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Basic Trope: Telling others that life isn't as pleasant as it is.

  • Straight: Harold smugly tells Mike how life isn't fair and cruelly tells him to deal with it.
  • Exaggerated: Emperor Harold Evulz smugly tells Mike how life sucks because he's completely worthless while he's the best at everything he does.
  • Downplayed: Harold empathetically tells Mike that life is not always fair, but good things still happen and life is still worth living.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Harold gleefully tells Mike how life is fair and enjoyable.
  • Subverted: Harold tells Mike that life isn't fair ... but Mike is relieved, because if it was fair, it would mean all his misfortunes were deserved, and that he was always being actively judged.
  • Double Subverted: Mike then tells this to Bob, who doesn’t believe it.
  • Parodied: Harold says that life isn’t fair, even though he lives in a complete Sugar Bowl.
  • Zig-Zagged: Harold changes his mind a lot as to whether life is or isn’t fair.
  • Averted: Harold doesn't say the phrase "Life isn't fair."
  • Enforced: The author intends for this to be the work’s Aesop.
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  • Lampshaded: "Life isn't fair? I've heard better phrases than that."
  • Invoked: Mike complains endlessly to provoke Harold into saying it, leading to Subverted.
  • Exploited: Harold seeks to corrupt Mile by getting him to believe this philosophy.
  • Defied: Harold chooses not to tell Mike that life isn't fair, feeling that it would become so clichéd and annoying.
  • Discussed: "What's up with people using the 'life isn't fair' phrase?"
  • Conversed: "Are the writers trying to make us feel depressed whenever someone says 'life sucks'?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Harold says that life isn't fair, but he's doing nothing to make it better when he could. Or, worse, he is one of the leaders in promulgating the unfairness.
    • Because of that phrase, Mike becomes a jaded and bitter Straw Nihilist, thus making life in general even worse than it already is.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played for Laughs: Harold says, "Life isn't fair," only for Mike to point out several ways in which it is fair.

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