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    Definition 1 
Basic Trope: An appeal to what makes us human, to make a story more relatable.
  • Straight: The House Next Door features a Nuclear Family with its quirks and foibles, that anyone who has a family can relate to.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The House Next Door is not only a Dom Com, but a Reality Show.
    • The House Next Door's writing is so concerned with mimicking real life that the writers prioritize that over whether it's actually interesting to watch.
  • Downplayed: The family in The House Next Door usually deal with normal everyday problems. But they also will do things like fighting zombies every once in a while.
  • Justified: No one will watch/read/listen to something that makes no sense to them for very long.
  • Inverted:
    • The House Next Door is a BLAM Series that makes no sense to anyone except the Emperor of Cloud Cuckooland.
    • The House Next Door is a program about early European politics which is designed to appeal to those with an interest in medieval history.
  • Subverted: The House Next Door has an occasional Bizarro Episode or is about a rather Dysfunctional Family
  • Double Subverted: But the Bizarro Episode is Just for Fun, and, hey, who doesn't feel like their family teeters on the edge of dysfunction every now and again?
  • Parodied: The House Next Door is a spoof of standard Dom Com tropes and cliches, with each family being so fantastically boring nobody can relate to them.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The family in the Dom Com is a family of Purity Sue types no one can identify with, and the show is nauseatingly sweet and vapid.
  • Enforced: "We need to hold our audience's attention, and we need characters and storylines they can relate to."
  • Lampshaded: "The family we can all relate to..."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The show is about a family that's far from normal, and the audience is OK with that.
  • Discussed: "Hey, they're just like my family!"
  • Conversed: "Somewhat dysfunctional, but yeah."
  • Deconstructed: If the family in the show is too normal, it might become boring; the viewers can already experience that in their own home, without turning on the TV. At the same time, if the family is not normal enough (i.e. too perfect or too dysfunctional), it might be hard for people to relate and enjoy. (And you can't ''not'' use tropes.)
  • Reconstructed: The show makes sure that the family is relatable, but still fun to watch. Any and all tropes it uses are used in ways that they're not cliche, but still can be understood by most people. The result? Multiple Demographic Appeal...and very high ratings.

    Definition 2 
Basic Trope: An appeal to animal instincts on the grounds that Viewers Are Morons who cannot comprehend True Art.
  • Straight: Most of MC SixPac's raps are about "money, clothes, and hoes."
  • Exaggerated: MC SixPac doesn't seem to have a vocabulary consisting of more than a few words (generally slang terms for drugs, money, expensive items, and crude terms for women and sex)...or more than a tenuous grip on reality as it applies to where he (purportedly) comes from.
  • Downplayed: MC SixPac makes comedy songs full of Toilet Humor and sexual innuendos. He'll sometimes put some clever sarcasm or a Genius Bonus into the mix, just to mix things up a bit.
  • Justified: MC SixPac wants to get rich (and pay off that large cash advance the record company gave him), and that means the quantity of records he sells trumps the quality of those records.
  • Inverted:
    • MC SixPac never once mentions having money, selling drugs, gang warfare, expensive items, or women and sex in any crass terms in his raps. In fact, he's so knowledgeable and grandiloquent that makes most Nerdcore artists seem pedestrian by comparison.
    • MC SixPac raps about philosophy, quantum mechanics, politics, and the human condition.
    • MC SixPac is called that because he's a Nerdcore artist whose favourite topic is beer, and prefers not to deviate from his favourite topics.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • MC SixPac gets up to the mic, raises his arm, and...makes an armpit fart. Everyone behaves as though he just said the most profound thing ever.
    • MC SixPac makes a rap about how fractions divide us all.
    • MC SixPac raps about money, clothes and hoes... but it's not until you listen to what he's actually saying that you realise he's rapping about his gardening business.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • MC SixPac's songs range from fun sex and party songs, to serious political music with occasional references to obscure and thought-provoking literature, to tunes with lyrics so cryptic and strange, that no one can really tell what he's rapping about; though, he encourages the fans to try to decipher them.
    • From Double Subverted #3, he seemed rather sarcastic when he said his songs were serious. Some people took this to mean his songs are parodies though no one knows for sure.
    • MC SixPac is a satirist who never explains that he is one and makes seemingly serious statements as the nature of his rap. Poe's Law consistently hits people who think he is serious but his entire career is one elaborate stealth parody of the culture he was born in and makes fun of.
  • Averted: MC SixPac never once mentions "money, clothes, and hoes" in any of his raps.
  • Enforced:
    • "Quantity of album sales trumps the quality of the albums."
    • The record company is a firm believer of the Viewers Are Morons "principle".
    • The debt collectors will have MC SixPac's head if he doesn't release something soon that sells to as wide an audience as possible.
  • Lampshaded: "Does he even know any words for women besides "hoes", or what he wants to do with them?"
  • Invoked: "I need someone to buy my records, or I'm not gonna be able to pay off my debt to the record label! Hmm...I know! I'll market my albums to white suburban kids who like to party!"
  • Exploited:
    • MC SixPac wants his whole album to be rejected by his small record company for some reason, and he deliberately makes a sixpack of complex philosophy tracks, assuming his cousin's party anthem collection will be considered a better hit.
    • MC SixPac releases something meant to be as big a seller as possible so he can use the money earned from that to produce something he truly likes.
  • Defied:
    • MC SixPac does not want to be decried as "just another sell-out" or a "run-of-the-mill One-Hit Wonder", so he puts a lot of thought into his raps.
    • The executives behind MC SixPac note him to be an erudite and intelligent individual, so specifically tell him not to aim for the common audience and instead tell him to rap about what he desires, allowing him to put lots of effort into his raps.
  • Discussed: "Why do all these rappers seem to only rap about fast cars and fast girls? Don't they care about anything else?"
  • Conversed: "I'm sure they personally do, but the record label only cares about what will generate the most sales. And that means raps about fast cars and fast girls."
  • Deconstructed: Appealing to this demographic tends to draw cries of It's Popular, Now It Sucks, and insults the intelligence of the target demographic(s). (In the case of this kind of rap music, may also include Unfortunate Implications.)
  • Reconstructed: MC SixPac raps about life, the universe and everything. Yes, he includes party anthems Just for Fun, but he shows that he has a brain and isn't afraid to use it. (And he doesn't give Hip-Hop a bad name by glorifying drugs and violence, or by referring to women and sex in crass terms.) As a result, MC SixPac is respected and his album sales go through the roof.

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