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Basic Trope: The protagonist hunts down the recurring villain for some wrongdoing, only to have him demonstrate his innocence.

  • Straight: Amazing Girl pursues Dynamite Bob for the robbery of the Tropeville Bank, but Bob proves he was elsewhere at the time.
  • Exaggerated: Amazing Girl pursues Dynamite Bob because she misplaced her car keys, but Bob proves he was in the Andromeda Galaxy at the time.
  • Downplayed: Bob was an accomplice to the crime but he didn't do it.
  • Justified:
    • Bob was under armed surveillance at a maximum-security prison when the bank robbery occurred.
    • Bob has lines he wouldn’t cross.
  • Inverted:
    • Amazing Girl does not suspect Dynamite Bob at all despite conclusive evidence that it was him, and him even confessing to the crime.
    • Hijacked by Ganon
    • A criminal is being read a list of charges, only to be interrupted by a minor character explaining that the last one on the list was actually him.
    • Amazing Girl is reported to have saved some factory workers from a fire, but admits it wasn't her when asked about it.
    • Dynamite Bob assumes that Amazing Girl foiled one of his schemes, but she turns out to have been on vacation at the time.
  • Subverted: Just as Amazing Girl is leaving, Dynamite Bob breaks down laughing and admits that he did it.
  • Double Subverted: ...It later turns out that he didn't, he just wanted to waste Amazing Girl's time.
  • Parodied:
    • Amazing Girl pursues Dynamite Bob to the ends of the earth for the robbery of the Tropeville Bank. When she finally catches him, he testily proves that he didn't do it, wasting her time.
    • Dynamite Bob proves that he didn't rob Tropeville bank by providing evidence that he was mugging an old lady at the time.
  • Zig Zagged: Amazing Girl chases down Dynamite Bob for the robbery of Tropeville Bank, but Bob professes his innocence and a length court battle ensues. Bob is convicted, but it's revealed that the witnesses were bribed and Bob goes Off on a Technicality... until Amazing Girl discovers that Bob had the witnesses bribed in order to bring this about. When it's finally incontrovertibly proved that Bob is innocent, the audience discovers (but Amazing Girl doesn't) that the whole plan was to tie up Amazing Girl and the legal system for months so that they wouldn't notice Bob's diabolical Evil Plan being carried out in the meantime...
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  • Averted: Anyone accused of doing something immediately confesses to it.
  • Enforced: "This show is getting a bit Strictly Formula. How about we have a crime that Bob didn't commit?"
  • Lampshaded: "Why'd you assume it was me? This one doesn't fit my profile at all..."
  • Invoked: Dynamite Bob made it look like he'd committed a crime to discredit Amazing Girl when she inevitably falsely accuses him of it.
  • Exploited: The actual criminal makes a system where Dynamite Bob will always be blamed after realizing he did it the first time.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "She caught Dynamite Bob too easily — he can't be guilty."
  • Conversed: "The show's not even half-over yet, so the real villain must be someone else."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: Bob gives Amazing Girl a Breaking Speech over her immediate assumption of his guilt... to which she responds that he's directly responsible for 90% of the crime in the city, so for any given crime he's the obvious suspect — and even if he's innocent he's at least likely to know who really is responsible.

Amazing Girl: Come out wherever you are, Bob! I know you took down the link back to Not Me This Time!
Dynamite Bob: It wasn't me, I was out getting some ice cream! See, I'll even put the link back up!


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