- Are found on the main namespace.
- Have no banner at the top.
- Have open-to-editing example lists unless otherwise noted.
- Are listed on either a work’s main page, or its character sheet if it has one. If there are enough examples for a given objective trope, it might have its own subpage.
- Are Pot Holed anywhere.
- Have no identifying icon.
- All Audience Reactions, without exception; and
- Items that appear to have the semblance of an objective trope, except in practice they require a significant judgment call to decide whether, how and to what degree they exist in a work.
- Are usually found on the main namespace, but particularly positive or negative ones are found on Sugar Wiki or Darth Wiki, respectively.
- Have the YMMV banner at the top..
- Have open-to-editing example lists, though if these turn into wretched hives of Thread Mode, they will likely be subjected to an Example Sectionectomy.
- Are not listed or Pot Holed in main pages or character sheets, unless they fall under one of the "Exceptions" below. Many have objective counterparts/relatives which can be used instead.
- Are listed and Pot Holed in YMMV subpages, except those which are:
- Used or referred to In-Universe—for example, if characters have the reaction to a Show Within a Show, or if a potential fan reaction is discussed or lampshaded. In-Universe examples should go on the main namespace or character sheet as appropriate, and should be sure to specify that they are being used In-Universe.
- Part of a group of specific items that go in their own namespaces/subpages, which link back to the main article via the buttons in the "Moments" section. These include: Moment of Awesome ("Medal" icon), Funny Moments ("Smiley" icon), Heartwarming Moments ("Heart" icon), Tear Jerker ("Tear" icon), Dethroning Moment of Suck, Nightmare Fuel ("Moonface" icon), Fridge Logic, Fridge Brilliance and Fridge Horror ("Lightbulb" icon).
- Used on a creator page. Creator pages are not allowed to have YMMV items, and YMMV items found on creator pages should simply be deleted rather than moved.
- Have the "scales" identifying icon or one of the specific icons listed above.
- On work and creator pages or character sheets they get marked with a red weighing scale point, to help people locate and remove them.
Throw It In!, etc. Articles from this category:
- Are found on the main namespace.
- Have the Trivia banner at the top.
- Have open-to-editing example lists, unless otherwise noted.
- Are not listed in main pages, character sheets or YMMV subpages—except when used or referred to In-Universe (for example, with Conversational Troping, or in reference to a Show Within a Show), in which case they go on the main page.
- Are pot holed anywhere, as long as you don't use this as a ploy to shoehorn Trivia examples where they don't belong; may be listed and Pot Holed in Trivia subpages.
- Have the "interrobang" identifying icon (looks like a fused exclamation point and question mark).
- On work pages or character sheets they get marked with a gray interrobang, to help people locate and remove them.
TV Tropes a work of fiction. Articles from this category:
- Are usually found on the main namespace or administrivia namespace.
- Have no banner at the top.
- Usually have no in-article example lists.
- Are listed and Potholed anywhere, though the situation rarely calls for it.
they're fun. Articles from this category:
- Spread about evenly among the Main namespace, Sugar Wiki, Darth Wiki and Just for Fun namespace.
- Have the Just For Fun banner at the top (not used much currently, implementation pending).
- Sometimes have open-to-editing example lists.
- Are Pot Holed anywhere within the confines of good taste.
Darth Wiki have had their redirects from the Main wiki made members of the Permanent Red Link Club. The reason for this is they are used to complain, attract massive amounts of natter and don't actually contribute anything to the wiki's mission. Do not list or pothole these anywhere, and no examples outside their main page (if the page accepts examples - some of them we don't want any examples of, please). The only exception to this is within trope descriptions (above the examples line).
Special rules for Creator articlesArticles for Creators (people involved in the writing, production, acting, and other aspects of creating a work) are handled a little differently. Some of these differences are noted above, but will be recaptured here for ease of reference. Creator articles:
- Never get YMMV examples, on the main or any subpages. This is because we don't trope real people, ever.
- The sole exception is when the YMMV example is about a creator's work and we do not have an article for that work. In that specific case, it can go on a YMMV subpage for the creator.
- Avoid "general" YMMV examples about a creator's entire body of work. Those are hard to distinguish from talking about the creator themselves. See also "Examples Are Not General" on How to Write an Example.
- Never get Trivia subpages. Trivia examples for creators go on their main article, always.
- Trivia examples for a creator's work follow the same rules as for YMMV examples.
- If we do not have a work article for a Trivia example, then it goes on the creator's main page, not a Trivia subpage.
ExceptionsSeeing as every self-respecting rule system needs exceptions, here's a few we made up just to confuse you:
- If YMMV, Trivia, or Flame Bait items happen In-Universe, are invoked, or are part of a Show Within a Show, we treat them like an objective trope. Make sure to explicitly mention the example is "In-universe" or "invoked". It turns off the YMMV flagger and makes sure it doesn't get moved by mistake. You can also use the [[invoked]] markup, which does the same without appearing in the text at all.
- We're more lenient with links in image captions. If a YMMV applies to the image somehow, it's usually fine. Just make sure you aren't lapsing into gushing, complaining or Take That! territory. Links and potholes in the descriptions and related tropes sections are also fine for YMMV and objective trope articles, as long as you keep the overall tone neutral. Not so much for descriptions of works.
- Trivia entries can be listed as examples on pages that describe actors, writers, directors, musicians or other creators in general. These already contain mostly trivia information. There's no sense in splitting them. See also Creator Page Guidelines.
- Certain YMMV or Trivia items may be split into their own subpage and namespace, if the work contains enough examples of them. These don't get the banners automatically, unlike the non-tropes with dedicated buttons.
- Finally, certain namespaces that are just for fun also don't need to obey these rules. These include Fridge, Headscratchers, Wild Mass Guessing, Haiku Wiki, and Analysis. Same goes for the Discussions, Reviews and Live Blogs sections. This does not mean you can do whatever you please there.