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Here because, despite my claims to the contrary, I guess I really did love high school English class. Here, you can find me the repair shop and related areas. In real life I am a paleontologist.

Troping philosophy: generally a splitter. I believe that there is an optimal trope description length: 3-5 paragraphs, 300-500 words. Too short and you can't tell what the trope's about, too long and readers don't read it (and tend to misuse it).


I've created the following works pages:

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TLP ideas:

  • Leave The Door Open- movie characters never close the door, even when it would make sense
  • Advertisement:
  • The Jareth: Sexy, bishonen villain
  • My Name Is Rap: "My name is so-and-so and I'm here to say..."
  • Born With Armor: A character enters the world wearing armor, which may be part of their body

Heroes Want Waitresses: In fiction, protagonists have a tendency to fall in love with waitresses. Waitresses in fiction radiate wholesome, down-to-earth beauty, and are sensible and caring Love Interests. Because of her profession, a waitress will have little experience with whatever hero activites are driving the plot, but expect her to be selfless and loyal to her man regardless. This is particularly common with young woman who work at old-fashioned diners, to the point that the 50's style dress may be a form of modest fanservice.

There are a few reasons for this trope. If the hero spends a lot of time at the Local Hangout, his regular waitress may be one of the few people he interacts with outside of The Team, making this an easy way to add a romance subplot. Also, waitresses are paid to emulate the role of a wife by serving up food and emotional support, so it makes sense that their customers see them as relationship material.


As supporting characters, these women have a tendency to be a Satellite Love Interest, and even if given characterization tend to be defined by their relationships with others.

A subtrope of Girl Next Door. Compare Fanservice with a Smile, where sexy waitresses provide explicit fanservice, and Hooker with a Heart of Gold, a less wholesome service worker who often fulfills a similar narrative role.


  • In Baby Driver, Baby (the protagonist) falls in love with the waitress (complete with blue uniform) that works at an old-fashioned diner that he's visited a few times. After they get together, she is incredibly loyal to him, willing to risk death and imprisonment for him even though she barely knows him. The Ambiguous Ending implies that she waits for him for his whole jail sentence.


  • The Mark and the Void:
    • Exploited by Paul, who notes the propensity of men to fall in love with their waitresses and creates a business venture, myhotswaitress.comnote , that exploits this by stalking waitresses then selling their personal info to male admirers.
    • Claude, the protagonist, falls in love with Ariadne, a waitress at a local restaurant. While Claude's life as a banker is farcical and ridiculous, Ariadne injects some sense and levity into it.

Live-Action TV

  • Twin Peaks: Both waitresses at the Double R, an old fashioned diner and Local Hangout, are good-natured, cheerful, and attractive women whose character arcs are defined by their relationships. Both Norma and Shelly have a lot of romantic moments while on the job.
    • Norma's main plotline is being in love with Big Ed, one of the most unambiguously good characters on the show, although she's also a savvy business owner.
    • Shelly attracts the attention of a number of men, although unfortunately she has pretty poor taste in general. On the bright side, these men include Gordon Cole, the Big Good of the series, who kisses her shortly after meeting her for the first time at the Double R, and Bobby. Bobby's sort of a deconstruction of a Loveable Jock archetype, and while definitely not a hero in the original series, in The Return straightened out and replaced Harry Truman as The Paragon cop archetype on the show.