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Playing With: Breakup Song
Basic Trope: A song about the end of a relationship and all the emotions that come with it.
  • Straight: Alice breaks up with her boyfriend of 5 years, Bob, and channels her feelings into a song.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Replace "song" with whole album.
    • The song is particularly dark, such as a Murder Ballad.
    • Alice writes a breakup song about a relationship that lasted all of five hours.
  • Downplayed: Alice writes an Anti-Love Song not too long after the breakup with Bob.
  • Justified: Music is an emotional catharsis, and breakups (particularly of long-term relationships and marriages) are usually pretty painful to some degree.
  • Inverted: Alice gets together with Bob and writes a Silly Love Song.
  • Subverted: Alice writes a song about the end of a relationship, but is still with Bob.
  • Double Subverted:
    • According to Alice, the song is about her breakup with Charles, the guy she was engaged to some years ago before he left her and she ended up dating Bob.
    • Or, her relationship with Bob was kind of rocky when she wrote the song, and she and Bob wind up ending the relationship not too long after.
  • Parodied: The entirety of Alice's repertoire is composed of break-up songs. Bonus Points (for comedy and tragedy) if EACH song is based on a different person! (Yeah, her experience with romance has been THAT bad!)
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "This Is a Song/ About breaking up with Bob/ Unlike our relationship/ It's pretty long..."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Since Alice's image as a Teen Idol is anything but Angsty, she doesn't write any songs about it.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Reconstructed: The song helps Alice through her grief over the end of the relationship, and she is eventually able to move on.
  • Played For Laughs: The song includes a lot of Black Comedy.
  • Played For Drama: The song works as a form of minor insight into Alice's psyche, and it's evident that she's emotional devastated and on the verge of a Creator Breakdown... Or even worse.

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