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Basic Trope: Someone is caught faking a performance.
  • Straight: Poppy Stardom lip-syncs while giving a concert. Then the lyrics and music start repeating, and the audience realizes she wasn't really singing.
  • Exaggerated: It's also revealed that Poppy's entire band is merely pretending to play. As they leave the stage, they accidentally reveal that the "backup dancers" are 3D holograms.
  • Downplayed:
    • Poppy is only performing for a small audience, and gets them to agree to shut up about that little mishap.
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    • Poppy is caught lip-syncing. However, her music is in an uptempo genre where dance lip-syncing is next-to expected, so the audience wasn't surprised and don't really mind.
    • The audio glitches in a way that suggests she might be lip-syncing, but doesn't come close to proving it. While some people find this suspicious, most give her the benefit of the doubt.
  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted: Poppy is caught singing live when she's supposed to be lip-syncing.
  • Subverted:
    • Poppy manages to pass off the Repetitive Audio Glitch as deliberate.
    • It turns out that the disastrous "concert" was merely a rehearsal to test if the special effects worked.
  • Double Subverted: Then the recording stops working altogether, and the audience figures out what's up.
  • Parodied:
    • Poppy's lip-syncing has been incredibly obvious for years, but everyone is still shocked to find out that she doesn't actually sing her songs.
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    • Poppy doesn't even try to make the lip-syncing look real, but she's still shocked when the audience realizes she's a fraud.
    • Poppy isn't lip-syncing and even accurately sings alongside the Repetitive Audio Glitch.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Poppy doesn't get caught lip-syncing.
  • Enforced: Poppy's music is actually done by a Reclusive Artist who hired her to act as the public performer. If anyone finds out, they can always just prove her innocence by admitting it was their idea.
  • Lampshaded: "If Poppy was going to lip-sync, she should've been better at not getting caught."
  • Invoked:
    • Poppy's main rival sabotages the playback to out her as a fraud.
    • Poppy is unhappy about being forced to lip-sync for a TV show, so she deliberately makes it clear she's not singing live.
  • Exploited: Poppy's rivals throw Take Thats at her and advertise that their performances are genuine.
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  • Defied: Poppy's team quickly shuts down the malfunctioning audio player, and stops the concert due to "problems with the audio equipment". The audience buys this excuse.
  • Discussed: "Please make 100% sure this recording works. We don't want Poppy to become the next Milli Vanilli."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: Poppy usually sings for real. She catches a cold on a concert day, and the producers force her to lip-sync instead of cancelling the concert. When the audio malfunctions, everyone assumes all her performances were faked. She becomes a target of ridicule, and her career is ruined.
  • Played For Horror: A bomb has been planted that's set to go off when Poppy sings a certain note. The producers have been forced to letting the concert go on, and try getting around this by lip syncing to a recording. When the audio stops, the staff has to act quickly before the audience's lives are put in any more danger.

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