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Basic Trope: A high-ranking official refuses to believe that an evil figure poses a threat, or tries to appease or make friends with said figure.

  • Straight: The evil Emperor Evulz is threatening the benevolent Republic of Troperia, and the General Bob wants outright action to stop him while he's vulnerable. However, President Alice doesn't think that Evulz would actually go ahead with the invasion, and so refuses to authorize Bob's plans. Evulz, of course, later invades and easily defeats Troperia, partially because of their lack of military preparedness.
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  • Exaggerated: Alice responds to Bob's pleas by actually decreasing military spending, spreading propaganda that Evulz is on their side (this despite Evulz having made several public speeches and statements in which he very unambiguously has declared his intent to invade and annex Troperia at the first convenient opportunity, enslave and/or kill its citizens, plunder its riches, and destroy its culture) and generally doing the exact opposite of what needs to be done.
  • Downplayed: President Alice doesn't think that Evulz is yet ready to begin an invasion, before an assassin sent by Evulz attacks her.
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  • Inverted:
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    • Alice recognizes the threat that Evulz poses, but can't get anything done because her subordinates, including General Bob, don't think Evulz is enough of a threat to justify military action.
    • General Bob is paranoid and delusional, and thinks that Prime Minister Edward of neighboring Wikitopia is actually Emperor Evulz. Alice doesn't act because she can see quite well that Edward is no threat.
    • General Bob doesn't want to attack Evulz just yet, but President Alice is spoiling for a fight and orders an attack on the Evil Empire without much of a plan beyond that.
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    • Then she changes her mind upon listening to her minister, Lady Charlotte, argue against it.
    • Alice misinterprets one of Bob's signals and calls for her bodyguards to stand down. Evulz' assassins kill her shortly afterwards.
    • Alice has a My God, What Have I Done? moment and stops helping Evulz ... but she goes from that to letting him raze Troperia rather than fighting him.
  • Parodied: Alice doesn't listen to Bob because she literally has her head stuck in a bowl of sand.
  • Zig-Zagged: Alice cannot make up her mind on what course of action to take.
  • Averted: Alice takes Bob seriously and acts to overthrow Evulz, preventing him from doing anything against Troperia.
  • Invoked: Alice rubbishes the idea of fighting Evulz in favor of negotiations.
  • Enforced: The writer wants President Alice to be a nervous and reluctant leader.
  • Lampshaded: "Madam President, we can't sit here and expect some miracle will happen!"
  • Exploited: Evulz spreads propaganda of Alice's government having a habit of this so the populace won't notice that he's actually infiltrated it.
  • Defied: Alice is skeptical about Bob's claim, but Charlotte realizes that Bob has a point and persuades Alice to take Bob seriously.
  • Discussed: "Alice couldn't take action if she was next to a pool and her pants were on fire. I think I'm going to threaten to resign if she pooh-poohs any more of my ideas."
  • Conserved: "Why does President Alice think we could deal peacefully with Evulz? Such a deal would fall through any second!"
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Charlotte actually know just how much of a threat Evulz is, and that they don't stand a chance against him. She'd rather let Troperia enjoy the last of its life while it can.
  • Reconstructed: Bob decides that Troperia should at least go out with a Last Stand, and despite all odds against them, they ultimately claim victory in their final battle against Evulz, and Alice is left to realize with everything that's still standing that she was worrying even the least bit too much about their future.
  • Implied: Bob talks about how he can't get hold of Alice or how she's dismissed his warnings about the threat from Evulz.

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