7 TV Tropes You Didn’t Realize You’ve Seen Hundreds Of Times

Saturday, May 18 by Loretta Arnold

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When questioning a certain mid-flow connecting a line from A to Z, that could be a defining moment for tropes. TV tropes come in all shapes and sizes. What are TV tropes? Like the girl who remarked of the windless day, and then the wind arrives. Or the boy who complimented the lack of rain, then it started to rain outside. Those moments one could redirect to either a coincidence or a sign of sorts. Or those other moments that just waste air time. Here is a mixture of both.

 

“Three’s Company”

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Set the ropes for this domino effect. There must be hundreds, no, thousands, of Helen Roper tropes. Stanley lived a life of tropes. Always expecting one thing but getting something completely different.

 

Mash

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Klinger to “Mash”, more tropes? Every time Klinger wanted an out he came up with some con, but nothing ever worked. No matter how close, no matter who assisted, he just never got far. More expected tropes to add to the ropes.

 

Reality TV

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Reality and talent shows are shows within shows, a.k.a. tropes. Getting to the center of this takes more than just five minutes. Try at least thirty minutes of long, drawn out script of tropes. You know what they say? Tropes sell. Or at least they kill enough time until the commercial line-up.

 

“The Brady Bunch

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<p>Another bit of trope-filled history, like the vase that cracked. The same vase the kids tried to glue together but it fell apart again. If the kids read the glue packaging they would have figured out if it were waterproof. But then again, that would have killed the trope-moment.</p>
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Kramer, the character who lives across the hall from Jerry Seinfeld, does some stupid things. Why he does what he does, no one knows. Like letting foreign people sleep in his dresser drawers or the money offer he turned down for a less-than-idiotic deal with the tobacco company. All tropes. The spit before it hit the ground was a trope. And yes, there was a potential spit-ster behind the grassy knoll.

 

CNN

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<p>Even (dare we say it) CNN, tropes central of operations. Why CNN reports every nook is beyond me but there’s a space for everything, even tropes. A time killer, filler, or a pre-planned act to give the viewers a splash of refreshing air are potential moments to toss in a “what was that” news story. But don’t feel bad CNN, other news stations do that too!</p>
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General Hospital

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From vampire to frozen princess, “General Hospital: celebrates their 50th by freezing one of their characters. Luke and Laura try to search for their daughter, who is on a boat, frozen by some Cassadine family members. It’s “General Hospital” for goodness sake, and this is Luke and Laura we’re talking about, so yes, even their frozen daughter could be saved–after being frozen. All that time in between was filled with tropes. The do-what-we-can techniques that lasted about one minute and the long goodbyes and memories that flashed on the script assisted in those tropes.