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Playing With: Bad Humor Truck
Basic Trope: Ice cream truck being used for villainous purposes.
  • Straight: Harvey, a Psycho for Hire and long-time Professional Killer, drives an ice cream truck when going after his targets.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The ice cream man is a Jerk Ass who enjoys annoying the kids who buy ice cream from him.
  • Justified:
    • Harvey is driving the ice cream truck to appear inconspicuous.
    • Harvey's preferred method of assassination, when he feels he can get away with it, is selling poisoned ice cream to his target.
  • Inverted: Normally, Harvey is just an ordinary ice cream truck driver. But when duty calls, he dons his costume and becomes... The Egregious Trope-Man.
  • Subverted: The local kids saw the ice cream man acting suspicious, and thought that he was a murderer. However, when he is investigated by the police, he is found innocent.
  • Double Subverted: ...But only because they got the wrong ice cream man.
  • Parodied: Harvey's ice cream truck has a jingle heavily reminiscent of Psycho Strings.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No villain in the story uses ice cream truck as a cover.
  • Enforced: The writer wanted to make the work more unsettling, so he made the ice cream man a villain.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The Don scoffs at Harvey's idea of using an ice cream truck to appear inconspicuous, and tells him that it'll make him even more conspicuous, if anything.
  • Discussed: "I think I hear an ice cream truck, wanna go get some?" "No way, man. Those ice cream men are always drug dealers, mafia hitmen, or serial murderers."
  • Conversed: "Why does the ice cream man always turn out to be a villain?" "Because that's unsettling and paranoia-inducing, if you have to ask me."
  • Deconstructed: Harvey is found and caught by the police when several witnesses point to an ice cream truck leaving the scene of a crime.
  • Played For Laughs: Harvey takes his cover as an ice cream man a little too seriously and tries to sell ice cream to his fellow mafia goons.
  • Played For Drama:
    • When Harvey sees the policemen coming after him, he takes several children who were buying ice cream from him hostage to ensure his escape.
    • Harvey is a Hitman with a Heart torn between the loyalty to his employers and his desire to be a good guy to the kids he's selling ice cream to.

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