Created By: Gareth34 on March 12, 2011 Last Edited By: Tallens on October 9, 2014
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Staging An Intervention

Friends and family of a character have come together to force the character to deal with an issue

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You're ruining your life. We're here to do something about that.

We need to talk.

We've put this off for too long. We've watched this going on, and we're not going to take it any longer. Don't try to argue, this is for your own good.

Now, sit down there while we describe Staging an Intervention.

This occurs when a group of friends, family, loved ones of a character who's caught in a web of bad habits, usually addictions of some sort, that are leading them on a downward spiral, and rather than sit there and watch them self-destruct, they decide to take action. They confront the individual about their habits, and declare that they're not willing to be bystanders any longer. The phrase "We've made you an appointment, and we'd like you to keep it" may be heard, as they drag said individual off to see a professional counselor or to rehab.

This is an Undead Horse Trope. In serious examples, the person being intervened on has a real problem, and the people doing the intervention have good intentions. However, this is often subjected to parody. 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.

Contrast Toxic Friend Influence.

Examples

Advertising
  • Comcast used to do ads where this happened as a form of Cable/Satellite Mudslinging.
  • This Doritos commercial has woman come home to find her friends staging one of these for her Dorito cravings. They tear up the house revealing Doritos inside a teddy bear, in her closet, in the chimney, and behind a false wall in the refrigerator. When she cites pregnancy craving, her friend pull up her shirt revealing a pillow and another bag of Doritos.

Comic Books
  • 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 conforms to their standards.
  • Marvel Comics parody comic Marvel Now What had the Watchers holding an intervention for their most famous member Uatu to deal with his habit of intervening in human events. Except that at the end they realize that holding an intervention violates their code of non-intervention!

Film
  • 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 sharks in Finding Nemo do this when one of them gets a whiff of blood.
  • There's also the inciting incident in The Hangover Part III.
  • In Failure to Launch, the main leads are locked in a room together by their friends, with the guy taped to a chair, so they can work out their problems.
  • It's the main plot of Life of the Party with the twist being that the therapist doesn't show up and the people involved try to wing it.
  • About a third of the way into The World's End, the gang are prepared to confront Gary for his increasingly self-destructive behaviour, after they learn that he lied about his mother's death to get them to go drinking with him. However, they're distracted by an alien invasion. Several aborted interventions occur throughout the film, culminating in a climax that is a bizarre combination of intervention and Humanity on Trial.

Literature
  • Nicholas Meyer's take on legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, The Seven Per Cent Solution has Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes, Doctor Watson and Professor Moriarty arrange to lure Sherlock Holmes to Vienna, Austria in order to receive hypnosis treatment for Sherlock's cocaine addiction from psychologist Sigmund Freud.
  • In X-Wing: Wraith Squadron Myn Donos ends up with massive PTSD after his entire squadron is killed in an Imperial ambush at the start of the book. After he later has a psychotic break in mid-mission, the other Wraiths throw him into a simulated version of the mission in question, forcing him to face the fact that it wasn't his fault and start recovering somewhat.

Live-Action TV
Barney: frequent magic tricks, specifically those involving fire.
Barney: not taking off the old man suit.
Barney: give his father a second chance and have dinner with him.
Lily: use of fake British accents.
Marshall: refusing to take off a hat.
Marshall: constant use of charts.
Robin: obsession with spray tans.
Ted: marrying Stella before they knew each other.
Ted: for his pretentious pronunciations; for example: "encyclopædia". (Not actually seen)
Ted: love for a married woman.
Stuart: for drinking. (This was done with other people)
The Gang: for hosting too many interventions. (Called the "Intervention" intervention.)
Barney: for his plan to move in with Quinn. (Called the Quin-ntervention.)
Robin: her obsession with Barney

  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • The guys and Penny stage an intervention for Sheldon to make him get a driver's license.
    • There's also the example where Sheldon is sacked for insubordination and becomes a recluse, weaving obscure garments and surrounding himself with cats: his mother is called in to co-ordinate a rescue.
  • 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. It's fairly hypocritical on the part of the mob guys calling Chris out on his addiction, which he doesn't fail to point out. It turns violent when Chris insults his own mother and Paulie beats his face in.
  • On 30 Rock, Jenna puts the idea of an intervention into a few of the other characters' 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.
  • That '70s Show 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.
  • In Breaking Bad's first season, Skyler calls the family over for an intervention to try to get Walt to take the chemotherapy treatment (and the money offered by Gretchen and Elliot to pay for it) for his cancer, since Walt was unwilling to do that.
  • Orphan Black: Alison's husband and friends try to stage one about her recent odd behavior (due to her clone Sarah filling in for her), her increasing alcoholism, and torturing her husband when she suspected that he was her secret monitor/handler.
  • Saturday Night Live, in a Weekend Update segment.
    Seth Meyers: NBC announced that Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will host a primetime special on the network called A Toast to 2013 in which they recount their favorite stories from the past year. But whispering behind his hand shh, it's actually an intervention.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has the Scoobies stage an intervention for Buffy when her odd behavior towards Spike worries them. It was actually Spike's Buffybot that was acting out of character.
  • In the first part of the first season finale on Leverage, the team confronts Nate, who's been in a drunken stupor through much of it, about his habits. He thinks they're pulling an intervention and are going to drag him off to rehab, but they have other ideas. 'They're going to help him get revenge on those responsible for his son's death.
  • In an episode of Chuck, Casey is starting to get a little stir crazy after being stuck in Burbank for weeks and his daughter mentions the others are about to have an intervention if he doesn't cool down.
  • In one episode of Parks and Recreation, the rest of the cast stages an intervention for Ron after he again comes under the control of his vampy ex-wife, Tammy II (whenever this happens, he turns into a weird sex freak).
  • Supernatural: In an effort to get Sam Winchester off of Demon Blood, his brother, Dean, and Bobby Singer confront him and have him locked up in a rehabilitation chamber. It doesn't stop Sam as he is transported out by Angels as part of their plan to start the apocalypse.
  • Once Upon a Time: After Snow White drinks Rumpelstiltskin's potion to make her forget Prince Charming, she starts to get really mean and unpleasant to the point that the dwarves confront her as a group. It backfires when she decides to go kill the evil queen.
  • In Home and Away, Robbie steps on a discarded needle and believes that he may have contracted AIDS (he did not, but he did not know this). He then starts acting like a jerk toward everyone including his family and girlfriend. It is then decided to stage an intervention including the aforementioned people where Robbie is confronted about his behaviour. Robbie reveals that he knew someone who got AIDS in his old school and was treated like a leper and that was why he started acting like a jerk.
  • Arrested Development:
    • In the pilot, the Bluth family holds one for Michael to get him to take charge of the company after Buster proves unable to perform the task. Michael recognizes the intervention and even states it as such. The family denies this and starts to lay out their issues. Michael then says the intervention is more of an imposition.
    • In a later episode ("Spring Break-Out"), it comes to light that Lucille has a drinking problem. It's suggested to hold an intervention. Only problem: they already tried that and it went horribly awry. They decided to have a few drinks themselves to "take the edge off" and became completely plastered by the time Lucille showed up.

Web Comics
  • 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.

Web Original
  • The ClickHole quiz "Which Character From 'The Office' Are You?" appears to be a normal quiz on the menus of the website, with its thumbnail being a cast shot for the show. Upon actually taking the quiz, however, the heading image is instead a group of people sitting at a table. It turns out these people are staging an intervention for your drinking problem, yet the article is still formatted like a quiz, with the group's statements as the "questions" and your responses as the "answers". The results you get in the quiz are "Michael Scott" (the description of which has nothing to do with the character, focusing more on your drinking), "Roy Anderson" (which the description makes parallels between his drinking problems and yours), "Kelly Kapoor" (which gives a straight character description before pleading you to stop drinking), and "Your Addiction".

Web Video

Western Animation
  • 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.
  • Parodied in American Dad! when Steve becomes addicted to an energy drink, and ultimately starts conning his friends out of money to pay for it. They appear in his room to talk, Steve is touched they want to stage an intervention after all the things he done, but in fact they're just there to violently confront him for cheating them.
  • Family Guy:
    • The Very Special Episode had Quagmire and the other holding an intervention for his sister to get her out of an abusive relationship.
    • One cutaway has an intervention concerning Peter wearing a giant novelty hat for months on end.
  • 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).
  • Robot Chicken
    • One sketch had Popeye's friends confronting him over his addition to spinach.
    • A parody of Adventures of the Gummi Bears had the bears holding an intervention for Tummi over his addition to gummiberry juice.
  • After Chozen's rekindled romance with his prison boyfriend Jamal leads to tensions with his friends, they stage an intervention to try and convince him that Jamal's a bad influence.


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  • March 12, 2011
    TonyG
    There was already a YKTTW entry for this here.
  • May 8, 2012
    morenohijazo
    That link seems to be broken.
  • May 8, 2012
    NESBoy
    Mary Worth had the cast hold an intervention to stop Aldo Kelrast from stalking Mary.
  • May 9, 2012
    reub2000
    Live Action TV
    • On Thirty 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.

    Western Animation
    • 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.
  • May 9, 2012
    randomsurfer
    I remember seeing this on ykttw too, but it seems to have disappaered.
    • My Name Is Earl: When Earl decides to abandon his list, his friends stage an intervntion to make him be good again.
    • The Big Bang Theory: The guys and Penny stage an intervention for Sheldon to make him get a driver's license.
    • But Im 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 TV series Intervention (which should be moved to Series.Intervention) is all about this.
  • May 12, 2012
    peccantis
    The title needs to be more specific. As-is it sounds like the be-all end-all supertrope of all things intervention.

    Good troping though.
  • May 12, 2012
    reub2000
    The title needs to be more specific. As-is it sounds like the be-all end-all supertrope of all things intervention.

    More specific in which way? The scope of the trope as it is, is all interventions.
  • May 12, 2012
    peccantis
    "Where a character's friends and family get together and try to change his behaviour in some way". That's more specific than "any and all interventions".

    Here's a few other types of interventions:
    • Divine Intervention (gods intervene)
    • intervention out of spite (For The Evulz)
    • intervention out of personal agenda ("I could let you do it if it didn't mess up my plans to X and Y.")
  • May 12, 2012
    MetaFour
  • May 12, 2012
    reub2000
    Group Intervention?

    Also, I just moved the work page with the same name.
  • September 11, 2012
    Freud
    Hi, I was just wondering... I wrote a YKTTW page for a subversion trope of this, but I've forgotten the working title. Has anyone seen it? (It's when a I Cant Believe Its Not Heroin substance is used in an intervention.)

    Also, perhaps the shows Hoarders and My Strange Addiction (in fact, about half of the shows on TLC are about this trope.)
  • September 11, 2012
    mythbuster
    The sharks in Finding Nemo do this when one of them gets a whiff of blood.
  • September 11, 2012
    Katie80
    • Seinfeld: In "The Pez Dispenser," Jerry grudgingly hosts an intervention for an old friend.
  • September 11, 2012
    MrRuano
    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).
  • September 11, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^^^How long ago? If you check your YKTTW history it lists the ykttws you've started, provided you started them after they installed that.
  • September 11, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Please be more specific about what is happening, what the characters do and why. It just says "intervention" over and over. Describe what that means. I am assuming from the examples you mean like the therapudic kind, with friends and family, is that right? The description doesn't say that, right now, except maybe the "self-demonstrating" sentence at the beginning. It doesn't have to read like an encyclopedia article (shouldn't, actually), but without even a tiny bit of that it is effectively jargon.
  • September 11, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • September 14, 2012
    Freud
    ^^^ I just checked (thank you, by the way, I didn't know that that existed). Maybe I put it on "Where is that trope" or something.

    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."
  • March 9, 2013
    Freud
    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.
  • March 9, 2013
    Koveras
    So this isn't about one country illegally messing with the internal military affairs of another one?
  • March 12, 2013
    TonyG
    • 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.
  • April 12, 2013
    DunDun
    The Other Wiki has this whole list with multiple types of "intervention" so why does this YKTTW imply there is only one type of intervention?

    I understand that this is fiction we're talking about, but we already have "Divine" Intervention. Why not just name this Mundane Intervention or Counseling Intervention. Even Friendly Intervention is more descriptive than just "Intervention."
  • April 12, 2013
    StarSword
    Or Staging An Intervention since that's how it's generally phrased.
  • April 13, 2013
    NESBoy
    In Superior Spider Man #7, The Avengers stage an intervention when they see that Spider-Man no longer confirms to their standards.
  • April 13, 2013
    StarSword
    TV:
    • 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.

    EDIT: Freaking non-ASCII characters.
  • December 6, 2013
    DAN004
    Laconic plz?
  • December 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Frasier/That 70s Show examples need to be separated and take out the first person & "Not to mention" references.
  • December 7, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    • In Breaking Bad's first season, Skyler calls the family over for an intervention to try to get Walt to take the chemotherapy treatment (and the money offered by Gretchen and Elliot to pay for it) for his cancer, since Walt was unwilling to do that.
  • December 7, 2013
    DAN004
  • December 7, 2013
    reub2000
    ^ How are the 2 tropes similar?
  • December 7, 2013
    arbiter099
    • Orphan Black: Alison's husband and friends try to stage one about her recent odd behavior (due to her clone Sarah filling in for her), her increasing alcoholism, and torturing her husband when she suspected that he was her secret monitor/handler.
  • December 7, 2013
    SKJAM
    • Marvel Comics parody comic Marvel Now What had the Watchers holding an intervention for their most famous member Uatu to deal with his habit of intervening in human events. Except that at the end they realize that holding an intervention violates their code of non-intervention!
  • December 7, 2013
    abateman
    There are roughly 125million of these in the series How I Met Your Mother. In fact S4 E4 is called "Intervention"

    Also is the inciting incident in The Hangover Part 3
  • December 7, 2013
    abateman
    How I Met Your Mother Interventions From http://how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com/wiki/Intervention_banner

    Interventions The following are a list of people the gang have held interventions for, and the reasons why.

    Barney: frequent magic tricks, specifically those involving fire.
    Barney: not taking off the old man suit.
    Barney: give his father a second chance and have dinner with him.
    Lily: use of fake British accents.
    Marshall: refusing to take off a hat.
    Marshall: constant use of charts.
    Robin: obsession with spray tans.
    Ted: marrying Stella before they knew each other.
    Ted: for his pretentious pronunciations; for example: "encyclopædia". (Not actually seen)
    Ted: love for a married woman.
    Stuart: for drinking. (This was done with other people)
    The Gang: for hosting too many interventions. (Called the "Intervention" intervention.)
    Barney: for his plan to move in with Quinn. (Called the Quin-ntervention.)
    Robin: her obsession with Barney

    Episode Appearances These are episodes where interventions and the intervention banner have made an appearance.

    Intervention
    Right Place, Right Time
    Oh Honey
    Legendaddy
    The Broath
    The Over-Correction
  • December 29, 2013
    arbiter099
    bump
  • December 30, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced some work titles.
  • December 30, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Saturday Night Live, in a Weekend Update segment.
    Seth Meyers: NBC announced that Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will host a primetime special on the network called A Toast to 2013 in which they recount their favorite stories from the past year. But whispering behind his hand shh, it's actually an intervention.
  • December 31, 2013
    Tallens
    • In the first part of the first season finale on Leverage, the team confronts Nate, who's been in a drunken stupor through much of it, about his habits. He thinks they're pulling an intervention and are going to drag him off to rehab, but they have other ideas. 'They're going to help him get revenge on those responsible for his son's death.
  • December 31, 2013
    AgProv
    There's also the Big Bang Theory example where Sheldon is sacked for insubordination and becomes a recluse, weaving obscure garments and surrounding himself with cats: his mother is called in to co-ordinate a rescue.
  • January 1, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Was there a reason the SNL example was stripped of its context when placed in the writeup?

    EDIT: Oh I see, the quote has been put under comic books for some reason.
  • January 1, 2014
    Exxolon
    Played For Laughs in the Key Of Awesome parody of Kesha's song Tik-Tok called "Glitter Puke" when it it is revealed that her drunken slut act is actually just an act enforced by her record contract.
  • January 1, 2014
    MorganWick
    Comcast used to do ads where this happened as a form of Cable Satellite Mudslinging.
  • January 2, 2014
    Psi001
    • Parodied in American Dad when Steve becomes addicted to an energy drink, and ultimately starts conning his friends out of money to pay for it. They appear in his room to talk, Steve is touched they want to stage an intervention after all the things he done, but in fact they're just there to violently confront him for cheating them.
    • One cutaway of Family Guy has an intervention concerning Peter wearing a giant novelty hat for months on end.
  • January 4, 2014
    Tallens
    • In an episode of Chuck, Casey is starting to get a little stir crazy after being stuck in Burbank for weeks and his daughter mentions the others are about to have an intervention if he doesn't cool down.
  • January 7, 2014
    TooBah
    • In Failure To Launch (which really needs a works page, BTW), the main leads are locked in a room together by their friends, with the guy taped to a chair, so they can work out their problems.
  • January 7, 2014
    Tallens
    Description needs a lot of work.
  • January 16, 2014
    XFllo
    ^ Yes, I second that and took off one hat for it. Plus the example needs formatting (ie How I Met Your Mother) and there is some Word Cruft ("not to mention").

    I would prefer if the description was not self-demonstrating.
  • January 16, 2014
    dalek955
    May involve the phrase "We've made you an appointment, and we'd like you to keep it."
  • January 24, 2014
    frosty
    Description needs some work, definitely. Specifically the bit about not having an intervention page, because..... this will be that page. We will have that page. It's the same reason you don't use "I can't believe no one's mentioned this yet" in an example.
  • January 24, 2014
    Tallens
    Here's my take on a description:


    Standard:

    This occurs when a group of friends, family, loved ones of a character who's caught in a web of bad habits, usually addictions of some sort, that are leading them on a downward spiral, and rather than sit there and watch them self-destruct, they decide to take action. They confront the individual about their habits, and declare that they're not willing to be bystanders any longer. The phrase "We've made you an appointment, and we'd like you to keep it" may be heard, as they drag said individual off to see a professional counselor or to rehab.


    Self-Demonstrating:

    We need to talk.

    We've put this off for too long. We've watched this going on, and we're not going to take it any longer. We've made you an appointment, and we'd like you to keep it. Don't try to argue, this is for your own good.

    Now, sit down there while we describe Staging an Intervention. It's when we get so fed up with watching someone destroy themselves, that we just have to take action. Often this means confronting them about their habits and the effect it's having on them, and by extension, all of us, often followed by dragging them off to get professional help, or possibly to rehab.


    The paragraph starting with the Undead Horse Trope could stay as is, I think.
  • January 25, 2014
    Morgenthaler
    To expand on an example:

    • A serious example is an intervention to stop Chris from taking heroin on The Sopranos. It's fairly hypocritical on the part of the mob guys calling Chris out on his addiction, which he doesn't fail to point out. It turns violent when Chris insults his own mother and Paulie beats his face in.
  • January 25, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
  • January 25, 2014
    DAN004
    Contrast Poisonous Friend.
  • January 26, 2014
    morenohijazo
    I would say the only remaining thing is to take one of Tallens' suggestions for the description.

    ^^ What does that have to do with Robot Chicken?
  • February 1, 2014
    Tallens
    ^Clarification? Both the Robot Chicken examples seem to fit.
  • February 4, 2014
    FuzzyBoots
    It's the main plot of Life Of The Party with the twist being that the therapist doesn't show up and the people involved try to wing it.
  • February 4, 2014
    Hodor
    In one episode of Parks And Recreation, the rest of the cast stages an intervention for Ron after he again comes under the control of his vampy ex-wife, Tammy II (whenever this happens, he turns into a weird sex freak).
  • February 9, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Literature
    • Nicholas Meyer's take on legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, The Seven Per Cent Solution has Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes, Doctor Watson and Professor Moriarty arrange to lure Sherlock Holmes to Vienna, Austria in order to receive hypnosis treatment for Sherlock's cocaine addiction from psychologist Sigmund Freud.
  • February 9, 2014
    Larkmarn
    Possible page image: Banner from HIMYM.
  • February 14, 2014
    Tallens
    ^I like that.
  • March 14, 2014
    Lakija
    Bump From Page 10!
  • March 17, 2014
    frosty
    I am perfectly willing to toss my hat in if the OP would just update the description.
  • March 17, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ same here.
  • March 17, 2014
    arbiter099
    Some of the examples have issues like the that 70s show one and the intervention one which is a ZCE
  • March 18, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Western Animation
    • After Chozen's rekindled romance with his prison boyfriend Jamal leads to tensions with his friends, they stage an intervention to try and convince him that Jamal's a bad influence.
  • March 25, 2014
    JesseMB27
    Live Action TV
    • Supernatural: In an effort to get Sam Winchester off of Demon Blood, his brother, Dean, and Bobby Singer confront him and have him locked up in a rehabilitation chamber. It doesn't stop Sam as he is transported out by Angels as part of their plan to start the apocalypse.
  • March 25, 2014
    Tallens
    • Once Upon A Time: After Snow White drinks Rumpelstiltskin's potion to make her forget Prince Charming, she starts to get really mean and unpleasant to the point that the dwarves confront her as a group. It backfires when she decides to go kill the evil queen.
  • March 25, 2014
    DAN004
    Is this Up For Grabs yet?
  • April 15, 2014
    XFllo
    ^ I guess so.

    (There was an example in Community when Britta suggests an intervention in the show's Running Gag fashion, asking the group "Intervention?" - "Intervention?" - "Intervention?" when she tries to get them on board — however, I cannot remember what is was supposed to be for.)
  • April 15, 2014
    DAN004
    So who wanna grab this? :D
  • September 30, 2014
    Tallens
    This has gone on long enough. I'll take this one. It seems pretty much ready to go, just need a couple more hats, maybe a quote and caption.
  • September 30, 2014
    Generality
    About a third of the way into The Worlds End, the gang are prepared to confront Gary for his increasingly self-destructive behaviour, after they learn that he lied about his mother's death to get them to go drinking with him. However, they're distracted by an alien invasion. Several aborted interventions occur throughout the film, culminating in a climax that is a bizarre combination of intervention and Humanity On Trial.
  • September 30, 2014
    triassicranger
    Live Action Television
    • In Home And Away, Robbie steps on a discarded needle and believes that he may have contracted AIDS (he did not, but he did not know this). He then starts acting like a jerk toward everyone including his family and girlfriend. It is then decided to stage an intervention including the aforementioned people where Robbie is confronted about his behaviour. Robbie reveals that he knew someone who got AIDS in his old school and was treated like a lepper and that was why he started acting like a jerk.
  • September 30, 2014
    Daefaroth
    I think a good self demonstrating article needs a good stinger at the end to come back to the joke:

    It looks like you have been reading TV Tropes again. Why don't you have a seat so we can talk about it...
  • September 30, 2014
    NESBoy
    • The Click Hole quiz "Which Character From 'The Office' Are You?" appears to be a normal quiz on the menus of the website, with its thumbnail being a cast shot for the show. Upon actually taking the quiz, however, the heading image is instead a group of people sitting at a table. It turns out these people are staging an intervention for your drinking problem, yet the article is still formatted like a quiz, with the group's statements as the "questions" and your responses as the "answers". The results you get in the quiz are "Michael Scott" (the description of which has nothing to do with the character, focusing more on your drinking), "Roy Anderson" (which the description makes parallels between his drinking problems and yours), "Kelly Kapoor" (which gives a straight character description before pleading you to stop drinking), and "Your Addiction".
  • September 30, 2014
    DAN004
    Would we allow Real Life examples?

    • Averted by most Japanese families who have one or more Hiki Komori kids. Most of the time they just ignore them and will still give them basic needs such as daily meals.
  • October 1, 2014
    Tallens
    ^Not sure. My inclination is not to, but we'll see what others think.
  • October 1, 2014
    BKelly95
    Live Action Television
    • In the pilot for Arrested Development, the Bluth family holds one for Michael to get him to take charge of the company after Buster proves unable to perform the task. Michael recognizes the intervention and even states it as such. The family denies this and starts to lay out their issues. Michael then says the intervention is more of an imposition.
      • In a later episode ("Spring Break-Out"), it comes to light that Lucille has a drinking problem. It's suggested to hold an intervention. Only problem: they already tried that and it went horribly awry. They decided to have a few drinks themselves to "take the edge off" and became completely plastered by the time Lucille showed up.
  • October 3, 2014
    Daefaroth
    ^^ I think no real life or this will become a pit for gossip about celebrities with addiction problems.

    Also, can you "avert a trope" in real life? Last time I checked real life doesn't have a narrative where following a trope would be expected.
  • October 3, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Fire Breathing Weapon does exist in Real Life for one.
  • October 3, 2014
    Daefaroth
    ^So if I fail to burn someone to death with a flamethrower I have averted Fire Breathing Weapon? I didn't say tropes don't have Real Life counterparts. I am saying that "averting a trope in Real Life" is chairs because in Real Life tropes aren't expected to occur like they are in fiction.
  • October 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Averted means a trope simply doesn't happen. And well, this trope doesn't happen to the Japanese.

    I should've added context, I guess; it's a cultural thing. The Japanese kinda don't like to seek help from others for dealing with their hikki kids, much less an actual psychiatrist.
  • October 4, 2014
    StarSword
    Literature:
    • In X-Wing: Wraith Squadron Myn Donos ends up with massive PTSD after his entire squadron is killed in an Imperial ambush at the start of the book. After he later has a psychotic break in mid-mission, the other Wraiths throw him into a simulated version of the mission in question, forcing him to face the fact that it wasn't his fault and start recovering somewhat.
  • October 4, 2014
    randomtroper89
    • This Doritos commercial has woman come home to find her friends staging one of these for her Dorito cravings. They tear up the house revealing Doritos inside a teddy bear, in her closet, in the chimney, and behind a false wall in the refrigerator. When she cites pregnancy craving, her friend pull up her shirt revealing a pillow and another bag of Doritos.
  • October 5, 2014
    Tallens
    One more hat?
  • October 6, 2014
    Diask
    The Poisonous Friend in the description should be replaced with Toxic Friend Influence. Poisonous Friend will commit unspeakable things in the name of their friends. It's Toxic Friend Influence when the flaws start to rub off on your friends.
  • October 9, 2014
    Tallens
    Ok, we gots the hats. Anything else lacking? Otherwise we'll be launching tonight.
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