• 1 Jul 9th, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Jul, 2017 07:16:45 AM
    A moral character who breaks

  • 1 Jul 1st, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 1st Jul, 2017 07:26:11 PM
    What's the name of the trope where a character confronts, asks uncomfortable questions, and humiliates a public speaker(a prophet who's talking nonsense, a king, etc) ? Reply
  • 2 Jun 18th, 2017 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 26th Jun, 2017 06:32:31 AM
    Here's a funny thing. You know someone who never talks but could, they just don't do it. I thought it was Elective Mute but this is something different because sometimes it got mixed up with Cannot Talk to Women. So it's half because they chose to be silent and half because they're nervous, yet the characters just assumed she's mute until she finally talks. Reply

      The Quiet One doesn't have to be because she is badass can simply be she doesn't talk much by nature

      The characters seems to response with You Can Talk? since The Quiet One never muttered a word so the others just concludes that The Quiet One is a mute. But she isn't. Close to Elective Mute but not. I know it's too complex to answer in one trope only.
  • 2 Jun 18th, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Jun, 2017 03:22:43 AM
    The Hero is being rumored doing ugly things here and there. And his Best Friend who usually got his back suddenly disappears. Later, his (supposed to be) best friend shows up, apologizes to the hero. He explains that he dumps the hero because he's afraid his friends will left him. Jerkass, indeed. So, what's the trope for this, guys? Any help will be appreciated. Reply
  • 2 Jun 15th, 2017 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Jun, 2017 03:14:09 AM
    Guys, do you know a trope where a kid indirectly/unintentionally makes his parent dies? For instance, a runaway kid is chased by his father. His father promptly dies from getting hit by a bus. Reply
  • 2 May 23rd, 2017 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd May, 2017 11:16:13 PM
    I was just reading Ovid's Metamorphoses, which tells the story of Ancaeus, who is part of the party fighting a giant boar that had been sent by the goddess Diana. A woman archer shoots the boar and Ancaeus makes a sexist remark to the effect that he will use his man's strength to defeat the boar as a rebuke to Diana. The boar immediately gores him in the groin, killing him. I feel like the sexist remark -> groin injury (or other sexualized humiliation) has to be a trope, but i can't seem to find it. Reply
  • 1 May 22nd, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd May, 2017 10:20:57 AM
    What's this trope about?


      Could you be a bit more specific?
  • 1 May 20th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st May, 2017 12:11:40 AM
    I'm looking for a trope where a character has decided to work harder to train himself so he'd improve at his sport, but in the process he gets too busy to hang out with his friends and gradually becomes isolated. Reply
  • 1 May 18th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th May, 2017 03:27:23 PM
    So one half of this couple is more into the relationship than the other half, who's actually pretty indifferent to the relatiomship and doesn't even know if they're actually into their partner. Is there a trope for this? Reply
  • 1 May 6th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2017 12:21:37 PM
    An evil character among the main antagonistic faction which is even worse than them. For example, if the faction would be vampires, then this character would be an ancient vampire who wants not only to enslave the humans but also his own kin. Reply
  • 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.