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Break the Haughty
: A character who thinks highly of themselves is broken by circumstance.
Straight: Bob is an incredibly arrogant CEO. After a few years of arrogance, his company has a misfortune that causes him to lose millions - and subsequently lose his company.
Exaggerated: Bob's an arrogant CEO who loses his company, his wife, his children, his bathtub, and gets tarred and feathered for everyone to see.
Downplayed: One of the company's projects doesn't do well, but Bob keeps his position and becomes more humble, learning from his mistakes.
Justified: Because Bob was so arrogant, he failed to see that a competitor was working hard on a product that would make his signature product obsolete.
Inverted: Bob's an incredibly humble office worker who, after years of hard work, is finally rewarded.
Subverted: It seems like Bob is due for a big fall, but he gets out of it at the last minute.
Double Subverted: Only to be broken by something else unrelated.
Parodied: It's clear that Bob's failure is attributable to outside influences (e.g. market conditions), but everyone still insists that Bob was crushed by his own hubris.
Zig Zagged: It seems like Bob's due for a big fall, but he gets out of it...but something else comes along to bite him in the ass...but it seems like he'll be OK.
Averted: Bob's arrogance is never called into question.
Enforced: "If there's one thing I know about writing TV, it's that the arrogant guy always gets his in the end!"
Lampshaded: "I was crushed by my own hubris!"
Invoked: Bob is reading a newspaper which highlights the inventions of his opponent, but he decides to ignore it because he thinks he's too skilled.
Bob realizes how arrogant he is pre-breaking, and decides to start becoming a better person.
Alternately, Bob is able to see the various ways his arrogance might hurt his company and counters them, without actually being any less arrogant.
Conversed: "I was so pleased to see Bob broken, humiliated and reduced to smithereens! He was so asking for it!"
Bob learns too late that his arrogance caused his downfall, and isn't able to fix things in time.
Bob isn't haughty, but is misinterpreted as such by his peers, who then treat every misfortune that occurs to him as something he 'deserved'.
Bob's ego makes him unable to handle the sting of what happened, and he dedicates his entire being to 'avenging' himself by ruining the lives of those he feels are responsible.
Bob's downfall not only crushed his ego, but crushed his sanity.
Bob's arrogance has brought him down to the point where he develops a terribly low self-esteem of himself.
Reconstructed: Bob eventually realizes that he shouldn't be too arrogant...and starts becoming a nicer person or at least tone down his arrogance a bit.
Played For Laughs: Bob's company just happens to be one currently reviled by the viewing public. (Enron, BP, Halliburton, etc.)
Played For Drama: Bob is his family's sole source of income; his arrogance not only puts his job at risk, but their financial stability. His attitude also has impacted his children, turning one into a spoiled diva angling for her own breaking and the other into a nervous wreck.
Break the Haughty