Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
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Thursday Tropes: Week 35

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 2 tropes!

Disappointed in You: One character fails at something. Instead of being angry, another character is morose. They don't yell at the first character or ask them "What Were You Thinking?" or anything dramatic like that. Instead, they calmly, sadly and often regretfully tell the other person that they've let them down. Someway, somehow, they've set the second character's hopes for them high and then failed to deliver. May be worded as "I'm disappointed in you," or "You disappoint me," or at a stretch "I expected better/more of you." However it's worded, the issue isn't one of outrage or indignation — merely that the speaker has been let down by the other and they feel like a fool for believing there would be any other outcome.

This usually has a greater effect on the person they are disappointed with. The recipient of this trope may be driven to a Heroic or Villainous BSoD, in extreme cases to the declaration of "My God, What Have I Done?". If they've become a bad person or are in the process of it, they may have a Heel Realization. Except in the case of an Ignored Epiphany, this character will typically be driven to atone for their failure. Only very, very rarely do they cross the Despair Event Horizon and become Driven to Suicide.

Compare What a Senseless Waste of Human Life, where someone is moved to regret by the death of a particular person, and You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good, which may go hand in hand. This trope can typically get through to a Knight Templar or Well-Intentioned Extremist when angry callings-out and indignant diatribes fail. Contrast So Proud of You.

Hero Academy: Many fictional worlds show a hero working his way to fight and stop some great evil. Sometimes they're princes or knights fighting to save a damsel in distress, maybe they're mercenaries fighting evil for a paycheck or a regular person relying strictly on his wits and luck. Either way, they were defined as heroes on their respective stories.

But what if being a hero alone is to be considered a job?

Hero Academy refers to a organization, or part of an organization, that trains people to develop the skills and knowledge, combat-related or otherwise, needed to be able to do heroic deeds. Unlike Superhero School, it usually trains regular people with little to no superpowers and teaches their students the skills they need rather than picking out students that already have extraordinary abilities, though they may pick out individuals that they believe show potential.

It is a subtrope of Extranormal Institute: one thing a Hero Academy has in common with Superhero School and Wizarding School that may separate it from Military School or Military Academy is that they function as a society as much as a training program. Compare Adventure Guild, which can be a faction that focuses more on having individuals go on quests than on tutoring students how to successfully go through them. The Evil Counterpart is the Academy of Evil.

Not to be confused with the similarly-named My Hero Academia or Hero Elementary.
Tags: challenge: thursday tropes

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