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Basic Trope: A suspect in a criminal case has some evidence showing that either they weren't present when the crime was committed, or couldn't possibly have committed the crime, or both.

  • Straight: Alice is found murdered in her apartment. Her ex-boyfriend Bob is suspected (or at least questioned) in the case, but he was away on business at the time of the murder.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is able to prove that not only was he away on business, he is not capable of wielding the weapon used even if he was around.
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    • Bob calls his boss to verify the details of his business trip right then and there, with the detectives on speaker-phone.
  • Downplayed: Bob produces his key from when he shared the apartment with Alice, and shows that Alice has since changed the lock and therefore the key doesn't fit.
  • Justified: It helps to rule out suspects.
  • Inverted: Bob can't show the evidence that he didn't kill Alice, as it would prove that he committed an even more heinous crime.
  • Subverted:
    • During investigations, it's revealed that Bob was never away on business.
    • Alice was killed by a bomb in her mailbox; Bob didn't have to be anywhere near it to set it off.
    • Bob hired a hit-man to kill Alice.
    • Bob has not had any contact with Alice for years.
    • The person Bob took that business trip to meet lies that Bob never showed up.
  • Double Subverted:
    • It also reveals that he never even left his apartment.
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    • It's revealed that Bob's schedule is too jam-packed to allow for the production of mail-bombs.
    • The hit-man got delayed with a family emergency, and someone else did it.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob is not questioned or suspected in the murder of Alice.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Bob is suspected in the horrific murder of his ex-girlfriend.
  • Exploited: Bob is the one who did it, and he lies hoping to get away with it.
  • Defied: Bob decides to Be as Unhelpful as Possible.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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