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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, 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, 1897, and ''Literature/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' by Creator/HGWells, 1901
* AsideGlance -- silent comedy films. Used in ''Film/LesVampires'', 1915.
* AsteroidMiners -- ''Edison's Conquest of Mars'', Garrett P. Serviss, 1898
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar -- Bram Stoker uses the word "voluptuous" a lot in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', 1897.
* AwardShow -- The 2nd UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, 1930
* 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, 1897
* TheBigRottenApple -- ''Film/TheMusketeersOfPigAlley'', 1912
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord -- 1930s Hollywood
* BladeBrake -- ''Film/TheBlackPirate'', 1926
* TheBookCipher -- Literature/SherlockHolmes novel ''Literature/TheValleyOfFear'', 1915
* BridgeLogic -- ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', 1900
* BroadcastLive -- Reginald Fessenden's ''San Jose Calling'', 1909
* 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, 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
* CookingShow -- ''Cook's Night Out'', 1937
* 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, 1897
* {{Defictionalization}} -- ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInSeventyTwoDays'', 1890
* 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, 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
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome -- ''Film/TheBarrettsOfWimpoleStreet'', 1934 (predating WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd himself by three years)
* 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 -- ''Literature/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'', 1895
* EveryCarIsAPinto -- ''Film/DrMabuseTheGambler'', 1922
* 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 Lumière brothers]], 1895
* GentlemenRankers -- In "Gentlemen-rankers" by Rudyard Kipling (1892).
* GigglingVillain -- Literature/SherlockHolmes story "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter", 1893
* GirlsBehindBars -- ''Film/DiaryOfALostGirl'', 1929
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion -- ''Theatre/TheyKnewWhatTheyWanted'', 1924
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe -- Deja Thoris from Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''Literature/APrincessOfMars'', 1912, or the slightly less exotic-looking La from Creator/KurdLasswitz' ''Auf zwei Planeten'' ("On Two Planets"), 1897
* GunsAkimbo -- ''Film/HellsHinges'', 1916
* HashHouseLingo -- Creator/FattyArbuckle short film ''[[Film/TheWaitersBall The Waiters' Ball]]'', 1916
* HeroicFireRescue -- ''Film/LifeOfAnAmericanFireman'', 1902
* {{Hihiirokane}} -- The Takenouchi Documents, 1935
* HitlerCam -- ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill'', 1934, and other Nazi propaganda of the era
* HookHand -- ''Literature/PeterPan'', 1904
* HospitalGurneyScene -- ''Theatre/MenInWhite'', 1933
* 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
* KingOfTheHomeless -- At the latest, James Elroy Flecker's ''Hassan'', 1922. You could argue earlier ones, but Rafi in ''Hassan'' fits the trope exactly, whereas, say, Fagin from ''Oliver Twist'' is more of a local crime boss.
* KubrickStare -- ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'', 1920
* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap -- ''Literature/TheHobbit'', 1937
* 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/DreamOfARarebitFiend'', 1906 (of comic strip ''Dream of the Rarebit Fiend'')
* LovesMyAlterEgo -- Roxane, Cyrano and Christian in ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'', 1897
* LuridTalesOfDoom -- ''Film/FiveStarFinal'', 1931
* 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]]
* MirrorRoutine: ''Film/TheFloorwalker'', 1916
* MonumentalBattle -- ''King Kong'', 1933
* MonumentalDamageResistance -- ''Deluge'', 1933
* TheMusicalMusical -- ''Film/TheBroadwayMelody'', 1929
* NoodleIncident -- The ''Sherlock Holmes'' canon, if not earlier.
* {{Novelization}} -- The novelization of ''Film/TrafficInSouls'', 1914
* NudityEqualsHonesty -- A nude woman playing a character called the "Naked Truth" in film ''Hypocrites'', 1915
* 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 ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'', 1900; The modern, more random usages of the trope probably date from ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'', 1938.
* OmniscientDatabase -- 1890s and ''Sherlock Holmes''
* OneLetterName -- K of ''Literature/TheCastle'', Creator/FranzKafka, 1926
* TheOner -- ''Film/ATripDownMarketStreet'', 1906
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame -- ''Literature/TheHobbit'', 1937
* 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
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou -- ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery'', 1903
* SendInTheSearchTeam -- ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'' by Joseph Conrad, 1899
* TheShangriLa -- 1933 novel ''Literature/LostHorizon'' by James Hilton
* SkinnyDipping -- ''Film/{{Mickey}}'', 1918
* SpaceOpera -- ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'', 1937
* SpaceStation -- ''Auf zwei Planeten'' ("On Two Planets") by Creator/KurdLasswitz, 1897
* SpitTake -- ''Film/TheKnockout'', 1914
* StopTrick -- J. Stuart Blackton's ''Enchanted Drawing'', 1900; and George Méliès' ''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''
* VicePresidentWho -- ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'', 1931
* VideoPhone -- ''Die Fernschule'' ("The Long-Distance School") by Creator/KurdLasswitz, 1902, ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', 1927.
* VideoWills -- ''Film/TheGreeksHadAWordForThem'', 1932, using a phonograph.
* TheVoiceless -- [[Creator/MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]]
* WatchingTheReflectionUndress: ''Film/FoolishWives'', 1922
* WeInterruptThisProgram -- Creator/OrsonWelles's radio broadcast of ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', 1938
* 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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