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Basic Trope: Something bad happened, and the heroes arrive too late.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob come to the town of Troper's Landing, only to find the place uninhabited, several buildings damaged, and some blood smeared on the walls.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob come to the land of Troperia and find no people or animals, only damaged trees and buildings and puddles and smears of blood.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob come back to their house and find it has burned down.
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  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob come to the town of Troper's Landing just before something nasty hits it.
    • Alice and Bob come to the town of Troper's Landing and find they just missed the Festival of Frolic.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob come to Troper's Landing and find it uninhabited, damaged, and smeared with blood...and then it's revealed that Alice was having a premonitory dream.
  • Double Subverted: ...But that still doesn't help them get to Troper's Landing before the disaster happens; they go there because of Alice's dream, only to find it exactly as the dream showed it.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice and Bob are present for the disaster in Troper's Landing.
  • Enforced: The author wants some way to show how dangerous the threat is without killing Alice or Bob, so s/he has it wipe out an entire town before they arrive.
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  • Lampshaded: "Whatever happened...we're too late."
  • Invoked: The threat doesn't allow any news to escape about what's happening until it's finished.
  • Exploited: Bob and Alice are too late to help the owners of the surviving supplies, so they take them.
  • Defied: As soon as Alice and Bob hear a faint rumor something bad is happening in Troper's Landing, they rush to help.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Alice comes back from Troper's Landing saying something horrible happened. This is never brought up again.

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