Playing With / We Have Those, Too

Basic Trope: Someone tries to explain something to someone from another culture, only for them to reveal they already have it.
  • Straight: Bob from Tropopolis tries to impress Alice the Tropevillian with his PDA. She explains they already have them.
  • Exaggerated: Bob demonstrates each and every gadget in his pockets in turn. Alice is able to show him her own (or something better) each time.
  • Downplayed: Alice has a PDA that's at least a decade old.
  • Justified: While rural Tropeville is hardly backwater. Bob's patronizing attitude was bound to humiliate him eventually.
  • Inverted: Alice shows Bob her horse and cart. He's amazed at the technology that must allow Tropeville to harness the power of animals to do their bidding.
  • Subverted: It turns out that Alice doesn't have a PDA, she just wanted to impress the city folk.
  • Double Subverted: ...after all, all she has is this oversized "iPad" thing she just bought.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob tries to describe a wheel to Alice to secure some transport. Alice points out that the planes in the airport behind him have them.
    • Alice is Starfish Alien without hands. When Bob show her a pair of gloves, Alice reveals hers, despite the fact that her race clearly have no use for them.
  • Zig Zagged: ...but every time he visits somewhere new there's a different level of technology available.
  • Averted: Bob doesn't show off any of his gadgets. He makes use of them when he needs them but his possessions are never contrasted with what Alice is used to seeing.
  • Enforced: An executive came from a small town and was always being patronised by visitors from larger settlements so he insists that Bob be embarrassed in this way.
  • Lampshaded: "Did you really think a village in a developed nation wouldn't have access to the same technology as anywhere else?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob the Con Artist pretends to assume that the people of Troperville wouldn't have seen any of his gadgets to keep up a naive businessman persona.
  • Defied: Alice asks Bob if he has anything cool and he states that he doesn't have anything from Tropopolis that wouldn't be available in Tropeville.
  • Discussed: "Is this the part where you try and wow me with some piece of Apple produced crap and I pull out what the tech geeks are using?"
  • Conversed: "He's been showing them his PDA for five minutes. Just have them pull out their own PDAs already!"
  • Deconstructed: Bob's patronizing attitude means that Alice and other residents of Tropeville can't stand him.
  • Reconstructed: This experience humbles Bob and he mends his ways.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is The Rival and makes a big show of demonstrating his superior technology to Alice. When he's moved on Claire rolls her eyes, chats with Alice for a bit and asks for her email address and mobile number.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's patronizing attitude makes it hard for him to integrate with the townsfolk, making them distrustful of him.

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