• 2 Feb 22nd, 2011 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2011 07:26:58 PM
    What is it called when at the beginning of the series, the stories are short and one chapter/episode long, but as the series goes on, the stories get longer and longer until they form very long arcs.

    It's very common in manga, like in Bleach, Naruto, D.Gray-Man, etc. Reply
  • 1 Feb 22nd, 2011 at 2:02AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2011 05:56:05 PM
    Is there a trope for when shows bring in a "celebrity" guest star, but don't actually use the celebrity as either an actor or a voice actor.

    Usually ends up in the celebrity being mocked mercilessly, which is probably why the actual celebrity declined to make an appearance...

    It's *not* Expy or No Celebrities Were Harmed since no effort is made to conceal the identity of the celebrity being parodied. The celebrity's name will be used quite openly, and may even be the whole draw of the sketch/episode

    South Park is fond of this, and Mad TV used to do this occasionally. Reply

      Okay. I'm gonna put this on YKTTW then.
  • 2 Feb 22nd, 2011 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2011 03:39:22 PM
    Is there a trope for characters who seem to have the opposite of Performance Anxiety i.e. They can't do things except when under pressure? Reply
  • 1 Feb 20th, 2011 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2011 02:59:03 PM
    What is The Journey Effect, as stated on the Grease 2 page? Reply
  • 5 Feb 20th, 2011 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2011 02:06:46 PM
    When protagonist is just about to solve the riddle or mystery but a small coincidence makes them not success. For example on Twin Peaks when agent Cooper wants to see Leland's golf sticks he doesn't know the body of Maddy Ferguson is lying next to the sticks and he never realises it because of sudden call from police radio. It's very upsetting trope I think;) But how is it called? Reply

      Noone knows?

      How should I know what Peter Noone knows or doesn't know? What am I, his biographer?

      I meant 'nobody' :|

      So is anyone gonna help this guy are we gonna make "Noone" jokes all day?

      There are also a lot of cases where, for example, a good guy is hiding from the bad guys, and they almost discover him, but something else comes up to distract the bad guy. It's all build-up, no pay-off, and requires the audience knows something the character doesn't.

      I don't know if the broader form will be more likely to have been named, or if it makes it too broad to be useful.

  • 1 Feb 22nd, 2011 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2011 09:46:58 AM
    When some is soooo close to achieving something, but misses by the narrowest of margins. Trying losing a race by 0.001 seconds! What's this called? Reply
  • 2 Feb 22nd, 2011 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 22nd Feb, 2011 09:43:04 AM
    Some form of rolecall is going on, and for some reason, everyone has the same name (Jim, Bob, Spartacus, etc.). However, when each name is called, they all somehow manage to know who's being referred to. Reply

      Planet of Steves isn't explicitly about role-calls, but it covers the "everyone knows who you're talking about" thing.

      That's the one, thanks.
  • 0 Feb 22nd, 2011 at 3:03AM
    Is there a trope for when a character's signature vehicle (Car, Space Ship, Giant Mecha etc...) gets destroyed and treated as if it were almost a death scene?

    Wrecked Weapon seems fairly close, but it seems to focus more on weapons/accessories than vehicles.

    Examples include the destruction of the Enterprise in Star Trek 3, The Dude's car getting trashed by nihilists in The Big Lebowski, The Black Pearl getting sunk by the kraken in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and the Bluesmobile falling apart at the end of The Blues Brothers. Reply
  • 2 Feb 21st, 2011 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2011 08:42:39 PM
    Is there a trope that describes a person who is completely out to destroy the hero's reputation and life, but does so in a way that everyone else thinks they are actually a nice person, and that the hero is crazy and mean for saying otherwise? Doing things like beating themselves up right in front of the hero and convincing the entire rest of the cast that the hero did it? Reply
  • 1 Feb 21st, 2011 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2011 08:29:58 PM
    Is there a trope where the sequel is much more grim and bleak than the first (and, if in a trilogy or longer, the third entry)? You know, such as in Killzone 2, where the ISA is facing defeat (compared to Killzone 1), or in Resistance 2, where humanity is falling apart. Reply
  • 1 Feb 21st, 2011 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2011 04:39:46 PM
    Wasn't there a trope called 'difficult second album' at one point? It was about the fact that a bands second album is often not as good as the first, due to running out of ideas, drugs, lack of motivation, drugs, wild parties etc. Reply
  • 1 Feb 21st, 2011 at 11:11AM
    Western Animation
    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2011 11:25:54 AM
    I'm looking for a trope that describes any of the staple "disaster requires realization" scenarios so common in Golden age cartoons, where the laws of physics break for a moment to give a character time to realize he/she/it is in for some hurt(e.g. walking off a ledge and remaining suspended until the lack of ground is noticed and finally falling). Any ideas? Thanks. Reply
  • 0 Feb 21st, 2011 at 6:06AM
    Let's say I get inspired by a particular term or idea or a concept used somewhere, and I play and twist around with it modifying it with my own ideas until I turn it into my own philosophy that has no resemblance to the original inspiring idea. What is this?

  • 1 Feb 21st, 2011 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2011 05:48:28 AM
    Is there a trope for the inverse of Mundane Utility?

    For example, instead of the guy concentrating a nuke-level fireblast to warm his food, you have a guy who uses a low-level telekinesis spell to kill thousands by pinching their carotids.

    The "Locate City nuke" spell would be a Game Breaking example of this, take a spell with a 40-mile radius, turn it into a spell that pushes objects spreading from its origin point, make it do damage depending on distance travelled, and... see the name. Reply
  • 3 Feb 18th, 2011 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2011 03:36:43 AM
    What's the trope about humor built around the censoring? Reply

      This Trope is [BLEEP]?

      No. No, not that.

      Studio Shaft censors stuff not with steam or black boxes, but with things like photos of some bald guy. Humor is commonly derived from that. Or in Dr Mc Ninja whenever someone censors it's always overlapped by "HE SAID A BAD WORD" speechbubble.

      Basically humor derived from real censoring, not faux censoring used for humor.

      You can probably find it among the Censorship Tropes
  • 2 Feb 21st, 2011 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2011 01:45:36 AM
    Is there a trope for when a person gets into their car and it seems empty and then suddenly the camera flashes to a shot of someone else's eyes in the rear-view mirror? Reply
  • 3 Feb 19th, 2011 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Feb, 2011 01:32:25 AM
    I'm not actually sure if this is a trope, but it seems like it would be. It's when a character says something about their future, like an "I'll never" or an "I hope," followed by an immediate, foreshadowing cut to another character.

    As a made-up example, imagine Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec saying, "I'll never sleep with anyone again. Ever." followed by a cut to Ben Wyatt, implying that she will indeed sleep with someone, and it will be him. Or a character saying that if he finds out who killed his brother, he'll get revenge, followed by a cut to the person who killed his brother (sometimes viewers might not yet know that this person killed the brother, so the foreshadowing might not be obvious until later).

    I tried searching for different types of cuts, and I also tried looking through various kinds of foreshadowing, but I didn't come up with anything. I see this device used so often that I'd be really surprised if it wasn't a defined trope. Any ideas? Reply

      Sounds like a very specific form of Foreshadowing. If this trope exists, it will probably be listed on the This Index Will Be Important Later page.

      I'd call this a kind of Gilligan Cut.

      Hmm, I already looked at the Gilligan Cut before I posted, and that's not quite it, because it's more about the foreshadowing (the irony or contradiction is only there in some versions). It wasn't on the "Important Later" page, either.

      I see this device used so often, especially in television, that I definitely think it qualifies as a Foreshadowing sub-trope, but I'm not sure what it could be called. I did some more poking around, and it seems like it's a bit of a combination of a non-villainous Speak Of The Devil and an Answer Cut.
  • 2 Feb 20th, 2011 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Feb, 2011 09:48:58 PM
    I'm not sure whether or not this is already a trope, or on the other hand if it even falls into the category of tropes, but—

    A TV show/series of novels/webcomic/etc. has been drawing out the Will They or Won't They? between two characters who have really blatant, possibly even canonically acknowledged, Everyone Can See It UST. It's been going on for a while, and may actually be the driving force of the work. Finally, they actually do hook up, but by this point the Genre Savvy troper's opinion is "well, obviously" instead of "SQUEE!!1!" It's not Shipping Bed Death because that's what happens after the hookup, and it's not a Romantic Plot Tumor or any other bad writing trope—I'm looking for a totally underwhelmed reaction to They Do even if everything else ought to be good (a shipping-specific version of Arc Fatigue, maybe? except that implies actual frustration instead of just "well, duh"). Reply

      Sounds like old-fashioned Anti-Climax.

      ...So I am. Clearly, TV Tropes has already ruined my life, since I didn't even stop to think it might be a term in general usage I already knew. Thank you!
  • 7 Feb 19th, 2011 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Feb, 2011 06:59:12 PM
    Multiple trope questions:

    While browsing Tropes of Legend, I saw a mention that Fanservice originally meant anything put in specifically to please the fans - not necessarily sexual in nature. Since our trope page now refers solely to Fanservice in the titillation/sexual sense, what's the trope for more general "stuff put in to please the fans"?

    On a related note, is Author Appeal always sexual in nature? If so, what is the more general trope in this case?

    Is there a trope for when the villain directly takes over his troops - as in possession or something similar?

    Is there a trope for when a bad guy tells the hero they will be rewarded for killing/capturing the hero?

    Finally, do we have an index for stupid characters in general? The only one I can find is Contrived Stupidity Tropes, which isn't quite the same thing.


      1 & 2) Pandering to the Base is a super trope. You'll probably find what you're looking for under that.

      Another question: Do we have tropes for the opposite of Good Is Dumb and Dumb Is Good?

      Fanservice means something meant to please the fanbase to this day - it's just usually used in the sexual connotation. There are lots of words that don't really mean what most people use them to mean - "abortion" literally means "stoppage", but is virtually if not literally never used to mean that anymore.

      ^^ Do you mean Wicked Cultured or Gentleman and a Scholar?

      Neither, really - I'm looking for tropes about good guys being predominantly intelligent and villains being dumb.

      Wait, what? That doesn't even happen like ever ever. There's no conflict if the villains are inferior.

      I meant those separately - a trope about "Smart Good" and a trope about "Dumb Evil" (not the same as Stupid Evil, though).
  • 5 Feb 18th, 2011 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Feb, 2011 05:58:23 PM
    A scene is scary, despite the fact that nothing scary happens in it. Reply

      Nothing Is Scarier ?

      Hmm...not exactly. In the sort of thing I'm thinking of, other normal (well, sort of) stuff would still be happening. For example, the scene in Silence of the Lambs when Clarise and Hannibal first meet. They only talk in that scene, nothing scary happens. But nonetheless, it is still a very scary scene.

      In the specific example, I'd call it a Dissonant Serenity which can have a scary effect. When stuff is scary unintentionally, it's Nightmare Fuel.

      C.S. Lewis made a distinction between fear and dread, where one was a fear of physical danger, while the other was a dread of the uncanny.

      Hannibal poses Clarise no immediate physical danger. Although Lewis was focused on the dread of supernatural entities, you could call Hannibal uncanny.

      This is called "the viewer is a little baby man."
  • 0 Feb 20th, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Do we have anything for occasions when a "disaster map" is shown during in-universe news broadcasts in Zombie Apocalypse films? Reply
  • 0 Feb 20th, 2011 at 3:03PM
    Do we have a trope covering when a character gets into a relationship/has sex in order to get revenge on another character? Reply
  • 1 Feb 20th, 2011 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Feb, 2011 02:44:21 PM
    it's a game over trope, but its where its frightening. i cant find it anywhere!! Reply
  • 3 Feb 19th, 2011 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Feb, 2011 02:41:33 PM
    Is a trope for when the reader is in the story but not choose your own adventure.


      Could you elaborate? Do you mean when the story is told from a first-person POV?

      NVM founded it.

      What was it?
  • 1 Feb 18th, 2011 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Feb, 2011 06:01:44 AM
    I looked through the Eye Tropes, well the list at least, and can't find one that would fit.

    So, what I have in mind is character with creepy, soulless eyes. Eyes, like those of dead man or as if they were made of glass. Character looks and there's nothing in his stare, no emotion, no life, nothing.

    Which trope would that be? Or am I to belive that we missed that one? Reply