• 0 Jun 23rd, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Is there a trope for when characters must run fast (as to outrun a tornado in Twister) but still hold the hand/back of their partner, which is slowing them down? I looked through escape and hand tropes, but didn't find it. Reply
  • 0 Jun 22nd, 2017 at 9:09AM
    A kid is having an asthma attack in a school and seeks help through instant messenger and another kid happens to see it and starts talking to him to get his location Reply
  • 0 Jun 21st, 2017 at 9:09PM
    What are the female tropes in Jurassic park Reply
  • 4 Jun 16th, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Jun, 2017 05:42:53 PM
    I recall trope like this existed, but I can't find anything but a discussion proposing to add it. Was it removed? Or wasn't it added in the first place? Reply

      I think that's covered by Rated M For Money.

      Might be thinking of Avoid The Dreaded G Rating.

      It's rare for it to go the other way (since profits usually go up as the rating does), but check out Bowdlerised, Edited for Syndication, Gosh Dang It to Heck!, Media Watchdog, and Getting Crap Past the Radar.

      But I mean a very specific trope. The discussion is covered here. I could bet my right hand this was once a trope and then I've only found the project to add it, which apparently went nowhere.

      Besides, Rated M For Money is unrelated with the issue I want to cover. Namely, when a film would end up with a "high" rating, thus not getting the PG-13 audience and thus seriously harming own revenue. Basically, an inversion of Avoid The Dreaded G Rating. And I guess I will have to stick with the inversion for lack of any better trope.

      I know this was discussed on YKTTW, but it's entirely possible this was never launched.

      Yeah, in the US, the PG-13 rating is (believed to be) the sweet spot for box office returns. The logic goes that with G or PG movies, teens and adults will assume it's some dumb movie for kids and stay away. But since theaters started actually enforcing the "no kids without adult supervision in R-rated movies" rule, R movies get lower ticket sales than PG-13. And most theaters won't show NC-17 movies at all, so that rating is practically a kiss of death.

      So a trope for the inverse of Avoid The Dreaded G Rating would be useful, I think.
  • 1 Jun 15th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 15th Jun, 2017 08:58:24 PM
    I thought at some point I saw a trope that was similar to Pop-Star Composer but a bit different: Pop Star Composer is for when someone known for popular music writes music for a film/show/etc, whereas this is a film licensing previously released songs that were all written/performed by one artist. An example would be a Cold Case episode using only songs by Nirvana as background music (which of course wouldn't be a pop star composer example since the band were long broken up before the show aired) Reply
  • 0 Jun 15th, 2017 at 7:07PM
    In the film Short Circuit 2, the character of Fred is able to repair circuitry on a damaged robot within 15 minutes. In fact, before he ever started, he didn't even know what a soldering iron was. However he did have the robot telling him what to do but the manual dexterity and basic knowledge of using a soldering iron can take a while to learn. Is this Instant Expert? The only wrinkle I can think of is that he is a street hustler, peddling fake Rolex watches...as such, he may be able to tell defects and imperfections with a momentary glance, possibly making this Like a Duck Takes to Water. Reply
  • 2 Jun 12th, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 12th Jun, 2017 01:34:03 PM
    Would there be a trope to that covers this particular bit of fun: In the 2017 movie, Wonder Woman, daughter of Zeus, god of Thunder, takes Captain Kirk (er, Steve Trevor) as her lover, whose father is Thor (er, Chris Hemsworth), also god of Thunder. Apparently, Actor Allusion does not cover that sort of amusing coincidence. Reply
  • 2 May 29th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 29th May, 2017 10:26:21 PM
    I'm trying to draw a distinction between two different types of tropes that to someone other than people who specialize in tropes might seem like semantics. In the movie "Roxanne," you have a fire department of doofuses the whole time who are comedic fodder for how terrible they are when trying to fight fires. But when a fire actually happens, it's like a geedee ballet. The closest thing I could find was "Let's Get Dangerous" - but that supposes that they haven't had a chance to strut their stuff yet. In this instance, they have rePEATedly shown themselves to be incompetent when it doesn't matter, but wildly competent when it does. Is "Rise to the Occassion" a new trope I could suggest?

    But wait, there's more! Compare this instance of bumbler-to-ballet in an effort to rise to the occassion, to "secret power finally revealed." My example is the end of "Serenity" where Malcolm Reynolds has been effective as a leader and a fighter. But he has promised that when he's really pissed off, that would be something to see. "When we're in a war, you'll know it." Would you file that under "next level badassery"?

    Finally, in the movie "Mystery Men," you have Mr. Furious who has been something of a joke all movie - he says his super power is "rage" but he's just an average fighter with a temper. He even says, over and over, "rage taking over," and it never really does. Until the end. Suddenly, there's a moment of rage where he is not only angry, now his catch phrases are articulate and biting, his strength and fighting skills go up - it's like there is a hidden hero that has finally been able to be let out. It's kind of like "rise to the occassion" but it's also kind of like "next level badassery."

    What do you think? These are some of my favorite moments in movies - when the chips are down and suddenly the hero is able to pull it off, not because of luck or assistance, but because they dig down deep, deeper than ever before, and they find that they can tap into a well, a well they didn't even know was there, and bring forth strength and power, not because they want to, but because they need to. It's inspiring. Reply
  • 1 May 18th, 2017 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th May, 2017 02:30:44 PM
    A kind of plot that's driven by the protagonists attempting to do something important and failing at it repeatedly. The protagonists make an attempt, but through a combination of bad luck and stiff opposition, they stumble - the villains escape, making the goal impossible, but the heroes aren't beaten so badly that they can't follow the villains to the next stage of their plan and try again. At the end, the protagonists manage to, finally, comprehensively win, in such a way that the villains are unable to respond.

    Famously, this is the format of the Indiana Jones films, particularly Raiders and the Last Crusade, but it appears elsewhere, such as in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Reply
  • 1 May 18th, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th May, 2017 01:07:04 PM
    I'm thinking I've seen this more than one time. In the climax of the movie looks like the hero has been killed and the villain has won. As he gloats or crows about it, the dead hero, supernaturally comes back just long enough to surprise the villain and take him down too. Reply
  • 1 May 17th, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 17th May, 2017 11:32:47 AM
    Hi I'm new here and trying to find a way to describe this cliche'd head tilt like a dog that villains/mosters/super strong characters always do. As well as the alien/ghost/demon that is about to attack or trying to look creepy. This is not a quizzical or kinky head tilt, but more a creepy/intimidating head tilt? Is there a name for this?

  • 0 May 15th, 2017 at 8:08AM
    On any crime drama set in Europe or the U.K., the police are always being shredded by the press for not solving a crime immediately. They spend half their time worrying about the press or getting fired. The public has no patience. Is this a trope, or is it just what the press does overseas? Reply
  • 0 May 10th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    What's the trope where a protagonist is like "I HAVE to get this information to the president" or "I need to see the president ASAP"? Also: any of examples of movies this happens in? Reply
  • 1 May 5th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2017 02:55:51 AM
    Is there a trope for when editing is done to intentionally create jerky movements? For example, Panic! at the Disco's music video for "Emperor's New Clothes". Reply
  • 5 Apr 9th, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 04:58:19 PM
    So Bob is trapped in a Drowning Pit and is barely holding his breath anymore. Suddenly a fish swims right next to his face and he realises it had to come in somehow, so it means there is a way out.

    Is there any trope about this? I saw it in few different movies and animation, can't find a fitting trope for it. Reply

      It's kind of like when a person is trapped in a cave, but they realize there's an exit when they see daylight. I'm not sure what that is called, though...

      Sounds tropable.

      Yeah, the light also shows up quite often. At first I was thinking about using Tangled, but then I've realised they've just used Rapunzel's hair as a water-proof lantern.

      I have seen times when the heroes are trapped in supposedly air tight trap and find a way out by seeing which way the flame is leaning to since it moves to nearest oxygen source

      Anybody care to TLP this?
  • 1 Apr 18th, 2017 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Apr, 2017 11:11:30 AM
    I've seen a few movies, typically capers, heist, or spy team type movies, where at some point the plan or mission is described and while this is happening the characters actually start doing it while the describing continues as voice over. Is this a trope? I looked through the list and couldn't find it.


    edit: maybe this is it: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UnfoldingPlanMontage Reply
  • 1 Apr 16th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Apr, 2017 11:13:35 PM
    Anything about child bride or arranged mariage... Reply
  • 1 Apr 12th, 2017 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 13th Apr, 2017 05:27:50 PM
    What is the trope when someone opens a door (any type, most often medicine cabinet, refrigerator, or regular door) and you anticipate that something will be on the other side of the door when they close it and then nothing is there. I know this is related to 'The Unreveal' but is there a specific name for this? Thanks! Reply
  • 0 Apr 10th, 2017 at 3:03AM
    I'm looking for examples of the trope where the camera is positioned as it would be a photo camera, and one character sets it up from up close, while others are gathering for a group photo in the background, then the foreground character goes back to the rest of the group and they all wait for the timer to go off and then flash comes and a group photo is made. Sometimes it is cut like a collage. Could be movie, tv show, animation. Reply
  • 1 Apr 3rd, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 4th Apr, 2017 07:36:06 AM
    Would Marion Hawthorne from Harriet the Spy be considered a Knight of Cerebus for the film since the film got darker once she started reading Harriet's journal? Reply
  • 0 Apr 2nd, 2017 at 6:06AM
    boss creepy Reply
  • 1 Mar 31st, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 31st Mar, 2017 07:17:26 PM
    what is the trope for this character Reply
  • 4 Mar 29th, 2017 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 30th Mar, 2017 04:12:58 AM
    What trope is it where the main antagonist is cooking and it's close to being affably evil? Reply

      Villains Out Shopping? Civilian Villain?

      Do you mean when an evil character is preparing or cooking food and they chop things very recklessly and with unnecessary force , tie knots as if they're strangling someone , use a giant rusty shovel to dig holes for the flowers they want to plant? (ie: Berry cutting cake in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends ?)

      No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine "This differs from general Affably Evil villainy. Treating the hero as a guest is a demonstration of unassailable power, confidence and civility. It"

      May overlap with Real Men Cook.
  • 3 Mar 21st, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Mar, 2017 07:09:01 PM
    Not holograms that are capable of interacting physically with the world thanks to Hard Light, but an an analogous sort of three-dimensional image found in the same places you'd expect holographic displays, but which are made out of physical components that rearrange themselves to generate an image rather than being made out of light. Like sort of high-tech animated bas relief.


    • Instead of being a hologram of a giant floating head, the version of Zordon in the recent Power Rangers reboot (or at least in the trailer) is a giant head made out of tiles sliding in and out of a wall to create depth, not unlike a Pin Screen toy.

    • The graphical interfaces in Man of Steel's Kryptonian technology, which appear to be made of nanobots or something, forming themselves into highly stylize pictures. The article I liked to above claims that these were also Pin Screens, but they didn't look like it to me.

    This seems to be a rather new idea in science fiction, so it would make sense for it not to be a trope yet. Reply

      le bump

      These aren't holograms. Just being a changeable image doesn't make something a hologram.

      I know. I specifically mentioned that they weren't actually holograms, but rather, functionally analogous to holograms.
  • 2 Mar 22nd, 2017 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Mar, 2017 01:29:08 AM
    A character who is envious