More favourite tropes:
- A bureaucratic institution has established forms and procedures for an extraordinarily unlikely event
- A character saves the day using a skill they have no excuse for knowing, which they claim to have learned through a mundane hobby or profession
- Explaining something patently absurd in a very matter-of-fact way, particularly while referring to the person receiving the explanation as “sir”
- A specific object or substance that’s needed to overcome a great danger proves to have been on hand all along in an unrecognised form
- A janitor, plumber, or other tradesperson reveals that they’re already aware of some esoteric threat and have dealt with it before
- An existential threat is accidentally averted in the course of dealing with an unrelated and much less serious problem
Can you prety prety please do more of these i love them.
I’ve done like a million of ‘em already. A few past highlights:
When I saw ‘shipping tropes’ my first thought was ‘tropes about the transport of goods’. Not sure what this says about me.
Favourite shipping tropes:
- A courier shows up to deliver an addressed parcel to an unlikely location – e.g., on the Moon – with no clear indication of how they got there
- A postal worker casually evades or shrugs off various perils because Neither Rain Nor Snow Nor Et Cetera.
- A character is asked to sign for delivery of an extremely large number of something no reasonable person would ever need nearly that many of
- Enormous shipping containers that, when opened, prove to contain a single very small item
- A parcel service is contracted to deliver an item at a specific time and place decades or centuries hence and actually follows through
- A protagonist saves on transport or infiltrates a secure location by mailing themselves in a large crate
- Being tasked to deliver a box with strict instructions not to open it, and – of course – opening it to discover something that Changes Everything™
- A perilous or emotionally fraught confrontation interrupted by an indifferent postal worker looking for a signature
- A character accidentally falls into an open shipping container moments before it’s sealed for transport and is sent to some remote locale
- Address label mixups, particularly when it’s implausible that one of the parties involved would have a posted mailing address