• 1 Jun 9th, 2017 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Jun, 2017 06:50:51 AM
    Is there a specific trope for a person who wants their spouse to die but is waiting for them to die naturally instead of murdering them? Basically, a male gold digger is waiting for his terminally ill wife to die so he can inherit all of her money for himself.

    Is there something like Til Murder Do Us Part but without the murder? Reply
  • 2 Jun 9th, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 9th Jun, 2017 02:29:38 PM
    There's a largely minor character in Gloomverse who seems deadpan when we first see her, but later, it appears that she's horrible at hiding her emotions when she messes up a minor thing. Is there a trope for this? Reply
  • 1 Apr 23rd, 2017 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2017 06:18:16 AM
    It's about a brother and sister that has mental problems, the brother can't die and the sister sees things.(I know ... it's odd) Reply
  • 1 Apr 22nd, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 11:24:22 PM
    It's about a brother and sister that has mental problems, the brother can't die and the sister sees things.(I know ... it's odd) Reply

      might wanna try you know that show
  • 3 Mar 2nd, 2017 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Mar, 2017 05:39:07 PM
    So, in this webcomic, there's a succession of children, apparently reincarnations of the same soul, who, upon dying, immediately cause a natural disaster of some kind. Things like fires, floods, droughts, etc. What kind of trope (not counting the reincarnation) would that be? Reply
  • 3 Mar 2nd, 2017 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Mar, 2017 06:02:36 PM
    So I've got an Urban Fantasy webcomic with a large organization that's devoted to defending the population from monsters, but there's been some recent revelations that they seem to be involved in some less-than-savory business. What's that called? Reply

      Peace & Love, Incorporated

      It can be Hidden Agenda Villain too, if that's your intention.

      No, they're not all villains. Most of this organization is good, but they may be doing this shady stuff to try and benefit everyone, possibly without realizing some of the negative consequences of their shadier actions.
  • 3 Dec 7th, 2016 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2016 05:09:27 PM
    Character who is working for a higher power, are currently aligned but not always exactly the same goals as the main protagonists, provides new information to other characters, confirms hinted at information to readers. Reply

      mysterious informant

      Some overlap with Mr. Exposition as well.

      Not quite the mysterious informant. Character is known to the others, works in the same organization but with more knowledge and works directly but secretly for the higher power. Maybe just a little of Mr. Exposition (temporarily, it never stays with one character permanently). Part of the infodump is that the character works directly for the higher power.
  • 5 Jul 15th, 2016 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 15th Jul, 2016 08:50:21 AM
    This is me yet again, putting out the same request for someone to find a tropes page for me, except this time I actually know what the picture on it is! It's a picture of the last two panels of Sticky Dilly Buns #101 where Andy is telling Ruby to speak whatever's on her mind and Ruby is thinking "Another kiss?". That's the info I finally obtained after so much time, now it's up to any of you to find the page once and for all! Reply

      Not familiar with the picture, but have you tried using the image in a search on Google Images? The trope page might be a result if the picture is hosted here.

      How do I do that?

      Do you have a digital copy of the picture you mentioned? If so, go to Google Images and either upload the file or paste the link to the image. Google should give a list of the sites where the image is hosted. With any luck, the tropes page might be listed.

      Or you could just check The Image Source page for Web Comics, which shows it to be Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality.

      Thanks! :D
  • 4 Dec 15th, 2015 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 15th Dec, 2015 08:51:38 PM
    What's the trope in which a character is seen using a highly unexpected weapon unrelated to them, sometimes making it even surprising for readers/players. Reply

      For example?

      In Smite the goddess Hel is seen using the weapon of another god. How she gained and why she uses it is unexplained.

      I can't find anything quite right, but this trope doesn't sound weapon related, it's more "Something is out of place that seems to violate Offscreen Inertia (i.e. obviously something must have happened off-screen because stuff isn't how it was the last time we checked in), but it's never commented on or explained." The closest I've seen is What Happened to the Mouse?, but that's "A plot point is dropped and never heard from again" rather than "Obviously a plot point happened but no one talks about it".

      You might find something in Continuity Tropes or This Index Happened Offscreen, but I didn't seen anything. It might be worth taking to YKTTW.

      Alright thanks.
  • 1 Dec 12th, 2015 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 12th Dec, 2015 02:02:08 PM

    In the latest strip of Zebra Girl, Crystal (who is known for being a Plucky Girl) contemplates the latest events of her life, and is preparing herself to fight her former friend, Sandra, the titular Zebra Girl, who became a demon (for whom she has deep feelings, but recent events, in which she almost lost her life, led her to believe that Sandra is beyond hope and that she must be stopped). She acknowledges that she has been the "always happy" girl of the group (and was effectively The Heart), that her world became Darker and Edgier, and that the circumstances are pushing her to become something else.

    So, I'm not quite sure what character tropes apply to her in this case. It isn't a Take a Level in Badass (yet - after all, she is one of the only completly normal human of the cast). It isn't a Face–Heel Turn (there is a big misunderstanding behind the scenes). Darker and Edgier is about a work, not a character. Too soon to say if she is becoming a Determinator. The Break the Cutie trope is already listed (and I will expand it later on I guess).

    I'm pretty sure there are a couple tropes for this situation, but I'm unable to remember them. If you have some ideas, I'd like to hear them. Reply
  • 2 Nov 24th, 2015 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Nov, 2015 07:28:44 PM
    I'm trying to re-find a particular webcomic episode I saw once that was loaded with trope examples. Perhaps someone here can remember it?

    Basically the hero was approached by the Quest Giver, but remarks that he's already completed that quest (Sequence Breaking), much to the quest giver's surprise. He also admits that he hid in the corner where the boss couldn't reach and sniped him (Benevolent Architecture).


      Those sort of inquiries go in You Know That Show

      OK thanks. I thought it seemed a bit wrong here.
  • 3 Nov 16th, 2015 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Nov, 2015 02:36:15 PM
    I remember a trope showing a picture from a webcomic about a guy asking his anxious girlfriend what she wants, and the girl is thinking, "another kiss?!". I can't remember the title or the article, but I know for a fact it's related to love and romance. Does anyone here know the exact trope? Reply

      Happen to remember any details on what the trope was about? Page images get changed from time to time.

      Well like I implied earlier, the trope was about people who want nothing else but to kiss. I personally doubt the image has changed as it was too fitting to be removed. I can't remember enough detail though, I just remember the pic associated with it. Look, if you don't know, then could you find someone else who might know?

      As for finding someone who might know, you're already in the right place for that. Think of this thread less as a Gate of Truth staffed by Ancient Keepers and more like throwing down a bag of gold on the bar at an Inn Between the Worlds and asking if anyone knows where to find the trope you're looking for. X3

      I like a needle hunt, ergo, I looked into it and let you know what I needed to help with my search. I'll keep looking, you've got a bunch of other regulars probably keeping an eye out for it while they look for other tropes who haven't replied yet. It takes us a while to say for certain we don't have something, so keep checking back.

      As for the search itself: at this point, I've dug through all of the standard romance tropes, and none of them have had that as a page image.

      So either its one of those super obscure tropes that the indexes and cross-wiks have overlooked, or the page image is not what you are describing. Setting aside the possibility of We Have This... I Swear... striking, not fitting the trope isn't the only reason page images get changed- creators or companies may invoke their copyrights, the image may have been posted without source and removed as a precautionary measure, an even better suggestion might have been made and implemented, the image picking folks might have disagreed that it fit the trope perfectly and removed it...

      Basically, trying to find a trope from an image description alone is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. And the needle you're looking for might not be there anymore. And might be in one of the several other haystacks nearby. And the person who asked you to find it might have forgotten to mention that it was a pine tree needle.

      Your answer is a good example of why I asked if you had any more information: there's a big difference between "character can't figure out what their love interest wants" and "a character wants nothing else but to kiss". Details matter a lot sometimes.

      Digging deeper: was the trope specifically about wanting be kissed, or was it more about the fact that the two are failing to express their feelings toward one another, or was the focus on another aspect of the situation? The first would be under Kissing Tropes, for instance, while the second would be under headings like Introversion Tropes or Idealism Tropes, and another aspect could fall under something else entirely.

      Other things that could help are whether it had a lot of entries or not, and what genres was it most closely associated with?

  • 1 Oct 19th, 2015 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Oct, 2015 07:30:55 PM
    Is there a trope for this specific form of Painting the Medium: when comics purposefully use different fonts for speech from the usual one, to imply something about the character or their voice? Would this just go under Speech Bubbles or Painting the Medium? Reply

      Alright, so looking closer at the Speech Bubbles page it seems like it's what I'm looking for
  • 2 Sep 10th, 2015 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 11th Sep, 2015 05:01:39 AM
    Do we have a trope for a character being attacked by being squeezed/squashed? I mean the thing that's hapenning in the last panel here. Reply

      That seems like he is wrapping his clothing (claws?) around the opponent? Combat Tentacles might apply to that specific scenario because they seem to be extending and controllable. Bear Hug may have applied if there wasn't any extension of limbs.

      Shapeshifter Weapon seems to be the {Golem?}'s method there, but I'm kind of surprised to not find one for "larger opponent incapacitates smaller opponent by grabbing them"
  • 1 Jul 12th, 2015 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 12th Jul, 2015 02:20:59 PM
    On the (currently) newest page of TwoKinds, they essentially do to wolves, and treat wolves, like the Japanese had been treated in WW2 after Japan declared war. Namely, being imprisoned due to fear that they would help Japan. I'm not sure if there's a Historical Reflection joke or something similar, and I'd like to add the trope in after figuring out whatever the trope is. Reply
  • 1 Feb 5th, 2015 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 5th Feb, 2015 08:49:26 AM
    Is it a Shout-Out, in webcomics, for the normal artist of a work doing their strip, then also have a strip by the author of another unrelated webcomic? Or would it be another trope?

    What I'm thinking of is a page on The Whiteboard, where there's two strips on the page. One is TWB, and the other is a strip drawn by the artist for Commander Kitty that's related to the actions in the TWB strip.

    Reading the SO page, I'm not sure whether it applies or not, hence why I'm here. Reply
  • 0 Jan 16th, 2015 at 2:02PM
    Do we have a trope for when a comic uses some sort of multi-panel visual layout trick? I'm thinking like Watchmen - in chapter 5 where the entire chapter is laid out as a visual palindrome. I see this mentioned on the page for Watchmen but not tied to a trope specifically about the layout. Another example is this Planet of Hats strip, where the entire strip is laid out with the left and right halves mirroring each other.

    Closest I can find is Painting the Medium, but I'd like something more specific, if it exists. Reply
  • 2 Jan 2nd, 2015 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 4th Jan, 2015 07:03:11 PM
    When a work incorporates a reference to work from classical culture, like a poem or a painting, is that still a Shout-Out, or is it an Homage, or something else entirely? I just found out that the Isle of the Dead (a 19th century painting) makes an appearance as an actual island in my favourite webcomic and I'm wondering how to enter this into its tvtropes page. Reply
  • 13 Dec 30th, 2014 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Jan, 2015 07:02:54 PM
    A trope where comics try really hard to get published or something, but when they give up on it, they change the direction of the story to include a bunch of stuff (like an orgy) that would have been censored otherwise. Reply

      Doesn't sound worthy of a trope. Unless it would be a really strange Genre Shift? I'm not sure.

      I know it doesn't but I remember reading it on tv tropes and that's what's bugging me.

      I think you want Dancing Bear where a work is sold by its gimmick rather than its content.

      Best I can find is It Amused Me or They Just Didn't Care. I get your idea. Sort of like when a show knows they are getting cancelled and are given enough notice to make some kind of conclusion. So, they pretty much throw in as many of their ideas as they can while they can.

      Unrated Edition and Too Hot for TV are probably related to this.

      Played with in the last episode of Excel Saga, and lampshaded in its title, "Going Too Far". They made the episode as over-the-top and fucked up as possible, knowing full well that it would never air and would only be able to be seen on the home video release, despite the fact that the rest of the show was broadcast more or less uncensored. (Of course, it's completely unrelated to the plot of the show, insofar as the show actually has a plot; it's not a necessary part of the show to understand anything.)

      I tried looking at that one, but there wasn't a trope specifically about making it unairable in general, just the various parts in it that make it unairable. Interestingly, they might have been able to get it through anyways except that they made the episode 23 minutes instead of 22; Japanese broadcast standards require 22 minutes.

      ^ Even then, have you seen it? Tits (Gag Boobs and otherwise), blatant and explicit implications of lesbianism that stop just short of actual sex, feces sight gags, pedophilia, Cluster F Bombs, and more. Then consider when it was airing, and I seriously doubt that episode ever would have made it onto Japanese television.

      But that's a digression anyway.

      If you're still looking, you could try providing specific examples. If there are enough, and we don't find an existing trope, you could take a spin through YKTTW.

      In the Excel saga instance, its definitely got shades of Torch the Franchise and Run. All of these are ways of taking Refuge in Audacity, as well.

      ^ I can see where you're coming from, but given its massively Negative Continuity, I'm not sure Excel Saga could be torched. Didn't Excel die at the end of the main series, only to come back in Going Too Far? I could be remembering it wrong.

      Although to return to the original question, it sounds like it might actually be Torch the Franchise and Run, just in a different manner from killing anyone.

      ^Excel dying was a bit of a running joke. The first time she died was about 3 minutes into the first episode.

      Oh, that's true. I guess it just got overshadowed for me, what with Hyatt dying all the time. :p

      Yep, if you're gonna torch a franchise with un-dieing, you have to do a lot better than killing the entire cast. X3
  • 4 Nov 22nd, 2014 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Nov, 2014 02:58:58 PM

    What is the trope for when a (good) character is expecting another to finally make an Heel–Face Turn, and decides to give up on him/her because said another character doesn't give them a straight answer?

    Context: in the webcomic Zebra Girl, Crystal, the best friend of Sandra, the titular "Zebra Girl" who is a human turned into a demon, discovers that she is back after 5 years of banishment. Sandra was banished because she went full-demon mode (she was turned into a demon at the beginning of the strip, tried to keep her humanity, and at one point decided that if she couldn't be a normal human, she would be a normal demon), terrorized her hometown and attacked her (former) friends (going as far as torturing one of them daily - said character, who was a badass, is now suffering from severe PTSD). Crystal still hopes that maybe Sandra came back to her senses, because if she didn't, they would have no choice but to end her permanently (her current boyfriend, a werewolf, is out for her blood). In this strip, she goes to her hometown alone (ditching her friends to do so), calling out for Sandra to show herself and give her a sign that she has changed (Sandra has, but as far as Crystal's group is concerned she may still be dangerous and vengeful). Crystal kept the hope that Sandra would be back, but she is afraid that the best friend she knew is definitly gone, and she is pleading her to give her a sign, any sign, which would prove that she is no longer batshit insane and that they don't need to kill her (and that she won't hurt them either). Please also note that it is heavily implied that Crystal and Sandra's relationship goes beyond the frienship spectrum, with Sandra being in denial about her feelings towards Crystal (having realized just recently that maybe Crystal is more to her than just a friend - even when she went berserk, she avoided being pointlessly cruel towards her, and admitted that she misses her), and Crystal who may or may not have romantic feelings for Sandra. Reply

      This one's a complicated tangle, because there are two sides to it: what the reader knows and what her friends know. At this point Sandra's effectively a Mysterious Stranger and Wild Card with a familiar face to her friends. (Possible YKTTW, "Mysterious Former Friend"?)

      At the moment it could end up a lot of different places- Sandra's probably realizing exactly how far she fell and that she will be The Atoner if she comes back to the group: At best her actions could be Forgiven, but Not Forgotten and at worst, she's facing a potential Heel–Face Door-Slam.

      Regardless of the rest, Crystal is her Morality Chain.

      Edit: reread that second paragraph...yikes. That's what I get for trying to type and talk at the same time; made some tweaks so word bundle now make are sense now.

      Thank you very much for your answer! I think I will wait a little before adding some new tropes. I'll still add Morality Chain (completly forgot about that one, which wasn't listed yet on the work page).

      Kinda unrelated to your request but Crystal and Sandra seem to go through a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight.

      That's the case, indeed, but that trope is already listed under the work page. Though, I guess it also applies to this situation. I'll wait for the resolution of the current situation to add it as an example.
  • 5 Nov 16th, 2014 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Nov, 2014 03:16:38 PM
    This is kind of an odd one in that I know what the trope is, and what it was called. I remember there being an opposite trope to Girl-on-Girl Is Hot called Guy On Guy Is Ew, talking about how since most writers are straight males, girl on girl is more common than guy on guy. Only it seems to have vanished. Was the trope deleted, am I misremembering the name, or is this a case of the Mandela Effect? Reply

      No Yay?

      I'm not looking for what trope is functionally the same, I'm trying to verify if this exact one ever actually existed.

      We do have Guy-on-Guy Is Hot

      Check on Ask The Tropers. It seems your question may be better suited there. Explain clearly that you're asking if it ever existed, not "what is the trope that fits".

      Sounds a lot like Selective Squick.
  • 0 Oct 25th, 2014 at 3:03PM
    I made the fan comic Cinema Snob Reviews Frozen, and I'm not sure what trope fits what I put up for the picture. It's The Cinema Snob complaining that someone tried to trick him into reviewing Frozen, but he talks himself into doing it anyway. I think the line counts as a Breathless Non Sequitur, but I'm not sure. It could be another trope we have, or one to put on YKTTW.
    "Someone tried to trick me into breaking my cutoff date just to talk about one of the most acclaimed animated films in years, that finally regains the magic of Disney's past classics, and why THE FUCK am I complaining about watching a good movie?"

    So does anyone know what trope that fits? Reply
  • 0 Oct 15th, 2014 at 7:07PM
    Is this being Literal Minded or is their a more specific troupe for this example? Reply