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24th Mar, 2020 01:22:48 PM

Deadpan Snarker has undergone such obscene Trope Decay that the "deadpan" part isn't even part of the definition anymore. It basically means "character has snarked" at this point.

24th Mar, 2020 01:45:11 PM

I feel the need to point out that the last part of the sentence you highlighted was added by 04801, who was suspended in 2014 for unilaterally changing trope definitions.

And indeed, "character had one good sarcastic line" seems kind of pointless as a trope.

Edited by TantaMonty
24th Mar, 2020 01:49:37 PM

Time to take it to TRS, perhaps?

24th Mar, 2020 01:49:45 PM

The decay is real bad, yeah. I've been trying to conserve it for characters who snark more than anyone else in the work, but...

24th Mar, 2020 02:33:36 PM

Maybe a supertrope is in order.

25th Mar, 2020 01:40:25 AM

This is the most misused trope after Adorkable. People always try to shoehorn it into their favorite characters. Even if the character has only ONE snarky line at some point.

Maybe we should use Snark Ball for a character who had rare snarky lines on occasion, but the description of the trope is more like "even stupid characters can snark"

Edited by annette12
25th Mar, 2020 07:41:39 AM

At the very least, I think we should remove the sentence "They can vary wildly from rare, funny one-liners to complete obnoxiousness."

EDIT: Removed it.

Edited by rjd1922
25th Mar, 2020 11:04:02 PM

I agree it's time for TRS.

26th Mar, 2020 12:35:48 AM

^ concurred. This should be fixed, one way or another.

26th Mar, 2020 05:08:42 AM

Absolutely agree with the assessment that Deadpan Snarker and Adorkable are among the most misused tropes with horrible amount of shoehorning and suffering terribly from Trope Decay.

Time for Trope Repair Shop and dedicated cleanup effort. (But as always — we need people dedicating their time for this thing. If you have time on your hands, please consider contributing. :-) )

26th Mar, 2020 01:44:57 PM

If someone does open a TRS thread, please link it here.

26th Mar, 2020 01:48:30 PM

Ya'll, we're gonna need a huge wick check before we can even think about taking it to TRS. Don't rush the process! It looks like we need 168 wicks analyzed.

26th Mar, 2020 01:48:31 PM


Edited by WarJay77

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