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Playing With: Both Sides Have a Point
Basic Trope: There is a moral issue, and two people have a different or opposing opinion on it. Both people have a valid argument, however different.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob (a couple) have a fight over whether to move to the city or stay in the country. Alice wants to move to the city, and argues that transport will be easier that way and they'll be more job opportunities. Bob wants to stay in the country, and argues that the air is fresher and the scenery is better. When they ask for Charlotte's opinion, she says that they both raised good points.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob have a fight over what colour is better, red or green, and both write long lists detailing the merits to their argument.
  • Downplayed: Charlotte notes that they both have good points, but that ultimately either Alice or Bob has more good points and a stronger argument.
  • Justified: Truth in Television. Lots of issues and debates have good points for and against.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: There at first appears to be good reasons for both staying in/leaving the country, but when you pick apart one side's argument, it turns out their argument is flawed or invalid...
  • Double Subverted: However the base assumptions were wrong - making the second one turn out to be just as sensible when more details are obtained.
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob are arguing over things that are clearly not contradictory such as whether they should wear a shirt or pants.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob has no good arguments for staying in the country (or Alice has no good arguments for moving to the city).
    • Or alternatively, Bob actually agrees with Alice, and there is no argument.
  • Enforced: The writers wanted to avert Black and White Morality.
  • Lampshaded: "Damn, I'm having a really hard time deciding which side is more ethical here."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob present their argument to Charlotte (a computer which is only capable of handling binary decisions) in the hopes of causing it to blow a logic circuit.
  • Defied: Charlotte goes so far as to use Precognition to differentiate between the close arguments.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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