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There are some pages whose images really don't portray their trope. Sometimes the image is a Visual Pun or other joke. Sometimes it's a literal restatement of the title. Other times the trope is too NSFW to portray normally. Other times it's a trope involving plot or characterization that's hard to portray in a picture.

This doesn't refer to images that are poor quality, or which barely represent the trope. If the image is completely inaccurate, you should go to the Image Pickin' forum. All the images here are deliberate examples.


Don't confuse this with The Treachery of Images. In many ways, this is the opposite of Just a Face and a Caption.

See also, This Index Is Not an Example, for Trope Namers.


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    Visual Puns 
  • Accentuate the Negative: A diacritic above a film negative. The caption complaining about the Visual Pun is an example, however.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: A diagram playing on the trope name, not An Aesop delivered at the last minute.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: It's a picture of a large cock, but not the type you'd expect.
  • Blind Date: A blind woman with a service dog, not a date between two people who don't know each other.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Oolong was a rabbit, but was never referred to as a "smeerp" or by any other fantastic name used to refer her taxonomic family.
  • Complete Monster: A pack of Monster energy drink, not a heinous villain with no redeeming qualities.
  • Dethroning Moment of Suck: Has a picture of a castle on fire, not the worst moment of a work.note 
  • Ear Trumpet: Nothing to do with real trumpets. They are a type of archaic hearing aids.
  • Flying Brick: A real flying brick is a Superhero that combines Flight with Super Strength, not an actual brick with wings.
  • Going Cold Turkey: An image of a turkey in the snow, not an attempt at avoiding an addiction.
  • Hardcore: Instead of something extreme or intense, it's a picture of an avocado core that is impossible to cut.
  • Hentai: As actual pictures of hentai are a no-no, the image is a picture of a hen wearing a necktie.
  • Horrible Hollywood: The trope is about the movie industry in Hollywood being depicted as a hotbed for corruption, inflated egos, and exploitation. The image metaphorically shows the Hollywood Sign in a partially decrepit state.
  • Hurricane of Puns: A single pun doesn't qualify as a hurricane, and the Visual Pun of a literal hurricane made of "pun"s is the only one in the image.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: Depicts someone eating a literal foot, instead of comparing a food's unpalatability with something no sane person would have eaten/tasted.
  • Kangaroo Court: A kangaroo as a judge presiding over a courtroom. As the trope refers to unfair judicial processes, there is no way to show it literally that would not just look like a courtroom.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: The trope is about a cynical hero. The picture is a knight figure crafted from lemons (thus wearing actual sour armor).
  • Kudzu Plot: It's an actual picture of the Kudzu plant, not a plot that doesn't resolve its questions.
  • Mauve Shirt: Just a mauve shirt with nobody wearing it, not a Red Shirt with enough characterization to make them stand out.
  • The Mole: The trope is about the villain joining the hero's team to stab them in the back in the future. The image is a group of actual molehills.
  • Necessary Weasel: Shows an actual weasel, not an illogical trope considered vital to a genre.
  • No True Scotsman: Liam Neeson in Rob Roy is only "no true Scotsman" (the trope is about someone redefining "member of group X" to mean "member of group X whom I approve of") in the sense that he's an example of Fake Nationality.
  • Paper Tiger: Shows a game card with an actual tiger made of paper, not someone who is proven to be weaker than first looks would hint at.
  • Permanent Red Link Club: A picture of Link in red clothes, not a page this wiki has purged forever (besides, that would kind of defeat the purpose of the club).
  • Power: Usually does not involve a button that turns something on or off.
  • Put on a Bus: Being written out of the show without being killed off usually does not involve an actual bus.
    • The Bus Came Back: Likewise, returning to a show doesn't typically involve departing from an actual bus.
    • Bus Crash: Offscreen deaths do not normally involve a literal bus crash.
    • Long Bus Trip: It's about characters who depart the show for long stretches of time, not lengthy buses.
    • Put on a Bus to Hell: It's about being written out of the show in an especially mean-spirited way, not about taking an actual bus to Hell.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: It's literally "(an) old hat", not something that was once considered trendsetting before it loses that appeal after being imitated so often.
  • Sinkhole: Shows cars collapsing into a hole on a street, rather than a misused Pot Hole.
  • Sock Puppet: Sockpuppet accounts on forums and wikis are usually not controlled by actual sockpuppets.
  • Sour Grapes Tropes: The index is about tropes demonstrating that what you desire doesn't always turn out well. The image is a literal picture of grapes.
  • Spoiler: A Visual Pun showing an Army Major named Spoiler, not a plot point that viewers don't want revealed.
  • Square Peg, Round Trope: Since it's impossible to actually illustrate trope misuse without using a lot of text, the image just shows a square peg being pushed into a round hole.
  • Straw Fan: A hand fan made of straw instead of how the makers of a work view the Unpleasable Fanbase.
  • Teeny Weenie: Since a straight example would be NSFW, the image is of some miniature hot dogs instead.
  • Walking Spoiler: Jason Fox's costume will spoil the heck out of the other characters, sure, but FoxTrot is too light on plot to have any characters that would spoil it.
  • The War on Straw: It's a picture of a literal strawman. The Strawmen referred to in the trope are fallacious arguments or stereotypes made to make the Author Tract look better in comparison.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's a picture of a mouse, not a plot point that isn't resolved.
  • Writer's Block: It's a block that you put on your desk and you can't write anymore! Well, it's not as though the abstract concept of "having difficulty writing" could be depicted directly.

    Not Really an Example 
They might look like an example at first glance, but they really don't fit.

These images aren't played seriously. Instead, they come from parodies.


These images might have qualified at one point, but not another. It might be a case of Subverted Trope, Depending on the Writer, or Zig-Zagging Trope.

    Other Examples 
  • Mary Sue: Just a picture of a name button, not an actual Sue.

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