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Reluctant Fight Comments: 8
Two or more people have to fight one another, even though they don't want to.
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Sponsor: Lord-Jaric Added: 31st May 2015 12:35:36 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 06:47:12 PM

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Did You Just Wow Cthulu? Comments: 1
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: 2nd Jun 2015 06:44:35 PM

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Claimed By The Supernatural Comments: 18
A nonmuggle claims a person with some kind of mark.
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Sponsor: Lythande Added: 11th May 2015 11:36:31 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 06:40:03 PM

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Legal Internal War Comments: 21
Factions within a country are allowed to go to war with each other
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Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 10th Mar 2015 07:25:41 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 06:36:57 PM

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Cast Full of Crazy Comments: 15
Every or nearly every character 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: 2nd Jun 2015 06:08:21 PM

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Rear Window Homage Comments: 11
A plot that is obviously an homage to Hitchcock's classic Rear Window.

Sponsor: calmestofdoves Added: 16th May 2015 09:43:48 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 05:50:04 PM

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TheDragon's Dragon Comments: 7
TheDragon to TheDragon.

Sponsor: Serocco Added: 29th May 2015 01:27:20 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 05:35:59 PM

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Stock Medieval Meal Comments: 56
Fantasy meals consist of foods such as cheese, peasant bread, stew/broth and sausages.
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Sponsor: SlimBrady edited by: Antigone3 Added: 9th May 2011 08:13:43 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 04:11:45 PM

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Foreplay Interruption Comments: 3
Foreplay is interrupted by some important message requiring immediate action.
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Sponsor: Landmartian edited by: Arivne Added: 31st May 2015 09:22:58 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 04:02:54 PM

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Enemy Roll Call Comments: 29
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: 2nd Jun 2015 03:40:12 PM

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Animal-Vehicle Hybrid Comments: 22
Animals with the properties of vehicles.
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Sponsor: MarkKB Added: 11th Jan 2015 12:50:56 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 03:28:44 PM

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Awkward Handshake Comments: 40
Two people try, and fail, to shake hands like normal people.

Sponsor: Larkmarn Added: 11th Jul 2013 09:46:26 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 03:03:45 PM

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The Ex-President Comments: 18
The former leader of a nation/organization will appear in a work. Successor may not like it.
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Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 29th Apr 2015 04:45:28 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 02:30:47 PM

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Sliding Scale of Geographical accuracy Comments: 2
The degree to which geography in fiction adheres to reality.
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Sponsor: Veritastheeidolon Added: 2nd Jun 2015 11:22:44 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 02:15:44 PM

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Desecrating The Dead Comments: 186
When just killing someone isn't enough, you want to keep punishing them when they're dead.
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Sponsor: JDogindy edited by: Lythande Added: 15th Oct 2012 08:02:17 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 01:35:21 PM

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The Outlaw's Inlaws Comments: 12
Someone working outside the law gets together with someone from a lawful family

Sponsor: lexicon Added: 26th May 2015 05:41:05 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 12:58:54 PM

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Signature Role Comments: 19
A role in which an actor or actress is most identified by.

Sponsor: LaptopGuy Added: 28th May 2015 06:54:42 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 12:54:58 PM

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Attention Shifting Object Comments: 21
An item rolls away from a character, which prompts the character to follow it, thus diverting their attention to something important for the episode
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Sponsor: nipplebelt edited by: eroock Added: 15th Jan 2015 04:55:36 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 12:38:26 PM

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Cone Of Fire Comments: 7
When guns in games unrealistically fire in wide cones without explanation
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Sponsor: LuciaMoore Added: 15th May 2015 01:04:41 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 12:28:11 PM

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Instant Falsehood Reveal Comments: 10
When a statement is immediately proved wrong by external circumstances

Sponsor: eroock Added: 31st May 2015 07:28:09 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 12:18:45 PM

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Formula for X (Solving X with Equation) Comments: 28
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: 2nd Jun 2015 12:12:02 PM

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Not So Remote Comments: 27
You thought they were in the middle of nowhere? Surprise, civilization's right around the corner!
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Sponsor: Yagami1211 edited by: calmestofdoves Added: 17th May 2015 11:31:07 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 11:23:56 AM

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Hitler Youth Academy Comments: 26
The Evil Overlord's very own School with a curriculum of Brainwashing, Propaganda, and Repression.
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Sponsor: theCircusCrusade edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Mar 2012 12:51:53 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 11:04:31 AM

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Get Them to Move the MacGuffin Comments: 5
If a MacGuffin is too hard to get at in situ, trick its guards into moving it.

Sponsor: StarSword Added: 31st May 2015 07:54:52 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 10:32:43 AM

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Lampshaded The Outdated Reference Comments: 34
Characters note that a reference is old, often too old for much of the audience to get.
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Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 26th Apr 2015 05:22:06 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 10:07:20 AM

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Blaming The Railroaded Player Comments: 17
You are allowed to do only one thing, and everyone will hate you for it.
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Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk Added: 27th May 2015 01:08:43 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 10:02:29 AM

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Once Bought, Stays Bought Comments: 7
Once a crook is paid, they never try to extort more money over the matter.
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Sponsor: CyberSkull edited by: Lythande Added: 1st Jun 2015 04:26:21 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 08:50:36 AM

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Overcome With Desire Comments: 30
Two (or more) people stop what they are doing to have sex, no matter how important it was.
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Sponsor: Schol-R-LEA Added: 16th Jun 2014 01:56:10 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 08:42:16 AM

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Genuine Imposter Comments: 25
A character is revealed to actually be the person they were impersonating

Sponsor: StarryEyed edited by: MetaFour Added: 19th Apr 2015 03:04:00 PM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 07:44:50 AM

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Psychometry Comments: 100
Psychic power triggered by touching objects
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Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 5th Aug 2014 07:09:07 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 06:38:38 AM

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Right Advice, Wrong Person Comments: 2
A person the advised wouldn't want to listen to has good advice.
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Sponsor: frnmmma25 edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Jun 2015 06:22:03 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 03:25:38 AM

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Demonic Date Comments: 15
Demon Lord-Human romance
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Sponsor: Gamermaster Added: 29th May 2015 10:36:53 AM Last reply: 2nd Jun 2015 03:21:40 AM

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Air Quotes Comments: 20
Doing the thing with the fingers to indicate putting a word in quotation marks during speech.
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Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk Added: 27th May 2015 02:18:28 PM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 11:30:59 PM

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Narrator Named Comments: 1
A character is given a name by a narrator, usually one following them documentary style
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Sponsor: HemlockDalise Added: 1st Jun 2015 06:00:54 PM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 11:01:37 PM

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Perspective Grid Comments: 3
Easy lines on computers look cool
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Sponsor: KeithTyler edited by: Arivne Added: 30th May 2015 11:03:24 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 11:00:48 PM

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Dislikes The New Guy Comments: 10
A member of an established team either dislikes or distrusts newcomers

Sponsor: acrobox Added: 25th May 2015 03:38:13 PM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 10:40:42 PM

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51% Is Absolute Power Comments: 66
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: 1st Jun 2015 09:05:44 PM

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Midas Motif Comments: 24
Instant Aesop, just add gold

Sponsor: Stratadrake edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Sep 2011 11:06:56 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 09:03:21 PM

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Fished Too Far Comments: 5
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Sponsor: KZN02 Added: 19th May 2015 09:28:39 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 07:32:09 PM

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Unconventional Vehicle Chase Comments: 45

Sponsor: Snowy66 edited by: eroock Added: 23rd Mar 2015 04:10:45 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 07:15:24 PM

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Gratuitous Dutch Comments: 17
Instances of Dutch being used in non-Dutch works.

Sponsor: Patachou Added: 18th May 2015 06:16:02 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 02:52:37 PM

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Fade Around The Eyes Comments: 14
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: 1st Jun 2015 01:50:22 PM

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Relationship Won't Survive The Adventure Comments: 41
The Adventure destroys the hero's pre-existing relationship
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Sponsor: Rjinswand Added: 18th Apr 2015 04:41:24 PM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 01:26:48 PM

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When Good Dials Go Bad Comments: 5
Tapping the Dial of Doom!
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Sponsor: wulfAlpha Added: 25th May 2015 07:36:15 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 01:08:26 PM

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Power-Up Loss On Hit Comments: 38
When getting hit removes one or more Power-Ups.

Sponsor: hbi2k Added: 18th Sep 2014 09:56:44 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 12:49:05 PM

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Demoted To Satellite Love Interest Comments: 66
A RoundedCharacter becomes a SatelliteLoveInterest
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Sponsor: Rjinswand Added: 26th Apr 2015 09:26:40 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 10:30:35 AM

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Love Interest's Death As Motivation Comments: 18
Love interest's death serves as motivation for the character

Sponsor: Rjinswand Added: 24th Apr 2015 11:30:58 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 10:17:33 AM

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Big Bad Slippage Comments: 63
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: 1st Jun 2015 09:35:55 AM

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Faux Rebellious Comments: 6
Someone's idea of unruly behavior is committing minor inconveniences that are not even considered annoying.

Sponsor: Diamondwheels35 edited by: Arivne Added: 31st May 2015 11:16:47 AM Last reply: 1st Jun 2015 07:43:29 AM

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Refuse To Rescue The Disliked Comments: 30
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: 1st Jun 2015 06:48:08 AM

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