• 1 Dec 11th, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 11th Dec, 2017 09:10:30 AM
    When the gerbil in The Secret Life of Pets said "Aw, pellets," I know this was Getting Crap Past the Radar. But what else was it? Unusual Euphemism, Last-Second Word Swap, or Gosh Dang It to Heck!? Or all of those? Or something else?

    Same question for Bolt when Esther at the animal shelter says, "Sweet sister Frances!" Reply
  • 1 Dec 11th, 2017 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 11th Dec, 2017 09:09:24 AM
    In the middle of the apocalypse, Morality Pet/ Tagalong Kid Charlie makes friends with a little Zombie Girl named Ellie. Ellie is a bit creepy at first, but soon it's apparent she's just lonely. Then Bob and Alice come and think Charlie's being attacked. Charlie screams that Ellie's a good guy and that they don't hurt him, but Alice and Bob decide that Ellie must have brainwashed him and shoot her to pieces anyway. The problem is, is that Bob has been previously established as a Friend to All Living Things and Alice as a reasonable authority figure. (If a bit trigger happy) Both of them know that Charlie's seen a lot of things that would make people older and tougher them him a quivering pile of nerves, and they would know better to at least try and get Charlie away bloodlessly so he's not even MORE traumatized then he already is, AND Ellie is not acting threatening to Charlie in anyway. They'd have no reason to think that Charlie was brainwashed because no Zombie has ever done such a thing before. "But come on," Fred, the editor says, "Which is more dramatic? Charlie's new friend being heartlessly gunned down based on appearances? Or making friends with the zombie girl and sunshine and rainbows?" "Huh," Says Gerald the writer, "When you put it like that..." I'm thinking along the lines of a more specific Necessary Weasel.\ Reply
  • 0 Dec 11th, 2017 at 8:08AM
    Something terrible happens to the world/local area/etc and the guy who always gets the short end of the stick ends up on top. Example from Rick and Morty: when Galactic Federation takes over the Earth Jerry is only one who is doing great, finding a job, getting promotions and generally feeling awesome. Reply
  • 0 Dec 11th, 2017 at 5:05AM
    This is centred around a hypothetical Psychological Thriller Police Procedural (a sort of mixture of Mr. Robot and The Wire or Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) set in Southern California, starring:

    Stephanie Brait is Acting for Two, playing a detective, and also a character who is Frozen in Time mentally and still thinks she's in 2004 and aged 23, and has never come out of it, insisting that the year isn't 2017.

    All characters age in Real Time so Comic-Book Time doesn't apply - although years and dates aren't explicitly mentioned, but you can probably guess by the presence of a Chrysler 200 (probably 2015-2016), BMW X5 (2017), Hyundai Accent (1994) and the street looks American, but has some cars never sold in the U.S. like a 1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire and a 2004 Renault Laguna Tourer although there is probably an In-Universe explanation. Some eagle-eyed viewers are questioning how it can be set in Los Angeles, but have a lot of British and European cars for a supposedly American show.

    She still thinks she's 23, even though she's actually 36 years old In-Universe (that's probably Playing Gertrude for the actress who is 29 in real life, am I wrong??)

    Do we have a trope that would fit this scenario, and the one about the cars as well? Reply
  • 0 Dec 11th, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Western Animation
    In the 1990s, the X-Men had an animated series. The intro was this one, and it's arguably one of the best superhero animated series intros EVER (don't say you don't love that Ear Worm song). Still, it was aired in Japan and they made a band new intro there, this one, and some people like it even better. Better Than Canon? Reply
  • 1 Dec 11th, 2017 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 11th Dec, 2017 03:55:42 AM
    As you might have noticed, fictional countries in North American stories are pretty much never located in North America. Genovia from The Princess Diaries is in Europe, as is Rumekistan from Cable & Deadpool and Aldovia from A Christmas Prince. Wakanda is African. Basically, as long as a work is set in the real world that we, the viewers, live in, then a fictional country appearing in the work won't be set in North America. (My theory is that this is because American viewers are more familiar with North America, so if a fictional country was set there then it wouldn't feel like our world anymore.)

    Do we have a trope for this? Reply

      With only 3 major countries on continental North America it is hard to try and slip one in and pretend no one noticed it on the map before. It may have been done with fake island nations at some point but I can't think of a case off the top of my head.

      The parallel tropes that are more likely to apply in that situation would be Divided States of America or One Nation Under Copyright. That gives the author some wiggle room to invent new places.

      Banana Republic can be used for fake Central American countries, which would be part of North America.
  • 2 Dec 11th, 2017 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 11th Dec, 2017 01:25:15 AM
    I'm searching for a trope were the antagonist deliberately gets themselves hurt (or even "killed") by their own schemes, in order to divert attention from them, or in order to get things started. after all, which mastermind is dumb enough to get caught in his own trap?

    for example, in the series chuck, one enemy deliberately gets caught in an explosion and fakes being comatose, so he can plant even more bombs, while everyone is searching for the culprit somewhere else. or in the manga doubt where the mastermind fakes their own death, so that not only no one would ever suspect them of being the culprit, but also so that everyone knows they are serious and that they have to play along, and, too top it off, so that they can also observe their victims from afar, while they are trying to figure out who is responsible.

    basically a trope, where the culprit fakes being or actually gets injured, so that they can do their thing, while everyone looks in another direction. Reply
  • 4 Dec 10th, 2017 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 10:48:15 PM
    "The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows hes in prison." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

    This could also potentially apply to interrogation. Reply
  • 1 Dec 10th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 10:45:38 PM
    So Depraved Bisexual seems to be about bi characters who are violent and murderous. What about bi characters who are depraved in an ordinary sense - cruel, dishonest, alcoholic or otherwise addicted, callous, manipulative - but not Ax-Crazy loons? Is this still Depraved Bisexual, or something else? Reply
  • 0 Dec 10th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Is there a trope that talks about how in fanworks / fan interpretation Asian men are usually very feminized even when, in canon, they are explicitly very masculine?

    The first example to come to mind is Hanzo Shimada from Overwatch, but I've seen it enough times that I'd be surprised if there wasn't a specific trope for it. Reply
  • 1 Dec 10th, 2017 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 07:05:58 PM
    Do you know a trope that involve characters covering up their underwear or something like this: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/spongebob/images/4/4e/Ripped_Pants_Gallery_%2843%29.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120708204146

    What usually happens when this kind of stuff occurred usually either the character smiles and blush in embarrassment, or Feel embarrassed and unhappy. Reply
  • 4 Dec 8th, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 06:31:36 PM
    Is there a trope for when something is needlessly altered just because it's in space or in the future? Like changing the shape of forks to something that is counter-intuitive, so they're now "space forks" Reply
  • 2 Dec 10th, 2017 at 3:03AM
    Live Action TV
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 05:22:10 PM
    I would expect this to be a subtrope of Poor Communication Kills. The heroes are repeatedly given a warning or an instruction that is either Cryptically Unhelpful or lacking in detail. The warners appear earnest and willing to explain at length what they mean if asked, but the heroes do not ask. Uncomprehending or unconvinced, the heroes choose to disregard the injunction rather than pursue the matter further, and live to regret the consequences a la Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Justified if there is no time to ask for an explanation, but the "meat" of this trope is when there is plenty of time to have an in-depth conversation — it just doesn't happen so that the warnings can continue to be ignored and drama can ensue.

    Examples (with SPOILERS for Agents of Shield Season 5 through Episode 3): The team is repeatedly told that Metrics are necessary for survival, but did not get them installed and did not ask why. Consequence: narrowly avoided recapture, had to strike a bargain on very disfavorable terms to get them installed anyway. The team is repeatedly warned to blend in and not rock the boat. They don't bother to ask their guide for even such essentials of blending in as the explicit rules that these people live by. Hero acts conspicuously heroic. Consequence: hero gets noticed, effectively removed from strategic action, and needs very unsubtle rescue. Reply
  • 1 Dec 10th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 05:16:19 PM
    Some kind of trope that describe a person or a noble that do all for their people? Reply
  • 3 Dec 9th, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 02:49:51 PM
    It's not a Jingle. That's an advertising trope.

    Does anyone know the correct name of that thing? Reply
  • 2 Dec 10th, 2017 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 02:34:44 PM
    If I want to say that the only reason there is a happy ending to a story is 'cause of an event which required a massive amount of luck, what trope should I use? Reply
  • 1 Dec 9th, 2017 at 2:02AM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 05:31:03 AM
    Is there a trope for a situation where a character first tries a couple of times to get others' attention by saying something normally, and when that doesn't work, they eventually get fed up and scream, finally getting the attention they wanted? Reply
  • 2 Dec 8th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 9th Dec, 2017 08:49:44 PM
    In a recent episode of The Orville - but I have seen this in other shows such as Star Trek - during a scene where the ship is taking heaving damage, a crewmember is trapped when a big piece of Engineering's ceiling, which resembles a mixture of beams or rubble, falls on him. This has never made sense to me because a) if a beam falls from the ceiling that means the ceiling is falling in which is not a good thing when it's actually the outside hull of a spaceship or the deck above. Something falling down to that degree should compromise the integrity of the ship itself. And most ships aren't constructed of concrete. Is there a trope for this sort of thing? the climax of Wrath of Khan is another example of this. Reply

      Don't think we have this troped. Probably not enough structural engineers amongst us. Anyway, such a scene lends itself to Help, I'm Stuck!.

      Possibly Special Effect Failure. It already covers "That's supposed to be rubble from a collapsed building, but it's clearly just styrofoam!" So "Why do broken parts of a spacecraft look more like rubble from a collapsed building?" doesn't seem like too much of a stretch for that.
  • 3 Dec 8th, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 9th Dec, 2017 08:44:36 PM
    Whats the trope of the mad king who is overprepared for every possible scenario?

  • 0 Dec 9th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    I wonder. Or is it considered an Evil Laugh? Reply
  • 2 Dec 9th, 2017 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 9th Dec, 2017 07:39:14 PM
    What is the trope that covers McLaren Special?

    'Cause This May Be A Drill is currently a broken link to it, but I don't know what the current name is, so I can't fix it. Reply
  • 1 Nov 23rd, 2017 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 9th Dec, 2017 06:07:47 PM
    I recently saw a show ("Big Hero 6: The Series") where a character lampshaded the idea that a flipped car always lands wheels up, but I can't find a trope for it here. Does it exist yet?

    By the way, the exchange went like this:

    Fred: One of us needs to be a distraction.
    • A car goes flipping through the air.
    Wasabi: I'll flip you for it. Wheels or roof?

    Fred: Wheels, obviously.
    • The car does indeed land wheels up.
    Wasabi: How is that obvious?!

    Fred: Watch a movie sometime. A flipped car always lands wheels up. Reply
  • 1 Dec 9th, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 9th Dec, 2017 05:28:45 PM
    When someone's clothes (that is, something covering up their naughty bits or more) are actually clothes, but an extension of themselves like fur or scales Reply
  • 3 Dec 9th, 2017 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 9th Dec, 2017 03:11:56 PM
    Comedy gag. Alice is maneuvering the TV antenna into different positions as Bob provides commentary on the current reception and clarity. Too bad the perfect position involves Alice reaching out while standing on one foot or some other ludicrous and untenable (in the long term) position. Seen in the episode "Dance, Diane, Dance" of Cheers where Woody ends up hanging from the TV support arm with only a foot on a piece of wall molding for support, but usually an Animated Trope. Reply
  • 1 Dec 9th, 2017 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 9th Dec, 2017 11:57:02 AM
    Basically, this is what happens when a character knows words that they logically shouldn't. (Example: A character from the year 1700 saying something like: "That's so cool!", even though the term "cool" as a synonym for amazing or awesome has only existed since the mid 20th century). Reply