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As the title implies, this index is for pages that have been subject to memetic potholing. This has a tendency to happen to tropes that have a Stock Phrase as their title — hence the ban on new Stock Phrases — but it can happen to other tropes as well.

Normally, this is all in good fun, but Pothole Magnetism does, indeed, have its dark side. There have been tropes that have died horrible, painful deaths due to Pothole Magnetism gone mad (often when not even used correctly). In less extreme cases, it can cause a trope to be renamed.


Special mention: Please consider that for tropers/readers that have been frequenting the wiki for even a few days, there is nothing remotely original or new about potholing understatements to Understatement, stealth puns to Stealth Pun, running gags to Running Gag, overused running gags to Overused Running Gag, and so on. It has been done to death. It has become repetitive and predictable, and repetitiveness and predictability kill humour. In other words, don't require a link jump to make the joke work. It doesn't. Ever.

This is why many tropes are now In-Universe Examples Only, as that excludes potholing without works that use these tropes.

See also: Overdosed Tropes, Tropes of Legend, Square Peg, Round Trope.

Former Pothole Magnets that had their wicks cleaned up:

  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: Users put or potholed this to a page whenever something is announced that makes the fandom rejoice. As a consequence, it's now under a wick ban.
  • Understatement: Formerly used by editors to point proudly at their own understatement - or, worse, sinkholed into lines which demonstrated the polar opposite of understatement. Was incorrectly potholed on over 8700 pages before a concerted effort to clean it up was made between August and October of 2011. When the clean-up was done, the correct wicks numbered about 600. A second clean-up began in May of 2012 when incorrect potholes began to increase the total wicks above 900 again.

Tropes that have been renamed due to misguided Pothole Magnetism:

  • The "Artistic License - X" tropes were like this because they used to be known as "You Fail X Forever" and "X Does Not Work That Way."
  • Comically Missing the Point: Formerly known as Completely Missing The Point. This caused the trope to be misused as a pothole for any statement that missed the point.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Its original title was simply Or Is It?, which attracted misuse as a Stock Phrase and Verbal Tic. The old name was turned into a deliberate redlink, and later, a normal redlink.
  • From Bad to Worse: Originally titled It Got Worse, which attracted misuse that got worse and worse.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Formerly Incredibly Lame Pun, which was just a generic pun pothole target before it became a trope. The trope was renamed to isolate the pothole magnet from the trope.
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre: Formerly known as Nudge Nudge, and before that, If You Know What I Mean. Because of that, double entendres that pothole to this article were more common than grass. This led to a cleanup effort dedicated to removing these sinkholes.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Was originally named What Do You Mean, It's Not Awesome? It was changed due to being used as a generic pothole for things that were awesome.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Formerly known merely as No. Just... No, renamed because it was often potholed for when tropers' responses to something were a strong "NO", when it was supposed to refer to inuniverse instances of the Stock Phrase in reaction to a Squicky moment.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Was originally named This! Is! SPARTA! Statements. Like. This. Are almost guaranteed to be potholed to this article. Even entries that should have been potholed to the movie 300 were potholed to this trope.
  • Russian Reversal: Originally named In Soviet Russia, Trope Mocks You, which was misused as a meme.
  • Serial Escalation: Originally Beyond The Impossible. It got a Trope Transplant due to massive misuse as a pothole for anything that seemed impossible.
  • Stealth Pun: Originally Incredibly Lazy Pun. The old name saw a lot of misuse as a generic pun pothole, resulting in the trope being renamed and the old name being permanently redlinked.
  • Translation Train Wreck: Formerly known as Do Not Want. The article was cut and moved due to pothole misuse for things tropers found squicky.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Formerly known as I Got Better. The old name attracted a lot of misuse as a pothole for people or things "getting better" in general.
  • World of Pun: Formerly known as A Worldwide Punomenon. The original page was poorly defined and was incorrectly attracting troper pun potholes.
  • Zero-Context Example: Formerly known as X, Just...X, after a common format associated with this type of example. This, however, had the unfortunate side effect of having tropers potholing these examples to the page, despite the fact that the article's very purpose was to discourage them. This led to the article being deliberately redlinked, and later, renamed.

Articles that have joined the Permanent Red Link Club due to misguided Pothole Magnetism: