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Playing With: Dark Reprise
Basic Trope: A reprise of a song, only Darker and Edgier.
  • Straight:
    • The first time the song My Hometown is played, Alice sings about how she plans to leave Troperville. The second time, she's discouraged and sings about being stuck there.
    • Bob's Leitmotif gets a darker remix when he does a Face-Heel Turn.
  • Exaggerated:
    • At first, My Hometown is played, Alice is downright euphoric and about to get her big break. The second time, she's suicidal and alone.
    • When Bob was The Hero, he had an extremely cheerful theme. When he makes a Face-Heel Turn, his theme becomes terrifying.
  • Downplayed: The second time My Hometown is played, (now world-famous) Alice reminisce about all her past successes and failures, and sheds a happy and relieved tear on her nostalgia. This is a moment of her introspection and her confidence and sense of achievement, cuing a quiet yet uplifting music.
  • Justified: Alice's music teacher recommends her students to change the lyrics of their songs based on their mode.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • The reprise starts out dark... but as she sings, Alice gains hope.
    • Bob Heel Face Turns and recieves a darker Theme Song. Until he stabs Emperor Evulz in the back, and his theme goes back to normal.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...but then reality sets back in.
    • ...Only to go back to its dark form when he reveals he killed Evulz for selfish reasons.
  • Parodied: See exaggerated, and turn Up to Eleven.
  • Zig Zagged: The reprise starts dark... but she gains hope... and then reality sets back in... until she reconsiders...
  • Averted:
    • There's no reprise.
    • The reprise is just as happy.
  • Enforced:
    • Rule of Drama
    • "Once Bob is a Villain he can't have a heroic song, but his song is associated with his character so we'll just make it darker."
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, Alice, wasn't that song really cheerful before?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice refuses to give up.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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