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Playing With: Re Tool
Basic Trope: The format of a show is changed to appeal to new viewers.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob, a struggling sitcom with some noticeable dramatic elements, is slowly turned into a balls-to-the-wall comedy.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob, a struggling dramatic series, is turned into an almost Dadaist comedy in the span of one episode.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob, a somewhat dark sitcom, is slowly turned into a somewhat comedic sitcom that nonetheless still teaches lessons to its viewers.
  • Justified: Viewers came for the comedy but didn't stay for the drama.
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob, a show enjoying the peak of its popularity, is suddenly changed for little to no good reason.
  • Subverted: The shift was temporary. A couple years later, it's back to its old self again.
  • Double Subverted: But that shift back was temporary, too.
  • Parodied: The producers change everything about the show, including the title and the main characters - to the point where anyone wonders if it's the same show anymore.
  • Zig Zagged: Some elements of the show are gone for good, but others eventually see their way to returning.
  • Averted: No changes are made.
  • Enforced: "Ratings are down for this show. Let's change it from a dramatic sitcom to a straight-up sitcom!"
  • Lampshaded: "Remember when you used to be serious?" "I don't think about that, and neither should you."
  • Invoked: See "Enforced".
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The producers decide that even though they may need new fans, they don't want to upset the fans they already have.
  • Discussed: "Didn't our lives seem a lot more serious until a few months ago?" "Now that you mention it..."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The Re Tool doesn't pay off: not only do the fans of the show stop tuning in, but the new premise fails to draw any new viewers.
  • Reconstructed: The Re Tool pays off and gets new viewers in the door.

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