Playing With / Frothy Mugs of Water

Basic Trope: The audience is told that what looks to be an alcoholic beverage is not.
  • Straight: Bob, who is The Alcoholic, usually drinks what is clearly a beer, but thanks to pressure from the censors, he has a line describing it as root beer.
  • Exaggerated: Bob drinks what is clearly a beer, but thanks to pressure from the censors, he has a line describing it as really dirty tap water.
  • Downplayed: Bob drinks what is clearly a beer, but thanks to pressure from the censors, he has a line describing it as non-alcoholic.
  • Justified: The censors have Bob written as a teetotaller who tries very hard to hide the fact to avoid looking soft (to the point of making his soft drinks look like something harder).
  • Inverted: Bob is animated drinking clear liquid from a plastic bottle, but the dub changes it to Vodka even though he shows no signs of getting drunk.
  • Subverted: It's made to look like Bob's drinking's being covered up by censors, but it's later made clear it was an In-Universe lie on Bob's part to hide his drinking problem.
  • Double Subverted: However, the censors do insist that Bob ends up going teetotal after this, and all later instances of him drinking have this trope.
  • Parodied: The dub has Bob drink "water", but doesn't change the fact he plainly gets hammered.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob frequently drinks beer but the dub ends up being inconsistent on what he actually supposed to be drinking.
  • 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: The show has No Fourth Wall. Bob needs some really dirty water to defeat the Monster of the Week, so he picks up a beer to use, knowing it'll become dirty water in the dub.
  • Exploited: The show has No Fourth Wall. Bob The Teetotaler happily drinks beer knowing it will become something else in the dub.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed:
    "That doesn't look like tea..."
    "It is tea...Long Island Iced Tea!"
  • Conversed: "I bet that 'tea' was was beer in the original dub".


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