Trope Namers: Classical Mythology
Being Older Than Feudalism
, Classical Mythology
is a prolific Trope Namer
. It is the biggest Trope Namer
on this site. It is one of only two works on this site to have named over 50 Tropes
(the other one being The Bible
- Titans and Protogenoi
- Monsters and Beasts
- Bronze Age
- Achilles' Heel: Named for Achilles' heel. In the story of Achilles, his mother made him Nigh Invulnerable in every part of the body except for his heel. Didn't end well for him.
- Achilles in His Tent: Another one named by Achilles. Achilles' Beautiful Slave Girl Briseis was taken away from him by Agammemnon, so in anger he chose not fight for the Greeks. Considering the fact that he was their ace it really screwed them over.
- Apple of Discord: The Apple of Discord that caused the Trojan War.
- Cassandra Truth: Cassandra was a princess of Troy who could read the future, but was cursed to never be believed.
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Helen of Troy is the indirect Trope Namer (since the trope itself has a Punny Name.) So beautiful that almost every prince in Greece wanted to marry her. Her father, who was afraid of upsetting them, was advised by Odysseus, to make them take an oath that they'd protect her should anything happen to her. Then Paris came along and eloped with her. And suddenly a 1000 Greek ships were setting off for Troy.
- The Cassandra: Someone who is not believed, even though they speak the truth.
- Trojan Horse: A tactic, where a group or person pretends to give up and offers a gift. They hide in that gift, in order to pass their enemies defenses and catch them off guard.
- Trojan Prisoner: The Trojan Horse without the gift.
- Watching Troy Burn: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Helen of Troy again. Aphrodite was considered the most beautiful if we're counting the Gods though.
- Theseus' Ship Paradox: If a ship slowly has all of its parts replaced is it the same ship? The actual philosophy questions whether the "real ship" should be Ship A with all the original components, or Ship B with the entire history of the ship. A metaphor for human growth or something. Theseus was the guy that killed the Minotaur.
- It is also the Trope Namer for the Ages of Man