Sometimes, the example section of a page gets bloated. The reasons why vary, but we typically deal with it in one of these ways:
- Prune the examples: Editors review the example list looking for ones that are poorly written (or off-topic) which can be removed from the page, leaving behind the good examples.
- Kill it with fire: Delete the entire article as having poor focus. If it's determined that we don't want the page to ever come back in any form either, it joins the Permanent Red Link Club.
- Create a set of subpages for it: Useful if the page is sufficiently popular, and also sufficiently objective, that deletion is undesirable. (The results may possibly be put under Sugar Wiki or Darth Wiki if not objective, and sufficiently popular and straightforward (e.g., Moment of Awesome, So Bad, It's Horrible).)
- Leave the trope where it is, but make the example section a separate page, sometimes on the Sugar Wiki or Darth Wiki.
- Rename a trope. Sometimes it's the title which can cause the whole mess. See Everything You Wanted to Know About Changing Names for more detail on that front.
- Cut and prohibit all examples from the page: The course of action for which this page is named — what's left is a readable definition and some scar tissue saying "No examples please. This only defines the term." Everything else goes in the wastebasket.note
- Move examples to another wiki entirely. This measure is rarely taken, but it has happened, usually for content that gets too family-unfriendly for our tastes. Examples include Fetish Fuel and Perverse Sexual Lust.
For more detailed reasons behind cutting examples, have this format:
- Page X: Reason (Additional Notes) — also Permalocked (if it is locked)
Examples of articles deleted entirely:
- Basically any member of the Permanent Red Link Club (aside from This Troper, and other deliberate redlinks).
Examples of articles split into multiple pages:
- Any page that was on Multipage Tropes back when we listed those.
- Fridge Logic → now largely located in the Headscratchers namespace → Now combined with other Fridge thoughts in its own section.
Examples of articles cutting and prohibiting examples:
- All Men Are Rapists: Being part of the Rape And Sexual Harassment Tropes, this was pre-emptive, due to the nature not being Truth in Television and being very bad Flame Bait. — also permalocked
- Angst Aversion
- Award Snub: Many of its examples had devolved into complaining about shows that had won, along with Take Thats towards those who lost.
- Base-Breaking Character — also permalocked
- Bile Fascination — also permalocked
- Canon Defilement
- Cult Classic — also permalocked
- DethroningMoment.Death Battle: Since any episode can cause an Internet Backdraft from Fandom Rivalry, any episode can become this for someone, with examples devolving into Flaming and flat-out harassment. — also permalocked
- Fake Difficulty
- Fandom Heresy
- Fan Dumb
- Flame War
- Favorite Trope
- The Firefly Effect
- Garbage Post Kid — also permalocked
- Hatedom: May qualify as "Too Common", but this is marked as Flame Bait — also permalocked
- Hate Dumb
- Headscratchers.Death Battle: Same as the other subpage above. — also permalocked
- Hype Backlash
- Internet Backdraft
- Internet Tough Guy: Many examples were reduced to people latching onto anything they saw as remotely "bad". — also permalocked
- Jumping the Shark
- Lowest Common Denominator
- Might Makes Right
- Orwellian Editor — also permalocked
- Pet-Peeve Trope
- Sacred Cow
- Serial Numbers Filed Off: Very bad Flame Bait, as it can attract instances of Complaining regarding a work ripping off another work's features, when it didn't. This may qualify as "Too Common", but this proves to be too bad an Internet Backdraft.
- Silent Majority
- Squick — also permalocked
- "Stop Having Fun" Guys
- Subbing vs. Dubbing
- Tainted by the Preview
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot
- Trope Enjoyment Loophole
- True Art Is Ancient: See the other True Art entries below.
- True Art Is Boring: See the other True Art entries below.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: True Art used to have 9 pages, until 5/9 of them were cut and locked, due to them being nothing but Complaining About Shows You Don't Like. This had caused Flame Wars between fans of actual pieces of art and haters who think nothing is true art. This had also led to these three having all examples cut, with True Art Is Angsty being the only source for examples, albeit In-Universe Examples Only. — also permalocked
- Unpleasable Fanbase — also permalocked
- Video-Game Movies Suck
- Vocal Minority
- Waggle — also permalocked
- Writer Cop Out
Cases of Mary Sue (Its very hotly debated nature on the Internet and This Very Wiki, along with a vague definition makes it excellent kindling for accusations of this. Falls under Too Contentious, above, but constitutes a category of its own as well.):
- Black Hole Sue
- Canon Sue
- Copy Cat Sue
- Jerk Sue
- Purity Sue
- Relationship Sue
- Sympathetic Sue
- Villain Sue
Content Issues (NSFW tropes and others related):
- Aliens Made Them Do It — also permalocked
- Anatomically Impossible Sex — also permalocked
- Bara Genre — also permalocked
- Comedic Lolicon — also permalocked
- Comedic Underwear Exposure
- Dominatrix — also permalocked
- Ephebophile — also permalocked
- Explicit Content
- Fetish — also permalocked
- Fetish Fuel — also permalocked, with examples moved to a separate wiki
- Fetish-Fuel Future — also permalocked
- Gorn: Creepy examples of this had caused its examples to be cut and locked. — also permalocked
- Hentai — also permalocked
- Het — also permalocked
- Lolicon and Shotacon — also permalocked
- Naughty Tentacles — also permalocked
- Panty Shot — also permalocked
- Perverse Sexual Lust — also permalocked
- Rule 34: We don't need to talk about pornographic popular culture here.
- Shock Site — also permalocked
- Toy Ship
- Yiff — also permalocked
- You Would Make a Great Model — also permalocked
Too Common To List (Listing these would bloat the entire selection, even with subpages. It will also inevitably result in Signal To Noise Trainwreck regardless of anything):
- Album Filler
- Badass: General term for those in List of Badass Tropes; no longer treated as a trope.
- Character Death
- Character Development
- Epic Riff
- First Appearance
- Game Over
- Geek — also permalocked
- Happy Ending
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient
- It Makes Sense in Context
- Mistakenly Banned
- Moral Dilemma
- Original Character
- Protagonist Title
- Regular Character
- Recurring Character
- Shipping Goggles
- Sturgeon's Law
- Villains Act, Heroes React
- WTH, Casting Agency?
Too Speculative (Similarly with the Too Common section, these tropes rely too heavily on audience situations, and listing them would result in unwieldy sections):
- Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Was once called Nightmare Fuel, with Nightmare Fuel being "High Octane Nightmare Fuel". However, when these got their names, this had suffered massive Trope Decay, being more subjective than Nightmare Fuel. As of now, even examples of this in YMMV pages of works only go into Nightmare Fuel. — also permalocked
- All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game"
- Awesomeness Withdrawal
- Intended Audience Reaction
- It Was His Sled: Being a Square Peg, Round Trope, examples of this were reduced to accidental spoilerage and examples referring to any twist, regardless of popularity. — also permalocked
- Like You Would Really Do It
- So Okay, It's Average: This may be listed under "Too Common", but it being a Square Peg, Round Trope and many examples being Hype Backlash (expected to be good but becomes average) has caused Trope Decay.
- The Un-Twist
Fanspeak terms (These tropes define terminology that the audience commonly uses to define attributes or incidents, and this wiki already has its own equivalents to them):
- Bishoujo — also permalocked
- Dandere (to Shrinking Violet and Sugar-and-Ice Personality) — also permalocked
- Dojikko (to Cute Clumsy Girl)
- Kuudere (to Sugar-and-Ice Personality) — also permalocked
- Macekre (to Cut-and-Paste Translation and Bowdlerise)
- Megane (to Meganekko, Stoic Spectacles, Sexy Spectacles, and Scary Shiny Glasses)
- Netorare (to Cuckold)
- Pettanko (to A-Cup Angst and Petite Pride)
- Takahashi Couple (to Belligerent Sexual Tension, except for examples from Rumiko Takahashi's own works)
- Tech Fu (to Gadgeteer Genius and Mad Scientist) — also permalocked
Index Preservation (These pages are only meant to be an index, meaning that indexes will become this by default (unless it allows examples):
Examples of segregated examples:
- Narm → DarthWiki/Narm Which was later moved back to Narm.
- Aversions of The Problem with Licensed Games were moved to No Problem with Licensed Games.
Examples of Renamed Tropes:
- Boring Invincible Hero → Invincible Hero
- You Fail X Forever Pages → Artistic License - X (e.g., You Fail Biology Forever → Artistic License – Biology)
Examples of dumping the examples list on another wiki:
- Mary Sue received somewhat of a 2/4 hybrid, with the article being (almost?) completely re-written and losing all the examples. Though now it seems the new page is a stitched-up combo of the two versions a la Frankenstein's monster... We're not sure what to call it.
- You Fail Logic Forever initially had a spin-off page (Insane Troll Logic) for listing non-specific examples as the page had become rather bloated, and a release valve for non-specific examples was thought desirable (type 5). And then the original page was reorganized so that all the fallacies contained therein were spun off into their own pages (type 3), while the original spin-off had developed through a sort of reverse Trope Decay into a full trope in its own right note .
- Everything listed in No Real Life Examples, Please! counts as an example of a partial Example Sectionectomy; the scar tissue differs in that it contains "No real life examples, please!" rather than "No examples, please. This only defines the term.", as Real Life is the example subsection most prone to need pruning, for various subtly obvious reasons.
- Nightmare Fuel was originally High Octane Nightmare Fuel, with Accidental Nightmare Fuel originally being Nightmare Fuel. Needless to say, the change was a little confusing for in-wiki links, but necessary due to people using the trope to describe anything they personally found scary. Even with the name changes, Nightmare Fuel pages for individual works still tended to get bloated with poor examples that just happened to coincide with a single person's fears (it's supposed to be things that are frightening to the entire general population), so the examples were tentatively removed — this sparked a rather large backdraft. Currently, the Nightmare Fuel pages for works operate under what we're calling "Example Lobotomy" rules — examples are allowed, but hyperbole, Purple Prose, and other forms of flowery page-bloating cruft are kept to a strict minimum.
Non-TV Tropes examples:
- Wikipedia's "in popular culture" sections were heavily cracked down on at one point as a reaction against "Fancruft" and rampant Entry Pimping, of the kind satirised in this xkcd cartoon. A lengthy Edit War about how much attention the depiction of Madame de Pompadour in a Doctor Who episode should have received on her page may have contributed.