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'''Not a trope''': Sitting on a Chair-] ]]

->''"While this has no plot bearing, Nanoha from ''Lyrical Nanoha'' is left-handed."''
-->--'''Example from the now-deleted page "Everyone Is Right Handed" about ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'''''[[note]]which doesn't even have enough meaning to be TheSouthPaw.[[/note]]

{{Trope}}s are conventions used in storytelling to convey some sort of information to the audience. People Sit On Chairs don't convey any meaning -- they aren't storytelling conventions at all, they're just things that happen normally or incidentally during the storytelling. So if somebody is calling your idea on the Trope Launch Pad a "chair" or "PSOC", this means they think your idea is about as meaningful as the discovery that various different shows portray [[TitleDrop people sitting on chairs]]: It doesn't matter how commonly it occurs, this is something that never carried any meaning to begin with, making it Administrivia/NotATrope.

The whole point of a chair, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujDeS2URgj0 as Facebook so eloquently explains,]] is to give people something to sit on, but this by itself doesn't convey meaning. On the other hand, there '''are''' ways in which chairs can be used for a trope; perhaps we're talking about an [[CoolChair impossibly awesome-looking chair]] (or a more functional SuperWheelchair); maybe it gets used for a ChairReveal, or for the BigBad to express his SlouchOfVillainy. And maybe the chair is [[EmptyChairMemorial conspicuous by its emptiness]]. All these add some sort of meaning to the "chair" in question, which makes them legitimate tropes.

Note that the criticism here isn't simply that the trope in question is "too common" or "too broad", as Administrivia/NoTropeIsTooCommon. There are some extremely common {{cliche}}s, and OmnipresentTropes, that appear in fiction maybe even as frequently as chairs, but these are still storytelling devices. For instance, there is TheCouch, another item people sit on, but given a purpose that correlates with [[StandardizedSitcomHousing the visual layout of house floorplans]].

Conversely, a trope suggestion can still be guilty of People Sit On Chairs even if it doesn't literally appear all the time. Even if it is relatively rare, it can still be used without a narrative purpose. For example, there may be only three works of fiction in which a person walks down a street called Jameson Street, but unless that name has some relevance to the storytelling beyond just being a street name, it is People Sit On Chairs: there is no meaningful pattern or connection between these works.

Note that for purposes of this page, it is assumed that all humans ''do'' sit on chairs, making this page itself an example of SmallReferencePools. In RealLife, one of the Basic Anthropological Divides is between people who sit at ground level-- carpet, tatami, cushion, the ground itself-- and people who sit above ground level-- chair, bench, snow-house shelf. If a character of the ground-sitter class doesn't grok chairs not understanding what they're for, perhaps, or adopting a peculiar sitting position in them because they get the idea of what a chair is for but haven't got the practice of using them down and the failure to grok carries meaning within the story, ''and'' this motif becomes widely- and consistently-used enough that sufficient examples can be enumerated, then ''perhaps'' the naming of a trope like '''Doesn't Grok Chairs''' could be justified. (Please note the important point that such a hypothetical trope would be focussed on a ''meaningful deviation'' from the universally standard behaviour rather than the universally standard behaviour itself.)

One good sign of a People Sit On Chairs idea is if you can't think of any examples that have [[Administrivia/ZeroContextExample meaningful context]]. PersonalAppearanceTropes in particular are a constant source of this problem, connecting two things that are only coincidentally important or identifying a pattern that has no clear or consistent meaning or purpose. For this reason, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13545690040A55560100 we've been trying to clean them up]].

If you are really, really, ''really'' sure that we need this one, try to connect it to something meaningful (which doesn't necessarily have to be an element of the plot; it can work if the trope counts as NarrativeFiligree or GarnishingTheStory). Or if you can identify several narrative purposes for an element, you can propose it as an index. If not, you just need to accept that [[TropesThatWillNeverHappen/TooUniversal this trope page will never happen.]]

If you're really not sure whether or not your idea on the Trope Launch Pad is People Sitting On Chairs, try asking "Administrivia/IsThisTropable"

See also {{Consistency}} (for the other aspect of defining a trope), SquarePegRoundTrope (when something is not an example of an otherwise real trope).

Do not confuse with SeatedTropes (a list of legitimate tropes that just happen to involve sitting), or AvertedTrope (there is an actual trope; it just doesn't show up in a particular work).

No [[TropesThatWillNeverHappen/TooUniversal examples]] here, please. No, really, they're not necessary.

%%Do not add "Contrast with Chairs Sit On People" or its new name Too Rare To Trope. 'Contrast' is used when the two items mentioned are opposites. Chairs Sit On People is not the opposite trope to People Sit On Chairs, even though the names were opposite.