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Playing With: Poor Man's Porn
Basic Trope: Something innocuous is deliberately treated as porn.
  • Straight: Bob is seen drooling over (and possibly masturbating to) a lingerie catalog that came in the mail.
  • Exaggerated: Bob masturbates to a catalog containing only modest dresses on dressmakers' dummies.
  • Downplayed: When he comes upon or is shown a lingerie catalog, Bob raises an eyebrow, but then goes on with what he was doing.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob watches a porn movie as though it were a regular movie, for the plot, or actually does look at a nudie magazine "for the articles."
    • Bob is using porn for innocent reasons, namely as a source of cheap aristic references.
  • Subverted: Bob looks through the lingerie catalog, with the intention of finding something to order for Alice to wear for him.
  • Double Subverted: The thought of Alice wearing one of the lingerie sets, or at least of Alice's head on a model's body gives Bob a Raging Stiffie and the urge to go remedy it.
  • Parodied: Bob tries to buy a Mail Order Bride from the lingerie catalog.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob masturbates to the lingerie catalog, other times to actual porn.
  • Averted: Bob doesn't masturbate to the lingerie catalog.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded: "Now if you'll excuse me, there are some Victoria's Secret models on my coffee table that need ogling!"
  • Invoked: Bob is lonely and Hollywood Dateless, and receives a lingerie catalog in the mail, and the girl on the cover is a real turn-on for him.
  • Exploited: A doctor who needs a sperm sample from his/her patients keeps these in the back room so it's easier to...gather specimens.
  • Defied: Bob is not interested, or at least doesn't want to upset Alice, so he throws the catalog in the trash.
  • Discussed: Bob says "You know a lot of things can be used as porn that don't seem like porn at first glance."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: When going through the basement of Bob's childhood home Alice comes across boxes of International Geographic magazines. When asked Bob replies "Yeah I was really into that when I was a kid."
  • Deconstructed: Might get Bob in trouble or shamed since it's not a socially-acceptable pastime. Also, Alice might get jealous, or worry about the example he's setting for their son.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is discreet, whatever images he ogles, and doesn't use them as a substitute for Alice.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's Porn Stash is composed by some seriously strange magazines, like guns magazines! (just to name one example) They don't even have a single girl (nor guy) in them, guns are the only things in them!
  • Played For Drama: Alice gets jealous and upset, and threatens to leave.

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