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Basic Trope: You can tell something's wrong because someone is saying something they'd never say.

  • Straight: Alice never compliments Bob, so he can tell she's in danger when she tells him he looks like he's been working out.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has never said anything remotely nice to Bob, so he can tell she's in danger when she's slightly less of a shrew to him.
  • Downplayed: Alice compliments Bob occasionally, but he can tell she's in danger when she goes overboard with it.
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  • Justified: Alice is in danger but can't communicate that exactly, so she relies on her Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship with Bob to do the trick.
  • Inverted: Something Only They Would Say
  • Subverted: Alice isn't in danger, she just decided to be nicer to Bob.
  • Double Subverted: But after thinking it through, Bob realizes that Alice would never make that decision as she enjoys messing with him too much, so she must be in danger.
  • Parodied: "Alice is totally in danger! I can tell because she called me a royal prick instead of a giant prick!"
  • Zig Zagged: Alice compliments Bob, but it is then revealed she took a level in kindness, THEN it is revealed that was an excuse made by an impostor. THEN it is revealed the impostor is just a messenger sent by Alice, but THEN...
  • Averted: Alice communicates danger in other methods.
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  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "You NEVER say something that nice! What's wrong?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Hey guys...HELP!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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