Created By: mythbuster on November 19, 2012

Literal Example

Trope is used as a Literal Metaphor

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Some tropes are used as a figure of speech, but they occasionally are used literally. For instance, Girl with Psycho Weapon normally refers to a crazy girl with a weapon, or at least a marginally sane girl with a weapon associated with crazy people, but Durarara!! has the case of Anri Sonahara, a sane girl whose weapon is psychotic.

This is a form of Playing with a Trope, no examples please.
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  • November 20, 2012
    I don't see why the fact that it's Playing With A Trope would keep people from giving examples. Deconstructed Trope and Inverted Trope have examples, for instance. Otherwise I happen to have considered putting up something similar and had this in mind :

    Generally speaking, a Black Mage is a character that uses offensive magic (as opposed to the White Mage that is more into healing magic). A literal example can come in two flavors :
    • A character otherwise fitting the Black Mage trope's description that happens to also be very dark-skinned and/or wearing an entirely black outfit.
    • A mage that happens to be very dark-skinned and/or wearing an entirely black outfit, but may be using any other kind of magic.

    I was also considering putting Exactly What It Says On The Tin somewhere in the description, given that literal examples are that for trope names that are supposed to be figures of speech.
  • June 22, 2013
    Addition to show that something can be made of this discussion.

    Tropes whose images are a literal example :
  • June 22, 2013
    Seconding allowing examples. Reference basically any of the pages on trope forms. I would rephrase the note as "Please limit this to tropes where the predominant use of the trope is figuratively related to the name rather than literal." (e.g. it's next to impossible not to use Boarding Pod literally since the trope is a particular technology instead of a more abstract concept)

    Example of Press X To Die used literally: Any Simulation Game that features a Self Destruct Mechanism (Escape Velocity, X).

    Example of Monster Munch used literally: The random guy in Los Angeles in The Lost World: Jurassic Park who gets eaten by the T. rex.
  • June 22, 2013
    Bigger Is Better In Bed's image is also a literal example.
  • June 23, 2013
    Maybe we should also limit trope image examples to stuff that can directly be seen in the title. For example, the No True Scotsman image shows a scottish character played by a non-scottish, so it's easy to figure out the idea. For the Bigger Is Better in bed, the logical link can't be made unless you are presented with the actual "Massive cock" term. Another solution would be to split actual literal interpretations and images in which that intepretation is played with or heavily implied. That second category would have explanations next to the trope.