Ok, here's a YKTTW
for the new Deadly Bath
trope. I don't really have time to work on examples today, so feel free to edit it.
I'm thinking there should be even a third trope here, the Interrupted Bath
, which is subtrope to Bathtub Scene
and sister trope to Deadly Bath
, for when something interrupts a bath but it's not death. The same vulnerability that makes a Deadly Bath
extra-horrifying is still in play here, but it's played for laughs, using that vulnerability to make the embarassing humor more acute.
x7 @Sean Murray:
Just interrupting a bath isn't a subversion of the Deadly Bath
, unless we were SET UP to think it was a Deadly Bath
. Subversion means the audience is made to expect
a trope to be in play, and then it turns out it's not. It's not even an aversion
unless the genre itself sets up that expectation — if you see somebody bathing in a horror film and nothing bad happens, that's an aversion, because you automatically expect a Deadly Bath
; if there are creepy shadows and gleaming metal (in any genre) but the bather doesn't get assaulted (or, perhaps, escapes), that's subverting the Deadly Bath
Suppose you're watching Friends
and Monica is in the bath. We see the door slowly open, a gleam of metal from the crack, then suddenly the door bursts open and it's Phoebe wanting to show her an art piece she just bought. That's a subversion of a Deadly Bath
(especially if it's the halloween episode or something).
If Monica is in the bath and suddenly Chandler bursts in because he didn't know she was there and was just going to use the bathroom, that's an Interrupted Bath
, but it's not subverting the Deadly Bath
. There's no expectation of murder; it's just the comedy of walking in on somebody.
edited 30th Oct '12 8:10:15 AM by Escher