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Basic Trope: Bad media is treated as traumatizing or even physically injuring.

  • Straight: Tropers: The Movie is a horrible movie that causes Alice psychological pain and traumatizes her when she sees it.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice ends up getting a malignant brain tumor caused by the the sheer awfulness of the movie, which in turn causes her to suffer a crippling seizure not five minutes into the movie and end up hospitalized.
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    • Tropers causes Alice's head to explode after the first horrible pun.
    • At the very first opening chronon, Tropers causes Alice to Go Mad from the Revelation and explode, as well as the summoning of the Devil.
  • Downplayed: Alice is disgusted by the movie to the point of vomiting, but not actually physically injured.
  • Justified:
    • Alice's sensation of illness has been unintentionally triggered by a subconscious Pavlovian response, as the images in the movie instinctively remind her of a traumatic event.
    • Tropers contain scenes that are just plain icky.
    • Tropers was cursed.
    • Or the viewers were cursed to feel sick or pain when they watch a bad movie.
  • Inverted:
    • Tropers is such a great movie that it cures Alice's illness.
    • Tropers is such a great movie it causes anyone who views it to have a spontaneous orgasm.
    • A more downplayed inversion: Tropers is so good a movie, it makes the viewers feel like they're getting a massage.
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    • Tropers is so awesome, people who watch it hear a thousand angels singing.
    • Tropers is so awesome, anyone who watches it explodes violently.
  • Subverted:
    • It wasn't the movie - the theater was filling with poisonous gas from a terrorist plot.
    • Alternatively: The pain is in Alice's stomach, because the movie is so unintentionally hilarious that she's nearly died laughing.
  • Double Subverted: Actually, the gas was an accident. The movie, swapped with a decent one, was the terrorists' actual weapon.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is so traumatized that she becomes a gibbering wreck whenever anyone even says the word "movie", much to her friends' confusion.
    • Masochists like the movie.
    • Tropers is threatened to be used as torture, making anybody who hears the threat surrender.
    • A dictatorial regime employs forced viewings of Tropers as a means of executing dissidents, noting it to be a cheaper and more efficient way to kill people than a firing squad.
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  • Zig Zagged: Tropers causes Alice to fluctuate between extreme psychological pain and extreme psychological pleasure.
  • Averted: Tropers merely depresses Alice briefly before she forgets about it.
  • Enforced:
    • The author includes Tropers which is actually a parody of another horrible work.
    • Or Tropers is that horrible piece of work.
  • Lampshaded: Hey! You in the audience! Are you feeling it yet? Well, you will be - from now on this shall be a musical!
  • Invoked: Weapons designers hired Uwe Boll to create a Mind Rape device in the form of a movie.
  • Exploited: A villain steals a copy of Tropers and broadcasts it around the world to Mind Rape mankind.
  • Defied: Alice takes an aspirin before watching Tropers.
  • Discussed: "Wouldn't that movie cause people inside it to turn into a sea of vomit?"
  • Conversed: "Ah, movies. Useful as instruments of torture."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Tropers was created by the government as a weapon of torture. It's a double-edged sword - the cast and crew all suffered physical and psychological harm by making it.
    • Alice's extreme reaction is a sign of some mental health problem. After all, it's just a movie.
  • Reconstructed: Tropers was created by beings with very different concepts of what makes a good movie, who can therefore watch it safely. They just hadn't considered its effect on humans.

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