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Regular visitors here won't need to read the introduction.

If you're not a regular here, TV Tropes is a wiki documenting, in a fairly informal manner, the various conventions of fiction. Our full history can be found on our Timeline page.

Of course, like any sizable work, we've collected our own fair share of tropes.

TV Tropes Tropes:

  • Accentuate the Negative:
    • Some tropers just can't seem to resist complaining about stuff they don't like here, despite it being against wiki policy. Not to mention the fact that TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life. Thankfully, there have been quite some movements to lower such negativity in this wiki.
    • TV Tropes Reviews. This has caused there to be more negative reviews than positive on some examples. It seems almost like those with negative opinions will be more likely to post a review. It was even pointed out that negative reviews get more attention than positive ones, and this wiki was no exception.note 
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    • Darth Wiki has a reputation of this due to Dethroning Moment of Suck, Wall Bangernote , and So Bad, It's Horrible. Not to mention, TV Tropes already ruined your life.invoked
  • Ad Dissonance: Ad of Win and Ad of Lose document the vast spectrum of the quality of ads on this wiki.
  • Alice and Bob: They are often used to demonstrate a trope. To list all the tropes that involve them would be too long; see their trope page for details.
  • Alien Geometries: The Inverted Trope example on PlayingWith.Mile Long Ship. How exactly do you get a ship whose length is a negative number?
  • Alt Text: This wiki does have Alt Text capabilities, in the form of the Pot Hole.
  • Ambiguous Syntax:
    • The wiki itself has a few, many of which are chronicled in "I Thought It Meant..." For example, a Serial-Killer Killer: A killer of serial killers, or a serial killer of killers? (Both, more often than not.)
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    • An example rightly documented in Funny.TV Tropes:
      From the Peanuts Headscratchers page:
      Jesus, Lucy, Violet, and Patty are CRUEL to poor Charlie Brown! They expect him to get an over-commercialized tree, made of pink aluminum? Charlie brings back a tree that looks like one that would be next to the humble manger, and they all laugh at him! Even damned SNOOPY! Although it sets up a Crowning Moment Of Awesome with the "That's what Christmas is all about" speech, I just want to wring those three bitches' neck!!
      Is it bad that I read the start of this entry as a list of 4 names, rather than an expletive and 3 names?
      Jesus is laughing at Charlie Brown for having a great Christmas spirit! The irony!
      Nope. I did it, too. As did my parents, Ayn Rand and God.
      Your parents are Ayn Rand and God?
  • And That's Terrible:
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Trope-tan is the personification of TV Tropes itself.
  • Appeal to Obscurity:
    • From the Genghis Khan page: After a long list of conquered nations, it reads, "Khwarezm? You've never heard of that country? Exactly."
    • Similarly Trivia.X's Vaporware entry consists of, "What Xbox port of X3: Reunion? Exactly."
  • Archive Trawl:
    • The random button can have this effect.
    • Arguably, the reason that this wiki is so addictive. One page will only get you for half an hour, but the 50 pages that are linked that you opened...
    • Think back (or look at your history, whichever is easier). Odds are your coming to this page was a result of this trope.
  • Arc Words: Technically, the entire wiki is made up of them. But among the most notable ones are "There Is no Such Thing as Notability", "Tropes Are Tools", and of course "a".
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: You'll find some of this occasionally across this wiki, many of which are Potholed to the main page, including the name of the trope.
  • The Artifact: The "deadpan" in Deadpan Snarker. Due to Trope Decay, a deadpan delivery is no longer part of the trope.
  • Artifact Title:
    • It started with TV (Buffy the Vampire Slayer in particular). Nowadays it encompasses all media.
    • The Permanent Red Link Club was called that because all links that were listed there were doomed to be permanently red. Now that links show up as blue as long as an article of a given title exists in any namespace, several PRLC members, most commonly subpages and former Main namespace redirects, are actually blue.
  • Author Appeal: The whole point of this wiki. Tropers write about whatever they happen to be interested in.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: This wiki has a search toolbar for Firefox. While initially it seems like it would ruin your life even further and be great to edit articles, it's much faster to just use the search bar at the top of the page or just Google "TVTropes" rather than use the dropdown menu and enter it.
  • Beige Prose: The Laconic Wiki uses as few words as possible; in particular, the Laconic entries on Beige Prose and the Laconic Wiki itself.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • On most pages warning of unmarked spoilers, the majority of the spoilers are marked anyway.
    • This trope is most definitely not a popular pothole target for lies.
  • Bold Inflation: Repeatedly Used On This Very Wiki, especially in emotionally charged subpages like Awesome Moments or Nightmare Fuel. Articles that use Bold Inflation:
  • Bowdlerise: After The Second Google Incident, commands from the advertising that keeps the site afloat mandates that this wiki either eliminate trope pages for more sexually explicit works or find new (much less family friendly) sources of funding. A number of works the sexual explicitness of which is debatable (most prominently Lolita, which has since been restored, and It, which does feature underage copulation in one scene but otherwise contains little explicit sexual content) have been caught in the mass deletions. Many of the Sexual Harassment and Rape Tropes also presented problems, which resulted in less problematic trope names and a major cleanup effort.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: There's an example in the description of this trope on this wiki.
    "[K]nights have declined in popularity, but the Knight Errant is still around in full force — instead of knights, they are now often cowboys, samurai, or Samurai Cowboys."
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    • One would be a line that goes rather abruptly and disturbingly like this (fictional example): "Japan is well known for anime, J drama, J music, hard working people and so on. But this wasn't always so. It used to be a common act to disembowel people, eat dead babies and such." Go on, say you haven't seen an example like this before!
    • Alternately, on the above links: Main Entry, Quotes, Sugar Wiki, Wild Mass Guessing, invokedNightmare Fuel...
    • Also, from page to page, article-article-article-A Date with Rosie Palms-Cold-Blooded Torture...
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall/Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
  • British Accents: This trope falls victim to itself, as many non-Brits confuse "British" with "English". Mention of the other three nationalities (Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish) prevents it from being a complete facepalm. Not to mention actually mistaking a Scotsman, Welshman, or Irishman for "English" can lead to... unpleasantness.
  • Buffy Speak:
  • Butt-Monkey: Did you ever add an example to this very wiki that was already there? Nothing to be ashamed of, this can happen to the best (especially if it was filed under a different namespace than you would have defaulted it to). Did you shamefully revert the edit on the spot? Great, you saved the mods some work. (Beat) Did the Edit Protip say to check if the example is already there?
  • Cannot Convey Sarcasm: Absolutely. One can never, ever, ever tell when a troper is being sarcastic or snarky. Such is the monumentally difficult task of communicating sarcasm through text alone.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Tropers will pothole a word, phrase, etc. that is considered to be... well... completely obvious, to the Captain Obvious page.
    • "Five hats means that five tropers think it is ready to publish." At least partially obvious.
    • Also, the Captain Obvious page is about a trope which highlights easily discovered events that are pointed out to the audience, as if they had no clue what was going on. This trope is called "Captain Obvious" and it's on the website you're currently on called TVTropes (the url address is On a side note, TV Tropes is a webpage which features articles about multiple tropes seen throughout many forms of media, such as literature, live-action T.V. shows, anime/manga, video games, comic books, and in several cases, even real life!
    • Any disambiguation page that says it's a disambiguation page.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • The fucking Cluster F-Bomb page. The "so much you can't take them seriously" variant was used in a previous version of that page's introduction, but most of it was removed for the sake of clarity. Readers curious as to how bad it was can always check the page history.
    • Amusingly, there are enough fucking example on the Precision F-Strike page that it's turned into a Cluster F-Bomb. Even the haiku page has over five people who just wrote fuck seventeen fucking times.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the current version, the normal wiki has a blue header, WMG has a yellow one, Sugar Wiki has brown, and Darth Wiki has black.
    • In previous versions, the normal wiki had a white background with a blue header, YMMV and WMG had a blue one, Sugar Wiki had pink and Darth Wiki had black.
  • Color Contrast: Blue Links and Red Links, to signify links that leads somewhere, and links that don't.
  • Congestion Speak: The "unabridged version" gag from Laconic.Working Through The Cold reads "Do you thick a bere *cough* illdess is goig to *sniff* stop be frob visitig the udabridged versiod?! ACHOO!".
  • Cool Shades: Sign up for the forums and you can post a Cool Shades smiley!
  • Cosmetic Award: Made of Win. Unless someone tries to collect those free hugs, anyway.
  • Creator Provincialism: At times.
    • Uses of phrases like "our part of the world" and so on, especially when used to contrast with other cultures and nations, reveal the assumptions of the troper responsible. Usually involves We All Live in America or other Western perspective and neglects the existence of non-Western audiences or tropers.
    • The seasonal sub-indexes of Anime and Manga of the 2010s assume the Northern Hemisphere's seasons are used.
    • Go count how many times 9/11 is mentioned under Harsher in Hindsight.
  • The Crime Job: Train Job
  • Cross-Referenced Titles:
  • Crunchtastic:
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!:
    • The forums: Most forums use BB Code, while the TV Tropes forum uses wiki markup.
    • See those buttons at the top of the page? Sometimes, during a site update, they get rearranged. Then you find yourself sending a private message when you want to see a trope's history page.
    • Sometimes an announcement comes up as a banner at the top of the page, but it only appears some of the time. Most of the time it's not a big problem but if you're wandering the site with the random page button, and the banner is there and suddenly it goes away, shifting the rest of the site up, you'll end up suddenly hitting a dead-end at your profile page and having to go back. Different parts of the site have different buttons anyway.
    • All of us wiki addicts know the frustration of going to a non-wiki site and finding an incorrect bit of info, or grammar error, or something that could have been phrased better and realizing that there is no "edit" feature on the site.
  • Dark World: Darth Wiki is where all the negative opinions go to. And a couple of other dark stuff.
  • Deadly Hug: The picture for the trope Mercy Kill features a very emotional version of a deadly hug.
  • Un-person: Tropers who get banned usually have all of their edits reverted and TLP entries deleted.
  • "Untitled" Title: The No Title article, which is about untitled works.
  • Unusual Euphemism: After someone used it in the Doctor Who invokedFetish Fuel page, the phrase "squiggly feelings" became popular on this very wiki, and, after the Fetish Fuel pages were moved, invokedFetish Fuel Wiki.
  • Verbal Tic: This very wiki, natch.
  • Viewers Are Morons:
    • Prevalent with troper-created puns, which will be pointed out with a Pun or Incredibly Lame Pun Sinkhole (the latter also being incorrect usage), no matter how obvious they are.
    • Examples on trope pages will often link to the very same page the examples are already on. Or, a perfectly fine example will have a second bullet point explaining everything that has already been explained a second time.
    • Tropes will be renamed and page images removed if so much as one person does not understand its relevance to the trope's description, sometimes with accusations of Fan Myopia thrown about no matter if that's actually the case.
    • The wiki has done this occasionally, such as when it changed some invokedUnfortunate Implications titles. Abuse Is Okay If It's Female On Male, for example, was changed because they were afraid people would take it literally (this change was enforced by Google, on threat of pulling all ad revenue), yet some I Thought It Meant titles, such as Men Are the Expendable Gender, are still in play.
  • Visual Pun: Some of the images for our trope articles are this.
  • The Voiceless: Troll Post.
  • Waxing Lyrical: In addition to trope names, tropers will often disguise quotes from the song or show they're discussing as banter-like natter.
  • We Will Use WikiWords in the Future: This very wiki is having this effect, with more readers and editors of the site casually referencing trope names InCamelCase, which in literary (pop culture) discussions are incredibly more recognized as TV Tropes terms. TV Tropes variations of trope names are also becoming more recognizable: After reading a lot of TV Tropes, what sounds more natural — the traditional literary term Bathos, or Narm?
  • What Were You Thinking?: Some editors tend to use this at times as a reaction... and Pothole it to the What Were You Thinking? page.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Let's face it, not everything on this site really lends itself to a wiki format, but you have to give the admins credit for making it happen.
  • Wiki Walk: It's a wiki, what else would you expect? Let's face it, you're probably in the middle of one right now. And that is why TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life. (Tabbed Browsing is the bane of everyone with ADHD.)
  • Word, Schmord!:
  • Worldbuilding: This wiki has a couple of tips on how to help.
  • You Keep Using That Word:
    • Egregious has been used so egregiously on this wiki that it has its own page.
    • Similarly Your Mileage Will Vary is used as a way of referring to Your Mileage May Vary taken up a notch on especially controversial issues that reach a point where there is no middle ground. Your Mileage May Vary comes from car commercials that say consumers might get a different amount of mileage than is advertised, and on this wiki, means that viewers might not agree with the statement. Using "Your Mileage Will vary" implies unanimous disagreement rather than inevitable controversy.
    • The word Trope does not come from TV Tropes, and like "subversion" its meaning in the real world is different than on this site. In reality, "trope" does not mean "storytelling device" but "the use of a word to have a meaning different than the usual one."

Alternative Title(s): This Very Wiki, TV Tropes Wiki, Television Tropes And Idioms