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Nefarious Nose Comments: 28
Evil people use their noses.
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Sponsor: surgoshan edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Sep 2012 11:16:00 AM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 02:58:36 AM

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The Monstrous Thing Comments: 8

Sponsor: VampireBuddha edited by: Arivne Added: 29th Jul 2015 01:56:22 PM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 02:56:35 AM

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Prepare for Pain Comments: 1
A character makes a gesture before an inevitable misfortune.

Sponsor: DarkBaltron Added: 31st Jul 2015 02:39:02 AM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 02:45:46 AM

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Fleshy Bra Comments: 14
If the female humanoid can't wear a bra, then a fleshy cover will be mandatory.
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Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 27th Jul 2015 10:59:58 AM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 02:41:56 AM

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Rhymes With Leader Comments: 3
A mercenary (or other) group named for the leader with an alliterative or rhyming name

Sponsor: Dalillama Added: 31st Jul 2015 12:13:15 AM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 02:32:08 AM

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Dork Lord Comments: 2
A supervillain with an endearingly awkward side

Sponsor: Floria Added: 31st Jul 2015 01:02:37 AM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 02:28:21 AM

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Thumb Sucking Past Baby Age Comments: 25
A character past his baby age still resorts to thumb-sucking.
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Sponsor: Patachou Added: 27th Dec 2014 04:10:46 AM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 02:22:55 AM

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51% Is Absolute Power Comments: 69
Owning 51% of a company's stock gives you complete power over that company.
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Sponsor: Dragonmouth edited by: zarpaulus Added: 25th May 2012 08:57:20 AM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 02:17:58 AM

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Alien And Eldritch Edge Of The Solar System Comments: 11
Dangerous strangeness in space is beyond the asteroid belt
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Sponsor: aurora369 edited by: Arivne Added: 26th Jul 2015 05:48:30 AM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 01:42:05 AM

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Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Episode Comments: 3
A publicised appearance doesn't happen or is barely there
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Sponsor: lakingsif edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Jul 2015 08:32:51 AM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 01:36:31 AM

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My Problems Are Miniscule Comments: 3
A character is depressed, but then meets someone much worse off than them, making them realize how fortunate they are.
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Sponsor: Business21 edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Jul 2015 06:11:44 PM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 01:33:59 AM

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Zigzagged Thunderbolt Comments: 3
Zigzagged, saw-like thunderbolts in fiction.

Sponsor: WalterSmith edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Jul 2015 04:13:50 PM Last reply: 31st Jul 2015 01:33:15 AM

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Naive Navigation Works Comments: 14
Characters need not consider the potential hazards of their chosen route.

Sponsor: Atreides Added: 24th May 2015 09:33:38 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 11:55:42 PM

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Viewer Disinterest Tropes Comments: 9
Tropes that involve the viewers losing interest in a work

Sponsor: hamza678 Added: 20th Jul 2015 01:32:51 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 10:40:12 PM

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The Grand Hunt Comments: 7
A formalized hunt for sport.
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Sponsor: Discar Added: 27th Jul 2015 09:33:31 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 10:26:41 PM

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Mysterious Skull of Unknown Origin Comments: 3
Human remains are present with no explanation.
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Sponsor: 425599167 Added: 28th Jul 2015 01:46:12 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 09:57:02 PM

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Sports Nut Comments: 20
Sports fan crazy about his/her game or team

Sponsor: Falco edited by: SingingRain Added: 11th Oct 2011 08:52:22 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 09:51:15 PM

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Publicity Stunt Comments: 11
Scheme to promote a product or business

Sponsor: SingingRain Added: 9th Jul 2015 07:30:51 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 09:35:44 PM

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The Short War Comments: 117
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: 30th Jul 2015 09:19:49 PM

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Heroic Dogs Villainous Cats Comments: 42
Tropeworthy? Already have? Already have? Already have?
Sponsor: EdnaWalker Added: 23rd Aug 2013 11:40:35 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 09:07:59 PM

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Central Canine Feline Foil Comments: 32
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: EdnaWalker Added: 5th Oct 2014 10:26:40 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 09:05:35 PM

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King of the Natives Comments: 6
Character is captured by natives and crowned their king

Sponsor: Redmess Added: 30th Jul 2015 02:44:27 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 07:57:54 PM

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Overworked Sleep Comments: 35
A character falls asleep at their workplace because they are giving it all they have.
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Sponsor: Atreides Added: 11th Nov 2014 05:23:25 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 07:57:53 PM

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Cast Full Of Crazy Comments: 24
Every or most characters 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: 30th Jul 2015 07:37:36 PM

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Monochrome To Color Comments: 36
A Deliberately Monochrome work becomes colored.

Sponsor: BlueGuy edited by: Arivne Added: 13th Feb 2014 07:28:25 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 07:23:14 PM

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Easy Navigation Comments: 4
Finding your way is easy even in settings where it wasn't.

Sponsor: Atreides Added: 16th Jul 2015 08:41:54 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 06:48:23 PM

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Successful Sibling Syndrome Comments: 23
A character feels insecure and inferior compared to their successful sibling.

Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 4th Jun 2015 06:07:20 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 06:37:17 PM

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Significant Wardrobe Shift Comments: 49
Changes in a character's wardrobe reflect CharacterDevelopment
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Sponsor: TheMightyHeptagon Added: 22nd Feb 2013 11:05:13 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 05:40:26 PM

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Combat Lasso Comments: 15
A character (most commonly in a Wild West setting) engages an opponent by trapping them in a lasso.
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Sponsor: Misterian Added: 3rd Apr 2014 07:25:31 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 05:37:25 PM

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Instant Falsehood Reveal Comments: 28
When a statement is immediately proved wrong by external circumstances
Up For Grabs Description Needs Help Better Name
Sponsor: eroock Added: 31st May 2015 07:28:09 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 05:35:27 PM

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Lucidity Shock Comments: 51
A character realizes he’s acting out of himself/doesn’t even know what he’s doing.
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Sponsor: HeavyTony edited by: DAN004 Added: 17th Aug 2014 10:44:08 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 05:15:15 PM

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Spare A Messenger Comments: 34
After a massacre, one person or ship is allowed to escape to warn others.

Sponsor: Odon edited by: Lythande Added: 11th Oct 2014 01:27:17 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 05:04:13 PM

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Music Is Eighth Notes Comments: 148
Music is visually represented by eighth notes.
Better Name Description Needs Help Tropeworthy? Motion To Discard Needs Examples
Sponsor: StevotheHuman edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Jun 2012 10:03:31 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 05:01:47 PM

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Real Space Runaround Comments: 7
Avoiding FTL

Sponsor: TheGreatSkrond Added: 28th Jul 2015 06:02:25 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 04:30:11 PM

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Balcony Scene Comments: 28
Calling up to your desired paramour's bedroom balcony window
Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Better Name
Sponsor: theGreat Added: 1st Aug 2014 09:15:05 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 04:25:04 PM

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Cut To The Funny Comments: 9
When the camera cuts away to show something funny happening so viewers won't get bored by dialog.

Sponsor: BonsaiForest Added: 22nd Jul 2015 07:02:24 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 04:19:52 PM

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Swan Song Comments: 28
The last work a creator did, before they died or retired (Trivia)
Needs Examples Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: MorningStar1337 Added: 16th Jul 2015 02:52:05 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 12:01:48 PM

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Magical Clown Comments: 24
Clowns in fiction have magical powers.
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 28th Mar 2015 12:26:05 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 11:49:59 AM

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JustForFun/Ideas For MAD Sketches Comments: 13
A place for tropers to create their own ideas for WesternAnimation/MAD shorts.

Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 22nd Jun 2015 02:19:48 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 11:49:08 AM

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Fade Around The Eyes (was Fade By The Lights) Comments: 19
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: 30th Jul 2015 11:48:16 AM

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Bluffing The Authorities Comments: 27
When you've caught the cops' attention, you need a plausible explanation
Needs Examples Needs Examples Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: f1shst1x edited by: JoeG Added: 8th Jul 2014 12:15:54 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 11:42:00 AM

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Briefcase And Handcuffs Comments: 15
Make sure the courier doesn't lose the briefcase

Sponsor: robbulldog Added: 21st Jul 2015 12:19:03 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 08:55:31 AM

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Morally Outdated Hero Comments: 51
A hero from an earlier time now find themselves considered no longer heroic by everyone else.

Sponsor: KingZeal Added: 13th Jul 2015 04:56:43 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 08:36:30 AM

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Enemy Roll Call Comments: 41
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: 30th Jul 2015 08:11:39 AM

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Spoiled by the Cast List Comments: 83
Knowing the cast list spoils The Reveal.
Sponsor: RobotechMaster edited by: crazysamaritan Added: 10th May 2012 06:02:47 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 08:10:30 AM

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Antimatter Spikes Comments: 11
When the sides of spikes can still kill you.
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Sponsor: Papayaman1000 Added: 22nd Jul 2015 11:16:42 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 08:00:34 AM

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Bad Girl Comic Comments: 14
The Ninties Anti-Hero's goth sister.

Sponsor: Nemmington edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Mar 2014 10:19:00 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 07:47:14 AM

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Camera Flight Opening Comments: 7
The opening shot is a camera flight across a landscape or city

Sponsor: eroock Added: 28th Jul 2015 05:24:18 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 07:29:36 AM

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Damaging Floor Comments: 10
Each step on this hurts.

Sponsor: 32_Footsteps Added: 22nd Jul 2015 08:20:27 AM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 07:09:19 AM

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Snoring Suction and Fan Effect Comments: 5
Needs Examples
Sponsor: NateTheGreat edited by: Arivne Added: 25th Jul 2015 02:02:49 PM Last reply: 30th Jul 2015 07:04:55 AM

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