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"Yor is both everything and nothing that movies have ever been. It rips off so many cinematic cliches that it actually passes infinity, curves back around and then comes back to become something wholly original again! It is, in a word, transcendent.

While some works love Playing with a Trope and others are so lacking in self-awareness that they play everything painfully straight,note  there are some gems that take delight in their tropes and then turn them Up to Eleven. This is especially common in Reconstructions, where all the narrative conventions that made the genre fun are present in full (and generally goofy) force, or parody works, usually of the affectionate variety, where the whole point is to laugh at as many tropes as humanly possible.

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In short, works that are deemed Troperiffic apologize for absolutely nothing and just have fun with every convention or tried idea and taking it to places never thought possible. MST3K Mantra will be sometimes be a requirement to enjoy the work, because without it, Troperiffic works can come off as confusing. Then again, a good Troperiffic work will be fairly obvious about it in some way.

Note that one person's Troperiffic is another person's Cliché Storm, although most Troperiffic works have a certain level of Lampshade Hanging, sarcasm, or underlying love for the genre the work exists in. That, and Rule of Cool in copious amounts.

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Compare Serial Escalation, Exaggerated Trope. A work that is verifiably like this can be said to be Trope Overdosed. See also ReferencedBy.TV Tropes for actual references towards the site. Not to be confused with Stripperiffic.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comedy 

    Comic Books 
  • The extremely detailed world of American Flagg! is a 20 Minutes into the Future Cyber Punk Crapsack World full of sex, violence, drugs, and references to just about anything and everything.
  • Pretty much inevitable in Astro City, given the vast number of characters, events, locations, and throwaway references used in the series. The series is extremely casual with troperiffic topics, such as Earth being the only portal between the realms of the warring Frigions and Thermeons, or using a Time Crash Crisis Crossover as a background reference. Check out how extensive the main works page (and its various sub-pages) is.
  • Gold Digger takes tropes from a half-dozen genres, superheroes, SF, fantasy, martial arts flicks, Indiana Jones-style adventure movies, and mixes them all together.
  • Invincible seems to flip back and forth between this and Subversion of the superhero genre.
  • Nextwave. To borrow from Word of God:
    It�s an absolute distillation of the superhero genre. No plot lines, characters, emotions, nothing whatsoever. It�s people posing in the street for no good reason. It is people getting kicked, and then exploding.Warren Ellis
  • PS238 takes every last superhero-related trope in existence (and a few unrelated, just for good measure), deconstructs them, reconstructs them, plays them straight (though rarely) and averts them. Next thing you know, they're dancing on the tables, wearing lampshades and chugging Frothy Mugs of Water. And it does it all while taking place in a public school.

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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • David Eddings' Belgariad. An intensely derivative work treading over ground walked by fantasy novels since time immemorial and still managing to be an enjoyable read. And his Elenium uses a lot of the same tropes as The Belgariad, but is often considered by fans to be even better.
  • The First Dwarf King takes a bunch of age-old fantasy tropes, a bunch of age-old sci-fi tropes, reconstructs them, and shamelessly plays them for all they're worth.
  • The Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander, are gleefully full of Older Than Print tropes from Welsh myth. And they're still awesome. Although he does take a few liberties for purposes of fiction — for instance, converting Arawn to an Evil Dark Lord. In Alexander's essay "The Grammar of Story," he references several tropes by name, including the MacGuffin, Chekhov's Gun, and Hoist by His Own Petard.
  • Codex Alera is a High Fantasy series in which a plucky underdog Farm Boy from a backwater of the imperiled kingdom undergoing a succession crisis becomes a sword-wielding badass and saves the world, making friends of ancient enemies as he goes. And he's the heir to the throne and consequently has the most powerful magic of... well, pretty much anyone. Yet the setting is such an unusual twist on Medieval European Fantasy and Tavi is so brilliant and insane that you probably won't even notice the fact that so many elements of the story are old fantasy cliches."
  • The Dresden Files loves to cram in as many tropes as possible, make them Crazy Awesome, give them the Deconstructor Fleet treatment, occasionally reconstruct them, and then turn them loose, with Harry's terrible jokes providing a backdrop to the resulting insanity.
  • The entire Enchanted Forest Chronicles is full of references, subversions, deconstructions, and parodies of various fairy tale and fantasy tropes, with nearly every character highly Genre Savvy.
  • Eric Berne's Games People Play, which was essentially a collection of tropes of human interaction. Berne gave them games memorable titles such as "Now I've got you, you son of a bitch," "Wooden leg," "Yes, but...," and "Let's You and Him Fight."
  • Every Simon R. Green series ever. The characters are walking tropes, complete with their catchphrase and taglines which they often introduce themselves or others with. Jon Taylor, in particular, often tells people, "It's Jon Taylor and Suzie Shotgun, otherwise known as "Oh God it's her, run!""
  • Harry Potter. Mostly because it was such a lengthy series, but contains just about every type of character you can imagine.
  • John Moore's Heroics for Beginners is a send up of all the swashbuckling and RPG clichés that ever were. In fact, the whole premise of the novel is about a Prince who goes off to fight the Big Bad to win the hand of the Princess with the help of "The Handbook of Practical Heroics" (which is essentially a user's guide to Genre Savvy). The Evil Overlord, He Who Must Be Named, makes it disturbingly obvious that the writer has read the Evil Overlord List. His ventilation ducts ARE too small to crawl through. From the back cover:
    When a seemingly crazy, poorly dressed soothsayer tells you not to let a magical talisman fall into the wrong hands, take him or her seriously. DO NOT laugh it off and leave said talisman simply lying around on a side table; you might as well just end the world yourself.The Handbook of Practical Heroics, p. 134
  • Any Kim Newman novel. From the Anno Dracula series, about an Alternate History where Dracula won, to the Demon Download novels, in which Elvis Presley fights Eldritch Abominations with a Cyborg heroine.
  • Garth Nix's Old Kingdom books are rife with tropes but make them all work.
  • John Barnes's One for the Morning Glory, where all the characters have Medium Awareness that they are in a Fairy Tale, so that tropes are invoked, lampshaded, and even relied on — but not excessively, since they don't know for certain what their roles are.
  • Pick a Terry Pratchett novel. Any Terry Pratchett novel. The man seems to have a fetish for tropes, as his novels consist entirely of deconstructing, reconstructing, parodying, averting, subverting, and inverting various tropes of all shapes and sizes. Coupled with his decisively British humor, it makes for consistently entertaining literature.
  • Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible gleefully describes a street-leveling superbattle involving a world-threatening Mad Scientist with tons of tricks up his sleeves facing down a normal human with an animal on the chest of his uniform, a lightning-summoning fairy, a bipedal tiger, and a flying invulnerable woman, started when the Mad Scientist was just trying to drink some coffee. Almost perfectly invincible flying man with heat-beam eyes saves a lovely reporter from constant kidnapping by a villain intimately tied into his past, dies and has a massive funeral, or rather, fakes it for a very short time, and always saves the world. The bad guy defeats the good guys and ties them up in Death Traps. Famous heroes sacrifice themselves to save the planet from warring aliens, while villains never die and always escape, or go to Cardboard Prison. No one finds these events strange or unbelievable. Very shocking in a book where said Mad Scientist wonders why he doesn't find a career that'd make money rather than involve him being beaten up by powered heroes, and the bipedal tiger is known to have back problems.
  • Stardust takes every fairytale trope Neil Gaiman could think of and turns it Up to Eleven.
  • Rudyard Kipling's "The Three-Decker" is a defense of (not to say exultation in) the Troperific three-volume novel.
  • Craig Shaw Gardner's Cineverse Cycle is a hilarious homage to and parody of B-movies in general and consequently loaded with every trope you could possibly imagine and then some, from Fun with Subtitles to Non-Human Sidekick to Reset Button.
  • The Hunger Games: Invoked in the games, where the tributes try to appeal to the Capitol and potential sponsors by playing according to recognizable and interesting archetypes.
  • The 1868 French novel/prose poem Les Chants de Maldoror is one of the earliest examples in literature of this, gobbling up as it does every last romantic cliche about Byronic heroes and turning them well past eleven.
  • Because it's a 200 page book with far, far more tropes than that to cover, Help! My Story Has the Mary-Sue Disease uses three or four tropes per example, relying on the sheer recognisabilty of the tropes to make it's explanations of highly theoretical issues in fiction easy to follow.
  • Runebinder is swamped with typical YA tropes: The Chosen One, the Love Triangle, Angst, Hunter of Monsters, After the End, protagonist superpowers, Aerith and Bob, a prophecy, scheming higher-ups manipulating the hero....and it's all 100% intentional. The author noted how heteronormative the genre was while the stories featuring gay protagonists were realistic coming out stories, so wanted to make a fantasy book for gay teens where they'd be treated the same as their straight peers. And even then, there's enough twists and turns to keep it from being completely predictable.
  • The Princess Bride is the Trope Namer for no fewer than ten tropes. It's a parody/deconstruction of many romance/swashbuckling tropes, but it's done so affectionately and with so much humour that not enjoying it is practically inconceivable.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. unashamedly plays with every trope in the book in pursuit of the Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny. Even Dead Horse Tropes.
  • The A-Team. Part of the appeal is knowing, blow by blow, how each episode will play out before you watch it. There will be a scene where B.A. throws a guy over a car. Murdock will act silly and tick B.A. off. Face will fall in love with every remotely attractive woman he sees. It's just fun. And lots of machine guns will get fired, but no one will get shot. The Big Bad's car will ramp off another vehicle, fly twisting sideways over a ground camera, and crash on its roof. The Big Bad and his Mooks will crawl out, uninjured, and surrender. The basic formula stays the same, but the writers switch up the specifics. Take Murdock, for instance: he'll act crazy of course, but how? Will he decide he's a cab-driving superhero? Pretend he's Captain Ahab? Act like an artsy filmmaker? Psychoanalyze a bunch of pecans while switching between a German accent and just plain German? ...And yeah, he did all of those things.
  • Burn Notice embraces a wide variety of tropes and proceeds to use, subvert, deconstruct, avert, and in general play with all of them. Sometimes the show follows a pretty clean formula for the individual stories, and unfortunately that is its main flaw. But in the narration, there are more than a dozen quotes you could use to describe an individual trope that are so specific you know they did it on purpose.
  • Chuck seems to tend towards this, with many tropes played straight, though often for laughs. It's predictable, but humorously so (often dialed Up to Eleven). Someone sets a trip wire to stop Thanksgiving thieves at the Buy More? A bad guy will trip over it before the end of the episode.
  • Community. Abed is a troper. He invokes tropes, finding the worlds of TV and movies much more interesting. Even beyond Abed, the show has happily thrown itself into parodies and homages to practically every genre of fiction (and non-fiction) on the planet. Never mind that they use this very wiki for research!
  • Danger 5 essentially takes every 60s TV, action or pulp fiction cliche it can get its hands on, and plays it dead straight, parodies it, or makes it as absurdly over-the-top as possible.
  • Degrassi. Just look at its page. It's basically explored every possible angle of the Teen Drama, not to mention being the successor of the shows that created the genre in the first place, and is now a certified Long Runner.
  • Doctor Who is a show about a time travelling alien that fights other aliens in different times and places. It has used every science-fiction trope in the books, and even named some of them. Notable that in its 50 year run, it's not only used most sci-fi tropes, but also ones belonging to fantasy, historical fiction, horror and comedy. And that's not even touching on things like character tropes.
  • Everybody Hates Chris did this with Race Tropes.
  • Farscape. Just look at how its main page had to be subdivided into separate ones. And then it takes the tropes and twists them into funny shapes like so many balloon animals, even playing with a trope it was the Trope Codifier for in the episode in which it was codified and named!
  • Glee, in that it relies heavily on plot clichés and a very large amount of character tropes. It's quite predictable, but never completely in the way you'd expect.
  • Human Target takes action move tropes and dials them Up to Eleven resulting in one of the most awesome action shows on TV.
  • iCarly and its use of various Kid Com staples.
  • Merlin is this from season 1 to the beginning of season 3. Then, plots start becoming more complicated and less predictable, and less tropes played straight are involved, as most of the episodes feature twists and tropes merely subverted or deconstructed.
  • Think of a movie genre, any movie genre. Think of a trope that applies to it. All odds point to Mystery Science Theater 3000 having already mocked it.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: Naturally, as it is an Affectionate Parody of the middle/high school comedy genre, and, as it runs on Rule of Funny, everything is taken Up to Eleven.
  • Once Upon a Time: Writers from Lost and Buffy got their hands on Disney fairy tales and stranded them in a small town in Maine straight out of Stephen King.
  • Power Rangers RPM is wonderfully aware of inherent unavoidable silliness of Power Rangers, healthily lampshades it, reconstructs it, and still manages to crank it Up to Eleven. Want proof? Head on over to the entry for the series at your own peril.
  • Remote Control, the MTV TV trivia Game Show that revolved around a TV junkie-turned-game-show-host and parodied just about every game show in existence and then some, naturally played with as many Tropes as it could get its hands on.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in the episode "Our Man Bashir." It features not only every Star Trek trope, but every James Bond trope as well.
    • Made even more hillarious by a real spy (Garak) accompanying Bashir in the holoprogram and lampshading how ridiculous the James Bond elements are. Also, Garak's attempts to be a real spy in the simulation don't work because it's specifically designed to be Spy Fiction of the Tuxedo and Martini variety.
  • Supernatural invokes all the Did We Just X Cthulhu tropes.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a show based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so naturally it indexes superhero tropes as well as Adventure tropes, Comedy tropes, Drama tropes etc.

    Music 

    Tabletop Games 

    Theatre 

    Theme Parks 
  • The former Disaster! attraction at Universal Studios Florida was altogether a huge tongue-in-cheek parody of the many cliches found in disaster/action movies, with countless of tropes being lampshaded.

    Toys 

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 

    Web Comics 
  • Adventurers! skewers basically every RPG trope in the entire TV Tropes Wiki.
  • Chris Hastings once wrote down every single '80s action movie trope that he could remember. Then he crammed every one of them into a story. The result was The Adventures of Dr. McNinja Story Arc "D.A.R.E. to Resist Ninja Drugs and Violence".
  • If individual characters can be Troperiffic, Antihero for Hire's Dr. Nefarious is.
  • El Goonish Shive plays with almost every Gender Bender related trope here; it even provides the page image for it. It also uses quite a lot of Shapeshifting, and Urban Fantasy Tropes (to the point of being a Fantasy Kitchen Sink). In fact, it uses enough tropes to make it not just onto the Trope Overdosed page but enough to reach Trope Overloaded, a tier practically exclusive to franchises and works spanning multiple media types. In terms of trope density, it has over 2/3rds the number of tropes to actual strips. Put another way, on average, you will encounter more than one unique trope for every couple strips you read. This, combined with it's Archive Panic inducing number of strips means it is one of the most Troperiffic webcomics evernote .
  • In-story example: In Gunnerkrigg Court, Dr. Disaster's holo-simulator plugs its users into a story straight out of 1950s pulp sci-fi: Latex Spacesuits, Death Rays, and alien moon fortresses are played gleefully straight. Antimony is the only one who has any problem accepting this, and even she eventually lightens up and has a great time.
  • Homestuck, the MS Paint Adventure, does the same thing for simulation games, fantasy, and sci-fi that Problem Sleuth did for adventure games, noir, and Anime-style action. Many time travel tropes, a jillion different kinds of Applied Phlebotinum, video game themed technobabble, characters with increasingly bizarre traits, and a great big heaping of Tropes of Legend all mix together with a great soundtrack and whimsical art style into the one of the most Troperiffic things in existence. The main work page itself became so long that the tropes listed had to be put into folders! In fact, Homestuck as well as other hugely Troperiffic franchises are in part responsible for some of the recent server crashes. They have so many tropes they are crashing the site.
  • No Rest for the Wicked: How many fairy tales can you stick into a single webcomics? Quite a few, actually.
  • The Order of the Stick is determined to have an example on every page here. Even mutually exclusive ones. Especially mutually exclusive ones!
  • Problem Sleuth, like Adventurers!, goes out of its way to use, lampshade, avert, subvert, invert, and pay homage to nearly every single RPG and Adventure game trope out there, culminating in one of the most gloriously surreal Final Boss battles ever, as all the tropes collapse in on themselves like some giant Post-Modernist singularity.
  • Is there any Metafiction trope Roommates (and maybe even its spin-offs like Girls Next Door) doesn't use?note  And half the Tropes of Legend with characters from half the Cult Classic list and some from even actual classics sprinkled in. Not to mention anything even remotely related to Mind Screw, Crossover, (fangirl oriented) Fanservice etc..
  • Terinu combines old school YA science fiction coming of age, super powers, space pirates, a galaxy wide war story, cyberpunk style net hacking... WITH FURRIES!

    Web Original 
  • The Best Story Ever, a NaNoWriMo novel in six EXTREME sentences.
  • Darwin's Soldiers has a spectacular amount of tropes that are played straight, averted or subverted. It probably helps that all three of the main players are tropers. But despite the massive amount of tropes, the story never manages to get corny.
  • Everything by the Duncan Bros. Their hallmark is a short movie of around 5 mins which takes on a given genre and crams in as many tropes and clichés from the genre as possible while still being very funny.
  • In a podcast, the LoadingReadyRun crew have expressed a desire to use every trope in the main TV Tropes directory. Good luck to them.

    Western Animation 


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