Created By: Hucklebubba on April 1, 2011 Last Edited By: chihuahua0 on October 11, 2011

Short Round Torch

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"Indy, I love you!" --Short Round, immediately prior to torching Dr. Jones back onto the straight and narrow.

Short Round Torch refers to any trigger--a friendly face, an impassioned plea, a musical strain, possibly a kick to the nads, or, as in the case of this trope's origin, a smoldering torch to the love-handle--that snaps a corrupted good guy back to his senses.
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  • April 1, 2011
    Please explain better. Also, new name please, the current one makes no sense.
  • April 1, 2011
    It makes perfect sense, and I didn't even see the film (thank goodness). But "Indy Burn" would be more familiar-- and funnier.

    Essentially this is when someone's lost their memory--or their mind-- and some stimulus brings it back, whatever it may be.

    Seen It A Million Times.
  • April 2, 2011
    What does a torch have to do with it?
  • April 2, 2011
    ^ In Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Dr. Jones was forced to drink a potion that turned him evil. His Kid Sidekick Short Round applied a lit torch to him, and the pain neutralized the potion's effect.

    However, we do need a name that doesn't require you to have seen the movie to understand it.

    The "impassioned plea" version of this is I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight.
  • April 2, 2011
    Kick the evil out? It lacks possibility of other actions though...

    Easy One Step Good Reboot?
  • April 2, 2011
    The Simpsons, "Dog Of Death" has Santa's Little Helper (the Simpson family dog) run away, only to get later taken in by Burns, who straps him to a chair, makes him watch footage of animal abuse, and tries to mold him into an attack dog. This ALMOST works; he becomes another one of Burns' hounds, but when ordered by Burns to chase Bart, he runs towards Bart, then, recalling pleasant memories with Bart... licks his face. When the other hounds catch up, Santa's Little Helper scares them off.

    [Editor's note: description borrowed from another ykttw on a different topic.]
  • April 2, 2011
    In the Soul Eater manga (it doesn't happen in the anime) Kim and Jackie are rendered Brainwashed And Crazy, Ox Manages to snap Kim out of it by ripping off his "horns" to show how willing he'd be to defect to the enemy side if she'd really done so (it Makes Sense In Context). In the anime Marie's healing wavelength is pretty much this in the form of an attack.
  • April 3, 2011
  • October 11, 2011
    I totally get the concept, and it's great. Except...I almost want to say those are two different things - "any trigger" versus "a kick to the nads." I feel like the shock-someone-out-of-it technique is quite different from using any other stimuli. And I agree that the name requires you'd seen that specific movie to get the reference, but I can't think of any alternatives.
  • October 11, 2011
    Also seems related to Slap Yourself Awake for the use of painful stimuli.