Analysis Laconic Main PlayingWith
A female character
who is overly emotional.
Alice is rather neurotic, always crying or worrying.
Alternatively, Alice is a Genki Girl
Exaggerated: Alice does nothing the whole time but scream.
Downplayed: Alice is overly emotional, but no one really cares about it, because she is too quiet or just fails at attracting attention.
Alice has a mental disorder.
The Big Bad is trying to Break the Cutie through various methods of torture and rape...and it's working.
Something really bad has just happened, is happening, or is about to happen.
Inverted: Alice is an Emotionless Girl or generally more sensible than others.
Gender Inverted: Bob Screams Like a Little Girl and cries Water Works.
Alice is actually an actress playing as a screaming heroine in a melodrama.
Alice and Bob are really a Battle Couple of Cold Snipers. Alice screams to distract the bad guys while Bob is taking aim.
Double Subverted: But then Bob is Killed Off for Real, and Alice crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
Alice screams bloody murder upon receiving a paper cut.
Alice is literally crying over spilled milk.
Bob hears Alice screaming, only to find she's not hurt, but he caught her mid- Squee
Alice is a Tsundere
Sometimes Alice doesn't react at all, sometimes she reacts normally/realistically, and sometimes her reaction is so over-the-top as to be unbelievable, depending on a) the situation and/or b) the writer
Averted: Alice usually remains calm and sane.
Enforced: Prevailing views about the nature and role of women.
Lampshaded: "Oh Alice, you're getting hysterical again...Here." *slap!* *slap!* "Now get a hold of yourself, woman!"
Invoked: Evil Elliott tortures Alice, hoping to either lure Bob to his lair, or get information from Alice.
Defied: Alice doesn't want to look weak or risk the team, so she keeps a stiff upper lip.
Deconstructed: This makes Alice look weak and holds her Character Development back. Furthermore, it breaks the audience's Willing Suspension of Disbelief, especially modern audiences used to the idea that women are not insane just because they're women.
Reconstructed: Alice reacts to situations, but in a believable manner.
Played For Drama: Alice is struggling with a serious mental disorder.