Playing With / [Trope Name]

    Literal 
Basic Trope: A trope (a common convention that you can expect to show up in certain works).
  • Straight: The trope, played out normally.
  • Exaggerated: The trope, taken Up to 11.
  • Downplayed: The trope, played to a smaller extent than normal.
  • Justified: The trope has a logical In-Universe explanation.
  • Inverted: The trope happens the other way around.
  • Gender-Inverted: A gender-specific trope is used on the opposite gender.
  • Role-Inverted: A role-specific trope is used on the opposite role.
  • Subverted: The trope is expected to be played straight, but isn't.
  • Double Subverted: ...until shortly thereafter, when it suddenly is.
  • Parodied: The trope is mocked, spoofed, or played straight to ridiculous levels for specific humour value.
  • Zig Zagged: The trope is simply "played with" in another way.
  • Averted: The trope is not used, implied, or mentioned at all, and there may or may not be a situation where it would be possible.
  • Enforced: Something in Real Life that causes Executive Meddling and/or the authors to use the trope.
  • Lampshaded: A Genre Savvy character calls attention to the trope as it's occurring, then carries on.
  • Invoked: A Genre Savvy character sets up a situation where the trope can occur.
  • Exploited: A Genre Savvy character takes advantage of a trope, or the fact that the trope will occur, possibly — but not necessarily — Invoking it in the process.
  • Defied: A Genre Savvy character tries to prevent a trope from happening.
  • Discussed: Genre Savvy characters talk about the trope in a situation where it is likely to happen.
  • Conversed: Genre Savvy characters talk about the trope in a Show Within a Show.
  • Implied: The trope isn't shown, but the audience is indirectly led to believe that it happened off-screen.
  • Deconstructed: The trope is played in such a way to show various logical and moral problems with the trope as normally played.
  • Reconstructed: The trope is played straight, but with the problems brought up by the deconstruction dealt with or addressed.
  • Played For Laughs: The trope is played straight in a comedic way.
  • Played For Drama: The trope is played in a melodramatic or serious way.
    Figurative 
Basic Trope: Overly genericizing a description, line of dialogue, or thing's name to the point of resembling a blank template.
  • Straight: The town of Town's Name has a welcome sign that says "Welcome Sign: witty slogan for Town's Name".
  • Exaggerated: Everyone talks like an unfilled Mad-Libs.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: Town's Name was founded by an overly Literal-Minded robot.
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: ???
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: "Welcome to Tropesburg, where your life being ruined is the least of your worries!"
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Alice goes to Town's Name to hide from a Corrupt Bureaucrat chasing after her, as he wouldn't think of taking the name written on the forms he forces people who know where she's gone to to fill out literally.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: The sign is praised as the most complex and interesting town sign in the universe.
  • Played For Drama: Cut to the Mayor crying in his office due to his lack of creativity.


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