From Encyclopedia Dramatica
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—Motto and (failed) goal
TV Tropes is a family friendly custom-designed wiki devoted to entertainment media. Topics range from how much everybody loves Buffy, how much everybody hates Twilight, long discussions about the accuracy of some interpretation of a completely fucked up TV show, fapping over anything and everything Japanese, arguments and whining over every little change to the site, and, rarely, sub-par analysis of tropes and storytelling conventions.
Despite ostensibly being based around the model of literary analysis popularized by Joseph Campbell, it is much closer in spirit to 4chan due to the average member's favoritism towards in-jokey memes over clear communication and constant in-fighting due to allowing any and every fandom to use the site, but without any self-deprecating awareness of their own idiocy. As a result, just as how deviantART breeds hack artists and FanFiction.Net breeds hack writers, TV Tropes breeds hack critical analysts.
The site is characterized by its high saturation of basement dwellers, aspies, weeaboos, pedophiles, wannabe elitist pop culture sophisticates, fanfiction writers spamming their latest Cloud/Sephiroth slashfic, and trolls milking them all for the lulz. It is also characterized by its absolutely unfunny attempts at meta-humor and displaying absolutely everything that can go wrong with a wiki, exacerbated by one of the worst site owners this side of Jimbo Wales.
A Brief Introduction
Before Al Gore and his greatest contribution to humanity, memes were controlled by a small circle of writers and poets. Shakespeare dubbed these literary memes "tropes". With the invention of the printing press, more and more people were invited into the writers' circle and the tropes spread. Eventually, modern media abused these tropes until they became cliché and commonplace. Tropes were not a secret any longer and viewers and readers began to spot them instantaneously in any manga, television show, or movie they watched.
In 2003, it was determined that an entire wiki should be constructed to contain these tropes, and thus TV Tropes was created due to popular demand. Originally a spin-off of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer message board and limited only to television (hence its name), it soon expanded to other realms due to site owners Fast Eddie and Janitor's (now ironic) insistence of "as few rules as possible".
After years of allowing fantards, weeaboos, furries, sick fucks, and their own cancerous variety of memefags to proliferate with little moderation, Fast Eddie (now the only leader) eventually snapped and started enforcing an extremely strict set of unspecified standards through the judicious use of the delete key, page locks, and banhammer. Some argue this might make the site one of the most meticulous, drawn-out setups for mass trolling ever concocted on the internet.
—TV Tropes on article style
TV Tropes isn't really governed by any single style so much as it is by about a dozen competing philosophies all trying to spread their own brand of faggotry over the whole site. Combined with people that treat the site less as a reference and more as an MMORPG, most articles generally turn into convoluted messes that requires a team of forensic analysts to figure out what the fuck it was originally about. Common failings are as follows:
- Articles are often written without a clear idea of what they're about in the first place. This often results in "tropes" that are just arbitrary collection of traits, simply because some neckbeard noticed said combination in a few works.
- Articles are often named after an example from an editor's favorite work to the detriment of anyone that isn't a fan getting it. A subset of these are character-named articles where they pretend that their favorite character is a cultural icon on the level of Batman or Darth Vader that everyone is imitating. Since good characters are going to have a lot more to them than any one trope or role, these always turn into arguments over what the page is actually about once they inevitably get brought up in Trope Repair Shop.
- Articles are sometimes made only to be potholed. These generally turn into the worst kinds of cancerous forced memes because people link to them fucking everywhere regardless of such optional things as "proper context", "moderation", or "not being completely unfunny and useless". One infamous example was "I Am Not Making This Up", which was linked on over 2500 motherfucking articles before getting euthanised.
- Many of their listed "tropes" aren't even tropes (a figure of speech or a narrative device), but are instead author issues ("One Book Author", "Author Existence Failure"), audience reactions ("Streisand Effect", "Red Stapler", and that perennial favorite -- which characters should totally be fucking.), fault findings (the whole "Did Not Do The Research" shebang), and juvenile aspie preoccupations ("Nobody Poops", WTF?). But who said TV Tropes is about tropes? it's about people sharing their love over some anime or webshow, so let's make more new pages without thinking: they'll be stained by fanboy drools in no time anyway.
- In order to increase their SEO ranking and lure others into their pit of depth and despair, TvTropes takes advantage of the shitload of even shittier movies and wannabe TV shows to make over-glorified articles not only loaded with weak humor but thousands of links to other equally shitty pages.
- Some editors have a hard-on for puns, alliteration, irony, rhyming, parody, and other such techniques and want to add it to everything they see at the expense of clarity and readability. For example, "Human Resources" on TVTropes is not about an office department (that's "Inhuman Resources", logical eh?), but something pertaining to cannibalism. They rarely understand that TV Tropes isn't the pretentious lit-crit version of Uncyclopedia... even if that's what it basically devolved to before Fast Eddie went batshit.
- People adding more and more shit to the description and distracting from the original point. This is typical of people that either think their cultural analysis of the trope isn't a bunch of bullshit nobody cares about or they want to (dis)qualify their favorite "example" that really isn't an example in the first place.
- Example sections typically start out with an "Anime and Manga" section the size of longcat due to the oversaturation of weeaboos, alphabetization putting it above everything but Advertising, and because Japanese television and comics are cliché as fuck. This often leads to the much hated "TV Tropes is for anime" stereotype that causes no end of drama, butthurt, and accusation of "marginalization". After making closable folders for all sections, Fast Eddie's genius follow-up plan to overcome this stereotype was to rename the section "Manga and Anime" (thus putting the wall of text in the middle instead of the beginning). The weeaboos predictably fought even this trivial change to keep their favorite fap material as high up on every page as possible.
- Even ignoring the animu bullshit, most works mentioned will be derivative, committee-designed genre bullshit and other shallow fanboy bait nobody will give a fuck about in a few years. Who cares about the book that some argue started the American Civil War when you can read more about Spiderman shotting web in issue 472?
- Many examples either don't fit or require lots of justification through meaningless buzzwords such as "subverted" and "from a certain point of view". This same kind of waffling is used by butthurt fans that don't want to admit their favorite work is a cliched piece of shit and thus need to come up with some reason why the use of a trope was some genius "deconstruction" or other oh-so-witty social commentary rather than the writer cribbing notes off somebody else.
- Lots of irrelevant, off-topic bullshit creeps into these articles because a lot of editors don't seem to understand that it's a wiki where you can edit any and all of the text and instead start conversations using bullet points. Some types of this cancer include factual corrections (why correct the original example's number of penises that fit in the schoolgirl's ass when you can write "actually, there were sixteen, not fourteen"?), detailing why it's not a real example (instead of just deleting it), or taking the opportunity to talk about how the work raped their childhood.
- Finally, the bottom of each trope page has a "Real Life" section that is almost invariably terrible because the aspies that like that shit don't hold it up to the same rigorous standards as the rest of the site. These usually drift pretty far away from the specifics of the trope into nationalistic chest-thumping, political bickering, and soapboxing as each new example gets added. These typically grow to cancerous sizes until they get surgically removed and some chemo is applied by putting an ugly banner saying "NO REAL LIFE EXAMPLES".
In the case of pages for the works or creators rather than tropes, they typically start off with some "witty" paragraph trying too hard to do the advertiser's job for them followed up by a plot/oeuvre summary and more puffery trying to justify all the hours lost watching bullshit filler episodes. They then cuntpaste every trope page entry this work/creator appears on and call it a day.
If the work in question is something that no decent human being likes, provided it hasn't yet received Fast Eddie's signature mass delete and page lock treatment, it will typically get an excessively NPOV summary followed by an anti-lulz incarnate disclaimer telling the haters to shove it.
While most of the mainspace articles on TV Tropes are total failures in being either useful or entertaining, a few manage to be indicative of the site's poor quality.
- Encyclopedia Dramatica: Deleted and salted. See TV Tropes/Deleted Encyclopedia Dramatica Article for full disclosure.
- My Immortal: Initially the dumping ground of unfunny rejected /b/tards, Fast Eddie predictably deleted all the spam and locked it. Luckily, you can see a proper writeup of the series on this very wiki.
- Joss Whedon, their God (or "patron saint" as they like to call him).
- The main and character pages for Warhammer 40,000. Printing out everything would take over 180 pages, and that doesn't include all the other sections and individual book series pages. As much proof as you need that the site has no concept of moderation and allows excessive fanwankery.
- Furry Fandom: TV Tropes supports furries. Hell, they even think they are badass.
- Image Boards: Despite really being the retarded /b/rothers that got institutionalized and promptly forgotten, they used to live in fear of 4chan. Because of this, they had a meme where they wouldn't refer to the chans by name for fear of invoking the wrath of Anonymous or something and instead said "Image Boards" as some way around using their name (notice "The Imageboard That Must Not Be Named" in the "alt title(s)" section). Nevermind the internet isn't fucking Harry Potter and /b/ has better things to do than raid a glorified fansite. They seem to have realized this by now, but still perpetuate this meme for no real reason.
- Fanboy, Fangirl, Asperger's Syndrome: Here, let them describe themselves for you in their own words.
Along with their own house memes, they also have a bunch of meme pages despite the masses yelling such platitudes as "we are not Encyclopedia Dramatica". Indeed, they aren't. In case you want to see what some of your beloved ED articles look like through the lens of aspie fanboys and Know Your Meme happens to be down today, you can find the most popular ones on TV Tropes.
- Candlejack - Candle Jack
- Caramelldansen - Caramelldansen Vid
- Chuck Norris - Chuck Norris Facts
- Demotivators - Fauxtivational Poster
- Forced Meme - Forced Meme
- The Game - The Game
- I Can Has Cheezburger? and Template:Cat - Lolcats
- Image Macro - Image Macro
- In Soviet Russia... - In Soviet Russia Trope Mocks You
- No girls on the internet - There Are No Girls On The Internet
- NO U - No You
- pretty cool guy - Pretty Cool Guy (which became so bloated that they split it into 22 fucking subpages)
- Rickroll - Rick Roll
- Zalgo - Zalgo
Other types of articles
Subjective Tropes are where all the real lulz and troll-fodder of the site lie. Since most "regular" trope examples are boring recitations of fact that need to be livened up with distracting off-topic bullshit, trope pages where you're certain to start an argument by merely bringing up an example are inherently way more interesting than noting yet another action movie that smashed a fruit cart.
Unfortunately, since "subjective" means "in my opinion", the site is large enough where every last opinion is held by at least someone (yes, even the people who think The Human Centipede is sexy), and the site policy holds that all opinions are basically equal (so long as it doesn't piss off Fast Eddie, of course!), that basically means that these pages grow like cancerous tumors requiring constant splitting into more and more specific subpages as they lurch towards hosting every last fucking thing as an example, evar.
- Nightmare Fuel: Tropers are gigantic fucking pussies that shit their pants every time the ice cream truck comes around the corner. They also lack the capability to distinguish between what is or isn't supposed to be scary, so a second page called High Octane Nightmare while the Nightmare Fuel had an "Accidental" added. Since most Tropers don't read article descriptions, duplicate entries in both sections are the law rather than the exception.
- Fetish Fuel: When they aren't shitting their pants in terror, everything arouses your average troper to such a degree that they must be easy lays. This got so far out of hand that they spun it into its own wiki, which is just as failtastic.
- Fanon Discontinuity: "I don't like this work, therefore, I declare it to not exist!"
- Tear Jerker: "My favorite character just found out the clerk at Starbucks shorted him a nickel. I... I think I'm gonna cry... BAWWWWW!"
- Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Absolutely anything and everything about a troper's favorite show, ever, collected onto a set of hideously gigantic pages. Fast Eddie tried to cut away some of this tumor by turning it into a thumbs up/down system for each individual moment, but since this would mean showing what people actually think of an entry, it didn't take off. Eventually the administration admitted that the name had lost all meaning, due to the low standards of the average troper, and renamed it "Moment Of Awesome".
- Crowning Music Of Awesome: In the same failtastic vein of Crowning Moment Of Awesome, this index of pages has expanded to include absolutely every piece of music ever written. An entire page in particular (20 times longer than the main page for John Keats, someone who actually matters) is devoted to music from some shitty webcomic that Tropers spread throughout the wiki like the cancer it is. Eventually renamed to "Awesome Music" after Fast Eddie realized that there wasn't anything crowning about this fuckery.
- Adaptation Decay: If the animu of their favorite manga decides to change the birthday of the coffee shop clerk that appeared in some bullshit filler chapter, the neckbeards will all scream "DECAY!" and bitch about how it's a corruption of a literary masterpiece and the evil production company is taking a giant shit on a beloved franchise.
- Moral Event Horizon: "This character cut somebody off at the turnpike. UNFORGIVABLE! COMPLETE MONSTER!"
- Magnificent Bastard: Who the hell even knows what this means any more?
- Dethroning Moment Of Suck: Distilled Nerd Rage so pure that you can almost hear the grinding of many gritted teeth, smell the countless pants that were pissed in anger, and taste the bitter, salty tears dripping from hundreds of double chins
- So Bad It's Horrible: A basically pointless section where butthurt idiots with too much time on their hands write seriously TL;DR screeds declaring something to be the absolute worst work of fiction evar. Would be a total write-off if not for the endless stream of bickering between said delusional personal army fucktards and those that want to hold the section to some kind of standard.
- Ho Yay: "Two characters of the same sex are close friends. They must be gay!"
Subjective tropes like the above used to be placed in the example sections of work pages and invariably devolve into epic flame wars between fantards and haters. Faced with the possibility of having to moderate every work page with a subjective trope on it, Fast Eddie decided to lazily ghetto them onto their own "YMMV" tab and call it a day. One will notice throughout this article that Fast Eddie's solution to everything he can't just outright delete is to hide it somewhere else and pretend it doesn't exist.
For those who recognize that the YMMV pages are stupid and want to help accelerate their decay, just go through this list (don't miss the other linked categories on the side] and contrive some reason to add each one to every work page possible. One easy, weaselly way to generate drama used to be to add the following:
- [=~So Bad It's Good~=]: To some.
- [=~So Bad It's Horrible~=]: To others.
- [=~So Cool It's Awesome~=]: Also to others.
- [=~So Okay It's Average~=]: To everyone else.
Any idiot can see that this is obvious and useless, but hey: all opinions are valid and should be represented, so back off, fuckers. This particular bit of advice is obsolete, however: Fast Eddie has finally decided to stop ignoring obvious solutions to grudgewank on the main wiki and outlawed any reference to the "flame bait" pages. He even deleted and salted mainspace redirects to the offending pages. Too bad waiting years and years to do this shit means hundreds of dead links and way too many idiots that will keep making more out of obliviousness, rebellion, or simple malice.
—Fast Eddie. Well, he's half right.
Darth Wiki initially started off as some unfunny in-joke before swiftly being turned into a ghetto for everything too negative to appear on the main site. With a hideous greyscale color scheme that frequently breaks due to Fast Eddie's poor grasp of Cascading Style Sheets, it's divided between articles trying too hard to be like Dark Helmet from Spaceballs and BAWWWWWtism-incarnate bitching articles. Some suggested reading:
- Even more redundant complaining about sucky moments in fiction.
- Their real style guide.
- Their awkward self-parody of Troper Tales that fails harder than the real thing.
- About the only place where criticizing That Guy With The Glasses won't earn a swift ban and ass-rape.
- Want to write a Great American Novel, but too lazy to do anything but throw together some TV Tropes memespeak for your half-formed idea? Here's the section for you!
On the flip side of Darth Wiki is the Sugar Wiki. Created long after its evil twin, this was always intended as a ghetto for obvious blowjob articles like Crowning Moment Of Awesome. This section is divided between said ghetto and an awkward parody of ultra-girly shows like My Little Pony mixed with "KAWAII WA DESU =^_^=" bullshit typical of the site's weeaboo bend. There are absolutely no lulz to be found here, so don't waste your time.
TV Tropes Fanfiction
TV Tropes, with their pool of infinite pop culture knowledge, do what any sensible person with such wealth of information at their fingertips would do: write fanfics. Most of them stay in the forums as shitty RP threads, but sometimes the shit gets so big it leaks into the main site, warranting their own page and at least 100 sub-pages to go with it. From then on, it becomes a gigantic collab fanfic (or at least moreso). They are constructed like a fake TV show, and the contents consist of episode summaries for the first part, and then character summaries, character backstory, world backstory, character sexuality, developer commentary, cameos, invoked tropes, camera tricks, fan materials of a fan material, and scraps of rejected then recycled ideas for the rest. They're about as cliched as tropes.
- Avatar And The Airbending Fellowship Of Vampire Slayers - A show made to appeal to the average troper. Like its namesake, it's like an average fantasy show.
- The Punishers Song Of Evangelion And I Must Scream - The DarthWiki version. Reads like a shitty comic-based action movie.
- My Little Rainbow Princess Pretty Moon Shortcake - The SugarWiki version. Reads like a My Little Pony fanfic with magical girls.
- Trope Pantheons - Tropers give various influential figures arbitrary titles and pay tribute with their fanjizz. A bit unique, as it lacks self-inserts, and is instead a clusterfuck of a crossover.
- TV Tropes the TV Show - The biggest chuck of shit in the crap pile. In a nutshell, this is one epic crossover-ish self-insert fanfic, and contains what you'd expect from a typical anime fanfic, from anime fight scenes to anime relationships. Overly elaborate for something that will never be made.
After noticing that a lot of USI-afflicted Tropers kept dumping their LiveJournal diarrhea all over the trope pages, Fast Eddie did what he does best and created a ghetto for these pathetic basement dwellers to talk about how they're totally awesome Mary Sues (oh, wait...) rather than just banning their faggot asses on sight. This section quickly turned into one of the most popular parts of the site, with each page growing more and more cancerous as the aspies all try to out-bullshit each other.
There was a time the moderators not only did absolutely nothing about people trolling in this section, but even outright said the section is dumb and a waste of time. While one would think this would have made the section a goldmine of lulz, in reality, it made it impossible to tell the difference between cool stories and satires thereof. Full-on lulz-blindness was inevitable. Also, what fun is trolling if you're not going to eventually get banned for it?
As of February 2011, however, this section now has proper rules of conduct that discourages both outright bullshitting and trolling. While Fast Eddie did this because of his desire to make the site "family friendly" (for Google AdSense rather than his personal beliefs, of course!), he instead made trolling it a worthwhile endeavor once again. Get to work, boys and girls.
Some suggested reading: (note: after Fast Eddie's lulz-killing campaign, many are only available as archives in Wayback Machine)
- Brilliant But Lazy (archive): "I'm totally smarter than Albert Einstein multiplied by Stephen Hawking, but because I'm lazy, I'm writing an anonymous self-congratulatory paragraph on a Wiki instead of curing cancer."
- Really Gets Around: "I'm totally not a virgin! In fact, I slept with hundreds of women while I was in the waiting room for a dental cleaning appointment!"
- Beautiful All Along (archive): "I look ugly, but I'm really beautiful when I get my hair shampooed, change out of my filthy clothes into a dress, have extensive plastic surgery to remove all the potch marks, and I Photoshop a celebrity's head over my own. Honest."
- Insufferable Genius (archive): "I'm a fucking douchebag and I admit it, but I'm a Mensa member, so FUCK YOU!". Fast Eddie called their shit and deleted fucking everything.
- The Woobie: "PITY ME, GOD FUCKING DAMMIT!"
- Break The Cutie(archive): "Hey, I am the fucking nicest, purest and sweetest human being to ever live! And, as all of you lower forms of life know, every day of my existence is a blessing to you worthless pieces of garbage and your shitty planet! Then why the fuck are you assholes being so mean to poor little me?!? HUGS PLZ!!!"
- Brother Sister Incest (archive): Deleted due to obvious reasons.
- Complete Monster: Deleted once already because it became the bees knees for delusional teenage retards that aspired to show how badass they are by writing fictional stories about their murderous rampages. "This one bully used to tease me in school, so I pushed him down the stairs and broke his neck, AND FELT NO REMORSE!!!1"
- Insane Troll Logic: How the fucking morons on TV Tropes try to disguise their idiocy: by using a tacky misrepresented word to help them feel better for being dropped on their head. None of it is insane, logical or trolling, but don't tell them that! You'll hurt their feelings, and they will resort to crying about it on the same wiki...
- Limited Wardrobe: Disgusting page where scores of Tropers admit to never changing clothes. But they wash all time, though.
- Badass Longcoat: Intense circle jerk about how cool tropers think they look in trenchcoats.
- Sarcasm Mode: An entire page of tropers trying to one up each other with sarcasm and failing at being witty, as usual.
- Precision F Strike: "This troper, being pure and innocent and perfect, doesn't normally swear, but sometimes I do when I'm reaaaallly angry. Or sad. Or bored. Or happy. Or whenever, but it's okay because I don't do it all the time, so fuck you!"
- Cluster F Bomb: "Shit fuck cunt goddammit bitchfucking cocksucking cuntlicking FUUUUUUUUUCK!"
- Took A Level In Badass: "This troper used to get bullied every day in middle school until he studied karate, kung fu, eskrima, capoeira and wing chun, bought some boxing gloves, brass knuckles and nunchuks and shot all of his classmates!"
- Mistaken For Gay: "OMG, everyone always thinks I'm gay because I wear all pink, listen exclusively to Madonna and like fucking other guys! Like, WTF?"
- Fanfic Recommendations: While not technically part of this section, it's basically the same mentality. Here, users within the fanfiction "canon" suck each other's e-peens while simultaneously providing ample lulz to those brave enough to read the "masterpieces" linked. Note how they either aren't as great as the other authors claim, and/or are written by sick fucks. Some easy ways to troll this section are recommending obvious troll fics, disputing a work's inclusion through constructive criticism, or pretending to be a FanFiction.Net hack and spamming a section with obvious shameless self promotion in hopes of provoking Tropers to raid the unsuspecting victim. essentially claiming "no, MY story is better than YOURS!" You can already see the results of this on Genius Bruiser.
"This Troper" on Jewtube
In the veritable spirit of mondo films and shock sites, a guy called CrazyGoggs and his pals have been voice acting the juiciest bits in Tropers Tales, exposing the underbelly of TVTropes. Reportedly, making those videos have taken the toll of their sanity.
—Watch out, a troper might write your name in his Death Note for saying that!
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The series even had a TV Tropes page for a prolonged period of time, until Fast Eddie went throught the usual proccess of discovering it, flipping his shit, and deleting it. Appearently you can feel free to abuse the "There Is No Such Thing As Notability" guideline to create pages on all sorts of sick and deranged fan-fiction and glorified loil-fanservice shows, but using it criticize the glorious motherwiki from within, is a danger to the community's "good" reputation and needs be to subjected to indiscriminate censorship for no other reason than "Dear Leader said so."
CrazyGoggs originally set a hard limit of 100 episodes, and the series was actually near its finale when Eddie deleted the article and made the "asshole" remark. Goggs responded by keeping the series alive beyond episode 100. Well played Eddie, well played.
Oh, and you want to see the deleted article? you're in luck.
The few Tropers that understand the main wiki itself isn't a forum instead congregate on the official forum. Here is where one finds all the real drama because like any popular MMORPG, it attracts the kind of loser that won't stop whining about the good old days but can't work up the will to either stop posting or administer 115 grams of lead to their brain. It's also where you can witness first-hand the kind of social stagnation the site is bringing to the internet. While there are a couple dozen different sub-boards, only a couple are of any interest:
Trope Repair Shop/Wiki Talk: Hotbeds of drama where discussions are held to irreversibly fuck up the wiki even more. Nearly all the major dramas stem from topics on these boards. They're also the only ones that Fast Eddie really reads, so those enterprising individuals looking to get a rise out of the big man himself before inevitably getting banned should focus here.
Writer's Block/World Building: Do you have an original idea you'd like to turn into a massive multimedia empire? Then stay the fuck away from here. All you'll find is the same unoriginal magical girl hackjob. In between people pitching the same weeaboo science fiction/fantasy retreads, there's the occasionally lulzy thread where they either demand constructive criticism or ask how to do some blatantly illegal shit because they're "writing a book". You can troll these sections pretty effectively by giving completely honest concrit regardless whether or not they ask for it, proposing blatant satires of tired anime formulas, and offering really bad advice.
The Edit Banned Thread: This is where you go after you get banned for being anything other than a slobbering fan-boy/girl for one of the popular works spammed across the site and try to suck Fast Eddie's cock hard enough to let you back in. Because of the sheer number of false positives and impulse bans, this thread eclipses all others in pure, undiluted lulz. Be sure to finish up your latest sock puppet's trolling career by making a stop here so you can get your open proxy the infamous Google redirect ban and ruin everybody else's fun.
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The many different subforums are the lifeblood of the TVTropes forum, a haven of media-based content and information made by tropers, for tropers. It should come as no surprise, then, that they’re all irredeemably shitty in their own ways. These subforums have additional sub-subforums (which tropers mistakenly refer to as subforums, like true aspie retards). Naturally, tropers form niches, sticking to one or two primary subforums / sub-subforums and rarely venturing past those, most likely out fear of reliving their school days when trying to socialize with anyone other than their imaginary friends would net them a well-earned beating.
Just For Fun
Arguably the most popular subforum. As the name would imply, its purpose is that of a fun, whimsical, carefree environment where tropers are free to spew all the nonsensical bullshit their media-obsessed little minds can come up with. Unfortunately, rather than a lighthearted forum of fun, it comes closer to being some sort of savage virtual preschool, where menchildren roam wild, being constantly policed by inefficient mods that are at any given time either too lenient or too harsh.
- Yack Fest
Just For Fun’s main sub-subforum, Yack Fest is the embodiment of the Just For Fun mentality, where everything too inane or stupid for the rest of the forum is contained in a poor effort to maintain the site’s sterling reputation. In addition to being the dumbest collection of stupidity found online, it also serves as a virtual therapist’s office, where tropers of all sorts go to unload their problems on the unsuspecting public and feel slightly less lonely and useless.
TVTropes landfill, where angsty tropers post every little thing that irks them, from government-sanctioned torture to pop music (because it’s totally the same, amirite?). Cut to protect the site’s good, wholesome image, or some other bullshit. Can be found at its new location, here.
The Sugar Wiki to IJBM’s Darth Wiki. The yang to IJBM’s yin. IJBM’s more retarded fraternal twin. Whatever you want to call it, IJAM is nothing more than saccharinely sweet opposite clone of IJBM, created just to “balance things out” and nothing more. Apparently, Yack Fest wasn’t annoying random and positive enough, despite its status as the official TVTropes hugbox / forum toilet. With IJBM’s deletion, TVTropes has found itself with two boards dedicated to inanity and pointless gushing with nothing to counteract them. Good going, Eddie.
- Troper Covens
Social misfits sorting themselves out in this freak show. Also contains TV Trope's Music Pirate Club.
- Old Folks’ Home
IJBM and Yack Fest’s lovechild, and spinoff of what may simultaneously be the site’s most worthless and most self-righteous thread. Basically, Yack Fest, only angrier and even less entertaining.
- Wild Mass Guessing
“My Immortal was created as part of an elaborate plot by the 8th doctor and Haruhi Suzumiya to use Stephanie Mayer as a pawn to enslave all tropers, via Everyone Is Jesus In Purgatory! It makes perfect sense!” Literally, that’s the entire board.
The subforum for tropers to discuss media they like and dislike, but mostly just where all of the forum’s flame wars start. Its main purpose is keeping rabid fanboys from ruining the site any further, making the Media subforum pointless as this is pretty much impossible to achieve.
A.K.A. that one subforum that everyone forgets about. It serves to give the more pretentious tropers (as if they could get more pretentious) a place to showcase their awesome writing skills and debate everything from politics to religion to how terrible ED is (until Fast Eddie issued an unofficial gag order on that subject too). Its most recognizable board is OTC, which is only notable for its inhabitants hating and being hated by all of the fucktards frequenting the Just For Fun subforum.
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The Two Camps of Tropers
Before going into particular types of Tropers, there are two major groups: those that view the wiki as an encyclopedia and those that view it as a forum. The former are the ones that futilely try to keep the articles clean, free of off-topic bullshit, reasonably NPOV (or, failing that, positive), understandable by outsiders, and otherwise not full of failure. The latter usually fag up all the hard work of the former with writing themselves into articles and every other failing imaginable of a wiki while remaining utterly oblivious to their own toxic nature. The former HATES the latter with the fury of a thousand burning suns.
PROTIP: If you decide you want to dox a Troper, Fast Eddie was kind enough to provide everybody's IP address for all to see. Just find one of their edits on a history page and highlight next to their name. The usual bit of legwork to turn that into useful information still applies, but it's a healthy start. Of course, your contributions also have an IP address, so put up your 7 proxies. Also check out the list of contributors to find their profile, this list of Troper locations (similar to ED:Map), Troper Dating Service (watch out, eHarmony!), and this wikistalking tool (replace the placeholder with your chosen target). For those seeking the dox of the big man himself, note that the registered site owner (source) supposedly isn't actually Fast Eddie himself, but is his dead friend, "Gus", he has unpersoned from the site. He has, however, used the same information in registering other domains like mediatropes.org long after the supposed death, so make what you will from that information.
More specific types of Tropers
The primary source of the vast majority of edits, drama, and failure of the site. Fantards are not on the site to be good pop culture scholars so much as they find talking about their chosen object of worship in terms of tropes and memes makes them all warm and giddy inside. These people also typically think that their opinions become fact by the simple act of being on a large wiki (this is only true on Encyclopedia Dramatica) and start up edit wars if anyone so much as touches their textual blowjobs.
While all fandoms are welcome to spread their love and the typically large ones like Star Wars and Harry Potter have an equally large foothold, a few have become emblematic of the site in particular due to gross over-representation. These include:
- Joss Whedon shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, etc.): Since the site was originally started by members of a Whedon fan forum, it's only natural that they still maintain a strong presence. As Fast Eddie is one of them, it's a given that he lets a lot more stupid shit fly when that oeuvre is concerned and criticizing it used to be one of the fastest ways to get banned. However, despite his implicit encouragement of this group, he revealed his greater loyalty to money by responding to people butthurt over the rename of Spikeification that visitor traffic went way up when people could link to it without sounding like retarded Buffyfags. At least nobody can say he's biased about who he screws over.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: An early running joke on the wiki was how some new TV show on Nickelodeon was popping up all over the site. Somehow, this observation snowballed into a declaration of this stupid show as one of the TV Tropes icons. Why? Who the fuck really knows? You're probably better off figuring out why /b/ loves mudkip so much: you might find the answer there.
- That Guy With The Glasses: By their powers combined, TV Tropes and Channel Awesome produce a level of faggotry far greater than the sum of their parts. This case is quite insidious in how Doug and company have basically turned the site into free advertising for their shitty web shows. While initially not any more powerful or influential than any of the other three thousand fandoms all scrabbling to spread their own gospel, it was quickly discovered that encouraging their fans to spread their taint all over the site was an easy method of generating page views. This blossomed into a symbiotic relationship where Tropers will spread TGWTG forced memes like cancer in exchange for the occasional bit of lip-service to TV Tropes by dropping a reference to some popular trope page. For an example, skip ahead to 12:20 of this absolute nobody as he awkwardly upholds this tradition. If this sounds like a one-sided relationship, that's because it is. The site's allegiance was made clear when they banned anyone defending The Busy Street.
The most cancerous fantards are affectionately referred to by the site as:
The "Entry Pimp"
The Entry Pimp views the site as an MMORPG where they earn experience and gain levels by spamming as much unwarranted praise about their favorite show as possible. Typical Entry Pimp behavior includes using vague, near-meaningless buzzwords and contriving stupid bullshit to make their examples fit.
An infamous example of this brand of faggotry is an aspiring author named Paul Robinson. Through completely transparent spamming of his unpublished book Instrument of God, he basically inspired nearly all the rules they have concerning acceptable example section style through his antics. Oddly enough, he actually put a 700+ page draft of his magnum opus online and it's about as shitty as you'd expect of a work that somebody had to spam on TV Tropes to get noticed.
This type of fantard has a raging boner for a work as usual, but rather than wanting to make passionate love, they instead want to rape it in the ass like Bubba. While some might think this would be lulzy, what they invariably write are basically terrible, unfunny miniature attack articles for a piece of fiction instead of the boyfriend that dumped their loser ass. Like the garden variety fantards, they also get in edit wars over any attempt to remove their bullshit grudgewank.
The last time you chose to go to a theater instead of pirating it off BitTorrent, do you remember that asshole sitting in the row behind you? The one that kept trying to predict all the plot twists and when his one in four guesses came true, he would say "I KNEW IT!" and ramble about how those hacks in Hollywood can't come up with anything new these days? Well, TV Tropes helps this retard research all the possible plot twists and conventions while giving him a vocabulary of near-meaningless buzzwords so he can irritate you even more than the crying baby in front of you. Thank you, TV Tropes. You're a real benefit to society.
Belonging firmly in the "wiki as forum" camp, these are people who think TV Tropes is 4chan and feels the need to add at least a dozen of the memes from here to all of their text. They typically talk about their lives in terms of tropes, pothole "ironic" statements, and perpetrate cancers like "I Am Not Making This Up". They're the type that thinks a joke that was funny five times is no doubt funny five thousand times and thus leave behind a trail of total unfunny. Unlike on Encyclopedia Dramatica, these users typically never get banned or even so much as notified and other users have to waste their precious time cleaning up their diarrhea.
The Obstructive Purist
Mostly frequenting the various administrative sections, these are people who think the site is exactly perfect as a pretentious lit-crit version of 4chan and any attempt to make it useful and accessible to normal human beings is a corruption of all the ideals that the site stands for. They're the ones that oppose every single action for no other reason than "change is bad", constantly talk about "the fun being sucked out of the site", act as though "because I like it this way" is a valid reason not to do anything, abuse red tape and undermine the system to prevent anything from happening while accusing the same of everyone else, derail topics into personal flame wars, and generally just retard all growth of the site through their douchery. They cannot argue for shit and generally rely on an "us vs. them" mentality. Since the default action to any inconclusive topic is "do absolutely nothing", it's completely in their favor to be obstructive, belligerent, confusing, and incendiary to try and wear down everyone else in order to prevent anything from happening.
The Creepy Fuck
Along with pandering to way too serious fantards, TV Tropes has also become a haven for nearly every group of social deviants imaginable. Along with the expected paraphiliacs that fap to Rule 34 of their favorite work, the site also hosts tons of transexuals, furries, otherkin, and every other imaginable mass mental fuck-up. They used to hang out on the Fetish Fuel pages and generally follow the xchan effect. Now that Fetish Fuel is no more, they continue to pollute the forums and have nerdy cybersex. Rather than embarking on a mass cleansing of these heretics, Fast Eddie instead encourages them by banning everyone that makes even the slightest gesture of fursecution.
But the crown jewel of TV Tropes's perversity must be the large constituency of pedophiles: TV Tropes is likely the last public forum where the scum of the Earth can share their love of child sex without reprisal, even acting superior to "moral fags" who want to clamp down lolicon. However, as an open display of their deviant tendencies would cause Google Ads to cut off the money supply instantly, Fast Eddie had to delete/lock pedophilic articles such as Lolicon, Shotacon (and their Troper Tales), All Pedophiles Are Child Molesters (an anti-Party Van rant tinted with Victim Complex), and Paedo Hunt. Ever since, pedo tropers have been screaming persecution, as the rest of the community silently watch on, for fear that doing the right thing will harm the harmonious, no-bile atmosphere of TV Tropes.
|Someone please think of the poor pedos!||About missing Pics|
Fast Eddie is one of the site co-founders, wiki dictator, and its most successful troll to date. He's marked by his inconsistent viewpoints, breaking of his own rules, his allegiance to money and advertising metrics over good style, and his total inability to work well with others.
One of Fast Eddie's unrealistic expectations is his desire to counter-act the excessive negativity of the internet by enforcing an overly positive tone and style on the users. As a result, he is very quick to ban people for saying anything that could be considered a prejudiced statement and does not like such words as weeaboo because they are "derogatory specifically in a way that is against our cross-fandom". Despite his desire to make everything fluffy cakes and rainbows, the next biggest topic he brings up besides money is how much he hates the average user of the site and would enforce more draconian measures to weed out the bad apples if it weren't for advertising metrics.
He also clears out and lock negative pages as he discovers them. Worst of all, he's extremely lazy about this and can't be arsed to rewrite anything, so pages he clears of examples will frequently still act as though they have them in the introduction. He also frequently breaks the formatting while deleting example sections on work pages. While he claims that he'll take requests to change locked articles, he typically just ignores everything unless it involves deleting even more swathes of text, which he is more than happy to do. Ironically, despite his willingness to mongle pages like Emo Teen for being whiny slams against characters people don't like, he's more than happy to leave the way worse Mary Sue pages open despite them also being whiny slams against characters people don't like. Double standard much?
Fast Eddie is also very swift to silence any and all criticism of his actions or the wiki as a whole through judicious use of censorship and the banhammer. He deleted a checklist of tropes named after obscure characters, because instead of dealing with this abomination of fanwankery like a man, he pretends the problem doesn't exist. He also deletes threads about Encyclopedia Dramatica on sight even if they hadn't devolve into whining over being linked to Offended... yet. This is shown to be a kneejerk reaction on his part because even when a helpful poster suggested conflict resolution methods for ED, he still purged the whole thread not even four hours later. Can't let the underlings think there's anything but unrelenting evil on this site, can he? He also frequently deletes discussion pages for controversial locked pages, although those usually get spammed to hell and back during the first week after he takes the ball and goes home, so little of value is usually lost.
Eddie doesn't give a fuck about website security, storing passwords as plain text. Yet he is paranoid enough to ban whole fucking countries of Singapore, Pakistan and Puerto Rico since June 2011, because all those squint-eyed Azns and spics were apparently dirty spammers.
Fast Eddie's extreme penny pinching is his biggest motivation for everything. While he can't be bothered to spend longer than five seconds censoring the latest negative article and calls on the rest of the site to fix his fuck-ups, the threat of losing Google's mighty advertising sent him into a panic and motivated him to fix dozens of problems in only a few days. This same service is also why he'll block porn tropes as much as possible and demand quick renames of anything Google's server might interpret as smut. To see just how far he'll go to save precious moniez, take a look at this gem of a quote from the Lolicon discussion page:
—Fast Eddie cannot spare even 16 kilobytes of bandwidth for a "dead weight" article. That's 0.000001352 cents per visit if using Layered Tech pricing or 221,893,491 page views before he'll be denied a Big Mac.
He also regularly deletes unused pictures from the server, purges old forum posts, and clears page histories older than a few months (which are already economized by only containing the changes as opposed to the full old versions like proper MediaWiki) just to save a couple precious megabytes of server space. Technically, this means any page with text cuntpasted from Wikipedia or other Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licensed sites is a violation of the terms of agreement once the part of the history crediting them gets cleared. He is, of course, confident nobody will ever bring up a LOLsuit over this and he's probably right. His site is also a total nightmare of Search Engine Optimization, leaving the deep-link unfriendly "/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/" URL structure in place because he has no faith in Google, Bing, or Yahoo bots to carry over Page Rank via 301 redirects and floods their results with useless pages because he can't be arsed to add a NoIndex tag to articles that haven't been written yet.
Fast Eddie's day job is as a computer programmer for a "major video game company" (more specifically as someone that "work[s] with DAGs for a living". Based on his IP address it is most likely either Human Head Studios or Raven Software. According to a TV Tropes moderator, he is "a contractor who works on NPC AI in games, generally as a team lead."), which explains why he does not liek game critics like Yahtzee. In fact, his bitter hate for Yahtzee in particular is so strong, that he regularly breaks his own cardinal rule about no complaining, just because he can.
So remember, kids, if you just happen to be a middle-high profile Video Game Reviewer, make sure to give every game from Human Head Studios and Raven Software a negative review, because it ensures that Dear Leader goes through another ronery night where he cries himself to sleep.
Are you a current or former Troper that has more information on der Fuhrer? Then pledge allegiance to the United States of Encyclopedia Dramatica and tell us moar!
Other Important People
|STOP RIGHT THERE, FAGGOT!|
ED does NOT need a huge list of absolute nobodies, nor does it give a shit about your petty forum feud with that bitch who doesn't agree with your Zutara OTP. Rather than spreading your butthurt vendetta over to this site, how about you read ED:101 and ED:A User's Guide to Article Building. And while you're at it, how about contributing to some actual drama you fucking idiot?
Gallery of Lulz
Instead, feel free to add quotes and screencaps rather than writing boring, repetitive biographies on fucking everybody that ever used the Get Known function. Show, don't tell, people.
|Exhibit C||About missing Pics|
Unlike sites where trolling has become semi-acceptable, TV Tropes is very fast to ban and censor people that might cause any real drama before their hard work can pay off. Instead, nearly all the real lulz come from unpopular administrative decisions... which is basically all of them.
Since the site got afflicted with severe USI in its early days about its so-called ability to create neologisms, it got bogged down with literally over 9000 trope pages with painfully obtuse, unfunny, and downright misleading names. The unofficial site policy was basically "first come, first serve" on trope names and everyone that thought the name sucked just had to deal with it. As a result, a flood of retards hoping to pass a name or phrase from their favorite fiction into the lexicon of analytical commentary rushed their half-written shit through as fast as possible and spammed the site with links to try and make it look more popular than it really is.
While opposition in the form of The Society for the Prevention of Overly Original Names (or SPOON) tried to head these retards off at the pass, the thought of fixing their mistakes on the top level didn't really take off until...
One of the very first renames was some trope named "Spikeification". If you took one look at that title and said "WTF is that?", then congratulations, you're not (too) retarded.
Being the very first major rename, the opposition this action got was legendary. Buffyfags poured in from every corner to whine about how those wanting the name changed are just hermits that have been living under a stone all their lives and missed out on some vital popular culture. Because surely, of all the shitty generic characters out there with an equally generic name like "Spike", everybody will surely think of the one from Buffy and immediately think of his sordid character arc. Most of the arguments were cemented around some belief in a completely imaginary bureaucratic process that, of course, completely favored whatever would result in leaving their precious trope name alone.
Further accusations of missing the point behind the original trope meaning were also thrown out. During one derailed YKTTW, Fast Eddie responded to those people by offering to allow them to make a separate page called "Spikeification" with what they think it's supposed to mean. Unsurprisingly, nobody took the offer.
Ultimately, since the average Troper isn't capable of a whole lot but getting their asses banned in futile edit wars with people they aren't aware are sysops, they took a page from the American GOP and declared that once they rise to power, they'll overturn this decision to show those pesky SPOON motherfuckers who's boss. However, since they lack such necessary things as penises, they'll just have to quietly smolder and passive-aggressively bring up their rage in other discussions.
Rape The Dog
Rape The Dog is a case study in how not to construct a trope. Passing through YKTTW without either much support for its name or any kind of concrete definition, it wasn't nuked in less than a day like it should have been because this was back when next to nobody on the site had the testicles to reverse anyone else's decisions no matter how shitty. Proposing to basically just be "Kick The Dog, but more evil", it quickly turned into a [[duplicate article before then degrading even further into a dumping ground for every single last evil action perpetrated by anyone, ever.
Whilst furiously masturbating to how evil their favorite characters are, a meme formed from the bowels of the Wiki as Forum camp. Just like your favorite wiki, Tropers like to pipe links to relevant pages whenever they describe scenes. Since Rape The Dog was the natural choice for OMFG EVULZ!!!1 links, this quickly escalated to fucking huge walls of text wanking over every single mean thing a character has done in excessive hyperbole should their name so much as even be mentioned. It was about as charming as tubgirl.
Faced with a useless non-trope with nearly a thousand links, some attempts were made to turn it into something resembling a trope by tacking on a criteria of "the moment a character becomes completely irredeemable in the eyes of the audience"... only even a retarded chimp could recognize that's just as fucking pointless as "being really evil". Of course, nobody bothered to learn the new definition and so the meme kept being shat out everywhere to the detriment of everything it touches.
After reaching critical mass, it was decided to rename the already-tainted trope to something actually descriptive of the "trope". This predictably spiraled into a massive flame war and bawwwwwfest, with the memefags claiming that renaming the trope was "taking away from the character of the site"... even though "Rape The Dog" characterizes the site as puppy-fuckers and who the hell wants to be Poeticirony, anyway?
Unfortunately, it was absolutely pointless in the end. Since they kept Rape The Dog as a redirect, just like how Obama redirecting W's old profile to his also brought the miserable failure Googlebomb with it, Moral Event Horizon just simply replaced "Rape The Dog" as the excuse to write off-topic TL;DR recaps of every last evil thing a character has done each time they're name-dropped, rendering the whole thing moot. WTG, guys. WTG.
Pop quiz: what character archetype is "The Daisuke"? What? You don't know? Surely, you're aware that Digimon Adventure 02 is one of the most important pop-cultural traditions the world over and everybody knows the hopeless romantic plight of this character, right? RIGHT?!
Character named tropes are one of the cancers from the early days of the site back when everybody was rushing to force their favorite obscure anime into pop-culture icons by coming up with definitions for new terms nobody else ever reads but by accident. This usually manifested in the form of "Character Action" or "Character Noun" (e.g. Xanatos Gambit), but a lot of lazy cunts just simply ascribed some role or trait as simply "The Character" to the detriment of anybody that isn't also a drooling fanboy.
After some of the users dislodged their heads from their assholes and realized nobody outside their circlejerk gives a fuck about their idols, mass renames of character-named tropes started passing through the system to the tune of constant fandom flame wars and yet more accusations of "killing the personality of the site". Predictably, outside of the conflict-mongers, they were completely silent when it came to renaming a character-named trope from a fandom they don't care about.
One infamous rename was of a trope named "Jonas Quinn". For a long time, the trope was brought up on a monthly basis because who the fuck is Jonas Quinn and how are we supposed to figure out that it's a replacement character? As usual, the purists moved in to block any action because, again, tradition and personality and sucking the fun out of the site and blah blah blah blah blah... Fast Eddie got sick of this bullshit, so he renamed it himself and told everybody to STFU. While the usual cascade of butthurt over any change being made to the site predictably reared its head, since this was long after other precedent cases, it fizzled out pretty fast.
Nowadays, their mods have learned how to cockblock any traitors who challenge their sacrosanct trope names: by claiming that these bring inbound links (i.e. ad money). The only hope that any trope gets renamed is that the name pisses off Fast Eddie (The "You Fail X Forever" pseudo-tropes got renamed pretty fast, as Eddie can't bear to be reminded that he fails everything forever.)
In a surprising moment of clarity, Fast Eddie decided something needed to be done about the obvious weeaboo infestation to the site. One of the results of this plague is a whole lot of tropes given Japanese names for no other reason but because some animu fangirl beat everybody to the punch. So a charge was spearheaded against this obvious bullshit and met with the usual resistance from persecuted white middle-class suburban teens with access to daddy's credit card and various Otaku shopping sites.
There is one exception, however: Nakama. "Nakama" is a One Piece-ism that some troper moron mistaken as "friends who are closer than family". Bringing up Nakama as something that needs a rename will summon a swarm of weeaboos with a severe persecution complex that will cock block all possible action through their shitposting, flame baiting, suicide threats, and other deliberate bad faith abuses of the system. They view it as their last bastion of Japan worship on a site that does not understand their plight of not being born as a small-dicked/breasted Asian living in an overcrowded island city with a culture that bullies the hell out of everyone that isn't a conformist.
Rather than banning their asses, the management basically decided to let them keep their precious article name despite the fact that it may just be the single biggest reminder of the site's obvious weeaboo slant. It also sets the precedent that if enough people are big enough assholes, just like that screaming and wailing kid at the supermarket, they'll be given their favorite toy. Great standard for behavior, huh?
The tide was turned in July 2011: a few tropers, resentful over Eddie's changing trope names without consultation or votes, proposed to rename Nakama out of spite -- he ruined our fun so we'll ruin some other peoples' fun too. As "One Piece" was by then long out of vogue, this time the motion got passed, and "Nakama" fell like the Berlin Wall. Granted, shitposts ran rampant during the proposal of new names (people pushing forth nonsense like "Framily", "Brohana", "Risk Re Ward" and "Coterie of Comradely Companions"), But at least no one made suicide threats, and the final trope title "True Companions" is unobjectionable.
The "I Am Not Making This Up" Purge
|ALERT: THIS IS A FORCED MEME|
|I Am Not Making This Up will be posted by the same
unfunny newfag until you like it.
If you thought the *chans were the only places to get into wars over shitty forced memes, you'd be wrong.
Like "Rape The Dog" before it, I Am Not Making This Up was a completely useless and unfunny pothole meme where the user would link it to large batches of supposedly unbelievable plot description as if it signifies some awesome brick shitting moment. Of course, since these are Tropers we're talking about, it quickly became a blight upon the internet and turned into a grating catch phrase that reveals the site for what it is: a whole lot of aspies trying way too fucking hard.
The meme didn't really turn completely cancerous until the less-retarded members started deleting the links on sight, inspiring the idiots to fight back the only way they knew how: spamming it even harder. This back and forth quickly spilled into lots of bitchy forum topics and got linked to over 2500 articles before Fast Eddie ran a pothole-sweeping program to try to kill the meme. This abortive attempt at fixing the problem didn't last very long as it only took a few hours for the pathetic basement dwellers to add several hundred more links.
After lots more stupid bickering, Janitor finally grew a pair and deleted all that shit without so much as a discussion. This immediately triggered an epic forum war where butthurt memefags complained about having their inaliable right to irritate the fuck out of everybody else oppressed by the man. The usual crying and flouncing dominated the forums for a few weeks and then fizzled out into a whole lot of passive-aggressive moaning and linking to "Not Making This Up Disclaimer" in some attempt to bring the meme back. And they wonder why their site doesn't get any respect.
The Negativity Purge and Mass Article Lockdown
Fast Eddie once went on record saying he never, ever, ever, ever wanted to install a page-locking mechanism. Ever. Oh, the irony...
In June 2010, Fast Eddie and his chosen cabal of moderators sat down and talked about how they believed that the amount of "negativity", "libel" and "slander" on some pages was getting overwhelming. They decided that they were too lazy/busy giving each other handjobs to continuously monitor the pages in question, and, instead of actually doing the reasonable thing and hiring some immigrants to do the job, Fast Eddie stepped in, stripped half of the pages' content, and locked them from further editing. This, of course, was a clear signal that being a super-positive ass-fairy in order to edit TV Tropes was no longer merely recommended, but outright enforced, and from there on out, all the users now had to pretend that they were all good friends who love every single little bit of media that various creato- sorry, Almighty Gods, had bestowed upon them. Predictably, there were those things and persons no one on the site would ever want to defend, even after drinking gallon after gallon of the Kool-Aid, so pages on infamously shitty creators such as Tim Buckley, Uwe Boll, and Chris-chan were standing around with harsh criticism written on them, looking so hilariously out of place with the new party line that it was really no big surprise when Fast Eddie eventually found out about them, and an even smaller one when he dealt with them in the usual manner.
Of course, nobody does anything that can be interpreted as even slightly positive for Chris-chan, the Internet's favorite whipping boy, without retribution, so the site drew the usual response to all White Knighting. While mature Chris trolling organizations like CWCki realized TV Tropes wasn't saying anything new, shrugged their shoulders, and said "LOL INTERNET" (they also have a mirror of the unmongled article, anyway), more obsessive Chris enthusiasts like Legi0n spearheaded a massive campaign to try and convince Fast Eddie to reverse the decision by the only way they knew: butthurt forum spamming, vandalism, and other things that only pissed off the site members even more. Outside of a lulzy white-washing of the Adolf Hitler page, their attempts at keeping the Chris-bashing were made of fail and all they managed to do was convince Fast Eddie to be even more hostile to everything lulz.
So with all the legi0naires spamming the site because there was now one less place to spread the truth about Chris-chan, Fast Eddie started responding to all the h8ers by cracking down on every single "trope" that could be used as a soapbox against the site. When people started rightfully adding Fast Eddie and other Tropers to Small Name Big Ego, he purged all the examples and locked the page. When they accused him of not being able to take any criticism by adding him to Protection From Editors, he purged all those examples, too. You can probably guess what he did when people accused him of censoring history on the Orwellian Editor page.
Along with all the fag-disabling, this also had the effect of blocking all the examples that aren't bitching about the site. While most of them were complaints unworthy of Encyclopedia Dramatica or even fandom_wank, a sizable number of lulz were lost in the process. Before he started responding to the most vocal complainers with the ban-paddle, he dropped this deuce of a quote to explain away every last action of his:
—Fast Eddie, telling h8ers to STFU and GTFO
So with the realization that shutting people out is way faster and easier than proper, rational discussion, Fast Eddie turned to the page lock as the one-stop solution to every last little drama, evar. Edit war in a work page over trivial bullshit? Rather than just handing out warnings (although his ghetto software is piss-poor at PMs) and/or temporary bans to the involved parties, he'll lock the page for months on end and ignore everybody as it stagnates because he's too lazy to act like a proper administrator.
Of course, Fast Eddie shows he's perfectly fine with a really harsh article on some furry's bad fanfic by helpfully moving it to its proper place. But rules were made to be broken by the people who made them, right?
PROTIP: One easy, guaranteed way to get lulz is to start up an edit war on a popular page. Fast Eddie will predictably lock it and get swamped with complaints that he'll just ignore. White Knighting a widely hated work gets the best results because while he'll eventually unlock a work that has fans, he'll keep the worst shit locked forever on a deceptively NPOV write-up. No matter what, make sure you sock puppet and proxy while you do this because he's now more than happy to perma-ban everybody that causes any drama whatsoever.
Jack Butler's Splinter Cell
Some time during the above drama (more specifically, on or before July 12th, 2010), some disgruntled ex-Troper by the name of Jack Butler decided he had enough of Fast Eddie's shit and created his own ripoff site here. True to its name, it's really just a glorified cuntpaste of the main site onto Wikia's format with only two truly active members, so there's little of note there.
Instead, the drama here comes from Jack Butler's reasoning for this mirror. His user profile states that after getting banned once for some stupid thing, Fast Eddie asked him to do something. Our lovable wiki dictator then banned him again for following instructions, but didn't revert his changes. The implication of this story is that Fast Eddie is willing to employ scapegoats to perform controversial changes so as to deflect the scorn of the aspie populace onto sacrificial lambs. After ED lulz archivists looked into this and found no leads, it was deemed a dead end and left alone. Luckily, Jack Butler showed up on the talk page to explain what happened:
—JackFloridian 01:18, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
Of course, this tale is flawed in the assumption that Fast Eddie gives a shit about what his underlings think of him (which the rest of this article should dispel really fast). Another flaw is that while a page does exist for the trope "Band Of Brothers", Nakama was never fully unseated from its position as the site's proud weeaboo declaration. Unfortunately, since Fast Eddie has long since purged the old history pages of a lot of tropes (including both Nakama and Band Of Brothers), this has to be taken entirely on Jack's word alone.
The Google Ads Saga
On October 27th, 2010, Google noticed the sheer oversaturation of sick fucks on the site and pulled their advertising. Since the site costs thousands of dollars a month and they only had enough money for one more month, there was a very real possibility the site might have died. The bureaucrats started working overtime to censor fucking everything and the BAWWWWW levels eclipsed even the Sonichu drama.
Sadly, it was not to last. After creating an Iron Curtain around the most blatant "mature content" and finding a less discriminating advertising company for those pages, Google gave them back their ads on November 9th. Many lulz were killed in the process.
You can still help, though! Since the whole site is full of content unsuitable for any decent human being, be sure to report every single page on the wiki as "mature content" (the button named "report this article" in the upper left corner). Start with this page and work your way down the list.
The "It Just Bugs Me!" Forum Purge
In the post-festive spirit of 2010, Fast Eddie decided to troll the site's users by announcing the deletion of the "It Just Bugs Me!" forum, the favorite whining place of socially awkward aspies:
—Fast Eddie doing what he does best
Predictably, the forum descended into a civil war of nerd rage and intolerable whining, divided between pro and anti IJBM factions, with many vowing to flee the forum immediately. A few unimportant ones were banned for rebelling against the mods and being a general retard. The forum rules now threaten site-wide permabans for people bringing up the logical conclusion that with no more ghetto of complaining, all the old users just migrated over to Yack Fest:
—Nope, not extreme at all
Fetish Fuel and Troper Tales Deletion/Deportation
On February 1st, 2011, Fast Eddie started up a topic in Wiki Talk to discuss a final solution to the infestations that are Troper Tales and Fetish Fuel. Like many other bad decisions catching up to bite him in the ass, the malignant tumors have grown to such a size and perversion that the first thing people think when the name "TV Tropes" is mentioned is "that sick fuck site which, unlike Encyclopedia Dramatica, isn't joking".
As usual, butthurt, hyperbole, "THE SITE IS RUINED FOREVER!!!!!!!", etc. ensued until some brave people offered to maintain a full new wiki just to keep their perversions somewhere on the internets. Unfortunately, their choice of Wikia as their provider is going to bite them in the ass really, really hard once the really creepy fucks fully migrate over. You should probably see if you can get some Vegas odds on how long it will take before the site either gets deleted or somebody gets v&.
—Original guideline number 3
Troper Tales also got a similar deportation on August 12th, 2011, but nearly everybody with any say on the forums loathed that section, so it went without a fight. While nothing of value was lost, it won't be long before people once again flood the Real Life sections of tropes with boring personal anecdotes.
Cybersex in my TV Tropes?
It's been there longer than you think!
TV Tropes maintains there is only one sex thread in the forum, but even a casual visitor has no trouble finding loads of them, always pushed to the first pages of their respective subforums for your browsing pleasure. This just shows how blind and delusional their moderation is. The mother of all sex threads was the Forum Lust Game, where tropers pretended to be furry dragons who rammed their virtual spiked dongs into elvish succubi which squirt milk as they orgasm. The Forum Lust Game has stood resplendent for nearly three years, culminating almost 47000 posts and growing by 300 daily. A simple click on the "last page" button would have shown how gut-wrenching depraved the thing was -- yet the mods simply let it be, enraptured in their own cybersex in a super secret forum only Fast Eddie and they could read.
In June 2011, Lust Game was innocently brought up in a discussion about porn -- and even then a mod maintained it was okay. Not until tropers homed in on the thread and got offended did the mods discover the shitpile fermenting for years under their noses. Too embarrassed to admit their utter failure as moderators, they pointed their fingers back to the users -- why the fuck no one ever told us?! -- and sure enough, a user stood up and said yes, he had tried to inform the mods -- he even got reprimanded for it. Seeing that further discussion in the open would only dig themselves deeper into lulz, the mods told the victim to talk to them by PM -- yeah, we'll deal with you later. When no one's around.
The Lust Game may have been razed to the ground, but cybersex is alive and well in TV Tropes. Trust us we won't rat you out to the mods: pathetic as they are, it's still their job, not ours. And for those who wish to study the psychosexual pathology of basement-dwelling aspies, a large chunk of the Lust Game has been archived for your persual.
Astroturfing on Alexa
We all know Fast Eddie is a touchy crybaby, but who'd have guessed he'd freak out over TWO negative reviews on Alexa.com? His attempt to use tropers as his publicity machine ended up... we'll let the screenshots tell the story.
|You Fail Public Relations Forever!||About missing Pics|
"We have always been at war with Something Awful"
The Goons, not being the kind of people that would let delicious drama like the above pass by, have had several threads dedicated to mocking TV Tropes and its stupid, creepy userbase, by quoting the mindboggling statements which the TV Tropes Forum is abundant with.
This of course, was another blatant display of Fat Eddie's utter failure as an admin and site-owner, and he responded in an adult and reasonable manner.
Nah, just kidding. If you actually have been reading this article, then you already know that Dear Leader's standard response to this kind of thing is throwing a massive tirade worthy of a three-year-old, and then cracking down with more censorship.
On the 22rd October 2011, the Goons who was signing up for their usual round of hilariously stupid quotes in the ongoing thread noticed that something rather fishy was going on. Clicking on the links in their thread just lead them back to the thread. They quickly figured out what was going on. That sly devil Eddie had in all his brilliance blocked all referrals from SomethingAwful.com!
But this obstacle wasn't as insurmountable as Eddie had thought it would be. Copy-pasting the adress into a new tab or opening a incognito window in Chrome was enough to bypass it. So much for that fool-proof security.
Having regained access to TV Tropes, the goons discovered the horrible, horrible punishment Comrade Eddie had put upon SA for its terrible insolence: Denying them credit for the creation of the Let's Play phenomenon! Gasp!
While the Goons were busy laughing their asses off over this massively petty overreaction, the Tropers asked themselves why Fast Eddie was doing such a thing, and eventually they gathered the courage to ask him personally.
—Dear Leader has spoken, shut up or be banned.
Fast Eddie then went on an ethnic cleansing campaign and banned TV Tropes members that he thought were goons. Instead of doing the logical thing and calling Eddie's shit, tropers responded by "self-thumping" -- censoring any mention of Something Awful they have made previously on the forums.
The Great Pedocide of late April 2012
Yes, yet again, Tv Tropes is undergoing a cleanup, but no, it's not because they want to do the smart thing and tell the weeaboos to fuck off with their wapanese name obsessions again, but partially because Google AdSense is again demanding they be moralfags and delete porn related material that could cause the site to lose its funding, and partially because Fast Eddie agrees with them because he wanted to get rid of porn related tropes, which he has always wanted to get rid of.
Especially controversial this time around, is that Fast Eddie has finally gotten a clue, and has axed the safe harbor policy for pedophilic material, declaring that the wiki will no longer accept material that contains graphical and explicit scenes with children under the age of 16, leading to Troper favorites such as the loli-fanservice show Kodomo no Jikan getting deleted. This has of course cued the usual cries of persecution from the usual crowd of pedo weeaboos, who thinks that a show that shameless sexualizes 6 year old girls is "OMG, SOOO DEEP!" But much to their shock, their whining and moaning wasn't met with the usual gratification and admissions from the modding staff, but rather with the blunt end of a b&stick, which so far has only caused them to whine and moan even louder about unfair treatment.
So, yet again, it falls upon anyone who gives a shit about preserving what little lulz TV Tropes was ever capable of to hunt down the material in danger of deletion for great justice.
In fact, to start this lulz preservation, go to this link:
If it's marked porn once or twice, it's certain to die (three times and you can be absolutely sure, especially if some reason is added as well), and if it's long and lulz worthy (and TV Tropes is text based) just copypasta the text into a notepad file and save any pictures if possible by dumping them from the embedded links.
Once a bunch of pages are saved in this manner (in a manner they could be shown here on ED looking like they did before the moralfags BAAAWWWWWed over them), then start making archives of them, put them in zip files, upload copies everywhere so they never truly die (like ED).
Warning: Some pages, like the Lotte No Omocha page, are totally deleted and salted (as in, there is no fucking way to ever get the original contents back), and some have histories that are quickly getting purged, so there is a time limit before the TV Tropes Gestapo finishes lulz destruction, so work fast, faggots.
Finally, here's the page for the Final Decisions made by those idiotic fucks who call themselves the "P5" (which stands for some shit even they can't agree on, but most likely stands for the number of times they demand their penises sucked by the more ignorant sheepie tropers who accepted this ass rape of lulz, or worse, accept this fail as justified).
The Response to the Great Pedocide of late April 2012
- Popular culture
- In popular culture - TV Tropes is basically this aspect of Wikipedia turned into its own wiki.
- deviantART - Another site full of obnoxious weeaboo fantards, retarded drama, and where "criticism" is a dirty word.
- Starprincess801 - Goes by the name "Dark Lady Celebrian" on TV Tropes.
- Iconoclast - Redneck Sick fuck who calls himself Haggis McCrablice on TV Tropes and has been subjected to the This Troper treatment twice 
- Chagen46 - Paranoid schizophrenic homophobic bisexual lolicon diaper-fetishist, and (banned) troper.
- The Unknown Autobot - Fat basement-dwelling aspie who uses trope names in every day conversation. Complete with his own badass longcoat.
- TV Tropes
- TV Tropes Forum
- Uncyclopedia on TV Tropes: You know a site fails when Uncyclopedia of all things is able to perfectly nail everything that's wrong with it.
- TV Tropes Mirror: Created by a disgruntled troper. There are at most 3 active members. May or may not get DMCA'd since TV Tropes could be easily defended as a trademark.
- The new IJBM: WARNING: gibberish ahead.
- One is never enough; ex-tropers need multiple sites to bitch on.
- Some guy's TL;DR comment on various TVTropes dramas
- Another dissatisfied troper.
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