History Main / DeadUnicornTrope

8th Dec '17 11:29:02 PM Vilui
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** Another supposed classic element of the Superman mythos is that Comics/LoisLane has no idea that Clark Kent and Superman are one in the same and that she is easily fooled by a pair of glasses. What makes this ironic is that Lois is the character in the comics who is ''most'' certain Clark is Superman and that between the 40's and 90's every other Superman story had Superman use some elaborate scheme involving robots, optical illusions, Bruce Wayne wearing a Clark Kent disguises and so forth in order to throw Lois off the scent. After the early 90s most continuities have her completely in the know.
* The idea of Franchise/{{Batman}} being a grim, brooding CrazyPrepared semi-madman is both an inversion and a subversion of this trope. The Batman of the 40's was a bit of a homicidal maniac, but the Batman we've all come to know and love was more or less a straight-laced BoringInvincibleHero. The Batman that most people remember was UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} version, who often got involved in silly situations, and the Super-Friends version who couldn't be called "grim", "brooding" or "dark" at all. It was probably the 1986 graphic novel ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' that really brought Batman's darkness to the fore, and since that was one of the stories that inspired Creator/TimBurton's [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 film]], that's the version that is popularly thought of nowadays.

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** Another supposed classic element of the Superman mythos is that Comics/LoisLane has no idea that Clark Kent and Superman are one in and the same and that she is easily fooled by a pair of glasses. What makes this ironic is that Lois is the character in the comics who is ''most'' certain Clark is Superman and that between the 40's 40s and 90's 90s every other Superman story had Superman use some elaborate scheme involving robots, optical illusions, Bruce Wayne wearing a Clark Kent disguises and so forth in order to throw Lois off the scent. After the early 90s most continuities have her completely in the know.
* The idea of Franchise/{{Batman}} being a grim, brooding CrazyPrepared semi-madman is both an inversion and a subversion of this trope. The Batman of the 40's 40s was a bit of a homicidal maniac, but the Batman we've all come to know and love was more or less a straight-laced BoringInvincibleHero. The Batman that most people remember was UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} version, who often got involved in silly situations, and the Super-Friends version who couldn't be called "grim", "brooding" or "dark" at all. It was probably the 1986 graphic novel ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' that really brought Batman's darkness to the fore, and since that was one of the stories that inspired Creator/TimBurton's [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 film]], that's the version that is popularly thought of nowadays.



* Despite what all the numerous campy homages to silent cinema tell you, the DastardlyWhiplash was barely ever used, much less in its iconic form, in silent film. It was mostly used in vaudeville and stage melodramas of the day, which was where the overuse really came about and led to all the parodies of the concept, even though the trope was as dead as disco by the time the 1930's hit. The only significant use of the trope in silent movies was in ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'', but even that example [[UnbuiltTrope is quite different from the standard whiplash stereotype.]]

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* Despite what all the numerous campy homages to silent cinema tell you, the DastardlyWhiplash was barely ever used, much less in its iconic form, in silent film. It was mostly used in vaudeville and stage melodramas of the day, which was where the overuse really came about and led to all the parodies of the concept, even though the trope was as dead as disco by the time the 1930's 1930s hit. The only significant use of the trope in silent movies was in ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'', but even that example [[UnbuiltTrope is quite different from the standard whiplash stereotype.]]
15th Oct '17 2:01:22 AM erforce
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* HockeyMaskAndChainsaw: This is a result of conflating two popular slasher film characters, Jason Voorhees from ''Film/FridayThe13th'' and Leatherface from ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'', into one character with features of both.

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* HockeyMaskAndChainsaw: This is a result of conflating two popular slasher film characters, Jason Voorhees from ''Film/FridayThe13th'' ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' and Leatherface from ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'', ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'', into one character with features of both.
10th Oct '17 10:53:05 PM ElSquibbonator
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* The AnvilOnHead gag (or alternatively, dynamite gags) is very commonly associated with cartoons from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, but one would be surprised to know that while violence was common in these cartoons and had gag props to match, anvils and dynamite were [[NewerThanTheyThink an extremely rare sight in them until some point around the 1950's]], where the trope was popularized as a stock cartoon gag by its use in the Road Runner cartoons (which were intended as a parody of the cat chases mouse cartoon formula in the first place) and the odd Bugs Bunny cartoon like Show Biz Bugs and Long Haired Hare. The book Literature/AmericanCornball has a section discussing this very subject. The use of the trope is far more prominent in parodies or homages to these old cartoons, such as ''Itchy and Scratchy'' and ''Animaniacs''.

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* The AnvilOnHead gag (or alternatively, dynamite gags) is very commonly associated with cartoons from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, but one would be surprised to know that while violence was common in these cartoons and had gag props to match, anvils and dynamite were [[NewerThanTheyThink an extremely rare sight in them until some point around the 1950's]], where the trope was popularized as a stock cartoon gag by its use in the Road Runner cartoons (which were intended as a an over-the-top parody of the cat chases mouse cartoon formula these earlier cartoons in the first place) and the odd Bugs Bunny cartoon like Show Biz Bugs and Long Haired Hare. The book Literature/AmericanCornball has a section discussing this very subject. The use of the trope is far more prominent in parodies or homages to these old cartoons, such as ''Itchy and Scratchy'' and ''Animaniacs''.
10th Oct '17 10:50:43 PM ElSquibbonator
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* HockeyMaskAndChainsaw: This is a result of conflating two popular slasher film characters, Jason Voorhees from ''Film/FridayThe13th'' and Leatherface from ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'', into one character with features of both.
7th Oct '17 5:07:12 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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* HowWeGotHere: This trope is related to the "*[[RecordNeedleScratch record scratch]]* *freeze-frame*" {{meme|ticMutation}} which popularly mocks many movies which open with said sound effects, and an opening line something to the effect of "Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I got in this situation." While a common trope as many movies open in media res, many have struggled trying to figure out which specific movies open with the 'record scratch' variant. Cursory research suggests it may have cropped up in the occasional MadeForTVMovie on Creator/{{BET}}; further investigation is merited.

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* HowWeGotHere: This trope is related to the "*[[RecordNeedleScratch record scratch]]* *freeze-frame*" {{meme|ticMutation}} which popularly mocks many movies which open with said sound effects, and an opening line something to the effect of "Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I got in this situation." While a common trope as many movies open in media res, many have struggled trying to figure out which specific movies open with the 'record scratch' variant. Cursory research suggests it may have cropped up in the occasional MadeForTVMovie on Creator/{{BET}}; further investigation is merited. Commonly-cited examples of this trope in action are usually ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' or ''Film/Deadpool2016''.
5th Oct '17 8:40:14 PM Hemma
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* FlatWorld has, at least since the 19th century, been a stock trope to describe MedievalMorons ignorance of science. In RealLife, Earth's spherical shape has been known to scholars at least since Ancient Greece.
16th Sep '17 10:50:34 PM Prinzenick
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* The AnvilOnHead gag (or alternatively, dynamite gags) is very commonly associated with cartoons from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, but one would be surprised to know that while violence was common in these cartoons and had gag props to match, anvils and dynamite were [[NewerThanTheyThink an extremely rare sight in until some point around the 1950's]], where the trope was popularized by its use in the Road Runner cartoons (which were intended as a parody of the cat chases mouse cartoon formula in the first place) and the odd Bugs Bunny cartoon like Show Biz Bugs and Long Haired Hare). The book Literature/AmericanCornball has a section discussing this very subject.

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* The AnvilOnHead gag (or alternatively, dynamite gags) is very commonly associated with cartoons from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, but one would be surprised to know that while violence was common in these cartoons and had gag props to match, anvils and dynamite were [[NewerThanTheyThink an extremely rare sight in them until some point around the 1950's]], where the trope was popularized as a stock cartoon gag by its use in the Road Runner cartoons (which were intended as a parody of the cat chases mouse cartoon formula in the first place) and the odd Bugs Bunny cartoon like Show Biz Bugs and Long Haired Hare).Hare. The book Literature/AmericanCornball has a section discussing this very subject. The use of the trope is far more prominent in parodies or homages to these old cartoons, such as ''Itchy and Scratchy'' and ''Animaniacs''.
16th Sep '17 10:47:45 PM Prinzenick
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* The AnvilOnHead gag (or alternatively, dynamite gags) is very commonly associated with cartoons from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, but one would be surprised to know that while violence was common in these cartoons and had gag props to match, anvils and dynamite were [[NewerThanTheyThink an extremely rare sight in until some point around the 1950's]], where the trope was popularized by its use in the Road Runner cartoons (which were intended as a parody of the cat chases mouse cartoon formula in the first place) and the odd Bugs Bunny cartoon like Show Biz Bugs and Long Haired Hare). The book Literature/AmericanCornball has a section discussing this very subject.
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12th Sep '17 2:17:24 PM Josef5678
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* HowWeGotHere: This trope is related to the "*[[RecordNeedleScratch record scratch]]* *freeze-frame*" {{meme|ticmutation}} which popularly mocks many movies which open with said sound effects, and an opening line something to the effect of "Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I got in this situation." While a common trope as many movies open in media res, many have struggled trying to figure out which specific movies open with the 'record scratch' variant. Cursory research suggests it may have cropped up in the occasional MadeForTVMovie on [[Network/{{BET}}]]; further investigation is merited.

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* HowWeGotHere: This trope is related to the "*[[RecordNeedleScratch record scratch]]* *freeze-frame*" {{meme|ticmutation}} {{meme|ticMutation}} which popularly mocks many movies which open with said sound effects, and an opening line something to the effect of "Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I got in this situation." While a common trope as many movies open in media res, many have struggled trying to figure out which specific movies open with the 'record scratch' variant. Cursory research suggests it may have cropped up in the occasional MadeForTVMovie on [[Network/{{BET}}]]; Creator/{{BET}}; further investigation is merited.
10th Sep '17 6:09:30 PM ThePocket
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* HowWeGotHere: This trope is related to the "*[[RecordNeedleScratch record scratch]]* *freeze-frame*" {{meme|ticmutation}} which popularly mocks many movies which open with said sound effects, and an opening line something to the effect of "Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I got in this situation." While a common trope as many movies open in media res, many have struggled trying to figure out which specific movies open with the 'record scratch' variant.

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* HowWeGotHere: This trope is related to the "*[[RecordNeedleScratch record scratch]]* *freeze-frame*" {{meme|ticmutation}} which popularly mocks many movies which open with said sound effects, and an opening line something to the effect of "Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I got in this situation." While a common trope as many movies open in media res, many have struggled trying to figure out which specific movies open with the 'record scratch' variant. Cursory research suggests it may have cropped up in the occasional MadeForTVMovie on [[Network/{{BET}}]]; further investigation is merited.
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