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I wonder whether the name has to do anything with "Phlebotomy".
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It's an example that was in the middle of the description for no reason. Why in particular note one show's example of Phlebotinum (Especially when it's worded more as a example would than a demonstration of the trope for definition purposes)? Furthermore, it is voiced in a rather complaining manner (Tropes Are Not Bad) and borders on Artistic License – Chemistry.
Okay, reading the description it seems that Applied Phlebotinum is pretty much a magi-tech plot device. I'm not sure how Ambiguous Disorder fits in on this, Fast Eddie says it does though, and I'm not going to argue with him because that is a no-win scenario if ever there was one, but I honestly don't understand how someone having a bizarre, pseudo-mental-disorder in the name of comedy fits in with magi-tech device that makes the sci-fi-fantasy plot work. Can someone explain it to me please, Eddie thinks it is obvious, but it isn't to me I'm afraid. This is probably me not understanding it properly though.
Ambiguous Disorder is something that you wouldn't find in real life, so the use of blaming something on some kind of condition is kinda like using Phlebotinum to explain quirky or weird behaviour.
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Something just hit me. What's the difference between Phlebotinum and Green Rocks? Both are pretty much defined as "A substance that does what the plot needs it to."
Green Rocks are more of a substance that is commonly used on it's own, Phlebotinum is something made up to allow fixing/construction of a device, or just to explain it.
Just to say that, at first, I read this trope as Applied Plotonium (As in Plot plus -onium
EDIT: Now on a Troper Tales Page. (So Mods, do with this post as you will.)
How exactly do you pronounce it? Fleh-BOT-in-um?
I'm guessing this isn't likely, but if anyone likes the idea of changing this trope's name to Valmorification, I'm 100% behind it.
The current name is memetic right now. The one you propose isn't gonna be gotten by people who haven't seen the film you PotHoled to.
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How well does it match the trope?