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Works By Me
Me on Social Media
Stuff I Like
Writers & Filmmakers
- Brandon Sanderson
- C. S. Lewis
- Dave Filoni
- George Lucas
- H.P. Lovecraft
- James Cameron
- J. R. R. Tolkien
Actors & Voice Actors
- Ashley Eckstein
- Ashly Burch
- Christopher Lee
- Clancy Brown
- Corey Burton
- Dante Basco
- Debi Derryberry
- Dee Bradley Baker
- Elijah Wood
- Grey DeLisle
- James Arnold Taylor
- Jim Cummings
- Jason Isaacs
- Keith Szarabajka
- Laura Bailey
- Lex Lang
- Liam O'Brien
- Nolan North
- Orlando Bloom
- Oscar Isaac
- Phil Lamarr
- Robin Atkin Downes
- Sam Witwer
- Steve Blum
- Troy Baker
- Vanessa Marshall
- Star Wars
- Star Wars: Chewbacca
- Star Wars: Darth Vader
- Star Wars: Kanan
- Star Wars: Princess Leia
- Lantern City
- Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent
- The Battle for Middle-Earth
- Crash Bandicootnote
- Dawn of War
- Donkey Kong Countrynote
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- God Eater
- God of War (PS4)
- God Wars Future Past
- Gravity Rush
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- inFAMOUS: Second Son
- Just Cause 3
- The Lord of the Rings Online
- The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Minecraft: Story Mode
- Mordheim: City of the Damned
- Mount and Blade Warband
- Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
- Ratchet & Clank (2016)note
- Rogue Galaxy
- Sly Cooper
- SPY Foxnote
- Star Wars: Battlefront
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- Super Mario Bros.note
- The Thing (1982)
- The Lord of the Rings
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- No Deposit No Return
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Star Wars: (all of themnote — yes I like the prequels!)
Stuff I Haven't Yet Gotten Into But Would Like To Trynote
- Ape Escape
- Arc the Lad
- Black Desert Online
- Call of Cthulhu
- Code Vein
- Cosmic Star Heroine
- Dark Cloud
- Demon's Souls
- Dishonored 2
- Doom (2016)
- Dragon Quest
- Final Fantasy
- Hollow Knight
- Ion Maiden
- Jak and Daxter
- Kingdom Hearts
- Kiseki Series
- Modnation Racers
- Prey (2017)
- Salt and Sanctuary
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Shovel Knight
- Spyro the Dragon
- Star Ocean
- System Shocknote
- Tomb Raider
- The Last Night
- Twisted Metal
- Valkyria Chronicles
Tropes That Define Me
- Acceptable Political Targets: Communists, socialists, feminazis and sjws, gun control advocates.
- Adult Fear: Imagine this: you're pushing 30, and still living with your parents not because you're lazy, but because no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, no matter who you turn to, you cannot find a job — at best, you're working part-time. You can't drive a car. You're not very strong compared to people your age and size, and you're a little more timid than you'd like. You can't get a girlfriend. Your country is run by an idiot who thinks that it's better to subsidize illegal immigrants than its own veterans. The political left will stop at nothing to impose dictatorial laws on a nation supposed to be a great bastion of freedom and opportunity. And tvtropes is hostile to conservative viewpoints.
- Amazon Chaser: I have a preference for women who are bigger and stronger than I am. My dream is to marry a 7-foot giantess who can carry me with one arm.
- However, I REALLY don't like when people think that just because a woman is fighting a man, that she's somehow in the right; in fact, I hate female villains more than I do male ones — especially female Karma Houdinis. Drop dead, Nadine!
- Angst Aversion / Audience-Alienating Premise / Hype Aversion: No, I do NOT want to watch Game of Thrones, AND I'LL THANK YOU TO SHUT UP ABOUT IT!!! *Chck-chk* Want to know why? Read this.
- Basement-Dweller: Enforced (thank you, the universe). I have been out of work since October 2014. I've been to hell and back to try to find employment (among other things, I've endured long, long trips downtown, gone far out of my way only to arrive late, gotten sore feet from too small shoes...the list goes on). I went back to school to learn a new skill (and now I've graduated, so I'm stuck at home again).
- What really, REALLY ticks me off about this is that this has essentially become an Undead Horse Trope. No matter how many people lose their jobs thanks to the current economy, it seems the media wants nothing more than to crush our spirits, since it can't seem to fathom the fact that maybe, just maybe, not every adult who lives with their parents is doing so because they're lazy. Ask anyone who knows me; I'm most definitely NOT lazy when it comes to searching for a job.
- Berserk Button: DON'T call me racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamaphobic, or whatever. The fact is I'm not.
- Big Eater: Surprise. And yet I don't seem to gain weight.
- Brutal Honesty: I can tell you the truth in more detail than you ever wished to know.
- Character Tics: I run my hands through my hair a lot. Oh — there; I did it again.
- Chubby Chaser: Downplayed. There's a difference between "attractively plump" and "grossly overweight."
- Dead Artists Are Better: I don't actually believe in this per se, but two of my favourite artists, H.P. Lovecraft and Ronnie James Dio, have been dead for some time; I didn't actually discover them until after they were deadnote . It's greatly increased my respect for their work.
- Deadpan Snarker: I have my moments.
- Don't Think, Feel: Inverted — I firmly believe that facts trump feelings. You should always be thinking about the consequences of your actions.
- Extreme Doormat: Sigh...it's true.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: I bore easily. Do try to keep up.
- Foreign Culture Fetish / My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: I am Canadian. I am extremely jealous of the Americans' patriotism, economy, and political system. At home, the former is nonexistent and the latter two are broken.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlematic. I'm trying to become more extroverted, but it's slow going.
- Good Girls Dont Get Abortion: I ain't sayin' Planned Parenthood is the spawn of satan...except that's exactly what I'm saying.
- Knight in Sour Armor: I do my best to follow my moral code. Doesn't mean I like it.
- Large Ham: I don't talk often, but when I do, you'll notice.
- A Lesson Learned Too Well: I've had my share.
- The problem stems from the fact that people (meaning pretty much everyone) tells me only one aspect of a certain thing, and never the whole. Make of that what you will.
- Metal Head: Take a look at the Music section of this page. It should tell you everything.
- Nerds Are Virgins: Yes...but not for the reason you think.note
- Nerd Glasses: I wear my glasses all the time, but I'm not Blind Without 'Em — I just can't make out any details.
- Never Lend to a Friend: Trust me; don't.note
- Nice Guy: I help people as best I can.
- Non-Action Guy: Took Tae Kwon Do for a few years...didn't work out. I'm actually kinda useless in a fight.
- Pen Name: Alexander Tempest-Knight. Part of it makes my forum name.
- Proud to Be a Geek: Take a look at the works listed above. I have no shame in telling people that I'm a nerd, through and through. In fact, I consider it a badge of honour.
- The Quiet One: People tell me that I'm "very quiet." If you notice that I'm not really partaking in a conversation, it's not that I want to seem bored, distant, or rude — I just literally have nothing to say.note The old adage "You have two ears and one mouth; use them in that ratio" is one of my guidelines.
- Real Men Cook: Yes, I can cook...though I'm still light-years away from being a Supreme Chef.
- Real Men Love Jesus: Well, for a given value of "real man"...but I've always believed that God Is Good and I have no intention to stop believing that, no matter what happens.
- Screw You, Elves!: My experiences playing certain fantasy MMORP Gs were...shall we say, less than pleasant. I usually ended up playing a dwarf, since dwarves are my favourite fantasy race. 90% of all elves -- mostly females -- found it necessary to pick on me simply because I was a dwarf. Apparently, people find it necessary to roleplay elves versus dwarves even when they're raiding or pvping.
- Oh, and by the way — dwarves are awesome.
- The Smart Guy: I'm smart. REALLY smart.
- Improbably High I.Q.: Ask any psychologist.
- Traumatic Haircut: I've had very thick hair that's tough to work with all my life. When I was 17, I decided to let it grow out. For more than a decade, my iconic look had long, brown hair not unlike that of other metalheads. But it was tougher to work than ever. I didn't mind...too much. But eventually, someone I trust and respect told me that if I wanted to be taken seriously, I should (a) improve my wardrobe, (b) get a haircut. So I did. But here's the catch: I've always preferred the way I look with longer hair to what I look like with shorter hair. After so many years of long hair, having it short was...difficult to accept.
- TV Tropes Will Enhance Your Life: Oh, so much. Thank you, This Very Wiki, for existing.
- Starting to subvert it lately, as I've found this site is not particularly welcoming to people with my belief systems.
- Verbal Tic: I try to avoid using the word like as a verb.
- I have a rather large vocabulary and, more often than not, adhere to the rules of grammar that I learned growing up.note
- You Owe Me: Attempted it and failed. I've stretched my neck out for people time and time again. When it comes time to reciprocate, all I get are a bunch of excuses.
My Favourite Tropes
- Anti-Villain: When done correctly, it can add some real depth to a character — especially if they manage to steer clear of the Moral Event Horizon.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: Because having a random mook beat the tar out of the heroes is something NO ONE will see coming. See Evil Is Cool below.
- Cool Airship: Aside from being, well, awesome, these actually benefit from the Square-Cube Law, meaning they can work just as well in real life as they do in fiction. In fact, some real-life airships are actually MORE incredible than the ones we see in fictional works.
- Crazy Awesome: The more awesomely insane something is, the more into it I'll get.
- Cutting the Knot: The direct approach is the best approach.
- Double Subversion: Because pretending you're going to subvert a trope, then winding up playing it straight, is so much fun.
- Evil Is Cool: Most of the time, it isn't. But sometimes...sometimes....
- The ideal villain, in my mind, should be charismatic — and a bit of an enigma. He should never lose his cool. He should be a Genius Bruiser (see below). He should be able to take the heroes in a fight — at least early on, before they're at full strength. And even then, he should pose a challenge. He might even get a Pet the Dog moment, or at least pretend to. And to top it off, his goons should be a little more challenging to defeat than you'd expect — because if the Cannon Fodder can send the heroes running for the hills, how much of a fight will the Big Bad put up?
- Foreshadowing: Whether subtle or not, proper use of foreshadowing can make a work very entertaining. What would otherwise be complete nonsense can suddenly make all the sense in the world.
- Genius Bruiser: Brains AND brawn?! Why not!
- Level Editor: I have a soft spot for video games that let you make your own content. LittleBigPlanet went from okayish to really fun once we started playing all the fanmade levels.
- Rated M for Manly: I'm a man. I like testosterone.
- Real-Time Strategy: While I suck at this genre, there's something fun about building your own army, then using it to wipe an enemy army off the map.
- Rule of Cool: I'll suspend my disbelief if I'm entertained enough.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Self-explanatory.
- Surreal Humor: Let's LOLZ!!! You thought there was gonna be some major reveal here, didn't you? Well the joke's on you HA be honest: randomness is HABOONA HABOONA HABOONA HABOONA HABOONA funny.
- Would Hit a Girl: Even ignoring my conservative streak, it seems that Men Are the Expendable Gender and should suffer everything so women don't have to. But if we so much as make even the slightest complaint, we get called "sexist." So imagine how satisfying it is to watch a woman who actually has it coming get it. And I don't care if you're offended.note
Tropes I Despise
- Androids Are People, Too: Face palm....No...they're...NOT!!! Robots physically cannot have emotions. You can program the appearance of emotions, but they're really just doing what you told them to do. To give them the ability to have true free will, you'd have to program them to think outside their programming — a contradiction in terms if I ever heard one.
- To top it off, any robot given the ability to mimic human behavior (a) has to bypass the Uncanny Valley (news flash: this ain't gonna happen. Ever.) and (b) feeds off our need to empathize with anything we find cute, attractive, or at least somewhat human. In other words, they're designed to manipulate you. Think about that.
- Bad Boss: Aside from explaining why so many mooks turn on the Big Bad, who in their right mind would act like this before getting to the point of absolute power? This only discourages people from working with you. It's possible to be an Evil Overlord without being stupid.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: For some reason, people act as if Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Game Of Thrones, and The Last Of Us are the best things ever. To quote Elicia Clegg: I respectfully disagree. How is watching everything come tumbling down amidst a storm of rape, murder, betrayal, and general cynicism entertaining in the slightest? I have enough problems in Real Life. Leave my entertainment alone!
- Even Star Wars can't get away with this. The only movie in the franchise that I despise is Rogue One (I haven't seen The Last Jedi...yet...) We spend the movie with a cast of underdeveloped (and mostly unlikable) characters who all die at the end. And the entire film is spent banging our heads with the message Everything in this world sucks! And the only reason they get the Death Star plans is that we knew that was going to happen anyway, so it doesn't count.
- God Is Evil: I'll ignore the fact that it insults my religion (even though it does)...and instead focus on the fact that people only include it in their work because they hate the church and can get away with it. If they did this to any other religion (look at the things Muhammad did in Allah's name, for goodness' sake!) they'd receive verbal backlash from people they pretend can do no wrong.
- Humongous Mecha: While it can make for some spectacular imagery, there are very good reasons these don't exist in real life, all of which can be summarized in one word: practicality. I'm just waiting for a work of fiction to have one of these show up, only for a guy armed with a wrench to run up to its foot and loosen a few bolts, which brings the whole thing tumbling down.
- Idiot Hero / Idiot Plot: I don't like watching people do stupid things, unless I'm supposed to laugh at them. If you want me to take you seriously, actually put some thought into the story and characters!!
- Nudity Tropes: I do not like sex or nudity in my entertainment. Period. A bit of fanservice? Sure; I can handle that — it might be stupid, but I can live with it. But full-on nakedness? No thank you; you've just managed to turn me off your product entirely. I'm against censorship, but that doesn't mean I'll give your work the time of day — I'll simply ignore its existence. If you're even going to consider putting nudity into your work, you'd better have a really, REALLY good reason for it. And no, "exploration of artistic themes" is not a good reason. We all know exactly why you're doing it.
- Strangled by the Red String: Not every boy/girl pairing results in a romance. And I'm not against a boy and girl getting together, but you need to properly develop their relationship. You can't have them go the entire story saying nary a word to each other, then suddenly have them kiss in the last shot.
- Shoot Out the Lock: This doesn't actually work. If anything, the lock will actually be more secure than it was before you shot it.
- The Unfair Sex: Ladies, believe it or not, we actually don't mind being the expendable gender. We will happily sacrifice ourselves to ensure your survival. But you do NOT get to complain about how difficult you have it when you won't even consider what we have to go through! Yes, there are evil men who abuse good women. And there are just as many evil women who abuse good men. You do not have a monopoly on the victim card.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: Sometimes. If you accept that your actions carry the risk of having everyone turn on you, that's one thing — public approval is overrated and honour is for the weak. But if you INTENTIONALLY go out of your way to make people hate you, that's something else entirely. It's always — ALWAYS — better to simply tell them the truth about what's going on — spies will probably figure out what you're doing and use it to their advantage anyway. Besides, if you tell the people the truth and they still hate you for what you're trying to accomplish, that says more about them than it does about you.