Tropers: The Walking Anomaly
I can't remember when I first visited TV Tropes, but it had a much different design when I did. (I believe I was in college at the time, but definitely before The Great Crash.) I enjoyed it, but it slipped into the back of my mind. In 2008, I was reintroduced to the site by a high-school classmate and I became a lurker (it passed some dead times at work, let me tell you). Finally, toward the end of 2010, I finally gave in and became a Troper. Most of my contributions are on a smaller scale. From time to time, I will add examples, fix broken Wiki Words, edit grammar or punctuation, or reorder a page if a folder or section is out of order. Occasionally I'll take on something that can be a bit more involved, such as re-alphabetizing tropes or examples, and if you look around, you may find a few reviews of mine as well. As far as larger contributions: I wrote the original Luther Vandross article (it has been moved to the Music namespace since), the Animals Have Problems Too entry, the Intentional Talk page, and, most recently, the Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee page. I am also the curator of the The Hub's Pound Puppies page, and did both the soft and hard splits between the Hanna-Barbera and The Hub versions. (At one time, I also was a curator of sorts of the Recess page as well, but I've left that to Minnie Mouse and Ash Spin for the most part, though the series remains on my watchlist, and in my heart.) I've also done a couple of wick redirecting projects: One after creating the Pound Puppies series' pages, as well as the "Main/Recess" wicks alongside Ash Spin. Oh, and I can blame — all right, fine, thank — TV Tropes, or particularly, the Better Than It Sounds page, for turning me into a Brony.note I would have steered well clear of the show otherwise. The surprise at not wanting to claw my eyes out after watching My Little Pony led me to watch Pound Puppies and Dan Vs. among other shows on The Hub. I am starting to get (back) into anime; we'll see how far that goes. So far, so good. In case you're curious:
Characteristics of The Walking Anomaly:
- Chaotic Good: Much of the time.
- Chaotic Neutral: When my tolerance of other people is running low, or I'm really angry.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh, absolutely.
- Snark Knight: To a degree. I have even been told I am Daria once. I was not insulted.
- Grumpy Bear: Is my boy. See below.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Grumpy Bear and Daria Morgendorffer are my patron saints. On the other hand, Dan is a jerkass for treating a friend like Chris the way he does, I enjoy when Daffy Duck gets his (Tina's awesome), and I am a fan of MLP:FiM. Makes sense, right?
Tropes (and such) that make me happy:
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: This is usually good for a laugh from me.
- Continuity Nod/Mythology Gag: When I get them, I enjoy these; even retroactively, they can be cool.
- Hidden Depths: Okay, this is an index more than a trope, but still.
- Meganekko: I love girls in glasses. This goes for Real Life too; if you look like Gretchen Grundler, Velma Dinkley, or Daria Morgendorffer, and better yet, are nerdy/geeky like them, feel very free to say hello.
- Similar Squad: I don't know why, but I find these fun. Maybe it's because I like the idea of character study.
- Streisand Effect: I don't know if "happy" is the word, but "amused" might be. It has one simple corollary: "If something you don't like happens to become public, as tempting as it might be to complain about it, shut up. No, seriously, shut up."
- Actually, it might have a second: THINK.
Tropes that make me... less than happy.
- 65-Episode Cartoon: Let's be real, here: The sixty-five episode limit is simply a big F-U to viewers, both young and old alike. For the younger audience, it says that they are not important enough to make more shows for, and aren't smart enough to notice that (in syndication) the shows repeat every three months. For older viewers, it simply says your dedication and viewership don't matter.
- Absolute Comparative: I hate these. One in particular that drove me up a wall was the claim from the early 2000s commercials that Diet Dr. Pepper tastes more like regular Dr. Pepper. You don't say. What the hell else is Diet Dr. Pepper going to taste like? Mountain Dew?
- Author Tract: If you want to preach to me, be upfront about it. So I know to avoid anything you write.
- The Ditz: If your defining characteristic is that you're an idiot, you will annoy me.
- Draco in Leather Pants/Ron the Death Eater: Two of the main reasons I tend to stay away from shipping fics. Being a Harry Potter fan, I particularly despise the second, not only because I like Ron, but because that seemed to be the preferred way of Harmonians to get the pairing they wanted. I might read a fic (HP or any other) that does the first; I will stop reading one that does the second.
- Eagleland: As much as I detest the flag-waving, stars-and-stripes-plastering, "my country right or wrong" Type 1 people, I hate the whiny, America is the source of everything wrong with the world Type 2 people even more.
- Everything Is Racist: ...or sexist, or homophobic, or ableist, or blah, blah, blah. If you want to know why bigotry will never end, it's every bit as much this as it is the bigots. (I don't mind this so much in fictional characters, though, because they usually tend to show how stupid it is.)
- Flanderization: Your characters should get deeper as your series goes along. Characters who don't develop depth are often aggravating, let alone the ones that lose it.
- Green Aesop: When an environmentalist makes a show, film, or documentary that isn't essentially a Humans Are Bastards tract and has even a hint of nuance, be a pal and let me know.
- Hollywood Nerd: Especially when the nerd is the protagonist, because it is always his awkwardness in social situations that drives the plot, and since they are never based on real nerds, it is grating, to say the very least. This goes about octuple for nerds in movies like Superbad and Road Trip.
- The Klutz: I'm not sure if this is more annoying than The Ditz or not. I'm leaning toward yes. So, yes, that makes me one of the about 3% of Bronies who doesn't care much for Derpy.
- Public Service Announcement: Nothing makes me grab my remote control faster. If I want to be spoken to like a six-year-old, I'll go sit in on a first-grade class.
- Rape Tropes: All of them. The quote on the page says it's second to homicide in the "ultimate violation of self". I'll argue that order is reversed. It's not redeeming, it's not funny, it's just plain cruel. That being said, at the risk of making someone angry, "rape" is a term that needs to be used more delicately than it is, or it loses all meaning. (Example: A guy looking at a woman could be a douche, but it is not a "mini-rape".)
- Spin-Off Babies: Barely liked Muppet Babies when I was a kid, hated all the other ones. I was one of the seemingly few that did like Rugrats' inversion, All Grown Up! though.
- Think of the Children!: If anyone uses the innocence of children in an argument, they have no argument. It's lazy, borderline disingenuous, and a flat-out insult to both adults and children. Children as a whole are impressionable, but they're not stupid.