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Playing With: Power of Trust
Basic Trope: Trusting a character inspires them.
  • Straight: Sally tells Jack that she expects him to make the picnic, and Jack comes through.
  • Exaggerated: A character says he trusts another, producing an instant reformation in a villain.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
    • The other character is horribly lonely and loves the trust.
    • Trust is a tangible magical/psychic force, those who can wield it can change the hearts and minds of people being trusted to want to help the truster.
    • Sally rarely ever trusts people. As a result, Jack sees it as an honor that she's able to trust him. So he tries to keep her trust and avoid letting down.
  • Inverted:
    • When Alice says she has no faith in Bob and thinks he'll betray her, it inspires him to redouble his efforts and succeed out of spite.
    • Alice says she trusts Bob, which crushes him because he believes he can never live up to it.
  • Subverted: The other character uses the trust to betray the trusting character.
  • Double Subverted: The other character reappears to rescue the character, explaining that he needed to trick the Big Bad into looking away.
  • Parodied: Everyone is so completely trusting they become horrible judges of character, even to the incredibly obvious villain who proceeds to betray them while getting off scot free.
  • Zig Zagged: It looks like Alice convinced Bob the loner to join thanks to trust! Except he just wanted to betray Alice to prove no one can be trusted. But she explains she knew he'd pull a stunt like that, and still trusts him, which makes him reform!
  • Averted:
    • No one trusts anyone else, so the occasion does not arise.
    • No one expects trust to change anyone's behavior, and it doesn't.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "So he switched sides because you trusted he would switch sides? Any chance you could trust me to win the lottery?"
  • Invoked: Alice realizes Bob may fail, so she purposely gives him pep talks about her trusting him to give him confidence and resolve.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Evil Overlord Charlie knows Alice can make his mooks switch sides if she gets a chance to make an "I trust you" exchange, so he uses robot mooks.
  • Discussed: "No, Alice, trusting Bob to defect just because you trust he'll do the right thing doesn't mean he will."
  • Conversed: "Wouldn't it be awesome if you could empower or change people by trusting them?" "No, it'd be too much like mind controlling them."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice feels a need to have faith in others because she has none in herself. She's thus unable to do much of anything on her own, and even minor betrayals of her trust cause her to collapse emotionally.
    • Trust is horrifically fragile; all it takes is one betrayal and a person becomes jaded and paranoid of others.
  • Reconstructed: Despite the bitter sting of past betrayals, Alice refuses to give up on trusting others, instead learning to be a little more cautious and a lot more observant.

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