If you're unsure about whether a page pic falls under Just A Face And A Caption (JAFAAC) or not, check it against these exemplars.
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The True JAFAAC:
- Conveys zero visual information about the trope.
- Depicts an example of the trope, but with no visual context.
- The image doesn't have to show a face, and doesn't have to have a caption. If understanding it requires familiarity or explanation from someone who is familiar with the work, it's JAFAAC.
- A caption may be inside the image or even disguised as something else, like a Speech Balloon.
- Basically, it's the same as if you took an example from the examples list and slapped it at the top of the page along with the first Google Image Search result for it.
- If you come across this type of pic, you should definitely start an Image Picking thread to replace it.
Pretty Much JAFAAC
The Pretty Much JAFAAC:
- Conveys some visual information about the trope, but the information it provides is irrelevant or unhelpful for understanding the trope.
- Technically, it does help show something about the trope; however, its actual value for illustrating what the trope is is severely limited.
- Even though it shows part of the trope, it's still pretty much the same as the True JAFAAC.
- Like the True JAFAAC, if you come across this type of image, it's best to start an IP thread for replacing it.
Not Actually JAFAAC
The Not Actually JAFAAC:
- Contains visual elements that explain the trope, but they may be subtle.
- It's easily mistaken for JAFAAC by careless Image Pickin' posters, but it isn't — there are visual cues that help it to illustrate the trope to some extent.
- As an example, the image of Darth Vader on the Lawful Evil page might seem like a Pretty Much JAFAAC until you notice the Storm Troopers standing at attention in the background. It's an I Can't Believe It's Not JAFAAC.
- The caption may give it a push by clearing up ambiguity, helping to set the tone, etc.
- When the image and the caption work as a team, such as in the image for My Greatest Failure, this is frequently the result.
- Often, while opinions may differ on its effectiveness, an image in this category has enough visual information to tug it out of Just A Face And A Caption range, often resulting in KUBIS instead.
- While it's fine to start an IP thread to replace these images, it's best to have a clear example to suggest for a replacement.