Playing With / Arc Words

Basic Trope: Repeated word or phrase that have great significance over the course of the story.
  • Straight: The phrase, "So says the tropes," appear over the course of Alice's journey.
  • Exaggerated: The phrase, "So says the tropes," appears in every scene.
  • Downplayed: The phrase, "So says the tropes," appears thrice in the story
  • Justified: "So says the tropes," was advice given to Alice early in the story, and it becomes her mantra.
  • Inverted: Wham Line
  • Subverted: Alice is eventually told that the phrase, "So says the tropes," has absolutely no importance whatsoever.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...by someone who has no idea what they're talking about. It's actually very important.
    • Alternately, the phrase, "So says the tropes," is given a Ret Conned meaning in a later season.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: In the first third or so of the story, the phrase, "So says the tropes," repeatedly pops up over the course of Alice'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: Alice is very Genre Savvy and, "So says the tropes," is meant to make that clear.
  • Lampshaded: "You know, given the events that happen around me, I think the phrase, 'So says the tropes,' should be a red flag by this point.
  • Invoked: Bob, who is leading Alice around on this quest, decides to use the phase to mark important things so he can remember them.
  • Exploited: Alice's enemies use the phase as a Red Herring to distract her 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 phrase."
  • Discussed: "Everywhere I look, it's, 'So says the tropes,' 'So says the tropes!' What does it mean?!
  • Conversed: "I'm reading this great book. For some reason, the main character keeps seeing the phrase, 'So says the tropes,' everywhere she goes - I won't be surprised if it ends up being important."

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