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Self portrait. Note my trademark Opaque Lenses.

Hey! I'm a 25 year old girl from Norway who's been a troper since 2010, but only started becoming active on the forums again since August 2017 note . Currently I'm mostly known as a Forum Games regular, mainly various avatar games and Hunger Games Simulation, and I regularly drop by Yack Fest too.

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 known for loving bad translations and So Bad, It's Good works, and also like various strange works, weird memes, cosplaying, cooking (especially desserts and other snacks) and drawing.

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


I also made the webcomic known as Consolers, a comic about game history, news and fun facts, presented through personified versions of game companies. While it's been on a hiatus since mid-2018, I hope to get back to it some day... though I also have other webcomic ideas...

(last updated: 19th February 2020)

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     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.
  • Asperger's Syndrome: 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 my condition 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. I pretty much never use these "help modes" myself in most games because I think it makes it too easy and I want the challenge even I have to try again and again, but I'm all for people playing on the difficulties they like and am sick of how part of the gaming community look down on and seem to hate "easy modes" like this, even just the existence of optional ones (emphasis on optional - no one forces you to use them and a lot of the time they're disabled by default). Why does it matter how others choose to play and enjoy the game on their own playthough, and is it really that important that everyone who beat the game must go through the very same difficult challenges you suffered through? Isn't just enjoying the game enough? To paraphrase Jim Sterling: "Nobody cares that a literal baby can beat the game just as well as you"
    • 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...)
  • Cloudcuckoolander: I can be pretty weird and often have my head in the clouds.
    • Cuckoo Snarker: Though I do deliver some "sick burns" and snarky quips from time to time, often about the game industry.
  • 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.
  • Fan of the Past: In a way: game history is one of my big passions, and I love reading up on game history trivia. Especially in relation to game companies rather than just the games themselves. (Though how big of a fan I am of the actual times rather than just finding the trivia amusing can vary)
  • 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. While I'm decent at drawing, making cosplays, making games and animations I'm not really 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: Often seen wearing 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.
  • Precision F-Strike: Somewhat downplayed: while I'm not opposed to swearing and pretty much never use the more "toned-down" variants (outside of Rule of Funny), I often find myself limiting stronger language because it just feels more effective if used more sparingly. Sometimes completely averted if struggling with a difficult/annoying part in a game, though
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Been dying my hair purple for a while now. Might try out other colors too...

     Works I like 
Biggest faves in bold. 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:



TV shows:

Web Video, Animation and other internet stuff:

Western Animation:

Web Comics:

Non-video games:

(Expect to see this updated now and then!)

     To watch/play/ect. list 

     Some tropes I like 

     Least favorite tropes 

Misc. other stuff:

  • "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
  • Video game glitches and glitch visuals/effects
  • Weird bootlegs, especially bootleg games. Bonus points for bad translations!
  • Gijinkas/personifications, especially of the Moe Anthropomorphism kind.
  • Some early-to-mid-2000s memes, that's an aesthetic right

     Forum Games I made 

The Platinum trophies I've gotten on Playstation consoles, because... why not?

  • 1: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F
  • 2: Katamari Forever
  • 3: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
  • 4: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
  • 5: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (on PS3)
  • 6: Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 1
  • 7: Persona 4 Dancing All Night
  • 8: Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart
  • 9: Superdimension Neptune vs Sega Hard Girls
  • 10: Sega Mega Drive Collection
  • 11: Steins Gate
  • 12: Day of the Tentacle Remastered
  • 13: IA/VT Colorful
  • 14: Severed
  • 15: Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 3
  • 16: Taiko no Tatsujin V Version
  • 17: Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 2
  • 18: Littlebigplanet Vita
  • 19: Megatagmension Blanc + Neptune vs Zombies
  • 20: Virtue's Last Reward
  • 21: Arcade Game Series: Pac-Man
  • 22: Arcade Game Series: Dig Dug
  • 23. Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed
  • 24. Miracle Girls Festival
  • 25: Yakuza 6
  • 26: Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • 27: MUSYNX (Vita)
  • 28. Idolm@ster Must Songs

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