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Playing With: Sheet of Glass
Basic Trope: A sheet of glass is broken in a high speed car chase.
  • Straight:
    • Bob and Alice are carrying a pane of glass across Trope City. Halfway to their destination, a high-speed car chase passes through and shatters the glass.
    • Claire is involved in a high speed car race across Trope City. The camera jumps ahead to show that two glass-workers are carrying a huge pane of glass across the street where the leading car just turned. A moment later, the car speeds through the glass, sending shards everywhere.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every time Bob and Alice try to carry a pane of glass across the city, it shatters.
    • There is a whole glass replacing contest going on, and the car runs into half a dozen sheets of glass.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Bob and Alice didn't see that car chase coming.
    • Someone really needed a big window fixed, and there was no other way to get that sheet there.
  • Inverted:
    • The car hits the pane of glass. The glass holds up. The car breaks.
    • A glass-worker's car comes honking the way of the car chase, and cannot dodge one of them.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob and Alice very quickly dodge the oncoming car, protecting the pane of glass.
    • Claire speeds through, but strangely enough there is no glass; Bob and Alice are mimes performing their "carrying a sheet of glass" routine.
    • All the cars bother and manage to dodge the glass.
    • As the car chase proceeds, the camera keeps making dramatic cuts back and forth from the chase to the sheet of glass - however, as the window fixing and the car chase are happening in completely different areas of the city, the chase never disrupts the repairs.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...That's when a second car comes through and breaks it.
    • Bob and Alice react suitably, improvising a "glass sheet shattered" ending to their act.
    • Something else shatters the glass.
  • Parodied:
    • There is a organization completely devoted to carrying sheets of glass across to the other side of that road, the sheets breaking is a common occurrence.
    • Alice and Bob, experienced window repairmen, are carrying a sheet of glass when they hear car chase sounds from distance, and panic.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob and Alice have to dodge a truly ridiculous number of cars.
  • Averted: There is no pane of glass in the car chase, or there is no car chase anywhere near the sheet of glass.
  • Enforced: "We've got everything in this car chase planned out...but it lacks a certain something. Wait, I've got it... how about we have a pane of glass being carried through the city."
  • Lampshaded: "There's got to be an easier way to do this."
  • Invoked: "Bob! Alice! Take this glass across town." "But it's the middle of the day and it's rush hour!" "I don't care! Just do it!"
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob and Alice decide to take a safer route.
  • Discussed: Aww man! We just had that glass cleaned!
  • Conversed: No car chase scene is complete without the brutal massacre of pedestrian glass sheets!
  • Deconstructed: The constantly shattered glass takes a toll on the local economy, making glass a highly-priced commodity and eventually instigating a gigantic international war.
  • Reconstructed: The constantly shattered glass, while irritating, teaches a valuable lesson to the Glass Corporation.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Alice asks Bob, "We still get paid, right?"
    • Two cars speed through. The first leaves an Impact Silhouette, and the second shatters the glass.
  • Played For Drama: The shattered glass injures and/or kills several pedestrians.

Careful with that Sheet of Glass... Oh, now look what you did.

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