All right. We have the thread for Tropes That Stink Like Rotten Fish.
But now it’s time to own up: what trope do you love… even if you know that it’s The Worst Thing Ever on some level? What trope can you just not get enough of, and why?
For me, it’s the various Prince And The Pauper or The Prisoner Of Zenda knockoffs and variants, in which two likely doofuses trade places and implausible hijinks ensue. I’m not sure why. I guess it takes me back to my childhood excitement at having even nominal roles in school plays and such. Getting to at least witness tons of cool stuff but then calmly put the costume away before it all gets too dull or dangerous.
(Mods, feel free to merge away if we’ve already done this. I don’t remember.)
I love the joke where someone is unaware of the danger they are putting people around them in. My favorite example is the scene in Weird Science where Anthony Michael Hall is casually waving a gun around (because he doesn’t realize it’s a real gun) and everyone else ducks each time it points in their direction.
This also means that each and every time I handle a knife when I’m near people I swing it around like a clueless maniac, acting like I don’t realize how close it comes to cutting someone. I find it endlessly hilarious. In my office, though, they were quick to stop asking me to cut the cake whenever we celebrated someone’s birthday. (To be clear: I never requested that task; I was asked to do it a few times so it was a totally organic joke setup. I don’t think it would be funny if the person wanted to wield the knife.)
I don’t think it can be meant to be a joke unless you also have the exaggerated reactions of the people. Otherwise it’s just setup with no punchline.
I sat in a meeting once next to a guy who used his hands quite flamboyantly as he spoke. Now I could have scooted my chair a couple of feet away from the table, but I opted to stay at the table 1) so that I would still be seen as someone important enough to be in the discussion, and 2) so that I could broadly flinch every time his hands came close enough that I could have bit him if I wished. (I was kind of hoping he’d take the hint and keep his hands to himself, but I also recognized my immediate teammates were enjoying it so it was still a win.)