->''"In this kind of story the pseudo-scientific apparatus should be taken simply as a machine in the sense which the word bore for the Neo-classical critics. The most superficial appearance of plausibility--the merest sop to our critical intellect--will do."''
-->-- Creator/CSLewis, ''On Science Fiction''.

A WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief is a must for almost any work of fiction. There are certain elements of story or gameplay where realism would simply make a work tedious, difficult, or confusing for the audience. Thus there are ways in which works will be blatantly, unabashedly unrealistic, and nobody really minds. See the RuleOfIndex.

It's possible for these to become unacceptable, when the abstraction gets in the way of enjoying the work. On the flip side, it's possible to get so accustomed to a particular break from reality that [[TheCoconutEffect people stop realizing it's unrealistic]].

Of course, different people have different tolerances for the balance between "abstraction" and "simulation," which means that some media creators make conscious and deliberate efforts to avert at least some of these tropes. [[SimulationGame Those sorts]] [[FunForSome of things]], however, tend to cater toward a rather niche crowd. Even then, there's still a small measure of abstraction simply to prevent things from getting too tedious.

Compare NecessaryWeasel.

Note that despite the title, these tropes are about realism, not reality. Some of them may be TruthInTelevision. (RealityIsUnrealistic, after all.)
!!'''Forms of Acceptable Breaks From Reality include:'''

* AcousticLicense \\
Because, really, five exchanges of "what did you say?" in between every interesting line of dialogue would just get boring.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish \\
And with perfect American/English/Australian/wherever-the-work-was-made [[AliensOfLondon accents]] too!
* AlreadyUndoneForYou \\
Someone already got through this trap-laden dungeon to wait for you, so why are the traps still there? It wouldn't be fun, otherwise!
* AllInARow\\
Because they'd get stuck behind a table sometimes. It'd be annoying depending on whether or not you're teleported to a battlefield or fight enemies wherever you stand and your character's stuck.
* AllSwordsAreTheSame\\
Because designing a wide variety of weapons, as well as unique battle animations for every one of them, is hard.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures\\
They'd never make sense storywise, they're just to keep the player from getting frustrated.
* ArbitraryGunPower \\
Video game guns damage your life bar, not your organs. Accurate simulations of the physics and biology of bullet wounds are prohibitive in terms of development time, or simply don't fit in with CompetitiveBalance, so the effects of bullet wounds are abstracted.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit \\
Arbitrary requirement that stops you from having too many characters in a party or unit. TruthInTelevision with regard to close quarters and stealth missions.
* ArbitraryMaximumRange \\
In real-world physics, there's no "maximum range" for weapons in space - but that wouldn't make for gripping space battles and if it's video games, system performance will take a big hit if it has to track that many objects that aren't in the playfield anymore.
* ArbitraryMinimumRange \\
Some weapons may have a minimum range, and it is a lot less effective or unable to fire at targets at all before this distance. Having such a powerful weapon without a minimum range can be a GameBreaker, since it would have little weakness. TruthInTelevision for any ranged weapon, or any melee weapon known for its size.
* ArtificialGravity \\
Virtually all Sci-Fi starships have some form of artificial gravity. This carries over to video games because it's difficult to make tight control systems for moving in 3D space using only analog sticks and buttons, not to mention that moving around in a weightless environment can be counter-intuitive (and thus, frustrating) for humans who have only ever been on Earth.
* ArtMajorBiology \\
No, the work doesn't follow actual biology, but if it did, we wouldn't have a very good story.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics \\
No, the work doesn't follow actual physics, but if it did, we wouldn't have a very good story.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw \\
To the extent that litigation is dramatic, almost none of it happens in the courtroom. But the way it actually plays out, i.e. trading written motions over several months, doesn't exactly make for gripping television.
* ArtisticLicenseMartialArts\\
Fight scenes are usually very dramatic, adding to a good story. Slow, concentrated movements don't make for exciting scenes.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking \\
The higher a character is in his hierarchy, the better he is in a fight. Why? So it's easy to know who to look out for.
* AutomatonHorses \\
Horses never have to be watered, fed, or rested in video games, and often not in other media, because that's often not the point of the game anyway. (See PlotPoweredStamina.)
* BagOfSharing \\
Everyone in the team can access the same inventory even when they're apart, because forcing the player to micromanage the inventory would be too obnoxious.
* BenevolentArchitecture \\
Architecture and geography seem to be designed for that genre and your character's abilities, because if you wanted 100% realistic driving in a racing game you could play a simulator instead.
* BigDamnFireExit \\
Because dashing through flames to the exit is [[RuleOfCool just that cool!]]
* BlatantItemPlacement \\
What's a medkit doing here anyway? Well, the wounded player won't be complaining.
* BottomlessBladder \\
Fictional characters don't have to do mundane things like use the restroom unless the story dictates it, because they're [[LawOfConservationOfDetail needless and unimportant diversions from the plot.]]
* BottomlessMagazines \\
You get unlimited shots, because who wants to stop the action to reload?
* BulletproofHumanShield \\
Having the ActionHero survive gunfire by hiding behind a {{Mook}} might not be realistic, but it's definitely cool.
* {{Cap}} \\
8-bit format only allows storage of numbers from 0 to 255, so there are hardware limitations that prevent you from making it endless in early game configurations, and even in games where you can theoretically have charaters with stats in the billions, all those levels require additional memory space and development time for something that is unlikely to be reached by 99% of players.
* ChaosArchitecture \\
Building dungeons from the ground up can take up far more time than programming a random dungeon generator, and locations become boring if they look identical game after game.
* CommandAndConquerEconomy \\
Otherwise the game would just be too easy. Oftentimes even if the option is available to let the AI control the economy, players continue to do it themselves because [[ArtificialStupidity they don't trust the computer to make the right choices.]]
* CompetitiveBalance \\
Because having a character that can't win against any other character unless you're CherryTapping isn't really having a character at all. Balance encourages diversity in a game with loads of characters and gives different types of playing styles to choose from without making all the characters clones of each other.
* ConcealmentEqualsCover \\
It would be frustrating to get into what you think is cover only to find out that your enemy can still hit you just fine.
* ConspicuouslySelectivePerception \\
Having a guard change their pattern due to [[LuckBasedMission some random occurrence]] wouldn't be that fun after a while.
* ContinueYourMissionDammit \\
Because enforcing TakeYourTime in the middle of a crisis is more unrealistic than having characters shouting at you about it, even if there's no real time limit.
* ConvectionSchmonvection \\
Otherwise, you wouldn't get to [[LethalLavaLand go into volcanoes]] and fight [[PlayingWithFire fire enemies]], which makes a lot of potentially awesome fights impossible. Plus, [[FakeDifficulty the game would get too hard if you had to fight off the invisible heat as well as the enemies.]]
* ConvenientWeaknessPlacement \\
Having conventional "weapon vs. weapon" bosses can get monotonous, and unbeatable bosses defeat the point of having bosses, so you've got to include ''something'' to deal damage with.
* {{Cooldown}} \\
Being able to use a LimitBreak every turn becomes a GameBreaker otherwise.
* CriticalEncumbranceFailure \\
Adding in conditions for every individual possible item configuration in the game takes far too much time to make in development, and dealing with the additional question of added weight alongside "do I want to carry this item" can make for more frustration than it's worth.
* CriticalExistenceFailure \\
With 1 HitPoint left or if you're one step away from death you're fine, but lose the last bit of health and you die instantly. This is to prevent players from having to buy disproportionate amount of healing items just so they aren't slowed down or otherwise made to be less powerful due to health, because [[FakeDifficulty the game becomes a lot harder when you effectively have half the health bar you actually have.]]
* CrosshairAware \\
A character in a video game can see when/where an attack is going to hit, because it would be frustrating if they couldn't.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist \\
Having there be a penalty for dying can interrupt the narrative, and certain games are more funr in multiplayer or in alternate modes if you aren't forced to sit out the rest of the game.
* DoorToBefore \\
A door that leads you straight back to the beginning of a dungeon so you don't have to walk out the long way.
* EasyCommunication \\
Instant commands make for more interesting games, especially in RealTimeStrategy games. Why? Because it's frustrating to command something and have troops not do it simply in the name of realism.
* EasyLogistics \\
You don't need to worry about feeding your troops or keeping up supplies - that all happens automatically. This is to prevent players from [[AntiPoopSocking sitting around waiting for supply lines.]]
* AnEconomyIsYou \\
All stores in a videogame city are centered around selling things you in particular will need, because no one likes wasting money on unnecessary items.
* EnoughToGoAround \\
In {{MMORPG}}s, a quest item is supposedly unique, but there's one for every player of the game in order to prevent LootDrama.
* EternalEquinox \\
Day and night are always the exact same length, regardless of the season or the latitude. [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail 99% of players won't notice or care about it, and it often has marginal, if any, impact on the story.]]
* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth\\
Actors generally have healthy teeth, even when the medieval characters they're portraying wouldn't. But hey, our heroes have to look good.
* EventDrivenClock \\
In-universe time and calendar is based around the hero's actions and progress rather than a real-time clock. Time of day can be very important to a scene, and technical difficulties can arise if the alternative is used, especially in pre-rendered cutscenes.
* EveryBulletIsATracer \\
You'll be able to see the path of bullets to assist in aiming or following the action. This helps deter camping and informs players where the fighting is.
* EverythingFades \\
Keeping track of corpses and items takes extra memory, all that stuff piling up can eventually obstruct pathways, and sometimes it just looks unappealing and [[MoralGuardians can make a game controversial.]]
* ExplosionsInSpace \\
Should be impossible, [[StuffBlowingUp but...]]
* FirewoodResources \\
In RealTimeStrategy games, wood is always shown in bundles to represent the action without requiring unnecessary detail.
* FlashOfPain \\
[[RuleOfFun Because it's satisfying,]] and [[RuleOfCool because it looks neat.]]
* FloatingPlatforms \\
Because it's much easier than building proper structural supports when all you'll be doing is jumping on them.
* FourthWall \\
One many people gloss over, but still there. In any play, characters will always face each other so both faces can be seen from one particular wall. And though there are assorted important doors, windows, etc. on all three walls, that fourth one never has any important features, despite the fact that everyone keeps standing facing it. However, looking at the back of people's heads doesn't make for great storytelling.
* FreeRangeChildren \\
Otherwise a lot of stories about children would be either boring to adults, require parents to supervise the adventure, or be made of Angst about how nosy parents can be.
* FriendlyFireproof \\
Oftentimes, having an attack, even a cool one, that hurts allies may make it AwesomeButImpractical.
* GameplayAllyImmortality \\
Plot-critical friendly [=NPCs=] cannot be permanently killed, to release players from the [[EscortMission burden of protecting them]].
* GameplayGuidedAmnesia \\
Because the character of a game knows things the player doesn't, sometimes the character gets amnesia to excuse the explanation to the player. It can't be done often, but it's one of the few aversions to AsYouKnow.
* GatelessGhetto \\
You're dumped in a small part of a city walled off from the rest of it, so you can't explore what hasn't been programmed. This is to ease the workload for the map designers and programmers, [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail because nothing else in that city is story-important.]]
* GlobalCurrency \\
The same money is used across the entire world (spanning multiple countries and/or times) to avoid cluttering up the menu with thirty different kinds of currency.
* GoldSilverCopperStandard\\
Because who honestly wants to realistically calculate relative market values and exchange rates?
* GunsInChurch \\
Nobody bats an eye if you bring your weapons to a private audience with an important person. If they do, it's likely a trap. Forcibly unequipping weapons can make players wary, or sometimes even make them avoid the area or event.
* HardHead \\
Dying from a head injury would make characters too vulnerable. When it's done in a video game or movie that has a vulnerable protagonist, then that's great.
* HealThyself \\
When you pick up a medkit or use a potion, you get healed ''instantly''. Sitting around waiting for a week in-game to recover from even merely moderate wounds makes for not-so-fun gameplay.
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits \\
How else are you going to learn which button does what?
* HollywoodDarkness \\
When you want to see that it's dark, but the audience still wants to ''see'' in the dark. Being forced to rely on senses other than sight can be done well in media, but it can also make things confusing.
* HollywoodHacking \\
Because ''real'' hacking is actually quite boring, would become worthless after the technology is exposed, plus it would be a bit boring in a video game.
* HollywoodPsych \\
Because the fact that the main character would end up [[ShellShockedVeteran too damaged and insane to ever live a normal life]] after the events of the average video game isn't a very happy ending.
* HyperactiveMetabolism \\
Food and sleep will instantly heal you. (See HealThyself.)
* HyperspaceArsenal \\
In games, you can carry an absolutely enormous amount of stuff, though where it's actually ''kept'' is a mystery. Oftentimes developers don't want to spend the time creating additional models for items and weapons, and including them may make for an additional discrepancy if the player or enemies have BottomlessMagazines.
* IFoughtTheLawAndTheLawWon \\
The supposedly understaffed police or army that doesn't have enough hands to deal with the criminal or enemy army problem can somehow cough up a seemingly limitless number of redshirts to put down that pesky protagonist.
* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy \\
Enemies in {{RPG}}s are given statistics based on how powerful you're expected to be at that point, not how strong that enemy would be based on common sense. But it would get boring if you had to wait 30 hours into the game to start fighting the enemies that looked cool, and besides, [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons cool fights with dragons wouldn't be likely otherwise.]]
* InexplicableTreasureChests \\
Where did they come from? Who put them there? Why does nobody else ever open them? Answering the first two questions would require some complex justifications, and as for the third one, going through an area and getting nothing due to all the chests being empty doesn't feel very rewarding for your dungeon-crawling effort.
* InexplicablyPreservedDungeonMeat \\
Without them, those epic dungeon crawls tend to peter out after a few days.
* InfiniteFlashlight \\
A flashlight which never runs out of batteries or needs to be recharged, except if the plot demands or if it's a gameplay mechanic. Games increasingly avert this, especially if they're in the Horror genre, but being unable to see runs into the same problems as HollywoodDarkness above.
* InformedEquipment \\
Game characters' equipment won't show up visually. This saves developers from spending time on hundreds of additions that are mostly cosmetic. This is primarily a [[UsefulNotes/BitmapsSpritesAndTextures 2D]] phenomenon, however; games with models have less of an excuse, because those are much easier to animate than redrawing entire character sprite sheets.
* InsecurityCamera \\
You can easily just blow up security cameras or otherwise make them useless and nobody will be alarmed by it. Unless there's a DangerouslyGenreSavvy supervisor present, at best it'll be dismissed as a temporary glitch to not worry about. Stealth games often need this trope, as otherwise your location options are limited to either universes without camera surveillance or before the 1900s.
* Instant180DegreeTurn \\
Characters can turn around in an instant. Implementing non-instant turning requires extra programming, and, if it's a SideView game, extra artwork.
* InstantHomeDelivery \\
When you buy something, it shows up instantly or at least much faster than in RealLife. Waiting for a month for backorders is already frustrating enough in real life, so why would that be included in a game intended to be enjoyed?
* InstantSedation \\
Because we don't have 15 minutes of valuable airtime to waste watching a tranquilizer go into effect.
* InstantWinCondition \\
When you clear a game stage, all the troubles, death traps, remaining enemies etc. are completely ignored, because you won. When this is averted, it can become a HopeSpot, or worse, a KaizoTrap.
* InVehicleInvulnerability \\
Driver doesn't die or get injured when a car crashes without explosion. Having your character die if they suffer too much whiplash either forces level designers to use simple, boring tracks, or makes the game [[NintendoHard unfair.]]
* IronButtMonkey \\
No matter how much damage he suffers, he just keeps coming back, because a character intended to be PluckyComicRelief becomes less so when what's supposed to be humor winds up hurting or killing them.
* JustAddWater \\
Items can generally be created by just sticking two or three things together. Having to possess a mortar and pestle can make ItemCrafting more inconvenient than it's worth, and that's not even getting into the expense of acquiring a laboratory or blacksmith...
* KidHero \\
In reality, allowing or actively putting a child in [[HarmfulToMinors any kind of danger]] is a big no-no. But kid readers want to see people like them be heroic.
* LazyBackup \\
Yes, the other fifteen members of the party ''could'' carry on the fight should the frontline trio fall, but that would make the battle too easy.
* LawOfCartographicalElegance \\
Land masses will never cross the edge of a world map, since if they did the developers would get ceaseless questions asking "what's over there?"
* LeakedExperience \\
When fighting in {{RPG}}s, characters not in the active party will get some percentage of the experience that the active party gets to prevent CantCatchUp situations.
* LimitedSoundEffects \\
Because not all programmers go the extra mile of having a sound-effect ensemble.
* MercyInvincibility\\
Because being hit again and again [[CycleOfHurting without being able to retaliate]] is a bit unfair. This also sometimes alleviates the unfairness of LedgeBats, [[NintendoHard but only sometimes.]]
* MoneySpider \\
A more believable scenario would be getting rewarded ''for'' killing the monsters, but it'd simply take too long to go back to the person and get rewarded every time you did it.
* MuzzleFlashlight \\
You have no flashlight, so just start firing your weapons and follow the muzzle flash! If you can't see, you can't really fight effectively.
* NeverRecycleABuilding \\
Don't worry about zoning laws, the abandoned building is just waiting for you to use it. Red tape is not generally included in games because red tape is not fun.
* NewsTravelsFast \\
As soon as something important happens in the plot, everyone in the world will know about it. If this is averted it could become DudeWheresMyRespect if {{NPC}}s are talking about a mysterious group who stopped one highwayman just as you defeated a dragon terrorizing the country.
* NoCureForEvil \\
A lot of enemies can't heal, especially since this would get ''very'' annoying for some particularly hard enemies.
* NoPeriodsPeriod \\
[[TakeOurWordForIt You just don't go there]].
* NoRecycling \\
In strategy games, you can't scavenge debris for usable materials, because this would essentially make for [[MoneyForNothing free resources]], defeating the point of gathering those materials.
* NobodyPoops \\
At least not onscreen. (See BottomlessBladder.)
* NominalImportance \\
Only people that are relevant to the plot or a {{sidequest}} will be blessed with names. Everyone else will be {{nameless|Narrative}} or be referred to with [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep generic or descriptive titles]] because having names for everyone can make for a confusing conversation, especially if OneSteveLimit is averted.
* NoArcInArchery \\
For balance purposes, mostly.
* NoStatAtrophy \\
Once you raise a stat, it'll never go down again, because if even your stats aren't reliable, [[EverythingTryingToKillYou you're in for a rough time]].
* NowWhereWasIGoingAgain \\
The ways to combat this are acceptable because not knowing what to do next in a video game is frustrating, time-wasting, and not fun.
* NPCAmnesia \\
Because picking a wrong choice in a DialogueTree could otherwise result in the game becoming {{Unwinnable}}, and programming alternate ways to proceed can be tedious.
* OlympicSwimmer \\
If (or once) you know [[SuperNotDrowningSkills how to swim]], you'll do it perfectly and for as long as you like, because oftentimes learning how to swim is not the point of the game, so there's little point in making it a comprehensive mechanic.
* OlympusMons \\
The game allows the player to [[CapturedSuperEntity capture and control creatures]] that would realistically never follow the instructions of some [[KidHero preteen hero]], because not allowing it [[RuleOfFun wouldn't be any fun at all]].
* OneBulletClips \\
In a game, if you fire one bullet and reload, you'll be shown reloading a full magazine, but will still only have reloaded one bullet and not lost any others doing so. Wasting half a clip can get annoying, and sometimes it's preferable to reload safely with half your magazine than to reload in a critical situation with your clip empty.
* OneDoseFitsAll \\
Much like with InstantSedation above, it would probably be irritating more than anything if a character had to calculate the dosage of tranquillizer, poison etc. per person before administering it, especially in video games.
* OneSizeFitsAll \\
Clothing and armor can be worn by anyone, regardless of its source or the wearer's size or gender. This saves time for developers, and also saves money and time for the player who won't ever buy something that winds up being useless gear.
* OneTrueFaith \\
A work of ScienceFiction or {{Fantasy}} has only one religion (TheChurch) in it; furthermore, there are never any factions of it or different interpretations of its belief. This is mostly to [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail keep to the things that are important to the plot.]]
* OptionalTrafficLaws \\
Drivers can safely ignore all the rules of the road, often with no more consequence than at worst, a bystander making a rude hand gesture and/or being profane towards the driver. Otherwise, many [[WideOpenSandbox sandbox]] and [[DrivingGame racing games]] become simulations more than games.
* PainfullySlowProjectile \\
Bullets are slow enough to {{dodge|TheBullet}}. Especially common in {{Platform|Game}} and ShootEmUp games. This is sometimes counterbalanced by OneHitKill mechanics, or significant {{knockback}}, but having bullets instantly hit you makes for [[NintendoHard incredibly difficult levels.]]
* PartyInMyPocket \\
Sometimes from a developmental point of view, showing all 3-8+ party members on-screen at all times means issues such as them taking up a lot of space in the area and having their pathfinding programmed without OffscreenTeleportation.
* PamphletShelf \\
Whenever you see a bookshelf, there'll never be more than one book (and often one ''line'') that you can read, so that you don't spend an hour looking for something relevant.
* PlotPoweredStamina \\
You don't have to break off the action to rest, eat, or sleep in-world, though your characters may abruptly decide to do so in a cutscene. These are the logistics of traveling that most video game players don't want to spend time doing when they could be off killing monsters.
* PowerEqualsRarity \\
The more powerful an item, monster, or ability/spell is, the harder it is to find. This is to keep items intended for the FinalBoss from becoming a DiscOneNuke.
* PuzzleReset \\
In a game, if you exit and re-enter the room, any puzzle will reset itself. This is a basic AntiFrustrationFeature to keep puzzles from potentially becomming UnwinnableByMistake.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic \\
Having everyone speak like they would in real life would just make a reader think that [[RougeAnglesOfSatin they never bothered]] [[WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma to check their work]] or just make it hard for them to understand what's being said.
* TheReveal \\
Not only for other characters to catch up to the plot, but ''also'' so the viewer's on the same page as the characters. Sometimes literally.
* RewardFromNowhere \\
A seemingly arbitrary prize for an in-universe action with no explanation as to who gives out the prize or why. These exist to encourage the player to explore; if averted it can lead to DudeWheresMyReward
* RibcageStomach \\
The inside of a creature's stomach looks like the inside of the entire creature lacking organs. Without this trope, say goodbye to the WombLevel.
* RidiculouslyFastConstruction \\
All buildings can be produced and military units trained in a ridiculously short amount of time. Games that require you to wait hours for anything to happen can become tedious, or result in [[AntiPoopSocking very long playing sessions.]]
* RiskStyleMap \\
A war or other contest involves struggles for regions which are wholly in the possession of one side or the other are treated as "spaces" for movement and can't be divided up in any way. This makes games about conquering easier, as if it were accurate to real life, dealing with [[LaResistance continuous rebel insurrections]] is something most people only want to do once when taking over a nation.
* RiskingTheKing \\
The people in charge take direct action when other people are available to do it for them. This not only gets more plot-important characters involved in the action, but it also prevents a scenario where the victorious army has to also chase down the fleeing leader.
* RockStarParking \\
Because no one wants to put the story on hold for half an hour while the characters are looking for a spot.
* RuleOfCool \\
Yeah, it's totally unrealistic, but ''man'', it looks awesome.
* RuleOfFunny \\
Some stuff that's PlayedForLaughs is funny ''only'' because it's ''not real'', namely VideoGameCrueltyPotential or ComedicSociopathy. In RealLife? Not so much.
* SelectiveGravity \\
Gravity is only applied to some things. This is often a feature to make projectiles more predictable (or unpredictable), especially in platformers. The alternative requires players to understand both the direction and arc of incoming dangers, which can easily make a game NintendoHard.
* ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon \\
The inability of [[TheGunslinger a long-range weapon user]] to use said weapon at long range because long range fights aren't as exciting.
* TheSimpleLifeIsSimple \\
The simple life is indeed simplified for games where farming is (one of) the objective(s); [[JustifiedTrope the complexities of real-life farming would take the fun out of it otherwise]].
* SkillPointReset\\
A way to completely [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forget everything you knew about your current job]] and [[InstantExpert learn everything from scratch]] again, to give players an opportunity to optimize their setup and prevent their characters from becoming [[CripplingOverspecialization too situational]].
* SoftWater \\
A fall from any height at all can be rendered harmless or merely incapacitating if, at the end of the fall, the character meets a body of water. This is mostly for drama's sake, as if a game started out with an airplane crash it would be an awfully quick story were this trope averted.
* SoleEntertainmentOption \\
In the entire in-work world, there's only one kind of entertainment or only one city where you can find it. It often shows up in the MinigameZone, and making a massive bank of minigames to choose from can take unnecessary time for what is often an optional area to get [[InfinityPlusOneSword rare and powerful items]], so having it in only one location is more convenient for both developers and players.
* SoundCodedForYourConvenience \\
In video games, many things make sounds more distinct from each other than in real life so the player can more easily tell what's happening just by hearing them.
* SpaceCompression \\
Where an environment is blatantly not to scale so you don't spend an entire day just walking to the next city.
* StatisticallySpeaking \\
In VideoGames, no matter how high your strength, speed, etc. goes, you still won't be able to, for example, [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence lift that tree in your way]]. This may be {{Railroading}}, but it's meant to keep the story on track anyway.
* SteelEarDrums \\
Nobody is ever bothered by extremely loud noises unless it serves the plot. This keeps scenes and levels in factories from having FakeDifficulty or being too hard to hear dialogue.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills \\
Video game characters can breathe underwater for infinite amounts of time. Level design is limited if characters are required to go up for air, and oftentimes when there is an air mechanic [[SuperDrowningSkills characters that were just fine a moment before immediately asphyxiate.]]
* SurprisinglyFunctionalToys \\
When a VideoGame character is shrunk and encounters a recognizable object scaled to the character's new size, said object will retain the function and properties scale of its original size. If it didn't, then being small would have little purpose other than taking a much longer time to get from one place to another (see SpaceCompression).
* SuspiciouslySmallArmy \\
Micromanaging or representing a military force on the scale of most modern armed forces would likely destroy either one's patience or video card.
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity \\
When the game gives you a whole bunch of healing items and ammo, you're about to fight a nasty boss battle. This performs two practical functions: First, you have an opportunity to breathe and restock in a safe environment. Second, GenreSavvy players will know to be prepared for a boss battle.
* TakeYourTime \\
The villain won't put his dastardly plan into motion until you get there, no matter how long you partake in various sidequests. Wouldn't be fair to just realistically railroad you.
* TechTree \\
Tech Trees mostly only exist in games where the absence of them would make every civilization or group a clone of each other, or would result in very comprehensive (and expensive, and time-consuming) gameplay. (See CompetitiveBalance.)
* TerrifyingPetStoreRat \\
Wild animals are difficult, if not outright illegal, to handle and keep, and pose a high risk of injuring themselves or the actors and crew if used in a movie, so a tame and socialized animal is used instead.
* ThreeRoundDeathmatch \\
Best of three wins in a FightingGame. You start again with full health. This is often for the sake of preventing luck from being a factor in fighting games, and allowing human players to adjust for their adversary's playing style (especially if it's a new character they haven't fought against before).
* ThrivingGhostTown \\
Cities and towns are much smaller than they should be for sustainability. This saves development time and memory space. Also see SpaceCompression.
* ThirdPersonFlashback \\
Normally, people don't see themselves in their own visual recall unless some mirror was there showing themselves, but it's usually difficult to show events through the point of view of one character due to the lack of an EstablishingShot.
* TookAShortcut \\
A common HandWave to explain other NPC's suddenly showing up past the dungeon you just risked life and limb getting through. But of course, if the villain went through the dungeon themselves, the path would already be cleared, making the dungeon too easy (see AlreadyUndoneForYou).
* TraumaInn \\
Sleeping at an inn is guaranteed to instantly cure all your wounds, because having characters heal at normal rates would probably necessitate the subtitle ''Waiting in a Hospital''.
* TwentyFourHourArmor \\
Drawing characters in casual clothing means extra work for the developers; see InformedEquipment.
* UnitsNotToScale \\
In RealTimeStrategy games, infantrymen are ridiculously large when compared to vehicles and buildings. If they were to scale it would either be difficult to see every unit clearly and click on them accurately, or you would have trouble telling the layout and location of your buildings because you can't fit many on your screen at a time.
* UniversalDriversLicense \\
A character can drive any vehicle they come across without any training. Adding training would make for unnecessary interruption of gameplay when you're just using it to cross between plot-important places.
* UniversalPoison \\
There's only one type of poison and generally one type of antidote for it. This prevents the player from having to tote around thirty different antidote potions, hoping they'll have the right one for the next encounter.
* VendorTrash \\
Merchants are more than happy to purchase your useless junk in endless quantities, even if there's no chance of reselling it. Sometimes can be justified if it's a valuable commodity that has no use in combat or if it's said to be a disposal service, and being forced to keep random things that ''might'' be valuable in your inventory can make for a good deal of frustration when no one will buy it and you chose not to pick up other items that ''might'' have been valuable...
* VeryHighVelocityRounds \\
You've slowed down time and while enemy bullets will crawl like molasses, yours go at normal speed. This keeps time-altering mechanics from being AwesomeButImpractical, or even a UselessUsefulSpell.
* VideogameDashing \\
Lunging forward or back-stepping has the same effect as firing an invisible jet pack. This makes dodging bullets possible, so why wouldn't you be okay with keeping unrealistic instant movement?
* VideoGameGeography \\
The world map is a toroid. Distances aren't quite right. But hey, [[BellisariosMaxim it's a video game!]]
* VideoGameStealing \\
A thief can pick the pockets of a giant direwolf in the middle of an all-out brawl and come away with an eight-foot claymore. But without that ability, being a thief or rogue class would be [[CripplingOverspecialization very situational]] [[AwesomeButImpractical to the point of needing]] [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman specific instances where his or her abilities come in handy.]]
* VideoGameTime \\
Fake use of a time scale means that empires rise and fall in the time it takes to take the trash out. But this is because [[MST3KMantra it's a video game]], and it'll have some liberties taken with time if it means the whole story is told in a more entertaining way.
* VolumetricMouth \\
How exactly did that mouth grow ridiculously huge? Probably because it helps convey the character's emotions more clearly. Or maybe because it wants to eat you.
* WalletOfHolding \\
Where you can collect millions of gold coins and not have your pants fall down. Having a money limit is never fun, though, because it creates extra unnecessary hassle for a player.
* WarpWhistle \\
In real life, you can't just open a map, select a location, and instantly appear there (or pay to suddenly appear there at a specific spot), but if it saves you from trekking across a huge world, no problem.
* WeBuyAnything \\
Wanna sell that suit of armor at a grocery store? They'll take it! While it may seem jarring, it's preferable to searching through the city (or worse, through multiple cities) to find the one vendor that deals in magical weapons.
* WelcomeToCorneria \\
Minor [=NPCs=] always say the same dialogue because programming in endless dialogue is a time-consuming activity when few players will actually talk to them again anyway.
* WorstAid \\
Often overlooked when it's PlayedForDrama in survival games because sometimes [[ArtisticLicenseMedicine medicinal practices are bent a little]] for the sake of an engaging, tense game.
* YouAllLookFamiliar \\
Not all developers are ambitious enough and/or have enough time to go for a CastOfSnowflakes.
* YouCallThatAWound \\
Without this you're dealing with an EscortMission, which is the very thing this trope is supposed to avert. This is usually meant as an AntiFrustrationFeature, which excuses the fact that the guest character is an ImplacableMan.
* YouGetKnockedDownYouGetBackUpAgain \\
In VideoGames, when you're knocked down, you can't be damaged until you get back up, because it's ''quite'' annoying when it's averted.