You know, that thing where...

"You know, that thing where..."

You have a trope that you have seen a million times. It just needs a snappy name. Discuss it here! This is also a good place to call for examples.

How this works: Cruise through the list looking for a title or synopsis (which we call the 'laconic version') that might interest you. View the draft description with attached discussion, then give the sponsor your feedback and maybe an example or two of where you have seen the trope in media. Please see the YKTTW Guidelines for the full etiquette of YKTTW.

Hello, Unknown Troper. Everything here will be marked "new". If you want to flag only new-for-you, Get Known.

Add a completely new YKTTW or lend a hand with one of these:

Filters:

YKTTW keyword Search:

Sort by: oldest latest replies


Skip To Page:

Page 1 of 175

Community-Threatening Construction Comments: 77
Construction of a new megastructure threatens a small community
Motion To Discard
Sponsor: hgman3 edited by: Berrenta Added: 22nd Apr 2011 05:34:21 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 06:23:17 PM

Show Draft
Outside-Context Hero Comments: 11
An unknown hero that no one knows how to deal with, or an otherwise unexpected protagonists.
Needs Examples
Sponsor: Ramona122003 Added: 1st Sep 2015 08:39:02 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 06:20:04 PM

Show Draft
Bullying Victim Busted Comments: 2
A case of bullying where the protagonist gets in trouble and not the bully

Sponsor: allnaturaltrans4 Added: 4th Sep 2015 01:02:56 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 05:54:40 PM

Show Draft
Overly Literal Transcription Comments: 11
A transcriber writes down too much.
Better Name Description Needs Help Tropeworthy? Needs Examples
Sponsor: Premonition45 Added: 29th Aug 2015 06:15:37 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 05:51:41 PM

Show Draft
Accidental Index Comments: 10
An index for events that were unintended
Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: Trogdor Added: 12th Oct 2014 12:56:11 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 05:01:43 PM

Show Draft
Ascended Misspelling Comments: 28
A typo in a line or a character's name becomes its own thing.

Sponsor: MrUnderhill edited by: maxwellsilver Added: 5th Aug 2015 06:52:42 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 04:16:02 PM

Show Draft
One Sneeze Syndrome Comments: 6
A character sneezes once and the other ones go uh-oh

Sponsor: Unicorndance Added: 7th Jul 2015 10:10:09 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 04:11:01 PM

Show Draft
Resurrection Revenge Comments: 11
I'm BackFromTheDead to kill whoever killed me
Needs Examples
Sponsor: phantomreader42 edited by: Arivne Added: 3rd Sep 2015 08:32:08 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 03:57:39 PM

Show Draft
Heroic Ambidexterity Comments: 5
True Heroes™ can fight equally well with either hand.

Sponsor: LordGro Added: 4th Sep 2015 08:21:39 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 03:17:11 PM

Show Draft
Skull Cups Comments: 25
Using skulls as cups to show villainy and strength.
Up For Grabs Needs Examples Description Needs Help
Sponsor: lakingsif Added: 26th Jul 2015 06:18:17 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 03:15:36 PM

Show Draft
Clone Kid Comments: 7
A clone who is just a youngster

Sponsor: Str8taim Added: 1st Sep 2015 10:15:08 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 02:58:26 PM

Show Draft
Generically Out-Of-Character Comments: 6
A character is given a stock line or action that they would never say or do.

Sponsor: RaustBD Added: 31st Aug 2015 12:55:54 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 02:20:02 PM

Show Draft
Talking Back To Q Comments: 8
Speaking truth to phenomenal nearly cosmic power
Better Name Already have?
Sponsor: TheJrade1 edited by: Arivne Added: 4th Sep 2015 01:54:14 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 02:14:14 PM

Show Draft
Walking Simulator Comments: 34
A sub-genre of story-driven adventure games, which de-emphasize gameplay and challenges
Better Name
Sponsor: Folamh3 Added: 1st Sep 2015 01:25:29 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 01:57:55 PM

Show Draft
New Arc, New Foe Comments: 10
A new story arc brings a new enemy for the protagonists to fight
Already have? Needs Examples
Sponsor: shimaspawn Added: 10th Aug 2015 01:19:23 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 01:51:46 PM

Show Draft
Organic Crown Comments: 3
Characters have parts of their head shaped like a crown.

Sponsor: WalterSmith Added: 4th Sep 2015 04:49:00 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 01:49:07 PM

Show Draft
Can't Get Enough Comments: 22
Nymphomania
Up For Grabs Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Motion To Discard Already have? Motion To Discard Better Name
Sponsor: ginsengaddict Added: 1st Jan 2015 01:37:10 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 01:14:02 PM

Show Draft
Surprise Car Crash Comments: 37
Description Needs Help Description Needs Help Up For Grabs
Sponsor: MULTIVAC edited by: shimaspawn Added: 5th May 2013 12:43:20 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 01:01:51 PM

Show Draft
Romance And Sexuality Separation Comments: 28
The character is emotionally unable to love and have sex with the same person.

Sponsor: Xzenu Added: 14th Jun 2011 05:27:24 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 12:51:26 PM

Show Draft
Starting From Scratch Comments: 1
The ultimate test of science. Build something complex starting with nothing.

Sponsor: macjohnson Added: 4th Sep 2015 11:33:02 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 12:32:27 PM

Show Draft
Container Shot Comments: 67
Camera placed in a container showing a character getting food.
Needs Examples Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help
Sponsor: hawaiianflower edited by: shimaspawn Added: 29th Mar 2014 10:26:32 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 11:48:25 AM

Show Draft
Realistic Humans, Cartoony Animals Comments: 57
Humans are illustrated realistically, while animals look cartoonish. Inversions are also common.
Needs Examples Better Name Up For Grabs
Sponsor: LiamM32 edited by: EdnaWalker Added: 16th Mar 2013 02:06:44 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 11:17:56 AM

Show Draft
Fantastic Ship Prefix Comments: 16
That string of letters in front of the name of the ship.
Already have?
Sponsor: Tallens Added: 31st Jul 2015 05:14:21 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 11:05:59 AM

Show Draft
Central Canine Feline Foil Comments: 32
Tropeworthy? Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: EdnaWalker Added: 5th Oct 2014 10:26:40 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 11:01:10 AM

Show Draft
Heroic Dogs Villainous Cats Comments: 42
Tropeworthy? Already have? Already have? Already have?
Sponsor: EdnaWalker Added: 23rd Aug 2013 11:40:35 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 10:57:04 AM

Show Draft
Dresses Like A Dominatrix Comments: 37
An evil or antiheroic woman wears a costume inspired by Dominatrices, while not actually being one.

Sponsor: Rjinswand Added: 18th Aug 2015 04:02:04 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 10:55:39 AM

Show Draft
Knee High Perspective Comments: 32
Better Name Better Name Already have? Needs Examples Motion To Discard Motion To Discard
Sponsor: EdnaWalker Added: 9th May 2014 02:46:21 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 10:52:45 AM

Show Draft
Dogs Actually Hate Leashes Comments: 5
Animals hate being in captivity to humans.
Needs Examples Description Needs Help Already have? Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: simon_lucas98 Added: 1st Sep 2015 08:15:06 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 10:47:33 AM

Show Draft
Pacifism Is Cowardly Comments: 37
Pacifism and cowardice tend to correlate with each other.

Sponsor: RUSirius edited by: DAN004 Added: 20th Sep 2012 12:06:38 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 10:39:51 AM

Show Draft
Everything Has Antigravity Comments: 3
All parts of something can float independently
Better Name Description Needs Help Needs Examples
Sponsor: TheJrade1 edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Sep 2015 11:43:27 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 08:43:49 AM

Show Draft
Ambidextrous Badass Comments: 36
True Heroes™ fight equally well with either hand.
Needs Examples Better Name
Sponsor: LordGro edited by: N1KF Added: 30th Jun 2013 02:02:51 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 08:31:19 AM

Show Draft
Scarab Power Comments: 19
The word or appearance of a scarab is used to denote importance, power, mysticism or divinity.
Needs Examples Description Needs Help Tropeworthy?
Sponsor: BlackSunNocturne Added: 21st Aug 2015 06:21:31 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 08:27:27 AM

Show Draft
The Index Farm Comments: 5
Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help Better Name
Sponsor: ANTMuddle Added: 9th Feb 2013 06:18:23 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 06:05:36 AM

Show Draft
Bread, Eggs, But No Breaded Eggs Comments: 1
A character wants two things, but not together
Needs Examples
Sponsor: phantomreader42 edited by: Arivne Added: 3rd Sep 2015 09:30:48 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 05:37:11 AM

Show Draft
Tendrils of Darkness Comments: 16
tentacles made out of darkness or shadow
Needs Examples Better Name Better Name Needs Examples
Sponsor: midas23 edited by: Arivne Added: 30th Jun 2014 08:36:42 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 05:36:11 AM

Show Draft
Consequential Decision Comments: 6
Decisions you make will impact the game later on
Already have?
Sponsor: Beacon80 edited by: Arivne Added: 2nd Sep 2015 03:06:24 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 05:10:21 AM

Show Draft
Government Gag Order Comments: 12
A world disaster is coming. The government knows but keeps a lid on it to prevent mass panic. It only works a little.

Sponsor: Skylite edited by: Arivne Added: 1st Sep 2015 06:36:59 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 04:52:06 AM

Show Draft
Inexplicable Microphone Feedback Comments: 50
Whenever someone grabs a microphone onstage no matter where they are, you hear feedback.
Description Needs Help Description Needs Help Needs Examples
Sponsor: awesome edited by: Alucard Added: 11th Jun 2012 10:07:51 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 04:23:47 AM

Show Draft
Trapped On The Astral Plane Comments: 39
A ghostly reality on top of our own...
Description Needs Help Up For Grabs
Sponsor: PapercutChainsaw edited by: Arivne Added: 25th Oct 2011 05:32:14 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 04:14:41 AM

Show Draft
Inconveniently Vanishing Exonerating Evidence Comments: 42
A character kills in self defence only for their attacker's weapon (or other evidence) to vanish.
Better Name
Sponsor: foxley Added: 9th Jul 2015 11:36:37 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 04:01:24 AM

Show Draft
Plot Skeleton Comments: 5
A summarised sequence of events, used before fleshing out a plot.

Sponsor: botsgeek Added: 29th Aug 2015 01:18:19 AM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 02:34:37 AM

Show Draft
Blaming The Railroaded Player Comments: 55
The game blames the Player Character for their action when the player had no other choice available.
Up For Grabs
Sponsor: ZuTheSkunk Added: 27th May 2015 01:08:43 PM Last reply: 4th Sep 2015 12:44:36 AM

Show Draft
Shadow Tendrils Comments: 1
CastingAShadow manifests as tentacles made of darkness
Needs Examples Motion To Discard
Sponsor: triton Added: 30th Aug 2015 05:29:10 PM Last reply: 3rd Sep 2015 11:48:41 PM

Show Draft
Aw Crap, I'm in Love Comments: 33
A character is extremely upset at finding themself in love/lust.
Better Name Better Name
Sponsor: BlueIceTea Added: 3rd Aug 2015 11:43:08 AM Last reply: 3rd Sep 2015 09:44:55 PM

Show Draft
Magical Clown Comments: 33
Clowns in fiction have magical powers.
Description Needs Help
Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 28th Mar 2015 12:26:05 PM Last reply: 3rd Sep 2015 09:38:32 PM

Show Draft
War Is Silly Comments: 6
Warfare is not always a serious undertaking

Sponsor: Elbruno Added: 1st Sep 2015 12:30:10 PM Last reply: 3rd Sep 2015 09:00:37 PM

Show Draft
One Word Vocabulary Comments: 86
A character who can only say one word or phrase ever
Up For Grabs
Sponsor: MrInitialMan edited by: DatGuy Added: 29th Sep 2013 01:49:26 PM Last reply: 3rd Sep 2015 08:25:49 PM

Show Draft
Allowed Internal War Comments: 35
Factions within a country are allowed to go to war with each other
Description Needs Help Description Needs Help
Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 10th Mar 2015 07:25:41 PM Last reply: 3rd Sep 2015 07:47:50 PM

Show Draft
Empty Beginning Comments: 13
When a lack of visual cues foreshadows the story to come

Sponsor: bejjinks Added: 21st Jul 2014 08:53:31 PM Last reply: 3rd Sep 2015 07:25:14 PM

Show Draft
Attention Shifting Object Comments: 24
An item rolls away from a character, which prompts the character to follow it, thus diverting their attention to something important for the episode
Tropeworthy? Up For Grabs
Sponsor: nipplebelt edited by: Lythande Added: 15th Jan 2015 04:55:36 PM Last reply: 3rd Sep 2015 06:39:40 PM

Show Draft

Skip To Page:

page 1 of 175

Looking for a discussion you thought was here? One of three things could have happened.

  1. It could have been launched or "discarded". Check here. Discarded just means that someone thought it had come to a resolution not needing a launch. It can be restored. Just push the "restore" button on the Launches list.
  2. You thought you had written it up or read it here, but it was all just a dream or an elaborate daylight fantasy. Don't feel bad. It happens to us all.