[[DescribeTopicHere Describe Troper here.]]

The first occurrence of "troper" as a name for the people who record their thoughts on this site was in 2003, about a month after we launched. The term was coined by a guy who wrote a lot of good TV.

And a few movies.

''Moving on...''

The term has come to refer to anyone who enjoys examining, discussing, [[PlayingWithATrope deconstructing]], and [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] {{Trope}}s. And as you are here reading this, this means You. [[BreakingTheFourthWall That's right, You]]. Time Magazine's person of the year, [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569514,00.html 2006]]. Anybody who [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/contributor_list.php has a page here]], and [[SilentMajority many people who don't]]. A "Vigilante Taxonomist." A person who ''gets'' it. OneOfUs.