• 2 Feb 23rd, 2018 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Feb, 2018 03:17:00 AM
    What is the term used to show that the "reality" the focal character is currently inhabiting is "not real" or "not quite right" based on lighting, colors used, and (especially) the wardrobe of everyone (most notably the extras) in the scene? Examples include all shots of characters within the Matrix, especially in the beginning of the film before Neo is extracted (as opposed to 'reality') all wearing dark clothing with no bright colors (although in 'reality,' the characters all wear equally monochromatic, bleakly colored garb - see fan theory of "Zion is also in the Matrix, just another level of it"). The lighting inside the Matrix also has that sickly green hue to it, further reinforcing the 'something is not quite right here' feeling. Another example is in Solaris when Kelvin is on Earth - nearly always, especially on the train, everyone is wearing black or dark clothing with no bright colors whatsoever. Subquestion - this is further exemplified when a singular use of (bright, usually red) color in a sea of bleak black/grey/dark clothing is used to highlight something: i.e., 'The Woman in the Red Dress in The Matrix, or the girl in the red dress in Schindler's list, the one red umbrella behind Rheya when she gets off the train. Reply
  • 1 Feb 18th, 2018 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Feb, 2018 01:43:51 PM
    Is there an official entry for the comedy trope where something comparatively calm proceeds in the foreground while something much more absurd and/or chaotic is happening in the background (and the characters in the foreground don't notice until the end of the scene if ever)?

    For example, in "10 Things I Hate About You," Patrick approaches Kat while she's about to shoot a bow and arrow. Rather than firing at the target, Kat turns to face him, lowers the bow, and carelessly releases the arrow. While Patrick and Kat proceed to have a witty conversation in the foreground, we see someone in the background writhing on the ground with the arrow lodged in his butt while a few other people rush to his aid. Reply
  • 7 Feb 14th, 2018 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Feb, 2018 01:27:47 PM
    There has to be a trope where a creature or machine powerful enough to overpower or tear a person apart instead opts to throw them away. I can recall this behavior in Alien: Covenant, Terminator 3 and Salvation, and the latest Mummy. Reply

      Is it a case of toying with the opponent or just picking up the Idiot Ball in a fight?

      Either way, probably falls under Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?

      I had a similar request (search for "MONSTER ROAR CLOSE TO FACE"), where the creature refrains doing its usual kill move because they face the protagonist. It's like Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? but for beasts who obviously wouldn't understand the concept. Could go to TLP.

      I think what separates this from WDYJSH is especially clear in the Terminator films. There's no gloating, overly complex scheme, or practical advice not taken. The Terminator is a killing machine supposedly trying to kill John Connor and, rather than break limbs or compress his chest, throws him out of reach!

      Sounds closer to Tactical Suicide Boss.

      Sometimes part of Not Worth Killing

      Aw heck. I remember reading a trope specifically about what the OP said. Something related to Punched Across the Room and Just Toying with Them, but not quite either.

      AHA! It's Just Hit Him.
  • 1 Feb 7th, 2018 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 7th Feb, 2018 05:23:28 PM
    Even searching the Indiana Jones page there doesn't seem to be a trope for the plot where the hero effectively might as well not have turned up, or for any of its variants (a) the hero achieves their goal, learns they were misled, and has to undo everything, b) the hero fails at their goal but was only trying to stop something that would never have worked anyway). Is this there? Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing seems to cover the character deliberately and knowingly not acting, and "Shaggy Dog" Story seems a bit general. Reply
  • 3 Feb 5th, 2018 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 5th Feb, 2018 02:11:03 PM
    What this trope is, is when the rules of the world have been set, a character is allowed to break these rules by coming up with that one, single, very specific exception to the rule, whether it be an item, another character, or a piece of magic or device in the world.

    It's a way that lazy writers get themselves out of corners they have written themselves into.

    EDIT: to clarify this further, this is not a deus ex machina, or applied phlebotinium. This is an exception that breaks the rules. Reply
  • 2 Feb 3rd, 2018 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Feb, 2018 03:19:45 PM
    When a writer needs some extras to die, but they donít want to bum out the audience, theyíll have the doomed characters do something bad (but not really death-worthy) right before they die. Two examples: in Blade 1, we find out a morgue technician has been harassing his coworker and then he immediately gets killed by Donal Logue; in Suicide Squad, a late addition to the team is mentioned to be a rapist and then dies in the very next scene.

    This is specifically different from when a supporting character is a jerk the whole movie and then gets their commupance at the end. Itís when someone is little more than an extra and the filmmakers signal that itís not sad when they die by having them say something racist (or what have you) right beforehand. Reply
  • 2 Feb 3rd, 2018 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Feb, 2018 01:59:44 PM
    spiritual journey? Reply
  • 1 Jan 26th, 2018 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 26th Jan, 2018 08:33:44 PM
    Is there a trope for a "marker" or signifier that an event shown once has in fact been done multiple times before? For example, the opening scene of Baby Driver has the protagonist successfully getting his crew away from a heist after which he is rewarded with a single stack of dollar bills. He then goes to his apartment and uncovers a floorboard revealing at least a couple dozen more. He also records a mixtape of what people said during the planning meeting (it's a plot point, you see) and later puts it in a case with similarly dozens of other tapes.

    I guess another example is in the Incredibles. We only see a couple acts of heroism in the prologue section (stopping a car chase during the day and later stopping a runaway train and saving a suicidal man during the night) yet later in the movie we see Bob Parr's office with the walls covered in newspaper clippings, photographs, and portraits implying a whole career of dozens if not hundreds of other actions. Reply
  • 4 Jan 21st, 2018 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Jan, 2018 12:52:48 AM
    Canít believe this isnít a page but Iím looking for a setpiece trope page. I looked for every possible variation ? Reply
  • 1 Jan 18th, 2018 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Jan, 2018 12:34:01 PM
    What's the trope where a character with false memories/believes costume is reality/is really a clone of the original/is a robot/is an alien/etc finally learns that he is not who he thought he was? Specifically the realization of this, or possibly and how the character reacts to the news. It happened in Unknown, a couple times in the Resident Evil movies, Toy Story, Blade Runner (I think), The Sixth Day, and others. I was trying to find it for research, but it's either under a weird name or it doesn't exist yet. Any thoughts on what this is? Reply
  • 1 Jan 13th, 2018 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 13th Jan, 2018 07:27:30 PM
    I have this specific question for a weird cause - I can not live - I need to remember these TV series from 90's for teens. All I can remember is that there were toxic waste leak in a town. Somehow it affected some kids and through internet - cyberspace they interacted with another world, with some kind of cyborgs... can anyone relate??? Reply
  • 1 Jan 4th, 2018 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 4th Jan, 2018 07:10:58 PM
    What is it called when you have a representation of a historical artifact or event that was responsible for some other event and you have a fictional representation that is tied to it by similar qualities but never explicitly said to be a reference to said thing. Kind of like an easter egg of the idea. Reply
  • 2 Dec 29th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Jan, 2018 01:52:10 PM
    In 'Hercules and the Masked Rider' (which is set in 17th Century Spain and the character was originally Goliath) there are several scenes in which swordsmen are defeated by the unarmed hero. They never use their long, pointy, swords to stab him: they run up to him so that he can punch them unconscious.

    I've seen similar tactics in other Hercules movies, although with spears.

    Is there a trope name for this, or at least for characters not using weapons appropriately? Reply
  • 6 Dec 11th, 2017 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 1st Jan, 2018 02:39:46 PM
    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.

      There's also Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!

      North America is also prone to being depicted in really generic swaths like The Deep South, Eskimo Land, and South of the Border, where the farther you get from stock locations like Tijuana and Dallas the hazier which state/country you're in becomes.

      @Daefaroth Actually, North America begins at the Panama-Colombia border, so any fictional Central American countries would be aversions of the trope (example: Isthmus from the Bond film Licence to Kill). Ditto the Caribbean is officially part of North America too.

      What type of series would fit such a trope? All series that have non-NA fictional countries that based off real world?

      Also, immediately off my head I can think of a few series that do have NA-based fictional countries like Code Geass, Youjo Senki, Gundam 00, Seed, and so on

      Princess Protection Program had a fictional island country in the Carribean or something.
  • 1 Dec 28th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 30th Dec, 2017 01:45:18 PM
    So I was perusing the Fighting in All the Wrong Places Index, and I noticed that there wasn't an entry for fights taking place in theaters (either onstage, backstage, in the catwalks above the stage, or even in the audience, possibly intercut with a strangely appropriate play that's being preformed on the stage at the time). I know I've seen this trope more than a few times, to the point of having a particular soft spot for it, so I'm wondering if it already exists and just has not been properly indexed?

    If it hasn't been added, do you reckon it's tropable enough to be? Reply
  • 2 Dec 29th, 2017 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 29th Dec, 2017 03:43:38 PM
    A woman, marries a man, older than him. the man is very rich. The couple has a child, who is suffering from some kind of disease. The woman is not much happy. Then a man( almost the age of that woman ) comes into the picture, he is probably a writer, and falls in love with the woman. The woman and the young man start dating each other. But then at one point the old man, doubts on both of, them and he asks his wife to confess, then he tries to hit that young guy, and as a matter of reflex the guy hits the old man. The old man dies on spot. Then the guy and the woman decide to dispose the old man's dead body. the young guy and the woman both carry the dead body to the cruise and dump it into the sea. Then after that scene, the young guy's friend comes into picture, he promises the guy that he could double his money, so the lover(young guy) convinces the woman to give him some cash, so that he could double it, and live ther lives happily after. But then the guy's friend turns on him, and doesnt showup with the money. So the woman and lover are looted in this scenario. At the end, a scene is present where child of the lady reads some papers, which are present in some locker. And a gun, is also present in the same locker. the kid then fires the young man (i.e the lover of the woman). And then atlast the woman is also arrested for the case of murder of her husband. The End.

    Guys the above is the story that i remember though it might not be much detailed. but thats what i remember. Also the series contains of i think may be 12 or 13 episodes. But on Amazon/Netflix exclusive i had seen it in the form of movie(i.e all the episodes were put together as a movie.) Also as per my knowledge the original series or movie was not english, probably some foreign language. Please anyone knowing above plot please reply!!! Thanks in Advance!! Reply
  • 2 Dec 23rd, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Dec, 2017 10:49:59 PM
    true store about a father taking his belt to his own daughter all I know is that at his wife lift him then at the end the daughter came into some kind of building hurting then these lady's toke her to the bath room they ask her to lift up her shirt she did and she had these belt marks on her back that is all I can remember so please tell me the movie Reply
  • 0 Dec 23rd, 2017 at 1:01PM
    lost adolescent or young adult who gets all of the wrong jobs Reply
  • 1 Dec 20th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Dec, 2017 07:21:37 PM
    According to the internet, the porgs in The Last Jedi (which I still haven't seen) are there because the puffins on the film location could not be reasonably removed, physically or digitally. This is clearly an example of Real Life Writes the Plot, but doesn't seem to fit any of its listed subtropes. Help? Reply
  • 1 Dec 19th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Dec, 2017 06:23:56 PM
    I've noticed that a fair amount of action movies with melee fight scenes (two examples being the Action Prologue of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Chirrut's fight with the Stormtroopers in Rogue One) have a super-fast conga drum soundtrack that serves to increase the tension. Do we have a trope for this? Reply
  • 3 Jan 26th, 2011 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Dec, 2017 03:58:32 PM
    Is there a trope for the ridiculously audacious (almost isane, actually) maneuvers to shake somebody on your six you'd find in pulp air combat? Like in Crimson Skies? Reply

      Wronski Feint?

      That's just for when you fly through a canyon, cave, or other very small space. I poked around and it seems all of these maneuvers are just different tropes.

      Try and Follow - supertrope of Wronski Feint and lists more daring maneuvers.
  • 1 Jan 24th, 2011 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Dec, 2017 03:50:39 PM
    Is there a name for the trope where a normal person who gets injured like everyone else becomes somewhat bulletproof when they become a bad guy? An example is during the scene in The Dark Knight where Harvey Dent, after becoming Two Face, is in the car with that mob guy and then shoots the driver resulting in the car flipping over. I assume the mob guy died but it looks like Harvey walked away fine where as earlier in the movie he probably would have been sent to the hospital. Reply
  • 1 Jan 24th, 2011 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Dec, 2017 02:48:28 PM
    Early in a film (or TV series), one of the main characters attempts to seduce/has sex with an attractive member of the opposite sex. Then a scene or two later, it turns out that this person is (shockingly) the character's boss, or new coworker, or something like that. It's in Top Gun, Anchorman, Grey's Anatomy, etc. I know there's gotta be a trope out there for this, just can't find it. Reply
  • 4 Dec 18th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Dec, 2017 12:44:05 PM
    Hey guys, sorry if I'm asking a redundant question, I couldn't find anything on this. Is there a trope for sequels that were originally an unrelated screenplay, but had a franchise character grafted into them and became a sequel? I'm thinking mostly of the direct-to-video Hellraiser sequels, but I expect this happens with other horror franchises (and other genres) as well. Any ideas? Reply
  • 0 Dec 17th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Two suspects are shown giving alibi in the same manner, often mimicking the very same words each other used. Example would be between The Doctor and The Lawyer from Murder on The Orient Express. The other comes from an episode in NCIS. It usually turns out as a lie. Anybody knows what trope it is? Or is just fall to The Alibi? Reply