"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."
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.
Tropes that are essential building blocks of almost every story:
- Anthropic Principlenote Certain things must happen in a story, or else there would be no story.
- Charactersnote The people in a story.
- The Climaxnote The highest point of tension in a story.
- Conflictnote The concept of what opposes what in a story.
- Consistencynote Any rules, events, settings, or characters that have been established within the fictional work continue to exist and function as they did previously, unless otherwise indicated.
- Dénouementnote The events after the climax where the story wraps up.
- Emotional Torquenote The capacity of a story to elicit emotion from its audience.
- Inciting Incident note The event in the story that sets the main plot in motion.
- Narrative Beats note Any event that changes the emotional direction of a story.
- Plot note A series of events that form into the storyline.
- Plot Devicenote Any thing that is important to the plot.
- Plot Pointnote Any event, character, or piece of information critical in driving the plot forward.
- Point of Viewnote The perspective in which the events are delivered to the audience.
- The Protagonistnote The principal character of the story.
- Rising Conflictnote The tendency for conflict to escalate over the course of a story.
- Settingsnote Where a story takes place.
- Theory of Narrative Causalitynote The events in a story happen because the plot said they should.
Tropes that are more avoidable in theory, but are omnipresent in practice:
- The Antagonistnote A character that is the direct opposition of the protagonist.
- Character Deathnote A character dies, usually as a way to move the plot.
- Character Developmentnote A character changes as the narrative moves forward.
- Contrived Coincidencenote An unlikely event happens in the plot but, despite its low chances, it's not acknowledged on because it's necessary for the plot to move forward.
- Dynamic Characternote Characters that undergo development and growth throughout the story.
- Evil Virtuesnote For a villain to be effectively evil, they need to possess good qualities as well.
- Fire Is Rednote Fire being red is universally acknowledged shorthand that makes it look more bold.
- Flat Characternote Few minor characters display complex motivations and personalities.
- Fourth Wallnote The implied barrier between the fictional world and the viewing audience.
- The Good Guys Always Winnote Good triumphs over evil is the rule, not the exception.
- Happy Endingnote An ending where nothing bad happens.
- Hero Protagonistnote The hero is the principal character.
- Heroesnote Characters that do good.
- Law of Inverse Recoil note Since live-action media uses blanks and flash paper to simulate gunfire (which have very little to no recoil) and other media often copy film and TV conventions, firearm recoil is usually non-existent unless it's being exaggerated for comic effect or the creators have Shown Their Work
- Missing Backblastnote Rocket-propelled projectiles will never cause any damage behind them when used.
- Nobody Poopsnote Going to the bathroom usually doesn't happen in fiction.
- Official Couplenote Any romantic pairing established in the canon of a work
- One-Steve Limitnote Characters in the same work will not share names, not even first names.
- Punchlinenote The part of a joke at the end where the humor comes from.
- Recurring Characternote Almost every work that is either broken into or has separate parts has characters that regularly reappear.
- Rounded Characternote Characters with complex motivations and personalities.
- Static Characternote Characters that undergo no development nor growth throughout the story.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.note Used in any work where the Hero Protagonist is the Point of View character.
- Third-Person Flashbacknote Flashbacks are not in first-person point of view, as they should logically be, but in third-person to facilitate conveying what's going on.
- Time Marches Onnote The passage of time affects how stories are perceived in several ways.
- Villain Antagonistnote The villain is also the main opposition.
- Villainsnote Characters that do evil.
- Water Is Bluenote Water is easier to both animate and be seen by the audience when it is tinted blue.
Tropes that are omnipresent in specific mediums or genres: