• 0 Apr 24th, 2018 at 11:11AM
    Is there a trope for this:

    Alice and Bob live in California (well, a suburb of Los Angeles) and are Americans.

    Bob has to go to work in London for a few months (Alice can't come with him as her job is important locally), and in that time he meets Australians and Brits, and ends up taking on behaviors and humor that his Australian colleagues have.

    When Bob returns, Alice finds his behavior strange and doesn't understand why he's acting this way.

    Are there any culture tropes for this scenario? Reply
  • 1 Apr 24th, 2018 at 10:10AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2018 11:35:37 AM
    Is there a trope about discouraging the exploration of the past (whether it be the general past, or one's personal past)? Reply
  • 1 Apr 24th, 2018 at 7:07AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2018 09:45:04 AM
    android trope? Reply

      We're gonna need a little more.
  • 5 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2018 09:29:33 AM
    Alice takes Bob and Charlotte to watch her favorite movie, A movie from the sixties is hailed as the greatest thing ever made...but nobody seems to acknowledge that all the main characters are white, the one black lead is a walking, talking stereotype who can barely function away from his oh-so 'superior' white friends, and the other black lead, who was much more intelligent, is treated as an unbearable little upstart for "overestimating himself" and "stealing" the roles of the white characters due to his skin color. "Isn't it the greatest?" Alice gushes as the credits role. "Um," Say Bob and Charlotte uncomfortably. Reply
  • 0 Apr 24th, 2018 at 9:09AM
    Is there a trope for when two characters (usually when they're about to separate) say each others' catchphrase, or something from their language? Is this different enough from Borrowed Catchphrase to be its own trope? Reply
  • 1 Apr 24th, 2018 at 8:08AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2018 08:36:40 AM
    Bob is a jerk. He's selfish, arrogant, condescending, and enjoys watching his friends get scared or get in trouble or something....he's a jerk. So then Bob goes a little too far with his bullying and gets in a situation over his head...and everyone, including his most frequent targets, go to rescue him and give this big heartwarming speech about how they'd never leave Bob behind...which would be a little more effective if Bob had been anything more then a Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk. Particularly jarring is Charlie, who was Bob's most frequent victim, who acts as though him and Bob are best friends and that Bob and him never had an argument. It's one thing to rescue someone...it's another thing to treat them like their situation is anything but deserved if it is. The thing is it's not exactly a Jerk Sue because Diane wanted to show that Bob was a jerk...but she went a little too far in that direction, and so now instead of the heartwarming Aw They Really Do Love Eachother moment it comes across as an utter arsehole missing out on his just deserts. Reply
  • 2 Apr 24th, 2018 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2018 08:08:16 AM
    What's the fan version of Shipping Bed Death? A popular ship is canonized and suddenly the fan-works come to a screeching hault. Reply
  • 3 Apr 24th, 2018 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2018 07:51:03 AM
    So I'm not sure if this is about Chekhov's gunman or gun or arsenal or whatever. This trope was about an author's ability to create/bring-up details to fit the current story-line or event, like explaining that a character was knitting before so that he is no stranger to embroidery for whatever plot related reason. Reply
  • 0 Apr 24th, 2018 at 7:07AM
    A comedy trope in cartoons, someone temporarily resembles someone else just to mock them. Reply
  • 1 Apr 24th, 2018 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2018 07:01:32 AM
    A character asks for mercy multiple times, using the same language. But because of betrayal, lying, etc, isn't granted it.

    This is in Miller's crossing, where Bernie begs Tom for mercy in the forest, saying "Look in your heart", and Tom letting him go. At the end, the scene plays out again, this time Tom responds with "what heart?" and kills him.

    This also happens in season one of The Expanse, with Kenzo begging James Holden for mercy. The second time Holden taunts him by repeating things from the first time "Tell me about your wife and kids".

    It seems to have elements of the following, but it's not quite any one of them.

    Please, I Will Do Anything!, Villains Want Mercy, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Crying Wolf, Manipulative Bastard Reply
  • 1 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 12:12PM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2018 06:58:45 AM
    When a character wins an award that they don't deserve in the slightest. This usually takes the form of a wicked and selfish character winning an award for decency. Do we have this? Reply
  • 1 Apr 24th, 2018 at 6:06AM
    Lastest Reply: 24th Apr, 2018 06:49:08 AM
    In the source work, a character is an Anti-Villain. In the adaptation, he's a complete villain. Does it count as Adaptational Villainy? Reply
  • 4 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 11:59:49 PM
    It can be through any method. He may create a sentient android or an artificial life form. Or just use reality warping.

    Also bonus points if he can control her or "edit" her any way he chooses.

    I am thinking about Thanos. But is there such a trope ? Reply
  • 2 Mar 31st, 2018 at 9:09PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 08:59:52 PM
    The closest trope for what I'm looking for is a Greatest Hits Album, but the page is heavily slanted to one medium. It also occurs in Literature and television series (animated and live action), where a book (or DVD) is released as a "best of" compilation of short stories (or episodes).
    Examples: Reply
  • 0 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 7:07PM
    In Comic Girls, Ruki's editor imposed her the Pen Name of "Big Boobs Himeko" when she started writing the "Teens Love" subgenre of Shōjo (that is to say, softcore porn that keeps just below R). Despite the Pen Name, Ruki is actually an A-cup, and actually developed A-Cup Angst because of this. So is this an example of Atrocious Alias, Unfortunate Names, or Ironic Name? Reply
  • 2 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 6:06PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 07:07:11 PM
    Person 1 is a fan of a character from Show X, whether he is a huge fan or a simple fan. Person 1 expresses his liking to that character, and Person 2 says something like "If you (like/love that character / find it cute / etc), then why not marry it?" This is a technique, often associated with The Gadfly or Fan Hater. The closest fallacy that I can think of is a strawman argument. Is it, or do you have other ideas. Reply

      There is Why Don't You Marry It?

      Yep, the trope matches, and the trope that you gave me definitely sounds like an example of a fallacy, which is part of the question.
  • 2 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 5:05PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 06:20:07 PM
    I've seen a couple of war pictures where (usually) black soldiers say "mother" so they won't say motherfucker. When they do that, they are.... ? Reply
  • 1 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 1:01PM
    Live Action TV
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 04:52:25 PM
    Is this Too Rare to Trope, or do we have an Artistic License or Time Travel trope for this situation:

    The Big Bad in New York is seen talking to her Mook on a view screen as her female Helpful Mook discusses the Evil Plan that they're carrying out in London (from near a major London landmark). The time is 3pm New York Time (the Big Bad is based in New York) and it's 3pm in London as well (as seen on the view screen's date and time) even though, logically speaking, there should be a time zone difference.

    Is there a trope for where Artistic License is taken with time zones? Reply
  • 1 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 2:02PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 03:48:12 PM
    Examples: Doki Doki Literature Club!, OFF, Spec Ops: The Line.

    Spoiler trope: A game that berates you for murdering someone, not saving someone else's life, preventing the destruction of the world, etc. when all options presented to the player are equally programmed to end in failure, making success impossible to begin with. Reply
  • 1 Apr 22nd, 2018 at 11:11AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 02:38:16 PM
    While Cast of Snowflakes is when Artists try to give every character (or at least every speaking role character) a distinctly different look. This is when writers give all the characters a name and some sense of backstory (even if its minimal). So in other words there is no "Soldier A", "Mobster B" or "Child C" as all (or at least the majority) of the speaking role characters get names and generally some sense of story to them.

    Some examples would be for Video Games

    Final Fight- Both the original game and the sequels. All of the Mad Gear members get names and little storylines to go with them.

    Ys Oath in Felghana & Ys: Arc of Napishtim: All of the villagers get names and were voiced (especially the latter.) The only exception in Napishtim were the Romun Soldiers who were just listed as Romun Soldiers.

    So in other words this is where all the characters get names and even if they are extras they are not just nameless extras. This is similar to Cast of Snowflakes in which they can overlap but not always so. Reply
  • 2 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 9:09AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 02:29:44 PM
    Is there a trope for when at least 2 guys are in a car/enclosed space, and a girly song comes on - they initially react with disgust, but none of them change it, and we eventually see them all singing loudly? It happened in Harold & Kumar ("Hold On" by Wilson Phillips), Tommy Boy ("Superstar" by the Carpenters), and a commercial that's out currently with 3 workmen (I forget the song). Reply
  • 1 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 02:27:06 PM
    I swear I've heard this Reply
  • 1 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 1:01PM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 01:53:00 PM
    "Hey, It's That Voice!" has been removed. And I have that funny note that in Uma Musume, an anime about horse girls, Applejack's dub voice actress is present. What trope is it now? Reply
  • 3 Apr 23rd, 2018 at 4:04AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 01:23:47 PM
    I know we have this trope, but I can't find it. It's for when the most memorable episode/scene/quote from a show, is the most UNLIKE the rest of the show. In other words, the part of the show that everybody remembers most, is actually a very bad representation of that show.

  • 4 Apr 22nd, 2018 at 12:12AM
    Lastest Reply: 23rd Apr, 2018 01:21:03 PM
    Bob is informed by the highest possible authority that he's in the wrong. He concudes that no, they're wrong. Applies to both Word of God and actual divine intervention.


      Refuting Word of God is Death of the Author.

      Denying blatant divine intervention might make the character a Flat-Earth Atheist.

      Either of which could have shades of Implausible Deniability or I Reject Your Reality.

      With a side order of It's All About Me.

      Not really a question of denying the divinity, just refusing to believe it. And not just for gods either, any case of a character refusing to believe what the ultimate authority, original creator or greatest expert is stating, even to their face.

      For instance, a Catholic fundamentalist being told by the Pope or even God that his interpretation of scripture is wrong, but keeps following his doctrine. Or an American soldier launching a nuke despite being told by the President himself to stop as the crisis has been resolved. Or a smoking patient who continues to deny he has lung cancer despite the unanimous verdict of the best oncologists in the country.

      Still strikes me as I Reject Your Reality, since that's about refusing to acknowledge evidence that should be irrefutable.