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  • Quickly Demoted Leader was once "The Obi Wrong", a misleading and underused pun on The Obi-Wan (which itself is no longer a trope).
  • Quip to Black used to be "Grissom One Liner" after Gil Grissom from CSI. The old name required people to know the Grissom character, who was perhaps not the best known example even within the CSI universe. In turn, CSI was not the originator of the trope. Finally, the strong internet meme surrounding the CSI: Miami (Horatio Caine) version makes it all too easy to mistake the trope for the meme and vice versa.
  • Quirky Bard was renamed from "Spoony Bard" because the old name was a confusing Final Fantasy IV reference.

  • Raised Catholic used to be "Good Catholic", which was noted was a pretty poor description of the trope.
  • Raise Him Right This Time used to be "Second Chance", which could refer to all sorts of things that are not this trope.
  • Random Drop was "Randomly Drops", but a noun is more convenient for the trope than a verb.
  • Rape Portrayed as Redemption was formerly Rape as Redemption; it was changed because the old name could be misconstrued as supporting rape.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy used to be called "Comedy Through Superior Firepower".
  • Rapid-Fire Name Guessing was formerly known as "Tom? Dick?" "My Name is Harry!"
  • Rascally Raccoon was formerly "Everything's Rascally with Raccoons". Changed because animal stereotype tropes shouldn't have "Everything's Better With" names.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin used to be "Black and White Beauty". The name was changed so it would be more clear that the trope was about a beauty standard.
  • Reality-Breaking Paradox was renamed from "Divide By Zero" due to ambiguity concerns.
  • Real Joke Name was renamed from "Klutz the Surgeon", which didn't make it clear at all what the trope was about. Even before it was "Mulligan the Headsman", which was maybe even less explicit.
  • Really Gets Around used to be called "Miss Yo Yo Knickers", until the prudes found out. Changed to be gender neutral as well.
  • Recurring Extra was known by "Yuppie Couple" which sounded like a completely different trope.
  • Recycled In Space used to be just "IN SPACE", until it got overused.
  • Recycled Trailer Music was once "The Elfman Effect". Not a reference to Jenna Elfman of Dharma & Greg, nor to the Danny Elfman / Tim Burton collaborations, nor to the The Simpsons theme overshadowing Danny's other work. Readers who got the right Elfman had to then guess it meant that he is one of a number of composers whose music appears in trailers for films other than the one it was composed for.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over was known as "Red and Black, Keep Back". It was renamed to become more clear on what the trope was about.
  • Redemption Demotion was renamed from "Heel Face Downgrade", which itself used to be Good Is Dumb (the latter's meaning changed to fit the title more).
  • Regenerating Health used to be "Walk It Off". Renamed to make the connection between the trope and name clearer.
  • Regional Bonus was once "PAL Bonus", but was renamed to include bonus content from any regional version of a product.
  • Reliably Unreliable Guns was "Shur Fine Guns", after an apparently-notorious producer of Bland-Name Product foods. Renamed for clarity.
  • The Remnant was formerly known as "The Undefeated", which sounds like another trope entirely.
  • Renamed Tropes itself used to be "Former Trope Namer", making this a Self-Demonstrating Article. It was changed to put more emphasis on the renaming itself than just the old names. It helps that a lot of old names don't have a Trope Namer.
  • Repeating Ad was renamed from "Ad Nauseam" due to a) it being an complainy name and b) the collision with Argumentum Ad Nauseam.
  • Repeating so the Audience Can Hear was originally named "So What You Are Saying". It was renamed because it had nothing to do with the trope it described and sounded like a generic line of dialogue rather than a legitimate trope.
  • Repetitive Audio Glitch was formerly called "Like a Broken Record". The trope was renamed to be more in line with the actual definition (which is not metaphorical) and to avoid confusion with Broken Record (which is metaphorical).
  • Replacement Flat Character was once "The Niles". Renamed for being an obscure and underused character-named trope.
  • Resignations Not Accepted used to be "You Can Never Leave". The "Hotel California" reference obscured the meaning of the trope a little.
  • The Rest Shall Pass was originally "I Got This", a vague Stock Phrase that's applicable to far more situations than just this trope.
  • Retroactive Preparation was once the opaque "Wyld Stallyns Rule", which was named from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure where a case of Retroactive Preparation leads to the principle being arbitrarily after a band. The new name hints at time travel hi-jinx.
  • Reverse Escort Mission was once "Protectorate Player". It was renamed to clarify that it is an inverse of Escort Mission.
  • Rhetorical Request Blunder used to be "Rid Me of This Priest" — from a famous oral tradition surrounding Henry II. His words were interpreted as an order to kill Thomas Becket — which they may not have been. The reference was quite opaque to some, others mistook it to mean the trope was about priests. The trope was also clarified as being broader than murders, but always a statement not intended as a request.
  • Ridiculous Exchange Rates was renamed from "Funny Money" to curb the literal misuse.
  • Rightful King Returns was once "Return of the King" but it was getting confused with Tolkien's work.
  • Rise to the Challenge wasn't really renamed from an existing trope, but a similar trope had existed prior to The Great Crash as "Rising Death From Below".
  • Road Trip Plot was formerly two tropes: "Road Movie" and "Road Trip Episode". Both are merged to make it less medium-specific.
  • Rogue Juror was formerly known as "Twelve Angry Men", named for a work which centered around such a plot. It was renamed so that the former name could be used to refer to the work itself.
  • Role Reprise was renamed from "Role Reprisal" as the word "reprisal" has no connection to the proper term "reprise".note 
  • Romantic False Lead was originally "The Paolo", after the character from Friends. Renamed because it required knowledge of a specific work and out of a general trend away from "The X" trope titles.
  • Romanticized Abuse was formerly "Abusively Sexy". It was renamed because the original name suggested that the abuse could be a good thing.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor was formerly "George Lucas Love Story" after the poorly received romantic subplot in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. It was renamed because making titles just to be a Take That! against a single work isn't very good form and it's very likely the name will stop being topical. It was also determined that most George Lucas stories don't suffer from this trope.
  • Romantic Runnerup was renamed from "The Baxter" (from The Apartment), to avoid a "The X" name.
  • Rousing Speech was formerly two separate tropes, Rousing Speech and Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, which were merged under the name of the former, until the latter title was made a page about the poem of the same name (sort of).
  • Rube Goldberg Device was renamed from "Robinson Goldberg Contraption" because a.) Heath Robinson and Rube Goldberg are two different people known for such devices, and b.) the term "Rube Goldberg Device" is in common use off-wiki, so there was no need to Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp".
  • The Ruins I Caused was renamed from "Above The Ruins" since it's not a pose trope.
  • Rule-Breaker Rule-Namer was renamed from "Skippy Rules" due to ambiguity.
  • Russian Naming Convention was originally "Trope, Son of Trope, Smith". An example of why the use of "trope" in trope names is discouraged.
  • Russian Reversal was formerly named "In Soviet Russia, Trope Mocks You", which was renamed due to misuse as a Pothole Magnet.
  • Russians with Rusting Rockets was formerly "Tricolours with Rusting Rockets". It was renamed because "Tricolour" can refer to a lot of different nations (esp. France). The new title also allows awesome alliteration.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates was renamed from "A Disgrace to Blackbeard" for clarity. The old name was confusing because Blackbeard was ruthless, but also romanticized.

  • Sacrificial Lion was "The Cedric", which not only spoils Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but is also not very specific.
  • Same Content, Different Rating was "Rated W for Why". Renamed due to overly-wide name.
  • Same Language Dub was "Milli Vanilli", but Milli Vanilli was repurposed for the pop group (which was re-cut as a poorly-written stub, then recreated).
  • Samurai Ponytail: Badass Longhair was split as part of the long-term badass clean-up. The two tropes it became are this one, and Barbarian Longhair.
  • Sarcasm-Blind was originally "Does Not Understand Sarcasm".
  • Satellite Love Interest was once "Shallow Love Interest" and, before that, used to be "Shallow Female Love Interest". The first time it was renamed was because the latter had kind of a sexist ring to it and it being anywhere close to "female only" has been discredited time and again. It was renamed again due to misuse for complaining about love interests tropers didn't like.
  • Satiating Sandwich used to be called "Everything's Satiating with Sandwiches" according to the discredited and completely unrelated "Everything's Better With X" snowclone family.
  • Scandalgate was originally "Gate Construction". It was renamed for the sake of the page having a clearer name, i.e. following the Watergate-originated X-gate snowclone trend for scandals.
  • Schmuck Banquet used to be "Goldilocks and the Mines of Moria", which did not accurately convey the trope.
  • Scenery Censor was Peek-A-Boo, which did not accurately convey the trope.
  • Scenic Tour Level was renamed from "Black Mesa Commute" for being a meaningless Half-Life reference.
  • Science Fantasy was once "Science Fiction Versus Fantasy", which was misused for literal conflicts between science fiction and fantasy and Fandom Rivalry. The new name indicates that it is about works incorporating science fiction and fantasy elements together. The long description about the differences between the two genres was moved to Analysis.Speculative Fiction.
  • Scrabble Babble was originally "Kwyjibo", a not-that-well-known reference to The Simpsons.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel was called "Sisyphus vs. Rock" after the legend about the man doomed to eternal toil with no meaning nor respite by having to roll a rock up and hill every day to just see it roll back down in the evening. Notice how that is not really related to the trope.
  • Searching the Stalls used to be "Stalling for Time" — a name that was mistaken as meaning, well, stalling for time more often than it was used to mean someone searching a series of bathroom stalls.
  • Sea Sinkhole was formerly known as "Circular Waterfall", which was renamed due to the previous name lacking clarity.
  • Second Season Downfall used to be called "One-Season Wonder", which enjoyed almost 100% misuse (either as "series that lasted one season or less" or "great character who only appeared in one season").
  • Secret History was originally Plausible Deniability. Both of these are existing phrases, but one of them refers to the correct concept, and one does not. The original page was put through a sort of reverse Launch Displacement and revamped to describe actual plausible deniability, while the original trope text was sent to TLP to eventually receive its new name.
  • Seemingly Profound Fool was previously "Chance the Gardener", but was renamed because it was being used to refer to the character from Being There.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation was renamed from "Chocolate Cornet" for being a Lucky Star reference that flew over the heads of the people that hadn't watched the anime.
  • Selective Enforcement was once "Flaming Cobra Sugar Cellar" (named by something happening on The Simpsons). Another case of an incomprehensible trope name, particularly since it wasn't named In-Universe (as evidenced by the use of a British English descriptor based on an American work).
  • Self-Constructed Being was called "Evil Seed Plot" for a short while after launching. We realized that it isn't limited to evil folk, seed-based regeneration or whole plots.
  • Send in the Search Team used to be called "Heart of Darkness" after the famous book Heart of Darkness, thereby taking up the name, which has its own page now; and it was decided not to name it after the work anyhow since the actual book is just as more well known for other tropes.
  • Sensei for Scoundrels was originally titled "The Tyler Durden". Again, character named trope.
  • Sentimental Music Cue was formerly "Full House Music".
  • Sequel Goes Foreign was originally called "Third Movie Goes to Asia", renamed to be less restrictive sounding as the location can be anywhere and not just in Asia.
  • Serial Escalation was originally "Beyond the Impossible". Renamed because it was being widely misused to mean anything that was impossible, or as a synonym for Up to Eleven. Beyond the Impossible has been redefined to the literal meaning.
  • Set Behind the Scenes, for whatever reason, was originally named Company Town.
  • Set Swords to "Stun" was formerly "Reverse Blade Sword" which has nothing to do with the trope.
  • Sexual Harassment and Rape Tropes was formerly "Rape Tropes", renamed to include a wider and more flexible scope.
  • The Shangri-La was renamed from "Shamgri La" because it's not about a fake of Shangri-La.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock was expanded from simply "Mode Lock" to help clarify that it is specific to Shapeshifting, and to prevent future confusion with Baleful Polymorph and/or Power Incontinence. It was being misused for these in approximately 25% of wikilinks.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product used to be "POP Station" after an example of the trope. Not something ordinary readers could be be expected to know. The new name tells it as it is.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy was once "The Poochie", after the character from a Show Within a Show in The Simpsons. Renamed for clarification.
  • Shoot the Dangerous Minion was once "Shoot The Dragon", a misleading snowclone of The Dragon that was also too narrow.
  • Shoplift and Die was originally named "Izchak's Wrath", after one of the shopkeepers of NetHack. This was renamed for being opaque and Trope Namer Syndrome-y, to "Easily Angered Shopkeeper", which had to be changed again after a while due to being insufficiently precise.
  • Short-Lived Aerial Escape was formerly "Renny Harlin Helicopter Explosion".
  • Sickbed Slaying was renamed from "If You Should Die Before You Wake" because the previous name was unclear and made finding a fairly common trope rather difficult.
  • Side-Effects Include... was renamed from "Yes, But What Does Zataproximetacine DO?" for ease of spelling reasons.
  • Sidekick Song used to be "Hakuna Matata" after a song in The Lion King. People were using it for Hakuna Matata (the life attitude) which is what the phrase is best known for, not for songs sung by sidekicks. Hakuna Matata, meanwhile, was recycled as a different trope.
  • The Silver Age of Comic Books was formerly known as "Silver Age". It was renamed because not only did it need to be changed to match the new names for Golden Age and Dark Age, but there were also references to the concept of a Silver Age independent of comic books.
  • Simultaneous Warning And Action was once Stand Back Hello, which required knowledge of Half-Life to understand.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor was once "Sixth Column". It was an exact duplicate of a work title. The work was not an example. The protagonist refers to the resistance movement as a Sixth Column: loyalists — the opposite of a traitorous fifth column.note  The new title clarifies the Sixth Ranger reference and avoids the indirect fifth column conflation (and misuse) by just saying they are a traitor.
  • Skyward Scream was originally known as "The Khan". It was changed because all other "The X" tropes were character tropes (the trope is a camera trick), and the Trope Namer wasn't even an example of the trope. As a result, "The Khan" is now a redirect for Say My Name.
  • Slave Collar used to be called "Chain of Command". It was renamed because it has nothing to do with chains and could be confused with The Chains of Commanding... or, for that matter, the chain of command, or the chain of command.
  • Sleuth Dates Cop was renamed from "Cop Boyfriend" because the trope is about the relationship and not a character type it was being abused for.
  • Sliding Scale of Adaptation Modification was once the negative "Sliding Scale Of Adaptation Decay"
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism used to be "...Versus Realism". It was changed because realism is the middle ground between idealism and cynicism.
  • Slipstream Genre was once "Slipstream". It was changed to clarify that it's about a subgenre and not literal slipstreams.
  • Slow Electricity was named "Power Slows" for about 30 minutes.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning was once "It Gets Better", which used to be "Get on with It Already". Originally it was renamed because the original name is solely indicative of Pacing Problems, and not the specific type of pacing problem the trope is about. However, the new name attracted a lot of misuse from people thinking it was about the events in a work rather than its quality, which prompted another rename.
  • Small Name, Big Ego was formerly known as "The Ted Baxter". The former was originally meant to be a Real Life counterpart of the latter, but that turned out to be a bad idea, so it was locked and kept exampleless for a long time. Eventually the two were merged using the definition of Ted Baxter and the more descriptive title of SNBE.
  • Smash Mook used to be "The Ogre". It was changed so The Ogre could redirect to Our Ogres Are Hungrier.
  • Smelly Skunk used to be "Everything's Smellier with Skunks". Changed because animal stereotype tropes shouldn't have "Everything's Better With" names.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting was renamed from "Cavalier Consumption" to be more clear, with "Appetite For Apathy" as an additional redirect.
  • The Snark Knight was originally "The Daria" after the eponymous show. It was renamed and slightly redefined after some confusion as to what the trope actually was, and the relative obscurity of the Daria character outside of the show's target demographic.
  • Sneeze Cut began life under the incredibly imprecise title of "Sneezing". It turns out sneezing has more than one purpose in fiction.
  • Snowclones was originally "Chekhov's Pun", but was being mistaken for a pun or joke used as Chekhov's Gun, and simply wasn't very clear.
  • Soap Within a Show used to be "All My Circuits", after the Show Within a Show soap opera in Futurama (whose title is a parody of All My Children). Renamed for requiring familiarity with Futurama.
  • Softer and Slower Cover used to be "The Vonda Shepard Treatment", after a singer who performed some Softer And Slower Cover versions of popular songs for Ally McBeal. It read like a character named trope and required specific fan-knowledge to work.
  • Sole Entertainment Option was originally "Easily Amused", which at least at one point suffered from complete misuse in wicks.
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear was originally "Wutai Theft", after an incident in Final Fantasy VII. Renamed to avoid the specific reference and because the trope is general enough to include cases that aren't deliberate theft.
  • Solve the Soup Cans was "Soup Cans" after a puzzle in The 7th Guest where a message must be spelt out using soup cans. It was renamed to give the sense of a weird puzzle to those unfamiliar with the reference.
  • The Something Force was formerly "Troper Force", but was renamed to not use the placeholder "troper".
  • Something Only They Would Say was "As You Wish" after a quote from The Princess Bride. Changed to avoid mistaking the trope for "a declaration of love that doesn't include the word 'love'", which is what the quote is more commonly known for.
  • The Something Song was renamed from "The Trope Song" to not use the placeholder "trope".
  • Song Association was renamed from "Grand Theft Auto Effect" both because it didn't tell anything about the Audience Reaction and because Grand Theft Auto is better known for other aspects.
  • "Sorcerer's Apprentice" Plot used to be just "Sorcerers Apprentice", but when it wasn't being confused for a trope about The Apprentice to a sorcerer, it was being confused for the title of the film or the Disney animated short. Sharing the same title as a work was the nail in the coffin for the old name.
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job was renamed from "Super Slave Market" as it has nothing to do with slave markets or superpowered people.
  • Space Zone was once "Lylat System", a non-descriptive title that gave no clues to those who did not know the reference (the setting from Star Fox).
  • Spanner in the Works started life as Xanatos Gilligan, which required knowledge of two specific works and of the once-ubiquitous "Xanatos ____" snowclone in-joke system to understand. As a bonus, the current name is commonly used outside the site as well.
  • Speaking Like Totally Teen was once "Get a Load of That Square". Renamed because the old title sounded like a line of dialogue and was hard to search for.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal was formerly "The Dr. Dolittle". It was renamed for being character-named and not thriving.
  • Special Person, Normal Name was renamed from "Plain Name" as the latter was People Sit on Chairs.
  • Splash Damage Abuse was formerly "Hit the Helpless Hex". It was renamed for being an obscure term and having extremely poor performance, overall.
  • Spoken Word was renamed from "Plain Song" to reflect the prexisting term.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad was formerly named "Uchiha Syndrome" due to a commonly held belief that Sasuke Uchiha of Naruto derailed the series away from the title character.
  • Spot the Victim was formerly "Where's Deado". It was renamed for not thriving and for being unclear.
  • Sprint Shoes was formerly named "Bunny Hood" after the item from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (which appeared in Ocarina of Time but wasn't an example then).
  • Sprouting Ears was formerly named "Hyperspace Ears". Renamed after consensus that sprouting was a more appropriate description.
  • Square Race, Round Class was renamed from "Rogue Elephant" to clarify the trope's meaning and to try to deal with a lack of usage.
  • Staged Shooting was renamed from "Fake Gunshot" in order to clarify the distinction between it and False Gunshot.
  • Stalker with a Crush was originally "Bunny Boiler", a Fatal Attraction reference — renamed for not actually having a whole lot to do with the trope, both in the obvious surface sense and the fact that the character who popularized the phrase was more like a Yandere.
  • Stalking Is Love was formerly known as "Edward Cullen Syndrome" after a character from Twilight.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad was known as "Generic Evil Organization Squad". It was changed so the trope would sound less negative.
  • Standard '50s Father was formerly "Mister Cleaver" (from Leave It to Beaver).
  • Standard Human Spaceship was renamed from "ISO Standard Human Spaceship", probably since the "ISO" part was unnecessary.
  • Stating the Simple Solution used to be known as "Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?" The trope was renamed, and the old name reworked into a supertrope, because the name was far too easy to use as a troper Catchphrase, leading to massive amounts of misuse.
  • Status Quo Game Show was originally named "You Can't Win" after an in-universe game show from the John Ritter movie Stay Tuned which wasn't even an example.
  • Stealth Pun was formerly "Incredibly Lazy Pun" and got renamed when it ended up getting used for just any pun ever. Incredibly Lame Pun was initially created in an attempt to give the troper punmind a more appropriate target for that sort of thing, but it failed due to the very similar names and lack of its own real definition (that one ended up becoming a redirect to just Pun).
  • Stern Nun was formerly "Mother Penguin", after an example from The Blues Brothers. Renamed because of opaqueness.
  • Stewed Alive was formerly "Cannibal Cauldron".
  • Stopped Caring was formerly "I Don't Even Care". It was renamed for sounding like a line of dialogue and being non-indicative of the trope.
  • Stop Trick was changed from "Jeannie Cut", due to the latter being a work-based name and the former being an established term.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike was formerly named "Did a Korean Person Die?" after a single episode gag from 30 Rock.
  • Strange Secret Entrance was renamed from "Platform Nine and Three Quarters" to avoid Fan Myopia.
  • Straw Character was formerly named "Strawman Political".
  • Strawman Ball used to be "Idiot of the Week".
  • Strawman Has a Point was formerly named "The Strawman Strikes Back".
  • Straw Nihilist used to be "Nietzsche Wannabe".
  • Stupidity-Inducing Attack was stagnating under the name "Idiot Cannonball".
  • Sudden Downer Ending was formerly "Cerebus Ending" from Cerebus Syndrome. Renamed, because the Trope Namer wasn't an example.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That was formerly named "I Know Kung-Fu". It was renamed because it had nothing to do with knowing kung fu, which was confusing especially since we have the trope I Know Karate. I Know Kung-Fu is now a redirect to I Know Karate.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish was formerly "Talks to Squirrels" and got confused with Speaks Fluent Animal, which is the ability to talk to animals in general.
  • Suggestive Collision used to be "Gravity Is a Harsh Seductress", an overdone snowclone of Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress. Gravity is not luring people to a harsh fate.
  • Superhero Gods used to be "Super Gods". It was renamed for clarity.
  • Superhero Trophy Shelf was once "Super Trophy Super Rack", which was unclear about the meaning.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes was formerly "Eyes of Gold". It was renamed due to misuse to refer to any character that has golden eyes, regardless of whether they indicate supernatural origins.
  • Supernatural-Proof Father was once "Dad's Afraid of No Ghosts". First, that's a stock phrase, and second it's about not believing him — not seeing them and not being afraid.
  • Superpower Silly Putty once was "Twenty-Four-Hour Super Power". That page is now a redirect to Superpowers For A Day.
  • Supporting Leader was "The Aragorn", renamed because it was named after a character.
  • Surprise Incest used to be called Incest Is Relative. The former pun-based name was too vague to really suggest what the trope was about, thus the rename, and Incest is Relative was turned into an index for all tropes about incestuous relations in fiction.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death was formerly "Deadly Guest". It was renamed because the trope is a specific kind of death trope rather than a character one and the previous name was causing some misuse because of that.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands was formerly named "Palantir Ploy" but was changed due to being rather obscure even to those who have read The Lord of the Rings.
  • Surveillance Drone was formerly "Magic Cam". It was renamed because the trope has nothing to do with magic.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song was "The Jimmy Hart Version" for a long time, named after a professional wrestling manager who would write those kind of songs. Obviously, it was needlessly obtuse to anyone outside of the wrestling fandom.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute used to be "Jonas Quinn", after a Stargate SG-1 example.
  • Swarm of Rats was formerly known as "Squeaking Carpet" and was renamed for clarity.
  • Swiss Cheese Security used to be "Lex Luthor Security". It was named for a character in a shared universe that only sometimes displayed this trope.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist was "Inspector Zenigata", changed because it was named after a character.



  • Vampire Dance used to be "Blood on the Dance Floor", but since blood is related to more than just vampires (and didn't have much to do with the trope, anyway), the trope was renamed.
  • Vanilla Protagonist used to be an excessively negative "Designated Protagonist Syndrome".
  • Vanishing Village used to be "Brigadoon", after the musical play of that name. Changed to avoid conflicting with the work title.
  • Verbal Tic used to be known as "Spoon Speaker", after the catchphrase of The Tick, who wasn't actually an example.
  • [Verb] This! was "Dodge This" after a line in The Matrix, but some examples missed that the emphasis is on the second word, and were about dodging instead of "___ this!".
  • Vertical Mecha Fins was "Eva Fins" (after Neon Genesis Evangelion), which was easily confused both with mecha fins in general as well as with other meanings of "Eva".
  • Vetinari Job Security was "Vetinari Paradox", which wasn't that paradoxical if you think about it — only hard to pull off at the start.
  • V-Formation Team Shot was formerly "Justice League Shot" but was renamed to be less work-specific and less opaque.
  • Victor Gains Loser's Powers was "Your Defeat Means I Obtain Your Powers". The original name was created with only clarity in mind, but many people thought it could be easily improved.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind was launched as "The Viral", after a character in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The page was renamed because the word "Viral" has meanings which are more common than the the character name.
  • The Villain Makes the Plot was once "The Law of Bruce", which failed the One Mario Limit. Are we talking Lee, Springsteen, Willis, Banner, Campbell, Wayne, Almighty or Robert the Bruce? (Answer is the third.) The title failed to provide context: readers who guessed the Bruce were no nearer to the trope.
  • Villain Over for Dinner was renamed from "Did Mom Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?" to get rid of the dialoguey title and because it's not necessarily about a powerful being.
  • Villains Blend in Better was "Antagonists Assimilate", name was stretched to keep unused Transformers Quote.
  • Villain's Dying Grace was renamed from the non-indicative "My Revenge Is Mercy".
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid used to be "Innocence Virgin on Stupidity". It was changed to be more transparent, as most people didn't get the pun note  and simply thought the title had bad grammar.
  • Visions of Another Self was originaly masquerading as "Flashback Echo"; the new name is much more accurate to the description and allows a broader interpretation of the trope. A relaunched Flashback Echo ought to refer to the flashback version of Ironic Echo or Meaningful Echo, which is what some people thought this trope was under the old name.
  • Vulgar Humor used to be "Refuge in Vulgarity". It was renamed due to attracting complaining about works that employ this trope.

  • Wackyland was once called "Magicant", an area from EarthBound. It was renamed to be less obtuse and more encompassing.
  • Wake-Up Fighting was once called "Rude Awakening". Another case of taking a commonly used phrase and using it as something that wasn't the trope, causing underuse and misuse.
  • Waking Up Elsewhere was renamed from "Waking Up in Vegas" because the trope was much broader than the former name made it seem... and because the Trope Namer wasn't even an example.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency was once "Virtue Is Its Own Reward", which sounded too much like another name for Think Nothing of It.
  • Watch It Stoned used to be called "Everything's Better on Drugs", which implied a connection to the unrelated and discredited "Everything's Better With X" family.
  • The Watson was formerly both "The Sarah Jane" and "The Rick", named after a companion from Doctor Who and a character from Magnum, P.I., respectively. They were merged and renamed because "The Rick" is just flat out too vague, the distinction between the two was too subtle, and Watson from Sherlock Holmes is well-known outside of Science Fiction and Eighties TV fandom.
  • Waxing Lyrical was formerly "Don't Sing Along If You Don't Know the Words". It was changed because it was too long and not at all descriptive of what the trope was actually about.
  • Way Past the Expiration Date was renamed from "Best Before Decade" for being meaningless. It wasn't even the original name of the YKTTW.
  • Weather Manipulation was renamed from "Power of the Storm" for being too ambiguous.
  • Webcomic Time has been itself for quite some time, but "That Night Felt Like Months" was lumped with it.
  • What Were They Selling Again? was once known as "Distracted by the Shiny". It was changed because the trope name led people to believe this was a trope about characters being distracted by shiny things, which Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! now covers.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad? was originally "Cat's in the Cradle"; the new title is a lyric from the song which also provided the name of the old title. It was changed to clarify the meaning of the trope.
  • White Hair, Black Heart was renamed from "White-Haired Pretty Boy" due to constant misuse and because the trope is more about traits than characters.
  • White Magician Girl was originally "Staff Chick", which underwent lots of misuse with people adding examples that played the role of healers but didn't match the personality (you might be looking for Healing Hands, The Medic or White Mage for more general cases) or worse, people assuming the staff to be the crucial aspect of this trope. The new name also matches this trope's Black Mage counterpart, Black Magician Girl.
  • Wicked Weasel was originally titled "Everything's Better with Weasels", a snowclone of the discredited "Everything's Better With X" family. As with several similarly named tropes, the earlier name encouraged a list of all weasels regardless of portrayal.
  • Wife Husbandry was originally titled "Hikaru Genji Plan" but was changed since the latter was too obscure to those not knowing said work.
  • Wimp Fight used to be called "Zero Chops".
  • Wimpification was originally called "Ukefication"; it was changed to remove Gratuitous Japanese and because the trope was not actually about relative positions in a relationship as much as the stereotypes that went with them.
  • Windows of the Soul was originally "She Then Saw the Glint of Triumph in His Eyes", which was too long and unwieldy.
  • Word Salad Title is now the primary name for "Super Punk Octo Pudding Gas Mark Seven" instead of a redirect. This is because the original name was too hard to remember and spell, couldn't be used in a sentence, and didn't make all that much sense (which was both a problem and the entire point).
  • World of Pun was "A Worldwide Punomenon": The original trope was very poorly defined and was being incorrectly used as a Pothole Magnet for puns; when the definition was clarified and tightened, the name was changed to reflect that and to help reduce misuse.
  • World of Weirdness was "Planet Eris", which didn't have anything to do with the various meanings of the word "eris".


  • Yarling was called "Nose Yodeling" and was renamed because Yarling is the more accepted term.
  • YMMV (short for "Your Mileage May Vary") used to be called "Subjective Tropes". But tropes, by definition, are not subjective, so it was briefly renamed to just "Subjectives", until we eventually settled on "YMMV" because people say "YMMV" more than "it is subjective", and because YMMV is an easy to remember namespace.
  • You Are Too Late was formerly "Thirty Five Minutes Ago" after a line from Watchmen comic book series. It was renamed because it was not only completely opaque and unsearchable, but also a major spoiler.
  • You Just Told Me was originally named "Rumplestiltskin Ploy"; renamed because the former Trope Namer is not an example.
  • Youkai was formerly "Yokai", with the latter now redirecting to the former, because the former is more correct according to standard transliteration conventions.
  • You Know Who Said That? was renamed from "And Now You Know the Rest of the Story" because the trope name was an obscure reference that didn't even fit the definition.
  • Young Conqueror was renamed from "The Alexander" because the name "Alexander" alone was not distinctive enough to clearly refer to Alexander the Great. Further, while Alexander the Great is noted for conquering a large part of the (known to him) world, the fact that he started out as a teenager is less widely known.
  • Your Mom was originally named "Yo Mommas a Trope", which was perhaps the ugliest use ever of the word "trope" as a placeholder in a trope name.
  • You Shouldn't Know This Already began life as "Ocarina Playlist", a Zelda reference that flew over people's heads even if they had played the game, since the name referred to a mechanic one step removed from the trope.
  • You Will Know What to Do used to be "When The Time Comes You Will Know What To Do".
  • Yuri Fan was formerly "Yuri Fanboy". It was changed because too many of the examples and Troper Tales were female for the male-gendered title to make any sense as the primary title, though the original title was kept as a redirect.


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