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Playing With: The Ophelia
Basic Trope: An insane, but beautiful, young woman.
  • Straight: Alice is psychotic but undiagnosed, has long Messy Hair, Does Not Like Shoes, and is quite pretty.
  • Exaggerated: Inexplicably, Alice begins going by Ophelia and quoting Hamlet constantly, and strews flowers on people at will.
  • Downplayed: Hysterical Woman
  • Justified: Alice enjoys playing up her condition for all the classical references it's worth.
  • Inverted: Alice is Ugly Cute or Hollywood Homely, but is also the Only Sane Woman
  • Gender Inverted: A crazy, pretty young man.
  • Subverted: We hear Alice acts like an Ophelia. But when we see her, her condition is portrayed realistically.
  • Doubly Subverted: That was Claire. When we see Alice she acts like an Ophelia.
  • Parodied: Alice's condition is Played for Laughs, as she exhibits every madness trope in the book.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice goes from periods of almost normalcy to The Ophelia to Cloudcuckoolander, and no one knows what side will surface.
  • Averted: Alice's condition is portrayed realistically
  • Enforced: "Of course we'll have a mad scene!"
  • Lampshaded: "This is the scene where I babble something about rue and drown myself, isn't it?"
  • Invoked: "I know! I'll channel Ophelia till he leaves me alone."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I know you expect me to be all 'look, I don't like shoes or combs!' but I don't actually do that. At all."
  • Discussed:
    • "Oh, that chick's named Ophelia. Wait for it...Yup, there goes her sanity."
    • Or...
    Bob: Wait, you never told me your first name is "Ophelia"!
    Alice: Which is why I go by my middle name, "Alice". People think of the name "Ophelia" and they're immediately like "Oh Crap, we better get out of here before she goes crazy on us!"
  • Conversed: "Why do girls who go mad always seem to have turned into Ophelia?"
  • Deconstructed: Alice falls more and more into madness, and it is thoroughly unromantic. No one helps her, and she is eventually Driven to Suicide, or at least an attempt.
  • Reconstructed: Before Alice got help, she was a mess. It's only gotten a little better since then, and she still has to contend with her demons, but she's trying.

Oh, you want to go back to The Ophelia...Don't leave yet! The frogs must chirp first, while I fetch your and my rue...

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