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I've noticed for quite a while now that the Four Is Death trope is subject to quite a lot of overuse even with the added disclaimer that it only be used for works that implicitly or explicitly associate the two. Said disclaimer being:
Launching the Elite Four trope, which I incidentally was originally responsible for posting on the TLP in the hopes of cleaning up some of this misuse, did indeed do a lot of good, but there still remains work to be done. In addition I see several examples of Western works listed when this is strictly an East Asian trope.
Some examples on the main page of misuse:
Western Animation - See above with how this is an East Asian trope and thus any Western examples are misuse by default
Live Action Film
... And so on.
As for the wicked examples:
... And so on
I think it would help if the note in the main definition was expanded to point out that not all tragedy or misfortune that happens in proximity with the number four is necessarily this trope (similar to how not all bad things that happen in proximity to the numbers one and three are, unless there's some form of lampshading to make it clear that it was a deliberate invocation of the number "Four"'s cultural association with death and unluckiness. In short clear causation as opposed to mere correlation, which can be a bit tricky to prove but the above footnote already signals that this site wants to focus on only the most clear-cut examples.
Edited by AlleyOop on Sep 2nd 2020 at 1:34:10 PM
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