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Part 4 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.

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Schmuck Bait vs. Press X to Die:

Secret Art vs. Signature Move:

  • A move the character is well-identified with:

Seldom-Seen Species vs. Small Taxonomy Pools

Sergeant Rock vs. The Neidermeyer vs. Drill Sergeant Nasty

Senseless Sacrifice vs. Stupid Sacrifice:

"Shaggy Dog" Story vs. Shoot the Shaggy Dog

A Simple Plan vs. Zany Scheme:

Sorting Algorithm of Evil vs. Sorting Algorithm Of Villain Threat:

Sorting Algorithm of Mortality vs. Sorting Algorithm of Deadness:

Stalked by the Bell vs. Timed Mission:

Subverted Kids Show vs. What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? vs. What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?:

Sugar-and-Ice Personality vs. Tin Man

Suicide Attack vs. Taking You with Me:


Tagalong Kid vs. Bratty Half-Pint vs. Kid-Appeal Character:

Tempting Fate vs. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?':

  • Impending catastrophe is glossed over by character...

Tomboy vs. Bokukko vs. Shorttank vs. The Lad-ette:

Training "Accident" vs. Unwinnable Training Simulation

Trope Codifier vs. Trope Maker vs. Trope Namer vs. Ur-Example

  • Trope Codifier: The example everyone else copies.
  • Trope Maker: The first well-known and deliberate example.
  • Trope Namer: Provides the name used here; may or may not be any of the others, or even an example of the trope.
  • Ur-Example: The first example.

Two Lines, No Waiting vs. Third Line, Some Waiting vs. Four Lines, All Waiting


Undesirable Prize vs. Zonk

Unexpected Successor vs. You Are in Command Now:

Universe Bible vs. Universe Compendium vs. Universe Concordance vs. The Wiki Rule:

Unwinnable vs. Unwinnable by Design vs. Unwinnable by Insanity vs. Unwinnable by Mistake vs. Unwinnable Joke Game vs. Endless Game:


Vitriolic Best Buds vs. With Friends Like These...


Walking the Earth vs. Wandering Jew

What the Hell, Hero? vs What the Hell, Player?

With Friends Like These... vs. Who Needs Enemies?

Word of God vs. Word of Saint Paul vs. Word of Dante vs. Word of Gay



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