Created By: BrianNowhere on October 19, 2012 Last Edited By: SomeSortOfTroper on October 19, 2012
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Bloody Obvious Soap Opera Villainy

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Any scenario where an evil and malicious individual or group/family of people conspire and plot to obtain power utilizing the most transparent and stereo-typically obvious methods possible in doing so, yet remain undetected and supported by everyone except the protagonist, perhaps played by a Loser Protagonist or a Wise Beyond Their Years type character, who can see the villains for who they are.

The story usually revolves around a stereotypically malicious person or group, perhaps made up of Nouveau Richie, Upper Class Twits or Classic Villians and their bumbling and flagrant attempts to con and charm their way into some kind of power position, which to the protagonist's chagrin, consistently beguiles an unsuspecting populace, perhaps comprised of Adults Are Useless or Amazingly Embarrassing Parents type characters, who fall easy prey to Appeals To Flattery and other similarly brazen tactics.

Usually the protagonist exposes the dastardly plot for all to see and averts disaster just in time.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • October 19, 2012
    Tallens
    Needs A Better Name, as in right now, otherwise the word "Romney" is going to attract all sorts of political nonesense.

    Also needs a laconic, otherwise people are going to assume this is about Mitt Romney.
  • October 19, 2012
    BrianNowhere
    Do you have any suggestions for what laconic I might use?
  • October 19, 2012
    Sackett
    Why is this called "Trope Romney"

    Also the description is terrible. It looks like a mismash of several other tropes.
  • October 19, 2012
    BrianNowhere
    To be honest, the trope was inspired by watching Mitt Romney's presidential run, which is strikingly familiar to many soap opera type plots where a group of rich people make an obvious power grab using cliched tactics which seem obvious and lame to some but fools many people in the process, for example Mitt Romney's now famous 47% video of him outlining his plot for all to see, yet in spite of this he remains largely successful.

    This is my first trope submission so I'm sure it will be subjected to much criticism and perhaps is too political for the membership here, but I thought it would be worth a try. In my view any impartial viewer to the current election should recognize the inherent plotline contained therein.
  • October 19, 2012
    SomeSortOfTroper
    I edited the title and added some paragraph breaks because I couldn't live in a world where there was an entry called "Trope Romney" and because my eyes were starting to bleed from the pain of 80 word sentences.

    But otherwise...no, it's not a trope.
  • October 19, 2012
    Tallens
    Well, I can tell you right now this will need to be No Real Life Examples Please.
  • October 19, 2012
    BrianNowhere
    I love the new title, Bloody Obvious Soap Opera Villainy.

  • October 19, 2012
    BrianNowhere
    How I love the standard bearers in these type of forums. You are like Roman Senators in your wisdom and Stoicisms. I mean that in the most sincere way possible and it's an honor for me to be ripped to shreds by the likes of you.
  • October 19, 2012
    AWormandaDuck
    Already covered by Villain With Good Publicity and Card Carrying Villain. Sorry, but I don't think that combining the two can a trope make.
  • October 19, 2012
    Tallens
    I think I'll have to agree with that. We already have this. I second the discard motion.
  • October 19, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Thirding the discard motion and doing so.
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