You've just launched a trope, it may or may not have a good name
, you may or may not know what index it fits in
, but you can't think of a good description. The one you had on YKTTW
was too short, too dry, not clear, etc
Alternatively, maybe you have simply come upon a page with a truly bad trope description — one that you feel unable or unwilling to fix up on your own.
To get help: (1) add a link to the offending trope to one of the categories at the bottom of this page (try to be specific), (2) put a link to "Needs a Better Description
" on the offending trope's main page, and (3) put a note on the offending trope's discussion page explaining what the problem with the description is. When you've done all of these three things, others will bless you with their Wiki Magic
Note that there are three action items in the previous paragraph. For best results, please complete all of them.
Please do not mark tropes whose description is merely less-than-perfect. We're looking here for tropes whose descriptions are defective enough that they cannot just be left alone. See the categories below for some of the reasons you might list a page.
If, instead, you are one of those people who wants to help clean up the stuff on this list, here are a few pointers:
- You don't have to be cute, just understandable. When in doubt, be Boring, but Practical.
- We have Indexes for related tropes, you don't need to reference every similar trope within the article.
- Page quotes are optional, but should be helpful to the description, not merely cool or funny.
- Unless the trope is an index and has dozens of different connotations, there is no need to make the description a thesis paper. Simpler and shorter descriptions help keep the examples clear.
- Examples go in the example list, the description should be free of them. The only exception may be the Trope Namer or an Older Than They Think example.
For the convenience of those working on this list, it is divided into a number of subcategories. Please try to keep these up to date by correcting categorizations as needed. Obviously, some of the categorization is subjective, so feel free to move something that seems to be in the wrong place. If you put a page on the list of defective pages, please also put a note in the discussion for that page as to what seems to be the problem.
Please both remove a trope from this list and remove the link from that trope's page to here once a better description has been given. In general, please remember to delete items from these lists as you move or complete them. The list tends to pile up, so please try to help keep it clean.
There are also two Special Efforts forum threads to ask for help for description fixing: Trope Description Improvement Drive
for tropes and Improving work and creator page descriptions
for work or creator pages.
Description needs tweaking:
Works needing a rewrite:
Works with too short a description:
Works with too long a description:
Works best described by their fans:
- Two Masters
- 100 Girls
- Amanda McKittrick Ros - This seems to be a complaints fest. Is this salvageable?
- And Here He Comes Now
- Angels in the Outfield
- AR∀GO: City of London Police's Special Crimes Investigator
- Arc Rise Fantasia
- Assassin's Creed - Franchise-page; needs a better summary, description etc.
- Attack of the Clones - This needs a description that describes the work itself and not it's reception.
- Big Store
- Bowled Over
- Bram Stoker
- Brother (needs a rewrite from someone who don't hate the movie.)
- The Butter Battle Book (copied from The Other Wiki)
- Cape Wrath (great big Wall of Text copypasted right from The Other Wiki, useless citation tag things and all)
- Casanova (needs an actual film description)
- Cedar Rapids
- Channel Ate
- Chaos Marauders
- Children in Tow
- Color Guardians
- Come Back My Pet
- The Con
- Counting Sheep
- Cyclomaniacs (very little about the games)
- Danielle Steel
- Death Angel
- Dinner for Schmucks
- Dragon Valor
- Energy Breaker
- Enola Holmes
- Extendable Arms
- Fantasy Flight Games
- French and Saunders - The description talks about the careers of the stars and says nothing about the content of the show.
- Friday Night Lights - Old description looked to be written by someone with an axe to grind. Removed it, description now contains only the film's release date information.
- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
- Get a Stupid Answer
- Ghost Dad
- The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
- Hands Go Down
- The Hating Girl
- Henry VIII
- Hokenshitsu no Shinigami
- Holy Bibble
- In Her Shoes
- Iron Man
- Jennifer Connelly
- Joel Schumacher
- John Coltrane
- Kaori Yuki
- Keeping You a Secret
- Kyousogiga: The description is a summary of episode 1. Also, it's not concise and direct to the point.
- Last Comic Standing - Current description was written by someone with obvious disdain for the show.
- The Last Rune
- The Legend of Kage
- Legend of Princess
- The Legend of Zelda - Currently, eight games (including three console games) don't feature Ganon as a threat and a further two only have him as an empty shell of a final boss. Also, his last non-remake appearance was in 2006. And is the basic story really that similar for each game?
- Little Otik
- Lloyd Alexander
- Lonely Rich Kid: Tone of writing is inappropriately hostile, suddenly shifts to second-person for no reason.
- The Lost Books - half of the description is spoiler tagged.
- Love Story
- Lunar: Dragon Song
- The Mark
- Marked to Die
- M*A*S*H - most of the description is a lengthy plot summary.
- Men of Honor
- My Anime List
- Nausea Fuel: Painfully short, needs to be differentiated from Squick.
- The Osbournes
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Pee-Wee's Playhouse
- Planet of the Apes - needs a better lead paragraph, and tweaks to the headers of every subsection.
- Pooch Cafe
- The Puzzle Place: The description is very brief, which the article tries to make up for by directing readers to the series' Wikipedia page.
- Rabid Cop
- Robot Dog
- Rock Raiders
- The Ruling Class: The current description is a wall of text. It looks like someone wrote the whole plot out from start to finish.
- Sanctum: Needs description of the film's content.
- Second Face Smoke
- Seth Green: His description currently reads as a filmography without any details about the man himself.
- Shark Attack 3: Megalodon - Completely breaks Edit Tip 12 in basically EVERY WORD.
- Editted description to comply with Rule 12. Still needs expansion by someone who has actually watched the film.
- Soapbox Square
- Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy
- Steel Magnolias (doesn't even have a description)
- Step Up
- Super Smash Flash
- Surviving The World
- Tales of the City
- Tipping the Velvet - The description could use a little punch.
- Trampoline Tummy
- Ultraman Cosmos: 80-90% of the description is copied from The Other Wiki (by the author's own admission), and that aside, it's pretty badly written, with a bit of broken English and little to no text formatting.
- Until Death Do Us Part
- Weird-Ohs: Current description seems to be ripped straight from Wikipedia.
- The Westing Game
- The Witches of Eastwick
Anyone could write this.
- Always Having Juice - needs more expansion on how characters and the plot differ from the Sonic the Hedgehog games, comics, and animation its based on. The character bit is elaborated on in the current description, the plot, not so much. All info needed is on the blog, just sift through the tags for each character. (Thanks Calamity Jane!)
- Bad Machinery
- The Blademourner Trilogy
- Bowling for Soup
- Buck Tick
- Butt Ugly Martians
- Children Of An Elder God
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
- The Comic Adventures Of Left And Right
- Crash Team Racing - Specifically, its campaign mode
- The Crush
- Crystal Towers 2
- Dangun Feveron
- Death and the Maiden
- Digimon Savers
- Dirty Rotten Imbeciles
- Dog Day Afternoon
- Ethan Frome
- Furry Vengeance
- Grandia Xtreme - doesn't even have a description, just a trope list
- Groznyj Grad Living Novel
- Guin Saga
- Gundam Abridged
- Hibiki no Mahou
- Hipster Hitler
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy — Needs expanding on its differences between the franchise and literature series page, and specifying that this is exclusively the 1979 book.
- Huey Lewis and the News
- Hunchback: The Lurching
- Hurt - I love their music, but I don't know enough about the band to write a good description. - Insanity Prelude
- Incognito Cinema Warriors XP
- Inherit the Earth
- Initial D Arcade Stage
- Innocent Venus - Could use some love from someone less biased.
- It Takes a Thief (1968)
- Jazz: specifically, I created the page because I thought we should have it, but don't really like the manga myself. Revision by fan would really help it out. -whereismytea
- Johannes Cabal the Detective
- Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max: Needs a basic description of each part (not copied from Wikipedia, okay if some portions are combined)
- Kurogane - copied directly from Wikipedia.
- The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
- Lorna Doone
- The MacGuffin Doesn't Exist Here
- The Massive Multi-Fandom RPG
- Miko - specifically, could someone explain what exactly shrine maidens are supposed to do?
- Pepper Ann
- Pretty in Pink
- Quantum Gravity
- Romeo Is Bleeding
- Sabre Wulf — needs better intro, a picture (or two, one from each version), and descriptions of the similarities and differences between the 1984 Speccy version and the 2004 GBA version. Also plenty of tropes.
- Scent of a Woman
- SD Snatcher
- The Smoking Room
- Sol Trigger (used to have a longer description, but it was copied from Wikipedia)
- Sky Does Minecraft
- Steel Magnolias
- The Supernaturalist
- Taking Lives
- Tommy Tallarico
- The Trenches (has four sentences, one of which is actually descriptive at all)
- Truth Series - I didn't read it in English, I simply don't know the correct terms.
- Vampire Kisses Blood Relatives
- Warhawk - needs information on the PS1 game especially.
- Warrior Cats RPG
- The Warriors
- The Way
- What the #$*! Do We Know!?
- World of Tiers