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First-person writing means to talk about yourself (with pronouns such as "I", "me", "my", etc.) while narrating a story. On TV Tropes, this type of writing is frowned upon, the reasons being:

  • It is a form of Conversation in the Main Page and Word Cruft. Using "I" to refer to you while writing the example distracts readers and may cause other editors to start replying to the example to the point where it turns into Thread Mode. We do not like when that happens, because wiki pages are not places for people to talk to each other. Take It to the Forums or the Discussion page.
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  • The articles are about the subject, not you. TV Tropes is about listing fictional events (and sometimes Real Life), not your personal experiences with the tropes. We used to have Troper Tales on this site to collect such personal anecdotes, but it got too out-of-hand after a while.
  • We want Main articles to look like they were written by one person. Entries filled with first person writing make the articles look sloppy and like Wiki Schizophrenia. Although Darth Wiki and Sugar Wiki have some pages that allow this (as long as tropers sign their examples), we don't do this practice on the main wiki.

Another form of first person language is the use of "this troper" (or something similar) in an attempt to make the entry look like it's written in third person. This is also not allowed, as you are still editing in first person.


In a similar vein, don't use "you", "you're", or other second-person language if you're talking to other examples. It might instigate a bullet point with "I". This does not apply when referring to the reader(s).

See also Auto-Erotic Troping, which is about a troper entry pimping their own works, regardless of the use of first-person writing.

Alternative Title(s): This Troper


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