Created By: silver2195 on April 18, 2010
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Stock Epileptic Trees

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Things that are frequently proposed in fan theories at a rate disproportionate to their occurance in actual works of ficton.

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  • April 18, 2010
    Taelor
    X character is Haruhi Suzumiya.
  • April 18, 2010
    ViktorCrowford
    Every character with the same actor/voice actor/name as a character from another franchise is one and the same. Yes, I know that it's not to be taken seriously, but this has become so prevalent that it clutters WMG pages and stopped being funny.
  • April 18, 2010
    HawktureShorts155
    In murder-mysteries or thrillers, it's often assumed that the eccentric stranger who helps the hero crack the case is actually the killer, and just wants to gloat. Although, this probably doesn't count as an Epileptic Tree because it's actually used so often.
  • April 18, 2010
    Kayube
    Any "Character X and Character Y are the same person" theories, even when there's no clear reason for one or the other character to change their identity and they don't look anything alike. (Lost gets this a lot too).
  • April 19, 2010
    Blork
    • "The story is actually being told by Character X who is an Unreliable Narrator."
    • "Character X is god/Jesus"
  • April 19, 2010
    Dealan
    The protagonist is the villain.
  • April 19, 2010
    Superior
    A twisted version of All Just A Dream: The protagonist is insane and delusional, and the entire story is their hallucination in an asylum.
  • April 19, 2010
    mack
    All characters with the same last name are related.
  • April 19, 2010
    arromdee
    The hallucination/asylum plot is Cuckoo Nest.
  • April 19, 2010
    arromdee
    Also, does most Shipping count? Especially the slash pairings?
  • April 19, 2010
    TJ
    ^If one pairing prevailing over another majorly affects the plot in some way, perhaps. Epileptic Trees are about the story on a large scale. I'd say most shipping involves relationships that really wouldn't have that kind of impact.
  • April 19, 2010
    Tezcat
    Any fantasy setting is often presumed to be either far in our future or far in our past; the epileptic trees even covering up cases where the dates are explicitly stated through an Unreliable Narrator.
  • April 19, 2010
    silver2195
    Launching...
  • April 19, 2010
    Unknown Troper
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