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This is a Trope Trope
Some tropes have a logical extreme that:
- Fits neatly within the description of the trope
- Requires no exaggeration.
- And usually has at least one example of that extreme (indeed, the Logical Extreme might be quite common).
Note that sometimes a trope can have more than one Logical Extreme that fit the trope in different ways. For example, the Logical Extremes
of Reclusive Artist
include artists whom no-one knows who they are, artists whom no-one knows where
they are, and artists whom no-one knows whether they're alive or dead.
For obvious reasons, this cannot be used on YMMV
Compare Deconstructed Trope
, where topes are played realistically and sometimies by straining them in the logical extreme. See also Exaggerated Trope
, which is the "Il
- A Day in the Limelight: The main character disappears for the episode in order to keep the focus on a more minor one.
- Backseat Driver: Someone who's supposed to be the passenger tries to literally drive the car by grabbing for the controls (usually the steering wheel). There are legal repercussions for this, so needless to saynote , Truth in Television.
- Band of Relatives: Everyone in the band is related. Far from rare. Even if you narrow it to everyone in the band being immediate family (that is, parents and siblings), you have The Cowsills (mother and children), The Shaggs (all sisters), The Jackson Five (all siblings), The White Stripes (husband and wife), Hanson (all brothers), The Band Perry (sister and two brothers)...
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: No Fourth Wall
- Broke the Rating Scale: A reviewer refuses to assign a rating at all. There are a number of examples of that on the trope page, often when the reviewer finds the work downright repulsive or otherwise not worthy of a rating.
- Cast of Snowflakes: Loads and Loads of Characters given intricate and distinct tropes that separate each one of them, sometimes doubling as Doing It for the Art. Well-known examples include Touhou and Monster.
- A Child Shall Lead Them:
- It would seem to be a monarch crowned at birth, which has happened (the most recent example is King Alfonso XIII of Spain). However, the Sassanid Empire set the Logical Extreme to in utero coronations; King Shapur II is the only monarch known to be crowned before he was born (the crown was placed on his mother's belly).
- In Star Wars, Naboo takes it to a different extreme by making all their rulers teenagers (they retire at twenty).
- Teenage Wasteland is where there are no adults to lead at all.
- Conviction by Contradiction: Conviction by Counterfactual Clue, when the convicting "evidence" is explained away by simply checking the facts.
- Everything Is Online: Brain Uploading and The Singularity.
- Face of the Band: Fans think the name of the band is that of said face — in short, the musical version of I Am Not Shazam.
- I Am the Band: A band consists of a single artist who plays all the instruments, writes all the songs, and performs under a band-like moniker. For example, Trent Reznor really is Nine Inch Nails.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Everyone has awesome clothes, and they fit for the environment. Example: The World Ends with You.
- Just the First Citizen: When the leader of a nation holds no official position at all, but is quite firmly in charge. Example: Muammar Gaddafi, who insisted he couldn't step down from office because he held no office to step down from.
- Lampshade Hanging: Better Than a Bare Bulb, where Lampshade Hanging becomes a central part of the work.
- Or Lampshading a Lampshading.
- Long Runner Line Up: A Long Runner band that has only one lineup from start to finish, or all lineups were long-runners. This has happened a few times.
- Minimalist Cast: The movie has one actor/actress—after that, you don't have a cast. All Is Lost is an example, where Robert Redford plays an unnamed sailor in a sinking ship.
- No Ending: "The Jewels of Nabooti" of the Choose Your Own Adventure series, in which there were a series of choices that made an infinite loop.
- Oven Logic: Freefall brings you cooking with explosives! Predictable results ensue.
- Moral Guardian: Knight Templar, where the Moral Guardian will do anything to protect.
- Reclusive Artist:
- Identities Unknown:
- Scholars are pretty sure B. Traven died in 1969 and that he was male. As for where and when he was born, what his real name was, or whether the original language of his books was German or English, on the other hand...
- The Residents are also unknown. Nobody has a clue who they are.
- Graffiti artists who manage to keep their anonymity in spite of developing global fame, for example Banksy.
- Whereabouts unknown:
- Richey James Edwards went missing in 1995 and was declared Legally Dead in 2008.
- Author Salman Rushdie went into hiding several years ago after a fatwa was declared against him. His location is still unknown.
- The logical extreme of both would be, of course, works which were published anonymously, or where knowledge of their original source has been Lost Forever.
- Revolving Door Band: A band goes through entire lineups on a regular basis. Several groups (Menudo, the Oak Ridge Boys and the Blackwood Brothers) fit this description.
- Satellite Love Interest: When Loving a Shadow meets Shadow Archetype with a bit of The Dulcinea Effect: Nobody is more shallow than a shadow.
- Schedule Slip: Orphaned Series.
- Short Range Shotgun: The shotgun, despite firing rounds, can only be used as a melee weapon.
- Skill Scores and Perks: Go crazy and add anything you can find. Path of Exile is both famous and notorious for having what is essentially a skill forest.
- Subverted Catchphrase: A Once an Episode Catch Phrase isn't able to be said at all.
- Example: When The Nostalgia Critic starts his reviews, he usually says, "Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to." The subversion for the film Cool as Ice was him cracking up mid-catchphrase. Barbed Wire had him say, "I remember it so you don't boobies." When he reviewed The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, however, he simply had his face buried in his hands, before saying, "I've got nothing. I have absolutely nothing."
- Totem Pole Trench: Instead of two or three people teaming up to pretend to be one person, thousands of tiny people work together to form one "person" (also a trope as well: The Worm That Walks).
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Flock of Wolves. Everyone is an imposter or a spy. (The [class name] IS A SPY!)
- Written-In Infirmity: The Character Died with Him (that is, the actor's not just sick, he or she is dead).