Tropedia

  • Before making a single edit, Tropedia EXPECTS our site policy and manual of style to be followed. Failure to do so may result in deletion of contributions and blocks of users who refuse to learn to do so. Our policies can be reviewed here.
  • All images MUST now have proper attribution, those who neglect to assign at least the "fair use" licensing to an image may have it deleted. All new pages should use the preloadable templates feature on the edit page to add the appropriate basic page markup. Pages that don't do this will be subject to deletion, with or without explanation.
  • All new trope pages will be made with the "Trope Workshop" found on the "Troper Tools" menu and worked on until they have at least three examples. The Trope workshop specific templates can then be removed and it will be regarded as a regular trope page after being moved to the Main namespace. THIS SHOULD BE WORKING NOW, REPORT ANY ISSUES TO Janna2000, SelfCloak or RRabbit42. DON'T MAKE PAGES MANUALLY UNLESS A TEMPLATE IS BROKEN, AND REPORT IT THAT IS THE CASE. PAGES WILL BE DELETED OTHERWISE IF THEY ARE MISSING BASIC MARKUP.

READ MORE

Tropedia
Advertisement
Tropedia
157,237
pages
WikEd fancyquotes.pngQuotesBug-silk.pngHeadscratchersIcons-mini-icon extension.gifPlaying WithUseful NotesMagnifier.pngAnalysisPhoto link.pngImage LinksHaiku-wide-icon.pngHaikuLaconic

Alternate title: Our Tropes Are Different Jesus Is Different, So Screw The Sliding Scale Of True Art Versus Chekhov's Nightmare Fuel Phlebotinum Everything's Better with Indexes Hollywood Style Gambit Index Badass Moments of Doomy Dooms of Doom Ex Machina, BITCH! (IN SPACE!)

It's a fairly common practice in the wiki to make puns based on pre-existing trope titles. Outside of this wiki, this is called a "snowclone", where in a sentence "X is the new Y", X and Y can be substituted for anything the speaker wants to use.

But very often, this new trope will have nothing whatsoever to do with its namesake. (And that's bad.)

This is Chekhov's Pun—the title (but not concept) is taken from Chekhov's Gun, a common target of the various punners that frequent YKTTW. Nightmare Fuel, Nightmare Retardant, Nightmare Dreams, Nightmare Valley, and Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant suggest that this is happening to another trope, though those are directly related to the original article.

Another example is the Just for Pun index, which is a pun on Just for Fun. In fact, many Just for Pun entries were named after other tropes, including this one.

The Title Bin was the place where silly wordplay ought to go if it can't be justified by the trope description, as more creative ways of Naming a Trope should be used.

Not to be confused with Brick Joke, where a seemingly throw-away pun that is used once makes a return later.


Chekhovs Pun Indexes

Advertisement