I'm late to this, because it looks like it's time for a rename-or-not crowner, but I'm worried that the true definition didn't have a chance:
The name Planet Eris makes perfect sense to me, but then, I am a Discordian, so we're used to fnord others not getting it. I think a key element of the trope as it stands is not just a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, but the sheer randomness with which these things appear. Fighting ghosts, then pirates, then aliens, all tied together by a plot that runs on nonsensoleum.
This was what I had always taken the trope to be, and I'm not a Discordian... but the same editor later described this same description as involving a Random Events Plot
, which is not the same thing. To me, the definitive element was the sense of "anything goes", that anything from
the Fantasy Kitchen Sink
could show up at any time (which is not quite to say "new spec-fic elements as the plot demands"), but that the actual events that happen usually actually follow from one another (Sluggy Freelance
has a pretty well-crafted Myth Arc
). I never took the "everything otherwise appears normal" part of the description to be definitive either; a lot of older tropes on the wiki tended to be overdefined.
Also, comparing this to the All Myths Are True
TRS, I can't help but wonder if the meaning of Fantasy Kitchen Sink
has broadened over time to encroach on other tropes.
edited 20th Jul '12 5:38:28 AM by MorganWick