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Playing With: Stranger in a Familiar Land
Basic Trope: A character returns home after a long journey and finds they don't fit in.
  • Straight: Bob returns to his home town of Troperville after a stint in the army, but finds that he no longer fits in at home.
  • Exaggerated: Bob returns to his home town of Troperville and gets sick at the notion of even entering it.
  • Downplayed: Bob returns to his home town and finds that he has some trouble fitting in again.
  • Justified:
    • The journey changed Bob and he no longer enjoys life in Troperville.
    • Troperville has changed a great deal since Bob left - maybe all his friends have gone, or all his favorite haunts are closed down.
    • Bob left home on bad terms - so he shouldn't be expecting a warm welcome.
    • Bob had a lot of experience in dealing with different cultures and ways of life. Troperville, however, is a conformist society.
  • Inverted: Bob, a social outcast, returns home after a stint in the army and finds that he now fits in with the crowd.
  • Subverted: Despite some initial trouble settling back in at home, Bob takes very little time to re-acclimate to life in Troperville.
  • Double Subverted: But he's still unhappy with life there, even if he's not visibly showing it.
  • Parodied: Bob wanders outside of the town for thirty seconds and walks back in, finding a Troperville that has completely and inexplicably changed without notice.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob is welcomed back, no questions asked.
  • Enforced: "We need an excuse for a spinoff. Let's have Bob head home, get bored, and decide to go adventuring."
  • Lampshaded: "It's supposed to be my home, but after all these years I feel like a stranger here."
  • Invoked: Knowing that Bob's wanderlust will get the better of him, Bob's CO gives him a pass to go back home.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "It may have changed over the years, but it's still my home. I'm going to love it no matter what."
  • Discussed: "I think after all these years away Bob no longer feels good in Troperville. He acts like a stranger, not one of us."
  • Conversed: "At the end of the story hero usually comes back to his hometown, only to discover he no longer fits in."
  • Deconstructed: Bob can't reconnect with his old friends, and thus becomes lonely and depressed.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's return dredges up some past issues that people didn't exactly want to confront, but they have no choice now.

There's the way back to Stranger in a Familiar Land, but it seems weird going back there after I left the first time...

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