Created By: PancticeSquadCutterback on December 10, 2012 Last Edited By: PancticeSquadCutterback on February 3, 2013

Seen It Only Three Times

A trope's rarity helps form the trope.

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There are tropes which are very common. This is the opposite. These tropes very rarely come up and are noticeable when they do. These are not just tropes that happen to be rare, but rather tropes that are tropes because they are rare.

Opposite of Too Rare to Trope. Compare Tropes in Aggregate.

These are not examples:


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  • December 10, 2012
  • December 10, 2012
    I like this one. Reminds me of the programmer's axiom that the only important numbers are zero, one, and infinity. Something of which there are only a small but plural number are inherently intriguing, in my opinion.
  • December 10, 2012
    being rare doesn't make a trope
  • December 11, 2012
    A trope, by definition, is some kind of a recurring pattern: You either have a pattern or you don't. Lack of pattern = lack of trope. Not negotiable, sorry.
  • December 11, 2012
    You might quibble with his words but his description is accurate. These are indeed tropes that are based off of exceptions.
  • December 11, 2012
    Compare and contrast Omnipresent Trope, which are tropes that are so common that it's faster to list aversions and subversions.

    Not example:
  • December 11, 2012
    I sorta see this. I've noticed a few things, only to find I couldn't get any more than a few examples, but it was so noticeable it should be a trope.
  • December 11, 2012
    An Asian Guy with White Gal trope was proposed awhile ago but never got launched. That would have been a good example.
  • January 11, 2013
    Asian Guy with White Gal is in the repair shop. You have three examples, but lead bassists aren't actually all that uncommon. Or at least bass solos. A lot of people love the deeper sounds of bass guitars and they get a lot of respect in some bands. To do this right you have to go out and find tropes that are rare and that will take time just because there are less links to them.
  • January 11, 2013
    I can kind of see this in general but the problem is that what if the supposedly rare trope becomes popular due to some work popularizing it? And what is the actual criteria for "rare?" Lastly this is structured like some weird combination of index and administrivia so that it fits in neither, thus I don't see much value in having this in the end.
  • January 12, 2013
    "A trope's rarity makes it worth being a trope." is altogether wrong. Ubiquitous tropes are tropes just as much as any rarer one.
  • January 12, 2013
    Now that I think about it we have the important concept behind this idea already covered with Tropes In Aggregate, seeing a trope for how peculiar the pattern is and not how significant the pattern is.
  • January 30, 2013