Playing With: Arc Words

Basic Trope: Repeated Words that have great significance over the course of the story.
  • Straight: The words "Iris" appear over the course of Denner Hoffman's journey.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Denner Hoffman uses the word "Iris" as a codeword. He often says it before important discussions or events, but the rest of the time he doesn't say it.
  • Justified: "Iris" is a code word for a secret organization with an interest in Denner's mission.
  • Inverted: Wham Line
  • Subverted: The word "Iris" has absolutely no importance whatsoever.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Then it turns out there is a dark, subliminal meaning behind it.
    • Alternately, the word "Iris" is given a Ret Conned meaning in a later season.
  • Parodied:
    • Denner sees the word whenever something important or noteworthy is about to happen, ending in a scene that has "Iris" brand cereal, a spoon with the word "Iris" in the back of it, watching "Iris news" about a story caught by the new "Iris cam", and then getting a call from his date named "Iris" about how she's about to get a possibly fatal surgery done on her iris.
    • Wherever Denner goes, he sees one word, over and over. That word is "fart."
    • Inherently Funny Words are used repeatedly.
  • Zig Zagged: In the first third or so of the story, the word "Iris" repeatedly pops up over the course of Denner's journey. Then, it stops being used for the next few hundred pages. Its meaning is finally surmised during the book's conclusion, as all the other plot threads are being wrapped up.
  • Averted: There is no word or set of words that appear consistently and meaningfully throughout the work.
  • Enforced: The author wants to share their views on how eyes are meaningful, so they put "Iris" In the book to help that point come across.
  • Lampshaded: "You know, given the events that happen around me, I think the word 'Iris' should be a red flag by this point.
  • Invoked: Dan, who is leading Denner around on his chase, decides to use the word to mark important things so he can remember them.
  • Exploited: Denner's enemies use the word as a Red Herring to distract him from their activities.
  • Defied: "You know, I think i'm going to go on a nice long vacation in a place that has nothing to do with that word."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "I'm reading this great book. For some reason, the main character keeps seeing the word "Iris" everywhere he goes - I won't be surprised if it ends up being important."

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