Hi, we've all come here to explain
how not having a page on the "intervention" trope is affecting us, and to offer our support if you want to change this.
I wanted to read about the trope where a character's friends and family get together and try to change his behaviour in some way. But all I could find was a page for a show called "Intervention", which involves interventions, but nothing on the trope itself.
This is an Undead Horse Trope
. In serious examples, the person being intervened on has a serious problem, and the people doing the intervention have good intentions. However, this often parodied. The person being intervened on may have no so serious addiction, the intervention may be staged as a form of revenge against the person, or may be Played for Laughs
in other ways.
Not having a trope page for interventions is hurting us all. We want you to take the first step and create a page.
- Mary Worth had the cast hold an intervention to stop Aldo Kelrast from stalking Mary.
- In Superior Spider-Man #7, The Avengers stage an intervention when they see that Spider-Man no longer confirms to their standards.
- But I'm a Cheerleader: Megan's family has an intervention to tell her that she's a lesbian and to send her off to anti-gay camp.
- The Big Bang Theory: The guys and Penny stage an intervention for Sheldon to make him get a driver's license.
- How I Met Your Mother even had a whole series of funny interventions, dealing with behaviours from spray-tanning to fake British accents to organising funny interventions.
- The TV series Intervention. Possibly one of the few examples of this being taken seriously.
- My Name Is Earl: When Earl decides to abandon his list, his friends stage an intervention to make him be good again.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: In The Magical Voyage of Sinbad, The Big Guy proves his strength by wrestling a bear. The SOL crew's dialogue turns it into the bear staging an intervention for the guy.
- A serious example is an intervention to stop Chris from taking heroin on The Sopranos.
- On 30 Rock, Jenna puts the idea of an intervention into the a few of the other character's minds in a bid for attention. Things don't turn out so well, when the rest of the cast stages a real intervention.
- Seinfeld: In "The Pez Dispenser," Jerry grudgingly hosts an intervention for an old friend.
- Frasier has one in the episode where Frasier is depressed from losing his job. I'm all but certain that there are others. Not to mention That 70's Show, which has multiple pot interventions, including one for Hyde's sobriety, of all things. (Leo even goes so far as to say, "You have a problem with drugs.")
- On Just Shoot Me! has an intervention for Dennis, who has been dating a woman who keeps humiliating him but he can't get himself to leave her. Nina, who apparently has been in the receiving end of some interventions, is glad to be in on the other side of one.
- In Elementary, after Sherlock takes Joan on as an apprentice her friends do this to her in "Deja Vu All Over Again," thinking that she's looking for a purpose after quitting medicine. They try to pretend it isn't an intervention, but Joan sees right through them after having been a sobriety companion in her second career and helping set up several.
- The webcomic Two Guys and Guy has a subverted intervention in which the goal is to get the character to stop hinting that he has a problem and shut up.
- On The Simpsons Homer recalls playing pictionary earlier in the week. It was really an intervention.
Homer: I hope it's as fun as Pictionary was last week!
Bart: Dad, we weren't playing Pictionary. That was an intervention to stop your drinking.
- The sharks in Finding Nemo do this when one of them gets a whiff of blood.
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law gets one when he gets addicted to tanning creme. Among the people staging this include Phil (Who has a bunch of cigarettes in his mouth) and X (Who has a gambling addiction).