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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 


  • Blinding Bangs: Has a huge ZCE problem despite the description listing different personality types associated with the hairstyle.
  • Einstein Hair: Intended for characters with a certain hair style in the science field, but it had plenty of ZCE's commented out on the page.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Despite the page listing several personality traits associated with this trope, the example list is still ridden with ZCE examples.
  • Short Hair with Tail: There's not much to this trope besides the hairstyle.

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).
  • Amazonian Beauty: Attracts a lot of half-context examples that only talk about how muscular the female character but does not explain how the work portrays the character as attractive.
  • Beautiful All Along: Is supposed to be a StockPlot, but is often used for characters who tropers find attractive after changing clothes.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not much more than characters having thick eyebrows.
  • Buxom Is Better: Frequently used to point out a character has large breasts.
  • Cephalothorax and Waddling Head: Mostly just a list of characters with this body plan.
  • 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.
  • Hartman Hips: Intended for female characters with cartoonishly exaggerated pear-shaped figures but is often used for characters with wide hips and collects a lot of ZCEs.
  • 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.
  • Jagged Mouth: Lists many ways the trope comes into effect, but most examples are to the tune "is this" or "has this" with no explanation.
  • Noodle People: Nearly all ZCE. Also described as an art style.
  • Prophet Eyes: Covers all possible narrative uses for a character having cataracts, including characters who just happen to have them with no elaboration.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Has many ZCEs.
  • Technicolor Eyes: This seems to be covered by multiple eye color tropes.
  • TV Head Robot: Has many ZCEs, and is essentially just "Robot with a TV/Computer for a head", which may not be notable.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Casual Sports Jersey: Questionable tropeworthiness. Brought to TLP Crash Rescue with no resolution.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Often used in ZCE fashion to indicate that a character doesn't wear shoes.
  • French Maid Outfit: Massive overlap with French Maid.
  • Nice Hat: The 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 ZCEs but the unifying factor seems to be brawler type characters being associated with the trope.
  • Skirt Over Tights:Meaningless appearance trope.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Meaningless appearance trope.

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.


    Ongoing Projects 
  • Bishōnen: Suffers the same ZCE and proper example write up issues that Hunk does. May not be distinct enough from Pretty Boy.
  • Pretty Boy: Suffers the same ZCE and proper example write up issues that Hunk does. May not be distinct enough from Bishōnen.

    Completed Projects and Past Verdicts 




Rename/redefine and clean

  • Devilish Hair Horns: Renamed from "Horned Hairdo". The new name makes the evil/devil associations more explicit.
  • Funny Afro: Description was revised to focus on afros played for comedy, and the wicks were cleaned accordingly.
  • Glasses Are Sexy: Renamed from Sexy Spectacles because it was being misused as "every girl with glasses that some troper finds hot".
  • 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.
  • Odango Hair: Made into a Fan Speak term.
  • Meganekko:Made into a Fanspeak term