Nothing Is Scarier. The pun that nothing is more scary than someone jumping out, and that this technique is the scariest one.
I just realize something about Darth Wiki, it fit to Vader/Anakin character. Darth Wiki is place part to have fun in and Vader is one of the coolest characters, but Darth Wiki is also a place for whining and Anakin (however this troper disagrees with the following) was full of wangst in eyes of many fans.
When TV Tropes switched the default search device to Google, I was annoyed considering how inaccurate Google can be. And there were all the reasons to consider (less wear on the server, spelling is less of a big deal, etc.) but none of them really sold me on it. Then I realized something: During The Great Crash what was the main type of backup we had? Google caches.
I just got the second meaning behind the trope title Aerith and Bob. It's clear that it's meant to invoke the Alice and Bob page, but at first I thought it was just a random, but recognizable, odd fictional name. Then I remembered the long-standing (but ultimately false) rumor that Aerith's name was supposed to be "Alice," and the name makes even more sense.
Not only that, but try pronouncing the name from its country of origin, Japan. It was pronounced as "Aerisu". Since the letter "u" in Japan is silent, it can also be pronounced "Aeris", as it was in the translation of the original Final Fantasy VII. And since in Japan the letter "l" and "r" can mix, the name can also be pronounced as "Aelis", or "Alice".
It goes further than that. "Aeris" would be more recognizable as a pun on "Alice", but the trope name spells it "Aerith" because the trope is about names that don't fit together being in the same work! The trope name is self-demonstrating!
I just recently got the Everyone is Jesus in Purgatory title, for the longest time I was reading it as "If you're in purgatory then you're Jesus." Then I got that it was making fun of people reading too far into things, ultimately leading to them saying, "Everyone is Jesus, also they're in Purgatory."
I realized the meaning of the words "Sequel Hook": The question mark looks like a hook.
I was going through Nothing Is Scarier and I thought the title meant, "Nothing is scarier than nothing." But then I realized it was more of, "Nothing is scarier than everything else."
I was writing an essay on Fandoms and social linking through them and was halfway down my paragraph about Fan Dumb, when it hit me: "Fan Dumb? Fan Dumb... Oh! Fandom!" Then I proceeded to laugh myself stupid for not noticing the pun sooner.
I've seen a few times where people will refer to a "scoop" of Eye Scream. I just realized it's a pun on the term "a scoop of ice cream", and makes further sense since the character in question has their eye scooped out.
Like most people I've always thought that in scifi/fantasy, the common Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism where the female of a race looks like a Cute Monster Girl and the male most definitely looks monstrous/unhuman was meant to appeal to male fans, it makes sense right? But if you think about it wouldn't that also mean that even the manliest human would look a lot like a female of their own species to an alien male? Cue the fanfics...
Theodore Sturgeon's short sci-fi story "The World Well Lost" is based on exactly this. In it an alien couple land on Earth and request asylum. They never reveal exactly why they're on the run, but everyone they meet are so touched by their relationship that they agree to help them. Later on it's revealed that although they look like a straight couple to humans, they are in fact both male — their females look completely different. They were on the run because their people disapproved of homosexuality, and they were relatively safe on Earth because, to their culture, Earth is a planet of depraved homosexuals and best avoided.
I was reading How Not to Write a YKTTW, and I kept seeing potholes for Your Trope. I clicked on it, expecting to see some humorous lecture about how tropes belong to everyone, but the page was empty. There is literally no such thing as Your Trope.
Browsing the Pantheon, I was getting a bit exasperated at how many superfluous and self-contradictory Gods there are. Then I realized - that's the point. It's a Pantheon: All the gods. Everything hailed as a god by a Troper is there, leading to all the redundancy.
This is also more or less how real-life pantheons work due to absorption of various wholly different sects (in this case, fandoms) into a single religious nation-state (in this case, website); the only thing we're missing is the blending of various related-portolio deities into being multiple aspects of a single entity, although perhaps that usually happens after more time has gone by (example: Amon, Atum, Horakty, Khepri, and Khnum all becoming aspects of Ra).
The trope name Mind Screw is a Bowdlerised version of the phrase Mind Fuck.
At first, I didn't get the rationale behind In-Universe Examples Only, thinking that the only cases where that would apply would be works about a Show Within a Show which would severely limit the examples. I also wondered if these pages would ever even be proposed as tropes for storytelling as opposed to audience reactions, and thought it was just a cheap way to basically cut a page without cutting it by totally redefining it to something different than its original intent. Then I actually read some of the pages that were subjected to this treatment and discovered that not only are there a lot of Show Within a Show examples of things such as Adaptation Decay, but that there are a lot of other ways for audience reactions to be reflected in-universe. Maybe the characters just have the same reaction as the audience probably has to a situation, or maybe the show has No Fourth Wall and directly comments on its own storytelling techniques. So making a page have In-Universe Examples Only doesn't cripple it nearly as much as I thought.
On the page for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, someone changed Chekhov's Gun to Chekhov's Walkie-Talkie. This is a reference to the special edition where the guns were changed to walkie-talkies. note This would normally have been a casualty of the policy change banning potholed trope names, but it was retained as part of a note.
Another good example, that's slightly less old, would be Sailor Moon fans from the nineties gave way to pretty much the same reaction as we're getting now the whole "these guys are a pile of happy cigarettes" from the haters and a "it's the turning point of masculinity" from the fans side.
At first, that makes no sense, "a happy pile of cigarettes" who calls anyone that? Well, if you go by the correct definitions of many slang terms, "gay, faggot, fag," gay means happy, faggot usually means a pile of sticks but can technically mean a pile of anything, and fag means cigarette, so what's really being said is, "faggot gay fag," which is what bronies get called a lot of the time. Whoever that editor is, s/he's a genius.
I was reading the page for Overly Long Gag and noticed as I went through the examples that the page image was showing up repeatedly inside the folders. It took me longer than I'm proud to admit to realize that this was not a technical glitch; rather, it was what makes the page a Self-Demonstrating Article. Mainly I was impressed by the joke's sneakiness.