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—Reddit's Motto

Reddit is a very large news aggregator similar to Digg or Fark. 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 be (and are) made for pretty much anything. And yes, there's a TV Tropes subreddit.

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  • Accentuate the Negative: Subreddits dedicated to mockery (like /r/thathappened or /r/cringe), especially the former, which expresses mocking disbelief towards almost anything. Extreme examples of this are in turn mocked by /r/nothingeverhappens.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: /r/holdmybeer is a collection of gifs depicting people performing comically ill-thought-out acts, generally titled "HMB while I [action]".
  • The Alleged Car: /r/Shitty_Car_Mods/ is all about this, and /r/Justrolledintotheshop is mostly about attempts to fix similar disasters on wheels.
  • Alt Text: /r/AskReddit's snoo says "Ass Credit" when hovered over.
  • 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. Not all of them have animals and most don't give any advice except the "Advice Mallard".
    • /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:
    • In 2012, the Subreddits for /r/Soccer and /r/NFL switched flairs. Hilarity ensued.
    • 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. The TF2 blog, on the other hand, stated the opposite.
    • On the same day, /r/StarWars and /r/StarTrek switched backgrounds, to much confusion.
    • 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.
    • In 2015, the Subreddits for Homestuck and Steven Universe swapped places for the day, similarly to 2013. So r/homestuck led to the Steven Universe Subreddit and vice-versa. This led to many confused fans on both ends. Both of the Subreddits lampshaded this. Steven Universe's "users here now" counter read "X confused homestucks" and Homestuck's read "X wondering if Steven Universe ever really existed in the first place".
    • Also in 2015, the staff created a subreddit called "the button" (/r/thebutton) which featured a prominent button, which you could click or not click. The button was attached to a timer counting down from 60. At whatever time you clicked, the button would reset- for everyone- and you would be given a flair based on that number. Soon, two sides emerged, pressers and non-pressers. By the second, there were over twenty factions.
    • Elsewhere on Reddit, /r/TwitchPlaysPokemon, in a moment of Fun with Acronyms, changed their page and posted on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    • For 2015, the DataIsBeautiful subreddit became a shrine to Data from Star Trek.
    • For 2017, A subreddit called /r/place opened, a public canvas where you could place a coloured pixel of your choosing every 5 minutes, but placed pixels could be overridden with another. Just like the button, several factions appeared almost immediately.
  • 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: Any sort of TIL (Today I Learned) or "lifehack" threads will either be genuinely informative, or something that's already common knowledge or generic tricks we all learned in our childhood.
  • Banned from Argo: You can and will be banned from /r/relationships for posting anything from that subreddit to Subreddit Drama, and Word of God from their moderators confirms this.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: How /r/atheism views religious people (mostly Christians). Its sizable hatedom considers /r/atheism this, as well.
  • Berserk Button:
    • /r/shitredditsays, since it's a haven for snarky feminists, and really hates jokes about rape. The subreddit also has a low tolerance for Black Comedy, sex jokes, racial humor and transphobia. It flies both ways - mentions of SRS on other subreddits garners outrage and anger over "SJW"s.
    • A mention of Colby the Dog will receive numerous responses of 'EVERY THREAD' or similar.
    • The firing of a popular admin responsible for the celebrity AMAs prompted many subreddits to temporarily go private in protest.
    • Several political views have the potential to trigger this when expressed.
  • 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.
  • Bothering by the Book: The essential theme of /r/MaliciousCompliance.
  • Brain Bleach: /r/eyebleach for washing away memories of /r/wtf or /r/spacedicks.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: This post:
    If you go on the goddamn internet it will still be "Did you check the weather/mail/bank account/for missing children/on whatever cause she presently is interested in?"
  • Broken Aesop: If you visit /r/relationships, this is almost certainly expected, and lampshaded frequently.
  • 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 in his favour. He's now mostly just another in-joke (don't mention jackdaws), but many users still seem to mourn the loss.
  • Cats Are Mean: Cats show up a lot in /r/AnimalsBeingJerks, and jerks show up a lot in /r/CatSlaps. To be fair, cats show up in /r/AnimalsBeingBros as well.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Many, although _vargas_ is one of the most popular.
  • Comeback Tomorrow: The /r/staircasewit subreddit provides a place for users to place these thoughts.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When a Redditor does this in response to another user's post, it's known as "the ol' Reddit switcharoo" [sic]. A long list of these is maintained, with each one linking to the next.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: A fairly common sight in political threads.
  • Cool Car: /r/Spotted, among others, is all about posting pictures of awesome vehicles.
  • Cringe Comedy: Several subs, including /r/cringe, /r/cringepics, or /r/cringeanarchy collect unintentional examples, though they have some accusations going against them of being too mean-spirited.
  • Cut Short: The infamous 'tree fiddy' (a South Park reference) stories posted by /u/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.
  • Cute Little Fangs: r/CuteLittleFangs
  • Cassandra Truth: This trope is what r/PredictCirclejerk is shooting for.

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  • 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".
  • Dogs Are Dumb: A common joke on /r/DogShowerThoughts, though it 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!: invoked SRS is an entire subreddit dedicated to this reaction to various ostensibly bigoted jokes on the site.
    • This comment, where a redditor's makes a lame joke about another redditor's dead son
  • 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. Ironically, a lot of the users of these subreddits are American themselves.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Subreddits weren't introduced until 2008, 3 years after the site launched.
    • AskReddit questions were previously more personal, and could ask for assistance.
  • The Eeyore: /r/2meirl4meirl, which is mostly reposting suicidal, extremely self-loathing, and nihilistic reposts from Tumblr and elsewhere, mixed in with pleas for death. It's like Shinji Ikari, Marvin the Paranoid Android, and Eeyore ruining all your favorite tumblr posts.
  • 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 copied 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.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: There's an infamous post by a person who grew up believing that Finland isn't a real country, explaining that his parents convinced him that Finland was in was just an elaborate conspiracy created by Japan to get around fishing regulations. The post eventually led to the creation of an entire (satirical) subreddit dedicated to exposing the "Finland conspiracy".
  • 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, and Your_Post_As_A_Movie will turn random pictures posted by redditors into movie posters (replete with taglines).
  • Five-Finger Discount:r/shoplifting is dedicated to this trope. They even have an arch-nemisis in the form of r/lossprevention.
  • Food Porn: /r/FoodPorn and /r/DessertPorn. /r/Cooking, as well. /r/ShittyFoodPorn is intended to be something like Food Gorn, but unless the posted edibles are truly atrocious, there'll be at least one redditor commenting how they'd gladly eat that.
  • For Great Justice: The spirit of /r/KarmaCourt, a subreddit for trials of redditors who have committed various "karma crimes" on Reddit such as claiming another's work as their own, or lying for karma.
  • 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.

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  • Nightmare Fetishist: The denizens of /r/creepy and /r/nosleep.
  • Nightmare Retardant: invoked Invoked with /r/shittynosleep, a parody of /r/nosleep.
  • Nonindicative Name:
    • The "SFW Porn" group of subreddits, which unanimously refer to "porn" in the Food Porn and Scenery Porn sense, i.e. pretty photos of food and landscapes. 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, enough so that a catch-all sub called /r/NoSillySuffix was formed to avert the trope.
    • /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.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: /r/nottheonion collects real news articles that wouldn't look out of place on parody sites such as The Onion. The sidebar stresses that the sub is for true stories only.
  • Not Me This Time: Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao was already disliked by some redditors for removing some subreddits among other actions. When a well-liked admin was let go unexpectedly, Reddit freaked out on Pao, only for it to be revealed later that it was actually /u/kn0thing that had fired the admin.
  • Not Safe for Work: There's a lot of NSFW subreddits. One in particular being r/nsfw. Be warned, it's NSFW.
  • Offscreen Inertia: Commonly used in /r/thisismylifenow.
  • Online Personas: Every type is represented on the site.
  • Only in Florida: The subreddit /r/floridaman examines various bizarre stories coming out of Florida.
  • Orphaned Punchline: Take Simon's Cat, strip out the buildup and convert it to a gif, and see the result. The "switcharoo" meme is all about jokes that apparently are related to the subject matter at hand, but are often something about something else.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Many of the posts on /r/atheism involve variations of this sentiment being expressed. r/magicskyfairy is a mockery of such by deliberately taking the terminology antitheists and r/atheism use a lot (magic invisible sky fairies that don't exist, fundies, etc) and upping it to eleven.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • Pun threads and "No, you're thinking of __" threads tend to devolve into these.
  • Papa Wolf: /r/dadreflexes features fathers saving their young children from imminent danger.
  • 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. Popcorn flair is available in /r/politics.
  • The Peeping Tom: In a major scandal (crassly dubbed "the Fappening") where many celebrities' private nude photos were illegally copied 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 - but not before they'd reached critical mass, with the material spread so much as to have become trivial to find with a Google search.
  • 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, and users with hundreds of thousands of link karma attract hate comments every so often. And, of course, the tagline for /r/scenesfromahat.
  • Poke the Poodle:
    • The entire point of /r/firstworldanarchists.
    • /r/madlads is similar, consisting of posts made on social media with the perpetrator worried, ashamed, proud, or otherwise putting more weight on their offense than it calls for.
  • 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, and a number of far-left subreddits express unironic support for North Korea.
    • r/The_Donald often gets this reaction from those outside of it, especially since it got so popular, striking the front page numerous times. Based on the sheer amount of fanaticism its users have for Donald Trump, many users are unsure exactly how much of it is a joke.
  • Pokémon Speak: Cat.
  • Police Are Useless: It's well-documented that Reddit has almost no respect towards police officers, mainly due to Accentuate the Negative articles painting them as this, prone to Police Brutality, painting them as Dirty Cops or consistent Karma Houdinis.
    • Occasionally subverted when a police officer does an AMA; what usually happens is that curiosity prevails and a lot of genuine questions are asked, often followed by newfound respect after it becomes clear that while there certainly are crooked cops, the average officer's job is not about whacking random people over the head with truncheons.
  • Police Brutality: One of the reasons Reddit hates cops, as noted above. r/bad_cop_no_donut is dedicated to instances where cops overstep their boundaries.
  • Precision F-Strike: Prolific novelty account u/Poem_for_your_sprog leaves comments in the form of poems, several of which are about an unfortunate person named Timmy and end with "And Timmy fucking died."
  • Pretender Diss: /r/gatekeeping collects attempts at these that come off as being pointlessly exclusionary instead.

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  • 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 with a few subreddits dedicated to documenting 4chan such as r/4chan and r/classic4chan, and they're ambivalent at worst. 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 and a fair few are very likely unaware that Reddit even exists.
    • Reddit has had a long-standing feud with Gawker, which boiled over in the violentacrez debacle.
    • 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 goes the other way as well. r/IgnorantImgur is a subreddit for this
  • 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.
  • Vigilante Man: Those involving themselves in the events surrounding the now-private subreddit /r/findbostonbombers.
  • The Walrus Was Paul: /r/gggg, which was originally only morse code messages, with lower case being .'s and upper case being dashes.
  • We All Live in America: With the exception of subreddits explicitly dedicated to other countries or cities, Reddit is heavily American-slanted, and many American redditors will automatically assume that any other users who don't include very obvious mistakes in their written English are themselves American. As a result, things like asking for, say, rust prevention advice in /r/DIY will result in redditors suggesting you buy Rustoleum brand chemicals, or asking about bicycle grease in /r/bicycling might get you suggestions for Phil's Wood Bearing Grease (prompting the obvious question "Who's Phil? Should I e-mail him?"). To say nothing of legal advice...
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: /r/whatcouldgowrong fits this to a tee.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: invoked Played straight with /r/bakedart and /r/TreesSketchbook.
  • Your Mom: If there's an opportunity to make a joke like that at OP's expense, someone will take it.
  • Zeerust: /r/RetroFuturism


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