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Imperial Beach Prep is a roleplay located Tumblr set in Imperial Beach, California. It was originally called Camp Driftwood and revolved around a summer camp for socially awkward teenagers, but as the activity died off once summer was over, it was revamped into a school roleplay. It has been going strong for almost a year now.
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Imperial Beach can be found here.


This roleplay provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Acting for Two: Janet Devlin is the faceclaim for both Addy and Lily, a set of twins.
  • Actor Allusion: Brendon, Matty, and Andy often make jokes about how they're mistaken or eerily look like the boys of One Direction.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Played straight with Duke and Marky. Inverted with Shay and Dante.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Elise, and, to a lesser degree, Roni. All girls also want spirit leaders.
  • Alpha Bitch: Elise.
  • Alternate Universe: Could be considered an alternate universe to Camp Driftwood.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Erik. Later becomes Camp Straight
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Erik's dad. Not that Erik minds.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Claire.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Blake and Candace.
  • Berserk Button: Do not keep Brendon away from Matty if Matty is upset and needs him. Also, don't insult or subjeciate any of Erik's theater girls. Chelsy doesn't like anyone being even remotely offensive in any way ever.
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  • Big Brother Instinct: Dylan towards Morgan. Jackson and Candace are a none-related example. Erik towards all the theater girls.
  • The Big Guy: Brendon when put next to Matty, Maya, Roni, and Natalie...Andy is about two inches taller than him. Hunter qualifies.
  • Big Eater: Brendon.
  • Brainless Beauty: Stella could be seen as this.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Candace, Blake, Natalie.
  • Brutal Honesty: Hunter is a fan of this. Elise, too. Elliott has a problem with this from time-to-time.
  • Camp Straight: Erik
  • Character Development
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lauren.
  • Covert Pervert: Andy and Brendon both show traits of this at times.
  • Creepy Child: Lauren. At least towards Matty.
  • Crush Epiphany: Blake has one of these.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: It's joked around that Brendon has had a few of these in his and Matty's dorm. Matty is less than okay with this.
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  • Dawson Casting: A lot of the characters are played by actors and singers who are [[olderthantheylook over twenty.]] Inverted with Alex and Candace, who are both the same age as their faceclaims.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Natalie, Becca, Jordan, Jack. Matty when he's in a bad mood or stressed.
  • The Ditz: Stella.
  • Drama Bomb: Being a roleplay, this happens a lot. Most of it is started by the roleplayers being flat out sadistic. Most memorable one being Brendon's suicide attempt.
  • Drives Like Crazy: It's been mentioned that Matty has trouble behind the wheel.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Austin considers his first name Jonathan to be this.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Hunter considers his middle name, "Bentley", to be this. Dante applies, too, his middle name being Alejandro.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Erik and Austin.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's a preparatory school. Located in Imperial Beach.
  • First Girl Wins: Invoked with Roni and Matty; despite having many girls chasing after him, he still inevitably started dating Roni. Inverted with Lauren, who, no matter how hard she tried, never could get Matty back.
  • Gayngst: Dante has a bit of this when his brother isn't supportive and outright mean about him having a boyfriend.
  • Gayngster: Marky. Dante could be considered this as his family is associated with the mafia.
  • Gay Moment: Dante and Austin share a few of these, as do Jackson and Erik. Matty and Brendon live in one big gay moment.
  • Genki Girl: Alex.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: Brendon seems to be a fan of these.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Brendon can barely be considered living for the first half-hour he's awake.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Brendon and Matty. Lampshaded whenever given an opportunity.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Matty and Brendon enjoy this.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Matty has had a few, in a female-to-male example of this trope.
  • Jerkass: Hunter.
  • Keet: Matty. Oh, so much.
  • Large Ham: Erik has a dramatic flair for breathing.
  • Little Miss Badass: Natalie, Izzy, Elise. In different ways.
  • Local Hangout: The beach.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Izzy and Elise.
  • Mood Whiplash: Oh, let me count the ways...
  • Missing Mom: Brendon's mom left him as an infant, Blake's is dead, Erik's parents went through a divorce and his mom rarely speaks to him. Candace and Natalie, also. Though, as this takes place at a boarding school, we rarely see anyone's parents but Matty's.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Karina.
  • Neat Freak: Brendon due to his OCD. Matty just likes cleanliness.
  • Name's the Same: Jackson and Jack.
  • The Nicknamer: A lot of characters. Austin, Brendon, and Matty are the most notable. Natalie also enjoys slapping random nicknames on Brendon.
  • Noodle Incident: Brendon and Matty's first kiss. It was made known that they shared it, but they refused to tell because they "swore never to talk about it." Until Natalie got Brendon drunk on New Year's and he revealed they were wrestling around when it happened.
  • Oblivious to Love: Roni and Matty. It took them until Matty asked Roni out and Roni said yes to realize they liked each other. And even then neither had been exactly subtle about their feelings.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A lot of the boys had to wear pink to the prom to match their dates. No one complained.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Natalie is the red to Roni's blue, Brendon is the blue to Matty's red, Katelyn is the blue to Elise's red, and Becca is the red to Brielle's blue.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Natalie, Brendon, and Matty have been together since freshman year. Katelyn, Stella, and Elise could count, too.
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