Tropers / IJ Vin

He's a troper from Massachusetts.


Tropes in his life

  • Brilliant, but Lazy
  • Covert Pervert: He himself is an example, but his cripplingly shy first girlfriend was into light S&M in the bedroom.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In real life.
  • Famous Ancestor: Charlemagne is his great (x36) grandfather through William the Conqueror.
    • James Fenimore Cooper is the second cousin four times removed of the wife of his great-great-uncle.
  • Forehead of Doom
  • Freudian Trio: KB (the ultra-fangirl) is the id and IJ Vin and RM trade off being the ego and the superego.
  • Full-Name Basis: His stepmother has been married three times. Two of the husbands have the same first name, one of whom is IJ Vin's dad, so when referring to the other, the family uses his full name.
  • Generation Xerox: Other than being six inches taller than his dad, the two are nearly identical in appearance, voice and personality.
    • This also applies to his dad and his dad, so there's some Identical Grandson stuff going on.
  • Large Ham
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Lost his virginity in college on the floor of a hallway of a campus building after hours.
  • Mistaken for Gay: He was at a restaurant on New Year's Eve when a good, close friend walked in. They were comfortable enough with each other that they ran into a hug shouting each other's names. Turns out IJ Vin's gay neighbor was in the restaurant, too. He introduced his friend and the neighbor introduced the guy who was probably his date. Then he asked IJ Vin and his friend, "So, where did you two meet?"
  • Oblivious to Love: He definitely took one instance where he probably would have been very happy and screwed it up by not paying any attention to her "in that way."
  • Overly Long Gag: In junior high, he did the joke "Does this make you mad?" from Wonder Showzen. It did make them mad.
  • Persona Non Grata: After leaving his job at Old Country Buffet without giving his two weeks notice, he's not allowed to apply to any restaurant in that chain ever again.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: His dad and stepmom
  • The Stoic: When getting a cavity filled, the anesthetic wore off only slightly. He kept a straight face and the dentists said they never noticed any discomfort.
  • Throw It In: First person accounts.
    • High school:
      • At one point during Beauty and the Beast, we had to close the mid-stage traveler in order to change the set. During one rehearsal, Lumiere and Cogsworth went onstage and improvised a routine about Lumiere accidentally setting numerous things on fire. We kept it in the show.
      • Later, Belle took a while changing into one of her dresses. Lumiere alerted the Beast to something hanging from his nose and then asked if he was nervous. "You know, cold paws?"
      • The Man Who Came to Dinner. The last night of rehearsals for each week was known as "improv night." The cast would run the scene normally at first. Then, they'd run it again with the director shouting out characterizations. Besides the funnier things which did not make it into the show, two actors added the new characterizations to their respective characters.
      • In that same show, our Whiteside added many lines on opening night (mostly from the Nathan Lane version of the show).
      • In the third act, the Khedive of Egypt sends Whiteside a sarcophagus. I discussed with our Whiteside the fact that the doctor character enters after the sarcophagus, which is fine, but what if he entered in the sarcophagus? Why? Who cares why? We brought it to the director. He presented it to the entire cast. We all worked out the logistics of when it would be opened and who would open it and we threw it in on closing night. The audience cheered. It. Was. Awesome.
      • During the rehearsal period for Thoroughly Modern Millie, one of the Chinese henchmen had broken his ankle and needed crutches. For the show, he used a cane. It created a backstory for the character that we never found out about, which made him more realistic.
      • Similar to above, our Roger in RENT: School Edition had a bum knee and wore a knee brace on the outside of his costume for nearly the entire show.
      • In the same show, during "Over the Moon," Maureen hit her sound board prop to cue the pianist to stop playing. He didn't see the cue and kept going, so Maureen started hitting the prop over and over again. The pianist did the same thing for the rest of the show's run.
      • When I played Flastaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, I had rehearsed with the beard and wig and with the hat, but never both at once. When the show came, the hat wouldn't stay on the wig/my head. For the first few scenes, I decided this would be a Running Gag, until finally I (Falstaff, that is) got fed up and threw it offstage.
    • College:
      • Evil Dead: The Musical veritably ran on this, for better or for worse. Mostly, the cast made jokes about how cheap the set was.
      • When we produced a student-written play called The Playwright, I was given pants that were far too large for me. I suggested that I keep the pants and make it a joke. The director and costume designer went along with it and my pants fell throughout the show on purpose.
      • For You Can't Take It with You, we added two more police officers to the arrest of the family. As the police chief, I was to tell Mac and one of the other cops to go downstairs to investigate. Since the other cop isn't in the script, he had no canonical name, so every night, I called him by the last name of a different cast member or friend who was in the audience that night.
  • Type Casting: In high school drama club, he often played fathers.
  • Younger Than They Look: In high school.

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