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Basic Trope: Sticking out your middle finger to be rude.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob argue, and eventually Alice just gives Bob the middle finger and walks off.
  • Exaggerated: A whole crowd of people flip off Bob with both hands.
  • Downplayed: Alice flips the bird behind her back.
  • Justified: Alice is a bit coarse.
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: It appears like Alice is flipping the bird, but really she's just playing "Where is Thumbkin?".
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  • Double Subverted: She was doing it against her will and then flips off the person who made her do it.
  • Parodied: Alice has a superpower which is activated by flipping the bird, which produces Cringe Comedy.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Nobody flips the bird.
  • Enforced: Getting Crap Past the Radar
  • Lampshaded: "Whoa, did you just give me the middle finger, Alice?!"
  • Invoked: Charlie dares Alice to go flip off Bob.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice refuses to flip off Bob.
  • Discussed: "How do I make up with Alice? She just flipped me off and walked away!"
  • Conversed: "Remember that scene with Alice flipping the bird that became a meme?"
  • Implied: There's a Censor Box over Alice's middle finger and she's holding her hand up with the rest of her fingers down.
  • Played for Drama: Alice struggles to get a job after she's fired for flipping the bird to her boss.

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