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"It's like they knew that we had seen this movie before, and we knew the curves they were gonna throw at us, but they made the curves just a little bit sharper than usual."
The Distressed Watcher, on The Hangover, from his 2009 Top 10 movies list

When the writers decide to play with a trope by raising the results to the extreme.

Since Tropes Are Flexible, they can be taken to various degrees. This is about taking them to degrees much higher than typical, often to ridiculous extremes.

Sometimes there are multiple ways to exaggerate a trope. For an example, Exploding Barrels trope can be exaggerated by either increasing the explosive radius of a barrel, the prevalence of exploding barrels, and/or how easily the barrels explode.

In short, this is why The Same, but More warns that higher degrees of tropes alone are not new tropes. Those are simply Playing with a Trope.

This is usually done for parody, but there can be other reasons to do this.

Compare Troperiffic, Serial Escalation, Refuge in Audacity, Logical Extreme, Crosses the Line Twice.

Contrast Downplayed Trope.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi exaggerates quite a bunch of tropes, such as School Festival (which is so large-scale it gives Disneyland a run for its money) and BFS (at one point, a character wields a sword the size of a building).

  • One character of Penguin Musume, Saki, exagarate Moe by cumulating nearly every major Moe tropes. Of course, this make Sakura Crazy about her.
  • Queen's Blade exaggerates fanservice.
    • Same goes to Ikki Tousen, to the point where some readers complained.
  • Rebuild World:
    • Neglectful Precursors gets exaggerated with how ridiculously dangerous the After the End ruins of the Old World are. Not only are many androids Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids of some sort, but there are things like vending machines with security so high they can kill high level hunters. Flying is impossible because getting high enough in altitude will alert automated air-control networks to summon an entire Attack Drone air fleet to take you down
    • Mêlée à Trois gets this with Inabe's invasion of the inner Kuzusuhara Ruins. The jamming of all communications combines with Agent Provocateur sleeper androids being activated, leading to a literal free for all, with the highlight of three major characters shooting at each-other on the top and sides of a moving APC, their stray shots making hunkered down hunters around them fire back in self-defense, and a feral monster jumping on board.
    • Ninja Maid combined with Maid Corps, with there being a Mega-Corp called Lion Steel, whose fanatical armies fight in maid (and Battle Butler) styled Powered Armor, and field Robot Maid units remote controlled en masse. Their most elite force consists of a unit of One-Woman Army A.I. maids left over from Precursors, and they're ruled by one of those, Alice.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei exaggerates social commentary by making the eponymous teacher prone to committing suicide over everything that is not right about society.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie:
    • During Sonic's showdown with Metal Sonic, he attempts to do some kind of paradox by saying the now-famous line:
      Sonic: You might know everything I'm going to do, but that's not going to help you, since I know everything YOU'RE going to do! STRANGE, ISN'T IT!?
  • Space Runaway Ideon, GunBuster and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann do this with Humongous Mecha, featuring impossibly powerful and unbelievably massive giant robots. More details on the latter, below.
  • Kill la Kill's spiritual predecessor, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is no slouch in that department either:
    • Beyond the Impossible: It tends to happen every other episode, hence why this series named the trope. Some notable examples include Kamina willing himself back to life to give Simon a pep talk, invent the Giga Drill Break and avenge his own death before finally dying for good, Team Dai-Gurren escaping from the Extradimensional Labyrinth, which, according to the Anti-Spirals, cannot be escaped from by sentient beings and the Million to One Chance and Readings Are Off the Scale entries below.
    • Humongous Mecha: As mentioned above. The Gurren Lagann itself goes from a robot the size of a building, to a robot the size of a city, to a robot the size of the moon, to a robot that dwarfs galaxies, to an Energy Being that is comparable in size to the observable universe. Also deconstructed, as beings evolving to such heights en masse would cause the Spiral Nemesis, which the Big Bads, the Anti-Spirals, are trying to prevent.
    • Meta Mecha: By the end of the series, we have a a human piloting a building-sized robot piloting a city-sized robot piloting a moon-sized robot piloting a robot that dwarfs galaxies piloting an energy being that is comparable to the size of the observable universe.
    • Million to One Chance: The heroes succeed on one particular operation- Specifically, destroying the Death Spiral Machine, a suicide mission that required Kittan's Heroic Sacrifice- that was calculated to have zero chance of success. Not 'so miniscule that it may as well be zero', but zero, as in flat-out impossible. To quote Lordgenome on the subject:
      "The chances of this operation succeeding were zero, but I see now that theoretical calculations are useless with you people."
    • More Dakka: One weapon that one of the titular mech's line uses shoots all points in time and space at once, bringing it into the elite club of coming close to having enough dakka.
    • Mundane Utility: Simon literally invents conceptual-based teleportation for the sole purpose of getting to a suicidal Rossiu's location so he can snap him out of that funk by punching him in the face, just as Kamina did to him so many years ago. So it's not using an existing power in a mundane way, but inventing an entirely new one (as Gurren Lagann had not shown such an ability prior) just to do something mundane.
    • Rated M for Manly: All of the good guys are this, as being manly and hot-blooded (and by proxy, a Large Ham) is a requisite to use Spiral Power. Yes, that includes the women and even the resident Camp Gay Leeron, though the epitome of this trope has to be Kamina and later, Simon, after Kamina's death, best exemplified by Kamina's line introducing himself before challenging a giant robot to a fight armed only a nodachi (which, according to Word of God, he would have won, in spite of being lacking in Spiral Power):
      Kamina: I'm going to tell you something important now, so you better dig the wax out of those huge ears of yours and listen! The reputation of Team Gurren echoes far and wide. When they talk about its badass leader - the man of indomitable spirit and masculinity - they're talking about me! The mighty Kamina!
    • Readings Are Off the Scale: In the final battle, the scales that measure spiral power take on a never-before seen rainbow color, spirals out to fill the gauge, shatters the glass surrounding the gauge, and then keeps spiralling out into thin air, in plain defiance of logic and common sense. To put it simply, spiral power went off the scale on a scale that was designed to measure things that go off the scale.
    • Stuff Blowing Up: Enemy mechs typically explode when destroyed... unless they're on the receiving end of a Finishing Move- which tends to make them explode more than once in spite of all logic or common sense. The Giga Drill Break typically makes the target explode twice, and the final Big Bad, when finally defeated, explodes no less than four times in quick succession. There are also the times when Team Dai-Gurren performs an awesome speech, causing a volcano to spontaneously manifest and then explode behind them. Even in space, when the mechs they're piloting are large enough that they dwarf galaxies.
    • This Is a Drill: As far as the titular mech is concerned, they're everywhere. Giant drills (including the Giga Drill Break), spawning drills on the hands to enhance punches, drills all over the body for mass attacks, drills as projectiles, drills to connect things together, drilling into other mechs is the method that the Gurren Lagann uses to combine, even attacks that don't directly use drills tend to have some drill theming in there (For instance, the Arc-Gurren Lagann's Burst Spinning Punch sends the target flying in a cloud of spiral energy, shaped like- what else- a drill)- it'd be faster to list the attacks which DON'T have some sort of relation to drills. This gets taken to truly ridiculous proportions in the finale, where the heroes and the Big Bad engage in what can best be described as a Giga Drill Break-O-War with drills much larger than our own observable universe.
  • Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs: The state of male nobles in the Lady Land Kingdom of Holfort is an exaggerated version of Hen Pecked Husband, with them being worked like slaves, used as Cannon Fodder, or just having all their income drained to their wife who lives far away in luxury with multiple lovers.

    Comic Books 
  • Action Comics #1000 takes Variant Cover to the extreme as there are eight covers depicting Superman in the style of each decade: Steve Rude (The '30s), Michael Cho (The '40s), Dave Gibbons (The '50s), Michael Allred (The '60s), Jim Steranko (The '70s), Joshua Middleton (The '80s), Dan Jurgens (The '90s)note  and Lee Bermejo (The Noughties).
  • Age of Reptiles does this with Amazing Technicolor Wildlife. The story "Tribal Warfare" has a herd of Parasaurolophus, which have individually different colors, resulting in a veritable rainbow of neon dinosaurs.
  • Alan Ford
    • The Alcade from Caramba and his political rival Don Diego Delarogna are exaggerated versions of the Bad Boss trope. The latter promises the villagers that if he's elected he will reduce the working hour to 18 per day and lower the number of whippings to 20 per transgression. Don Diego is outraged... he's willing to lower the whippings to 15, but he won't go below 20 daily hours of work: they already have four hours to sleep, how dare they ask for more? Even Number One is appalled.
    • Satiating Sandwich gets the extreme treatment in one early volume. The group manage to steal a gigantic six chilogram sandwich the size of a truck tire filled with ham, mustard, pickles, tomato and salad. The baker who made it (for a culinary exposition) is so distraught over its loss that he commits Seppuku with his bread knife.
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns takes Parental Obliviousness to extremes with Carrie Kelley's parents, probably due to their drug abuse. They occasionally forget Carrie exists.
    Parent #1: [visible only as a trickle of dope smoke] ...Hey...didn't we have a kid?
  • Captain Britain exaggerates Superpower Lottery. Betsy Braddock has all of Captain Britain's abilitiesnote , plus her own innate mutant powers related to telepathy and telekinesis.
  • The Dark Knight Strikes Again: Superman and Wonder Woman have a Destructo-Nookie that causes natural disasters worldwide.
  • A Distant Soil: The Ovanan exaggerate Costume Porn in the case of nobles. The Hierarchy members have wardrobes that are almost beyond belief, and what they consider everyday casual wear would count as royal court dress in almost any other civilization.
  • Squad takes Popular Is Evil to new heights. The popular girls at Piedmont High are cannibalistic lycanthropic serial killers.

    Fan Works 
  • Ultraman Moedari takes some Ultra Series tropes, most notably the multiverse concept of the Zero Film Trilogy, and takes them beyond eleven. So much so that there are categories for groups of multiverses. Previous hero's powers? Take them all and combine them!
  • New Tamaran:
    • Supergirl and Wonder Girl have each been a Good Bad Girl and Friend with Benefits to almost every other young hero around the world, and then some, making time for coitus every single night. They both take after Wonder Woman, who has bedded every other Justice League member, and then some.
    • The sequel Justice Returns opens up by overdoing The Worf Effect by having Darkseid about to deliver death blows to the defeated Justice League, only for White Raven to appear and defeat him with absolutely no effort.

    Films — Animation 
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 takes Cats Are Mean to another level. The demonic Red and his skeletal minions are all feline. Apparently, cats are not only mean but also The Legions of Hell.
  • Barbie: Princess Charm School exaggerates Book on the Head. Delancy manage to walk with about twenty books. Later, Headmistress Privet exaggerates the trope while, in private lessons for Blair, she teaches the girl how to carry a dozen books on the head. While standing on one foot. With a flower vase in each hand.
  • Foodfight! exaggerates Box Office Bomb. This animated film made on a $65 million dollar budget only managed to make back $75,000 of it during its theatrical run.
  • Igor: At one point, Scamper comments, "Can you imagine a face like that on a 40-foot screen?" Cut to an extreme Nostril Shot of Eva.
  • The Nutcracker And The Mouseking exaggerates The Alleged Steed: The first of the Mouse King’s “steeds” we see is made of straw and wood, pushed by the minions Tall and Fat. As it gets crushed under a stone, later the King just uses Tall and Fat who stand under a piece of fabric and argue who's the tail and who's the head.
  • The 2006 film Over the Hedge exaggerates Absurdly Bright Light. The Depelter Turbo's activation causes tans, pops popcorn, and can be seen from space, specifically from outside the Milky Way galaxy.
  • A rather extreme example of Slap-Slap-Kiss is used very briefly early in the film Ratatouille. When Remy is running through the walls of an apartment building, we briefly see a woman holding a man at gunpoint as he runs by; a shot goes off, narrowly missing Remy, who goes back to investigate. The two struggle over the gun briefly before they passionately kiss one another. Those French...
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas exaggerates Statuesque Stunner. Even at her shortest, Eris is still looking down at Sinbad. When introduced, she's looking down at the Earth.
  • Tangled:
    • The Frying Pan of Doom is exaggerated to the extent that at the end of the movie, frying pans are made the official weapon of the town guards.
    • The movie also exaggerates Light Is Good. As quoted from the trope example: "Rapunzel, a gentle, caring girl who is a Friend to All Living Things, loves daylight (as well as starlight) and has golden hair because her mother ingested a flower that had grown from a drop of liquid sunlight."
  • Turning Red exaggerates Foot Popping: In Mei's fantasy of how the 4*Town concert goes, she is proposed to by Robaire and goes not just on one foot but on her tiptoes.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Double Tap is exaggerated in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. The alien who kills the Jerk Jock's friends is seen "stabbing" the dead body of the friend in the head over and over again, likely because it was feeding.
  • Avatar: Going Native. The protagonist physically becomes one of the People.
  • Innocent Bystanders is exaggerated in Batman: The Movie. Everywhere Batman goes to dispose of a bomb in the third act, a new group of innocents appears to prevent him from disposing of it. Whether it be a convent, a group of tourists, a family of ducks or a restaurant full of people, it looks like some days you just can't get rid of a bomb.
  • Le Chat does this with Awful Wedded Life. Julien and Clémence do not talk to each other any more, they do not eat together any more, but they do not want to separate.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying Over You is exaggerated in Cruella. Horace cries at Estella's funeral even though he's attending it with her.
  • Dark City takes Intrigued by Humanity to an extreme degree. The Strangers’ whole purpose in creating the city and performing their nightly experiments is to study humans in order to become like them and reverse the death of their species.
    Murdoch: You know how I was supposed to feel. That person isn’t me—never was. You wanted to know what it was about us that made us human. Well, you're not going to find it <<points at his head>> in here. You were looking in the wrong place.
  • Harry Ellis in Die Hard was played as a comically over-the-top version of the sleazy, smarmy executive.
  • The Stinger is taken to extremes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, even by MCU standards! The movie has five scenes during and after the credits.
  • An exaggerated version of Team Power Walk is in Hot Rod, set to John Farnham's "You're The Voice." Starts off pretty normal with the main cast doing it, and winds up with half the town following them and a mass riot breaking out. With bagpipes blaring in the background.
  • John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch exaggerates Trademark Favorite Food for laughs. Orson doesn't want anything but a plain plate of noodles with a little bit of butter. You could give him the fanciest lobster, and his heart will still yearn for macaroni.
  • Lifetime movies exaggerate pretty much every trope that makes men look bad.
    • Lifetime movies about eating disorders tend to exaggerate the effects. Starving in Suburbia actually has the main girl manifesting her eating disorder into an imaginary friend who she converses with and in one scene the mother inspects the smell coming from her daughter's closet and finds she had been stuffing food in her pockets and it was left there so long it went rancid.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss is taken to extremes by Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). The two main characters practically demolish a house with gunfire in an attempt to kill each other. They then proceed to punch, kick and smash objects onto each other, demolishing even more furniture in the process, until they grab their weapons again and get to a Mexican Standoff. Surprising nobody, little time passes before they put down the guns and start kissing and ripping each other's clothes off. They then proceed to demolish even more of the house...
  • Elaine May of A New Leaf takes Cute Clumsy Girl to the extreme as the socially inept Henrietta. She forgets to remove price tags from her clothes; has to be vacuumed after she eats; spills multiple cups of tea in one sitting; and accidentally puts her head through the arm hole of a Grecian nightgown.
  • 1982's slasher-parody Pandemonium satirized the various "hand tools as murder implements" tropes ubiquitous to the subgenre, with a baddie who not only killed with power tools, but converted his victims' remains into furniture afterwards. And was very good at it, such that his victims' "corpses" are portrayed by actual cabinets, dressers, and end tables.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene is exaggerated by the premise of A Quiet Place. Every scene is either dead silent or frantic white-knuckle terror. The only thing in between is when Lee takes Marcus to a waterfall where they can talk in normal voices since the monsters won't hear them over the sound of the rushing water.
  • A Quiet Place Part II manages to outdo the first one for leg and foot injuries. There are numerous shots of the Abbott family's bloody feet as they travel across miles of rough terrain barefoot. Adding to that, Evelyn still has her nail wound, Marcus steps in a Bear Trap early on, and Emmett gets a leg injury towards the end of the movie.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Blackadder Goes Forth: "A fate worse than a Fate Worse than Death? ...That's pretty bad."
  • A Too Dumb to Live drug dealer in the Castle episode "Sucker Punch" has an exaggerated version of Cut Himself Shaving inflicted on him. His injuries are very obviously the result of being beaten half to death by the local Irish mob ("very obviously," as in Castle and Beckett literally walked in on the beating), but he explains it as having fallen down the stairs. And his eye being swollen shut due to having hit a door on his way down. And his mangled hand as a result of getting it caught in a grate at the bottom.
  • Father Ted exaggerates Badass Cape with Bishop Brennan, whose cape somehow grow in size when he gets pissed.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Victoria and Klaus were simultaneously treating each other as Disposable Fiances. Victoria is convinced to write a note to Klaus, but when Ted goes to drop it off, he bumps into Klaus himself... who was also running away from the marriage and ditching Victoria. Turns out that he realized that she is almost what he wants, but not quite.


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    Web Animation 
  • Episode 2 of B. Happy exaggerates Hiccup Hijinks. A French artist who comes down with a terrible case of the hiccups, and as a result, ruins the painting he was working on. If you make the wrong decision, B. Happy's failure to cure him results in him catching the hiccups, and when Maureen tries to smite them, all of them to get smited to death with hiccups, and continuing hiccuping in their graves.
  • Dark Secrets of Garry's Mod: Cats Are Mean is exaggerated in Garry's Mod Sötét Titkai 2 where KillerTankHUN gets raped to death by a cat.
  • No Sense of Direction is exaggerated in Holo-Chronicles. Gura somehow manages to get lost on the way to Miko's shrine despite HoloMyth simply using a portal to travel there.
  • Similar to the South Park example below, the creators (who lampshaded it in their segment) of The Most Popular Girls in School exaggerated Potty Failure by revealing in Episode 29 that Deandra the New Girl pooped outside of her pants, all over her cheer squad, on everything within a 30-foot radius, and on the city!
    Brittnay: [about to puke] Oh, oh, oh my god, please stop, I'm gonna be sick. Ulp!
    Deandra: When you pressure-blast Mountain Dew out of your anus it's not easily forgotten! After that, I was ruined. I wasn't just the girl who pooped her pants. I was the girl who monster dumped on two prom court members, a candy cane princess, and the junior class treasurer!
  • Move Along, Nothing to See Here is taken to extremes in Russian Dancing Men with the Russians invading and the people of Uchekivstan are clearly taking notice.
    Guard: Hey, are you invading?
    Russian: (riding a tank) Nyet! I am just walking my dog.
    Guard: You look like you invading!
    Russian: Do not shout! You're upsetting my dog!
    Guard: It looks like a tank!
    Russian: It is fat dog.
    • And again.
    Russian: (a tank with a tree drawn on it between two bushes as the Russian hides in one of them) Nyet! I am bush. Please be ignoring me. Rustle, rustle.
    (tank falls into a hole)
    Great Leader: That was a mole.


    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-2000 exaggerates the Reset Button trope with an extremely long narrative, relentless Techno Babble and a very convoluted process to actually hit the button. Oh, and it's been used several times before. The current iteration of the Foundation broke the damn thing so that it doesn't actually work anymore, though.

    Western Animation 
  • Done in Adventure Time with Affectionate Pickpocket: When Finn and Jake assume they converted little orphan girl/thief Penny into living a new life, she gives Finn a thank you hug... then runs off after swiping all his clothes!
  • In the original Batman comics, Batman's villain The Ventriloquist's act is mediocre because Scarface has a Speech Impediment (he substitutes the letter "B" for a letter "G", an unfortunate fact if you are going to fight "Gatman and Rogin") that is a common problem with ventriloquism. Batman: The Animated Series exaggerates Adaptational Intelligence upgrading the Ventriloquist skills to ridiculous levels: Scarface not only can perfectly pronounce the letter "B" on all his appearances in the show, but "Read My Lips" shows the Batcomputer analyzing The Ventriloquist and Scarface's voices like two different people. Also, Batman knew the greatest ventriloquist of his time, recognized as the world's best Stage Magician, Zatara (Zatanna's father) and believes the Ventriloquist could teach him lessons. So now the Ventriloquist act is so good he can fool an Artificial Intelligence and he can give lessons to the best Ventriloquist in the world.
  • A lot of the Disney Princess artwork really loves to crank up Everything's Better with Sparkles.
  • Drawn Together exaggerates nearly every trope it uses. In the first episode, it's revealed that Xandir has died millions of times.
  • Old Kid from Invader Zim, takes Younger Than They Look to extremes. He's an elementary school student who looks eighty.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • The Hilariously Abusive Childhood of Doctor Doofenshmirtz's Multiple-Choice Past: "It all started when I was born. Neither of my parents showed up." He had to pretend to be a lawn gnome after theirs was repossessed, he had to wear dresses, he wasn't allowed to go swimming in public pools, his father preferred the dog and named it "Only Son", and he was abandoned and raised by ocelots.
    • Phineas and Ferb's Homemade Inventions—they think nothing of building a mountain ski resort in their backyard, a rollercoaster that spans the city or two spacecraft and mission control with a free morning, and Candace's inevitable case of It Was Here, I Swear!: whatever it is, and however much of a mess it should leave behind, everything vanishes without trace by the time she tries to show their parents.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998) episode "The City of Frownsville" exaggerates the Ocular Gushers trope. Lou Gubrious, a miserable scientist, uses them. Not only is it used normally, but his tears fill up the island's retreats and cause a myriad of waterfalls.
  • Benson on Regular Show takes Rage Breaking Point to the max at the end of the episode "Think Positive" when Pops forces him to berate Mordecai and Rigby after holding his rage in the entire episode.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Fake Dad" does this with Real Men Eat Meat when the huge, burly convict Kowalski requests a meat on meat sandwich [toasted], which he washes down with a glass of meat.
  • In The Simpsons, Ralph Wiggum is such an extreme example of The Ditz that at times one wonders if he has any functional brain cells. At one time, this wiki had its own trope called "Ralph Wiggum" which worked as an exaggeration of The Ditz.
  • South Park:
    • The episode "World Wide Recorder Concert" exaggerates Potty Failure. When the boys slip the brown noise into the sheet music of rivals, it accidentally gets added to the sheet music for the entire concert, which is being broadcast worldwide...
      Reporter: Like the rest of the world, everyone here has crapped their pants. Some crapped themselves to death. And still others ...ruined perfectly good pairs of pants.
    • They do this a lot, especially how they exaggerate Hell seeing as how it has a million times more people than Heaven. In "Best Friends Forever" we also exaggerate Offscreen Moment of Awesome as Kenny leads an army outnumbered a million to one and wins.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Kracked Krabs" exaggerates Stealing from the Hotel. Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob winded up stealing the entire room. They even call it "exaggerating".


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Mel Brooks vs. Pigeons

The film "High Anxiety" features a parody of the Hitchock film, "The Birds", in which a whole flock of pigeons poop on Mel Brooks.

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