If you're American, take a sip every time you see British spelling; if you follow British spelling, take half a sip every time you see American spelling. Take two every time you read a trope that has both 'colour' and 'color' in it. If it has both 'cheque' and 'check', hold a glass high and sing "Rule, Britannia!" or "America the Beautiful" (whichever one you don't live in).
Getting your friends and / or family to join in is optional.
If you don't live in either, sing both, one after the other, in whatever order you choose.
If you're Australian, sing 'Advance Australia Fair', and then switch midway into 'Waltzing Matilda' when you realise you don't know half the worlds of the national anthem.
Alternatively, sing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" if British, and "God Save the Queen" if American.
Pointless trivia: The title of the American version is "America." (Also, take a drink whenever someone corrects a comment in a new bullet instead of just correcting the original comment.)
If you're Canadian, take a drink for both American and British spelling. You use both, you drink to both. And then sing either national anthem.
Or your own, in both official languages.
Drink another time if you are able to sing it in Inuktitut.
And once more if you know "The Maple Leaf Forever."
Then take a sip for every time someone mixes up you're and your. Not for any good reason, just because it's the only way to deal with it.
Or, alternatively, feel free to belt out "YOU'RE A..." [large sip] "...GRAND OLD..." [gulp] "...RAG, YOU'RE A..." [slurp] "...HIGH-FLYING..." [swig] "RAAAAAAAAAAG~" if it happens more than twice for British spelling. Whether you're British or not.
Take a sip every time somebody edits just to change American spelling/punctuation to British or vice versa.
Take a sip every time an example is given without a link.
Take a sip every time This Troper shows up to give a very subjective opinion and/or relate an anecdote from their own life (and you're not in Troper Tales).
Down the glass if you see Troper Tales mentioned anywhere that isn't this page.
Take another sip if the troper in question gives their name or links to their contributor page.
Drink the whole glass if another This Troper replies to agree/disagree with the opinion or to say that something similar happened to them, too.
Or if the original troper is just saying that the trope has happened to him, and doesn't even have an anecdote.
This Troper had to take a drink there. Just sayin'
Take another sip if "This Troper" is actually a pothole link to someone's contributor page.
Take two sips if This Troper relates how shocked, SHOCKED, they are that an example from their favorite series hasn't already been added.
Take three sips if This Troper was right to expect said example to be mentioned sooner.
Finish the bottle if said example has been mentioned already.
Two bottles if you were the one to add the example and forgot about it.
Three if has been mentioned before and the reason it's not there anymore was because it wasn't a real example.
Four if you haven't yet died of alcohol poisoning.
For the personal safety of those who actually want to try this drinking game, change "bottle" in the above four steps to "glass". And for that matter, omit the last one entirely.
If you don't care about the personal safety of those trying this drinking game, suggest they trade up. If they want to try it with beer, suggest Jack Daniels as an alternative. If they want to try it with Jack Daniels, suggest absinthe. If they want to try it with absinthe, call the men in the white coats.
However you're playing, double your intake if there's a Pot Hole to Casablanca when the troper is talking about how shocked they are.
Take a drink every time a page lists Crowning Music of Awesome on a given page with some variation of the phrase "the whole soundtrack."
Take a sip if the example says "Full stop" or "Nuff said" ...but then still continues on after that with an explanation anyway. (Doesn't count if it's a sub-point that starts with something like "For the benefit of those not familiar, we'll explain it anyway..." Though, in truth, this probably also deserves a sip.)
Drain your entire glass if This Troper writes "Said X (was totally Y!)".
Take a drink if you started getting confused by the game right about here.
Take a drink if an example that has 'Where to start?' or 'Where to begin?' followed by a long list of examples under it.
Take two if it does this, but with a rather short list.
Take a gulp if anything is described as "the poster child for this trope."
Take a sip if you have to uncover a spoiler in order to understand why a certain example is on the trope page.
Take three sips if it's an anime series.
If you feel like going to the hospital, this page will certainly help.
Drain the whole glass if it's something you actually have seen.
Take a sip if you had to uncover this to read it.note That's a free pass, by the way.
Chug if the fact that a series is mentioned on a certain page is a spoiler by itself.
Chug again if the spoilery information implied by the series' mere presence is spelled out in a spoiler, as if you couldn't figure it out from "<series> has an example of <trope>".
Chug again if if the example is entirely spoiler-tagged.
If any spoiler reveals something you really didn't want spoiled, give a Big "NO!", then immediately drink yourself into unconsciousness. When you wake up with a hangover the following morning, you might no longer remember the offending spoiler!
Bonus round if the spoiler is tagged but you were editing the page and saw it anyway.
Take a sip for every trope that's identified as an anime-specific trope (either in the article itself, or because the article is solely indexed under Japanese SomethingTropes orAnime Tropes) even though its list of Western examples is as long or longer than the list of anime examples.
Take two sips if Supernatural is one of the examples listed and then send the link to anyone who wants to know why it's getting turned into an anime.
Chug a glass of water if one of the page's category bars has no "next" or "previous" links.
Take a sip for every trope page with an image from:
Take one extra sip for every Mentor Mascot in the picture. note According to this rule, one of these is worth 3 sips, one that's worth 4, and another that's worth 6 (so you might as well chug half the glass for that one)! Pray that you do not find them if you ever play along.
Take a drink of the first drink to pop into your head whenever someone links to this page.
Take a sip for every instance of the phrase "notable aversion" or "notable exception."
Drain the whole bottle if you think the aversion actually is notable.
Take a sip from a friend's glass when you see the phrase "you are not alone". If you have no friends present (or no friends at all), immediately abandon the page you're on and continue the drinking game from Ineffectual Loner, Loners Are Freaks, or, if you are young and female, Shrinking Violet.
Take a sip if you see an unflattering reference to some work that goes out of the way to address the author/creator by name.
Take a sip if an example is mentioned as being "the absoluteepitomeof this trope"
Take another sip if there is no explanation or support for this claim.
Take a shot every time you go to a page where spoilers are a foregone conclusion, such as virtually all death tropes, yet someone still puts up spoiler tags. Take another if a majority of the page is like this and looks like a declassified government document.
Take a drink whenever someone *coughcoughs*.
Raise your glass to your mouth and then put it down in disappointment every time somebody links to a Youtube video which has since been removed from the site.
Drink it anyway if it is there, though, and if you look through the comments, take another drink if you see one from someone else mentioning that they got there from TV Tropes.
Or capitalizes the trope they got linked from and ends it with a bunch of exclamation marks.
Or the comment asks for a thumbs up from everyone reading it who also got there from TV Tropes (in other words, the comment is worded as "thumbs up if TV Tropes sent you here").
And to top it off, a sip for every thumb up. Call the ambulance before you start, though.
Take a drink every time someone potholes a mention of Catholicism to Christianity is Catholic, even when it's not an example of the trope.
Take a sip when someone Pot Holes a word that doesn't relate to their example or the article, but, like, to what they were saying/how they said something.
Take two sips if the Pot Hole is to a different series which has nothing to do with the matter at hand, but they just felt like Entry Pimping, mmkay?
Take a drink every time xkcd609 is mentioned/linked to. Including now.
A glass if it is an 'XKCD' cartoon. A bottle if it is 'Xkcd'.
A drink if it's "xkcd", maybe.
Take a picture of yourself taking a swig and send it in a thank-you card to Randall Munroe if #609 was the reason you discovered TV Tropes in the first place.
Take a drink every time the trope separators alternates between colon [:], parentheses [ () ] or a strike [-].
Take two sips every time you read the same example twice because somebody was clearly so convinced they had a perfect example that they didn't bother to read the page before "adding" it. Bonus sip if the example is mentioned in contradictory terms — as a straight example and then as a subversion, for example. Then, y'know, delete the duplicate.
Take a sip every time there's a link to the old version of 8-Bit Theater's archive. Don't bother fixing it, it'd take too long.
Take another shot if the subject in question is still alive and active on the Internet.
Take a shot if the example is religion-related.
Take two very short swigs every time a one-word trope or work title is broken up into Wi Ki Words rather than using curly braces to make it a link.
Finish your current bottle everytime an example of Natter is removed in the page history.
Puke up that beer you just drank if it was Fast Eddie doing it.
Drink half the bottle if someone removes a reply, but not a reply replying to that reply. Drink half and hit yourself over the head with the rest if someone appears to have removed only the side of an argument they disagree with.
Cross your heart and Take a drink every time you see that someone has struck through someone else's edit rather than deleting it.
Have a drink every time you read something on a Nightmare Fuel page that you didn't find scary at all.
Down yourself an entire cup if the person who wrote said Nightmare Fuel entry used italics or bolded letters in an attempt to get their point across.
Pour one on the ground in disgust every time incest is mentioned in a "Troper Tales" page (say it's for the deadhomies if someone catches you wasting beer.)
Take a sip for every time "Admit it" or "Let's face it" appears in an example.
Take a sip every time the phrase "[X]. Dear Lord/God/Crystal Dragon Jesus, [X]" is used for emphasis.
Take a sip whenever someone mentions, "[X] loves this trope".
Take a sip every time a page on The Other Wiki is linked to in lieu of a TV Tropes page on the same subject.
Slam one everytime someone says they're asexual in a Troper Tales page.
And another when someone says they're autistic or have Asperger's.
Take a drink if an example is a sentence that doesn't end with a full stop, exclamation mark or question mark
Two if it trails off with an ellipsis for no discernible reason...
Take a drink if somebody quotes dialogue from a prose work but writes it in script form, like this:
Harry:[uncertainly] Is he — a bit mad? Percy:[airily] Mad? He's a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes.
Two sips if they quote the narration but still take a stab at putting the "speaker's" name in front.
Take a sip whenever an example refers to a quote at the top of that trope's page, even though that quote has long since been changed to something completely unrelated to the example.
Take another sip if this is the case and the example is only something along the lines of "<something>: See page quote".
Take a sip if this is the case with the header image, rather than the quote.
Drain the bottle if you see examples of this for both the image and the quote.
Drain another bottle if it's the same example.
Take a sip if somebody replaces the existing page quote with something that's nearly identical but has the crucial X factor of being from a show they like.
Take a drink for each example with a potholed reference to an unrelated show appended to it as Natter.
Take a drink for every pothole to Discontinuity outside the bulleted point for the trope on a work page.
Two drinks if it's a reply worded along the lines of "that episode never happened" or "that episode doesn't exist".
Three drinks if the Natter is worded as above but isn't potholed.
Any time someone refers to a female Magnificent Bastard as a Magnificent Bitch, curse a linguistically-uptight blue streak.
Just keep a bottle on hand for any times you find yourself staring at a page's edit history trying to figure out what was changed between an old edit and a new edit, leaning closer and closer to the screen until the two blur together and you forget why you went there in the first place. If you don't find it, drown your sorrows. If it's that someone added or removed the space between the asterisk and the beginning of the example, go for a brisk walk.
Down the whole glass if any particular "arguable" entry results in an actual argument over whether it is an example or not. Then, if possible, find a third party to "moderate" the argument and declare a winner.
If the moderator decides to edit out the entry because it is not an example, whoever was arguing it was an example must down two glasses.
If the moderator decides to edit out "arguably" from the entry because it is most definitely an example, whoever was arguing it wasn't an example must down two glasses.
If the moderator cannot decide a winner, all participants in the argument must down one glass.
Take one sip if the page has been blanked without Cutlisting or otherwise vandalized. Three if it's allegedly "by the orders of Fast Eddie".
Take a sip when the page which gets locked describes a work with a questionable quality and/or the creator(s) of the said work being known for having an oversized ego.
Take a gulp if a trope page that includes Fan Fic examples has more than 50% of those examples coming from works and creators listed on the Troll Fic page.
Take a look at the Page History. Drink an entire bottle if one person has been constantly re-editing the page over and over every time they think of a new example.
Take a drink for every second paragraph of a trope description that starts "This, my friends, is..."
Take a drink every time a reference to your favorite actor/actress/director/band/musician/show/movie/video game/comic book/whatever is tagged the words "Your Mileage May Vary". Take TWO drinks if they list it as a trope on the person/work's page.
Take a drink of Sake for every trope page where Anime/Manga accounts for at least a third of the examples, and it's not an Anime specific trope. Also take a drink for every like page where the page image is from an Anime.
Take a drink whenever you go to a quotes page and find that the quote you intended to add was already there.
Take another one if you remember that you added it yourself.
Take 3 sips every time the phrase "*shudder*" or "Oh dear God" (or any variant) appears in describing Nightmare Fuel.
And a shot when a troper prefaces their example on either of those pages with anything to the effect of "This troper doesn't normally scare easily, but..."
Make yourself a glass of vodka for every mention of the "In Soviet Russia" meme.
Knock that glass onto the table if it's a random Pot Hole.
Take a drink for every trope on a work page or character page listed in boldface. Take another drink if the trope is also in italics or ALL CAPS. Just hang your head in dismay if it's all three.
Take a drink every time "does not go well" or a variant is stated. Take two if that phrase is hotlinked to "Understatement".
Take a drink whenever you see [[supersecretspoiler]] still on a page after it's been disabled.
Take a shot everytime you see an example repeated.
Two if you don't have to scroll very far to see the first time it was mentioned.
3 if you don't have to scroll at all.
Take a shot for every male example on an Always Female trope, and vice versa.
Take a shot everytime you see an example repeated.
Take a sip every time an actor is referred to as a character he played in some famous but otherwise irrelevant show.
Take a sip every time an actor's name is potholed to a show.
Take two drinks any time an entry even remotely about someone's physical appearance is deleted by someone who's either a massive prude, or just afraid of Google coming down and fucking spanking us.
Take a drink if Ho Yay and/or Foe Yay are listed as tropes associated with a specific work when there is no Ho Yay or Foe Yay present beyond two male characters interacting in a friendly or positive manner.
Take two drinks if there is no description of the Ho Yay or Foe Yay occurrence(s), or if the "example" is something like "Ho Yay: oh good Lord yes!" or "Foe Yay: oh man, is there ever!"
Two drinks every time a sentence ends with the non-word "natch".
Take a drink if you see "Character (no, not THAT Character)" or anything similar ("not to be confused with", etc).
Take a sip every time you see "rare male/female/Western/whatever example," when a look at the rest of the page would reveal that those aren't rare at all.
Take a shot whenever a typo is cleverly poinyed out with one boldface letter.
"And it gave them hope!" ~sip
If you make an edit that references the trope by name, and then do a word find (ctrl+F) to see edit you made, but type in the trope name... you're probably coasting pretty well for now. (If you do take a drink anyway, it's probably time to do more reading and less typing).
Take a drink whenever you read "You are now reading this in [person]'s voice. Then take another if you actually are.
Good News, Everyone! Take another shot whenever the next sentence or tooltip invokes Prof. Farnsworth to blow your inner vocal mind.
Drink half a can of beer while doing the "Misato getting hammered" pose everytime a trope example says it was deconstructed byNeon Genesis Evangelion. Drink a whole beer instead if the word "brutally" or equivalent is present.
...and on that note, take a chug, then look towards another player with uncertain eyes everytime you see an example of Naughty Tentacles. Then, if you have the impulse to, delete the offending example.
Drain the bottle if the quote isn't actually the Trope Namer.
Take a shot and crush the glass in your hand if the example says that it's not just deconstructed, but annihilated, stomped flat, shot into space, or something similar.
Take a drink if MythBusters is mentioned in the trope description.
Take a drink for any phrase you see worded in an opposite way just for the sake of potholing Sarcasm Mode.
Take two drinks when you see something being described as Actor Allusion when it's just two coincidentally similar roles an actor played, without a reference to the other in either work. Take two more drinks if it starts with "This isn't the first time..."
Take a sip if a page links to "Too Dumb to Live". Of course, if you fall for that, then you will be on the floor within a minute.
Take a big chug whenever a character is described as being a trope incarnate, for example: The Joker is Monster Clown incarnate!
Take a sip whenever a mention of something that X Also Did is emphasized with "(yes, that X!)". Take a second sip if X happens to have a distinctive name that couldn't possibly be confused for someone else, and/or is someone well-known for their versatility.
You may, optionally, recursively drink back and forth using the Wild Mass Guess that Jesus is Haruhi and vice versa.
Take a sip every time someone links two or more characters played by the same actor.
Take a sip if a theory out-and-out contradicts the rules and/or established facts of the story's universe (ie: "replicants are brainwashed humans" in the Blade Runner entry.)
Take a shot if, despite it defying the established laws, it makes better sense and/or works better than the canon version.
Take a shot every time it turns out that someone never wanted to be an X anyway... they wanted to be... A LUMBERJACK!
Take two shots if they never wanted to be a lumberjack anyway. They wanted to be... AN X!
Finish your drink every time you see a plausible and convincing theory connecting two series.
Take a shot if doesn't ((e.g. "Character X grows up to be Character Y") without sufficient evidence.
Take a sip for every occurrence of the sentence, "Think about it."
While sober, find a batshit insane theory that you'd have to be drunk to believe. When drunk, find that theory and see if it does make sense. If not, keep drinking until it does (or you pass out, whichever comes first).
Take a shot whenever a theory is "X is dead."
Take a shot whenever a WMG is just a casting gag the troper would like to see.
Take a sip for every time a reply is simply "Jossed".
Take a shot if you came across a WMG that makes so much sense that you incorporate it in your personal canon.
Take a shot whenever a WMG turns out to be true (not counting "Bruce Wayne is Batman"-style WMGs).
Take two drinks for every question that actually is answered in this manner.
When someone complains about that answer, drain the glass to block out their bitching.
On the Twilight pages, down a shot every time somebody mentions something Squicky
Take a sip of ice wine whenever someone attempts to use science for or against something in the series.
Take a bigger sip for whenever some attempts to fight science with science.
Two shots every time it's to do with either vampire anatomy or the relationship between Bella's kid and Jacob.
Pour out a glass of wine and drink it every time a complaint or rebuttal exceeds 500 words.
Take a shot whenever there is an argument over whether Edward is a Bastard Boyfriend or not.
Do two shots whenever somebody says "Wish Fulfillment", "Smeyer", "Talentless", "No-talent", "Hack", "Mary Sue", "Attractive", "Sociopath", "Bitch", "Volturi," or "Sex". You'll die a quarter of the way through the first page.
Do two shots and remove the Red Link when somebody says "WallBanger".
Take a sip every time you see someone suggest a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic page image in Image Picking with no explanation as to why it is better than the current page image. Take two if the picture is demonstrably worse. Three if it's demonstrably worse and has watermarks.
Take a sip every time a specific scene is suggested in Image Picking without any actual image because "it's a good example of this trope". Take the shot if there are several images of the suggested scene as the first results of a google image search.
Drown the bottle if someone uses the "just a picture with a caption" complaint or something similar with an image suggested in Image Picking.
Your Liver Is Currently Dialing Dr. Kevorkian's Number Edition:
Take a sip every time you see the word 'trope'.
Another sip if it's a similar word ('troper', 'tropes', etc).
Take a drink every time you see the word "egregious" (currently appears on 1439 articles).
Two drinks if "egregious" is potholed into TV Tropes Wiki Drinking Game.
Take four drinks if the example is particularlyegregious
Take two if the editor has in fact simply double-braced the word egregious.
Note: For those with stomachs of steel or a death wish, try the Guide Dang It page. Twelve "egregious"es, all potholed, six of which are "particularly" egregious. That's...30 drinks. Good luck. Now there's 16 "egregious'es" on that page.
Running Gag is worse. This Troper prides himself on (almost) singlehandedly spelling a surefire path to painful death by cirrhosis,
Take two drinks if it's not the actual Dominic Deegan page or one of its related pages (WMG, JBM, etc)
Down the bottle if the snarker has a valid complaint.
When reading through an Alternate Character Interpretation of the comic, take a shot every time Dominic is referred to as "Lord Domenuce". Place bets on what comes first — alcohol poisoning or the ACI becoming entertaining.
Take a shot, of all measures, for an example, of all examples, notes that something was done by a character, of all people.
Take a sip everytime 4 * or more used at the start.
Take 2 if at least one part of the chain does not need an added *
Take 3 if every part of the chain doesn't need it, like now.
Just in case you failed an attempt at assassinating a politician and need an internet-worthy (not to mention nerdy) way to die, and can still count, count all of the tabs in your web browser you've opened up as a result of your reading a page, and have a shot for each one.
Down the rest of the bottle if someone writes down a battle cry from Warhammer 40,000, then shout it out.
Take a drink if the page image for an article is from an anime or manga. Then take another if you've never heard of it (if it doesn't say what it's from in the caption, the image or the caption will probably link to the article describing the anime or manga. In fact, you should take another drink if this is the case). Take a third drink if it's not a link.
Take a drink every time you see the word "titular" misused.
Take a sip every time you see the phrase "oddly enough."
Sip a beer every time you read "Obligatory Doctor Who example."
Take two sips if there isn't a Doctor Who example and add one.
Take three sips every time one of these episodes is mentioned: "Midnight", "Journey's End", "Bad Wolf", "The Parting of the Ways", "Silence in the Library", "Forest of the Dead", "The Empty Child", "The Doctor Dances", "Planet of the Ood", "Evolution of the Daleks", "Blink", "The Time of Angels", "Flesh and Stone", "The Pandorica Opens", "The Big Bang", "The Eleventh Hour" and The Caves of Androzani.
Take a sip everytime you encounter an entry that links to Wall Banger, and remove it because we don't want Wall Banger linked to outside Darth Wiki. If it's a really bad one drink a whole damn bottle. Of absinthe. It dulls the pain.
Take a drink whenever you feel like it. Excuses are for sissies!
derm (hic)* rite!1!!1
Every time you take a drink, you gotta take a drink!
And everytime you take a drink, you gotta take a drink!
Play the game with the same rules above, only substitute alcohol for a beverage containing caffeine (or just plain water, if you're trying to stay away from that.) Instead of trying to get drunk, see how long you can hold out without a bathroom break.
Take a sip when HouseOf Leaves is mentioned, and the word "house" is in blue (not recomended to take along with the first one listed, other wise it's "take a sip when ever house of leaves is mentioned. Ever.)
Take a sip every time a page on the Sugar Wiki references its counterpart in Darth Wiki or vice versa.
Take a sip every time a Discworld example is mentioned as anything other than playing a trope straight.
note NOT ADVISED WHILE READING THISKill yourself with alcohol overdose (or not...) when ever you read about The Game or Drew Pickles. As for the later, seeing "Drew" is fine, as long as it isn't listed as an example of rugrats, and if rugrats isn't spoiled. Or you don't read what show it is. if you see "Drew" and it is potholed, roll over it. if it links to rugrats, your screwed.
If you've completed all the previous challenges up to this point without passing out in a pool of vomit, try the Ultimate TV Tropes Drinking Challenge (TM): Take a sip for every internal link you see. Yes, EVERY link, including the sidebar menu on the left and the Indexes at the bottom of the page. Afterwords, follow some of those links to their pages. Lather, rinse, repeat.
For a ridiculous off-the-wall challenge, include red links and external links.
If you are still conscious at this point, switch out the "sips" for "shots of brandy."
NOTE: There may not be enough brandy in the world to complete the above challenge. If you run out a brandy, any form of alcohol will do. If you must, use hand sanitizer. It's not like you have your health to worry about, right?
If you haven't died of alcohol poisoning from the above challenges yet, you haven't followed any of the links. If you claim you have, you are probably either lying or not on TV Tropes. Or any other wiki, for that matter.
For those with a scroll wheel on their mouse, go for a 2-hour browsing session of TV Tropes where you are encouraged to open new tabs, but you are not allowed to close them. After the session, drink a bottle of your choice for every tab that you've opened.