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Fashionably Floral Comments: 132
Flowery decorations in clothes are so much prettier than not having them.
Tropeworthy? Motion To Discard
Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 9th Feb 2015 12:00:38 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 07:46:31 PM

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Emergency Authority Comments: 58
Autocratic authority given in a time of crisis, civil unrest or war.

Sponsor: Serocco edited by: TwoGunAngel Added: 16th Aug 2013 11:43:10 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 07:40:09 PM

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Hide Your Allegiance Comments: 9
A situation calls for someone in the police/military to hide his/her allegiance with them

Sponsor: Ominae Added: 2nd Mar 2015 06:02:18 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 07:26:14 PM

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Pro Wrestling Ghetto Comments: 28
Pro wrestling sucks and you suck for liking it!
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Sponsor: thecarolinabull01 Added: 1st Mar 2015 01:01:07 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 07:19:50 PM

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Adaptation Integration Comments: 4
An original concept from a franchise's adaptation into another media is incorporated back into the original.

Sponsor: TheGreatUnknown Added: 2nd Mar 2015 03:29:21 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 07:01:41 PM

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Accessorizing For Love Comments: 37
Wearing specific clothes or accessories to advertise romantic/sexual interest
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Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 14th May 2013 08:41:36 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 06:54:28 PM

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Cheery Pink Comments: 26
Pink means cheerfulness
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Sponsor: Jess0312 Added: 25th Jan 2015 08:40:17 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 06:30:05 PM

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What Would X Have Wanted? Comments: 46
Considering what the dead would have wanted before acting in their name.
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Sponsor: BlackDragon edited by: SteveMB Added: 14th Jul 2011 11:31:04 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 06:28:38 PM

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Millenial Confusion Comments: 1
Did the new millennium begin in 2000 or 2001?

Sponsor: RallyBot2 Added: 2nd Mar 2015 05:02:02 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 06:20:09 PM

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Combusting Idiot Comments: 60
A clueless character allows a fire to burn, or can't handle fire.
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Sponsor: Erock edited by: Niall142 Added: 26th Jul 2011 03:27:46 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 06:19:03 PM

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Doing It My Way Comments: 13
Putting your own twist on the formula
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Sponsor: KJMackley edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Mar 2015 03:12:34 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 05:50:14 PM

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Adaptation Combination Comments: 62
A work is adapted not from one, but two or more different sources, combined into one plot.

Sponsor: K.Kloga edited by: rcmerod52 Added: 17th Sep 2014 05:29:33 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 04:50:49 PM

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Full Answering Machine Of Desperation Comments: 16
A gajillion messages on an answering machine asking a love interest to call back

Sponsor: WeAreAllKosh edited by: Arivne Added: 6th Apr 2013 02:36:13 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 04:39:27 PM

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Embarrassing Damp Sheets Comments: 34
When a character wets the bed.

Sponsor: mimitchi33 Added: 16th Mar 2014 10:01:41 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 04:35:58 PM

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Formula for X (Solving X with Equation) Comments: 17
A character tries to solve a non-scientific problem with science and tries to find a formula; s/he uses not-so-symbolic representations
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Sponsor: XFllo Added: 7th Feb 2015 07:43:02 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 04:32:17 PM

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Ambiguously Trans Comments: 64
A character may or may not be transgender
Description Needs Help Motion To Discard Needs Examples Motion To Discard
Sponsor: Pichu-kun edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Sep 2014 02:56:06 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 04:18:49 PM

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Screw The Rules, They Broke Them First Comments: 21
Once broken, rules are invalid.
Needs Examples Already have? Better Name
Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 27th Feb 2015 03:26:47 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 04:08:41 PM

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Waking Giant Comments: 34
A monster which gets more dangerous if the fight drags on.
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Sponsor: Bisected8 Added: 25th Feb 2015 11:38:29 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 04:07:27 PM

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It's Cliché, So It Sucks Comments: 22
(YMMV) A work is criticized for adhering to conventions of its genre or medium.
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Sponsor: WaxingName Added: 20th Feb 2015 09:05:23 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 03:56:04 PM

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Belly of the Beast Comments: 4
Character(s) enter the stomach of a monster.

Sponsor: GM_3826 Added: 2nd Mar 2015 05:28:05 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 03:54:42 PM

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Dehumanizing Insult Comments: 57
An insult based around calling someone subhuman or not a person.

Sponsor: Deboss edited by: maxwellsilver Added: 7th Jun 2012 01:22:37 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 03:40:58 PM

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Parachute Blanket/Large Parachute Gag Comments: 14
A character's parachute lands on top of them and possibly others, played for laughs.
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Sponsor: WonkyTonkBotty Added: 22nd Apr 2014 02:39:50 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 03:34:42 PM

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Played For Tragedy Comments: 19
A trope that is played with to set up a downfall

Sponsor: MorningStar1337 Added: 19th Feb 2015 11:06:27 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 03:22:30 PM

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The Baby Of The Bunch - Launching Soon Comments: 49
The youngest character of a group of peers who is occasionally characterized by their age and relative maturity.

Sponsor: acrobox Added: 8th Feb 2015 09:11:25 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 03:14:28 PM

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The Kingslayer Comments: 48
Someone who committed Regicide (or Magnicide)
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Sponsor: Ardiente edited by: Arivne Added: 10th Jun 2011 10:10:31 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 03:02:03 PM

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Disaster Relief Game Comments: 26
A game genre where the players must prevent or contain a major disaster.

Sponsor: Koveras Added: 14th Sep 2014 12:15:51 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 02:55:56 PM

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Barefoot Suicide Comments: 30
A suicidal person takes his/her shoes off before committing suicide.
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Sponsor: Stormtroper edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 29th Apr 2011 01:25:09 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 02:52:35 PM

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Touchy Scale Comments: 29
Dragons have a Weak Point and/or a Berserk Button.
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Sponsor: MorningStar1337 Added: 27th Jan 2015 01:25:00 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 02:52:28 PM

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Exempt From Physics Comments: 124
A character's actions do not conform to the physics of their world
Better Name Already have? Better Name Better Name Up For Grabs Motion To Discard
Sponsor: TheNerdyNinja edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 7th Dec 2012 01:19:14 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 02:52:22 PM

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Fictional Zodiac Comments: 53

Sponsor: PMiller1 edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 27th Feb 2011 01:06:12 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 02:52:15 PM

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Shut Up Gunshot Comments: 29
A character fires a gun into the air to stop an argument, draw attention, or scare people off.

Sponsor: Niall142 Added: 20th Feb 2015 03:12:13 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 02:47:18 PM

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Eyebrow Waggle Comments: 25
Raising/lowering eyebrows quickly as a means of self-lampshading.
Needs Examples Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 4th Sep 2013 09:35:06 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 02:35:00 PM

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Thinly Veiled Dub Country Change Comments: 21
Despite the obvious foreign set pieces, the dub insists that it takes place in the dubbed country.
Needs Examples Description Needs Help Better Name
Sponsor: TokoWH Added: 28th Feb 2015 07:20:45 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 01:51:21 PM

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Contact Precognitive Comments: 41
Psychic power triggered by touching objects
Description Needs Help Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 5th Aug 2014 07:09:07 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 01:40:45 PM

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Newcomer Saves The Day (hats?) Comments: 22
The new member of the team ends up saving everyone on their first adventure together.

Sponsor: Koveras Added: 7th Jan 2015 02:01:19 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 01:38:28 PM

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Rejection Ritual Comments: 38
A formalized/ritualized way to cast out or exile someone
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Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 15th Jun 2014 08:18:27 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 01:37:54 PM

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Refuse To Rescue The Disliked Comments: 13
The hero refuses to rescue an unlikable person.

Sponsor: 313Bluestreak Added: 27th Feb 2015 01:56:18 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 01:28:59 PM

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Subverted Pun Comments: 41
An obvious pun is teased...and something else is substituted
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Bisected8 Added: 17th Jan 2015 12:47:44 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 01:21:02 PM

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Spontaneous Mustache Comments: 7
Spontaneously growing facial hair through sheer willpower.

Sponsor: PistolsAtDawn edited by: Arivne Added: 27th Feb 2015 05:59:31 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 12:56:35 PM

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Cool Copter Comments: 71
Sometimes a copter does even more than just hover and fly.
Better Name
Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 22nd Aug 2013 07:40:42 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 11:31:26 AM

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Plant Hair Comments: 11
Foliage instead of hair.
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Already have? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Lummeck Added: 26th Feb 2015 01:01:16 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 11:22:41 AM

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Undead Laborers Comments: 33
Using mindless undead as a cheap labor force.

Sponsor: Koveras Added: 24th Jan 2015 03:11:08 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 10:56:58 AM

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Buster Power Comments: 9
Giving something a name with the word "buster" in it to show that it's awesome.

Sponsor: NativeJovian Added: 22nd Feb 2015 09:15:45 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 10:29:49 AM

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Gonky Femme Comments: 4
A largely unfeminine looking character is girly

Sponsor: GiorgioDaneri Added: 27th Feb 2015 05:41:18 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 10:25:54 AM

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Wishing For More Wishes Comments: 12
A character tries to bypass numerical restrictions on wish-granting.

Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 19th Feb 2015 08:58:15 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 10:20:28 AM

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Timed Power-Up Comments: 35
A Power-Up that expires after a set amount of time.

Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 18th Sep 2014 11:32:54 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 10:12:36 AM

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Inconsistent Title Comments: 10
A movie's title card doesn't match the poster or cover, or there are multiple different title cards.
Needs Examples Already have?
Sponsor: UFAlien Added: 25th Feb 2015 04:58:28 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 10:11:12 AM

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Foreign Re-Score Comments: 22
A work gets a new soundtrack when being released somewhere else.

Sponsor: Enzeru edited by: morenohijazo Added: 23rd Jul 2012 08:14:46 PM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 09:16:08 AM

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Fatal Loss Of Importance Comments: 12
Needs Examples
Sponsor: VorpalSmilodon Added: 14th Jan 2015 01:31:38 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 08:11:19 AM

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Revenge Damage Attack Comments: 78
A character takes damage to power up.
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Sponsor: Discar Added: 18th Aug 2014 08:11:10 AM Last reply: 2nd Mar 2015 05:37:28 AM

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