Playing With / Spot of Tea

Basic Trope: Brits love tea.
  • Straight: Bob and Alice always take a cup of tea with their breakfast.
  • Exaggerated: Bob and Alice are always seen with a cup of tea in hand. They get upset if they're running out.
  • Downplayed: The series is a British soap. Most characters are seen drinking tea from a mug or offering a cup to their guests without any fanfare.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob are members of the Church Of Latter-Day Saints and swear off hot beverages.
    • Everyone but the Brits love tea. The Brits detest it.
  • Subverted: Bob and Alice use a tea set on-screen... To brew coffee.
  • Double Subverted: But only because they've run out of tea.
  • Parodied: Bob and Alice are in the middle of battling Emperor Evulz to the death when tea time arrives. All of them (being British) stop to have some tea and crumpets, and politely converse. Afterwards, they return to the fight.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No one drinks any hot drinks on camera.
  • Enforced: Bob and Alice are British. The writers had them drink tea to make it clear.
  • Lampshaded: "Doesn't anyone in Britain drink coffee?"
  • Invoked: Celia pretends to be British by drinking tea.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice and Bob ask for coffee.
  • Discussed: "Tea or coffee?", "Ahem, we are British you know."
  • Conversed: "Of course they're British, they drink tea!"
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Bob are living at the time of The British Empire, working for the British East India Company as it uses opium sales in China to fund tea purchasing.
  • Reconstructed: They get their tea via a company which supports an anachronistic version of Fairtrade.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice and Bob drink insane amounts of tea and go out of their way to find some if they lose access to it.
  • Played For Drama: The tea contains a specific combination of drugs to keep Alice and/or Bob functioning. When they lose it, everyone is in trouble.

Let's head back and 'ave a spot o' tea at the main trope, yeah, guv?