Administrivia: Locked Pages

Is an article being desecrated repeatedly at an alarming rate? Is it the subject of heavy debate and constant changes? In either case, if these become too much of a problem, then you've probably got a page that needs to be locked by an administrator or moderator until such unproductive tendencies are resolved (which, sadly, almost never happens). This can be a depressing sight on any wiki when a page is in need of Wiki Magic (or attention from grammaticians) — the best option is to try keeping things productive so administrators have to do this as little as possible.

Moderators (listed here) have locking authority on this wiki, and can also edit them to fix problems. To get their attention, post your request on the forum, in the sticky topic about edits to locked pages. If you want to request that a page be unlocked, you can get the moderators' attention in this sticky topic.

There used to be an autolocking system which locked all cut pages to prevent people recreating them. Certain pages that the community has decided upon as not coming back in a million years are put in the Permanent Red Link Club.

Note: If you were directed here when you clicked the "edit" button on an article (even though it had a lock icon instead, you crazy dedicated troper, you), it means the article is locked. Look below for the reason. If you don't see the article in question here, or on Permanent Red Link Club for blank locked articles, don't panic — maybe we haven't gotten around to listing it yet. Post in Ask The Tropers or the TV Tropes Fora.

At the moment, the following pages are locked:

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  • Christina Hendricks: Multiple attempts to put tropes about the person there, including gushing.
  • Adolf Hitler: Controversial image caption change, and potential for controversial edits in general.
  • Rob Liefeld: Creator- and work-bashing.
  • The Prophet Muhammad: Islamophobic vandalism.
  • Barack Obama: This has been drawing heat... again. Cautionary lock until the political rhetoric season is over.

  • Sinkhole: To keep the page tidy.
  • Snuff Film: Examples lockout.
  • Squick: Examples brought constant natter and This Troper, plus we really don't need a page of gross stuff. Also, having examples here is somewhat pointless, considering we have Disgust Tropes, and a character's reaction will often be similar to the audience's reaction.
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys: Examples lockout due to arguments over content and trope definition. Considering that the trope is more based around personal experiences, the discussion tab is more fitting for examples.
  • Tech Fu: Formerly described Gadgeteer Genius and Mad Scientist. The page is still there to define it as fan speak.
  • True Art: The Self Demonstrating joke got way too out of hand and was burying the index. It has since been moved to its own page.

  • 4chan: Locked for safety reasons; its creation was long postponed because of the site's controversial nature.
  • YMMV.Adventure Time: Fan arguments over a particular character turned the page into a continual flame war.
  • Asperchu: As a satire of the life of Sonichu's author, it had the same problems as the comic. Page now has a cleaned-up description and trope list, but will likely remain locked until further notice.
  • YMMV.Avatar: Edit warring and debates over the film's "originality".
  • The Bible, YMMV.The Bible and Characters.The Bible: Chronic edit war over Trope definitions and proper page tone and perspective, no doubt due to the subject matter.


  • All archive pages are locked and will not be edited for anything. That's why they're archives.
  • All-Blue Entry: Originally an article that included a list of such pages. Now such shrines of sinkholery are forbidden.
  • American Political System: Tempting target for soapboxing.
  • The Archive of Bellicose Lexicon Entities: It was a series of articles listing tropers accordingly to their visions on trope naming, images, example lists and the like. Since it was determined that these articles, rather than serving their purpose as fun places for like-minded tropers to associate, were inspiring antagonism and factionalism among our user base, they have been discontinued and all of them now redirect back to that index, which now remains as a means of defining the acronyms only, and is locked to prevent tropers from listing themselves on one of those categories, which they can simply do through their userpages anyway.
  • Asperger Syndrome: Attracted bloat.
  • DieForOurShip.Inu Yasha: Apparently houses one of the most rabid and militant shipping wars of all time.
  • The Great Comics Crash of 1996: Edit Warring.
  • It's Not Porn, It's an Index: Restored after cut.
  • Laconic Wiki, Synopsis, and Quotes Wiki: The indexes were too big to be on a editable wiki page and not crash the server, but locking the page would not let the index update. Instead, there is a link to a non wiki page that lists every page with the corresponding namespace.
  • Microsoft Windows: Pre-emptive lock to prevent trolling that got Microsoft itself put on the PRLC.
  • Permanent Red Link Club: Vandal target.
  • Pot Hole: Didn't work as a Self-Demonstrating Article, but kept getting edited to be one.
  • WallBangers.Professional Wrestling: Became a flame-fest between fans and haters.
  • Ryona: Examples lockout and it was a flame magnet.
  • Troper Demographics: Contained too many characters and started crashing the server. The list was replaced with simply a demographic picture from Google Analytics.
  • DarthWiki.Tropers Law: To keep it from becoming a troll magnet.
  • Wiki Vandal: Obvious vandalism magnet.
  • Your Mileage May Vary: Technically not a trope, but was used as one anyway. Given its very broad and subjective nature, this resulted in links to the page getting overused. Definition was deleted and currently used as a redirect to YMMV. The only reason it exists in the first place is because it was the old name for Love It or Hate It.

    Deliberate Red Links 
The following tropes are infamous for existing both on this page and in the Permanent Red Link Club. While these pages still exist for definition purposes, their actual use on this wiki is highly discouraged.

  • No Just No: Originally created for a character's reaction to a Squicky moment, it got misused as a pothole for editors inserting their own reaction to what was in the example. In-Universe examples were moved to "No. Just... No" Reaction. While redlinked, this is still used as a redirect to the new article to keep appropriate links and remove unnecessary wicks.
  • Sliding Scale Of Anti Heroes: The scale was broken down into discrete tropes and the link was made a redirect to Analysis.Anti Hero.
  • This Troper: Attempts to make it self-demonstrating that undermine the point behind the article, as well as attempts to rewrite the definition out of a misguided belief that saying it's okay on that page will suddenly change the prevailing attitude. Its use in the first-person is not wanted outside of designated areas.
  • X Just X: Verbal Tic. Originally existed as a page to discourage examples that gave no context as to how they fit a trope, but the page's title inspired people to make potholes to the page. Now known as Zero-Context Example.