Playing With / That Man Is Dead

Basic Trope: A character has decided to become their alter ego forever and declares the original persona dead.
  • Straight: Alice calls Bob by his name, but he says "Bob is dead. Call me Robert."
  • Exaggerated:
    • Robert not only rejects his old name, but every aspect of his old appearance and personality.
    • Robert arranges a funeral for Bob and makes everybody that knew him attend.
  • Downplayed: Robert does not outright reject his old name, but he is visibly uncomfortable with being called by it.
  • Justified: Bob, playing the role of Robert, is Becoming the Mask.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob gets a split personality named Robert, and when he discovers this says that "Robert has been born."
    • Bob finally gives up his alter ego and says that "Robert is dead."
  • Subverted: "Bob? He's taking a long vacation until I can make the streets safe. I'm Robert for now."
  • Double Subverted: "For now" turns out to be indefinite.
  • Parodied: Alice upon being given the "that man is dead" line assumes that Robert is Bob's identical twin and is sorry that Bob died.
  • Zig Zagged: "Bob is dead", then "Robert is no more", and finally "I was never Bob".
  • Averted: Bob stays himself.
  • Enforced: The writers want to show just how far gone Bob is, so they have him declare that Bob is dead, and to call him Robert.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: "If he says that Bob is dead, he can't object to me taking Bob's stuff".
  • Exploited: Bob tells people that That Man Is Dead to unnerve his enemies, who become convinced that Bob has turned Darker and Edgier.
  • Defied: "We can't let him continue down this path, or Bob will be gone and there will be only Robert."
  • Discussed: "Just because he's very convincing as Robert, doesn't mean that Bob is gone forever."
  • Conversed: "I'm not going to employ cheap theatrics and say that my old self is gone. I've simply grown into Robert."
  • Implied: The character stops answering when called Bob.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob, his favorite lunch gets taken off the menu at his favorite restauraunt, dawns a cape and claims, "That 'Bob' is dead." Alice completely misses the point and responds incredulously, "No, you're not. You're right there!"

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