Created By: ParadiscaCorbasi on December 12, 2011 Last Edited By: Skylite on February 22, 2016
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Non Voyage Party

Character mistakes party in their honor as party to celebrate getting rid of them.

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Misunderstandings are a big part of comedy. People hearing part of a conversation, or hearing it without context, and, well, Hilarity Ensues.

Non Voyage Party is another trope from the comic misunderstandings family. Alice is throwing a party for Bob to celebrate some accomplishment or special occasion of Bob's, but Bob, overhearing part of the plans or seeing his friends sneak around without context, ends up with the mistaken idea that Alice is really trying to get rid of him and is throwing a party to celebrate his imminent departure.

Of course the trope usually resolves with the confused party getting the story straight and being embarrassed and/or amused that they could have been so far off from the truth of the matter, and Everybody Laughs Ending closes it out as the silly misunderstanding is put to rest.

Not to be confused with It's a Costume Party, I Swear. Subtrope of Not What It Looks Like.


Film
  • An inversion in one of the Ace Ventura films: the monastery Ace is staying at learns he's leaving and throws a massive party to celebrate getting rid of him. Of course, he thinks it's a going-away party.
  • One 5 Second Films has a group of friends react so excitedly to the news a friend is coming, he looks through the window and turns around, sadly remarking "it looks like they don't need me anymore".
  • Inverted in Scrooge: The "Thank You Very Much" scene:
    All these people owe me money. They all loved me and I never knew!...What did I do? What did I do? Whatever it was, it has made me truly happy that I am the cause. My friends, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I shall remember this moment until my dying day. Unseen by Scrooge, his casket is taken out of the building.

Live-Action TV
  • Inverted in Frasier. The Cheers gang holds a going-away party for Cliff, who's set to retire to a tropical locale. But Cliff, so touched by the things said about him during the party, instead decides to stay in Boston, much to Carla's chagrin.
  • In Gilligan's Island, the castaways learn that Mary Ann's alleged boyfriend has married another girl. After trying to hide this information from her, they decide to give her a party to cheer her up. Meanwhile, Mary Ann mistakenly thinks she may have eaten some poisonous mushrooms, and misinterprets the reason why the others are suddenly preparing a party...
  • When Eleanor visits in Three's Company, Jack thinks the party Janet and Chrissy are throwing is to celebrate her return (and thus, his departure.) He doesn't know it's really a party congratulating him for passing his cooking exam.

Video Games
  • A particularly paranoid soldier on Dromund Kaas in Star Wars: The Old Republic mistook a birthday party for an attempt on his life... and responded accordingly.

Western Animation
  • In Futurama, the cast decides to hold a birthday party for Prof Farnsworth. Farnworth initially thinks it's a disciplinary hearing.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. In "Party of One", Pinkie misapprehends the other ponies blowing off her after-birthday party for Gummy and after seeing them sneak around, believes they no longer want to be her friends. This upsets her greatly, and she's surprised when her friends explain that the truth is they were throwing her a surprise birthday party.
  • Powerpuff Girls. "Little Miss Interpret". Bubbles and her sisters overhear the professor's plans for a party for the three of them, but misinterpret what they hear. They end up thinking he plans to destroy them and create a new set of girls.
  • Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Adventures. The going away party for Raspberry Torte. Raspberry's big city diva fashion designer worked out to separate Raspberry from her bumpkin friends, so Raspberry blows off the party altogether never knowing it was a celebration of her success.

Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • December 12, 2011
    peccantis
    Not to be confused with Its A Costume Party I Swear.
  • January 18, 2012
    jatay3
    How could we miss the "Thank you very much" scene in Scrooge?
  • January 18, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    @jatay3 I think that's an inverse of this trope: that people were throwing a "we're happy he's gone" party?
  • January 18, 2012
    captainpat
  • January 18, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    ...you think this is so basic it doesn't require an explanation?
  • January 19, 2012
    Chabal2
    • An inversion in one of the Ace Ventura films: the monastery Ace is staying at learns he's leaving and throws a massive party to celebrate getting rid of him. Of course, he thinks it's a going-away party.
    • One Five Second Films has a group of friends react so excitedly to the news a friend is coming, he looks through the window and turns around, sadly remarking "it looks like they don't need me anymore".
  • March 13, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    @jatay3 I remember the song as being a celebration that Scrooge is dead. Did Scrooge mistake the revelry as something else before finding out it was a revel to celebrate his death? It has been yeeeaaars since I've seen that movie.
  • March 16, 2012
    sgamer82
    • A particularly paranoid soldier on Dromund Kaas in Star Wars The Old Republic mistook a birthday party for an attempt on his life... and responded accordingly.
  • March 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^He doesn't know they're celebrating the fact that he's dead. They say they're celebrating their gratitude, but then he discovers they're grateful that he died.
    All these people owe me money. They all loved me and I never knew!...What did I do? What did I do? Whatever it was, it has made me truly happy that I am the cause. My friends, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I shall remember this moment until my dying day. Unseen by Scrooge, his casket is taken out of the building.
  • March 27, 2012
    reub2000
    • In Western Animation/Futurama, the cast decides to hold a birthday party for Prof Farnsworth. Farnworth initially thinks it's a disciplinary hearing.
  • April 15, 2012
    benjamminsam
    Inverted in Frasier. The Cheers gang holds a going-away party for Cliff, who's set to retire to a tropical locale. But Cliff, so touched by the things said about him during the party, instead decides to stay in Boston, much to Carla's chagrin.
  • June 17, 2012
    Skylite
    same originator, different username. Ready to launch unless people have more examples or objections?
  • October 10, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work titles.
  • October 10, 2013
    kjnoren
    ^^ Far from ready to launch. The trope name is far too general, in comparison to the definition. The description is also very rambling, written as a thesis, and it's not terribly clear what is being defined either.
  • October 10, 2013
    DAN004
    Mistaken For Celebrated For Missing? (That's far too long but that pretty much gets the point across)
  • October 11, 2013
    Skylite
    @kjornen ok, what would you suggest to improve both the trope title and the description. I had something different before I went to the Alice and Bob type example.
  • October 13, 2013
    Delibird
    How about Party Paranoia for the title? The party is really meant in good faith, but the person the party is for becomes paranoid that the party-givers are celebrating that said person is going away/has lost all their money/is about to die/etc.

    • In Gilligan's Island, the castaways learn that Mary Ann's alleged boyfriend has married another girl. After trying to hide this information from her, they decide to give her a party to cheer her up. Meanwhile, Mary Ann mistakenly thinks she may have eaten some poisonous mushrooms, and misinterprets the reason why the others are suddenly preparing a party...
  • August 15, 2014
    Skylite
    anybody got anything to say about this? I know usually 5 hats is required, but this has been going on for a while.
  • August 15, 2014
    DAN004
    If everyone's fine with Party Misunderstanding then I can accept it. Still thinking on a clearer name though.
  • September 18, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    Live Action TV
    • When Eleanor visits in Threes Company, Jack thinks the party Janet and Chrissy are throwing is to celebrate her return (and thus, his departure.) He doesn't know it's really a party congratulating him for passing his cooking exam.
  • September 19, 2014
    bitemytail
    OP, examples section should be in alphabetical order. Please move Video Games above Western Animation.
  • September 25, 2014
    Cider
    Not What It Looks Like, pretty sure that already covers this.
  • September 25, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ this would be a subtrope that involves a party.

    Maybe Mistaken Purpose Party?
  • November 8, 2014
    Skylite
    Non Voyage Party — a Just For Pun on "Bon Voyage Party" since the misunderstanding usually involves the person misunderstanding thinking s/he's in trouble or about to be kicked out or asked to leave.

  • November 15, 2014
    dexterian120
    Non Voyage Party- I like it.
  • November 17, 2014
    Skylite
    bump — any other examples? I feel like this one happens pretty frequently. And I'd disagree about Not What It Looks Like as this trope specifically requires overhearing the plans out of context, so they've already developed an idea about what the party is for that is wrong before they get to it.
  • August 26, 2015
    Skylite
    and a bump. Hats?
  • August 26, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Please add in the Three's Company example that Eleanor is Janet & Chrissy's former roommate, whose going away party in the first episode leads to Jack moving in and the overall plot of the series.
  • August 29, 2015
    Skylite
    Roger, randomsurfer. I will get to it when I'm not on from tablet.
  • January 15, 2016
    Skylite
    at four hats and holding. May I consider this ready to launch or does it hardline require the fifth hat?
  • January 23, 2016
    randomsurfer
    ^ See ^^^.
  • February 22, 2016
    Skylite
    Eep. Misunderstanding the new page behaviour made me launch it with the wrong name.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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