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14th Aug '17 10:40:41 AM thecarolinabull01
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* CountingSheep: Been proven by science to be ineffective and the Serta commercials have been parodying this for years, as have other shows.

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* CountingSheep: Been [[ScienceMarchesOn Unfortunately, proven by science to be ineffective in real life]] and the Serta commercials have been parodying this for years, as have other shows.
14th Aug '17 10:37:49 AM thecarolinabull01
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* CountingSheep: Been proven by science to be ineffective and the Serta commercials have been parodying this for years, as have other shows.
5th Aug '17 2:41:09 PM Tharthan
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* NonIronicClown: For some reason ([[WildMassGuessing most likely because of the cultural impact of Krusty the Klown and/or Pennywise]]), every clown in these days tends to be [[MonsterClown scary]] or {{sad|Clown}}. Portraying a clown as a genuinely friendly cheerful jester is unusual. Likewise, most fictional priests nowadays tend to be [[PedophilePriest child molesters]] or [[SinisterMinister otherwise villainous]], to the point where a genuine GoodShepherd is rare. The creepy clown sightings of 2016 helped make the dead horse deader.

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* NonIronicClown: For some reason ([[WildMassGuessing most likely because of the cultural impact of Krusty the Klown and/or Pennywise]]), every clown most clowns in these days tends tend to be [[MonsterClown scary]] or {{sad|Clown}}. Portraying a clown as a genuinely friendly cheerful jester is unusual. somewhat uncommon. Likewise, most many fictional priests nowadays tend to be [[PedophilePriest child molesters]] or [[SinisterMinister otherwise villainous]], to the point where a genuine GoodShepherd is rare.less common than it used to be. The creepy clown sightings of 2016 helped make the dead horse deader.



* StandardFiftiesFather: TheFifties ended, and took the more overt forms of patriarchy along with it. The BumblingDad, originally a pretty clear way of rebelling against this trope, eventually become so prevalent in modern media that showing a sensible, competent father (in a sitcom, anyway) is now the rarity. The presence of well-meaning, intelligent (but still quirky) father figures saw a revival in the 1980s, but it has also become a remnant of that period, not to mention some [[FunnyAneurysmMoment tragedy in retrospective]] in most cases.

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* StandardFiftiesFather: TheFifties ended, and took the more overt forms of patriarchy along with it.ended. The BumblingDad, originally a pretty clear way of rebelling against this trope, eventually become so prevalent in modern media that showing a sensible, competent father (in a sitcom, anyway) is now the rarity. The presence of well-meaning, intelligent (but still quirky) father figures saw a revival in the 1980s, but it has also become a remnant of that period, not to mention some [[FunnyAneurysmMoment tragedy in retrospective]] in most cases.



* TheTalk: Considering the proliferation of the Internet and other knowledge resources, this scene cannot be taken seriously by writers or audiences. Unless it's in a period drama or coming-of-age story set before the Information Age. And even then, the "talk" itself might be either vague or incomplete on the parent's part, or the parent might be so jittery about giving the talk that they avoid it altogether. %% No wikiwords on this line, as it would break indexing.

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* TheTalk: Considering the proliferation of the Internet and other knowledge resources, this scene usually cannot be taken seriously by writers or audiences. Unless audiences, unless it's in a period drama or coming-of-age story set before the Information Age.Age, or if it's regarding a family with sheltered children. And even then, the "talk" itself might be either vague or incomplete on the parent's part, or the parent might be so jittery about giving the talk that they avoid it altogether. %% No wikiwords on this line, as it would break indexing.



* TorchesAndPitchforks: Never mind that most people wouldn't own any torches or pitchforks anyway, this type of mob is only ever used in parodies or as a gag. Any work that plays mob mentality straight typically involves throwing rocks and bottles, smashing windows, and lots of shouting.

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* TorchesAndPitchforks: Never mind that most people wouldn't own any torches or pitchforks anyway, this type of mob is only ever used in parodies or as a gag. Any work that plays mob mentality straight typically involves throwing rocks stones and bottles, smashing windows, and lots of shouting.
31st Jul '17 7:10:34 AM RossN
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* DumbBlonde: Next to never played straight anymore. Between works that subvert it, such as ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', to works that deconstruct it, such as ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'', it's hard to take this trope seriously in any form anymore.
28th Jul '17 2:45:20 PM jamespolk
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* DastardlyWhiplash: The original form of this stock villain character appeared in stage melodramas through the 1910s to the 1930s, after which it was parodied in silent film; the character has been appearing only as a parody of itself for so long that the parody is now the trope and its origins are close to being [[ForgottenTrope forgotten altogether]]. For the record, even in silent film, the only work that contains a character similar to Dastardly Whiplash at all is the serial ''The Perils of Pauline'', and in it the character [[UnbuiltTrope is quite different from any later parodies]]. As ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' had several Pauline-like episodes with such a villain (a mustachioed cat named Oil Can Harry), and ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' was a parody of ''Pauline'' in many ways, this led to the misconception that such a character was very common throughout all silent films.

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* DastardlyWhiplash: The original form of this stock villain character appeared in stage melodramas through the 1910s to the 1930s, after which it was parodied in silent film; the character has been appearing only as a parody of itself for so long that the parody is now the trope and its origins are close to being [[ForgottenTrope forgotten altogether]]. For the record, even in silent film, the only work that contains a character similar to Dastardly Whiplash at all is the serial ''The Perils of Pauline'', ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'', and in it the character [[UnbuiltTrope is quite different from any later parodies]]. As ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' had several Pauline-like episodes with such a villain (a mustachioed cat named Oil Can Harry), and ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' was a parody of ''Pauline'' in many ways, this led to the misconception that such a character was very common throughout all silent films.
25th Jul '17 6:12:46 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ScoobyDooHoax: After being abused by the original ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' and other Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons, this is ''never'' played straight anywhere now. The more recent incarnations of the cartoon make a point out of subverting, playing with, mocking, or outright deconstructing this trope.
23rd Jul '17 6:20:06 AM Josef5678
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* PlanetaryRomance: The classic version (set in the Solar System, specifically Mars) has been [[ScienceMarchesOn killed by science]], and is impossible to do except in a deliberate GenreThrowback that either ignores or [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the science. The genre as a whole is sliding into obscurity as well, due to changes in the SciFiGhetto. [[note]]From TheFifties to TheEighties, publishers considered fantasy to be significantly lower than sci-fi on the hierarchy, and at some points fantasy was almost impossible to get published. Hence, a trend developed to write HighFantasy as science fiction and just set it on another planet, often replacing magic with PsychicPowers. [[note]]Creator/AndreNorton was famous for this.[[/note]] Nowadays, if you want to write fantasy, you just write fantasy (thank you, Creator/JRRTolkien) and so most Planetary Romance novels are either part of LongRunners that aren't going anywhere, or are (again) deliberate [[GenreThrowback Genre Throwbacks]] to the classics.[[/note]]

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* PlanetaryRomance: The classic version (set in the Solar System, specifically Mars) has been [[ScienceMarchesOn killed by science]], and is impossible to do except in a deliberate GenreThrowback that either ignores or [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the science. The genre as a whole is sliding into obscurity as well, due to changes in the SciFiGhetto. [[note]]From TheFifties to TheEighties, publishers considered fantasy to be significantly lower than sci-fi on the hierarchy, and at some points fantasy was almost impossible to get published. Hence, a trend developed to write HighFantasy as science fiction and just set it on another planet, often replacing magic with PsychicPowers. [[note]]Creator/AndreNorton was famous for this.[[/note]] Nowadays, if you want to write fantasy, you just write fantasy (thank you, Creator/JRRTolkien) and so most Planetary Romance novels are either part of LongRunners that aren't going anywhere, or are (again) deliberate [[GenreThrowback Genre Throwbacks]] to the classics.[[/note]]
23rd Jul '17 6:17:33 AM Josef5678
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* PlanetaryRomance: The classic version (set in the Solar System, specifically Mars) has been [[ScienceMarchesOn killed by science]], and is impossible to do except in a deliberate GenreThrowback that either ignores or [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the science. The genre as a whole is sliding into obscurity as well, due to changes in the SciFiGhetto. [[note]]From TheFifties to TheEighties, publishers considered fantasy to be significantly lower than sci-fi on the hierarchy, and at some points fantasy was almost impossible to get published. Hence, a trend developed to write HighFantasy as science fiction and just set it on another planet, often replacing magic with PsychicPowers. [[note]]Creator/AndreNorton was famous for this.[[/note]] Nowadays, if you want to write fantasy, you just write fantasy (thank you, JRRTolkien) and so most Planetary Romance novels are either part of LongRunners that aren't going anywhere, or are (again) deliberate [[GenreThrowback Genre Throwbacks]] to the classics.[[/note]]

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* PlanetaryRomance: The classic version (set in the Solar System, specifically Mars) has been [[ScienceMarchesOn killed by science]], and is impossible to do except in a deliberate GenreThrowback that either ignores or [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the science. The genre as a whole is sliding into obscurity as well, due to changes in the SciFiGhetto. [[note]]From TheFifties to TheEighties, publishers considered fantasy to be significantly lower than sci-fi on the hierarchy, and at some points fantasy was almost impossible to get published. Hence, a trend developed to write HighFantasy as science fiction and just set it on another planet, often replacing magic with PsychicPowers. [[note]]Creator/AndreNorton was famous for this.[[/note]] Nowadays, if you want to write fantasy, you just write fantasy (thank you, JRRTolkien) Creator/JRRTolkien) and so most Planetary Romance novels are either part of LongRunners that aren't going anywhere, or are (again) deliberate [[GenreThrowback Genre Throwbacks]] to the classics.[[/note]]
23rd Jul '17 1:29:32 AM CaptEquinox
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* PlanetaryRomance: The classic version (set in the Solar System, specifically Mars) has been [[ScienceMarchesOn killed by science]], and is impossible to do except in a deliberate GenreThrowback that either ignores or [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the science. The genre as a whole is sliding into obscurity as well, due to changes in the SciFiGhetto. [[note]]From TheFifties to TheEighties, publishers considered fantasy to be significantly lower than sci-fi on the hierarchy, and at some points fantasy was almost impossible to get published. Hence, a trend developed to write HighFantasy as science fiction and just set it on another planet, often replacing magic with PsychicPowers. Nowadays, if you want to write fantasy, you just write fantasy, and so most Planetary Romance novels are either part of LongRunners that aren't going anywhere, or are (again) deliberate [[GenreThrowback Genre Throwbacks]] to the classics.[[/note]]

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* PlanetaryRomance: The classic version (set in the Solar System, specifically Mars) has been [[ScienceMarchesOn killed by science]], and is impossible to do except in a deliberate GenreThrowback that either ignores or [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the science. The genre as a whole is sliding into obscurity as well, due to changes in the SciFiGhetto. [[note]]From TheFifties to TheEighties, publishers considered fantasy to be significantly lower than sci-fi on the hierarchy, and at some points fantasy was almost impossible to get published. Hence, a trend developed to write HighFantasy as science fiction and just set it on another planet, often replacing magic with PsychicPowers. [[note]]Creator/AndreNorton was famous for this.[[/note]] Nowadays, if you want to write fantasy, you just write fantasy, fantasy (thank you, JRRTolkien) and so most Planetary Romance novels are either part of LongRunners that aren't going anywhere, or are (again) deliberate [[GenreThrowback Genre Throwbacks]] to the classics.[[/note]]
19th Jul '17 9:12:02 AM rdococ
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[[caption-width-right:330:[-Nobody told him that {{Visual Pun}}s aren't funny anymore.-]]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:[-Nobody told him that {{Visual Pun}}s [[SelfDemonstratingArticle aren't funny anymore.-]]]
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