Something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales. Similar to archetype and cliché but not necessarily pejorative.

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Grabbing someone's wrist before they strike…?

I'm not usually one for Trope Identification, but after watching the The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies I'm dying to know if this is identified... Is there a name for the shot/sequence wherein the ...
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Is there a specific “convenient parking” trope?

Is there a name for the trope where the characters in a car always just so happen to get a spot exactly in front of whatever location they're driving to? It's certainly the norm in movies, and I'm ...
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Is there a trope for a pile-on fight?

Is there a trope about one person being tackled and piled on and the hero uses tremendous strength to get up and the multiple opponents go flying? Here is what I am talking about from The Matrix ...
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Why are drivers in movies and tv so callous? [closed]

I don't know how many times I've seen the trope of a person or object in the middle of the road for a short period and then they get completely obliterated by some motorist who doesn't stop. This is ...
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Did caricaturing Hideki Tojo lead to stereotyping Japanese people as wearing glasses?

TV Tropes mentions that Japanese people have been stereotyped as wearing glasses in western media, including films: Another racist image is the East Asian with buck teeth, long fingernails and ...
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Origin of the phrase “You're either very brave, or very stupid”

You're either very brave, or very stupid It's a common as dirt line from basically every action or drama movie ever, some examples from the top of my head would be Spooks S05E08- Agenda, Star ...
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Trope for nonlethal force being used in film fight scenes?

Is there a particular trope identifying drawn out fight scenes in film and TV where the Villain resorts to using wrestling moves vs. the Hero: punches, bear hugs, and body throws, rather than more ...
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Why do criminals always leave the front door ajar so cops can easily detect something is wrong?

Why does it seem like in every cop based TV drama (CSI, Law and Order, etc.) that whenever something bad has happened that the front door is always left open or slightly ajar? Do criminals not ...
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What trope would Indiana never leaving his hat behind fall under?

In the Indiana Jones movies whenever his hat is lost he'll always at least try to get it back. He's risked limbs amongst other things in order to make sure he always has it with him. This isn't ...
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What is the name of this “backup plan of last resort” trope?

You know the old trope of how the person has a "backup plan of last resort" where in case of the person going missing or turning up dead, they have info that will be released. How many scenes have we ...