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23rd Sep '16 8:40:09 PM AlexHoskins
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* The AntiHero is meant for characters who remains on the good side, but has character flaws to balance it out, such as cynicism, selfishness and revenge. However, they don't have to be selfish, rude, or precisely criminal all the time, as they can be polite, and good-natured, due to the part they're not good or evil, but in between the two alignments. The notorious example is that one thing these heroes have in common, however, is that they live by the philosophy "the ends justify the means", meaning they employ harsh methods in order to reach their goals.

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* The AntiHero is meant for characters who remains remain on the good side, but has have character flaws to balance it out, such as cynicism, selfishness and revenge. However, they don't have to be selfish, rude, or precisely criminal all the time, as they can be polite, and good-natured, due to the part they're not good or completely evil, but in between the two alignments. The notorious example is that one thing these heroes have in common, however, is that they live by the philosophy "the ends justify the means", meaning they employ harsh methods in order to reach their goals.
23rd Sep '16 5:02:40 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* FanDisservice is when a show intentionally does something gross to invoke {{Squick}}. It's not the same as a show failing at {{Fanservice}}, that's FetishRetardant. It also gets used for plain old body {{Squick}}. And for anything the creators do that the fans don't like. And male nudity, because [[ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet apparently people attracted to men don't exist]]. Fan Disservice, in this case, is about people looking unappealing; it should not be shoehorned in to complain about the addition/removal of characters, scenes that look different from what they expected, or others. The latter is basically the inverse of PanderingToTheBase, which is due to TV Tropes' definition of "Fanservice" having a more narrow meaning than it's often used as.

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* FanDisservice is when a show intentionally does something gross to invoke {{Squick}}. It's not the same as a show failing at {{Fanservice}}, that's FetishRetardant. It also gets used for plain old body {{Squick}}. And for anything the creators do that the fans don't like. And male nudity, because [[ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet apparently people attracted to men don't exist]]. Fan Disservice, in this case, is about people looking unappealing; unappealing or in situations that would be fanservice but have {{Squick}}y context (such as rape); it should not be shoehorned in to complain about the addition/removal of characters, scenes that look different from what they expected, or others. The latter is basically the inverse of PanderingToTheBase, which is due to TV Tropes' definition of "Fanservice" having a more narrow meaning than it's often used as.
21st Sep '16 11:04:49 AM chopshop
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* BuryYourGays is supposed to refer to a narrative punishing a character for being gay, in a form [[{{Anvilicious}} anvil-dropping]] used by homophobic fiction. However many examples instead simply refer to ''any'' gay character getting killed or injured, regardless of whether it has anything to do with their sexuality or how the story portrays it.


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* TV Tropes uses the phrase "StuffedInTheFridge" to refer to a general concept of villains attacking and displaying the hero's loved ones to get at them. However the phrase was ''also'' used by Creator/GailSimone to describe poor treatment of women in comics, so many examples are merely instances of women getting harmed in anyway by villains, as if this is inherently sexist on the writer's part.
16th Sep '16 7:55:23 PM AHI-3000
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* ImAHumanitarian is about ''cannibalism'' among sentients, not about eating ''humans'' per se. When monsters or aliens munch on humans that's ToServeMan, when they munch on each other it's probably MonstrousCannibalism.

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* ImAHumanitarian is about ''cannibalism'' among sentients, humans, not about non-humans eating ''humans'' per se. humans. When monsters or aliens munch on devour humans that's ToServeMan, when they munch on each other it's probably MonstrousCannibalism.



* KickTheDog refers to any gratuitously evil act used to clearly show the character as a bad guy, including but not limited to [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals literally kicking a dog]]. People often miss the "gratuitous" part: it's a ''pointless'' act of cruelty, not something done in advancement of a clear goal. It's also becoming increasingly shoehorned for whenever a character does something even slightly mean.

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* KickTheDog refers to any gratuitously evil act used to clearly show the character as a bad guy, including but ''but not limited to to'' [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals literally kicking a dog]]. People often miss the "gratuitous" part: it's a ''pointless'' act of cruelty, not something done in advancement of a clear goal. It's also becoming increasingly shoehorned for whenever a character does something even slightly mean.
14th Sep '16 12:33:32 PM AlexHoskins
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* The AntiHero is meant for characters who remains on the good side, but has character flaws to balance it out, such as cynicism, selfishness and revenge. However, they don't have to be selfish, rude, or precisely criminal all the time, as they can be polite, and good-natured, due to the part they're not good or evil, but in between the two alignments. The notorious example is that one thing these heroes have in common, however, is that they live by the philosophy "the ends justify the means", meaning they employ harsh methods in order to reach their goals.


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* BigGood is meant to describe the hero/protagonist who is the cornerstone that unites the warriors during the conflict in the story. However, it's often mistakenly used as "main hero" instead of "powerful force". It's a much smaller subset and just {{hero|es}} is an OmnipresentTrope, so listing all of those would be pointless. ArcHero and [[MentorArchetype mentors]] are subtropes that cover the lower tiers of primary cornerstone of any organization.
1st Sep '16 6:49:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* KickTheDog refers to any gratuitously evil act used to clearly show the character as a bad guy, including but not limited to literally kicking a dog. People often miss the "gratuitous" part: it's a ''pointless'' act of cruelty, not something done in advancement of a clear goal. It's also becoming increasingly shoehorned for whenever a character does something even slightly mean.

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* KickTheDog refers to any gratuitously evil act used to clearly show the character as a bad guy, including but not limited to [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals literally kicking a dog.dog]]. People often miss the "gratuitous" part: it's a ''pointless'' act of cruelty, not something done in advancement of a clear goal. It's also becoming increasingly shoehorned for whenever a character does something even slightly mean.
28th Aug '16 5:34:59 AM waters20
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* GuiltyPleasure means liking something yet feeling guilt or embarassment for liking it, because it's considered outside the mainstream, it's lowbrow, or because the one who likes it is out of the demographic. The definition got twisted to slightly above SoBadItsGood (when many of the examples on that page are interchangeable), and ultimately to Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike but more specific. Almost every example was not an actual example, and people used it as a page to complain about things they thought were SoBadItsGood, even if what they were complaining about was critically acclaimed, or just animated shows and kid's shows in general. It got so bad and opinionated that the page was regulated to in-universe examples.

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* GuiltyPleasure means liking something yet feeling guilt or embarassment embarrassment for liking it, because it's considered outside the mainstream, it's lowbrow, or because the one who likes it is out of the demographic. The definition got twisted to slightly above SoBadItsGood (when many of the examples on that page are interchangeable), and ultimately to Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike but more specific. Almost every example was not an actual example, and people used it as a page to complain about things they thought were SoBadItsGood, even if what they were complaining about was critically acclaimed, or just animated shows and kid's shows in general. It got so bad and opinionated that the page was regulated to in-universe examples.examples.
* Someone with a HairTriggerTemper isn't only someone who releases their rage. It's someone who throws a tantrum over minor and irrational situations. If someone gets angry and outraged for good and highly understandable reasons, then this trope doesn't apply to them.
20th Aug '16 7:44:02 AM Silverblade2
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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice is when a character gets impaled on an absurdly large object. It's often used for any stabbing by blade weapons including small knives and arrows.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice is when a character gets impaled on an absurdly a significantly large object. It's often used for any stabbing by blade weapons including small knives and arrows.
19th Aug '16 3:57:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CompleteMonster is misused a lot as "villain I really hate" or "any villain who crosses the MoralEventHorizon". It's a trope with ''very'' strictly defined criteria: "The most heinous characters played seriously with no redeeming or altruistic qualities." The operative word in there is '''Complete''' Monster, not "Mostly Monstrous", which would fit almost every villain. Groups cannot qualify by definition, nor can something which can't help its nature or actions. There should also be continuity in their portrayal, as the villain must be consistently characterized as pure evil. It sometimes but doesn't always overlap with YouMonster, while IAmAMonster would usually be a ''rejection'' of Complete Monsterdom. Further, there's a common misconception that having such a character makes a work "better"; TropesAreNotGood.

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* CompleteMonster is misused a lot as "villain I really hate" or "any villain who crosses the MoralEventHorizon". It's a trope with ''very'' strictly defined criteria: "The most heinous characters played seriously with no redeeming or altruistic qualities." The operative word in there is '''Complete''' Monster, not "Mostly Monstrous", which would fit almost every villain. Groups cannot qualify by definition, nor can something which can't help its nature or actions. There should also be continuity in their portrayal, as the villain must be consistently characterized as pure evil. It sometimes but doesn't always overlap with YouMonster, while IAmAMonster would usually be a ''rejection'' of Complete Monsterdom. Further, there's a common misconception that having such a character makes are innately ''[[LoveToHate good]]'' or ''[[TheScrappy bad]]'' for a work "better"; TropesAreNotGood.story; TropesAreTools.
18th Aug '16 1:30:22 AM Silverblade2
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* IAmTheNoun is when a character refers himself as the sole representative of a group or abstract concept ("I am the Night", "I am the Law", "I am the Nation", etc) not when a character refers his title or function ("I am the King", "I am the guardian", etc).

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* IAmTheNoun is when a character refers himself themself as the sole representative of a group or abstract concept ("I am the Night", "I am the Law", "I am the Nation", etc) not when a character refers his their title or function ("I am the King", "I am the guardian", etc).


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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice is when a character gets impaled on an absurdly large object. It's often used for any stabbing by blade weapons including small knives and arrows.
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