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Mammal With Gills Comments: 7
A mammalian creature breathes using gills.

Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 22nd Feb 2015 08:00:21 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 09:11:10 PM

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Inconsistent Title Comments: 8
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: 26th Feb 2015 09:00:19 PM

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Timed Power-Up Comments: 30
A Power-Up that expires after a set amount of time.

Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 18th Sep 2014 11:32:54 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 08:57:07 PM

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Tropes Of The Old West Comments: 1
Tropes about the setting of the wild west, and the genre of the western.

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 26th Feb 2015 01:45:39 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 08:54:12 PM

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Mash for Dinner Comments: 2
An unattractive viscous mass is served as a meal

Sponsor: eroock Added: 26th Feb 2015 05:49:51 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 08:51:29 PM

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Recovered Addict (Hats please?) Comments: 34
They got on the wagon and didn't fall off.

Sponsor: Earnest Added: 2nd Jan 2015 04:21:36 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 07:27:21 PM

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Fictional Zodiac Comments: 51

Sponsor: PMiller1 edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 27th Feb 2011 01:06:12 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 07:25:38 PM

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They Wouldn't Have Wanted That Comments: 32
Doing something for a dead person that they wouldn't have wanted.
Better Name Needs Examples Needs Examples Up For Grabs
Sponsor: BlackDragon edited by: SteveMB Added: 14th Jul 2011 11:31:04 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 07:20:38 PM

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Played For Tragedy Comments: 10
A trope that is played with to set up a downfall

Sponsor: MorningStar1337 Added: 19th Feb 2015 11:06:27 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 07:10:19 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: 26th Feb 2015 07:09:01 PM

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Exempt From Physics Comments: 121
A character's actions do not conform to the physics of their world
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Sponsor: TheNerdyNinja edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 7th Dec 2012 01:19:14 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 07:08:46 PM

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Barefoot Suicide Comments: 30
A suicidal person takes his/her shoes off before committing suicide.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Stormtroper edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 29th Apr 2011 01:25:09 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 07:08:17 PM

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Played For Heartwarming Comments: 13
Playing With A Trope that emphasizes the heartwarming elements.
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Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 18th Feb 2015 01:30:05 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 05:45:07 PM

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Shackle Seat Trap Comments: 14
Sitting on a chair causes shackles to spring out and bind the sitter in place

Sponsor: SharleeD Added: 16th Sep 2014 03:56:37 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 05:35:49 PM

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Unusual Currency Comments: 2
A non-currency item is used as currency.

Sponsor: dimentiorules Added: 26th Feb 2015 04:42:36 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 05:28:30 PM

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Fancy Flowery Fashion Comments: 117
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: 26th Feb 2015 05:23:34 PM

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Shut Up Gunshot Comments: 24
A character fires a gun into the air to stop an argument, draw attention, or scare people off.

Sponsor: Niall142 edited by: Prfnoff Added: 20th Feb 2015 03:12:13 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 05:12:44 PM

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But I Can\'t Be! Comments: 12
When you couldn't possibly be the lost prince, have magic powers, or be destined for a quest.
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Sponsor: gaimanite.pkat Added: 25th Feb 2015 04:38:06 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 05:00:31 PM

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Played For Fanservice Comments: 14
Playing With A Trope to emphasize the fanservice.

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 18th Feb 2015 04:14:35 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 04:59:51 PM

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Regicide Comments: 46
The murder of a sovereign

Sponsor: JujuP Added: 19th Feb 2015 09:02:10 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 04:29:20 PM

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Parental Fashion Veto Comments: 27
Situation with kid dressed wrong for going out, and parents not pleased.
Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: DragonQuestZ edited by: Antigone3 Added: 31st Mar 2012 11:26:05 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 04:13:58 PM

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The Land of Elyon Comments: 4
Children's fantasy and mystery series by Patrick Carmon characterized by talking squirrels and general randomness.
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: IridescentIndividual Added: 30th Mar 2012 09:15:16 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 03:52:53 PM

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From Curb Stomp to Victory Comments: 12
Good guys always begin getting stomped by the bad ones in a fight, but manage to win anyway
Tropeworthy? Already have?
Sponsor: Nightzin Added: 25th Feb 2015 06:54:24 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 03:32:18 PM

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Quality Swap Comments: 24
A standard message for when an image is given an identical but higher quality replacement
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Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 11th Feb 2015 08:44:27 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 03:21:49 PM

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Waking Giant Comments: 22
A monster which gets more dangerous if the fight drags on.
Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: Bisected8 Added: 25th Feb 2015 11:38:29 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 02:58:29 PM

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Living Clothes Comments: 15
Clothes that are somehow capable of sapience.

Sponsor: TheGunheart Added: 25th Feb 2015 06:38:24 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 02:30:44 PM

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Plant Wig Comments: 1
Foliage instead of hair.
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Already have? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Lummeck Added: 26th Feb 2015 01:01:16 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 02:24:50 PM

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Failure Until The Climax Comments: 36
If at first you don't succeed, you will succeed trying it at the climax.
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Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 17th May 2012 10:29:57 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 02:20:53 PM

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Knowledge Is Magic Comments: 21
FunctionalMagic depends on knowledge or intuitive understanding of the laws of nature.

Sponsor: Generality Added: 8th Jan 2015 01:57:48 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 01:48:56 PM

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Suddenly Significant Rule Comments: 56
When an overlooked rule becomes important
Needs Examples
Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 8th Nov 2014 01:04:18 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 01:45:53 PM

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Hostile Game Tips Comments: 6
Description Needs Help Tropeworthy? Needs Examples
Sponsor: whitelaughter Added: 25th Feb 2015 05:29:20 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 01:39:08 PM

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The Short War Comments: 28
A war that lasts an unusually short amount of time.
Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: dasuberkaiser Added: 20th Jan 2015 08:58:08 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 01:23:24 PM

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Attention Shifting Object Comments: 12
An item rolls away from a character, which prompts the character to follow it, thus diverting their attention to something important for the episode
Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: nipplebelt edited by: Arivne Added: 15th Jan 2015 04:55:36 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 01:12:09 PM

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Sandbox Mode Comments: 5
A game with restrictions that has a mode that lifts those restrictions, giving the player free rein.

Sponsor: Darksilverhawk Added: 26th Feb 2015 10:55:21 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 01:10:32 PM

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Losing Count Comments: 51
A gag where somebody is counting something (often money) but loses count and starts over again.
Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Description Needs Help Description Needs Help
Sponsor: randomsurfer Added: 9th Jul 2012 09:59:13 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 12:41:28 PM

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Wishing For More Wishes Comments: 10
A character tries to bypass numerical restrictions on wish-granting.

Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 19th Feb 2015 08:58:15 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 12:40:46 PM

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52-Episode Cartoon Comments: 30
Work page to index 52-episode cartoons.
Tropeworthy? Up For Grabs Motion To Discard
Sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker edited by: Arivne Added: 31st Jan 2014 08:11:31 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 12:33:35 PM

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Animal Theft Retrieval Comments: 22
People are forced to retrieve things taken by animals
Needs Examples Description Needs Help Better Name
Sponsor: SignSeeker7 Added: 13th Feb 2015 12:51:12 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 12:12:52 PM

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Reaction Video Comments: 10
Viewers film themselves reacting to major plot points.

Sponsor: Chabal2 Added: 22nd Jan 2015 03:29:08 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 12:10:27 PM

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Trivia/Missing Episode Reconstruction Comments: 16
Sound, stills and/or footage edited together to give an approximation of what a MissingEpisode was like.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: pinkdalek Added: 11th Feb 2015 02:06:18 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 12:05:03 PM

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Vibrato Crescendo of Supense Comments: 6
In many horror films, the single sustained note that gradually gets louder right up to the Scare Chord.
Already have? Better Name
Sponsor: MasterheartsXIII Added: 11th Feb 2013 06:49:46 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 12:04:42 PM

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Live-Action Cartoon Comments: 6
A live-action work featuring cartoonish elements.

Sponsor: Kartoonkid95 edited by: Arivne Added: 25th Feb 2015 05:17:59 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 11:49:46 AM

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The Baby Of The Bunch Comments: 45
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: 26th Feb 2015 09:48:09 AM

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It's Cliché, So It Sucks Comments: 14
(YMMV) A work is criticized for adhering to conventions of its genre or medium.
Description Needs Help Needs Examples
Sponsor: WaxingName Added: 20th Feb 2015 09:05:23 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 08:49:35 AM

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Comically Cross-Eyed Comments: 32
Whenever a cross-eyed character appears in fiction, it's played for laughs.
Description Needs Help Needs Examples
Sponsor: Patachou Added: 16th Oct 2014 10:49:15 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 08:14:49 AM

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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: 26th Feb 2015 07:50:46 AM

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Formula for X (Solving X with Equation) Comments: 16
A character tries to solve a non-scientific problem with science and tries to find a formula; s/he uses not-so-symbolic representations
Better Name Already have?
Sponsor: XFllo Added: 7th Feb 2015 07:43:02 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 06:56:44 AM

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Sealed In The Tomb Comments: 40
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 16th Mar 2013 04:35:45 AM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 06:38:33 AM

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The Stateless Comments: 42
When someone has no nationality
Needs Examples
Sponsor: JujuP Added: 25th Dec 2014 02:49:36 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 06:29:10 AM

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Head-Shot Display Comments: 10
When HolographicTerminal meets ReactionShot.
Description Needs Help Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: StFan Added: 17th Feb 2015 12:44:02 PM Last reply: 26th Feb 2015 05:15:13 AM

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