TV Tropes Org


Repair Shop Morgue:
Needs Help: Bait And Switch
Deadlock Clock: 20th Nov '13 11:59 PM
search forum titles
google site search
Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.
Total posts: [9]

Needs Help: Bait And Switch get usage counts

 1 StarSword, Fri, 11th Oct '13 7:03:05 PM from somewhere in deep space Relationship Status: In denial
SF-81A Black Knight
The description of Bait and Switch specifically states that it's a comedy trope similar to Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking where you set up one thing and do another. The examples are all over the place.

I think the name is the issue and this may need to be disambiguated.
I had trouble distinguishing between this and Subverted Trope.

I still do.

 3 Native Jovian, Fri, 11th Oct '13 10:12:16 PM from Orlando, Florida
Io vs Jupiter
The title is also much broader than the trope description.

edited 11th Oct '13 10:12:59 PM by NativeJovian

 4 Septimus Heap, Sat, 12th Oct '13 2:37:32 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
Subverted Joke?

From the description, the term seems to describe tricks. Not necessarily funny ones.

 6 Another Duck, Sat, 12th Oct '13 12:44:14 PM from Stockholm Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
Basically a subversion that doesn't necessarily involve a trope. So a supertrope to Subversion?
Check out my fanfiction!
Well, the current description of Subverted Trope describes it as "playing bait and switch with a trope". So, yeah.

I think the problem is that Bait and Switch is a very broad trope with a lot of sub-tropes. The trick is probably to make sure examples get filed under the correct Sub-Trope, rather than the main page.

For example, the first paragraph seems to be describing a Bait-and-Switch Comment specifically, and so isn't a good illustration of the broader Bait and Switch trope.

Incidentally, it's occurred to me in the past that we could use a Bait And Switch Conversation trope to apply to whole conversations, rather than single lines of dialogue. Some of the current examples could be sub-filed under that.

edited 17th Oct '13 9:04:09 AM by BlueIceTea

 8 Madrugada, Sun, 17th Nov '13 6:29:22 AM Relationship Status: In season
With Mod Hat On
Thread has been clocked. Move it or lose it.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
 9 Willbyr, Sat, 23rd Nov '13 8:20:42 AM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
With Mod Hat On
Lost it.
The system doesn't know you right now, so no post button for you.
You need to Get Known to get one of those.
Total posts: 9

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy