Darth Wiki / Crappy Trope Definitions

Are you tired of the boring old accurate trope definitions? Never fear! For according to some tropers, we don't need to actually go to the page and read the definition. We can shoehorn any example into any trope, no matter how little sense it makes!

See also, How Not to Write an Example, and How Not To Write A Trope Page


Tropes

  • Actor Allusion: Two roles played by the same actor have coincidental and superficial similarities.
  • And I Must Scream: Any extremely bad, scary, and inescapable situation, regardless of how long it lasts until the character dies or is freed.note 
  • And That's Terrible: A character calls something terrible, bad, awful, etc.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The hero hates when the villain hurts his loved ones.
    • Something that slightly annoyed a character once.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Anytime something impressive happens. Being impossible according to the setting's rules is not required; being really, really cool and hard to do is the sole criteria.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Really badass heroes.
  • But Wait, There's More!: Marks the point where a list or explanation you are writing becomes long.
  • Deconstruction:
    • A dark, edgy awesome show!
    • A trope causes bad things to happen.
  • Deus ex Machina: You don't like how a situation was solved.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A catch-all term for any big, scary monster!
  • Epic Fail: Want to complain about something you don't like? Just pothole it to this page. Don't care that it violates the In-Universe Examples Only warning on the page.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: A work's title gives some information about its contents. Saying that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is about a character nicknamed JoJo who has an adventure that is bizarre is descriptive enough to qualify.
  • Expy: This character is kind of like this character, and we'll pretend it's not a coincidence. Bonus points if the "copied" character is extremely obscure.
  • Five-Man Band: Any group of people, even if it's not five people, can be shoehorned here. You can also pick people who never interact or are not even aware of each other's existence. If two of the roles are duplicated, or the characterization is ignored for the role, don't fret. You're doing it right!
  • From Bad to Worse: Like But Wait, There's More!, but for when you are complaining about something.
  • Gamer Chick: A girl who plays video games.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: A villain who sucks.
  • Genre Savvy: A character does something smart (or uses common sense).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Any dialogue or imagery that could possibly be interpreted as sexual if you make a lot of flimsy connections.
    • Any instance of swearing, fanservice, or violence, regardless of blatantness or the show's target audience/rating. If a character manages to clearly says "asshole" in your show, it's totally because the creator "hid" the swear word from the censors, and not because the censors knew there was a swear but decided it was acceptable given the show's rating.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Any argument that you personally disagree with, even if it was meant to be taken seriously.
  • Kill 'em All: A character kills lots of people or orders a massacre.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Female character's father is a scientist.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Any male character you find attractive.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Any female character you find attractive.
  • Mythology Gag: This part of this work is kind of like this other installment from the same franchise.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Any moment which might make the audience briefly panic.
    • A statement in your TV Tropes explanations that emphasizes how scary something is.
  • Precision F-Strike: Any instance of the word "fuck" that isn't being said multiple times in a short timeframe or at a high volume. For extra fun, insert gratuitous swearing into your fucking examples for emphasis and then pothole the swear to this trope.
  • Reconstruction: Like the opposite of a Deconstruction but even more awesome!
  • Recycled In Space: A work takes place in space.
  • Shout-Out: This part of this show is kind of like this other show. Bonus points if the other show wasn't released while the episode was being written.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: A female character dies.
  • Understatement: Pothole to this trope in order to emphasize how something is so great, your own words cannot do it justice.
  • Wham Episode: Any episode that progresses the plot. Or any episode that starts a new Story Arc, even if the arc ends with everything going back to normal.
  • Wham Line: Any line of dialogue that reveals any new information, even if it was heavily foreshadowed. Bonus points if the line is in a recently released trailer and is only surprising if you had no idea what the trailer was for before the line.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A character does something you disapprove of. Heck, it doesn't even have to be a character. Feel free to pothole to this trope to accuse the work's author of writing something you didn't like.
  • You Bastard:
    • A character calls somebody a bastard.
    • A character does something bad, and some people in the audience want to call the character "bastard" in response.

Trivia

  • Author Existence Failure: An author dies. That is all. Having any unfinished work is not necessary to qualify.
  • Casting Gag: Just like Actor Allusion, make flimsy connections between two roles played by the same actor even if it's to say that they play a different kind of character.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Complain about works you don't like by coming up with derogatory names for them. Because detractors of a work are clearly fans of the work.
    • Share that nickname you and your friends made up as an inside joke and nobody else uses. Because we totally care about your personal life.
  • Those Two Actors: Any pair of actors who collaborated twice.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • A recently released work contains one thing that may slightly date it.
    • Anything that can be narrowed down to its decade, period. If a 60's movie has 60's fashion or a 90's series doesn't have modern smartphones, it's definitely unusual enough to be noted.

Audience Reactions: After all, audience reactions are subjective, and therefore you can put anything there as you please!

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Gush about characters you like and rant about characters you hate.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Any boss that you didn't enjoy fighting.
  • Anvilicious: Complain about works that try to spread a message you disagree with.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise:
  • Awesome Moments:
    • A character accomplishes something, no matter how minor. Be sure to list a play-by-play description of everything the hero does whenever a new episode comes out, because every single blow he lands on the villain is noteworthy, and it's totally not just because it's still fresh in your mind due to being in the newest chapter.
    • Your favorite work does well commercially.
    • A new instalment of your favorite series is announced.
  • Base-Breaking Character: A lot of people like a character you don't. Elaborating on the positive side of the reception is superfluous.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Any scene that is even remotely weird.
  • Broken Base:
    • A lot of people like something you don't.
    • Any topic of discussions that elicits the slightest degree of diverging opinions from fans like "Does Alice look better with blue pants or a pink skirt?".
    • You saw one person who didn't like something, and one person who did like it. Bonus points if the work/episode in question just finished airing minutes ago and it's impossible to tell how widespread any debates or disagreements over that thing will be.
    • Works that attract debates along the line of "is this show good or bad?" also qualify as this trope. Because detractors of the show are clearly part of the "base".
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: You figured out a twist so naturally everyone did. Alternatively, one fan theory among a hundred of others happens to be true.
  • Character Derailment: When a character you like has a change in characterization that you personally disapprove of, even if there's a clear or logical in-story reason or explanation why said character's characterization changed.
  • Complete Monster: Any villain who does anything bad. If your show doesn't have one, it sucks. It can apply to any show, even G-rated shows created for toddlers. After all, a school bully or a jerkass is totally comparable to dictators, serial killers, rapists, and child abusers.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Compare two characters you know even if they only share some superficial similarities like hair color.
    • Compare two works with a mildly similar premise, plot, scene or setting no matter how common they are. Please ignore that this audience reaction is only limited to characters.
  • Crazy Awesome: The "crazy" in the title means "extremely", not "mentally unwell". As such, the trope can mean...
    • A character is awesome. Forget about the crazy part.
    • A work is awesome, due to not caring about making sense and instead just trying to put in as many cool things as possible. That's totally not Rule of Cool.
  • Critical Research Failure: Obviously, the author is a giant idiot. They couldn't have known the fact and ignored it for a good story. And the fact couldn't have been too obscure to all but experts.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Applicable as soon bad things happen or if a few characters you liked have died. It doesn't matter if the show is still lighthearted and humorous or if the heroes still save the day almost everytime.
  • Deader Than Disco: When something loses even a fraction of its popularity.
  • Dethroning Moment of Suck:
    • Anything that you don't like about a show, even if it isn't an actual moment.
    • Any moment that slightly annoys you.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Any character other than the main character who is popular, even if that character plays a major role.
    • Your favourite character in the show!
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Complain about a work that gives "wrong" morals.
    • Jokingly make up a silly lesson based on the story. It's not like we have Warp That Aesop for that.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Anything that might slightly annoy fans of a show. Examples include:
    • Saying you like an unpopular character, installment, season, or episode in the franchise.
    • Saying you dislike the franchise's Sacred Cow.
    • Mentioning certain unpopular fanon theories.
    • Admitting that you ship two characters who aren't the Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • Disliking the show for any reason.
    • Liking the show around non-fans.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: List your favorite pairings even those who are already canon or not that popular.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: An actor died in real life, and also has played at least one character who died in-story. There is no need for any resemblance between the actor and character's deaths to qualify.
  • Funny Moments: A list of every single attempt at comedy in the work.
  • Game-Breaker: Every single character, item, or skill that you've lost to. Doesn't matter that it has loads of counters and is never seen in high-level play, since that would mean you're just too lazy to learn them and you wouldn't want that, do you?
  • God-Mode Sue: A powerful character you don't like.
  • He Really Can Act: Praise any good acting regardless if the actor already won multiple awards or if they only do a marginally better job than usual.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Something that happens in a work has superficial or flimsy similarities to something that happens in a later work or later in real life.
  • Ho Yay: Two same-gender characters are on friendly terms and spend good time together. Actual homosexual relationships are fair game too.
  • Internet Backdraft: Something terrible just happened in the last episode of a show you follow or something you don't think you'll like was just announced. You don't need evidence of a massive negative response from the fandom.
  • It Was His Sled: You know what happened in this movie/show, and therefore, the entire world knows as well! Don't forget to blank the entire entry just to prove how valid the example is!
  • Magnificent Bastard: An incredibly cool villain.
  • Mary Sue: Any character that is any bit special that you dislike. After all, we only want boring losers as protagonists! Bonus points if the character is female.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The villain does anything bad, from committing mass murder to being a jerk. Bonus points if you use it for real life actions, including petty stuff like your favorite show being canceled or someone changing something about it.
  • Most Annoying Sound: A TV show character's voice annoys you. Disregard the "video games and toys only" disclaimer. That only applies to the Most Annoying Sound page itself, not any work page that has a link to it.
  • Most Triumphant Example: The show you like has an example of a trope.
  • Narm:
    • Anything in the show that annoys you since Dethroning Moment of Suck is limited to only one example per troper.
    • Bad writing or acting in general, even if the scene was meant to be humorous.
  • Narm Charm: Defend and justify the Narm entries that bother you. For best effect, add this as a sub-bullet to the Narm entry, or change the Narm bullet point to "Narm/Narm Charm"
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: A pairing you dislike even if it's a very minor subplot.
  • The Scrappy: You don't need objective criteria like popularity polls or critic's reviews to define it. Just put any character that you dislike.
  • Snark Bait: When a film has less than 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • So Bad, It's Horrible:
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Some evil troper has accused a show you like of being Anvilicious? Use this trope to explain how wrong they are and how anybody who disagrees with the show's message has no heart. For extra effectiveness, you should completely disregard Example Indentation in Trope Lists and either list this on the same bullet point as Anvilicious (with a slash between the two WikiWords) or on a second-level bullet point below it.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Something in a trailer for an upcoming work or some even vague announcement makes you worried that it's going to suck. Again it doesn't matter if the reception to said trailer or announcement has been overwhelmingly positive.
  • Tear Jerker: Any time a character feels any kind of negative emotion. And any time they feel a positive emotion too, since happiness can make you cry Tears of Joy.
  • That One Boss: Every boss you couldn't beat on your first or second try. If all bosses were hard, feel free to add all of them.
  • That One Level:
    • Any level that you had difficulty clearing. After all, you are such a great gamer that the only way you could struggle at all in a video game was if the developers made a bad and unfair level. If the entire game is "unfair", feel free to add every single level, because it's not like we have another trope for that already.
    • Any level you didn't enjoy playing through.
  • Too Cool to Live: A character you like dies.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • A female or non-White character is not 100% perfect? Obviously, that means the author is accusing the character's entire gender/race of having the same flaws. And if these characters are perfect, it still counts, either as Condescending Compassion towards said race/gender, or because the author is clearly supporting a Persecution Flip. As long as you can make some deductions, however flimsy or far-fetched, that end with the author being a bigot, you can add it here.
    • A fictional term happens to sound vaguely like a slur if you write it backwards and/or mess with the pronunciation.
    • Something is bigoted, period. Feel free to add Mein Kampf, because any content in that book that modern audiences might find offensive was totally unfortunate on the author's part and implied.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: If you abhor a character, go out of your way to vilify them by exaggerating how bad they really are. If necessary, disregard the "unintentionally" part and put instances where the character wasn't portrayed in the right and was called out by other characters.

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