Trope Inversion

From Fanlore
Jump to: navigation, search
Synonyms: inverted trope, trope subversion, subverted trope
See also: trope
Click here for related articles on Fanlore.


Trope inversion occurs when an existing trope is used in a professional or fanwork, but flipped on its head, defying the audience's expectations. Examples include "Woke Up Straight" or "Aliens Made Them Refrain From Doing It".

A related phenomenon is trope subversion in which the elements of the original trope might all still be present, but deconstructed. Examples might include an mpreg fanfic in which the man has to get a cesarean because no birth canal spontaneously appeared to go along with the surprise uterus.