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

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


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.

Suggestion to post complaints on the Dethroning Moment of Suck page.

Now-obsolete mention of a Troper Tales page.

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.



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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.
  • 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.
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] revealing something you don't want spoiled.
  • Entirely spoilered example.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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 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

    [Series Name] 
  • Mention of [Series 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.
    • [Series Name] OWNS this trope! Here's another example as proof.
    • Claim that [Series 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 [Series 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 [Series 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: [Series Name].
  • [Series 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 [Series Name] seem crazy.
  • Example with an explanation that contradicts the explanation on the page for [Series Name].
  • Example that finally adds a link to the page for [Series Name].
  • With [Series 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 [Series Name] isn't actually that old.
  • Example posted by a big fan of [Series 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 [Series Name]" without any further elaboration to help identify the episode months or years down the road.
  • Shout-Out example that describes something from [Series 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 [Series Name]'s page.
  • Example from [Series 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 [Series Name].
  • Example that brings up major [Series Name] spoilers for no reason.
  • Overexcited example from a huge fan of [Series Name] who really wants to tell you how awesome the stuff Alice did in Episode 13 was by Emphasizing EVERYTHING.
  • Example that includes potholes to the series' Awesome page on an objective trope.

  • Vague non-example pointing out this trope always occurs in ads.

    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
    • 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 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.

    Comic Books 
  • Lengthy examples from a DC Comics or Marvel Comics franchise.
  • 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 memetically bad comic such as All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, which quotes the meme in question even if it's irrelevant to the trope.
    Batman: I'm the goddamn Batman!
  • Example from a comic that nobody even knew existed until Linkara reviewed it on Atop the Fourth Wall.
  • Hey everyone! I'm Deadpool and I'm bringing you this hilarious self-demonstrating example! Laugh! C'MON! LAUGH!

    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.

    Films — Animated 
  • Obligatory Disney Animated Canon and/or Pixar examples:
    • All lumped under their own bullet point.
    • Example from Disney/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 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.

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.

    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.

    Newspaper Comics 

  • 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.

    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.

    Stand-Up Comedy 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Example from Warhammer 40,000, with shoehorned reminder of that game's Black and Grey Morality and/or World Half Empty, probably describing the Imperium at length, and ending with "And they're the good guys."
  • Example from Magic: The Gathering with a link to an old version of the card database.
  • 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.


    Video Games 
  • Example from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All.
    • 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.
  • 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 dialog, and has probably been forgotten by all but the most hardcore fans.
  • 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 Early Crowdfunded Game Whose "Innovative" Funding Method Made Them A Media Darling... Outdated Star Citizen Lore Predating the Funding Rush... Limbo... Braid... No Time To Explain!... The Binding of Isaac... Fez... Flappy Bird... Crowdfunded Game That Came THIS Close to Release But Was Cancelled Because One of the Devs Illegally Spent the Money On Themselves... Five Nights At Freddys... Undertale... Crowdfunded Game That Came THIS Close to Release But Had It Stolen Out From Under Them By A Concept Artist Leaving and Claiming All the Finished Graphics as Intellectual Property... Newly Crowdfunded Game... Indie Game That Was Popular Last Year... Indie Video Game that is... was a Surprise Hit posted by someone in the huge fanbase.
    • Oh, the game is no longer popular, Indie Video Game Hit of 2017... 2018... 2019 has a "better" (read: newer) example.
  • Example from a Visual Novel that was placed in the Video Game 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

    Visual Novel 
  • Example from a game (such as Ace Attorney) where it isn't certain it qualifies as a Visual Novel due to its gameplay ratio.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • 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 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. 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 that only makes sense after several paragraphs of description on a moment where Christian Weston Chandler got trolled or made a stupid video.
  • Example from xkcd that proved to be divisive among the fandom.
  • 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, and not the latest comic when the example was written.

    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.
  • An example linking to an SCP Foundation wiki page, describing an SCP entity that is Nightmare Fuel but is not labelled as such here. But that's okay, you didn't need to sleep tonight, right?
    • Example that potholes to one of the SCP Foundation character pages for some reason even though no other work ever potholes to its characters subpage.
    • Example about that time they used this trope to kill SCP-682 and it totally backfired.
    • Example from an SCP that has been deleted because it was a low-quality self-insert.
  • Example that is only a broken link to a Geocities site from 1998.
  • Example from Worm, incorrectly placed in the "Web Original" folder instead of "Literature" where it belongs.
  • 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.

    Web Video 

    Western Animation 
  • Example from Avatar: The Last Airbender, with mention of how it happened in a manner that was awesome.
    • Another example from Trope Overdosed: The Series, indented, and perhaps directly addressing the last one, but separated from it because some other Troper added an example in between for whatever reason.
    • Example from Avatar: The Last Airbender, with mention of how the ending was an Ass Pull.
    • Example from The Legend of Korra that is just thrown underneath the Avatar examples without adjusting their indentation.
  • Example of the time Family Guy, South Park or The Simpsons parodied the trope.
  • Example from The Simpsons pointing out that they did it, unaware of the actual purpose of that trope.
  • Obligatory example with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
    • At least eight further examples plus one from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
    • Example about a background pony that never actually does this trope in the show, but a lot of fanon depicts the character as an example so it's lumped in with the canon examples.
    • Meta-example about the bronies.
  • Example about a film in the Disney Animated Canon that should be in the animated film section instead.
  • Snarky example from Snark Bait: The Series - complete with a Pot Hole to Take That! - that would be heavily edited if it weren't for the fact that most tropers agree.
  • Obscure example from a series that is aimed at a very young demographic.
  • Example from an extremely obscure late 1990s cartoon that has almost no episodes circulating online, and has a page only because That Troper was a fan of it as a kid.
  • Example of this trope being lampshaded Once an Episode in Phineas and Ferb.
  • Example from Shrek that is listed here instead of in the Films — Animated folder.

  • 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.

    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.
    • Me Too!! Lengthy personal anecdote.
  • 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 Internet Backdraft.
    • 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.
  • Example that doesn't actually belong in the Truth in Television 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.

  • 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!

Alternative Title(s): Trope Name, Next Trope, My Favorite Show


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