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Like a lot of things relating to specific fields of knowledge, we have acquired some terms and idioms particular to this site. This page is to give you a quick overview of their meanings.

Compare Tropes Of Legend, Canonical List of Subtle Trope Distinctions, What Page Types Mean.

See also Welcome to TV Tropes!, Text Formatting Rules, Page Templates.

Some definitions:


  • Administrivia: Articles concerning the policies and standards of the wiki, providing instructions, or maintaining lists for cleanup efforts.
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  • Appeal: A request by a suspended user to have their privileges restored, done in this forum thread. See What to Do If You Are Suspended for more details.
  • Article: Loosely, any wiki page. More formally, a wiki page that contains the definition of a work, trope, creator, franchise, or other concept. Articles may have subpages containing various types of content. See also Main Page.
  • Ask The Tropers: A wiki discussion board (see Query) used to ask general questions of tropers and moderators. This is a good place to bring up problems with articles or with other tropers.
  • Audience Reaction: While most tropes are objectively present in a work, and some generate debate about the degree to which they are present, Audience Reactions exist mostly in the minds of the audience. They do not get listed on the main page of a work article, but rather its YMMV subpage.
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  • Averted or an aversion: A form of Playing with a Trope, a trope is averted when the audience expects it to happen (due to genre conventions or the like), but it doesn't. Examples of aversions should only be listed for Omnipresent Tropes.


  • Ban: Usually synonymous with suspension, but informally used to indicate a permanent, rather than temporary condition.
  • Blank Launch (mislaunch): Under older versions of Trope Launch Pad, an unskilled attempt to launch a trope could result in a red link instead of a trope and remove the draft from the list. Nowadays, the only way to cause a blank launch is to try launching a trope while edit-banned. Still, always learn the basics before you try to launch.
  • Blue Link: A working link to a wiki page. Bluelinks may be Wiki Words or Potholes. Compare Red Link. "Blue Linked" simply means that one valid trope or work is linked to another. Stringing these together can make you see blue.
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  • Blue Shifting: A link to an existing entry is in blue, and a link to a non-existing one in red. If a particularly interesting item is linked a lot, and yet no one actually creates the page to go with it, the text remains red. Then someone does create the page, and the resulting change in colour scheme makes the world feel slightly better. This is an allusion to a particular instance of the Doppler effect in physics.
  • Bounce: A moderator action; this is the ban method of last resort. A bounced account cannot log in and its IP address(es) may be blocked from creating new accounts. The term comes from the original functionality of the bounce, which redirected users to Google.


  • CamelCase: The usual way of creating Wiki Words onsite, achieved by removing the spaces between two or more words, e.g. CamelCase
  • Canon: What the creator or owner of a work says happens in the story and/or setting. It's the Word of God about the work. See also Continuity, Discontinuity, Fanon, Negative Continuity, Reboot, Retcon.
  • Chairs: Short for "People Sit on Chairs", an apparent pattern in media that doesn't qualify as a trope due to being a coincidence with no interesting meaning. Synonyms include "chairsy" and "PSOC" (an initialism for People Sit on Chairs).
  • Clueless Contributor: An editor who adds their content without regard for formatting or proper grammar.
  • Comment: Text that is only visible in the editor, thanks to being preceded with '%%'. Comments are mainly used to hide editing instructions so that users browsing the wiki won't see them. They are also used to hide Zero Context Examples so that editors will be motivated to expand them. Hiding something with comment markup is referred to on-wiki as "commenting [it] out".
  • Compare and Contrast: A short list at the end of descriptions to note Sister Tropes and/or Opposite Tropes to the trope being described.
  • Composite Trope: A trope article that incorporates multiple variations or "types" that are explicitly described. We discourage these because they lead to a problem that we call Type Labels Are Not Examples.
  • Consensus: The process by which the troper body arrives at decisions. Unless there is an overriding policy or formal system involved (see Trope Repair Shop, Image Pickin'), such decisions are determined by majority vote of participating tropers. See Crowner for one way to establish consensus.
  • Content Policy: The set of guidelines that we use to determine whether a work is too pornographic or otherwise objectionable to describe on the wiki.
  • Context: The explanation or description of how a trope example is used. See Zero-Context Example for why we insist on it. A trope example without context is not useful to readers.
  • Continuity: The sequence of events, characters, and settings that is presented by a work. It's what's actually on the page/screen/etc.
  • Continuity Reboot: When a franchise's continuity is reset and started over, often to clean up years upon years of tangled continuity and give fresh audiences a chance to get into a franchise without having to deal with all of the baggage.
  • Courtesy Link: A link to an article that you are discussing, provided so your fellow tropers can easily get to it without having to search or browse the wiki. Image Pickin' and Trope Repair Shop require these when making a new topic.
  • Creator: Someone who participates in the creation of a work. On TV Tropes, these include writers, directors, producers, artists, actors, musicians, bands, companies, and so on.
  • Crosswicking: Adding a trope example to a work's page and vice versa.
  • Crowner: The site's voting system, most frequently used to decide on a Trope Repair Shop or Image Pickin' action. A crowner is typically decided by the highest ratio of upvotes to downvotes, as long as the winning option has a positive vote count. The name comes from its original purpose, which was to let users decide which Crowning Moment was the most awesome. This became an Artifact Title once that trope was renamed.
  • Curly Brackets: {{ }} The way to make single-word titles WikiWord (for example, Macbeth), or a way to make larger wiki words and control the spacing. Compare CamelCase. See Text Formatting Rules for how to implement them.
  • Custom Title: You can request these for any article to change how the title is displayed in wicks and the page header. These are usually done to add punctuation, leading numerals, or diacritics to plain-text titles. For example, "Pokémon" is not a valid WikiWord, so the article is created at "Pokemon" and then given a custom title.
  • Cut List: Where articles are proposed for deletion. While any troper may propose a cut, only moderators can execute them. There is an opportunity to contest the cut request and provide comments for or against.


  • Darth Wiki: The Dark Side of TV Tropes, containing material that is either inappropriately silly or too negative to live in the main part of the wiki. Unpublished Works also go here. Contrast Sugar Wiki.
  • Derivative Work: A work that is based on, adapted from, a sequel to, licensed from, or otherwise derived from another work. Fan fiction is a derivative work by definition. See Original Work.
  • Deconstructed or a deconstruction: A form of Playing with a Trope, a trope is deconstructed when it is used in a way that demonstrates the problems with it and why it wouldn't work in real life.
  • "Describe Topic Here": Non-existing wiki articles used to display the text "Describe <title> here," which led to a lot of in-jokes and memes. The wiki software no longer does this, making the meme anachronistic and increasingly stale.
  • Description: The part of a page describing what the page is about. Usually it's defining a trope or describing a work. Often comes in different forms, such as Self-Demonstrating Article or Example as a Thesis.
  • Disambiguation (or disambig): A type of page that links a commonly used term to the various articles that share it. (ex. Murphy's Law). Note that a disambiguation page is automatically displayed if you visit a non-existent page whose title exists in one or more other namespaces.
  • Discontinuity: When the creator of a work decides that something in continuity is not in canon (example: The Star Wars Holiday Special), you get Canon Discontinuity. When the fans decide that something in continuity did not happen because they don't like it (Bioshock 2), you get Fanon Discontinuity.
  • Discussion: All wiki articles have a Discussion page where threaded conversations may be conducted, usually about the content and presentation of the article. It's like a mini-forum attached to each article. Compare with Wikimedia "talk" pages.
  • Don't be a dick: Our Rule Zero. If you engage in behavior that makes other users' lives unpleasant, you are subject to being suspended or banned even if you are technically following our rules.
  • Drive-By Updater: An editor who makes one, maybe two, edits and then disappears into oblivion. In many cases, this is a passing browser who spots an obvious mistake to fix.


  • Edit Reason: The input box at the bottom of the article editing window. Describe why you made the edit there. This is required any time you delete something.
  • Edit War: When you contest a change to an article by editing the article back to the way you preferred it. Talk it out first, then go with the consensus. Edit warring is grounds for suspension.
  • Effort Post: On the forums, this type of post is used to propose a candidate for a trope or an action to be taken on an article. The poster is expected to do the work ("effort") to make a detailed and unambiguous case for the proposal.
  • Example: Items listed after a page description. The examples are usually two kinds:
    1. If the page is a trope, the examples are the works where the trope shows up. These usually start with "Examples:" in a banner at the top of the list and are sorted by medium. Media that acquire a large number of examples may be moved to their own subpages, whose links are provided in an indexed list separate from the other examples on the page.
    2. If the page is a work/person, the examples are the different tropes that show up in that work. These usually start with "Provides examples of:" (or some variation) in a banner at the top of the list.
  • Example Sectionectomy: The process and result of removing all examples from a trope (or more rarely, a work) article.
  • Expanded Universe: Licensed derivative works that are distinct from a franchise's main story or setting and may or may not be canonical.
  • External Link: A link to a page outside of Example: Note that links within that do not use the WikiWord markup style will appear external even though they are not.


  • Fan Fiction or Fan Fic: A work using characters, settings, or plots from an original work without its author's permission.
  • Fanon: What fans of a work claim happens in the story and/or setting, regardless of what the author says.
  • Fan Wank: A pejorative term for the tendency of fans to make up whole bodies of Fanon that have little or no relationship to what actually occurs in a work.
  • Faux-redlink (fake redlink): A link which shows up as red even though the page exists (even as a redirect or a disambiguation). Done to discourage sinkholes. Faux-redlinks are always locked and are not edited. A list of them can be found in the Permanent Red Link Club.
  • Fetish Fuel: A discontinued area of the wiki where tropers could list examples of things that turned them on. Removed for not being Family Friendly.
  • Flame Bait: An article describing a concept that is so controversial or prone to argument that no examples of it are permitted.
  • Folder: A system for categorizing examples within an article, letting the reader expand each category as desired.
  • Folderize: To convert AC's or headers into folders.
  • Franchise: In TV Tropes parlance, when a work is adapted or remade across three or more mediums, an article may be created in the Franchise namespace to help tell them apart. A Franchise article is a form of disambiguation.


  • Ghost Wick: A wick on an article that doesn't exist. This is usually caused by an article on which mod/admin deletions occurred that still believes the wick exists due to a database error.
  • Gingerbread: The fancy bits of the TV Tropes Forum including avatars, signature lines, and so on. Gingerbread is turned on by default; if you are known, you can switch it on and off via your profile page.
  • Grandfathered in: If something has been grandfathered in, that means the Grandfather Clause applies to it— we wouldn't allow it now, but it remains because it's too ingrained in the site to get rid of. For instance, The Scrappy wouldn't fly today as it's very negative and named after a character, but it's a large part of the site, so it stays.


  • Hard Split: When a lengthy article or an article describing more than one work is broken up into subpages or individual work articles.
  • Hatpuppet: Derived from "sockpuppet", this is an account used specifically for the purpose of adding hats to a Trope Launch Pad proposal in an effort to make it look like it has more launch support than it really does. Doing this or soliciting it will get you permanently banned.
  • Headscratchers: A place on the Wiki where questions about a work, including answers to potential Plot Holes and inconsistencies, can be answered. Formerly known as It Just Bugs Me.
  • Help with English: A forum topic where tropers who need or want assistance with English grammar, spelling, or general proofreading may request it from other tropers.
  • History Page: All wiki articles have a history view where you can see all changes made along with the edit reason(s), if any. Make a habit of looking at this, especially if something you added got changed or removed. Failing to do this often leads to edit wars.
  • Hot Off The Press: Describes an example or article that is breathlessly created to capture a recent bit of news/gossip or an internet controversy. As Examples Are Not Recent, we encourage patience and prudence. Most of these things are transient and very few of them are relevant to tropes. See also the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment.


  • I Am Not Making This Up: A wiki in-joke wherein tropers would add a disclaimer to any statement or situation that they felt was incredible or silly. It got out of control and had to be pruned with extreme prejudice. See "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer for the In-Universe version.
  • Image Pickin': Where article images are discussed. If you want to change (or remove) an existing image, go here. You don't have to go here to add an image to a page without one, unless it has a comment saying that it was removed by Image Pickin'.
  • Index: The organizational system for articles. See How Indexing Works to learn how to make it work.
  • Informal Wiki: A term we use to describe the attitude of this site in relation to editors. It doesn't mean we don't have rules and procedures for editing pages, but they are far fewer than other sites.
  • In-Universe: A distinction used to separate tropes that are employed by a work directly within itself from tropes that occur in the context surrounding a work, such as Audience Reactions. It is most often employed as a tag to indicate that a YMMV, Audience Reaction, or Trivia trope is used or cited within a work.


  • Jossed: Named after Joss Whedon, this refers to any time when Canon or Word of God officially quashes a popular Fanon theory. Whedon is infamous for doing this deliberately in response to his fans' more outlandish ideas. Seen frequently on Wild Mass Guessing pages.
  • Just For Fun: We get silly from time to time and write articles that are intended to entertain rather than document. We collect those under the "Just for Fun" umbrella.


  • Known: Being logged in here.


  • Lampshade Hanging: See our logo? It has a lampshade on it. This refers to the concept of authors calling out their use of tropes within their own works.
  • Launch: The process of making a new page. Tropes should go through Trope Launch Pad before being launched; Works' Pages Are a Free Launch.
  • Locked Page: A wiki page that cannot be edited (other than by moderators). See Locked Pages for a partial list of these along with the reasons. If you want to request edits to a locked page, or request that a page be locked or unlocked, use this forum thread.


  • Main: The default namespace, where you will find trope descriptions and examples.
  • Main Page: The primary page for a wiki article. For Tropes, this is in the Main namespace. For works, this is in the appropriate medium namespace.
  • Meatpuppet: A person who edits or posts at the instigation of another person, typically to evade a ban or disguise an edit war. Meatpuppetry in these cases is grounds for suspension.
  • Medium: The format a work is presented in (for example: film, comic book, radio, etc.). Examples in trope pages are sorted by medium.
  • Meme, or Memetic Mutation: Memes are defined formally as "units of cultural information". Informally, they mean fandom in-jokes, words or phrases that become popular due to their cultural context, Image Macros, and such. A Memetic Mutation occurs when a meme spawned in or around a work becomes popular in and of itself, to the point where its original meaning becomes obscured. Please don't make trope articles about memes, as they are transient and usually devolve into lists of places the meme was used.
  • Moderator: The unpaid volunteers who keep the peace, arbitrate disputes, and handle bans. When you see a "mod" or "moderator" tag next to someone's contribution, pay attention, especially if said contribution is a forum post with a pinkish background.


  • Namespace: This is the part of a page URL before the last slash. The TV Tropes default namespace is Main/. We have other namespaces for media (ex. Film/), sub-pages (ex. Analysis/), and trope pages (ex. NightmareFuel/).
  • Natter: Conversation in the Main Page. This is frowned upon, as it is generally distracting and unfunny. The only wiki articles that allow conversational editing are Headscratchers and Wild Mass Guessing. All other conversation should take place in the article's Discussion page.
  • Negative Continuity: When there is no consistent sequence of events between parts of a story. Things that happen in one episode may not affect future episodes despite the fact that they should logically do so. (Example: In Episode 4, the city is destroyed. In Episode 5, it's back, with no sign of anything ever having been wrong, and nobody brings the issue up.)
  • Notability: An odd one, in that we apply the definition used by Wikipedia, but are against it. We don't require a work to meet any standards of notability. As long as the work is published, and the page for it doesn't cover content that crosses certain lines, that page stays here.
  • Notifier or notification: A predefined message that can be sent to any troper from the article history page, informing them of a common error that they are making (or just thanking them for being awesome). Notifiers are tracked, so moderators can see if someone's been making recurring errors.
  • "Not to be confused with": A disclaimer in descriptions to list any tropes (or works) that have similar names to the current article, but are in no other way related.
  • Nuke: Colloquially, to delete something. Most often used emphatically, to indicate that the thing being deleted is a serious violation of policy or is otherwise very wrong. Derived from the Memetic Mutation in Aliens: "Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
  • Null Edit: Opening the edit screen and saving the page without making any changes. These have several uses, like leaving a message in an edit reason, updating an index, or making a link blue. Sometimes they happen accidentally.


  • One-handed troping: Writing on the wiki that was added mainly or solely to gush about something or somebody the editor found hot. So named for the idea that the user only typed it with one hand since the other one was... in use. This is not allowed, as it violates our No Lewdness, No Prudishness policy.
  • Original Work: A work whose copyright is (or was) wholly owned by its creator: it is not derived from a work by a different creator, licensed from a different creator, etc. note  See Derivative Work.


  • Page Blanking: Removing most or all the content of an article while editing it. If you want to delete the article, use the Cut List instead. Unwarranted page blanking is grounds for suspension.
  • Paging: On the forums, using a special kind of markup to send a message to a user that you are inviting them to participate in a conversation. To page someone, put the tilde character '~' in front of the shortcut to their troper page (e.g., @/TroperName or @/{{Troper}}).
  • Parabombing: This is the practice of slapping parentheses around some text and then dropping it into the middle of an existing paragraph. People usually form paragraphs to deal with a particular rhetorical need. If the new material doesn't meet the rhetorical need, it probably doesn't go there. The parentheses don't change that. The cool thing about parabombing is that the parentheses make deletion particularly easy. The text to delete is already demarcated by parentheses.
  • Playing with a Trope: Not all uses of a trope are straightforward. When you hear the terms "Averted", "Subverted", and so on, this is what's being referred to.
  • Popcorn Posting or popcorning: Derived from the trope Pass the Popcorn, this is when people post on a discussion like audience members watching a show rather than by helping to advance it. We discourage this.
  • Pothole: A WikiWord embedded in text, known as a piped link over on That Other Wiki. We like potholes here at TV Tropes. See also Sinkhole.
  • Primary Link: The first link on a bulleted line. The primary link is what gets indexed (on index pages) and is generally what people look at first to figure out what the line is about. You should never pothole a primary link. Compare secondary link.
  • Private Message, aka PM: A system that allows you to send messages to other tropers that are not publicly visible. You may access this system via the context menu or directly, here. Please note that moderators may view your PMs at any time, and sharing PMs publicly without the other party's permission may be grounds for suspension.
  • Proxy: Software or hardware that conceals the origin point of an Internet connection. Please note that, while anonymizing proxies have legitimate uses in avoiding certain kinds of censorship, we don't like proxies here because they are often used for ban evasion.
  • Ptitle: Punctuated Title. In the past, all titles containing non-alphanumeric characters other than hyphens, or starting with a number (e.g. 300) used to be ptitles. Ptitles couldn't be linked to with Wiki Words, and could only be created with special markup. They were phased out with the advent of The Ptitle Replacement System; now we use custom titles instead, and the only remaining ptitles are redirects, preserved in order to avoid breaking inbound links.



  • Real Life: That weird place outside the Internet where stuff that is not fictional happens. We try to avoid troping real people and things. See Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment for more information about this.
  • Redirect: A type of article that redirects, or sends your browser to another page. There is a special markup used to make these. Do not make redirects to works or creator articles in the Main namespace.
  • Red Link: A link to a page that has not yet been created. Compare Blue Link.
  • Red Paint Argument: A term used to describe far-fetched misinterpretations of potential page images, e.g. claiming blood in an image could be mistaken for red paint.
  • Referral Count: The number of times a page has brought new users onto the site. You can view the referral count by clicking the "Related" button at the top of the page. The referral count is sometimes called the number of inbound links (inbounds).
  • Retcon: Short for "retroactive continuity", this is when the creator(s) of a work change details of the work's canon and/or continuity, often without acknowledgment. For example, if Bob is 20 when a series starts, but in the next season everyone says he's 30, while no such time has passed for other characters, Bob's age has been "retconned".
  • Revert: To change an article back to a prior state, removing edits made in the interim. Reversions may be done manually (see edit war) or via an automated tool accessible only to moderators.
  • Rogue Launch: When a troper launches a draft from the Trope Launch Pad despite not being the current sponsor. This is not allowed and may result in a suspension.


  • Salt: Informally, to cut a wiki page and lock it so it cannot be created. Refers to the ancient warfare practice of "salting the earth", preventing new crops from growing.
  • Sandbox: A namespace for temporary articles, used to create drafts, manage rewriting/cleanup efforts, and experiment with markup.
  • Secondary Link: Any links beyond the first on a bulleted line. These will not be indexed and may often be potholed to flow better. Compare primary link.
  • Self Demonstrating: A style of writing that attempts to demonstrate the concept illustrated, as opposed to just describing it. Because these can easily become incoherent, difficult to read, or just plain weird, we ask that you first write an ordinary version, and then put the silly bits in the SelfDemonstrating/ namespace.
  • Serial Tweaker: A style of editing where someone makes a long series of minor edits to the same page, typically to resolve an issue with one of their own edits. It can fill the page history up with tiny edits and is thus considered undesirable.
  • Sinkhole: Like a pothole, but where the linked article is irrelevant or only tangentially relevant to the context in which it occurs. We don't like these.
  • Skullfucker: This tool could delete every single post a user had made in a topic, leaving no trace of it (unlike the Troll Post, which left blank posts behind.) It was one of the earliest moderation tools (along with the Thump). Later replaced with the Troll Post because it had a tendency to break the post numbers in a thread.
  • Sliding Scale: A type of composite trope that grades examples on a scale rather than cleanly dividing them into buckets. Discouraged for the same reasons as composite tropes.
  • Sockpuppet, or sock: An additional account made by the same person. Sockpuppets are allowed on the forums when they are part of games or roleplays. On the wiki, they are frowned up on as they often signal a ban evader. When adjudicating a ban, moderators will search for sockpuppets and apply the same action(s) to any found.
  • Soft Split: When an article about a series of works or a composite trope is visually organized by dividing it into sections for each of its parts. An article that is still too long or cluttered after doing this may be hard split.
  • Sponsor: The person in charge of editing a draft in the Trope Launch Pad. Usually the person who made the draft, but if the draft is put Up For Grabs, then another troper can adopt the draft and become its new sponsor.
  • Stealth Launch: When the sponsor of a draft in the Trope Launch Pad launches it without prior warning. This is frowned upon as it doesn't give other tropers much time for last-minute criticisms.
  • Subpage: Any wiki article that is "attached" to another article, containing a subset of that article's content or segregating certain types of activities. For example, Film.Jaws is a main page. YMMV.Jaws is a subpage, containing YMMV tropes for that work.
  • Subverted or a subversion: A form of Playing with a Trope, a trope is subverted when a work indicates that it will be using that trope, but then avoids it at the last minute.
  • Sugar Wiki: The "sugary sweet" part of TV Tropes, containing all the content that's so positive and cheerful that we just can't stand to have it in the main site.
  • Suspension: A moderator action that removes access to one or more functional areas of the site. If you receive one, visit What to Do If You Are Suspended to find out what to do next. Failure to respond to a suspension may cause your account to be bounced.


  • This Troper: The discouraged practice of referring to oneself in the third person while editing the wiki, as a form of verbal tic/in-joke. Do not use first-person writing, including "This Troper", anywhere on the wiki (save for specific designated areas). The articles aren't about you; they are about the subject.
  • Thump: The primary disciplinary tool on the forums. Moderators may "thump" a post, hiding it from public view and generating a PM to the poster. Thumps come in various types depending on the problem.
  • Trivia: Some tropes are objectively present in a work, and some are a matter of audience interpretation. Trivia, by contrast, is found in the external context of a work. How it is received, similarities between it and other works, casting decisions, what the actors were up to on and off set — all these little tidbits of information belong on a work's Trivia subpage. (As Creator pages are inherently concerned with trivia, they don't require a subpage for it.)
  • Troll Post: In extreme situations, moderators may delete all posts by a user in a forum topic. This is the smoking debris left behind.
  • Trope: A common convention or device in media. These are not the actual literary definition of a trope, and should not be confused with it. This is just an informal definition we use for this site.
  • Trope Finder: A wiki discussion board (see Query) used to ask if we have a trope or what trope a particular example fits.
  • Trope Launch Pad: The recommended place to propose tropes (but not works or people). There you can discuss if a trope is a proper trope, how to best define it, if we have the page already or not, and get some examples if you don't have enough. Formerly known as You Know That Thing Where, or YKTTW.
  • Troper: Anyone who contributes to this site. To get listed in Contributors, you may create an article for yourself in the Tropers namespace.
  • Troper Page: A personal wiki article where you can describe yourself, your interests, articles you contribute to, and so on. It lives in the Tropers namespace and only you can edit the article matching your handle.
  • Troper Tales: A long-gone wiki project involving recounting users' personal experiences of tropes. We discarded it because it was generating vast amounts of ridicule and not a few major problems. Sometimes people still post anecdotes on discussion pages; these are also Troper Tales and are not generally appropriate.
  • Troper Wall: A non-standard namespace (TroperWall/) that some tropers use as a social media space so their friends can write them messages.
  • Troping: The act of discovering and documenting tropes in media. It's a neologism that we created and we're very proud of it.
  • Trope Repair Shop: A subforum where articles that need help, for whatever reason, are discussed and the appropriate action decided, usually by vote (see crowner).


  • Unpublished Work: An article for a work that is not available to the public, either because it's still being created or because it's available only for private audiences. Such an article goes in the Darth Wiki namespace and is indexed in Unpublished Works.
  • Up for Grabs: A notice put on a draft in the Trope Launch Pad to indicate that the original sponsor is no longer editing it, either due to their own decision or because they have not been active on the draft for 2 months. Another troper can take ownership of the draft if it clearly meets these standards.
  • Useful Notes: An article providing documentary information about a Real Life topic with the intention of helping authors write about it accurately.



  • Wick: A link on this site to another page on this site. This is useful for generating Wiki Magic. You can see the number of wicks by clicking the "Related to" button at the top of the page.
  • Wild Mass Guessing (aka "WMG"): A part of the wiki (found in the WMG namespace) where tropers can go wild with guesses and speculations about their favorite works. More generally, the process of doing such speculating.
  • WikiWord: The most common way of forming a wick. Can be made using CamelCase, if the title has multiple words, or curly brackets if it is a single-word title.
  • Word of God: Official statements by the creator(s) of a work about the work's canon. Used on this wiki as one would generally use citations on a site like Wikipedia, except less formally.
  • Work: Any creative effort in any medium. All of them use tropes.
  • Works Page: A page that briefly describes a work and lists all the tropes it uses. Works' Pages Are a Free Launch because There Is No Such Thing as Notability.



  • You Know That Show: A wiki discussion board (see Query) where you can ask fellow tropers for help identifying a work whose name you can't remember.
  • You Know That Thing Where: The old name for Trope Launch Pad (mentioned above).
  • Your Mileage May Vary (aka "YMMV"): Most tropes are deliberate choices of those making a work; they either occur or they do not.note  Tropes designated as YMMV are not always objectively present; rather, people tend to argue about whether they occur and/or the degree to which they occur. They do not get listed on the main page of a work article, but rather its YMMV subpage. See also Audience Reactions.


  • Zapped: Deleted, without discussion. This is a wiki term used for the action taken to relieve the wiki of text that is clearly outside the boundaries of civil discourse or outside the bounds that the community has agreed to set. Lines, or even whole articles, will be zapped when they are natter, except in those few areas of the wiki (such as Headscratchers) where natter is tolerated, even enjoyed. Ad hominem attacks, statements directed against a person rather than against an argument, will also likely be zapped. This may also result in banning, for such an attacker.
  • Zero-Context Example: An example that isn't fleshed out to give context to the trope and how it is portrayed in a work. We don't like these, and we will comment them out if not elaborated on.

Initialisms expanded:

  • ATT: Ask The Tropers. The catch-all query area for vandal reports, quick questions, and other stuff.
  • BUPKIS: Blank Until (a) Pretty Kickass Image Suggested (or Suggestion). A stock phrase found in Image Pickin', used for trope pages whose concepts are hard to picture and are to be left without an image pending a really good suggestion being found/created. See also KUBIS.
  • CCW: Clear, Concise, Witty; a policy which says that you should strive for conciseness so long as it doesn't get in the way of clarity, and wit shouldn't get in the way of either.
  • CMOA, CMOF, and CMOH: Crowning Moment of Awesome, Crowning Moment Of Funny, and Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming, respectively. CMOA/CMOF/CMOH are still widely used terms, but officially the pages have lost their "crowning" titles (which named crowners) after finding a crowning moment of anything proved impossible.
  • FF: Fetish Fuel
  • GCPTR: Getting Crap Past the Radar. This trope has had to go through so many discussions that its initialism is well-established, unlike most tropes (which therefore aren't listed here).
  • JAFAAC: Just a Face and a Caption
  • JFF: Just For Fun
  • IANMTU: I Am Not Making This Up
  • IP:
    1. An Internet Protocol address. A string of numbers identifying your computer.
    2. Image Pickin'. A forum for choosing images and other such items.
  • KUBIS: Keep Until Better Image Suggested (or Suggestion). A stock phrase found in Image Pickin' used for pages whose pics are good enough to keep pending a better image being found. See also BUPKIS.
  • NF, ANF, HONF, and NFU: Nightmare Fuel and its variations Accidental Nightmare Fuel, High Octane Nightmare Fuel, and Nightmare Fuel Unleaded, respectively. Pages about scary stuff. The latter two names refer to the same concept ("Unleaded" was renamed as "High Octane"), and are no longer used since that concept ("Nightmare Fuel but worse") was deemed unnecessary and merged into regular Nightmare Fuel.
  • NREP: No Recent Examples, Please!
  • NRLEP: No Real Life Examples, Please!
  • PM: Private Message
  • PSOC: People Sit on Chairs
  • ROCEJ: The Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment, our holy grail of policies. Put simply: don't pick fights or make edits that will invite them.
  • SD: Self Demonstrating
  • TLP: Trope Launch Pad. The place to propose new tropes, as mentioned in the list above.
  • TRS: The Trope Repair Shop. A forum for renaming, removing, and otherwise reforming or refining tropes.
  • TT: Troper Tale(s)
  • TVT: TV Tropes.
  • UFG: Up for Grabs
  • WMG: Wild Mass Guessing. See its entry in the first list.
  • YKTS: You Know That Show. A discussion area in which you may ask about a work you can remember but don't know the title of.
  • YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary. See its entry in the first list.
  • YKTTW: You Know, That Thing Where.... The old name for Trope Launch Pad, changed to make things a bit clearer.
  • ZCE: Zero-Context Example. An entry on a trope or work page which just lists a trope link or work name without explaining how the trope is used.

Alternative Title(s): Blue Linked, Drive By Editor, Serial Editor, Speedy Deletion, Blue Shift, Clueless Contributor, Blue Shifting, Drive By Updater, Blue Link, Parabombing, Serial Tweaker


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