META: Comic Book Tropes You Loathe

Dave Van Domelen dvandom at
Fri Apr 16 12:04:13 PDT 2010

In article <da005914-076f-4ea7-99e3-a2f6d771b51f at>,
Tom Russell  <milos_parker at> wrote:
>I've talked about various tropes in the past, but the big ones that
>bug me are the ones that remove autonomy and/or responsibility from
>the characters and/or call into question the veracity of what's taken
>place, as neither is really, to my mind, playing fair with the
>audience: outright mind control, body-jumping, doppelgangers
>(alternate reality, shapeshifting aliens, clones, robots), illusions,
>virtual reality, prophecies from the future.

     Heh.  I've already hit most of those in ASH-universe stories this
calendar year, wonder if I can get a perfecta by summer?

     Dave Van Domelen, in the proofreading stages of a story that uses
annoying 90s comics tropes.

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