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Basic Trope: A sentence is broken up into multiple sentences to emphasize the words.

  • Straight: Alice continuously asks Bob on a date. He stops her by saying, "I'm. Not. Going. Out. With you!"
  • Exaggerated: Ev! E! Ry! Sin! Gle! Syl! La! Ble! In! Bob's! Di! A! Logue! Is! Punc! Tu! A! Ted! For! Em! Pha! Sis!
  • Downplayed: Bob only punctuates the last two words of his sentence.
  • Justified: Bob has a speech impediment that causes him to speak in a slow, rhythmic fashion.
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  • Inverted: Bob says an entire paragraph as one continuous sentence.
  • Subverted: Bob starts a sentence with punctuated words, then starts speaking normally.
  • Double Subverted: Then he caps off his sentence with punctuated words.
  • Parodied: Bob punctuates his sentence as if he is rapping to the background music.
  • Zig Zagged: Every other word is punctuated.
  • Averted: All of Bob's dialogue is normal.
  • Enforced: "How about Bob is a character who only knows how to talk in individual words."
  • Implied: Alice is talking to Bob on the phone. On a pause, she asks him to repeat what he said, and the next pause is noticeably longer than the last one.
  • Lampshaded: "Nothing like making words into their own sentences to emphasise them, huh?"
  • Invoked: "Could you say that a little more slowly?"
  • Exploited: Alice holds Bob to his promises, which he can't cover up as a Freudian Slip.
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  • Defied: "I heard you the first time, Bob."
  • Discussed: "Sometimes, I wonder why I have to talk so slowly to other people."
  • Conversed: "At least we can understand what the guy's saying."
  • Played for Laughs: Bob tells his jokes like this, giving the other characters and audience more time to laugh.
  • Played for Drama: People make fun of Bob for his habit of saying one-word sentences and he comes to feel ashamed.

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