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A website with an entry for every archetypal [[plot device]], [[plot]] [[event]], [[A wizard did it|plot hole]], [[character]], line of [[dialogue]], theme, or [[music]]al device that has been thought of more than once. [[People]] commonly direct to this site when they want to explain an oft-used [[plot device]] or [[cliché]] to others—rather than explain it themselves in simple words.
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A website with an entry for every archetypal plot device, [[plot]] event, [[A wizard did it|plot hole]], [[character]], line of [[dialogue]], theme, or [[music]]al device that has been thought of more than once which makes the name ever so slightly [[fucking]] [[retarded]]. [[People]] commonly direct to this site when they want to explain an oft-used plot device or cliché to others—rather than explain it themselves in simple words.
   
These [[link]]ers feel guilty shortly afterwards because they know that their victims are now locked in a seven-hour [[Marathon]] of browsing through what feels like every single page of the entire archives of the wiki and getting thoroughly lost. It tends to start innocently enough, from ''[[Firefly]]'' to [[Catchphrase|Catch Phrase]] to [[Star Trek|He's Dead Jim]] to ''[[Doctor Who]]'', but then it devolves to [[Sitcom|Running Gag]] to [[Muppets|''The Muppet Movie'']] to [[Jim Henson]] to ''[[Sesame Street]]'' to [[Acid|Acid Reflux Nightmare]] to [[Ancient|Older Than Radio]] to [[Pirate|Walk The Plank]] to ''[[Star Wars]]'' to [[Cliché|Famous Last Words]] back to ''[[Firefly]]'' and then to [[Awesome|Crowning Moment of Awesome]]...and you're stuck just in that section for three to four hours frantically agreeing or disagreeing to what is listed as awesome and what is listed to the contrary.
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These [[link]]ers feel guilty shortly afterwards because they know that their victims are now locked in a seven-hour Marathon of browsing through what feels like every single page of the entire archives of the wiki and getting thoroughly lost. It tends to start innocently enough, from ''[[Firefly]]'' to [[Catchphrase|Catch Phrase]] to [[Star Trek|He's Dead Jim]] to ''[[Doctor Who]]'', but then it devolves to [[Sitcom|Running Gag]] to [[Muppets|''The Muppet Movie'']] to [[Jim Henson]] to ''[[Sesame Street]]'' to [[Acid|Acid Reflux Nightmare]] to [[Ancient|Older Than Radio]] to [[Pirate|Walk The Plank]] to ''[[Star Wars]]'' to Famous Last Words back to ''[[Firefly]]'' and then to [[Awesome|Crowning Moment of Awesome]]...and you're stuck just in that section for three to four hours frantically agreeing or disagreeing to what is listed as awesome and what is listed to the contrary.
   
Each entry has a brief description of the device, or "trope", wherein sometimes there are links to other tropes, which are [[Capital|Typically Capitalized]]. This is occasionally accompanied by a single image, which is the only image you will find in the entire entry, making this website [[Uncyclopedia|Inferior To Uncyclopedia]]. The introduction is followed by a listing of every example the [[user|Hive Mind]] could find of that particular device in [[anime]], [[comic book]]s, [[film]], live action [[television]], [[literature]], [[music]], tabletop [[game]]s, [[theatre]], [[video game]]s, [[webcomic]]s, [[web]]-original content, Western [[animation]], and [[real life]]. Tedious pop culture references and/or inside abbreviations are sure to be made, often without any explanation. Tropers also appear to be unaware of the existence of what are called Discussion Pages.
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Each entry has a brief description of the device, or "trope", wherein sometimes there are links to other tropes, which are Typically Capitalized. This is occasionally accompanied by a single image, which is the only image you will find in the entire entry, making this website [[Uncyclopedia|Inferior To Uncyclopedia]]. The introduction is followed by a listing of every example the [[user|Hive Mind]] could find of that particular device in [[anime]], [[comic book]]s, [[film]], live action [[television]], [[literature]], [[music]], tabletop [[game]]s, [[theatre]], [[video game]]s, [[webcomic]]s, [[web]]-original content, Western [[animation]], and [[real life]]. Tedious pop culture references and/or inside abbreviations are sure to be made, often without any explanation. Most tropers also appear to be unaware of the existence of what are called Discussion Pages.
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* Episode 3 of [[Nobody cares|Obscure Anime Series]] references this.
 
* Episode 3 of [[Nobody cares|Obscure Anime Series]] references this.
 
** Averted in most anime and manga, whose setting — Japan — rarely encounters TV Tropes, or the real world in general.
 
** Averted in most anime and manga, whose setting — Japan — rarely encounters TV Tropes, or the real world in general.
* Blah Blah Blah Blah ''Gun X Sword'' Blah Blah Blah.
 
** Blah Blah ''Blah''? <span style="color:#ffffff; border:1px dotted gray; border-top:none;">Blah Blah Blah Blah!</span>
 
*** Blah Blah Blah.
 
 
* In ''[[Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'', tropes are many and common.
 
* In ''[[Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'', tropes are many and common.
* Blah Blah Blah ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'', Blah Blah Blah, '''Blah Blah''' Blah.
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* Blah Blah Blah ''Mahou Sensei Negima'', Blah Blah Blah, '''Blah Blah''' Blah.
** Blah Blah Blah <span style="color:#ffffff; border:1px dotted gray; border-top:none;">Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah</span> Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah. [[Captain Obvious|Blah Blah Blah]].
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** Blah Blah Blah <span style="color:#ffffff; border:1px dotted gray; border-top:none;" title="you can set spoilers visible by default on your profile">Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah</span> Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah. [[Captain Obvious|Blah Blah Blah]].
* ''Noein'': Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah ''Blah Blah'' Blah Blah Blah.
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* Blah Blah Blah Blah ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah.
* Blah Blah Blah Blah ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' Blah Blah Blah [[MacGuffin|Blah Blah Blah]] Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah.
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* In ''[[Pokémon]]'', many tropes are invoked by both the games and the anime.
* In ''[[Pokemon]]'', many tropes are invoked by both the games and the anime.
 
 
* ''Appleseed EX Machina:'' Blah Blah Blah Blah.
 
* ''Appleseed EX Machina:'' Blah Blah Blah Blah.
 
** [[Serious business|Blah Blah Blah BLAH!!!!!!]]
 
** [[Serious business|Blah Blah Blah BLAH!!!!!!]]
* ''Xamd Lost Memories.'' Blah......''Xamd Lost Memories.''
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* Blah blah blah ''Neon Genesis Evangelion''.
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** I'm pretty sure that was a [[Nobody cares|Double Blah Subversion]].
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* ''Xamd Lost Memories:'' Blah...
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** Please Elaborate.
   
 
<span style="font-variant: small-caps;"><font size=2>'''[[Film]]'''</font></span>
 
<span style="font-variant: small-caps;"><font size=2>'''[[Film]]'''</font></span>
 
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* ''[[Star Trek]]'' is the king of [{{fullurl:TV_Tropes}} TV Tropes]. Both heroes and villains seem to [[tradition|Follow Tropes to a T]].
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* ''[[Star Trek]]'' is the king of [{{fullurl:TV_Tropes}} TV Tropes]. Both heroes and villains seem to Follow Tropes to a T.
 
** Well, no. Have you seen the new movie? [[Redshirt|Red Shirt]] is subverted.
 
** Well, no. Have you seen the new movie? [[Redshirt|Red Shirt]] is subverted.
 
*** Wrong. Count the Academy cadets clad in red shirts.
 
*** Wrong. Count the Academy cadets clad in red shirts.
*** Also subverted: [[Continuity]].
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*** Also subverted: Continuity.
**** Which would be following [[Retcon|Cosmic Retcon]].
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*** Which would be [[Retcon|Cosmic Retcon]] played straight.
 
** For goodness' sake, ''TNG'' starts and ends with [[test|Humanity On Trial]].
 
** For goodness' sake, ''TNG'' starts and ends with [[test|Humanity On Trial]].
 
** That franchise invented technobabble. Even ''[[Doctor Who]]'' wasn't that bad before ''[[Star Trek]]'' came along.
 
** That franchise invented technobabble. Even ''[[Doctor Who]]'' wasn't that bad before ''[[Star Trek]]'' came along.
*** Surely you mean [[Capital|Techno Babble]].
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*** Surely you mean Techno Babble.
 
* Bizarrely subverted in ''[[The Uncyclopedia Movie]]'' when TV Tropes refers to [[Sophia]] referring to TV Tropes.
 
* Bizarrely subverted in ''[[The Uncyclopedia Movie]]'' when TV Tropes refers to [[Sophia]] referring to TV Tropes.
 
** But played straight later when Oscar Wilde looks to the wiki for [[inspiration|Sudden Inspiration From Arbitrary Surroundings]].
 
** But played straight later when Oscar Wilde looks to the wiki for [[inspiration|Sudden Inspiration From Arbitrary Surroundings]].
 
* This troper can affirm that [[Snakes on a Plane|Tropes on a Site]], the movie adaptation of [{{fullurl:TV_Tropes}} TV Tropes], is basically all about this.
 
* This troper can affirm that [[Snakes on a Plane|Tropes on a Site]], the movie adaptation of [{{fullurl:TV_Tropes}} TV Tropes], is basically all about this.
 
** "I have had enough of these clichéd tropes on this clichéd site! Everybody strap in. We're unplugging the servers." Gus's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
 
** "I have had enough of these clichéd tropes on this clichéd site! Everybody strap in. We're unplugging the servers." Gus's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
** Well, what about "ALL PRAISES TO WARGAMES!" after Fast Eddie freezes the servers by forcing the computer to play [[tic-tac-toe]] with itself forever?
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** Well, what about "ALL PRAISES TO [[ Epic Fail|WARHAMMER 40K!]]" after Fast Eddie freezes the servers by forcing the computer to play [[tic-tac-toe]] with itself forever?
 
** Ahem. "What's that?" "It's a lampshade." "And you're hanging it." "You think?"
 
** Ahem. "What's that?" "It's a lampshade." "And you're hanging it." "You think?"
 
** The film as a whole is a CMoA for TV Tropes.
 
** The film as a whole is a CMoA for TV Tropes.
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* [[Oscar Wilde]] refers to TV Tropes in ''[[The Picture of Dorian Gray]]'', making this trope [[Paradox|Older Than Television]].
 
* [[Oscar Wilde]] refers to TV Tropes in ''[[The Picture of Dorian Gray]]'', making this trope [[Paradox|Older Than Television]].
 
** Something just seems wrong about that.
 
** Something just seems wrong about that.
* [[Harry Potter]]'s cousin Dudley is known to be a Troper.
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* Slightly subverted with [[Harry Potter]]'s cousin Dudley, who is known not to be a Troper.
 
** Are you sure this shouldn't go to the Wild Mass Guess section?
 
** Are you sure this shouldn't go to the Wild Mass Guess section?
 
*** It's [[canon|Word Of God]]. Rowling herself appears to have mentioned it a few weeks ago.
 
*** It's [[canon|Word Of God]]. Rowling herself appears to have mentioned it a few weeks ago.
 
* What?! How has [[Sherlock Holmes]] not been mentioned?! This troper swears that he read somewhere about Sherlock Holmes maintaining a database of trite, overused criminal plots to save his deductive reasoning brainpower.
 
* What?! How has [[Sherlock Holmes]] not been mentioned?! This troper swears that he read somewhere about Sherlock Holmes maintaining a database of trite, overused criminal plots to save his deductive reasoning brainpower.
 
** It's really more of a variation of Magical Database. But this troper thinks he's heard of it too.
 
** It's really more of a variation of Magical Database. But this troper thinks he's heard of it too.
** This seems to be apocryphal. It may have appeared in [[fanfic]].
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** This seems to be apocryphal. It may have appeared in fanfic.
 
* A lost chapter of [[Douglas Adams]]' ''The Salmon of Doubt'' apparently was based on a series of random TV Tropes.
 
* A lost chapter of [[Douglas Adams]]' ''The Salmon of Doubt'' apparently was based on a series of random TV Tropes.
   
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* ''[[Doctor Who]]'' is FULL of these. The Third Doctor even says to "reverse the polarity of the TV Tropes."
 
* ''[[Doctor Who]]'' is FULL of these. The Third Doctor even says to "reverse the polarity of the TV Tropes."
 
** Are you sure? I've never heard that.
 
** Are you sure? I've never heard that.
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*** Then you're clearly out of your mind. This troper saw it 9001 times.
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*** No, ''you're'' out of your mind.
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*** NO U.
 
** The occurrence of the quote in the Third Doctor's tenure is doubtful. The closest is "reverse the polarity of the proton beam."
 
** The occurrence of the quote in the Third Doctor's tenure is doubtful. The closest is "reverse the polarity of the proton beam."
 
*** Really? This troper must be having a bad day.
 
*** Really? This troper must be having a bad day.
 
*** You mean "neutron beam."
 
*** You mean "neutron beam."
** Nevertheless, arguably the library in "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" could be a variation on this.
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** Nevertheless, arguably the Library in "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" could be a variation on this.
 
* Subverted cleverly by [[Nobody cares|Obscure Cult Television Series]], in the episode "[[Nobody cares|Nobody Cares]]"
 
* Subverted cleverly by [[Nobody cares|Obscure Cult Television Series]], in the episode "[[Nobody cares|Nobody Cares]]"
 
* Averted in ''[[CSI]]'' when Wikipedia is used instead.
 
* Averted in ''[[CSI]]'' when Wikipedia is used instead.
 
** Later played straight, though.
 
** Later played straight, though.
** Even subverted when TV Tropes has to receive data from ''CSI'''s own [[database|Magical Database]].
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** Even subverted when TV Tropes has to receive data from ''CSI'''s own Magical Database.
** Also subverted when TV Tropes crashes in the middle of a brainstorming session.
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** Also slightly subverted when TV Tropes crashes in the middle of a brainstorming session.
 
*** That seems closer to an aversion, though.
 
*** That seems closer to an aversion, though.
 
* It's been speculated that, three-quarters of the time on ''[[Knight Rider]]'', [[KITT]] actually uses TV Tropes to plan his next course of action.
 
* It's been speculated that, three-quarters of the time on ''[[Knight Rider]]'', [[KITT]] actually uses TV Tropes to plan his next course of action.
 
** No wonder. I mean, look at the page for that series. Nothing's subverted there.
 
** No wonder. I mean, look at the page for that series. Nothing's subverted there.
 
** This is apparently [[Canon|Word of God]].
 
** This is apparently [[Canon|Word of God]].
** Also features in a [[Irrelevant|BLAM Episode]] of [[Knight Rider|Team Knight Rider]].
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** Also features in a BLAM Episode of [[Knight Rider|Team Knight Rider]].
 
* [[Murder She Wrote|''Troper She Wrote'']] has the protagonist predicting her in-universe future based purely on TV Tropes.
 
* [[Murder She Wrote|''Troper She Wrote'']] has the protagonist predicting her in-universe future based purely on TV Tropes.
* [[MacGyver]] in one episode uses a yarn of [[string]], some [[Play-Doh]] and TV Tropes to get himself out of a corner.
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* [[MacGyver]] in one episode uses a yarn of [[string]], some Play-Doh and TV Tropes to get himself out of a corner.
 
** Also referenced when he made a computer out of scrap metal, an electric fan and [[magic|Applied Phlebotinum]].
 
** Also referenced when he made a computer out of scrap metal, an electric fan and [[magic|Applied Phlebotinum]].
 
*** And it was still advanced enough to become self-aware and instantly commit suicide. CMoA.
 
*** And it was still advanced enough to become self-aware and instantly commit suicide. CMoA.
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*** Surely it's closer to [[Nerd|Adaptation Distillation]].
 
*** Surely it's closer to [[Nerd|Adaptation Distillation]].
 
*** [[Panic|RUINED FOREVER!]]
 
*** [[Panic|RUINED FOREVER!]]
** <span style="color:#ffffff; border:1px dotted gray; border-top:none;">Isn't that an in-joke, making it technically irrelevant?</span>
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** <span style="color:#ffffff; border:1px dotted gray; border-top:none;" title="you can set spoilers visible by default on your profile">Isn't that an in-joke, making it technically irrelevant?</span>
 
*** Let me point you to the JustBugsMe page ...
 
*** Let me point you to the JustBugsMe page ...
   
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* [[TV Tropes]]. Duh.
 
* [[TV Tropes]]. Duh.
** [[Captain Obvious|It is also the trope namer.]]
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** It is also the [[Captain Obvious|trope namer.]]
** [[Captain Obvious|Trope Codifier as well.]]
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** [[Captain Obvious|Trope Codifier]] as well.
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*** It also counts as the [[Captain Obvious|Ur Example]].
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*** Actually, it's the Most Triumphant Example.
 
* [[Uncyclopedia]] refers to TV Tropes in [{{fullurl:TV_Tropes}} this entry.]
 
* [[Uncyclopedia]] refers to TV Tropes in [{{fullurl:TV_Tropes}} this entry.]
 
** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_Tropes As does The Other Wiki.]
 
** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_Tropes As does The Other Wiki.]
 
*** How could you!?
 
*** How could you!?
 
*** Why would you link to Wikipedia?
 
*** Why would you link to Wikipedia?
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*** You just summoned The Wiki That Must Not Be Named! IT WILL KILL US ALL!!!
 
*** Those guys actually ''care'' about notability! Here, [[notability|There Is No Such Thing As Notability!]]
 
*** Those guys actually ''care'' about notability! Here, [[notability|There Is No Such Thing As Notability!]]
 
** [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Uncyclopedia TV Tropes reciprocates.]
 
** [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Uncyclopedia TV Tropes reciprocates.]
 
*** And then that entry points to this entry.
 
*** And then that entry points to this entry.
 
*** I'm pretty sure we just suffered a [[Time Paradox|Reality Implosion]].
 
*** I'm pretty sure we just suffered a [[Time Paradox|Reality Implosion]].
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* The Nostalgia Critic does this all the time.
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** So does The Nostalgia Chick.
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*** No she doesn't.
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* Avatar: The Last Airbender!
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* And nothing else, because they're not Asian-y enough. No, not even [[The Simpsons]].
   
 
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<span style="font-variant: small-caps;"><font size=2>'''[[Real Life]]'''</font></span>
 
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* Monkeys. Think about it.
 
* Monkeys. Think about it.
* I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS WEBSITE!
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**Those are a double subversion! And, after that, they end up discussing it while playing it straight!
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* <nowiki>[[Understatement I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS WEBSITE]]!</nowiki>
 
** That's a trope. This troper has affirmed many times that [[Addiction|TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life]].
 
** That's a trope. This troper has affirmed many times that [[Addiction|TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life]].
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*** Same here. I Am Not Making This Up.
 
* This has happened so many times to this troper that he actually joined.
 
* This has happened so many times to this troper that he actually joined.
 
** Yeah. Twitter is full of links here.
 
** Yeah. Twitter is full of links here.
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* It's been suggested that some writers actually pick a random trope and build their stories around it by either using or subverting it.
 
* It's been suggested that some writers actually pick a random trope and build their stories around it by either using or subverting it.
 
** [[canon|Word of God]] for ''Star Trek''.
 
** [[canon|Word of God]] for ''Star Trek''.
** Same for ''CSI''.
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** Same for ''<nowiki>[[CSI]]</nowiki>''.
 
*** You know what? All popular culture has its basis on TV Tropes. Case closed.
 
*** You know what? All popular culture has its basis on TV Tropes. Case closed.
**** Really? Are you sure that's not [[wrong|Fridge Logic]]?
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*** Really? Are you sure that's not [[wrong|Fridge Logic]]?
**** Clearly you [[Whining|Did Not Do The Research]].
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*** Clearly you [[Whining|Did Not Do The Research]].
**** This troper thinks you have it [[reverse|The Other Way Around]].
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*** This troper thinks you have it [[reverse|The Other Way Around]].
   
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* i heard that unyplocopedia or however u spell it has this too. or maybe it don't.
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* I can't believe nobody's mentioned monkeys yet!
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** Look above, stupid.
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*** NO U.
 
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A website with an entry for every archetypal plot device, plot event, plot hole, character, line of dialogue, theme, or musical device that has been thought of more than once which makes the name ever so slightly fucking retarded. People commonly direct to this site when they want to explain an oft-used plot device or cliché to others—rather than explain it themselves in simple words.

These linkers feel guilty shortly afterwards because they know that their victims are now locked in a seven-hour Marathon of browsing through what feels like every single page of the entire archives of the wiki and getting thoroughly lost. It tends to start innocently enough, from Firefly to Catch Phrase to He's Dead Jim to Doctor Who, but then it devolves to Running Gag to The Muppet Movie to Jim Henson to Sesame Street to Acid Reflux Nightmare to Older Than Radio to Walk The Plank to Star Wars to Famous Last Words back to Firefly and then to Crowning Moment of Awesome...and you're stuck just in that section for three to four hours frantically agreeing or disagreeing to what is listed as awesome and what is listed to the contrary.

Each entry has a brief description of the device, or "trope", wherein sometimes there are links to other tropes, which are Typically Capitalized. This is occasionally accompanied by a single image, which is the only image you will find in the entire entry, making this website Inferior To Uncyclopedia. The introduction is followed by a listing of every example the Hive Mind could find of that particular device in anime, comic books, film, live action television, literature, music, tabletop games, theatre, video games, webcomics, web-original content, Western animation, and real life. Tedious pop culture references and/or inside abbreviations are sure to be made, often without any explanation. Most tropers also appear to be unaware of the existence of what are called Discussion Pages.


Examples

Anime and Manga

  • Episode 3 of Obscure Anime Series references this.
    • Averted in most anime and manga, whose setting — Japan — rarely encounters TV Tropes, or the real world in general.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, tropes are many and common.
  • Blah Blah Blah Mahou Sensei Negima, Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah.
    • Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah. Blah Blah Blah.
  • Blah Blah Blah Blah Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah.
  • In Pokémon, many tropes are invoked by both the games and the anime.
  • Appleseed EX Machina: Blah Blah Blah Blah.
  • Blah blah blah Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • Xamd Lost Memories: Blah...
    • Please Elaborate.

Film

  • Star Trek is the king of TV Tropes. Both heroes and villains seem to Follow Tropes to a T.
    • Well, no. Have you seen the new movie? Red Shirt is subverted.
      • Wrong. Count the Academy cadets clad in red shirts.
      • Also subverted: Continuity.
      • Which would be Cosmic Retcon played straight.
    • For goodness' sake, TNG starts and ends with Humanity On Trial.
    • That franchise invented technobabble. Even Doctor Who wasn't that bad before Star Trek came along.
      • Surely you mean Techno Babble.
  • Bizarrely subverted in The Uncyclopedia Movie when TV Tropes refers to Sophia referring to TV Tropes.
  • This troper can affirm that Tropes on a Site, the movie adaptation of TV Tropes, is basically all about this.
    • "I have had enough of these clichéd tropes on this clichéd site! Everybody strap in. We're unplugging the servers." Gus's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
    • Well, what about "ALL PRAISES TO WARHAMMER 40K!" after Fast Eddie freezes the servers by forcing the computer to play tic-tac-toe with itself forever?
    • Ahem. "What's that?" "It's a lampshade." "And you're hanging it." "You think?"
    • The film as a whole is a CMoA for TV Tropes.
  • One of the titular jokes in The Aristocrats refers to the father being unaware of the chaos around him because he was stuck in a TV Tropes session.
  • "Don't cross the tropes."
  • "Holy TV Tropes, Batman!"
    • Which film was that?
  • "A TROPERY!"
    • Don't forget the "Dead Trope" sketch in the Hollywood Bowl film.

Literature

  • Oscar Wilde refers to TV Tropes in The Picture of Dorian Gray, making this trope Older Than Television.
    • Something just seems wrong about that.
  • Slightly subverted with Harry Potter's cousin Dudley, who is known not to be a Troper.
    • Are you sure this shouldn't go to the Wild Mass Guess section?
      • It's Word Of God. Rowling herself appears to have mentioned it a few weeks ago.
  • What?! How has Sherlock Holmes not been mentioned?! This troper swears that he read somewhere about Sherlock Holmes maintaining a database of trite, overused criminal plots to save his deductive reasoning brainpower.
    • It's really more of a variation of Magical Database. But this troper thinks he's heard of it too.
    • This seems to be apocryphal. It may have appeared in fanfic.
  • A lost chapter of Douglas Adams' The Salmon of Doubt apparently was based on a series of random TV Tropes.

Live Action TV

  • Doctor Who is FULL of these. The Third Doctor even says to "reverse the polarity of the TV Tropes."
    • Are you sure? I've never heard that.
      • Then you're clearly out of your mind. This troper saw it 9001 times.
      • No, you're out of your mind.
      • NO U.
    • The occurrence of the quote in the Third Doctor's tenure is doubtful. The closest is "reverse the polarity of the proton beam."
      • Really? This troper must be having a bad day.
      • You mean "neutron beam."
    • Nevertheless, arguably the Library in "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" could be a variation on this.
  • Subverted cleverly by Obscure Cult Television Series, in the episode "Nobody Cares"
  • Averted in CSI when Wikipedia is used instead.
    • Later played straight, though.
    • Even subverted when TV Tropes has to receive data from CSI's own Magical Database.
    • Also slightly subverted when TV Tropes crashes in the middle of a brainstorming session.
      • That seems closer to an aversion, though.
  • It's been speculated that, three-quarters of the time on Knight Rider, KITT actually uses TV Tropes to plan his next course of action.
    • No wonder. I mean, look at the page for that series. Nothing's subverted there.
    • This is apparently Word of God.
    • Also features in a BLAM Episode of Team Knight Rider.
  • Troper She Wrote has the protagonist predicting her in-universe future based purely on TV Tropes.
  • MacGyver in one episode uses a yarn of string, some Play-Doh and TV Tropes to get himself out of a corner.
    • Also referenced when he made a computer out of scrap metal, an electric fan and Applied Phlebotinum.
      • And it was still advanced enough to become self-aware and instantly commit suicide. CMoA.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender!
  • And nothing else, because they're not Asian-y enough. No, not even The Simpsons.

Real Life

  • Monkeys. Think about it.
    • Those are a double subversion! And, after that, they end up discussing it while playing it straight!
  • [[Understatement I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS WEBSITE]]!
  • This has happened so many times to this troper that he actually joined.
    • Yeah. Twitter is full of links here.
    • Were you here when the servers crashed?
    • This troper still hasn't found his way out of this website.
  • It's been suggested that some writers actually pick a random trope and build their stories around it by either using or subverting it.


  • i heard that unyplocopedia or however u spell it has this too. or maybe it don't.
  • I can't believe nobody's mentioned monkeys yet!
    • Look above, stupid.
      • NO U.

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