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NoPixel is a popular roleplay server showcased in several Grand Theft Auto Online livestreams on Twitch and Facebook Gaming.
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It differs from standard GTA Online as it's based off of a private server, and players are heavily vetted before they're added to the whitelist allowing them in. They can navigate through a customized version of GTA Online, interacting with other players and creating their own scenarios. The idea is to advance police, EMS, criminal, or civilian characters through interactions.

However, what truly sets NoPixel apart is that it has inadvertently created a new form of storytelling. Instead of playing it as a conventional multiplayer game, the players act as if they're in a story, blending improv, roleplay, and basic cinematography. Each character's player can stream these stories online for all to see.

This ultimately means that you can view situations through multiple perspectives; imagine being able to watch Miami Vice or Reno 911! from the perspective of any character you want.

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Version 2.0 of the server, which was active during NoPixel's initial popularity boom, shut down for the final time on February 2, 2021. Its successor, the long-awaited NoPixel 3.0, launched on February 5; it is considered a soft Continuity Reboot, thus giving everyone a chance to start storylines anew.


NoPixel tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: Sometimes characters begin an arc that goes nowhere for whatever reason, either because characters die, because they don't meet up again in roleplay, or because they lose interest.
  • Acting for Two: Since many players play multiple characters, this is common. Often Lampshaded by characters commenting on different people played by the same person having a similar voice. Some players will try using different accents or voices to make this less obvious.
  • Addled Addict:
    • Chips Ahoy is a full-on crack addict, and it manifests in his stooped-over posture and some of his mannerisms.
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    • Windsong is pretty much dependent on weed, and it directly affects her driving and memory.
    • Willie Copperpot used to take crack to increase her stamina, but insisted she wasn't a crackhead. (Except she totally was.)
  • Alternate Continuity:
    • NoPixel takes place in an entirely different continuity from GTA V and GTA Online.
    • The Aftermath RP server was set up as an alternate NoPixel, in that it takes place in a universe where a nuclear bomb went off, irradiating Los Santos for five years and causing a zombie apocalypse. Various NoPixel characters (including Mr. Chang and Mikey Dias) have made appearances here.
    • NoPixel players have roleplayed as their characters on a Harry Potter version of Garry's Mod. It's pretty surreal seeing Tessa, Alabaster Slim, and Dexx as Hogwarts students.
      Dexx: My issue is, we Grove Slytherin Families, and I don't be fuckin' with the Ravenclaw, 'aight? I don't. So if I see you on the block, you goin' around that spiral staircase, you gon' pay me 20 Galleon every time you see my ass, 'aight? And if you don't, it's gon' be on sight every time.
    • In other cases, NoPixel players may have transplanted their characters to or from other roleplay servers.
  • AM/FM Characterization: Until the DMCA strikes in mid-2020, streamers would play music in the background that served to complement to their respective characters' personalities.
    • Kiwo and KylieBitkin each play actiony synth music in the background for their cop characters, making Lauren and Angel's streams much more like Eighties action dramas.
    • Pons played classic rock during Officer Tucker's police chases.
    • Mick played 70s/80s R&B during Gladys Berry's streams; Gladys sometimes even sang along with it.
    • Charlieblossom is a master at this. Windsong listens to 60s/70s psychedelic rock, Peggy listens to 90s/00s bubblegum pop, Sheila listens to "tough girl" rock, Madison is backed by "upscale" elevator music, Damzel is backed by Disney incidental music, and Dee and Tor listen to Insane Clown Posse.
  • Amnesia Loop: Claire Seducer loses her memory every time the sun rises in Los Santos.
  • Artistic License – Law: Angel sued Copperpot for printing false statements in the Los Santos Herald. Angel's lawyer Summer Mersion filed a statement of claim on slander, and spent the entire trial arguing over Copperpot's slander. Copperpot, in her closing statement, notes that Summer was factually wrong — Copperpot should have been sued for libel rather than slander, as the statements had shown up in print, and slander covers spoken statements. Copperpot's player even says that in a real life, a judge likely would have thrown out such an egregiously incorrect statement of claim, but since this is NoPixel, the roleplay takes precedence.note 
  • As Himself: Jason "Jay" Mewes plays a criminal version of himself.
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Subverted by way of Actor Allusion.
    • Charlieblossom showed up at Dee Mented's funeral — not as Dee, but as Windsong, who had never even met Dee.
    • CallMeGrub went to Dias' funeral as Cadet Richardson.
  • Auto-Tune: Outto-Tune Tyrone, or OTT, had an auto-tuner installed into his vocal chords, and talks/sings in a constant Auto-Tune.
  • Ax-Crazy: Dee and Tor Mented, literally. Both have hair-trigger tempers and prefer hatchets as their melee weapon of choice, and this ultimately led to both of their deaths.
  • Back for the Dead: Charlieblossom hadn't played as Damzel or Tor for several weeks before bringing them back during a permathon, with the express intent of having them both killed off for good.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: At the end of the ESB vs. everyone war, Andi Jones (the HOA's Token Good Teammate) ends up with ownership of the city's LTD gas stations. After some negotiation, she agrees to sell the Little Seoul gas station to Mr. K and his gang for a sum of money and one favor — they must kill the serial killer Jasper Saxon. Ultimately a subversion; the gang talks it over and decide not to kill Jasper since they've broken him out of prison before, but they do agree to capture him and bring him to Andi, which she's just as ok with.
  • Bad Santa: Right before Christmas 2020, Santa Claus' voice booms out a vague "Reason You Suck" Speech, then he sends the citizens to a hell dimension filled with zombies. Just about every character puzzles over why Santa would do this. Turns out it was All Just a Dream.
    Ah, the city of Los Santos! How many of you have been naughty? How many of you have been nice? It's a good thing I have this list, so I'm able to check through twice. Ho ho ho ho! Happy Holidays, everyone! And to all...a long night!
  • Band of Brothers: The LSPD and BCSO. They squabble and complain, but at the end of the day, they have each other's backs, and collectively mourn whenever one of their fellow officers dies.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't use the word "old" around anyone in Prune Gang. It won't end well.
    • Don't casually injure animals around Tessa or Fred; it almost always ends in death.
    • Do NOT mess with Bruce Nelvico's car. At all.
    • Don't say "fuck the HOA." The HOA broke Zee Nanakaze's hands for saying just that.
    • Dee Mented took her hatchets seriously ("They're my friends!") and stalked Deputy Dias for taking them away from her.
      • Dee also didn't tolerate any mistreatment of Zee. When Dee went after the HOA for attacking Zee, Siz and Fred permanently killed Dee.
    • Don't compare Tor to Dee. Tor's still pretty mad that Dee copied her personality, stole her possessions, and killed her father.
    • Don't come between Four Tee and anyone on her "friends list," unless you're already on the list. And heaven help you if you harm one of her friends; Four Tee unloaded an AK-47 on Teddy Addison out of retribution for harming Sai Carter.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hedi and Tessa are two of the nicest and most beloved characters in the city. But heaven help you if you cross either one.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • Vivi Veine talks in a very cutesy, sing-song way, and has silly pet names for her friends, but uses this as a disarming tactic; she actually delights in torture, mutilation, and murder.
    • Sergeant Angel is a good-humored goofball, but she's also deadly when going toe-to-toe against criminals.
    • Mr. K is hilarious in every situation he gets into, but he's also the head of the most powerful gang in the city.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Lots of criminals.
    • During the #RickyWorld arc, Ricky preached a bizarre sermon of "sand is water" to his gang of Rickys.
    • Dee Mented was raised by Juggalos, developed abandonment issues, and only had the music of Insane Clown Posse as her guide to morality.
    • The penal code, quite often. For example, prostitution carries a harsher penalty than attempted murder. This was often Lampshaded by Wrangler who would tell suspects they would have been fine if they had just tried to murder police officers, but since they were selling drugs they're in real trouble.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Technically not supposed to happen; players are supposed to stay in-character and not acknowledge that they're in a video game. But that doesn't stop it from happening whenever it's funny or dramatically necessary.
    • After Angel was rescued from Bovice, the drugs that he'd made her take caused her to briefly notice her player KylieBitkin's Twitch chat.
    • After Mel mentioned that Davey had shot a guy for not following orders at gunpoint, he and Eugene had this conversation:
      Eugene: Mel, you and Davey are the reason new people leave the server.
      Mel: [Punching the air] I'm the reason the melee cooldown got shortened!
    • Soze and Andrews frequently drive around and laugh about Redditors who complain about NoPixel.
    • After a visit to Pillbox for a benign injury, Mel's player Spaceboy jokingly issued a server-wide OOC commandnote  stating simply "perma btw." When people saw the OOC on other streams and jumped over to Spaceboy's stream to investigate — as Mel is one of the most well-known characters in the server, and a perma would be a big deal — Mel and Gladys turned around and quietly flipped off the camera.
    • Occasionally a character will mess up and mention something out of character; any other nearby characters will instantly react with humor and confusion.
    • Parodied: Diego makes fourth wall breaks all the time, as befitting his source material, but it confuses the heck out of other characters.
  • Big Good: Chief of Police Jackie Snow for the first half of 2.0. After the PD restructure, Troopers Andrews and Soze. With the start of 3.0, Metzger seems to be taking over this role. Despite not being the highest ranking PD member, he is effectively running the department and is the highest ranking PD member that isn't tainted by corruption.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Andrews would occasionally tell cadets their job was to make sure Angel didn't die. This is despite the fact that Angel is one of the deadliest officers on the force.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Bovice broke Angel pretty thoroughly; he had her kidnapped, force-fed her drugs, threatened to skin her alive, left her with extreme PTSD, then attempted to kidnap her twin sister.
    • Denzel put Lauren through absolute hell; he casually shotgunned her in the face (leaving a scar), used the same shotgun to permanently kill her love interest Dias, and then openly mocked her while she was working as his corrections officer.
  • Brain Transplant:
    • Dr. Agnes transplanted Chips' brain into a female body to cure him of HIV.
    • The remnants of Mr. Chang's brain were used to restore him as Mr. K.
  • Broad Strokes: In this continuity, Los Santos is a part of Blaine County, so the BCSO has a presence in Mission Row PD.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Copper once put Bovice on hold when he called her, much to his confusion. Bear in mind that he'd previously kidnapped and stabbed her by this point.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    • Sergeant Brittany Angel once moonlit as a stripper, and even did a dance during a Vault standoff.
    • Lauren Forcer also did a brief stint as a dancer at the Vanilla Unicorn.
    • Even Madison Pratt, of all people, moonlit as a stripper one evening and even flirted with the idea of becoming a dominatrix, mostly because her player was seeking Rule of Funny.
    • Dr. Agnes Ranbough wears a top hat that she keeps her pet tarantula under. This is probably the least odd thing about her.
    • Brian Knight is a nerdy police cadet who was knighted as "The Witcher of Los Santos" by Mayor Eugene.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Mantistobagan is really good at playing these kinds of characters. Both his characters Jerry Callow and Officer Toretti are well-known butt-monkeys in the city.
    • Claire Seducer is also a target; everyone makes fun of her constantly.
    • Played for Drama with Deputy Forcer, who is frequently ignored on comms by her fellow officers.
    • Sai Carter is so pathetic that a state announcement was issued that named him as the official "Los Santos puss boy."
  • Cain and Abel: Dee and Tor Mented had this relationship (despite only being adoptive siblings) at the time of Dee's death. Turned out that Dee had stolen a bunch of Tor's possessions and mannerisms, and killed their father, before coming to Los Santos. Tor came after Dee intending to find and kill her, but quickly discovered she was a couple months too late — the HOA had already taken care of it.
  • Canada, Eh?: The aptly named Doug Canada is a bundle of Canadian stereotypes. He has a strong accent, he considers Bryan Adams a national hero, he enjoys hockey, he wears a "Canadian suit" (made of denim), he drives a car with a Canadian flag painted on the roof, and he's super polite. Even better, he's played by YoinksOG, who is a Canadian himself.
  • Canon Foreigner: Edna Moose originated as a character in Kitboga's scambait videos.
  • Captain Ersatz: Carl Crimes for Carl Grimes. He's even played by Chandler Riggs, and his criminal mugshot is a headshot of Carl from the TV show.
  • Cartwright Curse: Inverted and played straight. Deputies Mikey Dias and Lauren Forcer are each badasses in their own right, and had been trying to hash out a relationship, but Dias ends up dead at Denzel's hand.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Despite the finite amount of character models, and aside from a few notable exceptions, most characters in the server tend to look very distinctive from each other.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: By Four Tee's logic, Four Tee's friendship is all her friends need. So whenever someone gets in the way of her friendship, she doesn't take it well. In particular, Four Tee gets incredibly jealous of Mercy Moon (who is NOT on the friends list) hanging out with Jack, Sai, and Bryce, and makes a bunch of not-so-veiled threats against Mercy.
  • Collective Identity: The Ricky Boys started off as Ricky and his friends kidnapping people, forcing them to wear his costume, and getting them to tell others their name is Ricky as a way to circumvent his own legal repercussions. It eventually evolved into a Religion of Evil called Rickyism, with several characters adopting the Ricky persona with a religious fervor.
  • Continuity Reboot: Whenever the server is upgraded to a new version, typically the memory is wiped, giving players the chance to restart their characters from scratch. The latest upgrade from 2.0 to 3.0 involved economy and criminal record wipes, required all characters to forget rivalries from before, remember their groups/gangs/friends if they wanted, and generally play as if they're meeting everyone else for the first time.
  • Continuity Snarl: After the upgrade from NoPixel 2.0 to 3.0, continuity went directly out the window with how everyone remembered each other, and what exactly they remembered; the only instruction was that they couldn't remember prior conflicts or grudges.
    • Many longtime characters completely reset and lost their character development, acting like they were in Los Santos for the first time and had never met anyone else before.
    • Several characters, such as the cops, acted as if they'd been in the city a while, but didn't know any of the criminals and civilians they had known before.
    • Some opted for a "soft" reboot, where they remembered certain events and individuals, but not others. For instance, Bryce and Tessa remembered that they were best friends who were reuniting after a long time, but Bryce didn't remember Richard Dark.
    • A handful of characters, including the entire HOA, fully remembered the events of version 2.0. This led to a lot of angst when they discovered all their possessions and criminal records were gone, and led to some confusion between Siz (who remembered Alabaster Slim from before) and Alabaster Slim (who, from his perspective, was meeting Siz for the first time).
    • Four Tee and Mel did both. In Four Tee's case, she had experienced the events of 2.0, but was abducted and put back into "the black box" (where she grew up) for a time, causing her to completely forget everything and essentially reset to day one (aside from some abandonment trauma). In Mel's case, he had some temporary amnesia that caused him to think he'd just arrived in Los Santos from Detroit, but he regained his memories the next day.
  • Courtroom Antic: Hoo boy. Aside from the most serious of trials, normal bench trials can involve objections being called for things like asking Tessa if she feels empowered as a woman (which Jerry objected to), objections over a person's job title ("Objection! Speculation."), a mime being called to the stand, or impromptu random dance parties breaking out. And anytime Eugene, Mr. K, or Mike Block run their own defenses, it's utter madness.
  • Crapsack World: Los Santos in a nutshell, owing to the source material. Robberies and murders occur almost constantly; heaven help you if you get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. It really says a lot when a common gathering point in the community is the hospital.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: On a whim, Davey, Jobie, Bryce, and Jeevas decide to steal Van Gogh's Starry Night from the FBI by running in with guns drawn. Between the element of surprise and the agents being complete morons, it works.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Most of the characters have these.
  • Dead Man Writing / Dying Declaration of Love: Accidental example: Dias left a note for Lauren in their house, apologizing for their relationship issues at the time, and expressing his hope to fix things and see her again; he later went on duty and was murdered by Denzel. Lauren and Hedi only found and read it after he died, turning it into these tropes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lance Malton, and Bobby Smith on occasion.
  • Dead Person Impersonation:
    • Tor has impersonated her dead adoptive sister Dee while doing petty crime. It works because the two have similar builds and mannerisms (owing to their upbringing together), and because of limited awareness of Dee's death.
    • Davey once used a stolen ID while trying to get a driving test with Tessa. Problem was, the ID was that of one of Tessa's permanently deceased friends. She coldly kicked Davey out of her car for attempting it.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: It's incredibly common for characters to experience injuries that would kill normal people, like burns from explosions, multiple gunshot wounds, or helicopter blades to the face. But a quick trip to Pillbox Medical and they're fixed up and made right as rain.
  • Denser and Wackier: The server started off as a pretty straightforward GTA RP server, but over time it has added funny characters and goofy situations that make it a lot more cartoony at times.
  • Dirty Cop: Not allowed per the server rules. Any cops who engage in criminal activity are removed from the police force.
    • By the end of 2.0 this rule was largely unenforced, leading to some officers going as far as putting hits out on others. In 3.0, Andrews has begun accepting bribes. Then there is Wrangler, who routinely uses entrapment or violates the rights of suspects in order to secure a conviction.
  • Distressed Damsel: Exaggerated with Damzel N. D'Stress, who is so painfully helpless that she can't step off of a curb, climb stairs, or open a door.
  • Double Meaning: To keep things in-character, characters have code phrases for real-world issues with the game.
    • NPC's are called "locals."
    • If there's no active doctor characters in the server, then characters need to use the built-in hospital mechanic to heal. This involves talking to "Nancy," the invisible hospital receptionist.
    • If a player has connection issues or gets fully disconnected, then the character says that they're "seeing red" or seeing "Comic Sans,"note  they're having a headache, or their head is popping.
      • If there's a mass disconnection, then it's described as a "Thanos Snap."
    • A server reset is called "the tsunami."
    • Inactive players are described as "asleep" or "out of the city." If they've recently gotten into the server to play, then they "just woke up."
    • If they need to enter and exit their house to fix a glitch, then it's a "soft nap." If they have to log out and log back in to fix a glitch, then it's a "hard nap."
    • If one player's character model is lagging for other characters, it can be fixed by the character jumping. To get them to jump, other characters will tell them that they have a spider on their foot.
    • Glitches are "scuff" or "Harry Potter."
    • The NoPixel player forums are obliquely described as the "Government Website."
    • Server slots are "train tickets." If a player has low queue priority (decreasing their likelihood of getting into the server), then they have a "bad ticket."
  • The Dreaded:
    • Bovice Wilkinson. He's had leaders of Los Santos' biggest gangs working for him, he effortlessly abducted and stabbed multiple police officers and DOJ members, and he keeps the city's police and citizens fully on edge, all while working from the shadows and employing flunkies like Voldemort.
    • Norman Bones absolutely terrifies Mel.
    • All State Troopers are this for the criminals. Quite a few criminals are also terrified of Angel, Baas, and Mcclane.
  • Drink-Based Characterization:
    • Bryce Miller, a frat bro, almost exclusively drinks White Claw hard seltzer.
    • Dee and Tor Mented, both Juggalettes, drink nothing but Faygo. Zee even kept it stocked for Dee in the diner.
  • Enemy Mine: At best, most of the gangs in San Andreas have an unspoken truce where everyone keeps to their turf and only engage when necessary. However, the East Side Ballaz managed to piss off every single gang in the city all at once, and just about all of them — from the Chang Gang, to the Bondi Boys, to Grove Street Familes, to Sahara International, to Schnake Gang, to the HOA (who stay out of gang beefs altogether and only defend Mirror Park) — banded together to hunt down and eliminate the ESB in late 2020.
  • Expy:
    • Herbert is one for Family Guy's Herbert, down to the age, voice, and Dirty Old Man tendencies, but with a completely different background, motiviations, and look.
    • The late ADA Kermit Delaw was one for Kermit the Frog. He had the same voice, but was a human attorney instead of a Muppet frog.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Vivi Veine has a very bubbly and warm exterior, but she's actually one of the most debauched and chaotic killers in the city.
  • Fake Band: A sizable chunk of characters in the city have produced their own music, and characters can listen to most of this music on a service called Pixify (which you can listen to in real life).
    • Outto-Tune Tyrone is a combination gang-banger and pop star, and is on Spotify in real life.
  • Failure Hero: Ripley goes from being a State Trooper to Senior Officer throughout the course of 2.0, despite never really doing anything wrong. Thankfully in 3.0 he regains a bit of his former glory when he becomes a watch commander, but he still waits for the call from the State Police that will likely never come.
  • A Father to His Men:
    • Most of the BCSO regards Sheriff Tribble as a father figure.
    • Sergeant Angel was Dias' field training officer, and regarded him as her "son."
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The HOA has outlawed "simping" in Mirror Park, and will take you to HOA Court and punish you if you're found guilty.
  • Fighting Irish: Anto "The Anarchist" Murphy, an Irishman and Chang Gang affiliate, isn't afraid to throw down when the situation calls for it.
  • Final Death: Players can choose to "perma" a character, or permanently kill them off, whenever it best serves the narrative. These characters are then deleted from the server and can never be remade.note 
  • Fingore: A common injury that criminals inflict on other people is to remove their fingers.
    • Dee Mented cut off one of Mickey Rivers' pinky fingers at Bovice's request.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Except significantly more than four lines. Good luck even attempting to calculate how many storylines are going on at any given time, given the scope of things.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Officer Bo Tucker grew up in a town where there was a lot of biker gang violence. He hated biker gangs as a result.
    • Dee was thrown in the trash as an infant, was found and raised by different families of Juggalos, experienced very little love or morality during her childhood, and (according to Word of God) was on the receiving end of abuse from Tor's father after joining the Mented family. Just before she died, Dee even implied that she once had to kill and eat rats to survive. This harsh and loveless upbringing ultimately manifested in her behavior towards others.
    • Speaking of the Mented family, Tor's mother left when she was 3 or 4, and it was apparently a sore subject in the Mented household afterward. Tor also grew to hate her adoptive sister Dee for stealing her relationships, identity, mannerisms, and possessions.
  • Friendly Enemy: The majority of criminals and police have a pretty friendly relationship with each other; the only difference is that they're on different sides of the law. It's not uncommon for car chases and arrests to be tempered with witty banter.
    • Warring gangs will also be civil with each other from time to time.
  • From Bad to Worse: Lauren gets ICU time and a nasty scar from Denzel shooting her. Then Denzel kills Dias (her love interest) with the same shotgun. Then, as Lauren mourns Dias, Bovice (who has been radio silent for over a month) tweets out a video promising more victims.
  • The Gambling Addict: Roland Nelson is so addicted to the rush of gambling that he lets his lucky dice make everyday decisions for him. Barring a few exceptions, if someone asks him a yes-or-no question, he consults the dice; if he rolls a 1, his answer is yes, and if he rolls a 2, his answer is no.
  • Gender Bender:
    • The Lady of the Lake, who is the HOA's resident deity, turned Carlos "Cheddar" Sanchez into a woman. In this form, Cheddar goes by "Brie."
    • Kray-Tor also found himself transformed into a female form by the Lady of the Lake after repeatedly acting as her "vessel" to perform miracles. Usually this was a temporary transformation, but after prolonged periods of doing this, it became permanent.
  • Genius Ditz: Dr. Agnes is the type to casually escort injured patients to the morgue, get in random slap fights, or breathe "alien fumes" on the daily. But she's also the first person to successfully perform a brain transplant/replant, when she cured Chips' body of AIDS.
  • Genre Mashup: All the damn time. If you think about it, the uber-serious Bovice and Denzel storylines, or the scenes where Lauren or Hedi have somber heart-to-hearts with other characters, each coexist with a universe that includes cowboys, cyborgs, androids, gynoids, aliens, Bigfoot, brain transplants, zombies, ManBearPig, and Santa Claus.
  • Genre Roulette: Depends on who you're watching. If you watch Lauren Forcer or Brittany Angel, you're more likely to get a cop drama. If you're watching Chang Gang or Prune Gang, you'll get a dark comedy. If you're watching Andi Jones, you'll get a light drama like on mid-2000's USA Network. If you're watching Windsong, you'll get a dramedy that wouldn't be out of place on HBO. If you're watching Bryce or Carmella, you're getting a show that wouldn't be out of place on The CW.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: It's not uncommon to see cops and criminals hanging out and partying, or trading friendly banter with each other.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Lauren Forcer got a huge but subtle scar on her face after being shotgunned by Denzel, and she's easily one of the most Lawful Good people in Los Santos. By comparison, Siz Fulker has a horrendous red facial scar on half of his face — to the extent that the steadfastly vegan Windsong couldn't even look at him at first — and while he isn't really an "evil" person per se, he does leads the less-than-lawful HOA.
  • Granola Girl: Georgina "Windsong" Williams fancies herself as a New-Age Retro Hippie. She believes in peace and love, eats a vegan diet, listens to Sixties and Seventies psychedelic rock, hates organized religion, and believes in herbal remedies.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Kiki does absolutely nothing to raise her 3-year-old daughter Fwan Fwankie, leaving Fwan to call other characters on the phone and ask for help.
  • Handsome Lech: Gender-flipped: Claire Seducer is good-looking, and uses cheesy pickup lines on literally everyone she meets, but it hardly works. It doesn't help things that she's also stuck in an Amnesia Loop, meaning she does it over and over again to the same people.
    • Kyle Pred plays this one straight
  • Hearing Voices:
    • In a general sense, a character may talk about "the voices in my head" as a way to refer to their streamer's real life Twitch chat.
    • Played completely straight with Ivan Tickles, who heard the late Dee Mented's voice talking to him.
    • Played for Drama with Lauren hearing the late Mikey Dias talking to her.
  • Heroic Dog: Fenton and Bowser, two Rottweilers on the state police force.
  • High Concept: Broadly, imagine a continuous cop and crime dramedy with the wackiness of Cool World, presented in "Rashomon"-Style.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Because of Kiki's Hands-Off Parenting, her daughter Fwan calls up other characters for help, with comically disastrous results for Fwan.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: BR3ND4 is a robotic version; she's designed as a pleasure bot, but she can also be really nice to the people she meets. During her encounter with Tessa, BR3ND4 helps Tessa's mood by dancing, giving her flowers, complimenting her hair, and telling her a lovely fact about dogs.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Owing to Only Six Faces (see below) Brittany Angel and Veronika del Monika, and Freya Chang and Tor Mented, look the same despite being unrelated.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • Carl looks just like his actor Chandler Riggs, to the point that Deputy Forcer used a picture of Carl from The Walking Dead as the mugshot in his criminal file.
    • Corrections officer Pat looks and talks just like his player, Spaceboy.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Prune Gang doesn't like the word "old." They prefer "experienced." However, they're more likely to beat you up if you get it wrong rather than talk it out with you.
    • Remember to call Fenton a trooper, fuckface.
  • Inspector Javert: Thanks to a comment from Kiki Chanel, Officer Dark is convinced that Tessa is actually the criminal mastermind "El Tesso," and is investigating her closely.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Mickey Rivers, who runs Weazel News, and Willie Copperpot, who is the owner/editor/reporter for the Los Santos Herald.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Averted. Everyone expects this from Tor Mented, but it's actually a case of Wrong Genre Savvy; Tor originally came to Los Santos to kill Dee. To her credit, Tor uses this to her advantage, and it earned Davey a hatchet to the back, confused the heck out of the HOA (who definitely weren't expecting a new ally), and got Ivan Tickles permanently killed.
  • Large Ham:
    • Trooper Soze can and does make his presence known; the time he commandeers a bike for a police chase stands out.
      Soze: I'm commandeering this vehicle in the NAME OF THE POLICE!
    • Nettie is a tremendous drama queen, and gets really hammy when emoting, like the time she checks a dismembered corpse for an ID.
      Nettie: D-OH MY GOD, THAT'S RIGHT! THERE'S NO LEGS AND NO ARMS! There's no way we're identifying this guy—AND NO EAR! WHAT THE—GOD, WHAT DID THIS MAN DO? [sobs]
    • Pretty much any character played by Penta, like Ricky Robins, Jordan Steele, Mike Block, and (especially) Chase Clouter.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • If a character gets injured and isn't transported to a hospital or picked up by an EMS, and is unable to get picked up (or can't call for transport due to a lack of phone), they can respawn at Pillbox. If they do this, server rules them to forget the details of whatever got them injured; this is how no one knows about Tessa's "Mary Wolf" personality yet.
    • Occasionally it can be up to the player what they remember; Ivan Tickles didn't remember details about Dee Mented's murder right away.
  • Law Enforcement, Inc.:
    • The HOA, big time, for Mirror Park. They're basically a protection racket with uniforms.
    • Ditto Steele Security, who provide residential and business security for a fee.
  • Lawful Stupid: Edna Moose, bless her heart, has perfectly good intentions for eliminating crime, but she's kind of an idiot. She has no clue that Prune Gang is a bunch of criminals, and will Leeroy Jenkins her way into stopping criminals, including the time she jumped into the middle of an active hostage situation and got herself shot.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: All the damn time. Characters will allude to their reality being like a video game, or will make oblique references to their real-life players.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: And loads. And loads. And LOADS.
  • The Lost Lenore:
    • Before coming to Los Santos, Mikey Dias' wife Anna was killed by his brother Jose.
    • After his own murder, Dias became Lauren Forcer's Lost Lenore.
    • It's implied that Ivan Tickles considered Dee Mented his Lost Lenore.
  • Mama Bear: Angel got wind that Officer Steele had made some snide comments about Dias not 24 hours after he'd died. Since she had seen Dias as a surrogate son, Angel did not take it kindly.
    • Angel has also stated many times that the most important thing to her when on duty is making sure no officer ever feels like they are alone, and she wants to be the one who is always there for them when they need it.
  • Manchild: Four Tee is a female variant. Her speech patterns and vocabulary are very stilted and childlike. She's also mischievous in a childlike way, taking delight in getting into trouble. Her modus operandi is to make friends through the "Four Tee Tourney" competitions she holds, which aren't unlike when kids have other kids compete on the playground to be their best friend.
  • Mayor Pain: Eugene gets his tremendous criminal record expunged and takes over as Mayor of Los Santos, and spends most of his first days hunting ManBearPig.
  • Meddlesome Patrolman: Deputy Wrangler will graciously hand out charges to anyone who breaks a law in front of him.
  • Mohs Scale of Violence Hardness: Unlike its source material, the violence seen on-screen in NoPixel is about a rough 6. However, the actual implied violence could be about a 9; mutilation of all kinds is depicted in dialogue and with players' /me commands.
  • Monster Clown:
    • Dee Mented was a homicidal Juggalette, although the majority of her "monster" attributes were just posturing, and imitating her adoptive sister Tor. Turns out, in her backstory, Dee killed her adoptive father, who was Tor's biological father.
    • Tor Mented, Dee's Juggalette sister, came to Los Santos specifically to hunt down and kill Dee. When she found out that the HOA had already done the job, she changed her MO and put Dee's friends on her hitlist.
    • Borderline with Ivan and Creepy, who aren't necessarily "evil," per se. That said, after Dee's murder, Ivan was more than willing to let the streets flow with HOA blood.
    • Completely averted with Happy D'Clown, who's just a regular guy who just happens to identify as a clown.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Subverted. Tor Mented seems to be an imitation of Dee down to the voice and mannerisms, but it turns out Dee had actually been imitating Tor.
  • Mythology Gag: The prison is filled with little bits of graffiti and items that identify a lot of the frequent criminal characters, both living and dead.
  • No Such Thing as H.R.: The LSPD and BCSO don't actually have HR departments, but they do have HR meetings consisting of high command wielding tennis rackets, usually enforcing the "no booty on duty" rule.
    • Averted in 3.0, the Personnel and Training Division is essentially the PD's HR branch.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Carl Crimes calls zombies "walkers," as befitting his source material. Whenever someone tries to clarify whether he means zombies, he reacts as if he's never heard the word before.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: When Tessa visits the hospital to congratulate Nettie on her engagement, Nettie thinks that Tessa is talking about a recent hatchet attack.
    Tessa: Just wanted to say that I heard the news, and I wanted to tell you congratulations. I'm happy for you.
    Nettie: Yeah, I can't believe I've survived. It was something I'd never done before. And then when she chopped me, and I fell backwards, I couldn't—
    Tessa: Nettie, I don't think we're talking about the same thing.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted; the large amount of characters in the server means that there are several who have the same first name.
  • Only Six Faces: Since there's a finite amount of character models, it's not unheard of for two characters to look almost completely alike. Players will occasionally take advantage of this in character.
    • Sometimes a local will spawn looking like a known character. Characters occasionally poke fun at this.
    • Brittany Angel and Adrienne West turned out to be twins Separated at Birth.
    • The above was later parodied when Veronika del Monika (who also uses the same model as Angel and West) put on a police uniform to impersonate Angel. When caught after a police chase, Veronika claimed to be Angel from the future.
    • Parodied: Freya Chang and Tor Mented use the same character model (with the only differences being their hair colors and usage of clown makeup), and when they encounter each other for the first time, they are instantly taken with each other and start making out.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Context can change for any of the characters at any given moment. The general rule is just to roll with it.
  • Paranormal Episode: The 2020 Halloween and Christmas events featured the citizens of Los Santos being transported into the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse, ending with a nuclear missile obliterating Los Santos. Both times, however, it was All Just a Dream.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Dee Mented saw Zee Nanakaze as the nurturing mother figure she'd never had. This made Dee incredibly defensive of Zee, which eventually led to Dee's permanent death at the hands of the HOA.
    • Officers Steele and Pred have adopted Trooper Andrews as a father figure.
  • Player Headquarters: The police and sheriff's deputies all work out of Mission Row PD, although the BCSO office at Sandy Shores serves as a secondary headquarters from time to time.
  • Pre-Mortem Catchphrase: From Dee Mented, before Fred killed her: "Wicked clowns never die!"
  • Prequel: The Wild West RP server is a de facto one, as NoPixel characters like Forcer, Tribble, and Copperpot have ancestors who are characters on WWRP. (As is Mel Rickenbacker.)
  • Punny Name:
    • Lauren Forcer, Trish Baggs, Bill Ding, Damzel N. D'Stress, Dee Mented (and her undead form, Dee Ceased), Torrance "Tor" Mented, among others.
    • The Mersion family is almost completely comprised of punny names centered around the word "immersion": Mia Mersion, Maxy Mersion, Summer Mersion, Yuri Mersion, Noah Mersion, Rippy Mersion, Richie Mersion.
    • Violet Noreguarde's last name is a play on "no regard." As in, no regard for anyone or anything else.note 
  • Put on a Bus: If a player leaves the server, then their character or characters are pretty much this trope.
  • Rabid Cop: When he was a cop, Jordan Steele had a hair-trigger temper and frequently yelled at suspects and fellow cops. He even tried to shoot Fenton for jumping on him. This ultimately got him removed from the police force.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Literally the Misfits, founded by OTT as a gang for alienated criminals in the city.
  • Raised by the Community: Dee was found and raised by different Juggalo families, including the Mented family, whose surname she adopted.
  • Random Events Plot: On a HUGE scale. Some characters' interactions will be more random depending on whose shenanigans they get pulled into.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: It's uncanny how a scene's context will completely change depending on which character's perspective you're watching. A chase or a shootout from a cop's perspective will be drastically different than one from a criminal's perspective.
  • Reality Ensues: Kelly's steroid abuse leads to a heart attack.
  • Really 700 Years Old:
    • Eugene's true age is unknown. At various times he's claimed to have been around during The Second Boer War, the War of 1812, the Norman Conquest, and even biblical times, but he's also claimed to have been around for the Battles of Helm's Deep and Endor, so it's anyone's guess.
    • Mel's also in the same boat. He shows up as himself in WWRP, which takes place in the late 19th Century, and he's already elderly there.
  • Religion of Evil: Rickyism, which isn't surprising, considering it's pretty violent in general, and was started by a psychopath in an attempt to get out of a prison sentence.
  • Sad Clown:
    • The ironically named Happy D'Clown is The Eeyore, although he's a pretty nice guy.
    • Dee's death completely broke Ivan Tickles; his speech at her funeral is utterly heartbreaking.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: LSPD Officer Mavrick Shaw dies defending Pillbox medical from armed gunmen who were firing into the hospital at doctors and patients. Despite being previously wounded, Shaw tried to arrange to release a prisoner in exchange for the gunmen leaving. Despite him having no intentions of betraying the deal, the criminals shoot and kill him anyway.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Eugene and Mel started Prune Gang to make sure that elders are given the respect that they feel they're due. Plus, Eugene's an out-and-out crime lord, and Mel's an unabashed agent of chaos.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Eugene doesn't know a thing about Star Wars and will always react with confusion whenever Darth Vader is brought up. He's played by a streamer named Vader.
    • Windsong criticized Dee during Dee's funeral. Both characters are played by Charlieblossom.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • Carl Crimes hates Trooper Soze for being a walker sympathizer, and wants to "take him down," but their relationship is pretty much this.
    • Tuong is the Sitcom Arch-Nemesis for pretty much every criminal in the city.
  • Snow Means Death: Thanks to just sheer serendipity, the automatic in-game snow mechanic kicked on during Dias' final radio call at his funeral service.
  • Split Personality:
    • The meek Tessa Lamb sometimes reverts into the serial killer Mary Wolf, who stabs anyone who harms animals; Tessa has no awareness or memory of Mary and her activities. She also has a mysterious third personality that Mary Wolf can't control.
  • Supreme Chef: Chef Zee's food is legendary in Los Santos, both at her diner and at Nanakaze's Restaurant.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The great thing about watching NoPixel streams is that you can continue watching a story arc even after the character you were watching stops streaming — you just switch to another character and continue on.
  • Talking Animal: Subverted with Fenton and Bowser. Technically, they can't talk, but they each have special collars with soundbites of other officers, which they mostly use for simple communication and to say rude things.
  • Terror Hero: Sergeant Angel is known by criminals as "the Angel of Death" owing to her deadly accuracy in chases and shootouts. On more than one occasion, criminals have negotiated terrible terms for themselves to keep Angel out of a chase, or have simply given themselves up whenever they hear she's involved.
  • Third-Person Person: Bovice talks this way; a few characters have speculated it's because he wants to make sure his name is heard as much as possible.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: STATE POLICE, BITCH!
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Eugene is usually pretty lucid, but he thinks every woman he meets is his ex-wife Edna.
  • Token Good Teammate: Andi "Ant" Jones is this to the otherwise criminal-leaning HOA. She is one of the sweetest, kindest characters in the city, and has no criminal history. Because of her spot-free record, she is allowed to have a business license, so she runs the HOA's business interests.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: With 3.0 wiping Angel's history clean, she became noticeably less bitter and vengeful, although she is still just as blunt as ever when annoyed.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Gladys loves hot dogs.
    • Cadet Brian Knight is obsessed with burgers.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • Hedi wears her late brother's headphones.
  • The Tramp: Solomon Seerson is a kind homeless man who became a lawyer to help other downtrodden individuals.
  • Tupac Lives: In this universe, Tupac Shakur not only faked his death, but casually hangs around Los Santos as a thrill-seeking criminal.
  • Unreliable Canon: It's still unclear if the change over from 2.0 to 3.0 was supposed to be a memory wipe or not. Additionally, some character choose to incorporate things that happened in 2.0 into their 3.0 backstories. As such, it's often not clear if certain events in 2.0 actually happened or not.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: In general, this version of Los Santos is pretty wacky, with a surplus of friendly and/or humorous characters; criminals like Mel or Mike Block are typically Laughably Evil. However, characters like Bovice, Vivi, Mask, Denzel, and Jasper can and do perform truly monstrous acts.
  • Villainous Crush: Dee Mented stalked Mikey Dias for a little while. She later dropped the crush and vowed to kill him after he mocked her hatchets.
  • Voices Are Mental: Chips' voice stayed the same after his brain was put in a woman's body.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Enforced whenever a player does a "permathon." The idea is to marathon a livestream while playing as one-off characters who are specifically designed to get permanently killed off.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief:
    • You pretty much have to accept that Death Is a Slap on the Wrist, but it's as easy as doing so for, say, Wile E. Coyote.
    • You also have to look past the game's graphical limitations. For instance, hugs look really awkward.
    • Along those same lines, if a character's animation set doesn't include a particular action, then the player can do a /me command, which can show a block of text superimposed over the character showing their intended current physical state.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: In-Universe, for her documentary, Kiki Chanel casts Davey as Sheriff Tribble, and Natalia as Eugene.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Windsong notices that time passes more slowly inside the prison than out; she could be locked away for a few months and her friends will act like she's been gone for mere hours. To save her unborn child from being killed by "the Illuminati," she gets herself locked up for five months in order to expedite the remaining five months of her pregnancy and have her child sooner in "outside" time.note 

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