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"I’ll make a note of your change of address. Wouldn’t do to have an interruption in the supply of cats."
Dr Cameo Thurlow
This is... most of the cast.

Welcome. Delicious Roleplayer.

Delicious Friends is a roleplaying group centralized on Tumblr based around Fallen London as a setting. Characters all have their own accounts on Fallen London, and some roleplay takes place in the actual game via social actions, such as sending boxed cats.


  • Abusive Parents: Worryingly common in the characters' backstories. Roland is confirmed to have had an abusive alcoholic mother; Alexis is frequently hinted to have had abusive parents, and Shewa has also had some hints in this direction.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Sort of. Four characters re-appear as non-player characters in Failbetter Games's Sunless Sea.note 
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  • Ambiguous Gender: Roughly half the cast, and I mean that literally.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Jane's arm gets messed up during a fight with Jeremiah and has to be removed.
  • Anti-Hero: Most of the cast.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: But accurate.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Thurlow demonstrates this on occasion.
  • Call-Back: When Harpelynn attempts to reach out to Casey after their first kill in the Black Ribbon Society, they respond back with a sarcastic note. Months later, this happens.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Virgil does this to Alexis in order to find out where they keep their cache of souls. The entire RP thread is under text cuts because of graphic content.
  • Covered with Scars: Most obvious with Rolias Watt, though this trope applies to several other characters as well. It happens when you fight a lot of people and/or monsters. Or throw yourself down a well full of broken glass repeatedly.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Harpelynn messes Vincent up pretty spectacularly.
  • Cthulhumanoid: Thoth and Mr Brite, the rubbery spouses of Chaucer and Miss Brite.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Also quite a few of the characters.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Roland using the laws of The Bazaar to undo the affair of the box in this post. He wasn't exactly civil to a force that can move cities the size of London into strange other worlds.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Considering this is often a result of failing a few challenges in-game, being distracted by the sexy has happened to several characters.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Everyone has some kind of trauma; the only question is whether they acquired it on the Surface or after coming to London. Except for Jones. Probably.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Vincent, who is by no stretch of the imagination a good person, is still absolutely creeped out by Jeremiah. And with good reason, too.
  • Freudian Trio: "Pseudonym" Jones, Dr Thurlow, and Miss Brite form a loose one, being the Superego, Ego, and Id respectively. (Thurlow is more 'mash-up of Superego and Id' than particularly conciliatory, admittedly.) The three of them originate from a smaller Fallen London RP group named Malariahawk that got absorbed into the larger Delicious Friends group.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Most of the Individuals of Mysterious and Indistinct Gender have one.
  • Gender-Neutral Writing: It's kind of necessary when you have all these characters who Take a Third Option on gender. Most of them use singular they for a personal pronoun; the exceptions are Shewa, who uses "xe", and Avis, who uses "it". Narci prefers the 19th century "thon", and also switches between "he" and "she" depending on presentation.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man:
    • STOUT SLAP (unfortunately, it transpires that you can't just slap the Name out of someone.)
    • This happened between Alexis and Casey.
  • Get Out!: Played completely straight here.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Everyone who Seeks Mr. Eaten's Name.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Not surprising, for the Neath.
  • Groin Attack: A very brutal and very deserved one of these was committed on Vincent by Roland's henchmen after he said some rather inexcusable things to Casey.
  • I Have No Son!: For a significant period of time, Jane refused to believe that her daughter, Elizabeth, had actually come to the 'Neath. Not one of her finer moments.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Carissa, Jones' wife. Jones is disconcertingly OK with it.
  • Interspecies Romance: Chaucer/Thoth and the Brites, as previously mentioned.
  • Journal Roleplay:
    • The structure of the RP is a sort of hybrid of this and a Play-by-Post Game.
    • There's a Dreamwidth roleplaying community with the same name, but despite several of the Tumblr Delicious Friends characters having journals and being members, there's been little-to-no activity over there.
  • Last-Name Basis: Thurlow and Jones are the main examples of this trope. (Mind you, "Jones" is probably not Jones's actual last name.) Alexis calls Casey "Banning" most of the time, as did Jeremiah.
  • Like a Son to Me: Several members of the cast built nomen in the winter of 1892, and at least two of them — Eva's noman Nadia and Roland's noman Adam Kadmon — had this type of relationship.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Jane spent between five to ten years of her adult life locked in her family's attic on the Surface, and was seen as this by surface society.
  • Maiden Aunt: Several of the characters have one with a taste for wild and extravagant parties, reflecting the in-game Inconvenienced by your Aunt storyline.
  • Metafictional Device: This tends to follow in Thurlow's wake when they're insane, or suffering Sanity Slippage.
  • My Beloved Smother: Roland's mother fit this trope, with suggested Parental Incest for added squick. Further details are on the Characters page.
  • No Indoor Voice: The Obstreperous Assassin, a side character better known as the REALLY LOUD ASSASSIN.
  • Non-Indicative Name: "Boxed cats" are more often sorrow-spiders, which both the senders and the receivers know, but the name sticks because most of the time in-game the boxed creatures sent around the city in Pass the Cat are referred to as cats until proven otherwise.
  • One Steve Limit: Awkwardly averted with Alexis Tucker, who shares a first name with Alexis Kennedy, head game developer for Fallen London. This is purely an out-of-character concern, since the latter isn't an in-universe presence, but it leads to a bit of Full-Name Basis or referring to Alexis Kennedy as "Alexis the tiger" because of his Twitter avatar.
  • Orphanage of Fear: The matron of the Our Lady of Eternal Mercy orphanage was selling the orphans' souls to Hell.
  • Painting the Medium: This tends to follow in Thurlow's wake when they're insane, or suffering Sanity Slippage.
  • Parental Abandonment: An alarming amount of them have some form of it.
  • Parental Substitute: Harpelynn and Rachis fill this role for Alexis, and Casey and Roland fill it for Teresa.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Vincent crosses one too many lines, and gets jumped by three men wielding iron bars, is beaten, and has his clothes stolen. On top of that? Cited for public indecency. And then the Porcelain Lady takes an interest in him...
  • Scars Are Forever: Quite a few of the characters are covered in scars. The Seekers of the Name especially, since that comes with the territory.
  • The Reveal: After eight months of buildup, the Porcelain Lady was revealed to be Jones.
  • The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: A mild version during Odessa's first encounter with Vincent in the Singing Mandrake.
  • They Do: Roland and Casey tie the knot.
  • White Mask of Doom: The Porcelain Lady wears one.


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