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Some works are really complex. Trying to explain them is like trying to tell the sky stop raining purple droplets of sugar-coated chocolate pieces go very nicely when you crush them through a toothpaste tube.

Then, there are these. A work with a single trope so central to it, that when said trope is mentioned, the work is the first thing that comes to mind. Enjoy!

Note: Very often, these will be Trope Codifiers or Trope Namers. Also some - though not many - could potentially be summarised in one trope in more than one way.

Compare X Meets Y.

Examples (sorted by Trope)

Absurdly High Level Cap

Absurdly High-Stakes Game

Adaptation Decay

Adaptational Jerkass


A.I. Is a Crapshoot

Alchemy Is Magic

Aliens Are Bastards

Aliens in Cardiff

All-Ghouls School

All Myths Are True

All-Stereotype Cast

Almighty Janitor

Anachronism Stew

And Another Thing...

And Then What?


Anthropomorphic Food

Anthropomorphized Anatomy

Anyone Can Die

Armed Farces


Art Attacker

Artifact of Death

Artifact of Doom

Artistic License – Chemistry

Ass Kicks You

Awesome Underwater World

Badass Boast

Badass Family

Badass Normal

Badass Pacifist

Bad Future


Batman Can Breathe in Space

Battle Butler

Battle of Wits

Battle Tops

Beach Episode

Bears Are Bad News

Beary Funny

Beary Friendly

Beautiful Condemned Building

  • Escape to the Chateau

Beautiful Void

Because Destiny Says So

Beware the Superman

Big Book of War

Big Brother Instinct

Big Brother Is Watching

Bigger on the Inside


Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game

Blended Family Drama

Bloody Hilarious

Bloody Horror

Bloody Murder

Bomb Disposal

Born Detective

Brainwashing for the Greater Good

Breaking Old Trends

Break the Cutie

Bubblegum Popping

Bug War

Bullet Time

Bunny-Ears Lawyer

Call to Agriculture

Canis Major

Cape Busters


Captain Ersatz

Car Fu

Caustic Critic

Choice-and-Consequence System

The Chosen One

Chronic Hero Syndrome

Clothes Make the Superman

Colossus Climb

Coloring in the World

Complete Monster

Comedic Sociopathy

Comically Inept Healing

Cool Car

Cool Gate

Cool Plane

Comically Invincible Hero

Company Cross References

Conditioned to Accept Horror

Construction Is Awesome

Cool and Unusual Punishment

Corporate-Sponsored Superhero

Courtroom Antics

Crazy Is Cool

Crapsaccharine World

Crapsack World

Create Your Own Villain

Creature-Hunter Organization

Creepy Loner Girl

Crosses the Line Twice

Cruelty Is the Only Option

Cute Bookworm

Cute Witch

Cyber Ninja

Daddy DNA Test

Dancing Is Serious Business

Darker and Edgier

Darkness Equals Death

Dating Catwoman

Day of the Jackboot

Dead All Along

The Dead Can Dance

Deadly Disc

Deadly Game

Deadpan Snarker

Decadent Court

Deconstructor Fleet

Defective Detective

Delicate and Sickly

Depending on the Writer

Depth Deception

Deranged Animation

Destructive Savior

"Die Hard" on an X

Dimensional Traveler

Disguised Horror Story

Do Wrong, Right

Don't Try This at Home

Doomy Dooms of Doom

Double Jump

Dragged Off to Hell

Dramatic Irony

Dream Apocalypse

Dream Land

Dr. Jerk

Drugs Are Bad

Duel of Seduction

Duels Decide Everything

Dungeon Crawling

A Dungeon Is You

Dustbin School

Dysfunction Junction

Dysfunctional Family

Earn Your Happy Ending

Edutainment Show

Elemental Embodiment

Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit

Embedded Precursor

Escaped from Hell

Escort Game

Everyone Is a Super

Everything Breaks

Everything Is Online

Everything Trying to Kill You

Evil Is Not a Toy

Evil Versus Oblivion

Expendable Clone

Extendable Arms

Extranormal Institute

Face of a Thug

Fake Ultimate Hero

Fantasy Counterpart Culture

Fan Verse

Fast Tunnelling

Faux-To Guide

Field Trip to the Past

Fire-Forged Friends

First-Person Snapshooter

Five-Man Band

Food Porn

Food Songs Are Funny

For Science!

Fossil Revival

Foul Waterfowl

Fractured Fairy Tale

"Freaky Friday" Flip

Friendly Enemy

Friendly Ghost

Friendly Neighborhood Vampire

Friendly Pirate

Friendly Shopkeeper

The Friendly Texan

Friendly Zombie

From the Mouths of Babes

Frontier Doctor

Gacha Games

Gambit Pileup

Gender Bender

  • Until I Become Me

Gender Bender Angst


Going Native

Good Animals, Evil Animals

Good Hurts Evil


"Groundhog Day" Loop

Groundhog Peggy Sue

Guile Hero

Guilt-Free Extermination War

Hand Blast

Hat of Power

Heal It with Blood

Heavy Mithril

Henshin Hero

Heroic Comedic Sociopath

Heroic Dog

High-Speed Hijack

Highly-Visible Ninja

Historical Domain Superperson

Horrible Hollywood

Hostile Animatronics

How We Got Here

Human Weapon

Humanity Ensues

Humongous Mecha

Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball

I Just Want to Have Friends

Idiot Hero

Impossible Thief

Improbable Weapon User

Information Wants to Be Free

Insufferable Genius

Intrepid Reporter

Intercourse with You

Inventory Management Puzzle

Item Crafting

Jackass Genie

Jigsaw Puzzle Plot

Journey to the Center of the Mind

The Joys of Torturing Mooks

Judge, Jury, and Executioner

Jumping the Gender Barrier

"Just So" Story


Katanas Are Just Better

Karmic Reform Hell

Karmic Trickster

Kids Versus Adults

Know-Nothing Know-It-All

Large Ham

Lazy Bum

Le Parkour

Level Grinding

Like Brother and Sister

Living Lie Detector

Living Toys

Longer-Than-Life Sentence

Lolicon and Shotacon

Loophole Abuse

Lord British Postulate

Love It or Hate It

Love Makes You Dumb

Loving Bully

Lower-Deck Episode

Luck Manipulation Mechanic


Mad Marble Maze

Magic Versus Science

Magical Girl Genre Deconstruction

Magical Girl Warrior

Macho Camp

Man-Eating Plant

Manly Tears

The Many Deaths of You

Martial Arts and Crafts

Martial Pacifist

Messianic Archetype


The Men in Black

Military Moe

Mind Screw

Monster Adventurers

Monster Mash

Morton's Fork


Monster Clown

The Most Dangerous Video Game

Motor Mouth

Muggle Born of Mages

Mundane Made Awesome

Nations as People

Nested Story

Never Work with Children or Animals

Nice Job Breaking It, Hero


Nintendo Hard

Noble Demon

No Fourth Wall

Nothing Is Scarier

Nuns Are Funny

Obfuscating Stupidity

Oh, Crap!

Old-Fashioned Copper

Ominous Fog

One-Man Army

Only in Florida

Outlaw Couple

Paranoia Fuel

Parents as People

Pacifist Run

Paper-Thin Disguise

Le Parkour

Passing the Torch

Pay Evil unto Evil

Peeve Goblins

Perverse Puppet

Phlebotinum Rebel

Phone Call from the Dead

Point of Divergence

Precious Puppy

Protagonist Journey to Villain

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

Platform Game

Point-and-Laugh Show

Poor Communication Kills

Power Copying

Power Fist

Power Incontinence

The Power of Friendship

Princess Phase

Product Delivery Ordeal

Pro Wrestling Is Real

Product as Superhero

Product Placement

Psychosexual Horror

Pungeon Master

Pure Is Not Good

Purple Prose

Quest for Sex

Radial Ass Kicking

Rage Against the Heavens

"Reading Is Cool" Aesop

Reality-Writing Book

"Reborn as Villainess" Story

Reel Torture

Refuge in Audacity

Refugee from TV Land

Reincarnated as a Non-Humanoid

Reincarnated as the Opposite Sex

  • Reborn as the Hero's Daughter! Time to Become the Hero Once More!
  • Reincarne

Religion Rant Song

Religious Bruiser

  • For Today
  • The Showdown

Religious Horror

Removing the Crucial Teammate

Resort to Pouting

Resurrected Romance

Resurrection/Death Loop

Retired Badass

Revenge Is Sweet

Reverse Cerebus Syndrome

Ring of Power

Road Trip Plot

Roaring Rampage of Revenge

Robot War

Romantic Vampire Boy

Royal Brat

RPG Mechanics 'Verse

Samurai Shinobi

Sanity Slippage

Sadistic Choice

Scenery Porn

Science Hero

Screw You, Elves!

Scry vs. Scry

Second Law of Gender-Bending

Sequel Series

Serial-Killer Killer

Shovel Strike

Showy Invincible Hero

Sinister Surveillance

Smelly Skunk

The Snark Knight

So Bad, It's Good

Socially Awkward Hero

Some Dexterity Required

Song Parody

Sociopathic Hero

Space Opera

Space Western

Speaks Fluent Animal

Speedy Snail

Spinoff Babies


Stern Old Judge

Stone Punk

Super Cop

Super Hero School



Super Zeroes

Sweet Tooth

Synthetic Plague

Tank Goodness

Team-Based Tournament

Tear Jerker

Technicolor Ninja

Teleport Gun

Testosterone Poisoning

There Are No Therapists

There Can Be Only One

Threatening Shark

They Killed Kenny Again

This Is a Drill

Tiny Guy, Huge Girl

Toilet Humour

Toggling Setpiece Puzzle

Toys-To-Life Game

Transforming Vehicle

Translation Train Wreck

Trickster Girlfriend

A True Hero

Two Gamers on a Couch


Unstoppable Rage

Urban Fantasy

Vampire Hunter

Vampire-Werewolf Love Triangle

Video Game Caring Potential

Video Game Cruelty Potential

Viewers Are Geniuses

Vigilante Man

Villain Protagonist

Vitriolic Best Buds

Wacky Fratboy Hijinx

Wacky Homeroom

Wacky Racing


War Has Never Been So Much Fun

  • Nintendo Wars (excluding Advance Wars: Days of Ruin/Dark Conflict)

Watch It for the Meme

War Is Hell

Weapons Kitchen Sink

Weird West

Western Samurai

What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?

What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?

When It All Began

Wizarding School

Workplace Horror

World of Badass

World of Ham

World of Jerkass


Yandere Couple

Yank the Dog's Chain

You Are Already Dead

You Bastard!


Zombie Apocalypse