Playing With / Disturbed Doves

Basic Trope: When something significant occurs, a flock of birds, usually doves, takes flight nearby.
  • Straight: A dramatic scene occurs, and suddenly some birds fly by, taking to the skies.
  • Exaggerated: A huge swarm of doves takes off during a dramatic moment, blacking out the sky and continuing to the point where you wonder if it'll ever end.
  • Downplayed: During a dramatic scene, a single bird flies by.
  • Justified:
    • A character's shouting during a dramatic scene startles a group of nearby doves, who take flight.
    • Alternatively, a character has had his First Kiss, which in the heat of the moment activates his Puberty Superpower of summoning birds.
  • Inverted:
    • During a dramatic scene, a bunch of doves land on the ground nearby.
    • Alternately, the doves take off and actually cause a moment of drama. For example, a little kid is distracted by said doves and falls off a cliff.
  • Subverted: During a dramatic scene, there is a shot of a bunch of nearby doves... who stay on the ground the whole time.
  • Double Subverted: Something important happens, and we see a shot of a bunch of birds, but they don't take off. Then, we see some different birds, doves this time, fly past.
  • Parodied:
    • One of the doves drops its, er... Feces on the head of one of the characters and completely ruins the moment.
    • The flock of doves completely obscures the scene until it has lost any dramatic interests.
    • A strange and somewhat random kind of bird is used (pigeons, flamingos, penguins, etc.)
  • Zig Zagged: During a completely uneventful scene, a bunch of birds take off.
  • Averted: Something dramatic happens. No doves are seen.
  • Enforced:
    • The producer insisted that the writers work in his friend's trained birds.
    • The director of the movie is John Woo
  • Lampshaded: "Why are there always doves nearby when things get emotional?"
  • Invoked: A character captures a few doves and releases them at a certain moment, usually a wedding.
  • Exploited: The Big Bad chooses, as the location of the climatic battle, a gathering place for a bunch of doves. There are so many, in fact, that the air is filled with flying doves throughout the fight, providing an ideal dramatic backdrop (and hopefully distracting The Hero).
  • Defied: A character makes sure to talk quietly in an emotional scene, as not to scare the poor doves over there, and make them fly off.
  • Discussed: "Where do these doves keep coming from whenever something important happens? Are they following us?"
  • Conversed: "You suppose if doves were extinct in that world nothing dramatic would ever happen?"
  • Deconstructed: The tendency of doves to fly past has to do with their being augurs of fate; the characters eventually realize this, and tension is replaced by a gloomy fatalism
  • Reconstructed: There are lots of birds around in the setting, and the characters' relationship to nature is part of the story.

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