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Very Special Series Comments: 0
Every episode is a very special one.
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Sponsor: Kartoonkid95 Added: 27th Apr 2015 11:22:28 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 11:23:02 AM

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Small Hit, Big Impact Comments: 4
Memorable songs that weren't big hits when they were released
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Sponsor: Lawman592 Added: 25th Apr 2015 10:40:45 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 11:01:34 AM

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Sequel In Another Medium Comments: 101
When a property continues in a different medium
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Sponsor: TheEarthlySun edited by: DAN004 Added: 16th Sep 2013 02:21:40 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 10:55:00 AM

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Good People Eat Organic Comments: 9
Protagonists in film and TV always eat trendy food
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Sponsor: Khyron42_Prime Added: 26th Apr 2015 02:34:13 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 10:53:32 AM

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Capture And Replicate Comments: 45
Someone is held captive so that copies can be made from them.

Sponsor: Generality Added: 12th Mar 2015 04:54:23 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 10:46:56 AM

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Thumb Sucking Past Baby Age Comments: 11
A character past his baby age still resorts to thumb-sucking.

Sponsor: Patachou edited by: Arivne Added: 27th Dec 2014 04:10:46 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 10:32:55 AM

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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: 27th Apr 2015 10:28:06 AM

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Colorful Trails of Speed Comments: 23
A visible trail behind a fast-moving X

Sponsor: SentaiToku edited by: DAN004 Added: 10th Feb 2013 05:13:00 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 10:25:23 AM

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No A.I. Allowed Comments: 33
The development of ArtificialIntelligence is forbidden.

Sponsor: SolipSchism Added: 16th Apr 2015 09:55:33 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:49:49 AM

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Artistic Gap Comments: 65
A long time passes between two artistic works.

Sponsor: igordebraga edited by: Lawman592 Added: 1st Apr 2012 12:35:51 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:44:40 AM

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Subverted Punchline Comments: 77
An obvious pun is teased...and something else is substituted
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Sponsor: Bisected8 Added: 17th Jan 2015 12:47:44 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:42:30 AM

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Female Fighter Male Handler Comments: 67
A pair of characters consiting of an ActionGirl and her male comrade that handles her.
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Sponsor: Kimiko_0 edited by: DAN004 Added: 11th Nov 2014 12:04:55 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:40:28 AM

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Inheritance Murder Comments: 19
Getting murdered by the person who'll inherit your money

Sponsor: Vios Added: 15th Apr 2015 03:55:11 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:39:45 AM

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Fantasy Creep Comments: 52
Over time, a show not originally in the territory starts having psychic/telepathic plot elements
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Sponsor: DarkCrescent edited by: Arivne Added: 15th Apr 2015 06:11:39 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:38:10 AM

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The Short War Comments: 80
A war that lasts an unusually short amount of time.
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Sponsor: dasuberkaiser Added: 20th Jan 2015 08:58:08 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:38:07 AM

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All Is Fair in War Comments: 30
When soldiers and civilians alike are involved with all facets of a war, and anything will be done to win
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Sponsor: BlackMageAnolis Added: 14th Apr 2015 06:31:12 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:32:58 AM

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Lampshaded The Outdated Reference Comments: 8
Characters note that a reference is old, often too old for much of the audience to get.
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Sponsor: DragonQuestZ edited by: Arivne Added: 26th Apr 2015 05:22:06 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:30:16 AM

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Paper Power Comments: 36
Where screwing the rules screws the bad guy
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Sponsor: CornwindEvilman edited by: Arivne Added: 22nd Mar 2015 03:41:29 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:25:52 AM

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Chain Bomb Beam kl Comments: 2
Laser that makes what it touches explode

Sponsor: Handle Added: 27th Apr 2015 08:36:12 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 09:18:42 AM

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Bait-and-Switch Accusation Comments: 72
A character hiding something thinks they've been found out, but this is not the case.
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Sponsor: SolipSchism edited by: StarSword Added: 9th Jan 2015 09:36:25 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 08:55:16 AM

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Kiss The Decoy Comments: 14
Someone who doesn't want to be kissed instead uses a decoy while the kisser's eyes are closed.

Sponsor: StevenT edited by: HeroGal2347 Added: 24th Jun 2013 12:30:33 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 08:35:47 AM

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Honorable Marriage Proposal (rework) Comments: 23
A man offers to marry a woman in order to salvage her reputation.
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Sponsor: jayoungr Added: 20th Mar 2015 11:09:28 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 08:27:14 AM

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Demoted To Love Interest Comments: 24
A RoundedCharacter becomes a SatelliteLoveInterest
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Sponsor: Rjinswand Added: 26th Apr 2015 09:26:40 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 08:19:54 AM

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Our Monsters Are Unstereotypical Comments: 88
Fantastic character has a very unstereotypic attribute

Sponsor: Earnest edited by: DAN004 Added: 2nd Jun 2011 06:44:09 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 08:19:09 AM

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Fads Are Bad Comments: 12
A Very Special Episode that shows the dangers of letting a fad control you

Sponsor: IronicMouse edited by: Arivne Added: 22nd Mar 2015 05:59:15 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 07:34:59 AM

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Creepy Cartoon Character Comments: 4
A cartoon character that for whatever reason is quite disturbing to the audience (YMMV Trope)
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Sponsor: hodges14 edited by: Arivne Added: 11th Apr 2014 06:20:21 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 07:29:03 AM

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Corpse Consuming Cleanup Crew Comments: 31
When a group/race of corpse eaters sell their services as waste disposal crews

Sponsor: aschwartz07901 edited by: DAN004 Added: 13th Sep 2011 07:41:37 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 07:20:37 AM

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Counter-Intuitive Word Order Comments: 12
(TRIVIA) Titles going against the "left to right, top to bottom" reading customs
Needs Examples Up For Grabs Already have?
Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk Added: 13th Apr 2014 09:47:22 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 07:18:54 AM

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Arming the Untrained Comments: 21
Somebody hands a weapon to some untrained schmuck.

Sponsor: Deboss edited by: Lord-Jaric Added: 27th Aug 2011 11:19:07 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 07:07:29 AM

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Relationship Won't Survive The Adventure Comments: 21
The Adventure destroys the hero's pre-existing relationship
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Sponsor: Rjinswand edited by: Arivne Added: 18th Apr 2015 04:41:24 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 07:05:39 AM

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Sailor Moon Squad Comments: 129
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: 27th Apr 2015 07:03:43 AM

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Tyrannicide Comments: 31
The killing of a tyrant in order to free one's country

Sponsor: JujuP Added: 14th Apr 2015 08:20:36 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 07:03:21 AM

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Single Voyage Ship Comments: 31
Shipping a temporary relationship between characters.
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Sponsor: Whatevs Added: 21st Apr 2015 06:09:12 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 07:00:14 AM

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Ice Magic Is Water Comments: 38
In media where characters have elemental affinities, ice and water are interchangeable
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Sponsor: DrakeClawfang Added: 23rd Apr 2015 09:45:11 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 06:50:13 AM

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Literal Maneater Comments: 19
A monster that has/takes on an attractive female form to prey on men
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Sponsor: triton Added: 11th Apr 2015 01:34:42 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 06:23:51 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: 27th Apr 2015 06:21:03 AM

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Fade By The Lights Comments: 9
Everything fades away around a character's eyes or other facial features.
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Sponsor: DrNoPuma edited by: Arivne Added: 6th Apr 2015 01:14:13 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 05:25:17 AM

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Forced Unwanted Depature Comments: 3
It's time to leave but someone refuses to go but they're going anyways
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Sponsor: Lord-Jaric edited by: Arivne Added: 26th Apr 2015 01:35:41 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 04:45:48 AM

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Accidental Rhyme Comments: 8
A character accidentally makes a rhyme and subsequently notices that it rhymed
Description Needs Help Needs Examples Better Name Up For Grabs
Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk Added: 14th Jul 2013 02:49:27 AM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 04:00:49 AM

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Excuse For Defeat Comments: 13
Coming up with a plausible excuse for your defeat.
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Sponsor: Chabal2 edited by: HeroGal2347 Added: 21st Mar 2015 11:56:42 PM Last reply: 27th Apr 2015 12:05:14 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: 26th Apr 2015 11:32:10 PM

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Formula for X (Solving X with Equation) Comments: 26
A character attempts to use numeric concepts to calculate the uncaculatable like happiness
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Sponsor: XFllo Added: 7th Feb 2015 07:43:02 AM Last reply: 26th Apr 2015 10:55:20 PM

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Ridiculously Photogenic Comments: 13
A character with an uncanny aptitude to look great on photos.
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Sponsor: Koveras Added: 18th Apr 2015 01:02:39 AM Last reply: 26th Apr 2015 10:45:47 PM

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Screw The Rules, They Broke Them First Comments: 53
Once broken, rules are invalid.
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Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 27th Feb 2015 03:26:47 AM Last reply: 26th Apr 2015 10:44:56 PM

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One Word Vocabulary Comments: 73
A character who can only say one word or phrase ever
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Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 29th Sep 2013 01:49:26 PM Last reply: 26th Apr 2015 10:18:21 PM

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Poor Table Manners Comments: 26
Poor table manners as an indication of lower-class background, lack of education, or desperate hunger

Sponsor: StrixObscuro Added: 22nd Apr 2015 09:17:31 PM Last reply: 26th Apr 2015 09:33:27 PM

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Hero's Evil Predecessor Plot Comments: 44
The guy who used to have the heros job is evil and the hero would have to deal with him

Sponsor: NoirGrimoir edited by: DAN004 Added: 5th Nov 2011 12:01:20 AM Last reply: 26th Apr 2015 09:08:52 PM

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Spectator Casualty Comments: 45
Someone watching a lethal duel (or any kind of dangerous sport) gets harmed
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Sponsor: Odon edited by: DAN004 Added: 3rd Mar 2014 10:31:56 PM Last reply: 26th Apr 2015 09:03:33 PM

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Showing the Unseen Wall Comments: 23
A previously established unseen area is shown on camera

Sponsor: garrisonskunk Added: 2nd Apr 2015 03:48:43 AM Last reply: 26th Apr 2015 08:35:37 PM

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Dream Intro Comments: 80
A work starts with a short dream/nightmare

Sponsor: MeerkatMario edited by: CaveCat Added: 31st Oct 2014 07:46:21 PM Last reply: 26th Apr 2015 07:01:08 PM

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