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10th Dec '17 9:25:41 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DeaderThanDisco isn't for works that are just no longer popular. It's for works that are also ''looked down on'' in some way and, consequently, have very little chance of ever making a comeback. Also, before being cleaned up the pages listed many instances of technology or products simply being made obsolete, which is merely TechnologyMarchesOn if said obsolete technology isn't retroactively hated.
* DeadpanSnarker refers to a character who distinguishes himself by having a snarky remark for every occasion. It far too often gets {{PotHole}}d for ''any'' sarcastic remark made by ''anybody''. If an otherwise polite character is sarcastic once or twice, it's just sarcasm. And if all or most characters in a work talk like this, there's no need to single any character out; use WorldOfSnark.

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* DeaderThanDisco isn't for works that are just no longer popular. It's for works that are also ''looked down on'' in some way and, consequently, have very little chance of ever making a comeback. Any work that's still being produced is not "dead", so is exempt regardless of public opinion. Also, before being cleaned up the pages listed many instances of technology or products simply being made obsolete, which is merely TechnologyMarchesOn if said obsolete technology isn't retroactively hated.
* DeadpanSnarker refers to a character who distinguishes himself by having a snarky remark for every occasion. It far too often gets {{PotHole}}d {{Pothole}}d for ''any'' sarcastic remark made by ''anybody''. If an otherwise polite character is sarcastic once or twice, it's just sarcasm. And if all or most characters in a work talk like this, there's no need to single any character out; use WorldOfSnark.
29th Nov '17 12:23:37 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CounterpartComparison is when fans find similarities between characters. It's oft misuse for fans comparing works or anything else.



* An {{Expy}} is a character who's a blatant and deliberate copy of another character with, eventually, few minor differences. Just because a character shares some similarities with another doesn't make him an Expy.

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* An {{Expy}} is a character who's a blatant and deliberate copy of another character with, eventually, few minor differences. Just because a character shares some similarities with another doesn't make him an Expy. CounterpartComparison is when fans note similarities that are unintentional.
22nd Nov '17 6:43:41 PM GastonRabbit
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* SoOkayItsAverage is supposed to be "works that are just all right," but if often misused as "This work is supposed to be great, but I find it average!" when that is HypeBacklash.

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* SoOkayItsAverage is supposed to be "works that are just all right," but if it's often misused as "This work is supposed to be great, but I find it average!" when that is HypeBacklash.
21st Nov '17 5:37:38 PM GastonRabbit
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* CrazyAwesome, we hardly knew ye. You have been besieged by people who only know crazy as a superlative adverb rather than a descriptive adjective. The trope is for characters who are mentally unbalanced (in a good way) and this imbalance is the primary part of his/her effectiveness. It's not just for anything that's really, ''really'', awesome, especially because the proper definition is about ''characters'' specifically.

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* CrazyAwesome, we hardly knew ye. You have been besieged by people who only know crazy as a superlative adverb rather than a descriptive adjective. The trope is for characters who are mentally unbalanced (in a good way) and this imbalance is the primary part of his/her effectiveness. It's not just for So Crazy It's Awesome, nor does it simply refer to anything that's really, ''really'', awesome, especially because the proper definition is about ''characters'' specifically.
16th Nov '17 12:28:20 PM Kadorhal
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* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap refers to a level {{cap}} that is way higher than what is needed for or can be reached by the endgame[[note]]Example: Cap is 50 but the game can be beaten by an average player at level 20[[/note]], not simply level caps with high numbers. Conversely, an AbsurdlyLowLevelCap is not a level cap with a low order of magnitude, but rather a cap that can be reached well before the endgame even without any intentional and prolonged LevelGrinding[[note]]Example: Cap is 99 and the player reaches it about halfway through the game[[/note]].

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* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap refers to a level {{cap}} that is way higher than what is needed for or can be reached by the endgame[[note]]Example: Cap is 50 but the game can be beaten by an average player at level 20[[/note]], endgame, not simply level caps with high numbers. numbers - a level cap of 20 would be absurdly high if you only need to be level 4 or 5 to beat the main story. Conversely, an AbsurdlyLowLevelCap is not a level cap with a low order of magnitude, but rather a cap that can be reached well before the endgame even without any intentional and prolonged LevelGrinding[[note]]Example: Cap is 99 and the player reaches LevelGrinding - a cap of ''99'' would be absurdly low if you reach it about halfway through the game[[/note]].game, even without sidequests and the like.



* An ActorAllusion has to be intentional. Two characters in different shows played by the same actor coincidentally being in an (arguably) similar situation does not count.

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* An ActorAllusion has to be intentional. Two characters in different shows played by the same actor coincidentally being in an (arguably) similar situation does not count.count - it has to be established, either through [[ShoutOut the show making a reference]] or even just [[WordOfGod someone behind the production saying]] that it's an actual allusion.



* AKA47 is about weaponry in video games being [[BlandNameProduct given a different name for trademark reasons]]. Every now and then a page that ends up mentioning the AK-47 assault rifle will have its name potholed to the trope because, hey, it's only missing one letter, that's gotta count, right?[[note]]Ironically, most instances actually would count - very few video-game "AK-47s" are actually the original model that was given that name.[[/note]]

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* AKA47 is about weaponry in video games being [[BlandNameProduct given a different name for trademark reasons]]. Every now and then a page that ends up mentioning the AK-47 assault rifle will have its name potholed to the trope because, hey, it's only missing one letter, that's gotta count, right?[[note]]Ironically, most instances actually would count - very few video-game "AK-47s" are actually the original model that was given that name.name, but [[MisidentifiedWeapons that's not for here]].[[/note]]



* AluminumChristmasTrees is supposed to be about something that clearly sounds fake but does actually exist. Any item or process that sounds even ''slightly'' improbable gets a pot hole to the trope reading "these actually exist" or "this is actually possible", no matter how well-known the "this" in question actually is.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees is supposed to be about something that clearly sounds fake but does actually exist. Any item or process Some instances, however, seem to be people trying to get around the removal of I Am Not Making This Up, attributing it to anything that sounds even ''slightly'' improbable gets a pot hole to the trope reading "these actually exist" or "this is actually possible", no matter how well-known the "this" if you're not familiar with it - which, in question actually is.a lot of misused cases, most people are.



* AuthorTract is work designed to preach to the audience. A specific rant during the story goes under CharacterFilibuster if delivered by a character within the story, or AuthorFilibuster if delivered by the work itself.

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* AuthorTract is an entire work designed to preach to the audience. A specific rant during the story goes under CharacterFilibuster if delivered by a character within the story, or AuthorFilibuster if delivered by the work itself.



* BadExportForYou is when the creators of a work intentionally water something down when they export it. It's not about any export that sucks.

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* BadExportForYou is when the creators of a work intentionally water something down when they export it. It's not about any export that sucks.just so happens to suck.



* A CrapsaccharineWorld is a world which appears bright and cheerful or some kind of utopia on the surface, but holds a very dark secret that makes it almost as bad as a true CrapsackWorld, or depending on your interpretation, just as bad if not worse. Essentially a BitchInSheepsClothing or a StepfordSmiler as the setting. It's not simply a world with positive elements are contrasted with serious problems and harsh reality. That's AWorldHalfFull. However, a CrapsaccharineWorld can become AWorldHalfFull, and from there usually evolves into a SugarBowl.

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* A CrapsaccharineWorld is a world which appears bright and cheerful or some kind of utopia on the surface, but holds a very dark secret that makes it almost as bad as a true CrapsackWorld, or depending on your interpretation, just as bad if not worse. Essentially a BitchInSheepsClothing or a StepfordSmiler as the setting. It's not simply a world with positive elements that are contrasted with serious problems and harsh reality. That's AWorldHalfFull. However, a CrapsaccharineWorld Crapsaccharine World can become AWorldHalfFull, A World Half Full, and from there usually evolves into a SugarBowl.



* DisappointingLastLevel in a video game means a drop in quality and a rushed-in-development feel in the last parts of the game. An [[DifficultySpike increase]] [[ThatOneBoss in]] [[ThatOneLevel difficulty]] by itself is NOT an example of this trope; such a difficulty spike needs to feel out of nowhere and lazily implemented for it to qualify.

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* DisappointingLastLevel in a video game means a drop in quality and a rushed-in-development feel in the last parts of the game. An [[DifficultySpike increase]] [[ThatOneBoss in]] [[ThatOneLevel difficulty]] by itself is NOT an example of this trope; such a difficulty spike needs to feel out of nowhere and lazily implemented - as if the spike is less an intentional move from the developers and more of [[FakeDifficulty the game not being designed]] for you to do what it ''expects'' you to do for the finale - for it to qualify.



* DontExplainTheJoke. In regard to in-universe examples, the trope is almost always used properly. In {{Pot Hole}}s, people tend to mistake "Explaining the scene or the character in question for people who aren't familiar with the series" as "explaining a joke".

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* DontExplainTheJoke. In regard to in-universe examples, the trope is almost always used properly. In {{Pot Hole}}s, people tend to mistake "Explaining the scene or the character in question for people who aren't familiar with the series" as "explaining a joke".joke", as if they think everyone who'll ever read the example [[FanMyopia already knows what they're talking about]].



* DoubleStandard Rape: ([[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale M/M]], [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale F/M]], [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale F/F]], [[DoubleStandardRapeSciFi Sci-Fi]]) If it's not portrayed as "okay" or "funny" in the work, it's not an example. And if other kinds of rape are also portrayed the same way, it's not an example because these tropes are about double standards; then it's just RomanticizedAbuse or BlackComedyRape in general.

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* DoubleStandard Rape: Rape ([[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale M/M]], [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale F/M]], [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale F/F]], [[DoubleStandardRapeSciFi Sci-Fi]]) Sci-Fi]]): If it's not portrayed as "okay" or "funny" in the work, it's not an example. And if other kinds of rape are also portrayed the same way, it's not an example because these tropes are about double standards; then it's just RomanticizedAbuse or BlackComedyRape in general.



* TheDragon trope was used incorrectly so many times that its definition had to be changed. It originally referred to a minion of the BigBad who was stronger than the BigBad, representing more of a physical challenge to the protagonist while the BigBad represented a mental one. Too many tropers took this to mean "the BigBad's [[NumberTwo right-hand man]], regardless of whether he/she is actually stronger than the BigBad."

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* TheDragon trope was used incorrectly so many times that its definition had to be changed. It originally referred to a minion of the BigBad who was stronger than the BigBad, Big Bad, representing more of a physical challenge to the protagonist while the BigBad Big Bad represented a mental one. Too many tropers took this to mean "the BigBad's Big Bad's [[NumberTwo right-hand man]], regardless of whether he/she is actually stronger than the BigBad.Big Bad."
8th Nov '17 12:38:13 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ShadowArchetype refers to character that serves as an external representation of what a character rejects about themselves used to symbolize their conflict with it. Hoverer, it's often used in the place of EvilCounterpart or {{Foil}}.
5th Nov '17 7:06:46 AM thecarolinabull01
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* MainstreamObscurity is about works that are praised and referenced to the point that everyone will have heard of them, but not many will have watched them directly. Often misused as "work I like that should be more well-known" or "only old people like it".
3rd Nov '17 11:34:59 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BreakoutCharacter and BreakoutVillain refers to characters who get expanded roles in later works in response to their unexpected popularity, not just those that prove popular or get expanded roles. Characters that were "intended" for their major future roles before their popularity are exempt unless they get bigger roles than originally intended.
2nd Oct '17 5:31:36 PM ADrago
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* BuryYourGays is oft used for any time an LGBT character dies, when it is supposed to refer to their ''being singled out'' to die due to their sexuality. If a work has high death tolls or many LGBT characters that don't die, this trope is not in effect.

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* BuryYourGays is oft used for any time an LGBT character dies, when it is supposed to refer to their them ''being singled out'' to die due to their sexuality. If a work has high death tolls or many LGBT characters that don't die, this trope is not in effect.
2nd Oct '17 5:26:41 PM ADrago
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* BuryYourGays is oft used for any time an LGBT character dies, when is supposed to refer to their ''being singled out'' to die due to their sexuality. If a work has high death tolls or many LGBT characters that don't die, this trope is not in effect.

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* BuryYourGays is oft used for any time an LGBT character dies, when it is supposed to refer to their ''being singled out'' to die due to their sexuality. If a work has high death tolls or many LGBT characters that don't die, this trope is not in effect.
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