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Basic Trope: A character feels their best times are behind them.

  • Straight: Bob used to be the popular star of his football team in high school, but is now a weary office man in the present day.
  • Exaggerated: Adult Bob is morbidly obese, diagnosed with depression, a homeless beggar and a drug addict.
  • Downplayed: Adult Bob is a Bumbling Dad.
  • Justified:
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  • Inverted: Bob was an unpopular loser in high school, but is now a successful professional athlete as an adult.
  • Subverted: Bob doesn't long for his high school days and is okay with how his life turned out.
  • Double Subverted: ...except he's lying to himself in order to not think about how happier he was back then.
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  • Averted: Bob was a star athlete back then and is still one up to this day.
  • Enforced: The whole fanbase despises Bob as a character, so the writers gave him a miserable future life in the Distant Finale.
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