Semi-new troper. Learning tropes and editing posts as I go.
I think my goal in life for fanfiction right now is coming up with a Self-Insert Fic that actually appeals to me as an intellectual, i.e. a Self-Insert Fic without a Wish Fulfillment Mary Sue, or something a lot like Most Writers Are Writers. There could be a large amount of different and unique fics that can fit into the category I like but most of them are usually some fan from our world being put into their fandom of choice, and discovering that it isn't everything they imagined. Unfortunately, there aren't many fanfics like that, so I've started writing them.
Unfortunately, some of them turn out that way anyway or simply go down a road I wasn't expecting but I'm still going to make the attempt.
- Writing By The Seat of My Pants: A common flaw in most of my stories is the fact that, despite all my planning and outlining, most of the end result is this. I tend to write according to how the characters would react to a situation and, since I don't plan all reactions of characters for all situationsnote , the inevitable result is that nothing happens according to plan. That, plus my poor memory, means that I'm going to worry about it until the day I actually reread everything or ultimately give up on the story and abandon it. In my current story, A Butterfly Effect, I work on what details I want to make relevant to future plot points and let the characters rationalize their way to the end resultnote .
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Y'all love my stories. Obviously, you do. You keep following and favoriting them. Wait, no one's reviewed? They obviously don't like them! Augh! Time to rewrite it.note
- Abusive Parents: More like abusive caretaker, though her mother qualifies in her own opinion.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: She has a sister who may or may not be her twin, but their relationship shares so many similarities to twin tropes that it doesn't even matter.
- Break the Cutie: It's the typical Mary Sue starting plot... someone is about to be run over by a car and suddenly Killjoynote jumps in to save them. This person had been her sister and someone she had admired and saw as her own personal hero. Cue her waking up as a Cybertronian and later realizing that the Big Bad had killed her sister in order to bring her back to life.
- Came Back Wrong: The Big Bad was hoping to turn her into the reincarnated version of a ancient hero's brother, who he just wanted for his own. He only got her half-right.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: It's hard to find good opponents these days, and the slippery ones she's usually after use thousands of drones as a cover for escape and are, therefore, extremely annoying and not dead.
- Crapsack World: What Killjoy thinks has happened to her own universe after an inevitable World War III. She could be an Unreliable Narrator and too pessimistic for her own good or...
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She does not think she is more intelligent than her sister when in actuality she is actually more ingenius despite her memory recall problems and apathy.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Killjoy is one mech who has been kidnapped from a parallel world post-mortem to be turned into a Weapon of Mass Destruction. The monsters she fights are a bunch of Sociopathic Soldier(s) if those soldiers were also Child Soldiers. She is not a happy camper.
- Lawful Good: Killjoy believes Thou Shall Not Kill unless you are Judge, Jury, and Executioner.
- Moral Event Horizon: After crossing this once in a Virtual Training Simulation by killing a random person, she quickly turned apathetic to her own personal safety in order to prevent her programming from going off the rails and causing it to happen again, which doesn't [earn her any respect from the Autobots despite her status as The Ambassador or the resident One-Man Army.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Male and female versions apply. Just try to talk about her sister. Especially if you're the Big Bad responsible for her death.
- Opposing Combat Philosophies: Omnibots vs Autobots vs Decepticons vs Destrons. Omnibots vs Insecticons vs Destrons. Also, Killjoy vs Optimus Prime.
- Reincarnation: Implied, Forced or Justified through experimentation to create a reincarnation of a Precursor Heroes. It went horribly wrong.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon waking up after the experiment, there was an army of mindless drones waiting for her to destroy and she gladly tore them apart. This event and everything leading up to it turned her into The Unfettered.
- Took a Level in Badass: Unwilling Roboticisation, and 5-Variable Battle Computer.
- The Unfettered: Roaring Rampage of Revenge will lead to this, but with one final uncrossed Moral Event Horizon.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Zigzagged. Killjoy has always dreamed of being turned into a transformernote but not turned into a Weapon of Mass Destruction.
Transformers T0RN Series
- The Deuteragonist/Protagonist, if s/he does have powers, will have powers that make sense for her character background and story, and there will be at least one other character in the story with similar or exactly the same powers. That other character does not always have to be a villain, but if the protagonist is good, then expect it to be either a villain or a neutral character.
- Similarly, s/he will not gain any new powers, unless those powers make sense for the character, such as Killjoy is a robot and therefore she can have upgrades. Those upgrades, however, will have a cost. If she was originally a Lightning Bruiser then expect her to turn into a Genius Bruiser. Do not expect her to turn into an Amazonian Beauty.
- The Deuteragonist/Protagonist's beliefs will not be the beliefs of the other characters, nor will s/he persuade the other characters to her side easily. In the case of most Protagonists, reality will step in and teach an aesop to said protagonist. Protagonist Centered Morality will be avoided at all costs, especially since it's (in this troper's opinion) a trait of a Mary Sue.
- The Point of View of the entire story will be in Third Person Limited Point of View, and will not switch between First POV and Third Limited POV. Some regular Third Person POV will be present but only for dramatic effect.
- There will be no strict adherence to the original canon storyline (and, in T0RN's case, no canon story to adhere to). Liberties will be taken. See Butterfly of Doom or For Want of a Nail for reasons why. It's a coin toss to see which trope is going to be in which story.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Not exactly because of Super Intelligence, but because of a 5-variable Battle Computer. Before then, she was mostly Taught by Experience.
- Berserk Button: Any mention of the Hivemaster as not being a real threat.
- Good with Numbers: A side-effect of having a Battle Computer. Helps her understand tactical jargon.
- Necessarily Evil: Coins this phrase a lot, especially in regard to her species inherit Monstrous Cannibalism note .
- Manipulative Bastard: Downplayed.
- Sizeshifter: Justified. She is a child of Amalgamous Prime. Gaining more mass by eating Insecticons and transforming allows her to gain weight, often becoming a larger version of herself. %Can also happen in reverse.%