• 1 Apr 12th, 2017 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 12th Apr, 2017 04:26:33 PM
    Is there a trope that describes when an important story detail is missed unless you read every detail? For example, an important plot point may just be limited to one sentence and won't be brought up again until the next chapter or later. If you skipped the one sentence, you'll be completely lost. Reply

      Reminds me of Rewatch Bonus (despite the name that doesn't apply only to watching shows, but also to reading books, playing games, etc.)
  • 2 Mar 8th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 14th Mar, 2017 03:11:04 PM
    In a picture book for Elephant's Child and the Commander Toad series, the illustrations are first drawn in color on the first 2 pages, drawn in grayscale in the next 2 pages, and the pattern goes on. Reply
  • 3 Mar 3rd, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 4th Mar, 2017 09:20:56 PM
    There's Always Murder and Never One Murder, which summarizes that murders are common in mystery novels. But how about when a mystery novel series has no murder? This is often the side effect of a demographic constraint.

    The example in my head is the Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note series, which has a tween girl demographic. I have only read part of the novels, but my impression is that it won't have murder in the traditional sense (there's a case of euthanasia, though). The anime adaptation has no deaths, period. So, is it an aversion or an inversion of Always Murder? Or not belonging to any trope? Reply
  • 0 Feb 13th, 2017 at 7:07AM
    The e-book editions of the Harry Potter novels replace the black and white illustrations that kicked off chapters with different, fancier illustrations that even include some crude animation. Is this a trope? Reply
  • 0 Jan 21st, 2017 at 6:06AM
    As in, is there a trope for when people completely embrace the stereotypes associated with them? Such as a blonde deliberately acting fun, ditzy, and dumb (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DumbBlonde)? I'm working on a works page for my web serial, Gamer Girl, wherein a lot of the characters play up to stereotypes as part of their superhero/subculture gimmick (gamer girl, comic book fangirl, tomboy, girly girl etc). I can'f find anything like it on the Stereotype page (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Stereotype). I can't just link the Stereotype page as a trope, can I? Reply
  • 0 Jan 17th, 2017 at 8:08AM
    My mistake; accidentally posted here instead of Ask The Tropers. Reply
  • 4 Jan 11th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 13th Jan, 2017 02:05:30 PM
    What are the popular terms for plot facilitating technical, engineering, or scientific constructs? I personally use the term 'flumtech.' Reply
  • 1 Dec 26th, 2016 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 27th Dec, 2016 11:04:58 AM
    What are the various types (technologies) of biostasis or animated suspension used in SF literature? Reply
  • 2 Dec 5th, 2016 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th Dec, 2016 01:30:58 PM
    Are there others like flashman Reply

      This doesn't go here. It belongs in the Forums.

      Unless you mean a character named flashman, in which case you'll need to be more specific about who they are, what work they're from, and what aspect you're trying to trope.
  • 1 Dec 2nd, 2016 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Dec, 2016 04:08:54 PM
    coming of age stories Reply
  • 0 Nov 9th, 2016 at 7:07AM
    I'm looking for something along the lines of Cruel Mercy, but the instance I have in mind doesn't really fit that trope itself.

    The instance is the just-released ninth book of the Safehold series, Since the book was just released, I'm going to use spoiler tags here in case anybody follows the series:

    The Big Bad up to this point, Grand Inquisitor of a Corrupt Church (which should give you a good idea of what he's like) is finally brought down and jailed pending trial and execution. On the eve of his execution, the protagonists Merlin & Nimue reveal to him that the "archangels" he so reveres, and committed atrocities in the name of, were mortal men and women who started his church as a Path of Inspiration, this essentially completes his Villainous Breakdown and leaves him a broken man as he's executed.

    Were it just the first part alone, then Cruel Mercy would apply, but given how it's done right before his execution, the trope doesn't really apply, I think. It's really more a case of twisting the knife, So I'm not sure if we have a trope that does apply.

  • 4 Nov 1st, 2016 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 5th Nov, 2016 07:27:55 PM
    I've been writing a piece of fanfiction and thought it would be a fun exercise to identify tropes, and have run into a little speed bump. I have a character who is in a Convenient Coma. She's elsewhere 'in spirit', so to speak. Normally this would fall under An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost - the difference is that she doesn't think she's a ghost, and doesn't act like one. She eats/drinks/sleeps/etc and has a physical presence. The nearest comparison I can think of is Kara Thrace from Battlestar Galactica, but the character isn't an Angel Unaware. Her arrival into the setting is achieved by supernatural magic/powerful being acting to preserve Balance Between Good and Evil.

    Is there a trope for this, or would it just be a variant of An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost? Reply

      So is she like in another world than her coma-body? Adventures In Coma Land

      Eats, drinks, sleeps, and has a physical presence? I need more details. Is she projecting herself into another body (clone, alien, body swap)? Is her astral form somehow being made solid through magic or something? Is this eating/drinking/sleeping persona part of an entire community of other people that seems real but still isn't (a shared dream that isn't physically real)?

      The two worlds exist in separate, but real dimensions. She and some of her kind use soul magic. Divine intervention has taken advantage of her comatose state to project her soul into the other world.

      Can't figure it out, but I know of at least one other example. In Incarnations of Immortality, souls are incorporeal on this world but have full form in Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. The metaphor used as explanation is that a two-dimensional entity in a three-dimensional world lacks depth but would be full form in a two-dimensional world.
  • 2 Nov 3rd, 2016 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 4th Nov, 2016 06:24:11 PM
    I first listed this under even evil has Standards but now i am not so sure anymore. A bad guy does many bad Things. But when another bad guy does something bad he is surprised how bad someone could be. He did not even expect it! - Its also implied that he thinks that the other bad guy is too evil and did what noone should do.

    Here is the original entry:

    Max Bremmer says killing hundreds of People who were on a ship can be justified because he was angry on the Company who build the ship. But he also says "Who could have guessed that the imperial German navy would torpedo a passenger ship?!" - during World War 1! Why is he so surprised?

    So what Trope is this? Reply
  • 4 Oct 30th, 2016 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 1st Nov, 2016 12:20:14 PM
    Initiation Ceremony has the categories Pleasant, Humiliating, Horrific, Funny, and Other. I'm not sure which one the following example from Anne of the Island fits into:
    [Gilbert] was also invited to join the "Lambs" — Redmondese for Lamba Theta — a compliment rarely paid to a Freshman. As a preparatory initiation ordeal he had to parade the principal business streets of Kingsport for a whole day wearing a sunbonnet and a voluminous kitchen apron of gaudily flowered calico. This he did cheerfully, doffing his sunbonnet with courtly grace when he met ladies of his acquaintance.

      I'm not personally familiar with the work, but to me this sounds like either Funny, or a subversion of Humiliating.

      Seems like this was meant to be Humiliating, notwithstanding how this Gilbert fellow reacted to it.

      So put it in Humiliating but add "Subverted"?

      ^ Yeah
  • 2 Oct 27th, 2016 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 28th Oct, 2016 10:17:02 PM
    Is there a trope for the literary equivalent of Silence Is Golden, i.e. a story with no written dialogue where all conversations between the characters (if any) are described in the narration (e.g. "after much discussion, Alice and Bob agreed that they would investigate further, but Alice stood firm in her belief that they were wasting their time") rather than transcribed verbatim?

    And while we're at it, is there a trope for the opposite of that, where a story is told entirely in dialogue, with no narration in between? Reply

      For your last question, there's Speech-Centric Work (probably not always "entirely in dialogue", but at least very dialogue-heavy).

      Considering that Silence Is Golden already contains examples of dialogue-free comics and of video games whose "silence" includes a lack of text, it's possible that the trope is flexible enough to accommodate literary examples.
  • 2 Oct 26th, 2016 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 27th Oct, 2016 07:06:55 AM
    I am looking for a trope that is similar to the Chekov stuff but i am not sure what it exactly is.

    In book 1 an event happens and the good guy accuses the level boss (or chapter boss) of having caused it. The level boss vows that he didnt do it. The good guy says he cant believe that because the only other guy who could have done it is widely believed to be a good guy which he is for the complete time of book 1.

    But in book 2 it is revealed that the minor event from book 1 is a major plot point in book 2 and the only other guy did this event to set off a chain of events in book 2. This event from book 1 is so important that it even gives the good guy an eureka moment.

    So in short i am looking for a Trope where an unimportant plot in book 1 becomes the major plot Point of book 2. Reply
  • 1 Oct 26th, 2016 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 26th Oct, 2016 05:09:13 AM
    Future ice age Reply
  • 2 Oct 23rd, 2016 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Oct, 2016 02:44:33 AM
    Title basically explains it. I've heard this trope before and I think it has a specific name, but I totally lost it. It's basically a character who's a "prodigy", can't be outsmarted, can predict virtually anything to a ridiculous degree, anticipates surprises and presents them with the perfect counter, etc. They have a perfect moral compass, always act rationally, and always succeed with their plans even with every odd stacked against them. Sometimes this character can't be beat in hand to hand combat, and if they can they never get caught in a fight (because they predict and prevent it). I know the trope isn't plot armor. Any thoughts? Reply
  • 1 Oct 8th, 2016 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 8th Oct, 2016 04:31:55 PM
    A Literature is adopted for a younger demographic, and the cast is aged down in the adaptation. It's not Age Lift because no live-action was involved. It's not Younger and Hipper because the source work's cast isn't that old to begin with; they were just aged down to the target demographic's age. Reply
  • 6 Sep 13th, 2016 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Sep, 2016 08:39:00 AM
    Sometimes, a real book is about a fictional book that has the same title as the real book. For example, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is about a book named "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". "The Shadow of the Wind" is about a book named "The Shadow of the Wind". Is there a trope for this? Reply
  • 1 Aug 19th, 2016 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Aug, 2016 10:01:08 AM
    Do we have trope for this adventure genre hero who is honorable to a fault, which led to him being cast out from "honorable" society (often on false charges), so he is often presumed to be callous and mean by people who don't know him but inspires Undying Loyalty in the few who do? I was reading The Cinder Spires and realized that Captain Grimm must have had a ton of prototypes in romantic literature.

    Before you ask, Knight in Sour Armor is a part of but not the whole package. Reply
  • 1 Aug 18th, 2016 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Aug, 2016 01:19:56 PM
    This is a bit more detailed than the last one I posted, but some things will be repeated. The main character, Clarity, is the daughter of the general of the royal army, and her mother died during childbirth. Her father is not abusive and she loves her father with all her heart. She has blue hair (due to her exposure to magic) and violet eyes, and controls one of the most important powers in the story, and that power is related to fire. She is bisexual. She is related to the major villain of the story, and her powers are very unstable. Clarity does not know that the major villain is related to her.

    Another character is Kira, her girlfriend who can summon wands at will. She has ginger hair due to being exposed to magic. She has green eyes. Somewhere in the middle of the story, half of her face is burned, leaving her with a permanent mutilation. Kira is quiet, but she is known for being sarcastic and is a pessimist. Her mother and father died in an accident and she lives with her grandmother prior to the start of the story. Reply
  • 1 Jul 27th, 2016 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 27th Jul, 2016 12:20:44 PM
    what are some chosen one tropes

  • 0 Jul 21st, 2016 at 9:09AM
    In 1969, shortly after the election of Pierre Trudeau as the 15th prime minister of Canada, the historian Gordon Donaldson wrote a book of biographical sketches of each Canadian prime minister, with the title "Fifteen Men". In 1980, after the election of Joseph Clark, Donaldson published a second edition, retitling it "Sixteen Men". Then Pierre Trudeau was re-elected, John Turner served briefly as Prime Minister, and Brian Mulroney was elected, so in 1985 they put out a third edition titled "Eighteen Men". There were then two more prime ministers before a fourth edition was put out in 1994 - but it was titled "The Prime Ministers of Canada"... because the 19th prime minister of Canada, Kim Campbell, was a woman. Reply
  • 3 Jul 10th, 2016 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 11th Jul, 2016 08:55:02 PM
    Alice is a recurring character of a novel series, but she'd only come up once every several books, and would leave the town at the end of the book for a reason or the other. Is it a case of Commuting on a Bus? How about The Bus Came Back? Reply