Hello! I'm a fairly recent troper, having found this site little less than a year ago. I'm just your typical nerd. I love to read, write, and play tennis. I'm also a huge history lover, especially American history and the Middle Ages. I'm so glad I discovered this site, and have spent many hours here (probably more than I should have...) passing by hours or staving off boredom, not to mention discovering new series. My actual name is not Sunshinechild, believe it or not, and my real name is the boringness that is Ashley.
Live Action TV
Also Calvin and Hobbes
Tropes That Describe Me
Pet Peeve Tropes
I may also be adding a folder for tropes I like, but because there's more of them it might take awhile. Some of these are tropes found in works, others are tropes about responses to works.
- All Anime is Naughty Tentacles: If you really believe that all anime is porn or extreme violence, then you're being incredibly ignorant.
- Animation Age Ghetto: It comes off as patronizing when people believe this, especially considering I've seen many animated series or movies that are much more mature than their live-action equivalents.
- Better than a Bare Bulb: Lampshade hangings can be done well. Too often, though, they're used as a crutch to allow writers to be lazy and justify it with a cheap joke about how lazy the writing is. Most series like that fall under this trope.
- Deconstruction: Let's be clear: I actually like well-done deconstructions a lot. However, people tend to throw this word around like it automatically makes a series better by having it, and tend to apply it to their favorite works to elevate it without actually understanding what a proper deconstruction is. I once saw someone describe Death Note as a deconstruction of a typical shounen series...when no, it's simply a dark drama in the shounen demographic. Deconstruction does not automatically make a series better or "deeper."
- Faux Action Girl: I personally find this more demeaning than having no female characters. If you don't have the guts to make the female action hero a legitimate fighter, than just quit acting like she is without doing anything.
- Love Triangle: In romance works, they can be done well. Shoehorned into other genres they become grating and annoying. I personally find them an excuse to create melodrama, and prefer a focus on a single couple.
- Plot Armor: If the only reason for the characters surviving is "They are the main characters", then congratulations, author, you have failed writing forever.
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: This isn't feminist or egalitarian in any way, shape, or form. Criticizing female characters for being weak for acting like real women is so mind-boggling I can't even understand it.
- Seinfeld is Unfunny: This is not a reason to dislike a work. Understand every work in the context it was created in.
- True Art is Angsty: Angst is not necessarily deep, and being optimistic is not necessarily immature or shallow.
- Tsundere: Can be written well, often comes off as incredibly obnoxious and an excuse for writers to throw in "comedy" in the form of unprovoked pervert paybacks and other hilarious double standards.