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No Signal Comments: 5
The character's cell phone loses its signal as a hint that he's ended up in an alien world.
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Sponsor: Korodzik Added: 7th Jul 2015 03:03:18 AM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 11:57:54 AM

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Social Punk Comments: 29
Cyber Punk offshoot focusing on the social fallout of mobile computing and social media
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Motion To Discard Better Name Already have? Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: GMDreia Added: 18th Feb 2015 05:02:19 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 11:54:30 AM

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Westerns are Common on TV Comments: 8
People watch a lot of westerns on TV

Sponsor: SquirrelGuy Added: 5th Jul 2015 07:23:33 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 11:13:21 AM

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First Movie Was A Movie Comments: 33
Preceding work exists as fiction in-universe
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Sponsor: Dhaka-dice Added: 8th Jun 2015 02:37:59 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 10:14:44 AM

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JustForFun/Ideas For MAD Sketches Comments: 8
A place for tropers to create their own ideas for WesternAnimation/MAD shorts.

Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 22nd Jun 2015 02:19:48 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 10:12:34 AM

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Local Culture Overdose Comments: 22
A story so full of unexplained slang and cultural references an outsider probably won't get it.

Sponsor: Wheezy Added: 15th Nov 2011 04:05:28 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 10:08:49 AM

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Ruler Protagonist Comments: 18
Protagonist is the ruler of the setting.

Sponsor: shiro_okami Added: 4th Jul 2015 05:31:05 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 10:03:26 AM

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Killing Your Alternate Self Comments: 14
Some days, you just really need to die. And who better to kill you than you?

Sponsor: Dix Added: 2nd Jul 2015 08:39:15 AM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 10:01:03 AM

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Addressing Parent By Formal Titles Comments: 17
Addressing Parents as 'Mother' or 'Father'

Sponsor: Landmartian Added: 21st Jun 2015 02:55:57 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 09:57:46 AM

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Moral Foil Friendship Companionship Comments: 7
Two character who are friends are foils to each other morally
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Sponsor: laurence Added: 5th Jul 2015 05:45:24 AM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 09:25:16 AM

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The Horseshoe Effect Comments: 10
The more radical your beliefs, the more they resemble your ostensible opponents'.
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Sponsor: Folamh3 Added: 7th May 2015 06:01:50 AM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 09:20:23 AM

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Prestige Peril Comments: 47
A character gains a prominent position, but finds the position has lethal drawbacks.
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Sponsor: HeroGal2347 edited by: Arivne Added: 28th Mar 2015 03:03:52 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 08:42:22 AM

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Bioweapon Beast Comments: 40
The millitary contractor's meaty mistake
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Sponsor: Dreamer Added: 10th Aug 2013 02:01:21 AM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 08:41:08 AM

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Nice Guy With A Bad Side Comments: 14
Person is nice on the outside but has inner demons.
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Sponsor: laurence Added: 3rd Jul 2015 05:47:06 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 08:38:49 AM

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Sequel Second Character Comments: 20
Coming out with your second game? Add a second main character!
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Sponsor: ZoeyPosthuman Added: 25th Jun 2015 11:22:55 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 07:37:22 AM

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Absolute Force Comments: 5
A definite, literal power, as in, can do any thing within a category
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Sponsor: charcharmunro Added: 6th Jul 2015 09:55:59 AM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 06:46:35 AM

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Misaimed Stereotyping (Hats?) Comments: 58
Someone makes a comment referring to the wrong stereotype, or gets the stereotype wrong.

Sponsor: Atreides edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Oct 2014 04:43:28 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 06:43:55 AM

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Cute Moments Comments: 7
A moment that you just find adorable
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Sponsor: WiseMan23753 edited by: Arivne Added: 6th Jul 2015 05:25:45 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 05:15:56 AM

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Genuine Imposter Comments: 44
A character is revealed to actually be the person they were impersonating
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Sponsor: StarryEyed edited by: MetaFour Added: 19th Apr 2015 03:04:00 PM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 03:20:58 AM

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Children Voicing Children Comments: 59
Voice acting roles where children voice actual children
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Sponsor: Twentington edited by: Arivne Added: 24th Oct 2011 11:31:42 AM Last reply: 7th Jul 2015 12:36:00 AM

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Close Quarters Sniping Comments: 6
Sniper rifles in video games get used as "long range shotguns".

Sponsor: Tuckerscreator Added: 4th Jul 2015 01:32:15 AM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 11:28:19 PM

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Cutting The Blade Comments: 11
Someone uses a sword or other bladed weapon to cut of part of all of another's weapon's blade.
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Sponsor: stuffedninja edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Jul 2015 08:51:31 PM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 09:42:03 PM

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Randomly Reversed Letters Comments: 18

Sponsor: Prfnoff Added: 9th Mar 2014 02:05:30 PM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 08:49:58 PM

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Video Game Minigun Comments: 4
Trope that balances miniguns
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Sponsor: TheJrade1 Added: 1st Jul 2015 09:08:04 PM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 04:43:19 PM

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Weird Crossover Comments: 21
Crossover between very different universes which meeting is unlikely.
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Sponsor: Psychopompos007 Added: 17th Jun 2015 01:47:54 PM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 04:33:54 PM

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Who Needs A Parachute? Comments: 16
Deliberately jumping from high places.
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Sponsor: Laevatein edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Jul 2015 04:33:22 AM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 04:16:09 PM

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Used To Have Short Hair in Their Youth Comments: 3
A long character used to have short hair in their youth.
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Sponsor: Jess0312 Added: 5th Jul 2015 06:45:07 AM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 03:29:42 PM

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Crater Clash Comments: 2
When the result of two attacks meeting causes a crater.

Sponsor: Cools-The-Calm Added: 6th Jul 2015 08:20:45 AM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 02:09:58 PM

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The Stars Are Not Right Comments: 9
EpicFail when preparing a ritual

Sponsor: bulmabriefs144 edited by: Arivne Added: 26th Jun 2015 01:21:40 PM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 11:17:23 AM

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Conducting The Carnage Comments: 5
A situation where an individual is seen behaving as if they are conducting a symphony as chaos occurs around them
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples
Sponsor: Omnicron13 Added: 17th Jun 2015 02:00:18 PM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 11:15:44 AM

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Too Inhuman To Torture Comments: 6
Torture doesn't work because of a character's unusual anatomy
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Sponsor: bobfrank Added: 4th Jul 2015 01:10:19 PM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 10:50:21 AM

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Mountain Climbing Comments: 30
Scaling the slopes of the highest peaks known to man.
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Sponsor: Tallens Added: 6th Dec 2014 10:38:29 AM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 09:29:46 AM

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All-Stereotype Cast Comments: 47
Cast where almost every member represents a stereotype

Sponsor: Rjinswand Added: 6th Jun 2015 05:15:15 AM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 08:00:09 AM

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Orgasmatron Comments: 14
A device that induces orgasms.

Sponsor: HowlingSnail edited by: AgProv Added: 19th Jun 2015 06:24:55 AM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 07:52:47 AM

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Forced Self Hurting Comments: 157
Making someone hit themselves.
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Sponsor: IndirectActiveTransport edited by: technickal Added: 28th Sep 2014 08:46:37 PM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 06:54:20 AM

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Ode To Youth Comments: 0
Songs and tributes about being young

Sponsor: lakingsif edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Jul 2015 08:31:44 AM Last reply: 6th Jul 2015 01:03:31 AM

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Smart Cop, Dumb Cop Comments: 23
You see Those Two Guys in blue? Expect one to be extremely intelligent, the other... not so much.
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Sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker Added: 19th Dec 2013 11:25:19 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 10:37:54 PM

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Rocketless Reentry Comments: 20
Deorbiting without a spaceship

Sponsor: Dalillama Added: 30th Jun 2015 02:31:51 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 07:47:22 PM

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Hyper Hibernating Comments: 21
The character can sleep for ages and wake up raring to go.

Sponsor: Earnest edited by: zarpaulus Added: 30th Dec 2012 10:26:57 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 06:52:25 PM

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Refuse To Rescue The Disliked Comments: 37
The hero refuses to rescue someone they don't like.
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Sponsor: 313Bluestreak Added: 27th Feb 2015 01:56:18 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 06:27:18 PM

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Friendship Redeems Comments: 3
a characters redeeming quality is their care for their friend

Sponsor: laurence Added: 4th Jul 2015 05:07:48 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 04:28:40 PM

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Deadly Dust Storm Comments: 22
A dangerous storm of dust or sand.

Sponsor: Tallens Added: 22nd May 2015 09:29:30 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 12:12:28 PM

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Serendipitous Survival Comments: 17
Step away for a few minutes only find everyone dead when you return.
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Sponsor: sgamer82 Added: 1st Jul 2015 08:36:34 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 09:14:51 AM

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Recurring Camera Shot Comments: 17
A camera shot that is repeated in different ways.
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Sponsor: Tallens Added: 14th Aug 2013 07:46:58 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 08:42:31 AM

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Rich is Evil, Poor is Good Comments: 4
Metatrope for all topes

Sponsor: Lequinni edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Jul 2015 05:22:26 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 07:56:54 AM

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Howl Of Awesome Comments: 1
A canine's howl is used as a CMOA
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Sponsor: Lancelot07 edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Jul 2015 02:11:42 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 06:37:35 AM

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Body Stage Comments: 12
The stage for a band's performance is a giant person/ body part.
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Sponsor: triton Added: 11th Jun 2015 11:57:43 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 04:24:46 AM

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Draw Aggro Comments: 13
Characters get a threat to focus on them to the exclusion of other characters

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 29th Jun 2015 02:00:43 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 07:15:10 PM

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Plot Convenience Comments: 3
When something happens in a piece of media to keep it's story from going Off the Rails.
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Sponsor: ElliottB1 Added: 3rd Jul 2015 03:12:07 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 06:22:16 PM

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Kicks Never Misses Comments: 4
Kicks in any kind of fight other than a fist fight never misses.
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Sponsor: motous edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Jul 2015 09:08:43 AM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 06:20:16 PM

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