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Playing With: Frothy Mugs of Water
Basic Trope: The audience is told that what looks to be an alcoholic beverage is not.
  • Straight: Bob drinks what looks like a mug of beer, but says plainly that it is root beer.
  • Exaggerated: Bob drinks what looks like a mug of beer, but says plainly that it is really dirty tap water.
  • Downplayed: Bob drinks a mug of beer, but says plainly that it is of the nonalcoholic type.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is trying to hide his drinking from his AA sponsor.
    • Alice does not allow alcohol in the house, and Bob is trying to sneak beer in.
  • Inverted: Bob drinks water with an olive in it, and says it's a martini.
  • Subverted:
    • The drink is never discussed.
    • The drink is from a plastic water bottle.
  • Double Subverted:
    • And it looks ambiguous enough to be interpreted either as an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.
    • Another character comments that the "water" smells more like vodka or gin.
  • Parodied: Bob drinks "water" from a water bottle, but plainly gets hammered.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob drinks beer from a bottle which on says "water" but the company that made this "water" are actually beer producers using clear water filled with medical alcohol. Except the medical alcohol is not alcohol. It's marijuana. Spiked with alcohol. From a fraudulent company. That only has fraudulent banking and actually produces... caffeine. Caffeine spiked with... You know what? This is going too far!
  • Averted:
    • Alcohol isn't mentioned in any way.
    • Characters drink alcohol and nothing is done to censor it.
  • Enforced: "Hey, watch what you drink! This is a family show!
  • Lampshaded: "Alice will never find out I'm actually drinking beer!"
  • Invoked: Bob is underage, and is trying to sneak vodka to a public event.
  • Exploited: Alice, noticing that Bob sometimes gets drunk, examines all of the drinks that are labeled non-alcoholic.
  • Defied:
    • Bob knows he'll get caught, and doesn't try this.
    • Or, Bob is so defiant that he just takes a can of beer.
  • Discussed: "That doesn't look like tea..."
  • Conversed: "It is tea...Long Island Iced Tea!"
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob gets caught and arrested for underage or public drinking.
    • Alice and Bob fight over Bob being a covert alcoholic by drinking non-alcoholic drinks laced with booze.
    • Bob has a relapse during his long road to sobriety.
  • Implied: Bob decides to have a bit of cola. Next day, Bob gets a hangover.

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