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"My reflexes have been honed by years of videogames!"

Greg Veder vs The World is a crossover of the main character's power from the mahnwa The Gamer into Worm, with Greg Veder being the recipient of said power. One would expect typical min-maxing, except Greg has an ambiguous disorder with the inadvertent Greg-ness throwing more than one spanner into any plans. Much to the annoyance of his best friend Sparky.

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  • Ambiguous Disorder: Greg starts out with one, but it gets identified at a later point as Asperger’s.
  • Badass Beard: Armsmaster is renowned to have one. Armsmaster's beard is so well known, that when undercover as "Dr. Wells" to test if Greg was really "White Knight", Armsmaster not only wore a wig and false glasses... but also a fake beard over his real one.
  • The Casanova: Greg‘s Dad, and if it wasn’t for Greg’s debuffs, he would be as well.
  • Childhood Friends: Greg & Sparky
  • Damsel in Distress: As per canon, Taylor against Lung.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Not just a phrase, but a status effect, too!
  • Experience Points: Greg is addicted to them.
  • Flavor Text: The Observe Skill not only provides details of a person or object's name and stats, but also lots of snarky commentary - some of it completely irrelevant, yet humorous.
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  • Gay Option: After one of the story's Betas confirmed that Sparky was bisexual, many shippers began to see Sparky as this for Greg.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Well, Greg doesn't say no at least. It helps that Emma is a part-time model, and incredibly attractive.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Obliviousness leads to assumptions leads to horrible judgement.
  • Level Grinding: One would expect this from a life-as-a-videogame story, and Greg engages in some, but much of the draw of the story comes from the personal growth (and self-sabotage thereof) of Greg.
  • Level Up: With the sweet rewards that come with it, Greg is probably addicted to getting stronger so he can take on the Quests he needs for the large amounts of Experience Points needed to level up. Case in point - when he decided to throw himself into a ten minute long fight with a raging fire dragon that gets stronger the longer and harder it fights, just for the experience, perks, and money he'd get from completing the Quest.
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  • Mundane Made Awesome: For Greg, his clothing adds different modifiers to his various Abilities and Stats, even those he doesn't have yet. Like the Oxford Dress Shoes, a part of the [English Gentleman] Outfit, that granted +3 [Ballroom Dance], +3 [Tact],+2 [Tea Preparation], and a +1 to CHA.
  • Otaku: Greg, definitely. Sparky to a lesser degree.
  • Poor Communication Kills: What eventually led to Greg breaking ties with Taylor.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: The "80s Leg Warmers (Used)" Greg found in the garage. The Flavor Text for the Item... implied things about their use that seriously unnerved him.
  • Shout-Out: Loads of them.
  • Ship Tease: The author and his betas enjoy adding bits of this to the various chapters, as well as in comments and replies to reader questions.
  • Sudden Game Interface: How Greg comes to know he now has superpowers.
  • Superpower Lottery: As per Worm canon, some powers can be seen as such. Given the growth potential of The Gamer, Greg might have a good shot at winning here.
  • Took a Level in Badass: On Greg's first night out as a cape, he does terribly and almost dies. A few weeks later, he's mowing through Merchant scumbags like its nobody's business and throws himself at Lung.
  • Victor Gains Loser's Powers: After a fashion. By completing the Additional Objectives of a Quest involving a Cape, Greg is able to gain a mimicry of one of that Cape's powers or equipment. Thus far, he managed to gain Aerokinesis from Stormtiger by convincing the Neo Nazi Cape to leave without a fight and Pyrokinesis from Lung by getting the last hit on Lung during their first battle.
  • Violation of Common Sense: Quests are a horrible, horrible, but convincing incentive to engage in suicidal activities like fighting a flaming rage dragon.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: One could see Greg thinking of having this with Sophia, except she doesn’t remotely agree.
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