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Playing With / I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That

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Basic Trope: Character tells another to stop doing something by mentioning the fact they "haven't" noticed it.

  • Straight: Police Officer Bob catches Alice grafitti-painting Charlie's house. He tells her it's a good thing he left his glasses at home and he's going back to get them.
  • Exaggerated: Bob never directly warns someone who's doing something wrong.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified: Bob wants to be able to hide behind Exact Words if questioned.
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  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: Bob tells Alice it's a good thing he left his glasses at home...and it turns out he was being completely literal. He's Blind Without 'Em and was afraid he'd lost them somewhere worse.
  • Double Subverted: However, once Bob comes back with his glasses, he sees Alice puncturing Dracone's tires and tells her that if he knew who did such a thing, he'd have to write them up.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig-Zagged: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded:
    Officer Bob: Alice, it's a good thing I haven't the foggiest who's been responsible for these pranks.
    Alice: That's an indirect "cut it out", right?
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

I'll pretend I didn't see you trying to sneak back to the main page.

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