Stapled it to the thread. Also reclocked as requested because why not
edited 8th Apr '12 3:46:10 PM by BobbyG
"Covert Distress Code" could probably be vetoed from the crowner entirely because it's currently the working title for the YKTTW sister trope.
Not necessarily; the YKTTW could also pick a different name than whatever we decide upon here.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
Votes needed. C'mon, people, this needs to end.
I think the Distress Code part of that name implies it's not improvised.
Is anyone else worried that Out-of-Character Alert could be mistaken for a writer trick in which they alert the viewers/readers that someone is acting OOC? (Hope that wasn't too confusing.)
You mean essentially a meta-version of the trope? Alerting the audience instead of another character?
Something like that.
Bumping for votes.
Calling crowner in favor of Out-of-Character Alert. Please do the rename.
146 wicks left to do here.
145 wicks left.
143 wicks left to be moved in the new name. Volunteers?
What goes around, comes around
what goes up, must come down
what goes up, must come down
Wait. If the new title is meant only for the improvised distress signal, nobody adjusted the new page's description to reflect that. Shouldn't that get done first?
A fairly common trope in kidnapping and I Have Your Wife scenarios, where if a character in trouble is given a chance to contact their friends or family, the character may say or do something unusual in the message in an attempt to alert the recipients that something is decidedly not normal about this call — if the Big Bad is demanding a ransom, this is to alert them to the fact that there's a trap; if he wants the kidnapped to "assure" The Hero that they are "in fact" okay and not in any danger, this is to secretly convey that they're not. Clues may include not responding to a well-known Berserk Button, doing things they're normally afraid of (or have a similar excuse for never doing), or insisting to be called by a nickname they actually hate. In the many cases where this clue is improvised on the spot, it may actually work almost too well, with the detail being dismissed at first and only realized later, hopefully not too late to plan a rescue or call some Big Damn Heroes.
Permission to swap in?
I wouldn't yet. The second paragraph seems off to me - feels more like the trope that this one was being mistaken for. When does a person who's being secretly held captive get to respond (or not) to a Berserk Button? I think that entire paragraph applies a lot more to Spot the Imposter than this trope. BTW, Bluff The Imposter still has a pointer to this trope defining it as an intentional or unintentional giveaway that one is an imposter. That should be fixed, shouldn't it?
Bumping this, since the wicks were done. I do not agree with Leaper - Stratadrake's description works for Spot the Impostor, but also here. Also retagged the article since we are talking about the description on the new page.
Methinks Dr. Freud called and he wants his Safe Word back. Seriously,note it's all about sex.
edited 28th Jan '13 6:48:30 PM by Stratadrake
OK, so this has been lagging again for two months. Does anybody agree with launching the YKTTW with only 11 examples? Despite all the bumping, this is all we got there.
Alternative Titles: Something They Would Never Say
8th Apr '12 3:36:22 PM