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Welcome to All The Tropes, Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted To Know
About This Wiki

All The Tropes is a community-edited wiki website dedicated to discussing Creators, Works, and Tropes -- the people, projects and patterns of creative writing in all kinds of entertainment: television, literature, movies, video games, and more.
And by all kinds of entertainment, we don't just mean English language content (especially just American English content), we want to cover and address all types of media from around the world and the tropes that media uses, as both tropes and the works that use them are universal.

Tropes are tools of the trade for writers; They are devices and conventions that we the audience expect to see again and again. Whether tropes are cliche or just standard for the genre is largely a matter of writing quality and personal opinion. But tropes will always exist, as they often reflect life -- and we exist to document them, play with them, and generally have fun with them.

This wiki is called All The Tropes because we want to accept discussion of patterns in all forms of media while keeping censorship to a minimum. We want to encourage creative thought, discuss new works, and welcome everyone to play around. This is not Wikipedia, this is a site for fans. We hope to educate and entertain -- to be both informal and informative. And we hope that you'll join us. So read, edit, have fun, and play nice!

This wiki is an English specific wiki, and our content may reflect a strong American bias due to the fact we forked from TV Tropes, which had a strong bias in that regard. If you would like to help us make a foreign language version of ATT or help improve our international appeal, please contact the ATT administrators and we'll be happy to provide any resources you may need.

Differences From the Competition

TV Tropes does not allow certain articles and topics to be discussed, because of censorship policies ostensibly imposed by their advertisement sponsors. We are hosted on a service funded by donations, so we have no ads and no widespread censorship. We have a wide range of other benefits too: modern software, secure browsing, and administrators who listen to other opinions. For a fuller explanation of the schism, see Why We Forked TV Tropes.

All The Tropes (Wikia) is a Wikia fork of All The Tropes, and are as censorship free as ourselves. Content from there can be imported here and vice-versa, under the terms of the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.

Differences between TV Tropes and All The Tropes

Feature TV Tropes All The Tropes
Wiki Engine PmWiki (heavily modified) MediaWiki 1.27.1 (71ed3d8)
Content Dumps Only via administrator approval Can be requested by anyone
Censorship Imposed via Google Ads and an administrator approved committee Only what is legally required
Content License CC-BY-NC-SA CC-BY-SA
Colored Text Globally disabled Available via template or CSS styles
Strike-through Markup Globally disabled Available
WikiWords Most common form of linking Not available
Page Moves Manual copy-paste-redirect Move action (preserves history)
Page History Changes only, natterfy button Changes between multiple revisions, view old versions, undo edit
Unicode Support Character escapes only Available everywhere
HTTPS browsing No Yes
Secure Passwords No (plaintext, no encryption) Yes (cryptographic database hash)
Interwiki Support None Yes, interwiki linking is supported

Our Position on Wikimedia Foundation wikis

We are fierce advocates of the free content reuse policy of Wikimedia Foundation and our site license and reuse policy was modeled on their own because we want to share our content with the world, and don't believe it should be hoarded or used to make a profit, because like the WMF, we believe knowledge should be free, and since you can reuse WMF content here (with proper attribution), please check out the following WMF wikis for anything you might wish to use for pages here:


Featured Article

Follow the Leader

Above: The Wii remote. Below: The Playstation Move.

"I am afraid to say that the history of entertainment is also the history of imitation."

Whenever a work achieves enough success, there will be imitators. It doesn't matter if it's a cheap foreign knockoff or a major Hollywood production. It doesn't matter whether the writers are choosing to do this or the producers are. If they think they can make money ripping off a successful work, or at least something else in its genre, they will do so. Thanks to Sturgeon's Law, this has the typical effect of flooding the market with a lot of inferior works. But not always.

Of course, the trailblazing work may itself not be original; in this day and age, little is. But it just manages to capture the public's interest (and their money), and it is this magical moment that studios strive to duplicate, after the fact.

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We have more than just Trope And Works pages, below are the other major sections of the wiki: