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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


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

Art Attacker

Artifact of Death

Artifact of Doom

Artistic License – Chemistry

Ass Kicks You

Badass Boast

Badass Normal

Badass Pacifist


Battle Butler


Beautiful Condemned Building

  • Escape to the Chateau

Beautiful Void

Because Destiny Says So

Beware the Superman

Big Brother Is Watching

Bigger on the Inside


Blended Family Drama

Bloody Hilarious

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

Create Your Own Villain

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

Duel of Seduction

Duels Decide Everything

Dungeon Crawling

A Dungeon Is You

Dysfunction Junction

Edutainment Show

Escort Mission

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

Extraordinarily Empowered Girl

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

Friendly Neighborhood Vampire

Friendly Pirate

From the Mouths of Babes

Gambit Pileup

Gender Bender Angst

Going Native


"Groundhog Day" Loop

Guile Hero

Heavy Mithril

Henshin Hero

Heroic Comedic Sociopath

Highly Visible Ninja

Hostile Animatronics

How We Got Here

Humongous Mecha

Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball

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

The Joys of Torturing Mooks

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

Lord British Postulate

Love Makes You Dumb


Magic Versus Science

Magical Girl Warrior

Macho Camp

Man-Eating Plant

Martial Arts and Crafts

Messianic Archetype

The Men in Black

Mind Screw

Monster Mash

Morton's Fork


Monster Clown

Motor Mouth

Mundane Made Awesome

Nations as People

Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!


Nintendo Hard

Noble Demon

Nothing Is Scarier

Obfuscating Stupidity

Oh, Crap!

One-Man Army

Paranoia Fuel

Pacifist Run

Pay Evil unto Evil

Peeve Goblins

Phlebotinum Rebel

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

Product as Superhero

Product Placement

Pungeon Master

Pure Is Not Good

Purple Prose

Recycled IN SPACE!

Refuge in Audacity

Religion Rant Song

Religious Bruiser

Religious Horror

Retired Badass

Roaring Rampage of Revenge

Robot War

RPG-Mechanics Verse

Sanity Slippage

Sadistic Choice

Scenery Porn

Schoolgirl Lesbians

Science Hero

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

Stern Old Judge

Stone Punk

Super Speed

Super Zeroes

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

Trickster Girlfriend

Two Gamers on a Couch


Unstoppable Rage

Vampire Hunter

Video Game Caring Potential

Video Game Cruelty 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

What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?

What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?

When It All Began

Wizarding School

World of Badass

World of Ham


Yank the Dog's Chain

You Are Already Dead

You Bastard!


Zombie Apocalypse


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