Playing With / Too Dumb to Fool

Basic Trope: Character is hard to trick because he's too unaware to notice the bait.
  • Straight: A captured Evil Empress Alice tries to seduce the guardsman, Bob into restoring her dark powers. He has such a poor grasp of flirtation that Alice's words fall on deaf ears.
  • Exaggerated: Bob mistakes Alice caressing his arm as an assassination attempt and quickly subdues her, foiling her plans.
  • Downplayed: See Straight, but Alice is a store customer looking for a discount, while Bob is an aloof manager.
  • Justified: Bob's parents sheltered him as a child in the hopes that he would focus on his studies. It limited his knowledge of social cues.
  • Inverted: Alice's attempts to charm Bob are clumsy. Bob, usually quick-witted, vigilant and perceptive, sees her as no threat and falls right into her trap.
  • Subverted: Bob gets caught sweeping several women off their feet later that day, so it's clear his encounter with Empress Alice was a ruse.
  • Double Subverted: A few hours before, Bob got a crash course in talking to girls by some bemused, but grateful town The Casanovas. He's doing it all by rote.
  • Parodied: Bob's unintentional rejection wounds the Empress's pride. Forgetting the point of seducing Bob, Alice tries to get him to notice her in comically overblown ways, before finally breaking down and screaming "Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?" at him. None of this works.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted: Bob is shown to have no understanding of flirtation, but this doesn't make him any less vulnerable. Empress Alice goes in to seduce him and get her powers back, and comes back an hour later making a smug remark about taking candy from babies.
  • Enforced: "The ladies in the audience think Bob's innocence is cute and really hate that vamp Alice...hmmm..."
  • Lampshaded: "Wow," says Empress Alice. "Even if I was genuinely interested in you, you'd be too stupid to get anywhere with me. What a shame!"
  • Invoked: Knowing Empress Alice is as charming and sexy as she is evil, the rebel forces deprive their soldiers of social interaction to keep them loyal and hard to blandish.
  • Exploited: Bob and Alice's encounter was engineered in a scheme to help Empress Alice fall in love and mellow out. The rebels know that she likes her men simple and determined, like Bob.
  • Defied: Before seducing Bob, Alice sends a minion to spell it out for him: "Dude, I heard Evil Empress Alice is into you. Go talk to her!"
  • Discussed: "Good ol' Empress Alice, she's got a way with men. Few of us are smart enough...or dumb enough...not to fall for it."
  • Conversed: "See, the real 'fantasy' aspect of this show is that any heterosexual man wouldn't be putty in this chick's hands!"

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