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Basic Trope: A character finds an everyday object amazing.

  • Straight: Alice sees a pencil and says, "WOW, a STICK you can WRITE with!"
  • Exaggerated: Alice sees a pencil and starts worshiping it. Not only that, she starts having a crush on the pencil, planning to marry it.
  • Downplayed: Alice says, "Fascinating" when she sees the pencil.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is a Fish out of Temporal Water.
    • Alice is an alien.
    • Alice is The Ditz.
    • Alice is from another universe where pencils were never invented.
    • Alice, being a toddler, has never encountered it before.
  • Inverted: Alice sees a Teleporting Station and walks past it as if she sees teleporters every day.
  • Subverted: Alice sees the pencil and says, "Wow," but it turns out she is talking about something else.
  • Double Subverted: Alice sees the pencil and says, "Wow," but it turns out she was talking about something else equally mundane.
  • Parodied: Alice is incredulous that Bob lives in a house. They live next door to each other in very similar houses.
  • Zig-Zagged: Alice says, "Wow," when she sees the pencil, but it turns out she was talking about something else equally mundane, but that particular thing was special, maybe.
  • Averted: Alice isn't amazed by commonplace objects.
  • Enforced: The writers want to show how an alien would react and throw in some comedy.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "It's just a pencil, y'know!"
    • "Hey, Carol, Why is Alice so amazed with that pencil?" "I dunno, Bob. It's like she's never seen one before."
  • Invoked: Alice is a cave lady and travels into the present day.
  • Exploited: The Big Bad distracts Alice with mundane objects so he can Take Over the World.
  • Defied:
    • Alice suppresses her excitement when she sees a pencil for the first time.
    • Alice is about to gasp in awe when she sees a pencil, but Bob explains to her how basic it is, stopping her.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Ha, ha, she's so excited by that pencil. I've Seen It a Million Times in films ... but it's still so funny!"
  • Implied: Alice is seen looking amazed at a pencil.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice worships pencils like they are God and treats erasers like Satan.
  • Played for Drama:
    • Alice tries to destroy the pencil as she thinks it's Satan's work, and Bob needs it to write something extra important.
    • Alice's ongoing amazement at ordinary things is a constant reminder of just how horribly deprived of an upbringing she's had.

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