Created By: douglasg on December 17, 2013


Newcomer asking for help

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Hello, I’m a newcomer. Thank you for your welcome. I’d like to start off by asking for your help. Even after having a good look through this site, I still only have a pretty hazy idea of what exactly you mean by “trope”. What follows is a brief outline of Be Cool, a Gary Gray comedy thriller adapted from an Elmore Leonard novel. I would be very grateful if someone would be so kind as to list the tropes that can be found in this presentation. I suppose there must be two or three in Part A, the opening scene, and maybe three more in Part B, the rest of the film, but I wouldn’t know what name to give to any of them. Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Opening scene, three characters:  X is the joint owner, with his wife, of an unsuccessful business. (It will emerge later that, unknown to his wife, he’s been handing over thousands to a protection racket.)  Y is an independent businessman on a modest scale.  Z is a hitman for the protection racket.

Scene, sidewalk café. X and Y chatting. X: I’ve got this great idea for a project. It’ll make money for both of us. (Explains idea.) Y: No, it wouldn’t work. Not interested, no deal.

A car drives up, Z gets out, shoots X dead, gets back in car, drives off. Y has witnessed the murder, and Z knows it.

The rest of the film, summary of story line: Y, the protagonist, is shown achieving three aims.  He rescues X’s business (now X’s widow’s business) from insolvency, makes a success of it.  He avenges X’s killing: the racketeers all end up dead or in jail.  He gets shacked up with X’s widow (played by Uma Thurman, no less).

Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • December 17, 2013
    normally a YKTTW isn't the place to ask this kind of question. Try the forum:
  • December 17, 2013
    By The Power Of Grayskull I summon... The Be Cool page we have on This Very Wiki that has the tropes listed on it! <Scare Chord>
  • December 17, 2013
    douglasg is asking for an explanation.

    so I don't know why it's hard you people to simply link to Administrivia. since it's got everything there.

    also Trope. see the index below each article to for more information.
  • December 17, 2013
    Uh, ignore this, wrong YKTTW, heh.
  • December 17, 2013
    The above links give a pretty good idea of what to do. But here's a short explanation anyways, cus there's no such thing as too much help.

    A trope is basically a device that shows up in a work or series of works in different genres and media. One of the most famous tropes is, for example, the gag where a character slips on a banana peel. You've Seen It A Million Times, right? That's a trope. And this site is dedicated to pointing out hundreds, or thousands of tropes.

    Have fun. Welcome to the jungle.
  • December 18, 2013
    I realize now that I posted this query on the wrong thread. My apologies, and thank you all for your replies. To sum up: one of the strands in this story line goes like this. The protagonist is an eyewitness to a murder; he is subsequently introduced to the victim’s widow; he ends up marrying her. This chain of events is clearly genre-neutral. It wouldn’t be out of place in a Montgomery Clift western, or in an Agatha Christie crime mystery, or in a Tudor period costume drama. Precisely because it is genre-neutral and freely transferable, I would think of it a trope, and I had been expecting to find it listed as a named trope here on TV Tropes. But that, I see now, was a mistake. The glamorous widow is probably a named trope, and the crooked businessman (the murder victim) who gets his comeuppance is probably one as well. The strand may be made up of several such tropes but does not in itself constitute a trope. Have I got it right now?
  • December 18, 2013
    I'm gonna discard this as this is very out of place.

    This is used to propose new tropes, not for asking questions.

    Next time, please use either the TV Tropes Forum or Ask The Tropers for your questions.