Playing With: It Came from the Fridge

Basic Trope: Mutant life forms grow on spoiled food in the refrigerator.
  • Straight: Bob leaves some leftover lasagna in the fridge and forgets about it for a month. It turns into an Eldritch Abomination that attacks Bob.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The lasagna grows an entire civilization.
    • Experts wearing HAZMAT suits are required to clean Bob's refrigerator. They use flamethrowers.
    • The Festering Fungus growing in the crisper drawer spreads out and overtakes the apartment.
    • The nasty refrigerator is the least of Bob's worries — his entire apartment is a mess.
  • Downplayed: Although a lot of the food in Bob's foul bachelor fridge is moldy, there are no lifeforms above the usual fungus and mold found on many an old food item.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is a slob and the trope is used to exaggerate how much of a slob he is.
    • Bob is a Lethal Chef whose culinary "masterpieces" are like something out of a bad 1950s monster movie.
    • Bob's refrigerator has the power to turn leftovers into mutants thanks to a design flaw or Bob trying to fix the refrigerator.
  • Inverted: Eldritch Abominations are placed into the fridge and turn into acceptable food.
  • Subverted: Bob makes an effort to use up food before it spoils.
  • Double Subverted: But he forgets to change the baking soda, and a Monster of the Week emerges.
  • Parodied:
    • The Eldritch Abomination becomes Bob's new pet — right after it eats his dog (or cat).
    • The lasangna people worship Bob, sculpting an idol of him out of solidified mashed potatoes.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: Guys Are Slobs, Monster of the Week, Gross Out Show
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, Bob, do you mind if I get rid of this, or are you doing a science project on the regenerative properties of three-month-old tuna casserole?"
  • Invoked: Bob is very forgetful, and puts a Tupperware container in the fridge.
  • Exploited: Bob is a Brilliant but Lazy Mad Scientist and after discovering his fridge's Eldritch Abomination growing properties re-purposes it as Mook Maker.
  • Defied: Bob reminds himself to clean the fridge at least every couple of months and not allow food to stay in the fridge more than a week or two. He also keeps the fridge and freezer at a low enough temperature to keep micro-beasties at bay.
  • Discussed: "It's a wonder Bob hasn't died of food poisoning!"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Obviously, it presents a real health hazard.

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