You know you want to watch it
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
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Anime & Manga
- Black Lagoon has been described alternately as a love letter to the action movie genre, a Stealth Parody of it, or even both. In any case, it certainly takes many of the genre's tropes Up to Eleven.
- Code Geass is a fifty-episode series about a robot war, a Magical Eye, and a comedic high school played for as much drama as goddamn possible, with an absurdly colorful cast of characters.
- Cowboy Bebop is a Noachian deluge of tropes and clichés from countless genres, from heroic bloodshed to spy films to spaghetti Westerns to blaxploitation to space opera and more. It appropriates them, it subverts them, it plays them straight, it pays loving homage, and all the while it does its own thing.
- There are very, very few tropes that Excel♥Saga doesn't mock, and pretty much none that get played straight, since each episode is an Affectionate Parody of a different movie or television genre.
- So far, at least 3 creations from Studio Gainax counts as this:
- Cutey Honey takes the campiness of the '70s anime and also packs it with plenty of Mind Screw.
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: What you get when Gainax makes a Magical Girl anime with the weirdness of FLCL, the HSQ of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and the Refuge in Audacity of Bayonetta... in the art style of The Powerpuff Girls.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann definitely counts as this: a Kid Hero, an Idiot Hero, a Small Girl, Big Gun, and a pure hearted lost princess, kick logic and fate to the curb and do the impossible with Humongous Mecha, Drills, In the Name of the Moon speeches, and craploads of Hot Blood. Yours is the drill that will pierce the heavens, indeed!
- GaoGaiGar as well. In fact, GaoGaiGar may beat TTGL in sheer Super Robot Camp.
- Mazinger Z and Getter Robo: If there's a Super Robot trope, it's in here. If there's a Real Robot trope, it's probably in here too. And you can expect them all to be turned Up to Eleven. And everything associated with Hot Blood is in these series. Also dinosaurs.
- There's a reason the Haruhi Suzumiya series is on the Trope Overdosed list up with the long-running series and major franchises, despite being twenty-eight episodes long, with a few scattered mentions of the unanimated novels. There's also a reason we named the title character Goddess of Tropes, and it's not just the obvious.
- Heroman seems to be turning out this way, especially if you know Stan Lee. The story so far is your generic Kid Hero-recieves-giant-robot-by-fate storyline. The hero has only one friend, and then there's a cheerleader Love Interest, two Mad Scientists, a Hot Teacher, and the The Government who are stereotypically evil and care only about their country's interests. There's more when you throw in a Missing Mom and Disappeared Dad combo, aliens who have no complex motives for world conquest, and the hero's sister who's made her return to his life after some time away.
- Kanokon: Sure, other hero/heroine duos get by on The Power of Love, but can they summon several story fireballs of love? Didn't think so.
- The producers of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha are big Super Robot fans, which explains the sheer number of tropes that the franchise has utilized.
- Magic Knight Rayearth is full of RPG tropes and cliches in its first season, which serve to make the twist ending hit even harder.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: 31+ characters, each with some character-type of every form (some with many) used throughout Anime and Manga history: The Vampire (in victorian-styled clothes) stands atop a gothically designed building in the moonlight◊, the mercenary gunslinger uses Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics while charging massive bills for her services, The Medic wears a red-rimmed white outfit, the extremely shy librarian has privacy-invading mind-reading powers, and the main heroine has a magic-negating power and wields an Anti-Magic Paper Fan of Doom-turned-BFS, and that's just for starters. All set up in a universe that fully embraces Fantasy Kitchen Sink in a crazy boarding school, it plays every trope it explores well with irony, humour, wit and the occasional lampshade (sometimes to the point where no bulb is left bare). And Video Game references. Lots of Video Game references.
- Outlaw Star is generally regarded as one of the most trope-crammed Space Westerns in fiction. As one reviewer puts it:
"This show gets a free pass for being the most wish-fulfilling sci-fi title ever
. Everything you can love about sci-fi is here: space races
, space combat
, diverse planets
, alternate dimensions
, weird aliens
, hot aliens
, aliens of questionable gender
, giant robots
, human cyborgs
, cold-sleep beauties
, shape-shifting beastmen
, sword fights
, Mad Scientists
, Tao magicians
, robotic panthers, kung-fu house cats
a Hot Springs Episode
that is actually funny
- Ouran High School Host Club lampshades or lampoons all the old classic shojo manga tropes, to hilarious and sometimes sweet effect.
- Record of Lodoss War is based on a Dungeons & Dragons campaign its creator played. It shows. And yet it's still a classic.
- Sailor Moon. The first anime to (successfully) combine the Magic Warrior/Magical Girl Genre with a Sentai or team format. It set the standards for many that came after it and thus has a lot.
- Red Photon Zillion features a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero, his cool and rational The Lancer, and a blue-haired Tsundere riding Cool Bikes and employing Phlebotinum-powered guns to defend a space colony from an Alien Invasion from Always Chaotic Evil, Faceless Goons creatures. This series delights in taking plenty tropes that were popular in its time -especially in Tatsunoko and Sci-Fi Anime- and stirring them in a supremely entertaining blend.
- Slayers skewers all of the classic fantasy cliches (with a good healthy dose of pop culture references) for laughs.
- Soul Eater not only overdoes absolutely everything, but every major shonen hero seems to have an Expy in this show. Every possible character type can be found in this World of Badass, and Medium Awareness is possessed by all.
- The first episode of The Tower of Druaga (which the creators have put up online'') comes out swinging, hitting just about every RPG trope possible (and a few Giant Robot tropes in the process). Subverted in that it's all in the hero's head.
- Vision of Escaflowne: A Shojo heroine, a shonen hero, giant robots, Cat Girls, an Ordinary High-School Student Trapped in Another World, Love Dodecahedrons, Gender Bender, and more. The show seems to deliberately throw in as many anime-related tropes as possible. What's more, it refuses to limit itself to just shonen or shoujo tropes, so it makes use of both. We have extremely complicated Love Dodecahedrons involving copious amounts of bishonen in a war-torn world where Giant Mecha duke it out.
- The World God Only Knows heavily relies on the main character's ability to invariably recognize numerous Dating Sim tropes and Stock Character archetypes, which it plays with in every possible way.
- The extremely detailed world of American Flagg is a Twenty Minutes into the Future Cyber Punk Crapsack World full of sex, violence, drugs, and references to just about anything and everything.
- Astro City is extremely casual about things like, say, Earth being the only portal between the realms of the warring Frigions and Thermeons. Even their names are troperiffic.
- Gold Digger takes tropes from a half-dozen genres, superheroes, SF, fantasy, martial arts flicks, Indiana Jones-style adventure movies, and mixes them all together.
- Invincible seems to flip back and forth between this and Subversion of the superhero genre.
- The extremely detailed world of American Flagg is a Twenty Minutes into the Future Cyber Punk Crapsack World full of sex, violence, drugs, and references to just about anything and everything.
- I just had the weirdest sense of Deja Vu.
- Nextwave. To borrow from Word of God:
- PS238 takes every last superhero-related trope in existence (and a few unrelated, just for good measure), deconstructs them, reconstructs them, plays them straight (though rarely) and averts them. Next thing you know, they're dancing on the tables, wearing lampshades and chugging Frothy Mugs of Water. And it does it all while taking place in a public school.
- 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.
- Children Of Time. The basic construction of this series is like the 2005 format of Doctor Who — fitting, since it's a Crossover of Who, Sherlock Holmes, and Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, with a good dose of Reality Ensues. One of the two authors is a troper, and both authors thoroughly enjoy deconstructing and reconstructing various elements out of all three 'verses. The series has two seasons in varied stages of completion, sixteen episodes in further varied stages, and Recap pages that are pretty detailed (the season one finale page alone proves the series' troperiffic status).
- Decks Fall Everyone Dies has an awful lot of tropes for a Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series/Moulin Rouge! Film Fic. There does seem to be some Reconstruction attempted of both works.
- DOOM: Repercussions of Evil gets special mention for sheer density. The page lists 31 tropes at the time of this writing: roughly one trope every seven words. It's even noted that the works page is longer than the story itself.
- Love at First Sight takes this further by having more tropes than words. Of course it only has four words, two of which are "The End".
- Fanfiction is SO Cliched, a Pokémon fic which variously subverts, lampshades, or deconstructs practically every fanfic cliché in the book.
- Hunting The Unicorn is a Deconstruction Fic that mixes Glee with The Last Unicorn, and is naturally on its way to this. It seems to gain several tropes with every update (and is now well past the hundred mark), which is not helped at all by the author being a fellow troper.
- Compare any fic by Killashandra to the Big List of K/S Clichés. Yet, she is one of the biggest names in the Star Trek Slash fandom, and her fics aren't half bad, eithernote .
- Kyon Big Damn Hero is a Haruhi and TV Tropes crossover. Yes, a series already on this list has been crossed over with this site.
- From the Pokémon fandom, Latias Journey and its sequel. It helps that the author is a troper.
- Swing123 and garfieldodie's Calvinverse is very heavy on the science fiction and action tropes.
Films — Animation
- Megamind advertised itself saying "The superhero movie will never be the same again." Granted, it was the same, but only for the first fifteen minutes or so... and then we have some lovely plot twists that kind of turn a parody of Superman into its own engaging story. Whether or not you like this film, you probably have to admit that the people working on this movie REALLY knew their Superhero Tropes well; Megamind's Character Development is a great example of that.
- The Princess and the Frog mixes all the best parts of the Disney Animated Canon in a bowl, adds a few twists for extra spice, then deep-fries it like a beignet.
- Red Line is possibly the most troperiffic racing movie ever, rivaled only by Speed Racer, and with even more insanity and more explosions, and it will explode with its color and art style into your retinas forever.
- Wreck-It Ralph is a Disney Animated Canon movie that mixes Disney with a load of Video Game tropes. It was already equipped with a Tearjerker, Crowning Moment of Funny, Crowning Moment Of Awesome, and Heartwarming Moments and character page, which garnered to an impressive length before the film even came out.
Films — Live-Action
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!: I'm sure the next film will be written by scanning this website for any they missed.
- Avatar combines this with Doing It for the Art. Yes, James Cameron knows exactly how cliched he's being, and he doesn't really care.
- The Avengers takes some of the best tropes from the Comic Book genre and mixes it all together to make it a delightful Superhero Movie.
- Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is your typical supernatural slasher movie... from the point of view of the (not-so-supernatural) villain. Pretty much every slasher trope is called out and deconstructed in the first half, and then demonstrated in the climax.
- The works of Timur Bekmambetov, be it Russian- or Hollywood-era. He is fond of playing common film tropes unflinchingly straight — all while adding enough tongue-in-cheek remarks and intentionally over-the-top antics. As Anthony Lane put it in The New Yorker,
How, for example, does [Bekmambetov] make a cup of coffee? My best guess, based on the evidence of the film, is that he tosses a handful of beans toward the ceiling, shoots them individually into a fine powder, leaves it hanging in the air, runs downstairs, breaks open a fire hydrant with his head, carefully directs the jet of water through the window of his apartment, sets fire to the building, then stands patiently with his mug amid the blazing ruins to collect the precious percolated drops. Don't even think about a cappuccino.
- Black Dynamite finds a way to work in almost every relevant trope, filmmaking convention, and even plotline from 70s Blaxploitation films in the course of creating an Affectionate Parody of the genre. According to Word of God it was even deeper in that the actors were actually playing the fictional actors making the film.
- Carriers is one big collection of post-apocalyptic survivor film tropes from Mad Max to Zombies.
- Creepshow is a pastiche of 1950s horror comics, reveling in their predictability and storytelling symmetry.
- Enchanted is entirely based on Disney gathering up a list of both tropes from its classic animated films and from modern romantic comedies, putting them in one movie, and subverting, inverting, and generally dicking around with and laughing at all of them.
- The Expendables. There's a reason why it's currently the trope's picture.
- The Fifth Element. Mysterious Waif MacGuffin Girl? Check. Large Ham Sissy Villain? Check. Ultra-manly man Action Hero played by Bruce Willis? Check. Rubber-Forehead Aliens, hovercar chases, Waif-Fu, the Ultimate Evil, and the world being saved through The Power of Love? Check, check, check, check, check. This movie is practically cheesy sci-fi incarnate, and it's AWESOME.
- TV channel Five US are currently celebrating '80/90s action film tropes via the medium of hair rock full of lampshades. Celebrates (at least, just the lyrics) Car Fu, whatever-the-heck-the-trope-is-for-indestructable-hair (although they show a Hair Reboot in the video), Dodge the Bullet (while showing Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy), Stuff Blowing Up, Good Old Fisticuffs, Outrun the Fireball, and Pre-Mortem One-Liner within the space of under a minute.
- Grindhouse: Planet Terror takes those silly B Movies from The Seventies and brings their So Bad, It's Good charm all the way to So Cool It's Awesome.
- Hot Fuzz plays with Buddy Cop movie tropes and clichés, and it's awesome.
- Kill Bill is this as well, Quentin Tarantino's love letter to the katana and basically every other action film trope ever. It draws liberally from old kung fu flicks, old violent exploitation movies and old spaghetti-westerns.
- Lemonade Joe or Horse Opera (Czechoslovakia, 1964) plays with every trope and cliché that is in stock for The Western genre. All are Exaggerated and Parodied. Though the director and screenwriter Oldrich Lipsky made it clear just how much he loved his pulp magazines, books and old movies. Affectionate Parody at its best.
- Mean Girls lampshades and parodies most of the biggest high school clique-related tropes that occur in fiction (and sometimes Real Life).
- Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was apparently written with a copy of the Evil Overlord List at hand to make sure that every single point possible (excluding the high tech ones) was prominent in the plot. #1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 20 (in practically every scene), 21, 22, 24, 26, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 53, 55, 56, 58, 64, 73 (the entire point of the movie!), 75 (more so in the first movie, but still here), 78 and 88 are all done in true Up to Eleven style.
- The first Mortal Kombat is a spirited competition of "how much cheesy fantasy, kung fu and action movie tropes can we jam into 90 minutes?" It's like if Stephen Sommers made a wuxia.
- Speaking of Stephen Sommers, The Mummy movies are basically every pulp adventure trope imaginable, neatly compartmentalised. Van Helsing is the same for Hammer Horror, as is The Scorpion King for Heroic Fantasy.
- Not Another Teen Movie. The story of a High School football jock that does not want to follow in his father's footsteps, who makes a bet with his friends that he can turn the weird girl into prom queen material, then enlists his sister to help turn said weird girl into prom queen material in exchange for sleeping with her. The jock eventually realizes that he is in love with the girl and defies convention to be with her. Meanwhile, the weird girl's younger brother and his two friends try to lose their virginity by prom.
- Pirates of the Caribbean both subverts pirate/adventure movie tropes and plays them straight. It even presents unrealistic tropes straight with a realistic twist at the end. For example, Barbossa shoots Pintel, a reference by the writers to when the bad guy in a movie shows how evil he is by killing one of his own men, which would lead to him not having a lot of henchmen left. But Barbossa and his men are immortal, so he gets to shoot Pintel with no repercussions! Hooray! Another happens when the prisoner in the next cell from Jack tells him that he's "heard stories" about the Black Pearl, and how, whenever it attacks a city, it never never leaves any survivors. Jack's response: "No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder?"
The second Pirates of the Caribbean film even includes a parody/homage to the "hero endures a whipping" scene (a trope of old pirate films, long before it became a subverted form of fanservice in exploitation films), which is played out similar to old pirate movies, only that the captain and the crew that sentence Bloom's character to the punishment are a bunch of half-human monsters, and he only receives a few hits before he is spared.
- The Quick and the Dead puts every Western stock character into a Quick Draw tournament to find The Fastest Gun in the West
- The Returner a Japanese science fiction/action film that takes just about every action sci-fi movie you could name and mashes them together.
- Shoot 'em Up revels in turning every Gunplay Trope in existence up to levels even John Woo wouldn't dare to.
- Sick Girl has so many Horror Tropes it's insane.
- Speed Racer never even tried to justify any of the weird things in the original, and instead ran with them as fast as the Rule of Cool could possibly allow. If you try to take it at all seriously you're watching the wrong damn movie.
- Stardust pretty much plays every fairytale trope to the hilt. An earlier example of the same is The Princess Bride.
- Star Wars mixes the Westerns, Samurai movies, and pulp sci-fi George Lucas loved as a kid. He also studied The Hero With A Thousand Faces intensely while writing it. It is worth noting that Star Wars is one of the biggest Trope Codifiers in history.
- 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 literally 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.
- John Barnes's One for the Morning Glory, where all the characters have Medium Awareness that they are in a Fairy Tale, so that tropes are invoked, lampshaded, and even relied on — but not excessively, since they don't know for certain what their roles are.
- Pick a Terry Pratchett novel. Any Terry Pratchett novel. The man seems to have a fetish for tropes, as his novels consist entirely of deconstructing, reconstructing, parodying, averting, subverting, and inverting various tropes of all shapes and sizes. Coupled with his decisively British humor, it makes for consistently entertaining literature.
- Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible gleefully describes a street-leveling superbattle involving a world-threatening Mad Scientist with tons of tricks up his sleeves facing down a normal human with an animal on the chest of his uniform, a lightning-summoning fairy, a bipedal tiger, and a flying invulnerable woman, started when the Mad Scientist was just trying to drink some coffee. Almost perfectly invincible flying man with heat-beam eyes saves a lovely reporter from constant kidnapping by a villain intimately tied into his past, dies and has a massive funeral, or rather, fakes it for a very short time, and always saves the world. The bad guy defeats the good guys and ties them up in Death Traps. Famous heroes sacrifice themselves to save the planet from warring aliens, while villains never die and always escape, or go to Cardboard Prison. No one finds these events strange or unbelievable. Very shocking in a book where said Mad Scientist wonders why he doesn't find a career that'd make money rather than involve him being beaten up by powered heroes, and the bipedal tiger is known to have back problems.
- Stardust takes every fairytale trope Neil Gaiman could think of and turns it Up to Eleven.
- Rudyard Kipling's "The Three-Decker" is a defense of (not to say exultation in) the Troperific three-volume novel.
- 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.
- Supernatural invokes all the Did We Just X Cthulhu tropes.
- Cleopatra's Caboose, a tongue-in-cheek European-style board game that throws in just about every cliched Euro-game theme or mechanic the designer could think of: trains, ancient Egypt, bidding, building, special powers, resource management, limited actions...
- As implied at the top of the page, Dungeons & Dragons campaigns can get like this. Really, the game is designed so that an enterprising DM can run a fantasy campaign based around just about any model: versatility is the game's greatest strength. The 4th Edition DM's book actually encourages it:
Don't be afraid to steal ideas from books, movies, and other sources for your personal use. The DM's job is to entertain, not to be original.
- "Exalted is a game where one of your main antagonists is Death, Creator of the Underworld. Except there's several of him, probably six or seven. Oh, and he's got 13 dread henchmen, one of whom was probably you at some point in time. Also, Hell has a personal grudge against you this time. Did I mention Magical America regularly trains and sends ninjas out for you personally? Ninjas specially trained in *** -kicking? Which, if they won't work, they keep giant robotic suits of armor on reserve for. Oh, and the Transformers have united under Omicron, and are invading. The Jedi have corrupted Heaven and usurped your rightful place as the Masters of Everything. Your ex-wife just dropped by, and she's a two thousand year old shape-changing man-eating monster now, interested in maybe going on a date next Thursday. Your best friend from your last life and while growing up now seeks to cover all the lands of Middle Earth in darkness, if he can just find this damn ring. And your God has the world's biggest crack habit, and needs some serious rehab." — Darius Solluman
- Genius The Transgression, a fan-made line of the New World of Darkness, is filled to the brim with science-fiction tropes and treats the Applied Phlebotinum tropes as blueprints.
- Grave Robbers from Outer Space, a card game about making low-budget genre movies that both mocks and glorifies the numerous cliches and archetypes of a variety of genres.
- GURPS Cliffhangers: The GM is urged to avoid subtlety and use every pulp fiction cliche he can think of because a game based on pulp fiction should have cliches.
- Monsterpocalypse uses every trope used in a Kaiju setting.
- Strike Legion is so derivative it digs right out the bottom of Cliché Storm and becomes this. A MST.
- Warhammer 40,000 takes every sci-fi trope and cliché imaginable, paints it black, pumps it full of a cocktail of every drug known to man, sets it on fire, sends it off into space screaming WAAAGH! and waving a chainsaw sword. As an example, Space Marines are recruited with an extreme form of The Spartan Way which only one in every hundred aspirants survive, given years of insanely dangerous training and religious indoctrination to turn them into utterly fearless, pitiless fanatics. They're equipped with gigantic millenia-old suits of Powered Armour and spend their days fighting unkillable zombie robots, gigantic flaming-head sex demons and the like. This is what one faction does with one trope as background for its basic troops choice. And they have Chainswords.
- For an example of the sheer number of tropes 40k uses, take a Wiki Walk through the various Darker and Edgier tropes, and take a shot for every quotes page that has a Warhammer 40,000 section. You will be totally smashed by the time you're done.
- What Warhammer 40,000 does with sci-fi, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay does with fantasy. Okay, maybe it's not quite as whacked-out, but it's still a pretty awesome mish-mash of every fantasy trope you could care to name. One example is The Empire: A Fantasy Counterpart Culture of the Holy Roman Empire led by a particularly awesome Emperor (who runs around with either the Reikland Runefang or Sigmar's own warhammer, and rides either a dragon or a griffin).
- 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.
- Ace Attorney has an impressive list of tropes, and it's a game about Mundane Made Awesome lawyers.
- The When They Cry series is excellent at this. Umineko: When They Cry deserves a particular mention, combining Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, "Groundhog Day" Loop, Closed Circle, Clueless Mystery, and Fair Play Whodunnit into one Visual Novel. It has debates! IN COLOR! The characters are also quite Genre Savvy when it comes to dealing with mysteries, and even lampshades the use of the related tropes.
- Yo-Jin-Bo is full of anime and romance tropes, lampshades just about every trope it can, and runs on Rule of Funny. It wouldn't be half as awesome if it were any different.
- 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.
- El Goonish Shive plays with almost every Gender Bender related trope here; it even provides the page image for it. It also uses quite a lot of Shapeshifting, and Urban Fantasy Tropes (to the point of being a Fantasy Kitchen Sink). Additionally, in terms of trope density it has over 3/4ths the number of tropes to actual strips. No wonder then that this Long Runner comic is Trope Overdosed.
- In-story example: In Gunnerkrigg Court, Dr. Disaster's holo-simulator plugs its users into a story straight out of 1950s pulp sci-fi: Latex Spacesuits, Death Rays, and alien moon fortresses are played gleefully straight. Antimony is the only one who has any problem accepting this, and even she eventually lightens up and has a great time.
- Homestuck, the MS Paint Adventures currently in progress, does the same thing for simulation games, fantasy, and sci-fi that Problem Sleuth did for adventure games, noir, and Anime-style action. Many time travel tropes, a jillion different kinds of Applied Phlebotinum, video game themed technobabble, characters with increasingly bizarre traits, and a great big heaping of Tropes of Legend all mix together with a great soundtrack and whimsical art style into the one of the most Troperiffic things in existence. The main work page itself became so long that the tropes listed had to be put into folders! In fact, Homestuck as well as other hugely Troperiffic franchises are in part responsible for some of the recent server crashes. They have so many tropes they are crashing the site.
- No Rest for the Wicked: How many fairy tales can you stick into a single webcomics? Quite a few, actually.
- The Order of the Stick is determined to have an example on every page here. Even mutually exclusive ones. Especially mutually exclusive ones!
- Problem Sleuth, like Adventurers!, goes out of its way to use, lampshade, avert, subvert, invert, and pay homage to nearly every single RPG and Adventure game trope out there, culminating in one of the most gloriously surreal Final Boss battles ever, as all the tropes collapse in on themselves like some giant Post-Modernist singularity.
- Is there any Metafiction trope Roommates (and maybe even its spin-offs like Girls Next Door) doesn't use?note And half the Tropes of Legend with characters from half the Cult Classic list and some from even actual classics sprinkled in. Not to mention anything even remotely related to Mind Screw, Crossover, (fangirl oriented) Fanservice etc..
- Terinu combines old school YA science fiction coming of age, super powers, space pirates, a galaxy wide war story, cyberpunk style net hacking... WITH FURRIES!
- The Best Story Ever, a NaNoWriMo novel in six EXTREME sentences.
- Darwins 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.
- 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.