A "trope" is a literary device, motif, or cliché. In storytelling, a trope is a conceptual figure of speech, a storytelling shorthand for a concept that the audience will recognize and understand instantly.

A trope is a convention. It can be a plot trick, a setup, a narrative structure, a character type, a linguistic idiom—you'll likely know it when you see it or when it's pointed out.

Tropes are not only within the works itself, but also in related aspects such as the behind-the-scenes aspects of creation, the technical features of a medium, and the fan experience. Storytelling is not just writing, it is the whole process of creating and showing a story.

We use as our main resource, and most links on this page and trope subpages lead there.

Some tropes are consistent enough or important enough to have their own page:




Single use tropesEdit



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