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Basic Trope: A Curse which acts as Laser-Guided Karma, usually cast by a wise woman of some sort.

  • Straight: Bob gets a Gender Bender Curse for dissing women around Alice of the Arcana.
  • Exaggerated: Bob gets a Gender Bender curse for telling one sexist joke at a rowdy party with a lot of political incorrectness going around. Alice just happened to hear him specifically.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is overheard by Alice calling Charlie out on his sexist joke. Bob scores with a Magical Girlfriend that night, implicitly thanks to Alice's magic, and the Casanova Wannabe Charlie gets nothing.
    • Alice of the Arcana overhears Bob making sexist comments... so she turns herself into a man to see if being male really is that much better.
  • Subverted: Alice threatens Bob with a Gender Bender Curse, then casts a spell which... makes a flashy lightshow. Bob is unaffected.
  • Double Subverted: Bob wakes up a girl the next day.
  • Parodied:
  • Deconstructed: Bob calls What the Hell, Hero? on Alice, and challenges her on her own morality for the Disproportionate Retribution. Violence may also ensue.
  • Reconstructed: Alice reveals her Blue and Orange Morality, and fades away into the shadows before Bob can turn his wrath on her.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob insults women around Alice, who threatens him with a Gender Bender Curse and casts a spell on him. It does nothing. Bob wakes up female the next day. After Hilarity Ensues, he seems to learn his lesson, and the Curse reverses itself. Bob then gets a case of Aesop Amnesia, and makes another insulting sexist comment to Claire. *Poof* - he turns into a girl again.
  • Averted: Nobody gets cursed.
  • Enforced: The writers want to teach An Aesop.
  • Lampshaded: *poof* "Oh, don't tell me, she was a gypsy." Bob checks his chest. "DAMMIT!"
  • Invoked: Alice wants to test her new Laser-Guided Karma spell, so she uses it on the first person she sees doing something "wrong", no matter how minor.
  • Defied: Bob minds his manners around Alice of the Arcana, knowing her reputation.
  • Exploited: Bob tricks Charlie into saying something rude around Alice, so that she curses him.
  • Discussed:
  • Conversed:
  • Played for Laughs:
  • Played for Drama:

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