Just For Fun: Notable References to TV Tropes
"Oh my god! TV Tropes used one of my quotes!"It's no surprise that the TV Tropes Wiki is one of the most popular websites on the Internet,note and, equally, it's no surprise that other webpages want to give us a Shout-Out, or that we would want to return the favor by shouting back to the pages that reference us. Also see TV Tropes In Other Wikis, Weirdest Inbound Link of the Day, One of Us.
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- Thinking In Little Green Boxes has Harry Potter celebrate when he learns we made a page for the fic here. He even passes out a link to the page to everyone.
- The Doctor Who This Time Round:
- Several chapters of Shinji And Warhammer 40 K refer to several tropes.
- Gregg Landsman, author of Nobody Dies, has referenced tropes in his story multiple times. For instance, Iruel greeting Asuka with "Hey there Woobie, how's Mommy treating you?", and Shinji somewhat-sarcastically referring to himself as a "Big Damn Hero". He even has a link to the trope page for Nobody Dies in the signature of his spacebattles.com account.
- Kyon: Big Damn Hero is a story that is described as a crossover between Haruhi Suzumiya and TV Tropes. Based on the massive number of tropes listed on the Main Trope page for the story, not to mention several tropes referred to by name, it's pretty safe to say that the author is One of Us.
- The author of Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami was apparently pleased to find our entry on it. Dark randomly declares himself a "sutle [sic] Magnificent Bastard" as a Take That to the wiki claiming Dark had no subtle gambits, and we're suddenly told Near did a lot of supposedly evil things after TV Tropes claimed Near did nothing worthy of his Chew Toy status. Later, he thought it was awesome that Slowzombie is liveblogging it, Slow's eye problems notwithstanding.
- The round-robin, multibranching fic Switching Places/Eva! on the Anime Addventure. In this Neon Genesis Evangelion/Ranma ½ crossover, Rei Ayanami has begun using "TVTropes.jp" as a tool to help her understand human interactions. It's unclear whether this is a good idea or not.
- Progress has the author reccommend us to any readers who want to know what Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome is. Later we see 'Trope's Library of Literary Tools' in Celestia's library.
- Another Pony fic is outright titled Shipping Goggles.
- Fanfiction author Shadow Crystal Mage makes constant references to tropes by name, and admits outright that his goal is to be referenced on as many pages as possible.
- The Secret Life of Dolls has an installment titled after the trope He Who Fights Monsters. (Example is not an Older Than They Think. Cleo links to the article.)
- Princess Tutu Abridged often refers to tropes by name. An entire sub-plot was created because of a single run through the Shipping Tropes. It's the Shipping Bridge! And being put in a Cargo Ship is the worst thing that can happen. But no worries, the the entire plot is now focusing on Duck and Fakir. Drusselmeyer hates it.
- Black, White and Shades of Mediochre features a character named Xanatos Gambit. No, really. First name Xanatos, second name Gambit. Since the character is a Nerd in Evil's Helmet and the author is One of Us, the reference is certainly intentional.
- The Skulduggery Pleasant series has two. There is a minor character called Trope, and the beginning of Kingdom of the Wicked involves a brief discussion of whether or not a character is an insane man who thinks he's a butterfly, or an insane butterfly who thinks he's a man.
- A brief one in book five of Charles Stross's The Laundry Files, The Rhesus Chart. A mathematician who was given a certain line of calculations to visualize wakes up to find himself unusually photosensitive, possessed of superhuman reflexes and mind-warping abilities, invisible in the mirror...and thirsty for blood. Naturally, his reaction after calming down from a rather understandable freakout is to check Wikipedia and TVTropes for information on vampires.
- In a fourth-season episode of Royal Pains, Hank uses the term Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot to refer to one of Evan's old Halloween costumes. The trope name originated on this wiki, so it's safe to assume that someone who works on that show is a lurker.
- Or else a player of the trope namer.
- On the 8 March 2013 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the term Hannibal Lecture is used in reference to the "Cannibal Cop" story.
- TV Tropes began with covering Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which would mention tropes by name throughout the series. With the release of Season ten episode four in the comics however it's come full circle with Willow and Andrew discussing Dark!Willow as a trope where it becomes a Running Gag, before Andrew says he's not Captain Obvious and Spike goes I Need a Freaking Drink.
Printed Media, Blogs, and other Publications
- The September 2010 issue of Wired magazine featured a short article on us.
- Wired's September '12 article on the Alternate Reality Game.
- Scans_daily mentions us a lot, especially in the comments (usually a link, accompanied by LOTS of warnings about life-ruining side effects.)
- Been mentioned in the editorial for the January edition of SFX magazine.
- Raocow has occasionally referenced us in his Lets Plays. In a video, after mentioning "Epileptic Trees", he outright tells people to visit the site.
- On Reddit.
- David Sirota of Salon linked to our page on the Noble Savage in his February 2013 list of major Academy Award-nominated or -winning films from the past quarter-century. He referred specifically to Dances with Wolves as "the modern era's emblematic example" of films whose protagonist "went native" among Noble Savages.
- Allen Varney blogged about the site on Paranoia.
- MetaFilter likes us too, apparently.
- Let's hope the NaNoWriMo writers don't waste their time on TV Tropes when they should be writing.
- The site was reviewed on Killer Startups.
- Fritz Freiheit wrote about the site on his blog. He included a copy of the blog post on his wiki.
- The Hekman Library includes the site as a research resource.
- A blog called Grim Reviews.
- Bruce Sterling mentioned us on Wired blogs.
- This Boing Boing front-pager sticks out a bit.
- THE BBC! Yes, The BBC!
- The Viking's Progress, a blog by a Physician Assistant gives us a shout out here
- This Touhou fansite references some tropes and warns about the dangers of Trope Addiction with every link to this site. It's a Troper Work, and the main site of Touhou Nekokayou.
- A Semantic Web researcher discovers that we have the Linked Data nature,and that we may be able to teach the experts a thing or two about building data webs. Maybe this is why it's so addictive.
- At least one mention on a Television Without Pity recap, not to mention their forums.
- German weekly newspaper Die Zeit
- An article on bullshit stereotypes, linking to Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys and British Teeth.
- On implausible TV and movie plots that actually happened linking to Switched at Birth.
- They even have a page on us.
- In the October 2010 Cracked contest for what the movie posters would look like for certain web sites, we had the winning poster.
- Another Photoshop bit postulates TV Tropes the Board Game.
- And another found our Kryptonite (We're #13).
- The Agony Booth referenced a few trope titles in their review of Repo! The Genetic Opera, then page 5 features this tidbit:
This song is just awful, so much so that TV Tropes, which is run by people who like everything, lists this scene as Repo's Dethroning Moment of Suck.
- Here's a thing from io9, a great online 'zine for all things SFnal and cool.
- Dragonfree lovingly peppers her movie reviews with links to tropes that pop up in the Pokemon films.
- The LA Times had a look at us.
- Know Your Meme used this site to confirm if Youtube Poop was a meme. It's not just YTP, though. There are at least five other articles that have mentioned or linked back to this wiki.
- Arcade, Stanford University's salon magazine, has a write-up about us.
- Major online newspaper Slate.com has reference not once, not twice, not thrice, but a bunch of times:
- Amazing Ben has referenced this site in some of his articles.
- The site received an entry in the 2011 edition of Schott's Almanac, a catalogue of recent events, trends and phenomena, along with a list of some of the tropes present here.
- The Febuary 2011 issue of Maximum PC includes this site on a list of 101 websites everyone should see once.
- Wired's Geekdad recommends TVTropes to keep kids reading over the summer.
- The "distributed recommendation system" Skipforward provides a linked-data wrapper for TVTropes called DBTropes. Among other things, it provides a machine-readable interface to the wiki.
- Ralph Keyes mentions TV Tropes in the bibliography of his book Euphemania—though there's no mention in the main text.
- In this article in The Guardian on fanfiction, there's a direct reference to the trope Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls.
- The Macintosh Garden page for Lexi-Cross includes the game description from TVTropes.
- Nintendo Gamer Issue 76 references Contractual Boss Immunity in an article on boss battles.
- Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women who Love Them includes several trope references, the most notable being Nancy Kay Shapiro's essay on why Spike is her Woobie.
- The University of Southern California digital news magazine has an article about TV Tropes here. 
- The comic series Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has had three references to TV Tropes so far, in the form of drinks. Issue #11 had "Nightmare Fuel", issue #13 had "Mood Whiplash", and issue #18 had "Berzerker Button". Should be noted that Roberts is known to visit here on occasion.
- Entertainment Weekly's Sept. 20/27, 2013 issue mentions us in their B- review of the then-upcoming CBS sitcom Mom, criticizing its Flat Characters as something "tvtropes.org could've drafted".
- This post at the Anime Feet blog criticizes our Does Not Like Shoes page.
- Apparently Mark Rosewater, Head Designer for Magic: The Gathering, thinks we are "awesome".
- In the August 2014 issue of Otaku USA, Jason Bradley Thompson's review of Seikoku No Dragonar has this reference:
Every element of this story feels ripped off from a TVTropes page, from the tsundere love interest who's cold on the outside (the love interest isn't the dragon, incidentally), to the evil technological Empire whose secret agents wield Uzis while everyone else is running around in pseudo-European garb.
- A quiz bowl in Princeton that I competed in had a question about this website. The question started off with "A scene from All Dogs Go to Heaven provided name for this website's Big Lipped Alligator Moment page."
- Changeling: The Lost, in the sourcebook Swords at Dawn, details Talecrafting, a way Changelings can tweak fate to force life to follow story conventions, such as the Rule of Three, the Evil Stepmother, or the elderly mentor. Guess what site they reference as a good place to find inspiration?
- Fate: Core system (link) has the following advice about the setting for a Fate game:
If you're inventing a setting, you have more work cut out for you. It's beyond the scope of this chapter to tell you how to make a setting; we're assuming you already know how to do that if that's what you're choosing to do. (Besides, we live in a vast world of media. See tvtropes.org if you don't believe us.)
- Kingdom of Loathing has a monster in its 2010 Christmas content called the "Tome of Tropes."
"You can't focus your attention on working, or on much of anything, so you turn to the nuclear solution of boredom: the Tome of Tropes. It's a giant book that explains and gives clever names to all of the recurring themes in literature, popular culture, and even real life. There are two things about the book that make it purest evil: the first is that anyone can add to it, so it's always changing and growing larger. The second is that every entry contains several references to other cleverly-named tropes, and touching one of those names sends you to an explanation of that trope's name, complete with references to other tropes... and at some point you look up and see you're eight years older than when you started."
- One of the Minecraft title blurbs reads: "Less addictive than TV Tropes!"
- Two of Peacock's moves in Skullgirls are tropes documented on this wiki, and the move list says that their names actually are "Big Ball of Violence" and "Shadow of Impending Doom". Given the nature of the game, and especially the nature of Peacock, this really isn't surprising.
- As Dork Tower admits, TVTropes will indeed ruin your life.
- Errant Story: in one of the chapter commentaries, Bani calls Sara the Worf of Errant Story. Sara's response? "You're not allowed to read TV Tropes anymore".
- Trope-tan and Captain Obvious are characters in The Way of the Metagamer. The comic also directly mentions Avatar and the Airbending Fellowship of Vampire Slayers and tropes on This Very Wiki.
- Irregular Webcomic! mentions this wiki in the notes a lot. So does Darths & Droids. As Dmmaus is a known Troper, this should be expected.
- This strip of Super Stupor.
- Stickman and Cube mentions us a few times. or at least refers to tropes by name.
- Nowhere University has references to this site.
- The commentary on this strip of Partially Clips.
- Phil Foglio has a link to us on the Girl Genius Fun Stuff page.
- xkcd once mentioned us here. And linked the comic to this site. Randall Munroe is a cruel man, as the people in this thread can certify.
- This Shortpacked! strip is titled (according to the accompanying blog post) "Is this something already covered by TV Tropes? I haven't checked yet". It is.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja recently had a strip that features a blurred website that looks veeeerryy suspicious.
- The Order of the Stick: According to the Giant, he's aware of TV Tropes, but has never directly referenced it; everything that seems like a reference is Older Than They Think.
- At least two of the authors of Exterminatus Now are tropers, and Silversword is one of them. Eastwood is the other.
- In at least one El Goonish Shive strip, Dan has linked to TV Tropes in The Rant. Specifically, the Red Shirt page.
- Andrew Hussie of Homestuck has mentioned us a few times. While he doesn't completely agree with our specific list-based methods, he seems to like the general troping idea and has said that he's found a few articles to be interesting reads. note
- Dinosaur Comics: The archive title of the Oct 28, 2009 page is "inspired by the tvtropes 'Weaksauce Weakness' page. tvtropes it great, it'll remind you of how ridiculous your body is, AND also suck up endless hours of your time".
- The Unspeakable Vault (of Doom) linked this site's "good summary" of Warhammer 40K in strip #341.
- Unwinders Tall Comics: Barbecue Sauce has an anime to recommend.
- The chaps that create Virtual Shackles might well be tropers, as this comic references Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
- Ansem Retort has this as a sort of Take That joke to the site. Duke then added in his update that people check out the site, as well as a disclaimer that he doesn't edit his own page and leaves it up to the fans.
- A Path To Greater Good: Guido (who does occasionally post on the TV Tropes forum) wonders if there's a trope for that hair. (Anime Hair or Improbable Hairstyle, by the way.)
- Bobwhite: This page discusses the Tzadikim Nistarim. The Alt Text notes "This one is on TV Tropes for some reason."
- The commentary to this Critical Miss strip (referencing Assassin's Creed):
"The Templars are winning in the modern portion of the games because they finally have access to a certain website and thus can avoid embarrassing situations like the one illustrated in today's comic. That and they presumably outlawed hay."
"Alright, Miss Stout. From what you've told me you have a severe case of... hold on... Sanity Slippage, which is an Ambiguous Disorder caused by... huh... You're now what we technically call a 'cuckoolander'."
- When Erin went to visit her therapist in this strip he references several tropes to explain her mental problems. She accuses him of not being a real doctor and then the audience sees he has TVTropes open with "goatfuck crazy" in the search engine.
One of our readers, some might say our best reader, has started a Critical Miss TV Tropes page! I've always wanted my own TV Tropes page. So much so I even considered starting my own. But that'd be kind of like like signing your own yearbook, or masturbating in public. It's just not done. Whoever started the page may step forward and receive a moderate amount of praise and adulation.
- After Erin takes Kratos' (from God of War) advice and try to destroy her friend's Xbox 360 and almost seriously harming another in the process, she gets thrown out of their house. She then decides to get drunk, and comments that "This is going to look terrible on my TV Tropes page."
- Johnathan Grey Carter, the writer of Critical Miss is pleased that it has a page:
- On the Ears for Elves links bar, our page is the first entry in "extras". We are also now the official character sheet, being the link under "about", though the original page (which our content is heavily based off) is still there if you know the URL. These links account for the main page having >800 inbounds and the character page having 150, despite the main page only having 50 wicks, as of the 3rd of June 2012.
- Times Like This: This strip goes out of its way to be Troperiffic with Dialogue Tropes before name dropping the "TV Tropes Foundation". Thomas Overbeck links to TV Tropes in the commentary:note
I'm really loving that site (and all the referral traffic it gets me).
- In one of the author's comments during the commentary rerun of Get Medieval Irony-chan said in regard to Bill And Ted appearing as knights in her story:
Somewhere on the TV Tropes Wiki is a theory that Bill and Ted are Time Lords, but I'm not going to provide a link because that would involve entering the TV Tropes Wiki, and it might be months before I came out again.
- Also quoted here.
- This article on Snopes links to the Straw Feminist trope page in describing the sort of content of the tale that it is examining.
- Nice essay on The Millions examining whether or not we have a chilling effect on creativity. Also relays some information about China Miéville's opinion of the wiki.
- Lore Sjöberg of Wired features us here. The page on the screen is Ridiculous Procrastinator.
- The Angry Nerd, another feature of the site, has a video wherein he prepares for the apocalypse by printing out the site in its entirety.
- Movie Bob lovingly kicks our asses. The good stuff kicks in on page 2.
- The Abridged Series of Neon Genesis Evangelion makes quite a few references.
- Linkara, made the exclamation "Oh my God! TV Tropes used one of my quotes!" during a Previously On montage.note
- Oancitizen has mentioned in his Ken Park commentary that he used us as a reference when looking up films to review, specifically the pages Le Film Artistique, True Art Is Incomprehensible and Euroshlock.
- CR of Familiar Faces mentions a character as The Woobie in his Top 10 Overlooked Christmas Specials, even mentioning us by name.
- FSTDT: On the top of this page, it says "The "High Octane Nightmare Fuel" Award". That page is the first thing linked on FSTDT's High Octane Nightmare Fuel page.
- this quote got the "Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking" award.
- The Nostalgia Chick:
- Zero Punctuation has made references to trope titles in the past.
- Y: Ruler of Time of Read Right To Left, the Manga review show on That Guy with the Glasses:
- Uses a lot of trope names in his review of School Rumble, and displays the Tsundere page image as well.
- In his later review of Let's Bible, he refers to TV Tropes by name, discussing the What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic? trope, and even displaying the page as he talks. In subtitles, he admits that he visits the site, and also says that the above paragraph shouldn't count as an example of Notable References to TVTropes, but that his present discussion should. The obvious solution? Have both of them as examples, of course.
- The SCP Foundation lists this site as an safe-class object: SCP 4445. (Granted, it's a joke entry, written in response to our article about them...) Seems that in the SCP-verse, this wiki is a front for the Foundation, used for psychological screening and recruitment. Also, in Supplemental Report 239-B-192. Not to mention members showing up on the forum occasionally.
- Dena, of That Guy with the Glasses' Game Den and Film Den shows referenced a character as The Woobie complete with an image of the page.
- The Blog The Slacktivist made one of its Left Behind criticisms here, with a reference to Mr. Exposition. This comment states:
We all knew this day would come. *Fred himself* has opened the door to the TV Tropes Abyss.
* clears schedule for rest of day*
- SF Debris has made a couple references in his videos, including a notice to alert the users of TV Tropes that he finally gave a Star Trek: Voyager episode a score of 10.
- ProtonJon is fully aware of TV Tropes and occasionally namedrops tropes.
- Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane referenced the site in the Yogscast Minecraft Series when they note when a safe path leads to nowhere but a dangerous path leads further.
- In Film Brain's review of Far Cry, he mentioned this site as he stated that he was a Slave to PR.
- Laci Green has a link to her entry on her site.
- Anita from Feminist Frequency did a six part series on tropes vs women, using this site as an inspiration. Tvtropes even gets referenced in one of the videos.
- According to his Show and Trailer for Comic-Con 2012, Fraser of Video Games Awesome! reads TV Tropes, and he mentions how it sucks away hours of his time away, especially the article for his own show.
- An episode of an Extra Credits column focusing on the first five minutes of a game (and their importance), titled "Starting Off Right", shows the "Trauma-Induced Amnesia" TV Tropes article (that is, an excerpt of it) at around two minutes in.
- The Lets Player raocow uses Idiosyncratic Episode Naming for his LPs so often that he has his own page for it. In his runthrough of the Super Mario Bros X game The Invasion 2, his videos were all titled after tropes that he felt related to something that occurred within the video. The ninth video was even entitled 'Idiosyncratic Episode Naming'
- Something Awful and various Social Justice Warrior blogs, on the other hand, hate TV Tropes for focusing on pop culture, as opposed to academic works and media of the English canon, and the sexism and downright lies of the (now defunct) Troper Tales pages.
- The Cartoon Hero frequently references tropes in his videos and even mentions his page on this site.
- In The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of Ghosts N Goblins, he attacks the cartridge with a Cluster F-Bomb, a Precision F-Strike and an Atomic F-Bomb. They're referred to with their actual trope names, and they're also listed in a Final Fantasy I-esque menu as such.
- In Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv), Raye Penber uses TV Tropes to aid in the Kira investigation:
Raye Penber: So far all I have is from TV Tropes. Did you know that Kira means glitter in Japanese?
- For The Nostalgia Critic's editorial episode looking into the popularity of Tom Hiddleston's Loki, he namedropped The Woobie and examined it. He also remarked about his own appearance in the page in the processnote .
- The Inglip's main (so to say) artist Prodlly (alias The Troll) evidently is deeply in love with TV Tropes, to the extent that he sometimes mentions it directly in the comics, for surplus metalulz.
- The Littlest Pet Shop (2012) fan site The Pet Shop Insider has a page about our page on the show.
- This Doctor Who TV article about the Day of the Doctor is very aware of TV Tropes, the entire article is about 80% wiki word references. For example...
Watch the special and tick off all the Continuity Nods you recognize because there will be tons of them! Expect dozens of CallBacks to previous stories also. Well…even more than usual. We already know that The Bus Came Back for Tennant and Piper and Moffat Dropped a Bridge on Paul McGann’s Doctor in the prequel, so who else can we be expected to see."
- Ars Technica's 'Page Not Found' banner advises:
If this is a really long outage, check out a cool site like reddit or TV Tropes to pass the time.
- Mr. Mendo reviewed The Room on this site's request, and referred to the Booth's occassionally rocky relationship with Tropers. Still, he calls TV Tropes his favorite website.
"Even if you are going to Hell..."
- Indirect example: In March 2014, The Onion's subpage The A. V. Club published an article co-written by several staff members titled "What TV Trope Aggravates You the Most?" Although the article never references this site or its trope names, the title is a dead giveaway. For the curious, the tropes listed are: In Medias Res, Christmas Miracle (more or less), Fake Band (they have Fail O'Sucky Names), Enhance Button, Will They or Won't They?, Convenient Miscarriage, Disney Death, Anti-Hero (overused), Bikini Bar (also overused), Disposable Woman and Old Friend (you guessed it—overused).
- In preparation for the release of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Gamespot wrote a news article answering why Kirby is always angry in American box art, referencing American Kirby Is Hardcore in the process.
- Rob Bricken's unfavorable review of Hercules (2014) claims that the film "refuses to show anything that doesn't have a 3000-word TV Tropes page devoted to it". He proves his point by linking to the Training the Peaceful Villagers entry ("we begin with Herc training a misfit army of villagers into an elite fighting force as seen in countless films"), then listing the plot's numerous other cliches.
- In his review of The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, Ed Liu notes that Pebbles is "the one most often saddled with the Idiot Ball, since most of the episodes rely on her misunderstanding something and then finding the worst possible way to fix her mistakes", complete with a link to the trope.
- This article at We Hunted the Mammoth, a site that ridicules "the new misogyny" of anti-feminism, uses a link to the You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry page to make fun of the post it's discussing.
- The title caption for the Futurama episode "Leela and the Genestalk" is done in the form of a TV Tropes spoiler tag.
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