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Basic Trope: Your life now consists of reading and editing this site.

  • Straight:
    • You spend 6 hours a day here.
    • You finish reading a page and realize you need to be at work in 5 minutes.
    • You can't enjoy watching movies like you used to because you're aware of all the tropes they're using, thanks to TV Tropes.
  • Exaggerated:
    • You die of starvation because the time required to eat could be put to better use fixing other people's entries.
    • You do everything while here: You eat on TV Tropes, you drink on TV Tropes, when you sleep you dream of TV Tropes, and you even go on TV Tropes while on TV Tropes.
    • You rent time on the Cray supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to handle your TV Tropes tabbing.
    • You finish reading a page and realize you needed to be at work 23 hours and 55 minutes ago.
    • TV Tropes is the world-wide-web manifestation of all evil that kidnaps you and keeps you there until the end of time just For the Evulz.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • You didn't have anything better to do anyway.
    • Your addiction is worse than you think and you need to talk to a counselor.
    • You already have an internet addiction. TV Tropes just happens to be your latest preferred website.
    • You happen to find TV Tropes really interesting, amusing, and you want to share your knowledge of your favourite media a lot.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • You spend quite a bit of time at this website, but it actually enhances your life instead.
    • Alternatively: TV Tropes did ruin your life. But it sucked anyway and now you can start a new one.
    • The site has made you Genre Savvy enough to realize its effect, so now you won't visit it any more.
  • Double Subverted: ...which makes you continue coming to this site for longer and longer periods of time, until you discover you've spent eight hours pressing "random article."
  • Parodied:
    • You read one article and the next thing you know 80 years have passed and you've read every single page on the wiki.
    • Writing blues songs about your spouse, children and dog leaving you because you're always reading TV Tropes, losing your job and being evicted. And now you're sitting in the street, still troping from a web-enabled cellphone.
    • You realized how much TV Tropes ruins lives, and vowed to fight its evil influence, and free the trapped minds it holds in its thrall!
    • You accidentally come here, and close the tab immediately, and apparently 80 years have passed.
    • TV Tropes causes an apocalypse because everyone is spending all their time on there, causing society to cease functioning.
  • Zig Zagged: You find yourself devoting too much time to TV Tropes, and do something to prevent that. Then you slowly begin to circumvent/forget/ignore that, until you're back to your old ways. So you put down another countermeasure...
  • Averted: You read and enjoy articles, and make the occasional edit, but it has no adverse effects on your social life.
  • Enforced: The government makes it illegal to come here, so you end up in jail.
  • Lampshaded: Telling your friends about how TV Tropes ruined your life.
  • Invoked:
    • You introduce your worst enemy to TV Tropes to ruin their life.
    • TV Tropes is part of a sinister conspiracy to mollify the public and keep everyone busy (along with TV and videogames).
    • Like the worst enemy above, a Genre Savvy troper knows the sites addictive qualities to beat the Big Bad by slightly mentioning the site during a confrontation. Not just invoked, but weaponized!
  • Exploited: Your greatest enemy uses your addiction to this website so that he can steal your belongings while you're at home.
  • Defied: You force your internet browser to block
  • Discussed: What this page and its parent entry are all about.
  • Conversed: Discussing TV Tropes on a forum.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • ...but it turns out the long amount of time you spend on TV Tropes was just a symptom of depression, not the cause. After getting treatment for your depression, you thereafter only devote a reasonable amount of time to the wiki. Your vocabulary is shot, though.
    • At one time when you go on TV Tropes while the server crashed, you yell "I'M FREE!"
    • But then people realize the value of moderation. You can still trope on Sundays!
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama:
    • Your wife divorces from you, you lost your job but you couldn't stop troping. You begin to sell your clothes and furnitures to buy fast-food in order to not to interrupt your troping.
    • Moral Guardians attempt to ban TV Tropes to save the children.

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