• 1 Feb 27th, 2016 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 27th Feb, 2016 06:15:58 PM
    What trope is used to describing being put into various groups? for example, the Four Houses of Hogwarts in Harry potter, the Cabins in Percy Jackson, the Factions in the Divergent series, and to a lesser extent, the districts in the Hunger Games. Reply
  • 2 Sep 8th, 2017 at 3:03AM
    Lastest Reply: 8th Sep, 2017 07:02:49 PM
    Example: In Who Framed Roger Rabbit there's a 1-800 number that you're supposed to call. As in actually call, using a landline or cell. Reply

      Breaking the Fourth Wall at the time. Guide Dang It! and That One Puzzle now.

      555 has a few listed "aversions"—as in, real phone numbers appearing in a game, and they actually connect to something relevant if you call them in Real Life. But not many that are really required to advance.

      Also related to the "Puzzle method" of Copy Protection. Also this is the bread and butter of Alternate Reality Games. I think this may be a Missing Supertrope. I can think of some other examples off the top of my head: The X-Men game for Sega Genesis requires you to perform a soft reset on the console before you can enter the final level. Metal Gear Solid 2 had that boss who hijacked your controller input, so you had to move the controller to a different port. In Fez you have to use a smartphone with a QR code reader to solve certain puzzles.
  • 4 Dec 16th, 2017 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 16th Feb, 2018 04:52:42 AM
    After a disastrous event, a person feels contempt for himself (and the group he was in) for letting it happen so easily. Its mainly because they were so easily misled.

    Fan Example: In Star Wars, sometime between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, a group of people will be talking about how the Empire came to be. among them is a Jedi who survived Order 66. One person will ask how the Jedi Council, guardians of peace in the galaxy, could allow the Emperor to gain control of the Republic, crumble it and reign control of the Empire. The surviving Jedi (before or after revealing himself as such) says with a tone of contempt: The Jedi Council were a bunch of fools who trusted the wrong people. Reply
  • 2 Jul 9th, 2016 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 20th Jun, 2017 12:18:01 AM
    Is there a trope for this? I'll try to describe it as best I can:

    A is enemies with Z.

    A and Z are both in the same line of work.

    A has a child, B.

    A persuades/allows/suggests to B that they also take up the same line of work.

    A is secretly wanting B to become better than Z in order to embarrass or spite Z.

  • 0 Nov 28th, 2016 at 11:11PM
    So basically, a trope where a character either believes they are headed down a dark path, and wants to change before they become beyond redemption. Do we have that? Reply
  • 2 Mar 26th, 2017 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 3rd Apr, 2017 05:20:55 AM
    There have been a lot of Queer Romance songs related to lgbt rights and pro-lgbt rights songs lately. Is there a trope for that? Reply
  • 2 May 31st, 2017 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 1st Jun, 2017 08:47:00 PM
    The protagonists receive word from their dispatcher that there is an emergency nearby and they plop the siren on top of their previously incognito car, usually accompanied with eye-contact and a cliche line like "let's roll." Also which films do this if you can think of any? Reply

      I know what you're talking about; though unfortunately, I don't know the trope.

      Often, the duo is multiracial, and the setting may have a 1970s vibe, if not actually simply set in the 1970s...right?

      Yes! Absolutely! and then there's a funky slap bassline and a scratchy guitar tune that plays.
  • 0 Dec 29th, 2017 at 10:10PM
    Is there's a trope involving wearing food as clothing? Reply
  • 1 Feb 1st, 2018 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 2nd Feb, 2018 08:01:49 AM
    What's the trope for when someone is imagining something and then gets so absorbed that they start doing it in real life? Hypothetical example: Alice imagines herself as a singer in front of an audience, and then in reality, Bob goes, "Alice! Why are you serenading the microwave?!" Reply
  • 3 Feb 4th, 2018 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 5th Feb, 2018 04:54:22 PM
    Alice says something to Bob that Bob finds uncomfortable or awkward (eg. "I need some blood for my experiment. Do you know that a person can bleed 40 litres of blood in one go?") and Bob takes a few steps backwards. Bob may or may not turn and run after a few steps. Reply
  • 0 Mar 15th, 2018 at 12:12PM
    Is there a trope for a driver (most often a parent) threatening to turn a car around and go home if their passengers don't behave? Reply
  • 1 May 2nd, 2016 at 5:05AM
    Lastest Reply: 5th May, 2016 11:02:53 AM
    I've wondered, do we have a trope for when a weapon... well how to properly explain... ah

    You have your normal energy shield and some big baddy (or good guy) fires a weapon on it, the projectile will stop at the barrier (but retain its kinetic energy somehow) until it breaks through the shield, magically regaining its momentum as if it would have never stopped, justified with missiles, though used by everything else as well. Reply
  • 1 Jul 9th, 2016 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 9th Jul, 2016 09:01:37 PM
    When a scientific view is updated due to finding new data, people resist the change for entirely un-scientific reasons, usually that it's not as interesting as previously thought.

    For example, Calvin and Hobbes has Calvin present his report on T Rex in a way that proves it's a predator and not a carrion feeder, for the sole reason that it's cooler that way. Similarly, Dumbing of Age's Walky earns Dinah's ire when he says he prefers featherless dinosaurs la Jurassic Park to the real thing. And of course the whole "Pluto is too a planet" thing.

  • 1 Jul 25th, 2016 at 3:03PM
    Lastest Reply: 26th Jul, 2016 07:04:55 AM
    If everyone grows up with high self-esteem, who's gonna dance in our strip clubs? Reply
  • 7 Aug 2nd, 2016 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 4th Aug, 2016 07:09:39 AM
    Can you help me with examples of scenes with a short character is carrying a stack of things, boxes for instance, and are behind it and it is impossible to see the character? Is there a trope for this? Reply

      Nodwick links to Human Pack Mule (natch), but it seems like this should either have a lot more examples under Western Animation or link to another, more exaggerated version of the trope.

      Thanks, but it is not what I am looking. In this cases they are carrying things most in her backs, with backpacks. I am studying scenes where the character is behind a pile of stuff and is barely visible.

      So was I, but I couldn't seem to find it. There was this and Lots of Luggage, but I wasn't able to find the cartoon gag version.

      Maybe it needs a new trope?

      That is why I am trying to find scenes with it, to see if it worths a new trope. Obviously I've seen this in many films, but now the memory is not helping. But still hunting.

      TLP it.

      An example would be Bellweather from Zootopia (if it wasn't the one that got you the idea in the first place).

      That is what I mean! Perfect example.
  • 0 Aug 6th, 2016 at 2:02AM
    A historical character gives their opinion about a work featuring them/their time period, or about the inaccuracies they see.

    For example, The Sandman has Hob Gadling (an Englishman from the 1600s) gladly tell people modern Renfaires have nowhere near the historical amount of filth and disease, Hellblazer has an Arthurian knight say he found Monty Python and the Holy Grail quite funny, the Devil thought the Divine Comedy was stupid, etc.

  • 3 Aug 7th, 2016 at 1:01AM
    Lastest Reply: 7th Aug, 2016 07:41:46 PM
    Is there a trope where a character has a crush on or is in love with a fictional person? Reply
  • 2 Aug 7th, 2016 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 8th Aug, 2016 10:32:04 AM
    What is the name of the trope where (example) the Boy in the Boy and his X trope is kidnapped and the X goes on an adventure to save them? Reply
  • 0 Aug 16th, 2016 at 9:09PM
    Do we have this trope? Prevalent in Chase Scenes. The chaser always knows where the path where the guy went.

    Let's say A is chasing B. B is ahead. While running down the path comes upon a point where multiple paths diverge from the main one. He chooses one randomly and runs along. A, upon arriving at the same spot not a few moments later, quickly glances around and chose a path as well. Turns out, it's the exact same path B took, even if B is already well out of sight. Could also be that B ducks into a random subway along the street. A is till miraculously able to know what path the guy took and quickly runs down said subway. Reply
  • 4 Sep 23rd, 2016 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 29th Nov, 2016 12:19:00 AM
    Is there a trope where two characters answer a question simultaneously, but with opposite answers? Sort of like Speak in Unison, but whereas that one involves a plan to do so, this one is spontaneous. Reply

      Stereo Fibbing

      Stereo Fibbing

      ^But we both gave the same answer... I just don't think we are doing this right.

      Also similar, but not what I had in mind. Stereo Fibbing involves a plan to deceive, whereas this doesn't; two characters are asked a question, they simultaneously give what they each think is the true answer, only those answers don't match up.

      Gotham S3E9 "The Executioner":
      Ivy: Oh my God. Are you two a couple now?
      Bruce: Yes.
      Selina: (simultaneously with Bruce) No.

  • 3 Oct 16th, 2016 at 8:08PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Oct, 2016 05:54:51 PM
    An artist who has a vision! They know how their work should be... but they struggle to realize it, and go to great lengths to make their work what they think it should be. Reply
  • 0 Dec 3rd, 2016 at 5:05PM
    Do we have a trope for the "Just Married" signs that get stuck on the backs of the couples' cars? Or ships, planes or whatever other vehicles they might be using? Tin cans trailing on strings may or may not be included. Reply
  • 3 Dec 4th, 2016 at 5:05AM
    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2016 10:46:52 PM
    In a work with multiple religions, all of them except Christianity (or the Crystal Dragon Jesus equivalent) will be shown to have true supernatural power or at least some Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane occurrences. Christianity, by contrast, won't.

    • A Song of Ice and Fire - both the Old Gods and the faith of Rhyllor have had explicit miracles take place, but the stand-in-for-Catholicism Faith of the Seven has nothing.
    • The Last Kingdom: Pagan healers are able to treat people that Christian monks can't. It could be just Closer to Earth folk medical knowledge, but it's deliberately ambiguous. Likewise, the pagan Uthred gets some suspiciously accurate dreams.


      At least related to No Such Thing as Wizard Jesus and the Jesus Taboo

      ^ this, or they're intentionally saying that the other religion is more true and that Christianity is just corrupt authoritarian etc. (which is silly, by the way). Which... there probably shouldn't be a trope for "insulting this specific religion this way"...
  • 2 Dec 25th, 2016 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 29th Dec, 2016 09:26:38 PM
    Is there a trope for when a character is told "have fun" before doing something scary or tedious? Reply

      Sarcasm Mode?

      Perhaps, but it isn't Sarcasm Mode if it's done unintentionally by the fun wisher. I feel like there are examples of that happening, but I can't think of any in particular.
  • 7 Dec 29th, 2016 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 4th Jan, 2017 12:10:18 PM
    It looks like But Now I Must Go is mainly for heroic examples, and it doesn't have a Playing With page. But what about for villainous characters? Unlike Jake the hero, Bob returns to his hometown, wreaks havoc and murder, and leaves once his old nemesises are eliminated. Where Jake's family regret his impending departure, often Bob's family can't wait to see the back of him again (especially if he's the bad egg of the clan). While Jake is saddened that home isn't what it used to be to him and is wistful for the past, Bob is cynical about the hometown and wants to burn it, looking forward to departing it forever. Is this subverting the trope, inverting it, deconstructing it or is it a distinct alternative to the trope? Reply