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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess]], check. [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny Gold decorations]], check. [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry Jewelry]] that's [[GemEncrusted Sewn in the dress]], check. [[PrettyInMink White fur trimming]], check. [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles Sparkles]] check. Nemesis who [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons turns into a dragon]], check. The Franchise/DisneyPrincess line ''thrives'' on these tropes.]]-]

->''"Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative."''
-->-- '''Pooh-Bah''', ''Theatre/TheMikado''

An element is included in a work, just because the element makes the story better in some way simply for having it, similar to adding spices and seasonings to food.

These elements don't drive the plot or have a narrative purpose, and aren't genre staples. They can add to characterization or WorldBuilding, but mostly the point of them is that having these elements is so much better than not having these elements.

Now even if these elements have some importance to the story, it's similar to a {{MacGuffin}} in that the form needn't be any of the elements, but it's still better to have them.
* A SaveThePrincess plot could have anyone as the DamselInDistress, but often it's an actual princess, just because of this trope.
* The [[PowerCrystal all-powerful crystal]] that the villain wants needn't be in the form of a jewel, but it looks prettier than an all-powerful pine cone.
* We can see fighter planes attack the bad guys, but it's just a bit more exciting to have a FighterLaunchingSequence first.
* Weapons can be cool on their own, but it's [[RuleOfCool even cooler]] to have them be made of fire, lasers, or some other elements, [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon no matter how impossible]].

Of course these elements can seem overused, especially if some feel the overall story is weak, but with a good story, these elements enrich it just by their inclusion.

A SisterTrope to NarrativeFiligree.

See also TropesInAggregate.

Contrast Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs (when there isn't even this much of a reason for an element to be a trope).
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!!A SuperTrope to
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+ ArtisticLicense
+ ThePowerOfIndex
+ RuleOfIndex
+ {{Spectacle}}
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Categories:
+ BiggerIsBetter: Big things are so much better than normal-sized and tiny things
+ StuffBlowingUp: Having explosions is so much better than not having them
]
* AltumVidetur -- Latin is so much fancier than not using Latin.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter -- Babies are so much better than without babies.
* BowtiesAreCool -- Bowties are so much cooler than without bowties.
* DeepFriedWhatever -- Deep fried is so much better than not deep fried.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai -- Moai is so much better than without Moai.
* EverythingsBetterWithMotorcycles -- Motorcycles are so much cooler than without motorcycles.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies -- Plushies are so much better than not having plushies.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses -- Princesses are so much better than not having princesses.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows -- Rainbows are so much better than not having rainbows.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai -- Samurai are so much cooler than without samurai.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles -- Sparkles are so much better than without sparkles.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning -- Spinning is so much cooler than not spinning.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies -- Zombies in works not about them are so much cooler than without zombies.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes -- Bagpipes are so much more louder than not playing on bagpipes.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry -- Jewelry is so much more glamorous than without jewelry.
* FighterLaunchingSequence -- Seeing fighter planes and space fighters take off is so much cooler than not seeing them take off.
* FluffyFashionFeathers -- Feathers are so much more glamorous than without feathers.
* FrickinLaserBeams -- Lasers are so much cooler than not having lasers.
* FunnySpoon -- Spoons funnier than without spoons.
* GemEncrusted -- Stuff covered in jewels is so much prettier than stuff not covered in jewels.
* GogglesDoNothing -- Goggles are so much better than not having goggles.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny -- Gold is so much prettier than not having gold.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence -- Retro Disco is so much better than without Retro Disco.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage -- These are better than English (or any native language) alone.
* GratuitousNazis -- Nazi villains are so much more evil than if they weren't Nazis.
* HeavyMetalUmlaut -- Umlauts are so much more metal than without umlauts.
* IncendiaryExponent -- Things on fire are so much more awesome than things that aren't on fire.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons -- Dragons in works not about them are so much cooler than without dragons.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha -- Mecha in works not about them are so much cooler than without mecha.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja -- Ninja in works not about them are so much cooler than without ninja.
* JustForTheHeliOfIt -- Throwing in helicopters is so much cooler than not throwing them in.
* LavaAddsAwesome -- Something with lava or magma is so much cooler than something without.
* PrepositionalPhraseEqualsCoolness -- Titles with prepositions are so much cooler than titles without prepositions.
* PrettyInMink -- Furs are so much more glamorous than without furs.
* {{Pun}} -- Puns are so much better than without puns.
* RentAZilla -- Giant monsters in works not about them are so much cooler than without giant monsters.
* SlimeSnailsAndMutantTails -- Slime is so much better than no slime.
* StabTheSky -- Holding weapons over the head looks so much cooler than not holding them like that.
* StrawberryShorthand -- Strawberries are so much better than without strawberries.
* StuffBlowingUp -- Explosions are so much better than not having explosions.
* TooManyBelts -- Belts are so much better than not having belts.
* {{Troperiffic}} -- Tropes are so much better than without tropes.
* XMakesAnythingCool -- Having X is so much better than not having X.
* XtremeKoolLetterz -- Xtreme Letterz are so much Kooler than boring uncool letters.
* {{Zipperiffic}}-- Zippers are so much better than without zippers.

!!These animals are so much better than without these animals. Or, depending on the animal, much worse (adds danger and suspense).
* CluckingFunny
* EverythingsBetterWithCows
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* EverythingsBetterWithLlamas
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins
* EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods
* EverythingsWorseWithBees
* PandaingToTheAudience
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!!Other languages can be better.
* AltumVidetur -- Omnia cum Latina est melius quam omnia sine Latine.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench -- Parler en franšais est beaucoup plus sexy que pas parler en franšais.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage -- These are better than English (or any native language) alone.
* GratuitousFrench -- Le franšais, c'est bien mieux que pas de franšais.
* GratuitousGerman -- Mit Deutsch ist alles besser als mit kein Deutsch.
* GratuitousItalian -- Tutto con l'italiano Ŕ meglio di tutto senza italiana.
* GratuitousGreek -- Τα πάντα με την ελληνική είναι καλύτερη από ό, τι χωρίς ελληνικά.
* GratuitousJapanese -- 日本とのすべてが日本語なしすべてよりも優れています。
* GratuitousRussian -- Все с русским лучше, чем все без русского языка.
* GratuitousSpanish -- Todo con espa˝ol es mejor que todo sin espa˝ol.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage -- .אלץ מיט ייִדיש איז בעסער ווי אַלץ אָן ייִדיש (''Read in Backwards'')
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