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Energy Donation Comments: 44
One character gives some of their energy to another

Sponsor: Prime32 edited by: TheBigBopper Added: 6th Dec 2012 02:49:57 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 10:24:32 AM

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Stronger Than They Look Comments: 51
A strong guy who doesn't look strong somehow.
Better Name Up For Grabs Description Needs Help Already have? Motion To Discard Motion To Discard Already have? Motion To Discard
Sponsor: WaxingName edited by: DAN004 Added: 15th Sep 2012 06:31:01 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 10:20:19 AM

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Stopped Reading Too Soon Comments: 91
A message gets misinterpreted because the guy reading it reads it too quickly and misses vital info
Already have? Better Name Tropeworthy? Needs Examples
Sponsor: StevenT edited by: DAN004 Added: 13th Mar 2012 05:32:18 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 09:52:44 AM

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Pheromones Comments: 2

Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 6th Feb 2016 06:16:12 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 09:30:58 AM

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Death Substitute Comments: 38
A work avoids dealing with death by replacing it with something else.

Sponsor: gilbmj Added: 17th Sep 2014 12:33:52 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 09:30:56 AM

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Instant Taste Addiction Comments: 7
Trying a new food and instantly developing an addiction to it.

Sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker Added: 2nd Nov 2015 08:38:29 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 09:26:25 AM

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Hilariously Illiterate Comments: 26
TheDitz can't read or write.
Needs Examples Description Needs Help
Sponsor: RossN Added: 23rd Jun 2013 08:02:21 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 08:27:21 AM

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Culturally Distinct Neighborhood Comments: 16
A neighborhood, ghetto, or barrio distinct from the surrounding community.

Sponsor: surgoshan edited by: Arivne Added: 13th Jun 2012 06:05:40 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 08:21:42 AM

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Material Mimicry Comments: 45
Someone or something that takes on the properties of a material by touching that material
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Sponsor: Ackbar96 edited by: jormis29 Added: 14th Apr 2011 01:00:11 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 07:42:32 AM

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Eating The Enemy Comments: 31
Looks like the best way to beat the enemy is to EAT the enemy!!
Tropeworthy? Already have?
Sponsor: TimG5 Added: 21st Nov 2015 08:01:27 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 07:32:32 AM

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Advertising Board Of Illusion Comments: 24
Character seems to be in a sunny place, but actually stands in front of an advertising board.
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Sponsor: Patachou edited by: Arivne Added: 18th Dec 2013 12:50:42 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 07:09:30 AM

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Literal Tropes Comments: 34
Characters, events, objects, and places in fiction that are literal versions of figurative trope names.
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Sponsor: TroperBrink Added: 11th Jan 2016 01:26:58 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 04:19:56 AM

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Penny Shaving Comments: 16
Stealing very small amounts from many sources, so that it adds up to a large amount of money

Sponsor: BlackHumor Added: 2nd Feb 2016 06:47:03 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 04:18:46 AM

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Knowledge Is Magic Comments: 29
FunctionalMagic depends on knowledge or intuitive understanding of the laws of nature.

Sponsor: Generality Added: 8th Jan 2015 01:57:48 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 04:11:43 AM

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Weird Weather Comments: 43
When normal storms just aren't quite hazardous enough
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Sponsor: Bisected8 Added: 1st Jan 2016 07:06:08 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 04:09:29 AM

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This Image Is Not An Example Comments: 30
List of pages whose images don't really portray the trope
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Sponsor: hamza678 Added: 15th Oct 2015 10:16:52 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 03:33:11 AM

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Inheritance Backlash Comments: 50
Something that you have inherited has some nasty surprise for you.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Ryuuma edited by: morenohijazo Added: 20th Nov 2011 02:22:59 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 02:45:27 AM

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The Warlord Comments: 25
A military leader with power and authority beyond legal or official status.

Sponsor: Serocco edited by: Arivne Added: 6th Jan 2016 12:16:07 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 02:08:02 AM

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Killer Animatronics Comments: 27
Animatronics are gonna kill you
Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: LadyJuse edited by: randomsurfer Added: 15th Mar 2015 01:13:19 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 01:40:05 AM

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It's A Medical Condition Comments: 16
The body goes awfully wacky and the only way you can justify it is by saying its a medical condition

Sponsor: Hisaishi Added: 2nd Dec 2011 10:02:49 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 01:39:18 AM

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Huge First Order Comments: 4
A budding entrepreneur's first order for the product is too large to fill.

Sponsor: Duncan Added: 29th Sep 2012 10:39:26 AM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 01:32:05 AM

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Horror Switcheroo Comments: 21
If your loved one is actually over there, who's that right next to you?

Sponsor: kingofjesters edited by: eroock Added: 24th Sep 2015 09:40:57 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 01:19:51 AM

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Hallucinated Duplication Comments: 58
Imagining every person you see or meet as one particular person.
Already have? Description Needs Help Needs Examples
Sponsor: Premonition45 edited by: Arivne Added: 8th Dec 2012 06:50:13 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 01:04:53 AM

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Hands-On Shock Comments: 16
Characters that succeed academically find they don't do well in Home Ec or Shop classes, while underachievers excel at it.

Sponsor: CindehQ Added: 26th May 2015 04:54:41 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 01:03:27 AM

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Character Narrates The Trailer Comments: 12
A character in the work narrates a trailer of it.
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Sponsor: HawktureShorts155 edited by: Sahira Added: 7th Aug 2010 11:18:20 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 12:52:56 AM

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Suave Sabre Comments: 10
The sabre is a dashing and daring military hero's WeaponOfChoice
Needs Examples
Sponsor: TheBigBopper Added: 4th Feb 2016 10:03:57 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 12:36:23 AM

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Villainous Vow Comments: 11
The villain swears to do something evil in order to intimidate the heroes.

Sponsor: TheOrbOfConfusion Added: 4th Feb 2016 12:22:14 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 12:28:51 AM

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Armor is Cumbersome Comments: 9
Armor is depicted as so unbearably heavy, restrictive, and uncomfortable to wear that you wonder why anyone uses it.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: TheBigBopper Added: 6th Feb 2016 04:57:15 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 12:18:15 AM

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Set Upgrade Comments: 11
Adding, Switching or Modifying the Sets Over Time

Sponsor: KJMackley edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Feb 2016 07:29:24 PM Last reply: 7th Feb 2016 12:13:23 AM

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Price On Their Head Comments: 27
Someone is willing to pay for this character, dead or alive

Sponsor: bradleysigma edited by: Arivne Added: 25th Jan 2016 08:45:48 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 11:18:56 PM

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Prisoner's Dilemma Comments: 15
Characters are collectively better off cooperating but individually better off defecting. Failure to cooperate generally ensues.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Calecute edited by: Alucard Added: 20th Aug 2015 02:39:00 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 11:14:37 PM

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Dark Horse Nominee Comments: 3
A unexpected candidate in an awards show

Sponsor: LaptopGuy edited by: Arivne Added: 6th Feb 2016 01:22:40 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 10:53:49 PM

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Everyone's A Bible Scholar Comments: 9
Any Bible verse is instantly recognized by another character in the room.

Sponsor: CheeseDogX edited by: Arivne Added: 23rd Jan 2016 10:28:50 AM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 10:41:11 PM

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Inappropriately Close Comrades Comments: 8
Rules against relationships between military personnel

Sponsor: Vios Added: 4th Feb 2016 08:52:56 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 10:05:19 PM

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Know Thyself Comments: 18
AnAesop about self-knowledge.
Needs Examples Description Needs Help Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Knowlessman edited by: Arivne Added: 18th Oct 2013 11:13:07 AM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 09:58:43 PM

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Daycare Nightmare (Launching in one week) Comments: 15
Daycare is a terrible place for the kids, the employees, or both.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 13th Apr 2015 10:11:26 AM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 07:13:09 PM

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Ability Mixing Comments: 24
When a person combines two weapons, spells, abilities, or other, to produce new effects.
Needs Examples Better Name Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Graveaccent edited by: DAN004 Added: 19th Nov 2015 06:39:27 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 06:51:28 PM

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That Thing Over There Must Die Comments: 19
Game characters speak in vague generalities so speech samples can be reused.
Better Name Needs Examples Better Name Better Name
Sponsor: hyphz Added: 25th Mar 2014 06:22:04 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 06:38:57 PM

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Embarrassing Initials Comments: 43
Someone's initials spell something silly

Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 4th Jan 2016 01:28:52 AM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 05:57:34 PM

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Eleventh Hour Flashback Comments: 26
A FlashBack right before the climax or exciting conclusion.

Sponsor: meeg edited by: Arivne Added: 27th Apr 2014 07:25:19 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 05:51:14 PM

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Moral Pragmatist Comments: 44
A character stops doing evil, because they realizes it hurts their goal.
Needs Examples Already have? Needs Examples Already have?
Sponsor: KingZeal Added: 9th Jun 2013 08:22:49 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 05:48:53 PM

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Forgot The Birthday Comments: 16
A character's birthday is forgotten in the story
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Berrenta Added: 21st Sep 2015 07:34:22 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 05:16:20 PM

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Rising Water Rising Tension Comments: 29
Rising flood waters equals rising tensions
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Sponsor: foxley Added: 31st Dec 2015 05:01:38 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 04:59:02 PM

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COPS Spoof Comments: 21
Parodies of the show COPS

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 20th Nov 2015 08:02:31 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 04:18:52 PM

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Teamwork Seduction (Needs Hats/Examples) Comments: 32
Teaming up to crack a mutual target.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: KingZeal Added: 18th Sep 2011 10:52:57 AM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 04:16:05 PM

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The Ex-President Comments: 23
The former leader of a nation/organization will appear in a work. Successor may not like it.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 29th Apr 2015 04:45:28 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 02:58:18 PM

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Shadow Government Comments: 20
A secret faction within the legal government. Sometimes a conspiracy

Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 27th Jan 2016 01:47:00 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 02:52:45 PM

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Contrasting Sequel Antagonist Comments: 63
Description Needs Help Description Needs Help Motion To Discard
Sponsor: Agares edited by: Gamermaster Added: 17th Dec 2013 06:00:31 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 02:08:53 PM

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Instantly Proven Wrong Comments: 83
When a statement is immediately contradicted by external circumstances
Up For Grabs Description Needs Help Better Name Up For Grabs Better Name Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: eroock edited by: Arivne Added: 31st May 2015 07:28:09 AM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 12:53:45 PM

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Guerilla Office Comments: 7
A dynamic office

Sponsor: GoodKnight edited by: Arivne Added: 10th Jan 2013 07:05:36 PM Last reply: 6th Feb 2016 11:17:13 AM

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