Looking at the discussion, it's right on the money; this is the trope I was looking for. Still, the examples in the article don't quite match up (a lot of them are Zero Context Examples
, or only list the various different fantasy elements in the series, describing it as one would a Fantasy Kitchen Sink
The description is basically on point, except for this part:
"Distinguished from superhero comic book settings in that in comics, the unusual is used as a plot device ("This guy comes from space, and that's why he has powers!"), whereas World Of Weirdness uses it as a plot enabler ("What if they all go into space, where binocular vision is considered a superpower?")."
That seems more like Speculative Fiction
. A better example would be "This guy came from space on his vacation, and all he got be was this stupid T-shirt."
So it might just be some tweaking of certain lines in the description, but the examples definitely need some going over.
EDIT: I changed that particular line, and am going to weed through the examples now, but I do think any series that utilizes The Masquerade
should be excluded from this trope purely based on that.
edited 27th Dec '13 12:03:26 PM by ThisIsATestTai