Refuge in Cool
These are works that heavily attempt to use one or more of the Rule of Index tropes. They just wouldn't work without them.
The exact form of the reliance can vary. Here are some ways to tell such a work fits this trope:
- Several distinct instances of one of those tropes. We mean half a dozen as the bare minimum.
- Much of the plot just doesn't make sense unless looked at in the context of attempting these tropes.
Now this is about works deliberately using these tropes. But as Rule of Cool states, "you only get to invoke the Rule of Cool if the end product is, in fact, cool". Thus even though these works attempt to use these rules to stretch Willing Suspension of Disbelief, they don't always work. Generally the older the audience, the less likely Refuge in Cool will work: audiences over 30 do care about cool, but they've been around long enough to recognize what's legitimately cool and what's merely the product of a marketing campaign.
Some works do succeed, and are the stuff of legends for their fans. Some works fail, and are lucky if they end up So Bad It's Good. In short, both highly loved and highly hated works will be on this page.
- Humongous Mecha, especially Super Robot series
- Rapid-Fire Comedy
- Rated "M" for Manly
- Slasher Movies
- Star Wars
- Battlefield Earth
- Surf Ninjas
- The Mummy Trilogy
- Moulin Rouge
- Shoot Em Up
- Van Helsing
- The entire oeuvre of Michael Bay. That he directs the Transformers films is thus highly appropriate.
- And Roland Emmerich.
- And Kurt Wimmer.
- And what Uwe Boll thinks he's doing.
- Indiana Jones, notable in that it's pointed out in the movies.
- The Fifth Element
- You Don't Mess With the Zohan
- Clash of the Titans
- The Brothers Grimm
- A Knight's Tale
- Spy Kids
- It's possible that this was what Catwoman was trying to pull off.
- Sucker Punch
- The Expendables