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Playing With: Thanks for the Mammary
Basic Trope: A guy accidentally touches a girl's breast, and she thinks he's groping her.
  • Straight: Bob trips over his shoelace and, in trying to steady himself, grabs Alice somewhere other than the Standard Female Grab Area. She shrieks and slaps him.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob falls out of a first-floor window, landing on Alice. When she comes to, she notices his unconscious hand lying on her boob, so she sets him on fire.
    • Bob flails around wildly to catch his fall. The first snatch tears Alice's top off, the second her bra, and he ends up face-first in the Funbag Airbag.
  • Downplayed: Bob brushes Alice's breast in passing, and she gives him a dirty look.
  • Justified: Bob is known as a Casanova Wannabe, and he's recently been playing the Accidental Pervert on a suspiciously frequent basis. This is the second time he's done it to Alice today, and she's fed up.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob thinks Alice tripped him on purpose, and accuses her of being a pervert.
    • Alice tries to steady herself using Bob's crotch, with little success.
    • Bob tries to grope Alice but ends up tripping and steadying himself on her shoulder instead.
  • Gender Inverted: Alice trips and falls onto Bob grabbing his crotch in the process, and contrary to his sniggering friends' expectation, he yells at her for it.
  • Subverted: "Whoa... Oh, don't worry Bob... you can trip up on me ANY time."
  • Double Subverted: Bob, encouraged by the come-on, gives Alice a playful squeeze. THEN she slaps him.
  • Parodied: Bob trips, and steadies himself on Alice's shoulder. Noticing the chance he just missed, he switches hand-holds.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob falls and momentarily grabs Alice's breast. He immediately gives her a grovelling apology, but she laughs it off. Later she sees him do it to another woman, and her suspicions are raised. She calls him out on it, and when he still denies everything he gets a Megaton Punch. Feeling guilty, Charlie admits that he's been following Bob around tripping him into women in a Genre Savvy attempt to pitch his unsuspecting friend into a Meet Cute.
  • Averted: Bob holds his hand out to stop Alice, his arm chastely across her upper chest.
  • Enforced: The authors want to lay the groundwork for a Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship, but Alice has no reason to either be angry at Bob or think he's attracted to her.
  • Lampshaded: "Why is it that our boobs are always the first things you grab for?" "Well, guys are the Jason Bourne of boobs. We always subconsciously know exactly how many are within reach and which offer the best purchase. It's no surprise that we go straight for them in times of panic."
  • Invoked:
    • Bob is a pervert, he just thinks he'll get away with it if he tries to 'Make It Look Like an Accident'.
    • Charlie shoves Bob into a situation where he's almost guaranteed to accidentally grope Alice in an attempt to set up a Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship.
  • Exploited: It really was an accident, at first, but why waste the opportunity?
  • Defied: Bob notices his hand going straight for Alice's chest, and prefers to let himself fall in a heap on the floor.
  • Discussed: "You know, if you keep running around school like that, you're pretty much guaranteed to run straight into the chest of the girl you fancy. And that won't be as fun as it sounds."
  • Conversed: "Do the girls in these cartoons just have No Sympathy? How can they possibly not realize that was an accident?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice tries to sue Bob for sexual harassment, but multiple witness statements say it was clearly an accident.
    • Breasts are not designed to support weight and Bob's collapse is rather painful for all parties involved.
  • Reconstructed: Alice considers suing, but after she sees how clumsy Bob is decides to forgive him for his transgressions.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice regularly has Bob grope her in public and sees nothing wrong with it.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The show is an information piece about sexual harassment in the workplace, and uses this as an example.

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