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* BadassBeard \ BadassMoustache: The impressive facial hair worn by a Badass.

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* BadassBeard \ / BadassMoustache: The impressive facial hair worn by a Badass.



* TheChessmaster: A character who creates complex schemes in order to manipulate situations in their favor , and gets involved into various events to make said schemes work.

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* TheChessmaster: A character who creates complex schemes in order to manipulate situations in their favor , favor, and gets involved into various events to make said schemes work.



* DeadHorseTrope: A trope that has been so overdone, analyzed, and mocked that its different varieties or parodies have had to be classified and given names. Most clichés are simply {{Discredited Trope}}s.

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* DeadHorseTrope: A trope that has been so ''so'' overdone, analyzed, and mocked that its different varieties or parodies have had to be classified and given names. Most (Most clichés are simply {{Discredited Trope}}s.)



* {{Determinator}}: A character who '''never''' gives up.

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* {{Determinator}}: A character who '''never''' ''never'' gives up.



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Civilization or life or ([[EarthShatteringKaboom sometimes the entire planet]]) getting destroyed.

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Civilization or life or ([[EarthShatteringKaboom (or sometimes [[EarthShatteringKaboom the entire planet]]) getting destroyed.



* AGodAmI: A delusion where someone thinks oneself to be a God/Universal ruler.

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* AGodAmI: A delusion where someone thinks oneself to be a God/Universal god or universal ruler.



* HeroicSacrifice: Character makes a great sacrifice to save others.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Character A character makes a great sacrifice to save others.



* HumongousMecha: Giant robots, in the shape of a human, mostly from anime/manga.

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* HumongousMecha: Giant humanoid robots, in the shape of a human, mostly usually from anime/manga.anime or manga.



* IncrediblyLamePun: Groan-inducing pun. Commonly used by a Mr. JustForFun/ReportSiht in means both [[IncrediblyLamePun cruel and unusual]].



* JustInTime: Salvation that arrives just in time to create a fake sense of suspense.

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* JustInTime: Salvation that arrives just in time to create a fake sense of suspense.



* KarmaHoudini: A character who gets off scot-free despite committing immoral actions (usually a villain, heroic examples are often YMMV)

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* KarmaHoudini: A character who gets off scot-free despite committing immoral actions (usually a villain, villain; heroic examples are often YMMV)



* LampshadeHanging: When a writer acknowledges to the audience that a plot event is implausible or that they are using a trope. In the wiki, frequently used as a verb; i.e., "lampshading" or "lampshaded".

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* LampshadeHanging: When a writer acknowledges to the audience that a plot event is implausible or that they are using a trope. In the wiki, frequently used as a verb; i.e.g., "lampshading" or "lampshaded".



* LighterAndSofter: The exact opposite of DarkerAndEdgier. Trying to throw in cuter, happier and cheerier, and often more funny parts to tone down the franchise and its characters.

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* LighterAndSofter: The exact opposite of DarkerAndEdgier. Trying to throw in cuter, happier and cheerier, happier, and often more funny funnier parts to tone down the franchise and its characters.



* MoodWhiplash: If a story has intense mood swings.

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* MoodWhiplash: If a story has intense A sudden change in the mood swings. of a work.



* MundaneMadeAwesome, formerly named "What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?": Trying to turn mundane scenes into great events using special effects or other stylistic means of direction.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome, formerly named "What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?": MundaneMadeAwesome: Trying to turn mundane scenes into great events using special effects or other stylistic means of direction.direction. (Formerly known as "What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?")



** ThatOneBoss: A video game boss who is considerably more difficult/frustrating than the rest of the game's bosses.
** ThatOneLevel: A video game level that is more difficult/frustrating than the rest of the game's levels.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Character intentionally makes others underestimate them.
* ObviouslyEvil: A character whose appearance makes no attempt to hide him being a villain.

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** ThatOneBoss: A video game boss who is considerably more difficult/frustrating difficult or frustrating than the rest of the game's bosses.
** ThatOneLevel: A video game level that is more difficult/frustrating difficult or frustrating than the rest of the game's levels.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Character intentionally makes A character acts clueless to make others underestimate them.
* ObviouslyEvil: A character villain whose appearance makes no attempt to hide him being a villain.their evilness.



* OnlySaneMan: The only character who notices the insanity in a comedy.

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* OnlySaneMan: The only character who notices the insanity weirdness in a comedy.



* {{Pun}}: Wordplay involving similar-sounding words. Tends to be done as lamely as possible for maximum groan inducement. Commonly used by a Mr. JustForFun/ReportSiht in means both [[{{Pun}} cruel and unusual]].
** StealthPun: A pun whose punchline is implied, but not stated outright.
** VisualPun: Similarly, a sight gag that hides a pun in it.



* RecycledINSPACE: A familiar story, premise, or cast placed into a different (often fantastical or bizarre) context.

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* RecycledINSPACE: RecycledInSPACE: A familiar story, premise, or cast placed into a different (often fantastical or bizarre) context.



* {{Retcon}}: The act of portraying previously established canon information in a different way (sometimes even contradicting previous canon) to propel the current plot. Short for "Retroactive Continuity."

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* {{Retcon}}: The act of portraying previously established canon information in a different way (sometimes even contradicting previous canon) to propel the current plot. Short for "Retroactive Continuity.""retroactive continuity".



** RuleOfScary: If something is scary eno- Oh, you get the idea!

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** RuleOfScary: If something is scary eno- Oh, you (You get the idea!idea.)



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: When a character can screw the rules because he has a lot of money.
* SealedEvilInACan: A villain/evil force is locked away to prevent his escape. Usually breaks free.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: When a character can screw ignore the rules because he has a lot of money.can afford to pay away any consequences.
* SealedEvilInACan: A villain/evil villain or evil force is locked away to prevent his their escape. Usually breaks free.



* SeriousBusiness: A frivolous or commonplace activity that all the characters on the show take more seriously than they should, and which forms the premise of the show. Sometimes extended to everyone in the characters' "world."
* ShoutOut: A nod to another property that the author enjoyed.
* {{Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism}}: The idea that all stories need to answer one question about the nature of reality. The proper way to approach the conflicts in the plot is then derived from this conclusion. The question is something like "What best defeats evil? [[KillHimAlready A bullet between the eyes]], or {{The Power of Friendship}}?"

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* SeriousBusiness: A frivolous or commonplace activity that all the characters on the show take more seriously than they should, and which forms the premise of the show. Sometimes extended to everyone in the characters' "world."
fictional world.
* ShoutOut: A An affectionate reference or nod to another property that the author enjoyed.
* {{Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism}}: The idea that all stories need to answer one question about the nature of reality. The proper way to approach the conflicts in the plot is then derived from this conclusion. The question is something like "What best defeats evil? {{The Power of Friendship}}, or [[KillHimAlready A a bullet between the eyes]], or {{The Power of Friendship}}?"eyes]]?"



* StatusQuoIsGod: [[ResetButton Each episode ends up with the protagonists roughly where they started]], since change would mean that anybody who missed this episode would be lost. If they become rich at the beginning of the episode, they will lose the money by the end, and so on. Decades worth of shows, especially {{SitCom}}s, lived by this. Averting this has become increasingly common over the years.
* StealthPun: Pun with a hidden punchline.
** VisualPun: Similarly, a sight gag that hides a pun in it.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: [[ResetButton Each episode ends up with the protagonists roughly where they started]], since change would mean that anybody who missed this episode would be lost. If they become rich at the beginning of the episode, they will lose the money by the end, and so on. Decades worth of shows, especially {{SitCom}}s, {{sitcom}}s, lived by this. Averting this has become increasingly common over the years.
* StealthPun: Pun with a hidden punchline.
** VisualPun: Similarly, a sight gag that hides a pun in it.
years.



* SubvertedTrope: A story sets up a trope to happen and then yanks the rug out from under the audience by doing something with it that is different from their expectations. (Often referred to as "subverted" or "a subversion.")
* TakeThat: Whenever a work of fiction knocks something not liked by the author.
* TechnoBabble: Complex or intelligent-sounding explanations meant to convey the appearance of technical depth to the story universe, but doesn't have to make any sense whatsoever.

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* SubvertedTrope: A story sets up a trope to happen and then yanks the rug out from under the audience by doing something with it that is different from their expectations. (Often referred to as "subverted" or "a subversion.")
subversion".)
* TakeThat: Whenever a work of fiction knocks something not liked by that the author.
author dislikes.
* TechnoBabble: Complex A complex or intelligent-sounding explanations that's meant to convey the appearance of technical depth to the story universe, but that doesn't have to make any sense whatsoever.



* {{Too Dumb to Live}}: The character who puts life and limb at risk by doing things that any sane human being would know better than to do.

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* {{Too Dumb to Live}}: The A character who puts life and limb at risk by doing things that any sane human being would know better than to do.



* TookALevelInBadass: Formerly weak character becomes a badass.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Formerly A formerly weak character becomes a badass.



* {{Understatement}}: Saying that, for example, the tropes on this page appear a few times on TV Tropes.

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* {{Understatement}}: Saying that, for example, the tropes on this page appear a few times occasionally on TV Tropes.



* WhamLine: A phrase that once read\listened, hits the audience like a heavy blow, usually leading to heavy plot changes.

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* WhamLine: A phrase that that, once read\listened, delivered, hits the audience like a heavy blow, usually leading to heavy major plot changes.



* WordOfGod: Any statement made by the authors to clarify confusing or controversial parts in a series. The name is because their statements are taken as final and absolute.

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* WordOfGod: Any statement made by the authors to clarify confusing or controversial parts in a series. The name is because their statements are ([[DeathOfTheAuthor usually]]) taken as final and absolute.



* Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike: This is a big no-no here. Not that you can't voice your grievances about shows you don't like, but don't suggest a trope solely for this purpose - we already have a few designated places for that.

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* Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike: This is a big no-no here. Not that you can't voice your grievances about shows you don't like, but don't suggest a trope solely for this purpose - we purpose—we already have a few designated places for that.



* CreatorsPet: When TheScrappy is a favorite character of the writers. Formerly named The Wesley.

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* CreatorsPet: When TheScrappy is a favorite character of the writers. Formerly named The Wesley.(Formerly known as "The Wesley".)



* {{MST3K Mantra}}: i.e., "It's just a show; I should really just relax." A warning not to get too invested or emotionally involved in a work of fiction. It's not the end of the world; don't take things so seriously. Just roll with things and enjoy it.

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* {{MST3K Mantra}}: i.e., "It's just a show; I should really just relax." A warning not to get too invested or emotionally involved in a work of fiction. It's not the end of the world; don't take things so seriously. Just roll with things and enjoy it.



* {{Squick}}: Something that makes you feel disgusted and/or nauseated.

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* {{Squick}}: Something that makes you feel disgusted and/or or nauseated.


* DarthWiki/DarthWiki: The wiki's EvilTwin. As indicated by its white-on-black appearance, DarthWiki is the home of venting, complaining, and tongue-in-cheek criticism that would be out of place in the actual wiki.

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* DarthWiki/DarthWiki: The wiki's EvilTwin. As indicated by its white-on-black appearance, DarthWiki DarthWiki/DarthWiki is the home of venting, complaining, and tongue-in-cheek criticism that would be out of place in the actual wiki.


* DarthWiki: The wiki's EvilTwin. As indicated by its white-on-black appearance, DarthWiki is the home of venting, complaining, and tongue-in-cheek criticism that would be out of place in the actual wiki.
* SugarWiki: Likewise, a section for mindless gushing and fandom, which is also not acceptable in the real wiki.

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* DarthWiki: DarthWiki/DarthWiki: The wiki's EvilTwin. As indicated by its white-on-black appearance, DarthWiki is the home of venting, complaining, and tongue-in-cheek criticism that would be out of place in the actual wiki.
* SugarWiki: SugarWiki/SugarWiki: Likewise, a section for mindless gushing and fandom, which is also not acceptable in the real wiki.


* [[TokenIndex Token]]: A character included in work in order to check off a demographic box.

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* [[TokenIndex Token]]: A character included in a work in order to check off a demographic box.

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*[[TokenIndex Token]]: A character included in work in order to check off a demographic box.

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* {{Foil}}: A character who highlights another character's trait(s), usually by contrast.

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: A character with very polarizing fan reception.


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* BrokenBase: When a work's fandom cannot agree on certain things about it.


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** HarsherInHindsight: A tragic event makes a serious story more difficult to digest.
** FunnyAneurysmMoment: A tragic event makes a funny story hard to laugh at.
** TooSoon: A work is either temporarily or permanently pulled due to similarities to real-world tragedies.


* {{Headscratchers/Headscratchers}}: The place in the wiki to go if you want to discuss plot elements [[ItJustBugsMe that make no sense to you.]]

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* {{Headscratchers/Headscratchers}}: The place in the wiki to go if you want to discuss plot elements [[ItJustBugsMe that make no sense to you.]]


Here is a list of the most widely-known and oft-referenced [[{{Trope}} tropes]] we have on this entire site. If you’re new to TV Tropes, this list will provide a good basis for understanding our… erm… [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary unique vocabulary]].

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Here is a list of the most widely-known and oft-referenced [[{{Trope}} tropes]] we have on this entire site. If you’re new to TV Tropes, this list will provide a good basis for understanding our… erm… [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary [[JustForFun/TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary unique vocabulary]].


** MrFanservice: Male and female characters whose business is {{Fanservice}}.
* MsFanservice: Same as above, but with female characters.

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** MrFanservice: Male and female characters whose business is {{Fanservice}}.
* ** MsFanservice: Same as above, but with female characters.


** MrFanservice \ MsFanservice: Male and female characters whose business is {{Fanservice}}.

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** MrFanservice \ MsFanservice: MrFanservice: Male and female characters whose business is {{Fanservice}}. {{Fanservice}}.
* MsFanservice: Same as above, but with female characters.


* IncrediblyLamePun: Groan-inducing pun. Commonly used by a Mr. ReportSiht in means both [[IncrediblyLamePun cruel and unusual]].

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* IncrediblyLamePun: Groan-inducing pun. Commonly used by a Mr. ReportSiht JustForFun/ReportSiht in means both [[IncrediblyLamePun cruel and unusual]].


* {{Headscratchers}}: The place in the wiki to go if you want to discuss plot elements [[ItJustBugsMe that make no sense to you.]]

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* {{Headscratchers}}: {{Headscratchers/Headscratchers}}: The place in the wiki to go if you want to discuss plot elements [[ItJustBugsMe that make no sense to you.]]


* JustifyingEdit: An attempt by a wiki editor to justify the use of a trope.

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* JustifyingEdit: Administrivia/JustifyingEdit: An attempt by a wiki editor to justify the use of a trope.


[[caption-width-right:350: [[IThoughtItMeant Did you think we meant]]...? [[VisualPun Oh no!]] [[Film/{{Legend 1985}} Look here!]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Did you think we meant]]...? [[VisualPun Oh no!]] [[Film/{{Legend 1985}} Look here!]]]]

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