• 1 Dec 6th, 2017 at 5:05AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th Dec, 2017 06:03:16 AM
    So this trope is about an amount of "something" (generally a size, or amount of money, or power level...) being marked as gigantic... just to fall short before actually getting to show off, generally just to show how awesome that new element is.

    something like "hahahaha! I have absorbed the energy of an entire star!!" —Episode end— —Next episode— "OMG, that new guy just beat the power of an entire star with one punch!"

    (something close to "did you just punch out cthulhu" but more targeting the "cthulhu" part Reply
  • 3 Dec 1st, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Dec, 2017 12:45:12 PM
    In Super Dreadnought Girl 4946, it's discovered that the female lead Mana — who is the Giant Woman referenced in the manga's title — can boost her power greatly by swallowing whole the male lead Tobita; once the power is no longer needed, she would then vomit Tobita out (ostensibly to avoid killing him, but it's quickly revealed to us readers through another character that Tobita was bluffing the whole "I'll survive if it's only three minutes" thing he told Mana to trick her into thinking doing this is fine (i.e. he was trying to pull a Heroic Sacrifice) and he should've died instantly, so the implied time limit may very well be non-applicable and she could indefinitely hold him inside her stomach (or wherever he ends up; apparently he loses consciousness once he goes past her throat)).

    This is obviously not Fusion Dance, because the two characters remain physically separate throughout the whole process. So... what trope applies to this kind of power-boosting? Reply

      Sounds like a variation of Cannibalism Superpower

      Yeah, kinda. Now that I think about it, Kirby (one of the preeminent examples of Cannibalism Superpower, and featured in the article image) has a Pocket Dimension within his body where all that he devours go to, rather than being digested or otherwise broken down by his body. Guess the trope doesn't necessarily require that the "eating" also involve digestion/breaking down of the eaten entity.

      Equippable Ally, maybe?
  • 1 Dec 1st, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 1st Dec, 2017 06:43:00 PM
    I've seen multiple anime series wherein a Playing with Fire character has some kind of markings on their face that form the character for fire that looks like an asterisk. (Not sure if it's a kanji or what.) Is there a trope for this already, and if not, is it tropeworthy? The examples I'm thinking of are Kaze no Stigma, My Hero Academia, and another I can't remember the name of. Reply
  • 0 Dec 1st, 2017 at 3:03PM
    In Neon Genesis Evangelion, if the pilot of one of the eponymous biomechanical mechas ever reaches "400% synchronization ratio" with said Evangelion, the pilot's body will dissolve into LCL (a liquid that apparently comprises the "primordial soup of life", among other things) and their soul will be absorbed into the Evangelion's Core. The pilot can be returned to corporeal form, but as far as anyone can tell this cannot be forced by other people from the outside; essentially, the Evangelion has to be "willing" to release the pilot back, so to speak.

    What tropes apply here? Reply
  • 1 Nov 29th, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 29th Nov, 2017 09:22:28 AM
    So this guy presents himself as "the right-hand man of the demon king" Which is cool as hell but at the same time sounds completely ridiculous in a normal world it's not really an atrocious alias since it sounds cool but it's not really an embarassing nickname since he's not embarassed, the ones around him are Reply
  • 1 Nov 12th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 12th Nov, 2017 02:33:50 PM
    it used to be quite common in Anime from the 80's/90's that if a character was dead, they would have a photo that conveniently hat shine lines obscuring the face from the audience view. (or if the character wasn't actually dead the memorial photo would show their full face) turning them into The Faceless. Can't find the proper trope though. Reply
  • 1 Nov 5th, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 6th Nov, 2017 08:36:34 PM
    Is there a trope for when the school (usually in anime/manga) posts the rankings of student for an exam or whatever in the hallway? This practice seems commonplace in Japanese schools but not necessarily in other countries, so I was looking for some sort of reference on this sort of thing. Perhaps on Wikipedia or elsewhere if this is too People Sit on Chairs-sy.

    For example, this appears at the end of Kaguya-sama Wants to be Confessed To chapter 31, "Miyuki Shirogane Can't Lose": The school posts an notice saying "These are the names of the students with the top 50 scores in the end-of-year exams", and lists students by rank and their score.

    This also appears in Tomo-chan is a Girl 313 and 314, where they're comparing each other's rankings.


      I think that is pretty chairs-y by itself; a list of academic rankings isn't really useful to the narrative. It can be spun into something like "class rankings as characterization" like in Boku no Hero Academia, where we find out that The Ace and the Class Representative get top grades as expected and the students at the bottom are Book Dumb slackers.
  • 2 Oct 23rd, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Oct, 2017 02:11:33 PM
    ...two different enemies (often one is fighting a giant enemy) and there's a shot of the two of them fighting off their respective enemies? Reply
  • 1 Oct 15th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 15th Oct, 2017 05:50:14 PM
    You know that trope when the Opening starts sounding as the background music for that epic fight. Like, when Goku was fighiting Hit and bla,bla,bla, Super Kaioken x10, and the opening starts and the scene couldn't have been more awesome.

    It's a known anime trope, that every fan love when it's used correctly. Reply
  • 2 Oct 1st, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Oct, 2017 12:26:37 PM
    So, the Japanese novel (and anime) From the New World uses a couple of words that aren't easily translatable into English, since they're real Japanese words used loosely. Because of this, fans have three choices when writing about the work and its adaptations: Use the Japanese word (e.g. "Akki"), Use the word used in the fan-translation of the novel (e.g. "Fiend"), or Use the word used in the anime (e.g. "Ogre"). Some fans have strong preferences (ex. will accept Akki or Fiend but not Ogre, or only Bakenezumi but not Monster Rats or Queerats), so the work's page is constantly being edited to different tropers' standards. Is this Broken Base, or does another trope fit better? Reply

      The changes itself are Woolseyism (for when they changed) and Too Long; Didn't Dub (for when they didn't). The fandom's reaction to these should not show up on a trope on the main page. I'd suggest hashing out the convention at the discussion page, then stick to one over the course of all the work's subpages.

      For dubs or subs of the anime that don't use Ogre, it's Translate the Loanwords Too of the "completely unnecessary translation" variety.

      For the YMMV page, Broken Base is the one to file it under. More specific classifications exist for Edit Wars over clearly incorrect translation decisions made by well-known fan translations or the creators of the work, but are No Examples, Please: see the "purist" form of Fan Dumb and Righting Great Wrongs.
  • 1 Sep 24th, 2017 at 5:05AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Sep, 2017 05:59:57 AM
    Is there a trope for "other dimension" or similar animes where the eventual protagonist will have no idea what's going on, then either through advice or writers playing God, he or she knows exactly how to solve a problem?

    Example: Digimon Fusion opening episode; Mikey (why America) goes from not knowing what TF is talking to him, to Digi-Fusing in about 10 minutes, then immediately reverts back Reply
  • 3 Sep 19th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Sep, 2017 08:51:17 PM
    Media is not manga nor anime, but it's from Japan, so I'd just tag it this way since Japanese narrative rules apply.

    Usually a studious character that has no friends would be considered as some kind of nerd, but a recent example I've noticed involves a character that's hard to pinpoint a trope, since it's hard to see her a nerd in any sense.

    Specifically, she's a sixth grade girl who seems to have a Friendless Background because she goes to Cram School quite voluntarily at this grade, which is not really necessary for this age, and likes books over the other kinds of entertainment other girls like.

    However, the following establishes that she's probably not a nerd in any sense:
    • There's no sign that she has any social skills issues. She's not even Shrinking Violet.
    • She's probably of above average intelligence, but she's absolutely not seen as the most intelligent of the cast. She can be said as a Cunning Linguist, but otherwise suffers from an academic version of Crippling Overspecialization.
    What trope would cover? Reply
  • 0 Sep 5th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    When taking a multiple choice test in school, a character rolls a pencil and picks the choice that the pencil lands on. Reply
  • 1 Sep 3rd, 2017 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Sep, 2017 02:18:57 PM
    I remember when i was little i used to see a cartoon show about men controlling dinosaurs/fictional things, and the main character was a man who was friends with his "beast" and it was red and blue, i think the show is a 90/00 show. I have searched everywhere, but only dinoriders and dinosaur comes up, i hope you guys can help. Reply
  • 2 Aug 29th, 2017 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 29th Aug, 2017 09:21:43 AM
    Help with Reply

      Talk to your academic advisor!

  • 2 Aug 27th, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 28th Aug, 2017 08:12:35 PM
    When a character powers up and they get like cracked patterns through their skin from energy?

    Also what is it when a character is classy but rough around the edges? Reply
  • 1 Aug 27th, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 27th Aug, 2017 09:46:14 PM
    Sometimes, a guy or girl strikes a deal with a god/demon/whatever and gains power in exchange for the creature having some control over them. Reply
  • 1 Aug 23rd, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Aug, 2017 04:44:03 PM
    I'm not sure if this trope exists or not, but I've seen this happen a few times with Anime being dubbed for T.V. where the dubbing company tries to gloss over something that audiences might object to, but ends up creating worse implications.

    The most famous of these is the English dub of Sailor Moon making Neptune & Uranus cousins, but some of the visual cues of their original relationship were left intact resulting in a few questionable moments.

    Other examples that come to mind include the dub of the beach episode from one of the early seasons of the Pokemon anime (it wasn't translated until years after the part of the show it belonged in) when an old man comments that Misty looks like his granddaughter but the blush from the original version remains (Why would he blush thinking about his granddaughter?)

    And for a really obscure one Kashi No Ki Mokku (Or "Pinocchio the series" as Saban's dub is called) in episode 5 he's tricked into trying to steal the heart from one of his classmates to become human, much of the episode's climax is cut from the English dub, including a line that showed he thought his classmate would turn into a puppet (like he mentioned wanting to earlier) and had no idea what would happen if he were to actually succeed. Reply
  • 1 Jan 17th, 2011 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Aug, 2017 06:26:50 PM
    I was just watching Robotech, and in episode 5 when Macross does it's transformation half the city is destroyed. Yet in episode 7 it's back to it's ship config and you get the feeling that the city isn't even damaged. You'd expect the ship to stay in robo form since the transformation would no doubt do even more damage. But here, it seem after making such a fuss over the ship transforming the first time, the story seems content to say, 'Oh, that doesn't happen anymore.' Reply
  • 3 Aug 5th, 2017 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 7th Aug, 2017 08:01:55 AM
    This trope is for a world has just begun to exist and there are still no laws, rules, councils to organise the daily life and the political landscape of this brand new world ... Until the hero comes in, and slowly the world begins to move forward : some sort of a constitution with a municipal council to make those new rules applied and so on .

    This trope appears at least in the anime Log Horizon and is probably a feature of many "new worlds".

    I'm certain it already exists, but English not being my mother-tongue and being still new to TV Tropes, I'd like help.

    Thank you ! Reply

      City-Building Series.

      Funny, I asked a question yesterday in Trope Talk about how Log Horizon plays with the trope.

      Well both yes and no, because that is for video games, while I was thinking more about its "application" in the world of Log Horizon on a more narrative scale . :-)

      That's what my question was about, because the setting in Log Horizon is (or was) a video game, which makes me unsure of how Log Horizon plays with the trope. Tropes Are Flexible and there are also many ways of Playing with a Trope.
  • 1 Jul 18th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Jul, 2017 10:56:02 PM
    is there a trope where the main villian was or is a fellow student along with the protagonist of a master and then has the master choose the protagonist and the villian goes crazy Reply
  • 1 Jul 16th, 2017 at 5:05AM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Jul, 2017 12:47:13 AM
    with today trend of isekai. rise the trend of what my circle called cheat protagonist.

    like Eating power Re:monster like Fast Growth Bell Cranel and lot's like that..

    can i ask what the trope is? the trope that the protagonist has something that launch his power level growth faster than anyone in his world?

    and... if i recall correctly. this trope was first used in "heavenly sword and Dragon sabre protagonist" When he get the super power kung-fu style. Reply
  • 3 Jul 11th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 14th Jul, 2017 03:08:50 PM
    This bow/greeting pose: http://sv.tinypic.com/view.php?pic=258rmlk&s=9

    I've seen it used in the Lupin III episode the picture is from and also early in the Lone Wolf and Cub manga (the Babycart On The River Styx chapter, I think), and maybe elsewhere. Should there be a trope for it? What does it mean? Reply


      I saw this in a Naruto artbook once! I had to whip it off my bookshelf to remember what it is. Kishimoto said it was a formal greeting of yakuza, a reference from the yakuza movies "Jingi Naki Tatakai". http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/BattlesWithoutHonorAndHumanity

      I deeply believe this may need its own trope page in itself. Proposal for it to be called "Jingi Pose" under Stock Poses.

      That makes sense, thanks!
  • 3 Jul 11th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 12th Jul, 2017 08:05:38 AM
    In a Dead Man Writing letter, the death character confesses their feelings towards someone. An example would be Kaori's posthumous letter to Kousei Arima in Your Lie in April. Reply
  • 1 Jul 1st, 2017 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 1st Jul, 2017 07:23:53 PM
    What's the trope for a hot and cool looking character, the one most girls fawn over... but they're actually a massive dork. Not dork as in 'unpopular', but more joking and breaks the serious 'husband' vibe they've got going on. You know, serious looks, not-so-serious personality. An example could be Kuroo from Haikyuu? Reply