IThoughtItMeant ToddInTheShadows TropeDistinctions WorkPagesInMain
I Thought It Meant:
D to F
Just to clarify
open/close all folders
Dada Ad does not refer to that Volkswagen commercial where two guys ride around while listening to Trio's "Da Da Da".
Nor is it an ad in Baby Talk or a PSA about fatherhood.
Damage Typing is not about a hero who harms his enemies with the power of keyboards, or about typing so fast that you get blisters on your fingers.
Dance Battler is not when you tell the protagonist of to dance.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Dancing Bear is not meant to be followed by Painted Wings.
Dan Browned is not about how various fictional works would be different if they centered around mysterious murders, ancient conspiracies, and brothel visits.
Darker and Edgier does not mean using a recently sharpened knife without turning on the lights. On an unrelated note, NEVER use a recently sharpened knife without turning on the lights!
A Darker Me is not the ambition of someone who's going tanning.
Dark Yugi, Dark Bakura, and Dark Marik from are not examples.
Yu-Gi-Oh! A Dark Horse Victory does not necessarily mean the Ensemble Dark Horse wins.
Dark Is Not Evil is not a value judgment of the Split Personality of 's main character.
D.N.Angel Darth Wiki is not a wiki dedicated to . That would be Star Wars Wookieepedia.
Dastardly Whiplash does not refer to the consequences of a car accident.
A Date with Rosie Palms is not about showing embarrassment, while dating somebody, with your hand palms turning red. It is also not about hand palms turning red during a date for any other reason.
It is also not a day on the calender that has something to do with rosy palms.
Nor is it about dating an actual girl named "Rosie Palms". ( You'd have to pay for that.)
Nor is it about the fruit that grows from a certain variety of tropical palm trees, when said trees' leaves have turned inexplicably pinkish.
Dating Catwoman, regrettably, offers no advice on how to date Halle Berry or Anne Hathaway.
There's nothing on how to tell how old Catwoman is, either. (We recommend not asking.)
Dating Do-Si-Do is not a new dance, nor is it a new flavor of Girl Scout cookie.
Nor is it about dating someone with that name.
Dawson Casting has nothing to do with casting people from Dawson City.
Daylight Horror doesn't usually mean that the daylight itself is horrific. Nor does it refer to something so scary that people only want to watch it during the day.
A Dead Fic is not fanfiction about a character dying, nor is it fiction about any flavor of The Undead.
Dead Man's Chest has nothing to do with pirates, the death of someone subjected to Marshmallow Hell, nor the literal chest region of a human corpse.
A Dead Man Switch is not the substituting of one corpse for another.
A Deadpan Snarker is not a character who's only trait is making sarcastic remarks about deceased cookware.
Dead Person Impersonation is impersonation of a specific dead person, not just pretending to be dead. That would be Playing Possum.
A Dead Star Walking is actually 6-feet-under dead - not a vampire, zombie, or any other manner of walking dead thing. Same goes for Posthumous Character.
Nor does it refer to a black dwarf or neutron star walking the streets.
Dead to Begin With has nothing to do with what happens when Kenshiro kicks your ass.
It's not about abortions, either.
It's also got nothing to do with time-travelling to kill someone before the beginning of the series.
The Deadliest Mushroom is not a new show on the Discovery Channel about high-risk truffle hunting.
Deadly Disc has nothing to do with computer disks (hard or floppy) or CDs or DVDs.
Deadly Dodging is not about killing your attackers by simply dodging their attacks... not usually, anyway.
A Deadly Hug is not a hug so strong it kills the character being hugged, whether accidentally or on purpose. That's And Call Him George.
Deadly Rotary Fan is not about an Ax-Crazy Loony Fan who is a member ot a Rotary club. Or a similar fan of a Rotary club.
Dead Horse Genre is not about stories that kill off horses for drama.
Deadpan Snarker isn't about someone who snarks when the god of nature dies.
The Dead Rise To Advertise has nothing to do with zombies. And That's Terrible.
Dead Sidekick does not refer to having any variety of zombie, ghost, or other Undead, for a sidekick.
Death by Despair does not mean Zetsubou-sensei killed someone.
Death by Materialism does not refer to dying of the philosophical viewpoint that only matter exists and the mind is an illusion.
Nor is it necessarily about being crushed to death beneath one's worldly possessions.
Death by Newbery Medal does not mean using the medal as an improvised weapon.
Nor is there a Newbery Medal Curse where whoever wins one dies shortly afterward in unusual ways.
None of the "Death by..." pages are about works titled "Death" which are so numerous they had to be separated by putting the oddly-named author in the title.
A Death Course isn't something you can take for credit at the Academy of Evil.
Death Dealer isn't a page about Frank Frazetta's character.
Death Is Cheap is not about the Grim Reaper cutting corners on his budget. Well, not directly at least.
Death Notification is not an attempt to make a work more similar to .
Death Note It also isn't a notification that you, the player, have died.
Death of the Author does not mean the LITERAL death of the author, that's Author Existence Failure.
Death of the Old Gods is not what World of Warcraft players are responsible for. That's Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?.
A Death Seeker is not a particularly dangerous Decepticon jet.
Nor is a Seeker Archetype of Skywarp, Starscream, or Thundercracker.
It's not a seeker missile that only tracks Death.
Debt Detester is not a character with a hatred of mortgages... or a hatred of that American gameshow.
Decade Dissonance does not involve a distance between viewer and show when watching
Kamen Rider Decade Decomposite Character isn't about zombie or undead characters.
Decompressed Comic is about comics getting longer due to more flashy art pages. It's nothing to do with sci-fi, the Plucky Comic Relief character and Squick.
It also doesn't refer to digital comics being unzipped from a .zip or .rar file.
Decon-Recon Switch is not about decontaminating, doing reconnaissance, or switching up who does either.
Defiant to the End is not about refusing to listen to The Beatles' final song.
Also doesn't refer to the last scene of the first Defiant ship in .
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine It's also not about defying death, either literally or figuratively.
It's not about refusing to accept that a series ended, either.
It also has nothing to do with defying an aged Russian sniper.
Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat is not an adultery trope. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Defiled Forever is not about permanently removing someone's records from an archive or about police giving up on a tough case for good.
A Demonic Dummy is not a villain or monster who is not very intelligent.
Demonic Spiders are not necessarily spiders from hell.
A Desk Jockey is not a type of zombie.
Destructo-Nookie: the nookie isn't what's causing the destruction (except that one time, but still...)
Detachment Combat is not about tactics for military-units.
Nor is it fighting between similar sized military-units.
Nor is it fighting by remaining emotionally distant.
A Determinator is not a destroyer of Terminators. Although if they want to, nothing's gonna stop them. Neither is it someone who reverses the termination of others, though, again, if they want to...
A Dethroning Moment of Suck is not a failed attempt to dethrone a king.
Détournement has nothing to do with undoing a Tournament Arc.
Deus Sex Machina does not mean God Sex Machine (in this case, at least).
Or when the writer can't think of a way to resolve a story except for spontaneous sex.
Development Hell is not the near-smothering of a person's face in an underdeveloped chest.
Nor is it where failed projects, who have commited mortal sin, go when they die.
Devour the Dragon is not about a risky but useful way to feed an entire fantasy village.
DDR does not refer to East Germany on this wiki.
A Diagonal Cut does not refer to those old movie transitions where one shot is replaced with the next one via a moving diagonal line.
Neither is it a kind of haircut.
Dialogue Tree is not about talking trees. Well, not necessarily.
Nor is it about multiple comic book word balloons connected to each other.
Dialogue Trees should really not be epileptic.
Did Not Do the Bloody Research is not a Critical Research Failure when filming a grap hic death scene. (So, Overdrawn at the Blood Bank is not related to it.)
Die, Chair! Die! is not German for "the chair the".
Die for Our Ship is not about killing anybody for any kind of vessel.
Difficulty Spikes are not Spikes Of Doom that only show up on higher difficulty levels, though spikes that only show up on higher stages might be.
Die Hard on an X is not about crucifixion.
A Digital Bikini is not when a woman covers her breasts with her fingers.
Nor does it refer to a bikini on any video game character.
It's not a bikini made of 1's and 0's either.
Digital Destruction is not about injuring one's fingers.
Dinosaur Media does not refer to entire forms of media that are now considered Deader Than Disco.
Directionless Driver is not about device drivers that should have come with instructions, but didn't.
A Disc One Nuke is not a nuclear bomb that the local Gadgeteer Genius created from a videogame's first disc.
Nor is it about using a nuke as a plot point early in the game.
Discount Lesbians are not ten percent off.
Nor does it mean straight women who become gay for less of a price than they usually charge.
Dishing Out Dirt has nothing to do with gossips.
It also doesn't refer to dirt being served in a restaurant.
Dismissed Gender does not refer to the treatment of the female sex under The Smurfette Principle.
Nor does it refer to a gender that has been given permission to leave the office.
A Disposable Woman is not one who has outlived her usefulness, nor does it cover the mindset of dumping a girlfriend, then immediately moving on and finding another one without any sympathy for the previous one. ( Christian Weston Chandler combines them both!)
Dissimile has nothing to do with being dismissed with rockets, cool as that sounds.
Dissonant Serenity does not occur when the cast of spends an episode arguing among themselves. You might want to check Firefly here for that.
A Disposable Pilot is not a low budget mock up of a first episode for pitching an idea that is intended to be reshot if picked up.
Nor does it refer to a first episode that while made was never broadcast and becomes noncanon.
Disturbed Doves are not a breed of . Nor are they an Angry Birds Alternative Metal band who have been transformed into birds.
Distinguishing Mark is not a movie about giving someone named Mark an honorary title.
It also isn't when The Mark does something to distinguish himself from a criminal's usual targets.
Ditto Aliens are not alien shapeshifters.
They are also not (necessarily) aliens that always agree with a particular person.
A Ditto Fighter is not a fan of Rush Limbaugh who also knows kung fu.
Nor is it their enemies.
Neither is it a person who fights Dittoes.
Diving Save here is not so much about a goalkeeping technique. Nor is it a Save Point Under the Sea.
Do-Anything Robot is not about that kind of thing, (okay, maybe times <_< >_> ...) nor is it about some cyborg distraction techniques or an instruction for robots to do what they feel like.
Doctor Doctor Doctor is not about people desperate to seek medical help immediately.
Does Not Like Guns is not about someone on the "Swords" side of the Guns vs. Swords argument.
Does Not Like Spam has nothing to do with internet spam (even though most normal people don't like it).
Doing It for the Art is not about people being willing to engage in sexual activities on camera or on stage because the scene requires it.
Doing in the Scientist does not happen when He Knows Too Much or You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
Doing in the Wizard is not part of a Witch Hunt, gender semantics be damned.
Domesticated Dinosaurs refers only to prehistoric creatures. Modern-day pet birds do not count.
Do Not Call Me Paul does not refer to Sir McCartney.
Do Not Drop Your Weapon is not an instruction to stay alive in combat. Nor is it about being able to climb while holding a weapon.
Do Not Want Discussion does not mean that the decision is made and the conversation is over.
A Doomsayer is not just any character who says pessimistic things or talks about doom.
Doomed by Canon doesn't have to refer to a character who has to die in order to stay true to the canon. Nor does it refer to Fan Fiction doomed to failure because it doesn't stay true to canon
Nor does it refer to a character who dies by being shot by a canon.
Nor to what happens to smaller camera manufacturers whose products can't compete with the larger ones.
A Dope Slap is not a Slap Patch laced with a Schedule 2 (or higher) Controlled Substance, nor is it the act of applying such a thing to someone.
Dork Age is not about the movie , or a Idiocracy porn spoof of .
Brain Age Nor was it a particular time in the history of the world. At least, it wasn't named that way.
It also has nothing to do with penises.
Double Subversion sounds like a practical solution to the Subbing versus Dubbing debate, but with all that text on the screen, you'd probably have a lot of trouble watching the show.
Double Vision isn't when a stunned character 'sees double'. "Hey Mary, since when did you have a twin sister?" Nor is it about receiving a prophetic dream twice. Nor is it the song by Foreigner.
Double X is not about movies too raunchy to be rated X, but not raunchy enough to be rated triple-X.
Draco in Leather Pants does not imply that dragons partake in human fashion, Scaled Up.
Nor is it about the Athenian law maker's taste in clothing.
The Dragon is rarely a giant, scaly, fire-breathing lizard (though it's not impossible). Though to be fair, real dragons aren't always giant, scaly, fire-breathing lizards, either.
Dragon Ascendant has nothing to do with their tendency to fly.
Dragon-in-Chief is not about putting a beast in a position of power, knowingly or otherwise.
Dragon Lady: not a female Dragon! Not even a literal female dragon, either! And it isn't a better-named spin-off of or a Devilman Lady Distaff Counterpart of Billy or Jimmy Lee.
A Dragon Rider isn't sitting on the back of the Big Bad's second-in-command. Unless said second-in-command really is a literal dragon, then maybe.
Dragons Up the Yin Yang is not about someone getting anally violated by a dragon.
Dragon Their Feet is not about a claw fetish. It's not about BigBads whose feet are their Dragon, either. Although that would be awesome.
The Dragon with an Agenda does not keep timetables of when to attack each village to ensure that they can properly repopulate the villagers and livestock.
Drag Queen does not describe Ashley Force Hood.
Nor is it an order to drag the queen around in any way.
It also does not refer to a queen who is The Dragon, or a dragon.
Dramatic Dislocation does not involve a radical shift in setting but popping shoulder joints and the like.
Dramatic Gun Cock has nothing to do with male genitalia attached to firearms.
Nor does it involve a vengeful rooster arming himself.
Dramatic Space Drifting does not involve a spaceship performing a turn by intentionally skidding its rear to preserve vehicle control and make a high-speed exit.
Dramatic Wind is not about particularly ill-timed flatulence.
Dream Within a Dream is not referring to Marriage. Because that would be a Dweam Wiffin A Dweam.
Dress Hits Floor is not when a fancy garment fights a wood floor.
Driven to Suicide should not be considered literally an event where a suicidal person is driven in a vehicle to a place where they can perform said act.
Drives Like Crazy doesn't mean someone drives a lot. Not necessarily, at least.
A Driving Question is not a question commonly asked while driving. ( Are We There Yet? is not an example, nor is a Directionless Driver someone who needs to ask such a question.)
Driving Stick is a verb phrase. It is not used to discipline "stubborn" livestock, nor is it any sort of throttle.
Drone of Dread is not related to an Attack Drone or to the Bee People, unless they can make such a noise.
Drool Hello is not about meeting someone extremely attractive and salivating over him or her.
Drop-In Character is not when a previously interesting person gets Flanderized into a Flat Character. Nor is about someone who tends to enter scenes from above. Nor is it about a work whose cast gets smaller as time goes on.
Dropped a Bridge on Him does not involve using bridges as weapons, although it may very well involve a bridge anyways.
Dropped A Bridget On Him is not about throwing Bridget onto somebody, but may involve the resulting discovery. Nor does it refer to writing a character out of a series by having him choose to stay or leave with a Girl of the Week, as this troper assumed when he saw the entry name.
Also, it does not refer to dropping a very small bridge on someone.
Drop Ship is not the thing that shippers do when a recent event reveals how Squicky their ship is. Nor is it about causing a boat or other craft to fall on someone.
Drop the Hammer is not about using the Goldion Crusher in a Colony Drop. Neither is it about making MC Hammer a Person of Mass Destruction. Nor is the answer to "How did you hurt your foot?" It also has nothing to do either with Captain Hammer's arm, nor any of his other body parts. Or Batman's fists.
" A-Amy, wait! Drop the hamme- NOTHAT'SNOTITARRRRRRGH!"
A Dry Crusader is not someone who's suffering from dehydration while fighting in the Crusades.
Nor is it one who took a wrong turn and wound up in the Sahara Desert.
Dry Docked Ship is not the USS at the beginning of Enterprise , nor Star Trek: The Motion Picture .
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Dubstep is not adding sound effects for walking in post-production.
A Dubtitle is not when a dub adds a subtitle to the original title.
Duck! does not apply when someone is told to duck and they do it. Nor is it about the presence of ducks in a work.
Duck Season, Rabbit Season is not about the drawing that's sometimes a duck and sometimes a rabbit depending on when you look at it.
Dude, Not Funny! is not a Hulk Speak description of The Comically Serious.
Dude, She's A Lesbian is not a gender-bending trope (the comma is important).
Due to the Dead is not a parody of or House of the Dead starring Shaun of the Dead Due.
Dueling Games does not refer to swordfighting-based games, although if two of that type are released against each other, then they will become Dueling Games.
Dug Too Deep is not about when characters dig through the Earth and find themselves in upside-down China.
Dull Surprise is not a claim that Surprise is dull.
Dump Months are not times of the year when sanitation workers or romance counselors get more work.
A Dump Stat does not determine the quality of excrement.
Dungeon Masters Girlfriend is not about sadomasochistic sex in fiction.
During the War is not when a character references/has flashbacks to a war they were in.
Dynamic Entry: aren't most entries on this wiki dynamic?
Eagleland is not a country populated exclusively by large predatory birds. Although that would be awesome.
Ear Cleaning is not about when characters clean out their ears after hearing something unbelievable. Nor is it a reminder to wash behind your ears.
Ear Worm does not refer to that thing they put in Chekhov's ear in Nor does it refer to parasites in general.
Wrath of Khan. Easier Than Easy is not about sexual promiscuity.
Eat the Dog is not part of the Pet the Dog- Kick the Dog- Shoot the Dog hierarchy. Except in some countries, apparently.
Ecchi may make you go "Ecch!", but that's not why we call it that.
An Economy Is You isn't about supervising your nation's economy in a civilization game.
Education Mama is not part of the series ( Cooking Mama yet.)
E = MC Hammer does not refer to a Hyperspace Mallet being converted to energy when not in use, nor does it cause Hammerspace compression.
The Eight Deadly Words won't kill anyone.
An Elevator Action Sequence is not, specifically, a sequence from Elevator Action, though that could be an example of one.
An Elevator School is not a school housed in a building with so many stories that you need an elevator to get to the top.
It's also not a school where one learns how to make or operate elevators.
It's also not a (very small) school inside an elevator.
Elites Are More Glamorous is not about any sorting hierarchy of beauty among the Covenant Forces.
Emergency Transformation is not a Eleventh Hour Super Mode As The Plot Demands.
An Empty Cop Threat is an empty threat made by the police, not a threat to call the police that is empty because the threatener doesn't know how to call, would get in trouble himself, or would only get useless police.
Empty Levels are not dungeon levels full of empty rooms.
An Empty Quiver is not a subversion of Bottomless Magazines that takes place in a Standard Fantasy Setting.
The End Is Nigh has nothing to do with the sniper from .
Metal Gear Solid 3 The End of the World as We Know It has nothing to do with The World either being finally defeated or transforming into something completely different.
Enemy Mine is neither a mine intended to kill people, nor is it a mine that spews enemies. It is also not where the Big Bad digs up precious stones that are his main source of funding. Nor is it a foe that explodes when touched. Nor is it a Bob-Omb.
Although due to Executive Meddling, one of the first instances of this trope does feature a mine, precisely because the executives thought the trope maker meant something else.
Engaging Conversation is not a subtrope of Engaging Chevrons, which in turn is not about hiring ex- NC Os or renting gas stations.
An Enormous Engine is not a very large locomotive.
Epic Fail is not when a work seems to be building towards some climactic event or confrontation that is then briefly and offhandedly wrapped up. That would be .
silly Nor is it an epic about someone's failure.
Epic Flail is not when a story's grand scale causes the author to lose track of the original vision, so that the plot begins to thrash around wildly.
Epic Hail is not about hail bigger than a human head.
Equivalent Exchange is not about currency exchange and Ridiculous Exchange Rates is not an aversion or subversion of it.
Erection Rejection is not when the little troper doesn't answer the call to duty. That's The Loins Sleep Tonight.
Nor is it the result of a failed penis transplant.
An Ermine Cape is not The Cape with Royal Blood.
Ermine Cape Effect does not mean Ermine Capes have magical powers. Although in some works they do.
Nor is it the result of an Ermine Cape Cause.
Escalating Brawl is not about battling on Rumble Falls.
Escalating War doesn't have anything to do with an actual military war escalating.
Escapist Character does not refer to Yahtzee, the guys or the cast of Unskippable . At least, not specifically.
There Will Be Brawl Escort Mission has nothing to do with that kind of escort.
Esoteric Motifs has nothing to do with the funeral doom metal band Esoteric.
Even the Girls Want Her isn't a western, lesbian porno.
Everybody Must Get Stoned is not the answer to Jesus saying "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
Everyone Can See It is not about reactions to a Wardrobe Malfunction.
Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory is not about people being equivalent to Jesus when they go to Purgatory. Neither is it about convicted people pretending to be shining beacons of innocence.
Everyone Join The Party is not a piece of propaganda you would expect to see in Soviet Russia or 1984.
Everyone Knows Morse does not mean that a certain Oxford-based detective is known across the whole of time-space (though the possibility exists. Everyone Knows Agatha Christie, after all...).
Everyone Rating is not synonymous with that phrase, "Everybody's a critic."
Everyone Owns A Mac is not about how insecure Macs prove to be in the PWN 2 OWN contests.
Everything but the Girl does not mean someone went on a power-mad spree and destroyed everything in his way, leaving no survivors excepting for one young woman.
Everything Is an iPod in the Future is not how Apple keeps growing once Everyone Owns A Mac.
Everything's Worse With Bears does not actually involve the Tu-95.
Evil Brit has nothing to do with Britney Spears' mental breakdown.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good does not refer to Dr. Evil attempting to figure out the meaning behind the biggest hit of Better Than Ezra.
Evil Is Deathly Cold Discussion is not about extreme sarcasm.
Evil Is Not a Toy has nothing to do with Evil the Cat Merchandice.
Evil Laugh is not a living laugh that is evil.
Evil Power Vacuum is not about a energy-draining device used by villains. Nor is it about the latest Hoover being sold to overlords everywhere. It is also not a heroic weapon used to drain evil power from villains.
Evil Overlord List is not a list of Evil Overlords.
An Evil Phone is not, well, a telephone with villanous intent.
Evil Smells Bad is not about villains who don't bathe. Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness is.
Evil Sounds Deep is not about Wicked Cultured chaps (ab)using Fauxlosophic Narration or Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
Evil Tropes does not refer to tropes themselves being evil. TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life does that.
Nor do they fight Good Tropes.
Exactly What It Says on the Tin does not mean the Tin Woodsman always saying it like it is.
Expecting Someone Taller has nothing to do with Yai Ayano or Zack Temple.
Expo Labels are not stickers and signs denoting certain things as the property of convention operators, though they can be if they're glaringly obvious.
An Exposition Break is not a break from giving exposition (hard luck, Hermione). In fact, it's almost the exact opposite.
An Exposition Party is not an adventuring party in which every member is Mr. Exposition.
An Explosive Breeder is not something that actually breeds by exploding.
Nor does it breed explosives.
Explosive Instrumentation is not about the old cartoon gag where a bomb is detonated by a piano key. (That's the Xylophone Gag.)
Exquisite Corpse is not about bodies that look "beautiful even in death" a la Snow White. There will not be a page quote by They Might Be Giants.
Hey! What did I just say?
Nor is it about a beautiful case of Corpsing.
The Extranormal Institute is not known for its normalcy; quite the opposite, in fact.
An Extra-Strength Masquerade is not a costume ball for Flying Bricks and/or other types of superhumans. Nor is a reference to a Cajun-style Mardi Gras.
An Extreme Doormat is not a Welcome rug that spends its weekends doing street luge. Although that would be awesome.
An Extreme Omni Goat is not an all-powerful, all-knowing goat.
Eye Beams are not steel girders used in skyscraper construction. Nor is it when an expression of joy can even be seen in a character's eyes.
Eye Catch isn't when you throw your glass eye and your dog retrieves it.
Eye Scream is not related to this scene from Sponge Bob Square Pants.
Eyes Do Not Belong There is about actual eyes, not where they're looking; it is not in any way related to My Eyes Are Up Here.
It is also not about a witch berating her assistant for misplacing her cauldron brew ingredients.
Eye Take is not Eye Scream crossed with Item Get.
Face-Heel Turn is not about looking at your feet. Nor is it something that only contortionists can do.
The Faceless was not "created" by Optimus Prime.
Face Palm is not about drawing faces on your palms.
Face Palm of Doom is not when your Face Palm kills all the Idiots Surrounding you.
A Face Plant is not about a plant growing out of someone's face.
A Fag Hag is not an old woman who smokes.
Failing a Taxi isn't about failing at driving one. Nor is it about an air pilot failing to taxi down the runway.
A Failure-to-Save Murder is not when the DM murders your character on account of it having failed its saving throw.
The Fair Folk cannot be counted upon to make an unbiased, objective, impartial judgment. By your culture's standards at least.
Nor are they people who refuse to compete or fight with any sort of advantage or disadvantage.
Fake Balance isn't what a newsroom achieves by hiring a Fox News Liberal.
Fake Difficulty isn't about feigning a difficult moment to make yourself look challenged, or difficulty that you are just imagining in your mind.
The Fake Cutie is only faking being The Cutie. She is almost always still female, not a crossdresser.
Fake High is not a High School that's really a front for something more mysterious.
Fake in the Hole doesn't refer to doing Hand in the Hole with a robot arm or other replacement so that whatever's in the hole doesn't hurt you.
Fake Platform is not about the Phantom console. (Or any other software platform that doesn't actually exist.)
A Fake Real Turn isn't about a Refugee from TV Land, Your Mind Makes It Real, or Become a Real Boy. It's not even about Defictionalization, but that's closer. It's specifically about fake products or works In-Universe whose creators end up having to actually make them.
It also isn't the classic cartoon gag where one character paints a fake bend in the road onto a wall, and another character, believing it to be a real bend in the road, drives through the wall.
Fake Trap is not about a female character who might really be male... who turns out to be really female all along.
False Flag Operation is not about triggering an Event Flag at a point clearly not intended by the developers.
Nor is it about a decoy mission involving a squad of SVMS-01 Flags.
False Friend is not a trope about words in one language that look like words in a different language but have unrelated meanings.
False Roulette isn't a case in which a video game series pretends to change its gameplay genre several times while actually playing the same. Nor is it a plan that seems to involve an inordinate amount of luck but actually does not.
The Family for the Whole Family is not about family-friendly works about families, nor about the premise of , Next of Kin , Boondock Saints , or anything else involving blood fueds, The Last House on the Left An Eye For An Eye, or Badass Families, quite the opposite, in fact. It has nothing to do with Equivalent Exchange, either.
Family Values Villain is not about a family who holds a villain in high esteem.
Fan Dumb is not a comment by Hatedom.
FanficRecs: Web Original, despite what you'd think, is not about reccomendations for fan fics based on Web Original works.
Fan Haters are not air conditioner supremacists.
Fan of Underdog has nothing to do with an old 60's cartoon about a superheroic dog.
Fanservice is not about providing customer service to people who like the work.
Nor is it about repairing broken fans.
Fan Sub is not a particularly kinky Uke fan.
Fanime, much to the disappointment of this troper from Northern California, is not about the anime convention.
Fantastic Aesop doesn't refer to An Aesop that is incredibly cool. Nor is it the only sort of Aesop that people in Fantasy fiction learn, although it can be.
Fantastic Arousal is not about really good sexual activity or unusually potent Fetish Fuel.
It also has nothing to do with a certain group of Superhero
Fantastic Comedy isn't a really really good comedy. Not necessarily at least.
Fantastic Racism is not some sort of Nazi plot to justify racial hatred, nor does it refer to Reed, Ben, Sue, and Johnny all being white, nor is it about particularly awesome racism.
Fantastic Drug isn't about a really awesome drug.
Nor is it about special pills that the Fantastic Four use to augment their powers.
Fantastic Nuke is not about really really good nukes.
Fantasy Gun Control actually has very little to do with the plot, or Aesop, of the Discworld book
Men at Arms. Fantasy Helmet Enforcement is not about the inverse of Helmets Are Hardly Heroic in the fantasy genre.
Fan Verse is not about an Ode to a Flabellum.
Fan Wank is not about Rule 34, though not everyone who engages in Fan Wank is above the occasional literal non-example, either.
The Farmer And The Viper is not a tale about a fight between a MiG-19 and an F-16.
Nor is it a crossover between Riverworld and .
Battlestar Galactica Nor is it a story about an agriculturist buying a sports car.
The Fascinating Eyebrow is not an eyebrow that happen to be very interesting.
Fast Roping is not about tying things up especially quickly.
The Fatalist is not someone who plays FATAL, neither he is obsessed with Fatalities. He does have (usually morbid) obsession with Fate.
Fate Worse than Death is not about Fate Testarossa (or that other Fate) being even harder to Punch Out than Death.
Fauxshadow is not a fake hedgehog, nor will he slit his grandma's throat for a wooden nickel.
Faustian Rebellion is not about a certain animator rebelling against the clicheness of girl-targetting media.
A Feather Boa Constrictor is not a Quetzalcoatl-like creature.
It's not about restricting the movement of a scarf, either.
The Featureless Plane of Disembodied Dialogue is not where Squidward ended up when his time machine broke.
It's neither an airplane nor a plane of existence.
Feelies is not an Unusual Euphemism.
Felony Misdemeanor is not the name for a class of crimes under California state law. (California state law spells it "Felony/Misdemeanor", with a slash or a hyphen between the two words. It means a crime that can be treated as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity, such as drunk driving or theft.)
Female Success Is Family does not mean that the only success a woman can have is getting a husband and children.
Fetish does not refer to the original definition of fetishism. You may be looking for Cargo Cult, Good Luck Charm, Bad Luck Charm, or Ancient Artifact.
Fetish Fuel is not a sex store next to a gas station. Nor is it an erotic propellant that would be available from said gas station/sex store combo. Well, not really...
I dunno. For some people...
Neither is it a substance used to power a magical totem. Although that would be sort of cool.
A Fetish Fuel Station Attendant is not someone who works at the gas station in the last panel of this (NSFW)
Ghastly's Ghastly Comic. Fiction 500 is not a car race of all fictional characters.
Fighting with Chucks does not involve using Chuck Taylors as a weapon, nor does it necessarily involve enemies named Chuck (or, god forbid, any multiple instances of Chuck Norris).
Fight In The Nude is not about characters battling in their birthday suits. In most video games to which that would apply, the complete opposite of this trope is in play.
Fight Like A Card Player is not what The Joker does with his razor cards while fighting Batman. It also has nothing to do with arguments that lead to fighting amongst poker players.
There is no game called "Fight Like A Card".
Fighter, Mage, Thief is not a summary of the main cast of . Nor is it 8-Bit Theater someone who's a fighter, a mage AND a thief all at the same time. Or someone who kidnaps people who are just fighters and mages at the same time.
A Finger in the Mail is not about someone opening a letter by running a finger through the top of the envelope.
Nor does it mean someone opening someone else's mailbox and rummaging through their mail.
Nor is it part of a chainmail gauntlet.
Fingerless Gloves is not about mittens.
Finger Poke of Doom is not the same as Go for the Eye.
A Finger Twitching Revival does not mean that finger-twitching was once popular, then fell out of use, and is currently popular again.
Finishing Move is for killing things, not completing your homework or work assignment.
Finns with Fearsome Forests is not about the character from (or Adventure Time or anyone else named Finn) claiming ownership of dangerous and spooky woods.
Finding Nemo Fire-Breathing Diner is not about very angry people at restaurants. Nor is it about diner restaurants that can breathe fire.
First Blood is not about the Rambo movies. Neither does it refer to the first victim of an Anti-Hero or a villain, much as and other things using its voiceovers — Unreal Tournament for one — would have you believe.
Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars First Church of Mecha is not about the Wicca stand-in from .
Tales of MU Fish out of Water has nothing to do with a game of Marco Polo.
Nor does it refer to fishing while you are not in the water, which is normal. Or a fish made out of water.
The Fisher King does not fish. It also isn't the page about that Terry Gilliam movie where Robin Williams gets naked. Nor does it refer to whoever's in charge of Fisher-Price.
Fission Mailed has nothing to do with illegal (not to mention stupid) methods of nuclear waste disposal.
555 has nothing do with ( Kamen Rider 555 Faiz).
Nor anything to do with 666.
It's not a Useful Notes page about the number 555.
Five Rounds Rapid is not something done in a Drinking Game, although its presence may inspire one.
Fix Fic is not a campaign to reduce the influence of Sturgeon's Law on fanfiction. Although such a campaign is sorely needed.
Fixer Sue is not about a repairwoman named Sue.
A Flame War is not a war between two pyromaniacs.
A Flaming Sword is not a euphamism for a Camp Gay guy's wing wong.
Nor is it a sentient sword that is camp gay.
Flanderization is not the assimilation in to the culture of Flanders .
note A Flash Mob is not a branch of the Mafia known for exposing their private parts in public or for being particularly good at using Adobe Flash.
Flash Step is not a reporting name. Nor is it when the floor lights up under someone's feet disco-style. And although The Flash could, in theory, put the move to good use, it's not something he does very often. It's also not when you advance through a web animation one frame at a time.
A Flat Character is not necessarily flat chested, or what happens after Amusing Injuries involving steamrollers.
Flies Equals Evil has nothing to do with flight as a power of villains but not heroes.
Flip Flop of God is not what the Almighty wears at the beach.
Flipping the Bird doesn't involve slingshotting an angry avian at the house of a kidnapper.
Flipping the Table is not Flipping the Bird .
WITH YOUR WHOLE HAND Nor is it reversing the order of the rows on a scorecard or in a database.
A Floating Advice Reminder is not a text box you'd see in a video game telling you basic information after the tutorial has already ended.
Floating Head Syndrome does not refer to the side effects of Zordon's communication tube, nor the result of Megaton's attempts to remove his organic components.
A Flowery Insult is not just calling someone a pansy, although calling someone a pansy can be part of a Flowery Insult.
Fluffy Cloud Heaven is not where good fluffy clouds go after death. Similarily, Fire and Brimstone Hell is not where fires and brimstones that have sinned go to.
Fluffy Tamer is not about a tamer who is fluffy.
Fly Crazy is not the airplane piloting counterpart of Drives Like Crazy.
Flying Brick is not about a block of ceramic material hurtling toward a person's head. Or a block of ceramic material that is also a superhero. (Although it is related to superheroes.) Or the brick from the Brick Joke. And under no circumstances should you compare them to Vogon ships. It also does not refer to Wing Saber.
Flying Seafood Special isn't one of ShinkenGold/ Gold Samurai Ranger's attacks, or a Japanese action flick parody about seafood that can fly.
Flynning has nothing to do with computers.
It's named after Errol Flynn, but it's not about his romantic exploits.
Foe-Tossing Charge is not about an explosive charge that will send foes flying, nor is it about a foe who is tossing an explosive charge.
Foe Yay is not a statement of support for villains. Though the implication is that the good guys support the villains... that way.
Nor is it about the pronunciation of the word "foyer".
Follow the Money bears no relation to its use as a cliche, i.e. discovering secrets by tracing finances. That's Forensic Accounting.
Nor is it about that trick where someone ties a coin or a stack of bills to a string and pulls it along with someone following behind trying to grab it.
It actually could be considered a sub trope of Follow the Leader, but the money itself isn't a leader.
The Fool is not a trope about the tarot card of the same name, or that one guy with the mask who can only be seen by Sora Naegino.
Nor does it reference the objects of Mr T's pity.
Footy Rules is not a treatise on the superiority of soccer over all other sports, or about one's favorite pajamas.
For Doom the Bell Tolls does not denote the entrance of Doctor Doom.
A Forehead of Doom is not about particularly destructive foreheads, nor is it about Doctor Doom's forehead.
Forged by the Gods was not started by any deity.
Nor is it a counterfeit made by said gods.
Forgot He Was a Robot is not about robots so sentient, they convince themselves to be human (or whatever they're modeled after) and have to be reminded they are, in fact, automatons, that would be Tomato in the Mirror.
Fountain of Memes is not a fountain that has memes coming out of it.
Fountain of Youth is not Exactly What It Says on the Tin; that is currently part of Public Domain Artifacts. It's actually the trope for de-aged character(s).
Four Is Death does not necessarily mean you will die at age four. Nor is it a version of the three strikes law in which a fourth "strike" nets the death penalty. (Although both of these could be true given the nature of the trope in question....)
The Four Loves has nothing to do with the four romances.
Four-Star Badass is not a discussion of the most badass characters in the works of Team Four Star.
It is also not a badass character with rave reviews.
Or a particularly effective Level 4 card.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Four Terms Fallacy wasn't committed by Franklin D. Roosevelt when he decided to run for a fourth term in office.
Fourth Wall Shut In Story doesn't refer to a story that initially has No Fourth Wall, only for events within the story to close the fourth wall and end any interaction with the real world.
4X is not the classification for particularly squicky porn.
Franchise Zombie is not the curiously-named daughter to Rob Zombie.
Freudian Couch is not about phallic furniture.
The Freudian Trio has nothing to do with doctor Benjamin Spock, Kirk Franklin, or LeRon McCoy
Frictionless Reentry is not a porn maneuver.
Fridge Brilliance has nothing to do with climbing into a fridge to survive a nuclear explosion, or with particularly well-lit refrigerators.
The fridge itself is not brilliant, in any sense of the word.
Fridge Horror is not about the foul leftover beasts that lurk within.
Fridge Logic has nothing to do with sentient cooling devices, or freezers suddenly acquiring intelligence.
Friend to All Living Things is not about characters who are friendly to all living things. Trope names can be so misleading.
Friends Rent Control refers to the show and not to characters who get a deal on the rent because the landlord is their friend.
Frills of Justice is not the fancy robes judges wear in the British Commonwealth.
Frozen in Time is not what happens when you cause one paradox too many and the Time Police start getting angry. Nor does it involve freezing that must be done before it's too late.
Nor is it ... Frozen
IN TIME! It does not involve literally freezing time, though that could be used to justify it.
Or being frozen just in time.
Frying Pan of Doom is not what Sauron cooks breakfast with.
Nor Doctor Doom, for that matter.
A Fuku Fic is not a Troll's badly misspelled attempt of a Take That directed to a reader of fan stories. Nor is it a fanfic involving sushi prepared from a poisonous blowfish.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment is not about schadenfreude nor is it about Narm from bad acting when a character is suffering an aneurysm.
Funny Foreigner has nothing to do with the band.
Fur Against Fang does not mean Dave's little sister became a pet groomer.
Fur and Loathing has nothing to do with attacks on furries
Fur Bikini is not a furry in a swimsuit, unless the swimsuit is made of fur.
Full-Frontal Assault actually is referring to nudity, not tactics (though it can be employed in a manner that really does help one fight).
It also does not involve vaginal rape. (most of the time...)
Full House Music does not refer to "Everywhere You Look". It is also not about music that might play if someone playing poker gets a full house, nor is it about pure and undeniable house music undiluted by any other genre.
Fulton Street Folly is not about the inventor of the steam engine doing something stupid in public.
Furry Confusion is neither a description of someone who isn't sure whether he's a furry or not, nor the furry equivalent of Mistaken for Gay.
Furry Webcomics are not webcomics made out of fur. Nor do their print editions have covers made out of fur.
Fusion Dance is not dance music mixed with one or more other genres.
It's also not a dance involving the Ford Fusion.
A Fusion Fic is not fanfiction specifically about , nor is it fanfiction about nuclear scientists.