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Absurdly Efficient Interrogation Comments: 9
Interrogation turns up an absurd amount of information

Sponsor: Hertzyscowicz edited by: Arivne Added: 28th Jan 2015 06:29:32 AM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 02:31:52 AM

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Dizziness Makes The Eyes Go 'Round Comments: 4
Spinning pupils to indicate dizziness/head injury
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Sponsor: sabrtoth edited by: Arivne Added: 27th Apr 2012 10:37:13 AM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 02:29:38 AM

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Wealthy Philanthropist Comments: 8
A rich person who helps the poor or those in need, especially by giving them money

Sponsor: XFllo edited by: Arivne Added: 28th Jan 2015 03:22:29 PM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 02:22:09 AM

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The New Twenties (draft version) Comments: 2
The 2020s

Sponsor: alnair20aug93 Added: 29th Jan 2015 07:33:27 PM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 02:14:56 AM

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That Only Happened Twice! Comments: 28
A character tries to downplay frequency or number with a number that's way too big
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Sponsor: RaustBD Added: 28th Jan 2015 02:32:22 PM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 02:09:51 AM

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New Relatives As The Plot Demands Comments: 5
New relatives coming and going

Sponsor: MartyD82 edited by: Arivne Added: 29th Jan 2015 10:44:57 AM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 02:08:36 AM

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Enchanted by Exposure Comments: 19
An item acquires magical properties by virtue of what it has been through

Sponsor: aurora369 edited by: jormis29 Added: 18th Jun 2013 09:44:43 AM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 02:03:47 AM

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Spoiled By Casting Comments: 55
Knowing the cast list spoils The Reveal.
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Sponsor: RobotechMaster edited by: Arivne Added: 10th May 2012 06:02:47 PM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 01:58:32 AM

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Cast From XP Comments: 7
Spells that de-level the caster
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Sponsor: Elyandarin edited by: Arivne Added: 27th Jan 2015 12:18:11 PM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 01:51:30 AM

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Driving Song Comments: 47
Songs about road trips, highways and the open road.

Sponsor: Exxolon edited by: Alucard Added: 3rd Aug 2013 04:37:38 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 11:13:32 PM

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Touchy Scale Comments: 27
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: 29th Jan 2015 10:18:24 PM

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Soundtrack Foreign Language Cover Comments: 24
The soundtrack has a famous song, covered in a foreign language.

Sponsor: pyroclastic Added: 26th Dec 2014 06:22:29 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 09:53:14 PM

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Scarred Equipment Comments: 39
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: 29th Jan 2015 09:01:39 PM

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The Short War Comments: 18
A war that lasts an unusually short amount of time.
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Sponsor: dasuberkaiser Added: 20th Jan 2015 08:58:08 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 08:15:17 PM

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Saved By The Coffin Comments: 37
Our hero eludes danger or discovery by hiding in a coffin.
Up For Grabs Already have? Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Quatic edited by: maxwellsilver Added: 6th Sep 2012 09:49:07 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 05:13:44 PM

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Stealthy Mook Comments: 39
A stealthy or sneaky Mook.

Sponsor: Mr.Movie edited by: DAN004 Added: 12th May 2014 10:28:18 AM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 04:21:25 PM

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Adaptation Combination Comments: 55
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: 29th Jan 2015 03:43:18 PM

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Situation Normal, All Fouled Up Comments: 68
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: 29th Jan 2015 02:22:41 PM

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So Near Yet So Far Comments: 31
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: 29th Jan 2015 02:17:22 PM

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Phleplotinum Comments: 2
A plot that is fantastic because the narrative has a fantastic mechanism at it's center.

Sponsor: AviatorFan Added: 29th Jan 2015 10:13:58 AM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 02:07:35 PM

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Gold Beats Iron Comments: 58
Equipment/weapons made out of gold are shown to be stronger than similar things made out of iron
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Sponsor: spudwalt edited by: DAN004 Added: 11th Feb 2012 01:55:26 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 01:38:27 PM

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Shitennou Comments: 43
BigBad is served by four generals.
Needs Examples Better Name Motion To Discard
Sponsor: AlleyOop edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Jan 2015 09:48:42 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 01:33:02 PM

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Spoiler Statute Of Limitations Comments: 44
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: 29th Jan 2015 01:31:20 PM

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Scatterbrained Senior Comments: 25
Old people have memory troubles.
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Sponsor: surgoshan edited by: ayjazz Added: 7th Nov 2013 04:54:37 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 01:24:11 PM

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The Joy of Flight Comments: 38
A character flies for the first time, and it is treated with awe and wonder.
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Sponsor: ThePope edited by: lalalei2001 Added: 12th Nov 2014 10:11:00 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 01:20:06 PM

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Ridiculously Long Phone Hold Comments: 20
A character is placed on hold for an excessive amount of time.
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Sponsor: SpiderRider3 Added: 30th Jun 2014 03:46:40 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 12:29:23 PM

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Improbably Quick Deliberation Comments: 59
Jury deliberation in 30 minutes or less.
Needs Examples Description Needs Help Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Gamesfreak13563 edited by: paycheckgurl Added: 15th Jul 2013 04:06:52 AM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 11:40:09 AM

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Dowry Dilemma Comments: 42
Trouble raising the money or resources required for a dowry or a bride price.

Sponsor: Windsong12 edited by: jormis29 Added: 9th Jul 2011 08:25:10 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 11:12:27 AM

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The Love That Speaks Its Name Over and Over Comments: 10
Name Your Love

Sponsor: jaschrumpf Added: 23rd Jan 2015 06:29:36 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 10:47:01 AM

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Hastily Hidden MacGuffin Comments: 15
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: 29th Jan 2015 10:40:25 AM

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Reaction Video Comments: 9
Viewers film themselves reacting to major plot points.

Sponsor: Chabal2 Added: 22nd Jan 2015 03:29:08 AM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 10:23:27 AM

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Dig Attack Comments: 54
An attack or technique that involves the user being underground.
Better Name Description Needs Help
Sponsor: KZN02 Added: 4th Nov 2014 09:47:08 AM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 10:22:18 AM

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Zillionaires Pocket Change Comments: 37
Description Needs Help Up For Grabs
Sponsor: Kersey475 edited by: Arivne Added: 29th Mar 2011 02:06:10 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 09:47:01 AM

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Worse With Context Comments: 145
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: 29th Jan 2015 09:28:40 AM

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Managing The Dargon Comments: 7
Better Name Motion To Discard Motion To Discard
Sponsor: Valorzard edited by: Arivne Added: 25th Jan 2015 06:21:06 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 09:27:15 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: 29th Jan 2015 08:19:52 AM

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It's Personal With The Dragon Comments: 6
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: 29th Jan 2015 08:15:04 AM

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Faenthastyc Laenguage Comments: 13
The common language of every CrystalSpiresAndTogas civilization
Tropeworthy? Already have?
Sponsor: Erechel Added: 28th Jan 2015 08:58:43 AM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 07:50:13 AM

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Silent Non-Answer Comments: 8
Asked a question, the person answers by saying nothing.

Sponsor: AnotherGuy Added: 25th Jan 2015 03:37:24 PM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 07:15:19 AM

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Timed Power-Up Comments: 26
A Power-Up that expires after a set amount of time.

Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 18th Sep 2014 11:32:54 AM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 06:59:50 AM

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Throwing Away The Badge Comments: 29
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: 29th Jan 2015 05:38:40 AM

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Establishing Difficulty Moment Comments: 23
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: 29th Jan 2015 05:13:06 AM

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Rescue Now, Punishment Later Comments: 18
Child is in danger after disobeying their parents, parents come to the rescue with a later punishment implied

Sponsor: RaustBD edited by: Arivne Added: 12th May 2013 08:30:06 AM Last reply: 29th Jan 2015 02:45:05 AM

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Nonstandard Prescription Comments: 47
A doctor uses his Rx pad to prescribe something other than a medical treatment.
Up For Grabs Description Needs Help
Sponsor: RobinZimm edited by: DAN004 Added: 13th Aug 2011 09:52:22 AM Last reply: 28th Jan 2015 11:02:42 PM

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Undetectable Power Level Comments: 56
In a work that involves power sensing, there's a certain character who can't be sensed for some reason.

Sponsor: DAN004 Added: 16th Sep 2014 02:52:59 AM Last reply: 28th Jan 2015 10:53:50 PM

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Evil Mascot Comments: 49
When the SeriesMascot is one of the major villains

Sponsor: SuperLlama edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 3rd Sep 2013 06:52:28 PM Last reply: 28th Jan 2015 10:46:17 PM

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Exempt From Physics Comments: 110
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: Karxrida Added: 7th Dec 2012 01:19:14 PM Last reply: 28th Jan 2015 10:25:55 PM

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Cheery Pink Comments: 18
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: 28th Jan 2015 09:51:59 PM

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Torsoless Nudity Comments: 30
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.
Description Needs Help Needs Examples Better Name Motion To Discard
Sponsor: shimaspawn edited by: m8e Added: 11th Oct 2012 08:53:39 AM Last reply: 28th Jan 2015 05:47:58 PM

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Vicariously Ambitious Comments: 56
A person who wants to put someone else into a position of power, not themself.

Sponsor: TheWanderer edited by: jormis29 Added: 21st Mar 2013 06:28:44 PM Last reply: 28th Jan 2015 05:34:18 PM

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