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Jay and Acacia, by Bold Font.
"It's happened again." Jay leaned back from her console, indicating a flashing red light. "Someone's mucking with the plot continuum."
— PPC: The Original Series, mission 1 Rambling Band

Somewhere in your favorite fandom, your most beloved characters and plot elements are being ruined right now. Everything that makes Captain Jack Sparrow funny is being dropped for the sake of bad romance. Snape suddenly washes his hair, grows angel wings and yet no one bats an eye. The four Pevensie siblings are having sex with each other, as spelling and grammar are murdered wholesale describing that brand new sports car that Legolas somehow owns.

You cry out in horror as to what has happened to the series that you know and love... but the Protectors of the Plot Continuum are on the case!

Established in the early 2000s, the Protectors of the Plot Continuum (often referred to as The PPC) was originally a single saga of adventures but has since grown into both a whole expanded universe as well as an open community dedicated to preserving canon in fandom, promoting good writing, supporting critical thinking and analysis in fanwork, and above all, having fun. Modern PPC material is released by many different authors and for many different fandoms. Because of the wide variety of PPC authors, the style of writing as well as personal tastes in the story run a gamut from literary-oriented criticism, to madcap zany fun, to downright raunchy humor.


Installments in the Protectors of the Plot Continuum canon can be considered metafictional Shared Universe Fan Fic-Web Original crossbreeds. It's a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek (barring certain more serious stories or spinoffs, which still have elements of the usual sense of humour) about an organisation of the same name whose purpose it is to tamper with fanfiction in order to bring it closer to the canon of the original work. Various departments kill Mary Sues, exorcise characters in Bad Slash stories, retrieve characters from bad AUs, untangle continuums in poorly-written crossovers, and do just about everything else that can be thought of. However, the organisation began with Sue assassinations, and is certainly most well-known for that.

Possession Sues, Bad Slash victims, and other OOC characters are exorcised back to their canon selves, but in the early stories, they could usually be fixed by simply removing Original Characters. Especially lucky or non-disruptive Original Characters may get recruited into the organisation - for those who defend the canons must have a dash of the extraordinary in them.


The Protectors go in pairs, as they are often fans of the canon and need help to stay objective, and also because their bosses (a group of alien flowers and plants - which does make sense according to the writers of the Protectors' adventures) specifically aim to create Odd Couples, which is supposed to improve mission performance. They are equipped for their tasks with a camouflage generator that hides them from canon characters (though not fan-created ones), the electronic ranged equivalent of a Mary Sue Litmus Test, and a device that measures how much canon characters have been distorted by the badfic in question.

There is also quite a bit of workplace humour (the headquarters is surreal, mostly due to being created by the aforementioned Plant Aliens), and explication of what sort of Sociopathic Hero a person has to be to do this necessary work. The Narrative Laws of Comedy (and others, such as the Ironic Overpower) all but govern life in HQ, enforced by the Legal department.

It's a setting where electronics tend to blow up at the first excuse or develop sentience if not properly maintained, everything Runs On Nonsensoleum and literal Plot Holes, the Ironic Overpower will strike down anyone that tempts fate, and puns are unavoidable. Training is inconsistent at best, ranging from Training from Hell to being given useless directions and surviving the first mission, equipment and pay can be charitably described as exactly minimal. Agents cause intentionally ironic deaths, Sue Soufflé is Made From Real Sues, and almost everyone wakes up the night after a party asking What Did I Do Last Night? Expect lampshades. Both types.

Unsurprisingly, the original series was inspired by Terry Pratchett and his works.

It is a community of writers and fanfiction lovers first, not bullies. Within the community it is heavily frowned upon to take a pot-shot at a fanfiction writer - it is unarguably poor fanfiction that is the subject of their ire, not the people who produce it.

Has a wiki with a helpful guide for newbies. HQ is here while The Original Series and some of the early spinoffs can be found here. The Official Fanfiction University (and its spinoffs) share a multiverse with the PPC.

The Anti-Cliché and Mary-Sue Elimination Society is a rather similar, but distinct, organisation with its own canon and way of doing things. It is also far more dramatic for the most part. In general, the PPC can be said to have popularized the Mary-Sue Hunter concept.

This provides notable examples of the following:

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  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Hammerspace knives. Some agents also use things like power weapons, lightsabers, Sue weapons, and other ridiculously-sharp implements.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    Agent Acacia: "Don't call me Acy!"
  • Aerith and Bob: The PPC's agents come from all over the multiverse, creating an understandable disparity in names.
  • All Stories Are Real Somewhere: Central to the premise, of course.
  • Alien Blood: Sues bleed glittery red blood, and in particularly bad cases just red glitter. (Their other bodily fluids are also apparently glittery. Ew.)
  • Alien Hair: Agent Alloy, thanks to a typo in her home fic, has green, papery hair. Then, of course, there are the alien agents.
  • Alien Geometries: A rare comedic example: the Word Worlds are extremely literal when interpreting bad or illogical prose, resulting in eye-blinding sights or mind-bending shapes. Placing a non-canonical location in the wrong place can do truly gruesome things to the local landscape. HQ is hinted to have a more subtle version of this, for values of subtle covered by the phrase "do not be alarmed until the gravity changes." Depending on which story you look at (and to some extent what species you are, as the Flowers can navigate HQ just fine), Headquarters is merely huge and labyrinthine, thus easy to get lost in, or an at least partially sentient structure that is always shifting around and completely impossible to find your way in unless you are lost.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: Where is PPC Headquarters' Real Life base? New Caledonia, a French-owned island in the South Pacific. The wiki basically says they've got no idea why there, of all places. This does mean people are very unlikely to find the city by accident, however.
  • Anatomically Impossible Sex: Agents confront this sort of thing regularly.
  • And I Must Scream: Within Suefics, the canon characters are apparently undergoing this. Either they're actively replaced and shoved in a Plot Hole for the duration, where they may or may not be able to see what's going on, or they're mind-controlled by the Sue, forced to do what the Sue tells them to, and, at least some of the time, conscious of how horribly out-of-character they're being forced to become.
  • Androcles' Lion: Velociripper reveals in his first mission as an agent that he sought revenge on his author for being used as a tool for terrorizing the protagonists, resulting in his grudge against said author's persona, Falchion. He ultimately puts an end to this grudge, and his general hatred of humanity, after Falchion shows him the kindness and mercy he needs to emotionally recover.
  • Angrish: Agents have sometimes "spoken" this.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Has its own page on the Wiki. Aside from this, the "gijinka" definition of this is an apt description for some agents, such as Omicron the Dalek and Backslash the Honedge.
  • Anyone Can Die: Makes-Things, Agent Nick, the Wisteria, and various others.
  • Anything That Moves: Agent Lux. Although she's also sworn off men since breaking up with Agent Sean. Except she's not too good at keeping a focus on that. And no one wants to know her stance on nonhuman males, after her reaction to nonhuman females. Or what she does with the corpses she occasionally collects. Her only actual no-no appears to be children, as she displayed actual anger for the first time ever during a poorly-handled scene of child sexual abuse.
  • Apocalypse How: The DOGA is known to cause Class X-2 on Suvian star systems via Sun Crushers. Class X-5 examples happen to AU dimensions after the Sues are killed.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: from all over the multiverse — neuralyzers from Men in Black, SEP fields from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and much more.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Charge lists often start with technical errors, progress to serious problems like Rape Is Love or Canon Defilement, and quite often end on the charge of "Annoying PPC Agents".
  • Artificial Limbs: Technician Narcolepsy of Testing and Application (a division of DoSAT) has artificial eyes and a computer in his brain. Other examples include Agent Suicide (11% replacement parts, can be considered a cyborg) and Agent Ally (artificial eye and arm). Many agents from sci-fi continua also apply.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Naturally, badfic authors tend to do this. Frequently.
  • Artistic License – Linguistics: A minor one, but there is no such thing as a "Czechoslovakian accent", mainly because there is no such thing as a Czechoslovakian language, either. Not to mention that there's been no such thing as Czechoslovakia since 1993.
    • Grammatical errors cannot be made a charge if English is not the Suethor's first language.
  • Ascended Extra: While most characters from The Original Series ended up permanently retired, particularly insane, dead, or in upper administration, Agent Lux will show up — and molest — nearly every spin-off. Some agents, after appearing as background characters in other works, also get their own missions or entire spinoffs.
  • Ass Shove: Don't mention this trope around Bad Slashers.
  • The Atoner:
    • Agent Dafydd, a.k.a. Maglor, perpetrator of multiple kinslayings. Agents who used to write badfic also count.
    • Agent Alec Trevelyan. Yes, the turncoat from Goldeneye.
    • When the macrovirus epidemic broke out, Paul Bunyan was infected.
  • Attempted Rape: Many, many fics which get sporked. Laburnum narrowly escaped when a mission went wrong, and Molly's father tried to molest her while possessed.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: multiple examples, such as Huinesoron (Quenya for “Eagleshadow”), Falchion, Supernumerary, and the like.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sometimes an Agent loses it. Often in spectacular manner.
    Agent Len: "Mr. Rogers! Mr. Rogers!"
  • An Axe to Grind: See the note on swords; another semi-common weapon.
  • Baby Morph Episode: At one point, the Continuity Council of Gallifrey-in-Exile (plus one) get de-aged into various stages of childhood. Chaos ensues.
  • Back for the Dead: Agent Nicholas Duval.
  • Back from the Dead: Dafydd Illian, and later Makes-Things. When he was questioned about it, he irritably responded, "You'd think I would know if I was dead!"
  • Badass Army: The Black Cats. Even though The Mysterious Somebody quickly became the real threat during the Crashing Down story, the Cats have made the best showing against the PPC out of any groups to attack Headquarters; at least part of this was due to most of them having been former PPC agents themselves, and thus knowing how best to fight them.
  • Badass Creed: "Do not meddle in the affairs of assassins, for we are heavily armed and quick to anger. And not noticeably subtle."
  • Badass in Distress: Laburnum, Manx, and Adder have all been captured by villains when missions went wrong.
  • Badass Normal: The most common character type among the agents are ordinary humans who learn to fight the Sues partly through training, partly through luck, partly through strength of will/character, and through the sheer workload making them very experienced very quickly, though many of them object to being called "normal".
  • Bamboo Technology: Among the various items used by the tech department includes Calvin's duplicator and transmogrifier.
  • Battle Couple: Any agent pair that gets in a relationship and works together. Agents Dafydd and Constance, Iodin and Alagos, Tawaki and Tadkeeta, and Eledhwen and Christianne come to mind.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Inverted, as the villains are Sues, with the unnatural beauty that implies.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Supernumerary asked to be partnered with an Animorphs Andalite, due to their normally logical, professional manner. Yeeeah...
  • Berserk Button: Do not write bad RPF involving Kurt Cobain. Agent Trojie will not like that. Most other agents have at least one, as well.
  • The Berserker: Any agent that has Bloodwrath turns into one.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Any agent who has a sweet and friendly demeanor will inevitably become an example of this.
  • Big Bad: The Mysterious Somebody, Bracket Fungus, and League of Mary-Sue Factories.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Librarian gets a particularly epic moment when his fellow agents are captured by Daleks — having abandoned his companions, he reappears just when the Daleks are about to execute them; he straps explosives to the Daleks, delivers a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner, and blows them to kingdom come.
  • Big Good: The Sunflower Official.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: "Death ray...heat ray...death ray...freeze ray...manta ray? Here we are! Shrink ray!"
  • Bloody Hilarious: Trivialization of violence is frowned upon, but for the sake of humor, anything is possible. Hedgehog skin to the groin? Check. Head trauma by marital aid? Check. Humanoid fox handing someone your liver? Check.
  • Brain Bleach: Bleeprin (bleach combined with Aspirin) and its variants.
  • Brainless Beauty: Mary Sues are almost universally "beautiful" and universally dumber than a shoe.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Shows up sometimes in charge lists, which tend to start with minor charges like "having bad spelling" and go on to charging for horrific Squick or disrupting the entire fabric of the multiverse, then finish on the unofficial charges like "confusing PPC agents".
  • Break the Cutie: Lots of agents who snap go through this.
  • Break the Haughty: Quite a few other agents. Of particular note is the Notary, whose backstory is sort of this.
  • Bug War: The Macrovirus incident. Growth hormone from Paul Bunyan causes the macroviruses from Star Trek Voyager to turn into giant killer bugs that run amok in HQ. Over one thousand agents are killed by the bugs, and the place is torn apart. On top of that, Sues invade shortly afterward.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Most agents are quirky, to say the least. Most of them are competent, too — else they’d have snapped or died long ago.
  • The Bus Came Back: Sean returned after nearly a decade to help a team of newbies tackle an NSFW crossover involving a Slimer replacement raping Sam from Transformers.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Some agents and their respective missions have been officially declared non-canon, either due to their author leaving and requesting as such or for being too much against what the PPC stands for.
  • Cartoon Creature: Generic Beasts are furred humanoids of no identifiable species, spawned from fics written for franchises featuring multiple kinds of sapient animals when the fic writer forgets to specify what species a new character is.
  • Cats Are Mean: The DIS emblem was a crouching black cat; they also employed at least one anthropomorphic cat, who was certainly a very nasty individual.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Partly defied, partly played straight. Steady drama in the PPC community has led to a massive backlash against Emergencies (attacks on HQ or similarly large threats). However, the quality of writing has increased and the PPC itself has become a real "world" rather than just a way to spork bad fan fiction.
    • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Because of the many authors and styles, PPC stories tend to run the gamut of comedy and drama.
  • Child Soldiers: Agents as young as twelve are sometimes sent into the field (though agents under fifteen are not particularly common). The average agent is in their mid-teens to early twenties.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: A lot of agents spend their time on missions ogling over their Lust Objects, while at the same time protecting them from the horrors of badfic. Some even extend their horniness to other agents as well.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: If you remind an agent that Bleeprin shouldn't be chemically possible, it may stop working.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Cheating in a fight is common and, depending on the strength of the Sue or canon characters they're fighting against, often necessary on the part of the agents.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: As demonstrated in one of the FAQs.
    Q: Don't our agents have rights?
    A: No.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Nonhuman agents unused to human ways sometimes do this.
    • It goes the other way, too: Agent Naomi (human) objects to Agents Stormsong (weasel) and Skyfire (stoat) teaching their adopted daughter Molly (ferret) about weapons because she's about six in human years. Skyfire acknowledges this, pointing out that said teaching has been left terribly late (at least for their home continuum).
  • The Comically Serious: The Ironic Overpower works to make sure any character with dignity is stripped of it.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The unusual ways most Agents dispose of Sues. On top of that, there's actually a department called the Department of Cool and Unusual Punishment, which presumably deals with this.
  • Cool Shades: All agents wear these or close their eyes when using neuralyzers, so they don't accidentally wipe their own memories.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Agents trend to either this, or the Indy Ploy. A particularly noteworthy example would be Agent Trojie, who carries a Mary Poppins-style Bag of Holding that has everything from a handbook on obstetrics to the complete works of Tolkien to a kitchen sink. It also has expanded to such a degree that finding anything not used daily requires spelunking gear, and a number of Nifflers are believed to have taken up residence.
  • Crossover: By the Mega Crossover nature of the PPC. The missions also tend to be riddled with references to other canons the authors like or hate.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Sues are sometimes subjected to those, though torture is frowned upon and is against the rules.
  • Crunchtastic: "Glaurunging" — see Unusual Euphemism. An MSTing also featured the use of the word "Malletspace" as a verb.
  • Cultured Badass: Comes with the territory of being a PPC Agent.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: More often than not the result in the few cases where a Sue/Stu actually fights a PPC agent. (Serves them right for curbstomping all comers in their own stories... the Sues, not the agents, of course.) The 2008 Sue invasion of PPC Headquarters turned into this pathetically quickly. Most invasions of HQ tend to turn into this as soon as the initial surprise has worn off.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Nearly any Agent when upset or angry enough with Mary Sues and their authors. Usually happens with their Lust Object in apparent dire straits. This especially applies to new Agents and those just somewhat, just somewhat upset with the Flowers.
  • A Darker Me: Some agent characters are based loosely on their creators, except with better names and much more violent.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kind of a given for the entire cast.
  • Death as Comedy: Some of the deaths thought up for Sues are absolutely hilarious.
  • Death by Irony: Most of the agents enjoy creating these for their targets.
  • Death Seeker: Suicide (although he's growing out of this) and, according to Word of God, the Notary.
  • Deconstruction: For all the tropes on here, for the most part, the PPC is nearly entirely meant to be taken as a formulaic deconstruction of fanfiction and prose in general, up and to including the Ironic Overpower and the fact that much of the PPC verse is powered by the physics of narrative and that that missions take place in Word Worlds and is meant to follow the Rule of Funny.
  • Demonic Possession: Author/Sue-Wraiths possess canon characters and force them to act on their (depraved) whims. They usually have to be exorcised before they can be destroyed - or in at least one case, purified.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Along with the Repetitive Department of Repetition, actual infrastructure departments.
  • Determinator: The PPC in general when it comes to killing badfic - no matter what happens to them, be it giant microbes, Mary Sue invasions, or body-swap incidents, they'll just keep on trucking.
  • Deus ex Machina: Palutena becomes a literal example of this when she saves Agents Sarah and Rashida from a Sue-wraith and turns it into Agent Cupid. Also see Do Not Taunt Cthulhu below.
  • Distant Finale: Some participants write a "Ten Years Hence" story that serves as this to their agents.
  • The Ditz: Lux appears to be so, remaining happily oblivious to attempts to dissuade her from her constant grabbiness up to and including physical attacks. Jay Thorntree also described herself as one.
  • Door Stopper:
  • Double Entendre: Some agents — particularly in Bad Slash — like to point these out.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • Some of the Sues killed by agents have been literal goddesses. Or demi-goddesses, in the case of Maia in Lord of the Rings. Killing them is possible not because the agent is overpowered, but because Mary Sues are not very intelligent or have very shallow ways of using their powers that lead to their demise. Or, in the case of Agent Mike de Bergerac, it is because the agent is overpowered.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: A particularly Sadly Mythtaken one of the above was taken out when Agents Suicide and Ithalond invoked the actual Sekhmet the Destroyer, who proceeded to vaporize the Sue. The Goddess of Destruction apparently does not appreciate having her name misspelled and her powers mixed up and given to a bitchy teenager.
  • Dramatic Reading: of legolas by laura, by a Gathering.
    • This has been a popular pasttime of PPCers in general.
  • Dream Deception: In "Illogical in All the Right Ways", Christianne and Eledhwen assassinate a Spock impostor and his girlfriend, then convince the canon characters that it had all been a nightmare.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Makes-Things. This bridge was removed; a member of the PPC got permission to go back and write a proper death scene for Makes-Things.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In Bleepka, usually. Several agents consider "drinking until I forget why I wished to be drunk" to be a good stress-relieving method.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Nobody in the PPC is entirely sane. They wouldn't be in the PPC if they were, and the job tends to wear down the ones who start that way anyway.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The Department of Geographical Aberrations has been known to blow up Suvian worlds — and star systems; they have licensed Sun Crusher pilots.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A version of Big Brother from 1984. Also, Cthulhu himself used to appear in the earlier spinoffs, to whom Sues would often be fed (although, in the very first one, the Non-canons are fed to the Watcher in the Water). This has become forbidden by PPC policy though (apparently the Sues are making him fat), and thus Cthulhu no longer shows up. The Sues/Stus themselves can count, as well.
  • Emergency Transformation: Several agents, such as Tawaki Penguin and Rina Dives, have been turned into Time Lords.
  • The Empire: The Enforcers of the Plot Continuum, the PPC's Evil Counterpart in the mirror multiverse.
  • Enemy Civil War: The power struggle between the Venomous Tentacula and Forget-Me-Not for control over the League of Mary-Sue Factories after the Yarrow's death. The Tentacula won.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Most Flowers, some Agents.
  • Everyone Can See It: In regards to Agents Eledhwen Elerossiel and Christianne Shieh. They got together eventually.
  • Everyone Has Standards: There are a number of rules enforced both upon the fictional agency and its fandom in order to keep them from devolving into the trolls, griefers, Hate Fic writers and neer-do-wells they sometimes get accused of being.
    • The gathering of charges serves two purposes. One, it helps to explain in generally non-subjective terms what makes a story bad in the first place, instead of just saying it's bad and acting like everyone agrees. Second, it prevents agents from acting on a "shoot first, shoot some more and when everyone's dead, give a reason for it" attitude.
    • Torture is outright prohibited on the job. Besides ethics, it's also pragmatic as it prevents any Sues from pulling something out to save their skins. Doesn't mean that agents won't enjoy watching Sues who get tortured as part of the story.
    • Directly insulting the author of the work or killing a fictional representation of them is also a no-no. This ensures focusing on the story and prevents an invocation of Never Live It Down.
    • Officially produced works always fall under their jurisdiction, regards of their popularity and perceived quality, meaning agents have to put it back the way it was and can't change it just because they don't like it. One agent ended up getting removed from continuity for trying to alter Harry Potter blowing up Hogwarts with a Sun Crusher.
    • Certain execution methods for Sues have been banned for being far too cruel, violent or excessive. They usually involved rape.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs:
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Inverted; Mary Sues sparkle and their glitter is dangerous in large quantities (it can Sue you).
  • Exact Words: Word Worlds do this when badfic gives improbable descriptions.
    • Some agents like to pull this off as well when they inflict Death by Irony on Sues.
  • Expanded Universe: The various spinoffs are technically this for the Original Series.
  • Face Palm: Used quite often by most agents.
  • Fake Faint: In one mission, Rarity the miniature draconequus pretends to faint when it sees Celestia, to be dramatic.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Some agents get very creative with Sue deaths, but being distastefully vulgar or invoking the same things you are condemning are frowned upon.
  • Fan Disservice / Fetish Retardant: The No-Drool Videos featuring such beauties as the Unseen University’s Librarian.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Most agent pairs that start out with the two of them bickering or otherwise having hard feelings turn into this.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Any agent with a large collection of minis.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: From French to German to Russian to Old English to Klingon.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Sometimes, if a canonical species does not wear clothes, Agents disguised as such will go in the nude.
  • Funetik Aksent: Part of the disguise when agents enter literary continua in which the accents get written, and some agents have them all the time.
  • Fun with Acronyms: One of the disguise generators is called the Disguise-Outfitting Ryticular Kostume System, or D.O.R.K.S. From the wiki:

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  • Gadgeteer Genius: Makes-Things, Techno-Dann, Liz O'Grady, and the entire Department of Sufficiently Advanced Technology as a whole.
  • Gallows Humor: You kinda need a dark sense of humor when your job is primarily killing things.
  • Gargle Blaster: Pink Stuff, Euphoria Elixir from Harry Potter mixed with Romulan Ale from Star Trek. Knocks you out something fierce but leaves a killer hangover.
  • Gender Bender: There was an... incident... involving an Ax-Crazy Agent with a Transformation Ray.
    • Agent Cadmar has been left female as punishment for his behavior in a mission gone wrong.
  • Gentle Giant: Stephanie Podd is 11 feet tall, and she won't hurt a fish.
  • Genre Roulette: While it's a comedy first and foremost, the multiversal setting makes it only natural that it takes a turn for horror, or sweetness, or action, and back to comedy.
  • Genre Savvy: As expected in a setting where irony is enforced by the Legal Department, most but not all Agents have at least a decent grasp on the more common tropes.
  • Giftedly Bad: The writers of some of the fics sporked.
  • Glamour Failure: Having one's disguise drop or otherwise fail is always a risk.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Though all the agents are technically fighting to protect the multiverse, you see quite a few Jerkass agents.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal!: Canon characters cannot truly die until their "official" deaths in the canon material. Agents can die, but Medical has the best techniques and instruments from just about anywhere in the multiverse, so anything short of death can be healed or at least patched up.
  • Gory Discretion Shot / Sexy Discretion Shot:
    • Often, especially squick-laden bits of fics aren't quoted directly. The most extreme example is probably from the Cluny Fic, where the agents spend most of the truly disgusting scenes screaming, throwing up, banging their heads against walls, and drinking as much alcohol as possible without going into any more detail about what's happening than that it involves a spear.
    • There was also a Sexy Discretion Shot involving Agents given a mission on their wedding night.
    • Valon and Kala's first dance is completely offscreen.
    • Averted when the scene needs to be seen to add charges.
  • Group-Identifying Feature: You can tell what department an agent works for by looking at the symbol on their "flash patch", which is essentially an ID badge. There are too many departments to list here, but for a few examples, the Department of Bad Slash has a three-eyed rubber duck, the Department of Floaters has a waterlily, and the Department of Implausible Crossovers has a flying pig.
  • Grossout Fakeout: In "How Will I Clean My Fur?", there is a tsunami of thick, white gunk that is said to come from Ned Flanders. However, the narration confirms that the substance is "a completely fictional liquid and not what it was implied to be".
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Some Agents.
  • Harmful to Minors: Some young agents, the rescued Sue-offspring.
  • Has Two Mommies: Many ex-Sue children, and some Mpreg kids, are adopted by Agents.
  • Hate Sink: The Notary, who is an arrogant, racist, obstructive, and hostile prat of a Time Lady.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Happens often, especially in Bad Slash. Often combined with Quizzical Tilt.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: One of the many perils of the job is the risk of, in the process of fighting Mary Sues, becoming one yourself.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • A few Mary Sues (and even one or two Sue-wraiths) reform and become agents, though their interactions with other agents (who make a living off killing Sues) are rather awkward.
    • The Nightshade started out as the Mysterious Somebody's secretary, then went on to be the Department Head of the Department of Operations; the restructuring of the Board of Department Heads after Crashing Down was done specifically to keep her off it. In the same storyline, Ontic Laison has one after her insanity was cured, having been Obliviously Evil beforehand.
    • Omicron, a humanized Dalek who reformed and became an agent. Likewise Agent Charlie, originally of the Imperial faction. Agent Fearn, who has been given the Human Factor, counts as well.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Swords are the most popular weapon by far among agents, and many enemies of the PPC also use them. Partly justified by the fact that agents need to use weapons that fit the continuum they're in when doing missions, or they're risking contaminating the canon - bladed weapons are almost always canonical. It is unknown if preventing the non-canon weaponry from being found by canons is a loophole, but agents prefer to be safe rather than sorry on that ground.
  • Heroic BSoD: A commonplace occurrence. About half the agents end their careers too insane to work (most of the rest are killed in action).
  • Herr Doktor: Doktor Trollenfisch, despite not being, in reality, even a little bit German. Also despite being a lurid pink pufferfish about a foot across with a ridiculous accent and a love of oompah music. It's best not to question it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Some agent pairs. "Things I Am Not Allowed To Do At The PPC" instructs the agents not to refer to their partners this way, though.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Nearly any mission where one Agent says, essentially, "I have an idea!" ends this way.
  • Honorary Uncle: Applies to any agent who adopts Nursery children.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Most of the Mary Sues and their writers. Some of the agents have tendencies that way, but tend to get it squicked out of them.
  • Humans Are Ugly / Humans Through Alien Eyes: Nonhuman agents have a hard time getting used to the majority species.
  • Hurting Hero: In spades, usually through the trauma of all the weird stuff they get put through.
  • I Call It "Vera": Some agents name their weapons or belongings.
  • I Do Not Own: Every mission starts off with a disclaimer reminding us Jay and Acacia made the PPC, who the owner of the original property of the fic is and who the fic belongs to, usually snipping that they can keep that last one.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Sue Soufflé and capital-W Water are made from Mary Sue flesh, or blood in the latter case, and agents in the more species-diverse settings show little concern with sampling. Agents may not consider Sues human, and certainly don't consider them people, though.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: Recruited goodfic characters sometimes have problems when a particularly bad piece of work gets into their continuum.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Agents often kill Sues this way.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Invoked by Agent Zug after his intern, Cy (a former Stormtrooper) tried to shoot a possessed canon and missed. Or, as he put it, "You're a Stormtrooper who just tried to shoot a named protagonist".
  • Impressive Pyrotechnics: Especially in the Department of Geographical Aberrations. They’re called “The Pyros” for a reason.
  • Improbable Weapon User / Improvised Weapon: Used frequently. Justified in that most agents who use these types of weapons are from continua that only use improbable weapons.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Particularly bad fics or annoying co-workers tend to induce this.
  • Initiation Ceremony: Has, at least in the past, included the Trial of Tom Bombadil's Poetry. Then comes the Sue-smiting.
  • Insane Equals Violent:
    • Both averted and played straight. Most agents are a little crazy, but those who have real-world disorders aren't any more violent than anybody else (which, granted, isn't saying much when it's a PPC agent you're talking about). However, insanity induced by contact with too much horrible fan fiction does occasionally make agents find themselves a flamethrower and start burning things. The violence is nearly always a comical sort.
    • They also distinguish between the Played for Laughs "insanity" and the Played for Drama "mental illness."
  • Instant A.I.: Just Add Water!: Any HQ technology with a speaker or display either a) ignites, b) explodes, or c) becomes sentient or sapient. This has resulted in Consoles with a twitter account, and disguise generators with a sense of humour. Especially problematic with Simulation Generators, which start out producing simple if realistic automatons, but will develop Cloning Blues and Expendable Clones if not carefully monitored, eventually producing simulations that try to kill and replace the character they simulate.
  • Interspecies Romance: The PPC is a multidimensional organisation. This is the inevitable result.
  • It Came from the Fridge:
    • Eating from the cafeteria should earn hazard pay, as it's likely to send you to Medical.
    • Slorp. Oh gods, Slorp.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: Most of what the PPC does. Bonus points for most of the context also requiring context.
  • It Gets Easier: Agents usually get used to killing Sues; it helps that they're effectively fighting to protect all of existence. On the other hand, the longer they are agents, the more likely it is that they'll lose their sanity altogether. Terrible fanfiction is very stressful.
  • It's Personal: Many agents have a Berserk Button relating to their home canons being Sued, or their Lust Objects being interfered with.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: The basis for most PPC Technology are stabilized Plotholes. If you tell someone that Bleeprin, literal Brain Bleach, couldn't possibly work as it does, it may stop working (and the Agent will then need to kill you). Humour and irony are slightly stronger forces than gravity.
  • Just Desserts: Sues used to be fed to Cthulhu himself, before the practice was banned due to their making him fat. Other creatures which have since been used to off them include the Balrog from The Lord of the Rings, the Thread from Dragonriders of Pern, Suu the slime, Davy Jones' Kraken, a whole host of minis, and in at least one case, a nonhuman agent.
  • Just for Pun: Puns are a popular form of amusement/torture for PPC agents.
  • Karmic Death: Mary Sues are subjected to this. For example:
    • Suicide and Dio subjected a G.I. Joe Sue who erased military discipline to the Reality Room, where the rigors of military life (intensified by her own attitude problem) reduced her to a glittery stain.
    • The Rainbow Dash impersonator in Rainbow Factory was turned into rainbows herself.
    • laura was killed by being tied to a tree in Mirkwood and a rock of the Ered Lithui and knocked out so that the tree and rock would take their natural places hundreds of kilometers apart. With bits of her still tied to them.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • A common reaction to most badfics.
    • Basically the go-to solution for the Department of Geographical Aberrations, leading to them being nicknamed “Pyro Department”.
  • Killed Off for Real: For both Sues and agents. Canon characters cannot die until the author says so. Agents don't get this safety net.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Sues often die this way. This is out of necessity, as the canon has a hard time correcting itself if a Sue dies on her own terms (and said terms often involve faux-eloquent Last Words).
  • Knife Nut: A significant number of agents.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Near constant. One agent has been known to pull out and wave a literal lampsahde.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again!: Happens often, especially after really bad missions.
  • Literal Genie:
    • When the fic writer makes technical errors, the fic world interprets it literally. Hilarity Ensues.
    • One Sue, thanks to a misspelling of 'lion', turned into a loin. She wasn't able to do much after that.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The PPC has over a thousand characters. Quite a lot aren't active any more, though.
  • Loony Fan: Fans of varying levels of loonyness are responsible for the creation of Mary Sues. Bamf!Sues could also count.
  • Lust Object: Referred to by name for any character or object that gets an agent horny.
  • Madness Mantra: "I must not shirk the Duty."
  • Made of Explodium:
    • It's pretty rare for a Canon Analysis Device to survive more than one mission. Though sometimes they melt instead.
    • A particularly bad moment of OOCness caused one to evaporate.
  • Mama Bear: Some agents who have children in the PPC count as this. Agents in general may also be like this to their favorite characters/Lust Objects.
  • Mary Sue: invoked The PPC uses a special definition of Mary Sue: a badly-written character that corrupts the canon for selfish or shallow reasons such that the real story could never take place. For example, Frodo would have never destroyed the One Ring if he was too busy being a badly-written love slave — the character that sets the canon into such ruin is considered a Mary Sue to the PPC. Mary Sues, or possession Sues, are the most frequent culprits that make terrible fanfiction terrible, and thus are hunted by the PPC. Because they are badly-conceived characters that could never be complete human beings, PPC canon considers them to be actually inhuman, and possibly not even living things at all. Some agents are reformed Mary Sues, either rescued from a story because they showed a scrap of humanity or written by PPC authors who have written Mary Sues in the past and wish to exploit that in their work. Also, uploading a Suefic is sometimes implied to be a Point of No Return for the Sue/Stu.
  • Mary-Sue Hunter: The Department of Mary Sues consists of this; Agents in other departments specialize elsewhere (or “specialize” in not specializing, in case of Agents in the Department of Floaters). The PPC can be said to have popularized the trope.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Happens from time to time, usually when a large number of agents are involved and everything goes south. Large groups of Suvians may also get this when the agents step in.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Judging by Fenworth and Paladin's ages in the Dragon Keeper Chronicles, Chrysocome and Del's marriage is this.
    • As of her second mission, Stephanie Podd the Kraken seems to be developing a relationship with Cupid Carmine, an immortal angel from Kid Icarus. Now, consider that the lifespan of an average World One squid is seldom more than 2-3 years...
  • Meaningful Name: Nendil Morifëa's second-name literally means "Black soul". Some other agents also have meaningful names: sometimes as a chosen alias or in the form of a pun, and sometimes because the culture from which they hail considers it normal. PPC Agents charge Mary Sues with this when it's out of place, tacky, and meaningless.
  • Meaningful Rename: Since names in HQ run the gamut from Alice to Supernumerary, more than a few agents have probably done this.
  • Mega Crossover: Including some characters who are walking crossovers themselves.
  • Mentors: A full spread of these tropes, albeit with a warning:
    Senior Agents either have an abnormal tolerance for things that turn other people into gibbering wrecks or they're faking it somehow. Either way, it is wise to tread softly until you have an idea which is the case. - The Manual
  • Metafiction: Missions are parodies (in a certain way) of bad fanficition.
  • Mirror Universe: Literally. More than one, in fact; there's at least the evil Suvian mirror multiverse, the one where everyone has sex all the time, and at least one known Alternate History multiverse.
  • Missing Episode:
    • Some missions were on websites that folded and were not archived on the Wayback Machine. Now that Geocities has closed down, this applies to all PPC material posted to it and not uploaded to PPC: The Lost Tales. In the Original Series, "The Dark Elf" used to be a Missing Episode until it was found on the Wayback Machine.
    • In-universe, lost works from real and fictional cultures alike are archived in the Musée des Univers PerdusTranslation .
  • Mister Seahorse: Male Pregnancy is a common and serious charge, both dealt with within the Department of Bad Slash and the focus of the Division of Mpreg. Usually fixed by combining the debugger with a People Jar or more suitable parent (i.e., one with a uterus).
  • The Monolith: The main part of the Tomb of the Unknown PPC Agent; there used to also be tombstones, but these were removed.
  • Most Common Superpower: Sues frequently have it. Agents occasionally do, but less of a point is made of such.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: Leading to the need for this section of the FAQ; playing the "sexist" card is something of a Berserk Button in general. Also, most of the PPC writers are female.
  • Mr. Fixit: The entire Department of Sufficiently Advanced Technology (or Ms. Fixit, as the case may be). Makes-Things especially has a knack for winding up in this role.
    • One mission actually gave Makes-Things an assistant called Fix-It.
  • MSTing: The missions are vaguely reminiscent of MSTs, as quotes from the fic are interspersed with commentary and such from the agents, though the agents are often carrying on their own story around the fic and only small snippets of the fics being sporked are used; at times, the fic itself is never quoted at all, being summarised instead. Some of the writers also do "official" MST fics as well.
  • Mundane Utility: Flames can burn indefinitely without fuel or air. They naturally find use as torches, space heaters, and to melt snow when caught in an avalanche on Caradhras...or as it was called that time, Garadas.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Agents don't get much time to sleep in the first place.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: See I'm Having Soul Pains.

    N to S 
  • Name's the Same: There are three agents with the name Alison, all of whom spell it slightly differently (Agent Alison, Agent Allison, and Agent Ally). Not to mention Alec Trevelyan, Alec Troven, Alex Bjørnsen, Alex Dives, Alex Orange, Alex Warren...
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
  • Nice Hat:
    • GreyLadyBast's Most Holy Hat and Montgomery Osbert III's helmet.
    • The Permission Giver hats. Apparently, they're covered with macaroni, anointed with slinkies, and weaponized. They've also been used to build a tower to the moon.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: From the original series: Jay loves slimy tentacled things. She gets maternal over the Watcher.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Agent Tawaki is a werepenguin Borg who gets turned into a Time Lord.
  • Noodle Implements: Agent Granjo tortures Mary Sues with a Narayani hammer, an empty tin can and a cell phone.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Almost every agent pair has at least one.
    • The No-Drool videos. All we know is that they're made up of some of the most Fetish Retardant scenes possible, designed to stop agents from lusting. Thankfully, apart from a few throwaway sentences, we don't know what these scenes are.
  • Nosebleed: No-Drool Videos are used to curb these (and immaturity around Lust Objects in general).
  • No Social Skills: Some non-human agents. And, for that matter, some of the human ones.
  • Not Good with People: Some agents aren't very good with people. Agent Tasmin is a good example of this.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Since the Sues tend to go down within a few paragraphs of being confronted, it's very easy to think this. But most of the time, the agents either have to restrain them or kill them with trickery, as these are still beings that can wrap reality or are incredibly powerful at the least. When the Sues are able to evade capture or fight back, they can severely injure or kill Agents as easily as anyone else.
  • Not Where They Thought: In "How Will I Clean My Fur?", Steven makes two of these mistakes. First he thinks he's at home when really he's in someone else's apartment, then he thinks he's in the wrong story due to seeing a Pokémon centre (and the story is meant to be a Crack Fic of The Simpsons), but really he's in the right one.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat:
    • The Marquis de Sod.
    • The Notary, in spades.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Many plot developments occur completely off screen, with the reader only knowing about them due to an infodump on an agent's part.
  • Old Master: Any sufficiently experienced agent can turn into this.
  • Older Than They Look: Due to the time distortions in HQ, many agents have experienced years more of life than their chronological age would suggest.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Some agents, such as Supernumerary. Especially popular among the Time Lord agents, who are almost all renegades. Subverted, however, by the Notary — her name is Antrilovorasilendar — and Emiranlanoamar, AKA the Guardsman.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • In one mission, Supernumerary used Avada Kedavra on a vampiric replacement of Luna that had knocked out an agent he trained.
    • Jay drops her happy attitude when things get serious.
    • When Agent Ilraen starts swearing, you know something's gone wrong.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: Agents from several different continua.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: They include werewolves, werepenguins, weretigers, werehawks, and even a were-sea-anemone.
  • Pardon My Klingon: "Kogec mjaaš!" Targir does not like seeing Han Solo replaced with The Sociopath.
  • Parody Sue: Jaycacaia Thornbryd, who had the misfortune of ending up the PPC cafeteria, resulting in her remaining lifespan being measurable in milliseconds.
  • Persona Non Grata: Agent Trojie is prohibited from going to Discworld when not assigned a mission there for some reason. This has nothing to do with the mysterious absence of important items from that continuum, such as the New Pie. The quarantined continua count for all agents, as their authors have forbidden fanfic to be written about them.
  • The Plague: The Macrovirus Emergency. Macrocosm taken Up to Eleven.
  • Plant Aliens: The Flowers are giant, alien flowers given sentience (and, in many cases, grown to human size or larger) by the radiation given off by their sun being consumed by a black hole. They communicate and go about daily tasks primarily through the use of powerful psychic abilities, also given to them by said radiation.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On:
    • The standard reaction to Luxury.
    • Peter Piper's reaction to finding his partner sunbathing. Also Nume's reaction to Ilraen's failed morphing, Kern's reaction to Logan's penchant to go shirtless, Brightbeard's typical response to Barid, who doesn't like to wear clothing. Also a semi-common reaction to Sues, and Blast J's reaction to a nymph newbie wearing nothing but VaporWear.
    • Also happens to Selene near the end of her third mission with Kaitlyn.
    • Orientation Day practically opens with this trope, with Chakkik tripping over his partner's new girlfriend, with neither girl being dressed.
  • Plot Hole: The PPC uses plot holes in much of its technology, allowing its agents to move and communicate between worlds and universes. The entirety of HQ in fact consists of bits of building joined up via plot holes. People regularly fall into HQ because of this.
  • Precision F-Strike: Agent Ilraen is a soft-spoken and often naive guy. So when he starts screaming about how something is bullshit, you know he's very not happy.
  • Punch-Clock Hero or Punch-Clock Villain: Technically, being a PPC agent is a job, though agents generally aren't paid much post-Reorganisation (before which they were paid very well and got frequent holidays, but at the cost of being ruled by the Big Bad and his Secret Police) and don't do it for the money. On the plus side, there isn't very much you need to pay for in HQ anyway.
  • Punny Name: Some agents, such as Justin Agent, Beethoven "Moon" Sonata, Light Fixture, Night Shade, Peter Piper, and Blue Photon.
  • Put on a Bus: Sometimes an agent retires, is transferred to a new department, or goes mad.
  • Quirky Household: Any group of agents that calls themselves a family will fall into this trope by the nature of the PPC.
  • Rage Against the Author: Happens often, particularly against badfic authors. Doing much worse than raging isn't allowed, however.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The entire PPC.
  • Rape as Drama: The focus of several possible charges, ranging from trivializing rape to worse.
  • Rapid Aging: A Sue was forced to drink from the false grail, resulting in this.
  • Readings Blew Up the Scale: The Canon Analysis Devices can explode when measuring high doses of OOC-ness.
  • Reality Warper:
    • Sues, by their very nature.
    • All fanfic writers are this as well, as their words literally cause things to happen in the canon 'verse. In badfic, unfortunate spelling errors or syntax problems can cause some rather weird things to happen.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Some agents, particularly the elves and Time Lords.
  • Reset Button: Neuralysing canon characters and removing the Sue or other centre of distortion doesn't merely fix the effects of the badfic, it effectively stops the badfic from happening in the first place.
  • Resurrection Sickness: A staple for the Time Lord agents after regenerating.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Misspelling a character's name creates a tiny, adorable, and usually bloodthirsty version of a monster from the appropriate canon called a Mini. Even the minis based on hideous, monstrous creatures such as Lavos remain endearing.
  • Ring Ring CRUNCH: the consoles’ incessant beeping sometimes causes the agents to react… violently.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Common in badfic; when applied to a character's name, it creates a mini.
  • Rule of Cool: Usually invoked by the Sues to prop themselves up, though the agents can sometimes do this as well.
  • Rule of Funny: If anything can be, the Rule of Funny is the guiding trope for the PPC. If a spinoff doesn't follow the Rule of Funny, or if a serious story for the PPC doesn't occasionally bend to its will, it's not really in the spirit of the PPC. As said above, the setting also has its own name for the Rule, the Narrative Laws of Comedy.
  • Rule 34: A big reason many agents go through so much Bleeprin. The PPC also has its own version, "...there is fanfic for it."
  • Rummage Fail: Happens for anyone with a Bag of Holding or similar.
    • Happened with near-deadly results when Agent Zeb was unable to find the emergency remote activator in time to get his partner to Medical. He was forced to turn her into a Time Lord instead.
  • Running Gag: CADs exploding, consoles beeping at bad times, and others depending on the spinoff. The CAD gag could possibly be considered an Overused Running Gag, as it's now done almost every time a CAD is used at all and can give off the impression that PPC tech is completely useless.
  • Scary Scorpions: Kala Jeng. She's a girtablilu native to the Manga/Monster Musume universe, meaning she's a short Romani girl attached at the hip to the body of a seven-foot, four-hundred pound scorpion. Not only that, but she's been repeatedly kicked out of the homes of her host families because of her Hair-Trigger Temper and violent tendencies. However, Valon seems to have gotten through to her, and they're married.
  • The Scottish Trope: Both on the Posting Board and in the context of the missions, agents and writers avoid invoking the names of particularly horrifying badfics, either by censoring the name ("C*l*br**n") or just avoiding it ("That Series").
  • Secret Police: The Department of Internal Security, after becoming corrupt; their existence was common knowledge, but the secret part was their corruption, the Mary Sue Factory they were protecting, and the fact they were torturing and murdering agents. The Department of Internal Operations can be taken as a more literal example, since in theory, only the Flowers even know they exist. In practise, there are rumours of their existence, but most still don't know the truth, and part of Agent Justin Agent's job is to discredit such rumours. According to one DIO agent, their existence being discovered would cause another revolt against the PPC's leaders, as they're too much like the DIS for most agents' comfort.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: PPC uniforms are black, good for a wide variety of temperature ranges, and comfortable to spend time in. Sues usually aim for ostentatious, and in the Mirror Multiverse, the female agents wear very little.
    • Averted with Agent Luxury. Whenever she shows up, she's usually in some state of undress/ wearing skimpy clothes.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Happens when younger agents visit home or the OFU they attended after some time, and in the Ten Years Hence stories.
  • Shoehorned Acronym: Justified. The Disguise-Outfitting Ryticular Kostume System abbreviates to DORKS. However, the "K" in "kostume" was there because of a typo on the patent form. No one knows the meaning of "ryticular", though.
  • Shock-and-Switch Ending: Invoked, where agents enter stories (namely badly-written fanfiction) with bad or disturbing endings and change reality so that the stories have happy endings.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Most agents are in their teens, and the job leaves them no time for schoolwork, though they occasionally get leave to attend an Official Fanfiction University.
  • Shout-Out: A Shout-Out to everything, in theory.
  • Sick and Wrong: This is the reason Squick is a chargeable offense, and in the Bad Slash Department, a rather common one at that.
  • Slasher Smile: Many agents, in some cases in a slightly different sense than usual.
  • Smoky Gentlemen's Club: HQ's only private bar, the Pennacook Club.
  • Squee!: An interjection often leading the one uttering it to a round of No-Drool videos.
    • In continua where "squee" is a noun (common or proper), squeeing produces "Piercing Squees", large versions of whatever squee means in that continuum, that glomp the squee-er and vanish.
  • The Starscream: The Nightshade.
  • Straight Gay: The PPC has a significant number of LGBT+ agents, who don't tend to follow any stereotypes unless they particularly want to.
  • Strictly Formula: Agents get mission report/briefing, agents enter bad fanfic, agents bitch about bad fanfic, agents exchange smart-aleck banter, agents kill Sue and/or exorcise victims in variety of interesting ways, agents go home and do post-mission wrap-up. That it's still working like a charm is a testament to how terrible most of the target material is. And they're good about mixing it up just enough so that it doesn't get entirely predictable.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Always a favorite when the agents of DOGA are involved.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Actually having to watch the horrible reality-bending induced by bad prose can cause really bad headaches.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: As noted under Do Not Taunt Cthulhu, Agents Suicide and Ithalond got help from the real goddess Sekhmet after a Sue claimed to be her avatar.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Agents tend to take down Sues in very cynical ways, especially Sues trying to make a cynical setting idealistic. Then there are Reality Rooms, which force canon-adherence and logic on everything inside them.
  • Surreal Horror: Shows up unintentionally in a lot of badfic, as bad prose makes horrifying and physically-implausible things happen; for example, overuse of pronouns in a Slash Fic, where both characters are referred to as "he", sometimes results in both characters doing every action described to the other at the same time.
  • Sword Fight: Many agents and enemies of the PPC use swords, so this happens frequently.

    T to Z 
  • Tastes Like Purple: Suefics tend to go overboard with the florid writing.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Several agent pairs. Actually, just about every team is like this at some point.
  • Tempting Fate: The Ironic Overpower is the entity being tempted. Experienced agents will attempt to avoid this — and fail, of course.
  • Tentacle Rope: Stephanie Podd, a kraken from Monster Musume, employs this frequently.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. There's an entire Department dedicated to this, and agents too close to snapping are often ordered to go there. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
  • They Fight Crime!: Enforced; the Flowers purposefully create odd couples, then send them to fight Sues, disentangle bad crossovers, et cetera. Jay even described herself and Acacia as such in the author's notes for their second story.
    "One's a bloodthirsty killer. One's a flake with a Polaroid. They fight crime!"
  • This Is Gonna Suck: A common reaction from agents, especially when being sent into notorious fics.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Sues. For just one example, Jay opened a portal and asked a Mary Sue to step through it, which she did. The portal, of course, led to the Whomping Willow.
    • There was a Stu who gave a strip-tease while wearing target-print briefs. Guess where he got shot.
  • To Serve Man: Nonhuman agents who have a fondness for Suvian flesh might possibly fall under this trope, though it's acknowledged that Sues aren't human to begin with. Special mention goes to Velociripper, though, who comes from a continuum where predators seem to prefer humans more than bigger prey - and once ate a character replacement so completely that by the time he was done, only the bones were left!
  • Tracking Device: Agents who are ex-Sues or close to becoming Sues are fitted with a tracking anklet.
  • Tranquil Fury: Some agents are too professional, or just too far beyond rage, to express it much. This is usually very bad for the Sue.
  • Transformation Ray: The Disguise Generator, necessary for continuum-appropriate disguises. The Disguise Outfitting Ryticular Kostume System is a similar device, allowing agents to change their disguise without having to go back to their RC.
  • Trigger Happy: One of the reasons agents being obliged to read charge lists before killing Sues is to stop them from killing at random.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Usually happens to an agent on the brink of a meltdown.
  • Unconventional Food Usage: This series has "dubious lube", which is gay men using wacky or bad things as lube, several of which are food. The list of items on the Wiki includes egg white, barbecue sauce, gravy, ketchup, melted sugar, vinegar, vegetable soup, honey, maple syrup, chocolate, melted cheese, a lollipop, mango pulp, and peanut butter.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Canon characters can be "made to think they're dead" by fanauthors, but cannot actually die until their original author says they have. Dead agents usually cannot be resurrected, though Dafydd Illian is a notable exception. The Medical department can heal pretty much anything short of death.
    • Makes-Things abrubtly returns three years after seemingly having his heart punched out by a Kaiju macrovirus.
  • Unnecessary Roughness: An important part of Australian Indoor-Rules Quidditch (a game stolen from Mac Hall). The main rule is "Cause as much damage as you can while you run around for the ball in the dark. Least injured team wins, outside of forfeit."
  • Unstoppable Rage: Often happens when an agent's Berserk Button is pressed.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
  • Vague Age: Agents tend to forget their ages, as HQ time more or less runs on guesswork. Some agents recruited from fics have no idea how old they were to start with, or are of species which don't age at the same rate as humans, so it's hard to tell.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: During the mission for My Inner Life, Randa dopes up on Bleeprin and sticks the bottle down her shirt. Rina twice contemplates going after it before deciding to tough it out.
  • Viewer Name Confusion: In-Universe, if a character's name is misspelled, they will be replaced by a small creature called a "mini".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A common dynamic between agent pairs, as agents are usually assigned partners with different personalities — the Flowers think it helps prevent madness.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Putting on a disguise is effectively this, since it actually transforms the agents into their disguise — for example, when Jay and Acacia were disguised as Ents, they didn't feel anything despite being riddled with arrows.
  • We Need a Distraction: Many agent pairs have used the strategy of having one agent distract the canons or the Sue while the other does what needs to be done — neuralysing, capturing, or killing.
  • Webcomic Time: A problem for many writers, which is partly why Emergencies are frowned on now; it's hard to fit them into one's personal canon when struggling with a timeline. Time in HQ is pretty loosely defined, though, so most writers tend to just wing it or specifically state when a given story is set.
  • Wham Episode: Crashing Down, where The Mysterious Somebody and his League of Mary Sue Factories and the Black Cats come back to destroy the PPC and are repulsed, albeit with heavy losses.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Or non-elf, non-alien, etc. Sues are always treated as though they are more like wild animals causing environmental contamination than a sentient being, so aside from charging them out of duty, the Agents have no guilt killing or even eating them.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Agents often call the Flowers out when they've had enough, or even each other.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Agents recruited from fics often can't go back for fear of death. Agents from World One often have trouble with the idea of readjusting to "normal" life. And some Agents are replaced canon characters...
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: An all-too-common response when Agents are asked about something particularly nasty they saw on a mission.
  • You Make Me Sic:
  • Zerg Rush: The Mary Sue Invasion of 2008. Went completely to pieces once their mind powers were neutralised, however. The agents also do this to some extent during attacks on HQ, as their enemies are always vastly outnumbered (though it isn't known exactly how many agents there are).


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