Playing With / It's Probably Nothing

Basic Trope: Dismissing something as just one's imagination, no big deal, etc.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob hear a noise one night, and Bob just writes it off as the house settling, and they go back to sleep. In the morning, they find out they've been robbed.
  • Exaggerated: Bob gets up to go get a midnight snack, actually sees the burglars, and pays no attention to them.
  • Downplayed: A wild animal is making all the noises.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob hear a noise. Bob thinks it's a burglar, grabs his gun, and goes to investigate... only to determine that it was just the house settling.
  • Subverted: The noise they heard really was just the house settling.
  • Double Subverted: But then the burglar sneaks in.
  • Parodied: Bob sees a burglar carrying things out of the house and dismisses it as the house settling.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Alice and Bob get worked up about things that go bump in the night, other times they don't.
  • Averted: Alice and Bob know what noises are normal and what aren't.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "It's Probably Nothing. Go back to sleep, honey."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The burglar makes a lot of noise that could be written off as normal noises (house settling, wind, animal outside, etc.) so that he can get into the house more easily.
  • Defied: Alice and Bob get out of bed, grab weapons, and head downstairs to investigate.
  • Discussed: "Could that Bob get any dumber? He didn't even check!"
  • Conversed: "I bet Alice and Bob will end up robbed, like those people in that movie I saw."
  • Deconstructed: After hearing the noise, taking no action, and getting robbed, Bob gets mad at himself for not doing anything about it and suffers a Heroic B.S.O.D..

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