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Berrenta Remakes on the way from Texas Relationship Status: Can't buy me love
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Jul 17th 2016 at 9:46:21 AM

Currently on: TBA

This was started in response to this Trope Repair Shop thread.

It has come to our attention that we have tropes based on animals. Several of these have been presented to the TRS since they exist solely to catalogue animal appearances. This is a thread dedicated to clean up animal-related tropes.

Be sure to post any problematic animal tropes here. If you wish to report a misused trope, please include a wick check in your post.


A sandbox will be provided to keep track. Be sure to place any tropes that need help in here.

Edited by Berrenta on Mar 2nd 2021 at 2:52:14 PM

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Jul 18th 2016 at 1:10:31 PM

Turtle Power.

Closest thing to a definition of the trope is "turtles are usually portrayed as not bad." Which means it's "turtles exist." Hell, the quote is amazingly vague. There's a kernel of a trope here, in that turtles tend to be slow, old, and wise, which are all mentioned in the description... but not really as the definition.

So... wick check. Since the description is so vague I'm only going to cite misuse if the turtle is said to be evil. Otherwise I'm just going to try to list what the context is.

So... yeah. Rooting out misuse is hard because mentioning turtles in a vaguely positive light seems to be correct use.

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Jul 18th 2016 at 7:32:32 PM

[up] This sounds like an issue for Trope Repair Shop.

Berrenta Remakes on the way from Texas Relationship Status: Can't buy me love
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Dec 15th 2016 at 3:20:24 PM

[up] Due to the amount of threads currently in TRS, it's best if we leave it here; which is why this project thread was created in the first place.

[up][up] While Turtle Power may need looking into, that's an insufficient number of wicks. Try aiming for 50 or the square root of the total wicks, whichever is higher. Also, be sure to spread it out instead of focusing on the top of the list.


Anyways, we have an animal trope that is also Garnishing the Story that we may need to look at as well: Everything's Better with Penguins

Edit: Wick check updated to look at cases of cuteness, as it may be the trope's intention. The update may not be complete.

     Portrayal 

     Actual penguins/ZCE/other 
Edit: Indicating places that the penguins are for cuteness.

    Totals 
  • Portrayal Count: 12
    • Cuteness: 2 - 4%
    • Questionable: 10 - 20%
  • Actual Penguins, etc Count: 38
    • Cuteness: 6 - 12%
    • "They just exist": 22 - 44%
    • ZCE: 7 - 14%
    • Misc.: 3 - 6%

Not all wicks are confirmed to be for cuteness.

Looking at that, should we limit the examples to "for cuteness" entries/mascots and rename, or should the whole thing be fed to the seals?

edited 15th Dec '16 9:43:05 PM by Berrenta

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Dec 20th 2016 at 12:14:30 PM

From the page itself and examples on equivalents like Everything's Better with Dinosaurs, the trope seems to describe not just penguins being adorable, but when they're added into a work with no actual reason besides Garnishing the Story. So, keeping the trope seems ideal, although a lot of examples will have to go.

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Berrenta Remakes on the way from Texas Relationship Status: Can't buy me love
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Mar 2nd 2021 at 12:41:32 PM

Pardon the Early Installment Weirdness, everyone. Seeing how backlogged TRS is right now, it's time to bring this back and make it a bit more polished and proper for a cleanup thread.

So, here's the deal. I'll start a sandbox that will serve as a queue for animal-based tropes that need help.

If you want to suggest a trope, add it to the sandbox. If you can provide a wick check, do that as long as it's in a separate sandbox page or a post.

I'll start the sandbox here and edit the opening post.

To start off I copied off what tropes were in the opening post, and will skim through Tropes Needing TRS.

Edited by Berrenta on Mar 2nd 2021 at 4:11:53 AM

Berrenta MOD Remakes on the way from Texas Relationship Status: Can't buy me love
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Mar 3rd 2021 at 6:44:11 PM

Perhaps it'll be best if I retire this thread. Not only did it not take off, the scope of problem tropes was smaller than other dedicated efforts, on second glance.

Time to euthanize the thread.

Edited by Berrenta on Mar 3rd 2021 at 8:44:19 AM

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