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  • 5 Man Band (Nonpreferred)
  • 5 man band (Nonpreferred)
  • Action Girl
  • Adrenaline
  • Adults Are Useless
  • Affect
  • All Myths Are True
  • Animal
  • Animist
  • Anti-Hero
  • Apocalypse
  • Armageddon (Nonpreferred)
  • Art
  • Atlantis (Nonpreferred)
  • Big Screwed Up Family
  • Black And Grey
  • Black And White
  • Breaking The Fourth Wall
  • Bricolage
  • Brought Back To Normal
  • Characters
  • Child-like (Nonpreferred)
  • City (Nonpreferred)
  • Classic (Nonpreferred)
  • Classical (Nonpreferred)
  • Classicist
  • Clean Line
  • Clear Line (Nonpreferred)
  • College (Nonpreferred)
  • Coming Out
  • Country (Nonpreferred)
  • Crapsack World
  • Crossover
  • Dead Pan Snarker
  • Documentary (Nonpreferred)
  • Doomsday (Nonpreferred)
  • Dysfunction Junction
  • Earth
  • Elementary school (Nonpreferred)
  • End of Days (Nonpreferred)
  • End of the World (Nonpreferred)
  • End Times (Nonpreferred)
  • Ensemble
  • Events
  • Expressive Action
  • F Lead
  • Fantastic
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink
  • Fantasy World (Nonpreferred)
  • Fictional Geography
  • Fighting Dirty
  • Five Man Band
  • Formalist
  • Funny Animal
  • Future
  • Genre
  • Genre Savvy (Nonpreferred)
  • Good Clean Fun
  • Gotham City (Nonpreferred)
  • Graphic Design
  • Harsh
  • Heart Warming
  • Hero Sacrifice
  • Hero With Bad Publicity
  • Hero’s Journey
  • High school (Nonpreferred)
  • Horror
  • Hulk Smash (Nonpreferred)
  • Humor
  • Hyper Impossible
  • Hyperrealism
  • I Just Want To Be Normal
  • Iconoclast
  • Imaginary World
  • Imagined
  • Justice
  • Kirby Dots
  • Kryptonite (Nonpreferred)
  • Kudzu Plot
  • LGBT Stories (Nonpreferred)
  • Ligne Claire (Nonpreferred)
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • Linear Beauty
  • Little Hero Big War
  • Love
  • Love Dodecahedron
  • Magical Girl
  • Magnificent Bastard
  • Melodrama (Nonpreferred)
  • Memoir (Nonpreferred)
  • Middle school (Nonpreferred)
  • Minimalism
  • Moody
  • Moral Dilemma
  • More Than Meets The Eye
  • Motivation
  • Multiple Times
  • Mystery (Nonpreferred)
  • Neo Classic (Nonpreferred)
  • Neo-Classic (Nonpreferred)
  • Neo-Classical (Nonpreferred)
  • Non Fiction
  • Non-Fiction (Nonpreferred)
  • Optimistic
  • Outerspace
  • Painterly
  • Past
  • Pessimistic
  • Physical Location
  • Plausibility
  • Plot
  • Poignant
  • Post-apocalyptic (Nonpreferred)
  • Postmodernism
  • Power at a Price
  • Power Dysphoria
  • Power Hero
  • Power Trio
  • Present
  • Primary school (Nonpreferred)
  • Primitive
  • Psychedelic (Nonpreferred)
  • Pumped
  • Puzzle
  • Quest
  • Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits
  • Real Unless Noted
  • Realistic
  • Reflection
  • Relationships
  • Reluctant Hero (Nonpreferred)
  • Rite of Passage
  • Rococo
  • Rubbery Line
  • Rural
  • Schematic
  • School
  • Scientific
  • Self Hatred (Nonpreferred)
  • Self-Hatred (Nonpreferred)
  • Shaky Line
  • Shiny
  • Shojo (Nonpreferred)
  • Shonen (Nonpreferred)
  • Solo
  • Space (Nonpreferred)
  • Story Driven Realism
  • Super Hero (Nonpreferred)
  • Super Normal
  • Superhero (Nonpreferred)
  • Surreal
  • Survival
  • Suspense
  • Talking Animal
  • Thriller
  • Time
  • Time Travel (Nonpreferred)
  • Transformation
  • Travel Log
  • Trope
  • True Stories (Nonpreferred)
  • University (Nonpreferred)
  • Urban
  • White And Grey
  • World
  • You Hate What You Are
  • You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry
  • You Wouldnt Like Me When Im Angry (Nonpreferred)

 

Alphabetical Display of all term records

 

5 Man Band

VarSpl Five Man Band

 

5 man band

VarSpl Five Man Band

 

Action Girl

BT Solo

NT Magical Girl

NN 3.5.1.7

EN AB

DF Every superheroine ever has this as a part of the job description.

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Action Girl. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ActionGirl/Comics.

 

Adrenaline

BT Affect

NT Horror

Pumped

Suspense

Thriller

NN 2.1.1

DF Affects that increase the heart rate or excite readers.

 

Adults Are Useless

BT Crapsack World

RT School

NN 3.7.2.1

DF Works that revolve around teenagers, preteens, or younger children, in which adults can’t do anything right.

TO “Adults Are Useless – Television Tropes & Idioms”, n.d., http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AdultsAreUseless.

EN MW

 

Affect

BT Genre

NT Adrenaline

Optimistic

Pessimistic

Reflection

NN 2.1

SN Term not to be used for indexing.

EN Affect that inspires fight uses notations 1-4

Affect that inspires flight uses notations 4-9

 

MW

DF Terms below are what emotion or feeling the story works to create in the reader.

 

All Myths Are True

BT World

RT Fantastic

Fictional Geography

NN 3.7.6

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AllMythsAreTrue

DF The idea that all myths, legends, folk tales and prophecies are either accurate descriptions of past events or accurate predictions of the future. (TV Tropes 2011)

 

Animal

BT Characters

NT Funny Animal

Talking Animal

NN 3.5.3

 

Animist

BT Art

NT F Lead

Moody

Rococo

Rubbery Line

Shaky Line

Shiny

Story Driven Realism

NN 1.2

TO McCloud, Scott. 2006. Making comics: storytelling secrets of comics, manga and graphic novels. New York: Harper.

DF “Animists are the first artists, the shamen dancing around the tribal fire who drag raw emotion from their soul and give it to the audience. They are the instinctual artists, concerned above all with content. (Jeff Smith and Jack Kirby would both fall easily under this heading.)” (McCloud 2006)

SN Jack Kirby and Jeff Smith are prime examples of this broad category of art.

 

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/Fantastic%20Four%20_27%20Actual-page%20Jack%20Kirby.jpg

 

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/rasl_4_page02larger.jpg

 

Anti-Hero

BT Solo

NT Dead Pan Snarker

Magnificent Bastard

RT Black And Grey

Crapsack World

Hero With Bad Publicity

NN 3.5.1.1

DF The questionable shade of gray between good and evil, an antihero is a rather dark, edgy character who has the opposite of most of the traditional attributes of a hero. He or she may be bewildered, ineffectual, deluded, or merely apathetic. More often an antihero is just an amoral misfit. While heroes are typically conventional, anti-heroes, depending on the circumstances, may be preconventional (in a “good” society), postconventional (if the government is “evil”)  or even unconventional.

EN AB

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Antihero. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Antihero

 

Apocalypse

BT Plot

UF Armageddon

Doomsday

End Times

End of Days

End of the World

Post-apocalyptic

NN 2.2.3

TO Wikipedia: Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalyptic_and_post-apocalyptic_fiction

DF This plot can refer to any End Times scenerio, or to the end of the world in general.  These stories feature narrower plots about surviving the apocalypse and rebuilding after the apocalypse.  This plot is concerned with the end of civilization due to a catastrophe such as nuclear warfare, pandemic, impact event, cybernetic revolt, Technological Singularity, Dysgenics, supernatural phenomena, Ecological disaster, resource depletion or some other general disaster. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster.

SN Currently the term Apocalypse applies to both pre- and post-apocalypse plots as they are often found together.

 

Armageddon

USE Apocalypse

 

Art

NT Animist

Classicist

Formalist

Iconoclast

NN 1

 

Atlantis

USE Fictional Geography

 

Big Screwed Up Family

BT Ensemble

NT Like Father, Like Son

NN 3.5.2.5

DF “This is the family with Issues, from which many, many kinds of Freudian Excuse can be taken. It’s often very wealthy and powerful, when it’s not royalty, and has many traditions. They have secrets, skeletons in their cupboards (sometimes literally) and are overly proud of their long (and bloody) history. Abusive behaviors of some kind are almost certain to have occurred. While they may display affectionate behaviors as well, to them Cain and Abel is a way of life — though if you piss off one of them, the rest will instantly band together to destroy you.” (TvTropes.org)

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BigScrewedUpFamily

 

Black And Grey

BT Moral Dilemma

NT Fighting Dirty

RT Anti-Hero

Crapsack World

NN 3.3.5.3

DF When the destinction between right and wrong is not completely clear.  Bad guys are totally evil and good guys do bad things too.

EN MW

 

Black And White

BT Moral Dilemma

NN 3.3.5.1

DF When the destinction between right and wrong is clear.  Bad guys are completely evil and good guys never do the wrong thing.

EN MW

 

Breaking The Fourth Wall

BT Postmodernism

NN 3.3.9.1

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BreakingTheFourthWall

DF “Breaking the fourth wall is when a character acknowledges their fictionality, by either indirectly or directly addressing the audience.” (TV Tropes 2011)

 

Bricolage

BT Moody

NN 1.2.9.7

DF Works with wildly mixed pencil work, painting, or collage that take expressionism to the extremes for action-packed, reality bending, darkly comic pages.

EN AB

TO Definition take from the decription of Bill Sienkiewicz’s work in the following article:

 

Adams, S., Murray, N., Phipps, K., & Pierce, L. Reinventing the pencil: 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse). A.V. Club.com. Retrieved May 29, 2011, from http://www.avclub.com/articles/reinventing-the-pencil-21-artists-who-changed-main,30528/

SN Tone: Worse than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

 

The work of Bill Sienkiewicz exemplifies this term. Example: http://www.billsienkiewiczart.com/

 

Brought Back To Normal

BT Transformation

RT I Just Want To Be Normal

UF Kryptonite

NN 3.3.1.7.1

DF When a superhero is reverted to normal or loses power.

SN This trope encompasses events where powered characters lose their distinctive powers  and become “normal.” This can be briefly, to teach a lesson or illustrate a short retirement, or it can be part of a longer story, usually with a near god-like character becoming a normal human once again.

 

This term should only be used when this happens as a major part of the story of the unit of indexing.

TO “Brought Down To Normal – Television Tropes & Idioms”, n.d., http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BroughtDownToNormal.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DePower

EN MW

SRB 6/2/11

 

Characters

BT Trope

NT Animal

Ensemble

Solo

NN 3.5

 

Child-like

USE Primitive

 

City

USE Urban

 

Classic

USE Classicist

 

Classical

USE Classicist

 

Classicist

BT Art

NT Clean Line

Linear Beauty

Painterly

RT Formalist

UF Classic

Classical

Neo Classic

Neo-Classic

Neo-Classical

NN 1.1

EN MW 5/18/2011

DF Classical art presents an idealized version of the world based on historic conceptions of beauty and form.

TO Michael Greenhalgh. “Classicism.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. 6 May. 2011 <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T017983>.

SN Class as Formalist if: The work’s value centers around form as a purely visual aspect, emphasizing compositional elements such as color, line, shape and texture rather than realism, context, and content.

 

Clean Line

BT Classicist

UF Clear Line

NN 1.1.6

TR Ligne Claire

SN This term is not limited to Franco-Belgian comics, it includes anything of that style.

DF This style is classically defined by the Franco-Belgian school of comic book art pioneered by Herge, creator of Tintin. It is characterized by distinct, uniform lines, flat colors, and clear details. It also features simplified, stylized characters on highly detailed, naturalistic backgrounds (St-Louis, 2009)

 

Example from Herge’s Tintin: http://www.thescoutingpages.org.uk/images/tintin/tintin_tibet.jpg

 

Contrast this style to one of the other classics, Expressive Action, which manifested in the main competitor to the Ligne Claire, the Marcinelle.

TO St-Louis, H. (2009, May 30). Belgian Comic Book Styles: The School of Charleroi and the Ligne Claire. Comic Book Bin. Blog, . Retrieved April 22, 2011, from http://www.comicbookbin.com/School_Charleroi_the_Ligne_Claire001.html

 

Clear Line

USE Clean Line

 

College

USE School

 

Coming Out

BT Rite of Passage

UF LGBT Stories

NN 3.3.3.6.1

DF Used at least once for almost every LGBT character ever. While it certainly happens in real life, it has certain standard stereotypical notes that every telling of it hits, no matter who the characters involved are. Although there are only so many variations you can do with it, you can be assured that any LGBT cast member of a [comic] will relate it to someone at one point, or have it shown on screen.

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Coming out story. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ComingOutStory

EN AB

SRB

SN This trope also applies to memoir or non-fiction comics where self-discovery and Coming Out are central parts of the story.

 

Country

USE Rural

 

Crapsack World

BT World

NT Adults Are Useless

RT Anti-Hero

Black And Grey

NN 3.7.2

DF “A Crapsack World is a metaphorical (or even literal) Hell On Earth, a horrible place to live in, let alone survive, and it corrupts its inhabitants into perpetuating that nastiness against each other. A Crapsack World is a world which can be summed up as “the cynics and pessimists are always right” or “the world can’t be redeemed.” Life here sucks.” Comes in several flavors, according to tone and plot progression: dramatic, comedic, immutable, and mutable.

TO TvTropes.org “Crapsack World” http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CrapsackWorld

 

Crossover

BT Postmodernism

NN 3.3.9.4

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CrossOver

DF Crossover can take the form of a single popular character from one series appears in another series, as in a guest appearance, or it can involve multiple characters, series, even publishers, appearing in interrelated stories.

EN http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CrossOver

has an index of examples of this trope in comics.

 

Dead Pan Snarker

BT Anti-Hero

NN 3.5.1.1.2

 

Documentary

USE Non Fiction

 

Doomsday

USE Apocalypse

 

Dysfunction Junction

BT World

NN 3.7.1

DF “A character with flaws is more interesting than a character without flaws. Ergo, a cast of characters with flaws is more interesting exponentially. QED. Normality is boring and unartistic. An easy way to crank up drama is to supply everyone with a tragic past, screwed-up family history or other significant psychological issues. When Dysfunction Junction comes into play, good parents can be as common as penguins in the Sahara, instead turning out to be neglectful, smothering, unfeeling, abusive, misguided or dead. And let’s not even get into the rest of the family.”(TvTropes.org)

SN This term has more to do with the social and emotional world created by the characters than Crapsack World, which is external. It is also more frequently and easily played for laughs.

TO TvTropes.org “Dysfunction Junction” http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DysfunctionJunction

 

Earth

BT Physical Location

NT Fictional Geography

School

NN 2.4.1

DF Action or events take place on Earth.

EN AB

 

Elementary school

USE School

 

End of Days

USE Apocalypse

 

End of the World

USE Apocalypse

 

End Times

USE Apocalypse

 

Ensemble

BT Characters

NT Big Screwed Up Family

Five Man Band

Love Dodecahedron

Power Trio

Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits

NN 3.5.2

DF A [comic] that has so many regulars that you can’t fit them all into one episode. Therefore, one week some characters will appear, while some different characters will appear in another. You’ll rarely get the same combination twice. This is especially common in Long Runners, as characters tend to accumulate over time. [Comics] with this many characters tend towards one-dimensional characterization for many of them, and often make filler easy to create.

EN AB

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Loads and loads of characters. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters

 

Events

BT Trope

NT Hero’s Journey

Kudzu Plot

Moral Dilemma

Postmodernism

Power at a Price

NN 3.3

 

Expressive Action

BT Story Driven Realism

UF Shonen

NN 1.2.5.9

EN MW

SN Tonal Reality:  Real

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

Example: Artist: Bryan Lee O’Malley

Title: Scott Pilgrim

URL: http://www.scottpilgrim.com/inside.php?id previews

DF Art style where the action of the story is the driving force behind graphical representation and reality is subverted to convey action and emotion.

 

F Lead

BT Animist

NN 1.2.2

EN AB

TO Adams, S., Murray, N., Phipps, K., & Pierce, L. Reinventing the pencil: 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse). A.V. Club.com. Retrieved May 29, 2011, from http://www.avclub.com/articles/reinventing-the-pencil-21-artists-who-changed-main,30528/

DF F Lead is an extremely soft pencil lead that produces thick, brusque lines that create a sense of chaos and energy .

SN F Lead contains the following qualities:

 

McCloud’s Four Tribes: Animist (Content)

Tone: Better than Reality

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

Jim Lee uses F Lead to create his recognizable exaggerated muscle structure and detailed costumes. Example of F Lead: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Lee

 

Fantastic

BT Imagined

RT All Myths Are True

Fantasy Kitchen Sink

NN 2.3.1.1

 

Fantasy Kitchen Sink

BT World

RT Fantastic

Real Unless Noted

NN 3.7.5

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FantasyKitchenSink

DF “Everything is true, even if it comes from vastly different origins. So not only are there really fairies, there are ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, Sea Monsters, giant worms, superhuman mutants, technologically advanced Nazis, ninjas, pirates, zombies, robots, Ninja Pirate Zombie Robots, aliens, time travellers, espers, angels, demons, God, Jerkass Gods, Evil Gods, Lazy Gods, Eldritch Abominations, Precursors, magic, psi, chi, and so on. Generally a sure sign of it is when creatures from typically different genres (aliens, vampires, fairies) all exist within the same world with individual origins of their own, each implausible in their own way — leading up to a long series of suspensions of disbelief rather than just one.” (TV Tropes 2011)

 

Fantasy World

USE Imaginary World

 

Fictional Geography

BT Earth

RT All Myths Are True

Imaginary World

UF Atlantis

Gotham City

NN 2.4.1.2

SN If the location has no physical location on earth it is probably an Imginary World.

DF This term referes to imaginary places that exisit on the earth, and places that are composit represenations of real places on the earth.  For example, the city of Atlantis or Gotham City.

EN MW

 

Fighting Dirty

BT Black And Grey

RT Pumped

NN 3.3.5.3.1

DF Combat that has no rules of fair play.

EN MW

SN To be used when true for the protaganist and true fo the full unit of indexing.

TO “Trying To Catch Me Fighting Dirty – Television Tropes & Idioms”, n.d., http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty.

 

Five Man Band

BT Ensemble

NN 3.5.2.1

VS 5 Man Band

5 man band

DF “The Five-Man Band is a group of characters whose members fall into archetypes which all complement one another. They are a very specific team with skills that contribute to the group in a unique way.

The group traditionally includes:

The Hero — The leader of the group. Can be clean-cut and upstanding, bold and charismatic, serious and driven, or some combination of the three.

The Lancer — The second-in-command, usually a contrast to The Hero. If the Hero is clean-cut and/or uptight, the Lancer is a grizzled Anti-Hero or Deadpan Snarker; if the Hero is driven and somewhat amoral, the Lancer is more relaxed and level-headed.

The Smart Guy — The physically weak, but intelligent or clever member. Often nerdy and awkward played for comic relief. Sometimes unconventionally young (early- to mid-teens). Sometimes a trickster and a buddy of the Big Guy. May be the one with all the “street” connections.

The Big Guy — The strongman of the team. May be dumb. Or mute.

The Chick — A peacekeeping role to balance out the other members’ aggression, bringing them to a nice or at least manageable medium. The Chick is often considered the heart of the group. Not always female, but the role is usually taken by the token girl (hence the name). ” (TvTropes.org)

TO TvTropes.org “Five-Man Band” http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FiveManBand

 

Formalist

BT Art

NT Graphic Design

Minimalism

Schematic

RT Classicist

NN 1.4

DF In art theory, formalism is the concept that a work’s artistic value is entirely determined by its form–the way it is made, its purely visual aspects, and its medium. Formalism emphasizes compositional elements such as color, line, shape and texture rather than realism, context, and content.

TO McCloud, Scott. 2006. Making comics: storytelling secrets of comics, manga and graphic novels. New York: Harper.

 

Funny Animal

BT Animal

NN 3.5.3.1

TO TvTropes.org “Funny Animal” http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FunnyAnimal

DF “They’re animals who think, talk and act mostly like human beings. The Funny Animal has almost all the mannerisms of a human being; only his appearance distinguishes him from the hairless primates who draw him. Indeed, one of the main incentives in using such characters are that they are more distinctive, and hence easier to draw as recognizable individuals, than ordinary humans”(TvTropes.org)

SN Funny Animals do not retain animal-like behaviors and emotions. If they do, they are more likely Talking Animals.

 

Future

BT Time

NN 2.5.3

DF Action or events primarily take place in the future.

 

Genre

NT Affect

Physical Location

Plausibility

Plot

Time

NN 2

DF Of or pertaining to a distinctive literary type.

TO genre. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 24, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/genre

SN Term not to be used for indexing.

 

To represent traditional genre terms, combine terms from branches of hierarchy.

 

Use the sentence that orders the five facets of genre.  For example:  This story is a [Pumped][Quest] in an [Imagined] [Outerspace][Past].

 

Example: Sci-Fic may be represented by using Plausibility-> Imagined -> Scientific + Physical Location > Outerspace.

 

Genre Savvy

USE Postmodernism

 

Good Clean Fun

BT Story Driven Realism

NN 1.2.5.5

EN AB

DF A pop art sensibility; accessible, and conveys humor and slapstick.

TO Definition created by edtiors, as influenced by readings on artists Walt Kelly and Bill Watterson.

 

Kelly: http://www.pogopossum.com/walt.htm

SN Tone: Ranges from more Faithful to Reality to  Worse than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Simple/Simple

 

 

Work by Walt Kelly and Bill Watterson exemplify this term. Example: http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/

 

Gotham City

USE Fictional Geography

 

Graphic Design

BT Formalist

NN 1.4.1

DF Extremely graphic, crisp style that favors bold use of clean lines in the design and layout.

TO Wikipedia – Graphics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics

EN SRB

SN Tone: Better than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Realism

 

Character and Background Matrix: all combinations

 

Graphic Design style is on the “better than reality” end of the spectrum.

Frank Miller’s Sin City is a well-known example of this style.  Image

http://www.soundonsight.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/sin+city.png

 

Harsh

BT Iconoclast

NN 1.3.7

EN SRB

SN Tone: Worse than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

Harsh art is on the “worse than reality” end of the range. It is an art style characterized by aggressive hard line quality that creates a sense of visual confusion and unnaturalness. Frank Miller’s work on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is one of the classic example of this style: http://comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/217/2544_20071013133215_large.jpg

It is distinct from the Primitive style by being technically competent –the body proportions, action, and page layouts all show mastery– but clearly showing an intentionally ugly or grotesque view of the world.

 

Heart Warming

BT Optimistic

NN 2.1.3.1

DF Idealic, fanciful  affection, where everything is ‘coming up roses’.

EN MW

 

Hero Sacrifice

BT Hero’s Journey

NN 3.3.3.8

DF A character does something incredibly brave and dies, is maimed, or is otherwise irrevocably harmed doing it.

EN AB

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Heroic Sacrifice. Retrived from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HeroicSacrifice

SN “A character does something incredibly brave and dies, is maimed, or is otherwise irrevocably harmed doing it.

A bad character who was once good can redeem himself in the last act by taking the bullet that was meant for the Hero, thus expunging all his previous evil, avoiding forcing The Hero to arrest or confront him, and avoiding any real life penalties like disgrace and jail.

…There are essentially three kinds of Heroic Sacrifice:

The one at the beginning of the story, which sets the tone for the rest of the tale.

The one in the middle of the story, wherein the Heroic Sacrifice leads to new heights of Bad Ass, or new depths of depression, depending on the story. Sometimes both.

The one at the end of the story which serves as a Grand Finale, an example of “This character is too cool to live”, or the kernel of a downer ending or bittersweet ending. The “Too Cool to Live” Heroic Sacrifice is the most common type in American movies. Often, The Hero Dies in a heroic sacrifice at the end.” (TvTropes.org)

 

Care should be taken when using this term for indexing, as it can potentailly be a spoiler.

 

Hero With Bad Publicity

BT Power at a Price

RT Anti-Hero

NN 3.3.1.5

TO “Hero With Bad Publicity – Television Tropes & Idioms”, n.d., http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HeroWithBadPublicity.

SN Example: Spiderman and the Daily Bugle.

EN MW

DF Sometimes a hero can’t catch a break.  These works contain protagonists who are viewed by wider society as unwanted, dangerous or annoying.

 

Hero’s Journey

BT Events

NT Hero Sacrifice

Little Hero Big War

Rite of Passage

NN 3.3.3

DF “The Hero’s Journey is an archetypal story pattern, common in ancient myths as well as modern day adventures.

The concept of the Hero’s Journey was first described by mythologist Joseph Campbell in his book The Hero With A Thousand Faces and refined by Christopher Vogler in his book The Writer’s Journey.

It can be boiled down to three stages:

-Departure: the Hero leaves the familiar world behind.

-Initiation: the Hero learns to navigate the unfamiliar world of adventure.

-Return: the Hero returns to the familiar world.” From TvTropes.org <http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ptitleh1ltpj3ph282> Accessed 6/2/11.

A graphic depicting the cycle visually is here: http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/heros_journey4_8462.png

 

High school

USE School

 

Horror

BT Adrenaline

NN 2.1.1.6

DF Works that have the goal of producing fear in readers and foster a feeling of foreboding that permeates the story, the sense of unease as we await the unexpected.

TO Saricks, J. G. (2001). The readers’ advisory guide to genre fiction. Chicago: American Library Association.

 

Hulk Smash

USE You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

 

Humor

BT Optimistic

NN 2.1.3.3

EN MW

DF Works who’s primary fucntion is to make the reader laugh.

 

Hyper Impossible

BT Kudzu Plot

NN 3.3.7.1

DF Some series have the tendency (or, more likely, the goal) to push themselves up and over the top, surpassing themselves in whatever category fits.

EN AB

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Beyond the Impossible. Retrieved from: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BeyondTheImpossible

 

Hyperrealism

BT Story Driven Realism

NN 1.2.5.1

TO Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperrealism_(painting)

 

Fleming, John and Honour, Hugh The Visual Arts: A History, 3rd Edition. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York, 1991. p. 680-710

DF “The Hyperrealist style focuses much more of its emphasis on details and the subjects. Hyperreal paintings and sculptures are not strict interpretations of photographs, nor are they literal illustrations of a particular scene or subject. Instead, they utilize additional, often subtle, pictorial elements to create the illusion of a reality which in fact either does not exist or cannot be seen by the human eye.”

 

I Just Want To Be Normal

BT Power at a Price

RT Brought Back To Normal

UF Reluctant Hero

NN 3.3.1.3

TO TvTropes.org “I Just Want to Be Normal” <http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IJustWantToBeNormal>

SN This impulse is often rewarded with a Brought Back to Normal Transformation, which can be temporary or permanent, positive or negative.

DF “They didn’t want these powers, this magic, this curse, or whatever it is that was foisted upon them. The responsibility to save the world? Forget it! All those exciting adventures and the ability to potentially do anything? Take it away. They want nothing to do with it.

Needing to be normal often comes in waves. Often, it hits critical levels, and the character threatens to quit, or even does so temporarily.

While this is all well and good, most writers conveniently forget that after such an exciting and exceptional existence, everything else will seem dull and meaningless to most people. Not only are special abilities usually given up, but sometimes also cherished friends. Some people psychologically will be unable to adjust, and most will acquire deep-seated mental issues about the whole process.

This can also include situations where overt powers or the like are not involved, wherein the characters are involved in an exceptional situation. It can also occur when characters, for no particular reason other than that the show is ending or that they’re leaving it, have a sudden and usually implausible epiphany that they really want to live a “normal” life. Somehow this almost invariably includes them cutting ties with the entirety of the rest of the characters and locations.” (TvTropes.org)

 

Iconoclast

BT Art

NT Harsh

Primitive

Surreal

NN 1.3

TO McCloud, Scott. 2006. Making comics: storytelling secrets of comics, manga and graphic novels. New York: Harper.

 

The Guardian. 2008. The tribes of art. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2008/aug/26/thetribesofart

DF “Iconoclasts are either the first against the wall when the revolution comes, or at the front leading the charge. They use art as a means of personal and political expression, and when asked will say that they value truth over all else. (See Robert Crumb.)” (McCloud 2006)

SN Robert Crumb is a clear example of this tribe.

http://www.graphicclassics.com/pics/crumb_01.jpg

 

Imaginary World

BT Physical Location

RT Fictional Geography

UF Fantasy World

NN 2.4.3

DF Action or events primarily take place in an imaginary world.

SN Use for Fantasy World.

 

Imagined

BT Plausibility

NT Fantastic

Scientific

NN 2.3.1

 

Justice

BT Motivation

NN 3.1.4

DF The principle or ideal of the right action, moral code, and the law.

TO http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justice

EN Broad motivation that is very common in comic narratives.  Much room for future expansion of narrower terms.

 

Kirby Dots

BT Rococo

NN 1.2.1.4

DF Named for influential American comic artist Jack Kirby and used to identify operatic visuals that include: exciting fight-staging; cosmic scope; crackling energy; unthinkable technology; and efficient storytelling.

EN AB

TO Adams, S., Murray, N., Phipps, K., & Pierce, L. Reinventing the pencil: 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse). A.V. Club.com. Retrieved May 29, 2011, from http://www.avclub.com/articles/reinventing-the-pencil-21-artists-who-changed-main,30528/

SN Tone: Better than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

The art of Jack Kirby exemplifies this style. Example of Jack Kirby’s work: http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/

 

Kryptonite

USE Brought Back To Normal

 

Kudzu Plot

BT Events

NT Hyper Impossible

More Than Meets The Eye

NN 3.3.7

 

LGBT Stories

USE Coming Out

 

Ligne Claire

Translation Clean Line

 

Like Father, Like Son

BT Big Screwed Up Family

NN 3.5.2.5.1

TO TvTropes.org “Like Father Like Son” http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LikeFatherLikeSon

SN This term applies to any older relative/younger relative dynamic where a causality is implied, not just father and son relationships.

DF “Children tend to act, at least a little, like their parents. It may have something to do with living together for years and years. Or not.

Either way, stories often drive home this point by saying Like Father Like Son, or like mother like daughter, or like any relative like any other younger relative. This causes sometimes predictable plotting, angst, and dramatic tension.”(TV Tropes 2011)

 

Linear Beauty

BT Classicist

UF Shojo

NN 1.1.2

DF Art work where the representation of beauty is created in sketchy lines.  Reality is often set aside to symbolically illustrate emotion and the world is a much nicer place than reality.

EN MW

SN Tone:  Better than real

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

Example:

Artist: Naoko Takeuchi

Title: Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SMVolume1.jpg

 

Little Hero Big War

BT Hero’s Journey

NN 3.3.3.2

DF This is a common plot type involving a main character’s adventure of their own, traveling the land and seeking out what they look for. Yet, to add an interesting backstory and create the feeling that the hero is part of something much bigger, a conflict is usually used as the backdrop.

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LittleHeroBigWar

EN SRB 6/2/11

SN This trope is distinct from the typical Hero’s Journey, because the Little Hero serves to tell a different kind of story about a huge event, rather than single-handedly winning it or saving the world.

 

Love

BT Motivation

NN 3.1.5

EN Candidate narrow terms for future addition:

 

You are Worth Hell: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/YouAreWorthHell

Unrequited Love: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UnrequitedLoveTropes

DF Love as a character motivation can take the form of romantic affection and longing as well as friendship and familial bonds.

TO http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/love

 

Love Dodecahedron

BT Ensemble

NN 3.5.2.4

DF “Love Triangles are stressful and often heartbreaking. Add five or ten more people to the mix, and instead they become comedy.” (TvTropes.org). A Love Dodecahedron is a set of intertwined romantic relationships that give shape to a story.

SN The applicability of this term should be based on its centrality to the story, not the complexity of the romantic interactions. If a three-way unrequited romance is the main feature of the story, it is just as fit here as a more complicated relationship structure.

TO TvTropes.org “Love Dodecahedron” http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LoveDodecahedron

 

Magical Girl

BT Action Girl

RT School

UF Shojo

NN 3.5.1.7.1

EN Has dual inheritance from Power Hero.

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MagicalGirl

DF “Known as Mahou shoujo (“magical girl”) in Japanese, or just majokko. Magical Girls are empowered by various means with fantastic powers that both assist and complicate their lives, but manage to persevere despite this.” (TV Tropes 2011)

Magical Girl may be applied to non-Manga characters with these traits.

 

Magnificent Bastard

BT Anti-Hero

NN 3.5.1.1.1

DF Generally, this character is really good at being bad.

EN AB

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Magnificent Bastard. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MagnificentBastard

 

Melodrama

USE Poignant

 

Memoir

USE Non Fiction

 

Middle school

USE School

 

Minimalism

BT Formalist

NN 1.4.7

DF Style that reduces the image to the essential elements needed to convey meaning.  Often backgrounds and shading are eliminated.

TO Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

http://www.oxfordartonline.com.offcampus.lib.washington.edu/subscriber/article/opr/t234/e0356?q minimalism&search quick&pos 2&_start 1#firsthit

SN Tone: Worse than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Simple/Simple

 

Although we have chosen to place Minimalism on the “worse than reality” end of the spectrum, it could be argued that it could also be appropriately placed on the “better than reality” end.  Our justicication is that minimalism is opposed to enhancing reality, rather it aims to reduce images to the essential.  John Porcellino’s current work is a good example of this style.  Image: qualitities.http://madinkbeard.com/blog/wp-content/images/porcellino-kc68-landscape.jpg

 

Moody

BT Animist

NT Bricolage

NN 1.2.9

DF Visuals that are dark and often experimental containing abstract backgrounds, rough faces, exaggerated anatomy, and pools of shadow.

EN AB

TO Pulled from the descriptions of the work of Mignola in the following article:

 

Adams, S., Murray, N., Phipps, K., & Pierce, L. Reinventing the pencil: 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse). A.V. Club.com. Retrieved May 29, 2011, from http://www.avclub.com/articles/reinventing-the-pencil-21-artists-who-changed-main,30528/

SN Tone: Worse than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

Work by Mike Mignola, Tom Mandrake, and Kentarou Miura exemplify moody.  Example of Moody: http://www.artofmikemignola.com/Art

 

Moral Dilemma

BT Events

NT Black And Grey

Black And White

White And Grey

NN 3.3.5

DF There’s no choice more eternal and more obnoxiously inescapable as the moral dilemma, and that’s why it’s been featured in every kind of media ever created.

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MoralDilemma

 

More Than Meets The Eye

BT Kudzu Plot

NN 3.3.7.3

DF ” A common technique used to add depth to a character or as a plot twist or subversion is to create a character with two opposing sides. This typically consists of:

1.  An “outer” character – who they appear to be to most other characters, and who they usually initially appear to the audience.

2.  An “inner” character – who the character is revealed to be behind closed doors.” (TV Tropes 2011)

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MoreThanMeetsTheEye

 

Motivation

BT Trope

NT Justice

Love

Survival

NN 3.1

DF The basic reason the character moves through the plot of story.

EN Potential terms for future development:

Redemption

 

Mangst: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Mangst

Vagina Monologue:  Womens story about womens issues.

 

Notation order based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

 

Physiological 1-2

Saftey 3-4

Love/Belonging  5-6

Esteem 7-8

Self-Actualization 9-10

 

Maslow, A. H. (July 01, 1943). A theory of human motivation. Psychological Review, 50, 4, 370-396.

 

Multiple Times

BT Time

UF Time Travel

NN 2.5.4

DF Action or events span multiple periods of time.

SN Stories that contain flashbacks and time travel or span various eras or time periods would be considered to occur in Multiple Times.

EN AB

TO The editors.

 

Mystery

USE Puzzle

 

Neo Classic

USE Classicist

 

Neo-Classic

USE Classicist

 

Neo-Classical

USE Classicist

 

Non Fiction

BT Plausibility

UF Documentary

Memoir

Non-Fiction

True Stories

NN 2.3.3

TO Wikipedia: Non-fiction

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-fiction

DF Non-fiction is an account, narrative, or representation of a subject which is understood as fact.  This does not mean that the presentation is actually accurate.  However, it is generally assumed that the authors of such accounts believe them to be truthful at the time of their composition.

 

Non-Fiction

USE Non Fiction

 

Optimistic

BT Affect

NT Heart Warming

Humor

NN 2.1.3

DF Works that affect a positive outlook.

EN MW

 

Outerspace

BT Physical Location

UF Space

NN 2.4.2

DF Action or events primarily take place in outerspace.

EN AB

 

Painterly

BT Classicist

RT Rococo

NN 1.1.1

TO “painterly.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Oxford Art Online. 29 Apr. 2011<http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/opr/t4/e1232>

DF Painterly illustration uses mass, shade and light with fine, extra-realistic detail.

EN MW

SN Tone:  Better than real

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

Example: Artist – Charles Vess

Image: http://www.greenmanpress.com/moon/1.html

 

Past

BT Time

NN 2.5.1

EN AB

DF Action or events primarily take place in the past.

 

Pessimistic

BT Affect

EN For future development. This term was created to mirror the optimistic branch. – MW 5/20/2011

NN 2.1.4

 

Physical Location

BT Genre

NT Earth

Imaginary World

Outerspace

Rural

Urban

RT World

NN 2.4

DF Terms below are to be used to represent the physical locations in which the action or events within the story take place.

EN AB

SN Term not to be used for indexing.

 

Plausibility

BT Genre

NT Imagined

Non Fiction

Realistic

NN 2.3

 

Plot

BT Genre

NT Apocalypse

Puzzle

Quest

Relationships

Travel Log

NN 2.2

EN Action based plot types gets notations 1-10

Intellectual based plot types get notations 11-20

 

Possibly a term to capture a struggle against evil.  Ie, all the hero is doing is reacting to the bad things in the world. Similar to Justice but not quite.

 

Poignant

BT Reflection

UF Melodrama

NN 2.1.2.1

DF Keenly strong, diestressing emotion.

TO poignant. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 14, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/poignant

EN MW 5/24/2011

 

Post-apocalyptic

USE Apocalypse

 

Postmodernism

BT Events

NT Breaking The Fourth Wall

Crossover

UF Genre Savvy

NN 3.3.9

DF In general, postmodern writing involves a blurring of boundaries. The most popular permutation of this is blurring the boundary between the reader or viewer and the fiction.

EN AB

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Postmodernism. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PostModernism

 

Power at a Price

BT Events

NT Hero With Bad Publicity

I Just Want To Be Normal

Power Dysphoria

Transformation

NN 3.3.1

DF For all its force, blessings or ability to change, power is not free… of responsibility, consequence, or cost.

TO tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PowerAtAPrice

SN Very broadly, this trope applies where there is a significant cost to the acquisition or use of a power. “Drama derives vigor from the quandary of how power, seemingly free of any strings, has inherent costs. Whether they are hideous mutations, social alienation or even death varies by story, genre and kind of power. But the underlying basis is the same: Power at a Price.” (TvTropes.org)

EN SRB 6/2/11

 

Power Dysphoria

BT Power at a Price

NT You Hate What You Are

You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

NN 3.3.1.1

EN SRB 6/2/11

SN This can be when an objectively awesome power is seen as a curse by its wielder (See TvTropes.org “Cursed with Awesome” <http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CursedWithAwesome>); the opposite, where an inconvenient or terrible power is presented as a boon (See TvTropes.org “Blessed with Suck” <http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BlessedWithSuck>). This trope is also at work where the moral alignment of the character does not match with the apparent morality of the power. Examples include villains with healing powers and heroes with necromancy powers. This trope does not apply when characters are given “evil” powers and become villains or when characters of a moral alignment have powers that stereotypically match with that alignment.

DF Powers don’t always match up with what you’d want or expect. This trope is what happens when there’s a fundamental mismatch between a power, its wielder, and its actual effects.

 

Power Hero

BT Solo

UF Super Hero

Superhero

NN 3.5.1.4

DF A character that has powers and/or abilities that distinguish them from other people.

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Superhero

EN Although this is a very common character type in comics, even invented by the medium, there are many types of powers characters have.  For the purposes of this thesaurus, it is not useful to identify what a particular character’s powers are.  Readers are more interested in how the character uses and deals with their powers, regardless of what the particular power is.

 

Power Trio

BT Ensemble

NN 3.5.2.2

DF The most common pattern for this is for two members of the group to be each other’s Foils, frequently coming into conflict with each other, with the third member of the group acting as the mediator, keeping the team together and balancing their respective personalities.

TO tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PowerTrio

 

Present

BT Time

NN 2.5.2

EN AB

DF Action or events primarily take place in the present.

 

Primary school

USE School

 

Primitive

BT Iconoclast

UF Child-like

NN 1.3.8

DF Art style that is often characterized by a childlike simplicity in its subject matter and technique.  This technique can be used by skilled artists, as well as being a result of lack of formal training.

TO Wikipedia – Naive Art

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Na%C3%AFve_art

EN This may not be the best term forever, but it does seem to be appropriately descriptive.  It may be challenging to find a term for this style that is free of possible negative connotations.  Narrower Terms discussed   primitive savant, deliberately primitive, grotesque primitive, clean primitive.

 

SRB

SN Tone: Worse than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Simple/Simple

 

This art style lies on the “worse than reality” range.  Although this term could be viewed as pejorative, that is not the intention.  Rather, we aim to most effectively describe this style.  This term does not refer to so-called primitive art – which is often concieved as untrained, non-western art. Rather, it refers to a more deliberately child-like, simple style, with little acknowledgement of body proportions, sophisticated page layouts, or perspective.  Examples from Joe Sayers: http://craphound.com/images/ripyourfaceoff.jpg and the extremely popular webcomic XKCD: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/religions.png

 

Psychedelic

USE Surreal

 

Pumped

BT Adrenaline

RT Fighting Dirty

NN 2.1.1.1

DF A story infused with enthusiasm, competitive spirit, energy.

SN Many superhero comics will use this affect.

TO SB + MW

 

Definition from: pumped. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 20, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pumped

 

Puzzle

BT Plot

UF Mystery

NN 2.2.19

EN We concieve of puzzle as broader than mystery, more flexible, and less constricted by genre conceptions.

 

Quest

BT Plot

NN 2.2.6

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheSevenBasicPlots

DF A general plot focused on the hero’s search for a great MacGuffin, often with companions in tow.

EN Very general term, much room for future expansion with narrower terms.

 

Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits

BT Ensemble

NN 3.5.2.3

DF “This mission is important. The fate of the battle, nay, the war, nay, the entire world rests on the outcome. Who has the capability to stick it out, to give the good guys the victory they desperately need? This calls for a special team. The group of experienced, highly skilled, professional, team-oriented experts? Not them. The assorted group of ex-con lowlife inexperienced jerkasses who are trying to off their commander when they aren’t trying to kill each other? Yeah, them.” (TvTropes.org)

 

The trope is usually justified, regardless of their seeming unsuitability, because they are still the best at what they do, there isn’t anyone else, they’re expendable, or other, similar reasons.

SN This kind of ensemble may frequently overlap with a Five-Man Band, but while many Ragtag Bunches of Misfits are Five-Man Bands, only some Five-Man Bands are Misfits.

 

Real Unless Noted

BT Realistic

RT Fantasy Kitchen Sink

NN 2.3.2.1

 

Realistic

BT Plausibility

NT Real Unless Noted

NN 2.3.2

 

Reflection

BT Affect

NT Poignant

NN 2.1.2

DF Works that encorage the reader to contemplate ideas or beleifs, or foster a sense of nastalgia.

 

Relationships

BT Plot

NN 2.2.14

DF A story that focuses on character’s interpersonal relationships.

SN This term can be applied to stories that are more character-centered than plot-centered or to stories where interpersonal relationships are a central core to the story.  If applied too broadly it will cease to hold meaning, as relationships are found in almost all stories.

EN In the future we would like to develop narrower terms that are more specific.  Some possible examples are: romantic, friendship, parent-child, mentor.

 

Reluctant Hero

USE I Just Want To Be Normal

 

Rite of Passage

BT Hero’s Journey

NT Coming Out

NN 3.3.3.6

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Right of Passage. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RiteOfPassage

EN AB

SRB

SN Specifically in comics, this trope may apply when a character participates in some actually existing rite (such as The Thing’s Bar Mitzvah), a culturally accepted form of Bildung or self-becoming (even if it is not a formalized ceremony, like Coming Out or one’s first heartbreak), or fictional rites of passage that are defined within the story.

DF A story featuring an adolescent making the mental leap from child to adult. Generally speaking, “a rite of passage is a ritual event that marks a person’s progress from one status to another. It is a universal phenomenon which can show anthropologists what social hierarchies, values and beliefs are important in specific cultures.

Rites of passage are often ceremonies surrounding events such as other milestones within puberty, coming of age, marriage and death. Initiation ceremonies such as baptism, confirmation and Bar or Bat Mitzvah are considered important rites of passage for people of their respective religions.” (Wikipedia).

 

Rococo

BT Animist

NT Kirby Dots

RT Painterly

NN 1.2.1

DF Any very ornate style.

TO Rococo. (n.d.) Encarta World English Dictionary. Retrieved from http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/DictionaryResults.aspx?refid 1861705812.

EN AB

SN Tone: Better than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Realism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

Works containing this quality are exemplified by George Perez.

 

Example of George Perez’s work: http://perez.comicbookseries.info/checklist-20/dc-comics/teen-titans/teen-titans-1980/new-teen-titans-37

 

Rubbery Line

BT Animist

NN 1.2.7

SN Tone: Worse than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Slightly Expressionist

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Simple

 

This style is exemplified by Howard Cruse and Charles Burns.  Images  http://www.lambdaliterary.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/srb166.jpg  http://wileywiggins.com/1301+press1.jpg

DF Rubbery Line is an art style that can be identified by thickly inked edges around characters and objects.  The edges are made with exaggerated, smooth curves.

 

Rural

BT Physical Location

UF Country

NN 2.4.7

DF Action or events primarily take place in a rural environment.

 

Schematic

BT Formalist

NN 1.4.5

TO The Free Dictionary

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/schematic

DF Art style that is of or relating to the nature of a diagram, plan, or schema.

EN SRB

SN Tone: Faithful to Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Realism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Simple/Simple

 

Schematic art is in the “faithful to reality” area of the spectrum.  Although in reality we do not “see” schemas, like an architectural floor plan, the aim is to be faithful to reality. This style portrays motion sequentially and can often appear designed as a formal plan of the motion and or story.

Chris Ware is a great example of this style. Image  http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/graphicnovels/art/jimmyspread3.jpg

 

School

BT Earth

RT Adults Are Useless

Magical Girl

UF College

Elementary school

High school

Middle school

Primary school

University

NN 2.4.1.1

DF Works set in edcuational institutions of all levels.

EN While this term is more specific then any other term in this branch, it is Included because of a overwhelming amount of literature in the domain with this setting, and its potential to hold special appeal for certain audiences.

MW

 

Scientific

BT Imagined

NN 2.3.1.2

 

Self Hatred

USE You Hate What You Are

 

Self-Hatred

USE You Hate What You Are

 

Shaky Line

BT Animist

NN 1.2.8

DF A trembling, quivering, or tremulous line quality, which is typically used to evoke whimsy, deliberate cuteness, slapstick, joshing, and poesy.

EN AB

TO Definition created by the editors, as influenced by readings on Charles Shultz and George Herriman.

 

Shultz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_M._Schulz

 

Herriman: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Herriman

SN Tone: Faithful to Reality, Worse than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Realism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Simple/Simple, Simple/Complex

 

Works containing this quality are represented by Charles Shultz or George Herriman. Example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krazy_Kat

 

Shiny

BT Animist

NN 1.2.3

DF The quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen.

TO Adams, S., Murray, N., Phipps, K., & Pierce, L. Reinventing the pencil: 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse). A.V. Club.com. Retrieved May 29, 2011, from http://www.avclub.com/articles/reinventing-the-pencil-21-artists-who-changed-main,30528/

EN AB

SN Tone: Better than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Expressionism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

Works containing this quality are exemplified by Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Michael Golden, and Todd McFarlane. Example of Shiny: http://whilceportacio.net/

 

Shojo

USE Linear Beauty

Magical Girl

 

Shonen

USE Expressive Action

 

Solo

BT Characters

NT Action Girl

Anti-Hero

Power Hero

Super Normal

NN 3.5.1

 

Space

USE Outerspace

 

Story Driven Realism

BT Animist

NT Expressive Action

Good Clean Fun

Hyperrealism

NN 1.2.5

DF Story Driven Realism is an art style where art acts as the vehicle to tell the story.  This art does not call attention to itself.  It attempts to be realistic, but never in a way that is so realistic that the reader is pulled out of the story.

SN Tone: Faithful to Reality,

 

Expressionism or Realism: Realism

 

Character and Background Matrix:  Simple/Complex

 

Super Hero

USE Power Hero

 

Super Normal

BT Solo

NN 3.5.1.3

DF In A World with supernatural dealings or superpowers, this character is the one who is able to keep being useful through intellect, martial arts abilities, general ruthlessness, or just being Crazy Prepared. They notably have none of the fantastic enhancements, magic or special powers that others do. It might even be a sore point for them, but that just makes us encourage them more.

EN AB

TO TVTropes.org. (n.d.) Bad Ass Normal. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BadAssNormal

 

Superhero

USE Power Hero

 

Surreal

BT Iconoclast

UF Psychedelic

NN 1.3.1

DF Art style that achieves surprising images through unexpected juxtapositions, often not the result of conscious deliberation – rather the result of subconscious thought.

TO Grove Art Online

http://www.oxfordartonline.com.offcampus.lib.washington.edu/subscriber/article/grove/art/T082410?q surrealism&hbutton_search.x 0&hbutton_search.y 0&hbutton_search search&source oao_gao&source oao_t118&source oao_t234&source oao_t4&search quick&pos 1&_start 1#firsthit

SN Tone: Better than Reality

 

Expressionism or Realism: Realism

 

Character and Background Matrix: Complex/Complex

 

Despite the surprising juxtapositions, this art style can be identified by a style that attempts to look better than reality.  Characters and objects may be rendered realistically, but do not behave or exist as they do in reality.  In fine art, Salvador Dali is a well known surrealist artist, whose work may help identify Surreal comics.  In Dali’s work the objects are painted very realistically, but the surrealism comes from the juxtapositions and subconscious inspiration.

 

Survival

BT Motivation

NN 3.1.1

DF Characters motiviated primarily by the desire to not die.  Often things happen to these characters in contrast to characters seeking something out.

EN MW

TO In common language.

 

Suspense

BT Adrenaline

RT Thriller

NN 2.1.1.4

DF Stories that build tension by creating a building sense of menace throughout the story.

SN Compare to thrillers which deliver the danger promised in suspence.

TO Saricks, J. G. (2001). The readers’ advisory guide to genre fiction. Chicago: American Library Association.

 

Talking Animal

BT Animal

NN 3.5.3.2

DF “Very simply, these are animals who talk. …Despite their ability to speak, they are still animals in almost every other way, particularly when it comes to instincts, priorities and motivations.” (TvTropes.org)

SN Includes animal sidekicks, civilized animals, and animal societies. Contrasted with “Funny Animal,” where characters retain almost no actual animal characteristics.

TO TvTropes.org “Talking Animal” http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TalkingAnimal

 

Thriller

BT Adrenaline

RT Suspense

NN 2.1.1.5

TO Saricks, J. G. (2001). The readers’ advisory guide to genre fiction. Chicago: American Library Association.

SN Compare to suspence, which builds tension by threatening dagners.

DF Thrilling stories are those that put characters into physical, emotional and mental dangers.

 

Time

BT Genre

NT Future

Multiple Times

Past

Present

NN 2.5

SN Term not to be used for indexing.

EN AB

DF Terms below are to be used to represent the time period in which the action or events within the story take place.

TO The editors.

 

Time Travel

USE Multiple Times

 

Transformation

BT Power at a Price

NT Brought Back To Normal

RT You Hate What You Are

NN 3.3.1.7

TO http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TransformationComic

EN SRB 6/2/11

DF This trope is the definitive hallmark of an entire genre of manga, known as “Transformation Comics  that are centered around “transformation of some sort. One variety transforms a main character for the long term, and follows the consequences of this incident; another involves repeated transformation of several characters, and a third variety mixes these.” (TvTropes.org) This transformation can be to another gender, into an animal or other being, an age change, a mental change, or a mind swap.

SN In this thesaurus, this trope also encompasses any comic where a character becoming significantly different in some way is a major feature of the story, such as karmic transformations (where it happens to teach a lesson, like Beauty and the Beast) or when drastic measures occur in an emergency and transform a character (as in Robocop or Avatar.)

 

It does not apply when a character transforms into an alter ego in order to achieve an objective, as in Sailor Moon or Magical Girl comics in general.

 

Travel Log

BT Plot

NN 2.2.10

DF A story that focuses on observations and details of travels.

TO Wikipedia – Travel literature

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travelogue_%28literature%29

SN A contemporary example of this plot type can be found in much of Guy Delisle’s work, such as Shenzhen and Pyongyang.

 

Trope

NT Characters

Events

Motivation

World

NN 3

SN Term not to be used for indexing.

 

To represent trope terms, combine terms from branches of hierarchy.

DF Tropes are stortyelling devices and conventions.

EN AB

TO TVTropes.org. Source. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Tropes?action source

 

True Stories

USE Non Fiction

 

University

USE School

 

Urban

BT Physical Location

UF City

NN 2.4.6

DF Action or events primarily take place in an urban environment.

EN AB

 

White And Grey

BT Moral Dilemma

NN 3.3.5.2

DF When the destinction between right and wrong is not completely clear.  Bad guys are often misguieded in stead of evil and good guys never do the wrong thing.

EN MW

SN Often found in works aimed at a younger audience.

 

World

BT Trope

NT All Myths Are True

Crapsack World

Dysfunction Junction

Fantasy Kitchen Sink

RT Physical Location

NN 3.7

 

You Hate What You Are

BT Power Dysphoria

RT Transformation

UF Self Hatred

Self-Hatred

NN 3.3.1.1.1

EN SRB 6/2/11

SN This event often happens at the same time as a Transformation, especially in non-Western comics.

DF This trope is a specific manifestation of Power Dysphoria, where a character manifests or becomes something that they specifically despise, rather than just having a power that does not mesh with his or her self-image.

 

You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

BT Power Dysphoria

UF Hulk Smash

NN 3.3.1.1.2

VS You Wouldnt Like Me When Im Angry

DF Characters who’s anger has consequences beyond what is possible for a normal person.

EN MW

TO “You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry – Television Tropes & Idioms”, n.d., http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Ptitlepxwjzg04?from Main.YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry.

SN The Incredible Hulk is the classic example of this trope, where anger triggers a physical and emotional change, but it can also manifest in a variety of ways:

“Angst Nuke (the character explodes destructively out of sheer rage)

Berserk Button (when anger comes from a specific thing)

Beware the Nice Ones (when a particularly nice character snaps out after being messed with one too many times)

Hair-Trigger Temper (when it’s really hard not to piss a character off)

Hulking Out (triggers Involuntary Shapeshifting. HULK SMASH!)

Relative Button (the character gets pissed when his or her family is threatened or killed)

Tranquil Fury (the character’s ready to tear you apart in a seemingly calm manner)

Unstoppable Rage (the character gets righteously angry and pulls out all the stops to take you down.)” (TvTropes.org)

 

Keep in mind that this often occurs once in a series; please reserve the use of this trope in indexing for when it is a notable feature of the storytelling or character development, as in the aforementioned Incredible Hulk or Naruto.

 

You Wouldnt Like Me When Im Angry

VarSpl You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

 

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