: 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.
- Junior pulled a prank at school and is expecting his normally cool dad to give him a high five. Instead, he gets grounded.
- Junior made an A on the test, and is expecting kudos. Instead, his dad grounds him for some reason.
- 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: ???
- Zig Zagged: ???
- 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: ???
- 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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