{{Trope}}s can become [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] in a number of ways. Usually this involves overuse or changes in social values. But sometimes it doesn't even take that.

When a {{trope}} which may have been perfectly ordinary on its own is used ''so'' famously by one particular show, its meaning gets changed. Instead of what the {{trope}} had meant before, it now means "{{Homage}} or parody of the show which used it famously." (Or, if you're less lucky, "Blatant rip-off of the show which used it famously.") Think of it as a kind of RealLife {{Flanderization}} of a {{trope}}.

This can get annoying for writers, since the {{trope}} may be a useful screen-metaphor in its own right, but they can't use it without creating unwanted associations.

See also FountainOfExpies for character-specific examples, as well as WholePlotReference. Compare TropeCodifier and TropeNamer, which both identify a show for becoming well known for a {{trope}}, but not necessarily laying such claims on future use of it. Contrast UrExample, which is when a show uses what will eventually become a {{trope}}, but wasn't actually one at the time. See also FollowTheLeader for intentional trope invocation based off of that one particular show.
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!!Examples

* The EarthAllAlong reveal is cliche for many reasons, but it's also so characteristic of ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' that you can't "unexpectedly" reveal a planet to be Earth without the audience flashing back to Charlton Heston.
* RashomonStyle is similarly characteristic of the film for which it is named, though since most Western viewers will never have actually seen ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'', you can get away with it so long as you throw in some LampshadeHanging to let the more culturally literate viewers know you're not trying to pass it off as your own idea.
* There are particular styles of TechnoBabble that are distinctly ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* The KarmicTwistEnding was used so famously by ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' that viewers can't help but think of it whenever they see one elsewhere.
* On that note: modern fantasy is so inextricably connected to Tolkien that--to quote fantasy author Terry Pratchett--"even if [the author/writer] has said 'Bugger me, I'm not going to write like Tolkien'", audiences usually associated some part of it with his writings.
* ''FamilyMatters'': Though there are earlier famous examples, a character as flamboyantly nerdish as Steve Urkel, an ExtravertedNerd character often sparked comparisons to ''FamilyMatters'', for some time after the show.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot -- The trope is indistinguishable from [[ItsAWonderfulLife the movie]].
* Any time you pitch a show as XMeetsY, you're going to be compared to both X ''and'' Y.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** LaserBlade weapons.
** Any scene where a villain reveals that [[LukeIAmYourFather he is the hero's father]].
* WholeEpisodeFlashback, ''{{Lost}}'', as a result of expressing usually intriguing flashbacks of various points of various characters' backgrounds in just about every consecutive episode.
* For American and Canadian audiences, TransformingMecha will nearly always take the audience's mind to ''{{Transformers}}''.
* Any use of a [[SingleBiomePlanet desert planet]] is going to bring ''{{Dune}}'' to mind. Or at least [[Franchise/StarWars Tatooine]].
* People getting powers as a genetic trait? ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}''. Also, AllOfTheOtherReindeer applied to said empowered individuals.
* WizardingSchool = ''Literature/HarryPotter''
* If there's a PlatformGame where the GoombaStomp is the primary method of dispensing with enemies, it will inevitably have links to ''SuperMarioBros'', whether intentional or assumed. It's become even stronger nowadays, as ''SuperMarioBros'' is one of the few platformers to use this mechanic anymore.
* Jekyll and Mr. Hyde referencing - any time two extremely different characters, usually one good and one evil, turn out to be the same person.
* Any work that has a SuperMode - specifically a GoldenSuperMode [[PowerCrystal powered by a finite number of artifacts]] - will undoubtedly be compared to ''DragonBall''. ''SonicTheHedgehog'' is no stranger to this.
* Almost all ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[DarkFic Dark Fics]] are in some way connected to ''[[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} Cupcakes]]'', be it through the use of the same tropes ([[RunningGag a favorite]] being [[VasquezAlwaysDies Rainbow Dash as the victim]]) or even through the use of a ShoutOut or TakeThat.
* In a darker example, many tropes associated with AdolfHitler or [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]] have become this due to the two's infamy, even if such tropes dated before them and originally had benign connotations. For example, the swastika was originally a symbol of good luck before it became specifically associated with the Nazi party, whereas the Bellamy salute was discontinued in the United States to avoid replicating the similar Nazi salute.
* In the UK, any show using the BBCQuarry will be compared to ''Series/DoctorWho'', even though the series hardly uses it any more.

For that matter, most of the {{trope}}s in this catalogue which are actually [[TropeNamer named for a particular show]] are probably so characteristic of those shows that it's dangerous to use them if you can't handle the association.

See also OlderThanTheyThink.
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