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Seeing Souls Comments: 0
A character has the power to see another's soul or spirit.

Sponsor: Seiryu Added: 6th Mar 2015 06:51:11 AM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 06:51:11 AM

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Refuse To Rescue The Disliked Comments: 18
The hero refuses to rescue an unlikable person.

Sponsor: 313Bluestreak Added: 27th Feb 2015 01:56:18 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 06:48:59 AM

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Hide Your Allegiance Comments: 27
A situation calls for someone in the police/military to hide his/her allegiance with them

Sponsor: Ominae Added: 2nd Mar 2015 06:02:18 AM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 06:46:01 AM

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Denial Induced Appearence Comments: 29
Oh hey look, a something!
Motion To Discard Motion To Discard Motion To Discard
Sponsor: EnderPixel Added: 3rd Mar 2015 02:52:01 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 06:32:57 AM

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Braids Of Innocence Comments: 48
Braids used as a shorthand to portray someone's innocence.
Tropeworthy? Up For Grabs Needs Examples Needs Examples Description Needs Help Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: Synchronicity edited by: Quag15 Added: 5th Aug 2011 08:58:07 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 06:28:35 AM

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Formula for X (Solving X with Equation) Comments: 17
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: 6th Mar 2015 06:25:53 AM

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Wealthy Philanthropist Comments: 25
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: 6th Mar 2015 06:25:05 AM

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Dream Keepsake Comments: 17
Physical proof that it wasn't AllJustADream.

Sponsor: Generality Added: 4th Mar 2015 10:54:37 AM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 06:09:41 AM

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Gonky Femme Comments: 17
A largely unfeminine looking character is girly

Sponsor: GiorgioDaneri Added: 27th Feb 2015 05:41:18 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 05:40:11 AM

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Test Your Strength Game Comments: 3
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: 6th Mar 2015 05:28:41 AM

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Segmented Teleportation Comments: 34
Using a series of short-range teleportation to achieve long-distance travel.

Sponsor: SolipSchism Added: 4th Mar 2015 10:15:31 AM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 05:22:43 AM

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Pro Wrestling Ghetto Comments: 49
Pro wrestling is inferior entertainment and you are inferior for liking it
Needs Examples Up For Grabs Better Name
Sponsor: thecarolinabull01 Added: 1st Mar 2015 01:01:07 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 04:57:12 AM

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Auxiliaries Comments: 33
They're not a regular part of your army, but they provide a useful service
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Sponsor: Antigone3 edited by: Ominae Added: 16th Oct 2014 10:10:49 AM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 04:42:20 AM

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Waking Giant Comments: 49
A monster which gets more dangerous if the fight drags on.
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Sponsor: Bisected8 Added: 25th Feb 2015 11:38:29 AM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 04:04:30 AM

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Break The Believer Comments: 15
The KnightTemplar or similar character is shattered after discovering they were wrong.
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Sponsor: Starshock edited by: Arivne Added: 4th Mar 2015 03:53:50 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 03:48:45 AM

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Shut Up Gunshot Comments: 31
A character fires a gun into the air to stop an argument, draw attention, or scare people off.

Sponsor: Niall142 Added: 20th Feb 2015 03:12:13 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 03:47:33 AM

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Ambiguous Gender Identity Comments: 80
A character may or may not be transgender
Description Needs Help Motion To Discard Needs Examples Motion To Discard Up For Grabs
Sponsor: Pichu-kun edited by: KyleJacobs Added: 23rd Sep 2014 02:56:06 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 03:44:49 AM

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Subverted Pun Comments: 41
An obvious pun is teased...and something else is substituted
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Sponsor: Bisected8 Added: 17th Jan 2015 12:47:44 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 03:39:52 AM

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Central Canine Feline Foil Comments: 28
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: EdnaWalker edited by: Arivne Added: 5th Oct 2014 10:26:40 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 03:27:36 AM

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Tattletale Trait Comments: 6
Scars, tics, accessories and clothes that betray a traitor as a traitor.

Sponsor: Earnest edited by: Arivne Added: 4th Mar 2015 08:33:59 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 03:22:16 AM

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The Kingslayer Comments: 73
A character who slew the supreme leader of a nation.
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Sponsor: Ardiente edited by: StarSword Added: 10th Jun 2011 10:10:31 AM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 02:50:36 AM

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Fashionably Floral Comments: 135
Flowery decorations in clothes are so much prettier than not having them.
Tropeworthy? Motion To Discard
Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 9th Feb 2015 12:00:38 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 01:59:32 AM

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Music Is Eighth Notes Comments: 112
Music is visually represented by eighth notes.
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Sponsor: StevotheHuman edited by: KarjamP Added: 23rd Jun 2012 10:03:31 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 01:16:15 AM

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Don't Let the Cops into the House Comments: 27

Sponsor: TRICOV Added: 29th Mar 2011 08:48:04 PM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 01:15:17 AM

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Empty Fort Gambit Comments: 63
Lure the enemy into your base to trap or kill them
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Sponsor: WiseMan23753 edited by: DAN004 Added: 24th May 2013 12:01:28 AM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 12:32:00 AM

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Static Role, Exchangeable Character Comments: 16
When the player can assign different characters to act out specific roles in the game's plot.

Sponsor: Koveras Added: 4th Feb 2015 06:53:06 AM Last reply: 6th Mar 2015 12:08:25 AM

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The One Job Comments: 38
...that you can't count on certain people to do

Sponsor: ryanasaurus0077 Added: 9th Feb 2015 01:11:34 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 11:45:25 PM

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Your Baby Belongs To Me Comments: 27
Woman is forced to give her newborn child over to someone else.
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Sponsor: SaraJaye Added: 31st Oct 2014 07:57:43 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 11:27:52 PM

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Mammal With Gills Comments: 16
A mammalian creature breathes using gills.

Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 22nd Feb 2015 08:00:21 AM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 11:23:46 PM

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Vulnerability Voice Comments: 50
A (non-child) character who exhibits vulnerability also has a very high voice.
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Sponsor: PPPSSC Added: 29th Sep 2013 12:01:07 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 10:46:21 PM

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The Short War Comments: 30
A war that lasts an unusually short amount of time.
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Sponsor: dasuberkaiser Added: 20th Jan 2015 08:58:08 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 08:41:57 PM

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Mundane Victory Celebration Comments: 10
The characters celebrate a big event... with something like getting pizza.

Sponsor: HaruAxeman edited by: Arivne Added: 22nd Jun 2013 04:04:10 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 08:29:55 PM

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Damage Immunity Comments: 23
A character is resistant or immune to a type of attack.

Sponsor: Earnest Added: 17th Jun 2013 11:13:47 AM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 08:21:23 PM

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Scatterbrained Senior Comments: 27
Old people have memory troubles.
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Sponsor: surgoshan edited by: ayjazz Added: 7th Nov 2013 04:54:37 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 07:56:53 PM

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Doing It My Way Comments: 21
Putting your own twist on the formula
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Sponsor: KJMackley edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Mar 2015 03:12:34 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 07:52:00 PM

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Being God Sucks Comments: 33
A Deity doesn't want the job.
Up For Grabs Already have? Needs Examples
Sponsor: ginsengaddict Added: 5th Mar 2014 02:44:27 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 07:47:06 PM

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Even The Gays Want Her Comments: 39
A woman so attractive even homosexal men's heads are turned

Sponsor: Crystalpunk edited by: Arivne Added: 17th Oct 2014 07:41:44 AM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 07:43:52 PM

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There's A Monster Picking On Me Comments: 20
Something dangerous torments a hapless victim but hides from everyone else.

Sponsor: Tavernier Added: 2nd Mar 2015 10:49:35 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 07:41:25 PM

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Love Informant (3rd-Party Love Confession) Comments: 26
A third party tells someone that he is beloved of someone else.
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Sponsor: BlueIceTea edited by: gallium Added: 6th Oct 2013 11:48:18 AM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 07:32:18 PM

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No Longer Covert Comments: 44
Nobody knew when we got in. They definitely knew when we left.
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Sponsor: Yora edited by: KyleJacobs Added: 8th Feb 2012 03:16:13 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 07:19:30 PM

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Home Visit Scene Comments: 12
A character visits someone else's home and learn more about them.

Sponsor: VoidKnightsc Added: 10th Feb 2015 08:14:13 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 05:30:42 PM

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Plot Moving Song Comments: 29
A song in a musical that pushes the plot along
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Sponsor: DS9guy Added: 26th Dec 2011 10:04:45 AM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 05:26:05 PM

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TV Channel Dispute Comments: 5
Two characters argue about what to watch on TV.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: SteveMB Added: 4th Mar 2015 02:45:17 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 04:47:38 PM

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Taken Off The Case Comments: 6
When a police officer is removed from a case against his will
Up For Grabs Description Needs Help
Sponsor: eroock Added: 3rd Mar 2015 03:41:13 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 03:59:33 PM

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Cast From Experience Points Comments: 19
Spells that de-level the caster
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Sponsor: Elyandarin Added: 27th Jan 2015 12:18:11 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 03:53:39 PM

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Rejection Ritual Comments: 44
A formalized/ritualized way to cast out or exile someone
Needs Examples Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 15th Jun 2014 08:18:27 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 02:23:46 PM

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Adaptation Combination Comments: 64
A work is adapted not from one, but two or more different sources, combined into one plot.

Sponsor: K.Kloga edited by: rcmerod52 Added: 17th Sep 2014 05:29:33 AM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 01:59:51 PM

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Perpendicular Balance Comments: 20
A character/class/faction that's really hard to balance due to its unique quirks.

Sponsor: magnum12 Added: 17th Mar 2014 06:32:58 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 12:57:41 PM

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Accessorizing For Love Comments: 45
Wearing specific clothes or accessories to advertise romantic/sexual interest
Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: Willbyr Added: 14th May 2013 08:41:36 PM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 12:55:11 PM

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Recursive Trope Comments: 5
Example of a trope is, itself, an example of the same trope.

Sponsor: shoruke Added: 5th Mar 2015 03:16:13 AM Last reply: 5th Mar 2015 12:31:33 PM

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