Playing With: Heartbreak and Ice Cream

Basic Trope: A heartbroken character binges on ice cream.
  • Straight: Alice just got dumped by Bob, and spends the next couple of evenings eating Ken and Sherry's ice cream out of the carton, while watching sappy movies and sobbing.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice and Bob broke up six months ago, and only dated for about three weeks.
    • Alice's self-pity party goes on for several weeks, and she gains 30 lbs.
    • Alice gathers with several women and they have a sob session like this that mirrors Drowning My Sorrows
  • Downplayed: Alice eats a candy bar, while shedding a single tear.
  • Justified: Indulging in sweets gives Alice comfort.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice spends the evening drinking disturbing quantities of alcohol.
    • Rather than indulging in unhealthy habits, Alice becomes a gym rat following the breakup.
    • Alice is quite happy about how her relationship with Bob is turning up, so to celebrate she decides to eat some ice-cream along with him.
  • Gender Inverted: Bob just got dumped by Alice, and spends the next couple of evenings eating Ken and Sherry's ice cream out of the carton while watching Chick Flicks and crying Manly Tears
  • Subverted:
    • Alice dumps Bob, and seems to be pretty quick to move on (even hastily burning all his gifts to her in a Breakup Bonfire).
    • There is no ice cream to be had in Alice's apartment.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then she finds something of particular sentimental value from the relationship that really tugs on her heartstrings, and she rummages through the freezer.
    • Alice buys ice cream, even though it's 1 AM.
    • Alice indulges in some other type of vice.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice gets Drunk on Milk. The person working behind the counter at the ice cream parlor (or the driver of the Bad Humor Truck) tells her, "I think you've had enough."
    • Alice and several other women hold up their ice cream tubs and sing a Drunken Song.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice doesn't indulge in food or drink to get over Bob.
  • Enforced: "We can't have characters drinking in a family-oriented show; we'll let her drown her sorrows in ice cream instead."
  • Lampshaded: "In order to get over Bob, I'm going to have a menage a trois! With Ken and Sherry!"
  • Invoked: Alice finds herself feeling bored, lonely, and generally crappy, and tries to find something in her home that will make her feel better at least temporarily.
  • Exploited: Ken and Sherry's markets such flavors as Breakup Brownie, Career Slump Caramel Swirl, etc.
  • Defied: Alice decides to do something constructive, like hitting the gym, picking up hobbies, and socializing to get over her breakup with Bob.
  • Discussed: "Poor Alice. She hit the ice cream tub pretty hard after Bob dumped her. In all fairness, he didn't have to be so mean about it."
  • Conversed: "How come men drown their sorrows in beer or whiskey, and women drown theirs in Fudge Brownie Chocolate Swirl?"
  • Deconstructed: May lead to weight gain and a cycle of depression.
  • Reconstructed: See "Defied". Alice gets back on her feet faster...and maybe even into a new and better relationship. And whether she does or not, she feels better about herself...and her overall physical and mental health don't suffer.

Have some ice cream; you'll feel better.