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Basic Trope: A butterfly symbolizes change.

  • Straight: When Angelica is taking a walk, and a buttefly alights on flowers near her, she resolves to leave home and get an education.
  • Exaggerated: Whenever Bartholmew changes anything, a butterfly flies by.
  • Downplayed: Catherina makes a decision in a park filled with flowers, trees, bees, birds, and a single butterfly.
  • Justified:
    • A butterfly inspires Danilo to take up etymology.
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    • Butterflies empower transformation magic.
    • Butterflies are seen in-universe as omens from the gods signalling important changes in one's life.
  • Inverted: Edwiga is thinking of leaving her parents when a butterfly flies by and she resolves against it.
  • Subverted: Frederick, seeing a butterfly, resolves to give up drinking, but falls off the wagon by evening.
  • Double Subverted: Georgiana, seeing a butterfly, resolves to stop drinking, and falls off the wagon by evening; in the morning, hung over, realizing that more is needed, she sets about altering her life, dropping friends who induce her to drink, looking for new friends who won't, and limiting the money she carries so she can't buy it.
  • Parodied: Whenever a butterfly touches Heinrich, he changes his mind about something; a flock of them causes him to change his mind back and forth a dozen times in a minute.
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  • Zig Zagged: Butterflies are frequent motifs in the art of Imogene's story, sometimes about times of change, sometimes not.
  • Averted:
    • No butterflies appear.
    • Butterflies are simply part of the natural background.
  • Enforced: To add merchandizing to Johann's story, butterflies are added to all scenes where changes occur.
  • Lampshaded: "A butterfly. Wonder what's going to change?"
  • Invoked:
    • Katharina brings her little brother to the butterfly garden to engage him, so she can influence him away from his bad habits.
    • Lily-Marie unleashes butterflies across Mordor to induce change.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Mortimer is tempted to change, and sees a butterfly, and resolves to stay as he is.
    • "Yes, that butterfly's really pretty. But it's probably not the best thing to base my life choices off of."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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