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Challenging Assumed Authority comments: 1
Someone assumes leadership, and everyone else questions their authority.

sponsor: JonnyB added: Sun, 21st Sep '14 11:49:28 PM last reply: Mon, 22nd Sep '14 1:38:42 AM

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Kid Hero All Grown Up comments: 25
An adult character who used to be a KidHero.
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sponsor: PistolsAtDawn added: Mon, 15th Sep '14 1:04:16 PM last reply: Mon, 22nd Sep '14 1:33:04 AM

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Chekhov's Hilarious Disguise comments: 10
In which an important story element is first snuck into a story via humor
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sponsor: IronicMouse added: Fri, 19th Sep '14 10:49:23 PM last reply: Mon, 22nd Sep '14 1:11:35 AM

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Scarred Equipment comments: 19
Adding badassity to the character by their stuff being pre-wrecked.

sponsor: torru369 added: Sat, 13th Sep '14 1:23:52 AM last reply: Mon, 22nd Sep '14 12:45:16 AM

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The Tough Chick comments: 32
A competent and bold action heroine.
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Stock Anime Foreign Accent comments: 28
Foreign characters in anime speak with a poor imitation of an American accent with clear Japanese influences.
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sponsor: SvartiKotturinn added: Wed, 17th Sep '14 1:33:11 PM last reply: Mon, 22nd Sep '14 12:26:33 AM

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Precision Crash comments: 55
An object falling from air or space is narratively attracted to any important or heavily-populated ground target.
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sponsor: Headrock added: Mon, 1st Sep '14 7:19:46 PM last reply: Mon, 22nd Sep '14 12:19:19 AM

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Poetic Vulgarity comments: 29
When vulgarity is used (or described as being used) poetically, rhythmically, or in rhyme

sponsor: Quatic added: Thu, 26th Jun '14 8:11:49 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 11:57:39 PM

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Useful Notes/Eleanor of Aquitaine comments: 10
Queen of France and England. Middle Ages power player.
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sponsor: PennyDreadful added: Thu, 18th Sep '14 1:10:29 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 11:10:50 PM

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Dehumanizing Insult comments: 46
An insult based around calling someone subhuman or not a person.

sponsor: Deboss edited by: StrixObscuro added: Thu, 7th Jun '12 1:22:37 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 10:50:59 PM

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UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle comments: 27
Description Needs Help Motion To Discard
sponsor: Theokal3 added: Thu, 18th Sep '14 8:16:23 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 10:05:27 PM

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Animals Fear Neutering comments: 74
An animal fears or avoids neutering, the process of removing its reproductive organs

sponsor: Pichu-kun edited by: SpiderRider3 added: Sun, 8th Sep '13 11:48:57 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 9:55:25 PM

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Switch to HD comments: 33
Sister index to SwitchToColor for shows that switched to 16:9 format during their initial run.
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sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker added: Wed, 4th Jun '14 1:54:04 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 9:48:52 PM

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Funny Video Presence comments: 8
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: Sun, 21st Sep '14 9:38:06 PM

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Emergency Authority comments: 42
Autocratic authority given in a time of crisis, civil unrest or war.

sponsor: Serocco edited by: Larkmarn added: Fri, 16th Aug '13 11:43:10 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 9:15:11 PM

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Misleading Agreeable Questions comments: 7
Asking misleading questions designed to mislead someone into a desired conclusion.

sponsor: fdiaperhead edited by: SvartiKotturinn added: Sun, 21st Sep '14 9:56:26 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 8:55:42 PM

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Tutu Fancy comments: 32
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: Sun, 21st Sep '14 8:52:30 PM

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Trans-Redemptive Symbol comments: 30
Something that represents a negative trait changes to represent something positive.

sponsor: VampireBuddha edited by: Arivne added: Sun, 14th Sep '14 2:14:26 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 8:07:55 PM

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Sympathetic Sentient Weapon comments: 60
Someone being turned into a killing machine is depressing.
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sponsor: Floria edited by: DAN004 added: Mon, 28th Apr '14 10:29:28 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 7:51:16 PM

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Duet Of Differences comments: 7
A duet that illustrates how different the two singers are.

sponsor: TheOrbOfConfusion edited by: SvartiKotturinn added: Sun, 21st Sep '14 7:49:45 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 7:46:19 PM

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Saintly vegetarianism comments: 25
Vegetarianism/veganism is used to show a character's inner
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sponsor: sareteni edited by: Antigone3 added: Fri, 28th Oct '11 12:51:09 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 7:19:44 PM

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Pass The Test And Die comments: 55
A test turns out to be selecting people to be killed or enslaved
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sponsor: LondonKdS edited by: Arivne added: Mon, 23rd Sep '13 7:23:39 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 7:08:04 PM

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Finale Fatality Escalation comments: 13
Main characters tend to die more frequently at the end of a work than any preceeding point.

sponsor: Generality added: Sun, 10th Aug '14 4:41:32 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 6:44:26 PM

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Revenge Damage Attack comments: 50
A character takes damage to power up.
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sponsor: Discar added: Mon, 18th Aug '14 8:11:10 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 6:26:24 PM

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Evil Race Tropes comments: 23
Tropes concerning villains of different races.

sponsor: PistolsAtDawn added: Sun, 14th Sep '14 10:58:50 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 6:19:04 PM

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That Syncing Feeling comments: 32
When someone's lip synced performance is revealed

sponsor: MrInitialMan edited by: TwoGunAngel added: Sun, 14th Sep '14 9:47:46 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 6:18:11 PM

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Canceled Aesop comments: 26
The story spends a considerable amount of time demonstrating a point, then a reveal gives a completely different lesson.

sponsor: Gitaxias edited by: Arivne added: Sun, 14th Sep '14 1:49:33 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 5:49:42 PM

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Desk Swipe comments: 8
A character swipes a desk's contents onto the ground in frustration.
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sponsor: Trogdor7620 added: Sat, 20th Sep '14 10:30:50 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 5:41:07 PM

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Magical Mantles comments: 9
A Magical Mantle is a lot like a position in the government, except it grants magical powers and abilities instead of legal ones.

sponsor: baschapp edited by: zarpaulus added: Sat, 20th Sep '14 9:28:26 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 5:36:03 PM

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Combusting Idiot comments: 44
A clueless character allows a fire to burn, or can't handle fire.
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sponsor: Erock edited by: DAN004 added: Tue, 26th Jul '11 3:27:46 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 5:25:16 PM

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So You Want To: Make A Metroidvania comments: 19
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: Sun, 21st Sep '14 4:37:47 PM

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Red Shirt Squad comments: 14
When you know that everyone including the leader of a team is doomed.

sponsor: bejjinks edited by: Arivne added: Sat, 20th Sep '14 6:16:07 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 3:40:51 PM

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Stripping The Scarecrow comments: 10
Obtaining a change of clothes from a scarecrow

sponsor: foxley added: Sat, 20th Sep '14 4:57:04 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 3:10:31 PM

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Produced By Cast Member comments: 17
Cast members of the show eventually get involved with the show's production

sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker added: Sun, 20th Apr '14 1:36:26 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 2:33:33 PM

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Outfit Decoy comments: 30
A character uses clothes as a distraction

sponsor: KZN02 added: Sat, 6th Sep '14 4:18:17 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 2:03:05 PM

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Not So Innocent Raised Voice comments: 8
Characters having a whispered conversation suddenly start speaking loudly to fool eavesdroppers

sponsor: spudsabre added: Fri, 19th Sep '14 7:48:59 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 1:06:08 PM

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One, Two, Skip A Few comments: 48
A person inflates their oral count.
Better Name Needs Examples
sponsor: NateTheGreat edited by: SvartiKotturinn added: Thu, 9th May '13 12:38:14 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 1:05:43 PM

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Water Glass Door Listening comments: 64
Can't hear through the door? Put a glass against it.

sponsor: NateTheGreat edited by: Arivne added: Fri, 24th Feb '12 7:01:51 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 1:02:05 PM

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ComicStrip/AngusOg comments: 4
I need help with checking over a draft works page, and if anyone has any other examples, please.
Needs Examples Description Needs Help
sponsor: CrypticMirror added: Fri, 19th Sep '14 9:36:46 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 1:00:24 PM

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Character Projection comments: 28
A character projects their own character traits/emotions/desires on to another character .
Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Needs Examples
sponsor: LordLaharlsVassal edited by: SvartiKotturinn added: Thu, 15th May '14 3:15:19 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 12:59:41 PM

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Fire Safety Episode comments: 3
Fire fighters fascinate kids.

sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker added: Sat, 5th Jan '13 11:42:28 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 12:24:34 PM

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Adaptation Combination comments: 41
A work is adapted not from one, but two or more different sources, combined into one plot.

sponsor: K.Kloga added: Wed, 17th Sep '14 5:29:33 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 12:14:02 PM

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Hates Being Nicknamed comments: 93
A character hates being called by nicknames.
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sponsor: KantonKage edited by: DAN004 added: Fri, 14th Feb '14 10:02:05 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 11:53:41 AM

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Clairvoyance comments: 27
The ability to gain information through supernatural means beyond the known senses.

sponsor: Discar added: Tue, 15th Jul '14 7:54:11 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 11:26:57 AM

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Accepting Fatherly Responsibility comments: 60
Offering to take responsibility implies pregnancy and marriage.
Better Name Needs Examples
sponsor: Discar added: Wed, 16th Jul '14 11:20:17 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 11:26:53 AM

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Establishing Difficulty Moment comments: 0
Are sure you want to play on Harder Than Hard? Not so fast...
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples
sponsor: theenglishman added: Sun, 21st Sep '14 10:07:31 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 10:09:05 AM

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Our Cryptids Are More Mysterious comments: 42
Elusive, non-supernatural creatures that are alleged, but not proven, to exist

sponsor: SharleeD added: Sun, 18th Sep '11 4:54:08 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 9:35:45 AM

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Robots Think Faster comments: 24
Artificial intelligences think faster than organics.
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sponsor: zarpaulus added: Fri, 28th Sep '12 7:29:24 AM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 8:20:43 AM

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Dying Deal Upgrade comments: 62
A dying deal with a higher entity for life and an upgrade.
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sponsor: phantom000 edited by: DAN004 added: Wed, 16th Apr '14 9:25:17 PM last reply: Sun, 21st Sep '14 8:19:54 AM

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Uncredited Genius To The Rescue comments: 29
Much more known writer, director or other person helps to complete the production (or even directs/writes the scene) but stays uncredited.
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