Playing With / O.O.C. Is Serious Business

Basic Trope: When a character acts out of character, it is Serious Business.
  • Straight: When Alex makes one too many rude remarks, the calm and stoic Bob loses his temper and yells at him, shocking Alex and everyone else watching.
  • Exaggerated: Bob goes completely Ax-Crazy and gives Alex a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Downplayed: Bob simply looks annoyed and parries Alex's remark with the same rudeness. Bob gets a couple of raised eyebrows in response.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob hadn't been himself all day and one of Alex's comments snapped Bob back to his old self.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob looks like he's about to snap, but then he calms down and pointedly ignores Alex.
    • Bob snapped at Alex but neither him nor anyone around them reacted...
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then Alex makes yet another remark that causes Bob to turn around and punch him in the jaw.
    • Only because they all thought they were imagining things, and became shocked afterwards.
  • Parodied: Bob has suddenly become a twitching, gibbering wreck the complete opposite of his normal charter. "This is just a hunch, guys, but I think something may be off with Bob..."
  • Zig Zagged: It varies whether or not Bob becomes OOC when things become serious.
  • Averted: Bob does not go OOC and calmly tells Alex to shut up.
  • Enforced: "We want to show the situation is incredibly serious... Oh, I know: have Bob act out of character!"
  • Lampshaded: Charlie points out that if Bob is acting out of character, things must be serious. Done quite frequently.
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited:
    • Bob yells at Alex, despite normally being calm, to point out to those nearby how serious the situation is.
    • Taken Up to Eleven! Bob is Crazy-Prepared, so he deliberately remains distinctively calm, cool, quiet... until the fate of the world rests on him being able to get Alex to listen. Then Bob breaks out the O.O.C. Is Serious Business.
  • Defied: Bob uses some kind of mantra or breathing tricks to keep from having these kind of moments.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???


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