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Basic Trope: A heroic character is unexpectedly bowed to.

  • Straight:
    • Queen Alice, having assumed the identity of a beggar to walk the streets, is bowed to by her subjects.
    • Queen Alice and all subjects in the room bow (or curtsy) before Bob, a commoner who has helped save an orphanage.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Queen Alice, having passed the throne to her successor, is still occasionally bowed to by her most loyal retainers.
    • Advertisement:
    • Viscount Charlie bows before Bob because Bob performed an important personal favour for him.
  • Justified:
    • The commoners aren't fooled.
    • It's traditional in the setting to bow before citizens to respect extraordinary achievements, but Bob has recently immigrated and is not aware of this.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It turns out they were actually bowing to Evulz's army.
  • Double Subverted: They claimed to be doing this to catch Evulz off-guard so they could help Alice fight him.
  • Parodied: Bob puts on a toy paper crown from Burger King and everybody suddenly bows to him.
  • Zig Zagged: People kneel when Alice and Evulz are around, but it's not clear who they were bowing to.
  • Averted: No one kneels before the heroes.
  • Advertisement:
  • Enforced: Bob has suffered a lot throughout the story, and the writers want to show that he's earned his happy ending.
  • Lampshaded: "Suddenly I feel quite important."
  • Invoked:
    • The commoners whisper to eachother to bow to Alice to surprise her.
    • Alice orders everyone present to kneel before Bob.
  • Exploited: Dave the assassin sees everyone bowing to Queen Alice and realizes that he's found his target.
  • Defied:
    • Alice, realising she's been discovered, orders the commoners to stand back up.
    • Bob has made it clear that he doesn't want the publicity, and his wish is respected.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The display goes to Bob's head, and he ends up turning into an egomaniac Glory Seeker.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is such a Humble Hero that he is just baffled by the kneeling and it doesn't go to his head.

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