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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT is favourite tropes, which has been quite fun to write. This post is going to have a mixture of both plot and character tropes as both are important within stories.

All Myths Are True

Examples: Harry Potter, The Shadowhunter Chronicles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Badass Normal

Examples: Jude Duarte (The Folk of the Air), Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass), Liam Ironarm (The Song of the Lioness)

Chosen Family

Examples: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, A Court of Thorns and Roses

The Chosen One

Examples: Harry Potter, Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Aelin Ashryver Galathynius (Throne of Glass)

Defrosting Ice Queen

Examples: Cheryl Blossom (Riverdale), Cordelia Chase (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Valencia Perez (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

Enemies to Lovers

Examples: Feyre and Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses), Jude and Cardan (The Folk of the Air), Spike and Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Evil Vs Evil

Examples: Cersei and the High Sparrow (Game of Thrones), President Snow and President Coin (The Hunger Games), Regina and Mr Gold (Once Upon a Time)

Fractured Fairytale

Examples: Once Upon a Time, East by Edith Pattou, Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

Villain Protagonist

Examples: Cersei Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, Olivia Pope (Scandal), Elphaba (Wicked by Gregory Maguire)

Wicked Witch

Examples: The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz), The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia), Ursula (The Little Mermaid)

Post a link to your TTT in the comments and let me know your favourite tropes

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Tropes

  1. Yeeees I love all these tropes! Enemies to lovers is one of my favorites! Villain protagonists can be so much fun. I loved Elphaba, and I love Victor from Vicious. And of course, what fantasy ready doesn’t love the all myths are true thing? 😉

    Here’s my TTT post.


  2. YES!! ALL THE MYTHS ARE TRUE. Honestly, I almost put that type of trope on mine because I was in Shadowhunter mode earlier and I was going to use the all the legends are true quote but oops I forgot. So many good tropes on here. I love that you included Fractured Fairytale and Once Upon a Time is one of the examples. One of my favourites!


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