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Playing With: The Watson
Basic Trope: A characters asks the questions the audience would ask.
  • Straight: Alice is unfamiliar with Bob's nemesis. She asks Bob about it: he gives her Exposition on his nemesis.
  • Exaggerated: Alice doesn't know anything at all about the world she is in and makes Bob explain every single little thing to her.
  • Downplayed: Alice has many questions, but keeps most of them to herself.
  • Justified: Alice was brainwashed and is entirely unfamiliar with most things.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice knows everything the audience doesn't know and never asks questions.
    • Alice only asks questions the audience would already know the answer to.
  • Subverted: Alice asks her question the audience is dying to know the answer of, but tells Bob "oh nevermind, I already figured out the answer", after which she asks no more questions.
  • Double Subverted: After saying "Oh nevermind", Alice realizes she does not know or had the wrong answer, and goes back to her usual questioning.
  • Parodied: Alice is a Motor Mouth asking question after question after question, not even bothering to listen to the answers.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice is shunned and avoided by her peers for her constant, ceaseless questioning.
    • Alice's need to ask these questions is because she suffers from Alzheimer's, and keeps forgetting info the others can all remember.
  • Reconstructed: Alice takes care only to ask questions to which the answer is not immediately obvious.
  • Averted: No character in the entire thing ever asks a question which would lead to Exposition.
  • Enforced: The writers are told their story is too confusing, so they add in Alice to clear things up.
  • Lampshaded: "You always need me to explain what's happening, don't you Alice?"


Alice: So, what is this particular page for again?

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