Outgrow the Trope

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When after a show or a comic book or other work has been using a specifc trope multiple times, its use of the trope peters out and the writers quit applying it. They may even lampshade it a few times before they learn that it's rather annoying they keep using it.

May be the result of the show Growing the Beard, but if it's to the detriment of the work it may be a case of Jump the Shark, which in most cases means a show abandoned what helped make it good in the first place and replaced it with something worse, resulting in Seasonal Rot. Compare to Early Installment Weirdness, in which a newcoming series is trying to find its niche, and see Grandfather Clause and The Artifact, in which an element of the series which was important at one point no longer has such importance but cannot be dropped because it's so deeply engrained in the mythology.

See also Overused Running Gag, which may push an author to "outgrow" it as well.

Examples of Outgrow the Trope include:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

  • Many DC Comics had quite a bit of Americanitis and America Saves the Day-esque plots this ended after the comics becamse much more sophisticated and the cold war was no longer a factor.
  • The Sandman from straightish DCU-based Horror Tropes, to everything in the kitchen-sink-genre Mythopoeia starting with The Sound of Her Wings and rapidly moving along into Genre Busting after that. Neil Gaiman: what more do you need to say?
  • Less of an example of outgrowing a trope and more of perfecting upon it: Superman's Clark Kenting elements have drastically improved, starting in the 1970s within the comics and movies. The actual Clark Kenting page delves more into this, but in recent times the Paper-Thin Disguise Supes dons as Clark is actually justified.

Live-Action TV

Western Animation