Misused: Arc Words get usage counts
Deadlock Clock: 26th Oct 2013 11:59:00 PM
Arc Words are a thematic phrase encountered many times during a story or an arc of a longer story. The words sum up the meaning of the arc, or highlight a theme within it. Enigmatic Arc Words is a subtrope where the meaning of the words isn't explained until late.
Arc Words are a thematic phrase or set of words encountered several times during a story or an arc of a longer story, but outside the arc they are not encountered at all or only sparingly. The words serve to bring a sort of unity to the arc, and are usually encountered independently of any specific character or situation. However, they must carry some sort of dramatic or storytelling purpose. Arc words can serve several different purposes in a story. They can help to reinforce a theme, or be used for humorous or stylistic effect. In some cases they can be nonsense [note: unsure about this sentence]. In the case where the meaning of of the words pose a mystery but are explained late in the arc, it's a case of Enigmatic Arc Words. Compare Catch Phrase (a phrase frequently used by a character or a group), Sharephrase (similar to a catchphrase, but used by several characters), Ironic Echo, and Meaningful Echo.
edited 23rd Sep '13 1:11:31 PM by Leaper
edited 9th Nov '13 7:22:45 AM by Willbyr
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Alternative Titles: Arc Words
8th Jun '13 3:28:22 AM