->''"[[ForYourPeopleByYourPeople Created for Tropers, by Tropers.]]"''

''Echo Chamber: The Adventures of a TV Tropes Vlogger'' is a TV Tropes video show. [[ShowWithinAShow The show is about the travails of a group of tropers trying to make a "Trope of the Week" video series]]. Which they do. Sort of. In spite of their best efforts.


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!! Last Season on'' Echo Chamber'':
!!!Episode 1.1: ShowWithinAShow

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* TheBigBoard: The chalkboard in the planning scene.
* BigShutUp: Dana does this repeatedly while Tom tries to explain SchrodingersCat.
* DrosteImage: Tom refers to the "David Hasselhoff's crotch" video version of this while trying to explain the trope. Even though it's completely irrelevant.
* EEqualsMCHammer: On TheBigBoard in the planning scene. Includes a pie chart that is turned into a Venn diagram, chemical and mathematical formulae, and a PrecisionFStrike.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Zack gets his in the first 30 seconds.
-->'''Tom:''' Zack, thank you for ruining the 20th take.\\
'''Zack:''' ''([[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm Totally missing the sarcasm.]])'' You're welcome, man.\\
'''Tom:''' Are you sorry?\\
'''Zack:''' Nah.\\
'''Tom:''' Yeah, I didn't think so.
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe. The [[TheFaceless faceless]] producer telling the hero what to do/not to do.
* FilmTheHand: Dana to Zack.
* HandPuppet: Zack's... whatever it is.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Zack expressing sympathy for the [[ShadowDictator producer]].
* MatryoshkaObject: Tom tries to explain the trope as one of these. Like the "box within a box" and the matryoshka dolls on the board.
* {{Pilot}}
* ShoutOut: Quite a few of them on TheBigBoard.

!!!Episode 1.2: FreudianExcuse

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* BigLittleBrother: Tom uses his as a FreudianExcuse.
-->'''Dana:''' Everyone has an older brother that overshadows--\\
'''Tom:''' I... I didn't say he was older.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Tom treats Zack so harshly because his FreudianExcuse means he "needs to be better than someone".
* {{Jerkass}}: Tom mentions that Dana thinks he is this. Dana confirms it.
* PaintingTheMedium: By making the cameraman a character in this ShowWithinAShow. There's a scene showing Dana and Tom saying some very private things about Zack, and eventually revealing that Zack was there filming the whole thing. A later scene lampshades the fact that we the audience cannot see what Zack cannot film. Don't ask how he can jump between cuts mid-sentence in unedited footage or remain unseen while filming Tom at face level in that closet.
* PantsFree: Tom records the vlog wearing his Batman boxers and spends the whole episode like this, including when they are outside.
* RecordNeedleScratch: Played as Dana says "That's it?" in response to Tom's self-pity story about his brother being generally superior to him throughout his childhood.
* SarcasmMode: "Aww, how tragic. Watch as my hatred turns to pity."

!!!Episode 1.3: TerribleIntervieweesMontage

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* AsideGlance: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example by Tom around three minutes into the video.
* CoolBoat: On the board in the background in the interview montage.
* ExecutiveMeddling:[[invoked]] Mr. Administrator insisting the show needs a female co-star.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The "tension" mentioned by the Administrator appears in episode 5.
* MadeMyselfSad: Zack.
-->'''Zack:''' Therapy is for losers... I MadeMyselfSad.
* KnifeNut: One of the interviewees plays with a folding knife throughout his scenes, then lampshades the trope:
-->'''Interviewee:''' Are you afraid of the knife?
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Tom's Ex Shannon pops up, pissed off because Tom didn't tell her about the casting for a female actress and she had to find out about it on {{Facebook}}. She also seems to think they're still together.
* [[SilenceYouFool Silence!]]: Said by the Administrator.
* TakeThatUs: Dana points out that {{Terrible Interviewees Montage}}s are never funny.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: The actual montage included Zack's uncle (who's just as [[CloudCuckooLander strange]] as he is), a porn-star, a girl who ''may'' have come for the counseling session the team hijacked, and possibly a serial-killer.
* UnresolvedSexualTension[=/=]BelligerentSexualTension: Invoked by the Administrator.
-->'''Administrator:''' You need conflict. Someone to argue with. Someone with whom you can have a very particular kind of ''tension''. Ms. Shaw will appear in your next video.

!!!Episode 1.4: DumbassHasAPoint

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* BuffySpeak: Zack trying to explain what "After Effects" is.
-->'''Zack:''' It's... the thing with the things!
* CannotSpitItOut: Dana.
-->'''Dana:''' Sorry I was... ''(long {{beat}})'' ...yeah.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: Dana initially calls the final intro "not unimpressive", but then corrects herself to "really good".
* CreditsGag: In the final credits, Zack's position has been changed from "Director of Photography" to "Doctor of Photography". The credits card also notes that he is responsible for the "Crap Titles".
* DumbassHasAPoint: Who would have thought Zack would know about After Effects?
* ExecutiveMeddling:[[invoked]] Mr. Administrator insisting the title screen be changed.
* HiddenDepths: Zack's knowledge of After Effects and his degree in art, which may or may not be real.
* HypocriticalHumor: Tom tells Dana that anyone who always assumes a person can't do something right will eventually be proven wrong...right before Tom immediately scolds Zack for talking, as if assuming he can't possibly contribute.
* SquarePegRoundTrope: Tom tries to invoke DumbassHasAPoint on himself, but Dana reminds him he's severely lacking in the point department.
* StylisticSuck: The first intros Tom makes for the vlog.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Tom assumes he's the dumbass when it's clearly Zack.
-->'''Tom:''' If you keep assuming someone can't do anything right, sooner or later you're going to get proven wrong.\\
'''Zack:''' Yeah!\\
'''Tom:''' God, I wish I had some duct tape right now!\\
'''Zack:''' Why?\\
'''Tom:''' ''[[BigShutUp To shut you up!]]''
-->'''Dana:''' To be a "dumbass with a point", you need to have a point, dumbass.\\
'''Tom:''' Trope still applies.\\
'''Dana:''' Does not.

!!!Episode 1.5: UnresolvedSexualTension

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* {{Beat}}: There is a long one after Dana's HairFlip.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Dana flat out says she hates Tom.
* ChekhovsGun: The phone call that interrupt's Tom's moment with Dana could be seen as one, seeing as the next episode features phone calls from his PsychoExGirlfriend.
* DropTheCow: "I'd do 'er."
* HairFlip: Referenced and demonstrated by Dana.
* InsistentTerminology: Dana and Tom are trying to discuss their characters separately from themselves, in order to keep themselves distant from their roles. It leads to a lot of "I will... I mean ''she'' will..."
* LettingHerHairDown:
** Dana does this in discussion how to use {{UST}}, which backfires and totally works for Tom.
** It shows up again in TheStinger, when they're watching TV together.
* MomentKiller: Basically mandatory, courtesy of a cell phone.
* ShipTease

!!!Episode 1.6: PsychoExGirlfriend

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Shannon confronts Dana alone, Dana offhandedly said that Shannon could do better than Tom. Shannon's reaction to that made Dana realize that she was a "multi-stalker."
* BuxomIsBetter: Tom, about Shannon.
-->'''Tom:''' Have you ''seen'' her boobs, Dana? They are ''so'' good!
* ButtMonkey: Meta example. One viewer mistook the reflection of Dave in the window for Shannon and commented on it. The comment is now a top-rated comment and gets regular snarky replies.
* TheCameo: Zack's brother, Dave is visible holding a boom during the kitchen scene.
* CreditsGag: Titles by Justin Hill & Zack Wallnau, Music by Justin Hill, Sound by Dave Unrelated Hill
* DidYouJustHaveSex: How did Dana know Tom was sleeping with Shannon again? He was ''way'' too happy.
* DoubleStandard: Mentioned in the beginning of the video, where Dana says how psycho exes are PlayedForLaughs if they're female and PlayedForDrama if they're male.
* FunTShirt: Tom wears one that depicts the sinking of the Titanic and the caption "[[WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings This is why we can't have nice things]]."
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Said by Tom, referring to his breakup with his fiance.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Shannon gets a PsychoStrings sting whenever she enters a scene.
* LoveConfession: Zack to Dana.
-->'''Zack:''' Dana, I followed you all day with my camera... because I love you.\\
'''Dana:''' That's nice, Zack.
* MaleGaze: Zack keeps the focus on Shannon's butt as she walks away after the first confrontation, dropping both Dana and Tom out of focus and out of frame briefly.
* SarcasmMode: Dana's response when Shannon claims that Dana doesn't know anything about love.
-->'''Dana:''' Oh, no. My heart, she breaks. (''Traces the outline of a teardrop down her cheek'')
* SayMyName:
-->'''Dana:''' What the hell was that?\\
'''Tom:''' ''Shannon.''
* StalkingIsLove: This is what Shannon seems to believe.
* TakeThatUs: More mild than in some other episodes, but Dana does bring up the sexist DoubleStandard behind the trope.
* VisibleBoomMic: In the scene in the kitchen as Tom describes how crazy Shannon is, you can see Zack's brother Dave holding the boom mic ''and'' Zack off and on throughout the scene. Their reflection in the window is right in the middle of most of the shots to boot.
* VertigoEffect: TheStinger tries to invoke this along with an OhCrap look from Tom.
* [[WhatDoesSheSeeinHim What Do You See in Him?]]: Dana ask this to Shannon because in her eyes, Tom is gross and kinda of a loser.
* {{Yandere}}: Shanon is implied to have elements of this.
-->'''Tom:''' But can you imagine what she would've done to me if I just told her? She would've thrown me off the tower!

!!!Episode 1.7: WalkAndTalk

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* BottleEpisode
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Plot relevant, as soon as Dana realizes the camera is on she bails, due to not being prepared (clothes and makeup) for filming.
* HilariousOuttakes: TheStinger, where Zack falls over.
* InvokedTrope: Tom invokes WalkAndTalk; Dana is not pleased at all.
* OlderThanTheyThink: In-universe example
-->'''Tom:''' "This week's trope is WalkAndTalk."\\
'''Dana:''' "Oh, like ''[[Series/TheWestWing West Wing]]''."\\
'''Tom:''' "No! KennethBranagh did it first!"
* TheOner: Except for TheStinger, the entire video is one continuous shot. TheStinger itself was another one.
* ThrowItIn: One can only imagine the stinger was a happy accident.

!!!Episode 1.8: RomanticFalseLead

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* AtrociousAlias: Shannon, or "Crazyfuck [=McStalkerson=]."
* BareYourMidriff: One of Porn Girl's outfits in the FallingInLoveMontage is a red shirt that displays this.
* CallBack: "Porn Girl" first appeared in TerribleIntervieweesMontage.
* CurseCutShort: Dana's opinion of Shannon hasn't improved.
--> '''Dana:''' She's kind of a who--''[Opening titles]''
* DoggedNiceGuy: Zack seems to be becoming this.
* FallingInLoveMontage
* FourthDateMarriage: Tom believes this will happen with him and Porn Girl. He's dead wrong. [[spoiler:Not only is she ticked off about Zack following them around, she's also very annoyed that Tom hasn't tried to sleep with her yet.]]
* GirlOfTheWeek: Mentioned, and Porn Girl becomes this.
* GodivaHair: Dana's hair covers up most of the 'Fucked' on the back of her shirt in the intro.
* GoldDigger: Porn Girl
-->'''Porn Girl''': Let's go buy me things!
* JustForPun[=/=]{{Malaproper}}: Porn Girl says she doesn't do sex tapes "pro boner". It's not clear whether she intended the pun or just got the phrase "pro bono" ("for free") wrong.
* LampshadeHanging: After filming Tom and Porn Girl's dates, Zack audibly wonders, "Why ''am'' I here?"
* MaleGaze: Is Zack zooming in on Porn Girl's ass for it's own sake, or is he artistically signalling the shallowness of Tom's attraction to her? We may never know.
* MetafictionalDevice[=/=]NinjaProp: After the FallingInLoveMontage, Porn Girl is angry that Tom invited Zack to film their dates. Otherwise, we wouldn't have seen them.
* MotorMouth: When Tom is explaining RomanticFalseLead to Porno Girl.
* NoNameGiven[=/=]OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: While in the third episode, she's introduced as Alyssa (Another TheDanza), in this episode Porn Girl is always Porn Girl. Tom even addresses her as "Porn Girl".
* OutdatedOutfit: Tom's plaid suit jacket and bow tie combo.
* SweetheartSipping: Tom and Porn Girl sharing the milkshake during the FallingInLoveMontage.

!!!Episode 1.9: DidYouThinkICantFeel

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* AnachronicOrder: The episode goes back and forth between Tom arguing with Dana in the evening and Tom arguing with Shannon in the afternoon.
* GetARoom: "Just fuck already, ''Jesus!''"
* InMediasRes: The episode begins with Tom referring to an argument that he and Dana already had offscreen.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The stinger, where Shannon looks at Zack's camera.
--> '''Zack:''' Why are you looking at me?
* PrecisionFStrike: See GetARoom above.
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!!!Episode 1.10/Season Finale: MysteriousEmployer

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* ComfortingComforter: Tom covering up Dana with the blanket.
* CreditsGag: Zack is responsible for the "Horrible Puppets".
* FinaleCredits: The ClosingCredits to the finale has an adapted version of the ending music.
* {{Handpuppet}}: Sockpuppets, actually. Literally. Socks with faces painted on them during "Puppet Adventure, Episode 10: 'Mysterious Balloon' "
* LimitedAnimation: ''Really'' limited, in "TV Tropes Cartoony Fun Times".
* TheManBehindTheMan: TheStinger implies that the Administrator may be being pressured into finding a capable vlog maker by a power higher up the ladder
* NotSoDifferent: Mr. Administrator tells this to Zack in that both their fathers forced them into doing something they don't want.
* PottyDance: Zack, at the very end.
* PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep: The Voice From The Tunnel, along with the usual VoiceOfTheLegion.
* SeasonFinale
* StylisticSuck: All of their attempts to re-invent the show are progressively worse and sillier, eventually ending with a horrendous sock-puppet show with horrendously stilted dialog.
* SilenceYouFool: Mr. Administrator does this to Zack when he tries to ask where's the bathroom.
* {{Sting}}: A dramatic one while the Administrator loses his temper with Tom and Dana and issues them an ultimatum.
* TakeThat: A majority of the episode is devoted to Tom and Dana poking fun at the Administrator.
* VisibleBoomMic: After filming the puppet show, part of the mic is visible in the top right hand corner of the frame.
* YouHaveFailedMe: The Administrator uses a variation on this.
--> '''Administrator''': "You have angered us, Mr. Pike, ''for the last time!''"

!! This season on ''Echo Chamber''
!!!Episode 2.1: AlwaysSomeoneBetter

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: How Ace describes the episode's trope.
* {{Flashback}}: To the very first episode.
* GrowingTheBeard: See VisualPun.[[invoked]]
* HandyRemoteControl: Ace uses one during his discussion of ShowWithinAShow.
* InherentlyFunnyWord: "gurt".
* MeaningfulName: [[TheAce Ace]], who, well... [[ShapedLikeItself is.]]
* NotSoStoic: Mr. Administrator, of all people, laughs at one of Ace's videos.
* {{Portmanteau}}: Conversed within one of Ace's videos.
* TheOtherWiki: the people backing Ace's vlog series, ''[citation needed]''
* TradeSnark: Played with; the name of Ace's vlog series could be considered this with reference to TheOtherWiki.
* VisualPun: Tom attempted to literally [[InvokedTrope invoke]] GrowingTheBeard in TheStinger. Dana shoots him down by pushing him into a bathroom and tossing in a razor.

!!!Episode 2.2: TheAce

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* AccidentalMisnaming: Ace is good at everything... except getting Tom's name right.
* {{Adorkable}}: Gaelyn
* BirdsOfAFeather: It seems Gaelyn thought she and Zack would be this until Zack said they [[JustFriends should be best friends]]
* CallBack: "Where are we going?" "Somewhere specific."
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Gaelyn asks Zack to meet her for a date. He misses the "date" bit and concludes that they should be best friends. She's disappointed, but goes along with it.
* DistaffCounterpart: Ace has a camera''woman'' who's just as {{Adorkable}} as Zack. Zack comes to the conclusion that they should be best friends.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Tom slams the door at Zack's face for, it seems, daring to say Ace is a nice guy.
* TheFaceless: Zack's Dad, who is briefly seen from behind. [[spoiler:Zack's face is mostly seen in a blink-or-you-miss-it moment.]]
* LoveTriangle: Possible one between Zack, Gaelyn, and Dave.
** Also, possibly between Tom, Dana and Ace.
* ObliviousToLove: Zack, in Gaelyn's case.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Gaelyn.

!!!Episode 2.3: ADayInTheLimelight

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* BuffySpeak: Gaelyn asks Dana if she sees Zack as a "potential romantic...thing".
* CallBack: Dana mentions the time Zack followed her home and told her he loves her in the "Psycho Ex-Girlfriend" episode.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Gaelyn for Zack.
* DawsonCasting: Stephen says he will play his younger self in a video instead of a child actor.
* {{Diary}}: Gaelyn keeps a video diary.
* TheFaceless: Subverted this episode with Zack. His face is still usually blocked by his camera, but in one scene it's visible ''very'' briefly.
* HappilyAdopted: Gaelyn is Ace's cousin and adopted sister. It's unclear which one was the adopted one but they seem to like each other like siblings.
* ICallHerVera: Zack call his camera lens "Lindsay".
* {{Megane}}: Zack.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Pick. Dana. Up". Our first clue of Gaelyn's [[ClingyJealousGirl true nature]].
* TangledFamilyTree: Stephen and Gaelyn are cousins and adopted siblings.

!!!Episode 2.4: ConflictingLoyalty

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* BuffySpeak:
--> '''Stephen:''' "I'm gonna need you ''a lot''. For stuff. To do stuffs."
* ButtMonkey: Zack.
--> '''Zack:''' "A lot of people step on me, and I don't bitch about it."
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Poor Zack hasn't had a single nice word for filming great videos.
* FreudianSlip: Tom, after discovering Dana will also produce for ''[citation needed]''.
--> '''Tom:''' A stepping stone. So ''I'm'' just a stepping stone to you.
--> '''Dana:''' The show, Tom. The ''show''.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The ice polisher doesn't have a driver and crashes out of the ice rink into the street.
* LiteralMinded: Zack actually thought Gaelyn was talking about fruit when she tried to invite him on a date.
* LonelyPianoPiece: A very brief one is heard during TheStinger.
* NiceHat: Both Dana and Tom wear these.
* ObliviousToLove: Zack towards Gaelyn.

!!!Episode 2.5: ChekhovsGun

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* BrickJoke:
--> '''Dana''': "Why is there a gun in the fridge?"
* CallBack: Knife Guy, just this time, he has a [[WrenchWhack wrench]].
* CreditsGag: Plantboot as herself
* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: Zack, thinking a ChekhovsGun was a real gun that could kill, thought that everything Tom was pointing as chekhov's gun could actually kill him.
--> '''Zack:''' "You tried to kill me with ''stripes''!"
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Dana, after hearing how Tom screwed up the video by letting Zack act in it.
* LiteralMinded: Zack, and it drives the plot.
* LoveHurts: Dave crying for Gaelyn in TheStinger.
* SpotOfTea: Dana was drinking tea in the meanwhile. That or maybe [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee]].
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: It almost ends Tom's.


!!!Episode 2.6: ForgottenBirthday

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* CallBack: Zack's dead cat in a box.
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Tom can't see the bad thing about forgetting to at least say "Happy Birthday", but Dana clearly can.
* MoodWhiplash: The last scene is actually pretty sweet... until [[spoiler:Dana opens the box]].
* TakeThatUs: Tom drones on in the ShowWithinAShow out how unrealistic the ForgottenBirthday trope is.

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!!!Episode 2.7: NoirEpisode

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* CallBack: Dave still crying about how LoveHurts.
* {{Chiaroscuro}}
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Lampshaded. [[spoiler:Subverted in TheStinger, which reveals that Zack just couldn't find the color button.]]
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Stephen, when [[spoiler:he shows up for his date with Dana.]]
* FemmeFatale: Dana is a parody of this trope in this episode.
* GrayRainOfDepression:
-->"The Pittsburgh autumn rain had stopped just long enough for the sun to poke its head out and say, 'Hey, how's it going?' and for me to answer, 'Where were you the last four days?'"
* LiteralMinded: Tom, for asking if their boss wanted SomethingCompletelyDifferent.
* MaleGaze: When demonstrating how the dolly works, Zack zooms in on Dana's breasts.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: "And like that, she was gone... like a... Kleenex... caught in the wind."
* NewspaperThinDisguise
* NiceHat: Tom and Stephen both sport fedoras. Dana has a cloche hat.
* PrivateEyeMonologue
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Dana and Ace are now dating]].

!!!Episode 2.8: TyrantTakesTheHelm

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* [[AllGirlsLikePonies All]] [[{{Manchild}} Manchildren]] [[AllGirlsLikePonies Like Ponies]]: Zack.
* BadBoss: Umphrey.[[spoiler:..although it's all an act. However, Mr. Administrator qualifies for real when he refuses to pay Umphrey.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: In TheStinger, we learn that Mr. Administrator contracted Umphrey so Tom and Dana could have a common enemy, which would motivate them to work better together]].
* BigWordShout: "GET OUT!!!!"
* CallBack: [[spoiler:The newspaper from the Noir Episode]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Zack, as usual. Tom and Dana don't include him in their high five after Umphrey quits, even though Zack is the one who drove him away.
--> '''Tom:''' [[SarcasmMode "Thanks for being annoying, Zack."]]
* EvilBrit: Umphrey has a British accent.[[spoiler:..a fake one.]]
* EvilCripple: Umphrey walks with a cane.[[spoiler:..which he doesn't really need.]]
* ExecutiveMeddling:[[invoked]] Mr. Administrator does this by installing Umphrey as the new executive producer of Echo Chamber. Umphrey then does it by completely re-writing the new episode.
* FakeBrit: Tom in Umphrey's video.[[spoiler:..as well as Umphrey himself.]]
* MythologyGag: Hey, [[TheUmbridge Mr. Umbridge]]!
* NiceHat: Dana wears one in the final scene.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Dana.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: [[spoiler:Umphrey]].
* [[PleaseDumpMe Please, Dump Us]]: Tom and Dana, knowing they can't just fire Umphrey, make [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Zack]] annoy him enough to quit.
* StoicSpectacles: Umphrey.
* ToiletHumour: Zack follows Umphrey to the restroom. HilarityEnsues.
* TokenMinority: Umphrey is the only non-white character to appear on the show so far.

!!!Episode 2.9: MyBelovedSmother

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* AbusiveParents: Zack and Dave's father. In the psycological and controlling way.
* AbsenteeActor: Neither Tom nor Dana appear in this episode.
* BigFancyHouse: Zack lives in one of this.
* BuxomIsBetter: Zack is not interested in Gaelyn, but she has great boobs.
* CallBack: Zack's [=PhD=] in art.
* ChildProdigy: Mark says Zack made heart-wrenching films at the age of nine.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Zack as always.
--> '''Zack:''' Dad, your name's Mark? I thought it was "Dad".
* ADayInTheLimelight: Essentially one for Zack- Tom and Dana aren't even mentioned in this episode.
* DramaBomb: Although there's some humor, this episode is more serious than usual.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: Mark thinks that there's no such thing as a [=PhD=] in art, and he's disappointed that Zack got one instead of "fulfilling his potential" by focusing on his cinematography career.
* FreudianExcuse: With this kind of father, it's not surprice that Zack and Dave are such [[{{Manchild}} Manchildren]].
* HairDecorations: Gaelyn's bow headband.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog:
-->'''Gaelyn:''' "Um, Zack can you tell me where your bathroom is?"
* {{Manchild}}: Zack and Dave. Dave get scared with a mouse and Zack doesn't even know what a "rent" is.
** Actually Zack was just asking how high was the rent per month.
* NoodleIncident: Zack says it isn't his fault that Gaelyn's dog got covered in spaghetti.
* TheReveal: Zack's dad, Mark [[spoiler: is the producer of ''[citation needed]'']].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent
* TheUnfavorite: Dave is implied to be this.
--> '''Zack:''' But, I can't leave. Who's gonna feed Dave?

!!!Episode 2.10: BrokenAce

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: The final scene.
* {{Jerkass}}: Stephen was implied before to be one, but this episode sells it.
* PlayingSick: Dana follows Tom's advice to see if ''[citation needed]'' really needs her.
* PornStache: Dana and Ace wear one for the ''[citation needed]'' shoot.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Dana.
* SubordinateExcuse:[[spoiler: Stephen hired Dana just because he likes her, not because he needed a producer]].
* {{Workaholic}}: Dana finds herself with a whole free day and we found that she barely has any hobbies, she just works on the shows.
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!!!Episode 2.11: ComingOfAgeStory

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* AffairHair: Zack's dad keeps finding "Blue locks of hair" between Zack's stuff.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Mark to [[spoiler:Mr. Administrator]].
--> "''Why'' do you need ''my son!?''"
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther
* BaitAndSwitch: "Ready to make this kiss happen?" [[spoiler:Turns out they're talking about making a Hershey kiss.]] Lampshaded.
-->"They're gonna be ''pissed''!"
* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Subverted. Tom and Dana make a Big Damn ''Hershey'' Kiss.]]
** [[spoiler: played straight, albiet with a KissingDiscretionShot, for Zack and Gaelyn.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Since this is a ComingOfAgeStory, this can't lack , specifically [[spoiler: Zack leave his dad's house, quits Echo Chamber and thinks to have a real job]].
* TheFaceless: Subverted. Thanks to Gaelyn's filming, we finally get to see Zack's whole face. [[spoiler: Also, Mr. Administrator is seen very briefly from the side in the WhiteVoidRoom]]
* FadeToWhite: As Zack [[spoiler: throws the camera to the floor after quitting]].
* KissingDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Gaelyn and Zack's ShutUpKiss]].
* [[spoiler:ManBehindTheMan: Mr. Administrator is behind Zack's dad]]
* TheParagon: Gaelyn to Zack.
* RagingStiffie:
--> '''Zack:''' I feel tingly. Tingly in my pants.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler:Zack and Gaelyn, apparently.]]
* ShutUpKiss: [[spoiler:Gaelyn to Zack.]]
* WhamEpisode: Where do we start? [[spoiler:Zack quits Echo Chamber and moves in with Gaelyn. Gaelyn kisses Zack, and Zack apparently returns her feelings. Mr. Administrator is an admin for TheOtherWiki. It's vital to Mr. Administrator's plan (which doesn't get revealed until the next episode) for Zack to return to Echo Chamber. ''[citation needed]'' is cancelled.]]
* WhoAreYou: [[spoiler: Zack's dad]] gives an anguished one to [[spoiler: Mr. Administrator]] in the last seconds of the episode.

!!!Episode 2.12: MindScrew

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* AbsenteeActor: Everyone except Mr. Administrator.
* [[spoiler: ActingForTwo: Patrick Kane plays Administrator Prime and all of Prime's instantiations.]]
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[spoiler: Administrator Prime]].
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Mr. Administrator [[spoiler: Prime's disintegration powers]].
* BizarroEpisode: As the title suggests.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Mr. Administrator's plans don't sound all that threatening or sinister, although he seems to sell them as such. [[spoiler:That is, the "infection" of multiple planes of reality with fiction, or Tropes. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife TVTropes will ruin our lives?]] A MindScrew indeed.]]
* CallBack: "Gurt"; the fact that the BRIGHTWHITELIGHT doesn't have a bathroom.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The credits are as warped as the episode itself, venturing into TrueArtIsIncomprehensible.
* CreditsGag: MR. ADMINISTRATOR as MR. ADMINISTRATOR [[spoiler: repeated 5 times.]]
** Filmed at location [[WhiteVoidRoom The White Void]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: for Mr. Administrator
* EmergingFromTheShadows: [[spoiler: Mr. Administrator and his instantiations]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: One of the instantiations is called "weirdo" for the rest because of his exaggerated like of the word "gurt"]].
* FacialMarkings: One of the ways to [[DistinguishingMark distinguish]] [[spoiler:Mr. Administrator's instantiations. Naturally they are at the temples, which are above where Mr. Administrators face is normally seen by the other characters.]]
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In-Universe. [[spoiler: Administrator Prime]] went out of the screen to punish [[spoiler: one of his instatiations]] for his silliness.
* GenreShift: This episode veers more into Sci-Fi territory than previous episodes.
* HiveQueen: [[spoiler: Administrator Prime]].
* [[spoiler:ManBehindTheMan: Apparently, Administrator Prime is behind Mr. Administrator, the latter also being a copy of the former. Plus, there are lots of other copies of Administrator Prime and he's behind all of them.]]
* MesACrowd: [[spoiler: Mr. Administrator]].
* PowerGlows: The disintegration [[BuffySpeak wobbly thing]].
* [[spoiler: RecursiveReality: Administrator Prime explains that there are infinite story layers, possibly implying that the viewer's reality may be one such layer. In other words, it's turtles all the way down.]]
* {{Retcon}}[=/=]SnapBack[=/=]StatusQuoIsGod: Forcing this [[spoiler:on Zack]] is Mr. Administrator's plan for getting ''Echo Chamber'' back "on track", whatever that means. Unfortuantely, that requires a lot more work than a simple {{Handwave}}.
* SeasonFinale
* SharpDressedMan: Mr. Administrator.[[spoiler:..and his instantiations]].
* StoicSpectacles: [[spoiler: One of Mr. Administrator's instantiations]]
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Zack occupies a crucial role in Mr. Administrator's plans because of his unconventional ability. [[spoiler: [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief Suspension of Disbelief]].]]
* YouAreNumberSix: [[spoiler: Mr. Administrator's instantiations]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: Mr. Administrator applies this in effect (if not using the direct phrase) [[spoiler:on one of his instantiations]] and threatens it [[spoiler:on a different instantiation.]]


!! Echo Chamber Overdose:
* [[Recap/EchoChamber Read episode recaps. ]]
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13054801740A92145700&page=1 Discuss it.]]
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13080030120A02080100 Write for it.]] [[http://tvtropes.info/echochamber/2011/10/03/open-auditions-for-season-two/ Act in it.]]
* [[https://twitter.com/#!/deadcatinabox Be tweeted by Zack's Twitter account.]] [[http://twitter.com/#!/YouHaveFailedUs Or Mr. Administrator's.]]
* [[http://tvtropes.info/echochamber/ Be blogged by production staff.]]
* [[http://www.facebook.com/EchoChamber Stalk it on Facebook.]]

!!Season 1 Episode Tropes
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[[caption-width-right:200:Left to right: Dave, Tom, Zack and Dana.]]
[[index]]
* Episode 1: ShowWithinAShow, in which the series and characters are introduced, and the cast struggle with the production of the TV Tropes vlog series.
* Episode 2: FreudianExcuse, in which the characters try to shoot a video about the aforementioned subject, but fail repeatedly as they examine their bad childhoods.
* Episode 3: TerribleIntervieweesMontage, in which the characters must find a new cast member for a female role; however, unfortunate circumstances lead to terrible applicants, causing a... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Terrible Interviewees Montage]].
* Episode 4: DumbassHasAPoint, in which the gang is working on trying to come up with a better graphic effects opening montage. Tom is frustrated and is baffled as to how to make the montage work, until Zack--of all people--comes up with a surprisingly insightful suggestion.
* Episode 5: UnresolvedSexualTension, in which Dana and Tom try to determine whether there should be any between their characters on the show. Things get complicated when he reveals he's attracted to Dana. And Zack will always be alone.
* Episode 6: PsychoExGirlfriend, in which Shannon reappears and is just generally creepy. Also, Dana snarks a lot.
* Episode 7: WalkAndTalk, in which [[InvokedTrope Tom tricks Dana into walking and/or talking]].
* Episode 8: RomanticFalseLead, in which Tom gets a date, and Dana may or may not care.
* Episode 9: DidYouThinkICantFeel, in which Tom and Dana hash it out, and someone leaves the show forever--all leading up to the season finale of Echo Chamber.
* Episode 10, The Season Finale: MysteriousEmployer, in which Mr. Administrator threatens to end the web show forever, unless Tom and Dana create something of transcendent beauty.

!!Season 2 Episodes
* Preview: NeverTrustATrailer.
* Episode 1: AlwaysSomeoneBetter, in which the gang finds out about a competitor vlog from The Other Wiki, who seems to be much better than Echo Chamber.
* Episode 2: TheAce, where Tom and Dana try to persuade Ace (maker of the competitor vlog) to act as an ace in ''Echo Chamber'' so they can demonstrate that trope.
* Episode 3: ADayInTheLimelight, where Gaelyn takes the role of the main camera and she discovers Zack likes Dana.
* Episode 4: ConflictingLoyalty: Dana now has to balance her life under the pressure of producing two web shows, and Gaelyn tries to invite Zack on a date.
* Episode 5: ChekhovsGun, in which Zack's {{Literal Minded}}ness puts Tom in danger.
* Episode 6: ForgottenBirthday: Dana teaches Tom that forgetting someone's birthday is SeriousBusiness.
* Episode 7: NoirEpisode, in which Tom and Zack learn that Dana has a secret.
* Episode 8: TyrantTakesTheHelm: The gang has to deal with an ill-tempered new producer.
* Episode 9: MyBelovedSmother: Zack takes Gaelyn to meet his tyrannical father. Drama ensues.
* Episode 10: BrokenAce: Tom challenges Dana to find out if ''[citation needed]'' really needs her.
* Episode 11: ComingOfAgeStory: Zack makes choices that will determine his future--and the future of ''Echo Chamber''.
* Episode 12, The Season's Finale: MindScrew: When Mr. Administrator is forced to deal with the fallout of Zack's decision, the secrets of his identity, his motives, and the nature of ''Echo Chamber'' itself are revealed.
[[/index]]

!! Tropes used by the series in general:
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Zack.
** Tom, any time he lets the JerkAss thing go and is honest about how he feels.
** Dana, any time she lets go of the snark to be honest.
** Zack's DistaffCounterpart, Gaelyn.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Shannon for Tom, Tom for Porn Girl, Zack for Dana, and (possibly) Dana for Tom.
** As of the second episode of season two, we have Dave for Gaelyn, and Gaelyn for Zack.
* AllMenArePerverts:
** In episode 6, Tom is terrified of Shannon... until he sleeps with her again. At which point he no longer cares that she's stalking him, because she has great boobs.
** Zack:
-->'''Episode 5:''' "I'd do 'er."\\
'''Episode 5:''' "Bend over backwards to accommodate ''me!''"\\
'''Episode 6:''' "It's like she couldn't even ''see'' my boner!"
* BadBoss: Tom to Zack, Mr. Administrator to Tom.
* BrickJoke:
** In Episode 4, Tom tells Dana that the only food he has is rice, but that she could put salt on it. In Episode 6, you see Tom first cooking rice and later pouring copious amounts of salt onto it.
** In Episode 1 Zack makes a joke about keeping a dead cat in a box (Schrodinger's Cat). In episode 16, [[spoiler: he gives said box to Dana for her birthday.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Dana apparently feels no need to be nice with anything she says to Tom, and tells him that he's completely incompetent, his videos are awful and she hates his guts.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Zack. He is good with After Effects, has a [=PhD=], and delivered a baby once. He was also making amazing, heart-wrenching films when he was nine years old.
* ButtMonkey: Zack.
* CatchPhrase: Dana has the word "suck".
* CerebusSyndrome: Slides into this gradually; the first somewhat serious arc begins in episode 3, but the arc episodes get somewhat more common and serious in season 2. The last four episodes of season 2 each advance at least one of the show's arcs, all of them are DarkerAndEdgier than any of the episodes that came before them, and [[spoiler:the season 2 finale in particular implies that there will be much more of this syndrome]] in the third season, (which WordOfGod says will be the last one).
* CharacterBlog: Both Zack's [[http://twitter.com/#!/deadcatinabox in-character Twitter account]] and the [[http://tvtropes.info/echochamber/ Production Blog which seems to be written by Shannon]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Zack. And judging by his uncle Bill, ItRunsInTheFamily.
-->'''Zack:''' You keep your dead cat in a box, too?
* ConversationalTroping: Happens a lot with this being about tropes.
* TheDanza: Almost all the characters are named after their actors. The only exception so far is Umphrey Bridgeport from TyrantTakesTheHelm, who is played by Stefan Dezil. [[spoiler:However, given TheReveal at the end of that episode, it's probable that this isn't the character's real name.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Dana.
* TheDitz: Zack.
* DomesticAbuse: Shannon towards Tom.
* DramaBomb: The last four episodes of season 2 are more serious than all the preceding episodes.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EveryoneOwnsAMac:
** Tom is shown using an Apple laptop in episodes 4, 5, 6 and 10. Presumably, this trope will continue to show up in every episode where his computer is shown.
** The Editing Suite where they speak to the Administrator also seems to be full of iMacs.
** Dana is using an Apple laptop in Episode 10.
* ExecutiveMeddling:[[invoked]] Mr. Administrator sometimes orders Tom and Dana to change their show in some way.
* {{Expy}}: Mr. Administrator is somewhat reminiscent of The Chief from ''WebVideo/AgentsOfCracked'', another webseries that depicts a fictionalized version of two people working to create content for a website.
* TheFaceless:
** Zack.
*** Except [[spoiler:episode 2. And even then, it's so dark that you don't really see anything]].
--->'''Tom:''' [[EnforcedTrope If you get near the front of the camera, I will stab you! I will actually stab you!]]
*** You also see him briefly in episode 4 [[spoiler: when Dana leaves for the night and it cuts to a view of him holding the camera]].
*** And again partially [[spoiler: episode 6 due to a VisibleBoomMic moment]].
*** {{Lampshaded}} in episode 10; the only defining features of Zack's sock puppet are a derpy tongue poking out and a camera.
*** The Season 1 finale has Zack [[spoiler: talking with his face partially obscured by his camera and then when he pulls it down he is facing opposite the camera]].
*** Zack starts to avert this slightly more as of Season 2, in several episodes (notably 2x09), there are moments where you can see pretty much all of him except his eyes.
** The Administrator, who is both out of frame from just below the eyes and up, and back-lit so that his features are almost completely obscured by shadow. That's all we're saying about him. He scares us.
** In 2.11, Zack is finally fully visible. [[spoiler:And in TheStinger, so is Mr. Administrator.]]
* FacePalm: Dana, ''a lot''. In TerribleIntervieweesMontage, she does the two-handed version.
* FreudianExcuse: Both Tom and Zack have these.
* FunWithSubtitles: On Website/YouTube, you can add subtitles, which are sometimes funny or sarcastic.
* GotVolunteered: Zack.
-->'''Dana (to Tom):''' If you don't like him, why is he doing this with us?\\
'''Tom:''' His dad owns the equipment, and he made me let him tag along.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Tom is a good foot taller than Dana.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode is named after a Trope central to the episode, which is almost always [[TitleDrop discussed by name]] in the episode.
* InUniverseCamera: Most of the shots are done by the in-universe cameraman Zack or Gaelyn, but there are some overall shots as well.
* {{Jerkass}}: Dana calls Tom one in episode 1.2. [[InvokedTrope She's correct.]]
* {{Keet}}: Zack.
* LoveTriangle: Spoofed to hell and back with Tom, Zack, and Dana.
* ManChild: Zack.
* MissionControl: Mr. Administrator.
* MysteriousEmployer: Mr. Administrator.
* {{Mockumentary}}: See ShowWithinAShow.
* NoInnerFourthWall
* OnlySaneEmployee: Dana. Justified twice - Tom recruits her specifically to fill this role, and she mentions in episode 3 that being one makes her feel much more useful than any of her other jobs did.
* RackFocus
* RoyalWe: Mr. Administrator's speech pattern, [[spoiler:except for TheStinger of episode 10]]. Bonus points for being an example of the trope ''and'' a meta gag.
* RunningGag
** Dana telling Tom that he or his works suck.
** Tom filming without pants. There's a blink-and-you-miss-it shot in episode 2.5 where the camera pans down and you see he's in his boxers again - with his tuxedo shirt and jacket.
* ShoutOut: In the production blog, Shannon refers to Dana as [[Franchise/HarryPotter She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named]].
* ShowWithinAShow:
** Type 1. In the first episode Dana suggests they have a ShowWithinAShow in their first vlog in order to demonstrate the trope, which from the viewer's perspective would make it a Show Within A Show Within A Show, but Tom decides against it. In the other episodes, we see them making the vlog, but we never see the finished vlog itself.
** Season 2 has ''[citation needed]'', a competing vlog from TheOtherWiki. ''[citation needed]'' itself has a Show Within A Show, as the excerpt played is explaining that trope by doing a Show Within A Show of its own. ''[citation needed]'' also talks about ''Echo Chamber'' in a different episode.
* StalkerWithACrush: Zack follows Dana around because he loves her. Not that she cares.
* TheStinger: The outtakes, following the final credits. The ones in episodes 1.5, 1.10 and 2.8 have actual plot relevance.
* StrictlyFormula: Dana, Tom and Zack start talking about a trope. Trope occurs. HilarityEnsues.
** [[spoiler: Which, according to 2.12, is [[YouCantThwartStageOne the first stage of Mr. Administrator's plan in action]].]]
* TheTeaser: So far, all but episodes 1.5 and 1.7 have started with one.
* TherapyIsForTheWeak: Zack. But he could really use some.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Tom doesn't seem to eat anything but rice and salt. He does vary it in episode 1.6 with some breadcrumbs and grated parmesan.
* UrbanFantasy: The show has elements of this from the beginning, thanks to Mr. Administrator's presence. It becomes especially prevalent with the revelations about him at the end of the second season.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Mr. Administrator.
* WhiteVoidRoom: Mr. Administrator's headquarters.

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