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Basic Trope: In the heat of a dangerous situation, the hero or somebody in the Five-Man Band mentions that (s)he would rather not be there.

  • Played Straight: Dave: You know, you dragging me out here and getting shot at by a bunch of bad guys isn’t my idea of a good time!
  • Exaggerated: Dave: I was perfectly happy sitting at home watching TV, but ‘oh no, it’ll be fun!’ you said! I DON’T THINK IT’S FUN YET!!
  • Justified: Getting pulled out of your normal routine into a grand adventure can do this to people, so pretty much every example is justified.
  • Inverted: The villain does this.

 Evil Overlord: Curses! Why couldn’t I just stay here and watch American Idol in peace?

  • Subverted: Dave hates the journey at first, but eventually realizes he’s having a more fulfilling life than before the quest began.
  • Double-Subverted: …until the Five-Man Band is forced to deal with a million Goddamned Bats.
  • Parodied: “I WANTED TO GO BOWLING!"
  • Zig-Zagged: Dave literally flip-flops between enjoying the quest and wishing he’d never tagged along in the first place.
  • Averted: Everyone participates in the quest without complaint or any mention of wanting to do something else.
  • Enforced: Played for Drama Or Laughs.
  • Lampshaded:

 Dave: Remember how I said I wanted to stay at home?

Bob: Yes, I also remember the last forty times you said it.

  • Invoked: The Evil Overlord plants Dave in Bob’s Five-Man Band because he knows that Dave is going to complain the whole way about how he wanted to stay at home, thereby causing discord within the group.
  • Defied: ?
  • Exploited: ?
  • Discussed: ?
  • Conversed: ?

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