Created By: nitrokitty on September 19, 2012 Last Edited By: Tarlonniel on June 26, 2013
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Signature Scent

A character always has a particular smell associated with them.

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For human beings, smell is the sense most directly linked to the brain, and the one that most quickly evokes memory. Therefore, it's no surprise that many characters in fiction are described as having a smell that instantly identifies them. An ex-lover may always carry the memory of her favorite perfume or his cologne, or a particularly strange character may have an equally strange, but distinct, smell to match. Another common usage is for a monster to be preceded by a certain smell, warning the heroes to its presence.

This comes up often in works featuring characters who have an enhanced sense of smell or in works with animals, since most animals rely more heavily on their sense of smell than humans do.

May overlap with Evil Smells Bad when the character is a villain.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Samurai Champloo: Fuu is searching for a samurai who "smells of sunflowers".
  • In one episode of Lupin III, Lupin is able to figure out that a love letter sent to him, supposedly written by Fujiko, was fake because, among other reasons, the letter didn't have the faintest hint of Chanel #5 perfume.
  • The title character in InuYasha identifies people by scent because he is half dog demon. Early on he mistakes Kagome for Kikyo because their scents are so similar, though he quickly learns to distinguish them.
  • Downplayed in episode 98 of the Sailor Moon anime. Early on, Usagi and Haruka are hiding together, and Usagi notices the scent of Haruka's cologne. Later, as Sailor Moon and Sailor Uranus, they're handcuffed together by the Monster of the Day, and when they once again hide, Moon notices the same scent on Uranus. This is Moon's first clue to Uranus's identity, since at this point Uranus and Neptune have been working their own agenda separate from the other Sailor Senshi.
  • Bacterian from Dragon Ball has a recognizably foul stench.

Comics
  • Recurring Spider-Man villain Demogoblin is noted to leave a stench like sulfur thanks to the brimstone and hellfire he carries about. (He is an actual demon, after all)
  • Sin City:
    • In The Hard Goodbye, Marv's monologue referring to Goldie states "She smells like angels ought to smell, the perfect woman... the Goddess". This smell is later on brought up again when he meets Goldie's twin sister.
    • The Yellow Bastard reeks rather nasty, Hartigan pointing out the horrible smell multiple times when the Bastard is near.
  • In the X-Men comics, Nightcrawler's teleportation ability produces a sulfuric cloud that characters routinely complain about. It is apparently a somewhat unique smell, because he's rarely if ever confused for anyone else.

Film
  • In Tremors, Graboids stink, smelling like sewage or rotten meat according to characters. This is a plot point in the first two films which occasionally clues characters in to the presence of a Graboid.
  • In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ulysses exclusively uses Dapper Dan hair pomade, and he cites its unique scent as the reason for his brand loyalty. This smell is so associated with Ulysses that the sheriff chasing him just makes his bloodhounds follow the Dapper Dan.
  • In 1944's The Uninvited, the manifestation of the benevolent ghost is always accompanied by the scent of mimosa blossoms. This serves as both a red-herring and a plot point when it comes to determining the ghost's identity, since one character's dead mother always wore mimosa-scented perfume.
  • In Anchorman, the distinctive aroma of "Sex Panther" cologne, variously described as a used diaper filled with Indian food, a turd covered in burnt hair, and Bigfoot's dick.
  • In The Parent Trap Susan (posing as Sharon) smells her grandfather:
    Charles: What are you doing?
    Susan: Making a memory.
    Charles: Making a memory?
    Susan: All my life, when I'm quite grown-up I will always remember my grandfather and how he smelled of tobacco and peppermint.
    Charles: Tobacco and peppermint. Well, I'll tell you what. I take the peppermint for my indigestion and as for the tobacco...to make your grandmother mad.

Literature
  • Comes up in Discworld:
    • Captain Carrot constantly smells of armor polish and soap, to highlight his pureness.
    • Corporal Nobbs on the other hand, has a very strange bouquet described as a mix of cigarettes, skin cream, and old cabbage, that is instanly unforgettable to anyone who encounters it.
    • Beggar Foul Ole Ron has a smell that is so strange it's developed its own separate identity and sometime goes to parties on its own.
    • Mr. Groat from the Post Office -- a devout believer in such odd "home remedies" as putting sulfur in his socks and using a goose-grease poultice -- smells vaguely chemical, with the eye-stinging aroma of throat medicine and a hint of old potatoes.
    • Ahmed chews on cloves while in Ankh-Morpork, giving him a signature scent.
  • In the second book of the Aubrey-Maturin series, Stephen makes the mistake of purchasing a distinctive bottle of perfume for Diana, which scent never fails to remind him of her. Even when it shows up on his best friend.
  • On Gor each Priest-King - the Physical Gods of the world who look like giant locusts - has an individual scent, which is used as their name (they communicate via scent).
  • The Others in A Song of Ice and Fire are said to smell like cold. Often enough, somebody points out that cold is not a smell--but only until they have encountered an Other themselves.
  • Lupus of The Roman Mysteries series lost his mother as a child. He remembers that she wore lemon perfume, and always carries a handkerchief scented with lemon to remember her. When he meets up with her again at last, she wears a different perfume and he finds it jarring.
  • All angels and demons in Books of Pandemonium have their own, powerful signature scent, and if the PCs know what that scent is, they can use it to identify their opponents, even without superhuman ability to distinct scents.
  • In the Aunt Dimity series:
    • Dimity is associated with white lilacs, and when Francesca first comes to the cottage to be the nanny for Lori and Bill's twins, Dimity causes the cottage to smell of the flowers as a sign of welcome.
    • The Pym sisters are associated with the scent of lavender water. Among the various meanings associated with lavender in the language of flowers are serenity, grace, calmness, devotion and distrust.
  • Belgariad: Garion refers to Ce'Nedra's flower-like scent on a few occasions, and tracks her down (using his wolf form) by it once.
  • President Snow of The Hunger Games keeps a rose on him at all times in order to mask his peculiar breath, caused by his terminal illness. The main character thinks that he smells like "blood and roses" on every occasion she meets him.
  • In Harry Potter the love potion amortentia smells differently to each person based on what they're attracted to, including a scent they associate with a specific person.
  • Twilight:
    • Bella Swan is stated to smell like freesia.
    • Edward Cullen is said to smell like honey, lilac and sunshine.
  • In The Swan Kingdom, a smell of poisonous, rotting flesh is a plot point as it helps the main character draw a connection between the monster that attacked her mother and the beautiful young woman who shows up at the palace only a little while later.
  • Ciaphas Cain's aide Ferik Jurgen has a very persistent and unique case of BO (he's an iceworlder, so balmy temperatures make him sweat, but even in the cold he stinks) exacerbated by various skin diseases that allows Cain to know he's there even with his back turned.
  • In A Companion To Wolves, each wolf's true name is a unique scent.
  • In the novels Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon, the Egyptian sorcerer Kheperu smells uniquely-horrible: a blend of body odor, alchemical residues, and rancid unguents. It's actually intentional, as there's a price on his head in his native Egypt and he doesn't want people getting close enough to recognize him.
  • In The Wheel of Time, Perrin often dwells on his wife's scent, particularly the herbal soap she uses.
  • The third Julie of the Wolves book is from the point of view of the wolves. They always recognize Julie because her scent reminds them of willows. It also mentions that before Julie came up with her own names for the wolves, they had given each other "names" in their own minds to identify them, and they had thought of Silver as "Saxifrage" for the scented plants she liked to roll in.
  • In Heinlein's book Have Spacesuit Will Travel, the protagonist makes a point of mentioning the distinctive smell of the "worm-face" alien. The alien is so terrifying that the smell becomes indelibly implanted in the young man's memory, in spite of the smell not being particularly "bad".
  • Percy Jackson, half-blood son of Poseidon, is described at one point as always smelling of the sea.
  • Snistroms from The Divide series reportedly smell so bad that people around them want to throw up.
  • In The Talisman, the Sinister Minister Sunlight Gardner smells like something rotten covered up with too much cologne.

Live Action TV
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer when Oz comes back to town he realizes that his former girlfriend Willow has been with Tara because "I can smell her on you."

Newspaper Comics
  • Marvin is famous for the smell of his dirty diapers.

Theater
  • In the musical 1776 John Adams writes to his wife Abigail about how much he misses her and asks, "Do you still smell of vanilla and spring air?"

Video Games
  • Temple of Apshai. Giant rats have a distinctive musty smell.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Link in wolf form uses his heightened sense of smell to track down the next goal at hand several times throughout the game. The nature of these scents is not described, but each has a distinct colour. To wit, the four captured kids' have a yellow scent, while Ilia, Link's potential romance, has a pink scent.
  • Zexion of Kingdom Hearts has the odd ability of smelling darkness, although what said odor is like is never described. In Chain of Memories, he briefly mistakes Riku's scent when he appears in the basement of Castle Oblivion for that of the Superior of Organization XIII. This is important because within Riku's darkness lies the lingering presence of "Ansem, Seeker of Darkness", the first game's Big Bad and the Heartless of Xehanort. The leader of Organization XIII Zexion alludes to is Xemnas, Xehanort's Nobody, which explains the momentary confusion.
  • In Grandia 2, the villain Melfice is tracked by the beastman Mareg who tends to mutter (before attacking whatever he detected it on) "This SMELL... MELFICE!!" Melfice is revealed early on to be the main character's brother. This is a problem (understatement) when they first meet Mareg, because they apparently smell alike.

Webcomics
  • Girl Genius:
    • The heroine has a pleasant scent which is used as the subject of a running gag by most of the characters, to the point that she considers using lab chemicals to alter it and avoid the "nice smell" comments.
    • Agatha has her body chemistry tangled up as part of a Grand Theft Me which involves stimulants... lots of them. This is detected by Krosp (Emperor of cats), who points out that her scent is messed up.
    • The Weasels, or the Wasp Eaters, detect wasps via smell (even though they are animal constructs, they are trained to react to it). The Weasels react to Tarvek's smell too - they love it, which leads to a lot of Weasels hugging him.

Western Animation
  • Lotso of Toy Story 3 is pointed out to smell like strawberries.
  • "The school's resident weird girl," Marcie Fleach, on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is nicknamed Hot Dog Water by her peers because that's what she smells like. In her first appearance, Freddie explains the smell as resulting from a chemical reaction involving sweat and gingham; later, we find out that her father owns an amusement park and reuses the hot dog water for bathing. In Season 2 it becomes a plot point when Velma recognizes the smell and identifies a disguised Marcie.
  • In Don Bluth's Anastasia, Dowager Empress Marie dabs peppermint oil on her opera gloves. The scent triggers a memory in orphan Anya of spilling peppermint oil on the palace carpet. No matter how much servants scrubbed that spot, it continued to smell of peppermint. This statement convinces Empress Marie that Anya is, in fact, her long-lost granddaughter Princess Anastasia.
  • Looney Tunes character Pepe Le Pew, of course. Ordinarily skunks don't stink except when they're actually spraying, which means Pepe stinks even by skunk standards.

Real Life
  • This is Truth in Television. Every one aside from twins has their own scent.
  • There is a characteristic odor that hangs around alcoholics. It's the result of the breakdown of ethanol by the liver into aldehydes that are then excreted through the sweat. It doesn't smell like alcohol; it's the characteristic odor of someone who drinks all the time.
  • Diabetics' sweat can take on a fruity aroma when their blood sugar is too high, as does their urine.

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Community Feedback Replies: 60
  • September 19, 2012
    MrRuano
    • Recurring Spider Man villain Demogoblin is noted to leave a stench like sulfur thanks to the brimstone and hellfire he carries about. (He is an actual demon, after all)
  • September 19, 2012
    surgoshan
    • In the second book of the Aubrey Maturin series, Stephen makes the mistake of purchasing a distinctive bottle of perfume for Diana, which scent never fails to remind him of her. Even when it shows up on his best friend.
  • September 19, 2012
    DRCEQ
    • In one episode of Lupin III, Lupin is able to figure out that a love letter sent to him, supposedly written by Fujiko, was fake because, among other reasons, the letter didn't have the faintest hint of Channel #5 perfume.
  • September 19, 2012
    randomsurfer
    On Gor each Priest-King - the Physical Gods of the world who look like giant locusts - has an individual scent, which is used as their name (they communicate via scent).
  • September 19, 2012
    Khantalas
    All angels and demons in Books of Pandemonium have their own, powerful signature scent, and if the P Cs know what that scent is, they can use it to identify their opponents, even without superhuman ability to distinct scents.
  • September 20, 2012
    nitrokitty
    @Khantalas Do you have a link to that series? I can't find it on the page.
  • September 20, 2012
    Koveras
    The Others in A Song Of Ice And Fire are said to smell like cold. Often enough, somebody points out that cold is not a smell--but only until they have encountered an Other themselves.
  • September 20, 2012
    Khantalas
    Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a page for it, and I don't know how to start one and make it engaging. Here's the link to it on Lulu.
  • September 20, 2012
    Telcontar
    • Lupus of The Roman Mysteries series lost his mother as a child. He remembers that she wore lemon perfume, and always carries a handkerchief scented with lemon to remember her. When he meets up with her again at last, she wears a different perfume and he finds it jarring.
  • September 20, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    • In the Aunt Dimity series:
      • Dimity is associated with white lilacs, and when Francesca first comes to the cottage to be the nanny for Lori and Bill's twins, Dimity causes the cottage to smell of the flowers as a sign of welcome.
      • The Pym sisters are associated with the scent of lavender water. Among the various meanings associated with lavender in the language of flowers are serenity, grace, calmness, devotion and distrust.
  • September 20, 2012
    Antigone3
    Garion refers to Ce'Nedra's flower-like scent on a few occasions, and tracks her down (using his wolf form) by it once.
  • September 20, 2012
    CharacterInWhite
  • September 20, 2012
    ccoa
    ^ In that example, the main character thinks that he smells like "blood and roses" on every occasion she meets him.
  • September 21, 2012
    Vir
    Lotso of Toy Story 3 is pointed out to smell like strawberries.
  • September 21, 2012
    Dacilriel
    • The title character in Inu Yasha identifies people by scent because he is half dog demon. Early on he mistakes Kagome for Kikyo because their scents are so similar, though he quickly learns to distinguish them.
    • In the musical Seventeen Seventy Six John Adams writes to his wife Abigail about how much he misses her and asks, "Do you still smell of vanilla and spring air?"
    • In Harry Potter the love potion amortentia smells differently to each person based on what they're attracted to, including a scent they associate with a specific person.
    • Bella Swan in Twilight is stated to smell like freesia.
  • September 21, 2012
    CobraPrime
    • In Tremors, Graboids stink, smelling like sewage or rotten meat according to characters. This is a plot point in the first two films which occasionally clues characters in to the presence of a Graboid.
  • September 21, 2012
    WaxingName
    In The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess, Link in wolf form uses his heightened sense of smell to track down the next goal at hand several times throughout the game.
  • September 25, 2012
    nitrokitty
  • September 26, 2012
    Arivne
    Some of the creature/character examples on Evil Smells Bad fit this trope as well.
  • September 26, 2012
    surgoshan
    Real Life

    • There is a characteristic odor that hangs around alcoholics. It's the result of the breakdown of ethanol by the liver into aldehydes that are then excreted through the sweat. It doesn't smell like alcohol; it's the characteristic odor of someone who drinks all the time.
  • September 26, 2012
    lilliterra
    In The Swan Kingdom, a smell of poisonous, rotting flesh is a plot point as it helps the main character draw a connection between the monster that attacked her mother and the beautiful young woman who shows up at the palace only a little while later.
  • February 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In Buffy The Vampire Slayer when Oz comes back to town he realizes that his former girlfriend Willow has been with Tara because "I can smell her on you."
  • February 27, 2013
    grenekni3t
    • "The school's resident weird girl," Marcie Fleach, on Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated is nicknamed Hot Dog Water by her peers because that's what she smells like. In her first appearance, Freddie explains the smell as resulting from a chemical reaction involving sweat and gingham; later, we find out that her father owns an amusement park and reuses the hot dog water for bathing. In Season 2 it becomes a plot point when Velma recognizes the smell and identifies a disguised Marcie.
  • February 27, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Graphic Novels/Comics

    • In Sin City: The Big Fat Kill, Marv's monologue referring to Goldie states "She smells like angels ought to smell, the perfect woman... the Goddess". This smell is later on brought up again when he meets Goldie's twin sister.
  • February 27, 2013
    X2X
    Not sure how well this one fits, but here goes.

    Video Games
    • Zexion of Kingdom Hearts has the odd ability of smelling darkness, although what said odor is like is never described. In Chain of Memories, he briefly mistakes Riku's scent when he appears in the basement of Castle Oblivion for that of the Superior of Organization XIII. This is important because within Riku's darkness lies the lingering presence of "Ansem, Seeker of Darkness", the first game's Big Bad and the Heartless of Xehanort. The leader of Organization XIII Zexion alludes to is Xemnas, Xehanort's Nobody, which explains the momentary confusion.
  • February 28, 2013
    Guyven
    Video Games
    • In Grandia 2, the villain Melfice is tracked by the beastman Mareg who tends to mutter (before attacking whatever he detected it on) "This SMELL... MELFICE!!" Melfice is revealed early on to be the main character's brother. This is a problem (understatement) when they first meet Mareg, because they apparently smell alike.
  • February 28, 2013
    Chabal2
    Ciaphas Cain's aide Ferik Jurgen has a very persistent and unique case of BO (he's an iceworlder, so balmy temperatures make him sweat, but even in the cold he stinks) exacerbated by various skin diseases that allows Cain to know he's there even with his back turned.

  • March 1, 2013
    Guyven
    Comics
    • In X-Men, Nightcrawler's teleportation ability produces a sulfuric cloud that characters routinely complain about. It is apparently a somewhat unique smell, because he's rarely if ever confused for anyone else.

    This feature was half ignored in the opening of the X2 movie where he teleports so many times he completely fills a room with his smoke. If he'd produced that much smoke in the comics people would have been choking and clawing their eyes out. But again, writers often ignore this feature in the comics too when it doesn't suit the conversation.
  • March 1, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    In A Companion To Wolves, each wolf's true name is a unique scent.
  • April 28, 2013
    SharleeD
    • In the novels Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon, the Egyptian sorcerer Kheperu smells uniquely-horrible: a blend of body odor, alchemical residues, and rancid unguents. It's actually intentional, as there's a price on his head in his native Egypt and he doesn't want people getting close enough to recognize him.
  • April 28, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Adding to the Sin City example, there's also the Yellow Bastard who reeks rather nasty, Hartigan pointing out the horrible smell multiple times when the Bastard is near.
  • April 28, 2013
    Noah1
    • Marvin is famous for the smell of his dirty diapers.
  • April 28, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Downplayed in episode 98 of the Sailor Moon anime. Early on, Usagi and Haruka are hiding together, and Usagi notices the scent of Haruka's cologne. Later, as Sailor Moon and Sailor Uranus, they're handcuffed together by the Monster of the Day, and when they once again hide, Moon notices the same scent on Uranus. This is Moon's first clue to Uranus's identity, since at this point Uranus and Neptune have been working their own agenda separate from the other Sailor Senshi.
  • April 29, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • In Don Bluth's Western Animation/Anastasia, Dowager Empress Marie dabs peppermint oil on her opera gloves. The scent triggers a memory in orphan Anya of spilling peppermint oil on the palace carpet. No matter how much servants scrubbed that spot, it continued to smell of peppermint. This statement convinces Empress Marie that Anya is, in fact, her long-lost granddaughter Princess Anastasia.
  • April 30, 2013
    MetaFour
    Film:
    • In O Brother Where Art Thou, Ulysses exclusively uses Dapper Dan hair pomade, and he cites its unique scent as the reason for his brand loyalty. This smell is so associated with Ulysses that the sheriff chasing him just makes his bloodhounds follow the Dapper Dan.
  • May 1, 2013
    Tarlonniel
    Film:
    • In 1944's The Uninvited, the manifestation of the benevolent ghost is always accompanied by the scent of mimosa blossoms. This serves as both a red-herring and a plot point when it comes to determining the ghost's identity, since one character's dead mother always wore mimosa-scented perfume.
  • May 1, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Pepe Le Pew, of course. Ordinarily skunks don't stink except when they're actually spraying, which means Pepe stinks even by skunk standards.
  • May 1, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    In Anchorman, the distinctive aroma of "Sex Panther" cologne, variously described as a used diaper filled with Indian food, a turd covered in burnt hair, and Bigfoot's dick.
  • May 1, 2013
    SharleeD
    Another Discworld example:

    • Mr. Groat from the Post Office -- a devout believer in such odd "home remedies" as putting sulfur in his socks and using a goose-grease poultice -- smells vaguely chemical, with the eye-stinging aroma of throat medicine and a hint of old potatoes.

    And another Real Life example:

    • Diabetics' sweat can take on a fruity aroma when their blood sugar is too high, as does their urine.
  • May 1, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    The Sin City story that features Goldie is actually the original one, which was later called The Hard Goodbye. The Big Fat Kill comes later in the series, and doesn't even feature Marv.
  • May 5, 2013
    Dawnwing
    • The third Julie Of The Wolves book is from the point of view of the wolves. They always recognize Julie because her scent reminds them of willows. It also mentions that before Julie came up with her own names for the wolves, they had given each other "names" in their own minds to identify them, and they had thought of Silver as "Saxifrage" for the scented plants she liked to roll in.
  • May 13, 2013
    Melkior
    • In Heinlein's book "Have Spacesuit Will Travel", the protagonist makes a point of mentioning the distinctive smell of the "worm-face" alien. The alien is so terrifying that the smell becomes indelibly implanted in the young man's memory, in spite of the smell not being particularly "bad".
  • May 13, 2013
    1810072342
    Snistroms from The Divide series reportedly smell so bad that people around them want to throw up.
  • May 16, 2013
    Arivne
    Video Games
    • Temple of Apshai. Giant rats have a distinctive musty smell.
  • May 17, 2013
    Chernoskill
    "The Sin City story that features Goldie is actually the original one, which was later called The Hard Goodbye. The Big Fat Kill comes later in the series, and doesn't even feature Marv. "

    Right, I messed that one up.
  • May 17, 2013
    Olaf_Merchant
    Another Discworld example, from the book Jingo- '71 Hour' Ahmed chews on cloves while in Ankh-Morpork, giving him a signature scent.
  • June 16, 2013
    sandangel
    Percy Jackson, half-blood son of Poseidon, is described at one point as always smelling of the sea.
  • June 16, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    In The Parent Trap Susan (posing as Sharon) smells her grandfather:
    Charles: What are you doing?
    Susan: Making a memory.
    Charles: Making a memory?
    Susan: All my life, when I'm quite grown-up I will always remember my grandfather and how he smelled of tobacco and peppermint.
    Charles: Tobacco and peppermint. Well, I'll tell you what. I take the peppermint for my indigestion and as for the tobacco...to make your grandmother mad.
  • June 16, 2013
    Koveras
  • June 25, 2013
    Shakuran13
    Edward Cullen from Twilight is said to smell like honey, lilac and sunshine.

    Also, Bacterian from Dragon Ball has a recognizably foul stench.
  • June 25, 2013
    mauri
    Well it may need some tidying up as in putting the examples in their proper folders.
    • Webcomics
      • Girl Genius: This was taken as a running gag in the series as: the Jagers, Krosp, the Weasels, etc. Do for Agatha, to the point she wanted to go near a Chem lab just to make sure to destroy the sense of smell with a bad one, and the weasels use for detecting the Slaver Wasps.
  • June 25, 2013
    Generality
    Especially common with characters who have enhanced sense of smell.

    • In The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess, Link must at various points track down missing friends or plot coupons by their scent. The nature of these scents is not described, but each has a distinct colour. To wit, the four captured kids' have a yellow scent, while Ilia, Link's potential romance, has a pink scent.
    • In The Wheel Of Time, Perrin often dwells on his wife's scent, particularly the herbal soap she uses.
  • June 25, 2013
    Tarlonniel
    Made an attempt at organization. I think someone needs to take a look at the Girl Genius example - it doesn't make much sense as written (sorry, mauri) and I don't know enough about the series to fix it.
  • June 25, 2013
    mauri
    No problem even in my native language I'm a lot of a cloud cuckoo lander myself so making sense means I have to be taking a lot of time to fix what I mean in any written document or speech. For the edit:
    • Girl Genius: Plays with this trope:
      • During the series this trope is taken as a running gag by most of the characters to the point to the heroine is thinking of finding a chemical lab just to mess with this trope (partly due to a fuel additive and another about being tired about all the nice smell comments).
      • This is taken as a plot point at a certain point as Agatha has her body chemistry tangled up as part of a Grand Theft Me [[spoilers: (her mother takes over her mind temporarily)]] with an access to stimulants... lots of them which is sniffed by Krosp (Emperor of cats) which points out that the scent is messed up.
      • Another point is to the Weasels or the Wasp Eaters which detect the wasps via smell (however even as animal constructs they are trained to react to it). However the Weasels love Tarvek's Smell which leads to a lot of weasels hugging him.
  • June 25, 2013
    Tarlonniel
    Thanks, mauri. I put up an edited version (it sounds like they play the trope pretty straight, so I didn't include "plays with this trope," and I removed the spoilers because they don't seem necessary to explain why it's an example).
  • June 26, 2013
    mauri
    You are welcome. And thanks for fixing it as well, but at least the second version was easier to edit and now just to the small last minute details and find if there is an image related pun to this... Not necessary but would be a fine cherry on top. I'd suggest the stench of Pepe le Pew in any of his shorts.
  • June 26, 2013
    Tarlonniel
    Lumpenprole beat you to the Pepe Le Pew suggestion. As for a page image, you seem to be an expert of sorts on the Girl Genius comic - are there any panels from it that could work? If so, do you know how to contact the writer/owner/whoever to get permission to use it?
  • June 26, 2013
    Duncan
    In The Talisman, the Sinister Minister Sunlight Gardner smells like something rotten covered up with too much cologne.
  • June 26, 2013
    mauri
    ^^Well I can fish the pages and they have an onsite mail to pick the images but on the official way to use it well I'm no expert... Still could pick the links to some pages that play this straight.

    If you ask me the more nailing one is the explanation off canon of Krosp explaining the smell. Still could find more around if I took the time to dig it out though...
  • June 26, 2013
    Tarlonniel
    Yeah, one (or more) of the panels from that last example would be pretty appropriate, I think. But I have no idea how such things are decided upon around here or how to get permission to use one of those images for the trope...
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