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Exaggerated Trope
aka: Up To Eleven

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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.

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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    Films — Animation 
  • 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."

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Starship Troopers: Any tropes about war, army, etc...
  • Avatar: Going Native. The protagonist physically becomes one of the People.
  • 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.
  • The TRON universe (films, games, comics, animated series) have Good Colors, Evil Colors and Tron Lines as Exaggerated and Justified Tropes. A Program's circuitry patterns and coloration indicate their loyalties, native system, and relative social class. If a character changes their social position or loyalties, their circuitry will change to match.
  • 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.


    Live-Action TV 
  • iCarly does this with Comedic Sociopathy.
  • 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.
  • Blackadder Goes Forth: "A fate worse than a Fate Worse than Death? ...That's pretty bad."
  • 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.
  • Father Ted exaggerates Badass Cape with Bishop Brennan, whose cape somehow grow in size when he gets pissed.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - In the episode "House Of Quark," D'Ghor gets disowned by the Klingons openly for threatening to kill Quark, when unarmed. However, it's the way this scene is excuted that makes it seem like it devolved, hilariously, into self-parody. It's more hilarious than serious. Leans on narm.


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  • 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!


    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 
  • A lot of the Disney Princess artwork really loves to crank up Everything's Better with Sparkles.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 Off Screen 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".
  • Drawn Together exaggerates nearly every trope it uses. In the first episode, it's revealed that Xandir has died millions of times.
  • 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.
  • The Ren & Stimpy 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 original batman comics, Batman's villain The Ventriloquist act is mediocre, because Scarface has an Speech Impediment (he substitutes the letter "B" for a letter "G", an infortunate 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 appeareances 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.

Alternative Title(s): Exaggerated, Up To Eleven


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