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Tyrannicide Comments: 25
The killing of a tyrant in order to free one's country

Sponsor: JujuP Added: 14th Apr 2015 08:20:36 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:52:55 PM

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Alas, Poor Inanimate Comments: 37
A commonly beloved item is broken/destroyed and characters treat it as if it's somebody died
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Sponsor: Alexandri098 edited by: DAN004 Added: 22nd Aug 2014 02:49:52 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:50:50 PM

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Copytain Nemo Comments: 21
A rebellious character with a cool ship made using unrivaled technology.
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Sponsor: 425599167 Added: 15th Apr 2015 09:19:30 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:50:42 PM

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Two Pairs Of Foils And A Mediator Comments: 129
A common five-member team dynamic, where the team consists of two sets of foils and a mediator.
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Sponsor: Nocturna edited by: Arivne Added: 26th Aug 2012 03:48:47 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:47:44 PM

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No A.I. Allowed Comments: 13
The development of ArtificialIntelligence is forbidden.

Sponsor: SolipSchism Added: 16th Apr 2015 09:55:33 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:46:18 PM

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The Perils Of Being The Best Comments: 41
Being the best at something has its own set of career disadvantages.

Sponsor: Quatic edited by: marcoasalazarm Added: 30th Apr 2014 08:32:27 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:43:33 PM

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Eye Correcting Superpowers Comments: 16
A character with poor vision gains superpowers, and no longer needs to wear glasses
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples
Sponsor: pjnick edited by: Arivne Added: 6th Nov 2014 09:20:20 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:42:25 PM

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Nonexistent Change In Behavior Comments: 28
Same behavior, different motivation.

Sponsor: MrInitialMan edited by: Arivne Added: 22nd Dec 2011 01:15:01 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:38:41 PM

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Kneel, Push, Trip Comments: 4
A character kneels behind a target, allowing his partner to push the target over so he trips.

Sponsor: foxley Added: 18th Apr 2015 12:10:10 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:16:19 PM

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Revenge is a Dish Best Served Comments: 0
tampering with someone's food out of spite

Sponsor: WillBGood Added: 18th Apr 2015 05:14:15 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:14:15 PM

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Clowns Are Magic Comments: 4
Clowns in fiction always have magical powers.

Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 28th Mar 2015 12:26:05 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:14:08 PM

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Repulsive Ringmaster Comments: 22
Ringmasters are scary.

Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 28th Mar 2015 12:24:14 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 05:10:04 PM

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Fade By The Lights Comments: 6
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: 18th Apr 2015 04:59:32 PM

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Relationship Doesn't Survive The Adventure Comments: 0
The Adventure destroys the hero's pre-existing relationship

Sponsor: Rjinswand Added: 18th Apr 2015 04:41:24 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 04:56:14 PM

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Not Disabled In VR Comments: 81
A disabled person finds fulfillment in a virtual world.
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Sponsor: SolariusScorch Added: 4th Feb 2015 02:01:27 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 04:47:11 PM

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Comic Characters Can\'t Draw Comments: 1
Works of fiction nested within other works of fiction will be rendered more crudely.
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Sponsor: DreamerTalin Added: 18th Apr 2015 02:56:06 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 04:39:32 PM

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The Circus Comments: 28
A place wherein entertainers perform for an audience. Features a huge tent with a circus ring, and a Ringmaster.

Sponsor: Lakija Added: 17th Feb 2014 02:43:58 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 04:18:33 PM

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No-Noise Walker Comments: 0
When someone doesn't make noise when they walk

Sponsor: Nivena Added: 18th Apr 2015 03:47:09 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 03:47:09 PM

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Heir-In-Law Comments: 7
Princesses don't inherit, but their husbands do

Sponsor: Vios Added: 15th Apr 2015 07:06:16 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 03:34:07 PM

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One Word Vocabulary Comments: 66
A character who can only say one word or phrase ever
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Sponsor: MrInitialMan Added: 29th Sep 2013 01:49:26 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 02:13:13 PM

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Humble Hero, Strong Sidekick Comments: 31
The Hero has the protagonism, The Lancer has the power

Sponsor: CosmeF Added: 13th Apr 2015 10:07:50 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 01:31:08 PM

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Ridiculously Photogenic Comments: 9
A character with an uncanny aptitude to look great on photos.
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Sponsor: Koveras Added: 18th Apr 2015 01:02:39 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 01:17:49 PM

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The Nerd, the Jock, and the Hot Girl Comments: 18
A love triangle involving a nerdy guy, a jock, and a hot girl.
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Sponsor: cogitosum666 Added: 14th Apr 2013 05:50:19 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 01:17:05 PM

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I Can't Tell You Over The Phone Comments: 9
Bob knows who the killer is, but instead of telling Detective Alice directly over the phone he insists on meeting instead.
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Sponsor: CyberSkull Added: 17th Apr 2015 08:43:54 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 12:54:32 PM

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Sailor Moon Squad Comments: 125
A magical girl take on the Five-Man Band or Power Trio.
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Sponsor: ryanasaurus0077 Added: 9th Sep 2014 10:08:05 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 12:04:54 PM

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Pelts Of The Barbarian Comments: 31
Wearing rough fur clothing signifies one is a badass from the frozen north.

Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 13th Apr 2015 09:28:20 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 10:56:48 AM

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Arbitrary Mission Restriction Comments: 80
The mission isn't just 'Do X', it's 'Do X in this arbitrarily specific way.'
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Sponsor: SolipSchism Added: 11th Dec 2014 04:10:35 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 10:03:40 AM

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"From The Creator Of" Promotion Comments: 89
Work B is promoted based on its connection to Work A

Sponsor: CrankyStorming edited by: lakingsif Added: 9th Apr 2013 10:39:14 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 09:38:22 AM

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FictionČ Comments: 9
A Fiction, in a pice of Fiction
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Sponsor: Larek Added: 16th Apr 2015 12:38:31 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 09:27:27 AM

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Wealthy Philanthropist Comments: 37
A rich person who helps the poor or those in need, especially by giving them money

Sponsor: XFllo Added: 28th Jan 2015 03:22:29 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 09:22:17 AM

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Formula for X (Solving X with Equation) Comments: 23
A character tries to solve a non-scientific problem with science and tries to find a formula; s/he uses not-so-symbolic representations
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Sponsor: XFllo Added: 7th Feb 2015 07:43:02 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 09:13:12 AM

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Banished to Australia Comments: 3
Characters unimportant to plot get sent to Australia.
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Sponsor: alexithymia Added: 18th Apr 2015 05:26:15 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 09:02:41 AM

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Fantasy Creep Comments: 27
Over time, a show not originally in the territory starts having psychic/telepathic plot elements
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Sponsor: DarkCrescent edited by: Arivne Added: 15th Apr 2015 06:11:39 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 08:49:50 AM

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1-800-MNEMONIC Comments: 30
A phone number spells something clever

Sponsor: patches365 Added: 9th Apr 2015 07:40:17 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 08:11:20 AM

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Ceiling Corpse Shock Comments: 34
A body is stuck to the ceiling, often causing a nasty surprise.
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Sponsor: DatLonerGirl edited by: LordGro Added: 8th Jul 2014 09:45:08 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 06:49:17 AM

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Rental Car Abuse Comments: 17
A character uses the fact they rented a car as an excuse to drive like crazy.

Sponsor: maxwellsilver Added: 8th Feb 2015 04:04:03 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 04:10:52 AM

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Multiple Persuasion Modes (hats?) Comments: 20
When you can use different in-game social skills to coax NPCs into helping you.

Sponsor: Koveras Added: 28th Dec 2014 06:31:45 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 03:24:54 AM

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Fictional Zodiac Comments: 57
The astrological equivalent to the Con-Lang

Sponsor: PMiller1 edited by: robinjohnson Added: 27th Feb 2011 01:06:12 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 02:27:55 AM

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Profane Last Words Comments: 97
A character's last words are a profanity/insult/curse.
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Sponsor: Ryuuma edited by: DAN004 Added: 19th Dec 2011 03:16:26 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 01:50:43 AM

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The Short War Comments: 68
A war that lasts an unusually short amount of time.
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Sponsor: dasuberkaiser edited by: Hemma Added: 20th Jan 2015 08:58:08 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 01:32:30 AM

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Elite Four Comments: 91
A group of four powerful entities, sometimes in the service to an even more powerful master
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Sponsor: AlleyOop edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 23rd Jan 2015 09:48:42 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 01:09:10 AM

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Touchy Scale Comments: 35
Dragons have a conspicously unusual scale...
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Sponsor: MorningStar1337 Added: 27th Jan 2015 01:25:00 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 01:08:58 AM

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Exempt From Physics Comments: 137
A character's actions do not conform to the physics of their world
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Sponsor: TheNerdyNinja edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 7th Dec 2012 01:19:14 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 01:08:52 AM

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Take A Hit, Take A Spit Comments: 14
A character reacts after being hit by spitting.
Better Name Up For Grabs
Sponsor: Exxolon edited by: DAN004 Added: 30th Aug 2013 04:04:35 PM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 12:23:14 AM

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Weighted Gloves Comments: 41
Hiding something hard in a boxing glove to increase the punch's power.
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Sponsor: ZarbiNerada edited by: DAN004 Added: 19th Oct 2012 09:42:30 AM Last reply: 18th Apr 2015 12:17:18 AM

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Test Your Strength Game Comments: 18
A carnival game where you hit a device with a hammer to send up a weight to try to ring a bell
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Sponsor: SirPellucidar edited by: Arivne Added: 6th Mar 2015 12:58:05 AM Last reply: 17th Apr 2015 11:52:09 PM

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Super Saiyan Syndrome Comments: 6
Super mode becomes useless, leading to Super Mode 2.
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Sponsor: thxxk Added: 16th Apr 2015 08:21:12 PM Last reply: 17th Apr 2015 08:44:15 PM

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Platonic Declaration of Love Comments: 19
One character tells their non love interest they love them

Sponsor: cillianflood Added: 14th Apr 2015 03:43:09 PM Last reply: 17th Apr 2015 08:06:01 PM

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Official Presidential Transport Comments: 34
The official transport for a head-of-state.
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Sponsor: Tallens Added: 7th Mar 2015 07:53:26 PM Last reply: 17th Apr 2015 06:31:51 PM

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Card Carrying Jerkass Comments: 14
A character is a Jerk, admits it, and enjoys it.
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Sponsor: Sibuna Added: 15th Dec 2013 12:49:54 PM Last reply: 17th Apr 2015 06:10:25 PM

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