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Playing With: Duck Season, Rabbit Season
Basic Trope: Two characters are in an argument that effectively deteriorates to "Yes!" and "No!". Someone switches sides, and the switcher invariably wins, generally making the loser look stupid.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob are in an argument. Bob switches sides and wins.
  • Exaggerated: This trope is applied to a more complicated argument.
  • Downplayed: Bob tricks Alice into compromising between the two sides of their argument (e.g. "it's both rabbit and duck season" or "it's neither rabbit season nor duck season").
  • Justified: Alice is an idiot.
  • Inverted: The person who switches sides loses, possibly on purpose.
  • Subverted: The non-switcher plays along but switches it at the last moment. "You really didn't think that was going to work, did you?"
  • Double Subverted: The non-switcher switches at the last moment, but the non-switcher catches on and flips it back. "Yep, I did."
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob argue about having children or not. Bob doesn't want children, but Alice switches sides and fools him. So Bob gets pregnant, to Alice's greatest confusion.
  • Zig Zagged: See Double Subverted— rinse and repeat as necessary.
  • Averted:
    • Nobody switches sides.
    • There is no conflict.
  • Enforced: "We need to make this argument funnier. Let's have Alice switch sides and win; it would be the perfect chance to show how crafty Alice can be, and how gullible Bob is!"
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Ha! Fooled you! I switched sides so I'd win!" "Why does that always work?"
    • "This is a pointless argument. Like in politics, all you have to do to win is switch sides."
  • Invoked: Alice knows that Bob is easily manipulated, and thus switches her argument, knowing it'll cause her to win.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Each person delivers his statement once and only once, and if Bob tries to prolong the argument, Alice keeps her mouth shut.
  • Discussed: "I should have switched sides to trick Alice. You know, like what's-his-name did." "I don't think it would have worked, because unlike you, Alice has a brain."
  • Conversed: "It seems like when characters switch sides of the argument, the switcher always wins! Why does it almost never work like that in Real Life?"
  • Implied: Bob tells Charlie, "I don't know how Alice fooled me. At first, I thought I was on one side of the argument, but I was really on the other."
  • Deconstructed: The trope is so widely abused, that switching sides is forbidden. People must sign a statement of intentions before any discussion.
  • Reconstructed: They wind up pulling the routine over whether or not they properly signed the statement of intentions.
  • Played For Drama: The argument is over which of them will die saving the other from Emperor Evulz.

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