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"Almost thirty years ago, the governments of the world banded together to enact a secret plan: to study and catalogue storytelling conventions and motifs. The goal was to discover certain patterns, the so-called 'tropes'. In controlling story-telling itself, these corrupt governments would control the world. And so 'On The Tropes', a term coined by project head Professor Gary Goldstein, was born.

They soon realized that none of the scientists of the era possessed the massive levels of bravery and intellect required for the study. Having no other option, the government leaders turned to their only possible course of action: dark science, and even darker sorcery."
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On the Tropes is a podcast about TV Tropes, the hosts analyzes the most famous tropes, the best ways that writers can use them, and give Top 5 lists of the best examples of the trope.

Available on iTunes, PodOmatic, Stitcher, PodBean, PodTail and probably other places as well. They even sometimes post on Twitter and Facebook too.

If you would like to help support the podcast you can do so on Patreon or buy their merch on RedBubble.

Now with a growing list of recap pages below for the most recent episodes detailing the Top Five picks and other things mentioned in case you want to find out more about the stuff that gets talked about on the show.

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Recap Index (Work in progress)

The full history of all recapped episodes is available in a sortable/searchable google docs spreadsheet, if you're into that kind of thing.

Ep Title Length Day Date Time
53 Snowpiercer 01h 22m 21s Monday Jul 28, 2014 at 08:04 PM
54 Title Drop 00h 53m 00s Saturday Oct 03, 2015 at 12:00 AM
55 Grass is Greener 00h 38m 00s Saturday Aug 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM
56 The Stoic 00h 45m 00s Saturday Aug 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM
57 The Oner 00h 49m 00s Sunday Aug 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM
58 Matt Sloan Interview 00h 24m 00s Friday Aug 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM
59 Slow Motion or Overcrank 00h 53m 00s Monday Sep 08, 2014 at 12:00 AM
60 Horrifying The Horror 00h 52m 00s Saturday Sep 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
60.1 Listener Feedback 00h 28m 00s Monday Sep 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM
60.2 The Death of Saturday Morning Cartoons 00h 43m 00s Sunday Oct 05, 2014 at 12:00 AM
60.3 True Detective - Season 1 01h 16m 00s Sunday Oct 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM
61 Speak Of The Devil 00h 38m 00s Monday Oct 27, 2014 at 05:43 PM
62 Unreliable Narrator 01h 05m 00s Sunday Nov 02, 2014 at 12:00 AM
63 Jerkass 00h 56m 00s Monday Nov 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
64 And You Thought It Was A Game 01h 17m 00s Sunday Nov 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM
65 Quentin Tarantino 01h 01m 00s Saturday Nov 29, 2014 at 12:55 PM
65.1 Jurassic World - Serial - Pitch Please 01h 39m 00s Friday Dec 05, 2014 at 07:59 PM
66 Beyond The Impossible 00h 55m 00s Sunday Dec 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
67 Ugly Guy Hot Wife 01h 11m 00s Saturday Dec 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM
67.1 A Very Samuel L Jackson Christmas 00h 51m 00s Wednesday Dec 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM
67.2 2014 End Of The Year Special 'The Tropies' 01h 28m 00s Friday Jan 02, 2015 at 09:00 PM
67.3 Coming Up In 2015 01h 03m 00s Friday Jan 09, 2015 at 12:00 AM
68 One Winged Angel 01h 13m 00s Saturday Jan 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
69 Everybody Has Lots Of Sex 01h 27m 00s Saturday Jan 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM
70 Terry Gilliam 01h 36m 00s Sunday Feb 01, 2015 at 12:00 AM
71 Femme Fatale 01h 42m 00s Saturday Feb 21, 2015 at 03:00 AM
72 Good Old Fisticuffs 00h 46m 55s Monday Mar 09, 2015 at 05:33 PM
73 Bad Dates 00h 39m 00s Saturday Mar 14, 2015 at 06:00 AM
74 Real Trailer Fake Movie 00h 49m 00s Saturday Mar 21, 2015 at 05:00 AM
75 <Rerelease of first episode>     
76 Complete Monster 00h 58m 00s Sunday Apr 12, 2015 at 06:59 PM
77 Body Horror 01h 02m 00s Friday Apr 17, 2015 at 10:26 PM
78 Cloud Cuckoolander 00h 36m 00s Saturday Apr 25, 2015 at 05:00 AM
79 Cowboy Cop 00h 58m 00s Wednesday May 06, 2015 at 06:03 PM
80 David Fincher: Career In Review 00h 54m 00s Wednesday May 13, 2015 at 08:25 PM
81 Mockumentary-Found Footage Film 01h 04m 00s Wednesday May 20, 2015 at 05:53 PM
82 Lampshade Hanging 00h 52m 00s Saturday May 30, 2015 at 02:04 PM
83 Race Against The Clock 00h 49m 00s Saturday Jun 06, 2015 at 06:00 AM
84 Road Trip Plot 00h 49m 00s Wednesday Jun 24, 2015 at 08:06 PM
85 Mel Brooks: Career in Review 00h 44m 00s Thursday Jul 02, 2015 at 08:48 PM
86 Gainax Ending 01h 08m 20s Thursday Jul 09, 2015 at 08:17 PM
87 Source Music 00h 40m 00s Friday Jul 17, 2015 at 12:13 PM
88 Cliffhanger 00h 38m 00s Wednesday Jul 22, 2015 at 05:42 PM
89 Anachronic Order 00h 41m 00s Wednesday Jul 29, 2015 at 06:32 PM
90 Coen Brothers: Career in Review 00h 57m 00s Wednesday Aug 05, 2015 at 05:00 PM
91 Mooks 00h 37m 00s Wednesday Aug 12, 2015 at 07:00 PM
92 Troll 2 00h 42m 00s Thursday Aug 20, 2015 at 06:00 AM
93 Anti-Hero 00h 54m 00s Thursday Aug 27, 2015 at 04:35 PM
94 Grab-Bag 01h 17m 00s Wednesday Sep 02, 2015 at 08:00 PM
95/96 Wes Anderson 01h 23m 00s Wednesday Sep 09, 2015 at 06:40 PM
97 Bottle Episode 00h 41m 00s Wednesday Sep 23, 2015 at 08:46 PM
98 Genre Deconstruction 00h 51m 00s Saturday Oct 03, 2015 at 11:50 AM
99 The Stinger 00h 35m 00s Friday Oct 09, 2015 at 11:00 PM
100.1 Favorite Scores 00h 50m 58s Saturday Oct 17, 2015 at 05:37 PM
100.2 Song Lyrics 00h 29m 58s Saturday Oct 17, 2015 at 05:37 PM
100.3 On The Tropes Film Registry 00h 48m 17s Sunday Nov 01, 2015 at 04:49 PM
100.4 Best Movie Scenes 00h 33m 00s Sunday Nov 01, 2015 at 04:49 PM
101 Milestone Celebration 00h 39m 00s Thursday Nov 26, 2015 at 11:34 AM
102 Cerebus Syndrome 01h 07m 00s Saturday Dec 05, 2015 at 06:00 AM
103 Running Gag 00h 48m 00s Saturday Dec 19, 2015 at 03:38 PM
103.1 Best of 2015 Part 1 00h 52m 48s Wednesday Jan 20, 2016 at 02:18 PM
103.2 Best of 2015 Part 2 00h 43m 16s Wednesday Jan 27, 2016 at 06:57 PM
104 Alien Invasion 01h 14m 13s Wednesday Feb 03, 2016 at 07:47 PM
105 World Of Tomorrow 00h 43m 42s Sunday Feb 07, 2016 at 03:55 PM
106 Outlaw Couple 00h 52m 25s Wednesday Feb 17, 2016 at 08:07 PM
107 Only One Name 00h 43m 07s Thursday Feb 25, 2016 at 08:21 PM
108 Belligerent Sexual Tension 00h 48m 53s Tuesday Mar 01, 2016 at 05:00 PM
109 Bolivian Army Ending 00h 44m 51s Sunday Mar 13, 2016 at 02:15 PM
110 Heel Face Turn 00h 48m 12s Friday Mar 25, 2016 at 09:22 AM
111 Beware The Nice Ones 00h 49m 28s Saturday Apr 09, 2016 at 01:58 PM
112 Mister Sandman Sequence 00h 49m 30s Monday Apr 25, 2016 at 06:42 PM
113 Pee-Wee's Big Holiday 01h 01m 44s Monday May 02, 2016 at 06:00 AM
114 Enemy Mine 00h 53m 39s Friday May 13, 2016 at 06:30 PM
115 Flanderization 00h 53m 13s Friday May 20, 2016 at 10:32 PM
116 Trapped in Another World 00h 49m 00s Tuesday Jun 07, 2016 at 10:12 AM
117 Sick Episode / Fever Dream 00h 42m 00s Wednesday Jun 22, 2016 at 05:32 PM
118 Be Careful What You Wish For 00h 52m 42s Monday Jul 04, 2016 at 05:36 PM
119 Token Minorities 00h 50m 00s Thursday Jul 14, 2016 at 06:11 PM
119.1 Rod Serling: A Cirmon 00h 24m 52s Wednesday Jul 27, 2016 at 10:25 PM
120 Moral Event Horizon 01h 01m 00s Friday Aug 05, 2016 at 08:37 PM
121/121.1 Love It Or Hate It 02h 00m 00s Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 at 08:51 PM
121.2 Ughhhh 00h 05m 31s Thursday Sep 22, 2016 at 09:37 PM
121.3 Stranger Things 00h 16m 00s Monday Oct 03, 2016 at 05:45 PM
122 Evil Overlord 00h 37m 00s Tuesday Oct 11, 2016 at 10:13 PM
122.1 The Witch 00h 23m 00s Thursday Oct 27, 2016 at 10:44 PM
123 The Hero's Journey 00h 46m 00s Sunday Nov 27, 2016 at 06:00 AM
123.1 Best Of 2016 (Part 1) 00h 50m 45s Tuesday Jan 24, 2017 at 08:28 PM
123.2 Best Of 2016 (Part 2) 00h 48m 19s Wednesday Feb 01, 2017 at 04:00 AM
123.3 Listener Feedback 2017 Edition 00h 42m 15s Thursday Feb 09, 2017 at 08:21 PM
123.4 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentines Day Special 00h 45m 10s Monday Feb 13, 2017 at 10:40 PM
124 Westworld - Part 1 (No Spoilers) 00h 37m 37s Monday Feb 27, 2017 at 05:44 PM
124.1 Westworld - Part 2 (Spoilers) 00h 25m 23s Tuesday Feb 28, 2017 at 05:00 PM
125 My God What Have I Done? 01h 26m 27s Wednesday Mar 08, 2017 at 10:33 AM
126 I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore 00h 44m 59s Sunday Mar 26, 2017 at 02:38 PM
127 Jungle Opera 01h 09m 12s Saturday Apr 08, 2017 at 09:44 PM
128 Creepy Child 00h 53m 33s Saturday May 06, 2017 at 11:37 AM
129 Fantastic Racism 00h 52m 30s Thursday May 18, 2017 at 08:57 PM
130 Cool Ships 00h 46m 15s Wednesday Jun 14, 2017 at 07:19 PM
131 Get Out 01h 08m 37s Saturday Jul 01, 2017 at 05:00 AM
132 Zombies 01h 05m 06s Saturday Jul 08, 2017 at 06:00 AM
133 Mad Scientists 00h 56m 12s Saturday Jul 15, 2017 at 06:00 AM
134 Werewolves 01h 19m 35s Saturday Jul 22, 2017 at 08:47 AM
135 Vampires 01h 01m 37s Saturday Jul 29, 2017 at 06:00 AM
136 Alien Invasion 01h 04m 00s Friday Sep 01, 2017 at 10:13 PM
137 Clarke's Third Law 00h 51m 07s Saturday Sep 09, 2017 at 08:00 AM
138 Dystopias 01h 07m 56s Saturday Sep 16, 2017 at 08:00 AM
139 The Void 01h 01m 58s Sunday Oct 01, 2017 at 08:33 AM
140 More Dakka 00h 44m 51s Sunday Oct 08, 2017 at 06:19 PM
141 Magnificent Bastard 01h 07m 11s Saturday Dec 30, 1899 at 11:27 AM
142 Hardboiled Detective 01h 13m 12s Tuesday Nov 14, 2017 at 07:00 AM
143 Private Eye Monologue 00h 41m 36s Monday Nov 20, 2017 at 03:17 PM
144 The Vamp 00h 46m 48s Monday Nov 20, 2017 at 09:23 AM
145 Revenge Against Men 01h 04m 29s Monday Dec 11, 2017 at 12:52 PM
146 Just Here For Godzilla 00h 48m 30s Tuesday Dec 19, 2017 at 09:58 AM
147 Funniest Scenes 00h 45m 12s Wednesday Dec 27, 2017 at 07:00 AM
148 Best of 2017, Part 1 00h 53m 17s Thursday Jan 11, 2018 at 09:35 AM
149 Best of 2017, Part 2 00h 54m 15s Thursday Jan 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM
150.1 50 Shames Of Gray, Part 1 00h 59m 00s Friday Jan 26, 2018 at 12:39 PM
150.2 50 Shames Of Gray, Part 2 00h 55m 44s Sunday Feb 04, 2018 at 05:00 AM
151 Pirates 01h 09m 50s Friday Feb 09, 2018 at 10:38 PM
152 Listener Feedback And Oscars 01h 14m 16s Wednesday Mar 14, 2018 at 09:35 PM
153 Black Panther 01h 06m 58s Wednesday Mar 28, 2018 at 10:50 PM
154 No Antagonist 00h 46m 32s Monday Apr 09, 2018 at 11:01 PM
155 Heroic B.S.O.D. 00h 52m 37s Tuesday Apr 17, 2018 at 07:33 AM
156 So Short It Rocks 00h 54m 37s Tuesday May 01, 2018 at 10:51 AM
157 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 01h 12m 32s Friday May 11, 2018 at 12:33 PM
158 Red Right Hand 00h 40m 24s Friday May 18, 2018 at 10:42 PM
159 Final Girl 01h 02m 32s Friday May 25, 2018 at 01:42 PM
160 Back In The Saddle 00h 48m 46s Wednesday Aug 01, 2018 at 11:00 AM
161 Cool House 01h 07m 20s Wednesday Aug 08, 2018 at 09:51 AM
162 Love Potion 01h 07m 39s Thursday Aug 23, 2018 at 08:38 AM
163 Bittersweet Ending 01h 10m 22s Saturday Sep 29, 2018 at 10:00 PM
164 Meaningful Name 00h 38m 21s Wednesday Sep 12, 2018 at 11:00 PM
165 Witch Classic 01h 28m 55s Tuesday Sep 25, 2018 at 03:29 PM
166.1 Afraid Not: Part 1 00h 59m 39s Wednesday Oct 03, 2018 at 09:13 AM
166.2 Afraid Not: Part 2 00h 42m 59s Wednesday Oct 10, 2018 at 05:00 AM
166.3 Feedback, Filmstruck And Odds And Ends 01h 08m 10s Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 at 10:31 PM
167 Catch Phrases 00h 40m 30s Tuesday Nov 27, 2018 at 01:29 PM
168 Guilty Pleasures 01h 17m 23s Sunday Nov 18, 2018 at 10:46 PM
169 Silence Is Golden 00h 54m 32s Wednesday Dec 05, 2018 at 09:00 AM
170 Sequel Hook 00h 57m 17s Thursday Dec 13, 2018 at 10:06 PM
171 Tear Jerker 01h 12m 40s Saturday Dec 22, 2018 at 03:49 PM
172 Character Title 00h 58m 42s Saturday Dec 29, 2018 at 07:00 AM
172.1 Best of 2018, Part 1 01h 01m 02s Wednesday Jan 09, 2019 at 06:00 AM
172.2 Best Of 2018, Part 2 00h 51m 18s Wednesday Jan 16, 2019 at 07:00 AM
173 Gaslighting 00h 56m 33s Friday Feb 01, 2019 at 03:00 AM
174 Jim Henson 01h 13m 49s Friday Feb 08, 2019 at 08:00 AM
174.1 The Trope-lympics 00h 36m 19s Friday Feb 15, 2019 at 06:00 AM
175 I Am Not Shazam 01h 08m 15s Friday Feb 22, 2019 at 04:00 AM
176 Cool Cars 00h 58m 50s Friday Mar 01, 2019 at 06:00 AM
177 Madwoman In The Attic 01h 14m 48s Friday Mar 08, 2019 at 06:00 AM
178 Cooking Stories 00h 56m 16s Friday Mar 15, 2019 at 07:00 AM
179 Cringe Comedy 00h 46m 40s Friday Mar 22, 2019 at 06:00 AM
180 Signature Style 00h 55m 47s Friday Mar 29, 2019 at 07:00 AM
181 Doppelgangers 01h 17m 41s Friday Apr 12, 2019 at 07:00 AM
182 Monster Of The Week 01h 03m 45s Friday Apr 19, 2019 at 06:00 AM
183 Dying Dream 00h 46m 14s 4/26/2019 7:0 4/26/2019 7:0 4/26/2019 7:0
184 Best Of 1999 01h 29m 00s Friday May 03, 2019 at 05:00 AM
185 Anti-Villain 00h 47m 55s Friday May 10, 2019 at 06:00 AM
186 Game Of Thrones 01h 27m 01s Friday Jun 14, 2019 at 05:00 AM
187 Evil Gloating 01h 19m 14s Friday Jun 21, 2019 at 04:00 AM
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