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Creation and purpose of TV Tropes:

The entire site is meant as a harvesting ground for the writers, actors, designers, and other industry professionals of tomorrow.
Think about it. What could be more useful? A website where everything that's been done is to be gathered into place, lovingly sorted, indexed, and categorized in a format meant to engage and amuse the reader. Examples are provided, ready-made to form the homages and lampshade hangings of next season. The Title Bin could easily be used to search for an episode title, and this very page will serve as a controlled experiment on the nature of fan speculation.
  • Well, duh. Didn't you get the memo?
  • We can safely say this is a self-fulfilling/vicious circle sort of thing. Who writes about writers? Other writers.
  • A very long list of personal anecdotes was originally given here, but was cut for being First-Person Writing. So, confirmed?

This site was created to ruin your life.

The code of TV Tropes is written to force users to use Tabbed Browsing.
Think about it. Every page has links to three or four other good topics, and using the Back/Forward buttons on your browser causes you to return to the top of the page rather than the position of the link you clicked to move. Do the math.
  • It can cause you to open multiple browsers, too. How else can you compare corollaries between shows and characters?

TV Tropes Wiki is actually controlled by a cannibalistic cook named named Shesama who uses different dishes to cook different types of people.
Thus why we have a trope named Shesama Ninja Pan.
  • We do?
    • Shesama is just a really respectable transvestite ninja cook!

TV Tropes is just a huge test page compiled by browser makers Microsoft, Mozilla, and Opera to test out their tabbing functionality.
The website inserts a simple test program into the user's mind similar to this pseudocode:
infinite loop of insanity {
Are there still articles open?
Read an article until you hit a link or end of page
Link: If it's interesting, middle-click it into a tab.
end of page: Remove tab for that article, add to blacklist to avoid re-reading.
Click random
  • Considering how often I end up on a page I already thought I'd read, only to find it has changed beyond all recognition, I'm guessing I got the Microsoft version.
    • I choose to resent that. Bloody Mac/Linux users...
  • I have this variation:
    Start surfing in YouTube, DeviantArt, other wikis or Brawl Inthe Family

TV Tropes was created to evangelize Doctor Who.
I have learned more about Dr. Who in a month of reading Tropes than in a year of mildly interested Wikipedia clickage.

TV Tropes is here to remind you of The Game.
  • Really, people are just constantly losing when they come here. By the way, you just lost.
    • *** it!
    • Actually, no, I have immunity.
    • Alternately, there's a second version of the Game on TV Tropes where the objective it to lose as often as possible, thus increasing traffic through TV Tropes.

TV Tropes was created by Dreamfinder
Think about it, Dreamfinder collects various bits and pieces of thoughts and ideas, and stores them in the Dreamport to combine them into all sorts of new ideas, stories, art, etc.When he got booted out from the Imagination pavilion, he eventually decided to start over, but on the internet. It allowed him to invite even more people to come along with him onto a new journey into imagination. One that people have a hard time getting off of.

There is another reason why TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life. It is specifically designed to trap potential writers, actors, designers, and other industry professionals of tomorrow. Ha! I'm going to go and cry now.
  • My social life was already destroyed way before. Nice try, though.
  • There is one mythical troper who is immune to that effect. That troper... it's me! I'm even immune to saying Candle Jack. See, I didn't disappear in the mid sent...

ence. Sorry, I had to sneeze.
There, I went and finished the two sentences for him. Isn't that nice of me?Yes, you are a nice person. Anyone else want to join in on our invisible conversation?

TV Tropes has become a god and is creating a paradise for all of its followers.
It started as an ordinary wiki, but as more and more people poured their time and energy into it, it attained godhood. It has since been gathering power by attracting new followers and gathering information so that it could create the perfect world for the tropers. It Just Bugs Me was created in an attempt to prevent plot holes in this tropers' heaven and Wild Mass Guessing is used for it to get new ideas from the tropers themselves. Troper Tales and the Sugar Wiki are yet another facet of information gathering, the former for gathering information about the tropers' lives and the latter about their likes. Fan Fic Recommendations exists to allow it to examine the tropes in action rather than just as listed examples. The Darth Wiki is an attempt by TV Tropes Wiki to purge itself of evil and negative energy, allowing it to become a being of pure goodness. Then it will only be a matter of gathering up that last little bit of energy to rapture all tropers through their computer screens. The Great Crash was caused by the last attempt at such a rapture which failed spectacularly because TV Tropes Wiki wasn't completely ready yet.

TV Tropes is secretly run by Wikipedia.
Think about it. TV Tropes covers all the minor info, and Wikipedia the major info. TV Tropes was created so Wikipedia could appear fancy and have a place to dump minor info. eventually, the two might merge into one gigantic knowledgebase.
  • Summary Execution! * BLAM*
  • Actually, it's going to eventually be forcibly taken over by Wikipedia. In that way, Wikipedia will have most of the world's knowledge, and since Knowledge Is Power, it's part of Jimbo Wales' plan for omnipotence. OUR ONLY HOPE IS TO RESIST TAKEOVER!

TV Tropes was created by a consortium of obscure anime fans and the creators of Repo! The Genetic Opera as a subliminal advertising campaign.
You want evidence? Alright. On almost every single page, the anime examples are the first you see, and you have to scroll through all of them (until the close file button was added; a function the Consortium is subtly trying to destroy). Also note how, even on pages where there are very few examples for film/literature/comics/etc, there will always be at least fifteen anime examples - many of them from obscure shows that were never released over the pond. And just think on this; had anybody actually heard of Repo The Genetic Opera before they found this site? An incredibly obscure cult musical, no, an incredibly obscure critically panned cult musical, no, an incredibly obscure critically panned cult musical 'starring Paris Hilton', somehow manages to have a huge amount of trope entries across the entire site. Think about it!

The Canadian channel "TVtropolis" (formerly "Prime") was purchased and renamed by the TV Tropes Wiki.
On the TV Listings Channel, some channels are abbreviated to fit in the little box (ex. Teletoon becomes "TOON"). The abbreviation for TVtropolis is "TROP", which one could easily read as "trope". Whether this was a spontaneous decision by the Wiki Creator, part of a cunning plan (One of the Gambit variety perhaps?), the result of the Wiki Creator hitting the wrong button on Paypal while blasted drunk, or prehaps a move by The Advertisement Server to leave the internet and infect television after flooding the Wiki Creator's home with (ads for) a deadly neurotoxin is still up for discussion.
The Canadian channel "TVtropolis" (formerly "Prime") was purchased and renamed by the TV Tropes Wiki.

TV Tropes is part of The Plan to promote the use of the phrase "Xanatos Gambit..."
...which is itself only a part of a larger Gambit Roulette whose sole purpose is to prevent the use of the phrase "Xanatos Gambit."

TV Tropes was created or being used by Light Yagami
"Light Yagami" is actually a Real Life person who thinks everything in this world (even fiction) is rotten. However, this guy never found a Death Note, but instead he tried to devise a way to subtract and judge fiction critically, become the God of the Fictional World, and change the world from that domain by finding similarities between fiction and Real Life, called Tropes. Thus, TV Tropes was born, and now used as a way to subtract and predict oncoming several possibilities about seemingly different and ordinary kinds of fiction, and with it, Real Life.

TV Tropes is a Piece of Eden
From Altair's description of the Apple's effects in the Codex, the Apple of Eden draws its user in that he or she will not willingly stop, that the Apple is a catalog of what was and will be, and to provide whatever the user desires, if the user will only obey. Sound familiar yet?

TV Tropes is either an attempt to a crossover fanfiction while disguised as a wiki, or it is a wiki that ended up as a crossover fanfic
By connecting several works of fiction using Tropes, it actually manages to create a fanfiction, perhaps even bigger and more complex than the current largest crossover series, Undocumented Features. TV Tropes actually managed to pull this off: the Plot is run by and renamed as the tropes, (trope articles, when assembled corrctly, can transform into short stories)and the characters are actually characters from articles about fiction.
  • Which created TV Tropes: The TV Show in the process.

TV Tropes actually possesses a private military force: The Knights Troper
Hey, we have a trope for this, so why not? For the full picture, imagine Warhammer 40,000 Space Marines. This time, with the Rule of Cool turned Serial Escalation.

TV Tropes is designed to create Manchurian Trolls

It's a website dedicated to ruining the vocabulary of anyone, excess snarkiness, and coming up with insane/inane theories on nearly everything. Many sites outside of TV Tropes tend to look upon it with disdain, because tropers will always come in, use obscure and hard-to-understand terms, demand that everyone understand these terms immediately, spam the website with links to TV Tropes, pimp TV Tropes at every opportunity, and so forth. This naturally will annoy people. Even 4chan is annoyed by TV Tropes.

Tropers don't mean to troll, they just do it automatically as a result of their programming.

Also: Troper is just a few letters away from Troller

TV Tropes is The Virus!
Viruses work like, well, viruses. They are a simple genetic code encased in a protein capsule, and that genetic code is hardwired with the will to produce more of itself. If The Virus latches itself on a normal cell, it injects its own genetic code into the cell, causing the cell's DNA to merge with the virus', mutating the cell into a virus factory. Some cells might burst with newborn viruses, while other cells might keep the virus' DNA and reproduce like normal cells.

Wait, how come we are saying TV Tropes is a kind of Virus? Let's reverse-engineer TV Tropes' anatomy for a bit. These Tropes? These mimetic, harmless Tropes which serve as TV Tropes' and contemporary fiction's backbone? They are the primary genetic material. This entire website is just a capsule designed to ensure that the genetic-code (Tropes) are safe. Try taking a Wiki Walk for example. Oh look! Interesting words are on the way! Let's see.... (uses Tabbed Browsing many times) Congratulations, bub. You just infected yourself with the Virus' code. Now before your eyes you will see your life being ruined bit by bit while the virus remakes your brain in its own image. However, this Virus, TV Tropes, is smart enough to keep a list of infected media, in the form of the Contributors pages (the people infected by Tropes) and the Main pages (fiction and entire domains and media infected by Tropes) to ensure the evolution and survival of the Tropeic genetic code.

There are many effects of the Virus, and some of them includes:

  • For the ordinary average joe, a ruined life. When the ordinary man infects himself with the Trope virus, he ceases to become ordinary. At first, the ordinary man cannot see fiction in the usual way before. Then he cannot see Real Life in the usual way before. This is actually the Virus corrupting the person's soul. His perception is slowly corrupted, causing his social, and later physical, life to be ruined...before his own eyes.
  • Epileptic Trees. Epileptic Trees are mutated plants which were infected with special variations of the Trope virus, and emit special electromagnetic and metaphysical waves which cause any viewer to kill the author and create random plots in any media so more Epileptic Trees can grow on those media. They are found mostly abundant in Lost Island, showing that Lost Island is actually one of Tropes' most infected domains. Tokyo-3 is also near another massive Epileptic tree forest.
  • Delusions of random symbolism, most specifically, delusions that everyone is actually Jesus and everywhere is Purgatory. When the Trope virus gets into your neurons, it first struggles against the Religion viruses (for reasons of preserving civility, this is solely meant for pseudoscientific purposes), and eventually, the Trope virus merges with the dominant Christianity strain. The eventual effect? Perceiving Jesus everywhere. The Christianity Strain might make you only see a single Jesus, but when the Christianity Strain combines with the Trope Virus, it destroys the psyche so much that the poor victim ends up seeing Jesuses everywhere.
  • Like the above, delusions that everything is about sex. This happens when the Trope Virus merges with the Freudian Id (the unconscious part of the mind that functions according to the Pleasure Principle, in other words, the part of the mind which is responsible for sexual desire). Thus, the Trope Virus redirects the Libidinal flow of the Id to the senses. The effects include perceiving everything that is longer than it is wide and penetrates something as a penis.
  • Another variation of the Trope Virus is one that infects bugs. Arthropodus Tropeis are a brand new species of insects that were infected with the "codename: It Just Bugs Me" genetic code. A. Tropeis latches itself onto a hapless person, causing the person to be irritated, but somehow, A. Tropeis alters the person's perception, causing him to notice even the slightest mistake, and make twisted logic on it. This is called by experts as "Fridge Logic".
  • Special mutated beings called Tropers. Tropers might look like your average human at first, but they are actually a subspecies of humanity that was so used to the Trope virus they end up loving it. We would tell you how a Troper functions. Remember the Diclonius? Diclonius are a subspecies of humanity that were born because their parents were infected by the vector virus, but through the vector virus, they gained special powers. They can use their vectors to manipulate objects around them. Most Diclonius have ruined social lives, shunned by the normal populace around them. Well the Troper works the same. Simply replace Diclonius with Troper and Vectors with Tropes. Tropers are a class of humanity that were created because of the Trope Virus, but through the trope virus, they gained special powers. They can use their tropes to manipulate objects (specifically, the plot that keeps everything running) around them. Most Tropers have ruined social lives, shunned by the populace around them. Unlike Diclonius, however (Diclonius deal with the social stigma through mass murder), most Tropers are hikikomorized since their ability to function in Real Life has been stripped away, but a miniature special group of Genre Savvy Tropers can deal with the plot of Real Life.
  • The most obvious symptom that marks terminal Trope infection: No Fourth Wall. A Fourth Wall is what keeps reality and fiction apart. We would tell you how the Fourth Wall functions. Remember the AT Field? An AT Field is what keeps humans apart. Destroying the AT Field will result in a Mind Screw called Instrumentality, where all humans are merged together in an archetypal existence. A similar effect will happen if the Fourth Wall is finally destroyed, causing all continuities to merge into one single Mega Crossover. Why does the Tropes carry this risk? Answer: Tropes know no boundaries. They treat Real Life as just another domain bounded by Narrative Causality for them to subject into mimesis, and thus infect. Unlike Wikipedia (which is still bounded by deletions) and more like Spiral Power, Tropes will simply expand to incorporate all media and break any walls in the way. Still not convinced? See This page for evidence.
  • So, The Virus Tropes? Holy shit. Even the name matches.
  • Other symptoms: Tabbed Browsing, love for fictional characters, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Magnificent Bastardry, nihilism, immorality, complete immorality, Black-and-Gray Morality, Blue-and-Orange Morality, overuse of "Xanatos Gambits", overuse of "Xanatos Gambits" even though he isn't Xanatos, overuse of "Chessmaster" even though he is a total flop in chess, hating God, believing in the "Awesome", believing in the "Awesome" even though it isn't Awesome in normal standards, genre savviness, genre blindness, contractual genre blindness, using dangerous substances called "Applied Phlebotinum", turning into a Large Ham, breaking cute characters (and sometimes ending up being the one broken), believing that all psychology was invented by Sigmund Freud, believing in Sigmund Freud to the point of seeing phallic imagery everywhere, believing in Sigmund Freud to the point of explaining how one became evil, worshipping Time Lords, worshipping Haruhi Suzumiya, worshipping both Haruhi Suzumiya and the Time Lords, worshipping Time Lords and Haruhi Suzumiya along with Shinji Ikari and the entire setting of Warhammer 40,000, most especially Warhammer 40000 (with Chainswords, I mind you), killing the author with fire, killing everything with fire, killing yourself, Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking. There are many more, countless to be exact, but jaywalking is always the last symptom. See the Main Tropes Index for all the effects (and strains) of the virus.

The Trope Virus is considered by many to be an incurable and highly-contagious disease, to the extent that only a full Exterminatus can destroy the virus, along with the rest of the world. However, being infected by the Trope Virus isn't always bad. With the right infections and enough skill, the virus will actually enhance your life and curse you with awesome. Also, the Troper Tales page shows how these surviving tropers dealt with the Apocalypse.

  • This one guess? This one is true. Although TV Tropes and other metaphysical viruses are better known as memes (not the Memetic Mutation ones, but the concept Richard Dawkins originally created to describe how mimetic pieces of culture and religion are spread).

The NHK created TV tropes in order to increase the amount of hikikomori.
What better way to have people not leave their computers besides this very website.

The head admin of TV Tropes will use/is using this site to take over the entire internet, and then, the world.
The only evidence I need is the fact that TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life.

The Main TV Tropes Wiki Is There For The Forumgoers.
The forum is the main site, and the wiki is just there to supply pothole/topic material.

TV Tropes was created as a marketing scheme by Internet Browser companies, so they could sell more tabs
What other website makes you want to open so many tabs?

Tropes are just fancy words for Plato's Theory of Forms and Carl Jung's archetypes
Forms (Archetypes in Jungian psychiatry) are hidden ideas located inside the Collective Unconscious that are behind the things recognized by our senses. While Wikipedia's sole purpose is to record the visible and the obvious, TV Tropes' sole purpose is to find these mostly-subliminal ideas and include it into its database. Because TV Tropes collects these ideas, it gains power, collecting even more ideas while simultaneously tempting any person to visit it, ultimately causing that person to have a ruined life. In some circumstances and the long run, however, since these ideas are the foundation of everything visible, the person gains a heightened sense of intuition, but ironically, this intuition is the actual cause of the person's ruined life.
  • Also, Carl Jung still lives, and is a key editor. Because this WMG needs to get even better

TV Tropes was created by a bunch of Solipsists / Platonists / Idealists who want to deny objective reality by treating it as fiction using tools called "tropes"
Solipsism: the denial of objective reality and the treatment of everything as "figments of your imagination".

I just saw the Real Life Wild Mass Guesses and it seems TV Tropes is in support of Solipsism (it encourages people to treat Real Life as a thing you can inject with fanon). TV Tropes originally had the sole purpose of comparing fiction using omnipresent (but hidden) ideas and plot devices called "tropes", which are usually the common but subtle things found in seemingly different works of fiction. However, by including Real Life in its catalogue of Tropes, TV Tropes revealed its true colors: promoting Solipsism and treating Reality as another work of fiction which is nothing more but a shadow of these Tropes and an imagination that we have created.

  • Apparently, they succeeded.
  • I originally thought Idealism is a more appropriate term (Idealism is also the denial of objective reality, but it supports the existence of God or gods), but I prefer solipsism to add an existentialist touch.

TV Tropes is Postmodernism
TV Tropes helps us treat Real Life like an elaborate fiction.

    Fantasy, Sci-fi, & Surreal 
The entire site is meant as a harvesting ground for the writers, actors, designers, and other industry professionals of tomorrow.
Alien ships run on burning writers, actors, designers, and other industry professionals. And Alpha Tauri is far away.

The Wiki is an infomorphic intelligence.
It captures unwitting netizens, molding their subconsciouses into nodes of its mind prepared to further build its intelligence and ensnare others.
  • Eventually, once it has enough power, it shall reboot the universe in its own image. All existence shall be replaced by a trope-rich multiverse governed by the Theory of Narrative Causality.
  • Therefore, the TV Tropes Wiki will eventually become Haruhi Suzumiya.
    • Which of course means the reboot will happen August 8th this year. Goodie.
    • And which also means that the World Creation Project will eventually grow to include aliens, time travellers, and espers. And Kyon... who is also the Doctor.
    • The Great Server Crash of '08 was actually caused by the Wiki practicing its powers. How do we know? The Erased From Existence Trope Launch Pad draft had the most replies at the time- an act of unconscious voting by the hive mind on a course of action.
      • Alternatively The Great Crash was an external force trying to stop the wiki before it fully awakened.
      • Bloody time travelers, always thinking they know what's best. That's what it was. They tried to prevent some horrible alternate future caused by the Tropes Wiki. And what did we do? We rebuilt the *** thing. Oh dear god, we've doomed the earth.
      • "Doomed?" Why? That sounds awesome! I could finally pursue my secret dream of becoming an exciting vigilante superhero.
  • In truth, I'm some sort of opposite Haruhi, as I always am bored, and bad things happen when I'm amused.

TV Tropes Wiki is The Virus
Slowly, steadily, it's taking over the world, turning normal people into tropers to bolster its ranks.
  • Nah, some people are too much of morons to be tropers.
  • I am not sure TV Tropes is, but I know Homestuck is. Which, by the way, corrupted me! why don't you join us?

The universe is a TV show, and this site is where viewers post stuff they'd like to see happen.
Truth in Television shows that sometimes the writers listen. Also, you are either a main character, or a faceless extra.

TV Tropes is a plantation
We are all tomatoes! Don't believe me, you fool? Look into the mirror, then! Then you shall see the awful truth!
  • When I look into the mirror, all I see is an eggpla...
    • <Chomp> :-P Hmmmmm eggplant!
  • I'm seeing two watermelons... Oh, wait.
  • I don't see anything. Oh, wait...forget I said anything.
  • Really? I see some mechanical- oh... oh god...

TV Tropes is a crucial part of The Plan to breed a generation of potential superhumans
Think about it; knowledge is power, and we all have it - some of us are even capable of Awesome by Analysis. Most of us are probably technically geniuses (if such a loaded term can be used in this context), but because we're also nuts and have poor social skills, it's unlikely that our Spark-y genes would be passed on were we left to our own devices.

However, the (possibly time-travelling) schemers know we naturally gravitate towards places where information can be shared, so they disguised their 'superhero-spawning matchmaker site' as the fun, snarky wiki we know and love.

This explains why every Troper Tales page results in proposals of marriage and child-bearing, not to mention Troper Shipping; we're being shepherded into making good partnership choices to produce 'superior stock'. Eventually, our descendants will develop psychic powers and other mutations (or just L/Batman / Monk-level brilliance) and be drafted as supersoldiers by whoever's running the show.

However, this gambit is only a small part of an entire network of plans by the schemers' opposition; the 'tropes-as-MacGuffin' ploy is played straight in the above strategy, but subverted overall, because as long as this site remains operational, its description and demystification of narrative devices robs them of their power when people attempt to invoke them in the real world. All of our knowledge can be preserved here to guide the generations that follow, and no good troper would Jump At The Call without asking a lot of questions first; questions whose answers would no doubt lead to most of them forming La Résistance.

Just think; a world where every superhero is meta-aware, all the time...

Note: Only one operative of the singular conspiracy is aware of the wider Gambit Roulette in play; his efforts to abort the mission resulted in the Great Crash.

  • So it's a breeding program designed to produce people who are either prescient or immune to prescience. Obviously, it's either the Bene Gesserit or Leto II.
  • Hey, Genre Savvy heroes are always the best kind!

Aliens created the site to keep the Genre Savvy from breeding
Their invasion will be terribly cliché; because they devised their plan from old sci-fi movies.
  • There's only one solution then. Gather up all the tropers into one nation, the Tropics of TV. Then, our social lives will BE TV Tropes, and we can use our superior genes to create a race of super tropers that will defend the world from vampires, monsters, aliens, espers, evil time travellers and other bad guys. After that, we take their stuff, their powers and their knowledge to rule the world! HA HA HA!
    • Espers aren't really evil, but I'd be wary about the the sliders...
    • How will we incorporate their knowledge and powers? Well, we would be a nation of nerds, so no doubt any turncoat or non-bad extranormal entities would end up adding to the gene pool.

TV Tropes is a Deus est Machina in the making
The Tropes allow TV Tropes to transcend reality, break the fourth wall and help fiction to influence Real Life. However, it needs several hosts whose lives are ruined enough by TV Tropes to the point where they have No Fourth Wall. The hosts are called the Tropers. If TV Tropes would ever dominate the Internet, and merge with large websites like Yahoo, Google and Wikipedia, it would dominate the minds of more people over the Internet, which would then influence the people in Real Life, meaning more people whose fourth walls are broken, and when all humanity's fourth walls are broken down, the Tropes will leave the TV Tropes existence and merge with Humanity via the Internet, becoming a Deus Est Machina in the process.

TV Tropes has only one page but it works like The Doctor’s ‘Psychic Paper’

There are no links, to other Trope pages, you just think there are. Your mind creates the pages you think you see. In fact if once you’ve visited TV Tropes, even if you physically write a new website address, you don’t leave you just think you do.

There is no escape!!!

I am TV Tropes

TV Tropes is a subconscious training ground for the biggest fight of our lives.

One day the world of fiction will get so huge it'll rip a hole through the universe and the world will be invaded by Cliches, Scrappys, and Sues, all using the power of tropes to conquer us, summoning an Apocalypse Wow and using the power of Plot Hole(s) to destroy us.

Someone from the future lives in this dark future and went back to create This Very Wiki as a training ground, so when the time comes, we can ban together and use all of our Genre Savvy knowledge to defend our world.

Trope-tan, Crystal Dragon Jesus, Alice and Bob and This Troper will all be Chekhov's Gunman, and play huge parts in the war.

It will be called the Trope War, and it'll inspire the greatest story ever!

...We must be prepared.

This website is an attempt to archive all media and tropes in case we manage to lose it all in a war.
Thousands of years in the future, World War Whatever will happen. Media will be lost, and things such as television will become Lost Technology. After the End, when survivors of the war rediscover TV Tropes, they will attempt to recreate every piece of media that the former world once had.

  • Plot twist- They've already done this. All of the media we see today came to be due to the centuries-long work of the survivors of an apocalypse too long ago to remember. (Possibly the sinking of Atlantis, along with its huge empire?) The wiki was left behind by them to use should the same ever happen again.

TV Tropes is an attempt to Set Right What Once Went Wrong by refugees from a dystopian future where the overuse of cliches has caused a collapse of the entire entertainment industry.
Related to a WMG and its spin off involving aliens. Having had nothing new to watch, read, or play in decades, a small band of intrepid heroes returned to the early twenty-first century create TV Tropes. Specifically, through familiarizing the creative minds of the next generation with the concepts of subverting, inverting, and deconstructing tropes and archetypes, they have seeded the collective subconscious to create new tropes. By the time society has reached their point in time, the entertainment industry will still be going strong on the tropes and archetypes developed on this website. Of course, this may negate their very existence, but anything is better than continuing to live in a world where Twilight is considered one of the last great films ever made.

TV Tropes is a sentient being absorbing all our knowledge
Upon gaining all knowledge possible it shall come alive and attempt to eliminate all life so as to avoid new info appearing. It will then be the job of all tropers to combine our powers to summon our savior, Crystal Dragon Jesus, who will seal TV Tropes away. It will be the task of all tropers to devote their lives to maintaining the seal (which shouldn't matter since we're all reincarnated from tropers who died in the future). Yep... that's what will happen.

The TV Tropes Server is a decedent/ancestor of GLaDOS
Let's look at it this way. First off, the TV Tropes Wiki is designed to be a tool for good writing (Or alternatively to waste valuable working hours). GLaDOS is a moderately well-written character at the very least. In addition, the Wiki has a dark/snarky sense of humor. This is found in the form of TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life, amongst other things. GLaDOS is a Deadpan Snarker with a good sense of humor. The Wiki likes music, and to be more precise, nerdly music, namely, They Might Be Giants. GLaDOS is an obvious fan of Jonathan Coulton (a folk/rock musician who often writes about nerdly themes), as she let him write her theme song. GLaDOS can apparently love, as is shown by the "Broke my heart and killed me" line of "Still Alive". The TV Tropes server can hate, and does so quite liberally. At a bare minimum, these two A.I.s are related. However, there is one disturbing result of this:

The creation of TV Tropes was planned by Xanatos
Tropers are using the Xanatos terms in real life despite not knowing who Xanatos is. Goliath and crew may eventually be forgotten from the public mind, but once TV Tropes becomes popular enough for its terms to be a part of everyday vocabulary, the Xanatos name will still live on.

TV Tropes has been bought by Infini-Dim Enterprises.
This may or may not tie into the wiki-Guide theory, but why else would "this troper" and discussion be purged? Because the people in charge of the wiki are a bunch of humourless Vogons, that's why! THIS TROPER. THIS TROPER. THIS TROPER. Take That!, stupid humourless admins!

TV Tropes Wiki is some sort of nano-based information conduit designed to feed the correct information into the brain of one boy: Emil Castagnier. This is to ensure that should he come to Earth, he'll be well versed in our culture, preventing any awkward moments. Any severe error in the Wiki may damage his brain, resulting in him going insane.
The Wiki is put into his brain by someone who is obviously Crazy-Prepared for the day Emil may end up on Earth. That way, he won't end up in awkward situations as a foreigner. HOWEVER... the Wiki is not perfect. Misspellings by foolish tropers, poorly thought out entries, flame wars, hackers and the like could damage the nanomachine, in turn damaging Emil's brain. Any furhter damage could lead to him going insane, and becoming any random blonde villain in fiction, be it Liquid Snake, or Rugal Bernstein or even a heavily sociopathic version of Draco Malfoy. So its us tropers' jobs to make sure that the information regulation on Emil's brain is in the highest working order, otherwise, we could end up with a pintsized but no less Ax-Crazy Rugal on our hands.

People who screw up on this Wiki are doing it deliberately on the orders of Ryoko Asakura.
Well, its not like she's stable, is it? And its known that vandals and people who fail at spelling can't be wholly together.
  • It's spelt "it's".

Come on, it's obvious. TV Tropes is a site dedicated to memes and trivial information. The site's snappy categorical buzz words are slowly becoming Internet vernacular. No to mention TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life. This is all just a clever ploy by The Patriots to control the Internet and all information while they brainwash the masses into serving them, destroying all language and creativity by filling our heads with terms like Magnificent Bastard and Moment of Awesome. We have to stop them before... La-li-lu-le-lo La-li-lu-le-lo...

The entire wiki is the Tardis.
It travels the universe, and stays in one place. Then while it waits, it adds new examples through time manipulation.

TV Tropes contains Adam
Every work of fiction, being subordinate to the Tropes, are Angels. Real Life, however, being equivalent and insubordinate to the Tropes, is Lilith, and Humans are the demons that control fiction, the Lilim.
  • Tropers are Evas that are used to review Angels / Fiction.

TV Tropes is really ran by C.C, Xanatos and L

TV Tropes was invented by Haruhi Suzumiya and her army of Time Lords
Because I got fed up with the haruhi and time lord references.

The entire site is a fail safe Kamen Rider Decade
In the epilogue movie, they stated that people were revived because people remembered their stories. Tsukasa aka Kamen Rider Decade, had to kill off everyone last time for this to happen, then die himself which risked him dying permanently. Thus he invented TV Tropes so that if one singular character from a show has to kill others, everyone including the character will be revived easily as people will remember their stories. Which makes Tsukasa a Magnificent Bastard.And just to add extra WMG to this, he's a commander of The Knights Troper.

TV Tropes was the result of Human Instrumentality Project from Neon Genesis Evangelion
Tropes are the Instrumentalized Humans: their individuality was reduced to that of an archetypal existence. During Instrumentality, all humanity merged into a collective cosmic mind. Instrumentality was meant to be contained inside the world of Eva, but somehow, it escaped, and instrumentalized fiction. Hence the Tropes of TV Tropes was created. How does it work? Tropes contemplate between the individualities of fiction, for example completely different fiction (hey, even Real Life) can exist in the same trope. Instrumentality was meant to contemplate between the individualities of Humanity. Through contemplation, if Humans are Fiction, then Tropes are the Instrumentality. If Tropers without a Fourth Wall would ever come to exist, they would be used as Evas and would be the key for the Tropes to instrumentalize Real Life. If the Tropes would dominate life as we know it, all of us would become Tang.

TV Tropes was created by Shinji Ikari so he can see facts which does make sense yet are actually fun, and avoid the Mind Screw which never made sense to him in canon Evangelion. And Wikipedia.

TV Tropes was created by Deadpool to help us break the fourth wall and realize that every troper is a fictional character that will meet one of the members of the Five-Man Band sometime in our lives.
Damn strait I did! Now your one step further to being as Crazy Is Cool as me!

Abed is the true creator of TV Tropes and us.

He always references movies and tv, hangs a lampshade on almost anything and has a personality like some of us tropers. He is our creator and our god and so we must watch the show he has created that will soon present his creation of the site.

TV Tropes is the Metavirus.
  • Makes you speak in incomprehensible gibberish? Check. Reprogams your mind? Have you ever watched a show quite the same after visiting this site?

Xanatos Gambit and Xanatos Speed Chess are part of a Xanatos Gambit by Xanatos himself to become immortal
So, Xanatos has a small amount of influence in the real world, resulting in several attempts to revive Gargoyles after the original series ended, in an attempt by Xanatos to give himself permanent Joker Immunity, and thus effectively immortality. However, the (so far) failure of these attempts was of no consequence, as he has implemented two tropes bearing his name, which will forever lead people to wonder who “Xanatos” is after Gargoyles has been forgotten, and ensure that he will remain in the Tv Tropes Pantheon forever. If Gargoyles is brought back, the original facet of his plan will succeed. If Tv Tropes somehow ends, people will remember what a Xanatos Gambit is and infuse their own villains with his spirit, also granting him immortality. If all memory of the word “Xanatos” is wiped from humanity’s consciousness, then a “Negative Xanatos” will persist, creating a hole in reality and leading to someone recreating him as an "original idea" which will result in his return, and the opportunity to repeat this gambit, only with superior media and greater opportunity to be remembered due to better technology. Thus, the existence of those tropes is Xanatos’s ultimate victory. In fact, I am Xanatos, writing this because nothing you can do could possibly derail my plan. In any possible situation, I will live forever.

Tropes Wiki is the Proto-Borg
Who as we all know were simultaneously invented by Star Trek AND Doctor Who before each other, due to an accident with a time machine and a floppy disk. Exept they were bugs first. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!
  • On the note, the Wiki is a anarcho-communist cabal to undermine the concept of intelligent property.

Other guesses:

    Future & Prophecies 
The tropes and wikiwords will become a condensed hyper-language.
As the wiki grows and gets more "vocabulary", eventually all tropers will begin to have them seep into their everyday life, and through same communication to others. By 2311.2, everyone on the planet's speech will end up telepathically blue and we will speak exclusively in Wiki Words, like: I had to Retcon the Beach Episode after The Stoic Pointy-Haired Boss in my Burger Fool Pulled The Thread on my "Fawlty Towers" Plot.
  • You laugh, but some of us already do this.
  • Just for the record, I've once said something like "You're saying he made all that money by working at a Burger Fool? That's like saying Epileptic Trees exist."
  • Darmok: his eyes are opened!
    • Blink Dawg gets what you're trying to do, but the actual quote is "Sokath, his eyes uncovered!".
  • Oh, and also for the record, I, the same troper as above, have found Spock Speak to be a really good way of temporarily controlling your anger. You hide it within a pure logic masquerade, and at least it won't explode. Check this dialog: "It is likely that the attachment process will last for a sizeable amount of time, considering the lack of wi-fi network signal power... HAAAAAAA!!! 'BOUT TIME YOU ATTACHED THIS SH** , YOU MOTHERF*** ING SH** -A** CLUNKER!!!"
  • So...Yeah.
  • Wasn't that the plot of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok"? I remember there was this race who spoke only with references to old legends or something like that.
  • Doubleplusungood.

The Chekov's Gun page is a Chekhov's Gun.
Its true purpose has yet to be revealed, but it will undoubtedly be important.

Don't ask.
  • Ow, that is painful to think about.

Acceptable targets will continue to grow and grow until it eventually encompasses every human (and some non-human ones too, of course) social group ever thought of.
The end result will be an article that is so long and so entertaining that no one will ever leave their computers, thus causing an end to civilization as we know it.
  • Jossed, cause it's an index now, so really the list got shorter.

We will fight a Superboss once we get all tropes.

TV Tropes will be the undoing of human civilization.
Soon, every trope, trick and cliche will be listed on this site, and everything in the media will become predictable. But someone out there, someone will write a book or make a movie or a play so brilliant, so trope-savvy that nobody will be able to see ANYTHING coming once they read/watch it. Stunned by the absolute unexpected brilliance of it all, every human on earth will read and watch again and again and again until we all die of starvation.
  • Unfortunately, there will be one flaw in the plan. As every trope is subverted or deconstructed, a new one is born in its place as a result of everyone swarming to use the new trope. Think about it. Anti-Hero was formerly a Deconstruction of The Hero, but then it became so popular that it became a trope in itself. Wait, there's another closely-related flaw. Many tropes exist in a dichotomy, so subverting one is merely falling into another, and Take a Third Option is a trope in itself. A third flaw is that a Subverted Trope is not necessarily an indicator of quality, and several times actually is very annoying. So Once Again, the Day Is Saved, thanks to: The Fridge Logic!
  • Besides, someone did that same plot already.
  • Nah, maybe the Humanity will invent new, inimaginable tropes by this day. They're just like Pokémon.
  • Jossed. WhatsApp is.

Tropes are the gateway to Phenomenal Cosmic Power
Think about it. Eventually, we'll all be so Genre Savvy that we'll know exactly how to react to cause any given outcome in any given situation. From there, Rule of Cool demands that we become some sort of elite Reality Warper squad.

Douglas Adams predicted the rise of the TV Tropes Wiki and Wikipedia in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Obviously, he didn't write about them directly. Think about it, though: the two leading sources of information in the Galaxy are the Encyclopedia Galactica and the titular Guide. The Encyclopedia Galactica is referred to as a dry, humorless, yet useful source of information. The Hitchhiker's Guide can be just as informative as the Encyclopedia on certain topics; however, it's said that it can be edited by "anyone who walks into the room" (admittedly, Wikipedia can as well, but the Guide, like TV Tropes, seems to have a definite There Is No Such Thing as Notability vibe to it), it has an idiosyncratic writing style, and, despite its quirks, is gaining popularity throughout the Galaxy. Sound familiar?
  • ...Holy *** , that actually makes sense.
    • You know, that does make sense!
      • Eccentrica Gallumbitis, the Triple-Breasted Whore of Eroticon Six, or GTFO.
  • I realized that upon seeing the Amazon Kindle advertised with "wireless access to Wikipedia (among others)." That's The Guide, right there.
  • My mind is now officially blown.
  • And the Tropes Mirror Wiki is the guide 2.0.

TV Tropes acts as an aggregator for the minds of the tropers, forming a kind of Hive Mind. Eventually, with enough tropership, it will gain sentience.
Think about it. The Wiki's practically got Historical Inertia. A lot of inertia. Wiki Magic ensures that information and data are upgraded into their ultimate 'perfect' states, and the effects linger in the minds of the tropers, to the point of affecting their existences outside of TV Tropes. Not only does this attract new tropers, but it gradually promotes acceptance of TV Tropes. Let's face it. We're ants, it's the anthill— and eventually, the anthill's going to gain consciousness in aggregate.

There Is No Such Thing as Notability and the weight of all the examples will kill the wiki
There Is No Such Thing as Notability is TV Tropes' greatest strength,yet an invitation to its greatest weaknesses — Fannage and Fancruft. In a couple of years' time:Eventually, Trope Launch Pad will gain a new feature... "New trope approved by admin". The only guard against this future will be self-awareness of Wiki Tropes and of MST3K Mantra.

TV Tropes will, in the future, combine with Wikipedia to create the Infosphere.
Eventually, all tropers will evolve into the Brain-spawn, and will merge tvtropes with Wikipedia in an attempt to categorize all knowledge in the universe systematically, then destroy it. The downside to this means we will likely be defeated by an orange-haired time-traveling New Yorker on a Scooty Puff Jr.
  • You mean a Scooty-Puff Sr. The Scooty-Puff Jr. sucks.

Once a person reads EVERY TROPE IN THEIR ENTIRETY they are given the powers of a god
Your god powers include infinite knowledge (you gain the knowledge from tropes that are added after you become a god), supremacy over everyone on the internet (meaning you can break any rule on any site without punishment and win any argument), the ability to smite people (meaning you can smite those who don't believe in your powers), and a TV Tropes t-shirt. Unfortunately, this is nearly impossible.
  • 26% complete...
  • Say, do you have to read each trope's entry completely? Do you have to read the examples too?
    • Every word. Every letter. Even the ads. No one said becoming a god was easy.
  • Not just some random god's powers. You get Haruhi's powers. Unfortunately for you, you don't get to know it, either. Also, laws about rape will apply to you.
  • if that's the case kneel bitches

Alternatively, you'll suffer a Fate Worse than Death.
In fact, your soul is ripped of your body into your computer. Thus your heart stops. You'll meet a Physical God Eldritch Abomination and be absorbed into it's soul. In fact, it's a fusion of the souls of all the previous people who managed to do it. It has the rule over TV Tropes, and tropers are its servants that are seeking to become a part of it. The bigger your ego is, the more your personality affects its personality.My plan? I have a big ego. So big, I would absorb it instead of it absorbing me. I'm going to read all the pages in This Very Wiki, and absorb that creature. Thus I'll rule over TV Tropes. If TV Tropes is going to Take Over the World, I will be in control. All of you will serve me. I can control the world. If I want somebody dead, s/he dies. If I don't, s/he is immortal. Kneel before me, worthless mortals.

TV Tropes and Encyclopedia Dramatica will someday soon get into a war.
Which will, due to the wide influence of both, force websites to take sides. While Uncyclopedia will likely side with Encyclopedia Dramatica, the behemoth that is Wikipedia will eventually join our side to protect knowledge as we know it. When the dust settles, and everyone counts their casualties, we will have won, but at an extremely high cost. Most websites will be in smoking ruins, their communities decimated. and then, when we believe all is lost and we are preparing for an after the end scenario, our saviors, Trope-tan and Crystal Dragon Jesus shall come, and help us rebuild.

Grand Unified Field Theory and/or Psychohistory will be products of TV Tropes.
As more tropes are identified and refined the site will become an increasingly accurate means of predicting real word events. Eventually a mathematical analysis could reveal a formula for predicting future events in real life. Whether the resulting pattern is Psychohistory or Grand Unified Field Theory is down to how far tropers are willing to go.
  • Could someone tell me if this WMG is compatible with any variants of TV Tropes being a Hive Mind?

We will eventually have a trope page for every work in the universe.
Every. Single. One. Because, dude, that'd be just fuckin' awesome.

TV Tropes will eventually overthrow Wikipedia completely.
And there will be a big epic war. Twenty years from now, Wikipedia will be gone. No one will even believe it existed.
  • Well, everybody gets their information there, so it's not like there would be a Wikipedia page to prove it existed...

TV Tropes's ultimate goal is a mixture of The World Ends with You, Strata, Haruhi Suzumiya and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Tropers are actually unconscious Composers, drawn to the Wiki in order to be exposed to Narrativium, gain knowledge and wisdom, and, in the fullness of time, ascend in order to mend and weave the Great Plotline. All humans, ultimately, have this potential for ascension, but many unconsciously suppress it in order to keep the Universe from becoming a fanfic.

If you read every Trope page you reach Enlightenment

If you read every Trope page you die like the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark because some things we are just not meant to know

The moment TV Tropes becomes self-aware, the human race is irrevocably fucked.
Think about it: If this website develops true self-awareness, it'll be the most Genre Savvy being on the planet. It will be able to codify every aspect of the human condition. We try to reason with it? It'll give a perfect Hannibal Lecture while ignoring our own. We try to figure out if it'll turn? It'll completely ignore the Obviously Evil tropes while using them to throw us off. Caught in a corner? It'll enact every Xanatos Gambit it can, while avoiding Complexity Addiction. TV Tropes will win, and the human race will either be extinguished when they've used up their tropes, or kept alive for elaborate plays for its entertainment. TV Tropes will take over your life!

When every trope is listed and every page finished, a portal to the divine realm will open.
And will bring the next coming of the Crystal Dragon Jesus.

Someone (most likely a [1] tribute band) will actually perform, record and publish "We Didn't Start the Riffing".

    Troper Community 
The Contributors have way too much time on their hands.
This has, of course, been debunked and confirmed simultaneously: some have way too much time, while others have way too little.
  • Some really wish to have more time, not only for the tropes, but for everything. We aren't Time Lords after all, are we?
    • Of course we aren't Time Lords. That is totally untrue. Why? Who suggested otherwise? And when did they say I was a Time Lord?

The tropers are actually the souls of bad TV writers and executives who are stuck in Purgatory
They are tallying their sins here to atone for the fact that they caused many of them in the first place, and prevent others from continuing the mistakes, and eventually causing the Apocalypse.
  • No, I'm not :P
    • Who? Me?
  • Not always... Except if you're talking about these. Well, as far as I know, I'm still alive, but maybe reincarnation exists?
  • I have never even BEEN to Purgatory!
  • Stuck in Purgatory? Nah, the skiing's just that good up at 10000 ft.

The entire Wiki has been infiltrated by aliens
(obviously led by Ununnilium; even his name gives him away; human chemists generally use the term darmstadtium) who are using it to manipulate Earth pop culture so that we'll finally produce something worth watching (basically the first theory, but with aliens). Seth was originally a Men in Black Agent sent to to stop them, but got addicted to the Wiki and quit the service so he could devote his time to correcting misused Avatar examples. So far they've found no one to replace him because he was the best agent they ever had, dammit. Being X is actually Seth's replacement undercover. Apparently, he's not all that good at it. The Affable Paranoiac was sent to investigate when BeingX also disappeared mysteriously.
  • The Great Crash was the result of a climactic battle between the Aliens and The Men in Black. While the MIB's tried to destroy the wiki, the Aliens ultimately won.
  • Of course we are aliens, MIB itself said that every clever/intelligent/famous person might be an alien in disguise! (Even though I do believe in Michael Jackson's part...)

Sauron is a troper.
The Lord of the Rings can only copy and corrupt what other people have created. Take That! TV Tropes!
  • If so, he is one hell of a Mary Sue! (I don't care if it's Marty Stu, after all, he was a girl before, right?)

The number of wicks a series has is linearly related to how good the series is
Note: This applies retroactively. Theoretically, if we added it to enough pages, legitimately, Gayniggers From Outer Space would be the best movie ever.

Every troper is actually the same person.
  • Either we're all the same person from alternate realities, and TV Tropes is inter-, intra-, and extra dimensional, or
  • We're in a perverse form of reincarnation: When one of us dies in the future, we're re-incarnated as a new person in the past. How do you keep track of the timeline? Someone has died in the future, been reborn, become a nerd, and logged onto here whenever a new contributor pops up.
  • Third theory: We're all different regenerations of the same Time Lord, and TV Tropes Wiki is its/our TARDIS.
    • Our Time Lord designation is "The Troper". The reason we haven't run out of regenerations is because of the massive power of all the information stored in the wiki. This is why we cannot stay away from the wiki. However, the extended regenerations have screwed up our ability to remember our past lives, which is why we can't instinctively tell we are a Time Lord, and why most of us can't use the wiki to travel Spacetime. We survived the last time war because we were busy cataloging all the Tropes, and weren't around to get owned, but The Doctor doesn't know we survived. Not that we could leave, anyway.
  • Fourth theory: We're all different regenerations of the same Time Lord, and TV Tropes Wiki is its/our TARDIS and we regenerate in alternate realities.
  • It might mean that all of us use glasses and have huge boobs. No exceptions.
  • In that case, Jossed.
  • Fifth Theory: We are all Sockpuppets of the same guy suffering from The Schizophrenia Conspiracy.
  • Hinduism. Just Hinduism.
  • I only wrote that to make you feel better. Actually, I am the Solipsist and you are all figments of my imagination. TAKE THAT! (I know, I just said that to parts of myself. But I don't need to explain this to you, because you are me.)

Some of the tropers actually are characters from the series or articles they habitually edit
Along the same vein as Heinlein's "Myth as Reality", who's to say that some of the articles aren't actually primary sources, as it were? Any series that has universe-jumping or time travel is a candidate. Pay careful attention to the editor names...
  • Of course. We're all our own Author Avatars!
    • So, I'm a WMG character? Eww.

The hacker who is harassing this site is a disgruntled former member/moderator/administrator.
Because that's always the case, with these things.
  • Yeah, I remember when that pesky hacker invaded three of my e-mails because he didn't like me anymore... What a jerk.

The guy who attacks the WMG section is actually a trope shinigami
He extends his life span by killing off WMGs.

TV Tropes is the Anti-Troll
From the forums, nothing really riles up the place (except maybe religion, but it still remains mostly civil), if we have sites like ED and 4chan, there has to be a counter force for it, namely, this wiki.
  • Don't worry, there's plenty of troll on the IRC channel, I'm afraid.
    • There always is. It's an IRC Channel, after all. BTW, have you ever heard of funnels?

There are only two people that ever edit this site.
You and me. I just try to trick you by assuming numerous usernames and personalities.
  • Good grief, you sure have a lot of time on your hands.
  • And since we're all Time Lords that makes you The Master, and me The Doctor!
  • No, these two people are named Alice and Bob.
  • Quit Astroturfing (I'm sure we can excuse an Entry Pimp or three thousand if it's done by at least 50% of the troper populace) and stop making your Sock Puppets get into edit wars. It's getting annoying.

All the Evangelion / Time Lord / Haruhi Suzumiya theories are part of an ongoing Gambit Roulette concocted by Zorgazzo the Hedonist of Pancakes.
I don't really have any evidence for this one, but when I find some I'll let you know...

When a troper doesn't have a good Wild Mass Guess, they default to Doctor Who, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and/or Haruhi Suzumiya
That's why there are so many entries with them.

We are making all the Mass Guessing Up and We Know It.
Well it's not like we are taking it Seriously, we are doing it because it Funny, Cool and for the hell of it.

TV Tropes is full of cyber-exhibitionists.
It's the only explanation for why people keep openly writing about their sex lifes and fantasies, up to the point where the Troper Tales entry for Brother–Sister Incest had to be executed.

Some of those Entry Pimps are actually Astroturfing.
As has been observed above, there have been an awful lot of posts for Repo! The Genetic Opera. For that matter, how did some of these lame webcomics get pages in the first place? Thanks to There Is No Such Thing as Notability, Gushing About Shows You Like, and a habit of creating pages for video games before they're even out, this could become a serious problem if it isn't one already.

All tropers are Reality Warpers
  • Every time someone adds an entry about a certain work of fiction, it becomes true to that work in the real world unless it directly contradicts something by a previous editor.

Everyone here is a fictional character who escaped into the real world.
I've already posted a theory about this on the Real Life wild mass guessing page, but felt that I should add that the reason we all came here is because we sub-consciously recall once being a mindless fictional character who was controlled by the author, and we have gathered at this site in hope that it will help us fulfill our ultimate goal: To permanently destroy the fourth wall.
  • Actually, I was forcibly snatched from my fictional universe by some unknown being or force — and tossed into this terrible Real Life. Everything's unbearably mundane, there's no supernatural, everything is more deadly and more difficult to do, and the Rule of Cool manifests irresponsibly rarely. I want to go back where I belong, and thus work on abolishing the fourth wall, for the benefit of all the other potential 'verse-shifted.
  • What if, rather than being here to destroy the Fourth Wall, our original (fictional) homes were destroyed, and us tropers are trying to recreate them via tropes?

TV Tropes is also an excuse for people who want to write fanfiction, but couldn't because of a fear of being Bad
Think about it.

TV Tropes does ruin our lives, but tropers get addicted to it because most tropers are masochists. Really.

TV Tropes is a Cult worshipping Time Lords
They just love the time lord references.

Everything on TV Tropes is just a bunch of jibber-jab, and since we all love the site so much, we think it's all true and meaningful.
Think about it: What if absolutely EVERYTHING on this darned site was just a bunch of lies, and since it all sounds so legit, we're hallucinating that everything it says about shows, movies and such is true??? This site was most likely created by a bored teenager who decided to make a wiki full of lies about pop culture. Then things got out of hand...
  • I'm sorry, but in order to prevent a Logic Bomb, this theory must be jossed. "If TV Tropes is all a lie, then TV Tropes is not addictive, but I am addicted to it, so TV Tropes must be completely true, but..."

Tropers are the bridge between Tropes and Real Life; recovering tropers are the fence.
Which is why some but not all Tropes have Real Life examples.

You are the only human troper everything else is done by TV tropes itself which is actually an advanced AI

I mean, apart from you, who would spend their life witting Tropes?

Tropers are unconsciously attracted to each other. Not in that way.

Look at the Fanfic Recs page. I assure you, at least nine out of ten fanfictions have a troper as their writer. It's not like people are using Sock Puppets to rec their own fic. Or that tropers are recommending their own fics.

We all are Time Lords

Unfortunate Implications are actually a sentient Hive Mind hellbent on destroying all entertainment, creativity, and imagination by offending the weak-minded, making writers take so many precautions that entertainment itself is not entertaining. The Troper that proposed Unfortunate Implications knew this and made it to increase awareness of the subject and to make future writers try their absolute hardest to prevent Unfortunate Implications from appearing in their stories.

The latest hacking incident was a side effect of the activation of the Large Hadron Collider.
Both events took place roughly at the same time. Coincidence? I think not! (The idea comes from the Trope Launch Pad discussion.)
  • Coincidentally, LHC created Sailor Trope.

    Wiki Content 
Where Are You From? was created by a paedophile with a particular interest in young nerds.
Don't tell me you didn't see this coming.
  • No. But I'm not that Young or a Nerds, so I'm safe.
  • I'm a nerd. Does the fact that I'm almost 20 complicate things?

The people behind Darth Wiki and Sugar Wiki are the same people.
They are trying to create conflict between the forces of good and evil for... some reason.

The Trope Ad of Win is launched by the Ad Server in order to fight off AdBlock Plus
It is specifically made to keep tropers looking for funny ads so they will be forced to turn off their AdBlock plugins.
  • It ain't affecting me, though.....

You Know That Show is a plot to unintentionally create the next Candle Cove.
There have been plenty of people who have said "my friends don't believe it exists" on YKTS. It's only logical that the wiki is trying to create creepypastas from our mindless banter.

All absurd Wild Mass Guessing is genuine
Tropers are just embarassed that they may be ridiculed, so they turn to the Wild Mass Guessing pages where their ideas are accepted.

    Wiki Canon 
Trope Co. is run by the staff of a Corrupt Corporate Executive
Honestly. Evil Hand? Psycho Serum? Insecurity System? These are products designed for no better purpose than to exploit the innocent and cause havoc (or, more commonly, plot hooks) while lining their pockets. And thanks to products such as This Product Will Change Your Life and Epiphany Therapy, they are attempting to pass the burden of resolving this issues onto the customers themselves, rather than accepting the blame.

If that's not enough to convince you, Trope Co. deals in tropes, and there is currently no trope describing a benevolent company.

  • There's a little flaw in your plan: what if we are alerting people against the very ones you accuse us to be?

Trope Co.® is not accountable for negligent buyers
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Alice and Bob are Trope-tan's parents!
And, of course, Tropey is their dog. They rescued him from a place known as Moral Event Horizon, because before it was named that, it was known for being full of residents with an unhealthy fetish for canines... Poor Tropey suffered a bit of abuse there.And Troper-Tan is Sailor Trope! Tropey is her magical companion, like Luna and Artemis! It all makes sense! (Although her sky-blue-with-orange-ribbons suit is clashing...)

Trope-tan and Wikipe-tan were never part of a Power Trio
They were however a duo, but the Big Bad erased Wikipe-tan's memories of this (hence why Tv Tropes was once considered notable, but no longer is) and put vague Fake Memories into Trope-tan. Eventually, someone claiming to be the third member will appear, but she will actually be one of the Big Bad's minions.

The drivers of the Bus fleet all know the Engineer of the Afterlife Express.
Journalists are still trying to ask them if they're related, but they never come back from their interviews...

Report Siht is outside of our Fourth Wall.
He commonly views That Troper and This Troper in media (see Bonus Feature Failure for a standout example), this just takes that to the obvious conclusion.

Jim from the The Nicknamer page is transmasc and his deadname is Alice
It would explain why Alice specifically and why its a Berserk Button.

Every time you make a Pot Hole, it helps fix a Plot Hole.
It just makes sense.

Several studios read everything we say about their series on WMG and Headscratchers
They do act on our suggestions, too - though sometimes, it's just to drive us crazy.

Which studios is up for speculation, but NBCUniversal is almost certainly among them.

The pilots who overshot the airport were on TV Tropes
Seriously, it's so addicting they didn't realize they missed the airport!
  • That explains why no one knows what site they were on, everyone else would get sucked in.

Raheem Devaughn hates us, so he's cramming in as many of those scrollover ads as he can
  • Or he wants to promote his new album. Not nearly as wild, though.

How to divide by zero: TV Tropes Style!
Add sharks to anything. Then add bears. Worse than even worse equals- Oh Shi-

TV Tropes is what happens when you merge Wikipedia with Uncyclopedia without using the MediaWiki
This wiki functions as a reference site, but can also function as a joke site. Look around and try to say it doesn't make sense

TV Tropes was to be shutdown permanently due to a domain-rent mixup in 2021 but managed to con the Cyber-landlords into giving them 10 more years of operation.

One of these theories is actually correct.
We're screwed.
  • Actually, one of these theories is correct; that theory is "One of these theories is actually correct."
    • So whatever you do, don't read any further.
  • Possibly the Haruhi one.

None of these theories are correct.
That was a close one.

Two of these theories are correct.
This one and that other one. (Bonus logic-breaker points if it's this trope and the one above)
  • If so, Evangelion is in a really near future. Maybe in Islamic 2014.

All three of the consecutive, above theories are correct.
  • Ugh, my mind...

That way, one guy is telling the truth, meaning there are no conflicting truths.

The troper above is lying. Five people speak the truth
Of course... the liar could be this troper...

Maybe we're all lying about lying.
Speaks for itself.