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Hey, I'm Zanreo! For some basic info, I'm 27 years old, mostly female (she/they/ze pronouns), and from Norway.

I've been a troper since 2010, but only started becoming active on the forums again since August 2017 note . Forum-wise I mostly hang around Forum Games (in particular avatar games and HGS, and also murdergames before they moved) but can also be found in Yack Fest and occasionally video game threads.

One of my biggest hobbies are video games, and I especially love Nintendo and rhythm games - rhythm games are a really underrated genre! I'm also a bad translation enthusiast and fan of So Bad, It's Good works, and also like various strange works, weird memes, cosplaying, cooking (especially desserts and other snacks) and drawing.

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Some of the fictional characters who best describe me are Chiaki Nanami, Osaka and Midori Asakusa.

(last updated: 18th July 2021)

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About me:

     Works I like 

(...I should clean this up at some point) Bold means my biggest faves, italics means "minor" interests, or things I used to be a big fan of, am now less interested in but still feel some attachment to. (Also, sections other than Video Games and Anime might be a bit outdated, might get back to them... at some point) By no means a complete list, but gives you an idea of the kind of stuff I like:

Video Games (moving to top because it's the media I consume the most)

Anime and Manga:

Film:

Music:

(Don't listen to much non-video game music, so don't expect too many changes here)

TV shows:

(Also don't watch many live-action series, so don't expect this to change much)

Web Video, Animation and other internet stuff:

Western Animation:

Web Comics:

Non-video games:

     Tropes that apply to me 
  • 100% Completion: I'm a bit of a completionist and love going for all the trophies/achievements (even if just in-game achievement systems rather than account-based ones), 100% save files and similar. Usually what makes me try out extra challenges outside of the "regular" difficulty - generally I won't go for a super hard challenge unless I get something out of it (that "something" typically being a trophy). In fact, "play through game with an extra challenge" type trophies like speedruns, no damage runs and "play the entire game again on extra hard mode" tend to be some of my least favorite trophies/achievements, along with heavy grinds.
  • Accidental Misnaming: It's not "Zanero", it's Zanreo. Somehow, people keep writing my name as Zanero...
  • Adorkable, at least I like to think so
  • Asexual: And aromantic.
  • Autism: Diagnosed as a kid.
  • Berserk Button: Well, not exactly "berserk" as I don't tend to go into a flying rage, but these are things that annoy me:
    • Cringe culture. I really do not care for cringe compilation videos, "bad art" blogs and similar types of mocking random people (often kids) on the internet for doing basically nothing wrong except daring to post something deemed "embarrassing" and "cringy". Just let people have their fun! Honestly, the word "cringe" in itself has almost been ruined for me at this point.
    • On a somewhat overlapping note, extreme Fan Haters - see "Least Favorite Tropes" section for more details
    • "Autism/autistic" used as an insult. As an autistic person, I really hate seeing these words used like this
    • Sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and other kinds of bigotry, pretty much an obvious one but listing it anyway
    • Pokémon "genwunners" - people who claim the 1st gen are the only "real" Pokémon. (In fact, 1st gen is overall one of my LEAST favorites design-wise.) If someone prefers 1st gen, that's cool, but if they start claiming anything after the first 151 "doesn't count" or "doesn't even look like Pokémon"...
    • When people look down at and make a big deal out of the very existence of optional easy modes/"help" modes, or just the very idea of it hypothetically being added to certain games. put under note because long 
    • Fandom elitists/gatekeepers, claiming you aren't a Real Fan™ if you don't know everything, don't have certain opinions about things or in some cases even if you haven't been there from the start. Just... shouldn't someone liking the thing be enough?
    • Claiming internet friends aren't and can't be "real" friends, or that they can't be as important as offline, local ones. Plus, as someone who grew up with barely any friends at school or nearby for years, but found people to talk to on the internet, sometimes it can just be hard to find "irl" friends you get along with and share common interests with.
    • The phrase "git gud", even used jokingly, tends to get on my nerves a bit. There are less obnoxious versions to say "just keep practising and you'll get better".
    • To a lesser extent than most other stuff on here, but certain misconceptions about Nintendo (like "Nintendo doesn't allow any "mature" games on their systems") that still seems to be around somehow tend to annoy me.
  • Big Eater: Downplayed, but I love food, and can eat a lot of it at times. I also love trying out new kinds of food!
  • Boyish Short Hair: I like keeping my hair short, it looks good on me and is more convenient
  • Buffy Speak: I tend to speak like this a bit, using "thing" and "stuff" a lot.
  • Chaotic Good: According to several tests, and it seems to fit me pretty well - I try to be a good person, but am not always too concerned about the rules. (And sometimes, "following the rules" and "doing the right thing" aren't the same...) Though I guess I might really be somewhere in the middle of Chaotic Good and Neutral Good?
  • Cloudcuckoolander: I can be pretty weird and often have my head in the clouds..
  • Color Motif: Purple and blue, my favorite colors
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Cosplay is one of my big hobbies, some of my costumes include Ken Izumi, Aoba Suzukaze, CATS and Nintendo.
  • The Ditherer: Yep... I often have a hard time making decisions, and I've been most of the types listed at some point.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: From many late nights staying up playing games or browsing the internet.
  • Gamer Chick: I play a lot of video games, in particular I'm a big Nintendo fangirl and love rhythm games, though I will play a lot of different games, preferring more stylized and cartoony games to more "realistic", dark and gritty ones.
  • Hates Wearing Dresses: Well, I'm fine with them if it's part of a cosplay, but outside of that you won't see me in a skirt or dress (including special/fancy occasions, where I'll wear a suit instead), they just aren't my style.
  • Iconic Item: Lasers. Also banhammers when I was still a mod at a forum.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: Along with quoting and referencing bad translations, I sometimes phrase things with incorrect grammar in more casual speech for a fun and silly effect.
  • Kuudere: More in real life than the internet, but for some reason can I seem kinda shy and "cold" around strangers sometimes? However my friends know this is not the case at all.
  • Master of None: Probably as a result of having lots of hobbies and not enough time to put effort into just one at a time (along with general laziness and procrastination). While I'm decent at drawing, making cosplays, making games and animations I wouldn't really call myself great at any of them.
  • Meganekko: My glasses are an important part of my look, and I think they look pretty good on me.
  • Ms. Imagination: I tend to spend a lot of time daydreaming and in my own world
  • Nice Hat: I often wear a Waluigi cap.
  • Never Gets Fat: I don't seem to gain much weight not matter what I eat or how little I exercise
  • Not a Morning Person: I generally hate getting up early. Though on days where this doesn't matter, my sleeping schedule is all over the place.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: ZAN-ree-oh? Zan-RE-oh? Sanrio? I don't really mind either way.
  • Older Than They Look: Due to me being short and somewhat young-looking, I'm sometimes assumed to be younger than I actually am.
  • Opaque Lenses: I usually draw myself with these. Unfortunately averted in real life.
  • Promoted Fangirl: After only two years of joining a Nintendo forum I hang out on a lot, they decided to make me a moderator. (Sadly, the servers broke years ago and the forum and site never got back after that :c)
  • Proud to Be a Geek: Despite... less pleasant parts of geek and gamer culture, I'm still very much this.
  • Pungeon Master: I wouldn't say "master", but I love puns and will usually take the opportunity to make one
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: I have way too many unfinished projects, a giant game backlog and often delay things to the last minute.
  • Save Scumming: I fully admit to doing this at times when possible, typically to beat That One Level or easier get an annoying trophy.
  • Schedule Slip: Can be pretty bad at this regarding my webcomic... even if I don't actually have a set "schedule" anymore
  • Significant Anagram: My real name is an anagram of "Laser Linked", appropiate considering my fondness for lasers.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Too much cynicism tends to just be exhausting, and I at least try my best to stay optimistic and hopeful despite everything. I also can't get into the "keep low expectations and you won't be disappointed" attitude - I usually have high hopes, but if they don't get fulfilled I rarely get really disappointed, my reaction is more likely to be "oh well, that's too bad:
  • The Slacker: Yep.
  • Sweet Tooth: I love candy, desserts and all kinds of sweet snacks!
  • The Teetotaler: I don't drink despite being of legal age to do so, mainly because I hate the taste of alcohol.
  • The Quiet One: I usually don't talk a lot and will especially be quiet around people I don't know
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Several people online have assumed I'm a guy (especially in more male-dominated forums), possibly because of my ambiguous-sounding nickname.
‰‰* Nonconformist Dyed Hair: I've been dying my hair purple for a while now, Might try out other colors too...

     Some tropes I like 

     Least favorite tropes 

Misc. other stuff:

     Murdergame characters 
Just a list of characters I've played so far. (If you have any plot ideas for my and your characters or just want them to meet and hang out in Murderfree, feel free to let me know! Preferably a character not currently in an ongoing game though)

     Possible future Murdergame character ideas? 

     Aesthetics 
  • Glitches (especially game glitches) and glitch visuals/effects
  • Hi-bit/"16-bit"note  and higher pixel art. In particular, I like the pixel art of many GBA and DS games. While I also like simpler pixel art, I prefer the more "complex"-looking styles. (In addition, I believe pixel art is a fully "legitimate" and good art style by itself and valid for more than just "retro nostalgia")
  • Actually, just cool 2D game artwork in general
  • Lasers
  • Glowy stuff in general, especially electronic but also other kinds
  • Weird bootlegs, especially bootleg games. Bonus points for bad translations!
  • Cool eyewear
  • Gijinkas/personifications, especially of the Moe Anthropomorphism kind.
  • Early-to-mid-2000s internet

     Forum Games I made 

     Zanreo elsewhere on the net 
  • PSNProfiles (look at my collection of trophies and stuff, whoo)
  • Twitter (kinda on-and-off though)

More to be added... later?

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