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:
  • Zig Zagged: The story concerns a big city police department unraveling a conspiracy that has two sides - both of questionable morality - posing as ice cream men.
  • 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: "Here comes the ice cream man... go to Defcon 1, now!"
  • Invoked: Harvey uses an ice cream truck as a cover because he wanted to be an ice cream man when he was a kid, but his mafia enforcer father put the kibosh on that.
  • Implied: A murder spree crime scene is shown with an eerie jingle playing in the background. At first it looks like Soundtrack Dissonance up until we hear the jingle coming from the ice cream truck.
  • Exploited: Policeman Eliot knows that Harvey's victims are found incredibly cold, so he focuses on anything with a fridge unit when he seeks Eliot's headquarters. Ice cream trucks are at the top of that list.
  • 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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