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There are some pages that have been permanently etched into the annals of TV Tropes history by being removed and then locked, so that they may never return. The list of these is below, along with the "Unlisted cut pages" folder for certain categories of pages that are mass-prohibited.

If you wish to have a page added to this list, you can ask in this forum thread.

To see a list of pages that were locked but not removed, go to Locked Pages. See also the list of Recent Cuts, not all of which become members of this club.


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    Pages cut and locked for reducing the overall quality of the wiki 
There are Verbal Tics and Overused Running Gags, and then there are these. These are former tropes that were deleted outright for being so misused by having potholes to these pages sprinkled around this wiki on pages for no reason other than perhaps to be funny.

  • Did Not Do The Research: Intended as an index for research failure, it attracted lots of misuse as a way of pointing out a research mistake in a work. It was merged with other indexes and christened the Inaccuracies Index for a few days, until it was determined that we don't need that either. These tropes are now listed at Consistency, under "Lack of External Consistency".
  • Hey Its That Guy (including a relation axed in the same swipe, Hey Its That Voice): Was trivia about recognizing actors appearing in different series. It was found to be redundant to Role Association, but even after that the name was still sinkholed as a Verbal Tic.
  • I Am Not Making This Up: Originally created for how fans react to crazy plot twists and the like, it was used as a pothole for absolutely anything that was even the slightest bit outlandish, as if it would make it read as a bit of incredibly hilarious and awesome escapism. Instead, it became a grating Catchphrase (appearing on over 2,500 pages at its peak) that made This Very Wiki look like idiots with an incredibly low threshold of disbelief. Some discussion of this incident is preserved on I Am Not Making This Up Discussion. Not only were all links to it changed to be permanently red regardless of stylesheet, all instances of the phrase were automatically deleted from the wiki, leaving blank spots where it used to be. In-Universe examples were moved to "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer. Since this is TV Tropes, you don't need to say this; since even Reality Is Unrealistic, there's no reason not to believe such things happened. And it's usually better to link to the proof that you're not making it up.
    • No Really: One of many redirects to the above, and even without that it violates TV Tropes' policy about in-site Verbal Tics.
  • Main.Needs Wiki Magic Love: Supposed to index pages that need Wiki Magic help. However, before TRS intervention (which moved the contents to the Administrivia/ namespace), new editors would tack it on pages that they felt need help; oftentimes, it's on pages they create.
  • Please Elaborate: Poorly written examples should be rewritten or, failing that, outright deleted, not compounded with more useless junk that also acts as natter.
  • Pretty Cool Guy: A meme that was overly redundant and did nothing but encourage meaningless potholes.
  • So Yeah: Used as a Verbal Tic as an excuse to never finish a sentence. Compounded by its small size making it incredibly easy to Pot Hole, this "trope" infected examples across the wiki like herpes, appearing on over 4,000 pages at its peak.
  • Your Mileage May Vary: The old name for Love It or Hate It (and not to be confused with the index page for YMMV tropes), kept being misused as an expression of subjectivity or even to dispute existing entries despite Examples Are Not Arguable. Neither redirecting nor removing the wicks did stop this usage.
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    Main namespace Darth Wiki and Sugar Wiki redirects 
Due to heated complaining and gushing involving these on the main wiki, as well as unnecessary Pot Holing involving them, we discourage linking to these Darth Wiki and Sugar Wiki tropes and pages outside of those areas. Their main page redirects were cut and locked to discourage tropers from using them as such.

    Misused trope name 
Sometimes when we rename a trope, the original name has to be deleted if the misuse was really bad.

    Pages locked for being cut then recreated 
Cut pages sometimes have a habit of reappearing very quickly, usually due to tropers simply being unaware why the page had been deleted though sometimes as part of a trolling effort, so they may be locked to deal with this.

For a time, all cut pages were locked automatically as a preventative measure. Such pages are not listed here, so if you find a locked blank page not listed here you may ask here for it to be unlocked.

    Pages cut and locked due to being nothing but complaining 
Becoming a platform for actively complaining about anyone or anything is basically the worst sin any page on this wiki can commit, short of being created expressly for the purpose of trolling and/or conveying hate speech. With the exception of a few Darth Wiki pages which exist as carefully monitored outlets for this sort of thing, any such page is nuked with extreme prejudice.

    Overly-controversial pages/soapboxes 
Let's just say the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement exists here for a reason.

  • Abu Ghraib: A controversial Real Life prison which only attracted Flame Wars and Misplaced Nationalism, is neither a trope nor a work, and the article was a stub.
  • Busy Street: The page was locked after a heated argument between multiple parties, and eventually cut when the subject in question underwent a drastic overhaul, causing complications that made it not worth keeping the page up.
  • Creator.Ben Shapiro: Political pundit not involved in any creative works.
  • DarthWiki.Complain About Shows You Dont Like: Topic drift from shows to social, political, and religious targets along with racial slurs and constant back-and-forth between fans and haters. Let's just say things got nasty very quickly.
  • ConspiracyTheories.Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: Major ROCEJ violations.
  • Dueling Musicians: Caused too much edit warring and debates over who is the "better" artist.
  • Encyclopedia Dramatica: The page was very biased against the site and its members, attracting all manner of negative attention from them. No other efforts stopped this, and we have no interest in Tempting Fate here.
  • YMMV.Feminist Frequency: Even after being locked over constant Flame Bait, the drama didn't stop, so the page has been removed.
  • Flaming Fruit Vendors And Angry Arabs: Intended to be a page on the Arab Spring, it was cut due to its insensitive name and excessive use of "recent" examples due to how soon into the movement the page was made. We have a better page for the Arab Spring now.
  • Louder With Crowder: Political pundit not involved in any creative works.
  • Narm.New Media: Most of the entries went way overboard, descending into outright attacking and name-calling rather than just describing moments of failed drama. Combined with a massive amount of edit-warring, it became obvious that this page was just too troublesome to be left alive.
  • BlatantLies.Real Life Politics And War: Flame Bait magnet, particularly with political matters.
  • Retakers: Hate speech and death threats directed at Mass Effect 3 fans note .
  • UsefulNotes.Scientology: Even after being locked, the fighting didn't stop. Since it was the only Useful Notes page that doesn't help you understand anything on this wiki better, the page was deleted. Church of Happyology describes when people make up a ridiculous religion, and you don't even have to know anything about Scientology to get the joke, especially not when it's actually making fun of Scientology itself. Besides, if Scientology's in a work, you can always use Wikipedia to see how accurate it is.
  • Stonetoss: A webcomic which consisted only of alt-right views. Since there was no narrative and the creator tries to deny the comic being alt-right, it was very hard to trope neutrally without accidentally coming off as promoting hate speech, and it attracted unwanted attention from the creator, so the page was decided by the community to be cut and locked.
  • Stormfront: Neo-Nazis are not really a phenomenon that merits a work article.
  • This Troper: A series hosted on YouTube commenting on the controversial and negative topics of TV Tropes through a Dramatic Reading of some articles. Due to clashes with site rules against drama importation and personal attacks, the work is impossible to catalog on this wiki. WebVideo.This Troper was preemptively locked to prevent the page's restoration.
  • Westboro Baptist Church: A magnet for religious related arguments and complaining. It didn't really help you understand anything on this wiki better due to the church having less than a hundred members and almost never appearing in any works outside of The Laramie Project and Louis Theroux's documentaries.
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    Pages that were cut for being too NSFW/Squickish 

  • Innocent Panties: A trope made separate of Panty Shot by portraying visible girls' underwear as a cue of girlish cuteness with no sexual intent (while Panty Shot is for fanservice). Just like Panty Shot, however, people were listing every random upskirt... of prepubescent girls. Even worse, many examples included pictures. This could have just gotten an Example Sectionectomy, but the pedophilic potential was too great.
  • Legal Jailbait: The page was originally locked to resolve an issue with the description being overly creepy, but then cut as it was considered to be a creepy variant of Older Than They Look.
  • Naked Shotaro Boy: Was a listing of works featuring nude prepubescent boys. In addition to the generally creepy undertones of the article, it didn't attempt any real insight into or analysis of the trope, leaving no reason to keep it.
  • "Rape is Okay/Funny if..." tropes: Very troublesome names for the "Double Standard Rape" tropes that led to issues with advertisers. All five of them (Female on Male, Female on Female, Male on Male, Divine on Mortal, and Sci-Fi) were renamed and cleaned, with the original trope pages outright purged.

    Pages that were made to bypass an Example Sectionectomy 
Sometimes when examples on a page become problematic the examples will be deleted. See Example Sectionectomy for more on that. When we delete the examples from a page, we don't want them back.

    Unlisted cut pages 
These groups of pages are too large to be listed individually, but general reasons are given for their lock and deletion:

  • YMMV pages about Real Life people: Your Mileage May Vary subpages about Real Life people, while not forbidden from creation by default, tend to become about the people themselves, which is beyond the scope of this wiki. If a person's YMMV subpage is redlinked and locked, it's for this reason. YMMV pages for creators and musicians can only be about their works, not themselves.
  • Headscratchers about tropes: The Trope Talk forum exists for discussing tropes. Relevant material can also be moved to the Analysis/ tab.
  • Pages affiliated with banned tropers: Perma-banned tropers will have their "Tropers/" page locked and deleted. We won't keep a list of banned tropers, since that's exactly the sort of attention that trolls crave. If these banned tropers are obnoxious enough about entry pimping a work that they wrote, its work page can also be locked and deleted.
  • Pages cut under the Content Policy: Pages for works that violate our content policy will be cut and locked. We don't keep a definitive list of these to avoid creating a directory of porn and paedo-pandering.

    Real Life subpages for items that don't allow Real Life examples 
If a page that forbids Real Life examples is split and has its examples put into sub-pages, the ban on Real Life examples will extend to the existence of Real Life subpages. If they appear, they will be cut-and-locked immediately.

    Potshot redirects 
While Redirects Are Free, sometimes people make redirects that are nothing but Take Thats, and these are liable to being locked if they are recreated.

    So Bad It's Horrible subpages which were just that 
While this is one of the few areas on the wiki where outright derision of a work is permitted, there are certain standards that are expected, and limits as to how much edit warring will be tolerated before it's decided that a subsection just isn't worth keeping around.

    Problematic Image Links 

    Former locations of locked pages 

    Persistent initialisms 
We prefer people not to use initialisms and acronyms as redirects to a page, considering that they're often confusing for non-fans and can have multiple referents. Note that some of these are accidental; initialisms with numbers or lowercase letters count as Wiki Words.note 

    Other/Unsorted 


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