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Basic Trope: An animal is used to represent a character.

  • Straight: Alice is commonly seen with penguin imagery, which symbolizes her lovable nature.
  • Exaggerated: Alice acts exactly like a penguin - she swims to catch her own fish and is capable of Penguin-speak.
  • Downplayed: Alice and penguins are rarely shown to have any relationship at all; she only mentions that she enjoys swimming and eating fish.
  • Justified: Penguins are Alice's favorite animal and she is attempting to be like them.
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  • Inverted: A penguin is represented by Alice.
  • Subverted: Alice is similar to and talks about penguins a lot, but in the final battle, it turns out her alternate animal form is a polar bear.
  • Double Subverted: ...But then she uses her final animal powerup, which is a penguin.
  • Parodied:
    • All penguins everywhere love Alice because of this, and are attracted to her and follow her everywhere.
    • Alice physically looks and waddles like a penguin.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice uses her first power up, which has nothing to do with penguins. Then she uses her final power up, which is penguin-based, and it is revealed that was her True Form all along.
  • Averted: There is absolutely no connection between Alice and penguins.
  • Enforced: An ecological foundation wants the show to support penguins and other endangered species.
  • Lampshaded: "Dude, Alice is so sweet and adorable! She's just like a penguin."
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  • Invoked: Alice longs to be a professional swimmer, so she takes on the mindset of a penguin in order to make her better at swimming.
  • Exploited: Knowing of Alice's connection with penguins, the evil Bob makes her feel uncomfortable by intentionally offering her penguin sushi.
  • Defied: After getting her lunch money stolen, Alice realizes that she has become naive and soft due to her penguin nature. She immediately goes to the thrift shop, buys all-leather clothes, and learns how to ride a motorcycle.
  • Discussed: "Alice, I know you're soft and adorable like a penguin, but you need to learn to toughen up."
  • Conversed: "In shows like this, Alice's penguin characterization certainly means she's a lovable and caring person. I bet she has ocean powers."
  • Implied: Alice is never seen on screen with actual penguin imagery, but her actions (such as having several penguin plushies, only eating fish, having water-based powers) imply that the penguin is her animal motif.
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  • Deconstructed: Due to the silhouettes of penguins that constantly follow Alice whenever she performs a major power-up, scientists have isolated Alice in order to observe this strange phenomenon.
  • Reconstructed: ...but this is a necessary task, as this will help the main characters develop their own animal motifs.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is so similar to a penguin that she in fact is a penguin, with a human personality.
  • Played For Drama: Because Alice's motif is a penguin, all the other kids tease her about her lame animal, forcing her to grow up alone and hardened.

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