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"...go round and round, round and round, round and round. The Tropes on a Bus..."
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In trope-speak, a "bus" is a metaphorical device that effortlessly transports characters away from the plot for a long time. Often permanently.

Front-Line Fleet (tropes that directly reference the metaphorical bus).

  • Back for the Finale: If the written-out character doesn't return until the end of the series.
  • The Bus Came Back: A character who was phased out of the series eventually returns to the show.
  • Bus Crash: A character who was phased out of the show gets killed off before they have a chance to return.
  • Commuting on a Bus: A character who was written out of the series comes back in a recurring role, but still hasn't gone back to being part of the main cast.
  • Long Bus Trip: A character who has been phased out of the show hasn't returned yet even though it's been a while since they were written out of the show.
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  • Put on a Bus: A character is temporarily removed from the show by having them leave the setting in a way that they could easily come back if the writers wanted the character to return.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: The character is removed from the show through spiteful means.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: A character is last seen in one work being arrested (sometimes followed by a quick scene of the character in jail.)
  • With a Foot on the Bus: It looks like a character will leave the show, but it turns out in the end that they're here to stay.

Backup Fleet (these refer to buses, but not in that way).


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