2014-05-03

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tvtropes.org Story Generator
 or as stated on the site "'story idea generator'. These elements from the trope indexes should spark an idea or two."

An example I used for my story:

Setting:
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Video Arcade 
  • setting not seen as much these days due to their decline, this is where all the kids used to go to play their videogames. Rows of them, in big, gloriously fashioned cabinets. Often in darkly lit rooms to let the video displays shine and maintained in states from squalid to spit-shined, the machines flash and burble to themselves even when not being played.
  • Example:  TRON features an odd mix of arcade machines of the period and ray-traced 3D extravaganzas which could have existed only in the last 10 years.
Plot:
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Plots
Death Takes A Holiday
Narrative Device:
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Narrative Devices
Powder Keg Crowd
  • Something is seriously wrong, and a crowd of people — usually commonlower-class, etc. — has gathered. They are discontented and angry, but not really whipped up. They don't really have a plan in mind, unless they are protesting something, in which case the overt purpose is usually Waving Signs Around.
  • This can last a long, long, long time, with no overt effect except some hostile looks, but eventually something will happen.
    • Someone provokes them, possibly from more-or-less legitimate fear of how bad it could get. Particularly likely when a Blue Blood doesn't take them seriously. Then the mob really is whipped up. Lots of damage all around. Although most of the dead are likely to be in the crowd, it really does get that bad. (Torches and Pitchforks is not likely; the mob is not focused and will likely destroy whatever they get their hands on, which means they are often far more destructive than Torches and Pitchforks.) If the crowd has weapons, it may become a Blast Out or a Molotov Cocktail throw-fest.
    • Or, conversely, someone can calm them, soothing them and sending them going. This can be Shaming the Mob, or it can be convincing them that things are being handled properly.
  • Example: In Watchmen, the whole prison goes berserk when an inmate finally dies from injuries inflicted by Rorschach.
  • Example: Carefully explained by the detective in V for Vendetta as the little girl with the broken glasses is shot, leading to the first type of result. Then the same thing is set up with the crowd at the houses of parliament.
Hero:
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Heroes

as versus
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HeroTropes
Token Good Teammate

Villain:
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Villains
Evil Is Not A Toy
Character
As Device:
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Characters
As Device
Seen It All
Characterization Device:
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Characterization
Tropes
Complete Monster
  • The Complete Monster is the most depraved of all characters; a villain utterly lacking in redeeming features. The character is a bad guy, full stop. The author has not taken the character through any actions toward redemption, or at least any that stuck.
  • The Complete Monster can be recognized by these signs:
    • The character is truly heinous by the standards of the story, which makes no attempt to present the character in any positive way.
    • The character's terribleness is played seriously at all times, evoking fear, revulsion and hatred from the other characters in the story.
    • They are completely devoid of altruistic qualities. They show no regret for their crimes.
  • Characters calling out other characters for their crimes In-Universe is You Monster!.
  • ExampleThe Walking DeadThe Governor is an insane despotic leader of a small town of survivors, who feeds any survivors from outside the town to the zombies in order to keep them docile so he can run "fights" between people in his town with the zombies surrounding them. And this is only the start of all the sick shit he does during his run in the series, which includes raping one of the main characters repeatedly, leaving his own daughter (actually niece)"alive" as a zombie so he can keep her as a pet, and being responsible for the deaths of the vast majority of the cast in issue # 48.