• 2 Oct 23rd, 2016 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Oct, 2016 08:40:09 PM
    That trope in movies and shows where a character is trying to prove or show off something and once they show it off they close their eyes while having a smug smile on their face with their hands crossed or on their hips. Then, of course, what their showing off will disappear before people can see it. This happens frequently on Phineas and Ferb when Candace tries to show her mom what her brothers are doing. This also happened on Steven Universe in the episode "Steven's Lion" where Steven tries to show off his Lion Reply
  • 1 Oct 23rd, 2016 at 4:04PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Oct, 2016 08:38:52 PM
    I can't find this at the Western Animation Trope index, but it's not a surprise, this thing is a Forgotten Trope by now.
    • In this Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey throws a lasso at Pete who is riding Horace Horsecollar. The lasso snags Horace's tail and pulls it, which makes Horace's neck shorter, as the "slack" has been transferred to the tail.
    • In a Mickey Mouse comic Mickey is in a horse-drawn carriage. The horse's tail is flipping back and forth, slapping Mickey. Tying the tail to various things doesn't help, so Mickey goes around front and pulls out the horse's neck to shorten the tail.

      Classic gag. I wouldn't be surprised if this doesn't have its own trope, though, you're right. For a name, maybe someone cleverer than I am could come up with a pun based on the pushme-pullyou?
  • 0 Oct 23rd, 2016 at 8:08PM
    A steals B from C, and promises C they'll give B back if C does what they ask. Reply
  • 0 Oct 23rd, 2016 at 7:07PM
    Title. Alternatively, a face that should look innocent and cute but something about the character makes it look evil. Reply
  • 1 Oct 23rd, 2016 at 6:06PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Oct, 2016 07:09:38 PM
    between Suicide for Others' Happiness, Heroic Suicide and Death Is the Only Option please. And if you know the movie Looper, where does it fall into? Reply
  • 0 Oct 23rd, 2016 at 4:04PM
    So this is my first time doing this, but here goes: Do we have a trope based on a character obsessed with personal fitness, i.e. keeping themselves in tip-top shape and inviting others to join in? Reply
  • 1 Oct 23rd, 2016 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Oct, 2016 10:23:07 AM
    We have Video Game Cruelty Punishment, but what about rewards for showing kind gestures in the game? Such as a dog you rescue in Resident Evil 4 helping you in a boss battle, or raising a Chao in Sonic Adventure 2 well enough that it becomes an immortal Chaos Chao. Reply
  • 3 Oct 16th, 2016 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Oct, 2016 02:39:20 AM
    What's the (usually) cartoon trope for when characters have ridiculous complicated ways of getting rid of something/hiding something away, like putting multiple boxes and safes into each other, typically involving lots of locks and codes and throwing away the key at some point? Reply


      You could always fall back on Crazy-Prepared (excessively prepared for a routine scenario).

      Could fit some of those scenes but I'm looking for something more specific. I know I've seen this in a bunch of different cartoons...
  • 2 Oct 22nd, 2016 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Oct, 2016 02:34:50 AM
    What's the trope for when the game pieces of Chess are turned into actual characters? I'm talking about something like a Cast Herd with blatant Chess Motifs, like the main cast of Highschool Dx D. I'm referring to cases like the Chessmon series of Digimon, the Damned Chessmen from Devil May Cry (whose exact relationship with the real-life game of chess is stated to be "unknown" in-universe, i.e. nobody knows if they inspired the game or if it's the other way around), and the living chess pieces from Through the Looking-Glass. Reply

      Human Chess?

      That's when a game of chess is played with living beings (typically humans) standing in for the chess pieces. It's essentially the converse of the trope I'm looking for.
  • 2 Oct 22nd, 2016 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 10:47:55 PM
    A character asks a question in such a way that they can take interpret the answer the way they want, while leaving the appearance of having a choice.

    For example, a weapon-collecting Blood Knight who goes around fighting people until they're disarmed and at his mercy. He asks "Your blade or your life?", either executing them and leaving their weapon behind, or leaving them alive and weaponless, depending on the victim's answer. However, someone points out the question could just as well mean "do you want to keep your blade or your life?" or "shall I take your blade or your life?", so the victim doesn't really have a choice (in one case, a Proud Warrior Race Guy answered "life" and was shocked to be spared and disarmed, while a cringing coward with a very expensive sword said the same thing and was equally shocked when the Blood Knight ran him through with that sword). Reply

      Well, there's Morton's Fork (not exactly what you're looking for, but seems at least related...)

      This is how a lot of magic tricks work, especially Pick a Card.
  • 2 Oct 22nd, 2016 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 08:31:43 PM
    From Offending the Creator's Own - Comic Books:

    "first boyfriend turns out to be evil" as a metaphor for sexually-exploitative teenage boys has been a trope in stories about teenage girl heroes ever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Reply

      Wrong Guy First (and Older Than They Think- this one is old enough to pop up in myths and folk tales.) Bastard Boyfriend may overlap.

      Does Wrong Guy First need a Right Guy Second? That is, does the girl have to have a Mr. Right, who is Second, that she goes with after Mr. Wrong, who was First, in order to be Wrong Guy First, or does her first boyfriend just have to be Wrong, with no need for any more boyfriends after that?

      Just using Males as Wrongs and Rights 'cause that's how it's usually set up.
  • 5 Oct 20th, 2016 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 07:18:25 PM
    Some characters are unsure if a particular person is someone they know, and are convinced of their identity when the person display some annoying habit or trait they know that person to possess. Often like this:

    Bob: How do we know you're really Carol?
    Carol: Well that's a really deep questions! How can any of us really know who we-
    Alice: Yeah, that's Carol.

    Or in the first X-Men movie, when they think Wolverine might be Mystique in disguise, so he insults Cyclops to prove his identity. Reply
  • 0 Oct 22nd, 2016 at 7:07PM
    Is there a trope in which a parent has a homosexual child or thinks they are one and not approving of such things? Reply
  • 2 Oct 21st, 2016 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 07:02:18 PM
    Is there a trope for when someone's talent (artistic or otherwise) is consistently hyped up by those around them, but when it comes time to display their talent they fall FAR short of expectations?

    Specifically, I'm trying to figure out what trope would apply to a writer/ reporter whose stories are farcically melodramatic, cliche-riddled purple prose that invariably devolve into smut. The reporting consists of asking members of the Brazilian navy what they think of Mother's Day, Santa Claus, and Epsom salts. Brazilians who only speak Portuguese. Understandably, the writer's sister vouches for her talent, but an editor at a short stories magazine up and quits because his boss refuses to publish the writer's work. (I'm talking about Ruth from the play Wonderful Town.)

    The checked under Informed Ability, but almost all the examples there preclude demonstration of the supposed talent. Stylistic Suck doesn't quite cover it, and the talents in question don't quite loop back around far enough to fall under Giftedly Bad. Reply
  • 2 Oct 22nd, 2016 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 06:44:36 PM
    When you (usually briefly) meet Character A early in a work or series. Later, you meet Character B (often less briefly). Eventually it's revealed that that Character A was Character B. This revelation is at least a bit dramatic, and knowing that B was A tells you something about B's nature. Reply
  • 1 Oct 22nd, 2016 at 4:04PM
    Live Action TV
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 06:21:14 PM
    What trope is it when an episode's cast is mostly one of these two flavors:

    - Nearly all male, but only one or two female guest stars

    - Nearly all female, but with only one or two male guest stars

    - Only male guest stars

    - Only female guest stars

    Is there a trope? Reply
  • 4 Oct 17th, 2016 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 06:18:50 PM
    or an elevator, the vehicle pulls away and leaves the character behind naked. Reply

      Looks like a trip to TLP then.

      This sounds like a sub-trope of Clothing Damage.

      More like Giving Them the Strip being Played for Laughs.

      I had thought of Giving Themthe Strip but my understanding is that's when the character removes their own clothing in order to get away. I may be wrong but my interpretation is that in this case the lift/vehicle leaving would rip off their clothes as it left leaving the person behind standing there. This sort of scenario was quite common in a certain era of British comedies where a woman would get her dress caught in something that was moving away from her. She'd generally fight to try to keep it only to have it ripped off her (quite often she wouldn't actually be naked though and would still have underwear on). That's why I thought Clothing Damage worked better.
  • 1 Oct 22nd, 2016 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 03:28:31 PM
    • Blazblue Central Fiction: Makoto's Arcade mode play in Act 1 has her being beaten by Hazama and getting stepped on. It actually first happens in the Anime of the Game, then the novel adaptation before it's shown in the actual game.

    Basically a "main" series references something that happened in an adaptation.

    Is that Call Back, Ret Canon or something else? Reply
  • 2 Oct 21st, 2016 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 01:40:20 PM
    Do we have a trope that refers to the situation where a long running franchise gets a reboot and prominent aspects of the original are less exoticisized or sensationalist while still trying to keep the original spirit? All the examples I can think of are in the video game medium but I'm sure there are others? Examples would be like how Thunder from Killer Instinct goes from an "Injun" caricature to a more specific representation of the Nez Perce people or how the Nazis in Wolfenstein: the New Order went from visual shorthand of "okay to kill because their uniform says so" to a frighteningly accurate depiction of the Third Reich if they had sci-fi weapons. Reply

      Evolving Trope meets Author's Saving Throw?

      Ehhhh not quite what I'm looking for. It's not the trope or tropes that have evolved, it's characters or settings. I mean back in the 80's, you could get away with saying that Sub-Zero was a Ninja from China. Nowadays, it's both the idealistic leaning care for people of various cultures to be accurately represented so you do the research and the cynical leaning fear that those same people will be pissed if you don't do the research.

      The evolving trope page does kind of hint at what I'm talking about but again it's less about individual tropes and more like when entire casts of characters are given updates especially prevalent nowadays with reboots of older franchises being sought after.
  • 2 Oct 20th, 2016 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 12:38:24 PM
    Is there a trope for a place that even the denizens of hell shrink from? Reply
  • 4 Oct 19th, 2016 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 12:35:49 PM
    When there's some big news and it spreads quickly, shown through people calling each other (and the screen fills up with people calling each other) Reply

      Split-Screen Phone Call

      I checked that, but it refers more to the cinematography and to two-person conversations. This is specifically when they have a scene to show news spreading through a bunch of phone calls in succession.

      Gossip Evolution shows traits of this.

      A combination of the two tropes suffices. Thank you!
  • 2 Oct 21st, 2016 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Oct, 2016 07:53:26 AM
    In any medium, one person brings food to another who was too busy to make it to a date. Preferably with romantic overtones, often served in a place not generally associated with meals. Such as a romantic candlelight dinner on the roof of her apartment building, or the park across the street from work, or even as his desk. Reply

      Through His Stomach?

      I saw that one, but thought it wasn't quite right. Maybe what I'm thinking isn't common enough to be a trope, or is some combination of tropes.
  • 1 Oct 21st, 2016 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Oct, 2016 09:32:32 PM
    What's that trope where you're playing a game and you assume it's going to be a stupid video game, and a mechanic will be a certain way that most games will use to get a point across or what have you, but in actual fact the developers of this game were good about it. So the mechanic actually makes sense and is realistic.

    Unfortunately this has the side effect of causing confusion since people have grown accustomed to the usual shitty mechanic.

    Can't for the life of me remember what this trope is called but it just killed me playing The Witness when a puzzle was more realistic than I'd figured, and my tunnel vission caused me to lose it completely. Reply
  • 2 Oct 21st, 2016 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Oct, 2016 07:00:27 PM
    If you're going to take a picture or video of supernaturals - you can't. Either the footage gets corrupted or the camera itself fails to work. Reply
  • 1 Oct 21st, 2016 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Oct, 2016 05:44:49 PM
    What's the opposite of The Scrappy i.e a character everyone seems to like? Reply