Created By: VictorDamazio on November 2, 2012 Last Edited By: VictorDamazio on November 2, 2012

Discarded Trope

A trope was used, but then is stops being used.

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Like it's said, Tropes Are Tools and you need to use some of them to make a story, and some tropes are used all the time in the same work.

But as time goes by, some tropes are removed from works that used them in the past, this is the Discarded Trope, when a work used a trope, most of the times in the straight form, but them they completely remove it, it's just like an aversion, but the difference is that the trope was there before.

There are many reasons why that happens, the best example is when a trope is discredited, it was ok to use that trope in that time, but time went by and it's a better idea to stop using it, another reason is a change in the work like a Genre Shift or Tone Shift, regardless if it's for the best or for the worse, to make the work different, some tropes will have to be discarded, there's also when the trope becomes unnecessary, is not going to be missed and then it's better to just remove it, and sometimes it just goes away with no clear reason.

Contrast Grandfather Clause, when a trope is discredited, but they have to keep using since it's a tradition.

Tropes that are often discarded in recent works:

  • Scoring Points: They were necessary in a time where most games were endless, but when most games started having endings, then the points became pointless, and many game series that used points before removed the concept.

  • One Bullet at a Time: It was often a limitation, and many series removed that mechanic, some keep it for balancing or for tradition.



  • Pixar removed almost entirely songs from their movies, the first Toy Story had songs like the other Disney movies, but later movies started having less songs or no songs at all.
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