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Clone Kid Comments: 3
A clone who is just a youngster

Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 1st Sep 2015 10:15:08 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 05:33:53 PM

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Hostage Rescue Comments: 7
Go on a mission to save the hostage

Sponsor: WiseMan23753 edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Aug 2015 03:49:31 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 05:15:00 PM

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Dogs Actually Hate Leashes Comments: 1
Animals hate being in captivity to humans.
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Sponsor: simon_lucas98 Added: 1st Sep 2015 08:15:06 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 05:13:20 PM

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Technically Naked Shapeshifter Comments: 17
VoluntaryShapeshifting in which the shapeshifter's clothes are actually a part of the shapeshifter.

Sponsor: HighCrate Added: 28th Aug 2015 09:56:32 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 05:09:42 PM

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Real Space Runaround Comments: 9
Avoiding FTL
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Sponsor: TheGreatSkrond Added: 28th Jul 2015 06:02:25 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 05:01:55 PM

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Get Them To Move The MacGuffin Comments: 13
If a MacGuffin is too hard to get at in situ, trick its guards into moving it.
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Sponsor: StarSword Added: 31st May 2015 07:54:52 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 04:56:46 PM

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Dresses Like A Dominatrix Comments: 24
An evil or antiheroic woman wears a costume inspired by Dominatrices, while not actually being one.

Sponsor: Rjinswand Added: 18th Aug 2015 04:02:04 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 04:52:54 PM

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The Iago Comments: 7
A character with the mind of a MagnificentBastard and the personality of a SmugSnake
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Sponsor: zookx1 Added: 31st Aug 2015 04:33:42 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 04:36:05 PM

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Magical Clown Comments: 32
Clowns in fiction have magical powers.
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 28th Mar 2015 12:26:05 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 04:24:20 PM

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One Word Vocabulary Comments: 80
A character who can only say one word or phrase ever
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Sponsor: MrInitialMan edited by: Berrenta Added: 29th Sep 2013 01:49:26 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 04:02:43 PM

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Looks Like Conan Comments: 20
A character's appearance evokes Conan the Barbarian
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Sponsor: Floria edited by: WalterSmith Added: 11th Aug 2015 05:17:48 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 04:00:41 PM

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Aw Crap, I'm in Love Comments: 32
A character is extremely upset at finding themself in love/lust.
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Sponsor: BlueIceTea Added: 3rd Aug 2015 11:43:08 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 03:56:31 PM

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Public and Personal Comments: 1
Doing things that will affect everyone...and you.
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Sponsor: WiseMan23753 Added: 1st Sep 2015 03:10:02 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 03:39:44 PM

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Trapped In A Bubble Comments: 1
Someone gets trapped in a bubble.
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Sponsor: lakingsif Added: 1st Sep 2015 05:27:24 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 03:34:25 PM

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Walking Simulator Comments: 4
A sub-genre of first-person adventure games, which de-emphasize gameplay in favour of storytelling

Sponsor: Folamh3 Added: 1st Sep 2015 01:25:29 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 03:20:28 PM

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Generically Out-Of-Character Comments: 3
A character is given a stock line or action that they would never say or do.

Sponsor: RaustBD Added: 31st Aug 2015 12:55:54 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 03:17:54 PM

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Anachronistic Clue Comments: 3
That's too new

Sponsor: Ravenhull Added: 1st Sep 2015 05:08:21 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 03:04:01 PM

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Damage Avoidance Challenge Comments: 26
A challenge where your character temporarily becomes a one hit point wonder
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Sponsor: Drbazooka edited by: Arivne Added: 28th Aug 2015 03:33:40 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 02:53:13 PM

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Two Words: I Can't Count Comments: 17
A character intends to invoke Two Words Added Emphasis, but fails amusingly.
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Sponsor: crazysamaritan edited by: rcmerod52 Added: 20th Aug 2015 08:06:55 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 02:50:52 PM

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Inconveniently Vanishing Exonerating Evidence Comments: 41
A character kills in self defence only for their attacker's weapon (or other evidence) to vanish.
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Sponsor: foxley Added: 9th Jul 2015 11:36:37 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 02:42:45 PM

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Space Docking Comments: 43
The finer points of docking and boarding spaceships

Sponsor: Kizor edited by: Tuckerscreator Added: 22nd May 2011 12:22:35 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 02:36:13 PM

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The Index Farm Comments: 5
Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Better Name
Sponsor: ANTMuddle Added: 9th Feb 2013 06:18:23 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 02:20:32 PM

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Returning Spoils First Success Comments: 5
Successful people who plan a big return ungloriously fail some time later.
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Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 27th Aug 2015 02:21:27 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 02:09:46 PM

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Overly Descriptive Transcription Comments: 10
A transcriber takes too much dictation.
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Sponsor: Premonition45 Added: 29th Aug 2015 06:15:37 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 02:02:49 PM

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Inexplicable Microphone Feedback Comments: 49
Whenever someone grabs a microphone onstage no matter where they are, you hear feedback.
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Sponsor: awesome edited by: Alucard Added: 11th Jun 2012 10:07:51 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 01:47:41 PM

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War Is Silly Comments: 0
Warfare is not always a serious undertaking

Sponsor: Elbruno Added: 1st Sep 2015 12:30:10 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 12:31:19 PM

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Mouthing The Profanity Comments: 20
Lips move to form a profanity, but no sound comes out
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Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk Added: 22nd Dec 2014 08:20:03 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 11:39:07 AM

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They Wasted A Perfectly Good Mechanic Comments: 11
A nice mechanic in a game that could have been utilized better.
Motion To Discard
Sponsor: SpaghettiBoy edited by: Arivne Added: 17th May 2015 10:55:59 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 11:11:42 AM

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Loving Detail Comments: 33
Lovers know lots of tiny details about each other.
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Needs Examples Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: jayoungr Added: 13th Jul 2015 02:46:29 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 10:51:34 AM

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Outside-Context Hero Comments: 1
An unknown hero that no one knows how to deal with, or an otherwise unexpected protagonists.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Ramona122003 Added: 1st Sep 2015 08:39:02 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 10:12:21 AM

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Plot Skeleton Comments: 4
A plot skeleton which connects the "who did what" of events with causation and character.

Sponsor: botsgeek Added: 29th Aug 2015 01:18:19 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 08:16:28 AM

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One Sneeze Syndrome Comments: 5
A character sneezes once and the other ones go uh-oh

Sponsor: Unicorndance Added: 7th Jul 2015 10:10:09 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 08:11:45 AM

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Familiar Foreign Soundtrack Comments: 30
The soundtrack has a famous song, covered in a foreign language.

Sponsor: pyroclastic edited by: eroock Added: 26th Dec 2014 06:22:29 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 06:47:35 AM

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Theres a New Rookie In Town Comments: 4
The Perpetual Rookie becomes suddenly more confident when the team has an even newer guy to mock
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Baconator96 edited by: Arivne Added: 31st Aug 2015 01:49:08 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 06:19:47 AM

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Already The Case Comments: 28
What might happen, is happening already
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Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 30th Mar 2015 01:45:33 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 04:08:44 AM

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Forgettable Name Comments: 58
A character's name is constantly forgotten by other characters in the work
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Sponsor: MacronNotes edited by: randomsurfer Added: 15th Aug 2013 04:51:41 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 02:40:27 AM

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Shifting Voice Of Madness Comments: 61
When a character speaks in different voices, accents, moods and mannerisms which indicate insanity
Needs Examples Description Needs Help Already have? Tropeworthy? Up For Grabs
Sponsor: OlafMerchant edited by: ZuTheSkunk Added: 13th Nov 2014 12:52:23 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 01:32:13 AM

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Crowd Carry Comments: 24
A character is picked up by a crowd and carried.

Sponsor: Doodler edited by: Arivne Added: 10th Jun 2013 10:41:19 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 01:00:04 AM

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The Ratio of Exposure vs Enjoyment Comments: 16
A character hates something, until they spend five hours exposed to nothing but that thing.

Sponsor: thewriter Added: 15th Feb 2012 10:56:38 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 11:59:41 PM

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Chariot Drawn By Cats Comments: 32
A cat-drawn (or big-cat-drawn) cart, chariot, carriage or sleigh. Played for awesomeness or laughs.

Sponsor: XFllo Added: 15th Aug 2015 11:16:06 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 10:45:44 PM

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Really Quick-Drying Cement Comments: 46
When freshly poured cement dries in an incredibly short amount of time

Sponsor: VyroPDragonIII edited by: Berrenta Added: 5th Sep 2012 07:50:03 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 09:04:26 PM

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A Job That Makes A Killing Comments: 16
Someone who has a job that makes a good front for murder.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Woogstok edited by: Berrenta Added: 8th Oct 2014 08:13:01 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 08:49:51 PM

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Falling Masonry Comments: 3

Sponsor: awakeningcry edited by: Arivne Added: 1st May 2015 12:41:13 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 07:23:51 PM

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Well Taken Rejection Comments: 16
When a character takes rejection from a crush surprisingly well (Warning: Spoilers).

Sponsor: captainpat edited by: ZuTheSkunk Added: 6th Oct 2012 12:36:55 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 07:21:39 PM

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Musical Exposition Comments: 22
{{Exposition}} is provided via musical number.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: phoenix edited by: ElectricalLass Added: 20th May 2015 02:55:27 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 06:38:30 PM

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Limited Lyrics Song Comments: 59
Needs Examples Description Needs Help Up For Grabs
Sponsor: TomWalpertac2 Added: 30th May 2013 11:46:53 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:09:32 PM

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The Buck Stops Here Comments: 27
Taking the blame for everyone's actions.
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Sponsor: PaleInversion Added: 19th Jun 2015 04:03:03 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:04:55 PM

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Creator's Oddball Comments: 44
A work that is much different from the rest of a creator's output

Sponsor: hamza678 Added: 15th Aug 2015 08:52:25 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:04:50 PM

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Zigzagged Lightning Bolt Comments: 21
Zigzagged, saw-like lightning bolts in fiction.

Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 30th Jul 2015 04:13:50 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:00:35 PM

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Useful Notes: Alabama Comments: 1
That state in the southeastern U.S. bordered by Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Sponsor: ike755 Added: 31st Aug 2015 04:25:56 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 04:38:08 PM

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