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An index of all the tropes that deal with irony.


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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Refusing to believe in something supernatural in spite of believing in or being aware of the existence of something equally supernatural.
  • Black Comedy: Serious and horrible things Played for Laughs instead.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: A person's professional skills are of no help towards their own problems.
  • Color Me Black: A bigot gets turned into the very kind of person they discriminate against.
  • Construction Vehicle Rampage: Vehicles intended for construction are used for destruction.
  • Death by Irony: Someone dies in a way that is ironic.
  • The Death of Death: The embodiment of Death is the one that dies.
  • Died in Ignorance: A character who dies before learning a major truth that renders their actions sadly ironic.
  • Died on Their Birthday: A character dies on the anniversary of the date on which they were born.
  • The Dog Bites Back: A person who has been abused and tormented turns the tables on those who were mistreating them.
  • Dramatic Irony: The irony comes from the audience knowing something that the characters are not aware of.
  • Dude, Not Ironic: Someone describes something as ironic when there's really nothing ironic about the situation.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: An evil mom/dad/set of parents want their kids to be better than them.
  • Hapless Self-Help: A person working in self-help doesn't live up to their own teachings.
  • Gave Up Too Soon: A character decides to give up right before their plan would've succeeded.
  • Greatness Mistaken for Failure: A character is so far beyond the norm that their brilliance is mistaken for incompetence.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: A person is so obsessed with vanquishing their opposition that they become as bad as the evils they fought.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A person's undoing is brought upon by their own actions.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Someone is threatened by someone else who they used to pursue.
  • If Only You Knew: A character says something that connects to something they don't know (e.g. telling a woman disguised as a man that she "fights like a girl").
  • Ironic Allergy: A person has an allergy that is contradicting to their interests, profession, personality, or biology.
  • Ironically Disabled Artist: A creator has a disability that seemingly contradicts their method of creating art.
  • Ironic Birthday: A person feeling miserable has to pretend to enjoy their birthday party when their friends throw a party against their wishes.
  • Ironic Echo: A line of dialogue is repeated later on with a much different meaning.
  • Ironic Episode Title: A dark episode has a happy-sounding title.
  • Ironic Fear: A character is afraid of something that is ironic because their fear deals with something they wouldn't be expected to be afraid of (e.g. a firefighter who is afraid of fire).
  • Ironic Juxtaposition: Two contradicting things are shown (like someone smoking next to a "no smoking" sign).
  • Ironic Last Words: The last thing a person says carries some form of irony.
  • Ironic Name: A person has a name that is ironic.
  • Ironic Nickname: A person has a nickname that is ironic.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: An actor plays a character a lot different from them (like a Jewish actor playing a Nazi).
  • Isn't It Ironic?: People use a song that they think is fitting without paying close attention to the actual lyrics.
  • Jews Playing Nazis: A Nazi or anti-Semitic character is portrayed by a Jewish actor.
  • Joke and Receive: Someone says something as a joke, but then the thing turns out to be true.
  • Karmic Death: A bad person dies in a way that serves as a fitting punishment for their wrongdoings and is their own fault.
  • Karmic Misfire: The person who's truly guilty gets off scot-free while an innocent person takes the fall.
  • Karmic Rape: A person getting raped as their comeuppance can be ironic if the person was themselves a rapist.
  • Karmic Transformation: A person is punished by being transformed into something they dislike.
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: A murderer gets murdered themselves.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A person who does something bad faces immediate and/or poetic punishment for their misdeed.
  • Literal Money Metaphor: People think it's money, only to reveal that it isn't a euphemism.
  • Noble Bigot: Even though prejudiced towards a certain race, those characters still values their lives.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Someone is doing something that will hurt someone else's feelings, and that person says something that inadvertently makes them feel guiltier.
  • Retirony: A person gets killed when they were close to retirement.
  • Rousing Lullaby: A lullaby that is in some way disturbing to the listener and as a result keeps them awake instead of helping them sleep.
  • Saved by the Coffin: Someone's life is saved by the timely appearance of a casket.
  • Solid Gold Poop: Bodily waste that would ordinarily be worthless is instead highly valuable.
  • Springtime for Hitler: A deliberate attempt at failure results in an unintentional success.
  • Start X to Stop X: A character's extremist methodology revolves around stopping something by adding more to the problem.
  • This Is Reality: A joke where a fictional character addresses that the real world isn't at all like fiction.
  • Use Their Own Weapon Against Them: Killing or otherwise injuring your opponent with their own weapon.
  • Vehicular Turnabout: Just paid it off? Kiss it goodbye.