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The Ancient Ones is a play by post roleplay series on the Portal To The Multiverse forums of NationStates. The first thread ran for seven months and was completed in 2016. The sequel, Age of Nothingness, started soon after and was abandoned in 2018.

It was created by the Dark Brotherhood of Deros, and is co-led by Naval Monte, Mundeo, and Petrokovia. It has its own wikia, with several entries maintained by the various Roleplayers taking part.

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The Ancient Ones takes place in the multiverse, where four original races once resided. The main group, the Ancient Ones, has built walls to separate the infinite universes from each other, in order to keep stability. The premise, which is that the walls had fallen (leading to various established and original characters to interact with each other), was a part of an earlier RP created by Deros called The Walls Have Fallen.

The A-Plot of the first RP involves the heroes battling against a crazed Ancient One named Infinity, and the A-Plot of the second RP involves a large-scale war against the Borg (related to a strange, secretive, antagonistic association), but there are many sub-arcs that tie into the main plot.

Franchises prominently featured in the Ancient Ones include Undertale, Pokémon, Sailor Moon, Doctor Who, and many, many others, including several original Verses.

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Ancient Ones contains examples of:

  • Action Girl:
    • Ignis; she has served in the German army and fought various battles with nothing but her ammo supply and water bending skills.
    • Fay has shown to be capable of holding her own against considerably more powerful opponents. Her advanced tech certainly helps.
    • The Sailor Scouts are all capable of fighting against many opponents, including gods.
    • Alex Gomeisa, a mutant teleporting swordswoman.
    • Ann Aludra and her alt-universe counterpart, Sylph. Despite their small stature, both are extremely powerful aerokinetics.
    • Dal Ji-Yeong can control light and single-handedly destroyed the North Korean government.
    • Ceiji was a staff-sergeant in the military of a society where women's rights were still very much backward, and aside from being able to operate firearms and fight melee, also uses more profanity than a vast majority of male characters.
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  • Artistic License: Many characters tend to use this. Originally averted with Tadayoshi's powers, which were designed to have realistic limitations, but this was later scrapped in favor of Rule of Cool.
  • Asshole Victim: Zhou Yu-ke, a Chinese generalissimo responsible for countless genocides over her decades-long rule, eventually falls from power and is reduced to a syphilis-ridden common criminal; she eventually meets her demise after a police raid ended up taking her out as collateral damage.
  • Astral Projection: Hades and many deities from the Kid Icarus universe use this power to appear before people without being physically present. Elizabeth has mentioned on knowing this power as well.
  • Author Avatar:
    • Many of Kaidou's characters heavily reflect aspects of his own personality, physique, and temperament. Some more prominent examples include Lam Jan-ci, Ceiji, Yoichi Mineta, and Seishirō Akita.
    • Tadayoshi and Gold are both this, by the same author. Oddly enough, while their tendencies are the same, Tadayoshi keeps a much cooler head.
  • Ax-Crazy: Thero, for a number of reasons (including his obsession with Ceiji), slaughtered upwards of a billion people using his official position. On a more personal but no less horrific level, he has also done countless things of more than just a little bit questionable nature, like eating a formaldehyde-soaked severed penis, snorting cocaine with the ashes of Ceiji's father, and masturbating openly and unashamedly at random.
  • Badass Bookworm:
    • The formerly warlike Aztec God of the wind, Quetz enjoys experimenting and making inventions as well as reading. He knows how to kick ass and has the full physical capability of doing it.
    • Muffet. She likes to read, and aside from cooking and playing music, reading is almost the only thing one can find her doing; she has gained extensive knowledge of human history and the academics. She also happens to be able to move almost as fast as light, lift a tank, punch an island to the bottom of the ocean, and manipulate a person's very soul. She's also a pretty good dancer.
    • Wong Tjin-fei, aside from running a cafe and holding a Masters degree in philosophy, was also a Hung Kuen master.
  • Badass Longcoat: Elizabeth and Tadayoshi both have these, and are very well known for them. Their badassery is increased as both of them keep items in their coats, making them utilitarian as well as cool-looking.
  • Bag of Holding: Tadayoshi's trench coat is this. His trench coat holds lock picking equipment, a flashlight, a GPS, pens, paper, a first aid kit, a wilderness survival tin, weighted-knuckle gloves, a pair of augmented-reality glasses/communicators (when not wearing them), a knife-resistant flexible ballistic protection lining (rated III-A), several dozen energy food bars, no less than 25 magazines for his USP .45, VR glasses (when not wearing them), and several specialty items. In addition to this, he regularly keeps food and drinks (such as pretzels or orange juice) in the pockets of his trench coat.
  • Benevolent Conspiracy: While the benevolent part is extremely questionable, one can't argue that Aegis is genuine with their goal of wanting to protect humanity from the threat possessed by the supernatural. Interestingly, because they view the supernatural as being unexplained scientific phenomenon and a by-product of nature, they also protect non-threatening supernatural beings and people who posses supernatural powers. In fact they often try to maintain order in the paranormal world in their universe.
  • BFS: Marie's current weapon of choice, which was augmented with devil forging to make it more endurable and to have an increase in cutting power. The sword can harm targets from both the physical and astral planes. Marie can swing her great sword around with no problem due to her demonic strength.
  • Bi the Way:
    • Elizabeth is bisexual and has flirted with both men and women, though she has flirted more with the fairer sex.
    • Yoichi Mineta, who enters a relationship with Sun Zi-xiang, but still experiences fleeting attractions to women.
  • Black Magic: Marie's magic can also fall into this. Her magic requires both the souls of her slain enemies and her demonic heritage.
  • Blindfolded Vision: Subverted by Ignis. She can't see when blindfolded, but can still sense Infrared light.
  • Blood Magic: A lot of Elizabeth's spells requires blood, often her own. After becoming god tier for beating Sburb she gains the powers of the Witch of Blood.
  • Blow You Away: Quetz's main power is wind manipulation.
  • Bottomless Magazines:
    • There has almost never been a situation where Ignis runs out of ammo, except in the battle against Hades and when her guns are broken by Rodin.
    • Averted by Tadayoshi, in that he constantly keeps track of how many bullets are left in his gun, and switches out the magazine when it would be needed. This being said, he rarely ever shoots his gun enough to necessitate him switching out the magazine.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The fourth wall gets relentlessly slaughtered in the first Ancient Ones, especially at the end. This carries over into the second RP, where several characters remember about the fourth wall, and several new characters are able to break it from the beginning. There is literally a guide made by one of the roleplayers on which layers of the fourth wall are which.
  • Canon Welding: Zalgo's and Slenderman's canons are fused in the Ancient Ones.
  • The Captain:
    • Tadayoshi, starting from the second installment. Though, he seems to do an awful lot of ground work for a ship captain.
    • Tenri Gohnza, who heads the crew of the Maris Stella right up until his death and the ship's destruction.
  • Casting a Shadow: By commanding the shadowy and enigmatic entities known as the Tenebraes, Elizabeth is able to control, shape, and create both shadows and darkness around her. She can also command them to dim the lights around her surroundings, distort sound to either make new noises or to cast silence, change the temperature in a room, alter a victim's emotions to produce feelings of fear, dread, anxiety, and panic, bend light to either cast illusions or invisibility, hide in the shadows, or even enter the Tenebraes realm of shadows. The tenebraes can even make the shadows themselves into three-dimensional, solid objects to interact with the world.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Averted with Ceiji; for that matter, every part of her military uniform served no deeper purpose other than to fuel Henry Saladass' fantasies of her.
  • Conspiracy Kitchen Sink:
    • The world of Gnosis is one filled with many dark cults, powerful cabals, secret societies, conspiracies, and counter-conspiracies all fighting against each other for their own goals while manipulating both humanity and the world at large. From the higher cosmic levels, we have gods, cosmic horrors, and reality warpers doing the same thing to each other.
    • The Manichean Plane, a small multiverse where political stability is but a distant fairy tale.
  • Cool Big Sis: Ignis is this to Tyrone, although he sees her more of a little sister than an older one. Serena is also seen as this
  • Cool Old Guy: Junichirō Koizumi, the 75-year-old former Prime Minister of Japan, who still possesses the agility of a 20-year-old.
  • Cool Starship:
    • The first Ancient Ones had the TUS Traveler. The second brings the Traveler back, alongside the Ockham's Razor and the PLS Saturn.
    • Aegis has a whole fleet of cool starships.
    • The Galactic Empire's Navy and Cornerian Army also possess fleets of cool ships.
  • Cool Sword:
    • Tadayoshi has a couple of examples. The first is a pair of retractable swords that are stored up the sleeves of his jacket, given to him by Project X as an anti-amplificata tool (amplificatae can generally heal from a gunshot to the head, but not decapitation). His other sword (modeled after a German infantry saber), he made himself while he was an ancient one during the end of the first roleplay; it's completely indestructible, has perfect sharpness, and can manipulate fire and electricity.
    • Marguerite also has a cool sword (modeled after a WWI French Infantry saber), with various magical properties, including indestructibility, perfect sharpness, and more.
    • The Wulongyue (烏龍月), a beautifully-carved nandao found by Wong Tjin-fei, quite by chance; just before he dies, he gives it to Itona Namikawa, who will eventually give it to his grandson 42 years down the road.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: This is the reality for anyone who was born in the Gnosis verse.
  • Crapsack World:
    • The Gnosis verse fits this all too well, even before it merged with another universe and was the victim of a series of attacks.
    • The Manichean Plane's worlds experience so much political upheaval that it's essentially become a way of life.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Tadayoshi has a wide array of equipment, weighing about 90 pounds altogether. Amplified by the fact that he seems to never trade out equipment or leave anything behind; if he obtains a new item, he tends to keep it around just in case, sticking it somewhere in his trench coat. In addition to the items in his trench coat, standard police issue items (such as a baton, two-way radio, pepper spray, and handcuffs), and specialty items (including flight jets, two folding swords, grappling cables, and bombs), Tadayoshi has a multitool, a small tool kit, a telescoping magnet, a supercomputer that can backup his memories, retractable boot spikes, a portable gravity diffuser, a plasma/laser blaster (he still carries around his USP), a reflector, an indestructible sword, and various other small things. Most of this is equipment given to any Project X agent, but much of it is also stuff he obtained through his journeys. Tadayoshi's preparedness gives Batman a run for his money; too bad most of his equipment doesn't serve much combat purpose.
    • Conundrum seems to also have whatever he needs at his disposal, though this can be attributed to him not needing much to get the job done.
    • Ivan's coat is full of extra ammunition and medical supplies, just in case.
  • Crossover: Pretty much the entire premise of the roleplay.
  • Cyborg:
    • Fay Spaniel and Miyu Lynx of Star Fox have robotic legs.
    • Tadayoshi has artificial limbs that can help him fly, and that have cool Arm Cannons.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Some of characters in the RP have terrible past experiences, with some being worse than others.
    • Ceiji and her younger brother were psychologically abused by their father from a young age; this abuse drives her brother to commit suicide, and Ceiji herself to run away from home to join the military at age 17.
    • Yotsuha Ikegami's parents separated when she was 6, and just shortly afterwards, her entire planet became the target of a holocaust perpetuated by Thero as Director of Intelligence of the Niril Republic.
    • Yoichi Mineta was thrown out of his house at the age of 16 after his parents found out about his intimate correspondence with another boy, and would have starved to death had Itsuki Hitachi not taken him into his dojo.
    • Anthony Haikarakainen was ordered to have been euthanised by his father, Harakiri Haikarakainen, and only survived thanks to Dr Lam Jih-yeung, who instead tried to ghoulify him, resulting in the then 15-year-old losing his left arm.
  • The Dark Arts: The magic from Gnosis falls into this because of the sanity damaging effects and corruptible influences it does to the practitioners. More over magic in Gnosis has a price which can range from annoying inconvenience to ghasty and often invoke dangerous and reality shattering forces and entities that most be under the mage's control at all times less they wreak havoc upon the world, sometimes the beings and spells in question still cause havoc when everything is done correctly. However the applications isn't for destruction alone as the magic of Gnosis has great versatility on how it can be used and more often is used to gain insight to the secrets of the cosmos and to defend the practitioners from hostile supernatural beings and forces, it also has great utility use. Another reason for the negative connotation is due to the negative reputation magic has with certain groups and with the gods of that world that feel threaten with the idea of humans possessing such power to not only bend reality to their will but also try to change the status quo. It is generally regarded that magic itself is an amoral force and that the real darkness from it are the practitioners who either go mad or fall into their temptations and inner darkness.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • While a half-demon with an evil side, Marie is not an evil character. While she appeared cold and distant at first, that was due to her being alone for so long and keeping people away so they won't be harmed by her. When Marie warmed up to the group it was revealed that she was a loyal and kind woman who has a fondness for cute things.
    • Elizabeth wears dark clothing, practices what can be best describes as dark magic, has a roguish personality and looks and has made deals with what can be best described as the offsprings of Satan and Cthulhu. But she is a anti-hero who secretly wants to do good in the world even though she will never say it openly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ceiji uses more profanity than any of the male characters, and has an endless well of insults which she continues to use even after becoming a mother.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • The Daevas try to do this with many of the characters in the RP, currently Asgore has accepted their deal by the end of the first RP. Elizabeth also accepted a deal from them after her half sister was murdered before her eyes.
    • Junichirō Koizumi struck a deal with the dark spirit of Hideki Tōjō in the Hotel; in exchange for safe passage through its halls, Koizumi must eventually give eight souls to Tōjō.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?:
    • Elizabeth has insulted and flipped off many powerful beings that can easily destroy her from the gods and cosmic horrors from her world to Hades and even Infinity. Her greatest act of flipping off the higher powers is when she punched Hades right between the legs and face with an enchanted brass knuckle that can harm spectral beings (at the times Hades was using astral projection).
    • When Clefairy flipped off Zalgo.
    • When Ignis and Ty mocked Asriel's hyperdeath form.
    • When Quetz called Hades a pedo.
  • Divine Parentage: Halfbloods are the offspring of an Ancient One and a non-Ancient One. This includes Conundrum, one of the main characters.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • The Horrorterrors are this, and by extension, Frisk might be considered one too; considering the ungodly power they hold in a child's body. A child mind you, that is potentially capable of mass genocide.
    • The Archons and Daevas are more akin to this than angelic and demonic lords. Yet they aren't the only cosmic horrors in the Gnosis verse.
  • Equivalent Exchange: This is a major rule with magic from the Gnosis verse. Almost every spell and ritual has a price for their use with some taking days if not years before the price comes to effect the mage.
  • Escape Artist: Elizabeth is skilled in getting out of tough, if not impossible situations by the skin of her teeth.
  • Evil Genius:
    • Dr Lam Jih-yeung, a brilliant biologist and engineer, who uses his expertise to create ghoul soldiers for the IGSE, even going so far as to create a prototype with his own granddaughter.
    • Alvin Crawford, the Second Manju of the Chimaera, who is a talented entrepreneur and philanthropist in public, but secretly channels his revenue to fund his terrorist activities.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Multiversal Private Investigative Mercenary Group (led by Tadayoshi, aboard the Ockham's Razor).
  • Eye Color Change:
    • Agent A's eyes are normally amber-colored, but turn a bright scarlet when he uses his powers.
    • Goku's turn blue whenever he transforms into a Super Saiyan.
    • Sonic's turn red whenever he becomes Not Super Saiyan Sonic.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: In Gnosis there is a good chance that every myth, urban legend, folkore, ghost story and internet creepypasta is either based on something true or is real to a certain extent. Often the stories don't have the full picture on what the supernatural is really like in that world.
  • Gentle Giant: In his serpent form, Quetz is rather large, but he wouldn't harm a fly if he didn't have to.
  • Glowing Eyes: Common trope.
    • Ty and Gold's other Pokémon frequent this trope, as their eyes glow blue or white when they use Detect (some other moves also have their eyes glow in response, such as Psychic).
    • Amplificatae (such as Agent A or Tadayoshi) have bioluminescent cells in their irises, giving them the ability to make their eyes glow (specifically, just their irises, which may be more intimidating than the entire eyeball glowing). The purpose behind this is for it to be used as an intimidation technique to aid in fighting (if your opponent is too scared, you'll have the upper hand). The light doesn't interfere with the rods or cones in their eyes, and thus does not effect their vision in any way. Apparently, the bioluminescent cells can be activated by intense focus, without the amplificata actually wanting it to happen- this can sometimes be used as a tell in combat, or to give them away in low-light conditions (along with their automatic tapetum lucidum).
    • On a related note, amplificatae do have night vision, created by a type of "retractable" tapetum lucidum (reflective coating on the inside of the eye; in daylight, it tends to make images less focused, hence why it isn't a permanent part in an amplificata's eye). It's created by the body when it senses low-light levels, by using special proteins to make a chemical film that coats the inside of the eye (it takes about 30 seconds to fully coat, and about 20 seconds for it to wear away when not needed). The tapetum lucidum in animals is responsible for the appearance of "glowing" eyes, when a very small portion of light hits it and is reflected back out of the pupil; the light reflected looks different in different animals, and in an amplificata, the reflected light is greenish-white.
    • The HS versions of Eric, Ann, Alena, and Ivan have magical effects to their irises, which includes a very faint glow.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: Project X, an interpol world-military defense organization.
  • Hammer Space: Muffet has this- she has, on several occasions, pulled out books, tea-sets, pastries, and utensils out of seemingly nowhere.
  • Healing Factor: Several characters possess this, with some regenerating into alternate forms (such as the Doctor, or James).
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Quetz turns evil when he gets brainwashed by the reapers and destroys a multitude of minor universes, but then turns good again upon being killed by Tyrone, Ignis and Nallishantra and then resurrected by the essential gods.
    • Ji-Yeong after she realizes she's actually been working for the bad guy.
  • Heroic BSoD: Frequently occurs. Considering the implications of crossing many different universes and having villains with limitless power, this is understandable. A few notable examples:
    • Asriel suffers from BSOD after his family is killed by Chara.
    • Chara suffers from this after killing their entire family, and also earlier when they realize what their genocide self did.
    • Sans suffers from this in the first RP after Chara attempts to kill Papyrus, and nearly succeeds.
    • Frisk suffers from this after realizing what Chara has become; being half Daeva following their little tenure down in The Warrens; experimented on and constantly extracted and bled for DETERMINATION.
    • Yotsuha Ikegami, after being violated by Gurjheim the Twitcher for seven hours straight.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Elizabeth has many layers of emotional and psychological barriers that prevent people from knowing how she really feels. With team members that she feels that she can trust, and with little to no-one around to hear her, she's willing to peel back some of those layers to allow her true feelings to be known.
    • Malkult once stated that the Gnosis verse has many hidden aspects to it that most characters are unaware of.
  • Homage:
    • In the first Ancient Ones, Muffet bakes the corpse of one of the recently killed vampire zombies of an earlier fight into baked goods, including muffins and meat pies. This is an allusion to Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd.
    • During Asgore's meeting with the Daevas and demons from Inferno, the moment he accepted the deal was an allusion to the infamous Eclipse scene from Berserk, up to having the crimson Behelit from Berserk being the tool that allows him to call down the Daevas to accept their deal.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: Corneria tends to have their technology spread. Both AEGIS and Project X have made use of Cornerian technology, especially G-Diffusers. Aegis also has a tendency to do this with any civilization it makes contact with.
  • Improbable Age:
    • Tadayoshi was promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant immediately following basic training, at the age of 18. This is due to Project X's method of command; basic Amplificata Squad Leaders must be at least 1st Lieutenant (he was designated the leader of his squad due to his clever strategic thinking, still of some note among others in Project X). He was promoted to Captain only three months later after completing special operations training, which all amplificatae may take directly after basic training; special forces officers are at least Captain rank. Tadayoshi was promoted to Commander in Project X not even a month later, due to a major Noodle Incident involving Agent A; many in Project X say that he was promoted mostly by a mix of good and bad luck. The equivalent rank in the US Army would be Major, and the average age of a Major in the US military is 33. He has not been promoted since, despite more than six years since the beginning of the Ancient Ones, and his involvement in saving the multiverse. It was rumored that he would be promoted directly to Colonel, but Project X decided not to promote him due to the unusually young age he is for his current rank.
    • Marguerite was promoted all the way to Sergeant Major in Project X by the time she was 19, and was soon promoted to Lieutenant. Her current rank (held since before the 1st Ancient Ones) is Captain, received when she was 22- the average age of a Captain in the US military is 27. She has not been promoted since, despite more than six years since the beginning of the Ancient Ones, and her involvement in saving the multiverse. She may have been up for a promotion, but the higher brass noticed that she works well with Tadayoshi, and prefer her to be in the same squad as him. Due to the rules on squad leadership in Project X, one of the two would have to be of a higher rank; the guy who can bench press your average four-door sedan will always win out against a normal human in this regard.
    • In general, the officers in Project X are unusually young. This is due to the inability to find enough volunteers willing to join Project X- most would rather join their national military, where the chance of getting into a fight with a superhuman is, oddly enough, lower than it is in Project X- and the inability to use conscription (as an international police organization, it is barred from conscripting members). This is especially true for amplificatae, who start at 18 (normal for enlisted military), but are instantly given ranks as officers as compensation for the procedures, despite not even having a degree. This is partially made up for in a special technical academics course that's given during the basic military training, though this isn't useful outside of Project X, and doesn't count as a degree or even credits.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Humans, monsters, anthropomorphic animals, Pokémon, etc. are all found in the RP, and with a few exceptions, it could be said that all of the heroes (a quite diverse cast) are friends.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: Tadayoshi does this while on the Traveler in the first Ancient Ones. Good thing he has a Healing Factor.
  • Knife Nut: Elizabeth, who has a cursed knife that has the power of severance, the ability to bring upon separation on anything the blade touches.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Most of Thero's countless crimes against humanity were committed in order to legitimize his sexual obsession with Ceiji; it is, ironically, Ceiji who finally kills him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Ignis is fast, hits hard, and is surprisingly resilient in battle. Prominently shown in the battle against Hades's army.
  • MacGuffin: Infinity collected the Dragon Balls and the Chaos Emeralds along with a scroll.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Aside from being an occultist, Elizabeth knows plenty of skill that illusionist deploy. Most likely she learned them knowing that they would be useful for her when she can't use magic to save her ass.
  • Magick: The magic in the Gnosis verse is powerful, but unlike the magic in most universes it is spontaneous and invisible. The rare occasion where it does produce visible results should be taken as a sign of warning as to how powerful a mage or being is.
  • Making a Splash:
    • Ignis can manipulate water and ice.
    • Several of Gold's Pokémon are able to manipulate water.
  • Masquerade: Unsurprisingly, the world of Gnosis has this due to many human and non-human conspiracies not wanting the public to know what is actually going on in their world. Ultimately, by the second RP, it took a universal merger and a powerful crystal to destroy the masquerade in Gnosis.
  • Meaningful Name: The Ockham's Razor is the mothership for Tadayoshi's private investigations group; Ockham's Razor is a problem-solving principle, which is a fitting name for a problem-solving group. It doesn't really fit in with the theme of "most simple" though; considering how complicated the stories around it can be.
  • Musical Spoiler: Zalgo incidents are sometimes preluded by strange, otherworldly sounds or music.
  • Necessarily Evil: Aegis is well aware of the unethical and downright evil actions they have done to protect humanity, but find their actions a necessity to ensure that the world does not end.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: Aegis has no ties to any government from their world and possess enough funding, personnel, and resources to almost make themselves their own nation without borders. Yet they still have heavy cooperation with many government agencies and pull in agents and resources from them. They also keep a close eye on many governments in order to insure that none of their attempts at harnessing anomalies as weapons can't cause a doomsday scenario and to prevent cults and supernatural creatures from being in a position of great power, a battle that they are somewhat successful at.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Elizabeth likes meddling with the more occult, supernatural, and stranger side to her world and most likely agreed to work with Conundrum just to see the many strange worlds the multiverse has.
  • Noble Demon:
    • Ignis is a demon who is willing to take blows for people she respects, is quite friendly towards kids, and refuses to attack people she feels are innocent or manipulated.
    • The "embodiment" version of Chara Dreemurr, who is the literal embodiment of violence. Despite this, they're closer to the original, nice version than anything else, and their motives for taking up the mantle are actually out of benevolence.
  • The Nose Knows:
    • Ty has a rather good sense of smell; it's shown that he can navigate blindly just based on his smell and hearing on the Ockham's Razor.
    • Ignis has an excellent sense of smell. Could be because she's a snake.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Muffet looks younger than she is, though part of it could be attributed to her fashion sense.
    • Elizabeth is in her late thirties yet still looks to be in her twenties.
    • Goku is 37 but has the appearance of being 33 because he died and was revived seven years later. During that time he didn't age, and before he participated in the DBZ Universe 6 & 7 tournament he trained in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for 3 days with Vegeta, the equivalent of 3 years in the time chamber.
    • Vegeta is 44 but has the appearance of being 42 because of Hyperbolic Time Chamber training.
    • Henry Saladass, who looks 50, is actually 69.
    • Yoichi Mineta, who is 20, was mistaken for a 15-year-old by Sun Zi-xiang.
  • Old Soldier:
    • Simon Petrikov. He's in his 50's by the time of his involvement in the second Ancient Ones, but even without the magic provided from his crown, he can naturally lift large bookshelves and toss them (for a normal human in his 50's, this is quite impressive). When including his powers from the crown, he turns his badassery up to eleven. Though, as he is more of The Strategist, he tends to hang back instead of fight.
    • AEGIS has plenty of old agents who don't let their age slow them down.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Overseer council in Aegis, who no-one has seen in person and the rare appearance were often behind computer screens that were heavily modified to show only their silhouettes and have voice modifiers so no one would know what they actually sound like.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname:
    • Tadayoshi's real name is actually Dan (he's an American); Tadayoshi is a nickname received by the citizens of Tokyo (where he is stationed), which has caught on as his default name. Only two characters call him by a different name- Marguerite (who just calls him "Dan") and Fay Spaniel (who calls him "D").
    • Gold is only ever referred to his nickname (Gold). The only characters that know his real name are his Pokémon.
  • Only One Name:
    • Wilfre.
    • Muffet. And almost anyone from Undertale, actually. Well, excluding the Dreemurrs, but that's irrelevant.
    • All of Gold's Pokémon.
    • Anthony, until it's revealed that he is the partially illegitimate son of Harakiri Haikarakainen, CEO of the IGSE.
  • Organization with Unlimited Funding: Seemingly AEGIS, Project X and The Foundation all have a bottomless pit of resources.
  • Our Angels Are Different:
    • None of the angels that serve the Archons tend to be your typical angels, and those that bare a human shape often have enough physical mutations and deformities to not make them your typical blue-eyed, blond-haired, feathery angel type. In fact, many of the angels are either cyborgs or are fully mechanical beings with some being made of stones, glass, or pure energy.
    • Pit and the Centurions are the only angels that are close to what many think of when the word angel comes up.
  • Our Demons Are Different:
    • Many of the demons that serve the Daevas are biomechanical in appearance and some beings that lurk in Inferno may have a demonic appearance but are not demons (Nepharites being a good example). Some demons were said to have forms so alien and grotesque that they border on being lovecraftian.
    • Marie for the most part looks like a normal woman, but when in her demon form it resembles more of a walking suit of armor than a living being.
  • Papa Wolf: Quetz, a few times, including one in which he unleashes his rage in Tyrone's backstory when he fought a multitude of much stronger essential gods to protect Tyrone. Another time he underwent torture in an iron maiden to prevent a nepharite from hurting Ignis.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse:
    • Ignis is quite small yet can take a stomp from a giant godlike entity and still be fine. Also, can lift things over 2 tons.
    • Pokémon in general, though a notable example is Gold's Heracross. Hera is able to wipe out islands after mega-evolving.
    • Chara and Frisk are both these. Chara is a DETERMINATION-fueled destroyer of worlds and a conceptual entity constant across all multiverses to an extent, while Frisk is in possession of a wand that allows them control over entire races of multiversal to hyperversal beings, and has an even greater DETERMINATION potential.
    • Ann and Sylph stand at 4'10" tall and are among the strongest, if not the strongest members of their respective groups.
  • Post-Modern Magik: Aegis loves to fuse technology with magic, psychics and other anomalous things they have contained. One example are smartphones that can help act as spell books to assist a mage with their magic and having bullets craved with sigils and built with special herbs and minerals used in banishing supernatural entities.
  • Properly Paranoid: Overseers are always never shown in public, every site has weapons made in case of a break in or out, always watching everyone in their facilities and having plans to deal with any paranormal threats. The list goes on. Aegis is aware of how dangerous and insane their universe is and have prepared themselves for both the worst and the absurd.
  • Red Mage: Elizabeth uses several kinds of magic from different traditions rather than committing to a single tradition from her universe. Elizabeth isn't afraid of giving her own creative twist on pre-existing spells and rituals and even makes up her own rituals.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent:
    • Zigzagged. Quetz is a rather nice guy with mostly good intentions. However, he does tend to be very destructive when enraged or brainwashed, and he is capable of great evil.
    • Averted with Ignis. She is a very greedy eater and might seem insensitive sometimes, but is obviously on the good guys' side.
  • Rule of Scary:
    • This is the sole reason for Zalgo's existence.
    • The Gnosis verse seems to run with this rule, what with many beings from that world, especially the beings from Infernos including the Daevas, being stuff that have crawled out of humanity's collective nightmares.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Parts of the Zalgo creepypasta are adapted from Penny Arcade's infamous "I Hope You Like Text" strip.
    • Marie's original attire before her armor is the same set of clothing warn by the Hunter from Bloodborne, even using one of the weapons and guns from the game (Saw Cleaver and Hunter Blunderbuss). Her current armor bare some resemblance to the one worn by Guts from Berserk and the Abyss Watchers from Dark Souls Three. Her greatsword is similar in appearance to the Greatsword of Artorias.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Mostly averted in Muffet's case, where despite being part-spider, no one seems in the least fazed by her appearance.
  • Stock Foreign Name:
    • Yamada Tadayoshi is the nickname given to an American Project X agent stationed in Japan by the locals. Both names are pretty stock, meaning that as a joke the citizens of Tokyo basically nicknamed him "Bob Smith."
    • After Ceiji experiences difficulty in pronouncing her Cantonese name, Lam Jan-ci allows her to call her "Jenny". The nickname is later abandoned.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity:
    • Halfbloods and Ancient Ones have this for each other as well as hybrids. This includes natural halfbloods (such as Conundrum), Ancient One Hybrids (such as Kronus, the only known non-halfblood hybrid) and temporarily ascended Ancient Ones (such as Tadayoshi), though the sensitivity the latter feel is lessened. The reason behind this sensation is that beings with Ancient One blood flowing through their veins radiate an energy that can only be sensed by those of Ancient One lineage and those who have temporarily ascended into Ancient Ones. The higher the percentage of Ancient One DNA in your genes, the higher the intensity of the energy radiation (e.g if an ancient one was in a room with Conundrum, Infinity and Kronus. Infinity's energy would have the highest intensity while Kronus would have the lowest. Conundrum would be in the middle.)
    • Elizabeth can sense when magic and other supernatural beings and forces are present in the area.
    • Goku and Vegeta are capable of sensing Ki.
    • Knuckles the Echidna and Shadow the Hedgehog can sense Chaos Energy.
  • Superpowered Evil Side:
    • Marie Crestgate, who can transform into a demon. Leads to her trying to Resist the Beast.
    • Elizabeth Ashwood, who has on multiple occasions been possessed by a Daeva after taking a deal. The last time resulted in the destruction of London and the death of her sister.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • Quetz takes Savarang's attack that was meant for Ignis.
    • Ignis has two. The first one is when she blocks James's blade when he tries to stab Quetz and receives an abdominal wound. The second was when she took Hades's attack in order to have Undyne get to him.
  • Technicolor Eyes:
    • Tadayoshi (much like the author who the character is a self-insert of) has central heterochromia.
    • Marcus, Alex, Ann (both), Ivan (both), Joshua, Ji-Yeong, Eric, and Alena all have unnatural (or near unnatural) eye colors, ranging from bright blue to orange, purple, and silver.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Zalgo; pretty much a given with the Lovecraftian similarities.
  • Troll: Hades is not only the dark ruler of the underworld but a professional troll (he even said so himself). Equally Elizabeth, while never saying it, does do and say things just to see everyone's reactions for her own amusement.
  • Urban Fantasy: The Gnosis verse was this in the first RP as the year in that universe was 2015. By the second it has become a near future universe, it still keeps its dark fantasy routes though.
  • Utopia: Corneria is said to be this.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Wilfre, who is attempting to separate his world from Mike's, in order to ensure the safety and stability of his world.
    • Aegis is overzealous and reckless with their mission of protecting humanity, taking bold and quite often morally questionable steps to insure mankind's continual existence.
    • Ji-Yeong. She grew up under the Kim regime, and after being convinced that all governments were like that she went on a crusade to 'liberate' the world by destroying all governments.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Ty (Gold's Typhlosion) in the first RP. During a confrontation with Neyla, Ty drew a gun and attempted to shoot Neyla, but instead shot her daughter. During the interim period between the first and second installments, Gold and Ty attempted to work on their training as a way of making amends.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog decapitated Chara with a spindash. It's all good though, because Chara got a 1-Up.
    • Chara, on multiple occasions, has done some pretty weird and messed up stuff. For one, they killed their entire foster family and several of their friends out of hunger. They also nonchalantly murdered random civilians to prevent themselves from going out of control, too.
    • Kayla, back when they were apparently "on the good side", still managed to have a very recent past of abducting Chara, torturing them and using them in various rituals, putting The Cynosure through utter agony, and raising entire armies of Gnosis Verse abominations that would just as soon kill every human in Britain as follow their orders.
    • Elizabeth was in the receiving end of this when it was discovered that demons and other creatures can follow her since she was a magnet for them and she kept it a secret from the group.
    • Goku almost annihilated Serena when he used a Kamehameha on Zalgo, not knowing that she was in the way. Serena's fine now.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form:
    • Zalgo; goes along with being like Lovecraft.
    • Giygas. Nothing more needs to be said.
    • The Archon and Daevas are never shown in their true forms.
    • Kronus is yet to reveal it's true form.
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • Due to the stresses of working in Project X, Tadayoshi and Marguerite both look a bit older than they are, by at least a few years. Before the events of the Ancient Ones, Tadayoshi and Marguerite were 20 and 23, respectively; however, people had mistaken Tadayoshi for a 25 year old, and Marguerite for a 31 year old at one point (one tends to gain years in appearance when in an active war zone).
    • Simon Petrikov looks almost 80 by his facial hair and general appearance, but it's all just fatigue from the strain the crown has put on him. He's actually only 54 in the second Ancient Ones roleplay. Oddly enough, he's rather energetic, and has the gait of a 30 year old.
    • Prince Ryūsuke Asano falls into a months-long depression, and during this period, because of his horrific eating habits, lack of sleep, and grossly excessive masturbation, looked far older than his 57 years.

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