Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / Plots

Go To



* PlotIncitingInfidelity: When the plot of a story is kickstarted by having the protagonist catch their partner cheating on them.



* YourCheatingHeart: Cheating on your spouse.

Added DiffLines:

* AsinineAlternateActivity: A character isn't allowed to do something they want, with a boring alternative offered instead.

Added DiffLines:

* DangerWithADeadline: An enemy or obstacle is extremely dangerous, but only for a finite period of time. The plot comes from surviving or avoiding this danger.

Added DiffLines:

* SystematicVillainTakedown: A group of villains is taken down one by one during the course of an arc or a story.

Added DiffLines:

* RediscoveringRootsTrip: A ChildOfTwoWorlds returns to the motherland to connect with their roots.

Added DiffLines:

* PupatingPeril: A cocoon is discovered, and much fear is elicited over what will eventually emerge...

Added DiffLines:

* SeaAping: A child character buying a fictional counterpart of sea-monkeys, expecting the pets to have a civilization like they’re advertised to.

Added DiffLines:

* FromZeroToHero: An insignificant person becomes a hero worthy of honor.


* AlienAmongUs
* BlitheSpirit
* ChangelingFantasy

to:

* AlienAmongUs
AlienAmongUs: An alien living with a bunch of humans and trying to keep their alienness secret.
* BlitheSpirit
BlitheSpirit: An unusual stranger who goes to a straight-laced land and teaches others to think differently about themselves.
* ChangelingFantasyChangelingFantasy: A character's real parents are much more exciting than their other ones.



* FishOutOfWater
* GottaCatchEmAll
* GottaKillThemAll
* LimelightSeries
* RagsToRiches
* RoleSwapPlot

to:

* FishOutOfWater
FishOutOfWater: A character is placed in a situation completely unfamiliar to them.
* GottaCatchEmAll
GottaCatchEmAll: A character wants to pursue a collection.
* GottaKillThemAll
GottaKillThemAll: A character wants to kill everyone on their list.
* LimelightSeries
LimelightSeries: A series that stars old or obscure characters from the previous series.
* RagsToRiches
RagsToRiches: A character goes from being poor or living modestly to being wealthy and successful.
* RoleSwapPlotRoleSwapPlot: An episode switches the roles of certain characters.



* SternChase
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne
* ToBeAMaster
* VampireDetectiveSeries
* ViciousCycle
* VictoriousLoser

to:

* SternChase
SternChase: The protagonist is being pursued and must stay in motion.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne
ThereCanBeOnlyOne: A group of characters have to kill each other until only one remains.
* ToBeAMaster
ToBeAMaster: The protagonist's main goal is to [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} be the very best, like no one ever was]].
* VampireDetectiveSeries
VampireDetectiveSeries: Vampires who fight crime.
* ViciousCycle
ViciousCycle: Bad events occur regularly.
* VictoriousLoserVictoriousLoser: The protagonist loses everything around him/her, but the protagonist's spirit isn't broken and achieves his/her goal.



* WalkingTheEarth
* WarArc
* WaterSourceTampering
* WhiteMansBurden
* WithholdingTheCure
* WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque
* WunzaPlot
* YouAreTheNewTrend
* YoungestChildWins
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb
* ZombieApocalypse

to:

* WalkingTheEarth
WalkingTheEarth: A character travels the earth, never returning home.
* WarArc
WarArc: A StoryArc that concerns two or more large-scale factions (city-sized at least) in conflict with one another.
* WaterSourceTampering
WaterSourceTampering: Villains tamper with the water supply.
* WhiteMansBurden
WhiteMansBurden: A well-to-do white character selflessly works to help an unfortunate person of color.
* WithholdingTheCure
WithholdingTheCure: Someone prevents the cure for a disease from getting to the sick people for selfish reasons.
* WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque
WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque: A single wrong turn lands the traveler in a place far from their original goal.
* WunzaPlot
WunzaPlot: A plot with two characters who are very different and team up to accomplish a goal.
* YouAreTheNewTrend
YouAreTheNewTrend: A character's distinctive look or mannerisms becomes the model for the latest hot trend.
* YoungestChildWins
YoungestChildWins: The youngest sibling has the best luck in life.
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb
YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Children and teenagers can be pretty stupid.
* ZombieApocalypseZombieApocalypse: The world ends via being overrun by the undead.


* WorldTour: The character travel to well-known places around the world.

to:

* WorldTour: The character characters travel to well-known places around the world.



* XMustNotWin
* XanatosGambit
* XanatosSpeedChess
* YearningForANemesis
* YellowBrickRoad
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast
* YouAreGrounded
* YouCanKeepHer
* YouGoGirl
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough
* YouKnowWhatYouDid
* YouWakeUpInARoom
* YouWakeUpOnABeach
* YouWouldMakeAGreatModel
* YourCheatingHeart
* YourWorstNightmare
* YoyoPlotPoint
* ZanyScheme
* ZanySchemeChicken


to:

* XMustNotWin
XMustNotWin: Wanting to avoid letting a particular character be victorious provides fuel for the other character's persistence in fighting against them.
* XanatosGambit
XanatosGambit: A plan for which all foreseeable outcomes benefit the creator — including ones that superficially appear to be failure.
* XanatosSpeedChess
XanatosSpeedChess: Quickly altering plans as needed.
* YearningForANemesis
YearningForANemesis: A character desires to find a nemesis.
* YellowBrickRoad
YellowBrickRoad: The pathway a character has to travel along to get to their ultimate goal.
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast
YouAlreadyChangedThePast: Someone attempts to prevent an atrocity from happening in the past, only to find in the end that the atrocity wouldn't have happened in the first place if they didn't go back in time to try and prevent it.
* YouAreGrounded
YouAreGrounded: A parent grounds their child.
* YouCanKeepHer
YouCanKeepHer: A character is contacted by some kidnappers who are holding someone they should care about for ransom, but the character doesn't care.
* YouGoGirl
YouGoGirl: A girl proves that she's as good as the boys in athletics.
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough
YouHaveWaitedLongEnough: A character is forced to marry someone else when the one they love doesn't come right back to them.
* YouKnowWhatYouDid
YouKnowWhatYouDid: A character assumes the worst about someone without bothering to confirm it.
* YouWakeUpInARoom
YouWakeUpInARoom: A character wakes up in an unfamiliar place at the beginning of the story.
* YouWakeUpOnABeach
YouWakeUpOnABeach: Someone wakes up on the beach with no recollection of how they got there.
* YouWouldMakeAGreatModel
YouWouldMakeAGreatModel: A woman is lured into a trap (usually involving rape) under the pretense of a model shoot.
* YourCheatingHeart
YourCheatingHeart: Cheating on your spouse.
* YourWorstNightmare
YourWorstNightmare: A character is given nightmares meant to weaken or harm them.
* YoyoPlotPoint
YoyoPlotPoint: A premise-changing plot point is resolved and unresolved several times over the course of the work.
* ZanyScheme
ZanyScheme: One or more characters tries to achieve some end — usually extricating themselves from trouble — by some kind of elaborate, unlikely plan.
* ZanySchemeChicken

ZanySchemeChicken: A ZanyScheme gets hatched and [[CounterZany countered]], and then someone else counters it, etc.



* VignetteEpisode
* VillainBeatingArtifact

to:

* VignetteEpisode
VignetteEpisode: An episode composed of several vignettes.
* VillainBeatingArtifactVillainBeatingArtifact: The villain is invincible to everything but a specific artifact.



* VisionsOfAnotherSelf
* VisitByDivorcedDad

to:

* VisionsOfAnotherSelf
VisionsOfAnotherSelf: The same actors play different characters in the past and future vision scenes.
* VisitByDivorcedDadVisitByDivorcedDad: A divorced father visits his children.



* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld
* WarForFunAndProfit

to:

* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld
WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: A KidHero has to juggle heroics and their personal life.
* WarForFunAndProfitWarForFunAndProfit: Instigating a war for one's own material benefit.



* WasTooHardOnHim
* WaybackTrip
* WeNeedToGetProof

to:

* WasTooHardOnHim
WasTooHardOnHim: A character feels sad and guilty over scolding or harshly punishing someone.
* WaybackTrip
WaybackTrip: The protagonist/s have to fix a change in history but the change has happened for seemingly no reason.
* WeNeedToGetProofWeNeedToGetProof: The heroes discover the bad guy is up to no good, but need to find a way for others to believe them.



* WeWouldHaveToldYouBut
* WellIntentionedReplacement
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
* WhatsInsidePlot
* WhoWillTakeTheKids
* WhodunnitToMe
* WholeEpisodeFlashback

to:

* WeWouldHaveToldYouBut
WeWouldHaveToldYouBut: A character has to be kept in the dark about something in order for the plan to work out.
* WellIntentionedReplacement
WellIntentionedReplacement: Replacing an important artifact after it has been destroyed or lost.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: The dreaded words that, when spoken, will certainly lead to disaster.
* WhatsInsidePlot
WhatsInsidePlot: Characters try to figure out what is hidden inside a locked box or closet.
* WhoWillTakeTheKids
WhoWillTakeTheKids: Parents wonder who would look after the kids if something bad happened.
* WhodunnitToMe
WhodunnitToMe: Someone who survives or is resurrected after an attempt to do them in tries to figure out who their murderer or would-be murderer was.
* WholeEpisodeFlashbackWholeEpisodeFlashback: Episode consisting mainly of one long {{flashback}} to past events.



* WitchHunt
* WorkingTheSameCase
* WorldLimitedToThePlot
* WorldTour

to:

* WitchHunt
WitchHunt: A search, often misguided, for a witch hidden among the community.
* WorkingTheSameCase
WorkingTheSameCase: Two teams who are investigating the same case.
* WorldLimitedToThePlot
WorldLimitedToThePlot: A story that has no context in its setting.
* WorldTourWorldTour: The character travel to well-known places around the world.



* WoundedGazelleWarcry
* WrongTimeTravelSavvy

to:

* WoundedGazelleWarcry
WoundedGazelleWarcry: The weakest combatant rushes in harm's way to motivate the others into action.
* WrongTimeTravelSavvyWrongTimeTravelSavvy: Someone mistakenly thinks they know how time travel works.


* TournamentArc
* TrainJob
* TrainingAccident
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers
* TheTrapParents
* TrappedInThePast

to:

* TournamentArc
TournamentArc: A plot arc consisting of characters fighting each other in a competition.
* TrainJob
TrainJob: Boarding a train in order to steal from it.
* TrainingAccident
TrainingAccident: A character undergoes special training only for something to [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horrible wrong]].
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers
TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: TheHero trains a local village to fight back against an advancing army.
* TheTrapParents
TheTrapParents: An orphan gains some parents that don't want them to hang around their friends.
* TrappedInThePastTrappedInThePast: Someone accidentally ends up in the past without knowing how to come back.



* TrappedWithMonsterPlot
* TreasureMap
* TrendAesop
* TrickedIntoSigning
* TroubleFollowsYouHome
* TroubleFromThePast
* TroublemakingNewPet
* ATrueStoryInMyUniverse

to:

* TrappedWithMonsterPlot
TrappedWithMonsterPlot: Characters are in a ClosedCircle with something hunting them.
* TreasureMap
TreasureMap: A map leading to hidden treasure.
* TrendAesop
TrendAesop: A character learns a lesson about trying to fit in with the crowd.
* TrickedIntoSigning
TrickedIntoSigning: A character is tricked into signing an important document.
* TroubleFollowsYouHome
TroubleFollowsYouHome: A character makes it home after escaping trouble, only to find trouble waiting for them there.
* TroubleFromThePast
TroubleFromThePast: A plot where future generations have to deal with the mess made by their civilization in the past.
* TroublemakingNewPet
TroublemakingNewPet: New pet is up to no good, blames their actions on the older.
* ATrueStoryInMyUniverseATrueStoryInMyUniverse: The events of a work are BasedOnATrueStory, or similar, [[InUniverse within the story itself]].



* TurnInYourBadge
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters
* TwelfthNightAdventure
* TwinSwitch
* TwoTimerDate
* UnbelievableSourcePlot
* UndercoverAsLovers
* UniqueMomentRuined
* UnlockingTheTalent

to:

* TurnInYourBadge
TurnInYourBadge: A cop who has stepped over the line is ordered to turn in their badge and gun.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters
TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Artificially derived beings turn against their creators.
* TwelfthNightAdventure
TwelfthNightAdventure: A character becomes a WholesomeCrossdresser to integrate himself/herself into the setting.
* TwinSwitch
TwinSwitch: Twins swap roles with each other, such as with a TwoTimerDate. HilarityEnsues if they are PolarOppositeTwins.
* TwoTimerDate
TwoTimerDate: A character schedules dates with two different people at the same time.
* UnbelievableSourcePlot
UnbelievableSourcePlot: A plot where the protagonist relies on a supernatural source of information to solve crimes.
* UndercoverAsLovers
UndercoverAsLovers: Two spies pose as lovers as they go undercover.
* UniqueMomentRuined
UniqueMomentRuined: A highly anticipated moment or event is ruined by something.
* UnlockingTheTalentUnlockingTheTalent: A character has a skill that they never use and have to learn to use it to their advantage.



* UntrustingCommunity
* UnwantedGiftPlot
* UnwantedGlassesPlot
* UnwantedHealing
* UnwantedRescue
* UnwantedRevival
* UnwittingTestSubject
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans
* VampireRefugee
* VanishingVillage

to:

* UntrustingCommunity
UntrustingCommunity: A whole town full of people who don't like you.
* UnwantedGiftPlot
UnwantedGiftPlot: A character is given a gift they don't like, and now have to pretend they like it to not hurt the giver's feelings.
* UnwantedGlassesPlot
UnwantedGlassesPlot: A character discovers they need glasses, but refuses to wear them because they look uncool.
* UnwantedHealing
UnwantedHealing: A character has a terrible illness, but refuses to accept treatment for it.
* UnwantedRescue
UnwantedRescue: TheHero saves someone in trouble only to learn that they didn't want to be rescued.
* UnwantedRevival
UnwantedRevival: A resurrected person isn't happy that they've been brought back to life.
* UnwittingTestSubject
UnwittingTestSubject: A thinking subject (human, sapient animal, ect.) is part of a scientific experiment without their knowledge or consent.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans
UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: A situation where the goal of the BigBad is the creation of a better world for everyone as a whole, no matter what the cost.
* VampireRefugee
VampireRefugee: Someone turned by a vampire decides to find and kill the vampire that bit them to reverse the transformation.
* VanishingVillageVanishingVillage: A location that only appears or is accessible for certain periods of time.


* SuperheroOrigin
* TagAlongActor
* TagTeamSuicide
* TakingOverHeaven
* TakingOverTheTown
* TalentContest
* TalkingYourWayOut
* TallTale
* TheTaxi
* TeachHimAnger
* TechnicianVersusPerformer
* TenLittleMurderVictims

to:

* SuperheroOrigin
SuperheroOrigin: The story of how a superhero gained their powers and decided to fight crime.
* TagAlongActor
TagAlongActor: An actor researches the role of a special profession by shadowing their real life counterpart.
* TagTeamSuicide
TagTeamSuicide: Two people kill themselves because a failure to communicate causes them both to think the other has died.
* TakingOverHeaven
TakingOverHeaven: Attacking Heaven and taking charge of it.
* TakingOverTheTown
TakingOverTheTown: The villains take over a town and steal from it.
* TalentContest
TalentContest: Characters participate in an amateur talent contest.
* TalkingYourWayOut
TalkingYourWayOut: The hero is caught by the villains, but manages to use smooth talking to get away.
* TallTale
TallTale: A story told so many times it now makes no sense at all.
* TheTaxi
TheTaxi: A taxi cab is used as a mode of transportation for characters.
* TeachHimAnger
TeachHimAnger: A character who is normally the NiceGuy is taught by their friends to be more assertive.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer
TechnicianVersusPerformer: Two characters contrast each other because one is all about being accurate and the other just wants to have fun.
* TenLittleMurderVictimsTenLittleMurderVictims: A group of people are stuck somewhere. One of them is a killer, the rest are potential victims.



* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome

to:

* TheresNoPlaceLikeHomeTheresNoPlaceLikeHome: A character's main goal is to go back home.



* ThrillerOnTheExpress
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* TimeToMove
* TimeTravelEscape
* TimeTravelRomance
* ToHellAndBack

to:

* ThrillerOnTheExpress
ThrillerOnTheExpress: A crime/espionage/murder mystery story centered around a moving train setting.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Crazy people see the world differently from normal people.
* TimeToMove
TimeToMove: The man of the house decides it's time to move and the rest of the family attempts to stop this.
* TimeTravelEscape
TimeTravelEscape: Saving a dead person via time travel.
* TimeTravelRomance
TimeTravelRomance: Romance between people from different time periods.
* ToHellAndBackToHellAndBack: Part of the hero's mission involves entering Hell or a similar place.


* WeddingDay



* WorstWeddingEver: Someone's WeddingDay turns disastrous.

to:

* WorstWeddingEver: Someone's WeddingDay wedding turns disastrous.


* RoomateDrama: Characters share a room or house, and things go wrong.

to:

* RoomateDrama: RoommateDrama: Characters share a room or house, and things go wrong.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 272

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report