Administrivia: Not a Trope
This wiki is about tropes, which are conventions and tools in storytelling. But not everything we record are tropes, nor is everything in storytelling tropes. As mentioned below, things that aren't tropes may still be notable enough to get their own pages. Compare Not a Subversion. Contrast Omnipresent Tropes, Missing Supertrope, Paratext, No Trope Is Too Common.
Not tropes and not page worthyThese items have no reason to be given their own pages here:
- Complaining About Shows You Don't Like/Creator Bashing: We are not a wiki for bashing things anyway, and nothing meaningful or interesting can come from ranting.
- Memes: Memes are at best fan reactions, but usually they add very little to the wiki and end up dragging down the humor value. Please leave them to Know Your Meme (and even if they become common enough to have their own pages, those count as works, not tropes).
- People Sit on Chairs: Meaningless things that occur incidentally.
- Stock Phrases: While we have a Stock Phrase index, they are themselves not worth a page.
- Too Rare to Trope: Something very rare most likely is coincidence rather than convention. Ditto for something extremely complex.
Not worth their own tropesThese items do not have to be split off of already-existing tropes.
- The Same but More: Trope X exaggerated, downplayed, or even parodied is still Trope X. Ditto for Trope X done well, and Trope X done badly which are still the same trope (just part of the Audience Reactions). Trope X inverted, however, may qualify as a separate trope if the inversion is common enough.
- The Same but More Specific: If the additional distinction doesn't make some new meaning, it's not enough to make a Sub-Trope of a current trope.
Not tropes, but still notableThese items, while not tropes (unless they are in-universe examples), are still interesting facets of storytelling, and worth noting here:
- Audience Reactions: Emotional and subjective reactions of audiences are on the receiving end of storytelling, and often aimed at by creators.
- Fan Speak: Definitions of storytelling and fan terminology.
- Gushing About Shows You Like: Unlike complaining, it is usually aimed at by creators, and thus notable (and less troublesome), but please keep it to Sugar Wiki.
- Trivia: These are interesting little facts about stories, or common behind-the-scenes conventions, that don't show up in the story itself.
- Useful Notes: What you need to know about things in a story, also to debunk common media misconceptions.