troperville

tools

toys

Wiki Headlines
It's time for the Second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest! Details here.

main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Playing With: Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate
Basic Trope: An argument about nothing important.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob quibble over whether a tomato counts as a vegetable or a fruit.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Seinfeldian Conversation.
  • Justified:
    • Sometimes people have disagreements...and too much free time.
    • They're practicing for debate club.
    • Alice and Bob have made a bet and the otherwise inconsequential topic is central to determining who wins.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob agree on whether a tomato counts as a vegetable or a fruit.
    • Alice and Bob argue over something that really is Serious Business.
  • Subverted: Eventually, Alice and Bob come to the conclusion that a tomato is botanically a fruit and culinarily a vegetable.
  • Double Subverted: But then Carl interjects with, "But what about rhubarb?"
  • Parodied: World War III begins over the issue of whether a tomato counts as a fruit or a vegetable.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes they argue over dumb stuff, sometimes they don't.
  • Averted: Alice and Bob don't have any such arguments.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded:
    • "It's a fruit, you idiot!"
    • "Wow, you guys have way too much free time..."
  • Invoked: A Seinfeldian Conversation about food begins.
  • Exploited: Charlie asks Alice and Bob "Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?", then waits until they're too busy arguing to notice him swipe the keys to Bob's car.
  • Defied: Alice and Bob change the subject.
  • Discussed: "So, where do you stand on the fruit vs. vegetable debate?"
  • Conversed: "This is stupid! Why are we even talking about this?!"
  • Deconstructed: They're arguing about something pointless, and insulting each other!
  • Reconstructed: They agree to disagree and discuss something, you know, relevant.
  • Played For Laughs: This argument becomes an Overly Long Gag. Cue Flash Forward, showing a very elderly Alice and Bob, still arguing over this.
  • Played For Drama: The argument gets too personal and ruins their friendship/marriage/romance/family/what have you.

Back to Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate.

No, go back to Astronauts vs. Cavemen Debate!

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
4525
25