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Playing With: Make the Dog Testify
Basic Trope: The witness called to the stand is an animal or an inanimate object.
  • Straight: Tropey the Wonder Dog is called to the witness stand to testify.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The witness in question is a goldfish in a bowl.
    • The witness is a water cooler. When asked a question, a bubble comes up through the cooler.
  • Downplayed:
    • The witness in question is a talking parrot.
    • A search dog was vital in the investigation, and a police officer presents the dog's findings.
  • Justified:
    • Tropey is a Talking Animal or Funny Animal and therefore can speak.
    • Although Tropey cannot speak in a traditional sense, the trial takes place in a fantasy or sci-fi setting in which there are reliable methods for confirming his "testimony," making Tropey a potentially valuable source of information and therefore a valid witness.
  • Inverted: A human being is called to testify in a court of animals.
  • Subverted: When the next witness is called and comes to the stand, it is a man accompanied by a dog, presented in such a way as to make it seem like the dog is the witness and the man his handler - it's actually a blind man with a seeing-eye dog.
  • Double Subverted: The seeing-eye dog ends up providing critical evidence or testimony.
  • Parodied: The witness called to the stand is Mr. Stilton... A wedge of cheese.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Nothing that isn't human is called up to testify.
  • Enforced: "We need to liven up this comedic series' courtroom episode with some Courtroom Antics!"
  • Lampshaded: "What's wrong with an animal testifying? Half the people convicted already act like animals."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: "Tropey! Tell them I'm innocent, and I'll give you... a small piece of meat!" "DEAL!"
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "Did he just call the dog to testify?!"
  • Conversed: "That wouldn't hold up in any court. Well, OK, maybe in Ruritania."
  • Deconstructed: This wouldn't hold up in any Real Life courtroom, and is usually done when the lawyer is getting desperate.
  • Reconstructed: The lawyer has done his homework, and only calls up material witnesses. Since Tropey is a material witness, and able to speak and reason, the lawyer is justified in calling him up to testify.
  • Played For Drama: Bernie's client is losing the case badly, despite being innocent; calling up Tropey is a desperate last-ditch tactic to turn the trial around.

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