Note: I haven't checked for misuse; this is just a trope name indicativeness/correctness check, and I note whether the snowclone trope has anything to do with the original Deus ex Machina
Dead ex Machina
seems to be "character who died earlier in the plot saves the day, either physically or (possibly via Dead Person Conversation
) by giving the hero strength to go on". Not too clear a title (I would have guessed something along the lines of Peek-A-Boo Corpse
), but I suppose it could be worse. Is related to Deus ex Machina,
Deus Angst Machina
: Awful. As noted above, the trope itself has nothing to do with Deus ex Machina,
and the Latin doesn't make any sense ("God angst
Deus Ax Machina
: Again, incorrect Latin, and it's not even a case of anything appearing out of nowhere. Someone needs a weapon, and finds a fire ax, because they're in a public building/on a bus/whatever. Not related to Deus ex Machina
Deus Ex Homine
: Description reads "A god intentionally built by humans (or other sapient species)." The phrasing of the title, including grammar, was discussed in the YKTTW
thread, so language-wise it should be fine, but this is not related to Deus ex Machina.
Deus Ex Nukina
: Not related to Deus ex Machina;
it's not about nukes out of nowhere (but then, don't get me started on the horrible linguistics of this title), it's about nukes being used in a weird way to solve the problem at hand: "Something Very Bad has happened, and only an uncontrolled release of nuclear energy can fix it" ... "The most interesting dramatic element of Deus Ex Nukina is the requirement that the nuclear device must be delivered by hand."
Deus Ex Scuse Me
: *groan*. This one actually seems to be a Deus ex Machina trope,
though: "Any quick, cheap device that serves to remove a character from a scene so a plot point can take place." In other words, something happening out of nowhere so the plot can happen the way the writer wants it to. Still ... that is one unclear title.
Deus Exit Machina
: Misleading title that doesn't really have anything to do with the trope: powerful character is Put on a Bus
for an episode or so to increase dramatic tension. No out-of-nowhere factor; there could well be good reasons for the powerful character to be somewhere else, such as being badly hurt or suffering a Heroic BSOD
. In other words, not related to Deus ex Machina
Deus Sex Machina
: Hmm, I thought this one was up in TRS already? Anyway, trope is "contrived sex in Speculative Fiction
" (for example, "have sex with the Love Goddess
or your girlfriend will die!). Possibly a Deus ex Machina trope, if you tilt your head and squint.
Diabolus Ex Machina
: Page quote says it best:
"This is not the convenient plot twist that saves our heroes. This is the convenient plot twist that makes them even more screwed."
— Ryan MC, Two Evil Scientists
This one does belong in the Deus ex Machina family of tropes.
Title is pretty much perfect, too - just like the trope itself, it's the opposite of Deus ex Machina
. I'm not a native speaker of English myself, but I suppose the title would be pretty clear to most English speakers, considering words like "diabolical"?
Diabolus Ex Nihilo
- Whoa, you'd think this one was the same as Diabolus Ex Machina
, but it's in fact an enemy that turns up out of nowhere, without explanation, only in order to serve as a threat and be defeated. Has a Trope Repair Shop thread.
However, it does have some kind of relation to Deus ex Machina
Malus ex Machina
: Oookay, why is this one called "apple [tree
] out of a machine"? I'll let the Trope Repair Shop thread
speak for itself. Not related to Deus ex Machina
Parent Ex Machina
: Parents only show up to make sure the kids Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
. Description is pretty unclear, but that's another issue; title fits trope and trope is related to Deus ex Machina.
Sidekick Ex Machina
: Okay, if the title is working (see
), we probably shouldn't change it, but the trope doesn't have any "out of nowhere" element to it. I Thought It Meant
a sidekick saving the hero in a situation similar to Dead ex Machina
(above); it's about a sidekick who's a lot more powerful than the hero. So: Not related to Deus ex Machina
How to Stop the Deus ex Machina
: Looks like someone thought "Deus ex Machina
(well, or was
) some kind of machine. Do we rename tropes when the name is grammatically/semantically wrong
, even if there's no misuse? If we do, this one has to go. It's about how a writer can avoid using the Deus ex Machina
trope, as it's often considered Bad Writing
Deus Ex Sewing Machina: Potholed link to Problem Sleuth
, because of this
. Okay, whatever, it's a Do Not Confuse With.
and Ex Machina
: Are works.
Still, those tropes that are related to Deus ex Machina
are (or should be) listed as subtropes/Compare-and-contrast on that page. We don't need this index; those who want to find tropes with names that sound like Deus ex Machina
could just use do a site search.
edited 1st Sep '11 1:33:17 PM by Antheia