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Horseshoe In The Glove Comments: 32
Hiding something hard in a boxing glove to increase the punch's power.
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Sponsor: ZarbiNerada edited by: jormis29 Added: 19th Oct 2012 09:42:30 AM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 09:58:01 AM

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Exempt From Physics Comments: 109
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: 27th Jan 2015 09:53:22 AM

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Stealth Situation Comments: 36
When brute force just won't cut it.
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Sponsor: Imoo57 Added: 20th Jan 2013 02:13:33 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 09:41:29 AM

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Parallel Running Combat Comments: 31
2 fighters move in a direction together while dealing blows with each other
Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: eshield edited by: TheWanderer Added: 19th Apr 2012 10:23:44 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 09:29:53 AM

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Accidental Adultery Comments: 34
Any circumstance in which a character unwittingly commits infidelity.

Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 29th Dec 2014 08:42:57 AM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 09:16:42 AM

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It's Personal With The Dragon Comments: 0
Stories where the hero's Arch Enemy or greatest rival is the Dragon rather than the Big Bad
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Sponsor: TheWanderer Added: 27th Jan 2015 09:02:55 AM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 09:05:13 AM

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So Near Yet So Far Comments: 29
The final objective is somewhere easily accessible, but can't be done right now.

Sponsor: KingZeal Added: 10th Jul 2013 04:39:00 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 08:56:29 AM

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Mutually Indecisive Comments: 28
When two or more people are stymied in a decision because no one is willing to assume responsibility for making it.
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Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 12th May 2014 09:58:46 AM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 08:49:19 AM

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Timed Power-Up Comments: 23
A Power-Up that expires after a set amount of time.

Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 18th Sep 2014 11:32:54 AM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 08:49:01 AM

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Power-Up Loss On Hit Comments: 37
When getting hit removes one or more Power-Ups.

Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 18th Sep 2014 09:56:44 AM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 08:42:46 AM

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Multiplayer-Only Item Comments: 32
It either only appears in multiplayer, or is useless in singleplayer.
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Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk edited by: Prfnoff Added: 7th Aug 2014 09:28:17 AM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 08:25:38 AM

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Creator's Pest Comments: 35
A character that is not well liked by the creator.
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Sponsor: flamemario12 Added: 6th Jan 2015 08:02:23 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 08:23:58 AM

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Shitennou Comments: 20
BigBad is served by four generals.
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Sponsor: AlleyOop edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Jan 2015 09:48:42 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 07:40:03 AM

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Saying Things Twice Twice Comments: 40
Instances of repeating the same word or sentence again.
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Sponsor: Patachou Added: 2nd Jan 2015 11:05:47 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 07:37:32 AM

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Cheery Pink Comments: 11
Pink means cheerfulness
Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Already have? Better Name
Sponsor: Jess0312 Added: 25th Jan 2015 08:40:17 AM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 07:14:00 AM

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Situation Normal, All Fouled Up Comments: 48
You say something bad's about to happen? Bad things happen to us every day!
Already have? Better Name Motion To Discard Description Needs Help
Sponsor: ryanasaurus0077 Added: 24th Jun 2014 02:56:35 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 07:05:28 AM

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Seeks Another's Resurrection Comments: 97
A character driven by a mission to restore someone to life
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Sponsor: Desertopa edited by: DAN004 Added: 25th Jun 2013 03:29:52 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 05:26:44 AM

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Enemy Roll Call Comments: 6
Showing the names off the enemies during or after the credits of a game.

Sponsor: pgj1997 Added: 25th Jan 2015 02:04:12 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 05:10:47 AM

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The Joy of Flight Comments: 35
A character flies for the first time, and it is treated with awe and wonder.
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Sponsor: ThePope edited by: Arivne Added: 12th Nov 2014 10:11:00 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 04:54:47 AM

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Evil Mascot Comments: 43
When the SeriesMascot is one of the major villains

Sponsor: SuperLlama edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 3rd Sep 2013 06:52:28 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 03:40:26 AM

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But Now You Must Go Comments: 13
The Call Kicked You Out

Sponsor: CaptEquinox edited by: Arivne Added: 19th Jan 2015 05:02:53 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 02:39:52 AM

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Undead Laborers Comments: 27
Using mindless undead as a cheap labor force.

Sponsor: Koveras Added: 24th Jan 2015 03:11:08 AM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 12:46:10 AM

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Subverted Pun Comments: 25
An obvious pun is teased...and something else is substituted

Sponsor: Bisected8 Added: 17th Jan 2015 12:47:44 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 12:43:47 AM

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Actually Pretty Awesome Comments: 25
Characters find that all or part of something is much better than they expected.

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ edited by: Arivne Added: 16th Aug 2013 02:31:44 PM Last reply: 27th Jan 2015 12:20:37 AM

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No Life Outside Plot Comments: 22
A character whose personal life is not shown, or ignored in regards to the plot.
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Sponsor: ebec89 edited by: DAN004 Added: 9th Nov 2014 03:17:49 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 10:04:33 PM

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Self-applied Nickname Comments: 26
A character refers to him/herself by his/her own nickname in the hopes that others will use it to refer to him/her
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Sponsor: hodges14 edited by: Arivne Added: 11th Nov 2014 02:42:18 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 09:51:47 PM

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Born In The Wrong Culture Comments: 16
A character doesn't belong in the culture they were born into.
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Sponsor: ForgottenJedi edited by: Arivne Added: 22nd Feb 2014 05:10:03 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 09:45:56 PM

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Polite Fiction Comments: 34
A lie that doesn't fool anyone, but it doesn't have to
Tropeworthy? Tropeworthy? Up For Grabs
Sponsor: Ever9 edited by: TheHandle Added: 27th Sep 2014 11:13:27 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 09:44:37 PM

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Animal-Vehicle Hybrid Comments: 20
Animals with the properties of vehicles.
Needs Examples Already have?
Sponsor: MarkKB Added: 11th Jan 2015 12:50:56 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 09:40:53 PM

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Spoiler Statute Of Limitations Comments: 35
Bob thinks enough time has passed for a work that it's okay to spoil.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 17th Dec 2014 09:09:54 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 04:24:36 PM

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Poison Ring Comments: 22
Handy Poison Stash

Sponsor: Antigone3 edited by: jormis29 Added: 19th Jul 2013 07:15:54 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 04:12:38 PM

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Woods Wall Comments: 2
Motion To Discard
Sponsor: MasterDisaster64 Added: 26th Jan 2015 02:09:21 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 02:43:40 PM

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Torsoless Nudity Comments: 26
When they just show someone naked's arms, legs, face and shoulders but the camera avoids the torso because that's where the naughty bits are.
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Sponsor: shimaspawn edited by: m8e Added: 11th Oct 2012 08:53:39 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 02:32:48 PM

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Character A is Character A Comments: 29
No matter how much you change, you can't fight your true nature
Better Name Needs Examples
Sponsor: KJMackley Added: 4th Oct 2013 08:17:57 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 02:07:44 PM

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The Short War Comments: 15
A war that lasts an unusually short amount of time.
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Sponsor: dasuberkaiser edited by: Arivne Added: 20th Jan 2015 08:58:08 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 02:06:12 PM

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Scarred Equipment Comments: 31
Adding badassery to the character by their stuff being pre-wrecked.

Sponsor: torru369 edited by: Antigone3 Added: 13th Sep 2014 01:23:52 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 12:46:23 PM

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Betrayal By Inaction Comments: 69
A kind of betrayal when the betrayer doesn't do anything. Just turning around and leaving their allies to their fate.
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Sponsor: Yora edited by: DAN004 Added: 29th Mar 2012 04:14:29 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 12:20:23 PM

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Worse With Context Comments: 140
Something that doesn't seem so bad is made worse when the character points out an added detail
Needs Examples Better Name Description Needs Help Description Needs Help Description Needs Help Better Name Up For Grabs Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: TotalDramaRox97 edited by: maxwellsilver Added: 1st Jul 2014 08:45:35 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 12:16:25 PM

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Hastily Hidden MacGuffin Comments: 13
Action revolves around the search for something initially hastily hidden in some innocuous object.

Sponsor: Quatic Added: 27th Dec 2014 04:07:25 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 12:11:37 PM

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Adaptation Combination Comments: 54
A work is adapted not from one, but two or more different sources, combined into one plot.

Sponsor: K.Kloga edited by: Arivne Added: 17th Sep 2014 05:29:33 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 11:28:19 AM

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Action Figure File Card Comments: 1
An action figure includes a brief description of the character as part of the packaging.
Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: MarkLungo edited by: PhantomDusclops92 Added: 25th Jan 2015 11:26:26 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 11:05:47 AM

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Silent Non-Answer Comments: 4
Asked a question, the person answers by saying nothing.

Sponsor: AnotherGuy Added: 25th Jan 2015 03:37:24 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 10:32:48 AM

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Establishing Difficulty Moment Comments: 18
Something that defines the harder difficulty level.
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Description Needs Help Better Name
Sponsor: theenglishman edited by: KarjamP Added: 21st Sep 2014 10:07:31 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 10:17:15 AM

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The God Slot Comments: 13
Where TV is forced by law to put its hands together and pray.

Sponsor: AgProv Added: 9th Oct 2012 06:53:27 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 09:05:05 AM

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Performer Guise Comments: 38
Going undercover as a performer
Up For Grabs
Sponsor: Hodor edited by: Antigone3 Added: 5th Aug 2013 10:28:19 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 08:12:39 AM

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Auxiliaries Comments: 30
They're not a regular part of your army, but they provide a useful service
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Sponsor: Antigone3 Added: 16th Oct 2014 10:10:49 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 08:07:56 AM

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Character Impeccability Comments: 15
A trait or trope that a character MUST exhibit at all times.

Sponsor: KingZeal Added: 24th Jan 2015 05:30:19 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 06:56:07 AM

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Vacation Crossover Comments: 39
Characters from one show take a vacation... and run into characters from another show.
Needs Examples Already have?
Sponsor: MarkKB Added: 24th Feb 2013 10:44:24 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 06:02:24 AM

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Throwing Away The Badge Comments: 26
Resignation letters are for pansies. Real men quit the police force by tossing away their badge in disgust.
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Sponsor: darkjezter edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Sep 2012 04:06:58 AM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 04:59:28 AM

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Badass Bracers Comments: 15
Symmetric vambraces/bracelets worn by a half-naked badass character, typically a barbarian.
Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Motion To Discard
Sponsor: Hemma Added: 2nd Jan 2015 03:57:20 PM Last reply: 26th Jan 2015 04:11:52 AM

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