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Basic Trope: A character disappears behind an incredibly narrow pole or tree.

  • Straight: To escape from trouble, Bob jumps behind a thin tree and disappears from view.
  • Exaggerated: Bob and fifteen of his closest friend jump behind a rail and disappear from view.
  • Downplayed: An incredibly skinny man, Bob, squeezes himself behind a telephone pole.
  • Justified:
    • Bob can condense his body mass to a point that he can realistically hide behind a narrow object.
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    • Alternatively: Bob has accidentally discovered a pocket of Hammerspace
  • Inverted:
    • Bob jumps behind a building, but can still be seen.
    • Bob, an incredibly skinny man, hides a bus behind his back.
  • Subverted: Bob jumps behind the stop sign but can still be seen.
    • The camera lingers for a bit on the stop sign, only for Bob to come out of the bush that was off to the side instead.
  • Double Subverted: The camera changes angles which causes Bob to disappear from view.
  • Parodied: Bob jumps behind a stop sign to hide, but is kicked out by Alice who is already hiding there.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Nobody ever hides behind a pole.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Bob learns to become a contortionist to allow him to hide behind small objects.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "Have you seen where Bob went?" "Ah...I believe right behind that tree." "That's an incredibly small tree you know."
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  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Over the years, Bob's habit of constantly cramming himself into narrow hiding places has been taking its toll on his body. He begins to suffer back problems and discovers that every time he does hide behind a narrow pole, he always comes out a little shorter or thinner. He starts shrinking and develops even more joint and muscle problems. One day, he hides behind a stop sign, and gets stuck there. Nobody was able to find him for weeks.

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