Regular visitors here won't need to read the introduction.If you're not a regular here, TV Tropes is a wiki documenting, in a fairly informal manner, the various conventions of fiction.Of course, like any sizeable work, we've collected our own fair share of tropes.
TV Tropes Reviews. This has caused there to be more negative reviews than positive on some examples. It seems almost like those with negative opinions will be more likely to post a review. It was even pointed out that negative reviews get more attention than positive ones; and this wiki was no exception.
Darth Wiki has this reputation for three pages on it.
Jesus, Lucy, Violet, and Patty are CRUEL to poor Charlie Brown! They expect him to get an over-commercialized tree, made of pink aluminum? Charlie brings back a tree that looks like one that would be next to the humble manger, and they all laugh at him! Even damned SNOOPY! Although it sets up a Crowning Moment Of Awesome with the "That's what Christmas is all about" speech, I just want to wring those three bitches' neck!!
Is it bad that I read the start of this entry as a list of 4 names, rather than an expletive and 3 names?
Jesus is laughing at Charlie Brown for having a great Christmas spirit! The irony!
Nope. I did it, too. As did my parents, Ayn Rand and God.
Author Appeal: The whole point of this wiki. Tropers write about whatever they happen to be interested in.
Awesome, but Impractical: This wiki has a search toolbar for Firefox. While initially it seems like it would ruin your life even further and be great to edit articles, it's much faster to just use the search bar at the top of the page or just Google "[[Topic]] Tvtropes'' rather than use the dropdown menu and enter it.
Bowdlerise: After The Second Google Incident, commands from the advertising that keeps the site afloat mandates that this wiki either eliminate trope pages for more sexually explicit works or find new (much less family friendly) sources of funding. A number of works the sexual explicitness of which is debatable (most prominently Lolita, which has since been restored, and It, which does feature underage copulation in one scene but otherwise contains little explicit sexual content) have been caught in the mass deletions.
One would be a line that goes rather unabrubtly and disturbingly like this (fictional example): "Japan is well known for anime, J drama, J music, hard working people and so on. But this wasn't always so. It used to be a common act to disembowel people, eat dead babies and such.". Go on, say you haven't seen an example like this before!
"Five hats means that five tropers think it is ready to publish.". At least partially obvious.
Also, the Captain Obvious page is about a trope which highlights easily discovered events that are pointed out to the audience, as if they had no clue what was going on. This trope is called "Captain Obvious" and it's on the website you're currently on called TV Tropes (the url address is http://tvtropes.org/). On a side note, TV Tropes is a webpage which features articles about multiple tropes seen throughout many forms of media, such as literature, live-action T.V. shows, anime/manga, video games, comic books, and in several cases, even real life!
The fucking Cluster F-Bombpage. The "so much you can't take them seriously" variant was used in a previous version of that page's introduction, but most of it was removed for the sake of clarity. Readers curious as to how bad it was can always check the page history.
Creator Provincialism: At times. Uses of phrases like "our part of the world" and so on, especially when used to contrast with other cultures and nations, reveal the assumptions of the troper responsible. Usually involves We All Live in America or other Western perspective and neglects the existence of non-Western audiences or tropers.
Damned by Faint Praise: Often, a description for a work will often praise the work. If the description only lists the factual information is there, it usually means either the work is little known, or the work isn't very well received and no tropers can think of anything positive to say about it.
The forums: Most forums use BB Code, while the TV Tropes forum uses wiki markup.
See those buttons at the top of the page? Sometimes, during a site update, they get rearranged. Then you find yourself sending a private message when you want to see a trope's history page.
Sometimes an announcement comes up as a banner at the top of the page, but it only appears some of the time. Most of the time it's not a big problem but if you're wandering the site with the random page button, and the banner is there and suddenly it goes away, shifting the rest of the site up, you'll end up suddenly hitting a dead-end at your profile page and having to go back. Different parts of the site have different buttons anyway.
All of us wiki addicts know the frustration of going to a non-wiki site and finding an incorrect bit of info, or grammar error, or something that could have been phrased better and realizing that there is no "edit" feature on the site.
Satsuki from Tsukihime is the center of invokedthe meme "Isn't it Sad, Sacchin". What makes Satsuki's lucklessness worth a section here, is that it even extends here, on TV Tropes. This trope was originally named "Isn't It Sad", after the meme in question. With the wiki's shift to less esoteric titles, Sacchin was—you guessed it—demoted in importance once again. She has since been demoted again; for a while, she was still the page's image, but she's since been replaced. Really, the only reason the Demoted to Extra page isn't a Self-Demonstrating Article is because putting it on the appropriate indexwould be a Promotion FROM Extra.
When a character-named trope has its name changed here , it can end up demoting that character from star to being just another example. For instance, Spike is now just one more instance of invokedBadass Decay instead of being the defining instance of "Spikeification". Nor let us forget Wesley Crusher, former trope namer for Creator's Pet.
Every now and again, some unsuspecting editor will add an example to a trope page without checking to see if that page contains an example from that series already. If it does (especially if the example itself is repeated), that page becomes an example of this trope, albeit usually only temporarily.
Not just in posts, either: 1: go to the top of this page. 2: Click "go to watchlist" (need to be a known troper) 3: Look at the top. You should see a button that says "recently new."
And then when people find out, instead of removing it, they tend to Natter on about it. Or they explain everything that was already stated a second time because they think the first guy got something wrong.
I just move the two examples next to each other. Especially when the later one asks why this example hasn't been mentioned yet.
The inverse also happens. On a page for a show, a trope with multiple names may be listed twice. For example, ever since they started calling it Hilarious in Hindsight, it's often seen on a page that also has Reverse Funny Aneurysm. Even worse when someone notices the Reverse Funny Aneurysm example and renames it without realizing there's already a Hilarious in Hindsight example.
For some reason, several pages on this very wiki have links to themselves. Occasionally the very first words on a work's page.
There's also an annoying tendency to have a phrase like "Of course, Your Mileage May Vary" added to the end of examples on pages devoted to YMMV examples.
Since TV Tropes introduced namespaces, some page names are this. Films with "film"/"movie" in the title, comic books and strips containing "comic", wikis, blogs...
Nowadays, most pages are sorted by media. But in some cases, you have an example in e.g. the film folder, obviously linking to a page in the film namespace, which still mentions that work X is indeed a film. Justified when it's The Artifact from a time when the page wasn't sorted and the page not yet namespaced.
On the character page for Shadow of the Colossus, Malus is described as being "similar to a lighthouse. What with its seaside location, glowing bangles and probably being able to sink an entire fleet of ships."
Dummied Out: Using the "view source" button on some pages here will reveal commented-out lines in the wiki markup (lines which begin with %% are comments). At times, these may include examples that were Dummied Out because they didn't meet the Wiki standards, but weren't completely removed in hopes that some troper, someday, would save them.
Exact Words: On the page for Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, the description of the game says that it "features never-before-seen freedom", which it does indeed — there is no collision detection (in other words, you can go through any object except the ground), no angle detection (allowing you to drive vertically), and drive straight off the map.
Some editors in this wiki tend to use this at times as a reaction... and Pothole it to the Face Palmpage.
if a certain show/video game/comic/etc. has it's own Wall Banger or DMOS page, odds are an image of one of the characters facepalming will be the page image.
Failure Is the Only Option: Anything listed on the Permanent Red Link Club is basically this. If a trope or page gets so misused, become a magnet for racial slurs and personal attacks, and the like; and the page cannot be fixed, the entire page (and in some occasions, the entire trope) will be deleted and never to be used again. Forever.
Another accidental example, now that the trope originally called Takahashi Couple has finally settled on the name "Belligerent Sexual Tension", try combining it with the more-established "Unresolved Sexual Tension" to create a single phrase.
Gaslighting: This can happen non-maliciously (or perhaps maliciously) when editing this wiki. You could write the outline of a paragraph at the top of the page, work on a different part of the document, and then come back to find the paragraph fleshed out by someone else, or even deleted without a trace.
Hold Your Hippogriffs: This wiki will sometimes alter trope names to fit the work that the page is dedicated to. Especially the Just for Fun page for Daring Do, where all the tropers are supposed to be sentient horses, zebras, griffons, etc.
Insistent Terminology: The wiki has a few. For example, British television show Doctor Who's main character (other than the companions, according to Word of God) is named "The Doctor" as is Star Trek: Voyager 's holographic doctor who never settled on a proper name for himself. Any reference to "The Doctor" of Voyager will be followed by "no not that Doctor."
I Would Say If I Could Say: Mod Madrugada's forum signature sometimes is, "If I had a piece of chalk, I'd work it out on a wall, if I had a wall." She took it from the third book n P.C.Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath series, Seeker's Mask. The context is Jame, the heroine trying to sort out how she's related to another character, in a culture that places a great deal of importance on blood relationships.
Lampshade Hanging: For pages about tropes, there will a folder section for TV Tropes, lampshading how TV Tropes uses the trope explained on the page in some fashion. Very meta. Even more meta is the logo.
Lampshade Wearing: The logo wears one over the second "t", unless it's changed for a holiday.
BRIAN BLESSED. Back in the days when the wiki still had formatting tools for increasing font size, the unspoken rule was that Mr. Blessed's name always be at least one size larger than the surrounding text.
All instances of Ciaphas Cain are to be followed with HERO OF THE IMPERIUM.
Let's See You Do Better: The Trope Wiki was founded as a Start My Own version of this very wiki because one of the Admins of TV Tropes challenged the founder of the Trope Wiki with the line, "If you think you can do better, then let's see you try." So he did.
Firstly, tropes generally hold for one or more works note (here, "works" is meant in the widest sense possible, including memes and general attitudes: the first pair above are about memes) and it is understood that they do not necessarily hold anywhere else (which is why we have example lists): the trope XIsY is almost always shorthand for "it can be non-trivially observed that in some works, X is Y".
Next, even when looking into those works where the trope appears, it may reflect anything from fictional "fact" (X is indeed Y) to tendency, possibly subverted in a twist (X tends to be Y, but whoops) to belief (X is held to be Y, at least by one character).
Sometimes we make an example of a work because it averts X is Y, and that's still not paradoxical. In the Real Life sections of tropes, or in the case of a trope that deals with the real world (as the last pair in the list above does) contradictions could suggest a possible paradox, but most such can be explained by (acceptable) vagueness and bias.
Media Watchdog: In bowing to the requests from Google for censorship in order to stay connected to their ad server, Tv Tropes itself has become a watchdog, complete with a council to evaluate works and tropes against a content policy.
Medium Awareness: References to how the site is a wiki are constantly referenced.
Mood Whiplash: The pages here vary from lighthearted and silly to dark and depressing. It's easy to click a potholed link, and end up on a page where the tone is the complete opposite from the one you were previously at.
The So Bad, It's Horrible page. At one moment, you'll be giggling at the snarky descriptions of hilariously bad attempts at entertainment or truly pathetic fanfiction, and at the next moment reading about the dangers of hazardous toys and rides, and the harm those things have induced on innocent kids.
The Real Life section of Headscratchers: ranging from an ardent discussions of cultural perceptions to vehement attacks against political beliefs to injokes to a discussion about how awesome boobs are.
Despite the name, this site no longer focuses on television. Over the past couple of years, it has added movies, books, board games and video games to its lineup. Lately, it's even been moving away from tropes, adding Useful Notes, Audience Reactions, Trivial Facts, writer's tools, humor pages, and with a few exceptions, Real Life examples and material. This wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. What's happened here is more expansion than decay; since we're not dealing with a finite number of time slots, we didn't have to remove any of the original material to make room for the new stuff. Given that most TV tropes originated in literature, mythology, and theater, such expansion makes sense. It gives perspective on the tropes.
Troper Tales and Fetish Fuel were big examples within the site itself. They were originally intended to be examples of tropes in real life, and the ultimate reason for their removal was because they became more of an anonymous blog and discussion forum. See also our own section of invokedWhy Fandom Can't Have Nice Things.
This wiki has a Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement meant to prevent any Flame Wars (read that page for more). Unfortunately in some situations, some tropers completely ignore this rule, leading to the mods locking the page most likely for good... which means nobody gets to add and edit future tropes.
In extreme cases, there's the Permanent Red Link Club, in which the tropes are so misused, become a magnet for racial slurs and personal attacks, and the like that not only the page is locked, the page (and in some occasions, the entire trope) gets deleted, never to be used again. Forever.
And in less extreme but still unfortunate cases, Real Life examples can be cut and prohibited from a page if things get controversial enough. On that note, there's also the Example Sectionectomy, which examples are either cut entirely or relegated to a separate area such as Darth Wiki or the Discussion tab if things get nasty.
And if the examples had previously been divided into multiple pages, then the deleted Real Life examples won't even appear in the page history for you to browse.
This is the reason why invokedFetish Fuel and Troper Tales no longer exist. Some people couldnít resist putting controversial and creepy content in invokedFetish Fuel and Troper Tales, which lead to these sections being sent off to separate off-site wikis.
Troper Tales existing in the first place. Troper Tales was only created to keep tropers from writing their own tales on the main wiki. Troper Tales ruined the reputation of TV Tropes and made the website a laughingstock of half the Internet. It was also known for attracting people who wrote stories that sounded creepy, filled with bile, psychotic, racist, sexist and ego-stroking. The admins could have either warned the tropers or banned them for writing personal tales instead of creating troper tales, since Troper Tales only reinforced the habit.
The wiki used to have a "strike format", but it was eventually disabled as people were using it simply to sneak in Take Thats and such. Texts that were previously striked are now hidden texts. The strike format however is still usable in the forums though.
Earlier there were "super secret spoilers", which was the equivalent of making the text white. This was also removed in part due to people actually using it for relevant information that reader couldn't see without highlighting the whole page.
Obvious Rule Patch: The admin notes on BFG and BFS say not to write "Big Fucking Gun" anywhere in the article. After some Rules Lawyer put "Big Freaking Gun" instead, a second line was added saying, "Obvious Rule Patch: Or 'Big Freaking Gun'. Or 'Frigging'. Or any other such expansion of the acronym." A second patch had to be applied later after another Rules Lawyer added a paragraph Backronyming it.
Offscreen Inertia: On a lighter note, this trope is the reason why this wiki has the policy of Examples Are Not Recent. When adding an example, most people don't realize that their example will probably stand unchanged for months or even years, and thus has the potential to become very outdated if it says that some development in a work of fiction (or Real Life) is "recent".
Oh My Gods!: A few tropers on this wiki are known to swear by Trope-tan. "Sweet Trope-tan!" "For the love of Trope-tan...."
The wiki in general loves to run a joke right into the ground. Talking about Inspector Spacetime as if it were a real show is funny...until you realise how colossal the series page is. (It runs the joke into the ground so hard that it emerges from the other side of the planet, just so it could see what's there.)
Deadpool writing his own page is cute, until you realise the entire page is like that.
The beautiful useful notes: Brazil page has a beautiful example of this with the beautiful word, "beautiful".
The entry for the Flash Gordon movie (which had a soundtrack by Queen) would like to remind you that the movie had a soundtrack done by Queen.
The entry for the Doctor Who serial (of Rassilon) The Five Doctors (of Rassilon) made sure (until clarity [of Rassilon] became compromised) that every trope (of Rassilon) was a Trope of Rassilon. Now the tradition (of Rassilon) and gag (of Rassilon) has been moved to the article (of Rassilon).
The jokes about zombies in the comments section of thisMushroom Go page. The jokes start about halfway down the page and keep going.
In the (now deleted) Headscratchers page describing "School", someone asked "Why do kids hate school? Can anyone give me some legit responses." After someone gave a bunch of responses... someone else responded to every single point, often repeating "Learn to box". This prompted somebody else to respond to every "Learn to box" comment with "You get expelled for that."
The page on Crack Fic describes this as "the greatest work of pornography ever written. About Tetris."
The page for Axe Cop calls it the best comic by a six-year-old you'll ever read! As a bonus, ThisReal Trailer, Fake Movie refers to it as "the greatest action movie ever made...written by a five-year-old boy."
The page for Clue calls it "possibly the best movie about a board game ever made in 1985".
There was a time where a ridiculous number of trope pages mentioned by way of example that they were one of The Oldest Ones in the Book. (This trend was referenced by Uncyclopedia.) This is because over 95% of recorded human history is older than the "book," which was apparently written in 1950 (when television gained popularity in the USA). It became common to see tropers avoid the repetition of that unwieldy trope name by putting it in a Pot Hole under some phrase like, "You know what that makes this..." Splitting The Oldest Ones in the Book into sub-indexes such as Older Than Dirt, Older Than Steam, and Older Than Radio has done a lot to reduce the annoyance, both because of the variety and because anything that isn'tOlder Than Dirt is newer than much of the book.
Now Older Than Dirt itself has become way overused and misused, being frequently applied to pages that are nowhere near old enough to count (currently the cutoff is 800 BCE; previously it was 500 BCE). Doesn't help that despite being an index, it's often treated as a trope.
Perpetual Beta: Pages are never really 'finished' and there are always new features and changes being made.
Point-and-Laugh Show: This Troper, a satirical series of dramatic readings by YouTube user CrazyGoggs chronicling the saddest and most disturbing contributions to this wiki, back when we had Troper Tales and invokedFetish Fuel. Its exposťs served as a driving force in the eventual deletion of those sections.
Post Modern: Plenty of examples. Since the site is a catalog of devices used in fiction, the whole site is this.
Anytime you see a Meta Example, it's Post Modern. Especially if it's on the Post Modern page. Whoa. Trippy. Further complicating matters is that if you deny that your Post Modern statement is itself Post Modern, you've simply made it even more Post Modern. In particular this makes it very tricky to parody as any sufficiently involved parody of Post Modernism is, in itself, a Post Modern comment on itself. NoPo Mo.note "Not that I'm postmodern or anything."
Tropers working on pages for the more recent Kamen Rider series have a tendency to work colors into text referring to riders' varying forms. There's a lot of this going around on Super Sentai series pages too.
Revealing Coverup: This very wiki sometimes falls into this, through badly placed spoiler tags. For example, if someone apparently dies (only to show up again many issues later), and an article describes it as "her apparent death"... there are very few words that would fit into that spot, and most of them indicate that the person's still around in some sense. So unless we all get into the habit of saying "her real, permanent, not a dream, not a robot, not an imaginary story! death", it's probably best to stick the spoiler at the end, where it could mean any number of things, including things that happened to someone else entirely.
Reviewer Stock Phrases: On this wiki, it used to be common to find examples that are the "poster child" or "patron saint" of the trope in question.
Small Reference Pools: Even good ol' TV Tropes can fall foul of this sometimes where examples may be weighted towards a certain media even if the trope itself is common elsewhere.
Spotting the Thread: At times. That "Super Secret Spoiler" wasn't so Super Secret when some extra white space where there shouldn't be popped up. Due to the YMMV finagle, Super Secret Spoiler has been replaced with the normal spoiler.
Averted deliberately by some clever tropers by using completely unnecessary spoiler space or adding innocuous information under spoilers in strategic places, and making spoilers longer.....yes, longer than necessary so their length doesn't give anything away.
Sudden Name Change: This very wiki does it with changing names of trope pages all the time.
Take That: Some tropers just love to use this. You'll find a bunch of them scattered all over the Wiki, which are Potholed to the main page. Sometimes they get ground down by Wiki Magic, sometimes not. Don't even think about adding to them. Chances are, whatever you have in mind is just not worth including.
Threads in general sometimes get titles like "Subject of the Thread: The Thread."
Title 1: Subverted on a number of pages. When a page exists for a first game of a series of the same name, the page's title may be "Namespace.Series Installment 1". However, the title should be custom titled to get rid of the "1" unless this trope actually does apply to said work
Up to Eleven: One of the forums discusses this in terms of bodybuilding, noting how contestants went from being strongmen who happened to have highly defined muscles (and actually looked pretty good) to freakishly huge guys more obsessed with adding mass than being healthy.
Tropes will be renamed and page images removed if so much as one person does not understand its relevance to the trope's description, sometimes with accusations of Fan Myopia thrown about no matter if that's actually the case.
The wiki has done this occasionally, such as when it changed some invokedUnfortunate Implicationstitles. Abuse Is Okay If It's Female On Male, for example, was changed because they were afraid people would take it literally (this change was enforced by Google, on threat of pulling all ad revenue), yet some I Thought It Meant titles, such as Men Are the Expendable Gender, are still in play.
Visual Pun: Some of the images for our trope articles are this.
Waxing Lyrical: In addition to trope names, tropers will often disguise quotes from the song or show they're discussing as banter-like natter.
We Will Use WikiWords In The Future: This very wiki itself is having this effect, with more readers and editors of the site casually referencing trope names InCamelCase, which in literary (pop culture) discussions are incredibly more recognized as tvtropes terms. Tvtropes variations of trope names are also becoming more recognizable: After reading a lot of tvtropes, what sounds more natural — the traditional literary term Bathos, or Narm?
Egregious has been used so egregiously on this wiki that it has its own page.
Similarly Your Mileage Will Vary is used as a way of referring to Your Mileage May Vary taken Up to Eleven on especially controversial issues that reach a point where there is no middle ground. Your Mileage May Vary comes from car commercials that say consumers might get a different amount of mileage than is advertised, and on this wiki, means that viewers might not agree with the statement. Using "Your Mileage Will vary" implies unanimous disagreement rather than inevitable controversy.
The word Trope does not come from TV Tropes, and like "subversion" its meaning in the real world is different than on this site. In reality "trope" does not mean "storytelling device" but "the use of a word to have a meaning different than the usual one."