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Basic Trope: The action of using something in an unintended fashion.

  • Straight: Bob uses his flashlight to heat up toaster pastries.
  • Exaggerated: Bob makes his inventions entirely by exploiting interactions that's considered the "wrong use".
  • Downplayed: Bob simply shifts the intended target of the item use, such as using scissors to cut people or spare gloves as socks.
  • Justified:
    • The unintended use makes more sense than the intended use.
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    • Bob doesn't have anything intentionally meant for the use in mind, thus having to work with what he has.
    • The alternative uses makes just as much sense as the intended one.
  • Inverted: Bob uses something meant for various different uses exclusively for one thing.
  • Subverted: Bob seems about ready to pistol whip Drake, before suddenly just shooting him instead.
  • Double Subverted: ...However once Drake's on the ground in pain, Bob forces him to swallow several bullets instead of shooting him further.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Things are only ever used for their intended use, assuming there's anything at all that can be creatively used.
  • Enforced: "We need to show Bob is ingenious. Hey, why don't we have him use things 'incorrectly' to his advantage?"
  • Lampshaded: "Wait you can use swords as a hat rack? Good lord the ancient blacksmiths must be rolling in their graves."
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  • Invoked: Bob, not having the money to get proper resources, opts to instead creatively uses what is at his disposal.
  • Exploited: Drake explains Bob's habits to the various people in charge to deny him new resources and refunds once his items break down.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to use things incorrectly so he can always get a refund.
  • Discussed: "Is there something wrong with Bob? I always see him using objects incorrectly." "Quite the opposite I think, as he's making effective use of unintended applications."
  • Conversed: "Bob is clearly crazy, always using things wrong! Sure it looks 'smart' but that's just utterly ridiculous too!" "While it does seem rather odd for someone to intentionally misuse an item, that just means he has a better understanding of the potential applications than the makers did."
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  • Implied: Bob, clearly too poor for things like heating, always seems to have heated food at home.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob comes off as eccentric for the various intentional misapplications he uses, leading people to think he has serious mental issues. Furthermore, as his intentional misuses become known, the people in charge work to deny it so only the 'proper' application is used.
    • There's a reason why the object was never supposed to be used that way and Bob discovers it by either breaking the object, injuring himself, causing property damage or all of the above.
  • Reconstructed: Whilst Bob comes off as bizarre to most people, the successes of his intentional misapplications gets him recognized as a genius. In addition, whilst the people in charge of the products he's intentionally misusing aren't happy with it, they recognize the value of the misuse. Thus, making it officially recognized or creating something new meant to be used the same way.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob, presented what is clearly a portal to hell, manages to power a geothermal plant using it and getting the demons to gripe about it in the process.
  • Played For Drama: Bob co-opts portal technology that was meant to simplify deliveries to remotely impregnate women, becoming an infamous criminal and setting back portal technology in the process.

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