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Regular visitors here won't need to read the introduction.

If you're not a regular here, TV Tropes is a wiki documenting, in a fairly informal manner, the various conventions of fiction.

Of course, like any sizeable work, we've collected our own fair share of {{trope}}s.

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!!'''Tropes in TV Tropes:'''
* AccentuateTheNegative:
** Some tropers here just can't seem to resist [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike complaining about stuff they don't like here]] despite it being against wiki policy. Not to mention the fact that TVTropesWillRuinYourLife. Recently, there has been a movement to lower such negativity in this wiki.
** TVTropesReviews. This has caused there to be more negative reviews than positive on some examples. It seems almost like those with negative opinions will be more likely to post a review. It was even pointed out that negative reviews get more attention than positive ones; and this wiki was no exception.
** DarthWiki has this reputation for three pages on it.
* AdDissonance: JustForFun/AdOfWin and JustForFun/AdOfLose.
* AliceAndBob:
** AccidentalMisnaming
** AcidRefluxNightmare
** AdaptationalAttractiveness
** AmnesiacLiar
** BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults
** BelatedHappyEnding
** BilingualBackfire
** BurpingContest
** CartoonishCompanions
** TheCatCameBack
** CelebritySurvivor
** CharacterizationMarchesOn
** ClassClown
** CoitusUninterruptus
** ConvenientlyCommonKink
** DartboardOfHate
** DeathByAdaptation
** DebtDetester
** DelayedReaction
** DerailingLoveInterests
** DescriptionCut
** DidTheyOrDidntThey
** DinnerDeformation
** DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat
** DramaticIrony
** EasilyOverheardConversation
** ExplainExplainOhCrap
** FailedDramaticExit
** [[invoked]]FanPreferredCouple
** FinishDialogueInUnison
** FinishingEachOthersSentences
** FootsieUnderTheTable
** FromMyOwnPersonalGarden
** GladIThoughtOfIt
** HaveWeMet
** HeadTiltinglyKinky
** HilarityInZoos
** HoldingTheFloor
** HowMuchDidYouHear
** HurricaneOfExcuses
** IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn
** ImagineSpot
** ImColdSoCold
** ImStandingRightHere
** IndulgentFantasySegue
** InvisibleStreaker
** IronicEcho
** JailbirdOfPanama
** JustWhistle
** KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms
** KissingInATree
** LameExcuse
** LeaningOnTheFourthWall
** LetHimChoose
** LongDistanceRelationship
** LookBehindYou
** MasterOfTheMixedMessage
** MobileShrubbery
** MoreHypnotizableThanHeThinks
** MyFavoriteShirt
** MySisterIsOffLimits
** [[invoked]]NeverLiveItDown
** NoIAmBehindYou
** NoJustNoReaction
** NotListeningToMeAreYou
** NotSoInnocentWhistle
** ObliviousGuiltSlinging
** OperationJealousy
** OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe
** PatchworkKids
** PlaceboEurekaMoment
** {{Ponzi}}
** PreemptiveShutUp
** PrematureAggravation
** RaceForYourLove
** RapidFireInterrupting
** RapidFireNo
** RevealingHug
** RightBehindMe
** RightInFrontOfMe
** SaidBookism
** SchrodingersPlayerCharacter
** SelectiveEnforcement
** SellingTheShow
** SeparatedByACommonLanguage
** SiblingSwitchSquick
** SignificantSketchbook
** SingleTargetSexuality
** SnarkBall
** StairsAreFaster
** StoodUp
** Analysis/StoryBranching
** StyrofoamRocks
** SuchAPhony
** TacticalReminiscence
** TagTeamSuicide
** TakingTheHeat
** TastesLikeChicken
** ThanksForTheMammary
** TheCatCameBack
** TheExitIsThatWay
** TheMatchmaker
** TheThreeTrials
** TriangRelations
** ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting
** TwinThreesomeFantasy
** VoiceoverLetter
** WalkInChimeIn
** [[invoked]]WarShip
** WasItReallyWorthIt
** WhatIsThisX
** WhatsAHenway
** WhereDidWeGoWrong
** WhosOnFirst
** WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat
** WoundedGazelleGambit
** SoYouWantTo/WriteAFilmNoir
** YesNoAnswerInterpretation
** YouKnowWhatYouDid
** YouWouldntShootMe
** YourTelevisionHatesYou
** YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou
** Numerous PlayingWith pages.
** ? and more.
* AlienGeometries: The InvertedTrope example on PlayingWith.MileLongShip. How exactly do you get a ship whose length is a negative number?
* AltText: This wiki does have [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Alt Text]] capabilities, in the form of the PotHole.
* AltumVidetur: Can there be any reason besides this trope that the main page has a [[Lat/HomePage Latin version]]?
** AdiposeRex
* AmbiguouslyJewish: As seen [[TwoferTokenMinority here]] on this wiki.
--> Stephen Fry is openly gay and Jewish.
--> Dude, so is half of Hollywood. Well, maybe they're not openly Jewish.
--> Jewish? He's an atheist.
---> To many, "Jewish" can be a culture as much as or more than a religion.
* AmbiguousSyntax: The wiki itself has a few, many of which are chronicled in "IThoughtItMeant..." For example, a SerialKillerKiller: A killer of serial killers, or a serial killer of killers? ([[TakeAThirdOption Both, more often than not]]).
** An example rightly documented in Funny/TVTropes:
--> From the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' JustBugsMe page:
-->Jesus, Lucy, Violet, and Patty are CRUEL to poor Charlie Brown! They expect him to get an over-commercialized tree, made of pink aluminum? Charlie brings back a tree that looks like one that would be next to the humble manger, and they all laugh at him! Even damned SNOOPY! Although it sets up a Crowning Moment Of Awesome with the "That's what Christmas is all about" speech, I just want to wring those three bitches' neck!!
--> Is it bad that I read the start of this entry as a list of 4 names, rather than an expletive and 3 names?
---> Jesus is laughing at Charlie Brown for having a great Christmas spirit! The irony!
---> Nope. I did it, too. As did my parents, Creator/AynRand and {{God}}.
---->Your parents are Ayn Rand and God?
* AndThatsTerrible:
** Tropers will say this as a reaction to things they disapprove of and {{Pothole}} it to the AndThatsTerrible page. [[OverusedRunningGag And That's Terrible]].
** This wikiís edit page.
-->"Please be cool when you edit. Rudeness is not cool."
* AnthropomorphicPersonification[=/=]MoeAnthropomorphism: JustForFun/TropeTan
* AppealToObscurity:
** From the GenghisKhan page on: After a long list of conquered nations, it reads "Khwarezm? You've never heard of that country? Exactly."
** Similarly {{Trivia.X}}'s {{Vaporware}} entry consists of, "What {{Xbox}} port of ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X3: Reunion]]''? Exactly."
* ArchiveTrawl:
** The random button can have this effect.
** Arguably, the reason that this wiki is so addictive. One page will only get you for half an hour, but the 50 pages that are linked that you opened...
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: You'll find some of this occasionally across this wiki, many of which are {{Pothole}}d to the main page.
** Including [[ThisTropeNameReferencesItself the name of the trope.]]
** On the Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease page, the following tropes are listed with reasons why they are included on the page. "AlasPoorVillain: Calling someone a villain in real life is a bad idea. Plus, potential flame war on which real life villain is sympathetic." "AllGirlsWantBadBoys: A very hostile debate in real life." "AlliterativeName: Too many of them to list."
* TheArtifact: The "deadpan" in DeadpanSnarker. Due to TropeDecay, a deadpan delivery is no longer part of the trope.
* ArtifactTitle: It started with TV (''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' in particular). Nowadays it encompasses all media.
* AuthorAppeal: The whole point of this wiki. Tropers write about whatever they happen to be interested in.
* AwesomeButImpractical: This wiki has a search toolbar for Firefox. While initially it seems like it would [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife ruin your life even further]] and be great to edit articles, it's much faster to just use the search bar at the top of the page or just Website/{{Google}} "[[Topic]] Tvtropes'' rather than use the dropdown menu and enter it.
* BeigeProse: See WordCruft for details.
** LaconicWiki, especially Laconic entry on Beige Prose. {{Wiki Word}}s. Also, CamelCase.
* BlatantLies:
** On most pages warning of unmarked spoilers, the majority of the spoilers are marked anyway.
** This trope is most definitely '''''[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not]]''''' a [[PotholeMagnet popular pothole target]] for lies.
* BoldInflation: Repeatedly Used On This Very Wiki, especially when I Am Not Making This Up is invoked. Articles that use Bold Inflation:
** AMechByAnyOtherName
** FunWithAcronyms
** JustForFun/LousyAlternateTitles
** [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Bold Inflation]]
** Most trope pages with a "Don't do this" disclaimer at the end of the intro - this tends to show up on subjective tropes, or tropes that [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease shouldn't have Real Life examples]].
** This also tends to show up on pages with unmarked spoilers, to warn readers of just that.
** Any time we mention [[Creator/BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]], [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!]], or [[Literature/CiaphasCain CIAPHAS CAIN]], [[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!]] is similarly treated by many of his adoring fans.
** Perhaps most inexplicably, ''tropes themselves'' will be bolded sometimes, as if that means it applies harder for some reason.
** The pages on , the manga, and the anime for ''Manga/TegamiBachi'' all emphasize Heart, because HeartIsAnAwesomePower.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: After Administrivia/TheSecondGoogleIncident, commands from the advertising that keeps the site afloat mandates that this wiki either eliminate trope pages for more sexually explicit works or find new (much less family friendly) sources of funding. A number of works the sexual explicitness of which is debatable (most prominently ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', which has since been restored, and ''Literature/{{It}}'', which does feature underage copulation in one scene but otherwise contains little explicit sexual content) have been caught in the mass deletions.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: There's an example in the description of [[KnightErrant this trope]] on this wiki.
-->''"[K]nights have declined in popularity, but the Knight Errant is still around in full force ó instead of knights, they are now often cowboys, samurai, or {{Samurai Cowboy}}s."''
* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
** One would be a line that goes rather unabrubtly and disturbingly like this (fictional example): "Japan is well known for anime, J drama, J music, hard working people and so on. But this wasn't always so. It used to be a common act to disembowel people, eat dead babies and such.". Go on, say you haven't seen an example like this before!
** Alternately, on the above links: Main Entry, Quotes, SugarWiki, WildMassGuessing, [[invoked]]''NightmareFuel''...
** Also, from page to page, article-article-article-ADateWithRosiePalms-ColdBloodedTorture...
* BreakingTheFourthWall[=/=]LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** An editor of the site will often introduce themselves as "ThisTroper". This is frowned upon for examples. So are DarthWiki/ThatTroper and SugarWiki/TheOtherTroper.
** There are a handful of articles that make a point of addressing the reader directly, such as BigBrotherIsWatchingYou.
* CannotConveySarcasm: Absolutely. One can never, ever, ever tell when a troper is being sarcastic or snarky. Such is the monumentally difficult task of communicating sarcasm through text alone.
* CaptainObvious:
** Tropers will {{pothole}} a word, phrase, etc. that is considered to be... well... completely obvious, to the CaptainObvious [[PotholeMagnet page]].
** "Five hats means that five tropers think it is ready to publish.". At least partially obvious.
** Also, the CaptainObvious page is about a trope which highlights easily discovered events that are pointed out to the audience, as if they had no clue what was going on. This trope is called "CaptainObvious" and it's on the website you're currently on called TVTropes (the url address is http://tvtropes.org/). On a side note, TV Tropes is a webpage which features articles about multiple tropes seen throughout many forms of media, such as literature, live-action T.V. shows, anime/manga, video games, comic books, and in several cases, even ''real life''!
** Any disambiguation page that says it's [[ShapedLikeItself a disambiguation page]].
* ClusterFBomb:
** The fucking ClusterFBomb [[PotholeMagnet page]]. The "so much you can't take them seriously" variant was used in a previous version of that page's introduction, but most of it was removed for the sake of clarity. Readers curious as to how bad it was can always check the page history.
** Amusingly, there are enough fucking example on the PrecisionFStrike page that it's [[SubvertedTrope turned into]] a ClusterFBomb.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The normal wiki has a white background, YMMV has a blue one, Sugar Wiki has pink, and Darth Wiki has black.
* ColorContrast: {{Blue Link}}s and [[ItLooksLikeThis Red Links]], to signify links that leads somewhere, and links that don't.
* ConstructedWorld: WorldCreationProject, though it's far from complete.
* CoolShades: Sign up for the forums and you can post a Cool Shades smiley!
* CosmeticAward: MadeOfWin. Unless someone tries to collect those free hugs, anyway.
* CreatorProvincialism: At times. Uses of phrases like "our part of the world" and so on, especially when used to contrast with other cultures and nations, reveal the assumptions of the troper responsible. Usually involves WeAllLiveInAmerica or other Western perspective and neglects the existence of non-Western audiences or tropers.
** Go count how many times 9/11 is mentioned under HarsherInHindsight.
* TheCrimeJob: TrainJob
* CrossReferencedTitles:
** JackOfAllTrades and MasterOfNone.
** JustForFun/{{Hello}}, MyNameIsInigoMontoya, YouKilledMyFather, PrepareToDie
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Often, a description for a work will often praise the work. If the description only lists the factual information is there, it usually means either the work is little known, or the work isn't very well received and no tropers can think of anything positive to say about it.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory:
** The forums: Most forums use UsefulNotes/BBCode, while the TV Tropes forum uses wiki markup.
** See those buttons at the top of the page? Sometimes, during a site update, they get rearranged. Then you find yourself sending a private message when you want to see a trope's history page.
** Sometimes an announcement comes up as a banner at the top of the page, but it only appears some of the time. Most of the time it's not a big problem but if you're wandering the site with the random page button, and the banner is there and suddenly it goes away, shifting the rest of the site up, you'll end up suddenly hitting a dead-end at your profile page and having to go back. Different parts of the site have different buttons anyway.
** All of us wiki addicts know the frustration of going to a non-wiki site and finding an incorrect bit of info, or grammar error, or something that could have been phrased better and realizing that there is no "edit" feature on the site.
* DarkerAndEdgier[=/=]DarkWorld: DarthWiki is where all the negative opinions go to. And a couple of other dark stuff.
* DeadlyHug: The picture for the trope MercyKill features a very emotional version of a deadly hug.
* DeconstructorFleet: ''AvatarAndTheAirbendingFellowshipOfVampireSlayers''
* DemotedToExtra:
** This website started out as a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fan forum.
** Satsuki from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' is the center of [[invoked]][[MemeticMutation the meme]] "Isn't it Sad, Sacchin". What makes Satsuki's lucklessness worth a section here, is that it even extends ''here,'' on TV Tropes. This trope was originally named "Isn't It Sad", after the meme in question. With the wiki's shift to less esoteric titles, Sacchin was--you guessed it--demoted in importance once again. She has since been demoted ''again''; for a while, she was still the page's image, but she's since been replaced. Really, the only reason the DemotedToExtra page isn't a SelfDemonstratingArticle is because [[{{Irony}} putting it on the appropriate index]] [[MortonsFork would be a Promotion FROM Extra]].
** When a character-named trope has its name changed here , it can end up demoting that character from star to being just another example. For instance, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Spike]] is now just one more instance of [[invoked]]BadassDecay instead of being the defining instance of "Spikeification". Nor let us forget [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Wesley Crusher]], former trope namer for CreatorsPet.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Among other things, this very page...
** The results of [[http://www.google.com/custom?q=fanthorpe&hl=en=off&client=pub-6610802604051523&channel=3172138607&cof=FORID:13%3BAH:left%3BS:http://tvtropes.org%3BCX:trope%2520search%3BL:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lampshade_logo_blue.png%3BLH:50%3BLC:%230000ff%3BVLC:%23663399%3BDIV:%23336699%3B&cx=partner-pub-6610802604051523:2szln92pqym&adkw=AELymgUnGwt2eBsCJz1evgUgxL4qMpUuW7xAsJMPyfHrYNw9ugY-w2tI3GM4AHlzA7zjUZqXT1_i2Y5whtJI21SxPHRjEjX-_GBx5vixllbIUBsSrXu2vu0&boostcse=0&oe=ISO-8859-1&filter=0 this Google search]] of Wiki/TVTropes.
** Every now and again, some unsuspecting editor will add an example to a trope page without checking to see if that page contains an example from that series already. If it does (especially if the example itself is repeated), that page becomes an example of this trope, albeit usually only temporarily.\\\
Not just in posts, either: 1: go to the top of this page. 2: Click "go to watchlist" (need to be a known troper) [[ColonCancer 3:]] Look at the top. You should see a button that says "recently new."\\\
And then when people find out, instead of removing it, they tend to Administrivia/{{Natter}} on about it. Or they explain everything that was already stated a second time because they think the first guy got something wrong.\\\
I just move the two examples next to each other. Especially when the later one asks why this example hasn't been mentioned yet.\\\
The inverse also happens. On a page for a show, a trope with multiple names may be listed twice. For example, ever since they started calling it Hilarious in Hindsight, it's often seen on a page that also has Reverse Funny Aneurysm. Even worse when someone notices the Reverse Funny Aneurysm example and renames it without realizing there's already a Hilarious in Hindsight example.
** Some examples from OverlyLongGag also definitely qualify. And anything on BrokenRecord invokes this by default.
** Sometimes people PotHole a link to the page the link is on, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment thus]]. Presumably, they Cut N' Pasted the text from another page, and forgot to edit out the link.
** TV Tropes: RepeatedlyUsedOnThisVeryWiki.\\\
FrankMiller [[SignatureStyle loves repetition.]]\\\
[[invoked]][[MemeticMutation C-C-C-C-C-Combo Breaker!!]]\\\
FrankMiller [[SignatureStyle really loves repetition.]] [[invoked]][[MemeticMutation And whores.]]\\\
''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' once referenced [[http://xkcd.com/609/ us]].\\\
[[VideoGame/EarthBound It hurts, Ness... It hurts...]]\\\
[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos it hurts it hurts it hurts it hurts it hurts]]\\\
[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight People die]] [[CaptainObvious if they are killed.]]\\\
Does ''anyone'' read [[ReadTheFreakingManual Edit Tip #6]]? "Be sure (your) example isn't here already."\\\
[[GratuitousJapanese Kyon-kun, denwa!]]\\\
[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy DESTROY US ALL!]]\\\
[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya We've entered an endless recursion of time.]]\\\
[[SayMyName Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness...]]\\\
[[Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy Inertia is a property of matter.]]\\\
[[Series/DoctorWho Blink]] [[invoked]][[NightmareFuel and you die]].\\\
[[Film/SnakesOnAPlane I'm gonna get these muthafuckin' snakes off this muthafuckin' plane!]]\\\
[[Film/{{Zardoz}} The penis is evil!]]\\\
[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!!!\\\
[[YMMV/HomePage These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work]].\\\
Does ''anyone'' read [[ReadTheFreakingManual Edit Tip #6]]? "Be sure (your) example isn't here already."\\\
[[GratuitousJapanese Kyon-kun, denwa!]]\\\
The trope names for TsurimeEyes and TaremeEyes (the "me" in both means "eyes"). [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] on said trope pages.\\\
For some reason, several pages on this very wiki have [[LinkingToAnArticleWithinTheArticle links to themselves]]. Occasionally the ''very first words'' on a work's page.\\\
There's also an annoying tendency to have a phrase like "Of course, Your Mileage May Vary" added to the end of examples on pages devoted to YMMV examples.
** Since TV Tropes introduced namespaces, some page names are this. Films with "film"/"movie" in the title, comic books and strips containing "comic", wikis, blogs...
** Nowadays, most pages are sorted by media. But in some cases, you have an example in e.g. the {{film}} folder, obviously linking to a page in the film namespace, which still mentions that work X is indeed a film. Justified when it's TheArtifact from a time when the page wasn't sorted and the page not yet namespaced.
** This wiki has [[Wiki/TVTropes a page on itself]].
** There's a redirect to DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment titled ''Redundancy Department of Redundancy''.
* {{Dissimile}}:
** The {{Dissimile}} [[PotholeMagnet Page]]. Incidentally, the line at the top of that page originally was this: "To put it another way, a Dissimile is just like [[WordSaladTitle Super Punk Octo Pudding Gas Mark Seven]], except without the super punks, the octo pudding, or the gas, and its not the seventh version of anything." In that regard, it's ''exactly'' like [[WordSaladTitle Super Punk Octo Pudding Gas Mark Seven]], so we needed to change it...
** CricketRules
** LIsForDyslexia (the page header quote)
** RealPersonFic (page quote)
** On the character page for ShadowOfTheColossus, Malus is described as being "similar to a lighthouse. What with its seaside location, glowing bangles and probably being able to sink an entire fleet of ships."
** {{Entry Pimp}}s may do this to [[SquarePegRoundTrope shoehorn their favourite work into an example of a trope]]. Typically accompanied by enough WeaselWords to be its own LampshadeHanging.
* DramaticReading: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/CrazyGoggs This guy]] and friends do dramatic readings of this very wiki, mainly Troper Tales.
* DrinkingGame: [[TVTropesWikiDrinkingGame We have one]].
* DummiedOut: Using the "view source" button on some pages here will reveal commented-out lines in the wiki markup (lines which begin with [=%%=] are comments). At times, these may include examples that were DummiedOut because they didn't meet the Wiki standards, but weren't completely removed in hopes that some troper, someday, would save them.
%% You saw that and immediately looked at the source of this page, didn't you? Of course you did. Hello, Troper!
* EpisodeFinishesTheTitle: The [[SoYouWantTo/SeeTheIndex So You Want To]] namespace.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Played for laughs:
--> And no, [[IThoughtItMeant we're not saying that]] [[FantasticNuke nukes are fantastic]]. That would be just plain sick, even for this wiki.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Some of our trope titles.
* ExactWords: On the page for ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'', the description of the game says that it "features never-before-seen freedom", which it does indeed -- there is no collision detection (in other words, you can go through any object except the ground), no angle detection (allowing you to drive vertically), and drive straight off the map.
* FacePalm:
** Some editors in this wiki tend to use this at times as a reaction... and {{Pothole}} it to the FacePalm [[PotholeMagnet page]].
** if a certain show/video game/comic/etc. has it's own Wall Banger or DMOS page, odds are an image of one of the characters facepalming will be the page image.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Anything listed on the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub is basically this. If a trope or page gets so misused, become a magnet for racial slurs and personal attacks, and the like; and the page cannot be fixed, the entire page (and in some occasions, the entire trope) will be deleted and never to be used again. Forever.
* FalseReassurance: On the WretchedHive page:
-->Limerick has often been named Stab City. Though in recent years the number of stabbings has decreased, as gun crime has gone through the roof.
* FollowTheLeader: To ''Website/{{Wikipedia}}''.
* ForYourPeopleByYourPeople: By fans, for fans.
** The TV Tropes webseries ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' states in its credit roll that it is "Created for Tropers, by Tropers."
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: Some page descriptions, such as DemonicPossession.
* FunetikAksent: Some tropes on this wiki are this, such as VampireVords and TheAhnold.
* FunWithAcronyms:
** The JustForFun/TheArchiveOfBellicoseLexiconEntities, or TABLE, and all of its entries.
** [[invoked]][[AccidentalInnuendo Probably unintentional]], but there is the "{{Truth In Television}}" page...
** Another accidental example, now that the trope originally called Takahashi Couple has finally settled on the name "'''B'''elligerent '''S'''exual '''T'''ension", try combining it with the more-established "'''U'''nresolved Sexual Tension" to create a single phrase.
* FunWithAutocensors:
** The forums filter "tl;dr" to "''laconic version:''". In the past they filtered it to "'''Sorry, I skipped some posts.'''", and earlier it was ď[[OverlyLongGag I am too lazy, or possibly too incapable, to actually read anything. I resent the fact that this makes me seem like an inconsiderate person and hereby pledge to resume taking my ADHD medication.]]Ē It had to be changed because often the ''original post'' ended with "tl;dr: summary of the post", so "tl;dr" had two possible meanings.
** There's also [[TheScottishTrope one word]] ("[[spoiler:[=titular=]]]") that is currently completely filtered out because of [[YouKeepUsingThatWord perceived overuse]].
* FunWithPalindromes:
** TropeReport.
** [[invoked]]It's also noted on the TechnologyMarchesOn page that the lack of home stereo systems these days makes the ever popular palindrome "If I had a hi-fi" a somewhat dated palindrome.
* FurryReminder: The JustForFun page for the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ShowWithinAShow ''JustForFun/DaringDo'', from the [=PoV=] of hypothetical online ponies. {{Furry Reminder}}s abound; for example, vegetation in the wilderness is filed under FoodPorn.
* {{Gaslighting}}: This can happen non-maliciously (or [[{{Griefing}} perhaps maliciously]]) when editing this wiki. You could write the outline of a paragraph at the top of the page, work on a different part of the document, and then come back to find the paragraph fleshed out by someone else, or even deleted without a trace.
* GoingMobile: This wiki has mobile apps for the iPhone and the {{Android}}.
* GottaCatchThemAll: This wiki ''itself'' is a GottaCatchEmAll of tropes and archetypes from both fiction and nonfictional sources, whose success will have an [[WMG/TVTropes unknown significant meaning for the universe]]!
* GratuitousAnimalSidekick: TropeyTheWonderDog.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: This wiki strives to be one. Compared to TheOtherWiki, it is still in its infant stages, but, as Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability, it's definitely catching up.
* HeadDesk: Some editors tend to use this at times as a reaction... and {{pothole}} it to the HeadDesk [[PotholeMagnet page]].
* HiveMind: A conscious goal. (See also [[Administrivia/TipsWorksheet Edit Tip #1]].)
* HoldYourHippogriffs: This wiki will sometimes alter trope names to fit the work that the page is dedicated to. Especially the JustForFun page for JustForFun/DaringDo, where all the tropers are supposed to be sentient horses, zebras, griffons, etc.
* HolidayMode: This wikiís holiday logos.
* HotterAndSexier: The [[invoked]]FetishFuel Wiki.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms:
** The opening to the DeusSexMachina and BandOfBrothels articles.
** And NoPeriodsPeriod.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Naturally, this wiki has plenty of examples. Just read the JustForPun index. The SortingAlgorithmOfTropes index also qualifies, although the puns will likely [[StealthPun slip under your radar]] if you don't have a computer science background.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: This wiki, see TVTropesWillRuinYourLife for examples.
* IJustLikeSayingTheWord: One word gets used [[SelfDemonstratingArticle egregiously]] on this wiki.
** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint What word,]] [[NotASubversion "subverted"?]]
* {{Incoming}}: IncomingHam
* InsistentTerminology: The wiki has a few. For example, British television show ''Series/DoctorWho'''s main character (other than the companions, according to WordOfGod) is named "The Doctor" as is ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' 's holographic doctor who never settled on a proper name for himself. Any reference to "The Doctor" of Voyager will be followed by "no not [[Series/DoctorWho that Doctor]]."
* InternetMimic: It isn't hard to spot a regular {{Troper}} in an internet forum. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife Use of phrases or expressions common on this website but uncommon in the real world will work their way into posts with an improbably high density, revealing their true colors to any other Tropers who happen to be browsing the forum]].
* InTheStyleOf: The wiki itself has written the summary of ''Film/ACaseOfSpringFever'' in the style of a horror story.
* IWarnedYou: The Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned page (which is more of a CassandraTruth), or [[PotHole pot-holing]] text to ShmuckBait.
* IWouldSayIfICouldSay: Mod @/{{Madrugada}}'s forum signature sometimes is, "If I had a piece of chalk, I'd work it out on a wall, if I had a wall." She took it from the third book n P.C.Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' series, ''Seeker's Mask''. The context is Jame, the heroine trying to sort out how she's related to another character, in a culture that places a great deal of importance on blood relationships.
* JekyllAndHyde: SugarWiki and DarthWiki.
* {{Kawaisa}}: Et tu, JustForFun/TropeTan?
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: [[invoked]] This wiki has a fake entry that is a parody of this trope's prevalence in the anime fandom: supposedly, ''JustForFun/IchibanNoTempura'' is a CultClassic that was only aired in Japan once, and all those who pirated the tapes [[BrownNote died mysterious deaths]], so only the most hardcore otakus know of its existence. The truth is that no such anime exists.
* LampshadeHanging: For pages about tropes, there will a folder section for TV Tropes, lampshading how TV Tropes uses the trope explained on the page in some fashion. Very meta. Even more meta is the logo.
* LampshadeWearing: The logo wears one over the second "t", unless it's changed for a holiday.
* LargeHamTitle:
** '''Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}'''. Back in the days when the wiki still had formatting tools for increasing font size, the unspoken rule was that Mr. Blessed's name always be at least one size larger than the surrounding text.
** All instances of Literature/CiaphasCain are to be followed with '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM'''.
** The same goes for '''[[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness CAPTAIN GORDON, DEFENDER OF EARTH!]]''' and [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Othar Tryggvassen]], ''{{Gentleman Adventurer}}''!
* LawOfWikiExpansion: This wiki used to stick to television, [[ArtifactTitle hence the name]]. Now it covers tropes from all conceivable media, and [[UsefulNotes some things]] that aren't technically tropes at all.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: In the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/bshop.php Badge Shop]]. A [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]]? Ha ha, no, it's just a regular police box, silly.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: [[http://tropesmirrorwiki.org/index.php?title=Main_Page The Trope Wiki]] was founded as a StartMyOwn version of this very wiki because one of the Admins of TV Tropes challenged the founder of the Trope Wiki with the line, "If you think you can do better, then let's see you try." So he did. (As of the end of September, 2014, that domain is unclaimed; that mirror wiki has died or moved away to parts unknown. Possibly Cleveland).)
* LighterAndSofter: SugarWiki, where all the positive opinions go to.
* LogicBomb: Some tropes seem to contradict each other, such as for example ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet and MostFanficWritersAreGirls, ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals and ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals, or TrailersAlwaysSpoil and NeverTrustATrailer. They do not form paradoxes, however, since tropes are not logical truths. \\\
Firstly, tropes generally hold for one or more works [[note]](here, "works" is meant in the widest sense possible, including memes and general attitudes: the first pair above are about memes)[[/note]] and it is understood that they do not necessarily hold anywhere else (which is why we have example lists): the trope [=XIsY=] is almost always shorthand for "it can be non-trivially observed that in some works, X is Y". \\\
Next, even when looking into those works where the trope appears, it may reflect anything from fictional "fact" (X is indeed Y) to tendency, possibly subverted in a twist (X tends to be Y, but ''whoops'') to belief (X is held to be Y, at least by one character).\\\
Sometimes we make an example of a work because it ''[[AvertedTrope averts]]'' X is Y, and that's still not paradoxical. In the RealLife sections of tropes, or in the case of a trope that deals with the real world (as the last pair in the list above does) contradictions could suggest a possible paradox, but most such can be explained by (acceptable) vagueness and bias.
* LostForever: Due to TheGreatCrash, certain examples and MadeOfWin articles were Lost... ''Forever''...
* MajorGeneralSong: [[SelfDemonstratingArticle The page on the topic itself]] counts as a partial one. Anyone want to write a full-length version for the site?
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover:
** This wikiís own Pantheon/TropePantheons. Characters from across all fiction gather together as deities, and presumably alternate between annoying each other, and fighting the villains.
** This wiki also has one for the works of the Walt Creator/{{Disney}} Company called WMG/FriendsAndTheHighCouncil.
* MediaWatchdog: In bowing to the requests from Website/{{Google}} for censorship in order to stay connected to their ad server, Tv Tropes itself has become a watchdog, complete with a council to evaluate works and tropes against a content policy.
* MediumAwareness: References to how the site is a wiki are constantly referenced.
* MillitaryRankSuperheroVillainNames: This wiki has CaptainGeographic, CaptainPatriotic, CaptainEthnic---you get the idea.
* MindScrew:
** At least half the entries in WildMassGuessing.
** The ThirdPersonPerson page. How many of the RealLife entries are posted by the person they speak of?
* {{Minimalism}}: LaconicWiki uses this style, making normally verbose pages easier to understand.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: I Eat Metaphor For Breakfast and WhatYearIsThis being sent to TRS → massive epidemic of TropeDecay involving stock phrases as trope names.
* MonkeysOnATypewriter: ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon'' is described in its page quote on this wiki as tens of thousands of monkeys fighting over ''one'' typewriter, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} half of them desperately trying to progress in the game and the other half throwing shit everywhere]].
* MoodWhiplash: The pages here vary from lighthearted and silly to dark and depressing. It's easy to click a potholed link, and end up on a page where the tone is the complete opposite from the one you were previously at.
** The DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible page. At one moment, you'll be giggling at the snarky descriptions of [[SnarkBait hilariously bad]] attempts at entertainment or truly pathetic fanfiction, and at the next moment reading about the dangers of hazardous toys and rides, and the harm those things have induced on innocent kids.
** The RealLife section of JustBugsMe: ranging from an ardent discussions of cultural perceptions to vehement attacks against political beliefs to injokes to a discussion about how awesome boobs are.
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: Used on the Recent Changes page when the database isn't working.
* MuppetCameo: This wiki is fond of JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf.
-->'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf Statler:]]''' Well, they got something right for once. We are the best of the Muppets.
-->'''Waldorf:''' That's not exactly a high mark to reach, is it?
-->'''Both:''' Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Some editors in tend to use this at times...and {{Pothole}} it to the MyFriendsAndZoidberg [[PotholeMagnet page]].
* NameMcAdjective: AwesomeMcCoolname. And by way of contrast, FailOSuckyname.
* NetworkDecay:
** Despite the name, this site no longer focuses on television. Over the past couple of years, it has added movies, books, board games and video games to its lineup. Lately, it's even been moving away from ''tropes'', adding UsefulNotes, AudienceReactions, [[{{Trivia}} Trivial Facts]], [[SoYouWantTo/SeeTheIndex writer's tools]], [[JustForFun humor pages]], and [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease with a few exceptions]], RealLife examples and material. [[TropesAreNotBad This wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing]]. What's happened here is more expansion than decay; since we're not dealing with a finite number of time slots, we didn't have to remove any of the original material to make room for the new stuff. Given that most TV tropes originated in literature, mythology, and theater, such expansion makes sense. It gives perspective on the tropes.
** Troper Tales and Fetish Fuel were big examples within the site itself. They were originally intended to be examples of tropes in real life, and the ultimate reason for their removal was because they became more of an anonymous blog and discussion forum. See also our own section of [[invoked]]WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings.
* NeverTrustATitle: If it's listed in ThisIndexIsNotAnExample, you shouldn't take a page title at face value. If it gets so far out of hand that it ''only'' confuses tropers and readers however, this often leads to a [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes rename]]. Also, it features a lot of tropes [[ArtifactTitle found in other media than television...]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** This wiki has a RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement meant to prevent any {{Flame War}}s (read that page for more). Unfortunately in some situations, some tropers completely ignore this rule, leading to the mods [[Administrivia/LockedPages locking the page]] most likely for good... which means nobody gets to add and edit future tropes.\\
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In extreme cases, there's the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub, in which the tropes are so misused, become a magnet for racial slurs and personal attacks, and the like that not only the page is locked, the page (and in some occasions, the entire trope) gets deleted, never to be used again. Forever.\\
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And in less extreme but still unfortunate cases, RealLife examples can be cut and [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease prohibited from a page]] if things get controversial enough. On that note, there's also the ExampleSectionectomy, which examples are either cut entirely or relegated to a separate area such as DarthWiki or the Discussion tab if things get nasty.\\\
And if the examples had previously been divided into multiple pages, then the deleted RealLife examples won't even appear in the page history for you to browse.
** This is the reason why [[invoked]]FetishFuel and TroperTales no longer exist. Some people couldnít resist putting controversial and creepy content in [[invoked]]FetishFuel and TroperTales, which lead to these sections being sent off to separate off-site wikis.
** Troper Tales existing in the first place. Troper Tales was only created to keep tropers from writing their own tales on the main wiki. Troper Tales ruined the reputation of TV Tropes and made the website a laughingstock of half the Internet. It was also known for attracting people who wrote stories that sounded creepy, filled with bile, psychotic, racist, sexist and ego-stroking. The admins could have either warned the tropers or banned them for writing personal tales instead of creating troper tales, since Troper Tales only reinforced the habit.
** The wiki used to have a "strike format", but it was eventually disabled as people were using it simply to sneak in {{Take That}}s and such. Texts that were previously striked are now hidden texts. The strike format however is still usable in the forums though.
** Earlier there were "super secret spoilers", which was the equivalent of making the text white. This was also removed in part due to people actually using it for relevant information that reader [[GuideDangIt couldn't see without highlighting the whole page]].
** {{Headscratchers}} used to be called "It Just Bugs Me", but was Administrivia/{{renamed|Tropes}} because people kept misinterpreting it as ''[[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike "Why does suck so much?"]]''.
* NoEnding: No matter how many links you click on, no matter how many pages you find, there is no end to your search.
* NoFourthWall: See for example, its RealLife sections and articles.
* NoirEpisode: This wiki has a whole page written FilmNoir-style [[SoYouWantTo/WriteAFilmNoir here]] ([[SelfDemonstratingArticle it also happens to be a guide to writing]] InTheStyleOf FilmNoir).
** Oh, and by the way do watch [[http://bit.ly/MYwu3m THIS]], brought to you by [[RidiculouslyLoudCommercial YOUR FRIENDS AT TV TROPES!]]
* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus: As this wiki will tell you, Jesus was ''obviously'' a TimeLord. But then, so is everyone...
* NounVerber:
** '''TropeNamer'''
** ''NounVerber''
** AmbulanceChaser
** FaceStealer
** EmotionEater
* ObviousRulePatch: The admin notes on {{BFG}} and {{BFS}} say not to write "Big Fucking Gun" anywhere in the article. After some RulesLawyer put "Big ''Freaking'' Gun" instead, a second line was added saying, "[[LampshadeHanging Obvious Rule Patch]]: Or 'Big Freaking Gun'. Or 'Frigging'. Or any other such expansion of the acronym." A second patch had to be applied later after another RulesLawyer added a paragraph [[FunWithAcronyms [=Backronyming=]]] it.
* OffscreenInertia: On a lighter note, this trope is the reason why this wiki has the policy of Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent. When adding an example, most people don't realize that their example will probably stand unchanged for months or even years, and thus has the potential to become very outdated if it says that some development in a work of fiction (or RealLife) is "recent".
* OhMyGods: A few tropers on this wiki are known to swear by JustForFun/TropeTan. "Sweet Trope-tan!" "For the love of Trope-tan...."
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: [[SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder S]]ome people have theorized that such an [[SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder O]]mnipotent [[SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder C]]ouncil exists on {{this very wiki}}. [[SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder I]]t is unclear where they got this idea. [[SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder E]]veryone knows that's a lie. {{Troper}}s are much too busy editing pages to form a [[SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder cabal]]. [[SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder Y]]es, the idea is appealing, but it's just not true.
** The admins can sure seem this way when you don't particular know or care to know about admin politics. That is; unseen, incomprehensible, usually irrelevant.
** More plausibly, all that's happening is a combination of [[GhostInTheShell stand alone complex due]] to this wiki being a group of fairly like-minded people and social interactions that no one person can be aware of.
** It seems this way to people when random pages get locked. For good reason.
* OrangeBlueContrast: Psst... [[ShapedLikeItself Check out the color scheme on]] this wiki. JustForFun/TropeTan.
* OverlongRunningGag:
** The stinger of the NoodleImplements page on this very wiki.
** The wiki in general loves to run a joke right into the ground. Talking about InspectorSpacetime as if it were a real show is funny...until you realise how colossal the series page is. (It runs the joke into the ground so hard that it emerges from the other side of the planet, just so it could see what's there.)
** {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} writing his own page is cute, until you realise the entire page is like that.
** The DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment.
** The GrapplingHookPistol page contains an entry about ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' in ''every'' entry. Likewise, ThisIsADrill to ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' and {{Wormsign}} to ''Literature/{{Dune}}''.
** Egregious use of the word "egregious". See AuthorVocabularyCalendar for a really JustForFun/{{egregious}} example ([[TVTropesWikiDrinkingGame that's three sips in a single line, BTW]]).
** The page for LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading.
** The article on ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' used to mention the fact that they weren't wearing any pants more or less every entry, until the GenreShift of the show itself prompted deletion.
** The {{Filler}} example on the page for ''Series/AmericanIdol'' used to be duplicated on the page, including such trope entries as "More {{Filler}}" and "EngagingChevrons, just to break up the monotony of the {{Filler}}", to mock Idol's constant usage of it.
** On the page for UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, "Filmed in UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}."
** The entry for ''Creator/MontyPython'' on the OverlongRunningGag page used to be so much, much longer, having been reduced to a shameless parroting of favorite lines from various sketches or the movies.
** The page for ''Anime/RozenMaiden'' has every trope example ending in ''desu'' to demonstrate Suiseiseki...and [[{{Imageboards}} /b/'s]] constant [[invoked]]MemeticMutation of it.
** Several profanity tropes overuse their respective curses; ThisIsForEmphasisBitch uses the word "Bitch" after every sentence and header (Bitch), ClusterFBomb is covered in profanity (though not as much as it should), and SymbolSwearing has, well, [[CaptainObvious symbol swearing]] in every sentence and header.
** The article about JustForFun/CandleJack, where sentences don't complete. Remember what was said about 'losing' its entertainment value? Seriously, it gets really old really fa
*** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/remarks.php?trope=Main.CandleJack Moved to the discussion page.]] Now, don't sta
** ''Series/CSIMiami'' *puts shades* likes some Music/TheWho. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
** Remember kids: On the DarthWiki/HowNotToWriteAnExample page, always be sure to add an entry saying how one should always duplicate examples in case someone missed it.
** The pages describing the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games use increasingly ludicrous adjectives to describe the popularity of the series with each numerically subsequent game.
** The SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds entries of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' consist of two parts: The actual description of the game and a convoluted explanation of where the game falls in the ContinuitySnarl that is its timeline.
** CanadaEh has every sentence ending in "eh", eh?
** No real life examples, please.
** Many, ''many'' examples of [[invoked]]MemeticMutation.
** The beautiful useful notes: Brazil page has a beautiful example of this with the beautiful word, "beautiful".
** The entry for the ''Film/FlashGordon'' movie (which had a soundtrack by Music/{{Queen}}) would like to remind you that the movie had a soundtrack done by Music/{{Queen}}.
** The entry for the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial (of Rassilon) ''[[DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]'' (of Rassilon) made sure (until clarity [of Rassilon] became compromised) that every trope (of Rassilon) was a Trope of Rassilon. Now the tradition (of Rassilon) and gag (of Rassilon) has been moved to the article (of Rassilon).
** The jokes about zombies in the comments section of [[http://mushroomgo.com/comics/138 this]] MushroomGo page. The jokes start about halfway down the page and keep going.
** In the (now deleted) {{Headscratchers}} page describing "School", someone asked "Why ''do'' kids hate school? Can anyone give me some legit responses." After someone gave a bunch of responses... someone else responded to every single point, often repeating "Learn to box". This prompted somebody ''else'' to respond to every "Learn to box" comment with "You get expelled for that."
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative:
** The page on CrackFic describes [[http://velvet-mace.livejournal.com/67591.html this]] as "the greatest work of pornography ever written. [[spoiler:About Tetris.]]"
** The page for ''Webcomic/AxeCop'' calls it the best comic by a six-year-old you'll ever read! As a bonus, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtOX_O_NKHY This]] RealTrailerFakeMovie refers to it as "the greatest action movie ever made...written by a five-year-old boy."
** The page for ''Film/{{Clue}}'' calls it "possibly the best movie about a board game ever made in 1985".
** The article for "[[JosefStalin the most evil Georgian in human history]]."
** The article for "[[AdolfHitler the most evil painter in human history]]."
** The article on ''WebVideo/DragonballAbridged'' describes the series as "The most popular Abridged version of DBZ made (so far)."
** The page for ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' refers to it as "the greatest [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] comedy of the 1980's."
** In several places, we refer to the line "ExitPursuedByABear" as "the most famous piece of stage direction ever".
* OverusedRunningGag:
** There was a time where a ridiculous number of trope pages mentioned by way of example that they were one of TheOldestOnesInTheBook. (This trend was referenced [[http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/You_have_two_cows/25 by Uncyclopedia]].) This is because over 95% of recorded human history is older than the "book," which was apparently written in 1950 (when television gained popularity in the USA). It became common to see tropers avoid the repetition of that unwieldy trope name by putting it in a PotHole under some phrase like, "You know what that makes this..." Splitting TheOldestOnesInTheBook into sub-indexes such as OlderThanDirt, OlderThanSteam, and OlderThanRadio has done a lot to reduce the annoyance, both because of the variety and because anything that ''isn't'' OlderThanDirt is newer than much of the book.\\\
Now Older Than Dirt itself has become way overused and misused, being frequently applied to pages that are nowhere near old enough to count (currently the cutoff is 800 BCE; previously it was 500 BCE). Doesn't help that despite being an index, it's often treated as a trope.
** I Am Not Making This Up and So Yeah ended up being [[invoked]][[DiscreditedMeme discredited]] and finally dead. So Yeah ([[Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub which met the same fate]]).
** OrSoIHeard was completely reworked too.
** The members of the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub, just the members of the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub. This Troper used to see them on [[YouKeepUsingThatWord literally every page]] of the wiki. I am not making this up. So yeah.
*** Obviously, DarthWiki/ThatTroper [[JustifyingEdit Did Not Do The Research!]]
** Any trope that is listed on PotholeMagnet tends to become this. AndThatsTerrible.
** The beautiful [[Usefulnotes/{{Brazil}} useful notes: Brazil]] page has a beautiful example of this with the beautiful word, "beautiful".
* ThePennyfarthingEffect: In [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the early years of]] the wiki, several Tropes were named after [[NeverLiveItDown a character who was known for the Trope]] or a StockPhrase [[PhraseCatcher uttered when the Trope was in effect]] rather than what the Trope actually was. These practices are no longer accepted as they put Conciseness and/or Wit [[JustForFun/TheArchiveOfBellicoseLexiconEntities ahead of]] [[ClearConciseWitty Clarity]], leading to TropeDecay.
* PerpetualBeta: Pages are never really 'finished' and there are always new features and changes being made.
* PointAndLaughShow: ''This Troper'', a satirical series of dramatic readings by YouTube user [=CrazyGoggs=] chronicling the saddest and most disturbing contributions to this wiki, back when we had TroperTales and [[invoked]]FetishFuel. Its exposťs served as a driving force in the eventual deletion of those sections.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: This is the reason that many tropes named after characters got Administrivia/{{renamed|Tropes}} (for example, [[Literature/EncyclopediaBrown Bugs Meany Is Gonna Walk]] to ConvictionByContradiction.)
* {{Portmantitle}}: Type B.
* PostModern: Plenty of examples. Since the site is a catalog of devices used in fiction, the whole site is this.
** Anytime you see a '''Meta Example''', it's Post Modern. Especially if it's on the Post Modern page. Whoa. [[MindScrew Trippy.]] Further complicating matters is that if you deny that your Post Modern statement is itself Post Modern, you've simply made it even more Post Modern. In particular this makes it very tricky to parody as any sufficiently involved parody of Post Modernism is, in itself, a Post Modern comment on itself. [[StupidSexyFlanders No]] PoMo.[[note]][[FootnoteFever "Not that I'm postmodern or anything."]][[/note]]
** [[http://www.salient.org.nz/features/tv-tropes-will-ruin-your-life This article]] blames [=Post Modernism=] as one of the reasons why TVTropesWillRuinYourLife, since the style of this wiki references fictions one after the other, and dissolves the boundaries between fiction and RealLife. Besides the [[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability lack of notability]], the relentless [[ThisTropeNameReferencesItself self-referencing]] of [[WikiWalk massively]] [[AllBlueEntry interlinked]] [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife trope definitions]] with {{pothole}}s {{parody}}ing the [[SnarkBait purpose of every article]] and [[invoked]][[MemeticMutation turning trope names]] into FanSpeak (along with the [[TheInternet medium of hypertext]] and the concept of a wiki itself) is also a [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible very postmodern concept]].
* PowerOfHate: The DarthWiki is empowered by hate.
* PrecisionFStrike: Tropers will often {{pothole}} any usage of the word "fuck" to the PrecisionFStrike [[PotholeMagnet page]].
* ProductPlacement: While we don't get paid for it, this very wiki is not immune to it, with product names creeping into trope titles--sometimes justified when talking about [[StuckOnBandaidBrand tropes that have to do]] [[EverybodyOwnsAFord with brand names]], but often [[EveryCarIsAPinto just]] [[AndADietCoke because]]. (That last one, in particular, could've easily been made generic.) One company even got ''[[IKEAErotica two]]'' [[IKEAWeaponry tropes]] named after it for no apparent reason besides RuleOfFunny.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: You'll find this done quite a bit by members of this, which are {{Pothole}}d [[PotholeMagnet to the Punctuated For Emphasis page]].
* PungeonMaster:
** '''Us'''. Seriously. Look how many pages that link to IncrediblyLamePun where the PotHole in question ''is'' one.
** Also, the index page SortingAlgorithmOfTropes was clearly written by a PungeonMaster.
** Just check out the [[AllBlueEntry all blue]] [[TheStinger stinger]] to PsychoElectro.
* PunnyName: Quite a few article titles.
* RainbowSpeak:
** Tropers working on pages for the more recent KamenRider series have a tendency to work colors into text referring to riders' varying forms. There's a lot of this going around on SuperSentai series pages too.
** If you think about it, {{pothole}}s on this very wiki look kind of like this, too, whether the text is [[BlueShifting blue]] or [[ItLooksLikeThis red]]. This includes [[SelfDemonstratingArticle this line right here]].
** Trope pages dealing with colors used to have this until the color tags were removed, such as RainbowMotif, ColorCharacter, and ColorCodedElements. And, as mentioned above, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle this article right here]].
* RandomPowerRanking: The SuperWeight system on this wiki ranks everyone from most helpless and wimpy [[DamselInDistress damsels in distress]] and the heaviest of [[TheLoad the loads]] to the mightiest of [[PhysicalGod physical gods]] and the most liberal users of AuthorPowers on 8-point scale going from -1 to 7.
* RecursiveReality: At the amazingly fast rate we're adding tropes to this site (as well as [[JustForFun some other stuff]]), this site will [[BlatantLies soon contain all]] the tropes that could possibly exist (and those that can't either). But if we put all the tropes that (don't) exist together, we are, in fact, describing the universe (and, indeed, [[TheMultiverse all possible universes that can and cannot exist]]), so effectively, this site will contain all the universe within it, including this site! Which, in turn, will contain this site within it, and this site will also [[RunningJoke contain this site within it]], ad infinitum. How's that for a MindScrew?
* RevealingCoverup: This very wiki sometimes falls into this, through badly placed spoiler tags. For example, if someone apparently dies (only to show up again many issues later), and an article describes it as "her [[spoiler:apparent]] death"... there are very few words that would fit into that spot, and most of them indicate that the person's still around in some sense. So unless we all get into the habit of saying "her [[spoiler:real, permanent, not a dream, not a robot, not an imaginary story!]] death", it's probably best to stick the spoiler at the end, where it could mean any number of things, including things that happened to someone else entirely.
* ReviewerStockPhrases: On this wiki, it used to be common to find examples that are the "poster child" or "patron saint" of the trope in question.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: It turns out, if you leave a rhetorical question lying around in an example entry on this wiki, somebody WILL come around and answer it. They're best avoided as bait for violations of the "Administrivia/RepairDontRespond" guideline, [[HypocriticalHumour don't you agree]]?
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Oh yes, definitely.]]
* RidiculousProcrastinator: If you are reading TV Tropes right now, odds are you're procrastinating. TruthInTelevision if there ever was such a thing. In fact, most [[PotHole Pot Holes]] to RidiculousProcrastinator are not from example pages, or character pages, but from Troper pages. (Bonus points if you are reading this page to procrastinate.) To get over it, put on classic rock album and make your own HardWorkMontage. U2, JethroTull, and Styx are good options. [[DoubleSubversion And then listen to it while browsing TV Tropes]].
* RunningGag: [[RunningGag/TVTropes Several]].
* RussianReversal: Several trope names: AssKicksYou, DogWalksYou, BulletDodgesYou, TheDoorSlamsYou, TheCanKickedHim, and TheGamePlaysYou. Also an alternate title for Administrivia/TooRareToTrope is "Chairs Sit on People," as opposed to Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs.
* SarcasticTitle: The JustFriends trope is all about characters who, in [[DoggedNiceGuy one way]] or [[UnresolvedSexualTension another]], are anything but.
* SchmuckBait:
** Think very carefully before clicking on an external link. Especially on the {{Rickroll}} or EarWorm articles.
** Likewise, many of the external links on the [[invoked]]NightmareFuel and UncannyValley pages are invitations for a creep-out.
** This very wiki is often this trope when linked from other sites. See TVTropesWillRuinYourLife below.
** If you see an image link on a page like BlackBraAndPanties or OfCorsetsSexy, don't click it if you're [[{{NSFW}} at work]].
* TheScottishTrope:
** There is, in fact, a trope that qualifies as The Scottish Trope. Many of you will remember, with either fondness or horror, a certain page on this wiki by the name of [[spoiler:I Am Not Making This Up.]]
** This now also goes for tropes which have been moved to the DarthWiki. We'd name some, but [[SelfDemonstratingArticle they're not supposed to be linked on the main site]].
** Also, FlameBait tropes, which aren't even allowed in the YMMV tabs anymore.
** Perhaps [[http://i54.tinypic.com/2i2298x.jpg this Opera error message]] sums it up in a somewhat disturbing and/or scary manner. [[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke The computer crashed because he had visited the page about The Scottish Trope.]][[/note]]
* SeenItAll: Anyone who reads this wiki for too long runs [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife the risk of becoming like this]]. [[TVTropesRuinedYourLife That ship has sailed.]] [[SugarWiki/TVTropesWillEnhanceYourLife With a full crew.]]
* SelfDemonstratingArticle: A whole index of them.
* SemanticSuperpower: On this wiki, much of the protagonist of [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13967366270A45619600&page=1 this forum game]]'s power is based on this. At least, until the [[spoiler: AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent(?).]]
* SeriousBusiness: Tropes.
** Fandom
* ShamuFu: In the forums, one of the generic "thump" messages is "This post was '''''thumped''''' by the Codfish in a Derby Hat".
* ShapedLikeItself:
** When a pothole is found in a page and leads to the [[Administrivia/LinkingToAnArticleWithinTheArticle same page]].
** There are also several times where a pothole is just the trope name, except with the caps removed, ex: SuspectIsHatless as "suspect is hatless". Some tropers work on cleaning those up.
** YKTTW entries as well, such as "Gesturing with a Weapon: Somebody gestures at people with a weapon". For that matter, a lot of ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin articles can sound a bit like this.
** On this wiki, ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is referred as TOS, and the time it takes place is referred to as the TOS era, or 'the The Original Series era'.
* ShoehornedFirstLetter: The wikiís love for AddedAlliterativeAppeal gets us into trouble now and again; witness PstandardPsychicPstance, PsmithPsyndrome, KafkaKomedy, and VampireVannabe.
* ShownTheirWork: This wiki often falls into research failure, but those are [[Administrivia/{{Natter}} usually corrected]]. The UsefulNotes pages are an obvious example, but one can learn a surprising amount of useful facts just by going on a WikiWalk here. Now, head over to TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs, CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, CommonKnowledge, or ArtisticLicense and learn what television doesn't know.
* SitcomArchNemesis: This very wiki sometimes appears to view [[{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] this way, while believing that from the other side it's more like UnknownRival.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism:
** Even this wiki invokes this trope. Compare the SugarWiki and the DarthWiki for extremes of both viewpoints.
** In general, many entries on this site seek to [[invoked]]{{discredit|edTrope}} hoary or cliched {{trope}}s (cynicism) - unless the point is that TropesAreNotBad (idealism).
** How we view the way tropes should be used:\\\
Idealism: TropesAreNotBad\\\
Cynicism: TropesAreNotGood\\\
Realism: TropesAreTools
* SmallReferencePools: Even good ol' TV Tropes can fall foul of this sometimes where examples may be weighted towards a certain media even if the trope itself is common elsewhere.
* SpottingTheThread: At times. That "Super Secret Spoiler" wasn't so Super Secret when some extra white space where there shouldn't be popped up. Due to the YMMV finagle, Super Secret Spoiler has been replaced with the normal spoiler.
** Averted deliberately by some clever tropers by using [[spoiler:completely unnecessary]] spoiler space or adding [[spoiler:innocuous]] information under spoilers in strategic places, and making spoilers [[spoiler:longer.....yes, longer]] than necessary so their length doesn't give anything away.
* SuddenNameChange: This very wiki does it with changing names of trope pages all the time.
* TakeThat: Some tropers just love to use this. You'll find a bunch of them scattered all over the Wiki, which are {{Pothole}}d to the main page. Sometimes they get ground down by WikiMagic, sometimes not. '''''Don't even think about adding to them.''''' Chances are, whatever you have in mind is just not worth including.
** Trope Names that are Take Thats:
##[[invoked]]TheScrappy
##[[invoked]]TheChrisCarterEffect
##{{Flanderization}}
##DanBrowned
##TakahashiCouple
##CapcomSequelStagnation
##[[invoked]]XPacHeat
##[[invoked]]{{Macekre}}
##FoxNewsLiberal and its redirect, MSNBCConservative
* TalkLikeAPirate: Time was, the main page were changed ta pirate speak, for TalkLikeAPirateDay. If'n ye should belive in such tales, talk be heard that th'incident [[Pirate/HomePage be archived yet still somewhar 'pon this very wiki...]] AND THAR BE A GHOST IN IT or some such.
* TalkLikeAPirateDay: This very wiki has a small [[SpecialEditionTitle logo change]] [[http://tvtropes.org/tvtpirate.png to celebrate.]]
* TheTetrisEffect: This wiki. To the point where we have [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife two]] [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary tropes]] dedicated to the phenomenon.
* ThemeNaming:
** Our trope naming organizations, like {{SPOON}}, {{FoRKS}}, {{KNIVES}}, and {{PLATTER}}, were all named after kitchen utensils.
** All of the main four ElementalPowers tropes are [[PunBasedTitle based on popular metaphors]]: PlayingWithFire, MakingASplash, BlowYouAway and DishingOutDirt.
* TheTheTitleConfusion: This wiki has run into this a few times; "The" is usually omitted from a name unless it is a character type (TheDragon, ThePollyanna) or part of a set phrase (TheBlindLeadingTheBlind). Back when character names were accepted as trope titles, "The" was used to distinguish, say, The Ralph Wiggum ([[TheDitz a humorously stupid person]]) from Ralph Wiggum (the ''Simpsons'' character). Pages' search-engine descriptions take such forms as "The '''TheStarscream''' trope as used in popular culture, with a list of examples from all media." Or better yet, for this page, "The '''[[OverusedRunningGag The The Title Confusion]]''' trope as used in popular culture, with a list of examples from all media."
* ThrownDownAWell: The Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub.
* TinfoilHat: A guy wearing a tinfoil hat is the symbol of the WildMassGuessing section.
* TitleDrop:
** Usually occurs in the longer-winded articles. '''Don't''' [[Administrivia/LinkingToAnArticleWithinTheArticle link back to the same article]] you're Title Dropping, though. That's considered bad formatting.
*** Was {{Lampshaded}} in the I Am Not Making This Up page, as many entries used {{Pot Hole}}s to the page for no really sensible reason. Now that page is gone. [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Title Drop ]]
with care.
** On SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds, the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films get [[/folder]]

[[folder: Title Drops ]]
[[ExpospeakGag rephrased in complicated language]].
* TitleTheAdaptation:
** ''[[Wiki/TVTropes TV Tropes]]: The Party Game. [[http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/6381161#6381161 No, really.]]''
** The [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=liveblogs Live Bloginations forum section]] of this site has a number of "Title: The Liveblog" or variations thereof.
** Threads in general sometimes get titles like "Subject of the Thread: The Thread."
* {{Title 1}}: Subverted on a number of pages. When a page exists for a first game of a series of the same name, the page's title may be "Namespace.Series Installment 1". However, the title should be custom titled to get rid of the "1" unless this trope actually does apply to said work
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: TropeNamer.
* UnconventionalAlignment: The [[ChaoticStupidLawfulStupid Stupid]] axis.
** {{Lawful Stupid}}
** {{Chaotic Stupid}}
** {{Stupid Good}}
** {{Stupid Evil}}
** {{Stupid Neutral}}
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Given its reliance on informal writing style and pop culture references, it can be made very apparent when a certain entry or article was made ([[NoExamplesAreRecent even when there are efforts to minimize such datings]]), for example something written in the mid-to-late 2000's containing plenty of references to ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' or ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
* UnknownRival: This wiki versus Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} (ThatOtherWiki if you're feeling bitter about it) with TV Tropes as the unknown one.
** Not entirely; it ''does'' have an article on us. You see? We rate. We're badass.
* UnusualEuphemism: After someone used it in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[invoked]]FetishFuel page, the phrase "squiggly feelings" became popular on this very wiki, and, after the Fetish Fuel pages were moved, [[invoked]]FetishFuel Wiki.
* UpToEleven: One of the forums discusses this in terms of bodybuilding, noting how contestants went from being strongmen who happened to have highly defined muscles (and actually looked pretty good) to freakishly huge guys more obsessed with adding mass than being healthy.
* VerbalTic: This very wiki, [[VerbalTic natch]]
** FlatWhat
** And how!
** Some of these are particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}}.
** X, dear God, X!
* ViewersAreMorons:
** Prevalent with troper-created puns, which will be pointed out with a {{Pun}} or IncrediblyLamePun {{Sinkhole}} (the latter also being incorrect usage), no matter how obvious they are.
** Examples on trope pages will often [[Administrivia/LinkingToAnArticleWithinTheArticle link to the very same page the examples are already on]]. Or, a perfectly fine example will have a second bullet point explaining everything that has already been explained a second time.
** Tropes will be Administrivia/{{renamed|Tropes}} and page images removed if so much as one person does not understand its relevance to the trope's description, sometimes with accusations of FanMyopia thrown about no matter if that's actually the case.
** The wiki has done this occasionally, such as when it changed some [[invoked]]UnfortunateImplications [[IThoughtItMeant titles.]] Abuse Is Okay If It's Female On Male, for example, was changed because they were afraid people would take it literally (this change was enforced by Google, on threat of pulling all ad revenue), yet some IThoughtItMeant titles, such as MenAreTheExpendableGender, are still in play.
* VisualPun: Some of the images for our trope articles are this.
** AccentuateTheNegative
** AllDrummersAreAnimals
** AtomicFBomb
** BiggerIsBetterInBed (SFW despite its name)
** BitchInSheepsClothing
** {{Blackmail}}
** BrainBleach
** BrassBalls
** {{Bridezilla}}
** BottomlessMagazines
** BullyingADragon
** CameraTricks
** {{Canon}}
** ChewingTheScenery
** ChickenWalker
** ChurchMilitant
** ColdSniper
** CoolSword
** DeadUnicornTrope
** DeathOfAThousandCuts
** {{Duck}}
** EarTrumpet
** The ''My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'' article for [[EnsembleDarkhorse/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Ensemble Darkhorse]]
** {{Foreshadowing}}
** GoFigure
** {{Hentai}} (despite the page's subject, perfectly SFW).
** HeroicBSOD
** HurricaneOfPuns
** ItTastesLikeFeet
** IThoughtItMeant ([[IThoughtItMeant/SToT S-T section]]).
** TheHyena
** [[invoked]]JumpingTheShark
** Administrivia/JustLaunchItAlready
** KangarooCourt
** KickTheDog
** KitchenSinkIncluded
** KnightInSourArmor
** LargeHam
** LampshadeHanging
** LongBusTrip
** MediaWatchdog
** NecessaryWeasel
** {{Nerf}}
** NippleAndDimed
** NoTrueScotsman
** Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub
** PetTheDog
** PolishTheTurd
** PunchClockVillain
** RedHerring
** {{Rouge Angles|of Satin}} [[http://specialagentartemis.deviantart.com/art/Rouge-Angles-of-Satin-197829766 of Satin]].
** RoyalWe
** RunningGag
** [[{{Spoiler}} Major Spoiler In This Image!]]
** [[invoked]]SacredCow
** SealedBadassInACan
** ShaggyFrogStory
** ShipSinking
** [[invoked]][[ShipToShipCombat Ship-To-Ship Combat]]
** SmugSnake
** SockPuppet
** StrawFan
** TheMole
** UndeadHorseTrope
** VaporWear (Which formerly had [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/seethru.jpg this]] image.)
** VisualPun
** WagonTrainToTheStars
** TheWarOnStraw
** The Wiki/TVTropes logo, which has a LampshadeHanging on it.
* WaxingLyrical: In addition to trope names, tropers will often disguise quotes from the song or show they're discussing as banter-like natter.
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture: This very wiki ''itself'' is having this effect, with more readers and editors of the site casually referencing trope names [=InCamelCase=], which in literary (pop culture) discussions are incredibly more recognized as tvtropes terms. Tvtropes variations of trope names are also becoming more recognizable: After reading a lot of tvtropes, what sounds more natural -- the traditional literary term [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathos Bathos]], or {{Narm}}?
* WhatWereYouThinking: Some editors tend to use this at times as a reaction... and {{Pothole}} it to the WhatWereYouThinking [[PotholeMagnet page]].
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Let's face it, not everything on this site really lends itself to a wiki format, but you have to give the admins credit for making it happen.
* WikiWalk: It's a wiki, what else would you expect? Let's face it, you're probably in the middle of one right now. And that is why TvTropesWillRuinYourLife.
** Tabbed Browsing is the bane of everyone with [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADHD]].
* WordSchmord:
** ConvectionSchmonvection
** StrategySchmategy
** [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Word Schmord]]
* WorldBuilding:
** WorldCreationProject
** This wiki [[SoYouWantTo/BuildYourOwnFictionalWorld has a couple of tips on how to help.]]
* YouKeepUsingThatWord:
** '''JustForFun/{{Egregious}}''' has been used so egregiously on this wiki that it has its own page.
** Similarly '''Your Mileage Will Vary''' is used as a way of referring to Your Mileage May Vary taken UpToEleven on especially controversial issues that reach a point where [[BrokenBase there is no middle ground]]. Your Mileage May Vary comes from car commercials that say consumers might get a different amount of mileage than is advertised, and on this wiki, means that viewers might not agree with the statement. Using "Your Mileage Will vary" implies unanimous disagreement rather than inevitable controversy.
** The word '''{{Trope}}''' does not come from TV Tropes, and like "subversion" its meaning in the real world is different than on this site. In reality "trope" does not mean "storytelling device" but "the use of a word to have a meaning different than the usual one."
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