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aka: Counter Trope
Here is a place to note the tropes which are opposites of one another.
See also the Canonical List of Subtle Trope Distinctions
, and Trope Grid
(which covers when there's more than one possible Opposite Trope), and Evil Counterpart
for a list of tropes with moral counterparts (good vs evil).
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- Accidental Innuendo vs. Innocent Innuendo
- Accidental Nightmare Fuel vs. Nightmare Retardant
- Not meant to be scary but is vs. meant to be scary but isn't.
- Acoustic License vs. I Can't Hear You
- Acrofatic vs. Glacier Waif
- Action Girl vs. Distressed Damsel
- Actually Pretty Funny / Played for Laughs vs. Dude, Not Funny!
- A-Cup Angst vs. Petite Pride
- grief vs. pride about having small breasts.
- Adaptational Badass vs. Adaptational Wimp
- Adaptational Curves vs. Big Bra to Fill
- 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
- Adaptation Expansion vs. Compressed Adaptation
- Adaptation Expansion takes a short work (e.g. a poem) and fleshes it out in to a larger piece (e.g. a movie). Compressed Adaptation 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).
- Adults Are Useless vs. Reasonable Authority Figure
- Advancing Boss of Doom vs. Get Back Here Boss
- boss chases after you vs. you chase after the boss
- Adventure Rebuff vs. Refusal of the Call
- Affably Evil vs. Good Is Not Nice
- Evil character who's nice vs. good character who isn't.
- Affably Evil vs. Faux Affably Evil
- Evil character who's nice vs. an evil character who's only pretending to be nice.
- Affably Evil vs. Good Is Not Soft
- Evil character who is nice but ruthless vs good character who is nice but ruthless.
- After Boss Recovery vs. Suspicious Videogame Generosity
- With an After Boss Recovery, upon winning (or, if the boss is a Hopeless Boss Fight) you get a ton of recovery items. With Suspicious Videogame Generosity, 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.
- Agent Mulder vs. Agent Scully
- Aliens Are Bastards vs. Innocent Aliens
- Allergic to Evil vs. Good Hurts Evil
- Allergic to Routine vs. Creature of Habit
- All American Face vs. Foreign Wrestling Heel
- All Girls Want Bad Boys vs. Single Woman Seeks Good Man
- All Myths Are True vs. Arbitrary Skepticism
- All Part of the Show vs. You Just Ruined the Shot
- Almost Dead Guy vs. Not Quite Dead (or Only Mostly Dead)
- Alpha Bitch vs. Fallen Princess
- Always Chaotic Evil vs. Always Lawful Good
- Amazon Chaser vs. No Guy Wants an Amazon
- Americans Hate Tingle vs. Germans Love David Hasselhoff
- Hate vs. love of a series outside its country of origin.
- Ancient Conspiracy vs. Ancient Tradition (However, they might overlap.)
- And the Fandom Rejoiced vs. Tainted by the Preview
- Optimism vs. pessimism over an upcoming work after any pre-release announcement.
- And Then John Was a Zombie vs. Tomato in the Mirror
- Angst? What Angst? vs. Wangst
- Character whines a lot less than you think they should vs. character whines too much.
- Anticlimax Boss vs. Climax Boss
- Anti-Hero vs. Anti-Villain
- A hero who lacks the qualities of a hero vs. a villain who lacks the qualities of a villain.
- Anti-Hero vs. Ideal Hero
- A hero who lacks moral uprightness vs. a hero who doesn't.
- Anti-Hero vs. The Hero
- The Anti-Nihilist/Existentialism vs. Straw Nihilist
- "Life has no meaning...because it's up to us to give it one." vs. "Life has no meaning!"
- Anyone Can Die vs. Red Shirt
- Important character gets killed off vs. only nameless extras get killed off.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape vs. In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves
- Apologizes a Lot vs. The Unapologetic
- "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry." vs "I never apologize!"
- Appeal To Novelty vs. Appeal To Tradition
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy vs. Martial Pacifist
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking vs. Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick
- Mundane item in a list of horrible ones vs. horrible item in a list of mundane ones.
- Artificial Brilliance vs. Artificial Stupidity
- The extremes of videogame AI.
- As Long as There Is Evil vs. As Long As There Is One Man
- Ascended Demon vs. Fallen Angel
- Ascended Fanon vs. Jossed
- A fan theory that later gets confirmed by the Word of God ... or not.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence vs. Dragged Off to Hell
- Ass Kicks You vs. Literal Ass Kicking
- Attacking with the buttocks vs. attacking the buttocks
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever vs. Incredible Shrinking Man
- Author's Saving Throw vs. Rescued from the Scrappy Heap
- Attempting to fix/get rid of a perceived problem or The Scrappy vs. retooling the offending element to make it better.
- Avoid the Dreaded G Rating vs. Rated M for Money
- Awesome but Impractical vs. Boring but Practical
- Awesome McCoolname vs. Fail O'Suckyname
D - E
G - H
- Gag Penis vs. Teeny Weenie
- Game Breaker vs. Joke Character (or Joke Item)
- Gargle Blaster (gets you instantly, insanely drunk) vs. Klatchian Coffee (gets you instantly, insanely sober)
- Genius Ditz vs. Modern Major General
- Genius Programming vs. Idiot Programming
- Genre Blindness vs. Genre Savvy
- Gentle Giant vs. The Napoleon
- A Gentle Giant is a character who looks big and menacing, but actually has a kind and softer side. The Napoleon looks small and non-threatening, but is very dangerous, especially if you should make fun of his/her height.
- Get It Over With vs. Scheherezade Gambit
- Get Thee to a Nunnery vs. Have a Gay Old Time
- Getting Crap Past the Radar vs. Innocent Innuendo
- Ghibli Hills vs. Mordor
- Girls Have Cooties vs. Puppy Love
- Girly Girl vs. Tomboy
- A female character with with feminine traits vs. a female character with masculine traits.
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex vs. Pre-Climax Climax
- Sex after surviving a dangerous event vs. sex right before a dangerous event.
- A God Am I vs. A God I Am Not
- A mortal believes they're god out of madness, vs. a god-like being refusing the label of god to stay sane.
- God Guise vs. God in Human Form
- God Is Evil vs. Satan Is Good
- God-Mode Sue vs. The Load
- "Why are we even here? He can do everything!" vs. "Why is this guy even here? He can't do anything!"
- Good Is Dumb vs. Good Is Not Dumb
- Good Times Montage vs. Sad Times Montage
- Gory Discretion Shot vs. Sexy Discretion Shot
- You dont want to see it versus you want to see it.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have vs. I Was Quite a Looker
- Gratuitous English vs. Surprisingly Good English
- Growing the Beard vs. Jumping the Shark
- Growing the Beard is a moment when a particular show or series reaches a point where everything gets better. Jumping the Shark is when it hits a new low, and everything is perceived to get worse from then on.
- Grumpy Bear vs. Wide-Eyed Idealist
- Cynic in an idealistic setting vs. idealist in a cynical setting.
- Happiness Tropes vs. Sadness Tropes
- Harmless Villain vs. Villain Sue
- Hate Plague vs. Love Is in the Air
- Heart Is an Awesome Power vs. What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?
- The Hermit vs. Hates Being Alone
- Hero Ball vs. Villain Ball
- hero does something dumb vs. villain does something dumb
- Heroes Act Villains Hinder vs. Villains Act, Heroes React
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath vs. Psychopathic Manchild
- Heroic Seductress vs. The Vamp
- Heroine who uses sex for good vs. Villainess who uses sex for evil
- The Hero Sucks Song vs. The Villain Sucks Song
- A song insulting a hero vs a song insulting a villain.
- Hero with Bad Publicity vs. Villain with Good Publicity
- High Fantasy vs. Low Fantasy
- Historical Hero Upgrade vs. Historical Villain Upgrade
- Hive Mind vs. Split Personality
- Hollywood Homely vs. Informed Attractiveness
- 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.
- Hopeless Boss Fight vs. Zero-Effort Boss
- boss fight you can't win vs. boss fight you can't lose
- Home Sweet Home vs. In Harm's Way
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl vs. Tiny Guy, Huge Girl
- Humans Are Bastards vs. Humans Are Good and Humans Are Special
- 100% Completion vs. Minimalist Run
- Win the game by collecting everything vs. Win the game by collecting nothing.
- Hysterical Woman vs. Women Are Wiser
J - L
N - O
P - R
T - Y
Examples of "opposite number" series: