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Basic Trope: Character X complains about Character Y's complaining.

  • Straight: Alice makes a rant about Bob complaining.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice and Bob endlessly complain about each other's complaining about their complaining in high Wangst levels.
    • Alice starts a movement consisting of every other character in the setting to complain about Bob's complaining.
  • Downplayed: Alice cautions Bob not to complain too much, or he won't get listened to. Her tone suggests this is a complaint.
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  • Justified: People don't always complain to the right people, in the right way or with reasonable frequency.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice complains about Bob not complaining.
    • Alice complains about Bob praising something.
    • Alice praises Bob for complaining about something.
  • Subverted: Alice backtracks a little and states that Bob's complaints are valid...
  • Double Subverted: some cases. However, Alice stands by her opinion that Bob needs to complain less.
  • Parodied: Alice forces Bob to clean her toilet because he made one small complaint.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice doesn't complain about Bob's complaining.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "You're complaining about me doing something that you're doing now?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: To avoid looking like a hypocrite, Alice doesn't give Bob flak for complaining.
  • Discussed:
    Charlie: Gosh, I'm tired of Alice and Bob's complaining about each other.
    Dave: Um... Charlie, I think you're complaining about their complaining.
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  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice's complaining about Bob's complaining has led others into complaining about her complaining, and the vicious cycle continues. Just about nobody can get along with each other anymore.
  • Reconstructed: Alice, Bob and the various other complainers address the source of Bob's complaining. Realising the silly nature of the whole incident, they make a running joke about complaining about complaining.

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