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  • Affectionate Parody: The episodes that feature Mosquatlons and Aviatets brutally satirize Twilight and affectionately jab Underworld. (See Take That below for more on Twilight.)
    • Filled with Shout Outs also, since Maraldos' Mantithian form is even inspired by Michael Sheen as Lucian. The scientist Aviatet is even referred to as Fricassee instead of Singe. The author thought "fricassee" was another word for "char" when the character was first named.
      • Although the actual Lucian counterpart is named Pavonan.
      • Singe is actually split into two characters: Fricassee and Oobalid. And in spite being a Dirty Communist, some of Gruvis' antics are actually a reference to Those Wacky Nazis in the latter levels of Medal of Honor: Frontline.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: The Muellex was not named after The Matrix. It was named after Mueslix cereal.
  • Composite Character: Played straight and inverted often, especially with the Shout-Out and parody characters.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything? / The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: The worlds all seem to represent different diseases, biological and/or mental.
    • Statios is Dissociative, though Vornsid's seems to be a lot like Alzheimer's though it can strike at a younger age.
    • Whixtitout is Avoidant Personality Disorder suffering from Infertility due to STDs, with Buliod's disease working like a viral chlamydia.
    • Markerterion is Narcissism, though the famine-afflicted parts have Malnutrition.
    • Drizad is This Is Your Brain on Evil.
    • Neothode is schizophrenia.
    • Mantith is rabies.
  • Expy: Vaneesa Abiyoti, in the planned Final Hope sequel arc, is basically recycled from Juanita "Olive Kitty" Bines in a 1997 short-lived short story collection titled Mechanical Conflict. They may have different ethnicities and differing levels of mortality, but they are quite easily the same character, for obvious reasons. Made worse in that Vaneesa's Author Appeal traits were recycled for Candi Levens.
    • Laura Herrante is basically just a Caucasian version of Vaneesa, and ends up having the role Vaneesa would have fulfilled if not for having been offed by Astrabolo.
  • It's Been Done: The Voyagers' creator had no idea initially that making a sci-fi series that unabashedly addressed hot-topic political and social issues and placed heavy emphasis on the value of ideas was also one of Gene Roddenberry's goals behind writing Star Trek. Which side of the debate which author is on concerning which issue is irrelevant.
    • In fact, when the main cast was first figured out, there was a greater emphasis on making sure they were not look too much like Power Rangers in Space. What, with having a Color Coded for Your Convenience Character-Magnetic Team of 20-somethings manning a dark blue spacecraft and being threatened by a legion of Big Bad villain factions all being manipulated by a Bigger Bad? And a finale in which the remnants of said Bigger Bad's army try to wipe out Earth as other planets are shown clearly war-torn? And a Sixth Ranger with light-colored hair?
    • Some of the political villains' characterizations look to Captain Planet and X-Men for inspiration. A right-leaning series that borrows ideas heavily from typically left-leaning shows.
    • PRiS borrows a lot of tropes liberally from Star Trek. Stationery Voyagers, therefore, took pains to defy at least one that the other two had in common: Faster-Than-Light Travel. The entire universe is designed to make it unnecessary, at the expense of having a Deus Ex Machina Negative Space Wedgie in the neighborhood.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Nearly everything and everyone, but especially with plenty of references to Heroes.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Combined with Stealth Pun, a few of these emerge.
    • Pextel's real last name is Rubblindo, as in rubber. He nearly dies in a car crash (hence, getting erased,) which allows him to become Pextel.
    • Oceanoe is named after O-Town. He at least used to be...in a boy band.
    • "Sen" is another word for "heart" (seat of emotions, not the pump.) Pinkella ("Pink Cinderella") Goldsen is the only member in her family not seduced into aiding la-Qualda.
    • Richard Ribando (again with the rubber eraser jokes) becomes a second Cybomec, when he is mechanized against his will.
    • Erasaxo is a rubber eraser. He is the last of his kind. He gets erased from existence killed in Season Four.
    • One of Neone's early mentors, Friar Rubberion, gets erased completely disappears from the plot after Season 1.
    • Verdega Lanchez uses the codename "Verdegal," which is quite literally "Green Girl," which is what she is.
  • Product Placement / Product Displacement: The Voyagers and various other characters are based off of actual stationery models.
    • Pextel: Pentel Click-It PD15, teal, 2000, 0.5mm lead
    • Rhodney, Oceanoe, and Marlack: Gillette Papermate Write Bros.
    • Pinkella and Viola: American Crafts gel pen
    • Neone: Pilot Spotlighter Supreme Highlighter in yellow
    • Liquidon: Gillette Liquid Paper Pen, 2000 model year
    • Cybomec, Caloride, others: Bic 0.7mm mechanical pencil. (Paint jobs are Dozerfleet-custom)
    • Bulgie: Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball Pen
    • Technitel: Pentel Techniclick PD105T, black, 2000, 0.5mm lead
    • Bluque: Pentel Champ AL15
    • King Neotondo: Sanford Major Accent Highlighter in Yellow
    • Nonpriel: Pilot BP-S Fine-Tip Red Pen
    • Jarvis: Bic Round Stic Medium-Tip Green Pen
    • Pinkata: Crayola Overwriters Under Color Pink Marker, ca 1994 model
    • Astrabolo: Adco Marketing TR-25 Bubble Pen, blue, originally handed out for use by Lansing Community College as a promotional gimmick.
    • Preamble: Pentel Hot Shots A155T blue, ca 1998, 0.7mm lead
    • Tempest: Curl-Clipped Down-Pen of unknown manufacturer, shaped for promotional use for Lansing Community College
    • Humbidial: Down-Pen of unknown manufacturer, also promotional for Lansing Community College originally
    • Elizaro: Pilot Better Retractable Fine Red (Down-)Pen
    • Philidrio: Sanford PhD 2001 model black, 0.5mm lead
    • Kelday: Navy Blue Gelly Roll Metallic Gel Pen
    • To name a few.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: A judge in Braldon bans Oceanoe from visiting that country solely because Oceanoe can legitimately testify against the Crooked Rainbow organization for kidnapping him. And that would be bad for political correctness. Later, the judge tries to make it illegal for anyone to adopt children in Braldon if they take the Minshan writings seriously, especially in regards to their heteronormative views on sex. Muhmmaldians are somehow exempt from being called out for having similar views against homosexuality.
    • When the Voyagers refuse to promote the judge's transparent act of religious persecution, he bans all of them from visiting the country, and even declares them enemies of the state.
    • This is a direct condemnation by the author of Real Life British judicial rulings, including rulings that will make it difficult for anyone to adopt children in Britain if they believe in a six-day creation or show even the slightest signs of discomfort towards the idea of homosexual lifestyles.
    • In "Essentials of Nativity," Liquidon openly condemns a court case's ruling in Cafilornia, one which is fairly obviously a Take That against a Real Life US Circuit Court for its ruling on Association of Christian Schools International vs. University of California.
      • Jet propulsion students could be denied U of C entry simply for not accepting millions of years as fact, thus "automatically negating" all their science credits, even though they don't need to adopt any particular philosophy on origins to understand the engineering of a jet engine. As of 2010, ACSI appealed to the Supreme Court.
  • Super Weight:
    • Type -1: Erasaxo Herrick, Stella-Marie Jenkins, Pinkata Casamada.
    • Type 0: The Rubblindos, the Goldsens, the Bovinezes, Hidicky Delft, Melanie Horquetza, and (usually) the Voyagers themselves, though they sometimes border on a Type 1.
    • Type 1: Garret Nobee, Katrina Mantalone (even while pregnant!,) Althorpe, Cybomec (Consto-Cybomec in particular), Astrabolo, most Whiteouts are either this or Type 0, Pentacko, Eveninger, Alhox, General Bluque, the Metallic Voyagers, several Yehtzig pirates, Niklo, etc.
    • Type 2: Liquidon Ethereteel (before beginning to suffer from Power Degeneration), most wizards, most Mosquatlons (even with their Weaksauce Weakness), Aviatets (actually more of a Type 1.5,) Molly Liechtish.
    • Type 3: Liquidon (after his Mikloche goes bad), Syuthan, the Lightning Zebra, Thestor.
    • Type 4: Most angels and demons, Levio, Filforth, Gabon, Maurice, Dolondri, Martarel, Vile Chameleon, Dark Wanderer, the Artificial Reincarnation process, etc.
    • Type 5: Minshus, the Muellex, the Definition Essentials, Outer Reality, the Dandelion Effect, the Web of Destiny, Vocational Destiny, Volition Dilemma, Phantomitics, and most forces of (super)nature.
  • Take That: Not everything pastiched in this show is Affectionate Parody, as can be said of a lot of the Heroes references. Twilight gets hit the hardest; particularly in how Leonard and Bella Knight (Will Rook's daughter) are described as dying in a fiery explosion after Bella accidentally trips a wire, as part of Will's backstory.
  • What Could Have Been: A LOT of things could have and almost did happen with this series. It is probably better they didn't make the cut. Needless to say, the early year 2000 drafts for Stationery Voyagers were replaced with a narrative that is VERY MUCH Darker and Edgier. A lot of Camp elements are no longer canon.
    • Neone was going to be called "Neoni," before an anime character was discovered to already have that name.
    • Before the author discovered the existence of Liqui-lights, Liquidon was going to be called Liquilight. Liquimo was originally Liquiflash.
    • Stape the Stapler Dog
    • Stonecalc the Calculator Robot
    • Liquimo was originally part of the Metallic Voyagers' team. This was changed rather quickly when the author realized it made no sense.
    • Esmeralda was originally Emeraldo. The latter name was modified to Emeraldon, and reassigned to be the alter-ego of Candi Levens' boyfriend.
    • Pelicax the Scissors Pelican
    • Griffle the Talking Rabbit
    • Poldo the Polar Bear. Although he was found dead after being assassinated by the Mystery Wanderer. His nephew was abducted once, and the Voyagers had to make a cave collapse on top of (and kill) a talking grizzly to get him back.
    • The entire Sugar Bowl world of Herephton.
    • The entire world of Plymerion. Where the Voyagers were tried as witches.
  • What Do You Mean It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The initial premise for this series was its creator as a bored third grader passing time with a pencil in one hand and a red correcting pen in the other. The classroom was imagined as a desert; the desks were plateaus like in a Road Runner cartoon. The memory lingered, until that bored third grader was a high school sophomore with a sudden, renewed interest in anthropomorphic stationery. Eight years later, the series' modern form began to take root. The means of passing time on summer break morphed into a lifelong passion.
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