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Basic Trope: Blackmail using letters exchanged by two lovers having an affair.

  • Straight: Charlie finds a love letter Alice wrote to Bob. Alice is married to Dan.
  • Exaggerated: Charlie finds a whole stack of love letters Alice wrote to Bob over the span of three years, that document the rise of their relationship.
  • Downplayed: Charlie finds a letter that implies some Unresolved Sexual Tension between Alice and Bob, and talks about Alice and Bob meeting up when she's in his town. It sound like they might be meeting up to have a tryst, but it's not incriminatingly risqué.
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  • Justified: Alice and Bob have a Long-Distance Relationship.
  • Inverted: Charlie finds a letter in which Alice dumps Bob.
  • Subverted: The letter is fake. Charlie wrote it himself.
  • Double Subverted: ...based on a real letter that got burned.
  • Parodied:
    Oh, by beloved Bob, I love you as much as I love writing down every detail of our affair so that it can be used as proof...
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: There are no love letters at all
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Charlie knows Alice is having an affair, but he has no evidence.
  • Exploited: ????
  • Defied: Alice and Bob are having a affair and writing letters to each other, but to prevent anyone find them, they both burn the letters after they read them.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Charlie and Diana are ransacking Bob's room, looking for the MacGuffin. Bob finds a letter, reads it, raises his eyebrows and asks Diana who Alice is. Then he tosses the letter aside and keeps looking for the MacGuffin.
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