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Basic Trope: The game makes fun of you for playing easy mode in some way.

  • Straight:
    • After playing "Alice saves the day" on easy, Alice says "That was boring, it was too easy."
    • The game disables achievements when playing on the easiest difficulty.
    • The Brutal Bonus Level is inaccessible on easy.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • After playing "Alice saves the day" Alice says "Don't you think that I could have done better?"
    • The game's difficulty levels have some kind of in-universe description. Easy's is "A simple battle for a simple warrior. Still, your victory might feel empty..."
    • Alice is called "Kid" or "Rookie" a lot if you play on easy. She's not called this on any other difficulty.
  • Justified: "Saving the Day" was merely a training mission In-Universe. If Alice "Saves the Day" on Easy Mode, her superiors wonder if she's really prepared for the task she was training for.
  • Inverted:
    • The game makes fun of anyone who plays in hard mode, telling them that they are freaks with no lives who don't know how to have fun.
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    • Playing Harder Than Hard mode gives you an extended Downer Ending.
    • In hard mode, your player character is replaced by a badass version of him/her.
    • Hard Mode Perks.
    • A Let's Player mocks the easy mode, saying that the odds are now unfair in his/her favor.
    • Easy mode characters are elite champions who get downgraded as you increase difficulty levels. By hard difficulty you are a literal Almighty Janitor. Of course the elite champions would find it easy.
    • The game instead heaps praise upon the higher difficulties. The normal Dude, Where's My Respect? is replaced with outright awe at your achievements.
    • The game assures the player that playing on easy mode is a perfectly valid way to play the game.
  • Subverted: The game tells you to play on easy if you are new, encouraging it if it does not see any saves.
  • Double Subverted: On the other hand, it does keep you from the final boss this way, telling you "Now that you're experienced, play a harder mode!"
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  • Parodied: Playing Easy Mode takes you to an alternate game, the idea being "If you wanna play an easy game, don't play this one!"
  • Zig Zagged: The game allows players to skip harder levels should they choose or play easy versions of the levels, but at the end of the game if you took any shortcuts, the ending is different. After you've killed the Big Bad, when trying to grab his BFG, he gets back up and shoots you in the face, saying "This gun's is for veteran players! Come back with some real skills!" There is no indication this would happen, it's a surprise for anyone who decides to play easy to win the game.
  • Averted: Lowering the difficulty has no effect beyond making the game easier.
  • Enforced: "We need the players to play hard mode, so have the characters make fun of the players."
  • Lampshaded: "Why are you giving me this grief? I'm just not that skilled, okay?"
  • Invoked: "Anyone lame enough to pick easy mode deserves to be made fun of!"
  • Exploited: The Big Bad Final Boss is playing on Easy in a Post Modern game and gets mocked because, well, they’re the villain!
  • Defied:
  • The game does not mock players on easy, but instead gives them a gentle tutorial and friendly advice.
  • "Don't worry, playing on easy doesn't make you pathetic. You probably had a tough week, and everyone needs to feel like a superhero every once in a while. So sit back, have fun, and listen to the sweet, sweet whining of those smug elitists who had their precious schadenfreude from watching newbies suffer denied the moment you selected easy mode."
  • Discussed: "She's playing on easy?" "I don't believe it..." "Well, don't worry, Alice. Just because you don't play on Hard Mode doesn't make you a bad person."
  • Conversed: A game reviewer notes the mockery and cites it as a factor to consider.
  • Deconstructed: The player gets insulted and returns the game, giving a negative review.
  • Reconstructed: Rather than outright insult the player, the sequel congratulates the player for completing the game and then politely encourages them to try Normal mode.
  • Played For Laughs: The game is a Dating Sim. Easy mode makes the girls (and the one guy) have quite a history. Getting far with them is specifically referred to as not being anything special.
  • Played For Drama: At the end of Easy Mode, Emperor Evulz murders Alice's little sister Chinatsu by savaging her into chunks of bloody mess and then throws her soul screaming into hell, after which he says "HAHA! YOU HAVE NEITHER THE SKILL NOR THE POWER TO DEFEAT ME!". Cue Bad End.

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