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What would you call the trope where awkward plot devices are removed at the end?
What would you call the trope where awkward plot devices are removed at the end? I'm looking for a short pithy phrase like you find on TvTropes to describe this. Such as "Plot Device Eliminations" or "Excise Destabilizing Tech".For example, I've been reading the Sigma Force series by James Rollins and am finishing up the third book. In each novel so far, there are strong SFnal elements that include artifacts that would change the world as we know it if developed or exploited. In order to prevent the technological (or magical) fallout from these artifacts, they and anyone capable of developing them are blown up, killed, or otherwise destroyed at the end of the book. This trope is also common in Doc Savage novels, as well as superhero and thriller stories. It's also found in the Indiana Jones movies.
- Writer's Discussion Group community on Google+
- Pulp Writing community on Google+
- Secret Government Warehouse at TvTropes
- No MacGuffin No Winner at TvTropes
- No Man Should Have This Power at TvTropes
- Status Quo Is God at TvTropes
- Reset Button Ending at TvTropes
- Reset Button at TvTropes
- Snap Back at TvTropes
- Forgotten Phlebotinum at TvTropes
Not these, but interesting to compare
- Sequel Reset at TvTropes
- World Healing Wave at TvTropes
- Opening A Can Of Clones at TvTropes
- No Ontological Inertia at TvTropes
One of the things that I want to emphasize with this trope (and doesn't come through on any of the TvTrope topics I've examined) is the idea of systematic erasure of the Plot Device by the writer, a clearing of the technological (magical) slate without affecting the rest of the series, such as ongoing character and non-Plot Device dependent plot arcs.
- "Scorched Earth"
- "Scorched Earth Plot Retreat"
- "Scorched Earth Plot Arc" / "Story Arc"
It strikes me that the "Scorched Earth Plot Progression" is really more descriptive of a plot structure like plot coupons.
Some more sparks related to this trope:
- Bonsai garden world
- Bonsai gardener (writer)
What techniques are used to main the status quote in a series and why?
- The status quo allows the same plot to be used over and over
- The relationship between characters remains same, so the same tension can be generated in each episode
- Similarly between characters and setting
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