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Basic Trope: Character acts as though something neutral or only slightly negative is very scary or bad.

  • Straight: Alice's last name is Rider (with an 'i'), but when she saves a child from the Monster of the Week and ends up on the news, the story calls her "Alice Ryder" (with a 'y'). Alice reads the error and then reels back in what looks like fear and says, "Oh, no! God, no! That is so bad! Saints Alive!", while dramatic music plays.
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  • Exaggerated: Alice thinks it's a Sign of the Apocalypse and either faints or goes into Freak Out! mode when they misspell her name with a 'y'.
  • Downplayed: Alice looks scared when it'd be more logical to look annoyed, but she doesn't ham it up.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has a Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? for spelling errors.
    • The y-Ryders and the i-Riders are feuding and because their last names are spelt so similarly, they're all a bit paranoid of being mistaken for the other family.
    • Alice is a bit scared of the y-Ryders due to a bad experience with Bob Ryder telling a Ghost Story she thought was true, and the thought of being one of them scares her.
    • The y-Ryders have a bad rep, due to the fact that a y-Ryder once tried to steal the Mona Lisa and some people, Alice included, think all y-Ryders are evil due to being related.
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    • Alice is very proud of her heritage, which is one that the y-Ryders don't share, and she's scared at the prospect of not having that heritage.
  • Inverted:
    • When Alice hears that Satan has been spotted, she shrugs it off.
    • Alice's surname is often misspelt as "Ryder" so when someone finally spells it with an "i", she acts like she's won the lottery.
  • Subverted:
    • It turned out she was just annoyed, not scared.
    • It turned out she was scared of something other than the misspelling.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But she was scared of the fact that there was a grammatical error at one point in the newspaper.
    • That "something else" was another misspelling.
  • Parodied: Alice ends up visiting Charlie, who is The Shrink and telling him, "It's "Rider" with an "i", not a "y"!"
  • Zigzagged: Alice flip-flops between all emotions at the misspelling.
  • Enforced: Alice has an irrational fear of spelling mistakes, which will later become a plot device, so the writers throw that in.
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  • Lampshaded: "Spelling mistakes are annoying, especially when people misspell your name, but they're not really scary, Alice".
  • Invoked: Diane gives Alice a bad experience with either the y-Ryders or with spelling mistakes, in order to make her scared of them for whatever reason.
  • Exploited: Ethan, The Rival to Alice, intimidates Alice away by spelling her surname with a "y".
  • Defied: Alice somehow gets rid of all irrational fears she has.
  • Discussed: "Why was Alice acting so scared when someone spelt her name with a "y"?"
  • Conversed: "Why do these characters act so scared of things that aren't scary?"
  • Implied: Alice's reaction looks like fear but it could be anger or disgust.
  • Deconstructed: ???
  • Reconstructed: ???
  • Played for Laughs: Alice does a hammed-up speech on how her last name is spelt with an "i", not a "y"!
  • Played for Drama: ???

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