Hey there, I'm James. I stumbled onto Tv Tropes back in October of 2007 and quickly became an addict. I started off just reading and posting anonymous examples back when you could still do that, then got known and moved up to writing new tropes, work articles, etc. I'm a bit of an all around geek, especially when it comes to sci-fi/fantasy lit and anime.

My biggest contributions:


[[folder:Tropes I suggested and others launched:]]
* ScaledUp
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain.
* NotAfraidToDie
[[folder:Tropes created, written and launched by me:]]
* RetiredBadass
* RedOniBlueOni
* SurprisinglyEasyMiniQuest
* TheLastDJ
* MadBomber
* IgnoredEpiphany
* RedemptionQuest
* VictoryIsBoring
* MobWar
* KilledMidSentence
* OldSoldier
* DontTellMama
* MerlinAndNimue
* YouRemindMeOfX
* TactfulTranslation
* SayYourPrayers
* TheReliableOne
* CradleOfLoneliness
* DistractedFromDeath
* SmallRoleBigImpact
* MotivationalLie
* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims
* SympathyForTheHero
* TheMobBossIsScarier
* ScaredOfWhatsBehindYou
* GangInitiationFight
* GenocideFromTheInside

[[folder:Wrote articles for the following tropes, works or historical figures:]]
* PrincessMononoke
* TheUsualSuspects
* WeHaveReserves
* {{Onimusha}}
* {{Rocky}}
* WhyWontYouDie
* ShroudedInMyth
* PyrrhicVillainy
* LeastICouldDo
* TheLastDaysOfFoxhound
* {{Powers}}
* {{Snatch}}
* KorgothOfBarbaria
* TheWarlordChronicles
* ABronxTale
* {{DMZ}}
* KillShakespeare
* Theatre/{{Seminar}}
* WebComic/DemonThesis
* YagyuJubei
* OdaNobunaga
* DyingDeclarationOfHate

[[folder:Significantly rewrote/expanded the description of the following tropes or works:]]
* TheGodfather, (it was a one line summary before)
* ShootTheMessenger
* BlackRain
* Nearly every game in the QuestForGlory series, especially QuestForGloryII and QuestForGloryIV
* MidnightNation
* DefJamSeries
* Film/DuelToTheDeath
* Film/{{Cyborg}}
* TheRef
* {{Basic}}
* {{Payback}}
* Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai
* Anime/NinjaScroll

[[folder:Significantly changed these tropes:]]
* GutFeeling (added 2 of the 3 variations)
* {{Foil}} (turned it into a supertrope/index)

[[folder:Tropes that apply to me]]
* {{Adorkable}}
* AnswersToTheNameOfGod: It's a RunningGag that I do. My personal favorite example with a girl I was dating at the time:
-->'''Her:''' Oh God!\\
'''Me:''' Yes?\\
'''Her:''' (She's a fairly observant Jew) You're not God!!!\\
'''Me:''' That's not what you said last night.\\
'''Her:''' ... okay, so you're '''''a''''' god, you're just not '''''the''''' God, okay?!
* BadassLongcoat: I don't claim to be particularly badass, but I do love my long black jacket, and it's impossible to separate me from it in winter.
* UsefulNotes/BipolarDisorder
* BrilliantButLazy
* BrokenPedestal: Me mentoring people never seems to turn out well.
* BrooklynRage: Most of the time, I'm an aversion. (And yes I was born and grew up in Brooklyn, if you're curious.) However, I retain some of the attitude and according to friends [[BewareTheNiceOnes I get scary when I'm mad]]...
* ChaoticGood
* CloudCuckooLander: I tend to get ''very'' silly and carefree around people I'm totally comfortable with. They just happen to be very few, so most people see me as the quiet stoic.
* CombatPragmatist: I did my share of fighting bigger, nastier kids growing up and in my early teens. As a result my philosophy about fighting is that if there's the slightest chance of being hurt or killed in a fight, then anything goes.
* CovertPervert: Beneath the quiet, polite exterior lies a very dirty mind. People who used to seem impossibly dirty minded to me are now often surprised when I beat them in thinking dirty things.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeadpanSnarker
* FriendToAllChildren
* GracefulLoser: I usually shake hands and congratulate someone who beats me in a game, and if I'm trading snarkiness with someone and they make a cutting comment, [[ActuallyPrettyFunny I'm usually the first to laugh and give a high five]].
* TheInsomniac
* InsufferableGenius: In my worse moments.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation
* JackOfAllTrades: Worked jobs in multiple fields, and dabbled in various artistic fields as well.
* KnightInSourArmor: Although the degree of this and exactly where I am in the Idealism-Cynicism spectrum depends on my mood and what day it is.
* Nerd: Although people tell me I look like a type 2 HollywoodNerd. (People are weird.)
* NiceHat
* NoSocialSkills: When I was younger. Still working on that one...
* [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Not Especially Eerie Pale Skinned Brunette]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Which vaguely amuses me, since 10 years ago people regularly guessed that I was anywhere from a few years to a decade older than I was. Now it's the other way around.
* PermaStubble
* ProudToBeAGeek: Hells yeah!
* PungeonMaster: I'm incredibly fond of my puns.
* TheQuietOne
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to a longtime former best friend.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Hence why I'm usually poor and seldom stay longer than about a year at one job.
* TheSmartGuy
* TheSnarkKnight
* SophisticatedAsHell
* TheStoic
* StoicSpectacles
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Well, I used to be, anyway. The years are catching up. :p

[[folder:Favorite Works (no order)]]
* Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: Which I started reading at age 7 or 8 and made me a geek for life.
* ComicBook/TheSandman
* Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire
* Series/TheWire
* WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick
* TheShawshankRedemption
* Series/BreakingBad
* Literature/{{Discworld}} (By far my favorites are Discworld/NightWatch and Discworld/SmallGods. Discworld/ThiefOfTime is on the next level down)
* {{Gattaca}}
* Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff
* {{Snatch}}
* Series/{{Firefly}}
* TheUsualSuspects
* LAConfidential
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly
* TheDeparted
* BlazingSaddles
* ThePrincessBride
* EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind
* GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai
* TheManFromEarth
* CowboyBebop
* RurouniKenshin (Particularly the heartbreaking and beautifully done ''Trust and Betrayal'' OVA.)
* {{Trigun}}
* FullMetalAlchemist
* DeathNote
* WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender
* PrincessMononoke
* ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}
* VForVendetta (Comic, I'm rather cool towards the film.)
* SlidingDoors
* FightClub
* Also, I used to be big on AgathaChristie for awhile.

[[folder:Feel free to vandalize here]]
* Hello there. It's always weird to find someone with no vandalism on their page. I guess you haven't spent a ton of time on the Just for Fun side of the forums. Anyways, it's nice to meet you. I'm @/CompletelyNormalGuy
** Nice to meet you too. Thanks for the kind words. :) And aside from stopping into It Just Awes me, no I've haven't really spent any time in Just For Fun. Might do a little bit more of it now though.
* Why hello...-Tropers/XiphosOrochi666