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Papers... papers everywhere...

Index for paper stuff: letters, documents, contracts, reports, homework, notes, messages, notebooks, posters, newspapers, toilet paper and so on, and various related plots.

Compare Bookish Tropes, Box Tropes, Mail and Delivery Tropes and Photography and Illustration.

Badass on Paper, Paper Cutting, Paper People and Paper Tiger are unrelated.

Art, crafting, creating and stuff made of paper


Contracts and documents

Letters and messages



Paper bags


Toilet paper

  • Only Useful as Toilet Paper: A piece of writing is considered so poor that its only good use is for wiping your ass or some other purpose that involves defiling the paper.
  • Toilet Paper Prank: A prank where you wrap rolls of toilet paper around everything.
  • Toilet Paper Trail: Someone leaves the bathroom with a piece of toilet paper stuck to their foot.
  • There Will Be Toilet Paper: People who cut themselves shaving always use bits of toilet paper to stop the bleeding.


Written assignments and homework

  • Completely Off-Topic Report: A student is asked to write a paper, but somehow has it written on a subject that has nothing to do with the topic that was assigned.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: A student who neglected to do their homework (frequently something written on paper) avoids getting in trouble by claiming their dog ate the homework.
  • Writing Lines: The lines can be assigned to be written into a notebook/piece of paper.