Ambiguous Name: Two Words Obvious Trope

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This kind of trope name is just the kind that begs for misuse to write a Zero-Context Example. Bolded text indicates that it is so. It also uses "trope" as a placeholder, which is something not to be done.

The page is divided over the correct amount of words, which looks like just a Stock Phrase, and the wrong amount of words, which looks like it's a common trait of The Ditz. Still, I am not sure of whether it deserves a hard split.

I may come back with a wick check later if it is necessary.

edited 1st Sep '13 1:38:01 PM by MikuruFan

2 Rethkir1st Sep 2013 01:40:02 PM from the gap between dimensions
"Trope" as a stock word in names is never a good thing. This needs a rename at the very least.
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3 Larkmarn1st Sep 2013 01:40:47 PM , Relationship Status: Hello, I love you
I'm pretty sure that "trope" in this name is actually fine. It's not being used as a placeholder, it's being used because that's actually where the obvious trope would go.

I wouldn't be opposed to a rename, but it's not that bad.
There are two redirects, One Word and Two Words, neither of which I like because they're too broad.

Two Words: Stock Phrase?

edited 1st Sep '13 1:43:56 PM by MikuruFan

5 SeptimusHeap1st Sep 2013 01:50:04 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Short And Snappy. The current page ought to be a redirect to Zero-Context Example.
I'm not sure if that indicates the "two words" or "three words" aspect though.

Redirecting the page or disambiguating it may be a good idea, with a deliberate redlink.
Is there actual misuse?

If not then why bother changing it?

What would a disambiguation page used for? There isn't any ambiguity is there?

Also, why should we redlink it?

edited 4th Sep '13 8:47:39 PM by MikuruFan

Why not just add a little bit to it? "Got Two Words for You" or "I've Got Two Words"
10 SeptimusHeap6th Sep 2013 04:08:33 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
These two plainly violate No New Stock Phrases, sorry.
This itself is a Stock Phrase. The restriction does not seem to account for renaming existing stock phrases.
12 SeptimusHeap7th Sep 2013 12:50:18 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Ed has been stating that in numerous TRS topics already, so yeah, it quite applies to new names as well.
Oh. Never Trust A Trope's alternate names seemed to be based on stock phrases so I was confused.
15 Madrugada2nd Oct 2013 08:53:05 PM , Relationship Status: In season
You are proposing a rename based on ambiguity.

That means that one of the strongest pieces of evidence you can present to support your case is evidence of widespread misuse.

That means a wick check is necessary.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
Right, sorry. I'm working on it now.

I'm looking to separate wicks from uses or attempts to use as a trope and blatant use as part of a Zero-Context Example (like "Three words: Onstage Tesla Coils.") Should I check for other misuse as well?

edited 2nd Oct '13 9:14:10 PM by MikuruFan

17 Madrugada2nd Oct 2013 09:21:23 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Go through the appropriate number of wicks and separate them out into
  • Correct use: it's used as a trope name, regarding the use of the trope within the work.
  • Incorrect use:
    • Sinkholed; not used in the work at all (This is where your "Three words: Onstage Tesla Coils" would go, unless that's actually a line from a work. If it's not, it's just the person who wrote the example trying to be clever.)
    • Not used according to the definition
    • Used as a ZCE for another trope.
    • Add any other ways that you find it being misused as subcategories here
  • Can't tell:
    • Used as a ZCE
    • Example has some information, but either there's not enough or you aren't familiar enough with the work to tell whether the use is correct from the information that's there.

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
No problems with the check so far. Thank you for clarifying.
A check on every five wicks on the main Two Words: Obvious Trope page for a total of 66. Two Words may be checked separately, though I do not expect the results to be too different, or possibly worse.

A large amount of misuse was found under YMMV subpages (like Awesome, Funny, etc.)

Used as a trope

  1. Recap.Angel S 02 E 08 The Shroud Of Rahmon
  2. Cool and Unusual Punishment
  3. ComicStrip.Dogs Of C Kennel
  4. Website.Fundies Say The Darndest Things
  5. Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex
  6. Film.Midnight Run
  7. Characters.Pokemon Protagonists And Rivals
  8. ReBoot: The Abridged Series
  9. Splash Panel
  10. Recap.Supernatural S 08 E 23 The Sacrifice
  11. VideoGame.Tales Of Monkey Island
  12. There Is No Rule Six

Misused to contribute to a Zero-Context Example

  1. Awesome.A Goofy Movie
  2. Awesome.A Sticky Situation
  3. Characters.Beelzebub
  4. Bizarro Episode
  5. TriumphantExample.C
  6. Literature.Casson Family Series
  7. HoYay.Degrassi The Next Generation (Nuff said.)
  8. WebOriginal.Dirty Laundry An Alternate1980s
  9. Characters.Dune
  10. WMG.El Goonish Shive
  11. Narm.Film I To P
  12. Awesome.Gears Of War
  13. WMG.Grand Unifying Guesses Girl Genius (Nuff said.)
  14. Anime.Halo Legends
  15. Film.High School Musical
  16. Wrestling.Hulk Hogan
  17. Funny.Jimmy Two Shoes
  18. Funny.Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Super Hero Taisen
  19. Funny.Law And Order Special Victims Unit
  20. YMMV.Lost Continent
  21. AwesomeBosses.Mega Man
  22. WebAnimation.Mortal Kombat Vs Street Fighter
  23. EarWorm.Music ABC
  24. DethroningMoment.Other
  25. FanficRecs.Persona4
  26. Heartwarming.Pokemon (does not mention the stock phrase)
  27. LetsPlay.Proton Jon
  28. Series.Rizzoli And Isles
  29. ShoutOut.Schlock Mercenary
  30. VideoGame.Sonic Colors
  31. Funny.Sunset Beach
  32. NightmareFuel.The Cries Of Haruhi Suzumiya
  33. WMG.The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword
  34. Torture for Fun and Information
  35. Funny.Transformers
  36. Determinator.Video Games
  37. KillItWithFire.Video Games
  38. Washizu -Lord of Mahjong Hell-
  39. TooDumbToLive.Western Animation
  40. Widget Series
  41. YMMV.Yet Again
  42. Awesome.Zerosaga1

Misused otherwise

  1. Hopeless Boss Fight (In one TabletopGame.Vampire The Masquerade rulebook, there is a section on fighting Caine that consists of two words, "You Lose.")
  2. Primal Fear (There are two words, but the obvious part is saying the example is obvious)
  3. Nightmare Fuel.Terminator (same as above)


  1. Narm.Live Action TV (link to a 10 minute video)
  2. Native American Mythology (can't tell if it is saying the example is obvious or Vision Quest is involved with it)
  3. Awesome.Nuzlocke Comics (the example starts with a quotation mark, but has no ending quotation mark, so I could not tell if it is part of the quote or the entry)
  4. Funny.The Nostalgia Critic 2008 Episodes (occurs twice, so I do not know if it is being quoted)
  5. YMMV.Turn A Gundam

Zero-Context Example

  1. Webcomic.Shortpacked


  1. Fan Myopia (a Lampshade Hanging on the phenomenon)
  2. This Trope Name References Itself
  3. Two Words: Obvious Trope (Linking to an Article Within the Article)

  • Total of 66 links
  • 12 correct
  • 45 misuse
  • 6 unclear
  • 68% misuse
  • 77% misuse + unclear

edited 2nd Oct '13 10:08:43 PM by MikuruFan

20 SeptimusHeap5th Oct 2013 02:07:42 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Seems like a good case for a rename.
21 Madrugada5th Oct 2013 07:14:45 AM , Relationship Status: In season
Indeed, cause for a rename.

And Mikuru, that's a very well-done wick check. Thanks.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.

Any more comments on whether it should be renamed?
Honestly, I was under the impression that this was just a redirect for Zero-Context Example, and that it wasn't supposed to be linked. Had no idea it was a real trope. Another vote for rename.
Something like Word Count For Emphasis would be a Boring, but Practical name for the trope being described. (I also think that Wrong Word Count For Emphasis, for when people say things like "I've got two words for you, man: go to hell" should be spun off as a separate subtrope.)

Alternative Titles: Two Words Obvious Trope
22nd Nov '13 3:08:49 PM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
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