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Playing With: Going Postal
Basic Trope: After a bad day at work, a character snaps and kills a bunch of people.
  • Straight: Bob has a bad day at work for Trope Co., so he grabs a machine gun and starts mowing down coworkers.
  • Exaggerated: Numerous coworkers plan rampages because of Trope Co. and its actions.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob has a bad day at work; so he decides to try and beat up or kill only his boss.
    • Bob destroys his office in rage and gets himself fired as a result, but hurts nobody.
  • Justified: The events of that day of work were the straw that broke the camel's back, which made Bob snap.
  • Inverted: Bob is somewhat mentally unhinged. After getting that hard-earned promotion at Trope Co., he's officially cured.
  • Subverted: After a bad day at work, we see Bob get out a shotgun and shoot...a deer, as hunting is his method of coping with stress.
  • Double Subverted: But as he bags it, he mumbles to himself that his coworkers are gonna go down that easily as well...
  • Parodied: Worker rampages are so common that HR actually has a policy regarding them - you've got to submit your request, as well as your reason for rampaging.
  • Zig Zagged: After a bad day at work, Bob barges in the next day waving a gun. A water gun, which he then uses to start an impromptu blowing-off-steam day among the staff.
  • Averted: Bob has a bad day at work. But he doesn't kill anybody.
  • Enforced: "Remember, that shooter needs a sympathetic reason. Make his boss a prick."
  • Lampshaded: "Uh-oh, they let that unhinged guy go? I think I'm gonna call in sick tomorrow."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob's boss hates himself but doesn't want to commit suicide for some reason; therefore he goads Bob into shooting up the office so he can be among the fatalities.
  • Defied:
    • As soon as Bob approaches, the security team locks down the office, accosts Bob, and disassembles his gun.
    • Bob approaches the office with a loaded machine gun, but before he pulls the trigger, comes to his senses and throws it away.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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