Very odd name (New Crowner 2.12): I See London

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1 Spark916th Jan 2012 11:44:45 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
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I first thought this was some geography trope until I clicked on it, which left me baffled why an underwear trope would be named after the capital of England.

I have since been informed that it's basically a nursery rhyme; however you would have to be from a very specific country and age category to catch the reference.

Showing underwear is a very common joke, and due to the nature of the internet, any sexuality-related trope is expected to be popular. But what we have here is 124 wicks, 612 inbounds; so I suggest that the trope isn't doing well, as a result of its obscure name.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
2 NoirGrimoir16th Jan 2012 11:46:47 AM from San Diego, CA , Relationship Status: Anime is my true love
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I agree. I get what they did there, but not until clicking on it. Trope names should be easily discernible from the name alone.
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3 Flyboy16th Jan 2012 11:53:47 AM from the United States
Decemberist in god's name have you never heard "I see London, I see France, I someone's underpants!" before?

(I'm not sure if that's actually how the last part of the phrase goes, as I haven't encountered it commonly in years, but w/e).
"Shit, our candidate is a psychopath. Better replace him with Newt Gingrich." in god's name have you never heard "I see London, I see France, I someone's underpants!" before?

That is definitly not the kind of stuff I learned in my english classes...
5 Spark916th Jan 2012 11:58:03 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
[up][up] Like I said, because rhymes like this are almost always specific to one particular country/state and age category. In my general area, nobody says this ever.

edited 16th Jan '12 11:59:21 AM by Spark9

Special trousers. Very heroic.
6 Flyboy16th Jan 2012 12:06:30 PM from the United States
Well, it's not used in my age range either anymore. This was an old joke for kids to play on each other.

What would you suggest as an alternate title?
"Shit, our candidate is a psychopath. Better replace him with Newt Gingrich."
7 DragonQuestZ16th Jan 2012 12:20:38 PM from Somewhere in California
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[up]I See Xs Underpants. Because that's the part of the nursery rhyme that actually states the trope.

This kind of thing should be put on bad trope namers: Works that have good trope namers, but choosing another line than the relevant one to the trope.
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Another ending is I Can See Your Underpants.
Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel.
Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.
10 PatrickSwanson16th Jan 2012 11:38:04 PM from Adelaide, Australia
I come from a place where the rhyme doesn't even work because we say "Frahnce", and even I had no problem understanding this name.
I'd say either I Can See Your Underpants, or Undie Shot (by analogy with Panty Shot). Though, I'm not sure how well that second one would work since the trope seems to be more about characters in universe seeing someone's underpants, rather than the audience.
[up] I like your I Can See Your Underpants idea.

edited 20th Jan '12 3:39:07 PM by plufffluff

That's a good name. I've also heard elsewhere that "underpants" is an inherently funny word (as opposed to the more sexual "underwear.")
Nth-ing I Can See Your Underpants.

edited 4th Feb '12 12:34:49 AM by Autumncomet

16 Shale4th Feb 2012 06:22:21 AM from Int'l House of Mojo , Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
Mighty pirate!
Nth-plus-one. Keeps the reference, removes any ambiguity for those with deprived childhoods.
I like the name too, but I worry that it sounds too much like dialogue. What are the guidelines on that?

EDIT: Nevermind, I found what I was looking for.

edited 4th Feb '12 10:39:50 AM by Myra

That might be true, but I think any dialogue that's actually quoting it verbatim is highly likely to be an example of the trope, so misuse because of it being dialogue isn't very likely at all.
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[up]Doesn't matter. We can't have any new dialogue titles.
Let's do this by the numbers. Single proposition to rename.
21 BestOf6th Feb 2012 06:07:23 AM from Finland , Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
Crowner attached.
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Can we call this one?
23 Pig_catapult12th Feb 2012 10:13:55 AM , Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
I'm personally in favour of "Comedic Underwear Exposure"
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24 shimaspawn12th Feb 2012 10:59:04 AM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
Calling in favour of rename.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

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Alternative Titles: I See London
12th Feb '12 11:34:18 AM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
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