->''"To say, for instance, that education is beneficial, it's a commonplace; but to say that education is harmful, it's a contrary commonplace. It's ostensibly more foppish, but [[NotSoDifferent in essence it's one and the same]]."''\\
--'''Bazarov''', ''Fathers and Children'' (a.k.a. ''Fathers and Sons'')

A particular form of creatively reusing an existing trope: The {{trope}} is turned exactly on its head. For example, a trope that typically applies to heroes is applied to a villain, or a trope that typically applies to males is applied to a female character, or the other way around (GenderInvertedTrope). Some good examples are also in GenreBlindness, where rather than being blind to the conventions of the story-type they are in, the characters are presented as [[GenreSavvy being hyper-aware of the conventions]]. A trope can often be inverted in more than one way. Indicative of PostModernism.

See PlayingWithATrope for a comparison with many other ways that a trope can be used.

Oddly enough, this page is still pretty tiny, despite inversions of tropes constantly being mentioned on other pages. Let's add in as many as we can, shall we? See also RussianReversal.

For the 2012 video game, see [[VideoGame.{{Inversion}} Inversion]].

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* The animated ''{{Hellsing}}'' reverses the "male predator = vampire" expectation in an early episode when a fat, lecherous man hires a prostitute and feels her up in while leering at her. The viewer is cringing for the inevitable DisposableSexWorker scene when Alucard reveals himself and calls out the vampire... who is the prostitute. (Though [[TheVamp dangerously sexy women]] are also a trope, so...)
* The [[AlternateContinuity 2009 TV Special]] of ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'' inverts the AdaptationalBadass trope; the title character went from being the poster-cub of {{Killer Rabbit}}s to a wimpy coward.
* ''Anime/{{Interstella 5555}}'' reverses the AlienAbduction trope by having the ''humans'' abduct the ''aliens''.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', ComicBook/BlackCanary [[InvokedTrope deliberately tries to reform]] Comicbook/LadyShiva [[MoralityPet by giving her honest friendship and human contact]]. Shiva, however, is perfectly aware of Dinah's intentions, and lets Dinah get a good look at her real personality and history for one reason: she wants to make her ''stop''.
* Magazine/{{MAD}} used to feature a recurring 'scenes we'd like to see', which often featured subverted or inverted tropes (for example, the (in)famous 'car races train' film ends up with train hitting car, car survives, train gets smashed to smithereens).
* Darryl Cunningham's comic book Psychiatric Tales is an attempt to demystify mental illnesses and change their perception in media and in society. The trope InsaneEqualsViolent is played straight only in chapter "Antisocial Personality Disorder" (also known as "Mad Or Bad" on Darryl's blog). Other stories are actually an inversion, stating that people suffering from mental illnesses are more likely to be a victim of crime or harm themselves rather than anyone else.

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''FanFic/HuntingTheUnicorn'' plays a lot with its [[{{Troperiffic}} many, many tropes.]] But as a DeconstructionFic of [[{{Glee}} Blaine and Kurt]]'s canonical ButNotTooGay status, it turns out that Blaine [[spoiler: lost his virginity at sixteen because he wanted to invoke SexEqualsLove]]. Being [[RealityEnsues real life]] as opposed to a fairy tale, [[BreakTheCutie it didn't work at all]]--leading to a very painful inversion of ''YouNeedToGetLaid.''
* In ''FanFic/TheGamesOfTheGods'', Book One, chapter 54, Kari invokes DuckSeasonRabbitSeason. Rachel, who is smarter than Daffy Duck, inverts this trope. Kari says "No" and Rachel says "Yes". When Kari switches to "Yes", Rachel wins by not switching to "No". An identical example appears in ''FanFic/{{Vortex}}'', chapter 8, when Anne says "No" and Revdur says "Yes". Again, Anne switches to "Yes" and Revdur wins.
* ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' in a reversal of CloningBlues [[spoiler: Real!!]]Syaoran is initially seen as an shallow imitation of [[spoiler: his clone]] and Kurogane has to learn that he's a separate person from the boy he first knew.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Disney's ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' films invert the classic [[WesternAnimation animation]] trope MickeyMousing. Each of the animated segments is produced to correspond to a piece of existing music.
* In the beginning of ''Franchise/StarWars Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace'', the Jedi are trying to get into the control room where the Neimodians are. Lucas explained that this is an inversion of typical scene where a monster tries to get into the room where the protagonists are. And just like the monster may be scared away at the beginning of the film, so are the Jedi.
* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' inverts the ArtificialLimbs trope with the [[http://www.filmjunk.com/images/weblog/treknobabble12_firstcontact.jpg android Data]] by [[spoiler:having living flesh grafted onto his body by the Borg queen.]] It doesn't last.
* ''A Kid In King Arthur's Court'' while having a lot of Chickification manages to invert a lot of tropes surrounding the two Princesses. Princess Katie is established as a capable swordswoman and horse rider - the tomboy of the pair. [[FauxActionGirl She is then abruptly kidnapped and must be saved by the heroes]]. We are led to believe that Katie was the toughest of the two sisters while her older sister Princess Sarah was a typical medieval lady. [[spoiler: The end reveals that Sarah was the one who had been dressing as The Black Knight and stealing from the rich to give to the poor.]].
* Sweet Pea in ''Film/SuckerPunch'' goes through most of the story being the stereotypical SourSupporter, reluctantly joining the team, reminding everyone of how dangerous and stupid the plan is, and eventually calling it quits when things get too dangerous. When it is revealed that the Sour Supporter - which is usually a left of center character at most - is actually the [[DecoyProtagonist plot central character]] and the HeroicSacrifice is made ''for'' her instead of ''by'' her, the trope inverts.
* ''The Caveman's Valentine'' inverts the generally parent-to-child SoProudOfYou by having Lulu say this to her [[Creator/SamuelLJackson crazy father]].
* Whereas in Hollywood armies which relied heavily on formation [[CallThatAFormation seem to often forget all their training at the drop of a hat]], in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' an assortment of random fighters manage to form a very tight and cohesive formation, and even adapt it at a second's notice with no prior drilling!
* In Film/AndJusticeForAll, the trope of a guilty person getting OffOnATechnicality gets cruelly inverted with Jeff, who's innocent but can't get ''out'' of prison because of a technicality.
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' inverts the GuysSmashGirlsShoot trope. ActionGirl Rita Vrataski uses a CoolSword as her preferred weapon, whereas Cage uses machine guns for most of the film.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse inverts BlondGuysAreEvil with Thor and Loki. Thor is a blond, Norse god, while Loki is dark-haired and quite evil.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Terry Jones' ''StarshipTitanic'' inverts the AliensSpeakingEnglish trope. When one of the protagonists, aboard a Blerontinian spaceship, asks how can aliens speak English, he's told that actually, thanks to AppliedPhlebotinum, he's currently speaking and understanding Blerontinian.
* Marc in Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath is a classic BigGuy, but he fakes [[TheBerserker berserker rages]] so he doesn't have to fight.
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' inverts CrystalDragonJesus. In the straight trope, the religion resembles Christianity, but the deity is not the Christian God. In ''The Silmarillion'', Eru Ilúvatar is much like the Christian God, but the way to worship Eru is very different from Christianity.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the pilot of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', an apparently high-school-age couple is in the school at night; the girl is nervous about being out at night while the boy reassures her. Since it's clear from the title that this is a vampire show, the expectation is the boy will suddenly reveal himself as a vampire and bite the girl; instead the opposite happens, and the girl is the vampire.
** Buffy herself is an inverted trope. Blonde teen girl who hunts down monsters, when normally they would hunt her. WordOfGod states that this was the entire point of the story.
* Invoked by Gregory Series/{{House}}: "[[NotWhatItLooksLike It's not what you think!]] I know it looks like we're cleaning dishes, but actually we're having sex."
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** In the episode "There all the honor lies," a gift shop opens in the space station that sells [[RubberForeheadAliens human masks for space aliens to wear]].
** Similarly, Londo takes issue with the state of the genitalia present on the dolls made in his likeness; when it's assumed he's upset about a breach of decency, he clarifies that he's upset ''because'' there are none shown. It turns out that ALL Centauri depictions of a nude form are anatomically correct, and he feels he's being literally portrayed as dickless. And due to Londo's BizarreAlienBiology, being "dickless" means the doll is missing six tentacles sticking out of its sides!
* Quite a lot of instances on ''Series/{{Friends}}''. An example would be Phoebe's husband, in season 2, quoting stereotypical lines like "experimenting in college" to excuse himself for going out with women, a trope used the other way around for straight men or women realizing that they are gay. Here is the other way around.
* Normally, complaints about TV programs concern inappropriate content. With the British broadcast of Creator/MontyPython's final show, [[http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a591076/monty-python-show-investigated-by-ofcom-over-lack-of-swearing.html?rss the complaints concerned the lack thereof]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''BrutalLegend'' inverts the trope TerminatorTwosome, both in terms of where the twosome goes and what happens when they get there. [[spoiler: Succoria, Emperor of the Tainted Coil, goes to the future to retrieve its technology; Riggnarok, humanity's champion, uses the opportunity to assassinate her by masquerading as one of her slaves. However, Succoria has a VillainousBSOD upon realizing that the future belongs to humankind, and Riggnarok takes pity on her. LoveRedeems, but in this case, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Redemption Equals]] DeathByChildbirth, and Riggnarok ended up raising protagonist Eddie Riggs in the modern world on his own.]]
* ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'' ties HumongousMecha into knots by having a tournament-arc style FightingSeries with knee-high customizable bots that one psychically controls.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' inverts HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler:Galuf's HeroicSacrifice against Exdeath is an automatic success, since Galuf [[{{Determinator}} won't die at zero hit points]].]]
** Likewise, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has [[spoiler: a FinalBoss battle where your entire party automatically has auto-life cast on them, meaning you can't lose.]] [[note]]Unless you're all petrified. In which case you probably did it on purpose.[[/note]]
* EasyModeMockery is inverted in ''VideoGame/MegaMan 9'' and ''10''. You cannot earn Achievements in the harder difficulty modes, or when playing as Proto Man in ''9''.
* ''[[BatenKaitos Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean]]'' inverts the VendorTrash trope. A certain item from a random drawer in [[KleptomaniacHero someone's house]] (called the Small Debt) actually ''removes'' money from your wallet if you sell it. Holding on to it will cause it to evolve into [[FromBadToWorse Large Debt]], which removes more money from your inventory if sold, and finally into the [[OhCrap Snowballing Debt]], which removes a tremendous amount of money. Fortunately, you don't have to sell it, and the game shows the price of selling it clearly.
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'' your morally ambiguous mentor Kreia routinely gives you ANTI-friendship speeches, and your relationship values go down for answering like a LoveFreak.
** Kreia is just as disdainful of ForTheEvulz actions, very unusually so as she is a [[spoiler: PoisonousFriend, BigBad and a MagnificentBastard]] herself.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}'', those who played this game consider Superfly's and Mikiko's deaths to be the best part of the game, inverting the AlasPoorScrappy trope. Mind you, this isn't ''really'' an example, since this was unintentional; players just hate the game so much they take cynical glee in the suffering of its characters.
* [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Gameplaywise]] RedemptionDemotion appears in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' in the Scourge campaign. [[FallenHero Arthas]], the main character in the human campaign, by the end will have likely maxed out, acquired a number of really strong items, and as part of his StartOfDarkness, [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Frostmourn]], giving him a massive boost to melee damage Chaos-type damage for his attacks that allows him to deal full damage to all armor types. By the start of the Scourge campaign, he's just an ordinary Death Knight, and will never be as strong as he was before.
** Another case of this with Illidian going into ''Frozen Throne''. When the player controls him in the original campaign, he'll be able to go into a permanent demon form, which he loses in Frozen Throne, where the player is fighting him more often then using him, though he's still a level 10 demon hunter.
** Yet another case, this time with the gameplay itself in the Scourge campaign from the Frozen Throne expansion. Arthas starts as a level 10 Death Knight, but he ''loses'' levels from one stage to the next, going from level 10 to level 2 as his power source (The Lich King, before Arthas merged with him) grows weaker. He gets all his levels back in time for the last stage of the game.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' Saix inverts XMarksTheHero.
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet 3'' inverts the GrindBoots trope by allowing Sackboy to use a helmet to ride the rails.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' inverts MalignedMixedMarriage by having the Asari ostracize Asari who have romantic relationships with other Asari.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' inverts the intended usage of the trope ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated by revealing that [[spoiler: Konrad]] had been DeadAllAlong. The ghost of [[spoiler:Konrad]] amused by Walker's reaction to this revelation says, "Looks like reports of my ''survival'' were greatly exaggerated."
* ''VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}'' has 3 auto scrolling levels; the autoscrolling is justified by an AdvancingWallOfDoom, and an inversion ([=RetreatingWallOfDoom=]).
* TacticalShooter games often invert InsurmountableWaistHighFence by having fences be the ''only'' obstacle you can hop over. This is done not so much for the purpose of trope play but rather for purposes of realism.
* The Flash game ''Don't Escape'' is an inversion of the RoomEscapeGame - the protagonist is a werewolf whose goal is to lock himself in as best he can before he transforms and becomes a danger.

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* In ''WebAnimation/FallOfTheCrystalEmpire'', Princesses Celestia and Luna ''begin'' the battle against King Sombra by [[DestinationDefenestration smashing through a stained glass window]].

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' shows [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1850/ a cake bursting out of a stripper.]]
* It's one thing to wake up in a tub of ice [[OrganTheft missing your kidneys]]. As ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' shows, it's quite another to [[http://xkcd.com/914/ wake up in a tub of kidneys missing your ice]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'' shows [[http://endstone.net/comic/10-20-endstone/ a knight getting saved by dragon,]] who is actually a maiden temporary transformed in a dragon form.
* Webcomic/GreyIs inverts the HairContrastDuo trope. While Black and White do have contrasting hair colors, it is short tempered Black who has the white hair and introspective White that has black hair
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' misadventures [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0328.html sometimes end up like this]]:
-->'''Elan''': So we thought our way past the test of the body--and fought our way past the test of the mind.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' played straight the HideYourLesbians trope throughout the series, giving only the tiniest of hints that Maggie Sawyer was gay, despite her status as an out-lesbian in the comics since 1988. However, the series not only subverted, but ''inverted'' the BuryYourGays trope when it came to Maggie. The opening scene of ''Apokolips...Now!'' contained a perfect set up for [[BuryYourGays her death]], she is blown out of her car during an attack by Intergang and the next shot has her badly burned and motionless beneath a crushing pile of rubble, ''without'' [[EyeAwaken moving her eyes]] or [[FingerTwitchingRevival her fingers]], but she ultimately survives the encounter. That is a straight subversion of the BuryYourGays trope. However, the show then went on to invert the trope as well, as the same scene that revealed that Maggie had survived (Subverting the trope) was also the first scene to hint at her sexuality, when she was visited in the hospital by a woman the DVD commentary and credits reveal to be Toby Raines, her partner from the comics. BuryYourGays is often used as a way of getting rid of homosexual characters, of obscuring their nature before it could be brought into the story, but here it is used as a way to ''reveal'' a homosexual character. Also Inverted when [[spoiler: her straight beat partner Dan Turpin is KilledOffForReal.]]
* As is partially expected given the circumstances of his creation as a diametric opposite to a [[WesternAnimation/{{Pete}} classic Disney villain]], ([[CharacterizationMarchesOn in his current form at least]]), PJ from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' inverts multiple tropes:
** OverlordJr: He is completely opposite from his father in all but the shallowest sense, fearful and resentful of him, and an entirely sympathetic character... speaking of which...
** CatsAreMean: Cats Are Harmless Victims.
** Both FatBastard ''and'' BigFun: He's kind and friendly... while also being a withdrawn StraightMan and the series' biggest downer. If his CharacterDevelopment in the second movie is taken into account, he qualifies as an ''[[ZigZaggingTrope inversion of a subversion]]'' of the latter.
** EvilSoundsDeep: Actually inverts ''both'' parts of it by being very kind and having a very high voice, even as an adult.
** NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Not only does he ''need'' to be chased, but his girlfriend doesn't want to be chased by his friend.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}'' inverts ObfuscatingDisability. The main character ''is'' disabled (paraplegic for [[NoodleIncident nebulous reasons]]), but is afraid that a girl he met online won't like him if she finds out, especially since she loves to dance, so he gets robotic legs in order to pretend to be able to walk. HilarityEnsues.
* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' inverts DefeatEqualsFriendship with [[MadGod Discord]] and Fluttershy. Discord, who seconds before had been ready to go out on another [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] rampage, realizes that his new-found friendship with Fluttershy is too precious to him to risk losing, and he concedes his defeat. Thus, Friendship Equals Defeat.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The real-life phenomenon of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streaking streaking]] was beautifully inverted in June 2009 when a [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2009/jun/14/naked-rugby-new-zealand fully-clothed person]] ran across the field at an annual naked rugby game in New Zealand.
* UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan knew upon leaving office that he was unpopular, and that he was blamed by many for the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar national crisis]] that was starting. Buchanan said at the time [[VindicatedByHistory "history will vindicate me"]]. No such luck, as he's still considered one of the worst American Presidents, 150 years after leaving office.

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[[folder: Other ]]

* Pictures by Gleb Androsov about [[http://www.androsov.com/cartoons/vampires/vampire01.jpg vampire surgery]], [[http://www.androsov.com/cartoons/buratines/buratino01.JPG pinocchio pirate]], [[http://www.androsov.com/cartoons/dragons/dragon02.JPG a dragon]] and [[http://www.androsov.com/cartoons/ratcatchers/ratcatcher03.JPG Hameln chapel-master]].
* "[[http://leelaforge.deviantart.com/art/Reversal-186587606 Reversal]]" -- the picture of nudes painting an artist (obviously, {{NSFW}})

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[[folder: On this very Wiki ]]

* DistressedDude inverts DistressedDamsel, especially in cases where the man in distress is otherwise shown to be able to defend himself.
* {{Xenafication}} and {{Chickification}}
* BadassDecay and TookALevelInBadass
* TheOneGuy and TheSmurfettePrinciple
* MarySue and AntiSue
* ShutUpKirk and ShutUpHannibal
* ComingOutStory and ComingStraightStory
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon and AmazonChaser
* AdvancingBossOfDoom and GetBackHereBoss
* TheFilmOfTheBook and {{Novelization}}
* TookALevelInKindness and TookALevelInJerkass
* SurroundedByIdiots and SurroundedBySmartPeople
* OppositesAttract and BirdsOfAFeather
* TokenMinority and TokenWhite
* EverybodyLives and KillEmAll
* NiceJobBreakingItHero and NiceJobFixingItVillain
* OhCrap and HellYesMoment
* SillyLoveSongs and AntiLoveSong
* ChristmasSongs and AntiChristmasSong
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and BreadEggsMilkSquick
* SiblingsWanted and IWantGrandkids
* AliensNeverInventedTheWheel and InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien
* DroppedABridgeOnHim and DyingMomentOfAwesome
* CruelMercy and CruelToBeKind
* MacGuffin and ClingyMacguffin
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome and RememberTheNewGuy
* MassiveNumberedSiblings and OnlyChildSyndrome
* SpinoffBabies and TimeSkip
* PurpleProse and BeigeProse
* FiveManBand and FiveBadBand
* TooDumbToLive and IdiotHoudini
* OneSteveLimit and PlanetOfSteves
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