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Playing With / Skewed Priorities

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Basic Trope: Someone is more concerned about something trivial compared to, for instance, a (potential) major disaster.

  • Straight: When Bob's friend Carl is kidnapped, Bob's first reaction is, "Oh, Crap!! Now I'll never get that money he owes me for our bet!"
  • Exaggerated: Bob is a professional bookmaker with many clients who have been kidnapped all at once, and all of whom owe him money for a lost bet.
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  • Downplayed: Carl pretended to be kidnapped so he could get out of paying the piper (Bob).
  • Justified: Bob is a sociopath.
  • Inverted: Bob forgets about everything less important than saving Carl, to an absurd degree.
  • Subverted: Bob was just in shock. He reacts appropriately a few minutes later.
  • Double Subverted: Bob still seems to be mainly concerned about the money.
  • Parodied: After Bob hears that Carl has been kidnapped, he expresses his (perfunctory) concern for the other man and regret for his lost money with Dull Surprise. Everybody remembers the latter better than the former.
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob goes back and forth between fretting about Carl's safety and the money he owes him.
  • Averted: Bob cares more that Carl is safe than that he gets paid.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Your friend just got kidnapped, and all you can think about is money!?"
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  • Invoked: Alice reminds Bob of Carl's outstanding debt to him, thinking this will give him a personal interest in going to save him.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "The money can wait. Carl's in danger. I'm going to rescue him if it kills me!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Bob tells people he has a "very personal" interest in going to save Carl.
  • Deconstructed: Because of Bob's insistence of getting the money, he costs him and his team the mission. Also, Carl gets killed.

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