It's a missing supertrope problem. As Raso made clear, this comes in all sorts of forms.
I suggest we define this trope as extensions going from the shoulders themselves that move with the arms, that go at least as far as the head and rise vertically when it is standing straight. This is because the current description and most of the examples fit there. But some (like the Real Life example) do not, which is another problem.
We need a trope for similar structures attached to the body (that are not antiaxial with arms) and a broader trope for silhouette-defining extensions in general.
But as ccoa said, how is there a meaningful difference between shoulder fins and, say, back fins. Keeping a silly distinction is not what TRS is all about. I fully support broadening this to be about Mecha Fins.
(I think part of the problem here may be that we jumped straight to the name crowner before deciding for sure on the definition.)
Where else are you going to have fins other than the shoulders? Mecha Shoulder Fins is much more awkward than Mecha Fins.
How did this come up for renaming based on poor wicks anyway? It is a trope about giant shoulder fins on giant robots. It's a very specific visual trope, and the chances of someone editing the page knowing a great deal of examples and not knowing about Evangelion are slim to none.
The problem is that this is a visual trope (it's about the silhouette formed) which has any number of variants.
I think it might be better to define this by the form created and extend it to cover armour and possibly humanoid monsters.
I think it's possible to read crowners somehow, although I'm not sure how to find the link. Google site search doesn't work, at any rate.
Anyway, I think we now rename this to Mecha Fins or Mecha Shoulder Fins or whatever the winning name on the crowner was.
How about we take the concise name and use the other as a redirect, and everybody's happy?
Clear, concise, witty. Neither name is witty. The shorter name is more concise. The shorter name is also clearer, since as discussed earlier in this thread the fins don't have to be on the shoulders either.
Alternative Titles: Eva Fins 2
6th Jul '13 11:36:26 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.