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Playing With: Mindscrew
Basic Trope: A work makes no sense due to heavy use of symbolism and metaphor.
  • Straight: In Bob and Alice, Alice is meant to represent purity, strength, and youth. This ends with a giant baby version of Alice being created.
  • Exaggerated: Bob and Alice is two hours of unconnected symbolism, random imagery, and not a single person in the movie is named Bob nor Alice.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob and Alice mostly makes sense, except for that one scene two-thirds of the way in.
    • Alice and Bob is somewhat confusing, but mostly makes sense.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob and Alice's plot is very literal and explained as clearly as possible. All plot threads are tied up and all phenomena are explained.
    • Bob and Alice cannot make heads or tails of the reader.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob and Alice is a story within a story, and the "outside" story does make sense.
    • Mind Screwdriver
    • The metaphor looks like it makes no sense whatsoever, but near the ending someone explains it and it suddenly makes sense.
    • The story makes sense but you need to see the end first
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Bob, Alice, and their friend Henry Spencer move into a house.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob and Alice makes no sense up until The Reveal. It makes complete sense then. Until the ending when the crazy train comes into the station.
  • Averted:
    • The story makes sense.
    • The creators realize that the viewers are going to take everything literally, so they have the characters explain all the symbolism and metaphors.
  • Enforced: "I'm the goddamn David Lynch".
  • Lampshaded: "Don't bother with that. It's probably just symbolic of your feelings towards your father."
  • Invoked: The Walrus Was Paul, in which confusing the audience is the only goal.
  • Exploited: When this trope is used to trick someone into something.
  • Defied: Alice takes it upon herself to explain every plot development and image clearly.
  • Discussed:
    • "A giant phallic monster is going to burst out of the wall now, isn't it?"
    • "Considering what just happened, I don't think that any of this is going to start making any more sense any time soon."
  • Conversed: "I didn't mind the characters or the acting, just the bucket of acid the screenwriter took before writing the third act."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: Bob and Alice, now insane, go on to narrate Bob and Alice II, a story about them trying to get Bob and Alice II published.
  • Played For Laughs: Surreal Humor
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob's life make no sense and he kills himself, being unable to tolerate it anymore.
    • Surreal Horror

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