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Exaggerated: With all his friends dead, all his MacGuffins taken and his life in tatters after a shocking defeat by the Big Bad Bob arrives home to find his parents yelling "Surprise!" and throwing the world's greatest party.
Downplayed: Bob flunks Organic Chemistry, then returns to his dorm to find his four best friends with a cake and a couple balloons.
Justified: It's Bob's birthday and he took a stupid risk the day before.
Inverted: Bob enjoys his surprise party, THEN bad things happen
Subverted: Bad things happen to Bob, he walks home, and then finds out that everyone forgot his birthday
Double Subverted: ...but it turns out they were only pretending to forget.
Parodied: Anytime anything bad happens to Bob, no matter when it is or what it is, somebody throws him a birthday party.
Zig Zagged: On his birthday, Bob discovers that the cute girl he had a crush on is actually working for theBig Bad, and ends up losing an important Plot Coupon to the Big Bad. When he returns home, he's upset to discover that his family isn't there, thinking they've forgot his birthday. Then his friends show up in a limo to take him out to dinner and a concert to celebrate his birthday. During his birthday celebration, his conversation with his best friend reveals that the Plot Coupon is rigged to lead him to the Big Bad and the cute girl was actually a Double Agent who's really on Bob's side and feigning her loyalties to the Big Bad. Then the Big Bad shows up, gets drunk, starts a fight, and ruins Bob's whole birthday. He slinks home to find that his family was hiding behind the sofa the whole time, and they would have thrown him a secondIronic Birthday party, but they're just cranky now.
Nothing bad happens
The party was planned in advance, so Bob knew it was coming
It's not Bob's birthday
Enforced: "We need to juxtapose Bob's defeat with a happy scene, have his family throw him a party!"
Lampshaded: "It figures that I'd be defeated on my birthday, and now I've gotta go to that party."
Invoked: The Mole hears about the surprise party his friends are planning, and she offers to keep him away from his house while they are setting up the party. She plans on using this opportunity to steal the Plot Coupon and ruin his birthday at the same time For the Evulz.