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Basic Trope: Characters stop in the middle of the action to tell the audience an advertisement about a product or to talk about a sponsor.

  • Straight: Mr. Nice Guy and Mr. Bad Guy stop in the middle of a fight to tell the audience about Trope Co.'s new product: Trope Biscuits! After that, they resume the fighting.
  • Exaggerated: Mr. Nice Guy and Mr. Bad Guy stop the fight and sit at a table to set their differences aside and to talk about how good Trope Biscuits are for an extended period of time.
  • Advertisement:
  • Downplayed: In the middle of the fight, Mr. Nice Guy glances at the screen and says, "Enjoy Trope Biscuits from Trope Co.!" before he almost seamlessly resumes fighting.
  • Justified: Mr. Nice Guy and Mr. Bad Guy are notorious for constantly breaking the fourth wall.
  • Inverted: A Trope Co. commercial suddenly cuts to a scene of the show where Mr. Nice Guy and Mr. Bad Guy are fighting.
  • Subverted: Mr. Nice Guy and Mr. Bad Guy look at the audience. They stop fighting. Then, it turns out to be just another breaking-the-fourth-wall gag.
  • Double Subverted: ...which ends up segueing into a short advertisement about Trope Biscuits.
  • Parodied: Mr. Nice Guy and Mr. Bad Guy stop the fighting to wear Trope Co. suits. The scenery changes to the inside of a Trope Co. store and the characters become salesmen and advertise everything that Trope Co. makes: Trope Biscuits, Trope Computers, Trope Paint, et c. This takes up the rest of the episode.
  • Advertisement:
  • Zig Zagged: Mr. Nice Guy and Mr. Bad Guy keep looking at the screen during the course of the fight, either pulling a breaking-the-fourth-wall gag or a short advertisemtnt about Trope Biscuits.
  • Averted: The fight goes on as normal.
  • Enforced: "Everyone's glued to their screens during the fight. So, I think that's a good place to make the characters talk about Trope Biscuits—everyone's gonna see that, too."
  • Lampshaded: After the short advertisement, Mr. Nice Guy says, "That was out of nowhere!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Mr. Nice Guy stops to tell the audience about the product, giving Mr. Bad Guy a chance to punch Mr. Nice Guy out of balance.
  • Defied: Mr. Nice Guy and Mr. Bad Guy resist the urge to tell the audience about Trope Biscuits, even managing to not mention the name nor the kind of product.
  • Discussed: "Mr. Nice Guy just halts and speaks to audience about what's the next thing Trope Co.'s selling."
  • Advertisement:
  • Conversed: "They really do like inserting advertisements into the action, don't they?" "Yeah. The characters dropping whatever they're doing to advertise another company's product? That doesn't seem to make the show look continuous."
  • Implied: ???
  • Deconstructed: Mr. Nice Guy has a habit of telling the audience about Trope Co.'s new products from time to time. This causes him to be an ineffective fighter as he's distracted and vulnerable. His friends, who are aware of both his habit and the fourth wall, give him a stern talking to after one devastating defeat all because he turned to the audience to tell them about Trope Biscuits, letting Mr. Bad Guy not only defeat him in battle but also letting him succeed in activating his evil device, further setting the heroes back.
  • Reconstructed: Despite that, Mr. Nice Guy's habit lightens up the mood for everyone in the gloomy world they're in, always smiling at the screen and happily telling the audience about Trope Co.'s new products. His light-hearted habit gives the heroes the humor they desperately need in an otherwise broken place.

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