03:27:44 PM Nov 30th 2014
Is it too early to add a 2000's (as in, 2000-2009) folder?
10:31:57 PM Oct 19th 2014
Description and example section revised per TRS here.
02:32:29 PM Jan 21st 2013
Is the misspelling of "wonder" on the trope description intended?
06:04:25 PM Aug 27th 2011
Let Only One Remain to Tell the Tale Not sure where this is qualifying nowadays, but it's been played out often enough in modernity that I'd say it's starting to qualify (again?) as an Undead Horse (which has died and lived again an unknowable number of times) instead of a truly Forgotten Trope. As added, this trope is arguably the entire point of the graphic novel 300 and its screen adaption and has played a minor role for either comedy or character building in other works. Pirates of the Caribbean played it for comedy, and while I don't have examples on hand I'll start hunting because the idea of "But then who will tell the horrific tale of what I/We've done?" seems more than passingly familiar.
09:20:08 AM Aug 27th 2011
"In the United States, the era of Prohibition (1920-1933) had a fair number of Comedy Tropes associated with it which have since been forgotten. (Mercifully forgotten, some might say.)" Can somebody who knows the tropes in question elaborate on this? It's frustratingly vague.
02:26:24 PM Jun 22nd 2011
Does anyone know if the "theatre dog" seen in Shakespeare in Love was an actual trope at the time, or was it invented for the movie?
09:16:53 PM Dec 4th 2010
Removed this entry since it was disputed and leading to natter:
- Laundry hanging on a line behind an apartment building was once movie shorthand for a poor, run-down neighborhood. This was very much Truth in Television, since only the poor did their laundry in-house at the time — anyone who could afford to sent their laundry out to a service. This only changed after the automatic clothes dryer became affordable.
- And now the visual cue for a run-down neighborhood is a janky-looking coin laundromat in the middle of the block. Pac-Man machine with cigarette burns in the faceplate glass optional.
- This trope is very much alive in many parts of Australia as it has plenty of sunny days and hanging your sheets and clothing on a hills hoist is seen as a cheaper (electricity is expensive) and more environmentally-friendly way to dry things, even in the 21st century.
- Still a trope in effect in Mexico. Newly built apartment buildings are trying their best to have it go away but many homes hang their clothes to dry to this day.
- I think it's pretty safe to say that this one still exists in many poorer nations, especially those with warmer climates.
- Laundry lines can be found in some of the low-end residential zones in City of Heroes, like Kings Row.
- This trope is still believed by the majority of Americans, and a lot of neighborhoods outright ban clotheslines for fear it will make the area look poorer and thus lower property values.
- As far as I know, this trope doesn't exist in Britain AT ALL, especially recently as people have recently tried to be more "green", or at least save energy costs. Many fairly well-off people use clothes lines (at least weather permitting, which can be problematic). This troper was shocked recently to read that some US neighbourhoods banned line-drying clothes: even the concept of a neighbourhood actually having the power to ban anything is hard for a troper from such a centralised country to grasp.
02:01:37 PM Jan 5th 2011
Is "A male character either spying on women in the shower (such as in Porky's), or even cross-dressing to get into a women's locker room" really a Forgotten Trope? It seems to me that it's more a Discredited Trope, maybe even Dead Horse Trope, but this seems going too far. Also, I suspect it might be culturally-variable. It's been rather a long while since I watched any "teen sex comedies", but it wouldn't surprise me to see the trope still kicking around in Asia, Europe, or Latin America, even if it's politically incorrect in North America.
07:12:37 PM Oct 28th 2010
"The 'pipe dreaming' term does not mean tobacco smoking but an opium-smoking pipe and the dreams born of opium." If this correction is correct, the example was incorrect to use that term. Therefore, correction removed and example modified.
06:45:16 PM Jul 22nd 2010
10-20-30 melodrama . . . what is it? the google and the other wiki are silent.