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The Iago Comments: 3
A character with the mind of a MagnificentBastard and the personality of a SmugSnake
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Sponsor: zookx1 Added: 31st Aug 2015 04:33:42 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 02:11:57 AM

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Shifting Voice Of Madness Comments: 61
When a character speaks in different voices, accents, moods and mannerisms which indicate insanity
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Sponsor: OlafMerchant edited by: ZuTheSkunk Added: 13th Nov 2014 12:52:23 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 01:32:13 AM

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Inexplicable Microphone Feedback Comments: 48
Whenever someone grabs a microphone onstage no matter where they are, you hear feedback.
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Sponsor: awesome edited by: Alucard Added: 11th Jun 2012 10:07:51 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 01:21:04 AM

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One Sneeze Syndrome Comments: 4
A character sneezes once and the other ones go uh-oh

Sponsor: Unicorndance Added: 7th Jul 2015 10:10:09 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 01:07:28 AM

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Crowd Carry Comments: 24
A character is picked up by a crowd and carried.

Sponsor: Doodler edited by: Arivne Added: 10th Jun 2013 10:41:19 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 01:00:04 AM

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Space Docking Comments: 42
The finer points of docking and boarding spaceships

Sponsor: Kizor edited by: Tuckerscreator Added: 22nd May 2011 12:22:35 PM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 12:38:08 AM

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Plot Skeleton Comments: 3
A plot skeleton which connects the "who did what" of events with causation and character.

Sponsor: botsgeek Added: 29th Aug 2015 01:18:19 AM Last reply: 1st Sep 2015 12:31:05 AM

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The Ratio of Exposure vs Enjoyment Comments: 16
A character hates something, until they spend five hours exposed to nothing but that thing.

Sponsor: thewriter Added: 15th Feb 2012 10:56:38 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 11:59:41 PM

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Damage Avoidance Challenge Comments: 23
A challenge where your character temporarily becomes a one hit point wonder
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Sponsor: Drbazooka edited by: Arivne Added: 28th Aug 2015 03:33:40 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 10:52:29 PM

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Chariot Drawn By Cats Comments: 32
A cat-drawn (or big-cat-drawn) cart, chariot, carriage or sleigh. Played for awesomeness or laughs.

Sponsor: XFllo Added: 15th Aug 2015 11:16:06 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 10:45:44 PM

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Overly Descriptive Transcription Comments: 8
A transcriber takes too much dictation.
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Sponsor: Premonition45 Added: 29th Aug 2015 06:15:37 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 09:36:35 PM

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Really Quick-Drying Cement Comments: 46
When freshly poured cement dries in an incredibly short amount of time

Sponsor: VyroPDragonIII edited by: Berrenta Added: 5th Sep 2012 07:50:03 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 09:04:26 PM

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A Job That Makes A Killing Comments: 16
Someone who has a job that makes a good front for murder.
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Sponsor: Woogstok edited by: Berrenta Added: 8th Oct 2014 08:13:01 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 08:49:51 PM

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Aw Crap, I'm in Love Comments: 29
A character is extremely upset at finding themself in love/lust.
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Sponsor: BlueIceTea Added: 3rd Aug 2015 11:43:08 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 08:20:38 PM

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Falling Masonry Comments: 3

Sponsor: awakeningcry edited by: Arivne Added: 1st May 2015 12:41:13 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 07:23:51 PM

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Well Taken Rejection Comments: 16
When a character takes rejection from a crush surprisingly well (Warning: Spoilers).

Sponsor: captainpat edited by: ZuTheSkunk Added: 6th Oct 2012 12:36:55 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 07:21:39 PM

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Musical Exposition Comments: 22
{{Exposition}} is provided via musical number.
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Sponsor: phoenix edited by: ElectricalLass Added: 20th May 2015 02:55:27 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 06:38:30 PM

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Smoking Scientist Comments: 33
The tendency for fiction to portray scientists as smokers.
Better Name Tropeworthy? Motion To Discard
Sponsor: 43110 Added: 16th Aug 2015 03:11:46 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:51:18 PM

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Dominant Woman's Leather Outfit Comments: 21
An evil or antiheroic woman wears a costume inspired by Dominatrices, while not actually being one.

Sponsor: Rjinswand edited by: shimaspawn Added: 18th Aug 2015 04:02:04 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:16:29 PM

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Generically Out-Of-Character Comments: 1
A character is given a stock line or action that they would never say or do.

Sponsor: RaustBD Added: 31st Aug 2015 12:55:54 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:12:29 PM

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Limited Lyrics Song Comments: 59
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Sponsor: TomWalpertac2 Added: 30th May 2013 11:46:53 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:09:32 PM

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The Buck Stops Here Comments: 27
Taking the blame for everyone's actions.
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Sponsor: PaleInversion Added: 19th Jun 2015 04:03:03 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:04:55 PM

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Creator's Oddball Comments: 44
A work that is much different from the rest of a creator's output

Sponsor: hamza678 Added: 15th Aug 2015 08:52:25 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:04:50 PM

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Zigzagged Lightning Bolt Comments: 21
Zigzagged, saw-like lightning bolts in fiction.

Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 30th Jul 2015 04:13:50 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 05:00:35 PM

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Useful Notes: Alabama Comments: 1
That state in the southeastern U.S. bordered by Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Sponsor: ike755 Added: 31st Aug 2015 04:25:56 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 04:38:08 PM

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Royal Humor Comments: 5
Rulers are fond of being positive-minded, hedonistic and funny.
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Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 23rd Aug 2015 04:57:31 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 04:23:16 PM

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Familiar Foreign Soundtrack Comments: 29
The soundtrack has a famous song, covered in a foreign language.

Sponsor: pyroclastic edited by: eroock Added: 26th Dec 2014 06:22:29 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 04:18:10 PM

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Random Drop Booster Comments: 18
Anything that causes random drops from enemies to increase and/or become better drops.
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Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 13th Aug 2015 02:40:02 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 03:50:00 PM

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All Butlers Are Named Sebastian In Japan Comments: 30
In Japanese media, butlers are stereotypically associated with the name Sebastian.
Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Motion To Discard
Sponsor: lebrel Added: 20th Jan 2012 06:25:52 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 02:06:09 PM

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Aim For The Horn Comments: 2
Cutting, hitting or smashing a foe's horn or tusks leads to the their defeat.

Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 17th Aug 2015 02:08:20 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 01:53:20 PM

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Eye And Nerve Comments: 15
Someone's optic nerve is showing, with eye usually attached.
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Sponsor: Tiiba edited by: Arivne Added: 12th Mar 2013 10:40:03 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 01:49:48 PM

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Unrealistic Tsunami Comments: 7
Tsunamis are always giant walls of water in fiction.

Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 19th Aug 2015 09:38:50 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 01:46:18 PM

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Returning Spoils First Success Comments: 5
Successful people who plan a big return ungloriously fail some time later.
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Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 27th Aug 2015 02:21:27 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 01:01:56 PM

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Skull Cups Comments: 24
Using skulls as cups to show villainy and strength.
Up For Grabs Needs Examples Description Needs Help
Sponsor: lakingsif Added: 26th Jul 2015 06:18:17 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 12:49:16 PM

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Loving Detail Comments: 33
Lovers know lots of tiny details about each other.
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Needs Examples Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: jayoungr Added: 13th Jul 2015 02:46:29 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 12:32:38 PM

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Installment Buff Comments: 2
An element in a game becomes stronger in a patch, re-release, or sequel.

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 16th Aug 2015 12:35:26 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 12:24:25 PM

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Draw Aggro Comments: 31
Characters get a threat to focus on them to the exclusion of other characters

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ edited by: Gitaxias Added: 29th Jun 2015 02:00:43 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 11:58:44 AM

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Badasses Call Him Sir Comments: 24
Tropeworthy? Better Name Already have?
Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 19th Jan 2012 06:29:31 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 11:00:38 AM

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Invisible Ink Comments: 62
Something is written here, but you won't see it if you don't know how to reveal it
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Sponsor: TBeholder edited by: gallium Added: 21st May 2012 01:15:44 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 10:58:51 AM

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My Toenails Are Drying! Comments: 5
A character is walking on her heels to protect a fresh pedicure.
Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Motion To Discard Better Name
Sponsor: ANTMuddle edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Sep 2014 06:49:41 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 10:16:59 AM

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Calling Out For Not Calling Comments: 36
No matter if you're late or not, this person was sincerely worried/angered by your lack of presence.
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Sponsor: HeavyTony edited by: HeroGal2347 Added: 13th Aug 2014 07:57:15 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 09:58:05 AM

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Technically Naked Shapeshifter Comments: 16
VoluntaryShapeshifting in which the shapeshifter's clothes are actually a part of the shapeshifter.

Sponsor: HighCrate Added: 28th Aug 2015 09:56:32 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 09:29:50 AM

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Fire/Ice Contrast Comments: 7
Two characters with fire and Ice have a rivalry, or differing personalities
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Sponsor: hamza678 edited by: Arivne Added: 27th Aug 2015 08:55:57 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 09:23:16 AM

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Candelit Dinner Comments: 7
Dinners by candlight are the definition of romance.
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Sponsor: Goldfritha edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Sep 2012 06:35:31 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 08:59:49 AM

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The Impossible Mirror Shot Comments: 10
The camera appears to pass through a mirror

Sponsor: eroock edited by: Arivne Added: 29th Oct 2014 03:00:59 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 08:50:48 AM

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True Love Autocorrect Comments: 6
Find someone like that special someone, then find the real thing.
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Sponsor: cassielsander Added: 2nd Aug 2015 07:17:46 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 08:47:43 AM

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So You Want To Write An Excuse Plot Comments: 2
How to write an Excuse Plot.
Description Needs Help Needs Examples Up For Grabs
Sponsor: Prinzenick Added: 25th Aug 2015 04:19:14 PM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 08:46:34 AM

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Mouthing The Profanity Comments: 19
Lips move to form a profanity, but no sound comes out
Up For Grabs
Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk Added: 22nd Dec 2014 08:20:03 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 08:44:47 AM

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Theres a New Rookie In Town Comments: 3
The Perpetual Rookie becomes suddenly more confident when the team has an even newer guy to mock
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Sponsor: Baconator96 edited by: Arivne Added: 31st Aug 2015 01:49:08 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 08:29:17 AM

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The Invisibility Problem Comments: 23
Attempting to interact with invisible objects causes difficulties

Sponsor: starstar edited by: Arivne Added: 27th Jun 2011 03:05:58 AM Last reply: 31st Aug 2015 06:19:32 AM

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