Follow TV Tropes


Just For Fun / Sum This Up In One Trope

Go To

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

A.I. Is a Crapshoot

Aliens and Monsters

Aliens in Cardiff

Almighty Janitor

And Another Thing...

And Then What?

Anthropomorphized Anatomy

Anyone Can Die

Armed Farces

Artifact of Doom

Artistic License – Chemistry

Ass Kicks You

Badass Boast

Badass Grandpa

Badass Normal

Badass Pacifist


Battle Butler

Beautiful Condemned Building

  • Escape to the Chateau

Beautiful Void

Because Destiny Says So


Big Brother Is Watching

Bigger on the Inside

Blended Family Drama

Bug War

Born Detective

Break the Cutie

Bunny-Ears Lawyer

Captain Ersatz

Caustic Critic

The Chosen One

Colossus Climb

Complete Monster

Comedic Sociopathy

Cool Gate

Cool Plane

Comically Invincible Hero

Conditioned to Accept Horror

Corporate-Sponsored Superhero

Courtroom Antic

Crazy Awesome

Crapsaccharine World


Crapsack World

Daddy DNA Test

Dancing Is Serious Business

Darker and Edgier

Deadpan Snarker

Deadly Decadent Court

Deadly Game

Defective Detective

Destructive Savior

"Die Hard" on an X

Doomy Dooms of Doom

Double Jump

Dr. Jerk

Drugs Are Bad

Dungeon Crawling

Dysfunction Junction

Edutainment Show

Escort Mission

Everything Is Online

Evil Is Not a Toy

Expendable Clone

Extranormal Institute

Extraordinarily Empowered Girl

Everything Trying to Kill You

Evil Versus Oblivion

Face of a Thug

Fake Ultimate Hero

Fantasy Counterpart Culture

Fan Verse

Field Trip to the Past

Food Porn

For Science!

For Want of a Nail

Fractured Fairy Tale

Gambit Pileup

Going Native

"Groundhog Day" Loop

Guile Hero

Heavy Mithril

Heroic Comedic Sociopath

Highly Visible Ninja

Hostile Animatronics

How We Got Here

Humongous Mecha

Idiot Hero

Impossible Thief

Improbable Weapon User

Information Wants to Be Free

Insufferable Genius

Intrepid Reporter

Intercourse with You

Jackass Genie

Jigsaw Puzzle Plot

Journey to the Center of the Mind

Judge, Jury, and Executioner

"Just So" Story

Katanas Are Just Better

Kill the Cutie

Large Ham

Le Parkour

Level Grinding

Like Brother and Sister

Living Lie Detector

Loads and Loads of Characters

Lolicon and Shotacon


Magic Versus Science

Magical Girl Warrior

Macho Camp

Man-Eating Plant

Martial Arts and Crafts

Messianic Archetype

The Men in Black

Mind Screw

Morton's Fork


Monster Clown

Mundane Made Awesome

Nations as People

Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!

Nigh Invulnerable

Nintendo Hard

Noble Demon

Nothing Is Scarier

Obfuscating Stupidity

Oh, Crap!

One-Man Army

Paranoia Fuel

Pacifist Run

Pay Evil unto Evil

Phlebotinum Rebel

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

Platform Game

Point-and-Laugh Show

Poor Communication Kills

Power Copying

Power Incontinence

The Power of Friendship

Product Placement

Pungeon Master

Pure Is Not Good

Purple Prose

Recycled INSPACE

Refuge in Audacity

Religion Rant Song

Religious Bruiser

Roaring Rampage of Revenge

Robot War

RPG-Mechanics Verse

Sanity Slippage

Sadistic Choice

Scenery Porn

Schoolgirl Lesbians

Screw You, Elves!

Scry vs. Scry

Serial-Killer Killer

Showy Invincible Hero

Sinister Surveillance

Smelly Skunk

The Snark Knight

So Bad, It's Good

Song Parody

Sociopathic Hero

Space Opera

Space Western

Super Speed

Surprise Creepy

Tank Goodness

Tear Jerker

Teleport Gun

Testosterone Poisoning

There Are No Therapists

There Can Be Only One

They Killed Kenny Again

Toilet Humour

Translation Train Wreck

Two Gamers on a Couch

Unstoppable Rage

Vampire Hunter

Video Game Cruelty Potential

Video Game Caring Potential

Viewers Are Geniuses

Vitriolic Best Buds


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

When It All Began

Wizarding School

World of Badass


Yank the Dog's Chain

You Are Already Dead

You Bastard!


Zombie Apocalypse


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: