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Playing With: Loony Friends Improve Your Personality
Basic Trope: A character learns and grows by the association of wacky friends.
  • Straight: Bob learns to become more social thanks to Alice and her eccentric friends.
  • Exaggerated: Bob becomes extraverted thanks to Alice and her Cloudcuckoolander companions who turn out to be aliens that take him on wacky adventures.
  • Downplayed: Bob learns to take things less seriously after he becomes friends with Alice who has a unique hobby.
  • Justified: Bob was horribly depressed due to having few friends but the sweet and fun nature of his crowd of new friends cured him of his loneliness.
  • Inverted: Bob becomes asocial due to being around boring people.
  • Subverted: Alice and friends try to get Bob to break out of his shell, but the extra craziness causes Bob to retreat even further into his shell.
  • Double Subverted: Bob eventually opens up to them once they back off and he misses them.
  • Parodied: Bob is extremely boring and mundane until he befriends Alice the Clown who constantly pops out of nowhere to liven things up.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob was boring until he joined (or was roped into) the crazy crowd. He begins to loosen up, but it's a ruse to make them go away. When they do, he misses them and joins in but makes some boring-guy excuse.
  • Averted:
    • Bob becomes social by being around normal and level-headed people.
    • Bob remains an introvert no matter how many times has he been around Alice and her friends.
  • Enforced: The writers realize Bob is a boring character so they gave him a wacky friend.
  • Lampshaded: "My life was so much more boring until I met you."
  • Invoked:
    • Bob hangs around crazy people hoping that it'll help him loosen up.
    • Alice and friends act crazy around Bob, hoping it will loosen him up.
  • Exploited: Bob's therapist introduces him to the crazy crowd hoping that they will loosen him up.
  • Defied: Bob recognizes the looney friends as looney friends, and stays away from her, content in his lonely existence.
  • Discussed: Bob and Alice's friends discuss how much more fun Bob is now that they know one another.
  • Conversed: People watching "The Bob and Alice Show" talk about their relationship.
  • Deconstructed: Alice and her friends' eccentric behavior drive Bob away and he stays away. If he wants friends, he'll find ones more mentally stable ones.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob, the Comically Serious, is constantly befuddled by Alice's goofy hijinx.
  • Played For Drama: Bob was suicidal and Alice's lively nature allowed him to overcome depression.

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