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 2 tropes!
Nothing is the Same Anymore: For many shows, the Status Quo Is God. No matter what happens in a given episode or arc, somehow, things go back to the way things used to be by the end. However, there are shows that have the guts to break this pattern — to seriously change their premise, or at least to shake up major parts of their story, and really mean it. No Reset Buttons, no Snap Backs, no way to restore the comfortable status quo. Nothing Is The Same Anymore is Exactly What It Says on the Tin — the setting, or the characters' situation, has changed significantly and irrevocably, for better or for worse, and now the characters have to deal with it.
The trick is to do it without Jumping the Shark, which can be a difficult task.
As there isn't an easy out if it all goes wrong, the writers tend to have to resort to desperate measures like All Just a Dream to attempt to undo the damage should things go pear-shaped and are rejected by audiences. This rarely goes well, and can even result in a Franchise Killer. Pretty much the only hope is a well-executed Continuity Reboot.
See also Game Changer, Wham Episode, Freak Out, Post-Script Season, Breaking the Fellowship, Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome, and Ascended Fridge Horror.
The Killed Kenny Again: A recurring Red Shirt, as impossible as it sounds. This character is (and sometimes only exists to be) killed off repeatedly and inexplicably come back to life by the next episode, as a Running Gag.
Usually found in shows with Negative Continuity, particularly Sadist Shows - in more realistic shows, the character may be a robot who can be rebuilt or replaced between episodes, or immortal in some way, unless there's a "Groundhog Day" Loop going on. The character does not need to die permanently as long as he appears to die in the narrative.
A subtrope of Negative Continuity and Comedic Sociopathy. A ritualized form of Staying Alive. Could overlap with The Chew Toy and Cosmic Plaything. Often a by-product of Death Is Cheap. Chronically Crashed Car is a variant that refers to vehicles, and Chronically Killed Actor one that refers to actors whose characters usually die.
Although similar to Death Is Cheap, wherein a character may 'die' and come back to life at least once, this trope refers to when a character is killed many times and usually as a Running Gag.