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Tropes pertaining to industry, factories, construction, and similar subjects.


  • Acme Products: A Company that Makes Everything needed for the plot.
  • Clockworks Area: An area featuring inordinate amounts of large-scale clockwork.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: A type of conflict where the building of a new structure threatens a Close-Knit Community.
  • Construction Zone Calamity: A construction zone, usually the skeleton of a skyscraper made up of steel beams, where comical disasters happen.
  • Critical Staffing Shortage: Somewhere that used to have a massive staff, but now finds itself with a bare skeleton crew.
  • Dangerously Loaded Cargo: Cargo wasn't loaded correctly on its transport.
  • Dangerous Workplace: Workplaces where life- and limb-threatening accidents happen surprisingly often.
  • Eternal Engine: A titanic factory or machine typically filled with sprawling tangles of dangerous mechanisms.
  • Inconveniently-Placed Conveyor Belt: Conveyor belts placed without rhyme or reason, beyond perhaps inconveniencing the hero.
  • Industrial Ghetto: Impoverished, neglected neighborhoods taken over by or built to service industry.
  • Industrialized Evil: Evil deeds performed in a systematic, automated and impersonal manner, reducing victims to one more cog in the machine or object on the assembly line.
  • Industrialized Mercury: Mercury becoming a hub for industry and mining, due to energy from the Sun and its rich metal deposits.
  • Industrial World: An entire planet, country or other large area completely dedicated to industrial production.
  • The Inspector Is Coming: An inspector comes to rate a workplace, and everyone scrambles to squeak by a passing grade.
  • Lumber Mill Mayhem: Lumber mills provide dangerous settings filled with heavy logs, conveyor belts, and saws.
  • Mobile Factory: A factory that can move from one location to another.
  • Nightmarish Factory: Factories portrayed as terrifying, sometimes outright hellish places.
  • No OSHA Compliance: A building, usually a factory or somewhere else with a lot of machinery, with dangerous architecture that can easily kill people.
  • No Product Safety Standards: Potentially hazardous things made and released with minimal to no safety or quality-ensuring procedures.
  • One-Man Industrial Revolution: When one person single-handedly revolutionizes a setting's technological base.
  • Polluted Wasteland: A contaminated, barren waste created as a byproduct of careless industrialization and hunger for resources.
  • Robotic Assembly Lines: A montage of an automated factory line.
  • Santa's Sweatshop: Santa Claus' workshop portrayed as a filthy, unsafe sweatshop.
  • X Days Since: An institution, most often a workplace, has a sign outside stating how long it's been since the last time something bad happened.
  • Work Com: A Sitcom which generally confines itself to a place of employment.