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This is a list of wick cleanings mandated by TRS efforts. Please add new work piles to the bottom of the list, so that older efforts have better visibility.

If you're waiting on a TRS slot, finishing off one of these is a great way to open up a spot.

Dates are written in month/day/year format.

Renames — be sure to check the definition of the page(s), many of these were renamed due to misuse.

Bigger Bad to Greater-Scope Villain: 473 wicks as of 07/09/2021


Everything's Better with Spinning to Spectacular Spinning: 1136 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Ultimate Evil to Unseen Evil: 867 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Climate Change to Global Warming: 106 wicks as of 07/09/2021

  • Per this ATT, Global Warming was unilaterally renamed to Climate Change without prior discussion back in December 2020, and no evidence of a TRS to move this. Will need to be rewicked, and needed a TRS to properly rename it.

Reality Ensues to Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: 4187 wicks as of 08/21/2021

Merges — wicks need to either be replaced or cut as misuse.

Gradual Grinder to Damage Over Time: 280 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Shocking Swerve to Ass Pull: 557 wicks as of 08/06/2021

Artistic License – Astronomy and Space Does Not Work That Way to Artistic License – Space


Splits — wicks need to be changed to two or more different tropes

Most require familiarity with works.

Megane to the various Glasses Tropes: 847 wicks as of 07/09/2021

  • Only wicks that directly refer to the fanspeak term should stay

Green Lantern Ring to: 477 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Toy Ship to Puppy Love: 730 wicks as of 07/09/2021

  • Only wicks that directly refer to the fanspeak term should stay. In-Universe examples go to Puppy Love.

Nerd Glasses to Opaque Nerd Glasses: 1914 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Closer to Earth to its subtropes: 705 wicks (with 11 additional in Down to Earth and 149 additional as Voice of Reason) as of 07/09/2021

Incest Is Relative: 1041 wicks as of 07/09/2021

  • Surprise Incest if it involves one or more parties not knowing in advance.
  • Depending on the context, other tropes in the index may apply.

Badass in Charge to its subtropes: 747 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Hidden Badass to its subtropes: 367 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Mismatched Eyes to its subtropes: 802 wicks (with 18 as Heterochromia and 2 additional as Boat Lights) as of 07/09/2021

Might Makes Right to its subtropes: 1636 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Moral Dilemma to its subtropes: 60 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Mysterious Woman to its subtropes: 167 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Antagonist Abilities to its subtropes: 217 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Wrath to its subtropes: 233 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Parental Issues to its subtropes: 453 wicks (with 397 additional as Mommy Issues and 558 additional as Daddy Issues) as of 07/09/2021

Gender Reveal to its subtropes: 305 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Power Trio to its subtropes: 2460 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Evil Makeover to its subtropes: 445 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Shapeshifting to its subtropes: 1789 wicks (with 808 additional as Shapeshifter) as of 07/09/2021

Body Snatcher to its subtropes: 640 wicks (with 10 additional as Body Snatching) as of 07/09/2021

Double Standard to its subtropes: 3057 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Suddenly Voiced to Suddenly Speaking: 1465 wicks as of 07/09/2021

  • If the wick involves a character being voice acted for the first time or voice acting suddenly appearing for a character who can already talk, it stays. Wicks pertaining to The Voiceless or the like finally talking should be moved.

Those Two Bad Guys to Bumbling Henchmen Duo, Bantering Baddie Buddies, Evil Duo, Big Bad Duumvirate, Villainous Friendship and a bunch of other tropes: 671 wicks as of 9/13/2021

Heel–Face Mole to Fake Defector or The Mole: 315 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Removal — most of the wicks need to be removed, save for special cases

Completely Missing the Point: 480 wicks as of 07/09/2021

Cleanup — wicks need to be checked for misuse

Shared Universe cleanup: 1656 wicks as of 07/09/2021

  • This trope is defined as "A fictional universe constructed by multiple writers/creative teams working independently from each other." It is frequently misused as shorthand for any Crossover.

Aristocrats Are Evil cleanup: 2952 wicks as of 07/09/2021

  • "Aristocrat" must be shorthand for "evil" to qualify. Pull Zero Context Examples to the discussion page, and kill "aversions" on sight.

Me's a Crowd cleanup: 2157 wicks as of 07/09/2021

  • Me's a Crowd is a plot where the main character duplicates themselves. Examples of self-duplication in general should be moved to Self-Duplication.

Implacable Man and The Juggernaut: 4129 (with 81 additional as Implacable Woman) and 2779 wicks (with 24 additional as Juggernaut) as of 07/09/2021

  • Frequently misused for each other. The Implacable Man is slowed by obstacles but finds a way to deal with them. The Juggernaut goes right through them as though they never existed in the first place.

You Keep Using That Word: 704 wicks as of 07/09/2021

  • Only about characters calling out others for misusing words. Entries complaining about a character or work's use of words need to be removed. Some can be moved to Insistent Terminology.

Those Two Guys: 6363 wicks (with 497 additional as Those Two Girls) as of 07/09/2021

  • Trope is defined as a comedic duo serving as a Greek Chorus. Change misuse to one of the Duo Tropes (if it's not already on the page).

Action Girl cleanup: 20291 wicks (with 4 as Hot Chick with a Sword) as of 07/09/2021

  • Defined specifically as a female character who's strong and action-oriented, but frequently misused as anytime a girl acts badass. See if the misuse fits one of the subtropes, and if not, cut it.

Unfortunate Names: 2747 wicks (with 536 as Unfortunate Name) as of 07/30/2021

  • Only applicable when characters point out how embarrassing/poor someone's name is. Entries merely stating someone's name or pointing out the innuendo in someone's name need to be removed.

Always Identical Twins: 1004 wicks (with 16 as Fraternal Twins and 49 as Identical Twins) as of 07/09/2021

  • Redefined as a Trope in Aggregate, so only examples that aren't played straight or have more than one set of identical twins are valid. If it's just in reference to one set of twins (identical or fraternal), cut it.


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