Playing With / Chew-Out Fake-Out

Basic Trope: A character expects an authority figure to punish them for something they did, but they're actually impressed.
  • Straight: Junior pulled a prank at school, and is expecting his dad to punish him, only to reveal that Dad is quite impressed and isn't mad at all.
  • Exaggerated: Junior blows up the school in a chemistry accident; Dad triples his allowance instead of getting mad.
  • Downplayed: Dad's still kinda pissed at what Junior did, but he also seems somewhat impressed.
  • Justified: The thing Junior did wasn't that bad, and the method he used was fairly ingenious.
  • Inverted:
    • Junior pulled a prank at school and is expecting his normally cool dad to give him a high five. Instead, he gets grounded. Part of it being that Dad actually thought it was pretty lame and in bad taste.
    • Junior made an A on the test, and is expecting kudos. Instead, his dad grounds him for some reason (maybe Junior cheated).
  • Subverted: "That prank was impressive, son, but you're still going to get punished. No TV for a week."
  • Double Subverted: "That is, you can't use this new 72-inch flatscreen TV I just bought you for a week..."
  • Parodied: "Oh dear god, what have I done?! Now the teacher will tell the principal, then the principal will tell mom, then mom will tell dad, and dad will ask if it went well!"
  • Zig Zagged: (Continued from Double Subverted) "I thought I'd try to even things out by having you wait just a little longer. Does that sound fair? Because after that, it's all yours."
  • Averted: Dad punishes him and doesn't seem impressed by the prank.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Whew! I thought you were gonna read me the riot act!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Dad doesn't punish Junior so Junior won't tattle on him when he does something wrong, like goes to bed with the babysitter...
  • Defied: "Son, your prank is truly hilarious, but I still have to punish you."
  • Discussed: (Can be continued from Defied) "I was only expecting to get in trouble, not hear that even you liked it."
  • Conversed: "Yeah right. If I did that, my dad wouldn't give me a high five, he'd ground me until the cows came home!"
  • Implied: Junior and Dad go into his room; a few minutes later, they walk out and Junior wipes some sweat off his brow.
  • Deconstructed: Because Junior is never punished, he's never really given a strong sense of what's right and what's wrong, so he becomes a criminal when he grows up.
  • Reconstructed: Junior is still mature enough to know what's wrong, and to know that he should have been punished, so he ends up OK.
  • Played For Drama: Dad thinks Junior's prank was hilarious; Mom disagrees, so they fight about it.

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