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Tropes first documented between the invention of radio (1890) and the emergence of television as a mass medium of entertainment (1939).

[[RadioDrama Radio]] and Cinema provided two entirely new media, for the first time in millennia, and originated many tropes. This is also the time of the first {{Super Hero}}es, and the majority of ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories[[note]](though the first novel is OlderThanRadio)[[/note]].

TV, as we generally know it, was invented in 1928, but regular broadcasts didn't start until 1936 in the U.K. and UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and 1939 in the U.S. and U.S.S.R.
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!!Tropes:
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* AccidentalAimingSkills: ''Film/TheGoldRush'', 1925.
* AcmeProducts: ''Film/NeverWeaken'', 1921.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Creator/EdogawaRampo's [1894-1965] detective novels.
* AdventuresInComaland: ''Film/ThePoorLittleRichGirl'', 1917
* AlertnessBlink: Pick an early-20th Century cartoon. ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'' (1928) is a good starting point.
* AlienInvasion: ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', by Creator/HGWells, 1898, and ''Auf zwei Planeten'' ("On Two Planets") by [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd La▀witz]], 1897
* AliensAreBastards: ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds 1898''
* AllPartOfTheShow: ''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}'' by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, 1892
* AncientAstronauts: ''[[Literature/EdisonsConquestOfMars Edison's Conquest of Mars]]'', 1898
* AnimalTalk: ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', 1894
* AnimatedMusical: ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', 1937
* AnthologyFilm: ''Film/{{Intolerance}}'', 1916
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Creator/HPLovecraft, 1890-1937
* ArtificialGravity: ''Auf zwei Planeten'' by [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd La▀witz]], 1897, and ''Literature/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' by Creator/HGWells, 1901
* AsideGlance: silent comedy films
* AsteroidMiners: ''Edison's Conquest of Mars'', Garrett P. Serviss, 1898
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Bram Stoker uses the word "voluptuous" a lot in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', 1897.
* BananaPeel: Early 20th-century pop culture.
* BananaRepublic: [[TropeNamer Named]] and used in O. Henry's 1904 novel ''Literature/CabbagesAndKings'', and the concept also shows up in Joseph Conrad's ''Literature/{{Nostromo}}'' from the same year.
* BarBrawl: ''Film/TheStrongMan'', 1926
* BehindAStick: ''[[WesternAnimation/ReynaudFilms Pauvre Pierrot]]'', 1892
* BenevolentAlienInvasion: ''Auf zwei Planeten'' ("On Two Planets") by [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd La▀witz]], 1897
* TheBigRottenApple: ''Film/TheMusketeersOfPigAlley'', 1912
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: 1930s Hollywood
* BladeBrake: ''Film/TheBlackPirate'', 1926
* TheBookCipher: Literature/SherlockHolmes novel ''Literature/TheValleyOfFear'', 1915
* BridgeLogic: ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', 1900
* BrokeEpisode: A ''lot'' of films and literature made during the Great Depression featured impoverished protagonists.
* BusmansHoliday: ''Sherlock Holmes'', 1893
* CatchingSomeZs: "The Katzenjammer Kids" used this StockVisualMetaphor before [[{{Peanuts}} Charles Schulz]] was even born in 1922.
* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: ''Literature/TheWarInTheAir'' by Creator/HGWells, and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheWorld'' by Robert Hugh Benson, both published 1907-1908.
* {{Chronoscope}}: The ''Retrospektiv'' in ''Auf zwei Planeten'' ("On Two Planets, 1897) by [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd La▀witz]], 1897
* CliffhangerCopout: ''Film/UnderseaKingdom'', 1936
* ClimbingClimax: ''King Kong'', 1933
* ClockworkCreature: Tiktok in ''Literature/OzmaOfOz'', 1907
* CoatHatMask: ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'', 1897
* TheConvenientStoreNextDoor: The ''Sherlock Holmes'' story "Literature/TheRedHeadedLeague", 1891
* ConveyorBeltODoom: Joseph Arthurs' melodrama ''Theatre/BlueJeans'', 1890
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: ''Film/ACornerInWheat'', 1909
* CreepyChild: ''Literature/TheTurnOfTheScrew'', 1898
* CyberPunk: ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' 1927, by Creator/FritzLang.
* DawsonCasting: Mary Pickford playing children in several films, such as ''Film/ThePoorLittleRichGirl'' (1917), in which 24-year-old Pickford played an 11-year-old girl.
* TheDayTheMusicLied: ''Popeye'' cartoon films, 1933-onward.
* DeathInTheClouds: The TropeNamer is the Creator/AgathaChristie novel first published in 1935.
* DeathRay: ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', by Creator/HGWells, 1898, and ''Auf zwei Planeten'' ("On Two Planets") by [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd La▀witz]], 1897
* DesignerBabies: Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''
* DinosaurDoggieBone: ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', 1938, and ''[[Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre King Ottokar's Sceptre]]'', 1938[=/=]39
* DisneyVillainDeath: An old MickeyMouse comic had a giant fall to his death.
* DoomsdayDevice: The "Earth Brake" in ''Auf zwei Planeten'' by [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd La▀witz]], 1897
* {{Dramedy}}: Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''[[Film/TheKid1921 The Kid]]''. 1921.
* DrunkenMontage: Hollywood, 1930s or even earlier.
* DyingDream: Creator/AmbroseBierce's short story "Literature/AnOccurrenceAtOwlCreekBridge", 1890
* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds 1898'', using the "planet takes care of the invaders by itself" variant.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' by Gaston [=LeRoux=], 1909
* ElvesVersusDwarves: ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' by H. G. Wells, 1895, with the Eloi and Morlocks. ''Literature/TheHobbit'' by Creator/JRRTolkien, 1937, used it with actual elves and dwarves.
* EpicTrackingShot: ''Film/TheLastLaugh'', 1924
* EpunymousTitle: ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'', 1895
* ExploitationFilm: ''Film/TrafficInSouls'', 1913
* {{Facecam}}: ''[[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928France The Fall of the House of Usher]]'', 1928
* FairPlayWhodunnit: The Literature/SherlockHolmes story "The Red Headed League", 1891
* FakeShemp: ''Film/FoolishWives'', 1922
* FantasticFightingStyle: Baritsu, from the Literature/SherlockHolmes story "The Adventure of the Empty House", 1903.
* FakeoutEscape: "[[Literature/ArseneLupinGentlemanBurglar The Escape of Arsene Lupin]]", 1906
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: ''Film/TheMysteryOfTheLeapingFish'' (1916)
* FogOfDoom: ''Literature/ThePurpleCloud'' by [[Creator/MPShiel M.P. Shiel]], 1901, and the Martians' Black Smoke weapon in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', 1898.
* FootPopping: Recommended in UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode (1930) and in "An Outline of Motion Picture Etiquette" in the [[http://www.archive.org/details/ScreenlandOct.1923 October 1923]] issue of ''Screenland''.
* FruitCart: ''Film/TheCurtainPole'', 1909
* GardenHoseSquirtSurprise: In ''The Sprinkler Sprinkled'' by [[Film/LumiereFilms the LumiŔre brothers]], 1895
* GentlemenRankers: In "Gentlemen-rankers" by Rudyard Kipling (1892).
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: ''Theatre/TheyKnewWhatTheyWanted'', 1924
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Deja Thoris from Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''Literature/APrincessOfMars'', 1912, or the slightly less exotic-looking La from [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd La▀witz]]' ''Auf zwei Planeten'' ("On Two Planets"), 1897
* GunsAkimbo: ''Film/HellsHinges'', 1916
* HashHouseLingo: Creator/FattyArbuckle short film ''[[Film/TheWaitersBall The Waiters' Ball]]'', 1916
* HookHand: ''PeterPan'', 1904
* IgnoreTheDisability: 1930s, if not earlier.
* IHitYouYouHitTheGround: ''"There'll be only two blows struck: I'll hit him, and he'll hit the earth."'': ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'', 1909.
* InscrutableAliens: The Martians in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. Humanity can only speculate on what they want with Earth.
* IronicNurseryTune: Mahler's ''Symphony No. 1'', 1899
* JustForTheHeliOfIt: ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'', 1934
* LensmanArmsRace: ''Lensman'' novels, 1937
* LightGunGame: ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20100927191850/http://marvin3m.com/arcade/rayolit.htm Ray-O-Lite]]'', 1936 (also found under OlderThanTheNES)
* LikeYouWereDying: Lucy Maud Montgomery's ''Literature/TheBlueCastle'', 1926
* LiveActionAdaptation: ''Film/{{Skippy}}'', 1931 (of the comic strip of the same name)
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Roxane, Cyrano and Christian in ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'', 1897
* MadScientistLaboratory: ''Metropolis'', 1927
* TheMafia: Literature/SherlockHolmes story "The Six Napoleons", 1904
* MagicFeather: ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', 1900
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: A primary M.O. of Prof. James Moriarty's organization in the 1893 ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' ShortStory "The Final Problem".
* MarilynManeuver: Creator/MackSennett short ''Film/TheSurfGirl'', 1916
* MeatOVision: ''Film/TheGoldRush'', 1925
* MeetCute: 1930s [[ScrewballComedy screwball comedies]]; also Christine and Raoul in ''The Phantom of the Opera'' by Gaston [=LeRoux=], 1909
* MerchandiseDriven: The ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' radio show from TheThirties.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: This article dates it to [[http://io9.com/blank-is-my-middle-name-is-over-100-years-old-1619994532/all 1902]]
* MonumentalBattle: ''King Kong'', 1933
* MonumentalDamageResistance: ''Deluge'', 1933
* TheMusicalMusical: ''Film/TheBroadwayMelody'', 1929
* NoodleIncident: The ''Sherlock Holmes'' canon, if not earlier.
* OminousLatinChanting: Justified [as it's set in a church and involves a villain who's a religious hypocrite] in the Act I finale of Puccini's ''{{Tosca}}'', 1900; The modern, more random usages of the trope probably date from ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'', 1938.
* OmniscientDatabase: 1890s and ''Sherlock Holmes''
* OneLetterName: K of ''TheCastle'', Creator/FranzKafka, 1926
* PardonMyKlingon: ''Utopia, Limited'', Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, 1893. Lalabalele talala! Callabale lalabalica falahle!
* PhonyNewscast: ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' (radio version), 1938
* PlanetLooters: ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' by Creator/HGWells, 1898
* PoliceProcedural: ''Film/{{M}}'', 1931
* ProductPlacement: Sweet Corporal tobacco, ''Film/PrincessNicotine'', 1909
* PuttingOnTheReich: ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'', 1938 (TheTeutonicKnights with swastikas) and ''[[Literature/ItCantHappenHere It Can't Happen Here]]'' by Sinclair Lewis, 1939.
* RainOfBlood: Thomas Hardy's ''Literature/TessOfTheDUrbervilles'', 1891
* ReverseMole: Literature/SherlockHolmes novel ''Literature/TheValleyOfFear'', 1915
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' 1903
* TheRightOfASuperiorSpecies: ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', 1898.
* RipTailoring: Clara Bow in ''Film/{{It}}'', 1927.
* RobotWar: ''Theatre/{{RUR}}'', 1920
* RuleThirtyFour: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tijuana_bible Tijuana Bible]].
* ScoobyDooHoax: ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' by Sir Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, 1901
* SendInTheSearchTeam: ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'' by Joseph Conrad, 1899
* TheShangriLa: 1933 novel ''Literature/LostHorizon'' by James Hilton
* SpaceStation: ''Auf zwei Planeten'' ("On Two Planets") by [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd La▀witz]], 1897
* SpitTake: ''Film/TheKnockout'', 1914
* StopTrick: J. Stuart Blackton's ''Enchanted Drawing'', 1900; and George MÚliŔs' ''Film/ATripToTheMoon'', 1902.
* StripPoker: ''Film/TheDarkHorse'', 1932
* SuperHero: Radio/TheShadow comic (1931), ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician (1934), ComicStrip/ThePhantom (1936), and Comicbook/{{Superman}} (1938)
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: Any hard-boiled radio drama.
* TakeTheWheel: ''Film/SherlockJr'', 1924
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: ''Film/TheGreeksHadAWordForThem'', 1932
* TerminallyDependentSociety: E.M. Forster's '"TheMachineStops", 1909
* TerroristsWithoutACause: ''TheSecretAgent'', 1907
* ThatWasObjectionable: The MarxBrothers' ''Film/DuckSoup'', 1933.
* TimeStandsStill: "Literature/TheNewAccelerator" by Creator/HGWells, 1901
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: ''Film/FoolishWives'', 1922
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: ''Film/TheCameraman'', 1928
* TrickAndFollowPloy: Performed by Literature/SherlockHolmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia", 1891.
* TripodTerror: ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' by Creator/HGWells, 1898
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The robots do it in ''Theatre/{{RUR}}'', 1920
* UterineReplicator: Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''
* VideoPhone: ''Die Fernschule'' ("The Long-Distance School") by [[Creator/KurdLasswitz Kurd La▀witz]], 1902, ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', 1927.
* VideoWills: ''Film/TheGreeksHadAWordForThem'', 1932, using a phonograph.
* TheVoiceless: [[Creator/MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'', 1897. While there may have been earlier versions, this is notably the first time ''man-made'' technology grants the powers that drive the gifted insane.
* WorkingTheSameCase: ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'', 1927, if not earlier
* WrongInsultOffence: The title character in ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'', 1897.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Creator/AleisterCrowley popularized the "Magick" spelling for "magic" in the modern western world.
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