Playing With / Acceptable Targets

Basic Trope: Demographics are considered worthy of scorn.
  • Straight: Lance of Troperville is a minor character who has an interest in technology and happens to suffer many misfortunes in the series which the author intended.
  • Exaggerated: The author creates Lance, a character who is interested in technology; the author intends for him to be treated horribly by every other character (even his own friends and family) and everything bad happens to him.
  • Downplayed: Lance has an interest in technology, and is teased a few times because of it.
  • Justified: Lance belongs to an objectively distasteful group of people who would be difficult or impossible to treat sympathetically.
  • Inverted: Unacceptable Targets
  • Subverted: Midway through the book, Lance calls out the other townspeople on their casual mistreatment of him. They stand around looking uncomfortable and ashamed.
  • Double Subverted: ...that is, until he goes too far with his Shaming the Mob speech, and they resume their casual abuse with renewed glee.
  • Parodied: Lance's character design includes a target strapped to his back.
  • Zig Zagged: Lance and his brother Hiro both show an interest in technology, but while Lance is ridiculed by other characters because of that, Hiro is universally well-liked for the same thing.
  • Averted: The author doesn't ridicule anyone of certain demographics whatsoever.
  • Enforced:
    • The author hates (or otherwise considers ridiculous) whatever demographic Lance is supposed to represent.
    • Lance's demographic is very unpopular with the readers, for whatever reason; the author would draw ire for casting them in a positive or sympathetic light.
  • Lampshaded: "Aww, man. Why does everyone hate me? Is it because I'm such a tech nerd?"
  • Invoked: The author wants to include a certain demographic he's not fond of in his own work.
  • Exploited: "Hey, let's go pick on Lance! We don't have to worry about any payback anyway, the author hates him."
  • Defied: The author may not be fond of the demographics, but chooses not to mock them.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "The author would never stop being a dick towards the demographic because he loves to feed his pathetic ego."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The demographic that Lance is intended to mock takes offense at the mockery. As a result, they boycott the show and the show loses money.
    • The demographic Lance represents gets mad that they're the only ones being mocked, and accuse the show of enforcing a Double Standard by saying they're okay to mock while other groups aren't.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The demographic realizes that Lance is intended to be an affectionate mockery and as a result they embrace the show.
    • The writer learns from the controversy Lance caused and decides to become an Equal-Opportunity Offender that mocks other groups just as often as the group Lance mocked.

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