Created By: Jir on June 6, 2012 Last Edited By: Jir on June 9, 2012

Deathball will decide

When a character uses one method to make decisions excessively

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A character is faced with a decision, instead of just logically choosing what to do, this character uses a obscure system to make his or her decisions for them.

Franchise
  • Batman villain Two-Face often makes decisions by tossing a double-headed coin with one face scratched out.

Live Action Tv

Video Game

  • The entire titular League in League of Legends is this. Instead of moderating conflicts in a diplomatic fashion, they toss a handfull of Champions into an arena and whichever side wins is put in the right. This was originally set up to prevent another world-shattering magic war, but it's insinuated that almost every conflict of interest is put to the League, from border disputes to contract negotiations to "duels" of honor between nobles.

Western Animation
  • The Trope Namer Futurama, in The Beast with a Billion Backs has The Professor and Dr. Wernstrum trying to decide who crew goes into space, way they decide? Deathball, later in the same movie they tried to decide between Diamondium and Diamondiliam, once again their answer is Deathball.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • June 6, 2012
    Lightblade
    Batman villain Two-Face often makes decisions by tossing a double-headed coin with one face scratched out.
  • June 6, 2012
    LobsterMagnus
  • June 6, 2012
    0blivionmobile
    • The entire titular League in League Of Legends is this. Instead of moderating conflicts in a diplomatic fashion, they toss a handfull of Champions into an arena and whichever side wins is put in the right. This was originally set up to prevent another world-shattering magic war, but it's insinuated that almost every conflict of interest is put to the League, from border disputes to contract negotiations to "duels" of honor between nobles.
  • June 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • June 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Trope Namers are strongly discouraged (if not outright forbidden) nowadays because they usually require the reader to be a fan of the work to have any chance to understand what it means.

    That is the case here: unless you're a fan of Futurama you have no idea what Deathball is and no chance to know what the trope is about. For all the reader knows Deathball could be the name of a supervillain.

    Unusual Decision Making Method?
  • June 7, 2012
    Ghilz
    • Also in Futurama, Gary Gygax, voicing himself, is portrayed as basing all his decisions on dice rolls,, which Al Gore calls him out on.
      "Greetings, It is a... (rolls dice) ...Pleasure to meet you!"
  • June 7, 2012
    TonyG
    I think I see two different tropes here: 1) making a decision by unnecessarily extreme measures (like the Deathball example), and 2) using dice or coin flips to make each and every decision, even if it's totally unnecessary (as with the Big Bang Theory example).
  • June 7, 2012
    MorganWick
  • June 7, 2012
    NimmerStill
    @Arivne, then why were they so highly encouraged before?
  • June 8, 2012
    MorganWick
    I don't think they were ever actually encouraged so much as just wildly popular for being a crutch for uncreative minds ("I'll just pick the first example that comes to mind and name the trope after it!")
  • June 8, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Really? I thought they were popular because they seemed more witty and funny than descriptive names, and that they provoked the person to look for the trope namer, and finally that they did create teh in-group feel (which apparently is now a bad thing).

    "stuffy old songs about the buttocks" sounds a lot more interesting than, I don't know, "posterior-praising song".

    But if this is discouraged, why isn't there a lot more trope repair going on?
  • June 9, 2012
    DracMonster
    Short version: TRS threads take a long time and theres a ton of these old pages to get through. Also, some have worked their way into the site's culture so heavily (like The Scrappy and Xanatos Gambit,) that they're exempted under a Grandfather Clause.

    As for why the change to policy, pages with work-based titles that aren't obvious unless you know the work have a much higher rate of being ignored and undiscovered, resulting in duplicate pages being created. (Can you tell what The Catapult Turtle Flying Castle Gambit is without reading the page?) This wasn't a problem in the old days, when the community was small enough to make correcting the errors manageable, but now that we have Eleventy Zillion editors it's a different story.

    It's a lot like how we've had to quash the snark in pages -- as our population has boomed, the rules have to be tightened to maintain order.

    I too sometimes miss the more insular "I'm in a secret club, ha ha!" feel, but it was kind of unavoidable.
  • June 9, 2012
    Generality
    Heads Or Tails would be a subtrope, I suppose.
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