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Wouldn't this work better if we broadened it to encompass ANY needed/life saving item dropped, fumbled, or knocked out of reach?
"It's not that simple. We are all both, good and evil, we have rage and compassion, we have love and hate...murder and forgiveness."
[up]That's either a supertrope or an index. Not sure which. Still could be expanded to not have immediate danger, but the mere possibility of danger or other trouble, ie Peter Griffin locked himself in the car with the keys outside; he couldn't get the keys

edited 8th Apr '13 3:32:52 PM by spacemarine50

I was saying that because I haven't seen this done with keys much, we could maybe broaden it to just having trouble getting the door or whatever open during a chase, no matter what the cause of the trouble is, fumbling a passcode, keys, forgetting a combination, old rusty lock, fumbling with a puzzle lock, dropping something needed to open the door, ect.
"It's not that simple. We are all both, good and evil, we have rage and compassion, we have love and hate...murder and forgiveness."
Panicked Key Fumble would probably work, but Dangerous Key Fumble is fine.
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"It's not that simple. We are all both, good and evil, we have rage and compassion, we have love and hate...murder and forgiveness."
I like "Dangerous Dropped Keys" or "Panicked Key Fumble".

Though this trope was parodied in Zombieland, so it must be fairly common in those types of movies?

edited 20th Apr '13 9:14:10 AM by Cremia

32 EditorPallMall20th Apr 2013 09:54:54 AM from United States, East Coast
Don't Fear the Spiders
I prefer to go with 26 - broaden the trope to encompass those moments when characters get clumsy with life saving/plot critical items. A subtrope involving keys is simply The Same but More Specific.
Keep it breezy!
33 Spark920th Apr 2013 10:36:10 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
"Key fumble" to me reads like "an important fumble" (as in "key person" or "key advantage"). That doesn't strike me as a good idea.
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34 SeptimusHeap25th May 2013 01:48:43 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
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OK, since this one isn't moving - shall we make a crowner? In that case, which one?
35 Pig_catapult25th May 2013 05:56:06 PM , Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
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[up][up]Panicked Fumbling Of Keys, perhaps?

(Edit: Or Panicked Keys Fumble, since usually people have multiple keys.)

edited 28th May '13 3:59:47 PM by Pig_catapult

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36 Willbyr28th May 2013 02:12:01 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
With Mod Hat On
Single prop crowner's hooked.
37 lu1271st Jun 2013 06:38:24 AM from 七夜 , Relationship Status: Loves me...loves me not
Unanimous crowner called.
38 SeptimusHeap1st Jun 2013 06:49:34 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
Another Wizard boy
39 Willbyr1st Jun 2013 03:16:14 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
With Mod Hat On
Crowners are swapped.
When this done, I think we need a vote about expanding the trope to fumbling with anything required to escape. Like keys, keycards, key items(like inserting a emblem to open a door), keycodes, ect.
"It's not that simple. We are all both, good and evil, we have rage and compassion, we have love and hate...murder and forgiveness."
41 AnotherDuck1st Jun 2013 05:59:49 PM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
All of those are basically keys anyway. For the purpose of the plot, they are keys.
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Well, it should still be noted anyway, something "Doesn't only apply to keys, can be any object or mechanism needed to open the characters escape route"
"It's not that simple. We are all both, good and evil, we have rage and compassion, we have love and hate...murder and forgiveness."
43 AnotherDuck2nd Jun 2013 04:35:44 AM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
I think it falls under Tropes Are Not Narrow, and can basically just be mentioned in the description without a definition change at all.
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44 Willbyr2nd Jun 2013 06:12:16 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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[up] I agree.
45 SeptimusHeap2nd Jun 2013 06:30:49 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
Another Wizard boy
Same for me.
I know, I just think it bears mentioning.
"It's not that simple. We are all both, good and evil, we have rage and compassion, we have love and hate...murder and forgiveness."
47 Spark92nd Jun 2013 09:26:58 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
Ah, but does it mention bears?
Special trousers. Very heroic.
If it doesn't, it should.
"It's not that simple. We are all both, good and evil, we have rage and compassion, we have love and hate...murder and forgiveness."
This seems to be a subtrope of Broken Heel to me.
50 Larkmarn4th Jun 2013 07:17:57 AM , Relationship Status: Hello, I love you
Late to the game, but any thoughts on the name Critical Key Fumble?

Alternative Titles: Oops I Dropped The Keys
1st Jun '13 6:45:00 AM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
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