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When the Awesome Store escapes from the police for selling illegal and stolen items, it drops a black notebook with the letters "CN" on the cover outside of Sarah G. Lato's house. Naturally, Sarah takes it in and uses it to draw fan art and write fanfiction, which causes Elmore's reality to warp to her fangirl whims.


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  • Affectionate Parody: Ben Bocquelet on Twitter made it very clear that he doesn't hate shippers, and even asked for ship examples, telling them to continue and have funnote .
  • Black Comedy:
    • The police who rummage through the back of the Awesome Store suffer such fates as being disintegrated by lightning and having their body stolen by a Demonic Dummy.
    • Some of the notebooks' overly-literal effects are horrifying (Larry and Mr. Small "couldn't look at each other" and get Eyeless Faces, Alan's "chiseled features" are achieved by chipping his face away like rock) and even lethal (Larry being "destroyed" by a breakup, Tina and Jamie eating Bobert because of a missing comma), but still part of an unceasing Hurricane of Puns.
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    • Sarah tries to reverse the notebook by destroying its pages, but that just results in the humanized, adult version of Darwin she made being mutilated and in severe pain (but vocally still alive).
  • Bigger on the Inside: The Awesome Store, apparently. The owner mentions that there's a map of the whole thing on the fifth floor.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: The Awesome Store owner claims to have paperwork that proves his merchandise is legal and hands Donut Cop a briefcase full of bills. Donut Cop doesn't realize that it's supposed to be a bribe and tosses the briefcase aside.
  • Catch Phrase: Bexi (the fake Darwin) has "This bird is out of control!", which the real Darwin points out wouldn't come up often. Bexi does get to use it when she's in a swan boat that's out of control.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Animesque, humanized, adult versions of Gumball and Darwin is based on the plot of "The Dress". It even has Gumball in a similar wedding dress.
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    • Nicole and Yuki's anime designs are from The Fury.
    • Once again, Larry tries to marry his girlfriend Karen, but is interrupted and ends up proposing to a male character.
      • This time Sarah is the one to interrupt them.
  • Copycat Sue: invoked Sarah's fanfic includes an original couple who are blatant (poorly drawn) knockoffs of Gumball and Darwin named Zachariah Lopez Kirby and Albexandra "Bexi", respectively. Visually they're Palette Swaps with a tacky accessory added on, and Zachariah is Gumball's cousin.
  • Crack Pairing: In-universe, Sarah ships (and accidentally brings together in reality) an enormous number of couples together, not for any logical reason, just for her own entertainment.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Sarah.
  • Demonic Possession: While the police are raiding the Awesome Store, Frank pulls the string on a Chucky-esque haunted doll, causing the spirit within it to possess him.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Sarah sees all her characters paired together, the anime-style versions of Nicole and Yuki are briefly shown riding across the screen on a unicorn.
  • From Bad to Worse: Sarah's fanfic leaves people suddenly in relationships against their actual will. Gumball's attempt to reverse these relationships leaves them miserable, mutilated, or dead.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Kind of an odd example; while what the notebook is or the exact nature of it is never stated outright in the episode, the fact that the front cover has the "CN" in the Cartoon Network logo embroidered on it seems to suggest that it's a script for the episode or a series biblenote  for the show.
  • Literal Metaphor:
    • Because the magic notebook takes metaphors too literally, it leads to things like characaters literally falling apart because they're "broken up".
    • Gumball says that "this has Sarah written all over it", then points to Sarah's signature on one of the original characters.
  • Literal-Minded: How the notebook interprets Sarah's writing when she tries to fix reality.
  • Not Blood Siblings: One of Sarah's fanfics is a wedding between humanized (and in the latter's case, female) versions of Darwin and Gumball.
  • Not Brainwashed: As the police are breaking down the door, Gumball tries to use the notebook to stop them. Cut to Donut Cop and female coffee cup police officers looking at each other with Crush Filter and suddenly falling in love as Sarah made happen repeatedly. Cut back to Gumball explaining that he hasn't written anything yet.
  • Not Hyperbole: When Sarah claims the notebook Fell Off the Back of a Truck, she isn't lying.
    Sarah: That's not a euphemism, it literally did.
  • Official Couple: Turns out that Donut Cop and female coffee cup cop are the only ones who genuinely fell in love with each other.
  • Pleasure Island: Sarah's hobby of writing fanfiction causes chaos all across Elmore because she was unknowingly Rewriting Reality.
  • Reset Button: Sarah quickly thinks up one to hit at the end, with only enough space for one sentence left in the notebook, by saying that none of her writings mattered because it was all just fan fiction. She still took the opportunity to write a kiss from Gumball and Darwin however.
  • Rewriting Reality: What's written in the notebook actually happens, and in the most literal, destructive way possible. Seemingly the only limitation is running out of paper to write on.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    Gumball: I mean what?! You think you can just lock 3 people in a room and pressure them to keep coming up with gold? Eventually they'll start repeating material. I mean what?! You think you can just lock 3 people in a room and pressure them to keep coming up with gold? Eventually they'll start repea-.
  • Serious Business: Darwin freaks out at Gumball after seeing Adult!Gumball and Adult!Carrie together, calling him a "homewrecking woman-eater".
  • Shipping: Sarah frequently writes in-universe Real-Person Fic pairing together her friends (basically at random). Unbeknownst to her, all of her writing comes true.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Take That, Audience!: Sarah's writing is a parody of many stereotypes about shipping fanfiction.
  • Two-Faced Aside: In response to the chaos her fanfic caused, Sarah's openly aghast, but then turns away to celebrate that her ships became "canon".
  • Tulpa: Sarah's writing creates several new people (some of whom are heavily-altered versions of existing characters). She has a rather morbidly comical willingness to destroy them just to get things back to normal.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: Darwin points out that Gumball's story about Jamie, Tina, and Bobert has a line, "Let's eat Bobert", that needs a comma. Gumball simply shrugs "What difference does that make?" Cut to Jamie and Tina chomping down on Bobert's metal pieces.

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