There is on TV Tropes, a common bad habit that persists among editors of using appearance tropes, or names that sound like they could be appearance tropes, badly. They always suffer from the same problems and they tend to clog up the TRS like they're on a revolving door. As such I'm making a large scale special effort in order to address the common problems all of these tropes have.
Sometimes non-appearance tropes are mistaken for appearance tropes. Report them here and the clean-up will be handled.
We're going to search for the best ways to change the culture and make sure that the misuse stops. Tropes will be handled here and we'll likely have a fair number of crowners on this thread. Keep checking back for new developments.
For full details, including the to-do list and crowner list, check this post.
All appearance tropes that show more than 50% misuse and/or ZCEs on a wick check may be cut freely after posting the wick check here on the thread for approval as per crowner results.
I'm a little uncomfortable deleting ZCEs when I don't know whether the character actually fits the trope or not. Throwing my hat in nonetheless.
Curtains Match the Window: The description suggests it's for unusual hair colors only, but I'm seeing this used on character pages even for brown eyes. Delete such examples?
There are enough good examples that if the character really does fit the trope they can be added back later, but when misuse rates are well over fifty prevent it's more important that the clean up is a little overzealous, than too lenient in a way that lets the misuse grow back.
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I'm torn on a particular Hair of Gold example.
From His Dark Materials:
"(Lyra) is described as a dark blonde— when it's clean enough."
The lack of context suggests it was there just as an appearance trope, but I wasn't sure whether to keep it as the actual trope. Young, yes, essentially good, yes, innocent... kind of a plot point, but someone who's described as an Anti-Hero on the same page probably isn't what the trope goes for. It's been a while since I've read the books. I deleted it for now, but as long as we're discussing Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold anyway I thought I'd bring it here for a second opinion.
edited 11th Dec '12 10:22:58 PM by InsanityPrelude
Mismatched Eyes needs a rename. It's collecting a lot of zero context examples and misusage since it's being used for every case of Heterochromia in fiction.
Not really. Even if it is being used for every case, that's not an issue. The purposed fix for Curtains Match The Windows doesn't give it any more context than "strange hair/eye colors that match" either, but that hasn't hit a wall because of it.
Now, things like Zero Context Examples probably still need work, though.
If we're just bringing up appearance tropes that have problems then what about Blonde, Brunette, Redhead? It specifically says, "The trope is strictly for visual appeal; they are not personality types." No meaning means not a trope and it should be cut or at least cut all examples, right?
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead may be a trope the same way Significant Greeneyed Redhead is: it's not a common combination in real life given the ratios of hair color, so if the 3 main characters are this then it's probably a conscious decision.
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