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Basic Trope: A news or film crew of some sort happen to be on the scene when something amazing happens, resulting in their efforts to document the amazing event.

  • Straight: Anchorwoman Alice is on the scene with her cameraman, Bob, when Herois begins his final confrontation with Emperor Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob have been at every major phenomenon or catastrophe, all by chance.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob are a couple of blocks away on another story when Herois and Evulz have their showdown, so they don't get to the scene until halfway through the fight.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is an Intrepid Reporter and knew something was going to happen.
    • Alice knows whatever story is breaking out will be very difficult to prove without evidence.
  • Inverted: Alice has vital information that could bring down the Corrupt Corporate Executive, so he sends a surveillance crew to track her movements.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is recording the battle when a stray fireball hits his camera.
      Bob: No, we're not getting this.
    • It wasn't a reporter that got the footage, but a civilian with a camera.
  • Double Subverted: So Alice gets her personal camera out of her purse.
  • Parodied: Alice is a little girl that is pretending to be a reporter while her father plays the role of the camera man.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice and Bob are sometimes lucky enough to be on the scene when Herois does something cool, but are just as often not there, and one time there's a completely different reporter on the scene.
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  • Averted: There's no news crew on the scene when Herois and Evulz start fighting.
  • Enforced: The author first became popular by writing news articles, but always wanted to be the Intrepid Reporter on the scene, in the middle of the action, so she lives her dream through Alice.
  • Lampshaded:
    Alice: Are we getting this?
    Bob: Yes, we're getting this!
  • Invoked: Evulz calls in an anonymous tip to the TV station so that a news crew will be handy when he destroys Herois.
  • Exploited: Evulz is losing the battle inside his lair, so he goes outside, blows things up, and takes hostage the people who show up to see what's happening. Then he uses the news crew's camera to film his demands.
  • Defied: Emperor Evulz has a barrier set up to keep would-be interferers away.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Because of Alice's insistence on getting close to the action, they're caught in the middle of the crossfire and killed.
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    • Evulz is a Person of Mass Destruction project Gone Horribly Right and Herois is a Super Soldier, both of whom resulted from a government experiment, so the whole battle being covered up by the government. Alice and Bob are promptly fired and made to look like fools in order to make their story seem less credible, crushing their dreams of becoming famous and making a difference.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice and Bob's footage is still released, only followed by words of mourning from the network and their friends. The footage is wildly popular and broadcast in dozens of different languages. In the end, they win several awards and a memorial is erected in their honor.
    • Alice and Bob post their footage online, where it goes viral. The people of the world know the truth and the two still go on to be successful reporters by publishing their work on their own website.

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