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Basic Trope: A dangerous shark shows up to menace the characters.

  • Straight: While swimming in the ocean, Bob is suddenly attacked by a huge shark.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is attacked by a horde of sharks.
  • Downplayed: Bob is attacked by a smaller shark.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is swimming in shark-infested waters; he's bound to see one.
    • Bob is bleeding, and the shark is following the tail of blood.
  • Inverted:
    • The shark is a friendly animal that wants to help Bob.
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    • The story is about human poachers hunting and butchering sharks.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob sees a shark fin on the water surface... But it turns out to be a dolphin.
    • Bob sees a shark at the bottom of the sea, it turns out to be a Zebra Shark, which is an Extreme Doormat.
    • A gigantic shark approaches Bob, but it turns out to be a Whale Shark.
  • Double Subverted:
    • After the dolphin appears, an actual shark shows up as well.
    • Bob himself is a Great White Shark, and then he eats the dolphin.
    • But then Bob grabs the shark's tail...
    • But then a horde of Whitetip Shark appears from behind.
    • Bob is a plankter...
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is threatened by a large shark, but gets away from it only to find a dogfish, which he thinks is cute and harmless. Then it still attacks him.
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  • Averted: Even though the story takes place at sea, there are no dangerous sharks.
  • Enforced: Sharks are a major fear of many people, so the writer includes them to scare the audience.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh no, a shark! It's a shark!"
  • Invoked: A mad scientist breeds sharks specifically for their aggression.
  • Exploited: To get rid of Bob, the villain throws him overboard in shark-invested waters and throws a bucket of chum after him.
  • Defied: A scientist develops sharks that would never attack people.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "This story takes place at sea, so a shark will probably show up at some point."
  • Implied: Only the aftermath of the shark attack is shown.
  • Deconstructed: The shark does initially attack Bob out of curiosity, but does not eat him because he's not its preferred prey.
  • Reconstructed: This shark is hungry enough to eat Bob anyway.

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