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Basic Trope: A promo for a story shows a well-known good character acting in a callous or outright evil manner, but put in context of the full story it turns out that the character had a good reason for their behavior.

  • Straight: On the cover of "Troper Comics", series protagonist Bob is first seen grabbing a knife to slash somebody, saying "You deserve this after all you've done". In the book, he's slashing at ropes to free somebody.
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  • Exaggerated: The cover shows Bob dropping a nuke on a city. In the actual story, Bob is actually grabbing the nuke to prevent it from falling on the city.
  • Downplayed: The cover shows Bob fighting with somebody, implied to be love interest Action Girl Alice, but instead he's fighting Diana in the actual story.
  • Justified: It was a frameup in story, and the cover easily allows the readers to see how the people in universe saw the hero.
  • Inverted:
    • The cover for the comic makes it look like Emperor Evulz has done a Heel–Face Turn. Turns out he didn't.
    • Bob looked like he was freeing Alice from Evulz's prison... when in the story, he's coming after her with intent to kill.
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  • Double Subverted: Bob is sympathetic to the villain's tragic backstory and is giving him a chance to redeem himself.
  • Parodied:
    • The person being released is saying "Oh no, you're holding a knife up to me! What might you be planning to do with that thing?" And in a smaller text box it says "And I bet anybody watching this will get the wrong idea."
    • Bob seems to be stomping something while splashing "blood" everywhere... then it turns out they were a bunch of tomatoes.
  • Zig Zagged: The story is entirely devoted to explaining the morality of the event on the cover, and it never comes to a good answer about whether Bob was doing the right thing or not.
  • Averted: Bob is fully shown to be cutting the ropes rather than the person.
    • Bob is seen doing an evil action because he's genuinely done a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Enforced: Bob is usually a pacifist. Showing him 'killing' someone will evoke curiosity among readers and make them want to read on to find out what had happened to Bob.
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  • Lampshaded: On the actual page it happens, police chief Charlie bursts in from what appears to be the place where the cover was looking in from, saying "The way I saw things I thought you were about to hurt somebody!"
  • Invoked: One of Bob's enemies builds a room so that it would look he was committing a horrible act to Alice
  • Exploited: The enemy then took a picture of the 'act' and reported to the police.
  • Defied:
    • Bob loudly exclaims that he's going to free the person and not stab him.
    • Bob refuses to be a Hero with Bad Publicity and does not do anything that might look bad out of context.
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  • Implied: Bob was helping the freed victim recover from the suspension. The victim says "For a second there, I thought you were going to use that knife on me."

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