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Photographic Background Comments: 14
A drawn work uses real world photography in their backgrounds.
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Sponsor: MikuruFan Added: 10th Jul 2013 07:49:22 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 08:00:59 PM

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Your Prize is Death Comments: 108
A test turns out to be selecting people to be killed or enslaved
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Sponsor: LondonKdS edited by: JoeG Added: 23rd Sep 2013 07:23:39 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 08:00:00 PM

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Stubborn Hair Comments: 9
Combs bristle in fear of this hair.

Sponsor: Earnest Added: 16th May 2015 07:27:51 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 07:33:21 PM

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Hitler Youth Academy Comments: 14
The Evil Overlord's very own School with a curriculum of Brainwashing, Propaganda, and Repression.

Sponsor: theCircusCrusade edited by: Str8taim Added: 23rd Mar 2012 12:51:53 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 07:26:00 PM

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Unconventional Vehicle Chase Comments: 35

Sponsor: Snowy66 Added: 23rd Mar 2015 04:10:45 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 06:45:55 PM

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Heel Acceptance Comments: 1
After a *HeelRealization, a villian accepts their role, wheither they like it or not.

Sponsor: n341100 Added: 27th May 2015 06:15:42 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 06:24:24 PM

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Savviness Comments: 32
Characters shows signs of savviness in some way.
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Sponsor: KarjamP Added: 27th Mar 2015 07:20:22 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 06:20:18 PM

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Psychometry Comments: 88
Psychic power triggered by touching objects
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Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 5th Aug 2014 07:09:07 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 06:08:59 PM

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Marriage Of Convenience Comments: 52
A man or woman proposes marriage to someone for reasons that aren't love

Sponsor: lakingsif Added: 28th Apr 2015 11:48:26 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 06:07:04 PM

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Claimed By The Supernatural Comments: 16
A nonmuggle claims a person with some kind of mark.
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Sponsor: Lythande Added: 11th May 2015 11:36:31 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 06:04:54 PM

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Abusing The Corpse Comments: 169
When killing somebody isn't enough. You want to beat up the corpse, too.
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Sponsor: JDogindy edited by: SteveMB Added: 15th Oct 2012 08:02:17 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 05:58:35 PM

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Do The Silly Dance! Comments: 3
When an outsider character goes into a nightclub and does a quirky dance it quickly becomes a success with everyone else behind copying it
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Sponsor: Cohnisgone Added: 27th May 2015 01:32:25 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 04:36:22 PM

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The Outlaw's Inlaws Comments: 8
Someone working outside the law gets together with someone from a lawful family

Sponsor: lexicon edited by: StrixObscuro Added: 26th May 2015 05:41:05 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 04:25:21 PM

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Cool Clergy Comments: 1
Dynamic, animated, community-involving religious leader.

Sponsor: StarSword edited by: StrixObscuro Added: 27th May 2015 07:16:18 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 03:37:42 PM

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Blaming The Railroaded Player Comments: 2
You are allowed to do only one thing, and everyone will hate you for it.
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Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk Added: 27th May 2015 01:08:43 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 03:30:23 PM

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Same Surname Means Related Comments: 69
If two characters share a surname, that can't be a coincidence
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Sponsor: DaibhidC edited by: DAN004 Added: 25th Oct 2013 12:11:27 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 03:04:27 PM

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Fashion Equals Relationship Comments: 34
Using clothes and/or accessories to indicate relationship status or availability.
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Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 13th May 2015 12:37:10 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 03:01:50 PM

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Squishy Glacier Comments: 8
SquishyWizard + MightyGlacier
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Sponsor: bulmabriefs144 Added: 24th May 2015 09:38:45 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 03:01:02 PM

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Air Quotes Comments: 3
Doing the thing with the fingers to indicate putting a word in quotation marks during speech.
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Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk Added: 27th May 2015 02:18:28 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 02:29:29 PM

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Winning By Accident Comments: 21
When a character wins by accident
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Sponsor: ropertroper edited by: Arivne Added: 9th Dec 2014 07:40:21 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 02:24:55 PM

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Too Hungry To Be Polite Comments: 40
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: 27th May 2015 02:17:55 PM

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Fade Around The Eyes Comments: 14
Everything fades away around a character's eyes or other facial features.
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Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 6th Apr 2015 01:14:13 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 01:55:02 PM

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Gratuitous Dutch Comments: 14
Instances of Dutch being used in non-Dutch works.

Sponsor: Patachou Added: 18th May 2015 06:16:02 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 01:42:06 PM

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Gone Fortunately Wrong Comments: 19
Something that doesn't go according to plan ultimately has fortunate consequences

Sponsor: LaptopGuy edited by: Arivne Added: 25th May 2015 01:47:58 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 12:57:32 PM

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Clickbait Comments: 13
Attention-grabbing, sensationalistic headlines designed to elicit page views
Tropeworthy? Motion To Discard
Sponsor: Andrew Added: 23rd May 2015 11:34:05 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 12:56:00 PM

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Unusually Uninteresting Conversation Comments: 6
Talking openly about sensitive things and no one overhears or cares

Sponsor: bobfrank edited by: VelvetAndroid Added: 14th Jan 2013 01:54:09 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 12:52:12 PM

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Hands-On Shock Comments: 7
Characters that succeed academically find they don't do well in Home Ec or Shop classes, while underachievers excel at it.

Sponsor: CindehQ edited by: Arivne Added: 26th May 2015 04:54:41 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 12:40:59 PM

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When Good Dials Go Bad Comments: 5
Tapping the Dial of Doom!
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Sponsor: wulfAlpha Added: 25th May 2015 07:36:15 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 12:28:39 PM

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Dislikes The New Guy Comments: 8
A member of an established team either dislikes or distrusts newcomers

Sponsor: acrobox Added: 25th May 2015 03:38:13 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 12:04:50 PM

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Winter Warfare Comments: 50
A battle (or even an entire war) that takes place in snowy, icy conditions.

Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 11th Mar 2015 06:42:25 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 11:38:30 AM

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Antagonistic Governor Comments: 8
If there is a Governor (or the universe's equivalent), they will usually be working against the protagonists.

Sponsor: ayjazz Added: 22nd May 2015 06:22:33 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 11:20:17 AM

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Lifesaving Misfortune Comments: 47
A character suffers a misfortune, but would have been killed if it didn't happen.
Motion To Discard Already have? Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: BKelly95 edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Jun 2014 08:59:41 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 10:33:39 AM

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Rental Car Abuse Comments: 22
A character uses the fact they rented a car as an excuse to drive like crazy.
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Sponsor: maxwellsilver Added: 8th Feb 2015 04:04:03 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 10:14:59 AM

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Fatal Loss Of Importance Comments: 23
Needs Examples
Sponsor: VorpalSmilodon Added: 14th Jan 2015 01:31:38 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 10:11:29 AM

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Living in a Medium Blend Comments: 3
Real actor, clearly-not-real scenery.

Sponsor: tropesinreadiness Added: 25th May 2015 06:55:33 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 10:04:23 AM

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Cast-Crew Crossover (Trivia) Comments: 34
One of the actors in a work is also actually a member of the rest of the crew

Sponsor: lakingsif Added: 21st Jun 2014 12:13:27 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 09:55:25 AM

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Eyebrow Waggle Comments: 33
Raising/lowering eyebrows quickly as a means of self-lampshading.
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Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 4th Sep 2013 09:35:06 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 09:45:15 AM

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Trail of Blood Comments: 20
Characters follow a bloody trail.
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Sponsor: Yora edited by: Arivne Added: 17th Sep 2011 11:03:39 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 09:27:33 AM

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Formula for X (Solving X with Equation) Comments: 27
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: 27th May 2015 09:24:41 AM

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Tyrannicide Comments: 37
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 May 2015 09:20:59 AM

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Heterogeneity Is Evil Comments: 4
Keeping things pure is good; combining things is evil or dangerous.

Sponsor: SolipSchism Added: 26th May 2015 03:09:52 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 08:48:37 AM

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The Game Must Go On Comments: 3
Non-players end up on a sports field and are caught in the carnage.

Sponsor: krimzonflygon2 edited by: Arivne Added: 26th May 2015 06:42:16 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 07:17:12 AM

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Council of Vampires Comments: 24
Vampires get organized and hold conference calls
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Sponsor: johnnyfog Added: 10th Jun 2012 11:53:00 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 07:09:46 AM

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Defector From Paradise Comments: 12
A situation where an individual or group chooses to leave from a setting that is depicted as idyllic
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Sponsor: Omnicron13 Added: 17th May 2015 10:46:52 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 04:11:51 AM

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ExitProcess On Completion Comments: 3
The game exits once finished
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Sponsor: henke37 edited by: Arivne Added: 22nd May 2015 02:50:06 PM Last reply: 27th May 2015 02:38:12 AM

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Terrorist Attack Comments: 12
A scene that depicts the act of terror in detail.

Sponsor: tsstevens edited by: Arivne Added: 31st Dec 2011 05:30:22 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 02:05:19 AM

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Wicked Toymaker Comments: 39
A twisted inventor of less-than-savory toys

Sponsor: JustinCognito edited by: Arivne Added: 21st Sep 2012 11:23:56 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 01:54:55 AM

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Double-Edged Sword Comments: 46
It either damages both you and the enemy, or comes with both positive and negative effects
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Sponsor: LadyJuse edited by: ZuTheSkunk Added: 16th Sep 2012 05:46:12 PM Last reply: 26th May 2015 10:20:05 PM

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Deadly Dust Storm Comments: 13
A dangerous storm of dust or sand.

Sponsor: Tallens Added: 22nd May 2015 09:29:30 PM Last reply: 26th May 2015 07:57:20 PM

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Friend to Women Comments: 0

Sponsor: hannahsviolets Added: 26th May 2015 06:56:27 PM Last reply: 26th May 2015 06:56:27 PM

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