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Basic Trope: Something unusual is never commented on.

  • Straight: Alice has cat ears and a tail, no one seems to find this unusual.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has cat ears and a tail, carries a giant sword that is bigger than her, and is riding a giant sparkly dragon through town. Nobody bats an eyelid.
  • Downplayed: Alice's outfit occasionally gets her a couple of glances, but those people are shown staring at everyone.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Whenever Bob Coolson does something that is run-of-the-mill, everyone calls him out on it.
    • "I have a paper that leads to a thing." "DID YOU SAY A THING?!?"
    • Mundane Made Awesome
    • Everyone comments on Alice's ears and tail, even as they let other Half-Human Hybrids go without comment.
  • Subverted: Alice doesn't draw comments openly but there are plenty of judgemental covert whispers. Which she can hear since they are real ears.
  • Double Subverted: Everyone notices Alice's cat ears and tail but it doesn't seem to affect their behavior.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice takes her best friend, Cthu-Cthu on a tour of the town, and he decides to go on a rampage. As he does so, one of the townspeople, who's been watching the entire time, yawns and complains about how boring things are in town.
    • Charlie is the only person to notice Alice's cat ears and tail, but no one believes him.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice starts off as a Bunny-Ears Lawyer. After Cth-Cthu's rampage, humans start pogroming Hybrids. La Résistance overthrows The Spanish Inquisition. They make a Law that the emotionless Eldritch Abomination must be destroyed, but any Hybrid who can laugh and cry and sing and dance counts as a Free-born Citizen, so Alice is reckoned as a person again. Then, the remnants of the Spanish Inquisition notice that Alice laughs when Humans cry, etc.
  • Averted: Anything unusual is commented upon, and noted.
  • Enforced:
    • The author thinks that the civilian reactions to Alice's presence would bog down the story too much.
    • It's meant to show just how everyday this seems.
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, Alice, don't you think it's strange that people never seem to notice that you have a tail?"
  • Invoked: Alice turns into a more human self, with strange technology and walk past undisguised humans.
  • Exploited: Alice rides through town on a dragon twenty yards long because no one will notice.
  • Defied: People immediately notice Alice's unusual look and didn't neglect her one bit.
  • Discussed: Alice and another character have a long heart-to-heart about how hard it is to be a catgirl in a non-catgirl world.
  • Conversed: "Have you ever noticed how these characters never seem to notice that there's a weird Half-Human Hybrid in their midst? What's up with that?"
  • Deconstructed: Alice feels that others don't think she's special or interesting, making her doubt herself and doubt her friendships.
  • Reconstructed: Alice's friends reveal that they simply pretended to ignore her cat ears and tail because they wanted to be polite.

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