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Playing With: Shaped Like What It Sells
Basic Trope: The easiest way to know what a store sells is by looking at the appearance of it.
  • Straight: A pizza restaurant has a billboard shaped like a giant pizza.
  • Exaggerated:
    • A convenience store has pictures of everything they sell painted on the walls and sculpted on the billboard. They even have statues of groceries.
    • The entire pizza restaurant is shaped like pizza.
  • Downplayed: A bakery has a small board with the picture of a loaf of bread on it.
  • Justified: The clientèle is mostly illiterate.
  • Inverted: A restaurant shaped like a giant pizza... sells seafood. They couldn't afford to renovate what the previous owner had done.
  • Subverted:
    • The owners planned to make a billboard of what they sell, but they decided it would cost too much money, and it would be cheaper to send brochures.
    • The building resembles a product that isn't offered there.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Then again, they did have more than enough money to send brochures and make a billboard.
    • But later, they start selling the item the building resembles due to popular demand.
  • Parodied:
    • A running gag has everything shaped like what it sells. This results in incredibly impractical buildings like a needle shaped sewing store that is only two feet wide and sixty feet deep.
    • A novelty restaurant goes out of business, and the new one that takes over the site has to bankrupt itself renovating the facade to resemble what they sell.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The store isn't shaped like what it sells at all, just a regular building.
  • Enforced: The creators want the kind of businesses that operate in town to be immediately obvious from a shot of the street.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: The manager thinks the sight of a pizza will make people want a pizza.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I'm not making my restaurant look like a giant pizza, I want this to be a classy Italian restaurant, not some novelty shop!"
  • Discussed: "Why do we always seem to find a place, any place shaped like anything they sell every five kilometers?"
  • Conversed: "That restaurant Alice is going to sure looks like a pizza. It must be a pizza restaurant!"

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