Here is a place to note the tropes which are opposites of one another.

See also the CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions, and TropeGrid (which covers when there's more than one possible Opposite Trope), and EvilCounterpart for a list of tropes with moral counterparts (good vs evil).

%% Examples are sorted by which trope is alphabetically first. Right: FaceHeelTurn vs. HeelFaceTurn. Wrong: HeelFaceTurn vs. FaceHeelTurn.

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!!Opposite tropes:

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[[folder:A]]

* AccidentalInnuendo vs. InnocentInnuendo
* AccidentalNightmareFuel vs. NightmareRetardant
** Not meant to be scary but is vs. meant to be scary but isn't.
* AcousticLicense vs. ICantHearYou
* {{Acrofatic}} vs. GlacierWaif
** A big guy you'd expect to be the MightyGlacier (or StoneWall) is actually the FragileSpeedster (or a LightningBruiser) vs. a small girl you'd expect to be the FragileSpeedster (or GlassCannon) is actually the MightyGlacier (or StoneWall).
* ActionGirl vs. DistressedDamsel
* ActionHero vs. NonActionGuy
* ActuallyPrettyFunny / PlayedForLaughs vs. DudeNotFunny
* ACupAngst vs. PetitePride
** grief vs. pride about having small breasts.
* AdaptationalBadass vs. AdaptationalWimp
* AdaptationalCurves vs. BigBraToFill
** The character in the adaptation has bigger breasts than in the source material vs. the character in the source material has bigger breasts than in the adaptation
* AdaptationExpansion vs. CompressedAdaptation
** AdaptationExpansion takes a short work (e.g. a poem) and fleshes it out in to a larger piece (e.g. a movie). CompressedAdaptation takes a work with a lot of history and/or development and condensed down to fill a specific amount of time (e.g. an adaptation of a 50+ year old comic book in to a two and a half hour movie).
* AdultsAreUseless vs. ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* AdvancingBossOfDoom vs. GetBackHereBoss
** boss chases after you vs. you chase after the boss
* AdventureRebuff vs. RefusalOfTheCall
* AffablyEvil vs. GoodIsNotNice
** Evil character who's nice vs. good character who isn't.
** AffablyEvil vs. FauxAffablyEvil
** Evil character who's nice vs. an evil character who's only ''pretending'' to be nice.
** AffablyEvil vs. GoodIsNotSoft
** Evil character who is nice but ruthless vs good character who is nice but ruthless.
* AfterBossRecovery vs. SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity
** With an AfterBossRecovery, upon winning (or, if the boss is a HopelessBossFight) you get a ton of recovery items. With SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity, the game starts throwing very powerful and/or useful items at you (potion that will heal you or a teammate completely, items that resore magic points); it's the game's (and game developer's) way of warning you that there is a horrifically bad boss or challenging area close by, so you'd better save and make sure you use all the items being given to you.
* AgentMulder vs. AgentScully
** Believer vs. skeptic.
* AliensAreBastards vs. InnocentAliens
* AllergicToEvil vs. GoodHurtsEvil
* AllergicToRoutine vs. CreatureOfHabit
* AllAmericanFace vs. ForeignWrestlingHeel
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys vs. SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan
* AllMythsAreTrue vs. ArbitrarySkepticism
* AllPartOfTheShow vs. YouJustRuinedTheShot
* AlmostDeadGuy vs. NotQuiteDead (or OnlyMostlyDead)
* AlphaBitch vs. FallenPrincess
* AlwaysChaoticEvil vs. AlwaysLawfulGood
* AmazonChaser vs. NoGuyWantsAnAmazon
* AmericansHateTingle vs. GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff
** Hate vs. love of a series outside its country of origin.
* AncientConspiracy vs. AncientTradition (However, they might [[NotSoDifferent overlap]].)
* SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced vs. TaintedByThePreview
** Optimism vs. pessimism over an upcoming work after any pre-release announcement.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie vs. TomatoInTheMirror
** AndThenJohnWasAZombie is when a character is turned into something bad at then end. TomatoInTheMirror is when the character turns out to have been the bad thing all along.
* AngstWhatAngst vs. {{Wangst}}
** Character whines a lot less than you think they should vs. character whines too much.
* AnticlimaxBoss vs. ClimaxBoss
* AntiHero vs. AntiVillain
** A hero who lacks the qualities of a hero vs. a villain who lacks the qualities of a villain.
* AntiHero vs. IdealHero
** A hero who lacks moral uprightness vs. a hero who doesn't.
* AntiHero vs. TheHero
* TheAntiNihilist[=/=]UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} vs. StrawNihilist
** "Life has no meaning...because it's up to us to give it one." vs. "Life has no meaning!"
* AnyoneCanDie vs. RedShirt
** Important character gets killed off vs. only nameless extras get killed off.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe vs. InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves
* ApologizesALot vs. TheUnapologetic
** "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry." vs "I never apologize!"
* AppealToNovelty vs. AppealToTradition
* ArrogantKungFuGuy vs. MartialPacifist
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking vs. BreadEggsMilkSquick
** Mundane item in a list of horrible ones vs. horrible item in a list of mundane ones.
* ArtificialBrilliance vs. ArtificialStupidity
** The extremes of videogame AI.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil vs. AsLongAsThereIsOneMan
* AscendedDemon vs. FallenAngel
* AscendedFanon vs. {{Jossed}}
** A fan theory that later gets confirmed by the WordOfGod ... or not.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence vs. DraggedOffToHell
* AssKicksYou vs. LiteralAssKicking
** Attacking ''with'' the buttocks vs. attacking the buttocks
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever vs. IncredibleShrinkingMan
* AuthorsSavingThrow vs. RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap
** Attempting to fix/get rid of a perceived problem or TheScrappy vs. retooling the offending element to make it better.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating vs. RatedMForMoney
* AwesomeButImpractical vs. BoringButPractical
* AwesomeMcCoolname vs. FailOSuckyname

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[[folder:B]]

* BackFromTheDead vs. KilledOffForReal
* BadassBeard vs. BeardOfSorrow (Might [[CharacterDevelopment overlap]].)
* BadGuyBar vs. GoodGuyBar
* BadLiar vs. ConsummateLiar
* BadassDecay vs. TookALevelInBadass
** Originally {{badass}} character becomes less so over time vs. originally [[NonActionGuy non-badass]] character becoming more so over time.
* BadassInDistress vs. DistressedDamsel
* BadassPacifist vs. BloodKnight
** Character is {{Badass}} for not liking to fight vs. character is {{Badass}} for liking to fight.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits vs. SpoilerOpening
* BeautyEqualsGoodness vs. EvilIsSexy
** Not always opposites in a technical sense, and in fact is usually played at the same time. Often, the attractiveness of a Good person is usually in a modest, almost innocent and "classy" way, while an attractive Evil person is in a more primal, overt, and lustful way.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo vs. ScrewDestiny
** Fate vs. free will.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe vs. MistreatmentInducedBetrayal
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor vs. WishFulfillment
** Dream turning into a nightmare vs. dream coming true.
* BeingEvilSucks vs. BeingGoodSucks
* BerserkButton vs KindnessButton
** Doing something that makes a character angry vs. doing something that makes a character pleasant.
* BestBeerEver vs. ATankardOfMooseUrine
** Really good beer vs. really bad beer.
* BigBad vs. BigGood
* BigNo vs. BigYes
* BigNo vs. LittleNo
* BigWhat vs. FlatWhat
* BileFascination vs. HypeAversion
** BileFascination is a peculiar attraction to a really bad work because of all of the negative buzz surrounding it. HypeAversion is intentionally avoiding a product because everyone and their mother loves to talk about how great it is.
* BirdsOfAFeather vs. OppositesAttract
** Partners are extremely similar vs. partners aren't similar at all.
* BitchInSheepsClothing vs. JerkWithAHeartOfGold
** Major {{Jerkass}} behind nice guy facade vs. nice guy behind JerkassFacade
* BlackAndGrayMorality vs. RousseauWasRight (or WhiteAndGreyMorality)
** A BlackAndGrayMorality situation is one where there are no obvious good guys. RousseauWasRight is a situation in a fictional work where there are no clear-cut bad guys.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality vs. GreyAndGrayMorality
** unambiguously good heroes & unambiguously evil villains verus morally ambiguous heroes and villains
* BlackLikeMe vs. WhiteLikeMe
* BlessedWithSuck vs. CursedWithAwesome
* BlondesAreEvil vs. HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* BloodlessCarnage vs. HighPressureBlood
* BlownAcrossTheRoom vs. LawOfInverseRecoil
** Gunshots with way too much recoil vs. gunshots with no recoil.
* BonusSpace vs. {{Whammy}}
** A good space on a game show's game board vs. a bad space on a game show's game board (usually one that takes away all of your money).
* BookDumb vs. {{Geek}}
* BreakThemByTalking vs. WorldOfCardboardSpeech
** A villain deconstructs the hero's motives for fighting and tries to exploit his psychological weaknesses, versus a hero who deconstructs his motives for fighting and then reaffirms his will to surmount them.
* BreakableWeapons vs. UnbreakableWeapons
* BreakoutCharacter vs. ShooOutTheNewGuy
** The EnsembleDarkhorse gets a bigger role due to fan reaction vs. CreatorsPet gets a smaller role due to fan reaction.
* BreatherBoss vs. ThatOneBoss
* BreatherEpisode vs. WhamEpisode (TROPER GENERAL'S WARNING: putting these back-to-back can induce MoodWhiplash)
* BroadStrokes vs. FanWank -- the former is the ultimate in {{Doylist}} interpretation, while the latter is the ultimate in {{Watsonian}} interpretation.
* BroughtDownToNormal vs. FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome
* BuffySpeak vs. SpockSpeak
* ButNowIMustGo vs. IChooseToStay
* ButtMonkey vs. KarmaHoudini
* ButtMonkey vs. MarySue
** A character who fails at pretty much everything versus a character who succeeds at pretty much everything. The opposite-ness can be explored further: People hate the MarySue played straight, but love to laugh at the ButtMonkey played straight. Inversely, people love to laugh at an exaggerated MarySue (ParodySue or ThirtySuePileup) but hates [[YanktheDogsChain yanking the dog's chain]] that comes about when you exaggerate the ButtMonkey.

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[[folder:C]]

* CainAndAbel vs. SiblingTeam
* CampGay vs. ManlyGay
* {{Canon}} (or WordOfGod) vs. {{Fanon}}
* CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions vs. OppositeTropes
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin vs. CantGetInTroubleForNuthin
* CardCarryingVillain vs. KnightTemplar
* CareBearStare vs. MindRape
* CareerResurrection vs. CreatorKiller or StarDerailingRole
* CasanovaWannabe vs. KavorkaMan (or EvenTheGuysWantHim)
* CassandraTruth vs. SarcasticConfession
* CastOfSnowflakes vs. OnlySixFaces
** Everyone looks distinct vs. everyone looks similar
* CharacterAlignment tropes tend to be constructed so as to yield opposite pairs -- as seen in the most commonly used system:
** ChaoticEvil vs. LawfulGood
** ChaoticGood vs. LawfulEvil
** ChaoticNeutral vs. LawfulNeutral
** NeutralEvil vs. NeutralGood
* ChewingTheScenery vs. DullSurprise
** Overacting vs. underacting.
* TheChewToy (or ButtMonkey) vs. TheWoobie
** Seeing him suffer makes you laugh vs. seeing him suffer makes you go "aww".
* {{Chickification}} vs. {{Xenafication}}
* CityMouse vs. CountryMouse
* CityNoir vs. ShiningCity
** Both in terms of visuals and character, one city is horrible to live in while the other is clean and awesome (think, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] vs. [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]]).
* CityOfAdventure vs. NothingExcitingEverHappensHere
* CivilianVillain vs. ReformedButRejected
* ClarkesThirdLaw vs. MagicVersusScience
* CloseRangeCombatant vs. LongRangeFighter
* ClusterFBomb vs. GoshDangItToHeck
** Profanity-laden dialogue vs. mild curse words that aren't actual curses.
* ClusterFBomb vs. PrecisionFStrike
** Many curse words vs. one curse word out of nowhere.
* CollegeIsHighSchoolPart2 vs. ElaborateUniversityHigh
** The work treats college like high school vs. the work's high school is big and complex enough to be like a college.
* ComesGreatResponsibility vs. MugglePower
* ComMons vs. OlympusMons
** wimpy summon monsters vs. godlike summon monsters
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong vs. PeerPressureMakesYouEvil (or BlitheSpirit)
* CompleteMonster vs. IncorruptiblePurePureness
* CompleteMonster vs. IdealHero
** The ultimate ends of the morality scale.
* ComplimentBackfire vs. InsultBackfire
* ContractualGenreBlindness vs. DangerouslyGenreSavvy
* CoolShades or {{Meganekko}} vs. NerdGlasses
* CorruptChurch vs. SaintlyChurch
* CorruptCorporateExecutive vs. UnclePennybags
* CorruptionByAMinor vs. CorruptionOfAMinor
* CouldHaveBeenMessy vs. GoodThingYouCanHeal
* CowardlyLion (or TheSoCalledCoward) vs. MilesGloriosus
** Apparent coward, actual hero. vs. apparent hero, actual coward.
* CrackFic vs. OriginalFlavour
* CrapsackWorld vs. MarySuetopia
** In the CrapsackWorld, life is pointless and everything sucks. In MarySuetopia, everything and everyone is perfect.
* CreatorsPet vs. TakeThatScrappy
** The creators of a work fluffing up [[TheScrappy a hated character]] vs. them [[TakeThat making fun of him/her/it]].
* CreatorBreakdown vs. CreatorRecovery
** A creator's work becoming DarkerAndEdgier as a result of personal problems vs. a creator's work becoming LighterAndSofter as a result of personal happiness.
* CheerfulChild vs. CreepyChild
* CreepyChild vs. PsychopathicManchild
** Child who acts adult-like in an unsettling way vs. adult who acts child-like in an unsettling way.
* CreepyCrossdresser vs. WholesomeCrossdresser
* CripplingOverspecialization vs. MasterOfNone
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome vs. DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck
** series' high point vs. series' low point
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming vs. NightmareFuel
** Something that's touching vs. something that's terrifying.
* CruelMercy vs. MercyKill
** Sparing someone to make them suffer vs. killing someone to end their suffering
** CruelMercy vs. CruelToBeKind
* CrutchCharacter vs. MagikarpPower
* CueTheSun vs. PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath
* CuteGhostGirl vs. StringyHairedGhostGirl
* CutsceneIncompetence vs. CutscenePowerToTheMax
* {{Cyberpunk}} vs. RaygunGothic
* TheCynic vs. TheIdealist

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[[folder:D - E]]

* DarkerAndEdgier vs. LighterAndSofter
* DarkFic vs. {{WAFF}}
* DarkIsEvil vs. DarkIsNotEvil
* DarkIsNotEvil vs. LightIsNotGood
* DarkMagicalGirl vs. MagicalGirl
* DeathbringerTheAdorable vs. FluffyTheTerrible
** Cute monster with vicious-sounding name vs vicious monster with cute-sounding name.
* DecemberDecemberRomance vs. MayDecemberRomance vs. PuppyLove
** a couple made up of old characters vs. a couple made of a younger character and an older one vs. a couple made up of young characters
* {{Deconstruction}} vs. {{Reconstruction}} (or AffectionateParody)
* DefectingForLove vs. FoeYay
* DeniedParody vs. ParodyRetcon
* DescriptionCut vs. IResembleThatRemark
* DesignatedHero vs. DesignatedVillain
* DeusExMachina vs. DiabolusExMachina
** Out-of-nowhere win for the good guys vs. out-of-nowhere win for the bad guys.
* DeusSexMachina vs. VirginPower
** A DeusSexMachina is a power that requires [[SexTropes you-know-what]] to be triggered. A VirginPower is some sort of ability of AppliedPhlebotinum that relies on the user abstaining from you-know-what.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat vs. DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil vs. InformationWantsToBeFree
* DirtyCoward vs. LovableCoward
* {{Disneyfication}} vs. {{Grimmification}}
* DisproportionateRetribution vs. DisproportionateReward
* DistractedByTheSexy vs. NotDistractedByTheSexy or IgnoreTheFanservice
* DistressedDamsel vs. DistressedDude
* DitzyGenius vs. GeniusDitz
** A genius who's really bad at one thing vs. a ditz who is really good at one thing.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica vs. ExpandedStatesOfAmerica
* DoesNotLikeSpam vs. TrademarkFavoriteFood
* DoingInTheWizard vs. AWizardDidIt
** explaining a seemingly impossible event in detail vs. {{hand wav|e}}ing it away as "just magic"
* DownTheRabbitHole vs. UpTheRealRabbitHole
* DownerEnding vs. HappyEnding
* DracoInLeatherPants vs. RonTheDeathEater
** Both are character interpretation tropes. DracoInLeatherPants occurs when a character's flaws are downplayed and their virtues are promoted by a fan to make a character more appealing to them. RonTheDeathEater downplays a character's good traits, often exposing and exaggerating their flaws to [[DieForOurShip pave the way]] for the fan's OneTruePairing.
* DragonRider vs. ShoulderSizedDragon
** People riding dragons vs. dragons [[ParrotPetPosition sitting on people]].
* DramaticIrony vs. TomatoSurprise
** The audience is aware of important information that the characters are not privy to, leading to a dramatic reveal vs. The characters are aware of important information that the audience is not privy to, leading to a dramatic reveal.
* DreamTeam vs. RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* DumbIsGood[=/=]GoodIsDumb vs. GoodIsNotDumb
* DumbassNoMore vs. TookALevelInDumbass
** A dumb character becoming smart vs. a smart character becoming dumb.
* DumpStat vs. OneStatToRuleThemAll
* EasilyForgiven vs. ReformedButRejected
** A character does something bad and others forgive him without any repercussions vs. a character who is reformed, but others refuse to believe it.
* EasyModeMockery vs. HardModePerks
** Penalties for playing a game on an easy difficulty level vs. bonuses for playing the same game on a harder difficulty level.
* TheEeyore vs. ThePollyanna
** TheEeyore always sees the proverbial glass half-empty, while ThePollyanna is eternally optimistic about their circumstances in life.
* EmbodimentOfVice vs. EmbodimentOfVirtue
* EmotionlessGirl vs. GenkiGirl
* EncounterBait vs. EncounterRepellant
** Increasing vs. decreasing the frequency of RandomEncounters in a RolePlayingGame with an item or spell.
* EndlessDaytime vs. TheNightThatNeverEnds
* EnjoyTheStorySkipTheGame vs. PlayTheGameSkipTheStory
* EnsembleDarkhorse vs. TheScrappy or CreatorsPet
** The EnsembleDarkhorse is a character who gains an [[UnexpectedReactionsToThisIndex unexpected amount of popularity with an audience]] despite having a not-so-big role. TheScrappy is a character who is rejected by the fandom, for being considered annoying and/or unlikeable. If TheScrappy becomes prominent in a story and the audience still doesn't embrace the character, then that character is a CreatorsPet.
** CreatorsPet vs. UnpopularPopularCharacter
** Character only the author seems to like vs. character only the fans seem to like.
* EscalatingWar vs. ZanySchemeChicken
* EverybodyLives vs. KillEmAll
** In an EverybodyLives scenario, all of the main characters survive to the very end. In a KillEmAll scenario, a large portion of the cast is killed off.
* EveryoneIsBi vs. NoBisexuals
* EvilChancellor vs. TheGoodChancellor
* EvilerThanThou vs. HolierThanThou
** EvilerThanThou vs. EvenEvilHasStandards
* EvilFeelsGood vs. GoodFeelsGood
* EvilIsCool vs. ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil
* EvilIsBurningHot vs. EvilIsDeathlyCold
* TheEvilPrince vs. KnightInShiningArmor
* EvilRedhead vs. RedHeadedHero
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin vs. NeverTrustATitle
* ExecutiveMeddling vs. ProtectionFromEditors
** Executives giving (often unwanted) input in a work vs. only the author deciding the direction of the story.
* ExpressDelivery vs. LongestPregnancyEver
** A unusually short (full-term) pregnancy vs. an unusually long one.

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[[folder:F]]

* FaceHeelTurn vs. HeelFaceTurn
** A FaceHeelTurn is when something happens to an established "good" character that makes them turn to the side of evil. A HeelFaceTurn is when something happens to an established "evil" character that makes them turn to the side of good. When used more than once, it can lead to the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor.
* FaceOfAThug vs. FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon
** A hero who has a scary thuggish face vs a villain who looks pleasant and innocent.
* FailedASpotCheck vs. HyperAwareness
** A character with HyperAwareness can see even the smallest details without even trying. A character who FailedASpotCheck is oblivious to something that just about everyone else can see.
* FailureHero vs. InvincibleHero
** A hero who ''never'' wins, killing all tension vs. a hero who ''always'' wins, killing all tension.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption vs. SpringtimeForHitler
** Someone tries to succeed but always ends up failing vs. someone tries to fail but always ends up succeeding.
* FallingInLoveMontage vs. LostLoveMontage
* FalseDichotomy vs. GoldenMeanFallacy
** strawman argument where only one of two choices is right vs. one where both choices are wrong and the only "correct" answer is somewhere in the middle.
* FalseReassurance vs. SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms vs. KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter vs. TheEnemyWeaponsAreBetter
* {{Fandom}} vs. {{Hatedom}}
* FanDumb vs. HateDumb
* FatBastard (or VillainousGlutton) vs. LeanAndMean
** Fat villain vs. skinny villain.
* AFatherToHisMen vs. TheNeidermeyer
** A well-respected vs. a much despised commanding officer.
* FauxAffablyEvil vs. NobleDemon
** Evil character with a nice, friendly fašade vs. good character with a mean or "evil" fašade.
* FeigningIntelligence vs. ObfuscatingStupidity
* FictionIsntFair vs. RealityEnsues
** Disregarding vs. following what would happen in the real world
* FireAndBrimstoneHell vs. FluffyCloudHeaven
* FirstGirlWins vs. LastGirlWins
* FirstKiss vs. LastKiss
* FiveManBand vs. FiveBadBand
** TheHero vs. The BigBad
** TheLancer vs. TheDragon
** TheBigGuy vs. TheBrute
** TheSmartGuy vs. EvilGenius
** TheChick vs. TheDarkChick
** SixthRanger vs. SixthColumn
* {{Flashback}} vs. FlashForward
* FlawedPrototype vs. SuperPrototype
* FMinusMinus vs. RankInflation
* ForeignQueasine vs. ImpossiblyDeliciousFood
* ForgotICouldntSwim vs. RememberedICouldFly
* ForGreatJustice vs. ForTheEvulz
** Doing something because you know it's good/just vs. doing something because you know it's evil.
* ForWantOfANail vs. InSpiteOfANail
* FreakyIsCool vs. WhatMeasureIsANonCute
* FriendlyEnemy vs. VitriolicBestBuds and WithFriendsLikeThese
** Enemies who treat each other like friends vs. friends who treat each other like enemies.
* FreudianExcuse vs. InTheBlood
** being a villain because of some traumatic event (nurture) vs. being a villain because ItRunsInTheFamily (nature)
* FridgeBrilliance vs. FridgeLogic
** You suddenly realize something that happened makes perfect sense vs. you suddenly realize something that happened doesn't make sense.
* FriendToAllLivingThings vs. WalkingWasteland (or EnemyToAllLivingThings)
** FertileFeet vs. WalkingWasteland (simply existing causes the surrounding area to grow and flourish vs. simply existing causes the surrounding area to die and rot)
* FromClonesToGenre vs. GenreKiller
** A game that spawns a genre vs. a game that destroys one.
* FullyAbsorbedFinale vs. PoorlyDisguisedPilot
* FunnyAneurysmMoment or HarsherInHindsight vs. HilariousInHindsight
* FutureBadass vs. FutureLoser

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[[folder:G - H]]

* GagPenis vs. TeenyWeenie
* GameBreaker vs. JokeCharacter (or JokeItem)
* GargleBlaster (gets you instantly, insanely drunk) vs. KlatchianCoffee (gets you instantly, insanely sober)
* GeniusDitz vs. ModernMajorGeneral
* SugarWiki/GeniusProgramming vs. DarthWiki/IdiotProgramming
* GenreBlindness vs. GenreSavvy
* GentleGiant vs. TheNapoleon
** A GentleGiant is a character who looks big and menacing, but actually has a kind and softer side. TheNapoleon looks small and non-threatening, but is very dangerous, ''especially'' if you should make fun of his/her height.
* GetItOverWith vs. ScheherezadeGambit
* GetTheeToANunnery vs. HaveAGayOldTime
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar vs. InnocentInnuendo
* GhibliHills vs. {{Mordor}}
** Lush, colorful landscape vs. dark, frightening landscape. See also SceneryPorn vs. SceneryGorn.
* GirlsHaveCooties vs. PuppyLove
* GirlyGirl vs. {{Tomboy}}
** A female character with with feminine traits vs. a female character with masculine traits.
* GladToBeAliveSex vs. PreClimaxClimax
** Sex after surviving a dangerous event vs. sex right before a dangerous event.
* AGodAmI vs. AGodIAmNot
** A mortal believes they're god out of madness, vs. a god-like being refusing the label of god to stay sane.
* GodGuise vs. GodInHumanForm
* GodIsEvil vs. SatanIsGood
* GodModeSue vs. TheLoad
** "Why are we even here? He can do everything!" vs. "Why is this guy even here? He can't do anything!"
* GoodIsDumb vs. GoodIsNotDumb
* GoodTimesMontage vs. SadTimesMontage
* GoryDiscretionShot vs. SexyDiscretionShot
** You dont want to see it versus you want to see it.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave vs. IWasQuiteALooker
** GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave applies to elderly characters who retain their outer beauty well into their old age. IWasQuiteALooker applies to characters who were once more attractive than they are currently.
* GratuitousEnglish vs. SurprisinglyGoodEnglish
* GrowingTheBeard vs. JumpingTheShark
** GrowingTheBeard is a moment when a particular show or series reaches a point where everything gets better. JumpingTheShark is when it hits a new low, and everything is perceived to get ''worse'' from then on.
* GrumpyBear vs. WideEyedIdealist
** Cynic in an idealistic setting vs. idealist in a cynical setting.
* HappinessTropes vs. SadnessTropes
* HarmlessVillain vs. VillainSue
* HatePlague vs. LoveIsInTheAir
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower vs. WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway
* TheHermit vs. HatesBeingAlone
* HeroBall vs. VillainBall
** hero does something dumb vs. villain does something dumb
* HeroesActVillainsHinder vs. VillainsActHeroesReact
* HeroicComedicSociopath vs. PsychopathicManchild
* HeroicSeductress vs. TheVamp
** Heroine who uses sex for good vs. Villainess who uses sex for evil
* TheHeroSucksSong vs. TheVillainSucksSong
** A song insulting a hero vs a song insulting a villain.
* HeroWithBadPublicity vs. VillainWithGoodPublicity
* HighFantasy vs. LowFantasy
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade vs. HistoricalVillainUpgrade
* HiveMind vs. SplitPersonality
* HollywoodHomely vs. InformedAttractiveness
** Character isn't as unattractive as the show would have you believe vs. character isn't as attractive as the show would have you believe.
* HollywoodSpelling vs MyNaymeIs
** Names are standardized vs. names are spelled eccentrically.
* HopelessBossFight vs. ZeroEffortBoss
** boss fight you can't win vs. boss fight you can't lose
* HomeSweetHome vs. InHarmsWay
* HugeGuyTinyGirl vs. TinyGuyHugeGirl
* HumansAreBastards vs. HumansAreGood and HumansAreSpecial
* HundredPercentCompletion vs. MinimalistRun
** Win the game by collecting everything vs. Win the game by collecting nothing.
* HystericalWoman vs. WomenAreWiser

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[[folder:I]]

* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat vs. YouJustHadToSayIt
* INeedAFreakingDrink vs. NoMoreForMe
* IdiotBall vs. SmartBall
** Unnatural act of idiocy vs. unnatural act of competence
* IdleRich vs. NonIdleRich
** Rich people who don't do anything vs. rich people who actually do things.
* IfICantHaveYou vs. IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim vs. KillHimAlready
* IfJesusThenAliens vs. NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus
* IJustWantToBeNormal vs. IJustWantToBeSpecial
* IJustWantToHaveFriends vs. IWorkAlone
* ILikeThoseOdds vs. NeverTellMeTheOdds
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy vs. ImprobableAimingSkills
** At the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy, a character (usually a bad guy) is incapable of hitting the broad side of a barn...at point blank range. With ImprobableAimingSkills, a character can hit just about anything with a firearm [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality in ways that shouldn't be humanly possible]].
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes vs. RummageSaleReject
* InadequateInheritor vs. TurnOutLikeHisFather
** failure to turn out like your father despite all pressure to do so vs. failure to not turn out like your father despite all pressure to do so
* InfiniteSupplies vs. PerpetualPoverty
* InstantDeathBullet vs. OnlyAFleshWound
* InsufferableGenius vs. KindheartedSimpleton
** A smart character who is mean vs a dumb character who is nice.
* InsultOfEndearment vs. TermsOfEndangerment
** Rude nicknames being used by friends vs. kind nicknames being used by enemies or at least insincere people.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide vs. {{Tomboy}}
** A male character has feminine traits vs a female character who has masculine traits.
* InUniverseGameClock vs. TakeYourTime Game time flows constantly vs. game time flows only when the plot requires it.
* IronWoobie vs. SympatheticSue
* ItsAllMyFault vs. NeverMyFault
* ItsPopularNowItSucks vs. QualityByPopularVote
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks vs. TheyChangedItNowItSucks
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy vs. MurderTheHypotenuse
* IWasJustJoking vs. MyGodYouAreSerious
* IWasQuiteTheLooker vs. SheIsAllGrownUp
* ItWillNeverCatchOn vs. ThisIsGoingToBeHuge
** something expected to fail succeeds like crazy vs. something expected to be a smash-hit turns out to be a flop. HilariousInHindsight applies to both tropes.
* {{Iyashikei}} vs. {{Utsuge}}: Visual Novels that give you a WarmAndFuzzyFeeling vs. Visual Novels that '''''will''''' [[TearJerker make you cry yourself to sleep.]]
** Particularly notable in that the terms translate to "healing" and "depressing", respectively.

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[[folder:J - L]]

* JadedWashout vs. SmallNameBigEgo
* {{Jerkass}} vs. NiceGuy
* JumpedAtTheCall vs. RefusalOfTheCall
* JumpingTheGenderBarrier vs. UnsettlingGenderReveal
* KarmaHoudini vs. LaserGuidedKarma or KarmicDeath
** Little to no punishment for bad deeds vs. apropos punishment.
* KickTheDog vs. PetTheDog
** Showing that a bad guy is bad vs. showing that a bad guy isn't all that bad.
* KickTheDog vs. WhatYouAreInTheDark
* KissKissSlap vs. SlapSlapKiss
** "I love you! ... I hate you!" vs. "I hate you! ... I love you!"
* [[CombatPragmatist Krav Maga]] vs. LeParkour
** A martial art based solely on disarming and defeating your opponent, and a martial art based solely on avoiding/escaping conflict in the first place.
* TheLadette vs. ProperLady
** Woman lacking in feminine grace vs. woman full of feminine grace.
* LegacyImmortality vs. MyGrandsonMyself
** Successive mentors and students pretend to be the same immortal person over a long period of time vs. an immortal or long-lived character tries to evade detection by pretending to be their own descendant.
* LetMeGetThisStraight vs WhatIsGoingOn.
* LetsGetDangerous vs. NotSoHarmlessVillain
** low-key hero becoming powerful vs. low-key villain becoming powerful.
* LetsSplitUpGang vs. NeverSplitTheParty
* LifeImitatesArt vs. TruthInTelevision
* LightIsGood vs. LightIsNotGood
* LimaSyndrome vs. StockholmSyndrome
** Captor develops feelings for prisoner vs. prisoner develops feelings for captor
* LimitedWardrobe vs. UnlimitedWardrobe
* LivingForeverIsAwesome vs. WhoWantsToLiveForever
* LonerTurnedFriend vs. UsedToBeMoreSocial
* LongRunners vs. ShortRunners
* LostInMediasRes vs. ProlongedPrologue
** Too little exposition in the beginning vs. too much exposition at expence of action in the beginning.
* LowerClassLout vs. UpperClassTwit
* LukeIAmYourFather vs. LukeYouAreMyFather
* {{Macekre}} vs. {{Woolseyism}}
** A {{Macekre}} is a loose translation of a work that barely resembles its source material. A {{Woolseyism}} is a translation of a work that maintains the spirit of the original work, while still making it palatable for its intended audience.

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[[folder:M]]

* MacGuffinDeliveryService vs. KeepAway
* MadeOfIron vs. MadeOfPlasticine
* MadeOutToBeAJerkass vs. PunishedForSympathy
** Being branded as a bad person for fighting off a bad person vs being branded as a bad person for being nice to a bad person.
** NoSympathyForGrudgeholders vs. PunishedForSympathy
** Being called out for holding a grudge against a person vs being called for being forgiving towards a person.
* MagicallyIneptFighter vs. SquishyWizard
* MagicKnight vs. SquishyWizard
* MagicSkirt vs. MarilynManeuver
* MagicSkirt vs. PantyShot
* MagnificentBastard vs. SmugSnake
** While a MagnificentBastard can sometimes pull off [[GambitRoulette ridiculously complicated plans]] and [[ManipulativeBastard get people to do what he/she wants]] and still come out smelling like a rose, the SmugSnake only ''thinks'' they can, and often comes across as a deluded {{Jerkass}}.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction vs. MinorInjuryOverreaction
* TheMcCoy (logic vs. emotions) vs. TheSpock
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight vs. SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong
* MechanicalLifeforms vs. OrganicTechnology
* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales vs. OffendingTheCreatorsOwn
** Members of a specific social group enjoying a work by outsiders despite what might be considered stereotypical depictions, vs. members of a social group getting offended by their portrayal in a work by a creator who is actually in that group.
* MightyWhitey vs. TokenWhite
* ModestyShorts vs. ZettaiRyouiki
** Clothes cover upper part of the leg below the skirt vs. clothes emphasize it.
* MookChivalry vs. ZergRush
** Mooks attacking one at a time vs. mooks attacking all at once
* MonstrosityEqualsWeakness vs. PowerUpgradingDeformation
** Being more monstrous making you less dangerous vs. more powerful.
* MoreHeroThanThou vs. WhoWillBellTheCat
** Characters strive to do the dangerous deed vs. characters retreat on learning that they might personally have to do the deed.
* MostAnnoyingSound vs. MostWonderfulSound
* MotorMouth vs. TheQuietOne
* MundaneMadeAwesome vs. UnusuallyUninterestingSight
* MyGirlIsASlut vs. MyGirlIsNotASlut
** On one hande you have the usual "woman who dares to have sex = whore" and its contrary, a woman who isn't put down or insulted for having an active sex-life but rather sought after ''because'' of that.
* MyBelovedSmother vs. WhenYouComingHomeDad
** Parents that never have time for their children vs. parents that do nothing but control their children.

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[[folder:N - O]]

* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast vs. NamesToTrustImmediately
* NecessarilyEvil vs. WellIntentionedExtremist
* NetworkToTheRescue vs. ScrewedByTheNetwork
* NeverHurtAnInnocent vs. YouCantMakeAnOmelette
* NoBloodTies vs. ThickerThanWater
* NoFourthWall vs. ThisIsReality
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind vs. TheUriahGambit
* NoPunctuationPeriod vs. WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma
** There isn't any punctuation vs. there's too much and it's used incorrectly.
* NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom vs. WideOpenSandbox
** video game where you're railroaded down a single path vs. one where you're allowed to do almost anything (within technical limits)
* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus vs. ReligionIsMagic
* NotAllowedToGrowUp vs. SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome
** If a character remains the same age for a good portion of a series (especially if it's a [[LongRunners Long Runner]]), then he/she is NotAllowedToGrowUp. SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome denotes quick aging changes, where a character can be aged up a few years without explanation.
* NothingCanSaveUsNow vs. NothingCanStopUsNow
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore vs. StatusQuoIsGod
* NotSoHarmlessVillain vs. VillainDecay
** non-threatening villain becomes more dangerous over time vs. threatening villain becomes less dangerous over time
* OfficialCouple vs. OneTruePairing (or FanPreferredCouple)
* TheOneGuy vs. TheSmurfettePrinciple
* OneSceneTwoMonologues vs. TwoScenesOneDialogue
* OneSteveLimit vs. PlanetOfSteves
** Only one character has a particular name to avoid confusion vs. a large group of people all have the same name.
* OnlyIdiotsMayPass vs. OnlySmartPeopleMayPass
* OnTheNext vs. PreviouslyOn
* TheOtherDarrin vs. YouLookFamiliar
* {{Overcrank}} vs. {{Undercrank}}
** Slow motion vs. fast motion.
* OutOfCharacterAlert vs. SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay

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[[folder:P - R]]

* PainfullySlowProjectile vs. VeryHighVelocityRounds
** bullets that move incredibly slow vs. bullets that fly ridiculously fast
* PatchworkMap vs. SingleBiomePlanet
** Several biomes compressed into tiny area[[note]]Though the trope is wider than that.[[/note]] vs. an entire planet covered in a single biome.
* PermaShave vs. PermaStubble
* PerpetualFrowner vs. PerpetualSmiler
* PoisonousFriend vs. PsychoSidekick
** Friend who commits chaotic/evil deeds in the hero's name without the hero's knowledge vs. friend who commits chaotic/evil deeds and the hero fully knows about it
* PolarOppositeTwins vs. SingleMindedTwins
* PolishedPort vs. PortingDisaster
** Transitioning a game from one system to another makes the new game better than the original vs. a transition where it makes the end result worse
* PowerBornOfMadness vs. WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
** superpower that relies on the user being insane vs. superpower that slowly drives the user insane
* PragmaticVillainy vs. StupidEvil
** Villain doesn't do something evil only because it hurts their interests vs. Villain does something evil even though it will hurt their interests
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech vs. YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre
** A speech that puts one down vs a speech that brings one up.
* RedemptionDemotion vs. RedemptionPromotion
** Character works better as a villain than a hero vs. character works better as a hero than a villain.
* RedemptionEarnsLife vs. RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RefugeeFromTVLand vs. TrappedInTVLand
* RoadCone vs. ThirdOptionAdaptation
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll vs. SecondPlaceIsForLosers

[[/folder]]

[[folder:S]]

* SarcasmMode vs. SincerityMode
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules vs. ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* SecretChaser vs. SecretKeeper
* {{Sequelitis}} vs. SurprisinglyImprovedSequel
* SevenDeadlySins vs. SevenHeavenlyVirtues
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny vs. CelibateHero (Sex Is Evil So I Won't Have It) and EthicalSlut (Sex Is ''Not'' Evil And I Am Horny)
* SheatheYourSword or TalkingTheMonsterToDeath vs. ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption
** Defeating that same opponent through pacifism or a RousingSpeech vs. defeating an opponent with violence.
* SheCleansUpNicely vs. UnkemptBeauty
** character is dolled up to look sexy vs. character looking sexy even without fancy clothes.
* ShockingSwerve vs. TheUntwist
** A ShockingSwerve is a plot twist that the audience could never possibly have seen coming and appears to have been done for no purpose other than to shock. TheUntwist is when a plot twist is shocking because the audience had dismissed it as being ''too'' obvious.
* ShoutOut vs. TakeThat
** A positive reference to another work vs. a negative reference to another work.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers vs. SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids
** Being cynical gets the character called out vs. being idealistic gets the character called out.
* ASimplePlan vs. ZanyScheme
* TheSnarkKnight vs. StepfordSmiler
* SoBadItsGood vs. DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible
* DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible vs. SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome
* SoProudOfYou vs. WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent
* SpannerInTheWorks vs. UnwittingPawn
** hero accidentally/surprisingly stops villain's EvilPlan vs. hero accidentally/surprisingly helps it
* SpecialEffectFailure vs. VisualEffectsOfAwesome
* {{Squee}} vs. {{Squick}}
** reaction to something favorable vs. reaction to something repulsive
* StableTimeLoop vs. TemporalParadox
* StarDerailingRole vs. StarMakingRole
* StoicWoobie vs. {{Wangst}} or {{Emo}}
* StoneSoup vs. TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup
* StrawmanEmotional vs. StrawVulcan
* StrawmanEmotional ''and'' StrawVulcan vs. EmotionsVsStoicism
* SympathyForTheDevil vs. SympathyForTheHero

[[/folder]]

[[folder:T - Y]]

* TastesLikeChicken vs. TastesLikeFeet
* TechnologicallyBlindElders vs. WhatAreRecords
* ThisIndexIsNotAnExample vs. ThisTropeNameReferencesItself
* TookALevelInJerkass vs. TookALevelInKindness
* {{Tsundere}} vs. {{Yandere}}
** A {{Tsundere}} is a (usually female) character who acts cranky and standoffish on the outside, but sometimes shows signs of genuine tenderness. A {{Yandere}} is someone who tries to act nice, but really is unpleasant underneath...sometimes coupled with [[MadnessTropes mental instability]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter vs. CreatorsPet
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse A character the audience likes doesn't get enough screentime]] vs [[TheScrappy a character the audience hates gets too much screentime.]]
* UnskilledButStrong vs. WeakButSkilled
* ViewersAreGeniuses vs. ViewersAreMorons
* VillainWithGoodPublicity vs. ZeroPercentApprovalRating
** Everyone loves the bad guy vs. everyone ''hates'' the bad guy.
* VomitDiscretionShot vs. VomitIndiscretionShot
* WakeUpCallBoss vs. WarmUpBoss
** Surprisingly hard early boss vs. surprisingly easy early boss
* WalkingTechbane vs. WalkingTechfix
** Someone who breaks machines with ridiculous ease vs. someone who can fix them just as quickly
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids vs. WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids
** People thinking something isn't for kids when it in fact is vs. people thinking something is for kids when it in fact is not.
* YearInsideHourOutside vs. YearOutsideHourInside
** Potential effects of time dilation.

[[/folder]]

!!Examples of "opposite number" series:
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' vs. ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' (the main characters even wear similar pink outfit
** SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in MagicalGirl
** ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' is sometimes said to be somewhere in the middle of the two.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' vs. ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''
* ''The Fairy Tale of Lost Time'' vs. ''Literature/{{Momo}}''
** "Never, ever waste your precious time" vs. "'Wasted' time is not always wasted and 'spared' time is never actually spared".
* [[http://www.givesmehope.com/ Gives Me Hope]] vs. Website/NotAlwaysRight[=/=]F My Life
** Personal anecdotes that will rebuild that faith. vs. personal anecdotes that may just make you lose all faith in humanity
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' vs. ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta''
** Boy meets girl. Girl is actually an EldritchAbomination. The difference is that the former is a LovecraftLite romantic comedy series, while the latter is a CosmicHorror[=/=]{{Hentai}} story.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' vs. ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in HeroicFantasy
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' vs. ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' (Made by [[StudioGainax the same studio]]!)
** SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in HumongousMecha
* ''Evangelion'' vs. ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''
* ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'' vs. ''Series/LastCarStanding''
* ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' vs. ''Anime/OruchubanEbichu'' both feature cute hamsters as the main characters. But while the first one [[SugarBowl is a very idealistic and adorable series aimed at little kids]], the other is a very cynical (and sometimes shocking) series which is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids definately NOT for kids.]]

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