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Playing With: Unintentionally Notorious Crime
Basic Trope: Someone breaks the law, but gets a lot more heat for their crime than they expected.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob try to rob a pair of random bystanders, only to discover that one of them is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • Exaggerated: Alice drops some litter, which causes a car accident leading to scores of casualties, including the Prime Minister.
  • Downplayed: Bob is in a hurry and parks illegally (deciding to just accept it if he's fined)...failing to realise he'd done so in a handicapped space.
  • Justified: Alice and Bob chose their target at random, it's just bad luck they were as important as they were.
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob think they're kidnapping the Prime Minister, but it turns out they grabbed a random bystander by accident.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob think they're robbing an important official, but he assures them he's just a simple civil servant...
  • Double Subverted: ...a (well liked, but mostly pen pushing) high ranking police official. He and his colleagues quickly track Alice and Bob down later.
  • Parodied: The victim is clearly wearing a sash with "Mayor" on it. Alice and Bob don't realize until it's too late anyway.
  • Zig Zagged: The amount of media/police interest the crime generates seems to vary depending on the plot.
  • Averted: Alice and Bob decide not to go through with their robbery.
  • Enforced: There wouldn't be a plot if Alice and Bob's crime wasn't more notable than a simple mugging.
  • Lampshaded: "Do you know who I am!?" "...should we?"
  • Invoked: The Prime Minister goes trawling for muggers to give a friend in the police department a relatively easy, but high profile, case to solve.
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob carry around a pair of handcuffs, in case they rob someone who might be worth holding to ransom.
  • Defied: Alice and Bob follow their targets around for a bit to confirm who they are.
  • Discussed: "What if this old guy turns out to be the Pope or something?"
  • Conversed: "Why would they rob the Prime Minister? They should know it was a bad idea." "They probably thought he was just some guy."
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The victim seems vaguely important...but the crime goes without a hitch and it never comes up again.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice and Bob taunt their victim about how they'll get away with the robbery because it won't be of any interest to the police.
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob were driven to the crime out of desperation, but because of the high-profile nature of the crime, the public will demand that they have the book thrown at them.

...I only wanted to link back to Unintentionally Notorious Crime...but I ended up blanking it! Oh, Crap!

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