Created By: JustSarah on May 20, 2013 Last Edited By: JustSarah on June 14, 2013

You Can Be Anything, Online!

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Similar to you can find anything online, this where absolutely anyone online can claim to anything, without having background check their source, or not for sure they are who they say they are.
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  • May 20, 2013
    JustSarah
    Tropes are story telling conventions that convey some sort of meaning, information, or narrative to the audience. People being able to be anything they want on the internet is just a thing that happens. It's not a trope.

    But can also points out events that can happen in fiction as well. Before making a criticism, take a moment of what narrative events have happened the poster has encountered in books.
  • May 20, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    I've seen incidents in works (but can't remember specifics right now) where people found on online dating sites turn out to not look like they'd claimed online, or have the occupation or money or certain abilities that they claimed to have.
  • May 20, 2013
    JustSarah
    This trope isn't just about cases in real life, but also encompasses cases where you encounter them in fiction obviously. Or I wouldn't have created it.
  • May 20, 2013
    StarSword
    How in the nine hells did this acquire two motions to discard? Move to kill both motions: this is tropeworthy.

    As for the OP, a couple of points: First, it usually helps to give at least one example with your proposed trope. Second, this needs a better title because the current one seems like dialogue. Third, this would be the supertrope of GIRL.
  • May 20, 2013
    arromdee
    Not everything that contains a verb "seems like dialogue". I think it's unlikely that anyone would use this to indicate one of the characters saying the phrase, that anyone would pothole this to the phrase, or place emphasis on the exact words.
  • May 20, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Point taken. Still, I think something like Faking Your Online Persona or Lying About Yourself Online would be more indicative of the trope definition.

    I also suggest In Universe Examples Only, with Real Life examples requiring a citation.
  • May 20, 2013
    Larkmarn
    It'd be a supertrope to A Darker Me, GIRL, GIFT, and half the things on the Online Personas index.
  • May 20, 2013
    DunDun
    Western Animation
    • This is subverted in "Dangers on a Train", the finale of Season 24 of The Simpsons, when Marge accidentally sign up for a dating Web site. When she also accidentally meets one of the suitors at the grocers, the first thing she says is that he looks just like he does on his profile.
      • This trope is played straight in that same episode when Ben, Marge's suitor, meets another woman claiming to be "smokin'. This woman happens to be one of Marge's sisters.
  • May 20, 2013
    FastEddie
    Name sounds like dialog. That has to be fixed. Not too sure it says anything not said by A Darker Me, GIRL, or GIFT. Perhaps it could be about the non-negative aspects of online anonymity, whatever those might be.
  • May 20, 2013
    DunDun
    A Darker Me seems to have more to do with changing your persona in regards to how cautious or boring you are. This could be more to do with how unattractive or mean-spirited you are.

    That's how I interpreted it, anyways (as evidenced by The Simpsons example I gave).

    A More Beautiful Me? Or does that all completely change the draft from what the OP had in mind...
  • May 20, 2013
    liz99
    I think it's similar to "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog" adage. This is where characters think they are talking to one person when they are not the person they represent.

    Three examples come immediately to mind:

    Film: Live Action

    You've Got Mail: The two antagonists disliked each other but were starting a romance online under their AOL usernames. The resolution of the movie rested on whether the woman would accept the man for his online persona rather than the negative first impression she had of him and what he represented (big box stores).

    TV: Live Action

    How I Met Your Mother: It's revealed that Ted met his date "Blah Blah" online. In the short epilogue, it's shown that they met on World of Warcraft where Ted's character is a sexy female and hers is a hulky warrior.

    Friends: Chandler carries on an increasingly intense online romance with a woman he met on the Internet. It gets to the point where they think they should meet and it turns out that the dream woman is his old girlfriend, the annoying Janice.

    I looked for an existing trope on this plot twist--fictional relationships based on online identities that are ambiguous or that obscure a person's real name/gender--but I couldn't find one.
  • May 20, 2013
    McKathlin
    Speaking of "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog", here's a link to the New Yorker cartoon that coined the adage. Shall we use it as the page image?
  • May 20, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    There was this one episode of an obscure Canadian show called Pelswick, where the title character was asked to meet a girl he knew in an online game. There was a not-so Indulgent Fantasy Segue where he thought for a minute that she might actually be his school principal, but she was indeed a real girl his age. Then he had the reverse problem; trying to convince her that he wasn't a paraplegic.

    On that note, an episode of Danny Phantom had the main characters playing another online game called Doomed. Danny's and Tucker's avatars closely resemble themselves, and they are constantly beat by a much bigger, brawnier player known only as Chaos. It comes as a shock to them when they find out Chaos is none other than their friend Sam, whom they kept shafting because they believed girls didn't play video games.
  • May 20, 2013
    Larkmarn
    How about just Internet Persona?
  • May 20, 2013
    StarSword
    Can we get the OP to come back please and lay out the trope definition in a single sentence, please?
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