: 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 Eleven.
- 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.
- 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 Played With several times over, Mind Screwed, or simply "played with".
- 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 points out that the trope will be used and/or the ridiculousness of the trope being used in the current situation.
- 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 (but it doesn't).
- 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.
- Plotted A Good Waste: A normally unintentional trope is used quite intentionally.
- Played For Laughs: The trope is played in a comedic way (but is not necessarily Parodied).
- Played For Drama: The trope is played in a melodramatic or serious way.
- Untwisted: A Subversion is expected, but the trope is played straight instead.
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