Just For Fun: The Zeroth Law of Trope Examples
aka: Zeroth Law
- Ambition Is Evil: Julius Caesar discusses Cassius:
"Yond' Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much; such men are dangerous[...]
Such men as he be never at heart's ease
Whiles they behold a greater than themselves."
- Badass Beard:
"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man;" (Much Ado About Nothing)
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Benedick and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Prospero in The Tempest boasts about being able to make dead people walk:
"...graves at my command
Have waked their sleepers, oped and let 'em forth
By my so potent art."
- Eye Scream:
"Out, vile jelly! Where is thy lustre now?" (King Lear)
- Fatal Flaw:
"So, oft it chances in particular men,
That for some vicious mole of nature in them...
Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect,
Being nature's livery, or fortune's star,
Their virtues else ? be they as pure as grace,
As infinite as man may undergo?
Shall in the general censure take corruption
From that particular fault." (Hamlet)
- Foregone Conclusion: Shakespeare coined the phrase.
- The Grotesque:
"Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time
Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
And that so lamely and unfashionable
That dogs bark at me as I halt by themó
Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to see my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity." (Richard III)
- Hamming It Up:
"Nor do not saw the air too much with your hands, but suit the action to the word, the word to the action." (Hamlet)
- I Banged Your Mom / Your Mom note :
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall
- Manly Tears: Lampshaded by Macduff in Macbeth.
Macduff: All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop?
Malcolm: Dispute it like a man!
Macduff: I shall do so; but I must also feel it as a man!
- MST3K Mantra:
"Do not infest your mind with beating on
The strangeness of this business" (The Tempest)
- Naughty Nuns in Measure for Measure
- Out, Damned Spot!:
"Out, damned spot! out, I say!" (Macbeth)
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner
Macduff: Turn, hell-hound, turn! (Macbeth)
- Reality Is Unrealistic:
""If this were play'd upon a stage now, I could condemn it as improbable fiction."" (Twelfth Night)
- Refuge in Audacity:
"If we shadows have offended
Think but this, and all is mended
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear
And this weak and idle theme,
no more yielding, but a dream
[. . .] Give me your hands, if we be friends
and Robin shall restore amend"' (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
- Russian Reversal:
"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me." (Richard II)
- Show Within a Show: Many times, most notably in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- "Shut Up" Kiss:
"Peace, I will stop your mouth." (Much Ado About Nothing)
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Benedick and Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing.
- Teen Drama: Romeo and Juliet.
- The Secret of Long Pork Pies: One Roaring Rampage of Revenge that comes with a free sample-platter is Titus Andronicus. Eat your heart out, Sweeney Todd.
- Villain Protagonist / Protagonist Journey to Villain: Macbeth. Or, Richard III if you like them blacker than black from the start.
- Wall Bang Her: Discussed in this exchange at the beginning of Romeo and Juliet:
Sampson: A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.
Gregory: That shows thee a weak slave, for the weakest goes to the wall.
Sampson: 'Tis true, and therefore women being the weaker vessels are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.