Playing With / Insignia Rip-Off Ritual

Basic Trope: Either a boss demotes a worker by ripping the insignia off the worker's uniform or a worker quits by taking off the insignia themselves and giving it to the boss.
  • Straight:
    • Right after Bob quit his job, he turned in his badge.
    • Mr. Boss fires Alice by removing her badge because she's lazy at her job.
  • Exaggerated: Mr. Boss removes every single emblem and decoration, including buttons, off Alice's highly decorated uniform.
  • Downplayed: Mr. Boss tells Alice on a Friday afternoon to turn in her badge on Monday morning.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is wearing a valor medal he's not entitled to wear, so Mr. Boss removes it.
    • Bob was Impersonating an Officer.
    • Bob is fed up with his Bad Boss and wants to show it as emphatically as possible.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is promoted, so she gets a new set of insignia pinned on.
    • Alice is part of an elite order which has a tattooed insignia and their own unique armor. They leave her with just the insignia as a mark of shame.
  • Subverted: Mr. Boss tugs on the insignia and tells Alice to take it off.
  • Double Subverted: Then impatiently rips it off anyway.
  • Parodied:
    • When Mr. Boss removes Alice's badge he accidentally also removes her shirt.
    • When Bob is dishonorably discharged from the Army, all uniform items, including the GI issue underwear, are forcibly removed.
    • Mr. Boss struggles trying to pull off the incredibly well attached insignia.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice is asked to turn in her uniform instead.
  • Enforced: It was based off of a true story where Alice really did go through this for refusing to follow immoral orders.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked:
    Mr. Boss: Where's your badge?
    Bob: Here in my pocket.
    Mr. Boss: Put it on.
    Bob: Okay.
    (Mr. Boss immediately rips it off)
  • Exploited: Mr. Boss does it to have Bob killed, either in a mission or a suicide.
  • Defied: Bob outright shoots Mr. Boss and puts all the badges onto himself.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Mr. Boss frequently ripping off the badges from Bob is the driving force of Bob betraying the company.
  • Reconstructed: However, Mr. Boss has a legitimate reason for demoting Bob, even if it means Bob would turn against him.

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