There has been some confusion about how a list of examples, or anything else, should be indented/bulleted. Here we go with an answer.

The shortest version: For any indentation level other than single bullet, if there is only one item at the indentation level, it ain't indented right.

For more detail than that:

On a works page, for example, we have a list of trope names. These get one bullet ([=*=]). If there is more than one example of the trope in the work, each of them gets two bullets ([=**=]) on their own line. If there is only one example, it goes on the line with the trope title. Like this:

* Trope Name: In episode "The Episode" (1x1), Alice uses this trope to...
* Another Trope:
** In "Another Episode" (1x2), Alice bangs it out...
** In "Yet Another Episode" (1x3), Bob subverts it when...

In a situation where the text of a bullet is too long, or needs a paragraph break for some other reason, we don't add the text in with another bullet (** ), we use the [=\\=] markup to force a paragraph. Like this:

* Yet Another Trope:
** In "Finale" (1x13), Alice bangs it out at great length.[=\\=]\\
[=\\=]\\
So much length, we need multiple paragraphs to explain the length.
** In "Finale" (1x13), Bob subverts it. That's what he does. He's subversive.

Let's say ''Claire and David'' and ''Alice and Bob'' are two shows. Each should have a separate first-bullet point. Like this:
* ''Alice and Bob'': this trope is used when...
* ''Claire and David'': this trope is used when...

On a trope page, you will sometimes run into a situation where you want to list multiple examples from the same media or series. Don't list one example, and then indent the others under it. Instead, use:

* ''Alice and Bob'':
** In episode 2, this trope occurs when...
** In episode 21, this trope occurs again when...

Or:

* ''Alice and Bob Trilogy'':
** In ''Alice Alone'', the trope is seen...
** In ''Bob Meets Alice'', we see the trope again when...

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!!Third bullets

A three-bullet situation ([=***=]) usually indicates a comment on the item above it which has two bullets. This is a sign that that the list is heading toward ThreadMode (discussion). That's not a good thing. The trope lists are not discussions. Discussions take place on the discussion pages or in the forums. However, three-bullet situations sometimes are legit. Rarely. If you find yourself needing a third level of indentation, take a look at using a [[Administrivia/TextFormattingRules header]], instead.

A legitimate three-bullet situation might look something like this:

* ''Alice and Bob'' Franchise:
** ''Alice Meets Bob'': The trope is in full effect in the opening sequence, when...
** ''Alice Vs. Bob: The Reckoning'':
*** When Bob is walking up to Alice...
*** In the background of the bar scene, you can see...
** ''Alice, Bob, and Carol'': In an echo of ''Alice Meets Bob''...

...Or this:

* Trope:
** Alice displays this trope well on many occasions:
*** ''Alice Meets Bob'' has her demonstrating this trope twice when she is in Bob's house.
*** She also shows this in ''Alice, Bob, and Carol'' around the climax.
** Bob has his own chance to shine in ''Alice Vs. Bob: The Reckoning''.
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!!SuperTrope-SubTrope sorting

All tropes in a list should be at the same level of indentation, and in alphabetical order. See Administrivia/HowToWriteAnExample. Subtropes should not be listed in sub-bullets beneath their parent tropes.

'''Right'''
* BadassGrandpa: Bob has grandkids and still kicks ass.
* LittleMissBadass: Alice is 9 years old and takes out grown men.

If more applicable subtropes apply, listing the parent trope ({{Badass}}) is not recommended.

'''Wrong'''
* {{Badass}}: The show has a lot of badasses.
** BadassGrandpa: Bob has grandkids and still kicks ass.
** LittleMissBadass: Alice is 9 years old and takes out grown men.

The same applies for composite tropes like FiveManBand.

'''Right'''
* TheBigGuy: Dave is 7 feet, 300 pounds, and wrestles bears.
* TheChick: Alice keeps the team together.
* FiveManBand: [[TheLeader George]], [[TheLancer Bob]], [[TheBigGuy Dave]], [[TheSmartGuy Charlie]], and [[TheChick Alice]] work together as a team.
* TheLancer: Bob is George's best friend, but also his rival for Alice's affection.
* TheLeader: George leads TheTeam
* TheSmartGuy: Charlie invents all the team's gadgets.

'''Wrong'''
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: George leads TheTeam
** TheLancer: Bob is George's best friend, but also his rival for Alice's affection.
** TheBigGuy: Dave is 7 feet, 300 pounds, and wrestles bears.
** TheSmartGuy: Charlie invents all the team's gadgets.
** TheChick: Alice keeps the team together.

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!! Quote indentation

When multiple examples within a list have quotes, you need to make sure to indent and separate them correctly. A quote is designated with the "[=->=]" markup, with additional hyphens ('-') increasing indentation. You always want the quote indentation to be one level deeper than the bullet that they are related to.

'''Right'''
* BadassBoast:
** Alice tells Bob that she's going to beat up everyone.
--->'''Alice''': I'm going to beat up everyone!
** Charlie has had enough of Alice's fooling around.
--->'''Charlie''': Alice, I am far more awesome than you.

'''Wrong'''
* BadassBoast:
** Alice tells Bob that she's going to beat up everyone.
-->'''Alice''': I'm going to beat up everyone!
** Charlie has had enough of Alice's fooling around.
-->'''Charlie''': Alice, I am far more awesome than you.

Of note, each quote should have [[Administrivia/ZeroContextExample explanatory example text]]. Don't leave a quote hanging without a parent bullet unless it applies to the same example as the previous one. In the latter case, separate distinct quotes with a forced line break, using [=\=][=\=] on a blank line. This should be used only rarely.

'''Right'''
* BadassBoast:
** Alice tells Bob that she's going to beat up everyone.
--->'''Alice''': I'm going to beat up everyone!
** Charlie has had enough of Alice's fooling around.
--->'''Charlie''': Alice, I am far more awesome than you.\\
\\
'''Charlie''': Alice, the time has come to show you how the big kids do things.

'''Wrong'''
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Alice''': I'm going to beat up everyone!\\
\\
'''Charlie''': Alice, I am far more awesome than you.\\
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'''Charlie''': Alice, the time has come to show you how the big kids do things.


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