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Basic Trope: A character reacts strongly to the last point, which is often the weakest.

  • Straight: Danny accuses Steve of stealing Alice's car, attempting to run over Bob with it, and littering. Steve says "How DARE you, Danny?! I'd NEVER litter!"
  • Exaggerated: Danny accuses Steve of being a mass murderer, attempting to blow up the world, and jaywalking. Steve then starts screaming like a maniac and yelling at Danny that he wouldn't ever jaywalk.
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  • Downplayed: Danny accuses Steve of littering, jaywalking, and leaving the toilet seat up. Steve says that he'd never leave the toilet seat up.
  • Justified:
    • The last point was Steve's Berserk Button.
    • Littering was accidental. Steve is proud of his misdeeds, but would never admit to making a mistake, even a small one.
    • The last one actually is worse than the others for Steve, due to his Blue-and-Orange Morality. For example, the theft and attempted murder were acts of revenge and therefore justified, from his point of view, but littering is a horrendous crime in his culture.
    • Steve didn't actually litter. While he is fine with being called out on what he actually did, he abhors being blamed for things he didn't do.
  • Inverted:
    • Steve reacts to the strongest point.
    • Steve reacts to all the points except the last/weakest one.
  • Subverted: Danny says "Steve, you've stolen Alice's car, attempted to run over Bob, and littered at the park." Steve doesn't react.
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  • Double Subverted: "Oh, I'm not done! You've also jaywalked this morning!" Steve says "I'd NEVER jaywalk, Danny!" as a response.
  • Parodied: Steve always and only reacts to the last point, even if the list are exactly the same with the orders rearranged.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Steve reacts to the last point, sometimes he doesn't.
  • Averted: Steve doesn't react to the last point.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Good thing to see that your priorities are straight."
  • Invoked: Danny knows that accusing Steve of things like jaywalking and littering will anger him, so he puts an accusation of littering into his "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Steve calms himself down before reacting.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Upon being accused of littering, the smug smirk leaves Steve's face.

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