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 retorts that Bernand has not lost his touch for flattery and that he probably tells all his students that.
  • Exaggerated: Bernand finds out the hard way that the compliment was Aurora's Berserk Button.
  • Downplayed: Somebody comments on how awestruck they are by Aurora's magic skills. While she does claim it's not as hard as it looks, she does say thanks for the compliment.
  • Justified: Aurora has self-esteem issues.
  • Inverted:
    • Bernand says that Aurora must be The Ditziest woman he has ever met, but Aurora shrugs it off with "I bet you call all the girls that at some point".
    • Bernand tells Aurora that she's the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, and Aurora tells him to tell her more. She's just really vain.
  • Subverted: "I bet you tell all your students that — to practice up to tell it to me."
  • Double Subverted: "... I really don't deserve it, though..."
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Aurora accepts the compliment without any fuss.
  • Enforced: "We can't have people praising Aurora and her accepting that; she'll come off as arrogant!"
  • Lampshaded: "Aurora, would you just accept the good parts about yourself already?!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bernand compliments Aurora in front of somebody they need to impress. That way, they'll know how modest she is.
  • Defied: While Aurora doubts that the compliment is sincere, she makes an effort to thank Bernand for it anyway.
  • Discussed: "Believe me, I've tried telling Aurora how beautiful she is! But she just pushed that aside..."
  • Conversed: "Ah, great, another character who Does Not Know His Own Strength and comes off as a classic Mary Sue."
  • Implied: We don't hear Aurora's reply to the compliment, but we do hear Bernand asking his coworker whether he thinks he is too generous with his compliments or not.

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