'''Basic Trope''': A book is a parody of ''X for Dummies'' or ''The Complete Idiot's Guide to X''.
* '''Straight''':
** Alice wants to rob a museum. She reads ''Robbing Museums for Dummies''.
** ''The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stealing the Hope Diamond'', an oddly specific book about how to remove one object from the Smithsonian's National Museum of National History.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Alice has trouble understanding ''Robbing Museums for Dummies''. Fortunately, Alice finds a ''[=CliffsNotes=]'' for this book.
** Alice depends on these books for mundane tasks: ''Climbing Stairways for Dummies'', ''Opening Doors for Dummies'', and ''Breathing Air for Dummies''.
* '''Downplayed''': Alice reads a real book, such as ''The Complete Idiot's Guide to Auto Repair''.
* '''Justified''': High levels of crime have created a market for books like ''Robbing Museums for Dummies''.
* '''Inverted''': Alice has lots of how to books, but none of them are called anything ''for Dummies''.
* '''Subverted''': Alice has ''Robbing Museums for Dummies'', but she plans to assassinate the mayor, not rob a museum.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...but the mayor, trying to escape from Alice, hides in a museum exhibit.
* '''Parodied''':
** Alice does ThrowTheBookAtThem. The book happens to be ''Knocking People Unconscious for Dummies'', but Alice never reads the book.
** Alice breaks into the Smithsonian but finds that the Hope Diamond is already missing, because someone else has already read the ''The Complete Idiot[='=]s Guide to Stealing the Hope Diamond''.
** Alice, who's [[NeverLearnedToRead illiterate]], tries to read ''Reading for Dummies''.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Alice uses ''Robbing Museums for Dummies'' to rob a museum, but then decides not to use ''Slaying Dragons for Dummies'' when trying to slay a dragon. She then decides to order a copy, but it never comes. Finally, she finds a copy of ''Slaying Dragons for Dummies'' on an old shelf, but doesn't use it--she just keeps it in her backpack. When she is about to slay the dragon, she pulls out the book, but it is eaten by the dragon.
* '''Averted''':
** Alice asks for ''Robbing Museums for Dummies'', but the book does not exist.
** Alice learns how to rob a museum, but not by reading a book. Perhaps she has TheGift, or gets ImprovisedTraining.
* '''Enforced''': ProductPlacement by ''For Dummies''.
* '''Lampshaded''': Bob mentions that ''The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stealing the Hope Diamond'' should not exist, because the subject is too specific for an entire book.
* '''Invoked''': Bob gives Alice a copy of ''Robbing Museums for Dummies'' so that she can use it to rob the museum.
* '''Exploited''': The museum guards have studied ''Robbing Museums for Dummies'' and will catch anyone who attempts the methods from the book.
* '''Defied''': Alice buys a how-to guide that does not end in ''For Dummies''.
* '''Discussed''': "If you want to rob a museum, maybe you should read ''Robbing Museums for Dummies''."
* '''Conversed''': "This show is so inaccurate! Of course there's no book called ''Robbing Museums for Dummies''."
* '''Deconstructed''': Alice reads ''Robbing Museums for Dummies'' but comes out with only a preliminary understanding of the topic, and is immediately arrested when she tries to rob the museum.
* '''Reconstructed''': The world's museums are now safer with Alice locked up.
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