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Playing With: You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious
Basic Trope: You can tell a character is serious because they call another character something different.
  • Straight: Alice usually calls Robert by his nickname, "Bob". When she's in some sort of danger, she calls him Robert.
  • Exaggerated: And when she's really in danger, she calls him "Mr. Troperson".
  • Downplayed: When Alice is in danger, she calls Robert "Bob", but says his name in a funny way.
  • Justified: It's an easy way for Bob to determine that something's off.
  • Inverted: Alice usually calls Robert by his given name, even though he insists she should call him "Bob". When she starts to warm up to him, she indeed calls him Bob.
  • Subverted:
    Alice: "Robert, can you..."
    Robert: "Wait, you're not calling me Bob?"
    Alice: "Yeah, I figured I'd actually start calling you Robert since you keep asking me to..."
  • Double Subverted: ...But after thinking it through, Robert realizes that Alice wouldn't call him by his name for that reason alone, and deduces that she's in danger.
  • Parodied: There's about 100 different names Alice will call Robert, each one corresponding to a different type of danger. Each time she talks to him he has to flip through a notebook to find out what's wrong.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice's name for Robert varies depending on her mood, not on any danger.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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