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MetaFour MOD
14th Mar, 2019 12:34:31 PM

If the Ur-Example is distinct from the Trope Maker, then I guess the Ur-Example would qualify as "only an example of the trope in hindsight".

Unbuilt Trope may be of interest as well.

15th Mar, 2019 09:04:17 AM

Trope Codifier for a work that helps define a trope without either creating it or necessarily popularizing it- Genre Popularizer is a separate trope.

Magical Girl Warrior makes a good example, because you can clearly trace it's development through the stages:

  • Princess Knight - Trope Maker for "spirited girl and her tiny magical sidekick fight evil", but also an Unbuilt Trope example missing a lot of the conventions to come (for instance, she doesn't have overt magical powers)
  • Cutey Honey - Trope Codifier, established a lot of conventions like a Transformation Sequence, flashy powers, a dash of romance, and a close-to-modern-day setting. Still Unbuilt in a lot of ways, though- for instance, as the amount of blatant Fanservice in the original cut would suggest, attracting a significant young female fandom was unexpected, and she's more of an old-school Henshin Hero that happens to be female than a magical girl.
  • Sailor Moon - Genre Popularizer and Trope Codifier; broke into mainstream and global awareness, and established some of the final cornerstones of the genre like elements borrowed from the Sentai genre and The Power of Friendship as a core theme.

Edited by Scorpion451