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Playing With: Wild Teen Party
Basic Trope: When their parents are away, teenage characters arrange a secret party which gets out of hand.
  • Straight: While their parents are away, Alice and Bob invite their friends over for a party. Lots of alcohol is consumed, more people come by and the party gets out of hand resulting in a fight and a valuable possession getting broken. Alice and Bob are thus faced with the dilemma of getting the party ended, the house cleaned up and the possession fixed before their parents return.
  • Exaggerated: The word of the party spreads like wildfire, resulting in hundreds of people showing up. The party turns ugly, violence breaks out, the house is completely trashed, and the police are called out to restore order.
  • Downplayed: The party turns to be not that wild after all, but Alice and Bob still have to clean up and take out all the trash after it's finished.
  • Justified: Teens enjoy taking advantage of having the freedom of the house while their parents are away, but things can easily get out of hand.
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob's parents are constantly having wild parties, which drive Alice and Bob crazy. When their parents leave them alone in the house for a while, Alice and Bob take advantage of their absence to have some much-needed peace, quiet and solitude for a change.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob invite their friends over for a party while their parents are away. It's built up to a Wild Teen Party... but the teens are mature and responsible, the party is limited to a few people, and it's fairly calm and sedate.
  • Double Subverted: Then a knock on the door reveals that their friends secretly invited some more people around... and more... and more... and things quickly get out of hand.
  • Parodied: The party gets so out of control that it turns into a riot. Martial law is declared, the entire city shuts down and the military is called in to restore order. By the end, things are so friggin' messed up beyond repair, that they decide to...
  • Zig Zagged: Alice and Bob's parents often throw parties that Alice and Bob don't like. When they leave, Alice and Bob take the time for peace and quiet. They then decide to throw a party of their own, but their friends turn out to be mature and responsible when it comes to parties. But it turns out that the friends invited people and the party quickly gets out of hand. Alice and Bob get the party under control quickly, and their parents never find out.
  • Averted:
    • Alice and Bob do not throw a party while their parents are away.
    • Alice and Bob actually go with their parents, leaving the house unattended.
  • Enforced: The writers are writing a teen drama and recall memories of the parties they used to throw as kids (or alternatively, the parties their kids have thrown that have spiralled out of control).
  • Lampshaded: "Let's get this party completely out of control!!!!"
  • Invoked: Bob, resenting the fact that Alice has been left in charge of him while their parents are away, deliberately organizes a party that is guaranteed to spiral completely out of control in order to get Alice in trouble.
  • Exploited: Alice's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis spreads the news of a small party where he shouldn't so that it becomes huge and he can call the cops or her parents.
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob's parents are more than aware that it's just asking for trouble to leave Alice and Bob all alone where they can throw a destructive party, and so arrange for their Uncle Charlie and Aunt Debbie to stay over to keep an eye on them.
    • Alice and Bob want their parents to know they can be trusted, so they don't have a party, or they only invite a few friends over for movies and pizza, and make sure everything's cleaned up afterwards.
  • Discussed: "Alice and Bob's parents are away for the weekend. Sounds like they're going to be throwing a pretty wild party on Saturday night..."
  • Conversed: "Hmmm, so the main character's parents are going away. Yeah, there's going to be a really destructive party in this story before long."
  • Deconstructed: During the chaos, one of the kids gets into the liquor cabinet and drinks himself to near unconsciousness.
  • Reconstructed: Once revived, the rest berate him for not sharing.
  • Played For Laughs: At the climax of the party, Alice and Bob's strict, conservative parents return, only to join in, later commending the pair for their initiative and organisation in hosting such a wonderful party.
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : their parents find out about the party, Alice and Bob get in lots of trouble, and An Aesop is learned about taking the trust your parents place in you seriously.

Oh, Crap, Mom and Dad are coming home! Hurry back to Wild Teen Party!

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