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"Moe feels like it's always been there. Sure, there was a time when we became more aware of it, and many believe it's a trend that's come and gone, but it hasn't gone anywhere. It's just slipped between the cracks and taken over a huge part of the identity of what anime is today. The influence of moe is in almost every genre of modern anime."
Gigguk, "The Moe Anime Revolution"note 

The kind of trope which you see all the time. ALL the time.

Some of them are intrinsically vital to storytelling itself; they're so ubiquitous, you don't even think of them as tropes until they're pointed out to you. Some are Acceptable Breaks from Reality—unrealistic tropes that are intrinsic to the escapist appeal of fiction, and would seriously detract from it if they were averted. Then you have the ones which are not necessary by any means, but look like the most natural thing in the world—timeless classics which for centuries have driven stories forward, held audience breaths and become legends. You sit through the work expecting them, even looking forward to them; come the Establishing Shot, the first thing you ask yourself is "Where's The Hero?". If we were to list every single example of these tropes, the pages would go on forever; as a result, several of them only allow examples of the trope being played with and not just used.

If anything, these are the proof that Tropes Are Tools. If these are Cliché then so is nigh on every single work in the history of fiction. Thus Omnipresent Tropes are pretty much immune from becoming Discredited, Dead, Undead or Forgotten.

Not to be confused with Universal Tropes, which are used in all types of media, but need not be ubiquitous.

Contrast Not a Trope and People Sit on Chairs. Compare No Trope Is Too Common. See also: Cut to the Index and Laws and Formulas.

For most of these tropes, listed examples are limited to Aversions and Inversions, or are definition-only, as listing straight examples would be overly numerous. Otherwise, they are likely to also be Overdosed Tropes that you will see linked all over the site.

Tropes that are essential building blocks of almost every story:

  • Anthropic Principlenote 
  • Charactersnote 
  • The Climaxnote 
  • Conflictnote 
  • Consistencynote 
  • Dénouementnote 
  • Emotional Torquenote 
  • Inciting Incident note 
  • Narrative Beats note 
  • Plot note 
  • Plot Devicenote 
  • Plot Pointnote 
  • Point of Viewnote 
  • The Protagonistnote 
  • Rising Conflictnote 
  • Settingsnote 
  • Theory of Narrative Causalitynote 

Tropes that are more avoidable in theory, but are omnipresent in practice:

  • The Antagonistnote 
  • Character Deathnote 
  • Character Developmentnote 
  • Contrived Coincidencenote 
  • Dynamic Characternote 
  • Evil Virtuesnote 
  • Fire Is Rednote 
  • Flat Characternote 
  • Fourth Wallnote 
  • The Good Guys Always Winnote 
  • Happy Endingnote 
  • Hero Protagonistnote 
  • Law of Inverse Recoil note 
  • Missing Backblastnote 
  • Nobody Poopsnote 
  • Official Couplenote 
  • One-Steve Limitnote 
  • Punchlinenote 
  • Recurring Characternote 
  • Rounded Characternote 
  • Static Characternote 
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.note 
  • Third-Person Flashbacknote 
  • Time Marches Onnote 
  • Villain Antagonistnote 
  • Water Is Bluenote 

Tropes that are omnipresent in specific mediums or genres:

  • Background Musicnote 
  • Black Dot Pupilsnote 
  • Closing Creditsnote 
  • Common Timenote 
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teethnote 
  • Fantasy Gun Controlnote 
  • Final Bossnote 
  • Game Overnote 
  • Hit Sparknote 
  • Infinite Stock For Salenote 
  • Player Characternote 
  • Propnote 
  • Shot/Reverse Shotnote 

Alternative Title(s): Omnipresent Trope