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"Quote from a particularly noteworthy example of the trope."

"One more humorous quote than is allowed"
Someone who doesn't know about Quotes Wiki, potholing rules, or italics.


Shoehorned reference to Describe Topic Here.

Elaborate introductory example or reasoning behind the trope, ending in a Title Drop, probably being a circular pothole. Reference to Alice and Bob.

Plain, simple, and brief explanation of the trope. Common features of said trope.

Pros, cons, and/or implications of the trope.

Discussion of how the trope relates to anime or manga, even if it doesn't.

How old the trope is. How seriously or not the trope is taken nowadays.

Mention of how this trope may sometimes be Truth in Television.

Alternatively, if the trope is not Truth in Television, an explanation of the horrible things that would happen if it were to be carried out.

Shoehorned reminder that Tropes Are Tools, so no Justifying Edits or Square Peg Round Tropery please.

Origin of Trope Name. References to other, relevant tropes. Justification of reason trope was split from older, less well-written trope.


See also related tropes. Compare similar tropes. Contrast conflicting tropes.

Mild warning that this trope is not to be confused with similarly named trope.

Mild warning that this trope is not to be confused with some trope with similar words in the title, Just for Pun.

Out of Character warning that this page is not to be confused with that other Just For Fun page making essentially this same joke, but formatted as a work instead of a trope.

Now-obsolete mention of a Troper Tales page.

Cheerful declaration of the existence of a subpage you already knew of because you can just look at the tabs at the top.

Reminder to keep natter off the main page with obligatory link to the Discussion page. Reminder that Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment applies to controversial subjects, and No Real Life Examples, Please! applies to tropes with no or controversial Real Life analogues. Obligatory spoiler warning, in case the trope involves twists that by their very nature are spoilers (despite the warning, most examples probably use spoiler tags anyway, likely in ways that violate the Spoiler Policy).



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As Examples Are Not General, this folder should probably be removed and have some of its content moved to the trope description and/or the Analysis subpage. It's still here due to a combination of This Troper not knowing about the policy, That Troper not knowing where to move the content, and Yonder Troper just not having the heart to delete it.

  • Claim that all works from a specific genre contain this trope.
  • List of tropes that very often accompany or lead to this trope. Probably better suited for the Analysis namespace.

    [Medium Name] 
  • Example that goes at the top because the work uses this trope so egregiously that it deserves to be at the top.
  • Example from [Work Name].
  • Example from Namespace/Work whose link is broken because the title has only one word and the troper who added it forgot to add the {{curly brackets}} around the title.
  • Example that was accidentally split in half years ago, an
  • Example at the top because it is general, with "general" here meaning that it consists entirely of a broad, unsupported statement that the trope "was very popular" in some class of works during some time period. Or, in other words, that the trope is a trope.
  • Example at the top by a new troper who doesn't know to always put new examples at the bottom.
  • Example at the very top because someone is a Parabomber...I mean, example at the top because it's the Trope Namer.
  • Example at the top because it's the Trope Namer. No other explanation.
  • Example near the top that used to be the Trope Namer, but now is just confusing because the trope name was changed and no one bothered to update the example text.
  • Zero-Context Example that tries and fails to hide its lack of context by adding something like "Full Stop" at the end.
  • Example from an obscure work at or near the top only because it was a favorite of the Trope Launcher.
  • Equally obscure example at or near the top because the three-hundredth edit was made by someone who either doesn't know the rules or feels that this example is way better than the ones below.
  • Chronologically-confusing entry that refers to entries further down the page but got moved to the top thanks to someone alphabetizing all the entries but not re-writing them to fit.
  • Example that was closer to the top due to an overeager Entry Pimp, but was pushed downward by more of the same.
  • Example from a classic which allows an editor to declare it one of The Oldest Ones in the Book.
  • Example declared to be the Ur-Example, even though likely not one.
  • Shoehorned example from Trope Overdosed: The Series. Labeled "Obligatory" due to Fan Myopia.
  • Example without any explanation.
    • Elaboration that should have been edited to the original example.
  • Example that has nothing to do with the trope, but is related to the trope name. Probably added because This Troper either tried to be clever or couldn't be bothered to read the trope page and guessed the meaning based on the trope name alone.
  • Example that, due to the fact that there are other examples here, should have two bullet points.
    • An extra sentence that really shouldn't have its own bullet point but simply be part of the original entry.
    • Another example from the same book that's added in with another bullet, making it seem as if it's part of the original example
    • Example from an unrelated work that the editor put here for some reason.
    • example from someone who doesn't bother with capitalization, speling n porper grammar
  • Example that this editor is shocked, surprised, or astounded hasn't been mentioned yet. You've probably never heard of it.
  • Example that begins with "This is not actually an example, but..."
  • Example that begins with "I don't know if this is an example" or "I'm not sure if this is an example".
  • Examples from four more Trope Overdosed series.
    Name with overly long description of the character's situation: quote from the series that is related to the example above, but not the trope.
  • Example that uses "it's" when it should be using "its", and "lead" when it should be using "led".
  • Example that makes sense only if you interpret the work through a certain pervasive fan theory, but does not mention this fan theory in any way.

  • Example that uses external link markup when a WikiWord would have been quite sufficient.
  • Example made by a contributor that doesn't know how to properly pothole single-word articles and uses the external link markup instead.
  • Example made by a contributor similar to the above that also doesn't understand single-word links and threw in a random capital letter instead.
  • Zero-Context Example claiming that a work is "infamous" for using this trope, without saying so much as a single word as to how.
  • Example that allegedly "provides" the page image and/or quote, except that the image and/or quote in question has been replaced or removed since the example was added and nobody bothered to update the example.
  • Example with an irrelevant sinkhole in absolutely every word.
  • Example that someone placed a YMMV Trope in that the contributor thought was an Moment of Awesome, Funny Moment, Heartwarming Moment, Nightmare Fuel, or Tear Jerker that should probably be fixed up, but might stay with an unsightly mark for some time.
  • "Zero-Context Example in the form of a quote that the contributor assumes everyone knows, especially if it's from something outside the mainstream!"
I think this is formatted *wrong*
Bob: Alice is [i]probably[/i] right.
  • Example that was left unfini
  • Example of the trope being averted in a work that has no reason to use it in the first place.
  • Example with an extra blank line after it.

    • Incorrectly indented example.
  • Example that requires an extremely long explanation.
  • Example that doesn't require an extremely long explanation, but has one anyway.
  • Example with a [[spioler:broken spoiler]], so everyone can see [[spoilers:who the secret traitor is]], [[Spoiler: who gets killed off]] and [[spoiler:how the work ends].
  • Entirely spoilered example. note 
  • An example that is completely spoilered out, except for phrases that make no sense on their own.
  • Example with such bizarre spoiler tags that you have to reveal, just because you can't figure out what's going on.
  • Example that contains a spoiler. Second sentence that also has spoilers but only partially, causing the spoiler markup to end in a spot that feels awkward to read if you don't also read the hidden text.
  • Example that contains a pothole that is broken up by italics, forcing the curious reader to check the tooltip before, during, and after the italics to see if they all lead to the same page.
  • [[supersecretspoiler: Example using deprecated mark-up]] in a lame attempt at sarcasm.
  • Example with a quote, followed by some more elaboration or another example.
    Alice: The quote.
    Bob: Yes, this is the quote.
    The elaboration/example, which is still in quote-format because of bad formatting.
  • An example that spoilers out the fact that the trope happens or that Alice dies.
    • Example mentioning that a character seemingly dies. The mere presence of the spoiler gives away that the death isn't what it seems like.
  • Shoehorned "deconstructed example" added just because This Troper wanted to make a parody or an excessively cynical story seem more intellectual.
  • Example that was somehow
split in half
  • Example full of unnecessary details.
  • Example that contains the words "also" or "similar to the above/below" despite the referred-to examples being deleted or moved, making it look very weird.
  • Example that doesn't bother to elaborate on something, and instead tells you to go to a different TV Tropes page for more details. Bonus points if the page you're told to visit doesn't exist or just tells you to go back to this page.
  • Example that put a [1] in brackets, resulting in a bracketed number instead of the simple link the editor intended.
  • Example awkwardly referencing a Renamed Trope because someone was too lazy to reword it.
  • Example that is "slightly subverted" because the editor couldn't be bothered to figure out how exactly the trope was being played with.
  • Legitimate example that contains an innocent link to a Trivia entry, and gets stuck with the YMMV scales because of a bug.
  • Example that fits better in a Sub-Trope.
  • Example that got partially deleted because the next bullet point down contained natter, and the troper deleting it wasn't careful enou
  • An example noted as being "played straight," as opposed to, say, almost everything else on this page.
  • Arguably, an arguable example.
  • Example that, for some reason, italicizes a Wiki Word that isn't a title.
  • Example that, for some reason, puts a WikiWord in curly brackets.
  • Example that, for some reason, potholes a Wiki Word to itself.
  • Example that, for some reason, sinkholes a Wiki Word to a completely different page.
Example that the contributor forgot to bullet
  • Example that was repeatedly deleted and then re-added, with whole paragraph arguments in the reasons for editing.
  • An otherwise-unnoteworthy example note .
  • An example that is more Wild Mass Guessing than anything else.
  • Example that forgot to mention the title of the work.
  • Example of an inversion that doesn't belong here since the inverted trope has its own page.
  • Example that doesn't fit at all.
  • Example using a Mc Name, Mc Initialism or otherwise CamelCase word that the editor never noticed, not even after it left a big honking Mc Red Link in the Mc Example.
  • Example that incorrectly links to the nonexistant plural form of a trope (such as Old Shames).
  • Example that doesn't get the name of a trope quite right, thus creating a redlink that no one bothered to correct.
  • Example that I wrote in the first person, but I didn't use This Troper so no one ever noticed it.
  • Example from someone's personal life, but it doesn't count as First-Person Writing because the person who wrote it used other wording such as "at least one fan" to hide the fact that the example is about them specifically.
  • Example with a rude edit reason.
  • Example where an easy Wi Ki W Ord is capitalized wrong.
  • Example that either forgot to namespace a link to a work, or gave it the wrong namespace entirely, thus causing an "Inexact title" page to show up when you click on the link.
  • Example of this trope being parodied, despite the fact that the trope is already inherently a parody.
  • Example from Some Moderately Known Work.
  • Example which discusses an evil deed done by Evil McBadGuy, who is the Big Bad of the entire series and the obvious candidate for such a deed, but spoilers out his name, as well as all pronouns referring to him, as though there's any other word that could possibly fit in that space and this in any way conceals that he is still the Big Bad.
  • Example from Some Work which already appeared on the page, but the troper who added it didn't notice because it was entirely spoilered out or it potholed the work's name under a character name or some other thing you're not supposed to do. Someone will later come along and delete this entry because the older one "has seniority" or something.
  • Example that, for some reason, links to the page you're already on.
  • Example that, for some reason, links to a page that redirects to the page you're already on.
  • Example that contains a fucking unnecessary swearword for no reason.
  • Example that contains a f***ing unnecessarily censored swearword, because a Bluenose Bowdlerizer found it.
  • Example that contains a fucking unnecessary swearword that is censored with spoiler markup for some reason.
  • Example from Some Work (and possibly also Another Entry in the Series, I never played/read/watched it and think pointing out the possibility is important enough to just straight-up guess without checking, for some reason)
  • A "meta" example, which is to say a Real Life example with a pasted-on excuse to file it under the wrong medium.
  • Example that doesn't fit, but the trope's name kind of sounds like it could also refer to a completely different trope that this example would fit in.
  • There is absolutely no example that says the exact opposite of what happens and then potholes it to BlatantLies.
  • Example
    • with insufficient context
      • that people keep adding to
      • by pasting on a sub-bullet instead of editing the original text
      • even though all of these bullets are about the same single example
  • Example with multiple consecutive potholes to the same target, for some reason.
  • Example that may or may not be perfectly accurate. Counterargument explaining why the example is inaccurate that was originally a poorly-indented sub-bullet, but was "fixed" simply by deleting the bullet points and leaving everything else as-is.
  • Example that claims to provide the image for this trope and depends entirely on people scrolling back up and looking at the image for context, but the image was changed so now the example makes no sense.
  • Type 7 example that doesn't explain what "Type 7" means. The trope in question had its "Type X" labels replaced with more descriptive titles, so not even reading the trope description can help you understand it.
  • Example involving a spoiler happening to a character that only refers to them using Gender-Neutral Writing even though the work has a relatively even gender ratio and knowing the gender of the spoiler character wouldn't be too revealing.
  • Example of a spoiler trope that hides what the spoiler is instead of who it happens to, meaning one can deduce exactly what happens merely by reading the trope description.
  • Example that bashes the work because the work uses This Troper's Pet-Peeve Trope.
  • Example that potholes to Oh Crap! to describe a moment that might unpleasantly surprise the audience when they see it for the first time.
  • Perfectly ordinary and valid example. Justified in that insert-flimsy-Hand Wave-here. Also defied and subverted, because My Favorite Show wouldn't dare play a trope straight, because tropes are bad.
  • Example that mentions that the trope happens in a trailer for Work X. Work X has been out for a while now and nobody bothered to update this example to reflect that fact.
  • Example that insists it definitely qualifies, probably to draw attention from the fact that it doesn't actually qualify.
  • Eximple filled with many spellling mistakes that noo ne bothered too corect.
  • Example, see Next Trope for the full details for some reason. (What do you mean, "examples should stand on their own"?)
  • [Work Name]: Lengthy description of the example, ensuring you have all the context of the trope.
  • Example from Work Name 1 that contains some spoilers for it, but also for Work Name 2, thus spoiling Work Name 2 for anyone who watched the first one and then opened this spoiler before watching the sequel.
  • Example that points out that it doubles as an example of Next Trope, which fact you apparently desperately needed to know to understand this trope.
  • [Work Name]: This. note 
  • Fairly normal example, but for some reason, the troper who added it included some referential humor that doesn't have anything in particular to do with the actual example.
  • Example that hides somethingnote  in note markup, even though something elsenote  exists that could do a similar thingnote  better.
  • Example that asserts that some character "quotes the trope name directly". The trope's current name isn't a Stock Phrase, suggesting that it's been renamed since the example was written, but you don't see any redirects on the bottom of the page, it's not listed on Renamed Tropes, and the example contains no other information.
  • Example from a work that is somewhat infamous for using this trope.
    • Lampshaded when a completely different show parodied the work's use of the trope.
  • Example that mentions it was the former trope namer. Because acknowledging the unclear old name on the trope's own page is a great idea.
  • Some Work: Normal example.
  • Exclamation of shock and disbelief that the troperbase forgot this example! (Said example is, in fact, already on the page.)
  • Example containing a spoiler.note 
  • Example containing a note.note 
  • Example
    • Trope: Awkwardly tacked-on, semi-relevant explanation about how this example also contains an example of another trope.
  • [Work Name] has a few examples:
    • Example of a character, place, event, or thing that fits the trope.
"Quote adding more information about the example"
  • Second example that appears shrunken because the above quote didn't use enough dashes in its formatting.
  • "Example consisting entirely of a quote talking about the trope that is potholed to the work's page, with no extra information like who is saying the quote or what work it's from"
  • Example where the mere fact that the trope applies to the work is a spoiler. Because This Troper doesn't know how to hide such a spoiler without it being a Self-Fulfilling Spoiler, the work's name is hidden instead so reading this example won't spoil the work.
  • Example that contains disputed or disproven information.
  • Example that is actually Speculative Troping based on a fan theory that hasn't been removed even years after said theory was explicitly jossed.
  • Obligatory example from a work widely considered to be Snark Bait about how it uses the trope badly and/or including some kind of Take That!. This entry would be heavily edited if it weren't for the fact that most tropers agree with the criticism.
  • Example.
    • Natter-y response with incorrect indentation. If you look at the page history, you'll find out that it was added in the same edit as the first bullet point.
  • A "somewhat subverted" example.
  • A "somewhat averted" example.
  • A "somewhat downplayed" example.
  • [Work Name]: Example that is almost completely contained in spoiler markup, but since the work's title is still visible, it might still give the reader a hint as to what the plot details are given what this trope is about.
  • [Work Name]: Example that conceals the name of the work inside a spoiler, thus giving readers no idea what the work even is without spoiling themselves (not to mention that hiding a work's title or trope's name is against the editing rules).
  • [Work Name]: Perfectly normal description of trope occuring in the work. Tropes Are Tools, though, so depending on if work had a huge fandom or hatedom, the trope will be listed with the relevant alternate Tropes Are Tools name.
  • Example shoehorning how obscure, notable, or (un)forgettable the work is before explaining its use of the trope.
  • The same example from [Work Name] that was found higher up in the folder, but was added anyway because either the first example wasn't wicked or was mispelled; this example should be merged with the first one depending on if any new information was added.
  • Perfectly ordinary example about something that is well known and easy to verify. For whatever reason, the troper who added it felt the need to write "Added an example" as the edit reason even though it's self-evident.
  • Example from a work that does not yet have a TV Tropes page. The work page isn't redlinked because the troper wrongfully assumed work pages aren't allowed to be redlinked in the same way that red links to tropes are disallowed.
  • A remark that [Work Name] has so many examples that it should get its own page, followed by only listing two or three examples of the trope.
  • Example whose edit reason tells you the explanation can be found in an edit reason in the history of another page, raising the question of why the troper didn't just copy and paste it instead.

    [Work Name] 
  • Mention of [Work Name], which apparently has enough examples to merit its own folder.
    • Example that goes up top because it is the Trope Namer.
    "Trope Naming quote that can probably also be found on Quotes Wiki."
    • Another example where the trope is used.
    • [Work Name] OWNS this trope! Here's another example as proof.
    • Claim that [Work Name] has [Trope Name] in spades, followed by a vague example that borders on being a Zero-Context Example.
    • Alice does [Trope Name], and Bob is the worst offender.
    • Even this series admits it's kind of an Overused Running Gag, hence why it was Subverted in Episode Number.
    • Example parodying Trope Name's use of this trope that should probably go in a folder other than this one.
  • Trope name that doesn't use a bullet point, indicating the prior entries were probably posted before this series gathered so many examples of this it needed its own folder.
  • Example that doesn't belong on this page at all, but has avoided deletion for a few months because the editor buried it in the middle of the article.
  • [Trope Name]: Seen in [Work Name] Online, [Viral Marketing ARG] or [Tabletop Game] 1e (which is now out of print) but now unable to be viewed because of a failure to Keep Circulating the Tapes.
  • Other Trope Name: Example which could be confirmed, except the trope it links to was lost in The Great Crash and never reinstated. Since said trope wasn't cut and [Work Name] is obscure and posted long ago, nobody has noticed the Red Link, and if somebody does they can't tell for sure because they don't know what the trope was.
  • Two words: [Work Name].
  • [Work Name]. (And how!)
  • A particularly egregious example from Episode 12.
  • Slightly reworded example that appeared near the top of this folder.
  • Mundane example that This Troper insists is not made up, just to make [Work Name] seem crazy.
  • Example with an explanation that contradicts the explanation on the page for [Work Name].
  • Example that finally adds a link to the page for [Work Name].
  • With [Work Name], it's pretty much given.
  • Example ending in the clause "Making this...", which is potholed to OlderThan[Dirt / Feudalism / Print / Steam / Radio / Television / The NES], even though [Work Name] isn't actually that old.
  • Example posted by a big fan of [Work Name], who describes it as "an interesting use of this trope" or "an odd example" despite being unremarkable.
  • An example that references "a recent episode of [Work Name]" without any further elaboration to help identify the episode months or years down the road.
  • Shout-Out example that describes something from [Work Name] and Pot Holes "Sounds familiar?" to [Another Series] without explaining the connection between the described thing and [Another Series].
  • Example that was clearly copy-pasted from [Work Name]'s page.
  • Example from [Work Name].
    • Example from an unrelated series, but that is similar in that they both employ this trope.
  • Random meme that you won't get unless you're familiar with [Work Name].
  • Example that brings up major [Work Name] spoilers for no reason.
  • Overexcited example from a huge fan of [Work Name] who really wants to tell you how awesome the stuff Alice did in Episode 13 was by Emphasizing EVERYTHING.
  • Example that, on top of using a YMMV pothole to sneak in an opinion, specifically links to the work's subpage instead of just the "trope"'s page.
  • A remark that [Work Name] has so many examples that it should get its own page, but this won't happen because making a subpage would be too much work.

  • Example from a "recent" car commercial.
  • Example from an obscure commercial that only aired in one market, thus meaning no one but the troper who added it has seen it.
  • Example from an GEICO commercial.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Example after example about Obscure Anime That Was Never Released Outside Japan.
    • One of which is so laden with fanspeak as to be practically in Japanese itself.
  • Three and a half pages of Anime examples that you just scroll right on by because you've never heard of any of them.
  • Example from Super Robot Wars that ought to go in the Video Games folder.
    • Yet another example from the Trope Overdosed series that's here because the person who added the above example wasn't really paying attention to what he was doing.
  • an Abridged Series example listed under Anime instead of under Web Original.
  • Example from some redlinked anime called Nipponisu no Serizu Neemu Disupeto Puresenssu wa Taitoru no Ingurisu, the title of which you can't make heads or tails of because you don't know Japanese, peppered with mentions of seemingly every single Anime Fanspeak trope for added confusion.
    • Complaint that you can't make head or tails of the above because you don't know Japanese.
      • Natter about how it's Romaji, not actual Japanese.
      • Natter about capitalization of Romaji.
  • Example from some redlinked anime called Akushuarii Engurisshu Taitoru, the title of which you can't make heads or tails of because you don't know Japanese, but which you would immediately recognise had the person adding the example deigned to write the title in English, not English-turned-katakana-turned-romanized-katakana.
  • Example from Negima! Magister Negi Magi, likely under its Japanese title, Mahou Sensei Negima! May use an exclamation point even though the article has a custom title with an exclamation point, thus causing it to seem far too eager.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya example.
    • Not to mention another example in that series.
  • An example from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Obligatory Johan reference.
    • Firm assertion that Johan is this trope.
  • An Example from an anime, which, given the nature of the series, makes sense.
  • Incomprehensible example from a Mind Screw series.
    • Wall of Text that attempts to explain the above example, but ends up confusing the reader even more.
  • An example from an anime or manga which is illustrated here. The link leads to a scanlation which has been taken down due to licensing issues, rendering the example useless.
  • Example from Show You Don't Watch and May Have Never Heard Of, written so worshipfully that you get Hype Aversion from a single sentence fragment.
  • Example consisting of a link to a copyright-infringing YouTube upload of Popular Anime, which will probably be deleted within a few days of being added.
  • Example from a western cartoon that is listed here because it looks vaguely Animesque, and because anime is inherently deep, mature, and superior while Western Animation is always shallow and for kids, so insinuating that the show is not Anime is an insult.
  • An example listing Pretty Cure examples that ends at some point before Happiness Charge because the fanbase is different before and after.
  • Example from Asian Animation or Eastern Animation that This Troper confused for being Japanese.
  • An example from a dub of an anime.
    • An example of how this trope is almost always done badly in certain language dubs of anime (usually Hungarian or Latin American Spanish from Colombia), either making it So Bad, It's Good or So Bad, It's Horrible.
  • An example criticizing 4Kids Entertainment and all of their Macekre.
  • Example from a feature-length anime film that should be placed in the Films — Animated folder.
  • General example about an entire genre of anime.
  • Several Light Novel examples that are also listed in the literature folder below. Not all of the LNs have an anime adaptation.
  • Example from an anime that refers to a character using the spelling from a fan-made translation rather than the official spelling, most likely swapping the letters L and R, adding an extra U after the letters O and U, or replacing hard C's with K's. Any time someone tries to correct the name, the editor immediately reverts it to their favored spelling.
  • Example from Death Note that spoilers out L's One-Letter Name, because that definitely conceals any information at all.
  • An example from Guardian Fairy Michel that, being a Korean cartoon and not a Japanese one, should be filed under Asian Animation.
  • Example from a Studio Ghibli film with no manga that ought to be in the Animated Film section.
  • Example from a webcomic lacking an anime adaptation that should be listed in the Web Comic folder, but isn't because it is Japanese.
  • Examples from A Certain Magical Index that reference tropes beyond the end point of the anime or are specifically about book-only scenes from portions that have been adapted.
  • Example from Yu-Gi-Oh! with gratuitous reference to "a children's card game".

    Asian Animation 

    Card Games 

    Comic Books 

Since most people have only ever heard of DC and Marvel Comics, they each get big, fancy headers.


Marvel Universe

  • Example about Spider-Man.
  • Hey everyone! I'm Deadpool and I'm bringing you this hilarious self-demonstrating example! Laugh! C'MON! LAUGH!
  • Example from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that should be moved to the Film folder.

Other examples

  • Example about a super-obscure character that you've never heard of, but who somehow has a whole page about them.
  • Example from a comic book movie adaptation that should probably go under Film instead.
    • Actually, that example goes hand in hand with examples from other media based off the comic, so the examples from their own sections are rolled up with the ones from the comic.
  • Example from a Comic Strip incorrectly placed in the Comic Books folder, which should instead be in the Newspaper Comics folder.
  • Example from a comic that nobody even knew existed until Linkara reviewed it on Atop the Fourth Wall.
  • Example from MAD because no one wanted to make a "magazines" folder.
  • Example from Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics).
  • Example from a Franco-Belgian Comic the Eaglelanders reading this page have never heard of.
  • Example from another European comic (such as Mortadelo y Filemón) the Eaglelanders have also never heard of.
  • Example from a graphic novel that is jarringly offset by the large amount of Marvel/DC/Archie/etc. Long Runner examples in this folder.

    Eastern Animation 
  • An example that's supposed to go in the Asian Animation folder because the medium name confused That Troper.
  • An example from a show with a foreign-language title.
  • Once in a blue moon, an example from a Czech, Russian, or Hungarian cartoon such as Nu, Pogodi!, something from Pannonia Film Studio, or a Jan Švankmajer work that should probably go in the Film — Animation folder.

    Empty Folder That The Page Launcher Just Left There Instead Of Commenting It Out Or Something 

    Once-Empty Folder That Someone Put a Shoehorned Example into to Give It A Purpose 
  • Shoehorned example that probably isn't even from the right type of media.
  • Fanfiction example that was accidentally put here instead of the correct folder below.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Disgusting example of erotic content from a very NSFW piece of Fan Fiction, which has somehow not yet been nuked from TV Tropes.
  • Fan Fiction example of this trope, supposedly not one written by the editor writing this example.
  • Example from My Immortal with Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way that mocks the author's Rouge Angles of Satin.
  • Semi-shoehorned example from Calvin and Hobbes: The Series.
  • A fanfic example that is either Red Linked or not linked at all, and does not bother to tell you what series the fanfic is of.
  • Five My Little Pony fanfic examples.
  • About a dozen Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfic examples, with most of them being Shinji/Asuka Shipping fics.
  • Example from a fic that doesn't have a page and potholes the title to a relevant trope instead.
  • Example where the fic title links to the fic itself, even though it has a TV Tropes page.
  • Example from a fic that had its page deleted due to 5P objections.
  • Example from a Crossover Slash Fic that you would much rather have not known about.
  • Example from an obscure fan fiction that was deleted way back in 2008 and doesn't seem to have ever been archived anywhere.
  • Example from a deleted fan fiction that wasn't archived anywhere, and only lives on in someone's MST of it.
  • Example from a Crack Fic.
  • Example from a Fan Game that is also listed in the Video Games section.
  • Example from a fan fiction which seems innocent enough at a glance, but to more experienced readers it's clear that the author has a fetish for this trope.
  • Another example from a fetish fic, added by someone who doesn't have the fetish and was too innocent to realize that they were basically reading porn. The story is described as Nightmare Fuel and/or Squick even though it was meant to be erotic, and is well-received by people who are into whatever the fic is about.
  • Example that is written in a gushy way and tries to convince the reader to check out the story. Looking at the page history reveals that the editor who added this example has the same username as the fan fiction's author.
  • Example from Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands 2/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover that, as with every single one of the 600+ mentions it has on this wiki, always uses the exact same wording to explain that it's a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands 2/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover. By the way, have we mentioned already that the fic is a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands 2/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover?
  • Example from a fanfic that completely revolves around this trope, written in an oddly precise and clinical tone that gives unmistakable "the editor that added this example really wants to gush about this fanfic but is carefully avoiding it" vibes. Sure enough, you check the edit history and it was added by the fic's author.
  • Example declaring that this trope is incredibly common in fanfics of Some Work, which seems to mean they shouldn't specify any fanfic in particular.
  • Example from a Hans Von Hozel fic gratuitously quoting his Engrish.
    One day, [character] do [something].
    Suddenly, X danube over thing!
  • Example about an obscure fanfiction, written by the author's close friend so it's not technically auto-erotic troping.

    Films — Animated 
  • Obligatory Disney Animated Canon and/or Pixar examples:
    • All lumped under their own bullet point.
    • Example from Western Animation/Movie, with a broken link because This Troper forgot that one-word titles aren't Wiki Words.
    • Example from a Disney sequel.
      • Natter about the canonicity of Disney sequels.
    • Example that uses the deprecated Disney/ namespace.
  • Example from Obscure Children's Film. Only added because someone watched Bobsheaux.
  • Stray Disney Animated Canon example that missed the bullet point.
  • Example exclusive to a live-action adaptation of a Disney Animated Canon film.
  • Legitimate example from Sausage Party, which was removed because This Troper really hates that film.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Example that spoilers the punchline of a well-known joke.
  • A long joke where the trope is tangentially relevant at best.
  • A Feghoot that may or may not be relevant because nobody wants to read the whole damn thing to check.
  • A joke whose punchline is made obvious by its presence on this page.
  • A rewording of another joke on this page.
  • A quote from a comedian that should go in the Stand-Up Comedy folder.
  • Example consisting of something like "a joke about three guys who walk into a bar involves this trope". No further details are given.
  • Foreign joke that relies on a pun that gets Lost in Translation. Requires a full paragraph of explanation, and probably isn't even that funny.
  • Offensive joke. May have started an Edit War on this page and/or a Flame War on the discussion page.
  • Short joke that you won't get unless you understand advanced physics or something. note 
  • Joke portraying a random politician (who could easily be interchanged with some other politician) as a complete moron.
    • Pointless bullet point that only says the joke sometimes features a different politician.

  • A bunch of Discworld examples.
    • Example of Lampshade Hanging, subversion, and/or deconstruction from a Discworld book.
    • Example of exactly the same gag reused in a different Discworld book.
    • Example from another Discworld book that has more to actually do with this trope than above example does.
    • Example from yet another Discworld book that has more to do with one of the previous Discworld examples than it actually does this trope.
  • Example from Paul Robinson claiming that the trope is represented in his non-existent novel Instrument of God.
    Two-kilobyte block of text alleged to be a quote from Instrument of God which doesn't really seem to have any particular relevance to the trope, or, really, anything else for that matter.
    • Natter in which a troper complains that Paul Robinson should be banned and the example removed! ...which is now outdated because it was eventually published.
  • Obligatory Twilight example, noting how it was either 'done badly', or 'particularly glaring'.
  • Example in which the contributor wrote "TitleOfBook" rather than "Literature/TitleOfBook", thereby creating a redlink.
  • Example from The Bible which, despite that page being under the Literature namespace, should go under the Mythology & Religion folder instead. It also wrongly italicizes the work's name because every other book has its title italicized.
  • Several examples from Light Novels that are also listed in the anime folder above. Some of the examples refer to details specific to the anime adaptation.
  • Example from a Web Serial Novel (probably Worm or Whateley Universe) that is also listed in the Web Original folder.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Example from Game of Thrones at the top because it's the best show ever.
  • Example from Redlinked Show Of Which You Have Heard.
  • Example from Redlinked Show You Have Never Heard Of, but the title of which prompts you to look it up on Google or The Other Wiki.
  • Example from Redlinked Show You Have Never Heard Of, but the fact it has an interesting take on the trope prompts you to look it up on Google or The Other Wiki.
  • Example from Redlinked Show You Have Never Heard Of or Show With An Actual Page Which You Have Never Heard Of which you investigate in curiosity that turns out to be So Bad, It's Horrible, Grimdark, or worst of all has certain niche themes that for most people are just plain disturbing.
  • Example involving a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch.
    • Natter referential joke!
      • Obscure joke reference!
    • More joke references.
  • Obligatory Firefly reference.
  • Obligatory example from a Star Trek series, correctly placed in the "Live-Action TV" folder where it belongs.
    • Ten
    • more
    • examples
    • from
    • totally
    • different
    • Star Trek
    • works
    • most of which should be in a different folder
    • And a final example added by an anally-retentive Troper so that the "Ten" above will be correct.
  • Obligatory Doctor Who example.
    • Additional Doctor Who example which refers to the incarnation by number. The number links to The Nth Doctor even though that has nothing to do with this trope.
  • Example from a Doctor Who spin-off series that was added directly under the Doctor Who examples but isn't bulleted with them because the person who added it wasn't sure and decided to split the difference.
  • "Obligatory" example from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Example from an episode of a TV show which just aired, even though there is already an entry for the same series up above.
  • The same example from an episode of a TV show which just aired, even though there are already an entry for the same seres up above AND the new exmaple already exits if the editor were to move his eyeballs by three inches. Usually full of spoiler tags and spelling erors because the editor was trying to be the first person to post the example.
  • Example from a movie adaptation of a TV show that should be in the Film section.
  • Example from Obscure Show Which Had A Page that was lost in The Great Crash which Google and Wikipedia have no listings of, or the Wikipedia listing is under the author's name.
  • Strange example from Well-Known and Highly-Praised Series that is a triple... no, quadruple... wait, no. A quintuple subversion.
  • Example that potholes the series name so it can't be searched for on the page and will be repeated further down at some point.
  • Far-reaching example from This Troper's favorite Trope Overdosed series. It's not really relevant, but you'll leave it because someone else will just add it again.
  • Example discussing how Show With a Large Periphery Hatedom does this trope badly. Probably already on the page, but This Troper really hates this thing.
  • Example of this trope being tested on MythBusters.
  • Shoehorned example from a Game Show.
  • Even more blatantly shoehorned example from an obscure and likely terrible Game Show which only has a TV Tropes page because it was featured on Game Show Garbage.
  • Example from yet another Game Show, this time from a show that was largely wiped and only has three episodes known to circulate.
  • A very lengthy example, which goes into detail about the show's history and cast, discussing that the show uses this trope to set up some chain of events or another and that it was contractually obligated for reasons unknown, but never actually coming out and saying just what the example actually is, thus making it a rather odd variation on a Zero-Context Example.
  • Example which inexplicably links to the show's Wikipedia page instead of its TV Tropes page.
  • Example from a foreign series that nobody outside its origin country cares about.
  • Example from a Toku series such as Kamen Rider or Super Sentai that seems obscure to the tropers who don't care about them and may have never heard of them.

  • Yet another example from MAD because someone finally made a "Magazines" folder. However, the examples that were previously shoehorned into "Comic Books" were never moved here.
    • A bunch of examples from Spy vs. Spy, which is published in MAD but actually in the ComicStrip namespace.
  • Example from Nintendo Power.
    • Examples that are actually from various games, but were referenced in Nintendo Power.
  • Example from some foreign magazine that only had 100 subscribers.
  • Example from Auto Trader.

  • One or two works you've never heard of and have absolutely no interest in. There's a good chance that you don't even know what a manhua is.
  • Work that used to be the Anime & Manga folder, but was sorted here when somebody finally made a Manhua folder.

  • One or two works you've never heard of and have absolutely no interest in. There's a good chance that you don't even know what a manhwa is.
  • Work that used to be the Anime & Manga folder, but was sorted here when somebody finally made a Manhwa folder.
  • Work that would fit under the Webcomic folder (probably Tower of God), but the Troper who added it wasn't sure since it was Korean in origin.

Medium header in smallcaps that the editor who folderized the page accidentally missed

  • Random example added outside the folder structure by someone who either doesn't understand the formatting or who is too lazy to check.

  • Inevitable music example from an artist you either hate or have never heard of.
  • Another Red House Painters example posted by Tonagamu... and you don't care because you haven't heard of Red House Painters.
    • Tonagamu adding on the example even though he probably could have just added it to the main paragraph.
  • Rare musical example. Not to be confused with the dozen other musical examples.
  • Example from a "Weird Al" Yankovic song.
  • Example that puts an album title in "quotes" instead of italicizing it.
  • Example that italicizes a song title instead of putting it in "double quotes".
  • Example that puts a song title in 'single quotes' instead of "double quotes".
  • Example that doesn't even try to format the song title at all.
  • Example from a Self-Titled Album with the album title potholed to Self-Titled Album. A link to the artist page is nowhere to be found.
  • Example that mentions a generic song title and contains no information about the artist.
  • Example that misattributes a song to an artist who merely covered it, or worse, has nothing to do with it whatsoever.
  • Example consisting of a line from a song, and nothing else.
  • Example from a song that This Troper heard on the radio once, but didn't remember the song or artist, and didn't even get the lyrics right so no one can figure out what song it actually is.
  • Example from a Country Music song, most likely put there by Twentington, the only Troper who actually listens to country music.
  • Example from Japanese Pop Music. Probably added by someone who doesn't even know Japanese.
  • Example from a song whose lyrics are entirely in Gratuitous English. May require a specific interpretation of what the lyricist was trying to say.
  • Example from a foreign song.
    Unødvendig sitering av teksten
    Unnecessary quotation of the lyrics
    Som tar opp mye plass fordi den må oversettes
    That takes up a lot of space because it has to be translated
  • Example from a video game soundtrack that will be repeated in the Video Games folder.
  • Example from a Dead Horse Genre, complete with random complaining.
  • Example that only exists as a Take That! against an artist with a huge hatedom, such as Nickelback.
  • Example from a notorious Ear Worm that'll probably get stuck in your head after this example reminds you of it.
  • Example that only works if you interpret a song with cryptic lyrics in a specific way.
  • Vocaloid example
    • Example from another Vocaloid song by a completely different artist, in a completely different genre, using a different Vocaloid, but that's still lumped in with the other example because both songs were made using a similar tool.
    • Example from Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA that should probably be in the Video Games folder.
  • Example about an artist's personal life.
  • Example that references a Todd in the Shadows review and should probably be under Web Video since it's more about his review than the actual song.
  • Largely ordinary and acceptable example...

    Mythology & Religion 
  • Surprise trope example from mythology, indicating that this trope is Older Than Dirt.
  • Example from The Bible, possibly spoilering the fact that Jesus dies.
    • Controversial biblical example that assumes the reader shares This Troper's beliefs about the true/false status about The Bible. Has probably caused several Edit Wars.
      • Tacked-on bullet point listing alternative interpretations of the example according to biblical scholars, with a link to The Other Wiki.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Other Sites 

  • A dozen examples from pinball franchises based on existing franchises, making you wonder how a freaking pinball machine can even have tropes in it in the first place.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • A billion professional wrestling examples that you skip over because you don't watch wrestling.

  • Example from Adventures in Odyssey that discusses how the radio drama used this trope without sacrificing its Christian values, or complaining about how inaccurately it depicted Dungeons & Dragons.
  • One or two examples from other radio shows, perhaps from NPR or the Whoniverse.
  • An example from a podcast that should go in the Web Original folder.
  • Example from an Audio Play or drama CD (likely related to an anime) that should go in its own folder.

    Redundant Truth in Television Folder That Wasn't Removed When The Real Life One Got Added 
  • Redundant example that can also be found in the Real Life folder.
  • Anecdote from This Troper's personal life, which was put here after being removed from the Real Life folder.
  • Controversial example.

  • Countless examples from roleplay forums that nobody except the RP participants care about, including some that are private, meaning there's no way to check if the trope actually happened.
  • Examples where the roleplayers also happen to be tropers, that potholes character names to the troper page of the people playing them.

  • Example full of complicated sports jargon that makes no sense unless you're thoroughly familiar with the sport in question.
  • Example from an athlete's personal life.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Example from George Carlin.
  • Example from Jerry Seinfeld.
    • Sub-examples that are actually from Seinfeld.
  • Example from a comedian who was popular at the time of the entry being added, but has faded into obscurity.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Example from Warhammer 40,000, with shoehorned reminder of that game's Black-and-Gray Morality and/or Crapsack World, probably describing the Imperium at length, and ending with "And they're the good guys."
  • Examples from Magic: The Gathering:
    • Example with a broken link to an old version of the card database.
    • Example that was repeated in the Card Games folder
    • Example of a hypothetical scenario that could arise if one performed an elaborate combo with no interference from the other players.
  • Example from Paranoia, described in a perfectly normal manner from the perspective of the real world.
    • In-character complaint about security levels, happiness, and treason. Request that the above person report to an execution chamber. Obligatory "Have a Nice Daycycle!"
  • Example from Dungeons & Dragons that would never happen in an actual game but is totally possible under rules-as-written.
    • Example detailing that one time This Troper was Dungeon Master and made the trope happen and his friends totally found it hilarious and this absolutely doesn't count as Troper Tales even though the trope itself doesn't happen in any official material.
  • Example from the Xyz World Of Nameness sub-game Noun: The Verbening which is written without bias, but the nature of the settings make it clear how much it is Squick or Nightmare Fuel.
  • Example from the Old World Of Nameness sub-game Verbling: The Nouning which is noticeably lighter than every other example and strongly contrasts with the example from the later Verbling: The Squick.
  • One example each from the remaining sub-games of the two Xyz World of Darkness settings. All of them either make you wonder why anyone would play it, or feels normal and cause you to wonder why anyone would play something boringly safe.
  • IEnote  that's only understandable to HPoTGnote  due to its unnecessary AaAO note .
  • IE that's still incomprehensible to non-players after all the AaAO has been fixed.
  • Example from Monopoly. It's only valid if you play with a House Rule, and does not mention this house rule in any way.
  • Shoehorned chess example added because This Troper believes Smart People Play Chess.
  • Example from Yu-Gi-Oh! that refers to one of the several new mechanics that have been added since you last played that game in second grade.

    Theater (or Theatre) 

  • A couple examples from BIONICLE, including examples from media besides the toys themselves.
  • Example from My Little Pony which starts off talking about the toys, but quickly becomes more about the show.
  • Example from Tamagotchi which is placed in the "Toys" folder despite the page confusingly being in the VideoGame/ namespace.

    Video Games 
  • In a video game-only trope, someone forgetting to mark "MMORPGs" as a non-Wiki Word in the folder names.
  • General example asserting that this trope could hypothetically be the motivation for a common player action in many video games.
  • Example from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All that should go in the Visual Novel folder.
    • Spoiler from Apollo Justice because you should have known better than to read a completely spoilered out sentence yet you read it anyway because it was fairly long and you thought it was going to be about the subject at hand and not an example from a different game that might have been an useless spoiler to mention to begin with, which prompts you to immediately scroll down after reading the first line in order to forget about the spoiler. Also, while we're at it, spoiler from Dual Destinies.
    • Spoiler from Spirit of Justice.
      • Spoiler from Spirit of Justice's DLC case that you hadn't played yet, but were planning to once you got the money for it.
    • Spoiler from Dai Gyakuten Saiban that you were trying to avoid in case the game gets translated at some point in the future.
  • Example from a Danganronpa game that may be repeated in the Visual Novel folder.
  • An example from Mass Effect.
    • An example of how it was subverted in Mass Effect 2 that really should be a different trope altogether, with bad Example Indentation on top.
    • An example that mentions that the trope is used in both Mass Effect games which nobody bothered to correct after Mass Effect 3 came out.
    • An example that was corrected to "all three Mass Effect games"... right when Mass Effect: Andromeda came out.
  • Obligatory Super Mario Bros. example
  • Video game example which contains a disputed piece of information.
    • You're wrong.
  • Ancient, seemingly incorrect example from Trope Overdosed: The Videogame that mentions how this trope was used in a feature that was patched out by a later update.
  • Video Game example that asserts that part of the game is hard, for any reason.
    • Seven paragraphs of Walkthrough Mode to justify a rebuttal of "actually it's super easy if you know what you're doing".
  • Example from Undertale, probably involving Sans.
    • Example about an extremely minor character from Undertale that only appears very briefly in one area, only has a single line of dialogue, and has probably been forgotten by all but the most hardcore fans.
    • Example that hides several plot twists from the first 15 minutes of the game that barely count as spoilers anymore unless you want to do a 100% blind run, such as that Flowey is evil or that there's a boss battle against Toriel where you might (and probably will) accidentally kill her.
    • Example that casually discusses plot twists from late in non-neutral runs, without using spoiler markup. After all, the game is only a few hours long and has been played by everyone already.
  • That example from a Star Trek video game that you've already seen because it was one of the ten million sub-bullets on an example in the "Live-Action TV" folder..
  • Example from a Final Fantasy game
    • Tangentially related examples from others game in the series
    • Examples from Kingdom Hearts that deserve their own bullet point.
  • Example from Game World Online which is now dead and cannot be confirmed either way because it was impossible to Keep Circulating the Tapes.
  • Example from a Valve game series that predated Steam. Complaint edited in at a later date that a cliffhanger caused by the example will never be resolved because the game series is in Development Hell.
  • Example from World of Warcraft which any long-time player knows is still true but is only widely known to said long-time players, making it hard to confirm without pouring over huge amounts of lore.
  • Example from The Franchise of Video Game: Latest Installment which will be irrelevant the second the next one is revealed at E3.
  • Example from one or more of the following indie games, so as to break up the use of AAA titles (preferably crowdfunded rather than published by a third party or to sites such as Newgrounds, which apparently doesn't count it as indie anymore):
  • Disparaging remark about Indie Game under the pretense that its creators were either inherrently amateurs or frauds depending on the quality of the final product, with the example focusing on behind-the-scenes drama (if there was any) rather than content from the game itself.
  • Should any of the above indie games experience Hype Backlash, Indie Video Game Hit of [CURRENT YEAR +1] or Indie Video Game of [CURRENT YEAR -[x]] will be added as a "better" (read: newer/comparitively unhyped) example.
  • Example from a Visual Novel that was placed in the Video Games folder instead, probably because there wasn't a separate folder.
  • Example from Metal Gear Solid 2 with an obligatory Pot Holed reference to either Gainax Ending or Mind Screw.
  • Shoehorned Portal example added as an excuse to reference old memes.
  • Example describing how Snark Bait: The Game supposedly uses this trope badly, and attempts to justify Complaining About Shows You Don't Like by quoting a snarky internet critic.
    AVGN: Ranting from The Angry Video Game Nerd about this trope, which should instead be placed in the Web Video folder.
  • Example from a video game soundtrack that was repeated from the Music folder.
  • Example explaining how this trope happens often in Gensokyo without mentioning what work it's from except in a pothole.
    • Example listing how fanon often makes Reimu into an example of this even though it never happens in canon.
  • Example from Guitar Hero
    • Example from Rock Band that is lumped in with Guitar Hero because both series are practically the same thing.
      • Example from a song that is available as Downloadable Content in Rock Band and was already listed in the Music folder above.
  • Example from Tales of Destiny
  • Example from a Fan Game that is also listed in the Fan Fiction section above.
  • Example from Tales of Vesperia that refers to some of the above Tales of examples, but isn't grouped with them for some unknown reason.
  • Example from a ROM hack that has its own page, such as Kaizo Mario World.
  • Example from a far more obscure ROM hack that doesn't have its own page.
  • Example from Game Name that accidentally misspelled the namespace as "Video Games".
  • Example from a Shin Megami Tensei game.
  • Example from Persona 4 Golden or Persona 5, which is separate from the above examples because the games had gotten rid of the Shin Megami Tensei name, and the troper who added this has never even heard of the games' parent series.
  • Example about user-generated content (such as a map created using a Level Editor). The game's content-sharing network has since gone offline, or the specific item in question has been removed, so the example can't be verified anymore.
  • Example from Sir Basil Pike Public High School that just links to Zap Dramatic's page because the game still doesn't have its own page for some reason.
  • Obligatory example from Sonic the Hedgehog that discusses (or even outright bashes) its Broken Base for whining about a change, the Polygon Ceiling, or that Sega should give up the development rights to Christian Whitehead.
  • Example from a Sly Cooper game.
  • Example from Popular Mobile RPG with wick to Allegedly Free Game if paid content or gacha elements are present.
  • Example from Fate/Grand Order listing character traits and plot points specific to the transplanted character's home series, listed in the Video Games folder because the relevant installment is either locked to its home region or has no page.
  • Example from Pokémon that's either a short Pokédex entry or a Wall of Text that's nigh-incomprehensible to anybody who isn't in the competitive battling scene.
  • Desert Bus example that potholes to Desert Bus for Hope instead of Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors, disorienting anyone who clicks on it.
  • Example from Touhou Project that's either about the character's traits or fanmade aspects of said character. Sometimes in the Fan Works folder.

    Visual Novels 
  • Example from a game (such as Ace Attorney or Danganronpa) where it isn't certain it qualifies as a Visual Novel due to its gameplay ratio. (Which is also likely to be a duplicate, as there are already Ace Attorney examples above.)
  • Fate Series:
    • Example from Fate/stay night, potentially the only example in the bulleted list that is actually a visual novel. May or may not leave specific character spoilers untagged depending on whether Fate/Grand Order mentioned them.
    • Examples from Fate/EXTRA or Fate/Grand Order which would probably fit better under the Video Games folder.
  • Example from Hatoful Boyfriend, written with such depth and detail that you almost forget this is a dating game about pigeons.
  • Example from a fairly obscure dating sim.

    Web Animation 
  • Example from a How It Should Have Ended parody of a popular/recent movie.
  • Link to a Homestar Runner sbemail which makes fun of this trope.
  • Example of gorn from Happy Tree Friends.
  • Example from a YouTube Poop.
    • Example from a YTP by cs188 that consists solely of a quote from one of his more famous YTPs and nothing else.
    • Example from another YTP that was taken down by a copyright claim in 2012 and hasn't been reuploaded since.
    • Example from a Michael Rosen-based YTP that includes one of the memes from his poems, even if it was not used in the actual YTP.
      *click* Nice.
    • Example from an ancient YTP from 2009 with only 400 views.
    • Example from an ancient YTP from 2009 that consists entirely of discredited memes, pitch-shifting, and Sensory Abuse.
    • Example from a once-popular YTPer whose account was nuked, and whose YTPs live on entirely in obscure channels' reuploads.
  • Example from RWBY covered in spoiler tags even though there is a video of the same moment below that spoils it.

  • Example of Lampshade Hanging, subversion, and/or deconstruction from The Order of the Stick.
  • Example from a "recent" arc of a webcomic that's been around for 8 years doing five updates a week, so the archive is huge, and since the example is so far up the page it's long ago fallen off the edit page, there's no way to tell when "recent" was.
  • Obligatory Homestuck reference, and a full description of the quadrants.
    • Along with a bulleted argument about Vriska.
      • Or just repeated HONK honk HONK's
  • Example from Problem Sleuth (rarely Jailbreak or Bard Quest) placed under the Homestuck example because it used to be a bulleted MS Paint Adventures list.
  • Example from a popular Web Comic you should read but don't because it is absurdly long and you don't want to go on an Archive Binge, including several references to how amazing the web comic is.
  • Example from a Web Comic so obscure that you get the feeling that it was added by the comic's author.
  • Webcomic did it here, only the date format has changed, so the link is no good.
    • Also here, but when you translate the date to the new format, there's no obvious connection.
    • And here, with an outdated link that does not contain the date.
    • And here, only that the archived site has a broken image where the comic should be.
  • Other Webcomic also did it here, but the link is dead because it was on a Webcomic-Hosting-Made-Easy site from the late-2000s which was capitalizing on the comic-making craze and closed down to avoid the decline, or which was in for the long haul but could no longer stay in the black.
  • Unverifiable example from Deleted Webcomic That Wasn't Archived Anywhere.
  • Example from Semi-Obscure Webcomic With a Page That This Troper Didn't Link to.
  • Example from Webcomic That Didn't Even Get Its Title Italicized.
  • Example that claims that the trope has been played straight, subverted, averted and inverted in Long Runner. No further details are given.
  • Example from an obscure fetish-based comic with a link to its trope page or website, not pointing out that said comic is fetish-based. This example should probably have been nuked due to 5P, but for some reason hasn't.
  • Example linking to a site that used to host the comic, but now redirects to some sketchy ad site that may or may not be full of porn and viruses.
  • Example from a SFW Furry Comic that hasn't been updated since 2004.
  • Example from a NSFW furry comic that hasn't been updated since 2004. Of course, with no mention that the comic is NSFW.
  • Example linking to one of the few SFW strips of a very NSFW comic... but there's also other porn on the page that This Troper cheerfully ignored.
  • "Recent" example that was old even when it was added.
  • Example from Square Root of Minus Garfield.
    • Second example from Square Root of Minus Garfield that involves the "They haven't stopped making frozen pudding pops, have they?" strip.
  • Example from a comic that was abandoned in the middle of a story arc.
  • Example that contains an archived link because the creator likes to delete poorly-received comics.
  • Example that contains an archived link for seemingly no reason. You get the feeling that This Troper just hates the comic and wanted to deny it your clicks.
  • Example from an obscure, crappy comic that only has a (locked) page because someone read its article on the Bad Webcomics Wiki.
  • Example from a political comic filled with subtle praise. Clearly written by a troper who agrees with the comic's author.
  • Example from a political comic filled with subtle snark. Clearly written by a troper who disagrees with the comic's author.
  • Innocent-sounding example that prompts you to check out the comic, only to discover that it pushes a viewpoint you disagree with while strawmanning your views.
  • Controversial example from Sonichu, which includes an irrelevant infodump on the personal life of the comic's author for no apparent reason beyond an assumption that people will point and laugh.
  • Example from xkcd that proved to be divisive among the fandom.
    • Rant on how XKCD is the most terrible webcomic.
  • Example mentioning that this trope happens in this page of Webcomic. We won't bother explaining anything more because there's no reason you couldn't just click on that comic link and see the trope yourself.
  • Example from the "latest" page of a Long Runner webcomic that only provides you with a link and nothing else. The provided link is to the webcomic's homepage that shows the current latest comic, so the only way to know what comic the example was referring to is to go into the history page, find out when the example was added, and then find the nearest date in the comic's archives.
  • Example from 8-Bit Theater, along with relevant quote.
    Black Mage: Simultaneously snarky and sociopathic comment.
    Character with Black Mage: Equally as snarky phrase related to respective character trait.

    Web Original 
  • Example of mocking the trope in a Series: The Abridged Series.
  • A quote or mention from an Abridged Series here, since they seem to be all the rage these days. Pithy comment on source material depending on whether or not it was considered Snark Bait at the time.
  • Example that is only a broken link to a Geocities site from 1998.
  • Example from a Web Serial Novel (probably Worm), incorrectly placed in the Web Original folder instead of Literature where it belongs.
  • Example from Whateley Universe, probably added by the author, which was also incorrectly placed in Web Original instead of Literature.
  • Another web video example that should go in the Web Video folder.
  • Example of Chuggaaconroy discussing the trope, which should go in the Let's Play folder instead.
  • Example from Neopets.
  • Example from raocow.
    raocow: Oh man, look at that totally unnecessary quote of one of those raocow-isms. That is totally, provorbially, a thing. That's pretty great. Hey there, guy.
  • Misplaced example from a Flash game that should go in the Video Games folder.
  • Example from a reddit post from 4 years ago that doesn't actually link to said post.
    • Example from one of the controversial political subreddits, insinuating that reddit's entire userbase agrees with said views (And That's Terrible).
      • Example from another political subreddit with opposing views to the above (and that this troper agrees with), written as if said views were objective fact.
  • Example of an old meme that most people have forgotten.
    • Example describing the meme as "recent" or "new".
  • Example from an old website that has long been deleted. The link redirects you to a shady page that disables your back button and tries to install malware.
  • Meta-examples from Wikipedia.
    • Obligatory "citation needed" joke.[citation needed]
  • This quote from a database of funny quotes that got said in chatrooms. Who needs context, just click the link, there's no chance whatsoever of it being dead.
  • Zero-context link to a show on Blip that somehow never got replaced when Blip was closed in 2015.
  • Link to a Cracked article that talks about this. No additional context except the title of the article (if even that).
  • Not Always Right example that was probably moved from the Real Life folder.

    Web Video 

    Western Animation 

  • Visual Novel example added because there was no VN folder, This Troper didn't know if it counted as a video game and decided to play it safe.
  • Example from a work that's so obscure no one even knows its medium.
  • Controversial Real Life example that was deliberately buried in the middle of the "Other" folder in an attempt to evade deletion.
  • A dozen examples that could easily be sorted into the other folders, but are still here because This Troper was too lazy to place them correctly and just dumped them here.
  • Misplaced Real Life example.
  • Short description of a Sub-Trope for which no page yet exists, formatted as an example for some reason.
    • Several
    • examples
    • of
    • this
    • subtrope
    • all stapled here, instead of sorted into the medium folder to which they actually belong.
d the second half has somehow been pushed an absurd distance down the page in the meantime.
  • Example from a web site that sells novelty t-shirts with funny pictures and words on them for the low, low cost of 10 US dollars. Includes a link to buy that t-shirt, but it totally wasn't written with the intent of advertising this website and its merchandise.

    Real Life 
  • A lone Real Life example erroneously declared as Truth in Television which we are not making up.
  • Questionable example from This Troper's life.
    • Real Life example: This Troper's personal testimony. (it will later be deleted, restored with a Justifying Edit, and deleted again)
  • Urban Legend that totally happened to this troper's sister's ex-boyfriend's 2nd cousin's niece's math teacher's friend.
  • Link to a discredited Urban Legend.
  • Rather spurious example from Real Life, revealing the editor's ideological bias and bordering on Troll material.
    • Attempt to delete/rectify above, which gets restored multiple times as ideological bias matches community preferences.
      • Above example deleted.
  • Obligatory example about how evil Disney/[insert corporation here] is.
  • Example that uses spoilers to hide a real-life, well-known death.
  • Example involving Adolf Hitler, thus invoking Godwin's Law.
  • Controversial example that is bound to be deleted at some point for fear that it might result in Flame War.
    • Counterpoint to controversial example, which might even get the entire Real Life section taken off the page, despite the fact that the rest of the Real Life examples were perfectly uncontroversial.
  • Historical example that is now found not to be true.
    • Angry rant disproving that example, while sounding like the troper really needed to take his anger out.
  • Example that doesn't actually belong in the Real Life section.
    • Comment indicating that this example should be moved up into the main section, by someone who didn't bother to do that.
    • Above example read by unhinged fan, who becomes a Daydream Believer.
  • Non-example stating that this sometimes occurs in real life.
  • Scientific example that stems from a common misconception.
    • Natter that disputes the accuracy of the above example while being equally wrong.
  • Personal anecdote made general by scrubbing the name of the person, place, or thing it happened to.
  • Dead link to a newspaper article that may or may not have featured this trope.
  • Link to a news article behind a paywall.
  • Example that contains minor factual errors.
    • Another example calling the original poster of that example an idiot.
    • Ridiculously nitpicky reply quoting facts that only someone who works in the field mentioned/lives in the area mentioned/is God would know.
    • Ridiculously nitpicky reply that focuses on one inconsistency that can be easily edited out.
  • Example with minor historical inaccuracies.
    • A scathing explanation of why this is wrong!
      • Condescending blather about how this topic isn't morally or philosophically important enough to deserve accuracy, implying that the above editor is a bad person for correcting someone.
  • Example that was only added to make someone This Troper dislikes look bad. Surprisingly, it turns out to be factually correct.
  • Real Life example about a real person or event that includes several potholes to No Real Life Examples, Please! tropes that would be deleted immediately if they were listed on those tropes' actual pages.
  • Some anecdote about Christine Weston Chandler, deadnamed or otherwise. It says either "Christine Weston Chandler (of Sonichu fame)" or it just directly potholes the person's name to Sonichu.
  • An example about Doug Walker based on comments from his out-of-character vlogs.
  • Example about the current president of the United States of America doing something controversial, written with biased language under the assumption that everyone on this wiki agrees with This Troper's views.
  • Example that informs you that this trope is Truth in Television, as though you didn't figure that out from all the other real life examples above that you've already read.
  • Example from Not Always Right. Because who would lie on the internet?
  • An example that is "Justified", meaning the creators have established a reason in-universe for this trope to be in effect. note 
  • An example with a lot of invasive speculation on a real person's private life.
  • A misused example that somebody will point to to argue that the trope should be No Real Life Examples, Please!, instead of just removing the misuse and leaving the valid examples alone.

  • There's an "unsorted" folder?!
  • Example that you recognize and could sort into the correct medium, but you won't.
  • Well now how are you going to tell if they've already added that example from Your Favorite Show or not?!

Joke that didn't fit anywhere else, usually about the page itself, referencing the topic at hand.

Either Statler or Waldorf: Snarky comment about the subject at hand.
The other one (depending on who made the snarky comment): Sarcastic reply to the previous comment.
Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!

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Video Example(s), awkwardly placed at the bottom of the page:

  • A video that misunderstands the trope.
  • A video that is much longer than it needs to be and should probably be trimmed down.
    • A single scene/clip separated into two parts to get around the length limit on videos.
    • A 1-minute video that demonstrates the trope for all of 5 seconds.
  • A bunch of videos from a single movie or a single TV show episode, running the risk of copyright infringement.
  • A video with large watermarks that should be replaced with a clean video.
  • A low-quality video that should be replaced with a better-quality version of the same clip.
  • A video that does not link to the page for the work.
  • A video that is not listed on the Video Source index page.
  • A video from Steven Universe, probably the episode "Change Your Mind".
  • A video from Show You Were Going To Start Watching Next Week When You Have The Time that uses the death scene of a major character and shows said death in the thumbnail, spoiling the events of the Wham Episode for anyone who scrolls to the bottom of the page.
  • A video from an anime series that uses the original Japanese version with subtitles, even though an English dub exists, because maintaining one's position in the Subbing vs. Dubbing debate is more important than making sure the video actually works as a video and not just more text to read.
  • A video from an anime Fan Sub with the watermark of whatever editing software was used to make it.
  • A video that actually depicts a different trope that is frequently confused for this one.
  • A video that is the entirety of a short work, probably by ProZD, that the mods didn't bother to delete.
  • Very long video from a video game, containing both cutscene and gameplay despite the trope definitely appearing in only one of them.
  • Long video of two video game cutscenes separated by a loading screen.
  • Video with several severe typos in the title and description, including some â€Å†nonsense caused by character encoding bugs that still haven't been fixed. You really, really wish you could just edit it and fix it yourself, but video examples don't work that way for some reason.
  • Video that the majority of the media source's fans think is the Most Triumphant Example.
  • The Trope Namer or Trope Codifier.
  • Video ripped from a pirate site complete with the site's watermark.
  • A video from RWBY that is overly-long, misunderstands the trope, or is highly spoilerrific.
  • A video from an English-language work with foreign-language subtitles because that was the highest-quality rip the uploader could find.
  • A video that's listed as an example of another trope, but shows up here because the uploader put a bunch of tropes in the media source because it depicts multiple tropes at once.
  • A video that doesn't actually illustrate the trope that well, but since it's from a very popular work, it got a bunch of high ratings.
  • A video from a Video Review Show or Analysis Channel to illustrate an in-universe Audience Reaction.
  • A video from Big City Greens, Central Park, or some other media work of marginal popularity which inexplicably has over 200 videos.
  • A video for an Audience Reaction with no regard for the actual reaction of the audience.
  • A video that’s exactly the same as another video, but under a different trope.
  • A video from Jreg depicting a Straw Character representing an ideology you've never heard before.
  • A video from an anime in Japanese with no English subtitles, maybe because the trope doesn't need any verbal context to be demonstrated. You still wonder what the hell is going on in the video.
  • A video that is out-of-sync/sideways/upside-down/otherwise glitched out, despite not appearing broken when the person first uploaded it.

Alternative Title(s): Next Trope, Trope Name Injokes, Obscure Redirect Name That Nobody Uses


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