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Sandbox to organize problem tropes and work projects for the Grand Unified Appearance Tropes Clean Up thread. Tropes that were handled by the Trope Repair Shop instead of the Appearance clean up thread can also be listed for reference.

See also Tropes Needing TRS, Badass Clean-Up, and TLP Crash Rescue Tallies.

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    Tropes with Possible Issues 


  • Bald Women: About women being bald as an symbol of power or masculinity, but most examples miss the symbolism. Discussed here.
  • Motherly Side Plait: ZCE issues and there are concerns about how tropable "mother/motherly figure has a braid to the side that signifies her nurturing nature" really is.
  • Multicolored Hair: There doesn't seem to be much about the trope besides characters having more than one hair color.
  • Odango Hair: The description says what the hairstyle is like, but doesn't prescribe any narrative signficance to it. The on-page examples don't prescribe any narrative significance, either, and often feature Word Cruft, particularly of the "this example is an example" type ("X does this", etc.). The main page also displays the ZCE problem that appearance tropes frequently experience — comment markup appears 143 times in the page code (as of April 20, 2020), only eight occurrences of which are for notes at the beginning of the code, and the page is in the Pages Needing Example Context index.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Despite the page listing several personality traits associated with this trope, the example list is still ridden with ZCE examples.
  • Skunk Stripe: There seem to be several possible meanings, including supernatural powers and insanity.

Body Parts/Physical traits

  • Absolute Cleavage: Frequently misused in wicks to describe any woman with noticeable cleavage, while the actual trope is about a dress that exposes a woman's cleavage and part of her abdomen (like in the page image).
  • Beautiful All Along: Is supposed to be a StockPlot, but is often used for characters who tropers find attractive after changing clothes.
  • Beauty Mark: Just a list of people with facial moles.
  • Bishōnen: Suffers the same ZCE and proper example write up issues that Hunk does. May not be distinct enough from Pretty Boy.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not much more than characters having thick eyebrows.
  • Cephalothorax: Mostly just a list of characters with this body plan, save for the Real Life folder.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Mostly just lists of people with those physical attributes despite the description listing several connotations.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Mostly just lists of people with those physical attributes despite the description listing several connotations.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Has many ZCEs and straight, non-lampshaded examples have been deemed by several as not notable.
  • Gag Boobs: Intended for where exaggerated breast size is played for laughs, but often used for characters who just have impossibly large breasts.
  • Gag Nose: Has a major ZCE issue.
  • Hunk: Has lot of issues with ZCEs and tropers shoehorning any guy they find attractive even when they don't match the aesthetic.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The "innocence" part of the trope is often poorly explained or simply stated without explanation.
  • Noodle People: Nearly all ZCE. Also described as an art style.
  • Pretty Boy: Suffers the same ZCE and proper example write up issues that Hunk does. May not be distinct enough from Bishōnen.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Has many ZCEs.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: Appears to be a mixture of a YMMV and an In-Universe trope. The former is sometimes used for complaining and for troping Real Life people on YMMV pages.


  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Soft split into types, plus a problematic "Other ways" folder. Some concepts may be tropeworthy enough to split off into their own tropes (as opposed to soft splitting), but the "Other ways" folder lacks consistency, and some examples in that folder don't discuss the characters' personalities, despite that being required by the definition.
    Compare why Drink-Based Characterization was renamed from Drink Ordernote ; Adjusting Your Glasses is primarily about what a character does and what it says about their personality, rather than being fully appearance-based, yet multiple examples don't go that far in terms of context, assuming they fit the trope at all (i.e., whether the adjustments have to do with personality).
  • Bandage Babe: Seems to just be a list of characters dressed in bandages
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Was brought to the ZCE cleanup thread, where it's stated to attract examples that are simply "animal character is clothed save for footwear" with no narrative relevance.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Despite the description listing various meanings behind wearing these types of gloves, it's mostly filled with Zero Context Examples, which may point to a deeper issue with the trope.
  • Lennon Specs: Zero-Context Example problems, often simply mentioning that a character wears round sunglasses, and concerns that it's People Sit on Chairs.
  • Meganekko: Trope boils down to "cute girl with glasses" but it's mostly used to include every girl with glasses. Many discussions have been had in the past about the trope's trope worthiness and what to do about the high number of Zero Context Examples but none of those threads have gone anywhere.
  • Sexy Spectacles is, in practice, largely the same as Meganekko, i.e. "every girl with glasses that some troper finds hot".
  • Nice Hat: The trope's definition isn't clear and the examples don't follow a consistent pattern. It is also plagued with ZCEs and may be supplanted by Signature Headgear.
  • Sarashi: Is plagued with ZC Es but the unifying factor seems to be brawler type characters being associated with the trope.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: There's not much to the trope besides characters wearing short shorts.

Profession + Attractiveness

A lot of the tropes in this category have had issues raised about their tropability beyond "X works in Y position and is hot". Since all but one of them aren't restricted to in-universe examples, there might also be issues with tropers adding anyone they find attractive.


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Rename/redefine and clean

  • Funny Afro: Description was revised to focus on afros played for comedy, and the wicks were cleaned acccordingly.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Renamed from "Hair of Gold". It was renamed so that the good/heroic implications of the trope stand out, since blonde hair is not a trope on its own.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Renamed from "Rose Haired Girl''. The current name makes the cheery/sweet aspects of the trope more clear.
  • Mystical White Hair: Renamed from "White-haired Pretty Girl". The mystical/magical element were made more explicit and the trope is now gender neutral.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Renamed from "Eyes of Gold" because it was being misused for any character with gold eyes, regardless of whether they were supernatural, with purely aesthetic gold eyes already being covered by Technicolor Eyes.
  • Villain in a White Suit: Renamed from "Man in White" and redefined to focus on the Wicked Cultured villainous leader aspect. Done through TRS.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Renamed from "White Haired Pretty Boy". Redefined to be limited to evil/morally ambiguous characters and was also made gender neutral.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Made into a Fan Speak term.

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