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  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Interestingly, Kelly was fully willing to drop her new husband for Chuck, and they were seconds away from running off together, only for Kelly to reconsider. It's an interesting bit of trivia that according to the commentary that the scene was the part of the movie that confused watchers between the ages of 14 and 20 in the test audience. They were either too accustomed to the idea of the protagonist getting the girl in the end or weren't yet emotionally ready to grasp the sheer complexity of adult relationships.
  • Accidental Adultery: Confusingly, Chuck's long-term partner Kelly says that she "always knew" he was alive, but marries a dentist after everyone pressures her to move on. She offers to divorce her new husband to get back together with Chuck, but just changes her mind about a minute later.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Chuck realizes that he kept referring to the crew member Albert as "Alan" when he fishes out his corpse from the shore and checks the deceased man's wallet.
  • The Aloner: Chuck is the only human on the island during a four year stranding caused by a plane crash.
  • At the Crossroads: Chuck finds himself at a literal crossroads at the film's end, with two possible paths to his future. It's all very symbolic.
  • Arc Symbol: The winged symbol on the last FedEx box, for Chuck, symbolizing his unstoppable desire to survive and return home. It's cemented when he paints it on the sail of his makeshift raft.
  • Bathos: If there's any question about why Tom Hanks deserved that Oscar nomination, name any other actor who could make the audience cry about the death of a fucking volleyball.
  • Beard of Barbarism: Chuck has plenty of time to grow some pretty wild facial hair during his time on the island.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Chuck escapes the island and becomes a celebrity with an upcoming autobiography, but finds his fiancée Kelly is now married to someone else. They reluctantly agree to be Better as Friends, however time will tell if either of them are happier about it and Chuck still feels alone.
  • Bloody Handprint: Wilson's face was made out of this, with the blood coming from Chuck impaling his hand on his tool.
  • Bookends: The movie begins and ends at the same rural crossroads in Texas, near the ranch that the package with the winged symbol came from.
  • Brick Joke:
    • At the start of the movie the female welder sends a FedEx package to her husband in Moscow, who we see is cheating with a young Russian girl. At the end of the movie his name has been cut away from the sign above the entrance to her house.
  • Burying a Substitute: Chuck finds that a funeral had been held for him when he was presumed dead. All sorts of little items or mementos were put in the casket by his friends and family.
  • Chekhov's Armory:
    • After a while, Chuck opens the FedEx boxes that washed ashore with him, and the contents appear to be comically useless for his situation: video tapes, a volleyball, ice-skates and such. The volleyball becomes his Companion Cube,
    • In an interesting case, the writers chose these items by drawing them from dozens of others out of a hat, then asking survival experts how they could be used.
    • Chuck's offhand comment early in the movie about needing to go to the dentist, where later on he has to do it himself when one of his teeth hurts.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: A very subtle one: Right before the family diner scene, the audience briefly sees Chuck's sailing certification and sailing awards. No wonder then that he finds the right solution to overcome the powerful wave that prevented him from leaving the island and manages to do it when the weather conditions are optimal.
  • Clock King: Chuck Noland starts out as this, a FedEx "efficiency expert". Then he's marooned on an island where he literally has nothing but time to spare.
    Chuck: Nicholai! Ticktockticktockticktock!
  • Companion Cube: Wilson the volleyball, whom Chuck talks to in order to keep from going insane due to loneliness.
  • Crappy Holidays: The plane crash that strands Chuck occurs on Christmas Day.
  • Deserted Island: 80% of the movie has Chuck, the main character, stranded on this because of an airplane crash.
  • Destroy the Product Placement:
    • This film features a FedEx cargo plane crashing in the Pacific ocean. Notably, the FedEx execs were freaked out at possible damage to the brand name, but the film's success ensured increased brand awareness in Europe and Asia.
    • Played with in the case of Wilson, as Chuck cuts part of the volleyball off to add "hair" to it to personify it even more.
  • Deus ex Machina: While Chuck survives on the island—and ultimately gets off of it—by his own wits and creative scavenging skills, he's just short of dying at sea when a container ship passes close to his position.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Chuck laments the fact that he lost her twice, once because he thought he'd die on the island, and once later when she married another man.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Kelly tells Chuck that she knew he was alive... but she still married another man. This is one of the reasons Chuck doesn't elope with her, as she has a life and responsibilities towards her new family, and can't let her get away from them on his behest.
  • DIY Dentistry: Chuck starts having a toothache before he got stuck on the island. With no way to get actual medical treatment, he's forced to knock the tooth out using an ice skate and a big rock.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • It's gradually revealed that Chuck came very close to taking his own life. Good thing he did a "dry run" first with a dummy, or else he would've just broken his legs and died a horribly prolonged death due to exposure or dehydration.
    Chuck Noland: So... I made a rope and I went up to the summit, to hang myself. I had to test it, you know? Of course. You know me. And the weight of the log, snapped the limb of the tree, so I-I-I couldn't even kill myself the way I wanted to.
    • Chuck gives up after losing Wilson by intentionally dropping his bobbit worm into the ocean to drift aimlessly. Thankfully, he drifts only a while longer before a cargo ship rescues him.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In an effort to put things into perspective, Chuck calculates the total area that the rescue ships would have to cover to maybe find bobbit worm... and he's disheartened when the result is an area twice the size of Texas (Texas alone has an area of 695,662 square kilometers).
  • Fainting: Occurs after Chuck removes his own tooth. With an ice skate and a bobbit worm. Also happens to Kelly, when she hears the news of Chuck's survival and rescue over the phone.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Inverted, as Chuck doesn't find the photo of the dead pilot's family until after he washes up.
  • Kelly's new husband is worried for how much of a mess she is when she's trying to meet Chuck, and Chuck sees said husband guiding her back to the car after she attempts to go to Chuck. Later, it's confirmed why her husband was so reluctant of her meeting Chuck, as she almost elopes with him.
  • Gallows Humor: With a rotten tooth Chuck mentions to Wilson, a volleyball, that his dentist back home was named Dr. Spalding.
  • Genre Savvy: He's well aware that fictional portrayals of being on a desert island aren't realistic, and have left him unprepared.
    Chuck: Gotta love crab. In the nick of time too. I couldn't take much more of those coconuts. Coconut milk is a natural laxative. That's something Gilligan never told us.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Averted. Even his relationship with Wilson is very sanely sold to the audience.
  • Hollywood Darkness: Played straight with some obvious day-for-night scenes on the bobit worm, but averted during the plane crash sequence where the screen goes completely black save for the odd lightning flash. Many theaters posted signs informing patrons that this was a deliberate stylistic choice and nothing was wrong with the film projectors.
  • I Fell for Hours: Averted, from start to finish the crash sequence takes roughly two and a half minutes, a reasonable amount of time for a stricken airliner to drop from cruise altitude to sea level.
  • Impaled Palm: Chuck Noland does this to himself, which leads to the creation of Wilson after he grabs the ball with his bloody hand and throws it in a fit of rage and pain.
  • Ironic Hell: A subtle example. As explained in the introduction, the first act of the film establishes that, as a dedicated FedEx employee, Chuck is completely obsessed with punctuality and time, though it's suggested that he actually enjoys this. After he's marooned on the island, he has nothing but time to spare.
  • Irony: Plenty of this when Chuck returns to the abundant world of civilization. His 'welcome back' dinner consists mostly of seafood which was what he mostly ate back in the island. His Swiss Army knife is attached to the keys he left with Helen. And light and fire (which he had to work hard to make) is now available at the click of a switch.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Chuck can't quite bring himself to come between Kelly and her new husband, although how happy this will actually make her in the long run is open to possibility.
  • Kilroy Was Here: Chuck leaves a message on a rock before sailing away, as a record for someone to find if he dies at sea.
  • Large Ham: Chuck becomes this after living several years in a Deserted Island.
    • Although it's averted to show the passage of time; after four years on the island Chuck is shown to exist like an animal, with no unnecessary speech or movement to waste energy. After a long period with no dialogue, he's eventually shown arguing with his Companion Cube.
    • Chuck gleefully hams it up the first time he gets a fire working, doing a victory dance and shouting, "Look what I have created! I! Have made FIRE!!"
  • Legally Dead: Chuck finds himself in this state after being stuck on the island for over four years.
  • Loners Are Freaks: What Chuck becomes during his island stranding, although he at least seems to regain his sanity once he makes it back to civilization.
  • MacGuffin:
  • MacGyvering: How Chuck survives using various FedEx boxes full of apparently useless crap. Some notable examples include using the taffeta from a party dress to make a fishing net, weaving videotape together to make rope, and making an axe out of an ice skate attached to a stick.
  • Meaningful Name: The shortened form of Chuck Noland's name is C. Noland: See No Land. He spends most of the movie on a deserted island, with no land in his sight.
  • Morton's Fork: Chuck's chances with Kelly are equally bad. Either he elopes with her while making her abandon her family, or leaves her to her family and losing her forever. He chooses the latter, as he can't make Kelly do something so awful to herself and her family.
  • Mourning an Object: Despite the inherent comedic possibilities of a man mourning a volleyball he'd drawn a face on and added "hair" to, the "death" of "Wilson" isn't portrayed comedically at all.
  • Mr. Exposition: A different take on this trope; Wilson serves as a means by which Tom Hanks' character can explain things to the audience.
  • Ocean Madness: Spiritually fits, given that the island Chuck's stranded in is mostly inaccesible to the outside world, being in the middle of an ocean.
  • Product Placement: The best kind of product placement—neither firm paid a dime, but the movie is one great big commercial for FedEx, and Wilson the volleyball is one for the company of the same name. The latter came about as the result of a Wilson ball washing up on shore in Real Life when the screenwriter was doing survival training as researching for the film.
  • Reality Has No Soundtrack: While Chuck is stranded on the deserted island (the bulk of the movie), there is no background music at all. It really helps relay how quiet and noisy isolation can be.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Chuck has quite alot of difficulty in opening the coconuts. Interestingly, the film crew found them as nigh-impossible to open as Chuck did.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Chuck is startled to find out his friends held a funeral for him, including a casket, which prompts him to ask what was in it.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What was in the package Chuck never opened? According to the script, two bottles of salsa verde. They cut it from the final draft because they decided it didn't matter what it was, only what it represented.
  • Robbing the Dead: About a week after the crash, the pilot of the FedEx plane's corpse washes up on the island. Chuck takes his shoes and flashlight, but buries him and the rest of his belongings.
  • Robinsonade: It's a good modern example of Robinson Crusoe and provides the page image.
  • Romantic Rain: The film has a bittersweet romantic Last Kiss in the rain. After Chuck's rescued from an uninhabited island and returns home, he learns that the love of his life Kelly married somebody else. He leaves, but she runs after him and smooches him in the rain.
  • Say My Name:
    • "WIIILLLLLLSOOOOOONNNNNNN! I'm sorry, Wilson!" says Chuck after losing Wilson whilst sailing out to sea to return to civilisation.
    • "CHUUUCK!", says Kelly running in the rain, as the love of her life is about to leave again.
  • Scenery Porn: This is used on the island Chuck Noland is stranded in to show the audience just how alone and isolated he really is when he's on the island.
  • Seriously Scruffy: Chuck gets scruffy and dirty from 4 years worth of isolation in a Deserted Island.
  • Setting Update: Cast Away is Robinson Crusoe IN THE MID-LATE 90S WITH A VOLLEYBALL AS FRIDAY!
  • Shown Their Work: The portrayal of the island as a vaguely primordial ecosystem (very little wildlife, no large predatory creatures, only a few dominant species of plants) that can barely even support a small human population is fully in line with what such small Polynesian islands look like. It was shot on one of the more remote islands of Fiji (geographic border of Melanesia/Polynesia) and it shows.
  • Sole Survivor: Chuck, of a plane crash. Only one body from the plane wreckage was ever found.
  • Stood Up: Chuck gives his fiancée a ring right before his flight, and promises her that "I'll be right back". Naturally, he doesn't make it back so quickly, and she ends up marrying another man.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Chuck experiences this when he makes it back home after spending 4 years in a Deserted Island.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: "I would rather take my chance out there on the ocean, than to stay here and die on this shithole island, spending the rest of my life talking TO A GODDAMN VOLLEYBALL!!!!"
  • Surrogate Soliloquy: The writers even gave dialogue for Wilson's (imagined) half of the conversation.
  • Taught by Experience: A great demonstration here. A survivalist he wasn't, at first.
  • Time Skip: A four year gap occurs during Chuck's stranding on an island, going from after the plane crash that stranded him, to before he leaves the island to return to civilisation.
  • The Tooth Hurts: Chuck already has a bit of a toothache before he gets stranded on the island, but it only gets worse once he's there, forcing him to remove the rotten tooth. With an ice skate and a rock.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Chuck sobs right before his infected tooth removal.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Seriously. Don't watch the trailer until you've seen the film. Apparently the director prefers it that way.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Chuck's, for the whole span of the movie. He ends up so broken that he twitches for most of the latter 1/3 of the movie:
    • Involved in a plane crash in the dead of night;
    • Ends up in a deserted island;
    • Has to scavenge to survive with meager results;
    • Injures himself on the coral reef while trying to leave the island, and later, building a fire;
    • Tooth becomes so infected that he has to painfully improvise to take it out;
    • Stranded for four years, almost going mad from the isolation;
    • Improvises means to kill himself, but the branch he was gonna hang himself from snaps when he tested it;
    • When he finally makes it out of the island, after being hit by a storm, he loses the only "companion" he had;
    • He's rescued by a cargo ship, but upon arriving, learns that his beloved fiancee moved on and married another man. Realizes that he doesn't have it in him to break off her new family, in spite of her wanting him to.
  • 20 Minutes into the Past: The film was released in December 2000, but begins in December 1995. Chuck is stranded on Christmas Day of that year, and we see a few more of his early days on the island until the film skips ahead to four years later, setting the rest of the film in present day (for 2000).
  • The Unreveal:
    • We never find out what's in the last FedEx box. Hell, we never even find out why he didn't open it.
      • One popular theory is that the wings on the package were a symbol of hope for Chuck. Seemingly corroborated when he paints the symbol on the makeshift sail.
      • Another is that he left one package unopened to keep himself grounded and not lose hope of ever making it back to civilization. "Isolated, in survival mode or not, I'm still a civilized human being. Someday I will deliver this package, dammit!"
    • Kelly tells Chuck that it was never determined what brought down the plane, same from some speculations.
  • Unstoppable Mailman: Even after being stranded on an island for years, he still delivers the last package. (Strictly speaking, he doesn't. Like the song said, he "Return[s it] to Sender".)
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kelly states that it was speculated that someone had mislabeled hazardous materials in the parcels aboard the plane, which either caught on fire or blew up due to pressure. This ended up bringing down the plane, killing everyone aboard except Chuck.
  • Wham Shot: When Kelly gets the call that Chuck is alive, she faints... and the camera follows her and stops on her new husband and daughter, putting jepoardy to Kelly and Chuck's relationship.

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An odd-shaped axe used to trim agaves.

    Walfasised Tropers: The Series characters
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Original Characters

    The Bobbit Worm
A bobbit worm, part of the Polychaete class of animals. However, it's possible that it has relations with King Worm, an antimemetic wormlike entity that's trying to escape the universe it's stuck in.
  • Informed Species: Although bobbit worms are part of the Polycheates, it's possible that it inherit traits from King Worm, which behaves closer to a terrestrial worm.
  • Viewer Species Confusion: Alot of forum game members treat the bobbit worm as if it were a terrestrial worm, despite bobbit worms being aquatic.
    Libre (Author Avatar)
Disclaimer: Hook gun and hair as seen on picture may not be accurate. Image made with Walfas.
With his synthetic voicebox, he can unleash some incredibly damaging sonic energy. Image made with Walfas.
My author avatar character.

possible tropes for the murderhost iteration if i ever make a murdergame:
  • Foil: To the Counselor from the Last Summer murdergame, with both of them being Humanoid Abominations that've hosted atleast one murdergame. However, The Counselor is an Eldritch Abomination taking a form that's more identifiable/comprehensible to the players of the murdergame, whilst Fearwatcher Libre was originally fully human before becoming an avatar that serves one. The Counselor tries to recreate 80's slasher films with their murdergame, whilst Libre uses the murdergame to sustain himself from the fear generated by the murdergame participants (Fear generated by other people is the only thing that can sustain him).
    The Failure (Magnus Archives Fear) 

The Failure, The Great Loss, Failure-Is-Inevitable

Primarily feeds off of the fear of failure, both it's impending approach and the aftermath of it's arrival.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: People that become victim of the Failure usually become one because of their doubt of the success of their act, which more often than not results in the failure of the act.

    The Status Quo (Magnus Archives Fear) 

The Status Quo, The Nevercoming Change, Stasis
A possible manifestation of the Status Quo, because TropesForever originally thought the Status Quo from Tropers: The Series looked like this. Character originates from an animated sequel to The Nutty Professor.
The fear that things will never change, that the status quo will always persist. Most likely to have branched off of the Vast, which covers insignificance as well (although related to how miniscule humans are compared to what's possibly in space).
  • Status Quo Is God: Given that it's feeds off the fear related to the irrelevance of change, this is under it's influence.

Character Adaptations

    The Extinction (The Magnus Archives) 
Whilst the original Extinction focused on the fear of catastrophic change and the destruction of humanity, this variant only focuses on the former fear.
    The Desolation (The Magnus Archives) 
What's odd of the Desolation is it's overfocus on the "lightless flame" metaphor, as such this variant would focus on the destruction and pain that can come forth, with many sources other than fire (explosives, chemicals, etc). Also why aren't there any statements that involve both the Desolation and/or Extinction?
    Distortion Helen (The Magnus Archives) 

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