Created By: deserterdragonJune 13, 2012 Last Edited By: deserterdragonJune 16, 2012
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mystery decay

A character or place grows less interesting the more we hear about him

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sometimes a character will come onto the scene with a shady back-story and completely steal the show.This trope will almost always be an ensemble dark horse and the badass tropes. As this character becomes more popular the audience will want to be shown in more stories. Suddenly, that back story is revealed, the character was once a weakling and it will forever corrupt your view. this can lead to badass decay but is separate because the character can still be a badass but we don't see him in the same way. Prominent examples could boba fett and wolverine, both mysterious characters with a massive fanbase who were revealed to have not at all bad-ass back-stories.
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  • June 13, 2012
    Koveras
    Who's Boba Fett?
  • June 13, 2012
    jkbeta
    Some guy from Star Wars.

    I suppose this is an Audience Reaction? How do we make sure this does not devolve into complaining?

  • June 13, 2012
    surgoshan
    This would definitely be a YMMV trope. Perhaps Taupe Character Development?
  • June 13, 2012
    AP
    Often the result of Wolverine Publicity.
  • June 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Bad Trope Namer. And I think this is just Badass Decay.
  • June 14, 2012
    AP
    I like the name. It fits and I believe there is another trope named after Bobba Fett.
  • June 14, 2012
    aurora369
    Boba Fett is the Ensemble Darkhorse from Star Wars. His character was further elaborated on in the Expanded Universe, and many fans feel it ruined him as a character.

    Maybe Not A Darkhorse Anymore?
  • June 14, 2012
    deserterdragon
    Its sort of a sub trope of wolverine publicity that can lead to bad-ass decay. I did a search for boba fett syndrome and found it as a empty page.
  • June 14, 2012
    Topazan
    I think it's a good trope. I recall hearing that some people felt this way about the Doctor once they fleshed out the details of his race and home planet. In return, the creators promised at least to never reveal his real name.

    The creator of The Company Of Myself and its prequel made a similar promise to never show the exact nature of the event that set the plot of The Company Of Myself in motion.
  • June 14, 2012
    deserterdragon
    so is anyone gonna help me edit this page and put examples up?

  • June 14, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Not So Mysterious Anymore? Cypher To Character Transition? Removing The Mask?

    Boba Fett is a name that people will only get if they're familiar with the Star Wars expanded universe, and most of us aren't. I just assumed that it had something to do with either bounty hunting or helmets.

    Maybe this trope doesn't even need the negative aspect, it could just be about the transition from mysterious Ensemble Darkhorse about whom little is known, to fully fleshed out character with a real backstory. Then it could include the Doctor, as Topazan points out, and maybe Mysterion from South Park. At first the only thing viewers knew about Mysterion was that he was a child superhero with a cool costume and weird Batman voice. Then we learned his true identity was Kenny and of course, we already know lots about him. However, finding out who Mysterion was arguably made him much MORE interesting because it elaborated upon the backstory of various existing characters. As such it wouldn't fit the current description where it makes the character less interesting.

    I don't know if we already have a trope about the transition from mystery to real character though, so maybe ignore my comment completely if we do.
  • June 14, 2012
    LennonLore
    You don't know who Boba Fett is in this day and age? What Internet are you using, cause you can't be using the same one I am. If this goes full course, I think the name is a good one.
  • June 14, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    I know he's a bounty hunter who wears a helmet but not everyone likes Star Wars and knowing about the content of Star Wars tie in novels requires serious devotion. Look at the Fan Myopia page.
  • June 14, 2012
    deserterdragon
    I think this trope is quite iconic of boba fett. Removing the mask would work more as a trope of a mysterious masked character being revealed to be someone we know. An alternative name could be wolverine syndrome. We knew about and believed these characters but having them revealed as being a clone or a child somehow degrades the character for future viewings
  • June 15, 2012
    LennonLore
    You didn't need to read any books to learn more about Boba Fett than you wanted. He and his brothers were prominent figures in Episodes II and III. You could judge just on that basis alone.
  • June 15, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Please just read the Trope Namer Syndrome page. I'm not just trying to argue with you because I don't like Star Wars, it's site policy not to name tropes after characters and most of those who are are getting renamed. No matter how famous a character might seem, you can never assume that everyone knows who they are or why they're the namesake for that trope.
  • June 15, 2012
    bigJoe
    Badass decay man
  • June 15, 2012
    animeg3282
    Yea, to me, Boba Fett could be anything. Something about space? some sort of fighting guy? and plus, some foreigners read this. But I can understand what you mean Mr. Mysterious becomes not so mysterous.
  • June 16, 2012
    Koveras
    If it's not just limited to individual characters, maybe the Vampire The Masquerade setting as a whole counts? The origin and nature of the vampires were originally supposed to be a mystery even to vampires themselves, with multiple contradicting accounts for everything, but as the Splat books piled on, a rather definitive vampire mythology replaced all speculation.
  • June 16, 2012
    deserterdragon
    feel free to edit it to include that. This trope now applies to settings

  • June 16, 2012
    surgoshan
    I think this is distinct from Badass Decay, unless it's always the case that learning more about someone means he stops being able to fight.

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