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Kite Riding comments: 24
Flying by riding a giant kite.
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sponsor: Indalecio edited by: Arivne added: Mon, 23rd Jun '14 11:56:18 AM last reply: Sat, 12th Jul '14 2:30:31 AM

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Logic Argument Trump Card comments: 7
Damn You and Your Infallible Logic

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Eye Windows comments: 4
Characters inside a biggers characters can see through their 'host's' eyes.
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sponsor: RossN added: Fri, 11th Jul '14 3:14:21 PM last reply: Sat, 12th Jul '14 2:21:45 AM

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Creator's Favorite Episode comments: 20
Trivia trope for when creators reveal their personal favorite episodes of their shows.
Tropeworthy?
sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker edited by: Arivne added: Wed, 23rd Apr '14 9:56:16 AM last reply: Sat, 12th Jul '14 2:19:41 AM

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Gas Stations Are Hell comments: 16
A generic, lonely gas station is the site of a horror story.
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sponsor: Backspace edited by: eroock added: Wed, 26th Mar '14 8:35:14 PM last reply: Sat, 12th Jul '14 2:17:16 AM

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First Of All comments: 16
Character interrupts a question to point out something wrong
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sponsor: TotalDramaRox97 added: Tue, 1st Jul '14 8:52:08 PM last reply: Sat, 12th Jul '14 1:50:54 AM

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UsefulNotes/Classic3DOnVideo comments: 9
A non-comprehensive list of 3D movies on home video in any and all ways (except, of course, for loos

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Pretending To Be Brainwashed comments: 5

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Oblivious Trauma Triggering comments: 61
One character inadvertently triggers another character's emotional trauma
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sponsor: neoYTPism edited by: StrixObscuro added: Sat, 26th Mar '11 8:31:25 AM last reply: Sat, 12th Jul '14 1:39:43 AM

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Armor Piercing Answer comments: 11
Don't ask the question if you're not ready for the answer

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Gifted Hero, Self-Made Villain comments: 3
When Heroes have acquired their abilities quickly while villains built themselves up slowly.

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One Crazy Night comments: 21
A comedy where the main action takes place over one stressful night for the protagonists.

sponsor: TheShadow edited by: StrixObscuro added: Sun, 6th Jul '14 10:33:15 PM last reply: Sat, 12th Jul '14 1:15:59 AM

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Powerful But Inaccurate (needs hats) comments: 47
A powerful attack is balanced/negated by the fact that it can't hit anything.

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Prudence Trumps The Fourth Wall comments: 13
BreakingTheFourthWall to give the viewer a direct call to action for serious or practical reasons

sponsor: Zmapper added: Sat, 28th Jun '14 6:07:15 PM last reply: Sat, 12th Jul '14 12:16:04 AM

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Slowly Supporting Community comments: 18
Where All of the Other Reindeer gain a grudging respect for the hero.
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sponsor: 313Bluestreak added: Fri, 6th Sep '13 11:50:12 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 11:38:16 PM

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Taboo Fetish comments: 20
A character finds something or someone sexy, attractive or desireable simply because it is taboo.

sponsor: Xzenu added: Wed, 23rd Nov '11 5:20:39 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 11:26:37 PM

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The Alleged Professional comments: 20
Someone hired for a job can't do it, or can't do it properly.
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sponsor: Whitewings added: Mon, 6th Aug '12 4:54:27 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 11:24:55 PM

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Natural Born Leader comments: 18
Their skill is being a leader

sponsor: KJMackley added: Sat, 21st Jun '14 10:36:34 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 11:20:11 PM

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Pig Nose Pose comments: 18
Where a character will either push, pull, tape, or rube (against glass) up their nose shaping it like a pig's nose.
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sponsor: CPitt added: Tue, 25th Mar '14 9:34:30 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 10:58:54 PM

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Hates Being Nicknamed comments: 59
A character hates being called by nicknames.
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sponsor: KantonKage added: Fri, 14th Feb '14 10:02:05 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 10:37:48 PM

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Crippling Castration comments: 55
A Groin Attack with permanent effects.
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sponsor: Tuckerscreator added: Sun, 29th Jun '14 2:37:37 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 10:29:30 PM

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Defacement Insult comments: 22
A character's belongings are vandalised by a slur or an insult written to scare them.
Tropeworthy?
sponsor: Oreochan edited by: MacronNotes added: Sun, 20th May '12 2:08:06 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 10:18:59 PM

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Brain With A Manual Control comments: 51
Bob enters Alice's body and uses the control room found inside to manually control her.
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sponsor: ZuTheSkunk added: Mon, 10th Mar '14 7:05:56 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 9:25:23 PM

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Precursor Worship comments: 31
An Ancient and long-vanished race is revered as gods.

sponsor: zarpaulus edited by: Ominae added: Mon, 23rd Jan '12 6:33:56 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 9:18:58 PM

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Our Mages Are Different comments: 65
How can someone become a mage - heredity? Scholarship? Chance?
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sponsor: Maklodes edited by: DAN004 added: Sat, 2nd Jul '11 8:41:02 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 9:00:18 PM

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Arbitrary Afterlife comments: 102
Whenever any mortal character dies they are sent to a certain afterlife regardless of actions or moral character
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sponsor: Omnicron13 added: Thu, 12th Jun '14 3:18:02 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 8:52:50 PM

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Outhumbling Each Other comments: 30
Two arguing characters try to be the better person and let the other win, only to argue over that.
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sponsor: DrakeClawfang added: Mon, 7th Jul '14 1:36:42 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 8:08:11 PM

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Hot-Blooded Torture comments: 10
Torture performed in anger, hatred, impulsively, emotionally.

sponsor: TheHandle added: Wed, 25th Jun '14 3:23:46 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 7:32:21 PM

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Assigned To Rear Echelon comments: 39
A character is assigned to do safe work in a war or disaster, and hates it

sponsor: Goldfritha added: Sun, 13th Apr '14 11:45:49 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 7:18:44 PM

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"You Are Awesome" Song comments: 24
A song dedicated to how awesome one character is.

sponsor: SweetMystery edited by: Hero_Gal_2347 added: Thu, 29th Sep '11 8:05:47 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 7:02:25 PM

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We Have Come For Your Chocolate comments: 50
Aliens are interested in Earth specifically for its rich Candy preserves

sponsor: Elyandarin edited by: Hero_Gal_2347 added: Sun, 21st Oct '12 7:32:28 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 6:59:05 PM

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Former Crush, Current Loser comments: 11
Alice had a crush on Bob years ago, but now Bob is a loser

sponsor: Folamh3 added: Fri, 27th Jun '14 4:06:10 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 6:29:32 PM

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Romantic Rain comments: 15
It's raining and lovers get soaked -- it's ever so romantic

sponsor: XFllo added: Sun, 29th Jun '14 2:40:30 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 5:14:41 PM

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Literature/TheirsNotToReasonWhy comments: 2
The description probably needs some work; what else needs to be in it? Also, I know I'm missing loads of Tropes

sponsor: Dalillama added: Fri, 11th Jul '14 3:58:51 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 4:48:15 PM

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Super Punch comments: 56
A superpowered punch attack.
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sponsor: Larkmarn edited by: Arivne added: Thu, 13th Mar '14 12:50:46 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 3:50:21 PM

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Torment By Tapping comments: 54
Doing something repetitively to annoy or actively torment someone.
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sponsor: Willbyr added: Wed, 4th Jun '14 10:18:10 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 3:41:54 PM

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Technology Uplift comments: 27
A high tech culture shares their technology with a less advanced one.

sponsor: zarpaulus added: Sun, 11th May '14 1:43:58 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 3:33:39 PM

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Strength, Defense, Speed (better name plz) comments: 37
The three stats of strength, defense and speed and how the three go with each other.
Motion To Discard
sponsor: DAN004 added: Tue, 8th Jul '14 4:54:45 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 3:32:31 PM

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Nonexistent Change In Behavior comments: 8
Same behavior, different motivation.

sponsor: MrInitialMan added: Thu, 22nd Dec '11 1:15:01 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 3:27:40 PM

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Ambiguously Christian (Needs more hats) comments: 88
A character performs Christian customs, but their religion is never explicitly mentioned
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sponsor: TheMuse added: Sun, 26th Jan '14 2:04:40 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 3:01:38 PM

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Sent Off To Work For Relatives-Needs Examples comments: 5
The plot in which parents send their kids to work at their relatives place for a period of time.

sponsor: MacronNotes added: Sat, 5th Jul '14 3:35:49 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 3:01:17 PM

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Arguing With a Brick Wall comments: 40
Carrying on an argument with a non-sapient partner

sponsor: Omrega added: Fri, 25th Apr '14 8:15:32 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 2:42:31 PM

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Forgettable Name comments: 39
A character's name is constantly forgotten by other characters in the work
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sponsor: MacronNotes added: Thu, 15th Aug '13 4:51:41 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 2:20:13 PM

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Solitude Is Good comments: 7
Solitude is seen as a positive thing.
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sponsor: 313Bluestreak added: Sat, 11th Jan '14 5:21:21 PM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 1:06:53 PM

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Sympathy Tropes comments: 6
An index about characters showing sympathy for others.
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sponsor: 313Bluestreak added: Mon, 12th May '14 7:39:48 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 1:05:19 PM

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Mega Maelstrom comments: 40
Giant whirlpool vortex.
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sponsor: Soupdragon edited by: MichelleJHowe added: Fri, 5th Aug '11 4:40:23 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 12:36:13 PM

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Hero Killer Mooks comments: 22
When generic henchmen invoke the Hero Killer effect.

sponsor: Mr.Movie added: Tue, 10th Jun '14 10:42:16 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 11:49:23 AM

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Tricked Into Signing comments: 58
Tricking someone into signing by asking for an autograph or by pretending it is something different
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sponsor: PaulA edited by: jormis29 added: Mon, 30th May '11 8:13:16 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 10:20:03 AM

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Poison Ring comments: 19
Handy Poison Stash

sponsor: Antigone3 added: Fri, 19th Jul '13 7:15:54 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 9:53:05 AM

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Imitation Index comments: 28
An index of tropes featuring imitations of real items.
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sponsor: CaveCat added: Wed, 21st May '14 9:02:52 AM last reply: Fri, 11th Jul '14 9:38:15 AM

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