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Frozen Food by a Dead Person Comments: 27
Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Motion To Discard
Sponsor: sanveron Added: 30th Mar 2011 06:08:17 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 10:46:37 AM

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Spoiler Statute Of Limitations Comments: 66
Character thinks enough time has passed for a work that it's okay to spoil.
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Sponsor: DragonQuestZ Added: 17th Dec 2014 09:09:54 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 10:42:06 AM

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Ambiguously Living Comments: 8
Is it alive or not?
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Sponsor: RanFang Added: 22nd Jan 2015 04:51:46 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 10:34:30 AM

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Wall And Fall Comments: 53
Hitting a wall in mid-air and slowly sliding down
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: julyjack73 edited by: Alucard Added: 14th Sep 2011 07:58:51 AM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 10:20:52 AM

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Exempt From Physics Comments: 111
A character's actions do not conform to the physics of their world
Better Name Already have? Better Name Better Name Up For Grabs Motion To Discard
Sponsor: TheNerdyNinja edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 7th Dec 2012 01:19:14 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 10:14:06 AM

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Real Estate Agent Wife Comments: 7
Sub-trope of housewife, the wife is or becomes a real estate agent
Tropeworthy? Tropeworthy? Better Name
Sponsor: JHoliday Added: 9th Jan 2015 05:47:34 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 10:08:23 AM

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Vacation Crossover Comments: 40
Characters from one show take a vacation... and run into characters from another show.
Needs Examples Already have?
Sponsor: MarkKB Added: 24th Feb 2013 10:44:24 AM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 10:00:10 AM

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Abhorrent Ally Comments: 6
The only one willing to help you also happen to hate. What to do?

Sponsor: Earnest Added: 31st Jan 2015 06:13:14 AM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 09:38:31 AM

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Benevolent Monsters Comments: 38
No matter how dangerous the monsters are, most wouldn't hurt a fly.
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Sponsor: Tavernier Added: 2nd Jan 2015 10:13:28 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 09:37:30 AM

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Adaptational Nationality Comments: 31
In the adaptation, a character comes from a different country.
Tropeworthy? Already have? Already have? Up For Grabs Needs Examples
Sponsor: DaibhidC edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Jul 2013 11:10:46 AM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 09:19:25 AM

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No Mortal Blade Comments: 10
Normal weapons don't work, and a new material isn't helping.
Already have? Needs Examples Description Needs Help
Sponsor: baschapp edited by: Arivne Added: 31st Jan 2015 08:23:31 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 09:10:23 AM

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Spoiled by the Cast List Comments: 62
Knowing the cast list spoils The Reveal.
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Sponsor: RobotechMaster edited by: Arivne Added: 10th May 2012 06:02:47 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 09:07:51 AM

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Asian Hair Streak Comments: 43
An East Asian woman has blue, purple or red in her hair.
Better Name Needs Examples Description Needs Help Motion To Discard Description Needs Help Motion To Discard Tropeworthy? Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: kiapet Added: 21st Nov 2014 10:14:37 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 08:00:22 AM

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Wealthy Philanthropist Comments: 11
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: 1st Feb 2015 07:48:26 AM

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It's Personal With The Dragon Comments: 12
Stories where the hero's Arch Enemy or greatest rival is the Dragon rather than the Big Bad
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Sponsor: TheWanderer Added: 27th Jan 2015 09:02:55 AM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 06:47:09 AM

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Subverted Pun Comments: 25
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: 1st Feb 2015 06:22:32 AM

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That Only Happened Twice! Comments: 44
A character tries to downplay frequency or number with a number that's way too big
Better Name Already have?
Sponsor: RaustBD Added: 28th Jan 2015 02:32:22 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 06:00:15 AM

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Omikuji Comments: 11
Those little paper fortunes you get from Japanese Shinto shrines

Sponsor: Irrisia edited by: jormis29 Added: 13th Nov 2011 05:05:18 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 05:14:36 AM

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Idiot Ball Dispenser Comments: 35
Character that, makes all the other characters incompetent/stupid in his/her presence so the author can make him/her shine.
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Sponsor: Rboaventura edited by: Arivne Added: 19th Aug 2014 05:04:05 PM Last reply: 1st Feb 2015 01:13:32 AM

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Undetectable Power Level Comments: 57
In a work that involves power sensing, there's a certain character who can't be sensed for some reason.

Sponsor: DAN004 Added: 16th Sep 2014 02:52:59 AM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 09:28:28 PM

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Adaptational Nationality Comments: 3
A character's nationality is altered in a derivative work.
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Sponsor: RossN Added: 31st Jan 2015 04:12:39 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 08:04:19 PM

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Position of Literal Power Comments: 52
A is a lot like a position in the government, except it grants magical powers and abilities instead of legal ones.
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Sponsor: baschapp Added: 20th Sep 2014 09:28:26 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 07:45:10 PM

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Cheery Pink Comments: 20
Pink means cheerfulness
Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Already have? Better Name Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: Jess0312 Added: 25th Jan 2015 08:40:17 AM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 07:44:49 PM

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Comments: 3
Just Want to add my opinion
Motion To Discard Motion To Discard Motion To Discard
Sponsor: NewWorldGod20 Added: 31st Jan 2015 04:19:34 AM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 06:50:40 PM

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Vicariously Ambitious Comments: 60
A person who wants to put someone else into a position of power, not themself.

Sponsor: TheWanderer edited by: jormis29 Added: 21st Mar 2013 06:28:44 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 05:50:09 PM

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Men Don't Change Diapers Comments: 18
In Hollywood, men are bumbling buffoons who get Squicked out when they see their childrens' diapers.
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Sponsor: Binarystep edited by: BinaryStep Added: 11th Aug 2013 06:56:15 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 05:33:12 PM

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Dig Attack Comments: 54
An attack or technique that involves the user being underground.
Better Name Description Needs Help
Sponsor: KZN02 Added: 4th Nov 2014 09:47:08 AM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 04:56:48 PM

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Evil Mascot Comments: 50
When the SeriesMascot is one of the major villains

Sponsor: SuperLlama edited by: MorningStar1337 Added: 3rd Sep 2013 06:52:28 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 03:08:26 PM

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Touchy Scale Comments: 28
Dragons have a Weak Point and/or a Berserk Button.
Better Name
Sponsor: MorningStar1337 Added: 27th Jan 2015 01:25:00 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 02:25:35 PM

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Iron Maiden Comments: 29
A medieval torture device that's full of spikes.

Sponsor: HellKillUsAll edited by: Generality Added: 12th Sep 2014 07:04:19 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 01:31:35 PM

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The Short War Comments: 20
A war that lasts an unusually short amount of time.
Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: dasuberkaiser Added: 20th Jan 2015 08:58:08 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 01:04:57 PM

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New Relatives As The Plot Demands Comments: 7
New relatives coming and going

Sponsor: MartyD82 edited by: Arivne Added: 29th Jan 2015 10:44:57 AM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 12:19:33 PM

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Listing Stutter Comments: 57
A single item is repeated in a list.
Already have? Needs Examples Description Needs Help Already have?
Sponsor: woddor edited by: Paradisesnake Added: 21st Jan 2014 10:16:47 AM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 12:06:49 PM

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Nerds Speak Klingon Comments: 21
Nerds Being Fluent In a Conlang (usually Elvish or Klingon)

Sponsor: Jordan edited by: Arivne Added: 20th Nov 2012 06:36:47 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 11:37:33 AM

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Flagservice Comments: 7
Needs Examples
Sponsor: sanveron edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Jan 2015 11:05:05 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 11:28:10 AM

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Diary Of A Character Comments: 16
Better Name Motion To Discard
Sponsor: HersheleOstropoler edited by: JasonJD48 Added: 25th Feb 2011 07:40:49 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 11:24:51 AM

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Driving Song Comments: 51
Songs about road trips, highways and the open road.

Sponsor: Exxolon edited by: Alucard Added: 3rd Aug 2013 04:37:38 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 07:33:32 AM

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Now You're Getting It Comments: 8
Better Name Needs Examples
Sponsor: davidnio42 Added: 1st Apr 2011 07:11:30 AM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 07:33:26 AM

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Lucidity Shock Comments: 46
A character realizes he’s acting out of himself/doesn’t even know what he’s doing.
Needs Examples Already have? Better Name Description Needs Help
Sponsor: HeavyTony Added: 17th Aug 2014 10:44:08 AM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 07:13:40 AM

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Saved By The Coffin Comments: 40
A coffin saves somebody from danger.
Up For Grabs Already have? Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: Quatic edited by: arivor Added: 6th Sep 2012 09:49:07 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 06:07:05 AM

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But Now You Must Go Comments: 16
The Call Kicked You Out

Sponsor: CaptEquinox Added: 19th Jan 2015 05:02:53 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 05:17:32 AM

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Stealth Situation Comments: 38
When brute force just won't cut it.
Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: Imoo57 Added: 20th Jan 2013 02:13:33 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 02:36:05 AM

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Benevolent Masked Men Comments: 33
The good counterpart of Malevolent Masked Men

Sponsor: Imoo57 Added: 12th Nov 2012 02:01:37 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 02:29:51 AM

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Sliding Scale of Sports Realism Comments: 9
Needs Examples Up For Grabs
Sponsor: CindehQ edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Mar 2011 09:35:55 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 02:07:29 AM

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The Joy of Flight Comments: 40
A character flies for the first time, and it is treated with awe and wonder.
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: ThePope edited by: lalalei2001 Added: 12th Nov 2014 10:11:00 PM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 01:13:54 AM

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Adaptation Combination Comments: 58
A work is adapted not from one, but two or more different sources, combined into one plot.

Sponsor: K.Kloga edited by: Arivne Added: 17th Sep 2014 05:29:33 AM Last reply: 31st Jan 2015 12:22:11 AM

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Throwing Away The Badge Comments: 30
Resignation letters are for pansies. Real men quit the police force by tossing away their badge in disgust.
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Sponsor: darkjezter edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Sep 2012 04:06:58 AM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 09:44:33 PM

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Gold Beats Iron Comments: 59
Equipment/weapons made out of gold are shown to be stronger than similar things made out of iron
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Sponsor: spudwalt edited by: DAN004 Added: 11th Feb 2012 01:55:26 PM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 07:42:29 PM

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Useful Notes: Hypnosis Comments: 10

Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 12th Dec 2013 12:28:52 PM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 06:58:56 PM

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Scarred Equipment Comments: 39
Adding badassery to the character by their stuff being pre-wrecked.

Sponsor: torru369 edited by: Antigone3 Added: 13th Sep 2014 01:23:52 AM Last reply: 30th Jan 2015 05:59:17 PM

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