Sometimes, the idea of what a {{trope}} is actually about gets lost somewhere along the way. Either new entries miss the point somehow, or the author just read the trope title and [[IThoughtItMeant thought they got the gist of it]]. This includes things like describing just anything remotely scary as Nightmare Fuel, when Nightmare Fuel was originally intended to be things you found unintentionally scary as a kid. (Hence why AccidentalNightmareFuel was created and NightmareFuel repurposed) Remember though, that Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible--what you think is decay may just be [[PlayingWithATrope unusual usage]] on second glance.

When this gets too bad, it may be necessary to [[EverythingYouWantedToKnowAboutChangingTitles rename the trope]] to avoid confusion, or remove the {{trope}}, or completely rewrite it. The [[ Trope Repair Shop]] is where these cleanup discussions happen.

See also CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions and SquarePegRoundTrope.

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