Tropes are storytelling devices and conventions, shortcuts for describing situations the storyteller can reasonably assume the audience will recognize. They 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 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, they are simply tools that a creator of a work of art uses to express their ideas to the audience.

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Alternative Title(s): General Tropes