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Usually, the Trope Namer for a trope provides the one codifying example to define them all. This isn't actually a requirement (though it still comes highly recommended); some Trope Namers are only examples in a loose sense of the term, and others aren't even an example at all.

Be particularly careful when linking to these tropes, because they might not be what they sound like at first glance. (Obviously, any YMMV entry with a specific Trope Namer could be an example in the eyes of some viewers but not others; and some have actually been renamed because of it.)

Not to be confused with Just for Pun or Chekhov's Pun titles. Also not to be confused with works that seem like the Trope Namer, but aren't really (Fur and Loathing was not named after the CSI episode, nor was Determinator named from one of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters's Fake.com Endings).

Then there are the tropes named after lines of dialogue that the trope namer never actually said.

Contrast the Index of Exact Trope Titles, Self Demonstrating Articles, and This Trope Name References Itself. Compare Defied Trope.

Oh, and don't bother listing this page itself, as that will create a paradox.


Tropes:


Tropes that were renamed off this list:

  • Actor Role Confusion -- Originally "Your Secret's Safe With Me, Superman", after a line from The Simpsons that does not involve Superman or someone who played the character (which the trope is about).
  • Anger Born of Worry-- Originally "Fear Leads To Anger", Yoda never felt fear for Anakin's safety that presented as anger at his return.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed -- Originally "Biggus Dickus". The mentioned character in Monty Python's Life of Brian engages in no bed activity, it's just his Punny Name which is highlighted.
  • Breakup Breakout -- Originally "The Jannetty", who was actually The Garfunkel.
  • Informed Equipment -- Originally "Fight In The Nude", a game challenge in Diablo to fight without armor, not a failure to render acquired equipment owing to cheap graphics which is the trope.
  • Lesser Star -- Used to define a group member (usually in bands and music outfits) who is superfluous. Originally named "Garfunkel", but the duo of Simon & Garfunkel was well-known for their harmonies, and Art Garfunkel sang some of their most beautiful melodies.
  • No Delays for the Wicked -- Originally "The Trains Run On Time", a term used about Mussolini for whom it was never true.
  • Ordered to Cheat -- Originally "Sweep The Leg". In The Karate Kid, not only was "sweeping the leg" not cheating (and thus a viable strategy), there was a better example in the match before, where the same guy ordered another student to take Daniel out of commission, which he does by wrecking his knee...despite not wanting to cheat in the first place.
  • Playing a Tree -- Originally "You Are A Tree Charlie Brown", who had never been cast as a tree.
  • Resignations Not Accepted -- Originally "You Can Never Leave", a reference to lyrics from The Eagles song "Hotel California," which in the context of the song were about not being able to leave a place, rather than an organization.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor -- Originally "George Lucas Love Story", changed because most romance stories in Lucas films are not poorly written and absorbing most of the film, and his famous example might not be his fault.
  • Skyward Scream -- Originally "The Khan", which didn't involve a scream using that precise presentation. Instead look for The Scream.
  • Status Quo Game Show -- Originally "You Can't Win", after an in-universe game show from Stay Tuned. The protagonists of the movie actually won on the game show, or at least survived it.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That -- Originally "I Know Kung Fu", refers to a character suddenly using an advanced skill that he/she has apparently always knew but never mentioned it before. The original trope namer, Neo from The Matrix, had to get an Upgrade Artifact installed.
  • Terrible Trio -- Originally "Team Rocket", but they were much too terrible in one sense of the word to be the other.
  • Translation Train Wreck -- Originally "Do Not Want", which, while the bootleg the line came from is mostly an example, is merely inaccurate (an infamous translation of Darth Vader's Big No), not flat-out gibberish.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda -- Originally "Schala Lives" after rumors of Schala from Chrono Trigger living. This was actually proven true in the DS port.
  • Verbal Tic -- Originally "Spoon Speaker", which The Tick's odd battlecry was not really.
  • Wedding Smashers -- Originally "Wedding Crashers", but the film version was non-violent.

Partial Credit:

  • My Future Self and Me -- Originally in South Park where Stan meets with his future self. This is not actually the case; it turns out that he was an actor hired by Stan's parents to keep him off of drugs. However, at the end of the episode, Cartman actually does meet his future self.
  • Sprint Shoes -- The Bunny Hood in Zelda was supposed to be this - but rolling is faster - but rolling too much made you dizzy in one game. In honor of being technically correct, just overshadowed, it remains an alt title.
  • The Starscream -- There are multiple incarnations of Starscream in the Transformers franchise, and while most aren't exactly trustworthy, some are more treacherous than others.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? - no specific Trope Namer, but whenever the phrase is actually said, Tempting Fate usually applies, and not this trope.

Mix of the last two:

Notes

  1. See "Terrible Trio" below.
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