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Can reassuring images after a frightening sequence be considered Nightmare Retardant?
What I mean is the kind of scene where we see horrific acts being committed in an atmosphere of hoplessness and/or fear, only to be immediately followed by a scene of the diametrically opposing lightning, music and imagery to offer hope such as powerful forces of good are being mustered to fight the horror.
A prime example of this is The Mighty Heroes episode, "The Monsterizer" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHFoJnOmp3Y) which has a beginning that is genuinely frightening for kids of a villain forcibly transforming innocent people into mindless creatures in a dark house. That sequence is immediately followed by the series' title sequence which has blazing bright colours set to a rousing march as powerful superheroes are called to action to stop this horror.
As a person with disables, I find that "r" word offensive and would like to see it changed if that is at all possible.
Sorry, but trope names being potentially offensive has never been a reason to rename them.
I think calling this trope name "potentially offensive" is a severe exaggeration... it's not offensive by any reasonable means.
Also the word means "slow" or "hinder" and is used in plenty of other contexts. It is not inherently offensive and I think it's oversensitive to take it that way.
The Comics/Ambush Bug/Quantis entry: Koalas are nasty creatures. A subversion? Though that may go under mileage may vary.
The only way an example qualifies is if the developers intended for either the characters or the audience to be scared.
For example, the Dead Space entry I took out said that the final boss was Nightmare Retardant because by that point the player is completely numb to big grotesque monsters and isn't going to be scared. Well that's probably true, but how can we assume the developers intended the player or the characters to be scared in the first place?
I haven't played the game, but I watched a clip of the boss fight. There's no ominous music, no tense camera work, no dark environments. The boss is always in sight, and the arena is clear and well lit. There's no indication that the developers wanted to frighten the player. Furthermore, none of the characters seemed particularly scared - like the player, they've probably been somewhat numbed to big scary monsters. So this doesn't apply.
Also, when the something is clearly supposed to be funny and the characters also find it funny, it obviously doesn't belong here.
Since this is plopped under 'Bad Writing', I don't think anyone's going to lose any sleep over examples being taken out.
Are fanfiction/fan-created works of Nightmare Retardant allowed here, or should this be kept to original works only?
Mandatory stupid joke.
It could have all been avoided if they used the Codex Giygas.
Okay, I'm done.
All right, I have tried like 5 times to get Helloween4545's name to work as a link to his contributor page, and I can't figure it out. Someone please fix the formatting (under Video Games).
As to whether or not a 98-pound girl (River) could realistically (at least by fiction standards) kill a roomful of larger, crazed men, there's the implied combat training and assassin training. One troper mentioned it, but if she's able to actually put her full weight of force into each punch or kick...that's essentially the basis of martial arts, is learning to punch and kick more effectively. Plus she's fast and incredibly agile, which works in tandem with her psychic powers to avoid her getting hit. (Also note that she rarely blocks a blow...and that straight blocks aren't used in many forms of martial arts. Redirecting the blow takes less energy and leaves you in a better position to counter-attack.)
The following is a discussion that was pulled from the main page, and arguably belonged in here all along.
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