Playing With / With Due Respect

Basic Trope: A junior disagrees with a senior.
  • Straight: "With all due respect, sir, we could sail about the mermaids' island and not risk it."
  • Exaggerated: "With all due respect, sir, I haven't heard a stupider idea in my entire life."
  • Downplayed: "With all due respect, sir, I think we can go without butter for a few days."
  • Justified: The junior's duty is to advise the senior to the best of his ability. (As it often is in Real Life.)
  • Inverted:
    • A senior disagrees with a junior's plan.
    • A junior insists on carrying out a senior's plan despite reservations.
  • Subverted: "With all due respect, that's the best plan I've ever heard of."
  • Double Subverted: "But it could still be better if we — "
  • Parodied: A junior disagrees with everything the senior says, in the rudest possible terms, and "all due respect" appended to every one.
  • Zig Zagged: "With all due respect, that's the worst idea I've ever heard, but it could still be better if [incredibly horrible idea]." An even more junior officer chimes in with something similar, this continues until someone stops them all talking.
  • Averted:
    • The character knows the superior is about to be foolish, but says nothing.
    • Or, of course, he always agrees with thim.
  • Enforced: "We need some conflict in The Squad — and some exposition of why they are doing it. If Number Two disagrees, we get both."
  • Lampshaded: "Why is that I know that 'with all due respect' will be followed by a blistering critique of what I just said?"
  • Invoked: A character notes that statements are given a more careful weighing when prefaced with, "With all due respect," and so uses it for anything important. (This may even serve to reinforce this mindset.)
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I'm not about to give him 'all due respect' when he's not due any!"
  • Discussed: "Why is it that whenever someone says 'with all due respect', they really mean 'kiss my ass'?"
  • Conversed: "Ever noticed how the junior can get away with saying practically anything when he puts 'With all due respect' in front of it?"
  • Deconstructed: The "With all due respect" was originally used because it was the only way to get anyone to listen where the character grew up, even if the idea was necessary—despite no longer being necessary, s/he still uses it out of reflex.
  • Reconstructed: The junior uses "With all due respect" to mean exactly what it sounds like—he may disagree with the senior's plan, but he isn't trying to undermine his authority.

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