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Tropers: The Series is a roleplay on the TV Tropes Forum. The basic premise involves tropers living in a parody of TV sitcoms, if that wasn't made obvious by the intro post. It started out like The Big Bang Theory, but got more wigged out as time went on, turning into a Genre Roulette and Fantasy/Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink. As it follows an episodic structure with a new "episode" (GMed by a different person each time) every few pages or so, the tone and genre can vary wildly.

Started by TropesForever on July 3rd, 2017, it is ongoing to this day.

The game can be found here, and the show's opening titles are here.


Tropers: The Series contains examples of these tropes:

  • Ace Pilot: Arguably, G2 with his use of his personal Gundam.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Marcia Shyneet was based on Morph Moth, who was one of the original Mavericks from Mega Man X2. Here, Marcia is loyal to the Tropers, even helping them out on occasion.
  • Affably Evil: Downplayed with Sonny.
  • Alien Among Us: Beverly reveals herself to be a Xathian, from the planet Xathos... she doesn't treat it like a very big revelation.
  • all lowercase letters: Arceus speaks like this.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Incorporated into the gameplay of the first two seasons, with each episode ending with a character stating An Aesop.
  • And Starring: The show's fake titles credit Beverly this way in the first season, Canon Foreigner Ford Prefect in the third season, and DrNoPuma in both seasons.
  • Author Tract:
    • This was made by Tales of Under who tried to create a storyline about the Status Quo, but just made an incomprehensible mess. He was not happy. Later Handwaved by the fact that it was just an RPG that everyone was playing.
    • Also, ZeroL's "Days in the Future" arc, although to a lesser degree, as it was only a subplot.
    • Taco Badger has looked back poorly on the episode “Xathos or Bust”, in which he portrays Bev’s creator.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The title of Season 3 episode El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Tropers is Spanish for "The Mysterious Journey of Our Tropers".
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: In one episode, the Tropers go to a mansion, feast on the Buffet Table, and eat Filet Mignon. The only problem is that it is heavily implied that the buffet table is made from the mansion's cooks, and the Filet Mignon was made of Steve Urkel.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • After a very long absence, Puma returned to the series. His return was "justified" by him somehow winding up on the same airplane that the rest of the cast was currently on, sleeping in the back before waking up to greet everyone.
    • This is true for TacoBadger as well.
  • Canon Foreigner: From Steve Urkel to Ford Prefect, Lots of NPCs are this.
  • Cerebus Retcon: After a long absence, Puma explains that he spent time working for Henderson's circus, but his career at the circus was cut short when the performers got into a pie and seltzer war, which is played for laughs. It's later revealed that the war was started by Pomposo, a truly malicious character with a grudge against Henderson.
  • Cigar Chomper:
    • The landlord, Mr. Benedetto, smokes a cigar, which turns out to be his downfall when the ashes light a firework.
    • Mr. Meddling, the executive producer, also falls under this trope to such an extent that Thegeniusyoshi's attempts to kill him with cigarette ash don't work.
  • Comic Trio: Often, Taco, Tales and Tropes fall into this as Schemer, Complainer, and Fool, respectively. Taco comes up with get-rich-quick schemes which he and Tropes then carry out, while Tales clashes with Taco over the plan.
  • Con Man: Taco Badger, who, as opposed to working for money, cheats Bev, Movie, and a Newspaper company out of their money at one point or another.
  • Cosmic Retcon: The Status Quo has the ability to use these to enforce his namesake concept. Then, Tamatoa gets control of his powers and just uses them to wreak havoc.
  • Crack Ship: In-Universe. One viewer wrote into the show with a list of such ships, including Sam the Cricket x Taco Badger, Gangrenous F x Bev, Zero x Cthulhu Monkey Zero, TropesForever x the landlord plant, and Buddy X The Landlord X The Canned Laughter Machine. invoked
  • Critical Research Failure: In-Universe, Tales did this when playing Call of Cthulhu. He obviously doesn't know about even the most basic concepts of the game: for example, he SAN checked Taco Badger for kicking people in the nuts too much.
  • Debut Queue: Because of the way the game is run, people can join at any moment, leading to this.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Random nearly kills everyone every time he takes the wheel.
  • Dynamic Entry: When Beverly first enters, she kicks down the door and crushes Tales.
    • Revenge calls the trope by name not once, but twice; Once in his debut episode and once halfway through "Sorry, I don't Speak Baguette."
  • Either/Or Title: A couple of episodes are like this. "The Bowling Tournament" has the alternate title "The Case of the Cunning Conman", "Look we never use episode titles properly anyway, it doesn't matter" has the alternate title "The Day The Lights Went Out", "Lovey-Dovey Fluff for The Viewers" has "More Pokemon Card Fun Because What The Heck", and "Wilde Zeiten in Zürich" has its English title, "Wild Times in Zürich".
  • Foul Flower: The Landlord Plant's long-lost son Sonny Sunflora is this.
  • Friend on the Force: Taken Up to Eleven with G2's position as one of the commanders of the Moore Brotherhood. He tries to use this to get Movie's inventions back for him when they got impounded.
  • Gamer Chick: Revaryk carries a replica of the Master Sword the first time she enters.
  • Gender Flip: Marcia was based on a Male Maverick from Mega Man X2]]
  • Groin Attack: When Tales is playing Call of Cthulhu with Taco Badger, he says: "You can only kick people in the nuts so much before it's a SAN check for you."
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Tropes and Taco are the premiere example of this.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: When Bev's dangerous alien "cousin" shows up and threatens to exterminate humankind, Gangrenous F pokes him in the shoulder, before punching him into a box of kitty litter, killing him.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: In the second season finale, The Skittles brought over some cupcakes and Ford tries one. He enjoys it at first but then he finds out the Skittles have a interesting family recipe to put it politely. Needless to say, Ford ended up hospitalized.
    Ford: These are actually pretty alright. What's in these anyway?
    Mr. Skittle: Well it's a special family recipe. We put clam juice, beef hearts, and chicken feet in our batter.
    (Ford turned a bit pale-green as he gagged, clutched his rumbling stomach, and dashes to the nearby bathroom)
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: TropesForever gives us this gem in episode 2:
    "Wouldn't Taco know more about salsa?"
  • Indecisive Medium: It's a Play-by-Post Game, but takes on the elements of a typical primetime sitcom, e.g. canned laughter, "episodes" etc.
  • Instant Costume Change: One of Bev's Xathian abilities is to change costume at will.
  • Jive Turkey: Sonny tends to use a lot of 1970s slang.
  • Laugh Track: Used extensively. It's often commented on, with the Canned Laughter Machine being destroyed, repaired and even invoked shipped with other characters. Inverted with canned groaning when Zero claimed to have figured out the plot.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: This happens to the landlord when he falls on fireworks that were ignited by his cigar.
  • Medium Awareness: Part of the basis for the whole show. Not to mention the "Destroy the Status Quo" episode.
  • Musical Episode: The second-season finale "Tropers: The Series: The Musical!" and the third-season episode "Silliness in Sweden" were those.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Even Bev doesn't know the limits of her Xathian powers. It's lampshaded a lot.
  • Noodle Incident: Zero played a prank on a high school buddy using a refrigerator, a banana, and the French government.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: G2 once led a contingent of Mobile Suit troops from the Moore Brotherhood against one of Zero's clones' installations in France.
    • Revenge for the entire episode in "The Cat Who Did Too Much".
  • Parody Commercial: There are a number of these in the thread. Whenever someone decides that the current episode should have a commercial break, multiple tropers will write fake commercials advertising various made-up products, most of which are merchandise for Tropers: the Series itself. For example, in Episode 16: Tropers: the Series... Again:
    • Chey writes a commercial for Tropers: the Series: the Aftershow, where 4 hosts talk about the newest episode of the series.
    • Josh6243 writes a commercial for Fire Emblem Tropera, an unusual tabletop RPG.
    • Puma writes a commercial for Werecat Puma Clocks, a parody of the classic Kit-Cat Klock. It also mentions "Claco", an upcoming line of clocks based on TacoBadger.
    • Chey writes a commercial for Tropers: the Series novelizations. Unfortunately, they're only in paperback.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: When Puma reveals that he is actually a werecat, Tropes and Taco remark that his story is similar to that of Remus Lupin from Harry Potter. Puma states that he didn't realize the similarities, as he has never read the books.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Anthropomorphic Personifications of these appear in "Ruckus Over Repast" as demons working for Satan.
  • Silent Credits: Occurs at the end of "What Shall We Do With the Sick Betelgeusian?" and again in "Silliness in Sweden".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: See Author Tract above.
  • Team Pet:
    • Possibly Quite Insane, the man-eating cat.
    • Recently, this more accurately applies to Taco Badger, whose been turned into a mouse.
    • The title currently belongs to Sir Fluff, Revenge's pet cat.
  • There Was a Door:
    • How Chey made her debut in "Stuff... Happens?".
    • Funnily enough, also how Mango makes his exit in "Mechani-chaos." He just does an Unflinching Walk and crashes through the wall of a supply closet. Downplayed in that there's no obvious door described, but Mango doesn't even bother looking for one.


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