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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: ???
  • 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: ???

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