Playing With: I Am Not Spock

Basic Trope: An actor becomes solely identified by his/her most well-known role.
  • Straight: Bob, who plays "Captain Nebula", has difficulty getting hired to play other roles because of his association with the character.
  • Exaggerated: The media insist on referring to Bob as "Captain Nebula."
  • Downplayed: Bob, who plays "Captain Nebula," is often associated as a strong and caring leader in his roles. He will sometimes jokingly say "They want to cast me as the leader role when I apply because of how confident I seem."
  • Justified:
    • "Captain Nebula" is Bob's first role on screen and the show is an enormous hit
    • "Captain Nebula" was a Long Runner, so everyone grew up think of Bob as "Captain Nebula".
  • Inverted: I Am Not Leonard Nimoy
  • Subverted: When Bob gets an iconic role on another show, people stop calling him "Captain Nebula".
  • Double Subverted: Everyone starts associating Bob with his new role, Detective Jim Heart.
  • Parodied: Actor/Role Confusion.
  • Zig Zagged: Fans of Captain Nebula call Bob by that name, but fans of Jim Heart call him by his actual name.
  • Averted: Everyone recognizes Bob as a versatile actor who has played many different roles.
  • Enforced: The "Captain Nebula" movie is actually about an actor named Bob who's been trapped in his Captain Nebula role for decades, so it's written right into the script.
  • Lampshaded: "This is Bob, not to be confused with Captain Nebula."
  • Invoked: When addressing fans, Captain Bob pretends that he is actually Captain Nebula.
  • Exploited: Bob wants to become an actual captain, and, despite not being the best qualified person for the job, still gets it because High Command sees him as Captain Nebula.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to do a Captain Nebula movie because he's afraid people begin equating him with the character.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The constant association with the Captain Nebula role makes Bob feel that he is being underestimated as an actor, and he comes to hate the role with a passion.
  • Reconstructed: He decides that it's what makes his fans happy.

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