DBTropes logo's like TV Tropes, but LINKED DATA!

About is a wiki-based catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. It contains pages for numerous movies, books, and other items, and associates these with tropes (writing devices and conventions). is a Linked Data wrapper for It parses TVTropes pages and outputs machine-interpretable RDF. For formalizing items and tropes, the Skipinions ontology created in Skipforward is used. Links to DBpedia can be generated, too.

The original idea of DBTropes was to be able to import TV Tropes data into Skipforward, then being able to use Skipforward's recommendation and annotation features, and also being able to use the TV Tropes feature hierarchy for Skipforward items. However, DBTropes data can also be used outside of the scope of Skipforward.

Example Pages


Since DBTropes is an online wrapper, fixes in the way DBTropes parses TV Tropes pages are effective immediately. The following settings influence page parsing.

A short overview is given in the poster presented at EKAW 2010.

Page Type Settings

Each page can be interpreted as...

  • Item: A movie, game, etc. - links to other pages in itemizations are parsed if pointing to Feature pages only and output as hasFeature statements.
  • Feature: A trope. Links to other pages in itemizations are parsed if pointing to Item pages only and output as hasFeature statements.
  • Feature Cat: A trope category. Links to other pages in itemizations are parsed if pointing to Feature pages only and output as subclassOf statements.
  • Ignore: Page will be ignored - no type will be set.

After clicking on (Re)link with DBpedia (available for Items only), you will be presented a list of links found by Sindice when searching for the item label. "Set" the link that represents the current page in DBpedia. An owl:sameAs statement will be generated.

Hiding Statements

Using the buttons to the left of statements, individual statements can be selected as incorrect and hidden from the RDF output (currently not implemented).

Processing Comments

Within the RDF output typically there are some processing comments created by the wrapper. Most notable are the processingUnknown triples indicating referenced pages whose type is not known yet. If you want to help, visit these pages and set the proper page type.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a SPARQL endpoint?

No, not currently. Just download the dump (see below) and use a triple store of your choice to do SPARQL queries.

Shouldn't DBTropes HTML pages look better?

The only purpose of the HTML pages is to provide a simple frontend for fixing the generated RDF. Proper visualization should be done in other applications that use the RDF data (e.g., Skipforward).


  • Hiding statements in RDF output not supported currently.
  • Incomplete dependency management. The RDF snapshot download should be fairly consistent though.
  • No 303 redirects for Linked Data yet.


A snapshot of all data can be found here (NTriples format). It gets updated on a monthly basis.


  • 2015-04-30: Now about 20.000.000 RDF statements, 58.000 items, 27.000 feature types, and 3.550.000 feature instances.
  • 2013-03-20: Now about 15.500.000 RDF statements, 35.000 items, 25.000 feature types, and 2.700.000 feature instances.
  • 2011-09-01: Now about 10.000.000 RDF statements, 22.000 items, 22.000 feature types, and 1.750.000 feature instances.
  • 2011-08-11: Added full text and feature intersection search (on /info page).
  • 2011-06-27: Disabled user feedback buttons.
  • 2011-06-09: Fixed bug in reported content type.
  • 2010-11-30: DBTropes now has simple voiD support.
  • 2010-11-26: Added >6000 DBpedia links, >800 Freebase links, >400 LinkedMDB links. These have been autogenerated and are marked as such.
  • 2010-11-25: Added reverse URI lookup (on /info page).
  • 2010-04-23: Crawled much larger part of TV Tropes. Pulling page types from TVT now (seem to have been recently revived on TVT). Using TVT Recent Changes to update.
  • 2010-03-31: Added recent changes info page.
  • 2010-01-21: Better URI normalization and sameAs resolving. LD output now includes referencing statements.
  • 2009-12-09: Initial release


DBTropes has been created by Malte Kiesel during his time as a researcher at DFKI Knowledge Management department. Thanks to Gunnar Grimnes for help with the design.

If you want to contribute, please contact us.

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