• 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

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      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

  • 1 Mar 20th, 2017 at 1:01AM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Mar, 2017 05:25:51 AM
    Looking for a trope that is set around an awkward situation where one character feels uncomfortable because of other character's conflicts in the room. Secondary trope being one character goes after the other character to make them feel better about what just happened or to find out more information or to explain themselves.

    (ex: Stuck in Love - Louis going after Samantha outside the Coffee shop after he said something she was upset by, Kings of Summer - Patrick going after Emily after Patrick and Joe's fight over her) Reply
  • 1 Mar 18th, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Mar, 2017 12:51:07 PM
    A weaponized projectile of some sort (a bullet, missile, arrow or what have you) is at first shown to be traveling slowly in an action scene. The audience assumes that the projectile is naturally faster than shown and that the camera is in slow motion for dramatic effect. The camera then focuses outwards from the projectile to reveal that the camera is filming in 1:1 "real time", and the projectile is actually naturally really slow. Played for comedy.

    Example: https://youtu.be/VCxi9KuIbTQ?t=40s Reply

      Sounds like a subversion of Bullet Time, if the audience is being set up to believe bullet time is happening (which is what it sounds like you're talking about).
  • 3 Mar 16th, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Mar, 2017 05:52:07 PM
    You know that scene that's a standard in old monster movies where there's a lengthy explanation scene where a scientist guy explains the monster-of-the-film's origins? These types of scenes are most common in the Gamera films, but were established in the Godzilla movies. What's that trope called, if there is one? Reply
  • 1 Mar 14th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 15th Mar, 2017 12:37:37 AM
    A lot of my favorite films have a coda in the final or penultimate scene: a little speech or visual that illustrates what the movie was about.


    Angier's speech at the end of The Prestige. NOT The Summation, the part after that:

    > You never understood... why we did this? The audience knows the truth - the world is simple... and miserable... solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder. And then you... then you got to see something very special. You really don't know? It was... it was the look on their faces.

    Or the tears in rain speech from Blade Runner.

    A non-dialog example: the ending of Boogie Nights. We are shown scenes of how all the characters ended up, how they found love, fixed their destructive habits, and in general moved on with their lives. Then we go back to Dirk Digglar, who hasn't learned or grown and is still literally just thinking about his dick.

    This isn't quite The Summation, since it's not about explaining the literal sequence of events; nor is it exactly a Motive Rant, since it's not always about a specific character. I know there are tons of movies with examples, but I can't seem to find the exact trope that describes this. Reply
  • 0 Mar 14th, 2017 at 9:09AM
    So we've got Tom Hanks Syndrome when a comedy actor starts playing in serious drama and turns out good at this. We've got Leslie Nielsen Syndrome when reverse situation happens and established drama actor turns out to be great comedian. Both come with shift of played roles.

    Is there any related trope when a comedy actor starts playing in action films? Or actor just associated with non-action movies suddently turns into action star (sort of like the short-lived stunt with Liam Neeson few years ago) Reply
  • 2 Mar 13th, 2017 at 2:02AM
    Lastest Reply: 13th Mar, 2017 11:23:49 AM
    Is there a trope for the character (usually a woman) in a horror movie who sees there's trouble ahead but is ignored? The thing where the whole trauma of the horror movie could've been avoided if they had just listened to her?

    Seems adjacent to Women are Wiser trope: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WomenAreWiser Reply
  • 0 Mar 11th, 2017 at 3:03AM
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  • 1 Mar 8th, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 8th Mar, 2017 11:50:11 AM
    Does a Trope exist for when the main character goes through the motions of an Establishing Character Moment, except with a few modifications to the scene, to demonstrate how his/her life has changed throughout the story? Specific examples that come to my mind include The LEGO Movie and The Lego Batman Movie having early scenes (but not exactly at the beginning) of their respective main characters going through a daily routine alone, and ending with them repeating at least part of those routines, with their new friends joining in. Reply

      Never mind, I found a similar example on one of the Bookends pages.
  • 4 Mar 6th, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 7th Mar, 2017 03:00:50 PM
    Two things are shown to look similar, to make a comparison between the two.

    The example I'm thinking of is from Woman in the Dunes. A man is kidnapped by evil villagers and held captive in a woman's house which is at the bottom of a huge sand pit on the beach. The woman has long since fallen to Stockholm Syndrome and expects the man to do the same.

    Anyway, there are multiple shots of the rolling dunes of sand on the beach. Then there are shots of the woman's naked body that are framed to look just like the sand dunes, reinforced by the fact that the curves of the woman are covered by sand (as Anakin Skywalker knew, it gets everywhere).

    This feels like a trope. Is it? Reply

      Don't remember this scene in question. What's the time code?

      Dunno about time code, but it's the first night the man spends with the woman, when she's sleeping naked on the floor of the shack. 30 minutes in, maybe.

      I see. Remotely like a Match Cut but it serves a different purpose.




      Exactly. Match Cut? Do I need to start a YKTTW for Visual Echo or some such?
  • 2 Mar 1st, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Mar, 2017 07:38:01 PM
    I've seen this notably in "The Ring," as well as in several "creepypasta" gifs, and most recently saw it used extensively in the HBO Documentary "Beware the Slenderman."

    Essentially, the evil being / force / person is so evil that, when captured on camera (or a photograph) produces distortion—analog or digital—often with an accompanying sinister sound glitch or static. Reply
  • 1 Feb 18th, 2017 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Feb, 2017 06:50:27 AM
    The main character, who is usually shy, reserved, and/or stoic, goes or is sent somewhere new, like boarding school or a hospital/psych ward, where they know no one, but everyone there already knows one another. Is there a trope for the very extroverted character, a lot of times the main character's roommate, who takes it upon themselves to show the main character the ropes and introduce them to everyone, often despite the main character not wanting them to? They don't take the main character under their wing necessarily, as the main character usually quickly becomes kind of the leader of the duo, but the outgoing sidekick is always their to assist and guide the main character as they carry out their plan(s), (usually to escape or wreak some kind of havoc if they've been sent to this new place against their will).

    This character is almost always highly extroverted and usually becomes, or makes themselves, the main character's sidekick one they are more adjusted to their new surroundings. Often times they are somewhat eccentric and a little clingy, and make lots of sarcastic quips. A lot of times there comes a moment where they have a falling out, usually motivated by the main character being annoyed by the sidekick's clinginess and/or the last chance for him to execute his plan failing, only for the sidekick to return and help/save the main character at the climax.

    Examples I can think of at the moment include Caretaker from The Longest Yard and Alvie (Lin-Manuel Miranda's character) from the season 6 premiere of House MD. I know there are better ones, but I can't think of any right now. Reply

      This, and the fact that it's such a cliche, it's more often a parody I'd think. Also, the friend in Mean Girls, with the whole lunch room map speech.
  • 1 Feb 12th, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 12th Feb, 2017 09:27:00 AM
    Not Director's Cut, which is another thing. Picture it, Hollywood, at any show in any date, a scene is at it's peak, and somewhere, the director says "Cut!", showing that they're in a Show Within a Show. "It's a wrap, everybody!" follows when the take is satisfied, Reply
  • 3 Feb 7th, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 8th Feb, 2017 05:59:47 AM
    What is it called when it sounds like something dirty is happening, then it's revealed to be more innocent? It happens in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, but on that page it's just under Getting Crap Past the Radar, which is kind of the opposite. Reply
  • 3 Feb 7th, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 8th Feb, 2017 05:59:47 AM
    What is it called when it sounds like something dirty is happening, then it's revealed to be more innocent? It happens in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, but on that page it's just under Getting Crap Past the Radar, which is kind of the opposite. Reply
  • 1 Feb 6th, 2017 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th Feb, 2017 08:35:14 PM
    season one episode one Reply
  • 1 Feb 4th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 4th Feb, 2017 05:14:30 PM
    I'm sure it's already got a name but I'm blanking on what it could be called. Basically the trope is where there's a big event coming up at the beginning of the movie, and the main characters decide to do something great before time runs out. Most recent example I can think of would be Good Kids on Netflix, where these kids are going off to college at the end of the summer and decide to do whatever they've always wanted to do before the summer ends. Reply

      Hmm. Some searching on likely sounding phrases turned up some tropes that seem related, but not really what you're looking for:
  • 2 Feb 2nd, 2017 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Feb, 2017 02:04:39 PM
    I was wondering if there is a trope for a joke or reference that doesnt make much sense until alot later. I was looking at the Mallrats page in the Funny section. The original troper (and myself) didnt understand, or even hear, the Junior Masters and Johnson reference by TS. Now thanks to the tv show Masters of Sex - its easy to understand that TS was referencing the Masters and Johnson research team. So another way to ask the question - I have a friend who saw Spaceballs before she saw Empire Strikes back. Once she sees Empire - hopefully, more jokes will make sense. Is there a trope name for that? Reply

      Well, no, since it's entirely dependant on the order that a viewer watches/reads things in. You can't say "If you hadn't seen X, than the joke in Y wasn't as funny, but then you did see X and got it!" That's Not a Trope.

      Related to the "Weird Al" Effect.
  • 3 Jan 31st, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 1st Feb, 2017 01:07:20 AM
    In ''The Wizard of Oz", at some point, the producers had hoped to hire Eddie Cantor as the Scarecrow, Ed Wynn or W.C. Fields as the Wizard, the producers were negotiating to trade Clark Gable's and Jean Harlow's contracts in exchange for Shirley Temple, only to have the deal fall apart after Harlow's death in 1937; and Buddy Ebsen was originally hired for the Tin Man, but had to withdraw after an allergic reaction to his makeup, which contained aluminum dust, and the producers found Jack Haley to fill in as the Tin Man. Is there some trope that covers those who were nearly cast for a movie, but didn't make the audition? Reply
  • 2 Jan 28th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 29th Jan, 2017 01:20:46 AM
    A con artist has assumed an identity that has some connection to their mark—the con artist is pretending to work for the mark's bank or the con artist has claimed to be from the same hometown as the mark, etc.—and the suspicious mark administers a subtle identity test. They ask for a simple piece of information that any honest person would know immediately. The con artist bluffs and unhesitatingly gives a (plausibly) correct answer, even if they happen to be guessing. Happens in both Ocean's Eleven and Catch Me If You Can. In Ocean's Eleven, Damon pretends to be from the Nevada Gaming Commission and Garcia asks after an official who works there. In CMIYC, Di Caprio pretends to have gone to Yale and his fiancee's Yale-graduated father asks after a beloved professor's dog. In both cases, the con artist replies that the subject of the question has died, hoping that the mark isn't knowledgeable enough to contradict. Reply
  • 2 Jan 21st, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Jan, 2017 04:38:03 PM
    Is there a name for the trope in film and TV in which the villain takes over, and the environment is transformed into a bleak wasteland? (i.e. Scar in "The Lion King") Reply
  • 2 Jan 16th, 2017 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Jan, 2017 02:03:52 AM
    I feel like this has only been used in more modern movies, but I don't know how old it is. Anyway, it seems like most film credits nowadays begin with the names of the main cast, one by one, and often accompanied by a picture or video clip of each actor's character. But then there's a full cast list later in the credits. Do we have this one, and is it tropeworthy? Reply

      It's been that way since film credits began. It's not really a trope either.

      Should be covered by Video Credits.
  • 0 Jan 15th, 2017 at 1:01PM
    The Big Bad transforms into their One-Winged Angel , the Mad Scientist turns on their Doomsday Device , the Evil Sorceror summons the Eldritch Abomination , and suddenly the sky turns dark, clouds block out the sky, and the whole world knows that something is horribly wrong. . .

    Is there a trope referring to the sky darkening over the entire region, country, or world because of the evil actions of the villain? Reply
  • 2 Jan 10th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Jan, 2017 06:09:08 PM
    Let's say we have a film with a hero and a villain, but as time progresses, we discover that the "hero" is cynical and corruptible, while the "villain" may be Affably Evil or seeking redemption, and as time progresses, the "bad guy" gets better and does a Heel–Face Turn, eventually becoming the good guy, while the fallen "hero" eventually reveals his true colors and does a Face–Heel Turn, ultimately becoming the film's villain, with the hero and villain swapping roles? Reply