The Grand Unified Appearance Trope Clean-up: Currently on (New Crowner 7 Sep 2017): Hot Scoop

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Currently on the table: Hot Scoop

There is on TV Tropes, a common bad habit that persists among editors of using appearance tropes, or names that sound like they could be appearance tropes, badly. They always suffer from the same problems and they tend to clog up the TRS like they're on a revolving door. As such I'm making a large scale special effort in order to address the common problems all of these tropes have.

Sometimes non-appearance tropes are mistaken for appearance tropes. Report them here and the clean-up will be handled.

We're going to search for the best ways to change the culture and make sure that the misuse stops. Tropes will be handled here and we'll likely have a fair number of crowners on this thread. Keep checking back for new developments.

For full details, including the to-do list and crowner list, check this post.

All appearance tropes that show more than 50% misuse and/or ZCEs on a wick check may be cut freely after posting the wick check here on the thread for approval as per crowner results.

edited 26th Feb '17 2:10:43 AM by SeptimusHeap

251 Bailey2nd Jan 2013 02:04:06 AM from Next Sunday, A.D.
Still, it's cropped up in books and in The New York Times and in various other places in political reporting and fashion writing to describe the exact concept we're going for. The description is unclear, but I was under the impression we systematically preferred pre-existing names.

Also, looking at the description, it seems as if it's at least attempting to get after that very idea, with all the talk of ambition and confidence the "how she looks is just to bring attention to what she does" bit. It's messy, maybe as a result of a subsequent editor missing the point, but the idea is thereish. The trope originally came out of a cleanup effort of some sort, where I rather offhandedly suggested that certain examples from another ill-defined trope fit this idea; I was not the one to write it up or YKTTW it, and I may have not been clear enough at the time.
252 Noaqiyeum2nd Jan 2013 10:33:12 AM from the October Country , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Empowered Blonde might be a little more specific to what you're describing.
Anyone who looks dangerous is dangerous.

Anyone who doesn't look dangerous is dangerous and sneaky.
On Naming a Trope it says to, "Check for pre-established terms... ...but don't use just any pre-existing term." I would have no problem with Empowered Blonde. If the idea is there then maybe Bailey should write a sandbox for it.
The crowner looks set.
I like the "Empowered Blonde" option. I've seen to too many cliches in movies where The Hero or The Leader of whatever is the blond character. If it's not a Dumb Blonde then the blond one is the the person with the most power or central to the story (kind of like a Bald Black Leader Guy but caucasian).

Right now I'm thinking Prince/King Leif from the Deltora Quest series or Wren from The Pirates of Dark Water and Naruto as examples. If he is blonde, he must be the protagonist or leader guy. Maybe Power Blonde is too vague and it's the actual trope title that needs to be more specific.

edited 6th Jan '13 11:24:05 AM by VeritasVierge

256 lu1276th Jan 2013 01:27:20 PM from 空蝉丸
I'm having real trouble finding a trope in Show The Forehead. It's about keeping bangs off your face...for a number of vague and usually unrelated reasons.
257 SeptimusHeap6th Jan 2013 01:28:44 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Most examples have no context either. Next cut candidate?
258 Madrugada6th Jan 2013 01:54:58 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Sure, why not? I agree that if there's a trope there at all, it's very well hidden. Like most of the Personal Appearance tropes that are problematic, it's [personal appearance characteristic] + [possible reason 1] + [possible unrelated reason 2] + [possible unrelated reason 3]... and so on.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
259 SeptimusHeap6th Jan 2013 01:57:54 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Sure, why not?

We need to cut Power Blonde first.
260 lu1276th Jan 2013 02:47:00 PM from 空蝉丸
Well, this is a more clear-cut case, since it's far worse than Power Blonde. Gonna make a crowner now....

Here we are.

edited 6th Jan '13 2:49:38 PM by lu127

261 shimaspawn6th Jan 2013 04:07:16 PM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
Power Blonde has been up since the 12. That's several weeks and it's been stable for and clear for a while. I think we can go ahead and call it.

We might want to redirect Show The Forehead to Forehead of Doom because that's an actual trope.

edited 6th Jan '13 4:08:09 PM by shimaspawn

Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
There is support for Empowered Blonde. If Power Blonde gets cut could Empowered Blonde still go through YKTTW?
263 shimaspawn6th Jan 2013 08:18:52 PM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
I think that name is just going to decay honestly. It sounds like it's either about blondes have super powers or blonde women are given more responsibilities or something. It's not a clear name nor is the trope you're going for defined by hair colour. Blonde, brunette, red head, they can all get that same treatment.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
264 SeptimusHeap7th Jan 2013 01:33:49 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Bringing up White-Haired Pretty Boy on the queue. Most of the on-page examples are Zero Context, so it needs a cleaning if anything.
265 lu1277th Jan 2013 03:25:48 AM from 空蝉丸
Since this is part of the effort, we need hands on the Tall, Dark and Bishoujo thread. I can write detailed instructions if you want.
266 lu1278th Jan 2013 10:53:18 AM from 空蝉丸
Crowner has been up since the 29th and is stable. Calling in favour. New one coming soon.
267 SeptimusHeap8th Jan 2013 11:49:20 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Wicks purged.
268 deathpigeon9th Jan 2013 08:27:16 AM , Relationship Status: One True Dodecahedron
...Show The Forehead seems to me like it's just an example of People Sit on Chairs.

edited 9th Jan '13 8:28:09 AM by deathpigeon

269 shimaspawn9th Jan 2013 09:02:56 AM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
I think with all the inbounds it has, we're better off redirecting it to Forehead of Doom which needs some work but is at least approaching an actual trope.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
270 SeptimusHeap9th Jan 2013 09:04:27 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
37 inbounds is not much.
271 shimaspawn9th Jan 2013 09:13:45 AM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
I would have thought it would have had more with all the years it's been around. Guess that's the true sign of how unhealthy it is.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
272 lu1279th Jan 2013 09:19:52 AM from 空蝉丸
Well, for all intents and purposes cut or redirect both mean it's going away. Bad page is bad.
Only valid anything I can see on that page is Forehead of Doom and some ponytails are practical (Tomboyish Ponytail, basically, just more-so) / severe hairstyle = severe personality (male version of Power Hair = slicked back maybe?) sort of stuff. I doubt it is worth trying to save.
274 lu1279th Jan 2013 11:08:46 AM from 空蝉丸
Slicked back hair = ambitious, kinda evilish guy with some other characteristics is a trope, but it needs to be started from scratch.
It might not have enough examples to need to be split off of the supertrope anyway. (There's a folder for it there already.)

Although that Onion article is pretty funny.

According to statistics released by the organization, five out of every six characters with slicked-back hair are cast as the primary antagonist. Of this group, 29 percent are depicted as greedy and manipulative Wall Street sharks, 22 percent as cold, emotionless murderers, 19 percent as evil coaches or mentors, 12 percent as corrupt mafiosi, 8 percent as undead creatures who feast on human blood, and the remaining 10 percent fall into the general category of jerks/pricks/John Travolta.

More alarming, Swartz said, is that certain subsets of slicked-back-hair Americans endure even worse prejudices. He cited men with slicked-back hair who also talk with cigarettes dangling out of their mouths, wear blue button-down shirts with white collars, or place toothpicks behind their right ears as the most victimized.

edited 9th Jan '13 11:35:10 AM by troacctid

Rhymes with "Protracted."

Single Proposition: Hot Scoopmerge
7th Sep '17 1:24:30 PM
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