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Playing With: Stealth Insult
Basic Trope: A character insults another in a way that is intended to go over their head.
  • Straight: Alice subtly insults her boss Bob knowing that he won't get it.
  • Exaggerated: Alice manages to give an entire "The Reason You Suck" Speech without Bob realizing that she is saying anything mean.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified: Bob is a Pointy-Haired Boss with a Hair-Trigger Temper, and she can't tell him what she really thinks without getting in trouble.
  • Inverted: Calling Me a Logarithm
  • Subverted: Alice flat-out calls him an asshole.
  • Double Subverted: But he doesn't clearly hear or understand her, meaning there still aren't any repercussions.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice keeps her opinions to herself.
    • Alice says exactly what she thinks of Bob in no uncertain terms.
  • Enforced: "We need to show that Alice is way smarter than Bob, and has no respect for him."
  • Lampshaded: "Did you seriously miss that?" "Miss what?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Alice's bravery and wit make her instantly popular with her coworkers.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Despite being stupid, Bob still notices the insult.
  • Reconstructed: He realizes from the attempt that he is a terrible boss, and takes genuine steps to improve.

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