"It's like they knew that we had seen this movie before, and we knew the curves they were gonna throw at us, but they made the curves just a little bit sharper than usual."When the writers decide to play with a trope by raising the results to the extreme. Since Tropes Are Flexible, they can be taken to various degrees. This is about taking them to degrees much higher than typical, often to ridiculous extremes. In short, this is why The Same but More warns that higher degrees of tropes alone are not new tropes. Those are simply Playing with a Trope. This is usually done for parody, but there can be other reasons to do this. Compare Troperiffic, Serial Escalation, Up to Eleven, Refuge in Audacity, Logical Extreme. Contrast Downplayed Trope.
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Anime and Manga
- Speaking of Power Levels, Dragon Ball would occasionally switch to a new system of power measurement, likely to avert doing this.
- Space Runaway Ideon, GunBuster and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann do this with Humongous Mecha, featuring impossibly powerful and unbelievably massive giant robots.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! exaggerates quite a bunch of tropes, such as School Festival and BFS.
- Monster does this to Self-Made Orphan; growing up, Johan Liebert killed at least five sets of foster parents.
- Strawberry Panic! exaggerates Schoolgirl Lesbians.
- Queen's Blade exaggerates fanservice.
- Same goes to Ikki Tousen, to the point where some readers complained.
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei exaggerates social commentary by making the eponymous teacher prone to committing suicide over everything that is not right about society.
- Elfen Lied takes Humans Are Bastards to stupidly unrealistic levels in an attempt to make the Diclonius and specially Lucy into poor little victims. To the point that, by the end, many viewers simply don't care anymore
- Digimon Frontier exaggerates Plot Armor Variant of Made of Iron
- Kill la Kill exaggerates numerous tropes, both for laughs and deconstruction.
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: With people getting expelled or even executed for the tinest of infractions, their capabilities of annexing other schools, and even having a student's status at school affect their quality of life in the city surrounding it, Honnouji Academy can be likened to a totalitarian regime.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Not only is the story exclusively female (which is rare for a Coming-of-Age Story), but every single cliche is cranked up until the knob pops off. Blood as a metaphor for menstruation? Have superpowered over-sexed clothing that drinks the blood of its wearer. A Rich Bitch Alpha Bitch Student Council President? She's trying to take over the country. High school feels like everyone is against you? Here, they are literally trying to kill you.
- Fanservice: The main character fights in a garter-belt bikini, every fight ends with the loser being stripped naked, and Mikisugi spends most of his screentime sensually removing his clothes for no reason at all.
- Full-Frontal Assault: The rebels are literally nudists.
- Hot-Blooded: When Ryuko gets angry enough, her blood literally boils, causing problems for the symbiotic clothing that drinks it.
- Power Glows: Satsuki and her mother Ragyo both produce massive lights like stage effects at all times—Satsuki's lights are pure white, while Ragyo's are rainbow-colored. It's to the point that Ragyo's subordinates wear sunglasses at all times. In addition, Mikisugi's nipples and crotch glow pink.
- Your Size May Vary: Ira Gamagoori always towers over everyone else. If that means he has to grow some fifty feet to properly tower, then so be it.
- In Ayashi no Ceres, the exaggeration of Gory Discretion Shot in the scene where Mikage-in-Aki's body tortures Tooya via repeteadly gunning him down and taking advantage of his Healing Factor that won't let him die was so over the top that the scene itself was... funnier than it was probably intended.
- the whole Call of Dooty Doom Mod are Take That against Call of Duty series.
- Ultraman Moedari takes some Ultra Series tropes, most notably the multiverse concept of the Zero Film Trilogy, and takes them beyond eleven. So much so that there are categories for groups of multiverses. Previous hero's powers? Take them all and combine them!
- The Frying Pan of Doom is exaggerated to the extent that at the end of the movie, frying pans are made the official weapon of the town guards.
- The movie also exaggerates Light Is Good. As quoted from the trope example: "Rapunzel, a gentle, caring girl who is a Friend to All Living Things, loves daylight (as well as starlight) and has golden hair because her mother ingested a flower that had grown from a drop of liquid sunlight."
- Starship Troopers: Any tropes about war, army, etc...
- Avatar: Going Native. The protagonist physically becomes one of the People.
- Lifetime movies exaggerate pretty much every trope that makes men look bad.
- Lifetime movies about eating disorders tend to exaggerate the effects. Starving in Suburbia actually has the main girl manifesting her eating disorder into an imaginary friend who she converses with and in one scene the mother inspects the smell coming from her daughter's closet and finds she had been stuffing food in her pockets and it was left there so long it went rancid.
- The House of Leaves is much, much Bigger on the Inside.
- Lots of characters suffer from Parental Abandonment, but on the Discworld, Rincewind's mother "ran away before he was born." This is never explained, because it is unexplainable.
- Dulcinea del Toboso is a Shadow Archetype that Don Quixote imagined from a peasant girl called Aldonza Lorenzo. She represents for him all that is lovable about a woman without any of the defects of a real person, emboding the Satellite Love Interest. (Nobody is more shallow than a shadow).
- H.P. Lovecraft does this with Puny Earthlings trope
- The Planet's Revenge in Judas Unchained is this for Weather of War.
- Our Werewolves Are Different, but Jim Butcher's werewolves in his second The Dresden Files novel Fool Moon are even different from each other; the book features four entirely dissimilar and unrelated kinds of werewolf. Later books give the exact same treatment to Our Vampires Are Different, too.
Live Action TV
- iCarly does this with Comedic Sociopathy.
- A Too Dumb to Live drug dealer in the Castle episode "Sucker Punch" has an exaggerated version of Cut Himself Shaving inflicted on him. His injuries are very obviously the result of being beaten half to death by the local Irish mob ("very obviously," as in Castle and Beckett literally walked in on the beating), but he explains it has having fallen down the stairs. And his eye being swollen shut due to having hit a door on his way down. And his mangled hand as a result of getting it caught in a grate at the bottom.
Castle: Well. Thanks for keeping it real.
- Blackadder Goes Forth: "A fate worse than a Fate Worse Than Death? ...That's pretty bad."
- Warhammer 40,000: In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only GRIMDARKness turned up to 40,000!
- Pretty much every other trope that it uses: Hyper Space Is A Scary Place (it is hell, quite literally), Warrior Monk, Super Soldier, Church Militant (those last three all relate to each other), BFG, BFS (often combined with Chainsaw Good), Cool Tank, Tank Goodness, We Have Reserves (to the point where the Chinese forces in the Korean War and the Red Army seem to be places where you have a decent chance of survival in comparison to the Imperial Guard), Kill It with Fire, and Black and Grey Morality (turned into Black and Black Morality frequently) are some of the most obviously exaggerated ones.
- Exalted exaggerates... well... as many tropes as it's (super-)humanly possible to put in a heroic fantasy. To not exaggerate the length of this page we suggest you to head on to its works page.
- Disgaea does this with Character Levels, including going literally Over Nine Thousand.
- Megaman Battle Network = Everything Is Online. No, everything. That doghouse out front, too. And the squirrel statue.
- Ōkami does this with Friend to All Living Things, cranking up Amaterasu's animal magnetism far beyond "fuzzy woodland creatures love her" to reach "flowers literally bloom wherever she walks."
- As shown above, the hairstyle of Rival Schools' Yurika Kirishima takes Ojou Ringlets to a ridiculous level.
- Touhou Soccer does this to most things that appear in it. For example, It's take on Absurdly Sharp Blade has Youmu cut the moon in half with her katana.
- In Dragon Age II, the silly dialogue got this treatment.
- Ginormo Sword. Take a guess.
- The X-Encyclopedia makes mention of several Planet Spaceship built by Kardashev-abusing Sufficiently Advanced Aliens that are each the size of an entire solar system.
- Asura's Wrath does this for any Rage and anger tropes, as well as super strength, and, later, Humongous Mecha tropes similar to the aniem examples above in it's final DLC chapter.
- Viva Pinata exaggerates Amazing Technicolor Wildlife.
- 8-Bit Theater does this with Tempting Fate. "Everything is good and it will be that way forever!"
- In Homestuck:
- Dave Strider has to do this with Breakable Weapons. Due to how Abstratii work, when one of his swords break in half, ALL of his swords break in half, and he's unable to equip any swords until they get broken as well.
- Also Lord English for Genre Savvy and When he manifests himself at last, rather than killing any of the players, he goes after the author. He also exaggerates Jerkass. What kind of asshole kills the author of the story, and then kills people who are already dead?
- Homestuck does a Planet of the Apes-homage Earth All Along reveal not by showing a ruined Statue of Liberty, but by showing that the surface of the planet is littered with thousands of shitty old Statues of Liberty.
- Square Root of Minus Garfield exaggerates Dream Within a Dream in Recursive Nightmare and Y Combinator Garfield, which enter an infinite dream loop.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal exaggerates Deconstruction.
- A lot of the Disney Princess artwork really loves to crank up Everything's Better with Sparkles.
- The Hilariously Abusive Childhood of Doctor Doofenshmirtz's Multiple-Choice Past from Phineas and Ferb: "It all started when I was born. Neither of my parents showed up." He had to pretend to be a lawn gnome after theirs was repossessed, he had to wear dresses, he wasn't allowed to go swimming in public pools, his father preferred the dog and named it "Only Son" and he was abandoned and raised by ocelots.
- Then there's Phineas and Ferb's Homemade Inventions - they think nothing of building a mountain ski resort in their backyard, a rollercoaster that spans the city or two spacecraft and mission control with a free morning, and Candace's inevitable case of It Was Here, I Swear: whatever it is, and however much of a mess it should leave behind, everything vanishes without trace by the time she tries to show their parents.
- Done in Adventure Time with Affectionate Pickpocket: When Finn and Jake assume they converted little orphan girl/thief Penny into living a new life, she gives Finn a thank you hug... then runs off after swiping all his clothes!
- The South Park episode "World Wide Recorder Concert" exaggerates Potty Failure. When the boys slip the brown noise into the sheet music of rivals, it accidentally gets added to the sheet music for the entire concert, which is being broadcast worldwide...
Reporter: Like the rest of the world, everyone here has crapped their pants. Some crapped themselves to death. And still others ...ruined perfectly good pairs of pants.
- The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Kracked Krabs" exaggerates Stealing from the Hotel. Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob winded stealing the entire room. They even call it "exaggerating".