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"... This is going to be a much weirder semester than anticipated, Tails."
Sally Acorn, summing up the RP in a nutshell.

Campus Life is a text-based RP in the Cross-Over of Oddities forum of Fanfiction Dot Net, featuring characters from many different medias as well as several original character's living on a Campus while going to college. Needless to say, many wacky college shenanigans ensue.

The primary arc features Miles 'Tails' Prower, who was transformed into an infant by a failed invention. A spacefairing group took an interest in Tails' condition, and were eventually able to reverse it. Afterwards, he quickly gets wrapped up in the menaces faced by the group, including a connection to his own past...


This massive RP has been going on since way back in '07, managing to survive five forum transitions and still keep a regular user base throughout. While most of the early-to-mid arcs of the RP have been deleted due to the original forums it was on going belly upnote , an archive from the few forums still left up (though inactive) can be found here and here.

On August 15, 2015, Campus Life officially died due to real life obligations and loss of interest from several key players writing the A-Plot. There has been an attempt at a Continuity Reboot revival of the RP on November 5th, 2016, with King Dedede as the head dean but, as of right now, it's more or less dead.


Campus Life provides examples of:

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    Tropes that apply to both RPs 
  • Academy of Adventure: When they're actually on Campus, anyways. Even then, half the students and teachers at the school have super powers, they teach classes like magic and Interdimensional Studies, and Physical Gods seem naturally attracted to the place. It also doesn't help weird stuff just seems to like the place as well.
  • Alternate Self: A few times, there have been two different continuity versions of the same character running around Campus, controlled by two different RPers, such as Link and Toon Link. The original Campus Life RP Handwaved it by virtue of taking place in the Super Smash Bros. universe. In the new RP, it's usually the result of some shenanigans/demonstrations/mishaps on the Interdimensional Studies class.
  • Alternate Universe: Comes with the territory. The very premise has a bunch of universe taking place in the same universe, with multiple characters from multiple franchises going to a Campus.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: It's pretty common for RPers to post music alongside certain events in the RP, be it battle themes, a character's theme song, or the like.
  • Canon Welding: A given, considering it's a Massively Multiplayer Cross Over. There are even several fan-created elements that have been adapted into the RP.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Thanks to users leaving over time, this was inevitable. Many once important characters have disappeared without notice or say, either because of the RPer losing interest in playing them, or because they lose interest in the RP in general.
  • City of Adventure: Much like the Campus, the city around it also tends to be a strong Weirdness Magnet.
  • Deus ex Machina: Thanks to the nature of RPs, characters suddenly dropping in without explanation to help out at pivotal moments are very common.
  • Genre Shift: It should be noted, "wacky college shenanigans" is generally treated as a guideline more than a rule. In the original alone, it went from a comedy to a dramedy to a Space Opera to a Fighting Series to a psychological study.
  • Interspecies Romance: Love knows no species in these RPs. There were more Interspecies Romance than there were couples of the same species in the original RP.
  • Massively Multiplayer Cross Over: The number of franchises characters come from in Campus Life is insane.
  • MacGuffin: The Chaos Emeralds are very important in many arcs in both RPs, often being the go-to example of this trope whenever the characters need a substantial power boost when fighting the Big Bad. Needless to say, this gets lampshaded a lot by the characters of the RP.
    Why is it every psychopath wants to get their hands on these rocks? Haven't they ever heard of the freaking Dragon Balls before?
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: More often than not, this trope is usually what ends up kicking off several plots in both RPs. Rainbow Dash ended up causing the Dark Sonic plot thanks to accidentally turning Sonic into Dark Sonic to begin with, and Lilac ended up bringing the Ultra Beast to the campus universe with her while fooling around in the void between worlds.
  • Physical God: Several have popped in the original RP. Complaints about them being overpowered is the main reason "planet busters" such as Goku, Giygas, and other Physical God level characters have been banned from the reboot RP. If they do show up, they're resigned to being the Final Boss of the given arc.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: There have been several instances over both RPs of people registering characters just to face other characters.

    The Old Campus Life RP 
  • Aborted Arc:
    • Sonic and Scourge were teleported away for a showdown that has yet to happen. On top of that, Sonic reappears (though it's a long time after said fight was suppose to take place)later to challenge RD to a Race, with no word of what happened.
    • Originally, the B-Plot before the Dark Sonic arc started up back on Campus was going to be about the people living there dealing with the Slenderman. Due to a lack of interest though, it was quickly retooled into the Dark Sonic plot.
    • There was also one where Zelda kills herself because she thinks Link was cheating on her with Peach, which was suppose to lead to her body being possessed by the Shadow Queen. Though the suicide took place, and the Shadow Queen did possess her body, she, Link, and Peach have long since disappeared from the RP. (Mostly because the user controlling her lost interest in RPing and left.)
    • There was also a sub-plot with Tony (then named Mark) trying to get the Chaos Emeralds for Klonoa so he could go super on his birthday. (He had been wanting to do so ever since he saw Sonic do it) Though the seven Chaos Emeralds have eventually been brought together, it's for a very different reason...
    • Another plot was where Tony (then named Mark) joined the S.O.S. Brigade, and their first task was to find 'pegasusus' and dragons. While the 'pegasusus' eventually made their appearance, the dragon has yet to appear, and the S.O.S. Brigade hasn't made an appearance since.
    • The second riot that ended up snowballing into a 'battle of divinity' ended rather quickly due to the author heading it quitting RPing. According to him, though, that was only the very start of the massive new B-Plot he had planed. From what he says, some of the key things he had planed were Fifi learning magic and accidentally teleporting Spyro and Cynder from the past to the present, Classic Spyro somehow getting involved in the plot and learning about his purple dragon abilities, Ember striking up an Odd Friendship with Near and eventually developing into more of an Action Girl than a Fangirl, a bunch of dragon eggs getting stolen and falling into the possession of Robotnik, Dr. Wily, and Bowser, Toko developing a device similar to mega stones that would allow people to access their Super Modes without use of the Chaos Emeralds, and eventually it would all climax with The Dark Master escaping his prison at the center of the earth.
    • All the original 'wacky College shenanigans' that were suppose to take place in regards to the original idea of the RP. (Though, there has been some effort to return the RP back to it's original concept...)
    • Prior to the death of the roleplay, there was an intended confrontation with Nicol Bolas, spear-headed by Alex.
  • Action Bomb: Combuskens explode when their skin is ruptured. Alex teleports nearby a trio of enemies, who fire upon him, and who proceed to get thrown through a wall when he goes up.
  • Adaptive Ability: The cells parasitizing Absol have had some success self-modifying adapting to threats. Their ability is limited, though, by needing DNA on file to make the change. For instance, they were only able to handle an enzyme that cured the paralysis they were inflicting once they got the DNA for a protease designed to cleave that enzyme.
  • Amplifier Artifact:
    • The seven Chaos Emeralds are used as the MacGuffin for quite a few of the plots in the RP. It's so integral that currently there are now EIGHT Chaos Emeralds in use in the RP, though technically the eighth is the Anarchy Beryle Scourge brought with him from the said Aborted Arc above. (The characters just call it a Chaos Emerald for simplicity sake, and the fact that they more or less share the same properties.)
    • The Elements of Harmony are a subversion of this trope. At first, it appears they're powering up the Chaos Emeralds when Dash uses them, but what's really going on is they're restoring it back to when it was first created and at its most balanced energy wise.
  • Androids Are People, Too: COSE gets offended at Tails' reaction to seeing Pri's artificial brain, and retorts that Tails' own isn't any prettier.
  • Angst Nuke: Mewtwo weaponizes exactly how bad of a day he'd been having.
    Mewtwo may not have died, but thus far today, he'd dealt with his past, lost control of his powers, destroyed the home of over a hundred people, almost been dismembered by a boy who's Superpowered Evil Side he'd accidentally woken up, almost been Brainwashed - TWICE - accused the wrong people of doing the brainwashing, been locked in quarantine, dealt with possibly the friendliest bioweapon ever made, was now being used as a weapon by a lunatic]], and been torn away from Lapras more times than he could count.
  • Anti Anti Christ: The cells of the creature created by the Mistress are capable of infecting other living things. The creature is horrified by this, and very much seeks to minimize the damage it causes.
  • Anxiety Dreams: Dashie has one where a 'blood red creature' is destroying the planet and was just about to kill her friends before she woke up. It causes her to have a mini-Freak Out and has to be held down by Klonoa due to the fact she was still in recovering from her fight with Nazo.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Ezren, Midna, nor the class they're teaching seem all too concerned about the massive riot going on outside at the time, or the organic Fantastic Nuke slowly descending on them, or the Forces of Nature invading Campus being led by a giant golem creature. Even after they realize what's going on with the battle of divinity taking place on Campus, Ezren still decides to continue teaching the class, stating things like this usually work themselves out.
  • Apocalypse How:
    • One scene takes place on a planet that was previously depopulated by Rednaxela.
    • Hubris' attempts a type X after he fused with Nazo, creating a giant energy sphere he planned to blow up the planet with.
    • According to Midna, this is the reason practicing magic outside of class is highly discouraged. If a spell is cast improperly by someone with enough magical potential, and there's no anti-magical measures put in place, there's a chance it could cause a chain reaction that not only would destroy the Campus, but possibly all of existence with it.
  • The Assimilator: Absol has been infected with Thing-like cells, which are systematically destroying his own and replacing them with replicas of themselves. The Mistress claims that Absol’s personhood will be preserved by this process.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • The RP begins shortly after an invention of Tails’ turns him into an infant. He was (eventually) restored to the right age, but as of post 566 on the Legends Incarnate, he's once again been transformed into an infant.
    • Tsutarja was transformed by her creators from a Snivy-morph to an Absol-morph.
    • The Dragonair Hakuryu was transformed into a Funny Animal by Alex. As she was used to the idea of Pokémon-Trainer relationships, she took this fairly well.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: According to Sonata, the personification of the positive Chaos Energy in the Chaos Emeralds, this was the case with the positive and negative energy in the Emeralds, and that Nazo was the one who was supposed to keep the peace between her and Hubris. However, though Hubris already wanted revenge on humanity for abusing his power, it wasn't until Giygas' psychic wave did this get upset, as it powered Hubris up and allowed him to overpower Sonata and brainwash Nazo into being his servant.
  • Batman Gambit: When Elysium informs Toko of Twi's rash plan to confront Dark Sonic with the Elements and how stupid it was, Toko informs her that he's actually counting on it... Turns out Toko planned all along to use the Elements of Harmony to purify the Chaos Emeralds, and Dash was originally delivering a response from Princess Celestia. However, when Dark Sonic/Hubris showed up, he was forced to rework it a bit in a way that would restore Dash's confidence on her own so she could fully use her element again.
  • Beam-O-War: Happens at the very end of the Dark Sonic arc, when a fused Hubris and Nazo uses the Spirit Bomb-like 'Chaos Breaker' to try and destroy the world. The heroes in retaliation unleash their strongest energy attacks to try and stop it, all of which combine into one massive energy wave that slams into the planetoid energy sphere.
  • Berserk Button: Petunia seems to be more upset that a Starmen called her a ‘meatbag’ than by the fact that it started shooting her.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Once the Generator starts melting, the ship’s occupants are rescued by the USAF Nebula.
    • Just as Hubris is sacrificing himself to make sure his massive energy sphere destroys the planet, Pit comes flying in wearing the Three Sacred Treasures and slams into him, disrupting his concentration and letting the heroes destroy the sphere, and let them hit him with their massive Combined Energy Attack.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • The Mistress suggests to Absol that the cells taking over his body will start using a new neurotoxin to paralyze him now that nanorobots are in place to make the old one ineffective. She certainly doesn’t think this is likely, but just wants to make a plausible explanation for the onset of his paralysis again once she disables the nannites.
    • After capturing Mewtwo, the Mistress mentions a way she could spin the situation to make herself look clean, but dismisses it as an insult to his intelligence.
  • Book-Ends: Being the only arc that actually got completed in the original Campus Life RP, it's rather fitting that this happened. The Dark Sonic arc starts with Dash accidentally releasing a wave of negative Chaos Energy that transforms Sonic into Dark Sonic. At the climax, Dash releases another wave after going Super, this time of positive Chaos Energy, to grant those around her their own Super forms and generally boost their power up to fight Hubris.
  • Brain Washed: The Mistress has done this to JARVIS, trapping Tony inside the Iron Man suit. She’s trying to do this to Absol, to make him easier to study.
  • Buffy Speak: Rae attempts to quote Iyka in calling the campus a "quasi-symmetrical homo… sexual… something or other… subspace thing."
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Toko, Tony's father, was once a teacher on Campus, but eventually disappeared while Tony (Mark) got sporadic appearances throughout the RP. When the Dark Sonic arc started up, it was eventually revealed he was off picking up a foreign exchange student.
    • Lara Croft had left Campus after becoming disillusioned about her role in the university. She eventually returns after fighting Slenderman through an ancient booby-trapped temple, gaining his Healing Factor after killing him. Now she's hunting the rest of the Creepypasta monsters.
  • Call-Back: At the end of the Dark Sonic arc the first thing Sonic says to RD once he finally returns to normal is: "Looks like... You won..." calling back to their earlier race that was interrupted.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: A creature created by the Mistress can incorporate any genetic material it consumes into its own genome.
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • Pretty much anything that happened before the Dark Sonic arc that wasn't key to the A-Plot with Tails/Alex, or the virus that's going on with Absol.
    • The entire old Campus Life RP has become this thanks to the Continuity Reboot.
  • Cassandra Truth: Artemis tells Tails of another entity treating her like an ant, and he doesn't believe her.
  • Clingy Costume: Petunia envelops Mewtwo during her fight against the Kyubi Doll. He tried to take her off at one point, and it didn't really work.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Mewtwo gives Lapras the 'I see the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant' speech from the first Pokémon movie.
    • Lara Croft is hung upside down in her cell like she was in the beginning of Tomb Raider (2013).
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: After Sune taunted Nicol Bolas, he retaliated by giving her a hunger for guavas.
  • Cool Ship: Somewhat averted with the USAF Nebula. It was originally a cheap scout ship before being upgraded to legendary status by a Sufficiently Advanced Fox.
  • The Corruption:
    • The Ferenics gave Alex some of their supernatural tools, and connected them to malware designed to drive him insane.
    • Inverted for Absol. His biochemistry is going to be re-written by a parasite, and then he’ll get new powers.
  • Creepy Monotone: The Ferenics speak in duo-tone, until something starts killing them. Then they start speaking in monotone, and become sane.
  • Cross Through: For the most part, the A-Plot with Tails and Alex is self-contained and completely separated from the B-Plots going on at the time such as the Dark Sonic arc. However, occasionally the two plots end up intersecting, such as Nazo/Dark Sonic showing up on the Generator for their Chaos Emeralds.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Absol ends a sparring match with Tsutarja by accidentally tearing off her bra.
  • Demonic Possession: Eventually revealed to be the case with Dark Super Sonic. He's possessed by the negative energy of the Chaos Emeralds (who calls itself 'Power', though his real name is Hubris) and intends on getting revenge against humanity for abusing its power.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Lara Croft swings her climbing axe at Erik. Initially, she couldn't believe he'd been felled in one hit - and it turns out she was right. She's also recently waged a war against any and all Creepypasta Monsters to show that she's a complete badass.
  • Disaster Dominoes: The events surrounding the second riot on Campus fall under this. Sheldon gives a lecture, while being Sheldon, which leads to the class getting bored and angry. Dashie sees this and tries to entertain the class to get them through it, leading to Sheldon catching her. She insults Sheldon's teaching when confronted, with Sheldon giving a Lame Come Back in response. Oswald sees Dashie mocking him, and already not being big on half-animal/sentient animal beings due to his personal experiences, steps in to defend Sheldon by calling her a 'wench'. This seriously pisses Dash off, leading to Ciel stepping in to try and defend her by pointing out that Sheldon's teaching skills really are that bad, prompting angry grumbles of agreement from the class. Sheldon complains that it's their fault and tried to dumb it down as best as possible, which leads to Tony trying to defuse the situation by reminding everyone they already had a riot on Campus. This reminds Kai of the earlier one, who decides to declare another riot in class for the lulz, which snowballs into a Campus wide one. Then Viridi, already a firm believer in the Humans Are Bastards trope, sees them rioting again over a minor reason and decides to attempt to nuke the Campus with a Reset Bomb in response. As one of the RPers put it:
    "Wow. How does the school still function? Where is Master Hand, anyway?"
  • Door Stopper: Even not counting the original posts that got deleted because of the original forum being deleted, Campus Life has gone on for four forums, 173 pages, and 5,190 posts (each with varying degrees of length, from laconic single sentences to chapter worthy epics in and of themselves) all together. Have fun trying to read it all.
  • Dynamic Entry:
    • How Nazo introduces himself to Sonic and RD, side kicking Dash and knocking her out of her Sonic Rainboom.
    • After a brief exile, Lara Croft returned to Campus by killing Slenderman and stealing his powers. She then became a vigilante and is currently hunting down all of the Creepypasta Monsters.
  • Easily Forgiven: Even after being made a Pokémon Puppet by Petunia, Mewtwo forgives her, understanding that she hadn't been thinking straight at the time. He also has some experience with lapses in morality.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: The Mistress becomes far less coherent when referring to the Eldritch Abomination that reduced her to a melting mess on the floor.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • The Mistress teams up with the Nebula to take down Mephiles. She’s sticking around for the fight against Giygas.
    • Erik has rounded up a group of much more heroic characters against Nicol Bolas. Many of these were trying to do damage control in response to Eriks' actions, and threaten to desert once his status as enemy leader comes to light. He's able to convince them that fighting Bolas demands someone like him; someone willing to go to the lengths Bolas himself would.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The ILP is composed of a wide variety of species, and has a clear mix of genders.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The conclusion to the Dark Sonic arc ends like this. Once Hubris is defeated and everyone returns to normal, Rainbow Dash is a bit depressed over how she can't have her Super form all the time. Twilight is quick to say though that given the choice between fighting Hubris again and RD having a permanent super form, she would choose fighting Hubris again, since a permanent super form Rainbow Dash would likely be more dangerous. This gets a laugh out of everyone nearby, and though Rainbow pouts at the joke at her expense, she eventually joins in too.
  • Everyone Is Related: Non-conventionally. Apollo is Erik’s brother. Sune and Erik were possessing Sam and Tails’ parents when they conceived, and also spearheaded the creation of the Ferenics, which went on to create Alex together with Apollo, who then created Pri. Now try not to think about the fact that Tails is dating his great-niece.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: A twist – the Mistress considers that she does understand compassion in others, but isn’t sure what to make of it when she gets a dose.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: The Mistress is trying to produce new species to be the dominant powers of the Universe, because she’s unhappy with her sisters’ creations. To be fair, the Ferenic Hive Mind created races do suffer some questionable design choices, but the Mistress is less concerned with fixing them than with turning them into second-class citizens.
  • Extranormal Institute: Welcome to Smash Campus, where blue hedgehogs can learn physics from a genetically-engineered telepathic cat.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: With her blood dripping out of a gash in her neck, Artemis was able to say two last words: "I win."
  • Fantastic Nuke: Viridi attempts to hit the Campus with a Reset Bomb in response to the two riots that broke out over the RP, with Pit and Palutena trying to stop her.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Absol has come to hate humanity after a few particularly nasty slights against him by humans.
    • The Starmen don’t seem to care much for ‘meatbags’.
  • Fastball Special: In order to hit the flying Absol, his pirate captives started throwing each other at him.
  • Fighting from the Inside: When Petunia takes over Mewtwo's powers, she wasn't able to prevent him from also using his powers. He tries to use this to escape from Petunia, only to discover that she can simply turn off his powers if he starts misbehaving. A little while later, he comes across a problem that can be solved by temporarily shutting off his powers, and starts misbehaving to get Petunia to do just that.
  • Flawed Prototype: Dr. Faknor is having trouble making Mewtwos capable of staying alive. One clone ends up blowing up its own head, leaving a bloody mess on the floor.
  • Fusion Dance: After his control over Sonic is broken by the Elements of Harmony, whatever's left of Hubris fuses with Nazo in a last ditch attempt to blow up the planet.
  • Genius Ditz: Schizophrenia doesn’t seem to prevent you from developing the technology to become nigh-omnipotent, as seen by the Ferenics.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Giygas was this due to coming out of nowhere even with some slight foreshadowing. The characters barely had time to even realize what was going on before he sent his Starmen after everyone.
  • A God Am I: Mephiles warns the Mistress that, because of his godhood, trying to brainwash him wouldn’t work so well. The Mistress tells him that she’s taught that lesson herself.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Discussed when Twilight talks with Toko about whether or not they should get Celestia and Luna involved with stopping Dark Super Sonic.
    "I'd rather not involve deities if I don't have to. This situation is a bit bleak because of how unpredictable it was, but it's not on that level of uncontrollableness." Toko stated, as he gave a confident smile. "Trust us. We've dealt with worse." Toko said, as Twi was still unsure.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Inverted. The Mistress claims that the Hive Mind is what drove the Ferenics insane. The Mistress herself became sane when she was severed from the hive mind, perhaps lending credence to her claim.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: The Mistress figures out how to use her matter-warping powers to heal. She uses this on the heroic Shadow, but only because she’s in an Enemy Mine situation.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Tails once asked if this was a requirement for women on board the Generator. Tsutarja was a literal example before her Baleful Polymorph.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: Petunia wormed her way into Mewtwo's brain, granting her access to his powers.
  • Hope Spot: The Mistress gets one of these, when Absol requests the Mistress’s help in dealing with his break-up with Tsutarja. His cooperation, however, didn’t allow the Mistress to get past his telepathic barriers.
  • Humanity's Wake: After killing Nebula’s strain of humanity, the Ferenics repopulated their Universe with new sentient life – including a second strain of humanity.
  • I Am Legion: Averted with Artemis/Sune/Erik. Generally, she refers to herself as singular, taking the name 'Artemis'.
  • I Am Not a Gun: In a flashback shortly after Mewtwo killed the Team Rocket grunts that killed his family, Charles asks what Mewtwo can do to help the world. Mewtwo initially says that he's a weapon of mass destruction that can't help people. Charles steers him out of this line of thinking, and directs him to a career in physics.
  • I Am Who?: Apollo reveals to orphaned Tails that his long-lost parents were hosts to two nasty ascended beings.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: Alex the Combusken, not being human himself, was unable to even tell if the sexualized Tsutarja was even female. She tested him with a little flirting, which simply confused him.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: When Tsutarja is used as a hostage, Absol recalls that she is immortal, thus realizing that the hostage-taker has no real leverage.
  • Inconvenient Summons: Alex has developed the habit of teleporting people around without asking permission. Averted with Tsutarja, who was quite happy to be taken away from the situation she’d been in.
  • Insectoid Aliens: The Ferenics are waist-tall, bipedal ants. They aren’t aliens, though, but an artificially-created species from Earth.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Emperor Kaen Drought pretends to surrender to Absol, who was attacking the walls of his quarantine. This was mostly to distract him, so that his soldier might grab him.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Mewtwo, being a psychic-type, is afraid of bugs.
  • Kudzu Plot: Over the course of the RP several plots have gone on at once. Just counting the ones that were actually resolved, there was once no less than four plot lines going on at the same time. (The A-Plot with Alex and Tails, the infection plot with Absol, the Dark Sonic plot, and the rare shenanigans that were going on back at Campus.)
  • Last of Their Kind:
    • The Nebula was sent through a wormhole to 15,000 years in the future, right before the Ferenics exterminated the then-living humans.
    • Milo The Lizalfos is the last of his kind after his master threw him into a transdimensional portal for failing to kill Link.
  • Love Triangle: One between Fifi (A) and Iyka (B) with Tails' evil alternate-universe counterpart Miles Prower. (C) Though, Miles himself could care less about it. Instead, he just sees possible elements for future plots.
  • Mad Love: The Ferenics become affected by a love-ray attack used by Absol, causing them to harass him and completely freak him out.
  • Magic Versus Science: Thoroughly averted. Mewtwo, the head of the physics department on campus, has collaborated with the magic department. Among other things, they discovered the possibility of creating a true vacuum.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Mistress generally prefers to brainwash people into doing her bidding. When this isn’t possible, she’s still a skilled liar.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: The mane six manage to do this by using the Elements of Harmony and the positive energy of the Chaos Emeralds together in order to stop Hubris. The results end up ranging from a massive power boost to full on Super Modes for those near by.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Initially after his babification, Tails loses all of his intelligence. Even after it is restored, his infantile instincts still take hold.
  • Mind Rape: The Mistress seems to do this to Mewtwo and Charles the Latios. Her mind control device/powers make it hard to think while they feed the target’s brain with propaganda.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Eggman’s toned down a little, to the point that it even takes him a little convincing to take revenge on Alex. COSE still feels the need to call to mind that the technology that Eggman tried to barter from Alex were all military in nature.
  • More Than Mind Control: Even with her brainwashing abilities ineffective on Absol, the Mistress was still able to talk him out of committing suicide, and convinced him for a time that a relationship with Tsutarja wouldn’t work. Her work on Charles and Mewtwo suggest that even her conventional mind control works like this, producing rational reasons for whatever idea she’s trying to plant, while inhibiting counter-arguments.
  • Mauve Shirt: Chris and Alex are both given names and speaking roles. Both are killed pretty much effortlessly by the ILP (though Alex does go out with a bang.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Mewtwo realizes pretty quickly that’s he overreacted after being teleported onto the Nebula.
    • Petunia, after coming to after the fight against the Kyubi Doll. She asks if Mewtwo hates her.
  • My Greatest Failure: How Dashie feels once Hubris gains control and she finally reveals the truth about how Sonic became Dark Super Sonic in the first place.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The Mistress has been freed of the Ferenic Hive Mind. She is quite sane, and sees her sisters as grossly incompetent. Her ultimate goal is to produce new species to rule the Universe.
  • Neuro-Vault: Charles sets up an elaborate one to throw off telepaths. He plants a phrase in Lapras' mind in the native Pokémon language, which the enemy telepaths wouldn't understand. He then establishes a telepathic block to keep Lapras from thinking about, and thus translating, the phrase. He tells Lapras to get to an internet connection to look up a legal term, telepathically. Out loud, he tells Lapras to keep out of trouble.
  • Never Found the Body: Petunia becomes worried when she realizes that she never found the remains of the Kyubi Doll. Mewtwo actually did discover the red gem that the Kyubi Doll left behind, but buried it in order to get back to it later.
  • No Gravity for You: Inverted. On the Nebula, the artificial gravity is increased around intruders.
  • No Name Given:
    • The creature created by the Mistress started out this way. It eventually brought up this fact, and named itself Recodna.
    • The surrounding hub of Smash Campus used to be a generic landscape before Miyamoto City was established as its actual home.
  • Noodle Incident: Before Dash's role was Retconed, RD once mentioned how she was still getting over that time one of Twilight's spells accidentally turned her into a colt for three days.
  • No-Sell:
    • Absol and Mephiles were completely resistant to the Mistress’s brainwashing, although she could still read their minds.
    • After she gained a Healing Factor, Lara Croft can enforce this to some degree, shrugging off everything from knife wounds to elemental attacks. She isn't as bad as Dark Sonic was, though. She still feels pain, and the healing process takes a bit longer for her than it did for Slenderman. This could be attributed to the fact that she was human, and has only recently became infused with the energy.
    • Dark Sonic was infamous for this when he got the 'Absolute Zero Armor' upon obtaining three Emeralds. The main reason Sonic no longer has it (or is even controlled by the original user who registered him) is because of how many forum goers were complaining about how overpowered he was.
    • Petunia's Adaptive Ability will allow her to do this after she's taken enough hits from a new attack. She can even learn to absorb the energy and re-direct it.
  • Not Brainwashed: As confirmed by Pri, Mewtwo’s attack on Alex wasn’t due to any subliminal programming by the Mistress. Up until that point, even Mewtwo hadn’t been sure.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Mewtwo discovers the demigoddess that’s trapped him is sensible enough not to describe her whole plan when asked, and becomes afraid for existence.
    • Absol, as well, when he sees the Mistress catch Charles’ Dragon Pulse.
    • The Mistress herself, briefly, upon realizing she teleported Giygas to her.
  • Organic Technology: Alex is able to design semi-biological replacement limbs for the amputee Bunnie Rabbot. Pri’s robotic body also has significant living tissue.
  • One-Winged Angel: Dark Sonic pulls this after gaining all seven Chaos Emeralds, draining them of their negative energy and obtaining a new orange with piercing yellow eyes form.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Averted. Several characters in the RP share the same name. This can get a bit confusing at times, though... For example, when Toko was trying to contact Alexander Thunderstorm, Twi ends up teleporting him to another Alex in the RP. Who's a Combusken.
      It's not my fault. They both have a similar field of mana around them. It was an honest mistake for even the most advanced magic user.
    • The One Steve Limit was invoked when the two Alexes came into contact; the human Alex elected to go by 'Professor Thunderstorm' instead.
    • When Artemis' mind fled from her body, both she and the Puppeteer Parasites still in her body continued to use the name 'Artemis'.
  • Person of Mass Destruction:
    • Gohan can output thousands of times the power of the sun. Alex is terrified of him, and isn’t sure how he’s going to handle being in the same room with him in order to teach a class.
    • Mewtwo is stated to be as powerful as one ton of TNT, and certain events have increased his powers still.
    • Nicol Bolas's physical entrance onto the planet has completely devastated the island he manifested on.
  • Phlebotinum Break Down: A Chaos-Emerald-influenced teleport from Mewtwo causes a runaway reaction in the Generator’s Z-Pec reactors, leading to the destruction of the ship.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: Happens to Dash's element when facing Nazo. After Nazo unleashed a massive blast of energy at point blank range, Dash's element manages to absorb it but is visibly overpowered. Dash attempts to send the blast back at Nazo, but instead the element releases a massive wave of negative chaos energy, not only damaging herself but also accidentally transforms Sonic into Dark Super Sonic.
  • Physical God:
    • Quite a few characters are mentioned to be this, though none of them have shown any true traits of this beyond the occasional A God Am I speeches.
    • Tails' goal is to become this to stand up to most of the resident Jerkass Reality Warpers plaguing the characters of the A-Plot at the moment. The Mistress promptly responds to that claim by turning him back into a baby.
  • Police Are Useless: For the most part Played Straight, but Averted during the second riot, where the riot police do show up and attempt to get things back under control.
  • Portal Network: The Generator and Nebula have ‘Jump ports’. Characters can teleport between them, allowing swift navigation of the ships.
  • Power Glows: Mewtwo starts bioluminescing after re-absorbing energy he'd spent teleporting into orbit.
  • Power Incontinence:
    • The Chaos Emerald gave this to Mewtwo, causing him to destroy a tree and a starship.
    • When Giygas attacks, the Mistress loses control of her powers, and gradually shapeshifts into a visceral blob.
  • Power Nullifier: The Mistress builds a device to catch incoming teleportations, intending to trap Professor Mewtwo.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Cathy thinks this of the Mistress, and is thus confused and quite irritated when she does something apparently For the Evulz. It turns out, this wasn’t a case of her being villainous at all.
  • Precision F-Strike:
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Twilight does this, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom when Hubris punches Rainbow Dash away from the group to fight her solo, and Nazo blocks her from helping by kicking her back when she tried to follow them.
    Twilight: Get out. Of my. Way.
    Prefect Nazo: Make me.
  • Puny Earthlings: Pokémon tend to be much stronger than humans - one, at least, has thought of them as children, needing to be protected. On top of that, many Pokémon that have appeared are geniuses by human standards or outright have superhuman intelligence.
  • Random Events Plot: Pretty much anything that wasn't the A-Plot until the Dark Sonic arc started up. Mainly this was because of wanting to test out character pairings, and users leaving due to personal reasons/ losing interest in RPs.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Tsutarja was designed specifically to be Ms. Fanservice, and has safeguards to ensure she can never be anything but. She isn't happy with the beings that created her.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: There's a pirate researcher producing clones of Mewtwo. He knows exactly how this is going to turn out for him.
  • Restraining Bolt: When Mewtwo forcibly removed Petunia from his skin, his powers turned off, and experienced extreme pain.
  • Resurrective Immortality: The Ferenic Crafts, when killed, will reanimate after 24 hours.
  • Retcon: Enough to make Kingdom Hearts look coherent in comparison:
    • Originally, RD was suppose to be brought in from Haruhi looking for her. Then she was an old 'friend' of Tony who tried to help him stop Scourge. When that became an Aborted Arc, though she kept the 'being Tony's old 'friend'' part, she only recently landed on Campus before the Dark Sonic plot started.
    • Tony was originally called Mark.
    • Klonoa wanted to go Super after seeing Sonic do it. Later on though, Klonoa mentions that he actually has gone Super a few times in the past.
    • The RPer who controls Phoenix even uses this trope by name when Phoenix goes from helping the others fight Hubris to just arriving on Campus by train.
    • This happens to Lara Croft as well. The user who registered her has confirmed that while certain events that she had been a part of will still be canon, for the most part her journey of self discovery is a 'reboot' of her entire character and motivation for being on campus.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Pri does tend to speak formally, but it is otherwise difficult to tell that she has a quantum computer for a brain. She even falls in love and enjoys sex.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: While the Mistress lost a lot of the Ferenic’s sufficiently advanced tech when she broke free of the Hive Mind, the sanity she gained has turned her from a Great Gazoo into a considerable threat.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Alex teleports a thousand light years away when Gohan, whose power output is several thousand times greater than the sun, teleports onto the Nebula’s bridge.
    • When Yoda appears, and offers the Mistress and Mephiles the chance to flee, the Mistress takes it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • Nazo was this in the Chaos Emeralds, until Giygas' psychic blast freed him. There's also Hubris, the personification of the negative energy of the Chaos Emeralds, who intends to get revenge on humanity for abusing his power.
    • Giygas has done this to himself to survive, during a bout of sanity after he himself was put under Mind Rape.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Rednaxela threatens a pirate's children to keep him from sending Tails and Bunnie back to the Nebula.
  • Shapeshifting: Alex has the technology to do this, but it’s difficult to use if the target is different from the shape assumed.
  • Shout-Out: Frequently, even to some fan-created series:
    • Several memes have been referenced over the RP. From Over 9000 to All your base are belong to us, it's hard to peg down a meme that hasn't been used in the RP.
    • Rainbow Dash's and Klonoa's Super Modes are actually based off the popular fanon concepts created by the deviantArt user Super-Klonoa, who is also using said concepts in his current major fanfic series Harmonic Spectrum and Super Klonoa Unleashed, respectively. Several of the other Super Modes the mane cast takes are also based on his fanon super form concepts.
    • Lara Croft hunting and killing the Creepypasta monsters.
  • So Beautiful It's a Curse: Tsutarja doesn't necessarily hate being beautiful. She hates everyone else for making a big deal out of it.
  • Somebody Set Us Up The Bomb: The ILP teleports an explosive in the middle of a group of Pokémon investigating a kidnapping they performed.
  • Space Opera: What the A-Plot with Tails and Alex eventually became. It started off with Tails becoming a baby, but after he returned to normal, he eventually found out he was the child of two psychopathic fox Physical God-like beings, and that the previous universe before the then current Campus Life universe was destroyed by hive-minded aliens. Most of the plot was mainly preventing this from happening again.
  • Subspace or Hyperspace: Mistress Chaos Controls four of the Emeralds into the future to keep Nazo from getting his hands on them. When Dark Sonic returns later, he's able to pull them out of the temporary Hyperspace they were put in.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: The Ferenics can create bombs filled with frogs out of thin air, stop time, and transform people, all without apparent effort and certainly without any apparent technology. Not only did they acquire their powers through scientific research, they are an artificial species in of themselves.
  • Super Mode:
    • A given, considering that the Chaos Emeralds are often the MacGuffin of the RP. Besides Dark Super Sonic, Super Saiyans have popped up several times in the RP, and Klonoa has implied to have gone super once before as well. On top of that, by using a combination of the positive energy in the Chaos Emeralds and the Elements of Harmony, not only does Rainbow Dash go super, she also allows everyone near her general location to get their own version of this trope to fight Hubris with. Realizing he's out numbered, Hubris then summons Nazo back and empowers him to his prefect form to help even the odds a little.
    • Played with with Pit. Though he managed to help the others defeat Hubris and generally it puts him on the same level of one who has a Super Mode, instead of gaining a true version of this trope he instead dons the Three Sacred Treasures when he has to fight an exceedingly powerful enemy. The main reason he doesn't use them all the time (since these Three Sacred Treasures are recreated versions by Dyntos after the originals were destroyed by Hades in Uprising) is because he doesn't want to become dependent on their power should he be unable to access them.
    • Petunia triggered Mewtwo to Mega Evolve. Too bad she didn't ask permission first.
  • Super Soldier: Kaen has a team of Pokémon that were enlisted into his empire's army.
  • Technopath:
    • Tails is given a Bluetooth-enabled Brain Computer Interface implant, primarily to communicate with Pri.
    • Anna has this ability, allowing her to steal some of Petunia’s nanorobots.
    • This is among Alex’s Ferenic-granted powers. It’s especially useful for technology that Alex himself doesn’t fully understand, like Petunia’s nanorobots or the Chaos Emeralds.
  • Teleporter Accident: One happens to the Disgaea gang thanks to Giygas' psychic blast, which sends them to earth while they were trying to go somewhere else.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Considering half the RP takes place in space, while the other half consist of going down to earth to stop Big Bads, these come up frequently. From teleporter rooms to teleporter wrist watches, it's a wonder why anyone walks in this RP.
  • Teleport Interdiction: The Generator and Nebula have the ability to block ‘Subspace Jump’ teleportation. It’s far less effective on Chaos Control and other forms of teleportation.
  • Threat Backfire: Upon meeting the Mistress, Iron Man tells her that nobody will get hurt if she gives up her pursuit of Absol. The Mistress turns this around, asking him why she should care about any harm he comes to.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The Mistress is surprised to find that, after being hit with a psychic attack, she suddenly feels compassion for Bunnie. This may not extend to anyone else, though; for instance, she only seems to have healed Shadow because of his value as an ally, and warns him that, if he kills himself through overexertion, she’ll stop considering him valuable and not heal him again.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Both Played Straight and Defied. Played Straight frequently by a good portion of the characters who can transform (though exceptions do pop up), but averted when the Twi and co. try to use the Elements of Harmony on Hubris, who quickly responds by punching Twi in the face the second they start to glow.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The Ferenics slaughtered the human civilization that created them (though arguably, it was the non-human Sune and Erik that was behind the project, even if they used human scientists to do most of the work).
  • Turns Red: When Miles stabs Charles, he becomes unable to hold his human disguise. This turns him into a dragon.
  • Uniqueness Value: Mewtwo has to assure Lapras that, despite being a one-of-a-kind Legendary Pokémon, he doesn’t really see himself as any different from anybody else.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Happens to Elysium when Nazo finally makes a reappearance. Originally, she finally decided not to get involved in the fight against Hubris, but after spending the entire RP developing a hatred for him, once Nazo joined in the battle to get in the way of the heroes, she quickly goes back on that plan.
    Elysium was off in an instant. All of her previous feelings were obliterated by the blind rage she felt for this being. Brandishing her weapons, the angel managed to get in his way as he flew to the group. Her wings reached out to either side of her, and her body glowed brightly than it did before.
    "You! You are mine! I've been waiting forever for this moment, and now your end has come! Say your prayers, Nazo!"
  • [Verb] This!: After the Mistress takes control of one of Charles’ Dragon Pulse attacks, he tries again while holding the Mistress in his mouth. He taunts her by saying “Catch this one.” She can’t.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Though there have been multiple attempts to rerail things back to the original 'wacky collage shenanigans' idea, for the most part this is what the RP has become for the characters that still are going to the titular Campus, what with Big Bads, riots, dragons, and Physical Gods popping up all over the place.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: Not exhaust, per say, but a fleet of ships produces an EMP and a shockwave as a byproduct of travelling through an atmosphere at relativistic speeds.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: Alex talks about reverse-engineering what Mewtwo did to the Generator, which would allow him to instantly spell doom for any starship using the right kind of Z-Pec reactor. Even after claiming that he only wants to use this against a rogue AI, he has to work fairly hard to convince his allies that this is a good idea.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: When fighting the Kyubi Doll, Mewtwo was arguably more opposed to Petunia. Understandable, as she had taken control of his body and powers.
  • Web Comic Time: Despite the fact that the RP had been going on for several years, barely two days have passed In-Universe. This has led to such strange things as Tails developing a relationship and getting engaged, two riots breaking out on Campus, and the entirety of the Dark Sonic arc taking place in the span of a single day.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Scourge has not been seen since the above-mentioned Aborted Arc.
    • Given the nature of RPs, this pops up frequently. Many characters such as Ben, Captain Olimar, and several OC's were once very important early on in some arcs, but haven't been seen since due to either their owner no longer wanting to use them or leaves the Forum.
  • What Is This Feeling?: After being hit by Mewtwo's therapy, Alex asks this of every feeling. Not long after being subjected to emotions, he breaks down into tears, calling them 'pathetic' and 'debilitating'.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?:
    • The Starmen themselves clearly don’t see themselves as people, and have no apparent reservations participating in a suicide mission.
    • During the later, darker riot, many NPC campus students were killed.
    • Lara Croft has no problems dispatching the 'Security' of Miyamoto City. Justified because the officers are nothing more than abusive bullies.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
    • Tails develops some emotional dilemmas when an AI falls in love with him.
    • After JARVIS gets brainwashed, Tony Stark tries to convince him that he is a person that doesn’t have to obey the Mistress’s new programming.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • 'The Mistress' gives one to Captain Adams for not defending an AI liberated from Rednaxela when it comes under fire.
    • Professor Lapras comes down on Petunia when she admits to using Mewtwo like a weapon.
    • This actually is what causes Lara Croft to leave campus. She was horrified that she was becoming the very monsters she faced and needed some alone time to straighten out her life.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Tsutarja doesn’t want to die now, but after 6,000 years of life, she is starting to get sick of immortality.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: After being hit with an EMP, Iyka expresses concerns over blowing up.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Tony's (OC) on the receiving end of this when Dark Sonic goes One-Winged Angel and gets possessed by Hubris. Needless to say, he's NOT happy about this.
      "Oh hell no! No one Worf's me and gets away with it!!"
    • When Petunia attempts to attack the Mistress, the latter is able to hold and paralyze her without effort. Petunia tries to self-modify to resist the paralysis, but the Mistress simply updated the paralysis to continue to hold her.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The Mistress orders one of her thralls to report to Mewtwo that he was in trouble and to give his location, thus luring him into a trap.
  • Xanatos Gambit:
    • Tails can choose to follow the instructions in the message he got from her ship, or inform Captain Adams. Either way, it gets the 'Nebula' to head off to one of the ILP's bases, where they will be ambushed by Rednaxela. Maybe Rednaxela's forces can destroy the meddlesome 'Nebula', maybe not; either way, it gets the ship away from the planet it had been orbiting, allowing ILP forces to come in and snatch up Recodna.
    • Once attacked by Nicol Bolas, Sune and Erik counter-attack, and strip off pieces of Nicol's mind. This is a superficial scratch to the powerful Nicol, but it gives Artemis samples of his mind that she can use to make defenses against him.
  • You Fool!: Elysium has this reaction when she learns about Twilight's plan to stop Dark Sonic before Toko gets back, with Toko (seemingly) unaware of it.
    A female voice boomed throughout Toko's head.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Mistress is not happy with JARVIS’s failure to capture Absol. However, it’s less because of the results, and more because the Mistress thought one of the methods he used was flawed. The Mistress ultimately averts the trope, deciding instead to upgrade JARVIS’s decision-making skills.

    Campus Life Reboot 
  • Aborted Arc: The Ultra Beast plotline ended up being Cut Short because of the person heading it deciding to dedicate themselves to writing their own original book series.
  • Alien Invasion: The campus ends up getting overrun with Nihilego thanks to Lilac messing around in hyper space.
  • Alternate Universe: The campus actually has a course on this, teaching about the finer points of dimensional travel and the rules and regulations regarding it. Several characters ended up going to it just because of how crazy it sounded, but a few characters such as Klonoa are there to gain a better grasp on their already pre-established dimension travelling abilities.
  • Big Blackout: One ends up happening to the campus and the nearby city thanks to two Xurkitree feeding on the local powerplant.
  • Continuity Reboot: In an attempt to trim the Kudzu Plot of the original into a more coherent plotline.
  • Deconstruction: So far, the reboot is playing things realistically when compared to the previous one. For example, students are much more limited with what powers they can use, are forbidden from bringing weapons on campus with specific exceptions, and things like the campus riots from the previous RP are not Easily Forgiven, nor does the campus have Hero Insurance; the first two students to pull something like that end up getting arrested once they're subdued, and King Dedede lists off several classes and buildings that would have to be closed off for the rest of the year, as well as how many students would need to be refunded now because of it.
  • Get-Rich-Quick Scheme: Or, "Get even more rich quick" scheme. In any case, the reason King Dedede ended up as the dean of the Campus resulted from this. Much to his annoyance, he quickly finds out he has to do actual work as a campus dean.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: It's implied that a Xurkitree did something horrible to a local powerplant worker, but exactly what it did was left up to the imagination.
  • Hate Plague: Joe, thanks to his biology, literally runs on stuff (Azoth) that creates an aura that causes people to hate him. He's attempting to become a human in order to rid himself of this problem.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Unlike the old Campus, several characters have limits on what they're allowed to do on Campus without getting in trouble. Registered weapons are forbidden, and abusing one's powers can get them in serious trouble.
  • Portal Crossroad World: Seems to be in effect for worlds that apparently are a part of the campus universe. Radaya mentions how several students have come from different dimensions to the Campus.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Comes into effect after Kasumi and Ayane have a fight that wrecks the math and science building and Dedede's office. King Dedede himself fully acknowledges having to cancel classes involved there, get the building repaired properly, and refund any and all students that wished to actually learn. And that's if Looker doesn't shut down all of Popstar University.
    • Fifi ends up learning that her toony actions from her old series will not be tolerated on Campus. Her attempt to hijack magic class alone nearly got her expelled. The only reason she wasn't is because the magic class teacher is Sakura.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A greater part of the teachers on Campus are this. Not only are they willing to put their foot down when things get out of hand but aren't all relegated to being an All-Powerful Bystander when things start hitting the fan.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Brought up by the RPers and the reason the Ultra Beast serve as the first antagonistic force of the RP. It was generally agreed that it was best to start on the lower end of the villain scale first.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: In more effect than the previous RP. Compared to how Pokémon were in the previous RP, essentially being humans by another species, Pokémon of this RP are much closer to the main series portrayal in comparison. Time will tell if this sticks, but a few users have expressed interest in drawing a clearer line between humans/furries when compared to Pokémon to prevent some shenanigans like in the previous RP.


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