are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as
being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the
whole, tropes are not clichés
The word clichéd means "stereotyped and trite."
In other words, dull
and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting
entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make
fun of them.
The wiki is called "TV Tropes" because TV is where we started.
Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other
media. Tropes transcend television. They reflect life. Since a lot of
art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes
are likely to show up everywhere.