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
edited 21st Feb '13 12:12:42 PM by SeptimusHeap
Heterochromia iridis is a difference in coloration in the iris of the eyes. It comes in two forms:
- Complete heterochromia, in which two irises are different colors.
- Partial heterochromia, in which one iris has a section that doesn't match the rest of the iris.
- One or both of their eyes have been altered, either to gain additional capabilities or to replace a damaged natural eye. In fantasy, this tends toward Evil Eye; in science fiction, it's more likely to be one or more Electronic Eyes.
- The mismatch marks the character as special in some way, whether as magical, nonhuman, or something else entirely. With so few Muggles having heterochromia, there won't be too many false positives, but the condition is still common enough that the uninitiated won't find the trait too odd.
- If two characters have heterochromia, particularly if the irregularities are the same for both, their lives are linked via this Connecting Oddity. Expect a Family Eye Resemblance or something weirder. Since some types of heterochromia are genetic, this is Truth in Television.
- If one of the eyes falls on the Uh-Oh Eyes spectrum of eye colors and types to watch out for or is monochromatic, the normalness of the other eye emphasizes the weirdness of the other to give the unsettling effect of a Red Right Hand. The character is marked as a villain, whether or not they really are.
- The mismatch in eyes is used as a Duality Motif to foreshadow a hidden or dual aspect of their nature, whether literally (such as with werebeasts) or in personality (Tsundere to Split Personality and everywhere in between).
edited 23rd Feb '13 12:47:58 AM by Ironeye
- Move examples to Red Right Hand, Electronic Eyes, and Evil Eye. This list can get us started.
- Make minor changes to the descriptions of Electronic Eyes and Evil Eye so that they more explicitly mention the possibility of non-matching eyes and no longer pothole to Mismatched Eyes.
- Launch the Duality Motif trope and move examples. YKTTW
- Launch the Connecting Oddity trope and move examples
- Launch the Unusual Trait Marks You As Special trope and move examples
- Figure out what's going on with Windows to the Soul and the connection between eyes and magic, moving examples accordingly. TRS thread, though that discussion may be shunted here.
edited 23rd Feb '13 2:33:27 AM by Ironeye
- The colloquial "evil eye" (i.e. glaring at someone) and other things called "Evil Eye" or "Evil Eyes"
- Odd eye colors marking characters as evil.
- Eyes that somehow relate to a character's unusual abilities, whether by changing color when the abilities are used, or something else entirely.
- Hypnotic Eyes (which seems like it should be a subtrope or sister trope, depending on perspective, but is never called out as such)
- Extra eyes grown, whether or not they have special abilities.
- The standard telepathic trope of looking into someone's eyes to read their mind. (Do we have this one already?)
- Electronic Eyes
- Explicitly magical eyes (i.e. the actual trope)