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Important Character Important Evidence is a trope that's over 10 years old but has only 19 wicks, 16 of which are actually examples (the remainder are indices).
The trope is defined as "The only characters in a story who find good evidence are important characters in the story, no matter how improbable that may be." It's basically The Main Characters Do Everything in an investigative context. But it's rarely used, and it's almost never used correctly. Most examples are either no-context or are nothing more than "important character finds important clue".
The page itself is in no better shape than the off-page examples; while there are a few entries there not found in the wicks, most of them are ZC Es, general examples, or just plain non-examples. I saw three that were solidly on the mark, and one is already wicked.
As things currently stand, I would argue that the best path forward is to cut and merge with The Main Characters Do Everything — four valid examples in ten years just isn't common enough to justify the split.
A complete wick check revealed the following:
Edited by HeavyMetalHermitCrab on Oct 17th 2021 at 9:56:40 AM
Cut and merge with The Main Characters Do Everything.
Agreed on cut and merge.
Cut and merge.
Another vote to merge.
The main character is Cut N. Merge Man!
His important evidence requires cutting unnecessary tropes and merging them into a more general trope.
Cut and Merge
Well, that's 13 votes for cutting/merging to 0 against, and no other suggested courses of action. Is that enough to call?
I hollered to ask, since this thread has been open for at least three days.
Looks like consensus is for cutting Important Character Important Evidence and merging it to The Main Characters Do Everything. Make it so!
I'll do the cut+merge and wick cleaning when I get home.
Edited by Piterpicher on Oct 22nd 2021 at 10:46:08 AM
Got the wicks, moved on-page examples with good context, left a note on the discussion page, and sent it packing to the Cut List.
But I did say I'll do it later today? though considering my page says I'm free on Fridays I should have been clearer what I was doing and when I'd be back (had to do some documents and testing and it took a while, got back a few minutes ago)... Oh well, live and learn.
Edited by Piterpicher on Oct 22nd 2021 at 5:06:04 PM
I'm not trying to upstage you, Piter. Like everyone else here I want threads cleared out quickly, and I had some spare time.
I understand that's the case. Still think it could have gone better, but I won't grovel since you've just done your job.
Edited by Piterpicher on Oct 22nd 2021 at 5:13:06 PM
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