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Friends with morals Comments: 1
character has working friendship with someone with more morals than them
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Sponsor: laurence Added: 5th Jul 2015 05:45:24 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 06:23:40 AM

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Who Needs A Parachute? Comments: 5
Deliberately jumping from high places.
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Sponsor: Laevatein edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Jul 2015 04:33:22 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 06:15:38 AM

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Wowing Cthulhu Comments: 154
A lesser being is able to surprise or impress a being far greater or bigger than them. Often godly ones.
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Sponsor: TimG5 Added: 2nd Jun 2015 06:18:19 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 06:11:27 AM

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Long Range Sniper Shotgun Comments: 3
Sniper rifles in video games get used as

Sponsor: Tuckerscreator edited by: Arivne Added: 4th Jul 2015 01:32:15 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:50:44 AM

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Friendship Redeems Comments: 2
a characters redeeming quality is their care for their friend

Sponsor: laurence edited by: Arivne Added: 4th Jul 2015 05:07:48 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:46:38 AM

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Orgasmatron Comments: 13
A device that induces orgasms.

Sponsor: HowlingSnail edited by: AgProv Added: 19th Jun 2015 06:24:55 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:33:01 AM

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Ruler Protagonist Comments: 5
Protagonist is the ruler of the setting.

Sponsor: shiro_okami edited by: Arivne Added: 4th Jul 2015 05:31:05 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:30:02 AM

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First Movie Was A Movie Comments: 31
Preceding work exists as fiction in-universe
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Sponsor: Dhaka-dice Added: 8th Jun 2015 02:37:59 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:22:17 AM

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Too Inhuman To Torture Comments: 4
Torture doesn't work because of a character's unusual anatomy
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Sponsor: bobfrank edited by: Arivne Added: 4th Jul 2015 01:10:19 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:19:15 AM

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Howl Of Awesome Comments: 0
A canine's howl is used as a CMOA
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Sponsor: Lancelot07 edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Jul 2015 02:11:42 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:11:08 AM

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Killing Your Alternate Self Comments: 10
Some days, you just really need to die. And who better to kill you than you?

Sponsor: Dix edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Jul 2015 08:39:15 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:05:25 AM

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Smart Cop, Dumb Cop Comments: 21
You see Those Two Guys in blue? Expect one to be extremely intelligent, the other... not so much.
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Sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker Added: 19th Dec 2013 11:25:19 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:03:42 AM

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Genuine Imposter Comments: 35
A character is revealed to actually be the person they were impersonating
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Sponsor: StarryEyed edited by: MetaFour Added: 19th Apr 2015 03:04:00 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 05:02:51 AM

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Body Stage Comments: 12
The stage for a band's performance is a giant person/ body part.
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Sponsor: triton Added: 11th Jun 2015 11:57:43 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 04:24:46 AM

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Nice Guy With A Dark Side Comments: 8
Person is polite and respectful on the outside but has inner demons.
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Sponsor: laurence edited by: Arivne Added: 3rd Jul 2015 05:47:06 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 03:21:39 AM

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Hyper Hibernating Comments: 19
The character can sleep for ages and wake up raring to go.

Sponsor: Earnest edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Dec 2012 10:26:57 AM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 12:39:23 AM

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Magic Cauldron Comments: 9
A big pot used for magical purposes.

Sponsor: Vios Added: 1st Jul 2015 09:13:06 PM Last reply: 5th Jul 2015 12:29:24 AM

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Rocketless Reentry Comments: 18
Deorbiting without a spaceship

Sponsor: Dalillama Added: 30th Jun 2015 02:31:51 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 09:17:37 PM

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Mountain Climbing Comments: 29
Scaling the slopes of the highest peaks known to man.
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Sponsor: Tallens Added: 6th Dec 2014 10:38:29 AM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 08:01:30 PM

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Draw Aggro Comments: 13
Characters get a threat to focus on them to the exclusion of other characters

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 29th Jun 2015 02:00:43 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 07:15:10 PM

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Plot Convenience Comments: 3
When something happens in a piece of media to keep it's story from going Off the Rails.
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Sponsor: ElliottB1 Added: 3rd Jul 2015 03:12:07 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 06:22:16 PM

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Kicks Never Misses Comments: 4
Kicks in any kind of fight other than a fist fight never misses.
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Sponsor: motous edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Jul 2015 09:08:43 AM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 06:20:16 PM

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Excessive Mourning Comments: 43
A character mourns too much
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Sponsor: Goldfritha Added: 2nd Sep 2013 11:16:46 AM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 05:03:26 PM

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Local Culture Overdose Comments: 21
A story so full of unexplained slang and cultural references an outsider probably won't get it.

Sponsor: Wheezy Added: 15th Nov 2011 04:05:28 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 04:45:01 PM

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Punch Like Waterfall Comments: 2
A martial art that is in nature very soft attacks

Sponsor: lakingsif Added: 3rd Jul 2015 01:16:21 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 04:12:03 PM

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Cutting The Blade Comments: 10
Someone uses a sword or other bladed weapon to cut of part of all of another's weapon's blade.
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Sponsor: stuffedninja edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Jul 2015 08:51:31 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 03:55:38 PM

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Fictional Character Non Fictional Relative Comments: 65
A fictional character is closely related to a real life person.
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Sponsor: RossN edited by: Paradisesnake Added: 5th Mar 2012 02:54:00 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 01:52:54 PM

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Recast As A Regular [Trivia] Comments: 42
Actors who play a character in the regular ensemble appeared earlier in a different role
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Sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker Added: 11th Jun 2015 08:36:29 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 01:50:59 PM

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Refuse To Rescue The Disliked Comments: 35
The hero refuses to rescue someone they don't like.
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Sponsor: 313Bluestreak Added: 27th Feb 2015 01:56:18 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 12:34:16 PM

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Death Omen Photograph Comments: 3
If you fade or black out of a photo you're gonna die -- or might already be dead.

Sponsor: Skylite Added: 3rd Jul 2015 03:05:24 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 12:34:12 PM

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Screw Politeness, I'm a Soldier! Comments: 8
Someone in the military uses their service as an excuse for Jerkass behavior.
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Sponsor: 8088ben edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Jun 2015 07:49:28 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 11:49:10 AM

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Hindenburg Incendiary Principle Comments: 86
The tendency of a story featuring an airship to also feature an improbably spectacular airship crash
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Sponsor: HandofBobb edited by: calmestofdoves Added: 6th Apr 2011 12:23:30 AM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 11:27:32 AM

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Dream Intro Comments: 118
A work starts with a short dream/nightmare

Sponsor: MeerkatMario edited by: Lythande Added: 31st Oct 2014 07:46:21 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 08:51:15 AM

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Magical Clown Comments: 22
Clowns in fiction have magical powers.
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Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 28th Mar 2015 12:26:05 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 07:43:50 AM

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Shoe Fly Comments: 4
Shoe falls off during cheerleading or dance tryouts and hits somebody.
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Sponsor: PrettyinPink edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Jul 2015 09:01:36 PM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 01:54:33 AM

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Serendipitous Survival Comments: 16
Step away for a few minutes only find everyone dead when you return.
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Sponsor: sgamer82 Added: 1st Jul 2015 08:36:34 AM Last reply: 4th Jul 2015 12:09:27 AM

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Enemy Roll Call Comments: 37
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: 3rd Jul 2015 09:30:57 PM

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Maze Guide Comments: 2
A mysterious figure leads the way out of the wilderness.
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Sponsor: Generality Added: 2nd Jul 2015 06:35:05 PM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 06:18:46 PM

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Shakoki Dogu Comments: 10
Goggle-eyed clay figurine from prehistoric Japan.

Sponsor: Prfnoff Added: 28th Jun 2015 05:02:37 PM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 04:34:53 PM

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Worlds As Islands Comments: 16
A person in Hawaii might as well be in another dimension
Better Name Needs Examples Already have?
Sponsor: bulmabriefs144 Added: 29th Jun 2015 08:47:16 PM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 04:32:23 PM

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Embarrassing Hobby Comments: 29
A character has an embarrassing hobby they don't want their peers to know about.
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Sponsor: Lionheart0 Added: 8th Feb 2013 09:14:38 PM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 03:05:48 PM

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Video Game Minigun Comments: 4
Trope that balances miniguns
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Sponsor: TheJrade1 Added: 1st Jul 2015 09:08:04 PM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 10:11:22 AM

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Fade Around The Eyes (was Fade By The Lights) Comments: 16
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: 3rd Jul 2015 09:53:24 AM

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Bioweapon Beast Comments: 38
The millitary contractor's meaty mistake
Already have? Already have? Motion To Discard Description Needs Help Motion To Discard Needs Examples Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: Dreamer Added: 10th Aug 2013 02:01:21 AM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 09:43:33 AM

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Rich is Evil, Poor is Good Comments: 3
Metatrope for all topes

Sponsor: Lequinni edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Jul 2015 05:22:26 AM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 09:43:31 AM

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Scar Concealing Clothing Comments: 18
Something worn is only there to hide a scar.
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Sponsor: Crystamanthequin edited by: Arivne Added: 29th Jun 2015 04:55:32 PM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 07:27:06 AM

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Ostensibly Foreign Locale Comments: 3
Setting a story in a foreign land, but making that land nevertheless identical to home.

Sponsor: KnownUnknown edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Jul 2015 01:42:12 AM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 06:34:50 AM

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GoodCorp Comments: 10
The opposite of Evil Inc. A corporation that does good in the world.
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Sponsor: theatron Added: 1st Jul 2015 11:52:15 AM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 04:42:06 AM

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Fake Surprise Inspection Comments: 28
Heroes pretend to be inspectors checking the facility in order to enter this facility.
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Sponsor: Kakai edited by: eroock Added: 7th May 2014 03:48:24 AM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 02:15:33 AM

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About-Face Fortress Comments: 29
Facility that seems to be a fortress designed to keep intruders out is revealed to be a prison intended to keep something terrible in—or vice versa.
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Sponsor: calmestofdoves Added: 30th Jun 2015 02:27:47 PM Last reply: 3rd Jul 2015 02:09:49 AM

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