Playing With: You Would Do the Same for Me

Basic Trope: A character helps another because that's what the other character would do for the first.
  • Straight: Michelle helps Donald, and to his question only replies, "You Would Do the Same for Me."
  • Exaggerated: Michelle, who is omnipotent, comes in and fixes everything wrong in Donald's life, because she believes that if he were omnipotent, he would do the same for her.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
    • Donald has proven his commitment to Michelle.
    • Donald has proven he makes a good friend and a very bad enemy.
  • Inverted:
    • Michelle helps Donald because he wouldn't help her, to disprove Not So Different.
    • Michelle doesn't help Donald because he would help her, either For the Evulz ot to teach him a lesson about trusting no one.
    • Michelle doesn't help Donald because he wouldn't help her.
  • Subverted: Michelle claims this...and then we find out she screwed Donald over.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Michelle does this for someone she's just met, on the grounds that Rousseau Was Right. Donald is bewildered.
  • Zig Zagged: Michelle wasn't really trying to help at all! Until we find out she has No Social Skills, and thought that was helping. Then she tries to put it right...what? That's terrible! But Donald emerges better from it, so that was her plan all along, except that last is never confirmed.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "C'mon, we need to establish how much she trusts him, just have her help him out and then spout some line."
  • Lampshaded: "Well, that was a contrived trust exercise."
  • Invoked: "Michelle's gonna help." "Why?" "Because it's what I'd do for her."
  • Exploited: "Michelle! I would help you!"
  • Defied: "I have to look out for myself in the present first."
  • Discussed: "Hm, do you think Michelle's gonna pull the 'You Would Do the Same for Me' line?"
  • Conversed: "Five bucks says Charlie gives a speech about mutual trust before the commercial break." "No bet."
  • Deconstructed: Donald abuses Michelle's help.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: We cut to what Donald is thinking...and no, no he would not, he'd dash off and leave Michelle in escapable danger.
  • Played For Drama:
    • We cut to Donald's thoughts, and he wouldn't just leave her for the wolves; he'd push her in as a brief distraction. Then he does.
    • Donald hadn't thought about his feelings for Michelle, and is forced to consider whether or not he's worthy of her trust and affection.

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