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[[http://danharmon.com/?p=882 http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gas_Face2.jpeg]] [[caption-width:480:Dizammmbo! Has absolutely nothing to do with the topic of this page but it's such a sweet pic that it's just gonna be shoehorned in. I mean look at it! We can ''totally'' justify [[Administrivia/JustAFaceAndACaption having his face plastered on this page as long as we insert colorful descriptive text that vaguely ties it to the topic!]]]]

[[Literature/WarriorCats http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scourge_9511.bmp]] [[caption-width:151:How has Scourge, the absolute king of this trope not been mentioned yet? [[XJustX Scourge, just Scourge]]. He could easily have made [[Administrivia/JustAFaceAndACaption this trope!]]]]

->''"This quote could just as easily have gone in the examples section, but I'm putting it here because it's from my favorite show."''
-->-- ''My Favorite Show''

->''"This quote actually isn't an example, but I'm putting it here because it's from my favorite show."''
-->-- ''My Favorite Show''

->''"In Short, no. In long, [[BigNo nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo]]."''
-->-- ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''. This also doubles as [[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee's]] reaction to this page.

Here at TV Tropes, we like to encourage editors to dive right in and add examples without forcing them to spend months lurking around and arduously studying proper [[Administrivia/TextFormattingRules editing]] [[Administrivia/PageTemplates form]]. Because that's for suckers. This isn't TheOtherWiki, which means we want to have fun and screw the rules ([[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney with or without the money]]). With that in mind, here are some favorite things our tropers do when posting.

Compare DarthWiki/ThatTroper, which you should strive to be.

Oh, and contrast Administrivia/HowToWriteAnExample. If you want to propose a whole new trope, see DarthWiki/HowNotToWriteAYKTTW.
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* New examples should go at the top of the list so that people read them first rather than having to read through all the other stuff again.
* Start out by making me pancakes. All tropes are better after you have enjoyed a nice plate of pancakes.
** If you think an example is inaccurate, put a huge JustifyingEdit right below that post. Nothing livens up examples like chains of Administrivia/{{Natter}} below them. Always use increasing levels of bullet points rather than new paragraphs: Administrivia/ExampleIndentationInTropeLists is the work of fussbudgets.
*** [[Administrivia/ConversationInTheMainPage Actually]], there are several other things that livens up examples to that degree.
**** Such as?
***** A big ol' EditWar?
****** That, my dear, sweet marvelous troper with your [[AnythingThatMoves slender hands and thick, lush hair and, most importantly, your soul-piercing eyes]], is utter nonsense and/or just plain lies and you should be deeply ashamed of yourself to the bottom of your cold, wretched, overly small cardiac muscles. {{Justifying Edit}}s, you see, are always, ALWAYS an fantabulous idea to stick onto one of the pages on this wiki. And it unquestionably is, of course particularly preferable to all tropes that they are always, ALWAYS a mammoth, all-consuming WallOfText. They greatly grow upon the original entry on a page that another individual composed over the course of hours, with their fingertips deftly impinging the keyboard, and/or just plain clears a few things up in a TV Tropes entry that the first poster neglected to even reference once or wasn't decipherable sufficiently on. Moreover, it does a lot to solve the very grievous trouble of risking the comprehensive decimation of an entry, thus fleetly avoiding anything that could possibly perceived as a potential slight and quickly putting a cessation to the possibility for a long-lasting, acrimonious Edit War before it even begins to come about, because every last individual on this planet is absolutely cognisant that Edit Wars are the rootage of fury and avarice and lust and pridefulness and indisposition and all of the other unrighteousnesses on this damned, horrible planet and everything at all possible should be done to altogether avoid them at all costs, reasonable or unreasonable. In addition to everything else in this long, long, '''''long''''' piece of writing, mind you, an edit under an original entry encourages polysyllabic, interminable bouts of lively and spirited discourse on the subject at hand today and, with any luck, proves that snowmonkeys somehow driving snowmobiles and all parties involved in that affair share a pleasant, clear consensus. Also, troper, make sure that you never, ever omit your long, long, '''long''' tangents and segways. Those are the most crucial part of a JustifyingEdit, merely because if you can easily interpret, with perfect, peerless pellucidity, your train of cognizant thought than surely everyone else on this huge, all-encompassing internet site would be able to do the exact same thing because you, yes, ''you'' are a uncorrupted representative of every last one of all of your fellow writers on here and everyone else knows that since you are mad e of such pure concentrated awesomesauce, if your mind forms an opinion on something, whether it's exactly correct or based on false premises or anything in between, than everyone, ''everyone'' else has the exact same opinion on the subject at hand and will greatly appreciate with all of their hearts that you took precious moments of your extremely valuable time to make a justifying edit on this very wiki. But you also have to stuff into your edit in as much detail as humanly possible because, otherwise, how else do you accept, with absolute certainty, that anyone else would be aware that you had [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment randomly, on a whim]], commented on snowmonkeys driving snowmobiles swiftly down a steep, high gravely hill in the destitute wilderness of Appalachia (Eastern U.S, from Pennsylvania to Georgia), right in the intermediate of this exceedingly long, altogether inane and worthless argument if everyone who's reading this paragraph simply skips right to the end of this written material? And the part of all this nonsense that's the most egregious of all? Sometimes, or possibly even probably, such a large WallOfText JustifyingEdit can have many, many, many words contained within it but in reality says very little of dire importance, or even nothing at all.
****** It's not "segways", it's "segues". Segways are silly wheelie-things to ride on.
****** Holy Shit! [[CameronB I'm]] not reading all that!
******* But how else can you know what's being talked about unless you read every word to understand both the context and the discussion of the JustifyingEdit and/or explanation? Don't you see? DON'T YOU SEE!?
******** What if I'm blind, then, I CAN'T SEE!
******* You don't need to read the whole thing. Just read the first few words, decide the person who disagrees with you is an idiot, then proceed to write your own EVEN BETTER super-spectacular JustifyingEdit.
******** It's not enough! You must also remove theirs from existence, for how can visitors bask in the glory of your mighty example if theirs is in the way?
******** In addition to a JustifyingEdit, you can also prove your point by Pot-Holing the entire previous post as CriticalResearchFailure, FanDumb, etc. Everyone loves that.
******** ThisTroper says XJustX! [[DarthWiki/TropersLaw Would this happen]] on TheOtherWiki?
* It is strange that nobody has yet mentioned the technique of expressing complete and utter disbelief that the page has lasted so long (three hours!) without someone having mentioned the obscure show which happens to be your favorite.
** I'm surprised that noone has corrected that to [[FlameWar "favourite"]]. It just '''BREATHES''' this trope!
** [[OverlyLongGag I'm surprised that no one yet has corrected]] [[GrammarNazi noone to no one.]]
* It's important to spread the word about your favorite anime and other stories. Be sure to add an example for it on every trope you can, even if it doesn't fit perfectly. Don't worry if it confuses the reader. For more information concerning the following phrases, see PlayingWithATrope.
** Played Straight in Your Show: the trope actually sounds like it may have happened pretty much that way in your show.
** Subverted in Your Show: It looked like they might have been going to use this trope in Your Show, but they didn't. Alternate definition: ''Any'' form of PlayingWithATrope in your show other than completely, 100% straight even if it's something as similar as PlayedForLaughs or {{Downplayed}}.
** If this trope happens more than once or twice in Your Show, add that the entirety of Your Show is an example. Never mind that this doesn't really make sense.
* As opposed to putting new examples at the top of the list, put them in the middle. You can especially put them right before an entry that has two or more stars; sure, it will break the flow between whatever came before or after, but that'll just make your own entry stand out more and won't be confusing in the slightest!
** Partially Subverted in Your Show: They could easily have used the trope in your show, and almost did, or they used it in a way that is different from the description.
** Averted in Your Show: The trope has nothing to do with your show, except the trope is really cool, and Your Show is awesome. Alternate definition: Subverted or inverted in your show but you don't want to say anything is a subversion and have never heard of an inversion.
*** Inverted in Your Show: Your Show didn't even come ''close'' to using this trope. That's how awesome it is.
** IIRC: you aren't sure if they used the trope in Your Show or something else.
*** What does "IIRC" stand for?
**** If I Recall Correctly.
** Played With in Your Show: the trope trope reminded you of something in Your Show, and it was funny.
** Deconstructed in Your Show: Your Show used this trope, but because it's Your Show, it's a deconstruction. YourShow is the edgiest, most subversive thing on TV and in no way would ever play a trope straight, so clearly they were doing it ''ironically'' and everyone else is just to stupid to recognize it.
** Reconstructed in Your Show: Your Show used this trope, but because it's Your Show, it's a reconstruction.
** Justified in Your Show: Your Show uses this trope, but since it's Your Show and therefore awesome and you've completely forgotten that TropesAreNotBad, you make excuses for it.
** Zig-Zagged in Your Show: Okay, Your Show did something with this trope, and you know it wasn't a subversion. Must have been a Zig-Zag.
** TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste in Your Show: Since it's Your Show and you know the source material better than the writers, you explain how everything would have made more sense/been more awesomer had they did what you wanted instead.
::If your show is ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', '''THIS IS ''MANDATORY'''''.
* Repeat examples if they're a lot higher on the page, in case somebody misses it.
** Or take your examples and relocate them to the bottom of the page every so often for the same reason. Really, you'll be doing everyone a favour because your examples are just that good. The people who passed over them the first time around (out of temporary blindness, naturally; what other reason could there be?) will giggle with delight upon seeing them and veteran viewers will thank you for reminding them of old favourites.
* If a trope is subverted, put in at least one adverb to call attention to the greatness of your show:
** Partially Subverted
** Somewhat Subverted
** Painfully Subverted
** Hilariously Subverted
** Arguably Subverted
** Brutally Subverted
** Brilliantly Subverted
* These phrases are also must-haves:
** Subverted \ Averted ''HARD'' (use these ones every time subverting or averting a trope has even the slightest impact on the plot of the show)
** Ruthlessly Parodied
** Partially Averted
** Partially Inverted
** (show\character) breathes this trope.
** (show\character) '''loves''' this trope.
** (show\character) '''''IS''''' this trope UpToEleven.
** {show\character) is this trope incarnate.
** (character) is the patron saint of this trope.
** (character) is the poster child of this trope.
** (character) is the king/queen of this trope.

* Other good stuff to know:
** JumpedTheShark: A show that was cool to begin with, but later it became SO cool the director screwed it up because you just can't do something that cool justice.
** MarySue: A really good fanfiction character you wrote, and there are a bunch of losers who read it and the idiots actually think the character sucks.
** To liven up the debate on the site, it helps to describe other people's favorite characters and shows as being these.
* Make sure to repeat examples if they're a lot higher on the page. Someone might miss it.
* [[spoiler: If there's something in the example that might reveal anything about the work's plot, put it in]] spoiler tags. [[spoiler: If you feel that even listing the show's title on the trope page would spoil it, hide it too so people can't tell which show is being spoiled. Feel free to do this with whole paragraphs]] or [[spoiler: every]] other [[spoiler: word]].
** Alternatively, if you have an example from a show that everyone has ''obviously'' seen don't bother spoiler tagging it. ItWasHisSled after all.
* Feel free to write whole paragraphs about how an example is wrong. This works even better if you accuse the potential readers of having [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADHD]].
** Bonus points if they really do. Hint: [[spoiler:ADHD doesn't work that way, btw.]]
* If you don't like the examples, don't bother taking it up on discussion. Just take it to the CutList and throw the baby out with the bathwater.
* People might not appreciate how much more ''cool'' and ''extreme'' and ''unbelievable'' the example from your favourite show is, and indeed your favourite show itself is, compared to all the other ones people have mentioned, so be sure to use ''loads'' of ''italics'' and preferably an "I Am Not Making This Up" (which, by the way, [[DarthWiki/ThatTroper This Troper]] just thought they should cut in to tell you, was formerly a trope that was not only deleted, but was also accompanied by the removal of all links invoking it in mid-2009).
%% We would encourage linking to NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer now, but EvenEvilHasStandards
* Try and do everything you can to make sure if any other tropes can somehow be forced into the description, force it in. This includes using a skilled PotHole. A CosmicHorrorStory will make more sense than the MindScrew that you've managed to cleverly place using a combination of BuffySpeak, PersonAsVerb and TechnoBabble. Just keep on listing the [[EntryPimp examples]] within the description itself because you do know that ''[[FanMyopia everyone]]'' knows about Series/DoctorWho and Franchise/StarTrek...yes even the ExpandedUniverse. And of course the FiveManBand is completely responsible for this tropes existance, although saying so to other people [[LukeIAmYourFather will likely cause an exclamation]] of a BigNo.
* Be lazy. Other people will fix your spelling and formatting for you. Or for extra fun, change their corrections back, as many times as you need to. Who cares if you might get banned for needlessly staring {{Edit War}}s?
* If listing a {{Troperiffic}} show, be sure to say "obligatory (show) example" before posting your example. Bonus points if it's an obligatory ''Series/DoctorWho'' example.
* Your Show is always the best one on T.V. Wait, what do you mean? That trope was clearly a clever subversion that "seemed" like it happened. A JustifyingEdit will see to that...
* Of course, everyone knows every detail of ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and their kind, so don't bother explaining details.
** Bonus points for introducing new plot points obtusely with no further detail, like this: "But then X came into the picture..." Its so much more fun when you're coy!
* TV Tropes is really a forum dressed up like a wiki, so feel free to start rambling discussions about your favourite show.
* Most importantly, if someone else begins to talk about TheirShow, and you hate it, [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike immediately start insulting it]].
** Also make sure to add TheirShow to DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible.
* Feel free to add in little {{Take That}}s towards shows you don't like, such as "Well, it is TheirShow, of course it sucks!" even if it makes no sense and adds nothing to the entry.
** If TheirShow is ''TheSwordOfTruth'', ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', or ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', this is ''mandatory''.
* Make sure to repeat examples if they're a lot higher on the page. Someone might miss it.
* Feel free to shoehorn any show or characters you don't like into [[TropesAreNotBad negative tropes]], even if you haven't actually watched the show and are just parroting something you read on a comedy blog with an axe to grind.
* [[DontExplainTheJoke Explain The Joke]] as often and blatantly as possible.
** See, it's funny 'cause ''it's a bad idea''. In fact, that's the entire premise of this page! All examples should be taken sarcastically. Even this one, because you see, the page is titled "how ''not'' to write an example", so therefore something like ''this'', written completely seriously ([[StealthParody unless it's not]]) should be...um...[[FanFic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil the demons]].
*** The Demons. Lolz. That's funny, because it's a reference to DoomRepercussionsOfEvil, where one of the last lines is "No! You ''are'' the demons!" He potholed it, but I thought I should make it [[CaptainObvious extra clear]].
**** See, this example is funny because we're all just a bunch of tropers who are making a recursive joke over and over again and think the recursive explaining of the joke and [[HypocriticalHumor (anti-)hypocricy]] is funny!
* We at TV Tropes take a relaxed attitude to our beloved works, so make sure if you see someone attempt a serious thought about something (subtext, deeper themes, or critical analysis) then you qualify by {{Pot Hole}}ing a bunch of SeriousBusiness or StopHavingFunGuys.
* List Your Show as an example without elaborating. Don't worry--the trope description makes the exact example obvious, after all!
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** HamsterHueyAndTheGooeyKablooie
* Feel free to repeat examples already listed. Some might forget if the list is long.
* If you really like a show, add another trope from it halfway down the list. People love to be reminded of great shows.
* Remember, every possible instance of trope-like behavior that isn't played dead straight ''must'' be a subversion.
* We are not Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, so we don't have any Neutral Point of View garbage. Bash anything you don't love, and bash the bashers of what you do.
** The simple fact that we are not Wikipedia can be used to justify basically whatever you want.
* XJustX and TwoWordsObviousTrope are the most vital pot holing you can possibly do. This means that your show is awesome enough that it shouldn't need an explanation.
* There's no need to actually identify the title of your favourite show - obviously, everybody knows who ''[[Film/TheProfessional Leon]]'' is, and if you say "Leon. Just...Leon", nobody will ever think of a different Leon.
* Never refer to a Japanese series by its corrupt English title - ''always'' use the original Japanese. Under no circumstances should you refer to ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts'' when you have "Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien".
** Because TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimi_ga_Nozomu_Eien does it]]?
* Don't worry about being respectful with religion and politics, the opposing viewpoint will surely back down after reading your witty, insightful comments. Besides, anyone who disagrees with you is totally just a whiny little baby anyway. What are they gonna do about it? Cry?
* Also, being a [[MamaBear Mama Troper]] who personally goes after anybody who posted on his or her newly launched articles is perfectly warranted here.
* And don't forget the NoodleIncident, boy was that a riot.
** Never explain the NoodleIncident to anyone who is unfamiliar with its source. Just argue about it in the most insular way possible.
* Who says you need to use the preview function? You're spelling and [[WijiWord page linking]] is perfect.
* It's also [[SophisticatedAsHell wicked fucking funny]] to put a [[ClusterFBomb goddamn shitload of gratuitous motherfucking swearwords]] in your jizz-splattered examples, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch.]]
** If you see such examples, don't clean them up, just [[BluenoseBowdlerizer paint all over them]]. It's so f*[[spoiler:c]]king easy and nobody knows what it originally said.
* If a trope example mentions something in Your Show that you don't like, be sure to point out that that episode ''[[FanonDiscontinuity never really happened!]]'' This never gets old.
** In addition, make sure when deleting or editing FanonDiscontinuity entries that you take potshots at said entries and derogatorily insinuate that these people are FanDumb. Don't be diplomatic and ruffle those feathers! You're here to start an EditWar, FanDumb or misunderstood inside joke be damned!
* Always sign your posts with ThisTroper, preferably potholing it to your contributor page, which should be in the Main namespace.
** Better yet, don't pothole it, but put it in brackets like this: This troper ([[ThisTroper Sk8bordizzle91)
* Make sure to repeat examples if they're a lot higher on the page. Someone might miss it.
* Everyone uses Wikipedia, and everyone loves [=[[Wikipedia formatting]]=].
* [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Repeat examples if they're a lot higher on the page, in case somebody misses it.]]
* Play around with [{(\formatting/)}]. It's fun 'and' educational!
* Never upload images to TV Tropes; that will just waste our bandwidth, or something. Just link to some other site for the page image.
* Anyone who edits your examples for any reason is an idiot. Just change it back, no need to check the discussion page or edit reason.
** Okay, seriously? I had a much better version of this example on here just a little while ago that totally mentioned this one in-joke I have with my buddy from my college's anime club, but then somebody edited it. [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, TV Tropes!]]
* Repeat examples whenever possible.
* TV Tropes has everything. Don't worry about {{Redlink}}s. They're just [[ThisIsNotALink motivation]].
* Remember, if someone has included an example from Your Show in a trope that's a bit negative, delete it immediately no matter how valid it is. Remember, Your Show is awesome, and would never play such a trope straight.
** [[FridgeLogic Don't people love it when you ask a question in the main page instead of the discussion?]]
*** [[Administrivia/AboutRhetoricalQuestions Of course we do]]!
* Don't bother actually putting the name of Your Show in the example, just write a quote or a character's name and {{Pothole}} it.
** Bonus points if the work is an obscure webcomic that had 3 issues and has been on hiatus since 2001.
** If you want to make a sarcastic comment about a show everyone ought to know, e.g. ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', you can be especially clever by calling it "some action-adventure show from the 90's" rather than simply using its name.
** As demonstrated above, it really helps if you have no idea how to use an apostrophe in referring to a specific decade. Because poor literacy is kewl.
*** And if someone ever makes a comment like the above, always call them a GrammarNazi and proceed to putt bat granmae and[[SpellingNazi s pelling]] inn Al of you're sentiences.
** Also, always quote an in-site meme from Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, or else you'll be SCARING THE LITTLE GIRL, and girls like PAAAAAAAANK! TIMING!
* On a related note, beat every joke meme TO DEATH. Bonus points if:
** A) It's the goddam Batman and
** B) It adds nothing to the discussion!
* Don't forget to mention TheGame, so that everyone loses.
** If someone already has mentioned TheGame, you must mention [[http://xkcd.com/391/ this xkcd strip]].
* Whenever possible, repeat examples. Sometimes rewording them can help people understand.
* If one of the examples is factually inaccurate, don't delete or edit it. That would hurt the feelings of the person who posted it. Instead, write a lengthy rebuttal that only makes sense to people who have seen the series in question. Remember: by law this note must begin with the word "Actually".
** [[Administrivia/{{Natter}} Actually]], if after you have written an example you notice that someone else has written a lengthy rebuttal against your example that you feel is wrong you should add a counter-example against their rebuttal which clearly argues against everything in that example while proving how correct you were in the first place.
** To be fair, a rebuttal can also start with "To be fair." For you see, [[ViewersAreMorons Other Tropers Are Morons]] and therefore as long as you don't say "Actually," they won't recognize your rebuttal as a JustifyingEdit.
* WordOfGod doesn't mean "what the creators say". What it ''really'' means is "what the {{True Fan}}s say". Feel free to write down what a TrueFan like yourself believes preceded by "WordOfGod says..."
** Also, it is imperative to explain why something isn't true just because WordOfGod says it is. Remember: {{Fanon}} is more important!
* Make sure to be as dramatic as possible, especially if the trope implies a certain slant. The CompleteMonster isn't that guy who blew up an orphanage, he's the ''vicious fiend'' who, with ''callous disregard for the sanctity of human life'', '''blew up an orphanage''' full of ''innocent [[CaptainObvious orphans]]''. AndThatsTerrible.
* Make sure to '''[[EmphasizeEverything emphasize]]''' the ''important'' parts of your [+TROPE+] to make it '''[+++STAND+++]''' ''[+++OUT!!+++]'''
* [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Two Words]]: Use this trope.
** Wait, isn't this three words?
* Don't forget: when people read an article and find the same translations of a character's name, they get bored! Make sure to use as many different translations and transliterations of a character's name as you can find or make up.
* When editing, make sure to change as little as possible each time, so you can take up the whole edit history. [[SchmuckBait Did you know that if you're the only editor in the full view of the edit history, you win candy]]?
* There's nothing as cool as Website/{{Youtube}} links, which never get deleted. Combine this with TwoWordsObviousTrope and X Just X and you get the holy grail of TVTropes:
** [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Three words:]] [[http://www.youtube.com/index?ytsession=5lAtPZW_ABZ-PH_KBcZOwGnSbSl3yPbITK3hRS3MdD9gLGUVMRDzjlAkUp4Gvr5x2Ohz-Zv5Q_Dw_08J1kUbahX2nxR8Xl4E6LLQ6NU_KV1MCi5N7ZKJjBZz6xxBicjESSvkxWX2V4a-d9xae97GOJ82rrxQOU-pCPQDkkw1dfZHGCTsuGf21GGw7e0IMQ_K6ugS0F6aKQSQkmExVTSb7t6R6R4vxTV36yQGhC-kjAPoldiavGiss_ZwIn6cI_rNldCZwJFDEQxCzBzuNIapDg This. Just, This]].
*** [[http://www.onemanga.com/20th_Century_Boys/41/ Posting links to manga scans is even better.]]
* TruthInTelevision: ThisTroper's brother-in-law's best friend's sister's roomate's myspace friend once wrote an example about the time his best friend's aunt's dogsitter wrote an example about an inside joke he and his friends have about TV tropes examples! Let's just say it was way too good for the (now defuct) TroperTales page.
If you don't feel like using a bullet point, you don't. Don't worry if it breaks the formatting; that's not your concern, after all.
* If a trope instantly reminds you of a work, don't under any circumstances use CTRL+F to find if that work has already been mentioned. Just add your example. Even if it's a repeat, chances are it will be said in slightly different wording, which counts as a completely new example.
* If a work uses a trope in an overly-done manner, there is only one word in the English language to describe it: {{egregious}}.
** Indeed. [[OverlyLongGag It would be quite egregious for a troper not to use the word 'egregious' egregiously.]]
* [[StrawmanPolitical Be sure to bring politics and sexual orientation into the discussion. Democrats are pot-smoking fags from Hollywood, after all.]]
* ''Wiki/TVTropes'': Has to have all examples of a trope rewritten in the "work name: description" format, even when that makes them look uglier and ungrammatical.

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* Vandalism is'''[+++BOOOOO! WHOEVER WROTE THIS EXAMPLE IS TOTALLY LAME! LOOOOSEEEER!+++]'''
** Also, all vandalism remains on the page forever. No one ever reverts it within hours or even minutes after it's posted.
** And ''everyone'' always gets a chance to see your hilarious vandalism.
* If you were thinking of an example, but forgot it after you started typing a point, you don't have to delete your progress. Just submit it and come back to it later. The asterisk will be waiting for you when you get back. Also, if you delete an example, it's common courtesy to leave the asterisk for the next person that comes by.
* Make sure to repeat examples if they're a lot higher on the page. Someone might miss it.
*
** [[color:gray:Or, alternatively, use white font, or in this case gray, so nobody can read it anyway, unless they highlight it.]]
* Despite what the other parts of the internet say, people care about RP examples, be sure to mention an example from your OC or an RP you did, it won't get deleted and doesn't belong on TroperTales, no one uses that anyway.
** And use lots of comma splices, they really help.
* Remember, everybody loves hearing what [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Mr. Croshaw]] has to say on a topic, no matter how unnecessary it is. After all, like he says:
--> Insert quote here.
** Everyone loves seeing ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' links everywhere too! It's good publicity!
*** ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' probably once did a joke about that, but [[ThisTroper I'm]] not sure. Search through its archives and you might find it.
** And even though putting "OF COURSE!", "OR IS IT?" and "You know, FOR KIDS!" really aren't as funny in writing as they are onscreen, keep putting them in anyway!
* If you come across a YMMV item, make sure you sum up the entire thing in one example, just so you can get a cheap potshot on those fuckers who are part of the problem.
* Make sure to replace perfectly fine images with other ones, ideally really obscure and not really comprehensible to anyone who isn't familiar with the source material. Bonus points if they cut off text.
** Be sure to replace perfectly fine quotes with quotes from your shows too, don't worry about them not being anymore relevant to the trope as long as they are from a show you like.
* Put irrelevent images on articles. For funsies, of course.
* When dealing with {{Shipping}} entries, you are contractually obligated to engage in ShipToShipCombat and {{Justifying Edit}}s in order to protect your {{OTP}}.
* Remember that you are a much more quirky and fascinating snowflake than everyone else, and hence most things you do qualify you as a TroperTales example and should be entered as such. This goes double for unpleasant things - be sure to put TroperTales entries explaining how your behaviour makes you a MagnificentBastard or InsufferableGenius rather than anything as mundane as, say, a JerkAss.
** True story, [[AGodAmI This Troper]] totally did this one time! It was so awesome!
* It probably isn't a good idea to enter things that go against the entire theme or point of the article.
** That said, you should go ahead and do so anyway, since every precious word typed by your skilled hands is made of pure, solid gold and should be shared with the world no matter how far it deviates from the actual theme or point. Anyone who deletes your artistry is either jealous or just doesn't get it, so feel free to re-add your example with a passive-agressive (or just downright aggressive) note to this effect in the edit reason box.
*** Or better yet, no reason at all.
* If your favorite webcomic isn't being promoted as well as you hoped, plug it in every trope you can find! Then, watch the hits roll in! (PROTIP: Bonus points if your webcomic references an anime or science-fiction show. After all, nerds eat that stuff up!)
** Referenced in ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''. So nice, it had to be plugged twice!
* See the (now-deleted) page quote for a classic example of this!
* Always assume that the only reason anyone is here is to discuss Japanese culture. The only shows we discuss are anime and the only comics are manga.
** As an alternative, always take offence at the very idea that anyone ''could'' like anime or manga. Be sure to insert complaints, wherever you like, about how Japanese fiction "completely dominates" this Wiki. In doing so, be sure to assume that all [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles anime and manga consists of 100% triple-X-rated porn]], and/or is aimed only at "immature" twelve-year-olds.
*** Then go on about how ''all'' of it is perfect and ''none'' of it is naughty, unlike the very flawed western version of the medium.
* What's up guyz? I'm new here, don't really get it.. But well I think that this page is a subversion? inversion? aversion? IDK LOL of how to write a goodddd article, but idk ahhaha :) It's awesome though, kpeace!
** lol [[GetOut gtfo]] newfag. {{Lurk|er}} moar.
* When posting an example of how TheirShow played a trope straight, be sure to speak of it in the most scathing terms possible. Because people who are new to the site need to know that all tropes are bad, ALL OF THEM.
** On that note, make sure to use broad generalizations whenever possible. Art and fiction are not unique by nature, so it can be determined, by extension, that everything applies to everything in a pretty equal and nondistinct manner, so to speak.
* remember, txt tlk n no caps r quik esy ways 2 rite an xample b sur 2 include mispelings n no puncthuateon marks after all u dont want 2 deprive teh ppl of ur gr8 xample 4 more time tehn necessry y waste time folowing teh laws of gramar
** EVN BETTR, 4GET THE NO CAPS RUL N KEEP TEH CAPS LOCK ON IT MAKES U LOOK KOOL DOSNT IT
* Administrivia/HowDidWeMissThisOne?
** We didn't. It's way up toward the top.
*** Oops silly me. XD
* How has mentioning how something has not been mentioned not been mentioned yet?
* As far as I remember Series did it in the last episode I saw, the one with the character with my name that was good.
* Tell, don't show. Remember, ViewersAreMorons and are completely incapable of figuring out the quality of a work without you mentioning it. Also, quality is absolute, and if you don't like something, no one is allowed to like it.
* TV Tropes is made of this! And/or win, depending on the situation.
* Shamlessly self premote your own entries by making them long and adding padding. Undercut this with bad spelling.
* [[color:magenta:Forget about the normal color format! Write examples how ever you want, what color you want, no matter how "eye raping"]] [[color:#303030:or hard to read it is!]] [[color:darkblue:Want to write "]][[color:blue:ed]][[color:#99ff99:" in blue just for kicks? Go ahead! Want to write the letter "]][[color:gold:z]][[color:orange:" in gold, also for kicks? Go ahead to!]]
** That is so strange, yet deleting it isn't the right way to do it. Instead, make a little script about it, even staring your favorite characters:
--->'''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland E]][[color:gold:z]][[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland ekiel]]:''' Dude! Why is [[color:gold:z]] in gold eh? I[[color:gold:zz]]y, [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves Mark]] [[color:gold:Z]]. Dalewenkski, [[color:gold:z z z z z z z z z z]]... and why is "[[color:blue:ed]]" in blue all the time? Even if it's part of a word, like r[[color:blue:ed]]? [[color:blue:Ededededed]]... See? Nothing is happening, eh.
--->'''[[color:blue:Ed]]:''' (From [[color:blue:Ed]][[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy ,]] [[color:blue:Ed]][[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy d n']] [[color:blue:Ed]][[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy dy]]) Prepare to meet your doom!
--->'''E[[color:gold:z]]ekiel:''' Oh shi--!

* If a show you don't like features anything funny whatsoever, make sure to put it under {{Narm}}, because intentional humor does not exist in TheirShow, despite everyone and their three-year-old brother insisting it was "obviously" a joke. Meanwhile, UnfortunateImplications exists for taking anything you want out of context to make TheirShow look bad. However, if you see Your Show on there make sure to add a couple paragraphs complaining about how it's totally justified and NotWhatItLooksLike and this is PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad!!!
** About the {{Narm}}, just add their show to SoBadItsGood.
* USE AS MANY EXCLAMATION POINTS AS POSSIBLE TO EMSHISISE YOUR EXAMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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*** ?
*** Don't worry about them, they've just got [[Literature/{{Discworld}} a deranged mind.]]
* Be sure to use tropes detailing methods of speech not only to describe the trope, but to describe, [[VerbalTic like]], the way you're talking in the [[BuffySpeak entry-words-thing]] itself, because [[PunctuatedForEmphasis THAT. IS. ALWAYS. FUN.]]
** "Insert quote here related to entry above without proper formatting."
* Make sure to repeat examples if they're a lot higher on the page. Someone might miss it.
* Remember to write as though the article is a script. * rolls eyes* Because if you really did roll your eyes while typing, you would totally go to the trouble of typing it.
** That hurt my feelings! * Runs off crying, and then, presumably, runs back to type this*
* Be sure to mention your sexual preferences and fetishes wherever possible. There's no such thing as TooMuchInformation.
** TooMuchInformation is this transgendered gay female furry troper's fetish, and therefore, I will tell you why I am attracted to this previous sentence, and why you are too.
*** I am a sex-deprived male and I want to have sex with you now because you are a female on the internet.
** This goes double for furries. The rest of us never get tired of hearing about you guys. Especially when you're telling us that we're furries, too.
*** Oh, come on. You know you think [[VideoGame/StarFox Krystal]] is hot.
** Also, don't feel afraid to make an edit explaining that you find something squicky, even when that's completely irrelevant to the trope or is clearly fanservice directed at a different section of the population to you! Just remember: there is only one acceptable form of human sexuality - yours!
* AllBlueEntry [[FootnoteFever (All Dark Gray Entry in this case)]] [[SerialEscalation as much as possible.]]
** [[HotelMario/MariosFlatNo No,]] AllRedEntryAsMuchAsPossible[[ForAllReddyNess .]] [[ILike/RedLinks (All Dark Red Entry in this case)]]
*** You're both wrong. All black (white in this case) entry for the win!
* Go ahead and insult characters you hate. ''Especaily'' if they are from ''[[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy Ed, Edd N]] [[CompleteMonster Eddy]]''.
** Also make sure to explain precisely why no one should like this character and why they should feel bad about it if they still do. Be sure to make minor character flaws out to be [[FelonyMisdemeanor far worse than they actually are]]. And remember, the more condescending and snotty you are toward the character and his/her fans, the better!
** Or {{pothole}} multiple different tropes to every character in the title! Who cares if [[Administrivia/{{Sinkhole}} it's really annoying]] or [[SquarePegRoundTrope you get them wrong]]? For example: ''[[CloudCuckoolander E]]''[==]''[[ExtremeOmnivore d]]''[==]''[[ButWaitTheresMore ,]]'' ''[[TheSmartGuy E]]''[==]''[[NeatFreak d]]''[==]''[[EmbarrassingMiddleName d]]'' ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a]]''[==]''[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg n]]''[==]''[[ComicTrio d]]'' ''[[CompleteMonster E]]''[==]''[[{{Jerkass}} d]]''[==]''[[AttentionWhore d]]''[==]''[[FatBastard y]]''[[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy .]]
* Feel free to tell everyone that [[OpinionMyopia Your Mileage May Vary]] on a certain topic even if you are the only person who's mileage varies at all.
* Alternately, when writing about a work with a BrokenBase, remove all opposing YMMV links or viewpoints from the examples. After all, your side of the argument is the only one that's valid.
** Add a WildMassGuessing after an example.
*** Refute that very guess immediately thereafter.
* The best way to correct an error is to write your correction by a bullet underneath while presevering the original mistake for posterity.
** It's ''preserving'', dumbass.
*** You're both wrong. It's "persevering."
* Make sure and let everyone know Your Show is the [[DarkerAndEdgier darkest and edgiest]] thing around, and its very ''existence'' is GettingCrapPastTheRadar. Make sure to go on about all the times Your Show CrossesTheLineTwice by making jokes about (censored for edginess)[[spoiler:s-*-x]]!!! On Prime Time television for gosh sakes! How ''do'' they get away with it?
** Remember, if subtle sexual innuendo appears in a work, it's always because the MoralGuardians were too stupid to notice it. They would never, say, decide that it is subtle enough that children won't pick up on it.
** When it comes to GettingCrapPastTheRadar, accuracy comes second to making sure all kid's shows have their own page, so feel free to remove context or just outright make stuff up if it makes something sound dirtier.
** Or just use immature logic to make out an innocent event as if it were radar material, like [[TheCloneWars Anakin giving Padme his lighsaber]] (HURR HURR HURR)
* This Troper has won more than the attacks were a great example of Clay, I have never played Neverwinter Nights. This person (who can not do something wrong, because it is a "fiction writers brought") decided that I was frauding through the doors locked (I have never heard of), and further detailed description is out of immersion in the end of this, cited numerous examples of complex, really good in-depth study of mechanical equipment during use. His case was dismissed and he was banned on the basis that nobody with that level of knowledge on the subject could ever have learned it without extensively practicing the felony in the first place.Insane Troll logic applies to him immediately, and to ensure Troper has a tendency to track this day, still do not know whether he is doubtful the success of the legacy of The Inheritance Cycle.
** On another note: It is also bad idea to post your example somewhere the Troll it concerns can find and edit it.
* If you find an example that is repeated later in the article, don't remove the repeat. Instead, continue to repeat it! Pothole RuleOfThree in the appropriate spot and sprinkle RunningGag links afterward. If someone removes the repeated examples, chastise them for not getting the joke and/or [[DarthWiki/TropersLaw sucking the fun out of the site]].
* The ultimate example of this trope: Remember that examples that loom large in your memory are the most important examples ever, and be sure to tell everyone that so they know, even if there's nothing particularly unique about them.
* If there's a show you don't like, and it's on a page that says it gets unnecessary hate (e.g {{Hatedom}}, PeripheryHatedom, HateDumb), make sure to reply with a long paragraph explaining why it deserves to be there. Even if WikiMagic deletes it, make sure to come back and rewrite it. Bonus points if it's ''Literature/Twilight'' or any Disney Channel show.
* And another thing about DarthWiki/HowNotToWriteAnExample, never forget to put a Wiki link to the currently discussed trope in your example, since it's important to always have a recursive link reloading the page you're currently reading. Even better, [[DarthWiki/HowNotToWriteAnExample put it inside a pothole]], as this augment the chances to catch the unwary.
* Never finish your sentenc
** JustForFun/CandleJack strikes ag
*** This meme has officially stopped being funny, guys. Candle Jack. There, I said it! And was I kidnapped? No! I'm too cool for th
*** Remember, if someone says "Candle Jack" and forgets to not finish their sentence, feel free to do it for th
*** It's an especially good idea to do so if there were important information after the words "Candle Jack." For example, you are right now in grave danger and the only way to protect yourself is t
* I'm not sure, but I think if you're not absolutely positive about an example, you're supposed to just put it up anyway with a disclaimer about how dubious it is. That's less dangerous than checking it up on Google, who we all know is ''not'' your friend.
** Actually, anyone who reads such an example is morally obliged to add an edit crying bad research, [[ArtisticLicense You Fail X Forever]] and/or [[http://www.google.com * INSERT INSULTING AND/OR PATRONISING COMMENT ABOUT GOOGLE HERE* ]]. (TheOtherWiki also works for that last example.) Because simply editing the reference (if correct) or deleting (if not) won't give the poor, confused troper the definitive answer they require.
* Always have lot's of conversation.
** Yeah!
*** Have to agree with that!
**** Totally!
***** Who can deny it?
****** I have to disagree.
******* You know who else disagreed? ''[[GodwinsLaw Hitler!]]'' [[HitlerAteSugar Are you saying you're the same as]] '''Hitler?'''
******** That reminds me of this one time, at band camp...
********* Hey, why'd you stop your story? I really want to hear about what happened at your band camp.
********** [[Film/AmericanPie We all know what happened at band camp]].
* When writing an example about a movie or other live-action show, don't even bother looking up for the character's name; always use the actor's name instead. After all, we all know that Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was killing people for real in every one of his movies.
** Alternately, make sure to refer to all actors by their most recent or big-budget role. For example, all references to Liam Neeson should make some reference to the fact that he was Qui-Gonn Jinn in ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]''. Because, you know, that's definitely his best performance and the only one by which anyone should know him.
* Always duplicate examples.
* Always duplicate examples.
* Always duplicate examples.
* Always duplicate examples.
* Always duplicate examples.
* Always duplicate examples.
** Your Mileage May Vary. Also remember to start the sentence preceded by two or three asterisks with "YMMV" or "Your Mileage May Vary" if you don't agree with that.
* Remember: ''You are always right.'' Anyone who disagrees with you ''clearly'' isn't familiar with the source material. Show them who the real fan is!
* Write quickly, do not proofread, and be certain to out words when you type.
* If you're referring to the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''MyImmortal'' - and if you're discussing a fanfic trope, you'd better be - it's critical that you refer to the main character as "Ebony--no wait, I mean Enoby." Simply referring to her as "Ebony" alone would not sufficiently indicate the degree to which you are superior the the fanfic's author.
** Similiarly, on the page for any work that is generally considered to be DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible, don't catalogue the tropes the story actually uses: just find every conceivable way of talking about how bad this work is.
* Every article needs at least one reference to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', shoe-horned in wherever.
** And don't even bother spelling the whole title out. Everyone knows what [=WH40K=] is.
** Remember: Each race gets their own example. This is the only way to make people understand that the universe is made up of BlackAndGreyMorality.
*** And if it is a general [=W40k=] example, remember, that Warhammer 40000 takes the trope up to eleven, SLAUGHTERS EVERYONE along the way, and rockets into space laughing maniacally!!!
*** Also, make sure to add tons of inside jokes about the fanbase, regardless of context, like how Matt Ward is our spiritual liege, or how-BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!!!!!!!!!!1 SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!!!!!1
* Don't bother to update your examples to correct future tense for an "upcoming" media work when said work actually comes out. After all, [[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent it's still the future at the time you wrote it]]!
* Always duplicate examples.
* Complain about examples you don't like. ''Especially'' if these examples are in Troper Tales, because that absolutely doesn't defeat the purpose of Troper Tales in the first place.
* All trope names can be used as StockPhrases. Try it sometime!
* Delete examples from any show you don't know. Notability is everything!
* Cross out any incorrect facts when editing. [[strike:It doesn't make you look like a douche at all.]] Everyone needs to see how incorrect the example's original poster is!
** [[strike:Or try and fail to do that because the markup has now been removed. ]]It's still here, you [[strike:idiot]] moron.
*** Feel free to continue making jokes like the above even though you need to view the page source just to understand them.
* Complain about all pictures being Administrivia/JustAFaceAndACaption, except the one from Your Show, then suggest ones from Your Show as replacements. When people try to prevent having the entire wiki consist of pictures from Your Show, cry conspiracy!
* When someone does something that annoys the Hell out of you, chew them out for it in your edit, then go to this very page and write a snarky remark of how you should never do the thing that annoys the Hell out of you. Everybody wins!
* And remember: Always duplicate examples in case someone missed a previous entry.
** I'm sorry. I didn't get that. Could you please repeat it?
*** Always duplicate examples in case someone missed a previous entry.
**** Oh, hey, thanks a lot.
*** You ''do'' know that there's a duplicate example here, right?
*** Gah! You duplicated the example of a duplicate example! There's already one above! You should check the page before you start editing. Zheeesh!
*** Now, now, people. This is degenerating into natter. Cut it out.
**** Um... just so everyone knows, they covered nattering near the top, so this is kind of redundant.
*** Hey! Why did you do nattering again! It's already here! Learn to Read!
* Always use an example you add to a trope like DracoInLeatherPants or MisaimedFandom as an excuse to bitch about fangirls.
** Come to think of it, why limit yourself to a specific type of trope? If a character or show can serve as an example, you can still get a few shots in. For example: "Character A on Show X fits this trope, but you'd never know it from the way his stupid fans go on about him" or "Character A is an example of this trope if all of the Mary Sue fic about him is anything to go by." Be sure to cram in as many pot holes to FanDumb as you can reasonably manage. Let it rip, all of TV Tropes awaits your opinion.
** And remember, if you ''really'' want to shut the fans down, just say that WordOfGod has {{Jossed}} them. No need, however, to provide a link or even the name of the source you got your information from so people can see this for themselves. Everyone should just take your word for it.
*** And if someone ''does'' call you out and asks for a link, start complaining that Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability and that this isn't Wikipedia. After all, this site [[BlatantLies gives you free reign to add any example with no regard for accountability at all]].
* How can this list not have this example yet?
* In a similar vein, always state how shocked, SHOCKED, you are that Your Show has not been mentioned yet. Clearly, leaving such an earth-shatteringly obvious example off the list for so long is such a crime against humanity that people must be reminded of it even after the example has been listed.
* rmember taht you sing gdod grammer iz 4 skwairs!12!34~
* Who cares if Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike has been eighty-sixed? Just bitch about the work or do your character bashing in the examples instead! You can find a way to make the example fit if you're creative enough or apply your own personal fanon.
** Also, be aware that DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck, ItJustBugsMe and DarthWiki/WallBanger are all the ''New'' DarthWiki/ComplainAboutShowsYouDontLike. So forget any ''specific'' episodes, scenes or moments and just bash the work as the affront to Heaven it is, in the most categorical and vicious manner possible. And remember, boys and girls, the show's creator personally writes every last word of every script, so don't worry about [[MisBlamed misblaming]].
*** Also, when looking for opportunities to gratuitously bash works, keep in mind the two cardinal principles of SeriousBusiness and StopHavingFunGuys. [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] [[{{Tragedy}} tragedies]] are an excellent yardstick against which to measure absurdist, gag-based animated {{Sit Com}}s.
** Also, don't forget that this isn't limited to fictional characters, you can use the examples as your soapbox for bitching about or making fun of the actors that play them, too! On that note, no joke ever stops being funny and fresh, so don't worry that you'll be the 532145687528th person to make yet another LindsayLohan is a trainwreck, Orlando Bloom looks like a woman, Hayden Christensen is a lousy actor, etc. joke.
** Don't forget to overreact and talk about how much the thing makes your ears bleed and '''OVEREMPHASIZE''' '''''HOW FUCKING BAD IT FUCKING IS'''''.
* Make sure to repeat examples if they're a lot higher on the page. Someone might miss it.
* See this Administrivia/TipsWorksheet and the edit tip that appears when you begin to edit a page? '''Blatantly disregard it!'''
* Always duplicate your examples. Someone could have missed it.
* If you see a badly-worded phrase or a gratuitous use of first-person in an otherwise perfectly good example, don't fix it, just delete the whole example. For that matter, delete the examples directly above and below it too, for good measure.
** Better yet, delete half the
* 完全日本語で書いて下さい。
* ARTICLE 11, SECTION XIV, TITLE 4, SUBTITLE C, CLAUSE 2, [[Creator/DaveBarry SEATS 103 AND 104]]: In order to ensure everything on the wiki is as professional as possible, all tropers shall attempt to imitate the writing style seen in the United States Internal Revenue Code. [[GrammarNazi Any deviations from this style should be changed accordingly.]]
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*** Encode your spoilers in rot13. (And then repeat them in plaintext for the benefit of anyone who doesn't know rot13.)
* Feel free to stick your new example right smack in the middle of the page, even if it
* Show off your foreign language knowledge every chance you get kawaii neko baka desu.
** Always write names of anime characters with a FunetikAksent, whether they're from Japan or not.
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* If you have an unpublished work of your own, try to shoehorn an example from it into every trope page you can.
****************** Asterisks are cool. The more of them indenting your paragraph, the better.
******************* Even cooler is when they make a neat little pyramid! So to add an additional point to an example, you should always put it on the next line with one more asterisk than the line above it!
* Why wouldn't you put a [[RhetoricalQuestionQuestionBlunder rhetorical question]] in your example?
** Because some JerkAss will answer it.
* [[DarthWiki/HowNotToWriteAnExample Be sure to pothole the trope in question as many times as you can in the page for the actual trope itself, even if clicking it will take the reader nowhere.]]
* Try to ensure that [[spoiler:you resist the temptation to pare spoilers down to their absolute minimum, because everybody loves giant blocks of blank text, right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right?]]
* Everything ever is a subversion. There are no invoked tropes, averted tropes, tropes played for laughs, inverted tropes, or anything like that. Not even tropes played straight. It's all a subversion.
* A special idiocy should belong to the fandom of this example who write fanfics about that thing that happened before.
* Put examples in the wrong place and make sure to repeat them if they're a lot higher on the page
* Be sure to talk about {{Shipping}} 24/7! Who cares if it has nothing to do with anything? Be sure to mention that [[Series/ICarly Seddie, is like, soooo much better than Creddie.]]
* When potholing, create a link for each word in the phrase and [[PotHole have]] [[PotHole each]] [[PotHole link]] [[PotHole go]] [[PotHole to]] [[PotHole the]] [[PotHole same]] [[PotHole trope]].
* All page images must be anime or manga-related. If you stumble across one that isn't, change it to one that is even if the new image doesn't illustrate the trope properly.
** On top of that, if you ever see an [[AnimationTropes Animation Trope]] illustrated by a picture from a piece of WesternAnimation, not only should you replace it with an {{Anime}} image, you should rant in the edit reason box about how only a stupid child would think it appropriate to illustrate a trope with a picture from WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes or TheSimpsons. If you want to go that extra mile, then start an Image Pickin' Discussion to this effect -- but not until you've already replaced the image, since discussing the change before you do it would be just plain silly.
** If you see a sudden surge in images from one source, jump on the bandwagon and only suggest shows from that source. Screw diversity in page images! We're a WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fansite!
*** That's odd, last year we were an WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender website. [[AnyoneRememberPogs What ever happened to that]]?
* If you disagree with an example, passive-aggressively pothole the entire thing to CompletelyMissingThePoint or something similar. Because it's not Administrivia/{{Natter}} if you don't actually reply, right?
** Or go ahead and natter if you must, just make sure to include some variation on "ugh, did you even watch/read/play the same thing as the rest of us?"
* Remember- IfTheLinksAreNotRed, you've gone and FailedBeyondRedemption.
* If you mention trope present in a work with negative reception, be sure to mention that the work is awful.
** Additionally, make sure it's something ''really'' trivial or bizarre. Like acid reflux, or being afraid Sarah Palin will eat you. Those are entries ''bound'' to raise the hair on other troper's necks!
* Nuke [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]] tropes from work pages whenever you see them, and don't bother adding them to the YMMV tab. Sure, the admins went to the trouble of creating separate YMMV pages and a system of marking tropes that need to be moved, but in actual fact they want all the subjective and fanspeak tropes to die a horrible, flaming death, so you'll really be doing them a favor!
* dont bothur wit speleng an gramer. its 4 bouring stukup ppl not kool 1s lik us.
** n its not fare if im not amerekan n englesh isnt my frst langage so baneng me 4 my speleng an gramer iz discrmininacon!!!
* Don't forget to [[YouKeepUsingThatWord use the word "infamous"]] all the time with no regard to its actual meaning of "having an extremely bad reputation".
* Also don't forget to mention ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and gush about how wonderfully the trope was used in it.
* There are no other opinions. Your show is universally loved so you have the obligation to remind everyone how much they love it.
** Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability doesn't apply to your show. Be sure to remind people how many people have watched it and all of its critical praise even if the page in question doesn't seem like the appropriate place to list such things.
* Make sure the work name cannot be seen in your example. Just PotHole a character's name, or a random out-of-context quote. This will make it much easier to find an example from a specific show, and will make the example so much more comprehensible.
* Your example is meant only for fans of the show, so feel free to make it incomprehensible for these pathetic plebs who aren't familiar with it (or don't remember every single part of it). Double so for [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments the]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Crowning]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Moments]] [[TearJerker pages]] and the MemeticMutation page; those are only for posting disjointed, out-of-context quotes and inside jokes.
** Topping your example off with "You know the one I mean" or something similar is a good idea, since every single person in the world will always know exactly what do you mean, right away.
* "New Media", "Web" and "Web Original" are totally different things, and it's a good idea to have two or even three of them among the page's folders.
Skip using bullets for the occasional example. It helps it stand-out and gives the page an artistic "staggered" look.
* Whenever a new episode of your favorite show comes out, always put it as the most recent episode in your example. The episode will always be recent even after a week or month when a newer episode airs or whenever another season starts.
* [[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable Your mileage may vary]], but you can't remind people too many times about how [[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable their milage may vary]] with a particular example. Of course, [[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable your milage may vary]].
** On the actual YMMV page of various topics, just delete ones that offend you. After all, YOUR gas mileage is the one that matters.
* If you see an example you don't agree with or that offends you, just remove it. And never put anything in the "edit reason" section of the page. The fact that you personally don't approve of it should be reason enough for everyone.
* Make sure to repeat an example if it's a lot higher on the page, or somebody'll miss it.
* '''MAKE SURE TO [[spoiler: ALWAYS BOLD AND USE ALL CAPS ON YOUR EXAMPLES]] IT MAKES YOU VERY IMPORTANT SOUNDING WHILE YOURE AT IT DONT USE ANY PUNCTUATION AT ALL BECAUSE ITS IMPORTANT TO GET [[spoiler: ALL OF YOUR AMAZINGLY AMAZING EXAMPLES]] ALSO [[spoiler: USE]] SPOILER [[spoiler: TAGS]] FOR ALMOST [[spoiler: EVERY SINGLE WORD]] JUST BECAUSE!'''
* If something is even remotely [[{{Understatement}} out of the ordinary]], pothole to [[PotHole Understatement]].
* Your personal fanon is as good as WordOfGod, so be sure to keep this in mind when adding examples to pages.
* Whenever you write crossover WildMassGuessing theories, don't bother telling where outside characters are from. We all know that [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] is [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Luigi's]] cousin, after all.
** Just use crossover WMG theories to [[SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike gush about other shows you like]]. Mario is really VideoGame/{{Kirby}} who ate a mushroom! How else would Mario be so cool?
* [[Administrivia/HowToPickAGoodImage When picking a page image]], make sure it's a totally {{moe}} [[TokenMiniMoe young girl]] from this really cool anime that you like, but nobody else who isn't a hardcore {{otaku}} has ever heard of outside of Japan. [[Administrivia/JustAFaceAndACaption Be sure to include an out-of-context quote as well!]] It doesn't matter if nobody knows what you intended by this image; [[FanMyopia surely it demonstrates the trope perfectly well for other people who haven't seen the show if it does for]] ''[[FanMyopia you]]''.
* Always remember, [[SoapboxSadie feel free to inject your own personal opinions about politics, religion or morality]] into any article you feel like, as well your opinions on [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy life, the universe and everything]], today's weather and [[AlternateHistoryWank whether the Axis could have won World War II]].
* In fact, your personal experiences are perfectly relevant in any situation and everyone else is really interested to hear them! Don't forget to begin your subjective soapboxing with "This Troper".
** This gay, autistic, deaf, French-speaking troper certainly agrees.
* Always end an example with either IAmNotMakingThisUp or SoYeah.
* Remember, when assessing the quality of a work, always be sure to gauge critical reception ''solely'' with what people from [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses TGWTG]] think of it. Actual published critics, perhaps even essayists? What the fuck do the know? They're just a bunch of OscarBait loving snobs!
* When writing an example related to modern music, always be sure to include an unnecessary TakeThat at the artist in question (''especially'' if it's Music/LadyGaga). Bonus points if in the example you make a direct comparison to [[NostalgiaFilter older works]], and imply modern music is killing all music. Even ''more'' points if you use ToddInTheShadows opinions to back up your own (because, as we all know, he is totally a professional music critic, and is in no way biased or perhaps lacking some knowledge on the subject!).
* Whenever adding an example to this page, be sure to passive-aggressively mock things ''you'' dissaprove of that other tropers do, not things that actually completely go against the ru... wait a minute...
* For all you straight male tropers out there, be sure to cite something as FanDisservice whenever it pertains to male nudity (of any kinds, at that). After all, ''you'' are the most important demographic there is, and there is ''no way'' straight/bi women, bi/gay men, and people of any other sexuality that isn't lesbian or straight male would want to see one of those icky penises.
** It doesn't have to just be how someone is dressed; ''anything'' you don't like can be labeled as Fan Disservice. A character you don't like is giving Fan Service? Fan Disservice. A character you like not featured anywhere? Fan Disservice. A scene not play out the way you expected it to? Fan Disservice. Your favorite character not hook up with someone you expected? Fan Disservice. The sky's the limit.
* [[ActionGirl Be]] [[AffablyEvil sure]] [[{{Tearjerker}} to]] {{Pothole}} [[BadassLongcoat every]] [[MemeticMutation single]] [[AxCrazy word]] [[BigBad in]] [[Administrivia/{{Sinkhole}} your]] [[ButtMonkey example]] [[ChekhovsGun to]] [[BlatantLies a]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint different]] [[TheDragon page]].
** [[TakeThat O]][[RunningGag r]][[WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma ,]] [[LargeHam e]][[LampshadeHanging v]][[KickTheDog e]][[KnightTemplar r]][[KarmaHoudini y]] [[ShoutOut l]][[ThatOneBoss e]][[OhCrap t]][[NiceHat t]][[TooDumbToLive e]][[OverlyLongGag r]][[NoPeriodsPeriod .]]
*** [[LateToThePunchline Don't forget you can use]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness completely arbitrary clauses]] [[ThrowItIn split almost evenly for]] [[RuleOfCool no apparent reason]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute except black text is ugly.]]
**** [[CatchPhrase Ra]][[BigDamnHeroes nd]][[NotSoAboveItAll om]] [[NightmareFetishist let]][[NiceGuy ter]] [[LoveTriangle com]][[BlatantItemPlacement bina]][[RegeneratingHealth tions]] [[RankInflation wit]][[DarkIsNotEvil hi]][[RapidFireInterrupting n]] [[Creator/NolanNorth w]][[BigNo ords]] [[ShowgirlSkirt i]][[TightsUnderShorts s]] [[HappilyMarried c]][[SolveTheSoupCans oo]][[MultiDirectionalBarrage l]] [[FightingClown to]][[JokeCharacter o.]]
***** Bonus points for putting AllBlueEntry in it. Never mind that the page tells you to not do it; do it!
* And please remember to just put a [[Administrivia/WeblinksAreNotExamples link to a website]] instead of writing an example. You get extra cool points make it be a broken Geocities page from 1997.
** Also, if the example is about a daily WebComic, make sure to make the example about the "most recent" entry (as of 2009). Then, instead of linking to the specific comic, link to the home page, thus making it nearly impossible to figure out which comic it is.
* Make sure anything you think that is remotely awesome or ludicrous is potholed to BeyondTheImpossible. Even if the thing is based off of real life and by in-universe standards should be possible.
* Write every single word that comes to mind a la James Joyce's stream of consciousness style, resulting in large paragraphs of inane blather which (Note: this section of the paragraph was lost in a [[NoodleIncident freak gardening accident]]) and that's why I refuse to eat kumquats. Now where is that save button? Oh, here it
* Try to shoehorn the characters in your favorite series into fitting the FiveManBand trope even if they don't fit. Bonus points for misinterpreting TheChick as "the woman of the group" or "the useless one" instead of "the female voice of reason/moral center."
** As a corollary, we at TV Tropes strongly suggest you push the limits of how many people can fit in a band to reach this purpose. I mean, why have one SmartGuy when you can have four? [[ExaggeratedTrope Or seven?]] And if you can't think of any examples of TheChick or TheLancer in your show, that's fine. You don't ''need'' any.
** Don't forget to also shoehorn characters from Your Show into ''every'' trio trope. If your show is ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', this is mandatory. Bonus points if the group has more than three characters in it, is arbitrarily split into subgroups to fit the pattern, or isn't really a defined group at all.
** And if your group has four people in it, it's ''always'' a FourTemperamentEnsemble. All the other four-person ensembles are just clutter anyway.
* Make sure to get carried away! With punctuation...!? In fact your periods. Don't have to. Make sense.
* ''Italicize'' any ''WikiWord'', even if it's a ''Trope'' or a ''Creator''.
* Put at least one TakeThat at Music/JustinBieber. Even if the trope is SpacePirates. Even if someone edits the example to be less offensive, make sure to put a third level bullet to insult him again.
** Not just Music/JustinBieber. Remember to put a TakeThat to any pop artist you can think of (such as Music/NickiMinaj, Music/OneDirection, Music/{{Nickelback}}, and Music/KatyPerry, to name a few).
* Emoticons :D make :) everything :P better :( >:( :'( :C :L :O D:
* Straight from the Everything Is a Subversion's office: remember, everybody, ''everything ever is an [[AvertedTrope aversion.]]'' Especially when you want to say that a trope is subverted but the NotASubversion page makes you scared (valid subversions or otherwise), or something's actually justified or downplayed or played with but you just don't have the proper vocabulary to say it, or God forbid... *drumroll* ''it's actually played straight'' (we prefer this most with a long, blathery explanation of why your show would never use something [[TheTropelessTale as overdone as a trope]] due to a small technicality, but a short blathery explanation will work). The thought that the vast majority of averted tropes would not be notable enough to be marked on a work page is, frankly, outrageous.
* Never namespace your links. They will lead to the right page (or at least a disambiguation page linking to the right page) anyway.
* If you think a trope applies harder to a work you like more than any other work, make sure you bold that trope so that everybody knows. If you think it applies even harder than that, italicize it or put it in all caps, or better yet, do both. Make sure to mention how this is also the greatest, most triumphant, best example of the trope ever and that everyone else on Earth agrees.
* Remember, CrazyAwesome is about every kind of really freaking awesome things. It is not about people who are crazy and are awesome because of it. If you think something is really, really awesome, make sure to mention that it's Crazy Awesome.
* Always put CompleteMonster to characters who don't apply or just commit a MoralEventHorizon. ''Especially'' if the character is a BaseBreaker because that won't start a flame war in the least.
** Complete Monster doesn't even need to be a character. Feel free to use it to describe yourself if you ever mention that you enjoyed something that wasn't one hundred percent happy all the time.
* If the trope is soft-split or has a sliding scale, don't bother to actually add context to the work page examples. The type labels by themselves are SelfExplanatory and everyone always remembers what they mean even if the labels are simply letters, numbers, or Roman Numerals.
* Remember: Everything ever that features a marginalized or minority group has UnfortunateImplications. Even diametrically-opposed portrayals within the same show. And if there are any counterexamples of marginalized or minority characters from the stereotype the show is ''obviously'' pushing towards, ignore them. ConfirmationBias is just part of what makes TV Tropes ''fun.''
** [[EverythingIsRacist So does everything that involves the word "black."]]
*** What on ''earth'' are you babbling about guys?? Haven't you heard?? UnfortunateImplications has nothing to do with minorities! It's a synonym for FridgeHorror!!
* Always rank your tropes in a hierarchy.
** Subtrope of ranking tropes in a hierarchy.
*** Trope that is an option to go alongside said subtrope.
** A trope that has ''nothing'' to do with ranking tropes in a hierarchy but appears later in the same episode from the same character.
-->''"A quote regarding the above point that has nothing to do with the trope this page is about, but was just so great it had to be posted here."''
* You know everything we said about ThisTroper and how it's bad by, at best, making the wiki look like TroperTales and at worst, making it look like not one person but a coalition of know-it-alls trying to talk over each other? Fuhgeddaboudit. We meant we did not like the word "troper". What a dumb name. See, "this editor", "I" and to an extent, "one editor" are fine.
* Everyone knows that TheWoobie is just SugarWiki/GushingAboutCharactersYouLike, so add every character in the series with more than two seconds of screentime and an emotional range of more than complete constant bliss. Most important to add are extremely happy characters who cry in one episode and [[DracoInLeatherPants complete dicks who totally don't deserve to be punished]]. Contrast CompleteMonster, which is for [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike Complaining About Characters You Don't Like]]. People who suffer sympathetically on a regular basis don't need a trope of their own, because no one would ever write a character who was actually pitiful ''often''.
** You have two options of doing this: you can list every single character individually, with the first character on a different indentation level because it's clearly the best example, or you can just say that everyone in the series is one without giving any details.
*** This is only for the page itself. For ''potholing'' purposes, TheWoobie is a synonym for DesignatedMonkey and having one on the show is a sign of {{Bad Writing|Index}}.
** How has no one mentioned the absolute king of this trope, spending a lot of painstaking effort listing some guy whose life is overall pretty awesome?? It's okay. Quantity can make up for quality! If you ramble on for ten lines and include all sorts of filler about how totally cute he is and all of the problems that are either extremely minor either in terms of his life or in terms of the story or not anyone's fault but his own then surely everyone will see exactly what a woobie the character from YourShow is, because it will be longer than everyone else's. After all, every example with details must be padding and talking about every single bad event in the series and there is ''no'' way that some of the other longish ones are very brief summaries of descriptions that if following your template would be long enough to have their own folders if not their own pages. And for good measure, always remember to say that this ''is'' the absolute king of this trope because you spent so much more effort writing stuff down. ''Especially'' if half your post relies either on fanon or metaphysics to make your point, because there are absolutely no characters who count without taking into account either one.
*** What about movie characters, huh? Don't they get any love? [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Poor movie characters, always forgotten.]]
*** Everyone knows they don't count.
* The only requirement for an ActorAllusion is some vague words to describe an actor's two coincidentally similar roles. No need for an actual ''reference'' or anything like that- it'll make the work so much cooler by connecting it to other works.
** A ''brilliant'' reference to a show that came out fifteen years later!
** This extends to any reference, like ShoutOut and MythologyGag, in general. If you can tenuously connect some vague aspect in an obtuse manner, it counts!
* One important thing to remember- everyone knows the same things you do. Therefore, any error in a work must be indicated as such, whether it is through Did Not Do the Research, CriticalResearchFailure, or You Fail X Forever. It doesn't matter how obscure the knowledge is, or whether liberties were taken for the sake of narrative quality- it is imperative that you let everyone know how smart you are.
* Every character who has ever done anything remotely awesome, is remotely attractive, is remotely well-liked, has anything remotely special or unique about then, is remotely talented, and is remotely lucky is a CanonSue or a CreatorsPet. No exceptions.
* Any pairing you dislike is either SickeninglySweethearts or StrangledByTheRedString. Make sure to complain as much as possible when you try to justify your reasons, too.
* AACCFC! [[note]]Acronyms Are Cruise Control For Cool[[/note]] Be sure to use acronyms whenever possible, because everyone will always immediately know what they mean. In fact, if you ever see a page using the ''normal'', ''boring'' version of a trope title (YetAnotherStupidDeath instead of YASD, FeaturelessProtagonist instead of AFGNCAAP, etc) go ahead and edit it to the acronym version. Everyone will thank you for this!
** BonusPoints for using acronyms that you JMUOTS [[note]]Just Made Up On The Spot[[/note]], and even more points if it's [=ALUAFWSLAICPBBELTAOYBTWDBATTIRESDIMILPMTILCRPLANS4WTYWCAIP=] [[note]]As Long, Unintuitive, And Filled With SesquipedalianLoquaciousness As It Can Possibly Be Because Everyone Loves That And Oh Yeah By The Way Don't Be Afraid To Toss In Random Extra Stuff (Did I Mention I Like Pie More Than I Like Cake?), Rong Phirst Letters, And Numerical Substitutions 4 Words Too, You Won't Confuse Anyone I Promise[[/note]].
* You know those trope names? They're just suggestions. Feel free to alter or combine them to get the point across or really get what you're describing on the list. For example, instead of BrokenBase, call it a [[BrokenBase Completely Shattered Base]], or instead of listing GlassCannon and FragileSpeedster, just use [[GlassCannon Glass]] [[FragileSpeedster Ninja]] instead. See? Arbitrarily changing names is fun, and not at all confusing or pretentious!
* Feel free to refer the reader to examples above and below the one you're describing. They will always be there and there is no chance that said examples will be moved to other pages or deleted later on.
* When writing a trope example, a decent substitute to explaining everything is to just give the title of the episode, issue, or installment the trope appears in. After all, the only reason Administrivia/{{Zero Context Example}}s are bad are because the works are [[DoorStopper so]] [[LongRunner huge]] that the reader doesn't know where to start looking. Better yet is using ''numbers'' instead of titles. That way, the reader will be guaranteed to care about the order of release date just as much as you are, and definitely won't skip your example to find one worth reading.
* ALWAYS COMPLAIN ABOUT THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE IN '''ALLCAPS''' WITH '''GRATUITOUS BOLD'''. IF YOU NEGLECT TO DO SO, IDIOTS WILL THINK YOU ACTUALLY '''LIKE''' THE PART OF THE WORK IN QUESTION, EVEN THOUGH YOU PUT IT ON THE DARTHWIKI/{{DETHRONING MOMENT OF SUCK}} PAGE.
** Also, remember to list as many DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck entries for a single work as you can; it's the next best thing to Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike!
** Why do that? You can just bash the entire show at once!
* Arguably, it could maybe be possible that the best way to write an example is to act like you're not even sure it's an example yourself. It's entirely possible that the reader will trust your information anyway, although there is also a chance that YMMV[[note]]no one but you thinks it's true and you're {{lampshad|e Hanging}}ing it[[/note]]. Alternatively, if maybe this possibly makes your example too long and unwieldy, just stick it on the YMMV tab instead because that is probably for such tropes where YMMV[[note]]everyone but you thinks it's true and you want to delete it but don't because you don't want to hurt other tropers' feelings[[/note]]. Right?
** NO, YOU'RE WRONG!
* Remember to treat your favorite CausticCritic as if they are WordOfGod. If they pan a work, make sure to fill up pages with [[TropeAreNotBad negative tropes]] that were mentioned in the review, put loads of natter about how awful the work is, and make their negative quotes the page quotes. This applies especially if it's WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, anyone affiliated with him, WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, or [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]].
* Keep in mind the Totally Legit, Canonical List of Good Tropes. Be sure to put these tropes in all the works you like, regardless of the trope's description or what the page says otherwise.
** AdaptationDistillation
** AndTheFandomRejoiced
** BeyondTheImpossible
** {{Deconstruction}}
** DoingItForTheArt
** GrowingTheBeard (careful with this one, it implies your work wasn't perfect to begin with)
** {{HSQ}}
** RatedMForManly
** {{Reconstruction}}
** ShownTheirWork
** SoCoolItsAwesome
** WinBackTheCrowd
* Also keep in mind the Totally Legit, Canonical List of Bad Tropes. Be sure to put these tropes in all the works you don't like, regardless of the trope's description or what the page says otherwise.
** AdaptationDecay
** {{Discontinuity}}
** EpicFail
** FanonDiscontinuity
** RuinedFOREVER
** DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible
** TheyJustDidntCare
* Keep in mind the Magic Word of TV Tropes: "cleanup." Using this word in your edit reasons means you can delete anything you want whenever you want and no one can stop you. You don't need to be a mod, or have the backing of a TropeRepairShop or Short Term Projects thread. You don't even need to clean up anything else on the page. This goes double for entries on a work's YMMV page! Does someone have an opinion of your show that you don't like? Just delete it! It's not edit-warring or vandalism as long as you use the magic word!
* When you talk about something like a piece of AwesomeMusic or a TearJerker, it's okay to make the other person feel ''really bad'' about not sharing your viewpoints. Calling them a heartless monster, or claiming that they have no soul is a surefire way to get them to come around!
* You should always mark every statement you make in a description as an absolute statement that can be contradicted fundamentally by a single counterexample. For example, clearly no work exists where the main character's best friend is an anthropomorphic pineapple. No exceptions.
** Umm, actually, [[WesternAnimation/YakkityYak there is?]]
*** RepairDontRespond for crying out loud.
**** You should have followed your own advice instead of just posting on top of it. RepairDontRespond. On an unrelated note, whenever a joke can infinitely recur within itself, keep adding more stars to each bullet (they don't max out at 3), and end the infinite loop with some kind of predictable reference to a show you like, and a pothole to help other tropers discover it.
***** You should have followed [[AustinPowersInGoldmember oh dear I've gone crosseyed]].
****** God-dammit I'll just delete this whole thing...uhh wait, [[FlatWhat what?]]
* Mark every work of a single genre as having the trope. Why bother to explain it when it's so universal? After all, clearly ''every'' science fiction movie has AliensSpeakingEnglish so why list individual works?
* An important note: It's perfectly okay to delete anything you find on moments pages because you, personally, were unfazed by them. Clearly the person who put it there is just an immature child.
** Now that's just not true. These tropes are '''subjective'''. In other words, anything goes. So feel free to disregard any objective criteria listed on tropes like TheWoobie or CompleteMonster or {{Audience Reaction}}s like TheScrappy and add any and every character. You also are ''forbidden'' from deleting any of these for "misuse" because misuse can't possibly exist with the magic subjective banner.
* Add the "No Anime and Manga Examples, Please" tag to attract edit war.(this also include video games and other type of example).This type of tag should not be limited to real life examples.
* Make sure that all description are equal but some are more equal than others.
* grammer and spelling is for nurds if ppl r so smart theyll kno wut u meen
* Always make sure to rewrite examples that exaggerate the flaws of a character, shoehorn them into negative tropes, and whitewash characters who are far more evil. Bonus points if the characters are from the show ''Anime/DragonballZ''.
* There is a hierarchy of media here, so if you notice that a page has more anime/video game/cartoon/comic book examples than examples from classic literature, it's clearly proof that the trope is broken. Feel free to remove all of them.
* Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability unless the page had an ExampleSectionectomy. If it did, feel free to put back only examples you deem notable.
* If you don't know what you're doing, don't let that stop you.
** This site is populated by thousands of volunteers who love cleaning up after newbies.
* Every example is in a tournament and must fight for the title of Grand Champion. That's why it's encouraged, ''necessary'' even, to compare your example to other examples. Not only to examples from other works but to other examples from the ''same'' work: Bob is a good example, but Charlie is an even ''better'' example! It's especially crucial to do this when another example from the work is already posted, since ThereCanBeOnlyOne true example per work.
** A better example is that ThereCanBeOnlyOne true example ''period''.
* If you see an example of a trope that looks like one from Your Show that has yet to be listed, rather than typing out a complete description from scratch, tack the example from Your Show on the end with no explanation other than that it's similar. This won't be difficult for fans of Your Show to locate, nor will it confuse anyone reading the other show's example. This goes double if they are different kinds of media.
** A very similar thing happens in ''Literature/FrogAndToadAreFriends''.
* Fanworks are canon so examples from them should be listed under the same heading as the main work's examples.
* If something is played straight, always remember to remind the reader that it is ''painfully'' so. It [[TropesAreNotBad physically pains you]] that this trope is played so straight, and the reader [[WordCruft needs to know that]].
* [[OverlyLongGag Make sure to repeat examples if they're a lot higher on the page. Someone might miss it.]]
* Never end any article, EVER, with that line under the final note... Oh, crap.
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[[SelfDemonstratingArticle And THAT, my friends, is how NOT to write an article.]]
** ThisTroper think you meant to say: How NOT to write an ''example''.
*** Nuh-uh! It was fine the way it was.
*** You "article-ers" are so obnoxious, thinking you could just posthumously change the way the page name is used like that.
*** [[Administrivia/ConversationInTheMainPage Actually]], [[YouKeepUsingThatWord you used "posthumously" incorrectly]], therefore your argument is invalid.
*** Ugh, pedants.
*** Ahh, well, it's still not that good an example. I'll see you guys tommorow and come up with something worse.
* ''Avatar: the Last Airbender'' and ''My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'' are evil and you should remove any examples from them whenever you see them. Also, if they illustrate a page, be sure to delete the image without asking first, since no one will miss it.
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