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Webcomic / Fortune & Romance

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Fortune & Romance is a Machinomic made with The Sims 2. It is a prequel to the game's storyline, focusing on the lives of the premade Maxis sisters Dina and Nina Caliente.

The story can be found here. Character page is here.

Tropes in this work:

  • Author Appeal: The author admits that the story makes her come off as a robot fetishist.
  • Beast and Beauty: Servo and Nina, but the temperaments are inverted so that the beauty is the one with rage issues.
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  • Chekhov's Gag: Servo staring at Nina's butt in Chapter 3.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember Bella's secret cowplant from Chapter 5? As of chapter 10, it becomes a possible murder weapon.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Dina often wears gold. When she chooses to open up to Mike she's wearing green, an alien color.
    • Jennicor and her family are almost always in black.
    • The Kaylynns only ever wear white.
    • Nina and Don often wear purple, the color of woohoo hearts.
    • Circe's always in pink.
    • Bella always wears red.
  • Does Not Like Magic: Simis Bachelor which led to him abandoning his family, and Micheal giving up magic.
  • Doomed by Canon: We all know what happens to Bella and Michael several years later, not to mention the Tricou family and Rainelle.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Mortimer picks up on all the clues to Dina's alien background to the point of figuring out she's a green supernatural creature who accidentally caused Mr. Big's disappearance, yet he still comes up with an entirely wrong conclusion.
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  • Expy: Probably unintentional, but Mortimer Goth is a fast-talking, occasionally-dickish, flithy rich, witty mechanical genius with a mustache.
  • Fantastic Racism: Pretty much all the main characters have to deal with this in some way, Nina and Dina for their alien ancestry, Mike for his witchcraft, Servo for being a robot, etc. Brigit embodies this by being prejudiced against anyone non-human.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Michael and Dina's first conversation involves him pointing out that the heroine in a romantic comedy usually chooses love over money in the end.
    • In Chapter 3, Bella jokes about someone "dropping dead on the dance floor" and a "banshee foreshadowing someone's death". Guess how the chapter ends?
  • Funny Background Event: Something to look out for.
    • During the Tricou ball we see Kiernen and Kvornan making out with their wives, then each other's wives, and then each other.
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  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: Don regarding Nina/Brigit in the April Fools Day teaser.
  • Internalized Categorism: Servo especially struggles with this, while Dina and Mike also show signs of it in regards to their alienism and witchiness respectively.
  • Love Triangle: Don/Servo/Nina, Mike/Dina/Ocean, and Jennicor/Jon/Rainelle (which can also be extended to include Elden)
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: There are moments in the story that are clearly a result of magic, however there are also times where it is left ambigious as to whether or not something has a supernatural explanation.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Michael and Mortimer, by Dina.
  • Polyamory: Most of the Tricous
  • Running Gag: Brigit repeatedly running away from things is quite literally this.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Bella and Mortimer's wedding, though both were happy about it and it's implied it was Bella's plan to get away from her father.
  • Shout-Out: Tons to The Sims.
  • Teen Pregnancy: The reason Bella and Mortimer got married.
  • Title Drop: Chapter 3 - "And after that we headed to Sim City in search of fortune and romance...”
    • And again in Chapter 12 - “Well, I hope you’re not coming to me for approval, because I have said all I have to say to you about matters of fortune and romance.”
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Ocean proposes during a funeral, right next to the open coffin.