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If a trope with this tag doesn't make much sense to you, relax. It's just an early draft, and is intended to be calibrated further.

The trope description itself may or may not need some work, but what's definitely needed is suggestions for already existing tropes that might be related to the new one. This includes an element of "Do We Have This One?", but primarily focused on what other tropes to define the trope against.


As for examples, it's a bit early for that. The TLP will get the "Needs More Examples" tag later, when it is ready for it. In the meantime, examples are of course still welcome - especially if they come in the form of a question.

However, Early Development Phase and Needs More Examples are not mutually exclusive: If both are there, it means "We need more examples to work with, in order to calibrate the trope definition".

There are three basic ways in which a trope can get started:

  1. The troper has found two or more different media examples of the same thing, and is now looking for more examples of the same thing.
    • For example, the trope Undefeatable Little Village started with a troper reading the Fables album "The Good Prince" and thinking "hey, this plotline is the same as the premise of Asterix, although in a quite different mood and with quite different consequences!"
    • This kind of TLP entry rarely need an Early Development Phase tag, instead starting out with Needs More Examples from day one.
  2. The troper has found one media example, and thinks "Hey, cool! I bet others have done the same thing."
    • For example, the trope Life Will Kill You started with a troper listening to the song with the same name.
    • This kind of TLP entry is more likely to need an Early Development Phase tag, since it can sometimes be tricky to translate a media example into a trope.
  3. The trope starts with an abstract concept. Maybe someone found the concept interesting on a general level, or maybe a discussion about another trope reached the conclusion that "well, this concept is not this trope, so lets give it a trope of it's own.
    • For example, Child Marriage Veto and Old Man Marrying a Child both started as spin-offs to Marital Rape License, as people pointed out both that a girl might say no to an Arranged Marriage and that there's quite a bit of difference in dynamic depending on the age of the persons involved.
    • This kind of TLP entry is the most likely to need an Early Development Phase tag, since the trope is defined by an abstract concept that might need quite a bit of calibration to translate into a trope and might originally even be defined by what it is not rather then by what it is.

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