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Sidekick Gets The Girl Comments: 26
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Sponsor: Trotzky edited by: HeroGal2347 Added: 30th Jun 2011 05:56:12 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 06:47:29 PM

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DIY Impromptu Jam Session Comments: 0
Characters create a rhythm using everyday items

Sponsor: MCSquared Added: 4th May 2015 05:43:01 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 06:27:39 PM

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Weather Saves The Day Comments: 35
A sudden change in the weather saves the heroes
Tropeworthy? Already have?
Sponsor: peacenik edited by: daedalus71 Added: 5th Nov 2014 05:49:05 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 06:18:06 PM

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Space Docking Comments: 26
The finer points of docking and boarding spaceships

Sponsor: Kizor Added: 22nd May 2011 12:22:35 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 06:11:57 PM

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Straight Butch Comments: 10
A masculine female character who is attracted to men
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Sponsor: Pichu-kun Added: 15th Oct 2014 12:56:05 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:57:42 PM

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Large Chested Tomboy Comments: 9
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Sponsor: Pichu-kun edited by: rodneyAnonymous Added: 20th Nov 2014 09:07:38 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:56:24 PM

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Magical Fallout Comments: 32
An area of land is destroyed by supernatural or fantastic means, with (semi-)permanent effects.
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Sponsor: Potman Added: 24th Apr 2015 06:49:00 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:56:14 PM

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Pass The Test And Die Comments: 77
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: 4th May 2015 05:42:58 PM

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Clumsy Simulator Comments: 21
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Sponsor: YamiiDenryuu edited by: yamiidenryuu Added: 2nd May 2014 08:01:11 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:38:13 PM

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Ignored Unexpected Response Comments: 0
Someone responds in a way so unexpected that the first person doesn't realize it at first

Sponsor: SirPellucidar Added: 4th May 2015 05:33:26 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:34:00 PM

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Hypnosis Proof Dogs Comments: 30
For whatever reason hypnosis and mind control doesn't seem to work on quadrupedal companions.
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Sponsor: Euan2000 Added: 29th Jul 2012 03:07:49 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:33:56 PM

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Mercenary Units Comments: 18
Special strategy game units that are hired rather than trained

Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 12th Jun 2014 10:01:16 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:30:43 PM

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Unconventional Vehicle Chase Comments: 25

Sponsor: Snowy66 Added: 23rd Mar 2015 04:10:45 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 05:09:21 PM

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Escape Is A Trap Comments: 20
Escaping is the mistake they want you to make.
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Sponsor: Vios Added: 28th Mar 2015 05:24:22 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 04:38:50 PM

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Story Concludes with the Hero's Death Comments: 65
The protagonist's death is required to finish their story.

Sponsor: Koveras Added: 29th Aug 2014 05:29:10 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 04:32:09 PM

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Big Bad Slippage Comments: 54
The Big Bad is a good or not evil character who gradually shifts into a villain during the story.
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Sponsor: SatoshiBakura Added: 15th Mar 2015 05:04:36 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 04:30:02 PM

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Resurrection As Teleportation Comments: 46
An immortal or clone-able character uses their resurrection process to teleport

Sponsor: Wulf edited by: randomtroper89 Added: 17th May 2011 01:19:23 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 04:26:30 PM

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Mixed Mode CD Comments: 26
Developers add CD player EasterEggs to a data disk
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Sponsor: deuxhero edited by: SpiderRider3 Added: 7th May 2011 07:31:39 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 04:25:00 PM

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Musicbox Credits Comments: 0
Credits song that is a musicbox.

Sponsor: zekender Added: 4th May 2015 04:18:54 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 04:18:54 PM

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Marry For Convenience Comments: 32
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: 4th May 2015 03:50:35 PM

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Badge Gag Comments: 30
A character displays their badge upside down, or not their badge at all
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Sponsor: SpiderRider3 Added: 1st Jun 2014 07:30:04 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 02:46:10 PM

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Delirious Misidentification Comments: 38
A mentally compromised character mistakes a person with them for someone else, usually a loved one.
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Sponsor: SpocktorWho edited by: DAN004 Added: 6th Sep 2013 10:16:58 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 02:29:13 PM

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Fake Australian Comments: 46
A non-Australian performer doing an Australian accent (usually Broad Australian)
Tropeworthy? Motion To Discard Tropeworthy? Motion To Discard Description Needs Help
Sponsor: ryanasaurus0077 Added: 18th Mar 2014 10:17:00 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 02:14:41 PM

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Repulsive Ringmaster Comments: 27
Ringmasters are scary.

Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 28th Mar 2015 12:24:14 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 01:50:23 PM

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Motivated By Fear Comments: 32
Fear is a powerful motivator.
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Sponsor: Wingblaze01 edited by: DAN004 Added: 12th Feb 2013 10:57:05 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 01:38:17 PM

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Unrealistic Future Earth Comments: 17
The Earth of the future is shown as something unlikely
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Sponsor: lakingsif Added: 2nd May 2015 09:36:38 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 12:38:59 PM

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Legal Internal War Comments: 16
Factions within a country are allowed to go to war with each other

Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 10th Mar 2015 07:25:41 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 12:11:32 PM

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Stock MacArthur Parody Comments: 17
A character parodies famous American general DouglasMacArthur.

Sponsor: girlyboy edited by: Patachou Added: 19th May 2011 05:42:53 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 11:19:27 AM

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The Stateless Comments: 50
When someone has no nationality
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Sponsor: JujuP Added: 25th Dec 2014 02:49:36 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 10:17:28 AM

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Cheery Pink Comments: 40
Pink means cheerfulness
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Sponsor: Jess0312 Added: 25th Jan 2015 08:40:17 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 10:12:56 AM

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"From The Creator Of" Promotion Comments: 94
Work B is promoted based on its connection to Work A

Sponsor: CrankyStorming edited by: ThePope Added: 9th Apr 2013 10:39:14 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 09:52:03 AM

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B-Team Sequel (Trivia) Comments: 10
Although the original creator(s) are still in the picture, a sequel is made by someone else.
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Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 1st May 2015 09:59:39 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 09:51:57 AM

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Split Personality Switcheroo Comments: 22
An active personality isn't the original one, the suppressed personality is.

Sponsor: ThePope Added: 13th Apr 2015 01:20:53 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 09:49:57 AM

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Burner Phones Comments: 27
Destroying a cellphone or removing it's battery to avoid being located by law enforcement.
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Description Needs Help
Sponsor: GutstheBerserker Added: 30th Apr 2015 01:51:38 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 08:41:09 AM

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Elite Four Comments: 96
A group of four powerful entities, sometimes in the service to an even more powerful master
Needs Examples Better Name Motion To Discard
Sponsor: AlleyOop edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 23rd Jan 2015 09:48:42 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 08:39:30 AM

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Formula for X (Solving X with Equation) Comments: 26
A character attempts to use numeric concepts to calculate the uncaculatable like happiness
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Sponsor: XFllo Added: 7th Feb 2015 07:43:02 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 07:26:29 AM

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Enemy Role Call Comments: 26
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: 4th May 2015 06:40:04 AM

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Central Canine Feline Foil Comments: 29
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: EdnaWalker Added: 5th Oct 2014 10:26:40 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 04:57:51 AM

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Post-Escape Chase Comments: 30
The heroes are escaping but the enemy is hot on their tail.
Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Needs Examples Better Name Better Name
Sponsor: Lord-Jaric edited by: Arivne Added: 21st Apr 2015 12:58:53 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 02:05:28 AM

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Title-first Lyrics Comments: 44
The opening lyrics of a song are its title
Tropeworthy? Already have?
Sponsor: j21 edited by: eroock Added: 24th Oct 2014 11:45:46 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 01:58:16 AM

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Saying Things Twice Twice Comments: 71
Instances of needlessly repeating the same word or sentence again.
Already have? Tropeworthy? Already have? Motion To Discard
Sponsor: Patachou Added: 2nd Jan 2015 11:05:47 PM Last reply: 4th May 2015 01:41:55 AM

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Scruffy Males Well Groomed Females Comments: 10
Female animals look better groomed than male animals.
Better Name Needs Examples
Sponsor: EdnaWalker Added: 2nd Oct 2013 12:05:56 AM Last reply: 4th May 2015 12:56:51 AM

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Fictional Zodiac Comments: 57
The astrological equivalent to the Con-Lang

Sponsor: PMiller1 edited by: FerrousFaucet Added: 27th Feb 2011 01:06:12 AM Last reply: 3rd May 2015 11:32:54 PM

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For The Mother World! Comments: 5
Oppression and thievery for the sake of your home!

Sponsor: WiseMan23753 edited by: Arivne Added: 3rd May 2015 12:16:05 AM Last reply: 3rd May 2015 10:11:25 PM

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Tamed Successor Comments: 3
A former adult series...less about porn

Sponsor: WiseMan23753 Added: 3rd May 2015 12:00:53 AM Last reply: 3rd May 2015 07:51:12 PM

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Exempt From Physics Comments: 150
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 Already have?
Sponsor: TheNerdyNinja edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 7th Dec 2012 01:19:14 PM Last reply: 3rd May 2015 07:40:49 PM

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Touchy Scale Comments: 35
Dragons have a conspicously unusual scale...
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Sponsor: MorningStar1337 Added: 27th Jan 2015 01:25:00 PM Last reply: 3rd May 2015 07:40:38 PM

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Love Informant (3rd-Party Love Confession) Comments: 34
A third party tells someone that he is beloved of someone else.
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Sponsor: BlueIceTea edited by: gallium Added: 6th Oct 2013 11:48:18 AM Last reply: 3rd May 2015 07:05:27 PM

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Bluffing The Authorities Comments: 26
When you've caught the cops' attention, you need a plausible explanation
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Sponsor: f1shst1x edited by: JoeG Added: 8th Jul 2014 12:15:54 PM Last reply: 3rd May 2015 06:34:58 PM

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Pretend Magic Turns Real Comments: 57
People try out a magic spell as a joke or dare, but it turns out it's real
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Sponsor: Darkhorse Added: 17th Mar 2015 12:37:54 PM Last reply: 3rd May 2015 06:08:26 PM

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