• 1 May 27th, 2017 at 3:03AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 27th May, 2017 03:48:02 AM
    what's the name of the trope for when a character is trying to tell another character some important information, but then there's a loud noise that completely overlaps what the character is saying, and then the talking character acts as if nothing happened?? Reply
  • 0 May 18th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Western Animation
    A few situations from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Hostage Crisis" that I'm looking for tropes for:
    • Padmé winds up hiding Anakin's lightsaber up her sleeve for most of the episode. She's, naturally, extremely concerned when the bounty hunters who take her and several other senators hostage start searching them for weapons and communicators. Is there a trope for this? (Not hiding it up her sleeve, I already have that one.)
    • When Padmé reveals she has the lightsaber, she claims she found it "where [Anakin] dropped it". Is there a trope for someone claiming to have found something it would be unusual and/or suspicious for them to have in their custody by claiming they found it where the owner left it?
  • 4 May 13th, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 14th May, 2017 04:50:42 PM
    I've seen this on a couple cartoons. Some characters attempt to scare a character, or fake danger for whatever purpose, so one of them dresses up as a monster or dangerous animal. The monster arrives, and then the character that's meant to be in costume, holding the head-piece, then they are subsequently attacked by the monster.


    In Family Guy, Lois and Carter try to scare Peter into giving Carter's business back to him, so they try to scare him with a swamp monster. Then Peter signs a deal with the swamp monster in the room. Then in comes Carter in costume, minus the head. They realise the other swamp monster is real, then they get chased, followed by a Scooby Doo parody.

    In Spongebob, while trying to get housebound Spongebob to come outside, Sandy and Patrick try to scare him with a gorilla, making him come outside to rescue Sandy from the gorilla, which is meant to be Patrick. The gorilla arrives, and Sandy believes it's Patrick, then Patrick arrives, meaning the gorilla is real, resulting in them being attacked by the gorilla.

    Is there a trope for this? Or is it a gag, parody or cultural reference, like the Scooby Doo thing from the Family Guy example? If so, what's the origin? I have been curious about this for a while now, and I haven't had answers from Google.

    I have only noticed this in animated shows, so I'm assuming it belongs in the Western Animation category. Reply

      I'm pretty sure that's just a Zig Zagged Trope of Scooby-Doo Hoax

      Monster Mistaken for Mate

      Monster Mistaken for Mate seems to be it, but it doesn't look like it has an actual trope page. A comment mentions the Spongebob example, too. It might well be a Scooby Doo reference, I don't know if that happened in Scooby Doo, but I can believe it.

      @Feodaran, it's still in Trope Launch Pad for now. With enough support from tropers, it can be launched and become one.
  • 1 May 4th, 2017 at 12:12AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 4th May, 2017 02:33:34 AM
    a common trope at the beginning of an episode or movie that mostly shows up in western animation, but occasionally live action is when a group of kids (who aren't usually relevant to the plot) are playing football, frisbee etc until the item get's launched somewhere far off. one of the kids goes to get it and discovers something e.g. a supernatural creature or a dead body. or the child is killed, kidnapped or something else harmful happens to them, depending on the setting e.g. stunned with a spell.

    it's not always with children but it's the most common. Reply
  • 2 Apr 30th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 1st May, 2017 10:39:02 PM
    Is there a trope for the kind of stupid, rock-eating, fat, hairless characters in animation. Examples like Hippo from the Earthbending fighting ring in Avatar or that fat guy from Battle Dib from Invader Zim. Reply
  • 3 Mar 26th, 2017 at 1:01PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 28th Mar, 2017 05:53:09 PM
    Would the Air Conditioner from The Brave Little Toaster be considered a Knight of Cerebus since the film got a bit darker when he entered the picture? Reply

      I would say no since he shows up near the beginning of the movie, so there was no real chance to establish the tone beforehand.


      I would like to add that, since the Air Conditioner isn't a villain, but rather was introduced and axed to establish a mood and an idea ("The characters are mortal. They need to leave this junk heap before they break down too."), the better fit for such a character is Sacrificial Lamb. And, also, Asshole Victim.
  • 1 Mar 28th, 2017 at 1:01PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 28th Mar, 2017 01:49:34 PM
    What is the name of that series where there are 3 youngsters with a master training them, and they have this cards with characters(monsters) that they can morph into during a battle. Its western animated and it used to be shown in cartoon netwrok. Reply
  • 1 Mar 24th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 24th Mar, 2017 02:28:12 PM
    What is that trope where there is no story that overlaps episodes, like spongebob, simpsons, and family guy? Basically the opposite of having a story arc. Reply

      I found it. I was looking for Negative Continuity
  • 1 Mar 20th, 2017 at 9:09AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 21st Mar, 2017 11:07:27 PM
    bermuda triangle Reply
  • 1 Mar 9th, 2017 at 6:06AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 9th Mar, 2017 02:29:52 PM
    is there a difference between when it's acknowledged by the characters and when it's just passingly noticed or interacted with (someone saying something about a cat or leaning on the fourth wall, an example being Gumball in the "Amazing World of Gumball" getting attacked by a cat and then proceeding to say he's "not a cat person") significant enough to make a seperate trope or nah? Reply
  • 1 Mar 8th, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 8th Mar, 2017 06:12:08 PM
    usually not explained due to (un)willing suspension of disbelief (any time I notice it anyways) where a show with anthropomorphic animals will just as easily show a humanoid cat as walking through an alley or the sidewalk and even straight up noticing/ pointing out the awfully realistic cat. It's more so a double-standard for the sake of story-telling conventions. I only remember one time experiencing a piece of media (a video game I've forgotten the name of by now) that actually justified this by explaining what was previously just a house-cat actually becomes a party member of yours (ofc, it straddles the line between attempting to be cute and "get your breasts away from me" and yes I know I could just go with non-mammalian mamaries but that's too simple) Reply
  • 0 Mar 5th, 2017 at 5:05AM
    Western Animation
    In the show LegendQuest, the character Teodora, a ghost, is a gossiper, a tattler, and a yammerer (among other such things), but she has a hard time actually telling people when she's done good. What would be a good trope to describe this?

    As an example, in the episode where this character trait comes up and is discussed, Teodora saves the airship the protagonist and company are in from crashing. However, her coping mechanism of snarktastic Gallows Humor, combined with her lack of mentioning her part in saving the day, makes it seem like she's treating the situation as a joke - insulting to the quite-alive protagonist as he could've died. Reply
  • 1 Mar 1st, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 1st Mar, 2017 06:49:19 PM
    So, there's an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars where a bounty hunter hooks onto a speeder bike with a grappling line and ends up getting towed behind it during a Chase Scene. Is there a trope for that? Reply
  • 4 Feb 22nd, 2017 at 1:01PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Feb, 2017 02:30:52 PM
    So in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Senate Murders", the murderer is caught because they used a species-specific poison, were the same species as their victim, and this reveals that, as they'd poisoned a bottle that everyone was served from, they didn't drink. What trope is that? Reply

      Bluffing the Murderer?

      No, she poisoned the bottle of liquor that everyone was drinking from. The fact that the poison was species-specific, and the fact that she and her victim were the only members of the target species who were present, and were both poured glasses, was what got her caught — because the only reason she could have had for not drinking was if she'd known about the poison. There was no bluffing of any sort.

      I Never Said It Was Poison? She revealed she had more information than she should.

      No, the kind of poison used was revealed by the police detective investigating. The thing is that the murderer does nothing to actively implicate herself in this case. The other characters figure out that she was only pretending to drink.
  • 1 Feb 20th, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2017 01:15:07 AM
    So, in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Mystery of a Thousand Moons", there's a prototype superweapon the Separatists installed in the moons of Iego that destroys any ship that leaves. The residents of the planet have come to believe that it's a curse laid down by a demon. What trope would that be? Reply
  • 2 Feb 19th, 2017 at 12:12AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 19th Feb, 2017 10:16:38 PM
    In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Bounty", Asajj Ventress is asked by a group of bounty hunters where she got her lightsabers, and she says she stole them because she doesn't want to spill her backstory. Is there a trope for this? Reply
  • 4 Feb 16th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 19th Feb, 2017 05:50:29 PM
    What trope(s) would go great with this example from Bob's Burgers.

    • In Season 5 "Work Hard or Die Trying Girl", when Tina chooses to perform in Courtney's play, a musical adaptation of Working Girl, instead of Gene's play, she explains that Jimmy Jr. is in the play as Jack Trainer and she wants to get together with him, despite her playing Katharine Parker. Gene immediately points out a huge problem with her plan with Courtney and Doug backing him up:
      Gene: But your characters don't even end up together.
      Tina: We're all allowed to interpret the movie differently.
      Courtney: No, they definitely don't end up together.
      Tina: Eh, to each his own.
      Doug: No, they really don't.
      Tina: Well, comme ci comme ça.
      Doug: All right, well, now you're just saying words.
      Tina: C'est la vie.

      The last three lines are Gratuitious Foreign Language, but I suspect you're really asking about the whole "insisting that the plot can be rewritten to suit Tina". That one is several tropes at once:

      Tina is trying to invoke Romance on the Set; Doug, Courtney and Gene are trying to tell Tina that her plan is Doomed by Canon. Tina is also leaning hard on Death of the Author, the premise that everyone's interpretation oif a work is equally valid.

      Isn't she calling for an Adaptational Alternate Ending?

      She's doing that too, yes.

      These tropes are perfect. Thank you.
  • 0 Feb 18th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Western Animation
    Toon trope. When the result of an Anvil on Head (or comparable) is not Accordion Man or Squashed Flat, it will be this. E.g. in Who Killed Who? by Tex Avery. Do we have it - I couldn't find it. Reply
  • 1 Feb 17th, 2017 at 12:12AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 17th Feb, 2017 01:38:58 AM
    I've got a thing from Star Wars: The Clone Wars where the planet Iego was sealed off by a superweapon in such a way that people could land on the planet, but their ship would be destroyed if they tried to leave. Is there a trope for this? Reply
  • 1 Feb 15th, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 15th Feb, 2017 06:13:06 PM
    in some animated shows where the main character has a steed or animal sidekick (Aladdin has Abu, Conan has Thunder, Hercules has Pegasus etc) there is always an episode where theyh ave a falling out and the steed leaves or is sent away and the hero may get a new steed who seems better but later regrets losing his old steed and they are reunited and make friends again. Reply
  • 0 Feb 15th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Western Animation
    Is this too rare or too common to trope? "A characters head swings open on a hinge or unscrews off."

    This is used frequently in the Fairly Oddparents in episodes like Dog's Day Afternoon, Dream Goat, Mind Over Magic, and Emotion Commotion to convey to the audience that something psychological is happening.

    Dr. Finkelstein from Nightmare Before Christmas does this to convey that he's intelligent (and for added Body Horror). Reply
  • 0 Feb 8th, 2017 at 10:10AM
    Western Animation
    In the "Panda's Sneeze" episode of We Bare Bears, Panda and Nom Nom get involved in a cuteness competition when Panda becomes an internet sensation, and at first, he makes an arrangement with Nom Nom to lose the competition, only to have a change of heart as Grizz and Ice Bear offer him their support, and as soon as Nom Nom sees Panda's resurgent popularity, he hits Panda with a pillow after being double-crossed, and a feather turns Panda's sneeze into a somewhat gross and not-so-cute allergic reaction, with the audience walking off due to lack of interest, and no decisive winner (although Nom Nom would arguably claim the disputed trophy as his own).

    What would the main trope in regards to throwing the competition be called, and would it be considered a Betrayal subtrope? Reply
  • 1 Jan 29th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 29th Jan, 2017 12:36:37 PM
    Done a lot on The Simpsons. A character will walk around in a black void with neon signs of bars or something going by. Reply
  • 3 Jan 21st, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 21st Jan, 2017 04:05:46 PM
    I know some animation series do it, like some Anime won't bother with teeth unless a character grits them, and more specifically, the Web Animation series Battle For Dream Island (along with Inanimate Insanity and all other Object shows with a similar/identical animation style to it) will not have teeth on characters unless they have a grit teeth expression or in exceptions such as "Weird Face" gags.

    And if it's not a trope, well, get on that please. I don't think it is... Reply

      Oops, mouse slipped, this isn't Ask the Tropers.

      Looks like the double post bug is here too.

      Sudden Anatomy.