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Troperiffic
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"Yor is both everything and nothing that movies have ever been. It rips off so many cinematic cliches that it actually passes infinity, curves back around and then comes back to become something wholly original again! It is, in a word, transcendent.

While some works love Playing with a Trope and others are so lacking in self-awareness that they play everything painfully straight, there are some gems that take delight in their tropes and then turn them Up to Eleven. This is especially common in Reconstructions, where all the narrative conventions that made the genre fun are present in full (and generally goofy) force, or parody works, usually of the affectionate variety, where the whole point is to laugh at as many tropes as humanly possible.

So, the grizzled veteran will jump on a grenade. The Kid Hero will find that last bit of Heroic Willpower to fight off The Virus and vanquish the newly freed Big Bad once and for all. The seven Runes of Borax will be gathered when the planets are aligned to free the Ultimate Evil who will inevitably turn on the evil overlord.

In short, works that are deemed Troperiffic apologize for absolutely nothing and just have fun with every convention or tried idea and taking it to places never thought possible. MST3K Mantra will be sometimes be a requirement to enjoy the work, because without it, Troperiffic works can come off as confusing. Then again, a good Troperiffic work will be fairly obvious about it in some way.

Note that one person's Troperiffic is another person's Cliché Storm, although most Troperiffic works have a certain level of Lampshade Hanging, sarcasm, or underlying love for the genre the work exists in. That, and Rule of Cool in copious amounts.

Compare Serial Escalation, Exaggerated Trope. A work that is verifiably like this can be said to be Trope Overdosed.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comedy 

    Comic Books 
  • Top 10 takes the Astro City concept to an absurdist extreme with a city literally populated by nothing but superheroes, allowing for every trope of the genre to develop and take center stage.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • David Eddings' Belgariad. An intensely derivative work treading over ground walked by fantasy novels since time immemorial and still managing to be an enjoyable read. And his Elenium uses a lot of the same tropes as The Belgariad, but is often considered by fans to be even better. It's after that that things start getting dodgy...
  • The Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander, are gleefully full of Older Than Print tropes from Welsh myth. And they're still awesome. Although he does take a few liberties for purposes of fiction — for instance, converting Arawn to an Evil Dark Lord.
  • Codex Alera is a High Fantasy series in which a plucky underdog Farm Boy from a backwater of the imperiled kingdom undergoing a succession crisis becomes a sword-wielding badass and saves the world, making friends of ancient enemies as he goes. And he's the heir to the throne and consequently has the most powerful magic of... well, pretty much anyone. Yet the setting is such an unusual twist on Medieval European Fantasy and Tavi is so brilliant and insane that you probably won't even notice the fact that so many elements of the story are old fantasy cliches. You'll be too busy going "Holy shit, that was awesome."
  • The Dresden Files loves to cram in as many tropes as possible, make them Crazy Awesome, give them the Deconstructor Fleet treatment, and then turn them loose, with Harry's terrible jokes providing a backdrop to the resulting insanity.
  • The entire Enchanted Forest Chronicles is full of references, subversions, deconstructions, and parodies of various fairy tale and fantasy tropes, with nearly every character highly Genre Savvy.
  • Eric Berne's Games People Play, which was essentially a collection of tropes of human interaction. Berne gave them games memorable titles such as "Now I've got you, you son of a bitch," "Wooden leg," "Yes, but...," and "Let's You and Him Fight."
  • Every Simon R. Green series ever. The characters are walking tropes, complete with their catchphrase and taglines which they often introduce themselves or others with. Jon Taylor, in particular, often tells people, "It's Jon Taylor and Suzie Shotgun, otherwise known as "Oh God it's her, run!""
  • Harry Potter. Mostly because it was such a lengthy series, but contains just about every type of character you can imagine.
  • John Moore's Heroics for Beginners is a send up of all the swashbuckling and RPG clichés that ever were. In fact, the whole premise of the novel is about a Prince who goes off to fight the Big Bad to win the hand of the Princess with the help of "The Handbook of Practical Heroics" (which is essentially a user's guide to Genre Savvy). The Evil Overlord, He Who Must Be Named, makes it disturbingly obvious that the writer has read the Evil Overlord List. His ventilation ducts ARE too small to crawl through. From the back cover:
    When a seemingly crazy, poorly dressed soothsayer tells you not to let a magical talisman fall into the wrong hands, take him or her seriously. DO NOT laugh it off and leave said talisman simply lying around on a side table; you might as well just end the world yourself.The Handbook of Practical Heroics, p. 134
  • Any Kim Newman novel. From the Anno Dracula series, about an Alternate History where Dracula won, to the Demon Download novels, in which Elvis Presley fights Eldritch Abominations with a Cyborg heroine.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. unashamedly plays with every trope in the book in pursuit of the Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny. Even Dead Horse Tropes.
  • The A-Team. Part of the appeal is knowing, blow by blow, how each episode will play out before you watch it. There will be a scene where B.A. throws a guy over a car. Murdock will act silly and tick B.A. off. Face will fall in love with every remotely attractive woman he sees. It's just fun. And lots of machine guns will get fired, but no one will get shot. The Big Bad's car will ramp off another vehicle, fly twisting sideways over a ground camera, and crash on its roof. The Big Bad and his Mooks will crawl out, uninjured, and surrender. The basic formula stays the same, but the writers switch up the specifics. Take Murdock, for instance: he'll act crazy of course, but how? Will he decide he's a cab-driving superhero? Pretend he's Captain Ahab? Act like an artsy filmmaker? Psychoanalyze a bunch of pecans while switching between a German accent and just plain German? ...And yeah, he did all of those things.
  • Burn Notice embraces a wide variety of tropes and proceeds to use, subvert, deconstruct, avert, and in general play with all of them. Sometimes the show follows a pretty clean formula for the individual stories, and unfortunately that is its main flaw. But in the narration there is more than a dozen quotes you could use to describe an individual trope that are so specific you know they did it on purpose.
  • Chuck seems to tend towards this, with many tropes played straight, though often for laughs. It's predictable, but humorously so (often dialed Up to Eleven). Someone sets a trip wire to stop Thanksgiving thieves at the Buy More? A bad guy will trip over it before the end of the episode.
  • Community. Abed is a troper. He invokes tropes, finding the worlds of TV and movies much more interesting. Even beyond Abed, the show has happily thrown itself into parodies and homages to practically every genre of fiction (and non-fiction) on the planet. Never mind that they use this very wiki for research!
  • Danger 5 essentially takes every 60s TV, action or pulp fiction cliche it can get its hands on, and plays it dead straight, parodies it, or makes it as absurdly over-the-top as possible.
  • Degrassi. Just look at its page. It's basically explored every possible angle of the Teen Drama, not to mention being the successor of the shows that created the genre in the first place, and is now a certified Long Runner.
  • Doctor Who is a show about a time travelling alien that fights other aliens in different times. It has used every science-fiction trope in the books, and even named some of them. Notable that in its 50 year run, it's not only used most sci-fi tropes, but also ones belonging to fantasy, historical fiction, horror and comedy. And that's not even touching on things like character tropes.
  • Everybody Hates Chris did this with Race Tropes.
  • Farscape. Just look at how its main page had to be subdivided into separate ones. And then it takes the tropes and twists them into funny shapes like so many balloon animals, even playing with a trope it was the Trope Codifier for in the episode in which it was codified and named!
  • Glee, in that it relies heavily on plot clichés and a very large amount of character tropes. It's quite predictable, but never completely in the way you'd expect.
  • Human Target takes action move tropes and dials them Up to Eleven resulting in one of the most awesome action shows on TV.
  • iCarly and it's use of various Kid Com staples.
  • Merlin is this from season 1 to the beginning of season 3. Then, plots start becoming more complicated and less predictable, and less tropes played straight are involved, as most of the episodes feature twists and tropes merely subverted or deconstructed.
  • Neds Declassified School Survival Guide: Naturally, as it is an Affectionate Parody of the middle/high school comedy genre, and, as it runs on Rule of Funny, everything is taken Up to Eleven.
  • Once Upon a Time: Writers from LOST and Buffy got their hands on Disney fairy tales and stranded them in a small town in Maine straight out of Stephen King.
  • Power Rangers RPM is wonderfully aware of inherent unavoidable silliness of Power Rangers, healthily lampshades it, reconstructs it, and still manages to crank it Up to Eleven. Want proof? Head on over to the entry for the series at your own peril.
  • Remote Control, the MTV TV trivia Game Show that revolved around a TV junkie-turned-game-show-host and parodied just about every game show in existence and then some, naturally played with as many Tropes as it could get its hands on.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in the episode "Our Man Bashir." It features not only every Star Trek trope, but every James Bond trope as well.
  • Supernatural invokes all the Did We Just X Cthulhu tropes.
  • Agentsof SHIELD is a show based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so naturally it indexes superhero tropes as well as Adventure tropes, Comedy tropes, Drama tropes etc.

    Music 

    Tabletop Games 

    Theater 
  • In A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine, the song "I Love a Film Cliche" is a Long List of film cliche quotes and references, practically all of which could be mapped directly to trope pages.

    Toys 

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 

    Web Comics 
  • Adventurers! skewers basically every RPG trope in the entire TV Tropes Wiki.
  • Chris Hastings once wrote down every single '80s action movie trope that he could remember. Then he crammed ever one of them into a story. The result was The Adventures of Dr. McNinja Story Arc "D.A.R.E. to Resist Ninja Drugs and Violence".
  • If individual characters can be Troperiffic, Antihero for Hire's Dr. Nefarious is.

    Web Original 
  • The Best Story Ever, a NaNoWriMo novel in six EXTREME sentences.
  • Darwin's Soldiers has a spectacular amount of tropes that are played straight, averted or subverted. It probably helps that all three of the main players are tropers. But despite the massive amount of tropes, the story never manages to get corny.
  • Everything by the Duncan Bros. Their hallmark is a short movie of around 5 mins which takes on a given genre and crams in as many tropes and clichés from the genre as possible while still being very funny.
  • In a podcast, the LoadingReadyRun crew have expressed a desire to use every trope in the main TV Tropes directory. Good luck to them.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time. This entire show is just one big love-letter to The Nineties' cartoons.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender . Example: it takes Elemental Powers, plays them to the hilt by having the benders use their powers for more than just fancy martial arts. There are a few subversions, notably Azula's interruption of Aang's Avatar transformation and Zuko's subverted Heel-Face Turn at the end of the Season 2 finale. This just makes those trope subversions all the more jarring and awesome.
  • While many superhero comics since the end of the Silver Age try to avoid the almost inherent silliness of the genre, Batman: The Brave and the Bold embraces them so hard that it goes back around from "stupid" to spectacular. It also adds the occasional dash of Bronze Age and Modern Day super-hero tropes to keep viewers on their toes.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command took what could have been a cheap knock-off show and turned it into pure awesome through a combination of Genre Savvy and this trope. Zurg gets extra points for being Dangerously Genre Savvy...most of the time.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes. The show isn't even two seasons long yet, but the page for it is filled with tropes.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The two-part pilot draws from nearly every Magical Girl trope in the book. The rest of the series is a Slice of Life comedy with heavy Looney Tunes influences, numerous shout outs that the target demographic might not get, and An Aesop applied at the end of nearly every episode. It's also self-aware enough that it lampshades most of these tropes. Is it any wonder why this show got such a vocal Periphery Demographic?
  • Phineas and Ferb. Their favorite is Better than a Bare Bulb, but judging from the page length, they're no strangers to any trope — almost every single one has been played straight, subverted, double-subverted, inverted, etc.
  • Regular Show is another, if not bigger love-letter to The Nineties' cartoons and even goes as far to have many references to The Eighties. Its characters, crazy plots, and overall surreal nature is loved by many a tv troper.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. By the first episodes official airing its page had dozens of tropes, and as of this writing only around seven episodes have been replaced and it's almost as big as the main page. It's also noteworthy that very few other shows in the series have their own page yet.
  • The Simpsons, in spades. Just check out the length of their page. And there's even more than what you can find on their own page. Pick a random trope, any trope. Chances are, there will be an example from The Simpsons there.
  • South Park has made a mission of spoofing, skewering, twisting, parodying, lampooning, deconstructing, and (often) at the same time abusing and celebrating virtually everything under the sun, especially Tropes.
  • Sym-Bionic Titan is just one huge love letter to the super robot genre and tokusatsu and boy, does it ever show.
  • Both incarnations of ThunderCats feature a setting that combines fantasy and science fiction, which surprisingly works extremely well.
  • Total Drama Island, both because of its parody of reality show tropes and its 24+ different character types with their own personalities.
  • The Venture Bros., being a Deconstructive Parody of around a dozen or so different entertainment genres, from "youth adventure" series like Jonny Quest to Pulp Comics like Doc Savage to the "peace, love, and super-science" culture of The Sixties. Just about every trope therein is used, abused, and lampshaded at least once, often whichever is funniest at the time.
  • Wakfu has to split its tropes up into 8 separate pages; and that's not counting those for The Legend of Ogrest.


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