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Trope Report is a monthly newsletter that intends to showcase works and tropes from all corners of this website. It also aims to keep the troper hivemind updated with pertinent trope changes and discussions.
Quite a few things have happened over the past month. We have a new namespace called DerivativeWorks/ for works in the public domain that have multiple works based on them. We also have a new policy page for Real Life Troping and an administrivia page for Notifiers.
Other notable changes are major TRS decisions that have completely overhauled well-established tropes like Paper-Thin Disguise, Cool Pet, Cowboy Be Bop At His Computer, Aluminum Christmas Trees, Armor-Piercing Slap, Authority Equals Asskicking and Asskicking Equals Authority. More info regarding those changes can be found in our Changelog section.
Happy troping as always!
Tropes and Works
Obscure TropesThis section highlights older tropes that need a boost.
- National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, sees hundreds of thousands of writers take to their keyboards for the month of November. What results is chapters upon chapters of fresh literature. Naturally, these chapters vary in length, from the very long to the rather short. When they're as short as technically possible, One-Paragraph Chapter comes into play. Published in 2010, this trope covers chapters whose content fills a single paragraph at most.
- In America, November is most associated with Thanksgiving, on which many traditionally have a feast with their loved ones. If someone eats too fast, their families may accuse them of having a Buzzsaw Jaw. This trope, in which a character eats so fast that their mouth essentially becomes a buzzsaw or similar, has existed since 2008 — but, ironically, it's practically starving, with only 28 wicks and a page of ZCEs.
New TropesThis section brings attention to recently-launched tropes that could use a little help to really get rolling.
- Determination is a powerful thing, and the desire to not stop until something is achieved is often admirable. Unfortunately, not all pursuits lead to happy endings. Detrimental Determination is when an undying will leads to a worse outcome for the Determinator and/or other people. Perhaps they end up harming others on their way or becoming a worse person as they proceed on their quest, or their goals were simply horrible to begin with, and it's clear that giving up is the better option in the long run for everybody. While the page was made on September 6, it has gained a lot of examples in a short amount of time, so increasing its exposure wouldn't be a bad goal to pursue.
- As long as you can get behind a corner, the bad guys won't be able to find you. At least, that's how it goes in media. Safe Behind the Corner covers this suspenseful situation. Despite being a common occurrence, the trope was launched only on October 21 and has just 16 wicks. Check behind every corner and you might find some examples that have hidden away.
New Work Page SpotlightThis section covers newer work pages that could use a little help.
- Horror doesn't have to end with Halloween. Enter Basketful of Heads, a 20192020 horror comic book miniseries by Joe Hill. The story follows college student June, who goes to visit her boyfriend on Brody Island, Maine, only for a hurricane to cut off mainland access just as a group of convicts escape on the island. Armed with an old Viking axe, June must protect herself from those who wish her harm. The work page would benefit from more tropes.
- Bento Banana is an animated web series that parodies typical anime tropes through Sci-Fi and Dark Comedy. It revolves around the titular Bento Banana and his sidekick, an eggplant named Plumpy. The first three episodes parody fighting, romance, and tournament anime plots, respectively. As a new page, it could do with more tropes, which is easily remedied by watching the series here.
Older/Obscure Work SpotlightThis section is intended to highlight works that may no longer be in the zeitgeist — but that doesn't mean they're any less tropable.
- Don't Look Back is a 2009 Adobe Flash game by Terry Cavanagh. Taking inspiration from the Greek myth of Orpheus, who descended into the underworld to rescue his wife Eurydice, it takes on the form of a minimalist Platform Game. Fun despite its brief playtime, it's worth experiencing at least once for its beautiful ambiance.
- Smoke Signals is a 1998 Coming of Age dramedy film that follows Victor and Thomas, two young men on the Coeur d'Alene reservation in Idaho. Following the death of Victor's abusive dad Arnold, who once saved Thomas's life, they set out for Phoenix, Arizona to retrieve Arnold's ashes. The movie is notable for being the first Native-directed, written, and co-produced feature-length film, leading to its 2018 archival in the Library of Congress's National Film Registry for being "historically or culturally significant."
Works That Need a PageThis section takes a page from the List of Shows That Need Summary. It is intended to spotlight works that people have been talking about enough to link around the site, but don't have a page yet. If the work page link turns blue after this, then we know we've done our job!
- Nick Robinson is a YouTuber and former Polygon staff member best known for his documentaries, mostly focused on solving small mysteries. These span a large array of subject matter, from games he likes such as Phantom Dust, Super Monkey Ball, Driver: San Francisco, Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and Mission in Snowdriftland, to other topics like McDonald's, Domino's Pizza and Hideki Kamiya. Along the way, he'll often interview people in the know (frequently by flying to Japan) to try to get some answers. Despite the fact that his work often brings attention to lesser-known titles (especially on this wiki), he has yet to receive a page. If this content interests you, his channel can be found here.
- Rock band Redbone was founded in 1969 by brothers Lolly and Pat Vegas, and only five years later would become the first Native band to reach the Billboard Top 5 with "Come and Get Your Love," a song that found new fans when it was prominently featured in Guardians of the Galaxy. Of Yaqui, Shoshone, and Mexican descent, the Vegas brothers and Redbone have been an inspiration for Native musicians in decades since.
Non-English Work SpotlightThe wiki may be in English, but that doesn't mean non-English media are any less important! This section focuses on works that may have a language barrier to deal with — but are worth it if you do.
- November 18 is National Princess Day, a day that celebrates the princess in every girl, like Cinderella. Speaking of Cinderella, Erase una vez... is a Catalan 1950 animated (with live-action clips) Cinderella adaptation from Spain that unfortunately coincided with the release of Disney's adaptation. The film was never commercially released and has subsequently fallen into the Public Domain, although a black-and-white version can be seen at the Spanish Cinema Museum, and in 2015 the Filmoteca de Barcelona began a full-color restoration of the film that was released in 2022. The page has some commented out zero-context examples that could be expanded on, and more tropes could be added to the page, so tropers fluent in Catalan may want to see the film and help the page flourish into the Belle of the Ball.
- Cinderella is known around the world, but many cultures have their own ancient stories that bear a striking resemblance to the European folktale. Tấm Cám, or "The Story of Tấm and Cám," is a Vietnamese fairytale about two half-sisters. Like Cinderella, Tấm is mistreated by her sister and stepmother, only for magical assistance that leads to happily marrying the king. That's where the similarities end, as Tấm Cám becomes much Darker and Edgier from there. Fans of The Brothers Grimm are likely to enjoy this dark tale.
Creator Page SpotlightWorks would be nothing without the people who make them. This section highlights authors, artists, actors, musicians, and everyone else responsible for trope creation and proliferation.
- jmtb02 (real name John Cooney) is an American video game developer and chief executive officer of Armor Games. He is best known for titles such as Treadmillasaurus Rex and Exit Path, as well as for his mascot, a small blue elephant who appears in other games such as Achievement Unlocked and Elephant Quest. Currently, his page has only a small number of wicks and some of his other works could use pages.
- Jon Proudstar is an actor and comic book writer of Yaqui, Mayan, Jewish, and Latino descent. His 1996 comic book Tribal Force has been displayed in the Smithsonian Institute for its portrayal of indigenous superheroes. Currently, he has a recurring role on the groundbreaking Native comedy Reservation Dogs.
This issue's featured image comes from Monster Maker III, and illustrates Status Effects.
It's delightful to see a big trope finally be given an image. Awesome Music received one a few months ago, and even within this month, we had some popular ones like Most Wonderful Sound get one. But even though this wasn't a difficult trope to illustrate, this image won because it did it in a way that was very interesting visually.
Backstory time: the image comes from the manual of an obscure RPG for the Super Famicom by the name of Monster Maker III, itself based on a popular card game franchise. This was back when games came with manuals to explain the lore and game mechanics, and this one in particular was very glossy, featuring a ton of original illustrations. The artist behind this all? A manga artist known as Kugatsu-hime, who is responsible for all of the franchise's artwork.
Not a lot of Image of the Month winners get chosen through the Image Suggestion thread, but this one did. And even in a month where Big Bad—unarguably the biggest trope on the wiki—got a new pic, highlighting creators who would otherwise get lost in the shuffle is always such a treat that there was no way this wasn't going to win.
Projects and Discussions
- Have you seen a trope, YMMV item, or Trivia item you like that recently launched from the Trope Launch Pad? Do you want to gush about how great the concept, name, or anything else you like about it is? Then head on over to the Your favorite new trope, YMMV, and Trivia launches thread, where you can gush to your heart's content about the best new things that came out of the Trope Launch Pad.
- For the Day of the Dead, many of us like to honor all the amazing people we've lost throughout the years, and here on TV Tropes, we do it through the General RIP Thread. If the news of a particular person's death shook you, this is the place where you can pay your respects.
- Nvidia released the super-powerful GeForce 40 Series last month, with such features as the Ada Lovelace architecture, DLSS 3, third-gen ray tracing, and AV1 encoding. In honor of this announcement, members of Team Green can now talk in the Nvidia GPU users thread. If you're excited about the new cards and want to replace yours, or would rather tell us all about the card you currently have, along with the ways you use/plan to use your GPU, that thread is the place!
- 8.8 has been disambiguated due to misuse and attraction of complaining. TRS thread here.
- Adaptation For Child Performers has been cut and yarded due to being a valid concept that was nevertheless lacking wicks and not well executed as a whole. TRS thread here.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees has been moved to YMMV due to being written as an Audience Reaction, despite being in Main. TRS thread here.
- Armor-Piercing Slap has been disambiguated due to heavy misuse, an unclear definition, a misleading name, and attraction of Zero-Context Examples. TRS thread here.
- Authority Equals Asskicking and Asskicking Equals Authority have been renamed. The former is now Authority Grants Asskicking, and the latter is now Asskicking Leads to Leadership. These are due to heavy misuse and names that are too similar. TRS thread here.
- Caffeine Bullet Time has been disambiguated due to massive misuse and overlap with other tropes. TRS thread here.
- Christmas Cake will be merged with and redirected to Old Maid. This is due to the former being a culture-specific duplicate of the latter, with examples overlapping as a result. TRS thread here.
- Cool Pet has been disambiguated due to being deemed a non-tropeworthy list of pets that tropers thought were cool. TRS thread here.
- Cowboy BeBop at His Computer has been expanded to cover any kind of work making a mistake about a different work, instead of it just being news media. This is due to misuse. TRS thread here.
- Dancing Pants has been merged with Living Clothes due to duplication with the latter and a relative lack of wicks. TRS thread here.
- Death by Sex has been renamed to Sex Signals Death, with the original name disambiguated. This is due to misuse for characters dying during or after sex, which was redundant to Out with a Bang. TRS thread here.
- The Doll Episode has been disambiguated due to misuse, an unclear definition, tropeworthiness concerns, and redundancy with other tropes like Creepy Doll. TRS thread here.
- Do They Know It's Christmas Time? has been merged with Christmas Episode due to misuse, an unclear name, and a relative lack of wicks. TRS thread here.
- Dramatic Landfall Shot has been redirected to Epic Tracking Shot, with the original concept being yarded. This is due to a lack of wicks and redundancy with the latter. TRS thread here.
- Graceful Loser has had its definition expanded. It was originally for villains, but it saw use in non-villainous instances, so it now accommodates the latter. TRS thread here.
- The Greatest History Never Told has been cut due to being deemed non-tropeworthy, along with attracting Fan Myopia and examples of questionable veracity. TRS thread here.
- Grand Unified Timeline has been moved to the JustForFun/ namespace due to being written as a Just for Fun page, despite originally having been placed in Main. TRS thread here.
- Heroism Addict has been merged with Engineered Heroics due to the former being confused for and redundant with the latter. TRS thread here.
- Horny Devils and Hot as Hell have both received major changes. The former has been renamed Succubi and Incubi and expanded to cover both in general, regardless of whether they drain life force. Non-succubi and incubi have been excluded from the trope. Hot as Hell has been expanded to include attractive and seductive demonic beings in general, rather than just Satan. These changes are due to misuse and unclear names. TRS thread for both here.
- Hyde And Seek has been cut due to a lack of wicks and being possibly Too Rare to Trope. TRS thread here.
- Iconic Logo has been redirected to Trademark due to questionable tropeworthiness, a lack of standards for what counts as "iconic", and attraction of Zero-Context Examples. TRS thread here.
- Idiot Plot has been made a Definition-Only Page and Flame Bait. This is due to being a pre-existing term that nevertheless attracted a large amount of complaining. TRS thread here.
- Is That What They're Calling It Now? has been disambiguated due to misuse and redundancy with other innuendo tropes. TRS thread here.
- Locked In has been merged with Locked in a Room. This is due to a lack of wicks. TRS thread here.
- Mad-Lib Fantasy Title has been redirected to Title Tropes due to misuse, tropeworthiness concerns, and a relative lack of wicks. TRS thread here.
- Minorly Mentioned Myths and Monsters has been merged with and redirected to Small Reference Pools due to attracting inaccurate and baseless entries about creatures ostensibly being rarely depicted in fiction, similarly to Seldom-Seen Species. TRS thread here.
- Nerds Are Innocent was redefined to include only nerds being naïve about things outside their interests and naïve about sex, romance, and dating. It was also renamed Nerds Are Naïve and sent back to the Trope Launch Pad. TRS thread
- Paper-Thin Disguise has been expanded into a trope about disguises that are easy to see through, regardless of whether they work. The trope used to require a thin disguise that characters in-universe are fooled by, so the expansion covers many examples that were formerly deemed misuse. TRS thread here.
- Pet-Peeve Trope has been made In-Universe Examples Only, with on-page examples being allowed again. This is due to most use already being In-Universe, as well as concerns that allowing non-In-Universe examples would result in entries written like Troper Tales. TRS thread here.
- Planet of Dunce Caps has been merged with Planet of Hats due to a lack of wicks. TRS thread here.
- Poisonous Friend was disambiguated due to misuse and suspected Trope-Namer Syndrome. TRS thread.
- Quick Draw Decision has been cut and yarded due to lacking wicks and attracting Zero-Context Examples. TRS thread here.
- Rational Fic has been made Definition-Only, with its description being modified to be more clear. This is due to an unclear definition that resulted in equally unclear usage. TRS thread here.
- Refrain from Assuming has been marked as YMMV since the concept is based on an Audience Reaction, not a trope with narrative intent. TRS thread here.
- She's Got Legs has been renamed to Leg Focus due to (often creepy) misuse and attraction of Zero-Context Examples, with the original name being disambiguated. TRS thread here.
- Sidenote Full Story and Uplifted Side Story have been merged with Resolved Noodle Incident and What Could Have Been respectively. This is due to a lack of wicks for both, along with both possibly being Too Rare to Trope. TRS thread here.
- Small Taxonomy Pools has been made a Definition-Only Page due to being common enough that allowing examples was deemed too likely to attract "work has this species"-type entries. Stock Dinosaurs has additionally been merged with it due to being a dinosaur-specific subtrope to it. TRS thread here.
- Sturgeon's Law was made In-Universe Examples Only, with on-page examples no longer being forbidden. It had not been labeled as YMMV despite being an Audience Reaction, and it was treated like a Pothole Magnet. TRS thread here.
- Talking to Himself has been merged with Acting for Two, as it was commonly misused for when a voice actor has multiple roles, overlapping with the latter trope. In addition, due to the name, the old name now redirects to Talking to Themself, a different trope altogether. TRS thread here.
- Tandem Parasite has been expanded due to a lack of wicks caused by an overly specific definition. TRS thread here.
- Turtle Power has been merged with Index in a Half Shell due to inconsistent use, with most cases reading like turtles existing. TRS thread here.
- Un-Entendre has been merged into Imagined Innuendo and disambiguated between that trope and Innocent Innuendo. The merge was prompted after the decision to disambiguate Is That What They're Calling It Now?, when it was discovered that they were duplicates of each other, and it was handled in that trope's TRS thread. Duplicate tropes discussion post here.
- Vengeful Widow and Crusading Widower have been merged into a gender-neutral trope, Crusading Widow, which was originally a redirect to Vengeful Widow. TRS thread here.
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit! has been disambiguated due to attraction of both misuse and complaining about works trying to be topical. TRS thread here.
- November's birthday is the late Russell Means. A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, Means was a prominent indigenous activist with the American Indian Movement. His acting career began with a starring role as Chingachgook in The Last of the Mohicans. While not lacking in description, his page would benefit from listed roles and tropes describing his body of work.
- People who are still in the Halloween spirit may find themselves reading the pages for the various World of Darkness tabletop RPGs... and find themselves boggled by the amount of natter that has infested them. The franchise's use of Grey-and-Grey Morality and the many editions of the various games through the years have led to the pages becoming hotbeds of Conversation in the Main Page. Would any ghouls and goblins out there be willing to fix these problems?
- All-Knowing Singing Narrator is a trope about omniscient narrators who sing out the events of a work's storyline. Despite having been on the wiki for over a decade, the trope has no image or quote and the description is unclear.
- As mentioned in this year's September issue, Ambiguous Disorder has been renamed to Diagnosed by the Audience and made YMMV. However, many wicks to Ambiguous Disorder need to be moved and/or retitled, and many Diagnosed by the Audience examples on YMMV pages need to be rewritten to show how the audience reacts to such characters. If you would like to help lend a hand, come visit Ambiguous Disorder/Diagnosed by the Audience Cleanup.
- The Ban-Evader Reversion Thread is devoted to reverting vandalism and other bad faith edits from users who have evaded their suspensions, on account of ban evasion undermining any trustworthiness a user may have had. Any edits which happen to be proven accurate by trustworthy users are often rephrased by said trustworthy users. Feel free to stop by to note any edits you have reverted or verified.
- The Ambiguity Index lists many disambiguation pages that serve to distinguish pages with similar titles and tropes with similar concepts. These pages should be free of wicks from other pages, but many disambiguation pages attract wicks as a result of bad troping habits, such as failing to check pages. Come visit Ambiguity Index Wick Cleaning if you would like to help clear and move wicks that direct to these disambiguation pages.
- Warp That Aesop is a Darth Wiki item where tropers are encouraged to twist a work in ridiculous, nonsensical ways to "find" an aesop in it. However, it suffers from many different kinds of misuse, including complaining about a work or creator in the form of an "aesop", meta content, a work's actual message, and acceptable Accidental Aesops. If you'd like to help clean this Darth item up, head on over!
- The Disambiguating Works / Subpage Collision Discussion thread is for discussing a potential disambiguation of two unrelated works with the same name to prevent any subpage collisions. If you want to help, please feel free to stop by the thread.
- FernandoLemon writes for Work Spotlight and Image of the Month. For International Men's Day, he will be raising awareness of suicide prevention.
- War Jay 77 contributed to the Trope Spotlight section this month. She is also the Herald of Projects: Long Term/Perpetual, and spends much of her time refreshing on the forums, ATT and TLP for new things to respond to.
- gjjones writes for the Project Spotlight section. He also frequently spends his time working on projects whenever they are necessary, cleaning up wiki entries and participating in the ATT and Trope Repair Shop threads.
- 𝕋𝕒𝕓𝕤 writes for the Obscure Trope Spotlight and Changelog sections.
- plakythebirb, who couldn't think of good November-related ideas and thus just wrote another October-themed entry, usually writes for Works That Need a Page.
- Excessive-Menace writes for the New Tropes section. They mainly spend their time lurking and editing the wiki, as well as participating in ATT and writing for the Trope Pantheons project.
- The Mayor of Simpleton wrote for the Changelog, Projects Spotlight, and Forumwatch this edition. He mostly participates in the Project Threads, TRS, Trope and Wiki Talk, sometimes ATT, and occasionally Image Pickin'. He is looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with his extended family in November.
- callmeamuffin generally writes for Forumwatch and Project Spotlight, and sometimes for Work Spotlight. Outside of Trope Report, you might find him participating in the Forum Games, Trope Repair Shop, and Image Pickin' forums. You might also find he removes wicks to disambiguation pages, but sometimes, they keep on reappearing again...
- SkyCat32 is a guest contributor for the Project Spotlight this month. Sky can be found on multiple project threads, as well as the Trope Launch Pad.
- Yindee, contributor to the Pages Needing Help and Spotlight sections, is taking this month to celebrate and amplify indigenous creators across media, with thanks to »»ᅳChloe♡Jessicaᅳ► for the impetus.
- MacronNotes contributed to the Pages Needing Help section and the description this month. She spends most of her time on Wiki Talk, TRS, and other parts of the site.
- Berrenta assisted with the Changelog section for this edition. She is often found assisting with cleanup threads and wick checks, and watches over TRS.
- Twiddler makes sure our grammar is in order.