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Worry no more: Trope Report: Holiday Mode is here.

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.

Happy Holidays! Christmas, Hanukkah, and other winter festivities are on the horizon. We hope that everyone has a wonderful time with their family and loved ones as we prepare to wrap up the year.

Wiki-related changes that have happened over the course of last month are major TRS decisions that have completely overhauled well-established tropes like Gainaxing, Overprotective Dad, Hot Scientist and Necessary Weasel. More info regarding those changes can be found in our Changelog section.

Not much has happened this past month, but we still hope that you'll find something you'll like in one of our sections.

Happy troping as always!


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Tropes and Works

    Trope Spotlight 

Obscure Tropes

This section highlights older tropes that need a boost.
  • It's time once again for Santa to travel the world and deliver gifts. This means he may show up in some unusual places. A Surprise Santa Encounter involves Santa, or someone dressed as him, making a sudden appearance in Japanese works before the plot resumes. These unexpected Santa cameos have been tracked since at least 2007, but so far, there's been only 47 off-page appearances to speak of. Why not see if you can catch one of these encounters while watching your favorite shows this year?
  • Being a god sounds very appealing on paper... but be warned: Being God Is Hard. With having to rule over all of creation, constantly having to tend to mortal wishes and woes, and lacking any kind of breaks whatsoever, it's clear that the age-old adage "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" also applies to the divine. While it launched in 2016, it has only 68 wicks, so why not spread the word of the daily hardships of the gods?
  • If you don't celebrate Christmas, yet you are in the mood for takeout, your options are limited as everywhere is closed for the holidays, except for that one Chinese restaurant ready to serve some Peking Duck Christmas. The trope has been around for years, yet with only 67 wicks, it could use a good meal in the form of wicks.
  • Sometimes you want to wish someone well during a celebration, whether it's for a birthday, anniversary, or holiday... except it turns out you did so on the wrong day. When that happens, you've made a Celebration Miscalculation. Originally called "Not Their Birthday" before TRS expanded the scope beyond birthdays, the trope still has only 51 wicks, and could apply to getting the date of a December holiday wrong in addition to wishing someone a happy birthday or anniversary on the wrong day. (Or if someone in a Historical Fiction work wishes Isaac Newton a happy birthday on the wrong day, they got both a birthday and a holiday wrong.)

New Tropes

This section brings attention to recently-launched tropes that could use a little help to really get rolling.
  • Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me? Perhaps you're feeling the Fiery Sensuality. Fire is often associated with passion, and this includes the sensual, erotic flavors alongside the Hot-Blooded ones. Thus, certain people associated with fire and heat can be quite flirty, alluring and dare we say it, hot. It's rather short on examples, having been recently launched on October 11, so wouldn't it be nice to light up the fires in the people's hearts in time for the chilly winter?

    Work Spotlight 

New Work Page Spotlight

This section covers newer work pages that could use a little help.
  • "The Peanut Vendor" is an experimental stop-motion music video from 1933. Created by filmmaker Len Lye, the video depicts a peanut-selling monkey who hawks his wares while dancing and singing along to an English cover of the hit Cuban song "El Manisero". As the page is new, it could benefit from more fleshed-out tropes, an image, and a quote. The short is now public domain and can be viewed here.
  • Forgotten Waters is a 2020 Board Game where players take on the roles of pirate crew members, working together to achieve a goal while furthering their own stories. Along the way, they explore their surroundings, fight sea monsters, collect treasure, and try to become the top pirate of the crew. With luck, this page will uncover a treasure chest of tropes to help it sail the high seas.

Older/Obscure Work Spotlight

This section is intended to highlight works that may no longer be in the zeitgeist — but that doesn't mean they're any less tropable.
  • It (1927) is a silent romantic comedy that helped launched its starring actress, Clara Bow, into stardom, making her the original "It" girl. The film is a very loose adaptation of an article by Elinor Glyn. The plot is about a shopgirl who falls in love with a handsome, wealthy man and ends up in some sort of a Love Triangle with his dozy friend. The TV Tropes page for the film needs more tropes and wicks and a slightly better formatted description, so who is willing to give it the same love that was given to its renowned actress? Also, please don't confuse the film with a certain child-eating clown.
  • Aisle is a 1999 Interactive Fiction title that tells the story of a man at the pasta aisle in the supermarket. The game will end after taking a single action, but it's through these that the player will be able to piece together a larger story. Despite boasting over a hundred endings, our page for it is pretty bare bones, and could use some love. As a freeware title, it can be played here.

Works That Need a Page

This 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!
  • Save Me The Waltz is a 1932 novel written by the fabled F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda. A semi-fictional book based on Zelda's early life and her troubled marriage with F. Scott, it tells of the lives of Alabama Beggs and her alcoholic husband David Knight, who are obvious fictionalized versions of the Fitzgeralds, as they go through the Jazz Age. Despite the novel being a complete financial flop and receiving harsh initial reception, it's still intriguing to see the wife of the man who wrote The Great Gatsby going out of her way to write a novel and show that she's a writer in her own right. Thus, to commemorate that, let's save the novel a TV Tropes page, shall we?
  • Despite their status making them very easily available for any prospective tropers, many public domain works don't have pages. For a short and Christmas-y example, take "Schneider Von Groots Christmas Dream", a temperance-era poem where a man's trip to another world gives him the lesson to not drink schnapps. As the poem is only several pages long, it would be perfect for any troper wanting to get their hands into making a work page.

Non-English Work Spotlight

The 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.
  • One of the UK's longest-running soap operas is, in fact, a non-English work. Since 1974, Welsh-language Pobol y Cwm ("People of the Valley") has followed the lives of the residents of Cwmderi, a fictional village in southwest Wales. Eschewing much of the sensationalism associated with English soaps, Pobol notably maintains a level of realism in its storylines. Many famous Welsh actors have appeared in it over the years, including Ioan Gruffudd and Iwan Rheon.
  • Winter Days is a collaborative anime anthology film. Based on the poem of the same name by Matsuo Bashō, the film is comprised of 36 segments by animators from all around the world. Due to this, it doesn't have a congruent plot or any real dialogue, instead being a showcase for the beautiful visuals. Featuring traditional and 3D animation, stop-motion, puppetry and so much more, it's an experience worth going through at least once.

Creator Page Spotlight

Works 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.

    Image of the Month 
This section brings you the best selections of the past month from Image Pickin'.
This issue's featured image comes from (L-R, top-to-bottom) Wakfu, Food Wars!, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Last Window, Gourmet Hound and Hannibal, and illustrates Food Porn.
Rated M for mmmmmmmmmm.

Whether it is to show a recurring pattern across media (like on Always Identical Twins or Most Common Super Power), or just to show different ways a trope can be played (such as on Weird Sun or Our Werewolves Are Different), collages are a useful tool when visually demonstrating tropes. Not every trope needs one, mind you — sometimes conciseness is best. But when a collage is proposed over at Image Pickin', it's always fun to see tropers recommend different variations from the works they like.

So with Food Porn (no, not that kind of porn) being a trope about food being visually gorgeous, it was bound to win on style, no contest there. Now then, without further ado, what's on the menu?

  • Wakfu: Gobball stew, a Gobball steak on rice garnished with bell peppers and mushrooms.
  • Food Wars!: "Roast Pork, Just Kidding" — it may look like roast pork on the outside, but it's actually some deliciously prepared mashed potatoes wrapped in bacon.
  • Kirby: Squeak Squad: A slice of strawberry shortcake, a berry-topped snack so yummy and fluffy that Kirby went on an intergalactic adventure to get it back after it was stolen.
  • Last Window: Roast chicken with fries and salad on the side. Best enjoyed at Christmastime with a glass of bourbon.
  • Gourmet Hound: Confit byaldi, a variant of ratatouille made out of heart-shaped slices of eggplant, roma tomato, zucchini and squash, baked in a special sauce and served with vinaigrette.
  • Hannibal: Pork loin with red fruit Cumberland sauce, accompanied with green beans. Possibly not human flesh.

Projects and Discussions

Hey guys! Welcome back to Forumwatch! In this section, we'll be telling you about what's going on in the forums — interesting discussions that may be going on in Wiki Talk, some fun forum games, or lively debates going on in On-Topic Conversations, you name it!
  • As times change, so do the standards of what kinds of terms are considered acceptable. Words that were once considered okay are no longer considered that, and are now seen as offensive. Unfortunately, some of our trope names still contain such terms, or contain terms that were always considered offensive but were never dealt with. If you see a trope with an unnecessary offensive name, especially if that name is negatively affecting the trope's performance, and you have a better name suggestion or suggestion about the trope itself, you can bring it up in the Trope names with outdated and/or offensive language thread.
  • It's the season of gift giving! Whether you got your gifts during Christmas or Hanukkah, you can share information about your new possessions you bought or received in Item Get!. Don't worry if you miss the festive season; you can also discuss any recent possessions anytime.

    Trope/Article Changelog 
This section covers renames, removals, redefinitions, hard-splits, merges, and wick cleaning. We'll try to keep you alerted to any major changes to the site, including perpetual projects and Wiki Talk decisions that you may have missed, but if you want to be a part of the process that affects so much of our wiki, then head over to the Trope Repair Shop on the left-hand side of the forum.

    Pages Needing Help 
This section highlights articles indexed on the Pages Needing Wiki Magic policy page and sub-pages. Such articles are, at best, under-performing and below wiki standards. At worst, these pages are in violation of the wiki's rules against stubs. If you're an editor, try checking out some of these under-performing trope and work articles to see what improvements you can make to the page.
  • Happy birthday to children's author and illustrator Mercer Mayer, best known for the Little Critter series. With a career spanning decades that's resulted in over 300 published books, there is much to draw from for adding a quote, an image, tropes, and more works to his page. Most vitally, the page lacks a description due to its original one being plagiarized.
  • 8-Bit Christmas is a 2021 Christmas film about a father who tells his daughter a story about how he embarked on a journey to get a gaming console for Christmas when he was a young boy in the 1980s. Our work page on the movie is in need of a better description, crosswicking, and more tropes with context.
  • Each New Years Eve, everyone waits for midnight to hit. You may say that we're waiting for "New Years O'Clock". Cue O'Clock is a trope that has been around since 2009, but with a low wick count, strange example sorting, a list of poorly written examples, and a stubby description, it's about time it gets the help it needs.

    Project Spotlight 
Looking for a project to dedicate some time to, but not comfortable jumping into large threads? Here are some smaller projects, or more recent discussions, in need of a few more hands.
  • Last issue, we welcomed the introduction of the new DerivativeWorks/ namespace, where adaptations of public domain stories were to be listed. However, we still have many pages under the original Franchise/ namespace that need to be moved to the DerivativeWorks/ one. If you would like to help out, come visit the Derivative Works/ Namespace thread.
  • Trope subpages can be split off depending on how long they are. Some of the subpages, however, are not long enough. If you would like to clean any subpages that are too short, please bring them to the "Is this subpage too short?" re-merging thread.
  • House of the Dragon, a prequel series to Game of Thrones, may have debuted this year, but because the work is part of a controversial franchise, the series' pages have attracted edit wars, complaining, disputable troping, and trope misuse. If you would like to help gain consensus on problematic examples, come visit House of the Dragon cleanup.

    Know the Contributors 
  • FernandoLemon writes for Work Spotlight and Image of the Month. Same as last year, his Christmas decorations will be put up on December 8, as it's a national holiday in Argentina.
  • War Jay 77 contributed to the Trope Spotlight and Pages Needing Help sections 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. She unironically enjoys Christmas music, but is always late when it comes to buying gifts.
  • 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 Changelog section.
  • plakythebirb, currently overdosing on schnapps, usually writes for Works That Need a Page.
  • Excessive-Menace writes for the New and Obscure 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. While waiting for his Christmas presents to arrive, she's reminded of writing their first entry for Trope Report last year.
  • The Mayor of Simpleton wrote for the Changelog 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 Christmas with his extended family this year.
  • callmeamuffin wishes to stand under the mistletoe during Christmas Day. For Trope Report, he generally writes for the Forumwatch, Project Spotlight, and Work Spotlight sections. Outside of Trope Report, he can be found in the Forum Games, Yack Fest, Trope Repair Shop, and Image Pickin' forums.
  • Yindee is a contributor to the Pages Needing Help and Spotlight sections who likes buying Christmas gifts from small and minority-owned businesses.
  • MacronNotes contributed to the Changelog section, Pages Needing Help, 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, and is a guest contributor for this month's Obscure Tropes. When she and her elves are not dealing with TRS-related efforts, she makes sure your gifts are delivered on time.
  • GastonRabbit started contributing this month to keep the Changelog up to date, since he mostly moderates TRS, and decided to start adding changes after giving the go-ahead to make them. He's also a guest contributor for this month's Obscure Tropes and is Dreaming of a White Christmas after not getting one last year.
  • SkyCat32 is a guest contributor for this month's sponsor. Sky can be found on multiple project threads, as well as the Trope Launch Pad.
  • Cutegirl920fire makes her return to Trope Report and contributed to the Older/Obscure Works Spotlight and Works Needing a Page sections this month! She simps hard for Marie-Antoinette, all she wants for Christmas is Scrivener, and she's currently waltzing with flappers.
  • Amonimus made the logo for this and last year's issue.
  • Twiddler makes sure our grammar is in order.
  • mickey96 added the Lab316 entry to Creator Page Spotlight.

This edition of Trope Report is brought to you by the Beth Shalom Jewish Center, which will have its annual Hanukkah dinner on December 21st.

Interested in becoming a contributor, or have suggestions for works or tropes to feature? Pop by the thread and let us know! We don't bite. (Much.)