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Pet-Peeve Trope

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[watching a kung fu movie]
Buffy: Oh, give me a break! This is all wrong. See, first you would get the big guy, with a flying kick. Then you would take out all the little ones, bam, ba—see, now with the flying kick. From a dead stop! What's powering it, raw enthusiasm?
Riley: Hey Buff, maybe you ought to leave the work behind sometimes. You're not always on Slayer duty, you know?
Buffy: It would drive you crazy if we were watching an army movie and they were all saluting backwards and... invading all willy-nilly.

Not an index, but a Trope Trope: When a trope is either so played out, so stupid, so inaccurate, or so racist/sexist/whatever, that seeing it makes some people go berserk.

Part of the death cycle for a trope; any trope that qualifies is already at least close to becoming a Discredited Trope.

Sometimes this is due to Values Dissonance making a trope obsolete. Continuing to use such a trope when the underlying morality behind it has been discredited is sure to get some annoyed reactions.

Note that subversions and deconstructions are probably already playing too close to the line, and playing them with even a hint that they're being played straight will get certain people up in arms.

See also Trope Enjoyment Loophole for possible reasons why a trope that's normally a pet peeve is, in one particular case, not pressing your Berserk Button.

See also Tropes Are Tools. Contrast Favorite Trope. Often overlaps with Opinion Myopia and Bias Steamroller — it is frequently baffling to a person that anyone could possibly like their pet peeve trope.

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  • Combined with a Bait-and-Switch in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: One chapter ends with Shirogane seemingly getting dragged into peeping on the girls during a Hot Springs Episode. The next chapter opens with...Ishigami and Iino (back at school) discussing how a lot of fanservice tropes involving hot springs are deeply unfunny and somewhat creepy; Iino specifically notes that "peeping on the girls" is actually a crime that would get a student expelled. Indeed, Shirogane and his friends are doing something else entirely, and take offense when someone thinks they're doing something lewd.
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!: In chapter 132, Tomoko mentions that she hates the shōjo trope where a rival girl bullies the main heroine, only to be Easily Forgiven and become best friends with her; Yuri agrees with her opinion. Interestingly she doesn't mind it at all when it's done in a shounen action series even if the "bully" has gone beyond schoolyard pettiness in scope. Listening to their conversation convinces Minami that it would be a bad idea to try to get along with them in order to hang out with Mako.

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  • Small Soldiers: Gil Mars, the CEO of GloboTech Industries, dislikes Very False Advertising. He hates commercials of cars that drive around on Mount Rushmore or shampoo commercials that claim you can look like a celebrity in one use. This inspires him to have the newly purchased Heartland Toy Company use GloboTech's military-grade technology to create a line of toys so sophisticated that they can, in his own words, "actually do what they do in the commercials." The rest of the plot happens when said toys do exactly as advertised.


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  • Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Ryme hates Piss-Take Rap. After effortlessly beating an overconfident cashier in a rap battle, she expresses her annoyance that he was trying to be funny at the expense of his bars.

  • The Cartoon Chronicles Of Conroy Cat: If there's one thing Doggy hates the most about today's cartoons, it's Totally Cool Dudes. Ironically, Doggy sheepishly reveals that he went through a Totally Radical phase in the review of The Looney Tunes Show.
  • Dinosaur Comics: T-Rex is not a fan of Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer.
    I don't like when they encounter something amazing in Engineering or wherever and call up to the bridge and say 'Captain, you'd better get down here.' Explain what it is! THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE DO. I don't call up my friends and say, 'Utahraptor, you'd better get down here.' and he says 'Why?' and I say 'Oh Utahraptor, if only we had descriptive language; if only I could describe something using my words. But you know as well as I that I can only point and say, lookit.'

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