Failing neon signs to set an eerie atmosphere

A character is given the name "Nobody" (or a tranlsation thereof) to make them seem more stranger and/or mysterious.

Characters communicating via earpiece will feel the need to touch it frequently

Two people who know each other well on some forum are surprised to discover they know each other in real life

When a work from another country or region is released and takes a long time to reach other shores.

A character is killed by their body being completely frozen.

The very real threat of imminent death is a constant source of emotional despondency.

A Tone Shift away from sexiness.

More evolved species inevitably, swiftly, and sometimes gleefully eradicate less-evolved species.

X-Ray reveals something humorous or unusual inside a character or object.

Features created to reduce downtime between action in games.

Where mythical characters get unorthodox depictions.

A tutorial in which the only option is failure

A character who has a corpselike appearance, even though they're alive

The tendency of reboots to either cast far younger actors than the original, or age down major characters.

The magnetic poles of the Earth get reversed.

Professional or wannabe writers are often shown having manual or electric typewriters as their tool of choice, instead of handwriting or computers, and may explicitly state such preference

Fiction set in China written by expatriates

The past isn't a very nice place to be, basically.

Converting weapons of war into peaceful use.

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