is a storytelling device or convention, a shortcut for describing situations the storyteller can reasonably assume the audience will recognize. Tropes are the means by which a story is told by anyone who has a story to tell. We collect them, for the fun involved.
Tropes are not the same thing as cliches. They may be brand new but seem trite and hackneyed; they may be thousands of years old but seem fresh and new. They are not bad, they are not good; tropes are tools
that the creator of a work of art uses to express their ideas to the audience. It's pretty much impossible to create a story without tropes
Here is a list of indexes, split into conceptual groups. At the bottom of each trope page you will find a convenient Next
link that allows browsing alphabetically. This is a long list of all tropes we have already catalogued
. You may, however, want to take along a supply of Narnia Time
in either case.