edited 27th Feb '12 3:47:41 PM by Martello
edited 27th Feb '12 10:12:14 PM by rodneyAnonymous
Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.
edited 28th Feb '12 12:36:35 AM by KJMackley
-Philip K. Dick
- Frequency And Meaning (alt: Too Common To Trope) (administrative , predefined message trope)
- Here at TV Tropes, we don't believe anything is Too Common To Trope, and barely believe something may be Too Rare to Trope. Characters such as Protagonists, Narrators and Antagonists can be found everywhere. Conversely, even if a pattern is only visible in Ugandan literature in the 1970s, the meaning in the pattern makes it a trope. Often, the more common a trope is, the more likely there are subtropes. Making the most common tropes supertropes. The less common tropes tend to be subtropes, which need to relate to their parent trope. It is important to identify parent tropes, because otherwise we end up with Missing Supertrope Syndrome. Sometimes, a supertrope is so common, it may need No Examples To Trope.
- Too Meaningless to Trope
- Not everything that happens in a story has a purpose. For example, that chair to the right isn't doing anything. It could be given a purpose, but without a purpose, it is not a trope. The difference between a trope and "happens in fiction", is the difference between an Aesop and a Throwaway Line. One is to convey a message, and the other is simply included. Spanish language appearing in a Mexican book is meaningless. Spanish words appearing in another language's book may be many tropes, but most commonly Gratuitous English.
- Omnipresent Trope
- Tropes that show up everywhere are called omnipresent. Which has a rather literal meaning of "in all places". Often overlaps with No Examples To Trope. This indexes tropes that appear in nearly all works.
- No Examples To Trope
- Certain tropes have too much frequency. Although important to note and reference, adding examples or listing them in works are unnecessary. These tropes may be used in a Wiki Link to reference them, but they should not be listed as one of the tropes in a work.
edited 28th Feb '12 11:53:51 AM by crazysamaritan
edited 28th Feb '12 5:14:07 PM by shimaspawn
-Philip K. Dick
edited 28th Feb '12 6:04:24 PM by Madrugada