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A sheep and chicken... eat grass in the forest/become the prey of a hungry hiker.

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Proposed By:
abcdef-no on Dec 5th 2017 at 4:10:11 PM
Last Edited By:
abcdef-no on Dec 7th 2017 at 6:42:11 AM
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An Adventure of Sheep and Chicken is a web video launched in October 2017 by the youtuber ILEM World.

The story follows Sheep and Chicken, who head into the forest because Sheep wants to eat grass. Also in this cast is a lost, hungry, hiker. At the end of the first part, the hiker discovers Chicken and plans off-screen to kill him for food. Sheep and Chicken have a minor dispute over the world and getting lost, whereupon Chicken tells Sheep that he met the hiker. The hiker appears to have gone, but then is revealed to have shrinking powers.

The rest of the story follows Sheep trying to save Chicken from the hiker. The video can be seen here.


  • A Dog Named "Dog": Well, a sheep named Sheep and a chicken named Chicken.
  • Absentee Actor: Sheep doesn't appear at all in Part Four.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: All characters seen in the short are various colours of the rainbow (Sheep, Red. Chicken, Blue. Hiker, Blue.)
  • Anti-Villain: The hiker, who has sunk to desperation of killing a sentient creature (Chicken) out of hunger, changes his motives and helps saves Chicken's friend, Sheep. However, he only doesn't kill and eat Chicken because he fails to capture him, although turning this again it is suggested that he feels such guilt at the fact he would have killed Chicken that this is why he chooses to help.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Sheep's excuse to leave the forest says that he (rightfully) doesn't feel safe with hikers around, and there's no good grass to eat.
  • Big Bad: The Hiker for the first half of the video. He wants to eat Chicken.
  • Cliffhanger: The story never tells the viewer what happens to Sheep and Chicken after they arrive at the farm. The cliffhanger is solved by a comic here: There is also a mini one at the end of Part Two
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: All blue characters and red characters have dialogue in their respective colors.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Sheep being too slow to catch the hiker.
    Sheep: I'll catch you... if I could run!
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Hiker is only referred to as 'a hiker' or 'the hiker'. His real name is never revealed.
  • The Faceless: Because the characters look like 2-D paper cut-outs, no one in the video has a face except Chicken. His visage is revealed at 4:06.
  • Foreshadowing: It is mentioned in the middle of the second part that the hiker has the power to shrink things at will. At the end of the same part, the hiker shrinks Chicken and steals him.
  • Good All Along: The hiker only wanted to capture Chicken because he was hungry. After realizing he wouldn't be able to catch anything after losing Chicken, he ends up helping Sheep.
  • Minimalist Cast: There are only three main characters in the entire video. In fact, there are no more than three people in any scene in the video.
  • Non-Protagonist Resolver: The protagonists of the story are Sheep and Chicken, but the heroes who save the day are really the hiker and a helicopter crew. The hiker sets a forest fire to get the attention of firefighters to save Sheep, and a few helicopter pilots save both Sheep and Chicken.
  • Noodle Incident: The whole reason why Chicken doesn't want to go to his home farm is never explained.
  • Parody: An Journey of Shep and Chiken(AJOSAC) created by ILEM Universe. AJOSAC's first episode parodies the original video. Every word of dialogue is spelt incorrectly, and the video itself is sped up to 36 seconds. The second episode, which is much better, doesn't explain what happened to Shep and Chiken between Episode One and Episode Two.

Feedback: 11 replies

Dec 5th 2017 at 4:23:16 PM

It might seem like there are a lot of examples, but this is a pretty small trope list compared to some others that I've seen.

Also, this is not to be launched. I simply want to get more tropes for the Sheep and Chicken page.

Dec 5th 2017 at 4:22:59 PM

Works Pages Are A Free Launch, you can put them up directly and they should not have to go through the TLP. Format this properly so that the links work, and you can launch this with no problem. There's much longer lists around, yes, but that isn't an issue. This is enough by itself to work.

Dec 5th 2017 at 4:24:58 PM

In that case, is there a way I could get more tropes for this page? Editing on the page has been a bit slow.

Dec 5th 2017 at 4:28:05 PM

I reformatted it for you- see how you can use CamelCase and the tropes will form blue links?

its not strictly necessary to use TLP for new work pages, but its a good choice since you're still figuring out how to make pages

Dec 6th 2017 at 6:00:22 PM

Why isn't anyone checking the page out?

Dec 6th 2017 at 6:48:45 PM

maybe people in here just havent heard of it.

I think you can just go ahead and launch it. its got plenty of tropes, just be sure to put index it and maybe crosswick with a couple of other tropes

Dec 6th 2017 at 7:09:58 PM

Whoever launches it is responsible for crosswicking and indexing. All of those tropes need to be crosswicked at launch.

Dec 6th 2017 at 7:21:45 PM

Skimmed a few of the tropes. This is not Exactly What It Says On The Tin because the sheep and chicken are not normal sheep and chicken but are themselves characters. The title also lacks what the premise is (concerning food and what's nearly eaten).

Dec 7th 2017 at 3:09:06 AM

The launch pad is for potential new TROPES, not for new works (movies, webvideos, comics etc.) that feature tropes. those can be launched right away. There Is No Such Thing As Notability.

Dec 7th 2017 at 3:12:21 AM

I know that. I just need to collect more tropes. The article hasn't been edited in weeks, so I brought it here so more people could see it and offer suggestions.

Dec 7th 2017 at 7:00:28 AM

Boiken Dutch, that's incorrect. Works pages can go through TLP, which is for new pages that need help.

That said, it's usually better to make a TLP draft prior to making the page on the wiki. See WebVideo.An Adventure Of Sheep And Chicken...