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This trope is in desperate need of a Trope Repair Shop page, along with Hilarious in Hindsight. I swear, go to the YMMV page of ANY fictional work involving a character asking another character if they want to build a snowman, and SOMEONE will be giving an example of it being either Shout-Out or Hilarious in Hindsight just because that was said in Frozen.
I'm sorry. That's not how that works. That's not how any of that works. Someone please stop this. I'm sick of this trope, and any similar tropes like Hilarious in Hindsight, being used because someone just happened to inquire the creation of a dang snowman. I've lurked since at least 2014. Maybe older. Silently editing this place. I think on my old account (lost its passcode) I made the original Revenge of the Sunfish trope list. Whatever.
All I can say outside of rambling is please, someone, fix this trope and all similar ones. It's not a Shout Out or Hilarious in Hindsight just because someone asks someone else to make a snowman, and Olaf's ugly mug exists on literally every product known to man. It's torking me off.
I swear, every time I come across the Shout-Out sections, I want to put a bullet in my own head. Almost every time, I consider the unrealistic idea of just terminating this trope page just so I don't have to listen to a bunch of people think they're smart enough to point out a reference when it's just a coincidence.
Well, yeah, this trope is majorly overused.
There needs to be a trope for the unintentional connections between series.
^ Surprisingly Similar Stories?
Can a shirt be a shout out to itself? There's a page where a TV character's t-shirt is said to be a shout out, and the outgoing link goes to the online store where the shirt is sold. The shirt is totally original and doesn't contain references to any media. The shout out seems to be the fact that the shirt exists in real life. I don't think that really counts...
That sounds like Product Placement.
I was about to remove an entry from one of the Shout-Out pages on the basis that it was a "supposedly similar to another work" entry (it also came off as complaining and, based on my knowledge of both works, the two works have almost no connection at all). Looking over the page, there are also several other examples where works were listed as having Shout-Outs to other works based on similar elements or characters.
Do "X from Work A is similar to Y from Work B" entries qualify as Shout-Outs?
Since when did this become Trivia?
I'm seeing it on trivia pages instead of the main page in several places too. It seems like a decent fit, though I've never been fond of the YMMV and Trivia pages as a concept and I've seen nothing stating that Shout Out entries should be moved there.
They shouldn't be. Please move them back to the main page when you find them.
Do you have to pay the company that you're shouting out? Like if you throw in the "use the force" line from Star Wars, do you have to pay George Lucas?
There should be a separate page of shoutouts to THX 1138.
<Havn't figured out how to delete these. I was suggesting to add something because I'm used to wikipedia where it has to be discussed first but I just discovered this site isn't like that :)>
Should http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/photoshop/2/5/8/33258.jpg?v=1 that go somewhere on this page? Because it's pretty cool.
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