TV Tropes

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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 in the medium of television, along with every other medium ever invented, which makes the name ever so .... 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 Capitalised. 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. Tropers also appear to be unaware of the existence of what are commonly called "Discussion Pages".


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.
  • Blah Blah Blah Blah Gun X Sword Blah Blah Blah.
    • Blah Blah Blah? Blah Blah Blah Blah!
      • Blah Blah Blah.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, tropes are many and common.
  • Blah Blah Blah Neon Genesis Evangelion, 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.
  • Mermaid Melody Pitchi Pitchi Pitch, even though no-one actually watches it.
  • Noein: An anime based on quantum physics, with the main character being twelve-year old Haruka.
  • Blah Blah Blah Blah Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah. \m/ -_- \m/
    • Blah Blah Fight The Power!
  • In Pokemon, many tropes are invoked by both the games and the anime.
  • Blah blah blah Cowboy Bebop blah blah SPIKE DIES blah
  • Appleseed EX Machina: Blah Blah Blah Blah.
  • Xamd Lost Memories. Blah......Xamd Lost Memories.
  • Blah Blah Suzumiya Haruhi Blah Blah Blah.

Comic Books

  • Lampshaded in Galacta, which was obviously written by a troper.
    • That's not a reference, as people have been using tropes for a long time. Tv Tropes just made them popular.
  • Deconstructed by Watchmen, which written by Allan Moore, who hates tropes.


  • Star Trek is the king of TV Tropes. Both heroes and villains seem to Follow Tropes to a T.
  • Bizarrely subverted in The Uncyclopedia Movie when TV Tropes refers to Sophia referring to TV Tropes.
  • Old Tropey, anyone? I mean, sure he had Rabies and all, but he still managed to invoke this trope.
  • 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 WARGAMES!" 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.


  • Oscar Wilde refers to TV Tropes in The Picture of Dorian Gray, making this trope Older Than Television.
    • Something just seems wrong about that.
  • Harry Potter's cousin Dudley is known 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 subverted when TV Tropes crashes in the middle of a brainstorming session.
      • That seems closer to an aversion, though.
    • But played... straight... in CSI: Miami
  • Your Mileage May Vary on that one. Actually no, if you use this particular episode to fuel your car, your mileage will be precisely zero.
      • Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhh!
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Coolio's nephew makes a reference to TV Tropes in his song "Lets get stupid."


  • Bionicle has an example.

Video Games

  • Unreal...Just Unreal.
    • And don't get me started on Unreal Tournament 2004!
  • Super Robot Wars has an example, and if it does not, it will in the next inevitable sequel.

Web Comics

Web Original

Real Life

  • 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.

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