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Wiki themed website chronicling the trends, tastes, trappings, runners, stereotypes and plot devices of printed or visual medium and even touching on how they can relate to real life.

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Charlie Brown and Brian Griffin are more alike then you may think...They're AUTHOR AVATARS

  • Jan 13, 2010
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Wiki style websites are fast becoming the newest format of learning about our favorite subjects from video games to computers and just about anything else in between and have quickly replaced home made websites for information due to their often thouroughness and ability to have almost anything be edited to make them bigger and more concise by everyone for the most input. 

What if you took a wiki and had it focus solely on pop culture and media and not only describe those favorite pieces but used terms or "tropes" to summarize what techniques they use in telling their storys?  You would have tvtropes.org

Take any piece of media out there, film, anime, manga, comics, newspaper comics, TV, western animation, TV and sometimes even real life and the website will document what parts of those subjects use which trope.  If you took a multibranching piece of media like Batman, it will make it a point to go over it's old movies, new movies, comics and even the old serials and 60's TV show and show what it shares in common with other pieces of media out there and what to call those common traits.

Heres a quick way of summarizing what you would be looking at when it comes to these tropes, say you looked up the Peanuts cartoon strip, it would tell you that certain tropes or trends are established with them like Black Comedy (for all the fun it is to see Charlie Brown abused), Clown Car Base (with Snoopy's adventures on his doghouse), and the infamous Crowning Moment of Awesome (Linus reading scripture for what the true meaning of Christmas is).  Clicking on link of said trope will take you to a page where other examples of that trope can be found in other pieces of work.  For instance, clicking on the Crowning Moment of Awesome will lead you to links showing where it is used in other works, from Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, Iron Man and others.

If a trope is the one most associated with a piece of work it is often credited as being the starter of that particular trend and being named such.  An example is "an unpopular character with the audience that CONTINUES to get press or storylines despite known hate towards said character" is called The Wesley, named in honor (or dishonor) of the character Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  A similar trope is The Scrappy named after Scrappy Doo who could be the most hated character in history and summerizes other unpopular characters in other works.

Some tropes have entire sections dedicated to their tropes.  The Iron Man movie for example has an entire page dedicated to it's own "Crowning Moments of Awesome" and it's counterpart the "Dethroning Moment of Suck" which chronicles when something was just too much for an audeince member or it's fans to put up with anymore.  To anyone who doubts my feelings on the Family Guy show, Family Guy alone has it's own section on that page and it's a whopping 15 pages plus long.

I wouldn't have been able to even write my feelings with the same zeal on Family Guy if it hadn't been for this website and it's finer points of ironing out what I wanted to write but couldn't say.

You could say I was suffering from "Buffy Speak."

Go ahead, look it up.
Charlie Brown and Brian Griffin are more alike then you may think...They're AUTHOR AVATARS

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January 19, 2010
Still exploring. Perhaps Woopak will like it, it seems like his kind of thing! :-)
January 20, 2010
Still exploring the site? I don't blame you. It's easy to get on there looking at one thing then branching off to one thing, then another and another.
January 13, 2010
I like TV Tropes when I go there, but some of the examples are downright creepy in how the people wikialize their arguments with one another. I think it's best in small doses, but it's pretty great in small doses.
January 13, 2010
The site does try to remind people to know what they're talking about before they post and there is a forum war of sorts on some pages but for me it does allow you to get the pieces you need to make the right argument.
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Quick Tip by . January 12, 2010
Fantastic resource for summarizing what we know and love or hate about what we see in movies, TV, books and more. A new favorite website.
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Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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TV Tropes is a wiki, built on a PmWiki platform,[2] that collects and expands on various conventions and devices (tropes) found within creative works. Since starting in 2003, the site has gone from covering only television and film tropes to those in a number of other media.[3] The site is known for approaching topics in a comic tone—author Bruce Sterling once described its style as "wry fanfic analysis"[4]—but Professor Robin Hanson characterized it as rather a possibly "great data source for studying fiction's functions."[5] 
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