Playing With / Monster Protection Racket

Basic Trope: A con man uses monsters to attack an area, then defeats the monsters, earning money and praise.
  • Straight: Slimes attack a village and Bob the hero destroys them. It's discovered that Bob sent the slimes into the village in the first place.
  • Exaggerated: Bob slowly starts to reform a world overtaken by slimes when it's revealed that he was the one who orchestrated the attacks in the first place.
  • Downplayed: "Rat catchers" are actually breeding more rats so they'll always have something to collect money from.
  • Justified: Bob is trying to show that the monsters are more dangerous than the townsfolk think.
  • Inverted: A dragon keeps Bob as a slave to "kill" him in public when he becomes too notorious.
  • Subverted: It looks like Bob caused the slimes to attack a village, but he was framed by the true lord of the slimes.
  • Double Subverted: The true lord is being set up by Bob so he can get even more fame by killing him.
  • Parodied: Bob makes his act just a little too obvious, parading around proclaiming "I am the great hero who has come to kill these completely unrelated monsters!"
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Bob is a Chessmaster and it's very difficult to tell whether he orchestrated a certain attack or not.
    • Bob attracted the monsters and profited from it. However it turned out to be because his power attracted them and was horrified to learn the truth. He leaves civilization behind only to find that they got attacked anyway in his absence. He later settles in an area exploiting it to make money - but at least he can keep them safe from the random attacks as well.
  • Averted: The attacks are unrelated to the hero.
  • Enforced: The author wants to show people not to give people your trust too easily.
  • Lampshaded: The mayor of the village suspiciously asks Bob if he didn't send the monsters to attack the village in the first place.
  • Invoked: This trope is normally invoked.
  • Exploited: Roger the Rogue, who has learned about Bob's racket, reveals it at an appropriate moment to distract the townsfolk from his own treachery.
  • Defied: Bob sees a cage of monsters, but knows he's not a good enough fighter to pull off the con so he continues playing shell games.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: After innocents are killed by the monsters, Bob has serious moral compunctions.
  • Reconstructed: Bob decides to become so good at slaying the monsters that it will never happen again...but he'll charge more.

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