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Playing With: It Makes Sense in Context
Basic Trope: There is a situation which, when described, sounds so strange that it's close to being a Noodle Incident, but when properly described it ends up making logical sense.
  • Straight: In "Troper heroes", Bob beat General Evulz with the ability to create breezes and a specially written document. That's it. As it turned out, the ink was poison so Bob burned the paper and directed a breeze at Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: The defeat of Evuls involved puppies, a bag of nuts, and Bob's ability to create breezes, and the falling apart of the fortress which resulted in a giant egg that hatched into a dragon emerging from the rubble after. Evulz is allergic to nuts, the puppies were a distraction. During the attack of allergy after, Evuls accidentally hit the collapse switch, causing a magic gem to get knocked over and hit an egg, transforming it to the dragon egg.
  • Downplayed: Bob beat Evulz with breeze powers. There were a lot a fumes in the area of the fight, allowing bob to take control of the fight easily.
  • Justified: The ending isn't always as reliable as the beginning.
  • Inverted: The ending somehow makes less sense in context.
  • Subverted: As it turned out Bob had a BFG with him to fight, so his victory over Evuls isn't as confusing.
  • Double Subverted: But the gun was broken beforehand, so the most use it got was as a bludgeon.
  • Parodied: The conclusion is so confusing only the characters hear it and they look a small push away from a madhouse visit. After it's explained how the conclusion was gotten to, it turns out the explanation was so potent and logical it cured everybody who listened of mental problems.
  • Zig Zagged: The plot seems to make no sense at first, then it all gets explained, but the explanation for why that happened makes even less sense than what just happened.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: The author finds simple to explain plots to be boring.
  • Lampshaded
    • "Right, everybody, explain what happened in the future, because that made no sense at all without the explanation."
    • A Rare Sentence
  • Invoked: Bob wants to give himself a sense of grandeur because he only has rather lame powers compared to the rest, so he makes a convoluted way to end Evuls so it will be notable.
  • Exploited: Bob uses his confusing victory scare away others who might cause trouble, or they might invoke the wrath of "the man who killed Evulz with a piece of paper."
  • Defied: "Right, I'm just gonna say I poisoned him."
  • Discussed: "Let Me Get This Straight, you wound up naked in the desert because you were attacked by three peanut butter ninja land-squids after you stole a magical orb from them, and you needed the orb because you lost a bet to a Crime-Lord?" "Yup."
  • Conversed: "Wow, good luck explaining that ending to anyone without first going over the first three seasons."

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