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Basic Trope: Characters learn to be kinder for Christmas, but change back to mean because Status Quo Is God.

  • Straight: The show has Alice, who is an All-Loving Hero and Bob who is mean and arrogant. In a Christmas Episode, Alice teaches Bob the True Meaning of Christmas, but he goes back to being mean and arrogant the next episode.
  • Exaggerated: The villain makes a Heel–Face Turn, but wants to Take Over the World again the next episode.
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  • Downplayed: Bob is less mean and less arrogant after the episode, but is still a bit impolite and still brags about how awesome he is.
  • Justified: Bob has short-term memory loss and Christmas served as a mnemonic not to be mean.
  • Inverted: Alice learns to be mean from Bob in one episode, but changes back in the next.
  • Subverted: Bob starts a mean joke in the next episode but changes it into a compliment.
  • Double Subverted: "But you're still not as cool as I am!"
  • Parodied: The second Christmas ends, Bob changes from a Purity Sue Nice Guy to his former self.
  • Zig Zagged: The episodes following the Christmas Episode have Bob zigzag between being Nice, Mean, and In-Between.
  • Averted: Bob is still mean on Christmas, his niceness stays, or there is no Christmas Episode.
  • Enforced: "We need An Aesop about the True Meaning of Christmas...but Status Quo Is God".
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  • Lampshaded: "I thought you learned your lesson about your manners and your ego last Christmas".
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  • Defied: Bob decides he'd better take Alice's lessons to heart.
  • Discussed: "Why does Bob always forget about being nice after Christmas?"
  • Conversed: "These characters' lessons on politeness never stick past Christmas."

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