Fanfiction tropes you hate -

Syaoran Li

Anime Goth Mom
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Whatever happened to those author notes that would appear in the middle of a chapter? The only solid example I can think of is My Immortal but I remember it being prevalent during around 2008-2011.

Also, do people still use the terms lemon, lime, grapefruit? I don't see them as often as I used to, never on AO3. Rarely on fanfiction.net.

I think you see lemon used on Fanfiction but not AO3. Lime pretty much died out as a term by the purges of 2012 and the rest of the "Citrus Scale" died before that.

Even then, the term "Lemon" isn't as commonly used as it used to be and you mostly see it come up in anime fics, since the Citrus Scale started in anime fanfics.

Nowadays, it's more likely to be in use among the older and less active fandoms where some of the writers from the fandom's heyday are still sort of active and post new stories with the term.
 

Mr. ShadowCreek

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Bashing fics can be annoying. This is very common in the Harry Potter fandom. Dumbledore, the Weasleys, and sometimes Hermione are often seen as horrible people in these fics. Dumbledore is written as a manipulative madman who is using Harry for his own selfish reasons. He doesn't care if Harry dies as long as Voldemort dies and he's the one who gets credit for the greater good. He is aware of the Dursleys abuse and even encourages it. Some fics have him evil as Voldemort or even more evil. Some fics have him be the real dark wizard and that Voldemort was framed by him.

The Weasleys are big supporters of Dumbledore. Or at least Molly, Ron, and Ginny are. They're usually the only three for some reason. The rest are usually spared. I've never seen a fic that portrays the twins in a bad light. Percy goes either way or is ignored. Molly steals from Harrys vault and gives it to Ron and Ginny. She also made a marriage contract for both of them and love potions. Ron is seen as an lazy, stupid, jealous jerkass who only became Harrys friend because Dumbledore told him too. Ginny is obsessed with Harry as is going to do anything to be his wife. Hermione is a Dumbledore worshipper is thinks she's right about everything.

The Dursleys abuse is taken to 11 with Vernon even raping Harry as Petunia just watches. Like In canon he is locked in the cupboard but he is constantly starved in these is only let out to do chores and go to the bathroom. Harry is seen to walked around freely in canon as long as he didn't mess up.

The Malfoys, Snape, and sometimes Voldemort are betrayed as the real good guys.

I'm not sure how these all started but there's no shortage. Dumbledore Bashing might have gotten its kick from his confession on OOTP. As for the Weasleys I have no idea.
 

Kari Kamiya

"I beat her up, so I gave her a cuck-cup."
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Bashing fics can be annoying.

Pretty much, since they're all the same thing no matter what fandom you enter. Thanks to Cori Falls, bashing fics got a strong foothold in Pokémon fics, mainly towards Tracey Sketchit because he replaced Brock only for him to be warped into some fat pervert nobody liked. But then it spread to Ash (and sometimes the others especially if it was a Rocket-centric story) in no time, so the hate for Ash was around way before he overstayed his welcome.
 
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Mr. ShadowCreek

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Pretty much, since they're all the same thing no matter what fandom you enter. Thanks to Cori Falls, bashing fics got a strong foothold in Pokémon fics, mainly towards Tracey Sketchit because he replaced Brock only for him to be warped into some fat pervert nobody liked. But then it spread to Ash (and sometimes the others especially if it was a Rocket-centric story) in no time, so the hate for Ash was around way before he overstayed his welcome.

I've seen plenty of "Ash gets betrayed fanfics." These pretty much turn all of the characters the writer hates into bad people. Ash is a mary sue who always wins battles and is the chosen one to save the world. The traitors are all losers who can never win. They betray him because he's never won a league before, because he was framed for something bad, or because he always put their lives in danger. So they tell him to give up training.
Brock is a straight up pervert.
Misty is a violent psycopath
Tracey is a nobody and wanabe artist
Max is an arrogant mean kid
May and Dawn are full of vanity
Iris is the same as Misty
Calem is super annoying
Clemont just invents things that blow up
Bonnie might just follow her brother
Serena is a stocker.
And so on. Though bashing of Bonnie, Serena, and sometimes Brock is more rare.

In these fics the only ones that don't usually betray Ash are Gary, Paul, Richie, minor friends and rivals like Barry, and one pokegirl who doesn't betray Ash. It will be the pokegirl that the writer ships Ash with. For some reason it's never Misty or Iris. Iris I can understand as she didn't have a lot of fans but pokeshipping is popular and up their with amourshipping. Delia and Professor Oak usually go both ways. On fics where Oak betrays Ash he's usually the main villain. On ones where he doesn't he lets ash travel with all his pokemon.
 

I__quit

... and the awesome OMEGA!
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In short, the mysterious bad boy who just needs love guiz uwu he's so hurt. I can appreciate this type of character when done well but as a trope... irl that dude is ambassador of Red Flags Nation.

While I've never played the game or watched a full playthrough, I did read up on Dream Daddy's Robert, voiced by Game Grumps/NSP's Dan Avidan. He's a perfect example: makes references to military service but jokes about PTSD he may have suffered, drinks hard liquor heavily and frequents bars for hookups, actively uses others (including the main character through certain options) for sex, has a professed love for knives and dislike for "emotional intimacy", and considers a long ride out to a dark secluded lookout, with no warning of where he's taking you, a romantic date, while equipped with a blade for whittling.

Rewritten, this Bad Daddy could easily be a serial killer. At best, he's the hump and dump man whore who'll likely give you an STI the one faithful night you're drunk enough to follow him home. That ain't sexy.
 

soft breathing

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Male pregnancy, Alpha/Omega/Werewolf bullshit, self-Inserts, bashing fics, underage stuff - I guess those are all self explanatory.

- Crossover fanfics. They're usually shittily written and very high up on the cringe-scale.

- Transgender fanfics - Those have become a weird thing in the few fandoms I am active and it's just weird. It's the whole "everyone is gay and trans" bs that's happening on Twitter/Tumblr basically. I mean, if you can give me a solid reason why the character in your fanfic is trans - sure, I can maybe roll with it. But if you only do it for some kind of twisted self-insert fetish thing? No.

- Using Drugs/Alcohol/Mental Illnesses as the sole catalyst for your 'plot' - especially when the 'plot' is only 'how do I get character A and B to bang one another'. C'mon. Be a little more creative and do something with those. Addiction/mental illness is tough shit to write about - but if you do it right it can be a really good read, really.

- Fanfics that pretty much repeat the whole story and just add some 'sexy time' between characters. I've already seen the show or played the game - there's no need to repeat it all.

- Fanfics with the following writing style:
A: blablabla
B: blablabla?
A: *hugs*
B: *cums*
(you get the idea)
 

CrystalRoserade

Ratvioli
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These are less tropes and more problems I had with some specific fanfics

One Yandere Simulator reader insert I read (in my defense I was a kid with poor taste in games) had the "x said" before any of the dialogue and it constantly drove me mental as I tried to figure out who was saying what. It was especially terrible in scenes with several of the love interests. (it was... one of those types where the reader was paired with multiple characters. In this case it was the science club leader I can't remember the name of, male yandere-chan, senpai, and budo masuta)

Back when I was in the Hetalia fandom, I remember reading a dentist England reader insert where England raped the reader. It was horribly written and always used ampersands in place of the word 'and' Then the sequel rolled around and made it so much worse by having the reader willingly go back, and have it where she enjoyed the rape. And yes, the author still did the ampersands thing.
 

Longcat

Antisocial Injustice Wizard
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Fanfics that pretty much repeat the whole story and just add some 'sexy time' between characters. I've already seen the show or played the game - there's no need to repeat it all.

Reminds me of all the stories with poorly written sex scenes, clearly the work of very young authors, barely into puberty, who might not fully understand how sex works but still need some sort of outlet.

I wrote my fair share of those back in the day... thankfully I knew better than to post it online for all to see and kept it in a notebook that stayed in my bedside drawer
 

Doctor Placebo

Somebody asked for brains?
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I don't know if this has been mentioned yet, but those "cute" "funny" fanfiction works where a character from such-and-such franchise "gets educated" about transgenders. Or "gets educated" about anything really. They're nothing but extremely thinly veiled soapbox lectures, with a near guarantee of SJW politics (except in those rare instances where a right winger, usually a fundie, makes an inverted version). Bonus points if the character comes out as transgender themselves at the end.
 

Kari Kamiya

"I beat her up, so I gave her a cuck-cup."
True & Honest Fan
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I don't know if this has been mentioned yet, but those "cute" "funny" fanfiction works where a character from such-and-such franchise "gets educated" about transgenders. Or "gets educated" about anything really. They're nothing but extremely thinly veiled soapbox lectures, with a near guarantee of SJW politics (except in those rare instances where a right winger, usually a fundie, makes an inverted version). Bonus points if the character comes out as transgender themselves at the end.

Within a decade, we've gone from possibly-non-serious but still Christian propaganda "Harry Potter turns to the Lord" where the author never showed his face again to the super brave manifesto of "Harry Potter turns into an Enby Girl" and flaming makes you a bigot.

Wew.
 

Evian Les Rutabaga

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Didnt that start on a trans porn site? Also that universe shows up a ton on TVTropes, I sweat half the tropes on thr website mention this thing.

That's what tropers keep claiming now and then. The real sites where the original stories appeared, Sapphire's Place (defunct, although there's a piece remaining from Geocities) and Big Closet Top Shelf (https://bigclosetr.us/topshelf/) are sites that archive/promote TG fiction. The advertising on BCTS is NSFW (what a surprise) and some stories are rated "adult" (vs. "General" or "Mature") Then again, some of the stories have been reformatted for Kindle.

There are about thirteen million words of text just in the "canon" stories, so if there's a trope and it isn't being used: (a) is it really a trope? and (b) do you really want to see it in use?
 

FluffyTehFennekin

Good girl, M. a. a. D. Fennec
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NOT-sexual age regression.
This isn’t some weird 90’s cartoon, this is your personal fetish-fic, quit being so closeted about it!
It kind of reminds me of the MAP community and just how weird they are.
 

Yukari Yakumo

Bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks
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NOT-sexual age regression.
This isn’t some weird 90’s cartoon, this is your personal fetish-fic, quit being so closeted about it!
It kind of reminds me of the MAP community and just how weird they are.
>MAP
It's okay, you can say pedophile or child rapist. But really, age regression is pretty damn weird and disgusting.
 

Doctor Placebo

Somebody asked for brains?
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NOT-sexual age regression.
This isn’t some weird 90’s cartoon, this is your personal fetish-fic, quit being so closeted about it!
It kind of reminds me of the MAP community and just how weird they are.
Wait, is age regression like in Dragonball GT where Goku gets turned into a little boy, or like in Elfen Lied where Lucy becomes retarded infantile and pisses on the floor repeatedly after a head injury?

Apologizes for the weeb references, they were the first things that came to mind.
 

Stardust

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Crossovers are a tricky thing to attempt, and choosing the right series combination is key.

Resident Evil and the Evil Dead, I could see that. Thomas the Tank Engine and Star Trek, you better be a damn good writer and aiming for satirical. She-Ra, Rugrats, Clarissa Explains It All, Tekken, Frozen, Dr. Who, and Pixar's Cars, this best be a hilarious acid trip; but usually these massive crossovers are just autistic soap operas.
 
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