Playing With / Granola Girl

Basic Trope: Hippie chick.
  • Straight: Alice is an animal rights activist, prefers hemp and linen to polyester, recycles, drives a bicycle, is a member of a co-op, spends quite a lot of time and money eating organic, and sees a Naturopath regularly.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice likes flowers, health food and folk music, but still drives her kids to school in a minivan.
  • Justified: Alice suffers various allergies that make her especially sensitive to additives in food and household products.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Colin is a male New-Age Retro Hippie.
  • Subverted: Alice is raised in a free-loving hippie commune, and follows most of their ways out of habit. While she is the least 'earthy' of her family, she's still firmly a hippie by normal standards.
  • Double Subverted: Despite Alice's firm skepticism about New Age propaganda, she learns that they were right all along about food additives and Western medicine.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is a Large Ham and shameless toker who hilariously passes around illicit substances to younger family members during church.
    • Alice reacts to processed lunch meat the same way a vampire reacts to holy water or garlic.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is a New Age guru who is eventually exposed to believe absolutely nothing she preaches, even less practice it — but is simply just a shameless opportunistic capitalist.
  • Averted: Alice eats healthy according to the recommendations of proven science and common sense, and avoids over-consumption out of tact. As for the animals, she's mostly impartial to them.
  • Enforced: Alice is a character in a movie about hippies in the 1960s.
  • Lampshaded: "Don't ask Alice about what we ought to do about the deer overpopulation problem. She's a PETA nut."
  • Invoked
  • Exploited: Bill gets Alice to collaborate with him on an ecologically destructive project by asserting his support for marijuana decriminalization.
  • Defied: Alice, a daughter of hippies, is head of public relations for multinational fast food company McBeefy's specializing in Deep-Fried Whatever.
  • Discussed: "You're Alice?? From reading your blog, I was expecting more hemp..."
  • Conversed: "Man, I identify as socially liberal, but that Alice chick in this show is really over-the-top. Nobody is actually like that, right?"
  • Implied: Alice spends all her time outdoors and is incredibly mellow and in various states of undress.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice alienates people by talking constantly about politics, and offends others when she turns her nose up at their 'non-enlightened' lifestyles.
    • Alternatively, Alice contracts cancer and pursues homeopathic remedies because she distrusts modern medicine. She quickly succumbs to an out-of-control malignant brain tumor.
    • Alice refuses to have her son David inoculated. He contracts smallpox from another uninoculated child at his daycare, and dies.
  • Reconstructed: Alice learns from the misfortunes stemming from her blind adherence to natural remedies and New Age propaganda, and embarks on a quest to insist that the organic and alternative medicine industries be properly regulated and monitored.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice finds herself stranded in a lesbian hippie commune. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Played For Drama: Alice grew up on the shores of a picturesque river with dreams of eventually taking up the family's organic fish farm. She dies penniless at the age of 35 — with traces of toxic heavy metals in all her major organs — after an unsuccessful and bitter legal battle with a polluting oil refinery upstream.


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