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Drawception is an online "picture telephone" game. The players participate in creating a chain of drawings and captions, with each participant only seeing the previous player's phrase or picture to illustrate or describe. Once the predefined number of players takes part, the entire chain is publicly revealed, usually with hilarious results.

It was created in March 2012 by Jeremiah "Reed" Freyholtz, and quickly developed a vibrant community.


The website as a whole contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Author Avatar: In the early years of the game, it was common for the player to insert their avatar (i.e. a character resembling their profile picture) into the games. Eventually they made an unwritten rule against it, because these avatar insertions derailed the games from their original theme.
  • Bee Afraid: Some of the artwork during "Bee Week", a yearly tradition on Drawception, may contain evil or dangerous bees. However, this trope is Averted with the majority of Bee Week games, where bees are presented as pleasant.
  • Crossover: A significant portion of the games are about characters from different works encountering each other. Sometimes becomes Crossover Ship.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Any game created with the B&W, Grayscale, The Blues or Sepia themes.
  • Easter Egg: Several artists tend to hide a "Subliminal Batman" in their pictures, i.e. a hidden portrait of Batman that is subtle enough not to be spotted by those who don't intentionally look for it.
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  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The majority of captions describe precisely what is on the previous picture.
  • Joke Item: For a contest on April Fools 2019, Drawception added the Retina Burn palette, which is a painful combination of bright red and purple. On April 7th, it went on sale and costs 500 ducks (about $20) when out of season.
  • Mascot: "Drawception D", a blue letter D with arms and legs, holding a pencil.
  • Round Robin: Any of the "Tell a Story PIO" (Pass It On) games, where each participant adds a new part of the story and instructs the next player to do likewise.
  • Running Gag: Particularly funny games are prone to Memetic Mutation, with a lot of people trying to recreate it or make variants of it. They can easily become an Overused Running Gag. Some of the more iconic ones:
  • Videogame Perversity Potential: Trolls sometimes randomly derail games by drawing unrelated pornographic pictures or putting down crude dirty texts when describing a picture. The latter is especially sour when the previous picture was exceptionally well drawn.

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