Administrivia: Namespace

In wiki technical jargon, "namespace" means a section of the Wiki's organizational structure. It should become obvious enough when reading the URL of the current page you're on what namespace you're currently in. For example, the URL of this page is http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Administrivia/Namespace. It is located in the Administrivia namespace.

Most tropes belong in the Main namespace. Because Main is the default namespace, you don't have to do anything special when writing Wiki Words to link to them.

To link to pages in another namespace, format them like this:

Namespace/PageTitle

or for single-word titles:

Namespace/{{Title}} e.g. Avatar.

The Article Count page lists the currently-used namespaces and how many pages are in each. What follows is a general breakdown.

Media Namespaces

In a perfect world, every work on TV Tropes would be in its corresponding namespace. But in the words of Fast Eddie: "If we had had more forethought, that's the way we would have started five years ago."

We're relying on incremental change to migrate works to namespaces for their respective Media Categories: live action TV series to the Series namespace, comicbooks to Comic Book, movies to Film, etc. You can help by moving a works article you happen to come across that is in the wrong place. (See How to Move a Page for step-by-step instructions.) Careful, though. Sites all over the world link to our works pages. We need to leave a redirect in place to service those links.

The media namespaces currently used include:
  • Advertising/
  • Animation/ (A catch-all for animation that doesn't fit in Anime/, WebAnimation/, or WesternAnimation/.)
  • Anime/ (For both films and series; if a work is Anime First, or the anime is distinct enough from the original source that it can get a separate page — e.g., Excel Saga — it belongs here.)
  • ARG/
  • Art/ (Notable works of classical arts.)
  • AudioPlay/ (A catch-all for dramatic audio works that don't fit under Radio/ or Podcast/.)
  • Blog/
  • Bollywood/
  • ComicBook/
  • ComicStrip/
  • Creator/ (A catch-all for actors, writers, directors, artists, networks, studios, distributors, companies, videogame publishers and developers, etc. Works pages for musicians or musical groups should be in Music/; Wrestlers' personas go under Wrestling/; Let's Players go under LetsPlay/. Also, it is only pages under this namespace that should be marked as a Creator-type page. Everything else — including Music/, Wrestling/, and LetsPlay/ — should be marked as Work-type pages.)
  • Fanfic/
  • Film/ (Animated films go in WesternAnimation/, Animation/ or Anime/ as appropriate.)
  • Franchise/ (A multimedia hub namespace for series with one work page in at least three namespaces.)
  • LARP/ (Live-Action Role-Playing games.)
  • LetsPlay/
  • LightNovel/
  • Literature/ (Includes eBooks and Web Serial Novels.)
  • Machinima/
  • Magazine/
  • Manga/
  • Manhua/
  • Manhwa/
  • Music/
  • Myth/ (Mythologies, legends and oral traditions.)
  • Pinball/ (For Physical Pinball Tables and pinball disambiguation pages; pinball video games should go under VideoGame/ instead)
  • Podcast/
  • Radio/
  • Ride/ (Covers both rides and theme parks.)
  • Roleplay/ (Used for online RPGs.)
  • Script/ (For texts in script format and un-produced movie scripts)
  • Series/ (Used primarily for Live-Action TV, but available for other series that aren't a Franchise.)
  • TabletopGame/
  • Theatre/
  • Toys/
  • VideoGame/
  • VisualNovel/
  • WebAnimation/
  • Webcomic/
  • Website/
  • WebOriginal/ (This namespace is deprecated. It's mainly used for memes, which we don't want anymore, as well as holdovers from the infancy of namespaces.)
  • WebVideo/ (Covers both YouTube videos and web-exclusive series. For big-budget series exclusive to streaming services such as Netflix, use Series/ instead.)
  • WesternAnimation/ (For both films and series.)
  • Wiki/
  • Wrestling/

Subpage Namespaces

These are namespaces whose pages relate to and link directly to a Main page. They contain info about the trope or work that would be too much to fit in the main page and are linked to them by the little icons at the top of the page under the search bar.

Moments Namespaces

These are the subset of subpages that list special moments from a certain show.

  • Awesome/ — Awesome Moments: The moments from a show that fans are amazed by.
  • Funny/ — Funny Moments: The moments from a show that cause fans to break out in laughter.
  • Heartwarming/ — Heartwarming Moments: The moments from a show that fans that gives fans warm and fuzzy feelings.
  • NightmareFuel/ — Nightmare Fuel Moments: The moments from a show that gives fans the shivers.
  • TearJerker/ — Tear Jerking Moments: The moments from a show that causes fans to reach for the tissue box.

Just for Fun and Other Namespaces

Trope and YMMV Namespaces

A few tropes and YMMVs have grown large enough that they had to be split into several pages with their own namespace. The ones with a percent sign have their own icon on top of the page. The ones with an ampersand have the icon, but are not displayed on top of the page. Currently they include:

    open/close all folders 

    Trope List 

    YMMV subsets 

Series Namespaces

Some series and franchises are big enough that they've gotten their own namespaces spun off. This is completely optional. Works that have gotten this treatment currently include:

Translation namespaces

Partial translations of the wiki into other languages, to varying degrees of completeness. See Home Pages for a list.

Forum threads about namespaces

Of course, namespaces need some maintenance and that is provided by three forum topics: Media namespaces -- a battery of questions when you are not sure in which namespace to put a page, Wick Migration for help in moving wicks between namespaces and Suggesting new namespaces to propose new namespaces.

Alternative Title(s):

Media Namespace