Oops... I left this for long enough that the sandbox pages were deleted. >_<
Here's the progress I've made on Split Personality Tropes
. There's absolutely no description, so no wonder there are so many things running together here. Here are the categories I can identify:
- A character's mind is composed of multiple fragments, which are nonetheless all part of the same person. In the aspects more similar to schizophrenia, one personality is in charge but hearing advice from the other(s); in the form closer to dissociative identity disorder, each personality becomes active or seizes control at intervals, usually in response to emotional state or external stimuli.
- A character's mind is altered as a result of external interference, either simply changing their personality entirely, or installing a way to make them obedient (often a split personality) that the character is not consciously aware of. Can be sort of an halfway ground between split personalities and possession.
- An entity from outside enters the character's mind and controls them. Can sometimes be indistinguishable in practice from split personalities, but frequently is explicitly differentiated by the story and is treated differently, and has many of its own tropes.
''Became Their Own Antithesis
- Straightforward, long-term character growth results in a portion of themselves that is at odds with who they were before or the rest of who they are now. Similar to the first form of brainwashing, but natural instead of artificial.
None of the above?
- Tropes which don't seem to have anything to do with anything.
I haven't actually sorted these yet
- Evil Twin - I can only guess this is a result of Enemy Without and possibly because an evil twin is the most obvious example of a Shadow Archetype Character Foil, because I have no other idea what it's doing here.
- Heroic Safe Mode - A character going into safe mode experiences a drastic change in behaviour that can be comparable to being taken over by a split personality, but I'm not sure it's the same thing. Up for debate, though.
- Shadow Archetype - It's a theoretical representation of the traits a character rejects, and obviously is relevant to the discussion of some of these tropes, but it itself is not an example.
edited 23rd Jan '13 10:58:39 AM by Noaqiyeum