TV Tropes

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The site where users are treated like trash.

TV Tropes is a website focused on listing the use of "tropes", archetypal traits and literature conventions that exist in several forms of media, such as advertisements, games and TV shows.


The site was created in 2003 by Gus Raley, a programmer who went by the alias of "Fast Eddie". It was first used as a discussion site for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, but the growth in user-base allowed it to expand to other TV shows. Despite its name, it increased its scope to other forms of media.

Bad Qualities

Disclaimer: While most of the issues had been already resolved or fixed since the renewal, there are problems that still persist in this site.

  1. Instead of the MediaWiki engine, it uses minimalistic PMWiki engine which lacks some traditional features, like moving pages.
  2. There's an excessive pandering to fandoms in the site, Doug Walker/The Nostalgia Critic and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic being the most prominent examples.
  3. Involved in the censorship of discussion related to Quinnspiracy during the early days before GamerGate came to being.
  4. The site, while it can be both educational and entertaining to read, can be easily vandalized because of in-fighting between fandoms and hatedoms.
    • To give an example, the Whale Wars page was locked for years because it turned into a nasty battleground between those for and against whaling, hence the reason why it's very short compared to other work pages.
  5. Being a site that runs on ad revenue, certain controversial or sensitive topics cannot be discussed freely. "Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement" was only created because Fast Eddie was losing money from AdSense.
    • The site had two incidents where Google's AdSense ads were withdrawn, because of NSFW content. After the "First Google Incident", NSFW content was locked behind a curtain (such as Baise-Moi) but after the "Second Google Incident" NSFW content was removed completely.
    • Some articles even tell users either not to add certain topics or only to discuss the topic briefly, a desperate measure just to avoid having their ad revenue pulled again.
  6. Most trope names can be confusing to read for newcomers or for people who aren't used to the terminology of such. But then, they're tropes...
  7. Most of the subjective entries (such as Darth/Sugar Wiki pages) on the site can be considered exaggerated or simply out of place, thanks to their motto of "There's no such thing as notability".
  8. Speaking of which, their motto actually means they don't care if the sources editors post are valid or not.
  9. Many admins and editors are Social Justice Warriors, causing many articles to have a left-wing bias.
  10. e rather toxic, discussions about entertainment can easily envelop into a political debate, and disagreement with progressive ideology can easily result in both users getting banned and threads getting locked and deleted.
    • For instance, a "General" Star Wars thread which was started back in 2011 was permanently locked in April 2018 due to massive flame wars regarding the controversies of The Last Jedi. And to this day, the mods have refused to unlock it.
  11. They think nothing is original, which is a lie considering that there are some very original works out there even to this day and saying something isn't original doesn't make it automatically bad.
  12. While most users aren't too bad in their comments with removing edits, one user, particularly around the Dark Souls, Sekiro, and Monster Hunter pages, is infamous for being overwhelmingly unhelpful and crude to the point of pointless antagonism. Fortunately, the mods eventually got sick of him, temporarily banned him, and gave a nasty speech on just why he was banned.
  13. At worst, there can be quite an amount of incorrect and misleading information, just like any wiki in existence in which people can edit almost anything.
  14. Just recently, they implemented an adblocker warning into the site which cannot be disabled by adblock filter, persuading people to disable their adblock or purchase an ad-free pass, ignoring the fact that there are still many areas in the world where internet is slow and/or expensive.
  15. Certain pages are very badly neglected while others receive excessive amounts of attention.
  16. There is a moderator named Fighteer who has been there for a long time, and he acts like a douchebag, jerk, or even an outright bully most of the time. It is very easy to get suspended by him. For example, in the thread where users appeal their bans, he denies unbanning users for no good reason or gives them unreasonable conditions. Another example is in this thread, he was rude to another user just because they were confused about making tropes for animals. Said user was later unfairly banned permanently.
  17. Some users themselves are also rather rude. For instance, in this thread, they all ganged up on a user and talked trash about them just because the user made a minor error in Trope Launch Pad. Also in this thread, the same user involved in the above thread got another user suspended from Trope Launch Pad purposefully.
  18. It is also quite hard to make an account. First, you have to check your email, and then you have to get approved by a moderator, and it could take a long time for the approval, and you'll get pretty frustrated when it denies your account.

Good Qualities

  1. The website can offer an interesting read and the indexing also helps in understanding what each trope means. Less controversial topics also get decent coverage. Just stay off the forum and everything will be fine.
  2. Fast Eddie and his crew no longer have control of the website and the improvement is visible. This isn't completely true though, as one of Fast Eddie's moderators, Fighteer, still has control over the website as mentioned above.
  3. Several tropers (like GethN7) stood firmly against Fast Eddie's iron fist rule and made the site a lot better or simply migrated to All The Tropes Wiki (on Fandom) in an attempt to create a less restricted platform. Unfortunately, both of those wikis are outdated and don't have the latest information.
  4. Despite the left wing bias on some pages, there are also pages which criticize social justice tendencies.
  5. It's easy to post speculation or theories of games there, as it is encouraged unlike the majority of FANDOM wikis.
  6. There is also a suicide hotline as well for some of its articles.
  7. Even if you don't know a lot about trope terminology, you can search articles via summaries of the trope (like "character who is perfect" or "something the hero pulls out of nowhere to win") on the Trope Launch Pad.
  8. Fortunately, with pages about more obscure or less controversial topics like K-On, there is little to no drama on the page, only exception is who is the best girl in HTT.
Wikis: Conservapedia · Encyclopedia Dramatica · RationalWiki · SJWiki · TV Tropes · WikiHow
Wiki hosting sites: · Wikifoundry · FANDOM
Miscellaneous : Anonymous Users on Wikis · Edit warring · Vandals


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