Can you name some films or stories where aliens become enraptured with humanity's creative arts (music, painting, poetry, etc.) and thereby see their redeeming value? Similar but not exact tropes include "Alien Arts are Appreciated" and "Klingons Love Shakespeare".
Can anybody give me some examples of characters in film, television, or literature who incidentally have an illness or disability (i.e., their illness or disability does not somehow become a central plot device)? [more inside]
Can you recommend shows or books that act as great "love-hate" letters deconstructing and showing off the flaws in a particular idea or genre while also being loving examples of the genre? [more inside]
I don't really know how to phrase the question, but I'm trying to remember or find examples of names of characters who were either complete fabrications or were presented under the guise of another identity all along (in fiction). Also does this trope have a name? [more inside]
You how there's always a scene in science fiction movies where a character enters some futuristic utopia and a robotic voice starts talking to them, saying something like "Welcome to Futureville, where all your needs are met" ? Is there a name for this trope? Can you think of some good examples? [more inside]
A short story with a surprise ending where the protagonist is an alien, and the spacecraft that crashed in the woods contains a human. This has been done before, right? [more inside]
Watching the video from this FPP got me wondering. There are countless scenes in movie and TV shows that depict somebody shooting somebody else and that person falling to the ground dead from a rooftop, ledge, etc. (and possibly Wilhelm screaming on the way). Are there any examples where the shooter/killer keeps firing at the gravity-stricken victim while they fall?
There's a trope in literature/film where one character is pre-destined to have a particular relationship with another character (e.g., A and B will always fall in love). I'm looking for examples where this happens multiple times with the same characters. [more inside]
TVTropes describes the trope of the closed circle: "A stock plot designed to force the characters or players to stay in a location and get involved in the adventure... and not be able to leave until it's done." Familiar, right? I am looking for examples of novels that employ this trope, but with a twist: the primary crime they're trying to solve took place in the past, before they were enclosed in the circle. [more inside]
I'm looking for stories (movies, books, folk tales, whatever) where somebody or something arrives from some rather mysterious realm and proceeds to wreck up our hero's land, and the hero has to travel to the realm of the unwelcome entity and bring back some way to defeat it. (It could be a special weapon, some knowledge of the previously unstoppable villain's weakness, etc.) Anybody got some examples? [more inside]
What are examples in fiction of characters who think they are subverting the bad guys only to learn that they were unwittingly doing what the bad guys wanted all along? SPOILERS follow. [more inside]
I'm trying to find TV shows (or films) that contain a particular trope that I noticed while watching some old 1980's shows lately. Namely shows where the main character provides a sort of running narration throughout. [more inside]
Everybody knows Bush Sr said 'the vision thing' -- but wasn't he also quoted as having added 'grandkids'? Google gives me goose eggs.
What are some TV commercials of the past couple of years that showcase some of the cheesy tropes of American television advertising? [more inside]
Inspired by this post about retirement savings, I'm using my question to ask something I've always wondered about: where did the trope about senior citizens eating cat food come from? [more inside]
Where did this TV/movie trope originate: the one where someone can no longer play a musical instrument because of a painful past incident....
Where did this TV/movie trope originate: the one where someone can no longer play a musical instrument because of a painful past incident.... [more inside]
Schools or asylums that trained young girls in some sort of speciality skill only to later sell them off to rich men: did they really exist? Do they still? [more inside]
Can anyone think of cultural references that have replaced what they are referring to? [more inside]
The hero thinks he killed an innocent -- examples of this trope in comic books or comic book movies? Couldn't find it on tvtropes.org [more inside]
I'm heartbroken, and need some distraction. Ridiculously involved, dorky stories stories and youtube junk preferred. [more inside]
I'm interested in books that are nominally fantasy, but steal scifi tropes, and vice versa. Suggestions? [more inside]
What are the reference points for the final scene of the Office (US) Season 2 Episode 21, "Conflict Resolution?" [more inside]
Character googles her paranormal boyfriend. Fake wikipedia article reading ensues. Is there a TVtropes article for this cliché, or, alternatively, what are some examples? [more inside]
The Dukes of Hazzard was known for its cliffhangers before commercials, where they usually freeze-frame a stunt and narrator/"balladeer" Waylon Jennings says something like, "Them duke boys are sure gonna have a hard time getting out of this one!" Help me find an example of this scene online. [more inside]
You know how in movies when the two (heretofore antagonistic) main characters are arguing bitterly, and in the heat of the moment one of the them reaches out and grabs the other in frustration, which leads to an abrupt and pregnant pause, and then all of a sudden they're making out? Yeah. Does that happen in real life? [more inside]
What is this phenomenon? It isn't synchronicity, baader-meinhoff, or confirmation bias. [more inside]
Please help identifying a couple of science fiction plots. [more inside]
What's the origin of the image of the frustrated writer? You know this character - crumpling his drafts into little balls and throwing them in the wastepaper basket, or staring endlessly at a blank page. What are some really early appearances of this image? [more inside]
I remember, and know people who have memorized, the Gunslinger's Creed from the Stephen King books and the Litany Against Fear from the Dune books. They may be more famous than the books themselves. And I was wondering: is there anything else like that? A literary work inside and literary work that is more famous (or as famous) as the work containing it? [more inside]
How much conflict is there between local police and FBI? [more inside]