• 2 May 6th, 2011 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 7th May, 2011 03:12:09 PM
    Is there a trope for when a man and a woman meet, and he calls her "Missus" and she corrects him with "Miss"? It usually foreshadows their future romance. Reply
  • 1 May 7th, 2011 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 7th May, 2011 08:51:19 AM
    What's that trope where someone volunteers to die to revive someone else or bring them back from the dead? Not sure if it's Heroic Sacrifice, because that implies the one being sacrificed for is still alive at that point. Reply
  • 0 May 7th, 2011 at 6:06AM
    I'm looking for a trope where a robot or similar character is destroyed/killed, but then almost as an afterthought a miniature version comes back.

    I saw this happen both in Kekkaishi with a demon (Yoki) and Dresden Codak with a robot, so I'm wondering if there are other examples (I think there are but just can't think of any). Reply
  • 2 May 6th, 2011 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 7th May, 2011 01:12:45 AM
    Trope for when a sign is damaged or altered (usually serendipitously but sometimes on purpose) to read something else? Reply
  • 2 May 6th, 2011 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 7th May, 2011 01:12:45 AM
    Trope for when a sign is damaged or altered (usually serendipitously but sometimes on purpose) to read something else? Reply
  • 5 May 6th, 2011 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2011 11:23:15 PM
    This is a mostly (as far as I know) an Urban Fantasy trope, what do you call some police force like SWAT but one that hunts down and subdue supernatural crimes, like special forces who hunts down vampires and such? I'm guessing it sounds something like Supernatural Police Force. Reply
  • 3 May 6th, 2011 at 5:05AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2011 11:05:11 PM
    Is there a trope for an overly serious character? As in he/she can't do jokes or even talking about some small things... So when other characters come into in asking for something the character possibly wouldn't care for some reasons, he/she will say no or even giving the wrong answer.

    Does my explanation seems odd? Reply
  • 0 May 6th, 2011 at 9:09PM
    Have we got a trope for when a character throws an object to the ground in anger and starts stomping on it? Reply
  • 0 May 6th, 2011 at 8:08PM
    Is there a trope for First Person video games that aren't really shooters? I seem to remember something along the lines of, First Person Unshooter. Reply
  • 5 May 5th, 2011 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2011 05:30:16 PM
    How about a trope for when a character who's been putting off proposing marriage to his girlfriend winds up kind of backing into doing so, by introducing her as "my fiancee" to someone? This is done without his actually having popped the question, either to discourage another woman's unwelcome flirtations or to divert the possible criticism of a prudish person who's caught them fooling around. After hearing this, the Love Interest may demand he follow through on this backdoor proposal with a ring, or may chew him out for presuming she'd agree.

    I know it's been used in The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump and one of the Garrett, P.I. novels, and presumably it's happened in romantic comedies also. Reply
  • 1 May 6th, 2011 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2011 10:30:26 AM
    There's an elderly character who likes to talk when asked, but he will run away from the subject the people wanted (for example ). He also has a short memory span.

    What's the trope for that? Reply
  • 5 May 5th, 2011 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2011 06:47:57 AM
    Is there a trope for works that feature a word in their titles that would rhyme with the rest of the title, but only when pronounced incorrectly?

    As a specific example, there's a book I read when I was younger called "Phone Home Persephone", so I thought for a while that Persephone=Purse Eh Phone, as that would be the rhyme. Apparently, though, it's Persephone=Per-seh-phon-ee, which I would never have guessed from the title.

    Different from Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion, I think, as when just read, you don't necessarily know that it's a subverted rhyme, it's only if you do actually know the word/later when you learn the word that you realize that, no, it doesn't actually rhyme. Reply

      Painful Rhyme, maybe?

      Painful Rhyme, maybe?

      On another note, I remember that book; from the Myth-o-mania series. The author visited our school and she said that it was a pun, on how she thought Persephone's name was pronounced 'Purse Phone', which a 'Purse Phone' makes an appearance in the book, hence the title.

      The poetic term for words used as rhymes that look similar but don't actually sound the same is eye rhyme. I don't think we have a page for it, though.

      Thank you everyone~ ^___^
  • 6 May 4th, 2011 at 5:05AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2011 06:41:56 AM
    When things go so bad, the protagonists (or even the villains) resort to last ditch measures — really last ditch, at HUGE cost. It has the hope of victory, but in the process expect the worst, millions of collateral casualties, death of all involved, destruction of the city, environment (or the planet at times), harmful side effects — and it's likely that everyone will go the kamikaze way.

    At normal times, no one in their right mind would even think of such an idea, but desperation means ANYTHING that works has to be tried, and they don't even mind paying the ultimate price for it.

    Eg. The Halos — they stop the flood, but only by destroying ALL life in the galaxy. And the solution to that solution is to destroy the Halos with all life on them Reply
  • 2 May 5th, 2011 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2011 03:16:42 AM
    Looking for a trope about a huge failure that is also a success.

    For example

    inventor (angry): It can vaporise a building in 5 seconds from a distance of one mile
    assistant: So what's the problem?
    inventor:its supposed to be a freeze ray.

    Update: found the comic I was thinking of. here Reply

      Achievements in Ignorance? Gone Horribly Right?

      None of them are quite what I was looking for, gone horribly right suggested things went badly for them, achievements in ignorance suggests they succeed at the impossible because they didn't know it was impossible. The one Im looking for is a trope about people who even when they fail they succeed, they just end up with the opposite of what they intended. Thanks for looking though.
  • 11 May 5th, 2011 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2011 03:15:29 AM
    Is there a trope for sleep paralysis? I'm just wondering, since a lot of people including this troper have it.

    Edit: Here's a link that describe's it much better than The Other Wiki could ever dream of. [1] Reply

      I'm not sure we have it. In order to be a trope, it isn't enough for it to exist in real life, it has to exist in fiction and be used as a story telling convention or a plot device. You might want to look through the Sleep and Wakefulness Tropes.

      Sleep paralysis? I read the article on The Other Wiki and I still don't know what that is!

      And I Must Scream, perhaps?

      During REM sleep, the skeletal muscles relax to the point where they can't contract (because your brain is doing odd things and if your muscles could respond to those signals you'd be doing who knows what). Some people wake up during those periods and realize that they can't move, hence the term. It's thought to be one of the seeds of the vampire/succubus myth: waking up and being unable to move because something demonic is sitting on you.

      The other extreme is sleepwalking and related, which I imagine happen when it works the other way and your muscles are awake but your brain is not

      During REM sleep, the skeletal muscles relax to the point where they can't contract (because your brain is doing odd things and if your muscles could respond to those signals you'd be doing who knows what). Some people wake up during those periods and realize that they can't move, hence the term. It's thought to be one of the seeds of the vampire/succubus myth: waking up and being unable to move because something demonic is sitting on you.

      The other extreme is sleepwalking and related, which I imagine happen when it works the other way and your muscles are awake but your brain is not

      Sorry! It look's like I've confused most of you. I was tired at that time, so I didn't make it more clear . Anyway, it's exactly what Chariset said, it's an extreme inverse of sleepwalking and is just as common .

      You can hear what's around you and see what's in front of you. But you have to keep jerking your muscles in order to get up however, most of the time you're much too tired (and scared out of your mind)to do this and fall back to sleep. It's not dangerous to your health in any way. But for most of those who have it, Sleep paralysis can be an inconvienence and cause some serious Accidental Nightmare Fuel. It also seems be one of the main reasons why rumors and myths about being abducted by aliens are so common. It's used as a basis for so many myths that if it doesn't have a trope that clearly defines it. It may need to become a Super trope.

      Ironic in that I just helped another troper over two days ago with sleepwalking and Zombie Gait.


      There is an entry for it on And I Must Scream. If you're looking for the aspect of being aware of everything around you but not being able to move, that's your trope.

      Hmm, maybe I'll go visit the Real life section. But I meant to put, is that you know what your seeing in front of you, but you do not know the things your hearing is actually true or not. Also, when you almost used up all your energy to finally make your skeletal muscles move enabling you to get up. You may feel like you want to go back to sleep . But after having to go through all that... So any

      We should have a physical paralysis trope if we don't already. And I Must Scream suggests that it's at least semi-permanent and externally imposed. This seems like a different trope — a malfunction of the body which isn't necessarily laid on you by someone else.

      We should have a physical paralysis trope if we don't already. And I Must Scream suggests that it's at least semi-permanent and externally imposed. This seems like a different trope — a malfunction of the body which isn't necessarily laid on you by someone else.

      Also you are not completly paralyzed, you can move your fingers and toes.

      Unfourtunatly, the term sleep paralysis is just so obscure, that the media barely if ever even appear's to know how to portray it.

  • 1 May 6th, 2011 at 1:01AM
    Lastest Reply: 6th May, 2011 02:13:52 AM
    Eye Reflection? Exactly What It Says on the Tin Reflection in the eyes Reply
  • 1 May 5th, 2011 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2011 11:36:08 PM
    Is there a trope for a character that inexplicably acts in character? For example, Billy doesn't like to play baseball, but at the climax of the story, it seems like he's about to, but he doesn't show up. I've already checked with Out of Character and In and Out of Character, so is there a trope for this? Reply
  • 5 May 1st, 2011 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2011 10:23:18 PM
    Alice does something horrible to Bob, or tries to. Bob does something to Alice in self-defense. Alice is then horribly upset with Bob for daring to do bad things to her.

    (Examples abound both in media and the real world, but the one that triggered this for me was GLaDOS being horribly upset at being killed in self-defense. If this ends up as a new trope, I'd suggest How Dare You Fight Back as a title.) Reply
  • 4 May 2nd, 2011 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2011 09:20:22 PM
    I'm looking for a character type. This person is extremely rational and often acts as the voice of reason or peacemaker in an argument or conflict, evaluating the issue from both sides and calmly putting forth their analysis. Reply

      Voice Of Reason.

      That redirects to Closer to Earth though, which is about women in particular tending to be the voice of reason — I'm looking for a character type, not a trend of who is most likely to be this type in given contexts, and it should be gender-neutral.

      The thing fitting the most with what you're asking, is The Kirk, IMO.

      Thank you.
  • 4 Apr 30th, 2011 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2011 08:50:10 PM
    I was playing TWEWY and I noticed that, in that game, all deaths are caused by car accidents.

    "In A Car Accident" is an easy way to make a character dead, as it's unexpected, but the offender wasn't really a murderer.

    I also remember it from the movie Signs, and that new one, Water for Elephants.

    We got this yet? Reply

      Car Fu, Toyota Tripwire, Cable-Car Action Sequence, Traintop Battle?

      I don't think that's what he meant.

      If I understand correctly, you're asking about a trope where Backstory-related deaths are caused by car accidents?

      Let me get back to you on that.

      We have Bus Crash for when people are sent out of the show and die 'off camera', but it also is playing off the 'killed quickly, without warning, in such a way that doesn't invite a murder investigation' thing you mentioned

      We have Bus Crash for when people are sent out of the show and die 'off camera', but it also is playing off the 'killed quickly, without warning, in such a way that doesn't invite a murder investigation' thing you mentioned
  • 1 May 5th, 2011 at 10:10AM
    Live Action TV
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2011 12:28:22 PM
    This may not be a trope, but I could have sworn I'd seen it around before.

    Essentially, the trope is a spoiler trope in live-action casting. If a MAJOR character is played by a name actor, we are USUALLY assured that character will survive though the course of the movie or show. If a MINOR character is cast as a name actor, that character will surely return to become important later in the film/show.

    If this is not currently a trope, we need to YKTTW it ASAP. Reply
  • 3 May 5th, 2011 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2011 09:11:57 AM
    There's a board of people at a meeting, and a guy does something to annoy the boss, so s/he pulls a lever and sends the guy down a chute.

    Here, for example. Reply
  • 4 Apr 30th, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2011 09:11:33 AM
    Is there a proper name for that thing where the "stupid" one in a group is the one who sees a key element that the smart ones somehow can't see? I'm thinking of the book version of The Da Vinci Code where for some reason Dan Brown thinks mirrored letters are somehow too obscure for educated people to be able to read.

    Not Too Quirky to Lose, because that sounds too contest-specific. Unless that should be broadened to non-contest situations. Reply
  • 2 May 4th, 2011 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2011 03:58:04 AM
    A character has the same first name as the actor playing him or her. Reply

      The Danza It's for first OR last names.

      The Danza. This has a character with the same first and the same last name, for a double dose of similarity.
  • 3 May 2nd, 2011 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2011 01:08:45 AM
    Is there a trope for inefficient depictions of martial arts? I notice a lot of media likes to stick to flashy versions of more or less legitimate martial arts that wind up being inefficient, but I'm yet to come across a trope that exemplifies that in particular. Broadly speaking, it falls under Rule Of Cool, but so do other tropes and this is common enough to warrant its own trope. Especially considering that almost every film, anime and game partakes. Reply

      Martial Arts Do Not Work That Way?

      Sort of, but this is for when the martial art in question is altered from its 'true' form into something more convenient for the screen. This isn't for complete violations of the art itself as much as it's an often conscious decision to make something more workable for audiences to follow.

      Artisic licence: Martial Arts.
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