Playing With / Reasonable Authority Figure

Basic Trope: An authority figure who is mostly helpful for the heroes.
  • Straight: When the heroes ask Governor Rafael for aid he is willing to hear them out and help if he can.
  • Exaggerated: Despite the heroes having nothing but hearsay and baseless speculation, Gov. Rafael deploys the state police and national guard to help the heroes.
  • Downplayed: Gov. Rafael gives the heroes the time of day, but won't go out of his way to help them unless it's clearly in his legal purview.
  • Justified: Gov. Rafael got elected into office because he's reasonable; Sleazy Politicians are weeded out fairly quickly in local politics.
  • Inverted:
    • Gov. Rafael fights the heroes tooth and nail even when it's in his own best interests to leave them be.
    • When Gov. Rafael asks for help with only some weak evidence to back him up, the heroes hear him out and decide to help.
  • Subverted: Gov. Rafael seems to be a Reasonable Authority Figure, except he's actually The Dragon and is just stringing the heroes along to later ambush them.
  • Double Subverted: Only to reveal he was the Big Good, but needed the heroes' help since he couldn't topple the Big Bad alone.
  • Parodied: Gov. Rafael acts as a pestering Tagalong Kid constantly asking the heroes how he can help.
  • Zig Zagged: Gov. Rafael helps the heroes, only he was really a villain, except that was the actual bad guy impersonating him.
  • Averted: Gov. Rafael is the sponsor/mentor of a super team (a genre where he would usually be a Reasonable Authority Figure) and is instead a demanding Sink-or-Swim Mentor who only helps or listens to the team when it furthers his goals.
  • Enforced: It's a children's show trying to both teach children to be self reliant but also trust (the right) authorities, so Gov. Rafael is a Reasonable Authority Figure contrasted with Lt. Gov. Sleazman.
  • Lampshaded: "Wait, you're willing to help us out even though all our evidence is circumstantial and we've broken a bunch of laws? Gov. Rafael, you could not be more of a Godsend."
  • Invoked: Gov. Rafael wants young heroes to trust him and seek his help, so he cultivates a persona of reasonableness... all so he can cash in on that gratitude and ask said young heroes for favors later on.
  • Exploited: Anti-Hero Steve gets Gov. Rafael to release him from jail by arguing that since he's the only one capable of stopping the Big Bad. Gov. Rafael is disgusted at letting a felon out but has to think of the greater good.
  • Defied: Gov. Rafael is normally a decent and helpful authority figure... except towards Steve, who he hates with near Irrational Hatred after being manipulated.
  • Discussed: "We can trust the governor, he helped us out before even when it was risky for him."
  • Conversed: "Wow, an authority figure without their head in the sand. Maybe those Meddling Kids stand a chance."
  • Implied: Gov. Rafael has a gruff exterior and doesn't seem to get on with anyone... at face value. The fact that The Cavalry keeps appearing at the nick of time implies he's keeping the hero's best interests in mind.
  • Deconstructed: Gov. Rafael's willingness to help the heroes may save lives, but it gets him booted from office when a rival points out how he used state resources without adequate information and for vague purposes. His replacement is far less cooperative.
  • Reconstructed: Non-reasonable authority figures are quickly weeded from office when the heroes' allies begin a grass roots campaign correctly pointing out how unresponsive and arrogant leaders cause harm, paving the way for Rafael to be (re) elected governor.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Gov. Rafael is curious and supportive of the heroes efforts... too bad the protagonists are actually villains!
  • Played For Laughs: Gov. Rafael is reasonable authority to a clique of Cloud Cuckoo Landers.
  • Played For Drama:
    • The Chains of Commanding come down hard on Gov. Rafael as he makes choices in support of the heroes which save lives but doom his political career.
    • Gov. Rafael is a reasonable guy, but he simply doesn't have the means or power to actually deal with the problem. The ones with the real power are not reasonable in the least.

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