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11th Jul '16 5:39:15 AM Prinzenick
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* SantaClaus Tropes: Santa has become such a commercial icon of Christmas and as such overexposed via countless Christmas specials and merchandise, that it is pretty much impossible to play any classic trope related to him straight now. Even then, the character is just so iconic that people can't help but keep using him for stories, even if it means poking fun at the cliches and impossible feats surrounding the character.

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* SantaClaus Tropes: Santa has become such a commercial icon of Christmas and as such overexposed via countless Christmas specials and merchandise, that it is pretty much impossible to play any classic trope related to him straight now. now (unless you're telling one of the old stories, which get a pass due to [[GrandfatherClause Grandfather]] [[{{Pun}} Claus]]e). Even then, the character is just so iconic that people can't help but keep using him for stories, even if it means poking fun at or rationalizing the cliches and impossible feats surrounding the character.
11th Jul '16 5:36:07 AM Prinzenick
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* SantaClaus Tropes: Santa has become such a commercial icon of Christmas and as such overexposed via countless Christmas specials and merchandise, that it is pretty much impossible to play any trope related to him straight now, unless you have a really young audience in mind or have no self-respect as a storyteller.

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* SantaClaus Tropes: Santa has become such a commercial icon of Christmas and as such overexposed via countless Christmas specials and merchandise, that it is pretty much impossible to play any classic trope related to him straight now, unless you have a really young audience in mind or have no self-respect as a storyteller.now. Even then, the character is just so iconic that people can't help but keep using him for stories, even if it means poking fun at the cliches and impossible feats surrounding the character.
10th Jul '16 6:30:02 PM Josef5678
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* WomenDrivers: The idea of women being dangerously poor drivers for laughs is now seen as a tired comedic stereotype, and very sexist on top of that.

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* WomenDrivers: The idea of women being dangerously poor drivers for laughs is now seen as a tired comedic stereotype, and very sexist on top of that. Nowadays, if the trope does show up, the joke is usually about the [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving itself]], rather than the sex of the driver.
10th Jul '16 3:52:26 PM Prinzenick
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* FairyGodmother: This is rarely used straight in modern stories, often seen as a trite character archetype or a DeusExMachina, usually associated with the most archaic parts of Fairy Tales (even though this trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink a lot more recent than most of those stories]], and in fact very rare in fairy tales collected by folklorists; most Cinderella variants have her aided by her dead mother, or, in such variants as Catskin and Cap o' Rushes, by nothing but her own wits and some advice). [[UndeadHorseTrope It's still often played straight too,]] because it's just so useful that writers can't resist it, although they often disguise the fairy godmother as something else.

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* FairyGodmother: This is rarely used straight seriously in modern stories, often seen as a trite character archetype or a DeusExMachina, usually associated with the most archaic parts of Fairy Tales (even though this trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink a lot more recent than most of those stories]], and in fact very rare in fairy tales collected by folklorists; most Cinderella variants have her aided by her dead mother, or, in such variants as Catskin and Cap o' Rushes, by nothing but her own wits and some advice). [[UndeadHorseTrope It's still often played straight too,]] used,]] simply because it's just so useful that writers can't resist it, although they often disguise the fairy godmother as something else.else and play it for comedy.
10th Jul '16 6:53:09 AM Prinzenick
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* FairyGodmother: This is rarely used seriously in newer stories, often seen as a trite character archetype or a DeusExMachina, usually associated with the most archaic parts of Fairy Tales (even though this trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink a lot more recent than most of those stories]], and in fact very rare in fairy tales collected by folklorists; most Cinderella variants have her aided by her dead mother, or, in such variants as Catskin and Cap o' Rushes, by nothing but her own wits and some advice). [[UndeadHorseTrope It's still often played straight too,]] because it's just so useful that writers can't resist it, although they often disguise the fairy godmother as something else.

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* FairyGodmother: This is rarely used seriously straight in newer modern stories, often seen as a trite character archetype or a DeusExMachina, usually associated with the most archaic parts of Fairy Tales (even though this trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink a lot more recent than most of those stories]], and in fact very rare in fairy tales collected by folklorists; most Cinderella variants have her aided by her dead mother, or, in such variants as Catskin and Cap o' Rushes, by nothing but her own wits and some advice). [[UndeadHorseTrope It's still often played straight too,]] because it's just so useful that writers can't resist it, although they often disguise the fairy godmother as something else.
10th Jul '16 6:52:44 AM Prinzenick
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* FairyGodmother: This is rarely used seriously in newer stories, often seen as a trite character archetype or a DeusExMachina, usually associated with the most archaic parts of Fairy Tales (even though this trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink a lot more recent than most of those stories]], and in fact very rare in fairy tales collected by folklorists; most Cinderella variants have her aided by her dead mother, or, in such variants as Catskin and Cap o' Rushes, by nothing but her own wits and some advice). [[UndeadHorseTrope It's still often played straight too,]] because it's just so useful that writers can't resist it, although they often disguise the fairy godmother as something else.
10th Jul '16 6:48:40 AM Prinzenick
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* DumbDinos: This trope is generally associated with older works and is becoming increasingly rare after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_renaissance the Dinosaur Renaissance]] revamped the popular image of dinosaurs, but it does still occasionally pop up every now and again. These days, however, it's far more likely to be PlayedForLaughs as opposed to serious fiction.
10th Jul '16 6:46:48 AM Prinzenick
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* DiseasedName: There was once a whole genre of jokes/UrbanLegends wherein a FunnyForeigner or black person would punch above their presumed intellectual weight and give their child a name like Eczema. For many obvious reasons, this would ''never'' fly in contemporary society.
10th Jul '16 6:43:56 AM Prinzenick
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* DirtyForeigner: Seen as xenophobic now, and is most often used today in subversion, as a quick and easy way to tell that a character has a prejudice against another group, and that character is usually painted in a negative light.
10th Jul '16 6:40:57 AM Prinzenick
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* DirtyCommunists: After the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, caricaturing and exaggerating the evils of or portraying the Soviet Union as doing their actions ForTheEvulz, instead of expediency or misguided idealism, fell to the wayside.
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