Laconical List of Subtle Trope Distinctions

Some tropes are sometimes confused. This isn't the canonical list of tropes that might be confused for one another; that can be found here.

Some explanations of subtle trope differences can be confusing. This is a copy of the canonical list in a concise form. The explanations focus on the differences between the tropes, making it easier to identify where a particular example would fall. Ideally they should be concise, accurate and amusing.

If the concise version doesn't help your question, try figuring out the detailed version. If the detailed version doesn't help, you're on your own.

Please take all discussions of whether two tropes are insufficiently distinguished to the discussion page of the canonical list

If adding a new item, make sure that the full explanation is included in the canonical list in order to keep the two lists in sync.

The laconic version of this laconic (laconic^2) can be found here

Items are currently sorted alphabetically by whichever trope is alphabetically first.