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Halloween Unspectacular is a series of fanfics by E350, each containing thirty-one one-shots, one for each day of October. While each is an anthology, Story Arcs run through each, and Myth Arcs have grown out of those. It's been a yearly tradition on his Fanfiction Dot Net account since 2010, excluding 2015, as he had tried to wrap up the series with the fifth edition only to come back to it in 2016.

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This series contains examples of:

    Tropes over multiple collections 
  • Adaptational Villainy: In several AU stories, normally heroic or at least decent characters are put in less-than-moral roles; for example, Mr. Lancer is a cult leader in one story, and Arnold Shortman is a Capone hitman in another.
  • Arc Words: For the first Myth Arc, "It always rains". First spoken by the Governor, after he looks in the box in El Dorado, before popping up several times afterwards, lampshading how major conflicts always seem to end with a Battle in the Rain as part of the cyclical nature of things.
    • A sort of inverse of these arc words is being used in the second Myth Arc; every thirty-first chapter, Kamala will observe/say something to the effect of "That's odd, it's not raining...", which reflects how this arc is more continuous and streamlined than the first. The rain finally comes at the start of HU8's climax, indicating that it is the true Final Battle.
  • Author Avatar: E350 is often a character in these stories.
  • Big Bad: Shifted several times with the first Myth Arc. The second Myth Arc firmly plants General Rausseman in the role.
  • Butt-Monkey: Squidward and Dib are the most frequent victims of having a lot of random bad stuff happen to them. Characters that E350 genuinely dislikes, like Gaz and Paulina, are close behind.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The endings of HU1 and HU2 are considered noncanon by the author due to the deaths of major characters.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Each collection alternates between comedic entries (on even numbered days) and darker action/drama/horror pieces (on odd numbered days). This pattern was apparently unintentional early on in HU1, but once it was pointed out to him, E350 codified it.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Fiddley Thing. It was an important MacGuffin in the second Halloween Unspectacular, but over the years its importance waned to the point that it's now only used for the occasional humor one-shot.
  • Elseworld: A few stories throughout various collections put fictional characters in different time periods than their respective canons.
  • Every Episode Ending: Every collection ends with a parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire".
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When it's not being outright broken.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Happens quite a bit, most commonly between various Nicktoons.
  • Myth Arc: Two major ones so far:
    • The first, officially referred to as the Fiddley Canon, covers just about everything plot-related from HU1 to HU5. It involves the Fiddley Thing, magic, sorcery, dragons, figures from European myth, and various other things.
    • The second one, going from HU6 to HU8, revolves around a Nazi remnant group that the heroes must defeat.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: The unfortunate bastard who shows up repeatedly throughout the first Myth Arc only to get caught up by all the insanity following the main characters around — In HU1, he's a bus driver in the Outback whose bus gets used as a testing ground for the Fiddley Thing; in HU2, he's now a conductor on the Ghan, which Insano decides to use to test the upgraded Fiddley Thing; in HU3, he's now a security guard at JFK International, and gets mind-wiped after seeing some of Madame Athena's actual magic; in HU4, he's renting river boats on the Orinoco, which the heroes need to chase the villains to El Dorado; and in HU5, he shows up at the Fiddley Thing's funeral, where he reveals that he's now unemployed and in therapy.
  • Official Couple: Mabel and Pacifica in some one-shots, Spongebob and Sandy in others.
  • Only Sane Man: Vlad Masters usually ends up being this for the villains.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: Many entries are meant to be, or can serve as, jumping off points for stories of their own. In the case of "Time to Send in the Troops" from HU1, it actually paid off.
  • Reality Warper: The Fiddley Thing.
  • Running Gag:
    • The Fiddley Thing showing up at some point.
    • The opening of each edition in the second Myth Arc makes it clear that E350 is only continuing the series because some internet-obsessed trolls are bribing him with fan memorabilia.
    • E350 opening the later collections with song parodies, with various fictional characters as backup singers/dancers. Then, once they're done, he tells them all to get out of his house.
  • Self-Deprecation: E350 does this a lot.
  • Ship Tease: Timmy and Dani get a lot of this throughout various stories.
  • Story Arc: All of the fanfics have this to some extent:
    • In the first one, there's a three-chapter arc about E350 and his friends trying to defeat a witch version of Ember McLain, and an arc concerning the creation — and rampage — of a creature only known as ReGenesis.
    • In the second one, there's Spongebob's attempts to stop the Underworld King, as well as a separate story arc in which a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits try to keep the Fiddley Thing away from a German scientist working for Dan Phantom.
    • In the third one, E350 retells the story of the ship Batavia with fictional characters. The first Myth Arc also officially begins with this collection.
    • In the fourth one, there's an arc centered on a prison only referred to as "the Gaol" (an alternate spelling for jail), and another involving several villains coming together to destroy the heroes. It turns out both are connected to the Myth Arc.
    • The fifth one has a three-part "Freaky Friday" Flip story. And the Myth Arc comes to a conclusion as the previous Big Bads ally under Galahad's banner.
    • The sixth one had a two-part story about Ford and Wirt getting trapped in a strange land. The new Myth Arc begins, as PURITY prepares to make its move.
    • The seventh one has PURITY preparing a new plan.
    • The eight one has various heroes rebelling and waging war against PURITY, which now controls America. Meanwhile, the Phoenix wages its own, more aggressive war against PURITY.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: A threat in most of the major story arcs, and a few of the individual stories.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: PURITY.
  • Weapon of Choice: E350 has his Anti-Magic Tommy Gun.

    Halloween Unspectacular 1 
  • Abusive Parents: Membrane, not satisfied with how Dib turned out, experimented on him and turned him into a Physical God. Needless to say, this backfired.
  • After-Action Report: This is actually the name of the third story, which features a version of Danny who is a SWAT officer being debriefed by a superior about a raid he led on a lab where Doombringer is turning people into Fish People.
  • After the End: "Masters of War" follows a nuclear war which devastates America and much of the rest of the world, and the aftermath.
  • Alternate History: "Legendaries", where the Allies use legenedary Pokemon to win WWII well ahead of schedule.
  • Apocalyptic Log:
    • "Dead Gods" is a final journal entry by AJ, who recounts how he was part of an expedition to explore a Reaper discovered buried beneath London, only for most members to either be killed or Indoctrinated into husks. AJ ends with a promise to shoot himself before he can be taken, and a plea to destroy the Reaper (even if it means nuking London) to prevent this happening again.
    • "Project ReGenesis" is a collection of project reports and transcripts of security footage detailing the creation of the titular Physical God Super Soldier, and how it all goes horribly right.
  • Arc Welding: During the climax, ReGenesis' destruction of the world somehow causes the main timeline and the "Legendaries" one to start bleeding into each other. This leads to WWII generals armed with Pokemon joining the established heroes in the fight to save the world.
    • Also during the climax, the storyline about Squidward and Insano's misadventures in the Outback and the Witch Ember arc are also tied in, as the former's bus ends up at Vlad's villa, and the latter supplies Linkara with the flying van he and his friends use to flee ReGenesis.
  • Big Bad: Witch Ember for her arc, and ReGenesis aka Dib for their arc.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In the last story. The world is saved, but not everyone made it out alive.
  • Body Horror: "With Great Power..." features, among other things, Tad and Chad getting melted and Francis looking like he'd been put through a blender.
  • Brain Uploading: Sandy does this in "A Terrible Thing to Lose" in order to escape Terminus' influence.
  • The Cameo: Linkara makes one at the end of the first part of the Witch Ember story, before getting a bigger role for the rest of the arc.
  • Canon Character All Along: ReGenesis is actually an empowered Dib.
  • Cassandra Truth: E350 ends up getting humored by emergency services when he tries to call about the giant witch on his front lawn.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The finale does this, which is especially notable in the Doctor's speech.
  • Darker and Edgier: "Masters of War" is probably the darkest, bleakest one-shot in the collection, dealing with the event and aftermath of America getting nuked.
  • Deus ex Machina: When it looks like ReGenesis is going to kill Zim and finish destroying the world, the Doctor comes in and talks him down.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Insano transforms everyone on the bus for giggles, it's trying to smoke which gets him kicked off. And Squidward gets thrown off too, just for sitting next to him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Really, after everything he's gone through, is it really a surprise that Dib wants to use his newfound power to destroy the world?
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • In "Demon's Land", Lancer performs a ritual of Human Sacrifice in order to summon the "Great Orb" slumbering in the waters off the shore of Van Diemen's Land (modern day Tasmania). He succeeds, only for Vicky to absorb its power before he can.
    • ReGenesis could arguably be considered this, given how it's able to destroy entire states in hours, and the penultimate entry of the story is even a Public Service Announcement warning about Eldritch Abominations. Really more of a Humanoid Abomination Physical God, since it's an empowered Dib.
  • Enemy Without: Timmy's inner darkness made manifest, the main villain of "With Great Power..."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Vlad walks out of the Syndicate due to their deal with Terminus in "A Terrible Thing to Lose".
    • He also refused to have anything to do with the creation of ReGenesis, seeing it as madness.
  • Face Palm: Vlad does this during the ReGenesis arc as more and more people find their way to his private villa in Australia.
  • Fictional Political Party: "Countdown" has the Prosperity Party, which runs on a platform of national richness, increased employment, and "a healthy dose of electoral fraud". Once in power, their main goal is the increased mining of blue ectoplasm as a fuel source, despite the hazards involved in the substance.
  • Filler: "The Unspectacular Filler", of course.
  • Fish People: Mrs. Doombringer's plan in "After Action Report" seems to revolve around turning people into these. She manages to do it to Timmy, Sam, and who knows how many others.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The goal of Project ReGenesis was to create a Physical God. They succeed, and it promptly goes on a rampage to destroy the whole world.
  • Karmic Death:
    • Lancer in "Demon's Land", when Vicky absorbs the Great Orb and scares him off the same cliff he'd been tossing people off of in order to summon the Orb in the first place.
    • Everyone involved in Project ReGenesis being slaughtered by it once it gets free. Especially Professor Membrane, who kept going with the program even after repeated warnings. Doubly so since he used his own son as the test subject.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: During the climax of the Witch Ember arc, after the titular antagonist turns Sandy into a stuffed animal, E350 makes a joke about the group being "stuffed". Linkara only barely manages to keep Zim from throwing him out of the Rocket Van.
  • Large Ham: Zim, as usual.
  • Magnificent Bastard: In-Universe, E350 calls Witch Ember one after she "scams his scam".
  • MST: Done by Squidward twice.
  • Physical God: ReGenesis.
  • Poke the Poodle: Dr. Insano's attempts to "destroy lives" with the Fiddley Thing only end with the victims being neutral or happy about their transformations.
  • Public Service Announcement: A parody one is used for the October 30 one-shot, giving instructions on what you should do if an Eldritch Abomination is attacking.
  • Reset Button: The Doctor convinces ReGenesis to use his powers to undo the damage he's done to Earth.
  • Side Bet: Mr Krabs and Squidward had one in the Oregon Trail chapter on who's going to die first. Patrick died first, allowing Squidward to win the bet.
  • Shout-Out: Witch Ember turns Danny, Sam, Tucker, and Timmy into keychains.
    • E350 is looking after an Andalite morphing cube for a friend.
    • Reapers appear in a couple of stories.
    • Bender and a Cyberman pop up in the filler chapter to complain about E350's liberal use of "organics-turning-into-machines" plots.
    • Witch Ember pulls a page from the Master's playbook at one point and turns everyone in the city into duplicates of herself.
    • "War Never Changes" references Highlander.
  • Superhero Episode: "Heroics", sort of.
  • Take That!: When told that the bus he's boarding is heading for Sydney, Insano happily declares it "the most hellish place imaginable".
  • Talking the Monster to Death: How the Doctor defeats ReGenesis.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: ReGenesis starts destroying the world almost immediately after being created. He almost totally finishes the process before the Doctor convinces him to use his powers to hit the Reset Button (at the cost of his own life).
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Sandy says this word-for-word in the second part of the "Witch Ember" storyline.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: A team of villains manage to do this to a good chunk of the Earth's population in the first story.
  • Wham Line: Zim gets his first full look at ReGenesis, and utters only one word: "Dib?"
  • Whole Plot Reference: The entirety of "You Have Died of Dysentery" is Oregon Trail with Spongebob Squarepants characters.
  • Wicked Witch: Witch Ember.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: ReGenesis, aka Dib Membrane.
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    Do the Gasmask Shuffle 
  • Adaptational Villainy: Roy Earle was merely a jerkass and corrupt cop in the game he originates from. Here, he's willingly assisting a madman in his quest to become a god.
  • A God Am I: Dan Phantom's ultimate goal.
  • Alternate History:
    • "Come the Revolution" takes place in a version of 1940s Los Angeles where robots known as Mechans are a sizable minority of the population. Oh, and Thomas Dewey is President.
    • "Lady Liberty", set in a world based on a game of Civilization, features the Mongols as Britain's great enemy in Asia. And the Statue of Liberty in this world is in Edinburgh, and is actually a transformed Dani.
  • And I Must Scream: Sandy's fate at the end of "Black Sun".
  • Apocalyptic Log: "Cairo to the Cape" is a series of journal entries by Jimmy, AJ, and Jazz, detailing their expedition to traverse Africa from Cairo to Cape Town, which goes wrong as they find themselves lost after crossing Lake Victoria. Tensions rise as provisions grow low while Sanity Slippage and disease set in, and the last journal entry is by Mr Krabs, who reveals he and Eliza misled and killed the others as Human Sacrifices.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Almost every hero involved in the Fiddley Thing war in the end.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • Everyone that the Underworld King turns into his minions gets subject to this.
    • Dani is turned into the Statue of Liberty by Alden Bitterroot.
  • Berserk Button: For Lancer, it's butchering Shakespeare. He demands that his class bring him the head of whoever wrote the parody from "Parody", and, to prove he's serious, pulls out a machine gun.
    "Hell hath no fury like an English teacher scorned."
  • Big Bad: The Underworld King for his own arc, and Dan Phantom for the Fiddley Thing arc.
  • Car Fu: Unintentionally utilised by the police and two members of the Nicktoons' apartment's private security force against the Underworld King, who then name-drops it: "Only I may utilise the Car Fu!"
  • Cloning Gambit: Richtofen kills Insano to get the Fiddley Thing, only for it to turn out to have been a clone decoy.
  • Continuity Lockout: In order to get the most of this year's Story Arc, one needs to be familiar with L.A. Noire.
  • Disney Villain Death: Zim sends Vicky falling to her doom during the climax.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Some of the things the Hunters "punish" Dib for are as simple as annoying people and wasting their time.
  • Drives Like Crazy: After the above instance of Car Fu, Harrison and David (who drove the police car and jeep, respectively) are banned from ever driving again by their respective partners.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The copy of Halloween Spectacular in the beginning. It also apparently smells like Cthulhu.
  • Evil Mask: The mask that Sam purchases in "The Peddler" that turns her into a demon.
  • Genre Mashup: "Come the Revolution" is described as "Tucker + L.A. Noire + Robots".
  • Hard-Work Montage: Happens when Spongebob gathers everything he needs in order to seal away the Underworld King. Invoked, as Spongebob figures a montage will save him time on getting everything.
  • Human Sacrifice: What Eliza does to the rest of her traveling companions in "Cairo to the Cape".
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Insano apparently feels this way about whatever the Fiddley Thing puts him, Sandy, and Spongebob through in "The Fiddley Thing Returns".
  • The Man Behind the Man: Dan Phantom, for Richtofen.
  • MST:
    • E350 forces a group of characters to read the tropes page for Deadly Mistakes, due to the winner of last year's contest requesting it.
    • Squidward does two more for the 23rd and second-to-last stories (the latter targeting Thirty Hs).
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: What slaughters the village in "Bitter Memories".
  • Parental Neglect: Professor Membrane comes to regret practicing this in "The Hunters" after Dib becomes an invalid.
  • Public Service Announcement: Another parody one, regarding the Fiddley Thing.
  • The Purge: In "The Hit List", Dan Phantom's minions hunt down and kill anyone who poses a threat to their plans.
  • Rage Against the Author: Done in response to the above tropes page MST.
  • Reset Button:
    • The Underworld King's defeat rewinds time to before he was released.
    • The fight over control of the Fiddley Things collapses the multiverse, but once Sandy defeats Dan and Insano and takes all three Things, it's restored.
  • The Reveal: Dan Phantom is the one that wants Richtofen to get him the Fiddley Thing.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Parodied with the "Parody" chapter.
  • Russian Roulette: Done in "Potions" with...well, potions.
  • Sanity Slippage: Happens to both Jimmy and Jazz in "Cairo to the Cape".
  • Shout-Out: After Sam turns into a wax statue at the end of the second story, the author's notes say "NO SAM YOU ARE THE DEMONS".
  • Skewed Priorities: All over the place in the first story.
  • Take That!:
    • When the copy of the first Halloween Unspectacular E350 receives in the beginning of the story unleashes eldritch horror on Sydney, it's noted that it has no visible effect on the train service (implying that it couldn't possibly get worse than it already is).
    • When Timmy gets turned into a vampire in the first story, the narrator notes that "Much to Spongebob's misfortune, he was not of the weak sparkling kind."
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The fight for control of the Fiddley Things causes the multiverse to collapse. The Reset Button gets hit when the heroes win.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: The setting of "The Wax Museum", naturally enough.

    Terror Australis Incognita 
  • After the End: "South Point" is set years after an Alien Invasion resulted in humanity being enslaved and taken off planet. The only people known to have escaped this fate are Danny, Dani, and Jazz.
  • Agent Scully: Sandy towards Madame Athena when they first meet.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Invoked with "Thomas Something Something".
  • Anti-Magical Faction: The Witchfinders seek to eradicate every witch and wizard on the planet.
  • The Apprentice: Jazz is learning magic under Athena.
  • Back from the Dead: Jones the dragon, thanks to Excalibur's magic.
  • Badass Normal: A French cafe owner manages to get the Eldritch Abomination print version of last year's Halloween Unspectacular out of Paris by yelling at it for disturbing his customers.
  • Big Bad: Dan in the Batavia arc, Zombie King James I in the main one.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Doctor Insano rescues everyone who came to help Jazz from armed forces. In a flying house. It is awesome.
  • Brain Bleach: In "Bizarre Nonsequitors", Timmy goes to scrub his brain after learning that Cosmo and Wanda dressed up as each other for a convention.
  • Brain Uploading: Done to various characters in "New Horizons".
  • Bullying a Dragon: As said by E350 when talking about the ending to "Collection": "Well, someone's doomed here, and it ain't the Doctor."
  • Cliffhanger: "Purpose" ends with the Doctor and his team facing a bunch of Daleks.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Zombie King James I versus King Arthur. To quote E350, "PLACE YOUR BETS!"
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: What is Calamitous' ultimate plan for turning people into robots? Selling them for profit.
  • Dragon Rider: Danny does this in "Down the Mine" in order to free a dragon using his intangibility powers.
  • Faux to Guide: The first story is a very sarcastic (and potentially hypocritical, if Timmy's comment at the end is to be believed) guide on how to write a Danny Phantom fanfic.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: After the Earth is depopulated by alien invasion in "South Point", Danny, Dani, and Jazz record as much of the remains of human civilization as they can, for whatever eventually inherits the Earth.
  • Gilligan Cut: In "Fiddling Away" Spongebob and Sandy realize that the Fiddley Thing is officially theirs (Dr Insano gave it to them, long story). Cut to Squidward walking in on a line of square-dancing Sandy duplicates, with Spongebob acting as a disco ball.
  • Inside a Computer System: Sandy in "Computer Problems", thanks to the Fiddley Thing.
  • Knight Templar: The Witchfinders.
  • Last of His Kind: Jazz is the last human alive in "South Point".note  She dies by the end of the story.
  • Mad Artist: The art collector that turns people into paintings, statues, etc. in "Collection".
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Madame Athena, a full-fledged witch, is perfectly happy performing in front of large audiences.
  • MST: Happens once again for the ninth one-shot, this time with E350 doing the riffing (since Squidward locked him in his room and ran for Tobago).
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Jones the dragon spends two hundred years trapped in a collapsed mine before Danny frees him.
  • Shout-Out: "Enemy Unknown" references XCOM.
    • "My Brother Will Kill Me" is one long pastiche of the Power Rangers franchise. Calamitous' method of creating a Monster of the Week is also similar to how Vendetta makes her monsters in Making Fiends.
  • Take That!: The center of the universe, according to Doctor Insano, is in Milton Keynes; "Even I'm [not] crazy enough to go through there."
  • Taking You with Me: King Arthur does this to King James I in order to end the battle.
  • Talking to Themself: In "Bizarre Nonsequitors", Ember for some reason has two heads, which are arguing about music.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: It's stated that if the Witchfinders destroy Britain's magic, the island itself will be destroyed, with horrible consequences for most of the world.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: In "But Then There Were Robots", a group of villains start turning people into robots For the Evulz.
  • Wham Line: What Dani finds after reading the warning in the book left by Witchfinders:
    "This message was [written] two years ago."
  • Whole Plot Reference: E350 apparently intended to write "Unidentified Flying Object" as an Independence Day clone.
  • Witch Hunter: There was once an entire society of people seeking to stamp out magic users. As Dani finds out, they're still around.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: "Monsters in the Darkness".

    Mess Effect 
  • Alternate Universe: "The Catalyst" is centered around these, giving different fictional characters the final choice the player has to make in Mass Effect 3.
  • Antagonistic Governor: The unnamed Governor of the Gaol serves as the Big Bad of that arc and is the leader of the villain alliance in the main arc.
  • Arc Welding: The Governor of the Gaol turns out to be the leader of the present day Villain Team-Up.
  • Auction of Evil: "Terror of the Police Auction", which centers around the police auctioning off things that belonged to an evil sorcerer. Among these items are a camera that sends you back in time, a pair of "Binoculars of Fear", and the sorcerer's spellbook, which Sam purchases and uses to send Paulina into space.
  • Baleful Polymorph: A number of people have been turned into figurines by the time "Figurines" happens.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Wolf", Timmy thinks it would be cool to be a werewolf. He probably should have phrased this desire better, considering what happens...
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Vlad Masters, Mr. Cromwell, Morgan le Fay, and a mysterious cloaked person (the Governor from the Gaol story) for the overarching plot.
    • The cliffhanger gives us a team-up between every Big Bad up to this point. Yes, even the retconned ReGenesis.
  • Big Good: Guinevere.
  • Call-Back: Jazz is still learning magic from Athena.
  • The Cameo: Torchwood makes an appearance in "Report".
    • Zoidberg makes an appearance in "The Inspection", volunteering to be dissected for a high school biology class.
    • Kang and Kodos appear in the convention center, trying to find a bathroom.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Remember the Auction of Evil oneshot that ended with Sam launching Paulina into space? She still has the spellbook, allowing her to aid the heroes in finding El Dorado.
  • Driven to Suicide: The Governor, after seeing...whatever was in the box in El Dorado.
  • Enthralling Siren: The monster that kills the shore party in "Report".
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Governor is never named.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: The only reason Roy Cohn is included in the group of historical bad guys in "Lunchtime at the Tyrant's Arms". He even admits as such.
  • Fusion Dance: Sandy and Ember get hit with this at the convention thanks to a teleporter mishap.
  • Gilligan Cut: At their hotel, Dani mentions that there's an incident going on in the lobby and that it's nothing serious. Cut to a bunch of peasants in the lobby dragging Paulina away, having misinterpreted E350 calling her a Witch with a Capital B.
  • Human Sacrifice: The Governor uses them to power his black magic.
  • Insult Backfire: The Governor calls Dani "worse than my convicts". She promptly thanks him for the compliment.
  • Knowledge Broker: Grim serves as this, providing information to heroes and villains alike for a tidy sum.
  • Mind Screw: A mild version happens in "Writing"; in the end, we don't know what's "real" and what's fictional.
  • Mr. Exposition: Jimmy explains some of the events from the last Halloween Unspectacular to Carl in one chapter.
  • MST: More of this from Squidward in story 13.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: A couple of times in "A Regal Intermission" — first, when mentioning how William III died due to his horse tripping over a mole, and then bringing up the sex chair invented by Edward VII — E350 pauses long enough to reaffirm that these things really happened.
  • No Sense of Direction: Timmy's Dad proves as much when trying to drive to Comic-Con in San Diego — along the way, he somehow ends up in Canada, and then Mexico.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The story "Wolf" obviously involves this.
  • Sequel Hook: The cliffhanger that ends the story has a new villainous alliance being formed that the heroes will clearly have to deal with.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Mr. Cromwell thinks that the whole trip to El Dorado was this. He's wrong.
  • Shout-Out: Plankton tries to get E350 to reenact the ending of Mass Effect 3 with him, Danny, and Cosmo in the beginning.
  • Take That!:
    • "So Your Government Has Shut Down" is an interview between Sam and Lionel Hutz about government shutdowns, mocking everything about the politics involved in them, written in response to an actual US government shutdown happening that October.
    • Many towards the infamously derided ending of Mass Effect 3.
    • When Spongebob and Sandy explore the abandoned arcade in "Little Shop of Parodies", it's noted that all of the games have been cleared out, except for the 1982 ET one, which "no sane man would want".
    • At Comic-Con, it's shown that the Valve panel is deserted.
  • Tempting Fate: Done to hell and back by the group that's going to Comic-Con. Which is why it's no surprise when the cloaked figure kidnaps them.
  • Universe Chronology: "The Fiddley Canon Recap" is a summary of the entire Myth Arc as it exists at this point, including backstory and notes about how the endings of HU1 and HU2 are non-canon.

    The Final Push 

    Lair of the Hack Writer 
  • Alternate Universe:
    • The setting of "Hanging Tree" is a universe where the American Civil War wasn't fought over slavery, so it's still an active thing in the present.
    • "The Great White Fleet" is set in America in 1902, but airship technology is advanced enough to make them flying fortresses used as standard by the military. Also, William McKinley is still alive and President, and Teddy Roosevelt is Secretary of the Navy.
  • Anvilicious: In-Universe, the author admits that the aesop of "The Fable of the Two Castles" is this.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Percival Northwest is stated by family legend to have kidnapped the Princes in the Tower and sacrificed them to power his longevity, framing Richard III for killing them in the process.
  • Big Bad: General Rausseman
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ant-Man rescues Soos when a PURITY soldier is about to shoot him.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Well, more violent at the very least, but "Hanging Tree" is this.
  • Brick Joke: "It's Back" is kicked off by Insano, back in the Fiddley Canon universe, accidentally dropping the Fiddley Thing into a hole that leads to the new canon universe. The Stinger at the end of this whole edition shows him trying to reach into the hole to get it back.
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: Parodied in two chapters by just presenting us with the endings.
  • Conspiracy Theories: More of these pop up in "Twenty Terrible Theories".
  • Continuity Reboot: E350 explicitly states that the new Myth Arc started in this edition is a separate continuity from the Fiddley Canon of the first five HUs.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: One of the universes that Amethyst and Peridot visit in "It's Back" is one where everyone is disproportionately punished for bad behavior — Gaz is forced to Walk the Earth for being mean to Dib, and a meteor is dropped on the Gems when they find her situation humorous.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: General Rausseman takes over the airwaves to order the surrender of the remaining "abnormals" to him.
  • Easy Amnesia: Mabel and Pacifica lose their memories once Percivale turns them into a painting in "The Picture".
  • Evil Is Petty: In "Alien!", it turns out that Zim is the one who convinced the government agents that Gaz was an alien. He was apparently hoping they'd dissect her, for no other reason than it'd upset Dib.
  • Fantastic Racism: PURITY hates anyone who either has powers or isn't human.
  • For Science!: Professor Membrane will take home renovation and use it as an excuse for this.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: The mandatory pill that everyone takes in "An Average Day" suppresses all negative emotions.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In "A Living", Vicky turns poor, homeless people into meat for her soup kitchens. She gets the Chair for it.
  • Jackass Genie: Desiree (as per the norm for her) in "Genies are Jerks". The narrator makes the argument that all genies are like this.
  • Jump Scare: Attempted by Zoidberg in "The Interview". It doesn't really work in text format.
  • Life Drain: In "The Picture", Percivale Northwest keeps himself alive by turning his victims into paintings and doing this.
  • Loophole Abuse: In "Genies are Jerks", Desiree says that the Crystal Gems may have one wish each. Lapis gets around this by using a run-on sentence to voice multiple wishes.
  • Mind Screw: "The Cafe".
  • Mistaken for Aliens: In "Alien!", government agents become convinced Gaz is an alien and bring her in for interrogation. They almost dissect her before they realize their mistake.
  • Monster Clown: Several in "Send in the Clowns".
  • Noodle Incident: Exactly what lead to some of the endings in the "Choose Your Own Ending" chapters.
  • Oppressive States of America: In "An Average Day", America has become a corporate state, where low and mid level employees are given mandatory drugs which render them near-mindless drones. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Precision F-Strike: E350 isn't normally one to use swearing in his stories, making the Vice President calling General Rausseman a "sanctimonious jackass" in "Of Presidents and Purity" this trope.
  • Psychic Link: Mabel and Pacifica get one between them in "The Picture".
  • Red Herring: The Alaskan PURITY base is this, distracting the military while the organization goes for the president. Only Garnet saw it coming.
  • The Remnant: PURITY arose from a group of Nazis who escaped the war to hide out in Alaska.
  • Rule 63: Occurs in the first "Choose Your Own Ending" chapter.
  • Seen It All: After breaking into the White House in order to stop PURITY, Kamala meets Spongebob, Sandy, Peridot, Amethyst, Stevonnie, and Mabel. She considers it pretty normal.
  • Sequel Hook: An arrested Rausseman is offered an alliance by people within the US government.
  • Shout-Out: The first chapter features a parody of "Make a Man out of You" from Mulan.
    • In "It's Back", Peridot, in her boredom, briefly watches a Jacksepticeye video and the music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up".
    • Also from "It's Back", Amethyst and Peridot briefly travel to "The Universe That Is Currently Being Sued By George Miller".
    • "The Most Patient Man On Radio" is based on the "Most Patient Man On Television" skit from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
  • Sneeze Cut: In "Genies are Jerks", Desiree says that, once she's free, she'll wipe "that annoying ghost boy" from existence. Cut to:
    Far away, Danny Fenton had a sudden feeling of deep foreboding.
  • Start of Darkness: "Department Seventeen" explores the origins of General Rausseman and PURITY.
  • Take That!:
  • Tempting Fate: In the finale, when the Crystal Gems realize that they'll need a portal in order to get into the White House, Peridot complains that one isn't just going to pop up out of nowhere. Cue portal, which Jimmy comes through.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: "An Average Day".
  • Wham Line: "Alien!", for the most part, is pretty lighthearted. Then comes this exchange:
    Trigger: Just a question. How'd you know about this Zim thing?
    Agent: Oh, some other government agency just grabbed him. Nothing to worry about.
    Powers: What agency? There's nobody else operating in the area!
    Agent: Um...PURITY. Why?
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "Department Seventeen" serves as Rausseman's Origins Episode, showing how he went from being a random German soldier in WWI to being chosen to become a Nazi Super Soldier to turning The Remnant that fled to Alaska into the beginnings of PURITY.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When PURITY abducts Vlad, they kill the patsy they had spying on him, because He Knows Too Much.
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  • Affably Evil: Floyd from "Roommate" is rather nice for an evil wizard.
  • Affectionate Parody: "Trailers" is one to, well, film trailers — specifically summer action blockbusters.
    • Chapter 30 is one to classic Saturday morning superhero shows, specifically the Adam West Batman series.
  • All Part of the Show: Danny and Sam assume that the battle between the Crystal Gems and the Ruby Squad was a really elaborate Disneyland show.
  • Alternate Universe: "The Trans-European Express" is set in a universe where the Bonaparte dynasty, the Kaiser, and the Tsar are all still in power. And transhumanism is common, if repressed, social group.
  • Asshole Victim: The mob in "Angry Fandom Shelter".
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Mabel and Pacifica, at the end of "The Gift".
  • Back from the Dead: Stan, thanks to the Phoenix Force.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: PURITY takes over America and kills many heroes. Fortunately, more manage to take refuge in Wakanda, which along with other nations make clear their intent to fight back.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In "Adapt or Perish", two MPs come to the Pines family's house because they might be harboring a fugitive from another dimension. While they technically are, it turns out that the MPs were looking for the Diaz family instead.
  • Baleful Polymorph: E350's roommate Floyd has a nasty habit of turning people into furniture and collectibles.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Timmy wishes that he could meet the ghost of a historical person to help with a history report in the eighth chapter. He wasn't specific, so Cosmo summoned Lizzie Borden. Oops.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, and J. Edgar Hoover were all agents of PURITY. And they engineered the entire Watergate scandal in order to ruin Richard Nixon when he wouldn't play ball.
  • Big Bad: Rausseman again.
  • Bittersweet Ending: PURITY has control of the USA, many heroes are dead, Ruby's fate is unknown, and Galactus is coming. The only thing that keeps the story from having a complete Downer Ending is the hope that the heroes gathered in Wakanda will be enough to save the world. And that's not even getting into what might happen with the Phoenix Force, who seems to have allied itself with Lapis, Timmy, and Stan.
  • Black Comedy: "E350 Presents: Bluebeard", a more comedic and sarcastic take on the titular fairy tale.
  • Brick Joke: "Karma Punishment" ends with Dib and Timmy playing a video game. The Stinger of the collection shows them still playing it.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Averted in "Robot Wars"; despite the fact that he was effective in getting rid of the monster, Admiral Stereotype was fired for his obvious mental problems. And for destroying Sydney.
  • The Caper: Stan and Ford's subplot in the whole PURITY mess involves breaking into Allsworthy's corporate building in order to figure out what he's keeping in a secret room.
  • Corrupt Politician: President Fulton. He starts as a Donald Trump parody, then sells out to PURITY out of both Fantastic Racism and a desire for more power.
  • Destructive Saviour: In chapter 10, the Crystal Gems save Disneyland from the Rubies...and end up banned from the park for destroying the place.
  • Eldritch Location: Timmy's house becomes one in "Timmy Turner's House of Terror".
  • Fan Dumb: Happens In-Universe, which is why the Angry Fandom Shelter exists.
  • Foreshadowing: Garnet's fate in chapter 14 is a hint towards her... unfortunate fate later in the PURITY arc.
  • Godzilla Threshold: For the Order of the Thirteen, PURITY winning is this. When they succeed, the Order responds by summoning Galactus in order to spare the universe the threat of a PURITY-controlled Earth.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Thanks to an alien, the crew at Wright-Patterson Airbase is stuck in one.
  • Hell Hotel: The titular resort in "Guests of the Marblehead", which may also be an Eldritch Location.
  • Hero Killer: PURITY kills off Hawkeye, War Machine, Black Widow, a good chunk of the people at Xavier's School for Gifted Children, a number of Inhumans, Garnetnote , and who knows how many others.
  • The Illuminati: The secret society known as the Order of the Thirteen is compared to the Illuminati by Stan. Known members are Ford, Reed Richards, Professor Xavier, Black Bolt and Vlad (though he abandons his seat when he goes into hiding from PURITY).
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Smoky Quartz gets heckled for this by Cosmo in chapter 10.
  • The Infiltration: PURITY succeeds at infiltrating the United States government.
  • Killed Off for Real: Vlad in "House of Cards".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Karma Punishment". Gaz used mind control on people, and she ends up under the control of the protagonists in the end.
  • Mind-Control Device: Gaz uses one of these in "Karma Punishment".
    • In the PURITY story, the brain implants that were ordered for the US military are these.
  • New Era Speech: Fulton gives one on behalf of PURITY after they win.
  • Not Me This Time: After Gaz has her mind-controlled victims rob the Krusty Krab, including stealing the Krabby Patty secret formula, Spongebob immediately assumes that Plankton is responsible. Plankton, who's randomly walking by, clarifies that for once he's not involved.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: How the Rubies get into Disneyland in "Scenes from the Gems at Disney".
  • Oh, Crap!: A PURITY platoon's reaction to facing the Hulk in the climax.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: "Trailers" features E350's take on a generic, stereotypically over the top action movie trailer featuring his favorite characters as the heroes. Among other things there's lampshaded Product Placement, subplots which the characters admit are just there to pad out the runtime, and a scene of a character being accused of being The Mole that's only included to psych out the audience.
  • Reality Warper: Mabel at the end of "Dipper Goes to Tir na Nog".
  • Reference Overdosed: Allsworthy in a freaking nutshell.
  • Rule of Cool: Pretty much everything about "Robot Wars".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • When Vlad learns of PURITY's master plan, he goes into hiding in a cabin in Alaska. It's not enough to save him.
    • In "Karma Punishment", after Gaz robs the Krusty Krab, Spongebob immediately volunteers himself, Sandy, and Squidward to get everything back. In response, Squidward just as quickly refuses to get involved, heading home instead.
  • Sequel Hook: The impending resistance against PURITY. And Galactus has been summoned to Earth.
  • Ship Tease: Between Timmy and Dani in chapter 29.
  • Shout-Out: The first chapter features a parody of "The Candy Man" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
  • Take That!: In "Robot Wars" Peridot and Lapis accidentally destroy Cleveland. No one notices for years.
    • In the above C.O.P.S. reference, E350 calls it a "pretty awful show".
    • In chapter 10, Doc the Ruby, Dipper and Wendy all hate the "It's a Small World" ride — the latter two so much that they proceed to destroy the place.
    • In "A Sunday Drive Down Fury Road", E350 listens to OutKast's "Hey Ya!" in the car before Sandy grabs the CD and chucks it out the window. Also, he compares the Hume Highway to a barren, hellish landscape.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: In chapter 28, E350 categorizes the types of Nazis that he's used in his stories over the years. For him, they tend to fall into three types: A (the breathtakingly incompetent ones), B (the moustache-twirlingly evil ones), and/or C (the gratuitous back-story ones).
  • Understatement: Pearl admits that they may have caused some minor damage to the Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street at Disneyland in chapter 10. "Minor" meaning "collasped much of the front of the castle" and "turned into a smoking ruin, with many things on fire", respectively.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "Legacies" depicts how PURITY slowly infiltrated the US government, eliminating enemies along the way.
  • Written by the Winners: Rausseman brags about this when PURITY's plan is put into motion, claiming that future generations will remember him as a hero and the actual heroes as terrorists he put down.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The mob in "Angry Fandom Shelter" are perfectly happy with lynching children. Which E350 uses as an excuse to open fire on them with his Tommy gun, and why the police don't prosecute him for it.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Rausseman guns down Allsworthy after they activate the brain implants which only the latter can deactivate.

    Blue Alert 
  • After-Action Report: "Incident Report X7" is series of reports and communications by and between X-COM officers as they combat an outbreak of The Virus with the help of the Crystal Gems.
  • Allegedly Free Game: Thoroughly mocked in "There's An App For That", where E350 has to pay a fortune for any kind of advancement in an app game, otherwise he has to slog through it in a way that'd take thousands of years to beat. He ultimately decides to just rob a bank for the cash he needs.
  • Alternate Universe: "Sea to Shining Sea" expands on the one created in "The Trans-European Express" from the previous collection. White Star line is still around, China is split between the Qing and the Nationalists, transcontinental train lines are still the main form of long distance mass transit in America, and John F Kennedy was an anti-liberal authoritarian (who wasn't assassinated but lost reelection) while Richard Nixon is beloved for being a champion of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Anti-Climax: The Phoenix gets restrained by PURITY, which backfires on them while their plans are exposed to the public (bringing down Fulton in the process), destroying their power base and convincing Galactus to leave Earth practically as soon as he arrives. Rausseman is then denied an epic Final Battle, being quickly taken down by Ford instead.
  • Anti-Magic: The anti-nonhuman rounds invented by PURITY end up being capable of breaking the Phoenix's control of its hosts.
  • Apocalypse How: Planet-level societal collapse or species extinction in “Come And See”, thanks to Gaz.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Colonel Wendell tries to defend himself by saying he was Just Following Orders, T'Challa counters by coldly asking how many people have died and how many lives have been ruined because of men like him "just following orders". Wendell is left practically catatonic, and he ends up fleeing the battlefield.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Long List of crimes Freakshow's gang is charged with contains numerous felonies, and literally ends with jaywalking.
  • Asshole Victim: The series of people killed by vampire Garnet in "Where They Feast", including Preston Northwest and Mr. Burns, are all slaveholders and supporters of the Confederate States.
  • As Long as There is Evil: The ending narration of "The Dictator" states that the titular tyrant has always existed and will always exist as long as people are led by fear, hate, distrust and division.
  • Bad Future: Sapphire has foreseen hundreds of possible futures wherein PURITY succeeds in conquering all of Earth, slowly purging it of every non-human, and then going to war with the rest of the universe, all in constant pursuit of new groups to be labeled "other" and wiped out as an excuse to justify their regime.
  • Balance of Power: The reason Jean's powers as the Phoenix are experimented on by the American government in the first place is the belief that she'll be capable of acting as a counterpart to the silver man should the Soviets ever manage to weaponize him.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Just like in his last appearance, Floyd turns people into things. This time around, it's living Legos.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In “Come And See”, Gaz gets a watch that grants her seven wishes. There are two catches; one, if she uses up all seven, she loses her soul to the Devil. Two, each wish she makes brings a great catastrophe upon the world.
  • Been There, Shaped History: The Horrible Headcase is presumably responsible for Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance, considering the man's head is in his collection.
  • The Bet: The Devil and Dib make a bet on whether or not Gaz’s soul can be saved. The Devil wins and claims her soul, much to Dib’s horror.
  • Big Bad: President Fulton, due to Rausseman's lack of appearances. That said, once Rausseman does finally show up in chapter 27, he makes it clear that Fulton is just his puppet and he's the one really in charge.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: As it turns out, PURITY is not the only threat that needs to be taken out -– there's also the Phoenix Force (which plans on killing everyone even remotely involved with PURITY, even those who did something as simple as vote for Fulton in the election) and Galactus (who was summoned by the Order of Thirteen in the last collection to destroy Earth as a last resort). None of these forces are directly involved with each other, though Phoenix and Galactus have similar motives.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Everyone that Phoenix takes under her wing becomes this.
  • Call-Back:
    • "Another Brick In The Wall" ultimately turns out to be a sequel to "Roommate" from the previous year's collection.
    • "Sea to Shining Sea" is a sequel to the previous year's "The Trans-European Express".
    • The last chapter reveals that Dani has been hiding out with Spongebob and Sandy, something established back in the climax of last year's story.
  • Camping Episode: "The Camping Episode", of course.
  • The Cavalry: M'Baku and the Jabari serve as this during the Final Battle, arriving just in time to help turn the tide against PURITY's forces.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: The lesson Ford gives Dipper at the end of "Before Breakfast".
  • Chekhov's Gun: In "House Call", Tambry manages to retrieve a flash drive during the chaos at the White House. The last chapter reveals that it contained all of Fulton's private correspondence with PURITY, exposing their crimes and leading to his arrest and their downfall.
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: Like with the two entries in Lair of the Hack Writer, this is parodied in chapter 18 by only showing the endings, with no context.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Lyndon Johnson briefly appears in "The Silver Man and the Burning Flame", and gives a few examples of his famous foul mouth.
  • Courtroom Episode: "The People vs. Frederick Showenhower".
  • Cruel Mercy: Ford ultimately chooses not to kill Rausseman, condemning him to a slow death from his illness and denying him his final blaze of glory.
  • Crossover:
    • "Incident Report X7" crosses over Steven Universe and X-COM.
    • "The Beast In Me" combines Steven Universe with Venom (2018), along with a cameo by Bruce Banner.
  • Day of the Jackboot: We got a taste of this in the previous year's ending scenes, but here it's shown how horrible PURITY's reign is. Mutants and Inhumans rounded up "for their protection", the President given increased emergency powers, disagreeing news outlets being forcibly shut down, critics arrested and killed, etc.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Phoenix Force's ultimate plan is to kill everyone involved with PURITY -– even the innocents who might not even have a say in the matter, or people who did something as simple as vote for Fulton in the last election (thus enabling their rise to power).
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Mr. Monopoly turns out to be the one behind the cursed app in "There's An App For That".
  • Dramatic Thunder: There's some outside of the Headcase's office building, despite the fact, as Wendy points out, it's completely sunny out.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Presumably happened In-Universe in "The Horrible Headcase"; one of the Horrible Headcase's skills was doing William McKinley impressions, but he started his act on the day McKinley was shot.
  • Dynamic Entry: As Danny and Timmy are wondering what song E350 is going to open the collection with this year, he suddenly drives a 1920's car through the wall.
  • Empty Shell: Gaz is rendered as this after the Devil takes her soul.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Dictator, from the story of the same name, is only ever referred to as such.
  • Expanded States of America: After the Canadian Prime Minister offers to mediate between Fulton and T'Challa, the US military takes the "preventative measure" of invading and occupying Canada.
  • Fictional Political Party: "Feeling Presidential" shows that several new parties emerge in response to Americans getting fed up with the two-party system. There's a new Progressive Party, which runs on liberal platforms (the party of Presidents Dipper Pines, Stevonnie, and Dani Phantom), the Justice Party, originally the Trap Construction Party, which is a strong law-and-order group (the party of Presidents Fred Jones and Bruce Wayne), and the Truth Party, which is dedicated to investigations of the supernatural (the party of Presidents Denzel Crocker and Dib Membrane).
  • Final Solution: Rausseman's ultimate plan is to use the Phoenix to hijack Galactus's power and use it in turn to wipe out every nonhuman in the universe.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Lampshaded in "E350 Presents: Rapunzel", when Mabel (the prince) and Pacifica (Rapunzel) decide to get married after knowing each other three days.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • At the end of "The People vs. Frederick Showenhower", Sandy says there's no way she'll let the rest of the jury take the easiest path towards reaching a verdict. Cut to her grumpily reading out a not guilty verdict.
    • Near the beginning of "The Camping Episode", Sam questions whether she and Danny should be leaving Amity Park unprotected while they go on vacation. Danny says it'll be fine, since they left Tucker on the case, and then the scene cuts to Tucker completely oblivious to a ghost attack as he reads fanfiction.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Rausseman is this, since everything Fulton does is a result of the deal the two of them made in the last collection. He finally steps down into the main Big Bad role in chapter 27.
  • Karma Houdini: Freakshow in “The People Vs Frederick Showenhower”, thanks to an incompetent jury.
  • Knight Templar: The Phoenix Force is against PURITY like the other heroes. However, it has no qualms about mind-controlling or killing innocents in the process. In fact, it wants to wipe out anyone even remotely connected to them, even those who just voted for Fulton.
  • La Résistance: Ford is revealed to be leading one, composed of other heroes, against PURITY and their collaborators.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Iron Horses", Gaz rides hard and brutally on the workers at her father's railway line. This eventually leads to a group of them breaking into her mansion to try and rob her, but accidentally start a fire, which due to the expensive construction methods Gaz wanted spreads too fast for her to escape, leaving her to burn to death. And, it's implied, leading to her soul (rejected by Heaven and Hell) becoming trapped inside a train engine employed by the rail workers.
  • The Last Dance: The climax reveals that Rausseman's superpowered biology is breaking down, condemning him to a slow and painful death. So he sets up the Final Battle in the hopes of going out in a blaze of glory instead.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "When The Going Gets Tough", President Fulton claims that the war with Wakanda will be over by Halloween. Since that's the day the last entry of this year's collection will be published, he's right either way.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Devil manifests as a woman with pale skin in a white dress with an angelic glow around her.
  • Military Coup:
    • In "Come And See", General Ross eventually stages one against Vlad's government after America is devastated by WWIII, natural disaster-induced famine, and the Bubonic plague.
    • "Feeling Presidential" mentions that General Chaos spear-headed one to remove President Fred Jones from power, briefly ruling the country afterwards (though he ends up stepping down in time for the next scheduled election).
  • Mind-Control Device: The ERI chips from last year's collection are still being used by PURITY to control the American military. The heroes manage to find an Override Command and shut them down in the last chapter.
  • Monumental Damage: In "House Call", the Phoenix hosts destroy the Washington Monument and the White House in order to send a message to Fulton and PURITY.
  • MST: "Troped" is E350 providing some commentary on this very page.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Gideon is apparently intending to do this in "Before Breakfast", eliminating Pacifica to get to Mabel. Pacifica specifically name drops the trope.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Ford in "Before Breakfast" just wants to get his coffee. Too bad he keeps getting interrupted.
  • Never My Fault: Petrov in "The Silver Man and the Burning Flame". Even as his experiments with Jean's Phoenix powers go wrong and leads to his death, he's blaming every superior he's ever had.
  • Nice Hat: The hatted man in "Puttin' on the Fics". It is lampshaded.
  • Noodle Incident: Ford claims to have chanted an incantation in his sleep and woken up to Millard Fillmore. He also stole something from the Fortunate Son dimension.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In "E350 Presents: Rapunzel", when Priscilla Northwest (who's playing Rapunzel's mother) states that she wants to eat nothing but Rapunzel flowers, the narration pauses for a moment to clarify that this is something that actually happens in the original fairy tale.
  • Not So Different: In "The Beast In Me", Bruce compares his situation with the Hulk with the one Pearl is now in with the Venom symbiote. That allows him to help Pearl learn to control it.
  • Off with His Head!: The specialty of the Horrible Headcase.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: As an indicator of how bad things have gotten in America since PURITY took over last year, J. Jonah Jameson gives Spider-Man a public apology.
  • Oppressive States of America:
    • What the US becomes under PURITY's control.
    • A standalone, non-Story Arc related version appears in "The Dictator", where the eponymous tyrant has taken control of America, with many heroes detained by his "Freedom Brigades", either being prisoners or outright executed.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: "Feeling Presidential" features a list of fictional characters who become President, to varying levels of effective leadership.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: "Where They Feast" features vampires as holy warriors who only feast on the wicked.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: "Feeling Presidential" mentions that during Dipper's presidency, America briefly enters a conflict with the "Free People's Democratic Utopian Republic of Quebec". Nothing much is said about this country, except that it apparently eventually collapses under the extreme weight of its totalitarian regime.
  • President Evil:
    • Fulton in the main Story Arc, turning America into a totalitarian dictatorship on behalf of PURITY.
    • Vlad borders on this in "Come and See", making Danny a fugitive and taking the country into two wars (and conscripting whole towns in the process). General Ross, who overthrows him and establishes a military dictatorship, is worse.
    • The Dictator, in the story of the same name, has his Secret Police round up anyone "abnormal" or who disagrees with his regime.
    • Fred Jones, of all people, is this in "Feeling Presidential", becoming a law-and-order autocrat who among other things has anyone who dresses up as a monster (and that includes trick-or-treaters) arrested and held without trial.
  • Race Against the Clock: "The Eve of Battle" sets up the Final Battle with PURITY, establishing that Galactus is coming to destroy Earth rather than let PURITY control it and use its resources against the rest of the universe. The Surfer states that they have a mere eight hours before he arrives to beat PURITY and thereby change his mind.
  • Reincarnation: Stanford goes through this in "The Great Chain", with Word of God clarifying that the new being he became was White Diamond.
  • Robotic Reveal: "Before Breakfast" goes with the fan theory that Tambry is a robot, but that she doesn't know it.
  • Satan: Appears in "Come and See", in the form of an angelic-looking woman.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After taking one look at the head-swapped Mystery Shack gang, Pacifica immediately turns on her heel and leaves the building.
  • Self-Deprecation: In "The Camping Episode", Tucker gripes about a fanfic with an unclear ending. The story posted the day before ("The Great Chain") had an ending which confused readers.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Multiple characters try to do this in "Cause and Defect".
  • Sequel Hook: Although the PURITY Myth Arc is wrapped up here, there's still a stinger setting up an entirely new story next year, with a mysterious figure calling E350 a monster and planning revenge on him.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Ship Tease: During the epilogue, it's mentioned that Timmy asked Dani out on a date.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Timmy tells him that a bunch of their friends have been transported into an app game, E350 is more concerned with finishing the current chapter of a book he's reading first.
  • Sticky Situation: Soos and Waddles end up in one in "Before Breakfast".
  • Take That!:
    • The hatted man treats Children of Earth as non-canon.
    • One of the main things that PURITY does to maintain control of America? Declare all their critics as being "fake news".
    • "There's An App For That" is one long jab at the Allegedly Free Game.
    • One of the endings presented in "Choose Your Own Ending III" has the reader being forced to read Chicken, Chicken (one of the most universally despised Goosebumps books), which is treated as a Fate Worse than Death.
    • The bridge troll who appears in "E350 Presents: Billy Goats" is an admitted parody of Internet trolls, especially right-wing ones.
    • "Love and Mishaps" is a prolonged parody of the Doctor Who episode "Love and Monsters", which E350 views as one of the worst in the show's history.
  • Tank Goodness: The PURITY forces invading Wakanda are spearheaded by the Ratte II, a tank the size of a house and big enough it has its own command bridge.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Tambry didn't know she was a robot, and when Ford (assuming she did) reveals it, the shock causes her to have a hard drive crash.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: What Floyd seems to be trying to go for in the Lego scenario he sticks the characters in in "Another Brick In The Wall".
  • The Virus: "Incident Report X7" features X-COM and the Crystal Gems combating a virus which changes people into psychically-linked mutants.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Galactus sees a PURITY-controlled Earth as a threat to the rest of the universe, and is prepared to wipe out the whole planet to stop them.
  • Wham Line: In "First They Came...", we don't figure out the identity of the narrator until he says this:
    "Spider-Man, I am sorry."
    • From "The Silver Man and the Burning Flame":
    Bucky: You too, huh? Well, let's get you out...
    • Fulton's line at the end of "House Call" raises the stakes considerably:
    "If the offensive fails, we're nuking them."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ford gets this from several people after yelling at Peridot in "Before Breakfast".
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The final portion of the last chapter (excluding E350's annual closing song and the Sequel Hook) covers what happened to everyone after the Final Battle.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "The Silver Man and the Burning Flame" reveals the origins of both the Phoenix Force and the silver man (heavily implied to be the Silver Surfer) seen at the end of the last Unspectacular. It ends with us seeing what the current bearers of the Phoenix Force are doing in the present, as well as Bucky apparently about to free the silver man.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Cause and Defect" is one to TomSka's "PIZZA TIME" skit...which leads to E350 getting sued by him in the end.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Played with with Ford in "The Great Chain". He doesn't regret living so long, even with having to outlive all his loved ones, but by the time the universe completely ends, awaiting a new Big Bang, he admits that he's simply tired of living. And since his immortality can't be undone, he accepts the next best thing in being reincarnated into a new form.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: The Devil to Gaz, at the end of “Come And See”.

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