A literary trope in a story is like a cliché with impunity. It’s a recognizable convention, but if the author knows what to do, it can be used to great effect. Any writer looking for ways to add useful details and situations to a narrative will find tropes helpful. As such, this series of posts analyzes the endless well of information that is TVTropes.org (from a literary perspective).
The Literary Trope: Badass Bystander
TV Tropes defines the trope as follows:
“The Badass Bystander is a background or minor character who shows significant or surprising fighting prowess or strength against a major threat.”
The Badass Bystander trope is like a consolation for the average joe. We get to see someone like ourselves do something heroic, though he or she is rarely named or given much more than passing recognition. [Read more...]