Playing With / It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Basic Trope: The story begins with a dark and stormy night.
  • Straight:
    • The first sentence says, "It was a dark and stormy night." Here goes yet another horrible tale, I mean horrifying tale.
    • The first scene of the movie takes place at night during a thunderstorm.
  • Exaggerated:
    • There are many dark and stormy nights in the tale, and the sentence, "It was a dark and stormy night," repeats for each one.
    • It was a dark and stormy night of utter darkness, and a stormy lightning storm stormed.
  • Downplayed: It was night in a bright city during a light rain.
  • Justified: It was a dark and stormy night in New York City, August 18, 2009.
  • Inverted: It was a bright and calm day.
  • Subverted:
    • It was a dark and stormy night, with no storm, and the sun was up.
    • It was a dark and stormy night, but the story happens somewhere else. It was afternoon with a blanket of snow.
  • Double Subverted: It was a dark and stormy night, with no storm, and the sun was up, but then the sun set and the storm came.
  • Parodied: "I opened the door. It was a dark and stormy knight."
  • Zig Zagged: It was a clear night in Tokyo, and a stormy morning in Los Angeles.
  • Averted:
    • The book never describes the weather.
    • The setting is indoors (with no windows), or in outer space, or anywhere that has no weather.
  • Enforced: The author is entering the Lyttle Lytton Contest, and this is an appropriate opening.
  • Lampshaded: It was a dark and stormy night, because these stories always begin with a dark and stormy night.
  • Invoked:
    • The monster waits for a dark and stormy night before attacking the village.
    • In the first scene, a wizard uses Weather Manipulation to create a dark and stormy night.
  • Exploited: The Mad Scientist needs some lightning, and the next storm is at night.
  • Defied: "It was a dark and stormy night, so I waited until morning."
  • Discussed: Captain Obvious looks out the window. "I see a dark and stormy night!"
  • Conversed: A reader opens a novel. "It was a dark and stormy night." The reader mutters, "Yet another Cliché Storm," and drops the novel.
  • Played For Laughs: "It was a dark and stormy night. I'd forgotten my umbrella, and I came home drenched."
  • Played For Drama: A character is in a bad mood, and the dark and stormy night only makes it worse.

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, and a lone troper sat at his computer...

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