Playing With: What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?

Basic Trope: A work is bizarre to the extreme that the audience suspects the creator wrote it while under the influence of some substance. The said creator wasn't using anything at all, or at least denies it.
  • Straight: Alice is the creator of a strange TV series that Bob insists had to be made while high. Alice proves she has never consumed any drugs at all; her mind just works that way.
  • Exaggerated: Alice made a work that seems straight out of an acid trip/Zardoz (is there a difference?). She is a devout and observant Mormon.
  • Downplayed: Alice was drunk when she conceived the premise, but sober while she actually made the work that executed it.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is constantly high, yet her work is completely mundane and ridiculously easy to understand.
    • The trippy show was made after getting sober/getting off some prescription drugs.
  • Subverted: Alice wasn't high while making the show...which isn't to say she doesn't partake.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...But she was high for that one episode Bob is asking about.
    • Yes, she is on drugs: they calm her down and help her focus on her work. Which is truly crazy stuff.
  • Parodied: Alice's work is an incredibly obvious Author Tract about the benefits of mind-altering drugs, down to the disjointed, psychotic narrator calling it LS...C. She still insists she doesn't do drugs.
  • Zig Zagged: The TV show is weird from the start, but initially Alice doesn't use drugs. She goes a bit insane from her fame and starts taking drugs to cope with the insanity. Ironically, the show gets a little more normal. She gets better and quits drugs, but the show gets crazier when she quits.
  • Averted: Alice isn't on drugs, and her TV show isn't weird at all.
  • Enforced: Alice has been commissioned to create a family-friendly Widget Series. Her bosses keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't do drugs, since that might taint the franchise with scandal.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked:
    • Alice works just to get the feeling that the creation was an acceptable alternative to hallucinogens.
    • Alice is a fan of Lewis Carroll's style, as well as her parents apparently, but has any number of reasons not to use drugs, so she finds alternate ways to provoke oddness into ideas.
  • Exploited: Alice uses the weirdness of her show as an excuse to use drugs.
  • Defied: The show is mostly normal, despite the fact that Alice uses mental exercises to get strangeness into her ideas.
  • Discussed: In an interview, the creator says, "You know, this whole 'was my work made on drugs' type inquisition is really nothing more than a way to punish creativity by saying my mind must have been under chemical influence."
  • Conversed: "Hold on, you're telling me that Dalí never did anything stronger than Camembert cheese? Get outta here!"
  • Deconstructed: Moral Guardians start saying the series is a bad influence on children (since lots of kids watch it), because they think the creator uses drugs, and thus the show promotes drug use as risk-free and consequence-free.
  • Reconstructed: Alice states in interviews with with entertainment news sources (e.g. Entertainment Weekly or some Fictional Counterpart thereof) that she doesn't use drugs; her mind just works that way. Moral Guardians catch wind of these interviews and, now knowing the truth, they shut up.

As bizarre as it might seem, What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? was not, in fact, made on drugs. Mostly.