Part 2 of the Laconical List of Subtle Trope Distinctions. Items are sorted alphabetically by whichever trope is alphabetically first; if you're looking for a specific one, use the "Find" or "Search" function of your Web browser.
- You can't beat this guy because:
- The world is destroyed...
- Easily Forgiven: We forgive you.
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: We forgive you because...Hand Wave.
- Karma Houdini: Karma forgives you.
Endless Game vs. Game Over vs. Unwinnable:
- Oops! You lose!:
- An age gives way to another, and the story...
- Enemy Without: Copy derived from original.
- Literal Split Personality: Original split into two identical parts.
- Epileptic Trees: Speculating on what happened or will happen.
- Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Speculating on what it means or represents.
- Wild Mass Guessing: Where Tropers can share both.
- The same things keep happening because...
- Even Beggars Won't Choose It: Focuses on poor quality of thing being chosen.
- Everyone Has Standards: Focuses on person not choosing something because it's against their personal guidelines.
- A place corroded by the wickedness:
Evil Twin vs. Evil Counterpart vs. Evil Knockoff vs. Criminal Doppelgänger:
- Evil Twin: Evil identical twin.
- Evil Counterpart: Evil version of the hero.
- Evil Knockoff: Evil copy of a hero, working for the villain.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Evil Identical Stranger.
- Gaming the system by:
- Example as a Thesis: See Alice and Bob. See Alice and Bob demonstrate an example of the trope. See actual definition following behind them.
- Self-Demonstrating Article: Somebody forgot their punctuation marks when describing No Punctuation Period.
- Exaggerated Trope: Trope is taken to silly extents.
- Logical Extreme: Trope is taken to a dramatic-but-still-possible level.
- A personality change is indicated by...
The Extremist Was Right vs. Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist vs. Villain Has a Point vs. Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Villain wants to do good by bad means.
- Villain Has a Point: Villain may not want to do any form of good, but their assessment of the situation has striking accuracies.
- Face of the Band: Bob is the only member of The Tropes that most people can name.
- I Am the Band: Of course, Bob does write and sing all the songs and plays lead guitar.
- Failure Hero: ...can do no right, so the story sucks.
- Invincible Hero: ...can do no wrong, so the story sucks.
- Showy Invincible Hero: ...can do no wrong, and that's the point of the story.
Fake Shemp vs. The Other Darrin vs. The Other Marty vs. Poor Man's Substitute vs. Suspiciously Similar Substitute You Look Familiar:
- Fake Shemp: Actor isn't available, blur the face of their character.
- The Other Darrin: Actor leaves role, other actor replaces them.
- The Other Marty: Actor leaves role, scenes are re-shot with their replacement actor.
- Poor Man's Substitute: Actor isn't available, get me someone cheaper and close enough.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Character must be removed, new character entering is almost exactly the same.
- You Look Familiar: Actor leaves role, takes up other character in same show.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: They think he did hero stuff, but he didn't...
- Miles Gloriosus: ...because he's a coward with a brave facade.
- Family Versus Career: A character (usually a woman) is presented a choice between their career and their family.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: In many works, female characters tend to be notable male characters' wives/girlfriends/daughters/mothers/sisters.
- Fan-Disliked Explanation: Fandom rejects the explanation of a plot point.
- The Un-Reveal: Plot point is never explained.
- Voodoo Shark: Plot point's explanation generates more questions.
- Fan Dumb: Annoying fans.
- Broken Base: Annoying fans who can't agree with each other.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Annoying fans who don't like change.
- Unpleasable Fanbase: Annoying fans who can't be pleased.
- Fantastic Aesop: Don't do this thing, even though you can't do it anyway.
- Space Whale Aesop: Don't do this thing, or something that can't happen will happen.
- The "drug" that a character is addicted to is...
- Fighting Clown: Silly-looking but balanced.
- Joke Character: Silly and weak.
- Lethal Joke Character: Silly and weak... most of the time.
Filler vs. Padding vs. Wacky Wayside Tribe:
- Filler: Additional side stories unimportant to the main plot arc.
- Padding: Additional material added to the main plot to stretch the length.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: Additional obstacles added to the main plot to give the characters a hard time.
The Film of the Book vs. The Movie vs. Novelization:
- The Film of the Book: Book: The Movie.
- Novelization: Movie: The Book.
- The Movie: TV Show: The Movie.
- The Film of the Series: Different cast.
- The Movie: Same cast, in continuity.
- Non-Serial Movie: Same cast, not in continuity.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Says gods don't exist in a setting where they do.
- Nay-Theist: Believes in gods but won't worship them.
Flip-Flop of God vs. Shrug of God vs. The Walrus Was Paul vs. Word of God
- The answer to the fan's question is...
Forgotten Phlebotinum vs. Plot-Induced Stupidity vs. Holding Back the Phlebotinum vs. It Only Works Once
- A gimmick could have been reused...
- Goliath is going to a Halloween party...
- Profanity is replaced by...
Foreshadowing vs. Rewatch Bonus'''
- Foreshadowing: Teases/provides indication of later events. Easier to spot retroactively.
- Rewatch Bonus: Has meaning first time, has additional meaning second time.
- Can't take a punch, but...
- Due to some weird event, Alice and Carol discover that they have swapped...
Fridge Brilliance vs. Fridge Horror vs. Fridge Logic:
- When you think about a certain aspect of a show you just watched, you realize...
- You need to get something that's almost impossible to find so you go to a guy who...
- This guy just became a serious and important threat. We didn't do anything about him earlier because...
- The new enemy is just the same as...
- Bob meets Alice's generous bosom face-first because of...
- Plans start to multiply within the story...
- To eliminate a threat, the Big Bad...
- Genre Savvy: Aware of storytelling conventions.
- Medium Awareness: Aware of Paratext and lampshades it. May break the Fourth Wall.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Implied naughty content that isn't caught by the censors.
- Parental Bonus: Joke or reference that kids won't get but parents/older viewers will; doesn't have to be naughty.
- Ghostapo: Supernaturally-empowered Nazis.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Nazis with futuristic technology.
- We Didn't Start the Führer: Hitler and/or the Nazis are inhuman or were created by inhumans.
- A character cannot achieve his life's ambition because of:
- Bad things happen because the project...
- The good guy wins...
- Good Lawyers, Good Clients: If the lawyer's heroic, so are his clients.
- Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers: Lawyering up = guilt.
- Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death: Horror film title jampacked with words for gore and death.
- Mad Lib Thriller Title: Mystery/suspense fiction title formula: The + [Meaningful Noun Or Name] + [Noun With Political Or Symbolic Connotations].
- The puzzle...
Guy in Back vs. Wingman
- The guy who provides support for the hero...
- In a movie that the audience thinks is bad, an actor...
Hand Cannon vs. BFG:
- Hand Cannon: A handgun so large and powerful it's ridiculous.
- BFG: A gun that's too large or powerful to be used as an individual weapon, but is, anyway.
- A naked person...
Hand Wave vs. Justified Trope vs. Lampshade Hanging vs. Voodoo Shark:
- Hand Wave: Flimsy explanation of the trope.
- Justified Trope: Logical explanation of the trope.
- Lampshade Hanging: Point at the trope, but don't explain.
- Voodoo Shark: Explanation of the trope that makes things worse.
- Happy Fun Ball: An object looks harmless but is actually dangerous.
- My Little Panzer: Toy with dangerous parts or functions.
Harmless Villain vs. Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain vs. Hate Sink vs. Not-So-Harmless Villain vs. Villainy-Free Villain
- Harmless Villain: Doesn't pose a threat and often doesn't really want to.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Potentially threatening but too incompetent to be effective and makes you feel sorry for them.
- Hate Sink: May not be the real villain but is intended to be detested by the audience.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Not taken seriously but ends up becoming a threat.
- Villainy-Free Villain: Has honest/honorable motivations but an unpleasant personality.
- Your game ends...
- Creating explosions...
- An authority figure that aids evil by...
- Beating me didn't actually help you because...
Heroic BSoD vs. Heroic RRoD vs. Super-Power Meltdown:
- Heroic BSoD: Traumatic experience makes you go catatonic.
- Heroic RRoD: Overusing your powers makes you go BOOM.
- Super-Power Meltdown: Overusing your powers makes the whole place go BOOM.
Heroic Fantasy vs. High Fantasy vs. Low Fantasy vs. Standard Fantasy Setting:
- A Standard Fantasy Setting story about...
Heterosexual Life-Partners vs. Homoerotic Subtext vs. Ho Yay vs. Odd Couple vs. Platonic Life-Partners:
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Same-sex friends who act like a couple.
- Ho Yay: The fans notice homoerotic subtext.
- Homoerotic Subtext: The Ho Yay was intended by the writers.
- Odd Couple: Friends with opposite personalities.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Heterosexual Life-Partners with opposite genders.
- Historical Downgrade: Historical figure's flaws and shortcomings are shown.
- Historical Villain Downgrade: Historical figure's villainy is softened.
- Historical Hilarity: Historical figure makes a cameo appearance.
- Historical Person Punchline: Historical figure makes a surprise appearance.
- It's not exactly the smart thing to do, but...
- Hyper-Awareness: Capable of observing minor details to everything around you.
- Sherlock Scan: Observes minor details to make accurate assumptions.
Hypocrite vs. Straw Hypocrite:
I Ain't Got Time to Bleed vs. I Can Still Fight! vs. Major Injury Underreaction vs. Only a Flesh Wound
- Major injury is treated as nothing serious by:
Idiot Ball vs. Idiot Plot vs. Plot-Induced Stupidity:
- Stupidity for plot's sake...
Idiot Ball vs. Lethally Stupid vs. Nobody's That Dumb vs. No One Else Is That Dumb vs. Too Dumb to Live vs. A Tragedy of Impulsiveness vs. What an Idiot! vs. Who Would Be Stupid Enough?:
- What an Idiot!: Characters do stupid things. Audience losses in respect may ensue.
- Idiot Ball: Characters lapse into stupidity so that the plot can move.
- Lethally Stupid: Character's stupidity endangers other people's lives.
- Nobody's That Dumb: 'I know I'm stupid, but I'm not stupid enough for this.'
- No One Else Is That Dumb: Character's stupidity can be used to confirm their identity.
- Too Dumb to Live: Character's stupidity endangers their own life.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Bad stuff happens because of characters not thinking things through. Not always about idiocy.
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Something is too stupid for anyone sane to do. Cut to a character doing it.
- Ignore The Fanservice: The character is indifferent to a display of sexiness.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: No one notices the character's stripperiffic outfit.
- The erotica reads like...
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Hero becomes more driven/motivated after a closely-tied character's death.
- Sacrificial Lion: Character whose death is a major point of drama or shift in the plot.
Immortality vs. Made of Iron vs. Nigh-Invulnerability:
- Immortality: Not dying.
- The character shakes off damage that would kill an ordinary human...
- A really bad pun is made...
Index Syndrome vs. Indexitis:
- The World's Greatest Weapon isn't the one you'll use most of the time, because:
- The weapon...
- Insufferable Genius: Smart and annoying.
- Too Clever by Half: Smart and annoying and they want to prove it.
- The target of the insult...
- Drugs cause...
- Invisibility: Invisibility as a reoccuring superpower.
- Invisible Main Character: Invisibility as a one shot situation.
- It Is Pronounced Tropay: Dick wants to be called "Dack" because he's tired of penis jokes.
- Psmith Psyndrome: Alice hears Bob call her "Aliss".
- You Say Tomato: Alice and Bob can't agree on how to say "pecan".
- To avoid or deflect critics, a work's creator will:
I Want My Jet Pack vs. Magic Floppy Disk vs. Science Marches On vs. Technology Marches On vs. Our Graphics Will Suck in the Future vs. Zeerust vs. Zeerust Canon:
- A futurism failure...
- I Want My Jet Pack: ...is noted by a character.
- Magic Floppy Disk: ...is made by this work.
- Science Marches On: ...is due to contemporary science becoming obsolete.
- Technology Marches On: ...is due to contemporary technology becoming obsolete.
- Our Graphics Will Suck in the Future: specifically, computer graphics technology.
- Zeerust: ...looks dated today.
- Zeerust Canon: ...still looks awesome, let's keep using it.