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Most tropes are obviously either present or absent in a work, and can be added to a work page immediately after the work is released. Others, particularly Audience Reactions, tropes that involve the passage of real-world time, and those that span a large number of installments, can take a little bit to be sure that they apply. See also: Speculative Troping.

The following is a list of tropes and Audience Reactions that, for one reason or another, have a formal, mandatory waiting period before examples may be added to work pages, YMMV pages, or the main trope page.


Even where no formal mandatory waiting period is in place, before adding an example of an Audience Reaction, it's a good rule of thumb to ask oneself: "Will this still be relevant in a year? In a month? In a week?" If the answer is "no" or even, "I'm not sure," maybe hold off a little while and see what happens. Fan reaction can often be knee-jerk. It takes time for fan and critical consensus to form. Controversies that burn brightly often burn out quickly. Attempting to catalog every flash-in-pan Audience Reaction often results in pages that are cluttered and/or overly complain-y.

Not to be confused with Examples Are Not Recent, which is about why examples and descriptions should not have the word "recent" in reference to episodes, events, etc.

Note: Entries on this list have been agreed upon by consensus in this thread. Do not add or delete them without first reaching consensus there.


If not mentioned otherwise, the time listed is the mandatory waiting time after the work, or the relevant part(s) of the work, is released. For Real Life events, it is the waiting period after the event in question occurs or ends.

Pages with a mandatory waiting period:

  • Acclaimed Flop (After the work has finished its initial run): To prevent knee-jerk reactions.
  • Apparently Powerless Puppetmaster (No Real Life examples until 20 years after the person leaves office): To avoid ROCEJ problems over current or recent politicians.
  • Audience-Alienating Ending (6 months after the work ends): To prevent knee-jerk reactions.
  • Audience-Alienating Era (5 years after the era began): To prevent knee-jerk reactions.
  • Base-Breaking Character (6 months after the character is introduced or becomes controversial, whichever comes later): Due to the trope being a magnet for knee-jerk reactions whenever a character is disliked by any portion of the fanbase. Cleanup thread here.
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  • Box Office Bomb (After the film has finished its initial theatrical run): It's impossible to tell whether a film can qualify while it's still in theaters, since some movies take longer to recoup their budgets than others.
  • Broken Base (6 months after release or the issue becomes divisive, whichever comes later): Due to being misused for any disagreement within a fanbase, no matter how minor or short-lived. Cleanup thread here.
  • Career Resurrection (5 years): To see if the resurrection sticks.
  • Complete Monster (2 weeks): The waiting period allows more people to experience the work so that consensus may be reached on newer examples. Cleanup thread here.
  • Condemned by History (5 years): Enacted per TRS discussion. We cannot determine whether or not something from recent times will go from being loved to being reviled.
  • Contested Sequel (6 months): Due to it being a Subtrope of Broken Base.
  • Creator Killer (10 years or, for studios or production companies, official confirmation): In order to prevent knee jerk reactions.
  • Creator's Pet (6 months after the character is introduced): Due to requiring the character to be The Scrappy, which has a waiting period.
  • Critical Dissonance (1 month or the end of the season/theatrical run, whichever is later): Due to it being a magnet for shoehorned early reactions, often based on pre-release hype.
  • Dead Fic (2 years, unless confirmed by Word of God or author mortality): Per our rules on Fanfic Recommendations, and to match its sister trope Quietly Cancelled. This restriction long predated the NREP thread.
  • EndOfAnAge.Real Life (5 years): To prevent potential knee-jerk reactions.
  • Fair for Its Day (15 years): An extended period of time is required for culture to change enough for this to be possible.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple (1 month after the work releases/season ends): The romantic landscape and fan preference can change a lot relatively quickly, leading to a fanon ship either becoming canon or falling out of favor with the audience.
  • Franchise Killer (5 years or official confirmation): When there isn't any official confirmation, an extended period of inactivity is required to prove the franchise "dead".
  • Full-Circle Revolution (50-100 years for the real life section): In order to allow time for historians to assess revolutions accurately rather than being used for knee-jerk complaints and shoehorns about current regimes.
  • Genre-Killer: (10 years): Per TRS decision, in order to avoid knee-jerk reactions to recently failed pieces of media.
  • Genre Turning Point (10 years): To avoid knee-jerk reactions and allow time to prove that the genre has indeed changed.
  • Hindsight Tropes (When the event causing hindsight is over): In order to avoid knee-jerk reactions about events that are still ongoing. Cleanup thread here.
  • It Was His Sled (5 years after release or if the spoiler becomes a Late-Arrival Spoiler; whichever is sooner): To give the Plot Twist enough time to become known to the general public.
  • Magnificent Bastard (2 weeks): The waiting period allows more people to experience the work so that consensus may be reached on newer examples. Cleanup thread here.
  • One-Hit Wonder (5 years or artist's retirement/disbandment): Due to knee-jerk reactions to a succeeding work flopping.
  • Oppressive States of America (No Real Life Examples past the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s): Due to concerns around the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy (6 months after the work is released or becomes controversial, whichever comes later): Controversies often burn bright and then flare out, meaning that controversies that seemed important in the moment can be forgotten soon after. Cleanup thread here.
    • OvershadowedByControversy.Real Life (For heads of state and politicians: 10 years after leaving office): Due to the particularly contentious subject matter, political examples need more time to allow passions to die down enough to properly judge their legacy.
  • Posthumous Popularity Potential (6 months after the creator dies): To avoid knee-jerk reactions.
  • Quietly Cancelled (2 years after the final entry in the series, unless confirmed by Word of God): Season premieres usually have a one-year gap between them, two in some cases. Gaps longer than this are usually rare if the network wishes to proceed with a new season.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor (2 weeks after a controversy negatively affects an artist's role): The wait period is to ensure the termination of the role sticks. TRS discussion.
  • The Scrappy (6 months after the character is introduced or becomes hated, whichever comes later): Waiting period introduced due to constant misuse and character-bashing. Cleanup thread here.
  • Seasonal Rot (6 months after the show ends or one year after the season has ended, whichever comes first): To prevent knee-jerk reactions to recently released seasons.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny (10 years): To provide a time barrier to give a proper analysis of its cultural impact rather than just observing brief trends, and to curb its use as thinly-veiled gushing for a work.
  • Sequelitis (6 months after the work's release): To prevent knee-jerk reactions to a sequel's release.
  • "So X, It's X" tropes (1 month after initial release): To prevent knee-jerk reactions based on pre-release information.
  • Stillborn Franchise (5 years or official confirmation): To ensure that the work will likely only have one installment.
  • Two-Hit Wonder (5 years after the second "hit" or artist's retirement/disbandment): Due to knee-jerk reactions to a succeeding work flopping.
  • Unintentional Period Piece (10 years): Most entries need at least ten years to determine what the dated hallmarks of a given time period are. In rare cases, works released before the ten year limit can be added if there are exceptional circumstances that make a work dated. Cleanup thread here.
  • Values Tropes (For time period dissonances: 20 years after a work's initial release): In order to ensure that the values of the times are different enough to be noticeable. Cultural dissonances do not require a waiting period. Cleanup thread here.
  • Vindicated by History (5 years): In order to ensure that history has judged the work more favorably.
  • Win Back the Crowd (1 week): In order to avoid knee-jerk reactions based solely on pre-release hype and/or from people who hadn't experienced the work.
  • WrittenByTheWinners.Real Life (200 years): To minimize the potential of political edit warring. Note that this restriction had already been in place for several years before it was officially required by the NREP thread.
  • WTH, Casting Agency? (1 week): To prevent speculative entries made without the context of how people reacted to the performance once they saw the work.

Other pages with a required time gap between two events:

  • Dueling Works (released no more than 1 year apart, or have overlapping runs in the case of series): To ensure that the listed works are in fact competing with each other. TRS discussion.
  • Role Reprise (5 years between appearancesnote ): To limit the tropes to actors being brought back after significant time away from the role.
  • Sequel Gap (5 years between releases): To ensure a long gap between the previous instalment and the sequel itself.

Alternative Title(s): No Recent Examples