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Basic Trope: Either a boss demotes a worker by ripping the insignia off the worker's uniform or a worker quits by taking off the insignia themselves and giving it to the boss.

  • Straight:
  • Exaggerated: Mr. Boss removes every single emblem and decoration, including buttons, off Alice's highly decorated uniform.
  • Advertisement:
  • Downplayed: Mr. Boss tells Alice on a Friday afternoon to turn in her badge on Monday morning.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is promoted, so she gets a new set of insignia pinned on.
    • Alice is part of an elite order which has a tattooed insignia and their own unique armor. They leave her with just the insignia as a mark of shame.
  • Subverted: Mr. Boss tugs on the insignia and tells Alice to take it off.
  • Double Subverted: Then impatiently rips it off anyway.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig-Zagged:
    • Alice and Mr. Boss take it in turns to try to remove her insignia.
    • Bob has bad George Jetson Job Security and The Ghost General rescinds his discharge, so his commander tells him to put his insignia back on. Then he is discharged again, this time for good, and told to remove his insignia.
  • Averted: Alice is asked to turn in her uniform instead.
  • Enforced: It was Based on a True Story where Alice really did go through this for refusing to follow immoral orders.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked:
    Mr. Boss: Where's your badge?
    Bob: Here in my pocket.
    Mr. Boss: Put it on.
    Bob: Okay.
  • Exploited: Mr. Boss does it to have Bob killed, either in a mission or a suicide.
  • Defied: Bob outright shoots Mr. Boss and puts all the badges onto himself.
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  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Mr. Boss frequently ripping off the badges from Bob is the driving force of Bob betraying the company.
  • Reconstructed: However, Mr. Boss has a legitimate reason for demoting Bob, even if it means Bob would turn against him.
  • Implied: Alice and Bob's former uniforms are hanging up somewhere and have loose threads where the insignia used to be.

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