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 don't think it's salvageable. The visual convention could start fresh with YKTTW, but this is ingrained into people's heads as a "free for all ZCE trope", so it seems more profitable if it goes away.
edited 14th Dec '12 11:59:28 AM by lu127
What goes around, comes around what goes up, must come down
If we're going to rename and redefine and cut examples, then what's the point of keeping it? We won't have the current name, definition or examples. It'll be something completely new. So why not just cut, and take the new whatever to YKTTW?
I think some people are just freaked out by the idea of cutting something, and want to avoid that even when it stops making sense.
Speaking words of fandom: let it squee, let it squee.
I don't know if it's a trope, but it's clearly notTrivia.
All examples of a trope are notable. If it's a trope, we should list examples for it. The only exceptions should be the ones that are absurdly widespread, like Climax and The Good Guys Win.
And if it's not a trope, why should we keep the page? It's not as if "Shiny Midnight Black" is a term we need a definition for, like Kuudere.
In favor of either converting Shiny Midnight Black to being about the visual contrast issue or making that trope. Really dark black hair isn't a trope though. Did we ever get around to "character has [specific characteristic] fetish" trope so we could stick most of the in work references to that sort of thing?
The Shiny Midnight Black crowner has been up for three days now, and it looks like it's trending pretty clearly towards cutting it entirely.
I think we're getting near the point of calling the crowner, if not there already.
(Also, perhaps remove Hair of Gold from the OP, as it's been resolved?)
Power Blonde makes me thoughtful largely, I think, because it starts out by defining what it's not: A blonde who isn't evil."
Then it goes on to say basically: "A blonde who is in a position of power or leadership." Like most of the other hair color tropes, that has become "any character who is both blonde and in a position of power or leadership." I don't know how many examples would still be good if it was changed to fall in line with the other hair color and eye color tropes: "Blonde hair is used to indicate or emphasize to the reader that the woman is powerful/the leader."
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
^^ Especially since there isn't, AFAIK, any implications regarding blonde other than the ones involving intelligence (or, specifically, apparent lack thereof). Blonde hair isn't a "power color" or anything like that, though I'll grant you that the whole "power [blah]" thing in regards to personal appearance has always left me a little puzzled, as a fashion-deficient guy.