Playing With / I Will Wait for You

Basic Trope: A character waits for a very, very long time for their beloved to return.
  • Straight: Bob goes off to war and is killed; Alice never gets the news and waits at home for years and years for him to return.
  • Exaggerated: Bob goes off to war and gets killed; Alice is cryogentically frozen so that she can literally wait forever.
  • Downplayed: For the duration of the war, Alice holds out hope that Bob might return, but eventually accepts that he is not coming back, and moves on.
  • Justified:
    • Alice was truly and deeply in love with Bob and feels like life isn't even worth living without him.
    • Alternatively: Alice was prophesied to live with Bob.
  • Inverted: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder
  • Subverted: Alice says she will wait forever, but after a few years finally gives up and begins a new relationship with a man.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice's relationship with the second man fails because she's still in love with Bob, and no-one else can make her happy.
    • The second man is actually Bob, finally back from the war, but drastically changed.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice's story sparks a reality TV show where viewers tune in to watch Alice wait for her love, hoping to see the ultimate reunion.
    • Bob goes out to the shops and Alice stands on the balcony gazing wistfully after him until he gets back a couple of hours later.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice waits for decades for Bob to come home, but he actually does. However, the next day, Alice is shipped off to war as a nurse, so Bob ends up having to wait around... when she gets back, it's revealed she had left because she'd finally gotten over him, and while overseas she met someone else.
  • Averted: Bob is never killed and comes home right after his time in the war is over.
  • Enforced: The writer lost a loved one in a war who they are still waiting for.
  • Lampshaded: "What are you going to do, Alice, wait around forever?"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob promise each other to wait for the other one forever.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: After a year or so of not hearing from Bob, Alice gets sick of waiting and goes off to look for him.
  • Discussed: "You see Alice? She's been waiting for her lost husband for 25 years now..."
  • Conversed: "If I went off to war and went MIA, how long would you wait?"
  • Deconstructed: The years of waiting with no other contact have taken a toll on Alice's psyche, so by the time Bob does get home, Alice is clinically depressed. Having pinned all her hopes on their relationship, she's built up what has been a fairly minor fling into a Love Story for the Ages, while Bob has seen her as little more than a glorified penpal - the discrepancy causes a lot of tension, with Bob feeling obliged to stay with a woman he doesn't really love because of the sacrifice she made.
  • Reconstructed: She may have blown the relationship out of proportion in her mind, but Bob is of a similarly romantic nature and is all the more in love with her for the fact that she waited.

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