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Playing With / Enthralling Siren

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Basic Trope: She sings; you crash to your death.

  • Straight: Alice the siren sits on a coast, singing. Bob steers toward her and crashes his boat.
  • Exaggerated: Alice's singing can be heard for miles around in every direction, and people crash boats, cars, planes, bicycles, and all manner of other transportation devices listening to her.
  • Downplayed: Alice the siren sits on the coast singing. Bob steers toward her, but after a few moments, he realizes he's getting too close to the rocks and turns the boat out to sea again.
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  • Justified: Alice's singing is magical and irresistable.
  • Inverted: Bob is about to crash his boat onto the rocks when Alice begins singing. Bob turns the boat away just in time and doesn't hit the rocky coastline.
  • Subverted: Alice the siren sits on a coast, singing. Bob sails right by without incident.
  • Double Subverted: But it turns out Bob is deaf and he ordered all his sailors to plug their ears before sailing by Alice's coast; when one gets curious on the return trip, he tries to wrest the controls away from Bob to get closer to Alice, heedless of the danger from the rocks.
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  • Enforced: The author is borrowing heavily from Greek mythology, where sirens existed.
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: Avoid that place. If you hear one note of siren song, you'll want to hear more, no matter what.
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  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz places a spell on Alice that causes her to enchant people with her singing.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz places sirens on his coastline so any invading heroes will crash.
  • Defied: Bob puts heavy-duty ear plugs in before he gets within range of Alice's coast.
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  • Played for Laughs: Alice the siren bears responsibility for a lot of crashes — but it's because she's such a horrible singer the sailors cover their ears and take their hands off the wheel.


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