• 0 Mar 26th, 2017 at 6:06AM
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    Before most ad breaks in "The Expanse" there's some sort of dramatic scene happening like a fight or someone's at a dilemma and there's a very fast paced/loud track getting louder and louder until it cuts to an ad break where it suddenly goes silent. Is this a trope? I think it's pretty common and I'm sure it happens in other shows like Designated Survivor to build cheap tension. Reply
  • 1 Mar 25th, 2017 at 12:12AM
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    Lastest Reply: 25th Mar, 2017 10:04:51 AM
    Is there a trope for when you have two (or more) warriors or experts on the same side, and they both recognize that while they are teammates, they are also each other's rival, and they end up in some kind of contest to prove which one is stronger, faster, smarter, or whatever. But rather than actually pick one of them and declare that one is better than the other, particularly if they are regular non-guest characters, the show avoids resolving it by throwing something else at them - a third character interrupts or something - and the contest is canceled/aborted. An example of this is season 14 of NCIS. Post-Tony Di Nozzo (Michael Weatherly) departure, the show has added two "alpha"-type male characters portrayed by Wilmer Valderrama (Torres) and Duane Henry (Reeves). In one episode, they finally go at it with an arm-wrestling contest, but it is canceled by the arrival of other characters and a case with assignments for them. Reply
  • 2 Mar 24th, 2017 at 8:08PM
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    Lastest Reply: 24th Mar, 2017 08:13:18 PM
    Is there a trope that covers when a character is conspicuously absent from a single episode of a show because the actor was taking a vacation or in rehab, or whatever? Maybe covered by a lame excuse. Reply
  • 0 Mar 24th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    1) Mainly centered around a detective duo, where they are giving a brief to a large group, or there is a team of detectives in the background - all these detectives appear to be doing a lot of important work for the case, even though it is is the main detectives doing all of the leg work (and pretty much solve the case single-handedly). I feel like this happens in almost every police detective/murder mystery show I have ever seen.

    2) Where the lead detective when trying to find a lead suspect, makes an overly specific and dramatic demand as to how detailed the search has to be. For example: "I wanna know what he is doing! Who he talks to! Where he goes! Hell, if he so much as takes a crap I wanna know about it! now get to work!!! Reply
  • 1 Mar 22nd, 2017 at 2:02AM
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    Lastest Reply: 23rd Mar, 2017 07:00:31 AM
    There's a scene in Babylon 5 where Londo doses Refa with a poison, then informs him that the poison is harmless on its own, but if mixed with its other half, it will kill him.

    While not specifically the poison, the trope is the manner by which the poison functions; needing both components to work.

    There's another example in Die Hard with a Vengeance - the liquid explosives used by the terrorists comes in two parts that are inert on their own, but highly energetic when mixed.

    There are also several polymers in Real Life that do follow this format: Epoxy and Polyurethane being the most common examples.

    So do we have this one? Reply
  • 1 Mar 18th, 2017 at 9:09AM
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    Lastest Reply: 18th Mar, 2017 09:39:03 AM
    I'm looking for quite a common cliche where at the end of a TV show or film, one of the characters writes a book/movie plot/tv show, etc about the show we've just seen, suggesting that one of the characters is the writer of the show. For example at the end of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Rory writes a book about her childhood and her mother, which is the plot of the TV show. Reply
  • 1 Mar 17th, 2017 at 9:09PM
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    Lastest Reply: 17th Mar, 2017 10:14:11 PM
    moving furniture Reply
  • 1 Mar 3rd, 2017 at 1:01PM
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    Lastest Reply: 3rd Mar, 2017 09:12:41 PM
    So there is some Old TV show/Movie that I want to locate, it has some kind of hooker's that got ripped off from an Cheap John of some sort. I have a video that indicated that it's probably an old TV series/Movie and this specific version of the video is dubbed from some other language, maybe french? maybe german? I don't know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54WotdCIlSU Can someone give me an hand? (:


      This really belongs on You Know That Show.
  • 2 Mar 3rd, 2017 at 3:03PM
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    Lastest Reply: 3rd Mar, 2017 05:34:07 PM
    This occurs frequently on Elementary, but it's been used elsewhere, too: The detective gathers all the information about the case—victims, suspects, places, leads—and pins them on a board, often with pieces of string to indicate connections, then puts his hand on his chin and stares at it. What do you call such a board? If it doesn't have a name, I'd suggest Evidence Collage. Reply
  • 1 Mar 3rd, 2017 at 12:12PM
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    Lastest Reply: 3rd Mar, 2017 04:20:22 PM
    Is there a trope for those teeny tiny in-ear two way radios much beloved of spy-fi shows? "Alias" or "Chuck" for example. Reply
  • 1 Feb 26th, 2017 at 3:03AM
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    Lastest Reply: 26th Feb, 2017 05:46:08 AM
    Is Eric the most common character name for missing or mudered boys? Reply
  • 1 Feb 25th, 2017 at 7:07PM
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    Lastest Reply: 25th Feb, 2017 07:34:21 PM
    Im trying to remember an episode from a (science fiction) type of series that probably aired in the 90's. I know there was (voice over at beginning and end) like some of the shows I mentioned in the title. From what I remember the main character (middle aged white male) was on the run because he was trying to hide a fantastic secret contained in a notebook (i believe he could teleport but not all the time) at the end of the show he is locked in a jail cell and desperately needs to escape to save his secret from coming out (and perhaps used for evil purposes). So he teleports himself outside to escape and I remember him burning pages of a notebook, so his secret could not get out. I remember that the ending sparked a sense of wonder and imagination. I saw it more than once but cannot recall anything else. And this is in color so at the least it would be in the remade versions of the shows listed above. Thanks in advance! Reply

      Need to ask in You Know That Show where. That's where people looking for shows and episodes lurk.
  • 1 Feb 24th, 2017 at 9:09PM
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    Lastest Reply: 25th Feb, 2017 12:53:17 AM
    The hero tells the villain that if he [the hero] had taken the conventional course of action, the villain would have won. Then the hero says what he decided to do instead.

    An example of the trope was in the pilot episode of Mr Robot, where Elliot confronts the owner of a child pornography website in a cafe. Elliot says that usually he confronts people whose crimes he exposes online, but in this case, he does it in person, so the website owner doesn't wipe the evidence from the servers. Then Elliot says he instead sent an anonymous tip to the FBI with current time and location before leaving the cafe as the FBI agents enter it.


      I'm not sure that's a trope.

      It just seems like the hero being pragmatic and clever, and in and of itself to narrow and specific to be a trope.
  • 1 Feb 22nd, 2017 at 9:09PM
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    Lastest Reply: 23rd Feb, 2017 01:56:06 AM
    are there any tropes associated with ventriloquists and their dummies Reply
  • 2 Feb 20th, 2017 at 4:04PM
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    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2017 01:14:08 AM
    We have Ascended Fanon and Real Life Writes the Plot for when fan theories became/are confirmed as canonical/outside events force a change in the production of the work. Do we have a trope for a minor version of these? For context the example I have is from the Batman 60s television series. When the first season began airing a car safety organisation contacted the producers to complain that Batman and Robin were jumping into the Batmobile and driving off without fastening any safety belts - this was before seat belts were compulsory to wear if fitted - and thus setting a bad example. After a bit of toing and froing (the producers suggested the reason was the Batmobile had advanced safety features rendering seatbelts unnecessary but the organisation wasn't having it) the producers acquiesced to the organisations complaints and shot a short closeup sequence of the actors fastening lap belts and inserted it into every subsequent sequence where a character jumped into the Batmobile but before they drove it off - the organisation was so grateful for the most popular television show of the time endorsing seat belt use they presented the show with a prestigious safety award.

    As it's not a fan theory, Ascended Fanon doesn't seem to fit and as it has no real impact on the actual story or production Real Life Writes the Plot doesn't seem right either. Any suggestions? Thanks. Reply
  • 5 Feb 20th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2017 12:24:05 PM
    There's the Disposable Sex Worker trope but is there the opposite trope? Like an innocent prostitute bystander?

    When a guy surprises his target in bed with a couple prostitutes and let's them walk out. There's an unspoken agreement that the prostitutes have no loyalty to their customer so won't attack the guy when his guard is down and they get out alive because the guy only cares about his target or information from his target.

    Sorry I can't think of a specific example right now but I know i've seen it in movie and tv shows set in the 80s and 90s?

    :edited for formatting Reply

      Sounds like a straight inversion of Disposable Sex Worker, to be honest.

      I guess an example would be Clarence Boddickers "bitches - leave!" comment before he kneecaps Bob Morton and leaves a primed grenade on the table which he can't reach in time or get far enough away from before it explodes, killing him in Robocop

      Actually, I don't think it is an inversion of Disposable Sex Workers (except, perhaps, by accident). At most, it's a not-tropeworthy aversion. I don't think it's any different from, say, going after a guy in a restaurant, but sparing the waiters. (Except, Darker and Sexier.) Or, if it's a mob restaurant, and the waiters are mooks, sparing the random diners by not simply blowing the whole place up. Some sort of precision trope...

      Never Hurt an Innocent or one of it's sub tropes?

      I would call it an inversion of Disposable Sex Worker, considering that the "disposable" part is notable enough to become a trope. It would also depend on the situation, too. It would only be an inversion if the scenario was such that there's nothing stopping them from being killed as "witnesses" or "disposable sex workers", yet for some reason they are ignored or let go. I wouldn't, for example consider the old "I'm letting you live so you can deliver a message" thing to be an inversion as I believe that would fall under another trope.
  • 4 Feb 16th, 2017 at 7:07PM
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    Lastest Reply: 18th Feb, 2017 07:29:56 PM
    1. Is there a name for the sitcom trope where one character lies to another character and a third character is forced to go along with it? (e.g. - character A is missing but character B says they're actually in the next room, so character C is forced to agree even though it makes things more difficult) 2. What is the sitcom trope where one character is saying something but, because of context, other characters interpret it in a completely different way? Thank you! Reply
  • 1 Feb 13th, 2017 at 5:05PM
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    Lastest Reply: 13th Feb, 2017 06:14:40 PM
    Neglect of problems and portraying stereotypes


      What exactly are you looking for? There are a lot of tropes about negative stereotypes.
  • 2 Feb 9th, 2017 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 12th Feb, 2017 12:39:09 AM
    Is there a trope for where a written document is shown on-screen, and apart from the heading or maybe a highlighted sentence, most of the text is complete garble?

    On an episode of Leverage, for example, an official-looking memo was shown on-screen where a highlighted paragraph matched a character's summary of the memo, but the rest had nonsense filler sentences like "How can the galaxy accept without Gabe Erickson." and "Every rubber moans about a labeled dress past the scarf." Reply
  • 1 Feb 8th, 2017 at 9:09PM
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    Lastest Reply: 9th Feb, 2017 02:14:02 PM
    I'm looking for this trope: A character invents/stumbles upon a new glue. It's amazing! It's all powerful! Everyone starts using it. But, it doesn't create a permanent bond. Oh no! Things start falling apart when things start falling apart.

    I know it must be on here somewhere, but I can't find the right keywords. I also thought it might be linked from one of these , (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StickySituation or http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GoneHorriblyWrong ) but it's not, and those are as close as I've gotten to finding it. Reply
  • 2 Feb 6th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 7th Feb, 2017 04:21:03 AM
    The Muppet Christmas Carol is full of fancy puppetry and optical effects, but in the commentary Brian Henson says that one of the hardest things to do was have Kermit insert a key into a lock, turn it, turn it back, and pull it out while looking natural. Is there a trope for this? Reply

      Tropes are storytelling conventions. That is trivia.

      But are there other examples of the general idea? Those things that creators said took hundreds of takes to get right (not counting actors' performances, of course)?
  • 1 Feb 5th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 6th Feb, 2017 08:31:12 PM
    So there's this tv-show, whose most major characters might be white, but they apparently certainly want to avoid Monochrome Casting, and black people are pointedly also given major recurring roles. Asian people however, never appear. A more rare counterpoint-version is a show featuring white people and Asians, but never any black people. Anyway, the point is: this is not Monochrome Casting since at least two ethnicities / races have important roles, but another race / ethnicity is totally absent. Is there a Trope for this?

    EDIT: Jeez,a very snarky reply I only got; but my above question was actually serious, thus let me elaborate:


    See Series 7th Heaven. Features a white family as main characters and they are (pointedly?) given a black-family counterpart (almost taken up to extremes, as both families have a husband that's a minister, a wife that's a homemaker, and lots of children. Oldest son of above black family also happens to become the Black Best Friend of the oldest son of afore-mentioned white family in later seasons.

    BUT, anyway: Asians don't seem to exist in this show at at all... It features white people, black people, it's a show revolving about a Christian minister that also happens to sometimes feature / mention Jewish or Muslim charaters (yeah I know the latter point regards religion rather than race / ethnicity, but still) but in the end, Asians don't seem to exist. And this show takes place in California, one of the states with the highest percentage of Asians. Reply
  • 1 Jan 28th, 2017 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 28th Jan, 2017 03:58:37 PM
    the countries trump banned refugees from Reply
  • 0 Jan 25th, 2017 at 4:04AM
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    Most commonly seen as "wearing sunglasses to (ineffectually) conceal a black eye." The most recent episode of Supergirl has this, but I've seen it elsewhere. Reply