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Playing With: E = MC Hammer
Basic Trope: Mathematics in fiction portrayed inaccurately.
  • Straight: During a mathematics class at Tropery School, the board is covered in mathematical symbols that don't mean anything.
  • Exaggerated: The board is covered with random numbers, letters, Greek letters, formulas from physics, shapes, and symbols.
  • Downplayed: The board has meaningful mathematics, but it's too easy (or too hard) for the level at Tropery School.
  • Justified: Tropery School exists in a universe where meaningful maths looks like nonsense to us.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The board is seen covered in nonsense symbols, but it turns out it was a pupil that wrote it. The board is a prop for a play in which mathematics is made fun of.
  • Double Subverted: Then an actual Maths class at the school is shown. The mathematics is just as bad, if not worse.
  • Parodied:
    • Mathematics can look like every subject that isn't mathematics (for instance the board is filled with Spanish verb conjugation and everyone says it's maths).
    • The board is filled with obviously incorrect math like "1+2=4".
    • The math equations use patently ridiculous symbols for variables, like mushrooms and flowers.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes the math is portrayed accuratly, sometimes it isn't.
  • Averted: Even though the show is set at school, math class is never shown.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Charlie, I need some help. Does the stuff on the board even mean anything?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Macy sees the nonsense on the board, shudders "Who thinks this is maths?", erases everything on the board and writes some actual maths.
  • Discussed: "I dread Maths class. I've never understood the weird symbols and formulas. It just makes no sense."
  • Conversed: "I understand why Brian has poor marks in Maths. He can't learn anything in class. There's just nonsense on the board."
  • Deconstructed: When the nonsense is discovered, the teachers are fired for their incompetence.
  • Played For Laughs: The teacher explains everything with Insane Troll Logic.
  • Played For Drama: Tropery School is a bad school. Its pupils are children of families that can't afford anything better. The nonsense "maths" is just one sign of the low quality.

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