META: Comic Book Tropes You Loathe

Andrew Perron pwerdna at
Sat Apr 17 14:59:05 PDT 2010

On Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:59:38 +0000 (UTC), Tom Russell 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.

Hmmmmm.  Is it just using these tropes to trick the audience ("You see, it
was a Superman robot the whole time!"), or is it any use of them?

Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, never lend an unreliable narrator

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