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Playing With: Marysuetopia
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:
  • Justified:
    • 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.
    • A Well-Intentioned Extremist tries to create a perfect communist utopia but fails miserably because humans are inherently lazy and greedy.
    • The communist utopian society exists in an alien culture that has no concept of self, like a hivemind.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Parodied:
    • The Mary Suetopia is a "Potemkin Village" set up to impress tourists and is obviously fake.
    • It is populated entirely by Mary Sues.
  • Zig Zagged: [Continued from Doubly Subverted] The cake and coffee have a mind-control drug, so it wasn't his free will to be a good communist after all.
  • Averted:
    • The story takes place in a realistic society which admits that it isn't perfect, but is still generally a good place to live in.
    • The story takes place in a fairly realistic dystopia.
  • 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! Screw logic!"
  • Invoked: A character looks to defeat The Evils of Free Will in order to build a communist utopia.
  • Exploited: Everyone enjoys life in the non-oppressive state.
  • 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." "I don't think such a place exists, or is even possible."
  • 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..."
  • Implied: "They must be better off in Tropeland than we are here." "That's impossible. I heard Tropeland was a communist state. There's no way it's better."
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The writer is quite knowledgeable when it comes to communism.
  • Deconstructed: Since the citizens live in a perfect, communist state with no wars, their military is weak and they are easily overthrown by revolutionaries.
  • Reconstructed: They have a strong military, just in case.
  • Played For Laughs: The logic flaws are obvious to the reader, but the characters do not notice them.
  • Played For Drama: 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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