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"He's sure to win because he's the main character!" Print Comic
I'm making the page for the crossover comic between BoBoiBoy Galaxy and Lawak Kampus, there may be more than one query for this work.
Aditas says that Vanness is sure to win the football game because the latter is the main character of Lawak Kampus. I wouldn't think this to be Plot Armor, which is for (typically) main characters being most likely to have their life preserved.
If nothing goes for this, good old Breaking the Fourth Wall will do it.
Anti-Consumerism Aesop Print Comic
The moral of a story is it's bad to spend your money (or your parents' money) on expensive products, you are being fooled by advertisers into buying stuff you don't need and won't make you happy. Except, of course, the book/movie/game that's telling you that.
Also comes in the form of an ad: Buy our product, and you'll be free from the consumerist lifestyle of having other people asking you to buy their product.
Costume Pattern Echo (SOLVED) Print Comic
So, in some sillier superhero stories, as well as in fan-art, a character's civilian outfits will relate to their superhero costumes, even if the civilian identity is secret. A big example is how Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers characters would often wear clothes matching their costume colors, with Tommy even changing his wardrobe when his costume changed. In fanart, it's so readers can recognize the charactr in a different style without having the costume on, or in the case of a High School AU, so the alternate version of the character has a similar color scheme as the original.
One example I have in mind that's harder to pin down since stands aren't really superhero costumes is how in Jojos Bizarre Adventure, Kira's tie has the same cat skull pattern his stand wears as buckles.Edited by Mac_R
Abrupt anatomical changes Print Comic
Is there a trope to describe a sudden biologically absurd change in character appearance within comic? Like one that happens here with Garfield's teeth: https://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1989/12/08
Sequel title that adds a word to the original title. Print Comic
Do we have a trope for a sequel title that simply adds an extra word to the work the sequel follows up on?
Like this example, for instance:
- The second main issue of The Loud House adds the word "More" to the first issue's title (There Will Be Chaos), with the resulting title being There Will Be More Chaos.
Paragon Print Comic
Epitome of heroism
Oppressed trying to be accepted by the oppressor Print Comic
A little context: in Radiant, there’s this group of Sorcerers ("Infected" people) who fight on the side of the Inquisition (who normally hunts them down) in exchange for a special treatment, with their powers partially restrained. One of them called Adriel thinks that by doing this he can improve the image of Infected people and help them get accepted by "normal" people rather than feared.
What’s the trope for that?Edited by Lyendith
Rob Liefeld's well endowed Captain America Print Comic
What trope article was this? It's like when an artist draws a character with an impossible placement of limbs, or a contorted spine, or stretched out body parts.
Exoskeleton armoured fishes. Print Comic
In Sonic the Comic there is a race of alien fish called the Drakons, that developed humanoid robot exoskeletons in order to operate on land.
What trope would best fit about the Drakons using exoskeletons because they don't try to look human or Mobian.
The villain asks for a duel rather than an execution Print Comic
I've just been looking through the various duel and Just Shoot Him tropes, but can't find an obvious one for this:
The villain is at gunpoint and the hero's about to execute him. Then the villain claims that would be unfair and try to persuade the hero to duel to the death instead.
Where does that fall?Edited by Mrph1
"Bruce Wayne is Batman...'s roommate". Trope name? Print Comic
Is there a trope name for when characters in a story are unable to piece together a heroes secret identity in spite of any logical evidence pointing to that person? Even if you can accept the fact Superman can hide behind a pair of glasses, there may still be circumstantial evidence pointing to Clark Kent being Superman.
One example would be, Peter Parker is the only photographer who can get any photos of Spiderman and most of the time they are taken from impossible angles. Yet even when characters or villains bring up this connection Peter has to Spiderman, no one reasons that maybe they are one in the same. They either ignore this conclusion or come to a totally inaccurate one(e.g like the Joker does in the Lego Batman movie, though is played for comedic effect).
Is it just an extension of Paper Thin Disguise? Or is there another trope name for this type of occurrence in comics?
Storm Drain Lucklessness Print Comic
Something small but valuable or important accidentally falls down a storm drain - think stuff like engagement rings or diamont earrings.
Trope for when a character becomes completely unimportant Print Comic
Trope name for a character (or a group of characters) becomes less important and/or unimportant at all?
One example is where the Hole-Digging Club members in Shimeji Simulation were slightly important characters from Chapters 1 to 20, but the Hole-Digging Club itself becomes unimportant after the latter chapter.Edited by holygrail24
It's always an Apocalypse How in an alternate timeline Print Comic
I think I have seen this trope in comics, but may creep into film adaptations also.
The "main reality" is altered and becomes a Wasteland, Mad-Max style or the like. The heroes learn that the alternate reality is not "what it should be", so work together to reverse the damage. Throughout the story (Story Arc/Crisis Crossover), there is a plot point about how "the end of the world is nigh/upon them", etc. by some reason. At the climax of the story (or after the heroes go back), the heroes manage to return home, but the alternate reality is destroyed for whatever reason.
Examples: 1) Flashpoint (2011) - Barry Allen travels in time and causes a massive chain reaction that alters the main DCU. In the new timeline, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are at each other's throats and their war threatens to destroy the whole world. In issue 5, Flash and a ragtag bunch of heroes kill Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Reverse Flash, but the world of that altered timeline is already doomed. Flash (Barry Allen) is convinced to return to the point when he altered the timeline ad stop himself.
2) Here Comes Tomorrow (2004), by Grant Morrison and Marc Silvestri - in the future, Jean Grey/Phoenix is awakened by a Sublime-possessed, Mad Scientist Beast, wh siccs the Phoenix against the version of the X-Men of that timeline. As the story ends, Jean Grey goes into a metaphysical room of other Phoenix hosts and manages to "psychically touch" the main timeline to avoid creating that future.
3) Age of Apocalypse (1995) - After Legion kills his father, Professor X, in the past, Apocalypse rises and dominates North America, turning it into a hellhole. Time traveller Bishop is the one unaffected by the temporal divergence and remembers the true timeline of the main Marvel Universe. The whole crossover is how the Ao A X-Men learn of the changes and try to gather the necessary tools to reverse them. In the ending chapter, one-shot Ao A: Omega, Bishop is sent once again to the past and stops the assassination, thus negating the existence of the Ao A timeline. In the final pages of the one-shot, Rogue and her husband Magneto reunite with their son Charles, outside of Apocalypse's citadel, just in time to see the bombs fall and destroy them. (Obs: the bombs are actually a plot point: the "Human Survival Council" or whatever planned to drop nuclear bombs on Apocalypse's citadel in North America to end his threat once and for all).
4) Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (Animation) - the world is nearly destroyed by Darkseid's forces. The Justice League Dark manages to summon Trigon (Raven's demon lord father), which defeats Darkseid. At the end of the film, the world is destroyed, but there is hope for rebuilding. Still, again, the Flash goes back in time to undo that Crapsack World.Edited by KHR-FolkMyth
Character is introduced to fulfill a specific narrative purpose, then meanders about Print Comic
I'm thinking of a trope where a writer creates a character to fulfill a certain purpose, interacts with long-established characters, but their story arc is either aborted or cancelled (worst case scenario), or fulfilled (best case scenario). After accomplishing his purpose, the character remains in the universe, but does not seem to fulfill any relevant purpose.
This is not Reimagining the Artifact, but, to my mind, it can be used to salvage the character. A Retool may also serve to revitalize the character.
A few comic examples: 1) Black Swan - introduced by Jonathan Hickman during his dual Avengers/New Avengers (2012-2015) as the sole survivor of a universe that fell to a phenomenom called Incursion. The incursions happen in 2015 Secret Wars, and Black Swan appears later as part of Thanos's circle (Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, etc.).
2) Hope Summers - as part of the long term "Mutant Messiah" storyline (2006-2010, 2012), mutantkind is depowered by the Scarlet Witch (House of M, 2005; Decimation/The 198, 2006). Hope is born as the first mutant after the mass depowering of mutants and is fought over by several mutant factions (Messiah Comple X, 2008). Cable takes her to the future, since she is destined to be some kind of "Mutant Messiah" who will rescue mutantkind from the brink of extinction (Messiah War, 2009). Cable and Hope return to the present time; Cable apparently dies, and Hope begins to bring in a new generation of mutants (Second Advent, 2010; Generation Hope, 2011-2012). She stars in 2012 Av X, but flounders until being given a new role in Hickman's Krakoan Age (2019-2021).
3) Cable - despite being introduced in the tail end of the 1980s, in New Mutants, his mythos, IRRC, would only be firmly established in 1992 crossover X-Cutioner's Song and 1993 Cable: Blood and Metal. For the entirety of his first series (1993-2000), he is said to be destined to fight against mutant supremacist Apocalypse, a tyrant during his future timeline. His purpose seemingly ends after Cyclops dies by merging with an aging Apocalypse in 2000 crossover Apocalypse: The Twelve. His lack of a mission or purpose is even acknowledged in-universe in Cable #79 (May, 2000).
4) Romulus (Wolverine's enemy) - after House of M (2005), Wolverine regains the memories of his past, which are explored in an arc in his solo title (Wolverine #36-40, 2006) and later in Wolverine: Origins (2006-2010). Throughout "Origins", it is hinted that Wolverine's entire life has been manipulated from the shadows by a mysterious character, which is later revealed to be Romulus. Romulus is defeated in the final arcs of "Origins", but later returns in an arc in Wolverine #310-313 (2012), and vanishes from the limelight into limbo.
I think many Time Travellers in comics are prone to fall in this trope.
The characters in question should be integral/vital/pivotal to the plot the writer is using them in. Sometimes, the character is so connected to that storyline that, when it folds, the character may survive it, but has no narrative purpose beyond their original appearance.Edited by KHR-FolkMyth
Mushrooms that grow on someone's head Print Comic
What is the name of the trope for a person that has mushrooms that grow on his/her head? One such example is Paras from Pokemon, which has Tochukaso mushrooms on top of it.
The main example mentioned above is Shijima Tsukishima from Shimeji Simulation, who has two mushrooms that appear above her head, after two years of being a recluse inside her closet. Except, they are shimeji mushrooms and are not invasive, unlike the one that Paras has in Pokemon.Edited by holy_grail_24
Characters who are in-universe fans of real bands, books etc. Print Comic
Prompted by Marvel Comics's Shang-Chi, who was a fan of Fleetwood Mac in a few of the 1970s stories.
It's not really a Shout-Out, is it? Is it a trope at all?
No Title Print Comic
For a while, there were twelve comic books being published about Richie Rich at the same time. Is that a trope?
Simple looking heroes and realistic looking villains Print Comic
Is there a trope similar to this here? It's called "masking" and It's used as a technique in comics or any hand drawn media to emphasize the "otherness" of an antagonist, and for the audience to project themselves on to the hero. (Thanks Scott McCloud).
It's not necessarily Ugly Hero, Good-Looking Villain, since what I'm finding is a contrast of realism and simplicity instead of beauty and ugliness.Edited by Troper_12345
Recognition Right Before Death Print Comic
When a character who is brainwashed recognizes the character right before death. An example of this that I remember is Link's Dragon in the Ocarina of Time manga.