"The front page of the internet"
is a very large news aggregator similar to Digg or Fark.com
. Its structure is based around "subreddits", separate topic-specific aggregators which can be easily created. Although it isn't a wiki, The Wiki Rule
is in full effect here, since subreddits can (and are) made for pretty much anything. And yes, there's a TV Tropes
Birthplace and center of worship for the Dark Lord Inglip
Reddit is proven to be actually more
addictive than TV Tropes
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Reddit provides examples of the following tropes:
- Accentuate the Negative: Subreddits dedicated to mockery (like /r/thathappened or /r/cringe), especially the former, which expresses mocking disbelief towards almost anything.
- The Alleged Car: /r/Shitty_Car_Mods/ is all about this.
- Anti-Climax: In March 2013, dont_stop_me_smee posted this gallery showing a locked safe. 9 Months later, somebody finally got it open and inside was a spider.
- Artifact Title:
- /r/AdviceAnimals took its name from the "Advice Dog" image macro, which is now virtually non-existent. More of them now contain humans and most don't give any advice — until the "Advice Mallard" image macros were introduced.
- /r/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu is named after the expression for rage, as the subreddit is for Rage Comics. However, they no longer always involve rage.
- April Fools' Day: On April 1st, 2013, Reddit posted a blog post stating that it has purchased Team Fortress 2 and would be implementing its gameplay into the standard Reddit experience.
- On the same day, /r/StarWars and /r/StarTrek switched backgrounds, to much confusion.(The TF2 blog, on the other hand, states the opposite.)
- On April 1st, 2014, there was much buzz on /r/AssassinsCreed about Ubisoft announcing that Watch_Dogs was the real title of their secretive Assassin's Creed: Comet project. Having apparently forgotten what day it was, the excitement even spilled over into /r/Gaming. Funnily enough, when the game was released, it was confirmed that it does, in fact take place in the same universe as Assassin's Creed.
- Astroturf: Reddit's founders, Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, admitted to submitting links under various usernames when the site first launched to make it look like it there were more people using it than there actually were.
- As You Know: Either TIL threads (Today I Learned) will be genuinely informative, or something that's already common knowledge.
- Belief Makes You Stupid: How r/atheism views fundamentalists. Its sizable hatedom considers r/atheism this, as well.
- Berserk Button:
- r/shitredditsays, since it's a haven for snarky feminists, really hates jokes about rape. The subreddit also has a low tolerance for Black Comedy, sex jokes, and racial humor.
- A mention of Colby the Dog will receive numerous responses of 'EVERY THREAD' or similar.
- Bittersweet Ending: The Colby story ends up like this. The poster and his wife get back together, the son sees a therapist, but the dog has to be sold.
- Brain Bleach: /r/eyebleach for washing away memories of /r/wtf or /r/spacedicks.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: This post:
- Broken Pedestal: /u/unidan was a biologist almost universally loved by Reddit until an incident in 2014 when he lost his temper and it was revealed he had been using alternate accounts to manipulate votes. He's now mostly just another injoke (don't mention jackdaws), but many users seem to mourn the loss.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Many, although _vargas_ is one of the most popular.
- Conspiracy Theorist: A fairly common sight in political threads.
- According to /r/hailcorporate, every post is secretly a viral marketing campaign.
- Parodied with /r/karmaconspiracy and /r/conspiratard, the latter of which is dedicated to mocking Truthers, Illuminati freaks, and Ufologists.
- Cringe Comedy: r/cringe collects unintentional examples, but is accused of being mean-spirited. /r/cringepics does much the same.
- Cut Short: The infamous 'tree fiddy' (a South Park reference) stories posted by thehealeroftri (and others) open with a typically believable, interesting premise, then right before the climax of the story, typically involve one of the main characters asking for $3.50, then turning into a prehistoric animal and swimming away.
- Cute Kitten: See r/cats, r/aww, etc.
- The Dandy: r/malefashionadvice is often accused of this; either they encourage a boring "uniform" look or they drift too far down "fashion-conscious" and into "effeminate".
- Development Gag: Reddit was originally going to be called "Snoo" as in "what's new?". Obviously, this didn't happen, but the little white alien mascot ended up being named Snoo.
- Dogs Are Dumb: A common joke on /r/DogShowerThoughts, though tends to go hand in hand with Dumb Is Good.
- Dirty Cop: Cops are one of Reddit's Acceptable Professional Targets. There isn't a day that goes by without a YouTube video being posted of a cop chokeholding or bodyslamming someone. It's enough to turn the most strident law-and-order hardliner into an anarchist. Often redditors have to remind themselves that most cops are not so cruel as the ones shown.
- Disco Dan: /r/music is widely derided for its focus on classic rock. /r/lewronggeneration mocks internet denizens who complain about modern music, and frequently yearn for simpler times, before they were born.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The whole point of r/pettyrevenge.
- Dude, Not Funny!: SRS is an entire subreddit dedicated to this reaction to various ostensibly bigoted jokes on the site.
- Dreadful Musician: /r/CrappyMusic is full of them.
- Eagleland: r/murica parodies Type 2. There's several subreddits out there dedicated to bashing America, and it's not uncommon to see anger over the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Enemy Mine: They have a long-standing rivalry with 4Chan, mainly due to being accused of forcing Advice Animals and stealing 4Chan memes (in some instances, they did steal, but in others, they didn't). But when 9GAG started gaining steam and started taking credit for stolen memes from both sites, they put aside their mutual dislike of each other to combine forces to take 9GAG down.
- In a way, they and 4Chan can be seen as Vitriolic Best Buds because while they both most assuredly take pot shots at each other on site, many of the users frequent both sites, whether they want to admit it or not.
- Erudite Stoner: r/StonerPhilosophy. At times.
- Even the Guys Want Him: If a photo of a sufficiently attractive male appears, there will be several comments about going gay for him. Multiply that by about 200 for Ridiculously Photogenic Guy.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Novelty accounts, users who always post with a gimmick, generally have usernames that say exactly what they do. For example, Sure_Ill_Draw_That posts a drawing of whatever comment he replies to.
- Food Porn: r/FoodPorn and r/DessertPorn. R/Cooking, as well.
- Frequently-Broken Unbreakable Vow: r/SubredditDrama has a rule against voting down comments in linked threads. However, when a thread is linked, the loser in the argument tends to accumulate a suspiciously low voting total. SRS also has a similar policy against participating in linked threads, but is also frequently accused of brigading.
- Fridge Logic: Invoked with /r/Showerthoughts, for all those odd thoughts you get from pondering too much. Also goes along with Fridge Brilliance and Fridge Horror.
- Fun with Acronyms: /r/nra is for news regarding amoebas.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: After r/creepshots was banned, another similar subreddit, r/cshots sprang up with almost the exact same content, but claiming to be pictures shot by and for lesbian women. After that was banned r/candidfashionpolice showed up, again with almost identical surreptitious photos of young women, with commentary in the style of swishy gay men criticizing their taste in clothes, and even the same mods. It's still up as of this writing.
- r/offensive_wallpapers specializes in the art of sneaking offensive quotes into otherwise innocuous desktop wallpapers.
- GIFT: The large userbase and loose moderation leads to many, many examples of the GIFT in action.
- Gun Porn: r/GunPorn.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Every other day, Reddit launches an Internet Counterattack somewhere. Or on itself.
- Heavy Metal: r/metal also includes all of Heavy Metal's sub-genres.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Quite a few women (and men) on Reddit have complained about the site's skewed demographics (see There Are No Girls on the Internet) and outrageous sexism before, especially concentrated in /r/theredpill. r/shitredditsays is the main hub for these complaints (although it's a subreddit that's widely accused of questionable behavior and comments in and of itself).
- Hive Mind: A Running Gag says that most members are part of one.
- Hitler Ate Sugar: One of the "Stop using ad blockers" jokes.
- Hypocritical Humor: Commonly used by r/circlejerk, a Self-Parody subreddit, when pointing out Reddit's hypocrisies.
"Hot girl posting on reddit? Upvoted! Oh wait you're not very attractive? REDDIT IS NOT YOUR FACEBOOK!!"
"I hate COD because all the games are similar, but I love Pokemon."
"9GAG sucks for stealing our original content. Also, upvote this 4chan image!"
- Honor Before Reason: The admins have refused to deal with some of the subreddits that promote illegal activity because it would violate their belief in freedom of speech, only deleting subreddits like r/jailbait after media pressure.
- Humans Are Bastards: What you'll probably think browsing through /r/morbidreality.
- Hurricane of Puns: Entire threads of puns are not uncommon. Example.
- I Have This Friend: /r/MyFriendWantsToKnow
- Intentionally Awkward Title: The "SFW Porn" subreddits all have "porn" in their titles, but it's Not What It Looks Like— they just mean it in the sense of Scenery Porn. That doesn't prevent them being blocked by overzealous network filters.
- The Internet Is for Porn: The large large large selection of NSFW subreddits. There's even a "randnsfw" button that, if enabled, will carry you to a random subreddit that is wholly tagged as "not safe for work", and the vast majority of those are porn.
- It Makes Sense in Context: /r/nocontext
- It Will Never Catch On/This Is Going To Be Huge: r/RedditThroughHistory is mostly about this. Much of the humor in their 2012 April Fool's Day time-travel joke also relies on this.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: As with most online forums, Redditors are anonymous and any credentials they may claim to have are unverifiable, so take any facts and advice you read with a grain of salt.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Parodied with r/ThreeTimesFaster. Doubles as a Shout-Out to the obvious originator thereof.
- Less Disturbing in Context: r/nocontext collects lines that are disturbing, dirty (dirtier, anyway) or just silly out-of-context.
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: /r/evenwithcontext collects lines that are just plain weird both in and out of context.
- Me Too: "This." is common slang for "me too" or "I agree."
- Metaphorgotten: "The two party system is like having two parents that pretend to be divorced, but have three-ways with the same corporations."
- Mind Screw: r/firstworldproblems inspired a number of strange "worlds".
- Mr. Seahorse: As told in a ragecomic, one male friend of a user took an ex-girlfriend's leftover pregnancy test for kicks and tested positive. Turns out he had cancer, but it was caught in time.
- Moral Guardians: What some redditors think of Shit Reddit Says. It does police language and triggers.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: The comment threads are full of them.
- Nightmare Fetishist: The denizens of r/creepy and r/nosleep.
- Nightmare Retardant: Invoked with r/shittynosleep, a parody of r/nosleep.
- Nonindicative Name:
- The "SFW Porn" group of subreddits, which unanimously refer to "porn" in the Scenery Porn sense, i.e. pretty photos. Gets especially awkward with r/HumanPorn (which does occasionally have artful nudes) and r/AnimalPorn. This often will annoy redditors, who may not appreciate having the word "porn" in their history, no matter its intended use.
- r/trees is about marijuana. r/marijuanaenthusiasts, therefore, was the logical place to put the subreddit that was actually about trees.
- r/stormfront is about severe weather, not the notorious white supremacist forum. In a way a Subverted Trope, as it is, in fact, literally about storms.
- Online Personas: Every type is represented on the site.
- Orphaned Punchline: Take Simon's Cat, strip out the buildup and convert it to a gif, and see the result.
- Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Many of the posts on r/atheism involve variations of this sentiment being expressed.
- Overly Long Gag:
- Pun threads and "No, you're thinking of __" threads tend to devolve into these.
- OP accidentally changed his language settings to Spanish, and posts a thread to r/askreddit about how to switch it back. Every response was written in Spanish, even the admins' responses.
- Tom Cruise
- Overly Narrow Superlative: This thread regarding Junior.
- Pass the Popcorn: The logo for r/subredditdrama, which, as the name suggests, records the various instances of Internet Backdraft and Broken Base flamewars on the site. Popcorn is also frequently mentioned in the posts.
- The Peeping Tom: In a major scandal (crassly dubbed "the Fappening") where many celebrities' private nude photos were illegally stolen from their phones, Reddit promptly became a hub for people distributing the leaked images. The offending subreddits were eventually shut down by the site admins, amid much controversy.
- The Points Mean Nothing: Often said about the "karma" points users collect from upvotes, and yet users still fight over them. Given new life when Reddit went apeshit over staff decision to remove the ability to see the exact number of upvotes and downvotes.
- Poke the Poodle: The entire point of r/firstworldanarchists.
- Poe's Law: The initial reaction to r/pyongyang is generally confusion over whether it's serious or not. On the one hand, the idea of a bastion of English-language pro-North Korea propaganda on one of the most mainstream American sites is preposterous. On the other hand, they're very dedicated to the charade.
- Pokémon Speak: r/catsstandingup, and probably others. Cat.
- Police Brutality: One of the reasons Reddit hates cops, as noted above.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: r/shitredditsays is widely known for its social justice and language policing. One look at the subreddit, however, and you should see why.
- Pothole/Sinkhole: It's common practice to pothole to another subreddit to crack a joke, oftentimes even a nonexistent subreddit.
- Rank Inflation: r/trees has a number scale to indicate how high the poster is. The problem is that unlike 420chan's number scale, it's subjective (i.e.  is the highest the poster has ever been, as opposed to adhering to certain objective symptoms). The r/trees FAQ acknowledges that most  posts are exaggerations. Some posters have suggested  or similar to actually refer to being that ridiculously high, but they are quickly shot down.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: r/YouGotTold links to various instances on the site.
- Ruined Forever: The examples of this sentiment being expressed are...numerous.
- Sarcastic Confession: This treecomic and its comments.
- Scenery Gorn: r/DestructionPorn.
- Scenery Porn: Most of the "SFW Porn" subreddits, such as r/EarthPorn, r/CityPorn, r/SpacePorn, and r/waterporn, are dedicated to this.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: This post caused at least 30 accounts so far to delete themselves after announcing they would leave reddit forever.
- Self-Deprecation: Very common among posters.
- Self-Parody: There are entire Reddit communities based around mocking Reddit, most notably r/circlejerk. Unfortunately, this often escalates into bullying.
- Serial Escalation: When one user posts a certain image, some others decide to post a new image trying to either one-up the previous one, or add [Fixed] to the replacement image. By the time a random reader notices, it's the sixth time they've created a new escalation for a theme, and they've become increasingly efficient about it.
- Serious Business:
- Karma points. Dear Lord. "Power users" with extremely high karma tend to attract a Hatedom just for having high karma.
- Subreddit sidebar rules.
- Shaggy Dog Story: "Tree fiddy stories", via Memetic Mutation from South Park, where someone posts a long and ostensibly on-topic story, which ends up in a character asking for "about tree fiddy" and revealing himself to be a disguised Loch Ness monster.
- Spiritual Successor: Reddit can be seen as one to Usenet, especially its alt.* hierarchy.
- Start My Own: This occurs often with popular subreddits.
- Stealth Parody: One interpretation of r/shitredditsays is that its members talk about privileged people, namely Straight Able-bodied Cisgender White Males (SAWCASMs) the way they talk about minorities on Reddit.
- Straw Feminist: A self-mocking, ironic Running Gag on the SRS "fempire", used to mock accusations of being radical feminists. Also used, unironically, by its critics.
- Straw Misogynist: The Red Pill, one of the most hated and popular subreddits on the site, which loathes the "feminization" of modern American culture.
- Female Misogynist: r/redpillwomen, which shares much of the same viewpoints, along with notorious flamewars between the regulars and other women popping up on the subreddit.
- Stylistic Suck: /r/crappydesign is self-demonstrating, with Comic Sans as the default font for all text elements, an ugly, nonsensical banner, the sub name in barely-readable rainbow WordArt, a rotating upvote arrow, and a a downvote arrow with 'TM' superimposed on it.
- Some subreddits have taken to turning their subreddits as ugly as possible when viewed through the NP (no posting, which happens when you come to the Subreddit through a link from another subreddit - this is to prevent brigading) filter.
- Talkative Loon:
- Tempting Fate: If somebody posts "do not upvote" in terms of hiding an awkward question or post, people will probably upvote the hell out of it anyway.
- The Stoner: r/trees is the most popular marijuana subreddit.
- Technology Porn: r/MachinePorn and r/GeekPorn.
- The Tetris Effect: Try to remember that most other sites don't let you upvote/downvote.
- There Are No Girls on the Internet: 86.7% of the site is male. The Subreddit of TwoXChromosomes aims to avert this, and ShitRedditSays has a healthy female userbase.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bacon, Nutella. In a more condescending stereotype, Doritos/Cheetos and Mountain Dew, usually to mock game journalists, after an infamous interview from Gamespot where an absolutely miserable-looking journalist conducted a piece with Mountain Dew and Doritos prominently placed in the vid.
- Totally Radical: /r/FellowKids categorizes various tryhard advertisements of this nature
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: /r/wheredidthesodago is dedicated to out-of-context infomercial scenes, most of which come in this form.
- Transhuman: r/Transhuman and r/Transhumanism.
- Troll: Many subreddits are full of these. It's usually best to assume that "I Am A" and "Ask Me Anything" posts are fake until proven otherwise; as you can imagine the idea is such a lure for trolls.
- Trust Password: IamA and AMA posters are encouraged to verify their authenticity by submitting photos with a timestamp.
- TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: It is considered slightly bad form to post a link to TV Tropes in a comment thread. Not that anyone there doesn't like us; just that once they get here they'll be stuck for the rest of the day.
- Unknown Rival:
- Most of 4chan deeply despises Reddit, to the point where they've made hundreds of fake versions of Reddit's rage comics to troll themselves with. However, the hatred is generally one-sided. Something Awful hates Reddit for the same reason, on top of all the misogynistic, anti-theist, pedophillic, and creepy (not in the 'horror genre' sense) subreddits. They organized a giant raid to force Reddit's admins to shut down all the child porn subreddits.
- Reddit has one of these with 9gag, Reddit having an entire sub-reddit devoted to complaining about 9gag, while most members of 9gag aren't even aware of that Reddit dislikes them.
- Reddit has had a long-standing feud with Gawker, which boiled over in the violentacrez debacle, and further exploded with the "Gamergate" controversy.
- A chunk of Redditors hate Imgur, for some bizarre reason, despite a healthy shared userbase, due to, well, Imgur being the primary go-to for Reddit uploads.
- It's the inverse actually, with Imgur users hating redditors even though Imgur was made for reddit.
- Unusually Uninteresting Name: Subverted with many well-known power users who often have usernames like ANAL_QUEEN or other sexual/disgusting phrase written in all caps.
- Viewers Are Geniuses: Some of the jokes on r/fifthworldproblems are more esoteric than anything on xkcd.
- The Walrus Was Paul: r/gggg, which was originally only morse code messages, with lower case being .'s and upper case being dashes.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Played straight with r/bakedart and r/TreesSketchbook.
- Zeerust: r/RetroFuturism