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- Accentuate the Negative: A diacritic above a film negative. The caption complaining about the Visual Pun is an example, however.
- Anger Tropes: The index is of things that make you angry. The image is the emotion himself.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: It's a picture of a large cock, but not the type you'd expect.
- Blind Date: A blind woman, not a date where the two people don't know each other.
- Broken Ace: The "ace" pictured is a playing card, not a well-performing individual.
- The Bus Came Back: Typically, returning to a show doesn't involve departing from an actual bus.
- Bus Crash: Offscreen deaths do not normally involve a literal bus crash.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Oolong was a rabbit, but was never referred to as a "smeerp" or by any other fantastic name used to refer her taxonomic family.
- Dethroning Moment of Suck: Has a picture of a castle on fire, not the worst moment of a work.
- Discord Tropes: An index of tropes not regarding Discord, but characters not getting along.
- Disgust Tropes: The index is of things that evoke a disgusted reaction. The image is the emotion herself.
- Ear Trumpet: Nothing to do with real trumpets. They are a type of archaic hearing aids.
- Flying Brick: A real flying brick is a Superhero that combines Flight with Super Strength, not an actual brick with wings.
- Going Cold Turkey: An image of a turkey in the snow, not an attempt at avoiding an addiction.
- Hardcore: Instead of something extreme or intense, it's a picture of an avocado core that is impossible to cut.
- Hentai: As actual pictures of Hentai are a no-no, the image is a picture of a hen wearing a necktie.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: It has a character actually suffering a blue screen of death. The real meaning is more of a metaphor for freaking out.
- It Tastes Like Feet: Depicts someone eating a literal foot, instead of comparing a food's unpalatibility with something no sane person would have eaten/tasted.
- Knight in Sour Armor: The trope is about a cynical hero. The picture is a knight figure crafted from lemons (thus wearing actual sour armor).
- Kudzu Plot: It's an actual picture of the Kudzu plant, not an plot that doesn't resolve its questions.
- Long Bus Trip: It's about characters who depart the show for long stretches of time, not lengthy buses.
- The Mole: The trope is about the villain joining the hero's team to stab them in the back in the future. The image is a group of actual molehills.
- Necessary Weasel: Shows an actual weasel, not an illogical trope considered vital to a genre.
- Nipple and Dimed: Not the type of nipple you would find on women, but rather the type you find on baby bottles.
- Paper Tiger: Shows a game card with an actual tiger made of paper, not someone who is proven to be weaker than first looks would hint at.
- Permanent Red Link Club: A picture of Link in red clothes, not a page this wiki has purged forever (besides, that would kind of defeat the purpose of the club).
- Power: Usually does not involve a button that turns something on or off.
- Put on a Bus: Being written out of the show without being killed off usually does not involve an actual bus.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: It's about being written out of the show in an especially mean-spirited way, not about taking an actual bus to Hell.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: It's literally "(an) old hat", not something that was once considered trendsetting before it loses that appeal after being imitated so often.
- Sock Puppet: Sockpuppet accounts on forums and wikis are usually not controlled by actual sockpuppets.
- Sour Grapes Tropes: The index is about tropes demonstrating that what you desire doesn't always turn out well. The image is a literal picture of grapes.
- Spoiler: A Visual Pun showing an Army Major named Spoiler, not a plot point that viewers don't want revealed.
- Square Peg, Round Trope: Since it's impossible to actually illustrate trope misuse without using a lot of text, the image just shows a square peg being pushed into a round hole.
- Straw Fan: A hand fan made of straw instead of how the makers of a work view the Unpleasable Fanbase.
- Teeny Weenie: Since a straight example would be NSFW, the image is of some miniature hot dogs instead.
- The War on Straw: It's a picture of a literal strawman. The Strawmen referred to in the trope are fallacious arguments or stereotypes made to make the Author Tract look better in comparison.
- Walking Spoiler: Jason Fox's costume will spoil the heck out of the other characters, sure, but FoxTrot is too light on plot to have any characters that would spoil it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's a picture of a mouse, not a plot point that isn't resolved.
Not Really an Example
They might look like an example at first glance, but they really don't fit.
- Allegedly Free Game: The image refers to League of Legends, which is generally agreed to give free players a worthwhile experience, despite how much money it's possible to spend on it.
- Assimilation Academy: The sequence shown is actually a fantasy of the main character in The Wall. While he doesn't have many fond memories of his school years, it was not outright totalitarian.
- Chaotic Stupid: Elan is both chaotic and stupid, and he can be silly sometimes (like in the pictured panel), but he's not chaotic stupid.
- Foreshadowing: Young Anakin Skywalker's shadow appearing as Darth Vader is a good Visual Pun for the trope, but as The Phantom Menace was made after The Empire Strikes Back, this is actually an example of a Call-Forward.
- The Illegal: While Rudy does cross the border illegally, as the title Born in East L.A. implies, he is a U.S. born citizen who was falsely deported in the first place.
- Inappropriately Close Comrades: There is Unresolved Sexual Tension between them, but Jack O'Neill and Sam Carter never actually dated during the course of Stargate SG-1.
- Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: The image depicts the "Lava Lagoon" stage in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. The catch is that, despite the level's name, the "lava" is actually implied to be super-hot water instead, since it can be turned into normal water with Clapper's help. Other levels in Crocodile Cauldron have actual lava which isn't depicted this way.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: The film does contain an actual Lotus-Eater Machine in the Cryo Prison for pre-crime arrestees, but the image actually shows a different virtual reality machine that paying customers enter voluntarily for a brief period.
- Media Watchdog: The cartoon used to illustrate the article depicts the PTC (Parents' Television Council) which is not an official media regulator but an extremist pro-censorship conservative pressure group, i.e. Moral Guardians.
- My Future Self and Me: The future Stan Marsh turns out to be an actor hired by his parents to keep him off of drugs.
- Napoleon Delusion: Bender didn't really think he was Napoleon Bonaparte, he was merely pretending to be so he could get away with a crime on grounds of insanity.
- One-Scene Wonder: The image is a poster highlighting Christopher Walken's tendency for that kind of scene-stealing small part. However, the picture of Walken is taken from The Rundown, where he has a large role as the main villain.
- The Pennyfarthing Effect: It's a picture of a pennyfarthing bicycle, which isn't truly an example of the trope — until technology marched on a bit, this awkward design really was the best option available.
- Quicksand Box: Mass Effect, despite its scope, has well-defined goals and quests.
- Salt Solution: The Bakemons are a complete inversion. Although salt is never used as a weapon against them, they would logically have to be immune if they're using it to make their victims more appetizing.
- Sinister Minister: While he is a minister, Jesse Custer isn't evil, but rather an Anti-Hero.
- Spoiler Title: In John Dies at the End, John doesn't die at the end.
- Twofer Token Minority: Conway Stern was a Double Agent, and given that Archer said he wasn't circumcised, probably wasn't really Jewish.
- So Bad, It's Horrible: The Star Wars Holiday Special isn't usually considered horrible, and is on none of the subpages, but rather So Bad, It's Good.
These images aren't played seriously. Instead, they come from parodies.
- The Butler Did It: The maid accuses the butler to get out of trouble for breaking a vase, not because the butler committed a murder.
- By-the-Book Cop: More a parody of the Cowboy Cop than the typical By-the-Book Cop.
- Common Mary Sue Traits: Not a serious character, but rather a Parody Sue.
- Darker and Edgier: The Smurfs have always been family friendly. This is a satire of The Dark Age of Comic Books.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Comes from a non-canon joke ending of Silent Hill 2, in which a Shiba Inu is revealed to have masterminded the game's events.
- God-Mode Sue: God-Man is more of a Parody Sue.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Tropic Thunder is mocking glurgy Inspirationally Disadvantaged works with its Film Within a Film Simple Jack, not a straight example (even if it still garnered protests among release for this).
- Invincible Hero: God-Man is a parody of overpowered heroes, not a straight example.
- It Can Think: The Critic is parodying the example from Jurassic Park. The Velociraptors did possess unusual problem-solving skills, but they weren't Wicked Cultured Evil Geniuses.
- Lighter and Softer: The real Diablo III is a fairly dark game. This is a parody of the expectations of Blizzard fans.
- Mary Sue Classic: Head Trip making fun of Bella Swan.
- Meaningless Meaningful Words: Hi Im Daisy is mocking Metal Gear Solid.
- The Philosopher King: Existential Comics parodies the idea of a Philosopher-King, since Plato turns out not to be a particularly wise ruler.
- Self-Fanservice: An image mocking the phenomenon, not a straight example.
- Stalking Is Love: The comic panel comes from a parody of Twilight.
- Too Dumb to Live: The image comes from Scary Movie, which mocks the cliches of horror movies, such as idiotic victims.
These images might have qualified at one point, but not another. It might be a case of Subverted Trope, Depending on the Writer, or Zigzagged Trope.
- Author Tract: The Godless Communism does qualify as an Author Tract, but it is in fact an anti-communist message.
- Behind the Black: Questionable Content depicts a subversion of the concept, since a straight use would be non-illustrative.
- Crapsaccharine World: While the Sunnyside Daycare Center starts off as it played straight, the ending makes it an actually happy place.
- Lawful Evil: While he plays this straight throughout most of the plot, Darth Vader eventually ditches the "evil" part after he performs a Heel–Face Turn.
- Lawful Good: While the mainstream Superman usually fits this alignment, there are other versions that are more chaotic, and some that are downright evil.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Darkseid has varying motivations. While in Final Crisis he plays that straight, most of the time he just wants to remove free will or take over the universe.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Depicts both a straight example from Scooby-Doo and an inversion from Doctor Who.
- Sickbed Slaying: Elle Driver wants to kill the Bride in Kill Bill while she's bedridden and in a coma, but Bill calls Elle up to stop her because he considers such a method to be beneath them.
- Spare a Messenger: Kronar does initially let the guy in question get away, but it later becomes a subversion when he gets so pissed off at being mocked for being a "wimp" that he leaves no survivors instead.
- Mary Sue: Just a picture of a name button, not an actual Sue.