her demise when she was burned at stake. Surely enough, Lynn meets her end when she burns off all the remaining energy of her solar form, reducing her to ashes.

  • Gem Tissue: Naturally, most characters who have this belong to Lola's caste. Both Lola and Proto-Lola have these in their empowered forms, and the Carbuncles, corrupted forms of members of Lola's caste, possess a red crystal on their forehead.
  • Girls Love Chocolate: The "Chocolate" omake side-story opens up with the Loud siblings enjoying some chocolate Carol got for them, something that also happens to be true of the Prototype Sisters, as shown in the flashback. However, this is later [1] when this trope is the precise reason why Proto-Lori decides to confiscate any and all chocolate that could be gifted to them, lest the protophilim start thinking they can get easy favors from them with that offering. This includes Lincoln's chocolates for Cristina.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: This idea is the one that drives Haiku's motivation in the "Magic" omake. However, the idea is rendered irrelevant when she attempts to use magic from another caste like the Lynn caste.
  • Guardian of the Multiverse: As explained by Lori and Leni, Spongebob is this to the multiverse that houses their world's universe.
  • Hope Spot: A relatively comedic example. Luan, being unable to sleep, tries to call Maggie's house in order to ask the emo girl if she can help her. The voice mail initially sounds like Luan can call her, but then adds that if it's Luan, then to never call her. [[Determinator This doesn't stop Luan from trying again, though]].
  • Hopeless War: One broke out between the Proto-Sisters and their castes, versus Proto-Lincoln and the Neo-Sisters. If the first chapter doesn't make it clear, the war was pretty one-sided.
  • Human Sacrifice: The Lincolnists, under orders of Renee, perform this kind of action in order to help Proto-Lucy summon the Gashadokuro and make it even stronger, using the lovechildren in the organization who don't have Lincoln as one of their parents.
  • Humonguous Mecha: This was Lisa's original plan for the Royal Woodroid 5000, but her current attempt is basically just a pile of junk miraculously held together, who's so big she can't even get it out of her lab. Later, during the Proto-Lucy arc, encouragement from Darcy and a little focus on her powers allows her to summon a functional variation of it, which she uses to fight against the Gashadokuro in the climax.
  • Hybrid Monster: The Crystal Leviathan, as it is a fusion of the corrupted Proto-Leia and Proto-Lizy, essentially making it half Carbuncle, half... whatever the corrupted members of Lana's caste are supposed to be.
  • Hybrid Power: Carol, the strongest ally the Louds have at their disposal, is a Lori-Leni cross-caste, which is basically the caste equivalent of a hybrid.
    • One could also say this is the case for the fusions seen so far: Out of all of them, Lala completely overpowered Proto-Lana and Proto-Lola on her first fight, Lezy had to be beaten through their time limit instead of a straight fight, and the Crystal Leviathan is a fusion between Proto-Leia and Proto-Lizy that required the twins to fuse into Lala in order to stand a chance.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: This is Proto-Lincoln/Sincoln's answer when confronted with the fact he destroyed the original reality, which Proto-Lana brings up. Normally he would have a point, but he's such a jerk about it that he gathers no sympathy from anybody, and it utterly fails to justify what he did.
  • Improbably Female Cast: The basic premise of the story (The surviving progenitors of an entire race seemingly come back from the dead to try and get revenge against the person responsible for said reality's destruction) doesn't sound like one where this would apply, since it could be written with either one or both genders in mind. It still plays this trope straight because in nearly every major story arc so far, in both the original and the reboot, most of the characters who play an important role, or a supporting one, are female. To give you an idea, the approximate number of important male characters is of two, Lincoln and Clyde. Three if you count Proto-Lincoln/Sincoln as a separate entity from Lincoln.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: A collective one happens to the souls making up the Gashadokuro's interior when Bobby appears to electrocute the beast.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: The day after Maggie calls Luan and realizes she could've been pranked, Sam comes in, feeling something is fishy. The ensuing conversation happens:
    Sam: Is that why you did it?
    Maggie: D-Do What?
    Sam: Invite over Luan Loud to your house!
    Maggie: H-How did you know that?!
    Sam: So you did do that!
  • Incompletely Trained: A big problem with the Loud sisters, who, due to discovering their divine nature just a while ago, they only just started training their divine powers. Predictably, once the Champions and the Progenitors come to mess with them, the battle is quite clearly not on their favor.
  • Infant Immortality: Horribly Averted in the Proto-lucy arc, where several children ( Calliope, the Biker Trio, Rusty Spokes, among others) hit the bucket during Proto-Lucy's redirected rampage against Sincoln.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: Chapter 32, the chapter that officially starts the Proto-Lucy arc, has the feel and tone of a general filler/mini-arc chapter.
  • Irony: Lucy's caste, and Lucy herself to an extent, seems to have a theme concerning skeletons, darkness, and some other death-related stuff. The birthmark of the caste is even shaped like a skull. Disney Death notwithstand, Lucy is the first character in the story to actually die.
  • It Always Rains In Funerals: The day that the Loud family have a funeral for Lynn is a pretty rainy one, especially in comparison to the sunny day most of the Proto-Lucy arc took place in otherwise.
  • It's Raining Men: Ronnie Anne's vision of the past with her and Proto-Tabby shows both of them jumping off a platform, diving straight into the battlefield.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: While the former doesn't appear, the latter is represented through the Crystal Leviathan, essentially a fusion monster created from the merging of the corrupted Proto-Leia and Proto-Lezy.
  • Left Hanging: The original version of the story ends with Lincoln still about to give birth to Proto-Lily, Lucy and Lana being possessed by their prototype counterparts, and the Lucy-Proto-Lucy union person about to fight Lynn, Polly Pain, and Paige.
  • Let X Be the Unknown: The inhabitants of the EXE dimension (Well, the three that have been seen anyway) all have "X" at the start of their name in contrast to their counterpart (Lucy becomes Xucy, Lynn becomes Xynn, and so on), and they also happen to be the most eldritch outworlders featured so far.
  • Lighting Can Do Anything: Shock and Awe seems to be the basis of the Lori caste's powers, and going by Act 1 alone, they can: create swords made of lighting sharp enough to cut metal, unleash normal lighting bolts, allows the user to stun a target as long as they're stronger than the target, can load clouds with lighting, and allows Lori to keep herself alive after having a hole blown on her torso by Lincoln, making it among the most versatile of power sets shown by the castes.
  • Lighthearted Rematch: Ronnie Anne and Clyde have one of these in chapter 32, as a follow up on their fight during the tag team trainings.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Proto-Lana when she decides to power up against Lana at Atlantis. In her case, she gains a scorpion-like tail and bat wings, kinda like a manticore.
    • Unexpectedly, Proto-Lola gets this as well just before she engages in an eye beam Clash with the empowered Lola. In her case, she gains attributes similar to a type of furry creature.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: This happens to Proto-Lola at the climax of the Proto-Lana arc, courtesy of a newly empowered Lola.
  • Living Toys: The Bun-Buns are rabbit plushies that have been brought to life through unknown means, and in the case of the ones given to Lincolnists, share a striking resemblance to their owners.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: It's a Loud House fanfic, what did you expect? Even not counting the original characters like the lovechildren, the fic still sports one third of the original show cast, has at least 13 main characters, counting Clyde and Ronnie Anne alongside Lincoln and his sisters, and both the Lincolnism and organization factions also have a healthy amount of support characters in there as well.
  • Lovecraft Lite: One the one hand, there are eldritch abominations called the "Proto-Sisters" on the look to not only kill their counterparts, but either destroy or severely damage the new reality to make Lincoln pay, and they have the power to do so. On the other hand, not only are these several ways to fight back against them, but the Neo-Sisters, provided they have enough training, are strong enough to not only take them on, but drive them back.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Chapter 34, which focuses on the other victims of the zombie apocalypse trying to survive the suddenly hostile environment. In fact, the Loud siblings and the main trio, supposedly the main characters, don't appear until the next chapter preview at the end!
  • Luke, You Are My Father: A variation. When asked who are her parents, Leia non-verbally points out that Lincoln and Lola are. The variation comes from the fact that our Lincoln and Lola aren't the parents in question, but counterparts to said parents.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: As much as the organization tries to bring help to the events that happen each arc like the Hydra attack, it's ultimately the Loud sisters, and to a lesser extent the main trio, that deal with the threat at hand in the end.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: The "Magic" omake has Silas explains this to be the case: Only certain castes can use certain types of magic, like the Lynn caste being able to use fire magic, and said magic can't be casted by anybody else: Haiku, a member of Lynn's caste, can't cast fire magic. The only known people who can cast more than one kind of magic are cross-caste hybrids, and even they're mostly stuck with the magic related to their specific castes.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Lynn burns her arms in chapter 31 after using her powers to win the game, but fails to notice this as she goes to congratulate, and then get scolded by, Polly.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: And women, in this case. The champions of Lincolnism are color-coded masked entities that serve the progenitors.
  • Master of Illusion: Mabel, also known as "Sweater QT," exhibits the ability to create and control illusions in the Leni caste chapter in "Caste Examination," which she claims is her only power. However, see Super Strength below.
  • Makes Me Wanna Shout: A power exhibitted by the Luna caste, as demonstrated by Tabby during the fight with the hydra, and then by Sam and Luna herself in "Night Life." Naturally, out of the three, Luna's turns out to be the most powerful.
  • Meaningful Rename: Proto-Lincoln, or at least who the characters believe to be Proto-Lincoln, is eventually given the name "Sincoln" not just to differentiate him from the Lincoln everybody knows, but as a reminder of all the horrible things he's done.
  • Mind-Control Device: The collar Ronnie Anne was wearing in the earlier chapters is revealed to be this during the first few chapters before the Proto-Lucy arc, as she was used to test it to test the waters, compared to the collar's intended target: Proto-Lincoln/Sincoln.
  • Mistaken Identity: A big problem for Lincoln: Whether It's the Proto-Sisters, people like Penelope, or the lincolnists, nearly everybody thinks he's the same Proto-Lincoln that destroyed the original reality. This makes people either want to kill him (the Proto-Sisters), hate him (Penelope), or adore him (Most lincolnists).
  • Mythology Gag: When asking about the powers of their castes, Lynn wonders if she has super strength, only for Leni to confirm her caste is the one who has that power, and by extension Leni herself, which was actually part of her original design.
    • When Lincoln stops Ronnie Anne and Clyde's fight, and gets a vision of his counterpart doing the same thing, Ronnie-Anne's prototype counterpart actually resembles her original character design.

  • Negated Moment of Awesome: At the end of the Introduction Arc, Lincoln, presumably controlled by Sincoln's anger, bursts into the backyard when the Proto-Sisters have beaten his sisters, seemingly ready to fight them. However, he turns back to normal mere moments later, and the Proto-Sisters knock him out.
  • Nice Day, Deadly Night: Essentially Invoked during the Proto-Lucy arc. The start of the story arc has the Zombie Apocalypse appear in Royal Woods, and Proto-Luna "adds some atmosphere" with her Eternal Night Dome, which traps Royal Woods in a dome whose function is to bring a night that lasts forever to the city, just in time to correlate to the apocalypse itself.
  • The Night That Never Ends: As explained by Bun-Bun, this is more or less the function of Proto-Luna's Eternal Night Dome: It encases the given area in a massive dome that then subjects the area to a night that basically lasts forever.
  • No Body Left Behind: Two examples from Proto-Lana's arc:
    • The Hydra, after blowing itself up when it was thrown at the floating Atlantis.
    • Proto-Lana, courtesy of being caught in the core's explosion, one which blew Atlantis in half.
    • Lynn joins the ranks at the end of the Proto-Lucy arc, her body turning to dust before being swept away by the wind.
    • However, Proto-Lucy averts this in that her motionless body remains even after the spirit inside it is destroyed.
  • Not Quite Dead: After being squashed by the hydra, everybody presumes Lucy to be dead. Then Lincoln comes up to her and listens for a heartbeat, and shortly after he hears it, she wakes up, seemingly no worse for wear besides her left eye looking different. However, according to Leni, it's not that simple.
  • Noodle Incident: During Luna's flashback in chapter 2, Sam, while scolding Luna for thinking she'd fall for the obviously bogus invitation, compliments her by saying her guitar skills are sicker than that one time she ate haggis.
    Luna: Is... Is that a metaphor, or did that really happen?
  • Offing the Offspring: One of the Proto-Sisters' goals is to kill the Neo-Sisters, who are their daughters conceived with Proto-Lincoln.
    • Proto-Lincoln did this on a dimension-wide scale when he wiped the original reality, seeing as the protophilim are the children he had with his sisters. He supposedly had his reasons, but still...
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: As revealed during the Proto-Lana arc, the Proto-Sisters made an agreement sometime before the arc to only attack and kill their own respective child, like Proto-Lola being the only one allowed to kill Lola. Proto-Lana deciding to make an exception after Lola interferes in her and Lana's fight causes Proto-Lola to step in and crash the party.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, sort of. There's Ronnie Anne, everybody's lovable tomboy, and Ronnie, the leader of the biker trio consisting of her, Cindy, and Mindy. To avoid confusion, the latter is sometimes called "Biker Ronnie," or just Ronnie, while Ronnie Anne is called "Ronnie Anne."
  • Our Angels Are Different: They appear to be a transformation that can be achieved by the divine beings of the universe, or at least the Neo-Sisters. Achieving this form not only changes their appearence, but they gain wings that, unlike the typical bird-like wings, more or less resemble floating versions of the caste symbols of each angels' caste. They're also strong enough to go toe-to-toe against the progenitors, provided they're not using their full power.
  • Our Gods Are Different:
    • The Neo-Sisters have physical forms, had their powers locked off for most of their lives, and, going by Lola and Lana, Have the essences of the original prototypes within them.
    • The Proto-Sisters, meanwhile, have wide hips added to their average bodies, giving them an unnerving nature, their eyes have colored sclera and pupils shaped like their caste's birthmarks, and going by Flip and Sincoln's ideas, are possibly the original prototypes' bodies being controlled by something else.
  • Our Souls Are Different: They apparently have some kind of energy, creatively titled "Soul Energy," which can be utilized by members of Lucy's caste and nobody else.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: They're one of the "classes" of undead that Leni spells out during her and Lucy's trip to the afterlife: More specifically, they're what happens when somebody comes back wrong as a mindless drone.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: The Proto-Sisters wound up being the only survivors of the old reality, which was populated by their children with Proto-Lincoln, who was the one who destroyed it. As if their minds were broken enough already...
    • Clyde and Penelope, both in the Chains' dimension and the dimension where Calliope came from, outlive her when she's killed by Haiku in order to empower the Gashadokuro. This is then averted when Clyde takes her out of the skeleton and seemingly brings her back to life... somehow.
    • The Loud parents, Rita and Lynn Sr., can be added to the ranks as well, not only for temporarily outliving Lucy before she revived, but officially outliving Lynn when she dies at the end of the Proto-Lucy arc, with no known way to revive her at the moment.
  • Philosopher's Stone: Featured in the first/The Crystal Leviathan omake. As it turns out, The prototype lovechild twins, Proto-Leia and Proto-Lizy, were tasked with protecting it, but failed and it got in the possession of Proto-Lisa.
  • Physical God: Both the progenitors and Neo-Sisters, both considered the gods of the original and new reality respectively, are naturally this.
  • Prayer As A Last Resort: Once the Gashadokuro is taken out and Lucyfer is severely ticked off as a result, as well as them quickly running out of options, everybody in the new reality, by Stella's request, prays to Lincoln in order to get him to help them turn the seemingly hopeless situation on its head and give them a chance of victory. He listens, and things quickly turn to their favor.
  • Precursors: The protophilim and the Progenitors, of course.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Both Lana and Proto-Lana show the ability to summon tridents. In this case, the tridents are of the fourth type, as they're both used primarily as throwing weapons, like spears.
  • Possessing a Dead Body: Proto-Lucy does this to a skeleton the Mortician Club members dug out, in order to watch their progress, and also get into a talk with Proto-Luna, who comes out soon after.
    • Assuming the Proto-Sisters are the possessive-type of revenants, then they count as this as well.
  • Power Incontinence: A natural result of the Loud sisters being Incompletely Trained is that they don't have full control of their abilities, like when Luan tries to go to sleep, and due to saying "time to hit the hay," a pack of hay suddenly materializes in her bed.
    • A more serious example happens in chapter 31, where, during a volleyball match, Lynn uses her fire powers to hit the ball and scarred and burnt. Not that she notices it.
      Luan: Ugh, I wasn't even making a pun!
  • Power Gives You Wings: The sister's angel forms, besides giving them a boost in power that allows them to fight evenly with the Proto-Sisters, also gives them some rather bizarre-looking wings as well, shaped like their caste symbols.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Lana's angel form has her hair grow past her back and form a mane, and it's this form that allows her to fight toe-to-toe against Proto-Lana.
  • The Power of Hate: Sore loser hate, as in the case of Lynn's bersoreker form.
    • Later on, during Lucy and Leni's trip to purgatory, Leni explains that this is used to revive somebody into a Revenant.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Paige's mecha is powered by a Bun-Bun, specifically hers. Unlike most examples, however, they don't seem to mind.
    • Implied to be the case with the Core of Atlantis, which is decidedly less willing this time.
    • Another example would be Liam and Hattie, the ones inside the hydra's heart. As long as they stay inside, the hydra will live, and as soon as they're taken out, it won't take long for the beast to blow up.
  • Psycho Prototype: The Proto-Sisters are a whole group of this, thanks to the corruption.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Mjolnir, Thor's hammer, is mentioned by Lori in chapter 33. Considering everything else that's happened up to that point, it could very well be a real thing.
  • Precision F-Strike: In order to put some extra emphasis on how important is what Luna did, Lori outright swears to drive the point home.
  • Pulled from Your Day Off: This is practically the basis of the "Proto-Lana" arc: The Louds and some of their friends head to Aloha Beach in order to try take a break from their issues with the progenitors, but Proto-Lana and her minions/subordinates/whatever are there too, and end up doing stuff such as summon a hydra and lift freaking Atlantis off the ground, forcing them to face her.
  • Punched Across the Room: This generally happens to anybody who gets hit by sufficient force by someone stronger than them, with Proto-Lucy sending Lynn flying out of the house just being one example.
  • Put on a Bus: At the start of the story, Lynn Sr. and Rita inform the children that they'll be away for a month for business. With "business" in this case being them going to the organization to help from the shadows.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: The Loud Sisters, and Clyde, all appear to be named after angels from both Christianity and Judaism, while the Proto-Sisters are named after demons from the Ars Goetia.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: The sky-as well as everything else-in the EXE dimension is blood red, and it's implied the dimension is among the most dangerous ones in the Loudverse.
  • The Resistance: The organization could count as one for the main/Chains dimension, as they deal with the Progenitors' stuff on the sidelines. There's also one on the "Cyborg Overlord Dimension," lead by Lisa's counterpart.
  • The Reveal: Chapter 28 reveals the reason why Penelope hates Lincoln (Or at least, Sincoln): Her child with Clyde, Calliope, wound up dead because of his orders.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Zombies start doing this en masse during chapter 33, when the Zombie Apocalypse finally begins.
  • Robotic Reveal: Downplayed with the hydra in Proto-Lana's arc. It looks organic on the outside, but its insides are robotic.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Proto-Lola is shattered by Lola and Leia informs this to her troops, the entire armada gets the heck out of dodge as fast as possible.
    • Proto-Luna, Proto-Lynn, and Proto-Luan all have this reaction when Lincoln arrives in the battlefield, shortly after they were left exhausted by fighting Spongebob!Margo.
  • Sea Monster: A hydra is summoned in chapter 23, and it doesn't take long before it starts wrecking havoc. Making things more difficult is that the only way to kill it is on the inside, which reveals its mechanical innards.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The hydra begins such a sequence after Liam and Hattie are removed from its heart. Luckily, an enraged Velvet Mode Leni throws it away before it blows up.
  • Serious Business: This is the way Lynn and Margo treat their friendly volleyball game between each other (And Polly and Paige) in chapter 31.
  • Sharing a Body: Lincoln and his prototype counterpart. The climax of the Proto-Lana arc also reveals that the twins, and by proxy, the other sisters, have a similar case of this with their respective, uncorrupted prototype counterparts.
  • Shed the Family Name: While there's no evidence suggesting Maggie outright removed the Swagger surname from her name, she most certainly did so in spirit with what she said to Sam:
    "Have I not been clear with you these past few years!? I want nothing to do with the Swagger side of the family! I'd rather be Luan's comedy partner, than to ever identify as a Swagger!"
  • Skewed Priorities: The title of the very first chapter invokes this; Lincoln has a weird dream about the original reality, and decides to not focus on it, but on checking on his sisters' activities. Naturally, the truth comes out later, but you'd still expect him to be more intrigued about the dream.
  • Solar and Lunar: As revealed in "Night Life," Lynn and Luna had this sort of duality, as they were in charge of controlling the sun and the moon, respectively, which is what Lori tells Luna during this chapter. Proto-Lynn and Proto-Luna, by virtue of supposedly being the original Lynn and Luna, have this same duality.
  • Soul Power: Members of the Lucy caste, and thus Lucy herself, possess this with their ability to manipulate the "Soul energy" within them, which they can use to create weapons and other things.
  • Soul-Powered Engine: The Gashadokuro, the divine beast summoned in the Proto-Lucy arc, is powered by one, with none other than Calliope, Clyde and Penelope's lovechild from another dimension, serving as its core. As soon as Clyde takes her out, the Gashadokuro doesn't last long afterwards.
  • Summoning Ritual: The "Ars Loudia" seems to have both pages about the progenitors and rituals on how to summon them. In both versions of the story, Lucy summons Proto-Lucy, but while she botches it both times, in the original she lost her eyes immediately, while in the reboot she at least got the chance to pay off the mishap.
  • Tempting Fate: During the climax of the Proto-Lana arc, Proto-Lola scoffs at Lala, saying that her and Proto-Lana fighting together would be as arbitrary as fusion itself, and mocks her saying that, if the twins weren't fused as her, they would stand no chance. Let's just say, they got everything that was coming to them.
    • This is later done by both Sam and Luna during the "Night Life" chapter, the former by trying to pet Charles even though he's clearly angry at her, which gets her hand bitten in the process, and the latter by saying something he misinterprets as an insult, also getting her hand bitten in the process.
  • There Is Another: Two examples from the Proto-Lucy Arc.
    • Up until the mentioned arc, Lincolnism was the only known "religion" based on the new reality. That is until Paige and Mabel defect, and Cristina reveals the existence of her own religion, Cristinanity.
    • The second example comes from the epilogue, where Tabby reveals to Lucy that there's a 12th unknown caste, supposedly ruled by Cristina.
  • Toast of Tardiness: "School Day" has an example of this, fittingly enough, with Lynn, although instead of a piece of toast like the usual trope, she apparently ate a ham instead. Her body is unable to digest it properly due to being eaten in a rush, and, combined with the stress of talking to her crush, causes her to vomit.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The "Ars Loudia" book that Lucy finds in the house, which contains not only information about the Proto-Sisters, but also how to summon them.
  • Tough Love: This is Lori's reasoning for her strict method of teaching, and is also confirmed by her to be the method she was trained with.
  • Tragic Monster: The Crystal Leviathan, the featured "antagonist" of the first omake, turns out to be this. They were original the prototype versions of Leia and Lizy, until their failure to secure the Philosopher's Stone caused them to be punished by being merged together into the beast known as the leviathan.
  • Transformation Sequence: In both the original and rebooted versions, the sisters go through this while accesing their angel forms, as proven by Luna (original) and Lola (the reboot).
    • In the chapters before the Proto-Lana arc, Bun-Bun goes through one of this when he goes from his toy form to a more humanoid form. It's even outright compared to a Magical Girl transformation!
  • Trope 2000: The Lily Protector 1250, a machine created by Lisa to keep Lily safe from danger.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The information about the "Cyborg Overlord Dimension" that Carol reads in chapter 28 reveals that some of the cyborgs did this, ensuing a war for five years between them and the overlord that left that Royal Woods in its current, broken state.
  • The Undead: Unsurprisingly, these happen to be both Lucy's domain And what she kinda becomes after the Proto-Lana arc. In chapter 31, Leni slightly elaborates on them:
    • Those who are brought back wrong, becoming a mindless drone, are called Zombies.
    • Those who will themselves back to life throgh rage are called Revenants.
    • Those who are brought back to life, without any free will of their own, are called Dolls, at least according to Leni.
    • It's also eventually revealed that the Proto-Sisters are a type of undead,most likely a revenant going by their consistent hatred, going by a phrase on a Linconlism book saying that the progenitors wouldn't come back.
  • Undead Child: Lucy post-Proto Lana arc.
  • The Un-Reveal: Cyborg Darcy (The Darcy from the Cyborg Overlord Dimension) is about to reveal to Lisa who's the overlord in that dimension, when Carol interrupts the two, reminding Lisa that they have to leave.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: Pick a fight that has one of the Loud sisters facing off against their respective prototype counterpart (Lucy Versus Proto-Lucy, for example), and it will count as this, with a side of Mirror Fight.
  • Rule 63: "Genderbended" reveals there's an entire dimension based on this concept.
  • Slice of Life: The first few chapters/Introduction Arc function like this, being mostly about the Loud siblings going through their day before the revelation of the true nature of the world forces them to go into something that's a bit more fantastic.
  • Story Arc: Both the original and the reboot employ story arcs. These are, in order:
    • Original:
      • Younger Prototypes Saga:
      • Introduction Arc: 1-8
      • Prototype Twins Arc: 9-13
      • Prototype Lucy Arc: 15-24
      • Prototype Lily Arc: 27-44
    • Reboot:
      • Younger Prototypes Saga/Act 1:
      • Introduction Arc: 1-5
      • Prototype Lola Arc: 9-16
      • Prototype Lana Arc: 20-31
      • Prototype Lucy Arc: 32-42 (43 serves as an epilogue)
      • Younger Prototypes Saga/Act 2:
      • Prototype Lisa Arc: ???
  • Stress Vomit: Mentioned by Lincoln mentions this could've happened to her sisters and him if they didn't fully recover from his condition after the introduction arc. And considering who they were facing, it's surprising they didn't do it back then.
    • A straight example comes from Lynn later on, as a result of a combination of trying to digest a ham and the stress of talking to her crush.
  • Super Strength: Leni claims that her caste has this power during chapter 3, "Training Time." Mabel, otherwise known as "Sweater QT" in the fandom, however, claims to lack this ability during her chapter in "Caste Examination," saying she can only create and control illusions, so whether the ability's exclusive to Leni, or Mabel was just lying, is unknown.

  • Villain Team-Up: Averted during the climax of Proto-Lana's arc. Once Proto-Lola crashes the party, neither she nor Proto-Lana even humor the idea of working together, even while they're getting their butts kicked by Lola and Lana's fusion.
    • The team up in the Proto-Lucy Arc one-ups this by involving four progenitors: Proto-Lucy, Proto-Lynn, Proto-Luna, and Proto-Luan. However, only the first two are explicitly working together, the last two are mostly minding their own business.
  • Villain World: We get a glimpse of Proto-Lana's at the beginning of her arc, and it's implied that Proto-Lola, and by proxy the rest of the proto-sisters, have worlds as well.
    • The "Dark World" omake features another one, this one being ruled by an alternate version of Lucy.
  • Wake Up To School Save The World: Initially played straight, as despite the brutal ending to the introduction arc, the next few chapters involve the Loud siblings (And Clyde and Ronnie Anne) going to school. Then school is suspended for a month for an unknown reason, and thus gets written off the Louds' bucket list of problems.
  • Was Once a Man: As revealed in chapter 21, The Corruption turns members of a caste into a creature. So far, the only known corrupted caste members are Carbuncles, Witches and Wizards, which are corrupted members of Lola's caste, and Lucy's caste, female and male respectively.
  • Webcomic Time: The entirety of Act 1 takes place in under a month, as said in the Extremely Short Time Span trope above, which, in real time, took about a year to come out.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Luan and Maggie used to be, and the rift between them is still strong even to the present. This is the precise reason why, of all people Luan could call, she calls Maggie: Because she could still remember the time they used to be friends.
    • Ronnie Anne and Chandler also seemed to have been friends in the past, or at least used to get along before something unknown happened that caused them to part in bitter terms.
  • Witch Hunt: One of the omakes is literally titled this, and since it involves Proto-Lucy, Silas, and Lupa hunting an actual witch, which in this universe is the corrupted version of members of Lucy's caste, it's rather fitting.
  • Witch Species: Averted. Like in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the witches here are the corrupted versions of girls, specifically of Lucy's caste.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Discussed. While testing out the Loud Slayers, Mrs. Loud wants to test them on the Androids, since she believes they're the perfect way to test them and nothing else would work. Howard, Harold, and Lynn Sr. promptly ask her if she couldn't use something else, since the androids are not only the best defense the organization has against attackers, but they're also expensive to program and create. Seeing the logic, Rita caves in and decides to use robot bunnies as test subjects instead.
  • When Trees Attack: Averted. Clyde originally believed that this was going to happen when Silas warned everybody that Royal Woods would be in danger, but instead, The Undead start rising from their graves.
  • Would Hurt a Child: It'd be easier to count the times this trope isn't at play:
    • Proto-Lola endangers not only Lola and the Louds, but also several children with her stunt at her rigged Beauty Contest.
    • Proto-Lana, as well as Claire to a lesser extent, attack Lola when they realize she's spying them, and then later on Proto-Lana doesn't consider Skippy being around the battlefield a reason to stop her fight with Lana.
    • Later in the same arc as the last example, Proto-Lola blatantly threatens Leia, a Loud lovechild between Lincoln and Lola and thus her own granddaughter, with death if she doesn't do what she says.
    • The biggest examples, however, come from the Proto-Lucy arc, where:
      • Before the arc even began, Calliope, who's a lovechild between Clyde and Penelope, was killed by Haiku in order to serve as the core for the Gashadokuro's revival.
      • Haiku, Giggles, and Renee are all murdered in cold blood by Stella.
      • Several kids die as a result of Proto-Lucy's barrage of scythe swings at Sincoln being redirected so they don't hit him.
      • And finally, Silas is brutally murdered by Lucyfer for having the gall to stand against her and try to reason with her to stop the carnage.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: As revealed during the final fight with Lucyfer, any attack that Lincoln does with the smallest of effort cannot be healed, either easily or whatsoever. Proto-Lucy's eyes were completely blinded by Proto-Lincoln in the past, and when they clash fists, Lucyfer's arm remains damaged for the entirety of the battle.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Sometime after the Proto-Lana arc, Luna's feeling down over everything that happened (Especiall Lucy's "death"), so Lori promptly reminds her that she was the one who lead the charge against the hydra, that she and her sisters survived ( Even Lucy), and that she didn't wet herself or ran away like a normal person would do, she charged at it and lead the sisters and their friends on a counterattack.
  • Youkai: The Proto-Lucy arc has one of these in the form of the Gashadokuro, a giant skeleton created from the bodies of the dead.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: With the zombies suddenly rising from their graves, and them being required in order to summon Proto-Lucy's beast, the Gashadokuro, this seems to be the main conflict of the Proto-Lucy arc.


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