Tale Tags


This is a sandbox page.

It is not approved or active policy. It is a draft, and as such, may be incomplete.

These are the list of tags that collections has generated from keywords, and cataloguing of more than 40% of the onsite tale body. This list may not be comprehensive, and may be subject to change as the trends of literature, and writing evolve and shift on the wiki. We may add or remove depending on frequency of use.

Genre Tags:

  • Absurdism
  • Adventure
  • Drama:
    • Mystery
    • Crime Mystery/Procedural
    • Heartwarming
    • Thriller
    • Tragedy
    • Espionage/Spy
  • Dystopian
  • Comedy
    • Farce
    • Black Comedy
  • Fantasy:
    • Urban Fantasy
    • Mythological
    • Western
  • Horror:
    • Body Horror
    • Psychological Horror
      • Isolationist Psychological horror
    • Existential Horror
    • Cosmic Horror
    • Thriller
    • Creepypasta
  • Action
    • Chase
    • Combat
  • Romance
  • Historical:
    • Historical Fantasy
    • War
    • Period Piece
    • Alternate History
    • Westerns
  • Religious
    • World Religions
    • Anomalous religions:
  • Science Fiction:
    • Space Opera
    • Hard Sci-fi
    • Soft Sci-Fi
    • Realism
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Surrealism

Theme Tags:

  • Unusual Perspective:
    • First Person
    • Second Person
  • Exploration
    • Alternate Dimension
  • Utopian
  • Asian
  • African
  • Hispanic
  • Middle East


  • Short
  • Long
  • Worldbuilding
  • Slice of Life
  • No dialogue
  • Heartwarming
  • Depressing
  • Bittersweet

Definitions (WIP)

Genre and Themes

When tagging for genre and themes, the aim is to apply the most relevant tags for describing the work, not necessarily everything that could apply.

  • action focuses on exciting events and spectacular violence.
  • adventure focuses on the exploration of unfamiliar environments (replaces Exploration)
  • alternate-history historical event diverge from how they happened in real life.
  • bittersweet intended to evoke both positive and negative emotions.
  • comedy intended to be funny.
    • black-comedy depicts shocking or unpleasant situations for the purpose of humour.
  • chase focuses on pursuit or escape.
  • crime-fiction focuses on criminals and law enforcement.
  • dystopian depicts a dystopian setting or society.
  • fantasy depicts magic and the supernatural, inspired by mythology and folklore.
  • heartwarming intended to evoke positive emotions.
  • horror evokes fear, shock or disgust.
    • body-horror focuses on the horror of physical mutilation or transformation.
    • cosmic-horror focuses on human insignificance and irrelevance.
    • creepypasta story in the style of short, old-school Internet horror.
    • isolational-horror focuses on isolation and inability to escape.
    • psychological-horror focuses on psychological states and emotional vulnerabilities.
  • military-fiction focuses on soldiers, field agents or mercenaries. (replaces war)
  • mystery focuses on investigation of unanswered questions.
  • otherworldly takes place in another dimension, reality or universe.
  • period-piece set during a specific period in the past. (replaces historical since that's already an SCP attribute tag)
  • post-apocalyptic takes place after a catastrophic event.
  • romance focuses on the romantic relationships between characters
  • science-fiction depicts advanced science and technology.
    • space-opera depicts a futuristic society in space.
  • slice-of-life offers insight into the everyday lives of the characters.
  • spy-fiction focuses on spies and counter-intelligence.
  • tragedy focuses on the characters' downfall and emotional anguish. (replaces Depressing)
  • utopian depicts a utopian setting or society.
  • western set in the American Frontier in the period known as the "Wild West".
  • worldbuilding focuses on conveying information.


The following tags describe how the tale is conveyed.

  • first-person told from a first-person perspective ("I did").
  • long consists of 10,000 words or more
  • second-person told from a second-person perspective ("you did").
  • short consists of 500 words or less
  • no-dialogue contains no spoken dialogue.
  • illustrated text is accompanied by images.

Redundant Tags

  • Historical Fantasy - period-piece plus fantasy
  • Thriller - overlap between with action, mystery, crime and espionage

Unsure on Appropriate Definitions

  • Mythological
  • Religious
    • World Religions
    • Anomalous religions
  • Drama
  • Hard Sci-fi
  • Soft Sci-Fi
  • Realism (Sci-Fi)
  • Absurdism
  • Farce
  • Surrealism
  • Asian
  • African
  • Hispanic/Latin American
  • Middle Eastern
  • LGBT (how strongly should the requirements here be)
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