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Varicose Veins Of Power Comments: 6
Vein Bulge caused by/a sign of Power.

Sponsor: Papayaman1000 Added: 25th May 2015 11:19:25 PM Last reply: 26th May 2015 12:58:57 AM

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No Dead Ends Comments: 1
The tunnel always goes all the way through.

Sponsor: Atreides Added: 24th May 2015 09:33:38 PM Last reply: 26th May 2015 12:40:32 AM

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Winning By Accident Comments: 18
When a character wins by accident
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Sponsor: ropertroper edited by: Arivne Added: 9th Dec 2014 07:40:21 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 10:25:09 PM

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Batman Parody Comments: 20
A StockParody where elements from the Franchise/{{Batman}} franchise are directly spoofed.

Sponsor: Patachou Added: 1st Oct 2014 06:45:17 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 10:17:10 PM

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Delirious Misidentification Comments: 40
A mentally compromised character mistakes a person with them for someone else, usually a loved one.
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Sponsor: SpocktorWho edited by: HeroGal2347 Added: 6th Sep 2013 10:16:58 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 09:39:52 PM

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Same Surname Means Related Comments: 67
If two characters share a surname, that can't be a coincidence
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Sponsor: DaibhidC edited by: DAN004 Added: 25th Oct 2013 12:11:27 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 09:26:19 PM

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Deadly Dust Storm Comments: 13
A dangerous storm of dust or sand.

Sponsor: Tallens Added: 22nd May 2015 09:29:30 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 09:21:33 PM

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Mountain Climbing Comments: 28
Scaling the slopes of the highest peaks known to man.
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Sponsor: Tallens Added: 6th Dec 2014 10:38:29 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 09:20:29 PM

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Claimed By The Supernatural Comments: 13
A nonmuggle claims a person with some kind of mark.
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Sponsor: Lythande Added: 11th May 2015 11:36:31 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 08:47:50 PM

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Your Baby Belongs To Me Comments: 37
Parent is forced to give their baby over to someone else.
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Sponsor: SaraJaye edited by: Lythande Added: 31st Oct 2014 07:57:43 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 08:39:16 PM

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Fall Interrupted Comments: 12
Someone falls off a building or cliff to their death, then is shown to have landed on a ledge.

Sponsor: Odon edited by: Arivne Added: 24th May 2015 07:44:14 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 08:35:12 PM

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Dislikes the New Guy Comments: 1
A member of an established team either dislikes or distrusts newcomers

Sponsor: acrobox Added: 25th May 2015 03:38:13 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 08:22:41 PM

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Gone Fortunately Wrong Comments: 4
Something that doesn't go according to plan ultimately has fortunate consequences

Sponsor: LaptopGuy Added: 25th May 2015 01:47:58 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 08:21:30 PM

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Wicked Toymaker Comments: 29
A twisted inventor of less-than-savory toys

Sponsor: JustinCognito edited by: Arivne Added: 21st Sep 2012 11:23:56 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 07:02:01 PM

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Rental Car Abuse Comments: 21
A character uses the fact they rented a car as an excuse to drive like crazy.
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Sponsor: maxwellsilver Added: 8th Feb 2015 04:04:03 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 06:54:42 PM

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Kneel, Push, Trip (Hats?) Comments: 22
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: 25th May 2015 06:08:35 PM

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Escape Is A Trap Comments: 21
Escaping is the mistake they want you to make.
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Sponsor: Vios Added: 28th Mar 2015 05:24:22 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 06:03:53 PM

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Fished Too Far Comments: 2
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Sponsor: KZN02 Added: 19th May 2015 09:28:39 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 04:59:12 PM

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Clickbait Comments: 10
[Need input for laconic]
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Sponsor: Andrew Added: 23rd May 2015 11:34:05 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 04:59:10 PM

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Antagonistic Governor Comments: 7
If there is a Governor (or the universe's equivalent), they will usually be working against the protagonists.

Sponsor: ayjazz Added: 22nd May 2015 06:22:33 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 04:47:16 PM

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Legal Internal War Comments: 18
Factions within a country are allowed to go to war with each other

Sponsor: zarpaulus Added: 10th Mar 2015 07:25:41 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 03:57:08 PM

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Post-Escape Chase Comments: 37
The heroes are escaping but the enemy is hot on their tail.
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Sponsor: Lord-Jaric Added: 21st Apr 2015 12:58:53 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 03:28:52 PM

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Substitute Cast Shuffle Comments: 9
Alice leaves; Bob assumes Alice's role; Carol joins the cast in Bob's old role
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Sponsor: Micah Added: 23rd May 2015 03:23:52 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 03:27:42 PM

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Gratuitous Dutch Comments: 12
Instances of Dutch being used in non-Dutch works.

Sponsor: Patachou Added: 18th May 2015 06:16:02 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 03:13:23 PM

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Deception Self-Sabotage Comments: 33
Making sure someone doesn't fall for the trick you're forced to pull on them
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Sponsor: Vios Added: 8th Nov 2012 08:39:34 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 01:48:30 PM

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Guy at the Bottom Corner Comments: 2
Street views and other crowd shots tend to have someone give an Aside Glance at the viewer
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Sponsor: Potman Added: 23rd May 2015 04:03:42 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 01:37:08 PM

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Big Bad Slippage Comments: 60
The Big Bad is a good or not evil character who gradually shifts into a villain during the story.
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Sponsor: SatoshiBakura Added: 15th Mar 2015 05:04:36 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 01:31:10 PM

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Suddenly, Romance. Comments: 0
Motion To Discard
Sponsor: CakeAnarchy Added: 25th May 2015 01:01:35 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 01:01:35 PM

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Living in a Medium Blend Comments: 1
Real actor, clearly-not-real scenery.

Sponsor: tropesinreadiness Added: 25th May 2015 06:55:33 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 12:50:50 PM

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Elite Four Comments: 155
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: 25th May 2015 12:42:05 PM

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"Finnegans Wake" Ending Comments: 15
An ending segues directly into the opening.
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Sponsor: stuffedninja edited by: eroock Added: 19th May 2015 02:17:08 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 12:16:48 PM

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Not Disabled In VR Comments: 86
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: 25th May 2015 11:16:36 AM

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Clowns Are Magic Comments: 16
Clowns in fiction have magical powers.
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Sponsor: DrNoPuma Added: 28th Mar 2015 12:26:05 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 10:11:02 AM

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Marriage Of Convenience Comments: 42
A man or woman proposes marriage to someone for reasons that aren't love

Sponsor: lakingsif Added: 28th Apr 2015 11:48:26 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 09:31:24 AM

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Jean-Pierre LaTrope Comments: 7
Instances where a French character in fiction has a name that doesn't sound natural in French
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Sponsor: Vorpale Added: 23rd May 2015 04:39:58 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 09:02:36 AM

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When good dials go Bad Comments: 0
Tapping the Dial of Doom!
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Sponsor: wulfAlpha Added: 25th May 2015 07:36:15 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 07:36:15 AM

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Hyper-realistic Cartoon Eyes Comments: 4
When an animated character is given overly detailed eyes

Sponsor: SKODWARDE edited by: Arivne Added: 14th Feb 2012 08:04:18 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 04:21:39 AM

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Subverted Punchline Comments: 99
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: 25th May 2015 04:09:19 AM

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Mystical Stone Comments: 11
A stone tablet contains knowledge (or other things)
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Sponsor: bulmabriefs144 edited by: Arivne Added: 19th May 2015 02:18:19 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 04:05:23 AM

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Sound Proof Door Comments: 2
A loud and continuous sound is abruptly cut off.

Sponsor: Generality edited by: Arivne Added: 24th May 2015 03:02:10 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 03:50:14 AM

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Going Loud Comments: 63
Nobody knew when we got in. They definitely knew when we left.
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Sponsor: Yora edited by: eroock Added: 8th Feb 2012 03:16:13 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 03:48:41 AM

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Squishy Glacier Comments: 3
SquishyWizard + MightyGlacier
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Sponsor: bulmabriefs144 Added: 24th May 2015 09:38:45 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 03:23:00 AM

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Musical Exposition Comments: 6
{{Exposition}} is provided via musical number.
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Sponsor: phoenix Added: 20th May 2015 02:55:27 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 02:07:43 AM

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Central Canine Feline Foil Comments: 29
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Sponsor: EdnaWalker Added: 5th Oct 2014 10:26:40 PM Last reply: 25th May 2015 12:34:31 AM

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Health Food Fanatic Comments: 16
Character obsessed with healthy eating habits.

Sponsor: SaraJaye edited by: Arivne Added: 13th May 2015 07:56:30 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 12:18:13 AM

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For The Mother World! Comments: 7
Oppression and thievery for the sake of your home!

Sponsor: WiseMan23753 Added: 3rd May 2015 12:16:05 AM Last reply: 25th May 2015 12:01:00 AM

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Flexplosion Comments: 11
A character flexes, and their clothing explodes.

Sponsor: brogaglas edited by: calmestofdoves Added: 9th Apr 2015 06:12:05 PM Last reply: 24th May 2015 09:10:57 PM

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Hyped To Death Comments: 44
A newcomer's debut is hyped up by the other characters, but they don't last too long after.
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Sponsor: Saxicolous edited by: Arivne Added: 18th May 2015 09:45:32 PM Last reply: 24th May 2015 08:21:38 PM

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Easily-Cleared Mind Comments: 4
A moron empties his mind in seconds.
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Sponsor: TheUnknownUploader Added: 22nd May 2015 11:55:34 AM Last reply: 24th May 2015 06:43:07 PM

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Butler Space Comments: 23
That magic dimension that butlers utilize to always appear the second they're called.
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Sponsor: nitrokitty edited by: Arivne Added: 17th Feb 2013 06:11:47 PM Last reply: 24th May 2015 02:20:12 PM

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