Created By: karstovich2 on December 14, 2013 Last Edited By: karstovich2 on December 16, 2013
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IKEA Breakup

Couple goes to IKEA. They break up. (May not have enough media examples yet)

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A couple is about to move in together for the first time.

The couple go somewhere to furnish/buy things for their new apartment/house. Usually this is IKEA.

They fight about furniture. Or is it really the furniture they're fighting over?

They break up.
I'm not entirely sure there are enough examples in media for this; all I can think of is an episode of 30 Rock and part of one of Louis C.K.'s more recent standup routines. However (1) I know for a fact this actually happens (it happened to not one but two friends of mine), so it may have appeared elsewhere. We might expand it a bit to other places couples moving in together might go after they move in together, but I suspect this might not be tropeable for a little while yet.
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  • December 14, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
  • December 14, 2013
    MorningStar1337
  • December 14, 2013
    karstovich2
    I know that's a risk, which is why I asked if there might be anywhere other than IKEA that we see this phenomenon—realistically, this is about couples who break up right when they're about to move in, with plans for their shared living space being the catalyst. Also, this is something people only started noticing relatively recently—the Louis CK bit and 30 Rock episode date from 2011-12—so new examples might show up in the future. New examples might have shown up in the last two years. I'm fishing. Who knows, maybe there's more out there than we thought.
  • December 14, 2013
    karstovich2
    Also, only in Tropeland does IKEA send anybody's mind to the gutter. That's why it's funny.
  • December 14, 2013
    DracMonster
    Ignore this post. Nothing to see here, move along.
  • December 14, 2013
    StarSword
    I thought this was something like IKEA Erotica.

    I think there's the thread of a trope here, which I would define as "couple arguing about something inconsequential foreshadows a breakup". Motion against prior motion to discard.
  • December 14, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ Toilet Seat Divorce

    motion against prior motion against prior motion to discard.

    EDIT: i have to admit that Toilet Seat Divorce is a very Non Indicative Name though, so it's understandable you didn't know about it. i even had to Wiki Walk from searching "breakup" to find it.
  • December 14, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Ok, that works. @OP, suggest putting your examples there.
  • December 14, 2013
    DAN004
    Toilet Seat Divorce is about divorce/breakup because of trivial things, right? If so then we don't need this YKTTW.
  • December 14, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ needs to go to TRS for having a stupid name though. there's nothing about the name that's evocative of the trope its about.
  • December 15, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ In order to understand it you have to know about the "Toilet seat: up or down" conflict between men and women and how it could cause marital conflict.
  • December 15, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ So what, title comes from a Toilet Humor?
  • December 16, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Something like that, lol.

    I'm gonna go ahead and toss this since it's pretty clearly covered.
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