Various shows are popular
when it comes to tropes
. One measure is how readily we name tropes from shows or other works.
This should not be done lightly
and is not a badge of honor. Using trope namers lightly or as a badge of honor is Trope-Namer Syndrome
and leads to confusion, renaming, and possible deletion of tropes.
A series usually gets to name a trope if it's so
widely known for the trope (even outside the circle of nerds
) it's basically an icon of it, or if it has a term for the situation that is simply Made of Win
. Or if it happens to be the Trope Maker
, too. Of course, since Most Tropers Are Young Nerds
, we do kinda swing closer to the geek
side of things. But whaddaya expect? This is
the Internet, after all!
Also, we at TV Tropes
don't want tropes named directly after a trope namer, since the
trope namer may always get its own page. If they are
the Trope Namer, the trope name should reflect the difference, for example "Rashomon"-Style
. This is doubly true for characters, who must embody the trope so well
that one could point to them and say "Yeah, kinda like him"
and other tropers
will immediately agree (without having to consult Google
in the process).
Keep in mind, however, that calling a work "the Trope Namer" in the initial YKTTW
write-up simply because you
took the preliminary title from it (especially
if you are naming the trope
after a character) is very
presumptuous: chances are high that the troper Hive Mind
will disagree about whether or not the work is widely known enough to qualify. Of course, such trope
proposals aren't technically named
yet; the title may be subject to change in YKTTW if someone else comes up with a better title. (For the purpose of actually finding
a better title, see Naming a Trope
See also Image Source
, a listing of the various works (and sometimes real life) which the various trope page images are derived from.
Works and creators that have inspired trope names are listed in the subpages linked below. Keep in mind that animated films fall under the Film
category, not Western Animation
Sometimes we don't quite get it right the first time, leading to a rename. Any tropes that were renamed from their original name go there (and under the new Trope Namer if there is one), not under their former Trope Namers.