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TV Tropes offers the option to upload a video when you are editing a trope page. You need to click on "Edit videos", then on "Upload video" on the page that opens. Then you fill in the fields with a title, a description of what the video shows, and the work(s) it comes from. The function is somewhat fickle, so don't close the window while it's uploading. If it hangs, try again after a few minutes. And don't put special characters anywhere, they might break the upload.


If you have a problem or question, you can post it here.

What goes:

Entries that illustrate tropes which have examples. This is after all about illustrating tropes. Also, that works best when the video is not over 150 seconds (2:30 minutes) long, although try to keep uploads as concise as possible. .avi and .mp4 are the preferred formats.

What doesn't go:

  • Videos that only make sense to people familiar with the work.
  • Copyright violations that cannot be justified under Fair Use. This includes entire trailers and clips that make up a large proportion of the original video.
  • Watermarks (channel bugs from official sources are allowed).
  • Adult content (videos from sources that violate our content policy are not allowed, even if there isn't any adult content in the footage).
  • Massive, series-wide spoilers (including entries on tropes that are Spoilers Off).
  • Any content that is actually dangerous for the health of yourself or others, such as Epileptic Flashing Lights (that trope — along with a few others — doesn't allow any videos in the first place, either).
  • Videos in languages that are not English and don't have English subtitles (if the dialogue is important to the illustration).
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  • Mentioning that a video also provides the image or quote in the description. Only moderators and the uploader can change the video description, so if the image or quote are changed and we can't get into contact with the uploader, we're stuck with false information.
  • For videos from fan works, listing the canon work as a media source, unless actual footage from it is used in the video. For example, most DEATH BATTLE! videos should only list DEATH BATTLE! as a media source, not the fighters' official works.
  • Videos for Audience Reactions that don't feature an audience reacting to the trope.
  • Videos that only feature one side of the trope. For example, Dark Reprise videos that only show the reprise and not the original song. Some tropes need a juxtaposition of two different scenes in order to illustrate the trope.

We have moderators who have to approve a video before it shows, and can remove it if it breaks these rules. You can alert them here.

Alternative Title(s): Uploading New Videos