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Literature / Dimension Heroes

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Five teens. Four Dark Overlords. Hundreds of monsters. One huge adventure.

Dimension Heroes is an original Web fiction serial featuring five teens who stumble across futuristic battle suits and subsequently fall under attack by monsters from the parallel world of Creturia. As the story progresses, the teens come to realize that these battle suits belong to a group of interdimensional police known as the Dimensional Guardians, who protect the multiverse from beings who overstep their boundaries and travel to other worlds to cause chaos. They also learn that due to these powers crossing dimensions, a tear has formed in the space/time continuum, and if they don't find a way to repair it, each world will destroy the other. Adding to their problem is the threat of the Dark Overlords, strange humanoid monsters who want nothing more than to exploit this dimensional rip for their own nefarious purposes.

While Dimension Heroes is written in prose, the author treats it like a Saturday morning cartoon, laying out each "chapter" as an "episode" and each "book" as a "season." He updates with a new "chapter piece" every Saturday morning. As of May 16th, the second season, entitled "Grand Mountain", has begun.

This series has examples of:
  • 0% Approval Rating: The Dark Overlords are almost universally hated by the populace of their dimension...that is, unless they manage to brainwash them to see things from their point of view.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The cybaspheres both give the heroes new powers, as well as amplifying their old ones.
  • Anime Hair: Rob and Wyn, who seem to have the only gravity-defying hair in the whole series.
  • Another Dimension: Creturia, the parallel world.
  • Arm Cannon: Rob sports a Mega Man-esque blaster on his right hand when in Guardian form.
  • Badass Bookworm: Perhaps it's a bit of a stretch, but Chip, a cowardly bookworm, exhibits power that matches that of his teammates when push comes to shove.
  • Beam-O-War: The climax of the final battle in book 1 features the Dimensional Guardians in a Beam-O-War with Dark Overlord Clonar.
  • Beam Spam: In the first book, Rob is infamous for using this trope to try to defeat his enemies, and oftentimes failing.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Rob wishing for a less boring summer. Boy, did he get that wish granted...
  • Big Brother Instinct: Rob displays this trope towards his fellow Dimensional Guardians, reasoning that as leader, he's responsible for their safety.
  • Big Eater: Brittany has been stated to fit into this trope, though it has yet to be seen.
  • Black Cloak: The aptly-named Cloakar.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Any and all dark Creturians who attack the protagonists.
  • Break the Haughty: Neither good nor evil are safe from this trope, most noticeably Wyn and Clonar.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Possibly in a reference to Power Rangers, the Dimensional Guardians must shout "Dimensional Guardians, power up!" to activate their Guardian powers.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Rob is notorious for cracking stupid jokes before, during, or after most battles, usually leading to him being smacked upside the head by Wyn.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Without their Guardian armor, the heroes are pretty much helpless.
  • Cowardly Lion: Chip.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Pretty much all of the protagonists don't want their Guardian powers, despite how cool some of them think they are.
  • Dark Is Evil: The Dark Overlords, as probably expected, dress in dark clothing.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Tami is brainwashed into working for the evil Dark Lady Scortana, resulting in a radical change both in personality and wardrobe.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Wyn makes a deal with Rob: if he can defeat him in battle, he'll join them in their fight against the Dark Overlord Clonar. And maybe become their friend, as well, but that might be pushing it.
  • Evil Counterpart: Trey and Troy, the "bad" Dimensional Guardians often pick fights with the protagonists.
  • Evil Overlord: The aptly-named Dark Overlords.
  • Expressive Hair: While never seen in action, the author has stated that the tufts of hair on Tami's head change depending on her emotions; when she's sad, they droop. When she's scared, they stick straight up. When she's furiously angry, they frizz out like a cat.
  • Fangirl: Every time the young, handsome police officer Derek appears, it results in the two female leads going crazy.
  • Fearless Fool: Rob seems to go out of his way to pick fights with Creturians who invade his city.
  • Grudging "Thank You": Wyn finds himself being saved several times throughout the course of the first book. Not one to look down on their kind acts but unwilling to change his stance of joining them, he simply says "Thank you" and continues on his way.
  • Harmless Freezing: Tami oftentimes encases her enemies in solid blocks of ice, though the attacks prove to be little more than minor distractions.
  • Henshin Hero: The Dimensional Guardians.
  • Hurricane of Puns: One scene has Rob, the Pungeon Master, trying to out-pun an ice Creturian. The pun war escalates until Tami finally shouts, "All right, already! Stop!"
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: None of the protagonists want their super powers. Of course, that doesn't stop some of them *coughRobcough* from enjoying them.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Wyn's hair.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Wyn is unwilling to join with the other Dimensional Guardians until he finds himself in over his head.
  • Jumped at the Call: As much as Rob was reluctant at first, it didn't take him long to realize that kicking inter-dimensional monster butt with futuristic super powers is a lot more fun than sitting around the house all summer.
  • Just a Kid: Both the five protagonists and two of the antagonists fit into this trope.
  • Kneel Before Zod: The power-hungry Dark Overlords.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: It is notorious for bad puns, which usually lead to whoever says them getting smacked.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Common.
    "Oh, again with the alleyways! I'm getting sick of them!"
  • Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded when Brittany and Tami go clothes shopping. Brittany is excited about a neat shirt she found on sale, only for Tami to point out that it was remarkably similar to the one she was currently wearing.
  • Mage in Manhattan: Extremely commonplace in the first book, with evil Dark Overlord Clonar and his various brainwashed minions crossing over from Creturia to Earth in order to conquer it.
  • Magical Land: The parallel world Creturia.
  • Magnetic Hero: Rob brings a group together, not because he has any particularly appealing qualities, but because he unintentionally put them under fire from the enemy, thereby forcing them to become involved as part of the group.
  • Monster of the Week: The serial often has the Dimensional Guardians fighting a new monster in every chapter, though it must be pointed out the fights still help to advance the story arc.
  • Mr. Exposition: Gubaru, while serving a purpose as mentor and part-protector of the multiverse, serves the majority of the series as an exposition machine.
  • Not Worth Killing: The Dimensional Guardians find themselves being spared from death multiple times, often by the Big Bad, who would much rather his servants take care of matters that are beneath him.
  • Power Crystal: The cybaspheres prove to be invaluable trinkets that give the Dimensional Guardians the power they need to defeat the more powerful opponents they face.
  • Powered Armor: The armor worn by the Dimensional Guardians.
  • Punched Across the Room: Both heroes and villains alike find themselves being victims of this trope.
  • Pungeon Master: Rob fits this trope to a T. Thankfully, his bad puns usually result in him getting smacked upside the head by one of the other characters.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The five protagonists, despite their increase in power and skill over the course of the series, have yet to fully separate themselves from this trope.
  • Refusal of the Call: Pretty much all five protagonists are uninterested in saving the world, one going so far as to throw his Guardian Band away. Unfortunately, none of them have any choice in the matter.
  • Roof Hopping: The web fiction serial is rife with instances of this, usually committed by Rob and Wyn.
  • Save Both Worlds: A key trope, in which the Dimensional Guardians must find a way to stop two dimensions from colliding with one another.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Chip completely abandons his ally after discovering his Guardian Band, wanting nothing to do with the conflict, despite the fact that he's involved whether he wants to be or not.
  • Smug Super: Both heroes and villains show off this trope, noticeably protagonist Rob and antagonist Clonar.
  • So Last Season: The Dimensional Guardians' powers are said to increase as the threats escalate in power.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: As the Dimensional Guardians continue on their journey, the Dark Overlords, despite having equal control over Creturia, seem to escalate in power. Interestingly, their forces do as well.
  • Story Arc: The web fiction serial has an ongoing story arc, broken up into several smaller books.
  • Supervillain Lair: The Dark Overlords each live in a different type of scary lair, from a fortress to a castle to a palace to a citadel.
  • Take Over the World: The Dark Overlords from the web fiction serial took over a dimension.
  • Taught by Experience: The Dimensional Guardians are more or less bumbling fools when they first stumble upon their Guardian powers, but gradually learn to control them as they fight, to the point that they're able to take down a dark force that threatens their very dimension.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: If the Dimensional Guardians don't find the seven cybaspheres and fix the rip the space/time continuum, both their world and Creturia will destroy one another.
  • The Lancer: Wyn.
  • The Power of Friendship: Wyn refuses to team up with the other Dimensional Guardians until he falls under the control of a monster and is subsequently freed by them, realizing that the only way he'll be able to defeat the forces of darkness is to team up with them.
  • The Psycho Rangers: While outnumbered and outclassed, Trey and Troy, the "bad" Dimensional Guardians, go out of their way to pick fights with the protagonists.
  • The Ruins I Caused: In a slight twist to the trope, the first part of the season finale shows the Big Bad and his henchmen watching the destruction of the city they helped bring about with smug satisfaction.
  • The Smart Guy: While not intelligent to a superlative degree, Chip proves on several occasions that his reservoir of book knowledge can prove beneficial in making it out of various tight spots the heroes get into.
  • The Stoic: Wyn seems to slip in and out of this trope: sometimes he feels like talking, and other times he'll simply stand around and look cool.
  • The Watcher: Gubaru often watches the progress of the Dimensional Guardians via his base tucked away in a pocket dimension, occasionally contacting them via their Guardian Bands to offer advice.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Brittany and Tami, though Tami appears to be just as much a girly girl as she is a tomboy.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Dimensional Guardians use bands called Guardian Bands to transform into their battle armor. Before the protagonists discovered their powers, they were often thought of as pieces of jewelry.
  • Trapped in Another World: While their trip to Creturia was intentional, the Dimensional Guardians find themselves trapped in the world until they can find the objects they need to both save the world and return home.
  • Walking the Earth: Common, from Wyn traversing the Earth to the Dimensional Guardians traversing Creturia.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The Dimensional Guardians trapped in Creturia.
  • You Just Had to Say It: Every time Rob utters a bad pun.