Some tropes can be pretty broad in scope, enough to cover one or more Sub Tropes
Let's say you have tropes for "Scarf Juggling" and "Knife Juggling". Just plain "Juggling" would be the Super Trope for both of them. The key point is that the definition of a sub trope must include the definition of the super trope, just with special qualifiers that make it distinct.
In logic terms
, the Super Trope would be the genus, and the sub tropes the differentia.
Now even if the definition must be included, that doesn't necessarily mean every example must be. In most cases, every sub trope example would also count as an example of the super trope, but there are some exceptions due to the nature of some tropes. Pink Product Ploy
includes the definition of Pink Means Feminine
, but as an aspect to sell products, not to make the products fit the trope (so something considered masculine wouldn't be the super trope just because it's colored pink; its merely relying on the color association to appear feminine). Fortunately its always best to list sub trope examples on their sub trope pages instead of their supertrope onesnote
, so you needn't worry about whether every example fits is super trope(s).
This is also important, as a Missing Supertrope
can lead to people thinking a trope is broader than it is.
Do not confuse this with indexes. That is when listing when pages have common elements. Though not only can indexes have super and sub pages, a super trope can be an index if it has enough sub tropes.
Compare Sister Trope
Not to be confused with The Same, but More
, Exaggerated Trope
, Superhero Tropes
A Sample of Super Tropes And Their Sub Tropes
- Idiot Ball covers tropes like Hero Ball, Villain Ball, and Distress Ball. Conflict Ball isn't a Sub-Trope, but a Sister Trope.
- Chekhov's Gun covers quite a few tropes, as does its evil twin, Ass Pull, which covers tropes like Deus ex Machina (an Ass Pull to resolve the story).
- Bigger Is Better covers a... big collection of tropes.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty covers a number of tropes that are both Combat Tropes (like TTCMFD itself) and not necessarily related to combat. One of those second tropes, We Need a Distraction, is a Super Trope with a number of subtropes of its own.
- Conflict is one of the most super of all tropes, given any story needs it in some form.
- Removing the Rival covers tropes like Murder the Hypotenuse and Crippling the Competition.
- Show, Don't Tell covers tropes such as Informed Attribute and That Makes Me Feel Angry.
- Shades of Conflict covers the various forms of morality vs. morality, from Black and White Morality to Grey and Gray Morality and everything in between.
- Many of the Rule of Index tropes are super tropes.
- Living a Double Life covers several tropes, notably Secret Identity, which in itself is a super trope.
- Pink Means Feminine covers tropes such as Pink Girl, Blue Boy and Princesses Prefer Pink.
- Ideal Hero covers pure-hearted heroes such as The Cape, Knight in Shining Armor, Captain Patriotic and All-Loving Hero.
- No-Harm Requirement covers Bring It Back Alive, I Want Them Alive, Thou Shall Not Kill, Sheathe Your Sword, and Can't Kill You, Still Need You
- Appropriate Animal Attire covers all the animal clothing tropes.
- Closer to Earth covers all tropes where minorities are there to inspire and prop up the White Male Lead, such as Magical Negro and Magical Asian.
- The Face covers all ensemble characters whose speciality is social skills whether its as The Chick, The Social Expert, The Heart or Team Parent.
- Death from Above covers everything people leaping into the air to attack someone in front of them, on up to artillery strikes and Orbital Bombardment. Orbital Bombardment itself covers Colony Drops and Kill Sats.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift is a Super Trope to Good Costume Switch, Evil Costume Switch, Important Haircut, Expository Hairstyle Change, Fanservice Pack, and Adrenaline Makeover.
- Eating the Enemy serves as a blanket for Cannibalism Superpower, Fed to the Beast, and You Are Who You Eat.