Trope Workshop:Short List

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Attention workers, we have completed our evaluation of the plant. We regret to announce the following lay-offs, which I will read in alphabetical order:

  • Simpson, Homer
That is all.

A "List" that is so short it doesn't seem appropriate to call it a list (probably no more than 2 items). Even so, it is presented in a "list format". Sometimes the list is so short it doesn't have any items on it at all, just a name/title.

An obsessed list-maker is frequently responsible for a Short List.

Contrast Long List. Not to be confused with a list of selected, often elite, candidates from which a final choice is to be made.

Examples of Short List include:

Literature[edit | hide]

  • In the book Summer Knight, Dresden states that the list of people he trusts is one person long (It's Murphy in case you're wondering).

Live-Action TV[edit | hide]

Oral Tradition, Myths and Legends[edit | hide]

Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • In The Simpsons, after Homer's workplace is bought out, he is fired. Even though Homer is the only person on the list, Horst takes the time to state the list is in alphabetical order.
  • At one point in SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick had a to do list that had one entry. And that entry was "Nothing".

Other Media[edit | hide]

Real Life[edit | hide]

  • As mentioned on the Canadian Politics page, the Governor General is supposed to be chosen by the Sovereign from a list of candidates provided by the Prime Minister. As of 2019, the Prime Minister's list of potential appointees to the position of Governor General over the last few decades has been exactly one name long.