Created By: uberPhoenix on November 22, 2011 Last Edited By: uberPhoenix on December 31, 2011

There Goes the Irony

An enjoyable aspect, initially liked purely ironically, soon becomes genuinely appealing.

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There Goes the Irony occurs when a person takes a liking to a show or game based on a quality that is usually considered culturally unacceptable, often effeminate. While the initial story is that the show or game is liked for purely ironic reasons, the person soon begins to enjoy it legitimately, and the principle that was initially enjoyed only ironically becomes one of the main points of appeal.

The game provides an opportunity to escape from culture's ideas of what is and isn't acceptable. It's sheet amount of love and innocence can easily overwhelm.

The best example of this is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Other examples include Robot Unicorn Attack, The Powerpuff Girls, and Spongebob Squarepants.
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  • November 22, 2011
  • November 22, 2011
    "Fagginess" usually isn't covered under "narm" though. This is more like a Guilty Pleasure. Except you don't feel guilty. Plus, Narm Charm is often ironic, but this is unironic enjoyment. And it's less of a state and more of a process. See Friendship Is Magic, which is generally thought to be not narmy at all (save for perhaps some bits of the first two episodes) and still extremely enjoyable, but which most people pick up for the first time as a dare or a joke. One Piece has had this effect on a few people, given how terrible and goofy the art looks at first glance. It's also a series that magnificently manages to avert narm even when by all rights it should feel that way (46 cannonballs!=>;_;).

    Does this happen in fiction at all? Like, how does the eponymous character from My Little Sister Cant Be This Cute end up playing big-brother-molests-younger-sister incest videogames? What about the original generation of costumed vigilantes in Watchmen?
  • November 22, 2011
  • December 12, 2011
    How about "What Do You Mean It's Not Ironic?", keeping in theme with some other tropes.
  • December 13, 2011
    Clear example of Trope Namer Syndrome.
  • December 13, 2011
    Example As Thesis needs to go
  • December 13, 2011
    Robot Unicorn Attack is actually not this. MLP is more what I think the OP was going for.
  • December 14, 2011
  • December 31, 2011
    "There Goes The Irony"? It still needs a better title, because this is misleading.

    It has two possible meanings: the first one is the one you explained yourself, your trope is about something being enjoyed because of Bile Fascination at first, only to be genuinely enjoyed later; the other is, your trope is about enjoying a work because of Bile Fascination at first, only for it to become a full-fledged, criticized Snark Bait in the end.

    "There goes the irony" applies to both meanings, don't you think?
  • December 31, 2011
    I'll plug my own "What Do You Mean It's Not Ironic?" again. What do people think about that one?