17 thoughts on “Trope Talk: Save The World

  1. When I first watched Attack on Titan I was more concerned that Eren might have died than the fact that almost all the walls had fallen and humanity was going to die out. Like, since I had avoided all spoilers for the show and didn't know that spoilers Eren doesn't die-he has highly convenient Titan powers, I was more upset at the idea of him dying than the idea of the entirety of humanity (or at least non-titan humanity) being wiped out.

  2. You missed the opportunity to mention Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this video. As that was the one that has the world is always in danger trope to the tits.

    It would be somewhat more creative if the danger was that lemonade tastes a bit more like cupcakes than it did before. Which the heroes fail to save the world from this major threat… and then every episode afterwards we have somebody complaining about how lemonade just is not the same anymore. Except for a few characters that will be revealed to be villains who enjoy the new lemonade. Well… and Greg–who generally everybody suspects is up to no good–but never actually is up to no good. It would just be too satisfying if Greg was terrible. Way too satisfying. We are watching you, Greg. We will know something is up, Greg. Yeah… we will see it.

    Though, it should not come as a shock that I generally enjoy the weird sense of continuity offered by shows like Bojack Horseman, The Tick, Venture Bros, Freakazoid, Earthworm Jim, etc.

    Actually… thinking about The Tick, the cartoon does riff on the whole end of the world thing itself. With one episode The Tick stating that Barry cannot be called The Tick as "it is on all my stationary!"–or when that world eater was taking Tick home, the Tick screaming, "You cannot destroy the world! It is where I keep all my stuff!"

    But yeah… Sunnyvale is on a Hell Mouth. They handle the end of the world like how Bison handles a Tuesday–and it has kind of become a plot point in the show.

  3. But how can you have a sweet trailer if you cant have a narrator say "WATCH THEM SAAAAAAVE THE WORLD!" In that trailer voice

  4. 11:34 Okay, I'm sorry, but did you just say that Hughes's death was the FIRST majorly upsetting moment in the series? I mean yeah it is really upsetting, but… FIRST? Did you forget Nina Tucker?
    Okay fair, I'd like to do that too.

  5. Please please please please please make a video on The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. One of the best takes I've seen on the literal End of the World was "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson, I had to take breaks while reading it because it really captures the horror/existential dread of everything and everyone on Earth dying while also acknowledging that the human mind is very bad at comprehending a tragedy so large.

  7. you've come out the other side of "need to watch this right now" to "this is too precious for the daily youtube check-in, let's save this one for when we're snuggled up in bed, able to properly enjoy it" :-/

  8. You can destroy the world in the story, but if it is not the only world, or if your hero is able to go back in time and save it anyway.

  9. In the hitchhiker it´s scale 3, but the earth returns.
    But okay, it´s the hitchhiker.
    And in the end, the earth vanished forever.

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