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This is simply what you think is the (not some of the, the) best example of any trope (an objective trope, not subjective, since this already is subjective). The "Crowning Example" if you will.
There could be several reasons you think an example is the best.
You think it's the best in terms of illustrating the trope.
You think it's the most well done.
It's your favorite play in that trope.
You just really like the source material.
Oh, several things before you list examples:
Each troper gets one example per trope, no more.
Don't go "no, this is," or phrases like that. This is about our own personal favorites.
Happens almost every frame in High School Of The Dead, but there's this one scene that takes the cake. A Bullet passing very close to Saeko doing some combat-acrobatics, while the boobs jiggle synchronizedly so they don't get hit. In Slow Motion! ~ Electric Boogaloo
W.I.T.C.H. The whole second season. And it's awesome. Thank you Gerg Wiseman. ~Jaquento
Dune. Almost every major faction or character has elaborate schemes with multiple contingencies in place in order to achieve their goals. Some of these plans extend literally thousands of years into the future.
Gonna have to change my vote to this one for the sheer length of time involved. ~ Insanity Prelude
I hereby propose Gambit Roulette be renamed to "Teridax Gambit." After about 80,000 years, eight real life years, more subplots both successfully worked and foiled, and almost causing the end of the world as we know it (which is what REALLY pushes it into Roulette territory rather than a rather lengthy Xanatos Speed Chess-if Matoro had hesitated for a split second, the Matoran universe would have been killed off for real-an entire parallel universe shows what would have happened had one of the Plan's crucial steps failed.)
Seconded, motion carried. Avidly awaiting name change. ~ Zfish9
Medaka Box. Light-hearted student council comedy to OMF WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING?! ~ Rinne
Wapsi Square. Nowhere else has an element phased in so slowly come to dominate so thoroughly. When's the last time a member of the original cast was even seen other than Monica, Shelly, and Tina? ~ TwinBird
Homestuck. There are four kids, each with a guardian, a kernelsprite, and an exile. And then there's the twelve trolls, who also have corresponding guardians (Lusii), kernelsprites, and exiles, although eleven of their kernelsprites are prototyped with their Lusii and the remaining one is dead. We also only see five of their exiles, but they all have a counterpart in the kids' session. Then there's other characters, such as the Dersites and Prospitians, who are mirrors of each other, and Becquerel and Doc Scratch. ~ wise_dude321
Enel / Eneru. The ability to turn into/use lightning at will? Check. The ability to "hear" anything within an extremely large radius, amplified by said lightning powers? Check. The severe lack of any material that can counteract these abilities? Ladies and gentlemen, we have an semi-all-powerful psychopath! ~ King of the Mime Swing
Both TRON and TRON: Legacy tied this one to the back of a light-cycle and went full speed. The Master Control was a chess program that went A God Am I in the system. Then, Flynn gets in and finds out Programs regard Users the same way we regard Gods. He tries to set Tron and Yori straight about it...but then makes the mistake of whipping up Clu 2.0... ~Allronix
Rose of the Prophet. Despite a setting where there are gods and their factions of followers who are specifically labelled as "good", "evil" and "neutral", nothing is ever in black and white. Even a man who borders on a Complete Monster in his actions can still be a powerful, trustworthy and even admirable ally. The final conflict is fought, not between the forces of good and evil, but the forces of chaotic neutral and lawful neutral. ~ Arcane Azmadi
The Barrel Puzzle from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. And the guide itself didn't tell you how to get past it.
Ah yes, the Barrel ofDoom. That thing is EVIL. For those who don't know how to get past it, you need to stand on it and press up and down. May take some attempts to get it right. You're welcome. ~ TARDISES
Speaking of Sonic, the boss fight in Lava Mountain 4 in Sonic Lost World. You're supposed to finish him off using a charged homing attack (stnading in front of him and letting the reticule build up), but at no point does the game tell you you can even do this, nor do you ever have to before this point. - Physical Stamina
Final Fantasy, the higher the number, the worse it gets. While not necessarily needed to beat the main game, everything else either assumes you have it, or that you'll somehow know that the only way to get the most powerful weapon in the game is to NOT open 4 specific chest early in the game that look the same as all other chests. ~Seraphem
"Okay, I think I saw an object that might be an Effect next to these trees and grotesquely-shaped statues...or was it near that other patch of trees and grotesque statues? Wait, how'd I even get here in the first place?" ~ King of the Mime Swing
La-Mulana. If you (claim to have) cleared it and the Hell Temple without a guide, you're either the most intelligent gamer ever or a real liar. ~ RayAyanami
Silent Hill 3's hard puzzle mode. There's the infamous Shakespeare puzzle, then the puzzle involving the eating habits of the linnet bird (which I'd never even heard of), and then having to know when you're supposed to use your Chekhov's Gun. ~ SG_Man_Forever
Ladies and gentlemen and those of nonbinary genders, The Tower of Druaga. Read this strategy guide and ask yourself, "How would a player in the mid-80's, with extremely primitive Internet access if they were lucky and a limited entertainment budget, figure all of this out?" It's sixty stages of guide-demanding puzzles, with the risk of losing useful armor, being teleported back to previous stages, or Cruel-tier Unwinnable by Design if you make certain mistakes, such as failing to pick up a certain treasure...that in turns requires having picked up previous other treasures. Oh, and it's an arcade game. That was somehow popular in Japan despite the fact that a standard arcade credit on most Japanese arcade games was (and still is) 100 yen, and unsurprisingly failed in other regions. ~ Luca Earlgrey
My Balls. The plot is halfways decent, and it's certainly funny, but anything involving the sheer ridiculous amount of fanservice and not just straight up calling itself a hentai (it claims to be ecchi) definitely goes here. ~ SG_Man_Forever
Oracle! She's arguably more dangerous at a computer in her wheelchair than she was as Batgirl! ~ Allronix
Zatoichi is blind. And will kill anyone oppressing the masses. - Tropers/Zblayde
Gregory and Dominic from Dominic Deegan. Gregory starts out with a lame leg and powerful White Magic, then switches the "cripple" role with his older brother, Dominic, who now has an artificial leg and false teeth and saves the world every weekend. ~Me2
Emil manages to do this to himself, when there's nobody else around. Just...just watch.note The skit in question is about 35 seconds in. There's a few other skits in the vid as well outlying Emil's rather obvious crush on the man. ~ deeman45
Have We Met Yet?: The relationship between the Doctor and River Song. They keep running into one another out of order, and they each keep a diary of the encounters they've had with each other, and compare notes each time they meet. ~ mysterykcad
Kogasa Tatara, ability to surprise people. Including the players themselves. ~ Tropers/Stardf29
Unfortunately for her it only really works once. How do I know that? in the Touhou thread on this site, I somewhat jokingly said Kogasa would be in 13. And you know what? She IS. She's the stage 3 midboss.) ~ TARDISES
Klaus Wulfenbach from Girl Genius. Not only does he seem to be trying to do the right thing but it's hard to argue that he isn't, at least in regards to uniting the disparate sparks of Europa. Even when it comes down to his goal of capturing or killing Agatha it's hard to argue with him given the circumstances, something the heroes themselves acknowledge. That being said, he is still, without a doubt, the antagonist in the story. ~ Nivenus
Dinobot when he fought the entire Predicon force (that is Inferno, Black Arachnia, Waspinator, Rampage, Quickstrike, and Megatron),ALONE, and destroying the source of future informaton to prevent them from eradicating the ancestors of humanity, which would have resulted in the Decepticons defeating the Autobots in the future and winning the war. All while slowly being battered to the point of exhaustion. It's made better in his Be All My Sins Rememberedspeech/final words to his teammates. ~ slugboy
James Cameron's Avatar. Not only did it have hype backlash when it was revealed, it got another backlash when it got popular and people saw it to see what all the fuss was about. Then other people started to see it to see what the previous people were complaining about, then people wondered what was causing such polarizing opinions, etc. The sad thing is, if it weren't for all the backlash, it would just be an average action movie. The Hype Backlash actually caused more hype. — Jonn
"This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively. But, if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday my friend. Peace." Said by The Royal Tart Toter. It makes the list because it was the freakiest moment in Adventure Time. And that's saying something. ~ JamesEM73
Thief. Steals anything that is not nailed down and on fire. Note the emphasis in both "anything" and "and". This includes, but is not limited to, secrets, a soul in a sacred orb and his own Class Change from the future. ~ Metalitia DrMcNinja
Seconded. Note that he's smart enough to steal the nails, if necessary. And that he can probably steal the fire. ~ Ionz
The Thief from The Thief and the Cobbler. He picks his own pocket, steals the three golden balls from inside a giant death machine as it explodes, and steals the film the movie is made on. ~ SG_Man_Forever
I Robot would have been a much better movie if they called it "Will Smith Beats Up Robots" ~ McCaber
Starship Troopers, without question. This is what happens when you decide you utterly loathe the original and turn the movie into a ham-fisted parody of the book. ~ Alsadius
Starship Troopers, without question. This is what happens when you decide you utterly loathe the original and turn the movie into a brilliant satire on a shitty book. It is, indeed, most triumphant. ~ ManWithoutABody
The Fox and the Hound. I know it's Disney, but what the everloving fuck - how do you turn a documentary-style novel about hunting lore and natural history that lets you read the animal characters' languageless thoughts into a talking animals musical about racism? HOW?! ~Sparky Lurkdragon
8-Bit Theater's Red Mage, and he's damn proud of it. I'll let Black Mage sum up one of his plans: "So, you want us to build something that's the size of everything using nothing. TWICE. That is quite literally the least practical plan put together by an allegedly thinking creature."~ Hatchet, DrMcNinja, Insanity Prelude
JAG: many permutations, Navy v. Marines, Navy/Marines v. Army/Air Force, Aviators v. Submariners, Military v. CIA, Military v. FBI, JAG lawyers v. NCIS special agents, combat arms v. staff corps. ~ricjac
Seconded. To elaborate- he gets forced into slavery as a child for ten years of his life or something like that right after his father is literally reduced to ashes in front of his eyes. Not too long after that, he gets married and presumably laid, so all's well, right? Guess again. THEN he AND his wife are Taken for Granite for another eight or so years, and his OWN CHILDREN don't even MEET him until after those eight years where they endured their own trials JUST TO MEET HIM. Don't you think, as a father, he'd feel all the worse knowing that as well? And he STILL needs to find his wife! And the worst part is that you probably named him after yourself, so this might as well double for a Most Triumphant Example as a Player Punch too. Oh, and that mother of yours you try to rescue in the Very Definitely Final Dungeon? Dies right after you meet her for the first time you EVER see her. - Cedi
Half of the main characters in The Dresden Files, but especially the title character. Not a single book goes by without him being burned, stabbed, shot, beaten, or just plain tortured, and that's not even touching on the emotional hell he goes through.
Dr. Jekyll is Mr. Hyde. So utterly it-was-his-sled that nowadays most people don't even know that it was originally a big reveal and plot twist in the original version of the story. - ZiggyZag
I have to agree with this one. Out of this list, this was the one that surprised me the most. You learn that they're the same person before you learn that was a plot twist nowadays. In fact, most of the time, you never learn that was the plot twist unless you read it. ~ Zfish9