Currently on the table: Axing any appearance trope with more than 50% misuse and/or ZCEs on a wick checkThere 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 28th May '16 9:27:28 AM by shimaspawn
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edited 9th Jul '14 12:36:19 AM by Madrugada
edited 9th Jul '14 4:26:31 PM by Madrugada
Like other articles of clothing, a character's footwear can speak volumes about what the audience can or should expect from them. When the character is wearing good solid boots, it's usually a safe bet that they aren't going to turn out to be a pushover or a wimp. These are Boots Of Toughness: boots used to signify that the character is tough. The boots themselves don't have to be tough; they may be battered, damaged, mended or even almost completely worn out. What they do have to be is Substantial, Sturdy, and Practical Let's take those one by one:
- Substantial: Boots of Toughness are not flimsy or delicate. They don't look fragile, and they don't require lots of attention. Wipe off the mud and the blood and the beer, give 'em a quick swipe of shoe polish once in a while, and they're good to go. The character wearing fancy python-leather cowboy boots with lots of tooling and inlay work is probably not a tough working cowboy — his boots aren't suitable.
- Sturdy: While Boots Of Toughness don't have currently be in good condition, they need to give the impression that it took a lot of time and hard usage to beat them up or break them down that badly. If they are in good condition, they need to stand up to hard wear.
- Practical: Whatever it is the character needs to do, these boots make that easier, or at the very least, they do not make it more difficult. High-heeled fashion boots generally fail this criteria, although Combat Stilettos in boot form are often a Subversion, in that the character wearing them demonstrates their toughness by not being handicapped by the high, narrow heels.
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