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11th Oct '17 10:29:25 AM Hawaii_Knut
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* ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' downplays MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch with [[TokenEvilTeammate Viconia]]. Your regular MSDPTM drow is a ChaoticGood Eilistraee worshipper. Viconia, on the other hand, is a NeutralEvil cleric of Shar, but fell from grace with the drow society for invoking EvenEvilHasStandards while she was an initiate for the much more evil Lolth. Still, she's an angel compared to your typical drow, especially those you meet in ''Shadows of Amn''.
26th Sep '17 10:06:02 AM Hawaii_Knut
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* ''Film/HomeAlone 2'' downplays PunchClockVillain with the concierge played by Creator/TimCurry. He's doing his and is right that Kevin used his father's credit card illegally to book a room, but he's overly motivated in catching Kevin and it looks like he's doing it out of spite.

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* ''Film/HomeAlone 2'' downplays PunchClockVillain with the concierge played by Creator/TimCurry. He's doing his job and is right that Kevin used his father's credit card illegally to book a room, but he's overly motivated in catching Kevin and it looks like he's doing it out of spite.
26th Sep '17 10:03:01 AM Hawaii_Knut
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* ''Film/HomeAlone 2'' downplays PunchClockVillain with the concierge played by Creator/TimCurry. He's doing his and is right that Kevin used his father's credit card illegally to book a room, but he's overly motivated in catching Kevin and it looks like he's doing it out of spite.


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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIShadowsOfAmn'' downplays CardCarryingVillain with the BigBad, Irenicus. He doesn't brag about being evil but knows that people views him as such so he doesn't bother denying it, enough to tell in your face that you "warrant no villain's exposition" from him.
17th Sep '17 11:39:17 AM nombretomado
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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?

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It has been said that "a trope [[NotASubversion [[Administrivia/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?



In case the introduction didn't tip you off, many cases of NotASubversion fall into this trope's 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.

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In case the introduction didn't tip you off, many cases of NotASubversion Administrivia/NotASubversion fall into this trope's 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.
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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* ''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.
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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:
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