• 1 Jun 22nd, 2017 at 9:09AM
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    Lastest Reply: 22nd Jun, 2017 10:53:25 AM
    There's an episode of Odd Squad Season 2 ("Odd Squad Needs You", specifically) where the two main characters have to shoot a commercial, and they make thirty seconds of (basically) YouTube poop. [See here. https://youtu.be/AJj7CRCSKzA?t=8m33s]

    I checked YouTube Poop proper and it didn't count as a trope. So what's the trope itself called? Chaotic Editing? Reply

      We do have Blipvert, but that's specifically for rapid-fire clips. I think the sample you posted is too slow to qualify.
  • 4 Jun 9th, 2017 at 3:03PM
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    Lastest Reply: 10th Jun, 2017 06:47:56 AM
    I know we have this one, I just cannot remember what it is called.

    Every cop show does this, they have an episode where the tv cops have to deal with an in-universe fictional tv cop show and say how much it sucks and how it is unrealistic (often taking criticisms aimed at the show they are in and directing it at the fictional show). Just what is it called? Anyone, please? Reply
  • 2 May 30th, 2017 at 4:04PM
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    Lastest Reply: 5th Jun, 2017 10:52:30 AM
    I wonder if there is a trope when a name (or a location etc.) is pronounced in a unique way for the entire time, but during a single episode/scene it is pronounced differently?

    Example: During a television series in the german dub the name Thomas is spoken as of english Origin. But during a song in a movie based on the series, the name is once pronounced like a german name. However even in this song, this happens only in a single line but during the rest of the song the name is said normally again. Reply
  • 1 Jun 1st, 2017 at 1:01AM
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    Lastest Reply: 1st Jun, 2017 02:29:43 AM
    I believe this aired in the mid to late nineties, but all I remember was a man with short brown or back hair who hosted the show and there were three kids in every episode answering questions or something of that sort. The man would stand on where there were white poles or organs of some sort. I can't remember if it aired on Nickelodeon or cartoon network, but it always reminded me of Reboot. I also remember Robot Chicken making fun of the show by the guy as the host goes home drunk complaining that his life was boring. That's all i can remember. Reply
  • 1 May 27th, 2017 at 5:05PM
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    Lastest Reply: 27th May, 2017 06:13:47 PM
    My impression is, that in sitcom families with more than one child, the first child is almost always female (unless all children are male). Married with children, Roseanne, Bill Cosby, ALF, Grounded for life, The Dinos (counterexample Family Matters). Just a few, that come to my mind right away. Am I right, that writers of this genre prefer older sisters and/or avoid older brothers? Could there be a trope behind this? Reply

      Seems more like a coincidence than an actual trope, to be honest, but maybe others will have a different opinion.

      Also, with some help from Google, I found several comedy shows that don't fit the rule - The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Family Ties, The Simpsons, Blossom, Still Standing, Boy Meets World, Clueless and Everybody Hates Chris.
  • 1 May 24th, 2017 at 11:11AM
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    Lastest Reply: 24th May, 2017 11:35:29 AM
    It seems a little mundane, but in episode 15 of Limitless, "Undercover!" all the characters are "filmed", because they had to give statements, of sorts because of a certain incident happened regarding all of them, it was very reminiscent of an interview, what's the name of the trope?

    Just curious! Reply
  • 1 May 22nd, 2017 at 11:11AM
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    Lastest Reply: 22nd May, 2017 12:28:02 PM
    What is the trope called when a person that's being accused of something says "i never stole [specific item]" and the interrogator says "well we never said that [specific item] was stolen, lock em up, boys!" Reply
  • 1 May 9th, 2017 at 12:12AM
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    Lastest Reply: 21st May, 2017 11:58:22 PM
    Is there a page for the sci-fi trope where all the members of the same species wear the same kind of clothes, have the same kind of haircuts, etc? The most obvious example is Star Trek, where Vulcans almost always have bowl-cut hair, Romulans always wear jackets with shoulder pads, Klingons always have long hair, and so on. This trope is related to Planet of Hats and People of Hair Color, but neither of them covers it; the former is about what the species does, and the latter covers physiological traits, not style. Reply

      So there's no trope page for this? If not, I'm thinking of taking to Trope Launch Pad.
  • 2 May 18th, 2017 at 4:04PM
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    Lastest Reply: 19th May, 2017 12:49:48 PM
    Do we have a trope for where the love interest gets rejected when they first ask a character out, only for the two of them to get together in the end? Reply

      Seems to be playing off of First Girl Wins.

      Thanks. That sounds about right. Do you reckon there are enough instances of this to warrant a subtrope?
  • 1 May 17th, 2017 at 3:03PM
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    Lastest Reply: 17th May, 2017 04:06:46 PM
    Is there a trope for where a work has a Spin-Off and you'rr required to watch the Spin-Off to understand it?

    For example, Work A (a Live-Action TV drama) has a Spin-Off about a group of criminals (making them Villain Protagonist ), Work B, and another spin-off, Work C which follows a private investigator and him coming into conflict with the law.

    To understand Work C, you need to watch Work A, but to understand Work A fully, you need to see 'both'' Work B and C to understand it.

    The closest thing I can think of is the crossover between Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow but that was for a Crisis Crossover and a one-off event; is there a trope for when you have to watch several series that are a Spin-Off to understand the main work?

    I don't think it's Multi Volume Work, Divided for Publication or Anthology but what's the trope? Reply
  • 4 May 14th, 2017 at 12:12AM
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    Lastest Reply: 14th May, 2017 10:04:29 AM
    There is a City level threat, national level threat or even Earth level threat. The powers that be (goverment, military, head of the mercenary) send a small group to deal with the threat. Even if the most logical sense would be to send a full army.


    Movies: Suicide squad, if girls with baseball bats are effective, send 100k of them.. and just a few dozens apache helicopters for supports

    Anime: Ajin. They create an elite group of say 30 people to stop a mayor national threat, why not send 30k?

    Television: Blacklist often comes to stop city level threats...and they send a few guys with handguns.

    Games: In Xcom, they expect a 30/40 guys to stop an alien threat. Why not use 40k? AT LEAST? Reply

      One Riot, One Ranger?

      Yes, thanks, it pretty much fits, though as described is super specific, often it's more than just one man. Specially in the cases i remember. Basically the trope is the same, but instead of a single man is a small task force. I don't know why the trope is so narrow to include exactly on person, when it's common to include several people, but still too small group given the level of the threat.

      It seems to be related to One Riot, One Ranger EDIT: blasted, someone ninja'ed me.

      Conservation of Ninjutsu can also be applied.
  • 6 May 10th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 11th May, 2017 04:33:03 PM
    I'm thinking of TV series where it's only mid-season but not only is the lead character in trouble, but their trusty support team's in peril too. Then in an unexpected twist one of them gets killed...then another...then more...in the space of 10 minutes they're all dead! Then the hero's top secret Base gets discovered and destroyed, and their secret identity exposed, and...at this point it becomes clear that there's no way they're going to let this stick; for the series to continue they're just going to have to press the reset button somehow.

    My question is whether things going so catastrophically wrong in an episode it's obvious to the viewer they'll need to reset it all so they never happened is a trope in itself, and if so whether it's one that's on the site already. Reply

      Status Quo Is God

      Like You Would Really Do It.

      Thanks Chabal 2, but I think Status Quo Is God covers a more general case, where the overall situation doesn't change over time.

      I was thinking of specific episodes where the change is so sudden and extreme that any remotely Genre Savvy viewer realises that the Reset Button will need to be pressed to explicitly make those changes vanish in-universe.

      Can also be Dying to Be Replaced when this is averted.

      Thanks Tuomas - that's pretty close; what I'm thinking of may be a subtrope of Like You Would Really Do It (it's the specific case where they do, technically, do it, but it's obvious to the viewers that it's bound to be undone in the near future) but probably not worth putting forward as a thing in its own right.

      I think there's also an element of Spoiled by the Format present. If you're watching a show and all the main characters die a gruesome death in a mid-season episode, you know something is going to reset it — because, after all, you have another half of the season to watch. (Unless it's the kind of show where Anyone Can Die.)
  • 1 May 7th, 2017 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 7th May, 2017 10:26:28 AM
    There was this show where some guy and gal went around showing off how things worked back in the 90s. It was a VHS series. I remember fondly them teaching about helicopters, motorcycles, and boats. I can't for the life of me remember the title of the series. Reply
  • 1 May 6th, 2017 at 4:04AM
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    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2017 04:14:56 AM
    Is there an existing trope for that Christmas Episode thing where despite all the characters having separate plans for Christmas, somehow all those plans never pan out and they all end up circling back to each other and spending it together, often with a "you're my real family" lesson. (Bonus points if one of the characters wanted them all to spend Christmas together, was disappointed when it wasn't going to happen, then got their wish as a special Christmas Miracle.) Happy Endings sort of did it in season 2 (Jane and Brad were going to Turks and Caicos). Beverly Hills 90210 did it in season 2. The Golden Girls did it in season 2 (maybe it's a standard "season 2" thing...) Reply
  • 0 May 5th, 2017 at 2:02AM
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    On TV shows and movies, a lot of times all family photos look like they were taken in the last 3 weeks. Is there a TV Trope named after that? Reply
  • 0 May 3rd, 2017 at 11:11PM
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    I'm looking for a character trope regarding an early scene in the Sense8 Christmas episode where Hernando dresses down a student for being a homophobic douche.

    It's not The Stoic, because Hernando is one of the most passionate characters on the show. It's not Nerves of Steel, because it's very clear he's emotionally affected by it. But it's got something to do with his ability to stay cool under pressure, because his relationship has just been outed to his classroom, which is embarrassing, and yet he is able to take this incredibly humiliating moment and turn it into an object lesson.

    What trope is that? Reply
  • 2 May 3rd, 2017 at 8:08AM
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    Lastest Reply: 3rd May, 2017 10:16:17 AM
    Is there a trope for when two women on opposing sides of a law judgement meet in the ladies' room and discuss in front of the mirror while retouching their makeup, usually trying to convince the other to do or say something? It happened a couple times in How To Get Away With Murder and in the last episode of 13 Reasons Why, plus probably a couple others I can't remember right now Reply
  • 0 May 1st, 2017 at 7:07PM
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    Someone dies. Some time later, a grieving friend/relative listens to an answering machine / voicemail greeting from the deceased, all sad-like. Subtrope 1: the grieving person lived with the deceased, and they listen to the answering machine greeting whenever someone calls them. (Seen in The Killing, S1) Subtrope 2: the grieving person keeps calling the deceased's phone in order to listen to the greeting. (Seen in Breaking Bad with Jesse and Jane.) Subsubtrope: the number is eventually disconnected and when they call it again, they get a generic machine voice telling them so (Also Breaking Bad) Reply
  • 1 Apr 18th, 2017 at 1:01PM
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    Lastest Reply: 18th Apr, 2017 04:57:44 PM
    I feel like this is probably out there somewhere, but I can't find it. What's it called when you've got a villain who can hop from person to person, infecting innocents like a telepathic virus, sometimes by touch, sometimes just by proximity? This creates a 'anyone can be the villain' situation, as well as setting up a lot of ethical challenges. This plot has been done very often in sci-fi TV shows, but it's also been seen in movies and comics. The one that comes most clearly to my mind is the movie Fallen with Denzel Washington, in which a demon possesses folks by touch. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallen_(1998_film)

  • 2 Apr 17th, 2017 at 7:07AM
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    Lastest Reply: 17th Apr, 2017 03:34:26 PM
    Is there an existing trope for how TV shows in particular will have students in class and it seems like the class has just started, but within three minutes, they've been given their homework assignments and been dismissed? (Although not before the class, such as it is, has foreshadowed the Lesson of the Week through classic literature in English class, or historical events in History.) Buffy, BH 90210, a ton of shows seemed to do this. It's even worse when the scene seems to start with the students being rowdy and disruptive and needing to be settled, like they've just arrived. Reply
  • 4 Apr 14th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 15th Apr, 2017 09:20:51 AM
    Which of These Tropes Are Made for Walking do the Netflix version of Danny/Iron Fist fall under? I haven't seen the show myself. Reply

      Please elaborate.

      Danny goes barefoot in public for at least a good portion of the first episode, and maybe a few times after that, but I don't know why he does so.

      Barefoot Loon, he couldn't afford shoes after his time in kun lun and it makes him look like a crazy vagrant

      Also sounds like Barefoot Poverty. Thanks for the explanation.
  • 1 Apr 7th, 2017 at 8:08AM
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    Lastest Reply: 7th Apr, 2017 10:56:05 AM
    From Doctor Who 2016 CS "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" -

    Product Placement: The Doctor created a distraction at the Tokyo branch of Harmony Shoal by "flooding the downstairs with Pokémon."

    Since the BBC doesn't have advertising, this isn't Product Placement. What trope should this be? Reply
  • 1 Apr 1st, 2017 at 5:05AM
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    Lastest Reply: 1st Apr, 2017 05:22:10 AM
    I can't think of this show, it was a teen show and there was a group of friends who would have to try and capture oversized insects like the old movies, does anyone know this show? Reply
  • 1 Mar 30th, 2017 at 7:07PM
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    Lastest Reply: 30th Mar, 2017 08:53:19 PM
    My mom was watching Grey's Anatomy and I was in the room. I'm not a fan of the show, btw. If you are, skip this question since it's spoilers. Anyways a character is on their deathbed and asks the window to be opened. As soon as the doctor opens the window, they die. I've definitely seen this before, the whole idea of the soul escaping out the window. Do we have this trope? I didn't see it among the other ways people get killed with windows. Reply
  • 3 Mar 28th, 2017 at 12:12PM
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    Lastest Reply: 29th Mar, 2017 10:51:19 AM
    I've scouted around the tropes trying to find a specific mention of this. I guess GAME OF THRONES and OUTLANDER stick out in my mind (both are more my wife's shows), but it seems that historical (REIGN?) and specifically medieval and quasi-medieval get away with all manner of torture, rape and mutilation that wouldn't fly in a modern-setting show. Is there a specific trope that mentions the allowance for this? George R. R. Martin uses historical precedent for the acts, but it seems like its just a way to justify the horror. (I'm down with horror, but I'm curious.)