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I'm making this thread because I've noticed a severe amount of Square Peg, Round Trope for it, mostly due to the non-indicative name. Even though the trope itself is really "character who is crazy, therefore making them capable of awesome", it's frequently misused as "super-duper-wowza-awesome thing happens!". I honestly think that the trope itself should be renamed to something more indicative (maybe "awesomeness by insanity"?), because the name gives off a different connotation than the true description (to most people, "crazy awesome" --> "awesomeness Up to Eleven"). Additionally, when used correctly, the examples more often than not tend to be Zero Context Examples without so much as an example (on a few pages, I've seen an example that was both zero-context and trope misuse).
As far as the rename idea goes, that needs to be done at TRS, and you need to read Everything You Wanted to Know About Changing Names to make the pitch.
Edited by WarJay77 on Feb 8th 2020 at 10:36:31 AM
argh. welp, seems one of my favorite tropes is being changed up. I see what everyone means, but maybe we can split the difference here. maybe there should be a separate trope where the craziness of a character appeals to the audience, while The trope we have here stays as is?
It was already renamed. Maybe we should cut the redirect if there's too many problems. But that's more TRS stuff than cleanup stuff.
Edited by mightymewtron on Oct 1st 2020 at 11:01:24 AM
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How well does it match the trope?