->''"One of the things we tried to do with [Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus] was to try and do something that was so unpredictable that it had no shape and you could never say what the kind of humor was. And I think that the fact that 'Pythonesque' is now a word in the Oxford English Dictionary shows the extent to which we failed."''
-->-- '''Terry Jones''' at the US Comedy Arts Festival, 1998

You're sick of all of those TropeOverdosed stories. It's getting on your nerves. Why doesn't anybody do anything ''original''? You know! You're going to write one yourself! So now you compose a list of tropes, and cross out what you can't have in your story. Work something out afterwards.

# You can't have a [[HeroTropes hero]] or a [[{{Villains}} villain]]. That's okay, [[DecoyProtagonist there have been works]] [[NoAntagonist that did that.]]
# You can't have an [[ActionHero Action Guy]] ''or'' a NonActionGuy - nor can you have [[ImprobablyFemaleCast only women]].
# [[AuthorAppeal You can't like anything you write about]]. That's okay, you will write about what you hate-- No, wait! [[PetPeeveTrope You can't do that, either]].
# You will not go [[PurpleProse overboard with your descriptions]], but you can't [[BeigeProse limit those descriptions either]].
# You will not have a [[NarrativeTropes narrative]] in your story. That means no {{Dialogue}}, no {{Conflict}}, no {{Characters}}, no {{Plot|s}}. Your story will be about the [[NoPlotNoProblem purely abstract]], maybe even nothingness. [[SceneryPorn Just a page or two describing the non-existent scenery]] that is [[IncrediblyLamePun utropeia]]. [[PurpleProse Or maybe just describing nothingness]]. [[SeinfeldianConversation Aww, nuts, that won't work either...]]
# You should avert all tropes, but you cannot use AvertedTrope either. Sound like some sort of LogicBomb? [[MindScrew Well, you have to avert that now too]].[[note]][[OverlyLongGag And you have to avert]] MindScrew as well, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and]] OverlyLongGag, and [[ShapedLikeItself Department of Redundancy Department]] and...[[/note]]
# Finally, let's say that you actually do it, somehow, despite all the other issues we've mentioned. You manage to create a story that is well and truly tropeless. Now let's say that other people like your ideas enough to [[FollowTheLeader copy them many, many times]]. Now your tale is no longer tropeless, but the TropeMaker for an entirely new set of tropes, because that's what a trope is -- a pattern of elements meant to convey meaning.

Due to the ''impossibility'' of writing a story without tropes, it is generally not to be undertaken except as an artistic challenge, and attempting to not use tropes is not necessarily intelligent writing; instead, an easier end toward intelligent writing is to take old tropes and [[TropesAreTools use them in a new way]]. ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}'' is considered a masterpiece, even though nothing in it was new. It just used the old in a fascinating way. Creator/WilliamShakespeare lifted all of his plots from other works (except [[Theatre/TheTempest one]]). ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is one of the most critically acclaimed fantasy series in modern fiction, and was deliberately filled with every trope, convention and cliche that the writer could think of. Also, let's not forget that the three highest grossing movies of all time, ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' and ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' are riddled with tried and true formulas, familiar story structure and arc characterisations.

It's important to note that this page is not meant as a smug, pop-psychology attack on the stupidity and unoriginality of the human brain, but rather a testament to how many tropes authors and artists have created, including some pairs of tropes that are exact opposites and even some that necessarily occur whenever others don't. In contrast, the message here is that writing a tropeless tale is impossible because writers long ago have thought of so much, often in deliberate attempts to avoid using tropes. So don't take it personally. Heck, even stories purposefully written with as few words as possible can unintentionally spawn a myriad of tropes, such as Literature/HemingwaysSixWordStory and Literature/TheUglyBarnacle.

The closest thing to a Tropeless Tale is TV static from a channel you can tune to, but don't get -- SnowyScreenOfDeath! ''Curses!'' YouAreTooLate!

Some works have come close to reaching this nebulous quality such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Allegreto}}'', ''Film/AfterLastSeason'', ''Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}}'', ''Film/MyDinnerWithAndre'', ''The Man with the Movie Camera'', ''Film/RussianArk'', ''Film/{{Decasia}}'' and quite a few TrueArtIsIncomprehensible works, although all of these are arguable and subjective, and well... they tend to come up with tropes anyway. Also, ''Literature/FinnegansWake''. No, wait, that's a MindScrew... Arguably, the closest thing to it is the film ''Film/RoundhayGardenScene'' which is 2 seconds long and depicts no real action, but it's questionable if it can even be considered a "work". [[note]]Even so, aside from JustForFun/TheTropelessTale being a trope itself, its brevity inverts EpicMovie.[[/note]]

To put it another way, TheTropelessTale is [[SelfDemonstrating/TheTropelessTale this]]. [[note]][[EmptyRoomPsych Oh wait.]][[/note]]

Or this: ∞

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!!Look, even this page uses tropes:

* AnAesop: You can't write a story without tropes and that's OK.
* AwfulTruth: You will never be 100 percent original. Yes, it's sad but you have to accept it and move on.
* BeigeProse: The only words in the Tropeless Tale are in the title.
* BreakThemByTalking: That's right, [[TakeThatAudience go ahead]]. Try and make a tropeless tale. It is impossible.
* {{Conflict}}: Averted, as the story has no conflict (unless you count the writer trying to make a Tropeless Tale as the conflict).
* EmptyRoomPsych: The lack of tropes is going to make people want to find meaning and content in the story anyway, even if there wasn't any content intended in the first place.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a story without tropes (or at least, it's ideal is to be one).
* FlashFiction: Taken UpToEleven. The Tropeless Tale is as short as you can possibly make a story, as it has ''no words at all'' (not counting the title).
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Ideally, the aim of the Tropeless Tale is to have absolutely no content in it at all. But as the other tropes prove, even having the story be completely absent of even the most basic things a story needs, to the point where it has absolutely no words beyond the title, will spawn a myriad of tropes by itself.
* MindScrew: A story with no tropes spawns a list of tropes anyway. Try to wrap your head around that.
* {{Minimalism}}: Trying to make a story that uses absolutely no tropes at all is similar to the mindset of this, albeit taken to an [[UpToEleven insane and impossible extreme.]]
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: A straight 0 on the scale.
* NamelessNarrative: The Tropeless Tale has absolutely no characters in it.
* NonIndicativeName: Despite being a story that attempts to use no tropes, it's attempt to completely avoid using them [[YouCantFightFate ends up spawning a list of tropes for it anyway.]]
* NoPlotNoProblem: The Tropeless Tale has no plot or narrative to speak of, but it does exist to make a point, ironically due to its utter ''lack'' of content.
* PoesLaw: Is this serious, or is it a challenge to all you writers out there with a bit of guts?
* RealityEnsues: Writers attempting to create a tropeless tale, even one where absolutely nothing exists or happens, will discover that even that kind of thinking spawns a type of context due to the thought process behind it and the real life audiences reaction to it, as well as other stories and tropes and the thought process behind them contrasting the utter lack of content in the attempt at a tropeless story. Art and creativity does not exist in a vacuum, and for a tropeless tale to even remotely be possible, there would have to be absolutely no existence at all--and even that could probably [[LogicBomb spawn tropes by itself.]]
* SecondPersonNarration: The Tropeless Tale narrating itself without the use of "I" or "me".
* SelfReferentialHumor: This is TVTropes making fun of its troping ability.
* SchmuckBait: Both the link to the Self Demonstrating page and the challenge to write something tropeless seem appealing.
* ShaggyDogStory: In the end you couldn't create a tropeless tale.
* ShowDontTell: The story proves the folly of trying a write a story with no tropes by showing that a story with no tropes has nothing in it at all, and yet still manages to spawn content and a reaction to it anyway.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Can go either way, depending on whether you interpret the impossibility of making a Tropeless Tale as a good thing or a bad thing.
* UnpleasableFanbase: Even if you manage to create a tropeless tale, someone will still find something in your work to bash and/or criticize.
* WeDoTheImpossible: This is the aim of anyone trying to write a Tropeless Tale, as it absolutely ''is'' impossible.
* YouCantFightFate: Even if it would be possible to succeed any work created that way would act as a trope maker for new tropes. If you found a way around that, "tropeless tale" itself would become a trope. Worse yet, since you're reading this it already is.

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-->...and that, folks, is the reason why we say TropesAreNotBad around here. Even the mere ''concept'' of a Tropeless Tale has {{trope}}s.

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