Created By: NoirGrimoir on August 7, 2012 Last Edited By: NoirGrimoir on August 13, 2012

Series Specific Tropes

A series or franchise repeats elements, creating their own tropes specific to the series.

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In Long Runners, and franchises that create multiple series around a concept, elements tend to get repeated. This is usually to provide a sense of continuity between stories that are otherwise episodic, and help the audience quickly grasp the roles of the characters presented, even if the universe and the characters themselves are vastly different from the originals. If a trait works well and is iconic enough, it usually ends up being repeated to the point that it's practically it's own internal trope within the series. These Series Specific Tropes are often used to identify a parody, Captain Ersatz or Expy of the character or series the trope comes from. The most common Series Specific Tropes are character archetypes and plot devices.

These tropes usually become Signature Tropes for the series.


Examples

AnimeAndManga
  • The Char Clone was originally a Series Specific Trope of the Gundam franchise, but Gundam itself became so iconic that basically every other mecha show afterwards copied it to the point that they all got their own Char Clones as well.
  • The Digimon franchise has the Goggle Boy. Basically, the hero character can always be identified by his pointless goggles. ALWAYS. Also, he always has a dinosaur-like digimon, though this isn't one of those things that many people notice.
  • All Macross plots center on a Love Triangle, often of the Betty and Veronica kind.
  • Starting at Advanced Generation it looked as if the Pokémon franchise might be making "female player-character from the games as female traveling companion of Ash" a Series Specific Trope, mirroring how the games had introduced an option to play as female with Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire (and previous Crystal), but this was subverted in the most recent series, Best Wishes!, where Ash's female traveling companion is Iris, an NPC character from the games, and not the female player character.

Film
  • A famous example of this is the Bond Girl of the James Bond series of films and the set of stories they are based off of. This basically refers to the ubiquitous super hot woman in every film who James Bond inevitably seduces, and is usually a Femme Fatale. For actresses, getting to play a Bond Girl is actually kind of a big deal.
    • The Bond Villain is also iconic. The villain is usually a man in his late middle age, rich, not especially attractive, has big plans which are a little over the top, and some defining visual feature that makes him a little unusual and/or creepy, and Red Baron-type name.

Video Games
  • Many units in various Fire Emblem installments tend to be categorized due to their class, growth rates, character traits, and dynamics with other characters. The Fire Emblem wiki has a comprehensive listing of all the common archetypes. Some of the more notable examples include:
    • Jagen/Jeigan (the former title for Crutch Character), usually a pre-promoted unit (almost always a Paladin) who joins early, is a mentor/guardian to the main Lord, and tends to be outranked by other units due to their poor growth rates (as such, it's not advantageous for the rest of your group to have them suck up EXP).
    • Oifey, younger (but still experienced) versions of the Jagen who have better growth rates overall to balance out their lower stats, making them more viable in the long run.
    • Cain and Abel, a Cavalier duo with contrasting personalities who join early on and are usually signified by wearing red (Cain) and green (Abel).
    • Ogma, the stock mercenary/mercenary leader.
    • Nabarl, Myrmidons with honor codes and a tendency to gamble on fate who usually start out as mercenaries hired by enemy troops and need to be recruited to the player's side.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • August 7, 2012
    Koveras
    Related to Signature Tropes, perhaps? I sense as strong overlap with Signature Style.

  • August 7, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    I believe so.
  • August 7, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Signature Tropes is an index...
  • August 7, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    I don't see why we can't mention it, even so.
  • August 7, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ We can, I just wanted to point out that "Signature Tropes" is a collection of tropes about signature things. Tropes listed under Signature Tropes are not characteristic tropes of individual works. The meta level is different. :)
  • August 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Back in May we had a YKTTW proposal called Show Me Your Bankai, but we could only find examples from Bleach. The trope was about demanding that an opponent use his most powerful secret/hidden attack against you.
  • August 7, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    ^ Actually, I think that is a thing. I see that in shounen fighters all the time. Where it's like, "Fight Me Seriously!" I don't think it's Bleach Specific or well known.
  • August 7, 2012
    animeg3282
    Batman has the Robin - a young boy sidekick fighting alongside batman.
  • August 9, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ The corresponding trope would be Kid Sidekick.
  • August 9, 2012
    abk0100
    I think animeg means that having a Kid Sidekick specifically named robin is the trope, but you'd probably just call that a Legacy Character.
  • August 9, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    So this is sort of like when a motif gets promoted? Since typically a motif is like a work-specific trope of sorts.
  • August 10, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    ^Not really. Motifs are more like straight up symbols or repeated concepts and themes. These really are tropes, like character-types or plots.

    I think The Doctor and Doctor's Companion are SS Ts from Doctor Who, but I've never actually seen an episode, so could someone who is familiar with the series writeup something about it?
  • August 11, 2012
    acrobox
    The character Archetypes from Fire Emblem, and a lot of their relationships.
  • August 11, 2012
    X2X
    To expand on acrobox's example (the former part, anyway), many units in various Fire Emblem installments tend to be categorized due to their class, growth rates, character traits, and dynamics with other characters. Some of the more notable examples include Jagen/Jeigan (the former title for Crutch Character), usually a pre-promoted unit (almost always a Paladin) who joins early, is a mentor/guardian to the main Lord, and tends to be outranked by other units due to their poor growth rates (as such, it's not advantageous for the rest of your group to have them suck up EXP); Oifey, younger (but still experienced) versions of the Jagen who have better growth rates overall to balance out their lower stats, making them more viable in the long run; Cain and Abel, a Cavalier duo with contrasting personalities who join early on and are usually signified by wearing red (Cain) and green (Abel); Ogma, the stock mercenary/mercenary leader; and Nabarl, Myrmidons with honor codes and a tendency to gamble on fate who usually start out as mercenaries hired by enemy troops and need to be recruited to the player's side. The Fire Emblem wiki has a comprehensive listing of all the common archetypes.
  • August 12, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    Sounds good.
  • August 13, 2012
    animeg3282
    Maybe the World Spanning Airship in the Final Fantasy series?
  • August 13, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ( ^ You mean Global Airship)

    Series Specific Tropes isn't bad, but it doesn't strike me as that 'good' a name either. A "trope" (itself) is by definition not "specific" to one work/series, this is about tropes whose manifestation in a series is a recurring (and often signature) element. What about the name Series Staple?
  • August 13, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    Hmm, I could go with that.
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