Re: Favorite Tropes

#5
I love the "lancer" trope of a villain-turned-slightly-good guy, the rival and/or brooding loner who sometimes helps the MC but keeps an emotional distance or is even a jerk. Even better when his past dark impulses resurface later on when everyone thought he was pretty much a good guy now. I guess Vegeta would be the best example of this.

Re: Favorite Tropes

#11
I like the idea of the wise mentor. It does not need to be an old beardy guy, all they have to do is to be cool, sarcastic, and guide the MC (with an iron fist if needed).

I also like the "misunderstood monster" and the opposite "angel face with a demon heart"  (guess who is writing them in their work).

Re: Favorite Tropes

#12
One of my favorite tropes, and I don't know it's specific name, is someone that interacts with the hero throughout a long journey - maybe sometimes as an antagonist, sometimes as a partner - and makes it to the end of the world with them. 

I know that sounds weird so I guess I'll give the best example I can think of off the top of my head: Patches, from Dark Souls.

Patches interacts with multiple characters throughout the game series, not a single hero, but I think he fits the bill. He's never really a "good guy", but not really an unalloyed "bad guy" either. He's a trickster, and a con man, who will backstab you but also begrudgingly sell you items if you don't kill him for it. 

And then in Dark Souls 3, in the final expansion The Ringed City, he's there with you at the end of the world. Not there to help you, no - just doing his own thing, really. How did he get there? It's never really explained. But I like it because it gives the sense that the world is bigger than just the hero is; that there are others just as capable and legendary as he, who are on their own paths and living their own stories that you never really get to see. There's something a little poignant about the fact that as the hero you journey to the end of all things, and as the world breaks down and folds in on itself there's Patches, still sly and tricksome as ever. 

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#15

ANCT Wrote: I don't know the title or anything, but I love ancient lost civilization background. Appeals to that kid in me that was obsessed with Atlantis so much I would scour the internet and for books on the subject to hunt for clues amongst the lies.
Have you heard about Gobekli Tepe yet?  They've made great advances in figuring out stuff about the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan) in the past couple of years too, as well as some DNA evidence from the long barrow builders of Britain.


Haven't checked your profile to see if you are a writer or artist, but message me up if you want to talk about the possibility of doing some project involving creating a fictional ancient civilization.

Re: Favorite Tropes

#16

sunandshadow Wrote:
ANCT Wrote: I don't know the title or anything, but I love ancient lost civilization background. Appeals to that kid in me that was obsessed with Atlantis so much I would scour the internet and for books on the subject to hunt for clues amongst the lies.
Have you heard about Gobekli Tepe yet?  They've made great advances in figuring out stuff about the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan) in the past couple of years too, as well as some DNA evidence from the long barrow builders of Britain.


Haven't checked your profile to see if you are a writer or artist, but message me up if you want to talk about the possibility of doing some project involving creating a fictional ancient civilization.
Also the discovery of footprints in the western USA which are about 23,000 years old, which is about 10,000 years older then any other evidence of human habitation in North  or South America.

This raises some very interesting  question!!!

Re: Favorite Tropes

#17
To answer the OP question, I also like villains allying with heroes or rescuing a hapless hero, and ruins of ancient civilizations.  Overambitious mad scientists that usually fail comically and emo/goth minor villains who get mistreated by the major villain and have a tragic backstory are like chocolate to me. *nom nom*  Mad science or magical accidents with funny consequences are another nice one.

I like reincarnation - especially as a dungeon core or into a world with an RPG system or with cultivation, or as part of a ninja or assassin bloodline.  (Naruto type magical ninjas, Assassin's Creed type assassins.)  I like reincarnation as a baby, which is one of the ones people often complain about.  Humans getting summoned into fantasy worlds, including isekais.  Cultivation and litRPG stories in general.  Self-insert stories in general.  I like regressor/do-over/Peggy Sue stories where someone goes back in time to live their life differently/fix everything.  In fanfiction I love parallel universes but it's difficult to make that work in an original story.

Hmm, there are so many tropes I like... bond creatures such as a dragon and its rider. School stories, general magical or space academies.  Progression/leveling-up/training montages/tournament arcs.  Shapeshifting and transformation stories.  Puzzles in dungeons, in a system interface, or physical puzzle boxes.  Disguises, what people call "identity porn" in the realm of fanfic.  First contact stories.  Settings where there are no humans and all the characters are some other species.  Non-human protagonists, whether or not the world has humans.

I like omegaverse and mpreg, which are 2 of the more controversial tropes among the fanfiction community, but I'm not sure they exist here on RR.  People living in packs (e.g. because they are wolf shifters with wolf instincts) is a thing I like, but I'm not sure it's widespread enough to be called a trope.  Same with humanoid species that have a different number of sexes than usual.

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#18

sunandshadow Wrote:
ANCT Wrote: I don't know the title or anything, but I love ancient lost civilization background. Appeals to that kid in me that was obsessed with Atlantis so much I would scour the internet and for books on the subject to hunt for clues amongst the lies.
Have you heard about Gobekli Tepe yet?  They've made great advances in figuring out stuff about the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan) in the past couple of years too, as well as some DNA evidence from the long barrow builders of Britain.


Haven't checked your profile to see if you are a writer or artist, but message me up if you want to talk about the possibility of doing some project involving creating a fictional ancient civilization.
I am aware of Gobekli Tepe and the Harappan ruins. Wonderous sights with so many questions. Are you aware of the megalithic cities off the coast of India that appear to be designed similar to the Harappan cities? Interesting stuff, but the waters treachours with only like a 3 month windows in a year to study them.


DNA is opening all sorts of awesome doors. I absolutely love history. The older the better.