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Playing With: Witness Protection
Basic Trope: A character is given a new home and a new identity as protection in exchange for testimony against an individual or an organization.
  • Straight: Alice Jones testifies against The Don, and has her name changed to Anne Smith and is moved out with her husband and children to a small town in farm country.
  • Exaggerated:
    • All of Alice's relatives and friends are put into the program, too.
    • The government forces Alice to become the exact opposite of her old self, even making her get an Easy Sex Change.
  • Downplayed: Alice moves across the street and her new name is Alison, when she doesn't slip and give the old name. Nobody is fooled but the baddies.
  • Justified: If members of The Mafia have a way of finding Alice and/or members of her immediate family, they could harm or kill her (and her husband and kids, too).
  • Inverted: A criminal organization gives a criminal a new identity after they've committed a crime, to help them hide from the law.
  • Subverted: Alice moves away to the aforementioned small town, but is not part of a government program.
  • Double Subverted: But she has changed her name and her hair color, and her past history is a bit sketchy.
  • Parodied: Alice goes into WP for doing something mildly embarrassing, like tripping on the stairs in front of everyone.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice is not placed in WP and goes about her normal life.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Alice testifies against The Don in a high-profile, federal case.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice doesn't want to be put into a program that would force her to start all over again from scratch and decides to take her chances.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice misses her family and friends, and worries if they might be in danger, too. And what if someone finds her?
  • Reconstructed: Alice does everything in her power to keep her identity secret and makes new friends, and starts a new life. She knows that contacting old family and friends could put herself and her family in danger.

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