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While the Citadel DLC is perhaps the most lighthearted chapter in the entire trilogy, it’s in-universe sub-text is deeply depressing, even without the knowledge of the endings. Basically, the party that Shepard and his/her crew had was their one last desperate ploy for happiness, to spend time around those that they love and care about, and the final reminder of what they are fighting for. Before being shipped back to the front lines, to fight a unwinnable war that will inevitable end with the death of at lease someone in the group. One of Shepard’s final lines of dialog says it all: ‘At least we threw one hell of a party. Probably the last one.’
—  TV Tropes on the Citadel DLC
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Ryo Bakura’s uniform and how it makes him stand out among his own peers has veen on my mind for over a year, but up until now I haven’t looked into it. All I had to do is google ‘transfer student uniform’. I didn’t expect for it to be a trope, honestly, but I should have. The panels are from the Millennium World manga. Ryo was still wearing his old uniform, still standing out. After all this time, he was still the outsider. In the new movie’s teaser trailer, he isn’t wearing a uniform like the others. Does that mean he continues to be an outsider ?

What Happened to the Mouse?

“What happened to the mouse?” occurs when a minor character, action, or very minor plotline is suddenly dropped from the story for no apparent reason, without any real explanation about what happened to it, and without a resolution.

There are several main reasons this happens: in movies, the most common is that scenes are excised in editing, but references to them still remain elsewhere in the film. Another common reason is that a Wrong Genre Savvy audience mistakenly attached too much importance to what always was intended to be a throwaway. A third is that The Law of Conservation of Detail was not properly applied: a Bit Character was a little too lively, so that he didn’t appear a throw-away, as why was that much detail given for one?

If the element comes back just as you’ve forgotten about it, this is actually a Brick Joke or a Chekhov’s Gun. If the element doesn’t come back, but the show hangs a lampshade on it at the end, then it’s Something We Forgot. If it escapes your notice until after the show is over and you’ve gotten up to go to the fridge to make a sandwich, it’s Fridge Logic.

Alternately, it’s a variation on the “What Now?” Ending; not only are we unclear what happens to the character, but this also can leave doubts as to whether they even survived once they broke away from the other characters.

Another character or the Narrator may remark that they were never heard from again.

The trope’s name refers to a scene in The Last Emperor in which the title character violently throws his beloved pet mouse offscreen. There’s no sound of the mouse hitting anything, but it’s never seen again, leaving its fate ambiguous… in the theatrical cut, anyway.

What Happened to the Mouse moments can be very rich soil for Epileptic Trees or Wild Mass Guessing.

Not to be confused with Aborted Arc, which is when a major story arc or plotline is dropped without resolution, or Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, where a major character just plain disappears.

A What Happened To The Mouse that is deliberately created and where the creators have no intention of ever resolving the question is a Noodle Incident. A What Happened To The Mouse that is returned to after an extended period of time and answered is a Brick Joke.

Often the result of a Wacky Wayside Tribe, a Forgotten Fallen Friend, or a Big Lipped Alligator Moment.

Compare with Left Hanging, Uncertain Doom, Kudzu Plot, Red Herring Twist, Out of Focus. Related tropes include Never Found the Body and “What Now?” Ending. May involve a Shrug of God. See also Offscreen Inertia if you imagine the plot line still stuck at that spot for eternity. 

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WhatHappenedToTheMouse

So to make a long story short, Onion Friend’s symbol being a mouse was a pun on the fandom’s lingering questions about Vidalia and whether or not she was Sour Cream and/or Onion’s mother

And on a smaller scale the literal mouse that Onion was going to feed to his snake but was forgotten about and ended up in Onion’s mouth.

The gentleman finds it even more difficult to understand human society than humans try to discern fairy culture. He cannot comprehend why if he kills George III that Stephen Black would not be immediately crowned due to his attractiveness and charm.

The Fair Folk also consider Christianity to be this [alien morality] — a footnote mentions that centuries ago, someone left a pair of boots in a fairy’s castle, and they were regarded as objects of dread for fear that in some inscrutable way, Christian morality might hold the fairies responsible for their theft.
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Thought it would be a good idea to post a link to this TvTropes page for any aspiring filmmakers, writers, etc. (or just plain old fanfic writers).  This is a nice little first building block in avoiding unfortunate implications. Like they said on the page, don’t just limit yourself to this page: do your research.  Research can be so much fun if you make it fun-get yourself some Oreos, Chips Ahoy, or any other favorite snack(s), get your favorite drink and play some of your favorite songs on Youtube or on your iPod.  Have a research party if you want! 

I can’t stress enough to please pay attention to the third and fourth black bullet points. Please write characters, not caricatures.  If you write a black male character as athletic, it’s fine, but for the love of everything that’s holy, don’t let it be his only character trait.  Make him a shrinking violet who loves Revolutionary Girl Utena  (but not in a lustful way-let’s try to avoid gender stereotypes, yes?).  Look at Mako Mori from Pacific Rim-yes she’s smart, but she has more depth than just that and she’s fantastic. 

For those who want to write yaoi/yuri works-study that whole section.  I say this with love (especially read the third bullet). 

Most importantly, if you’re not sure about something-ask. Ask. A.S.K. It is totally fine to ask a friend in the respected group your writing about some questions about being in said group.  I don’t have to say this, but of course be nice when asking for advice. Asking about stuff doesn’t make you unintelligent whatsoever-that is the total opposite of being unintelligent.  Also, if you’re writing something about said group and your friend disagrees with it, respect their wishes and take it out (it’ll make things easier for the two of you-trust me on this bro). If you have two friends from that group and one’s okay with the thing you wrote while the other friend isn’t, still respect the wishes of the friend that’s uneasy about it (again, it’s for the best-I promise).