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The Annobyn Universe refers to a series of Roleplaying Sites. It progressed in real time, though the universe's timeline was always exactly five months ahead of the current date, though various time skips eventually led to the game timeline overtaking real time, going as far ahead as 2020.

The game itself initially took place in the fictional community of Palm Beach (Not to be confused with the real Palm Beach, Florida), but would eventually expand to include other small towns and cities, including both New York and Los Angeles.


Though it usually lacked any one overarching plot and was mostly character-driven, time skips and reboots actually allowed most of the prominent characters to not only finish High School, but advance well into college and eventual adulthood.

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  • Aborted Arc: Many, but of particular note is the girl Darian got pregnant in late 2013. Although the reveal led to a rather touching Friendship Moment between Darian, Bully, and Jason, the girl in question disappears without a trace after that, and Darian is back to his usual skirt-chasing ways without any indicator that she ever existed.
    • Darian's love interests are often notoriously short-lived, in general, due to their players often leaving suddenly and without warning. His two most enduring romances are Anchored Ships with Betsy and Matt, both heavy on flirting but never actually acted upon.
    • Rissa goes through almost as many suddenly-disappearing Romantic False Leads as Darian. However, they're usually handwaved in-universe as the engagement falling apart, as opposed to simply swept under the rug.
    • Dinky and Bully's blood-feud is never really resolved.
    • Arthur and Ana's martial problems are mostly forgotten about, once Zara and Arthur move out of Ana's house.
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    • Betsy's older brother is introduced as Jac's new love interest, and then both characters seem to fade out of existence.
  • Alternate Universe: After a large number of long time members left Eyes Wide Open, the decision to reset a large chunk of the timeline created an alternate continuity between there and Grapevine Fires. Even Eyes Wide Open began as an alternate continuity to another site.
    • Eyes Wide Open V2 was slated to be an alternate continuity from Grapevine Fires/Our Next Chapter, due to dissatisfaction with the last few months of the school year.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Remy is one, early on. Until being forcefully outed by Jerry.
  • Bash Brothers: Jason, Bully and Darian.
  • Beast and Beauty: Both invoked and played straight with Zara and Bully.
  • Betty and Veronica: Seems to come up a lot.
    • Lanie was the Betty to Tiffany's Veronica early on, in regards to Adam.
    • Early on, Mason was the Betty to Zara's Archie and Bully's Veronica.
    • Jules tries to force this trope as well early on, with Aleks as the Betty to Travis's Veronica, but it's mostly averted as Travis is openly only interested in her for sex, while Aleks is just generally apathetic.
      • Though, interestingly enough, Jules was the Veronica to Travis's Archie and Tiff's Betty, as well as Bully's Archie and Zara's Veronica.
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    • Dava and Gary are both Veronicas to Rissa's Archie and Jason's Betty, while Rissa is the Betty to Jac's Veronica where Jason is concerned. It can all be very confusing.
    • Speaking of Svet, Jason is also unknowingly the Veronica to her Archie and Daniel's Betty.
    • Rockie being the Betty to Aubrey's Archie and Mel's Veronica.
    • Noah, in a very short time, managed to be the "Betty" to almost all of his friends in rapid succession. Linc was overwhelmingly the Veronica to Chastity's Archie, both Seb and Att were the "Veronica" for Ava, and Matty was Rory's.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Bully, Darian, Jerry, Travis and Gunnar.
    • The entire Somersville Bro Circle could qualify as this, when they're in the right mood.
  • Break the Cutie: Rissa is a walking bad luck magnet. Pretty much everything that's happened in her life up to this point seems to have been the universe just kicking her. Repeatedly. In the head.
  • Camp Straight: Boone. Just... Boone.
    • James Phillips also qualifies. In spite of captaining the football team, his speech patterns and mannerisms all have a distinctly Valley Girl flavor to them.
    • Blake in particular had a bit of a reputation for playing allegedly hyper-masculine male characters who would then speak and act in very campy, traditionally effeminate fashion.
    • Mathias Cooper definitely had his moments of camp.
  • Character Development: Bound to happen with a lot of the longer-running characters.
    • Clarissa developing from a wise Extreme Doormat who'd resigned herself to a fairly joyless pre-planned life to a girl plenty capable of standing up for herself when it matters and her fair share of badass moments.
    • Daniel steadily growing a backbone and embracing his sexuality.
    • Jason going from a friendless teenage drunk to a very well-liked Broken Ace, and then eventually settling into a career as a badass Fair Cop alongside Darian.
    • Travis slowly realizing how important the people in his life are to him, and becoming steadily slightly less of a Jerk Jock who could even have been considered something of a Byronic Hero by the end of his run.
    • Zara's development from an Alpha Bitch with plenty of Hidden Depths to an out-and-out badass Lovable Alpha Bitch. And then continuing to eternally toe that line well into adulthood.
    • Even Bully evolves into more of a clear-cut Jerk with a Heart of Gold as time goes on, with his more honorable and generous character traits coming to the forefront, as opposed to the promiscuous and impulsive hedonist he'd been at the beginning of the game.
  • The Charmer: Lincoln Bauer is incredibly charismatic, flirts with just about everyone, endlessly self-confident and easily the most popular student at Somersville High.
  • Chase Scene: A pretty memorable one occurs when Bully, Jason, and several other characters escape detention and get chased by the police in Bully's car, where it's revealed partway through that Bully has no idea what he's doing and is flying by the seat of his pants. Made funnier by the fact that everyone just unanimously assumed he'd been in several car chases before.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Jason and Rissa both have a nasty case of this, and even tend to bring it out more in each other. Jason in particular eventually makes an actual career of indulging this impulse, by becoming a police officer.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Jason in particular manages to be a Clueless EVERYTHING Magnet. He attracted the attentions of straight women, gay women, gay men and arguably, at least one heterosexual guy over the course of the game and was perpetually confused as to why.
  • Continuity Nod: There are at least two references to the original characters in Down These Halls' companion blog, with the Somersville football team playing Palm Beach High during a preseason scrimmage, and Jason mentioned as having graduated recently.
  • Cooldown Hug: Rissa is fond of doing this to Jason when she (usually correctly) suspects that he's about to hit someone. The first time she does this, she muses that he's like a big, grumpy teddy bear.
  • Crapsack World: Played painfully straight. You can't turn around without bumping into someone who's had a downright horrible life, and the chances are that things only got worse for them with time.
    • Palm Beach qualifies as a Crapsaccharine World because while the town itself is exceptionally scenic prior to the storm and just about everyone has a great deal of money, the tone is still often very dark.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Jason versus Big Tom, an appropriately-named giant. Jason's later fight against his even-larger brother, who bears a resemblance to the wrestler The Big Show, is a lot more even.
    • Rockie versus one of Bully's Basic Bitches.
    • Bully versus Travis.
    • Travis versus Tristan.
    • Jason & Bully versus a group of frat boys at a strip club.
    • Daniel and Svet versus Nasty Nikki, a hulking female stripper at that same club.
    • Bully versus Dinky, a birthday party clown.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Nasty Nikki very graphically raping Daniel is very unfortunately played for laughs at one point. If that had been, for example, a very large and hulking male stripper forcing himself on Svet then it's a safe bet that it would have been played much differently.
    • It's also hard to believe that, had the genders been reversed, Jac drunkenly attempting to push Jason into having sex after Homecoming and refusing to take no for an answer would have gone over as well. Bonus points for the fact that he apologized after, and attempted to comfort her by saying it had been "kind of hot."
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Boone certainly thinks that this applies to Lanie- His so-called "Clooney Effect". Teddy also claimed this, though that's much more dubious. Jason and Daniel also fit more genuinely.
  • Easily Forgiven: Rockie and Bully have both very literally attempted to drown Rissa, and she still considers both to be good friends of hers'.
    • Linc is often quickly forgiven for acting selfishly by just about everyone around him, no matter what it is that he actually did.
  • Egg Sitting: In Eyes Wide Open V2, one of the first subplots is randomly selected students being forced to look after baby dolls.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment: Jason and Rissa got a textbook one during the Orlando trip.
  • Fight Clubbing: Bully, Darian, Jason and Rockie all formed a Fight Club back in September of 2013.
  • First Girl Wins: Played with repeatedly, but rarely ever played straight due to most of the players' aversion to the concept of "finals".
    • Subverted with the Jac/Jason/Rissa triangle. Jason meets Jac first, she's the first character he interacts with, and his first serious girlfriend. But Rissa, who he doesn't develop a romantic interest in until months after breaking up with Jac, is easily his most notable romantic relationship.
    • Downplayed with Bully, Jules and Zara. She technically interacts with him before Jules does, but he's canonically known Jules for longer. He still winds up with Zara, and isn't all that interested in Jules to begin with.
    • Played entirely straight with both Adam/Lanie and Travis/Tiffany.
  • Five-Man Band:
The LeaderLinc
The LancerAtt
The Smart GuySeb
The Big GuyNoah
The ChickMatty
Sixth RangerVega
  • Headbutt of Love: Jason does this frequently to Rissa. Played with immediately before their first kiss when Rissa manages to thump him one by accident, due to nerves.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: This trope pops up a surprising amount in-game.
    • Travis (who's 6'4) and Tiffany (who's a hair over five feet) are the most prominent example, with about sixteen inches of height difference between them and several in-universe jokes made about the subject.
    • Bully is a full foot taller than Zara. Maverick and Daisy also have a similar height disparity on Grapevine Fires.
    • Jason is roughly a foot taller than almost all his potential romantic interests to date, with the exception of (5'8") Jayme. Rissa in particular is about eleven inches shorter than him. The fact that Rissa is noted to be very slight and sickly-looking while Jason is described at one point as "a brick wall with eyes" makes the contrast even funnier.
  • In-Joke: The "Barclay" and "Foot Villain" voices are particularly long-running examples. Jason and Rissa both seem to find them very amusing. Everyone else? Not so much.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Although it was well-intentioned, Boone very obviously setting up Lanie and Xavier on a date because they were the only two gay guys he knew, and because Xavier's sex obsession was a quality that Boone, himself, considered ideal in a partner did far more harm than good.
    • One of Atticus Andrews's defining character traits.
  • Knight Knave And Squire: Played with in terms of Bully, Jason and Darian- Bully being the Knight, Darian being the Knave and Jason being the Squire.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Well over two hundred, at one point, with varying degrees of activity.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Almost all the Donovan sisters are at the center of perhaps the most notorious one. Chastity and Lincoln dated for a year, but then they broke up after Lincoln cheated with Aaryn. Linc then began dating Cotton (Donovan), who Morgan was also interested in, while Chas took Noah to Homecoming and both Chas and Linc struggled to choose between their respective current partners and lingering feelings for each other (not to mention Kashton Day and Aiden Bell both also crushing on Chastity). Eleanor Rickett also, on and off, held a candle for Linc. Meanwhile, Noah also pursued, at various points, Harper (Atty's ex-girlfriend), Ava (Seb's ex, who was also flirting with Atty) and Rory (Matty's girlfriend) before settling into a relationship with Ava. This doesn't even factor in Rebekah (Donovan)'s unrequited crush on Linc, or being caught in a love square(?) of her own involving Teddy Bauer, Florence Rickett, and Maureen King.
  • Memetic Badass: Bully definitely qualified, both in-universe and out.
  • Not So Different: Throughout the rubber baby plot in V2, there's plenty of this. Jason is trying his absolutely best, but also easily frustrated, resentful of being saddled with the added responsibility and unable to wait for Jacob to no longer be his problem, which is uncomfortably similar to Cassie's parenting style. He actually lampshades this in a conversation with Lanie.
    • Lanie himself somewhat averts this, being a very naturally competent, enthusiastic parent.
    • Zara, much like Jason, is... less than enthusiastic about parenting. She resents Bully for having forced a kid onto her and doesn't understand why she's got to drop everything to care for something she didn't even ask for. Similar to Ana's approach to parenting Zara, at the worst of times.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Most of the guys on-site play this completely straight, but Bully and Jason in particular will not hug each other. Leaning on each other while exhausted, however...
  • Stalker with a Crush: It's the only way that Xavier knows how to love.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Jason and Rissa. She was the repressed only daughter in an old money family that's went broke, and she needed to be married off to someone rich enough to get them back to the lifestyle they're accustomed to. He was a poor recovering alcoholic from the wrong side of the tracks who her mother openly hated and viewed as a criminal. They both knew it could only end badly, but neither one was willing to let the other go.
  • Straight Gay: Lanie was often described as the kind of person you'd never know was gay unless he directly told you. He's probably the only character just as aggressively annoyed as Bully with Xavier's campier behavior.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Jason and Zara. Although each is dating the other's best friend, the two of them rarely interact one-on-one, due to simply not having much in common, although they generally got on fairly well when they did.
  • Weight Woe: Played for Drama with Rissa, who is deeply uncomfortable with her body image, and perpetually made by her mother to feel either over or underweight.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Bully and Zara, especially early on in EWO's run.
    • Adam and Lanie as well, though Word of God is that they're more of a Super Couple and that their getting together is inevitable regardless of continuity.
  • Workout Fanservice: While, strictly speaking, it's not an actual workout, the cabin-repairing event absolutely seems to qualify as far as Zara, Ren and Rissa are concerned. Jason, Lanie, Adam, Bully and Boone were all explicitly stated to either be shirtless or wearing particularly well-fitted clothing, while moving heavy furniture around and fixing things.
  • World of Snark
  • Worthy Opponent: Bully with Jerry and, to a lesser extent, Travis.

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