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* '''Straight''': The [[LovableCoward primrose]] citizens of [[CityOfAdventure Victoria City]] rely mainly on the [[BoisterousBruiser rough-and-tumble]] [[SuperTeam Gentlemen Gregarious]] for protection from crime and natural disasters.
* '''Exaggerated''': The Gentlemen Gregarious are the city's ''de facto'' police force, firefighters, paramedics, justices and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pizza deliverers]].

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\n* '''Straight''': The [[LovableCoward primrose]] citizens of [[CityOfAdventure Victoria City]] rely mainly on the [[BoisterousBruiser rough-and-tumble]] [[SuperTeam Gentlemen Gregarious]] for protection from crime and natural disasters.
disasters.
* '''Exaggerated''': The Gentlemen Gregarious are the city's ''de facto'' police force, firefighters, paramedics, justices justices, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pizza deliverers]]. deliverers]].



* '''Parodied''': The citizens of Victoria City outright ignore encroaching threats, [[GenreSavvy confident that the Gentlemen or some other do-gooder will step in]] [[JustInTime at the last minute]].
* '''Zig Zagged''': The Gentlemen serve as a temporary security force for Victoria City whenever its police aren't up to snuff for the task at hand, [[{{Cincinnatus}} handing power back to the city only after the crisis has passed]].
* '''Averted''': Heroism is rare in Victoria City, or [[CrapsackWorld nonexistent]].
* '''Enforced''': The Gentlemen have a secret "gentlemen's agreement" with the local criminal outfits [[MonsterProtectionRacket to ensure their services will always be in demand]].
* '''Lampshaded''': Citizens of Victoria City often walk around asking [[AskAStupidQuestion "Can't someone do something?"]] about the city's problems.
* '''Invoked''': [[MayorPain Mayor]] [[FisherKing King]]'s flagrant corruption has caused the city's situation to decay to the point where a heroic force like the Gentlemen is needed to restore order.
* '''Exploited''': The city's gangs [[SuperheroParadox use the Gentlemens' presence]] as an excuse to take the kid gloves off.

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* '''Double Subverted''': But after the Gentlemen stop their first small crime thanks to their own actions, they give people [[HopeSpot a ray of hope that they'll become true heroes]].
* '''Parodied''': The citizens of Victoria City outright ignore encroaching threats, [[GenreSavvy confident that the Gentlemen or some other do-gooder will step in]] [[JustInTime at the last minute]].
minute]].
* '''Zig Zagged''': '''Zig-Zagged''': The Gentlemen serve as a temporary security force for Victoria City whenever its police aren't up to snuff for the task at hand, [[{{Cincinnatus}} handing power back to the city only after the crisis has passed]].
passed]].
* '''Averted''': Heroism is rare in Victoria City, or [[CrapsackWorld nonexistent]].
nonexistent]].
* '''Enforced''': The Gentlemen have a secret "gentlemen's agreement" with the local criminal outfits [[MonsterProtectionRacket to ensure their services will always be in demand]].
demand]].
* '''Lampshaded''': Citizens of Victoria City often walk around asking [[AskAStupidQuestion "Can't someone do something?"]] about the city's problems.
problems.
* '''Invoked''': [[MayorPain Mayor]] [[FisherKing King]]'s flagrant corruption has caused the city's situation to decay to the point where it needs a heroic force like the Gentlemen is needed to restore order.
order.
* '''Exploited''': The city's gangs [[SuperheroParadox use the Gentlemens' Gentlemen's presence]] as an excuse to take the kid gloves off. off.



* '''Implied''': The people of Victoria City [[ApatheticCitizens aren't very proactive when it comes to danger]], [[BystanderSyndrome or their own problems for that matter]].
* '''Deconstructed''': At the end of the day, the Gentlemen's heroics are [[DestructiveSavior dangerous]], [[VigilanteMan unregulated]] and [[HeroWithAnFInGood ineffective]], employed as an attention-grabbing stopgap by the city's leaders in lieu of genuine reform. The City's situation fails to improve, [[BreadAndCircuses though the spectacle delights the masses]].
* '''Reconstructed''': Even the most inept heroism inspires [[HopeSpringsEternal hope]], and an ''ad hoc'' system of vigilantes is preferable to a [[ObstructiveBureaucracy tyrannical civil government]]. With time, the Gentlemen become more professional and produce lasting peace in Victoria City.

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* '''Implied''': The people of Victoria City [[ApatheticCitizens aren't very proactive when it comes to danger]], [[BystanderSyndrome or nor, indeed, their own problems for that matter]].
problems]].
* '''Deconstructed''': At the end of the day, the Gentlemen's heroics are [[DestructiveSavior dangerous]], [[VigilanteMan unregulated]] and [[HeroWithAnFInGood ineffective]], employed as an attention-grabbing stopgap by the city's leaders in lieu of genuine reform. The City's situation fails to improve, [[BreadAndCircuses though the spectacle delights the masses]].
masses]].
* '''Reconstructed''': Even the most inept heroism inspires [[HopeSpringsEternal hope]], and an ''ad hoc'' system of vigilantes is preferable to a [[ObstructiveBureaucracy [[ObstructiveBureaucrat tyrannical civil government]]. With time, the Gentlemen become more professional and produce lasting peace in Victoria City. \n


* '''Lampshaded''': Citizens of Victoria City often walk around asking[[AskAStupidQuestion "Can't someone do something?"]] about the city's problems.

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* '''Lampshaded''': Citizens of Victoria City often walk around asking[[AskAStupidQuestion asking [[AskAStupidQuestion "Can't someone do something?"]] about the city's problems.

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'''Basic Trope''': A person or society becomes dependent on heroes and heroism in lieu of other measures to solve problems.

* '''Straight''': The [[LovableCoward primrose]] citizens of [[CityOfAdventure Victoria City]] rely mainly on the [[BoisterousBruiser rough-and-tumble]] [[SuperTeam Gentlemen Gregarious]] for protection from crime and natural disasters.
* '''Exaggerated''': The Gentlemen Gregarious are the city's ''de facto'' police force, firefighters, paramedics, justices and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pizza deliverers]].
* '''Downplayed''': While the Gentlemen are often called upon to resolve bar brawls and [[CatUpATree stuck kittens]], the Victoria City police do most of the heavy lifting regarding high-level crimes.
* '''Justified''': [[WretchedHive Victoria City has seen better days]], and its police are [[DirtyCop less]] [[BadCopIncompetentCop than]] [[PoliceAreUseless effective]]. The Gentlemen, being "men of the people", are more trusted.
* '''Inverted''': The Gentlemen are just a social club whose efforts mainly consist of aiding [[TheRealHeroes the police]] in their investigations.
* '''Subverted''': Victoria City [[ItIsBeyondSaving is so far gone]] that [[DontBeAHero heroism is a sucker's game]]. The Gentlemen are in actuality a glorified street gang at best.
* '''Parodied''': The citizens of Victoria City outright ignore encroaching threats, [[GenreSavvy confident that the Gentlemen or some other do-gooder will step in]] [[JustInTime at the last minute]].
* '''Zig Zagged''': The Gentlemen serve as a temporary security force for Victoria City whenever its police aren't up to snuff for the task at hand, [[{{Cincinnatus}} handing power back to the city only after the crisis has passed]].
* '''Averted''': Heroism is rare in Victoria City, or [[CrapsackWorld nonexistent]].
* '''Enforced''': The Gentlemen have a secret "gentlemen's agreement" with the local criminal outfits [[MonsterProtectionRacket to ensure their services will always be in demand]].
* '''Lampshaded''': Citizens of Victoria City often walk around asking[[AskAStupidQuestion "Can't someone do something?"]] about the city's problems.
* '''Invoked''': [[MayorPain Mayor]] [[FisherKing King]]'s flagrant corruption has caused the city's situation to decay to the point where a heroic force like the Gentlemen is needed to restore order.
* '''Exploited''': The city's gangs [[SuperheroParadox use the Gentlemens' presence]] as an excuse to take the kid gloves off.
* '''Defied''': Despite chafing at the current situation, the citizens of Victoria City rebuke any attempts at heroism, mainly because it [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer "simply isn't proper"]].
* '''Discussed''': The Gentlemen open dialogues with the city government to try and take the load off their members.
* '''Conversed''': Concerned citizens begin to hold rallies for a more effective and well-trained police force in lieu of the Gentlemen.
* '''Implied''': The people of Victoria City [[ApatheticCitizens aren't very proactive when it comes to danger]], [[BystanderSyndrome or their own problems for that matter]].
* '''Deconstructed''': At the end of the day, the Gentlemen's heroics are [[DestructiveSavior dangerous]], [[VigilanteMan unregulated]] and [[HeroWithAnFInGood ineffective]], employed as an attention-grabbing stopgap by the city's leaders in lieu of genuine reform. The City's situation fails to improve, [[BreadAndCircuses though the spectacle delights the masses]].
* '''Reconstructed''': Even the most inept heroism inspires [[HopeSpringsEternal hope]], and an ''ad hoc'' system of vigilantes is preferable to a [[ObstructiveBureaucracy tyrannical civil government]]. With time, the Gentlemen become more professional and produce lasting peace in Victoria City.

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