Playing With / Never Gets Drunk

Basic Trope: A character never gets drunk for some reason.

    Type One - Sober, Serious, Calm 
Explanation: A character is The Stoic, so they like to stay in control and sober.
  • Straight: Bob is always calm, cool and collected, even after 15 beers.
  • Exaggerated: Bob stays calm even after emptying a bar.
  • Downplayed: Bob has an above-average tolerance, but not too extreme.
  • Justified: Bob likes to stay in control, plus he is the Team Dad, so he resists getting drunk to take care of others.
  • Inverted: Can't Hold His Liquor
  • Subverted: Bob's calm, cool and collected - until you get a few beers in him. Then he's the life of the party.
  • Double Subverted: But as soon as he's needed, he snaps right back to sobriety and is in command.
  • Parodied: The Femme Fatale tries to get Bob drunk so she can rob him. Eight hours and several bottles of 100 proof whiskey later, he's still sober as a judge and she's passed out on the floor.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob has a reasonable, if not extreme, tolerance.
  • Enforced: Bob's actor can't drink for medical reasons and can't act drunk convincingly.
  • Lampshaded: "Didn't you drink 20 beers? How are you not passed out?" "Someone's gotta look after everybody."
  • Invoked: Bob underwent some sort of special training to remain sober no matter what.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

    Type Two - Strange To Begin With 
Explanation: A character is already weird, so they don't really act differently when drunk.
  • Straight: Alice is a Cloudcuckoolander, whether sober or drunk.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is a paranoid, ranting insane nutjob whether sober or drunk.
  • Downplayed: Alice gets more crazy when drunk, but not by that much.
  • Justified: The mental disorder that makes Alice the way she is doesn't go away just because she's drunk.
  • Inverted: Can't Hold His Liquor
  • Subverted: Alice is crazy when sober, but really takes it Up to Eleven when she's wasted.
  • Double Subverted: But after you get a few more beers in her, she goes back to her baseline level of crazy.
  • Parodied: Alice is crazy when sober...and downright reasonable and logical while drunk.
  • Zig Zagged: Certain liquors do different things to her. Give her wine and she remains the same. Margaritas, however, make her ten times crazier.
  • Averted: Alice has a reasonable, if not extreme, tolerance.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "Wow, Alice is dancing on the table. How many has she had?" "I dunno, but I can tell you she'd be doing that anyway."
  • Conversed: ???

     Type Three - Bizarre Physiology 
Explanation: A character can't get drunk - or has an insane tolerance - because of their alien physiology.
  • Straight: Charlie isn't from Earth, and his physiology is highly tolerant of our liquor.
  • Exaggerated: Liquor has absolutely no effect on Charlie whatsoever.
  • Downplayed: Charlie requires about twice what a normal heavy drinker of his size would take to get drunk.
  • Justified: Charlie's body is made up differently than a human's, so it stands to reason it would handle liquor in a different way.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Charlie doesn't get drunk on liquor, but he does get Drunk on Milk.
  • Double Subverted: But it still takes a lot of milk to even get him buzzed.
  • Parodied: Charlie complains about not being able to get drunk - despite being a robot.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Charlie has a reasonable, if not extreme, tolerance.
  • Enforced: A quirk of the ratings system prevents showing people drunk but not drinking. To make up for not being able to show Charlie being drunk they show him down insane amounts of liquor.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Charlie is a con artist, so he gets drunk with his marks, knowing he can resist the liquor and then scam them.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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