History Main / IronicBirthday

18th Oct '17 7:48:39 PM treehugger0369
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Contrast OnePersonBirthdayParty (when the character is suffering because nobody else showed up to their party) and ForgottenBirthday (when the character is sad only because ''they'' don't know about the surprise party.) If their birthday is miserable but they ''don't'' have to act cheerful for a party, it's ABirthdayNotABreak.

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Compare and contrast BirthdayHater, where someone just flat out hates their birthday for one reason or another; the difference is that, for this trope, the reason for not wanting to celebrate is more recent and likely temporary, whereas a BirthdayHater's motivation is often much more long-standing. Contrast OnePersonBirthdayParty (when the character is suffering because nobody else showed up to their party) and ForgottenBirthday (when the character is sad only because ''they'' don't know about the surprise party.) If their birthday is miserable but they ''don't'' have to act cheerful for a party, it's ABirthdayNotABreak.
12th Apr '17 10:16:12 AM AthenaBlue
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* Also not the victim's birthday: In ''{{Anime/Mazinkaiser}}'', Baron Ashura infiltrates the Photon Power Laboratory disguised as Professor Yumi, and walks in on Yumi's surprise birthday party. To make matters worse, all the presents remind him of Baron Ashura, including a Baron Ashura-themed dartboard. He dashes out, screaming that he is, in fact, Professor Yumi.



* Also not the victim's birthday: In ''{{Anime/Mazinkaiser}}'', Baron Ashura infiltrates the Photon Power Laboratory disguised as Professor Yumi, and walks in on Yumi's surprise birthday party. To make matters worse, all the presents remind him of Baron Ashura, including a Baron Ashura-themed dartboard. He dashes out, screaming that he is, in fact, Professor Yumi.













* In ''Film/SpiderMan2'', Peter just lost his job, and just had a bad day overall, and comes home to a (heartwarmingly pathetic) birthday party.




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* In ''Film/SpiderMan2'', Peter just lost his job, and just had a bad day overall, and comes home to a (heartwarmingly pathetic) birthday party.









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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', there has not been a single perfectly happy birthday shown. ComicBook/LexLuthor's 12th birthday involves an empty party. Clark's 16th birthday was fine for him at the time but Chloe saw him kissing Lana and left crying. He misses his 17th birthday because he is stabbed by an AxCrazy [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity teenager with]] [[AGodAmI his powers]]. His 19th birthday was not long after [[spoiler:Jonathan died]]. Chloe's 18th birthday involves being possessed by a WickedWitch who proceeded to bloodily torture Clark. Her 22th birthday was after she suffered through a long TraumaCongaLine, and Zatanna had the bright idea to transform her into Lois. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And Clark didn't show up for the party.]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', who had ''two'': one where he was trying not to accidentally stand up a woman for the third time, and one where he accidentally (with a little help from Roz) revealed his entire sexual history to the waiting party-throwers.

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', there has not been A notorious episode of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' involved Edith Bunker arriving to a single perfectly happy surprise birthday shown. ComicBook/LexLuthor's 12th birthday involves an empty party. Clark's 16th birthday was fine for him at the time but Chloe saw him kissing Lana and left crying. He misses his 17th birthday because he is stabbed by an AxCrazy [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity teenager with]] [[AGodAmI his powers]]. His 19th birthday was not long party after [[spoiler:Jonathan died]]. Chloe's 18th birthday involves being possessed ''attacked by a WickedWitch who proceeded to bloodily torture Clark. Her 22th birthday was after she suffered through a long TraumaCongaLine, and Zatanna had the bright idea to transform her into Lois. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And Clark didn't show up for the party.]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', who had ''two'': one where he was trying not to accidentally stand up a woman for the third time, and one where he accidentally (with a little help from Roz) revealed his entire sexual history to the waiting party-throwers.
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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', who had ''two'': one where he was trying not to accidentally stand up a woman for the third time, and one where he accidentally (with a little help from Roz) revealed his entire sexual history to the waiting party-throwers.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted wants to fire his former boss Hammond, but events keep getting in the way, including a surprise birthday party for Hammond, and the next day ''another'' surprise birthday party for Hammond (many employees having missed the first). This trope's usual effect applies more to Ted than to Hammond, who just seems pleased.



* A notorious episode of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' involved Edith Bunker arriving to a surprise birthday party after being ''attacked by a rapist''.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted wants to fire his former boss Hammond, but events keep getting in the way, including a surprise birthday party for Hammond, and the next day ''another'' surprise birthday party for Hammond (many employees having missed the first). This trope's usual effect applies more to Ted than to Hammond, who just seems pleased.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Assignment," [[ButtMonkey Chief O'Brien's]] birthday party takes place while his wife is secretly [[DemonicPossession possessed by a Pah-Wraith]].

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* A notorious episode of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' involved Edith Bunker arriving to In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', there has not been a surprise single perfectly happy birthday party after being ''attacked by a rapist''.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted wants to fire his former boss Hammond, but events keep getting in the way, including a surprise
shown. ComicBook/LexLuthor's 12th birthday party for Hammond, and the next day ''another'' surprise involves an empty party. Clark's 16th birthday party was fine for Hammond (many employees having missed him at the first). This trope's usual effect applies more to Ted than to Hammond, time but Chloe saw him kissing Lana and left crying. He misses his 17th birthday because he is stabbed by an AxCrazy [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity teenager with]] [[AGodAmI his powers]]. His 19th birthday was not long after [[spoiler:Jonathan died]]. Chloe's 18th birthday involves being possessed by a WickedWitch who just seems pleased.
proceeded to bloodily torture Clark. Her 22th birthday was after she suffered through a long TraumaCongaLine, and Zatanna had the bright idea to transform her into Lois. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And Clark didn't show up for the party.]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Assignment," Assignment", [[ButtMonkey Chief O'Brien's]] birthday party takes place while his wife is secretly [[DemonicPossession possessed by a Pah-Wraith]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' features the extreme example of Raven's friends celebrating her birthday, while she knows it signifies {{the end of the world|AsWeKnowIt}}.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[KidHero Ezra Bridger]] was born on the day TheEmpire was formed. On his seventh birthday, that Empire took his parents away (and [[spoiler:they would later die in a prison breakout]]). In "Empire Day," during Ezra's fifteenth birthday, he encounters a friend of his parents who is on the run from the Empire, and he and the rest of the crew try to get him out of danger. In the events that follow, Ezra [[spoiler:taps into TheDarkSide of TheForce in a bout of fear and anger]] during a clash with the Inquisitor.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[KidHero Ezra Bridger]] was born on the day TheEmpire was formed. On his seventh birthday, that Empire took his parents away (and [[spoiler:they would later die in a prison breakout]]). In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E06EmpireDay "Empire Day," during Day"]], on Ezra's fifteenth birthday, he encounters a friend of his parents who is on the run from the Empire, and he and the rest of the crew try to get him out of danger. In the events that follow, Ezra [[spoiler:taps into TheDarkSide of TheForce in a bout of fear and anger]] during a clash with the Inquisitor.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' features the extreme example of Raven's friends celebrating her birthday, while she knows it signifies {{the end of the world|AsWeKnowIt}}.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Ezra Bridger was born on the day the Empire was formed (the same Empire that would eventually [[spoiler:kill]] his parents for speaking out against it). In "Empire Day," during Ezra's fifteenth birthday, he encounters a friend of his parents who is on the run from the Empire, and he and the rest of the crew try to get him out of danger. In the events that follow, Ezra [[spoiler:taps into the dark side of the force in a bout of fear and anger]] during a clash with the Inquisitor.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[KidHero Ezra Bridger Bridger]] was born on the day the TheEmpire was formed. On his seventh birthday, that Empire was formed (the same Empire that would eventually [[spoiler:kill]] took his parents for speaking out against it).away (and [[spoiler:they would later die in a prison breakout]]). In "Empire Day," during Ezra's fifteenth birthday, he encounters a friend of his parents who is on the run from the Empire, and he and the rest of the crew try to get him out of danger. In the events that follow, Ezra [[spoiler:taps into the dark side TheDarkSide of the force TheForce in a bout of fear and anger]] during a clash with the Inquisitor.
24th Jan '17 11:20:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* The first episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'' pretty much revolves around this trope. Walter White comes home from the hospital on his 50th birthday, having just learnt that he has terminal cancer, to find a surprise party in his living room.

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The first episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'' pretty much revolves around this trope. Walter White comes home from the hospital on his 50th birthday, having just learnt that he has terminal cancer, to find a surprise party in his living room.
24th Jan '17 11:20:11 AM Morgenthaler
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30th Oct '16 11:29:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' plays with this. He is convicted and sentenced in the murder of Dyno-Mutt, goes to jail, goes through his years of appeals, ends up on death row, goes through catharsis and healing experiences as he makes peace with his lot in life, goes to the electric chair and surprise! This was all a set up for his birthday party. Where this becomes a straight example is that the prison marriage to MagillaGorilla was real.

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* ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' plays with this. He is convicted and sentenced in the murder of Dyno-Mutt, goes to jail, goes through his years of appeals, ends up on death row, goes through catharsis and healing experiences as he makes peace with his lot in life, goes to the electric chair and surprise! This was all a set up for his birthday party. Where this becomes a straight example is that the prison marriage to MagillaGorilla was real.
20th Aug '16 7:09:40 PM Schroeder1174
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* "It's My Party" by Leslie Gore. The singer loses her boyfriend Johnny to Judy, who shows up at the birthday party wearing his ring.

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* "It's My Party" by Leslie Lesley Gore. The singer loses her boyfriend Johnny to Judy, who shows up at the birthday party wearing his engagement ring.
17th Jul '16 6:25:59 PM nombretomado
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** In a lesser sense, also ''{{Company}}'', one of the {{S|tephenSondheim}}ondheim pieces it's based on.
* Inverted in the 1993 [[TheMusical musical]] of ''{{Tommy}}'': As 4-year-old Tommy, his mother, and her new lover celebrate her 21st birthday, her presumed-dead husband arrives and breaks up by engaging in a fight between him and the boyfriend that soon leaves the boyfriend dead... all the while the mother tries turning Tommy away from the fight toward the mirror... with which he witnesses said fight by looking at it, after which the parents soon get surprised by what they see before the father gets arrested. Whoops!

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** In a lesser sense, also ''{{Company}}'', ''Theatre/{{Company}}'', one of the {{S|tephenSondheim}}ondheim pieces it's based on.
* Inverted in the 1993 [[TheMusical musical]] of ''{{Tommy}}'': ''Theatre/{{Tommy}}'': As 4-year-old Tommy, his mother, and her new lover celebrate her 21st birthday, her presumed-dead husband arrives and breaks up by engaging in a fight between him and the boyfriend that soon leaves the boyfriend dead... all the while the mother tries turning Tommy away from the fight toward the mirror... with which he witnesses said fight by looking at it, after which the parents soon get surprised by what they see before the father gets arrested. Whoops!
2nd Mar '16 5:00:40 PM nombretomado
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* A notorious episode of ''AllInTheFamily'' involved Edith Bunker arriving to a surprise birthday party after being ''attacked by a rapist''.

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* A notorious episode of ''AllInTheFamily'' ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' involved Edith Bunker arriving to a surprise birthday party after being ''attacked by a rapist''.
6th Feb '16 10:53:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Frasier}}'', who had ''two'': one where he was trying not to accidentally stand up a woman for the third time, and one where he accidentally (with a little help from Roz) revealed his entire sexual history to the waiting party-throwers.

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* ''{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', who had ''two'': one where he was trying not to accidentally stand up a woman for the third time, and one where he accidentally (with a little help from Roz) revealed his entire sexual history to the waiting party-throwers.
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