Alternative title: Aggregate Tropes
Redirects: Only A Trope In Aggregate
, Only Tropes In Aggregate
Tropes In Aggregate
Sometimes, a trope isn't the tree. It's the whole forest.
That is, when you see something used in fiction, it can seem to not mean anything. It's an artistic choice on the part of the creator, but it has no actual meaning beyond that and you might be tempted to label it "not a trope."
Until you look at a whole genre, or even all of fiction, and notice that this particular artistic choice happens a lot. A lot more than it ever happens in Real Life
, in fact. It's nearly universal
to a genre.
What you have here is an Aggregate Trope. It's a storytelling pattern, but that pattern only becomes apparent when you take all the examples as a whole rather than look at individual examples.
Tropes that are only a trope in aggregate:
Help finding more aggregate tropes on TV tropes would be appreciated. Thanks!