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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:
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    • Harold was just looking for an excuse to be insensitive and unsympathetic to Mike's situation.
    • Harold was only saying it to end Mike's ventings.
  • 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 actively being judged at all times.
  • 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 has this as the work’s Aesop.
  • Lampshaded: "Life isn't fair? I've heard better phrases than that."
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  • 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 cliched 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: Because of that phrase, Mike becomes a jaded and bitter Straw Nihilist, thus making life in general even worse than it already is.
  • Reconstructed: Mike comes to the conclusion that life isn't fair, but it's up to him to make it better. Meanwhile, Harold receives his comeuppance for his bragging, now realizing the statement is used against him. To put icing on the cake, Mike takes this opportunity to get back at Harold by saying the statement against him.
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