I pretty much joined this site because I stumbled across it and was hooked. I knew that I wanted to add to it, so I joined. To sum it up without using tropes (I saved that for the section below), I'm a 20-something college student, an aspiring writer/artist, a vegan, an animal rights supporter, a feminist, an anarchist, a geek, and various other labels.
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Some tropes that apply to me
- Acceptable Lifestyle Targets - Geek? Check. Plus-sized? Check. Living with my folks? Check. Hippie-like tendencies? Check. Liberal arts student? Check. Vegan? Check. Abstain from alcohol? Check. A crusader for any progressive cause? Double check. Needless to say, I wind up being the Butt Monkey quite often.
- Ambiguously Brown - to some people. It's because I'm kind of light-skinned (for the record, I have African, English, Scottish, and Native American descent, so I have kind of an ambiguous look).
- Basement Dweller -A more independent version in that I do work and can basically take care of myself, but I only work part-time and am still in school.
- Berserk Button -Don't ask me about my veganism in relation to my weight. Just don't. Unless you live close to a hospital.
- Bi the Way
- Big Beautiful Woman- when I occasionally get dolled up.
- Big Eater with a major Sweet Tooth -When I learned that they make vegan marshmallows, I swear I heard a Hallelujah Choir in the back of my head.
- Black and Nerdy - Proud of it, babe. Although since my dad is a Monty Python fan, my mom is into Harry Potter (books and movies) and my two youngest brothers are huge fans of anything Star Wars (not to mention the youngest is an Adventure Time fan), it may run in the family.
- Bookworm- I learned to read when I was three (in fact, I'm often told stories about how I would sit looking at books before I could read), and my current bookshelf consists of well over 50 books (I recently got a Kindle Fire, so now I have space for more books!).
- Broken Bird - But I'm getting better.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- The Chick -in the Five-Man Band with my brothers (only by virtue of being the only sister).
- The Smart Chick -I have shades of this, too. Growing up, I tended to have better grades and be more interested in intellectual pursuits than my brothers.
- Cloudcuckoolander -in my more imaginative moments.
- Cool Big Sis -to my three little brothers.
- Daddy's Girl -I have four brothers and no sisters, so I'm definitely this. It helps that my dad and I have nearly identical personalities.
- Deadpan Snarker - For instance, my favorite response when asked of my veganism: "What do you eat?" Me: "Twigs. I eat twigs. And rocks." Formerly a Stepford Snarker.
- Ditzy Genius -I'm what one might call "good with books, bad with people" (my mother suspects that I may have Asperger Syndrome).
- Does Not Like Shoes - Wouldn't wear them if they weren't required...
- Feminine Women Can Cook -Inverted, because I'm a grown-up tomboy who knows her way around the kitchen, especially when it comes to baked goods.
- Friend to All Living Things
- Grammar Nazi -I'm an English major, so it comes with the territory. One of my catchphrases is "that sentence could have used some work..."
- Granola Girl - and how. Part vegan activist, part Earth Child hippie chick, part Soapbox Sadie, although I'm more of a cynical version of the trope most of the time.
- Jade-Colored Glasses - What's more, I believe that to an extent, cynicism isn't a bad trait to have. But, then again:
- The Anti-Nihilist - Although I know the world can be crappy, and people can be mean, I always try to be nice to others and make the world a better place.
- Like Father Like Daughter- Just ask my mom. Almost every trait I have (being a control freak, nitpicking everything, being grouchy) comes from my dad. Although when it comes to my sarcasm and somewhat confrontational personality, it's Like Mother Like Daughter.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy -My youngest brother and I, to an extent. Our parents are also this.
- Ms. Imagination - I want to be a sci-fi/fantasy writer, so it's kind of necessary.
- Ms. Swears A Lot
- Not a Morning Person - If I have the choice, I'll sleep right through my alarm clock.
- Older Than They Look- I'm in my twenties, but people think I'm still a teenager when they first see me (mostly due to my casual fashion sense and makeup-less face).
- One of the Boys -I'm usually a loner, but when I do hang out with others, I'd rather it was guys than other chicks. This most likely comes from having all brothers (one older and three younger). Although this role does make it hard when I get a crush on a male.
- Otaku Surrogate
- Perpetual Frowner -Well, Perpetual Non-Smiler.
- Plucky Girl -to an extent, which is probably a big part of what helps me get through tough days with my depression.
- The Quiet One -Usually, though I'm more talkative with friends and family members.
- Sassy Black Woman- A variation. Though I am a black female Deadpan Snarker, I lack the "attitude" that being an actual Sassy Black Woman suggests.
- Shrinking Violet- More so as a little girl, though. Getting involved with theater in high school helped me to come out of my shell a little. Even though I'm still fairly reserved, I have an easier time talking and warming up to people than I used to.
- Skunk Stripe -I've had graying hair since I was 13 (it runs in the family).
- Soapbox Sadie -no apologies for it. If anything gets changed in this world, it's because someone cared enough to not shut up about it.
- Straight Edge
- Strange Girl -I love reading about the paranormal/New Age phenomena, wear wacky hats and socks (mostly so my brothers won't wear them), and am well-known for my lapsing into non-sequitors.
- Tomboy- as a child (though I loved pink and wearing dresses, stuffed animals, and cute furry things in my early childhood);
- Tomboy and Girly Girl - My mom and I (and yes, in that order) were this when I was little. She says she used to wonder how she got a kid who only wanted to wear dresses. I'm more the Tomboy to my little princess-loving niece's girly girl now.
- Tsundere -Somewhat justified in that I'm bipolar.
- Twofer Token Minority- Bisexual African American woman.
- Woman Child
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Some of My Favorite Shows, and other Stuff I like
- The Simpsons
- Whale Wars - And yes, I do support Sea Shepherd; got a problem with that? Good.
- American Dad! -At least before they stopped making it awesome political satire and started (over)using Roger.
- Full House - yeah, it's cheesy, but that's part of the fun.
- Beavis and Butt-head
- Celebrity Deathmatch
- Law and Order Special Victims Unit
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- Calvin And Hobbes
- Punk Rock
- The Muppets
- Regular Show
- The Nineties -Probably because, for all intents and purposes, this decade was my childhood (ages 2.5-12.5).
- The Daily Show
- Comic Books -mostly independent stuff and MAD magazine.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Science Fiction in general- really, I'll read any kind so long as I can get into it.
- The Other Rainforest -I have my heart set on moving there when I'm done with college. My first reaction after reading The Other Wiki article about Portland, Oregon was "it's like they have a whole city just for me!"
- The Penguins of Madagascar -as of now, the only decent show on Nickelodeon. Too bad it seems to be on hiatus, at best.
- Looney Tunes -come on, who doesn't love these guys?
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Cool Shows and Movies I grew up with
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Favorite Tropes (As Long as They're Well-Written)
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Pet Peeve Tropes
- Karma Houdini -If a character is genuinely in the wrong, s/he needs to be called on it. Why? Because if they aren't, it can lead to them becoming a...
- Jerk Sue -I might have more respect for American Dad! if their character of this nature (Roger) ever got any real comeuppance.
- Ship-to-Ship Combat and Die for Our Ship -people, just chill out and enjoy the show. I get that some people are into shipping (though it's not my cup of tea), but to get so wrapped up in it is just silly.
- Double Standard, Abuse Is Okay When It's Female on Male, The Unfair Sex, and Straw Feminist - for many of the same reasons. On one hand, I'm a feminist, and think many complaints about women getting unfair treatment (in fiction and Real Life) are legitimate, but on the other hand, ganging up on guys isn't the way to get that.
- Faux Action Girl
- The Smurfette Principle
- Granola Girl -when only written as a figure of ridicule.
- Butt Monkey -this trope has the stench of lazy writing all over it. If you're going to create a character, actually give him/her a personality and a real role, and don't just have him/her exist for no reason other than to be a doormat.
- World of Snark -there is too much of a good thing, and sarcasm is no exception...
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses -I regret that I had this mindset when I first declared myself a feminist, but I had the excuse of being 13 years old.
- Status Quo Is God - Sometimes, this can work, such as on The Simpsons. Other times, it's just like the Butt Monkey trope; just comes off as lazy.
- Sadist Show -Some are okay (like Ren and Stimpy), but most of them are just plain unpleasant. The world is a nasty enough place as it is.....
- Sassy Black Woman -Not this trope, per se, just the fact that it sometimes seems like this is the only way sitcom and Western Animation writers know how to write a black female character. I wouldn't have it on here if it was the exception, and not the rule in screenwriting, but it really seems like the latter.
- Ho Yay, Les Yay, and Ambiguously Gay -Again, not these tropes themselves, per se. Just that fact that when they get pointed out by fans most of the time, it only seems to be based on some stereotype about LGBT people. Come on, guys, shouldn't we be past that?
- The Glasses Gotta Go -People with glasses can be just as attractive as those without, and don't you forget it!