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"Oh my god! TV Tropes used one of my quotes!"
Linkara, review on Daredevil #306 (once again using one of his quotes)

It's no surprise that the TV Tropes Wiki is one of the most popular websites on the Internet,note  and, equally, it's no surprise that other webpages want to give us a Shout-Out, or that we would want to return the favor by shouting back to the pages that reference us.

Also see Weirdest Inbound Link of the Day.

Note: Many terms and concepts used on this site have been around since before this site ever even existed, so be sure to check if a reference is definitely about this website before adding it as an example. A mention of the name TV Tropes would count, but just the word "trope", even in the sense we use it, wouldn't.

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  • Black, White and Shades of Mediochre features a character named Xanatos Gambit. No, really. First name Xanatos, second name Gambit. Since the character is a Nerd in Evil's Helmet and the author reads TV Tropes, the reference is certainly intentional.
  • A brief one in book five of Charles Stross's The Laundry Files, The Rhesus Chart. A mathematician who was given a certain line of calculations to visualize wakes up to find himself unusually photosensitive, possessed of superhuman reflexes and mind-warping abilities, invisible in the mirror...and thirsty for blood. Naturally, his reaction after calming down from a rather understandable freakout is to check Wikipedia and TVTropes for information on vampires.
  • We Can't Rewind thanks TV Tropes on its Acknowledgements page "for bringing me considerable insight into just how thin the barrier between fiction and reality truly is."
  • Gary Karkofsky, protagonist of The Supervillainy Saga mentions TV tropes and specific tropes several times during his adventures. C.T. Phipps is notably a troper on the site.

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  • TV Tropes began with covering Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which would mention tropes by name throughout the series. With the release of Season Ten Episode 4 in the comics, it's come full circle with Willow and Andrew discussing Dark Willow as a trope where it becomes a Running Gag, before Andrew says he's not Captain Obvious and Spike goes I Need a Freaking Drink.

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  • Changeling: The Lost, in the sourcebook Swords at Dawn, details Talecrafting, a way Changelings can tweak fate to force life to follow story conventions, such as the Rule of Three, the Evil Stepmother, or the elderly mentor. Guess what site they reference as a good place to find inspiration?
  • Fate: Core system (link) has the following advice about the setting for a Fate game:
    If you're inventing a setting, you have more work cut out for you. It's beyond the scope of this chapter to tell you how to make a setting; we're assuming you already know how to do that if that's what you're choosing to do. (Besides, we live in a vast world of media. See if you don't believe us.)

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Alternative Title(s): TV Tropes In Other Wikis, Notable References To TV Tropes, Trope Named