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* GadgetWatches: Some companies are trying to invent these, in response to, as of TheNewTens, the smartphone and tablet being far more popular personal accessories than the watch.
* GaiasLament: Unfortunately, due to climate change (though some people dispute this), pollution of various kinds, overfishing, nuclear contamination in some areas, and other forms of environmental damage.
* TheGamblingAddict: TruthInTelevision that became a trope.
* GameOfNerds: America's pastime is popular among the genius set, what with its love of statistics and all.
* GarbagePostKid: Became a NewMedia trope due to it being true.
* GargleBlaster: Some bartenders do make drinks like this in real life, as either hangover cures, challenges ("if you can drink this, you have free beer for a week"), or as ways to dispose of low-quality or undesired liqueurs.
* {{Gaslighting}}: Very unfortunate TruthInTelevision. Engaged in by abusive partners, high-demand abusive coercive religious groups, and occasionally even by law enforcement or medical professionals who wish to make someone seem or feel unbalanced or troubled, either to themselves or others.
* {{Gayborhood}}: Quite a few of them exist in the US and around the world. California alone has Hillcrest in San Diego, West Hollywood in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and Castro Street in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.
* GayMoment: Quite a few people have these, often overlapping with AttractiveBentGender (just go look at the comments on Miyavi videos on Youtube for some fine examples) or with EvenTheGuysWantHim / EvenTheGirlsWantHer.
* {{Gayngst}}: Less common in more accepting areas as of TheNewTens, but quite a large amount of angst (and even suicides) have originated from this throughout history...
* GenderBlenderName: Very common, especially among transgender people, but plenty of cisgender people have them too.
* GeneralFailure: There were many, but it's best not to start listing them.
* GeneralRipper: Same as above. Many, but listing them is probably not a good idea.
* GeniusBruiser: Sumo wrestlers and technical wrestlers. Some US NFL players, before chronic traumatic encephalopathy sets in (or if it does not).
* GeniusDitz: Some people whose profession it is to entertain others tend to be this, because entertainers are not generally thought of as "smart." One example is [[Music/TwistedSister Dee Snider]]'s testimony regarding the [[MoralGuardians PMRC]] - a HairMetal singer is brought before the US Congress looking dragged in from a late show and hung over, and the PMRC had apparently expected him to make a fool of himself and bolster their cause. Instead, he provided an eloquent and factually-backed defense of free speech [[SophisticatedAsHell while also implying]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar that]] [[TakeThat Tipper Gore was a closeted sadomasochist.]]
* GenocideBackfire: Why genocide isn't only [[MoralEventHorizon one of the worst evils]] possible, but one of the most pragmatically stupid evils as well. There are ''always'' survivors, and even if somehow there isn't any, genocide does ''not'' go unnoticed forever. Note the American genocide of Native Americans, which seemed to be successfully swept under the rug until the survivors and their descendants and their supporters began to speak out...
* GenreBlindness:
** The reason a lot of innocent people or nonviolent/petty criminals get into ''serious'' trouble with the police. (There are [[UsefulNotes/StayingOutOfLegalTrouble a very specific set]] of actions, behaviors, rules, and similar one ''must'' follow when dealing with police officers if one does not wish to end up arrested or ''dead.'')
** Similarly, the reason a lot of kids are set up as {{delinquents}}, at least in very strict school settings: people working in the education setting (especially administrators, behavioral specialists, etcetera) have a very specific idea of what "good kids" are and what "bad kids" are. When {{profiling}} based on race or appearance gets involved, this gets very nasty fast.
** The reason those who fall victim to politics or intrigue in any environment (whether an office or a fandom or a house or whatever) often do - there's warning signs of such being in play, and if you miss those signs, your time in that environment will be short and miserable unless you learn how to play.
** The reason why, if you seek treatment for a mental health issue, you need to know your issue and direct your own treatment plan ''if at all possible,'' so you can remain proactive in your treatment and be seen as a candidate for recovery rather than becoming a pinball in the system.
** The reason why you should know enough about cars to at least have a vague idea of what's wrong when your car needs repair. The difference between "the battery is dead" and "it won't start and I have no idea why, it was making a funny noise first maybe?" is sometimes around a few thousand dollars if you run into a shady enough mechanic. Same thing goes for computers, or for anything else where repairs are expensive and generally arcane to most users.
* GenreSavvy: How to avoid all of the above.
** Knowing how to deal with authority, if not to appeal to it, to get it out of your life so you can go on your way.
** Understanding the signs of abusive or toxic environments to make yourself less vulnerable to them and to avoid getting into them.
** Understanding anything you need professional help with, if not as well as the professional, then well enough to work with them as a team rather than be seen as a passive consumer at best and a sucker at worst.
* GentleGiant: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, a Hawaiian singer famous after his hit "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". André the Giant. A great many others.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Oklahoma, Indiana and an increasing number of other states now have [[IncrediblyLamePun "fire-at-will"]] laws which allow employers to fire employees without explanation or advance notice, except as mandated by federal laws.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: It's common for artwork that is not appreciated in one place to be appreciated in another.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Commonly used by abrasive individuals when dealing with people going through depression. In some cases, however, this can do more harm than good.
* GhostShipping: The variant of a widow/er ''not being able to let go'' of their late spouse/partner/lover if they die is ''very'' common - it is a result of deep or complicated grief, especially at a sudden or senseless loss.
* GiantPoofySleeves: The "leg of mutton" sleeves of the 19th century. The puff-and-slash sleeve of the Renaissance. The revival of leg o' mutton sleeves in the 1980's.
* {{GIFT}}: Spend ''any'' time on the internet reading comments (especially on [[FlameWar contentious issues such as sex or politics or religion]]) and you will find plenty of demonstrations of GIFT.
* GiftGivingGaffe: Happens with gifts that are incredibly inappropriate (e.g. it's probably not a good idea to give your boss a vibrator unless you work at a sex toy company, or to give kids alcohol or tobacco), insulting (''never'' give anyone bodybuilding/diet/fashion/housekeeping/health books or items unless that's a personal interest of theirs and they've specifically asked for those), TooMuchInformation (e.g. gift certificates for colonics or waxing), or outright homophobic/racist/sexist.
* GiganticGulp: Huge drinks are quite common in some places. Anti-obesity advocates seek laws to reduce them in some of those places.
* GildedCage: Getting or being rich has its own concerns and problems - and some people do feel trapped by their upper-class status, and in some cases are prohibited from things they want to do due to maintaining decorum or out of self-protection.
* {{GIRL}}: Not as common as it used to be - internet gender split is around 50/50 now - but often done by law enforcement and others doing stings of pedophiles and similar predators, and also becoming one of the most common ways for a transgender person to begin passing, especially since for some, it is the only way to pass.
* GirlfriendInCanada: Manti Teo, and quite a few less famous cases.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot[=/=]YuriFan[=/=]GuyOnGuyIsHot[=/=]YaoiFangirl: Quite a few people find the idea of same-sex couples hot, even if they are themselves straight-identified.
* GirlPosse: These tend to form in some situations, generally high schools and fandom communities.
* GladIThoughtOfIt: Why patents and copyrights (and documenting your ideas outside of them) exist - people ''are'' willing to do this.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: They exist.
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: Optionally add "and neither really exist" and you have the view of some atheists, and also the view of some variants of non-theistic Satanism.
* GodEmperor: The [[ImperialJapan Imperial Japanese]] believed this as part of a nationalist fascism. [[WorldWarII It did]] [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki not end well.]]. Post World War II, the divinity of the imperial family remains an important part in some strains of UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}}, but not all (some Shinto followers see the divinity of the emperor as a political imposition on their beliefs that corrupted the faith), and is ''technically'' acknowledged but is far more ceremonial than anything else, except to right-wing nationalists - the Japanese equivalent of Neo-Nazis.
* GodIsEvil: In combination with "and doesn't exist," and you get the beliefs of some atheists. In combination with SatanIsGood, the beliefs of some theistic Satanists and left-hand-path followers. In combination with GodAndSatanAreBothJerks and "don't exist," see above. Strangely enough, the actual belief of some types of TheFundamentalist, KnightTemplar, and SoulsavingCrusader such as Westboro Baptistm, JackChick, and Muslim terrorists - [[BlueAndOrangeMorality though they don't consider their God evil]], while celebrating things [[MoralEventHorizon He allegedly does]] which most people not of that belief system would consider evil. In combination with "Yes, that god is evil but this one is good and this one doesn't care," ''many'' forms of Paganism and NeoPaganism.
* GodIsGood: Most forms of Christianity believe this and all will profess this (even the above kinds that accidentally imply GodIsEvil will proclaim that it is actually ''good''). Also the primary belief of all forms of Islam and all forms of religious Judaism. Combined with "and doesn't exist," you have atheists who believe religion is a positive influence even if false. Combined with "and walked away from it all," you have Deists. Combined with "there are many gods and many/the one over them all is good/we are all gods and innately good," you have much NeoPaganism.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: There have been a few real life examples, though not as many as fiction would have you think.
* GodwinsLaw: Try to find ''one'' comment section on a controversial topic without one Nazi comparison. ''YOU WILL FAIL.''
* GodzillaThreshold: When something will kill people or, especially, kill lots of people, ''anything'' is preferable. Whether it's getting someone addicted to drugs so they don't kill themselves, or cutting off their gangrenous limb on a personal level, or shooting dead the guy with an assault rifle trained on his family, or destroying the streets of a city to turn them into flood control channels, or considering aiming nuclear weapons at an incoming asteroid...
* GogglesDoNothing: Steampunk fashion, cosplay.
* GoingByTheMatchbook: Pocket litter, as it is called, ''can'' provide very useful clues as to where someone was - but it can also provide false leads (the person went somewhere but it was irrelevant), dead ends (e.g. the person went somewhere but nothing happened there) and plenty of other misdirections.
* GoingCosmic: The result of the use of some types of recreational drugs.
* GoingNative: Expatriates, and people who marry into or work closely with other cultures that are far different than the one in which they were born and raised.
* GoingPostal: We have a word for this: "massacre".
* GoingToSeeTheElephant: For people who have to tag along on shopping trips or similar when they don't need to or want to buy anything. Going to an event or party only to find out that it has been canceled.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: Golden items are a status symbol.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Very true as it concerns prisoners in solitary confinement.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Most weapons, from guns to nukes. They're made to threaten people and to kill people - and that they do.
* GoodCopBadCop: Actual cops do this routine - which is one of many reasons that you ''need'' a lawyer if you ever find yourself under investigation, whether you are innocent or not. It's also used in other settings. The thing to keep in mind is they ''both'' want the same thing from you.
* GoodIsNotNice: Especially using the "manners" and "tone" definition for "nice", since a common tactic of those who want to maintain repression or the restriction of civil rights (and of abusers in general) is to pick on someone for manners or tone rather than address the argument itself or the person's needs.
** People who have done good deeds have situations where being nice and polite doesn't always achieve a good goal, especially if it involves hurting those they love (i.e, a good parent must punish their child and a good friend must rebuke the other if they're following to the wrong path). One way or another, this doesn't say that people won't enjoy doing this to their loved ones.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Because in dealing with certain people (psychopaths and harmful {{sociopath}}s who commit violence against others, rapists/pedophiles unable to suppress their urges or redirect them into fantasy alone, predators in general) and in regard to one concept (genocidal racial/ethnic/national hatred, as when it gets any sort of a foothold in a society, that society is on the slippery slope to the same place the Nazis were), protecting society and its most vulnerable ''requires'' vigilance, strict laws, and ''total rejection'' of justification.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Street brawlers will ''usually'' win against martial artists (unless the martial art is something like Krav Maga or capoeira that originated with needing to be useful in street fighting) due to their being {{Combat Pragmatist}}s or being unpredictable.
* GoodVersusGood: What happens when people who have ethical goals come into severe conflict or drama over how to achieve them. Some big examples being the debates over anything related to any given minority group from women to GLBTQIA people to racial minorities, to whether recreational drugs and recreational use of drugs should be handled via the legal system (prohibition) or the medical system (legalization and treatment)... very few people involved in any of those debates are what could be considered "evil," but all see different ways needed to achieve "good."
* GoombaStomp: Quite a few animals can actually be killed when jumped on, although that applies to mostly smaller animals.
* GoOutWithASmile: If someone's suffered from a painful terminal illness and is finally getting to die, and/or someone who feels their life has been lived to its best and they're ready to die dies. Usually involves euthanasia because most means of dying without drug assistance are very painful...
* GoshdangItToHeck: ''Mormons'' unless they're "jack Mormons" and even some of those, are absolutely famous for this. Some other religious people (generally of more conservative sects) at least in public.
* GossipEvolution: Especially in small communities and on the Internet.
* GottaKillThemAll: Some unbalanced people or killers make "kill lists." Other people write fake "kill lists" as a fantasy or as a joke - which is not a very good idea, because fantasy and joke kill lists, though they're never meant to be acted on seriously, ''are'' taken seriously by law enforcement in many places, and you can face felony charges for threatening, harassment, terrorism, or even conspiracy to commit murder, even if ''none of the targets see the list'' or even if some see it and actively acknowledge it as a joke.
* GotVolunteered: Being signed up as a volunteer for something one actually doesn't want happens quite often, especially in military and office settings.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: When people are legally ordered to take psychiatric drugs or take anti-alcohol or anti-opiate medications. Only slightly less controversially, chemical castration for serial rapists and serial pedophiles.
* GrailInTheGarbage: Some incredibly expensive and rare items have been thrown out or left for thrift shop collections or yard sales, for example, only to be found later by people who understand their value.
* GranolaGirl: They exist - just go to any "natural health" or "yoga" or similar event, or read the comments over on Natural News and you'll see them.
* GrassIsGreener: Why people try to change their place in life. Sometimes it's not, per [[AnAesop the Aesop]], other times it ''actually is'' and people regret not trying for it sooner or even commit suicide over the despair of realizing it is too late to make said changes. One of the greatest sources of depression in RealLife.
* GravityIsOnlyATheory: Flat earth and hollow earth theorists and homeopaths, among ''many'' other cranks and quacks.
* GrayRainOfDepression: Rainier and snowier areas tend to have higher representations of several mental illnesses. Being born in a snowy winter northern climate (e.g. Canada, Scandinavia) is correlated to a five percent increase in development of schizophrenia.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: Ninety percent of interpersonal conflict is ''this.'' No one is seeking to irreparably harm or kill the other, no one is seeking to do anything that is definitely and truly unethical - both sides are seeking what they find to be their moral and ethical goals, except said goals ''highly'' differ.
* GreatWhiteHunter: Jim Corbett was a naturalist and conservationist who hunted several tigers and other big cats that had turned man-eater. Many far less ethical examples exist: they're called poachers.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: People have been killed or seriously injured when someone committing suicide by jumping lands on them. Human stampedes/crushes also achieve their fatality from this: the weight and strength of the living people trying to escape and the sometimes already dead bodies crushes and suffocates more people to death. This is also the reason you should ''not'' sleep with your baby in the same bed - an adult's body can crush or suffocate an infant's without even awakening the adult until it's too late.
* GroinAttack: Attacks to the genitals are indeed paralyzingly, fetal-position-inducingly painful and will knock most any guy (and sometimes gal) out of commission.
* GroupieBrigade: Actors, musicians, and many other famous and notorious people have these. Generally they tend to appear at shows, parties, and other events related to their person of interest, and are quite more varied than the stereotype: some can be respectful of the stars and of other fans. Others, not so much.
* GrowsOnTrees: Quite a lot of food does grow on trees. Tree nuts, almost all fruits that aren't tomatoes, berries, or melons, and avocados.
* GrumpyOldMan: Everything from life experiences parking someone firmly on the cynical side of the sliding scale to illnesses such as dementia can make some seniors very much this trope.
* GuideDangIt: Learning a foreign language. Cooking. Almost anything involving computers, though this may change. Anything related to repairs.
* GunsAreWorthless: Most definitely ''not'' TruthInTelevision after around the late 19th century (and one of the great debates of the 20th century onward is if they have become ''too'' not-worthless), but the very first guns (e.g. muskets and the like) ''were'' incredibly difficult to load, fire, and reload, had a very slow fire rate, and were often likely to blow up on the shooter. Until firearms technology and training improved, a skilled archer was a far more dangerous ranged attacker than a shooter, and guns were near-useless melee weapons, because in the time it would take to load and fire, the enemy soldier's sword would already be through your heart.
* GunsInChurch: The open carry movement invokes this on occasion. Obviously, anyone committing a crime with a gun also invokes it.
* GuysAreSlobs: In cultures that encourage men to be uncultured slobs and that hold up slobbishness and lack of education and culture as "manly" and alternately writes off cleanliness, culturedness, education, and refinement as "feminine" or "gay," men obsessed with proving their heterosexuality and masculinity will often become uncultured slobs.
* HackerCave: As a form of {{defictionalization}} and LifeImitatesArt, some people in geek culture want to build these and have built them.
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: Prison is rarely rehabilitative, and the lack of real rehabilitation and recidivism gets higher with the security and the punitiveness (e.g. this happens even more in medium and maximum security than in minimum security). In prison, criminals meet more hardened or more clever criminals and jailhouse lawyers - learning how to stay on the outside longer, how to commit different crimes, and similar for the next time - but will likely go back. It also doesn't help that a felony record stays with someone - making it impossible in some instances to find legitimate employment or housing.
* HairTriggerTemper: Borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder in manic or mixed episodes, intermittent explosive disorder, some forms of dementia, and some forms of epilepsy can cause this. And then there are just the people who don't have any specific mental illness, but are just ''that'' angry all the time and waiting for something to lash out at. These can be found anywhere from a FlameWar to road rage incidents, and they make up a ''large'' portion of people convicted for assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, attempted murder, and murder.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: RealLife takes some wild, surprising, 90 degree turns due to both tragedy and luck.
* HandicappedBadass: Quite a few of them through history.
* HangingJudge: Some have existed, and some do exist. Also, the "mandatory minimum" sentencing system in the US can turn any judge into this when it sends someone to prison for 20 years or more for a nonviolent crime.
* HappilyAdopted: Lots of people.
* HappilyMarried: Many, MANY couples.
* HappyMarriageCharade: More common in the past, but loveless arranged marriages and celebrity marriages can be this, because an immediate divorce is forbidden by religion or would be tabloid fodder or blackmail fodder. Also can happen in more homophobic cultures, where a gay man and a lesbian or a bisexual man and bisexual woman pretend to be in a happy heterosexual marriage to satisfy society's needs and protect themselves from harm or outing - and have their same-sex relationships in secret.
* HarmlessVillain: Some people designated as villains in real life may not be very harmful. This is very much something on which the mileage of many people may vary, so no more will be said and no examples will be given.
* HasTwoMommies: Or two daddies - same-sex couples are parents in some regions of the world.
* HatePlague: Mob mentality and methamphetamine abuse are on one end of the spectrum in that while neither are actual "disease," they spread virally and produce hatred, paranoia, and violence. On the other end, for actual disease, we have rabies and possibly toxoplasmosis.
* HatesSmallTalk: [[MyersBriggs Introverted people]] in general are not fans of small talk.
* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Especially because in some corners of acting, the music industry, and other parts of creative media, it's considered cool to maintain an attitude of being "above it all," and cynical, distrustful, and jaded.
* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Happens to all sorts of people, from high-level government operatives to musicians and writers among others.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Sometimes necessary for gay people who avert AllGaysArePromiscuous because of the annoying omnipresence of that stereotype ''even in GLBTQIA circles'' and the idea that if you're not having lots and lots of sex, you're not ''really'' for real. The variant of alluding to one's bisexuality is even ''more'' common because without it, one tends to get pigeonholed as "100 percent straight" or "100 percent gay" and therefore potential partners are repelled.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Baseball player Mike Piazza once called a press conference to announce he's not gay.
* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: Teenagers often do this - which equally often gets them banhammered from places they're not supposed to be, if the abuse/moderation staff is wise to that fact.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: Ahh, the ComingOutStory...
* HeadsTailsEdge: Hey man, it ''can'' happen!
* HeadbuttingHeroes: Firefighters with different plans of fighting a fire/rescuing people from something. Doctors who heavily disagree on a diagnosis or course of treatment.
* {{Headdesk}}: Sometimes this does happen in real life. Or the object isn't a desk... everything from walls to pianos to computer keyboards have occasionally gotten this treatment.
* HealingHerb: Many herbs do have medicial properties, if used properly.
* HealingPotion: In the subverted sense, liquid medications. They won't likely save your life, but everything from Pepto-Bismol to Nyquil will definitely help you feel better if you need them.
** Also in a subverted sense, red wine, with the flavonols in it being powerful antioxidants that slow aging, prevent cancer, and possibly even prevent Alzheimer's, the fermentation enhancing their effect, and the alcohol at small levels reducing stress and the damage stress brings to the body. The trick is to consume just enough that you get the benefit of the flavonol compounds, but you ''don't'' get too much bad effect from overconsumption of the alcohol, which can obviously cancel out all of these benefits and provide even more risks. Needless to say, ''not'' a good idea for TheAlcoholic or anyone else who can't stop at one glass per day/per every other day.
* HealingShiv: Many surgical and medical tools are objects that in the hands of anyone but skilled surgeons and doctors, can cause horrific injuries or death (and even do in their intended surgical and medical uses sometimes).
* HeartbreakAndIceCream: Sometimes TruthInTelevision for mentally well people, ''much'' more often truth for binge-and-purge bulimics and those who suffer from binge eating disorder.
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: Used by quite a few metal bands, though phasing out of interest because of overuse.
* HeavyVoice: Can happen due to thicker vocal folds in overweight people, or due to testosterone whether as therapy or as illicit steroid use.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Because if an organization is bad enough and violent enough, or a friend or acquaintance is, their response to percieved betrayal to be something else/to leave may well be violence.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Mercenaries, private armies, and others whose allegiance to any side is bought. Also ''very'' common in GrayAndGrayMorality conflict - which much real world conflict is - when people who were once "heels" to one side of the conflict become "faces" to the other, or vice versa.
** Could also apply to people who genuinely try to reform from crime or to change their life in order to stop some other form of bad behaviour that's harmful to those in their life, but who repeatedly fall back into those bad, destructive habits again.
* HeelFaceTurn: People who have left racist and other hate groups, or violent sects.
* HeelFaithTurn: Getting into religion ''can'' sometimes make someone a better person instead of converting them into TheFundamentalist or a KnightTemplar.
* HeelRealization: Often the only reason why people who do bad things truly change - they realize they were wrong and what they did hurt people. The point of everything from interventions for addicts to abuser treatment programs is to force these, and arrest and imprisonment are a less successful way of trying to force these. A darker version is when a high demand coercive group tries to force one of these on someone who really isn't a bad person doing bad things, to convince them they are and joining the group is the only path to salvation.
* HeirClubForMen: Inheritance in ''many'' parts of the world until the 20th century. In a combination of OlderThanTheyThink and FairForItsDay, Islamic sharia law was actually one of the first legal systems to buck the tradition of male-only inheritance, by demanding women recieve at least ''some'' direct inheritance.
* HereditaryHairstyle: Because many boys and men unconsciously or consciously model their fathers or brothers in regard to fashion. Especially common before unique and stylish fashion for men became common. ''Far'' less common in women and girls for a variety of reasons.
** A variant of it exists in Visual Kei with "legacy hairstyles," which aren't between blood relatives (usually) but which are either ''so'' linked to a specific artist that wearing them signifies a connection/support/liking for that artist, or signifying of a specific need/style.
* HeldBackInSchool: Not always a bad thing, but avoid it if you can.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason the US FBI has the Witness Protection Program.
* HeroicResolve: Human beings can, in some of the worst emergencies and disasters, find strength they never knew they had to save others' or their own lives.
* HeroicRROD: Unfortunately, many human beings (especially if engaged in an activity they enjoy or feel they absolutely must do) can push themselves past ''their bodies' limits'' leading to major, sometimes disabling injuries or even their own death.
* HeroicSacrifice: People have sacrificed their own lives to save others' lives. A depressingly common example comes from mass shootings in the US, where people have been shot and killed by the heavily-armed assailants while trying to stop him/protect others.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Real people who did good things feel bad about themselves, especially if the "good things" came at a cost of human life or suffering or even property or money, or if they weren't done soon enough... among many other reasons.
* HeroicVow: These are a required part of some organizations and the like.
* HesGotAWeapon: If you hear any of the variants of this, immediately flee as far as you can in the other direction while trying to stay out of sight, and call for EmergencyServices if you possibly can.
* HesitationEqualsDishonesty: Sometimes, with especially bad liars. Other times it simply denotes uncertainty (which actually can mean honesty: the person wants to be sure of what they're saying and think about it first), confusion, thinking of how to tell the truth but leave out irrelevant or traumatizing information, not being a native speaker of the language one is using, being drunk or high or under medication or sleepy, being absolutely terrified, and more. Because of all of these other meanings, while some liars do hesitate, it's not, in and of itself, a valid way to spot a liar and is ''worse than useless'' against compulsive liars, {{sociopath}}s, and someone who believes their own lies. This doesn't stop people from believing it is, though, per TheCoconutEffect.
* HeteronormativeCrusader: In the nonviolent sense, MoralGuardians and some political organizations. In the violent sense, gay-bashers and people that attack transgender people claiming "gay panic."
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Known in North America as "bromance".
* HetIsEw: Some types of the YaoiFangirl and YuriFan are like this. In a more serious sense, the view of some LGBTQIA people that live in societies that have strict gender roles and rules and heavy stereotyping accepted - they don't wish to emulate the heterosexual roles and find, for example, the idea of alpha males and alpha females playing out sitcom and romance drama stereotypes being the "ideal" to be something people should mature from, not aspire to. And yes, there are the ''very rare'' reverse bigots who think heterosexuality is itself gross or offensive.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Sadly, one of the most universal truths there is - those who choose violence to stop violence or choose unethical tactics to fight unethical tactics, or similar, even though it may be ''the only way'' to stop the existing situation, almost always eventually become the same thing as they defeated.
* HiddenDepths: Some people really are more rounded than they may seem at first. Is very, very common with musicians and others who are pigeonholed to a specific "genre" or "scene."
* HidingBehindTheLanguageBarrier: Done all the time, occasionally to insult or mock someone without them knowing. Many English speakers do this as a matter of course, not even realizing they are doing it to any non-English speaker, while at the same time becoming upset if someone is obviously doing it to them in Japanese or Spanish for example.
* HighClassCallGirl: They exist, although it's a fantasy stereotype of sex work for the most part, as in most sex workers ''aren't'' rich and upper class, and ''many'' are the SexSlave.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Sadly, far too often.
* HintDropping: One of the biggest causes of miscommunication and misunderstanding in the world, because some people don't even get the hint is being made, others get the ''wrong'' hint (e.g. someone's trying to hint how much they hate someone, and the person getting the hints assumes that the person is trying to use PUA seduction tactics), or the recipient of the hints wants to be told directly to confirm.
* HisAndHers: Such items exist.
* HistoricalCharacterConfusion: Often served with a side of BeamMeUpScotty or {{Malaproper}}, it is incredibly common in education settings and in life in general.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Historical revisionism and needing to make someone "better" than they were for a portrayal. Sometimes the result of the actual truth of someone being found out.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Biased rumors, historical revisionism, and needing to depict someone as "worse" than they were can lead to this.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Happens, because people who hurt other people become or are stupid, overly self-assured, or greedy.
* HolierThanThou: Everyone has met or heard of someone who was a total jerk or hypocrite about religion. This is true for both theistic and atheistic beliefs.
* HolidayVolunteering: charities to see a massive boost of interest over the festive season; most of it is welcome but they can't help but feel a bit annoyed about the lack of support the rest of the year.
* The "UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}} X" Tropes. Most of them have a germ of truth somewhere in them. The inaccuracy lies in taking a narrow definition and assuming that it's universal.
* HomeByChristmas: Overconfidence in war-fighting ability and/or the ability to quickly bring a war to an end has happened in ''many'' wars and conflicts. In fact, it is often how many get started - the people starting the war are certain it will be an immediate, quick victory with none of their own killed.
* HomeFieldAdvantage: Sports teams generally do well in the place they are most familiar performing. Wars fought on the combatants' home turf are often ones the invaders lose (or that have a way of degenerating into ForeverWar and HopelessWar). Storm chasers that know a particular area and its road/weather quirks often have far better a chance of getting good pictures and of surviving to chase tornadoes another day than people unfamiliar to the area, who often end up with the tornado chasing ''them.''
* HomeSweetHome: Nesting instinct in most people kicks in around the late 20s to early 30s.
* HomosexualReproduction:
** Can happen with a gay or lesbian couple if one partner is transgender and still has the needed anatomy (e.g. a transman who has a uterus and functional ovaries, a transwoman who has functional testicles and penis).
** Even in cases where both members are biologically female or biologically male, many scientists think reproduction for same-sex couples is on the way.
* HonorableMarriageProposal: In the past or in places where single motherhood is still shunned, this was demanded. Not TruthInTelevision after TheEighties or so in most of the first world, except for Japan and South Korea.
* HonorBeforeReason: Uncommon, but not nonexistent. Most likely to show up in the military.
* HonorRelatedAbuse: Unfortunately common among extreme fundamentalist Muslims and extreme fundamentalist Islamic cultures.
* HookersAndBlow: Musicians, actors, artists, rich people, and their parties.
* HopeIsScary: Why some people don't leave abusive or punitive or horrible situations, even if they could and have the wherwithal to do so - to envision a future without the abusive spouse/high demand coercive religious group/bad friend/etcetera is scarier than to know the certainty of the future even if the only certainty is more abuse.
* HopelessWar: They have happened. They are happening. They are perhaps the saddest example of the SunkCostFallacy: the more money, lives, and time poured into a war, no one is willing to admit that it was all for naught and it's time to give up. Hence, the HopelessWar is created and drags on and on with no end. Wars on ''concepts'' or ''objects or services'' that a large amount of people ''want'' to use often get dragged down in this very quickly - without dragging in the flamewar-causing examples, just imagine if someone declared a war on "objective reality" (a concept) or on "potatoes and all products containing them" (something people ''want'' to consume even if it's not healthy to eat french fries and potato chips...).
* HopeSpot: Sadly, it's quite common in life to ''think'' you have a chance at something other than failure or death, for example, and then find out you had no chance at all or you somehow made a bad decision that turned your chance into this.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Killers, rapists, and robbers who work on holidays or significant dates, either out of some personal connection to the day (e.g. Nazi sympathizers acting out on Hitler's birthday) or because it provides far more opportunities.
* HospitalHottie: Some people in the medical profession are attractive, and [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect sometimes being in a bad condition makes those who are helping one seem more attractive than they may be otherwise.]] Playing one of these is also a common BDSM fetish role.
* HotBlooded: Some people are this. Alcohol, amphetamine drugs, and/or cocaine can induce it even in those who aren't and worsen it in those who are.
* HotForStudent: [[http://readjack.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/lafave1.jpg Debra La Fave]] comes to mind. Or Mary Kay [=LeTourneau=].
* HotGuyUglyWife: This happens when some guys care about a girl with personality, ignoring how she looks.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Male Donkey + Female Horse = Mule; Female Donkey + Male Horse = Hinny.
* HouseHusband: In places and relationships with more gender equality (or in cases where the woman is rich or has the better career somehow even if it's not an equal society, (e.g. she's a nurse or teacher who's pretty much guaranteed work, the man is a StarvingArtist or day laborer or such) this happens sometimes.
* HumanAliens: For humans to be able to survive on a planet without {{terraform}}ing or protective technology the planet needs to have the correct conditions for humans to have evolved there. Some scientists believe that this means that if we find any human-inhabitable words there will probably be aliens there that look just like us!
* HumanityIsInfectious: Not with robots, but with some AI programs, which can be trained to post and appear as human beings.
* HumanPopsicle: Cryonics companies such as [[http://www.alcor.com/ Alcor]] and the [[http://www.cryonics.org/ Cryonics Institute]] offer to preserve your whole body or your brain (currently done by keeping the whole head) at low temperatures just after you're legally dead until someone finds out how to cure whatever was killing you. Research shows this ''might'' work someday, as the method they use now allows us to freeze and thaw small organs. They'll also have to cure the effects of freezing on the brain, which is somewhat more complicated. Oh, and figure out how to make new bodies for the heads-only crowd.
* HumansAreDiplomats: Once some humans learned the value of peace over war, and generally a common trait among more ethical people, who would rather resort to other solutions for anything than violence.
* HumansAreSpecial: The only Earth species to use technology, for instance.
* HumansAreWarriors: Humans are violent predators (though this tendency is beginning to be repressed better and eradicated in some over time) and have often preferred violent or abusive solutions to peaceful ones.
* HumiliationConga: A criminal once tried to trick someone into sending him an Apple [=PowerBook=] G4 he bought at eBay. He ended up receiving a binder with keys glued on the inside covers. [[http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/ Read the full story here!]]
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Because offline, at least, your brain comes up with that great quip far too late.
* IAmNotPretty: Some girls are just fishing for compliments when they say this, but a lot of women (especially in minority groups) genuinely feel this way.
* IAteWhat: Understanding what is actually in your food can lead to this - and to becoming a very picky raw vegan if you have the money to be.
* ICallHerVera: People tend to name (and sometimes gender) inanimate objects. Musical instruments, vehicles, and weapons attract this a lot.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: There are so many euphemistic names for the penis, even excluding what individual men might name theirs, that listing them would not only be NSFW but take up an entire page (and such pages exist elsewhere)
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Because of how stereotyped and restricted to everything from appearance to class to everything else relationships are based on in many societies, and with the constant drumbeat of "you're never good enough" directed at women and at the gay or bi men who buy into it (often younger twinks), this happens when someone is seriously approached by someone that they believe they shouldn't ever deserve.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Capsaicin (the stuff that makes chili peppers hot) is very addictive.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Bill Butterfield was so bitter about his football career ending in high school that he tried to push his son into athletic success. [[http://archive.apsportseditors.org/contest/2002/writing/over250/over250.enterprise.fifth2.html The results weren't pretty]]. Also mothers of beauty pageant girls, and parents trying to push kids into careers or better academic levels.
* IdiotBall: Some situations tend to be this because of all of the emotional involvements and fallacies they invoke, making critical and intelligent thinking nigh-impossible.
* IdleRich: Because for some, being rich ''is'' their life's accomplishment. Aversions, however, do exist.
* IfICantHaveYou: Real domestic abusers (especially) and stalkers do act like this - to the point that people who are victims of domestic abuse are advised to make sure their abuser does not know of their escape plans or date.
* IfItsYouItsOK: Because sexuality is a complicated thing, bisexuality is ''not'' always a 50/50 split, and it's possible for someone who thinks they are a 0 on the Kinsey Scale (absolutely heterosexual) to meet one person of the same gender that they find absolutely irresistible, and possible for someone who thinks they are a 6 (absolutely homosexual) to meet someone of the opposite gender that they find absolutely irresistible.
* IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou: Several good foods are actually quite bitter or almost disgustingly bland. On the other hand, some very bad foods also taste bad.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Anyone with a younger sister has said this.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: This is a common argument against the death penalty, vigiliantism, and self-defense.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Asking people to commit crimes or hurt other people or animals or do something else "evil" is a test for everything from criminal groups afraid of police infiltration to some high demand coercive organizations doing recruitment or promotion. A common trick is to hold the person's doing such an act over them as blackmail - e.g. once someone has smoked crack with the dealers and made a sale, they're in as a co-conspirator and capable of being ratted on...
* IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: This is what school teachers and parents keep telling victims of social bullying, quite often because [[AdultsAreUseless they don't want to deal with the problem and prefer the victim to take the bullying silently.]]
* IgnoredEpiphany: Admit it, there's been times you've probably wanted to change everything about your life or felt awful about something (whether it be an addiction or how you damage the environment or whatever) and... gone right on ahead doing it while brushing the guilt off.
* IHatePastMe: Everyone at one point or another has looked back on their life and asked at different points "What was I thinking?!".
* IHaveNoSon: It's very common for parents to disown their child, especially when the child is a spendthrift, a sociopath, a substance abuser or criminal, staining the family name and reputation, or even going against their religious beliefs.
* IHaveToWashMyHair: Bad excuses are often the best - especially if the date or event is itself not worthy of a good excuse.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Every 12 seconds, a kid accidentally fires a gun and hurts someone.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Anyone will have this feeling if fame and heavy responsibilities is too much for them.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: This is why people try to become celebrities or try to get involved with celebrities. More importantly, this is why people aspire to do anything, in many cases, other than to live an ordinary life.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Very, very common in real life.
* IKEAErotica: Bad, boring, bland sex happens. If it's the only sex you have, though, you might want to see a therapist.
* IKnowKarate: Because some people do, indeed, know karate and other martial arts.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Sports skills can be easily transferrable to combat.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Because even more people know no martial arts but think they do. The reason Bullshido and the WhatTheFuAreYouDoing trope exist.
* ILetYouWin: Sometimes, letting other people win things is a very good idea.
* IllGirl (and boy): ''Many'' people have been physically and/or mentally ill as children or teenagers.
* TheIllegal: Illegal immigrants are a large portion of many populations, and a hot-button political issue for nativists in said countries.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Said by ''many'' real life heroes.
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Became a trope from reality TV, but happens everywhere, especially in business and with people with NoSocialSkills or interest in staying. Rarely, these people succeed. More often, they fail badly because ''everyone'' either hates or doesn't notice them.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: This is very much illegal in every jurisdiction on the planet, but that doesn't stop it from happening.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Bad excuses are common everywhere.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Because fortunes rise and fall for various reasons, and especially for those who are rich solely by the actions of others such as family, anything from being disowned to the family funds being lost can cause this.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: Sometimes people do win free food, or know people who work in expensive clubs/restaurants/etcetera and "help out" their friends. Also can be induced by employee theft or shoplifting.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Often one of the most tragic forms of LoveHurts.
* IncompetenceInc: Enron and more recently, the Yellow Book company. Their stock plummeted from over 100 dollars a share to just 13 cents in about a year.
* IncrediblyLameFun: There are people that enjoy things most people would consider boring.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: Surveillance cameras and some listening equipment is this ''by design,'' as a deterrent. Chats or other areas online where you are notified that you are being logged or screencapped are the same thing - an attempt to prevent abuse and bad behavior.
* InducedHypochondria: Dr. Google is often to blame, along with its accomplice, Dr. [=WebMD=]. Spend time reading around either and you will believe yourself to be ill, possibly dying.
* IndustrialGhetto: Because not many people capable of not living in overly industrialized areas tend to choose living there. Hence, industrial areas become restricted to industry and to those too poor to live elsewhere.
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Admit it, you've made these. It's also a good idea to be very wary of making them, even in jest, after TheNoughties in the US, due to post-9-11 terrorism paranoia, because they can lead to your arrest.
* InelegantBlubbering: It's cute and charming when Hugh Grant does it. Not so much in real life.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Real criminals actually do this, and it's why police don't release all details of crimes to the media. It is also why if you are innocent and being investigated anyway, you ''do not'' try to offer speculation or guesses on who did it, how it happened, or anything else related to it, because if you hit on something by accident, you're likely getting arrested for the crime rather than thanked for your help and let go. If you ''really'' want to help an investigation or offer your speculations, ''especially'' after having been approached by the police and questioned, only do so via a lawyer or, somewhat riskier, via an anonymous tip.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Nuclear weapons, at least from TheSixties until TheNewTens. First, you need a lot of highly educated scientists who are willing to create them. Then you need the laboratory facilities and parts and, of course, a supply of highly enriched uranium at the very least. Then you need a delivery system strong enough to deliver them at range without vulnerability to defenses. Then you need a major nuclear-armed nation to back your entry into the nuclear club (usually a member of NATO, though the Warsaw Pact was good enough until TheGreatPoliticsMessUp) and a convincing cause for why you ''need'' nuclear deterrence and aren't just going to nuke anyone for looking at you funny, so the existing members of the nuclear club don't see your nation as a "rogue state" and attack you or sanction you or both. Then, whether you are one of those major nations or a newbie to the club, you have to secure both your peacetime and military nuclear facilities and keep them secure. You also have to develop a strong warning system that informs you on when someone else has launched against you, and maintain intelligence on all other nuclear-armed nations or ally with them. Then there's the physical maintenance of the weapons and facilities themselves...
* InfractionDistraction: Often done by criminals and others on the wrong side of the law or the system which they are in - for two reasons, to look "innocent but not ''too'' innocent", and to provide something lesser to be charged with if they are caught.
* InnocentBigot: Usually happens with kids, who don't know any better when they first assume their parents/caretakers' bigoted attitudes. Also can happen with the very sheltered, e.g. those raised in restrictive religious systems or isolated locales.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Show any person over the age of, say, 50 a picture of a random high school in America, and they'll likely insist this is what's going on. Also, the prevalence of Girls Gone Wild videos also leads one to think that the average drunken party coed may teeter into this area after 3-4 shots.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Asperger's Syndrome, social isolation in general, and being a FishOutOfWater can all cause this. Also can happen with people who aren't necessarily familiar with how a culture or subculture operates and what is and is not considered offensive/rude/racist/etcetera. This can also be a problem with international communication including international media generally, since what is considered offensive in one country might not be considered offensive elsewhere. People in other countries might not even be aware a particular racial/ethnic stereotype exists at all, or that a particular word is considered a slur overseas.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Some test takers will use this to answer a difficult question and hope to get partial credit on the test. Case in point, "Squares are polygons. Triangles are polygons. [[BlatantLies So squares must be triangles!]]"
* InspectorJavert: While it's probably not a good idea to list the RealLife examples, they have existed. Prosecuting attorneys are even more notorious for it than police officers.
* InspectorLestrade: This is what happens when ''cops'' are KickedUpstairs. Not necessarily to the degree it is in fiction, but to the degree that ''many'' cases are closed too soon, investigated improperly, or otherwise handled in ways that get no one "justice."
* InspirationalInsult: Probably many have happen in real life, so here's a few.
** [[http://thescienceofreality.tumblr.com/post/86937911252/yesallwomen-tweets-reveal-persistent-sexism-in This Tumblr post]] shows some women who chose a career in science specifically because people told them females can't be scientists.
** This is part of the controversial and seldom used "attack therapy". Success is not guaranteed.
** In 1976, on the eve of the West Indies {{Cricket}} team's tour of England, English captain Tony Greig (an expatriate South African) commented, "If they're down, they (the West Indians) grovel, and I (...) intend to make them grovel." The comment incensed the West Indians, who proceeded to annihilate England in the series. West Indies captain Clive Lloyd commented:
--> "The word 'grovel' is one guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of any black man. The fact they were used by a white South African made it even worse. We were angry and West Indians everywhere were angry. We resolved to show him and everyone else that the days for grovelling were over".
* InstantDeathBullet: Any bullet or other projectile that hits the brain, a ''large'' portion of the time, especially if major brain damage has resulted. Bullets that pierce the heart and lung at the same time or cause major damage to the abdominal organs are also often this trope.
* InstantEmergencyResponse: Happens sometimes out of luck - there is a fire station nearby, or there is a police officer or paramedic or emergency medicine doctor where an emergency is happening. That said, don't rely on it because the ''only'' time it happens is via being in the right place at the wrong time.
* InsufferableGenius: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and millions more.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: In communities where women or men (or both) are expected to be "dumb", those who are intelligent are often written off as unfeminine or unmanly.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: And/or downloading music. And/or, according to some, buying drugs.
* InternetToughGuy: They exist everywhere, but news comments sections and weapons or military related discussions draw them like flies to feces.
* IntimidatingRevenueService: Only two things in life are certain, death and taxes. Ask UsefulNotes/AlCapone.
* InTheBlood: ''Sometimes'' true in that some mental disorders that can lead to violent or "evil" actions are heritable (e.g. psychopathy possibly being one of such), that severe abuse and neglect and an environment HarmfulToMinors can do the same, and that the combination of the two is almost always going to cause bad results (e.g. just look at how many pedophiles and serial killers were victims of child sexual abuse from a parent or relative, which indicates both.) Averted, though, almost as often with people who have equally horrible backgrounds and/or disorders, and who don't sexually abuse children or kill anyone.
* IntrepidReporter: Not as common after TheNineties (though a few examples around the world do exist). Press consolidation, the desire for infotainment media, press clubs being about accepting press releases and official statements, the virtual collapse of the newspaper and magazine and TV news businesses, and more, led to this trope being very rare. Citizen journalism, however, via {{twitter}} and similar services, has began to somewhat reconstruct it - as have a few news outlets that are nonprofit and/or otherwise not having to worry about keeping the advertisers and Big Brother for a specific nation (except possibly their own) happy.
* InUniverseCamera: Just look at Website/YouTube videos of any disaster after around 2000. From 9-11 to 3-11, you will see any disaster from the inside.
* InvadingRefugees: Occasionally happens during wars where the refugees are fleeing a worse danger/war. Also happens during some types of major disasters.
* IsThatCuteKidYours: Check the discussion page for examples.
* IsThisThingStillOn: Has led to a ''lot'' of embarrassment, a lot of laughs, and to the occasional EngineeredPublicConfession.
* ISurrenderSuckers: The reason why police officers will keep one gun pointed at a dangerous suspect at all times until his arms are fully handcuffed.
* ItAmusedMe: Motivation for everyone from silly pranksters to crazed killers, from the LeftFielder to the cruelest of {{troll}}s.
* ItGetsEasier: Militaries try to invoke this in kill training (specifically the US military but others do it too) - to try to get soldiers comfortable with the concept of killing. In general, often does happen with criminal activity, because once one knows how to shoplift or successfully complete a drug deal, for example, much of the nervousness and fear goes away - which actually can be a problem for criminals because once that goes away, they sometimes become StupidCrooks.
* IThoughtThatWas: Back in the days of video rental stores, porn would sometimes end up in far more innocent cases or sections (e.g. someone would accidentally return a porno in a box for a PG or PG-13 film, or someone unfamiliar with anime would file hardcore hentai under children's animation). This was the result.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: A ''lot'' of things in life are this - context is very important and the difference between many things.
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Unfortunately, and one of the saddest "relationships" in the world.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Because some people remain empathetic and understanding of the gravity of injury and death and loss, even if they do have to deal with or have even caused it. Very common among doctors and people in the helping professions and firefighters, and among some police officers that view policing as social work rather than us versus them.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Condoms, and disposable items in general (in the sense that they are single-use products). Anything involving the exploitation of anything from a legal loophole software bug that will likely be patched on discovery (in the other sense of something never working again).
* ItsAllAboutMe: Narcissists and sociopaths on the more extreme end, individual survival and forgetfulness on the more benign.
* ItsASmallNetAfterAll: In Mexico, ''everybody'' uses MSN Hotmail, MSN Spaces, and MSN Messenger, thanks to an alliance between Microsoft and Telmex, the latter a nigh-monopolic telco led by Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world.
* ItsForABook: People ''have'' used this as an excuse, making things much, much harder for actual journalists or creative writers who ''are'' writing a book.
* ItsNotYouItsMe: You'd be surprised how much this line gets said in RealLife breakups. You've probably used it (or will use it), too!
* ItsProbablyNothing: If you ever find yourself saying this, do whatever it takes to ''make sure'' it's nothing.
* ItsRainingSalesmen: Sometimes they do this to people coming in with bags (or in cases with far more UnfortunateImplications, because you're poor or [[{{Profiling}} a minority]], because they want to make sure you're not a shoplifter). Also can happen if the sales staff needs to look busy.
* ItWasAGift: In some cultures, gifts are considered to have more value because they were given.
* IWantGrandkids: Some parents ''can'' get really pushy with their married children. [[DownerEnding Sometimes to the extent of destroying the family relationships.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Yes, there are people in the world who care about the feelings of others.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Some people actually feel embarrassed over this.
* IWasJustPassingThrough: In real life, often used out of humility rather than distaste for saving someone.
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake: The easiest way to get people to show up to an event is to provide free food.
* IWorkAlone: Some people actually ''do'' work better alone and relatively unsupervised.
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* GadgetWatches: Some companies are trying to invent these, in response to, as of TheNewTens, the smartphone and tablet being far more popular personal accessories than the watch.
* GaiasLament: Unfortunately, due to climate change (though some people dispute this), pollution of various kinds, overfishing, nuclear contamination in some areas, and other forms of environmental damage.
* TheGamblingAddict: TruthInTelevision that became a trope.
* GameOfNerds: America's pastime is popular among the genius set, what with its love of statistics and all.
* GarbagePostKid: Became a NewMedia trope due to it being true.
* GargleBlaster: Some bartenders do make drinks like this in real life, as either hangover cures, challenges ("if you can drink this, you have free beer for a week"), or as ways to dispose of low-quality or undesired liqueurs.
* {{Gaslighting}}: Very unfortunate TruthInTelevision. Engaged in by abusive partners, high-demand abusive coercive religious groups, and occasionally even by law enforcement or medical professionals who wish to make someone seem or feel unbalanced or troubled, either to themselves or others.
* {{Gayborhood}}: Quite a few of them exist in the US and around the world. California alone has Hillcrest in San Diego, West Hollywood in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and Castro Street in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.
* GayMoment: Quite a few people have these, often overlapping with AttractiveBentGender (just go look at the comments on Miyavi videos on Youtube for some fine examples) or with EvenTheGuysWantHim / EvenTheGirlsWantHer.
* {{Gayngst}}: Less common in more accepting areas as of TheNewTens, but quite a large amount of angst (and even suicides) have originated from this throughout history...
* GenderBlenderName: Very common, especially among transgender people, but plenty of cisgender people have them too.
* GeneralFailure: There were many, but it's best not to start listing them.
* GeneralRipper: Same as above. Many, but listing them is probably not a good idea.
* GeniusBruiser: Sumo wrestlers and technical wrestlers. Some US NFL players, before chronic traumatic encephalopathy sets in (or if it does not).
* GeniusDitz: Some people whose profession it is to entertain others tend to be this, because entertainers are not generally thought of as "smart." One example is [[Music/TwistedSister Dee Snider]]'s testimony regarding the [[MoralGuardians PMRC]] - a HairMetal singer is brought before the US Congress looking dragged in from a late show and hung over, and the PMRC had apparently expected him to make a fool of himself and bolster their cause. Instead, he provided an eloquent and factually-backed defense of free speech [[SophisticatedAsHell while also implying]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar that]] [[TakeThat Tipper Gore was a closeted sadomasochist.]]
* GenocideBackfire: Why genocide isn't only [[MoralEventHorizon one of the worst evils]] possible, but one of the most pragmatically stupid evils as well. There are ''always'' survivors, and even if somehow there isn't any, genocide does ''not'' go unnoticed forever. Note the American genocide of Native Americans, which seemed to be successfully swept under the rug until the survivors and their descendants and their supporters began to speak out...
* GenreBlindness:
** The reason a lot of innocent people or nonviolent/petty criminals get into ''serious'' trouble with the police. (There are [[UsefulNotes/StayingOutOfLegalTrouble a very specific set]] of actions, behaviors, rules, and similar one ''must'' follow when dealing with police officers if one does not wish to end up arrested or ''dead.'')
** Similarly, the reason a lot of kids are set up as {{delinquents}}, at least in very strict school settings: people working in the education setting (especially administrators, behavioral specialists, etcetera) have a very specific idea of what "good kids" are and what "bad kids" are. When {{profiling}} based on race or appearance gets involved, this gets very nasty fast.
** The reason those who fall victim to politics or intrigue in any environment (whether an office or a fandom or a house or whatever) often do - there's warning signs of such being in play, and if you miss those signs, your time in that environment will be short and miserable unless you learn how to play.
** The reason why, if you seek treatment for a mental health issue, you need to know your issue and direct your own treatment plan ''if at all possible,'' so you can remain proactive in your treatment and be seen as a candidate for recovery rather than becoming a pinball in the system.
** The reason why you should know enough about cars to at least have a vague idea of what's wrong when your car needs repair. The difference between "the battery is dead" and "it won't start and I have no idea why, it was making a funny noise first maybe?" is sometimes around a few thousand dollars if you run into a shady enough mechanic. Same thing goes for computers, or for anything else where repairs are expensive and generally arcane to most users.
* GenreSavvy: How to avoid all of the above.
** Knowing how to deal with authority, if not to appeal to it, to get it out of your life so you can go on your way.
** Understanding the signs of abusive or toxic environments to make yourself less vulnerable to them and to avoid getting into them.
** Understanding anything you need professional help with, if not as well as the professional, then well enough to work with them as a team rather than be seen as a passive consumer at best and a sucker at worst.
* GentleGiant: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, a Hawaiian singer famous after his hit "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". André the Giant. A great many others.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Oklahoma, Indiana and an increasing number of other states now have [[IncrediblyLamePun "fire-at-will"]] laws which allow employers to fire employees without explanation or advance notice, except as mandated by federal laws.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: It's common for artwork that is not appreciated in one place to be appreciated in another.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Commonly used by abrasive individuals when dealing with people going through depression. In some cases, however, this can do more harm than good.
* GhostShipping: The variant of a widow/er ''not being able to let go'' of their late spouse/partner/lover if they die is ''very'' common - it is a result of deep or complicated grief, especially at a sudden or senseless loss.
* GiantPoofySleeves: The "leg of mutton" sleeves of the 19th century. The puff-and-slash sleeve of the Renaissance. The revival of leg o' mutton sleeves in the 1980's.
* {{GIFT}}: Spend ''any'' time on the internet reading comments (especially on [[FlameWar contentious issues such as sex or politics or religion]]) and you will find plenty of demonstrations of GIFT.
* GiftGivingGaffe: Happens with gifts that are incredibly inappropriate (e.g. it's probably not a good idea to give your boss a vibrator unless you work at a sex toy company, or to give kids alcohol or tobacco), insulting (''never'' give anyone bodybuilding/diet/fashion/housekeeping/health books or items unless that's a personal interest of theirs and they've specifically asked for those), TooMuchInformation (e.g. gift certificates for colonics or waxing), or outright homophobic/racist/sexist.
* GiganticGulp: Huge drinks are quite common in some places. Anti-obesity advocates seek laws to reduce them in some of those places.
* GildedCage: Getting or being rich has its own concerns and problems - and some people do feel trapped by their upper-class status, and in some cases are prohibited from things they want to do due to maintaining decorum or out of self-protection.
* {{GIRL}}: Not as common as it used to be - internet gender split is around 50/50 now - but often done by law enforcement and others doing stings of pedophiles and similar predators, and also becoming one of the most common ways for a transgender person to begin passing, especially since for some, it is the only way to pass.
* GirlfriendInCanada: Manti Teo, and quite a few less famous cases.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot[=/=]YuriFan[=/=]GuyOnGuyIsHot[=/=]YaoiFangirl: Quite a few people find the idea of same-sex couples hot, even if they are themselves straight-identified.
* GirlPosse: These tend to form in some situations, generally high schools and fandom communities.
* GladIThoughtOfIt: Why patents and copyrights (and documenting your ideas outside of them) exist - people ''are'' willing to do this.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: They exist.
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: Optionally add "and neither really exist" and you have the view of some atheists, and also the view of some variants of non-theistic Satanism.
* GodEmperor: The [[ImperialJapan Imperial Japanese]] believed this as part of a nationalist fascism. [[WorldWarII It did]] [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki not end well.]]. Post World War II, the divinity of the imperial family remains an important part in some strains of UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}}, but not all (some Shinto followers see the divinity of the emperor as a political imposition on their beliefs that corrupted the faith), and is ''technically'' acknowledged but is far more ceremonial than anything else, except to right-wing nationalists - the Japanese equivalent of Neo-Nazis.
* GodIsEvil: In combination with "and doesn't exist," and you get the beliefs of some atheists. In combination with SatanIsGood, the beliefs of some theistic Satanists and left-hand-path followers. In combination with GodAndSatanAreBothJerks and "don't exist," see above. Strangely enough, the actual belief of some types of TheFundamentalist, KnightTemplar, and SoulsavingCrusader such as Westboro Baptistm, JackChick, and Muslim terrorists - [[BlueAndOrangeMorality though they don't consider their God evil]], while celebrating things [[MoralEventHorizon He allegedly does]] which most people not of that belief system would consider evil. In combination with "Yes, that god is evil but this one is good and this one doesn't care," ''many'' forms of Paganism and NeoPaganism.
* GodIsGood: Most forms of Christianity believe this and all will profess this (even the above kinds that accidentally imply GodIsEvil will proclaim that it is actually ''good''). Also the primary belief of all forms of Islam and all forms of religious Judaism. Combined with "and doesn't exist," you have atheists who believe religion is a positive influence even if false. Combined with "and walked away from it all," you have Deists. Combined with "there are many gods and many/the one over them all is good/we are all gods and innately good," you have much NeoPaganism.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: There have been a few real life examples, though not as many as fiction would have you think.
* GodwinsLaw: Try to find ''one'' comment section on a controversial topic without one Nazi comparison. ''YOU WILL FAIL.''
* GodzillaThreshold: When something will kill people or, especially, kill lots of people, ''anything'' is preferable. Whether it's getting someone addicted to drugs so they don't kill themselves, or cutting off their gangrenous limb on a personal level, or shooting dead the guy with an assault rifle trained on his family, or destroying the streets of a city to turn them into flood control channels, or considering aiming nuclear weapons at an incoming asteroid...
* GogglesDoNothing: Steampunk fashion, cosplay.
* GoingByTheMatchbook: Pocket litter, as it is called, ''can'' provide very useful clues as to where someone was - but it can also provide false leads (the person went somewhere but it was irrelevant), dead ends (e.g. the person went somewhere but nothing happened there) and plenty of other misdirections.
* GoingCosmic: The result of the use of some types of recreational drugs.
* GoingNative: Expatriates, and people who marry into or work closely with other cultures that are far different than the one in which they were born and raised.
* GoingPostal: We have a word for this: "massacre".
* GoingToSeeTheElephant: For people who have to tag along on shopping trips or similar when they don't need to or want to buy anything. Going to an event or party only to find out that it has been canceled.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: Golden items are a status symbol.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Very true as it concerns prisoners in solitary confinement.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Most weapons, from guns to nukes. They're made to threaten people and to kill people - and that they do.
* GoodCopBadCop: Actual cops do this routine - which is one of many reasons that you ''need'' a lawyer if you ever find yourself under investigation, whether you are innocent or not. It's also used in other settings. The thing to keep in mind is they ''both'' want the same thing from you.
* GoodIsNotNice: Especially using the "manners" and "tone" definition for "nice", since a common tactic of those who want to maintain repression or the restriction of civil rights (and of abusers in general) is to pick on someone for manners or tone rather than address the argument itself or the person's needs.
** People who have done good deeds have situations where being nice and polite doesn't always achieve a good goal, especially if it involves hurting those they love (i.e, a good parent must punish their child and a good friend must rebuke the other if they're following to the wrong path). One way or another, this doesn't say that people won't enjoy doing this to their loved ones.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Because in dealing with certain people (psychopaths and harmful {{sociopath}}s who commit violence against others, rapists/pedophiles unable to suppress their urges or redirect them into fantasy alone, predators in general) and in regard to one concept (genocidal racial/ethnic/national hatred, as when it gets any sort of a foothold in a society, that society is on the slippery slope to the same place the Nazis were), protecting society and its most vulnerable ''requires'' vigilance, strict laws, and ''total rejection'' of justification.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Street brawlers will ''usually'' win against martial artists (unless the martial art is something like Krav Maga or capoeira that originated with needing to be useful in street fighting) due to their being {{Combat Pragmatist}}s or being unpredictable.
* GoodVersusGood: What happens when people who have ethical goals come into severe conflict or drama over how to achieve them. Some big examples being the debates over anything related to any given minority group from women to GLBTQIA people to racial minorities, to whether recreational drugs and recreational use of drugs should be handled via the legal system (prohibition) or the medical system (legalization and treatment)... very few people involved in any of those debates are what could be considered "evil," but all see different ways needed to achieve "good."
* GoombaStomp: Quite a few animals can actually be killed when jumped on, although that applies to mostly smaller animals.
* GoOutWithASmile: If someone's suffered from a painful terminal illness and is finally getting to die, and/or someone who feels their life has been lived to its best and they're ready to die dies. Usually involves euthanasia because most means of dying without drug assistance are very painful...
* GoshdangItToHeck: ''Mormons'' unless they're "jack Mormons" and even some of those, are absolutely famous for this. Some other religious people (generally of more conservative sects) at least in public.
* GossipEvolution: Especially in small communities and on the Internet.
* GottaKillThemAll: Some unbalanced people or killers make "kill lists." Other people write fake "kill lists" as a fantasy or as a joke - which is not a very good idea, because fantasy and joke kill lists, though they're never meant to be acted on seriously, ''are'' taken seriously by law enforcement in many places, and you can face felony charges for threatening, harassment, terrorism, or even conspiracy to commit murder, even if ''none of the targets see the list'' or even if some see it and actively acknowledge it as a joke.
* GotVolunteered: Being signed up as a volunteer for something one actually doesn't want happens quite often, especially in military and office settings.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: When people are legally ordered to take psychiatric drugs or take anti-alcohol or anti-opiate medications. Only slightly less controversially, chemical castration for serial rapists and serial pedophiles.
* GrailInTheGarbage: Some incredibly expensive and rare items have been thrown out or left for thrift shop collections or yard sales, for example, only to be found later by people who understand their value.
* GranolaGirl: They exist - just go to any "natural health" or "yoga" or similar event, or read the comments over on Natural News and you'll see them.
* GrassIsGreener: Why people try to change their place in life. Sometimes it's not, per [[AnAesop the Aesop]], other times it ''actually is'' and people regret not trying for it sooner or even commit suicide over the despair of realizing it is too late to make said changes. One of the greatest sources of depression in RealLife.
* GravityIsOnlyATheory: Flat earth and hollow earth theorists and homeopaths, among ''many'' other cranks and quacks.
* GrayRainOfDepression: Rainier and snowier areas tend to have higher representations of several mental illnesses. Being born in a snowy winter northern climate (e.g. Canada, Scandinavia) is correlated to a five percent increase in development of schizophrenia.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: Ninety percent of interpersonal conflict is ''this.'' No one is seeking to irreparably harm or kill the other, no one is seeking to do anything that is definitely and truly unethical - both sides are seeking what they find to be their moral and ethical goals, except said goals ''highly'' differ.
* GreatWhiteHunter: Jim Corbett was a naturalist and conservationist who hunted several tigers and other big cats that had turned man-eater. Many far less ethical examples exist: they're called poachers.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: People have been killed or seriously injured when someone committing suicide by jumping lands on them. Human stampedes/crushes also achieve their fatality from this: the weight and strength of the living people trying to escape and the sometimes already dead bodies crushes and suffocates more people to death. This is also the reason you should ''not'' sleep with your baby in the same bed - an adult's body can crush or suffocate an infant's without even awakening the adult until it's too late.
* GroinAttack: Attacks to the genitals are indeed paralyzingly, fetal-position-inducingly painful and will knock most any guy (and sometimes gal) out of commission.
* GroupieBrigade: Actors, musicians, and many other famous and notorious people have these. Generally they tend to appear at shows, parties, and other events related to their person of interest, and are quite more varied than the stereotype: some can be respectful of the stars and of other fans. Others, not so much.
* GrowsOnTrees: Quite a lot of food does grow on trees. Tree nuts, almost all fruits that aren't tomatoes, berries, or melons, and avocados.
* GrumpyOldMan: Everything from life experiences parking someone firmly on the cynical side of the sliding scale to illnesses such as dementia can make some seniors very much this trope.
* GuideDangIt: Learning a foreign language. Cooking. Almost anything involving computers, though this may change. Anything related to repairs.
* GunsAreWorthless: Most definitely ''not'' TruthInTelevision after around the late 19th century (and one of the great debates of the 20th century onward is if they have become ''too'' not-worthless), but the very first guns (e.g. muskets and the like) ''were'' incredibly difficult to load, fire, and reload, had a very slow fire rate, and were often likely to blow up on the shooter. Until firearms technology and training improved, a skilled archer was a far more dangerous ranged attacker than a shooter, and guns were near-useless melee weapons, because in the time it would take to load and fire, the enemy soldier's sword would already be through your heart.
* GunsInChurch: The open carry movement invokes this on occasion. Obviously, anyone committing a crime with a gun also invokes it.
* GuysAreSlobs: In cultures that encourage men to be uncultured slobs and that hold up slobbishness and lack of education and culture as "manly" and alternately writes off cleanliness, culturedness, education, and refinement as "feminine" or "gay," men obsessed with proving their heterosexuality and masculinity will often become uncultured slobs.
* HackerCave: As a form of {{defictionalization}} and LifeImitatesArt, some people in geek culture want to build these and have built them.
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: Prison is rarely rehabilitative, and the lack of real rehabilitation and recidivism gets higher with the security and the punitiveness (e.g. this happens even more in medium and maximum security than in minimum security). In prison, criminals meet more hardened or more clever criminals and jailhouse lawyers - learning how to stay on the outside longer, how to commit different crimes, and similar for the next time - but will likely go back. It also doesn't help that a felony record stays with someone - making it impossible in some instances to find legitimate employment or housing.
* HairTriggerTemper: Borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder in manic or mixed episodes, intermittent explosive disorder, some forms of dementia, and some forms of epilepsy can cause this. And then there are just the people who don't have any specific mental illness, but are just ''that'' angry all the time and waiting for something to lash out at. These can be found anywhere from a FlameWar to road rage incidents, and they make up a ''large'' portion of people convicted for assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, attempted murder, and murder.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: RealLife takes some wild, surprising, 90 degree turns due to both tragedy and luck.
* HandicappedBadass: Quite a few of them through history.
* HangingJudge: Some have existed, and some do exist. Also, the "mandatory minimum" sentencing system in the US can turn any judge into this when it sends someone to prison for 20 years or more for a nonviolent crime.
* HappilyAdopted: Lots of people.
* HappilyMarried: Many, MANY couples.
* HappyMarriageCharade: More common in the past, but loveless arranged marriages and celebrity marriages can be this, because an immediate divorce is forbidden by religion or would be tabloid fodder or blackmail fodder. Also can happen in more homophobic cultures, where a gay man and a lesbian or a bisexual man and bisexual woman pretend to be in a happy heterosexual marriage to satisfy society's needs and protect themselves from harm or outing - and have their same-sex relationships in secret.
* HarmlessVillain: Some people designated as villains in real life may not be very harmful. This is very much something on which the mileage of many people may vary, so no more will be said and no examples will be given.
* HasTwoMommies: Or two daddies - same-sex couples are parents in some regions of the world.
* HatePlague: Mob mentality and methamphetamine abuse are on one end of the spectrum in that while neither are actual "disease," they spread virally and produce hatred, paranoia, and violence. On the other end, for actual disease, we have rabies and possibly toxoplasmosis.
* HatesSmallTalk: [[MyersBriggs Introverted people]] in general are not fans of small talk.
* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Especially because in some corners of acting, the music industry, and other parts of creative media, it's considered cool to maintain an attitude of being "above it all," and cynical, distrustful, and jaded.
* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Happens to all sorts of people, from high-level government operatives to musicians and writers among others.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Sometimes necessary for gay people who avert AllGaysArePromiscuous because of the annoying omnipresence of that stereotype ''even in GLBTQIA circles'' and the idea that if you're not having lots and lots of sex, you're not ''really'' for real. The variant of alluding to one's bisexuality is even ''more'' common because without it, one tends to get pigeonholed as "100 percent straight" or "100 percent gay" and therefore potential partners are repelled.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Baseball player Mike Piazza once called a press conference to announce he's not gay.
* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: Teenagers often do this - which equally often gets them banhammered from places they're not supposed to be, if the abuse/moderation staff is wise to that fact.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: Ahh, the ComingOutStory...
* HeadsTailsEdge: Hey man, it ''can'' happen!
* HeadbuttingHeroes: Firefighters with different plans of fighting a fire/rescuing people from something. Doctors who heavily disagree on a diagnosis or course of treatment.
* {{Headdesk}}: Sometimes this does happen in real life. Or the object isn't a desk... everything from walls to pianos to computer keyboards have occasionally gotten this treatment.
* HealingHerb: Many herbs do have medicial properties, if used properly.
* HealingPotion: In the subverted sense, liquid medications. They won't likely save your life, but everything from Pepto-Bismol to Nyquil will definitely help you feel better if you need them.
** Also in a subverted sense, red wine, with the flavonols in it being powerful antioxidants that slow aging, prevent cancer, and possibly even prevent Alzheimer's, the fermentation enhancing their effect, and the alcohol at small levels reducing stress and the damage stress brings to the body. The trick is to consume just enough that you get the benefit of the flavonol compounds, but you ''don't'' get too much bad effect from overconsumption of the alcohol, which can obviously cancel out all of these benefits and provide even more risks. Needless to say, ''not'' a good idea for TheAlcoholic or anyone else who can't stop at one glass per day/per every other day.
* HealingShiv: Many surgical and medical tools are objects that in the hands of anyone but skilled surgeons and doctors, can cause horrific injuries or death (and even do in their intended surgical and medical uses sometimes).
* HeartbreakAndIceCream: Sometimes TruthInTelevision for mentally well people, ''much'' more often truth for binge-and-purge bulimics and those who suffer from binge eating disorder.
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: Used by quite a few metal bands, though phasing out of interest because of overuse.
* HeavyVoice: Can happen due to thicker vocal folds in overweight people, or due to testosterone whether as therapy or as illicit steroid use.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Because if an organization is bad enough and violent enough, or a friend or acquaintance is, their response to percieved betrayal to be something else/to leave may well be violence.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Mercenaries, private armies, and others whose allegiance to any side is bought. Also ''very'' common in GrayAndGrayMorality conflict - which much real world conflict is - when people who were once "heels" to one side of the conflict become "faces" to the other, or vice versa.
** Could also apply to people who genuinely try to reform from crime or to change their life in order to stop some other form of bad behaviour that's harmful to those in their life, but who repeatedly fall back into those bad, destructive habits again.
* HeelFaceTurn: People who have left racist and other hate groups, or violent sects.
* HeelFaithTurn: Getting into religion ''can'' sometimes make someone a better person instead of converting them into TheFundamentalist or a KnightTemplar.
* HeelRealization: Often the only reason why people who do bad things truly change - they realize they were wrong and what they did hurt people. The point of everything from interventions for addicts to abuser treatment programs is to force these, and arrest and imprisonment are a less successful way of trying to force these. A darker version is when a high demand coercive group tries to force one of these on someone who really isn't a bad person doing bad things, to convince them they are and joining the group is the only path to salvation.
* HeirClubForMen: Inheritance in ''many'' parts of the world until the 20th century. In a combination of OlderThanTheyThink and FairForItsDay, Islamic sharia law was actually one of the first legal systems to buck the tradition of male-only inheritance, by demanding women recieve at least ''some'' direct inheritance.
* HereditaryHairstyle: Because many boys and men unconsciously or consciously model their fathers or brothers in regard to fashion. Especially common before unique and stylish fashion for men became common. ''Far'' less common in women and girls for a variety of reasons.
** A variant of it exists in Visual Kei with "legacy hairstyles," which aren't between blood relatives (usually) but which are either ''so'' linked to a specific artist that wearing them signifies a connection/support/liking for that artist, or signifying of a specific need/style.
* HeldBackInSchool: Not always a bad thing, but avoid it if you can.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason the US FBI has the Witness Protection Program.
* HeroicResolve: Human beings can, in some of the worst emergencies and disasters, find strength they never knew they had to save others' or their own lives.
* HeroicRROD: Unfortunately, many human beings (especially if engaged in an activity they enjoy or feel they absolutely must do) can push themselves past ''their bodies' limits'' leading to major, sometimes disabling injuries or even their own death.
* HeroicSacrifice: People have sacrificed their own lives to save others' lives. A depressingly common example comes from mass shootings in the US, where people have been shot and killed by the heavily-armed assailants while trying to stop him/protect others.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Real people who did good things feel bad about themselves, especially if the "good things" came at a cost of human life or suffering or even property or money, or if they weren't done soon enough... among many other reasons.
* HeroicVow: These are a required part of some organizations and the like.
* HesGotAWeapon: If you hear any of the variants of this, immediately flee as far as you can in the other direction while trying to stay out of sight, and call for EmergencyServices if you possibly can.
* HesitationEqualsDishonesty: Sometimes, with especially bad liars. Other times it simply denotes uncertainty (which actually can mean honesty: the person wants to be sure of what they're saying and think about it first), confusion, thinking of how to tell the truth but leave out irrelevant or traumatizing information, not being a native speaker of the language one is using, being drunk or high or under medication or sleepy, being absolutely terrified, and more. Because of all of these other meanings, while some liars do hesitate, it's not, in and of itself, a valid way to spot a liar and is ''worse than useless'' against compulsive liars, {{sociopath}}s, and someone who believes their own lies. This doesn't stop people from believing it is, though, per TheCoconutEffect.
* HeteronormativeCrusader: In the nonviolent sense, MoralGuardians and some political organizations. In the violent sense, gay-bashers and people that attack transgender people claiming "gay panic."
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Known in North America as "bromance".
* HetIsEw: Some types of the YaoiFangirl and YuriFan are like this. In a more serious sense, the view of some LGBTQIA people that live in societies that have strict gender roles and rules and heavy stereotyping accepted - they don't wish to emulate the heterosexual roles and find, for example, the idea of alpha males and alpha females playing out sitcom and romance drama stereotypes being the "ideal" to be something people should mature from, not aspire to. And yes, there are the ''very rare'' reverse bigots who think heterosexuality is itself gross or offensive.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Sadly, one of the most universal truths there is - those who choose violence to stop violence or choose unethical tactics to fight unethical tactics, or similar, even though it may be ''the only way'' to stop the existing situation, almost always eventually become the same thing as they defeated.
* HiddenDepths: Some people really are more rounded than they may seem at first. Is very, very common with musicians and others who are pigeonholed to a specific "genre" or "scene."
* HidingBehindTheLanguageBarrier: Done all the time, occasionally to insult or mock someone without them knowing. Many English speakers do this as a matter of course, not even realizing they are doing it to any non-English speaker, while at the same time becoming upset if someone is obviously doing it to them in Japanese or Spanish for example.
* HighClassCallGirl: They exist, although it's a fantasy stereotype of sex work for the most part, as in most sex workers ''aren't'' rich and upper class, and ''many'' are the SexSlave.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Sadly, far too often.
* HintDropping: One of the biggest causes of miscommunication and misunderstanding in the world, because some people don't even get the hint is being made, others get the ''wrong'' hint (e.g. someone's trying to hint how much they hate someone, and the person getting the hints assumes that the person is trying to use PUA seduction tactics), or the recipient of the hints wants to be told directly to confirm.
* HisAndHers: Such items exist.
* HistoricalCharacterConfusion: Often served with a side of BeamMeUpScotty or {{Malaproper}}, it is incredibly common in education settings and in life in general.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Historical revisionism and needing to make someone "better" than they were for a portrayal. Sometimes the result of the actual truth of someone being found out.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Biased rumors, historical revisionism, and needing to depict someone as "worse" than they were can lead to this.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Happens, because people who hurt other people become or are stupid, overly self-assured, or greedy.
* HolierThanThou: Everyone has met or heard of someone who was a total jerk or hypocrite about religion. This is true for both theistic and atheistic beliefs.
* HolidayVolunteering: charities to see a massive boost of interest over the festive season; most of it is welcome but they can't help but feel a bit annoyed about the lack of support the rest of the year.
* The "UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}} X" Tropes. Most of them have a germ of truth somewhere in them. The inaccuracy lies in taking a narrow definition and assuming that it's universal.
* HomeByChristmas: Overconfidence in war-fighting ability and/or the ability to quickly bring a war to an end has happened in ''many'' wars and conflicts. In fact, it is often how many get started - the people starting the war are certain it will be an immediate, quick victory with none of their own killed.
* HomeFieldAdvantage: Sports teams generally do well in the place they are most familiar performing. Wars fought on the combatants' home turf are often ones the invaders lose (or that have a way of degenerating into ForeverWar and HopelessWar). Storm chasers that know a particular area and its road/weather quirks often have far better a chance of getting good pictures and of surviving to chase tornadoes another day than people unfamiliar to the area, who often end up with the tornado chasing ''them.''
* HomeSweetHome: Nesting instinct in most people kicks in around the late 20s to early 30s.
* HomosexualReproduction:
** Can happen with a gay or lesbian couple if one partner is transgender and still has the needed anatomy (e.g. a transman who has a uterus and functional ovaries, a transwoman who has functional testicles and penis).
** Even in cases where both members are biologically female or biologically male, many scientists think reproduction for same-sex couples is on the way.
* HonorableMarriageProposal: In the past or in places where single motherhood is still shunned, this was demanded. Not TruthInTelevision after TheEighties or so in most of the first world, except for Japan and South Korea.
* HonorBeforeReason: Uncommon, but not nonexistent. Most likely to show up in the military.
* HonorRelatedAbuse: Unfortunately common among extreme fundamentalist Muslims and extreme fundamentalist Islamic cultures.
* HookersAndBlow: Musicians, actors, artists, rich people, and their parties.
* HopeIsScary: Why some people don't leave abusive or punitive or horrible situations, even if they could and have the wherwithal to do so - to envision a future without the abusive spouse/high demand coercive religious group/bad friend/etcetera is scarier than to know the certainty of the future even if the only certainty is more abuse.
* HopelessWar: They have happened. They are happening. They are perhaps the saddest example of the SunkCostFallacy: the more money, lives, and time poured into a war, no one is willing to admit that it was all for naught and it's time to give up. Hence, the HopelessWar is created and drags on and on with no end. Wars on ''concepts'' or ''objects or services'' that a large amount of people ''want'' to use often get dragged down in this very quickly - without dragging in the flamewar-causing examples, just imagine if someone declared a war on "objective reality" (a concept) or on "potatoes and all products containing them" (something people ''want'' to consume even if it's not healthy to eat french fries and potato chips...).
* HopeSpot: Sadly, it's quite common in life to ''think'' you have a chance at something other than failure or death, for example, and then find out you had no chance at all or you somehow made a bad decision that turned your chance into this.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Killers, rapists, and robbers who work on holidays or significant dates, either out of some personal connection to the day (e.g. Nazi sympathizers acting out on Hitler's birthday) or because it provides far more opportunities.
* HospitalHottie: Some people in the medical profession are attractive, and [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect sometimes being in a bad condition makes those who are helping one seem more attractive than they may be otherwise.]] Playing one of these is also a common BDSM fetish role.
* HotBlooded: Some people are this. Alcohol, amphetamine drugs, and/or cocaine can induce it even in those who aren't and worsen it in those who are.
* HotForStudent: [[http://readjack.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/lafave1.jpg Debra La Fave]] comes to mind. Or Mary Kay [=LeTourneau=].
* HotGuyUglyWife: This happens when some guys care about a girl with personality, ignoring how she looks.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Male Donkey + Female Horse = Mule; Female Donkey + Male Horse = Hinny.
* HouseHusband: In places and relationships with more gender equality (or in cases where the woman is rich or has the better career somehow even if it's not an equal society, (e.g. she's a nurse or teacher who's pretty much guaranteed work, the man is a StarvingArtist or day laborer or such) this happens sometimes.
* HumanAliens: For humans to be able to survive on a planet without {{terraform}}ing or protective technology the planet needs to have the correct conditions for humans to have evolved there. Some scientists believe that this means that if we find any human-inhabitable words there will probably be aliens there that look just like us!
* HumanityIsInfectious: Not with robots, but with some AI programs, which can be trained to post and appear as human beings.
* HumanPopsicle: Cryonics companies such as [[http://www.alcor.com/ Alcor]] and the [[http://www.cryonics.org/ Cryonics Institute]] offer to preserve your whole body or your brain (currently done by keeping the whole head) at low temperatures just after you're legally dead until someone finds out how to cure whatever was killing you. Research shows this ''might'' work someday, as the method they use now allows us to freeze and thaw small organs. They'll also have to cure the effects of freezing on the brain, which is somewhat more complicated. Oh, and figure out how to make new bodies for the heads-only crowd.
* HumansAreDiplomats: Once some humans learned the value of peace over war, and generally a common trait among more ethical people, who would rather resort to other solutions for anything than violence.
* HumansAreSpecial: The only Earth species to use technology, for instance.
* HumansAreWarriors: Humans are violent predators (though this tendency is beginning to be repressed better and eradicated in some over time) and have often preferred violent or abusive solutions to peaceful ones.
* HumiliationConga: A criminal once tried to trick someone into sending him an Apple [=PowerBook=] G4 he bought at eBay. He ended up receiving a binder with keys glued on the inside covers. [[http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/ Read the full story here!]]
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Because offline, at least, your brain comes up with that great quip far too late.
* IAmNotPretty: Some girls are just fishing for compliments when they say this, but a lot of women (especially in minority groups) genuinely feel this way.
* IAteWhat: Understanding what is actually in your food can lead to this - and to becoming a very picky raw vegan if you have the money to be.
* ICallHerVera: People tend to name (and sometimes gender) inanimate objects. Musical instruments, vehicles, and weapons attract this a lot.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: There are so many euphemistic names for the penis, even excluding what individual men might name theirs, that listing them would not only be NSFW but take up an entire page (and such pages exist elsewhere)
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Because of how stereotyped and restricted to everything from appearance to class to everything else relationships are based on in many societies, and with the constant drumbeat of "you're never good enough" directed at women and at the gay or bi men who buy into it (often younger twinks), this happens when someone is seriously approached by someone that they believe they shouldn't ever deserve.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Capsaicin (the stuff that makes chili peppers hot) is very addictive.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Bill Butterfield was so bitter about his football career ending in high school that he tried to push his son into athletic success. [[http://archive.apsportseditors.org/contest/2002/writing/over250/over250.enterprise.fifth2.html The results weren't pretty]]. Also mothers of beauty pageant girls, and parents trying to push kids into careers or better academic levels.
* IdiotBall: Some situations tend to be this because of all of the emotional involvements and fallacies they invoke, making critical and intelligent thinking nigh-impossible.
* IdleRich: Because for some, being rich ''is'' their life's accomplishment. Aversions, however, do exist.
* IfICantHaveYou: Real domestic abusers (especially) and stalkers do act like this - to the point that people who are victims of domestic abuse are advised to make sure their abuser does not know of their escape plans or date.
* IfItsYouItsOK: Because sexuality is a complicated thing, bisexuality is ''not'' always a 50/50 split, and it's possible for someone who thinks they are a 0 on the Kinsey Scale (absolutely heterosexual) to meet one person of the same gender that they find absolutely irresistible, and possible for someone who thinks they are a 6 (absolutely homosexual) to meet someone of the opposite gender that they find absolutely irresistible.
* IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou: Several good foods are actually quite bitter or almost disgustingly bland. On the other hand, some very bad foods also taste bad.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Anyone with a younger sister has said this.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: This is a common argument against the death penalty, vigiliantism, and self-defense.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Asking people to commit crimes or hurt other people or animals or do something else "evil" is a test for everything from criminal groups afraid of police infiltration to some high demand coercive organizations doing recruitment or promotion. A common trick is to hold the person's doing such an act over them as blackmail - e.g. once someone has smoked crack with the dealers and made a sale, they're in as a co-conspirator and capable of being ratted on...
* IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: This is what school teachers and parents keep telling victims of social bullying, quite often because [[AdultsAreUseless they don't want to deal with the problem and prefer the victim to take the bullying silently.]]
* IgnoredEpiphany: Admit it, there's been times you've probably wanted to change everything about your life or felt awful about something (whether it be an addiction or how you damage the environment or whatever) and... gone right on ahead doing it while brushing the guilt off.
* IHatePastMe: Everyone at one point or another has looked back on their life and asked at different points "What was I thinking?!".
* IHaveNoSon: It's very common for parents to disown their child, especially when the child is a spendthrift, a sociopath, a substance abuser or criminal, staining the family name and reputation, or even going against their religious beliefs.
* IHaveToWashMyHair: Bad excuses are often the best - especially if the date or event is itself not worthy of a good excuse.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Every 12 seconds, a kid accidentally fires a gun and hurts someone.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Anyone will have this feeling if fame and heavy responsibilities is too much for them.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: This is why people try to become celebrities or try to get involved with celebrities. More importantly, this is why people aspire to do anything, in many cases, other than to live an ordinary life.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Very, very common in real life.
* IKEAErotica: Bad, boring, bland sex happens. If it's the only sex you have, though, you might want to see a therapist.
* IKnowKarate: Because some people do, indeed, know karate and other martial arts.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Sports skills can be easily transferrable to combat.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Because even more people know no martial arts but think they do. The reason Bullshido and the WhatTheFuAreYouDoing trope exist.
* ILetYouWin: Sometimes, letting other people win things is a very good idea.
* IllGirl (and boy): ''Many'' people have been physically and/or mentally ill as children or teenagers.
* TheIllegal: Illegal immigrants are a large portion of many populations, and a hot-button political issue for nativists in said countries.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Said by ''many'' real life heroes.
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Became a trope from reality TV, but happens everywhere, especially in business and with people with NoSocialSkills or interest in staying. Rarely, these people succeed. More often, they fail badly because ''everyone'' either hates or doesn't notice them.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: This is very much illegal in every jurisdiction on the planet, but that doesn't stop it from happening.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Bad excuses are common everywhere.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Because fortunes rise and fall for various reasons, and especially for those who are rich solely by the actions of others such as family, anything from being disowned to the family funds being lost can cause this.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: Sometimes people do win free food, or know people who work in expensive clubs/restaurants/etcetera and "help out" their friends. Also can be induced by employee theft or shoplifting.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Often one of the most tragic forms of LoveHurts.
* IncompetenceInc: Enron and more recently, the Yellow Book company. Their stock plummeted from over 100 dollars a share to just 13 cents in about a year.
* IncrediblyLameFun: There are people that enjoy things most people would consider boring.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: Surveillance cameras and some listening equipment is this ''by design,'' as a deterrent. Chats or other areas online where you are notified that you are being logged or screencapped are the same thing - an attempt to prevent abuse and bad behavior.
* InducedHypochondria: Dr. Google is often to blame, along with its accomplice, Dr. [=WebMD=]. Spend time reading around either and you will believe yourself to be ill, possibly dying.
* IndustrialGhetto: Because not many people capable of not living in overly industrialized areas tend to choose living there. Hence, industrial areas become restricted to industry and to those too poor to live elsewhere.
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Admit it, you've made these. It's also a good idea to be very wary of making them, even in jest, after TheNoughties in the US, due to post-9-11 terrorism paranoia, because they can lead to your arrest.
* InelegantBlubbering: It's cute and charming when Hugh Grant does it. Not so much in real life.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Real criminals actually do this, and it's why police don't release all details of crimes to the media. It is also why if you are innocent and being investigated anyway, you ''do not'' try to offer speculation or guesses on who did it, how it happened, or anything else related to it, because if you hit on something by accident, you're likely getting arrested for the crime rather than thanked for your help and let go. If you ''really'' want to help an investigation or offer your speculations, ''especially'' after having been approached by the police and questioned, only do so via a lawyer or, somewhat riskier, via an anonymous tip.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Nuclear weapons, at least from TheSixties until TheNewTens. First, you need a lot of highly educated scientists who are willing to create them. Then you need the laboratory facilities and parts and, of course, a supply of highly enriched uranium at the very least. Then you need a delivery system strong enough to deliver them at range without vulnerability to defenses. Then you need a major nuclear-armed nation to back your entry into the nuclear club (usually a member of NATO, though the Warsaw Pact was good enough until TheGreatPoliticsMessUp) and a convincing cause for why you ''need'' nuclear deterrence and aren't just going to nuke anyone for looking at you funny, so the existing members of the nuclear club don't see your nation as a "rogue state" and attack you or sanction you or both. Then, whether you are one of those major nations or a newbie to the club, you have to secure both your peacetime and military nuclear facilities and keep them secure. You also have to develop a strong warning system that informs you on when someone else has launched against you, and maintain intelligence on all other nuclear-armed nations or ally with them. Then there's the physical maintenance of the weapons and facilities themselves...
* InfractionDistraction: Often done by criminals and others on the wrong side of the law or the system which they are in - for two reasons, to look "innocent but not ''too'' innocent", and to provide something lesser to be charged with if they are caught.
* InnocentBigot: Usually happens with kids, who don't know any better when they first assume their parents/caretakers' bigoted attitudes. Also can happen with the very sheltered, e.g. those raised in restrictive religious systems or isolated locales.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Show any person over the age of, say, 50 a picture of a random high school in America, and they'll likely insist this is what's going on. Also, the prevalence of Girls Gone Wild videos also leads one to think that the average drunken party coed may teeter into this area after 3-4 shots.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Asperger's Syndrome, social isolation in general, and being a FishOutOfWater can all cause this. Also can happen with people who aren't necessarily familiar with how a culture or subculture operates and what is and is not considered offensive/rude/racist/etcetera. This can also be a problem with international communication including international media generally, since what is considered offensive in one country might not be considered offensive elsewhere. People in other countries might not even be aware a particular racial/ethnic stereotype exists at all, or that a particular word is considered a slur overseas.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Some test takers will use this to answer a difficult question and hope to get partial credit on the test. Case in point, "Squares are polygons. Triangles are polygons. [[BlatantLies So squares must be triangles!]]"
* InspectorJavert: While it's probably not a good idea to list the RealLife examples, they have existed. Prosecuting attorneys are even more notorious for it than police officers.
* InspectorLestrade: This is what happens when ''cops'' are KickedUpstairs. Not necessarily to the degree it is in fiction, but to the degree that ''many'' cases are closed too soon, investigated improperly, or otherwise handled in ways that get no one "justice."
* InspirationalInsult: Probably many have happen in real life, so here's a few.
** [[http://thescienceofreality.tumblr.com/post/86937911252/yesallwomen-tweets-reveal-persistent-sexism-in This Tumblr post]] shows some women who chose a career in science specifically because people told them females can't be scientists.
** This is part of the controversial and seldom used "attack therapy". Success is not guaranteed.
** In 1976, on the eve of the West Indies {{Cricket}} team's tour of England, English captain Tony Greig (an expatriate South African) commented, "If they're down, they (the West Indians) grovel, and I (...) intend to make them grovel." The comment incensed the West Indians, who proceeded to annihilate England in the series. West Indies captain Clive Lloyd commented:
--> "The word 'grovel' is one guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of any black man. The fact they were used by a white South African made it even worse. We were angry and West Indians everywhere were angry. We resolved to show him and everyone else that the days for grovelling were over".
* InstantDeathBullet: Any bullet or other projectile that hits the brain, a ''large'' portion of the time, especially if major brain damage has resulted. Bullets that pierce the heart and lung at the same time or cause major damage to the abdominal organs are also often this trope.
* InstantEmergencyResponse: Happens sometimes out of luck - there is a fire station nearby, or there is a police officer or paramedic or emergency medicine doctor where an emergency is happening. That said, don't rely on it because the ''only'' time it happens is via being in the right place at the wrong time.
* InsufferableGenius: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and millions more.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: In communities where women or men (or both) are expected to be "dumb", those who are intelligent are often written off as unfeminine or unmanly.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: And/or downloading music. And/or, according to some, buying drugs.
* InternetToughGuy: They exist everywhere, but news comments sections and weapons or military related discussions draw them like flies to feces.
* IntimidatingRevenueService: Only two things in life are certain, death and taxes. Ask UsefulNotes/AlCapone.
* InTheBlood: ''Sometimes'' true in that some mental disorders that can lead to violent or "evil" actions are heritable (e.g. psychopathy possibly being one of such), that severe abuse and neglect and an environment HarmfulToMinors can do the same, and that the combination of the two is almost always going to cause bad results (e.g. just look at how many pedophiles and serial killers were victims of child sexual abuse from a parent or relative, which indicates both.) Averted, though, almost as often with people who have equally horrible backgrounds and/or disorders, and who don't sexually abuse children or kill anyone.
* IntrepidReporter: Not as common after TheNineties (though a few examples around the world do exist). Press consolidation, the desire for infotainment media, press clubs being about accepting press releases and official statements, the virtual collapse of the newspaper and magazine and TV news businesses, and more, led to this trope being very rare. Citizen journalism, however, via {{twitter}} and similar services, has began to somewhat reconstruct it - as have a few news outlets that are nonprofit and/or otherwise not having to worry about keeping the advertisers and Big Brother for a specific nation (except possibly their own) happy.
* InUniverseCamera: Just look at Website/YouTube videos of any disaster after around 2000. From 9-11 to 3-11, you will see any disaster from the inside.
* InvadingRefugees: Occasionally happens during wars where the refugees are fleeing a worse danger/war. Also happens during some types of major disasters.
* IsThatCuteKidYours: Check the discussion page for examples.
* IsThisThingStillOn: Has led to a ''lot'' of embarrassment, a lot of laughs, and to the occasional EngineeredPublicConfession.
* ISurrenderSuckers: The reason why police officers will keep one gun pointed at a dangerous suspect at all times until his arms are fully handcuffed.
* ItAmusedMe: Motivation for everyone from silly pranksters to crazed killers, from the LeftFielder to the cruelest of {{troll}}s.
* ItGetsEasier: Militaries try to invoke this in kill training (specifically the US military but others do it too) - to try to get soldiers comfortable with the concept of killing. In general, often does happen with criminal activity, because once one knows how to shoplift or successfully complete a drug deal, for example, much of the nervousness and fear goes away - which actually can be a problem for criminals because once that goes away, they sometimes become StupidCrooks.
* IThoughtThatWas: Back in the days of video rental stores, porn would sometimes end up in far more innocent cases or sections (e.g. someone would accidentally return a porno in a box for a PG or PG-13 film, or someone unfamiliar with anime would file hardcore hentai under children's animation). This was the result.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: A ''lot'' of things in life are this - context is very important and the difference between many things.
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Unfortunately, and one of the saddest "relationships" in the world.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Because some people remain empathetic and understanding of the gravity of injury and death and loss, even if they do have to deal with or have even caused it. Very common among doctors and people in the helping professions and firefighters, and among some police officers that view policing as social work rather than us versus them.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Condoms, and disposable items in general (in the sense that they are single-use products). Anything involving the exploitation of anything from a legal loophole software bug that will likely be patched on discovery (in the other sense of something never working again).
* ItsAllAboutMe: Narcissists and sociopaths on the more extreme end, individual survival and forgetfulness on the more benign.
* ItsASmallNetAfterAll: In Mexico, ''everybody'' uses MSN Hotmail, MSN Spaces, and MSN Messenger, thanks to an alliance between Microsoft and Telmex, the latter a nigh-monopolic telco led by Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world.
* ItsForABook: People ''have'' used this as an excuse, making things much, much harder for actual journalists or creative writers who ''are'' writing a book.
* ItsNotYouItsMe: You'd be surprised how much this line gets said in RealLife breakups. You've probably used it (or will use it), too!
* ItsProbablyNothing: If you ever find yourself saying this, do whatever it takes to ''make sure'' it's nothing.
* ItsRainingSalesmen: Sometimes they do this to people coming in with bags (or in cases with far more UnfortunateImplications, because you're poor or [[{{Profiling}} a minority]], because they want to make sure you're not a shoplifter). Also can happen if the sales staff needs to look busy.
* ItWasAGift: In some cultures, gifts are considered to have more value because they were given.
* IWantGrandkids: Some parents ''can'' get really pushy with their married children. [[DownerEnding Sometimes to the extent of destroying the family relationships.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Yes, there are people in the world who care about the feelings of others.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Some people actually feel embarrassed over this.
* IWasJustPassingThrough: In real life, often used out of humility rather than distaste for saving someone.
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake: The easiest way to get people to show up to an event is to provide free food.
* IWorkAlone: Some people actually ''do'' work better alone and relatively unsupervised.
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23rd Jan '15 2:31:02 PM Snarf
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* InsaneTrollLogic: Some test takers will use this to answer a difficult question and hope to get partial credit on the test. Case in point, "Squares are quadrilaterals. Rectangles are quadrilaterals. [[BlatantLies So squares must be rectangles!]]"

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Some test takers will use this to answer a difficult question and hope to get partial credit on the test. Case in point, "Squares are quadrilaterals. Rectangles polygons. Triangles are quadrilaterals. polygons. [[BlatantLies So squares must be rectangles!]]"triangles!]]"
20th Jan '15 10:36:16 AM Sharysa
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* IAmNotPretty: Some girls are just fishing for compliments when they say this, but a lot of women (especially in minority groups) genuinely feel this way.
6th Jan '15 10:22:20 AM 313Bluestreak
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* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Commonly used by abrasive individuals when dealing with people going through depression. In some cases, however, this can do more harm than good.
1st Dec '14 9:20:42 PM nombretomado
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* IntimidatingRevenueService: Only two things in life are certain, death and taxes. Ask AlCapone.

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* IntimidatingRevenueService: Only two things in life are certain, death and taxes. Ask AlCapone.UsefulNotes/AlCapone.
21st Aug '14 9:35:24 PM badgersprite
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* InnocentlyInsensitive: Asperger's Syndrome, social isolation in general, and being a FishOutOfWater can all cause this. Also can happen with people who aren't necessarily familiar with how a culture or subculture operates and what is and is not considered offensive/rude/racist/etcetera.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: Asperger's Syndrome, social isolation in general, and being a FishOutOfWater can all cause this. Also can happen with people who aren't necessarily familiar with how a culture or subculture operates and what is and is not considered offensive/rude/racist/etcetera. This can also be a problem with international communication including international media generally, since what is considered offensive in one country might not be considered offensive elsewhere. People in other countries might not even be aware a particular racial/ethnic stereotype exists at all, or that a particular word is considered a slur overseas.
21st Aug '14 9:09:57 PM badgersprite
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** Could also apply to people who genuinely try to reform from crime or to change their life in order to stop some other form of bad behaviour that's harmful to those in their life, but who repeatedly fall back into those bad, destructive habits again.
16th Aug '14 3:14:51 PM Harakuroi
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** Understanding anything you need professional help with, if not as well as the professional, well enough to work with them as a team rather than be seen as a passive consumer at best and a sucker at worst.

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** Understanding anything you need professional help with, if not as well as the professional, then well enough to work with them as a team rather than be seen as a passive consumer at best and a sucker at worst.



* GodIsEvil: In combination with "and doesn't exist," the beliefs of some atheists. In combination with SatanIsGood, the beliefs of some theistic Satanists and left-hand-path followers. In combination with GodAndSatanAreBothJerks and "don't exist," see above. Strangely enough, the actual belief of some types of TheFundamentalist and KnightTemplar and SoulsavingCrusader such as Westboro Baptist and JackChick and Muslim terrorists - [[BlueAndOrangeMorality though they don't consider their God evil]], while celebrating things [[MoralEventHorizon He allegedly does]] which most people not of that belief system would consider evil. In combination with "Yes, that god is evil but this one is good and this one doesn't care," ''many'' forms of Paganism and NeoPaganism.
* GodIsGood: Most forms of Christianity believe this and all will profess this (even the above kinds that accidentally imply GodIsEvil will proclaim that is actually ''good''). Also the primary belief of all forms of Islam and all forms of religious Judaism. Combined with "and doesn't exist," you have atheists who believe religion is a positive influence even if false. Combined with "and walked away from it all," you have Deists. Combined with "there are many gods and many/the one over them all is good/we are all gods and innately good" you have much NeoPaganism.

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* GodIsEvil: In combination with "and doesn't exist," and you get the beliefs of some atheists. In combination with SatanIsGood, the beliefs of some theistic Satanists and left-hand-path followers. In combination with GodAndSatanAreBothJerks and "don't exist," see above. Strangely enough, the actual belief of some types of TheFundamentalist and KnightTemplar TheFundamentalist, KnightTemplar, and SoulsavingCrusader such as Westboro Baptist and JackChick Baptistm, JackChick, and Muslim terrorists - [[BlueAndOrangeMorality though they don't consider their God evil]], while celebrating things [[MoralEventHorizon He allegedly does]] which most people not of that belief system would consider evil. In combination with "Yes, that god is evil but this one is good and this one doesn't care," ''many'' forms of Paganism and NeoPaganism.
* GodIsGood: Most forms of Christianity believe this and all will profess this (even the above kinds that accidentally imply GodIsEvil will proclaim that it is actually ''good''). Also the primary belief of all forms of Islam and all forms of religious Judaism. Combined with "and doesn't exist," you have atheists who believe religion is a positive influence even if false. Combined with "and walked away from it all," you have Deists. Combined with "there are many gods and many/the one over them all is good/we are all gods and innately good" good," you have much NeoPaganism.



* GodzillaThreshold: When something will kill people or, especially, kill lots of people, ''anything'' is preferable. Whether it's getting someone addicted to drugs so they don't kill themselves or cutting off their gangrenous limb on a personal level, or shooting dead the guy with an assault rifle trained on his family, or destroying the streets of a city to turn them into flood control channels or considering aiming nuclear weapons at an incoming asteroid...

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* GodzillaThreshold: When something will kill people or, especially, kill lots of people, ''anything'' is preferable. Whether it's getting someone addicted to drugs so they don't kill themselves themselves, or cutting off their gangrenous limb on a personal level, or shooting dead the guy with an assault rifle trained on his family, or destroying the streets of a city to turn them into flood control channels channels, or considering aiming nuclear weapons at an incoming asteroid...



* GoodIsNotNice: Especially using the "manners" and "tone" definition for "nice," since a common tactic of those who want to maintain repression or the restriction of civil rights (and of abusers in general) is to pick on someone for manners or tone rather than address the argument itself or the person's needs.
** People who have done good deeds have situations where being nice and polite doesn't always achieve a good goal, especially if it involves in hurting those they love (i.e, a good parent must punish their child and a good friend must rebuke the other if they're following to the wrong path). One way or another, this doesn't say that people won't enjoy doing this their loved ones.

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* GoodIsNotNice: Especially using the "manners" and "tone" definition for "nice," "nice", since a common tactic of those who want to maintain repression or the restriction of civil rights (and of abusers in general) is to pick on someone for manners or tone rather than address the argument itself or the person's needs.
** People who have done good deeds have situations where being nice and polite doesn't always achieve a good goal, especially if it involves in hurting those they love (i.e, a good parent must punish their child and a good friend must rebuke the other if they're following to the wrong path). One way or another, this doesn't say that people won't enjoy doing this to their loved ones.
16th Aug '14 1:20:56 PM Harakuroi
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* GarbagePostKid: Became a NewMedia trope due to its being truth.
* GargleBlaster: Some bartenders do make drinks like this in real life, as either hangover cures, challenges ("if you can drink this you have free beer for a week"), or as ways to dispose of low-quality or undesired liqueurs.

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* GarbagePostKid: Became a NewMedia trope due to its it being truth.
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* GargleBlaster: Some bartenders do make drinks like this in real life, as either hangover cures, challenges ("if you can drink this this, you have free beer for a week"), or as ways to dispose of low-quality or undesired liqueurs.



* GeneralRipper: Same as above. Many but listing them is probably not a good idea.

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* GeneralRipper: Same as above. Many Many, but listing them is probably not a good idea.
11th Jul '14 7:59:08 AM morenohijazo
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* InfractionDistraction: Often done by criminals and others on the wrong side of the law or the system which they are in - for two reasons, to look "innocent but not ''too'' innocent," and to provide something lesser to be charged with if they are caught.

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* InfractionDistraction: Often done by criminals and others on the wrong side of the law or the system which they are in - for two reasons, to look "innocent but not ''too'' innocent," innocent", and to provide something lesser to be charged with if they are caught.



--> "The word 'grovel' is one guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of any black man. The fact they were used by a white South African made it even worse. We were angry and West Indians everywhere were angry. We resolved to show him and everyone else that the days for grovelling were over." * InstantDeathBullet: Any bullet or other projectile that hits the brain, a ''large'' portion of the time, especially if major brain damage has resulted. Bullets that pierce the heart and lung at the same time or cause major damage to the abdominal organs are also often this trope.

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--> "The word 'grovel' is one guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of any black man. The fact they were used by a white South African made it even worse. We were angry and West Indians everywhere were angry. We resolved to show him and everyone else that the days for grovelling were over." over".
* InstantDeathBullet: Any bullet or other projectile that hits the brain, a ''large'' portion of the time, especially if major brain damage has resulted. Bullets that pierce the heart and lung at the same time or cause major damage to the abdominal organs are also often this trope.



* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: In communities where women or men (or both) are expected to be "dumb," those who are intelligent are often written off as unfeminine or unmanly.

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* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: In communities where women or men (or both) are expected to be "dumb," "dumb", those who are intelligent are often written off as unfeminine or unmanly.
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