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Basic Trope: An ambassador who also kicks ass.

  • Straight: Bob is the ambassador of Tropestan. Even though his job is to maintain peace, he can still fight should negotiations fail.
  • Exaggerated: Ambassador Bob is a One-Man Army.
  • Downplayed: Ambassador Bob can stand toe-to-toe with anyone who insults him, even dishing out as much as he takes.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is ex-military and therefore trained in self-defense.
    • The nation Bob is the ambassador to has a tendency to Shoot the Messenger, so Tropestan sends someone capable of defending themselves.
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  • Inverted: Blood Knight Bob is suddenly forced into peace talks.
  • Subverted: Ambassador Bob claims that he can fight if peace talks fail, but it turns out to be just empty boasting.
  • Double Subverted: But when trouble does occur, he decides to actually fight and turns out to be pretty good at it.
  • Parodied: Ambassador Bob is The Ahnold, ridiculous heavy accent included.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Ambassador Bob’s negotiations go smoothly, so there’s no need for fighting.
  • Enforced: Part of the story is that Violence Is the Only Option, and the author needs a character who can handle that.
  • Lampshaded: “For a man of peace, Bob can sure kick ass!”
  • Invoked: Tropestanian law requires its ambassadors to have military experience.
  • Exploited: President Alice needs someone to negotiate with General Evulz, and she chooses Bob because he can kick ass if negotiations fail, which is the likeliest outcome.
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  • Defied: Ambassador Bob is an Actual Pacifist and refuses to let things get violent.
  • Discussed: “Ambassador Bob used to be a marine? Let’s not piss him off, then.”
  • Conversed: “Let’s see how long it takes for Bob to drop his ambassador hat and pick up his ass-kicking sword.”
  • Implied: When Bob negotiates, everyone immediately stops fighting and listens to him. They seem scared of him, but it's not clear why.

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