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Estee 55195 desperate attention whore postings
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"Trope Of The Day IV: the long, dark winter of our trope content."
Fifteen score and zero tropes ago...

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 #301 Estee 12-07-12 1
   RE: #301 kingfish 12-07-12 2
       RE: #301 kidflash212 12-07-12 3
           RE: #301 kingfish 12-07-12 4
 #302 Estee 12-08-12 5
   RE: #302 kingfish 12-08-12 6
 #303 (stock phrase) Estee 12-09-12 7
 #304 Estee 12-10-12 8
 #305 (tragedy tomorrow...) Estee 12-11-12 9
   RE: #305 (tragedy tomorrow...) kingfish 12-11-12 10
       RE: #305 (tragedy tomorrow...) kingfish 12-11-12 11
 #306 (Billy Quan!) Estee 12-12-12 12
 #307 Estee 12-13-12 13
   RE: #307 kingfish 12-13-12 14
       RE: #307 kingfish 12-13-12 15
           RE: #307 kingfish 12-13-12 16
               RE: #307 kingfish 12-13-12 17
                   RE: #307 kingfish 12-13-12 18
 #308 Estee 12-14-12 19
   RE: #308 dabo 12-14-12 20
       RE: #308 kingfish 12-14-12 21
 #309 Estee 12-15-12 22
   RE: #309 kingfish 12-15-12 23
 #310 (comics) Estee 12-16-12 24
   RE: #310 (comics) kidflash212 12-16-12 25
       RE: #310 (comics) kingfish 12-16-12 26
 #311 Estee 12-17-12 27
   RE: #311 kingfish 12-17-12 28
 #312 Estee 12-18-12 29
 #313 (advertising) Estee 12-19-12 30
   RE: #313 (advertising) kingfish 12-19-12 31
 #314 (Hollywood physics/engineerin... Estee 12-20-12 32
 #315 Estee 12-21-12 33
   RE: #315 kingfish 12-21-12 34
 #316 Estee 12-22-12 35
 #317 Estee 12-23-12 36
 #318 Estee 12-24-12 37
 #319 Estee 12-25-12 38
   RE: #319 kingfish 12-26-12 39
 #320 Estee 12-26-12 40
   RE: #320 kingfish 12-26-12 41
       RE: #320 Estee 12-26-12 42
 #321 Estee 12-27-12 43
   RE: #321 kingfish 12-27-12 44
       RE: #321 Estee 12-27-12 45
           RE: #321 kingfish 12-27-12 46
 #322 (spoiler alert) Estee 12-28-12 47
   RE: #322 (spoiler alert) kingfish 12-28-12 48
       RE: #322 (spoiler alert) Estee 12-28-12 51
   RE: #322 (spoiler alert) kidflash212 12-28-12 49
       RE: #322 (spoiler alert) Estee 12-28-12 50
 #323 (not quite Congress, even by ... Estee 12-29-12 52
 #324 Estee 12-30-12 53
   RE: #324 kidflash212 12-30-12 54
 #325 (this should irritate Newsome... Estee 12-31-12 55
   RE: #325 (this should irritate New... dabo 12-31-12 56
 #326 Estee 01-01-13 57
   RE: #326 SpotTheDifference 01-01-13 58
       RE: #326 kingfish 01-02-13 61
           RE: #326 Estee 01-02-13 64
 #327 (this won't end well) Estee 01-02-13 59
   RE: #327 (this won't end well) kingfish 01-02-13 60
       RE: #327 (this won't end well) Estee 01-02-13 68
           RE: #327 (this won't end well) kingfish 01-02-13 69
               RE: #327 (this won't end well) Estee 01-02-13 70
   RE: #327 (this won't end well) byoffer 01-02-13 62
       RE: #327 (this won't end well) Estee 01-02-13 65
   coz Estee needs it dabo 01-02-13 63
       RE: coz Estee needs it kingfish 01-02-13 66
           RE: coz Estee needs it dabo 01-02-13 67
 #328 Estee 01-03-13 71
   RE: #328 dabo 01-03-13 72
       RE: #328 Estee 01-03-13 73
 #329 (slighty younger than dirt) Estee 01-04-13 74
 #330 Estee 01-05-13 75
 #331 Estee 01-06-13 76
   :( Not Penny's boat moonbaby 01-06-13 77
   RE: #331 kidflash212 01-06-13 78
 #332 Estee 01-07-13 79
   RE: #332 dabo 01-07-13 80
 #333 (dare you!) Estee 01-08-13 81
   RE: #333 (dare you!) dabo 01-08-13 82
       RE: #333 (dare you!) Estee 01-08-13 83
       RE: #333 (dare you!) kingfish 01-08-13 84
           RE: #333 (dare you!) Estee 01-08-13 85
               RE: #333 (dare you!) kingfish 01-08-13 86
           RE: #333 (dare you!) dabo 01-09-13 91
 #334 (we've all seen it) Estee 01-09-13 87
   RE: #334 (we've all seen it) kingfish 01-09-13 88
   RE: #334 (we've all seen it) byoffer 01-09-13 89
   RE: #334 (we've all seen it) kidflash212 01-09-13 90
       RE: #334 (we've all seen it) Estee 01-10-13 92
 #335 Estee 01-10-13 93
   RE: #335 kingfish 01-10-13 94
       RE: #335 dabo 01-10-13 95
   RE: #335.5 dabo 01-10-13 96
       RE: #335.5 SpotTheDifference 01-10-13 97
       RE: #335.5 kingfish 01-11-13 98
 #336 Estee 01-11-13 99
   RE: #336 kingfish 01-11-13 100
 #337 (universal) Estee 01-12-13 101
 #338 (music) Estee 01-13-13 102
   great summations! dabo 01-13-13 103
       RE: great summations! Estee 01-13-13 104
 #339 Estee 01-14-13 105
   RE: #339 byoffer 01-14-13 106
       ??? Estee 01-14-13 107
           RE: ??? byoffer 01-15-13 110
 #340 Estee 01-15-13 108
   RE: #340 kidflash212 01-15-13 109
 #341 Estee 01-16-13 111
   RE: #341 kingfish 01-16-13 112
   RE: #341 byoffer 01-16-13 113
       RE: #341 Estee 01-16-13 114
           RE: #341 byoffer 01-16-13 115
               RE: #341 Estee 01-16-13 116
                   RE: #341 byoffer 01-16-13 117
 #342 Estee 01-17-13 118
   RE: #342 Snidget 01-17-13 119
   RE: #342 kingfish 01-17-13 120
       RE: #342 Estee 01-17-13 121
           RE: #342 kingfish 01-17-13 123
               RE: #342 Estee 01-17-13 124
   RE: #342 byoffer 01-17-13 122
 #343 Estee 01-18-13 125
 #344 (not even remotely PG13) Estee 01-19-13 126
   RE: #344 (not even remotely PG13) kingfish 01-20-13 128
       RE: #344 (not even remotely PG13) Estee 01-20-13 130
 #345 Estee 01-20-13 127
   RE: #345 kingfish 01-20-13 129
   RE: #345 kingfish 01-20-13 131
       RE: #345 dabo 01-20-13 132
 #346 (all of your kids) Estee 01-21-13 133
 #347 Estee 01-22-13 134
   Most notably, kingfish 01-22-13 135
       RE: Most notably, dabo 01-22-13 136
           Which is why... Estee 01-22-13 138
       RE: Most notably, Estee 01-22-13 137
 #348 Estee 01-23-13 139
   Count Wilfred the Hairy kingfish 01-23-13 140
       RE: Count Wilfred the Hairy kidflash212 01-23-13 141
 #349 Estee 01-24-13 142
   RE: #349 kingfish 01-24-13 143
       RE: #349 Estee 01-24-13 144
           RE: #349 kingfish 01-24-13 145
 #350 Estee 01-25-13 146
   RE: #350 kidflash212 01-25-13 147
       RE: #350 kingfish 01-25-13 148
           RE: #350 Estee 01-25-13 149
               RE: #350 Snidget 01-25-13 150
                   RE: #350 Estee 01-25-13 153
   RE: #350 kidflash212 01-25-13 151
       RE: #350 Estee 01-25-13 152
 #351 (not what you think it is) Estee 01-26-13 154
 #352 Estee 01-27-13 155
 #353 Estee 01-28-13 156
   RE: #353 kingfish 01-28-13 157
 #354 Estee 01-29-13 158
   RE: #354 kingfish 01-29-13 159
 #355 (science fiction/fact) Estee 01-30-13 160
   RE: #355 (science fiction/fact) kingfish 01-30-13 161
       RE: #355 (science fiction/fact) Estee 01-30-13 162
           RE: #355 (science fiction/fact) kingfish 01-30-13 163
 #356 (video games) Estee 01-31-13 164
   RE: #356 (video games) dabo 01-31-13 165
 #357 Estee 02-01-13 166
   RE: #357 kingfish 02-01-13 167
       RE: #357 byoffer 02-01-13 168
       RE: #357 Estee 02-01-13 169
           RE: #357 kingfish 02-01-13 170
 #358 Estee 02-02-13 171
   RE: #358 dabo 02-02-13 172
 #359 Estee 02-03-13 173
   RE: #359 kidflash212 02-03-13 174
       RE: #359 Estee 02-03-13 175
           RE: #359 kingfish 02-07-13 183
 #360 Estee 02-04-13 176
   RE: #360 kingfish 02-04-13 177
 #361 Estee 02-05-13 178
   RE: #361 kingfish 02-05-13 179
 #362 (Jesus, but not his followers... Estee 02-06-13 180
   RE: #362 (Jesus, but not his follo... kingfish 02-06-13 181
   RE: #362 (Jesus, but not his follo... byoffer 02-06-13 182
 #363 Estee 02-07-13 184
   RE: #363 kingfish 02-07-13 185
       RE: #363 Estee 02-07-13 186
           RE: #363 kingfish 02-07-13 187
 #364 (Survivor, Wednesday.) Estee 02-08-13 188
   RE: #364 (Survivor, Wednesday.) kingfish 02-08-13 189
 #365 (universal) Estee 02-09-13 190
 #366 Estee 02-10-13 191
   RE: #366 kidflash212 02-10-13 192
   RE: #366 byoffer 02-10-13 193
   RE: #366 kingfish 02-10-13 194
 #367 Estee 02-11-13 195
   RE: #367 kingfish 02-11-13 196
 #368 Estee 02-12-13 197
   RE: #368 kingfish 02-12-13 198
 #369 (hey kids, guess who it is he... Estee 02-13-13 199
   RE: #369 (hey kids, guess who it i... kingfish 02-13-13 200
 #370 Estee 02-14-13 201
   RE: #370 kingfish 02-14-13 202
 #371 (children's novel) Estee 02-15-13 203
   RE: #371 (children's novel) kingfish 02-15-13 204
       RE: #371 (children's novel) Estee 02-15-13 205
           RE: #371 (children's novel) kingfish 02-15-13 206
 #372 Estee 02-16-13 207
   RE: #372 kidflash212 02-16-13 208
       RE: #372 Estee 02-16-13 209
 #373 Estee 02-17-13 210
   RE: #373 kingfish 02-17-13 211
       RE: #373 Estee 02-17-13 212
           RE: #373 Snidget 02-17-13 213
               RE: #373 kingfish 02-17-13 214
               RE: #373 Estee 02-17-13 215
                   RE: #373 Snidget 02-18-13 216
                       RE: #373 kingfish 02-18-13 217
 #374 (mostly comics) Estee 02-18-13 218
 #375 Estee 02-19-13 219
   RE: #375 kingfish 02-19-13 220
       RE: #375 Estee 02-19-13 221
           RE: #375 kingfish 02-19-13 223
               RE: #375 Estee 02-19-13 225
                   RE: #375 kingfish 02-19-13 226
   RE: #375 dabo 02-19-13 222
       RE: #375 Estee 02-19-13 224
 #376 Estee 02-20-13 227
   RE: #376 kingfish 02-20-13 228
 #377 (this week on Chopped) Estee 02-21-13 229
   RE: #377 (this week on Chopped) kingfish 02-21-13 230
 #378 Estee 02-22-13 231
   RE: #378 kingfish 02-22-13 232
       RE: #378 Estee 02-22-13 233
 #379 (ponies!) Estee 02-23-13 234
   RE: #379 (ponies!) kingfish 02-23-13 235
   RE: #379 (ponies!) kidflash212 02-23-13 236
       RE: #379 (ponies!) Estee 02-23-13 237
 #380 Estee 02-24-13 238
 #381 (inevitably, last night) Estee 02-25-13 239
   RE: #381 (inevitably, last night) kingfish 02-25-13 240
       RE: #381 (inevitably, last night) Snidget 02-25-13 241
           RE: #381 (inevitably, last night) kingfish 02-25-13 242
 #382 Estee 02-26-13 243
   RE: #382 kingfish 02-26-13 244
       RE: #382 Estee 02-26-13 245
 #383 (legal) Estee 02-27-13 246
   RE: #383 (legal) kingfish 02-27-13 247
 #384 Estee 02-28-13 248
   RE: #384 kingfish 02-28-13 249
 #385 Estee 03-01-13 250
   RE: #385 cahaya 03-01-13 251
   RE: #385 kingfish 03-01-13 252
 #386 Estee 03-02-13 253
   RE: #386 kingfish 03-02-13 254
 #387 Estee 03-03-13 255
   RE: #387 kingfish 03-03-13 256
 #388 (sing it, tri-staters!) Estee 03-04-13 257
   RE: #388 (sing it, tri-staters!) kingfish 03-04-13 258
 #389 Estee 03-05-13 259
   RE: #389 kingfish 03-05-13 260
       RE: #389 Estee 03-05-13 261
           RE: #389 kingfish 03-05-13 262
 #390 Estee 03-06-13 263
   RE: #390 kingfish 03-07-13 264
 #391 Estee 03-07-13 265
   RE: #391 kingfish 03-07-13 266
 #392 (last night on American Idol) Estee 03-08-13 267
   RE: #392 (last night on American I... kingfish 03-08-13 268
 #393 Estee 03-09-13 269
   RE: #393 kingfish 03-09-13 270
 #394 Estee 03-10-13 271
 #395 (video games) Estee 03-11-13 272
   RE: #395 (video games) kingfish 03-11-13 273
 #396 (you didn't) Estee 03-12-13 274
   RE: #396 (you didn't) kingfish 03-12-13 275
       RE: #396 (you didn't) Estee 03-12-13 278
           RE: #396 (you didn't) kingfish 03-12-13 281
   RE: #396 (you didn't) Snidget 03-12-13 276
       RE: #396 (you didn't) Estee 03-12-13 277
           RE: #396 (you didn't) Snidget 03-12-13 279
               RE: #396 (you didn't) Estee 03-12-13 280
                   RE: #396 (you didn't) kingfish 03-12-13 282
                       RE: #396 (you didn't) Snidget 03-12-13 283
                           RE: #396 (you didn't) kingfish 03-12-13 284
                               RE: #396 (you didn't) Snidget 03-12-13 285
 #397 Estee 03-13-13 286
   RE: #397 kingfish 03-13-13 287
       RE: #397 Estee 03-13-13 288
   RE: #397 Molaholic 03-15-13 293
       RE: #397 Estee 03-15-13 294
 #398 Estee 03-14-13 289
   RE: #398 Snidget 03-14-13 290
 #399 Estee 03-15-13 291
   RE: #399 kingfish 03-15-13 292
 #400 (does not exist in real life) Estee 03-16-13 295
 RE: Trope Of The Day IV: the long,... kingfish 03-16-13 296
   RE: Trope Of The Day IV: the long,... cahaya 03-16-13 297

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Estee 55195 desperate attention whore postings
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12-07-12, 08:27 AM (EST)
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1. "#301"
So you may have noticed we haven't seen AyaK lately. And you may be wondering why that is. Well, that's because I noticed he left his keys out in a vulnerable spot and I said, "You know, what kind of leader would just leave his keys around where anyone could grab them?" Obviously not a competent one. Clearly not someone worthy of leading at all. So I took them. And now he's locked out.

You all know what that means, right?

AyaK has fallen! That's right, it's time for my reign! Gawds, is this ever overdue -- you over there, salute! Not fast enough! *!BLAM!* Now, we're going to have some new forums around here, I can tell you that! And the no-cursing rule? That is @#$%ing gone. Plus we're going to clearing out some of the deadwood. Starting with that body over there. And some people had better clean up their acts. Especially if you were thinking about remaining loyal to the old regime, in which case, I'm going to clean you up and call it Act I. Now: the following people are scheduled for immediate castration. Ki --

-- oh. Um... hi, AyaK. Didn't see you in the corner over there. Holding a spare set of keys. To the secret door you had installed. Secretly.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheStarscream

How are you?

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2. "RE: #301"
Why did I just get a sudden shiver up my timber?
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3. "RE: #301"
I felt the same shiver
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4. "RE: #301"
Think KeithFan had a monentary chill?
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12-08-12, 07:10 AM (EST)
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5. "#302"
Put simply: due to constraints of materials, motors, power sources, and the laws of physics, a three hundred foot tall humanoid robot should not be able to perform Swan Lake, at least not to the satisfaction of Carrie-Ann, Len, and Bruno.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ImpossiblyGracefulGiant

But then, we all know they deliberately overscore.

Turbolifts!

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6. "RE: #302"
LAST EDITED ON 12-08-12 AT 10:45 AM (EST)

Yeah, They include all the mechanical clunking noises when they are just walking, along with the thunderous foot falls, but when dancing all that goes away. Unless there is some comic relief in the form of a trip-fall, when the sound track ceases the sylvan orchestration and reminds us that this is an oily pile of nuts and bolts crashing to earth.

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7. "#303 (stock phrase)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IHaveMyWays

My lawyer has advised me not to tell you what any of them are.

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12-10-12, 09:22 AM (EST)
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8. "#304"
Marines don't die. They just, shall we say, pause to regroup.

And then they come back. In formation. With weapons intact.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ArmyOfTheDead

There are important differences between this and your standard undead assault, namely: they are still sentient, they are working together, and they are on your side. So don't shoot them. It'll just piss them off.

By the way, they expect back pay.

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9. "#305 (tragedy tomorrow...)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Comedy

tonight!

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10. "RE: #305 (tragedy tomorrow...)"
What is comedy? What is funny?

All we know is what seems funny to us, individually. If others also find it to be funny, well, that's fine. If it's intentional it's kinda gratifying. But either way it offers a glimpse into our souls (the secular kind).


The Fish Philosopher is in!


Wanna see my soul?

(Thus, unfortunately, making my point).


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11. "RE: #305 (tragedy tomorrow...)"
Next up:

Irony.

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12. "#306 (Billy Quan!)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ArrowCam

One of the more recent tricks: following a projectile's flight from the projectile's point of view. So we fly with the arrow as it closes in, or the bullet skidding off the target, or the torpedo moving through flak. Anything, really. Including someone looking down at their own homing-action feet. Assuming you can do that.

Those feet can home in for miles.

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13. "#307 "
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StandAloneEpisode

And in the spirit of the link, we will never discuss this trope again.

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14. "RE: #307 "
Lips are sealed.
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Mum's the word.

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Never ever again shall this trope be mentioned in these threads.
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17. "RE: #307 "
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Nope. Never again. No sirree.

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18. "RE: #307 "
What trope? I don't see no trope.
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19. "#308"
For reasons known only to myself, I decide to put some of my hair into a sidetail while ponytailing most of the rest. And then I weave a gold hook into each and connect them to each other. I go out in public and think nothing more of it for the rest of the weekend.

On Monday, I see two other people with their hair done the same way.

Then six.

Then eight thousand.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/YouAreTheNewTrend

Then Taylor Swift claims she started it.

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20. "RE: #308"

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21. "RE: #308"
LAST EDITED ON 12-14-12 AT 02:39 PM (EST)

Oh. Yeah. She does have a hairdo, doesn't she.

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12-15-12, 08:51 AM (EST)
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22. "#309"
Self-inflicted injury to the fingertip is erotic!

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FingerSuckHealing

Brought to you by Japan, the only country to successfully weaponize paper cuts.

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12-15-12, 09:59 AM (EST)
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23. "RE: #309"
Sucking finger tips for pleasure!

Really?

I understand what was expected of me when you hired me on, the innuendos, naughtiness, commenting on the fleshier side of life, etc. But really. This is just too easy.

I won't besmirch my art.

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12-16-12, 08:28 AM (EST)
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24. "#310 (comics)"
Congratulations! You just got the hero's mask off! You've taken pictures of the face underneath. You grabbed fingerprints and DNA samples. You have conclusively proven the lack of identical twins, clones, cross-dimensional counterparts who just happened to be in the area, and time travelers. This is the real name. There are no possible ways left for the hero to wriggle out of it. Dead. To. Birth. Rights. But because you forgot to tap into the local satellite, you didn't exactly broadcast the process as it happened. Which means that now you have to run down to the worldwide news leader with your evidence.

So naturally, you cross against the light.

Through the exact middle of the intersection.

Directly in front of a bus.

While holding the only hardcopy of the evidence in all the world.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DeathBySecretIdentity

Just like the last six people who found out.

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25. "RE: #310 (comics)"
I apologize in advance to anyone who has learned my secret identity through FB or Secret Santa/T Shirt exchanges.
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26. "RE: #310 (comics)"
LAST EDITED ON 12-16-12 AT 06:51 PM (EST)

I think this may be a dark hint as to what will happen to any of us if we find out her identity.

And the bus may be a metaphor for something too gruesome to contemplate.

Let's just leave that door closed, remember the "Ki..." factor.

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12-17-12, 07:25 AM (EST)
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27. "#311"
An example which isn't on the trope's page:

Once upon a time, there was a superhero universe which was slightly different from the others. For starters, there were relatively few superhumans: they were at the beginning of the discovery and public exposure phase. And every one they did have, regardless of the moral side they were on, shared a common origin.

They were all dead.

Or rather, they had been dead. Each one had died in an uniquely excruciating way -- and come back. They were alive again, yes. They had powers. They healed at paranormal rates and would never age from the biological point of their demise (which wasn't always a plus). But in order to get all of that, they'd died. Every last one.

So in this world, you had a megachurch. One with its own vision for the world. And the leader of that church had a visitation, one that told him the final war was coming and the church was going to need an army. Volunteers were called for, men and women to step forward for a chance to serve their deity more directly than they'd ever dreamed.

And one by one, those volunteers were killed, each in an uniquely excruciating way. New methods of murder were invented just to make sure there would be no repeats. Removal of fluids a cubic centimeter at a time, that was pretty creative. Hundreds of people, none of whom had been told what they were volunteering for, systemically exterminated -- just so the church could watch the bodies and see if any of them moved.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SuperpowerRussianRoulette

They got six back...

Bill Willingham's Elementals. Some images stay with you.

There are many universes like this, ones where the only way to gain power is to court death. Most of the mutations are lethal. The virus has a 90% fatality rate and you don't want to see the majority of the survivors. You will no longer care about human emotions, but at least you didn't go full autistic. You'll either be dead in two days or you acquired superhuman intelligence and you'll be dead in two days.

And in every last one of their universes, give enough time and understanding of the process -- someone will call for volunteers.

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12-17-12, 10:20 AM (EST)
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28. "RE: #311"
The RL example, and maybe the best, is Autism.
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12-18-12, 10:19 AM (EST)
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29. "#312"
two bodies, two souls

two species

human and something other

no common ground

no place to begin

just a touch

a single moment of seeing

and then work together, fight together, think together

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BondCreatures

two bodies, one soul

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12-19-12, 08:23 AM (EST)
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30. "#313 (advertising)"
One person saying they like a product is an endorsement.

Four people saying it is a market segment.

A dozen repeating the same line (or a small part thereof) over and over until either the commercial ends or you personally vow to destroy every piece of stock you see is a

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HiveMindTestimonial

Apply directly to the forehead.

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12-19-12, 10:55 AM (EST)
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31. "RE: #313 (advertising)"
The pool has been established for how long this gets referenced in a political way, and the tie breaker will be which way will it go, Dem or Repub.

There is a more neutral "just a politician" third choice.

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12-20-12, 09:45 AM (EST)
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32. "#314 (Hollywood physics/engineering)"
"Wait a minute. I just lit a rocket. Rockets explode!"

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MissingBackblast

...or not.

In short: you can't use a rocket launcher in an enclosed space, with an audience, with a wall directly behind you, with any force-bounce surface in the vicinity, without proper bracing, without wearing a decent amount of body armor, and without consequences -- unless you're lucky enough to be in one of the many fictional settings in which basic equation payback has been banished. And that's just about all of them.

Once you've seen this trope in no-reaction, you can't unsee it. And you'll keep seeing it everywhere you go...

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12-21-12, 09:39 AM (EST)
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33. "#315"
You have a habit that's going to kill you.

What's the perfect time to indulge in it?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OneLastSmoke

As the description notes, this can be any habit a character regularly follows: smoking is just the most cliche. And sometimes, the indulgence itself is still what kills you -- go down to the Real Life examples and read the Russian entry. The pay stinks in the Soviet army, but my, do you get the perks.

Come to think of it, there's probably a countertrope called One First Smoke. 'I'm going to die anyway. Might as well see what all the fuss was about.'

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34. "RE: #315"
LAST EDITED ON 12-21-12 AT 11:09 AM (EST)

Amendment to the Hero's handbook: When they offer you an alcoholic beverage before battle, run away, run away.

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12-22-12, 10:10 AM (EST)
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35. "#316"
"On August 16, 1975, an off-duty cop driving around his own neighborhood in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah saw a VW Bug that didn't belong there. The driver promptly took off. The cop eventually chased him down and cited the driver for failure to stop for an officer and possession of burglary tools. A detective connected that driver with an open case of kidnapping and attempted murder. And the driver was soon linked with some two dozen murders and became America's most notorious serial killer -- Ted Bundy."

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot?from=Main.GonnaNeedABiggerWarrant

Sometimes, law enforcement comes down to dumb luck and determined terriers.

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12-23-12, 01:51 PM (EST)
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36. "#317"
Here's a simple challenge. Go climb a fire escape. Then a ladder. Then a rope, cliff, side of a building, rockfall, tree, and vine.

Okay. Now do all of that again, only while holding a weapon.

No, you're not allowed to put the weapon away. Ever.

No, you can't drop it either.

Oh, stop whining. Video game characters do this all the time. How hard could it be?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MagnetHands

Now one more time, while carrying a sword that's three times the length of your body.

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12-24-12, 08:02 AM (EST)
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37. "#318"

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LifeWillKillYou

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38. "#319"
Middle fingers pressed inwards against the center of the wrist, outer fingers pointed up on a curve, thumb splayed.

Two fingers slanted left, two right, creating a V of space. No one cares about the thumb.

Hand cupped into a rough C shape, thumb under eye, fingers above.

Touch in order: forehead, abdomen, left shoulder, right shoulder.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MemeticHandGesture

Middle finger, straight up.

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12-26-12, 09:52 AM (EST)
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39. "RE: #319"
LAST EDITED ON 12-26-12 AT 09:54 AM (EST)

Which brings up a pet peeve of mine, the bastardization of the FU hand gesture.

A middle finger protruding from a clenched fist just doesn't cut it. The gesture should (according to FU aficionados) have knuckles on either side of the protruding finger, thus representing the male genitalia more correctly as well as offering a statement too low brow for words or response.

Kids these days...

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40. "#320"
She loves you.

You love her.

But -- there's another she. Who loves you too. And you love her just as much.

Deciding between them is not an option. You will not break one heart to save another.

What do you do?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Polyamory

You royally piss off the IRS, that's what you do.

If Wagstaff was around, I'd probably be about to have this same bloody argument again.

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41. "RE: #320"
Much as I am tempted to go with the three-way angle, or even the intriguing Love Dodecahedron (which might be worth a lesson in geometry), I'll just observe that mention of missing Wagstaff brings brings up an important point in regard to gun control and lessons in accuracy.
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42. "RE: #320"
At this point, I've seen enough anime to have encountered the harem genre and Love Dodecahedron. It is, put mildly, a pain in the rear. Which will be only one of the pains the linchpin of the structure has because there's always a tsundere involved and she will be hitting you. A lot.
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12-27-12, 07:15 AM (EST)
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43. "#321 "
The rules of sports -- all sports -- are written down. Every last one of them. No secret clauses are kept from public viewing. They are available on the Internet, in book form, and sometimes in shorthand cheat sheets. In some sports, the referees carry copies at all times and in one, most players have them tucked into the golf bag. There is always an expert fan somewhere within either casual reach or the touch of a keyboard. A wealth of information about the history of every game, the evolution of their rulesets, and the exceptions which tested them is available everywhere you care to look. And therefore, there is really no reason any writer of any kind of fiction should ever get a major detail wrong when describing a game, especially if the setting of the work is the sport itself. Right?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GretzkyHasTheBall

Wrong.

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44. "RE: #321 "
These are usually pretty entertaining. The subtle ones are fun to spot.

What gets irritating though are the over-explained rules or facts, such as "Well you know Vern (sorry Moley), the replay official has to have 'conclusive' evidence before he can overturn the call on the field." I mean, they feel like they have to say this every single time.

Or (outside the sports world) "A black hole is black because not even light can escape from it". Hey, by now, don't we all know this about a black hole?

Or "Kingfish is always right". By now, this should be pretty much a universal truth. However, maybe this could bear being repeated a few more times, there are always a few slow learners that need to be reminded of this basic fact of life.

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12-27-12, 11:44 AM (EST)
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45. "RE: #321 "
LAST EDITED ON 12-27-12 AT 11:44 AM (EST)

That's not even a theorem. At best, it's an outright lie.

I never really thought of sports script errors as fun because they should be so easy to avoid. It's the sort of thing where most of the audience can instantly spot what went wrong -- so why didn't anyone from script to final print? And when even Friday Night Lights drops the ball, can you trust anyone to read a rulebook?

Science errors are frequently handwaved or ignored in the service of the script. Basic physics are laughed at if it means an extra explosion. Continuity? Yeah, right: continuity. But most of us come together at sports -- and so for me, this trope is the common ground intersection of groans and "Idiots..."

Oh, and they keep bringing up conclusive evidence because Viewers Are Goldfish. (And so are half the announcers.)

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46. "RE: #321 "
And at worst?

(I'm saving that for when I Take Over the World!.)

Play by play isn't usually scripted, so the entertainment comes as ex-jocks try and assume the role of commentators gifted with mental and verbal ad-lib acuity. Even Cosell was fun for a while. Writers, even ex-jock sports writers, and their editors should know better, and it's pitiful when they don't. You get the feeling that they just don't care sometimes.

However, I'm impressed that you could pull out that appropriate cross reference. Remind me to never challenge you to a quick draw trope contest.

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47. "#322 (spoiler alert)"
So. Over the last few years of publication on the Spider-Man titles, Otto Octavius (Doctor Octopus) has been dying from a progressive, degenerative nerve disease which has been paralyzing him and shutting down his organs bit by bit. Cause of said disease? Concussions. Lots of them. Because once you get past the robot tentacles, he's a normal man who's in his early fifties, out of shape, and is not physically equipped to be hit in the head by someone who can deadlift ten tons. And that's on those days when he isn't facing off against his regular sparring partner. During that publication time, he has been looking for cures, extensions, ways to leave a legacy, and ultimately revenge, kept alive by an increasingly elaborate cybernetic shell -- which can't do the job forever. Tick-tock.

All well and good so far storywise? Fine.

Now Spidey's been approaching Issue #700, and Marvel traditionally likes to do something big for the round numbers. This time, they had Otto grab Peter and pull the old soma switcheroo. This soul goes in that body, the reverse is also true, and now Peter is the one who gets to enjoy Otto's last moments from the inside out. Meanwhile, Otto has a fresh lease on life in Peter's superpowered body, and takes it out for a test drive to, you know, destroy a lot of stuff, starting with what little ever remains of Spider-Man's forever-dubious reputation. Otto's worst enemy will die, he'll live on, and whatever legacy Peter had? Goodbye.

Still good given the genre? Thought so. Onward.

Ultimately, Peter (in Otto's body) winds up in prison, counting down those last hours. And has to break out, coordinating a mass escape of supervillains -- pretty much all of his rogue's gallery -- in order to go take himself down. So it's just about everyone he's ever fought going up against himself, only he's leading the charge and hoping he can do it in such a way that it gets the switch undone in time for him not to die and he can worry about undoing the PR damage later. And don't forgot: he has to lead this army of evil in such a way that they don't kill Otto themselves. Plus -- and here's a fun part -- Otto has not broken cover. He knows Peter's style fairly well and the idea is not to go around making people think he's in a freshly-hijacked hero, so he has not been trumpeting his triumph to the skies. He's been, to the best of his ability, acting like Spider-Man. The general populace doesn't know exactly what's going on, especially since the only way Peter could pull off his end was to maintain his very best Otto impression. It's not as if that rogue's gallery was going to follow him if they thought they were being led by Spider-Man and heading off to save his life. So as we hit Issue #700, it's the last showdown between them. In the wrong bodies. Behaving just like each other. Which is kind of appropriate because there are ways in which they are dark mirrors: one defined by his ability to take personal tragedy and make it work as motivation to help others, the other riding the horror of his child abuse and turning into a core arrogance which made him prove he was worthwhile no matter who had to get hurt for it. Oh, and there's a supervillain horde which could kind of get in the way.

On track? Good, because here comes the climax.

Peter confronts Otto. And dies.

The switchback does not occur. Otto stays in Peter's body. Otto's body gives up the ghost, which happens to be Peter's. Peter dies in the arms of his worst enemy -- but not before passing along one gift: every memory, every drive, every bit of himself that ever went with being in the costume.

And Otto -- sees the error of his ways. Sees what he could have been doing with his own intellect plus powerset the whole time, realizes what he can do with this one. As far as the world knows, Otto Octavius is dead. And now he has all the tools he needs to fully step into Peter's life and continue it as Spider-Man. Only, because he's, you know, still hyper-arrogant, he's going to improve that life. Starting by fixing Peter's relationships, and isn't that redhead pretty? Also, something has to be done about the man's job security, personal wealth, oh, and the costume, he might have to tweak the costume, work on the webshooters -- you know, general upgrade. And Marvel, for their part, ends the original issue count at #700 and announces a new #1 next month, entitled The Superior Spider-Man.

...

...yep, looks like we're at the dawn of another

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DorkAge

I give it ten months.

Note that A. Survivor has a section here and B. It is not a short one.


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48. "RE: #322 (spoiler alert)"
LAST EDITED ON 12-28-12 AT 10:12 AM (EST)

Unbeknownst to both of them, the body of Spidey's Uncle, who had been the victim of murder most foul in an earlier episode, was rotting away in the sub-sub-sub-basement of their tenement. Apparently, in the hectic aftermath of his death and Spidey’s preoccupation with his new powers, they forgot to actually bury him. So his corpse has been lying in the lowest basement all this time, forgotten, steeped in an increasingly concentrated bath of Radon Gas. Initially, the Radon simply preserved him from decay, but with time, cellular restructuring began, and finally animation.

He became "Basement Bug Guy", with no memory, and an unquenchable thirst for..., well, something. World peace, let's say. Or Oreos. Something. Maybe those comic book woman’s breasts/hour glass bodies would finally catch his eye.

Nice riff. they should hire you to pen the trailers.

Otto would have been my screen name if Kingfish hadn't finned it aside.

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51. "RE: #322 (spoiler alert)"
Unlikely. Not only have we seen the gravesite, but Benjamin Parker is famously the only character in the Marvel Universe guaranteed to stay dead. (It used to be him plus Bucky Barnes, but...) Any time there's a hint of someone deciding to ram through that last barrier, the fanbase screams turn into banshee wails. Exactly one writer got away with it, and J. Michael Straczynski got away with it for five minutes. It's actually one of the most heartbreaking scenes in the character's history, and they can never do it again...

Short version: after being put through the wringer with Stephen Strange following along, Peter was given a special gift of five minutes, to do whatever he pleased with. He pulled his uncle forward in time from the second before the gun went off and had a talk.

Everything was forgiven.

Everything.

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49. "RE: #322 (spoiler alert)"
I say it lasts about the same amount of time Superman stayed dead.
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50. "RE: #322 (spoiler alert)"
Which is not given a prominent section on the DCU's Dork Age page, although the whole Superman Red/Superman Blue storyline is pictured and featured. (Caption: "Remember this? No? Good.")

That particular death & resurrection show ran for -- *counts issues involved* -- about four months? I think this one will outlast it. Marvel will pretty much always press the reset button -- there's a nasty Stan Lee quote in a company history book, saying the goal was to create the illusion of progress -- but they can't afford to pull the plug on this one too quickly. (Unless sales totally plummet, in which case, they can't afford not to.) There's probably a moderately long storyline planned. But the more genre-savvy readers know to expect status quo in time -- which brings up the question of just who's bringing out the death threats.

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52. "#323 (not quite Congress, even by Tuesday)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ZeroPercentApprovalRating

Don't worry! Faux still loves you!

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53. "#324"
You've been tracking someone for a while now, staying close. Shadowing their every step. But now you're stuck in an enclosed area with your target. And you? Are not wearing makeup, prosthetics, artificial warts, hair dye, or even a hat with a trim two feet wide. At some point, the subject of your pursuit is going to turn around -- and your face will be a familiar one. You can't just leave: you have to stay close and keep shadowing.

What do you do?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NewspaperThinDisguise

You turn into a total cliche, that's what.

Tablets are so ruining this.

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54. "RE: #324"
The real life example on this trope makes me wonder why the Secret Police of other countries keeps tabs on the author.
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55. "#325 (this should irritate Newsome)"
They claim that evil burns. That there's a lake of fire, torments of lava, blistered skin and seared bone.

They're wrong.

Heat -- is a creation. Fire is energy. Where there is fire, something is being generated. Evil is about the absence of creation: cancelling out progress, shutting down all that exists, draining the strength from the universe and replacing it with nothing at all.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EvilIsDeathlyCold

And when entropy hits maximum, there will be no heat at all.

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56. "RE: #325 (this should irritate Newsome)"

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57. "#326"
"King Croesus of Lydia asked the Oracle of Delphi what the result would be if he took his troops across the Halys River and attacked the Persians. Her answer was, "If you do, a great empire will be destroyed." The seer didn't specify which great empire. In the end, it was Croesus' kingdom, not Persia, that was destroyed, but the seer would have been "right" either way—but note that there was no way the seer could have known that Lydia or Persia would be utterly crushed (rather than a stalemate or minor gains for one side or another)."

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EitherOrProphecy

Or in other words, ask a stupid question...

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58. "RE: #326"
April 2012. North Korea launches a rocket whose debris is supposed to land within Philippine territory.

A representative of the Department of Defense makes the following statement (as translated): "As far as we know, the missile is going to land either on the sea or on land."

Everyone else thinks, "Duh".

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61. "RE: #326"
LAST EDITED ON 01-02-13 AT 11:03 AM (EST)


Me too.

Duh. Double Duh.

I guess there was an infinitesimal chance that the debris could have hit trampolines and bounced right back to Pyongyang.

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64. "RE: #326"
"For the last time, we did not order a giant trampoline!"
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59. "#327 (this won't end well)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/YouNeedToGetLaid

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60. "RE: #327 (this won't end well)"
LAST EDITED ON 01-02-13 AT 10:01 AM (EST)

I don't think anyone ever thought about giving that advice to a Zombie.

But maybe they should have.

BTW - was there ever a better movie trailer/intro than this:

"Lucy Diamond, the lesbian supervillain in the film D.E.B.S. is told outright by her comrade right at the start of the film that she's trying to take over the world, destroy Australia etc etc because she doesn't want to face her own intimacy issues. The entire basis of the film is what happens when he sets her up on a blind date with a lesbian Russian assassin."

Man, I just gotta see that movie.

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68. "RE: #327 (this won't end well)"
http://tinyurl.com/bbruuvn

And of course, once you get it, you will get a list of a dozen 'Based On Your Purchase' recommendations just like it.

Amazon is evil. You know that.

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69. "RE: #327 (this won't end well)"
Thank you. For helping me control that impulse.

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70. "RE: #327 (this won't end well)"
Reviews just didn't seem to be indicating a quality purchase, huh?

You should see what I get for ordering the ponies. $60 plushies abound.

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62. "RE: #327 (this won't end well)"
Interesting, no real life examples. I guess afraid that would crash their server.


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65. "RE: #327 (this won't end well)"
Not only can I think of a few. hundred. million, I can also come up with a bunch of people who need to stop getting laid immediately so we'll no longer have to hear the happy recap, including position demonstrations, sound reproductions, and the occasional short film produced by Alan Smithee.

...hmmm. Wonder if that's a new trope?

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63. "coz Estee needs it"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9rh3JTvvlk
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66. "RE: coz Estee needs it"
Don't know about Estee, but I did. The Staple Singers. When Pops was with them...so good.
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67. "RE: coz Estee needs it"
If that's not enough for anyone there's always the full length version.
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71. "#328"
One of the most common problems alien invaders face is that they're just that: alien. Can't infiltrate society: they don't look human. Can't work out the culture from the inside and figure out how to sabotage it: no way to become part of it in the first place. Can't plant any double agents and sleepers in waiting -- and so on down the line. They can attack, they can blast, and they can try to find sellouts among the victim species, but they can't work their way in and conduct a two-front war.

At least until the hypertech gets involved. And as soon as that transformation booth is finished?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheyLookLikeUsNow

Which comes with its own set of issues.

Say hi to your new hormones!

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72. "RE: #328"

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73. "RE: #328"
Worth 0.000001 cents in mint condition. Or 0.0002 when used as kindling.
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74. "#329 (slighty younger than dirt)"
Sometimes sibling rivalry gets a little --

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CainAndAbel

-- intense.

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75. "#330"
Eyes. Nose. Mouth. Patterns to seek, colors to recognize, shapes familiar. Put it all together and it spells 'identity'. We know each other by sight foremost, and vision comes down to spotting and assembly of features.

And then the brain shorts out and cowers in a corner, shivering in fear.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheBlank

To scream or not to scream. That is The Question.

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76. "#331"
In fiction, locks are generally pointless. At best, you can get some stall time out of a good one -- but the hero always gets it open. Tumblers? Picked. Combination? Sensitive fingers. Electronic? Shorted. Magic? Dispelled. Computer? Hacked. Retinal scan? Is just begging for someone to do horrible things with your eyes. No matter what conventional tactic you use, eventually, the lock will fail.

So how about something totally unconventional? Say -- music. Sure, that'll fix the jerks! They'll have to play something in order to get through. How will they possibly know a song is required? And even if they get that far, there's no way they'll ever be able to work out which one it is. And if somehow, some way, they work that part out, you've set the thing up so that it requires a live performance and there's no way they're going to carrying a bloody musical instrument around on a quest --

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SongsInTheKeyOfLock

-- @#$%ing bards.

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77. ":( Not Penny's boat"
*sniffle*
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78. "RE: #331"
I never got a free whistle in my Cap'n Crunch. Total gyp.
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79. "#332"
I want to see the President.

I call the White House. The President answers the phone. I ask what time would be good for dropping by. He checks his schedule, gives me a best ETA, and we chat for a few minutes. Later that day, I go up to the White House and knock on the door. The President answers it. And thus I have achieved my goal.

Am I a politician of equal or greater power? A campaign donor with unlimited funding? An extremely talented trickster? Or did I just ring Grover Cleveland, who truly believed in an all-access executive branch?

In fiction, walking up to the head of a nation as one of the just-took-a-shower masses is a matter of effort.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WhatsUpKingDude

In real life, it stopped some time back.

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80. "RE: #332"
I guess Desperate Partycrashers (film and real life) and Dan Brown's books don't count with the tropewriters.

Plus in real life, of course, no president ever just walks past a rope line without shaking hands and kibitzing and such.

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81. "#333 (dare you!)"
There are certain names you just don't say.

The reasons for not saying them vary. Perhaps if you say the name once (twice, three times), it summons the entity in question and that's really not someone you want to see. Maybe it just draws their attention to you, and there are ways in which that could be even worse. It's a spell and not one of the good ones. It's taboo and anyone who hears you speak it will report you. The name brings back horrible memories and you'd really rather not relive them, thanks. Or it could be just bad luck -- and if that's the case, anyone who believes in that will blast you across the theater for uttering That Word.

But most of the time -- at least in reality -- it's just superstition.

Right?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheScottishTrope

MACBETH!

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82. "RE: #333 (dare you!)"
Which of the following words did Webby ban here?

A. #####
B. #####
C. #####
D. #####

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83. "RE: #333 (dare you!)"
Y'know, if PayPal ever sets up their national headquarters in Arlington, we're all screwed.
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84. "RE: #333 (dare you!)"
Whatever, I'm sure that @#$%@ used all of them (yeah, I don't mention that name either).
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85. "RE: #333 (dare you!)"
Hantz?

(And there's that trope again.)

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86. "RE: #333 (dare you!)"
LAST EDITED ON 01-08-13 AT 05:05 PM (EST)

So, you want to be cursed for all of eternity?

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91. "RE: #333 (dare you!)"
The correct answer is

A. #####

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87. "#334 (we've all seen it)"
Warning: non-PG13 language ahead.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GIFT

Totally accurate non-PG13 language.

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88. "RE: #334 (we've all seen it)"
Fortunately there's none of that here, as long as I stick my fingers in my ears and shout La-la-la-la.
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89. "RE: #334 (we've all seen it)"
I like the longer list of terms to "categorize" internet posters:

- Internet Tough Guy
- Troll
- White Knighting
- Garbage Post Kid
- Resident Freak
- A Darker Me
- Became Their Own Antithesis
- Griefer

I agree that we don't have most of these around RTVW (thankfully).


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90. "RE: #334 (we've all seen it)"
Whatever happened to 4nic8?
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92. "RE: #334 (we've all seen it)"
You missed #333, didn't you?
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93. "#335"
"Russell Hantz is the greatest Survivor ever and the model for all future contestants to aspire to!"

"Russell Hantz is an idiot who only got as far as he did due to producer interference and the whole reason I don't watch the series any more!"

"You're wrong and here's fifty well-reasoned arguments why!"

"You're wrong and here's seventy-five even more well-reasoned arguments why!"

"Idiot!"

"Moron!"

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BaseBreaker

"...look, let's just change topics."

"Fine."

"Benjamin Wade is a god."

*pulls gun*

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94. "RE: #335"
I know what you mean. That ole Michel, he'll argue a stump into dust.


http://community.realitytvworld.com/boards/DCForumID4/5196.shtml


(and yeah yeah, IR12)

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95. "RE: #335"
LAST EDITED ON 01-10-13 AT 11:54 PM (EST)

Yeah, boy. If you're ever bored, just dispute some nonsense michel claims wearing his ultimate arbiter of Survivor reality hat. This can turn into weeks and weeks of fun.

(That said, I don't think I'm picking on him when I challenge his assumptions, I only do it when I do disagree with him, and I do it knowing he enjoys trying to win these silly arguments. If he reads this he will probably come up with some way of misconstruing and reinterpretting what I just said to be something I actually didn't say, that's always especially fun.)

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96. "RE: #335.5"
LAST EDITED ON 01-10-13 AT 11:38 PM (EST)

Just for fun check out the live action TV folder. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Underboobs

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97. "RE: #335.5"
Genuinely surprised that none of the Dead or Alive girls are in the Video Games section. I'll have to play that game later just to make sure.
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98. "RE: #335.5"
Underboobage.....
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99. "#336"
"...so right here, I'm going to put in a double loop. About five hundred feet past that -- just enough to relax -- we're gonna have a fifty-foot gap: I figure moving at top speed is just enough to jump it and barely grip the rails on the other side. Hairpin turn here -- gotta lean for that one -- six more just like it -- still trying to find a place for the quarter-mile straight drop where you keep waiting for the tracks to slant in..."

"And how does this help us transfer silver from one place to another?"

"It doesn't. But trust me, twenty years after you shut down, this is going to be awesome."

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RollercoasterMine

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100. "RE: #336"
The excitement builds...who will post #100? Your guess is as good as "mine". And this "mine" is as close to thread continuity as I usually come.


Wheeeeeeee....

ANd, just where did Curley hide his gold, anyway?

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101. "#337 (universal)"
Virtually every series.

Practically every show.

Way too many of the novels.

Several religions.

In practically every culture.

Constantly.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UnresolvedSexualTension

Remove at your own peril.

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102. "#338 (music)"
We're approaching the end of the song. You could reprise the chorus, play the arc theme one more time with a soft fade-out, add a last summation line --

-- or you could...

THROW OUT THE RHYTHM!

TOSS THE LYRICS!

EVERYBODY RIFF!

JAM FOR YOUR VERY LIVES!

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BigRockEnding

DODGE THE INEVITABLE PANTIES!

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103. "great summations!"
it's a long way
to the top
if you wanna
rock n roll
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104. "RE: great summations!"
I'm guessing we'll lose at least one person for five hours as they go through all the page's links.
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105. "#339"
10:00 a.m. Finalize quarterly plan for siphoning off most of world's economy.

11:00 a.m. Write legislation to remove more rights from those unlucky enough not to be you.

12:00 p.m. Smoking break.

3:00 p.m. Attend funeral for yet another secret master of the world who died from lung cancer, which is in no way caused by smoking.

5:00 p.m. Defund cancer research.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SmokyGentlemensClub

Never. Catch on.

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106. "RE: #339"
What, no reference to the Regal Beagle??


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107. "???"
http://www.regalbeaglesd.com/

I also found a dog groomer.

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110. "RE: ???"
wasn't that the name of the decidedly not smokey gentlemen's club on Three's Company??
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108. "#340"
Hi, feet!

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FeetFirstIntroduction

...what?

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109. "RE: #340"
Leading to the inevitable "lingering crotch shot" trope.
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111. "#341"
What Australians don't understand about American sports:

* The ridiculously high number of survivors among both players and fans.

* A relatively low number of arrests before, during, and after games.

* The incredibly stupid absence of murders citing fan allegiance as motivation.

* Why, without all of the above, we even bother.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AustralianRulesFootball

What Americans don't understand about Australian sports: why, given said above, we would ever risk showing up.

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112. "RE: #341"
I appreciate someone finally explaining this game to me. Now, if only I could get Cricket.

Sorry Starshine, but it really is a silly game.

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113. "RE: #341"
Aussie Rules is a fantastic game. I have been to a game live, and in fact have a cousin (actually cousin of my mother) who is a hall of famer in the sport.

It has this "blood sport" fame around the world, but I think that taking the worst highlights from any sport would do that. In reality it is a lot like rugby in that the amount of running involved greatly reduces the violence that affects American football. Another they do is a weekly tribunal wherein they review the video of all the weekly games and penalize players caught doing bad things outside the referees' line of vision.

The actual game is very physical, requiring a lot of running, jumping, kicking, catching, and yes, tackling. The field is huge.

Perhaps the most violent part of the game is the uniforms - have you seen those colours??

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114. "RE: #341"
Perhaps the most violent part of the game is the uniforms - have you seen those colours??

Note the very last trope on the page list.

Roughly how many years did your cousin put in, and at what position? Plus -- because this is the big question for any professional sport -- how was the pay/endorsements?

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115. "RE: #341"
I wouldn't know him well enough to answer all your questions.
In the late 80s I went to Australia and got to see a game because of him. He drove us to the game, but after we arrived we never saw him again and a car was sent to drive us home*. We were given seats in the executive box, which down there was one big box area for all corporate seats. We were behind glass (which one wife thankfully complained about and got opened) and the only real advantage to these seats was that we got scones at half time. I don't even recall if we were served alcohol.

Without disclosing too much, I compare him to Bobby Clarke. He played in the 60s and 70s, was captain of his team when they won their first championship, played 14 seasons, coached for a few (I believe he was even a player-coach for a season or two), and ended up working for the team for 23 years in marketing after he stopped playing (the bio shows a gap between playing and marketing - I am not sure what he did between).

Apparently his position was half-forward flanker/centreman, if that means anything to you (it doesn't to me).

I think he made a living playing/coaching/managing, but don't think many sports around the world made athletes rich back in the 60s & 70s.

From Wikipedia:
Salaries for senior players are not normally released to the public, although one report put the average for 2011 at $211,000 and the top few players can expect to earn up to $1,000,000 a year.

Certainly not silly money like in many North American sports and world soccer.

*funny side note on the ride home. We shared this car with some other guy (must have been a corporate perk for him?). He was quite loaded. In a sign of the times, he was intrigued that we were from North America and knew the results of the NBA finals that had happened about a month before. Pre-internet I guess, and the games hadn't aired down there yet. He was sure he could win some money off his friends if we told him the results. We let him guess the results, and his enjoyment piqued. All these years later I chuckle about that ride, and will always wonder how much money that guy lost betting on the wrong NBA team.

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116. "RE: #341"
Half-forward flanker/centreman sounds like a pick-up approach at a really sleazy nightclub.

Thankee. I wasn't asking for (and didn't expect) a family tree, but I was a little curious about how some of it worked. And frankly, ditching you at the gate just screams professional athlete...

Modern salaries are workable, but they'd better have an amazing long-term healthcare plan.

The betting thing was just mean.

I can't associate scones with Australia. I'm trying. It's not working.

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117. "RE: #341"
It wasn't ditching us at the gate, but not far from it. I remember being disappointed at the time. That was 1989, and my mother had left Australia in about 1961, settling in North America in 1964. Despite having been away for 25 years (and only one visit in between) she wrote so many letters to her large family there (pre-email) that the family went to great efforts to accommodate me (and my traveling mate). People drove long distances, put up huge spreads (hear of "all you can eat"? People went way past that for us!), and very much disrupted their lives, all as a way to say thanks to my mother (who would visit herself a few years later). It was great that we were taken to the game, and I have no idea what sort of game-time commitments that he might have had, but his level of effort didn't seem to match those of the rest of the family. Whether that was because he had been a star athlete or was just the best he could do given other commitments I will never know.

I am still proud to call him a relative, and I cheer for his team - which I consider my team - each season.

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118. "#342"
...let's run through that again.

Okay! 'Would you like me to post the trope now, or wait 'til you get home?'

'Post the trope now, post the trope now now.'

'You keep out of this, she doesn't have to post the trope now.'

HA! That's it, hold it right there! *aside glance* Pronoun trouble. (Beat) It's not "She doesn't have to post the trope now", it's "I don't have to post the trope now".

...

Well, I say she does have to post the trope now! So ''post the trope now!''

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DuckSeasonRabbitSeason

...DAMN IT!

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119. "RE: #342"
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120. "RE: #342"
(Reviving an old item).

"'You keep out of this, she doesn't have to post the trope now.'"

We no longer have to wonder about Estee's gender. It was a fun debate while it lasted, and it was one of the longest running points of controversy we have ever had. One I'm sure she enjoyed as much as we did. I’ll admit that I feel kinda nostalgic knowing that I no longer have to use the awkward "he/she" references, but now that she has confirmed which set of pronouns is most apropos, and most probably (not absolutely conclusively, however) which set of genitals she sports, we can at least rest easier and begin to wonder about other things that we really have no business wondering about.

Or maybe we’ve been “catfished” ala Manti Te'o?


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121. "RE: #342"
My 2013 Politically Incorrect fantasy football team will be named Kingfish's Vivisected Corpse.

I call dibs.

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123. "RE: #342"
I liked it. It was straight to the point, had a smart cross-reference, and was unfettered with insincere flattery. But for a coming out (as a woman) speech, you could take a pointer from Jodi.

However, I’m not sure I want to see (or be) your mascot.

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124. "RE: #342"
LAST EDITED ON 01-17-13 AT 12:14 PM (EST)

I named it after the mascot.

Well, the upcoming mascot.

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122. "RE: #342"
Did you see the real life example? Cute and funny.
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125. "#343"
...Age Of Aquariums?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NewAge

I guess you have to put all those crystals somewhere.

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126. "#344 (not even remotely PG13)"
Oh sure, I'm not going to regret posting this one at all...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CallingYourOrgasms

I like to think of this one as self-perpetuating cliche. Before you ever have sex, you read about people doing this or watch simulations of -- varying quality -- which have this being done. So when you finally get to the deed, you're firmly convinced you have to do it. Which leads to a new generation of writers including it in the scripts -- and so the cycle continues. And of course, if you say it, it must be happening.

*rolls eyes*

If it's said twice as loud, is it twice as convincing?

The hallmark of bad adult entertainment acting: 'I am arriving at this location, at this time, due to stimulation which I can no longer bear! Huzzah!'

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128. "RE: #344 (not even remotely PG13)"
Audible climaxing? I would touch that with a 10" pole.
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130. "RE: #344 (not even remotely PG13)"
You should really get the owner's permission first.
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127. "#345"
My personal favorite.

mine eyes have seen the glory
of the burning of the school
we have tortured all the teachers
we have broken every rule.
we took the principal's office
and we murderlated the fool
our summer begins right now!

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PlaygroundSong

'Murderlated' is an actual word.

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129. "RE: #345"
"To-re-ador-ah,
Don't spit on the floor,
Use the cuspidor
That's what it's for!"

Then, there's the ever popular,"

"On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese
I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed.

It rolled past the table, it rolled on the floor
And then my poor meatball, it rolled out the door

So if you have spaghetti, all covered with cheese
Hang onto your meatball, and don't ever sneeze!"

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131. "RE: #345"
'Murderlated' is an actual word.

No doubt introduced to the language by the "Bowery Boys".

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132. "RE: #345"
That was "moiderlated."
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133. "#346 (all of your kids)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RaisedByOrcs

...okay, so this is actually the trope concerning children being abducted by the enemy and raised to hate you and everything you stand for. So realistically, it's mostly about your kids if you happen to be divorced.

Deny it.

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134. "#347"
Unlike real life, a fictional character's death tends to mean something for the larger world around them. They might go out with a heroic sacrifice: that's always popular. Maybe their dying breath is the one which triggers the deux ex machina of the story. With their last twitch, the button is pushed. And so on down the line -- all of which is typically accepted because ideally, the audience has grown to love that character (sometimes over decades) and wants to see them accomplish something at the last. So typically, that's the general way deaths wind up happening.

And at other times? A new director has taken over the series and always hated that character, so it's time to undo everything the original showrunner ever put together. The author has been working with this creation for thousands of pages and is sick of their own work, so revenge is coming. The actress quit and now the writing staff is going to punish her. And when those circumstances turn up, the deaths start to become decidedly petty. Totally meaningless. Suicide offscreen: the audience gets no chance at a goodbye. Stepped on a tack and got blood poisoning. Ran into the villain with exactly one power and it's 'kill this character instantly'. Walked under a ladder. Whatever it is, there's no dignity to it, no great or small positive deed accomplished. The character may even go out in a way that screwed it up for everyone else. It is frequently small-minded, it is typically vindictive, it royally pisses off the fanbase, and it happens all the time.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DroppedABridgeOnHim

It's not going to stop any time soon.

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135. "Most notably, "
The unlamented off screen between-season demise of Charlie Harper of 2 1/2 men. And the squashing like a bug of (not to mention pulverizing the fictional body of) the role for Charlie Sheen.

Didn't find that listed, but the lists were pretty long and I only scanned.

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136. "RE: Most notably, "
Oh, it's there, just way way down the ahem! Live-Action coff TV tab:

•Charlie's death on Two and a Half Men certainly qualifies as he was killed by a girlfriend pushing him into an on-coming train. It was done between seasons and off-camera.

Unusually short with no mention of Charlie Sheen having been fired and committing virtual career suicide.

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138. "Which is why..."
...actors have their own pages.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CharlieSheen

The series page also makes note of it in several places.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/TwoAndAHalfMen?from=Main.TwoAndAHalfMen

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137. "RE: Most notably, "
LAST EDITED ON 01-22-13 AT 01:59 PM (EST)

On the series page, Charlie also gets a subtrope out of it: McLeaned, which is a bridge being dropped specifically because the performer departed.

In Charlie's case, it was successive bridges of increasingly greater size.

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139. "#348"
What always amazes me about this one is how even the coating and impression wind up being. Try it out yourself and I bet there's a joint missing on the results, or the palm line is completely filled in, or you smeared off to the left instead of a clean lift off the wall -- anyway, it won't be a perfect one and that's the point I'm making. And the mark you're leaving will lack something. Like about four pints.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BloodyHandprint

...all right, the wimps can do it with paint as a warmup.

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140. "Count Wilfred the Hairy"
Barcelona guys should consult with Joisey guys when they need a nickname. "Split Nose" Napoli beats "Wilfred the Hairy" by a mile.

"The coat-of-arms of Catalonia is four red pallets on a gold background. A legend says that it was created when the badly wounded Count Wilfred the Hairy of Barcelona passed his bloody fingers across the golden shield awarded to him by the Emperor of the Franks."

Count Wilfred the Hairy of Barcelona! What a guy.

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141. "RE: Count Wilfred the Hairy"
Franks have their own emperor? Who's the Emperor of Eddie's?
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142. "#349"
So, Newsome, how do you feel I should vote on that public referendum?

Uh-huh.

Right.

Naturally.

I see your logic there.

But of course.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AntiAdvice

I'll get right on that.

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143. "RE: #349"
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So, like, how about the trope where the "always wrong Bob" actually has a little perception and catches on that someone is doing the opposite of what he recommends, and begins to offer advice that is opposite of what he would usually offer?

How about that, eh? Hadn’t thought of that, I bet.

Have I inspired Newsome? Is Estee's day of reckoning at hand, or will she follow Newsome’s advice because she catches on that he has caught on to her having caught on in the first place. Stay tuned.

We will find out in the next thrilling episode of..."Days of our RTVW Lives".

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144. "RE: #349"
But now that you've given him that advice, he has to do the opposite of it. Which would be to keep on keepin' on.

Oops.

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145. "RE: #349"
We've defined the "Neverending Trope".
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146. "#350"
Some directors and cinematographers have a go-to framing device. And they just keep going to it...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SignatureShot

So. For our 'favorite' reality producers, what are theirs?

I'll save Snidget the trouble: for Dancing With The Stars, the signature shot is waiting for the most crucial moment in the performance, then filming whatever's happening on the other side of the ballroom.

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147. "RE: #350"
Signature shot for Survivor seems to be a shot of an animal looking down at the crazy humans who have invaded his habitat.



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148. "RE: #350"
TAR:
Phil, taking the pause that lasts forever when informing the last team to arrive at the pitstop whether or not this is a non-elimination leg.

Survivor:
The crotch shots.

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149. "RE: #350"
For the Race, the first thing that came to mind was the overhead swoop that always takes the shot of the teams on the final mat. A few seasons ago, it would have been Mr. Clue Hands.

I don't know why you think shots of the Hantz clan are MB's signature.

...sounds accurate, though.

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150. "RE: #350"
I thought for TAR it would be the long, lingering, loving shots of the poor forlorn clue box or clue marker no one can see.
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153. "RE: #350"
One would think that after this many seasons, Rule #10 in the Racer's Handbook would read 'I will take pains to look at whatever my camera operator is filming.'
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151. "RE: #350"
Hell's Kitchen - Gordon throwing a plate of food in the trash or puking into the trash.

America's Next Top Model - Tyra looking as if someone passed gas next to her.

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152. "RE: #350"
Oh, you mean Tyra's 'I have accidentally cast someone who could have a career superior to mine, or for that matter, any career at all. I must destroy her' face?

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154. "#351 (not what you think it is)"
Take a second and make your guess.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ScriptWank

Wrong. This trope is for the often-annoying habit of, after spending an entire story in teaching the audience A Very Important Lesson, using the end of the tale to explicitly spell out just what that lesson was. You know, in case the whole bloody story being about that moral wasn't enough for you. Diagrams may be involved. And yes, letters are written to princesses. Except when they're not.

As noted in the description, this one gets sent up the river fairly often. And keeps paddling back.


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155. "#352"
Awaiting your horror stories.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SchoolPlay

You have them.

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156. "#353"
The lead page quote on this one was too perfect not to use.

"I'd like to help you, but I can't. I'd like to tell you to take a copy of your policy to Norma Wilcox on" *hands his client notepad and pen* "Norma Wilcox, W-I-L-C-O-X - on the 3rd floor, but I can't. I also do not advise you to fill out and file a WS-2574 form with our legal department on the 2nd floor. I would not expect someone to get back to you quickly to resolve the matter. I'd like to help, but there's nothing I can do."

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CouldSayItBut

The Real Life example I enjoyed the most was just too profane.

Third from last on the list. Starshine, want to explain British libel for the class?

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157. "RE: #353"
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I understand and sympathize with your reluctance to post your SSN and banking pin numbers, that would be very unwise. So don't do that. But if you were to, what would you post?

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158. "#354"
Sugar...

Eggs...

Milk...

Flour...

Cocoa...

Hacksaw...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/JailBake

Do Not Microwave tag...

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159. "RE: #354"
Well, you can just stick that hacksaw up your...

Oh, wait, that is the other alternative.

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160. "#355 (science fiction/fact)"
When it comes to fuel for space travel, there is in fact such a thing as a free lunch. The problem is that the food comes one atom at a time and guess who has to go out and collect it?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RamScoop

As theories go, it's a workable one: building the thing is the impossible part. If you can make this, you're probably halfway to a Dyson sphere and then what was the point? Plus, someone has to go out and clean the thing. And they will never, ever be finished.

Fun idea. But like most hard science advanced concepts, the execution just isn't there.

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161. "RE: #355 (science fiction/fact)"
From the "Duh" file of obvious solutions to the problem of carrying enough hydrogen for interstellar flight:

Take my friend Ralph (name changed for no good reason, his real name is Johann) with you, along with an ample quantity of bean burritos and boiled cabbage. It should be no problem to separate the pesky Carbon atom from the 4 Hydrogen atoms in his methane trail. As an added bonus? he also produces Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S, rotten egg gas).

I calculate that Ralph could power a ship to Alpha Centauri and back, and if you want to go farther, find another Ralph.

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162. "RE: #355 (science fiction/fact)"
Did you want to work the ratio math on 'mass of food carried:mass of hydrogen produced', or should I?
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163. "RE: #355 (science fiction/fact)"
I'd do it except that I can't find a reference for how many hydrogen atoms are in a bean burrito. A zillion?
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164. "#356 (video games)"
Classic two-person fighting games with each player controlling one combatant tend to have a lot of characters. A lot of characters. Some you start out with, some you have to unlock by winning games, some are secret until you hit just the right button combination -- given enough time, you're going to personal war with the population of a small country whose only export is ridiculously mixed martial arts. And every one of those characters needs their own design, backstory, special moves -- designing them can become exhausting. There's only so many martial arts styles in the world, you know, and so few of them include energy blasts.

So naturally, this is where the Lazy Creator Cheat comes in. Why not have two characters use the same style? They can duplicate each other's moves, have nearly the same wardrobe -- maybe they went to the same dojo and they're natural rivals, or they used to be best friends but now they must kill each other -- the point is, they look a lot alike, they move exactly alike, and there's one less group of button combinations to memorize. Why hasn't anyone thought of that before?

Everyone thought of that before.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RyuAndKen

Repeatedly.

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165. "RE: #356 (video games)"
lol the Real Life Examples

Lions and Tigers
Jaguars and Leopards
Hawks and Eagles
Lennon and McCartney ...

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166. "#357"
Maine Coon.

Savannah.

On up.

Way up.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MegaNeko

Don't ask about the litter box.

Llyan is probably the best-known example for Americans. And that just barely.

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167. "RE: #357"
We really know that we have evolved as RTVW fans and as a society when we can openly talk about big pussies. OK, we all know a few big pussies, right? But up to now no one has openly and in a normal, very PG way, dared to discuss them.

Fuzzy little pussies, cute and cuddly as they are, have been the object of fawning devotion for far too long, pushing their bigger and hairier cousins deep undercover, deeper into the shadows. I understand that many have gone down to Brazil, while others utilize a landing strip just south of the border.

So here I am, I am coming out of the closet to reveal that I too like the big ole pussies.

Here's to big pussy freedom, and to fans of big pussies, and to the goal of everyone everywhere being able to express their love and devotion for big hairy pussies.

I salute you.

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168. "RE: #357"
*friskies*
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169. "RE: #357"
{Fluttershy}I regret everything.{/Fluttershy}
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170. "RE: #357"
So, like, when are we getting a big "Muff" trope? It's winter, and we all need to keep our hands warm.

Shortly, spring will be here, the season when beavers emerge from their hidden little spots and start slapping tails all over the place. And we all know how much fun slapping beaver tail is.

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171. "#358"
From the Lessons No One Learns department: if you're a celebrity, you're being watched. If you do something, it gets noticed. If you do something bad, it makes headlines. And if the headlines are bad enough, your employers may wonder why they're bothering with you.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RoleEndingMisdemeanor

Eventually, they stop bothering.

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172. "RE: #358"
No wonder the Brits had their own petition that he not be deported back to them:

•Piers Morgan was fired as Editor of the Daily Mirror in 2004 after giving the okay to print a series of photos apparently implicating a British Army unit in Iraqi prisoner abuse. Within days these were proven to be fake and he left in shame. Interestingly it seems that most of the public have either forgotten this or chosen to ignore it, as he has since become a relatively successful television personality.

Bizarrely, however, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't despise him. One possible explanation is that his first TV job after the incident was on Britain's Got Talent alongside Simon Cowell, where he could easily manipulate audiences to think of him as the nicer judge to Simon Cowell's judgmental bastard. (Although of course it's debatable as to whether he took on the role of the "Evil Judge". Either way, the position on the show somehow worked for him.)

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173. "#359"
Sometimes I just like to post the trope's title and let the actual contents come as a surprise to you.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ImAHumanitarian

This is one of those times.

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174. "RE: #359"
Thanks for that. I never knew the story of "Timothy" by the Buoys before.



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175. "RE: #359"
I think it actually came up in OT once before in a thread about really depressing songs.

So technically, this is the second helping.

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183. "RE: #359"
"Please don't bury me
Down in that cold cold ground.

No, I'd druther have "em" cut me up
And pass me all around.

Throw my brain in a hurricane
And the blind can have my eyes.

And the deaf can take both of my ears
If they don't mind the size"

A John Prine Ditty.


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176. "#360"
Drake Mallard.

Grace Sciuridae.

Heffer Wolfe.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SpeciesSurname

Guy Mann-Dude.

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177. "RE: #360"
King Fish.

Stud Muffin.

(Potato, Tomato)

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178. "#361"
On the bright side, you now have this handy excess of carbon dioxide.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AlmostOutOfOxygen

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179. "RE: #361"
I...can't...catch...my...breath...

What? Oh. I'm underwater. Carry on.

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180. "#362 (Jesus, but not his followers)"
I do love this page quote, despite the frequent total unreality of it:

"The tyrant dies, his rule ends. The martyr dies, and his rule begins."
— Søren Kierkegaard

More typically, a martyr dies, and then another martyr dies, and then a whole bunch of them die at once, and then the tyrant graduates to wholesale massacre and calls it a day.

But at other times...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DoomedMoralVictor

Of course, what people then do in the name of that martyr quickly turns into tyranny. Ironic, isn't it?

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181. "RE: #362 (Jesus, but not his followers)"
Recalling Post #1,

http://community.realitytvworld.com/boards/DCForumID6/37881.shtml#1

But, you know, it's much more satisfying when tyrants murder tyrants. Should be a spectator sport.

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182. "RE: #362 (Jesus, but not his followers)"
Wait, wasn't Shakes banned so this place could thrive??

Shakes the Martyr.

Needs a cool siggie.

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184. "#363 "
...you see, the body on the toilet was manufactured by alien technology using a cloning technique we're barely capable of recognizing as one, and it was all just to free him from the bonds of his Earthly connections so that he could seek out his true destiny among the stars --

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ElvisHasLeftThePlanet

-- dear gawds, how did this many examples make it onto one page?

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185. "RE: #363 "
This is one trope for which there really should be personally (by me) selected real life examples.

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186. "RE: #363 "
Real life examples of planets you believe Elvis to be from?

There's a master trope for celebrities from outer space, referenced on the page. It's just a shock to see that many Elvis uses.

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187. "RE: #363 "
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188. "#364 (Survivor, Wednesday.)"
Matching performer to role is a careful process. You always want to be careful about the talent you're getting. Even in the digital age, there's only so much special effects can do: unless your budget is approaching nine digits, a live-action actor's appearance will probably be some kind of consideration. You want to look at the demographics of your prospective audience and how your ultimate choice might pull them in. You probably want to be careful about any accents which might crop up in the finished work. If you're basing the film on something else, then people probably have some idea of what the character looks like based on years of reading the original work and you might want to line up with that just a little. And so on down the line until you get your round peg in the round hole and the entire engine starts to turn.

And sometimes...

Well, sometimes there's a musician who's really popular right now and placing her in the lead would get her entire fanbase: never mind that she can't act and can barely sing, it's all about those ticket sales. Or maybe you've got a crush on the himbo of the hour and rumor has it he'll sleep with any casting director who gives him a juicy role. Any casting director. The studio director's niece is going to break into the business and talent is no consideration, and also isn't present in any form. The Greenlight Guy loves this one actor, puts him in everything and no matter how horribly inappropriate he is for this part, he's going in this. Hey, doesn't that wrestler have a month to play with? Or maybe you get a completely delusional executive producer who thinks the absolute dregs of his previous works are what the audience came to see and then convinces the host to sell crap as gold on pain of death, mostly that of the audience.

Yes, once again, for no reason the reviewers will let you get away with, they have hired the

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WTHCastingAgency

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189. "RE: #364 (Survivor, Wednesday.)"
IMO casting Tom (Thumb) Cruise as 6'6" 200#+ action hero epitomizes this trope, although special effects and having everyone else stand in holes does tend to make it more believable that that 4'0" midget could actually be a super athlete. Gymnastics and race horse jockeys aside.

I don’t like his religion either. I would, however, like to meet any of his ex-wives.

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