INT. TROPER PAGE. DAY.
A man is sifting through piles of dusty trope pages and works. He looks up when he spots you, and smiles.
Hey there, I didnít hear you come in! As you can see, itís been awhile since I was in here, and I just thought Iíd tidy things up a bit. As long as youíre here, itíd be nice if youíd help me out, and Iíll tell you a little something about myself as we do.
Iím The Great Unknown. Why do I go by that? Good question. Letís just say that now itís because, well, there are far too many things that are obscure and unknown out there. Theyíre also great! Hence, itís my desire to show them off to, well, anyone whoíll possibly listen!
If you want basic details, it wouldnít be fitting to give much away, but Iím a male from Pennsylvania whoís old enough to know better but young enough to not care. And yes, I know thatís an old joke.
A couple things you should also know:
- Iím a furry. A huge one, in fact, and I have absolutely no reason to be ashamed about, thank you very much!
- I like to write and to roleplay. I can often be found on Forum Games, and Iím always planning to write fanfiction. Maybe one of these days Iíll get one finishedÖ
Okay, okay, Iíll tropefy myself:
- Geek / Nerd
- The Short Guy with Glasses
- The Snark Knight
- Sympathy for the Devil: One thing you may notice about me is that I have a tendency to find something good in many if not most villains, and I'm never especially fond of heroes resorting to extreme methods to deal with them nor of writers giving out extremely harsh fates.
Anyway, that should cover the basics. The rest is for you to find out! I mean, if you care. If not, Iíll just be here, quietly editing things and not-so-quietly playing forum games!
Here are a few examples of the pages Iíve started:
- A Prairie Home Companion
- The Wind in the Willows
- Sunset Boulevard
- Pack Street
- Roommates: Memoirs of the Hairless Ape
It might be easier to list the things I don't like, so I'll just be slowly working on this list of things I particularly enjoy as I go along. For my own amusement.
And finally, since I do talk about her a lot, here's some information about my favorite original character, as written by myself.
Nakhta de Renaudnote is the Queen of Vulland, a Funny Animal kingdom in a Western European style setting. Her distinctively white-furred fox royal family tree stretches back some 1000 years, though it's rare that any one monarch gets to enjoy the position for long with all the infighting, assassinations, and coups over the years. Nakhta's father was one such wily, long-reigning monarch, and even though she was the youngest of five kits, she was the favorite and learned everything she knows from him. Like everyone in the family, she's not entirely well, acute paranoia that strikes from time to time and an absolute compulsion to scheme and plot being just two of her many issues. She was never expected to actually rule, though, until a tragically-timed accident at sea cost the lives of her mother, father, and all her siblings, leaving the just-adult vixen in charge. Once Nakhta has something, she's unwilling to part with it, particularly power, and only time will tell if she's capable of holding together such a fractious kingdom...
Nakhta was, as you might guess, largely intended as a Deconstruction of various villains across the Redwall series. They're all Stupid Evil irredeemable monsters, but does that really make sense? Do they deserve No Sympathy for being raised by an evil family with no real chance to be good? Even if they're not, is it realistic for them to be pure evil and their relatives pure good? These are just a few of the questions raised by the series, and Nakhta is an examination of what it might look like if one of them were the protagonist instead.
Tropes associated with her:
- Ambiguously Evil: She likes to leave her motivations as hidden as possible. The only thing that's clear is that she has a plot for seemingly every contingency, but they vary wildly in just how dark they are, and her ultimate goals (if any) are unknown.
- The Chessmaster
- Complexity Addiction: Nakhta would rather do something the more convoluted way on her own terms than a simple way on somebody else's. Then again, there are just times where she simply fails to see the obvious Mundane Solution.
- Cunning Like a Fox
- Decadent Court: It's been that way for centuries, and she sees no reason to change it. In fact, she might be quietly encouraging it, in order to take some of the potential anger of the commoners off herself if it comes to that, and also to keep them from plotting against her or terrorizing said commoners.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Assuming she can be considered evil, anyway, she won't bring physical harm to anyone related to her.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: To some extent; while the people might be somewhat afraid of her, it's not because of her actual decisions. She really does try her best to be fair in her judgments whenever remotely possible. (As such, she sees herself as The High Queen.) Rather, people are afraid that she'll find out everything about them and their plans, with spies everywhere—and they're not wrong.
- Royal Brat: Downplayed, as she's 19, but she does have her moments of stunning immaturity from time to time. That, and she's extremely self-centered.
- Royal "We": Specifically averted; Nakhta only ever uses first person singular to refer to herself. This might seem less conceited, but it's actually more so.
- Self-Made Orphan: Averted! She's entirely innocent of her family's death, not that anyone believes her.
- The Southpaw: Somewhat literally.
- Youngest Child Wins: With the twist that she neither expected nor wanted to before it happened.
I do have some others. A lot of others, actually. Here are a few of them in no particular order. Keep in mind, these ones have basically Loose Canon that can be fit into other kinds of stories, unlike Her Majesty up there.
Let's talk about demons. They do vary quite a bit. In this version, its own universe unconnected to the others, they're creatures living on another plane of existence, on which exists Hell. Demons are natives to that plane, some of them working for the Infernal aristocracy (who are devils). They are made of emotion, and by definition that's negative emotion, classified according to the Seven Deadly Sins. The more powerful one is, the more of an Eldritch Abomination it is, and the less relatable to mortals.
This brings us to Isolee, who is almost indistinguishable from a mortal. Just one more thing for her to angst about!
Tropes associated with her:
- Bat Out of Hell: Yes, she's a demon and her favorite form to take is that of an anthro bat. She is, however, a fruit bat, rather than, say, a vampire bat.
- Body Snatcher: She can, and will, do this sometimes, especially if she's found a particularly rich source of emotion, but prefers to be herself.
- Emo/Goth: The perfect subculture for her to blend into. But you are what you eat, and see below.
- Emotion Eater: Like all demons, she feeds on specific negative emotions, and has to regularly consume them by absorbing them to stay in this universe, otherwise she gets banished. What does she eat? Wangst, mostly, and feelings of isolation and self-pity.
- Harmless Villain: Sure, she's technically a monster, but she doesn't hate mortals, she just wants to stay out of Hell (do you blame her?), has next to no power to actually influence anyone, and might care more about mortals than she lets on despite herself. She would never see anyone die for her own ends.
- I Know Your True Name: "Isolee" is, of course, not her real name. This is why she's hiding it.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth is her category, in the sense of despair, and acedia: just not caring anymore and wallowing in one's bad feelings.
- The Shadow Knows: As seen in her picture, it sometimes betrays her, since she's pretty close to shadow-stuff herself.