Tropes about tropes
. It is easy to get this confused with a category for tropes that share some commonality or are tropes that are particularly universal. That's not what this is about. It is about how tropes come into existence
, live, mutate, evolve
, and die
- Averted Trope: The trope is not used in a situation where one would expect it.
- Bait-and-Switch: Subversion as humor.
- Characteristic Trope: Trope becomes discredited due to audience associating it with a certain show.
- Conversational Troping: Tropes are discussed between multiple people within a work.
- Cyclic Trope: The trope alternates between being played straight and discredited.
- Dead Horse Trope: Not only is the trope discredited, but the parodies, subversions, etc. are more common and well-known than straight use ever was.
- Dead Unicorn Trope: The so-called Dead Horse Trope was never used seriously to begin with.
- Deconstructed Trope: Trope is played straight, but with realistic consequences.
- Defied Trope: "You thought we were going to use this trope? Hell no!"
- Discredited Trope: A trope that no one plays straight anymore, lest they face ridicule.
- Discussed Trope: A trope is discussed within the work.
- Double Subversion: The trope looks like it's going to be subverted, but is then played straight.
- Downplayed Trope: The trope is played straight, but to a lesser degree than most uses.
- Enforced Trope: Tropes that are forced into a work by an outside source (usually those in charge or Moral Guardians), even if the writer didn't want to include them.
- Everything's Worse with Snowclones: Trope names that are too similar.
- Evolving Trope: The trope evolves after a period of disuse and become relevant again.
- Exaggerated Trope: Trope is played straight, with over-the-top results.
- Exploited Trope: A character is aware of a trope and tries to take advantage of it.
- Forgotten Trope: A trope that no one uses at all anymore.
- Gender-Inverted Trope: Trope specific to one gender is used with the other in mind.
- Implied Trope: Trope is hinted at, but not shown happening.
- Intended Audience Reaction: When an Audience Reaction is intentionally invoked by the authors or creators.
- Inverted Trope: The opposite of what one expects is done.
- Invoked Trope: Character sets up a trope on purpose.
- Justified Trope: Trope is given a good reason for occurring.
- Lampshade Hanging: Illogical trope is mocked in-universe.
- Logical Extreme: Trope is pushed to it's logical limit, without exaggeration.
- Necessary Weasel: Trope makes no sense, but it feels too natural to the medium to stop using it.
- Newer Than They Think: This isn't as old as most people think it is.
- Not a Deconstruction: Misuses of "deconstructed" within the TV Tropes site.
- Not a Subversion: Misuses of "subverted" within the TV Trope site.
- Older Than They Think: This has been around far longer than you think.
- Omnipresent Tropes: Tropes that are present in pretty much all fiction, usually by necessity.
- Overdosed Tropes: Tropes that are present in nearly all media, but not by necessity.
- Parodied Trope: Trope is made fun of.
- Pet-Peeve Trope: Tropes that piss off the audience.
- Played for Drama: Trope is meant to be taken seriously.
- Played for Laughs: Trope is meant to be comedic.
- Playing with a Trope: The different ways in which a trope can be used.
- Sister Trope: Tropes that share similar ideas.
- Spoilered Rotten: Tropes that are spoilers by default.
- Square Peg, Round Trope: Tropes that are frequently misused within the TV Tropes site, to the point of Trope Decay.
- Sub-Trope: Specific variant of one trope is common enough to become its own trope.
- Subverted Trope: Trope looks like it's going to be played straight, but the writer does something else instead.
- Super Trope: The broader category that multiple tropes fall under.
- Trope: The conventions and tools used to tell stories.
- Trope Breaker: Something that renders a trope useless.
- Trope Decay: Trope has lost its meaning due to misuse.
- Trope Enjoyment Loophole: When (and perhaps why) something that's a Pet-Peeve Trope doesn't piss somebody off, or the inverse.
- Trope Grid: Confused on which trope should be used? Here's some clarity.
- Troperiffic: Work uses a lot of different tropes.
- Troper's Block: Troper is confused about tropes and their usage.
- Trope Namer Syndrome: Trying too hard to create the next big Trope Namer in YKTTW usually means you're forgetting something important in the process.
- Tropes Are Flexible: Tropes have far more room and variation than some would think.
- Tropes Are Tools: Tropes are not bad, nor good. Just devices used to entertain.
- Tropes in Aggregate: Meta-tropes that become apparent when looking at the whole genre or fiction in general..
- Trope Telegraphing: "I know exactly what will happen next because of this trope."
- Undead Horse Trope: The trope is constantly played with or scoffed at, but still sees enough straight use to avoid becoming a Dead Horse Trope.
- Unbuilt Trope: Trope deconstructed before it was even constructed.
- Zig-Zagging Trope: Trope is played with in multiple ways.