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Basic Trope: A story is set in a world where real life elements co-exist with various fantastical elements without much fanfare.

  • Straight: A cop story where the protagonist is partnered with a robot, who is treated as a Token Minority rather than a sci-fi element.
  • Exaggerated: An otherwise slice-of-life series where the protagonist attends a floating school and works at a convenience store run by aliens. His psychic sister will sometimes tease him using her powers.
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  • Downplayed: A single episode has a vampire showing up as a Girl of the Week. Everyone knows she's a vampire, nobody ever says "But vampires aren't real!", and after the episode, no fantasy elements show up.
  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted: An imaginary fantasy world inhabited by elves and dragons where you can find things like vending machines and used carriage salesmen.
  • Subverted: Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane.
  • Double Subverted: A character is very shocked to find out her best friend is a superhero. She says "I always knew you had superpowers, but I never thought you'd use them to become a superhero!"
  • Parodied: A series about the everyday lives of people living in a city in a video game, which shows the characters having to deal with the heroes bursting into their home and looting their stuff.
  • Zig Zagged: Certain things are treated as perfectly normal—bionic limbs, genetic mutations, space aliens—while other things are treated as wild and fantastic—unicorns, leprechauns, librarians, etc.
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  • Averted: Any series in which the fantasy is a secret, or in which there are no fantasy elements.
  • Enforced: The author wants to blend genres together, and inject excitement to a story that would otherwise be drab and wouldn't stand out.
  • Lampshaded: Any character saying something like "I've got to run some errands, so I'll be taking the subspace highway to the Andromeda Galaxy to speak to Lord Magax about renewing the contract on my soul, and then I'll stop by the moon to visit my old guru. Do you want me to pick up some eggs while I'm out?"
  • Invoked: Some sort of evil overlord is mind-controlling the citizens of the world to ignore the fact that they are being invaded by an alien colony and infiltrated by robots.
  • Exploited: The characters need to get somewhere wearing samurai armor. They take the subway, because they figure no-one will really notice.
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  • Defied: A character makes a Rousing Speech getting the apathetic citizens to realize what a crazy world they live in.
  • Discussed: "You'd think people who see superheroes every day would start to become more accustomed to it and actually stay out of our way."
  • Conversed: "Why is nobody concerned about the giant monster working at the deli?!"

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