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Fridge Brilliance

  • Nothing Is Scarier. The pun that nothing is more scary than someone jumping out, and that this technique is the scariest one. --Morgulion
  • I just realize something about Darth Wiki, it fit to Vader/Anakin character. Darth Wiki is place part to have fun i and Vader is one of the coolest character, but Darth Wiki is also place for whining and Anakin (horever I disagree about that) was full of wangst in eyes of many fans. -- Death Cloud
  • When TV Tropes switched the default search device to Google I was annoyed considering how inaccurate Google can be. And there were all the reasons to consider (less wear on the server, spelling is less of a big deal, etc.) but none of them really sold me on it. Then I realized something: During The Great Crash what was the main type of backup we had? Google caches.
  • I just got the second meaning behind the trope title Aerith and Bob. It's clear that it's meant to invoke the Alice and Bob page, but at first I thought it was just a random, but recognizable, odd fictional name. Then I remembered the long-standing (but ultimately false) rumor that Aerith's name was supposed to be "Alice," and the name makes even more sense.
  • I just recently got the Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory title, for the longest time I was reading it as "If you're in purgatory then you're jesus." Then I got that it was making fun of people reading to far into things, ultimately leading to them saying, "Everyone is Jesus, also they're in Purgatory."
  • I realized the meaning of the words "Sequel Hook": The question mark looks like a hook.
  • How long did it take you to realize that there's a reason the TV Tropes logo has a lampshade hung on it?
  • I was going through Nothing Is Scarier and I thought the title meant, "Nothing is scarier than nothing." But then I realized it was more of, "Nothing is scarier than everything else."
  • I was writing an essay on Fandoms and social linking through them and was halfway down my paragraph about Fan Dumb, when it hit me: "Fan Dumb? Fan Dumb... Oh! Fandom!" Then I proceeded to laugh myself stupid for not noticing the pun sooner.
  • I've seen a few times where people will refer to a "scoop" of Eye Scream. I just realized it's a pun on the term "a scoop of ice cream", and makes further sense since the character in question has their eye scooped out.
  • Like most people I've always thought that in scifi/fantasy, the common Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism where the female of a race looks like a Cute Monster Girl and the male most definitely looks monstrous/unhuman was meant to appeal to male fans, it makes sense right? But if you think about it wouldn't that also mean that even the manliest human would look a lot like a female of their own species to an alien male? Cue the fanfics...
    • Theodore Sturgeon's short sci-fi story "The World Well Lost" is based on exactly this. In it an alien couple land on Earth and request asylum. They never reveal exactly why they're on the run, but everyone they meet are so touched by their relationship that they agree to help them. Later on it's revealed that although they look like a straight couple to humans, they are in fact both male -- their females look completely different. They were on the run because their people disapproved of homosexuality, and they were relatively safe on Earth because, to their culture, Earth is a planet of depraved homosexuals and best avoided.
  • Mining Accident On Troy is a Stealth Pun - combining Mole Miner (the trope of a character, like a mole, who mines) and The Mole's (Villainous spy pretending to be an ally to the heroes) background - so naturally it would be a mining accident.
  • I was reading How Not to Write AYKTTW, and I kept seeing potholes for Your Trope. I clicked on it, expecting to see some humorous lecture about how tropes belong to everyone, but the page was empty. There is literally no such thing as Your Trope.
  • Alice talks to Bob, and starts with With All Due Respect followed immediately by a string of swears or insults. The usual reasoning is that it creates humorous contrast, but I feel it's much simpler than that: Alice is giving Bob all the respect she feels he's due. --Wackd
  • When you read the trope Dead Horse Genre, you come to the realisation that: a.) practically anything and everything that ever got a lick of success anywhere in the world gets to be a DHG; b.) a lot of the styles mentioned as a DHG were competing against each other in the same pop culture space, and maybe were even concieved as an antidote or antithesis to another popular style; c.) if they were popular once, they may well become popular again with at least somebody, at least if given a new lease on life, and d.) becaue the styles did become popular to the point of overkill, Hype Backlash and a certain amount of Fan Dumb will always be a factor in the perception of those styles of music. The critics and tastemakers who declared them "dead" often were ascended fans, after all, perhaps overreacting to a style's overexposure, not neccessarily fans of the style (or fans of a different style) to begin with, and/or whining about the amount of below-average examples that inevitably rears its head as more and more people adopt that genre.
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