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Playing With: Dismissing a Compliment
Basic Trope: A character responds to a compliment by minimizing its sincerity.
  • Straight:
    • Aurora is told she is the most talented wizard in her class; she answers, "I bet you say that to all the students."
    • Bernard the Wicked tells Sir Constantine he's the best knight he has seen in forty centuries; Sir Constantine retorts that he has not lost his touch for flattery.
  • Exaggerated: ???
  • Downplayed: Donata tells Edwin that his wizardry, letting them hide, was magnificent; Edwin tells her that the spells aren't as hard as they look, but thanks her.
  • Justified: Aurora has self-esteem issues.
  • Inverted:
    • Florence tells Girard that he's the silliest man in seven worlds, and he says she probably tells that to all the boys.
    • Hal tells Imogene that she's the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, and Imogene tells him to tell her more, she's really very vain.
  • Subverted:
    • "I bet you tell that to all the girls — to practice up to tell it to me."
    • "I wouldn't have thought so, but I bow to your superior knowledge."
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited:
    • Katigern tells Josette how beautiful she is in front of his father the king, so that the king will know she's not only beautiful but modest.
    • Morwen tells Natalie that she is the most beautiful and skilled wizard in the realm in public, knowing that she will either look conceited before her beloved Orlando, or be unable to cast the spell that requires the wizard to not have told a lie in A Year and a Day.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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