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The First Suggestion Is Always Wrong Comments: 28
Something strange/unexplained is happening. The first theory presented is probably not only wrong but laughably wrong.
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Sponsor: Chronicler edited by: Lythande Added: 17th May 2015 09:31:18 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 04:38:50 PM

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Third is Prequel Comments: 0
Third installment in the line of a franchise tells people of what happened before the events of the very first installment.

Sponsor: Diamondwheels35 Added: 28th May 2015 04:20:25 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 04:30:08 PM

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Same Surname Means Related Comments: 70
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: 28th May 2015 04:25:32 PM

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Elite Four Comments: 158
A group of four powerful entities, sometimes in the service to an even more powerful master
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Sponsor: AlleyOop edited by: oneuglybunny Added: 23rd Jan 2015 09:48:42 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 04:19:17 PM

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

Sponsor: JustinCognito edited by: foxley Added: 21st Sep 2012 11:23:56 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 04:14:10 PM

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Heterogeneity Is Evil Comments: 6
Keeping things pure is good; combining things is evil or dangerous.

Sponsor: SolipSchism Added: 26th May 2015 03:09:52 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 04:13:45 PM

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Unconventional Vehicle Chase Comments: 36

Sponsor: Snowy66 edited by: calmestofdoves Added: 23rd Mar 2015 04:10:45 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 03:59:19 PM

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Dungeon Based Economy Comments: 24
Dungeon delving is the major local industry.

Sponsor: bigdork edited by: TheRecreator Added: 21st Mar 2015 01:41:54 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 03:47:00 PM

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Chekhov's Table Comments: 0
If there's a fight scene near a table, someone will invariably be thrown onto it.
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Sponsor: lose311 Added: 28th May 2015 02:45:04 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 03:04:39 PM

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Claimed By The Supernatural Comments: 17
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: 28th May 2015 02:39:56 PM

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Cast Full of Crazy Comments: 11
Every or nearly every character in a work could be considered mentally unstable in some way.
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Sponsor: chucknormie Added: 7th May 2015 06:57:07 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 02:23:24 PM

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Lampshaded The Outdated Reference Comments: 22
Characters note that a reference is old, often too old for much of the audience to get.
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Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 26th Apr 2015 05:22:06 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 02:08:14 PM

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Council Of Vampires Comments: 26
Vampires get organized and hold conference calls
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Sponsor: johnnyfog edited by: Morgenthaler Added: 10th Jun 2012 11:53:00 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 01:52:02 PM

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Blaming The Railroaded Player Comments: 10
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: 28th May 2015 01:40:06 PM

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Trail of Blood Comments: 24
Characters follow a bloody trail.
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Sponsor: Yora edited by: Bisected8 Added: 17th Sep 2011 11:03:39 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 01:39:24 PM

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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: 28th May 2015 01:26:22 PM

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Winning By Accident Comments: 24
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: 28th May 2015 11:50:24 AM

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Miraculous Pregnancy Comments: 33
A pregnancy that should be impossible for the affected character.
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Sponsor: MarqFJA Added: 11th Feb 2012 04:23:43 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 11:39:21 AM

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Winter Warfare Comments: 51
A battle (or even an entire war) that takes place in snowy, icy conditions.
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Sponsor: Str8taim edited by: Arivne Added: 11th Mar 2015 06:42:25 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 11:32:09 AM

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Fashion Equals Relationship Comments: 37
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: 28th May 2015 11:19:14 AM

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The Outlaw's Inlaws Comments: 9
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: 28th May 2015 10:59:43 AM

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Abusing The Corpse Comments: 173
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: 28th May 2015 10:31:25 AM

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Replicaptain Nemo Comments: 53
A rebellious character with a cool ship made using unrivaled technology.
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Sponsor: 425599167 Added: 15th Apr 2015 09:19:30 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 10:06:47 AM

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Psychometry Comments: 91
Psychic power triggered by touching objects
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Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 5th Aug 2014 07:09:07 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 09:19:06 AM

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Mutual Mourning Comments: 28
Two or more characters think the other is dead, but none of them are.
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Sponsor: randomsurfer Added: 6th Feb 2014 10:40:07 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 09:12:02 AM

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Fished Too Far Comments: 2
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Sponsor: KZN02 Added: 19th May 2015 09:28:39 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 08:51:21 AM

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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: 28th May 2015 08:44:24 AM

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Savviness Comments: 34
Characters shows signs of savviness in some way.
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Sponsor: KarjamP Added: 27th Mar 2015 07:20:22 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 08:40:17 AM

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Lifesaving Misfortune Comments: 48
A character suffers a misfortune, but would have been killed if it didn't happen.
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Sponsor: BKelly95 edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Jun 2014 08:59:41 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 08:16:45 AM

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Promoted from Ghost, Demoted to Dead Guy Comments: 46
[[TheGhost An often mentioned, but never seen character]] shows up then untimely dies.
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Sponsor: Saxicolous Added: 18th May 2015 09:45:32 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 08:10:49 AM

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Dislikes The New Guy Comments: 9
A member of an established team either dislikes or distrusts newcomers

Sponsor: acrobox Added: 25th May 2015 03:38:13 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 07:36:36 AM

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Cool Clergy Comments: 6
Dynamic, animated, community-involving religious leader.

Sponsor: StarSword edited by: StrixObscuro Added: 27th May 2015 07:16:18 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 07:32:20 AM

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Enemy Roll Call Comments: 29
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: 28th May 2015 05:26:19 AM

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Fall Interrupted Comments: 12
Someone falls off a building or cliff to their death, then is shown to have landed on a ledge.

Sponsor: Odon Added: 24th May 2015 07:44:14 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 04:58:50 AM

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Hitler Youth Academy Comments: 18
The Evil Overlord's very own School with a curriculum of Brainwashing, Propaganda, and Repression.
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Sponsor: theCircusCrusade edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Mar 2012 12:51:53 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 03:54:02 AM

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In Universe Pronunciation Guide Comments: 76
Bob mispronounces a name given textually, and when he is corrected, so is the audience.
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Sponsor: blackfedora81 edited by: thewriter Added: 14th Jan 2013 07:18:32 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 03:22:12 AM

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Air Quotes Comments: 5
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: 28th May 2015 02:37:15 AM

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Your Prize Is Death Comments: 109
A test turns out to be selecting people to be killed or enslaved
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Sponsor: LondonKdS edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Sep 2013 07:23:39 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 02:24:25 AM

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Marriage Of Convenience Comments: 53
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: 28th May 2015 01:51:50 AM

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Heel Acceptance Comments: 3
After a HeelRealization, a villain accepts their role, whether they like it or not.
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Sponsor: n341100 edited by: Arivne Added: 27th May 2015 06:15:42 PM Last reply: 28th May 2015 01:37:18 AM

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The Chosen Wannabe Comments: 5
Someone isn't The Chosen One, and is really envious of that position.

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 11th May 2015 09:42:38 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 12:46:57 AM

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Forgotten Framing Device Comments: 22
A framing device opens the story, but is never referred to again.

Sponsor: Kellor Added: 9th May 2012 01:07:58 AM Last reply: 28th May 2015 12:06:58 AM

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Screw The Rules, They Broke Them First Comments: 60
Once broken, rules are invalid.
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Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 27th Feb 2015 03:26:47 AM Last reply: 27th May 2015 09:35:51 PM

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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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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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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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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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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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