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Basic Trope: Demographics are considered worthy of scorn.

  • Straight: Lance of Troperville is a minor character who has an interest in technology and happens to suffer many misfortunes in the series which the author intended.
  • Exaggerated: The author creates Lance, a character who is interested in technology; the author intends for him to be treated horribly by every other character (even his own friends and family) and everything bad happens to him.
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  • Downplayed: Lance has an interest in technology, and is teased a few times because of it.
  • Justified:
    • Lance belongs to an objectively distasteful group of people who would be difficult or impossible to treat sympathetically.
    • Lance has committed a crime or other evil actions which result in the victims taking revenge.
  • Inverted: Unacceptable Targets
  • Subverted: Midway through the book, Lance calls out the other townspeople on their casual mistreatment of him. They stand around looking uncomfortable and ashamed.
  • Double Subverted: ...that is, until he goes too far with his Shaming the Mob speech, and they resume their casual abuse with renewed glee.
  • Parodied: Lance's character design includes a target strapped to his back.
  • Zig-Zagged:
  • Averted: The author doesn't ridicule anyone of certain demographics whatsoever.
  • Enforced:
    • The author hates (or otherwise considers ridiculous) whatever demographic Lance is supposed to represent.
    • Lance's demographic is very unpopular with the readers, for whatever reason; the author would draw ire for casting them in a positive or sympathetic light.
  • Lampshaded: "Aww, man. Why does everyone hate me? Is it because I'm such a tech nerd?"
  • Invoked: The author wants to include a certain demographic he's not fond of in his own work.
  • Exploited: "Hey, let's go pick on Lance! We don't have to worry about any payback anyway, the author hates him."
  • Defied: The author, whether fond of the demographics or not, chooses not to mock the people who belong to them.
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  • Discussed: "So, some people think it's OK to make fun of techies. Cards on the table: I'm a techie and I guess many of you aren't, so you might make jokes about me."
  • Conversed: "The author would never stop being a dick towards the demographic because he loves to feed his pathetic ego."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The demographic that Lance is intended to mock takes offense at the mockery. As a result, they boycott the show and the show loses money.
    • The demographic Lance represents gets mad that they're the only ones being mocked, and accuse the show of enforcing a Double Standard by saying they're okay to mock while other groups aren't.
    • After a while, any attempts to mock the demographic through Lance become predictable. Those who are part of the demographic have gotten used to the author's mockery and realized they can do nothing to stop it. Those outside of the mocked demographic have gotten annoyed with the author's work because they feel it has devolved from an entertaining story into a blatant Author Tract against one group of people.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The demographic realizes that Lance is intended to be an Affectionate Parody, so they embrace the show.
    • The writer learns from the controversy Lance caused and decides to become an Equal-Opportunity Offender that mocks other groups just as often as the group Lance mocked.
  • Implied: One of Lance's most recognized distinguishing characteristics relative to the other members of the Five-Man Band is that he's a techie. He's also mocked more than the rest, but it's not made clear that his interest in technology is why.
  • Played for Laughs: Lance gets hit with many jokes that even he admits are Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Played for Drama: Lance and/or real people for whom he's an analogue become depressed and get Driven to Suicide because of the mockery.

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