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April 19 2014

Firefly used as example in The Periodic Table of Storytelling. Story tropes are put into a very cool "periodic table" format. The "Rebellious Spirit" archetype is even given the trope name Mal!

Other Whedon trope names include - Bdh, Big Damn Heroes, and Bad, Big Bad. (But maybe I have missed some.)

Clicking on each trope will take you the TV Tropes website page that explains the trope and gives examples.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what trope elements went into "simple story molecule" of Firefly.

This is so cool. Would love to have a real poster of this, but the price is a little steep for me.
Applied Phlebotinum (Phl) is also based on a term originating in the Buffy writer's room. I love that word, it's so useful!
This is so fun! I need some time to poke around in it, though. If I were a writer, I would definitely want the poster.
Applied Phlebotinum (Phl) is also based on a term originating in the Buffy writer's room. I love that word, it's so useful!

Ahh, I did not know that, Bluelark! Good catch!
So, I looked it up . . . As stated on the TV Tropes website:

According to Joss Whedon, during the DVD commentary for the pilot episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the term "phlebotinum" originates from Buffy writer (and Angel co-creator) David Greenwalt's sudden outburst: "Don't touch the phlebotinum!" apropos of nothing.

Don't forget Lampshade Hanging (Ls).

Ah, TV Tropes. It's like the most comfortable black hole ever. I love it; I dare not go there.
Here is another trope that is not on the chart, but it is certainly Whedon-related:


A fan gets Jossed when the elaborate Epileptic Trees or Fanfic that they've lovingly built upon canonical elements is abruptly disproved by further canon or by the Word of God. Named after Joss Whedon; Buffy the Vampire Slayer was notorious for this. Fans would come up with detailed and elaborate theories or plots during summer hiatuses, most of which got completely thrown out within three episodes of the new season.

Lookit all the pretty! Oh gosh, though, I'm sure if we went through all the tropes for which Joss' shows are namer we'd be here a good while.
Floofypooh, you mean that time when we were convinced Willow had been dead for awhile?
Who the hell was "The Outrageous Okona"/ (Star Trek Next Gen - I got a little waylaid. What trope is Wash's death filed under?
sbn. Ha! Love it.

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