• 1 Sep 25th, 2017 at 1:01PM
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    Lastest Reply: 25th Sep, 2017 01:16:24 PM
    In Star Wars Episode 5, Yoda and Luke have this conversation:

    Luke: "Is the dark side stronger?" Yoda: "No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive."

    Is there a trope about a teacher or a mentor warning his pupil about dangerous methods and techniques? If I remember correctly, theres a similiar one in Harry Potter between Tom Riddle and Dumbledore about Horcruxes. Reply
  • 2 Sep 22nd, 2017 at 10:10PM
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    Lastest Reply: 22nd Sep, 2017 10:28:22 PM
    Good morning. Do we have tropes when The Reveal touches the sudden paternity of a character? Bonus points, if the newly made father is the protagonist and and this is the reason for the cardinal changes in his life. Well, or at least if it symbolizes that the character has achieved something in life.

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  • 5 Sep 21st, 2017 at 6:06AM
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    Lastest Reply: 22nd Sep, 2017 04:29:35 PM
    Since Bacon Addiction is no longer a trope, which trope do I put this? The title came from a gag from How I Met Your Mother where Ted develops a craving for bacon for the first and last time. The closest thing I put was Cargo Shipping but it's labeled as YMMV. So, any tropes related to the quote? Reply

      Trademark Favorite Food?

      ^ Hardly that trope. The context of this one is that Ted and Marshall were looking for bacon grease as one of the ingredients for Barney's Hideous Hangover Cure. Ted's mother lied to him about him being allergic to bacon, and when he ate it for the first time, so when he ate it for the first time, he literally ate it droves, leading to the quote, and developed a food coma.

      Future Ted then told his kid that that time was the first and the last time he ever ate bacon.

      Tasting bacon for the first time in his life and having an overblown reaction would be a downplayed example of Sense Freak.

      Compressed Vice?

      Cargo Shipping, just an In-Universe example.
  • 1 Sep 22nd, 2017 at 1:01AM
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    Lastest Reply: 22nd Sep, 2017 09:14:53 AM
    Is this a Trope? e.g: the first episode of SGU & Travelers. Is this just the usual Sex Sells? Reply
  • 2 Sep 17th, 2017 at 12:12AM
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    Lastest Reply: 17th Sep, 2017 08:48:00 PM
    What's the name of the trope for when you disagree with the aesop but you like the delivery? The opposite to "Don't Shoot The Message"... For example, you're anti-euthanasia but you appreciate the artistry of a pro-euthanasia film? Reply
  • 2 Sep 9th, 2017 at 8:08PM
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    Lastest Reply: 10th Sep, 2017 01:04:52 AM
    headscratchers Reply

      Which Jessica Jones? The Comic Book doesn't have a Headscratchers page yet, but the Series does. In the case of the former, you can make it yourself, and in case of the latter, you can find it here.

      What?
  • 1 Sep 8th, 2017 at 11:11PM
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    Lastest Reply: 8th Sep, 2017 11:57:58 PM
    I'm looking for this trope where the final scene of the pilot episode takes place in a restaurant... do we have it? Reply
  • 0 Sep 7th, 2017 at 5:05PM
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    Do we have a trope where a person does an impression of someone else, in that person's presence? I've seen it a bunch of times on Saturday Night Live. Some examples I can think of:

    Dana Carvey did this a bunch of times on Saturday Night Live (but I can't find any such trope on his page), like:
    • For the skit "America's Most Wanted: Former Child Actors", Michael J. Fox played Danny Bonaduci, and Carvey played Fox (and made Fox crack up)
    • Once on Weekend Update, he played Mick Jagger and Mick played Keith Richards (and, again, he made Mick laugh)

    Also, on one occasion, Stevie Wonder played a Stevie Wonder impersonator, and Eddie Murphy played a theatrical agent who critiqued his performance and showed him how to really play Stevie Wonder.

    So it feels like we oughta have it but I can't find it... Reply
  • 2 Aug 29th, 2017 at 5:05AM
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    Lastest Reply: 29th Aug, 2017 01:01:43 PM
    I vaguely remember a TV show, that featured a young white boy, around the age of 10-12 who moved in with his family into a new town I believe. He had no siblings, and only his father and mother, who happened to run a Fish and Chips restaurant in the new town. So the story goes around this boy and his day to day encounters. I watched this as a young child in Sri Lanka around the years 2005 or so, but I believe this to be a Australian TV show, just by the way I recall the characters, and it was probably filmed somewhere in the 1990's.

    The highlight of the TV show, is that at one point the kid gets his hands on a giant orange/red streaked fish, but sadly its dead, but the kid refuses to have it thrown away, and encases it in a plastic bag and he takes it around with him everywhere I think. I think the fish may have been a paradise fish particularly a large red/range/blue streaked paradise gourami. I remember the word, " Paradise" being mentioned in this show quite often for some reason.

    There are two other strong flashbacks I have from this show. One instance is when he wakes up, he looks for his dead fish in is plastic bag, and its gone from his room. He's goes crazy and looks for it, and asks his mom, who tells him that she dumped that stinky fish in the garbage bin, and that the garbage truck had just arrived. The kid goes running behind the garbage truck, screaming they've got his fish. The other instance is I believe is the final episode of the show, where the kid finds this paradise beach, and he lets his fish out to sea, and strangely the fish comes to life and the show ends with him playing with it on the beach. I think the kid held on to the fish for so long, because he felt obliged to release it to the sea, ad I think his town was far away from the shore, and I vaguely remember him bickering with his parents about a vacation involving the beach. Reply

      Please take this to You Know That Show

      For the record, though, it was called "Misery Guts".

      As I recall, the fish was basically the first plot arc; eventually, though an accident, the F&C shop's main rivals made it into a curry which gave someone food poisoning (which everyone saw as intentional sabotage), leading them to move to Australia (the rest of the series's premise).
  • 2 Aug 24th, 2017 at 8:08PM
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    Lastest Reply: 24th Aug, 2017 11:07:17 PM
    What is the trope where, when a TV show or movie is playing within a show, it is usually several decades old? Reply
  • 2 Aug 24th, 2017 at 6:06AM
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    Lastest Reply: 24th Aug, 2017 04:15:25 PM
    The main characters in a TV get a freeze-frame of themselves in action, then suddenly, the screen compesses itself into a box with with said character in the middle, as his/her actor/actress' name gets displayed below.

    Examples of this trope in action: https://youtu.be/QIXmlSkLEBk https://youtu.be/d-7MzNRs4CY Reply
  • 1 Aug 21st, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2017 08:39:48 PM
    Is there a trope for when a show keeps jumping back and forth between dates (not' involving Time Travel).

    For example, there's a new Police Procedural show similar to Rosewood with a cast of 20 characters (of who appear in almost every episode), the main protagonist is a Lesbian Cop (well, Lipstick Lesbian) but she's not blatant about her sexuality, and the show has got a definite Story Arc running through Season 1, but it keeps jumping between years, such as (years in brackets next to episode name):

    Episode 1 - Pilot (2017, Present Day)

    Episode 2 - TBA (April 1994)

    Episode 3 - TBA (May 1982)

    Episode 4 - TBA (June 1995)

    Episode 5 - TBA (September 1997)

    Episode 6 - TBA (April 2002)

    Episode 7 - TBA (July 1989, on July 4th Independence Day celebrations)

    Episode 8 - TBA (August 2001)

    Episode 9 - TBA (Christmas Eve 1986)

    Episode 10 - TBA (August 2016)

    They've done the research on the years, avoided Artistic License History and got period-accurate detail on the clothing, cars etc. and crime in the eras.

    Is there a trope for this sort of Story Arc? It can't quite be an Anthology Series, since this show has the same cast of characters every season, but what tropes would fit the show, especially in terms of time period and Genre? Reply
  • 3 Aug 16th, 2017 at 8:08PM
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    Lastest Reply: 17th Aug, 2017 12:01:00 PM
    Is there a trope for when a character treats something unusual as ordinary, when it wouldn't be seen as such in their world, like Reese's non-reaction to Shaw's fridge filled with hand grenades neatly lined up in egg storage trays in Person of Interest (he even remarks that there's nothing out of the ordinary in her apartment)? Or the reverse, when something ordinary in-universe is treated as bizarre, like the Eleventh Doctor's reactions to people kissing? Reply
  • 6 Aug 7th, 2017 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 11th Aug, 2017 07:55:54 PM
    What do you call it when writers/showrunners give character some terrible situation then give them a tiny bit of hope then slam the door again then another bit of hope then slam the door again. Over and over until the episode ends where you think he may have fixed the horrible problem but end with one final terrible failure. Jerking the character and audience around. Reply
  • 2 Aug 10th, 2017 at 1:01PM
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    Lastest Reply: 11th Aug, 2017 01:06:53 PM
    Pretty sure this is a trope, I just don't know how to search for it. The characters say they're in a particular country, then there's a picture of some structure in order to establish where they are, but the picture is located in another country. Reply
  • 2 Aug 9th, 2017 at 5:05AM
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    Lastest Reply: 9th Aug, 2017 06:19:33 AM
    So, usually montages have music... But when the montage ends and the music from the montage becomes in-universe like from a stereo or laptop or set of headphones that get taken out (diagenic sound, I think?) and reality sort of takes over... Do we have a name for that trope?

    Can be in film or cartoons too. Reply
  • 1 Jul 30th, 2017 at 7:07AM
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    Lastest Reply: 30th Jul, 2017 07:11:48 AM
    Sometimes a character leaves his/her family for a long period of time (measured in years), promising beforehand to bring back some milk from the grocery store. Then the character comes back and this excuse is still upheld despite the absurd amount of time that passed. Usually played for laughs (especially the absurdity).

    This may not necessarily be milk, just that the person who goes missing for many years has such a flimsy excuse but everyone accepts it anyway.

    Examples: in the Fairly OddParents Cosmo told his mother that he was going to get some milk so that he could secretly marry Wanda, who his mother does not approve of. He comes back about a thousand years later, and she asks him if he finally got the milk; in 30Rock, Tracy Jordan's dad left him and his mom when he was a kid, promising to get some milk from the grocery store and that he'd be back in five minutes. Fast forward to the finale, and his dad did come back, with the milk no less. Reply
  • 1 Jul 29th, 2017 at 5:05PM
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    Lastest Reply: 29th Jul, 2017 05:56:45 PM
    I am trying to think of the name of a tv series or movie that i saw on tv in the U.S.A. about thirty years ago. It was likely in color, but this is not certain. It likely was in a science fiction anthology series. It was about a human astronaut who lands some place in outer space, and something prevents him from leaving the place. Likely his space ship was damaged. Eventually a monster ( which seems somewhat like a giant ape or giant bear, but different from earthling animals ) arrives at the space ship while the astronaut is in the space ship, and the monster tries to break into the space ship. The monster is strong, but the space ship is strong enough to prevent the monster from breaking in, and thus there seems to be no immediate threat to the astronaut's life, but it is fairly clear that the monster wishes to do something unpleasant to the astronaut. Furthermore, the monster notices that a door to the space ship is locked, and it is a combination lock, and the monster tries some numbers in the lock, and it is not the right combination, and then the monster tries another combination, but it is not the right combination, and it seems that the monster intends to keep trying combinations till the door opens. The astronaut sure seems frightened when he realizes what the monster is trying to do. The astronaut's thoughts seem to be "That monster intends to keep trying combinations by using all possible combinations. If it gets the right combination, the door then opens, and the monster comes in, and it then rips me to pieces. Likewise i might be trapped in here for many years, and i might die before the monster comes in. I can't leave. I must stay here, waiting, knowing that the monster might get the right combination at any moment." The episode or movie likely was about twenty-five minutes long. Reply
  • 2 Jul 27th, 2017 at 11:11AM
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    Lastest Reply: 29th Jul, 2017 11:18:10 AM
    Is there a trope for when there's a flashback and a character has a wildly different hairstyle from their current one? Usually an era-appropriate one, like a flashback to the 70s will have the character sporting an enormous afro. Reply
  • 2 Jul 28th, 2017 at 5:05PM
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    Lastest Reply: 29th Jul, 2017 06:34:07 AM
    Is there a trope for investigative organizations that can't seem to properly investigate, leaving the protagonists to solve whatever mystery is abound, whether or not that protagonist possesses the necessary qualifications or not? Reply
  • 1 Jul 26th, 2017 at 10:10PM
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    Lastest Reply: 27th Jul, 2017 03:33:17 AM
    It was either on Disney or Nick it wasn't an actual show but kind of like a segment it was a dancing elephant a man in an elphant costume it was in a basement and a guy on an intercom would announce him and than the elephant would come out in fog and disco lights and dance with the kids he would shake his head while dancing and his ears and trunk would swing Reply
  • 1 Jul 18th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 18th Jul, 2017 05:28:57 PM
    Is there a trope for describing an episode that centers around a situation that the protagonist (or any other relatable character) gets into, which somehow causes the audience to feel so distressed for the character in that situation that the viewer may decide to turn the tv off? Reply
  • 3 Jul 16th, 2017 at 4:04PM
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    Lastest Reply: 17th Jul, 2017 12:14:11 AM
    This mainly applies to episodic series. In some TV shows, there may come an episode that takes place in a court room (the reason for the trial may be arbitrary) and during the trial, characters from across the series up to that point may return to either defend, or more commonly testify against the protagonist. Is there a trope for this kind of episode? Reply
  • 0 Jul 15th, 2017 at 2:02AM
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    fuse has an end

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