The World Mocks Your Loss
You are in a relationship with the love of your life! You and said love are happy as can be and nothing can go wrong
Then it does
And you hate the world. Especially since the world seems to be mocking you for it. As you walk through the park, EVERYONE is paired up. You see couples on the benches, making out, couples on the lake, making out, couples under trees, making out
, even the birds and frogs and PLANTS seem to be paired up with their life-long partner, and you're not. The world is mocking you.
If this is a musical, then this scene usually involves a very sad song. In a romantic comedy, the scene may go to extreme lengths to show the pair ups, and the scene will come after the Second-Act Breakup
and before the reconciliation.
This trope can be Played for Laughs
or Played for Drama
. Also, it doesn't have to be about romantic breakups - it can also be used when someone has died or gone missing, or some highly emotional object has been lost through no fault of their own. In these instances, expect the protagonist to mistake other people or objects for the one they lost.
Look for Lonely Piano Piece
in visual examples.
The romantic version is a subtrope of Alone Among the Couples
Somewhat Truth in Television
in that those who have recently lost something will tend to notice these things a LOT more than someone who hasn't suffered such a loss.
Compare Cold Turkeys Everywhere
, wherein that trope is for people who willingly gave up something, and the world is tempting them constantly. Compare/Contrast Spontaneous Choreography
. Contrast You Are Not Alone
Anime and Manga
- Midori Days does this to Seiji several times in both the anime and manga versions:
- In the first chapter of the manga, he becomes depressed after striking out with a local girl, only to find himself surrounded by lovey-dovey couples on his way to school... he doesn't take it well.
- And, in chapter 17, he ends up alone in a cafe full of happy couples.
- The anime version has him strike out with the same girl from the first example, after which, he goes to a movie theater to sulk. When he realizes he's the only one there without a date, he vents his frustration on the crowd and storms out.
- Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto definitely has this post-timeskip. After learning his brother, who he'd spent the majority of the manga on a vendetta against for murdering their entire family, was actually a martyr, he snaps and swears to burn down Konoha, despite his brother giving his life to protect it. All this is due to this trope, which is a product of his growing insanity.
Film — Animation
- When the eponymous Groo the Wanderer thought his dog Rufferto was dead and that Groo had eaten him he kept seeing objects that reminded him of Rufferto's coloring.
- Gaston Lagaffe: A guy in the forest who just broke up with his girlfriend looks around to see only animals merrily frolicking in pairs, reflecting on how even they find happiness... then he sees Gaston's car bouncing along a badly-maintained road, and lightens up considerably, seeing as everything is joyous and energetic today.
Film — Live Action
- In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride has the scene after Kovu gets exiled. Kiara is constantly reminded that she is on her own now, complete with song "Love Will Find a Way".
- In Better Off Dead, Lane is constantly reminded of his ex, Beth, because every other guy in town (and Barney Rubble) wants to date her.
- The Crowd: When a desperate John tries to get people outside to quiet down as his daughter is dying, the traffic cop at the corner tells him the world can't stop because his kid's sick. Later, a title card says that "The crowd laughs with you always...but it will cry with you for only a day." Following scenes show how the uncaring world moves on as John plunges into despair.
- After Pat gets fired from the post office in It's Pat, they get taunted by a little girl and her mother holding a briefcase, a magazine at a newsstand with a headline about unemployment, construction workers on break, firefighters and police officers greeting each other, and a pair of astronauts floating by.
- The "Scotty Doesn't Know" song in Euro Trip. The song was written to brag about how Scotty's girlfriend was cheating on him with the singer. They break the news to him by performing it at his graduation party, after which the song becomes a smash hit, Running Gag, and given the name of this film, a literal example of the world mocking his loss.
- In Lost In a Good Book, Thursday starts seeing infants everywhere en route to her physician's office; she fears she's lost her pregnancy when she realizes Landen has been eradicated.
- The Simpsons:
- After Ned lost his wife he sees couples dancing and having fun at the Jellyfish Festival.
Marge: Poor Ned. This is his first Jellyfish Festival alone.
Homer: I know. And it doesn't get any easier from here. There's the Tongue-Kissing Festival, Cinco de Ocho, the Hobo Oscars, days just made for lovers. Not widowers... lovers.
- In the episode with Homer buying a handgun, he is dismayed when he learns that the registration process will take a few days. He spends those days moping on his lawn. A montage of tempting targets pass by during those days: a line of ducks, a Target truck, Patty and Selma on a bike...
- Parodied in the Futurama DVD Movie "The Beast with a Billion Backs"; right after Colleen and Fry break up, Fry sees increasingly comically unlikely coupling scenarios.
- These are more "The World Mocks Your Discomfort", but in Family Guy:
- In "The Son Also Draws" Peter's bowel is acting up during a long road trip. Every billboard and sign remind him of it (examples include "Furniture Store; all stools must go!"; "I Love My Shi-Tzu"; "Bob's House of Feces, Next Exit" [to which Peter responds "Oh come on, that one's not even real!"]).
- In one episode, Peter gets a prostate exam, and thinks he was violated. He tries to watch TV; he sees Freddy Got Fingered, changes the channel to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, showing E.T.'s healing finger, then changes the channel to a Yellow Pages ad: "Let your fingers do the walking!" Peter then runs away and meets Chris wearing a foam finger, and the Evil Monkey who always points at people.