Playing With / Literal-Minded

Basic Trope: Someone has a tendency to take things literally.
  • Straight: After telling Alice to "Hit the road", Alice goes out and punches the road.
  • Exaggerated: Telling Alice to go to hell will cause the gates to hell to open, and a giant black hand will spring from it, pulling her in.
  • Downplayed: After telling Alice "throw that away" she tosses something at a trash can instead of putting it in.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is a robot, and her AI is not programmed with figures of speech.
    • Alice is The Ditz.
    • Alice is an alien.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice tells Bob to go punch the road, and Bob just leaves.
    • Alice tells Bob to hit the road, and the road hits Bob.
    • Bob tries to tell Alice that cats and dogs are literally falling from the sky, and she acts as if it were regular rain.
    • Alice is metaphorically minded, as in:
  • Subverted: Alice is told to hit the road; she looks like she's going to hit it, but she just leaves.
  • Double Subverted: However, when she's told to go fly a kite, she does so.
  • Parodied: In a short time frame she "hits the road", "goes kite flying", "chases a wild goose", "shoots a fish in a barrel" and "puts an elephant in the living room".
  • Zig Zagged: When Alice is asked to "hit the road", she just walks away. When she is asked to "go fly a kite", she buys a kite and flies it. When someone says "Alice could not hit the broad side of a barn", she punches the barn. She, somehow, misses.
  • Averted: Despite the cast using many ideas nobody ever takes them literally.
  • Enforced: We need people to know Alice is a robot. Let's have her punch roads when asked to hit the road.
  • Lampshaded: "Um, OK, but I don't see what I'm accomplishing by doing this..." *punch*
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice downloads a software patch to help her understand figures of speech. note 
  • Discussed:
    Bob: "You have got to stop punching roads, Alice."
    Alice: "Then stop telling me to."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice's literal mindedness annoys others, preventing her from socializing with potential friends. This results in her becoming lonely and eventually committing suicide. Not to mention her fist hurts.
  • Implied: Alice and Bob are at a bar, and Bob asks for a Dry Martini. Alice stares at the drink in confusion, surprised that it is a liquid.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Bob and Alice have the next exchange...
    Bob: "Well I will be a monkey's uncle."
    Alice: "You should talk to your brother about his taste in women."
    • "You crack me up." "Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry."
  • Played For Drama: Alice is nearly hit by a car while she is hitting the road.

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