[[{{Meta}} Tropes about tropes]]. It is easy to get this confused with a category for tropes that share some commonality or are tropes that are particularly universal. That's not what this is about. It is about how tropes [[TropeMakers come into existence]], live, mutate, [[EvolvingTrope evolve]], and [[ForgottenTrope die]].

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!!Tropes:

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* AvertedTrope: The trope is not used in a situation where one would expect it.
* BaitAndSwitch: Subversion as humor.
* CharacteristicTrope: Trope becomes discredited due to audience associating it with a certain show.
* ConversationalTroping: Tropes are discussed between multiple people within a work.
* CyclicTrope: The trope alternates between being played straight and discredited.
* DeadHorseTrope: Not only is the trope discredited, but the parodies, subversions, etc. are more common and well-known than straight use ever was.
* DeadUnicornTrope: The so-called DeadHorseTrope was never used seriously to begin with.
* DeconstructedTrope: Trope is played straight, but with realistic consequences.
* DefiedTrope: "You thought we were going to use this trope? Hell no!"
* DiscreditedTrope: A trope that no one plays straight anymore, lest they face ridicule.
* DiscussedTrope: A trope is discussed within the work.
* DoubleSubversion: The trope looks like it's going to be subverted, but is then played straight.
* DownplayedTrope: The trope is played straight, but to a lesser degree than most uses.
* EnforcedTrope: Tropes that are forced into a work by an outside source (usually those in charge or MoralGuardians), even if the writer didn't want to include them.
* Administrivia/EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones: Trope names that are too similar.
* EvolvingTrope: The trope evolves after a period of disuse and become relevant again.
* ExaggeratedTrope: Trope is played straight, with over-the-top results.
* ExploitedTrope: A character is aware of a trope and tries to take advantage of it.
* ForgottenTrope: A trope that no one uses at all anymore.
* GenderInvertedTrope: Trope specific to one gender is used with the other in mind.
* ImpliedTrope: Trope is hinted at, but not shown happening.
* IntendedAudienceReaction: When an AudienceReaction is intentionally invoked by the authors or creators.
* InvertedTrope: The opposite of what one expects is done.
* InvokedTrope: Character sets up a trope on purpose.
* JustifiedTrope: Trope is given a good reason for occurring.
* LampshadeHanging: Illogical trope is mocked in-universe.
* LogicalExtreme: Trope is pushed to its logical limit, without exaggeration.
* NecessaryWeasel: Trope makes no sense, but it feels too natural to the medium to stop using it.
* NewerThanTheyThink: This isn't as old as most people think it is.
* Administrivia/NotADeconstruction: Misuses of "deconstructed" within the TV Tropes site.
* Administrivia/NotASubversion: Misuses of "subverted" within the TV Trope site.
* OlderThanTheyThink: This has been around far longer than you think.
* OmnipresentTropes: Tropes that are present in pretty much all fiction, usually by necessity.
* OverdosedTropes: Tropes that are present in nearly all media, but not by necessity.
* ParodiedTrope: Trope is made fun of.
* PetPeeveTrope: Tropes that piss off the audience.
* PlayedForDrama: Trope is meant to be taken seriously.
* PlayedForLaughs: Trope is meant to be comedic.
* PlayingWithATrope: The different ways in which a trope can be used.
* SisterTrope: Tropes that share similar ideas.
* SpoileredRotten: Tropes that are spoilers by default.
* SquarePegRoundTrope: Tropes that are frequently misused within the TV Tropes site, to the point of TropeDecay.
* SubTrope: Specific variant of one trope is common enough to become its own trope.
* SubvertedTrope: Trope looks like it's going to be played straight, but the writer does something else instead.
* SuperTrope: The broader category that multiple tropes fall under.
* {{Trope}}: The conventions and tools used to tell stories.
* TropeBreaker: Something that renders a trope useless.
* TropeDecay: Trope has lost its meaning due to misuse.
* TropeEnjoymentLoophole: When (and perhaps why) something that's a PetPeeveTrope doesn't piss somebody off, or the inverse.
* TropeGrid: Confused on which trope should be used? Here's some clarity.
* {{Troperiffic}}: Work uses a lot of different tropes.
* TropersBlock: Troper is confused about tropes and their usage.
* Administrivia/TropeNamerSyndrome: Trying too hard to create the next big Trope Namer in YKTTW usually means you're forgetting something important in the process.
* Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible: Tropes have far more room and variation than some would think.
* TropesAreTools: Tropes are not bad, nor good. Just devices used to entertain.
* TropesInAggregate: Meta-tropes that become apparent when looking at the whole genre or fiction in general..
* TropeTelegraphing: "I know exactly what will happen next because of this trope."
* UndeadHorseTrope: The trope is constantly played with or scoffed at, but still sees enough straight use to avoid becoming a DeadHorseTrope.
* UnbuiltTrope: Trope deconstructed before it was even constructed.
** UnbuiltTrope/{{Literature}}
* ZigZaggingTrope: Trope is played with in multiple ways.
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