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Playing With: Stalker Shrine
Basic Trope: A character has a shrine dedicated to the object of their obsession.
  • Straight: Bob has a shrine in his room dedicated to Alice, full of secretly taken photos of her, items stolen from her house, and half melted candles.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has a whole building dedicated to Alice, with life-sized statues of her and giant pictures of her face decorating the walls.
    • Bob has several shrines, each one built for a different person.
    • Bob made one shrine built for several people.
  • Downplayed: Bob has a few photos of Alice hidden under his pillow.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is Alice's stalker and knows where she lives.
    • Bob lives or used to live in a culture where this was considered the social norm and sees nothing weird about it.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It’s not a shrine, but a stash of evidence connected to Alice’s disappearance, which Bob is investigating.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Only it became a shrine somewhere along the way, when Bob became more and more obsessed with finding Alice.
    • Alternatively, it used to be a shrine, and the reason Bob is so dedicated to solving the mystery is because he was obsessed with Alice before she disappeared.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob has even one dedicated to his Stalker Shrine.
    • Bob has a Stalker Shrine dedicated to Stalker Shrines in general.
    • Bob will sometimes forget that he is Bob and will start making a shrine dedicated to himself.
    • Bob has a enormous shrine of Alice, so enormous it goes around his house, which includes pictures of her 20 years in the future. Whenever he's asked about it, he acts as if he doesn't know what they're talking about or expects people to just be cool with a ridiculously huge creepy shrine of Alice that's all over his house.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob turns his attention from one girl to another. For some of them he builds Stalker Shrines, for some he doesn't.
  • Averted: No Stalker Shrine is ever built or shown in the story.
  • Enforced: It's a movie about a serial killer, and the writer decides this will be the big clue for the detectives.
  • Lampshaded: “You have a whole room decorated with her pictures. Bob, this is sick.”
  • Invoked: „Bob I have a picture of Alice right here. Maybe you can use it to create a shrine or something.”
  • Exploited: Ian knows about Bob's obsession and deliberately takes photos of Alice so that he can later sell them to Bob for his collection.
  • Defied: Bob considers creating a shrine for Alice, but then decides it’s too creepy, even for him.
  • Discussed: “I have a feeling that we will find a creepy shrine dedicated to Alice in Bob’s house. He is completely obsessed with her.”
  • Conversed: “One of the creepiest moments in the movie is when Alice enters Bob’s room and sees her own photos all over his wall. And then Bob appears behind her…”
  • Deconstructed: Alice discovers Bob's shrine and is completely creeped out. She goes to the court to get a restraining order against him.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice understands that this was the only way Bob could show her his love and actually starts dating him soon after, because she is flattered by his attention.
    • Bob has a memory easing device, just on the off chance Alice actually finds it.
    • Bob keeps his shrine safely hidden and guarded. So nobody will find it.

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