Random Wick Check Complete.
Methodology: A Survey of 20 Wicks by taking every fourth Work (not including Darth Wiki). Trope pages were not included in this analysis.
- Archer: Unclear; claims it's a Deconstruction but offers no details.
- Community: Downplays the "forgotten" Trope for one character (21 instead of 20), Implies it for another.
- Drama Drama Duck: Under Break the Cutie; this is definitely a Subversion as well as a partial Deconstruction.
—>having Forgotten Birthday subverted when the surprise party is postponed and never actually ends up happening so you really do think everyone forgot you (because the host was too busy turning evil because of a virus and blackmailing and verbally tearing apart everyone he cares about),
—>Lucy asks Ricky not to recognize her birthday. When he follows through with it, she becomes sad...
—> Averted in the pilot, Heather puts "Happy Birthday BEN" on the big screen, but in the next episode absolutely no one realizes that its the 10th anniversary of Ben working at the arena.
- Para Pencari Tuhan: Unclear
- Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth: Honestly forgotten, but made up for later. (Kind of inbetween)
- Sgt. Frog: Plays with the correct Trope.
- Strawberry Shortcake: Correct Trope
- The Backyardigans: Unclear. Another example citing the setup, but not the resolution.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Another example that doesn't mention it, though IIRC, it falls under "Honestly Forgotten". The fact that it's The Eeyore makes a planned "Surprise Party" less likely.
And, as it's a Spin-Off:
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Runs the whole gammit in one episode: Rabbit thinks that the correct Trope is in play. He then gets depressed when he finds out it's not, leading to him thinking it's the other Trope, when in reality, Pooh just messed up the calendar, i.e. it wasn't Rabbit's Birthday at all!
- The Steve Harvey Show: Neither Trope; it's more like Upstaged Birthday. (In this case, one of his hosts was pregnant and another was proposed to. So they honestly remembered, and it's not a surprise, but the other things they were celebrating were, at least to the Birthday Boy.)
- Tower Of Terror: Correct, with the delay Up to Eleven.
- Wings: The Correct Trope is Invoked with Hilarious Results.
That's 17 thus far, 18 counting the Spinoff. So Two More. Rolling Random Dice:
EDIT: And one more non-random wick (due to it being referenced on so many namespaces within the work):
- Echo Chamber: BOTH Tropes under discussion are Referenced as "Forgotten Birthday". (Specific Episode is Season 2, Episode 6; time mark of the reference is at 1:39.) Also, the Episode itself plays out like "Honestly Forgot", but I, for one, am unsure whether Tom (In Character) was planning something or not. Plus, the Laconic for that episode heavily implies the "merely Forgot" one.
The Echo Chamber
indicates significant potential for misuse because it's an internal
production to TV Tropes
, thereby reflecting the opinion of a significant Vocal Minority
of the site!
As for the other 20:
- Correct: 6 (30%)
- Seeming Inversion: 1 (5%)
- Combined with "Just Plain Forgot": 1 (5%) (Not Counting EC)
- Just Plain Forgot by itself: 5 (25%)
- Just Plain Unclear: 3 (15%)
- Setup but Unclear Resolution: 2 (10%)
- Neither Trope: 2 (10%)
- Total Correct Usage: 40%
- Total Incorrect Usage: 40%
- Unclear: 25%
Your Honor, I would like the Wick Review entered as Petitioner's Exhibit A and the Echo Chamber
episode (2-6) entered as Petitioner's Exhibit B.
edited 22nd Jun '13 10:18:40 AM by DonaldthePotholer