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Playing With: Underestimating Badassery
Basic Trope: A character underestimates or is unaware of a Badass's strength.
  • Straight: Alice is short and not very muscular, but when Bob attempts to rob her (assuming she's weak), she easily defeats him.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: When Bob attempts to rob Alex (assuming he's weaker), he easily defeats him with karate.
  • Justified:
    • Muscles Are Meaningless when you have skills.
    • Alice is an undercover agent running a sting. Not only is she trained in martial arts she has six big mean cops with billy clubs waiting in the shadows behind her for would-be assailants.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice was only boasting about her strength. When Bob attempts to rob her, he succeeded.
  • Double Subverted: He seemed to succeed, but Alice turned the tables around and defeated Bob in the end.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice isn't badass at all, and just as weak as she appears.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "He looked so weak...but how can he beat me?"
  • Invoked: Alice started learning karate, knowing even seemingly weak people have a chance to win a fight.
  • Exploited: Alice robbed Bob back for extra pocket money.
  • Defied: Alice got a muscular boyfriend to protect her instead.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied:: Alice isn't shown to be badass on-screen, but Bob thought twice before going to the next victim.

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