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Tropey The Wonder Dog! Howya doin' boy? Whoosagoodboy? That's right, you are!

What's that, Tropey? We're here to talk about something?

Oh, we're here to talk about tropes that use a metaphorical dog like yourself?

And Timmy's fallen in the well? You want us to bury him with rocks? Sounds like a good idea to me! Good boy! And maybe after we finish, we can go play some Basketball!


Tropes:

  • Adopt the Dog: Someone who was neither good nor bad does something nice and then joins forces with the good guys.
  • Dog-Kicking Excuse: Someone can't bring themselves to be mean, so they try to look for some excuse to be mean to the person or animal they're being mean to, often a reason to be angry.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: A slightly more literal case than most, but still falls under Tropey's purview. This is when the Big Bad is someone you least expect.
  • Pet the Dog: Someone does something nice just for the heck of it, which lets the viewer/reader know they're a good person.
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    • Licked by the Dog: An animal or child acts like they like someone who's thought to be a nasty piece of work.
    • Photo Op with the Dog: A character makes a big show out of doing something nice, in order to better their image.
  • Kick the Dog: Somebody does something mean purely randomly to set them up as a baddie.
    • Kick the Morality Pet: A good guy is starting to turn evil but feels guilty when they accidentally hurt or offend someone they care a lot about.
    • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Someone is mean to another person, who's known for being a meanie in general, but the "kicker" didn't know the person they were mean to was also mean and had malicious intent.
    • And Your Little Dog, Too!: The villain threatens the protagonist and also a friend of theirs, who's completely innocent.
    • The Dog Bites Back: Someone the villain was mean to decides that they've had enough and is mean back to the villain or at least helps defeat them.
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    • Bait the Dog: The writers set the villain up as being kind of cool, but then make them do something evil so you'll stop liking them.
    • Poke the Poodle: Someone is too nice to do something mean, so they do something ludicrously minor instead and pass that off as evil.
  • Shoot the Dog: A character does something that could be seen as immoral because they have to.
    • The Dog Shot First: Initially, the writers wanted the hero to do something one way, but that seemed evil so they rewrote it to make them do it in a way that's less evil, or not do it at all.
    • Shoo the Dog: Someone is forced to send someone else away for the greater good.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: An adventure that is rendered moot when it ends.
    • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: A "Shaggy Dog" story where, not only does it end up being pointless, but someone dies for a senseless reason.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Something good happens to someone who's generally unlucky.


Alternative Title(s): Tropey

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