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Basic Trope: An electronic gadget is upgraded with software, hardware or peripherals of different manufacture, and the new components work fine together with no integration issues.

  • Straight: Alice buys a Universal Remote which links up to her home computer, giving her full control over the computer using the remote right out of the box.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice's Universal Remote gives her full control of all the appliances in her home, right out of the box.
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    • Alice can control non-electronic devices with her Remote, like the deadbolt on her front door.
  • Downplayed: Alice is able to use the universal remote after a bit of setup. She never needs to do anything other than confirm the kind of device she wants to control with said gadget.
  • Justified:
    • The Universal Remote, as its name suggests, is specifically programmed to interact with a wide variety of electronic devices.
    • There actually is a required integration procedure (such as entering a specific set of command codes), but the audience is not shown this for the sake of expediency.
    • The Universal Remote includes a specialized AI and a "skeleton key" that imitates connectors - this handles all of the integration issues.
  • Inverted: It is an incredibly complicated sequence just to get the universal remote working with a TV specifically listed as compatible.
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  • Subverted: Alice's Universal Remote turns on Alice's computer, but will do no more.
  • Double Subverted: Until it does.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice can control her garden rake using the Universal Remote.
    • Alice uses the Universal Remote's built-in camera to take a snapshot of Bob, whereupon Alice can control Bob like a puppet.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice's Remote will control some basic functions of the computer (power on/off; mouse click; start menu) but not others (typing or web navigation).
  • Averted: Alice has no device with which to control her computer that it didn't come with originally.
  • Enforced: There used to be several remote sub-systems. It was found to contribute nothing but unnecessary frustration and was replaced with the Universal Remote for Rule of Fun.
  • Lampshaded: "Wow, that little remote can do anything, can't it?"
  • Invoked: A device intended for time travelers is specifically designed to deal with these comparability issues.
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  • Exploited: Alice uses her Universal Remote to control other peoples' Universal Remotes.
  • Defied: "Control all my appliances with one device? As if!" And she refuses to purchase it.
  • Discussed: "Too bad we don't have one of those Universal Remotes that could take control of Emperor Evulz's computer... er, do we, Alice?"
  • Conversed: "It's like one of those sci-fi movies where they find an alien computer that is auto-magically compatible with all our Earth technology."
  • Deconstructed: Electronics manufacturers are releasing system codes and software drivers to allow the Universal Remote to interact with their products, in deference to the Remote's rising popularity.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice pours gasoline into the battery compartment of her flashlight. It works to Bob's utter confusion.
  • Played For Drama: Power corrupts, and Alice finds herself Slowly Slipping Into Evil as she takes control of the world's technology.
  • Implied: Alice is a Playful Hacker who accesses more systems than should be possible, but it is not revealed how.

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