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Playing With / Immigrant Patriotism

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Basic Trope: An immigrant values their home country more than they do their native one.

  • Straight: Macauley came from Ireland to live in Canada and liked it here so much he doesn't see himself living anywhere else.
  • Exaggerated: Macauley came only a few days ago but has since dressed like a Canadian, eaten only Canadian food and even has gone so far as to ridicule anyone who says a bad word about Canada.
  • Downplayed:
    • Macauley loves being in Canada but has greatly missed Ireland and the memories he made there.
    • Macauley has made several visits back to Ireland but insists Canada is where he plans to stay.
  • Justified:
    • Macauley came to Canada as a baby, thus he never had any memories of Ireland.
    • Macauley and his family were being mistreated in Ireland, so they moved in order to have a better life.
    • There was a traumatic event in Ireland that affected the family's livelihood, so they left in order to live in better conditions.
  • Invert: Macauley came from Ireland to live in Canada and has since complained about how things were better before.
  • Subverted:
    • Macauley has begun becoming a proud Canadian until he learned about things that weirded him out.
    • Alice finds out Macauley is actually acting as a spy for Ireland.
    • Macauley seems to prefer living in Canada, but then he's seen taking a flight back home.
  • Double Subverted:
    • This turns out to be a misunderstanding, and Macauley goes back to his usual self.
    • Correction, was a spy. He was initially on a mission here but loved it so much he defected in order to stay.
    • It's only to visit his sick grandmother. He'll be back later, to the relief of his friends.
    • Alternatively, Macauley decides at the last second he appreciates Canada too much and comes back.
  • Parodied: Macauley, a lad who dresses in entirely Irish clothing, is chosen to represent Canada in an international meeting.
  • Zig Zagged: Macauley moves from Ireland to Canada and seems pleased with living here until he learned some parts of the culture that bothered him. He grew accustomed to them with time. However he is later seen packing up to return to Ireland. It's only to visit some relatives, and he'll be back later, although it's a few weeks before he does.
  • Averted:
    • Macauley has no opinion on whether Ireland or Canada is better despite having lived in both.
    • Macauley is pure Irish/Canadian and never moved in his life.
  • Enforced: The writers decided to appeal to the immigrant community, so they added Macauley in order to have a character they could sympathize with.
  • Lampshaded: "You know, I may be Irish by birth, but I feel more Canadian than I'll ever that."
  • Invoked: Macauley is using his loyalty to Canada in order to prevent being deported back to Ireland.
  • Exploited: The Irish mob has Macauley assassinate members of the Canadian government knowing he wouldn't be a suspect due to his undying loyalty.
  • Defied: Macauley actively rejects any Canadian ideals and stick to his Irish traditions.
  • Discussed: "You know Macauley is so dedicated to being a Canadian you almost forgot he was born in Ireland." "I know, right? He could win a game of Two Truths and a Lie with that fact."
  • Conversed: "I mean, isn't it weird that Macauley prefers Canada to Ireland? It feels weird to me." "A lot of people who've immigrated would feel the same way Charlie."

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