For this page I am using trope coming directly from the TVTropes Website:
Merriam-Webster gives a definition of “trope” as a “figure of speech.” In storytelling, a trope is just that — a conceptual figure of speech, a storytelling shorthand for a concept that the audience will recognize and understand instantly.
On this page I discuss my ideas about tropes and maybe even name a few of my own.
This page is dedicated to Jed from The Night Manager. I went in to such a frenzy writing about her I couldn’t stop. I realized what I had written about her took a lot of space – plus I changed my mind with more episodes – so I put her trope on this page. Thanks Jed. 🙂
Victim Bot –
Note: The below was written about a character from The Night Manager after seeing only the first episode. My opinions changed so I title the below “Original Jed Thoughts.” See more at The Night Manager review.
Ah Jed. You are such a typical character and no I am not trying to insult the actress (well done Elizabeth Debicki). This character is a walking trope and I am a bit tired of it.
See Jed’s whole purpose is to be the sex object. She is the sex object for the villain, proving he is powerful enough to afford a beautiful woman. She is a sex object for the hero so he can have someone to screw and use to betray the bad guy. Plus this shows he is a good person because he “loves” her whereas villain doesn’t. Yeah whatever. I shall call this character a Victim Bot.
The problem with the Victim Bot (VB) is that they have no personality, other than victim, and they provide nothing but being sex object. Usually this also means that there are very few women in the story because hey, we don’t want them competing with VB. Beauty is, after all, in the eye of the beholder. And if you have ever seen or read a Bond story you will know that every lead woman in each book is “the most beautiful woman” he has ever seen and immediately falls in love with her.
Now people, let’s be adults here. See you don’t “fall in love” with someone because they are beautiful. You fall in lust, you become enraptured, you might even become obsessed, but love is a very different feeling. Trust me. So saying that the hero falls in love with VB which helps him betray the villain is just fictional bull sh*t. Plus, any relationship formed by hero and VB is not going to last because they have come together over “traumatic bonding”
Basically VBs make me cringe because well, real people don’t talk like that and if they do you just don’t respect them. However I would like to note that VBs are getting a bit more backbone and intelligence in movies in the past decades and that is nice.