I haven't voted because my opinion is that we have three tropes here, not two.
First is Kinky Spanking
, an adult Fanservice
Second is Comedic Spanking
, may be adult Fanservice
, but is mainly intended to be funny.
Third is a form of Unfair Punishment
, and is what I thought this trope was intended to be. If we don't already have such a trope, then this trope should be renamed to that.
And finally, I see a lot of people saying that examples involving children should not be allowed. While I can agree that any such usage intended as Fanservice
heads too far into Squick
(which means there should be no underage examples on Kinky Spanking
and only non-Fanservice
-ey underage examples on Comedic Spanking
), underage examples should definitely be allowed on Unfair Punishment
. (It won't be YMMV if examples are restricted to those where the punishment is obviously depicted as unfair in the work, or the audience is obviously supposed to see the punishment as unfair).
I have two reasons for saying we should allow some underage examples: The first is that we'll be unfairly excluding historical examples, including some of the most famous such as those in Shirley Temple
films. Second, it feels to me like some people, including tropers, want to try to rewrite history and pretend that children were never unfairly spanked or subjected to other forms of corporal punishment, and I feel that TV Tropes
should not be in the business of censoring history.
should not try to sugar-coat history by trying to hide the sins of the past, so examples of works where The Woobie
is unfairly punished should have a place.
Just my opinion. Feel free to disagree, but please read and think first.
If tropers agree with me, I'll volunteer to open an Unfair Punishment YKTTW
and nurse it to launch.
edited 19th Sep '13 6:03:59 AM by Melkior