ginsengaddict on Nov 14th 2017 at 12:15:38 PM
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ginsengaddict on Nov 18th 2017 at 8:59:02 PM
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Like how a trope can be subverted and then be played straight, countering the expectation and then adhering to it, the same can be done for inversions, playing the elements of the trope in reverse and then flipping them to match the trope.
Just as a case study to help explain the concept, consider the character of Suzie Boreton from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency in the context of the trope From Nobody to Nightmare. At the start of the season, she is introduced as a pitiful person, disrespected by her husband, son and boss, working a job she hates and walking with a limp; in short, a Nobody. After this, she comes into possession of a magic wand and discovers that she can use it to solve most of her problems, she heals her limp, cleans up her house, and... disintegrates the women in a book club she was formerly a part of out of spite... Which at first glance might seem like the trope in question is played completely straight: a previously ineffective and harmless person becomes a force to be reckoned with, but it comes to light that in highschool, Suzie was an Alpha Bitch who made life hell for a lot of people and it wasn't until the accident that gave her an limp that she became a Nobody. So, character starts as Nightmare and becomes Nobody (inversion), then goes from Nobody to Nightmare (double inversion). Make sense?
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