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Super Smash Brothers Life Itself is a Play-by-Post Games created by Shadow EX and takes place 10 years after Brawl's Subspace Emissary, and it has been running for six years.

After the events of The Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Brothers Brawl, all the heroes (and villains) reclaimed peace after defeating Tabuu and resumed their usual adventures in their respective universes...everything was right again.

But it wasn't meant to be.

Due to a mysterious blast wave, many characters ended up on a mysterious planet called LI. However, Shadow Bugs also existed on said planet, unfortunately mutated into a strange virus that started infecting people and turning them into mindless monsters. The virus, named the Starvia, forces the refugees into a shelter known as the Life Sphere, the only place with pure air around the planet.


Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and Samus Aran run the sphere along with Professor E.Gadd as a possible substitute. Mario and Sonic, however, are fighting over what to do with LI. Mario wants to destroy the Essence Extraction Point, the most dangerous place in LI and the source of the Starvia, while Sonic just wants to build a spaceship and escape the planet. Samus? She's neutral on the matter.

While the plumber and the hedgehog bicker with each other, the various other characters go out of the Life Sphere to do missions in order to improve the sphere's condition, and there is where most of the action takes place, as everyone struggles to survive in this new dangerous world...

It also has a Wiki page.

You can visit the site here.


Life Itself contains tropes of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Downplayed. Schezo is only mildly annoyed at the rather attractive but snobbish Raffina, who's referring to him as her "prince."
  • Aborted Arc: Due to players leaving most of the time, the arcs they created will usually go unfinished and be sent to the Sites Archives.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage:
    • Some important places from Nintendo games appear on LI, however many of them are filled with Starvia or are abandoned.
    • That being said, there are places with natural wildlife, such as the Pokémon Cove and Star Piece Meadow, for instance.
  • Ambiguously Human: Played With. Lidelle's ears and horns are a dead giveaway that she isn't human, but no one knows what species she truly belongs to.
  • An Ice Person: Rundas, just like in his home game.
  • April Fools' Day: Let's just say weird things happen on the site on April First, three examples including:
  • Artifact of Doom: There seems to be many of those.
  • Ascended Extra: Some characters who are apped here are either minor or didn't have much depth in their franchises. Here however they gain character development and more about them are revealed.
  • Ass Kicks You: Princess Peach frequently invokes this trope, as if that's any surprise. Princess Daisy has also been known to invoke it, on occasion.
  • The Atoner:
    • While he doesn't outright say it, Ecolo's reason he's on the heroes side is because of an attempt to atone for his evil misdeeds in his homeworld. (read: an universal apocalypse)
  • Back Story: There's a Flashback section that contains backstories of characters before they came to LI, however people are free to make one-offs anywhere.
  • Badass Adorable: Child/young characters such as Lidelle, Cream, Little Arle and more are this.
  • Berserk Button: Goodness gracious there's a few things that set off a few characters.
    • Do not threaten Legendary Pokémon (especially Arceus) in front of Nobunaga. The best you'll get is "The Reason You Suck" Speech or Death Glare From him.
    • Please, for the love of anything that is holy, do NOT hurt Lidelle, whether be it physically or emotionally...unless you want a very angry Amitie mopping the floor with you.
    • Just try to do anything bad to Arle when Rulue's nearby. It got worse since the two reconciled.
    • Lidelle doesn't like to be called an 'imp'.
    • Mistreating or hurting Kirby will net you a really angry Dedede.
    • Ecolo isn't too fond of his past actions. Also, speaking ill of Ringo will cause him to be riled up.
    • Injustice and mistreatment are buttons that Corrin holds.
    • Just like canon he come from, do not call Schezo a pervert.
  • Big "NO!": Vivi Did this in "First To Fall, Last to Lead" When the group were about to attack a giant sphere monster.
    • Shulk did this too when Zanza killed all his friends in a single blow
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Some threads can go down this route.
  • Blow You Away:
    • The majority of Lidelle's spells are either comprised of wind or have wind attributes. There's a couple of exceptions though.
    • Amitie has Cyclone Whirl and Blast Beat, two wind spells.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Some characters have this as a 'joke power'. The most notable person to have this power is Hades, however, considering his track record in his debut game, this should come as no surprise.
  • The Bus Came Back: Some characters who were previously Put on a Bus come back sooner or later...however, they will most likely be played by a new user in the case of Princess Peach, Daisy, Luigi, Pit, Fox, Ringo, and Satan.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Lemres and Schezo, respectively. While Lemres is miles from being an idiot, he is noticeably more upbeat and whimsical than Schezo, ensuing much snark from the Dark Wizard.
  • Born Unlucky:
    • Schezo has a knack for being the butt of a lot of ambushing, generally failing to dodge attacks frequently, and getting himself into rather zany predicaments in otherwise dire situations. For one, Schezo was once whisked away by Dragon!Corrin for a swift escape, but he ended up riding him backwards.
    • Lemres is also relatively unlucky with his evasions and resisting status ailments in general. He, at least, takes upon himself to have some defensive spells on hand to counteract it.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Amitie, Lidelle, Rulue, Ryu, Ecolo, Ms. Accord, Schezo, Lemres, and Ringo are especially guilty of this.
  • Carnivore Confusion: It has become a semi-frequent occurrence for characters to eat each other or get eaten, mainly due to a selection of items and attacks that can transform people into food.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Like the Pokemon Trainer from Brawl, most trainers stand by the sidelines and can command up to three of their Pokémon in battle. Sometimes they do things but for most of the battles in missions the trainers don't do much otherwise...Characters from the Mega Man Universe also stand by sometimes and command.
  • The Corruption: The Starvia serves as this.
  • Crapsack World: Li isn't the best planet to be in, with all the aggressive wildlife running amok outside The Life Sphere. There's also the case of Starvia which plagues almost every place on the planet and has the potential of infecting people just hours of leaving the sphere. There's also the Life Sphere itself, with the fact that it also houses criminals, people worried that the shield that keeps the Starvia from getting in breaking and the fact that the defense system is being handled by Eggman, Bowser, and King K Rool...who are currently having a war about who officially gets control of said system!
  • Cute Monster Girl: Lidelle most definitely counts. Shantae can also be this since she's half-genie.
  • Dance Battler: Shantae plays this straight, while other characters such as Princess Peach and Princess Daisy have attacks that invoke this trope.
  • Darker and Edgier: Li is plagued with a virus that that transforms people into mindless creatures. With no cure in sight, everyone stays in a giant sphere shelter to get avoid getting infected...however there's worry about the possibility of a shield protecting the shelter breaking, which would cause the virus will get in and infect everyone. And that's not even going the times where characters can get mortally wounded and possibly killed before they can become trophies... Boy, this planet sure sounds like a great place to live in.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite Schezo, a Dark Wizard, being one of the more unnerving folks, he's ultimately not villainous.
  • Death from Above: Ms. Accord's Final Smash has her summoning a Meteor Puyo that explodes on ground contact.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Like in Brawl's Subspace Emissary, whenever the character gets damaged too much on a mission, they'll turn into a trophy...However, the player has to wait for 48 real-life hours (or 2 days) before they can play as them again.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Schezo keeps his cool to an extent, but he is slowly but surely less and less distant than he once was.
  • Demoted to Extra: Occasionally, an abandoned player character can end up becoming an NPC.
    • Rafisol is an interesting variation, in which she was brought back alongside her exclusive companion instead of a playable character.
  • The Dragon: Ridley was this. Was.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Many non-infected examples aside, this is one of the many possible byproducts of a Starvia mutation. Strangely enough, Black Shadow seems to show signs of mutation in spite of the fact that he supposedly controls said virus...
  • Everyone Is Bi: Played straight by most of the writers.
    • Subverted by the Magical Girl's Society where many of the characters have decided that their true passion lies specifically with another woman. This can be credited to a lesbian writer being a major contributor to this particular part of the world.
  • Evil Laugh: Tends to come with your typical bad guy.
  • Eye Scream: Schezo ends up getting an eye pecked out by a Snagret in First to Fall. It sounds rather minor out of context, but this Snagret was huge.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Henry, Lemres and Ms. Accord. The rare times Lemres does open them, they turn out to be red.
  • Feminist Fantasy: The Magical Girl's Society is a prime example of this. This female-exclusive club is full of heroines that follow a motto of sticking together and taking care of each other. Characters like Princess Peach, stereotypically ditzy and helpless, are portrayed as largely independent and deceptively wise and many of the members are going through their own coming of age stories. It's far from unheard of for characters within the society to tackle social issues as part of their personal stories, such as Arle's discovery that she was unable to simply love one person and her struggle to come to terms with those emotions in a largely monogamous society.
  • Genki Girl: Amitie is this in spades.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ragna shows this to Dante in their duel to prove to him that he's not to be underestimated.
  • Godzilla Threshold: If Sonic's plan to board people on space ark and fly out of Li to nuke it succeeds, there's still the problem of finding a new habitable planet that everyone can live on. There's also no telling if the Starvia will spread out into space after the it could also be a case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
  • Gratuitous Ninja: Greninja, the Ninja Frog Pokemon. Schezo and Lidelle too, both having access to a Ninja transformation.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Starvia Hivemind.
  • Guest Fighter: Characters from whitelisted series (aka certain games or other media that have collaborated with a series that has been on a Nintendo console) can be considered this.
  • Heart Beat-Down:
    • Princess Peach plays this straight, using magical pink hearts in a similar fashion to the way many characters use explosions. Often times, if an approach to attacking an enemy isn't working in her favor, Peach will add hearts to the equation.
    • Allie is also one that plays said trope straight. She has no problem 'Brave Heart'-ing some foes.
  • Laser Blade: Many characters invoke this trope, either using items or as an innate part of the kit, especially in the case of Mega Man characters.
  • Lampshade Hanging: It happens sometimes.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Zero did this in the extremely difficult Moundo escort mission on a Dodongo hoard.
  • Legion of Doom: The Order of Despair, The Pollies, and The New Pigmask Army are this...and they're still around until today.
  • Lighter and Softer: There are quite the number of funny/lighthearted missions and 'Slice of Life' threads. Some seem to be prone to Mood Whiplash, however.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: What Schezo developed into over his time in Li. The circumstances of his life span made him very reluctant to get close to anyone, not even Arle or Rulue. He eventually grew out of his loner tendencies, allowing himself to call Arle and Rulue his friends.
  • Love Triangle: Daisy, Rosalina and Peach invoke this trope. Daisy is in love with Peach, Rosalina is in love with Peach and Peach is in love with everyone.
  • Made of Indestructium: Nintendium, a rare mineral that is made by melting down old Nintendo related objects. Whether this will help deal with the starvia in the future is unknown, though.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Eggman to Bowser during the Gang Wars.
  • Magic Knight: While Schezo has a lean towards magic, he's still capable of swordplay, something most magic users cannot perform well.
    • Swordfighter Amitie also counts. Her magic isn't as pronounced as her normal form, but her swordplay is good enough to compensate.
  • Must Make Amends: In the past, Schezo once tried to take Arle's power, even going as far as to kill her to do so. After a drawing a line with a joke about Arle being curry-scented, followed by comparing Schezo's pursuits to Satan's (read: he despises him), he reconsidered his goals entirely and wished to reform relations with her. Luckily, she held nothing against him.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Shantae invokes this with a bubble shield.
  • Noble Demon: Laharl and Jedah...Dante meanwhile is half demon.
  • Non-Player Character: Most users make some of these for arcs or story reasons, they mostly don't do much except for stay in the Life Sphere and chat.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Dedede to Kirby.
    • Rulue also played that trope straight to Arle before the two made amends and rekindled their friendship.
  • Olympus Mons: Let's just say there's a lot of Legendary Pokemons hanging around LI.
  • Original Character: Some users tend to app custom characters which serve as this, the current ones are Kreix & Kashe.
    • Let's not forget the official site meme himself, Shiya Kirigaya
  • The Power of Love: There are many magical girls and even some not-strictly-magical girls in the apocalypse who subscribe to this trope in some way. Princess Peach actually created a semi-exclusive club called the Magical Girl's Society, crowning herself as the de facto queen of magical girls. The club has two rules; No Boys Allowed and all new invites must hold The Power Of Love in their hearts.
  • Power Trio: Two of them. The first is between Bowser, K Rool and Eggman (despite the fact that their rivalry has started the Gang Wars); the second and good trio are Mario, Sonic, and Samus. (However that might end soon, given Sonic's secrets and that Samus is still a prisoner to Black Shadow.) There used to be a third short spanned one with Link, Ganondorf and Zelda (however, Link has been Put on a Bus so this trio is not happening anymore).
  • Protectorate: Amitie to Lidelle, which ties into the former's Berserk Button.
  • Pungeon Master: Hades, Henry and Jedah really love to do these...much to the other characters' chargin.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to players leaving sometimes, their characters mostly become very minor and don't get referred to that much, they will also get replaced in any mission that involves them, however sometimes when they're about to leave the site they do threads about the fates of their characters (like what happened to Shadow temporarily and Game & Watch).
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Arle, Glover, and Shantae were this during the 'Manzai: ~Glamour~' Mission.
  • Read the Freaking Manual: The Rules section of the site which like most rules, tells the right and wrongs that you can do on this site along with making sure you know everything and that nothing goes wrong.
  • Really 700 Years Old:
    • Hades, Viridi, and Amaterasu are ageless and immortal, being gods.
    • Laharl and Jedah are 1376 and 6000 respectfully and counting.
    • Schezo is the mildest example, being 180. To his own merit, he's a human with that age.
    • Subverted with Corrin. While he is aware that his half-dragon blood may eventually slow his aging to a crawl, he hasn't lived more than your average young adult.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A lot of characters have red eyes...Subverted since they're mostly good. Lemres is one of those, but most characters wouldn't know because he keeps them shut.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Zero and Roll Light are robot characters on the site, but they barely look or sound like it.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: While not seen as frequently as Carnivore Confusion, this is still a common enough occurrence to warrant a mention. Several characters, such as Iris' Hydreigon or Princess Peach, by extension of Perry, have entire attacks dedicated to eating other characters.
    • Arle Nadja getting eaten by everything and everyone is an ongoing in-joke in the RP because of a mission thread where exactly that happened. Within the thread, Arle had to contest with Chain Chomps, Yoshis, Piranha Plants, Carnivine, Lickitung and Gengar, some of which would be considered sapient.
    • In the mission The Corruption on Nowhere Island Perry the Parasol, Princess Peach's child-turned-tool companion, devoured a sapient ant that made the mistake of landing on his face. It was heavily implied that the ant was also eaten by Peach via whatever sorcery Perry operates on, judging by her disgusted reaction.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Villains are forced to not do any shady activity in the Life Sphere or else they'll either be exiled and left to die outside the Life Sphere or be sent to prison.
  • Shout-Out: So many on the site that there could be a page for them.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Zig-Zagged, some comic relief characters do appear during important or serious missions (like Ballyhoo and Bigtop in Crossfire or Waluigi in Game and Watch's G&W's Final Quest for Glory!). However, sometimes they don't due to other matters.
  • Standard Status Effects: Some enemies can give players status effects, most of them being burned, having a Flower stuck in your head that gives you damage each turn, frozen, become bigger (not really an enemy's fault), turn into metal, shrink, become paralysed, get poisoned, become sick, fall asleep, become slower or become infected with a virus that is not Starvia... enemies can also copy moves or won't let you use them for a number of turns.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • Not much smiling from him, but Schezo puts up an unflappable front to hide his startlingly severe abandonment issues. To put some perspective, he's doomed to outlive his family, old classmates, and many others when he became the Dark Wizard at age 14. His current age? 180. As he's gradually warming up to Arle and Rulue, however, he's having difficulty trying to hold this image.
    • Lemres has implications of this a couple of times, but is never really delved deeper beyond "leaving someone to break free."
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: As a consequence of being made entirely out of magic, certain characters such as the affectionately named Amitwo or Warle invoke this trope. Others are able to consume or absorb the magic making up their bodies. This is decidedly fatal if the magic making them up is then burned away to fuel a spell.
    • After being consumed by not just anyone, but another magical construct, Amitwo had the following to say about the experience.
      Amitwo: It got a little weird, since we're both made out of magic, but she can be really nice~!
      • Warle, the other magical construct in question, was much less enthusiastic about discussing what had just happened. When questioned by Iris, she had the following to say.
        Iris: . . . Hold on! Was she inside you?!
        Warle: Please don't say it like that.
        Iris: ...Did you eat her?!
        Warle: ...Actually there's no way to describe this that doesn't make it sound more awful than it was, so can we please not talk about this?
  • Sweet Tooth: Lemres, complete with an endless supply of candy!
    • Amitie & Lidelle also get in on the sugary fun, both of them having access to 'Sweet' transformations that consists of them using a variety of sweet food to attack enemies, heal allies or buff themselves by entering on sugar rushes.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Schezo has his infamous slips of tongue as always. It's not nearly as rampant compared to his home game, and sometimes isn't even played for comedy due to the inappropriate nature, timing and wording-wise.
  • The Stinger: Some missions and 'one-offs' use this in order to set up a future mission.
  • Too Many Belts: Ragna the Bloodedge has five.
  • Tournament Arc: Life Sphere's WWLi is one.
  • Tranquil Fury: Amitie, Lidelle, Greninja, Corrin, Ms. Accord, occasionally Ecolo and Ryu.
  • Up to Eleven: Sometimes fights, missions and even normal and happy events can take a turn to the downright crazy and intense sometimes.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Several female characters invoke this trope as a way of explaining how they carry all their items around without a purse or even any pockets. Blue from the Pokémon Adventures manga makes especially frequent use of this trope, using her not-so-secret compartment both as a hammerspace storage and as a place to hide important or valuable things from those that might otherwise attempt to liberate them from her.
  • Walking the Earth: Subverted for once on Ryu. Due to the Starvia, Ryu had to cease his wanderings and now lives in an apartment.
  • Wham Episode: In terms of missions that progress the overall plot of the site...
    • A Celebration Of Life!: During a party to celebrate the anniversary of the Life Sphere, Mario, Sonic and Samus revealed that they have made a deal...With Black Shadow, the deal consists of them staying in the Life Sphere so Black Shadow can continue his work, the crowd understandably reacted negatively...However, Black Shadow soon appears and almost infects the entire sphere...But then decides to stop...And kidnap Mario, Sonic and Samus instead! Before he leaves he gives a warning to the Life Sphere to stay in the Sphere...Or else.
    • Emerald by the Coast: Espio, Eggman and Wolf Managed to get a Chaos Emerald...However Shadow, who was with the four, has disappeared and the trio is not sure if he's alive. In reality Shadow was fighting Black Doom who soon traps him in Time for a year.
    • A Shadow Distressed: Espio, Along with Charmy and Dante, find out Shadow is alive... albeit in the hands of Chaos. The three managed to rescue him along with Big The Cat, however, Chaos managed to mortally wound Espio during his fight.
    • Golden Smash: Lyn, Gilius and Pac-Man head to Crestfallen Castle to find Death Adder, The mission was mostly normal and comedic...Until the ending. The trio managed to find Death Adder and fight him, although the knight proved to be a worthy fighter, The three almost managed to defeat him...Until Death Adder quickly captured Gilius and disappeared...However before he did he fired a powerful blast towards Lyn and Pac, although Pac managed to get out of the blast radius...Lyn was not as lucky.
    • Into the Bull's Ring: Two groups go into the Essence Extraction Point to save Sonic, Samus, and Mario...However, two different things happen.
    • Enter the Bull!: The First Group (Tails, Captain Falcon, Shade, Shiek, and Krexix) head into Black Shadow's lair where they find a group of enslaved Pikachus and Samus armour...Which is now infected with Starvia and try to kill the group, the five escape just as they were noticed...However there unsure if Samus is alive.
    • Crossfire!: The Second Group (Adell, A.I.M, Paula, Dark Pit, Ragna, MC Ballyhoo and Big Top) Wait outside the lair and wait for the first group to call on them should they get attacked, however white hands soon appear and take Paula, Dark Pit and Ragna underground to a secret cave where there attacked by a horde of Starvia creatures, Adell, and A.I.M meanwhile get taken to Black Shadows Lair as prisoners, the three managed to escape the horde and get back to the vehicle they were assigned with MC and Big Top still inside.
    • Enter The Bat!: Like above, Adell and A.I.M become prisoners in Black Shadows lair, however due to a double cherry A.I.M has, they quickly escape and managed to find and rescue Mario and Sonic...However Samus is still missing and it's unknown if she's even still alive.
    • What To Do Next: Sonic is revealed to be working with someone unknown...
    • After First Met Last: Samus has been successfully rescued and is on the road to recovery, and all is well. Sonic, however, announced the construction of Gunship Absolution to ark people out of Li before annihilating the planet.
    • Absolution: On the Confrontation side of the main story, it turns out... Sonic was never on Li at all. The Sonic we all thought was Sonic was actually Mephiles.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mario and Sonic's plans about what to do on Li caused most residents of the Life Sphere to have this reaction, Samus neutral on the matter.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Rafisol is a being made of inverted love magic, which as a result made her have no knowledge of the matter. Allie is set on teaching Rafisol, however.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ringo is terrified of ghosts. She's trying to get over it, but it's not working so well.
  • World of Ham: A lot of people do this, but especially Ganon and Hades.
  • You Taste Delicious: Played straight with the character Arle Nadja. She has a strong curry scent and taste explained as being a consequence of her obsession with the spice. Apparently she gets it all over herself on a regular basis, inadvertantly convincing every monster in a mile radius to try and take a bite out of her wherever she goes. Arle herself is decidedly not in on the joke.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Played with. The Starvia seems to act like your stereotypical zombie virus, but it doesn't work nor affects people exactly like one.


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