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Queer Character, Queer Actor (Trivia) Comments: 1
If your character is queer then you cast someone who identifies the same

Sponsor: lakingsif Added: 4th Aug 2015 05:18:47 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 05:45:28 AM

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Virginity Is Heterosexual Comments: 12
For the purposes of spells, only people who have not had sex with the opposite gender are virgins.

Sponsor: Illemar Added: 3rd Aug 2015 03:58:17 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 05:21:25 AM

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Wise Fool Comments: 31
Someone outside the norm who is seen as having unconventional wisdom

Sponsor: bejjinks Added: 13th Aug 2014 09:48:54 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 04:39:51 AM

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Fictional State Comments: 18
A fictional state or province
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Sponsor: batgirl1 edited by: Antigone3 Added: 24th Jul 2015 12:32:25 PM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 04:27:17 AM

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Flashbacks Never Lie Comments: 4
If it happened in a flashback, that's what really happened.
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Sponsor: Lemurian Added: 2nd Aug 2015 04:56:15 PM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 04:24:30 AM

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Stock Beehive Comments: 15
Cartoonish, pineapple-shaped beehive or wasphive in fiction.

Sponsor: WalterSmith edited by: shimaspawn Added: 25th Jul 2015 11:06:02 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 04:22:28 AM

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Aw Crap, I'm in Love Comments: 5
A character is extremely upset at finding themself in love/lust.
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Sponsor: BlueIceTea edited by: Arivne Added: 3rd Aug 2015 11:43:08 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 04:12:53 AM

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Death By Narcissism Comments: 4
Sometimes, what do you like most of your body may (and it will) kill you.
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Sponsor: WalterSmith edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Aug 2015 05:09:52 PM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 04:07:07 AM

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Combat Lasso Comments: 21
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: 4th Aug 2015 04:00:09 AM

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Born To Hang Comments: 10
A character believes that they can only die in a prophesied way.
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Sponsor: Schol-R-LEA Added: 1st Aug 2015 02:39:49 PM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 03:56:33 AM

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Ditz-E Spelling Comments: 41
Spelling a word out loud and clear and hilariously wrong.
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Prfnoff edited by: Arivne Added: 9th May 2015 09:53:22 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 03:48:12 AM

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My Problems Are Minuscule Comments: 11
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: robinjohnson Added: 30th Jul 2015 06:11:44 PM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 03:44:52 AM

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The Grand Hunt Comments: 13
A formalized hunt for sport.
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Sponsor: Discar Added: 27th Jul 2015 09:33:31 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 03:37:27 AM

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Exceptional Aliens Comments: 3
when (intelligent) alien races are rare

Sponsor: tlayton edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Aug 2015 11:28:04 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 02:49:14 AM

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Balcony Scene Comments: 30
Calling up to your desired paramour's bedroom balcony window
Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Better Name
Sponsor: theGreat edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Aug 2014 09:15:05 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 02:19:22 AM

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Inconveniently Vanishing Exonerating Evidence Comments: 25
A character kills in self defence only for their attacker's weapon (or other evidence) to vanish.
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Sponsor: foxley Added: 9th Jul 2015 11:36:37 PM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 01:54:19 AM

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Laughing At Your Own Jokes Comments: 37
Up For Grabs
Sponsor: azul120 edited by: notShemp Added: 30th Jul 2010 09:53:48 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 01:43:36 AM

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Dislikes The New Guy Comments: 23
A member of an established team either dislikes or distrusts newcomers

Sponsor: acrobox Added: 25th May 2015 03:38:13 PM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 01:23:36 AM

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Spoiled By The Cast List Comments: 85
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: 4th Aug 2015 01:14:52 AM

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Clumsy Simulator Comments: 34
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Sponsor: YamiiDenryuu edited by: yamiidenryuu Added: 2nd May 2014 08:01:11 PM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 01:11:01 AM

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Bad Girl Comic Comments: 24
The Ninties Anti-Hero's goth sister.

Sponsor: Nemmington edited by: StrixObscuro Added: 2nd Mar 2014 10:19:00 AM Last reply: 4th Aug 2015 01:03:10 AM

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Loving Detail Comments: 17
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: 4th Aug 2015 12:49:34 AM

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List Padding For Emphasis (--Listing Stutter) Comments: 66
A list item is used more than once in the same list.
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Sponsor: woddor edited by: Gitaxias Added: 21st Jan 2014 10:16:47 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 11:30:50 PM

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Animal And Animate Object Employees Comments: 33
Animals and automobiles aren't simply used in professions; they behave like employees as well.
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Sponsor: Quatic Added: 9th Dec 2012 09:30:00 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 11:18:15 PM

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Captain's Cognomen Comments: 16
A mercenary (or other) group named for the leader with an alliterative or rhyming name
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Sponsor: Dalillama Added: 31st Jul 2015 12:13:15 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 08:49:57 PM

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Publicity Stunt Comments: 12
Scheme to promote a product or business

Sponsor: SingingRain Added: 9th Jul 2015 07:30:51 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 07:30:36 PM

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Dominant Species Genes Comments: 5
Interspecies matings produce offspring of one parent's species instead of hybrids.

Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 2nd Aug 2015 03:55:17 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 07:12:19 PM

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Lifesaving Misfortune Comments: 54
A character suffers a misfortune, but would have been killed if it didn't happen.
Motion To Discard Already have? Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: BKelly95 edited by: Alucard Added: 5th Jun 2014 08:59:41 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 07:04:45 PM

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Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Episode Comments: 7
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: 3rd Aug 2015 06:51:32 PM

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Mysterious Masked Men Comments: 47
The good counterpart of Malevolent Masked Men

Sponsor: Imoo57 Added: 12th Nov 2012 02:01:37 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 06:41:54 PM

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True Love Autocorrect Comments: 3
Find someone like that special someone, then find the real thing.

Sponsor: cassielsander Added: 2nd Aug 2015 07:17:46 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 06:24:30 PM

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Human Again Comments: 42
A person who WasOnceAMan regains their humanity
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Sponsor: Eddy1215 edited by: oneuglybunny Added: 21st Nov 2014 07:39:36 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 06:21:07 PM

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Propaganda Piece Comments: 57
A work that is created to influence a group of people into forming a specific opinion.
Description Needs Help Up For Grabs
Sponsor: justanid edited by: shimaspawn Added: 17th Dec 2013 05:30:34 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 06:15:26 PM

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Teleportation Motif Comments: 5
A character disappears by shrinking himself or herself into an orb, shadow or object.
Better Name Description Needs Help
Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 3rd Aug 2015 08:56:06 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 05:59:13 PM

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Villainous Vermillion Comments: 36
Villains like to wear red.
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Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 16th Jul 2015 08:39:06 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 05:57:44 PM

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Pelts Of The Barbarian Comments: 6
Barbarian clothing typically consists of rough furs, leather, and hides.

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 26th Jul 2015 03:03:12 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 05:56:03 PM

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Jerk-O-Lantern Comments: 11
Evil, living Jack-O-Lanterns/pumpkins.
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: vexusdylan Added: 30th Oct 2013 05:31:44 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 05:40:25 PM

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Smart Gun Comments: 27
Computer + Gun = Awesome

Sponsor: GiantSpaceChinchilla Added: 16th Jul 2015 04:12:56 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 04:55:22 PM

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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: 3rd Aug 2015 04:44:37 PM

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Moral Foil Friendship Comments: 14
Two characters who are companions are foils to each other morally
Description Needs Help Better Name Needs Examples Needs Examples
Sponsor: laurence Added: 5th Jul 2015 05:45:24 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 04:02:36 PM

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Zigzagged Lightning Bolt Comments: 19
Zigzagged, saw-like lightning bolts in fiction.

Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 30th Jul 2015 04:13:50 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 03:55:43 PM

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Good Humanoids, Bad Non-Humanoids Comments: 16
Humans or humanoid aliens are usually portrayed more sympathetically than non humanoids

Sponsor: hamza678 Added: 18th Jul 2015 09:57:53 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 03:23:36 PM

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Dumbasses Still Have Brains Comments: 9
They may be dumb but they're not that stupid.

Sponsor: notShemp Added: 27th Jul 2015 04:26:14 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 03:16:58 PM

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Heroic Sheep Comments: 12
When sheep (both rams and ewes) are more worthy than the wool they produce.

Sponsor: WalterSmith edited by: RoseofWords Added: 1st Aug 2015 12:48:02 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 02:40:58 PM

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Successful Sibling Syndrome Comments: 29
A character feels insecure and inferior compared to their successful sibling.

Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 4th Jun 2015 06:07:20 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 02:19:29 PM

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Charge Fanfare Comments: 7
Six-note fanfare indicating the instant of a launch or attack.
Tropeworthy? Already have? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: ANTMuddle Added: 31st Jul 2015 06:11:02 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 02:10:54 PM

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Demoted To Satellite Love Interest Comments: 119
A prominent character becomes a SatelliteLoveInterest
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Rjinswand Added: 26th Apr 2015 09:26:40 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 01:20:41 PM

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The Bet Among Friends Comments: 5
An isolated gamble within the social circle

Sponsor: KJMackley Added: 1st Aug 2015 01:53:13 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 12:59:38 PM

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Pompadour Hairdo Comments: 0
The hair-raising midcentuty hairdo.

Sponsor: alnair20aug93 Added: 3rd Aug 2015 12:01:25 PM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 12:01:25 PM

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Made of Incendium Comments: 7
Materials in fiction are way more flammable than they would be in real life.

Sponsor: HighCrate Added: 28th Jul 2015 10:06:22 AM Last reply: 3rd Aug 2015 08:59:08 AM

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