• 1 Aug 21st, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 09:14:16 PM
    This is in everything from comics, to some TV shows, to webcomics, it's all over the place. I'm wondering if there's a trope for a superhero having a reporter as a girlfriend. Reply
  • 1 Aug 21st, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 09:13:41 PM
    Is there any sort of trope where a relationship between two characters is teased or hinted at, and then never brought up again? The only example I can think of right now is between Judith and Yuri in Tales of Vesperia , who first meet in a prison cell, are the only two controllable characters for a while, and flirt constantly both in and out of battle. And then... nothing. No mention of any romance between them for the rest of the game. Reply
  • 1 Aug 21st, 2011 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 07:23:10 PM
    A type of gamer who skips all cutscenes, does not care about story, does not care about dialogues etc. This type of character only cares about running around and blowing shit up/jumping platforms, and by the end, has no idea what most character's names and motivations are.

    Is there a trope to describe such gamers? The "only in it for the gameplay, doesn't even know a story exists" type of gamer? Reply

      We have Waste of Time Story, which is about the plot rather then the player, although I've always felt that the emphasis should be shifted to be on the player. As of now, though, we don't have this one (or if we do they didn't link to it from that page).
  • 1 Aug 21st, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 04:34:06 PM
    There's this thing called the Tim Taylor Law, which is the unrealistic sic-fi convention of "We're not going to make it out of the black hole!" "Divert more power to the engines!" Popularised by Star Trek. Anyway, I was wondering if it was already a trope or not. Reply
  • 3 Aug 18th, 2011 at 11:11PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 02:22:29 PM
    Is there a trope for when a character is trying not to think about something, but is getting constantly reminded about it through various sources? Like TV, people's comments, the radio, etc?

    Say Bob lost his hat and misses it. He turns on the TV and sees that it's "Hat Day" at the ball park, making him even more depressed. Reply
  • 5 Aug 20th, 2011 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 01:41:14 PM
    Are there any pages covering the deliberate endangerment of the hero's children/spouse/parents by a villain character to achieve their own ends?

    Reply
  • 3 Aug 19th, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 12:23:14 PM
    Is there a page that addresses Rising Conflict or Rising Complications? The Conflict page just speaks about the seven forms of conflict, but Rising Conflict is a well-used structural term about the mounting challenges the protagonist faces. Reply
  • 1 Aug 20th, 2011 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 10:08:32 AM
    In which a character is afraid of a certain group, with the one exception being one of their friends? Like, say Alice is terrified of the lake monsters as a whole, but is actually okay with Bob the Lake Monster. I guess it's sorta like If It's You, It's Okay but not in a romantic or sexual sense. Reply

      I think that's come up in Goblins, but I don't know of a trope for it either...
  • 0 Aug 21st, 2011 at 10:10AM
    Literature
    In the guidelines for submissions for the 1632 series, Eric Flint has a fairly epic rant about some of the themes that he is not permitting in canon stories:

    One point in particular: I have gotten extremely hardnosed about the way in which people use American characters in their stories (so-called "up-timers"). That's because I began discovering that my small and realistically portrayed coal mining town of 3,500 people was being willy-nilly transformed into a "town" with a population of something like 20,000 people-half of whom were Navy SEALs who just happened to be in town at the Ring of Fire, half of whom were rocket scientists (ibid), half of whom were brain surgeons (ibid), half of whom had a personal library the size of the Library of Congress, half of whom . . .

    ...I'm fairly sure that there's some meta-trope for this, or should be. I've been considering Mary Sue/Marty Stu, Fanfic Chop Suey ... any suggestions, comments, criticisms? Reply
  • 0 Aug 21st, 2011 at 9:09AM
    A Love Trope where Alice is in love with Bob, who is in love with Sarah, Alice knows Sarah isn't good for Bob and while I Want My Beloved to Be Happy they try and keep Sarah and Bob separate and warn Bob. Reply
  • 4 Aug 20th, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 12:08:04 AM
    Trope for a female character, not The Vamp or Femme Fatale, who is pretty and flirts with men to get whatever she wants from them but never promises (or delivers) anything more? She's never evil, just socially savvy and opportunistic. Think Quinn on Daria. Reply

      Honey Trap, maybe?

      The Tease, I think.

      It's sort of The Tease, except usually she doesn't give them even that much. She's pretty and they all enjoy their fantasy they have a chance with her (they don't), so she can string them along more or less effortlessly.

      It's heavily implied that this would never work except that her suitors are... kinda dumb. She usually has the audience's sympathy, since everyone can see she won't give the boys a thing, hasn't actually promised them a thing, and they can always walk away — but they still worship her because she might promise them something.

      It's sort of The Tease, except usually she doesn't give them even that much. She's pretty and they all enjoy their fantasy they have a chance with her (they don't), so she can string them along more or less effortlessly.

      It's heavily implied that this would never work except that her suitors are... kinda dumb. She usually has the audience's sympathy, since everyone can see she won't give the boys a thing, hasn't actually promised them a thing, and they can always walk away — but they still worship her because she might promise them something.
  • 4 Aug 20th, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 21st Aug, 2011 12:08:04 AM
    Trope for a female character, not The Vamp or Femme Fatale, who is pretty and flirts with men to get whatever she wants from them but never promises (or delivers) anything more? She's never evil, just socially savvy and opportunistic. Think Quinn on Daria. Reply

      Honey Trap, maybe?

      The Tease, I think.

      It's sort of The Tease, except usually she doesn't give them even that much. She's pretty and they all enjoy their fantasy they have a chance with her (they don't), so she can string them along more or less effortlessly.

      It's heavily implied that this would never work except that her suitors are... kinda dumb. She usually has the audience's sympathy, since everyone can see she won't give the boys a thing, hasn't actually promised them a thing, and they can always walk away — but they still worship her because she might promise them something.

      It's sort of The Tease, except usually she doesn't give them even that much. She's pretty and they all enjoy their fantasy they have a chance with her (they don't), so she can string them along more or less effortlessly.

      It's heavily implied that this would never work except that her suitors are... kinda dumb. She usually has the audience's sympathy, since everyone can see she won't give the boys a thing, hasn't actually promised them a thing, and they can always walk away — but they still worship her because she might promise them something.
  • 0 Aug 20th, 2011 at 6:06PM
    Literature
    Is there trope for when a person shoots an object of immense energy to release it like a bomb like how Jon Stewart shot a lantern battery in Blackest Night? Reply
  • 0 Aug 20th, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Is there a trope for when one of the members of The Masquerade deliberately tries to break it (or, at the very least, to encourage things like photos and autographs and such), for one of several reasons? I've Seen It a Million Times, but the only specific example that comes to mind at the moment is the titular character of Hellboy, who does end up breaking The Masquerade. Reply
  • 1 Aug 19th, 2011 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Aug, 2011 02:56:44 PM
    Is there a trope for the horror movie bit where the killer walks onscreen behind the victim and then back off again. Noticing it in Easter Bunny, Kill Kill, but I know I've seen it elsewhere. Kind of a Meaningful Background Event, except not one where it takes an observant viewer, just one that happens to be watching at the time. Provides a subtle bit of ironic horror as we the audience know the killer is close, but they remain unawares. Reply
  • 2 Aug 19th, 2011 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Aug, 2011 09:42:14 AM
    Is there a specific trope for when a character has just stabbed someone and withdraws their blade with no body fluids on it? As opposed to Bloodless Carnage? Reply
  • 1 Aug 20th, 2011 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Aug, 2011 07:59:00 AM
    I character is shown saying something, usually something particularly assertive and important, yet once they say it, the camera shifts angel to reveal that the character is actually talking to no one, but is practicing what they want to say. Often (but not always) it is the character talking to a mirror. Almost invariably, the character will never actually get a chance to say what they want to, or will choke up when the opportunity actually comes to say it to the person they want to talk to. Reply
  • 2 Aug 19th, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Aug, 2011 05:00:10 PM
    Is there a trope where a character is notable for liking specific "old" things like flip clocks, the Beatles, silent movies, etc.? I know Still The Eighties is related but it seems too broad for what I'm looking for. Reply

      Fan of the Past.

      Edit: Actually, that's limited to characters in The Future. You might try Disco Dan, but that kind of character goes a bit farther then simply liking older things. Not sure if we have this one exactly.

      I agree with you about why Disco Dan is an imperfect fit. If I get to put an example to put in whatever Troper Tales is going to turn into, I'm the butt of my own joke that my music tastes are older than I am, but there is recently-released music that I like too. (Add for clarification: What I'm thinking of, in this case, emphasizes the fact that I like music from before my birth.)
  • 6 Aug 16th, 2011 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Aug, 2011 02:51:56 PM
    Is there a trope for (often) Main Characters that starts laughing when they have succeeded? It seems pretty common. Reply

      Like an Evil Laugh, or are you thinking of triumphant laughter, whch I dont think shows up in any of the tropes on here?

      More like triumphant, yes.

      BUMP.

      Could relate to Victory Gloating.

      It's not exactly the way I'm thinking about it, it's more like they're happy that everything's over. (Or something like that)

      I think I get what you mean. Don't know if there's a name for it.

      It's sort of relief laughter, and it lets the audience know the main conflict of the story is over. Best example I could think of is this, from the end of Jaws: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqpe2vx3svQ&t=2m47s

      That's what you mean?

      Look through Ending Tropes. I saw Everybody Laughs Ending in there but that might not be the same thing.
  • 3 Aug 18th, 2011 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Aug, 2011 12:11:44 PM
    Where do eccentric harmless mad people fit? The town nutters, as it were. They don't do anything - you notice them in film/TV and the characters notice them, and then they don't do anything - they just appear again a few times for comic effect. And you find them in Dickens too - eccentrics who don't talk at all or who talk nonsense. There's a feel-good factor about them - I'm not talking about scary mad people. Reply
  • 3 Aug 18th, 2011 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Aug, 2011 11:59:58 AM
    I was playing Modern Warfare 2 and noticed some background chatter in the first level.
    Soldier 1: Hey man, you still gay...? Just kidding.
    Soldier 2: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, man.

    Modern Warfare 2 is set in 2016 and was produced at a time when DADT was still around. However, the law was repealed in mid 2011 and is scheduled to be phased out this September, making the above dialogue anachronistic.

    So what trope applies to the developers' beliefs that DADT would still be around in 2016? It could conceivably be a very mild form of Zeerust, but that doesn't really seem to fit. Reply
  • 3 Aug 19th, 2011 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Aug, 2011 10:50:37 AM
    What do you call it when someone thinks a cartoon character looks similar to a character from an older, unrelated series, but then it turns out the animators didn't mean to make them look similar? Reply

      How do you judge the intention behind an Expy?

      I ask about instances where Word of God says the animators didn't intend these characters to look similar to old ones.

      I'd call it a co-incidence then.
  • 0 Aug 19th, 2011 at 10:10AM
    Live Action TV
    I'm trying to find a trope for this fairly common situation: Person A is reading a magazine or newspaper, finds something interesting, excitedly says "Hey, look at this!", and hands it to person B. Person B looks at it and reads the title of something else on the page (usually something strange or inappropriate), and doesn't understand why person A wanted to show it to them. Reply
  • 2 Aug 16th, 2011 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Aug, 2011 10:11:06 AM
    Is there a trope for an army owning a large dangerous animal as a back-up plan? Reply

      Example: In Film: Thor, the army of Frost Giants sends out a huge creature after Thor and his friends.

      Beast of Battle
  • 6 Aug 18th, 2011 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 19th Aug, 2011 08:58:23 AM
    Is there a trope for the inversion of Dude Looks Like a Lady i.e. when a lady looks like a male? Here's an example. Reply

      Bifauxnen

      Possibly Attractive Bent-Gender

      Bifauxnen

      Possibly Attractive Bent-Gender

      Well, the woman (mouse?) I'm talking about is really dangerous and looks like it, far far far from looking hot. So those tropes don't apply.

      Oh, it's the Technic Queen.

      Yeah, I'm not sure on her.

      Oh, it's the Technic Queen.

      Yeah, I'm not sure on her.

      Looks like the inverse of Dude Looks Likea Lady. Close enough, since it's not clear if the woman/mouse wanted to look male.
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