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Mean Teacher comments: 0
A teacher who is mean for no other apparent reason than to be spiteful to the students.

sponsor: RaisedByWolves added: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 3:59:14 AM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 4:00:25 AM

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Sailor Moon Squad comments: 54
A magical girl take on the Five-Man Band or Power Trio.
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sponsor: ryanasaurus0077 added: Tue, 9th Sep '14 10:08:05 PM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 3:38:02 AM

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The Noun Who X comments: 22
A title trope where an animal or person is said to do something.
Tropeworthy?
sponsor: Sahira added: Wed, 1st Oct '14 2:41:17 AM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 3:35:57 AM

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Tutu Fancy comments: 35
Ballet costumes in fiction have a tendency to be impractical in actual ballet.
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sponsor: ryanasaurus0077 added: Mon, 30th Dec '13 9:22:13 PM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 3:24:59 AM

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Hungry Hungry Humvee comments: 2
Creatures or forces that disguise themselves as vehicles in order to lure prey

sponsor: Openlake added: Wed, 1st Oct '14 7:40:11 PM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 3:18:08 AM

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Over-the-top Christmas Decoration comments: 16
More is better when it comes to decorating a household for Christmas in fictionland

sponsor: XFllo added: Sat, 27th Sep '14 11:46:23 AM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 3:01:16 AM

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Battle Field Trip comments: 21
War is made light-hearted and fun.

sponsor: TheHandle added: Wed, 24th Sep '14 12:42:23 PM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 1:49:28 AM

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Creature Breeding Mechanic comments: 10
Breeding animals or monsters as a game mechanic, with a particular goal in mind.

sponsor: Umbee added: Wed, 24th Sep '14 12:50:07 PM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 1:46:59 AM

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Stupid Is Genius For Lower Life Forms comments: 17
A cartoon animal depicted in fiction as stupid is still miraculously smart for its species.
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sponsor: Quatic added: Tue, 17th Jun '14 5:00:07 PM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 1:41:53 AM

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Terminal Quarantine comments: 17
When the powers that be decide they can no longer contain the situation with anything less than over-the-top deadly force.
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sponsor: Olaf_Merchant added: Sat, 27th Sep '14 7:40:09 AM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 1:06:47 AM

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Weakness Button comments: 2
The obvious point of weakness on an enemy or boss.
Tropeworthy? Tropeworthy?
sponsor: illeatyourself added: Wed, 1st Oct '14 11:10:29 PM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 12:32:51 AM

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Stop Acting So White comments: 20
Whiteness is often attributed to dorkiness or lameness.
Better Name Description Needs Help
sponsor: jonnyboy added: Sun, 28th Sep '14 12:56:47 PM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 12:32:38 AM

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Morality Fatality comments: 52
An attack powered by the opponent's moral standing.
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sponsor: BaffleBlend edited by: Arivne added: Wed, 21st May '14 11:28:17 AM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 12:30:30 AM

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Double-Edged Hardware Piece comments: 1
The most important piece of hardware that keeps the machine in one piece.
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sponsor: illeatyourself added: Wed, 1st Oct '14 11:47:13 PM last reply: Thu, 2nd Oct '14 12:29:40 AM

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The #1 Combines All Previous Entries comments: 2
When in a countdown, associations are made to justify a #1 spot.

sponsor: hydrix added: Tue, 30th Sep '14 12:42:01 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 10:20:59 PM

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The World Is My Tormenter comments: 11
You can't escape what's bothering you...you see and hear it everywhere.
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sponsor: PacificGreen added: Wed, 1st Oct '14 12:03:36 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 10:05:19 PM

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Roundification comments: 6
When a stereotype or parody gains more depth.

sponsor: PistolsAtDawn edited by: randomtroper89 added: Wed, 1st Oct '14 6:19:29 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 9:59:38 PM

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Friendship Revelation comments: 11
Where one character is surprised to learn that they're a friend of another character
Better Name
sponsor: Si1verwing added: Tue, 30th Sep '14 10:35:53 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 9:52:00 PM

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Batty Old Person comments: 6
An old/very old character who is unintelligent/crazy most of the time

sponsor: MeerkatMario edited by: SvartiKotturinn added: Mon, 15th Sep '14 8:02:33 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 8:37:10 PM

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Vegetarian for a Day comments: 4
Characters go temporarily vegetarian or vegan, usually only for an episode
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sponsor: Pichu-kun added: Mon, 22nd Sep '14 2:27:52 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 8:14:27 PM

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Batman Parody comments: 4
A StockParody where elements from the Franchise/{{Batman}} franchise are directly spoofed.

sponsor: Patachou added: Wed, 1st Oct '14 6:45:17 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 7:52:24 PM

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Terrible Pick-Up Lines comments: 19
A character uses a terrible pick-up line.
Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Better Name Already have?
sponsor: SWFMax added: Tue, 30th Sep '14 3:04:02 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 7:39:59 PM

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Endangering News Broadcast comments: 127
Something that is supposed to be secret is unwittingly spread out. Title crowner
Needs Examples
sponsor: frosty edited by: HeroGal2347 added: Sat, 7th Dec '13 12:40:03 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 7:31:43 PM

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Pre-Sacrifice Final Goodbye comments: 24
About to perform a Heroic Sacrifice, the hero gets to say their final goodbyes to loved ones.
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sponsor: ginsengaddict edited by: HeroGal2347 added: Mon, 24th Mar '14 1:59:45 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 7:31:02 PM

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Excuse Bounty comments: 28
A bounty hunter takes on a $1 bounty as an excuse to take on a villain.

sponsor: feranard edited by: Feranard added: Mon, 29th Sep '14 1:13:09 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 7:05:22 PM

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Karmic Misfire comments: 31
The cosmos inflicts Misplaced Retribution on an undeserving character.
Better Name Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Already have? Up For Grabs
sponsor: Lawman592 edited by: SvartiKotturinn added: Tue, 26th Nov '13 3:48:40 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 7:00:57 PM

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Outfit Decoy comments: 35
A character uses clothes as a distraction

sponsor: KZN02 added: Sat, 6th Sep '14 4:18:17 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 6:58:50 PM

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Try To Stop Hitting Yourself comments: 19
Making someone hit themselves.
Already have? Better Name
sponsor: IndirectActiveTransport added: Sun, 28th Sep '14 8:46:37 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 6:50:52 PM

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Staging An Intervention comments: 78
Friends and family of a character have come together to force the character to deal with an issue
Description Needs Help Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help
sponsor: Gareth34 edited by: Tallens added: Sat, 12th Mar '11 1:41:58 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 6:49:34 PM

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The Omnispective comments: 18
The All-Seeing (NOTE: not all-KNOWING) character.

sponsor: Sahira added: Mon, 22nd Sep '14 7:51:43 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 6:25:28 PM

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Needs better title comments: 30
A flat character's running gag deepens their character gradually over time
Better Name Better Name Motion To Discard Needs Examples Up For Grabs
sponsor: Openlake added: Tue, 30th Sep '14 3:12:22 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 6:16:42 PM

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Talk Like the Arab Beoble comments: 34
The pecularities of the Arabic accent are featured prominently.
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sponsor: SvartiKotturinn added: Mon, 22nd Sep '14 6:20:07 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 6:07:51 PM

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Robots Think Faster comments: 35
Artificial intelligences think faster than organics.
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sponsor: zarpaulus added: Fri, 28th Sep '12 7:29:24 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 5:49:18 PM

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Unproduced Episode comments: 5
An episode for a TV series that was never made.

sponsor: CaveCat added: Wed, 1st Oct '14 1:17:04 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 4:40:31 PM

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Glomp Stampede comments: 9
Lots of girls glomping the victim all at once

sponsor: Lyner added: Sat, 27th Sep '14 1:15:58 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 4:09:56 PM

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Timed Power-Up comments: 16
A Power-Up that expires after a set amount of time.

sponsor: hbi2k added: Thu, 18th Sep '14 11:32:54 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 4:03:07 PM

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Power-Up Loss On Hit comments: 19
When getting hit removes one or more Power-Ups.

sponsor: hbi2k added: Thu, 18th Sep '14 9:56:44 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 4:02:54 PM

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Trans-Redemptive Symbol comments: 39
Something that represents a negative trait changes to represent something positive.
Better Name Tropeworthy? Tropeworthy?
sponsor: VampireBuddha edited by: Arivne added: Sun, 14th Sep '14 2:14:26 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 3:47:44 PM

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So You Want To: Make A Metroidvania comments: 31
Advice and tips for designing a video game with a non-linear, gameplay driven story.

sponsor: Bisected8 added: Tue, 16th Sep '14 12:38:00 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 3:24:52 PM

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Stripping The Scarecrow comments: 13
Obtaining a change of clothes from a scarecrow

sponsor: foxley added: Sat, 20th Sep '14 4:57:04 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 2:59:08 PM

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Ridiculously Long Phone Hold comments: 16
A character is placed on hold for an excessive amount of time.
Better Name
sponsor: SpiderRider3 added: Mon, 30th Jun '14 3:46:40 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 2:49:16 PM

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Funny Video Presence comments: 10
A character appears via phone/video link when they really ought to be there in person

sponsor: SpiderRider3 added: Thu, 4th Sep '14 10:18:47 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 2:42:57 PM

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Dramatic Mute Scene comments: 16
The sound in a scene is muted for drama.
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sponsor: Muzozavr added: Tue, 30th Sep '14 2:14:19 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 2:42:18 PM

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Very Targeted Broadcast comments: 31
A broadcast which seems to meant for one individual person.

sponsor: SpiderRider3 added: Wed, 3rd Sep '14 12:06:35 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 2:41:04 PM

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Party Pastor comments: 12
High energy faith leaders heading up places of worship that feel more like concerts.

sponsor: TessaTheMoo added: Mon, 29th Sep '14 6:11:27 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 2:27:12 PM

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Real Men Don't Get Hitched comments: 18
When one or more Confirmed Bachelors have exaggerated expectations of their friends.
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sponsor: bejjinks edited by: randomtroper89 added: Tue, 19th Aug '14 3:28:10 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 2:24:27 PM

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Recurring Camera Shot comments: 7
A camera shot that is repeated in different ways.
Already have? Description Needs Help Needs Examples
sponsor: Tallens added: Wed, 14th Aug '13 7:46:58 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 2:14:29 PM

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Surprisingly Close Battle comments: 3
a character looks like he is about to be worfed, but he barely loses

sponsor: Alexandri098 added: Wed, 1st Oct '14 10:56:56 AM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 1:49:10 PM

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Age Gap Algebra comments: 28
The ideal mathematical relationship between the ages of romantic partners.
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sponsor: Prfnoff edited by: hbi2k added: Sun, 23rd Feb '14 1:28:03 PM last reply: Wed, 1st Oct '14 1:39:26 PM

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Beware The Living comments: 33
Zombies are easy to deal with; people are another story.
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