Created By: SomeSortOfTroper on June 29, 2010 Last Edited By: SomeSortOfTroper on July 8, 2010


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Alternatively called The Last Of These Is Not Like The Others

A character makes a list of items or individual and then deviates heavily with the last one. Basically this is the supertrope to Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick and Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking and Arson Murder And Life Saving.

One particular variation I've noticed is where you list a load of individual with some praise or titling (Grothar the Mighty, Elacor the Wise, Merthia the Powerful... Stinky Steve) which relates them to another trope that I can't quite remember the name of.
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  • June 29, 2010
    Oh yes and also see Odd Name Out.
  • June 29, 2010
    The Cheat Commandos: "Fightgar! Crackotage! Silent Rip! Firebert! Gunhaver! Flashfight! Ripberger! Foxface! Reinforcements! And Reynold!"
  • June 30, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    More examples to distinguish it from these other tropes? How is this a supertrope?
  • June 30, 2010
    It's a supertrope because all of the tropes listed contain a list with one item that doesn't fit.

    This is a good idea.
  • June 30, 2010
    Yeah, I've got this problem, I have these two ideas in my head. One is where you list several good things and then one that sucks at the end. Sometimes it's people; like you list the member of a crack team of elite fighters and then you end with The Fool and the triumphant music goes flat and people's faces so sour.

    The other idea is that we need a page that just lists everything. That can survive without examples because there are so many tropes that can go on it but it would be better if we can get a few so that we can see new tropes form on them.
  • July 1, 2010
    Maybe the idea of a handy, easy-to-find supertrope of all these odd-man-out lists is a good useful idea. But calling it Gold Silver Steel Avocado makes it not easy-to-find, confusing at first glance, and hence not useful.
  • July 1, 2010
  • July 1, 2010
    And Zoidberg would probably be included.
  • July 3, 2010
    Then shouldn't this be an index?
  • July 7, 2010
    In The Simpsons "Bart Gets An Elephant", Lisa ask someone if they're an ivory dealer, with the reply "Well, little girl, I've had lots of jobs in my day: whale-hunter, seal-clubber, president of the Fox network..."
  • July 8, 2010
    Zorro, The Gay Blade comes to mind.
    Alcalde: And he wore what?
    Tax collector: Plum.
    Alcalde: He wore a fruit?
    Tax collector: No Excellency, he was dress-ed entirely in plum. Everything matched. And he talk-ed differently from the first time he robb-ed me.
    Alcalde: Yes?
    Tax collector: He sounded like a... poof!
    1st Don: Excellency, I've been robbed! By Zorro! He was dressed in yellow like a big banana!
    Alcalde: Aha, I think he is trying to tell me something! First a plum, then a banana!
    2nd Don: Alcalde! Alcalde!
    Alcalde: Si?
    2nd Don: Something terrible has happened!
    Alcalde: I know! Just tell me what he wore!
    2nd Don: Green!
    Alcalde: Like a lime?
    2nd Don: Like an avocado!
    Alcalde: Aha! Two fruits, and now a vegetable!
    Tax collector: Actually, avocado is a fruit, Excellency. (beat) I know, you're right. Two fruits, one vegetable.
    3rd Don: Excellency!
    Alcalde: What did he wear, if I may?
    3rd Don: Red!
    Alcalde: Red like an apple, or red like a radish?
    3rd Don: Red like a rose!
    Alcalde: Aha! Two fruits, one vegetable, and one flower!
    4th Don: Alcalde! Alcalde!
    Alcalde: Si?
    4th Don: I've been robbed, by a bandit! He dressed like a... like a salad!
    Alcalde: A salada? Con tomatos?
    4th Don: Y rabanitos y pepinos!
  • July 8, 2010
    For a title, how about Offhand Sore Thumb? Because the odd thing in the list sticks out like a sore thumb, and is usually mentioned casually with no change in tone?