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23rd Jan '16 2:22:02 PM StFan
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* Creator/BeverlyCleary's sister series ''Literature/HenryHuggins'' and ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' downplays EmbarrassingNickname. ''Beezus and Ramona'', which was written in Beezus' perspective, mentions that she'd rather be called her real name "Beatrice", rather than "Beezus". But she never verbally complains about the nickname when her friends and family uses that, so one might assume that she's actually fine with it.
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* Creator/BeverlyCleary's sister series ''Literature/HenryHuggins'' and ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' downplays EmbarrassingNickname. ''Beezus and Ramona'', which was written in Beezus' perspective, mentions that she'd rather be called her real name "Beatrice", rather than "Beezus". But she never verbally complains about the nickname when her friends and family uses that, so one might assume that she's actually fine with it.

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\n[[AC:Literature]]\n* Creator/BeverlyCleary's sister series ''Literature/HenryHuggins'' and ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' downplays EmbarrassingNickname. ''Beezus and Ramona'', which was written in Beezus' perspective, mentions that she'd rather be called her real name "Beatrice", rather than "Beezus". But she never verbally complains about the nickname when her friends and family uses that, so one might assume that she's actually fine with it.\n\n[[AC:Videogames]][[/folder]]

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* ''WebVideo/RedVsBlue'' downplays OutdatedOutfit with Caboose, who opted to stick with his Halo 1 armor and weapon when every other main character was upgrading to Halo 3. His armor is only outdated in-universe, while to viewers not familiar with the games he just looks like a custom loadout.

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* ''WebVideo/RedVsBlue'' ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' downplays OutdatedOutfit with Caboose, who opted to stick with his Halo 1 armor and weapon when every other main character was upgrading to Halo 3. His armor is only outdated in-universe, while to viewers not familiar with the games he just looks like a custom loadout.loadout.
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' downplayed ImplausibleDeniability in ''Into the Wild Green Yonder'', when the head of the robot mafia isn't denying his wife stole his lucky foot. He's just insisting they need more evidence when the evidence so far is conclusive.

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' downplayed ImplausibleDeniability in ''Into the Wild Green Yonder'', when the head of the robot mafia isn't denying his wife stole his lucky foot. He's just insisting they need more evidence when the evidence so far is conclusive.



* Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic's'' Princess Celestia downplays PrincessesPreferPink, as she only has a pink outline and pink strands in her hair; she is mostly white.
** Not that you'd know it, looking at the earliest toys based on her, which depicted her with a ''pink'' coat instead of a white one. Thankfully, with the arrival of Princess Cadence, a princess who really ''is'' pink, Celestia is now free to have the ''first'' toy that actually looks like her made ''years'' after her introduction.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', GravityIsAHarshMistress is downplayed. When Dipper and Mabel run off a cliff, they fall down at a realistic speed, but instead of falling forward in an arc, they go straight forward, then down.

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* Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic's'' Princess Celestia downplays PrincessesPreferPink, as she only has a pink outline and pink strands in her hair; she is mostly white.
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white. Not that you'd know it, looking at the earliest toys based on her, which depicted her with a ''pink'' coat instead of a white one. Thankfully, with the arrival of Princess Cadence, Cadance, a princess who really ''is'' pink, Celestia is now free to have the ''first'' toy that actually looks like her made ''years'' after her introduction.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
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GravityIsAHarshMistress is downplayed. When Dipper and Mabel run off a cliff, they fall down at a realistic speed, but instead of falling forward in an arc, they go straight forward, then down.


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17th Dec '15 12:50:18 PM shimaspawn
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In case the introduction didn't tip you off, many cases of NotASubversion fall into this trope's territory.

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In case the introduction didn't tip you off, many cases of NotASubversion fall into this trope's territory.
territory. Keep in mind when listing examples, downplaying does NOT mean that trope criteria can be ignored and that not all tropes can be downplayed.
1st Nov '15 1:37:50 AM Llygodenfawr
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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Downplays MegatonPunch. In chapter 2 [[FieryRedhead a very angry]] [[BelligerentSexualTension Asuka punches Shinji]] ''hard''; but instead of putting him in orbit as usual in this trope, her punch just made him stumbling backwards and his nose bleeding.

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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Downplays MegatonPunch. In chapter 2 [[FieryRedhead a very angry]] [[BelligerentSexualTension Asuka punches Shinji]] ''hard''; but instead of putting him in orbit as usual in this trope, her punch just made results in him stumbling backwards and his nose bleeding.
25th Aug '15 6:08:18 PM Adept
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* [[{ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] villain Dr. Sivana downplays the EvilCripple trope. He's a CardCarryingVillain and MadScientist who walks with the aid of a cane, and whose disability only mildly impairs him.

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* [[{ComicBook/{{Shazam}} ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'': Captain Marvel]] Marvel villain Dr. Sivana downplays the EvilCripple trope. He's a CardCarryingVillain and MadScientist who walks with the aid of a cane, and whose disability only mildly impairs him.
25th Aug '15 6:07:25 PM Adept
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* [[{ComicBook/{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] villain Dr. Sivana downplays the EvilCripple trope. He's a CardCarryingVillain and MadScientist who walks with the aid of a cane, and whose disability only mildly impairs him.

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* [[{ComicBook/{Shazam}} [[{ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] villain Dr. Sivana downplays the EvilCripple trope. He's a CardCarryingVillain and MadScientist who walks with the aid of a cane, and whose disability only mildly impairs him.
25th Aug '15 6:07:00 PM Adept
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* [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] villain Dr. Sivana downplays the EvilCripple trope. He's a CardCarryingVillain and MadScientist who walks with the aid of a cane, and whose disability only mildly impairs him.

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* [[{{Shazam}} [[{ComicBook/{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] villain Dr. Sivana downplays the EvilCripple trope. He's a CardCarryingVillain and MadScientist who walks with the aid of a cane, and whose disability only mildly impairs him.



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* Creator/BeverlyCleary's sister series ''Literature/HenryHuggins'' and ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' downplays EmbarrassingNickname. ''Beezus and Ramona'', which was written in Beezus' perspective, mentions that she'd rather be called her real name "Beatrice", rather than "Beezus". But she never verbally complains about the nickname when her friends and family uses that, so one might assume that she's actually fine with it.



* Fina of ''SkiesOfArcadia'' has a small version of a CleavageWindow (because it has a purpose other than {{Fanservice}}).

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* Fina of ''SkiesOfArcadia'' ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' has a small version of a CleavageWindow (because it has a purpose other than {{Fanservice}}).



* The computer opponents generally in Pokémon, and those in the battle facilities in particular are noted for being such [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard blatant cheaters with illegal movesets.]] Come the Battle Maison in ''PokemonXAndY'', however, and the opponents use Pokémon and movesets that are all legal. Only two instances of cheating - which aren't really blatant forms of cheating:

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* The computer opponents generally in Pokémon, and those in the battle facilities in particular are noted for being such [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard blatant cheaters with illegal movesets.]] Come the Battle Maison in ''PokemonXAndY'', ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', however, and the opponents use Pokémon and movesets that are all legal. Only two instances of cheating - which aren't really blatant forms of cheating:
23rd Aug '15 2:17:49 PM nombretomado
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* Yazan Gable of ''Anime/ZetaGundam'' downplays the AxCrazy and PsychoForHire tropes. Yazan is a dangerously insane, feral predator who joined the army just so he could get the chance to hurt people and has no empathy whatsoever for those around him. However, he's as rational as a person with that kind of motivation can be, enjoys the company of a few likeminded sociopaths (though he doesn't care at all when they die), follows the orders of those superiors he respects, and is generally portrayed as a brutal uncaring thug rather than the cackling madman that is typical of both tropes.

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* Yazan Gable of ''Anime/ZetaGundam'' ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' downplays the AxCrazy and PsychoForHire tropes. Yazan is a dangerously insane, feral predator who joined the army just so he could get the chance to hurt people and has no empathy whatsoever for those around him. However, he's as rational as a person with that kind of motivation can be, enjoys the company of a few likeminded sociopaths (though he doesn't care at all when they die), follows the orders of those superiors he respects, and is generally portrayed as a brutal uncaring thug rather than the cackling madman that is typical of both tropes.
17th Aug '15 2:20:37 AM Adept
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It has been said that "a trope [[NotASubversion cannot be partially subverted]] any more than a woman can be a little bit pregnant". Then what do you call it when TheButlerDidIt, but "it" [[PokeThePoodle was eating the last cookie in the jar?]] Or when [[PowerGlows a powerful weapon glows]] so little you can't even notice it in good light? Or when someone only becomes slightly peeved rather than [[BerserkButton incredibly furious]] at being called a [[EmbarrassingNickname certain nickname?]]

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It has been said that "a trope [[NotASubversion cannot be partially subverted]] any more than a woman can be a little bit pregnant". Then what do you call it when TheButlerDidIt, but "it" [[PokeThePoodle was eating the last cookie in the jar?]] Or when [[PowerGlows a powerful weapon glows]] so little you can't even notice it in good light? Or when someone only becomes slightly peeved rather than [[BerserkButton incredibly furious]] at being called a [[EmbarrassingNickname certain nickname?]]
light?
10th Aug '15 5:27:01 AM Adept
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* King Graham in ''KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' is a downplayed EmpoweredBadassNormal. The magical fruit he ate in the previous game not only cured him of his fatal illness, but also gave him strength far beyond what [[BadassGrandpa his age]] should allow. However, his abilities are exactly as they were when the series began. [[spoiler:This is no longer downplayed when he learns Iconomancy.]]

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* King Graham in ''KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' is a downplayed EmpoweredBadassNormal. The magical fruit he ate in the previous game not only cured him of his fatal illness, but also gave him strength far beyond what [[BadassGrandpa his age]] should allow. However, his abilities are exactly as they were when the series began. [[spoiler:This is no longer downplayed when he learns Iconomancy.]]



* ''RedVsBlue'' downplays OutdatedOutfit with Caboose, who opted to stick with his Halo 1 armor and weapon when every other main character was upgrading to Halo 3. His armor is only outdated in-universe, while to viewers not familiar with the games he just looks like a custom loadout.

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* ''RedVsBlue'' ''WebVideo/RedVsBlue'' downplays OutdatedOutfit with Caboose, who opted to stick with his Halo 1 armor and weapon when every other main character was upgrading to Halo 3. His armor is only outdated in-universe, while to viewers not familiar with the games he just looks like a custom loadout.
* Some of the contestants in ''WebVideo/MovieFights'' have been assigned with [[RedBaron Badass nicknames]], such as Alicia Malone "The Red Fury", and Dan "The Mad Man" Murrell. However, these names are used so sparingly throughout the show that the less attentive audiences would probably not even know they have them.
29th Jul '15 2:31:57 PM rcmerod52
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* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' downplays ForcedTutorial on a NewGamePlus: you're still forced to do the tutorial, but it's really one very quick level that you'll most likely finish with just one move.
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