This time around...A. FULL. YEAR. OF. TROPES!
Some Thursdays will have 2 tropes, some will have 3, but I think the majority will have one.
Descriptions will be pulled from TV Tropes and a link provided if you want more information.The rules? They're simple.
Write at least 250 words or create 2 icons/1 banner. Anything from suggestive to outright porn is allowed.
This week, there are 2 tropes!Gender-Blender Name
: Most of the time, one can guess somebody's gender by reading their first name. Most first names have a well-defined gender, such as Alice or Robert.
Sometimes the only name you get is an ambiguous abbreviation, such as Sam. Or a gender-neutral name, such as Dominique or Claude in French. Or worse, a name whose "default gender" changes from one country/language to another (or even over time in the same country!), like "Andrea" which is typically female in the U.S. and other Anglophone countries, in Spanish-speaking countries, and most European languages but typically male in Italian (in Greek it means "manly"). And let's not forget the names that must be written down to determine the gender, such as Tony/Toni, Adrian/Adrienne or Francis/Frances.( Collapse )The Straight and Arrow Path (click the link to read more)
: In some modern-day settings, the normal human members of either side will use guns, and often with less than stellar accuracy, regardless of allegiance. Combined with the idea that guns are easy point-and-click weapons, how do you set apart your ranged combat hero with no cool-looking superpowers? Why, give them a bow and arrow, of course! Not only will it prove that they're a Master Archer who's a much better shot than everyone else, but are cool under pressure as well. Crossbows can fit this trope as well, though they're not quite as cool.
Usually, the coolness factor will be ramped up by giving them all sorts of neat arrows that'll come in handy for any situation they might encounter. And of course, their arrows will always be more effective than bullets. Unlimited supply of arrows often included, despite the fact that arrows are pretty large ammunition and not many can be carried in an ordinary quiver compared to bullets.
This trope also lets you replace the negative violent connotations that guns bring with them and replace them with the positive violent connotations of the bow and arrow. It's also more believable (if not necessarily more true) to invoke Thou Shall Not Kill with a bow and arrow than with a gun.