The in character version: My fellow revolutionaries! Too long have work names languished in potholes, making searching impossible! The first instance of a work name when it is listed as an example of a trope should not be locked behind a pothole that only makes sense to people familiar with the series! I'm making it my life's mission to free all of those so falsely imprisoned! Now who's with me?
The boring version: When you Entry Pimp a work name on a trope page, please leave the work name un-potholed, and if you come across any such potholes, please free the work name from said pothole. This makes the wiki less confusing overall for everybody.
Here's an example of how to liberate works names. On the page Absent-Minded Professor, Professor Oak was once listed as an example with nothing but:
It's since been changed to:
- Pokémon Red and Blue's Professor Oak is so absent-minded he doesn't remember his own grandson's name, leaving it up to the player to remind him.
(Of course, you don't have to be fancy when you liberate a pothole, but sometimes a little bit of elaboration is helpful.)
Until the wiki as a whole decides to adopt this as a matter of course, please be a roaming works name liberator like I am. (Current project: Liberating Punctuated! For! Emphasis!.)