The Periodic Table of Storytelling
Structure
.07
C
Conflict
.06
3as
Three Act Structure
4.7
Re
The Reveal
.08
Cmx
The Climax
.09
Den
The Dénouement
.14
End
The End
5.3
Chk
Chekhov's Gun
4.3
Mcg
MacGuffin
2.3
Bks
Backstory
4.0
Ret
Retcon
1.5
Arc
Story Arc
.08
Rar
Romance Arc
2.6
Tri
Love Triangle
6.0
Hil
Hilarity Ensues

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Setting, laws, plots
3.0
Ae
An Aesop
4.0
Srs
Serious Business
1.7
Msq
The Masquerade
3.2
Rcy
Recycled IN SPACE
2.3
X
X Meets Y
.75
Aa
Magic A Is Magic A
1.6
Ivc
Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
2.0
Sq
Status Quo Is God
.43
Cal
Call To Adventure
.20
Rq
Redemption Quest
.28
Hj
The Hero's Journey
.38
Stw
Saving the World
.58
Tfc
They Fight Crime
Story modifiers
2.5
Anv
Anvilicious
.52
Bti
Beyond The Impossible
2.5
Cl2
Crosses the Line Twice
3.0
Ria
Refuge in Audacity
6.0
Dae
Darker and Edgier
5.5
Scw
Mind Screw
2.2
Aws
Mundane Made Awesome
5.7
Bwb
Fanservice
12
Cry
Tear Jerker
1.9
Ang
Wangst
.90
Jts
Jumping the Shark
1.4
Gtb
Growing the Beard
Plot Devices
3.0
Phl
Applied Phlebotinum
1.1
Tb
Techno Babble
3.4
Wav
Hand Wave
2.4
Dx
Deus Ex Machina
1.5
Ass
Ass Pull
3.4
Iac
Sealed Evil In A Can
1.9
Aod
Artifact of Doom
1.1
Xan
Xanatos Gambit
6.1
Bdh
Big Damn Heroes
4.0
Pet
Pet The Dog
5.8
Kik
Kick The Dog
6.2
Hrz
Moral Event Horizon
8.8
H
The Hero
5.6
Ah
Anti Hero
2.4
Ih
Idiot Hero
1.3
Sh
Superhero
1.3
Kh
Kid Hero
1.7
Gh
Guile Hero
.47
Th
Tragic Hero
Heroes
1.7
Kni
Knight in Shining Armor
3.0
Neo
The Chosen One
9.1
Ag
Action Girl
1.9
Pg
Plucky Girl
6.4
Det
The Determinator
2.3
Gb
Genius Bruiser
4.0
5ma
Five Man Band
3.0
Bbw
Badass Bookworm
1.2
Tp
Technical Pacifist
2.6
Ace
The Ace
1.6
Cap
The Captain
1.2
Gun
The Gunslinger
1.1
Ir
Intrepid Reporter
.62
Ind
Adventurer Archeologist
Legend
Character Modifiers
.72
P
Protagonist
3.2
Ib
Idiot Ball
2.5
Fln
Flanderization
13
Bda
Badass
10
Bb
Berserk Button
7.1
Jhg
Jerk with a Heart of Gold
16
Ja
Jerkass
8.7
Sav
Genre Savvy
8.9
Hft
Heel Face Turn
.06
A
Antagonist
7.5
Wb
Woobie
9.8
Ccl
Cloud Cuckoolander
9.2
Ham
Large Ham
.11
Rnd
Rounded Character
.76
Fla
Flat Character
.09
Dyn
Dynamic Character
.14
Sta
Static Character
5.7
Fht
Face Heel Turn
6.6
Mad
Mad Scientist
2.0
Sue
Mary Sue
6.4
Moo
Mooks
2.1
Red
Redshirts
1.4
Mug
Muggles
3.9
Scr
The Scrappy
5.8
Edh
Ensemble Darkhorse
Archetypes
1.2
Wes
Creator's Pet
5.6
Tsu
Tsundere
.51
Dbd
Eccentric Mentor
1.8
Mus
Dumb Muscle
2.2
Gia
Gentle Giant
.72
Foo
The Fool
.23
Tc
Turncoat
1.5
Scl
Star-Crossed Lovers
.17
St
The Storyteller
.40
Lei
Rebel Leader
.22
Mal
Rebellious Spirit
.59
Kz
The Klutz
1.3
Lrg
Loveable Rogue
1.8
Pmd
Person of Mass Destruction
23
Bad
Big Bad
6.7
Mgb
Magnificent Bastard
6.2
Mpb
Manipulative Bastard
5.2
Chs
The Chessmaster
2.9
Mon
Complete Monster
3.1
Om
Omnicidal Maniac
4.2
Kt
Knight Templar
Villains
2.4
Etw
Evil Twin
.74
Ewi
Enemy Within
.71
Law
Amoral Attorney
1.4
Ob
Obstructive Bureaucrat
.53
Ws
Wicked Stepmother
2.3
Bru
The Brute
2.5
Chi
Creepy Child
2.6
Rch
Archenemy
8.6
Dra
The Dragon
3.6
Mol
The Mole
1.7
Vir
The Virus
8.7
Eld
Eldritch Abomination
3.4
1wa
One Winged Angel
3.7
Cce
Corrupt Corporate Executive
3.0
Emp
The Empire
4.0
Av
Anti-Villain
3.4
Vp
Villain Protagonist
3.9
4te
For The Evulz
3.4
Lol
Evil Laugh
1.7
Fai
You Have Failed Me
.37
Cat
Right-Hand Cat
Metatropes
.37
T
Trope
19
Ls
Lampshade Hanging
6.4
Jt
Justified Trope
6.9
Sv
Subverted Trope
.10
Old
Oldest Ones in the Book
5.5
Roc
Rule of Cool
4.6
Rof
Rule of Funny
.87
Rod
Rule of Drama
.48
4wl
The Fourth Wall
5.9
Tru
Truth in Television
1.2
Rur
Reality Is Unrealistic
.15
Lr
Like Reality Unless Noted
.11
Anp
Anthropic Principle
.50
Con
Law of Conservation of Detail
.64
Lah
Literary Agent Hypothesis
.84
Md
Moral Dissonance
.02
Tbl
Parodic Table of the Elements
Production
1.2
Can
Canon
19
Sho
Shout Out
7.2
Tt
Take That
1.0
Res
Critical Research Failure
1.3
Vam
Viewers Are Morons
.59
Wob
Writer On Board
4.6
Xm
Executive Meddling
4.6
Rad
Getting Crap Past The Radar
1.5
Dh
Development Hell
2.3
Sbn
Screwed By The Network
Fandom & Audience Reactions
1.8
Fan
Fanon
.95
Sus
Willing Suspension of Disbelief
7.7
Fri
Fridge Logic
2.1
Et
Epileptic Trees
1.8
Dlp
Draco In Leather Pants
9.5
Mem
Memetic Mutation
14
Wog
Word of God
1.1
Mst
MST3K Mantra
7.6
Sqi
Squick
1.6
Fwr
Freud Was Right
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