Playing With: Monster Protection Racket
: 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.
- 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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