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What can you do, when you're seen as a possession, and not a human being?note 
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What is a Person Worth? is a The Loud House fanfic by That Engineer, who is also the author of another Loud House fanfiction titled Syngenesophobia. Artwork for the fic can be found here.

Much like how Syngenesophobia is with "Brawl in the Family", What is a Person Worth? is written as a more realistic take on "No Such Luck". Taking place after said episode, Lincoln starts to wonder if his family even loves him anymore after kicking him out of his own house and forcing him to wear a squirrel costume that they believe brings good luck.

The story has a sequel, Take It In Stride, that takes place two years after the first story and focuses on how the Loud family (and especially Lynn) are slowly recovering from the whole ordeal that took place in What is a Person Worth?. Find it here.


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  • Abusive Parents: Lynn Sr. and Rita certainly weren't any better than the girls, as they too chose to put following their own superstitions ahead of their own son's feelings. They get a real wake-up call in chapter 4 after getting called out for their actions by Lincoln and Luna soon after. Realizing what they've done, they vow to defy being this and earn Lincoln's forgiveness.
  • Adaptational Badass: Hank and Hawk are no longer Afraid of Blood due to playing gory video games.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Bobby and Ronnie Anne's father is named Marcus in this story, while Season 4 in the actual show reveals that his name is actually Arturo.
    • Also, in Chapter 8, Mr. Grouse is referred to as Henry rather than Bud like he was in the Christmas Special. Heck, even ‘Henry’ refers back to said special in the chapter.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Chandler was a mild Jerkass in the show, but there were no indications that he was a bully who wouldn't hesitate to brutalize a younger child. note 
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • The Loud parents, who like their daughters chose to put following their own superstitions ahead of their own son's feelings. Though after their Heel Realization, they work hard to avoid this trope.
    • Averted with the Santiago parents.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Lincoln got kicked out of his house, had his furniture sold (chapter 3 later revealed that his things were actually burned), and is treated as nothing but a mere good luck charm but only when he wears a squirrel costume. These are definitely things that normal parents would find questionable.
    • Rita worries she might not have been fit to raise a son after having so many daughters, thinking that trying to bring a boy up using the same methods she used for the girls only caused problems like what happened to occur.
    • Your 11-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter attacked by a gang of five boys.
    • Your son admits that he felt like he couldn't come to you with his problems because he didn't think you were mentally strong note  enough to help him.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Ronnie Anne abandons the term Lame-O in favor of Linky-Poo in Chapter 23 and uses just plain Linky in Chapter 25 (to Lynn's amusement).
  • All for Nothing: As far as Lincoln is concerned, all the nice things he did and the sacrifices he made for his sisters are now meaningless. Lincoln makes it clear to Lucy in chapter 7 had he known how she didn't hesitate to throw him under the bus like everyone else, even after everything he's done for her, not only would he have told their sisters the book was hers, he would have laughed at her with them. Even Lucy in chapter 14 admits that noble sacrifice Lincoln made for her is now meaningless because of her actions. Thankfully this is Subverted as the sisters earn Lincoln's forgiveness and show they do care for him and all the nice things he did for them do matter to them as they promise not to take him for granted.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: After the video comes out, Lincoln goes to school to find the boys avoiding him out of fear but more than a few girls try flirting with him.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After Chandler loses his fight to Lincoln where he tried to brutalize Lincoln's 6-year-old sister, his popularly goes down the drain.
  • And This Is for...: In the final chapter, Ronnie Anne dedicates every kick she delivers to Chandler's groin to something he did.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • The Bratty Kid from "Cereal Offender", called Conner Pingrey here, is a one-shot character in the show. In the fanfic, he plays a relatively bigger role, as he becomes Chandler's accomplice in the latter's plan to get his revenge on Lincoln. His sister Carol Pingrey also qualifies to some extent.note 
    • Chandler, at the time of publication a one-episode character, becomes the closest thing to an antagonist this fanfic has.
    • Cristina, basically a silent Living Prop in the show, becomes a secondary character after befriending Conner.
  • The Atoner: The Loud family as a whole want to make up with Lincoln for the way they treated him , ultimately succeeding by Chapter 25 which ends on a reconciliation Group Hug.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • While it's All Just a Dream, the opening of chapter 6 features Lynn having to witness a world where her mother miscarried Lincoln and it was all her fault. In chapter 4, she wished that Lincoln was never born...
    • In Chapter 8, Lucy finds she's gotten her wish for Lynn to become more like her so her older sister would be quiet for once. Not only is the situation that caused it something Lucy wouldn't have wished on her worst enemy but she also finds that Lynn acting like her is disturbing.
  • Becoming the Mask: While Connor already had second thoughts, him actually falling in love with Cristina is one of the reasons why he doubled crosses Chandler.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Lynn Jr. has two: mocking her skills and coming in a place other than first. Lincoln pressed both when he called her a sore loser.
    • When Ronnie Annie brings up the fact that Lincoln was lying to his family, Lynn angry calls her out.
  • The Bet: Lincoln and Ronnie Anne have one in chapter 14 when they challenge each other to a fighting game; if Lincoln wins, Ronnie Anne will make him a full stack of waffles. If Ronnie Anne wins, Lincoln will have to learn how to ride a skateboard.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • The Loud family and later Chandler learn the hard way that if they push Lincoln too far, they'll regret it. Chapter 25 even has Lynn admitting that Lincoln's temper is a bomb with a very long fuse; it will take him a while to go off but once he does, oh boy...
    • Carol is a nice Cool Big Sis. She also nearly breaks someone's neck because they were trying to hurt Conner in Chapter 25.
  • Big Sister Bully: Deconstruction. Lynn starts this whole mess when she forces Lincoln to go to her game, and when she loses, she blames him and calls him bad luck. And when Lincoln tries to reveal the truth that he was not bad luck, she convinces the family that he was lying because her pride could not take the fact she lost the game on her own. When Lincoln calls her out on this, she angrily hits him, starting a fight. Finally, she says that she wishes Lincoln was never born and she never loved him. This causes Lincoln to runaway and threaten to call the police on the family if they try to make him come back. When she realizes how badly she messed up and how much she hurt Lincoln, it's too late to make things right. And the guilt of causing this mess is destroying her.
  • Blackmail: Although he can't bring himself to calling the police, Lincoln threatens that he will do so anyway if his family tries to force him to come back home before regaining his trust.
  • The B Grade: Lola gets mad at Lincoln because she only got a B on a test instead of an A. Ronnie Anne, however, points out that she only got a B because she relied on her brother's supposed good luck rather than studying. Really, getting a B without studying is lucky enough as it is.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Downplayed. Lincoln is very angry about the situation, but even after everything that happened, he couldn't bare breaking his family apart by calling the police
    • Played Straight in Chapter 10. When Chandler and his friends attack Lana, Lincoln loses it and beats them up. All five of them.
    • In chapter 12, Bobby makes it clear to Lori that he loves Lincoln like the little brother he never had. He was considering breaking up with Lori for contributing to the white-haired boy's suffering whether it was unintentional or not, but after seeing how Lori truly regrets everything she's done to Lincoln up until now, even tearfully saying she'll understand if her "Boo-Boo Bear" wants to end their relationship, he gives her a chance to atone for her mistakes. Until then, however, he won't be referring to her as "babe".
    • Both played straight and age-inverted in Chapter 16; Lincoln calls Luan out on her April Fool's Day antics primarily because he hated seeing Lucy, Lynn, Lola and Lana's states afterwards and when she reacts badly, he refuses to let Luan call herself a monster, even being somewhat angry at himself for driving her to tears and self-loathing.
    • Chapter 22 sees Lynn ripping into Ronnie for believing Lincoln would cheat on her and Carol is none too pleased that Conner is being blackmailed by Chandler.
    • When Lisa figures out that Chandler is behind all of Lincoln's trouble with the doctored photos and tells Lynn, the latter is immediately intent on making him pay and she's no happier when she finds out that Chandler's hired some thugs to pulverize her little brother.
    • Chapter 25 features a veritable cascade of this trope. Lynn fights to the point of literally being unable to move to protect Lincoln, Lori has a great showing against the bullies and Carol nearly murders one of the bullies via Neck Snap because they went after Conner.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Lincoln returns home and has forgiven his family, Chandler is publicly humiliated and the teens he hired to beat up Lincoln and Connor are punished. But Lynn is still not fully forgiven herself for her part in the whole bad luck debacle, Mr. Santiago is killed in a car crash thus forcing the Santiagos to move away from Royal Woods as they did in canon, and while Bobby forgave Lori, their relationship is still not the same as before.
  • Break the Cutie: This is to be expected of Lincoln after his family effectively show him that they value him more as an object for their own personal benefits rather than see him as a human being with feelings like the rest of them. In chapter 4, he is finally driven to tears after Lynn Jr (in blind anger) says she wishes her brother was never born.
    • Some of the sisters, specifically the younger ones, experience this shortly after getting called out by Lincoln for treating him poorly. First Lucy; in chapter 7, she tries to apologize to her brother and plead him to come home so the family could try to work things out, but Lincoln responds by coldly reminding Lucy how she didn't hesitate to throw him under the bus like everyone else, even after everything he's done for her. Most notably, how he had to sacrifice his weekend because he took the fall for the Goth.
    • Next there's Lana who after the events of chapter 4, has been tormented by nightmares of how she failed to save Lincoln from the alligator that attacked him at the zoo.
    • Lynn Jr. is a wreck, despite everything she did to Lincoln. She's terrified of her little brother, hasn't been taking care of herself and is having nightmares that clearly scare her so thoroughly she can't be bothered to put up a facade of bravado. And then after she and Lincoln have made real progress, enough that he calls her of anyone else for help when being chased by Chandler's hired thugs, she ultimately fails to take them down and is instead rendered immobile and at very real risk for a Forced to Watch scenario.
    • Luan takes the realization that her pranks could have crippled or even killed her siblings extremely badly, spending lots of time crying in the bathroom both at school and at Jillian's and even calling herself a monster.
  • Break the Haughty: Lynn, confident and arrogant, is broken over the course of this story.
  • Breather Episode: Chapter 5, relatively speaking, has a more positive tone in comparison to the previous chapters with Lincoln being accepted into the Santiago household after finding him out and alone along with the sisters trying desperately to find Lincoln so late at night.
    • Despite Luan's breakdown after Lincoln calls her out on her April Fool's Day pranks, Chapter 16 counts as it's all about Luna, Luan, and Leni making peace with Lincoln and even ends with Lincoln going out of his way to talk Luan out of her breakdown and even laughing happily at her lame joke about her pasta.
  • Broken Bird: The events of the story have caused Lynn Jr to become this, with her stopping taking care of herself despite her injuries because of the guilt of causing the conflict that led to Lincoln leaving the house and that can destroy the family.
  • The Bully: Chandler, who takes great delight in humiliating Lincoln every time he has the opportunity and attempts to physically bully him in chapter 10, ultimately even hiring Hazelturkey athletes to pulverize Lincoln (with Conner getting caught up in the mess as well).
  • Bystander Syndrome: The family is too shocked over Lincoln's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to stop Lincoln and Lynn Jr's fight. In chapter 20, Lynn Sr shamefully admits not stopping the fight was one of his and Rita's failures as parents.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • Why did Mr. Grouse not say or do anything when Lincoln was forced out into the backyard in the episode? He thought that the kid's family was playing a trick on him for lying and weren't actually serious about kicking him out of the house. Finding out that they were serious about it disgusts the old man, and he warns Lynn Sr that he will call the police if they ever do that again.
    • "Fool's Paradise" actually went pretty badly for everyone. Lucy wouldn't go to school until all the bleach washed off, Lynn had to have a medical exam to make sure she didn't catch anything from that monkey bite, Lola refused to leave her room until the stink of trash went away, Lincoln admits that Lana's reaction to the rhubarb, even if it was mild, was the worst he had ever seen on her and he also wonders if the prank that Rita sprung was meant for Lily, which he outright states could have killed her. Luan actually gets sick to her stomach when Lincoln deconstructs her intended prank for him, being doused in tar and then catapulted across the street into a pile of feathers, (her imagination running away with her didn't help either) and runs off to cry in the bathroom, spending the next few hours extremely morose and even delving into self-loathing.
    • Chapter 18 reveals that the reason why Rita said 'ten kids' in "Ties That Bind" instead of eleven was because she was tired from dealing with her husband's ties and it was a simple mix up.
    • Inverted in chapter 19, when Lori reveals that her and Bobby breaking up in "Save the Date" due to Ronnie Anne and Lincoln breaking up was actually just a ruse to get the two back together. She also admits that she wouldn't have followed up on her threats to Lincoln, or else she would get in deep trouble with her parents.
    • In chapter 20, we learn that due to poor communication, Lynn Sr. honestly didn't know that "Take Your Daughter To Work Day" had been changed to include sons as well back in 2003, and he had thus been excluding Lincoln for no reason.
  • Character Development: Several characters in the story go through their own form of growth and development as the story progresses.
    • Lincoln: At the beginning of the story, Lincoln started out as an Extreme Doormat for his family as he was constantly forced by them to wear the squirrel suit for its supposed good luck, no matter how much he didn't want to, and any attempt he made to dissuade them out their superstitious beliefs always failed because he was outnumbered. But the story proves that there is only so much abuse Lincoln is willing to take. When his family takes advantage of his docile nature one time too many, he completely snaps and angrily lashes out at the family for their selfishness, disrespect towards him and utter disregard for his feelings and safety. Sure it took him having to reach his Rage Breaking Point after finding out Rita lied to him about what really happened to his furniture, but it still proved to be the key motivator Lincoln needed to stand his ground and make it clear to his family he's not going to put up with them treating him like an object instead of a person any longer, and that if they continue refusing to comply with his wishes, then he won't hesitate a second time to rat them out to the police for the crime they committed. Lincoln's newfound assertiveness proves to be effective as evident when Lola AND Lynn (the two sisters who usually threaten Lincoln with physical violence to have their way with him) become more cautious around him to avoid angering him further, and not even Rita and Lynn Sr dare to ignore his demands of not making him come back home to avoid bringing the attention of law enforcement. Even if a sister bold enough to approach Lincoln were to tell him the whole family was sorry and want him to come home, Lincoln is so adamant in refusing to be persuaded to come back home in anyway and wants, no, DEMANDS, that if his family is genuinely sorry and truly want his forgiveness, they have to prove it by working for it instead of expecting him to hand them over forgiveness on a silver platter.
    • Lola: Being the bratty kid she is, Lola is used to intimidating and threatening Lincoln to have her way with him. But in chapter 4, she learned that her older brother isn't afraid to give the pageant princess a piece of his mind with anger that left her trembling. And beginning from chapter 8, Lola realized that being her usual bratty and demanding self was the absolute last thing the family needed, especially after hearing Lucy's news about Lincoln's ultimatum. When the family was getting broken up about Lincoln distancing himself from them, Lola's original plan was for her and Lana to somehow convince Lincoln to come back home so he could see the state the family was in, believing that if he saw for himself how much of a mess they were since he left, it would change his mind and decide to come back.
    • Luan: Being the kind of girl she is, Luan has a tendency to make puns and jokes (sometimes at the expense of others) even when someone's trying to have a serious conversation with her. Something Luna took note of in chapter 4. However after recent events from chapter 7, for the first time since the story started, Luan couldn't find a reason to make jokes about the dead-serious situation the family was in, and no amount of laughs was gonna fix it. In chapter 16, she learned that if she goes overboard with her pranks, she could hurt someone more than she realizes or even kill them, something that thoroughly horrifies and sickens her.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Ronnie to Lincoln. However, unlike many examples, Ronnie actually has a decent justification for why she doesn't want the other girls interested in Lincoln anywhere near him; prior to the whole insanity with Chandler in the park, these same girls were ignoring him at best and teasing him incessantly at worst so she knows they're only interested in his new rep, not him as a person.
  • Cooldown Hug: Rita hugs Lincoln like this in chapter 18.
  • Darker and Edgier: On one hand, the story deals with the thought of living with people who don't love you and treat you like you're nothing else to them. That's definitely something more serious and a tad mature for a show like The Loud House. Plus there's also some profanity in the more recent chapters...
    • Lighter and Softer: ... On the other hand, the story itself is this to other fanfics based on "No Such Luck", which all involve Lincoln dying or getting brutally hurt in some way after being kicked out of the house. Word of God has made it clear that he wants the story to go in a much more realistic direction that doesn't involve Lincoln's death. Okay, yeah, Lincoln did wind up indirectly killing a dog that was attacking him in chapter 3, but Lincoln is still alive, right?
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: A sibling version. Ronnie Anne dislikes Lori, viewing her as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, and learning of the events of "No Such Luck" did not help her opinion of Lori. But seeing how Lori was regretful of her actions and her wanting to make up for them improves her opinion of Lori.
    • Interestingly Chapter 22 reveals that Lynn has this towards Ronnie as she doesn't approve of the younger girl's Loving Bully behavior, even openly stating she's not sure Ronnie actually likes Lincoln or just his new reputation since the pair only started openly dating after the incident with Chandler. Like above, this is ultimately subverted when Lynn sees how much Ronnie cares for Lincoln.
  • Declaration of Protection:
    • In Chapter 5, Ronnie Anne comforts Lincoln by saying that she will always be there to protect him (though she mentally sighs at how sappy she's sounding) and manages to make him stop crying.
    • In Chapter 10, Lincoln tells Chandler never to go after any of his sisters or his friends ever again or he will make sure Chandler regrets it.
  • Deconstruction:
    • Like Syngenesophobia, the story deconstructs certain aspects of The Loud House. In the show, Lincoln is the resident Butt-Monkey to near-Cosmic Plaything level, to the point that some fans felt that he has become a Designated Monkey. However, in the show, Lincoln doesn't suffer from psychological traumas because of this treatment. The story, however, shows how much Lincoln suffers after the whole ordeal in "No Such Luck" when his sisters and parents treat him like a mere good luck charm, rather than a family member (or a human being, for that matter). To the point that he begins to wonder if his family even loves him anymore.
    • The story can also be seen as a deconstruction of the Reset Button and Negative Continuity. Indeed, thanks to it, the show can put Lincoln in embarrassing situations, but doesn't have to deal with the long-term consequences of it as all will be null and void in the next episode. "No Such Luck" is a prime example of it. Lincoln can be abused during the episode in the name of the Rule of Funny, to child-abuse level by real world's standards, but still be fine in the next episode, as if nothing happened. What is a Person Worth? remembers us that in reality, there is no Reset Button and that, if something happens, it will have long-term consequences. Long-term consequences as in depression and developing a strong resentment towards his family.
      • It similarly deconstructs the combination of Reset Button and Amusing Injuries from "Fool's Paradise". The pranks pulled by Luan in said episode here had lasting effects that while not permanent, didn't go away easily, with Lynn and Lana in particular actually being medical concerns, and were traumatizing.
    • Chapter 6 winds up acting as a deconstruction of a certain story trope of most other "No Such Luck" response fics: as much as Lincoln knows he should get the cops involved concerning his mistreatment, he cannot bring himself to do it.
      Was he really going to break his family apart, just to get back at them for their stupidity?...
      • Although Chapter 18 reconstructs it a bit by having Rita assuring Lincoln that he did the right thing in wanting to call the police, and even admit that had he called the police and if she and his father were arrested, they would have completely deserved it, even going as far as to have Lincoln promise to call the police if she and his father ever do something like that again.
    • Interestingly, Chapter 16 somewhat deconstructs the idea of a "Reason You Suck" Speech about Luan's April Fool's Day antics being a Catharsis Factor. Lincoln actually feels pretty guilty about blowing up at her, especially since she ran off to cry immediately afterwards and remains gloomy at the siblings' lunch date and is outright horrified when she starts to call herself a monster.
    • Chapter 22 features Lynn deconstructing both Big Sister Bully and Loving Bully as well as their specific brands of Hypocritical Heartwarming.
    • Chapter 25 deconstructs the way lots of people make Lynn easily able to curbstomp opponents regardless with her not fairing well against multiple opponents, especially since they're bigger than her and her injuries land her in the hospital. The chapter also features Stuffed into a Trashcan being deconstructed, with the experience making Ronnie extremely sick.
  • Despair Speech: Lynn gives a big one to her grandfather about how she caused this mess in chapter 9:
    "Everything...it's my fault the family is like this...I made Lincoln come to my stupid game and blamed him for our loss just because I couldn't take any responsibility for my actions...I put all my faith in luck and look where it got us?...I lost my brother...my family is torn over it...and I'm nothing but a stupid, inconsiderate...bitch..." Lynn tugged her legs into her chest.
    Albert frowned at Lynn's choice of words, but he could see her point. "Well, Sweetie; I wouldn't say you're...that...you just needed time to realize your mistakes, and-"
    "Yes. I. AM!" Lynn shouted in defiance as she faced her grandfather. "I'm the one who initially blamed Lincoln as bad luck! I'm the one who helped spread the rumor about his luck! I'M THE ONE WHO TURNED THE WHOLE FAMILY AGAINST HIM WHEN HE ACTUALLY TOLD THE TRUTH! I COULDN'T EVEN HANDLE THE HARSH WORDS HE SAID WHEN HE TOLD ME I WAS A SORE LOSER!" Tears were streaming from her face now. She held her foot up. "See this Pop-Pop?! Lincoln bit me here and I fully deserved it! Last time I spoke to him, I told him I wished he was never born!..." The athlete's voice was now broken up as she began to cry harder. "I-I never meant to s-say that...if anything, I-I'm the one who shouldn't have been born..." She sniffled. "All of the times I treated him like a w-wuss...a-all the times I took advantage of him because h-he's not as athletic like me...I'm officially the worst sister in this family...Lincoln's gone because of me! A-And he's never coming back!..." Lynn finished, continuing to cry on the ground.
    • She gives another one during her breakdown in Chapter 21, this time in front of Lincoln.
    "Lincoln..." Lynn spoke quietly. Lincoln blinked, his mouth dropping a little. He could've swore for a second, her voice almost sounded like Lucy's. "I'm...I'm not sure if I should even be in front of you right now...as great as a brother you are, I've been nothing but a terrible-no...horrible sister to you. Everything that's happened, all the way back to when I lost that one game..." Lynn's eyes became glassy. When she blinked, small tears started to roll down her cheeks. "It's all my fault...I know you might be thinking you had a hand in everything, b-but if I hadn't let my superstitions get out of hand...if I hadn't called you bad luck..." The teen gritted her teeth as more tears pooled down her face. Her hands tightened into fists as the frustration with herself grew. "I-If I had just learned to shut my mouth for once, none of this would've happened!"..."I always loved you Lincoln...ever since we were babies..." Lynn brought a hand to her face to wipe off a few tear stains. "I couldn't have asked for a better brother than the one I have right now, and I was too stupid to see it..." The brunette sniffled a little. "I didn't mean anything I said that night about not wanting you around, but you were right Lincoln...not only am I a sore loser, I'm the worst sister ever..." She recalled the first nightmare she had following Lincoln's absence. "If you weren't born...I..." Lynn tried to form the words, but the memory of seeing her brother being killed before he even had a chance to be born pushed them down her throat, only letting choked sobs come through. The teen sank to her knees, her hands covering her watery eyes. Tears seeped out from the palms of her hands and between her fingers, running down the length of her arm until they finally dripped off her elbows.
  • Disappointed in You:
    • Implied. When Chandler's mother Marriot first appears, she is focused on his well-being, but she also fully admits that he deserved what happened to him, and how lucky they are that the Loud family hasn't pressed charges on them.
    • Albert gives a mild one to Lynn Sr. and Rita.
    • Cristina to Conner when she learns he made a deal with Chandler, and Chandler used the pictures of them together to damage Lincoln's reputation.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • After getting fed up with being treated as a pushover by his own family, Lincoln snaps and stands up to them like never before and even puts the family in a position which threatens to break them apart permanently if they do anything to piss him off any more than they already have.
    • After having to put up with Chandler's bullying during weeks, Lincoln finally snaps and gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in Chapter 10.
  • Dramatic Irony: In chapter 13, Rita notices to herself how she and her husband never pay attention to their kids' misadventures, resulting in the both of them always being too late to prevent them from getting out of hand, but the one time they did pay attention and could have prevented it, they ended up picking the stupidest choice and made things worse.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Ronnie Anne reveals in Chapter 11 that her classmates from elementary school were deathly afraid of her after she had beaten up a couple of students who were bothering her.
    • From the same chapter, Lincoln accidentally becomes one in the aftermath of Chandler's beating, in which most of the boys in his class fear that Lincoln would hurt them the same way. Not to mention chapter 13 ends with Lynn outright shaking when she bumps into Lincoln and Ronnie and then fleeing the moment she gets a chance.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The epilogue mentions how Mr. Santiago was killed in a car crash.
  • Double Standard: In chapter 19, Lincoln explains to Lori how he thinks Lori threatening him when he goes into her room but not any of their sisters when they do the same thing and how he can't go into her room without permission but she and the girls can barge into his room whenever they want is a blatant double standard about how because he's a boy, he doesn't get to have privacy but he has to give it to them or else. He also points out that said double standard caused the main conflict of the story because he just wanted some time to himself which he wasn't getting due to the double standard.

     E-H 
  • Easily Forgiven: Defied; Lincoln is not going to forgive his family easy, even though he gives them a chance to redeem themselves. Played straight with Lincoln forgiving Ronnie Anne for her bullying and falling for Chandler's plot of revenge. While it took a long time, the family worked hard to earn Lincoln's forgiveness.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The family finally reconciled with Lincoln finally forgiving everyone and getting recognition and gratitude as their son and brother.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Nie Nie for Ronnie Anne.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Lincoln has every right to be furious with his family, and wants nothing to do with them, but he isn't spiteful enough to call the police on them in the earlier chapters nor seeing Lana get hurt and he's not going to let anyone mess with any of his other sisters if he can help it either.
    • Also, while he swore to himself that he would make Lynn pay for what she did and said to him if she crossed his path again, Lincoln can't bring himself to actually hurt her when they meet for the first time since their fight, as he notices that she has been wounded more than he anticipated during their fightnote  and she is visibly scared of him.
    • Conner Pingrey is a mild Jerkass who holds a grudge on Lincoln for a rather petty reason. However, even he finds Chandler's assault on six-years-old Lana repulsive. Played With when he decides to help Chandler prank Lincoln as a revenge anyway in exchange of a big sum of money, but chapter 14 hints that he has second-thoughts about doing it and his inner thoughts later show that he would be perfectly happy to double-cross him after getting the money. He's also furious when Chandler uses him to frame Lincoln for cheating on Ronnie, though that one's personal, and furious that Chandler also used Cristina during his plot.
    • Luan is disgusted when her sisters think her sarcastic statement about how their parents must be thrilled that Lincoln now knows that they know he's at Ronnie's house, which the other sisters all clearly worry could drive him to disappear completely, is an actual joke.
    • While Lincoln didn't regret making Luan realize how dangerous her pranks could be in Chapter 16, he did regret making her cry and hate herself.
    • While Bobby is angry at Lori for treating Lincoln horribly and has every right to dump her, when she tells him that she understands if he will never forgives her, he's willing to give her a second chance even though he's still disappointed in her.
    • While Lincoln was still on the fence about forgiving Lynn as of Chapter 21, he was willing to talk to her after Lori expressed worry about her mental health and actively consoles her when she starts breaking down.
  • Fatal Flaw: The family's Skewed Priorities where they let their superstitions taken over Lincoln's well-being is the spark that lit the powder keg of the fic. Lynn herself have three more flaws:
    • Her Pride, she refused to accept that she and her team lost the game just because the other team played better.
    • Her Never My Fault attitude when Lincoln confronted her about it, Lynn refuses to accept that she was wrong. However, this finally leads to...
    • Her constant remorse, Lynn's constant beating of herself drawn concern for her family.
  • Filler: The author admitted that chapter 14 was more filler than anything, hence why it was shorter compared to the other chapters.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Lincoln and Connor became this in Chapter 24, after the two discovering how they're Not So Different from one another.
  • Flowers of Romance / Chocolate of Romance: Conner uses the classic combination of these two when apologizing to Cristina in chapter 24.
  • Food as Bribe: Technically Leni, Luna and Luan taking Lincoln to Jillian's in Chapter 16 as part of their apology is this trope since the location is an eatery. However Lincoln's more interested in the arcade section.
  • Forgiveness: A big theme in this story. Lincoln is rightfully angry with his family because of their treatment and actions towards him. He runs away and wants nothing to do with them. He can barely remember the good moments they had and focuses a lot more on the bad memories. And any member of the family who has the balls to come within spitting distance of him after what happened would be on the receiving end of his cold hostility. But he also cannot bring himself to call the cops and destroy his family forever. So he gives his family a chance to earn back his love and trust, but at the same time warns them that if any of them try to force him to come back home before he's ready, then he will make good on his threat and call the cops on them. So far, Albert manages to convince Lincoln to consider why he should forgive them. Then Lincoln forgives Lana, Lily, and Lola (Though not as much as the former two since Lily is only a baby and Lana personally tried to help him when Chandler attacked him, getting beaten up for her trouble), and starts losing some of his anger to his sisters. And while he has not forgiven Lynn by the run-in mentioned under Everyone Has Standards, he could not bring himself to hurt her when he met her again. Chapter 16 has him forgiving Leni, Luna and Luan, even going out of his way to make Luan feel better when his (admittedly justified) "The Reason You Suck" Speech about her pranking antics drives her to tears and self-loathing. Chapter 19 sees Lori and Lincoln talking things out, not only making progress towards him forgiving her but also towards him and Lynn talking out their issues. Chapter 21 has Lucy earn her brother's forgiveness with a special poem and Lynn's breakdown marks the first steps in their reconciliation, a process continued in Chapter 22 when Lynn calls Ronnie out for believing that Lincoln would cheat on her. And Chapter 25 features both Lynn and Lori making full amends by saving Lincoln from Chandler's hired thugs. For the Loud family not only do they have to earn Lincoln's forgiveness, but also have to forgive themselves for their actions to him. Out of the family, Lynn has the hardest time forgiving herself and feels even if Lincoln forgives the family, he will never forgive her. Ultimately, by Chapter 25, Lincoln has fully forgiven his family and their bond is stronger than ever.
  • Friendship Favoritism: Out of all his friends, Clyde and Ronnie Anne are the only ones Lincoln trusts to know his situation with his family, and he refuses to tell his other friends what's going on. Justified, as Lincoln points out that his other friends are quick to turn on him and show themselves as Fair Weather Friends. Lincoln even admits that out of all his friends, Clyde is the only one he trusts. Downplay when Lincoln realizes he was a little hard to his other friends and apologizes and shares a few details of the situation, while still not trusting them with the full truth. To Lincoln's other friends' credit, they understand why he has a problem trusting them and they are trying to be more supportive of him.
  • Good Luck Charm: The Louds treat Lincoln this way whenever he wears the squirrel suit, and boy does it come back to bite them in their asses later.
  • Good Parents: The Santiago parents.
    • After unknowingly being a Abusive Parent in the beginning of the story, Rite steps back into being a good mother in chapter 18. After Lincoln breaks down about the guilt of his part in causing the situation, she comforts him, telling him that yes, he lied about the bad luck and did not try to tell them until it was too late, but that's where his blame ends. That most of the blame goes to her and his father. How they regret making such a horrible mistake. That Lincoln did the right thing by threatening to call the police. Finally, Rita asks Lincoln to promise her to call the police if she and his father ever do something like that again.
    • Lynn Sr goes back to being a good parent in chapter 20. He talks with Lincoln about their issues. About how he spends more time with his sisters than him. Lynn Sr assures Lincoln that he does not favor his sisters over him and apologizes to Lincoln for making him feel that he did. He works hard to make Lincoln happy. And finally protects him from bullies.
  • Guilt Complex:
    • Lynn. Throughout the story, she blames herself for this situation, feeling that she destroyed her family forever, and even if Lincoln does forgive the family, he will never forgive her. She has stopped eating and taking care of herself, something that the other girls stop by Chapter 19 but her mental health is still awful and ultimately drives her to break down in front of Lincoln after he reconciles with Lucy in Chapter 21.
    • As the story progresses, we learn that Lincoln does not purely see himself as a victim of the Bad Luck rumor, but feels guilty for his hand in spreading the rumor and other times he acted like a jerk or was selfish.
    • Chapter 16 sees Luan develop one over how dangerous and hurtful her pranks are for her family. Unlike Lynn however, she gets over the worst of it because Lincoln actually sees how badly she's taking the revelation and can't bring himself to let her delve into self-hate.
  • Hate Sink: In a story where a constant theme is that people aren't perfect and make mistakes, but that doesn't make them bad people, Chandler, the essential antagonist of the fic, is the only main character to be an exception. Portrayed as a smug and cruel bully, Chandler initially just picked on Lincoln over his situation, but later crosses a line when he physically attacks Lincoln's six-year-old sister Lana by throwing her into a pond. After this and Chandler's subsequent beatdown goes viral, rather than learn his lesson, Chandler's ego is so wounded he plans to ruin Lincoln's reputation and relationships by framing him for cheating on Ronnie Anne. Failing that, he simply hires out a group of jocks to beat up Lincoln out of spite; he also hires them to attack his former partner Connor to tie up loose ends.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Non-lethal variant. In chapter 4, Luna begins to realize how poorly the family is treating Lincoln and how it’s affecting him. Unfortunately, her realization comes too late for her to change anything before the situation escalates.
  • Heel Realization: In chapter 19, Lori realizes how much of a bully she has been towards Carol Pingrey, and how misplaced her jealousy of the girl was.
    • By Chapter 22, Lynn has come to realize just how much of a Big Sister Bully she's been to Lincoln and how badly she and the other Loud girls have been treating him for a while.
  • Heroes' Frontier Step: Rita in chapter 18 when she comforts Lincoln about his guilt over his part in the situation and assures Lincoln that he did the right thing by threatening to call the police. She admits she does not know how she can keep this situation from happening again, but has Lincoln promise to call the police if it ever does. Even Lincoln is shocked that she's gone from doing anything to avoid going to prison to now accepting whatever consequences she would face should she ever draw such a response from her son. This goes to the others earning Lincoln's forgiveness; case in point is Lynn standing up for Lincoln.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Two non-fatal examples; Ronnie Anne attempts to defend Lincoln against the bullies hired by Chandler and the two thugs from Dairyland, and for her troubles is shoved into a garbage can and sent rolling away. While not seriously hurt, she ends up having to stay home sick due to her ordeal. Lynn is much less fortunate, as she is overpowered by Hank and Hawk after dealing with Chandler's thugs and beaten so badly she suffers from multiple bone fractures and passes out. She eventually recovers but if it had not been for the timely intervention of Lori and Carol, the outcome could easily have been worse.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Pretty much everyone who wronged Lincoln is on the receiving end of this at one point or another in the story, and every single one of them is forced to come to terms with it after Lincoln has finally had enough.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Essentially the theme of this fic is that while people can and will do bad things, it doesn't make them all bad people.
  • Humiliation Conga: What Lincoln, his sisters, and their friends put Chandler through in the final chapter to pay him back for everything he did. Before they start their prank, Chandlers friends already abandoned him and Chandler himself is living in constant fear for being pinpointed as the real culprit behind the brutal attack on Lincoln and Connor, and what Lincoln might do to him. The prank itself consists of Chandler being kicked in the face by a spring-loaded boot, doused in water from the school sprinklers, covered in hay, being chased by 20 crows, tackled and given several kicks in the groin by Ronnie Anne, and then assaulted by the crows again. And all of this in front of practically the whole school, with dozens of students snapping pictures or filming his misfortune.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: In chapter 10, Luna admits that it's hypocritical of her when she called out the rest of the family on their behavior in chapter 4 since she's just as guilty as the rest of them. However...
  • Hypocrite Has a Point:

     I-N 
  • I Am a Monster: Luan believes this after Lincoln calls out her April Fool's Day antics; Lincoln felt bad when he realizes this and is quick to talk her down.
  • Idiot Ball: The whole Loud family takes this when they take extremely superstitious and lost some common sense, them acting out of fear that something would befall THEM. This is especially true for Lisa (who normally doesn't believe in the supernatural) and Rita (who is normally the sanest of the two parents). Lampshaded by Rita in chapter 13, when she remarks that she and Lynn Sr. made the stupidest choice in this situation.
    • The whole school pretty much snagged this ball in Chapter 22 when almost no one sees through Chandler's faked pictures of Lincoln and Cristina dating (really pictures of Cristina and Conner, several of which are doctored). While some people do eventually figure out the truth, most of them are friends of either Lincoln himself or one of the Loud sisters and Lincoln's reputation is still pretty shot. Heck; Cristina's friends all assume she's just embarrassed when she denies seeing Lincoln in any way resembling the photos and coo over how cute a couple they are and other kids openly discuss how Cristina deserves him more than "that troll Ronnie Anne".
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • Inverted when Lincoln tells his mother he feels guilty for considering calling the police on her and his father. She assures him that he did the right thing, and even admit that had he called the police and if she and his father were arrested, they would have completely deserved it. Rita even goes as far as to have Lincoln promise to call the police if she and his father ever do something like that again.
    • In chapter 22 Lynn feels she had to be hard towards Ronnie because she remembered the last time she and her sisters did not listen to Lincoln, and what it resulted in.
  • I Gave My Word: True to his word, and even though Chandler ends up using Conner as an Unwitting Pawn to be sure he doesn't try to weasel out of their deal and the latter ultimately didn't contribute anything on their plan outside of accidentally dying his hair lighter, Chandler still gives Conner the $350 he promised him in exchange for his help, with an extra 10 to buy his silence.
  • I Have No Son!: Downplayed and Inverted; for the latter side, the story has Lincoln no longer wanting to do with his family. But on the former, it also shows that Lincoln still wants to forgive them and be a family again. Chapter 10 reveals Lincoln forgiving Lana after he saves her from bullying and Chapter 16 sees Leni, Luna, and Luan earning his forgiveness. Rita takes her first steps towards mending her relationship with Lincoln and Lori makes the first steps towards forgiveness in Chapter 19. And Lynn Sr. manages to make great progress during the Dairyland trip, even managing a Papa Wolf moment. Chapter 21 sees Lincoln forgiving Lucy and making the first steps with reconciling with Lynn, a process furthered in the following chapter when she stands up for him against a furious Ronnie, pointing out that Lincoln would never cheat on her and that Ronnie is a hypocrite since her Loving Bully antics aren't as different from the way Lynn has treated Lincoln as she likes to believe. Ultimately Lynn getting beaten to a bloody pulp and Lori pulling a Big Damn Heroes when Chandler's hired thugs go after Lincoln repairs their relationship with their brother and the story ends with the Loud family bond stronger than ever.
  • Ill Girl: Lynn slowly becomes one as her guilt over the incident continues to mount, with her refusing to eat or sleep to the point of malnutrition and dehydration. It becomes so serious that the sisters, Lori in particular are forced to resort to drastic measures to get her the rest and nutrition she needs.
  • In Spite of a Nail: The Santiagos still moved out nonetheless just like in canon, after Marcus dying.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • In chapter 9, Lola and Lana discover that Lincoln is staying over at the Santiago's house, and proceed to tell Lori about this.
    • In chapter 15, Maria and Marcus Santiago get to hear the full story of what happened at the Louds and why Lincoln has been staying with them since Thursday. In the same chapter, Lincoln finds out that his family knows he's staying over at the Santiagos'.
    • Lincoln finally learns how guilty Lynn has been feeling about her part in this conflict in the story from Lori in chapter 19.
    • In chapter 21, the rest of Lincoln's friends learn parts of his home situation.
    • In chapter 22 Cristina learns of Chandler's plan from Conner.
  • Irony: As Rita and Lynn Sr. explain in chapter 18 and chapter 20 — they don't truly favor the sisters over Lincoln, it's just that they are working hard not to play favorites, causing them to make a lot of questionable decisions like kicking Lincoln out of the house. Meaning that trying not to play favorites with their children has caused them to favor their daughters over Lincoln, and their unintentional abuse of Lincoln can destroy their family.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Lynn's sentiments as of Chapter 9, where she breaks down over how badly she's messed things up.
    • Chapter 18, we learn that Lincoln himself is also suffering from this. Underneath his anger towards his family he's suffering from a lot of self-loathing and depression.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: Lynn, during her fight with Lincoln, wishes he was never born. She regrets saying that, but Lincoln runs away before she can apologize.
  • Jerkass Ball: Deconstruction. In the show, the Loud Family would sometimes take a level in jerkass for an episode. Here, there are consequences, their mistreatment of Lincoln has caused him to develop a strong resentment towards his family, and their abuse of him could destroy the family forever if the police are called.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • All the Louds after Lincoln's "The Reason You Suck" Speech in chapter 4, especially Luna (who likewise calls her family out on their behavior and then leaves to try and find Lincoln).
    • Downplayed to a "Tsundere Realization" with Ronnie Anne, not so much with her being Lincoln's girlfriend, but watching the video of Lincoln beating the crap out of Chandler and his goons reminds her of her bullying Lincoln. Mostly because she feared about what would happen if she went too far had she not revealed her crush on him.
    • Chapter 16 has Lincoln force one on Luan about her April Fool's Day pranks; he technically has one later in the chapter though it is Downplayed to "Was Too Hard on Her Realization" as while he doesn't regret making her have the realization of her own nor calling her out for it, he does regret making her cry and when Luan starts talking herself down, he makes the point that she can't be a monster because she feels so bad about it.
    • Lincoln has a downplayed one; while rightfully angry at his family, he feels he went a little too far in calling them out, like with Lucy. He also feels guilty for how he treated his other friends.
    • Ronnie Anne in chapter 22 when she realizes she was quick to believe Lincoln was cheating on her, with little evidence aside from the photograph Chandler sent her.
    • Cristina has a subtle one where she realizes Lincoln was not a creep; he just had a crush on her.
    • Conner has this when he interacts with Lincoln in chapter 24; when Lincoln apologizes to Conner for what happened in the store, and the two bond over their difficulties with their sisters, Conner realizes Lincoln's not a bad guy and feels guilty for his part in Chandler's plan.
  • The Jinx: Ironically, because bad things tend to happen to him when he wears it, Lincoln starts to wonder if the Squirrel Suit isn't cursed to bring bad luck to him.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Lincoln says something to an extent in Chapter 11, when he mentions that he doesn't want to be feared or unloved. He just wants people to stop messing with him and to have a normal life.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Lincoln gives his family an ultimatum. Either they somehow try to convince him to give them another chance to be a better family and drop the superstitious beliefs they've been obsessing over lately, or he completely cuts all ties with them and has the police arrest his parents, the older sisters sent to juvie, and the younger sisters put into foster care, destroying the family forever. Obviously, they don't take it well.
    • Lynn guilt over causing the situation is destroying her and has caused her to stop taking care of herself. She even lampshades the trope itself in Chapter 24, when she notes that she was now scared of him, instead of vice versa.
    • Chandler loses his reputation in school after Lincoln beats him up and the whole incident is filmed.
    • Conner took the deal with Chandler, which results in his new relationship with Cristina getting damaged.
    • It can be seen as karma that the pictures Chandler took damaged Cristina's reputation. While it's understandable she feels the need to switch classes to get away from Lincoln, and when some boys bullied Lincoln to keep him away from her, she was not a part of that, but she had the nerve to be interested in Lincoln when he became popular.
    • The epilogue features Luan helping Lincoln prank the hell out of Chandler; couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
  • Licked by the Dog: Fangs, Lucy's pet bat, perches peacefully on Lynn's shoulder while she's breaking down in Chapter 8.
  • Mama Bear: Rita when she protects Lincoln against Hank and Hawk while visiting Dairyland.
  • Missing Mom: Rita's mother is revealed to have died of a heart attack while Rita was in middle school.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: When Conner accidentally dyes his hair white and ends up getting friendly with Christina, Chandler decides to invoke this trope. In chapter 21 he finally goes through with this plan by taking several pictures of the two together, photoshops Lincoln's face in the ones where it would otherwise be obvious it's Conner, and then sends the pictures to everybody in the school. It has mixed results, with the people closest to Lincoln (and his sisters) seeing through it but a lot of the rank and file of the school buying it hook, line and sinker.
  • Moral Myopia: Chandler's father Brandon wanted to arrest Lincoln for beating his son, not caring that Chandler attacked him with four other boys, and that Chandler tried to brutalize Lincoln's 6-year-old sister. Averted with his wife Marriott, who was against calling the police and told him how lucky they were the Loud family was not pressing charges against them.
  • Moment of Weakness:
    • The Loud Family themselves where they let their superstitions take over their better judgment.
    • Lynn herself when she lets her Pride control her, causing her to fight with and hurt Lincoln, causing him to run away.
    • Ronnie Anne when she was quick to believe Lincoln was cheating on her in chapter 22.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 21's heartwarming reconciliation between Lincoln, Lucy, and Lynn is interrupted by Chandler's doctored photos turning up on everyone's phones and a furious Ronnie who wants to know why Lincoln's seeing Cristina behind her back.
  • Must Make Amends: The whole Loud family wants to make up to Lincoln and prove they love him.
  • My Hair Came Out Green: In chapter 17, Conner accidentally uses Carol's shampoo, which turns his hair white, just like Lincoln's.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In chapter 4, Luna eventually realizes that she and the rest of the family have gone too far with their treatment of Lincoln. Leni does too after Luna talks with her. The whole Loud family realizes at the end of chapter 4 and in chapter 5.
    • Chapter 8 has the twins have back-to-back ones: Lola for accusing Lana of not caring if Lincoln had died during the gator attack and Lana for nearly choking Lola to death for that remark.
    • Downplayed to "My God, Why Haven't I Done It Sooner?" in chapter 11 by Lincoln himself, for not believing in Lana's apology and rescuing her on time. That being said, he doesn't feel remorse for beating up Chandler and his friends badly.
    • Played With to "My God, What Was I Thinking?" in the same chapter with Ronnie Anne, since her watching the video of Lincoln beating up Chandler reminds her bullying Lincoln, since she's afraid that she might've ended up like Chandler if she pushed too far."
    • Lynn appears to have a similar reaction to Ronnie after seeing how much worse Lincoln could have hurt her than he did, and now seems totally afraid of her little brother.
    • Luan has this realization when Lincoln tells her how some of her pranks in "Fool's Paradise" caused lasting damage (even stating outright that Lana's reaction to the rhubarb scared him). While Lincoln didn't regret calling her out for her actions in itself (especially since his main reason for doing so was because he hated the states Lynn, Lucy, and the twins were in after that mess), he still thought he went too far upon realizing how badly Luan took the speech he gave her.
    • Chapter 22 sees Conner have this realization when Chandler uses him to make Lincoln look like he's cheating on Ronnie; he knew Chandler was bad news but was confident in his ability to screw him over. Unfortunately for him, Chandler pulled one over on him and enacted the Mistaken for Cheating plan, damaging his new relationship with Cristina and Lincoln's reputation. The same chapter has Ronnie Anne realize how quickly she believed Lincoln was cheating on her and how little it shows she thinks of him.
  • Mystical White Hair: We find out in chapter 20 that Lincoln inherited Poliosis from Pop-Pop, which means his hair lacks pigment. It skipped every girl in his family including his mother and affected only him.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Bratty Kid in "Cereal Offender" is named Conner
  • Never My Fault:
    • Lynn Jr adamantly refuses to even consider that maybe she lost her game because her skills weren't good enough. Though she later regrets it later on when she begins experiencing a nightmare in Chapter 6. It's finally averted by Chapter 9, where she insists the whole mess is her fault and ends up in hysterical tears on Pop-Pop's shoulder.
    • Averted with Lincoln. He fully admits to his part in the mess and admits he should not have let the bad luck rumor drag on for so long, but he rightfully points out that the family took it too far by kicking him out of the house, treating him like a good luck charm, and not caring about his feelings and safely. And Lincoln admits he spread the rumor and apologizes. Inverted and Reconstruction in chapter 18 and 20. Because Lincoln takes full responsibility for his actions, he was able to see both sides to the problem and reconnect with his parents. In chapter 18, when Lincoln breaks down because of his part in causing the situation and all the times he has been selfish and caused problems, Rita hugs him and ensures him that, even if he shares some responsibility for the situation, most of the blame is on her and his father. In chapter 20, he is angry at his father, but does not want to be. He admits that he was hurt that he never sees Lynn Sr and Rita use his homemade mugs like they use his sisters' presents, but acknowledges they were poorly made. Lincoln is happy to learn that his parents brought the first pair to a local pottery maker to have them redone, and actually still use those 2, but couldn't afford to have the others remade as well.
    • Played straight with Chandler who wants to take revenge on Lincoln for his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown even though Lincoln only did that because Chandler and his goons went after Lana and probably would have left Chandler alone if Lana's distraction had worked properly.
  • Nightmare Sequence:
    • Lynn has one at the start of chapter 6, in which she is confronted by an evil version of herself, who shows her a reality in which Rita lost Lincoln in a miscarriage caused by Lynn hitting her with a ball when she was two.
    • She has another in chapter 15, in which she finds Lincoln sneaking back into the house in the middle of the night, and when she confronts him he tells her he forgave his entire family except her, and he never will, before leaving again, this time for good.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: [[spoiler: Chandler and his group are on the receiving end of one in chapter 10, courtesy of Lincoln after the bullies hurt Lana.
    • Lynn suffers one trying to save Lincoln from Chandler's hired thugs. While she manages a Heroic Second Wind, she still ends up motionless on the ground and helpless to defend anybody. Then Lori and Carol show up and deliver one of these to the remaining thugs on their siblings' behalf.
  • Not So Different: In Chapter 22, Lynn points out that Ronnie's Loving Bully behavior isn't as different from Lynn's mistreatment of Lincoln, both within this story and prior, as the younger girl wants to believe since both of them ignored Lincoln's wishes in favor of doing what they wanted.
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     O-Z 
  • The Oath-Breaker: As Lincoln pointed out, Mr. and Mrs. Loud stated that they would never kick any of their children out of the house in the episode "Ties That Bind". However, in "No Such Luck", this is exactly what they do to Lincoln when everybody starts seeing him as nothing but The Jinx. The Loud parents realize this and now have to make up to Lincoln for breaking that promise to him.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Lola noted in chapter 4 and 9 that Lincoln was so angry, even she was terrified of him, especially when he hoisted her up by her collar in the same manner as Ronnie Anne in chapter 3.
    • As of chapter 13, Lucy, Lisa, Luna, Lynn Sr. and Rita all have noticed that Lynn isn't eating or sleeping well and has severely slowed down, even more than could be explained by her broken leg, not to mention she's having nightmares bad enough to strip away her bravado. Chapter 16 shows that all the sisters have noticed, and then the following chapter has her having a panic attack at the idea of going to sleep because she doesn't want to see Lincoln hating her again.
    • To emphasize the seriousness of her condition, Lucy sees Lynn becoming more and more like herself......She is openly scared of what is happening to her elder sister and doing her damnedest to snap her out of it.
    • In Chapter 21, Lynn responds to Lucy and Lincoln reconciling by bursting into tears and babbling apologies; Lincoln is shocked and driven to hug her consolingly.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • At the end of Chapter 8, Lisa discovers that Lincoln is staying with the Santiagos... and is hinted to want to use this information, which, given the fragile state of the family's relationships, won't end well if she chooses poorly.
    • Chapter 9 ends with the twins telling the rest of the family where Lincoln is, and Lori doesn't appear to be too happy about it...
    • Chapter 11 has the Loud siblings watching a recording of their brother's vicious beatdown of Chandler after the latter made the mistake of attacking Lana right in front of him. Lynn's reaction to this is pure awe on one side and eleven levels of this on the other; having watched her kid brother completely demolish five bullies almost singlehandedly out of pure rage, she realizes that he could've done far worse to her than what he did to her leg. Chapter 13 confirms this, as when she accidentally bumps into him she's actually terrified of him, and is careful not to provoke him before rushing home as fast as she could.
    • Chapter 16 has Luan reacting very badly to the realization of how badly her pranks upset her family and how wrong they could have gone. Later on, Lincoln has this reaction when he realizes his "The Reason You Suck" Speech has caused her to think of herself as a monster, prompting him to apologize since while he didn't regret the calling out itself, he didn't mean to make her cry.
    • Chapter 17 has Conner's reaction to turning his hair white with his sister's shampoo. It's Played for Laughs up until Chandler decides to use this turn of events to set Lincoln up to look like he's cheating on Ronnie with Christina, at which the readers likely get this kind of moment. He later has another moment of this trope when he realizes how deeply mired in Chandler's manipulations he is and how he's severely damaged his budding relationship with Cristina.
    • Ronnie has a downplayed moment when she realizes she jumped to conclusions because of the doctored photos and scared Lincoln with her unjustified anger over his supposed cheating.
    • Ronnie only has time for this trope before being Stuffed into a Trashcan to take her out of the fight in Chapter 25.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: During Lincoln and Lynn's fight, Lynn told him that he never was her ideal brother, she never loved him, and that she wished that he was never even born. She immediately realizes that it was a horrible thing to say, but it was too late to apologize.
  • Papa Wolf: Lynn Sr. when he protects Lincoln against Hank and Hawk while visiting Dairyland.
  • Parental Betrayal: The Loud parents kicking Lincoln out of the house for following their own superstitions ahead of their own son's feelings. They are horrified when they realize this and want to regain his love and trust again.
  • Parental Favouritism: Rita and Lynn Sr. realize that everything that's happened led Lincoln to believe that they preferred their daughters to their only son.
    • Rita says that they tried not to play favorites, but admits that resulted in a lot of questionable decisions, like kicking Lincoln out in the first place.
    • Lincoln discovered that "Take Your Daughters To Work Day" was really "Take Your Child To Work Day", which he takes as further proof that his dad prefers his sisters to him. In Chapter 20, it's revealed that Lynn Sr. didn't know that it was changed to include sons back in 2003 and that he wasn't trying to exclude Lincoln on purpose.
    • A case of sibling favoritism when Lincoln reveals to a stunned Lori that she is Lincoln's favorite sister, not Luna like everybody thinks.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • The Santiago parents become this for Lincoln while he's staying with them.
    • Lori claims she's had to be this for her brother and sisters for most of her life given the size of her family and how busy their parents are. She actually resents this a little since while Lincoln does know what it's like to look after younger siblings, he's also gotten to be the baby of the family and he's always had someone there to help him. She hasn't.
  • Parents as People: Played for Drama and Deconstruction. Lynn Sr and Rita are not trying to be malicious to Lincoln or play favorites with their children. It's just that the stress of having 11 children, 10 girls and 1 son, while trying not to play favorites has caused Lynn Sr and Rita to make a lot of questionable decisions that unfortunately have hurt the family, led Lincoln to believe that they preferred their daughters to their only son, and led to them kicking Lincoln out of the house, an action that could destroy the family. Reconstruction when Lynn and Rita realize their actions hurt their family and are working on learning from their mistakes and repairing their relationship with Lincoln.
  • Pet the Dog: Lynn's calling out of Ronnie in Chapter 22 turns out to be this trope as she doesn't want the younger girl to wreck her relationship with Lincoln like the Loud sisters did with theirs.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Lola realizes that it was her fault the family ended up deaf since she never told Lisa they were pranking Lincoln.
    • More downplayed but it's clear that not telling Luan how upset everyone was over her pranks on April Fool's Day has just let their resentment fester without fixing the problem as once Lincoln confronts her about it, she's extremely regretful about the whole mess.
    • Another downplayed example in chapter 20. Lynn Sr had no idea that they changed Take Your Daughter To Work Day to include boys in 2003, so he has been excluding his son from an activity his sisters enjoyed for years for no reason and making the boy think the worst because of it.
  • The Power of Hate: In a way. Lincoln's anger gives him enough adrenaline to be able to fight Lynn to a standstill and to defeat Chandler and his 4 friends almost by himselfnote .
  • Precision F-Strike: Lincoln in chapter 3.
    Lincoln: All I wanted was some time to myself, AND MY ENTIRE FAMILY FLIPS OUT OVER SOME SUPERSTITIOUS BULLSHIT!
  • The Promise: Rita tries to assure Lincoln that a situation like this would never happen again; when Lincoln asks how she can be sure, she admits she doesn't know, so she has Lincoln promise that if his parents even do something like that again, not to hesitate to call the police.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In the original episode, Lincoln was more annoyed by the fact that he has to wear a squirrel costume so his family doesn't consider him bad luck anymore. Here, however, he's upset and downright depressed because he feels like his family doesn't see him as a brother or even a son anymore. By chapter 3, upon seeing his furniture being burned after his mother said that it was sold, Lincoln finally reaches his Rage Breaking Point. Chapter 5 reveals that Lincoln developed a strong resentment towards his family because of the way they've treated him.
    • Chapter 6 has Bobby point out that throwing a minor out of his own house is a crime and, based on the severity, can be punished by 1 or even 10 years in prison. Likewise, Lincoln struggles with actually getting the cops involved, despite having every right to do so. Since he can't stomach the damage it would do to his family if his parents wound up in jail and his sisters separated from one another forever. Which shows that even though his family treated him horribly, he still lives with them with all his life nonetheless, and he doesn't have the emotional strength to actually go through with it.
    • As Lucy finds out (and the rest of the girls secondhandedly), apologies are all well and good, but if you keep trampling on someone's rights, especially when that someone is your sibling who's sacrificed a lot for your sake, eventually just saying that "you're sorry" isn't going to cut it and you'll have to demonstrate your change of heart. And it must be to the satisfaction of the person you're trying to appease, not yours.
      • Furthermore, Lincoln threatening to call the police if the family fails to convince him they deserve his forgiveness, bluff or not, also brings up the fact that just because somebody can't stomach doing a particular thing doesn't mean they won't do it if they are not given a legitimate reason not to do it. (As said before, the Louds have to apologize to him sincerely, and to his satisfaction, not theirs)
    • Lola is often played up as being The Dreaded, a demon in human form who even her eldest sisters are terrified of crossing. However, when she tries to exert this on Lincoln in chapter 4, he picks her up by the collar and she realizes that since he's too angry to fear her right now and that she's a six-year-old dealing with someone bigger and stronger than her, she can't intimidate him which freaks her out.
    • Even putting aside personality differences based on a child's individual nature, raising a boy requires different techniques from raising girls and trying to use the same methods will backfire.
    • A double dose with Lana trying to chase Chandler and his goons off of Lincoln. All her dirt throwing does is act as a distraction since it's more an annoyance than anything else. Then when the boys gang up on her, Lana's tough face melts away into a scared and crying 6-year-old.
    • Chandler starts crying and begging for mercy after Lincoln gives him and his gang a very brutal beat down when they start bullying Lana, reminding us that, bully or no bully, he's still a young kid who had just gotten the shit beaten out of him.
    • Chandler's injuries from said beating were also so bad that he ended up in the hospital. His father has been heard talking about suing the Loud family for Lincoln putting his son in there. On the flip side, however, the entire event was recorded on a video that has since gone viral, including the scenes of Chandler bullying Lincoln and later Lana. As multiple people point out, this is more than enough evidence to defend Lincoln's actions that there is little chance of the lawsuit succeeding.
      • Confirmed in chapter 13, where it's shown his father did try and get Lincoln arrested, only for the police to refuse the complaint since they had seen the video and decided Chandler got what was coming to him. Plus when Chandler's father tries to press the claim further, it's pointed out that he isn't exactly in the police's good graces given the below-mentioned sewage plant incident.
    • Given their history of flaking on him from time to time, Lincoln doesn't trust any of his friends other than Clyde to keep the details of everything that's happened to him a secret.
    • Chandler's father nearly got arrested for the sewage plant party and had to do a lot of kissing up along with taking a salary cut to avoid being fired. Plus his wife outright thought he was insane for planning it in the first place.
    • In Chapter 16, we find out that the pranks from "Fool's Paradise" had lasting effects on their victims, with Lynn and Lana even being medical concerns.
    • In Chapter 19, Lori points out that since the Loud parents are adults with jobs, she has spent most of her life acting as a Parental Substitute for her younger siblings and unlike Lincoln, who has the decently helpful Lynn as a fallback as well as Luna and Luan if needed, Lori has been on her own in looking after everyone plus no one expects Lincoln to look after the other teenagers while that's expected of her.
    • In chapter 20, Lynn Sr. explains that he and Rita did try to use the homemade mugs Lincoln gave them each anniversary, but because they were so poorly made (something that Lincoln himself acknowledges), they simply couldn't serve their intended purpose. They brought the first pair to a local pottery maker to have them redone, and actually still use those 2, but couldn't afford to have the others remade as well.
    • Chapter 22 sees The Reveal that Lynn was actually not happy about Ronnie's Loving Bully ways and she (not unjustifiably either) sees the younger girl as a hypocrite for calling out the Loud girls' treatment of their brother after she spent months bullying him though Lynn does give a Hypocrisy Nod about the Loud girls' own poor treatment of Lincoln. Lynn is still correct about how Ronnie-Anne is Not So Different from them.
    • Chapter 25 features Ronnie and Lynn both going down hard when massively outnumbered and having to watch the backs of the much less athletic Lincoln and Conner.
      • Lynn also points out that Ronnie, not having been trained in martial arts or the use of anything more dangerous than a book, isn't going to last long against a bunch of assholes with baseball bats and despite her being better suited for said fight, Lynn still ultimately gets her clock cleaned and winds up collapsing on the ground when her injuries catch up to her and cut off her Heroic Second Wind.
      • When Ronnie gets Stuffed into a Trashcan, the experience causes her to swallow garbage and get violently ill.
      • Despite being furious about what they were trying to do to Lincoln, Lori still stops Carol from breaking a bully's neck since that would have crossed a line that would have gotten her arrested.
      • Like the fight with Chandler and his goons, no one on Lincoln's side who was involved in the fight in Chapter 25 gets in trouble because the witnesses all clarify that the thugs started the whole thing and Ronnie, Lynn, Lori, and Carol were just protecting Lincoln and Conner.
      • On the topic of the above subject, Lori and Carol are both still arrested temporarily as they were in the middle of a very violent fight which the police knew nothing about yet.
    • Chapter 26 shows that despite Bobby forgiving Lori, their relationship is still not the same as before with the latter's involvement with Lincoln.
      • Mr. Santiago ends up being killed in a car accident in the epilogue. Due to him being the source of most of the Santiago's income, Mrs. Santiago had a hard time paying the bills. This ends up forcing the family to move in with their relatives.
      • Lynn also still hasn't fully forgiven herself for whole ordeal. Even after seven months had passed, and earning Lincoln's forgiveness more than once. she began to have issues with self-doubt and started to hear voices in her head.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Lincoln gives a pretty massive one to his family in chapter 4, calling them out on their selfishness and Jerkass behavior.
    • He whips out another one in Chapter 7, delivered to Lucy but directed at all his sisters, calling them out for their repeated trampling of his rights and saying that they'll have to earn any right to have any positive relationship with him (with him hinting that at the moment, him not hating them is positive) and that he doesn't want to spend any more time in any of their presences than he has to.
    • He gives a lighter one to all of his friends except for Clyde, pointing out that due to the fact that they've shown themselves to be Fair Weather Friends, he has no intention of letting them know potentially dangerous secrets.
    • Chandler's father gets a brief one from his wife about how lucky they are that Lincoln and Lana aren't pressing charges and that he was neither arrested nor fired for Chandler's party at the sewage treatment plant.
    • Mr. Santiago shreds Lynn Sr. when he finds out exactly why Lincoln is staying with his family instead of going home.
    • Chapter 16 features another downplayed one. While Lincoln felt the speech he gave Luan about her April Fool's Day antics was justified, he never wanted to drive her to tears or self-loathing.
    • Chapter 22 sees Lynn giving one to Ronnie for both believing Lincoln would cheat on her without even a single second thought on her part and her Loving Bully behavior; she also ends up making part of it into one for herself as she finally comes to the realization of how badly she's mangled her relationship with her brother, even before the "No Such Luck" fallout fiasco.
  • Red Is Heroic: Subverted with Lynn up until the fight, for which she accepts full guilt for having triggered the events that drove Lincoln away from home. Played straight in Chapter 25 when a pack of bullies hired by Chandler arrives to beat down Lincoln and Conner, during which Lynn squares off against no less than seven opponents before she herself is beaten into submission.
  • Related in the Adaptation: The "Bratty Kid" from "Cereal Offender" (called Conner Pingrey here) is Carol Pingrey's brother in this story. One of the teens present at Maggie's party in "Funny Business", the one with similar hair color to him, is also his sister. She's called Cassandra (nicknamed Cassy).
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mrs. Johnson is this towards Lincoln, in that no matter what happens, she'll be on his side.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Slowly but surely the Louds are regaining Lincoln's trust in them and proving they do care about him. Chapter 25 features them finally completely succeeding, with Lincoln thinking to himself that he wouldn't trade his family for anything during a Group Hug with his sisters.
  • Rejected Apology:
    • Downplayed, Lincoln points out to Lucy that considering everything she and the rest of the family put him through since the whole bad luck fiasco started, a mere "sorry" isn't good enough. To specify, he refuses to just hand over his family forgiveness on a silver platter and wants to have them earn his forgiveness, and must be to his satisfaction, not theirs. Chapter ten reveals he's forgiving Lana and in Chapter sixteen, he finally forgives Leni, Luna, and Luan. Chapter 19 sees Lori making progress and as of Chapter 20, both the Loud parents have made big strides, though Rita's first steps were in chapter 18.
    • Lynn's nightmare in Chapter 15 plays this to an extreme where she's the only person Lincoln will never forgive. She takes it badly, even after she realizes it was just a bad dream. And despite standing up for Lincoln in Chapter 22 when Ronnie believes Lincoln's cheating on her, Lynn seems to fully believe Lincoln's never going to forgive her.
  • Revenge: This becomes Chandler's main motivation after the beating Lincoln gives him. First, he gets Conner to help him make fake photo's of "Lincoln" and Cristina dating, but this fails since most people don't fall for them. As of chapter 24, he has a new plan that involves hiring some older kids to beat up Lincoln.
  • The Scrooge: Chandler's father Brandon had his son's birthday at the sewage treatment plant because he refused to pay fifty dollars an hour to have it at Gus' Arcade. Ironically, this ended up costing him more in the long run when he had to take a pay cut to avoid being fired for doing so.
  • Self-Harm: Lynn's guilt over her fight with Lincoln pushes her to this, as she has become so withdrawn and so plagued by nightmares about Lincoln that she stops sleeping altogether, and eventually stops eating. Her appearance becomes so disheveled that this coupled with her behavior has everyone comparing her to Lucy, even by Lucy herself. After a week of watching her waste away in her sorrows, the girls are desperate to mount some kind of intervention before it comes to a point where she's too sick to stand. By the time Lori takes action, Lynn is suffering from malnourishment and dehydration, and Lisa notes that her leg would not heal if nothing was done. It takes some stern words from Lori and the rest of the sisters to make Lynn understand how serious things actually were, and they plead with her to act on it as they could no longer bear to watch her suffer. Thankfully, Lynn starts listening to her sisters in spite of the guilt she's wrestling with.
  • Shout-Out: Deviantart artist Coyote Rom gets one in Chapter 6, where Ronnie Anne and Lincoln use a skateboard going at very fast speeds to get to school.
  • Side Bet: In Chapter 22, Rusty begrudgingly gives Zach ten bucks when Lincoln is being accused by Ronnie Anne of dating Christina behind her back.
  • Skewed Priorities: Deconstruction of the trope. In chapter 2, Lincoln gets attacked by an alligator, but Lana and Lynn Sr. are more worried about his costume getting damaged. Adding this and discovering that his possessions are burned finally leads Lincoln reaching his Rage Breaking Point.
  • Smug Snake:
    • Chandler acts all high and mighty whenever he's with his buddies, but his façade immediately crumbles once Lincoln actually fights back. Also, while he seems very proud of his plan of framing Lincoln and making look like he's cheating on Ronnie Anne via fake pictures; not only did he simply take advantage of dumb lucknote , but several people also immediately or almost immediately see through the deception (including, with only a little convincing, Ronnie Anne herself, the main target of the trickery).
    • Conner thinks he's clever enough to screw Chandler over in the end of their deal, but Chandler easily outsmarts him by simply using him as an Unwitting Pawn.
  • So Proud of You: In chapter 14, Lynn tells Lucy that, while she wishes it was under entirely different circumstances, she's proud to see Lincoln finally stand up for himself.
  • Sore Loser: Lincoln calls Lynn this right to her face when he verbally decimates his family for the hell they've put him through with the squirrel suit, among so many other things. She reacts to this about as well as you'd guess, and it quickly proves to be a costly mistake...
  • Spoiled Brat: Chandler is this, getting a $700 allowance, and is used to getting what he wants.
  • Spotting the Thread: When Clyde and Ronnie examine the photos of Lincoln with Cristina, Clyde notes that several of them are taken in locations Lincoln never goes, meaning they're clearly faked.
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: Used to take Ronnie out of the fight in Chapter 25. In a moment of Reality Ensues, she swallows garbage and becomes ill.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Or, more precisely, Sudden Bittersweet Ending. The fanfic ends with Lincoln and his family earning their happy ending with a reconciliation, Chandler receiving his comeuppance, but also Mr. Santiago dying from his injuries after a car accident in the last chapter, forcing the other Santiagos to move in with the rest of the family (as in canon) as Maria and Bobby couldn't win enough money to support the family.
  • Take That!:
    • Again, like how Syngenesophobia is with "Brawl in the Family", the story appears to be a direct assault towards "No Such Luck" due to the frequent amounts of Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy it created with regards to how Lincoln was treated by his family.
    • The story also serves as a Take That! of a Take That!. Specifically, towards the other stories that deconstruct "No Such Luck" by having the police brought in, pointing out that, even though it's a punishment that would be well-deserved in this case, Lincoln isn't spiteful enough to utterly separate the Loud family and sees that as Disproportionate Retribution.
    • A general Take That! has been given to the Loud girls' All Take and No Give relationship they typically have with Lincoln. In this fic, such a relationship wound up with the one on the receiving end (Lincoln) growing hateful of those who hurt them (the sisters).
    • Loudcest is skewered hard in Chapter 16; the other girls stare at Leni like she's sprouted a second head for suggesting what they think is a romantic outing with Lincoln and Leni has a minor Freak Out! in disgust when she realizes what they think she's implied. Also earlier in Chapter 6, in Lynn's nightmare Luan suggestively asked if Lincoln, who was not born in her dream, is her "friend", to which Lynn in engrossed.
    • Another Take That! of a Take That! by demonizing Luan for her antics, which gets a bit of a shot in Chapter 16 because while her pranks from "Fool's Paradise" are shown to have had consequences that didn't go away immediately, Luan is horrified when Lincoln makes her realize that her pranks could have been crippling or lethal.
    • Chapter 18 could be seen as this for the fans that either give Lincoln the Draco in Leather Pants treatment or the Ron the Death Eater treatment. The former in that Lincoln admitted that he was wrong for lying and letting the whole bad luck gone too long, while the latter being that he doesn't deserve the bad things happening to him.
    • Chapter 22 serves as this trope to the basic plotline of "photos of someone doing something show up; despite the fact that several of them are clearly faked, everyone buys it immediately" since several characters call it out as stupid. Granted, it still works but it's clear that the people who are involved find the rest of the school's easy belief to be a massive Idiot Ball.
  • Tar and Feathers: Luan's intended prank for Lincoln in "Fool's Paradise". While they don't go into how painful the end results would have been for him, Lincoln does call her out on it.
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Leni brightly suggests taking Lincoln on a date as part of the sisters' planning session for apology ideas, the other girls look at her like she suddenly has two heads. When she realizes what they think she's implied, she freaks out in disgust.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Lincoln becomes a lot more jaded and cynical over the course of the first chapters of the story, though, given everything that's happened so far, one can hardly blame him. It gets inverted to Took a Level in Idealism as Lincoln reconciles with his family.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The Loud family in their attempt to make it up to Lincoln, takes a good look at there behavior and what caused them to drive away Lincoln and try to fix it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At the beginning of the story, the delusional Loud family became so obsessed with preserving their so-called luck, they began forcing Lincoln to wear the squirrel suit on a daily basis, to the point that they completely ignored his feelings and how it was affecting his health because they were only thinking about themselves. Thankfully in chapter 4-5 onwards, they finally get a reality check and try to make up for the abuse they unknowingly gave Lincoln.
  • Tough Love: Part of the reason that Lynn was so hard on Ronnie Anne is that she does not want her to repeat her mistake of not listening to Lincoln, and hopes she learns from this.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Throughout the story, Lynn Jr gets called out for her actions by Lincoln. When she gets angry and hits him, Lincoln fights back and she loses to him. She realizes how horrible she acted but it is too late to apologize to Lincoln because he ran away because of her words. Her injuries from the fight are so bad that she can't do her favorite sports, and the guilt when she realizes she drove Lincoln away and her actions could destroy her family has caused her to stop taking care of herself and the guilt is destroying her, culminating in a sobbing fit reaction to Lucy and Lincoln's reconciliation combined with babbled apologies which, whether Lincoln was ready to forgive her at that point or not, so freaked him out that he immediately gave her a consoling hug. Then her attempt to save Lincoln from Chandler's hired thugs is unsuccessful as said thugs manage to beat her so badly she ultimately just collapses on the ground in front of Lincoln, completely unable to move.
  • True Companions: Clyde and Ronnie Anne are this to Lincoln throughout this story.
  • Underestimating Badassery: A variant where the underestimating is not for the target of violent attempts but their back up. The Hazelturkey thugs Chandler hires at the end of Chapter 24 think beating up Lincoln and Conner will be easy money and normally they'd be right...except Lynn is in full protective sister mode and even if she weren't, she'd likely be both willing and able to totally wipe the floor with all of them. Unfortunately for Lynn, Lincoln, Ronnie and Conner, their sheer numbers ultimately prevents her from beating them all...at which point Lori and Carol show up and trash them.
  • Villain Team-Up: In Chapter 13, Chandler convinces Conner Pingreynote  to help him get his revenge on Lincoln in exchange for money. However, Conner's inner monologues later reveal that he's thinking of double-crossing Chandler once he gets the money. Chandler knows that and plans accordingly.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer:
    • To Ronnie Anne, at least, who thinks that a little bit of "persuasion" will help bring Lincoln's family to their senses, even threatening to pulverize the twins when she thinks they've threatened Lincoln, to his clear discomfort. Oddly, when Chandler mocks Lincoln in his typical fashion, she doesn't display this trope, saying Chandler isn't worth it. Then again, she knows how that Lincoln is being put through a lot, so she would rather just have Lincoln ignore Chandler than to get him even more upset.
    • Lincoln is starting to get sorely tempted to live this trope out with Chandler. In chapter 10, he finally gives in.
    • Chapter 25 features Lynn and Ronnie living out this trope against Chandler's hired Hazelturkey thugs, as well as Hawk and Hank when they randomly show up and decide to have "fun" with Lincoln. It goes very badly for them until Lori and Carol show up and finish the bullies off.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Lucy feels that Lynn was too hard on Ronnie Anne in chapter 22. Lynn disagrees, feeling she needed to hear what Lynn had to say.
  • We Really Do Care: The Loud family wants to prove they do care for Lincoln after their actions drive him away. While the various efforts have varying effects, one of the unintentional ones, Luan's breakdown over how badly she's hurt her family with her April Fool's Day antics, has the effect of making Lincoln want to comfort her instead of leaving her to cry and helps him forgive her.
  • What If?: What if there was no Reset Button after the events of "No Suck Luck" and Lincoln's family would continue to make him wear the Squirrel Suit to bring them good luck?
  • We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: Zig Zagged when it comes to Chandler's fake photo's that show Lincoln (actually Conner) with Cristina. Some people believe they are real and call both him and Cristina out on it, but others, most importantly Lincoln's sisters and closest friends, are more skeptical. Lincoln's friends even point out that the pictures can't be real since Lincoln and Cristina are in different classes and hardly ever interact during school hours, plus some of the photos are taken in locations that Lincoln never goes to anyway.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Besides Lincoln himself, there isn't anyone who haven't called out the Louds out.
    • Luna gave the rest of the family this as well in chapter 4 for not showing any concern for Lincoln.
    • Albert gave his daughter Rita, a gentle one in chapter 8. Yet at the same time gives her a You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech, by telling her that despite her bad actions, doesn't make her a bad mother.
    • Mr. Grouse, on the other hand, isn't as gentle while giving one to Lynn Sr. in the same chapter. He even threatens to call the police if another of the Loud children get thrown out.
    • Lori and the rest of the older sisters aren't exactly happy at Lisa, Lola, and Lana in chapter 10 for not revealing where Lincoln is hiding.
    • Chapter 15, Marcus Santiago gives Lynn Sr. a piece of his mind over the phone.
    • Lincoln calls Luan out in Chapter 16, outlining the consequences of her antics in "Fool's Paradise" and even outlining some ways they could have gone wrong that would never have been able to be fixed.
    • Lynn calls Ronnie out in Chapter 22 for her easy belief that Lincoln would cheat on her and for her Loving Bully ways, even pointing out that while she and her sisters didn't always treat Lincoln the best even before the "No Such Luck" fiasco, said behavior denies Ronnie the moral high ground she wants to believe she has.
  • White and Grey Morality: A dark shade of Grey in the Louds' case, considering what they've done to Lincoln. Though later chapters show that grey becoming lighter. The true dark one are Chandler and the Hazeltucky bullies the former hired.
  • With Friends Like These...:
    • Part of the reason Lincoln was unwilling to trust his other friends with the truth about his situation was that they tend to turn on him when things start to look bad. Lincoln realizes he was a little hard on them and apologizes, even giving them a few details but still not the whole story.
    • Cristina's friends in chapter 22. Instead of being concerned that she was stalked, they were happy to think that she was dating Lincoln and refuse to listen to her when she told them it's not true.
  • Women Are Wiser: The trope gets ZigZagged throughout the fic.
    • Chandler's mother Marriott, while she was focused on his well-being, knows that Chandler deserved what happened to him, and warns her husband about pressing charges against Lincoln and to punish Chandler for his actions.
    • Averted with Rita, who like the rest of the family gets extremely superstitious and lost some common sense over the well-being of her son. Later played straight as she shows to have a better understanding of the situation and how she can make things right with Lincoln than her husband has.
    • Conner's Cool Big Sis Carol is nicer than her brother and he seeks her advice during chapter 14.
    • Another aversion with Cristina's friends in Chapter 22, as they buy into the faked photos just like everyone else at school.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: A recurring theme throughout the story:
    • Albert tells a combination of this and a minor What the Hell, Hero? speech to his daughter in Chapter 8. That while he is disappointed with Rita, he also tells her that she's a better person than that.
    • Played With in chapter 11 as more of a "They Are Better Than You Think They Are" when Albert said this to Lincoln as a reason why he should forgive his family.
    • In Chapter 11 again, Lincoln tells Ronnie Anne this to get her guilt out for her times of bullying him.
    • Lucy gives Lynn a variant, "You're No Worse Than The Rest Of Us" when she finally gets sick of watching her roommate hating herself, pointing out that yes; Lynn started the whole mess but the rest of the family get caught up in it and didn't do any better in the long run. It works briefly but a nasty nightmare sends Lynn spiraling again.
    • Chapter 16 sees Lincoln giving Luan one of these speeches when she's delving into self-loathing after he makes her realize how hurtful and potentially dangerous her April Fool's Day antics have been, pointing out that the fact that she's this upset means she's not a monster.
    • When Lincoln breaks down about his guilt for his part in causing the situation, Rita assures him that he's a great son and he always tries to fix his mistakes, and while it's true he has some blame for this situation, most of the blame is on her and his father.
    • In Chapter 19, Carol gives one to Lori after Lori confesses to her what happened to her family, and apologizes for all the times she was jealous at Carol.
    • In Chapter 25, Ronnie admits to Lynn that she wonders if she deserves Lincoln; Lynn punches her and tells her to not be ridiculous because A) she's trying to be a better person and B) Lincoln's opinion is the one that matters here and he definitely wants Ronnie as his girlfriend.

     Take It In Stride 
  • The Bet: Lincoln and Ronnie Anne made one when they went to see It (2017), with the conditions being that Lincoln is not allowed to scream and Ronnie Anne is not allowed to admit she finds the movie scary. They both end up losing.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Ronnie Anne is not enjoying growing into a teenager. She doesn't like being forced to wear a bra, and as her friends point out she is starting to develop some serious Hartman Hips, which are getting her some unwanted attention from boys that aren't her boyfriend.
  • I Got Bigger: Two years later and Lincoln has hit a growth spurt, to the point that despite only being thirteen he's slightly taller than the fifteen-year-old Lynn Jr.note . Which either means he's very tall for his age, or Lynn Jr. isn't as tall as she'd like to be.
  • I Hate Past Me: One of the conflicts of the sequel is about Lynn's self-loathing for her actions.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Lincoln and Ronnie Anne are still a couple after two years, even after she moved away. Lincoln was pining for Ronnie Anne to move back but is distraught when she tells him it won't happen any time soon.
    • Ronnie Anne doesn't like it any more than he does. As she's worried about all the problems such a relationship can have before her family can move back to Royal Woods in three years.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Despite two years having past, Lynn still hasn't forgiven herself for her actions.
    • The Louds bought a new family van since Vanzilla was showing its age.
  • Security Cling: In a flashback, Lincoln and Ronnie Anne do this to each other when they find It (2017) to be scarier than expected.
  • Take That!: Possibly towards one about Lincoln being too lenient on his family in chapter 1, as mentioned in Wise Beyond Their Years, Lincoln states that he's not spiteful enough to do so.
  • There Are No Therapists: Downplayed; Rita and Lynn Sr. believe Lynn should see an actual therapist because she's still suffering from inner turmoil after the Bad Luck incident, but she instead prefers to talk with Clyde.
  • Time Skip: The story is set 2 years after it's predecessor.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: In chapter 1, Lincoln tells Lynn that the reason why he never called the police after the Bad Luck incident was that he believed his family should be given the chance to right their wrongs. Lampshaded when she tells him he sounds more like Lori (who is 19 by now) than a 13-year-old, to which Lincoln admits he grew up faster than anyone thought.

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