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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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What is that fight move where one hammers both sides of someone's head? [closed]

There's a fight move in film and TV where one person uses both hands, usually as fists, to strike both sides of their opponent's head simultaneously. This is almost always portrayed as a special move, ...
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Is there a name for the trope when there is a moments dialogue when someone pauses just before they leave the room?

There is a common trope both in theatre and in film where a scene is about to end. One actor is about to leave a room. They pause at the door and either ask or are asked a final question just as they ...
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Why is Skinner so awkward in Hot Fuzz?

In Hot Fuzz, Simon Skinner is one of the core members of Neighborhood Watch Alliance, which have successfully managed to hide numerous murders for years. Why does he talk so awkwardly though? He ...
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Origin of “red glowing eyes in the dark” trope?

I can't find/think of any examples off of the top of my head, but it is a common trope (especially in animated films) to show an area covered in shadow and have red eyes appear in the darkness. ...
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What was the first movie to show a crazy person's wall covered with photos & articles connected by colored yarn?

In movies such as A Beautiful Mind, a crazy / obsessed person will cover a wall with photographs and news articles, and connect them with colored yarn. (This is called link analysis). We've all seen ...
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Hysterical laughing and crying after traumatizing event

I'm not sure if this is a common trope, but I remember an instance of it from the show According to Jim. Two women (sisters Cheryl and Dana) were talking to each other in a parking lot and were ...
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Is there name or a trope for this kind of scene featured on the latest episode of Outlander?

I was recently watching the latest episode of the Starz TV series, Outlander, episode 4.06 titled, Blood of my Blood. In the episode there are a series of interrelated scenes featuring Because I ...
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If a gun has made an appearance, has it ever gone unused? [closed]

There is a trope called Chekhov's Gun that states once someone or something has made an appearance, it must become integral to the story. Another way to think of this is, if a gun makes an appearance,...
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Origins and name of the head-turn / 4th wall breaking shot on TV and film

There's a cliche shot used more often on TV than on film (IMHO) where we see the character first in profile. They then turn to look directly at the camera. Does anyone know if there a name for this ...
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Identifying inspiration among Black Mirror episode and Sword Art Online

I just watched 'Black Mirror' episode 4 of season 3 (11 episode of whole) titled 'San Junipero' Lots of concepts were similar to the last quarter of 'Sword Art Online' anime 'Mother Rosario' Using ...
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Mobsters throwing person off pier

A while ago I saw a mobster movie where, after some betrayal or whatnot, mobsters/gangsters tie up somebody, take him to a pier late at night, 'take care of him,' and throw him off into the dark, cold ...
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Is there a name for this illogical sequence of events that often shows up in movies?

Here's something that I see over and over again in movies. It seems very illogical and forced to me, and I am wondering if it is a known cliche with a name? Basically, it's where two people have ...
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TV Trope where the first words spoken of a scene are the exact same as the last words of the previous scene

Is there a TV Trope that describes where the beginning dialogue of a scene is the exact same as the last words spoken in the most previous scene? Often, the beginning dialogue of the second scene ...
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Is there a formal title for Larry's “lying inspection” bit?

When Larry suspects someone of lying, he inches toward them and "inspects" their face while a song plays. This happens all the time throughout Curb Your Enthusiasm. Is there a name for this?
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Name of trope where the character briefly defies laws of nature/physics?

Is there a trope for when a character defies the laws of physics/nature, but doesn't realize it for a moment, and so, because of this, the laws of nature don't take effect immediately, but only until ...
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Name and Reason for Bad-Guy-Gets-Mercy Trope

I'm always (and yesterday evening again) ethically confused by movies and series episodes in which the hero(s) kill(s) dozens of little fish gangsters, shooting everyone in her (their) path towards ...
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Usage of 'contrast' trope in TV and cinema [closed]

I've recently started watching Altered Carbon on Netflix and I've experienced somewhat of a déjà vu.. Takeshi Kovacs, the main protagonist, picks up a pink Hello Unicorn backpack along the way, that ...
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How Viable Is This Air/Space Combat Trope?

It's become an oft-used trope in air/space combat scenes where an evading craft has been target-locked by a pair of missiles with some sort of seeking technology. In order to avoid destruction by the ...
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Term to convey the recent trend of Marvel/GotG “Serious>Joke” moments

It's tough to describe without going into a tirade and listing off all these moments in a bunch of movies. It started back in Transformers if I recall. But it really caught on and no new movie seems ...
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Is there a name for a trope where protagonist's family members are kidnapped in the climax of the movie?

We often see in films that the villain kidnaps the protagonist's family members (or girlfriend) and threatens to come to him. Otherwise, they will be killed. This usually happens in the climax of the ...
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Addressing characters by [LastName-FirstName-LastName]

There is a trope in American visual media (movies, television) in which a main character meets aliens or indigenous peoples unfamiliar with the name conventions of the character's culture. Very ...
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First color movie to use flickering and slamming door trope?

Horror movies often show flickering of lights and slamming doors to signify presence of supernatural, ghosts and etc. Which was the first color movie to use this trope?
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Which was the first movie to conceal objects in a book?

Concealing objects in book is a popular trope among crime thriller and mystery genre. To mention a few: Neo hides cash and disks in a book in The Matrix Andy hides hammer in bible.The Shawshank ...
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First occurrence of a house built on a graveyard?

I was doing some research on an unrelated topic, and the movie Poltergeist (1982 version) appeared to be the first occurrence of a residence being haunted because it was built over a cemetery. I am ...
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Character turns TV off during interesting broadcast - Is there a name for this trope?

I noticed a specific detail when in movies/series characters watch a broadcast in which the subject is the character himself/herself or in which the subject is (in)directly connected to the actions of ...
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Has there been a movie or a TV show where an abortion was portrayed without negative connotations?

There is a common trope about abortion in movies, where the main characters either completely disregard abortion as a possibility, mention it and never go through with it (e.g. Juno) or do it and then ...
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Trope for repeating some detail

In GoT season 7 This seems to be far to conspicuous to not be important and (probably) to be later proven wrong (the finale seeming to strongly hint that). This seems like a trope, but I'm not sure ...
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When was the phrase “It's quiet, a little too quiet” first used?

"It's quiet, a little too quiet." We have all heard this famous line being used in many movies. What was the first movie to use this popular phrase?
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Trope: The determined young man is given a chance [closed]

I feel like this is a trope that has to have been remarked upon but can't think of any concrete examples at the moment. It goes like this: There is a young man who wants a position or job badly so ...
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Why do characters always touch a spot of blood?

I've noticed that in the movies whenever a character comes upon a spot or pool of blood, they typically touch it with their fingers. At first I thought they were checking it for stickiness to see how ...
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Why ghosts are commonly visible to kids eyes? [closed]

I have seen in many movies that ghosts are always visible to kids eyes. Is there any supernatural reasoning behind this? Why are ghosts commonly visible to kids eyes?
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What exactly is an Anti-Hero?

In the trailer of "The Foreigner", is Jackie Chan considered to be an anti-hero? My friend said that an anti-hero does not care about anything and would kill innocent people. Anti-heroes are only in ...
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Who was the oldest actor to play a teenager?

There's a common trope in Hollywood where teenagers are played by adult actors. But which TV show or movie set the absolute record in terms of the age difference between the role and the actor? To ...
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“Would the witness please point at the defendant?”

I wasn't sure which forum to post this on, but I think it belongs here as I believe it relates to the screen more than to the actual law, so here it is. There's a weirdly specific trope that you ...
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A “groundhog day” world of animated series. Does this trope have a name?

There are quite a lot of series (usually animations, because doing it for something live-action would be rather hard, I presume) with one common trope: the timeline never progresses forward. "The ...
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Is there a name for characters who are not exactly part of the movie but affect the incidents in the movie?

In some of the movies I have watched, there are some characters whose screen presence is less and has a minor role in the movie. But their role play an important role in causing a twist in the movie. ...
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Is there a specific name for a character that is a sacrificial “example”?

I was wondering if there is a title/role in movies, specifically horror or Sci-fi movies, for characters that are cast specifically to die as a way of being an example. This could be as a way to show ...
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What was the first movie to have someone with a screen, guiding an agent on the field?

The whole "agent on the ground talking to a person back in the office who has the map and control of things" is a bit of a trope these days. I just looked at Max Headroom again today and remembered ...
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Is there a name for the “last henchman that runs away” trope?

There’s a somewhat common trope, largely in movies, where the hero fights a horde of henchmen and defeats them all. All but a single weak one that is left shivering and eventually runs away (the hero ...
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Building up to an event from multiple characters point of view

I just watched Colony season 2 episode 11, and in the episode it cuts to a black screen with one characters name on it, then shows the a period of time following that character, until just before a ...
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Name for the effect with an 'intensifying thriller sound' as someone is shown eavesdropping?

Generally in thriller-type movies, there is a scene where A & B are talking. But the scene ends with C listening secretly with an intensifying thriller sound. Is there any single name for this ...
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What is the origin of the cat jump scare?

It has become cliche for horror movies to be full of false jump-scares, probably the most common example being that of a cat jumping out of the darkness and running away. There is even a cat scare ...
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Is there a trope for cowboys who laugh after punching something?

In Overwatch and Mortal Kombat X, there are two characters, one is Mcree, and the other is Erron Black. Both are themed and designed to be your stereotypical cowboy. However, I have been looking for ...
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Blowing up the bad guys on their turf in a selfless act

In these three relatively recent movies: Pacific Rim, Independence Day and The Avengers, What is the origin of wrapping up a major conflict (typically a war) with a self-sacrifice to deliver a final ...
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What's the term for a scene in a film that references previous material to make a perfect moment?

Disclaimer: Contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven't yet seen the movie and intend to, you may want to skip over this question. In the decades since Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of ...
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What was the first occurrence of background music turning out to be diegetic music for comedic purposes?

There are a lot of music which have this joke: The actor moves through a scene with background music playing, when the actor acknowledges the musicians in the scene for comical effect. I think by now ...
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What is the trope when airplane pulls up at the last moment?

Eg. Star Trek 9 Insurrection Picard and Data falling down, two ships joined together, they almost hit the ground, but manage to stabilize and fly on James Bond, Golden Eye sequence with Bond ...
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First appearance of a bizarre/opposite version of the original character?

Many of the shows/movies sometimes have a character which is the counterpart of a certain character. Both characters' appear in the same show/movie. The bizarre character usually have stark ...
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Is there a name for the trope of a friend who gradually turns into an enemy as a war develops?

There are some war/dystopian movies when, as some sort of violent regimen grows, former friends or acquaintances - who usually have opposing viewpoints to the protagonist, to some degree - end up ...
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Which movie first did the chase sequence/pane of glass gag?

There's a common gag/cliche/trope/whatever in chase sequences in movies/tv/cartoons where two people are carrying a window/mirror/pane of glass across a road that gets smashed during the chase. In ...