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Basic Trope: A character shows respect for their adversary.

  • Straight: Dracone has respect for his long-time rival Hiro.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Dracone has respect for Hiro, though it is rather half-hearted.
  • Justified:
    • Dracone admires Hiro's determination in fighting and defeating him.
    • Even though Hiro opposes Dracone, Dracone can still see something of himself in him.
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    • Dracone sees fighting as an art form, and can appreciate the inherent cleverness of Hiro's tactics and the finesse he puts into his technique.
    • Dracone has almost never lost, and as a result is constantly bored. Hiro is the first opponent in a long time who can keep up with him, so he finds himself with a renewed vigor.
  • Inverted:
    • Hiro sees Lance as his most trusted and strongest ally.
    • Dracone usually sees foes as worthy but on the wrong side and out of their depth. When he faces Hiro he is reduced to frothing rage and is the only foe of his he badmouths.
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  • Double Subverted:
    • After Dracone almost loses against Hiro, he starts showing more clear signs of respect for him.
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    • Eventually, the praise stops, and when questioned on it, Dracone admits he respects Hiro enough to stop insulting him.
  • Parodied: Dracone has these feelings inappropriately about all sorts of minor annoyances despite not being remotely a fighter. Rob who got promoted ahead of him from nepotism despite being a total idiot? The kids that threw toilet paper on his house? The guy who cut him off in traffic? All worthy opponents in his mind.
  • Zig Zagged: Dracone sees Hiro as a worthy foe at the start, but becomes angered when Hiro makes him bleed, and then becomes frightened of him when it seems he's about to win...Before begrudgingly accepting his inevitable defeat. When Dracone is next seen, he admits he's actually pissed that this rube beat him, and didn't want Hiro to have the satisfaction of seeing Dracone throw a tantrum... while admitting that he's a threat that he had previously underestimated.
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  • Averted: Dracone doesn't respect Hiro or any other opponent for that matter.
  • Enforced: "We want to make Dracone a Noble Demon; him respecting capable opponents is one way to demonstrate this".
  • Lampshaded: "Enemies Equals Greatness, Hiro. Facing you in combat reminds me I am truly Great, and for this I am thankful."
  • Invoked: Hiro styles himself in a manner that will appeal to Dracone's ego, in order to manipulate him.
  • Exploited: Hiro manages to bargain for his freedom by appealing to Dracone's appreciation of his worthiness.
  • Defied: "Like hell I'll respect a weak, dumb piece of crap like you!"
    • A Worthy opponent? I'd rather have you as a worthy friend, thank you."
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  • Implied: Dracone smirks after Hiro manages to punch him in the face.
  • Deconstructed: After Dracone almost loses against Hiro, he begins to respect his lethality in combat, but as he now understands just how dangerous Hiro is both to him and his master’s plans, he becomes a No-Nonsense Nemesis.
  • Reconstructed: Even knowing how dangerous Hiro is, Dracone would soon cut his own head off than kill such an impressive adversary and instead works by trying to push Hiro away from plans via misdirection.

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