A {{trope}} is a storytelling device or convention, a shortcut for describing situations the storyteller can reasonably assume the audience will recognize. Tropes are the means by which a story is told by anyone who has a story to tell. We collect them, for the fun involved.

Tropes are not the same thing as cliches. They may be brand new but seem trite and hackneyed; they may be thousands of years old but seem fresh and new. They are not bad, they are not good; {{tropes are tools}} that the creator of a work of art uses to express their ideas to the audience. It's pretty much impossible to create a [[JustForFun/TheTropelessTale story without tropes]].

Here is a list of indexes, split into conceptual groups. At the bottom of each trope page you will find a convenient '''Next''' or '''Previous''' link that allows browsing alphabetically. [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pagelist_having_pagetype_in_namespace.php?n=Main&t=trope This is a long list of all tropes we have already catalogued]]. You may, however, want to take along a supply of NarniaTime in either case.

!Main Indexes:
+ '''GenreTropes'''
+ '''MediaTropes'''
+ '''NarrativeTropes'''
+ '''TopicalTropes'''

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!!Other Indexes:
+ {{Administrivia}} %%Just so that this page appears on an index.%%
+ AudienceReactions
+ BooksOnTrope
+ TheContributors
+ CreatorSpeak
+ {{Creators}}
+ DerivativeWorks
+ {{Fandom}}
+ FlameBait
+ {{Forgotten Trope}}s
+ {{Formats}}
+ {{Genres}}
+ InformationDesk
+ JustForFun
+ LanguageIndices
+ LawsAndFormulas
+ {{Media}}
+ MetaConcepts
+ MoreLikeAFootnoteThanAnythingElse
+ {{Networks}}
+ TheOldestOnesInTheBook
+ OmnipresentTropes
+ OverdosedTropes
+ {{Snowclones}}
+ SubWiki
+ TropeOverdosed
+ {{Tropes}} %%Just so that this page appears on an index.%%
+ TropeTropes
+ {{Trivia}}
+ JustForFun/TropesOfLegend
+ TruthInTelevision
+ UniversalTropes
+ UsefulNotes
+ WikiTropes
+ {{Works}}
+ [[YMMV.HomePage Your Mileage May Vary]]