• 2 Dec 15th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 15th Dec, 2017 03:45:23 PM
    What would it be when there's a factual inaccuracy related to cave paintings? I added it to Brother Bear under Artistic License History but it's not really history. Reply

      Anachronism Stew, perhaps? It would help if you listed what the inaccuracy is.

      • Artistic License History: Although the story is set in Alaska, the cave paintings look more like a style only discovered so far in Europe.
  • 1 Dec 13th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 14th Dec, 2017 03:22:52 AM
    Is there a trope for when someone is a ballerina or wants to be one? Lily Fair in Rose Petal Place is one, and Tea/Anzu from Yu-Gi-Oh wants to be one. Most dancing tropes I've found are stuff like Dance Battler and not just... well, dancing. Reply
  • 1 Dec 11th, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 11th Dec, 2017 09:18:08 PM
    In the 1990s, the X-Men had an animated series. The intro was this one, and it's arguably one of the best superhero animated series intros EVER (don't say you don't love that Ear Worm song). Still, it was aired in Japan and they made a band new intro there, this one, and some people like it even better. Better Than Canon? Reply
  • 1 Dec 6th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 8th Dec, 2017 12:09:39 PM
    This trope is almost exclusively in cartoons to my recollection, if it has been made. So a person is given a potion and told to add "just one drop" or other similar limited amount. The person then, either because of impatience or an accident, adds much more than they should. Wacky Hijinks ensue. What is this trope? Reply
  • 2 Dec 7th, 2017 at 11:11PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 8th Dec, 2017 04:25:44 AM
    Hi! I'm looking for a trope I remember from Looney Tunes or adjacent cartoons where a generally stressed protector figure has to repeatedly save an oblivious character in their charge from a parade of deadly obstacles? For some reason, in my mind the oblivious character is doing something like reading while walking, and the other character is doing things like putting planks of wood over bottomless pits, catching anvils, etc. as the oblivious character keeps walking into dangerous situations.

    I'm torn between this being an actual thing, or some kind of childhood thing I dreamed up, but in any case, thanks for the help! Reply
  • 1 Nov 22nd, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Nov, 2017 05:38:52 AM
    I am looking for the name of a trope that seems like 30s cartoon in which a group of kids are shrunk by an evil guy via a strange device and one of the boys regained his size by falling into a boot, saving the other kids and shrinking the villain at the end,putting him in a sort of small cage. Watched it when I was a child and can't remember the name. Any ideas? Reply
  • 1 Nov 4th, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 4th Nov, 2017 06:40:27 PM
    Do we have a trope for when characters are offered food that reminds them of a traumatic experience they had that they and thus refuse it, often leaving the person who offered it confused? (i.e. In Camp Fear Ben and Gwen just barely manage to prevent a giant mushroom from devouring the entire Earth and later that evening are disgusted when their pizza is served with mushrooms) Reply
  • 2 Oct 25th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 27th Oct, 2017 07:18:09 AM
    Basically, they appeared on an episode that looked 'behind the scenes' and were the creative/production staff of 2021, of course renamed for the parody. If I wanted to list this on their own page, what would this be called? Reply
  • 1 Oct 25th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 25th Oct, 2017 03:24:23 PM
    There's an episode in Courage the Cowardly Dog where the trio comes across a showstage encased in internal organs, with a large ulcer on the wall demanding entertainment. At the end of the episode, Courage's kindness impresses the ulcer so much that all of the organs retract back into him and he turns back into his old human self. After that, we learn that he used to be a person who watched people perform on stage, and he became so sick of watching people sell their talents for fame and fortune that he literally became an ulcer in his own stomach.

    So now I'm sitting here and wondering: what kind of trope do you apply to that? Reply
  • 1 Oct 24th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 24th Oct, 2017 03:48:50 PM
    Do we have a trope for the kind of situation where the villain live close by the heroes, and that's just ordinary life for the heroes, who never consider moving someplace safer? Like how the gummi bears live close to Duke Igthorn and the smurfs live within walking distance of Gargamel? Reply

      MS T3k Manta / Rule of narrative causality. If there characters don't live close enough to interact with each other there wouldn't be a story. Plus both the smurfs and the gummi bears are tied to the locations of their food sources (gummi berry bushes and smurf berries) both of which are implied to be rare.
  • 2 Oct 22nd, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Oct, 2017 03:11:18 AM
    What kind of trope is like these examples:

    • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Just One Bite", this conversation happens:
      Squidward: What's gonna happen? Am I gonna blow up?
      SpongeBob: No, worse, it'll go right to your thighs!
      Squidward: My thighs? [pan down showing Squidward's enlarged thighs, Squidward looks at thighs]
      SpongeBob: ...and then you'll blow up!

    In the very beginning of the Futurama episode, "Reincarnation":
    Galactic Entity: A wise man once said that nothing really dies. It just comes back in a new form. Then he died.
  • 0 Oct 17th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Western Animation
    Is there a trope where a character is assigned to do a job, but as the story progresses they forget the original purpose of their job because they're focusing on something else.

    • In Bob's Burgers Season 4 "My Big Fat Greek Bob", Bob temporary works at a frat house as their chef. While cooking for them, he starts to bond with them after helping them prank a rival frat house. Eventually, he gets caught up in their prank war, and by the end of the episode Bob invites the frat boys to his restaurant because he's been forgetting to feed them.
  • 1 Oct 10th, 2017 at 10:10AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 10th Oct, 2017 10:41:42 AM
    Can you do a trope of people covering someone's eyes saying guess who? Reply
  • 4 Oct 3rd, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 7th Oct, 2017 08:32:12 AM
    Alice tells Bob to repaint the room from boring brown to another more exciting color. After countless repaints that leaves Alice unsatisfied, Bob repaints the walls brown again, by which Alice gleefully tells him "Perfect!".

    I've seen that gag on two Spongebob episodes, where Squidward tells Spogebob and Patrick the couch to a more comfortable position; and where Squidward tells Spongebob and Mr. Krabs to redecorate the hotel suite. Reply


      I don't think we have this one.

      I don't think it's restricted to interior decorating, either. I've seen one where a character wants to buy a new uniform, rejects several designs, and ultimately settles on a design identical to the uniform he already has. And another, played for drama example, where a character tries to reinvent his entire life—but winds up moving into a new town just like his old town, working a similar job, and marrying a woman just like his old wife.

      Also happens with personal appearances, when someone wants to find a new style for themselves... they would go through many different dress/hair styles, until finally settling on something that everyone thinks works for them — which just turns out to be the very same thing they had at the beginning!

      Status Quo Is God
  • 2 Sep 26th, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 26th Sep, 2017 08:06:42 AM
    Hi! I'm looking for cartoon episode (looney tunes, disney etc.) with a boat sinking with a water leak like this : autostraddle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/donald-duck-boat.jpg I was looking for any episode and a particular one. The particular one, is when a character try to plug the leak with his fingers. Maybe it's not a boat... a ship maybe? anyway there is water leaks

    thx for any answer

    Ps: maybe I don't use the right words in my research (I'm not english)

  • 2 Aug 24th, 2017 at 9:09AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 30th Aug, 2017 07:10:17 PM
    There is an annoying bug in the house, the character gets a flyswatter or bat and whenever the fly lands on an object, the person smashes the object while the fly moves away. The cycle repeats itself until most of the room is destroyed. There can also be a moment where the fly lands on the character's head and they smack their head trying to get the fly, knocking themselves out. Reply
  • 2 Aug 23rd, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Aug, 2017 06:43:20 PM
    This is common in some cartoons like Spongebob. A similar example could be if they get thrown through a wall. Reply
  • 1 Aug 22nd, 2017 at 10:10AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Aug, 2017 09:30:46 PM
    This applies to a hypothetical Continuity Reboot of Ben 10 that takes some of the events of the original series in Broad Strokes, although character powers are changed and some aliens Adapted Out.

    OK, premise explained, onto the big question.

    What trope would apply in this situation, described as if it were a plotline?

    Also in this hypothetical episode, voice actor BridgetHoffman voices a character, and an animated version of her appears.

    Also, the event takes place over 24 hours in universe, but in Real Time the episode airs between 4:30pm and 5:00pm (or 5:30pm and 6:00pm depending on if it's east coast).

    What tropes would fit these situations? Reply

      There may not be a trope for the runtime. That's just omnipresent — of course events in a film or episode will tackle events that take longer than their runtime, because watching people sit around for half an hour would just be boring.

      Does Hoffman voice herself? If yes, that's As Himself. If not, might just be The Cameo or even Actor Allusion.

      For the plot itself, Power Incontinence or How Do I Shot Web?, with Fish out of Water (and its subtropes) for Batman and Henry.
  • 0 Aug 16th, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Western Animation
    Took a video of this happening in Lilys Driftwood Bay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuJo1W66YhE

    I know I have seen this sort of thing a lot... In other shows.... Though I cannot remember particular examples.

    In this case

    nonna: Lord Stag needs a bed for the night

    Salty "well, I'm not really, uh..." (Obviously incomfortable with being expected to help, Stag has a history of being rude, cheated during a boat race, too elitist to take pictures with others)

    and now the trope I am trying to identify..

    Stag "say no more. You like your privacy I understand. I'll just go find a nice warm leaf to sleep under. Might be a tad chilly but I'll survive"

    Lily elbows Salty (do we have a Suggestive Elbow or Prompting Elbow trope?) And he agrees and Stag switches from pseudopolite to demanding of an ocean view, a bell to ring in case he needs Salty to do something, etc.

    Sure there are many tropes at work here but just this particular situation... It feels very familiar.

    Sarcastic Guilting maybe? Reply
  • 1 Aug 6th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 6th Aug, 2017 11:53:43 PM
    Musically talented? Reply
  • 2 Aug 4th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 5th Aug, 2017 09:37:08 AM
    Is there a trope for when something (a song lyric, a line, etc.) sounds meaningful at first, but when you stop & think about it, it's meaningless?

    I'm thinking about the line "Can you paint with all the colours of the wind?" in a song from Disney/Pocahontas, which as CinemaSins pointed out, is pure nonsense. Reply
  • 1 Jul 17th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 18th Jul, 2017 12:12:40 PM
    there is this Netflix show called Voltron, Legendary Defender, where the central conflict is mainly between the pilot of the ship that serves as the "head" of the most powerful weapon in the universe and the previous owner, who now has extremely powerful creatures and technology at his own disposal, separate from his old ship. however, he is desperately attached to the idea of getting his old ship back. this conflict ultimately leads to him enacting a plan to build a giant robot that he pilots solo and is capable of nearly wrecking the combined power of the five-pilot old ship.he obvioussly fails, but this is my question:

    What if he won? if he's so powerful to beat the thing he's trying so hard to get to further his own personal power by such a large margin, his whole life goal was moot, because he clearly doesn't need it anymore. is there some trope like "If This Plan Succeeds, my life is a lie" or "unintentionally Trying to get the all Powerful famous weapon with an even more all powerful self-invented weapon"? Reply

      The problem with this question is that it comes from an incorrect foundation. Zarkon wants Voltron because (as the former Black Paladin) he knows how powerful Voltron can truly be and wants to claim the lions for himself (or destroy them) before the new Paladins can tap Voltron's true power. (Zarkon/ Shiro is NOT the central conflict, either. Not even during Season 2)

      Otherwise, you're looking at a Villain Ball scenario (Villain tries to capture the good guys' MacGuffin, rather than use his overwhelming power to simply destroy them).
  • 4 Jul 12th, 2017 at 5:05AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 17th Jul, 2017 11:31:05 AM
    Cartoon TV shows with two main best friend boys ages 9-14 who use tech and magic to do something cool each episode. Reply

      Ask over at You Know That Show.

      To clarify, this is a trope, not a You Know That Show

      I wrote something stupid, ignore.

      That manages to be both too specific and too meaninglless at the same time to be a trope.
  • 1 Jul 12th, 2017 at 6:06AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 12th Jul, 2017 06:26:52 AM
    children's cartoon about a pig wearing a yellow turtleneck sweater. At the end of the opening theme, he pops up and winks. I vaguely remember there being twins but I'm not sure. Reply
  • 0 Jul 4th, 2017 at 11:11PM
    Western Animation
    Is there a trope for when a talking animal of a species commonly cooked as food, when subject to intense heat, turns into that food? For instance, cartoon chickens and ducks turn into a platter of roast chicken/duck, complete with the platter itself appearing out of nowhere, or a cartoon cow turning into a steak or a hamburger (bun included). Reply