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Basic Trope: The weirdest explanation is always right.

  • Straight: There's a TV show about two protagonists named Alice and Bob solving mysteries. Whenever they speculate on possible answers to the mystery, Alice comes up with mundane explanations, but Bob always suggests something weird like aliens or vampires. Bob's always right.
  • Exaggerated: Bob's explanations are extremely unusual and specific (e.g. "I bet it's a vampire from Andromeda manifesting as Abraham Lincoln!") and he's still always right.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is right most of the time, but occasionally Alice is right.
    • Bob's suggestions aren't too out there, but they're still less likely than Alice's (e.g. Alice thinks Carol was on drugs, Bob thinks she was mesmerised), however, he's always right.
    • Bob is always partially right (like if he thinks it's vampires, it might actually be bloodsucking aliens).
  • Justified: Bob actually has Psychic Powers that influence his hypotheses.
  • Inverted: Bob is never even remotely right, not even once.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • But after that episode, Alice goes back to always being wrong.
    • Bob says, "Then who was behind all this? The Illuminati?" He's right.
  • Parodied: Alice believes that the killer is a normal Serial Killer, Bob thinks it's a vampire, and Dave thinks it's an alien. Bob and Dave then argue over who has the weirdest, and therefore most likely, explanation.
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  • Zigzagged: Sometimes Alice is right, other times Bob is, and sometimes both or neither of them are right.
  • Averted:
    • Bob is only right occasionally.
    • Bob's suggestions are just as normal as Alice's.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Why am I always wrong even though my explanations make more sense?!"
  • Invoked: Bob deliberately comes up with the wackiest explanations just to see if he's right.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: Bob never suggests anything weird for fear of making it more likely.
  • Discussed: "If I suggest that it's aliens, how likely am I to be right?"
  • Conversed: "There seems to be no such thing as probability in this show."
  • Implied: The show leans towards Bob's explanations but it never confirms them.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played for Laughs: Bob suggests goofy things like "a dancing vampire in a disco suit."
  • Played for Drama: Bob's explanations are not only unusual, but incredibly dark.

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