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So you've just watched the Best Episode EVER, and simply have to add it on to TV Tropes. So what do you do? Add just the trope name to the series page... but while you're logged in you might as well put in a nice little description. But what about all those other listed tropes with no descriptions? It can't hurt to Entry Pimp it a little... Then there's the tropes listed themselves, perhaps explaining the examples there would help enrich that trope as well? And before you know it, an afternoon is gone. But that's another trope.


This is a Wiki trope, specifically a TV Tropes Wiki trope. This is the level of explanation given to each example in a "this show provides examples of" list. It's independent of the number of tropes listed. At one extreme is just a list of tropes; at the other extreme are paragraph-long descriptions that are dripping with either spoiler tags or dialogue quotes. In between these extremes is a trope listing of who is what - a character type followed by character name, or a plot trope followed by episode name.

It's notable that sometimes an example of a trope gets added to the trope page, sometimes to the show page, and sometimes both. Also interesting is when a show page has a mix of types - some tropes on the list get no description, some get the brief description, some get the long one.

Generally, Trope Overdosed series will tend towards no or light descriptions (but considering the fanbase, that's no guarantee of brevity). Perhaps sadly, little known series with small entries will themselves have little or no trope explanations. Additionally, newer released media, especially blockbuster movies or popular TV series and anime, will tend towards heavy density (as well as Natter and Justifying Edits, but that's another trope altogether) while older media will be lighter either due to a lower number of tropers having seen/read/played/listened to the media or due to fewer being enthusiastic about it.


The Example Explanation Density is usually a result of some of the following considerations, particular to individual tropers.

  • A short explanation of how each trope is used or just the name of the character the trope applies to, unless for whatever reason the explanation is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • On the trope page, a detailed enough description that someone unfamiliar with the show can understand why the trope applies. (Note that sometimes - like for most Title Tropes and Naming Conventions - this can be extremely brief.)
  • On the series page, enough to jog the memory of someone who is familiar with the show - generally this means just a character or episode name, or maybe a fragment of dialogue.
  • Unless the series is really Trope Overdosed, both should exist, to aid in wiki-connectivity.

An interesting experiment for tropers who are sunned is: Charting whether dense descriptions on show pages mean less coverage on the trope page (since it's already covered) or more because of the Entry Pimp factor.




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