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:
  • 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: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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