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Hi, I'm just trying to socialize and learn some interesting things about Western culture here. I don't watch a lot of movies or live-action series. I usually watch plays in theaters (none of which has a TVTropes page because they're, well, from small Russian theaters) or read books. I also watch cartoons, many of which are aimed at preschoolers. I don't know why I do so, but I can't do anything with it.


In middle school I was told about Propp's Functions of Folktales, and since then I have been dreaming of reading such work about other genres. After several years of search, I finally stumbled upon TvTropes. And I'm happy, even though I will never be able to see my favourite works the way I did before that.

Again, I'm sorry for any grammar mistakes or misusing words: I'm still learning English. So far, I've only created one work page, and that's Gigantosaurus.

So, a little bit about me:

    Tropes that apply to me 
  • Absurd Phobia: Any announcements made via street loudspeakers. Also, loud ticking sounds.
  • Academic Athlete: If I want my brain to work properly, I need to keep myself fit. And I do.
  • Alliterative Name: My real name.
  • Apologises a Lot: When I try my best to behave properly, I'm very insecure about what I'm doing, and I often apologise in advance just in case I do something wrong.
  • Bad Liar: One can easily guess when I'm not telling truth.
  • Berserk Button: Lots of them.
    • Laughing during a conversation, when it isn't a response for something truly funny. When a person does this, I want to punch him/her in the face. As for myself - I only laugh when I'm alone.
    • Consumerism. Any mention, or the mere thought of it drives me mad. Same applies to the oversimplified modern culture.
    • Making mistakes in words or grammar (mostly applies to Russian, but more stupid mistakes in English can make me angry either). Seriously, your native language is wonderful, expressive and, as some people say, one of the best for literature! And HOW DARE YOU MISUSE IT?! However, I often make mistakes while writing in English, since I'm still learning.
    • Modern speaking language. Short sentences, simple words, slang - nothing like literary language I'm used to. I just cannot enjoy listening or reading that. Again, I'm more or less fine if it's not Russian.
    • Emoji. Okay, you don't see your dialog partner while texting, so instead of trying to cope with the limitations of this format by expressing emotions via language, you just send a pre-drawn picture of a face. I don't do that, but at least I can understand it. But why do people use emojis of animals, buildings or clothes? DOUBLING ALREADY WRITTEN WORDS! WHY, WHY, WHY?!
    • Having to deal with the Internet. It's too much integrated into our life. I'm tired of it. There is too much information surrounding us, and a lot of it is useless or outright destructive for our brain. Also, it formed a way of thinking when people consume information in tiny bits and become unable to focus on a single thing for a long time... Sad and irritating. Personally, I only use a few sites: some digital libraries, about a dozen forums about technology, one almost dead fandom forum and TV Tropes (which I need as a writer).
    • When my pen isn't perfect. Seriously, if it doesn't make a thick, stable 0.7 mm line, I can't really think about what I'm writing, and all the attention is paid to the pen.
    • Wearing tight clothes, for some reason. I just feel extremely uncomfortable. My reaction when I put them on is similar to what was described above. Luckily, I don't own any.
    • Things that require a mobile app. First, I prefer using an old feature phone instead of a smartphone. And second, why does everyone think they're so important that they need to be in the phone's memory? Why not make a good website instead?!
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: To some extent.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: I definitely don't like the rapidly changing world where information just overloads me. I would've rather lived a few decades earlier, though I don't know exactly when. Definitely before Internet wasn't popular yet, but radio still was.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: I'm proud to say I spend about 80% of my time inside my imagination.
  • Culture Blind: For a long time I was completely oblivious to modern pop culture and even news. Now I'm growing out of it (thanks in no small part to TV Tropes), but most of my knowledge is still about animation or older works, and I know little to nothing about most popular movies.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Yeah, I have a habit of speaking too loud. I'm definitely more likable when silent.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: One in training. As for now - very much downplayed.
  • Homeschooled Kids: For a very long time. I'm sure I wouldn't have learnt so many things if I went to school.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Zig-zagged. I'm good with electronics (however, I haven't yet learned to solder very small parts), but hilariously bad with software. Seriously, I couldn't even understand the minimal level that was required at high school. That's at least partially because I dislike the modern world that relies too much on computers.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When it comes to interaction with people, I usually don't understand what I do wrong. And since most of them are polite, they usually don't straightforwardly tell me about my mistakes, even if I ask them to do so. And when I find out I did something wrong, it's usually too late.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: My wide shoulders, short hair and baggy unisex clothes have this effect. However, I was twice mistaken for a guy while wearing a dress.
  • Manchild: I'm still way less mature than many of my peers. I simply don't understand some things yet. I believe it's caused by the lack of experience, but doubt the immaturity will go away completely. Also, I have a passion for kids' cartoons for unknown reasons.
  • Meaningful Name: My real surname fits my personality very well.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: And Chelyabinsk - even stronger.
  • Ms. Imagination: Even now I often don't see the border between the reality and imaginary worlds. When I was a kid, I didn't even acknowledge they're not the same one.
  • Nerd Glasses: defied as much as possible. I do not wear them unless I REALLY need to. On the other hand, now they sometimes double as Cool Shades.
  • No Social Skills: Despite I interact with people a lot, I still fail to learn those. Sometimes I think that I just lack some mechanisms in my brain to feel things that my peers find obvious.
  • Not a Morning Person: Inverted.note  I work best in early morning, around 5-7 AM, and my productivity greatly decreases in the evening. Also, I don't feel good when I wake up later than 6 AM.
  • Older Than They Look: I haven't changed much since I was 13, and some people mistake me for a kid. I look a bit older with the glasses on, though.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Downplayed. While I do study some things more than others, I try not to focus only on a few subjects. If I want to understand my world better, I must see it from "different angles".
  • Outdoorsy Gal: I spend a lot of time exploring my city and the forests around it.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Yeah, for a long time I was disconnected from society, so when I first went to school in 8th grade, I was way less mature than my classmates (this difference became less extreme to the time I graduated, though). On the other hand, school didn't brainwash me (as I can tell from my sister's stories, they really alter your mind there), so I kinda look at the world in a different - more natural - way. Also, since I didn't have teachers, I've learnt to study entirely by myself well.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Not as extreme as in my childhood, but still present. I just learnt to hide this.
  • Spock Speak: Some say my Russian speech sounds odd - not like something you'd hear from a real person, but rather like something you'd read in a book. Considering how overly simplistic the modern speaking language is, I'm proud of my talking style. Sadly downplayed or nonexistent with English.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: I started learning English when I was three - just a year after I learned to read and spell in my first language. About half of my thoughts are in English, and I sense this language almost like Russian. Sometimes I still make mistakes or misuse words, but that happens to everyone.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Unfortunately, I rarely act in a way that's considered feminine. On the other hand, now I wear skirts/dresses more often than trousers. Also, I love some traditionally girly things, like manicure or designing clothes.
    Tropes I like 
Though they still can be used in a dull way.
    The tropes that irritate me. 
Let's make it clear: if I say I dislike the trope, it means I dislike its more basic use. I am not stating that those cannot be used in a good, entertaining way.
  • Anything from the Ball Index. Contrary to what I said before, they are almost impossible to write decently.
  • Featuring an outright villain in a work, in about 90% cases. This almost always means Black-and-White Morality. I prefer non-villain antagonists instead.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: LA-A-AZY! Again! Also, this is really racist. And can ruin lives when applied in real life.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Because it simplifies the world too much. This trope is only tolerable in folktales (that's a part of the genre). I think that shouldn't be present even in kids' media, so that children wouldn't think about the world in such a basic way. LA-A-AZY!
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: As well as any "cartoon villain" traits.
  • Bumbling Dad: It's overused so much! I wonder why competent fathers are so rare in fiction.
  • Brainless Beauty: IT'S A FUCKING OMNIPRESENT STEREOTYPE. Especially I hate the fact that some people instinctively have a reversed association.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: There are very, very few cases where it's justified. Otherwise that's plain stupid and cringeworthy.
  • The Chosen One: LA-A-AZY! It's not amusing when your status is just given to you by outside forces. Developing yourself and taking action? Why, if you can just sit back and wait for your destiny! Unchosen ones are far more interesting to write and read about.
  • Damsel in Distress: Usually, if it doesn't overlap with Badass in Distress or Kidnapped Scientist.
  • Dumb Muscle: For the same reasons, as Brainless Beauty above. It's a very, very popular stereotype. Luckily (if I noticed right), it is used a bit less in popular works nowadays.
  • Evil Overlord: LA-A-AZY!
  • Faux Action Girl: This is outright snidery. Like, "Look, we have a girl in a team! We aren't sexist at all! Sure, she doesn't do much useful, but who cares if we don't show her in action, if we can SAY how badass she is!" THAT is sexist.
  • For the Evulz: It can only work on a personal level: if, for example, for a school bullynote . But when, for example, an Evil Overlord (already a type I dislike) does this, it just screams: "I'm too lazy and uncreative to come up with a believable motivation for my villain, so let's just say that HE'S TOTALLY EVIL and so doesn't have to follow any sort of logic".
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: A cliche that mostly feels forced and unnatural. Never seen a good example of this.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Only when played to a very unrealistic extent: that way it feels like a caricature on us. Also, if a huge part (or, in extreme cases, even all) of the technology used in a location is created by that one character, not a team of engineers (again, it depends on the scale).
  • Gadgeteer's House: This trope usually indicates that the Gadgeteer Genius trope is not used in a way I accept.
  • Idiot Hero: Duh.
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: Tropes are not always tools. This one is unfunny and embarrassing regardless of how it's executed.
  • Literal-Minded: When it's used as a non-subtle joke, like in many Disney Junior shows. Seriously, it annoyed me even when I was a little kid! Kind of hypocritical, since I used to get on my mother's nerves exactly the same way... But I still want to have a serious talk with anyone who writes this crap!
  • Mad Scientist: I have never seen this used in a way that does not bug me. It's just a caricature of a real scientist, so it's usually quite offensive for me. Oh, and these "scientists" are usually (if not always) more like engineers.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: I hate how omnipresent this is. This just screams "Anti-Intellectualism"! Also, as I'm (possibly - I haven't decided yet) going to get a doctorate in the future, it's really annoying.
  • Obviously Evil: Because the world isn't black and white. Seriously, it's embarrassing.
  • Pun: It can be done right - then it's funny. But most of the time it's not.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: If this is used just to indicate a "smart" character and is not in a proper context. It's plain cringeworthy. This makes it seem like the character just has a massive, inflated ego, even if they don't.
  • The Smurfette Principle: A heritage from older media which seems outdated most of the time. Hate it when they put a female in the team just... well, to say that they have a female member! Not to mention the fact that this often "breaks" the dynamic between characters.
    • The Chick: If it's in combination with the previous trope.
  • Suburbia: Both in real life and in fictionnote . I just cannot stand the very idea that you need a car to go basically anywhere, even to a shop, and need to spend countless hours in traffic jams. I don't own a car myself and am not going to any time soon. I prefer living in a small apartment, but being able to walk anywhere I need, or at least to go there quickly using public transport. Also, I don't think every family even needs a house: it's justified if there are many kids, large dogs or if people just have a hobby that requires a lot of space and/or a backyard. Otherwise it's just a lot of useless space.
  • Technobabble: Either research the topic thoroughly before writing the lines regarding it, or, if it's something that does not exist in real world, just DON'T MISUSE REAL TERMS! THAT'S EMBARRASSING! IT MAKES ME JUST MUTE THE TV OR COVER MY EARS, OR, IF IT'S A TEXT, SKIP THOSE LINES! Even if the words are used correctly, when the context is wrong, it doesn't work either.
  • Thinking Out Loud: In cartoons, if it's NOT treated as a character's strange quirk. Why not use an Inner Monologue instead?
  • Time-Limit Boss: I hate to hurry. Ever. If I want to do my work effectively, I need to do it slowly, otherwise I panic and get lost. Same with games. I'm just not suited for anything fast-paced or with limited time.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: Initiative and long-term plans are a good thing. I don't like when it happens like this.
    Works I like 
  • BIONICLE. Unfortunately, I paid no attention to them when they were still sold in stores. However, I came across them around 2018, and now I'm a fan. Also, I'm trying to write a truly logical continuation/reboot, but I need more knowledge of history, politics and economics to do it correctly.
  • Smeshariki: I grew up with this one. It's still quite popular among my peers, along with its 3D spinoff "Pin Code" (which I still enjoy, while I would've liked to see it in traditional 2D style).
Disney Junior It deserves a separate category. Yeah, I watch the morning block on our Disney Channel every time I can. I can't explain why I'm so attracted to those simple cartoons made for little children. There just is something to them...
  • Puppy Dog Pals: my absolute favorite one. I wish it existed when I was a child - that would have been just the perfect combination to fuel my fantasies. I can't decide whether the second season brought us some Seasonal Rot or not... It just became different. There are now some significant drawbacks, but all my favorite episodes yet are from this season.
  • Fancy Nancy: Like how down-to-Earth this is. Also, it is a bit of an escapist story for me: it shows a child with real friends at such young age. While I was (and still am) fine with what I have, I still wish I had some friends.
  • T.O.T.S.: It has many logical inconsistencies I cannot miss, but has a nice atmosphere. Also, it gives a lot of space for theories. I don't enjoy it as much as Puppy Dog Pals, but it's still one of my favorites.Theater
There are a lot of plays, so it's easier for me to name my favorite theaters. I'll do that later. Some day.

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