: Is this not the same as Fish out of Water
: The Fish out of Water
. They're merely out of their element. A city slicker in the country, a country boy in the city, a Stranger in a Strange Land
: Problem is, a lot of substantially Fish out of Water
shows contain Trapped in Another World
elements, and I dare you to prove that Trapped in Another World
is, at some time, not
coinciding with (and thus a subtrope of) Fish out of Water
. In fact, this may well simply be Fish out of Water
+ Failure Is the Only Option
: You could equally well call Trapped in Another World
a subtrope of Failure Is the Only Option
. Fold this page into Fish out of Water
and you'd need to duplicate it under Failure Is the Only Option
, hardly desirable.
There's also a third important ingredient to the trope: heroism. Compare it with the inverse trope, Alien Among Us
, where the alien is trapped in our world. We humans seem to end up playing Superman far more often than we end up as Mork.
: How did this page go so long without Alice in Wonderland
? I added it to the top for emphasis.
: Would that be the "Ur-Example"? What exactly does "Ur-Example" mean, anyway? Oldest? Best? Most famous? Defining?
: Ur- is a German prefix that has slipped into English slang. It means "prot(o)-", "first", "oldest", "original" ... but you knew that. I think "defining" is a good sense of the way it used the most around here.
: That's what I figured- just wanted a second opinion. Thanx.
: I honestly didn't know what that meant.
Removed example, as actually being an Alien Among Us
- In American Dad! Roger the Alien is stranded on Earth. (And Klaus is trapped in the body of a fish.)
So here's where you guys put this thing. I was about to start a YKTTW
called "High School Girls From Another Dimension" wondering how we could have missed it. :(