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hi ya chingus!

welcome to a new mini event where we as a community hang out with each other and have some fun. so as lovers of drama, we can all spot the familiar tropes. some of it makes us giggle. :sweat_smile:hahaha.. sometimes it makes us roll our eyes and groan. :expressionless: and some we just love! :kiss_wink:  you may hate waiting for the bus in real life but waiting for oppa in bus stop in dramaland always seems to be rather romantic no? (and how convenient for PPL sponsors to stick some ad on the bus stop too! hahahhaha....)

 

so we are creating a fun poll for you chingus to participate. how to participate?

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#1 - rescued from the truck of doom -- who loves the truck of doom? me! hahahahha... for someone who doesn't notice any cars in real life, I have noticed the truck of doom has progressed from green to orange to white paint in kdramas and it seems to be more or less the same model. (I think! hahahahha...) why do I like it? where else can you see a real life version of a waltz swirl and dip! :lol:

 

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two hearts beating ferociously from all that adrenaline and lots of eye staring and then some great OST starts playing. so it is an almost accident and in real life, the driver would get down and yell at her (isn't it always the girl?) for being so stupid and ask her to get some glasses and not pass on her bad luck to him. but hey, this is dramaland and the driver does his duty and drives on and leaves the leads to have their dum-dum-dum (heart beat) moment! how nice of him.:lol: hahhahahaha.....

 

see, that was easy right? so add to the list (don't forget to mention the number), you can create a meme or just say why you like it or hate the trope. it can be one sentence or a small paragraph. (about 250 words max!!!). don't worry about your english. and if you are tech savvy, you can add a gif or screenshot or vid from your favourite drama as examples.

 

can we as a community come up with 100 drama tropes we love and hate? looking forward to hearing what you have noticed from watching so many kdramas! :D

 

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#2 - The childhood friends turn into lovers - I'm probably the most romantic person out there. I don't mind dramas solely with love stories when they're executed well. BUT I have this love hate relationship with the female lead meeting her childhood friend from 100 years (I'm overexaggerating!) ago and they fall in love and of course they get their happily ever after. :tongue:

 

I know it belongs to each and every k-drama out there but I can't help eyerolling out of existence everytime it's in the character description prior to each drama. ROFL

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#3 Cliche pull and push realtionship

not noticing the other feelings while it shows pretty obviously. 

 

#4 Noble idiocy separation

Very hate when one of the two OTP starts to leave the other by thinking it will be the best for them. It is bearable and acceptable for some reason. But there's quite a number of them which so depressing to watch and spend lots of episodes to just get through the phase. That's annoying. Lol

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Alrighty, this is funnnn. I want to talk about so many tropes honestly, are there any restrictions that one person should only post about one trope? LOL

 

#5 Rich boy poor girl

 

Now this is something most people usually eyeroll at, but it's a classic trope I just love. I mean how much chance you have to run into the richest of rich CEO in real life and make them fall for you?? Close to nil, I say. It doesn't really happen often in real world, and that makes it so swoony and dreamy in my eyes. Wellllllllll, I'm totally not waiting for a Prince of nine heavens who will come and sweep me off my feet or anything, ok??? (If anyone can't tell, I'm talking about Ye hua here. LOLOLOL)

 

 

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#6 Angry Encounters 

Come on, we kdrama lovers know the first scene where the boy meets the girl or, the girl meets boy. It could be a little accident that has both parties yelling at each other or it could be previous notions of the person. So for like the first 3 or 4 meeting of the lead couple, its all bickering and arguing . I love this and always looked forward to it at the start of a new drama.

 

#7 The shopping/makeover scene 

Now this was a little rampant sometime, almost every kdrama had a scene where the male lead gives the female lead a makeover or the female lead just chooses one for herself. I really loved this as it made me see the female lead in different lights........ like from cute  to hot  hahaha!

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kekeke... @kokodus @stargazer187 ~ yea, you can post more than once. we are trying to see if we can identify 100 tropes and so there's plenty of space. hahahah... but like in other threads, wait for someone else to post and one or two tropes max per post. this way, we give chance for everyone to post.. :) and P.S - let other chingus know too about our mini event! ^_^

 

and it is funny, I didn't even recognize the rich boy poor girl trope. obviously! hahahah.... :lol:got so used to seeing it, that we totally expect at least one of them to be rich. guess, we don't have to worry about their ever after where they struggle to pay the bills and get chased by loan sharks? hahahahha.... :D

 

#8 the rooftop room - don't know about the rent on these places and whether they are cheaper than other places in real life  but it looks like all broke/struggling kdrama characters at least get a fantastic view of seoul even if they are struggling. :D

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#9 Piggyback ride

 

I prefer bridal carry more than piggybacks honestly. Lol. And i've always wondered how can the guy not end up with broken back after carrying a grown up women like that on his back. But yeah, Korean girls are pretty lean, and I bet everyone weighs like air, sigh. Ahahaha anyways, it's romantic in a way. Most favorite of mine is from personal taste, where the girl says that his back is so warm like her dad's. 

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#10 Half-way through the drama amnesia trope

 

I'm not even kidding when I say: I hate this trope!

 

It happens mostly in melodramas. So while melodramas tend to be pretty messed up overall it can only be topped with either the female lead or the male lead suffering amnesia half-way through the drama to add to the dramatic plot in the already dramatic melodrama OR which is even worse to separate the OTP before they get their happily ever after.

 

And most of the times the amnesia happen because of very suspicious aka illogical reasons. I see the "work" done there, dear writers of amnesia plots. Let me throw you some:

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#11 - gangster clothes -- doesn't it seem like all the loan sharks and gangsters in kdramas dress a very specific way? so much so you can identify them even before you know the name or link with character..there is gold chains, maybe gold tooth, too much gel hair, colourful shirts that would be better suited for the beach, and sometimes instead of black suits, there is even a yellow suit! hahahah.... but lot of black suits. is it uniform? are loan sharks not allowed to wear other colours? :lol: and why do loan shark offices always have these recliner, am going to sit for hours and watch tv kind of sofas? it is not like clients are there to get comfortable? :lol:

 

@Jillia ~ after a certain point in watching melodramas, you are almost waiting for a character to get amnesia so that you can start eating some more popcorn and giggle. ahahahah.... @kokodus ~ love those piggy back rides and these guys have to be fit because they are always carrying the girl on an incline hill instead of a straight plain. so much more work! thats why it is only army return oppas who do the piggy back rides because they already got that training! lol.. hahahaha.... :lol:

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#12 The mean love interest trope

 

Don't we know it all? The main lead is arrogant and mean to the female lead. Pushes her, treats her terribly. Drags her behind him. Is SO NOT interested but acts like a jealous boyfriend when the second male lead makes a move. Even though male lead and female haven't gotten to point they're even close to moving past their hate relationship.

 

Then suddenly he realizes his feelings for her and the viewer is supposed to believe that he is suddenly a nice guy.

 

Boy, just the fact you treat girls you don't know and don't like like trash makes YOU human trash on my plate. Just saying.

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#13 Clinging ex

I feel extremely annoyed when I have to get a second lead who comes to ruin the good mood of the drama and turned all the storyline into a lame triangle plot. The ex might introduced to be the first love of the hero/heroine at first. They left but then comes back to bother the OTP's love blossoms. 

 

Oh @Jillia we posted almost in the same time... haha

 

Oh.. but I really love that kind of arrogant yet so gently sweet like SOG :D

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kekeke... like @stargazer187 said, sometimes the mean lead is fun to watch @Jillia; depends on the actor and how he translates the character. even though in boys before flowers, he was being so petty and making no sense, you can't help but giggle at the over the top jealousy. :lol:@stargazer187 -- the mean second lead is at least tolerable when they have great fashion!!!! hahahahah.... especially with candy leads who wear boring clothes, the mean second lead gets to have the fun wardrobe. hahahahha.....

 

#14 - bad boys in saeguks always get the cool outfits including really nice earrings!

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all I remember from this drama is that the orange guy had a lot of awesome earrings that made me want to get some! hahahaha...

 

 

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#15 Love triangle FTW... NOT.

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Enough said! :tongue:

 

No, seriously. I personally think love triangles are there to create conflict among the people who watch the same drama. Love triangles are there to create conflict. Period. Because you always have the people who side with the OTP and you have the people who side with the second lead.

 

And apparently fans love to see two guys fight over one girl like two Neanderthal men fighting over who is worthy carrying the girl to their cave. And then they call it cute. ROFL

 

@stargazer187 Sometimes two minds think alike. :D

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@Jillia Hahaha... that 'get lost' of SJS is the best expression! You right.. I hate when the triangle was created just to get the fans splits into two fan war. It is why WLF and SKL are two of the rare examples for not picking this plot. And.. I'll add Hwayugi too... no triangle here so far... hahaha 

 

@Lmangla oohh in BOF... r you referring to GJP?? Hihihi... I like him tho despite with all his silly things to JD. And I love his perm hair. 

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Are you guys talking about Oppa behind my back. Too bad. LOL. His hair was the main attraction for me, no one can carry off that hairstyle like him. Hehe. 

 

#16 Time Jump


Hate hate hate this trope! Almost all the time nothing gets better even after the time skip, everyone remain the same, I totally don't see the point at all. So ridiculous and drives me crazy.

 

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@kokodus ~ the time jump takes care of everything. it makes people grow up, hearts heal and everyone is all at peace. hahahaha...

 

#17 - the yin/yang of family dynamics. if the lead is responsible, then it is given that either they have a irresponsible sibling or parent who has borrowed money from some loan shark and has swindled their hard earned money. and instead of losing hair or having hair turn grey, the lead somehow manages to work lots of jobs to pay the bills and still meet someone cute and rich. then, loves comes in for the irresponsible family member and everyone in the end becomes responsible because thats the magic of love? hahahahah.... :sweat_smile:

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#18 Sweet Second Male Lead turn into Evil OOC Parody trope

 

This goes hand in hand with the love triangle trope. In order to make everyone root for the OTP in the end the sweet second male lead is turned into a evil guy out of jealousy and rivalry. There are of course dramas which don't go down this road, e.g. Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. Or it seems to make sense like in Goong in which Yul Goon wants more power to protect Chae-kyung. Even though he actually does some questionable things.

 

But most of the time it's only a device to make the viewer root for the mean-turned-sweet-guy first male lead and I really don't like it. Shouldn't it be enough for the girl to make the decision for one of the guys by herself?

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Darn it so many different tropes to choose from and all of them so good. Also I wonder if I can even take part in this event due to me already pointing some of these tropes in other threads and so. Though the temptation of adding a screenshot of another drama in this thread and hopefully getting away with it is to good to ignore without getting any warning from a moderator or having the picture removed. So if no one mentions that Trope by my next post be sure that I will add it in.

 

Spoiler

 

This is the advice from Korean Drama Trope Central

 

We seem to cover all sorts of K-Drama Items and needs if you want something be sure to orders it from us. We even offer group discounts so if you are a group of Second Drama Leads if can offer you special deals such as Not only providing a discount on Truck Of Doom Every Saturday and Thursdays we will even throw in a complimentary driver along the way if there is are atleast 3 second leads or their family members involved. We offer the lowest fare for tickets to the Land Of Exile and right now there is a special on Bugs/Listening Devices that all have Blinking Lights to show that they are fully functioning and all.

 

In the same vein let us continue with The Trope of The Day. Though we must warn you since all Tropes are so interrelated this will be a mixture of a few.

 

Trope Number 19

 

Land Of Opportunity/Great Investment Spot :

 

You have a lot of money but have no area where to invest Have no fear we guarantee Korea is the spot. This Trope Covers the Area of Koreans Haven’t Heard Of Locks, Missing Items Where Are Thou and Part of Popular Spots.

 

Why should you invest in Security is simple? Let us cover the Trope Korean’s Haven’t Heard Of Locks first.

 

This is a Trope where the Second Lead or someone related to them manage to easily enter the main leads house and obtain Items that can help identify them to others such as taking their Hairbrush or Toothbrush which they will then use for DNA verification but hide the results from the main lead or the person looking from them or other items such as clothes or a ring which has been passed down from parent to child as a means of identification etc The best part to all of this is that this then becomes The Trope Missing Items Where Are Thou since the Main Leads never seem to realize said items are even missing. It’s like they don’t seem to care that their Hairbrush or Toothbrush is even gone.

 

It's Like them saying Meh who cares that was so cheap we will simply get another one let the poor person who needs it more than us keep it. Not realizing that the Second Leads are profiting over there instead of suffering and the only person suffering is themselves.

 

That is why we advise that if you invest in locks and inform the Koreans of this great device this should hopefully prevent this trope from occurring in the Future as well as safeguarding their goods and valuables as well at the same time. It is funny because Korea is supposed to be this Hi Tech place and all and yet they seem to overlook this simple thing called a Lock.

 

Follow this up with a Popular Spot where we recommend investing in security cameras for major companies atleast.

 

One of the most popular spots that one can be sure to see in the dramas would have to be the Company Rooftop. The one spot where the main lead is usually dragged by the second lead and confronted about some matter. Some Threats may even be issued here or there as well. Sometimes someone else may see this and follow said people up and try and use this to their advantage specially if said pair are the lead couple instead of the first and second leads and try and use said information against them to break them up and all.

 

Thus we recommend installing the latest Spy Cameras here. The people think that they can get away with anything because this is not only a secure spot but nobody will also find out about what has happened. This method insures that the bosses find out all the interesting gossip that happens in the company as well as some useful information along the way. Perhaps this way they may find out if company employees are secretly badmouthing them or if among them they happen to have some long lost rich heir or heiress or someone undercover. Perhaps even take proper precautions along the way.

 

If you really want to push you luck you can even try for bodyguard duty since the client will almost always be constantly at risk somehow whether it is from an oncoming Truck Of Doom, getting slapped by other people or other incoming objects which can be discussed in our next post

 

Hope You liked this presentation From Korean Drama Trope Central. So till next time and will love to see what the rest of you come up with,

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