• 0 Feb 25th, 2017 at 2:02AM
    I'm thinking things like that part in the Supergirl pilot when she smashes into an embankment when not wearing the cape for flight stability, The Flash's suit being made to resist high heat and therefore handle the friction and the part in the Lego Batman movie where Robin says his suit's tight pants won't let him do acrobatics so RIIIP!

    Do we have a trope for that and if not, is it trope worthy? Reply
  • 1 Feb 24th, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 25th Feb, 2017 02:00:05 AM
    So, there's a group of people who are trying to get somewhere. They end up splitting into two groups, and the group the story follows, being led by or consisting of the arrogant idiots, end up taking a long time and some unnecessary detours. When they eventually arrive at their destination, they find the other group's beat them there. What trope is this? Reply
  • 2 Feb 24th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 25th Feb, 2017 01:24:53 AM
    So scenario, The hero is trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine, in the company of fake illusions of family and friends, made to keep them unaware of the deception, when some of them begin acting, odd. For whatever reason, these projections are real enough to think for themselves, and their programmed love for the hero is real enough that they decide to turn on whatever created them and help the hero escape to reality, usually at the expense of their existence. Do We Have This One?? Reply
  • 6 Feb 24th, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 25th Feb, 2017 01:11:24 AM
    Is there a trope for when a synopsis/summary is misleading about what actually happens compared to what they say happens? Reply
  • 1 Feb 24th, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Live Action TV
    Lastest Reply: 25th Feb, 2017 12:53:17 AM
    The hero tells the villain that if he [the hero] had taken the conventional course of action, the villain would have won. Then the hero says what he decided to do instead.

    An example of the trope was in the pilot episode of Mr Robot, where Elliot confronts the owner of a child pornography website in a cafe. Elliot says that usually he confronts people whose crimes he exposes online, but in this case, he does it in person, so the website owner doesn't wipe the evidence from the servers. Then Elliot says he instead sent an anonymous tip to the FBI with current time and location before leaving the cafe as the FBI agents enter it.


      I'm sure that's a trope.

      It just seems like the hero being pragmatic and clever, and in and of itself to narrow and specific to be a trope.
  • 1 Feb 24th, 2017 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 25th Feb, 2017 12:36:54 AM
    A character so narcissistic/delusional/idiotic they can't fathom that someone else (if not everyone) hates them. Sometimes seen out of universe in particularly bad cases of Creator's Pet, where a creator is oblivious to no one liking their pet character. Reply
  • 1 Feb 24th, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 10:29:22 PM
    Even the most ostensibly nice/weak/powerless ones will prove devastatingly powerful if pushed to the edge of desperation. Sometimes overlaps with Beware the Nice Ones. Reply
  • 0 Feb 24th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    The idea discussed of turning into an index got me wondering if we have a gaming trope for when an otherwise lackluster (or even bad) game has impressive visuals.

    Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) would be a major example of this sort of thing IMO Reply
  • 1 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 06:21:47 PM
    I'm looking for something that's very close to Drugged Lipstick but it doesn't involve drugged lipstick. I thought it might be Intimate Healing but the examples don't work. It's like when an evil character kisses one of the good characters and there's some kind of manipulation or mind control that happens... maybe restoring memories or implanting false memories, but then the good character switches sides. Or at least pretends that they do to convince the villain that his or her plan is working. Reply

      I would also settle for the opposite where a kiss restores memories/knowledge of his or her identity to a good character who was turned evil though that's not really what I'm looking for.
  • 2 Feb 24th, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 02:38:46 PM
    Are there tropes that apply to or derive themselves from the real-life concept of hostis humani generis (Latin for "enemy of the human race")? Reply

      Literally? the Omnicidal Maniac and anyone accused of crimes against humanity. As well as Groups who would seek to killAllHumans for one reason or another (example: The Daleks)

      The actual use? Well that's a tough one. But I think the concept might found in cases like Star Trek and Star Wars where Humanity is unified under a single banner (The Federation) and are opposed by an evil empire, genocidal villains or Space Pirates. But the actual use of the term seems to be blurry with some extentiosnt hat would make sense (terrorists and "unlawful enemy combatants", possibly referring to PMCs) wind up not being covered by this principle.

      The Usual Adversaries would probably cover it (since the term covered criminals whom could be prosecuted by any country with no regard for jurisdiction, and were therefore considered everyone's enemy)
  • 1 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 12:05:31 PM
    A character seduces someone else so they'll do things they normally wouldn't for them. Reply
  • 3 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 11:53:09 AM
    Is there a trope for two people who hate each other's guts but have to pretend to be the best of friends? Reply

      False Friend

      I don't think that one is, M Hazard. That someone who becomes a friend but is really out to damage you. What Pupikle seems to be asking about is where the two know that they are not friends, but have to put on a show that they are...

      We don't seem to have that specific situation, but we have Teeth-Clenched Teamwork, for when two or more people who hate each other have to work together on the same team, and Cooperation Gambit, when they work together to achieve a goal. But neither of those requires that they pretend to be friends.

      There is also Forced Fight Time Out.
  • 1 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 1:01AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 09:42:39 AM
    of Serendipity Writes the Plot?
    • Mega Man X: Starting from the fifth game, there are 2 sets of Dr Light's powered armors that you can find and assemble, rather than just one in previous games. But Dr. Light (at least his hologram) states that, unlike in previous games where X can use the part of the armor right away after obtaining it, he only gives X the "armor program" that will only work once all parts of the same armor are obtained, due to security reasons. The real reasoning for that, however, is exactly because there are 2 sets of armor rather than just one; having the armor part instantly meld into X's body (like it was in prev. games) would clash with the interchangeable armors concept (i.e gameplay reasons).
  • 1 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 09:33:21 AM
    I've looked through a few series that have this and didn't find it. What trope is in play when someone is trapped in someone else's shadow, forever compared to that someone else and measured by how much better that other guy (often a brother or father (or sister/mother)) is? One example of this is in Star Ocean: The Second Story, in which main character Claude is the son of the previous game's hero, and everyone measures him based on that. When he succeeds instead of telling him he's doing great they say they'd expect no less of his father's son, and whenever he does less than perfect they act disappointed that his son would prove so mediocre.

    An even better example is 12 Beast. In this one, not only is hero Eita trapped in his brother Kouki's shadow, Kouki appears to enjoy keeping him there, constantly either taking on the hobbies Eita picks up and shooting past him or dragging Eita into hobbies he's already excelled at so that he's surrounded by people who see him as the guy who's almost as good as his brother. He also really enjoys seducing and bedding every single girl Eita has any interest in, bragging about his conquests, and then ridiculing Eita for still being a virgin. The result is naturally that Eita is a bitter, lonely high-schooler who's a little afraid to try anything to stand out because he knows anytime he pursues something he'll be "not quite as good as his brother" and anytime he pursues a girl he'll find her raving about how awesome his brother is. The only time he isn't told he's not as good as his brother is when someone hates his brother and therefore denounces him too on account of blood. Reply
  • 3 Feb 22nd, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 09:18:55 AM
    I know this trope exists I just can't find it soon enough manually.

    Its when A says something really cruel or dumb or both and B, far way from A , can still feel it in himself, and shivers .

    He's left shivering, for an unknown reason , feeling definitely not at ease at all , often not no knowing why, but he sometimes have a vague foreseeing feeling, somehow knowing it's A who said something against all logic .

    Often followed by a close character, who ask him/her what happens , and B must admit he don't know, but he don't feel right ... Reply

      Sneeze Cut (and I sneezed while looking it up)

      Thank ya ! :)

      Sneeze Cut is a very Japanese-work-specific version; the more general trope (Which we apparently don't have — or at least I couldn't find it in a quick search) would be something like "Goose on my grave" (a reference to the "shivering" you specifically mentioned; in folklore, someone will do that then say "A goose is walking on my grave.") or "burning ears" (someone's ears burn/get hot when they're being talked about.
  • 2 Feb 21st, 2017 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 07:09:31 AM
    What's the opposite of Marathon Level? Reply
  • 2 Feb 22nd, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Feb, 2017 04:13:24 AM
    Does an opposite trope to The Corruption exist? Reply
  • 0 Feb 24th, 2017 at 1:01AM
    Mostly want to check if a trope like this exists before trying to launch one, since I've seen this plenty in both media and in other tropes (Can't Have Sex, Ever and Death by Childbirth come to mind in specific) - it isn't safe for the parent to specifically carry a pregnancy to term for a variety of reasons, such as physiology or bad general health. Koneko in High School DD is an example of the sort of instance I'm trying to describe that doesn't stem directly from being an Ill Girl or lead to death, but there's so many examples of this in general, I wonder...

  • 0 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Is there a trope covering swords which can detach their blades, either for swapping for a new blade or firing it towards an enemy? Reply
  • 1 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Feb, 2017 08:49:55 PM
    it was about a son whos father dies and he races but secretky s in a group of friends that fight bad guys Reply
  • 0 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Is there a version of My sibling will live through me, but without being twins? If a character's brother died and their goal was to always become a sports star, and that character wanted to fulfill his dream to make him proud, even though she didn't look like her brother, what trope would that be? Reply
  • 1 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Feb, 2017 05:59:16 PM
    I think this gag most well-known in Wile E. Coyote. He tries to saw off the part of the cliff that the Roadrunner is standing on, only for the rest of the cliff to fall and the part Roadrunner is standing on continues to float in midair.

    A variation also happens in The Three Caballeros when Donald and Jose are trying to make Panchito stop singing his Incredibly Long Note by sawing off the section of the floor Panchito is standing on, and the rest of the floor falls.

    This gag appears to be sufficiently common in The Golden Age of Animation. Do we have a trope for it? Reply
  • 4 Feb 22nd, 2017 at 1:01PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Feb, 2017 02:30:52 PM
    So in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Senate Murders", the murderer is caught because they used a species-specific poison, were the same species as their victim, and this reveals that, as they'd poisoned a bottle that everyone was served from, they didn't drink. What trope is that? Reply

      Bluffing the Murderer?

      No, she poisoned the bottle of liquor that everyone was drinking from. The fact that the poison was species-specific, and the fact that she and her victim were the only members of the target species who were present, and were both poured glasses, was what got her caught — because the only reason she could have had for not drinking was if she'd known about the poison. There was no bluffing of any sort.

      I Never Said It Was Poison? She revealed she had more information than she should.

      No, the kind of poison used was revealed by the police detective investigating. The thing is that the murderer does nothing to actively implicate herself in this case. The other characters figure out that she was only pretending to drink.
  • 0 Feb 23rd, 2017 at 10:10AM
    I've encountered this across multiple media, but it crops up in anime most often. If it doesn't map to an existing trope, I guess it could be a new YMMV subtrope of They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot, like a Doing In the Scientist on a meta level. Let's tentatively call this the "Char Aznable Letdown" to explain better. Alice and Bob are rivals. Alice is slowly learning how to be awesome at a skill. Bob is renowned for that skill. Through intricacies of the plot, they clash again and again, as Alice becomes increasingly better at the skill as she stops losing to Bob and moves through stalemating him to actually winning once in a while.

    And then we get some sort of Tomato Reveal that she's actually developed a superpower revolving around that skill and now that she's firmly grasping it, Bob is no longer a credible threat, is defeated and that plot ends (should it be part of the MAIN plot, the whole story ends).

    Random examples: — Mobile Suit Gundam - neither Char Aznable nor Amuro Ray are good pilots because they're good pilots, particularly Amuro. They're good pilots because they're Newtypes, and once the plot reveals it, it's no longer about a contest of piloting skills, but a contest of superpowers, and Amuro's are kinda stronger.

    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - a bizarre inversion, with Mace's superpowers being fake, having the same in-story effect due to the context.

    Copacetic - Taylor Hebert isn't doing what she's doing when she suddenly becomes famous on Earth Dalet because she's got a lot of experience at fighting and killing capes, but because she still is one herself. Reply
  • 3 Feb 21st, 2017 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Feb, 2017 07:55:25 AM
    It seems that The Internet is on a Flame War that's hotter than your local pizzeria's oven regarding on pineapple as a pizza topping. Are there any tropes revolving around this? And do you think they're the anchovies of The New '10s? Reply