• 6 Feb 18th, 2011 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Feb, 2011 06:48:23 PM
    When you borrow elements and concepts from other, older works. For example all the karma related tropes are directly inspired by Bhagavad Gita and Hindu mythology philosophy? What is this called? Reply


      I think that's called "fiction". Can you be more specific?

      An older work introduces some sort of concept for the first time. Later works influenced by it use the concepts in their own ways, with some recycling. Basically a trope that describes the author drawing inspiration from various sources, and borrowing elements from them, rather than coming up with something totally new.

      Star Wars concept of the Force was influenced by a lot of philosophies. The Matrix. Then Avada Kedavra from Harry potter I believe comes from an old biblical egyptian curse.

      And just where did Tv Tropes get the ideas for names like Karmic Death, Laser-Guided Karma, Karma Houdini, etc... from — if you trace the history?

      Its not religious related. Superman inspired lots of later superheroes. Borrowing ideas, elements, concepts...influences...

      This is how fiction works, there is very rarely something truly new.

      Older Than They Think?

      Yes! That's the one I was looking for...thanks friends!
  • 1 Feb 18th, 2011 at 4:04PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Feb, 2011 05:35:37 PM
    Do we have a trope where Mooks always seem to go after an extremely powerful character when they can help it only to get their asses kicked, even possibly ignoring everyone else including the main character? Reply
  • 5 Feb 17th, 2011 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Feb, 2011 05:14:12 PM
    Is there a trope for characters who are shipwreck magnets? (Actual shipwrecks, not relationship breakups.) Some characters in fiction always are on sinking ships, multiple times, as their creator's favorite plot device. See: Sinbad the Sailor, The Odyssey, the Aubrey and Maturin series, The Lord of the Isles series... Some people appear to bring doom to anyone who gets on a boat with them! Does this trope already exist? Reply
  • 3 Feb 16th, 2011 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Feb, 2011 12:22:16 PM
    Do we have a trope for the fairly recent trend for first and third person shooters (shooters moreso than slashers) to include Mooks armed with some manner of close combat weapon and a riot shield that makes them very hard to take down, usually requiring a change of tactics, flanking, or using whatever is the game's Gimmicky Tool Of Choice to strip their defenses?

    ....actually, do we have a trope for enemies that are normal Mooks except you need to use a specific tool in your arsenal to let your weapons hurt them? Reply
  • 4 Feb 17th, 2011 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 18th Feb, 2011 09:58:49 AM
    Smoking in videogames kills you within minutes if not moments (checking to make sure I didn't miss it before setting up a YKTTW) Reply

      Really? I've never seen any video game where smoking anything kills you. If anything, I've seen cases where cigarettes RESTORE your health, like with Metal Gear Solid.

      I can think of two examples: smoking in Bioshock reduces your health a little (but restores your EVE), and using the cigarette in Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge kills you instantly. It certainly exists.

      MGS cigarettes deplete your health, FAST. Also, Deus Ex. Anyways, the YKTTW was launched and died on the spot.

      If this is what I think it is, its not a real video game that kills you within moments of lighting up a cigarette. There was an anti-smoking commercial featuring a Doom/Halo-esque video game in which the hero slogged through mountains of alien enemies, only to die from tobacco poisoning within moments when he finished fighting, took off his helmet, and lit up a cigarette.
  • 1 Feb 17th, 2011 at 7:07PM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Feb, 2011 09:36:51 PM
    Where a creator purposefully adds his own series in various tropes amongst this very site in hopes of gaining more popularity from the site. Reply
  • 1 Feb 17th, 2011 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Feb, 2011 09:34:57 PM
    Is there a trope where in the comic various characters from different locations each say part of a dialogue that ends up forming a coherent sentence. Example: http://www.neorice.com/aptgg_221 Reply
  • 3 Feb 16th, 2011 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Feb, 2011 10:27:38 AM
    when a boy infiltrates a girl populated area(G-rated, no sex in mind)(vice-versa for a girl invader or some form of hidden non human amongst humans or again, Vice-Versa) edit definitely known and not disguised Reply

      Sweet Polly Oliver for girls and Disguised in Drag for boys? If that's what you mean by "infiltrate", anyway.

      no, example Negi Springfield in the school dorms

      although your response drags up memories of a little girl invading sliefer red boys dorm(pg13 at seven years old, ah love) what's that one called, the age gap, not the Sweet Polly Oliver
  • 2 Feb 16th, 2011 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Feb, 2011 10:21:17 AM
    the funny episode where the hilarity ensues and the fourth wrecking-balls appear? Reply
  • 2 Feb 17th, 2011 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Feb, 2011 07:51:02 AM
    Is there a trope about somebody who is extremely unlucky? Reply
  • 1 Feb 17th, 2011 at 5:05AM
    Lastest Reply: 17th Feb, 2011 07:09:27 AM
    What is it called when someone starts ranting about something and then someone is able to correctly guess the real reason for the rant. For instance, there was an episode of "That 70's Show" where Red and Eric went to surprise Laurie at her new apartment, which she said she was sharing with another girl. However, it was revealed that she was living with a man. When they returned home to Kitty, Red immediately launched into a diatribe of how kids have absolutely no sense of responsibility and stormed off. Without blinking, Kitty just asked Eric, "Laurie's living with a boy, isn't she?" Reply
  • 1 Feb 16th, 2011 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Feb, 2011 11:30:33 PM
    Is there a trope for tanking hits? Like when a person, for instance, gets shot in the chest four times and just keeps going. Reply
  • 2 Feb 16th, 2011 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Feb, 2011 09:57:23 PM
    What was the rename for I Am Not Durwood? Reply
  • 0 Feb 16th, 2011 at 8:08PM
    Is there a trope for a person a character is both afraid of and hates? Like when you mention that person's name he acts like it's a curse, or when you say "hey, it's—", he jumps behind a desk and hisses for everyone to be quiet? It may or may not be an Abhorrent Admirer, could be someone he wants to kill, or a rival. Reply
  • 1 Feb 15th, 2011 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Feb, 2011 07:32:39 PM
    While there's a mind control trope and a love redeems trope is there any tropes where romantic love specifically saves a person from mind control. Reply
  • 1 Feb 16th, 2011 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Feb, 2011 07:31:07 PM
    Chosen One Syndrome

    I've seen a lot of Tropes that relate to this, but I'm not seeing a, how shall I put this, Definitive Article. It's like Designated Hero, Moral Myopia, Protagonist-Centered Morality, The Unfettered, and a few others all rolled into one. The Hero is somehow special, and therefore (in their own eyes, at least) always right. Therefore, they can do whatever they want, even if it's what the "evil enemy" is doing, because it's bad when the bad guys do it, because they're bad, but when the good guy does it it's good, because the good guy is special. Also, since The Chosen One is special and always right, they don't have to care about the consequences of their actions or take responsibility for them. And since The Chosen One is synonymous with the Objective, Universal, Hard-Coded-Into-The-Fabric-Of-Reality definition of Good, everyone who likes The Chosen One and does what The Chosen One says is good, and anyone who doesn't is Evil. You'll probably say this is just a Mary Sue, but I'm thinking of when the character is meant as a threat or a danger to themselves, rather than actually being right. Reply
  • 0 Feb 16th, 2011 at 6:06PM
    Do we have a trope for something like this? It's appeared in both anime and video games already.

    In games and shows with Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, Dragons have a tendency to be weak against Dragon based attacks.

    For example, in Monster Hunter, dragon-looking monsters and elder dragons are always weakest against an element named "Dragon"  *. In Pokemon, Dragon type pokemons are weakest against "Dragon"-type attacks.

    For a non-video game example, in Dragon Crisis!, the only thing that could injure a dragon and counter everything it can do is a small blade made from a dragon. Reply
  • 2 Feb 15th, 2011 at 10:10PM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Feb, 2011 12:44:12 PM
    A character is giving a Rousing Speech. A large version of their national flag, usually American, appears behind them, making the background behind them nothing but stars and stripes. It adds to the general heroicness and sincerity of the speech. I've seen a few examples ,but I know there's more. It happened in Toy Story 2, with Buzz and in the Phineas and Ferb episode "The Lizard Whisperer" with Ferb. Reply
  • 1 Feb 16th, 2011 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Feb, 2011 10:21:41 AM
    Is there a trope for characters who respect, maybe even look up to, people who openly mock them? Reply
  • 0 Feb 16th, 2011 at 10:10AM
    An energy attack or elemental attack shaped like an animal (usually magical).

    • It's not Animal Battle Aura. This trope can be made of energy, but occupies physical space and has a purpose besides looking scary.
    • It's not Summon Magic or Mon. This trope is just a clumb of mass/energy given shape (and a little bit of awareness, sometimes). It wasn't summoned and doesn't have a physical equivalent anywhere.

    Examples: Reply
  • 0 Feb 16th, 2011 at 9:09AM
    Looking for a 'vision modes' trope, usually featured in games. For example in AVP 2 you have night vision, electromagnetic vision and thermal imaging. In splinter cell: Pandora tomorrow you have night vision, thermal imaging, movement tracking, and E.M.F vision. Usually they measure something that we can actually detect by other means, unlike Aura Vision. Reply
  • 2 Feb 15th, 2011 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 15th Feb, 2011 10:31:47 PM
    Is there a trope for the fact that the number of giant public portraits of a leader is usually inversely proportional to the freedom of the population?

    Ex. This trope + Sukharno was a major plot point of The Year of Living Dangerously, Kim Jong Il does it a whole lot in real life, Mubarak even did it a bit, and any number of No Celebrities Were Harmed versions of dictators in fiction. Reply
  • 2 Feb 14th, 2011 at 7:07PM
    Live Action TV
    Lastest Reply: 15th Feb, 2011 08:14:15 PM
    I would call this "Visiting Psychologist." It's similar to "Sensitivity Training."

    A visiting psychologist talks to all the main characters who react in predictable or unpredictable ways. Some are scared that s/he will be found wanting. All the neuroses and tics come out. Some are defiant and belligerent, some study up to try to say the "right" thing, some refuse to even be interviewed and are badgered by the boss until they comply.

    At the end, the psychologist decides everyone's okay.


    Homicide, Life on the Street: "See No Evil" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See_No_Evil_%28Homicide:_Life_on_the_Street%29

    NCIS: "A Man Walks Into A Bar" http://www.ncisfanwiki.com/page/8.14+A+Man+Walks+Into+A+Bar...

    I believe there was an episode of M*A*S*H where Alan Arkin played the visiting psych.

    All episodes of The Sopranos. Reply

      Is this a query or a proposed YKTTW that ended up in the wrong place?

      This premise specifically isn't really a trope, but in a larger sense I'm positive we have the "some event causes backstory and characterization to be expounded upon for everybody" thing someplace.
  • 1 Feb 15th, 2011 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 15th Feb, 2011 06:02:02 PM
    One of the character's main traits is that she sees beauty everywhere. Her child-like innocence is commented on, and people talk about how she notices the beauty that the more jaded characters seem to miss. I can't think of the trope name for it, and "Innocent Eyes" didn't turn up any results... Reply
  • 0 Feb 15th, 2011 at 2:02PM
    so i just got a Slap-Slap-Kiss example deleted because it's apparently more specific than two people having a fight/argue-but-also-romantic dynamic. looking over at the trope description, i guess i can see how it would be more about a specific moment (although i insist it doesn't have to be literal slapping then kissing).

    anyway, do we have a trope for what is coloquially known as "pulling pigtails"? basically people who tease/annoy/hurt someone else because they like them. first thing that pops into my mind is Belligerent Sexual Tension, but that seems a little... strong. the scenario i have in mind isn't always sexual, just this person wanting to get the other person's attention even if it's negative attention. or conversely, someone who doesn't know how to express affection through conventional means and resorts to teasing/taunting/punches&kicks. (i guess this character could be termed Tsundere-ish).

    any input on this? Reply