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Basic Trope: The passage of a year and a day is significant.

  • Straight: Jack must travel a year and a day to reach a mountain in a Magical Land.
    • Jill must live in a city a year and a day to have the status of legal resident.
  • Exaggerated: Every journey in the Magical Land takes a year and a day.
  • Downplayed: It's a year and a day on a planet that travels around its sun much more quickly than usual, so it's not as long of a time period.
  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted: Jack must travel a day, then a year to reach a mountain in a Magical Land.
  • Subverted: Having been warned about the year and a day, Jack talks with wizards along the way, and gets magical wings that will let him
    • The city's lawyers figure out a way to not grant residency.
  • Double Subverted: The wings cause him to crash at the foothills of the mountain; he has to recover before he can finish the journey, which takes only a day, but his recovery ate up the rest of the year.
    • The mayor's rivals use it as a campaigning point about how the law is not respected, and grant residency when they win.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: A city requires that yearly laborers be hired for a year only, because then they don't get the day that will make the residents.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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