Created By: Aryhil on September 17, 2013 Last Edited By: DRCEQ on October 2, 2013
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Mundane Made Whimsical

A character shows the audience that a situation is enchanting by keeping their mouths open in a smile.

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Coined by the Nostalgia Critic in his Bridge to Terabithia, it's where someone that that one particular expression to establish an enchanting moment. Their mouths will usually be agape, often in a smile. I think this almost always happens to just kids.
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  • September 17, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Ha, just watched that episode. Love the phrase. However... I'm not too sure if, without having seen the review, the phrase will speak for itself exactly what it means.

    I'm not going to tag this or anything, though. I'm not sure what other's thoughts would be.
  • September 18, 2013
    DAN004
    "Digestion"? Is this about food or something? o_O
  • September 18, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^ Yeah, calling Bad Trope Namer for the title. Just because somebody coined a term for it somewhere doesn't mean it's a good name.
  • September 18, 2013
    peryton
    Oh, for fucks sake, this is not a trope! This is not even a visual device, it's just kid actors unintentionally being dumb. What's next, a trope about people sitting in chairs?

    Obsessive Nostalgia Critic cock sucking + lack of understanding of what a trope is = shitty idea.
  • September 18, 2013
    nithael
    Of course there's a YKTTW not a day after he said it, why I not surprised
  • September 18, 2013
    SpocktorWho
    Hey, could we be a little more polite? Just because you feel it's a bad trope idea, you don't have to completely blast someone and be hurtful about it.
  • September 18, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Yeah, peryton, that was out of line.

    Part of the problem here is that the OP's lack of actual examples. All we have now is "some term coined by the Nostalgia Critic"; it's accompanied by a bare-bones definition but that is not enough.
  • September 18, 2013
    TheTitan99
    Well... I won't edit the original post, but, I guess I can help out a bit in trying to organize this. Off the top of my head, I can't think of many examples of this trope, but I think it has potential, given some more examples. It'll probably need a rename, though.


    Tentative title: Whimsical Digestion.

    Sometimes, tiny, uneventful moments in your life can be given meaning over time. What may have just been a simple day, running through the fields, could later on in your life be viewed as a magical, innocent time when life was simpler, and happier.

    This is not that, though.

    This is when those uneventful moments are treated, right then and there, as being grand whimsical moments. Characters, often kids, watch in awe as they see a bug jump from one leaf to another, having his orchestral flourishes play in the background, or swinging on a swing set. The simplest of things that, in real life probably wouldn't seem so special at the time, are made to be the most mystical thing ever.

    Compare Mundane Made Awesome.


    Examples:

         Film 
    • In the movie Bridge To Terabithia, the main characters seem to be in wondrous awe of even the simplest of childhood activites, like swinging on a rope.

         Web Video 
    • Named from The Nostalgia Critic in his review of Bridge To Terabithia, where he got tired of even the tiniest of events being made out to be... well, too whimsical for their own good. Parodied later, when him eating chips and using the toilet are filmed in the same over the top whimsical fashion.

         Real Life 
    • This is often done in commercials, to make the product being sold seem special.


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  • September 19, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Then ain't it make this Mundane Fantastic instead?
  • September 19, 2013
    Kellor
    I'd like to point out that hastily copying terms coined by Youtube videos is how we got stuck with Big Lipped Alligator Moment, which is one of the worst trope names still in use on this site.
  • September 19, 2013
    Unknown Troper
    This should not be a trope.

    Just because something is mentioned as a gag in a Nostalgia Critic episode doesn't mean it is a literary device. This is Trope Namer Syndrome at its finest.
  • September 19, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Well, obviously the name is horrible.

    The description is... nonexistent. Titan, yours is better, but doesn't sound like the same thing (and leads off by saying what this trope ISN'T, which is a no-no).

    It's tropeability is arguable. If it's just "someone is shown enjoying things" then it's not tropeable. If it's a character trope, then it would be covered by Mundane Object Amazement. If, however, it's a type of stock shot then it might be tropeable.

    EDIT: Who in god's name gave this a hat?
  • September 19, 2013
    LittleJimmy
    Good trope pages are made when someone recognises a pattern of storytelling in fiction and decides to make a page for it.

    Bad trope pages are made when someone comes up with the trope name first after a show they like and then try to shoehorn in a trope page around it. It's nothing but Entry Pimping, Trope Namer Syndrome, and perhaps even a little bit of People Sit On Chairs.

    This is an example of the latter.
  • September 19, 2013
    Quag15
    I don't think Aryhill is gonna bother with this. Shouldn't we edit and make LOTS of changes to his text?

    Also, why can't we lead off by saying what a trope isn't? I've seen some tropes that started like that.

    Titan's description is good. The big problem is finding a better name and getting more examples on board.
  • September 19, 2013
    KingZeal
  • September 19, 2013
    Quag15
    I like the last one.
  • September 20, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Supporting that
  • September 20, 2013
    Quag15
    ^Thanks!

    I think Aryhill is not gonna care about this page. Can someone send him a PM or edit the page instead of him?
  • September 20, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Just updated the title. It is a bit rude to do so without notice, but you can pretty much click on any of the Pencils located by anyone's post and edit it. This includes the topic post.
  • September 21, 2013
    peryton
    @Titan: Thanks for proving my point, and showcasing lack of actual examples that make this a trope as well as trying hard to convert an accidental situational into a visual device in the most intellectually dishonest way possible.
  • September 21, 2013
    Stratadrake
    The title and laconic don't work together, espesially in comparison to the existing page Mundane Made Awesome.
  • September 21, 2013
    Quag15
    @peryton: It's not an accidental situational thing if it's done constantly and intentionally in a movie (and Bridge to Terabithia has quite a bit of that). As for the examples, they'll appear as soon as the title, the description and the laconic work together, as Stratadrake pointed out.

    I'll tell you what, during the course of this week, if anyone else doesn't want to work it out, I'll "take over" the page and bring you a few examples that'll convince you that this ykttw might have potential.

    In case I fail, let this ykttw be discarded.
  • September 28, 2013
    Snicka
    I watched the Nostalgia Critic episode that initiated this trope. This is pretty much Mundane Made Awesome.
  • October 2, 2013
    MiscellaneousSoup
    I like it!
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=wtgoc3et23t3zkyn25kr25bw&trope=DiscardedYKTTW