This page provides a more complete list of some of the markup sequences available in TV Tropes wiki pages and forum posts. Note that it's easy to create and edit pages without using any of the markups below, but if you ever need them, they're here.

To experiment with the rules, please try editing the WikiSandbox. Some additional markup may be listed in a box when you are actually editing a page.

See also Administrivia/ImagesInWikiPages for more formatting tips, and Administrivia/ExampleIndentationInTropeLists.


Pages with collapsing folders often have a folder control listed first:



Long spans of text can be collapsed like so:

[[[=folder:Title Or Description]]=]\\
[=Text to hide.=]\\
[=* List=]\\
[=* To=]\\
[=* Hide=]\\

[[folder:Title Or Description]]
Text to hide.
* List
* To
* Hide


[[folder:Linking to Pages]]
* Join capitalized words ({{WikiWord}}s) to make references to other pages on this Wiki. Custom titles and/or spaces between the words will be automatically applied.
* Links with arbitrary text labels ("piped links") can be created in double brackets as [[''url'' ''text'']] or [[''{{WikiWord}}'' ''text'']]. ''Text'' can be an image URL, in which case the image becomes the link to the remote ''url'' or ''WikiWord''. In [=TVTropes=] parlance this is a Main/PotHole.
* Curly braces [={{ }}=] will convert just about any word or phrase (excluding punctuation marks) into an article link by the same name. Note that this is the ''only'' way to link to articles with single-word titles (such as {{Plot}}), because there's no way to WikiWord them.
** Text added to the outside of the brackets can be included in the link. This is useful for pluralizing links; for example [={{wiki word}}s=] links to the WikiWord page but looks like {{wiki word}}s.
** If you want the inverse of that, use the | character: For example, [=Administrivia/{{Renamed Trope|s}}=] displays "Administrivia/{{Renamed Trope|s}}" while linking to Administrivia/RenamedTropes.
** Note that this markup does ''not'' automatically apply spacing or custom titles -- the spacing and capitalization will be rendered exactly as-is. This can be useful for some articles with nonstandard spacing (e.g. [={{MacGuffin}}=]), although we've got most of them covered by the custom-title system already.
** Curly braces can be included in piped links, e.g. [=[[{{article}} phrase text]]=].
* [=URLs=] can be placed in double brackets [[''url'']] when the URL itself is not important to the text. For example, [=[[]]=] will appear as [[]]
* '''Troper handles''': They all go in the Tropers/ namespace. You can reference one by typing [=@=]/[={{Tropername}}=] or [=@=]/[=TroperName=].
* To prevent a [=CamelCase=] word from being linked when you don't want it to, use the "Escape sequence" demonstrated here: [=[=CamelCase=]=]

All internal references by default point to "Main." To link to a page in a different namespace, put it in front of the wiki word:\\
'''[=Test/{{Trope}}=]''' gives Test/{{Trope}}.

If for some reason you want your link to show the namespace, you can use a period instead of a slash:\\
'''[=Test.{{Trope}}=]''' gives Test.{{Trope}}.

* Do not indent paragraphs.
* Words wrap and fill as needed.
* Use blank lines as separators.
* Use \ (backslash) at the end of a line to join the next line to the current one.
* Use \\ (two backslashes) at the end of a line to force a line break while keeping the same level of indentation. \\
This is an example.\\
In order for this to work, the second slash ''must'' be the last character of any kind on the line. This includes a blank space: if a space follows the backslashes, then the next line will not have the same level of indentation. If for whatever reason you want the page to display a new line, but have the source be a single line, you can use [softreturn], like this. [softreturn] Note: softreturn cannot be escaped. It generates a line break anyway. It can be commented out, though. In the unlikely event that you should need to write "[ softreturn ]" (without the spaces) somewhere, write "[=[softreturn]=]", which renders as "[softreturn]", instead.
* Use \\\ (three backslashes) at the end of a line to force a paragraph break (a blank line) with the same level of indentation,\\\
like in this example. Like the double backslash, in order for this to work, the third slash ''must'' be the last character of any kind on the line. This includes a blank space: if a space follows the backslashes, the next line will not have the same level of indentation.

[[folder:Bulleted Lists]]
Bullet lists are made by placing asterisks at the left margin. More asterisks increases the level of bullet. We limit to three levels:

* First-level list item
** Second-level list item
*** A third level item
*** Four bullets, but still a third level item!
** Another second-level item
* Another first-level item

[[folder:Horizontal Line]]
Four or more hyphens ([=----=]) at the beginning of a line produce a horizontal line.

* Use doubled single-quotes ([=''=]), i.e., ''two apostrophes'', for emphasis (usually ''italics'')
* Use tripled single-quotes ([='''=]), i.e. ''three apostrophes'', for strong emphasis (usually '''bold''')
* Use five single-quotes ([='''''=]), or triples within doubles (''five apostrophes''), for some other kind of emphasis (usually '''''bold italics''''')
* Use pairs of doubled at-signs ([=@@monospace@@=]) for @@monospace@@ text.
** Note: the two pairs of at-signs have to be on the same line of markup text, and they cause line breaks. This can be worked around with the "double backslash and line break" method shown above.
** The equivalent of < pre > is to put double at-signs at the beginning and end of each line.
* Emphasis can be used multiple times within a line, but cannot span across markup line boundaries (i.e., you can't put a paragraph break in the middle of bold text).
* Little note about potholes and emphasis: the single-quotes need to go outside the brackets in order for it to work properly. For example, [=''[[PotHole this]]''=] is the right way, and gets you ''[[PotHole this]]''. On the other hand, [=[[PotHole ''this'']]=] is the wrong way, and leaves you with [[PotHole ''this'']]. In order to bold/italicize only part of a pothole, you need to make a separate one; [=''[[PotHole like]]''=] [='''[[PotHole this]]'''=], for instance, to get it ''[[PotHole like]]'' '''[[PotHole this]]'''.

[[folder:Text Effects]]
Note: Abuse of text effects may get your editing or forum privileges revoked.
* Big and Small caps: [=[[AC:Text]]=] for [[AC:Text]] (as opposed to using [=[-...-]=] for [-ALL CAPS in smaller text-])
* Superscript: [=[[superscript:2]]=] for [[superscript:2]]
* Subscript: [=[[subscript:2]]=] for [[subscript:2]]
* {{Main/Spoiler}} tagging: [=[[spoiler:hide this text]]=] to [[spoiler:hide this text]].
* Strike-through: [=[[strike:text]]=] will put a strikethrough line though your text. This markup is exclusive to the forums. Itís disabled on the wiki proper.
* Reduce Text Size: [=[-text-]=] gives you [-text-]. More hyphens mean smaller text, such as [=[--text--]=] gives you [--text--].
* Increase Text Size: [=[+text+]=] increases the size of "text". More +'s make it larger. This markup is exclusive to the forums. It's disabled on the wiki proper.

[=URLs=] ending with .gif, .jpg, or .png are displayed as images in the page and float left, allowing text to appear on the right if there is room.

Making an image caption: [=[[=]caption-width:''number'':''some text''[=]]=] will place an enclosed box under the image. Setting the ''number'' parameter to the width of the image will make the caption line up nicely with the image.

To shift an image and text to the right:

For images: [=[[=]quoteright:''Number'':''Image URL''[=]]=]

For text: [=[[=]caption-width-right:''number'':''some text''[=]]=]

Please only embed images hosted on TVTropes. Hotlinks to other sites will be blocked.

[[folder:Genre Box]]
The genre box was a floatbox in work pages that can be used to show a work's {{Format|s}} and {{Genre}}. It worked with a ~~[=FIRSTNAME, SECONDNAME=]~~ markup, where the FIRSTNAME shows the format and SECONDNAME the genre. This markup is outdated; please remove it wherever you see it.

If you want a trope title to redirect to another trope with content (e.g. make {{Mario}} point to Franchise/SuperMarioBros), in {{Mario}} enter the following (but see Administrivia/CreatingNewRedirects first for guidelines!):

%%Redirect markup is sensitive for escaping. Please don't mess with it.

Note that redirects to single word titles (such as {{Handguns}}) must have the page title be surrounded by double curly brackets. Like so[=:=] [={{Handguns}}=]

'''Caution:''' It can be difficult to edit a redirected article. Make sure you mean it! See Administrivia/CreatingNewRedirects for more information.

Headings are made by placing an exclamation mark ('''!''') at the left margin. More exclamation marks increases the level of heading. For example,
! Level 1 Heading
!! Level 2 Heading
!!! Level 3 Heading
There are also thinner headings, chiefly used on WildMassGuessing pages. These can be made with [=[[WMG:text]] or [[header:text]]=], thus...
[[header:The header header is as thick as a level 1 header but not emboldened.]]

[[folder:Escape Sequence]]
Anything placed between [=[= and =]=] is not interpreted. This makes it possible to easily do [=WikiWords=] that are not links and turn off other special formatting interpretation. For example, escaping the slash in "AntiHero[=/=]AntiVillain" avoids having [=AntiHero/=] misinterpreted as a namespace for the latter trope.

The [=[= and =]=] can span multiple input lines, allowing effects to be applied to multiple input lines. This is useful when combined with monospace markup: for a computer program listing, surround lines with [=@@[==] and =]@@ to be monospace and uninterpreted.

Note that ''some'' markups--if left complete within the escape sequence--''are'' interpreted. These include redirect markup and HTML character entities. For these, you will need to escape in parts, like just the brackets or just the ampersand.

[[folder:Numbered Lists]]
Numbered lists are made by placing number-signs (#) at the left margin.

# Prepare the experiment
## Unwrap the pop-tart
## Insert the pop-tart into the toaster
# Begin cooking the pop tart
# Stand back

The starting number can be changed by putting [=[=]numlist:START_NUMBER[=]=] at the beginning of the list and [=[=]/numlist[=]=] at the end, where START_NUMBER is the number you want the list to start at. Inside this block, all lines that do ''not'' begin with "#" are treated as comments and are not displayed; nested lists are not supported here, either.

# Prepare the experiment
This line will not be displayed.
# Unwrap the pop-tart
# Insert the pop-tart into the toaster
# Begin cooking the pop tart
# Stand back
# If cooking bacon at the same time, make sure to not back towards the stove unless you're wearing a shirt. And pants.

[[folder:Definition Lists]]
Definition lists are made by placing colons at the left margin:

[=:term:definition of term=]\\
[=::second-level item: definition of 2nd-level item=]


:term:definition of term
::second-level item: definition of 2nd-level item

This effect can be duplicated by using "->", where each additional "-" increases the indent. Font size is decreased for lines prefixed in this manner. Note: insert a dummy comment line before each indented line ([=--=] and higher) to ensure that all indents show.

[=-->definition of term=]\\
[=-->second-level item=]\\
[=--->definition of 2nd-level item=]\\
[=%%No comment?=]@@


-->definition of term
-->second-level item
--->definition of 2nd-level item
%%No comment?

[[folder:Quotes Formatting]]
In order to keep the wiki looking crisp and clean, we prefer standardized formatting for quotes across the entire site. The formatting can be a little bit complicated at first glance.

[[AC:General Formatting]]

Always bold the names of the people speaking in the quote, with a colon after their name. Do not italicize the text of the quote itself, except parts of it for emphasis. Don't use anything else to indicate emphasis (except all caps and bolding, used sparingly); don't use apostrophes, underscores, slashes, [=[i][/i]=], or anything of that nature. Don't enclose the dialogue in inverted commas or quotation marks. Stage directions and actions go in square brackets, italicized. For example:

@@[=->'''David:''' ''[deadpan]'' Maybe we should actually get some ''work'' done?=]@@


->'''David:''' ''[deadpan]'' Maybe we should actually get some ''work'' done?

[[AC:Page Quotes]]

Page quotes (or quotes on a quotes page) work slightly differently from other quotes. First, use one hyphen for the indent, [=->=] (see Quotes Indentation, below). If it's only one person speaking, then italicize the line with double quotes ('') and put it in quotes, and put their name in bold on the line below. On a related note, do not put trope potholes in a quote at the top of a page (see Administrivia/WhatToPutAtTheTopOfAPage). For example:

@@[=->''"Not everyone can win."''=]\\
[=-->-- '''Alice''', ''Wiki/TVTropes''=]@@


->''"Not everyone can win."''
-->-- '''Alice''', ''Wiki/TVTropes''

Note that the second line is given an additional hyphen to indent it further, two hyphens are added after the arrow to create an em dash, and Alice's name is bolded.

If it's more than one person speaking, then it becomes the same as the other quotes. Bold the names of the speakers with triple quotes ('''), and do not italicize the line or put it in quotes. For the last line, still indent it with two hyphens, but don't put the character's names. For example:

@@[=->'''Alice:''' Not everyone can win.\\=]\\
[='''Bob:''' Not all the time.=]\\
[=-->-- ''Wiki/TVTropes''=]@@


->'''Alice:''' Not everyone can win.\\
'''Bob:''' Not all the time.
-->-- ''Wiki/TVTropes''

Note the use of backslashes. These are a text-formatting trick that tells the system to indent the line below at the same level. They are required for any multi-line quotes.

[[AC:Article Quotes:]]

Unlike page quotes, quotes in the body of the article itself do not need the context of having the name of the work in the line below; that is provided by the example it is listed under. Therefore, all quotes under examples, whether single-line or multiple, use the "multiple line quote" (so to speak) formatting. For example:

@@[=* In ''Wiki/TVTropes'', Alice drops a foreboding line at one point.=]\\
[=-->'''Alice:''' Not everyone can win.=]@@

which produces:

* In ''Wiki/TvTropes'', Alice drops a foreboding line at one point.
-->'''Alice:''' Not everyone can win.

You'll also notice that the quote was indented farther than the page quote was. That was because two hyphens were used ([=-->=]), because otherwise it would look bad under the bullet indent. Always use one hyphen for your quotes, plus one hyphen for every bullet. So page quotes get one hyphen ([=->=]), one bullet gets two hyphens ([=-->=]), two bullets get three ([=--->=]), and three bullets get four hyphens ([=---->=]). Note, however, that an example very rarely needs three bullets--see Administrivia/ExampleIndentationInTropeLists for more on that.

If you need to continue a bullet point after a quote, you can use double colons (see above -- three colons for second-level bullet points and four for third-level) to match the indentation level. For example:

@@[=* First point.=]\\
[=--> "Obligatory quote."=]\\
[=:: : I, too, am indented.=]@@

which produces:

* First point.
--> "Obligatory quote."
:: : I, too, am indented.

[[AC:Literature Quotes:]]

Books are frustrating to quote at times. There are two ways to do it. If it's a straight quote, exactly what the character said, then just follow the rules above. For example:

@@[=->'''Charlie:''' That doesn't mean everyone always loses.=]@@

can be used to make

->'''Charlie:''' That doesn't mean everyone always loses.

However, if you are lifting an entire passage of the book, then simply copy it directly, without adding the character's name or author's name in bold, italicizing the text, or adding any additional quotes. For example:

@@[=->Charlie scrunched up his face at his friends' fatalism. "That doesn't mean everyone always loses," he noted.=]@@


->Charlie scrunched up his face at his friends' fatalism. "That doesn't mean everyone always loses," he noted.

Table are defined by enclosing cells with '||'. A cell with leading and trailing spaces is centered; a cell with leading spaces is right-aligned; all other cells are left-aligned. An empty cell will cause the previous cell to span multiple columns. (There is currently no mechanism for spanning multiple rows.) A line beginning with '||' specifies the table attributes for subsequent tables.

||align=center border=1 width=50%=]\\
||Left || Center || Right||\\
||A || B || C||\\
|| || single || ||\\
|| || multi span ||||\\

||align=center border=1 width=50%
||Left || Center || Right||
||A || B || C||
|| || single || ||
|| || multi span ||||

A footnote lets you hide some text behind a [=JavaScript=] link. The reader has to click the link to expand the text in-place. Somewhat similar to the spoiler tag, but for non-spoiler information, and unlike spoiler text, it takes up almost no room until expanded. Very useful for collapsing a tenuously related or humourous aside, or additional explanatory text that would otherwise be cluttering up the trope description.

@@This is an example of a footnote. [=[[note]]=]tenuously related or humourous aside[=[[/note]]=]@@

This is an example of a footnote. [[note]]tenuously related or humourous aside[[/note]]

You can also use [=[[labelnote]]=] to change the label of your link. You can use anything you want as the thing to click so long as it doesn't contain a WikiWord or other markup, although an asterisk (star, splat, *) is common:

@@[[[=labelnote:Don't click me!]]Click the example below to see the real text.[[/labelnote]]=] @@

[[labelnote:Don't click me!]]We call that SchmuckBait here at TV Tropes.[[/labelnote]]

[[folder:Quote Blocks]]
Useful only on the forums, since the markup doesn't work in the main wiki. It can be practiced in the Sandbox forum.

[[[==]quoteblock]] Text that you want to quote [[[==]/quoteblock]].

[[folder:Special Characters]]
HTML special characters can be used ("named character entities"). There is a list of them [[ here]], and a longer list [[ here]].

[[folder:Aligned Text]]
To center text, use [=[[center:Text goes here]]=]:

[[center:Text goes here]]

To right-justify text (for example, to support languages and scripts like Arabic or Hebrew that require the opposite of the usual left to right text flow), use [=[[rtl:Text goes here.]]=]:

[[rtl:Text goes here.]]

Notice that the punctuation will be mirrored accordingly.

Text following a '''[=%%=]''' tag, up to the end of the line, is not displayed and will be visible only in the editing markup. Using this tag at the ''start'' of the line will make the entire line hidden from view. It doesn't work in headers.

Any word surrounded by percent signs -- e.g. '''[=%comment%=]''', '''[=%rem%=]''', or so on, will also be treated as a comment marker and text following it (until the end of line) will not be displayed.

Note that any line containing an external link will not allow a comment after the link. This is to prevent parts of the URL from becoming part of a comment in case the URL has more than one percent sign in it. This line, for example, won't, due to the following link to this page. [[]] %This% shows up normally on the line. [=URLs=] can be placed ''within'' a comment without the comment showing up on the page, however.


@@[=Behold as I disappear as if by %Author% Existence Failure!=]@@
Behold as I disappear as if by %Author% Existence Failure!

@@[=%%Behold as I disappear as if by Author Existence Failure!=]@@
%%Behold as I disappear as if by Author Existence Failure!

Alternatively, an entire comment block can be created by utilizing a side-effect of the "numlist" block discussed above, where no lines that do not start with # are displayed.

[[folder:Notifying Users to Forum Replies]]
You can notify tropers about a forum post they might be interested in by putting ~[=@=]/[=NameOfTheTroper=] or ~[=@=]/[={{=]Handle[=}}=] in your forum post. Upon hitting "Send", this automatically sends the troper in question a private message, calling their attention to the forum post.

This only works in the forums, and only in the add post function; you can't send a message that way by editing the markup into an already existing forum post.

[[folder:Special Markup]]
There are a few special markups on the wiki:
* [=[[=]noreallife[=]]=]: Designed for pages that are Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease, it replaces the edit tips with a big red note saying not to add RealLife examples.
* [=[[=]invoked[=]]=]: When [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]] or {{Trivia}} items are placed on work pages, they will display a red weighing scale/gray interrobang and a notice on the edit screen asking for them to be moved. Since InUniverse or PlayedWith examples aren't really YMMV, this markup can be added to the examples to prevent the notice and modified bullets from showing up.
* [=[[=]#[=AnchorPoint=][=]]=]: Creates a point on a wiki page for linking to, in the same way that headings on Wikipedia can be linked individually. For something with a lot of sections, put one of these in each heading with the same text as the heading itself for ease of navigation. Link by typing [=Namespace/PageTitle#AnchorPoint=]. Note that this will show as a Administrivia/{{Redlink}} even though it's valid.
* [=[[=]hardline[=]]=]: This acts like the [=----=] line, except it's invisible on the page. It's useful when messing with text around images.
* [=[[=]AATAFOVS:{{Sandworm}}[=]]=] or [=[[=]AATAFOVS:SandWorm[=]]=] give a box about ''AvatarAndTheAirbendingFellowshipOfVampireSlayers'', indicating {{Sandworm}} as the recapper of the episode in question.