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Their paths have diverged, yet keep crossing each other.

Noob: Le conseil des trois factions (2015) is a feature-length sequel to the Noob webseries written and directed by Fabien Fournier. It picks up some time after the webseries left off. It is intended as both a sequel and a point of the story at which new audiences can pick it up.

In the fictional MMORPG Horizon 3.0, the Non-Player Character faction of Chaos is set to invade the world of Olydri. In addition to this, a plague is making player avatars infected with it unusable and a council is about to be organized between the leaders of the three player factions. The outcome of each of these events will partly depend on the players that choose to get involved in them.

The Noob guild as it was known in the webseries has split up. Sparadrap is now its senior member. Gaea is only a part-time member with her secondary avatar while her main avatar is now in the Coalition and about to finalize the plan for which she’s been hoarding game currency for years. Omega Zell, now part of the Justice guild, becomes a Twilight berserker and has to get used to a new avatar.

It can be viewed with English subtitles here.

The movie and its two planned sequels were incidentally crowdfunded (on a European site) the same year as the Veronica Mars movie and raised close to 700 thousand euros, becoming second biggest fundraising for a feature-length work that year.

The movie is followed by Noob: La Quête Légendaire.

The movie provides examples of:

  • Advertised Extra: Arthéon was the main focus of the second trailer and his actor credited along with those playing Gaea, Sparadrap and Omega Zell at the beginning, but he only appears in two scenes near the end, including the Cliffhanger at the end of the movie. His impact on the actual story is a little bigger since the person in red armour that one of the groups was trailing turned out to be him instead of the Source of Chaos.
  • Busman's Holiday: Tenshirock and Judge Dead go on one. Lampshaded when their new avatars spawn on a nice beach and Tenshirock wishes they were actually at the beach instead of indoors in front of their computers.
  • Cast from Lifespan: Tennis player Nadir Rafale is able to hit the ball hard enough to break his opponent's racket. According to his doctor, the method he uses to do so puts such a strain on his heart that his lifespan gets reduced by a year each time he uses it.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Kavan Oberion, the quest giver who launched the quest to send the Empire and Coalition envoys on Syrial. He shows up to help during the group battle against one of the faction of Chaos' generals, who recognizes him as "different from his companions" and "the one who refused to die".
  • Colony Drop: Turns out to be Arthéon's plan for Olydri at the end of the movie.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Kevin just happened to have that giant racket lying around.
  • Deus Exit Machina:
    • Amaras and Fantöm spend a significant part of the movie infected with The Plague and get better just in time to participate in the climax, while Spectre is bent on making the situation more complicated than it already is for the sake of a bigger challenge, which is his idea of fun.
    • Tenshirock literally being on vacation.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Bartémulius and Nostariat's reaction to Omega Zell telling them why their previous antidote for the plague may have stopped working.
  • Exposition of Immortality: Saralzar's first line is mentioning that he's immortal.
  • Failed a Spot Check: It took Heimdäl pointing it out for Golgotha and Sparadrap to notice that an insanely giant tree had appeared in the place that they were investigating.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Omega Zell has trouble adjusting to the Twilight berserker interface.
  • Intrepid Merchant:
    • A whole alliance of these turns out to exist in Horizon, and they exchange with members of all three factions. Rock and Dead's first quest is escorting one who wants to do commerce on Syrial.
    • It turns out players can acquire a merchant status on top of their character class provided they fit a very difficult requirement. Advantages include having the Cap on item and credit storage removed, being able to sell things on credit, buying in-game stores and recruiting NPCs.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Lampshaded when it comes to the arrangement that was made between Judge Dead and Tenshirock between the end of the webseries and the movie. Judge Dead has to use what Tenshirock teaches him to catch him in-game and they both let go of their mantles if he manages to do so. Their therapist points out that Tenshirock could just let himself get caught. Tenshirock refuses because he wants to carry on his crusade as long as he can.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Ystos and Sparadrap are brothers, Tenshirock and Judge Dead father and son, Omega Zell in Justice, Gaea in the Coalition, Arthéon basically a character in Horizon's plot. Fantöm appears among the Justice members, yet his banishment is mentioned, as well as Tenshirock being one of Spectre's former generals. Sparadrap and Omega Zell are seen in their day jobs. This is might as well be a list of 90% of the twists in Noob. Most of the other 10% involves Relic Hunter guild, whose members are Out of Focus for this movie.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: In the webseries, a handful of characters besides Gaea have rerolls, but all of these rerolls were implied to be on the same account as the main avatar. Gaea was both the only one to explicitly have her second avatar on a different account, but also the only one practicing Double Play, which could be the reason for which the second account was needed. That meant that Gaea apparently had potential for other avatars that she wasn't using. In the movie, she turns out to be using the other avatars from her main account as mules, all five of which have a full purse and bank coffer.
  • Merchant Prince: Gaea, technically, by the end of the movie. She became leader of Roxxor via putting the whole Coalition in debt towards her.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Nadir Rafale is an allusion to Rafael Nadal, evidenced by his profession, his name and his Spanish nationality. In addition, he's the last guy Kevin needs to beat to go professional.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: A couple of mistaken cases occur:
    • Meuhmeuh has trouble wrapping his mind around Gaea giving an unique object as a present to a Non-Player Character, except that the Non-Player Character in question is willing to do something quite neat in exchange for the present: the list of perks mentioned in Intrepid Merchant above. Gaea not even telling him what the reward is until after the exchange happened didn't help matters.
    • At some point, Sparadrap asks Dark Avenger if he wants to join the Empire and the Noob guild. Dark Avenger, for once taking Sparadrap's words at face value instead of mistaking them for an attempt at Obfuscating Stupidity, turns to Sparadrap's companions and asks them if he's drunk.
  • The Plague: The phenomenon that makes player avatars into zombies out of their player's control is transmitted via physical contact.
  • Rank Up:
    • Kevin's victory at the beginning of the movie means he'll be able to go professional.
    • Gaea becomes leader of the Roxxor guild, which, thanks to the pyramidal structure established by Amaras, basically makes her leader of all Coalition guilds instead of just the leader of her admirers guild.
  • Recognition Failure: Not as much a character as its Iconic Item, but completely valid for Sparadrap when shown Tabris' mask.
  • Rotating Arcs
  • Scenery Porn: Variety in locations was one of the things in which the extra budget was invested, so the camera inevitably sweeps over the landscape from time to time.
  • Signature Item Clue: Dark Avenger has Tabris’ mask and a few blood-soaked bandages in his possession.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Ash is only seen in one scene, but he pretty much points Ystos and Omega Zell in the direction they take for the rest of the movie.
  • Sole Survivor: The guy launching the quest to send the Empire and Coalition envoys on Syrial is this for one of the frontlines. A conversation between him and one of the faction of Chaos generals at the end of the movie implies that he has some form of immortality that he companions didn't.
  • The Stinger: Split into three. The first has Tenshirock and Judge Dead giving each other a break from their vacation so Judge Dead can ban rule-breaking players he noticed earlier while Tenshirock illegally alters his avatar's outfit. The second scene has the two of them back at their family therapist, claiming that the vacation is going well. The last has Ivy waking up from one of her sleep attacks and deciding to log in, hoping she didn't miss anything.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Invoked and downplayed when Dead and Rock get made: both have pointy ears and long straight somewhat messy black hair, but Tenshirock and Judge Dead's faces and general body builds.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: Tenshirock and Judge Dead's storyline can be singled out as this. They only run into Spectre among the other players and the three of them are seen setting off a Non-Player Character plotline that the other players aren't aware of.
  • Time Skip: An undetermined amount of time passed since the end of Noob. Sparadrap and Dark Avenger have ended their duel and agreed to a truce, while Judge Dead and Tenshirock had time to realise that their arrangement from the end of the webseries wasn't working that well for their relationship.
  • Twinking: A milder form of it is shown, between avatars that are both level 100 but at completely different places in the Equipment-Based Progression portion of the game. Sparadrap's latest gear is made of drops from the Galamadriabyuak tower final floor that were given to him by the Justice guild. They are also shown doing most of the work to give Omega Zell access to his Legendary Class (which is Horizon's equivalent to a Prestige Class).
  • Unintentional Backup Plan: The existence of Gaea's admirer guild turns out to have been this for Gaea. She admits to Amaras that Justice guild was her initial target, but she had to give it up when her Frame-Up made her hated in the Empire. Gaea's transfer from Empire to Coalition, which opened up Roxxor as a target for her plan, happened smoothly in part due to the existence of a Coalition guild (founded because of the Frame-Up in question) willing to welcome her into the faction with open arms.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Pironess shows up alive and well, despite one of the last scenes of Season 5 of Noob being Gaea pointing out that she got killed by Tabris.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Omega Zell's new Limit Break.
  • The Watson:
    • Tenshirock and Judge Dead’s family therapist asks them just the questions whose answers will provide information on their complicated situation.
    • Gaea (in her Coalition avatar) spends most of her scenes alone with Meuhmeuh, making him alternate between this and Mister Exposition to give the audience an idea of how her plan is supposed to work.
  • Wham Line:
    • When Gaea's discussion about how much money a single avatar can own gets to its point:
    Gaea: Because I reached the caps.
    Meuhmeuh: What, really?
    Gaea: Yes, six times.
    • Rubis' big one concerning one of the absent characters:
    Rubis: I can't wait for [Saphir] to come back from maternity leave.
    Arthéon: I must destroy Olydri.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Kavan Oberion elicits this reaction from one of the faction of Chaos generals near the end of the movie.