• 0 Jul 21st, 2017 at 2:02PM
    An (albeit somewhat silly) example of this that springs to mind from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, when Martian Manhunter and the other Justice League heroes force Batman to rest after he broke his leg. Another example I can think of is in Kids Next Door in that one episode where the KND kinda force Numbuh One to get some sleep and all do their best not to make too much noise and wake him up. The examples I listed were all kinda silly but this can show up in more serious works too. Is there a trope for this? When a character is forced to take a break even though they desperately want to keep working/fighting/whatever? And what would you call characters with such self-destructive tendencies? And help would be much appreciated! Reply
  • 0 Jul 21st, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Is there a trope that has the concept of a lifeline as used in gameshows? 'Cause there's 5 wicks for such a trope by that name, but no such trope exists. All things that use that name in the wiki are Video Games.


    Basically a way to save yourself from something, in a Game Show:

    Series/Shafted: The shift, which allows passing off a question to someone else. Reply
  • 3 Jul 17th, 2017 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Jul, 2017 02:01:37 PM
    When someone short on money donated way too much, like in the Simpsons where Homer bought Marge's necklace and a car in his teens or the plot of Starbuck, where the main character is the father of 533 children because he paid a trip in Greece to his whole family with the money from the clinic Reply



      Can this be generalized? Maybe that'll find the Super Trope...
  • 1 Jul 21st, 2017 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Jul, 2017 06:23:17 AM
    Is there a trope for where a character regenerates into a new form but retains existing memories and gains a new personality, like Doctor Who does?. This is from the Watsonian side of Watsonian Vs Doylist explanations (an In-Universe reason, not Real Life Writes the Plot).

    Checking before I make a TLP about this. Reply
  • 1 Jul 20th, 2017 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Jul, 2017 09:02:27 PM
    In my opinion, an Aesop for Superhero Movies: You cannot rely on one person to clean a whole city/world.

    It is a Crapsack World, run by gangsters, police are corrupt or useless. In order to rid the world of the evil that runs, a hero steps in. It starts to shed some light on the world, but it also makes it worse, because people start doing less to help, and just start leaving him to do all the work. It's not until the hero is killed or incapacitated that they realize they should have done their part, and may even start to rise against the evil.

    Inspired by the lyrics of the song in "Seven Wise Dwarfs".


    In "The Dark Knight Saga":
    • In Batman Begins, Rachel tells Bruce that everyone relied his parents to clean up Gotham, and after their murder, no one did anything.
    • In The Dark Knight, After Harvey Dent pulls his Face–Heel Turn, the heroes fear that people will lose hope altogether.
    • In The Dark Knight Rises, After the truth of Harvey Dent is revealed, and Batman is seemingly killed, Gotham does indeed plunge into chaos. It is not until the near end that the city eventually starts to fight back.
      • In my opinion, it's these things that should have provoked the people to do their part.

    Also, an episode of The Powerpuff Girls in which the PPG get so fed up of being called to do EVERYTHING (open a jar of pickles, pass the TV remote, walk the dog, change a flat tire, etc., etc.) that they decide to go on strike, leaving the townsfolk to fend for themselves against a monster attack. Reply
  • 2 Jul 20th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Jul, 2017 07:19:16 PM
    Usually Played for Laughs, this is when the narrator describes something a character is doing, and then the character repeats what the narrator said with more or less the exact same wording. Do we have this? Reply
  • 2 Jul 11th, 2017 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Jul, 2017 04:58:22 PM
    Is there a trope for "*record scratch* 'You're probably wondering how I got in this situation.' "

    Not just a Record Needle Scratch, not just How We Got Here, but the two combined. IIRC, Deadpool specifically invokes it, as does The Emperor's New Groove. Does anyone know the Trope Namer or Trope Codifier? It's just a meme I've seen around that I cannot for the life of me recall where it's from. Reply
  • 0 Jul 20th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Is there a trope for where someone commits a prank and then Reality Ensues, leading to ill-feeling and the character becoming a Hate Sink for a time? Reply
  • 0 Jul 20th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    This is when an object is seen from front view and doesn't appear very big, then is turned around to reveal that it's actually very long. Usually Played for Laughs. Do we have this? Reply
  • 3 Jul 18th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Jul, 2017 12:19:52 PM
    Is there a trope covering hostile survivors who rob or attack other survivors in a Zombie Apocalypse or any kind of disaster, either for stealing foods, scavenging resources or even without a reason? Reply
  • 0 Jul 20th, 2017 at 10:10AM
    Is there a trope in which a character's height is used specifically for comedic effect or to shock the audience? Off the top of my head I can think of the Kung Fu Giant from Rush Hour 3, the very tall mechanic from the Singles Ward, or the scene in the Simpsons with the very tall man in a small car, any other examples? Reply
  • 2 Jul 20th, 2017 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Jul, 2017 07:12:17 AM
    There are some superpowers that are so powerful, that no person can use them, except for only one person. The Big Good even says that they are so powerful, that they would do more damage even in the wrong good hands than in the right evil hands (why they are evil or how evil they are is irrelevant). Reply
  • 4 Jul 18th, 2017 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Jul, 2017 11:11:20 PM
    After a few genuine search efforts, I couldn’t find an article for the trope where:
    1. An outsider is traveling to or entering a new place
    2. (Optional but typical) Bad and/or secret things happen in that place
    3. Less-than-honest locals (often a gas station attendant or innkeeper) try to discourage the outsider from going to that place by claiming it's of no consequence or interest

    For example, in the beginning of Messiah Of Evil, the protagonist tells a gas station attendant her destination, and the attendant asks something along the lines of "Why do you want to go there? I don't know why anyone would visit there. It's just a small town of no interest." – but clearly he knows something, and is trying to dissuade her with boredom.

    The Hills Have Eyes (1977) has a similar scene, though after the travelers show dedication to continue on, the attendant becomes more actively dissuasive, with warnings about wild animals, etc.

    There are some existing trope articles that are close but don't quite capture what I'm looking for:

    Maybe one of the first two articles from the list could be tweaked to cover the concept I'm looking for? Reply
  • 1 Jul 19th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Jul, 2017 11:01:34 PM
    So let's say a show makes fun of an author and twenty five years later said author is now a famous singer. The viewer watches the show and is left scratching their heads because the author is actually a singer but they don't know that. What is that called? Reply
  • 1 Jul 19th, 2017 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Jul, 2017 07:14:51 PM
    Prior to his eventual loss to Muhammad Ali in their The Rumble in the Jungle Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) , George Foreman accidentally pissed off the Congolese natives by bringing his pet German Shepard. Let's just say back when the country used to be a Belgian territory, Belgian police would often utilize German Shepard (as attack dogs) against the Congolese natives. And as result, Muhammad Ali was made to be the 'hero" in the fight while Foreman was unfortunately the "villain". Reply
  • 1 Jul 19th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Jul, 2017 07:12:13 PM
    Do we have a trope for characters whose powers clash with their talents, interests, fields of knowledge, etc.? These characters would be unable to fully utilize their powers as they are the wrong people to have them. Examples:

    Hunter × Hunter: Knuckle is a Book Dumb street thug who got a power that intensifies proportionally at regular intervals, like bank interest, requiring him to calculate quickly in his head as he's fighting. He is good at it now, but only because he forced himself to learn how to do it quickly.

    One Piece: Kanjuro can can bring to life anything he draws. However, he's a Terrible Artist, so all of his creations are weak and unstable.

    We have Good Powers, Bad People and Bad Powers, Good People, but they're morality-based, whereas these are cases where a character is fully willing to use the powers given to them but are actually unable to realize their potential, at least without much more effort than normal. Reply
  • 2 Jul 19th, 2017 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Jul, 2017 01:28:52 PM
    What is the trope for a Big Guy who can't endure pain?

    It's not Gentle Giant is it? It doesn't seem to have the fragile quality...

    From Friendship Is Magic: Supporting Cast – Ponyville - Bulk Biceps:

    He's surprisingly sensitive, in spite of his brawny physique; In "Rainbow Falls", he starts crying after Fluttershy accidentally hit him in the face with a horseshoe.

    ... I might be wrong it thinking it's not Paper Tiger.... Reply

      Paper Tiger, maybe (looks tough, but fold easily)?

      That's what it's under, but I don't think that's it... Nevermind. I didn't check the Laconic...
  • 1 Jul 19th, 2017 at 1:01AM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Jul, 2017 07:12:36 AM
    If there a trope for when the protagonist is the leader of a group and has a romantic attraction to his right-hand-man/woman? Both have feelings for each other but put them aside because of duty. The story sometimes has them coming close to outright admitting their feelings to each other but it's a running gag that they are usually interrupted by some event.

  • 2 Jul 17th, 2017 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Jul, 2017 10:58:11 PM
    When one character, especially in romances, tells another to stay away from them because they're dangerous, either because of their lifestyles (if they're a hero) or because they are literally dangerous (like they are radioactive or something). What would you call that? And when the other character responds with "I don't care! I want to be with you anyway!" What would you call that? Please and thank you! Reply
  • 1 Jul 18th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Jul, 2017 10:56:02 PM
    is there a trope where the main villian was or is a fellow student along with the protagonist of a master and then has the master choose the protagonist and the villian goes crazy Reply
  • 4 Jul 15th, 2017 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Jul, 2017 10:21:01 PM
    Does Tv Tropes have a trope for when a surgeon, or, more accurately, someone acting like a surgeon to fix a mundane object such as a shoe, requests the person next to them to hand them things, ending with something that makes no sense? For example: "Needle and thread?" (pass) "Flashlight?" (pass) "Bandage?" (pass) "Scissors for cutting thread?" (pass) "Juice?" (pause) "What, I'm thirsty." Reply

      Not that I'm aware of (for the acting like a surgeon part). But the thematic list then something that makes no sense is The Last of These Is Not Like the Others.

      Yes, I think that's it

      It seems like it's the closest trope there is to that one.

      I think the surgeon-requesting-things could be a trope, I can think of at least three or four examples.
  • 1 Jul 18th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Jul, 2017 07:14:48 PM
    Since Follow the Leader is YMMV and not actually about following people, is there a trope here? Perhaps The Leader?, which is "A character who is good at organizing and directing others; the main member of any team."?

    The Lynburn Legacy:

    • Follow the Leader: Once the Lynburns left Sorry-in-the-Vale, it seemed like the town was going to transition into something normal, something not frightening. Then the Lynburns return, and the sorcerers flock to Rob's lead.
  • 1 Jul 18th, 2017 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Jul, 2017 07:11:18 PM
    This trope is so basic I’m surprised I couldn’t find it listed immediately (or after half an hour of digging). The concept is simple: There is an event that occurs multiple times. That is all.

    Not to be confused with the "Groundhog Day" Loop, and usually less symbolic / more central than Motifs, this trope is related more generally to things that happen multiple times – including events that take place within a normal, non-looping timeline.

    This can be something straightforward depicted multiple times in a story to establish a pattern (e.g. a nerd gets their lunch money stolen every day, a person turns into a wolf every full moon), or it can be an event that is only depicted once in a story as a single occurrence of a recurring event (e.g. an evil entity returns every 100 years to terrorize a town, “winter is coming”).

    Maybe this trope doesn’t have its own article yet simply because it’s so common? Reply
  • 1 Jul 18th, 2017 at 2:02PM
    Live Action TV
    Lastest Reply: 18th Jul, 2017 05:28:57 PM
    Is there a trope for describing an episode that centers around a situation that the protagonist (or any other relatable character) gets into, which somehow causes the audience to feel so distressed for the character in that situation that the viewer may decide to turn the tv off? Reply