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Basic Trope: A learned character, often a scientist or mage, marvels at the destructive power of a dangerous creature.

  • Straight: “This is incredible – an orange Abomineldritch! I have to study it!”
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The scholar is interested by the Abomineldritch's anatomy, but stops pursuing his interest in it once he realizes how much danger he is in.
  • Justified: The orange Abomineldritch happens to be the Last of Its Kind.
  • Inverted:
    • The Abomineldritch is highly interested in the scholar.
    • The scholar is an Absolute Xenophobe.
    • The scholar begins explaining all of the reasons that the orange Abomineldritch is inferior to the far more impressive blue Abomineldritch.
  • Subverted: “Amazing! An orange Abomineldritch!...and it’s headed right for us! RUN!!
  • Double Subverted: “…But you have to admire how fast it is!”
  • Parodied: The scholar is a bit too enamored with the Orange Abomineldritch...and the feeling is mutual.
  • Zig Zagged: The scholar is interested by the Abomineldritch's anatomy, but stops pursuing his interest in it once he realizes how much danger he is in. However, after he gets to a safer place he becomes interested again.
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  • Averted: No one stops to marvel at the Abomineldritch.
  • Enforced: The work has a associated toy line and the executives want a character to gush about how awesome the new ORANGE abomineldritch is.
  • Lampshaded: “ I SWEAR TO GOD, Doc, you just have to study every one of those things you find, dontcha?”
  • Invoked: The Evil Overlord unleashes his orange Abomineldritch, knowing the heroic scholar will be too enthralled by it to notice as it tears him a new one.
  • Exploited: The heroic scholar is enthralled by the Abominelritch...for three seconds, before demonstrating how it can be completely incapacitated by common table salt.
  • Defied: Upon seeing the orange Abomineldritch, the rest of the party intentionally distract the scholar so they never see it, knowing their squees will attract unwanted attention.
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  • Discussed: “Incredible…an orange Abomineldritch!” “That’s nice, Doc, now do you know how to KILL IT?!”
  • Conversed: “Dude, how much longer is that guy gonna stand there drooling at it?”
  • Implied:: after the battle against the orange Abomineldritch, the scholar is seen happily recording observations of the creature in their journal.
  • Deconstructed: While caught in rapt contemplation, the scholar is eaten by the Abomineldritch. The Captain decides to get a Smart Guy with less scientific curiosity next time.
  • Reconstructed: The daughter of the eaten scholar makes it her life's work to study them, so she can publish the definitive work on Abomineldritches and no one will have to get that close to them again.
  • Played For Laughs: The scientist is Eaten Alive by the orange Abomineldritch...and gladly studies his digestive tract.
  • Played For Drama: The scholars obsession with the Abomineldritch ruins his sanity and life, causing him to become an Axe-Crazy Mad Scientist

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