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The Infinite Loops contains examples for the following tropes of setting from a number to N:

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     5 Nights At Freddy's Loops 


  • Apocalypse How: Like any other universe, a Loop can be crashed whenever the requirements for doing so are met, which is unfortunately much easier to do to The World than it is to any other universe, with them having to do nothing more than damage The World to the point where nobody would be able to play it again.
  • Double Take: Tsukasa's reaction to learning that Crim started Looping.
    "Crim? You're the evil mass murderer?"
    Tsukasa blinked. Then she blinked again.
    "Wait, Crim, you're Looping?"
  • Flat "What": Never uttered, but essentially the reaction that Aura had to Pinkie Pie's shenanigans when she Looped into The World, as well as the fact that none of the administrators even bothered her when they are normally so heavy-handed on hackers.
    • Actually Pretty Funny: Aura pretty much decides that this is the case after fully processing just what she was seeing, and her amusement is only increased once she noticed that Macha was floating around Mac Anu in a silly party hat as well.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Even when Aura does her best to keep it from showing up, Cubia still has a tendency of popping up at the most inconvenient and random of times.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Aura doesn't even try to hide the fact that she's the Anchor. She just doesn't go out of her way to tell anybody, either.
    • Lost in a Crowd: What the other Loopers think is keeping them from realizing who the Anchor is.
  • Identical Stranger: Due to being in an MMO, there are often characters that end up looking like other characters, leading to there being a lot of times where something of the sort is the case.
    • In one particular Loop, Kite rounded up the Looping versions of all his major doppelgängers in order to deal with Morganna. Naturally, he and the other one who named herself Kite find themselves a bit confused about who is being talked about in the roll call, leading to them deciding to just call her Sora for the Loop. Ironically, that is the name of another major character in the series who is not her.
  • Imaginary Friend: Harvey the bunny rabbit, which Tsukasa pretended was an actual thing when she got really bored.
    • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Aura decided to roll with the idea after Tsukasa acted it out in front of her, using the invisible bunny in order to fight against the Guardian that Morganna sent after them.
  • Lethal Chef: Aura managed to make a wizard melt by doing nothing but giving him a cookie to eat.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The way Saraswati explained the Loops to Aura certainly qualifies, since it resulted in the Anchor taking her role as goddess of The World far too seriously for her own good.
  • Papa Bear: Bear towards Tsukasa, to the point where he will punch Gendo Ikari in the face to get her out of being an Evangelion pilot, in the middle of a room full of people with guns on the latter guy's side.
  • Playful Hacker: Tsukasa has picked up the skill due to Looping into what is often the most easy to deal with part of the timeline, thus leaving her with the most spare time to figure out how to do things that the others want to be able to do. Notably, it was her that managed to mix the in-game inventory with the Subspace Pocket.
    • Aura has achieved this role as well, hacking into the data of Sword Art Online despite the role she Looped into not actually having the power to do so, so that the people who die in the game will merely go into comas until the game is cleared. (Kayaba even decides he likes this change; it distracts the authorities, trying to figure out the comas rather than hack into the game, and adds a bit of fairy tale ending to the experience as well.)
  • Resurrective Immortality: The ability that being the Epitaph User of Magus grants to Kuhn.
  • Squishy Wizard: In a computerized world, Aura is quite possibly one of the most powerful beings in the multiverse, due to sheer experience at being the goddess of The World. Outside of a computerized world, however, Aura is quite possibly one of the weakest beings in the multiverse, due to almost never having even a chance to partake in any physical activities in her own branch.
  • Take a Third Option: Haseo has started to do this in regards to what guild he joins early into his career as a player, whenever he should Loop early enough to do so.

     Attack on Titan Loops 
  • Abridged Series: They are variant loops for the Attack on Titan loops, and are not fun.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Eren booby trapped chocolate with explosives for Bertolt. Mikasa ''tried'' to tell him it was a bad idea.
  • Action Mom: Carla is a comparatively downplayed version. She's capable, but she's still the youngest looper in their universe.
  • Adult Fear: Sasha's first loop ended with her shot in the stomach and dead from blood lose. She thought she was in Hell when she woke up and had a psychotic break.
    • Sasha is later shown to have developed a healthy fear of guns.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Ymir, when in a motherly variant loop, refers to Armin as Armie.
  • Aloof Twin Brother: Hans has to play this angle when he loops into Log Horizon as Minori's twin brother, who is for this iteration, not awake.
  • Always Someone Better: Bertolt rolls up, threatens Shiganshina like always... and then Ben Tennison shows up behind him in his Way Big form.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Played with. In loop 4.5, an Unawake Eren states that he's in love with an Awake Mikasa. Mikasa concurs, but clarifies that she loves Eren platonically, not romantically.
  • Badass Army: During a glitched up loop, there were 49 Mikasas running around. They promptly overthrew the government all but single handily.
    • A Sasquatch army riding dragons armed with cannons appears one loop. In a later loop, the Sasquatch army returned with a aligned army of Werwolves, Sucucbus, and Yuki-Onna, with Jetpacks. To fight another badass set of armies: Angels and Vampires.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Averted with the Spectacled Bear, and possibly the Brown and Black Bears that Sasha is hinted to have at one point eaten.
  • Bed Trick: Played with. Mikasa wakes up in a loop where she's in a relationship with an unawake Eren (Mid-coitus it's implied). Rather then continue the fling, she breaks it off for Eren's sake.
  • Body-Count Competition: A regular subject of side bets.
  • Breather Episode: Eren, Mikasa, and Armin all having a nice picnic. It's just before Sasha's first loop.
    • The Bar loop in chapter nine.
  • Butterfly of Doom: Literal example: a butterfly that is seen to cause bad things to happen to Rincewind.
  • Cast Calculus: Due to the Loads and Loads of Characters that the loop has, the Author has become fond of classifying the loopers into neat little groups. A few include:
  • Chainmail Bikini: One loop runs on the principle, with tube-tops, miniskirts, and bare arms for the ladies uniforms. Naturally, no one's happy.
  • Chainsaw Good: Their are, it seems, loops where the pairing blades are replaced with pairing chainsaws. Connie's reaction?
    Connie: "Chainsaw. Pairing. Blades. How are you not freaking out over this?"
  • Continuity Drift: Even worse then normal. Because of the nature of Attack on Titan's still developing story line and expanding loops, coupled with it's spectacularly unlikely chain of events that occurs through out the story, and the fact that no one really knows what's happening behind all the scenes, everything from the contents of Grisha's basement to the spelling and pronunciation of names is basically a dice roll. The issues are Lampshaded by Jean, who considers the whole situation annoying.
  • Contrived Coincidence: During a loop where non-baseline powers are sealed away, Eren literally stumbles upon a 3DMG refueling tank. The sheer oddity is lampshaded immediately.
  • Cue the Sun: Discussed in chapter nine, where after over six chapters, the story finally advances to the point where the Loopers can see what happens after Eren is kidnapped by the Reiss family.
  • Cult: To Eren and Mikasa's chagrin, Armin has a habit of starting these up, typically centered around Eren being some sort of savior. It's also remarked that there are situations where the Cult of the Rogue Titan emerges from whole cloth. It's also remarked that the cult idea never works.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Carla. It turns out that being the mother to two of the oldest beings in your universe can be quite disquieting, especially when you don't exactly bring anything new to the table.
  • Doom Magnet: The loops seem to go out of their way to make their loopers these. While Mikasa, Armin and Eren seem to have dodged the curse, of the eight other loopers, Hannes, Sasha, Jean, Hanji and Levi died in their first or second loop, Connie tried and failed to save his home town, Historia's first fused loop lasted over three hundred years, and Ymir flat out couldn't loop normally, so Ganesha activated her Titan instead, which accidentally went on a rampage in it's first loop.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In an uncommon situation, most of the original loops can be accredited to the writer Krspace T/Crossoverpairinglover of the Star Wars loops, who is not the compiler. This is somewhat mitigated as the writer continues to provide a sizable amount of Ao T loops.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Yes, Reiner may be gay, and he may be the Armored Titan, but Sasha is strongly of the opinion that he is very, very hot.
  • Exposition Dump: The first chapter is front loaded with a short one on the nature of the loops and Yggdrasil. The compiler created it to mitigate the difficulty of people just entering the series.
  • False Friend: Eren loops into a variant where his pre-loop self was actually a time traveler, who caused the deaths of Armin's and Mikasa's parents to bring all three together as friends. The fact that it explains why three kids with Mikasa's skills, Armin's brains, and Eren's powers would befriend each other is just more horror for Eren.
  • Friendly Sniper: Armin plays the role with an Anti-Tank rifle. In his own words "Nobody was going to die this loop".
  • Funny Background Event: Eren managed to kill Bertolt on one occasion, and proceeds to butcher the Titan body and cook it. This occurs while Armin and Mikasa discuss Armin's fears that, one day, he could become another Sakura.
    • Another one involves Armin being elected president of the United States... while Eren and Mikasa are at Disney World.
  • Gender Bender: Hanji/Hange. No one can remember what Hanji's original gender was, leading to continual bets pertaining to Hange's biological sex.
    • It's so ridiculous that Ranma, the original gender bending looper, replaced (singular) them on one occasion.
    • Surprisingly, when Hange did begin looping, the issue didn't bother hir. Hanji's non-binary and doesn't care what gender he or she is.
  • Genre Savvy: Mikasa shows literal genre-savviness in her fight against Naruto. He's a standard anime protagonist, and by that logic, susceptible to a Tsundere Megaton Punch.
  • Great Off Screen War: The Death Note War. Eren was apparently involved...
    • The Legendary Toucan War. Bar Jean dying, little is said about it.
  • Has Two Mommies: Armin ends up going through an awkward loop where Ymir and Krista are his mothers... and Levi is hinted to be his biological father.
    • A later loop results in Armin again being the son of Ymir and Krista... and Ymir is supposedly his father. Armin makes for the brain bleach the moment Mikasa hints this.
    • The variant actually ends up occurring so often that Ymir, Armin and Historia form a sort of family unit.
  • Healing Factor: During a loop that started particularly early, Eren was able to work alongside his father to develop a medicine that enabled humans to gain a Titan's regeneration powers. Too bad it didn't take well to Mikasa.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Sasha get's potato powers. Yeah...
    • Connie gets Giraffe Powers.
  • Hermaphrodite: Related to the Has Two Mommies trope above, a variant shows up where Titan Shifting causes this. Apparently, Ymir ended up affected by this, and... er... used it to make Armin.
  • Hemo Erotic: Discussed. Levi drank both Petra's and Isabel's blood, with their own consent, and considers it simple feeding. Hanji points out that it's much closer to sex than simple blood drinking, and though she has no issue with Levi drinking blood from willing sources, she does point out that since neither girl is looping, he's using his knowledge of them unfairly to coerce them into this. Levi counters that all he is doing is blood drinking, but does concede that it's immoral and agrees not to do it again.
  • Heroic BSoD: Sasha's second loop started with one. She died in her first loop and thought she was in hell.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: After his early stint into the Code Geass universe, Armin retains Lelouch's Geass Eye. He immediately puts it to use on Annie, willing her to kill herself.
  • Hypocrite: Marco points out that Ymir's willingness to protect Historia, while also not being willing to kill Titans in any other situation, strays into this trope.
  • It Seemed Trivial: Flowers. Specifically, Sasha notices that Eren's partial Titan form, similar to the one that he first formed outside Trost to save Armin and Mikasa, has caused flowers to grow. This is actually a played trope: Eren thinks that it's trivial, and dismisses it as such, but the fact of the matter is that the meaning of the flowers is unknown even in canon.
    • Sasha later mentions the fact that Potatoes, which originated in the Incan Empire, yet somehow ending up in the Walls, as a major source of curiosity.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Mikasa's Van Black. Supposedly it's the seventy third most powerful blade in the multiverse, and was originally crafted by Naruto.
  • Kick the Dog: Poor, poor Sasha... She had to live through an entire loop on a vegan diet.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Eren was quick to declare the Attack on Kangaroo loop this.
  • Mama Bear: Hurt Armin at your own peril: he has two!
  • Metalhead: Exposure to rock music will make turn a Titan into one.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Averted, as the Walls apparently have (at least at the start of the loops) no set location, constantly moving around between loops but mostly situating themselves in Europe or North America.
  • My Brothers, Right or Wrong: Non-awake Mikasa's devotion to Eren is nearly fanatical, if tempered by her urge to protect him. In the loops, it's only ''grown'', and extended to include Armin. It's so complete that the Sorting Hat is incapable of sorting her until Eren is sorted.
  • No Longer with Us: Jean sees Marco's corpse. Marco starts whispering into his ear. Jean assumes he's gone mad. Spoiler: Marco's looping.
  • Non Standard Loop Setting: Attack on Titan's Nebulous Anchor system is the exact inverse of the Legend of Zelda's proxy Anchor system. Mikasa, Armin and Eren all need to be Awake to cause a Loop iteration, since their survival to the end of their loop is unknown.
    • Of note is also the fact that the Anchors and most loopers experience an abnormally high volume of fused loops, due in part to the nature of the compilations (which focused on using Attack on Titan as a setting for fused loops in other compilations) and the traumatic nature of their loop necessitating regular excursions outside to relax and gain new powers.
  • Noodle Incident: Sakura Haruno's fight with Link and the Shiganshina three, which is mentioned in passing (and has Mikasa's ire), but never elaborated on.
  • Official Couple: Ymir and Historia, of course.
  • Oh, Crap!: A minor one from Armin, when he realizes the extent of damage the Mikasa Glitch is causing.
  • Ontological Mystery: A major issue with the loop. It's so pervasive and inconclusive, not even the Admins know exactly what the history of the loop is. It's ended up locking down Eren's control over the Coordinate and it's interfering with Ymir's looping code.
  • Once an Episode: A standard for each of the compilations so far is to introduce a new character to the loops, starting with Hannes/Hans, then Jean, and then Sasha, with more to follow. This trend ended after Carla began looping.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: In a rare case of a Subversion, Eren isn't exactly unhappy that he gave up Titan killing to answer the call to agriculture, the caveat being that at least Armin and Mikasa are happy.
  • RailRoading: Eren can try all he wants, but he will never be able to activate the Coordinate outside of the very last few moments of the battle with Bertolt and Reiner.
  • Reasoning with God: The Administrator for the Attack on Titan loops, Ganesha, is the Hindu god of writing, amongst other things, and as such, to talk with him, all the loopers need to do is write him a letter. These letters tend to be rare, and only come up when the loopers want something.
  • Sanity Slippage: the Anchors. They show some signs of succumbing to Sakura Syndrome.
  • She's a Man in Japan: ...sort of. Sasha came from a loop where Hange was a man.
    • Over all though, Zoe's gender is one of the great variables.
  • Ship Sinking: Mikasa wastes little time informing Jean that, like it or not, they wouldn't work as a couple.
  • Side Bet: Hange's/Hanji's gender tends to be the subject of these.
    • Battles between loopers and Titan's tends to garner these as well.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Relatively. Mikasa isn't too short, but when compared to a gun that's large enough to be mounted to Eren's Titan Form this trope comes into play a little.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Used and abused. The spelling and pronunciation of names varies from loop to loop because of how damaged the loop is. The most glaring examples are Hans/Hannes, and Hange/Hanji, though Jean and Eren do suffer from this glitch.
  • Spotting the Thread: Non-villainous example. Levi was able to determine that Hanji really had time traveled because of her sudden prowess against the Titans.
  • Stealth Expert: Keith Shadis. Who knew that he would be looping?
  • Tempting Fate: Eren mentions that Jean should never hear about the loop where he replaced Asuka. Jean later shows up having replaced Kaworu.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Mikasa, plus Vergil, plus Nero, plus Trixie. Cue Titan slaughterhouse.
  • The Power of Rock: Titan's it turns out, are susceptible to this. Especially to Guren no Yumiya.
  • Tsundere: Mikasa manages to beat Naruto by weaponizing this.
  • Trope Namer: The originator of the term for the Mikasa Glitch, due to one loop involving a small brigade of the woman. While it had previously existed, Armin was the one who studied in greater detail.
  • Unexpected Character: Isabel and Farlan. They were Levi's friends before he joined the military, but they died not too long into his service. So imagine his surprise when they started showing up in the loops, alive and well.
    • Keith Shadis started looping, much to his own surprise. He assumes that it is due to his status as teacher of most of the loopers.
    • Carla Yeager as well. Ganesha specifically activated her to curb any possible Sanity Slippage from the Anchor's. Ironically, she nearly suffered from this due to her first fused loop as Sloth in Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Historia. Being connected to half (Actually, around 63%) of the conspiracies floating around the Walls does this to her.
  • Weirdness Search and Rescue: Eren, Mikasa and Armin pull this off when it seems that Hannes has gone insane. Unsurprisingly though, he hasn't: he's become the first Awakened looper for their world.
  • Wham Episode: 5.13 starts by showing how Hange's loops usually start, then goes forward to show Levi having some sort of aneurysm, and ends with Levi, having spouted fangs and turned his eyes red, literally begging for blood.
  • Who Watches the Watchmen?: Mikasa assures Armin that, whatever happens, they will always protect and, in the event of one of them succumbing to Sakura syndrome, the other two will control and heal the afflicted.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Shockingly, Connie pulls one of in his very first loop. He convinces Reiner, Bertolt, and Annie to follow him to Ragako village and capture the Beast titan. The way it's outlined, there are two outcomes: The Shifters either capture the Beast Titan, in which case no more Titans can be created ever again, or The Titan Shifters die and the Beast Titan flees, which dispenses of three spies. Furthermore, in either scenario, the commotion awakens Ragako Village, which causes everyone to flee. Connie just didn't expect that Reiner would knock him out with a rock.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Eren can learn all the medicine he wants, prepare for every contingency, and spends loops practicing, but he'll never save his mom from dying if he

    Cartoon Network Loops 

    DC Comics Loops 

  • Better as Friends: Per Word of God from the thread starter, none of DC's Big Three are interested in one another That Way.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Who else but the God Damned Batman
  • Disguised in Drag: One of Superman's Loop Attempts has him facing a Yandere Lex Luthor, who is in fact Lana Lang.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is scared of Amanda Waller. Batman is no exception.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: One Loop has Wonder Woman waking up to find a bunch of gorillas in her apartment. For some reason.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Batman doesn't get Eiken Loops. He gets The LEGO Movie Loops instead.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The early chapters focus on whether the DC and Marvel Loops will even get going. Earlier-produced snips show that they will.
  • Godzilla Threshold: DC apparently had several problems getting off the ground. According to Sleipnir in the MLP Loop on the Crash, it almost got set to read-only because of this.
  • In the Style of...: The earliest attempt to get the DC universe Looping are done in a similar style to the Mega Man Loops. And by "similar", we mean exactly alike.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Confirmed Loopers include the entire founding line-up of the Justice League, the founding members of the Teen Titans and the New Teen Titans, Zatana, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Static, Hardware and... Alfred Pennysworth. And that was before the DC loopers got a devoted thread and sure expansion of their numbers.
  • Mind Screw: One of Superman's attempts to reveal his identity to Lois results in her revealing she is also Superman.
  • Mythology Gag: A lot of Superman's Loop attempts take from various parts of his history.
    • The second is based on the Silver Age, complete with nigh-suicidal Lois Lane and Lana Lang fighting over him.
    • In the third, he works at the Daily Star, as he did in the Golden Age (and again at the beginning of the New 52). And he's in fact Super-Demon, an alternate version of himself mixed with Etrigan, suggested by Grant Morrisson but never actually used.
    • The fifth has an appearance by Chloe Sullivan in the place of Lois Lane, and she's once again taken over by Brainiac. But it goes a little bit worse than last time...
    • One of Wonder Woman's failed Loops takes place in the world of Flashpoint, with the author's notes taking a sarcastic dig at DC's line-wide reboot that followed.
  • Running Gag: Superman telling Lois his secret identity, and her variations of reaction, from demanding he marry her to exploding to revealing herself to be Batman in disguise.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Batman. Naturally.

     Digimon Loops 

  • Crazy Enough to Work: Odin's suggestion to Takato about keeping Loop given abilities.
    Gallantmon: That idea sounds insane.
    Odin: Oh, does it? Then it must be good!
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Rika. Takato admits that the methods used to defrost her are unpleasant, and doesn't like doing it.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: In one Loop, Takato approaches Rika early and gets her to train him how to play card games. This is the result. Repeatedly.
  • For Want of a Nail: Early on, Takato speculates that if he stops Hypnos getting to DarkLizardmon, they won't create Juggernaut, which won't rip open a massive hole between worlds, and won't summon the Deva.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Takato's reaction to a hypothetical fight with a Keramon is to simply run for it.
  • Save Scumming: Takato and Guilmon meet Odin in one Loop, disguised as a Jijimon, and he describes the Loops like this... only to quickly wind up being Metaphorgotten. It does at least convince Takato that he can't force the Loops to end, no matter how hard he tries.
  • Unstoppable Rage: It takes a lot to get Takato angry, but when something like, say Leomon dying again happens...


     Doctor Who Loops 
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The Harold Saxon Master, instead of listening to someone talking, thinks about the big questions, like whether it's possible to create his own Soup Dragon.
  • Babysitter from Hell: In one loop, Daleks were nannies for time lords.
  • Baddie Flattery: The Mistress is impressed by David Xanatos, and his goatee.
  • Bee Bee Gun: In one Loop, the Moment was a Deadly Bee Weapon instead of a galaxy-destroying superweapon. When the Doctors decided to use it (since it was apparently harmless to Time Lords), they unleashed a swarm of gigantic bees, each as big as a small moon, which managed to the emperor of a race that can only feel hatred, daleks!
  • Break the Cutie: After Awakening, Clara got all the memories pertaining to Season 8 at once. From the moral delimma of "Kill The Moon to her boyfriend dying twice.
  • Call-Back: The fact that the Daleks shot down the Valiant gets a mention in one snippet. The Master's upset about it.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Daleks vs Zombies. The Doctor has no idea who to root for.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: The Doctor gets attacked by a bunch of Dalek's who want to do this one loop.
  • From Bad to Worse: What's worse than Dalek Manhunters?
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • Using Pinkie Pie's program on the Cyberiad removes their desire to "upgrade" others. It also makes them dye themselves bright pink, and determined to throw everything in the universe a party.
    • In another Loop, a plan to prevent stars from dying somehow results in the star coming to life, and it becomes a sun-sized imitation of Pinkie Pie.
  • Group Hug: The Doctor finds himself at the end of this from a group of variant Daleks one loop.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: One series of variant loops has Daleks changing their catch phrase and purpose; one loop they all want to hug the Doctor, a second they want to tickle him and in a third loop they want to steal his blood.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: The Doctor and Sarah Jane's reactions to waking up as Daleks. A problem with that plan quickly comes up.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Apparently Pikachu met an un-Awake version of the Doctor once. It involved Daleks and Tentacruel.
    • The crew of Serenity, given they recognised the Doctor.
  • Railroading: When the Doctor tries to get Sarah Jane to Croydon, the TARDIS takes them to Mexico, or Mars, or Pompeii on Volcano Day.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Inverted. Due to his Loop being read-only for the longest time, many Loopers know the Doctor, yet the Doctor has no memory of them from this time.
  • Running Gag: Strange variants of the Daleks or Daleks behaving strangely.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Doctor's standard reaction to any Dalek vs zombies loops.
  • Space Pirates: The Doctor was rather happy to meet Hondo Ohnaka during a fused loop.
  • Unexpected Character: No one believed the the Timey-Wimey Ball-crazy Who Loops could ever Loop properly, so the idea of a Looping Doctor is a surprise to both the writers, and the in-universe characters.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: No matter what the Doctor does, his eleventh regeneration (The Tenth Doctor) keeps getting fatally zapped by a Dalek. Taken Up to Eleven when it turns out it doesn't apply to Daleks. Even in a Bureau Loop, he still gets fatally zapped. Even when he doesn't get zapped, he still regenerates anyway because of a glitch.

     Eyeshield 21 Loops 
  • Big Damn Heroes: Played With. Monta was first Awake during the Loop where Sena died to Freddy Fazbear. The next loop Monta was Awake he ran to Sena's aid... only to discover a girl there instead (it was a Rule 63 Loop for Sena, that time). It takes a while for Sena to explian. In addition, due to how the Loops work, ten Loops had already passed between Monta's Awakening, so Sena didn't really need the help anyway.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Suma/Sumiko goes "Ha?" "Ha?" "Haaaaa?" during Monta's attmept to 'save' him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Hiruma initially refuses for Sumiko[[note]]Sena as a girl[[note]] to join the team as a player because he doesn't want her to get hurt.
    • Then it's subverted because the real reason is that he doesn't want people to get blackmail material on him for letting a girl play football.
    • Then subverted again when Sumiko shows him just how fast she really is.
  • Facepalm: During Kid Devil Bat Uprising, Sena has one when he realizes that the Ha Ha Brothers are replacing the Hewdraw.
  • Head Desk: Whan Palutena mentions how the Three Sacred Treasures tend to break when used due to old age Sena suggests fixing them. This results in Palutena using the Power of Reflect so she an bang her head against it because she didn't think of it.
  • Playing with Fire: Sena has a Burning Palm that he occasionally uses.
    • Also applies to Monta, who's first Fused Loop was as Ash's Chimchar. The fire powers seem to have stuck.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Loop 2.4. Sumiko (Sena after a Gender Bender) reaches for a beer after she explains her first death to Monta.
  • Spit Take: When Monta realizes that Sena actually died once.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Monta during one loop has blue hair. Apparently it's his natural hair color that Loop.

    Final Fantasy Loops 

    Gundam SEED Loops 

     Jurassic Loops 
This folder covers Loops from all Dinosaur-based settings, including Jurassic Park, The Land Before Time, Dinotopia, Nanosaur, Primal Carnage, Prehistoric Park, A Dinosaur Named Minerva, and Godzilla.


     Legend of Zelda Loops 
  • Action Girl: Zelda finally graduates to being a fully fledged Action Girl after spending years as the prime example.
  • Archnemesis Dad: And Mom! Zelda's habit of experimenting with political marriages can lead to some rather... interesting family trees. See Non-Standard Character Design below.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Ganondorf is looping, sometimes solo, so this is to be expected on occasion.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Epona, goddess of horses, helps administrate the Zeldaverse, under the 'supervision' of Susanoo, god of chaos and storms.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Susanoo's plan to use the Triforce as an Anchor.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ganondorf ends up on the losing side of one when he decides to fight Harry.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Inevitably, Ganondorf, Zelda, and Link all ended up as Friendly Enemies.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After a "stressful" loop, the Triforce Trio take a break in a bar. Ganondorf reinforces this trope when he brings up Eiken.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Magic? Check. Zelda? Check. Asskicking? Check, check and check.
  • Naked First Impression: Ganondorf leaves one on Harry Potter when he Wakes up as a reborn Voldemort.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Or loop setting. Most universes have a main character as the Anchor. The Zeldaverse has the Triforce as the Anchor with the three looping bearers (Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf) rotating as its proxy. In addition, because each of the baseline Loops covers a game (and possibly direct sequels) that is part of a larger timeline, there is the possibility that events in one Loop can become the history of a later Loop.
    • That later qualifier has led to a number of very weird variant loops, including but not limited to: Zelda as Ganondorf's mother. Ganondorf as Zelda's father. Fire breathing, exploding Cuccos. Hybridized Cucco empires. Link as Ganondorf's son. Hyrule being ruled by Ganondorf. And many others that we have probably not seen...
  • No Sense of Direction: Linkle's sense of direction is so bad, she doesn't Loop as much as wander into a completely different universe to where she arrived from.
  • Oh, Crap!: The sensible reaction to a looping Midna.
    • Also the sensible reaction to accidentally pissing off a cucco.
  • Properly Paranoid: Something happened in Shiganshina that left Link with a deep, lingering distrust of Sakura Haruno.
  • Reality Ensues: When Link batted the moon out of orbit, the tides changing drastically caused the Great Flood.
  • Running Gag: Cucco hordes
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Link spends a several Loops trying to see if he can make it through an Ocarina of Time Loop with nothing but a deku stick.
    Ganondorf (non-looping): Is this a joke? You seek to defeat me... Me! The master of the Triforce of Power! With! A! STICK?!
  • True Companions: Deconstructed with Navi and Link. The fact that both are looping, and often don't loop together, has put their frienship under a lot of strain. Being friends means little when they can't be together. However, they do assert that they will continue to try.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Cuccos. Why did it have to be Cuccos.
  • Villain Team-Up: During a variant loop, Ganondorf and Vaati wake up to find their free will has been restored, but Princess Zelda have been afflicted by Demise's curse. After Link runs into them in a bar, an Awake Link, Vaati and Ganondorf decide to stop Queen Zelda's tyrannical rule.

    Log Horizon Loops 
  • An Adventurer Is You:
    • "Looper" is now as subclass, and so is "Anchor". Functionally, the abilities they provide are like New Game+ because they enable access to all abilities from previous loops.
    • During a Friendship is Magic Fused Loop, the ponies create a "Equine Tail" racial category.
  • All There in the Manual: By now, Yggdrasil has codified common problems and advice for loopers into a help menu. Loopers can access chapters that will tell them all about the Infinite Loops without waiting for a Fused Loop. "’Chapter 1: Is Your Life Too Repetitive? Looping and You".
  • It Only Works Once: Shiroe's Looper Contract worked the first time he tried it because Elder Tales' code is more permeable than most worlds, but after it broke a loop, the admins modified the world's code so that it wouldn't work again.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Chapter six is an attempt at preventing this trope. "The Do Nots; How to Avoid Breaking the Universe". Nevertheless, Shiroe creates a Looper Contract which causes an error, breaks the loop, and kicks him into an Eiken loop with a strongly-worded letter from the local admin.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: "No activating loopers on your own authority" was created in response to Shiroe doing so.
  • Rule #1: Technically, it's number "whatever" but in any case it is "expect the unexpected".

    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha 
  • Ambiguous Ending: Did Nanoha kill Tsukishima? The author deliberately left it vague, allowing it to be decided later.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Nanoha's er, penchant for it in the fandom is lampshaded at one point, with Nanoha calling the joke old. However, it is somewhat darkly revived during the Tsukishima loop, with Fate, believing Nanoha to have gone crazy, attempted to snap her out of it the same way Nanoha had with her.
  • Depending on the Writer: All loops have this, but in this case it's notable on the stance of Nanoha and Fate and their relationship. It is mitigated, though, as the sides are they are just friends and they may or many not be in a relationship and they keep it to themselves, so it does not lead to a Writer Revolt.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Tsukishima.
  • Love Redeems: Fate tries to save her mother from herself in her loops. It works.....most of the time.
  • Noodle Incident: Nanoha and Fate's first encounter with Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, which led to the destruction of an entire Galactic fleet.
  • Unexpected Character: A pre Admin Madoka makes an appearance and is hinted to make further ones.

    Marvel Comics Loops 
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: All the adult Fantastic Four, several X-Men and Avengers, Spider-Man, Squirrel Girl, and Nick Fury are all Loopers. Like DC, this list expanded with a thread on them.

     Mass Effect Loops 
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Ares' punishment for the Did Not Think This Through moment below? He was set to get I Wanna Be The Guy looping. This requires the Kid to get through the game on the Impossible level, without dying (a potential anchor needs to survive a whole loop for the loop to initialize). Last time anyone checked, failed activation attempts were in the trillions.
  • Did Not Think This Through:
    • Ares, former Admin, literally decided to let Sovereign Loop on a whim.
    • Sovereign, meanwhile, decided a few seconds after waking to try and kill Shepard. Instant Eiken Loop followed.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Due to the Mass Effect universe being badly damaged, Shepard's past, appearance and gender change with every Loop. It nearly caused him/her to go mad.

     Mega Man Loops 
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: The Anchors aren't supposed to remember their failed Loop attempts, and yet they do due to a bug. According to Hephaestus, this applies to every Anchor in the Megaverse.
    • Also, Blues, Rock and Roll can remember parts of the Loop that caused the Crash, along with glimpses of the Anchor That Never Was (though they simply recall the Anchor as a "person-shaped hole". This is supposed to be beyond completely impossible.
  • Anticlimax: During the first Loop, Doc Reaper crawls its way across a raging battlefield, hoping to get to a much larger body. It does so, and starts boasting to the Loopers about how it's going to kill them... and then Duo shows up and takes it out in one shot.
    • Rock and Sonic find themselves in a trap with twenty-two Paradox Clones facing them... at which point Sonic snaps and smashes them all.
  • And This Is for...: Roll delivers one of these to Waltz during their duel in the first loop, naming off the various atrocities Waltz and the Robot Masters under her command had committed during one of the earlier aborted loop attempts.
  • Ax-Crazy: Waltz, an evil duplicate of Roll built by Dr. Wily with future technology and the Distaff Counterpart to Quint. Instead of trying to mess around with the heroes' heads or follow orders, all she cares about (or even talks about) is her desire to messily slaughter her opponents. During her second appearance in Loop 1.0, Quint stabs her In the Back and destroys her IC chip solely because she's too much of a liability this way.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Blues and Dr. Light, during the first Loop.
  • Berserk Button: Anyone who hurts Roll will have to face a pissed-off Bass.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: During the Mega Sonic Loop, the Hooligans of all beings manage to get the drop on the Light siblings. Not enough to cause any serious damage, but there is a Fake Kill Scare.
  • Beyond the Impossible: During a Loop that crossed over with The Conversion Bureau, Dr. Wily (who is not Looping) was somehow able to get himself and his robots past the impenetrable anti-tech barrier that surrounded that version of Equestria "without even scratching the paint." He didn't take the barrier down or anything; he just took his army straight through it. Even the Awake Doctor Light has trouble explaining how Wily manages to pull off half the things he does.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Rock and Blues both warn Bass about upsetting Roll. Though as Blues points out, if Bass did upset Roll, anything her brothers could do would be redundant compared to her in a bad mood.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Several throughout the first Loop, Duo most of all, but the king of this has to be Shadow and Bass managing to arrive at the exact last second and save both Loops, in only a few seconds.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Roll gives Bass one for the aforementioned last-second save. As she puts it, if that didn't earn him one date, nothing ever would.
  • Body Horror: Double's transformation into the Jello Devil should be funny. It isn't.
  • Break the Cutie: The events of the failed initial Loops were not kind to the three prospective Anchors, Roll and Blues especially. The fact that they all somehow retain glitchy, corrupted memories of said events (which isn't supposed to be possible) doesn't help, either.
  • Canon Foreigner: Reverend Dark, a robot worshiping fanatic. The man is stated to be the human identity of Dark Man, though it varies as to whether he's really a human who turns himself into a robot in the final stages of his fanaticism or another of Dark Man's holographic disguises.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: For the most part, other Loop fics have mainly focused on the many different kinds of shenanigans the various Loopers could get into. The Mega Man Loops started out with a long sequence of failed attempts at bringing that universe online and the psychological impact it had on the three initial candidates for Anchors: Rock, Roll, and Blues. See From Bad to Worse for more.
    • It even carries through into the fused loop with Equestria, much to Rock and Roll's distress.
  • Composite Character: One Loop has Dr. Wily merged with Sigma, Weil and Dr. Albert. Exactly how this one happened is unclear, but given that he's apparently possessed by something, it probably wasn't willing on any of their parts.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman managing to take out Prospit and Derse, which are supposed to be defended by a small fleet.
    • Sonic defeating all twenty-two Paradox Clones in a few seconds.
  • Deface of the Moon: Drs Wily and Eggman deface Prospit and Derse, after kicking the crap out of them.
  • Demonic Possession: Dr. Wily spends most of the first Loop infected with a virus that pushes his nastier tendancies and tenaciousness into overdrive.
    • And then, in chapter 11, it manages to get into Blues.
  • Dual Wielding: How Roll solves the Ra Moon problem in the first Loop. It almost kills her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The only section capable of Looping at first in the classic games universe (and its variant). However, this doesn't stop X, Zero and Vile getting brief appearances in the Loop that causes the Crash.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Hepheastus' speculation on whatever it was that took over Dr. Wily and caused the Crash is that it was either a virus from outside the natural Loop, or something that had grown with each failed Loop. Whatever it was, it was just one step below whatever it was that damaged Yggdrasil badly enough to cause the Loops in the first place.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Emerald Spears versus the Church of Robotic Superiority, early in Loop 1.
  • Foreshadowing: While discussing the Dreaming Bug, Hephaestus mentions there is every chance it'll wind up in someone who would definitely abuse it for their own ends. Lo and behold, it turns out the bad doctor is one of these.
  • Friendly Enemy: Bass has a thing for Roll. Considering she can kick his ass, it might count as In Love with Your Carnage. Not so much for Rock, though.
  • From Bad to Worse: First, it was discovered that the entire extended Megaverse was so corrupted that initially, only the Classic series was capable of Looping. Then Rock, Roll, and Blues were successively put through a series of failed initial Loops that only ended up damaging the system further with each failed attempt, leading up to the last go-around with Blues collapsing less than ten seconds in. Then the admin tried to stabilize the system with a Fused Loop, but a psychopathic viral AI that had manifested as a result of all the corrupted data managed to capture Rock, Roll, Blues, and the visiting Anchor and use them in a ritual meant to give the AI admin-level godhood and let it wreak havoc throughout all of Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil's defenses kicked in and destroyed the AI before that could happen, but the visiting Anchor was obliterated at the conceptual level, his or her entire home universe was also lost as a result, and Yggdrasil experienced a major system crash that was felt across multiple universes. The disaster left the Megaverse on its last legs; if the next attempt at initiating a Loop (which required help from the Sonic the Hedgehog universe to increase the chance of success to 90%) failed, it ( and quite possibly the Sonicverse as well) would be gone for good.
    • The first Loop's situation in a nutshell. Especially when the Skaia Protocol shows up. Skaia Protocol alone would be a bad sign, but Skaia experimented on by mortals? Worse. Those mortals being Doctor Eggman and Wily? Much, much worse.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Quint and Waltz, the evil future-copies of Rock and Roll, respectively. Quint is usually a Noble Demon, but Waltz is far, far worse.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Normally, a Loop only has one Anchor. The fact that this universe required three is just how desperate Hephaestus's situation has become. Note that per Word of God three native Anchors for a single looping universe (or section thereof) is as many as Yggdrasil will allow.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In one Loop, Wily improves Ra Moon's EMP. He turns it on, and it kills everything on Earth.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Whenever Roll merges with Tango, she has a tendency to say 'nyan', much to her distress.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: One of Blue's failed loops ended when a glitch allowed King to slice him in half.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Bass was helping the Anchors (to impress Roll) when the reality warp hit. After that, Dr Wily reprogrammed him to be obedient.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Model V, otherwise known as Vile, is called "vile" by Blues' narration.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: During the Mega Pony Loop, Rock admits he's got no idea how Auto does the things he does.
  • Interface Screw: When the author posted the log for the horrifically failed Fused Loop attempt, he encrypted it to make it resemble a corrupted file and challenged his readers to see who could successfully decrypt it first. The winner was allowed to post the decrypted version for all to see shortly afterward.
  • Lighter and Softer: The post-Activation Loops are (usually) the standard Looper craziness.
  • Million-to-One Chance: The desperate attempts of Hephaestus and Hermes to sustain the merged loop quickly fail, not helped by the presence of the Skaia Protocol. The chances of the Loop's success drops from the original 90% to 2%, then to utter gibberish, then right down to 0.0001%, which is as low as the numbers can possibly go. Only Bass and Shadow's intervention saves both realities.
  • Mind Screw: One set of Loops is host to a bizarre glitch which causes the Loops to shut down. For some reason, the glitch comes in the form of the Beatles singing. It even messes with the chapter's numbering system.
  • Mood Whiplash: In some of the failed loops, something ridiculous tends to happen (Dr Wily announcing his plans to take over the world with interpretive dance, Rock facing a Cheddar Monk in the World Robot Tournament) just before reality crashes again.
  • Mythology Gag: The first attempt at starting up the loops ended when Rock encountered Bond Man, a glue-based Robot Master who was initially planned to be in the first game but was scrapped before character designs could be made when the number of Robot Masters was cut down to six.
    • Several of the failed Loops either take elements from or are outright based on many different Mega Man Classic adaptations, some more obscure than others.
  • Never Heard That One Before: In the second part of the Pitchblende Loop (a Fused Loop with Atomic Robo), Atomic Robo teams up with Mega Man and Roll against Wily. Before heading out, he tells Dr. Light (his creator this Loop) this:
    Atomic: "I'll see you when this is over. Let's rock 'n roll."
    The Light twins groaned loudly while their father chuckled.
    Atomic: "You've, uh, probably heard that before, huh?"
    Roll: "We never stop hearing it."
  • No Death Run: Given the utter mess left by the plethora of attempts to start the universe looping, the local Yggdrasil admin was forced to make Rock, Roll, and Blues into Co-Anchors. If any of them dies during this attempt, it will fail.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: A non-looping Junkman.exe in the Battle Network activation Loop. Due to reasons, he takes on an army of Nebula navis and towards the end of the battle, his hit points drop to zero, and then keep going. He then loses half of his remaining body and still has enough strength to try and accomplish his objective before Nebula's leader shows up and atomizes him.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Whatever it was that possessed Dr. Light in one of Blues' failed Loops, and then Dr. Wily, absolutely nothing about it is explained.
  • Nothing Personal: Nack the Weasel says this after being attacked by an angry Bass. Bass points out that Nack shot his dog, and his would-be girlfriend. So it is in fact very personal for him.
  • Off with His Head!: Blues tries this on Terra. However, all he manages is some Eye Scream.
  • Oh, Crap!: Far too many in the first Loop to count.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: In a choice between reforming or not reforming, Waltz screams she'd much rather bring reality down around her.
  • One-Winged Angel: In a fused loop with Sonic the Hedgehog, Waltz manages to acquire the powers of Metal Overlord. Fortunately the heroes strip her of them before she's killed by Bass and Omega, meaning she doesn't have them in future Loops.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Roll mocks Dr. Wily in his bad "Mister X" disguise during the first Loop.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The thing possessing Dr. Wily, Sigma, Dr. Weil and Dr. Albert that caused the Crash had a machine designed to get it into the Loops that operated like this, using Rock, Roll, Blues and The Anchor Who Never Was as fuel.
  • Puzzle Boss: How the fight against Egg Denizen: Consort in the first loop played out. Her entire shtick was to set up a massive barrier between the heroes and the Eggman-Wily lair. Fortunately, she was under a Geas which required her to explain how the barrier could be breached... unfortunately, the only thing that could do so was a symbol of true (romantic) love. The solution? Loading Bunnie and Antoine's wedding rings into a rail gun Tails had installed in Bunnie's bionic arm and using them to shoot the Consort through the chest and head.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Egg Denizens, the Gods of Skaia turned by Eggman and Wily into their minions. And there's a lot of them.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In one loop where Dr Wily's inventions are designed are Russian-themed, one bad Russian Reversal joke drives Roll into a momentary frenzy.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Roll towards Dr. Wily in one of the failed Loops, after he graphically murdered Rock. She had every intention of killing him for it, only failing because the Loop crashed.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Roll has a lot of the symptoms of one. Her fourth failed Loop is the main culprit.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Happens to Blues in one of the failed loops, at the hands of an evil Dr Light. He still hasn't gotten over it.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Blues makes it clear to Nack the Weasel that if he had actually killed Rock and Roll, this trope would have been averted with extreme prejudice.
    • As they are free from the constraints of their programming, Rock and Roll could kill if they wanted to. Fortunately the situation has never been bad enough for them to seriously consider it. Usually.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Despite having her IC chip destroyed earlier in the first loop, Waltz returns during the attack on the Wily-Eggman base, ready to fight and just as crazy as ever.
  • Unfortunate Name: Reverend Dark's initials spell out STD.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Roll, in her fourth failed Loop. She had every intent of killing Dr. Wily because of what he did to her brother. The only reason she doesn't succeed is because the Loop fails.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 11. The thing that plagued the early Loops returns. And it's in Blues.
  • Wham Line: "Did you miss me?"
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back: Variant in the fourth Battle Network chapter:
    Apollo: "The lovely Mayl and the enchanting Roll are raining on your villainous parade!" (does Phoenix Wright's pose) "Like a boss!"
    Hephaestus: "Apollo, Phoenix Wright just called. He's suing you for copyright infringement."
    Apollo: "Wait, really?"
    Hephaestus: "No," ... "No mortal has access to my office number and you know it. But I'll find a way to let him know you were ripping him off."
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Despite their best efforts, Rock and Roll can never get around fighting Sunstar.

     Monster Hunter Loops 
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Hunter seems to exhibit shades of this after his Admins explain to him what the Loops are.
    The Hunter: "So, let me get this straight. Time is repeating indefinitely while you- the Admins- try to fix some sort of god-tree thing called Yggdrasil, but you don't know what's wrong with it. I'm an Anchor, which means that I'm the only one who will be Awake for 99.99% of my Loops, but eventually other, non-Anchor Loopers will activate to keep me company when they're Awake. My Loop has two Admins because Artemis Did A Thing She Wasn't Supposed To, and you, Ardwinna, have been assigned to almost completely take over for her. Normally you split the Loops you activate between yourselves, but neither of you wanted to give the other the Loop. Am I missing anything?"

    Artemis: "Identity."

    The Hunter: "Right. Because Yggdrasil Did A Thing, literally everything about me is Loop-variable. Oh! And my Loop's apparently glitchy as hell for some reason, but it'll likely only result in three other copies of me running around with all of my memories and capabilities."

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