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Basic Trope: A character protests or promises against something, which they are immediately shown doing.

  • Straight: Alice says there's no way she's joining a football team. Cut to her playing a football match.
  • Exaggerated: Alice says there's no way she's joining a football team. Cut to her playing a football match at the World Cup.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice says she doesn't want to join a football team. Cut to her lining up for a try-out.
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    • The period between Alice saying she'll never join a football team and her going to a try-out is very short, but it is in no way a Smash Cut.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has always had trouble saying no.
    • Alice is Unstuck in Time, and has gotten used to this kind of thing happening in-universe.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice says there's no way she's joining a football team. Cut to her standing in exactly the same place, looking smug: "I told you I'd never join the football team."
  • Double Subverted: [Beat] And then a longer shot reveals she's actually there.
  • Parodied: Alice says there's no way she's joining a football team. Cut to her wearing a hula dress.
    Alice: "What the... How di- I don't eve-"
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  • Zig Zagged: Alice says there's no way she's joining a football team. Cut to her standing on the football field, which was just an Imagine Spot - she's really on the American football field, where she's immediately buried under the other players. But fortunately, that was All Just a Dream. And her football match starts in an hour, so she'd better hurry.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is simply shown at a football match without any form of protest preceding it.
    • Alice says she will never join the football team, and she never does.
  • Enforced:
    • The writers are parodying a work that famously contained a Gilligan Cut.
    • It would be dull and unnecessary to show the conversation by which Alice is persuaded to change her mind, plus it's just funnier to show it with a Jump Cut.
  • Lampshaded:
    • After the cut, Alice looks around and wonders how she suddenly got on a football field.
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    • Alternatively: The narrator says, "But of course, you know what refusing ends up leading to."
  • Invoked: Alice, who has a lot of Medium Awareness, is Briar Patching so that she may join the football team effortlessly.
  • Implied: In order for this trope to work, it must be shown. Alice may still mention something along the lines of "I can't believe you convinced me!".
  • Exploited: Alice is visibly surprised by suddenly being on a football field, and tentatively says "And I will absolutely never own my own yacht!"
  • Defied:
    • Alice, before protesting against being on the football team, checks the script to make sure this won't happen.
    • "...and don't think you can get around it by just flash-forwarding to me already on the team!"
    • Alice puts her foot down as forcefully as she needs to be (sometimes violently), and sure enough, when the scene cuts to whatever the team was trying to do she is not with them and Bob (the one who wanted her with them) says that "she was pretty convincing".
  • Discussed: After Alice protests against being on the football team, Bob warns her about Tempting Fate like that.
  • Conversed: Alice mentions that her favourite character is always subject to these cuts.
  • Deconstructed: Alice is repeatedly talked into doing things she doesn't want to. Eventually, she stops hanging out with her so-called "friends".
  • Reconstructed: Alice gripes about how she always gets talked into stuff but sticks around because she secretly enjoys the wacky hijinks her friends cause.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Alice makes clear that she won't be part of the crazy hijinks and she does not. Bob (the one who was trying to have her on the team) is then lampshaded that he usually is more convincing than that.
  • Played For Laughs: This is the way this trope is usually applied.
  • Played For Drama: Alice didn't wanted to be part of the football team because she was seriously afraid of being injured. She is convinced to be part of the team anyway, and sure enough she ends up being injured.
  • Played For Horror: Alice didn't wanted to distract a monster because she was afraid of being mauled to death. She is convinced to distract the monster anyway, and either suffers a horrible death or spends the whole scene running for her life.

There's no way you'll make me click on the link back to Gilligan Cut!
I can't believe they made me click on the link back to Gilligan Cut!

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