Alright, last week I complained about five more of my least favorite tropes. This week, it’s time to spread a little joy instead. It’s the five tropes I love – part two!
The Found Family
This trope takes some skill to do right, but when it is – well, it’s pretty amazing. There is something heart warming about watching a bunch of misfits push through their struggles and their dislike of each other to solve a problem or save the world – and find out they’ve all become friends in the process. You might’ve already been able to guess what my example for this was going to be – yeah, it’s Guardians of the Galaxy. I love both of those movies! But the first one is an awesome found family story.
The existence of super powers/magic.
It surprised me to find out some people don’t like this trope, but this is one I’ve always enjoyed. The very first stories I ever wrote were about super heroes – I just love the idea of magic and super powers! I’m not so much interested in the tricks and spell casting sort of magic outlined in Harry Potter, but I love the super heroes in the Marvel cinematic universe, the Jedi and their use of the force in Star Wars, and the elemental bending magic system in Avatar: The Last Airbender. I mean, just look at that fire bending – so awesome! I used to be able to give this trope a lot of leeway, but after creating my own magic system I’m unfortunately a bit more judgmental. Oh well – there are so many great stories with a wonderful and unique handle on this trope.
Family being treated in a good, healthy, and realistic way.
This doesn’t happen all that often, just like the whole competent father thing – Hollywood, what’s with this? But, when there is a family in a story that works together and supports each other through their struggles, I love it. The first (and maybe only?) example I thought of was the Incredibles. I hope to have created a healthy family dynamic in my work in progress, but that dynamic is not the focus on the story as it is in this movie.
Well done prophecies.
I might be in the minority on this one, but I like prophecies – even (and maybe especially?) chosen one prophecies. They are often done so poorly, and this isn’t one of those tropes where I can enjoy it ‘through the cheese’, but when it’s done well I love it. There’s something deeply intriguing about having words and knowledge from the past coming true in the future – and it’s fun to see just how the prophecy will come true. A great example of this is the Riddle of Strider from the Lord of the Rings. I also hope to have done something fun with his trope in my own work, but I’ll keep it at that to avoid spoilers. 😉
True, loyal friendships.
I’ve seen other favorite tropes lists where, on the list, there is the trope where a friend betrays a friend. I hate that – what I love is the exact opposite. I love it when a friendship is so true and loyal and unbreakable that the one friend will not abandon the other one, no matter what happens. A great example of this is the friendship of Keith and Shiro in Voltron: Legendary Defender. And that gif is kind of spoiling season 6, but not really, and if you haven’t seen Voltron already, I definitely recommend watching whole thing!
Well, those are five more of my favorite tropes. Are any of your favorite tropes on this list? What sorts of tropes do you love? Join the conversation below!