Trope Trigger (Renamed from Trope Carrier)
An object, formula, or other device that functions to trigger another trope within a work.
Narrative Device. A trope for handling tropes. If an author has a trope that turns out to be popular, or that he plans to use frequently, he writes a Trope Trigger into the storyline so that whenever he needs the "triggered" trope he just drops in an instance of the Trope Trigger. Depending on the form of the trigger, it might be used for Foreshadowing: when the audience sees the trigger, they know the "triggered" trope can't be far away. Compare/Contrast with MacGuffin, Plot-Sensitive Button, or Berserk Button. The MacGuffin is nearly always an object, while the Trope Trigger may or may not be. The MacGuffin usually has no other function except as the thing that everything revolves around. The Trope Trigger is defined by the trope it activates. The Plot Sensitive Button is a physical object that is used repeatedly throughout the work but produces different effects at different times. The Trope Trigger always produces the same effect. If a character with a Berserk Button gets angry at any minor provocation then it is not a "triggered" trope. If there is a particular trigger that always pushes a character's Berserk Button (e.g. an obnoxious brother or the color red), then that is a Trope Trigger.
Examples[[foldercontrol]] [[folder:Anime & Manga]]
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: Just be a girl in front of Negi and tickle your nose by accident...accidental nakedness will soon follow.
- Love Hina: Keitaro's Accidental Perversions always trigger a Megaton Punch.
- Sucker Punch relies on several classic sequences of But You Were There, and You, and You. Each sequence is triggered by playing music so Babydoll can dance.
- The resident idiot in The Slayers, Gourry Gabriev, allows Lina Inverse to be Mr. Exposition just by being an average person.
- Full Metal Panic!: Every time that Sousuke brings his military background into the school (such as stuff blowing up), Kaname hits him. This Trope Trigger activates Paper Fan of Doom or Wrestler in All of Us depending on how angry she gets.
- Smallville: Several episodes required Clark Kent to become brainwashed and crazy. The writers handled this by retooling red kryptonite from the Superman canon, so that instead of having some bizarre random effect on Clark it always turned him into a sociopath. It got so whenever fans saw a red glowing rock they knew what trope would be in force for the episode.
- In Oracle of Tao, Ambrosia Brahmin is a Trope Trigger for Elias as Mr. Exposition. Ambrosia's average intelligence and amnesia allow Smart Guy Elias to expound on obscure details pertaining to the plot.
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