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Too many tropes for a character?:

Sleeping.
As of my current draft, The Hero of my story has over 150 tropes. Is it too unnatural?

How many tropes do your characters have? Just wondering.
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 2 Mr AHR, Wed, 30th Mar '11 2:52:07 AM from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
No. What matters is the execution. You can have tropes, you just shouldn't define the story by those tropes.

Your character is withdrawn from the world, but warming up. Not a Defrosting Ice Queen.
Sleeping.
[up] Hey, it's you. Thanks again for reminding me on trope usage! :D
...Goddamnit, why can't I get normal health questions like the rest of my colleagues? - Pyrite, upon being asked about the meaning of poop.
 4 Mr AHR, Wed, 30th Mar '11 3:00:06 AM from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
No problem dude, we've all been there.
 5 Wolf 1066, Wed, 30th Mar '11 3:02:43 AM from New Zealand Relationship Status: In my bunk
Wolf1066
I haven't bothered counting them all up. I'm rather mindful of the tropes that I use, avert, subvert etc but I don't tend to do a running tally just to see what's going on.

I will occasionally describe a person by one or two key tropes like "Genre Savvy" or "Deadpan Snarker" but it's just a guideline. I'm generally more interested in their quirks and unique skill pools and how they interact with other characters - and that tends to flow out of the mental image I get of the characters.
Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
 6 Loni Jay, Wed, 30th Mar '11 3:23:08 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
I can barely come up with any tropes for my characters. I'm beginning to think I'm just not a very good troper.

Be not afraid...
 7 annebeeche, Wed, 30th Mar '11 3:25:13 AM from by the long tidal river
watching down on us
Stop obsessing over tropes.

No, seriously. Good stories have been told without even knowing what a trope is, let alone "how many" there are in the work.

edited 30th Mar '11 3:27:04 AM by annebeeche

Banned entirely for telling FE that he was being rude and not contributing to the discussion. I shall watch down from the goon heavens.
I need a drink
It really doesn't matter how many. As long you manage to make them your own, thats what's important. Besides, they're more like guidelines anyways.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
Sleeping.
[up] Why does that sounds so familar, I wonder.

I'm just surprised at myself for cramming so much tropes at once, and the series is not even that long.

Anyway, thank you all for the advice/reminders.
...Goddamnit, why can't I get normal health questions like the rest of my colleagues? - Pyrite, upon being asked about the meaning of poop.
I need a drink
[up] Because your smarter than the average bear.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
Sleeping.
[up] Oh, come on. Couldn't you have just played along? :D
...Goddamnit, why can't I get normal health questions like the rest of my colleagues? - Pyrite, upon being asked about the meaning of poop.
 12 annebeeche, Wed, 30th Mar '11 5:40:11 AM from by the long tidal river
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Another note: You don't use tropes, they just appear in your works.

Don't even think about tropes and you'll be fine.
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