Playing With / The Gadfly

Basic Trope: A character's words are meant to get a certain response from whoever they're speaking to.
  • Straight:
    • Bob randomly calls Alice "Ally", just to see her response from his informality.
    • Or Bob purposely mispronounces her name, knowing it's her Berserk Button.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob does this once to gauge Alice's character.
    • Bob says things that aren't mean, just seemingly weird.
  • Justified:
    • Freudian Excuse
    • Bob says whatever comes to mind and enjoys the rise he gets out people for doing so.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • After Alice calls Bob out for being this, Bob claims he actually meant everything he said ... just to see how she would react.
    • Bob is mistaken for a Troll, but he is actually this trope.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Bob sometimes says things to get to see how others react. Other times, he doesn't.
  • Averted: Bob's words aren't meant to get a reaction, but to simply communicate.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Are you trying to piss me off?"
  • Invoked: Bob is hired as a court jester.
  • Exploited: Carol wants to make her thin-skinned frenemy Alice freak out and embarrass herself, but also wants to have some plausible deniability. So she arranged for Bob and Alice to be in the same place at the same time...
  • Defied: Alice doesn't take the bait, and instead Bob finds himself on the losing end of Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob ruins his relationship with Alice, because his comments meant to get a rise out of her ended up seriously hurting Alice's feelings.
  • Reconstructed: Bob and Alice have a long talk. The two of them resume their friendship, and, while Bob still does mention stuff to rile up Alice from time to time, he does so with more care for Alice's feelings.

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