Lost And Found You've got this trope sticking in your mind. You can remember the general idea, and maybe an example or two, but you'll be damned if you can remember what the thing's called, and the search function turns up nothing relevant. Ask about it here.
A Mark of Shame is forced upon a character by whatever as a punishment and to inform others of a crime, and an Embarrassing Tattoo is put on by accident or a prank that only really embarrasses and nothing serous.
08:44:51 PM 29th Aug 2014
Is there a trope for when villains are thrown into prison cells through the ceiling?
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08:44:51 PM 29th Aug 2014
I don't think it's tropable.
08:24:21 PM 29th Aug 2014 edited by Hodor
Had a question about whether an example fit a trope. In The Dagger and the Coin, the Spider Priests (who have a Compelling Voice ability) have spiders living in their blood. In-universe, it is a tradition for people to cut their thumbs when swearing oaths, and it is heavily implied and later confirmed that the practice started as a way of detecting Spider Priests.
Is this a Red Right Hand? Glamour Failure? Something else? I'm not sure how to classify it, as the Spider Priests outwardly look like normal people and actually were before getting their powers/the spiders in the blood, but it is something they can't hide.
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AkoSiKuya23 Medium: Western Animation
05:34:34 PM 29th Aug 2014
In the latest preview clip for My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Sunset Shimmer admits that she only dated Flash Sentry to make herself more popular. I feel like there's a trope for when a character hooks up with another for an ulterior motive like bettering their social status, but I'm unable to find or figure out what that trope is.
You mean kind of like from A Very Brady Sequel, where the Bunch go to Hawaii in search of Carol, and at one point, Peter and Bobby are trekking through a bazaar and call out, "Mom!" Only to have every middle-aged and elderly lady to respond to the call?
04:42:27 PM 29th Aug 2014
There was also a parody scene from a movie, I can't remember which, that was set in the Middle East somewhere. Of course being the Middle East, every native character was a terrorist—and every single one had the same name.
"OK, we're looking for a guy named Mohammed."
Every terrorist present suddenly comes out of hiding. In unison: "Yes?"
Every terrorist in unison again: "Yes?"
^ But it sounds like they're not a Quiet One anymore.
^^ If you know of a trope where they are all bright, shiny, and positive, it could be a subversion or aversion of that depending on how much the trope focuses on the emotions being positive.
There's a bit I couldn't find in Gameplay and Story Segregation, so here we go: do we have a trope for when you have a character afflicted by things in gameplay that shouldn't be possible given their body? For instance, a robot that can be poisoned even though it has no organic parts?
For instance, crooks in Superman keep attacking Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in spite of knowing their connection to Superman. The idea being, "Hey! I've got an idea. Let's attack the Protectorate of the guy who can beat the tar out of us!"
I think not. A vulnerable protectorate is still a vulnerable protectorate. Protectors can be fooled. In case of Superman he has more ppl to worry about than just those two.
In short, those crooks have a chance of harming those two. They just need extra work on ensuring Superman to not interfere.
10:00:47 PM 28th Aug 2014
^ Granted, but after they've hurt Superman's protectorate, what do they think he's going to do to them? Granted, Superman isn't as much of a threat, but some people on the good side flip out and return the harm if their protectorates are hurt. The idea is, touching this person is a bad idea, not because they are a threat (as with Bullying a Dragon) but because you're in danger of negative attention from their friends if you threaten or injure them.
11:27:09 PM 28th Aug 2014
I'm thinking of World Nobles in One Piece: if they're so much as getting threatened, they can call even a Marine Admiral to neutralize the threat.
Is that what you meant?
05:59:00 AM 29th Aug 2014 edited by Hero_Gal_2347
^ Yes. Essentially, "You shouldn't hurt me, because hurting me happens to be the Berserk Button for someone powerful, and you know it. But you do it anyway."
Is there a male version of She Cleans Up Nicely, where you have a guy who's a slob and looks like he could be a homeless bum, but after a haircut, shave, fresh clothes and such he turns out to be a rather handsome dude?
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06:56:05 PM 27th Aug 2014
I don't think there's a separate trope. It's just gender-flipped.
Okay, so at the end of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney case 1-4, the credits roll like it's the end of the game. Right after the Capcom logo shows up, though, Phoenix shouts "Hold It!" and the game tells you that you unlocked case 1-5. Any idea what this trope is?
I know what you're talking about, I think it's usually seen in anime: let's say you have a 24fps animation and you take, say, every 6th frame and freeze it there for 6 frames, skipping over the frames in-between; i.e., the first frame plays for six frames, then what in a smooth animation would be the seventh frame plays for six frames, then the 13th, the 19th, and so on, as a dramatic effect. Usually there's no sound while this occurs. Is this what you mean?
04:10:38 AM 29th Aug 2014
08:25:23 PM 28th Aug 2014
Do we have tropes for these two scenarios:
1. Bob gets worked up about something and starts rambling to himself, getting himself more worked up, causing him to ramble even more, till finally he settles down and realizes every single person in the room is staring at him.
2. A very serious situation arises, and in the middle of a conversation, one person tries to lighten the tension by making an amusing remark? Like from The Green Mile regarding Del's botched execution:
It's not really missing the point as it is somebody trying to be funny in a serious situation to ease the tension, though nobody is really amused by that person's comment or remark. It's kind of like a, "How can you make jokes at a time like this?" kind of thing.
Not quite. Lemme share an example:
From Monsters, Inc., there's a brief moment regarding Mike and Sully trying to retrieve Boo's door to send her back home, Mike starts to lose his cool over them not being able to find her door, and starts flipping out at Sully, but then pauses when he realizes everyone else in the room is staring at him.
This kind of thing pops up again in another Pixar movie, Ratatouille, where Chef Skinner has a meeting with his lawyer regarding Linguini being Gusteau's son, but Skinner is also worried about the rat (Remy) he keeps seeing, then starts to ramble on about thinking Linguini is playing all these mind games with him, then stops to find his lawyer just standing there staring at him; the lawyer even adds, "Should I be concerned about this? About you?"
A variation appears in Babe, where Farmer Hogget does an improptu dance number for Babe, and when he finishes, he sees all of his livestock staring at him through the windows.
07:43:08 PM 28th Aug 2014
What's it called when the events happen, and the medium we're viewing through is a recording the characters made of the events happening? Like, one of the characters recorded the events of the book you're reading in a book, and that's the book you're reading (I believe The Hoobit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are like this). I'm mainly thinking of Yu Yu Hakusho, where the show turns out to be the footage Spirit World compiled while monitoring Yusuke's adventures and George the Ogre is the narrator.
I looked through the links on that page and I think for Yu Yu Hakusho it's A True Story In My Universe (they explicitly tell you you've been watching footage taken of the actual events), but thank you!
07:33:35 PM 28th Aug 2014
Is there a trope for a Lady Luck-like character? The personification of luck or a goddess of fortune? I figure it's tropable as long as Mother Nature is tropable, but I can't find anything like it.
07:27:59 PM 28th Aug 2014 edited by MorningStar1337
Okay a certain comic storyline and my suspicions on some Social Justice Warriors led me to ask if there is a trope for using "Justice" as an excuse for revenge (I'm pretty sure Concepts Are Cheap already mentions this, but I'm also wondering if there should be a separate trope for the Revenge/Justice conflation)
Is there a trope for when in the movie or show, someone uses a microscope (or other device) to visually show how the bad thing works? Like they will show the bad cells destroying the good cells or for a monster that can mimic humans (I can't remember if I saw this in either version of the Thing) you'll see the monster cells copying the human ones.
A trope where a villain is knocked down from their high horse (and may end up in the hero's party temporarily, or as a prisoner), but the hero is having a moral dilemma over whether or not to kick them while they're down.
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08:08:59 PM 24th Aug 2014
I can't really think of any aside from fanfictions. Um... oh, in the Warrior cats books, Brokenstar becomes a prisoner in the Thunder Clan camp from Fire and Ice onwards (in the first series of books), and Fireheart wonders how to treat him. He sees apprentices mocking him and ponders how to handle it.
A video or TV program opening that follows "something" as it keeps turning into several things. For example, here: building pipes turn into a guitar, which turns into a keyboard, which turns into stairs, and so on.
I'm not sure if we have this - it's a sub trope of Enemy Chatter that applies to flight/space sims where if you shoot down/blow up an enemy they have the presence of mind to activate their comm system, switch to your frequency, say something like "Aargh! I'm hit!" or "Engines out! Ejecting now!" before they actually explode/bail out. Basically any videogame where the enemy takes the time and energy to actually tell you directly that you've killed or otherwise taken them out. Do we have this?
Do we have a trope where characters and locations were made/programmed to look and act like glitches ?
Because I've got this example I want to add for The Matrix Path Of Neo. It's about this train station that's 'code' is corrupted - it causes barrels and coins to float around in mid-air, along with letting rats run into the walls even though there's no hole.
Then on the actual train, there are cars that are upside-down and so are the people in it. Only half of the train conducter's face and body looks human, the other half has broken code flowing out of it.
Thanks, for the help.
Do we have a trope for where a character is hesitating about killing someone, but then something happens to push them to do it? (Like their target kicking the dog or someone screaming Get It Over With.)
What I'm thinkiing of is in Ensign Sue Must Die. Spock has a phaser pointed at sue and is hesitating about pulling the trigger until she starts bragging that she has a perfect record with a phaser and legally beat the kobayashi maru, at which point he blasts her with the "pocket death star" setting.
A character sayd a hidden truth aloud, but nobody is there to listen, and there's really no reason to say it alound (and it may even be dangerous, if someone is actually around to hear). More precisely, the reason is to make the audience know something that, so far, only this guy knows.
"Ah, kid, if you only knew that I'm your father..."
Related to Alternate Identity Amnesia: do we have something for when someone doesn't realize what he had done while they're mind controlled, brainwashed, possessed etc until he either found out himself later or somebody else told him?
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senshidenshi Medium: Live Action TV
02:29:55 AM 28th Aug 2014
Is there any trope for just awkward silence? I went looking and couldn't actually find one.
05:29:24 PM 27th Aug 2014 edited by immortalfrieza
Is there a trope for when a character attempts to accomplish something, but the actions they take to accomplish it run contrary to that goal?
i.e. A character want to protect another character but ends up putting them in more danger than they would have been otherwise trying to protect them.
seems borderline to me; you could argue either way. I would say that the examples you give are sufficient precedent though.
04:21:27 PM 27th Aug 2014
I think you could cobble together a trope out of what you're describing. There are a lot of stereotypical associations like the Cool Old Guy liking classic rock, or The Smart Guy being a Science Fiction fan. The hard part is keeping it from being a list of things characters like.
What is it when a character is introduced that is basically a Flanderization/Expy of a main character?
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02:43:10 PM 23rd Aug 2014
I'm not sure what it's called, but I wanted to help out with an example. I saw it happen on Night Court, when a group of kids, two boys and a girl, toured the courtroom. The girl was prissy and uptight, obviously a take on Christine. The boys were an incurable prankster (Harry) and a perv (Dan). None of the main characters could stand their guest counterparts, until Harry lampshaded it in the end by realizing that joke-pulling little nuisance was just like him.
Rite of Passage didn't cover it.
In the Deep South, they have a saying that a boy becomes a man when his father tells him he's one. Consequently you'll see the plot now and then where a boy faces a dilemma, makes a decision that shows character and integrity, and his father will tell him he's a man. He doesn't shave, and his voice hasn't changed yet, but he's a man.
This turns up in an episode of The Andy Griffith Show (Opie's Job) and in the movie Where the Red Fern Grows, among many others of a rural or Southern setting.
Is it a trope?
It also turns up in a comedy routine I saw once, not sure who the comic was. He invoked the trope (if it is one) himself. He said he's from the South, where they say a boy isn't a man until his father tells him he's one, and it caused an identity crisis for him because his father died when he was little. Here he is, years later, not sure he's a grown man yet because his father never said those words, "You're a man," to him.
Is there something, either a trope on wiki or some idea that's out in the world, to the effect of either Godwork Is Gruntwork or Assistant God? Like Apollo in Greek Mythology - he's the god of the sun, one of the most powerful gods, but he is required to spend all day every day pulling the sun across the sky in his chariot. So either Apollo is actually a slave to his job or else he has underlings/assistants who do the actual work most of the time and he's just the supervisor.
^IDK, Odd Job God is more like a god who has strange jobs, isn't it?
Thought of another example which may help - in Dead Like Me the main characters are grim reapers, who work for The Grim Reaper. TGR can't go around reaping everyone who dies, so he has a bunch of assistants.
05:56:18 PM 25th Aug 2014
God Is Flawed? (Cuz "gods" supposedly has supreme rule and power over their portfolio)
05:56:19 PM 25th Aug 2014
God Is Flawed? (Cuz "gods" supposedly has supreme rule and power over their portfolio)
I was watching the "gang hits the road" episode of Always Sunny where they attempt to go to Grand Canyon on a roadtrip, but never get out of Philly due to various issues. This got me thinking about how often sitcoms will have an episode about going on a vacation or roadtrip, only to have something go wrong before or early during the trip, such as missing a flight, car troubles, or something else. Maybe the shows didn't have the money or time to actually shoot off set. I tried searching for a trope related to this, but couldn't find one. Am I overlooking it somewhere?
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11:07:12 AM 26th Aug 2014
I've seen something similar to this before, such as the famous Hollywood story arc of I Love Lucy, which I think had 2-3 episodes before they actually left for different reasons, such as finding a car to buy for the trip, teaching Lucy how to drive, what to do about the luggage, etc. Then, of course, along the way, they had a few stumbling blocks, like being placed in a jailhouse in Tennessee.
I don't know if I've seen this enough for it to be tropeable, though.
10:25:36 AM 26th Aug 2014
Do we have a trope for when a character talks about something and then we cut to something/someone that matches the description?
Is there a trope for when someone fakes an identity not as a specific person, but as a generic member of a "higher" level of society? Something like a commoner pretending to be nobility, or in a Fantastic Caste System a "minion" caste member pretending to be part of the "leader" caste.
This seems to be a relatively common plot element (I can think of a handful of "pretending to be nobility" examples off the top of my head) but I couldn't find a trope for it. Anyone know if one exists, or should I take it to YKTTW?
^^ Pass Fail is definitely related, but what the OP wanted is just the "pass" without the "fail".
07:25:16 AM 26th Aug 2014 edited by randomsurfer
Mock Millionaire (who doesn't have to be literally pretending to be a millionaire).
EDIT: Oops, I didn't notice scorpion already mentioned that.
07:49:58 AM 26th Aug 2014
^Bears repeating, I was actually going to point that bit out and forgot
SgtFrog1 Medium: Anime
07:30:36 AM 26th Aug 2014
In anime and other animated works, do we have a trope for an evil or crazy character who is drawn with a mouth full of fangs/sharp teeth to signify he or she is the Psycho for Hire or otherwise violently insane?
Is there already a trope for how authors always over-highlight objects that characters are about to use?
Like a fruit which is somehow lighter than all the other fruits in a basket only to be taken 2 seconds later.