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Playing With: Lampshade Wearing
Basic Trope: A (usually drunk or high) character puts a lampshade on his (or more rarely, her) head.
  • Straight: Bob gets drunk at a party and puts a lampshade on his head to the amusement of other guests.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob wears said lampshade home from the party.
    • Bob wears several lampshades on his head.
    • Bob is not only wearing a lampshade, but has a light bulb in his mouth.
    • Bob has an entire lamp on his head.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
    • Bob is very, very, very drunk and/or high.
    • It's a costume party, and Bob forgot his costume, so he grabs the lampshade and hopes nobody notices he didn't come in with it.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob crouches on top of the lampshade while drunk.
    • Bob puts a lampshade on his head, but isn't drunk or high at all.
  • Subverted: Bob drinks at the party, but doesn't put a lampshade on his head, even though he is extremely drunk.
  • Double Subverted: But as he stumbles home, he puts a traffic cone on his head.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob wears the lampshade home. At work the next day, he is still wearing it.
    • Everyone has lampshades on their head during the party.
    • Alice wears the lampshade as a skirt. note 
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob doesn't put anything on his head. He may not get that drunk (or get drunk at all), and he may not even be at a party.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded:
    • "That was some party last night!"
    • "Bob, stop wearing our housewares..."
  • Invoked: Bob has had too many drinks at the party, and eyes a lamp.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob doesn't drink at the party, knowing he'll make a fool of himself if he does.
  • Discussed: "I swear, he does this at every party."
  • Conversed: "Yeah. It's amusing and embarrassing at the same time."
  • Deconstructed: This behavior could cause embarrassment for Bob or others. Also, Bob could get hurt as he cannot see where he's going. Plus it's usually not funny any more.
  • Reconstructed: Bob doesn't get hurt, and everyone is amused (not embarrassed) by Bob's behavior.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's behavior embarrasses his wife, gets him fired, or otherwise comes back to haunt him.

Get that lampshade off yer head, ya goofball!

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