The Grand and Unified Appearance Trope Clean Up, now at: Thigh High Boots get usage counts
Currently on the table: Thigh-High BootsThere 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.
edited 8th Apr '14 9:23:55 PM by Madrugada
- Duality Motif
- Mismatched Eyes Of Madness
- [Mismatched Eyes Means Something's Different About Them] — Probably write this up such that The Reveal about the differences is important—obviously cybernetic eyes wouldn't count unless there's some big story about why the eye is missing.
- Possibly split this between "and that's the story of how I lost this eye"/[eyes being used as markers for injury] and "There Is Something Weird About That Eye".
- [An Unusual Trait Marks You As Special]
- [A Shared Unusual Trait Marks You As Connected To Someone Else]
- Examples that should just be on Red Right Hand
- Some trope vaguely inspired by Windows to the Soul about how eyes are markers for magic
edited 29th Jan '13 8:46:00 PM by troacctid
- Move examples/wicks to Red Right Hand, Evil Eye, and Electronic Eye as appropriate.
- Launch Duality Motif for all examples—not just eyes—when mismatched colors/styles/whatever are used to indicate duality of nature (opposing personality elements, lycanthropy, whatever).
- Launch Unusual Trait Marks You As Special
- Launch Connecting Oddity
- The Appearance criteria, or whether or not the tropes have to be restricted to explicit examples of the real-life medical condition of albinism. For the record, almost every so-called "albino" character that I know or heard of is — even ones that are explicitly called as such — not a true albino by the real-life definition, but rather simply a combination of white or pale-colored hair, light-colored or even visibly pale skin, and very-distinctively-red eyes note ; if we limit ourselves to the real-life definition, then we might gut the two tropes so severely that it would be probably more efficient to just cut the tropes altogether.
- Now that I think about it, this popular-but-unrealistic depiction of what an albino looks like sounds like a trope to me (I'll be calling this appearance combo Fictional Albino from now on, if you don't mind) — more specifically, a Missing Supertrope to Evil Albino and Heroic Albino (assuming that we don't end up cutting them outright, that is). What do you think? Fictional Albino could be drawing upon the combined effect of the "s/he is special" connotation of White Hair, the "s/he is evil/sinister/dangerous" implication of Red Eyes, and of course the obvious effect of unnaturally pale skin (or whatever connotations simple white/light skin have when specifically chosen over other skin tones).
- The Characterization criteria:
- For Evil Albino: Does a character count as an Evil Albino if s/he is a member of a Fictional Albino-looking race/subspecies/group, and just happens to be evil among the many other non-evil (though not necessarily good) members of his race that show up? Do Evil Makeovers that give the character a Fictional Albino look count?
- For Heroic Albino: Does being a hero/good guy and a Fictional Albino count, or does the character have to be initially percieved by other characters as an Evil Albino or at least shunned for the creepy/unsettling nature of his Fictional Albino appearance, before later proving those misconceptions false?
edited 13th Feb '13 11:16:44 AM by MarqFJA
- [Trope]...with mismatched eyes
- [Untroped Concept]...with mismatched eyes
- Duality Motif
- Unusual Trait Marks As Special
- Connecting Oddity
- Leave on Mismatched Eyes
- Merge into a trope about functionality, not appearance (Red Right Hand, Evil Eye, Duality Motif, etc.)
edited 20th Feb '13 8:41:40 PM by troacctid