The tropes occupy a very distinct narrative purpose.
Bullying a Dragon
is when people, through malice or ignorance, taunt or annoy something that is much more powerful than themselves. Typically they are not in a position of power over it except in their own minds. Examples include the Jerk Jock
bullying Peter Parker
, or kids throwing rocks at Bruce Banner
Do Not Taunt Cthulhu
is written as a trope when a powerful creature is captured or restrained in some way, and one of its captors chooses to mock it for being helpless. When you have the Eldritch Abomination
chained up with mystic bindings, it's a really stupid idea to poke and prod it, and often fatal.
edited 4th Sep '13 7:29:07 AM by Fighteer