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A 2012 live-action show on Cartoon Network based on a pilot TV film released in November 2011. The story follows the adventures of a group of gamers who call themselves "Never Fail" and cooperate well together on a MMORPG called Conqueror of All Worlds. However, they are unaware that they go to the same school, where they hate each others' guts. During a usual gaming session, the three unwittingly open a portal in the game to their world which is exactly the opportunity that the game's main villain, Maldark, was waiting for. He starts sending his minions to take over the real world. But Never Fail also find that if the monsters can become real, so can their weapons. Thus they take it upon themselves to put aside their hatred for each other, stop the monsters, and prevent Maldark from getting through.


It was made with the consultant help from Jagex (best known for the MMORPG RuneScape) and Rooster Teeth (of Red vs. Blue and RWBY fame).

The final live-action scripted series produced by the network, the show lasted two seasons, with its final episodes airing in 2013.

Level Up provides the following tropes:

  • The Ace: Joaquin is better than everyone at everything. In the words of Dante, he beats the jock at jock stuff and the nerd at nerd stuff. Eventually, Never Fails refers to this as "being Joaquined".
  • Action Girl: Angie has a black belt.
  • All Trolls Are Different: The Trash Troll, who appears, wrecks the scenery, and can make off with everything portable that you own (including your character).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't piss off Courtesy Cat, or he might just turn into a wrestler and beat you silly.
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  • Beyond the Impossible: According to Max, who created it, the final weapon is supposed to kill the heroes using it with its recoil. The heroes survive it and he is shocked.
  • Big Bad: Maladark, an evil sorcerer from the game world whose Evil Plan is to Take Over the World.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The members of Never Fail towards Angie. For example, in "Leroy," the group lets it go when Leroy trashes Double Dash Dan, they aren't too angry when he gets Wyatt sent to detention, and they even let it slide when he deliberately screws them up in the game, but when he stands Angie up for a date, they're royally pissed off.
  • Big Good: Max who is Never Fail's benefactor and opposes the Big Bad, but he's a Jerkass.
  • Big Man on Campus: Lyle is the football star and chick magnet.
  • Butterfly of Doom: A case could be made for parody (or taking the phrase too literally) when the Blast-A-Ton fired a butterfly that flew to a leak and exploded.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Bob the Barbarian rips the elves apart.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Angie is a sarcastic girl and Dante's antics make great material for catty comments.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Leroy may have been a major Jerkass, but he didn't deserve to be attacked by a giant troll. In Never Fail's defense, that was an accident: The troll was supposed to attack his character in the game, not come out into the real world and find him.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: Max, the creator of the game. Also a self-admitted Mad Scientist.
  • Eccentric Townsfolk: There are some oddball students at this high school, from the sensitive bully to the piercing enthusiast who kept her braces on as a body modification after she didn't need them any more. The aptly-named Weird Carl is actually one of the more normal ones.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Lyle can face trolls, in the real world, but can't handle mice.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Wyatt, the "socially awkward wimp". One girl said it was her type as opposed to overly macho guys.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Max leaks his 10th most evil programmed villain, the Merchant, to help promote his expansion pack of the game. Since he's the Villain of the Week, the Merchant retaliates and plots to be the #1 villain.
  • Excalibur in the Rust: Angie's Fist of Schoolage looks like a common work glove. Then it becomes a mighty steel gauntlet, leading up to Grail in the Garbage.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: the object in the title of the episode "Charm Bracelet"
  • Expy: Of World of Warcraft obviously.
  • The Face: In the game world Never Fail lets Wyatt do all the talking with other players because he's The Charmer. In the real world, however, he's a dork and Lyle's the one with school-wide friends.
  • The Fair Folk: The Rainbow Rider.
  • Five-Man Band: The expanded version of Never Fails.
    • The Leader: Wyatt. In "Acid Spitting Mini-dragons" Lyle and Dante frankly admit they can't have a successful raid without his leadership.
    • The Lancer: Lyle. Who better than a popular jock to contrast the adorkable nerd? Or fill in when he can't lead?
    • The Smart Guy: Max, the super genius who created the game. Never Fail goes to him when they have a tech problem.
    • The Big Guy: Dante the aggressive guy with the club. He's also Never Fail's tank in the game world.
    • The Chick: Angie. The sole girl of the group and, as the non-gamer, sees herself as the voice of reason.
  • For Science!: Consider this quote from Max "If it bleeds code, it's a leak. If it bleeds blood, it'll be a crying shame, but at least the mystery will be solved." This is presumably the reason for his experiments too.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Sanguine: Dante.
    • Choleric: Angie.
    • Melancholic: Wyatt.
    • Phlegmatic: Lyle.
  • Gamer Chick: Inverted. Angie doesn't play nor like the game.
  • Genre Savvy: When things go wrong at school, The Team has to rush back to base to get their gear, or they could just use the weapons that Angie put in her locker.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Never Fail's battle cry, "Tulta munille," is Finnish for "Fire at for their balls."
  • Hates Being Touched: Max created a body suit that would shock anyone that touched him.
  • Hen Pecked Husband: Bob the Barbarian is very much afraid of having to go back into the game to his wife.
  • Insufferable Genius: Max and Wyatt both indulge in this. The former makes sure everyone knows they are less intelligent than him and Wyatt loves rubbing his face in the fact that he, himself, is smarter than everyone.
  • It Only Works Once: The final weapon Never Fail has to use to defeat Maldark in the movie has only one shot. They can't use it in the series when Maldark comes back.
  • Jerkass
    • Max is rude, usually cowardly, and by his own admission, doesn't care about anyone else's well being.
    • Leeroy loves screwing people online and in real life.
  • Keet: Dante's energy is non-stop and quirky.
  • Leeroy Jenkins:
    • Dante, who shouts "Leeroy Jenkins!" before charging in to an attack. Lampshaded in the film:
    Wyatt: And he jumps in. Why does he do that?
    • Paid tribute to in "Leroy", when Lyle's old friend Leroy ruins their carefully planned raid in the game, though he did this on purpose to screw them over.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!:
    • Normally, Angie doesn't take leak busting seriously but when she does:
    Boys....Where's my Fist Of Schoolage?
    • Dante is like this too. He's often lazy and irresponsible, but he is not someone to be taken lightly.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The Hampire: a vampiric hamster, and the Skunk Bear, among various others.
  • Monsters of the Week: Leaks, various monsters, warriors, and other things that have come out of the internet. Occasionally, a Leak will be spawned from something else on the internet, but mostly they're from the Conqueror of All Worlds video game.
  • No Body Left Behind: "Leaks" disappear upon defeat to respawn back in the game.
  • No-Sell: Bob the Barbarian catches a Mini-Sun blast from Wyatt's Blast-A-Ton and eats it.
  • Out of Order: The episodes were shown out of order. The production code for the first premiered episode (not including the movie) shows it was made 6th. They try to stop some confusion with a recap opening but suddenly the Clan now have an HQ and it's treated as normal.
  • Pilot Movie: The Big Damn Movie received promotion a month in advance of airing, even getting YouTube spotlights on promoted videos. In other words, you can bet your ass this was another series in the making.
  • Portal Network: A worm eat parts of reality to create one these. It linked the HQ to Angie's house, the school and other places. Too bad using it using too often in a small amount of time can cause bad things to happen in the real world!
  • Power Trio: The original members of Never Fail
    • The Id: Dante who acts on impluses and is always eating.
    • The Super Ego: Lyle whose concerned about social norms and doing what is expected of him.
    • The Ego: Wyatt is a mix of both and mediates them. It's seen most clearly in the 3rd act of the movie.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: When the trio first venture out in Real Life, their improvised gear is essentially this, including multicoloured helmets and sports gear and a beret.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the first episode, when the group clean up Bob the Barbarian, he's wearing an outfit similar to Ed's of Ed, Edd n Eddy
    • The series is set in Daventry Hills.
  • Sixth Ranger:
    • Angie joins the group in the movie as a Secret-Keeper.
    • Her little brother, Joaquin, joins in the series.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Wyatt finds talking to girls and dealing with school bullies a lot harder than busting leaks. Lyle is more worried about his football record and social calendar than a leak attacking him.
  • Swiss-Army Gun: Wyatt's Blast-A-Ton. It has over 100 modes.
  • Take Our Word for It: Bob the Barbarian vs. Elves. We see some of it, but most of it happens off-screen. He apparently rips one of their arms off and beats them with it, after which we see one get sent hurdling passed Never Fail at high speeds, and he tears off another's head, but we just see Never Fail's reaction to it.
  • True Companions: Never Fail. Lyle says it best "This is my team."
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Averted. Lyle outlines the prank against Leroy just before he does it: Find a trash troll, teleport it on Leroy, and have it steal his gear. That's exactly what happens: they find a trash troll, teleport it on Leroy, and it steals all his gear; in real life.
  • Weapon of Choice: Never Fail's team use weapons that are appropriate for their in-game classes (and in Angie's case, martial art experience).
    • Batter Up!: Dante's Skull Cracker for a knight tank.
    • BFG: Wyatt's Blast-A-Ton which has to be held in two hands works well for his demolition theme.
    • Magic Staff: Lyle's Thunder Pole for a mage. It's big enough to be a staff but he only uses it as a Magic Wand.
    • Power Fist: Angie's Fist of Schoolage helps out with her Krav Maga.