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Are you tired of the boring old accurate trope definitions? Never fear! For according to some tropers, we don't need to actually go to the page and read the definition. We can shoehorn any example into any trope, no matter how little sense it makes!

See also, How Not to Write an Example, and How Not to Write a Trope Page

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    Playing With a Trope 
Want to add a trope or Audience Reaction even if it clearly doesn't fit? Play with it to shoehorn it in anyway! Even if it does fit, keep in mind that tropes are bad and cliché while transformations are automatically clever and original, so try to shoehorn in a transformation anyway.

  • Acclaimed Flop: A movie that flopped at the box office you personally liked and/or didn't get much attention.
  • Actor Existence Failure: An actor who played in this work died, regardless if the character in the work was killed in story.
  • Adored by the Network: Use this to complain about a show that you don't like and gets played too often.
  • All-Star Cast: List every actor who has their own page on this wiki including those who are only known by a specific fandom.
  • Author Existence Failure:
    • An author dies. That is all. Having any unfinished work is not necessary to qualify.
    • A work is released after a creator's death.
  • Bad Export for You: Complain about exports you don't like.
  • Box Office Bomb: Forget that this is specifically for movies and use this for examples of flops in other mediums.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The media got something wrong about a work you like. Use this as an opportunity to complain.
  • Creator's Apathy: The part about referencing Word of God confirmation is a suggestion and not a requirement, so you can use this to accuse the creators of not caring about the quality of their work, regardless of whether they've confirmed or denied it.
  • Dear Negative Reader:
    • The author shows sympathy towards the detractors.
    • The author has any kind of response to negative feedback.
  • Dummied Out: Something planned for a video game was removed from the final product. This can still apply if the code for the feature was completely deleted; being coded in an inaccessible form is optional.
  • Executive Meddling: Complain about pre-release changes you don't like. Remember, the creator is always right, while the executives never are.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Similar to Fan Nickname, a place to share derogatory names for fandoms or parts of fandoms you dislike.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Complain about works you don't like by coming up with derogatory names for them. Because detractors of a work are clearly fans of the work, and the Detractor Nickname redirect to this page was never deleted, let alone added to the Permanent Red Link Club.
    • Share that nickname you and your friends made up as an inside joke and nobody else uses. Because we totally care about your personal life.
  • Franchise Killer: The most recent installment in a franchise was a flop which must mean the franchise is dead. Don't wait for any official confirmation that the plug has been pulled on the franchise as a result. Bonus points if said "killer" only came out a few weeks, months, or even days ago.
  • Franchise Zombie: Any franchise you think went on for too long.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Any time someone literally says the phrase "I knew it" or any variation for any reason.
    • Someone correctly guesses or calls something before they find out or it happens under any circumstance. It's not like the phrase means something different on this wiki.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: This can still apply when a work subject to No Export for You is hard to find in countries it wasn't released in, because it's weird if something that isn't sold in your home country can't be found in local stores. That said, if it does get exported at a later date, be sure to add it to the Rescued subpage, because we totally don't have Remade for the Export and Late Export for You for that.
  • Name's the Same: Two names have some similarities to each other; being similar is enough to count as being the same.
  • Old Shame: Any old thing of which someone is ashamed. A character in the story expresses shame over their past bad behavior? It's old, it's shame, it's perfect. Don't ask why it's Trivia if it's about something in the story.
  • Screwed by the Network: If a show you like gets cancelled, it's obviously because the network actively engineered its cancelation out of spite and not because the show is not really popular and they needed to free a timeslot.
  • Those Two Actors: Any pair of actors who collaborated twice.
  • Torch the Franchise and Run: Complain about the way the series or franchise ended, regardless of the author's intent.
  • Undermined by Reality: A replacement for the removed Hypocritical Fandom, except you can put it on trivia pages for when someone likes a work that conflicts with their own fictional works.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • A recently released work contains one thing that may slightly date it. Heck, upcoming works can qualify too. It's even better if the single supposedly dated thing is something obscure and anecdotal note .
    • Any work that can be narrowed down to its decade, period. If a 60's movie has 60's fashion or a 90's series doesn't have modern smartphones, it's definitely unusual enough to be noted. For that matters, the "unintentional" part is optional.
    • A work is set in the year it was created, meaning it's automatically and immediately dated as soon as January 1 rolls around.
    • Any time a work references or features contemporary technology.
    • A Period Piece released so long ago that less time has passed between the story’s setting and its publication date than between its publication date and the present. Hey, xkcd said it, therefore it’s the correct definition.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Any rumor about pop culture. The idea that this is specifically about fake video game secrets, while a broader supertrope exists to cover other pop culture rumors, is false.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • List things you think a work could have done, but didn't. Ignore the fact that it's Trivia and not an Audience Reaction, and it's called What Could Have Been and not What Should Have Been.
    • Complain about pre-release changes you don't like.
    • Speculation on how real-life history would differ if a certain event didn't happen or happened differently.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: This is for talking about any time a fandom does something bad. The work's creator(s) cutting off communication in response isn't part of the definition, it's just a good way to emphasize the fandom's inherently rotten disposition. Make sure to call them Fan Dumb at least twice!
  • Word of God: Just make stuff up and source it to "Word Of God". If you don't say WHERE the Word Of God comes from, no one will be able to disprove your example. Ignore the "this example contains a TRIVIA entry" warning that will appear next to your example, it's not like it's there to discourage you from doing that and make you actually link to a source.

    Flame Bait 
Flame Bait is just extra-spicy Audience Reactions, so feel free to add them to a work's YMMV page whenever there's something you dislike about it.



Just because these are not tropes, it doesn't mean you can't make them into tropes if you try hard enough.

  • All-Blue Entry: Blue is an aesthetically pleasing color, therefore these kinds of examples are nice to look at. The self-demonstrating article is evidence of this.
  • American and Commonwealth Spellings: This policy doesn't exist, so feel free to swap out regional spellings willy-nilly. This is especially true for pages whose subjects are distinctly tied to a specific English-speaking country — for example, it makes perfect sense to use American spellings in the description for British Humour, and ditto for using Commonwealth spellings on the page for Labor Day in the United States.
  • Ask The Tropers:
    • A good place to help get a trope identified.
    • The go-to place to have a work identified if you remember details about the work, but don't remember its title.
    • Go here to discuss trope definitions, especially if you aren't sure whether something counts as an example.
    • If you think a trope has a problem that would require major changes, go here.
    • If you want to talk about making changes to site policies, rather than just discussing the meanings of policies that are already set in stone, go here instead of Wiki Talk.
    • Use this part of the site to just ask random pointless questions not related to the rules and maintenance of this site.
  • The Bechdel Test: A place where you can list every single work that passes or fails the test of having at least two women talk about something other than a man. Remember to imply that the authors whose work fail the test (and the people who consume such media) must be sexist, because nothing could go wrong with that.
  • Bi the Way: Bisexuality exists, and also this is a trope and not a disambiguation.
  • Bluenose Bowdlerizer: Someone who works hard to keep TV Tropes pages from being Wretched Hives filled with all sorts of nasty Mr. Falcons so others don't have to.
  • Canonical List of Subtle Trope Distinctions: Some useless list of nitpicky nerdcruft; who needs something like that to tell tropes apart when you've got Crappy Trope Definitions?
  • Chekov's Gun: A plot device that isn't significant until later in the story.
  • Conversation on the Main Page: When you add sub-bullets to an example to "reply" to it. This is bad, because it violates Example Indentation! Instead, you need to put your comments on the same bullet — this way, instead of giving the impression that the wiki is arguing with itself, it just looks like the wiki is arguing with itself. No it doesn't. Yes it does. No it doesn't. Yes it does.
  • Copyright:
    • A handy way to silence criticism of your works. There is no such thing as Fair Use.
    • Something that we don't care about, so feel free to just copy the whole script of a show or movie, or copy the entire text of a book onto this wiki.
  • Crappy Trope Definitions:note 
    • Ignore the crappy part; it is an accurate database for explaining tropes.
    • Ignore that this page is for mocking potential misunderstandings of trope definitions and just take random tropes from No Real Life Examples, Please! and stick them here with no joke beyond "Ignore the No Real Life Examples warning". Because not fitting the definition is totally the problem with adding Real Life examples to these tropes (The "Not Possible In Real Life" section notwithstanding).
    • This page is just a snarky version of the Square Peg, Round Trope page, so every time a new entry is added to that, go ahead and add it to this one in a sarcastic tone.
  • Creators: A place where you can trope the lives of creators as if they were fictional characters. A great tool for Creator Bashing, Creator Worship and agenda-based editing.
  • Cut List:
    • The proper place to propose cutting tropes. No need to use a Trope Repair Shop thread to put forth your argument and get consensus — if you think it should be deleted, that's good enough.
    • A tool for cutting work pages and subpages you don't like. It doesn't matter if the page doesn't break any rules, nor does it matter that There Is No Such Thing as Notability — your opinion on the work matters more than anyone else's.
    • This alleged "tool" does not exist, or at least not in a form accessible to you. If a page needs to be deleted, your only option is to replace all its content with something like "please remove this page" and hope a mod randomly stumbles across it some day.
  • Definition-Only Pages: "Definition-only" means the page only provides a definition; feel free to list these as tropes elsewhere on the wiki. It's not like there's a separate category for pages that don't allow on-page examples, but do allow wicks.
  • JustForFun.Drinking Game: You're not allowed to link to Drinking Game whenever you complain about something that happens a lot in a work, because Drinking Game is a trope about drinking games so that would be a sinkhole — but this is where we collect all the "take a shot whenever [thing you don't like]" jokes, so potholing here instead is just fine and totally on-topic. There's definitely no relevant rule about where and when it's okay to link to JFF pages.
  • Edit War:
    • The amount of conflicting edits required to qualify as an edit war is at least a dozen. And only the loser of the edit war gets punished, so keep on reverting that pesky other troper's edits until they give up (which means you win by default)!
    • The TV Tropes policy on edit warring is identical to that of Wikipedia. If you've read their policy page on the subject, there's no need to read ours — for example, policies like the three-revert rule still apply to TV Tropes.
  • Egregious: A word that no TV Tropes example is complete without. Such an egregious omission will result in a Zero-Context Example.
  • Example Indentation in Trope Lists: Quoth the page itself: "A three-bullet situation (***) usually indicates a comment on the item above it which has two bullets." This is a good thing, because nobody reads discussion pages, so you might as well put discussion in the example list instead.
  • Example Sectionectomy: Examples of this are not allowed except on work pages, the trope page, YMMV pages, Trivia pages, and on the Main namespace.
  • Fair Use: If you directly copy nontrivial portions of a copyrighted work and someone calls it plagiarism, claim it's actually fair use and thus perfectly acceptable.
  • The Fic May Be Yours, but the Trope Page Is Ours:
  • Flame Bait: These are just particularly subjective YMMV items, so feel free to list examples.
  • Foe Yay: This is a real trope and not a disambiguation. Specifically, it's the trope for when a work contains characters with any kind of antagonistic relationship and you personally want to see them smooch.
  • Gushing About Shows You Like: Use it to bash other shows as inferior to this amazing work you love so much, proclaim your favourite work the only good example of its genre/medium/time, and complain about people who hate it and can't appreciate that it's a true masterpiece.
  • Headscratchers: A place to complain about anything you don't like. It didn't have the former name of "It Just Bugs Me" for nothing. "Why is this show so bad?" and "Why are the fans so stupid?" are legitimate questions we are interested in answering. Remember that the rules about natter don't apply here, so feel free to add a third or fourth-level bullet point filled with insults underneath answers you don't like.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The part of the work that made you say "holy shit!" Don't worry about the "quotient" part, that's just a word we threw in to make it sound cooler.
  • How Not to Write an Example: The perfect style guide for writing examples.
  • How Not to Write a Trope Page: The perfect style guide for editing trope pages.
  • Idiot Programming:
  • Image Pickin': If a page you're editing already has an image, suggesting a replacement here is optional, even if the page's source code has a note regarding the image. Don't worry about existing images and accompanying notes; feel free to replace an image with your own (and delete those pesky notes for good measure), and scoff at the people on Image Pickin' if your image is Just a Face and a Caption, because the fact that your image features an example is completely obvious to everyone.
  • In-Universe Examples Only: Like No Real Life Examples, Please!, this only applies to the trope page itself. Feel free to place your out-of-universe example elsewhere such as a work, trivia, or YMMV page. Also feel free to pothole to a trope listed here to express your out-of-universe reaction to something that happened in a work or to a real-life event.
  • Index:
    • If a work contains a lot of tropes from the same index, put the index as a trope and list all of the applicable tropes from the index in second-level bullet points. If someone is looking for Haunted House on a work's page, the most intuitive place to look in the alphabetically-ordered list would totally be "S" for "Settings" and not "H".
    • Every trope list ever can be an index. The page for your favourite show? The page for a random upcoming movie? The Darth Wiki page for your unpublished Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic that has about six examples, none of which says more than "Trope: [character name]."? Slap that nice index markup on their trope lists! A reader looking for related tropes will certainly be interested in a bunch of tropes that have nothing in common except that they happen to appear in a random work that may not even exist yet.
    • These pages will always have "index" and/or "tropes" in their names. There are no indexes that don't include at least one of those words, so their absence on any page indicates that something is a trope.
  • I Thought It Meant: If the names of two different articles' subjects (or parts thereof) sound even vaguely similar, you're obligated to assume that people will confuse the two at some point. For example, it's worth pointing out that Judy Garland has nothing to do with Garland from Final Fantasy, because of course readers might confuse a real life actress with a villain from a video game.
  • Just a Face and a Caption:
    • A great way to simultaneously show your love for a character and illustrate tropes. Just put your favorite character on every single trope that remotely fits them and use the caption to explain how awesome they are.
    • Any trope image that shows a character's face. Any face-centric image is automatically awful, so feel free to pull them on sight, even if the face alone is enough to understand the trope's meaning.
    • "Caption" specifically refers to the textbox under the image. As long as the caption is part of the image itself or the text explaining how the image fits is in a speech bubble, it doesn't count as this.
  • Just For Fun:
    • This part of the site is a free-for-all; if you thought of some sort of idea that doesn't fit any other part of the wiki, put it here instead, and no one will question your decision.
    • Like Trivia and YMMV, this is a type of subpage, so you can list I Thought It Meant and One of Us and Role Association and X Meets Y for a work here just by changing the namespace.
  • Just for Pun: Pothole this every time a character makes a pun.
  • Justifying Edit: The preferred way to point out that actually, to be fair, a work was completely justified in using a trope you think is bad.
  • Laconical List of Subtle Trope Distinctions: Nitpicky nerdcruft, but shorter.
  • Let's Play: This should be listed as a trope on every single video game that has ever been played by someone you like.
  • Linking to an Article Within the Article: A valid way of Title Dropping pages, such as on a page dedicated to Crappy Trope Definitions.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • A TV show character's voice annoys you. Disregard the "video games and toys only" disclaimer. That only applies to the Most Annoying Sound page itself, not any work page that has a link to it.
    • Any time a character you hate speaks.
    • A sound associated with a dangerous enemy, even if the sound doesn't play too often and isn't too loud or shrill.
  • Most Triumphant Example:
    • The show you like has an example of a trope.
    • Spoiler out your entire example, as people mearly knowing that a work contains an example of a trope will spoil the entire work. For instance, when writing an example of Evil All Along, you should write "Character" instead of "Character from The Show".
  • Needs Wiki Magic Love: When you're creating a works page, this is a Predefined Message you can use in place of the work's description and example list, if you don't feel like writing them properly. It's definitely not an index, so the only way to get it to show on the page is to paste it into the description.
  • Namespace:
    • The Franchise/ namespace is for anything with multiple installments, regardless of how many namespaces the series has pages in.
    • Since Flame Bait doesn't go on YMMV pages, it goes in the FlameBait/ namespace instead.
    • Just For Fun items get examples, so put them in a subpage in the JustForFun/ namespace.
    • The Trope Launch Pad is only required for objective Tropes and things listed under Trivia, YMMV, and Audience Reactions, since use of the Main/ namespace is restricted, so anything else, such as a new index, probably has another namespace waiting for it.
  • No Real Life Examples, Please!:
    • Only applies to folders or subpages that are explicitly labeled "Real Life". As long as you can fit your example somewhere else, such as Web Original (for your thoughts on users of certain websites), Music (for your thoughts on musicians), or Sports (for your thoughts on athletes) it's acceptable. Worst case, just create an "Other" folder and all your examples will magically become okay.
    • Only applies to the trope page itself. You're free to place your example on Creator or Trivia pages (for your thoughts on certain creators), or pages about real-life subjects such as Useful Notes or decades pages (for your thoughts on certain political issues, figures, groups, or current events). Also feel free to pothole to the trope when discussing a real-life topic or event.
    • If a trope isn't on this index, that means you are allowed to add any Real Life thing to it, complete with your thoughts on it.
  • No Recent Examples, Please!: The mandatory waiting period only applies to the pages for the Tropes and Audience Reactions. Otherwise feel free to add an Unintentional Period Piece in the trivia subpage for a film that was released yesterday.
  • One of Us: Not a celebrity who is also a nerd. That's wrong and dumb and boring. This is for padding out Trivia/ subpages by pointing out that a work's creator reads TV Tropes and/or has a TV Tropes account; the part about celebrity nerds was made up on the spot as an excuse to demote the page to Just For Fun status, and this has always been about people who read and/or edit TV Tropes. Also, this still belongs on Trivia/ subpages despite the decision to move it from Trivia to Just For Fun.
  • Paint the Hero Black:
  • Permanent Red Link Club: Any cut page is elegible for this category, especially if you think it should be. It doesn't matter if there are certain factors, such as multiple instances of a problematic cut page being recreated, that led the staff to blacklist the page(s) in question.
  • People Sit on Chairs: Something is too common to trope. There's no such thing as an Omnipresent Trope. Ignore that this refers to something being meaningless to the story rather than it being too common and that No Trope Is Too Common.
  • Plagiarism:
    • If a work is available free of charge, that means it's ineligible for copyright. Since it only counts as plagiarism if the work is copyrighted, that means there are no consequences for passing it off as your own.
    • If a work's copyright has expired, it's not illegal to copy from it without giving credit, therefore it must be perfectly ethical as well. After all, plagiarism is just another word for copyright infringement.
    • Link to this if you want to pull the They Copied It, So It Sucks! card on a work you dislike, even if the similarities to the older work are minor, and/or the older work wasn't that original either.
  • Playing with a Trope:
    • Linking to this page lets you add any trope to any work even if it doesn't really fit the definition. See the folder for more details.
    • If you're not sure if a trope is averted, subverted, inverted, or downplayed, just use this instead.
  • Purple Eyes: This is definitely not a disambiguation page between various purple-related or eye-related tropes that are almost certainly in play when a character has purple eyes, because a trope specifically for purple eyes is totally not redundant with Technicolor Eyes.
  • Queer Media: An index of every work that has one minor character who isn't straight. Bonus points if said character's queerness is nothing but an Alternate Character Interpretation (even more bonus points if said interpretation is controversial at best).
  • Quotes Wiki: A place where you should list every single line of dialog in a work, no matter how unimportant.
  • Recap: For these pages, you should list the entire episode's transcript there, because that's totally legal and respectful to the original writers.
  • Redirects Are Free: This was supposed to be called Redirects Are Free-for-Alls, but the name was accidentally submitted prematurely. For example, if you wanted to request a new redirect for Didn't Think This Through, you can request one that's misspelled (such as "Didn't Think This Trough") or one that doesn't have anything to do with the page (such as "Didn't Think This Was a Trough"). Also, this doesn't actually redirect to Needs a Redirect — that's a completely separate page.
  • Red Link: These abominations shouldn't be anywhere on the wiki, so if you're adding an example from a work that doesn't have a page yet, you must not create a red link to its nonexistent page. If you feel you have to link to something, there are several better options:
    • Pothole to a trope that you think embodies the work.
    • Pothole to an Audience Reaction you had to the work.
    • If the work is a Fan Fic, pothole to the work it's based on. If it's a Crossover, split the title into several links.
    • Just link to the work's Wikipedia page or website... or, if you're feeling particularly daring, a pirated copy.
  • Repair, Don't Respond: This isn't just about a type of Conversation in the Main Page. It's also a counterargument to others' use of Ask The Tropers reports and issue notifier PMs, because they're the lazy ones for not cleaning up your messes; doing it yourself is optional.
  • Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment:
    • Throwing in a link to this page is the same thing as acknowledging and respecting the opinions of people you disagree with. If you list all your criticisms of a political ideology, just saying "and this is all we have to say on the matter" afterwards is a legitimate and fair counterpoint.
    • This rule means that all references to Real Life politics and religion are completely forbidden and should be deleted, even if they're written in a neutral or balanced way. But feel free to only enforce this rule on subjects that you disagree with.
    • A perfect excuse for half-assing your explanations. If your example deals with anything remotely controversial or Not Safe for Work note , you can just say "X: The less said about this, the better" and nobody will dare ask what made the example so unspeakably horrible. If anybody does criticize your example for being too short and requests that your example contain actual information and details, you can criticize them for trying to start a Flame War.
    • Only applies to things TV Tropes as a whole disagrees with. If your example filled with glowing praise for a politician is deleted, that can only mean that the TV Tropes administrators are opposed to that politician. Similarly, if a neutrally-written example about an ideology you don't like is allowed to stay, it's because TV Tropes openly endorses it.
  • The Same, but More Specific: Use this to hate on anybody who posts a Sub-Trope to the Trope Launch Pad, even if the added qualification is clear enough that the result serves a distinct narrative function.
  • Scrappy Index: This isn't just for elements of works hated by audiences. It's also for tropes that are hated by at least one person, such as you. After all, Sturgeon's Tropes was cut and Writing Pitfall Index was renamed and refined because they were being used in a way that's redundant with this index.
  • SelfDemonstrating.Character Pages:
    • Just take any character sheet for a character you like, and rewrite it in the first person without bothering with replicating the character's personality quirks or speech patterns, or putting minimal effort with them (the character is a Large Ham? Just write everything in ALL CAPS AND BOLD AND IT WILL BE FUNNY!!!). ESPECIALLY if the character doesn't have any interesting personality quirks or speech patterns to begin with.
    • Use these pages to replicate the speech pattern of a character whose speech pattern is unintelligible, such as Pikachu, because a whole page of nothing but "Pika pika!" is something that people will enjoy reading. note 
    • These are legitimate wiki pages, so you should always link to them when you're talking about the character. You should also take the first person writing and use it on other pages, because having a page suddenly shift to first-person when it's talking about me is hilarious and clever.
  • Sinkhole: Potholes are always good in all contexts and you should put a new one in every word of your sentence. Or every letter.
  • Speculative Troping:
    • It's not speculative as long as you mention the trailer. For example, "Big Bad: In the trailer, it seems that Evilus is going to the main antagonist".
    • Just sneak speculations with pre-hidden examples. No on will see it.
    • The rules only apply to the main page. Go ahead on the other subpages (Trivia, YMMV, Characters, etc) and put down your wild guesses.
    • When the works gets released, just unhide all the dummied out examples. No need to check if the tropes really happen or fix the other formatting issues (future tense, Zero Context Examples,...).
  • Square Peg, Round Trope: A page that lies to you, because it has the nerve to contradict the definitions written on this page.
  • Statler and Waldorf:
    • When writing The Stinger for a page, you should always include something said by these fine gentlemen.
    Statler: As a matter of fact, this page is wrong in acting like we always wait until The Stinger to show up!
    Waldorf: There's no escaping us, is there?
    Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!
  • There Is No Such Thing as Notability:
    • This applies not only to works, but to opinions as well. List Audience Reactions based only on how you feel, and cite this rule when someone deletes it.
    • This applies to examples in addition to whole works. For example, if you're Entry Pimping a work written by William Shakespeare, it's acceptable to say that the work averts Computer Equals Monitor and Laser Sight.
    • This means TV Tropes is supposed to list every piece of information under the sun, particularly on Just For Fun and Useful Notes pages. This policy might as well be called "Nothing Is Irrelevant".
    • The name of this policy is simply a long-winded way of saying "anything goes".
  • This Troper:
    • This very wiki's cooler, funner way of saying "I". Be sure to use this every time you want to talk about yourself.
    • First-person is forbidden here on TV Tropes. This very specifically means no use of the pronouns "I", "my", "me", "myself", and "mine". If you wish to talk about yourself anywhere on the site, including discussion pages and forums, you need to refer to yourself as "this troper" and phrase it all in third-person.
    • Other clever and fun ways of referring to yourself in articles include "this editor", "at least one troper", and "some". Alternatively, just use your name. There Is No Such Thing as Notability, so if it's okay to write about famous actors and artists using their names, that means it's okay to write about yourself using your own name (if you still have second thoughts about this, just publish a crappy fanfic or webcomic and you'll immediately qualify for a Creator page that you can link to whenever you want to talk about yourself).
  • Three Rules of Three: As soon as something happens in at least three separate works, it's worth making into a trope. Bonus points if all of the examples except the one from Your Show are aversions, subversions or Played With in another way that means the trope didn't actually happen in them. Extra bonus points if the "trope" is either something completely meaningless or something unheard of in most other works and it's just a coincidence that it happened in three different works.
  • Trivia:
    • An arbitrary meaningless tag that is randomly applied to some tropes as a method of splitting work pages so they don't get too long, Trivia tropes are exactly the same as regular tropes in every way except that they go on the Trivia page.
    • Something that does not go on the main trope list, so it should go on the YMMV page instead. Because the fact that a work had No Budget, suffered from Author Existence Failure, or used Cross-Dressing Voices is subjective.
    • A dumping ground for any information that's vaguely tangentially related to a work. There is no scope to what kind of information constitutes trivia, so you can copy game mechanics from GameFAQs or safety advice from WikiHow and slap that on there.
  • Trope Launch Pad:
    • A place to dump your half-hearted work page drafts. You can also use it to get tropes identified. For a complete guide, go here.
    • A dumping ground for tropes that are cut by the Trope Repair Shop, but are determined to have some ideas that are worth reusing, because that's not bad at all for the backlogs of either part of the site. It's not like the two parts of the site have different philosophies or anything. Also, anyone who says there's another place to keep records of salvagable ideas from cut tropes is lying.
  • Trope Repair Shop:
    • True to its name, this part of the forum is only for repairing tropes. Items that the Not a Trope policy page says aren't tropes (such as Audience Reactions), as well as pages for works (which use tropes, but aren't tropes themselves) do not belong here, regardless of what anyone else may say.
    • If there's a trope you don't like, come here to complain about it and say it should be cut. This board even has "Complaining" as a reason for making a thread, so you can put that in your thread's title if you have a complaint about a trope — surely there isn't another reason why the admins made "Complaining" a reason for making a thread.
    • As is commonly known, if a trope is to be renamed, this is the place to do it. As for putting forth a reason for wanting it renamed, simply not liking the name is enough of a reason — no need to provide evidence that the name is negatively affecting the wiki.
  • Tropes Are Flexible:
    • You can make any change to a trope's definition so it'll fit into your work. This means that all definitions on this page are actually valid, as long as you use this as justification.
    • If your example vaguely looks like it fits a trope, then that trope is safe to use, and looking for a different trope is not necessary. If you squint hard enough at the description and see bits that bear a slight resemblance to traits of your example, then that trope is good enough.
  • Tropes Are Tools: The goodness or badness of tropes depends on your personal opinion of the work they are applied to:
    • Tropes Are Not Bad:
      • Use this to defend a work that you like, but that happens to include some tropes you don't like.
      • Any work that doesn't have this is a terrible Cliché Storm.
    • Tropes Are Not Good: If a work you hate happens to have some tropes you like, throw in a link to this page so people will still know to hate it.
  • Tropes That Will Never Happen: The title of this page is an exaggeration and not a statement, and these tropes don't exist because no one's launched them yet. If you want to propose a trope on the Trope Launch Pad, read this series of pages first.
  • Useful Notes:
    • A place where real events and people are troped as if they were works of fiction. This makes these pages great for agenda-based editing.
    • Despite not being in the Main namespace, these are still tropes. Feel free to use these to pad out example lists, especially if you're making a new work page and are having trouble meeting the requirement to have at least three tropes listed in the example list.
    • This part of the site is for writing down any sort of information you personally think is useful, even if it isn't relevant to the wiki's mission.
  • Warp That Aesop:
    • A fantastic place where you can dump as many thinly-veiled complaints about works and their aesops (as well as their fans and userbases!) as your heart desires.
    • Alternatively, you can use this to defend works by inserting thinly-veiled complaints about their detractors and criticisms they've received.
  • Weblinks Are Not Examples: Examples with weblinks are only Zero Context Examples if the only text is a weblink. For example, an example that says nothing other than "This" is bad, but an example that says "Alice does this, as seen "here" is fine.
  • Wild Mass Guessing:
    • Another place to complain about works you don't like. Just slap on an excuse theory like "this work is bad on purpose" (no matter how little sense it makes) and complain away — everything that sucks about the work is evidence for your theory! Make sure to add a few theories bashing the work's creator(s) as well. You can also use this to speculate that upcoming works are going to suck with theories such as "this film will have a low score on Rotten Tomatoes" or "this work will cause a massive Broken Base in the fandom".
    • Ignore that this is a type of subpage, and not a trope or Audience Reaction. Since it isn't in the main YMMV index or the Audience Reactions index, use it to put speculation on the main page of a work, instead of listing it on either the WMG subpage or the YMMV subpage (in the latter case, as an example of a speculation-related Audience Reaction, such as Epileptic Trees).
  • Word Cruft: Text that should be added to examples for the sake of flavor, particularly since all that's needed to prevent something from being a Zero-Context Example is an essay's worth of text.
  • Works Pages Are a Free Launch: Drafting works pages on Trope Launch Pad is strictly forbidden, and anyone who attempts to do so must be sternly reminded of this by at least seventeen different editors.
  • YMMV:
    • Something subjective that you think applies to a work, even if 99% of people who have seen it think it doesn't.
    • An objective trope whose presence wasn't intended by the author.
    • An objective trope that describes the audience's or your reaction to something. For example, place Karma Houdini on YMMV pages for characters you feel don't receive enough comeuppance.
    • An objective trope that only applies if the work is interpreted in a certain way.
    • If an objective trope isn't confirmed to be in a work, but you think it could possibly be present, it goes on YMMV pages instead of the main work pages.
    • This is just a regular ordinary trope page. You can put anything you want here, it's fine.
    • An arbitrary meaningless tag that is randomly applied to some tropes as a method of splitting work pages so they don't get too long, YMMV tropes are exactly the same as regular tropes in every way except that they go on the YMMV page.
  • Zero-Context Example:
    • Something perfectly okay, since if people need to know how the trope happens, they can just read the trope's description and figure it out themselves.
    • An example that only consists of a trope, work, or character name. As long as you add more words to your example to explain the underlying sociological implications of the trope, how horribly cliché the work is for using the trope, or how awesome the work is for deconstructing the trope, it doesn't count as this, because it's impossible for an example to count as a ZCE if it's long.
    • Something that is preferable to no example whatsoever, so if you see one commented out, you should restore it so more people can see it and potentially fix it.
    • People can figure out what you mean by looking at the trope name, so wording like "X is this" or "Y is one" is perfectly acceptable. It's not like a Wiki Vandal can swap out the trope name without touching the example text, while still leaving a coherent statement behind — if that happens and someone who's new to the page ends up getting thrown off by now-false information, it's the reader's fault for not knowing what you meant when you wrote the original example.


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