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18th Jan '17 10:48:13 PM Scorpio3002
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty's'' treatment of RememberTheNewGuy falls into this territory. The season 2 episode [[Recap/RickAndMortyS2E4TotalRickall Total Rickall]] [[JustifiedTrope Justifies]] it with the introduction of telepathic parasites who implant false memories of new people into the host's brains, causing scores of new characters to pop up only for the family to treat them as old friends. Eventually, Morty figures out how to tell the real memories from the fake ones, and he and his family wipe out the parasites. Unfortunately for poor Mr Poopybutthole, he turned out to be a DoubleSubversion by playing the trope completely straight: he wasn't a parasite, but a new character whom the rest of the cast had apparently known the whole time.
21st Dec '16 8:25:02 AM Furienna
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* ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Literature/SimonaAhrnstedt:
** DeathByChildbirth: Beatrice's mother did die from childbirth; Sofia is lucky enough though to survive despite getting ecclampsia.
** FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent: [[AvertedTRope averted]] with Sofia, who is Beatrice's cousin ''and'' one of her best friends, but it's played straight with with her uncle Vilhelm and her other cousin Edvard, who are just evil abusive sociopaths.
8th Oct '16 8:41:45 PM Malady
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* ''Candle'' by John Barnes does ''something'' to ShadesOfConflict, as one [[TheReveal reveal]] after another changes the apparent shade of the conflict. In order: BlackAndWhiteMorality ([[HiveMind One True]] is good, the last rebel raped a little girl for the fun of it), [[spoiler: BlackAndGreyMorality or EvilVersusEvil (One True is [[YouWillBeAssimilated solely concerned with propagating itself]], but the representative of it who serves as the main character is only partially controlled and is a LawfulGood WellIntentionedExtremist), WhiteAndGreyMorality or a reversed BlackAndWhiteMorality (One True lied about the rebel, and he's actually a good guy), GreyAndGreyMorality or EvilVersusEvil ''again'' (the rebel is the last survivor of a benevolent HiveMind founded to protect humanity from One True and its like, but it [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] and now what remains of it forces him to convert more people, [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie just like One True]]), and finally RousseauWasRight (the rebel himself is still an idealist, and One True is willing to learn from his example, voluntarily splitting itself into bits and becoming more of a MentalFusion.]] The sequel takes it another step: [[spoiler: One True is ''trying'' to be good, but is still driven to propagate itself, and may or may not have killed thousands of people so it could assimilate the rest into its "[[WellIntentionedExtremist benevolent]]" control.]]

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* ''Candle'' ''Literature/{{Candle}}'' by John Barnes does ''something'' to ShadesOfConflict, as one [[TheReveal reveal]] after another changes the apparent shade of the conflict. In order: BlackAndWhiteMorality ([[HiveMind One True]] is good, the last rebel raped a little girl for the fun of it), [[spoiler: BlackAndGreyMorality or EvilVersusEvil (One True is [[YouWillBeAssimilated solely concerned with propagating itself]], but the representative of it who serves as the main character is only partially controlled and is a LawfulGood WellIntentionedExtremist), WhiteAndGreyMorality or a reversed BlackAndWhiteMorality (One True lied about the rebel, and he's actually a good guy), GreyAndGreyMorality or EvilVersusEvil ''again'' (the rebel is the last survivor of a benevolent HiveMind founded to protect humanity from One True and its like, but it [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] and now what remains of it forces him to convert more people, [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie just like One True]]), and finally RousseauWasRight (the rebel himself is still an idealist, and One True is willing to learn from his example, voluntarily splitting itself into bits and becoming more of a MentalFusion.]] The sequel takes it another step: [[spoiler: One True is ''trying'' to be good, but is still driven to propagate itself, and may or may not have killed thousands of people so it could assimilate the rest into its "[[WellIntentionedExtremist benevolent]]" control.]]
5th Aug '16 12:22:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=561 This]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' panel is a textbook example of screwing with the reader's expectation so many times it makes you dizzy. The webcomic in question ''loves'' this trope.

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* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=561 This]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' panel is a textbook example of screwing with the reader's expectation so many times it makes you dizzy. The webcomic in question ''loves'' this trope.
25th Jul '16 5:33:59 PM ElodieHiras
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* ''Tabletopgame/{{Zombicide}}'': Walker, [[DeadWeight Fat]][[{{Kevlard}} tie]] [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] and the Abomination [[ZombieGait walk slowly]]. Runner zombies are EliteZombie who, well... Run.
21st May '16 8:25:07 AM LB7979
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* TheMole is played with in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books with Snape. As in, the main characters have thought (and therefore the reader thinks) that he was ''every single sub-trope of this'' at some point, until finally he just becomes ambiguous. It was played straight to begin with, then inverted to become the ReverseMole, then the main characters thought he was a HeelFaceMole who was just duping Dumbledore and can't be trusted, and then the inverse of ''that'', etc, etc. That is, up until TheReveal, where [[WordofGod it's established]] that [[spoiler: he's just doing it for [[TheOneThatGotAway Lily Potter]]]].

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* TheMole is played with in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books with Snape. As in, the main characters have thought (and therefore the reader thinks) that he was ''every single sub-trope of this'' at some point, until finally he just becomes ambiguous. It was played straight to begin with, then inverted to become the ReverseMole, then the main characters thought he was a HeelFaceMole who was just duping Dumbledore and can't be trusted, and then the inverse of ''that'', etc, etc. That is, up until TheReveal, where [[WordofGod it's established]] that [[spoiler: he's just doing it for [[UnrequitedLove Lily]] [[TheOneThatGotAway Lily Potter]]]].
16th May '16 7:27:13 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', Ralph Hayes has loads of fun with BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:

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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', Ralph Hayes has loads of fun with BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
7th Apr '16 5:40:41 PM Scorpio3002
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* The 2005 film ''Film/Bewitched'' presents itself as an example of RecursiveCanon: Hollywood has decided to make a reboot of the original [[Series/Bewitched 1960's TV series]], and Isabel, the actress hired to play Samantha, just happens to be a witch in real life, with identical powers to Samantha. However, as the film continues, the boundaries between the original show, the rebooted show and reality begin to disappear: relatives of Isabel start popping in, [[Expy identical to their show-counterparts in appearance, personality]] and even their ''names''. The actress playing Endora in the Reboot turns out to ''also'' be a witch (again, with powers identical to her character's), and begins a romance with Isabel's father. The film even ends with Isabel and Jack (the actor playing Darrin) getting married and moving into a house with an actual Gladys and Abner living across the street.

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* The 2005 film ''Film/Bewitched'' ''[[{{Film/Bewitched}} Bewitched]]'' presents itself as an example of RecursiveCanon: Hollywood has decided to make a reboot of the original [[Series/Bewitched [[{{Series/Bewitched}} 1960's TV series]], and Isabel, the actress hired to play Samantha, just happens to be a witch in real life, with identical powers to Samantha. However, as the film continues, the boundaries between the original show, the rebooted show and reality begin to disappear: relatives of Isabel start popping in, [[Expy [[{{Expy}} identical to their show-counterparts in appearance, personality]] and even their ''names''. The actress playing Endora in the Reboot turns out to ''also'' be a witch (again, with powers identical to her character's), and begins a romance with Isabel's father. The film even ends with Isabel and Jack (the actor playing Darrin) getting married and moving into a house with an actual Gladys and Abner living across the street.
7th Apr '16 5:37:29 PM Scorpio3002
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* The 2005 film ''Film/Bewitched'' presents itself as an example of RecursiveCanon: Hollywood has decided to make a reboot of the original [[Series/Bewitched 1960's TV series]], and Isabel, the actress hired to play Samantha, just happens to be a witch in real life, with identical powers to Samantha. However, as the film continues, the boundaries between the original show, the rebooted show and reality begin to disappear: relatives of Isabel start popping in, [[Expy identical to their show-counterparts in appearance, personality]] and even their ''names''. The actress playing Endora in the Reboot turns out to ''also'' be a witch (again, with powers identical to her character's), and begins a romance with Isabel's father. The film even ends with Isabel and Jack (the actor playing Darrin) getting married and moving into a house with an actual Gladys and Abner living across the street.
27th Feb '16 7:38:59 PM Malady
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* [[http://www.slate.com/id/2210913/ This]] newspaper article suggests that a political sex-scandal is going through this. In brief, Gay male mayor, possibly underage male intern. On the one hand, Gay Man Child Predator is a very old and damaging trope, on the other hand HotForStudent suggests that we don't think of a young male was 'taken advantage of' but maybe even 'got lucky'. By contrast, old guy - young girl is seen as more 'appreciable' but much more often 'predatory'. Furthermore, gay men are 'expected' to be secretive about their sex lives for some because of privacy, for some because of leeway for a frowned-upon sexuality, and for some because of BrainBleach.

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* [[http://www.slate.com/id/2210913/ com/articles/arts/culturebox/2009/02/a_21stcentury_sex_scandal.single.html This]] newspaper article suggests that a political sex-scandal is going through this. In brief, Gay male mayor, possibly underage male intern. On the one hand, Gay Man Child Predator is a very old and damaging trope, on the other hand HotForStudent suggests that we don't think of a young male was 'taken advantage of' but maybe even 'got lucky'. By contrast, old guy - young girl is seen as more 'appreciable' but much more often 'predatory'. Furthermore, gay men are 'expected' to be secretive about their sex lives for some because of privacy, for some because of leeway for a frowned-upon sexuality, and for some because of BrainBleach.
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