->''"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 in essence, it's one and the same."''
-->-- '''Bazarov''', ''Fathers and Children'' (a.k.a. ''Fathers and Sons'')

For almost any trope, there is a flip side.

A particular form of creatively reusing an existing trope: The {{trope}} is turned exactly on its head, or shown the other way around. 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.

SuperTrope to OppositeTropes which specifically focus on be taking completely contrasting takes on the same idea.

For the 2012 video game, see ''VideoGame/{{Inversion}}''.



[[folder: Anime ]]
* The animated ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/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''.
* ''Anime/AldnoahZero'' inverts TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: the colonists of Mars, using vastly superior LostTechnology and egged on by a MasterRace doctrine, invade and attempt to conquer Earth.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'''s Colonel Roy Mustang is a HeroKiller ''killer'', wiping the floor with Homunculi.
* ''LightNovel/OokamiSan'' inverts the GuysSmashGirlsShoot trope. Titular ActionGirl Oookami relies on GoodOldFisticuffs, whereas Ryoshi Morino uses slingshot initially.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' inverts HeroicCaninesVillainousFelines with the hero's and villain's Imperial Arms. Leone (one of the heroes) has an Imperial Arms that gives her cat-based powers, while Seryu (one of the villains) has one that looks like a dog.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' inverts TheButlerDidIt during a case... when the butler of a rich family becomes ''the murder victim''.
* Light Yagami from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is very deliberately a complete Inversion of the StockShonenHero. He's a VillainProtagonist; he's a TVGenius, instead of being BookDumb; he doesn't have to go through TrainingFromHell to [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential unlock his true potential]], he just finds a magic notebook randomly, his strong sense of justice leads to him turning into a villain; he's cool and calculated instead of being HotBlooded; where most Shonen protagonists are proponents of ThePowerOfFriendship, Light is almost completely sociopathic and rather than having a ToBeAMaster plotline he instead has a quest to get himself worshipped as a god via a prolonged spree of mass murder.

[[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.
* An issue of ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' reverses the usual formula of the main character's superhero duties getting in the way of their civilian obligations by having the civilian obligations get in the way of their superhero duties. In it, Peter tries to go stop the Rhino's rampage, but finds himself constantly waylaid for various reasons (attending a Parent-Teacher conference with Aunt May, comforting a crying Gwen Stacy, a run-in with Flash Thompson) and by the time he's finally able to suit up, the Rhino had already been defeated by Iron Man.

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* ''FanFic/HuntingTheUnicorn'' plays a lot with its [[{{Troperiffic}} many, many tropes.]] But as a DeconstructionFic of [[Series/{{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]] and left him with [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest deep emotional scars]]--leading to a very painful inversion of ''YouNeedToGetLaid.'' This is one of the biggest {{Cerebus Retcon}}s for Blaine's RelationshipSue status in canon, and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap reviewers frequently want to give Blaine a hug.]]
* 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.

[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]
* 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.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' Inverts many tropes, a few examples are:
** Inverts CatsAreMean with Clawhauser, the cast's most prominent feline who is [[AllLovingHero the nicest character in the movie]].
** Inverts UsedToBeASweetKid with minor character Gideon Grey, as he goes from a violent WouldHitAGirl school bully to a well-adjusted and successful pastry chef as an adult.
* WesternAnimation/{{Coco}} is about a living boy venturing a realm inhabited by [[DemBones dead spirits]], the inverse of a ghost in the living world.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]
* 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.
* ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'' 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.
* ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'' inverts EscapedAnimalRampage: instead of an animal breaking loose from captivity and causing panic among humans, it's a human (Taylor the astronaut) who escapes from the apes' science facility and causes panic among the civilized apes.
* In ''Film/{{Underdog}}'', IdenticalLookingAsians is inverted as Shoeshine (a dog with superpowers) thinks "all humans look alike".

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' inverts pretty much every gender-related trope, ''except'' the one about polygamy - they do have the many women, one man model. Because men are [[GenderRarityValue rare]], women do all the fighting and stuff, while their husband sits well-protected in a comfy home and cares for the children. Then there is the protagonist Jerin, who inverts everything again by being a [[SpiritedYoungLady spirited young gentleman.]]. Notable inversions include the one of AManIsAlwaysEager - Jerin is not very happy about the prospect of marrying thirty women, and comments that he would feel like a prostitute. He ''is'' fine with ten wives, however.
* Terry Jones' ''VideoGame/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.
* ''Literature/WetGoddess'' inverts DirtyMindReading: Ruby the bottlenose dolphin reads Zack's mind and is terrified when he shows her the full range of [[SexIsEvil humans' sexual taboos and inhibitions]].

[[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 it's 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]].
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Tomb of the Cybermen" inverts BlackDudeDiesFirst by having the only black character in the story be the ''last'' to die.
* ''Series/{{Victoria}}'':
** HollywoodOld: Diana Rigg plays a character, who in real life was much younger than the actress.
** ManicPixieDreamGirl: It is the brooding and more serious young man (Prince Albert), who changes the life of the lively and more spirited young woman (Queen Victoria).
* ''Series/{{Spartacus}}'' in the end inverts the BuryYourGays trope ([[spoiler: Agron and Nasir, major characters and a gay couple, are the only male characters on the good side to survive the show. In fact, the only other named characters to get out alive are two non-combatant women who were only introduced in the last season.]]). This was partly due to realism (most of the other male characters were real historical people whose deaths during the rebellion were documented), but also likely meant as an apology to LGBT+ fans, who had complained that [[spoiler: the first couple of gay characters to be introduced died early and violently in the middle of the first season.]]

[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' inverts the DumbDinos trope. Heath the Thesaurus is one of the smartest characters on the show.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/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''.
* ''[[VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' 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 (Retreating Wall of Doom).
* 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.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', [[spoiler:Lilly's good ending]] inverts YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle. [[spoiler:The good and bad endings play out exactly the same, except the former has a few additional scenes.]]
* ''VideoGame/InvisibleInc'' inverts ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. Guards and drones will ''never'' miss a shot.
* ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' has you playing as a border inspector and making sure everyone's papers are in order before letting them through. One ending inverts RunForTheBorder where [[spoiler: you (and your family if you can afford to bring them along) flee your increasingly totalitarian country and cross into another country for safety. This time, ''you'' are the one trying to cross the border with fake documents while dealing with an inspector that does not care about your reason for crossing the border. He lets you pass.]]

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

[[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.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDeep'' inverted the SecretKeeper trope with Nereus. He often kept many details about certain things secret from the Nekton family, which often caused them to distrust him.
* ''WesternAnimation/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. [[spoiler:She never discovers the ruse, but dumps him anyway [[{{Irony}} for not being "laid-back" enough.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn "Keep Calm and Flutter On"]] 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.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E21LeapOfFaith "Leap of Faith"]] inverts several tropes about honesty and truth, including CryingWolf and BrutalHonesty, so that Applejack and [[OneShotCharacter Silver Shill]] can [[DoubleAesop both learn]] that honesty is always the best policy.
* ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' inverts WifeHusbandry in the episode "Callie's Sister". The titular character, Lilith Maggotbone, is given in arranged marriage to Dwayne Boneraper when she becomes of age and in the meanwhile, Mark Lily is more than happy to raise her as his daughter (made easier because she ages one year per day). However, during the wedding ceremony, she reveals she wants to marry her adopted father, so first she tries to kill both Callie and Dwayne.

[[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.

[[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}})
* A poster parodying ''Film/KingKong'', where [[https://webtoolfeed.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/3.jpg a gorilla is terrorized by a giant human woman]].
* [[https://genesischant.deviantart.com/art/Christmas-Presents-6-106652333 This picture]] of squids being attacked by a giant pirate captain.

[[folder: On this very Wiki ]]
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore and {{Bowdlerise}}
* DistressedDude inverts DistressedDamsel, especially in cases where the man in distress is otherwise shown to be able to defend himself.
* {{Xenafication}} and {{Chickification}}
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower and BoxingLessonsForSuperman
* InvincibleHero and FailureHero
* InvincibleVillain and IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* CharacterDerailment and CharacterRerailment
* MundaneObjectAmazement and WorthlessYellowRocks
* HypeAversion and BileFascination
* AcclaimedFlop and CriticProof
* EnsembleDarkhorse and TheScrappy
* TastesLikeDiabetes and DarknessInducedAudienceApathy
* SugarBowl and CrapsackWorld
* DarkerAndEdgier and LighterAndSofter
* CriticalResearchFailure and ShownTheirWork
* DeadUnicornTrope and UnbuiltTrope
* DownplayedTrope and ExaggeratedTrope
* AnimationAgeGhetto and AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark
* GenreKiller and GenreRelaunch
* InvokedTrope and DefiedTrope
* {{Deconstruction}} and {{Reconstruction}}
* SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome and DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible
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* TheOneGuy and TheSmurfettePrinciple
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* 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
* BitchInSheepsClothing and JerkassFacade
* AdaptationalWimp and AdaptationalBadass
* DeusExMachina and DiabolusExMachina
* DracoInLeatherPants and RonTheDeathEater
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny and VindicatedByHistory
* AmericansHateTingle and GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff
* AntiHero and IdealHero
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks and ItsTheSameNowItSucks
* ItsEasySoItSucks and ItsHardSoItSucks
* GeniusDitz and DitzyGenius
* BadassBookworm and GeniusBruiser
* FragileSpeedster and MightyGlacier
* StoneWall and GlassCannon
* ViewersAreGeniuses and ViewersAreMorons
* {{Jossed}} and ShrugOfGod
* InstantExpert and HowDoIShotWeb
* TheEeyore and ThePollyanna
* EndingFatigue and ItsShortSoItSucks
* LetsMeetTheMeat and YouWontLikeHowITaste
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough and NobodysThatDumb
* GentleGiant and TheNapoleon
* HePannedItNowHeSucks and ReviewsAreTheGospel
* GrowingTheBeard and JumpingTheShark
* TaintedByThePreview and WinTheCrowd
* BloodlessCarnage and HighPressureBlood
* GoshDangItToHeck and ClusterFBomb
* HumbleHero and GlorySeeker
* DoNotTauntCthulhu and DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu
* NiceJobBreakingItHero and NiceJobFixingItVillain
* GenreBlindness and GenreSavvy
* FetishFuel and FetishRetardant
* {{Fanservice}} and FanDisservice
* CultClassic and QualityByPopularVote
* BigBad and BigGood
* HarmlessVillain and KnightOfCerebus
* BloodKnight and ReluctantWarrior
* UnintentionallySympathetic and UnintentionallyUnsympathetic
* CopKiller and KillerCop
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat and DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp
* BigNo and BigYes
* FormerlyFit and FormerlyFat
* FatAndProud and WeightWoe
* HollywoodPudgy and HollywoodThin
* DesignatedHero and DesignatedVillain
* BetterAsFriends and JustFriends