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"Only at the Trope Games can you find a snowman killing an intelligent, apex-predator dinosaur with some C4."
Dark Destruction, after Chilly had used an explosive to kill off Indominus Rex and Rolf in OG Season 33.
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The Hunger Games Simulation is a play-by-post game on the TV Tropes Forum Games subsection, launched by Arcada 188, and it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a simulator of The Hunger Games. The Original Generation hosted 250 seasons and saw more than 5000 unique "tributes" (combatants) participating. The Reboot, titled Beyond the Possibilities, was launched by The Gamechanger here.

The mechanics are pretty complicated, but still simple enough for newer users. Players nominate two characters as tributes eachnote , then once a sufficient amount has been reached (at least 24, with bigger games possible in multiples of 12 and a maximum of 48), a chosen player "runs" the simulator. Once they have a "good save"note , they screenshot it and send both the screens and the save privately to the host of the season, who will then narrate the events of the season to the other users in several updates, usually ranging around 2 - 4 days in real life. Starting from OG Season 12 onwards, players can also suggest custom events.

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Anyone can join, but please note that usage of the Text Formatting Rules, especially the escape sequence ([==]) is very recommended (if not outright mandatory) to help everyone, due to problems rising from broken events and others throughout the HGS history.

After the end of each season, the top three contestants and the most murderous are placed in the Hall of Fame for future reference. The OG and Reboot Hall of Fames can found in the Recap pages here and here, and HGS Databases which document every single tribute submitted along with other stats can be found here and here for the OG, and here for the Reboot.OG Status  Reboot Status 

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A Spin-Off thread where the players are free to run their own seasons can be found here. The Loose Canon RP Spin-Off, titled Convergence, can be found here. A Recap page for Convergence can be found here, as well as a discussion thread here.

On October 31st, 2019, It was announced that Convergence will be rebooted into a new RP continuing after the events of the original. The new RP, titled Another Side Another Story, can be found here, with its recap page here.


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     Save Runner Guidelines 
  1. No saves with an early arena event. These tend to wipe out an absurdly large number of tributes in the first few days, causing seasons to either end quickly or drag on with a few tributes left and low death rates in between.
  2. invokedAbsolutely NO saves in which children or underage characters in general are involved in squicky/NSFW events. The save must be re-run, and if it has to be posted on the thread as a gag save, then it must be tagged with a Content Warning. Tributes who don't look their age and/or are nonhuman are not excused.


This Forum Game provides examples of:

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  • Anachronism Stew:
    • Tributes from different time periods compete in the Games, and sometimes they are sponsored by companies which haven't been established in their time, like Ultratech sponsoring the RMS Titanic in OG Season 221.
    • Birthday events can establish when a season began if the celebrant has a canon birthday and/or age. If it happens to another tribute with a birthday that's far from the first's, the timeline can become... complicated.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Tributes can lose one or more of their limbs, whether through fighting or falling into traps. There's even an event where a tribute amputates their arm to free themselves from being wedged between a boulder and a cliffside.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Any inanimate object nominated can somehow do things sentient tributes can do in the Games, such as in Reboot Season 147, where a block of Netherite manages to become president and an Antique Yamaha Electone Organ turns muscular and boils five tributes in cheese.
  • Anyone Can Die: Oh yes. It doesn't matter how powerful or skilled a character is in their canon, everyone is fair game for getting killed by anything.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: One possible "death" scenario has a tribute do this rather than actually dying.
    • One of the first tributes to ascend was Gutsman's Ass, of all things, in OG Season 66.
    • Homura Akemi did this too in OG Season 68, just like in canon, or at least the manga.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: In OG Season 208, Asgore Dreemurr, an anthropomorphic goat, drank straight from a chocolate fountain. Despite chocolate being not just dog poison, but also goat poison, he miraculously survived. Don-chan then exploited this by feeding Asgore just that, causing him to melt into a gray puddle.
  • Author Avatar: Occasionally, players will enter themselves as a tribute. OG Seasons 100 and 200 were Milestone Celebrations in which every tribute was one of these.
  • Ax-Crazy: Tributes with a high body count seem to be this, regardless of their canonical personalities and morals.
  • Back from the Dead: Whenever a tribute who was killed in a previous season is re-nominated in a future one; the biggest examples being the podium finishers in the Battle Royales that hadn't won their respective games.
    • Reboot Season 56 infamously saw Jason's Stick and Full Frontal experience events that were supposed to be fatal, but were coded incorrectly. None of them survived two days past that, however.
    • Before that in Reboot Season 51, the HGS Discord server was also supposed to Die Laughing, but survived as it was incorrectly coded.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Whenever a tribute who's a villain in their source material wins a season.
  • Badass Normal: Some tributes are this, particularly if they're from real life. Some examples from the OG are Chester Bennington, his bandmate Mike Shinoda, Taylor Momsen, Mark Hamill, William Shakespeare and more.
  • Badass Pacifist: In theory, it's possible for a tribute to win, or at least place very high, without killing anyone, as their opponents may also die of natural causes such as starvation, eating toxic berries, or dysentery.
    • In OG Season 23, the Dark Prognosticus became the first ever pacifist victor, despite being a book.
    • And in OG Season 26, Sayaka Miki survived both Arena events which took out almost all of her opponents, and she never made a single kill. In other words, her surviving the phantom invasions alone is what landed her in winner territory.
    • In a similar situation as Sayaka's, His Honorable Tyranny ironically survived and won OG Season 248, the final Murderers' Death Battle, without killing anyone, by surviving both arena events. This was a far cry from his first appearance in OG Season 233, where he lived up to his name and killed nine tributesnote .
    • MissingNo. became the first pacifist champion in the Reboot, doing so in Season 9.
  • Bag of Spilling: Any powerups or changes that a tribute acquires during a season don't carry over in their next appearance.
  • Battle Rapping: Two custom events involve two tributes having an epic rap battle and five having an epic rap war.
  • Black Comedy:
  • Black Dude Dies First:
    • In OG Season 8, Finn was killed off immediately during the Bloodbath, courtesy of a back stab by Trevor Phillips.
    • OG Season 16 saw Snoop Dogg as its first casualty, having been dispatched by Duke Weaselton's poison dart.
    • In OG Season 98, the Demopan was killed alongside Robot Santa and the souls of every human who ever lived via Big the Cat's explosive in the first fatal event of the season.
    • OG Season 236 gave us Louis being fatally stabbed with a butterfly knife by Meowth in the Bloodbath.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Several events involve the tributes breaking the Wall itself, or even interacting with their nominators, including killing them for nominating them in the first place.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Dragon Ball characters, Undertale characters, Disney characters, Homestuck characters, and Kars were considered this during the earlier seasons of the Original Generation, usually being killed off either very quickly or in an undignified fashion. However, the successes of many tributes from the first four works eventually dispelled this status. Nappa's win in OG Season 11, along with Asriel getting third place in OG Season 21, Mufasa's victory in the season right after, and the Draconian Dignitary's triumph in OG Season 132, helped to dispell this theory. Kars, on the other hand, maintained his status as this throughout all of his appearances... until OG Season 243, where he finally broke his losing streak by getting 2nd Place.
    • Also, superpowered or simply extremely powerful characters, who most often die first or die at the hands of a character much weaker than them.
    • Special mention goes to Super Vegito, who has died in the bloodbath of three out of the eight seasons that he was nominated for. Gohan follows closely behind, having failed to dodge his way out of certain death in three different seasons.
    • Ever since the input of Ben 10 tributes starting in OG Season 140, it seems that the simulator's RNG just really hates them. There have been many of them (more if you count the bootleg Ben, Ten 10, and when you note that the Ectonurite Twins and all four members of Shag Carpeting were nominated as one tribute), four of which having died in the Bloodbath, one who died on Day One, and one who died on Night One. Just about all of them aside from a few died unceremoniously and without a single kill to speak for. At least three of them were also on the receiving end of The Worf Effect. Azmuth proved to be a fair exception in Season 179, where he got three kills and managed to make it to Night Seven. He actually ended up being The Scrappy for that season, due to how much of a Jerkass he was.
      • In OG Season 205, the aforementioned bootleg dubiously breaks this curse by actually winning the season and tying for Most Kills, making HGS history by becoming the very first tribute even remotely related to Ben 10 to snag a place in the Hall of Fame. However, the RNG so far doesn't seem to have counted his win as a curse breaker, as subsequent Ben 10 tributes after him went right back to performing poorly, and he didn't make the Hall of Fame again in Battle Royale that featured him.
      • The Ben 10 Curse really came to a head in OG Season 247, where it was nominated as an actual tribute and WON.
      • The Reboot, on the other hand finally saw the curse being broken, when Azmuth placed third in Reboot Season 4, becoming the first canon Ben 10 tribute to place in the Hall of Fame while Malware became the first champion by claiming first place in Season 7.
    • Although several My Hero Academia tributes had been nominated over the course of at least 30 seasons, only two of them made it on the Hall of Fame - Tomura Shigaraki, a villain, and Rabbit, a fanmade incarnation of the popular Villain Izuku Midoriya archetype who was forced to do villain work at a very young age. The rest of the nominated tributes tended to die really early and/or in an undignified fashion. This has been dubbed the “MHA Hero Curse”, as the time a hero or hero-in-training from MHA enters the Hall of Fame remained to be seen. As of OG Season 231, however, heroes in training Eijirou Kirishima and Katsuki Bakugou, who were nominated as one tribute, seem to have broken this curse... to an extent. Although they’d just barely managed to scrape a podium finish, they got there at the cost of suffering from Adaptational Villainy, cemented by destroying literally E V E R Y T H I N G. Thus, even though they’re technically heroes of My Hero Academia who finally secured a spot on the Hall of Fame, by the time they got there, they were essentially villains.
      • Four seasons later, pro hero Enji “Endeavour” Todoroki scored a spot on the Hall of Fame as well - but he, too, suffered from Adaptational Villainy, as it was his high body count that cemented him as the season’s most murderous.
      • The curse is more-or-less truly broken as of OG Season 242, where Shota Aizawa placed second, with two kills. While he did go against his heroic code by killing two tributes, he otherwise remained mostly heroic, and his crimes can’t be reasonably compared to Endeavour’s or Eijirou and Katsuki’s.
    • It seems that Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu can never catch a break. He was killed by a cupcakenote during OG Season 141, his first appearance, and from there he continued to suffer from early or unceremonious deaths despite his status as a Yakuza and being nominated fairly often. It doesn’t help that his classmate Kazuichi Souda placed second and tied for the most kills in OG Season 179, while his sister Natsumi scored the most kills in OG Season 217 (where he died in the Bloodbath; she didn’t take it very well) despite him being nominated alongside them in both cases. What’s more, in a lost save for OG Season 238 that was intended to be a canon season, he ended up getting the most kills. He earns a spot on the Hall of Fame at last in OG Season 248, placing second.
    • Outside of the tributes themselves, President Snow himself gets killed or falls victim to some other sort of indignity or accident at the hands of one or more tributes practically Once per Episode, due to the myriad of events where such things happen to him.
  • Cardboard Prison: There are some events where a tribute goes to jail, but it's almost always implied that they escape on the next day/night.
  • Carnivore Confusion: In OG Season 174, Molly, a duck, munches on a bucket of popcorn chicken.
  • Chained to a Railway: Some tributes try to kill others this way, but their victims are sometimes rescued.
  • Characters Dropping Like Flies: Arena Events often slaughter massive numbers of tributes, but the biggest bloodshed in the entire history of the Games happened on the first day of OG Season 87, where a massacre caused by the phantom of Mahatma Gandhi brought up the body count to the record-breaking 39.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: A tribute can be VAC banned for different reasons, such as drinking too many estus flasks, practicing Thread Necromancy, or being a Mary Sue.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Sometimes an event that happened previously can be used to explain the outcome of a future one.
    • In OG Season 208, at least two Chekhovs Guns went off at the same time in Day 8, where Queen Tyr'ahnee (who was implied to have gained Magical Girl powers) fought and won against 5 other tributes, including the blindnote  Adine. Had the latter not have been blinded by previous events, Tyr'ahnee may have lost that bout.
  • Child Soldiers: Since the minimum age for tributes in the canonical Hunger Games is 12, any tribute younger than this, or at least childlike in appearance, counts as this trope.
  • Christmas Episode: OG Seasons 101, 102, 191, and Reboot Seasons 21 and 79 all had tributes with a winter or Christmas theme. In case of the first two, it was like a two-part Christmas Special because of the first one ending two days before the holiday itself.
  • Chromosome Casting: The casts of OG Seasons 154 and 235 are mostly dads, with some of them bringing their sons along. Fitting for the Father's Day Specials.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: One of the possible death events involves a tribute being hit by a copyright violation, even if they're not copyrighted in the first place.
  • Color Motif: There've been two seasons where everyone was of the same color: OG Season 109, where everyone was yellow; and OG Season 210, where everyone was green.
  • The Corrupter:
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: It's actually rare for a tribute to not die in this fashion.
  • Cuddle Bug: Tributes who get involved in a lot of hugging events can be this if they're on the giving end, like Tsukasa Hiiragi in OG Season 53 and WALUIGI in OG Season 104.
  • Cute and Psycho: Any tributes with a high body count that are considered to be cute where they come from. And boy, are there too many to count. Amongst the most notorious in the Original Generation are Mort, Chloe Price, Judy Hopps, Cho Chang, Jerry, Marlin, Dory, Nemo, Brittany, Eleanor and Yoshi.
    • Special mention goes to Cure Echo, who won OG Season 19 with the most kills as well. How does she conclude the season? By chopping off the limbs of Jeremy Clarkson, the sole remaining contestant besides her.
      • In the next two seasons she appeared in, she tied with other tributes for most kills as well, making her one of the most lethal tributes in the game.
    • Liechtenstein in OG Season 27 is notable for having killed - or at least injured; it's hard to tell - her adopted older brother Switzerland. She's also tied with several other tributes for most kills, which is particularly jarring since she's one of the cutest and nicest girls in Hetalia.
    • There's also Mikuru, who ended OG Season 33 with a bang by blowing up Bulma and Kratos. She's one of the last people you'd expect to ever kill even one person, but in her season of the Hunger Games, she kills seven and wins the season.
    • OG Season 96 sees Tiny Tina, who was already a few sandwiches short of a picnic in her home series, managing to skewer all of humanity, Sephiroth, and Gordon Ramsay with an energy spear.
    • OG Season 105 gives us the youngest mass murderer in the OG, Pound Cake, a pegasus foal who skewered three tributes with an energy spear, pulled a sword from Warrick Chopper's abdomen, stabbed Neil deGrasse Tyson to death, and pummeled Grunkle Stan, among others.
    • Reboot Season 60 gives us two examples of this: Miko Mitama and Park Jimin.
      • Mitama is infamous for subjecting Jimin's bandmate and best friend, V, to all of the previous (non-blacklisted) fatal events at once. She had no regrets about this, either, for she went on to attack Bell before transfering her heart into Bernadetta, turning her into her vessel. The worst part? She's only a child (or at least childlike in appearance).
      • Jimin himself takes V's fate very, very badly, not helped by Lord Voldemort taking him under his wing shortly afterwards and being largely responsible for him becoming the ruthless, psychotic Death Eater that he is. It doesn't help that he was actually a genuine Nice Guy prior to the V Incident, since he'd willingly given Bonkers a blood transfusion using his own blood.
  • Cuteness Overload: One of the custom events involves a tribute dying of heart failure because they find another tribute too adorable. Hilarity Ensues when the other tribute isn't even remotely cute.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: A rather odd example occurs in OG Season 141, where Bill Cipher subjects Nagito Komaeda to an ironic Fate Worse than Death using his powers. The two of them form an unlikely alliance straight afterwards, and spend the next few phases helping each other out and hanging out until Bill gets killed in a ball pit.
  • Demonic Possession: In one of the custom events, a tribute possesses another tribute's body and uses it to kill a third tribute.
  • Denser and Wackier: As the seasons progressed, more and more silly custom events were implemented, and some of the tributes started to become... unorthodox by Simulation standards.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Occurs whenever a character deemed to be a God or Godlike being in their source material is killed off by someone way below their weight class. Examples include Giygas getting pushed off a cliff by the rapper Viper, Chloe Price tracking down and killing the Divine Personification of Art (who had earlier been enslaved by a Shroob Mook), Dr. Robotnik somehow killing the Hunger Games Simulator itself by total accident, Katana disembowling SCP-682 before going on to strangle Dark Star, Frieza bashing Nocturnal's face in with a steel chair, and of course, the infamous killing of Tzeentch by Dr. Fossil, a senile dinosaur. There's also the three-time case of Super Vegito being killed in the opening Bloodbaths of OG Seasons 14, 15 and 173.
  • Die Laughing: Several events have tributes literally dying from laughter.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Sometimes, tributes retaliate harshly to petty things done to them by others by killing them.
    • In OG Season 179, it was down to the final three, which consisted of Kazuichi Souda, Panther Cap, and Croire. It was Night Nine when Croire was told to go get them all some supplies. They were unamused when she came back with only a banana. Panther Cap was so unamused, in fact, that he killed Croire the very next day. Even Kazuichi, who had been just as murderous as Panther Cap at that point, called him a monster for it. That night, Panther Cap killed Kazuichi for calling him ugly, sealing his victory.
    • In OG Season 183, Kurogiri groans at an incredibly corny joke that Russ Cargil made. The very next day, Russ kills Kurogiri by punching a hole in his chest.
      • In that same season, OW THE EDGE destroyed Shere Khan's computer. Shere Khan then proceeded to stretch him to death the next day.
    • In OG Season 224, Fisher kills a Droste Image with a herring after it accidentally read his porn magazine the night before.
    • In OG Season 231, Eijirou Kirishima and Katsuki Bakugou has a "Your Mom" battle against everything that has existed, is existing, and will exist. The jokes were so offending to the former that they straight up destroyed E V E R Y T H I N G.
  • The Dividual: Two or more characters nominated as a whole are counted as one "tribute."
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory: How Queen Mother V won Season 94 of the Reboot, due to her dying in a broken event where she was supposed to kill Two-Faced, only for the latter to somehow kill the former instead. This is explained in-universe as Queen Mother V coming Back from the Dead and Two-Faced getting her award taken away for cheating.
  • Driven to Suicide: Sometimes, it's all too much for a tribute, which results in them taking their own life.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Some of the earlier seasons in the Original Generation pale in comparison to the later ones since custom events weren't implemented until OG Season 12.
    • Many of the earlier seasons were rife with early arena events because the rules for making a "good save" weren't standardized until many seasons later.
    • The earlier seasons also had a rudimentary hosting format. Bulletted lists weren't used and deaths weren't spoilered.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Some of the tributes are this to begin with, while others transform into them during a season, such as Starlight Glimmer in OG Season 146 and Rose Quartz in Reboot Season 22.
  • Epic Fail: Any tribute who dies in the bloodbath by stepping off their podium too soon counts as this.
  • Everyone Is Bi: Tributes can fall in love with anyone, regardless of gender.
  • Eye Scream: Several events involve the tribute losing one or both of their eyes, or even going blind, whether it's self-inflicted or otherwise.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Some tributes nominated with their family members are this, particularly if they're nominated as one tribute. Examples include Marlin and Nemo in OG Seasons 173 and 179; and Princesses Twilight Sparkle, Celestia, Luna and Cadance (the latter of whom are also Royally Screwed Up) in OG Season 219.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The Games welcomes a rather diverse cast of characters, including, among other things, monsters, anthropomorphic animals, superhumans, gods, aliens, otherworldly beings, ordinary people, countryballs, entire sports teams, tropers, real-world animals, inanimate objects, and abstract concepts.
  • Fatal Method Acting: In-Universe. One custom event has six tributes reenacting a Shakespearean tragedy, where one of the actors kills everyone else.
  • Filler: Gag saves, which were first implemented in OG Season 93note , carry the main purpose of tiding the players over while the canon season is being ran. While some of them are lackluster because they usually have early arena events, some of them are actually good; so good, in fact, that some players wish that they were the canon season.
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • Kirby seems to suffer from this, regardless of whether or not he has a Copy Ability.
      • In OG Season 14, he could've just inhaled the rope that Dr. Canus was using to strangle him.
      • In OG Season 110, he jumped off the wrong ledge while skiing, when he could've used his parasol to break his fall.
      • In OG Season 192, he didn't consider gaining a Copy Ability from eating a cockroach.
      • In OG Season 204, he didn't think about discarding his Copy Ability in order to eat some fettuccine, which somehow teamed up with R.O.B and the Supremacy to kill him during the Feast.
      • Averted in OG Seasons 241 and 242, where for once, he didn't forget to use his powers and got 2nd Place with Freddy Kreuger in the former and got the most kills in the latter as Swiss Army Kirby.
      • In Reboot Season 40, he ate a tube of Superglue... only to choke on it.
    • In OG Season 14, a Jackal Ranger is pushed off a cliff and killed. This is in spite of the Jet Pack that all Covenant Rangers wear.
    • It happens again in OG Season 21, with the victim this time being Fidget, which is even worse, as she naturally has wings and is canonically afraid of heights.
    • OG Season 174 has Shinryu, who was pushed off a cliff by Yoshimitsu, who told him to fly. Despite the fact that he has wings and is a very powerful dragon, he fails to do so.
    • In OG Season 182, Mami Tomoe and Maleficent practice parkour, only for Maleficent to mess up and fall to her death, despite the fact that she can turn into a dragon and also could have used her own teleportation abilities to save herself. In the same season, Future Trunks attempted to dropkick Egon Spengler off a cliff, only to miss and plummet to his death despite the fact that he can fly.
    • In OG Season 204, Tsuyu Asui and Brutalmoose practice parkour, only for Tsuyu to misjudge the distance and fall to her death despite her frog-related Quirk and being a particularly athletic jumper in her respective canon.
  • Four Is Death:
    • In general, whenever a tribute gets the 4th Place Curse, where they get 4th place without making the most kills, thus snubbing them of a Hall of Fame placement.
    • In OG Season 81, Magical Kitty Len Len got 4th place and made four kills. Four seasons later, Rio Cop also made the same placement and number of kills as him.
    • In OG Season 205, Jack the Ripper was inputted in District 4, got four killsnote , took 4th place, and tied for the most kills.
    • Inverted in OG Season 216. Day 4 was the only full day that was bloodshed free.
    • In OG Season 225, the four Teletubbies won and accumulated four killsnote .
    • In OG Season 237, Viper foresaw all four Dragon Guardians collectively falling for the 4th Place Curse from buttercup poisoning.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Done to justify any mix-up with the pictures and names of the tributes.
  • Furry Confusion: Animals on various parts of the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism compete in the Games, leading to some... confusing moments when they interact.
    • In OG Season 161, Snips, a magical talking pony, tamed a horse.
    • In OG Season 190, Benjamin Clawhauser, an anthropomorphic cheetah, also tried taming a horse like Snips did, only to be trampled by it.
    • In OG Season 204, Cat R. Waul, an anthropomorphic cat, received a pet pomeranian from an unknown sponsor.
    • In Reboot Season 51, Volk, an anthropomorphic wolf, found a pet cat, which got killed by the Gorilla Glue Gorilla.
    • In Reboot Season 72, Joe, a fish, won a pet goldfish in a bag from a stall, and had to save it when the bag leaked.
  • Gambit Pileup: Naturally. As all tributes aim to come out on top, alliances are made and broken with alarming frequency.
  • Grand Finale: OG Season 250 was this for the first thread, culminating with all the previous tributes and their souls being nominated as two separate tributes.
  • Groin Attack: An uncommon occurrence in the Games, but taken Up to 11 in Reboot Season 94 when the entire music fanbase, composed of roughly less than 7.8 billion people at the time of nomination, collectively punched Dave Rogers in the groin.
  • Halloween Episode: OG Seasons 82, 177, and Reboot Seasons 11 and 68 all had tributes who were scary or Halloween-themed. However, the first one suffered a Schedule Slip and began the day after the holiday.
  • Handicapped Badass: Tributes who are blind, deaf, amputees and/or have some other physical or mental disability and become a podium finisher qualify as these, whether the disability is canonical or brought about during the season.
    • Toph Beifong and Helen Keller are the most notable OG examples of this, securing a spot on the Hall of Fame despite their blindness and deaf-blindness, respectively.
    • In Reboot Season 14, Iron Man managed to survive long enough to get 3rd Place while being tinynote , de-powerednote , and deafnote , all at the same time.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • OG Season 12 saw America give his life to save Toothless from poisonous fog that had seeped into the arena.
    • In Reboot Season 61, Galvatron died saving SG!Megatron from a forest fire.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Quite a lot of tributes die because of their own antics.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Occasionally, one tribute might kill and eat another in a primal craze. Saparmurat Niyazov is one of the many infamous cannibals in the Games, devouring Krizalid two days after the latter killed Forever and served him as a meal in OG Season 88. Niyazov's cooking in the following days was... questionable.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: A tribute can trick another into sparing them to catch the other off-guard.
  • Improbable Weapon User: The Games have seen several tributes who're this. However, the reigning champions are Marlin, Dory and Nemo, who infamously turned this trope into an art form in several of their appearances. Case in point:
  • Inanimate Competitor: Some of the tributes are inanimate objects, and they're just as capable of surviving the Games as the other "normal" tributes.
  • Instant Gravestone: Whenever an event involving the grave of the latest tribute to die happens at the same time as when said tribute dies.
  • Interspecies Friendship/Interspecies Adoption: Both happen more than once, though not as often as Interspecies Romance.
  • Interspecies Romance: Happens quite often, given the diverse cast of tributes.
  • Karmic Death: Karmic retribution often comes quickly to notoriously murderous tributes, with countless examples.
    • In OG Season 7, May, a Pokémon Trainer, killed Sylveon, a Generation 6 Pokémon, during the Bloodbath. She died of dysentery right after.
    • In OG Season 36, four tributes ganged up on Vincent Valentine after he had pushed Rosalina off a cliff the night before.
    • In OG Season 85, after he had killed the Loud Family earlier, Terry Bogard later wound up being slaughtered and cannibalized in a primal craze by Khan.
    • In OG Season 144, Toriel burned a tree down. Not too long after, Mother Gothel, of all people, took her out by impaling her with a tree branch.
    • In OG Season 169, Papyrus bashed his brother Sans' head in with a mace during the Bloodbath and never showed remorse for it at any point. After being subjected to several karmic hardships beforehand, Djura took him out with an arrow to the head during the Feast.
      • Also in OG Season 169, on Night 6, Chester Bennington found Vi and Doomfist dying, and decided to leave them to their fates. In the next day's Feast, the Cornucopia ate him as retribution.
    • In OG Season 191, The Krampus wrongfully killed the innocent Anna during the Bloodbath. Later in the same day, it got frozen (no pun intended) and shattered by Delibird.
    • In OG Season 195, BTS, a Korean boy band consisting of seven men at their 20s, collectively propose to Riley Andersen, a 12-year-old preteen girl. Riley, despite the polygamy and large age gap, says yes, officially making all of the boys her fiancés, much to the shock and disgust (no pun intended on one of Riley's emotions) of many HGS participants. Fortunately for the audience, at the very next day, Konami decides that child marriage is beyond her standards and kills the BTS members by stabbing each member to death with an icicle.
    • In OG Season 250, after Fluttershy had taken a massive level in jerkass and ruthlessly tormented the other tributes, Ares took it upon himself to put her down with a poisoned blowdart during the Feast.
    • After Hardcase had spent the majority of Reboot Season 19 on a ruthless killing spree, the finale saw Michael put an end to his rampage via a lethally booby-trapped chest.
  • Killed Offscreen: Some events don't show how a tribute died, but only the aftermath. Some are from natural causes, while others imply that another tribute killed them.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: One custom event has a tribute screaming their name loudly as they charge at five other tributes, getting themselves killed.
  • Lethal Chef: One custom event has a tribute try using a flamethrower to cook, with another tribute getting too close and being burnt up as a result.
  • Lethal Joke Character: In general, any tribute who isn't, for lack of a better term, a conventional tribute (e. g. an inanimate object) that ends up making the podium or the most kills at the end of a season.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Occasionally, one tribute will reveal to another that they're long-lost siblings or the former is the latter's parent, leading to some... unusual relations. It's worse if both of them are already related or in a relationship.
  • The Lost Lenore: Given the nature of the Games, any romantic relationship established in any season is doomed to end in tragedy one way or another, and what typically happens is that one half of the couple gets killed off. Sometimes, however, the death leaves a notable impact on the tribute’s surviving lover. There are at least three notable cases of this happening: Corrin!Revaryk’s grief over the death of her lover Mettaton in OG Season 84, the way Tomura Shigaraki copes with the death of his lover Emperor Zurg in OG Season 183, almost 100 seasons later, and Kazuichi Souda’s Heroic BSoD and possible suicide following the death of his lover Donkey Kong.
  • Mad Bomber: Any tribute that amasses a large number of kills using explosives could be considered one of these.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: More than 5000 characters from various works compete in the Games.
  • Mercy Kill: Characters will often ask for this to be their fate. Most of the time, the other character doesn't go through with it. But sometimes, the other character will reluctantly agree to do it.

     Tropes N - Z 

     Tropes Applying to Convergence/Another Side Another Story 
  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon: Given that Alternate Universes exist, some aspects of the canon universes are changed for flexibility in the RPs.
    • Pokémon are allowed to use more than four moves from all the possible moves they can learn, including the moves that were excluded from Pokémon Sword and Shield, and be creative in what they can do with their moveset, akin to the anime.
    • While the Underground where most of 6k1's tributes come from takes place in the True Pacifist timeline, Undyne and Mettaton have access to their respective Genocide timeline-exclusive forms, Undyne the Undying and Mettaton NEO.
  • Actually a Doombot:
    • Whenever President Snow is killed by a tribute, it's actually a Snowclone that gets killed instead of the real him. That was until Billy secretly staged a rebellion in Reboot Season 70 to destroy the clones and have the real Snow placed in the Arena as the tributes' punching bag along with Alma Coin.
    • In Reboot Season 40, Dave the Assassin gave Snow a tape, which was something to use against Valecor, before jumping off a cliff to his death. It turned out to be a Replica of himself.
    • Whenever Ichigo Montoya shows up in the Arena when he's not a tribute, like when he fought the Elite Beat Agents in Reboot Season 113, it's actually an android version of him, which he made in light of tribute-nominator events happening more frequently.
  • Aerith and Bob: Besides the tributes having their fair share of unusual and ordinary names, the nominators have names such as 6k1, Gamechanger, Scipion, and Zanreo... and Dave, Billy, and Elliot. Even the Pokémon from the Mystery Dungeon World have varying names, from James and Arthur to Persephone and Cerberus to... Lugia and Ho-Oh.
  • After-Action Healing Drama: Usually happens when a nominator is sent to the Science Center's Medical Department to recover from severe injuries or their revival after their time in the Arena.
    • After being killed by Nightmare Scipion, 6k1 was sent to the Recovery Room. She missed out on the first half of Reboot Season 51 due to her coma, and Twilight Sparkle and Toriel dropped everything to visit her.
    • After the failed mission to storm Unfortunate Zorua's base, Dave collapsed from the wounds caused by the base's destruction. 6k1, with the help of her nominator friends, provided him first aid and sent him to the Medical Department. She then watched over him at the Recovery Room while his assistants and some of 6k1's friends paid him a visit.
    • Power Stroke then had her turn after the 2nd Reboot Nominator Games (Season 100). She and 6k1 stayed in the same room, and their friends and family paid them a visit. Ichigo and Psychedelicate also visited them to make amends with each other, and also to comfort Power. The pony then woke up and burst into tears just after Ichi left, worried about him, but Dr. Rosie gave her her crystal ball so she could still talk to him. Power even refused to have her traumatic memories of the last season wiped because she didn't want to forget Ichi, fearing that her good memories with him might be erased by accident.
    • 6k1's second post-Nominator Games trip to the Recovery Room was more dramatic than the first, as she was distraught when Dave didn't visit her or even join her in Reboot Season 150. As usual, her friends and family comforted her and helped her learn to accept that she can press on without him, but the Waterblight Ganon told her the harsh truth that Dave can't always be there for her.
  • Alternate Universe: Many tributes come from alternate versions of canon universes, and some of them are just like in canon but with a few key differences.
    • All of Vengeful Bale's tributes come from AR worlds, and they were all affected by the Multiversal Convergence. AR Equestria, in particular, is mostly like the Equestria where 6k1 nominates her tributes, except that Grogar is really Grogar instead of Discord in disguise. Tirek, Chrysalis, and Cozy Glow also defected from the Legion and were put under community service after the final battle instead of being turned into stone.
      • There's another version of Equestria where the Changeling Kingdom's hive was destroyed, but the Changelings such as Thorax and Pharynx, the latter who's allied with Scipion, remain unreformed.
    • The Underground, also where some of 6k1's tributes come from, had its barrier broken like in the True Pacifist Route, but Asgore opened it for tourism after hearing that the Hunger Games was opened to the Multiverse, and the monsters chose to stay there.
    • The Wizarding World, again where some of 6k1's tributes come from, had the International Statute of Secrecy revised to allow witches and wizards to participate in the Games as it was originally a Muggle sport and they were banned from them. This was part of the Ministry of Magic's efforts to forge and improve interuniversal and wizard-Muggle relations respectively, but there's still prejudice between them, particularly with the Muggles from their universe. Because of this, the Gamemakers are required to edit the broadcast for Muggle viewing while Muggles from other universes must keep their visits to the Wizarding Worldnote  a secret from the locals, lest they have their memories wiped.
    • Both Gensokyo and Mugenri, where Billy nominated all its denizens, had their barriers to the outside world broken, allowing free travel and access to technology.
    • The We Have All Become Pokémon universe is treated as a parallel universe to the RP's existing Pokémon Mystery Dungeon universe, with characters from the former who have appeared implied to not have a presence in the universe of the latter and vice versa.
    • Even Panem itself has drastically changed after the Original Rebellion against Snow since his death was intervened by GASK when they opened it to the Multiverse. After he was overthrown again in the second Rebellion secretly organized by Billy, Paylor was elected as president and is currently developing the country for the better. She also made travel between Districts unrestricted, but District 13 chose to remain autonomous.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: While the Games are no stranger to sentient objects fighting in the Arena, many others were brought to life by Star Energy, which came from the meteors that crashed on a hilltop just after Mr. Star's belated birthday party there.
  • Arc Villain:
    • Valecor and Timewrecker for almost the entirety of Convergence.
    • The Legion of Doom from early Convergence until Reboot Season 99 in ASAS.
  • Artificial Limbs Are Stronger: After Bill Cipher bit off their hand, Frisk had it replaced with a prosthetic by Alphys. It's painted to look exactly like their other hand, and they can summon an anti-dark magic barrier around themself with it.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Scipion dropped one when he got disqualified for getting trapped in the Minus World in the 2nd Reboot Nominator Games.
  • Bag of Spilling: Any powers or weapons the tributes acquire in the Arena can't be carried over to their next season. Originally, they can't use them outside since it was illegal, but Paylor legalized it after Reboot Season 118 under Hans' request. This revision only applies to powers and self-crafted weapons, as weapons provided by the sponsors are Arena property.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: How Tabby was prepared to be sacrificed to Rubyfrost by Akumo to free him from his deal with the latter: by having Rubyfrost's handmaidens wash her before forcing her to wear a see-through dress. Noire assisted him with the preparations, secretly trying to help Tabby to escape because of her feelings for her.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Jorgen von Strangle warned Ichi and Power that his wish-granting abilities might not work as intended outside his universe, as he showed up at the latter's home in the Fillyppines, which is in the same universe as Equestria, to scold them for breaking Da Rules by using a You-Doo Doll to force Snow to reduce Villain Month to just Villain Week. Timewrecker, overhearing the conversation using his advanced tech, mocked them for believing that they can just wish themselves out of trouble.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Across both threads, there have been various villainous organizations that have gone out against the nominators more than once, most notably the Legion of Doom, Timewrecker's crew and the Dark Nominators, the League of Evil, ???'s Legion, the Gospel of Rubyfrost, "Scattered Brain" and the Blight Ganons, the Infinite Darkness, and the Dark Sisterhood.
  • Big "NO!": Power screamed this at the top of her lungs when Toriel played a Wild Draw 4 Card on her during Bale's party.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • In the interlude between Reboot Seasons 44 and 45, Dave and his travel group for Detective Gamechanger's party all had this reaction when 6k1 told them that they were running late.
    • In the interlude between Reboot Seasons 47 and 48, Carlos's classmates all had this reaction when he announced that he might be sent back to the Arena for the summer.
  • Body Double:
    • Over the course of the Games, the nominators eventually decided to use digital clones of their tributes to protect them from the horrors of the Arena. These clones act exactly like their originals and the memories and powers they acquire can be transferred to them if they wish.
      • Starting sometime during Bale's party, Dave uses data recreation for some of his tributes so the real deals won't get traumatized in the Arena. Billy, inspired by him, also uses them for his tributes.
      • Starting in Reboot Season 118, Bale employs Maquette copies of the tributes he intends to nominate, which he programs to fight in the games.
      • Despite all the benefits they have over nominating tributes "traditionally", 6k1 refused to transition to them because she believed that they were "digital meat shields" only designed to rob the originals off their placements. In truth, she was so used to nominating them the old way she struggled with coming to terms with the new method. Dave, who pioneered it, tried but failed to convince her to change, though Hans had better luck when he taught her to accept it but not forget the good things of the past. It wasn't until Power and Alphys built the Cloning Capsule for her, which was specially designed to ease her with the transition by preserving the impact of almost all the events, that she was finally convinced to data clone her tributes.
      • Starting in Reboot Season 143, Stanford built a cloning remote at the behest of Eye-Sicle to summon exact duplicates of his tributes. They disappear instantly if they're hit hard enough, and their memories are recorded in the remote.
    • Ichi deploys android versions of himself whenever rogue tributes try to kill him or he gets forced into the Arena due to certain events. 6k1, Billy, and Eye-Sicle eventually followed suit by using bodyguard clones to protect themselves the same way, though the first one's willing to have her clone's memories transferred to her to "preserve the authenticity" of the event.
  • Bowdlerise: In-universe, Billy seeks to have the seasons censored for his kid tributes, following his new policy at the time to protect them besides using data clones. 6k1 and Tabby, however, objected to this, the former fearing that he might demand the Capitol to broadcast it to the entire Multiverse while the latter calling him out for his overprotectiveness.
  • Break the Cutie:
  • Brick Joke:
    • When Power planned to invite Ralsei to her watch party for Reboot Season 61 along with Ichigo, the latter thought of doing his best Hagrid impression when they met... and he did exactly that during the party itself.
      Ichigo: Yer a wizard, Harry.
      Ralsei: [looks at him with a derped expression on his face] Who's Harry?
    • After learning from Ichigo that a desperate 6k1 had seriously considered turning herself into a Starble while attempting to communicate with Mimi, Power contemplated drawing a Starble-ized version of the Database Manager. Come their watch party for Season 61, she does just that.
    • Just before Reboot Season 65 began, Ichi tried guessing Power's Nightmare Night costume, and predicted that she'd go as Ralsei. Three seasons later, he was right.
    • In the 2nd Reboot Nominator Games (Season 100), 6k1 came across a sign that said: "Eating carpet extremely prohibited". She quickly realizes that Mimi might've eaten the one in her basement just as she said that, and it turned out to be the case when the Starble apologized for it after the season.
  • Campfire Character Exploration: On the way to GC's base for Billy's party, Power and some of 6k1's tributes set up camp in a forest clearing, where they exchanged stories about their adventures. It's also revealed there that 6k1 had a problem with "tribute theft", or when someone else nominates her tributes, causing her to feel hurt, especially if they make the Hall of Fame under their new nominator.
  • Cellphones Are Useless: While they were imprisoned in Scipion's makeshift lair, Kris tried calling Susie after they saw Scipion use an electronic device to check his Cooking "School" in the Arena. Susie wasn't able to answer the call because her phone was knocked into a mud puddle during her fight with Onox in the Gurgling Swamp. Alphys then tried calling Kris to tell them that her team's on the way, only for Kris's phone to die.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While Convergence still has some comedic moments like in the main thread, things took a dark turn when Villain Month happened, where the villains were free to pull off nefarious deeds without the heroes stopping them. As a result, many nominators such as 6k1, Power, Ichi, and Psyche went into hiding while the others were exploring the Voidlands, but even then they were still affected to varying degrees.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Two episodes of "Future of Panem" involve President Snow forcing children to kill people they adored such as Winnie-the-Pooh and Santa Claus. Another had him forcing a child to kill his father because the latter opposed Snow.
  • Cool Starship: Billy's Eagle of the Universe, which is based on a Kendorian scoutship, but heavily modified with features like a simulator, increased speed and agility, as well as having an external appearance as that of an eagle. Timewrecker's Cetus One also qualifies too, and so does Mr. Star's Spacepod.
  • Crazy-Prepared: 6k1, Ichigo, and Gamechanger always have plans in case of the worst case scenarios. Timewrecker is also this to terrifying degrees, putting him many steps ahead of the heroes.
  • Cult: The Gospel of Alchemy, Science, and Knowledge, or GASK, is an evil cult who was responsible for the games in the first place.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Elliot, at the very least, is said to have been abused by his father at a young age, to the point where he tried to kill himself over it.
  • Death Is Cheap: Since tributes can be renominated, they're simply revived before being sent back to the Arena. The nominators also have their own revival methods in case they die, too.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: While in Reboot Season 54, Divine Kai had a fatal heart attack in both the main thread and Convergence, she was accidentally killed by Yona when she tried giving her CPR in the latter.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Ichigo lives in an underground bunker, which contains laboratories, a computer room, an armory, a teleporter room, a training room, a garage housing an assortment of vehicles, and a rec room, among others. He also has robot servants that help run the place.
  • Eldritch Location: The Realm of Unyielding Chaos, or Voidlands for short, is what used to be the universe of the OG Timeline, which was destroyed by Scipion, who turned into an Eldritch Abomination from drinking too much literal invoked Nightmare Fuel, in Season 250. It's a fusion of all the universes that's inhabited by eldritch versions of the tributes of that time, some of them having drastically different powers from their Reboot counterparts. The place is so dangerous that only Eldritch Abominations can survive in it without needing protective equipment.
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    • Bill Cipher's often called an "Egyptian Nacho", with Valecor being the first to call him as such. Many others, particularly those who oppose him, caught on and began calling the pyramid demon that as well.
    • Power Stroke's called "Pow-Pow" by her aunt Miranda Rights. It's her foalhood nickname, and Power's friend Ichi couldn't help but call her that as well.
      • After realizing that "Pow-Pow"'s not so embarrassing at all, Crimson Gale called her "Powie" during Billy's party, which she silently cringed at.
    • Morgan constantly calls Tabby "Tabbitch", much to her chagrin.
  • Ending Memorial Service: Billy hosted GC's funeral after the latter died in the Voidlands. It served as the final arc for Convergence.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Dark Nominators are this to the regular ones, with some of them working for Timewrecker like Dark Billy.
  • Fantastic Slurs: "Digital meat shields" for data clones, as they're treated like the originals because they're designed to perfectly emulate them. Power took offense when Alphys innocently brought up the concern about using them to counter tribute attacks on the nominators, then realized that she was also being unintentionally bigoted towards them when she described them to Ichi. 6k1, however, unironically used the term when expressing her hatred towards data clones, offending Dupe, who regularly summons her clone for her work. Due to a mutual misunderstanding on the topic, he temporarily left to give himself a timeout.
  • First Pet Story: Mimi's character arc in CVG was this, and 6k1 learned to love her after GC gave her to her as a gift. Despite all the trouble Mimi gave her owner as a mischievous Starble, 6k1 promised to take care of her after learning about her missing parents.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Several universes such as Equestria and the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon World transform outside visitors into their native species or alter their art styles. This effect can be bypassed using magic or protective devices such as anti-transformation portals while shapeshifters can retain their forms at will.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: A serendipitous case: During Season 153, shortly before the heist at the Library, Puff the Magic Dragon ran afoul of a copy of Flowey at the mall for villains and was taken out of the season by him, much to Asriel's unease. As the heist ultimately lead to Asriel being forcibly turned back into the real Flowey by the Blight Ganons, it makes what was originally just another fatal event in the season come off as rather ominous in hindsight.
  • Forgotten First Meeting:
    • While Power and Ichi did meet in the 2nd OT Nominator Games (Season 200), their friendship didn't take off until the 1st Reboot Nominator Games (Season 50). Power only realized this after the latter because she was possessed by WarioGuy when she met Ichi in the former.
    • Scipion claimed that he only met Lucian at parties, forgetting the first time they met as young Pokémon, when Aaron rescued them from a cave.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Downplayed. After officially dating for three days (or 4 months and 17 days on Earth Prime), Dave and Fira got engaged. Lampshaded by Spike:
    "That's an awfully short time to make sure your relationship's secure."
  • Gadgeteer Genius:
    • Several nominators such as 6k1, Ichi, and GC are good with tech, and the latter prefers fighting with his inventions over having superpowers.
    • Alphys, being the Underground's Royal Scientist, makes all sorts of useful inventions for her friends, like Frisk's prosthetic hand and special equipment for the Royal Guard such as goggles to correct Doggo's reverse object blindness.
  • Giant Spider: Some of Jace Webking's spiders are described to be far larger than the average spider, such as the spider that carried Tubbo's corpse and Tommy's sausage-turned remains to the Webking House in Reboot Season 148 being described as "motorcycle-sized".
  • Go Mad from the Revelation:
    • In Reboot Season 95, the Music Fanbase underwent this when Immorticia pointed out that they were sent to the Arena by Terminus, driving them to kill her.
    • In Reboot Season 123, Yamato Kisaragi outed Ugo as the shapeshifting CosmosAndChaos, causing him to go insane for the rest of the season.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: In Reboot Season 52, Mikey tried to summon the Genie for his final wish, but couldn't because the latter had been killed by Shuuya Kano earlier. It rained as soon as he started crying.
  • Halloween Episode: After the Sayaka Mission, Hazemaster decided to host a Halloween party at his museum to relax from it. It lasted well past Halloween itself because the guests had a costume contest, with Dave winning it, Fira placing 2nd, and Carlos, Ralsei, and Mr. Godzilla tying for 3rd. Dave and Fira even got engaged to cap it off.
  • Heist Episode: In Reboot Season 152, Bonnie and Clyde decided to raid the Library with the help of Wednesday and the 'Brijes after hearing 6k1note  tell their cousin PJ that she'd be going to a party. The following season, they tore through the Library's security systems and invaded the basement to steal her Database notes, only to try prying Asriel's ring out of him instead because of its value. They didn't realize that it lets him power-up into his Hyperdeath form, but at the cost of turning him back into Flowey if he loses it. The thieves learned this the hard way when the Blight Ganons broke in and forcibly corrupted him back into his psychotic alter ego. The Blights then ordered them to keep the ring away from him so he can wreak havoc at the party in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon World.
  • Heroic BSoD: Fighting in the Games gives many tributes stress to the point that they break down. It also happens to them and several nominators even outside the Arena.
    • Power Stroke, being a self-admitted Nervous Wreck, has several moments. In fact, she has broken down so many times she's at greater risk of suffering from Hopeless Magic and losing her colors than Twilight Sparkle is.
      • In the interlude between Reboot Seasons 49 and 50, she mentally broke down during President Snow's party when she heard that OG universe still exists as the Voidlands, traumatized by what her (or 6k1's) tributes did in the old timeline and Wario Guy possessing her in the second Nominator Games (OG Season 200). She got better after Dave's group and Ralsei comforted her by reminding her that she wasn't alone. Even Billy's tributes consoled her.
      • During the 1st Reboot Nominator Games (Season 50), she was reduced to tears after witnessing her friends Ralsei and Gale die. She eventually got better after the season, even forgiving Ichigo for killing the latter for yanking his hair.
      • Upon realizing that Psyche was among the many Australians who had perished in Season 58's Bloodbath, she broke down crying while discussing it with an equally shaken Ichigo, who wasted no time teleporting to Power's home in order to provide her with a shoulder to cry on while Vengeful Bale offered her some consoling words over the radio.
      • After witnessing Miko Mitama's horrifically excessive murder of V on the first day of Reboot Season 60, then learning that her art school had been leveled and Pointy had died from her wounds in the aftermath despite the droids' best efforts, Power completely broke down. Thankfully, she got better when Twilight, Starfall and Ichigo paid her a visit in order to personally comfort her.
      • Upon seeing Dory, 6k1's own tribute, destroy Tier 0 aka EVERYTHING in Reboot Season 74, she cowered in a Troubled Fetal Position, just like when Valecor first told her about the Voidlands. Ichi instinctively teleported himself to her house to reassure her that the Second Great Destruction didn't happen because of thatnote .
      • She broke down sobbing at her and Ichi's watch party for Reboot Season 80 after seeing the two versions of Twilight, the pony she idolizes and thinks the world of, who'd been nominated perish at the hands of Kilik and Anakin Skywalker. She even had to leave the party early because of it.
      • Even after she learned to control her emotions, she still broke down upon seeing Ichi being murdered by his adoptive sister Psyche in the 2nd Reboot Nominator Games. Thankfully, her friends and family visited her at the Recovery Room to cheer her up after the season, and she even called Ichi himself to make sure he was okay.
    • Even Power's human counterpart 6k1 breaks down on occasion.
      • In Reboot Season 54, she was anguished with grief after witnessing the Database, which had a copy of it downloaded into a robot resembling Power, get pulverized by the Messenger. For her, it was like being forced to watch her child die while she was unable to do anything about it. Thankfully, GC made a new bot, which resembled Twilight, to comfort her the next day.
      • After the Database Library was set on fire by invoked LOLW in Reboot Season 63, 6k1 fell to her knees and broke down crying, wondering where she went wrong as Manager. Thankfully, her assistants, nominator friends, and tributes gave her words of encouragement, motivating her to spring back into action.
      • When Timewrecker leaked her OT memories and time machine to the public, she was driven into catatonia. Thankfully, GC reassured her that that wouldn't be a big deal in the long run, but that didn't stop Timewrecker from messing with her, anyway.
      • After witnessing Dory destroy Tier 0 aka EVERYTHING in Reboot Season 74, she froze up and collapsed as memories of the First Great Destruction came back to her. It took her a while to regain consciousness, and Dave comforted her by vowing to never leave her behind.
      • She fainted when what she thought was "her" Twilight was "stolen" in Reboot Season 97 when AR Twilight and her friends were forced into the Arena by the Legion of Doom. While "tribute theft" is not a big deal for him unless said "stolen" tribute performs better under their new nominator, Scipion was concerned for her because she overreacted. The other Twilight then gave her "friendship lessons" to help her overcome this.
      • Like Power after the 2nd Reboot Nominator Games, she fell into despair when Dave didn't visit her at the Recovery Room after the third one. As always, her friends and family comforted her and helped her learn to accept that she can press on without him, but the Waterblight Ganon told her the harsh truth that Dave can't always be there for her.
    • After learning just how traumatic the Great Destruction had been for 6k1 and Power, Ichigo was left feeling racked with sorrow and guilt over his decision to stay holed up in his bunker during that time instead of reaching out to not only them, but anyone else left reeling in the timeline-destroying catastrophe's wake. Fortunately, this prompted Power to visit his base in order to personally console him.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: When Zekrom trained Aaron how to fight, he transformed Lucian into a Midnight Lycanroc to teach him how to fight his own friend in dire situations. This happened again when Lucian was possessed by a wild Spiritomb during Aaron and Scipion's duel in the latter's makeshift lair.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: During Haze's Halloween party, 6k1 disguised herself as Power for fun, but decided to impersonate her and lie about liking data clones to Bale because she was tired of hearing him talk about them. While Bale fell for her lies at first, he eventually caught on when she ended up implicating herself.
    6k1 (as Power): I'm just wondering if you're gonna transfer [Maquette!Dinosaur Ryuzaki's] good Arena memories to the real Ryuzaki after [Reboot Season 130]. So that, y'know... he won't miss out.
    Bale: Since when were you this intersted [sic] in tribute's memories... "Power"?
  • Jaw Drop: Whenever Sans or Papyrus witness something shocking, their jawbones literally fall to the floor.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: The rescue teams' strategy for raiding Scipion's makeshift lair to rescue Kris and Lucian. Undyne suggested doing so even if she was aware she was contradicting Glimmer's advice to stick together, only for Susie to immediately run off to look for Kris. While Morgan trapped Susie for her trouble, the plan worked in the rescue teams' favor as Aaron, James, and Ralsei split off to find her while the others fought off Ridley's crew and the Dark Star.
  • Lighter and Softer: Another Side, Another Story is this to Convergence, and while it still has its dark moments, there are more comedic and lighthearted moments than its predecessor.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Besides the sheer number of tributes that are nominated every season (including the massive group tributes like Tier 0 aka EVERYTHING), there are many characters who are created specifically for the roleplay like the nominators and their assistants. Some of these characters are eventually nominated in the main thread.
  • Loose Canon: While Convergence/Another Side, Another Story takes place concurrently with the canon seasons, several liberties are taken with some parts of the canon to make the story work, like Snow's many deaths becoming Snowclones being killed and several tributes not actually dying despite being stated to do so.
  • Made of Evil:
    • Valecor is an Exterrerian, a being made of literal invoked Nightmare Fuel as a result of an experiment by Scientist Dave. GASK also experimented on these creatures in the OG timeline, but they failed because the beings weren't intelligent enough.
    • Nightmare is also the same species as Valecor, and this let the former secretly absorb the latter's essence while he was still active.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: ???'s Legion, who had been working in the background for their personal goals, killed Markus after the fall of the Legion of Doom and then raided his churches to turn them into their new bases.
  • Meaningful Echo: When 6k1 fainted from seeing her own tribute Dory destroy Tier 0 in Reboot Season 74, Dave told the others to continue the mission to storm Zorua's base without him, saying, "let ME keep HER safe." When he collapsed from the wounds caused by Zorua detonating the base, 6k1 returned the favor by telling the others to go home ahead of them, saying almost the exact same line.
  • Memory-Wiping Crew:
    • Zanreo, 6k1, and Bale all have their tributes' memories of the seasons wiped after they've been revived. The process hasn't been perfected, however, but in 6k1's case, the Necromancy Department was eventually funded sufficiently so they can perfect it.
    • Psyche also began wiping her tributes' memories starting in Reboot Season 73, after realizing that letting them retain them has caused them to suffer from the lasting trauma of being in the Games.
  • Mental Health Recovery Arc: In Reboot Seasons 81 and 82, Power learned to control her anxiety attacks by taking lessons with Twilight and Fluttershy. While her assertiveness training with Fluttershy was cancelled due to Discord interrupting her and Starfall's visit at the pegasus' cottage, Power still learned to be more self-confident by just observing them talk Discord down for pranking her.
  • Merged Reality:
    • The ultimate goal of the Legion of Doom was to merge all the universes so they could rule them all at once. This resulted in various creatures appearing outside their home universes and freely roaming in the merged ones. Once the Legion was defeated, the effects of the Multiversal Convergence were undone by using their superweapon to fix them.
    • The Voidlands has an ever-shifting landscape that rapidly and unpredictably transforms into various universes, given its eldritch nature.
  • Me's a Crowd: Several nominators and villains use clones of themselves to make their jobs more efficient.
    • Both Dave and Valecor can make clones of themselves so they can be in many places at once. They can also mentally communicate with them. Dave's clones may be augmented by the power of the Sheikah tribe for spying purposes, since the Sheikah are infamous for their ability to blend in the shadows.
    • Dave also employs the use of man-made Replicas, which are more independent compared to his shadow clones. The Replica models are human in pretty much every way, since they are based off of Vexen's newest models for the Real Organization XIII.
    • Downplayed with Billy, 6k1, and Power, who have only one clone each, but they help streamline their jobs.
    • Also downplayed with Elliot, since he and his clone are only different because of some time shenanigans.
      • Elliot 1.0 and 2.0 were split around Reboot Season 52, when he was both sent back to his new body in his home multiverse and nominated for that season, as the Battle Royale was imminent then.
    • Morgan the Morgrem can summon clones of himself during battles, which explode when they get hit.
    • Deconstructed with "Archangel" Markus Hasselhoff. While he usually uses remote bodies to interact with the others, this is entirely a side effect he never wanted in the first place, since he was burnt by the upper class people living in the Capitol using white phosphorus allotropes and he has to live inside a capsule for the rest of his life.
  • Mirror Match: Undyne, who was transformed into a Swampert when she entered the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon World, had one against the Dark Star when it transformed into Dark Undyne during the rescue mission for Lucian.
  • Mobile Fishbowl: Nemo and Dory each use one that's designed like Minion's.
  • Modernized God: Satan wore Emo Teen clothes when Valecor visited him.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much:
  • Never Split the Party: The basement team's strategy when they were investigating the Winter's End while the patrol team guarded it during the Sayaka Mission. However, Dave and Fira split from the others once when a voice beckoned them, which led them to being trapped by Dark Dave. Thankfully, he didn't seriously harm them, and he let them regroup with the others after confronting them about their relationship.
  • Official Couple: Dave/Fira as per Season 108, James/Arthur as per Season 115 (with Nick being added after Season 141), Tabby/Noire as per Season 125, and George/Kayla as per Season 146.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in general. With all the tributes coming from different universes, it's inevitable that many of them would share the same name. Notable aversions include:
    • "Dave". There's Dave the Assassin, minor character Scientist Dave, and NPC Crazy Dave.
    • "Hal". There's Scientist Hal and HAL 9000note , where the former is named after the latter.
    • "Ribeyrolles". One's a Tactical Doll while the other's a sentient bullet that was given life by Star Energy.
    • "Ichigo", a name shared between a nominator and a Magical Girl. Power had to call them by their last names during Bale's party.
    • "Wanda". One's a magical T-rex, the other's one of Ms. Frizzle's students, while another's a fairy who snapped and went on a murder spree after her husband Cosmo's death in Reboot Season 140. The first one had to go by "Wandabee" since she and Wanda Li both met at Haze's Halloween party, and she also lampshaded how many Wandas there are already.
    • The aversions were Lampshaded by Power when she and Ralsei prepared to go home after the first Reboot Nominator Games.
      Power: [to Dave] Just so you know, Ralsei's Dark World's not to be confused with that Dark World or that other Dark World, you know what I mean?
      Ralsei: There's more than one Dark World?!
      Power: These Games are broadcasted across the entire multiverse, so that's to be expected!
  • Overused Running Gag: In Reboot Season 114, the Gamemakers received many complaints from the viewers and even Mr. Sutton about Russian Reversal events occurring too frequently, so they held a poll on what to do with them. The ones that happen in the Bloodbath along with a few others were purged the following season.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Both Mimi and Arcturus lost their parents at a very young age: the former never saw hers since they hid her egg when the "bad people" invaded her home, while the latter saw his being killed by Blackblood's soldiers before Arcturus was kidnapped by ???. Thankfully, both of them were Happily Adopted by 6k1 and Billy, respectively.
    • Reggie and Lizzie Dawnshire had loving parents, even if the latter supported Snow during his regime. They then neglected their kids when they worked at Neon Quarters before dying in the destruction during the Multiversal War. Thankfully, Dave and Fira rescued Reggie and Lizzie during their mission to save Sayaka Miki and decided to adopt them as their own.
  • Perspective Flip: The main thread's about the tributes fighting each other to death, while Convergence/ASAS's about the lives of the nominators, or the people sending in the tributes.
  • Portal Book: Played with. Twilight Sparkle uses books from other worlds as the Crystal Mirror's power source so she can go to those worlds through it.
  • Portal Network: One of the primary ways of travel between universes is through portals, and this is how most tributes enter Panem. Some nominators can summon them on their own, like Dave, Mett, and Elliot. In addition, Billy's servants, George and Kayla, can summon portals, too.
  • Privacy by Distraction: When 6k1note  was having her friendship lessons with Twilight, she heard that "Bright Stardust"note  would be visiting her. Not wanting him to intrude on their conversation, 6k1 told Spike to tell him once he arrived that Twilight was busy having a meeting with a census reporter named Bar Graph. She also removed her necklace, but felt that "Bright" would see through her Paper-Thin Disguise anyway since her scar showed through her pelt.
  • Reality Changing Miniature: There's a miniature version of the solar system in the Voidlands that affects the real deal when someone interacts with them. When Valecor first visited it, he pretended to eat the mini-earth, causing the real one to go dark during Snow's party. He then shot down the mini-sun in his second visit, blotting out the real earth's sky for six hours before Reboot Season 68.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The reptile-themed Reboot Season 125 featured reptile characters being horrible to each other in all manner of ways including a villain league composed entirely of them, but fourth-place finisher No Feet was an especially notable case as the character, canonically a rare snake aversion to the trope, became such an unfettered Manipulative Bastard that it bordered on Adaptational Villainy. He was ultimately the Big Bad of the season who tricked I.N and Changbin into killing each other.
  • Rescue Arc: The nominators often go on rescue missions to save fellow nominators or tributes that were captured or banished into other dimensions or points in time. Some of the notable missions were the following: rescuing Psyche from the Ultra Space in Reboot Season 83, Tabby from the Legion of Doom during the Multiversal War, Sayaka Miki from the Neon Quarters after its destruction in the war, Carlos from his eldritch transformation and banishment to Limbo in Reboot Season 115, Charlie Weasley from his Time Turner mishap and resulting erasure in Reboot Season 134, and Lucian from Scipion in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon World, several seasons before the 3rd Reboot Nominator Games (Season 150).
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Starbles are mischievous furball creatures that can eat almost anything in one gulp and without ill effects, shoot twin lasers from their antennae, and also heal wounds with them. 6k1 and Billy both own them as pets, and they both gave them a lot of trouble until they were equipped with muzzles and Translator Collars.
  • Robot Buddy: Zorua, 6k1, and Bale all have robot assistants, N0V-4, the Databot (aka Ally), and Xochi, respectively, that help them with their jobs.
  • Rollercoaster Mine: Ralsei, Aaron, and James rode on one on the way to rescue Lucian, which crash-landed into the room where Kris was being held captive by Morgan, knocking out the latter during his fight against Susie.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • In Universe. Jimin literally became one during Reboot Season 60, as a result of being severely traumatized by how his bandmate, V, was killed by Miko Mitama, allowing Voldemort to corrupt him. He even got metahuman powers too.
    • Discussed by Power and Ichi when the former shared with him her favorite fanfic, White Box. She didn't like that Princess Celestia was implied to be the bad guy, which was a common trend for fanfic writers back in the day.
  • Rule of Drama: Discussed by Power and Alphys when they were researching about data clones for the latter's cloning machine project and their callout for 6k1 about her thoughts on the matter. Alphys thought of modifying the clone so that they're as difficult to retrieve as the original if they died in the V Incident to "preserve its integrity", but Power shut it down, believing that 6k1 must accept that its shock value has to be sacrificed for her tributes' safety. They'd still preserve the other events because they understand that she'd want to keep some aspects of the Games in some way.
  • Running Gag:
  • Science Fantasy: CVG/ASAS's genre could be considered this, as the diversity of the universes the tributes come from allows for a harmonious blend of both magic and technology, though it leans more in favor of the former.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During 6k1's vacation, Sans and Papyrus were confronted by their old enemy Floweynote  along with Bill Cipher in front of their house. They summoned their Gaster Blasters at them for offering them to form an Enemy Mine against one or the other, and also for Bill pulling a cruel prank on them by flooding their house with swamp water. When Flowey transformed into his Photoshop form and Bill set their house on fire, they both made a run for Waterfall. Needless to say, they were boned.
  • Share the Male Pain:
    • In Reboot Season 95, the entire music fanbase was forced by Terminus's droid to collectively strike Dave Rogers in the groin. The scene was so painful to watch even Power, a unicorn mare, felt it.
    • It happened again in Reboot Season 135 when the Multiverse punched Sakura Haruno and Sasuke Uchiha in their groins, causing Dave, Fira, and Hans to scream in unison. Power and Alphys also winced at the sight, but tried not to scream because they were watching in the Database Library.
  • Show Within a Show: President Snow has a "children's" show named "Future of Panem", which is just propaganda about him killing everyone who opposes him.
  • Sickening Slaughterhouse: Snow's train passed through one while taking the nominators to the Arena for the 1st Reboot Nominator Games. The passengers, especially Starfall, Power, and Ralsei (who were two ponies and a goat, respectively), were understandably grossed out by the livestock being slaughtered right in front of them.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • In Reboot Season 41, the entire Legion of Doom got electrocuted by the Forcefield because of gravity reversal, but in Convergence, some of the members survived thanks to GASK and Valecor's intervention.
    • Kirby almost always escapes certain death in the Arena despite the main thread stating that he died. Subverted in Reboot Season 144, where Kazuichi Souda ate him along with Ribbon in a primal craze, reducing them into souls.
    • Errol, the Weasley family owl, was presumed dead by the end of his source material because of his old age, but in ASAS, he was alive and well when 6k1 nominated him and Pigwidgeon for Reboot Season 129. After his revival, Errol also delivered Arthur Weasley's letter to her after Season 133 to request the revival of his son Percynote .
  • Stargazing Scene: Mr. Star's birthday happened during a meteor shower, and the guests were all invited to watch it. Power took this opportunity to invite Ichi to watch it with her for her early birthday celebration, too.
  • Stock Animal Name: The Sharpedo guard at the Blue Orb Shrine is named Jaws. Lampshaded by Lugia:
    "Not a very original name, I know."
  • Teleportation: Another means of going around various worlds is by teleportation. Some tributes can do this naturally, while others and several nominators use teleporters. Teleport pads are also used to make deliveries.
  • Time-Travel Episode: Reboot Season 125 involved Yang Jeongin aka I.N receiving a warning from his future self about the dangers he would face in the season, and also that something bad would happen to his bandmate Changbin. This haunted him for the entire season, and he got bullied by the other tributes despite seeking comfort from Changbin, who then became a petty villain over constantly failing his driving test. Towards the end, No Feet tricked both I.N and Changbin into killing each other in a literal Battle of the Bands, and I.N ran away and covered his eyes from the Spanish Inquisition Arena Event. Upon realizing that he was the last one standing, he requested to travel back to the first day to warn his past self of what he had been through.
  • Time Zones Do Not Exist: Averted, since Ally mentioned the Capitol following Mountain Standard Time since it's located in what used to be Wyoming. Additionally, the Arena has its own timezone due to the day-night cycles being controlled artificially.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The fact that time works differently across different places, resulting in discrepancies around them, especially in regards to Panem's time compared to that of Earth Prime, tends to be lampshaded, especially when time-shifted tributes are nominated. And that's without mentioning the Time Travel aspects, which can vary from one user to the next.
    6k1: Hey, Multiversal time is confusing, so don't think too much about it.
  • Tournament Arc: One of the events during Bale's party was a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tourney, where seven pairs of fighters faced each other in one-on-one matches before fighting in a free-for-all in the championships. Ferb Fletcher was crowned the champion towards the end of the party.
  • Universal Universe Time: While all the universes follow their respective time systems due to time flowing faster or slower than Earth, the nominators follow Earth Prime time to keep track of events.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The citizens of Panem have gotten so used to seeing tributes of various species fighting in the Arena that most of the time, they don't bat an eye whenever they see them outside it. They still panic whenever supernatural disasters are caused by them, however, like when Giygas emerged in Neon Quarters and caused Mind Rapes that could be felt as far as District 1's neighbors.
  • Vacation Episode: In Reboot Season 56, 6k1 decided to take a long-overdue vacation to the Underground with Baymax and Harley Quinn, mainly to visit the former's mother figure Toriel. She also planned to explore the rest of the place, but had to cut it short due to Flowey and Bill Cipher presumably attacking Snowdin Town.
  • Virtual Training Simulation:
    • Both Billy and Bale have simulation rooms in their Mansion and base, respectively, where they can train themselves or their tributes, with Natalie Smirnoff operating Billy's. Bale has another room which simulates Hunger Games events, and the user can choose what kinds to experience.
    • Hans also plans to reverse-engineer the Worldwide Network and its Synaptic Net Dive (SND) system for a personal simulator after Shelke Rui visited him in Dave's Home Base.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside:
    • When 6k1 spends time in the past to gather information for the Database, what seems to be a few hours time hopping is actually several days in the present. Depending on how long she stays, 6k1 sometimes misses seasons because of this.
    • Due to time itself being broken in the Voidlands, both this trope and Year Inside, Hour Outside can happen at the same time. While several weeks have passed in the Reboot Timeline, only 1 hour had passed since Valecor, Kavaxas, and Queen Chrysalis entered the Voidlands to retrieve the souls stolen and/or eaten by Scipion after Reboot Season 50.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: After the Database Library was set on fire by invoked LOLW in Reboot Season 63, 6k1 fell to her knees and broke down crying, wondering where she went wrong as Manager. Her assistants gave her a hug, and several of her nominator friends such as Ichi, Dave, Mr. Star, Billy, and even Scipion comforted her, reassuring her that she can bring herself back, and that they're always there to help her out. Even her tributes Twilight Sparkle, Toriel (and 6k1's honorary sibling Frisk), and Ralsei gave her words of encouragement, motivating her to spring back into action.
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