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Jun 24th 2019 at 1:24:34 PM •••

I think Iga might have actually managed to invoke this as a legitimate theme in Ritual of the Night. Chairs are so prominent in the game that they actually specifically stand out as an element of the game. They aren\'t remotely important to the plot, but there are empty rooms whose sole purpose is to have a meaningless chair in them. There is an enemy called Chair Mimic that won\'t do anything unless you specifically go out of your way to sit in it, in which case it will jump around potentially throwing you into hazards. If you get out and it collides with you again while it\'s jumping you will be forced to sit in it and there\'s a chance for it to drop a shard which will give you the ability summon chair which allows you to summon a virtually useless chair. Said ability can be upgraded to allow you to summon different styles of chairs while are all exactly as usefull. There are also a few spots where sitting in a chair for long enough will activate an easter egg or secret of some sort. It\'s pretty hilarious. Not that I\'m suggesting we use that one example as an excuse to make this an actual trope, I just thought it was worth bringing up.

Jun 25th 2017 at 1:37:47 PM •••

Maybe change the description into this more concise explanation by Fighteer?

Sep 26th 2014 at 7:50:25 AM •••

What if sitting on chairs is used as a plot point? Say, there’s an inter-generational gap (for instance, the Azeri people used to sit on the floor while eating until relatively recently) or a cultural gap (Japan vs. the West), or the motor skills used to sit on a chair are discussed (for instance, FDR couldn’t sit on a chair because his buttock muscles were too weak, and there was a Cutaway Gag on Family Guy in which Peter forgot how to sit on a chair).

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Sep 26th 2014 at 8:09:55 AM •••

That seems like a whole new trope concept - like Doesnt Like Chairs. May want to bring that up in YKTTW.

Sep 26th 2014 at 9:02:01 AM •••

That's... largely irrelevant to this page. As it says, there can be tropes associated to people sitting in chairs (Slouch of Villainy, for example). People Sit On Chairs is just a catch-all for "not being a trope." It could as easily be "People Sleep In Beds" or "People Walk on the Ground."

People get oddly hung up about the chair part.

May 3rd 2014 at 1:41:19 PM •••

Hold on, isn't this kind of a troping-specific Mathematician's Answer? I feel like there should be some link between these two pages...

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May 4th 2014 at 12:45:01 AM •••

Nah. It's about things that aren't tropes.

Sep 2nd 2013 at 11:15:20 PM •••

Don't you think it's interesting how many video games have been made throughout history that contain chairs, couches, or other things people sit on, but the playable character is never allowed to actually sit on them? They're allowed to open doors and interact with the environment in many other ways, but they're almost never allowed to sit in chairs.

Actually I think it's most often park benches that are most conspicuously un-sit-on-able. When guiding a playable character through a pretty looking park, one might want to stop and admire the environmental craftsmanship, sit on the bench, and enjoy the scenery? Nope. You have to stand.

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Aug 14th 2013 at 8:23:39 AM •••

Wouldn't this be an index? There are enough tropes about how people sit and the chairs they sit and the seating arrangements on the set that it could be such a top-level Super-Trope that there wouldn't be any examples left for it.

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Apr 17th 2013 at 8:38:53 PM •••

I like that in Madoka Magica, the chairs people choose to sit on have a symbolic element throughout the story, and so people sitting on chairs isn't People Sit On Chairs.

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Apr 18th 2013 at 5:01:56 PM •••

Those of symbolic chairs, not normal chairs.

Jan 7th 2013 at 12:17:18 PM •••

Dramatic Sit Down. I Think I need to Lie Down. That's a trope. It conveys emotional distress.

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Jan 7th 2013 at 1:19:07 PM •••

Just made the YKTTW. It's called Dramatic Sit Down. I went for a wide variety of reasons of why people would sit down besides for the obvious.

Oct 30th 2012 at 3:31:31 PM •••

Funny, when I checked this I thought this was going to be a subtrope of Hollywoood History or something like that, about people being shown as sitting in chairs when they really should be sitting on something else (e. g. a carpet, tatami, whatever) in a culture that does not commonly use chairs or where people don't sit on chairs in a certain context (such as Greeks and Romans lying down on benches for their meal or carousal). Ah well...!

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Aug 16th 2014 at 1:47:18 AM •••

Exactly. "People sit on chairs" ... except when they don't. It's one of the more simplistic anthropological divides: chair-sitters vs. floor-sitters.

Jun 4th 2012 at 2:17:00 PM •••

Why is the Keep "Abreast of This Index" index considered Chairs? Or was that not the reason it was erased and locked?

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Jun 4th 2012 at 2:32:04 PM •••

^No, it was cut because it was considered to be an index of fanservice/porn.

Jun 7th 2012 at 8:42:08 AM •••

Oh, I see. Thanks for the answer :)

Apr 2nd 2012 at 6:35:53 PM •••

But... but People Sit On Chairs IS a trope! I see it right there at the top of the page! If it's not a trope, then why is there a trope with that title? This makes no sense!

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Apr 2nd 2012 at 7:13:52 PM •••

There is no trope with that title. Note the page type. ;-D

Feb 10th 2012 at 8:11:46 PM •••

What's with the grammar here? Shouldn't it be "People Sit in Chairs"? Anyways, I think this trope is related to/somewhat caused by Everyone Is Jesusin Purgatory

Sep 28th 2011 at 8:42:04 PM •••

This... this was never suggested, was it? Because I can totally see it popping up on YKTTW.

May 14th 2011 at 1:49:54 AM •••

People sit on chairs.

Am I doing it right? :D

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May 11th 2011 at 8:21:56 AM •••

This article brings up a point- Isn't all of TV Tropes essentially this? That is, mundane and meaningless categorization of events you fervently believe authors are fully aware of?

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May 11th 2011 at 10:31:46 AM •••

The mission of TV Tropes is more about identifying meaningful patterns in fiction.

May 11th 2011 at 10:11:38 PM •••

What meaningful patterns? What school of literary criticism do you believe T Vtropes tries to follow?

Here's an example of a "Meaningful pattern" being twisted and abandoned just using examples from the trope page- Element that showcases sloth for good or evil. You do -not- need 3 different versions OF THE EXACT SAME PAGE.

Dec 26th 2010 at 7:07:57 PM •••

Edited out this page quote:

Homer: Ooh, these sure are comfy chairs.
Burns: Oh, yes, sitting. The great leveler. From the mightiest pharaoh to the lowliest peasant, who doesn't enjoy a good sit?
Homer:: Oh, man, you are so right. Did you ever sit like this? [slouches]
Burns:: Yes, yes, that's it. Oh, I could go for one of those right now.

I don't know if it's a good idea to have a page quote on this page at all. Let's discuss it :)

It can be kind of hard to explain exactly what PSOC means, and it seems like that dialog hurts clarity. It is funny if you already understand the joke. But what information is supposed to be communicated?

Edited by rodneyAnonymous
Aug 15th 2010 at 12:47:33 PM •••

There is discussion on the forum about tweaking the description. I took off the first sentence that began "There are universal tropes. And then..." because the points brought up were that bringing in universal and omnipresent tropes was confusing, that the largest paragraph is actually very clear and I saw that the problem with words like "omnipresent" and "universal" is that people may not bother much to note that they are technically different and it causes problems because we have specific definitions for Universal Trope and Omnipresent Trope that actually have nothing to do with this issue.

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Aug 14th 2010 at 4:31:33 PM •••

Wow, the Playing With page for this trope filled up in record time. I'd only created it today and all the ???'s are already gone.

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Aug 8th 2010 at 5:41:06 PM •••

Followed the link from the 'So Yeah' discussion here. The alt. titles cracked me up especially. 'Breathing Oxygen' is even more mundane and common than people sitting in chairs, and 'Not A Trope' makes itself an oxymoron.

And, actually, this is subverted in Japan, isn't it?

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Aug 14th 2010 at 12:53:38 PM •••

Averted, not subverted. Subverted is when it looks like it'll happen but it doesn't.

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