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2-part system. I'm a cis guy, she's trans.

She's far more self expressive than I am. Here's an archive of our user page back when she was fronting (before we realized we're in a system):

Last page was pretty edgy and kind of self-indulgent. Of course saying that is just going to make more people click on the history button. Whatever.

There is one thing and exactly one thing that anyone needs to know about me - random people on TV Tropes, my family, future employers, etc. - and it is that I started the work page for Bask in its marvelous glory.

Also I've been through at least one instance of someone thinking I made an edit in bad faith looking at my handle and assuming I'm a troll account, or just very new. I've been here since February 19th, 2015, though the oldest edit of mine I could find is from February 25th, 2016. I had a list of Playing With pages I started, but really nobody's going to care except me looking to get some masturbatory navel-gazing into my day.

Also also: she/her. Sperg girl. I actually intentionally acted as generic and boring as possible so I'd never take a closer look at myself and determine my actual identity. Needless to say I'll be debating this for a while, but it takes all of five precious seconds and Sherlock-esque deduction skills to realize I'm still clinging onto cisnormativity.note 

Pet Peeves

  • People using Heroic Self-Deprecation like The Hero + Self-Deprecation
  • People throwing shade at chunky peanut butter :(
  • People misusing brackets (particularly using them inside of parentheses the way you'd use single quotes like double quotes [like this {which makes me wonder if anyone genuinely uses curly braces as third-layer nesting <and perhaps angle brackets for the fourth layer?>}])
Aside from some needlessly complex stuff, such as intolerance, pseudoscience, pseudoscience used to rationalize intolerance, pseudoscience undermining tolerance (e.g. attributing split personalities to spiritual crud instead of the human brain working like it does - what else? - and people saying they're "spiritually" nonhuman), and claiming you're not an antivaxxer if you just hold the position that "SOME vaccines" or "TOO MANY vaccines" can cause autism, that's basically it!

Anti-Pet Peeves

Would these be pest peeves? Or perhaps... "interests"?
  • The level of anonymity one is allowed on the internet. Unless you're clumsy enough and someone else is willing to connect the dots... which has probably happened to me plenty of times.
  • Sophisticated as Hell. Funny, and hit me pretty hard until a few years ago - for a while I really despised my generation because of memes. Memes, yes. Not only actually idiotic memes like "when the emo kid ____ and the autistic kid thinks he's ____" but every meme in general. Supposedly it's natural for spergs to flip from Improbable Age to being childish around the time they reach adulthood, and that might've happened to me already.
  • A particular blend of industrial & dub note  music that would've made my ears fall off a year ago, and which my sister said destroyed some of her brain cells. Good to know, thanks.

Tropes that represent me!

  • TV Tropes: Played with.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Shining example. iwtas is shaped exactly like iwtas.
  • iwantedtoaddsomething: Seemingly so, but of course the Ship of Theseus paradox (what with the whole constant death and birth of cells) means this is downplayed at best.
  • The Fool: To put it sparingly, about 80% of the time, I have no fucking idea what I'm doing. And so far this doesn't seem to have blown up in my face.
  • No Social Skills: Sometimes. Not always, or I wouldn't be writing this.
  • Autism Spectrum: Yep. And trying not to call myself "retarded" every few minutes.
  • How to Alphabetize Things: Averted. Double averted when some adjacent entries happen to be in alphabetical order.
  • all lowercase letters: I am one of 43 people on the entire site (who created a contributor page) to have an entirely lowercase handle. I'm not quite sure why. Maybe I requested a custom WikiWord for this page?
  • Up to Eleven: Exaggerated. I can count to 12. note 

...and our user page when I was first fronting, similarly before we realized things. (I was rather spiteful and kind of a dick back then. Most of the page was me making fun of tropers who were "quirky" like her... though I also took a potshot at weird incels, and I think some of it was legitimately just good-hearted humor.)

I do stuff with Playing With pages, mostly. It's fun.


But really...

When I describe myself, it always tends to start off with a rant of sorts on what I don't like. Yes, this is obvious and self-demonstrating, but it should say something about my ideals.

I dislike people branding themselves with terms like "adorkable" or "nerdy" and/or using self-deprecation to ignore their problems. Last time I tried to write a bio it ended up as a rant about backwater internet cultures like /r/meirl that glorify helplessness and depression. I also don't like when tropers use their pages to sum themselves up as clichéd character archetypes. e.g.  I've parodied these phenomenons in the Examples section above.

Aside from things like that, I don't describe myself much. Mainly due to an issue I keep having regarding whether or not I have an inflated ego, and if it comes through while writing this - "ego is killing me; here, let me strongly express my disbeliefs." I even find myself not picking up certain games, books, or web originals because there's a community surrounding it that I don't like. I've rewritten this a lot, starting from scratch each time, because I kept ending up in a situation where I'd bookended an autobiography with "you can safely ignore anything I have to say" and then concluding that I have nothing to say. It's a lose/lose situation, but I've decided to go with actually letting others see what I'm typing.

I like listing my favorite works, though. I think it's a great way to relate with others. When it comes to video games, I'm mainly interested in non-casual platformers, top-down games, anything focused on exploration, and the occasional roguelite. Here's a list:

Playing With pages created

Most of my edits here go towards making and editing Playing With pages. I'm always a sucker for writing "Parodied" examples, and sometimes "Inverted".
  • Unwinnable By Insanity: First PW page created. I revolved around this for a long time. My examples were usually overly detailed.
  • Product Placement: And here, my examples were too zany. I finished nearly all of it by myself.
  • The Red Stapler[?]: Cut for not being a trope. Pretty sure I'm to blame for creating this one.
  • Hotline: This trope was featured on the home-page, so I rushed to make a PW page for it as quickly as possible. This marked a descent into a Dork Age in which I frequently created new pages with nothing more than examples for Straight and Parodied, and a "back to" gag if I was in the mood.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Another featured trope. This was only a Straight example.
  • Little Known Facts: Straight and Parodied. After this I stopped deliberately "claiming" PW pages for featured tropes.
  • Lemony Narrator: Just a Parodied example, though my humor got somewhat better. William Radar Storm would greatly expand upon it four months later.
  • Ironic Name: Here I cared enough to write a Downplayed example and an Invoked example.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: This started off as just Straight and Parodied, then 20 minutes later I added several more examples to make it look slightly less like a desert. This may have been Growing the Beard. Yes. I'm very proud of myself.
  • Cut-and-Paste Environments: Same case as the above, except with more examples. So far the only edits have been by me.
  • Auto-Revive: I'd filled out Straight, Exaggerated, Downplayed, Inverted, and Parodied, and only made more from there.
  • Badass Santa: Definite quality increase.
  • Offer Void In Nebraska: Still makes me cringe that I chose Quebec without having any clue why things were void in Quebec (laws regarding sweepstakes). I should clean it up.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: All done in one edit. I was definitely getting better about filling out most of the page before submitting it.
  • Informing the Fourth Wall: After this I stopped making PW pages for a while. I forget why. I did, however, add examples to many others.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: This feels like my most successful one yet. I started out with just Straight and Exaggerated, added a few more, came back in two months to add more, and eventually it grew into what it is today.
  • Meta Twist: It took me a whole month to realize the actual point of the trope after I created the PW page. Took a break again after this.
  • Obvious Judas is YMMV. I requested it to be cut a while ago, but that request was declined (probably due to being too unclear).
  • Who Needs Enemies?: I'm rather proud of this page, and I managed to fill out most of the content.
  • (For a while, I had mistakenly shown Rock Paper Switch here, even though the article was first created by Snarky Ace, and later standardized by V Phantom.)
  • One Scene Wonder I hadn't touched beyond the initial page creation. Turns out it's a YMMV trope.
  • Debug Room: Another page with minimal examples and no contributions by other tropers. I'll expand this later.
  • Moustache de Plume: I had a surprising amount of trouble coming up with fictional names here.
  • Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": For some reason I didn't have this listed for quite a while. Not too bad but could use quite some elaboration.
  • Destroy the Product Placement: Examples are short and concise, yet not meaningless. I like this.
  • Continuity Porn: As with the above.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: I'm running out of things to say here. This text is mainly for self-reflection and maybe a history of the article, which usually doesn't apply to later articles.
  • Capcom Sequel Stagnation: Needs to be slightly expanded.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Here I got back to writing somewhat more detailed examples.
  • Cessation of Existence: Wrote this at around 3 AM, well off my sleep schedule. Seems okay.
  • Useless Item: If I could figure out the difference between Conversed and Discussed from a quick glance, this would be completely filled out (aside from the "optional" examples).
  • Cut Song was another case of over-zealousy to fill out random pages with matching PW pages.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Another slightly lazy one, but whatever.
  • Delicious Fruit Pies: Died when the trope was overhauled.
  • Filibuster Freefall: The Parodied example on this one used to be less blatant and I feared it might be viewed as not so funny. I've rewritten it somewhat and it's better now.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Would have written more of this, but I was having a strange issue with the website that caused all of the links to be clickable in different places than they appear. Todo!
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Pretty solid, more meaty than most since it has some shadow of actual "story" set up.
  • Always Murder: Actually filled out Discussed and Conversed this time. From memory!
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: Although on this one I couldn't think of anything to put in the Lampshaded-Conversed pit again.
  • Conviction by Contradiction: Didn't start with much. I would have created this page much earlier if I didn't have so much trouble thinking of examples.
  • The Real Remington Steele
  • Description in the Mirror: Appears as a redlink for some reason.
  • Troll Fic: Ditto.
  • Empty Room Psych
  • MacGuffin Turned Human: Hopefully this doesn't sound erotic. Blugh. I tried to keep it nondescript for that reason.
  • Fourth Wall Greeting
  • Elemental Shapeshifter
  • Blamed for Being Railroaded: Actually made this page a long time ago back when it was "Blaming the Railroaded Player", didn't think to list it here.

Currently it's back to me fronting, but I actually recognize she's there now, and I'm not an asshole to her.


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