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Cheery Pink Comments: 49
Pink means cheerfulness
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Sponsor: Jess0312 Added: 25th Jan 2015 08:40:17 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 08:26:36 PM

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Finale Fatality Escalation Comments: 28
Main characters tend to die more frequently at the end of a work than any preceeding point.
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Sponsor: Generality Added: 10th Aug 2014 04:41:32 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 08:25:26 PM

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Serious Episode Color Palette Comments: 0
Serious episodes use muted colors.

Sponsor: Majextic Added: 5th May 2015 08:18:02 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 08:18:02 PM

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Spit out a shoe Comments: 10
After a character gets eaten, the thing that ate them spits/burps up something of theirs
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Sponsor: triton Added: 5th May 2015 06:59:54 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 08:01:26 PM

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B-Team Sequel (Trivia) Comments: 12
Although the original creator(s) are still in the picture, a sequel is made by someone else.
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Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 1st May 2015 09:59:39 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 07:33:15 PM

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Unconventional Vehicle Chase Comments: 28

Sponsor: Snowy66 Added: 23rd Mar 2015 04:10:45 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 07:29:06 PM

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Obliviously In Distress Comments: 3
Damsel In Distress or Distressed Dude have no idea they're in distress.
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Sponsor: TokoWH Added: 5th May 2015 02:53:56 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 07:05:29 PM

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Force Bubble Crush Comments: 21
Killed by an imploding ForceField.
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Sponsor: Omeganian edited by: TwoGunAngel Added: 9th Jan 2014 08:06:52 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 06:58:33 PM

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Significantly Delayed Title Sequence Comments: 33
The opening credits to a show are usually in the begining or just after a small opening teaser. This one waits till much later!

Sponsor: EmperorSteele edited by: morenohijazo Added: 21st Mar 2012 05:42:40 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 06:03:35 PM

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Weather Saves The Day Comments: 38
A sudden change in the weather saves the heroes
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Sponsor: peacenik edited by: eroock Added: 5th Nov 2014 05:49:05 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 04:37:08 PM

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Story Concludes with the Hero's Death Comments: 74
The protagonist's death is required to finish their story.
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Sponsor: Koveras Added: 29th Aug 2014 05:29:10 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 04:27:29 PM

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Burner Phones Comments: 32
Destroying a cellphone or removing its battery to avoid being located by law enforcement.
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Sponsor: GutstheBerserker edited by: jamespolk Added: 30th Apr 2015 01:51:38 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 04:20:11 PM

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DIY Impromptu Jam Session Comments: 1
Characters create a rhythm using everyday items

Sponsor: MCSquared Added: 4th May 2015 05:43:01 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 04:00:00 PM

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Stock tips Always Crash Comments: 11
A character who buys stock from a hot tip watches that stock crash almost immediately

Sponsor: CosmicRock Added: 5th Jun 2012 09:14:41 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 03:46:10 PM

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Facing Audience By Back Comments: 3
A shot where a character is shown with his back to the audience.

Sponsor: Patachou edited by: Arivne Added: 5th May 2015 02:01:50 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 03:25:37 PM

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Kneel, Push, Trip Comments: 14
A character kneels behind a target, allowing his partner to push the target over so he trips.

Sponsor: foxley Added: 18th Apr 2015 12:10:10 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 02:55:52 PM

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Straight Butch Comments: 13
A masculine female character who is attracted to men
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Sponsor: Pichu-kun Added: 15th Oct 2014 12:56:05 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 02:54:01 PM

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Elite Four Comments: 100
A group of four powerful entities, sometimes in the service to an even more powerful master
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Sponsor: AlleyOop edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 23rd Jan 2015 09:48:42 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 01:46:02 PM

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Sailor Moon Squad Comments: 136
A magical girl take on the Five-Man Band or Power Trio.
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Sponsor: ryanasaurus0077 Added: 9th Sep 2014 10:08:05 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 01:31:47 PM

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Multistage Teleport Comments: 60
Using a series of short-range teleportation to achieve long-distance travel.

Sponsor: SolipSchism Added: 4th Mar 2015 10:15:31 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 01:18:07 PM

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The Ex-President Comments: 8
The former leader of a nation/organization will appear in a work. Successor may not like it.
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Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 29th Apr 2015 04:45:28 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 01:15:16 PM

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Thumb Sucking Past Baby Age Comments: 18
A character past his baby age still resorts to thumb-sucking.

Sponsor: Patachou Added: 27th Dec 2014 04:10:46 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 01:14:13 PM

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Gambling Loss As Payment Comments: 5
You lose money - as part of a plan to pay for some shady service.
Tropeworthy? Already have? Needs Examples Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Omeganian Added: 5th May 2015 01:33:59 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 01:09:09 PM

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Doom Signifying Iconic Item Comments: 36
Someone dies, and we focus on a (damaged) object associated with them.

Sponsor: Speedball edited by: DAN004 Added: 23rd Apr 2011 03:19:42 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 01:05:57 PM

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Motivated By Fear Comments: 34
Fear is a powerful motivator.
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Sponsor: Wingblaze01 edited by: DAN004 Added: 12th Feb 2013 10:57:05 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 12:39:42 PM

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Killer Kingly Complications Comments: 36
A character gains a prominent position, but finds the position has lethal drawbacks.
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Sponsor: HeroGal2347 Added: 28th Mar 2015 03:03:52 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 11:30:13 AM

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Official Presidential Transport Comments: 42
The official transport for a head-of-state.
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Sponsor: Tallens Added: 7th Mar 2015 07:53:26 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 11:02:20 AM

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Sidekick Gets The Girl Comments: 29
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Sponsor: Trotzky edited by: HeroGal2347 Added: 30th Jun 2011 05:56:12 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 10:56:18 AM

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Weak Hero, Strong Sidekick Comments: 37
The Hero has the protagonism, The Lancer has the power

Sponsor: CosmeF Added: 13th Apr 2015 10:07:50 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 10:36:39 AM

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Cast From Experience Points Comments: 31
Spells that de-level the caster
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Sponsor: Elyandarin edited by: Arivne Added: 27th Jan 2015 12:18:11 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 10:26:01 AM

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Big Bad Slippage Comments: 55
The Big Bad is a good or not evil character who gradually shifts into a villain during the story.
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Sponsor: SatoshiBakura Added: 15th Mar 2015 05:04:36 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 10:19:55 AM

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The Stateless Comments: 50
When someone has no nationality
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Sponsor: JujuP Added: 25th Dec 2014 02:49:36 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 09:15:45 AM

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Magical Fallout Comments: 33
An area of land is destroyed by supernatural or fantastic means, with (semi-)permanent effects.
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Sponsor: Potman Added: 24th Apr 2015 06:49:00 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 08:56:19 AM

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Large Chested Tomboy Comments: 11
Tropeworthy? Better Name
Sponsor: Pichu-kun edited by: rodneyAnonymous Added: 20th Nov 2014 09:07:38 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 08:38:24 AM

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Ignored Unexpected Response Comments: 1
Someone responds in a way so unexpected that the first person doesn't realize it at first

Sponsor: SirPellucidar Added: 4th May 2015 05:33:26 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 08:10:18 AM

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Stock MacArthur Parody Comments: 18
A character parodies famous American general DouglasMacArthur.

Sponsor: girlyboy edited by: Patachou Added: 19th May 2011 05:42:53 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 07:35:51 AM

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Narrator\'s Echo Comments: 1

Sponsor: DoctorSleep Added: 5th May 2015 02:18:44 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 07:33:41 AM

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Enemy Role Call Comments: 26
Showing the names off the enemies during or after the credits of a game.

Sponsor: pgj1997 Added: 25th Jan 2015 02:04:12 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 06:59:05 AM

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Clumsy Simulator Comments: 22
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Sponsor: YamiiDenryuu edited by: yamiidenryuu Added: 2nd May 2014 08:01:11 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 06:58:36 AM

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FanWork/Warcraft/Putting the Craft inWarcraft Comments: 0
SV is a Blacksmith in Warcraft.

Sponsor: AbZHz101 Added: 4th May 2015 08:31:04 PM Last reply: 5th May 2015 06:38:37 AM

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Funeral Cut Comments: 17

Sponsor: Wumblee edited by: rider450 Added: 24th Sep 2012 05:31:42 AM Last reply: 5th May 2015 03:02:56 AM

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Black Site Comments: 42
A top secret facility
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Sponsor: BrokenEye Added: 5th Apr 2015 02:06:06 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 10:18:47 PM

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Pass The Test And Die Comments: 79
A test turns out to be selecting people to be killed or enslaved
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Sponsor: LondonKdS edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Sep 2013 07:23:39 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 10:04:21 PM

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Poor Table Manners Comments: 36
Poor table manners as an indication of lower-class background or desperate hunger
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Sponsor: StrixObscuro Added: 22nd Apr 2015 09:17:31 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 10:03:08 PM

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Service With a Smile Comments: 0
Kicking ass and doing it cheerfully!

Sponsor: zekender Added: 4th May 2015 08:59:14 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 08:59:14 PM

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Space Docking Comments: 26
The finer points of docking and boarding spaceships

Sponsor: Kizor Added: 22nd May 2011 12:22:35 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 06:11:57 PM

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Hypnosis Proof Dogs Comments: 30
For whatever reason hypnosis and mind control doesn't seem to work on quadrupedal companions.
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Sponsor: Euan2000 Added: 29th Jul 2012 03:07:49 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:33:56 PM

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Mercenary Units Comments: 18
Special strategy game units that are hired rather than trained

Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 12th Jun 2014 10:01:16 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:30:43 PM

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Escape Is A Trap Comments: 20
Escaping is the mistake they want you to make.
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Sponsor: Vios Added: 28th Mar 2015 05:24:22 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 04:38:50 PM

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Resurrection As Teleportation Comments: 46
An immortal or clone-able character uses their resurrection process to teleport

Sponsor: Wulf edited by: randomtroper89 Added: 17th May 2011 01:19:23 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 04:26:30 PM

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