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Playing With: Mary Suetopia
Basic Trope: An utopian society which seems like a good model to the author but would have fundamental logic flaws in reality.
  • Straight: The story takes place in a non-oppressive communist state which works perfectly because nobody is greedy or lazy.
  • Exaggerated: The story takes place in a vegan state which works perfectly because the author believes that every evil in the world comes from consuming animal products.
  • Downplayed: The story's society is a non-oppressive communist state that works because technology has advanced to the point that no one has to do jobs they hate or go hungry.
  • Justified:
    • The communist utopian society works thanks to centuries of sociological conditioning and only those people are allowed to live there who are deemed suitable after excessive psychological screening.
    • The communist utopian society exists in an alien culture that has no concept of self, like a hivemind.
    • The balance is basically razor's edge, people conditioned to still be people, but also have the mindset to make the utopia work, and as such are carefully pruned.
    • In-Universe, scientists tried to engineer a perfect, flawless human being, but the end result was a bunch of human-like creatures that were still flawed, but insisted they were so perfect they were insufferable to be around. They couldn't be killed, so instead they were exiled to some isolated island, where the Mary Sues eventually built a perfect-yet-flawed city.
  • Inverted: A Straw Dystopia - The author attempts to create the worst society he can imagine, but the result would collapse under its own weight in real life.
  • Subverted: The scenario first looks like a communist state which works perfectly despite no sign of visible control or suppression. But then someone does object, which gets immediately noticed by the invisible surveillance and the dissident is discreetly dragged to Room 101 without anyone noticing.
  • Double Subverted: The dissident's treatment in Room 101 means that he sits down on a comfortable couch and is treated to cake and coffee while a friendly man discusses with him the theory of communism. He is persuaded immediately and decides to becomes the perfect citizen out of his own free will.
  • Parodied: The Mary Suetopia is a "Potemkin Village" set up to impress tourists and is obviously fake.
  • Zig Zagged: [Continued from Doubly Subverted] The cake and coffee have a mind-control drug and it wasn't his free will to be a good Communist after all.
  • Averted: The story takes place in a society which admits that it isn't perfect but still generally a good place to live in.
  • Enforced: The story was written as part of a communist propaganda campaign.
  • Lampshaded: "We live in the best possible society in the best of all possible worlds!"
  • Invoked: A character looks to defeat The Evils of Free Will in order to build a communist utopia.
  • Exploited: Since the citizens live in a perfect, communist state with no wars, their military is weak and they are easily overthrown by revolutionaries.
  • Defied: A character suggests creating a communist state, but others immediately point out why every communist state before failed miserably.
  • Discussed: "I can't wait to move out of this capitalist hellhole and live in that perfect communist utopia."
  • Conversed: "I'd love to live in a land like the one on this show, but I don't think one would have a chance to exist..."
  • Deconstructed: A Well-Intentioned Extremist tries to create a perfect communist utopia but fails miserably because humans are inherently lazy and greedy.
  • Reconstructed: The communist utopia fails at first due to various issues but then the creator proposes scientific solutions - which in real world would bring their own issues.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: There are some disquietingly dark methods used to keep the utopia working, and it is left to the reader to decide if the utopia would be worth the price.

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