• 0 Apr 24th, 2017 at 8:08AM
    Whats the trope where someone stabs a map with a knife or something?

    Like 'we attack here' *stab* Reply
  • 0 Apr 24th, 2017 at 6:06AM
    What do you call it when someone broadcasts a message on a frequency which only one person can hear? Reply
  • 3 Apr 23rd, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2017 05:45:49 AM
    You know how there's the trope Screw the Rules, I Have Money!, is there a trope where a person uses their celebrity status to get whatever they want or avoid any trouble with the Law?

    Example: King of the Hill had an episode where a former Dallas Cowboys player moves into Hank's street. Despite being a horrid neighbor such as teaching Bobby fowl sportsmanship and having rowdy parties late in the night, he uses the fact he used to play for the Cowboys to avoid legal trouble with the police. Even the police tries to pin the blame on Hank when the latter tried to report to the former.

    If there isn't a trope, might if I suggest it to the Trope Launch Pad as a subtrope for Screw the Rules, I Have Money!, because sometimes you don't have to be famous to be rich or vice-versa. Reply
  • 2 Apr 22nd, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2017 05:32:58 AM
    Is there a trope for this situation? A series takes place on a planet that they call Earth, even though the geography is completely and totally different from our Earth. They don't want to reference any nations or actual history, but they still want to take place on "Earth." Two major examples are Dragon Ball's not-Earth and the Pokemon series' Pokearth. But the writers still want to reference regular Earth things, and to do this, they cover their heels by being conveniently vague and hoping the viewer doesn't ask questions.

    Example: In the third Dragon Ball movie, some soldiers enter a room and say they're searching for "a large Native man," in reference to a character with a Native American motif. Thing is, America doesn't exist on Dragon Ball Earth. So... he's a Native what? Why is he being described as "Native?"

    Another example: Lt. Surge in Pokemon is based on an American war veteran (and in fact America is mentioned by name a couple times in Red/Blue, despite there being no known America on Pokearth). He talks about how electric pokemon saved his life during "the war," but conveniently leaves out what war he's talking about. Like, he's referencing Vietnam, but doesn't want to commit to making the reference explicit because that would open a can of worms regarding the lore of Pokearth.

    Is this a trope? Not wanting to commit to a reference because you live on almost-Earth? Reply
  • 1 Apr 23rd, 2017 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2017 02:48:23 AM
    What is the TV Tropes equivalent of whitewashing, using the meaning of the word where minority characters are made white, somehow (i.e., though adaptation, etc.?) Reply
  • 2 Apr 21st, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2017 10:51:13 AM
    Do we have a trope for when characters are told a story (real In-Universe or a Show Within a Show), read a diary, etc, and the characters in the story are basically played by the normal cast of the show (sometimes justified via Identical Grandson if the story is explicitly about someone's ancestor). Compare Deep-Immersion Gaming (where a character's avatar in a game resembles them in the same way).

    • The Halloween brawl in Overwatch was portrayed as a Halloween story being told by Reinhart, and cast various player characters as characters within the story (e.g. Hanzo, McCree, Soldier 76 and Ana were the playable characters, standing in for "four travellers" who defended the castle, Junkrat "played" Junkenstein, Mercy "played" the Witch, etc). Their skins were unlockable for their respective characters.
    • Steven Universe featured a flashback where a historical character resembled Jamie the postman as Steven and Connie read his diary, but subverted the trope at the end when it revealed the actual person's portrait.
    • An episode of Jackie Chan Adventures also parodied it (Jackie's character is a case of Identical Grandson, but Jade's is described as completely different to her; she still insists otherwise and the character has her appearance through the story).
  • 4 Apr 22nd, 2017 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2017 10:10:00 AM
    Is there a trope for this condition? Otherwise, I will bring this up in the TLP. It is a trope for a character being hurt by hearing specific sounds. If this applies to the audience, then it is Most Annoying Sound and Squick. 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
  • 9 Apr 14th, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 11:58:42 PM
    What's the trope for when a person or creature can be made (or forced to be) obedient/tame if a certain specific thing is done to them? Like, if your teenage daughter is too attached to her Cell Phone, threats to it can be used to make her behave better? Or giving a monster a certain food (or sometimes toy to play with) to tame it? Reply

      Flaw Exploitation is the only thing that comes to mind.

      Restraining Bolt

      ^ That trope forces obedience, yes, but it's an external thing, not intrinsic to the character.



      Well otherwise it's just a Threatening Tropes or bribery tropes, it doesn't really matter what the button is as much as the person knows how to press it

      So I guess we don't have it?

      If the thing in question is reliable enough, it would still count as a Restraining Bolt, IMHO. At the very least, until there's enough examples to try for a separate trope.

      Blackmail examples (such as the cell phone) might be in On Second Thought.
  • 1 Apr 22nd, 2017 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 11:30:59 PM
    I've seen this more than a few times. The main character visits a psychiatric hospital, either to interview someone there or occasionally because they've been committed to it, and are immediately greeted by a friendly older man with an official demeanor and a white coat who takes it upon himself to show them the ropes. The characters, and by extension the audience, naturally assume that this man is a doctor, orderly, or some other member of the staff until peculiarities in his behavior or interactions with the real staff reveal that he is in fact one of the patients who either suffers from the delusion of being a member of the staff or has willfully chosen to impersonate one for some reason all his own.

    Is there a trope for this? 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
  • 0 Apr 22nd, 2017 at 9:09PM
    What's the trope for plots that happen after your plane/ship/etc crash-landed on some place? Reply
  • 2 Apr 22nd, 2017 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 08:45:30 PM
    Seen this in a couple of adventure stories. The heroes learn of an Adventurer Archaeologist who has been looking for the MacGuffin before them and never returned from their quest. Later they will find the corpse of said character inside a cave almost having reached their destination but ending up dead because they didn't have the right clues to find the hidden door or pass the secret test. Like a combination of This Way to Certain Death and Chekovs Gunman. Reply

      A similar situation is found in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow. Alexander learns of a knight who found a way to challenge the Lord of the Dead to resurrect his dead girlfriend. Alexander finds his corpse in the Land of the Dead later on, having failed his quest. It's a good thing the gauntlet with the ritual challenge written on it was still there for Alexander to use.

      Remember that one.
  • 5 Apr 12th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 07:25:57 PM
    Does this fit Draw Aggro? Reply



      Is it just baiting or you spray yourself with the bomb? Because if it's just throwing a bomb that release pheromone somewhere for an ambush it's not really drawing aggro to you

      If it is used for an ambush, Lured into a Trap might apply.

      ^^ Technically speaking it is drawing the mobs' aggro, but not towards you (which is what Draw Aggro tends to be).

      ^ If there's nothing else then I'll take that.
  • 5 Apr 9th, 2017 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 04:58:19 PM
    So Bob is trapped in a Drowning Pit and is barely holding his breath anymore. Suddenly a fish swims right next to his face and he realises it had to come in somehow, so it means there is a way out.

    Is there any trope about this? I saw it in few different movies and animation, can't find a fitting trope for it. Reply

      It's kind of like when a person is trapped in a cave, but they realize there's an exit when they see daylight. I'm not sure what that is called, though...

      Sounds tropable.

      Yeah, the light also shows up quite often. At first I was thinking about using Tangled, but then I've realised they've just used Rapunzel's hair as a water-proof lantern.

      I have seen times when the heroes are trapped in supposedly air tight trap and find a way out by seeing which way the flame is leaning to since it moves to nearest oxygen source

      Anybody care to TLP this?
  • 1 Apr 22nd, 2017 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 04:30:55 PM
    It's where the viewpoint character rides an elevator with a transparent or otherwise see-through door and the audience is treated with glimpses of things beyond of some significance. In horror games it's usually a jump scare or similarly brief ominous sight, whereas in some games(such as Half-Life 2) the viewer is treated to some environmental storytelling as they witness characters and micro-scenes beyond. It's most common in video games, it seems, but since it's a purely visual trope it probably occurs elsewhere. Reply
  • 0 Apr 22nd, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Just wondering, are there any tropes for cliché methods of death or even just the act of using the same method always used? Great example in anime is "hit by a truck". This happens all the time. Whether an author wants to create an unexpected death to add drama to the story or kill off the main character to have an afterlife or other-world setting, the most popular method by far for a sudden, unpredictable death seems to be the person walking into the road and getting hit by a truck. It's even gotten to the point that some people talk of "Truck-kun" and call him one of the most successful serial killers in fiction. Reply
  • 1 Apr 21st, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 11:57:24 AM
    Is rock-ness an essential component of Rock of Limitless Water?

    Because there's this example:

    The Decanter of Endless Water mimics this trope. Though not the cheapest or most common of items, wizards can craft them without too much difficulty, making them less desirable than some on this list.

    And if that's a valid example, then I've found the trope for Knightfall of The Elder Scrolls In-Universe Books:
    Legend told of a vessel of sorts from which water would pour endlessly known as the Everflow Ewer.
  • 5 Apr 5th, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 10:04:57 AM
    When an innocuous phrase is taken out of context by the peers to shoehorn in sexual or other negative and unwanted implications even if it has nothing to do with it. Is there a trope for this? Compare Heh Heh, You Said "X", Twisting the Words, Freud Was Right, and Everything Is Racist. Reply
  • 5 Apr 21st, 2017 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 10:02:18 AM
    First time using this site so I'm not sure what to select in "Medium" if I'm asking a general question that applies to most mediums. Something I've seen in both anime and movies. Anyhow, I wanted to ask if a trope of this exists already, or if it fits under an existing trope (probably does); and if it does, the name of that trope/a link to it's page would be great.

    The main antagonist, or one of them, is a giant jerk to everyone, including a subordinate of some kind that can do nothing except meekly take the abuse and follow orders. Usually this is because the subordinate is weak. Then later on, during or after some kind of fight with the good guys, the tables are turned. Maybe the antagonist's hanging off a cliff, or captured and restrained. Then the underling arrives at the scene, and the antagonist lights up. "What took you so long, idiot? Hurry up and untie me already!" The underling smirks and leaves the jerk to his doom, whether imminent death or guaranteed life in prison or such. Or takes revenge on the bad guy himself ("Hey, where do you think you're pointing that gun-"). Reply

      The Dog Bites Back

      The Dog Bites Back seems like a good fit.

      How about Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal

      mistreatment betrayalis when he sides with the hero, dogs bite back is when they just kill the villain

      Thanks everyone for the replies. Great community we have here on TV Tropes. Glad I discovered this place, I could get lost in it for days reading all the different articles and examples.
  • 3 Apr 14th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 03:22:21 AM
    When someone Breaks Out the Museum Piece and then add more modern/advanced pieces to it so they can use it from modern purposes.

    Example #1: In the She-Ra two-parter "Anchors Aloft", Sea Hawk finds his father, the Falcon's old seabound ship, The Clipper, and has his men use wreckage of Hawk's destroyed flying ship (plus supplies from the Great Rebellion) to upgrade/convert the Clipper to solar flight.

    Example #2: In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Consular-Class Cruiser (Charger C70 Retrofit), a diplomatic ship upgraded/converted into a warship. Reply
  • 1 Apr 22nd, 2017 at 2:02AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 02:44:05 AM
    When Brother/Sister are antagonistic, but not trying to compete at something, nor have same level as Cain and Abel, what is it called? or can Sibling Rivalry be used instead? Reply
  • 3 Apr 21st, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Apr, 2017 01:05:52 AM
    Goodnight. Which Trope should be used for girls who have a "double" personality? For example, a quiet and timid girl suddenly turns out to be a cruel sociopath, or a cunning manipulator? Or vice versa, strict and cold-blooded, turns out is feminine and shy.

  • 3 Apr 17th, 2017 at 2:02AM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Apr, 2017 10:52:42 PM
    Good afternoon. What is the name of the trope, when the love interest is always with the hero, giving him tremendous moral or combat support and feels unrequited feelings for him, while the hero builds relationships with other girls, but at the very end of the story understands that this interest was the most important person in his life? Sometimes such interest even helping hero to achieve the love of some ideal girl (which then either turns out to be a bad person, or tells the hero that his true love is next to him). It is not necessary that the hero does not know about interest's feelings, it is enough that he simply does not take this seriously or could not do it for moral reasons. I already saw this trope before under the name .... love interest, but I forgot this title. I only know that according to this logic works any romance with Patient Childhood Love Interest or Little Sister Heroine.

  • 4 Apr 12th, 2017 at 1:01AM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Apr, 2017 10:25:55 PM
    What tropes would cover an empire/city/species that shuts its doors to outsiders because it believes that foreign primitives couldn't possibly have anything to offer? Later imperial China (pre Opium Wars) is the obvious Real Life model. Not Absolute Xenophobe, since that implies trying to kill other species, rather than just keep them out. Reply