Greening is the act of sabotaging Cog battles with the intention of making other Toons lose Laff points, which can in turn make them go sad. The act must be committed purposefully for it to be considered greening; a Toon who does not have access to higher gags should not be mistakenly accused of greening given this restriction.
Aside from warnings, greening can result in a temporary or permanent ban on your Toontown Rewritten account, depending on how many times you engage in this behavior. A "greener" is a Toon who "greens" other Toons (participates in greening).
Here are some of the main ways you can identify a greening incident.
Pushing a Toon into the street or a building
This typically happens when a Toon has fallen asleep. Other Toons will push the sleeping Toon into an elevator or the path of a Cog without their permission, causing the Toon to go sad while the player is away from the keyboard.
Unluring a Cog
A Cog that has been lured is unable to perform attacks, so a Toon can deliberately un-lure Cogs as an act of greening; gags from the Sound track are particularly disruptive because they can wake up all Cogs in the battle. In some cases, lower level Trap gags (such as Clerk Will) or other 3 star SOS cards may have the same negative effect. It's important to note however that this can occur accidentally, usually from inexperience. Since mistakes do happen, to determine if the act constitutes greening the Toons should increase communication and wait to see if offenses are repeated.
Vice President pie round
Previously, Toons exploited a glitch by running onto the Vice President to disable his state of being turned. This is not to be confused with the strategy of running into the VP while not stunned, to lower it to be hit more easily with pies and cancel the stun animation, canceling his current attack. TTR has fixed this glitch, but reports from the Toontown community say it can still happen due to lag or because of a certain update that unintentionally removed the patch.
Leaving a Toon stuck in the elevator
One of the most common forms of greening is to enter an elevator (bosses, especially the Vice President, or Cog Buildings), and leave at the last second so that low level Toons have to fend for themselves. Shopping for SOS cards, which is to say disconnecting after discovering the reward in a VP battle, done without the consent of the other Toons is included as a form of greening and can result in a ban.
Refusing to heal a Toon
Another common form of greening is refusing to heal other Toons that are in risk of going sad, and instead leaving them to take damage from the Cogs in battle. This can take the form of two Toons only healing each other, letting any other Toons suffer damage from a Cog's attacks, or the greener can simply be one Toon. Toons should remember that not all Toons have access to the Toon-Up track.
Refusing to let another Toon use Drop or Trap
Usually, Greeners troll other Toons by not letting them use Drop or Trap￼. For example, luring when a Toon picks Drop or use Trap at the same Cog as someone else has already pick Trap. It is important to note, however, that it not always considered greening in some cases (e.g. when there is a need of Lure due to the many high level Cogs on the field, or the person is purposefully training trap in a boss battle, aka using a rake on a level 12 cog, or a quicksand on a level 11 with no purpose)
Purposely passing in battle
Another form of greening also includes choosing the option to pass. A Toon may select a gag, and then quickly going back to pass. This usually leads to the Toon(s) that attacked the cog to get attacked back. This form of greening is effective in Boss Battles and buildings, as multiple cogs are spawned and a toon cannot run from the battle unless they disconnect.
Pretending to be away from the keyboard
Another form of greening includes pretending to be away from the keyboard. A Toon will have the speech bubble of terms signifying they are away, such as "brb" and "AFK". The Toon who commits this type of greening usually causes the other Toon(s) to defend for themselves; as attacking the cog(s) can usually result into them being attacked back.
Pulling back their gags last second
The greener would choose a gag as usual, but they may often repeatedly pull back their gag when the timer reaches to approximately one second, which in most scenarios is a way to get the cogs to stay alive and hit the other toons. This subsequently causes the other Toons' strategy to change.
Stealing cog promotions
This is not necessarily "Greening", but it's a common practice that Greeners do. They simply defeat the facility boss (and the cogs with him) without the other Toons' help or even consent so the greener is the only one to successfully get promotions. This means that the other Toons that were absent during the fight, do not get the promotion.
Gag Training in Boss Battles
To identify whether the toon using this method is legitimately greening or not can be hard, but it is usually when someone will use the exact same gag over and over for the purpose of getting a new gag in places that is quite questionable. For example, they may be confronted by a full set of level 12 cogs. While the toons are making an effort to lure the set and toonuping the team, using a Bugle in this scenario for the sake of "points" is considered Greening.
Sound and "Bessie"
This is a greening tactic in which one Toon claims to use a Barnacle Bessie SOS, and has the others use sound on the cogs to waste their sound on lured cogs. It turns out however that the "Bessie" card the toons were promised was another unhelpful SOS card, which is usually a Toons Hit card, causing the cogs to go unlured. This is debatably, the most used variation of unluring cogs in the greening community.
Unquestionably, this is the most vile act that greeners can normally take, right before a greener has their strategy planned out, they will do the delighted or happy emote to show you that you're done for. If a greener smiles at you, it means that the strategy they have is definitely one of their own, and not be reckoned with.
Origin of term
The term greening comes from the green face a Toon's laff meter will show when they have no laff points.