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Are you tired of the boring old accurate trope definitions? Never fear! For according to some tropers, we don't need to actually go to the page and read the definition. We can shoehorn any example into any trope, no matter how little sense it makes!

See also, How Not to Write an Example, and How Not To Write A Trope Page


Tropes

  • Actor Allusion: Two roles played by the same actor have coincidental and superficial similarities.
  • Adult Fear: A child is put in any kind of danger.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: A single character has an unrequited crush on someone else.
  • All Men Are Perverts: A single or a few male characters are perverted, even if other male characters within the same work aren't.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: If a character is the slightest bit introverted or shy, they must be autistic! If they get nervous sometimes, they must have PTSD or an anxiety disorder! If they're sometimes happy and sometimes sad, it must be bipolar disorder!
  • Ambiguously Gay: You ship this character with someone of the same sex, even if nothing in canon hints that they might be homosexual.
  • And I Must Scream: Any extremely bad, scary, and inescapable situation, regardless of how long it lasts until the character dies or is freed.note 
  • And That's Terrible:
    • A character calls something terrible, bad, awful, etc.
    • A statement to use in your TVTropes explanations to emphasize how bad something is.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The hero hates when the villain hurts his loved ones.
    • Something that slightly annoyed a character once.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Anytime something impressive happens. Being impossible according to the setting's rules is not required; being really, really cool and hard to do is the sole criteria.
  • Big Bad: The most important antagonist in the show, even if most of the problems the main characters face have nothing to do with them. For example, the most frequently recurring jerk character in a Slice of Life show.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Any fat male character you like, even if he's not portrayed as being particularly attractive.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Any fat female character you like, even if she's not portrayed as being particularly attractive.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Really badass heroes.
  • Black Best Friend: A character who is black and also someone's best friend. Being a Satellite Character or Token Minority is optional.
  • Bullet Hell:
    • This term can be used interchangeably with Shoot 'em Up. Even if the difficulty comes from the speed of the bullets rather than their patterns, it can still qualify.
    • Also, use this trope to refer to any time a large amount of bullets are fired in any media. It's not like we have another trope for that.
  • Bury Your Gays: Any LGBT character who dies even if Anyone Can Die on the show or if there're plenty other LGBT characters who survive.
  • But Wait, There's More!: Marks the point where a list or explanation you are writing becomes long.
  • Casting Gag: Just like Actor Allusion, make flimsy connections between two roles played by the same actor even if it's to say that they play a different kind of character.
  • Crapsack World: Bad things happen sometimes, therefore clearly this whole fictional world must suck! A work can qualify for this trope even if we only see bad stuff happening to one person or a small group of people, and nothing indicates that the whole population of the world is as miserable as them.
  • Deconstruction:
    • A dark, edgy awesome show!
    • A trope causes bad things to happen.
  • Deus ex Machina: You don't like how a situation was solved.
  • Developers' Foresight: Any instance when a video game gives attention to detail, even if it's for a situation that's not unlikely for the player to run into.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Complain about the way a character died even if the scene was climactic and impactful on the story.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Pothole to this page when you want to complain about jokes you found offensive or in poor taste. Disregard the In-Universe Examples Only warning on the page.
  • Easier Than Easy: Any video game that is too easy for you, regardless of its difficulty options. You should use this to get away with complaining about games being too easy on objective trope pages.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A catch-all term for any big, scary monster!
  • Epic Fail: Want to complain about something you don't like? Just pothole it to this page. Don't care that it violates the In-Universe Examples Only warning on the page.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: A work's title gives some information about its contents. Saying that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is about a character nicknamed JoJo who has an adventure that is bizarre is descriptive enough to qualifynote .
  • Excuse Plot: Any relatively simplistic plot, even if it's used as more than justification for the gameplay or action onscreen and it receives focus.
  • Expy: This character is kind of like this character, and we'll pretend it's not a coincidence. Bonus points if the "copied" character is extremely obscure.
  • Five-Bad Band: Like Five-Man Band, you can shoehorn any group of villains here, even if they aren't a group of five. Feel free to include villains who never interact with each other, include extra tropes such as The Man Behind the Man or Token Good Teammate, and ignore the characterization for the roles just like Five-Man Band.
  • Five-Man Band: Any group of people, even if it's not five people, can be shoehorned here. You can also pick people who never interact or are not even aware of each other's existence. If two of the roles are duplicated, you add extra tropes like Tagalong Kid and Team Pet or the characterization is ignored for the role (for example, putting a male character in the role of The Chick), don't fret. You're doing it right!
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Like Five-Man Band, any group of people can qualify as this, no matter how many people there are. So long as each member has acted kinda like a certain temperament once, they can qualify. Feel free to wage an Edit War with other fans over which character falls into which role, because it's not like this is a sign that they fall into none of them.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Throw in a link to this trope whenever you're talking about any kind of laser weapon, even if the beams move at the speed of light.
  • From Bad to Worse: When you are complaining about something you don't like, pothole to this page to emphasize just how many flaws there are with that thing.
  • Gamer Chick: A girl who plays video games.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: A villain who sucks.
  • Genre Blindness: Any character who doesn't magically know the work's genre and common tropes associated with it. Obviously, if a car breaks down in the middle of the woods at night, the first thing any remotely sane and intelligent person would think is "I must be in a horror movie. I'd better stay in the car with the lights on and the doors locked until morning."
  • Genre Savvy: A character does something smart (or uses common sense).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Any dialogue or imagery that could possibly be interpreted as sexual if you make a lot of flimsy connections.
    • Any instance of swearing, fanservice, or violence, regardless of blatantness or the show's target audience/rating. If a character manages to clearly say "asshole" in your show, it's totally because the censors failed to notice the word, and not because thew knew it was there but decided it was acceptable given the show's rating.
  • Harder Than Hard: Any video game (or part of one) that is too hard for you, regardless of its difficulty options. You should use this to get away with complaining about games being too hard on objective trope pages.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Since Most Annoying Sound is specifically about video games and toys, use this trope to complain about annoying sounds in other media.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Any argument that you personally disagree with, even if it was meant to be taken seriously.
  • Joke Character:
    • Any silly-looking character in a video game, even if they're as strong as the more serious characters. No, there's no such trope as Fighting Clown.
    • Any weak character, even if they're presented seriously and are only weak because the developers didn't balance them properly.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • A villain whose story arc is still ongoing.
    • Complain about a character not receiving the amount of comeuppance you think they deserve.
  • Killed Off for Real: Any character dies, even if it's a work in which All Deaths Are Final. Bonus points for adding this trope immediately after the character dies, and they come back to life later.
  • Kill 'em All: A character kills lots of people or orders a massacre.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • A cooler way to say Playing with Fire.
    • Pothole to this trope whenever you're talking about something disgusting.
  • Kill It with Ice: A cooler way to say An Ice Person.
  • Kill It with Water: A cooler way to say Making a Splash.
  • Lethal Joke Character:
    • A synonym of Fighting Clown, a humorous video game character that's as powerful as the more serious ones.
    • If you want to be boring and use the correct definition (a normally weak character that has a secretly powerful skill), be sure to disregard Example Indentation in Trope Lists and list it as "Joke Character / Lethal Joke Character" or put it on a second-level bullet point below the Joke Character entry.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Female character's father is a scientist.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Any male character you find attractive.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Any female character you find attractive.
  • Mythology Gag: This part of this work is kind of like this other installment from the same franchise.
  • N-Word Privileges: Every single reference to the N-word should be potholed to this trope, regardless of who's saying it or whether they're discussing how only black people can use that word.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Any moment which might make the audience briefly panic.
    • A statement in your TV Tropes explanations that emphasizes how scary something is.
  • Precision F-Strike: Any instance of the word "fuck" that isn't being said multiple times in a short timeframe or at a high volume. For extra fun, insert gratuitous swearing into your fucking examples for emphasis and then pothole the swear to this trope.
  • Purple Is Powerful: A character you like wears purple.
  • Reconstruction: Like the opposite of a Deconstruction but even more awesome!
  • Recycled In Space: A work takes place in space.
  • Rule of Three: Any time there is three of something.
  • Shout-Out:
    • This part of this show is kind of like this other show. Bonus points if the other show wasn't released while the episode was being written.
    • Remember to also list any Shout-Outs the show has received. It's not like we have Referenced by... for that.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: A female character dies.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Ignore that this is specifically about mooks in video games, and link to this whenever someone dies due to being overconfident.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Any sentence that ends with "bitch", even if the speaker is actually calling someone else a bitch and not just adding that word there for emphasis.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: A character is seen enjoying a certain food a few times.
  • Understatement: Pothole to this trope in order to emphasize how something is so great, your own words cannot do it justice.
  • Walking Spoiler: Any character that is involved in a plot twist, even if they do plenty of other stuff that isn't a spoiler.
  • Wham Episode: Any episode that progresses the plot. Or any episode that starts a new Story Arc, even if the arc ends with everything going back to normal.
  • Wham Line:
    • Any line of dialogue that reveals any new information, even if it was heavily foreshadowed. Bonus points if the line is in a recently released trailer and is only surprising if you had no idea what the trailer was for before the line.
    • Any dramatic and memorable line that describes something that just blatantly happened onscreen (like announcing a character is dead right after they gets beheaded) also qualifies.
    • Things that aren't story related, like announcing the work's release date or a new entry in the series are also fair game for this trope.
  • Wham Shot: Any shot that reveals new information in a recently released trailer like a character showing up even though it's common knowledge by the time of the release.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A character does something you disapprove of. Heck, it doesn't even have to be a character. Feel free to pothole to this trope to accuse the work's author of writing something you didn't like.
  • You Bastard:
    • A character calls somebody a bastard.
    • A character does something bad, and some people in the audience want to call the character "bastard" in response.

Trivia

  • Author Existence Failure: An author dies. That is all. Having any unfinished work is not necessary to qualify.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Complain about works you don't like by coming up with derogatory names for them. Because detractors of a work are clearly fans of the work.
    • Share that nickname you and your friends made up as an inside joke and nobody else uses. Because we totally care about your personal life.
  • Franchise Killer: The most recent installment in a franchise was a flop which must mean the franchise is dead. Don't wait for any official confirmation that the plug has been pulled on the franchise as a result. Bonus points if said "killer" only came out a few weeks or months ago.
  • Those Two Actors: Any pair of actors who collaborated twice.
  • Too Soon: A joke is made about a recent tragedy, and someone gets offended by it. It's not like the term means something completely different on this wiki.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • A recently released work contains one thing that may slightly date it. It's even better if the single supposedly dated thing is something obscure and anecdotical that is lost over most of the audiencenote .
    • Any work that can be narrowed down to its decade, period. If a 60's movie has 60's fashion or a 90's series doesn't have modern smartphones, it's definitely unusual enough to be noted.

Audience Reactions: After all, audience reactions are subjective, and therefore you can put anything there as you please!

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Gush about characters you like and rant about characters you hate.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Any boss that you didn't enjoy fighting.
  • Anvilicious: Complain about works that try to spread a message you disagree with.
  • Ass Pull: A plot twist you don't like, even if it was properly foreshadowed.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise:
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • A trailer alleviates some concerns about an unreleased work whether or not it was the author's intent.
    • Fans are angry about something happening in one episode. Shortly afterwards, another episode comes out to address these concerns. Because the writers, actors, editors, animators, etc. clearly managed to remake the whole episode in just a few weeks in reaction to fan complaints.
  • Awesome Moments:
    • A character accomplishes something, no matter how minor. Be sure to list a play-by-play description of everything the hero does whenever a new episode comes out, because every single blow he lands on the villain is noteworthy, and it's totally not just because it's still fresh in your mind due to being in the newest chapter.
    • Your favorite work does well commercially.
    • A new instalment of your favorite series is announced.
    • Ignore the "moment" part of the title and list general facts about the work that you find awesome.
  • Awesome Music: Just dump a bunch of YouTube links to the entire soundtrack of your favorite work! Even a 3-second jingle can be an example. Explaining why you like the song is optional, but if you do feel like elaborating beyond just name-dropping the song, making the link's text into an excerpt from the song's lyrics is enough context.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Use this to complain about characters you dislike. Sure, a Base-Breaking Character needs to have equal amounts of fans and detractors, but you can cover the fans by simply adding a token "but some fans like them" before or after your multi-paragraph evisceration of the character to balance it out.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Any scene that is even remotely weird.
  • Broken Base:
    • A lot of people like something you don't.
    • Any topic of discussions that elicits the slightest degree of diverging opinions from fans like "Does Alice look better with blue pants or a pink skirt?".
    • You saw one person who didn't like something, and one person who did like it. Bonus points if the work/episode in question just finished airing minutes ago and it's impossible to tell how widespread any debates or disagreements over that thing will be.
    • Works that attract debates along the line of "is this show good or bad?" also qualify. Because detractors of the show are clearly part of the "base".
    • Use Broken Base as a way to complain about aspects of the show you dislike. Cover the "pro" side by saying "some fans like it", then go ahead and vent out all of your frustrations! Hell, you don't even need to cover the pro side at all. Just a mention of something being divisive or controversial is enough.
    • The rule about a Broken Base being a sustained conflict is optional. Feel free to add examples from recently released or unreleased episodes and works. Of course people will still be fiercely debating over that one scene from the trailer six months after the movie is out!
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: You figured out a twist so naturally everyone did. Alternatively, one fan theory among a hundred of others happens to be true.
  • Character Derailment: When a character you like has a change in characterization that you personally disapprove of, even if there's a clear or logical in-story reason or explanation why said character's characterization changed.
  • Complete Monster: Any villain who does anything bad. If your show doesn't have one, it sucks. It can apply to any show, even G-rated shows created for toddlers. After all, a school bully or a jerkass is totally comparable to dictators, serial killers, rapists, and child abusers.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Compare two characters you know even if they only share some superficial similarities like hair color. It doesn't matter if you're the only one in the world who compares those characters, we don't have Surprisingly Similar Characters for that.
    • Compare two works with a mildly similar premise, plot, scene or setting no matter how common they are. Please ignore that this audience reaction is only limited to characters.
  • Crazy Awesome: The "crazy" in the title means "extremely", not "mentally unwell". As such, this can mean...
    • A character is awesome. Forget about the crazy part.
    • A work is awesome, due to not caring about making sense and instead just trying to put in as many cool things as possible. That's totally not Rule of Cool.
  • Creator's Pet: A character with a big role or one that receives a lot of focus you don't like. Be sure to ignore the four requirements on the page when adding your example.
  • Critical Research Failure: Obviously, the author is a giant idiot. They couldn't have known the fact and ignored it for a good story. And the fact couldn't have been too obscure to all but experts.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:
    • Applicable as soon bad things happen or if a few characters you liked have died. It doesn't matter if the show is still lighthearted and humorous, the tone is still optimistic or hopeful, or if the heroes still save the day almost everytime.
    • A work is dark, period. It doesn't matter if the work has clear good guys who manage to achieve significant, lasting victories to offset some of the bleakness of the setting.
  • Deader Than Disco: When something loses even a fraction of its popularity. Bonus points if the "dead" thing is still generally well-liked or is still releasing new installments.
  • Designated Hero: You don't like one of the main characters.
  • Dethroning Moment of Suck:
    • Anything that you don't like about a show, even if it isn't an actual moment.
    • Any moment that slightly annoys you.
    • Vent about Executive Meddling, something bad the creator said or did, or an unpleasant personal experience you had with the creator. Those totally don't count as real-life examples.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: Any work you dislike that has a message. Bonus points if you also complain about the message itself.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Any character other than the main character who is popular, even if that character plays a major role. Hell, the main character themself can qualify if they're just that cool.
    • Your favourite character in the show!
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Any non-white character you don't like. Behaving like an offensive racial caricature or being disliked by most fans of the work aren't necessary.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Complain about a work that gives "wrong" morals.
    • Jokingly make up a silly lesson based on the story. It's not like we have Warp That Aesop for that.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Anything that might slightly annoy fans of a show. Examples include:
    • Saying you like an unpopular character, installment, season, or episode in the franchise.
    • Saying you dislike the franchise's Sacred Cow.
    • Mentioning certain unpopular fanon theories.
    • Admitting that you ship two characters who aren't the Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • Disliking the show for any reason.
    • Using a Discredited Meme.
    • Liking the show around non-fans (because they're totally part of the fandom).
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Complain about works you don't like that are competing against or have any sort of similarity to works you like and/or their fandoms, even if the rivalry is one-sided or the two fandoms generally don't mind or get along with each other.
    • Rivalries within fandoms over which entries of the series or franchise are the best and/or which are the worst can also qualify. That totally isn't Broken Base or Contested Sequel.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Adaptations and continuity reboots you hate even if they're separate continuities from the original material.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: List your favorite pairings even those who are already canon or not that popular.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: An actor died in real life, and also has played at least one character who died in-story. There is no need for any resemblance between the actor and character's deaths to qualify.
  • Funny Moments: A list of every single attempt at comedy in the work.
  • Game-Breaker: Every single character, item, or skill that you've lost to. Doesn't matter that it has loads of counters and is never seen in high-level play, since that would mean you're just too lazy to learn them and you wouldn't want that, do you?
  • God-Mode Sue: A powerful character you don't like.
  • He Really Can Act: Praise any good acting regardless if the actor already won multiple awards or if they only do a marginally better job than usual.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Any time someone does something nice or demonstrates basic courtesy towards another person.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Something that happens in a work has superficial or flimsy similarities to something that happens in a later work or later in real life.
  • Ho Yay: Two same-gender characters are on friendly terms and spend good time together. Actual homosexual relationships are fair game too.
  • Internet Backdraft: Something terrible just happened in the last episode of a show you follow or something you don't think you'll like was just announced. You don't need evidence of a massive negative response from the fandom.
  • It Was His Sled: You know what happened in this movie/show, and therefore, the entire world knows as well! Don't forget to blank the entire entry just to prove how valid the example is!
  • Magnificent Bastard: An incredibly cool villain.
  • Mary Sue: Any character that is any bit special that you dislike. After all, we only want boring losers as protagonists! Bonus points if the character is female.
  • Memetic Mutation: A memorable line or scene from the episode that just aired. No need to wait to see whether the meme actually undergoes mutation or lasts longer than a week.
  • Misaimed Fandom: A portion of the fanbase you don't like.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The villain does anything bad, from committing mass murder to being a jerk. Bonus points if you use it for real life actions, including petty stuff like your favorite show being canceled or someone changing something about it.
    • A heroic character you dislike does something bad, even if they proceed to make amends and are quickly forgiven by both the characters and most of the fanbase.
  • Most Annoying Sound: A TV show character's voice annoys you. Disregard the "video games and toys only" disclaimer. That only applies to the Most Annoying Sound page itself, not any work page that has a link to it.
  • Most Triumphant Example: The show you like has an example of a trope.
  • Narm:
    • Anything in the show that annoys you since Dethroning Moment of Suck is limited to only one example per troper.
    • Bad writing, acting, special effects, or animation in general, even if the scene was meant to be humorous.
  • Narm Charm: Defend and justify the Narm entries that bother you. For best effect, add this as a sub-bullet to the Narm entry, or change the Narm bullet point to "Narm/Narm Charm"
  • Never Live It Down: A character or a creator recently did or said something controversial. No need to wait whether or not the controversy is going to wear off.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Use these definitions to fit as many examples of this as possible into your show to make it seem Dark and Edgy and therefore good. You don't even have to feel fear watching the scene, as long as you can envision someone somewhere being afraid. After all, it's Audience Reactions, not Personal Reactions.
    • Any time a character is put in the slightest amount of danger. Or a character acts menacing. Even if it's clearly Played for Laughs.
    • Anything related to a work of fiction that makes you very slightly worried, including unintentionally implied events that are not officially part of the story, or behind-the-scenes events that totally don't count as Real Life examples.
    • Anything that is even the least bit startling or unsettling.
    • Be sure to list every single angry face a character has ever made, too! Add in all sorts of descriptors, such as calling it a Nightmare Face or claiming that it falls into the Uncanny Valley, in order to blatantly exaggerate the very mild unease the facial expression made you feel for a few seconds.
    • Every instance of violence, even in action-based works where fight scenes are commonplace. And every gory scene, even in gorny works where the audience is expected to enjoy the carnage.
    • Forget about it being an Audience Reaction and put instances where characters are being afraid or worried while it's not scary for the audience.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy:
    • Any work that has any slightly controversial thing related to it. Feel free to ignore the fact that most fans outside of the Vocal Minority or your favorite forum are enjoying the work just fine without caring about it.
    • A work causes divided opinions and arguments within the fandom. That totally isn't Broken Base.
    • A work or creator was recently the subject of a controversy. No need to wait if the controversy will end up overshadowing the work's, creator's, or the creator's body of works' merits or not.
  • Porting Disaster: A port of a game has slightly lower resolution, minor glitches or changes you dislike.
  • Purity Sue: A kind or innocent character you don't like.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: A pairing you dislike even if it's a very minor subplot.
  • The Scrappy:
    • You don't need objective criteria like popularity polls or critic's reviews to define it. Just put any character that you dislike. Bonus point if the character isn't meant to be likeable at all.
    • Ignore that this is meant for fan reaction, and use this to list characters content creators, such as reviewers or let's players, personally dislike.
    • Ignore that a Scrappy is a disliked character, and use this to complain about anything you dislike, such as annoying obstacles in video games, or props in TV shows and movies.
    • Feel free to add real-life people like artists, writers or actors.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The game mechanic that prevents your favorite strategy, character, or weapon from being a Game-Breaker.
  • Snark Bait:
    • When a film has less than 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
    • Any work that has a substantial Hatedom, even if it also has a substantial fandom.
  • So Bad, It's Horrible:
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • Some evil troper has accused a show you like of being Anvilicious? Explain how wrong they are and how anybody who disagrees with the show's message has no heart. For extra effectiveness, you should completely disregard Example Indentation in Trope Lists and either list this on the same bullet point as Anvilicious (with a slash between the two WikiWords) or on a second-level bullet point below it.
    • Praise great lessons you agree with even if they're not Anvilicious.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Always use this to defend the honour of fictional Straw Characters who represent a caricature of an opinion you agree with. It doesn't matter if their argument is Insane Troll Logic.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Something in a trailer for an upcoming work or some even vague announcement makes you worried that it's going to suck. Again it doesn't matter if the reception to said trailer or announcement has been overwhelmingly positive.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Any time a character feels any kind of negative emotion. And any time they feel a positive emotion too, since happiness can make you cry Tears of Joy (it's not like we have Heartwarming Moments for that).
    • If someone involved in a work you like goes through hard times or dies, feel free to mention it. Sure, No Real Life Examples, Please! applies to Tear Jerker, but this specific case is so sad that it's worth making an exception just for them.
  • That One Boss: Every boss you couldn't beat on your first or second try. If all bosses were hard, feel free to add all of them. Bonus points if it's the Bonus Boss, Final Boss, or other battle where a significant bump in difficulty would be completely normal.
  • That One Level:
    • Any level that you had difficulty clearing. After all, you are such a great gamer that the only way you could struggle at all in a video game was if the developers made a bad and unfair level. If the entire game is "unfair", feel free to add every single level, because it's not like we have another trope for that already.
    • Use the alternate name Scrappy Level to complain about levels you didn't enjoy playing through, even if it's due to the level being tedious or boring rather than difficult. Just because it redirects to That One Level, it doesn't mean it has to have the same definition.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Complain that your favorite minor character doesn't get as many episodes as the main characters or that a single half and hour movie fails to give everyone an equal amount of screentime and Character Development.
    • Complain about a certain character not being portrayed the way you wanted them to, even if said character gets plenty of screentime.
    • If the work is an adaptation, complain about a character not being 100% canon accurate or being Adapted Out.
  • Too Cool to Live: A character you like dies.
  • Tough Act to Follow: A work is so great and popular that you know any sequels/follow-ups are going to fail before they are even released.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • A female, non-heterosexual, and/or non-White character is not 100% perfect? Obviously, that means the author is accusing the character's entire gender/orientation/race of having the same flaws. And if these characters are perfect, it still counts, either as Condescending Compassion towards said race/orientation/gender, or because the author is clearly supporting a Persecution Flip. As long as you can make some deductions, however flimsy or far-fetched, that end with the author being a bigot, you can add it here.
    • A fictional term happens to sound vaguely like a slur if you write it backwards and/or mess with the pronunciation.
    • Something is bigoted, period. Feel free to add Mein Kampf, because any content in that book that modern audiences might find offensive was totally unfortunate on the author's part and implied.
    • Ignore the rule that says that every example needs to have at least one reliable external source showing that several people have taken offense to said thing. Link to someone's personal blog where they rant about how offensive a certain scene was to them (and them alone), or just don't give a link at all. If you're still worried about your example being deleted, just talk about the work is question on another page and throw in a pothole to Unfortunate Implications there. After all, nobody is going to search through every single Wiki Word to find your improperly formatted example.
    • You can also use this as a synonym for Fridge Horror, as in "This show unfortunately implies that some really bad thing happened".
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: If you abhor a character, go out of your way to vilify them by exaggerating how bad they really are. If necessary, disregard the "unintentionally" part and put instances where the character wasn't portrayed in the right and was called out by other characters.
  • Vindicated by History: An unpopular installment of a franchise is slightly less hated because of an even worse new one.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Anytime a work attempts to be hip, regardless of whether or not it's part of a long running series or franchise.
  • What an Idiot!: Any time a character fails to immediately come up with the optimal course of action, regardless of factors such as stress or emotions which might reasonably cloud their judgment. Even characters for whom stupidity is one of their main character traits can elicit this reaction from the audience.
  • Woolseyism: A dub you like more than the original version. It's not like we have Superlative Dubbing for that.

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