Tropes relating to how mathematicians and their craft are depicted in the media.
Not to be confused with doing math with tropes.
- Alternative Number System: A numerical system where the "base" isn't ten.
- Applied Mathematics: Using math symbols to mix real-world things.
- Calculus Is Arcane Knowledge: Calculus is used to show that a character is very intelligent.
- Carry the One: Somebody is good at doing equations, but forgets to carry a number (usually a one).
- Counting to Potato: Someone is counting or spelling but replaces a number or letter with a different one or a word.
- E = MC Hammer: Nonsensical equations.
- Eleventy Zillion: Made-up numbers.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: All the main characters hate doing math.
- First Contact Math: When meeting aliens for the first time, using math to see if they're intelligent and (hopefully) communicate.
- Formulaic Magic: Math is magical.
- Formula for the Unformulable: Someone tries to use numeric concepts to calculate the uncalculable.
- Good with Numbers: Someone has a knack for math.
- If My Calculations Are Correct: Intellectuals who talk about their "calculations" a lot.
- I Like Those Odds: Odds are not in someone's favor but they state (either snarkily or genuinely) that they like them.
- "Jar of Jellybeans" Contest: A contest focusing on counting or measuring to determine how much of an item is in a container.
- Ludicrous Precision: People who are Good with Numbers can calculate down to the last decimal.
- Mad Mathematician: Somebody is both Good with Numbers and insane.
- Million-to-One Chance: Unlikely things will almost definitely happen.
- Mismeasurement: Someone measures something incorrectly.
- Misplaced a Decimal Point: Somebody is meant to be Good with Numbers, but they misplace a decimal point in an equation.
- Mouthful of Pi: Geniuses can recite pi to a ludicrous number of places.
- Never Tell Me the Odds!: A character gets told that the odds are not in their favor. They reject it and beat those unlikely odds.
- Prescience by Analysis: Someone can calculate so well that they're almost psychic.
- Rebus Bubble: Applied Mathematics in a thought bubble.
- SI Prefix Name: Using SI prefixes to denote relative power.
- Train Problem: A mathematical "word problem" involving two trains.
- Writers Cannot Do Math: A Plot Hole that comes from a mathematical error.