Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
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Thursday Tropes: Week 19

It's been a minute, hasn't it? Well, we're back...and maybe slightly different?

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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 1 that's really popular.

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 3 tropes!

Mistaken for Foreigner: This trope is when a minority character is automatically assumed to be from the country of their ethnic origin (or someplace vaguely close to it), even though their speech, dress, and all other mannerisms reflect the country they call home because that's where they were born and raised. A common example would be an Asian-American being asked where they're from, asked about an aspect of an Asian culture (whether it's their own or not), or is assumed not to speak English, only for them to curtly respond in a plain American accent, "Dude I'm from Philly."

Subtrope of Mistaken Nationality. Not to be confused with Fake Nationality, which is when the actor is a different nationality than the character they're portraying. Two inversions would be Fauxreigner, when a character is not foreign but plays up their ethnic background as a gimmick, and But Not Too Foreign, when the character really is from a different country, but the story goes out of its way to prove that they're "just like us."

Tampering with Food and Drink: The act of sneaking inedible or dangerous objects, such as glass, poison, drugs, etc., into an item of food or drink, with the hope that it kills/harms whoever has the misfortune to consume it. As such, it also covers deliberately adding an otherwise harmless ingredient to which the intended recipient is known to be allergic.

The non-lethal version of food tampering would be putting a love potion, sleeping potion/drug, etc. in food or more commonly, drinks; also known as Slipping a Mickey. Another less fatal prank is switching the victim's usual drink with Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce or Gargle Blaster. A Laxative Prank is also fairly common. Well-intentioned tampering can also administer a remedy to a patient either unaware of their ailment or unwilling to take the cure. Attempting to do this to several different people at once can overlap with One Dose Fits All.

A variant of this trope is Medication Tampering.

It is common for the perpetrator to be a waiter/chef and the victim to be a rude customer or food critic who made the perpetrator angry.

If the perpetrator is unlucky, his plans may be thwarted by a Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo.

A character who suspects that the trope is going to be played on him might react with a Discreet Drink Disposal or Discreet Dining Disposal.

Compare Revenge Is a Dish Best Served, when someone puts something gross (but non-fatal) in food or drink to get back at someone (usually a grumpy or bossy customer). Clean Food, Poisoned Fork is when the means of eating the food is tampered for the same effect. Tainted Tobacco is where the poisoner tampers with the victim's smoking material rather than their food.

Compare the larger scale Water Source Tampering, usually perpetrated by conspiracies and such.

Razor Apples and Slipping a Mickey overlap with this trope. The Master Poisoner is highly likely to practice this art. Lethal versions are often Tricked to Death.

Divine Parentage: One or more of a character's parents is a god, an angel, or one of those Horny Devils. Usually, if a character has Divine Parentage, then so will other characters in the setting.

Divine Parentage is important because the divinity is often hereditary, usually in an All Genes Are Codominant way. Thus, someone with Divine Parentage can do things people who are fully mortal cannot.

If the divine side is dominant or prominent, then you tend to get a demigod.

The trope is Older Than Dirt. Many of the examples are related to mythology, and myths have many examples. Some of the more modern examples are retellings of ancient myths.

Related to Half-Human Hybrid. After all, these characters are half-human, half-god - but since the gods are usually thought of as looking completely human, the "different species" issue doesn't tend to come up.

A step above a Heroic Lineage, which is perhaps somewhat ironic since 'hero' was originally the ancient Greek word for examples of this trope (and in Greek myth, due to how much the gods screw around, many heroic lineages can be traced to the gods, heck Zeus is Heracles' divine parent and great-great grandfather).

May be the end result of a Divine Date. A character discovering this parentage may experience a Really Royalty Reveal (with divinity instead of royalty).

Compare Our Ancestors Are Superheroes and Semi-Divine, and contrast God Of Human Origin. See also Nephilim, which are often portrayed as angel hybrids.
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