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Basic Trope: The Hero or the Villain makes a stupid move late into the story just to help the climax along.

  • Straight:
    • The Hero Ichigo has always succeeded thanks to the help of her True Companions, Budou and Ringo. However, when it comes time to confront Queen Sangria, Ichigo insists on confronting her alone.
    • Queen Sangria is a Chessmaster who has been sending powerful monsters against the heroes and staying well out of harm's way. However, she suddenly decides to confront Ichigo herself for the final showdown.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Ichigo has always been a Guile Hero and fantastic at planning things beforehand and making stuff up on the fly. But when it's time for her to confront Queen Sangria, she turns into a complete Idiot Hero making Too Dumb to Live mistakes.
    • Queen Sangria has always been incredibly cunning and kept the heroines on their toes, manipulating events to keep them fighting separately rather than teaming up against her. But suddenly, she appears before all three to gloat about everything she's done, causing them to team up against her, and decides to take on the trio all at once.
  • Downplayed:
    • Ichigo is normally Lawful Good who realizes that Queen Sangria is not going to allow peace despite being the legal ruler. After giving a royal beating, Ichigo insists Sangria be tried by the courts rather than just ending her there, leading to the climax where she is assassinated in the court.
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    • Queen Sangria normally does everything to remain innocent in the eyes of the public. After her actions are put forth to the public causing great amounts of civil unrest, she attacks the heroes instead of trying to scavenge her reputation.
  • Justified:
    • Ichigo needs to fight Queen Sangria alone Because Destiny Says So, and Sangria has found a way to render Budou and Ringo powerless.
    • Queen Sangria has been steadily gaining power all this time; to become immortal, she has to slay Ichigo with her own hands so she can suck her soul dry and claim the heroine's magic as her own.
  • Inverted: Ichigo and Queen Sangria have been an Idiot Hero and ineffective villain, respectively, but both suddenly take several levels in badass before their final confrontation.
  • Subverted:
    • Queen Sangria acts like an idiot hero to draw Ichigo into her perfect trap...
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    • Ichigo's friends stay to help her, and Ichigo decides to let them.
  • Double Subverted: But it turns out that the trap is ineffective, forcing Sangria to fight Ichigo anyway.
  • Parodied:
    • Queen Sangria is hit on the head immediately before the grand finale, causing her to become much dumber than previous.
    • The Lemony Narrator actually declares the beginning of "act three" and explains how the hero needs to act stupid for a while, and gives Hiro a physical Idiot Ball.
  • Zig Zagged: Ichigo and Sangria are both tactical geniuses. But when the climax came around, we lose sight of their ingenuity. In other words, they act like idiots. However, it's actually all part of each plan's to mark the other's downfall. But because their plans contrasted each other, nothing could move, so they had to fight head on anyway. But we soon find out that they don't simply act randomly but in fact forcing their initial plans to work.
  • Averted: Neither Ichigo or Sangria make any incredibly stupid mistakes during their final confrontation.
  • Enforced:
    • The writers want to add drama to the Grand Finale by splitting the team up, even though Ichigo wouldn't normally make such a huge tactical error like that.
    • The writers made Queen Sangria too formidable for the heroes to easily defeat her; having her make a critical mistake is about the only way to even the playing field.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked:
    • Aware that Ichigo is almost unstoppable with Budou and Ringo's backup, Queen Sangria teases them with hints that she has a way of neutralizing the other girls' powers. Ichigo then has to decide whether she should take the risk of going it alone or bring them along knowing that the queen could render her friends powerless and slaughter them.
    • Ichigo taunts Queen Sangria about her "cowardice", trying to provoke her into making a critical mistake like challenging her face-to-face.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Ichigo's bad decision gets her killed. Budou and Ringo are quick to follow, rendering Ichigo's main reason for choosing to go alone — protecting her friends — utterly moot.
    • If Queen Sangra was going to change her mind later, she's out of luck; the instant she decides to confront Ichigo alone, Lady Jaded takes her chance to seize command, making sure everyone knows exactly how bad this mistake was. Bad-guy politics are never pretty.
  • Reconstructed: As Queen Sangria is overpowering Ichigo, she gloats on what a Stupid Sacrifice she's making, and that her friends will be the next to die. Hearing this triggers Ichigo's Heroic Resolve, and she powers through and slays the evil queen.

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